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Atomic Scientists Say Humanity Is Closest to Destruction Since 1984

According to the Doomsday Clock, calamity is two "minutes" closer. We were farthest from disaster in 1991.<p>Doomsday has always been at least seven minutes away. That's according to the "Doomsday Clock," a symbolic timepiece that ticks off humanity's proximity to, well, doom. (Doom!)<p>The clock, …

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The Indian company turning e-waste into mounds of profit

Old computers and electronics have created huge dumps of electronic trash around the world, and as the back office to the world, India is particularly burdened—Bangalore alone generates 18,000 metric tons of e-waste a year, an amount growing 20% a year. And although India banned e-waste imports in …

Profiting off your student debt misery?: America’s little-discussed conflict-of-interest

How a raft of federally backed student loans could affect the government’s bottom line — and motivate new policies<p>Earlier this month, the Department of Education rolled out two major initiatives designed to help the millions of young Americans who have defaulted on their student loan debts, and …

America’s next big rip-off: Cars are the next subprime crisis!

With financial firms now pushing strongly into auto loans, here’s how Congress is helping car dealers rip you off<p>If you have bad credit in America, you will have lots of trouble buying a house, securing a credit card or even getting a job. But it apparently won’t stop you from one very expensive …

Amazon's Naughty, Walmart's Nice? Learn Which Stores Have Your Back Ahead Of Black Friday

Blowout Savings! Doorbuster Deals!<p>Price Matching! Open Thanksgiving!<p>Do you find those sales pitches a tad wearying? I do, and it isn’t even Black Friday yet.<p>There are far too many ostensible deals between Thanksgiving and Christmas, both in brick-and-mortar stores and online, to make investigating …

Let Me Tell You Something About The Internet Bubble ...

Matt Yglesias makes an important point here: Almost everyone talking about how there's a tech bubble these days has no recollection of what the late '90s was like. It was orders of magnitude more crazy.<p>Let me just share some observations, memories, and personal experiences from that time.<p>- The …

Data’s Credibility Problem

Artwork: Chad Hagen, Nonsensical Infographic No. 7, 2009, digital<p>As a rising product-management executive prepares for an important presentation to her firm’s senior team, she notices that something looks off in the market share numbers. She immediately asks her assistant to verify the figures. He …

Why Target and Coke are setting up tech incubators in India

In 2014, Target will set up a tech incubator in Bangalore. The Target Accelerator Program will invest up to $30,000 in one or two companies every year, likely in return for equity but more importantly for first dibs on new products the start-ups make. As Target’s Beth Jacob told TechCrunch, which …

These companies could be watching everything you buy this holiday shopping season

If last year is anything to go by, Americans will spend over $60 billion in the four days from Thanksgiving, this Thursday (Nov. 28), to the end of the weekend. That doesn’t include “cyber Monday,” when merchants put up post-Thanksgiving deals online; Adobe reckons Americans will spend another $2.3 …

Tata Sons withdraws application for bank licence

<b>One of India's biggest conglomerates, Tata Sons, has withdrawn its application for a banking licence.</b><p>The group which has diverse interests, ranging from cars to steel, said its current financial services business best suits its strategy.<p>India's central bank is expected to issues new banking …

Retail Workers Ask Themselves What Thanksgiving With Family Is Worth

How much is a Thanksgiving with your loved ones worth to you?<p>If you were asked to give it up, would its value be $10.09 per hour? How about $15.05, with some free turkey thrown in?<p>Is it worth a one-time voucher for 25 percent off your purchase at Walmart?<p>Over the past few weeks, hundreds of …

PQ gives up on balanced budget, projecting $2.5-billion deficit

Quebec is abandoning its goal of a balanced budget this year, saying wary consumers and softening economic growth in North America have sent its revenues spiralling downward.<p>In contrast to pledges just a few months ago of an imminent end to deficits, the Quebec government is now projecting a …

Judge formally dismisses user privacy lawsuit regarding location services and App Store data collection policy

Reuters is reporting that Lucy Koh has today dismissed a data privacy lawsuit against Apple that dates back to 2011. The plaintiffs were suing on the basis that (in iOS 4.1) Apple collected WiFi hotspot and cell tower location data even though Location Services were disabled.<p>In addition, the …

Fraud lawsuit against HP can go forward, judge says

A federal judge has narrowed a shareholder suit against Hewlett-Packard for allegedly deceiving investors over its ill-fated purchase of the British software maker Autonomy Corp., but allowed the case to proceed against HP and its chief executive officer, Meg Whitman.<p>The Palo Alto technology giant …

As Nadella And Mulally Lead In Microsoft’s CEO Hunt, The Internal/External Debate Continues

According to Bloomberg, the potential pool of candidates being considered for the role of next CEO of Microsoft has narrowed, at least for the moment. Ford CEO Alan Mulally and current Microsoft executive vice president Satya Nadella are said to be the two front-runners.<p>If true, it’s hardly a …

Japan consumer price rises pick up pace - BBC News

Kenya’s merchants are warming up to a payment system born in a Seattle basement

Naming your company “money” takes some gall, but for the founders of Kopo Kopo, the gambit looks like it might pay off.<p>The Nairobi-based payments systems company provides merchants with a platform to accept payments through mobile phones. It takes its name from a corruption of the Krio word for …

Large retailers report strong Thanksgiving, Black Friday sales with focus on big-ticket electronics

Despite some major retailers luring bargain-hunters with holiday savings since Halloween, major department stores reported strong traffic on Black Friday even though for many, the seasonal rush to attract shoppers began in earnest on Thanksgiving.<p>The holiday shopping season kicked off much earlier …

Indian Bank Aims to Help Women Take Control

When she switched on the evening news, Shipra Bhattacharya was overjoyed to find a solution to the problem that had been bugging her for over a year. …

Some additional tidbits on Apple’s gift card-based Black Friday deal

This morning, Apple’s Black Friday sale went live in Australia, confirming our earlier report that it will be based around gift cards and not the usual discounts. Because this is the first time that Apple has provided a gift card-based deal for Black Friday, many readers have approached us with …

Apple’s Black Friday deals go live in UK & other EU countries with discounts, not gift cards

While Apple’s Black Friday deals started going live in Australia and elsewhere today with Apple Store Gift Cards in place of traditional discounts, it appears Apple will be offering discounts and not gift cards in at least some countries. The UK, France, Germany and other European Apple Online …

South Korean intelligence accused of spreading 1.2 million tweets to sway elections

Prosecutors say National Intelligence Service used Twitter to smear opponents of President Park Geun-hye<p>South Korea's National Intelligence Service (NIS) has been accused of using Twitter to sway public opinion ahead of last year's presidential and parliamentary elections, as part of an ambitious …

Africa's first start-up bus hits the road

<b>Imagine a bus, jam-packed with uber-geeks from different countries, taking on a four-day brainstorming marathon across Southern Africa.</b><p>Well, imagine no more because it has just become a reality.<p>Special Report: The Technology of BusinessSolving a game of hospital TetrisHow do game companies share …

VW app conducts electro symphonies to the tune of your driving

Volkswagen has developed a way to turn its cars into giant metal DJs. When plugged into a Volkswagen GTI, the German vehicle manufacturer's Play The Road iOS app uses a swath of data from the car — including its velocity, engine revs, and location — to create a soundtrack that changes as it's …

Growing The Use Of Drones In Agriculture

Although news coverage around them is mostly focused on use in military operations, drones can be used across multiple industries. Using diverse payloads, ranging from GoPro cameras to professional cameras, drones can be used to perform a variety of tasks, ranging from reconnaissance missions in …

Apple Spends $578 Million On Rumored Sapphire Glass Feature For iPhone 6

Practically everyone reading this will have heard the reports about the lengths Apple will go to in order to ensure that its products are on the cutting edge of industrial design.<p>Well, to those reports you can add the one which suggests that Apple recently paid a total of $578 million — more than …

FIFA Launches Mobile Apps

The FIFA brand may have become synonymous with an uber-popular football game, but the international governing body behind the name has introduced its own apps, ahead of the World Cup finals draw next week.<p>Available for iPhone, iPad and Android, FIFA covers hundreds of competitions from around the …

Black Friday: Bitcoin users get hundreds of discounts

'Bitcoin Black Friday' launches, with more than 400 online retailers offering discounts and rewards to those who pay using the digital currency<p>More than 400 retailers are offering Black Friday discounts to those who pay with Bitcoin, the virtual currency, as “Bitcoin Black Friday” is …

NASA's MAVEN mission blasts off to solve major Martian mystery

A rocket carrying NASA's MAVEN spacecraft blasted off from Cape Canaveral at 1:28 p.m. ET Monday, on a mission to answer a profound mystery about Mars' planetary evolution: What happened to the atmosphere?<p>The agency’s latest robotic explorer will sample gas isotopes, catch solar particles and probe …

Bringing Back the Unconscious: The Latest Science on Awakenings

Hundreds of thousands of patients in the U.S. languish in unconsciousness, cut off from the world by severe brain injuries. But the latest research …