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Ten percent of Starbucks transactions in US come via mobile payments

Mobile payments has proven to be a very difficult nut to crack. Google, Isis, and others have failed to bring wallet-free payments to primetime, but one company has seen some success: Starbucks. The coffee chain says that wholly ten percent of its payments in the US are made using smartphones, …

Twitter 'report abuse' button calls after rape threats

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/998000/998220_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534485368_f46d26ed0479d3ec98be7f5463b15f00<p><b>A petition calling on Twitter to add a "report abuse" button has received thousands of signatures.</b><p>It follows a deluge of abuse and rape threats received by …

'Inside' vs. 'outside' headphones: What's the difference?

The Velodyne vPulse is one of the best pair of $99 headphones I've ever listened to on the NYC subway, but it's not one I use at home or in any quiet space. Why's that?<p>The vPulse's overly generous bass turns me off at home, but it sounds perfectly balanced on trains, buses, cars, or planes. What …

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's Mixed Marks For Her First Year

<i>Check out the details of how we did the grading here.</i><p>Unlike her three immediate predecessors*, Marissa Mayer managed to make it through an entire year as CEO of Yahoo. She even got a $1.1 million bonus halfway through her first year, which began July 17, 2012. Did she earn it? Shares are up 80%, …

Virus tricks man into turning himself in for child porn

Jay Matthew Riley, who turned himself in for child porn.<p>A 21-year-old Virginia man was browsing the internet when he saw a pop-up that likely filled him with dread. "FBI warning," the message read, informing him that child pornography had been identified on his machine, and instructing him to pay a …

20 of the most expensive iPhone and iPad apps in the world (AAPL)

Steven Depolo/flickr<p>If you think $10 is too much money for an app, you won't even consider downloading anything on this list.<p>While Apple's App Store is full of great apps that are inexpensive or free, there are also a handful that cost hundreds of dollars.<p>For some apps, like electronic textbooks …

The 10 Coolest Things You Can 3-D Print Right Now

Cameras, guitars, RC aircraft and more!<p>One survey of the 3-D printing landscape will quickly show you that it's brimming with novelty items and useless junk. But don't let that overwhelm you! We sorted through the clutter to create this list of 10 projects that are both awesome and practical.<p>Don't …

Your Body Is The Computer

The last few years have presented an unprecedented shift in the computing world as PCs are being replaced with mobile devices. But now that a large portion of the market has already shifted, what comes after it? Last week, we looked at how the giants of tech are going after TV screens. This week, …

Why Bill Gates isn't coming back to run Microsoft

Once more. With feeling. Everyone repeat after me: Bill Gates is not going to sweep in like a white knight and take over as Microsoft's CEO.<p>There's an unsourced report from the Australian International Business Times claiming this might happen, which is being picked up by various sites and blogs. …

The 14 Most Innovative Gadgets Of All Time

Wireless high-speed Internet everywhere? We're getting close thanks to LTE.<p>Cars that drive themselves? Google is working on it. Appliances that sync with your smartphone? Thanks, Nest.<p>We put together what we think are the best examples of gadgets that brought us into the future or are now showing …

Gear & Gadgets

Google's Chromecast has its roots in Android, not Chrome OS

Having successfully managed to gain root access to Google's Chromecast dongle, the GTV Hacker team has identified that it runs a stripped-down version of Android taken from Google TV, not Chrome OS. Google had previously told <i>The Verge</i> that the Chromecast runs a variant of the web-focused operating …

27,500-acre Mountain fire blamed on electrical equipment failure

The Mountain fire, which has burned 27,500 acres in the mountains above Palm Springs, was sparked by an electrical equipment failure on private property, Cal Fire reported.<p>The fire was caused by "some type of electrical equipment" on private property, and was not a utility company electrical …

California

Prosecutors rest their case against Bulger

After hearing testimony from an FBI agent involved in Bulger's 2011 Calif. capture, the prosecution wrapped its case.<p>The prosecution wrapped up its case Monday in the dramatic racketeering trial of reputed Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger.<p>The defense is schedule to open Monday, although the …

FDA proposes new rules for safer imported foods

Long-awaited rules aimed at improving the safety of foods imported to the United States were proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday.<p>The first-ever draft rules for safety oversight of imported food are part of a larger mandated food safety regulatory overhaul underway at the …

L.A. girl kept in metal box on pot farm for sex, authorities say

A missing Los Angeles teenager was sexually assaulted, kept in a metal box and forced to process marijuana for her two captors, according to a federal criminal complaint filed this week.<p>Prosecutors said the girl was held by Ryan Balletto, 30, and Patrick Pearmain, 24, who are charged with …

Deen Denies New Racism Claims

'Fat shaming' actually increases risk of becoming or staying obese, new study says

Making overweight or obese people feel bad about their bodies doesn’t do anything to motivate them to lose weight – actually, a new study finds it does just the opposite.<p>People who felt discriminated against because of their weight were more likely to either become or stay obese, finds a new report …

Ex-vice president at Tiffany pleads guilty to stealing $2.11 million in jewelry

NEW YORK - A former executive at jeweler Tiffany & Co pleaded guilty Friday to stealing more than $2 million worth of jewelry from her one-time employer.<p>Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun, 46, a former vice president of product development, pleaded guilty to a count of interstate transportation of stolen …

Associated Press News

Dartmouth Under Federal Investigation For Handling Of Sexual Harassment Complaints

The federal government has opened an investigation into how Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., handles sexual misconduct. But unlike other recent investigations of how colleges respond to sexual misconduct and assault, this investigation was not directly spurred by a student complaint.<p>A number of …

Chinese toddler dies after parking space row

<b>A Chinese toddler has died in a Beijing hospital after being wounded during a row between her mother and a man over a parking space, state media report.</b><p>They say the two-year-old girl suffered critical injuries on Tuesday when the man pulled her out of her pram and threw her to the ground.<p>He also …

China

Tucson Food Bank Helps The Needy Grow Their Own Food

Food banks around the country face growing demand, despite improvements in the economy. Many families are still underemployed and struggling. So some food banks are looking for more permanent ways to address hunger, beyond handing out food.<p>One of them is the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, …

San Diego Mayor to Enter 'Intensive Therapy' Following Accusations of Sexual Harassment

Mayor Bob Filner indicated today that he is not resigning, but said he will attend a two-week intensive behavioral counseling clinic after seven …

Flash floods trap residents, wash out roads in North Carolina

Severe thunderstorms across western North Carolina dumped nearly a foot of rain Saturday, causing flash floods that trapped residents and washed out roads.<p>Officials in Catawba County were called to about 10 swift-water rescues, Mark Pettit, assistant director of emergency services for Catawba …

Student Loan Deal Is Set To Become Law

Folks, it looks like we finally have a student loan deal.<p>The Senate passed a bill Wednesday evening that would tie federal educational loans' …

Russian Neo-Nazis Allegedly Lure, Torture Gay Teens With Online Dating Scam

A neo-Nazi group in Russia has apparently enacted a disturbing campaign against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth by allegedly using a popular social network to lure in victims and torture them.<p>The Spectrum Human Rights Alliance (SHRA), an LGBT rights group focusing on Eastern Europe, …

Stephen Hawking tells how doctors offered to turn off life support in 1985

Prof Stephen Hawking has said he became so ill while writing A Brief History Of Time that doctors offered to turn off his life support machine, it …

Nelson Mandela, Robert Mugabe And The Countries They Shaped

As the ailing Nelson Mandela turned 95 this month, the international community celebrated his legacy and rooted for his recovery.<p>Just to the north in Zimbabwe, President Robert Mugabe, 89, is running for re-election this week. He's looking to extend his 33 years in power, which have been marked by …

Which Citizens Are Under More Surveillance, U.S. Or European?

The disclosure of of previously secret NSA surveillance programs has been met by outrage in Europe. The European Parliament even threatened to delay trade talks with the United States.<p>Yet U.S. officials have dismissed much of the complaining as hypocrisy. Before the House rejected legislation that …