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U.S. Patent Office To Decide Whether Patent Troll Company Actually Owns Podcasting

Podcasts are simply the done thing, in 2014: everyone’s taking their modern update on the radio show with them on the go. One company out there, …

How the Sony Hack Panic Has Changed Hollywood

There's no question that the hack attack on Sony has wrought havoc on the studio. But it's not just Sony; executives across Hollywood are changing their behavior in the wake of the shocking exchanges revealed in the leaked emails.<p>Here are five ways sources say the industry has already …

Sony

The IRS Is Returning This Woman's Seized Cash But Reserves The Right To Take It Back At Any Time

The IRS seized Carole Hinders' cash through civil forfeiture, which lets the government take money it believes was illicitly obtained even if its owner hasn't been convicted of a crime or even charged with one.<p>Hinders, owner of an Iowa restaurant called Mrs. Lady's Mexican Food, caught the IRS' …

United States

Everyone Who Says College Costs Are Exploding Is Wrong

The Brookings report partly debunks the perception that college is becoming unaffordable for most students by citing a report released earlier this year from education researchers Sandy Baum and Jennifer Ma that highlights the dramatic difference between the perceived and actual cost of college.<p>By …

College & University

Former NSA Guys Just Launched This Startup To Stop Hackers' Favorite Trick

Social engineering is basically lying to trick people into giving away their passwords or to visiting a malicious website. If hackers are trying to break into a specific network (a "targeted attack") they are going to lay traps that the target is likely to fall for.<p>This could be via email (known as …

Social Issues

Here's How Cyber-Warfare Started And Where It's Going

Nearly 70 years later, humanity is still trying to contain the fallout. But in its zeal to check nuclear proliferation, America--along with Israel--opened up yet another theatre of war: cyberspace.<p>In 2007 a computer worm called Stuxnet was detected for the first time by virus-scanning software, …

Cybersecurity

Suspect charged in LuxLeaks tax scandal

The suspect's identity has not been revealed, but the Luxemburger Wort newspaper reported that he is a French former employee of auditing firm PwC Luxembourg.<p>The suspect, who lives in France, appeared before a judge in Luxembourg for several hours and was charged before being released, the …

Corruption

3 Huge Social Security Mistakes You Should Avoid

Source: Flickr user hobvias sudoneighm<p>Social Security plays an important role in Americans' retirement plans. For the most part, Social Security offers a fairly straightforward proposition: Money is taken out of your paycheck while you work, then when you retire, you file and collect …

New Windows 7 Patch Is Badware, Disables Graphics Driver Updates And Windows Defender

*<i>Due to some valid complaints regarding my usage of the term “Malware,” I’ve updated the headline with a more accurate description of the Windows Update: “Badware,” which is unintentionally harmful software.</i><p>If you have Windows 7 set to automatically update every Tuesday, it may be time to …

ID Thieves Use Domino’s Ordering App To Check Stolen Card Numbers

Let’s say you’re a criminal who has just purchased a bunch of credit/debit card numbers stolen from one of the data breaches that occur every day. …

First TGI Friday’s Mistletoe Drone Casualty Reported In Brooklyn

It’s all holiday fun until someone takes a drone in the face.<p>The mistletoe drones deployed in TGI Friday’s restaurants are supposed to be flying …

Niagara Falls Tries To Attract Young Residents With Promise To Help Repay Student Loans

It’s not unheard of for a corporation, non-profit organization or even the federal government to entice prospective employees with the promise to …

Church Plans Sunday Services Inside Buffalo Wild Wings

Do you want to go to church on Sundays but feel like the atmosphere isn’t enough like a sports bar? Then you might want to relocate to Birmingham, …

New Frontiers In ATM Skimmer Technology: Wiretapping

We have a morbid fascination with ATM skimmers here at Consumerist, as anyone with a bank account probably should. The technology has made a lot of …

HSBC To Customers: Merry Christmas, Pay Your Mortgage Or We’ll Take Your House

Happy Holidays from HSBC? (James Ball)<p>Holiday greetings generally contain salutations of thanks and wishes for a happy season. A note from HSBC hits …

Convicted Pirate Bay Co-Founder Says Site Should Stay Shuttered

Yesterday, police in Sweden raided file-sharing mega-site The Pirate Bay and confiscated its servers and computers, taking it offline and leaving …

Blaming The Beer-Battered Fish You Ate Before Driving Will Not Make A Failed Sobriety Test Disappear

The thing about eating food that’s been cooked in booze, is that it’s been cooked. And because you usually cook with heat, any alcohol that started …

Deal To Keep The Government Running Cuts $303M From Pell Grant Program

Congress’ deal to keep the federal government up and running may be coming at the expense of some of the nation’s poorest prospective college …

Sony Is Launching A Counterattack Against Its Hackers

Re/code is reporting that Sony is using Amazon Web Services to rent cloud computer power and aim traffic at sites offering the company's files for download.<p>Sony's attack is actually similar to a tactic used by cybercriminals. When hackers want to take down a website, they point huge amounts of …

Amazon Web Services

Europe’s Laser-Powered Space Data Highway Passes Early Test

Space

Voices from the "Dark Side": The CIA Torture Debate

(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)<p>With the release of a Senate investigation into the CIA’s use of “enhanced interrogation” following 9/11, the debate around …

National Security

Latest World News, Videos & Photos

Investigation continues after the mysterious deaths of an American family in Mexico<p>Deadly 3-stage attack leaves the French countryside …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

Lousiana has a crazy plan to save its sinking coastline

<i>This story is second in a two-part series on Louisiana’s rapidly disappearing coastline. Read part 1</i>.<p>As Brig. Gen Duke DeLuca wrapped up his 32-year …

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

A retirement crisis is coming; here’s how to fix it

While I have written previously on bits and pieces of the problems with our retirement system, my new co-authored book covers this issue …

Retirement

That Nest Egg Needs To Last As Long As You Do. So How Do You Start?

Retirement for baby boomers will look different than it did for their parents — Americans are living longer, health care costs more, fewer people have pensions today, and many people facing retirement haven't saved much.<p>All of that makes managing the nest egg you do have even more vital. But many …

India to build nuclear reactors with Russia

India is to build at least ten more nuclear reactors with Russia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said after talks with President Vladimir Putin in New Delhi.<p>"We have outlined an ambitious vision for nuclear energy of at least 10 more reactors," Modi said at a press briefing on Thursday.<p>Russia's …

Congress puts potatoes on menu for low-income moms

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's another political victory for the popular potato.<p>For the first time, low-income women would be able to pay for white potatoes with government-subsidized vouchers issued by the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program, known as WIC.<p>The potato provision is part of a …

Nutrition

Canada's Medical Marijuana Producers Are Facing Serious Advertising Restrictions

Legal weed providers need to find a way to market their wares without incurring the wrath of the federal government.<p><i>This article first appeared on VICE Canada</i><p>In a few weeks, ​Canadian cannabis patients will find it harder than ever to get information about their medicine.<p>Last month, Health Canada …

Cannabis

New Report Details the Economic Costs of Superbug Threat

Failing to fight antibiotic-resistant superbugs risks causing 10 million deaths annually and could cost the global economy up to $100 trillion by …