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Pierre Omidyar: Behind the billionaire bankrolling Glenn Greenwald’s new journalism project

The founder of the online giant is setting up a hugely ambitious news organization. Will the combination of his tech savvy and commitment to investigative journalism offer a new media model? By the time Pierre Omidyar was 31, he was, in his own words, not just regular rich but “ridiculous…

Gold iPhone 5 referred to internally as Kardashian Phone

Nick Bilton, a New York Times columnist and author of “Hatching Twitter,” offered this gem on his own Twitter account this morning about the gold-plated version of the iPhone 5s. A source at Apple told me while they were making the gold iPhone it was referred to internally as "The…

Google releases Minecraft mod with quantum physics blocks

Assuming Minecraft is insufficiently addictive, Google has decided to introduce a strange, charmed addition to the digital past-time. Google’s Quantum A.I. Lab Team, working with MinecraftEdu and Caltech’s Institute for Quantum Information and Matter, released qCraft, a Minecraft modpack that lets players experiment with quantum behaviors inside Minecraft’s world, with…

Two transit workers killed by train during BART strike

A commuter train under computer control struck and killed two transit workers Saturday near San Francisco. The two workers struck by an out-of-service BART train had been checking track at the time. “The accident occurred at approximately 1:53 pm between the Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill stations, approximately one mile…

Murderers mistakenly released from Florida prison recaptured

Police apprehended two fugitive convicted murderers Saturday in Florida who had been mistakenly released in a prison mix-up, authorities announced Saturday. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, along with the U.S. Marshall’s Service arrested escaped inmates Charles Walker and Joseph Jenkins, both 34, the agencies said in a statement online.…

Banksy draws security after NYPD threat

Guards were on close watch Saturday as British street artist Banksy brought his in-your-face creations to New York City, where some unhappy property owners defaced his work. The Briton, whose identity is a secret, has sent hipsters and art fans scrambling to get a peek at his “Better Out Than…

A ‘World Cup of Terror’ coming to Brazil if crime bosses prevail

Leaders of one of Brazil’s most feared gangs have warned they will order a wave of terrorist attacks during next year’s World Cup if they are moved into a maximum security prison in the state of Sao Paulo. One of Brazil’s largest criminal gangs has threatened to unleash a wave…

Report: JP Morgan Chase to pay $13 billion to settle residential mortgage bond lawsuits

J.P. Morgan will settle civil lawsuits related to mortgage bond matters with the U.S. Department of Justice for a record $13 billion, sources have told Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal and other outlets. In a call last night, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and J.P. Morgan negotiators tentatively settled on…

Freedomworks CEO calls government shutdown, debt ceiling crisis ‘brilliant Republican strategy’

Matt Kibbe, CEO of financially-struggling conservative activist organization Freedomworks, tweeted a link to a defense of the recent Republican endeavor to defund the Affordable Care Act and threaten the solvency of the government by blocking a raise of the debt ceiling. why the government shutdown and the debt ceiling crisis…

Female DUI suspects forced to strip in Seattle-area jail while secretly videotaped

More people have stepped forward to complain about being taped undressing at a jail in Puyallup, Wash., after a lawsuit by 11 people against the city’s surveillance practices emerged this week. The jail in the suburban Seattle-area city forced DUI suspects — mostly women — to strip naked in a…

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