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FBI Anonymous Hackers Net Over 100k Employees’ Info

Reuters and the Atlantic Wire reported today about hacktivist collective Anonymous, which utilized backdoor entry to gain access to over 100,000 government employees’ information. It all started last year, but we learned about it when 28-year-old Lauri Love, a British hacker loosely associated with Anonymous, was arrested in October for stealing the information. Love’s hacking team had installed backdoor malware …

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Fake Cop Waves Real Gun in a Dunkin Donuts for 10% Off

Fox13-Tampa Bay, along with the Orlando Sentinel, report that a Pasco County man has been arrested for waving a fake badge and a real gun at a Dunkin’ Donuts in order to get discounts. Surveillance footage clearly shows Charles Barry and his minivan pulling up to the drive-thru window. As the Barry transacts with the cashier, he waves a Sheriff’s …

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Kailua, Hawaii: Tourists, Please Stop Coming Here

The AP reports that the Hawaiian town of Kailua has endured a lot of popular tourism lately. With even President Barack Obama and his family spending Christmas in Kailua, some of the town’s residents have decided to take a stand against tourism. Well, Kailua has had enough of the haoles. A neighborhood board has asked the state tourism agency not …

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The Earliest Life Form Found So Far is in Australia

The Guardian is reporting that Earth’s earliest life form has been found in Australia. An Aussie research team accompanied by some U.S. scientists discovered a series of “complex microbial ecosystems” they date to 3.5 billion years ago. The find was made in Australia’s western Pilbara region in rock sediments considered to be some of the oldest found. In a rock …

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JPMorgan Scraps Twitter Q&A Over Fiscal Furor

It was a brief idea that lasted all of nine glorious hours: the vice-chairman of US corporate banking giant JPMorgan, Jimmy Lee, announced he would be taking over the @jpmorgan Twitter feed at 1pm today. By last night, however, major news outlets around the world were reporting the idea as completely scrapped because of the thousands of angry, abusive tweets …

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Elon Musk Calls Media Coverage of Tesla Unreasonable

In the past couple of months, several fires have broken out as a result of accidents involving Tesla Model S cars and multiple purchasers. As the company fought to repair the damage, their stock price zig-zagged as if it were riding a rollercoaster; this week, USNews.com reports CEO Elon Musk condemning the media coverage of the car fires as “extremely …

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Occupy Wall Street Buys Debt at 50-1, Abolishes It

Reuters and the Guardian both report one of Occupy Wall Street’s spinoff groups, the Rolling Jubilee Project, announcing this week that they have successfully bought $14.7 million in healthcare debt accumulated by Americans for roughly $400,000. Rolling Jubilee was set up by the OWS debt group Strike Debt! after the widespread financial protests in 2011. Andrew Ross, a member of …

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Oklahoma Ultrasound Case: Law Remains Struck Down

NewsOK.com, along with Reuters and the AP, report that the U.S. Supreme Court declined any review of a 2012 Oklahoma Supreme Court decision to strike down the law that forced any woman who wanted to abort their fetus to be shown a live ultrasound of that fetus and have it explained by a doctor. By declining to review Pruitt v. …

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This Toys ‘R’ Us Ad Outraged Even Stephen Colbert

Last week, environmentalist Peter Gleick penned an editorial about a Toys “R” Us commercial from October that, frustratingly, decries hard science in favor of running amok in a toy store. “My wife and I were relaxing, watching TV when we saw this advertisement from Toys “R” Us. We were struck speechless with shock and anger,” he writes. “The camera pans …

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New Anti-Piracy Plan: Kindergarten Copyright Class?

The United States’ largest copyright lobbies, the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America, have initiated a highly controversial program nudging the educational system to shoulder the burden of teaching kids about how evil piracy really is. The LA Times reports that a nonprofit group known as the Center for Copyright Information has commissioned a …

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North Korea Executes 80 for Bad TV, Having a Bible

In the past year, North Korea came under international criticism when details of gulag-like prisons leaked out from defectors. Although the world reacted in horror as those details included the familiar stories of loved ones disappearing mysteriously in true Stalinist fashion, little international momentum was gained. The latest human rights violations from North Korea might change that. Fox News and …

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Study: Most Herbal Supplements Contain No Herbs

The New York Times noted a study last week from a Canadian research team claiming roughly three out of four herbal supplements contain little more than weeds or powdered rice. The research team used a test called DNA barcoding, which has previously been used to uncover fraudulent seafood labeling, on 44 bottles of herbal supplements from 12 companies they, upon …

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