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Leaked report shows Bin Laden's 'hidden life'

Former al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was able to hide in Pakistan for nine years due to the "collective failure" of state military and intelligence authorities, a leaked Pakistani government report has revealed.<p>The report, obtained exclusively by Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit, also outlines how …

A dark magic: The rise of the robot traders

<b>"Humans cannot compete on speed, it's as simple as that."</b><p>Ten years ago, John Coates was a trader in Wall Street.<p>Today, he is a neuroscientist at Cambridge University, and spends his days monitoring traders' hormones to see what makes them tick.<p>"There are simple tests you can do. When you see a …

US privacy group challenging NSA and FBI collection of phone records

The US supreme court will be asked to suspend the blanket collection of US telephone records by the FBI under an emergency petition due to be filed …

Google Street View Photographers Document the Mysterious Battleship Island

Google is on an ambitious mission to map as much of the world as humanly possible. We recently reported on their project to photograph the tallest …

Interesting Photo of the Day: The Tianzi Mountain in China

The Tianzi Mountain in China is no less magnificent from the ground, but some say it is best viewed from a cable car. It takes only a few minutes for …

Why Chinese telecom giant Huawei could buy BlackBerry

Better learn how to pronounce that (nearly) unpronounceable Chinese telecommunications company’s name, and quickly. (It’s HWA- WAY.) Huawei has hinted in recent weeks that it might be interested in making a bid for BlackBerry, the smartphone developer-manufacturer. For Huawei, that would mark a …

Mobile Technology

Student debt stalemate will hammer millions of undergrads

Time is running out for Congress to act. And low-income college students will pay a high price if a deal can't be reached by Monday's deadline.<p>Interest rates on many new subsidized Stafford loans will skyrocket—from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent—on Monday, unless the Senate reaches a compromise.<p>The …

"Khotso" Peace at Devil's Knuckles

When Will Northern Ireland's Open Wounds Heal?

“So, now that you’ve seen all of that and after we’ve talked, guess what I am,” insisted the driver who had guided us around Belfast’s still-scarred quarters, a hint of mischief in his eyes.<p>“You want me to guess if you’re Protestant or Catholic?”<p>“Yes.”<p>It was only at the end of our black taxi tour …

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Product Reviews

Cheap Handheld Device Lets You See Through Walls

It's an experimental "x-ray vision" device that's designed with everyday users in mind.<p>Ever wished for X-ray vision? In the future, you could get something like it from a handheld device.<p>Engineers at MIT have made a prototype of a portable device that users can point at walls to get data on …

Pentagon's Rules Of Engagement For Cyberspace Get First Update In 7 Years

The new rules are classified.<p>Yesterday, General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, announced an update to the Pentagon playbook on cyber war, the first in seven years. Cyber, the over-broad term for all things online, electronic, and networked, is a relatively new arena in war, …

For George Orwell's Birthday, Artists Top Surveillance Cams With Party Hats

Tonight we're gonna party like it's 1984.<p>This week marked the 110th birthday of George Orwell, who penned the dystopian government-surveillance novel <i>1984</i>, coining the phrase "Big Brother" in the process. To celebrate, the Dutch artists at Front404 hit the streets, decking out surveillance cameras …

Voyager 1 Entered Weird Region In Space Last Summer

New papers describe an unexpected boundary region at the edge of the influence of the Sun.<p>Voyager 1 entered a strange and unexpected part of space within the solar system last August, scientists announced in three papers published yesterday.<p>A few different effects mark the area, which astronomers …