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McCain Wasn't Posing With Rebel Kidnapper, Spokesman Says

"Regrettable" if true, McCain spokesman says.<p>WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain's office is pushing back against reports that while visiting Syria this week he posed in a photo with rebels who kidnapped 11 Lebanese Shi'ite pilgrims.<p>The photo, released by McCain's office, shows McCain with a group of …

Apple says it only makes one phone because the iPhone is already perfect

In its current state, the iPhone is Apple’s diligent attempt to create the Platonic ideal of smartphones, says mobile analyst Horace Dediu. This was Dediu’s observation regarding a question asked of Tim Cook: why does Apple only make one model of smartphone, as opposed to competitors like Samsung, …

Batteries

Max Levchin’s Glow Fertility App: The Full D11 Session

It’s not often — or ever — that we discuss things like “cervical mucus” at the <b>D</b> conference, but Max Levchin’s new app pretty much necessitated the …

'Rayman Jungle Run' finally comes to Windows Phone

<i>Rayman Jungle Run</i> was one of the better titles to grace iOS and Android last year, and now the beautiful platformer is finally available on Windows Phone. WP8 users will be able to control Ubisoft's limbless hero as he navigates a lovely hand-drawn world, in an automatic runner that our sister site</i> …

Facebook pledges tougher stance on hate speech

After being petitioned by women's rights groups, Facebook has agreed to revise its policy on hate speech.<p><b>After being petitioned by women's rights</b> …

Drupal.org Hacked, User Details Exposed And Reset

Another day, another big site hacked. 2013 really just hasn’t been a good year for web security.<p>This time around, the site writing the email that noone wants to write is Drupal.org, home of the popular content management platform, Drupal. Though no exact number was shared, it appears that nearly …

Report: Apple picks Pegatron to build low-cost iPhone, not longtime partner Foxconn

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>The <i>Wall Street Journal</i> is reporting that Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn, which has been Apple’s biggest and most important …

eBay Asks Users to Petition US House of Representatives

eBay is pushing its users to petition the US House of Representatives over what it calls “unfair Internet sales tax legislation.” This campaign is, of course, in regards to the Marketplace Fairness Act, which has already been approved by the Senate.<p>In case you’re unfamiliar with the Marketplace …

Remembering Normandy: Let Us Never Forget

For years I honestly didn't understand the difference between Memorial Day and Veteran's Day. The fact that the former honors the brave men and women who have died during military service, while the latter recognizes all veterans of the armed forces, living or dead, was a distinction that had …

Claude Monet

Turkey alcohol restrictions: A downer for tourism?

Turkey is to restrict the sale and advertising of alcohol, prompting outcry from citizens concerned about the creeping Islamisation of the …

Bridge collapse shows lack of support for infrastructure fixes

Six years after a Minneapolis bridge collapse that killed 13 people called attention to the state of the nation’s bridges, there has been minimal …

100 years of hurricanes and their systematic wrath

Every hurricane season is different, yet history shows some interesting trends.<p>For example, an analysis of storms over the past 100 years shows …

Cruise Industry Unveils Passenger Bill of Rights

The cruise industry has taken plenty of criticism over the past 18 months, starting with the partial sinking of <i>Costa Concordia</i> on January 13, 2012, …

Luxury Travel

TSA Finds Record 65 Guns

Twitter Account of U.K.’s Largest TV Network Falls to Syrian Hackers

A Twitter account belonging to ITV, Britain’s largest TV broadcaster, is the latest victim of a hacking campaign by the Syrian Electronic Army. The …

Report: Google wants to connect the developing world with wireless

Advertisement<p>12 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Anton Balazh<p>You might have thought Google’s gigabit fiber plans in the U.S. were big, but Google may …

Xbox One uncertainty, earnings drag down GameStop

The game retailer's shares have taken a hit this week, falling nearly 20 percent.<p>GameStop is having a pretty rough week.<p>First Microsoft unveiled the<p>Xbox Onebut didn't provide much clarity into how used games will work with its new console. Then the video game company reported its fiscal …

Selling

YELP: Trust Us, We're Not Screwing With Reviews

"Let me be clear: This claim is not -- and has never been -- true," wrote Vince Sollitto, vice president of corporate communications at Yelp.<p>Managing a business page on Yelp can be a blessing or a nightmare for business owners. A page full of five-star reviews can help drive business. But negative …

Blackbox

The FDA Is Worried About You Using The iPhone For Urinalysis

The FDA has gone after Biosense, a health startup that makes uCheck, an automated urine analyzer sold directly to end customers. You pee on a strip then use the uChek iPhone app to take a picture and analyze the contents of your urine for health info like glucose. Biosense claims that it can help …

Google Glass code reveals always-on listening mode

A number of experimental features in Google Glass have been uncovered by the Android hacking community, including one that puts the headset in a constant listening mode awaiting an owner's command. Another lets you quickly snap a photo with an eye wink. These and other experiments remain hidden …

Flickr Has A Secret 'We're Hiring' Ad Only Engineers Can See

Flickr is hiring a select batch of software and mobile engineers.<p>To make sure that only the right kind of candidates apply, the company hid its "We're hiring" ad in the source code of the newly redesigned website's front page.<p>Well done, Flickr.

Employment

Microsoft and Google working together on new YouTube Windows Phone app

Google is announcing today that it's working together with Microsoft on a new YouTube application for Windows Phone. Following a fight with Microsoft over its unauthorized YouTube app, the pair appear to have resolved some of their differences. Google demanded that Microsoft should remove its app …

Yet Another Hulu Bidder! Yahoo Is In, Too.

Add one more name to the Hulu bidding derby: Yahoo, which just announced plans to buy Tumblr for $1.1 billion, has made an offer on the video website …

Navy Dolphins Searching For Mines Uncover Sunken 19th Century Torpedo

It's only the second torpedo of its kind ever found.<p>Dolphins have been used for 50 years to help the U.S. Navy echolocate mines. That project is going away in 2017 (to be replaced by robots) but in the meantime, a team of Navy dolphins have picked up something a little more vintage.<p>Off the coast of …

FYI: Can A Bionic Eye See As Well As A Human Eye?

It's the difference between a grainy black-and-white film and HD.<p>Previously blind patients who receive the recently FDA-approved Argus II bionic eye system will regain some degree of functional sight. The retinal implant technology, developed and distributed by Second Sight, can improve quality of …

South Pole Lab Detects Elusive Deep-Space Neutrinos For The First Time

After two years of searching, the icy observatory has finally found evidence of the high-energy particles, which may have come from a distant black hole or supernova.<p>It looks like the IceCube Observatory neutrino detector at the South Pole has found what it was looking for just two years after …

Birthday Cake w/ Old School Video Games On Each Side

This is the birthday cake made by Wedding Cakes By Nicole featuring Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Tetris and Frogger scenes on each side, and Pong on the …

7 Secrets We Learned About The 'LEGO Marvel's Avengers' Game

Gaming<p>Find out what the hottest game news, new game releases.<p>Gaming<p>Actors from the 'Harry Potter' films will also reprise their roles in the …

A Zombie Worm And Other Amazing Images From This Week

Plus the most beautiful image of Earth, New York City on Venus, and the world's largest (deflated) rubber duck.<p><i>Click here to enter the gallery</i>