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South Korea deports American over positive N. Korea comments

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A Korean-American woman accused of praising rival North Korea in a recent lecture was deported from South Korea on …

South Korea

Google’s secret NSA alliance: The terrifying deals between Silicon Valley and the security state

<b>Cover detail of "@War" by Shane Harris</b><p>Inside the high-level, complicated deals — and the rise of a virtually unchecked surveillance power<p>Shane Harris<p>November 16, 2014 11:58am (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “@WAR: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex”<p>In mid-December 2009, engineers at Google’s …

How can Isis afford its own currency?

<b>Age:</b> Not-quite-newly-minted.<p><b>Appearance:</b> Golden. Silvery. Coppery.<p><b>You make it sound as if Isis is about to set up its own currency.</b> That’s because it is. I’m very clever like that. I meld my thoughts to words and words to thought, <i>et voilà</i>!<p><b>Can it do that as a self-declared state that no one</b> …

Early Fans Are Abandoning Google Glass In Droves

He'd left his pair in the car, Brin told a reporter. The Googler, who heads up the top-secret lab which developed Glass, has hardly given up on the product -- he recently wore his pair to the beach.<p>But Brin's timing is not propitious, coming as many developers and early Glass users are losing …

Here's How To Figure Out Everything Google Knows About You

The more Google knows about you, the more it can match you to an advertiser who thinks you are an ideal customer. Advertisers are willing to pay more for ads served to ideal potential customers. For instance, airlines want to target people who love to travel. Children's clothing makers want to …

Android Phones

When Microsoft becomes the soul of a Google machine

Advertisement<p>10 Comments<p>Credit: HTC<p>Windows has dominated the laptop market for decades. Android, on the other hand, has dominated the smartphone …

6 Sex Tips You'll Only Hear From a Porn Star

<b>Go All Out for Role Play</b><br>Avoid the always-open costume shop that sells that generic French maid outfit for 50 percent off. "Something more elaborate shows that you're making the time and effort to dress up and do something special for your partner," says Drake, who has to prep for movies by wearing …

25 Business Books that You Won't See on Most Bookshelves

<i>Gregory Ciotti is the marketing director at Help Scout.This post originally appeared on the Help Scout blog.</i><p>Read to lead, right?<p>“It's both terrifyingly interesting and interestingly terrifying”According to VICE, TNW Conference is quite the eventFIND OUT WHY<p>There are few better “hacks” in life than …

The best two-dumbbell workout

<i>101 Best Workouts Of All Time</i> is the ultimate answer to the question "What workout should I do?" No matter what equipment you have available, from a …

5 People You Should Never Take Relationship Advice From

<i>By The Romance Code for YourTango.com</i><p>Finding people to give you advice on relationships is like finding people who want a free lunch; everyone has something to say about love. Some of this advice is good and should be filed away in your subconscious for safekeeping. Other advice isn't so good and …

Baghdad's Sunni fighters: we are ready for zero hour

As tensions rise in the Iraq capital, Sunnis reveal concerns about Isis, and some say they are ready to rise up against Shia militia<p>In a dilapidated cafe in north Baghdad under a TV set blasting patriotic songs in support of Iraq's embattled prime minister, a young man looked grave.<p>"Why did the …

Shiite Militia Marches Through Baghdad In Massive Show Of Force

"This is a message that we will protect our country."<p>BAGHDAD — Shiite militiamen took to the streets of Baghdad on Saturday in a massive show of force, marching by the thousands with a vast array of arms.<p>The fighters were loyal to one of Iraq's most divisive figures, Muqtada al-Sadr, who was among …

Middle East

Special Ops Deployed to Iraq: What Does It Mean?

President Obama announced that 300 Special Operations soldiers will be deployed to Iraq to advise the Iraq army and to perform special missions. He didn't elaborate on the missions so what does that mean?<p>A clue might be found in an extraordinary special operations mission from 2003 known as …

Middle East

Shiite cleric issues threat to US military advisers as Iraq militants take border post

A high-level Shiite cleric in Iraq issued a warning to American military advisers bound for Iraq Friday, hours before Sunni militants captured a crossing on Iraq's border with Syria and Shiite militia members paraded in Baghdad and other cities.<p>Sky News reports that Nassir al-Saedi, a cleric loyal …

Associated Press News

Somali-Americans leave homes, friends in Minnesota to fight alongside ISIS jihadis

As many as 15 Somali-American men have left their homes in Minnesota in recent months to travel to the Middle East and join up with ISIS, the jihadist army at war with Syria and Iraq, according to <b>Minnesota Public Radio</b>.<p>The fighters appear to have made the decision to go fight with Islamic State of …

Iraq: Sunni insurgents 'gain ground' as Shi'ite militia flex muscles

As Iraq moves closer to civil war, Sunni militants are said to have made key gains in their campaign to create an Islamic Caliphate straddling the frontier with Syria.<p>Not only have fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant group seized a strategic border post according to security …

Militants blitz through Iraq's western desert

BAGHDAD (AP) — Sunni militants have blitzed through the vast desert of western Iraq, capturing four towns and three border crossings and deepening …

RIP Benard Khoo aka Zorro Unmasked

REQUIESCAT IN PACE BERNARD KHOO aka BROTHER ARNOLD Líbera me, Dómine, de morte ætérna The author of the blog " Zorro Unmasked," Bernard Khoo passed …

Circumcised v. Uncircumcised: 4 Things You Should Know

<b>2. How HEALTHY it Is</b> <b><br>Uncut:</b> Cleanliness takes an extra moment (rolling back the foreskin to suds up), but even then, "the uncircumcised foreskin has certain cells that bacteria can attach to," says Harry Fisch, M.D., author of The New Naked. <b><br>Cut:</b> Studies done in Africa report that circumcised …

Without Claude Shannon's information theory there would have been no internet

This equation was published in the 1949 book <i>The Mathematical Theory of Communication</i>, co-written by Claude Shannon and Warren Weaver. An elegant way to work out how efficient a code could be, it turned "information" from a vague word related to how much someone knew about something into a precise …

ISIS Winning The War In Iraq With A Not So Secret Social Weapon

We are living in the era of the most visceral, dangerous war photography in history, where the latest digital cameras, satellite phones and high …

Ramadan 2014: Facts, History, Dates, Greeting And Rules Of The Muslim Fast

<b>What are the dates of Ramadan?</b><p>Because the cycle of the lunar calendar does not match the solar calendar, the dates of Ramadan shift by approximately 11 days each year. In 2014, Ramadan is expected to begin on Saturday, June 28, in the United States, although the date is only confirmed once the moon …

Convicted Australian terrorist used brother's passport to join fight in Syria

Foreign minister Julie Bishop confirms flight of Khaled Sharrouf, suspected of recent killings of civilians in Iraq<p>The foreign minister, Julie Bishop, has confirmed that an Australian jihadist, who is believed to be involved in the murder of Iraqi citizens, left Australia for the battlefield in …