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BlackBerry opens up BBM to Windows phone users

The Blackberry sign is pictured in WaterlooBlackBerry Ltd said on Thursday its popular messaging system BBM, or BlackBerry Messenger, would now be open to those using the Windows phone platform, a move that potentially makes the messaging service more appealing to its enterprise clients. BlackBerry, which is seeking to reinvent itself as a more software and services driven company as its smartphone market share has dwindled, has been lately touting new BBM features in a bid to make it a more viable messaging tool for clients such as corporations and government agencies that are on the lookout for a secure messaging service. The company, last year, opened the service to phones powered by Google Inc's wildly popular Android operating system and Apple's iOS platform.


Action camera maker GoPro reports bigger loss as costs double

GoPro Inc's founder and CEO Woodman holds a GoPro camera at the Nasdaq Market Site in New York City(Reuters) - GoPro Inc, which makes wearable cameras used by surfers, skydivers and other action junkies to post their exploits online, reported a bigger quarterly loss as costs nearly doubled. GoPro shares fell 11 pct to $42.70 in extended trading after its first financial results since its initial public offering in June. The net loss attributable to GoPro stockholders grew to $19.8 million, or 24 cents per share, in the second quarter from $5 million, or 6 cents. Excluding items, GoPro earned 8 cents per share and the company said it expected a seasonally stronger second half.


Canada's telcos burst into banking, healthcare in hunt for growth

A woman speaks on her phone in front of a Rogers Communications Inc sign before the company's AGM in TorontoBy Alastair Sharp and Euan Rocha TORONTO August 1 (Reuters) - Canada's three biggest telecom firms, keen to keep shareholders happy with fat dividends, are breaking into businesses ranging from banking to healthcare to drive growth as they run out of expansion options and shy away from overseas purchases. BCE Inc , Rogers Communications Inc and Telus Corp dominate their industry in Canada but with landline connections on the wane, cable TV losing out to online portals and wireless growth slowing, Canada's telecom giants are pushing into uncharted businesses. Some of the moves - such as Rogers' C$5.2 billion-deal ($4.8 billion) for exclusive National Hockey League broadcast rights - may bring a rapid pay-off. Others, like Telus' bid to dominate healthcare services, are gambles that may not pay off for many years.


Samsung Electronics downbeat on third quarter prospects as profits slide

Customers attend a workshop about the Samsung Galaxy S5 in JakartaBy Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. on Thursday reported its worst quarterly profit in two years and flagged uncertain earnings prospects for its key handset business, fuelling worries about its ability to return to growth. The downbeat guidance, as well as Samsung's decision to keep its interim dividend unchanged from last year, put the shares of South Korea's biggest company by market value on track for their worst daily percentage decline in nearly eight months. Samsung expects July-September handset shipments to pick up by 10 percent from the previous quarter and said it planned to release a new premium smartphone employing a new design and material, underscoring efforts by the world's largest smartphone maker to regroup. With its flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone outsold by Apple Inc's iPhone 5S in May and its cheaper devices feeling the squeeze from Chinese rivals like Xiaomi, Samsung also vowed to revamp its mid-to-low-tier product lineup with more aggressive pricing and a focus on a smaller set of products.


Microsoft ordered by U.S. judge to submit customer's emails from abroad

A shadow of a man using his mobile phone is cast near Microsoft logo at the 2014 Computex exhibition in TaipeiBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp must turn over a customer's emails and other account information stored in a data center in Ireland to the U.S. government, a judge ruled on Thursday, in a case that has drawn concern from privacy groups and major technology companies. Microsoft and other U.S. companies had challenged the warrant, arguing it improperly extended the authority of federal prosecutors to seize customer information held in foreign countries. Following a two-hour court hearing in New York, U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska said a search warrant approved by a federal magistrate judge required the company to hand over any data it controlled, regardless of where it was stored.


Canada takes steps to secure network after China hacking claim
Canada's top research body has taken steps to tighten security on its computer network, it said on Thursday, days after the government accused state-backed Chinese hackers of breaking into the system. Canada has declined to give details of the attack on the National Research Council, which works with firms such as aircraft and train maker Bombardier Inc, but it took the unprecedented step of pinning the blame on China. It also plans to build a new technology infrastructure to help guard against "the risk of future cyber threats of this nature." "Creating a new, secure IT infrastructure within the broader government of Canada network could take approximately one year," it said in the statement on its website.
Poochi the robot dog can talk with your 3DS (and play rock-paper-scissors)

Poochi the robot dog can talk with your 3DS (and play rock-paper-scissors)


New malware can live inside any USB device undetected

New malware can live inside any USB device undetected


Mars 2020 rover will give us a way to know the red planet better

Mars 2020 rover will give us a way to know the red planet better


MLB trashes ISPs, doesn’t like the FCC’s ‘fast-lane’ plan one bit

MLB trashes ISPs, doesn’t like the FCC’s ‘fast-lane’ plan one bitThe net neutrality debate is far from over, especially since the FCC is still sorting through more than one million comments on the matter. Quartz reports that one of those comments comes directly from Major League Baseball, which argues against allowing for Internet “fast lanes” despite the fact that its own MLB Advanced Media (BAM) platform could benefit from such a scheme as long as MLB agreed to pay the proper fees to ISPs. MLB wasted no time pointing out the problems with the FCC’s proposal and argued that, ultimately, the regular consumer would pay the price, and that fast lanes would also affect competition. “Fast lanes would serve only one purpose: for Broadband ISPs to receive an economic windfall. American consumers would be worse off as the


Apple decal sellers saw a tremendous spike in sales following 'Stickers' ad

Apple decal sellers saw a tremendous spike in sales following 'Stickers' ad


How Disney World is keeping tabs on visitors with rubbery wristbands

How Disney World is keeping tabs on visitors with rubbery wristbandsBeginning last year, Disney World started issuing "MagicBands," rubberized RFID wristbands that can do everything from unlock your hotel room to act as a fast pass to get you slotted to skip the long lines on rides. It also tracks your every move and lets you buy things. With tens of thousands of visitors to the park every day, Disney is amassing a wealth of personal information on its customers. ...


Here are all the free games PS4, PS3 and PS Vita owners can download in August

Here are all the free games PS4, PS3 and PS Vita owners can download in AugustNot to be outdone by Microsoft’s increasingly attractive Games with Gold program, Sony has announced the August lineup of the Instant Game Collection for PlayStation Plus subscribers on the PlayStation Blog. This month, PS4 owners will be treated to the brand new downloadable title Road Not Taken for free on the day it releases. Road Not Taken is a roguelike puzzle game from Spry Fox, the creator of Triple Town, and will be available on the PlayStation Store on August 5th. Fez will also go free on the PS4 for the month of August, a game that I loved to no end when it originally released in 2012. Fez is a cross-buy game as well, so if you’d rather play on your


Wikipedia iOS app relaunches with mobile editing and a new design

Wikipedia iOS app relaunches with mobile editing and a new design


NFL players will wear RFID chips this season to track their movements

NFL players will wear RFID chips this season to track their movementsThis year's football season is set to begin in September, and for the first time 17 National Football League stadiums will employ radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology to better track how players move on the field during games. The league has partnered with Zebra Technologies to use its quarter-sized RFID sensors inside the shoulder pads of players. The NFL also plans to hand the data over to teams so that they can analyze it, but not initially. USA Today notes that the league plans to do some testing on the data it's gathered before making it available to teams, and that all NFL players agreed to wear sensors as part of their collective-bargaining agreement in 2011.


Engadget Daily: HTC Desire 816 review, the perks of being verified and more!

Engadget Daily: HTC Desire 816 review, the perks of being verified and more!


Pics of Sony’s Xperia Z3 Compact shown in new leak

Pics of Sony’s Xperia Z3 Compact shown in new leakSony likes to move quickly when it comes to hardware releases, but if the latest leak is to be believed, it might be time for Sony to pump the brakes. On Wednesday, Xperia Blog published images of the alleged Xperia Z3 Compact, a miniature version of the next-gen flagship which is expected to be revealed alongside the Xperia Z3 at IFA 2014 in September. The only problem? Sony still hasn’t confirmed the existence of the Xperia Z2 Compact. This could mean one of three things: Sony has decided to skip the Xperia Z2 Compact altogether and move straight to the Z3 models, the Z2 Compact will be revealed sometime after its successor or this leak is inaccurate. Considering Sony’s track record in the


This is what Instagram for Android would look like with Google's Material Design

This is what Instagram for Android would look like with Google's Material DesignThe new user interface style is supposed to be based around how physical objects move and is "grounded in tactile reality, inspired by our study of paper and ink." Google is already encouraging third-party developers to redesign their apps to fit with the new style, but some people just can't wait for that to happen. Designer Emmanuel Pacamalan has created a concept video showing Instagram rebuilt using Material Design principles, and the results are gorgeous.


NY judge: US warrant can reach email in Ireland
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. law enforcement can force Microsoft Corp. to turn over emails it stores in Ireland, a judge ruled Thursday in a case that technology companies have rallied around as they pursue billions of dollars in data storage business abroad.
Facebook's Slingshot now keeps the convo going with reactions to reactions

Facebook's Slingshot now keeps the convo going with reactions to reactions


PlayStation Now beta open to all PS4 owners in the U.S. and Canada

PlayStation Now beta open to all PS4 owners in the U.S. and CanadaSony’s PlayStation Now game streaming initiative is moving closer to launch, as the company is ready to allow any PS4 owners in the U.S. and Canada to try it starting today. The company on Wednesday announced on its PlayStation blog that while the open beta is available only to PS4 buyers for now, a beta option will be coming to PS3, PS Vita, PlayStation TV and select 2014 Sony TVs. When it comes to pricing, Sony will have various tiers for customers willing to rent one of the more than 100 PS3 titles that will be available through the PlayStation Store, including 4-hour ($2.99), 7-day ($5.99), 30-day ($7.99) and 90-day ($14.99) loan periods, as detailed by The Next Web. In a


Watch Deadmau5 and Toronto mayor Rob Ford get coffee in a Nyan Cat Ferrari

Watch Deadmau5 and Toronto mayor Rob Ford get coffee in a Nyan Cat FerrariElectronic dance music artist Deadmau5 created an internet stir with his meme-tastic Nyan Cat Ferrari at the Gumball 3000 earlier this summer, but after the race is done, what do you do with a souped-up cat-powered hyper-car? Why, take Toronto mayor Rob Ford on a coffee run, of course. It's hard to know what to expect when you get a rock star DJ and a disgraced mayor together, but the result is oddly sedate. They mostly talk about traffic, coffee, and being in the Ferrari itself. ...


Sony's new Action Cam arrives stateside with SteadyShot and more for $200

Sony's new Action Cam arrives stateside with SteadyShot and more for $200


Why 'Halo' creators Bungie left Microsoft to make 'Destiny'

Why the creators of 'Halo' left Microsoft to make 'Destiny'Bungie's sci-fi shooter (and sort-of MMO) Destiny held an open beta this past weekend for all home consoles (PlayStation 4, PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360) simultaneously. It's an ambitious game for the team that created Halo, joined Microsoft, and subsequently split from the company to make this multi-platform game (signing a 10-year deal with publisher Activision Blizzard in the process). We talked with Polygon Editor-in-chief Chris Grant for more on the impact of the beta and why Bungie left and how important this $500 million project is for everyone involved.


Why the creators of 'Halo' left Microsoft to make 'Destiny'

Why the creators of 'Halo' left Microsoft to make 'Destiny'Bungie's sci-fi shooter (and sort-of MMO) Destiny held an open beta this past weekend for all home consoles (PlayStation 4, PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360) simultaneously. It's an ambitious game for the team that created Halo, joined Microsoft, and subsequently split from the company to make this multi-platform game (signing a 10-year deal with publisher Activision Blizzard in the process). We talked with Polygon Editor-in-chief Chris Grant for more on the impact of the beta and why Bungie left and how important this $500 million project is for everyone involved.


Facebook's Internet.org expands in Zambia
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's Internet.org project is taking another step toward its goal of bringing the Internet to people who are not yet online, launching an app Thursday in Zambia.
Here’s how you can stream a bunch of Hulu shows without paying a dime

Here’s how you can stream a bunch of Hulu shows without paying a dimeEarlier this year, Hulu announced that it would be bringing free streaming to mobile devices at some point this summer, but a precise release date wasn’t revealed. This week, Hulu finally launched the update for Android phones and tablets which will allow mobile users to access select content from from Hulu Originals, Anime, Kids, Movies and Latino. Network shows from NBC, Fox, Comedy Central and others will be available as well. If you want full access to Hulu’s entire back catalog, you’ll have to sign up for Hulu Plus, the streaming site’s premium subscription service. And of course, activating a subscription is one click away within the app. No news on whether or not the update will reach iOS devices any time soon


To-do app Wunderlist gets a fresh coat of paint and real-time sync

To-do app Wunderlist gets a fresh coat of paint and real-time sync


'The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water' trailer will fry your mind

'The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water' trailer will fry your mindIn case you've been living in a pineapple under the sea for the better part of two decades, you should know that Spongebob Squarepants is an enormously popular animated series on Nickelodeon about a talking yellow sea sponge created by a marine biology teacher. Ten years ago, it was made into a movie that combined animation and live action. Now, we are getting the requisite sequel: The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water will wash into US theaters on February 6th, 2015. But based on the first trailer released today, the sequel is going several leagues of crazy above and beyond its predecessor, taking Spongebob and his beloved crew of sea creatures and turning them into buff, 3D monstrosities. They face off on land against Antonio Banderas as an evil, live-action pirate.


Watch this idiot steal Google Glass and then go to a rave without realizing he’s being recorded the whole time

Watch this idiot steal Google Glass and then go to a rave without realizing he’s being recorded the whole timeIf there’s one thing we love writing about, it’s moronic criminals. The latest brain-dead felon comes to us courtesy of Business Insider, which brings us the story of a tourist named Mike Geller (no relation to our own Boy Genius) who decided to bring Google Glass with him during his trip to New York, only to have it stolen by a man who asked to try it on and then ran off with it the minute he got it in his hands. Unfortunately for the thief in question, however, Geller was still able to record everything he did throughout the day by using a third-party Glass app called LiveLens. Geller has now posted a video compilation of everything the thief


WWE Network heading to 170 new countries next month

WWE Network heading to 170 new countries next month


New leak reveals OnePlus’s top-secret smartwatch

New leak reveals OnePlus’s top-secret smartwatchThe One won’t be OnePlus’s only smart device this year, as the company is working on a smartwatch of its own. BGR India has exclusively obtained images showing the OneWatch, a device that’s apparently close to launching. As seen in the leaked sketches, the OneWatch will be made of high-end materials, including titanium for screen borders, leather for bands, and sapphire for the OLED display’s cover, and will offer some interesting features including QI wireless charging, a circular screen just like the gorgeous Moto 360, and a curved battery. Furthermore, the watch will apparently have an user-configurable physical button on the side. It’s not clear at this time whether the OneWatch will come with Android Wear under the hood, or whether it


Scientist Creates Ice Cream that Changes Color When You Lick It

Scientist Creates Ice Cream that Changes Color When You Lick ItAs you lick the ice cream, it changes its hue. Xamaleón ice cream changes colors as you lick it. As the temperature changes and the acidity of the human saliva hits the ice cream, it triggers the color change. Several scientists worked with Linares on the formula for about a week until they perfected it.  Xamaleón tastes like "tutti fruitti." In order to be such an ice cream pro, "Linares pursued what he has described as a 'Masters Diploma in Creating Artisan Ice Cream.'"


Social media sizzles as 'Sharknado 2' audience grows

Actors Tara Reid and Ian Ziering attend a premiere for the original "Sharknado" in Los Angeles, California on August 2, 2013Whimsical TV disaster movie "Sharknado 2" reeled in 3.9 million viewers, the Syfy specialty channel said Thursday, one day after the sequel's broadcast. The followup to last year's instant cult classic about a freak weather system that rains a torrent of man-eating sharks on New York City was also a massive hit on social media, at one point dominating the entire top-10 trending list on Twitter, Syfy said. The original "Sharknado," set in Los Angeles, drew 1.4 million viewers and prompted 318,000 tweets -- key numbers in an era when social media engagement is as important for TV executives as eyeballs glued to the screen.


Office for iPad updated with PDF export, third-party fonts and video playback support

Office for iPad updated with PDF export, third-party fonts and video playback support


Any color as long as it's black: smartphone preferences

Any color as long as it's black: smartphone preferencesWhether from the UK, US China or France, smartphone owners all appear to have one thing in common -- they prefer black to any other handset color. The findings of the survey, carried out by research firm Strategy Analytics, could be bad news for Microsoft. One of the standout features of its Lumia handsets is their incredibly bright color palette of cyan, yellow, green, orange and red. It might even be a possible theory as to why the company is struggling to gain a significant foothold in the smartphone market.


Apple reportedly paying internet providers to ensure speedy delivery of its data

Apple reportedly paying internet providers to ensure speedy delivery of its dataApple has apparently turned on its new content-delivery network, and is reportedly paying Comcast and other big ISPs to move hardware into their data center and build direct interconnects to their networks. This is the exact same evolution that Netflix has been going through, building out its own CDN and agreeing to pay ISPs for interconnection. The major difference is that Netflix has loudly opposed the fact that ISPs can charge a fee for this arrangement, while Apple has stayed mum on the issue. Apple has traditionally relied on third-party CDNs like Akami and Limelight, but has decided it can do much of that work for less money by working directly with ISPs.



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3-day Gaza cease-fire goes into effect

Flares light up the sky over Gaza City, Friday Aug. 1, 2014. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel will destroy Hamas' tunnel network in the Gaza Strip designed for deadly attacks inside Israel, "with or without a cease-fire." Israel expanded what started July 8 as an aerial campaign against Hamas and widened it into a ground offensive on July 17. Since then, Israel says the campaign has concentrated on destroying cross-border tunnels militants constructed to carry out attacks inside Israeli territory and ending rocket attacks on its cities. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)Heavy Israel-Hamas fighting is reported right up until the start of the truce.


U.S. missionaries infected with Ebola to be brought home

Social Commentator Alfred Sirleaf, center rear, gives comment on current events in Liberia including the deadly Ebola virus by speaking and writhing them down on a blackboard as people gather around to listen to him in Monrovia, Liberia, Thursday, July 31, 2014. The worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 deaths in West Africa as the World Health Organization on Thursday announced dozens of new fatalities. (AP Photo/Jonathan Paye-Layleh)An Atlanta hospital is preparing to treat one of the two American aid workers stricken with the deadly virus.


Senate kills border crisis spending bill

FILE - In this July 12, 2014 file photo, migrants walk along the rail tracks after getting off a train during their journey toward the U.S.-Mexico border in Ixtepec, Mexico. Many of the immigrants recently flooding the nation’s southern border say they’re fleeing violent gangs in Central America. These gangs were a byproduct of U.S. immigration and Cold War policies, specifically growing from the increase in deportations in the 1990s. With weak dysfunctional governments at home, U.S. street gang culture easily took hold and flourished in these countries. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)Crisis of unaccompanied migrant youths at U.S.-Mexico border was impetus for $3.5B bill.


22 dead, more than 270 injured in Taiwan gas blasts

Tossed vehicles line an destroyed street as flames continue to burn from multiple explosions from an underground gas leak in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, early Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. A massive gas leakage early Friday caused five explosions that killed several people and injured over 200 in the southern Taiwan port city of Kaohsiung. (AP Photo) TAIWAN OUTA gas leak reportedly caused multiple explosions in downtown Kaohsiung, Taiwan.


Fla. boy, 12, arrested in homeless man's killing

generic_fp_shooting_v6A 12-year-old Florida boy was under arrest Thursday and accused of fatally shooting a homeless man in the head during a "horrific event," police said.


NASA to test making rocket fuel ingredient on Mars

The Mast Camera (Mastcam) instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a series of sedimentary deposits in the Glenelg area of Gale CraterNASA plans to make oxygen — a key ingredient of rocket fuel — on Mars early next decade.


Ebola-infected aid worker to be moved to Atlanta hospital

This photo provided by the CDC shows an ebola Virus. U.S. health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but say the risk of the deadly germ spreading to the United States is remote. (AP Photo/CDC)A U.S. humanitarian aid worker who was infected with Ebola in West Africa will be transferred back to the United States and treated in a special high security ward at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, hospital officials said on Thursday. The aid worker, who was infected while working to help contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, will be moved in the next several days to a special isolation unit it has set up in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Earlier on Thursday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a news briefing that the State Department was working with the CDC facilitate options for potential medical evacuations of American humanitarian aid workers who have contracted Ebola in West Africa, although he did not mention the workers by name.


Witnesses: No security-camera videos show OKC blast

FILE - In this April 24, 1995 file photo, an Oklahoma City police car decorated with the words "We will never forget" and a small American flag sits near the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. On Thursday, July 31, 2014, the FBI capped off its attempt to persuade a federal judge in Salt Lake City that it is not hiding unreleased surveillance videos from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing by bringing witnesses who testified that there has never been any security-camera videos of the bomb going off. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)The FBI capped off its attempt to persuade a federal judge that it is not hiding unreleased surveillance videos from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing by bringing witnesses Thursday who testified that there has never been any security-camera videos of the bomb going off.


Violet Palmer, NBA's first female referee, comes out as gay

Violet Palmer came into the NBA as something of a trailblazer and pioneer, as she and Dee Kantner became the league's first ever female referees upon their arrival in 1997.


Sudanese Christian convert who faced execution due in U.S.

Meriam Ibrahim holds her baby girl Maya after landing from Khartoum, at Ciampino's military airport, on the outskirts of Rome, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death in Sudan for refusing to recant her Christian faith has arrived in Italy along with her family, including an infant born in prison. Italy's premier welcomed Meriam Ibrahim at Rome's Ciampino airport on Thursday, calling it "a day of celebration." Ibrahim, whose father was Muslim but whose mother was an Orthodox Christian from Ethiopia, was accompanied by her husband, who is a citizen of both the United States and South Sudan, her 18-month-old son and an infant born May 27. The family is to spend a few days in Rome before heading to the United States. (AP Photo/Daniele Leone, Lapresse)Mariam Ibrahim had faced execution in Sudan for converting from Islam to Christianity.


Ebola-infected doctor lauded for 'heroic and sacrificial service'
Even from his own sickbed, Dr. Kent Brantly continues to put the well-being of others before his own.
‘Woman in black,' a social-media phenomenon, reaches home

woman in blackA 50-something Army veteran who caused an Internet sensation as she traveled nearly 500 miles by foot, clad in long, black robes and sandals, has apparently reached what she calls “home” in Winchester, Va., police in Virginia say. Elizabeth Poles traveled for two months, and was seen from Georgia to West Virginia in her wanderings.


Bush impeachment never happened, co-sponsor says

Sheila Jackson Lee in charge of Homeland Security?!Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said Dems never tried to impeach Bush.


House cancels vote on $659M border bill

Border Patrol officers guard the US Border Patrol facility in Murrieta, California on July 3, 2014, where tension is rising over the arrival of undocumented immigrantsDivided House abandoned immigration vote after tea partyers withdrew support.


U.S. issues travel warning for 3 Ebola-hit countries

This photo provided by the CDC shows an ebola Virus. U.S. health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but say the risk of the deadly germ spreading to the United States is remote. (AP Photo/CDC)U.S. health officials are warning Americans not to travel to the three African countries hit by an outbreak of Ebola.


Ruth Bader Ginsburg on retirement rumors

Justice to Yahoo's Katie Couric: "I’m still here and likely to remain for a while."


Crashed drone tried to fly phones, pot into S.C. prison

A HEXO+ drone prototypeBy Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - A drone being flown in a novel attempt to smuggle phones, marijuana and tobacco into a South Carolina maximum security prison crashed outside its walls, authorities said on Wednesday. The contraband smuggling attempt has been under investigation since the wreckage was discovered in April outside the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, said state Department of Corrections spokeswoman Stephanie Givens. Officials believe it was the first time an unmanned aircraft had been used in an effort to breach prison walls in the state, Givens said. Illegal cellphones, an issue in prisons nationwide, have drawn particular alarm in South Carolina.


CIA director says sorry to Senate for improper computer searches

What Keeps CIA Director John Brennan Awake At NightWASHINGTON (AP) — CIA Director John Brennan is apologizing to Senate intelligence committee leaders after his inspector general found that CIA employees acted improperly when the CIA searched Senate computers earlier this year.


Tell it to the 99 percent

UNEMPLOYED VETS ARE ABOUT TO FLOOD THE JOB MARKETUnemployment at five-year low, July jobs report said positive, yet many feel wallet pain.


Ebola outbreak death toll rises: 729

Will Ebola Be The Next Pandemic? - TestTube Daily ShowNigerian authorities identified 59 people who had contact with U.S. citizen who died in Lagos last week.


Abbas seeks broad support for war crimes charges

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 16, 2014, file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas listens to Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby, during their meeting at his residence in Cairo, Egypt. Nearly a month into Israel's fierce assault on Hamas in Gaza, Abbas is facing mounting domestic pressure to seek war crimes charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Nearly a month into Israel's fierce assault on Hamas in Gaza, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is facing mounting domestic pressure to seek war crimes charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court.


CIA spied on Senate, internal review finds

FILE - This March 11, 2014 file photo shows CIA Director John O. Brennan speaking in Washington. The CIA's insistence that it did not spy on its Senate overseers collapsed July 31 with the release of a stark report by the agency's internal watchdog documenting improper computer surveillance and obstructionist behavior by CIA officers. Those internal conclusions prompted Brennan to abandon months of defiance and defense of the agency and apologize to Senate intelligence committee leaders. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA's insistence that it did not spy on its Senate overseers collapsed Thursday with the release of a stark report by the agency's internal watchdog documenting improper computer surveillance and obstructionist behavior by CIA officers.


Gas blasts kill 24, injure 271 in Taiwanese port

Vehicles are left lie in a destroyed street following multiple explosions from an underground gas leak in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, early Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. A massive gas leakage early Friday caused five explosions that killed scores of people and injured over 200 in the southern Taiwan port city of Kaohsiung. (AP Photo) TAIWAN OUTKAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — At least 24 people were killed and 271 injured when several underground gas explosions ripped through Taiwan's second-largest city, hurling concrete and cars through the air and blasting trenches in the streets, authorities said Friday, as a search for the cause began.


Congress oks VA, highway bills, not border measure

On the last day before Congress takes a five-week summer recess, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., checks her watch for a scheduled vote after speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 31, 2014. Yesterday, Republicans pushed through legislation to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of deliberately exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority, Democrats have branded the effort a political charade and an effort by top Republicans to mollify conservatives who want Obama to be impeached. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress ran full-tilt into election-year gridlock over immigration Thursday and staggered toward a five-week summer break after failing to agree on legislation to cope with the influx of young immigrants flocking illegally to the United States.


Death toll hits 51 from mudslide in Indian village

Indian villagers watch rescue operations at the site of a massive landslide in Malin village in Pune district of western Maharashtra state, India, Thursday, July 31, 2014. Two days of torrential rains triggered the landslide early Wednesday, killing more than two dozen people and trapping more than 150, authorities said. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)MALIN, India (AP) — Heavy rains hampered efforts Friday by hundreds of rescue workers digging through heavy mud and debris, as the death toll from a landslide that engulfed an entire village in western India rose to 51.


Tropical Storm Bertha forms in the Atlantic

This NOAA satellite image taken Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 10:45 AM EDT shows widely scattered clouds across the Caribbean Basin. A cluster of clouds is present north of Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. A tropical wave is struggling to organize well east of the Lesser Antilles as it tracks westward. (AP Photo/Weather Underground)MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Bertha has formed, becoming the second named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.


Asia stocks dip on Dow drop, China data cuts loss

FILE - This April 22, 2010, file photo, shows a Wall Street sign in front of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stocks slumped Thursday, July 31, 2014, as investors reacted to disappointing corporate earnings reports and assessed the implications of the approaching end to economic stimulus from the Federal Reserve. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)HONG KONG (AP) — Most Asian stock markets dipped on Friday following a big sell-off on Wall Street but losses were limited by optimistic reports on China's economy.


Heavy Gaza fighting ahead of proposed 3-day truce

Flares light up the sky over Gaza City, Friday Aug. 1, 2014. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel will destroy Hamas' tunnel network in the Gaza Strip designed for deadly attacks inside Israel, "with or without a cease-fire." Israel expanded what started July 8 as an aerial campaign against Hamas and widened it into a ground offensive on July 17. Since then, Israel says the campaign has concentrated on destroying cross-border tunnels militants constructed to carry out attacks inside Israeli territory and ending rocket attacks on its cities. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian officials say 17 Palestinians, including 10 members of one family, were killed in Israeli strikes ahead of a planned three-day cease-fire in the Gaza war.


Gas explosions kill 24, injure 271 in Taiwan

Vehicles are left lie in a destroyed street following multiple explosions from an underground gas leak in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, early Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. A massive gas leakage early Friday caused five explosions that killed scores of people and injured over 200 in the southern Taiwan port city of Kaohsiung. (AP Photo) TAIWAN OUTKAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — At least 24 people were killed and 271 injured when several underground gas explosions ripped through Taiwan's second-largest city, hurling concrete and cars through the air and blasting trenches in the streets, authorities said Friday, as a search for the cause began.



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