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Uber and Lyft are spending millions to overturn a rule that requires their drivers to be fingerprinted

Campaign finance records show that Ridesharing Works for Austin, a lobby group financed almost exclusively by Uber Technologies Inc and Lyft, had collected more than $8 million in contributions and spent $5.4 million in opposition of the fingerprint ordinance as of the end of April.<p>In contrast, the …

Guns

‘Sesame Street’ Is Ready To ‘Regulate’ As Bert And Ernie Rap Warren G And Nate Dogg

It’s time for The Muppets to mount up! At least the kid-friendly Muppets from <i>Sesame Street</i>. In the latest mashup of classic hip hop and the puppet hijinks, the fine folks over at isthishowyougoviral manage to take Warren G and Nate Dogg’s classic “Regulate” and give it to Bert and Ernie. …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Broadway's 'Hamilton' under fire for controversial casting call

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Broadway blockbuster "Hamilton" has been praised for casting mostly black and Latino performers in place of America's founding fathers.<p>But the Great White Way's newest hit musical has come under fire for a casting call that sought "NON-WHITE" performers.<p>The controversial notice was …

Lin-Manuel Miranda

The Most Beautiful Girls In Nigeria From 2000 To 2015

Every year, beauties from all over the country compete for a chance to represent Nigeria at the Miss World pageant.<p>They take on giant steps towards …

Africa

A Fascinating Look At The Hyena Men Of Nigeria

Known to the locals on the streets of Lagos as the <i>Gadawan Kura</i> (rough translation: ‘hyena handlers/guides’) but portrayed by Nigerian press as little …

New Ways to Teach Young Children to Code

Even parents who don’t know programming are using games, apps to teach basic skills<p>Filip Icev, 10, writes code on his laptop at his home in Kirkland, Wash., using a visual-programming language called Scratch.<p>Annabel Clark for the Wall Street Journal<p>1 of 9<p>•••••<p>By<p>Sue Shellenbarger<p>Sue Shellenbarger<p>The …

Kids

Kanye West Is Reportedly Threatening A Lawsuit Against The Pirate Bay Over ‘The Life Of Pablo’

Kanye West is apparently considering a lawsuit against elusive torrent giant The Pirate Bay after <i>The Life of Pablo</i> leaks appeared on the download site.<p>West released the album exclusively for streaming on Tidal, yet the album quickly appeared on The Pirate Bay and other torrent sites, resulting in …

Kanye West

The drama over Lauryn Hill's Grammy no-show intensifies

The dispute over Lauryn Hill’s absence from the 58th<p>Grammy Awardscontinues, with the singer’s rep maintaining their stance that her appearance was prematurely announced.<p>Among the surprising number of onstage snags during Monday's show, one of the most mysterious was the no-show of Hill, who was set …

Lauryn Hill

Black History Month reading list: the best books this February

From rediscovered greats by Octavia Butler to the sixth novel from a prodigious talent, there’s a lot to get excited about this month<p>What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi<p>It’s hard to believe, but What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours is Helen Oyeyemi’s sixth book and she is still only 31. The …

When I Think I'm a Hot Mom in the Car, but I Have Two Kids in the Backseat

I leave the house feeling sexy.<p>I'm driving down the road, and the feel of my body moving the clutch, and shifting, and turning the wheel through this sunny-day scenery is magnificent.<p>Sure, I have two kids in the backseat, but my mascara is perfect, my hair is actually slightly done, and I'm not …

Here Are Obama's Potential Supreme Court Nominees

Obama has pledged to swiftly nominate a replacement, after Antonin Scalia's death — but who will it be?<p>Conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin …

Sandra Day O'Connor

Nigerian minister claims $6.8bn of public funds stolen in seven years

Former governors, ministers and state employees accused of raiding the public purse as goverment kicks off anti-corruption campaign<p>Scores of people, including former governors, cabinet ministers and government workers, stole $6.8bn from Nigeria’s public purse over seven years, the information …

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PSA: Last Chance to Get These Free Xbox One/360 Games

Today is the final day for Xbox Live Gold members to grab a pair of free Games With Gold titles.<p>One of the two, Thief for Xbox One, has been free since mid-December and will be returning to its regular price after today. The other, Dirt Showdown for Xbox 360, has been free since the beginning of …

Alan Rickman, Harry Potter's infamous Snape, dies at 69

The legendary actor who won millions of fans worldwide as Professor Severus Snape has died of cancer.<p>Alan Rickman, best known as the scowling Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films, died of cancer Thursday at age 69.<p>The British actor, also known for his roles in "Galaxy Quest," "Die …

Scientists May Have Just Unlocked The Key To Halting Alzheimer's

Brain inflammation plays a big role in the disease's progression.<p>Curbing brain inflammation may help people treat and prevent Alzheimer's disease, according to a landmark new study.<p>Researchers at the University of Southampton in England conducted a series of experiments showing a chemical that …

See the first videos shot with Nikon's 360-degree action camera

Company releases first sample footage taken with its KeyMission 360 camera<p>At CES this week, Nikon announced the KeyMission 360, its first-ever action camera. Now, the company has released the first videos shot with the 360-degree 4K camera, which is the first in what Nikon is calling a "family" of …

Photography

With Echo, Amazon Creates The First Potential Hit Of IoT Era

Last week at the Smart Kitchen Summit, people couldn’t stop talking about the Amazon Echo.<p>Part of the reason is the event was a forward looking gathering, where folks talked about how technology will change the way we cook, shop and interact with our food, but also because voice-control just makes …

Internet of Things

Most vitamins are useless, but here are the ones you should take

sourceReuters<p>It seems like simple, obvious advice: Eat your vegetables, get some exercise, and – of course – take your vitamins.<p>Or not.<p>Decades of …

Dell to buy EMC in $67B tech megamerger

The acquisition of data storage provider EMC continues the reinvention of Dell in the post-PC era.<p>Michael Dell has a flair for the grand gesture. He showed that Monday when his namesake company announced what may be the industry's biggest ever acquisition, as it makes itself a go-to tech provider …

Intelligent machines: Will we accept robot revolution?

<b>Would you share your home with a robot or work side by side with one? People are starting to do both, which has put the relationship we have with them under the spotlight and exposed both our love and fear of the machines that are increasingly becoming a crucial part of our lives.</b><p>In Japan they grow …

Robotics

Why Massachusetts wants Uber drivers to undergo stricter background checks

During a hearing this week, state lawmakers debated whether ride-sharing services are really tech companies, or simply high-tech cab services, with …

7 Tips to Improve Your Memory

Learning ability is probably the most important skill you can have.<p>Take it from Peter Brown, Henry Roediger, and Mark McDaniel, authors of <i>Make It</i> …

Learning

US prosecutor warns ‘no individual is above the law’ in Fifa inquiry

• US attorney general Loretta Lynch to ‘root out corruption’ • ‘No criminal act can evade the efforts of dedicated men and women’<p>The US prosecutor who sent Fifa into meltdown in May has warned that “no individual is above the law” as the investigation into world football’s governing body …

A White Teen Was Killed By A Cop And No One Took To The Streets. Is That A Problem?

It was just after sunset on a muggy Friday evening earlier this month, and my wife and I were standing outside a Hardee's in Seneca, S.C. We were at a vigil for Zachary Hammond, a white teenager killed by a police officer during an attempted drug arrest in the restaurant's parking lot, three miles …

Justice

Tim O'Reilly: The argument over whether Uber should have contractors or employees is 'fake'

Uber and Lyft both label their drivers as independent contractors — a classification that is being contested in federal court as some drivers claim they should be full employees.<p>Court isn't the only place where this debate is playing out. Some venture capitalists have argued that the on-demand …

The Workplace

Charles Koch: Obama Attack Was A 'Farewell Gesture To Help Harry Reid'

Obama singled out the Koch brothers for obstructing state-level efforts to set new renewable energy standards and promote clean energy.<p>Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch said Tuesday that President Barack Obama's harsh words for him and his brother David were personally motivated and a means of …

Ambode revokes 50-year Lagos concession awarded by Fashola for N50 million - Premium Times Nigeria

<i>Related News</i><p>The Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday revoked the concession contract for the re-development of the highbrow Falomo …

Emerging Markets