• Google unveils new logo with emphasis on apps, devices

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Company says updated logo reflects changes in what they offer. When you visit the  main Google search page , you'll notice an interactive that shows the logo morph into its newest form. The company says the change reflects the tech giant's shift beyond the traditional Web browser,  reads a company statement .

  • You could soon be denied a loan because of your Facebook friends

    Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    t might be time to purge your Facebook friends list of people you don’t trust. Facebook could soon take the old adage 'you can judge a man by the company he keeps' to the next level. A patent acquired by Facebook states that users could be denied a loan based on the credit-worthiness of their connections online. Facebook bought a bundle of patents from Friendster for $40 million in 2010. The patent in question is intended to prevent spam, however it also contains the following paragraph:

  • Sale of buried Atari cartridges nets over $107,000

    Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    The never-ending saga of the Atari 2600 E.T. cartridges that were famously buried (and later unearthed) in Alamogordo, New Mexico continues to benefit the small town. Last November, a selection of games (including E.T., Asteroids and Missile Command) that were recovered in the excavation were put up for sale on eBay, and now we know just how much cash they generated. According to the Alamogordo News, the game sales totaled $107,930.15, with more than $65,000 going directly to the town. In addition, the Tularosa Basin Historical Society received over $16,000 while more than $26,000 was spent on shipping and other expenses. A total of 881 cartridges covering 60 different titles were sold overall; a copy of E.T. was the highest single sale at $1,535.

  • WPX Energy announces $185 million asset sale

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Tulsa-based domestic energy producer WPX Energy will execute an $185 million asset sale, the proceeds of which will be used to start paying down debt from its recent purchase of RKI Exploration & Production LLC. WPX Energy announced Monday that it has agreed to sell a North Dakota gathering system for approximately $185 million to a private equity fund managed by the Ares EIF Group, a subsidiary of Ares Management LP.  The parties expect to close the transaction in approximately 60 days. The sale is part of WPX’s deleveraging plan targeting $400 million-$500 million in divestitures by the end of 2015. WPX is also targeting a similar sale in 2016.

  • Google Chrome will block auto-playing Flash ads from September 1

    Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Google has a set a date of September 1 for when its Chrome browser will block all Flash content that isn't "central to the webpage." Flash content, such as ads or auto-playing videos on non-video websites, will be automatically paused by default—but you can click to play them if you wish. Embedded video players on sites like YouTube and Vimeo will still work, of course. The Flash-blocking feature was initially rolled out to a beta version of Chrome earlier this year. At the time, Google's Tommi Li claimed that the reason for the blocking was battery life, thanks to auto-playing Flash ads consuming a large amount of CPU time. The move could also help stop the spread of malware via malicious Flash ads. Flash has had a long history of security exploits, with the most recent exploit being uncovered in July, which potentially allowed hackers to remotely execute malicious code.

  • Porn star reveals Duggar had affair while wife was pregnant

    Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Just when you think the news about Josh Duggar can't get any more sordid, a recent report reveals that he had an affair with porn star by day, stripper by night, Danica Dillon. Danica told In Touch Weekly, under a lie detector no less, so it's gotta be true, that Josh visited her at her place of work— Philadelphia's Gold Club—and paid her thousands of dollars to spend two beautiful nights together. This was back in March. Anna Duggar gave birth to their daughter Meredith Grace in July, which after a quick calculation shows that she was five months pregnant when her husband strayed.

  • Ashley Madison was a bunch of dudes talking to each other, data analysis suggests

    Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    The Ashley Madison hack has revealed a lot of interesting things about the men who used the extramarital affair-finding site, like which cities, states, and universities they're from. But what about the women? Turns out, there may not have been very many women. As in, almost none. Gizmodo writer Annalee Newlitz analyzed the data from the site's user database and found a lot of suspicious stuff that suggest nearly all the female accounts were fake, maintained by the company's employees.

  • Ashley Madison faked female profiles to lure men in, hacked data suggest

    Published: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Ashley Madison has long claimed, in triumphant news releases and slick, Web-ready graphics, that it is one of the few dating sites that really clicks with women. According to statistics CEO Noel Biderman has trumpeted in the media, Ashley Madison enjoys an overall 70/30 gender split — with a 1:1 male/female ratio among the under-30 set. But the user records laid bare by hackers last week tell a very different story: Of the more than 35 million records released, only 5 million — a mere 15 percent — actually belonged to women.

  • Six money milestones to hit while you’re in your 30s

    Published: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Time to think beyond the house and the 401(k). People in their 30s still have time to get their savings in line and start thinking about other things that felt less urgent earlier, such as writing a will and buying life insurance. 

  • Jared Fogle's foundation reportedly a sham

    Published: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Bad news keeps on coming regarding former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle. It turns out, the Jared Fogle Healthy Lifestyle Nationwide School Grant Program was a sham. Many believed the foundation was built to combat childhood obesity — something Jared says was a personal struggle growing up. But according to tax records, the charity never actually issued a grant, despite his promise to give schools and community organizations $2 million.

  • Twitter shuts down 30 sites dedicated to saving politicians' deleted tweets

    Published: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Twitter has shut down a network of sites dedicated to archiving deleted tweets from politicians around the world. The sites — collectively known as Politwoops — were overseen by the Open State Foundation (OSF), which reported that Twitter suspended their API access on Friday, August 21st. Twitter reportedly told the OSF that its decision was the result of "thoughtful internal deliberation and close consideration of a number of factors," and that the social media site didn't distinguish between politicians and regular users. "Imagine how nerve-racking — terrifying, even — tweeting would be if it was immutable and irrevocable?" Twitter reportedly told the OSF. "No one user is more deserving of that ability than another. Indeed, deleting a tweet is an expression of the user’s voice."

  • As Minimum Wages Rise, Restaurants Say No to Tips, Yes to Higher Prices

    Published: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    SEATTLE — Restaurant owners, customers and staff have long railed against the tyranny of tipping, but like a love affair gone bad, it has proved difficult to quit. Now, prompted by a spurt of new minimum wage proposals in major cities, an expanding number of restaurateurs are experimenting with no-tipping policies as a way to manage rising labor costs. Here in Seattle, where the first stage of a $15-an-hour minimum wage law took effect in April, Ivar’s seafood restaurants switched to an all-inclusive menu. By raising prices 21 percent and ending tipping, Bob C. Donegan, the president and co-owner, calculated he could increase everyone’s wages.

  • Wiz Khalifa forced to the floor and handcuffed for riding a ‘hoverboard’

    Published: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Rapper Wiz Khalifa was forced to the ground and handcuffed at Los Angeles international airport on Saturday after refusing to dismount his "hover board" — a self-balancing, two-wheeled scooter. Video footage posted to Twitter and Instagram shows Khalifa talking with US customs officials before being pushed to the floor and handcuffed by three officers. The officers can be heard telling the rapper to "stop resisting" multiple times, with Khalifa calmly replying "I'm not resisting sir, I'm not resisting." Khalifa later tweeted about the incident, saying: "All because I didn't want to ditch the technogy [sic] everyone will be using in the next 6 months. Do what you want kids." He later added: "I stand for our generation and our generation is gonna be riding hover boards so if you don't like it eat a dick!"

  • Ashley Madison Hack: Islamic preacher Hamza Tzortzis 'found' on leaked list

    Published: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Islamic preacher Hamza Andreas Tzortzis has been allegedly "named" on the leaked list of members of the adult website Ashley Madison. However, the well-known preacher has denied that the account belonged to him. Tzortzis has also denied signing up for an account on Ashely Madison, the infidelity dating website -- which was recently attacked by hackers who leaked the names of hundreds of thousands of its members -- and said that it was a conspiracy by hackers to defame him. Tzortzis, a member of the Islamic Education and Research Academy, is known for his debates with atheist Richard Dawkins.

  • South of the Red River: More construction cranes coming for Dallas’ booming Uptown district

    Published: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    More than 2 million square feet of additional office space is proposed in Dallas’ hot Uptown office market which is already the area’s most expensive business location. Developers are cranking up the heat in what is already Dallas’ hottest office building market. More than 1.5 million square feet of office space is under construction in Uptown and on the north edge of downtown Dallas. An additional 2 million square feet is in the works in a half-dozen proposed projects.

  • You Can’t Do Squat About Spotify’s Eerie New Privacy Policy

    Published: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Spotify released a new privacy policy that is now in effect, and it turns out that the company wants to learn a lot more about you and there’s not much you can do about it. We encourage everyone to read the whole privacy policy before downloading the update or checking off the “Accept” box, but in case you have better things to do, here are some highlights from it.

  • Under Armour is suing pretty much every company using the name ‘Armor’

    Published: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    In 2013, a Bible-quoting high school football champ named Terrance Jackson, upset that most of the clothing options for his 3-year-old son were covered in skulls and crossbones, decided to start his own “inspirational apparel” company with a scripture-inspired name, Armor & Glory. The family business hasn’t grown much since then, printing a few hundred shirts and spending nothing on marketing outside of a 1,500-fan Facebook page. But it recently received some major attention from America’s second-biggest sportswear empire, Under Armour, which demanded the small Maryland company change its name or face all-out legal war. The trademark-infringement lawsuit filed this month in Maryland federal court has sparked a messy David-versus-Goliath battle in the fringes of American athletic wear and cast an unflattering spotlight on how fiercely the Baltimore-based giant intends to guard its brand and fight its way to the top.

  • IRS Getting Pressured To Crack Down On Televangelists Following John Oliver's Segment

    Published: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The IRS is getting pressured to begin cracking down on televangelists following a John Oliver segment on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight.” Oliver blasted televangelists this past Sunday for what he called “seed faith,” where they tell donors they will reap the rewards by giving money to them. “They preach something called the prosperity gospel which argues that wealth is a sign of God’s favor and donations will result in wealth coming back to you. That idea sometimes takes the form of seed faith – the notion that donations are seeds that you will one day get to harvest,” Oliver said in the segment.

  • Josh Duggar: Ashley Madison Membership Linked to '19 kids' Star

    Published: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar is among those who had a paid membership to the cheating website Ashley Madison, according to data published by Gawker. The affair service was the victim of a hack in July, with the full dump of the stolen member information posted online just this week. According to Gawker, a credit card under the name Joshua J. Duggar was used to pay for an account. The address listed along with the card was that of the Fayetteville, Arkansas, home his grandmother Mary owns. The residence was featured on 19 Kids and Counting, which TLC canceled in July after Duggar admitted to having molested several underage girls years ago, including two of his sisters. That credit card was used to purchase two different monthly Ashley Madison subscriptions, costing $986.76 and spanning February 2013 to May 2015. He reportedly opened another account using his address in Oxon Hill, Maryland, where he lived when he was lobbying as part of his job as the executive director of the conservative Family Research Council. That account was registered in July 2014, and was paid monthly through May 2015.

  • Osage oil producers file second lawsuit against BIA

    BY MICHAEL OVERALL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    After a court victory last week in a separate case, Osage County oil producers filed a second lawsuit Tuesday against the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, this time blaming federal bureaucrats for a steep decline in drilling activity. Only 39 wells have been drilled in Osage County since last summer, when the BIA announced that it would require expensive environmental assessments on individual well sites before issuing permits. That’s compared to 135 wells that were drilled in 2014 under the old rules. Meanwhile, more than 400 drilling applications are pending with the BIA, some of them submitted more than a year ago with no response from the agency, according to the lawsuit filed in Tulsa federal court. The backlog is affecting not only new wells but existing wells that need “work overs” to improve or restore production.