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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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,

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 ...

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 Packer.io, for example, a service for creating machine images ...

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 ...

'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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Another Screen Shot Of The Upcoming Windows Start Menu Leaks

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Another week, another leak. Today we have a new, purported screenshot of the upcoming return of the Start Menu to Windows.For reference, here’s the other screenshot that leaked eight days ago — keep in mind the design similarity and implied customizability of the Menu: It appears that leaks ...

Happy Thoughts May Help Postdocs Handle Stress

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Thinking positively can do more than bring a transient smile to your face. Postdocs who experience high levels of positive emotions are less likely to suffer from stress-associated anxiety or depression than other postdocs are, according to a recent study of 200 University of Texas (UT), Austin, postdoctoral ...

World Cup Provides A Boost To Netflix Due To Smart TV Adoption In Latin America

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It might seem counter-intuitive, but Netflix will probably get a boost from the viewership of live sports — at least in Latin America. That’s because, in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, a large number of consumers in the region upgraded their TVs to Internet-connected sets that ...

Latest iOS 8 Beta Update Includes Tips, An App That Shows Features You Might Miss

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Announced last month at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, iOS 8 slightly refines the look debuted last year while adding a bunch of new features like the ability to interact with notifications, smoothly transition between working on your phone and laptop, and new ways to message people.Since its announcement,

Facebook Launches Save, A Read-It-Later List For Links, Places, And Media Pages

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Two years after acqhiring read-it-later startup Spool, Facebook today launched a basic Pocket competitor called Save. It’s a feature for iOS, Android, and web that lets you store links from News Feed and Facebook Pages for Places, Movies, TV shows, and music to a list where you can ...

GIRL SUMMIT 2014

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In the UK, hundreds of girls risk being forced into marriage, violating their human rights. Forced marriage victims can suffer physical, psychological, emotional, financial and sexual abuse.Female genital mutilation (FGM) removes a girl's right to have control over her own body. Traditionally considered essential for marriage and inclusion ...

Against Visibility

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When Jared Leto won a Golden Globe and then an Oscar for playing a (caricature of a) transgender woman in Dallas Buyers Club, I witnessed so much cis mansplaining about how Leto’s performance and award show appearances were good for trans women, because we needed visibility. Lots of ...

The Cambridge Working Group

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Fox Said to Mull Using Sky Sale to Boost Time Warner Bid

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Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox Inc. (FOXA) is considering using proceeds from a sale of its Italian and German pay-TV assets to boost its offer for Time Warner Inc. (TWX), according to two people familiar with the matter.Fox may reach an agreement to sell its holdings in Sky ...

Google In The Running To Turn NYC Pay Phones Into Free Wi-Fi Hotspots

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Microsoft Blends 5 Conferences To Create The “Unified Microsoft Commercial Technology Event”A New York meeting providing information to companies interested in offering free Wi-Fi access counted Google among its attendees, according to a new Bloomberg report. Others at the event included IBM, Samsung and Cisco, but Google’s ambitions ...

Microsoft Blends 5 Conferences To Create The “Unified Microsoft Commercial Technology Event”

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Apparently the team that handled the Windows Vista version naming framework still works at Microsoft.This morning, the software company announced that it will end several of its standalone conferences, including its confabs for SharePoint, Lync, Project, and Exchange, along with its TechEd event. The five events will be ...

Interlude’s Parallel Video Feature Gives You A Cool Way To Combine Clips, Channel Surfing Style

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Hey, remember that interactive video for Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone” that came out last fall? You know, the one that allowed you to switch between 16 faux TV channels on the fly, each of them lip syncing to what is arguably the greatest song of all-time?Well,
 

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