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Tech and Global Activism Will Collide at Social Good Summit 2014

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The Social Good Summit brings together world leaders, grassroots activists and global citizens to discuss digital solutions to the the greatest challenges of our time. We’re excited to announce that the Social Good Summit is back for a fifth year on Sept. 21-22, 2014. This year, we’re continuing the theme #2030Now. Speakers will analyze how […]

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The Melbourne Cup: Why Australia shuts down to watch a horse race

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The race that stops a nation.Image: Getty Images MELBOURNE — No sporting event grips Australia quite like the Melbourne Cup, the race that stops a nation. On the first Tuesday of November, the country quite literally shuts down to watch the finest thoroughbreds from Australia and abroad battle it out to be first past the […]

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Venus may have been covered by CO2 oceans

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In a Magellan image dubbed the "Crater Farm" the curious layering of volcanic activity and impact craters can be seen. Image: NASA/JPL Venus may have once possessed strange oceans of carbon dioxide fluid that helped shape the planet’s surface, researchers say. Venus is often described as Earth’s twin planet because it is the world closest […]

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FCC Approves Wireless Signal Boosters, With Caveats

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Rejoice, oh sufferers of terrible wireless connections: The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the regulated use of signal boosters to extend the range of wireless networks. The Commission’s decision, however, comes with several conditions: First, carriers can individually determine whether they will allow their customers to use signal boosters. All four major […]

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Internet Defense League Lighting ‘Catsignal’ for Web Freedom

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The Internet Defense League (IDL), a collection of organizations and individuals promoting Internet freedom across the world, wants to make its mid-July launch something special. The plan? Collect $19,000 to fund at least five giant “catsignals” that will light up the night sky in cities around the world in a geeky nod toward Internet culture’s […]

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3 Tech Issues We’re Hoping Come Up at Tonight’s Debate

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Wednesday’s presidential debate, the first of three, will focus primarily on domestic policy. Questions on economic growth, job creation and social policies are sure to be discussed — but what, if any, technology issues will arise? Technology policy hasn’t by any means been at the heart of this election. However, as the Internet plays an […]

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Inside Nigeria’s Information Vacuum

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CNN’s Isha Sesay reports from Abuja, Nigeria.Image: CNN CNN anchor Isha Sesay tweeted on May 2 that she had arrived in Nigeria as part of growing CNN team gathered there for the network’s coverage of missing Nigerian schoolgirls. The group of hundreds of girls had been gone for two weeks — they were kidnapped from […]

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NYC Startups Offer Each Other Power, Internet After Sandy

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Following Hurricane Sandy, members of the New York startup community have extended offers of help fellow entrepreneurs and other residents of the tri-state area caught without power and Internet by the storm. Social discovery startup Mirror Media, based out of Lower Manhattan’s Flatiron neighborhood, opened its offices Wednesday to entrepreneurs seeking power, Internet and workspace. […]

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Iran Takes Aim at Google, Wikipedia in Latest Internet Censorship Effort

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Image: Mashable Composite. Wikimedia Commons Google and Wikipedia appear to be the latest victims of Iran’s online censorship efforts, just two days after the Iranian government repeated — once again — that it’s planning to loosen its grip on the Internet. Iran has reportedly blocked access to another Google service, the hosting platform Google Sites, […]

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In Virginia, McAuliffe Crawls Personal Data to Win Undecided Votes

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Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe was at the forefront of data-driven campaigns about a decade ago, when, as the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, he spearheaded the creation of a database full of 170 million potential Democratic voters nationwide. Now he finds himself in the same spot. This time, he’s the first candidate […]

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Teen Charged In Baltimore High School Shooting

Police have identified the student they say was responsible for a shooting at Perry Hall High School in Baltimore County, Md. , the same student whose Facebook page was identified Monday by members of the community. Authorities charged Robert Wayne Gladden, Jr., 15, with attempted first degree murder and first degree assault after a cafeteria […]

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Special Olympics Athlete Responds to Ann Coulter’s Controversial Tweet

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After outspoken and often controversial conservative commentator Ann Coulter called Barack Obama a “retard” via Twitter Monday evening, she invited a barrage of instant criticism from across the political spectrum. On Tuesday, Special Olympics athlete and champion of disabled people’s rights John Franklin Stephens joined the chorus of those speaking out against Coluter’s tweet. “Come […]

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Feds Bust Massive Child-Porn Ring

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Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson (left) and U.S. Attorney Kenneth Allen Polite Jr. (right) look on as U.S. Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner Thomas S. Winkowski speaks during a news conference on the results of an international operation involving an underground child-pornography website on March 18, 2014 in Washington. Image: Evan Vucci/Associated […]

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Paul Ryan the ‘Brown Noser’: Wikipedia Edit Wars Begin

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In high school, Paul Ryan’s classmates voted him as his class’s “biggest ‘brown noser.’” This tidbit will likely delight the political opponents of the Wisconsin representative-turned-Romney-running mate; his supporters will likely see this small fact of Ryan’s life as an irrelevant piece of youthful trivia. And that tension will likely play out, repeatedly, upon the […]

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Report: GOP used dummy Twitter accounts to skirt campaign finance laws

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Image: Mashable composite. Wikimedia Commons Republicans and pro-GOP funding groups used dummy Twitter accounts to share internal polling data, something that might run afoul of campaign finance laws, according to a report by CNN. The accounts allegedly posted seemingly gibberish tweets such as “CA-40/43-44/49-44/44-50/36-44/49-10/16/14-52—>49/476-10s,” which actually represented polling data on House races. While parties can […]

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Tearful Olympic Hero Oscar Pistorius Describes Killing Girlfriend

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Oscar Pistorius, leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Pistorius is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013.Image: Themba Hadebe/Associated Press Between sobs and howls, South African Olympic hero Oscar Pistorius took the witness stand at his own murder trial […]

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Skype Interview Interrupted by Gaza Bomb Blast

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A Skype interview between CNN’s Isha Sesay, Israeli citizen and Ashkelon resident Nissim Nahoom, and Mohammed Sulaiman, a Palestinian resident of Gaza, was suddenly interrupted by repeated bomb blasts. The two interviewees live on the two sides of the Israeli, Gaza strip border, separated only by a 15 minute drive, the CNN anchor notes. After […]

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NASA Releases Footage Celebrating 10 Years of Cassini’s Saturn Orbit

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View of Saturn’s rings from Cassini during equinox.Image: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center A new NASA video looks back at the Cassini spacecraft’s arrival at Saturn, which happened 10 years ago next week. The Cassini flashback video, which NASA released June 24, shows the tense scene at mission control at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in […]

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