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As China's Pollution Toll Grows, Protesters, Media Push Back

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 06:00 PM PDT

In recent months, protests over the severe illnesses caused by China's heavy industries have resulted in a crackdown on polluters. Leading the charge has been the state-run media, which the central government is now using to gain control over corrupt local authorities and powerful commercial enterprises.


How Obama Wins in 2012

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 05:40 PM PDT

Despite sagging poll numbers, the president has bottomed out, and Republicans still lack the leaders and the ideas to beat him, argues former Bush strategist Mark McKinnon.


Unprecedented 25 Year Sentence Sought for TJX Hacker

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 05:20 PM PDT

Computer hacker Albert Gonzalez deserves a quarter-century behind bars for leading a gang of cyber-thieves that stole tens of millions of credit and debit card numbers from a transaction processor and giant retail chains, federal prosecutors argued in a court filing Thursday night.


10 of the Most Expensive Alcohols ($1,000,000+)

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 04:50 PM PDT

Today I found our priciest alcohol at the liquor store. It costs $599.99. It got me thinking...how much are people willing to pay to get intoxicated?


She Gotta Bump (VID)

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 04:50 PM PDT

Meet a man that is obsessed with giving ladies some lovin'...as long as they have a bun in the oven.


Pop star's porn video distracts Greeks from economic issues

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 04:50 PM PDT

Julia Alexandratou, a 23-year-old minor Greek-British celebrity, attained Paris Hilton-esque infamy overnight when a controversial porn film starring her went on sale across Greece this month. Rather than focusing on Greece's unprecedented economic crisis and the harsh new measures aimed at reducing the state deficit, 240,000 copies have been sold.


Man arrested for peeing on 7 Hispanic girls

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 04:40 PM PDT

He'd been doing it on the streets of Jersey City since December, but was caught in a police stakeout.


Repossession Hell: 5 Extremely Wrongful Foreclosures

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 04:40 PM PDT

A Pittsburgh woman is suing the Bank of America after it wrongfullyforeclosed on her home, ransacking her possessions, cutting powerlines, padlocking her doors, and confiscating her pet parrot. AngelaIannelli, 46—who was away when repo men made off with her beloved bluemacaw, Luke—says she's now "afraid to set foot in her house.


Spectacular Nintendo Gameboy Papercraft (PICS)

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 04:40 PM PDT

Nintendo has always been one for Video Games, attention to detail and many fans, and this unofficial Nintendo Gameboy Papercraft really proves so and shows it in amazing and bright colors.


Naming and Shaming ‘Bad’ ISPs

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 04:20 PM PDT

I polled some of the most vigilant sources of this information for their recent data, and put together a rough chart indicating the Top Ten most prevalent ISPs from each of their vantage points.


A Lot of 30 Rock's Humor is in the Details (PIC)

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 04:10 PM PDT

The show sometimes seems custom made for HDTV viewers and PVR-pausers.


Hubble 3D Debuts at IMAX Theaters

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 04:10 PM PDT

Space and wrap around theaters...is there a better combination for a mind blowing experience? Hubble 3D debuts in Imax theaters nationwide today. To celebrate, find the top 10 Hubble images below.


What You Should Know About Age Discrimination

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 03:50 PM PDT

Proving you've been denied a job or laid off to make way for younger, cheaper workers isn't easy. The byproduct of a Supreme Court decision has increased the burden of proof to win, too. The recession just got tougher for those over 40.


Ghostbusters Alignment Chart

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 03:50 PM PDT

Where do Ghostbusters characters rank on an alignment chart?


How to Calculate a Dog's Age in Dog Years (Infographic)

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 03:40 PM PDT

A popular misconception is that dogs age 7 years for each calendar year. In fact, canine aging is much more rapid during the first 2 years of a dog's life. After the first 2 years the ratio settles down to 5 to 1 for small and medium breeds. For large breeds the rate is 6 to 1, and for giant breeds the rate is 7 to 1. Thus, at 10 years of age...


March Madness: The Changing Data Center Landscape

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 03:30 PM PDT

While big players like Oracle and Microsoft position for the next wave of innovation, companies like VMware and EMC are trying to get in. Competitive developments in the Fibre Channel business are intended to lock customers in and the bottom-line is users want something simpler.


Maryland lawmakers not feeling so Southern anymore

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 03:30 PM PDT

Though Marylanders live just south of the Mason-Dixon Line, their attitudes and even their accents straddle that border. These days, leaders feel they've got more in common with states to the north.


Another Safety Problem with 1.2 Millon Toyotas

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 03:10 PM PDT

The nightmare never seems to end for Toyota (TM). In a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Japanese car company requested a meeting about a stalling issue on 1.2 million Corollas and Matrix models. The issue was raised in a March 2nd notice to the agency.


Who Will Profit When Google Exits from China?

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 03:10 PM PDT

Microsoft's Bing is sharpening its knives over Google China's potential exit over the search-engine censorship issue, but so are the aggressive, ambitious companies Baidu, Tencent and Sohu.com


REMIX: "Blue People" Movie Trailer (Video)

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 03:00 PM PDT

They will be judged by the color of their skin and not by the content of their character.


Twitter by Numbers: Not So Hot (Graphic)

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 02:50 PM PDT

Twitter's rise to global popularity has been pretty astonishing. It has turned into the world's biggest social networking and micro-blogging phenomenon. However, growth in the number of users peaked at nearly 20 percent last April, but had dropped down to 0.15 percent in December 2009, according to a new study released this week.


WOW! Do Your Crayons Look Like This? (PIC)

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 02:40 PM PDT

Crayons carved into the 12 symbols of the Chinese zodiac Artist Diem Chau usually works in porcelain, but she sometimes steps it up and uses crayons as her medium. This post has lots of photos showing her carvings of the 12 symbols of the Chinese zodiac. They're on exhibit at the Packer Schopf Gallery in Chicago. My favorite is the rat.


21 Awesomely Weird Guitars (PICS)

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 02:40 PM PDT

What? Doesn't every boy dream of being a rock star with a rattlesnake-, bedpan- or pot leaf-shaped guitar?


Pay to Play: Some iPhone App Sites Demand Money for Reviews

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 02:30 PM PDT

If you can't pitch the press, pay them. That's the proposition some review sites have for publicity-starved iPhone developers.


Nature by Numbers

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 02:20 PM PDT

A short movie inspired on numbers, geometry and nature, by Cristóbal Vila. Absolutely stunning.


The Top 25 Funniest People Working in Hollywood (Right Now)

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 02:10 PM PDT

Humor and what makes people laugh in general are very difficult qualities to quantify. Often, the very thing that makes Joe howl makes Jane groan (and maybe re-assess her opinion of Joe). It's that personal.


Spike Jonze's Robot Love Story 'I'm Here' Hits the Web

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 02:10 PM PDT

If you want to see online Spike Jonze's Sundance-premiered short 'robot' film, now you can. It's up on a website offering limited 'virtual' seating and may only be available for a short time. For Spike Jonze fans, definitely good stuff....


Abandoned Church remains in the Russia

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 02:00 PM PDT

The pictures here have illustrate some examples of some of the ruins and remains of such churches.


Chad Hurley Made $334 Million From Sale Of YouTube

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 02:00 PM PDT

You can learn all sorts of interesting tidbits from legal documents. For instance, in one of the legal briefs unsealed today in the YouTube-Viacom dispute, such as the amount of money YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley made from the $1.65 billion sale of the company to Google in 2006.


Top 10 Movie Wimps

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 01:54 PM PDT

Diary of a Wimpy Kid, a movie based on a best-selling book series, is out this weekend. Here are the top 10 cinematic scaredy-cats.


Most Super Mario Ever [Pic]

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 01:50 PM PDT

Ever wanted to get a Mario with 4.25ct worth of diamonds, 10k gold lining? It may just become possible.


Amazon threatens more publishers with freeze-out over prices

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 01:30 PM PDT

Amazon has already fought and lost one battle over e-book pricing. The online retail giant looks intent on forcing the issue with a couple of other publishers. At issue is Amazon's wholesale pricing model which publishers believe undervalues e-books.


A sobering reminder of our own mortality

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 01:20 PM PDT

*****


The Punching Bag Hits Back: Prius Crash Was Driver Error

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 01:10 PM PDT

Few automotive engineers believe in so-called "sudden acceleration." But until recently, there's been no way to determine what a driver what doing when he (or she) swears that he was pressing the brake pedal with all his strength even as the car accelerated. Now, that's changed.


Cameraman fired for whistleblowing pot-smoking Golf Channel

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 12:50 PM PDT

A freelance videographer who worked on programming for the Orlando-based Golf Channel says he was harassed and ultimately fired after reporting that his co-workers smoked pot on the job.


How America Became a Surveillance State

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 12:49 PM PDT

Shane Harris lays out the U.S. government's real-life efforts to see and hear more in the face of growing terrorist threats. He pays particular attention to Total Information Awareness, a post-9/11 research project spearheaded by John Poindexter, once President Reagan's national security advisor.


Sex.com Firesale Delayed As Creditors Bicker

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 12:40 PM PDT

The strange saga of the jinxed Sex.com domain name continued Thursday as its sale in a foreclosure auction was postponed just hours before the sale was to start due to drastic, last minute legal filing by the domain owner's creditors.


Tall tails: Pet myths busted (w/Pics)

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 12:20 PM PDT

Do cats have nine lives? Do guinea pigs eat their offspring? Guardian debunks some common animal myths.


Inside Microsoft's Internet Explorer Testing Lab

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 12:20 PM PDT

As part of a briefing on IE9 at Microsoft's Redmond campus, visitors toured the company's Internet Explorer testing lab. Here's what they saw.


10 Fictional Guns I Wish I Could Fire In Real Life (Pics)

Posted: 19 Mar 2010 12:10 PM PDT

Guns. In real life, kinda scary. Or awesome. But Fictional guns are ALWAYS awesome, because they usually cause more damage and don't kill any real people. 10 Guns From Movies that are awesome!


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