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Iraqi Kurds use U.S.-led airstrikes in push for Sinjar

| December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments




U.S.-led coalition launches 13 total airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, as fight to rescue Yazidi hometown heats up


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Mark Cuban: Hollywood Won’t Change Until The Next Major Hack

| December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments



The Sony hack revealed Mark Cuban’s personal email address, as well as several confidential emails between himself and executives detailing his displeasure with a salary offered to him for ABC’s hit show Shark Tank.

On Sunday, the billionaire told CNN’s Reliable Sources that prior to the hack, he had already stopped using email to conduct confidential business interactions and had instead moved to his app Cyber Dust, which he has described as “What’s App meets SnapChat.

Cuban was unequivocal about how the hack would affect Hollywood, which has been shocked by the hack, and if it would happen again. 

Here’s what he had to say: 

STELTER:  Do you think that will profoundly change in Hollywood as a result of this hack?

CUBAN:  Not until the next one.  And there will be a next one.

STELTER:  It takes one more to change…

CUBAN:  Yes, because everybody will think, look, that’s not going to happen to me.  It happens.  Right.  It can’t – that’s just the way people think.

And now that the hack has gotten so much notoriety and it’s had such an impact, you know, that’s a chip for any hacker.  That’s a trophy hack, and people – hackers are going to want more trophy hacks just to put the trophy on their mantle.

“Whoever you send it to now controls that message.”

Cuban went on to make statements about the vulnerability involved in all major social media platforms:

STELTER:  It seems like this hack might have been a good thing for you, because you’re using it as a chance to promote your app Cyber Dust.

CUBAN:  Right.

STELTER:  You say you’re in touch with Sony via this app now.

CUBAN:  Right.

STELTER:  So, you’re really negotiating them via an app.

CUBAN:  Sony – well, actually, Mark Burnett’s people do most of the negotiations, right?  And so but we also have to incorporate Sony into it.

What went from C.C.ing and Steve and Holly Jacobs and all the whole Sony crew has turned into, OK, I’m only doing it on Cyber Dust.  But I started this before the hack, before there was any awareness of the hack.  It wasn’t something in response to the hack.  It something that I had already pushed them to do in the first place, knowing that, look, when you hit send on a tweet, a Facebook post, a text, or an e-mail, the minute you hit send, you lose ownership of it.

Whoever you send it to now controls that message.  They can do whatever they want.  They can put it anywhere they want in any context and you have no idea.  But you don’t lose responsibility for that.

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Despite Cheaper Gas, Public Transit Ridership Is Up, Trade Group Reports

| December 21, 2014 | 0 Comments




Investment in transit around the country is leading to record-high ridership rates and more people leaving their cars at home despite low prices at the pump.




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Nicaragua canal to break ground, hoping to rival Panama

| December 21, 2014 | 0 Comments





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Will James Gunn Direct A Non-Guardians Movie For Marvel?

| December 21, 2014 | 0 Comments





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‘Menagerie’ by Julian Gallese

| December 21, 2014 | 0 Comments




A hand-drawn short film I made as my graduation project at Vancouver Film School.

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Pakistan makes several arrests over school massacre

| December 21, 2014 | 0 Comments





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Russian women advised to use BEETROOT instead of imported lipstick

| December 21, 2014 | 0 Comments




Siberian senator Igor Chernishev suggested women who could not afford expensive imported lipstick could opt for the ‘natural look’ or even use beetroot as an alternative to make-up.

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NYPD gives update on killings of 2 police officers

| December 21, 2014 | 0 Comments



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Bill Gates Got One Lucky Reddit User An Incredibly Thoughtful Secret Santa Gift

| December 21, 2014 | 0 Comments



For the last four year, thousands of Redditors have participated in a Reddit Secret Santa gift exchange. A whopping 212,894 users signed up this year, including — for the second year running — Bill Gates. 

His gift ended up being incredibly thoughtful. User Calid7, a 25-year-old woman named Cali, writes that she was in shock when she discovered that Gates was her Santa.

Not only did he send her a Loki helmet she had listed as her “pie in the sky wish,” but he also gifted her a book of gorgeous pictures of Africa (a place she says she desperately wants to visit), a stuffed polio virus microbe, and a donation in her name to Shot@Life, a program that provides vaccines to kids in poor countries who need them.

Here’s Cali posing in her helmet with the signed note from Gates:

Cali writes that the donation made her glow: “I can’t even begin to describe how incredible it makes me feel knowing that he made this donation in my name! I always donate what I can for charities, which is never much cause money is always extremely tight, it really makes me glow!”

The inscription in the book Gates got Cali reads, “Melinda and I have been to Africa many times and loved it. I hope you get a chance to visit and check that off your bucket list. Merry Christmas, Bill Gates.”

“I can not [sic] believe it. I am literally shaking right now,” Cali writes of getting Gates as her Secret Santa. “I AM IN SHOCK.”

You can read Cali’s full reaction on Reddit Gifts

Last year, Gates gave a Reddit user named Rachel a stuffed cow, representing the real cow he’d donated in her name to Heifer International, and a National Geographic travel book called “Journeys of a Lifetime.”

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Officers’ Deaths Acutely Felt in Brooklyn

| December 21, 2014 | 0 Comments




Neighbors and business owners recalled Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos as law enforcement colleagues visited the Brooklyn homes of the fallen officers.

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Music Review: Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band Roar Into the Garden

| December 21, 2014 | 0 Comments




Mr. Seger, an exponent of soulful rock since the 1960s, played his hits and other songs that gently blended politics with the personal.

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Starting Families ‘Late’ was Common a Century Ago

| December 21, 2014 | 0 Comments




The shift towards late motherhood – commonly defined as motherhood after 35 – is often presented as a story of progress and technological liberation from the biological clock.

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The Fear Monger: Roddy Piper Is Going To Fight Cthulhu

| December 21, 2014 | 0 Comments





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Here Are The 5 Best Books Bill Gates Read In 2014

| December 21, 2014 | 0 Comments



Got a bookworm on your holiday gift list?

Bill Gates just revealed the five best books he read this year, and since they range from an economic look at Asia’s rise to a laugh-out-loud novel about a New York City couple, there’s something to suit all different tastes. 

Here’s what made the cut:

1. “Business Adventures” by John Brooks 

This is Gates’ favorite business book of all-time. Although the collection of 12 “New Yorker” articles has been out-of-print since 1971, Gates says its lessons are as applicable now as ever.

“Even though Brooks wrote more than four decades ago,” Gates writes, “He offers sharp insights into timeless fundamentals of business, like the challenge of building a large organization, hiring people with the right skills, and listening to customers’ feedback.”

You can download a free chapter here

2. “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” by Thomas Piketty 

In “Capital,” Piketty focuses on wealth and income inequality in Europe and the United States and the role governments should play in reducing it. Gates admits that a “700-page treatise on economics translated from French” isn’t exactly a light read, but calls the ideas in it very important.

“I admire [Piketty’s] work and hope it draws in more smart people to study the causes of, and cures for, inequality,” he writes. 

You can read Gates’ full review here

3. “How Asia Works” by Joe Studwell

In this work, Studwell tackles two big questions: How did countries like Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, and China achieve sustained, high growth? And why have so few other countries managed to do so?

“The agriculture section of the book was particularly insightful,” Gates says. “It provided ample food for thought for me as well as the whole Agriculture team at our foundation.”

You can read his full review here. 

4. “The Rosie Effect” by Graeme Simsion

This hilarious fiction book doesn’t actually go on sale until Dec. 31, but Gates devoured the early copy he received from the author, calling it one of the best novels he’s read in ages. 

He says it makes him think about relationships: “What makes them work and how we have to keep investing time and energy to make them better. A sweet, entertaining, and thought-provoking book.”

You can read his full review here

5. “Making the Modern World: Materials and Dematerialization” by Vaclav Smil 

“One of Smil’s books makes my list of favorites pretty much every year,” Gates writes.

“Making the Modern World” looks at the how the world has become more dependent than ever on materials like wood, stone, metals, alloys, plastics, and silicon

“With his usual skepticism and his love of data, Smil shows how our ability to make things with less material—say, soda cans that need less aluminum—makes them cheaper, which actually encourages more production,” Gates writes. “We’re using more stuff than ever.”

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Jordan condemned after hanging 11 men to end eight-year death penalty moratorium 

| December 21, 2014 | 0 Comments




The 11 convicted murderers, all men said to be in their 40s, were hanged at dawn in a prison 45 miles from the capital Amman, Jordanian authorities said.

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Don’t Worry: Daredevil Will Wear His Red Costume In The Marvel Series

| December 21, 2014 | 0 Comments




We’ve now seen two different photos of Charlie Cox in his superhero costume for the upcoming Marvel Studios Netflix series Daredevil, but fans have been quick to point out that he hasn’t been wearing his classic costume – instead wearing a more ninja-like black number (as seen above). This has had some nervous that we wouldn’t be eventually seeing the hero in his classic red suit – but we’re ready to put that fear to bed.

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ZTE LivePro International Giveaway!

| December 21, 2014 | 0 Comments





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The story of modern Cuba

| December 21, 2014 | 0 Comments





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Watch Nick Offerman Tell His Own Hilarious Version Of Twas The Night Before Christmas

| December 21, 2014 | 0 Comments




As The Tonight Show comes to a close, Jimmy Fallon recalls one of his favorite Christmas stories, “Twas the Night Before Christmas”, but with little time he hands it over to Nick Offerman to recite a “shortened, more casual version.”

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You Got Them to Click – Now What? Four Ideas.

| December 21, 2014 | 0 Comments




Getting an audience in the Internet door can block out the next and more important question – now what?




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NYPD staff pay respects as bodies of police officers are driven past in ambulances

| December 21, 2014 | 0 Comments




The officers lined up three rows deep in Brooklyn, New York, raising their hands in a silent salute as two ambulances carried the bodies of their slain colleagues.

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Taken’s Bryan Mills Has A LinkedIn Profile And It’s Awesome

| December 21, 2014 | 0 Comments





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North Korea to ‘blow up’ White House after ‘finding evidence GOVERNMENT behind The Interview’

| December 21, 2014 | 0 Comments




In a ranting post published by the state news agency KCNA , Korean authorities hit back in an escalating war of words in which they say they will ‘blow up’ the White House and attack other U.S. institutions.

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The story of the World War I Christmas truce

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Wreaths Across America honors fallen heroes

| December 21, 2014 | 0 Comments



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How will US respond to the hacking attack on Sony Pictures?

| December 21, 2014 | 0 Comments



Insight from Rep. Mike Rogers


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What message does new opening to Cuba send to US enemies?

| December 21, 2014 | 0 Comments



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Jordan Hangs 11 Men After Ending Moratorium on Executions

| December 21, 2014 | 0 Comments




The kingdom’s last execution took place in 2006, and the hangings of 11 convicted murderers on Sunday prompted criticism by human rights organizations.




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Watch The Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Recreated In GTA 5

| December 21, 2014 | 0 Comments




If you’re a Star Wars fan, you’ve probably watched the teaser trailer for The Force Awakens way too many times. However, you should really check out this gamer’s detailed recreation of the trailer within Grand Theft Auto 5.

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