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Iraq crisis: Acts of inhumanity on unimaginable scale - UN

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1105000/1105121_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1526861715_4f6795833564a7d4f664a01a9710f6d4<p><b>The UN says it has received reports from Iraq that "reveal acts of inhumanity on an unimaginable scale".</b><p>Deputy Human Rights Commissioner Flavia …

Human Rights

The Boy and the Bionic Hand: A Chance Hospital Encounter Sent an Engineer on an Improbable Mission

One sunny Thursday afternoon last October, Lyman Connor climbed on his bicycle and pedaled from his Roanoke, Va., home for a ride along the scenic …

Lightning Storm Seen From Space Captured By Astronaut Reid Wiseman

A lightning storm viewed from space looks like it could be a deleted scene from "Independence Day."<p>Just check out this time-lapse video taken by American astronaut Reid Wiseman, who is currently aboard the International Space Station:<p>Wiseman has been active on social media since reaching the ISS in …

Exclusive: Twitter-Mining News App SmartNews Raises $36 Million from Atomico and Gree

Ex-WSJ editor Rich Jaroslovsky will lead the effort to bring the Flipboard-esque app into the West.<p>Japanese newsreading app SmartNews has raised $36 million in new funding, in a round led by growth-stage investment firm Atomico and mobile-social gaming company Gree.<p>The app is available on both iOS …

Incredible journey: one wolf's migration across Europe

Every year, Hubert Potočnik and his colleagues at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia capture and collar a number of wolves in order to get a handle on the movements of these much-misunderstood creatures. In July 2011, he collared a young male that became known as Slavc. In June, I spoke to …

Android's best photography app now lets you follow your friends

VSCO Cam 3.0 for Android gains proper support for the VSCO Grid, performance improvements<p>VSCO is releasing VSCO Cam 3.0 for Android today, bringing performance enhancements and adding access to the VSCO Grid, the company's curated feed of images from VSCO users. The update brings the Android app to …

Rick Perry Fails Fact Check On 'Criminal' Claim

<i>The following post first appeared on FactCheck.org.</i><p>In discussing his decision to send the National Guard to the Mexico border, Texas Gov. Rick Perry repeatedly has misused data on “criminal aliens” arrested in Texas.<p>Perry says 203,000 “illegal aliens” arrested since September 2008 “are responsible …

Boeing, United Technologies stock up titanium parts from Russia: WSJ | Reuters

(Reuters) - Boeing and United Technologies have been amassing titanium parts from Russian producer VSMPO-Avisma in case tensions between the United States and Russia disrupt supply of the metal critical to building jetliners, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing an industry official familiar …

Tesla settles dispute with trademark troll in China

Tesla has resolved a long-running trademark dispute that compromised the automaker's operations in China.<p>Chinese businessman Zhan Baosheng -- who registered the "Tesla" trademark years before the automaker entered the country -- had sued the company for infringement.<p>Tesla (TSLA) said that Zhan has …

Nixon's newspaper war

Journalists have been writing nonstop this week about how the resignation of President Richard Nixon — 40 years ago Friday — changed Washington and the American landscape. Add the media landscape to his legacy list.<p>The Federal Communications Commission’s media ownership rules, which were shaped …

How One Company Is Building An Internet Connection Through The Arctic Thanks To Climate Change

Arctic Fibre has a $620 million plan: to connect London and Tokyo without touching land.<p>The Gulf of Boothia is a tall, narrow section of the Northwest Passage—the long-sought sea route through the Arctic Ocean—that resembles a Chinese dragon diving down into the Canadian north. For most of Canada's …

Global Warming

Russia ramps up trade war with ban on Western food

Putin retaliates with counter sanctions as ECB President Mario Draghi warns tensions in Russia and Ukraine as risk to eurozone economy<p>Russia has banned the import of fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, milk and dairy foods from the United States, the European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway in …

Russia extends Edward Snowden's asylum for three more years

Russia has extended<p>Edward Snowden’s residency permit, allowing the fugitive U.S. intelligence contractor to remain in the country for three more years, his lawyer said Thursday.<p>Snowden, who is wanted in the United States for leaking information aboutNational Security Agencysurveillance practices, …

Surveillance

Code/red: Netflix Overtakes HBO in Facebook Gloats

Plus, Supreme Court decision prediction algorithms, Mark Zuckerberg's employee motivation techniques and another dumb drone accident.<p>// HAPPENING TODAY<p>Nvidia and Zynga report earnings.<p><b>Programming Note:</b> Code/red will not publish Friday or Monday August 11. I’m back on the 12th. Stay well.<p>Netflix: …

USPTO rejects claims of Apple patent asserted against Samsung in California trial

The USPTO on Tuesday rejected multiple claims of Apple's '172 patent for autocompletion of text input, which the company successfully asserted in its …

Patents

Second Sight First Bionic Eyes

The first glasses in the world, it seems, were created some 700 years ago.<p>It's taken until this year, 2014, for patients to receive the first FDA-approved bionic eyes. This breakthrough comes via Second Sight, a California company whose Argus II technology revolves around implanting patients with …

VSCO Cam for Android gets an Instagram-style feed for following other photographers

Visual Supply Co (VSCO) today updated its VSCO Cam photo-editing app on Android with full support for VSCO Grid, an Instagram-style feed that lets you share your photos and follow other people.<p>Once you’ve swiped in from the left and tapped the ‘Grid’ option from the navigation menu, you can browse …

Stop Telling Women Our Most Valuable Asset Is Our Youth

Last week, I wrote a column about​ millennials and​ beta-marriages: ​young people, like me, who want to beta-test their relationships before they …

CIA vs. the Senate: The Constitution demands action

CIA spying on the Senate is the constitutional equivalent of the Watergate break-in. In both cases, the executive branch attacked the very foundations of our system of checks and balances.<p>President Obama is not President Nixon. He hasn't been implicated personally in organizing this constitutional …

Surveillance

The Most Fascinating Profile You’ll Ever Read About a Guy and His Boring Startup

• Author: Mat Honan. Mat Honan Gear<br>• Date of Publication: 08.07.14. 08.07.14<br>• Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>The Most Fascinating Profile You’ll Ever …

Google and Barnes & Noble take on Amazon's same-day delivery

Customers who want to order books online and get them delivered that very same day now have two choices:<p>AmazonorGoogle, which has teamed with Barnes & Noble.<p>"Starting on Thursday, book buyers in<p>Manhattan, West Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area will be able to get same-day deliveries from …

San Francisco Bay Area

Text of President Obama’s statement on air strikes, airdrops in Iraq

Good evening. Today I authorized two operations in Iraq — targeted airstrikes to protect our American personnel, and a humanitarian effort to help save thousands of Iraqi civilians who are trapped on a mountain without food and water and facing almost certain death. Let me explain the actions we're …

Obama authorizes air strikes in Iraq | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday he has authorized air strikes against Islamist militants in Iraq to protect American personnel and launched humanitarian assistance to prevent a genocide of members of a religious minority who have fled their homes.<p>U.S. President …

Expert: Russia will use 'humanitarian crisis' as excuse to invade Ukraine

Cut off from the Russian border and under increasing pressure from Ukrainian military forces, the pro-Russian separatists' stronghold of Donetsk could become the flashpoint for a Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine, an expert on U.S. and Russian national security predicted Thursday.<p>Appearing on Fox …

IBM Unveils a ‘Brain-Like’ Chip With 4,000 Processor Cores

The human brain is the world's most sophisticated computer, capable of learning new things on the fly, using very little data. It can recognize …

Activision: Pre-Orders No Longer Gold Standard for Game Interest

"...there's been a sort of secular downturn..."<p>Speaking on the Activision earnings call earlier this week, Publishing president and CEO Eric …