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France Prepared to Cancel Warship Sale to Russia

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French President Francois Hollande said he’s prepared to cancel the sale of a second Mistral helicopter carrier ship to Russia if the European Union decides to expand its sanctions against Russia.The second ship, due in 2016, hasn’t yet been paid for, making it possible to withhold the sale ...

Europe Agrees to Levy Moderate New Sanctions Against Russia

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Europe Agrees to Levy Moderate New Sanctions Against RussiaThe EU will widen its sanctions against Russia to include more individuals and consider targeting the defence sector, the Dutch foreign minister says. Frans Timmermans said "unanimous" and "forceful" decisions had been taken on enhanced sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine conflict. ....A new sanctions list naming individuals and organisations will be drawn up by EU ambassadors by Thursday, Mr Timmermans told reporters after meeting his EU colleagues in Brussels. He said there was also agreement that the European Commission would look ...

The Latest Legal Attack Against Obamacare

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The Latest Legal Attack Against ObamacareToday, the US District Court for the District of Columbia* will hear arguments in one of the last lingering legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act. The suit, Halbig v. Sebelius, argues that a single phrase in the law creates a loophole big ...

For Republicans, It's All Going According to Plan

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For Republicans, It's All Going According to PlanSteve Benen draws a contrast today between an activist president who's at least trying to get things done, and a dysfunctional Congress than can't even make the attempt: Remember the VA crisis? Lawmakers quickly approved a reform bill, which now appears likely to fail because of House Republicans’ reluctance to compromise. Remember the plan to address the border crisis? The plan was for Congress to act before taking August off, but that now appears unlikely, too. The effort to extend unemployment benefits is ...

Israel pounds Gaza despite international peace efforts

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GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel pounded targets across the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, saying no ceasefire was near as top U.S. and U.N. diplomats pursued talks on halting fighting that has claimed more than 600 lives.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held discussions in neighboring Egypt, while U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon flew to Israel to see Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and meet on Wednesday with the Palestinian prime minister in the occupied West Bank. However, there was no let-up in the fighting around Gaza, with plumes of black smoke spiraling ...

Car Loans Could Be the Next Subprime Crisis. Thanks, Republicans!

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Car Loans Could Be the Next Subprime Crisis. Thanks, Republicans!Would you buy a subprime-loan crisis from this man? A new New York Times investigation reveals that used car dealers are doling out giant loans to millions of poor Americans with bad credit. Many of these dealers are using ...

Great moments in Science (if Twitter had existed)

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Twitter is the source of a great deal of modern news, and scientists are often encouraged to tweet about their research. So what if Twitter had been around during the times of historic scientific breakthroughs and discoveries? A lot of news these days comes from, or is about,

Yahoo Acquiring Analytics Company Flurry to Boost Mobile

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Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) is adding to its mobile lineup with the acquisition of analytics company Flurry Inc.Yahoo said today it is buying the San Francisco-based startup, which analyzes data from mobile-phone users to help developers better understand their audiences, because “mobile is at the center of everything we do.” Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Yahoo Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer, who is in the midst of trying to turn around the Web portal, has stepped up acquisitions as she looks for new ways to jump start revenue growth. Last ...

8 Strategies That Can Help Greentech Hardware Startups Win

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Someone reached out to me the other day to ask about greentech startups, and during the discussion mentioned having heard that it typically takes at least $100 million to successfully develop and commercialize a green technology.I replied that I knew of plenty of startups in our sector that ...

Spider gene study reveals tangled evolution

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This female orb-weaving araneoid spider (Eriophora) from the Amazonian rainforest waits at the centre of its web for prey to arrive.There’s more than one way to catch a fly. Spider webs look like the perfect trap for ensnaring insects, but a spider ‘tree of life’ based on hundreds ...

Emberlight Turns Any Dimmable Bulb Into A “Smart” Light You Control With Your Phone

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Smart light bulbs – like the Philips’ Hue connected bulbs or those from LG, GE or Samsung - are an easy jumping off point for those wanted to experiment in the “connected home” arena without the complexity or costs involved with the installation of a full “smart home” ...

What’s Hotter Than Hottest Hot? The Last Two Months

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The average temperature of Earth’s surface last month exceeded all Junes before it, since record keeping began in 1880, according to new data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.That may sound familiar, because it’s the same language used to describe the month of May, which was the ...

Wage Stagnation Is No Illusion

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Wage Stagnation Is No IllusionBloomberg has a long article today wondering whether wage stagnation is mainly due to demographic shifts: 25- to 34-year-olds will make up 22.5 percent of the workforce by 2022, compared with 21.6 percent in 2012....Meanwhile, the share of 45- to 54-year-olds in their best ...

If the Left Wants Scapegoats, Just Look in the Mirror

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If the Left Wants Scapegoats, Just Look in the MirrorThomas Frank is convinced that Barack Obama single-handedly prevented America from becoming the lefty paradise it was on course for after the financial meltdown of 2008: The Obama team, as the president once announced to a delegation of investment ...

Obama Planning to Retire to Rancho Mirage?

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Obama Planning to Retire to Rancho Mirage?President Obama and his wife, Michelle, could be the owners of a home in Rancho Mirage listed at $4.25 million before the month is out. The First Family is believed to be in escrow on a contemporary home in a gated community ...

Ahead Of Earnings, A Mixed Developer Landscape For Microsoft

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A recent report by Developer Economics details a mixed picture for Microsoft’s Windows Phone and Windows 8 platforms. Microsoft reports its earnings today after the bell, making the results of the survey more interesting. How will Microsoft frame its progress in attracting developer attention, and will its notes agree with the established figures?The key chart from the report tracks the percent of developers that are using each platform, a metric that it refers to as “mobile platform mindshare.” Windows Phone has shown consistent growth, while Windows 8 has seen its ...

Solexel, Thin Silicon Solar Startup, Lands $31M More in VC Funding

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More than $180 million in funding to-date for Solexel to reach volume production of record-efficiency thin silicon.Despite investor-flinchiness in a recovering global solar market, Solexel, a thin silicon solar cell and module builder just raised $31 million in a Round D of funding aimed at moving the company ...

Microsoft Open Tech Brings Support For More Open-Source Projects To Azure

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At O’Reilly’s Open Source Convention in Portland, Ore., today, Microsoft’s Open Technologies subsidiary announced two new partnerships that bring support for more open source technologies to the Microsoft Azure platform. Developers will now be able to use Azure with, for example, a service for creating machine images ...

Rand Paul Flubs the Facts on the Minimum Wage

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Rand Paul Flubs the Facts on the Minimum WageSen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says the minimum wage, like Trix, is for kids. Speaking in San Francisco over the weekend, the likely 2016 presidential candidate took issue with the president and first lady over an interview they gave to Parade,

BitLit Partners With HarperCollins To Make Buying Digital Versions Of Books You Already Own Easier

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The idea behind BitLit is pretty simple: scan the title page of a book you already own, write your name on the copyright page and scan that, too, and within a few seconds, you have access to the e-book version of your book.In an ideal world, this would ...

Do We Need More Business Folks In Congress?

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Do We Need More Business Folks In Congress?So is this a vote for more business experience? Or even—shudder—a retroactive yearning for Mitt Romney? Like Kilgore, I'm skeptical. At a guess, people who answered the question about business experience were implicitly contrasting it with lawyers or career politicians, and ...

Israel kills militants entering from Gaza, death toll tops 500

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GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli forces killed 10 Palestinian militants who slipped across the border from Gaza through hidden tunnels on Monday, the military said, as the death toll from the two-week conflict passed 500 amid growing international calls for an end.Defying a U.N. Security Council appeal for an immediate ceasefire, Israeli jets, tanks and artillery continued to pound the Gaza Strip, killing 28 members of a single family near the enclave's southern border with Egypt, medics said. The Islamist group Hamas and its allies fired multiple missiles across southern and ...

High School Kids Brave the Anti-Vax Jihadists

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High School Kids Brave the Anti-Vax JihadistsHere's a heartwarming story for you. Prompted by the decline in vaccination rates among children in San Diego, a group of students at Carlsbad High School decided to make a short documentary about "the science of disease and the risks facing a society that is under-vaccinated." You can probably guess what happened next: Complaints began to arise when a local newspaper reported that the students were tackling "the issue of immunizations." A blogger who saw the article contended that the movie, still a work ...

Millionaire Hunters Lure Rich Chinese to Australia

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Berrick Wilson is one of at least 30 fund managers who have jumped into the business of luring China’s wealthy to Australia using a new visa program that helps Chinese invest abroad. Wilson has flown to China three times this year from the Melbourne headquarters of investment firm ...

Apple Gets An Exhaustive iWatch Patent

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Apple has received a patent from the USPTO (via AppleInsider) that covers multiple kinds of smartwatch devices, including a modular design that includes a smart strap with built-in sensors and controls that can host a plug-in personal media device (like the previous iPod nano) and an all-in-one that ...

What The Abortion Fight Unfolding In Tennessee Means For The Rest Of The Country

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Activists on both sides of the abortion debate are already gearing up for a big fight in Tennessee this fall, preparing to pour millions of dollars into a campaign regarding an abortion-related ballot measure up for consideration in November. The issue at hand, which is related to one ...

Outta-sight jelly babies discovered with a black light

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So, the flower hat jellyfish pretty much looks like someone painted it while tripping on acid. It doesn’t just have tentacles on the edges, no way man, its got a tentacle party going all up over its body. It doesn’t just have pink and purple colors, it’s got ...

Largest aquatic insect in the world found in China

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New species of Megaloptera insect, shown with a chicken's egg for scale. Credit: China News Service/Zhong XinHello, giant friend, and welcome. Please step through the hallowed gates of “World’s Biggest” and join your freakishly long, abnormally bulky peers. Now if you could all just arrange yourselves from largest ...

'Oh, This Is a Bad Movie': Jimmy Fallon Reads Roger Ebert's Reviews on the Tonight Show

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by Sam Adams Mon Jul 21 11:55:37 EDT 2014 0 CommentsChaz Ebert visited Jimmy Fallon at the Tonight Show on Friday as part of her ongoing promotional tour for "Life Itself," and Fallon took the opportunity to clean out an old wound by reading aloud from Ebert's one-star ...

The Last Hope for Extending Long-Term Unemployment Insurance May Have Just Gone Poof

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It's been seven months since Congress let long-term unemployment insurance benefits lapse, but last week only brought more bad news for the job seekers hoping that House Republicans might relent and allow a vote on extending benefits. When the House passed a temporary patch to the Highway Trust ...

Surprise! Xiaomi’s New Metal-Edged Flagship Looks Like An iPhone. But Its $13 Wearable Is Novel

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Fast growing Chinese Android smartphone startup Xiaomi, which earlier this month reported that it had shifted ~26 million handsets in the first half of this year, has unveiled a new flagship device which it will be hoping powers it over its sales target of 60 million smartphones in ...

The Atlantic Sun is a potential environmental disaster

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I’ve got something important I want to share with you that is not getting the attention it should from press or the authorities.As regular #DeepSN readers will know, I work a lot with whale sharks in Yucatan Mexico as part of the research program at Georgia Aquarium and ...

Merger Rush for Offshore Tax Break Bets on U.S. Stalemate

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U.S. companies are racing to complete tax-reducing offshore mergers before a credible threat to stop them emerges from Congress.AbbVie Inc. (ABBV), maker of the arthritis medicine Humira, announced the largest such inversion deal July 18 with a plan to move its tax home to the U.K. in a ...

Babylonian Neurology and Psychiatry - Neuroskeptic

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A fascinating little paper in Brain examines Neurology and psychiatry in Babylon. It’s a collaboration by British neurologist Edward H. Reynolds and Assyriologist James V. Kinnier Wilson.The sources they discuss are almost 4,000 years old, dating to the Old Babylonian Dynasty of 1894 – 1595 BC. Writing in ...

Indiewire New

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Two of the summer’s best-selling anime series are both violent and difficult to categorize. Based on a manga series by Hajime Isayama, "Attack on Titan…Back to all the Orson Welles movies I saw between 1952 and 1970, and the comments on them which I kept in my movie ...

Inside the AIDS Conference Reeling From Losses Aboard MH17

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As news broke last Thursday that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine, it quickly became known that top-level AIDS researchers and activists were among the dead. Initially it was reported as 100 or more, but that number has now been debunked. At least ...

Who Finances Residential Solar in 2014?

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Last month GTM Research published its latest report on residential solar financing.As part of that update on the leaders and trends in the industry, we outlined the top (and emerging) finance providers in the market.We changed the format and companies included in this taxonomy since the version released ...

Fed’s Junk Loan Bubble-Busting Faces Trouble as Sales Jump

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One of the Federal Reserve’s first post-crisis tests of its ability to quash excessive risk-taking using regulatory tools is so far looking like a failure.The Fed’s Board of Governors told Congress last week that it’s engaged in “strong supervisory follow-up” to guidance given to banks in 2013 to ...

World of Psychology

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Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of the New England Transcendentalists, was very influential for me as a teenager. I have found many of his essays and aphorisms to be very useful, both personally and professionally. The one pearl I have gotten the most mileage out of is from his ...

Australian Graphic Design Startup Canva Raises Additional $3.6M

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Canva, a site that lets non-designers create graphics using drag-and-drop tools, has nabbed an additional $3.6 million in funding from Founders Fund and Shasta Ventures, as well as existing investors Matrix Partners, Blackbird Ventures, and Square Peg Capital. This brings its total raised so far to $7 million.The ...

Barclays Dark Pool Volume Fell 66% Week After Lawsuit

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Barclays Chief Executive Officer Antony Jenkins, in a memo to staff, said the lawsuit represents “serious charges that allege a grave failure to live up to our values.” CloseBarclays Chief Executive Officer Antony Jenkins, in a memo to staff, said the lawsuit represents “serious charges that allege a ...

The Atlanta Transit Agency's Big Plan to Convert Parking Lots into Housing

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MARTA, the transit authority for metro Atlanta, is quietly becoming a player in the real estate world, and it has its excess parking to thank. In the past few months, the agency has pushed forward with plans to develop under-used parking lots at three stations—King Memorial, Avondale, and ...

Gaza: UN issues emergency appeal, begins airlift to meet urgent humanitarian needs

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Palestinian families take shelter at an UNRWA school in Gaza City (13 July 2014). Photo: Shareef Sarhan/UNRWA21 July 2014 – The United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees has issued an emergency appeal for $60 million to respond to the urgent humanitarian needs of the people of Gaza, including ...

Yellen Wage Gauges Blurred by Boomer-Millennial Workforce Shift

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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s focus on wages to help gauge the strength of the job market could need fine tuning as baby boomers approach the twilight of their careers and millennials jump in to fill the void.As today’s middle-aged Americans grow older, they are leaving their prime ...

Greece Seen Needing Third Bailout as Bonds Insufficient

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Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has repeatedly pledged that Greece won’t need another bailout or new austerity measures. ClosePrime Minister Antonis Samaras has repeatedly pledged that Greece won’t need another bailout or new austerity measures. Greece’s return to bond markets after a four-year exile hasn’t convinced economists it can ...

GLAAD Issues 'Failing' Grades for Two Major Movie Studios

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GLAAD's annual report tracked the seven largest motion picture studios during the 2013 calendar year to map the quantity, quality, and diversity of images of LGBT people in films. Find out how each stacked up here.GLAAD released its second annual Studio Responsibility Index today, grading the seven largest ...

Solar Battle of the Bands: Where Music, Solar, and Marketing Join in Harmony

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EXCLUSIVE: Harvey Weinstein Explains How 'Snowpiercer' Became a Gamechanger

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by Anne Thompson and Tom Brueggemann Mon Jul 21 05:21:00 EDT 2014 1 CommentThirty years in, Harvey Weinstein knows the distribution business. While he's a wily theatrical animal who knows when to spend big on a wide release and when to dump a movie, he took a radical ...

Child marriage soars among Syrian refugees in Jordan

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Girls who have fled Syria's civil war are increasingly vulnerable to exploitation, domestic violence and poverty, the UN warns Maha, a 13-year-old Syrian refugee in Jordan, says she was pressured to marry her 23-year-old husband due to financial difficulties. Photograph: Save the Children Child marriage among Syrian refugees ...

How Monsieur Shook Up Disrupt SF With Its Bartending Robot

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And we’re back with episode two of our Road To Disrupt video series, which shows the good, the bad, and the ugly moments startups go through when competing in the Disrupt Battlefield competition.After enduring a few too many run-ins with the slow service at Applebee’s, the founders of ...

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