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‘Google-like’ search engine puts NSA snooping back in the spotlight ‘Google-like’ search engine puts NSA snooping back in the spotlight

The following is an excerpt from James Rogers | August 26, 2014 | Foxnews.com | The National Security Agency’s surveillance machinery is again in the spotlight after a media report claimed that it is secretly providing data to almost two dozen U.S. government agencies via a powerful “Google-like” search engine. Details of the search engine, known as ICREACH, are revealed in classified documents obtained by The Intercept website from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The engine can reportedly share more than 850 billion ... Read More

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Obama Approves ISIS Surveillance Flights Over Syria Obama Approves ISIS Surveillance Flights Over Syria

The following is an excerpt from MARTHA RADDATZ, MARY BRUCE and CHRIS GOOD | August 26, 2014 | abcnews.go.com | President Obama has approved U.S military surveillance flights over Syria to track the Islamic militant group ISIS, a group that American warplanes have been attacking in neighboring Iraq, ABC News has confirmed. The U.S. has not made any decision on expanding its air offensive against ISIS, also known by the acronym ISIL, into Syria, a U.S. official said. The decision on the surveillance flights ... Read More

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Apple Planning 12.9-inch iPad for 2015: Bloomberg Apple Planning 12.9-inch iPad for 2015: Bloomberg

The following is an excerpt from reuters.com | August 26, 2014 | (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is preparing to roll out a larger, 12.9-inch version of its iPad for 2015, with production set to begin in the first quarter of next year, Bloomberg cited people with knowledge of the matter as saying on Tuesday. The report comes as Apple struggles with declining sales of its 10-inch and 7.9-inch tablets, which are faltering as people replace iPads less frequently than expected and larger ... Read More

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Warren Buffett to Help Burger King Avoid ‘Mythical’ Taxes Warren Buffett to Help Burger King Avoid ‘Mythical’ Taxes

The following is an excerpt from Rob Garver | August 26, 2014 | Thefiscaltimes.com | A couple of years ago, billionaire investor Warren Buffett was making the rounds of cable television business shows talking about how corporate taxation in the U.S. really isn’t all that high. “It's a myth that American corporations are paying 35 percent or anything like it,” Buffett told CNBC. “Corporate taxes are not strangling American competitiveness.” But there is nothing mythical about the profits Buffett will earn from helping ... Read More

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World’s Largest Tidal Energy Project To Start Construction Off Scottish Coast This Year World’s Largest Tidal Energy Project To Start Construction Off Scottish Coast This Year

The following is an excerpt from Maria Gallucci | August 25, 2014 | ibtimes.com | Construction of the world’s largest tidal energy array is ready to begin offshore Scotland. Atlantis Resources Ltd. (LON:ARL), the project’s developer, said it raised the £51 million ($85 million) it needs to launch the first phase this year. The 398-megawatt MeyGen project will put Scotland and the U.K. “on the map as a global leader in marine technology,” U.K. Energy Secretary Ed Davey said in a statement. ... Read More

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Almost There: S&P 500 Hits, Can’t Hold 2000 Almost There: S&P 500 Hits, Can’t Hold 2000

The following is an excerpt from Ben Levisohn | August 25, 2014 | Barrons.com | The S&P 500 tried but failed to close above 2,000 today. The benchmark index rose 0.5% to 1,997.92, a new closing high but off its intraday high of 2,001.95. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.4% to 17,076.87, while the Nasdaq Composite advanced 0.4% to 4,557.35 and the small-company Russell 2000 finished up 0.4% at 1,170.69. The price of a 10-year Treasury note gained 0.1% to $99.88, ... Read More

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Potential 2016 Contenders Flocking to I.A., N.H. Potential 2016 Contenders Flocking to I.A., N.H.

The following is an excerpt from Lisa Crivelli | August 25, 2014 | msnbc.com | If you’re not visiting New Hampshire you’re not running for president… and Texas Governor Rick Perry made the pilgrimage there this weekend. It was Perry’s first visit. According to a report from NBC News and U.S. News and World Report, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, Paul Ryan, and Marco Rubio have made a combined forty trips to New Hampshire and Iowa. That’s four times more than ... Read More

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8 Ways to Transform Your Current Ride Into a Cutting Edge Tech Car 8 Ways to Transform Your Current Ride Into a Cutting Edge Tech Car

The following is an excerpt from Antuan Goodwin | August 20, 2014 | cnet.com | We round up 8 driver aid and infotainment technologies of today and tomorrow that can be added the ride that you already own. Today's cars are pretty advanced collections of technologies. They can help you to drive more safely, protect you and your passengers, and keep everyone entertained along the way. Pretty soon, they'll be able to drive themselves. But you may not be in the market for ... Read More

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How Chinese Tech Billionaires Are Leading The Country’s Ice Bucket Challenge How Chinese Tech Billionaires Are Leading The Country’s Ice Bucket Challenge

The following is an excerpt from Liyan Chen | August 20, 2014 | Forbes.com | The “Ice Bucket Challenge” has now traveled across the Pacific to the Middle Kingdom. On August 18, Lei Jun, founder and CEO of Chinese fast-growing smartphone maker Xiaomi Technology, proudly accepted Russian tech investor Yuri Milner’s nomination in front of a big crowd and stood still while a bucket of cold water was dumped upon his head. “It is real ice water!” He shouted before the act. The ... Read More

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How Magic Conqered Pop Culture How Magic Conqered Pop Culture

The following is an excerpt from Lev Grossman | August 19, 2014 | Time.com | When I was a kid, in the 1980s, fantasy was not entirely OK. It had, let us say, some unpleasant associations. It was fringey and subcultural and uncool. In my suburban Massachusetts junior high, to be a fantasy fan was not to be a good, contented hobbit, working his sunny garden and smoking his fragrant pipeweed. It was to be Gollum, slimy and gross and hidden away, ... Read More

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