• Truck containing 36,000 pounds of Crisco stolen in Florida

    Published: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A truck containing 18 tons of Crisco sticks headed to a grocery store chain distribution center was stolen in a Florida city. St. Petersburg Police say that a tractor-trailer containing the 36,000 pounds of vegetable shortening was snatched Sunday morning. The truck was destined for a Publix distribution center in Lakeland. Authorities said the stolen tractor was a 2005 red Volvo, with a Florida tag and had the business name of "NS Express LLC on both sides of the cab. The trailer was a white Hyundai.

  • Report: Microsoft ‘Coaching’ NFL Announcers To Say ‘Surface,’ Not iPad

    Published: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    REDMOND, Wash. (CBS Seattle) – Before the start of this current NFL season, Microsoft paid the NFL $400 million to make its Microsoft Surface the official tablet of the NFL. However, some announcers are calling the device an iPad or iPad-like tool; so Microsoft will coach these announcers to better identify their device.

  • Google is testing live-video medical advice

    Published: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    Just in time for flu season, Google is experimenting with a feature that provides live video chat advice to searchers looking for information on some medical conditions. We've all probably convinced ourselves at least once through frantic online searching, that we — or our children — have some sort of undiagnosed chronic or catastrophic disease. (Ebola, we're looking at you.) With the video chat option, Google may be able to alleviate some of those concerns by providing a real, live doctor to walk down that panic level at those times when you're trying to figure out whether it's worth scheduling a doctor's appointment or not.

  • Google Nexus 6 to be unveiled later this month alongside Nexus 9

    Published: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    Google is reportedly preparing to unveil a new flagship Android smartphone with a 5.9-inch display that’s bigger even than the iPhone 6 Plus. The phablet-sized Nexus 6 will continue Google’s line of Nexus devices, which have racked up only small sales but are beloved of Android fans for offering the company’s mobile operating system without manufacturer-added software.

  • OPEC Split as Oil Prices Fall Sharply

    Published: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    Oil prices sank again on Monday, giving consumers more of a break and causing a split among OPEC leaders about what action should be taken, if any, to halt the slide. The price drop has led to a near free fall in gasoline prices in the United States. On Monday, the national average price for regular gasoline was $3.20, 9 cents lower than it was a week ago and 14 cents below the price a year ago, according to the AAA motor club.

  • In Texas, traffic deaths climb amid fracking boom

    Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has unlocked huge reserves of oil and gas in shale formations in many states. The biggest winner, in terms of new jobs, has been Texas. But an  investigation by Houston Public Media and the Houston Chronicle shows Texas highways have become the nation's deadliest amid a fracking boom.

  • The CNN 10: Startups

    Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    You wouldn’t know it from the hype around Silicon Valley these days, but the startup world churns out more duds than hits. Many hastily built apps and social networks aren’t interested in long-term success but an exit strategy -- selling to a larger company for a quick windfall. Others launch with nobler intentions but flame out because their market is oversaturated or they offer a service nobody really needs. But for every hundred startups that fail, there’s a fledgling company that’s creating an original and useful product or tackling a difficult real-world problem.

  • The Germans Have Figured Out How to 3-D Print Cars

    Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    The assembly line isn’t going away, but 3-D printing is going to reshape how we make cars. The EDAG Genesis points the way, with an beautifully crafted frame made from a range of materials and inspired by a turtle’s skeleton. The German engineering firm showed off the Genesis design concept at the Geneva Motor Show as proof that additive manufacturing–EDAG’s fancy term for 3-D printing–can be used to make full-size car components. It’s on an entirely different scale than the tiny, 3-D printed creations coming out of a desktop Makerbot, but it’s also just a frame–a stylized chassis that’s more art than reality.

  • Kmart says payment systems hacked

    Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Kmart said Friday that its payment system had been compromised by malware since early September. The bug affected shoppers in the company's physical stores, and it compromised an unspecified number of credit and debit card numbers. It also said kmart.com and Sears customers were not targeted.

  • Google rejects 58% of 'right to be forgotten' requests

    Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Turns out it's not so easy to be "forgotten" on Google after all. Google (GOOGL, Tech30) released data Friday on the link-removal requests it's received in Europe following a ruling on the so-called "right to be forgotten." The European Court of Justice ruled in May that people worried about their privacy can ask Google and other search engines to remove sensitive links from their search results. But search engines can decline the requests if they believe the links in question are in the public interest.

  • Apple Pay is making its way to stores this week

    Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Get ready to start paying for things with your phone -- at least, if you've got one of Apple's latest devices. The tech giant's new Apple Pay system is set to launch for retailers on Saturday, according to a leaked memo from Walgreen's posted by MacRumors. Walgreen's (WAG) is among the group of big retailers that Apple (AAPL, Tech30) has already announced will support Apple Pay from its launch. Others include Bloomingdale's, Macy's (M), McDonald's (MCD), Staples (SPLS) and Whole Foods (WFM).

  • FBI director: iPhones shields pedophiles from cops

    Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Apple's new privacy features protect kidnappers, pedophiles and terrorists, according to FBI director James Comey. In an interview on CBS' "60 Minutes" on Sunday, Comey said Apple's encryption standards for iPhones and iPads "put people beyond the law." Apple (AAPL, Tech30) recently took measures to enhance user privacy. Now, only users have the key to unlock text messages, photos and emails on their device. As such, iOS 8 will shield your data from anyone -- including police.

  • Will air racing's thrilling speed woo U.S. NASCAR fans?

    Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Look out NASCAR, one of the world's fastest motor sports wants to steal your fans. We're talking about air racing, where powerful, small planes compete on a looped path in the air, reaching speeds between 200-500 mph. This thrilling sport is just as fast as NASCAR, IndyCars and Formula One. But with the added vertical dimension, the action seriously amps up.

  • Thomson Airways plans table seats for flying families

    Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Is this the dream for families traveling by air or their worst nightmare? Thomson Airways, the third biggest airline in the UK, is considering new seating configurations that'll seat parents and kids face-to-face around a table. Promo photos for the rear-of-the-plane concept look good, showing a relaxed mom and dad presiding over a well-behaved brood.

  • Review site Yelp battles extortion claims

    Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — First the chefs of a small Italian restaurant got mad at online review site Yelp. Instead of trying to get better reviews, they decided to take a different approach: get terrible ones. The campaign helped Botte Bistro get a rating of one out of five stars, as more than 1,000 reviewers left hundreds of tongue-in-cheek reviews panning the Richmond, California, eatery, said chef Michele Massimo, adding that it boosted business. It was the latest protest among businesses who for years have complained that Yelp was extorting them by raising or dropping ratings depending on whether they advertised with the Internet's most popular review site.

  • Middle Eastern Prince to rescue Euro Disney

    Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Saudi billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed is to back the multi-million rescue deal of Parisian theme park Euro Disney. Disneyland Paris last week revealed that it needed €1bn (£784m) bail out to help tackle its crippling debt pile.

  • Edward Snowden’s Privacy Tips: “Get Rid Of Dropbox,” Avoid Facebook And Google

    Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    According to Edward Snowden, people who care about their privacy should stay away from popular consumer Internet services like Dropbox, Facebook, and Google. Snowden conducted a remote interview today as part of the New Yorker Festival, where he was asked a couple of variants on the question of what we can do to protect our privacy. His first answer called for a reform of government policies.

  • Leaning Forward, MSNBC Loses Ground to Rival CNN

    Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Rachel Maddow, the biggest star on the MSNBC cable network, just posted her lowest quarterly ratings results ever. “Morning Joe,” MSNBC’s signature morning program, scored its second-lowest quarterly ratings, reaching an average of just 87,000 viewers in the key news demographic group.

  • Boeing lands $4.9 billion jet order

    Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Boeing, the world's largest aerospace company, on Sunday announced a massive order for 50 jets worth $4.9 billion. The order came from Garuda Indonesia, the flag-carrier airline of Indonesia that is named after a mythical, giant bird. While the huge order had previously been accounted for on Boeing's Orders and Deliveries website, it had been not been attributed to a specific customer until now.

  • Highly Educated, Unemployed and Tumbling Down the Ladder

    Published: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    “I’ve had to seriously downgrade my living situation,” said Alex Gomez, a 42-year-old with a master’s degree in entrepreneurship, NBC News reports. Gomez lost his last full-time job in 2009 and has been looking for work since a short-term contract position ended in 2012. Gomez’s home was foreclosed on, so the Tampa resident lives with three roommates in a college neighborhood. He drained his 401(k) trying to save his house, and he has around $150,000 in student loans. His mother is tapping her 401(k) to pay his rent. Gomez subsists on that and about $200 a month in food stamps.