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Former CIA agent hopes to buy Twitter to kick Trump off

Remember Valerie Plame Wilson?<p>The former CIA agent, who got involved in what became known as the “Plame Affair,” has a solution for ridding Twitter of America’s favorite troll.<p>Wilson launched a fundraiser last week to buy the social media service, tweeting:<p>So far, Wilson has raised just $12,000 of …

FTC greenlights Amazon and Whole Foods deal

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is allowing Amazon to move forward in the process of purchasing Whole Foods.<p>The $13.7 billion acquisition, which was announced in June, combines the e-commerce behemoth with a major grocery chain. The FTC has since been investigating whether the tie-up would …

North Korea missile launch marks a direct challenge to Trump administration

North Korea’s latest test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile marks a direct challenge to President Trump, whose tough talk has yet to yield any change in Pyongyang’s behavior as the regime continues its efforts to build a nuclear weapon capable of striking the mainland United …

Facebook's internet-beaming drone has completed its second test flight and didn't crash

Facebook has completed its second test flight for its solar-powered, internet-beaming drone called Aquila, the company announced on Thursday.<p>The flight was conducted on May 22 in Yuma, Arizona and lasted for one hour and 46 minutes. Facebook said that the drone "landed perfectly on our prepared …

CBO: Debt limit must be raised by October

The federal government is expected to run out of money to pay its debts in “early to mid-October,” the Congressional Budget Office announced Thursday.<p>The deadline for Congress to lift the nation’s debt limit is approaching more quickly than expected, in part because the federal deficit is growing …

Is Amazon’s Alexa smarter than Apple’s HomePod?

Amazon’s earnings on Thursday were driven by blockbuster sales of its Alexa voice assistant.<p>The company’s chief executive Jeff Bezos declined to give …

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Russia steps up North Korea support to constrain US

In spite of international sanctions on North Korea's communist regime, Russia has been increasing fuel exports to Pyongyang and filling in the supply …

North Korea

Putin warns against 'intimidating' North Korea after latest missile launch

<b>Beijing (CNN) —</b> Russian President Vladimir Putin has condemned North Korea's latest missile launch as "dangerous" but warned against "intimidating" Pyongyang.<p>Speaking in China, Putin called for a peaceful solution to the ongoing tensions on the Korean peninsula, Russia's Sputnik news agency …

North Korea

This New Sex Toy Is Like a Fitbit For Your Penis

Here’s how you can gather data on all of your sex habits<p>Crunching the numbers just got a whole lot sexier: Lovely—part sex toy, part wearable tracker—is a stretchy, one-size-fits-all silicone ring that sits on the base of your penis and records your movements during sex, reports <i>Mashable</i>. The sex …

The Samsung Galaxy Note7 is done

Here's two things you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note7.<p>Number one, <b>don't buy</b> this phone. Ever. Whichever version.<p>Number two, if you already …

Samsung Galaxy S7

Android OEM death watch: Sony, HTC, and LG edition

If Android OEMs were just that, <i>original equipment manufacturers</i>, their jobs would be much simpler and easier. But in the modern smartphone world, it’s not enough to just design and build new gadgets to a high spec; you have to power them with your own tailored software, you have to support them …

Apple won’t disclose first weekend iPhone 7 sales — but claims it will sell out

Well goodbye then, iPhone first weekend sales metric. You had a good innings, as the British like to say, but the days of Cupertino putting a figure on how many iPhones it has managed to flog in the first few days of sales are done. Let’s say they’re (Tim) Cooked.<p>Apple announced the forthcoming …

EU hits Apple with $14.6 billion tax bill

Ireland must recover up to 13 billion euros ($14.6 billion) in unpaid taxes from Apple, European officials said on Tuesday.<p>The tax ruling is the biggest the European Union has ever made regarding a single company, and it could spark a huge transatlantic row over how Europe treats U.S. …

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This navigation app keeps you out of high-crime areas in real time

RedZone is a suitably-named navigation app that helps keep you safe by steering you clear of high crime areas. When you roll into an unfamiliar city late at night, the last thing you want to do is go looking for a hotel in an area where you’re more likely to require a stay in hospital than get a …

Report: Samsung to supply Apple with 100 million OLED panels

There has been long running speculation that Apple will be purchasing OLED display panels from its smartphone rival Samsung for use in its next iPhone. The latest reports from South Korea are now suggesting that Samsung is looking to provide Apple with 100 million panels for the handset, possibly …

Mobile

Samsung Galaxy S7 gets unboxed by... a llama

If you had millions of dollars to spend on marketing for your next big smartphone, what would you spend it on? Emotional advertisements that pull on the heart strings of a wide user base? What about a commercial that shows off some of the device’s new and innovative features? Those might be good …

Could this glove be the solution to Parkinson's tremors?

<b>(CNN) —</b> A drug-free alternative to treat Parkinson's disease tremors could be on the horizon -- in the form of a glove.<p>There is currently no cure for Parkinson's disease, a degenerative neurological condition that is estimated to affect between 7 and ten million people worldwide, according to the …

Too much fish during pregnancy increases a child's obesity risk, study says

<b>(CNN) —</b> Advice to pregnant women to not overdo it on fish is getting an endorsement from new research.<p>In a massive long-term study spanning 11 countries, researchers found that eating fish more than three times a week during pregnancy was associated with increased risk of childhood obesity, …

Regulators Should Favor Lyft And Uber, Not Taxis For Safety Reasons

I don’t often take taxis anymore, but I hopped into the taxi line at the Aria in Las Vegas during CES last week for what I figured would be a faster way to get a ride back to my hotel. I didn’t think about being a woman alone at night in a car with a strange, untraceable cab driver — that was a …

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WhatsApp Going Entirely Free After Dropping Subscription Fees

Popular real-time messaging app WhatsApp today announced that it will no longer be charging customers subscription fees after their first free year with the service. The company noted that the approach of giving users a free year with the app and then removing its features "hasn't worked well," …

Porsche's Tesla-fighting Mission E concept car gets green light for production

The Porsche Mission E, arguably one of the most interesting and beautiful concept cars to debut in 2015, was a huge hit at the Frankfurt auto show a few months ago — but the company hadn't committed to actually building the thing. Now, with a new press release, Porsche says that the Mission E will …

More Mexican immigrants leaving U.S. than entering: Pew | Reuters

CHICAGO (Reuters) - More Mexicans are leaving the United States than entering it according to a report released on Thursday, at a time when some Republicans, including presidential candidate Donald Trump, have taken a hard line on illegal immigration.<p>People hoping to reach the U.S. ride atop the …

HTC will no longer give guidance for the future it doesn’t have

Each month for the past six months, HTC has recorded a double-digit decline in revenues relative to 2014. For a company that wasn't making all that much money in the first place, and whose most notable achievement in recent times has been to stabilize and break even last year, 2015 has been nothing …

Study: More than 6 million could die early from air pollution every year

<b>(CNN) —</b> The air we breathe outdoors could be harming more people than ever, a new study suggests.<p>Globally, more than 3 million people die prematurely each year from prolonged exposure to air pollution, according to the World Health Organization. By 2050, it could be 6.6 million premature deaths …

NYC cabs will test app-based system to challenge Uber

Around 7,000 NYC cabs are currently beta testing a new e-hail app called Arro, which the industry hopes can help it get back the customers it's lost to Uber. Arro isn't the first hailing app for cabs -- it actually works quite similarly to Uber -- but the startup believes it can do better than its …

Homejoy Is Shutting Down At The End Of The Month

On-demand house cleaning service Homejoy is shutting down, after talks of an acquisition by its biggest competitor and a failure to raise enough money to keep things moving.<p>Confirmation of the shutdown comes on Homejoy’s own blog, where co-founder Adora Cheung writes that the service will …

Startups

Disney Bans Selfie Sticks

Walt Disney World is the latest organization to ban selfie sticks, citing safety concerns for both guests and workers at its theme parks, a spokeswoman said this morning.<p>Beginning Tuesday, “The Happiest Place on Earth” will check for selfie sticks during routine bag checks when visitors enter its …

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Should I upgrade from the Galaxy S5 to the Galaxy S6?

The Samsung Galaxy S6 is absolutely the hot new phone out right now. And while plenty of people are considering upgrading from whatever phone they …