• 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.

  • Major Shakeup At Olive Garden

    Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    There may soon be salt in the pasta water at Olive Garden. In a rare move, shareholders at Darden, the parent company of Olive Garden, Capital Grille and other restaurants, voted on Friday to oust the company’s entire board and replace it with a slate put forth by Starboard Value, an investment firm. The vote was the culmination of a months-long fight between Darden and Starboard over the future of the company, which included the shocking revelation that Olive Garden does not salt its pasta water.

  • Nielsen Admits To Months Of Incorrect TV Ratings Data

    Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    A glitch in Nielsen's system has led to incorrect TV ratings numbers being released for national broadcast networks. Nielsen, the leading global measurement company and provider of television ratings data, said in a press release Friday that "a technical error" resulted in incorrect data over the course of about seven months.

  • Here Is The Richest Woman In Each State

    Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    When we think about the most powerful women in America, names like Oprah Winfrey, Janet Yellen, and Sheryl Sandberg come to mind. But measure sheerly by the size of their bank accounts, and a different group of women top the charts. This map from the real estate blog Movoto displays the net worth of the richest female resident in each U.S. state. Darker shades of blue reflect those at the richest end of the wealth spectrum. Darker reds correlate with lesser net worth. Lighter shades of both indicate something closer to the middle.

  • Divorce trial of Continental CEO Harold Hamm ends, with billions at stake

    Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    Thursday marked the end of the epic nine-week divorce trial of Oklahoma’s richest man, oil magnate and Continental Resources Chief Executive Harold Hamm. With billions of dollars of company  wealth at stake, the unusually secretive trial could end with the largest divorce judgment in history, Reuters reports. During the proceedings, lawyers for Harold Hamm and his wife of 26 years, Sue Ann Hamm, presented starkly different views of how much wealth should be divided by the court. The money is mostly tied up in a 68 percent stake in Continental, whose shares are in Harold's name.

  • Hackers Access At Least 100,000 Snapchat Photos And Prepare To Leak Them, Including Underage Nude Pictures

    Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    A giant database of intercepted Snapchat photos and videos has been released by hackers who have been collecting the files for years. Shocked users of the notorious chat forum 4chan are referring to the hack as "The Snappening," noting that this is far bigger than the iCloud hacks that recently targeted celebrities. Underground photo-trading chat rooms have been filled in recent weeks with hints that something big was coming. Thursday night it finally arrived: A third-party Snapchat client app has been collecting every single photo and video file sent through it for years, giving hackers access to a 13GB library of Snapchats that users thought had been deleted.

  • Boone Pickens interested in investing in Aubrey McClendon again

    Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    T. Boone Pickens, the chief executive officer of BP Capital Management LP, said he would be interested in investing again with Aubrey McClendon, the co-founder of Chesapeake Energy Corp. who was ousted last year, Businessweek reports. “I potentially could be” an investor in publicly traded companies McClendon forms, Pickens said in an interview Thursday at Bloomberg headquarters in New York. “Let’s see what he’s got.”

  • Microsoft CEO apologizes for comments on women

    Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella apologized Thursday night and said he was wrong for saying that women don't need to ask for a raise and should just trust the system to pay them well. Nadella was blasted on Twitter and in blog posts for his comments, which were made earlier Thursday at an event for women in computing. Tech companies hire many more men than women. And beyond the tech industry, women are typically paid less than men.