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Butt Dialers Have No Right To Privacy: Court

Newser | David Moye | July 23, 2015 | Weird News
Butt dialers, be warned: If you inadvertently place a call with your posterior, you have no legal right to privacy about anything you then say. So declares the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Kentucky.

Here's What Our Smartphone Obsession Looks Like ... In 26 Photos

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | July 23, 2015 | Healthy Living
One in every five people owns a smart phone. That's more than one billion people. Our devices have become an extension of ourselves; they are company in some of the most monumental, meaningful and intimate experiences of our lives. We bring them to

VidCon Takes Over Anaheim, Proves The Internet Is Taking Over The World

The Huffington Post | Madeline Kaplan | July 23, 2015 | Entertainment
Comic-Con ended just over a week ago, but that's already ancient history for the masses currently converging on Anaheim for VidCon. Like other fan conventions, VidCon is a utopia for those interested in a particular subculture -- in this case, YouTube and its myriad well-known personalities....

Amazon Shares Jump After Surprise Second Quarter Profit

AP | AP | July 23, 2015 | Technology
NEW YORK (AP) — Investors helped Amazon celebrate its 20th birthday, pushing the online retailer's stock up 17 percent in aftermarket trading Thursday after it reported a surprise second-quarter profit. If the jump holds in Friday trading, Amazon's stock-market value could surpass that of its longtime retail rival Wal-Mart Stores...

Lindsey Graham's Leaked Voicemails Are Very Revealing

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | July 23, 2015 | Comedy
Donald Trump released Lindsey Graham's phone number to the public this week, and the public, of course, responded by calling and texting in droves. Much like they would during the time-honored American tradition of voting him off an island or a dance competition.  Funny or Die has gotten a hold of the voicemails people left on Lindsey Graham's phone, and they are quite revealing. As usual, Donald Trump comes off looking like a very logical and reasonable human being.   Also on HuffPost: To subscribe to our HuffPost Entertainment WhatsApp account: 1. Download WhatsApp on your phone. 2. Save this number, 347-334-1794, in your phone’s contacts. 3. Text "POP" to that number via your WhatsApp account. You can unsubscribe at any time by texting “STOP" to the same...

U.S. Government Commandeers A Website That Was Confusing Students

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | July 23, 2015 | Technology
The federal government has been taking down websites that host illegal activity for years, but in taking over a website -- specifically,, which until recently had been operated by the company Student Financial Aid Services, Inc. -- the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau may have set a notable precedent for...

What Makes Canadians Angry? Uber

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | July 23, 2015 | Business
Just a day after Uber reached a tentative truce in its battle with the city of New York, the ride-hailing giant has now been hit with a $400 million class-action lawsuit in Ontario, Canada. Lawyers for plaintiff Dominik Konjevic, a taxi owner and operator, filed the suit on...

NASA's Kepler Mission Discovers Earth's 'Cousin'

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | July 23, 2015 | Science
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Do You Use Someone Else’s Netflix Password? You’re Not Alone

The Huffington Post | Lorenzo Ligato | July 23, 2015 | Technology
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New Federal Watchdog Has Dubious Track Record

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | July 23, 2015 | Politics
The U.S. has a new ombudsman for the Freedom of Information Act. This week, Archivist of the United States David Ferriero announced that James Holzer would be the new director of the Office of Government Information Services at the U.S. National Archives, beginning on August 9. Among other things, he'll be...

Ikea, You Tried

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | July 23, 2015 | Technology
Food and phones shouldn't mix. Ikea knows this. It's introducing a new place mat this fall that will conceal your smartphone in a little pocket. The product is part of the Sittning collection -- which celebrates "the joys of sharing a meal with those you...

Uber, New York City Reach Tentative Truce

Jenny Che | July 23, 2015 | Business
On the heels of a days-long publicity war, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has tabled his plan to limit the number of new Uber vehicles in the city.

De Blasio Administration Dropping Plan For Uber Cap, For Now - The New York Times | Alana Horowitz | July 22, 2015 | Business
The de Blasio administration has backed away from its fight with the app company Uber, agreeing on Wednesday to drop for now its plan to place a cap on the number of vehicles operated by Uber in New York City.

Tell Your Co-Workers How Much You Make!

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | July 23, 2015 | Business
If you want to make sure you’re being paid fairly, go ahead and talk to your co-workers about how much you make. Seriously. That’s what happened at Google, where some workers revealed their salaries in a shared spreadsheet started by engineer Erica Baker, who told her story...

Facebook Can’t Prevent Your Posts From Being Used Against You In Court

The Huffington Post | Alexis Sobel Fitts | July 23, 2015 | Technology
A New York state appeals court ruling that Facebook can’t challenge search warrants seeking users' private account information was a stinging defeat for Internet privacy advocates. Facebook said in a statement that "overly broad search warrants -- granting the government the ability to keep hundreds of people’s account information indefinitely -- are unconstitutional and raise important concerns about the privacy of people’s online information." The statement didn't say whether Facebook would appeal.  Search warrants can only be challenged by a defendant after prosecutors have gathered evidence. But Facebook argued warrants for its users' information should have a different protocol. Because Facebook would have to gather and release users’ information to comply with the warrant, as it would in answering a civil subpoena, the social network argued it should be allowed to protest the warrant on users’ behalf. A five-member panel of appellate judges on Tuesday unanimously disagreed, saying neither federal nor state law provides defendants a right to challenge criminal warrants before they're enforced. "We see no basis for providing Facebook a greater right than its customers are afforded," the judges wrote. The ruling, in a case involving 381 people suspected of Social Security fraud, has implications for the 1.4 billion people who have active Facebook accounts. Google, Pinterest and the American Civil Liberties Union, submitted briefs in support of Facebook’s case.  Mariko Hirose, a staff attorney with the New York Civil Liberties Union, said the ruling was particularly disappointing because "there isn't a lot of law on these issues right now." A ruling limiting search warrants would have been important, she said, "because it's so easy for government agencies to grab digital information from service providers, like Facebook and email accounts, where we store a lot of private information about our lives."   Facebook argued that users post on the site with regularity and have the expectation of privacy. “Many of these users treat Facebook as a digital home where they share personal and private information,” Facebook's legal brief argued. Facebook called the warrants “the digital equivalent of seizing everything in someone’s home.” The Manhattan District Attorney’s office served the warrants in 2013, seeking  account information that included photos, page likes and private messages. Several dozen of the 381 users whose data was released by Facebook were later indicted, including police officers and firefighters accused of feigning illness after the Sept. 11 terror attacks. As social media becomes a more complete record of our daily lives, that record is becoming a powerful tool that can be used in courts, often in surprising ways. During Casey Anthony’s trial in 2011, for example, the prosecution presented Facebook photographs of Anthony partying four days after the death of her daughter Caylee, in an attempt to prove Anthony’s callous state of mind. It didn’t work. Facebook photos of users performing physical feats have been used to target Social Security and disability fraud. A Canadian woman, on sick leave for depression, lost her benefit pay after her insurance company found photos of her having fun on Facebook, including one at her birthday party and a beach trip. Since 2010, the Justice Department has employed decoy Facebook profiles, and trained FBI agents to mine for braggarts who admit to their crimes to their Facebook friends. Status updates, which can be traced to a location-specific IP address, have been a helpful source of alibis. In 2010, a 19-year-old was charged with two armed robberies in Manhattan. He was identified by a witness in a lineup, but a Facebook status update -- “on the phone with this fat chick...wherer my i hop” -- placed him in his parents' Harlem apartment one minute before the crimes.   Facebook  is posting a comprehensive record of the search warrant litigation. Facebook’s help center allows users to download all of their account information into a zip file, to see what could potentially be released in response to a...

Kepler Telescope Discovers A New Earth-Like Planet

Eliza Sankar-Gorton | July 23, 2015 | Science
  Update: 12:18 p.m. -- NASA's Kepler mission team revealed during a teleconference (above) that an alien planet similar to Earth, named Kepler-452b, has been discovered in the "habitable zone" of a sun-like star. The planet was called a "bigger, older cousin to Earth." Read more here. Kepler-452b is 60% larger in size than Earth and its sun is 10% larger.— NASA Kepler (@NASAKepler) July 23, 2015    EARLIER: NASA's Kepler mission team will announce a new discovery in a teleconference today at 12 p.m. EDT, which you can watch live in the video above. The $600-million Kepler mission, launched in 2009, aims to survey the Milky Way for nearby Earth-like planets. So far, more than 1,000 alien worlds have been discovered. Scientists and space enthusiasts alike are speculating that the announcement will reveal the discovery of the most Earth-like alien planet yet found. Mike Butcher, editor-at-large of TechCrunch, tweeted that this new world has already been named:  NASA has called a press conf for 12pm EST Thurs about an Earth-like world 1,400 light years away called Kepler 452b— Mike Butcher (@mikebutcher) July 22, 2015 Meanwhile, NASA has deemed this "the week for exoplanets," which hints at a possible new discovery. It's the week for exoplanets. Tune-in 7/23 at 9a PDT for the latest discovery news!— NASA Kepler (@NASAKepler) July 20, 2015  According to, participants in the teleconference will be John Grunsfeld, an associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington; Jon Jenkins, Kepler data analysis lead at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif.; Jeff Coughlin, a Kepler research scientist at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif.; and Didier Queloz, a professor of astrophysics at the University of Cambridge in England.  Stay...

Uber, New York City Reach Tentative Truce

Jenny Che | July 22, 2015 | Business
On the heels of a days-long publicity war, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has tabled his plan to limit the number of new Uber vehicles in the city. The administration reached an agreement with Uber to halt a City Council bill that would place a...

Lindsey Graham Annihilates His Cell Phone

Amber Ferguson | July 22, 2015 | Entertainment
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) took out his frustration over having his personal phone number blasted out by Donald Trump by destroying his beloved flip phone on camera. In a video set to dramatic music entitled "How To Destroy Your Cell Phone With Lindsey Graham,"  the senator and GOP presidential candidate throws his phone off a roof, lights it on fire, hits it with a golf club, stabs it with a butcher knife, puts it in a toaster oven and attempts to blend it.  IJ Review released the video on Wednesday, just one day after Trump read Graham's number out loud on live TV. "Or if all else fails, you can always give your number to The Donald," Graham says at the end. "This is for all the veterans," he adds -- a clear reference to Trump's recent comments about Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) -- before throwing his phone one last time. Watch the video...

Amazon's Book Size Scale Ensures You Can Fit Your New Book In Your Favorite Purse

Claire Fallon | July 23, 2015 | Arts
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Raise your hand if you’ve had this problem: You just ordered an adorable-looking new book online, but when it arrives, it’s not at all the size you expected! It won’t slide comfortably in the slot you’d designated on your little bookshelf, yet it’s too small to function as a coffee...

'Star Wars'-Inspired Wedding Photo Captures Nerd Love At Its Finest

Kelsey Borresen | July 22, 2015 | Weddings
As a wise man once said, “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”  When "Star Wars" obsessives Brittaney and Lenny tied the knot on July 18 at the Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle, they heeded Yoda's advice and went all in on this seriously awesome wedding photo: With...
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