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World heat shatters records in 2016 in new sign of global warming | Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) - Last year was the hottest on record by a wide margin, with temperatures creeping close to a ceiling set by almost 200 nations for limiting global warming, the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service said on Thursday.<p>A man lays out in the sun during warm weather at …

Police want an Echo's data to prove a murder case, but how much does it really know?

Police in Bentonville, Arkansas are turning to Amazon to help prosecute a suspected murderer. The case, which was first spotted by <i>The Information</i> and goes back to 2015, shines a light on how smart home devices might start playing a larger role in future criminal investigations.<p>James Andrew Bates …

What you need to know about Russia’s election hack and why US senators say it “should alarm every American”

With anti-establishment politics shaking governments across the west, US and European intelligence chiefs are newly raising the alarm about Russian cyber attacks and information warfare, saying they pose a threat to their democracies.<p>In the US, the warnings have been met with a mix of outrage and …

It’s not just painkillers and heroin. Americans have a growing alcohol problem too.

More than 33,000 Americans died due to alcohol-induced causes in 2015.<p>A lot of attention has, justifiably, gone to the horrifying opioid painkiller and heroin overdose epidemic over the past few years, as it has killed tens of thousands of people in the US on an annual basis since 2010.<p>But America …

Ex Israeli Government Hacker Says Spying on Palestinians Was Too Easy

A former member of Israel’s elite Unit 8200 denounces the country’s surveillance against Palestinians.<p>In 2014, 34 reserve soldiers who served in Israel's elite intelligence Unit 8200—the country's version of the NSA—sent a letter to the Prime Minister, denouncing the pervasive surveillance against …

UK government: No porn please, we're British

Certain sex acts could be banned from being shown on the internet in the UK.<p>Look away now if you find banning internet pornography a little tawdry for your tastes.<p>The British government is seeking to prohibit internet users in the UK from viewing videos portraying an array of sex acts online. That …

The High-Priced World of Rye Whiskey

The historic spirit has gotten increasingly popular and upscale.<p>The pilgrims who landed on Plymouth Rock were a thirsty lot. They had fortified …

Please Don't Make Melania Trump a Gay Icon

You're going to be tempted, but just don't.<p>I've always been a First Lady kind of guy, as anyone can tell when they walk into my apartment and the first thing they see, taking up the entire wall over my sofa, is a giant image of Jackie Kennedy at a White House state dinner. Then the election …

Why Jeff Bridges Is Rooting For Donald Trump

He says his modern western Hell or High Water shows why the election went the way it did.<p>In the vast poverty-stricken expanses of rural Texas, two brothers start knocking over banks to get the money to save their family's land. They blame the banks, they blame the system. They're angry, they're …

Tila Tequila Suspended From Twitter After Posting Hate Speech

The former reality TV star has used social media in recent years to express sympathy with Hitler and suggest that people should be rounded up into camps.<p>Tila Tequila's Twitter account was suspended on Monday, capping off the social media star's long and bizarre embrace of hate speech and …

Law Enforcement Sprays DAPL Protesters With Fire Hoses In Below-Freezing Temperatures

A video released by <i>The Guardian</i> Monday nightshows police spraying Dakota Access Pipeline protesters with what Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmaier …

Music piracy site What.cd has been shut down

What.cd was an invite-only piracy site that offered a catalogue of music for free.<p>Reddit user NateHevens described it as "the Library of Alexandria for music. Between the list of music and formats, to the collages, the top tens, the community interaction ... What.CD was the pinnacle of music …

Drone company hits turbulence in the oil patch

<i>Each week, we seek expert advice to help a small or medium-sized business overcome a key issue.</i><p>From aerial surveys of real estate listings to bird's-eye views of sports stadiums, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) offer vantage points that are useful to a broad range of industries.<p>Capitalizing on the …

NC FIRE Conspiracy – EVACUATION Issued, Wildfires Hits North Carolina LAKE LURE FIRES 2016

THEY ARE EVACUATING THE US!<p>LAKE LURE , N.C., Nov. 11 (UPI) — A WILDFIRE near Lake Lure, N.C., doubled in size overnight, stoked by continued dry …

North Carolina

GoPro hits return home on Karma drone with recall of 2,500 units

Drones

Long lines, machine snags _ but major voting problems scant

WASHINGTON (AP) — Voters around the country faced long lines, occasional broken machines and some hot tempers Tuesday, but as the polls closed from …

State officials prepare for an unusually chaotic Election Day

State leaders, voting experts and advocates say they are preparing for an unusual level of confusion and chaos Tuesday as voters cast their ballots in a historically bitter presidential race.<p>Early voters in some states have faced hours-long lines the past several days. Democrats have filed a flurry …

Google to Show Continuously Updated Election Night Results

Stay informed on election day.<p>As soon as the polls close on Tuesday, Nov. 8, Google (goog) will display continuously updated election results through …

Oil industry’s sneaky plan could make it nearly impossible to ban fracking in Colorado

The Colorado oil and gas industry is poised to strike a devastating blow against anti-fracking activists Tuesday. Enactment of Amendment 71, a …

Oil & Gas Industry

Unprecedented cyber attack takes Liberia's entire internet down

An unprecedented cyber attack has knocked Liberia's internet offline, as hackers targeted the nation's infrastructure using the same method that shut down hundreds of the world's most popular websites at the end of last month.<p>The attack, which is the same used to shut off sites including Netflix, …

Cybersecurity

Investors Are Piling Into Marijuana Ahead of Legalization Ballots

With marijuana legalization measures on the ballot in nine states Tuesday, investment opportunities are attracting money from Wall Street, Silicon …

Feds accuse AT&T’s DirecTV of scheme that kept Dodgers games off the air

In a major antitrust move, the Justice Department has accused DirecTV, now owned by AT&T, of colluding with other TV companies to keep Dodgers games off TV in Los Angeles.<p>According to a complaint filed by the department, DirecTV met with Cox, Charter, and AT&T, and made a concerted effort to keep …

Facebook says 40 million people are now using Internet.org

Facebook’s Internet.org may not have had the smoothest of rides, but the initiative is slowly gaining traction.<p>During Facebook's Q3 earnings call, …

Net Neutrality

Slack sounds scared as hell in its open letter to Microsoft

Ahead of the launch of Microsoft’s Teams chat and collaboration app, Slack took out a full-page ad in The New York Times to post an open letter, ‘welcoming’ Microsoft to the revolution and sharing some ‘friendly advice’.<p>Unfortunately, the move that appears to have been an attempt to show that Slack …

We might soon have 9 states where pot is simultaneously legal and illegal. That’s a problem.

A few weeks ago, the Washington Post reported that support for marijuana legalization is slightly leading in all five states where it will be on the ballot in November — California, Massachusetts, Maine, Nevada, and Arizona.<p>Whatever happens, it seems almost certain that at least one of these states …

2 Des Moines police officers were killed — so people naturally blamed Black Lives Matter

Before police in Des Moines, Iowa, announced the name of the alleged shooter who killed two police officers early Wednesday morning, some social …

Founders of Black Lives Matter Honored as Glamour’s Women of the Year

Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi are the women behind Black Lives Matter. Their relentless work over the last couple of years has been …