• How to find out everything Google knows about you

    Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    When you use Google, you are making a deal. You get to use services like Gmail, Drive, search, YouTube, and Google Maps for free. In exchange, you agree to share information about yourself that Google can share with advertisers so their ads are more effective. For instance, airlines want to target people who love to travel. Children's clothing makers want to target parents. Google uses a lot of methods to learn about you. There's the stuff you tell Google outright when you sign up for its Gmail or to use your Android phone. This includes your name, phone number, location, and so on.

  • The retail industry is transforming, but not the way you think it is

    Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    There's a major shift underway in the retail industry, but it may not be the one you think. Goldman Sachs' global cohead of consumer retail and healthcare banking, Kathy Elsesser, described the impacts of e-commerce on the sector on a company podcast released on Wednesday . She said that those impacts are significant yet often misunderstood.

  • Google created a virtual reality paint brush lets you walk through your own artwork

    Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Google's new Tilt Brush  is a tool that allows people to paint and design in virtual reality. People are already creating incredible artwork, and the possibilities seem limitless.

  • NATE SILVER: 'We basically got the Republican race wrong'

    Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    In September 2015, writer and statistician Nate Silver urged people to "calm down"  about the possibility of Donald Trump winning the Republican presidential nomination. Two months later, he wrote that the media should "stop freaking out about Donald Trump's polls" and that Trump's odds were "higher than 0 but (considerably) less than 20 percent." Six months after that, after Ted Cruz had dropped out of the race but before John Kasich had  done so, Silver wrote: "Donald Trump is going to win the Republican nomination."

  • 12 amazing projects that will truly change your world

    Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    The technology your kids use in their everyday lives is going to be drastically different than what we use today. And we can already see hints of that world today through some of the far-out projects that the big internet companies are currently working on. Here's a look at the often sci-fi projects that will change the world as we know it.

  • A self-made billionaire gifted each of his 2,000 employees shares worth $150,000 to $1 million

    Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    The founder of Chobani, Hamdi Ulukaya, is known for his charitable behavior. His latest action was giving every Chobani employee shares that are worth $150,000 to $1 million.

  • Bill Clinton: 'Long time' since a girl told me I 'look great'

    Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    "I usually get, 'you look good for a man your age.' That last phrase is a killer."

  • Report: John Kasich to end GOP presidential bid

    Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Ohio Gov. John Kasich will end his Republican presidential bid, according to a source close to the decision. Earlier Wednesday, Kasich canceled a scheduled press conference in Washington, D.C., with the campaign saying he would make a statement at 5 p.m. in Columbus, USA TODAY reports.

  • Frozen fruits and vegetables recalled over listeria fears

    Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Products sold at Costco, Walmart, Safeway, Trader Joe's and other stores across the U.S and Canada recalled due to potentially dangerous bacteria

  • FBI: Man sprayed mouse poison mixture on Ann Arbor grocery store produce; suspect in custody

    Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    ANN ARBOR, MI – Authorities have identified the man who sprayed liquid on food at Ann Arbor grocery stores, as well as the previously-unknown substance.   Tips from the public helped officials from the FBI and the Ann Arbor Police Department take the man into custody Tuesday, according to a release from the FBI Detroit Field Office. Further information on the man or potential charges was not released.   Officials believe the suspect used a liquid combination of an alcohol-based hand-sanitizer, water and Tomcat mouse poison to contaminate produce in three Ann Arbor grocery stores in the last two weeks.

  • Islamic State kills U.S. Navy SEAL in northern Iraq

    Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    STUTTGART, Germany (Reuters) - Islamic State militants killed a U.S. Navy SEAL in northern Iraq on Tuesday after blasting through Kurdish defenses and overrunning a town in the biggest offensive in the area for months, officials said.   The elite serviceman was the third American to be killed in direct combat since a U.S.-led coalition launched a campaign in 2014 to "degrade and destroy" Islamic State and is a measure of its deepening involvement in the conflict.   "It is a combat death, of course, and a very sad loss," U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters during a trip to Germany.

  • It's not a crime if hungry poor steal food, Italy says

    Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Italy's highest court has acquitted a homeless man of stealing cheese and sausages, ruling that the theft of small amounts of food by the hungry poor is not a crime. Ukranian Roman Ostriakov was caught in 2011 pocketing €4.07 ($4.72) worth of food in a supermarket in Genoa, after a customer spotted him and reported him to a member of staff, Italian media reported on Tuesday.  He was sentenced to six months in prison and ordered to pay a €100 fine.

  • Kenyan police bust ISIS cell plotting large-scale biological attack

    Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Kenyan authorities have arrested three suspects in a terror ring plotting large-scale attacks on Kenyans and who are believed to have links to the Islamic State militant group.   The individuals, belonging to an East African terror group network allegedly were plotting a mass killing attack and may also have been planning an “Anthrax” style attack, according to a police report obtained by The Foreign Desk.   “The suspects were planning large scale attacks akin to the Westgate Mall attack with the intention of killing innocent Kenyans,” according to the report.

  • Fort McMurray overrun by wildfire in 'devastating day'

    Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    A huge wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alta., destroyed an entire neighbourhood and burned homes and businesses in several others Tuesday, and continues to rage out of control. By late afternoon, the entire city of 60,000 had been ordered evacuated. Residents by the thousands fled the fire, and for hours caused gridlock on Highway 63, and even overwhelmed oilsands work camps, where beds and meals were offered. Fire chief Darby Allen said the entire neighbourhood of Beacon Hill "appears to have been lost" and the fire burned many homes in other parts of the city.

  • Lunchroom Lunacy: Cops investigate $2 bill spent on school lunch

    Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    HOUSTON -- When you think of felony forgery your thoughts might turn to Al Capone or Bonnie and Clyde shooting it out with the Texas Rangers.   Not for some local school cops. For one day, public enemy number one when it came to forgery was 13-year-old eighth grader Danesiah Neal at Fort Bend Independent School District's Christa McAuliffe Middle School.   Now 14, Daneisha was hoping to eat that day's lunch of chicken tenders with her classmates using a $2 bill given to her by her grandmother when she was stopped by the long arm of the law.

  • Body Found on NYC Waterfront Was Wearing 'Cement Shoes': NYPD

    Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Police said Tuesday that a body found in a plastic bag along the Brooklyn shoreline this week was "obviously" the victim of a homicide — and that the man's feet were coated in cement. NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said the man whose body was found in a bag near Sheepshead Bay at Oriental Boulevard in Manhattan Beach on Monday morning also had his hands bound behind his back. "This individual was wrapped in plastic bags and his arms were tied behind him and his feet were submerged in concrete," Boyce said. "Obviously a homicide."

  • Indian maid who lost arm as fled Saudi Arabia becomes face of human trafficking

    Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    CHENNAI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Kasthuri Munirathinam crawled out of the window of a second floor apartment in Riyadh, she was scared for her life.   The 55-year-old Indian housemaid from the southern state of Tamil Nadu was determined to escape from her employer's apartment where she worked as a domestic help.   She had been in Saudi Arabia for just two months, one of thousands of Indians heading to the Gulf states every year for work, but was terrified she would never see her family again.

  • 14 great American cheeses you should be eating

    Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    The U.S. is sitting on a 1.2 billion- pound surplus of cheese. Thanks to a European excess of milk and a plunge in pricing, the EU is exporting more cheese than the US.   Meanwhile, American dairy production continues to grow. The culmination of cheap imports from the EU and record high American production rates have led to a cheese crisis. It's time to decrease that surplus and hit the fromagerie, folks.

  • Intel may have totally sunk Microsoft's latest plan to conquer smartphones

    Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    Microsoft's phone business is struggling: Sales of its flagship Lumia brands are down 72% over the same time last year. But Microsoft has been urging calm, dropping lots of hints that the long-rumored Surface Phone , said to be due in 2017 , will change everything. Microsoft has even said that it could put Apple and the iPhone on the defensive . It's a nice idea. But Intel, one of Microsoft's oldest and best partners, is having its own difficulties breaking into mobile.

  • Here's how Facebook decides what 'trending' news you see

    Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    More than half of all Facebook users consider the site a news source. Those people can get their fix from stories their friends post, pieces or "Instant Articles" published directly to Facebook by news orgs, or the site's own feed of "Trending" topics.




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