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Can Sprint tackle the last barrier to prepaid adoption?

The high cost of marquee smartphones on prepaid providers is a dilemma. The new head of Sprint's prepaid business talks about that and how he will position Boost and Virgin to be more competitive.<p>Dow Draper has his work cut out for him.<p>As the new president of Sprint's prepaid business, Draper is …

Why Bill Gates doesn’t fear internet “balkanization”

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>There’s a lot of talk going around about the “balkanization” of the internet, in the wake of Edward Snowden’s surveillance …

Bill Gates

Nintendo bringing YouTube to 3DS later this month, Wii U version to get refreshed

Sony's PlayStation 4 has surely taken over today's headlines, but that's not stopping Nintendo from making some news of its own. The company today announced that a YouTube application is coming to the 3DS at long last, giving users a chance to search, browse and watch videos right from the handheld …

Facebook Launches Open Academy To Give Kids College Credit For Open Source Contributions

A perfect GPA isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? Advancing an open source project. To help computer science students prepare for jobs (and boost its own recruiting efforts) Facebook today publicly launched Open Academy. The partnership with premier CS universities sets up a special class where …

Pocket for iOS Updates to Version 5.0 with Smart Highlights

Pocket has announced version 5.0 of its read-it-later app with a new Highlights section that intelligently sorts your content and a preferences feature that helps third-party apps and sites recommend content that you’ll like.<p>The iOS app has already received the update, while the Android version is …

A New Army Of Chinese Hackers Is Stealing Secrets From U.S. Companies, Researchers Say

The researchers told Business Insider that they don't know what the hackers are doing with stolen IP, or how much money this has cost U.S. companies so far. But, they say, the group has been busy in 2013.<p>Most of the attacks have been on tech, financial services and telecom companies. They seemed …

Cybersecurity

High Fashion Goes Off the Grid With This 14'-by-14' Cabin

For a pared-down escape from the demanding world of haute couture, fashion stylist <b>Scott Newkirk</b> retreats to this hand-built, technology-free cabin in Yulan, N.Y. Boasting a mere 196 square feet—because that's what micro homes do these days, they boast—the place is downright diminutive, but it seems …

Ask a Scientist : “So What’s a Parasite Anyway?” Lecture Jim McKerrow Cont.

Ascaris<p>Parasites, parasites of the intestinal walls! Which is the most gross of them all? The most gross parasite title has to go to the most common …

What to Do if You Get The Flu | This Year's Flu - Consumer Reports

You didn’t get around to getting your flu vaccine and now you’re paying the price. You’ve got the classic flu symptoms; headache, fever, scratchy …

Haitian Cholera Epidemic Continues to Kill Elsewhere

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Since a cholera epidemic began in Haiti in 2010, the disease has killed more than 8,300 people in that country. The bacteria that …

Environmental Health

Indonesian police open fire on civilians in West Papua

Catholic brother says one person was killed and two injured when police shot at villagers who refused to cut hair and beards<p>One person is said to have been killed and at least two others injured on Monday when Indonesian riot police opened fire on civilians in Waghete, West Papua.<p>Spokesperson for …

Chinese street vendor executed despite calls for leniency

Case of Xia Junfeng, executed for murder of two city officials, contrasted with wife of Bo Xilai whose death sentence was suspended<p>A Chinese street vendor convicted of killing two city officials has been executed despite calls for leniency, disappointing legal activists and many members of the …

State media says Syrian president reshuffles government

BEIRUT (AP) -- President Bashar Assad reshuffled his government Monday replacing the ministers of defense, information and industry, Syria's state news agency SANA reported.<p>SANA did not give a reason for the government reshuffle that comes at a time when Assad's forces have been gaining ground over …

Rouhani: Iran ready to work with U.S.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani insisted Tuesday that his country is not a danger to the Middle East or the rest of the world, and that he’s ready to work with the United States “to manage our differences.”<p>“Iran poses absolutely no threat to the world or to the region, in ideals or in actual …

Administration Touts Lower-Than-Expected Obamacare Premiums

Premiums in the health insurance exchanges set to open next week will be lower than anticipated, the Obama administration announced Wednesday.<p>According to a report released by the Department of Health and Human Services, "premiums nationwide will ... be around 16 percent lower than originally …

Associated Press News

Associated Press News

Libya prepares for its trial of the decade

Government refused to hand Muammar Gaddafi's son and spymaster over to international criminal court for war crimes<p>It is Libya's trial of the decade, the playboy scion and the sinister spymaster facing their accusers in a case that promises to lift the lid on both the horrors and the excesses of the …

Associated Press News

The Farting Policeman: Officer’s Flatulence Helps Bust Pot Grow-Op

Today in Top Notch Police Work news, <b>police in Britain sniffed out an outdoor marijuana farm and brought the operation to a halt — and it was all</b> …

Cannabis

Canada criminalizes masks at 'unlawful' protests with up to 10 years in prison

Canada’s controversial Concealment of Identity Act banning the wearing of masks during riots and "unlawful assemblies" has just gone into law, carrying with it a 10-year maximum sentence, reports <i>CBC News</i><i>.</i> The private member’s bill was introduced in 2011 by MP Blake Richards in response to the …

Rights & Freedoms

Associated Press News

Jodi Arias Attorneys Told To Prepare for September Sentencing

The murder trial of Jodi Arias will stretch on until at least September, when Arias will get another chance to convince a jury not to sentence her to …

Crime

Aaron Hernandez’s Terrifying Past Revealed

The ex-Patriot, now convicted of murder, had just gotten over his father’s untimely death and signed an NFL contract when his mother was</i> …