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Plenty of Americans don’t file their tax returns until the very last week: it’s just human nature. We shared scary warnings many times before this year’s April 15 deadline that fraudsters are filing Americans’ returns before they do, harvesting...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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5 Intriguing Things is a curated collection of links that help us think about the future. Subscribe to the daily newsletter....
From: The Atlantic | By: Alexis C. Madrigal | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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I have finished Rory Carroll’s Comandante: Hugo Chávez’s Venezuela. The book has a flawed structure, jumping back and forth across the 14-year period during which Chavez served as Venezuela’s elected president. There is also some redundancy that...
From: Philip Greenspun | By: philg | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Laurie Johnson, Chief Economist, Climate and Clean Air Program, Washington, DC: Photo: U.S. Army under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode This blog was originally published at the Cost of Carbon Pollution project...
From: Natural Resources Defense Council | By: Laurie Johnson | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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A New York University research team is using hallucinogenic experiences to help patients come to terms with their mortality....
From: The Atlantic | By: Roc Morin | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Welcome to Wonkbook, Wonkblog’s morning policy news primer by Puneet Kollipara. To subscribe by e-mail, click here. Send comments, criticism or ideas to Wonkbook at Washpost dot com. To read more by the Wonkblog team, click here. Wonkbook’s Number...
From: Washington Post | By: Puneet Kollipara | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Questions have arisen about the images submitted by Ukraine and cited by the United States as evidence of Moscow’s military intentions....
From: New York Times | By: MICHAEL R. GORDON and ANDREW E. KRAMER | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has issued a Directive [PDF] that forbids most intelligence community employees from talking to journalists about “intelligence-related information” unless they have specific authorization to do...
From: Boing Boing | By: Xeni Jardin | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Kenya’s economy could be boosted by as much as $45 billion by the year 2030 with a switch to a ‘green’ economy, according to a new joint study from the UN Environment Programme and the Government of Kenya. The switch would also (of course) help...
From: CleanTechnica | By: James Ayre | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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If a teenager could sneak past airport security at a major international airport and stowaway in the wheel well of a plane, could a terrorist do the same?
From: Christian Science Monitor | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Big Data will eradicate extreme world poverty by 2028, according to Bono, front man for the band U2. But it also allows unscrupulous marketers and financial institutions to prey on the poor. Big Data, collected from the neonatal monitors of premature...
From: The American Prospect | By: Virginia Eubanks | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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The Keystone pipeline has been under study for five years and will be studied further. It will be built, or scuttled, when the politics are right.  For now, the pipeline, as Coral Davenport of the New York Times reports: … has galvanized environmental...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Geoffrey Norman | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Flooding, food shortages, and stagnating economic growth are just some of the devastating impacts South Asia may experience due to advancing climate change, according to the United Nations. At the end of March, the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate...
From: Foreign Policy | By: schneidere | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Working in America’s everyday black-market economy...
From: The Atlantic | By: Roy Klabin | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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At the Border Security Expo, Mark Borkowski, assistant commissioner for the Border Patrol's Office of Technology, Innovation, and Acquisition, isn't talking about the deaths and abuses along the border, or the firestorm of criticism about the Border...
From: Huffington Post | By: Todd Miller | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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New Worldwatch Institute analysis examines trends in peacekeeping budgets   Washington, D.C.—The approved budget for United Nations peacekeeping operations from July 2013 to June 2014 runs to $7.83 billion—$390 million higher than in the previous...
From: Worldwatch Institute | By: Supriya Kumar | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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In 33 states, unmarried men can request to be notified if children they fathered—knowingly or not—are put up for adoption. But the system has serious flaws....
From: The Atlantic | By: Kevin Noble Maillard | Monday, April 21, 2014
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A new category comes to SiliconANGLE’s Smart World Series – Smart Health.  This issue will focus on how the Internet of Things is reshaping people’s health with innovative wearable devices and applications, as well as its impact on the healthcare...
From: Silicon Angle | By: Mellisa Tolentino | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Egyptian security officials say a senior police officer has died after an explosive device placed under his car went off in a western Cairo suburb.
From: Fox News | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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UN Climate Report: We Must Focus On 'Decarbonization', and It Won't Wreck the Economy - "The basic message is simple: We share a planet. Let's start acting like it." Quick Link to Report and other AR5 volumes Working Group III Report website Summary...
From: MetaFilter | By: kliuless | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Airport security vulnerabilities not uncommon
From: NPR | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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In case you (like Edward Snowden) want to know about the full scope of Russia's program of mass domestic and international surveillance, World Policy's overview of the Russian surveillance state is brilliant and terrifying....
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Brook Venture Partners has led an investment in PC Network Services with co-investors Blue Heron Capital, an operationally focused private equity firm based in Richmond, VA and Prides Crossing Capital of Wakefield, MA. The business is a full service...
From: PE Hub | By: Angela Sormani | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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April 21, 2014
From: Time | By: Olivia B. Waxman | Monday, April 21, 2014
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Social networking sites are Skinner boxes designed to train you to undervalue your privacy. Since all the compromising facts of your life add less than a dollar to the market-cap of the average social network, they all push to add more "sharing" by default,...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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President Barack Obama confirmed Wednesday that America's mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands at the center of a territorial dispute between China and Japan....
From: Fox News | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Biofuels are being hit today by two studies questioning the industry's viability as a way to fight climate change. So why are stocks in some biofuel companies climbing? First, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln team has concluded...
From: TheStreet | By: Dana Blankenhorn | Monday, April 21, 2014
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Apple has largely avoided the wrath of the Heartbleed security flaw, but it now appears that the company's products aren't completely immune. The crew in Cupertino just updated its most recent AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule WiFi routers to fix a......
From: Engadget | By: Jon Fingas | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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One lesson of the Heartbleed bug is that our government is paying to undermine Internet security, not to fix it.The U.S. Needs to Stop Running Internet Security Like a Wikipedia Volunteer Project was first posted on April 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm....
From: Miller McCune | By: Julia Angwin | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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In Mexico, demonstrators came out in favor of a public Internet that upholds net neutrality and freedom of expression.
From: Global Voices | By: Marianna Breytman | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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After some ups and mostly downs, my family thought we were finally going to get out of the dismal living situation we've been enduring for 2 years I spoke about in this anon question, but then life decided to completely derail, and I don't know what...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: assasinatdbeauty | Monday, April 21, 2014
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From: Time | By: Olivia B. Waxman | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Last week, Reddit user "Creq" blew the lid on the apparent censorship of hot-button topics being discussed on the site's technology page, "r/technology." Moderators responded in kind this week by banishing the highly trafficked discussion board from...
From: Reason | By: Zenon Evans | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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If you use 1Password, you might be worried about the security of your private data, what with all the talk about Heartbleed. Fortunately, the software's developer, AgileBits, says 1Password isn't affected by the OpenSSL exploit, but some of the sites......
From: Engadget | By: Andy Bowen | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Last month Director of National Intelligence James Clapper signed a directive banning the employees of some government agencies from discussing intelligence-related work with the media. Read the directive below: In the directive "media" is defined as...
From: Reason | By: Matthew Feeney | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Ukraine's acting president ordered security forces to resume "anti-terror" operations in the country's east Tuesday after the bodies of two people allegedly abducted by pro-Russia insurgents were found and a military aircraft was reported to be hit by...
From: Fox News | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Ukraine's acting president is ordering security forces to resume operations in the country's east, and the Defense Ministry says a military aircraft was struck by gunfire over one of the tensest cities in the region....
From: Fox News | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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A small, Jesuit publishing house in Chicago won the bid to print the pontiff's first collection of writings in the U.S. But this isn't just any mass-market book—and it's tricky to build a brand for the Bishop of Rome....
From: The Atlantic | By: Emma Green | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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If something about iOS 7.1 just didn’t sit right for you, no worries: Here comes iOS 7.1.1 to give it another shot.The update came down the pipes on Tuesday for all devices compatible with iOS 7, but if you’re expecting big sweeping changes, you’re...
From: Macworld | By: Dan Moren | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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While medical marijuana is legal in more than 20 states and Washington, D.C., and legalized for recreational use in two states, pot-based businesses that operate out in the open and pay taxes are still having difficulty finding banks that will take their...
From: Consumerist | By: Chris Morran | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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In a nighttime theft, robbers broke into a South African provincial parks office with a 24-hour security service and used a machine tool called a grinder to break into a safe holding a stockpile of rhino horn worth a fortune on the illegal market in...
From: Fox News | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Ukraine's acting president is ordering security forces to resume operations in the country's east, and the Defense Ministry says a military aircraft was struck by gunfire over one of the tensest cities in the region....
From: Fox News | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Emmanuel from 2600 writes, "It should come as no surprise that dissent is playing a prominent role at the HOPE X conference this July in New York....
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Spain is a surprising number two....
From: The Atlantic | By: Alexis C. Madrigal | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Tthere is but one crime for which anyone in America's national security state can be held accountable in a court of law, and that's leaking information that might put those in it in a bad light or simply let the American public know something more about...
From: Huffington Post | By: Tom Engelhardt | Monday, April 21, 2014
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Alan sez, "According to various media reports (e.g. BBC) the technology subreddit has scrubbed its moderator team after users discovered that the sub was holding a secret censorship list of banned words that included 'National Security Agency', 'GCHQ',...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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The Obama administration has lost a high-stakes lawsuit brought against it by the New York Times and the ACLU over its refusal to divulge the legal basis for its extrajudicial assassination program against US citizens....
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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A million spectators and 36,000 runners Monday turned the page and brought some closure to this terrible tragedy which lives on in our hearts and souls and comes forth through our tears and broken voices.
From: Huffington Post | By: Terry Lyons | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Everything depends on whether Tehran, and not just President Hassan Rouhani, is serious. No surprise, many analysts -- and more importantly, paladins of Capitol Hill -- remain skeptical. And that doubt has fueled efforts to impose new sanctions, which...
From: Huffington Post | By: Doug Bandow | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Security issues are not stopping American retirees from moving to Mexico. CNN's Rafael Romo reports....
From: CNN | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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