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An unusual sound was heard Thursday in California — the staccato of raindrops. For the first time in months, rain fell in significant quantities across the parched state. Los Angeles picked up an inch of rain since midnight on Thursday, with higher elevation areas outside the city seeing heavier amounts. Rain also fell in the Bay Area and San Diego, as the first in a series of Pacific storms made landfall.
Heavy rain with embedded thunderstorms is forecast for southern California through Friday, with a second and stronger storm lasting from Friday through Saturday. Heavy snow is forecast for the San Bernardino Mountains as well as parts of the Sierra Nevada, where the snowpack has been running well below average due to a dry and unusually mild season so far. Read more...More about Storm, Global Warming, Water, Drought, and Us World
In an unprecedented act, a protester appears to have smuggled a video camera into the U.S. Supreme Court, captured footage of proceedings and posted it to YouTube.
The two-minute video ends with a plug for the website of a campaign finance reform activist group called 99Rise. The video's climactic moment shows a man rising and shouting at the court before being grabbed by guards
"I rise on behalf of the vast majority of the American people who believe that money is not speech and corporations are not people and our democracy should not be for sale to the highest bidder," the protester says. "Overturn Citizens United. Keep the cap in McCutcheon. The people demand democracy." Read more...More about Activism, Supreme Court, Youtube, Us World, and Us
Facebook has graduated from chairs to couches.
The social networking giant dipped its toes into advertising in 2012 with an odd ad that declared "chairs are like Facebook" and again in April with an ad set around the dinner table. After a period of inactivity, Facebook is back with a new round of ads that show how real-life experiences can be facilitated via Facebook.
In the ad above, a group of twenty-somethings graft some skis on some old couches for some winter fun. Facebook presumably makes the moment possible. Another video features an older woman and some friends signing up for tango lessons: Read more...More about Facebook, Advertising, and Business
Londoners, it seems, are having a real crappy evening.
A reported water main burst late Thursday night in a South London neighborhood, causing localized flooding and what one local journalist identified as “sewage” pouring through the streets.
Trying to stem the tide of brown water..https://t.co/RcwHK8oa4s
— Lewis Whyld (@LewisWhyld) February 27, 2014
Lewis Whyld, a "visual journalist" and self-described "innovations specialist" at the London Telegraph, tweeted a series of photographs of what Londoners were calling the #Londonpoo (others: #poonami). "Kennington in Central London going underwater (sewage?!) right now," he tweeted shortly before 8:30pm local time. Read more...More about London, Flooding, Twitter, Us World, and World
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán lived the past 13 years of his life a wanted man.
Since his 2001 escape from prison in the back of a laundry truck, Guzmán, who oversaw the notorious Sinaloa Cartel, knew his capture was always imminent. So when authorities descended on a safe house rumored to be holding the drug lord last week, Guzmán was able to escape through an elaborate interconnected network of tunnels.
Days later, thanks to a wiretap being monitored by DEA agents tracking him just across the border in Arizona, Mexican agents captured him. Guzmán is now being held in the country’s highest security prison, and despite the wishes of the United States, has no plans for extradition to face trial in the U.S. anytime soon, according to The Guardian. Read more...More about Mexico, Us World, World, Drug Lord, and Joaquin El Chapo Guzman
With its spinoff looming, Time Inc. is preparing for life as a publicly traded company with a new head of digital and a fresh digital ad platform.
For almost a year now, the publisher of titles like People and Sports Illustrated has been preparing to become its own company, separate from Time Warner. The new entity will become one of the larger standalone print media companies, with approximately 138 million consumers across various platforms
The official break between the two companies is expected to come later this year, but Time Inc. has not been waiting to begin its reformation. Read more...More about Online Advertising, Time Inc, Business, Advertising, and Media
The "beta distribution tool," as it's called in the company's recent blog post, lets developers ship early versions of their iOS or Android mobile apps to users in order to test for bugs and receive feedback. The distribution tool from Crashlytics is also in beta mode. Interested developers need to apply in order to gain access
See also: 25 Best Free Android Apps
In other words, it's a beta version of the tool for apps in beta Read more...More about Twitter, Beta, Apple, Android Apps, and Tech
It's been called "Censorship Fiasco 2: Electric Boogaloo."
News over the past 72 hours has been dominated by the implosion of Mt. Gox, once the world's largest Bitcoin exchange, and a report from Glenn Greenwald on how British intelligence agents have engaged in an extensive disinformation program to mislead Internet users.
Mt. Gox's imminent demise has particularly gripped Reddit communities like r/Bitcoin and r/news following rumors of a $300 million hack that crippled the Japan-based business. Redditors from r/news have also obsessed over Greenwald's latest Edward Snowden leak — only his story has been banned from the default subreddit. Read more...More about Reddit, Censorship, Leak, Tech, and Apps Software
People in China's most populated city can no longer use apps to get cabs during rush hour.
The city government in Shanghai recently followed in Beijing's footsteps by banning taxi-hailing apps from7:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. local time because they affect the "fairness of the taxi industry," according to CNN. The government's statement on Wednesday about the new regulations also alleged that any privately owned cabs can never use the apps.
The ruling is a blow to corporate investment giants Tencent and Alibaba, which had each backed separate popular taxi apps, according to Reuters. Tencent's Didi Taxi and Alibaba's Kuaidi Taxi dominate the Chinese market, which has garnered around $43 million in investments over the past two years. Read more...More about China, Apps, Taxi, Uber, and Apps Software
If you had to choose, would you rather give Internet access or TV? Email or social media?
According to a new study from Pew Research, 46% of American adults said that Internet would be the most difficult technology to go without, with cellphones a close second and TV in third place. Just a few years ago, Americans were more willing to give up Internet in order to keep TV
Surprisingly, 17% of Americans still aren't willing to give up their landlines, which sheds some more light on last year's report that 71% of U.S. households still use landline phones (as of 2011). Read more...More about Entertainment, Tv, Internet, Social Media, and Tech
In addition to its roster of television shows and movies, Amazon is reportedly looking to beef up its media streaming offering for Prime users with a new genre entirely: music.
Re/code is reporting that the online giant has been in talks with music labels to provide a free “Spotify-like” streaming service to Amazon Prime users.
The news comes after Amazon said it was considering a $40 increase for its annual Prime subscription in the US. If both accounts are true, then the music streaming service could somewhat make up for the price hike, assuming Amazon will launch a library that’s competitive to Spotify, Rdio, Beats, and the like.
A potentially deadly spacesuit water leak that nearly drowned an Italian astronaut during a spacewalk last July was one of the scariest close calls in NASA's spacewalk history. In fact, the spacesuit also leaked during an earlier spacewalk, but went undetected at the time, according to a NASA report released Feb. 26.
The announcement came as NASA released the results of an investigation into the harrowing spacewalk on July 16, 2013, in which water flooded the spacesuit helmet of Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano, forcing NASA to abort the spacewalk to get him to safety. In the end, the malfunction was completely unexpected and unlike anything the space agency planned for. Read more...More about Nasa, Water, Astronauts, Us World, and World
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