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The End Of Subsidized Phones Could Be Near

For almost a decade and a half, mobile customers – and Americans in particular – have enjoyed a certain economic perk: phone subsidies from the major carriers. This meant you could, on sign-up, get a very expensive phone for at most a few hundred dollars and, as an incentive to hang around, upgrade …

What Happened On Easter Island — A New (Even Scarier) Scenario

We all know the story, or think we do.<p>Let me tell it the old way, then the new way. See which worries you most.<p>First version: Easter Island is a small 63-square-mile patch of land — more than a thousand miles from the next inhabited spot in the Pacific Ocean. In A.D. 1200 (or thereabouts), a small …

Cutting edge: the life of a former London gang leader

Jean-Claude Dagrou sits in his living room, changes his baby's nappy, and explains why he became a gang member: "I wanted people to be scared of me. That's the only reason I got involved, to tell you the truth." Dagrou is built like a wardrobe, with huge, scarred arms, a deep voice and a disarming …

Digital era confounds the courts

The Founding Fathers weren’t big on texting.<p>Courts have long struggled to deal with key questions at the intersection of individual privacy and ever-advancing technology with little guidance from the Constitution or from prior cases – now judges and experts are hoping that’s about to change.<p>The …

How successful people make themselves luckier

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born, and the day you know why.<p>Unfortunately for some people, that second day never occurs. For lucky people, though, the second day—the day you know why—is often described as a personal epiphany. The most successful people have a clear …

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This former outlaw racer now develops cop-evading tech

The last Banzai runner.<p>Once an outlaw freeway racer, Phil Henry created the electronic tools to seek, locate, and outwit speed cops. His stealth Dodge Challenger is proof that old habits die hard.<p>Even at 72, Phil Henry still loves the sound of air being sucked into carburetors at high speed, …

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