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  • FIFA reportedly investigating Neymar for displaying prohibited underpants at World Cup

    Published: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    With an unrepentant person biter terrorizing World Cup matches, FIFA has reportedly also found time to launch an investigation into Neymar's underpants, Yahoo News reports.

  • Status update: Facebook not so diverse

    Published: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO – Facebook, the world's most popular social network, for the first time released statistics on the makeup of its workforce that do not reflect the demographics of its users around the globe, USA Today reports. The lopsided numbers are just the latest from a major Silicon Valley company to paint a stark picture of an industry sector dominated by white men and are sure to escalate an already heated debate over the lack of diversity in the tech industry.

  • Hyundai Tucson ‘Walking Dead’ special edition hits dealerships

    Published: Mon, Jun 23, 2014

    Zombie drama “The Walking Dead” might not return to AMC until later this year, but die-hard fans can get a special fix courtesy of Hyundai Hyundai’s special “Walking Dead” edition of its Tucson crossover has gone on sale at dealerships today. Packed with goodies, this limited edition model is designed for fans and doomsdayers alike!

  • Creep App Brings Us a Step Closer to Being Able to Curse Out Other Drivers via Text

    Published: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    General Motors wants to make it easier for Chinese customers to curse out the moron who cut them off or get the digits of the attractive driver one car over at the stoplight. So it’s developed an app called DiDi Plate that lets Android users text the owner of a car by simply scanning its license plate, Wired reports. John Du, GM China’s research and development director, demonstrated the app at the Telematics Detroit conference earlier this month, according to Computerworld. It’s a prototype app, but Du said GM is looking to have the technology added to its in-car infotainment system.

  • N.D. oil production tops 1 million-barrels-a-day milestone

    Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    North Dakota has joined the big leagues of crude oil production, surpassing 1 million barrels per day — an output second only to Texas in the U.S., the Star Tribune reports

  • Woman suing Kohl’s because they won’t stop calling about the $20 she owes them

    Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    Lisa Ratliff of Ypsilanti, Michigan is probably going to stop shopping at Kohl’s, Yahoo News reports.

  • Obama's antigay discrimination order revives a familar religious freedom fight

    Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    After five years of hedging and rebuffing, the White House announced this week it would make good on a campaign promise with an executive order banning discrimination by federal contractors on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

  • Redskins lose trademark, Harry Reid says team will be 'forced' to change name

    Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    In what some see as the first step to forcing the Washington Redskins football team to change their name, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Wednesday cancelled six federal trademarks of the team name because it's “disparaging” to Native Americans, reports the Washington Examiner. “Petitioners have shown by a preponderance of the evidence that a substantial composite of Native Americans found the term REDSKINS to be disparaging,” said the decision. Fans, however, won’t see any immediate change — even if Daniel Snyder’s team eventually loses in court. That’s because all the order will do is eliminate the trademark the team has on merchandise. The Redskins are expected to appeal.

  • Gasoline at U.S. Pumps Set to Hit Six-Year Seasonal High

    Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    Gasoline in the U.S. climbed this week, boosted by a surge in oil, and is expected to reach the highest level for this time of year since 2008. The pump price averaged $3.686 a gallon yesterday, up 1.2 cents from a week earlier, data posted on the Energy Information Administration’s website late yesterday show. Oil, which accounts for two-thirds of the retail price of gasoline, gained $2.49 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange in the same period and $4.88 in the month ended yesterday.

  • Crude oil edges toward $107 after Iraq refinery attacked Futures Movers

    Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    Crude-oil prices edged higher on Wednesday, with the U.S. benchmark pushing back toward $107 a barrel after militants in Iraq attacked the country's biggest oil refinery, underlining worries about potential threats to export facilities in the south. Nymex WTI crude oil for July delivery CLN4 -0.38% picked up 34 cents, or 0.4%, to $106.73 a barrel, partly recovering from a 54-cent loss on Tuesday. WTI crude is also taking a cue from expectations for tighter domestic supplies in the U.S.

  • In landmark decision, U.S. Patent Office cancels trademark for Redskins football team

    Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled six federal trademark registrations for the name of the Washington Redskins, ruling that the name is “disparaging to Native Americans” and thus cannot be trademarked under federal law that prohibits the protection of offensive or disparaging language, ThinkProgress reports. The U.S. PTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board issued a ruling in the case, brought against the team by plaintiff Amanda Blackhorse, Wednesday morning. “We decide, based on the evidence properly before us, that these registrations must be cancelled because they were disparaging to Native Americans at the respective times they were registered,” the board wrote in its opinion.

  • Toby Keith's bar in Syracuse owes $250K in taxes

    Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    The tax debt of Toby Keith's I Love this Bar & Grill at Destiny USA has continued to mount, according to The Post-Standard of Syracuse. The Post-Standard reports the state filed a new tax warrant against the restaurant earlier this month for more than $107,000. The debt is related to sales taxes the business owes the state from the fourth quarter of 2013. The new debt comes on top of more than $145,000 in sales taxes Toby Keith's owes from the second and third quarter of 2013. The business previously owed $189,000 from that period, but paid some of that debt after the state filed a warrant earlier this year.

  • Oklahoma City Listed In Top 10 U.S. Cities With the Most Satisfied Employees

    Published: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    If you're looking to relocate or launch your career, you may want to pack your bags and head over to San Jose, Salt Lake City or Oklahoma City, according to A new report reveals how the largest U.S. metros compare in terms of employee satisfaction, number of employees hiring and business outlook over the past 12 months, according to local employee feedback. The study graded cities on a five-point scale, with a score of 1.0 indicating very dissatisfied and 5.0 indicating very satisfied. Oklahoma City came in at No. 8 with a 3.3 overall satisfaction rating. According to the report, employees were the most satisfied working for the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Chesapeake Energy.

  • Old friends face off in Oklahoma wind farm debate

    By CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Sun, Jun 15, 2014

    Blue Mound is the highest point on Frank Robson’s Craig County cattle ranch and was once, he says, one of the highest points in the Cherokee Nation, Tulsa World reports.

  • Canada gold mine on sale for $2 million in bitcoin

    Published: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    (Reuters) - Gold, the hard asset long seen as the ultimate hedge against risk, has fallen so much out of favor in recent years that the owner of a mine in Canada's historic Yukon gold belt wants to sell the property for $2 million in bitcoin, a virtual currency.

  • Bits and Bytes: Apple FINALLY realizes Bell's Amusement Park is gone

    By ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    In all my continuing coverage of Apple Maps, I've given them a hard time about the app continuing to insist Bell's Amusement Park still exists.

  • Revealed: Asian slave labor producing prawns for supermarkets in US, UK

    Published: Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    Slaves forced to work for no pay for years at a time under threat of extreme violence are being used in Asia in the production of seafood sold by major US, British and other European retailers, the Guardian can reveal. A six-month investigation has established that large numbers of men bought and sold like animals and held against their will on fishing boats off Thailand are integral to the production of prawns (commonly called shrimp in the US) sold in leading supermarkets around the world, including the top four global retailers: Walmart, Carrefour, Costco and Tesco.

  • Uber snags $1.2 billion in new funding; seen valued at $18 billion

    Published: Fri, Jun 6, 2014

    Uber Inc has raised $1.2 billion from mutual funds and other investors in a funding round valuing the fast-growing rides-on-demand service at $18.2 billion, one of the highest valuations ever for a Silicon Valley startup.

  • Google Unveils Tablet With 3-D Tools for Project Tango - Businessweek

    Published: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    Google Inc. (GOOG:US) introduced a tablet computer designed to help developers build three-dimensional applications, as the company works to push the technology onto mobile devices, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. The 7-inch device is part of an effort dubbed Project Tango, which Google rolled out in February to advance 3-D technology. The tablet, which will let developers create and test new programs, is loaded with cameras and other gear to help capture 3-D images of its surroundings, be that at home or in a business, opening up potential uses for game players, shoppers or the disabled. The tablet, which isn’t aimed at consumers, will go on sale later this year for $1,024 and will be available only in limited quantities. Google, which makes the Android software that is the No. 1 smartphone operating system, wants to expand features on mobile gadgets as rivals step up efforts to build 3-D devices. Facebook Inc. agreed to spend about $2 billion earlier this year to acquire virtual-reality goggles maker Oculus VR Inc., with Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg calling the technology a “platform of tomorrow," according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

  • Americans' wealth hits new record in 1st quarter - WSJ

    Published: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    Americans' wealth hit a fresh record in the first quarter of the year due to a rise in home values and stocks, defying the headwinds of an economy weakened by harsh winter weather.