Archive for December, 2013


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Christmas is coming. For most people this is a time of joy and celebration. Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. But for a few others the distant clatter of a reindeer’s hooves ushers in the season of pain and loneliness.

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Kanye West isn’t happy with the National Recording Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and their choice of nominees for this year’s GRAMMYs, again.

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Sometimes the most amazing things to see are the ones that don’t exist in “real life.” Photoshop, in the hands of a gifted digital artist, has brought us some of the most magnificent things like a baby fruit ninja and of course, dogbirds AKA dirds,…

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) – A recent poll suggests that 30 percent of Americans avoid seeking medical treatment due to concerns over costs.
Among uninsured Americans specifically, the rate of delaying medical treatment is even higher.

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Multiple agencies within the federal government are accused of stalking and later causing a former contractor to be fired after Google auto-correct changed a search from “How do I build a radio-controlled airplane?

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RICHMOND, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — The Peace Corps says Virginia ranks 10th among states in the number of people who volunteer to serve.
The program currently has 267 Virginia residents. California led the nation with 973 residents currently in the program.

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Left: Yeardley Love Right: George Huguely V (Credit: University of Virginia / Charlottesville Police Department)
RICHMOND, Va.

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Tom Cruise stars in the new trailer for “Edge of Tomorrow” — director Doug Liman’s sci-fi flick about an officer in an alien war who becomes stuck in a time loop, forced to re-live the same brutal mission over and over á la “Groundhog Day.” Emily…

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Even those who want for nothing have holiday wish lists.
If the millionaire in your life appears to have it all, look no further.

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When we published our rankings of the Most Creative People In Advertising back in October, we received criticism from several readers who felt the list failed to include enough women.
On one hand, these readers were absolutely right.

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The misery index is calculated by summing a country’s unemployment rate with its inflation rate.
With the unemployment rate falling and the inflation rate benign, misery in America is tumbling.
Gluskin Sheff’s David Rosenberg says it’s a good thing.

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An Occidental Student studying abroad at Cambridge University in England had his jaw broken last month by a group of British “thugs” who mocked him for looking like “Harry Potter,” Cambridge News reports.

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There are reports that The White House will nominate former Israeli central bank chief Stanley Fischer to serve as Deputy Fed Chair, taking over the job Janet Yellen will vacate when she becomes chair.  People are freaking out because Fischer is an…

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The New York Times recently wrote about a new trend of mothers who work on Wall Street with stay-at-home husbands who watch the kids.

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Snapchat is the best marketing tool you can use right now, according to digital marketing master Gary Vaynerchuk.
Vaynerchuk is a video blogger and entrepreneur who has amassed more than 1 million Twitter followers.

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One major thing left out of the Murray-Ryan budget deal is an extension of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program. Come January 1st, 1.3 million Americans will lose their jobless benefits when the EUC expires.

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Yahoo Mail is still facing issues, but expects to be back up and running for users by 3pm PT today.
It has been down for some users since 10:27 PM PT on Monday night, Yahoo SVP of Communication Products Jeffrey Bonforte said in a recent blog post.

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US, Britain cut aid to rebels in northern Syria after Islamic radicals beat …
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CBS News correspondent Clarissa Ward said the move by the U.S.

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Obama creates international incident with ‘selfie’ at Mandela service
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Obama’s handshake mistake? Advertisement. More on this… President criticized for actions at Mandela memorial service.

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ABC News Friends: Bride Showed No Emotion After Body Found ABC News A Montana woman on trial for the death of her new husband showed little emotion when she located his body in Glacier National Park days after she told authorities he had driven off…

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‘Fake’ sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela memorial provokes anger
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By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor.

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Health insurance numbers creep up on Obamacare exchanges
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About 365,000 people have managed to get health insurance on the new state and federal websites so far, federal officials announced Wednesday.

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Toronto-Dominion Bank surpassed Royal Bank of Canada as the country’s largest lender by assets for the first time after a decade-long expansion in U.S. consumer lending.
Toronto-Dominion reported $862.5 billion in total assets as of Oct.

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U.S. President Barack Obama’s ruling on Keystone XL is becoming more critical for oil-sands producers such as Suncor Energy Inc. and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. than pipeline builder TransCanada Corp.

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Microsoft Corp. said sales of the new Xbox One video-game console reached more than 2 million in its first 18 days on the market, as the company vies to keep pace with Sony Corp.’s PlayStation 4 during the holiday season.

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Dan Akerson became the accidental car guy. He took the job of chief executive officer of General Motors Co. by default, out of a sense of duty.

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General Motors Co.’s decision to name Mary Barra — trained as an engineer — as chief executive officer extends the ranks of women with prowess in science and technology at the highest levels of corporate America.

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Global oil demand in 2014 will be higher than previously forecast, after consumption in the U.S. rebounded to its strongest level in five years, the International Energy Agency said.

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Dexus Property Group and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board raised their offer for the office fund controlled by Commonwealth Bank of Australia to A$3 billion ($2.7 billion), challenging GPT Group’s bid.

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Suspected Chinese hackers have systematically targeted diplomats working within foreign ministries in European countries, reports Nicole Perlroth of The New York Times.
The hackers were hoping to find out how those ministers viewed the U.S.

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President Barack Obama, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, and Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt took a selfie today at the memorial service for the late South African President Nelson Mandela: It was awkward, being at a memorial service…

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To those of you who may be alarmed by the notion that the US security services, helped by their obliging colleagues at GCHQ, might have access to all your internet activity – private emails included – Sir Malcolm Rifkind offers soothing reassurance.

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As Liz Truss wrote in yesterday’s Telegraph, there’s a widening gender gap in subjects involving numbers. Maths and physics A-level classes are filled with boys.

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Almost every edition of the London Review of Books contains at least one brilliant or thought-breaking article. The latest edition is no exception.

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We’re thrilled to celebrate the 10 Best LinkedIn Company Pages of 2013! Thank you for nominating the businesses and organizations that have successfully inspi

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More people signed up for health insurance through the federal exchange website over the past two days than did for the entire first month it was online, according to a report in Politico.

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Click for sound. <div>Please enable Javascript to watch this video</div>   We spoke to Brian Driscoll, an instructor at the Gemological Institute of America, who explained the 4C’s, the industry standard for the most important…

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Police say they found newspaper clippings about mass shootings at the home of a University of New Haven student arrested near campus carrying two handguns and having an assault rifle in his car.
No shots were fired and no one was injured.

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The Philadelphia Fed has released its monthly suite of state leading indicators, which project economic growth rates for each of the 50 U.S. states over the next six months, as illustrated in the map below.

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Tech analyst Benedict Evans is right.
Amazon Prime Air is a nice idea, but this video of protests in Bangkok demonstrates much more immediately exciting use of drone technology.

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While promoting his new film “Philomena” on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Tuesday, English actor/comedian Steve Coogan did his best impressions of Sean Connery, Liam Neeson, Michael Cane, and Martin Sheen.

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Now that we’ve hit December, people are started to amp up their holiday spirit.
But ChristmasCats.TV takes it to another level.

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Canadian Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver said the prospect of the U.S. becoming the world’s biggest crude producer will transform it from a customer into a “competitor,” underscoring the need to build Canadian pipelines to reach Asian markets.

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Canada’s dollar fell to the lowest level in three years as central-bank Governor Stephen Poloz warned of the risks of low inflation, spurring speculation interest-rate cuts may be considered.

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Fabien Ricard and Richard Montoux bought a four-bedroom brick row house with a butler’s pantry in Montreal’s Westmount district this year.

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Edward Lampert, the hedge-fund manager who for the past eight years tried to turn around Sears Holdings Corp., cut his stake in the retailer below 50%.
Lampert’s ESL Investments Inc.

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National Bank of Canada, the country’s sixth-largest lender, said quarterly profit fell 4% on costs tied to acquisitions and severance. The firm raised its dividend 5.7% to 92 cents a share and announced a two-for-one stock split.

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Facebook launched FBX — the first-ever social media real-time bidding (RTB) ad exchange — in June 2012 to let advertisers buy Facebook ad inventory that retargets users based on their past online browsing history.

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New home sales surged 25.4% month-over-month to an annualized pace of 444,000 in October.

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With Thanksgiving safely out of the way, it is time for Fox News to buckle down and concentrate on the ongoing (and fake) War on Christmas.

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Illinois lawmakers approved a bill to address the state’s $100 billion pension debt.
The state has the worst credit rating in the country according to S&P, and its pension crisis was having ripple effects throughout the state.

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Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system is a flop.
This chart from Statista, based on data from Net Applications, shows that Windows 8 was used by just 9.3% of the computing population.

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The push for green energy in the United States may be hindered by the limitations of our outdated power grids, which are unsuited for unpredictable energy sources like sunlight and wind, according to Los Angles Times’ Evan Halper.

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If you think your boss or financial advisor has the greatest influence on your financial future, you’re wrong. Most likely, it’s your spouse who holds the cards.
But many couples aren’t even talking about their budgets.

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Every day or so I read another blog post (or ranting comments) about how BlackBerry could be rehabilitated, or how Nokia could restart Maemo and build the ultimate smartphone again.

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It’s the holiday season, and we’re getting in the spirit with our favorite holiday gifts. We’ve been rounding up our picks for everyone in your life, and now we want to gift you with something from our six amazing giveaways!

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All of sci-fi’s coolest robots on one poster – BuzzFeed Geeky
How to create chemistry magic in your microwave (and other places) – Cracked
Google Chrome extensions that’ll keep you organized – ReadWrite
Merriam-Webster’s word of the year is .

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There are many ways for a startup to burn through $326 million in venture capital.

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