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The Durable Led Zeppelin

A conversation with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant<p>John Paul Jones, Led Zeppelin's bassist and keyboard player, was quietly playing backgammon and half …

Guitar

North Korea appeals to White House to halt release of US comedy film

'The Interview', released later this year, tells the tale of a group of journalists tasked with assassinating Kim Jong-un<p>Pyongyang has written to the White House to demand that President Barack Obama intervene to halt the release of 'The Interview', a Hollywood comedy blockbuster that pokes fun at …

North Korea

What Happens When Detroit Shuts Off the Water of 100,000 People

Some run dry—and others pay $30 for plumbers to illegally turn the taps back on.<p>When the water trucks arrived near Arlyssa Heard’s home on the west side of Detroit at the end of June, the 42-year-old single mother of two said it felt like the entire neighborhood was being taken over. “There were …

Snowden reports NSA employees intercept, share private nude photos

Edward Snowden is currently holed up in Russia, but the <i>Guardian</i> recently paid him a visit, and today published an interview today in which the former government contractor discussed numerous privacy violations, including the "routine enough" practice of intercepting nude photos shared privately …

GoTenna creates a cell network out of thin air anywhere on Earth

The Brooklyn-based startup is offering a solution for off-the-grid travelers who need low-cost connectivity for their smartphone -- and it doesn't rely on satellites.<p>Our modern, wired society often romanticizes going off the grid. Pack-toting hikers bravely venture into areas without electricity or …

US INTELLIGENCE: Surface-To-Air Missile Was Fired At Malaysian Plane In Ukraine

But the intelligence has not confirmed the origin of the missile, according to the report, and it is "divided" over its source. The White House declined to comment on the reports.<p>None of the 295 passengers and crew aboard MH 17 survived Thursday's crash near the Ukrainian border. An adviser to …

Russia

NBC Reportedly Pulls Reporter Who Witnessed Child Deaths From Gaza

According to the report, by Glenn Greenwald, NBC executives said the decision was due to "security concerns" as Israel prepares its ground invasion. The attack that left the children dead occurred near the hotel where Mohyeldin and other journalists were staying. However, Greenwald insinuated the …

Glenn Greenwald

J.K. Rowling's new Harry Potter story: Could it see the big screen?

J.K. Rowling sent shock waves through muggledom and the wizarding world alike Tuesday when she published a new short story catching up with an adult Harry Potter on her Pottermore website.<p>In addition to filling in some details about Potter's life in his 30s — his hair streaked with silver, sporting …

Film Industry

VA whistle-blowers take turn ripping agency

WASHINGTON — Department of Veterans Affairs whistle-blowers took turns ripping their own agency during a congressional hearing Tuesday, not only for failing America's veterans and falsifying appointment records, but for retaliating against employees who try to expose safety and ethics …

Corruption

Israel 'ready for escalation' of Gaza conflict

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1091000/1091112_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1514564522_a72ddedef6dec0c6bf99a871620cb2c6<p><b>At least 15 people have been killed in the Gaza Strip as Israel launches a major air and sea offensive against the militant group Hamas.</b><p>It comes in …

India gang rapes: Bodies of teenage cousins 'to be exhumed'

<b>Police in India say they will exhume the bodies of two teenage cousins who were gang-raped and murdered in May for a fresh autopsy, media reports say.</b><p>The girls, who belonged to a low caste, were found hanged from a tree in Uttar Pradesh state in a case that caused global outrage.<p>The father of one …

India

N Korea fires 'short-range missiles'

<b>North Korea has fired two suspected short-range missiles into the sea, South Korea says, in the fourth such test in two weeks.</b><p>The projectiles were launched from a western province into waters east of the Korean peninsula in the early hours of Wednesday, officials said.<p>The move follows a recent …

Leaked Render Shows Samsung’s Rumored Gear VR Headset

Samsung and Oculus VR are believed to be working on a virtual reality headset together, with Oculus providing the software and Samsung producing the hardware. SamMobile has obtained a reported render of the headset, which is said to be called the Gear VR and could launch at the IFA 2014 trade show …

Microsoft To Abandon The Bastard Child Of Windows Phone In Two Months

Remember Windows Phone 7.8? Microsoft built it as a stop-gap measure to lessen the ire of Windows Phone 7.5 users, a group technologically precluded from making the leap to Windows Phone 8. If you had forgotten about it don’t worry, Microsoft is about to do the same.<p>Mary Jo Foley today detailed the …

André 3000 Plays Jimi Hendrix in New Biopic Trailer

André 3000 will play Jimi Hendrix in a new Hendrix biopic directed by <i>12 Years A Slave</i> writer John Ridley. <i>All Is By My Side</i> hits theaters September 26, and the highly-awaited trailer has finally arrived. In it, Dre rocks a dandy suit and a lilting accent to tell the story of Hendrix's debut album <i>Are</i> …

The NSA Is Targeting Users of Privacy Services, Leaked Code Shows | Threat Level

If you use Tor or any of a number of other privacy services online or even visit their web sites to read about the services, there's a good chance …

UK news organisations criticise Google over implementation of new law

Firm admits to 'teething problems' after coming under fire for press censorship following removal of name-based searches<p>Google has come under fire for its "clumsy" approach to obeying Europe's new "right to be forgotten" law, after it began blocking some name-based searches to articles on the …

Spotify's iPhone app finally lets you see your 'Play Queue' & sort music

One of the more frustrating things about using Spotify on an iPhone was that you really couldn’t sift through your large collection of music, or see what was about to start playing. Now that’s finally changing.<p>The update, which brings the iOS app up to par with the Android version, should be well …

Facebook Messenger gets a native iPad version

Facebook Messenger makes the <i>most</i> sense on a phone, but plenty of people still want to chat on their tablets -- and apparently, Facebook knows it. The social network has just updated Messenger for iOS to support the iPad, letting you carry on a conversation without having to either dig through chats …

ISIS takes major Syrian oil field, group says

The extremist Sunni militant group that recently declared a caliphate in parts of Syria and Iraq wrested control of a major Syrian oil field in a sweeping land grab Thursday, a UK-based monitoring group said.<p>A string of villages and towns along the Euphrates River fell like dominoes to the Islamic …

Mugabe calls for an end to white farmers in Zimbabwe

The president ratchets up his anti-white rhetoric after discovering some of his ministers were leasing back land to farmers that had been revoked in 2000<p>Robert Mugabe, the president of Zimbabwe, has warned that in future “no white person will be allowed to own land” as he unveiled a new farming …

Africa

An Extra Period In The Declaration Of Independence Might Change Our Understanding Of Government

But the document's official transcript, produced by the National Archives, might contain a significant error — an extra period right in the middle of one of the most significant sentences, The New York Times reports.<p>A quick Google search for the text will show that many websites and organizations …

New York Times

'Nothing is ever dry down here. Ever.'

Sixty feet below the sea, in the world's only underwater habitat, a group of scientists is trying to unlock the ocean’s secrets. But how do the crew of the Aquarius stay sane?<p>What Houston is to space stations, a turquoise two-storey home in Key Largo is to Aquarius, the world’s only underwater …

Scuba Diving

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S review

Samsung's gadget playbook is pretty obvious to anybody who’s been watching. It has created a relatively stable (if uninspiring) design language, chosen plastic as its preferred material, and cranked out device after device — each one based on small, iterative technological updates to the previous …

Willie Nelson Has Important Political Message for Stoners

Country legend (and Teapot Party founder) lights up voting issues<p>Willie Nelson's Teapot Party movement, which now has more than 115,000 Facebook …

Cannabis