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Burundi army chief 'escapes assassination attempt'

The head of Burundi's armed forces has survived an assassination attempt in the capital Bujumbura, police said, adding that at least seven other people were killed in the attack.<p>"There was an attack against the armed forces chief, General Prime Niyongabo, but happily he was unharmed," Burundi's …

How to Buy a Slave Girl From ISIS

Thousands of Yazidi women have been enslaved by ISIS. Does paying their captors for their freedom fund the terrorist organization?<p>ERBIL, Iraq — In a …

Skyhigh Networks Picks Up $40M, 13 Months After It Raised $20M

Skyhigh Networks, looking to accelerate its growth, has raised a $40 million Series C round of funding. The new traunch of capital was co-led by Sequoia, and Greylock, firms that had invested in the firm’s $20 million Series B that took place last May.<p>Joining the two venture firms in the investment …

Apple CEO Tim Cook Described As Less Hands-On, More Interested In Broad Implications With iWatch

Apple CEO Tim Cook is the subject of a new profile in the New York Times today, and the profile includes plenty of background information about the executive and his commitment to human rights and environmental issues. But it also contained some information about the rumored iWatch project, how …

Blast hits Ukraine pipeline, terrorism suspected

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — An explosion hit a pipeline carrying Russian natural gas across Ukraine to Europe on Tuesday, and the government said it …

Russian television reporter killed in Ukraine

A Russian television reporter was killed Tuesday while covering the crisis in Ukraine, according to state-run media.<p>Igor Kornelyuk, a correspondent with Russia's state-run VGTRK, came under mortar fire along with his crew near the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk, according to the Organization for …

Telsa Model X set for 2015; carmaker winning N.J. dealer fight

Tesla Motors Inc. is on the verge of winning its fight to sell its electric cars directly to the public in New Jersey, as the company says it is on track to start on its deliveries of its Model X electric sport utility vehicle next year.<p>The Palo Alto automaker has been fighting dealers and their …

Apple Offers Discounts on Hachette Pre-Orders Amid Publisher's Dispute With Amazon

Apple is offering discounts on several popular e-books from Hachette Book Group, the publisher currently embroiled in a dispute with Amazon. As noted by <i>Re/code</i>, Apple is promoting a sale on several Hachette titles under a "Popular Pre-Orders: $9.99 or Less" section in the book section of the iTunes …

John Legere slams Amazon and AT&T over rumored smartphone exclusivity

Earlier today, <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> broke word that Amazon's smartphone — set to be announced tomorrow — will be an AT&T exclusive in the United States. The exclusivity deal hasn't been confirmed, but that's not stopping T-Mobile CEO John Legere from venting about it on Twitter. In a series of …

Everything We Know About Amazon’s Radical New Smartphone

All signs point to Amazon announcing a smartphone with novel features tomorrow. TechCrunch has revealed much about the phone over the last nine months but a few questions remain. At this point, all of the phone’s features are known and about the only thing left to know is the name, price and …

The Real Rebels of Timbuktu

People dress like kings and queens in the capital of Mali, even in the dirt streets on the far side of the river. The women walk down mud lanes wearing immaculate gowns with puffed shoulders, gold detailing, and beadwork. The dudes are natty, too, in safari suits, crisp office boy outfits, or the</i> …

Sweden punishes its rioters and its police very differently

The riots that have raged in the suburbs of Stockholm for the past week were triggered by an incident in Husby, north of Stockholm, last Monday …

What is a Dyson sphere?

Are some advanced civilizations in our galaxy now collecting all of the energy emitted by their stars? If so, we would call their energy-collecting …

Lesson from Friday’s storm deaths: when weather is bad, stay home

Eight of nine people who died during the May 31, 2013 severe weather event in Oklahoma were in their cars.<p>Violent weather developed once again across …

How Samsung Got Big

The cellphones were stacked up high in the Gumi factory yard and more were coming out every minute. Phones, TVs, fax machines, and other gear shattered as it hit the concrete and Samsung CEO Kun-hee Lee and his board cracked the screens and cases with heavy hammers. Then they lit a bonfire and …

10 Mind-Blowing Facts About Google

Given the size and scope of such a company, the Quora community had no problem providing a number of little-known yet surprising tidbits.<p>With all its tech excellence (which runs from Google Glass to the self-driving car to the internet's most beloved search engine), here are 10 mind-blowing facts …

Twinkies' Return Is Mostly Sweet News For Kansas Town

The news of Hostess' return to Emporia, Kan., sparked an ecstatic response in this beleaguered town — even though there will be only half as many jobs.<p>The new company, formed when investors bought Hostess' snack cake business, has hired longtime snack cake production veterans Pat Chambers and her …

Everest may have ladder installed to ease congestion on Hillary Step

It was the final obstacle, the 40 feet of technical climbing up a near vertical rock face that pushed Sir Edmund Hillary to the limit. Once climbed, …

Samsung Blames “Overwhelming Demand” for Galaxy S 4 Inventory Issues

Samsung said Wednesday that broad global demand is behind delays in U.S. availability for its new Galaxy S 4.<p>“Due to overwhelming global demand of …