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Saturday, July 10, 2010



Apple Opens Second Store in China to Spur iPhone, iMac Sales

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 05:00 PM PDT

Apple Inc. opened its second store in China today as the maker of iPhones and iMacs seeks to catch rivals including Nokia Oyj and Lenovo Group Ltd. in the fastest- growing major economy.

Pfizer: Drug Giant Makes Bank from Drugs That Can Kill You

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 04:30 PM PDT

To say that Pfizer has been accused of wrongdoing is like saying BP had an oil spill. The drug company is best known for Lipitor, a drug that brings cholesterol down and Viagra, a drug that brings other things up. But the world's largest research-based pharmaceutical company which sits between Goldman Sachs and Marathon Oil on the Fortune 500....

Roof Surfing a Lesson in Murphy’s Law

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 04:20 PM PDT

Some people will never learn.

What to Do After an Oil Rig Dies: California's Quandary

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 04:00 PM PDT

Should an oil platform be completely dismantled after it has served its purpose? Or should it be turned into an artificial reef?

The 5 Most Absurd Video Games Starring Rock Stars

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 03:50 PM PDT

Being a famous musician comes with a lot of perks. Throngs of adoring fans enamored with your every move. More sex and drugs than one person should ever have access to. And, apparently, the means to get completely idiotic video games commissioned in your name.

Mel Gibson's Talent Agency Drops Him

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 03:40 PM PDT

The fallout is coming hard and fast for Mel...

Weed-Whacking Goats Will Work For Food

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 03:30 PM PDT

The peace of an otherwise quiet summer weekend is often muddled by the sound of lawn mowers and leaf blowers. In downtown Los Angeles, an old-fashioned method of ground control provides an alternative soundtrack -- the munching of goats.

News Corp. Should Get Rid of MySpace

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 03:30 PM PDT

They've been together for a while. And I have a question: Should they still be together? Is there any reason for the social networking business to be in Rupert Murdoch's empire?

Coffin Painted with 30 Pairs of Breasts: Represents Cancer

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 02:50 PM PDT

A Christchurch woman dying of cancer will be buried in a pink coffin decorated with pairs of breasts. Pam Hermansen may only have a month or two to live so she is planning a personalised funeral – right down to the hand-painted coffin. "I wanted to make them subtle, but boobs aren't subtle are they? They need to stand out. They're beautiful boobs."

By the Numbers: Vuvuzela! (Infographic)

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 02:50 PM PDT

To say that the vuvuzela is currently one of the world's most listened-to "musical instruments" (some would say "noise maker" is a more appropriate term here) is hardly an exaggeration. Vuvuzela sales have skyrocketed, though vuvuzela manufacturers say they have yet to see a true economic benefit because of their incredibly thin margins.

Germany Beats Uruguay for 3rd Place -- Soccer FanHouse

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 02:41 PM PDT

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AP) -- Sami Khedira scored late in the 82nd minute to give Germany a 3-2 victory over Uruguay and third place.

Muslim Charged with Plotting Genocide of Canadian Jews

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 02:40 PM PDT

A Muslim immigrant who called for "the slaughter of Jews" in online postings has become the first person to be charged with promoting genocide in Canada, police said on Friday.

How to Utilize Old Cassette Tapes [Pic]

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 02:40 PM PDT


Poles Decide On A President And A War

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 02:30 PM PDT

The presidential election brought Poland's commitment to Afghanistan and Iraq into sharp relief. Poland's ruling party celebrated the election of its candidate as president last week, but now the real challenge for the Civic Platform begins: leading Poland through perilous economic times and negotiating a seemly exit from the unpopular Afghan war.

Facebook Buys User-Generated Destination Guide Nextstop

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 02:20 PM PDT

Facebook has bought - and is shutting down - Nextstop, a user-built guide to places and things to do around the world.

World's First Hybrid Solar-Coal Power Plant Opens in Colo.

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 01:50 PM PDT

Preheating water with a new solar parabolic trough array will reduce coal consumption by 3 to 5 percent at a Colorado coal-fired power plant.

The Economist: Is Poker a Game of Skill or Chance?

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 01:40 PM PDT

David Sklansky, author of "The Theory of Poker," writes that "expert players do not rely on luck. They are at war with luck. They use their skills to minimize luck as much as possible." This is not a theoretical point; it is at the heart of a dispute about poker�s future, as many gaming laws in the U.S. apply only to games of chance.

Should taxpayers come rescue the Chinese drywall victims?

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 01:20 PM PDT

Who should pay to help the hapless homeowners? The drywall's makers and importers, of course, but winning a judgment in court and collecting from a firm halfway around the world are two different things. Insurers say it's not their problem. Even a compassionate heart has trouble making the case that taxpayers should pay.

8 Keys to Deciphering Ancient Climates (Slideshow)

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 01:10 PM PDT

Our lives extend only decades, so how do scientists study climate going back thousands and millions of years? Ancient pollen, clam shells, columns of sheer ice, and more.

Collector Car Appreciation Day. Your Tax Dollars at Work.

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 12:50 PM PDT

Never let it be said that the U.S. Congress doesn't pay attention to car buyers and owners. The U.S. Congress has deemed today, Friday, July 9th, to be the first Collector Car Appreciation Day. With everything happening with the economy, the Gulf, and the Middle East, this just doesn't seem like much of a priority.

Best Value Teams in The 2010 World Cup (Infographic)

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 12:40 PM PDT

Statisticians and data freaks are already doing the World Cup number crunching – possibly the most interesting piece of statistical information that has surfaced from the torrent of World Cup data feeds comes from a study that recently carried out an analysis of the economic value of the players from some of the World Cup's most successful teams.

New Report: Synthetic Food Dyes Equal A Rainbow of Risks

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 12:20 PM PDT

Synthetic and harmful dyes are found in all sorts of food items. From granola bars to fruit roll-ups to M&Ms to Kraft salad dressings to Kid Cuisine frozen meals. In fact, the Center for Science in the Public Interest notes that each year manufacturers pour about 15 million pounds of synthetic dyes into the foods that kids are most likely to eat.

Iraq, Wall Street, And The Fall Of American Empire

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 12:10 PM PDT

Has the failure of America to learn from its most tragic mistakes doomed the future of its global power?

43 of the World's Most Stunning Lighthouses [HDR PICS]

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 12:10 PM PDT

Here are 43 of the world's most stunning HDR lighthouse images to enjoy from the comfort of your computer chair.

I Feel Safe Now (PIC)

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 12:00 PM PDT

Tallahassee & Columbus have been spotted in real life...

New Buoys Lets Submarines Join Military Data Network

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 11:50 AM PDT

New communications buoys allow submarines to send and receive text messages while submerged and moving.

Brain Age Speedrun Will Blow Your Mind

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 11:40 AM PDT

Amazing tool-assisted playthrough of Brain Age's math problems...

Walmart: Going Green or Greenwashing? (Graphic)

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 11:30 AM PDT

Walmart, the world's biggest retailer, is often criticized for — well, being too big. Its impact on Mom and Pop shops and other small businesses in the markets it enters aside, Walmart's environmental impact has been the subject of debate for years.

Cop Nice Enough to Drive Drunk Girl Home but then... (Vid)

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 11:30 AM PDT

Does anyone fiend for beer THIS much? Apparently.

Five things to watch for on day one at Comic Con

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 11:30 AM PDT

The day-one Comic Con schedule is up and loaded with video game-related events. From game reveals to familiar acts, here are five things you won't want to miss at San Diego Comic Con this month.

Animator Going to Hell: King Leonidas VS Chuck Norris (VID)

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 11:10 AM PDT

This is the epic battle between two mightiest warriors in history. King Leonidas, the brave King of Sparta who defied a 'God' of Persia at the assault for the invasion of Sparta. Chuck Norris, the most talked about hero. Is it a lie?

Rumor: Edward Norton Won't Be The Hulk In The Avengers

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 11:00 AM PDT

Sources are reporting that Marvel has pushed Norton out of the project.

10 of the Greatest Cinematic Predators

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 10:40 AM PDT

You definitely do not wanna mess with these killers...

Judge Slams RIAA, $675k Fine Ruled Unconstitutional

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 10:30 AM PDT

Another break happened today in the RIAA's case against Boston University student Joel Tenenbaum, as the $675k fine was reduced by 90%. The judge in the case criticised the RIAA and held that the jury's damages were unconstitutional. Even the reduced fine is described as "severe, even harsh" by the District Judge.

Study Finds Small Decline In Homelessness

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 10:20 AM PDT

The number of homeless people across the country declined by 5 percent in 2009, while the number of homeless families rose by 7 percent, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Zach Anner Got *****...

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 10:20 AM PDT

If Video Games Had Super Easy Mode (Video)

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 10:10 AM PDT


A Cruelty-Free Dining PSA from Snookie of Jersey Shore

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 10:00 AM PDT


How To: Use iPhone 4 data plan with iPad 3G

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 09:50 AM PDT

I love my iPad 3G, almost unnecessarily so. I use it as my primary computer for a multitude of tasks. The only thing that I dislike about my iPad is that I have to pay AT&T even more money to use their data network, even though I'm already paying for it with my new iPhone 4.

Inmate Escapes in Dumpster, Found Crushed in Landfill

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 09:40 AM PDT

A federal inmate who escaped from a downtown El Paso jail by hiding in a trash bin was found crushed to death Friday afternoon in a nearby landfill.

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