Juan Escutia

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The 10 Companies Paying Americans The Least: 24/7 Wall Street

24/7 Wall Street: This summer, thousands of fast-food workers in the United States went on strike in cities across the country, demanding their wages be increased to $15 an hour and the ability to unionize. To no one’s surprise, they didn’t get it. As of 2012, an estimated 4.7% of hourly workers …

US drone strikes could be classed as war crimes, says Amnesty International

Joint report with Human Rights Watch judges US attacks in Yemen and Pakistan to have broken international human rights law<p>US officials responsible for the secret CIA drone campaign against suspected terrorists in Pakistan may have committed war crimes and should stand trial, a report by a leading …

Senate leaders close in on deal to end budget standoff

WASHINGTON— Two weeks into a budget impasse that has left Americans dismayed by Washington brinkmanship, an outline of a deal emerged Monday asSenateleaders worked to prevent a potentially catastrophic debtdefaultand end the damage inflicted by the lingeringgovernment shutdown.<p>Details remained in …

Obama's new Middle East strategy

NEW YORK — President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled a reformed Middle East doctrine: the United States won’t go it alone in pursuit of its “core interests,” but will be ready to use force to prod the international community into action.<p>That’s what Obama told the United Nations General Assembly …

Inside the mind of NSA chief Gen Keith Alexander

A lavish Star Trek room he had built as part of his 'Information Dominance Center' is endlessly revealing<p><b>(updated below; Update II [w/correction])</b><p>It has been previously reported that the mentality of NSA chief Gen. Keith Alexander is captured by his motto "Collect it All". It's a get-everything …

Iran announces deep cut in enriched uranium stockpile

Iran has recently converted more than 40% of its stockpile of enriched uranium to fuel rods for use in a civilian reactor and is in the process of converting the rest, the country's nuclear chief has announced on state television.<p>The claim aired by Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy …

Why Canada’s cities aren’t cracking down on marijuana stores

<i>Harrison Jordan is a second-year law student at Osgoode Hall Law School and heads the Big Toke, which offers consulting services for cannabis businesses.</i><p>-----------------------------------------<p>Canada's municipalities are in a tough position when it comes to pot. Faced with a previous federal …

White House Plans To Send Some Money To Detroit During Bankruptcy

WASHINGTON -- Public workers and residents in Detroit shouldn't expect their city to be bailed out by the federal government. But during a meeting at the White House on Friday, top administration officials told national labor leaders they would try to speed up existing federal funds destined for …

In Syria Debate, Obama's Internal Dialogue Becomes Audible

A surprise agreement between the U.S. and Russia, announced Saturday, calls for Syria to destroy all of its chemical weapons by mid-2014. The deal follows a chaotic week of seat-of-the-pants foreign policy.<p>Performing on the international stage, Obama and his Cabinet secretaries have offered up one …

Putin Needs a Less Cynical Syria Policy

His op-ed was full of half-truths and lies of omission, but here are the real ways Russia can help end the conflict.<p>Let's face it: Few international miscreants reform themselves without the threat of being ousted by domestic foes or weakened by external military force. Assad's promise to surrender …

Obamacare D-Day now a soft launch

For months all eyes have been on October 1 — the first day people can sign up for Obamacare.<p>But as that day approaches, many people working on the nuts and bolts of the health law are tamping down any expectations of a sign-up stampede.<p>Not everyone will enroll immediately. And that, they say, is …

US wants foreign fighters in Syria to face justice at home

ROME (AP) -- The United States is urging allied nations to help deal with the growing number of foreign fighters that are being held by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, saying the militants should be turned over to face justice in their home countries.<p>U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is …

Tech companies are cooperating with US intelligence agencies more than you think

The latest bold claims made in the US National Security Agency's leaked PowerPoint presentation on its PRISM internet surveillance program suggest that the agency is able to monitor communications in realtime, despite earlier avid denials by tech companies. The government may also be accessing much …

EU and Japan gun for 100Gbps fiber optic internet speeds via new research projects

The European Commission and Japan have just announced a series of research projects to help speed up replacement of their soon-to-be-antiquated internet backbones. One of them, the STRAUSS project, will be shooting for 100Gbps fiber optic speeds -- a whopping 5,000-fold gain over current Euro data …

Hong Kongers Have Already Made a Movie About Edward Snowden

The NSA whistleblower may have only spent a month in the Chinese territory, but that was enough to inspire a group of local artists to capture his story on film.<p>Hong Kong is a city accustomed to generating a lot of news -- the territory manufactures its fair share of film stars, celebrity scandals, …

France defends surveillance program, denies “massive spying”

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: auremar<p>French officials downplayed reports of a large-scale surveillance program that blends phone and internet data, …

Phone screens could soon be visible in direct sunlight and even fight germs

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>What is unusual about this sheet of glass?<p>Advertisement<p>That circle in the center isn’t actually a hole; it received a new …

Pirate radio still a cat and mouse game between FCC, underground broadcasters

As the cost of broadcasting goes down, many immigrant neighborhoods are turning to pirate radio to reclaim the airwaves and give voice to their communities. <i>The New York Times</i> reports that setting up a new station can cost less than $500, prompting local DJs and music fans to hijack the broadcast …

The demise of the News Feed: Facebook, where did you go?

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook (s fb) is the place to connect people from around the world, but right now, my Facebook News …

iPhone 5 trumped Galaxy S4 on user complaints at launch -- study

The iPhone 5 received nearly twice the rate of negative comments at launch compared with the Galaxy S4, but Apple clearly wins in the most important metric of all, according to social media analysts We Are Social.<p>If you believe the griping on social media, then the iPhone 5 caused the most user …

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Samsung's Response To Android May Have Hit A Snag

The mighty Samsung looked in trouble today after releasing disappointing second-quarter forecasts, record numbers that nevertheless fell below most analysts’ expectations. The trouble comes from selling expensive, high-margin smartphones in developed countries; at least half the population in the …

AT&T Considers Selling Your Browsing History, Location, And More To Advertisers. Here’s How To Opt Out

Good news, everyone! Wait, no. Not that one. The other one.<p>Bad news, everyone!<p>AT&T is considering selling your usage data (location, web browsing history, etc.) to advertisers, having seemingly decided that it’s been too long since everyone was mad at them.<p>They noted the plan in a preview of an …

Apple testing Android-like local voice dictation for iOS

Apple is testing a local, offline version of Dictation voice input for iOS devices, according to strings of code found inside of the iOS 7 beta. The code, which was discovered by Hamza Sood, is located inside of both iOS 7 betas, but it is not present in iOS 6. Currently, when an iOS user uses …

Solar plane: Making clean tech sexy, adventurous

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In noisy, energetic New York City, the pilots of a spindly plane that looks more toy than jet hope to grab attention in a surprising way: By being silent and consuming little energy.<p>This revolutionary solar-powered plane is about to end a slow and symbolic journey across America …

Egyptian army ready to die in 'final hours' as President Mohamed Morsi remains defiant

Egypt's army commander and Islamist President Mohamed Morsi each pledged his life to defy the other as the hour approached on Wednesday that will trigger a military takeover that was prompted by mass demonstrations.<p>The military chiefs issued a call to battle in a statement headlined "The Final …