Sun Plot Sales eBay Lawsuit

Woman claims she owns the sun and sues eBay for not letting her sell it

By on June 15, 2015 at 2:55 PM.

Woman claims she owns the sun and sues eBay for not letting her sell it

This is absolutely not a joke: Someone has been successfully selling plots of the sun on eBay until the popular auction site banned her listings, saying they violated the site’s intangible goods policy. And yes, that person is now suing eBay for not letting her sell pieces of the star that makes possible life on Earth. More →

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Patriot Act Surveillance Program Expiry

The Senate just crippled the NSA’s spying program

By on June 1, 2015 at 10:00 PM.

The Senate just crippled the NSA’s spying program

Intelligence agencies in the U.S. won’t be able to use some of their highly sophisticated spying programs on Americans as easily as before, as certain portions of the Patriot Act have just expired on Sunday just before midnight, after the U.S. Senate decided not to extend them. More →

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Comcast Time Warner Cable Merger Failure

Comcast’s failed TWC merger may blow up in its face… again

By on May 30, 2015 at 11:00 AM.

Comcast’s failed TWC merger may blow up in its face… again

Comcast’s decision to try to merge with Time Warner Cable last year might go down as one of the biggest strategic blunders of the decade. Not only was Comcast forced to embarrassingly withdraw its bid for the cable company but it also opened itself up to investigations about whether it’s actually lived up to promises it made to get its last mega-merger with NBCUniversal approved by regulators. More →

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Al-Qaeda Job Application Questions

Here are the most ridiculous questions al-Qaeda asks on its official job application

By on May 21, 2015 at 9:55 AM.

Here are the most ridiculous questions al-Qaeda asks on its official job application

Terrorist organization al-Qaeda isn’t willing to hire any old schlub just because they say they’re willing to kill for Allah — no, it turns out they have standards. Vox has posted the official al-Qaeda job application that was recently declassified by the U.S. government and it’s loaded with utterly ridiculous questions that make it sound like it was written by The Onion. Here are the most absurd things al-Qaeda asks its prospective hires. More →

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Apple Vs Samsung

Appeals Court chops $382M off of Samsung’s penalty for copying the iPhone

By on May 18, 2015 at 1:03 PM.

Appeals Court chops $382M off of Samsung’s penalty for copying the iPhone

Back in 2012, the entire tech world was captivated by Apple and Samsung’s patent trial. One of the things that made the trial so interesting is that it lifted the veil of secrecy that typically shrouds Apple’s operations, providing us with unprecedented access to the company’s development process, market research methodology, and even photos of unreleased iPhone prototypes.

As for the merits of the case itself, Apple would ultimately emerge victorious, with a jury awarding Apple $930 million in damages. But as with any court ruling, especially one with nearly a billion dollars on the line, Samsung has busied itself with filing all sorts of appeals looking to have the ruling overturned, or at the very least, the damages amount reduced.

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North Korean Defense Minister Anti-Aircraft Gun Execution

North Korean official falls asleep during rally, gets executed by an anti-aircraft gun

By on May 13, 2015 at 8:05 PM.

North Korean official falls asleep during rally, gets executed by an anti-aircraft gun

Every time you find yourself complaining about your boss, just remember things could always be worse — for instance, you could be working for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Per Reuters, it seems that North Korea this week executed its own defense minister after he fell asleep during a political rally where Kim Jong Un was present. After being formally charged with “treason” for this transgression, the official was killed by an anti-aircraft gun at a firing range. More →

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Six Strikes Copyright Alert System

Hollywood filmmakers are calling the ‘six strikes’ anti-piracy policy a ‘sham’

By on May 13, 2015 at 6:55 PM.

Hollywood filmmakers are calling the ‘six strikes’ anti-piracy policy a ‘sham’

Ever since its inception, the voluntary “six strikes” Copyright Alert System has been one of the most controversial in the film industry… but maybe not for the reasons you think. In effect, the policy was meant to give pirates six warnings before throttling their download speeds or blocking their access to torrent sites, but many filmmakers believe it doesn’t go nearly far enough. More →

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Verizon Sprint $158 Million Cramming Settlement

Did Verizon and Sprint hit you with bogus cramming charges? How to get your money back

By on May 12, 2015 at 4:46 PM.

Did Verizon and Sprint hit you with bogus cramming charges? How to get your money back

Like their rivals AT&T and T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint have also agreed pay back their customers who got hit with bogus cramming charges. The Federal Communications Commission announced on Monday that Sprint and Verizon would fork over a combined total of $158 million to settle the matter and most of that money will be going directly back to consumers. More →

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GPS Tracking App

Sign of the times? Employee fired after removing GPS tracking app from her smartphone

By on May 12, 2015 at 11:59 AM.

Sign of the times? Employee fired after removing GPS tracking app from her smartphone

A troubling lawsuit coming out of California alleges that a woman was fired from her job after she uninstalled an app that her employer requested all employees had to download. The troubling aspect of the story is that the app in question was capable of tracking employee location data even when employees weren’t on the clock.

The lawsuit in question was filed by Myrna Arias who was previously employed by Intermex Wire Transfer as an account manager. According to the suit, originally spotted by Ars Technica, Arias’ boss asked her and other employees to download a mobile app called Xora which, according to the app description on the App Store, allows mobile workers to record pertinent information when they are on the go.

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Sandwich Police

Man robs Subway sandwich shop, then crosses street to buy sandwich at Potbellys

By on May 5, 2015 at 8:15 PM.

Man robs Subway sandwich shop, then crosses street to buy sandwich at Potbellys

When it comes to sandwiches, people are extremely particular. Whether it’s deciding what they want on their sandwich or which sandwich shops are the best in town, sandwich lovers are an all around passionate bunch.

Recently, a man in Chicago took his passion for sandwiches to a whole new level. DNAinfo reports today that a man in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago recently robbed a Subway sandwich shop with a knife before opting to walk across the street to a Potbellys and, surprise surprise, order a sandwich.

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Apple Free U2 Album Russia

Russian politician fears Apple’s free U2 album will make you gay

By on April 30, 2015 at 9:50 AM.

Russian politician fears Apple’s free U2 album will make you gay

Can mediocre dad rock alter your sexual orientation? That’s the belief of one Russian politician who thinks that Apple is secretly trying to corrupt the youth of the Motherland by giving away a free U2 album that purportedly promotes homosexuality. The Guardian reports that LDPR party member Alexander Starovoitov is objecting to the album because it features “the band’s drummer, Larry Mullen Jr, embracing his 18-year-old son, Elvis, shirtless,” which U2 has said is “a visual metaphor for the album and its theme of ‘how holding on to your own innocence is a lot harder than holding on to someone else’s.'” More →

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