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OF COURSE This Is What Google Street View Captured At Florida Capitol (PHOTO)

With its spontaneity and pervasiveness, Google Street View often captures the true essence of a place.<p>In Miami, weird news central, a Google camera unwittingly photographed a naked woman standing on a front porch holding a jug.<p>In Detroit, consistently named America's most dangerous city, Google …

Microsoft now wants to buy your iPhone for at least $200

After offering at least $200 for an iPad, Microsoft is now looking to buy iPhones for the same price or more. The company's latest promotion at its Microsoft Stores, which was previously rumored, will run until November 3rd and allow visitors to trade-in an iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 for a minimum of …

China Approves Plan To Lift 13-Year Game Console Ban

China has officially approved plans to lift a 13-year ban on the sales of video game consoles in the country, heralding in a huge market for game console developers such as Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft.<p>The move to lift the ban is part of the plans that the State Council has approved for the …

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BlackBerry Q2 Results Just About as Awful as Expected

No huge surprises here: BlackBerry’s second-quarter fiscal 2014 earnings report is in, and it’s just about as bad as BlackBerry warned last week, …

Beats Electronics unplugs HTC with $265 million share buyback

Looks like the rumors were true. HTC announced today that Beats Electronics will buy back the remaining 25 percent stake it had in the headphone maker for $265 million, all but bringing to an end a two-year partnership that has never really worked out. It's quite a bit of cash for HTC, after it …

Goldfinger 2: Asian Site Leaks Rumored Gold iPad Mini 2 With TouchID Sensor

It’s not that much of a stretch of the imagination to believe that Apple might unveil gold, or “space gray,” iPads in the upcoming month(s). That’s why it’s quite interesting that Chinese tech site DoNews has posted photos of a champagne iPad mini 2, complete with TouchID sensor.<p>Not enough …

Waze traffic incident reports coming to Google Maps

Google has begun integrating features from Waze, the social navigating app it bought this summer, into Google Maps, starting with the addition of traffic incident reports.<p>Now, when Waze users report road incidents that may cause delays, the incidents will also show up on the Google Maps apps for …

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Legal blog Groklaw shuts down citing NSA surveillance concerns

Groklaw has shut down before, but claims this is really the end<p>Concerns over NSA surveillance have led yet another website, the legal analysis blog Groklaw, to shut down. Groklaw has covered legal issues related to open source software, patents, and technology at large for over a decade, but citing …

MRI for breast cancer raises odds of surgery

<b>YALE (US) —</b> For older women with breast cancer, heavy use of MRIs may lead to unnecessary breast removal surgeries.<p>“These data are concerning because …

The 9 Coolest Space Photos From Astronaut Karen Nyberg

Dispatches from Nyberg's Pinterest page<p><i>Click here to enter the gallery</i><p>Our Earth can be a violent, desperate place. Sometimes it's nice to take a broader view and be reminded the blue marble can also be a beautiful place to live. Astronaut Karen Nyberg joined the International Space Station as a …

Astronaut tells the story of how he almost drowned during a spacewalk

Last month, a planned spacewalk was cut short by NASA because of a frightening accident in which an astronaut's helmet began filling with water. Now, astronaut Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency has told his tale in full — of how he first began feeling water on the back of his neck, how he …

Surprise virus caused blue chicken eggs

Scientists have identified the genetic mutation responsible for the first blue chicken eggs in South American Mapuche fowl and their European …

Copper exposure likely ‘key player’ in Alzheimer’s

<b>U. ROCHESTER (US) —</b> Copper, found in a variety of foods and some drinking water, may be one of the main environmental factors that trigger the onset …

Bullied kids struggle to keep a job later in life

<b>U. WARWICK (UK) / DUKE (US) —</b> Kids who are bullied often face a range of health and personal problems later in life, a new study finds.<p>Serious …

Is It Possible To Escape From Everyday Surveillance?

And not hide in the woods?<p>Is it possible to escape from everyday surveillance? Writing for New York Magazine and inspired by Edward Snowden's leak of the NSA PRISM program, Kevin Roose spent a day trying to answer that question. As an added challenge, he chose not to flee into the wilderness, but …

Ecuador Scraps Plan to Block Rain Forest Oil Drilling

Idea had been hailed as a revolutionary way to combat climate change.<p><b>The decision by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa to abandon a plan to spare the species-rich Yasuní rain forest in eastern Ecuador from oil development has dashed hopes for what environmentalists had hailed as a historic</b> …

NASA Introduces Media to New Astronaut Candidates

Psychedelic Drugs Don't Make People Crazy, Study Says

Researchers even found some associations between psychedelic drugs and fewer mental health issues.<p>Contrary to what some anti-drug campaigns will have you believe, dropping acid probably isn't going to make you depressed or psychotic. In fact, psychedelics might actually be associated with better …

How EverQuest Next will be forged by players, shaped by Minecraft

Massively multiplayer online games fail because the people who make them simply can't keep up with the gamers who play them, Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley said today.<p>The solution, he believes, is to cede some of that content creation over to players through emergent storytelling, …

What Are The Most Lactose Intolerant Places In The World? [Infographic]

Whether you can digest milk comfortably after childhood is a genetic fluke. For many people, the ability to produce lactase--the enzyme that allows the body to break down lactase, the sugar in milk--disappears after childhood, when we no longer need to survive on our mother's milk.<p>Lactase …

To Make An Unbreakable Code, Use Quantum Physics

As soon as you try to crack it, the encryption changes.<p>During World War II, the Nazis used a famously complex code machine to communicate military orders, assuming that no one would go through the effort needed to break its formidable encryption. The typewriter-like Enigma was a marvel of …

Reexamining the Definition of Cancer

A viewpoint published in <i>The Journal of the American Medical Association</i> recommended refining the definition of cancer and reexamining how the disease is detected and treated. Laura Esserman, one of the authors, and Larry Norton, from Memorial Sloan-Kettering, discuss what a new definition would …

Spacesuit X-Rays And Other Amazing Images From This Week

Way Too Many Britons Creepshot Hot Strangers

Real creepy, U.K.<p>Here in New York, there are lots of reasons to take pictures of strangers who aren't expecting it. The crazy lady pooping on the L train platform at Union Square? The guy who walks around Fort Greene Park with two African gray parrots on his shoulder? The impossibly old man riding …

How the chemicals in your blood can betray your wealth

Doctors may soon be able to tell how wealthy their patients are purely by looking at the chemicals in their blood.<p>A new study has found that different types of chemicals build up in people's bodies depending on their socioeconomic status.<p>While some chemicals, such as those associated with smoking, …

Space Station Crew Discusses Life in Space with Minnesota Media and the Navy

The Next Best Thing To Being A NASA Engineer: This Mars Rover Simulator

The game lets you plan and execute rover missions!<p>Curiosity just celebrated its first Mars-iversary, so why not celebrate by enjoying this awesome-looking Mars simulator, <i>Take On Mars</i>?<p>The game lets you plan and execute rover missions, and it looks like the creators have integrated everything from …

How To Create The Perfect Workspace, According To Science

Optimize your performance. Or just make it pretty.<p>There's nothing worse than sitting in a dull, drab cubicle. If you're going to be stuck in one place for 40 or more hours a week, it might as well be pleasant--for the sake of your sanity and your company's bottom line. Research shows that how you …