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Pantone names official color of 2014

Pantone names official color of 2014

Pantone, the self-declared official body in control of the entire visible spectrum, has announced the color of the year for 2014. You’re looking at it. Dubbed Radiant Orchid—you can use…

FBI can secretly turn on laptop cameras without the indicator light

FBI can secretly turn on laptop cameras without the indicator light

Scary. Insane. Ridiculous. Invasive. Wrong. The Washington Post reports that the FBI has had the ability to secretly activate a computer’s camera “without triggering the light that lets users know…

U.S. exits GM stake, taxpayers lose $10.5 billion

The U.S. government ended up losing $10.5 billion on the General Motors bailout, but it says the alternative would have been far worse. The Treasury Department sold its final shares…

221 sickened in Colorado by synthetic pot linked to Brunswick

221 sickened in Colorado by synthetic pot linked to Brunswick

Synthetic marijuana  believed to have sickened 221 people in Colorado during a monthlong outbreak this year may b linked to a strain found in Brunswick, according to a federal report…

The amazing evolution of Politifact’s ‘if you like your plan you can keep it’ rating

Politifact’s rating of the famous Obama promise “if you like your plan you can keep it” has gone through a heck of an evolution in the past five years. In…

Amazon is at war with monster erotica

Amazon is at war with monster erotica

According to a long-read at Business Insider, “cryptozoological erotica” readers and writers are in as precarious a situation as a college co-ed who finds herself trapped in ancient ruins with a libidinous Minotaur. Following…

Barbara Walters to Piers Morgan: ‘We thought that [Obama] was going to be the Next Messiah’

Barbara Walters to Piers Morgan: ‘We thought that [Obama] was going to be the Next Messiah’

“I shouldn’t say this at Christmastime,” Barbara Walters told Piers Morgan on his show Tuesday night. But despite her best judgment, she went on to say it – and it was…

Katie Couric’s talk show canceled after two seasons

Hours before Katie Couric hosted a holiday party for staffers of her syndicated show “Katie,” she broke the news to them that it won’t be back for a third season,…

Red Lobster to be thrown overboard by Darden

Red Lobster to be thrown overboard by Darden

Darden Restaurants is planning to spinoff its Red Lobster unit, making the restaurant chain the latest to bow to the demands of activist shareholders. Darden, the company behind Olive Garden,…

A Microsoftie’s Healthcare.gov

A Microsoftie’s Healthcare.gov

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Florida school named for Ku Klux Klan leader to be renamed

A Florida high school that for 54 years has borne the name of a leader of the Ku Klux Klan is to be renamed, officials said. The Nathan Bedford Forrest…

Talk of an RSA boycott grows after reports it colluded with NSA

Talk of an RSA boycott grows after reports it colluded with NSA

A boycott may be brewing against security company RSA’s annual conference, in the wake of reports that the company used encryption technology that had been created by the U.S. National…

‘Consumer Reports’ picks worst new car values

‘Consumer Reports’ picks worst new car values

The Nissan Armada gets only 13 miles a gallon, has terrible scores on the reliability survey and costs $1.20 a mile to operate. It’s that record that earned the big…

AmEx to issue refunds for illegal card practices

Several American Express subsidiaries will refund at least $59.5 million to more than 335,000 consumers for illegal credit card practices, federal regulators said Tuesday. The affiliates also agreed to pay…

iPhone, Nokia, Blackberry: One chart tells story

iPhone, Nokia, Blackberry: One chart tells story

In 2007, when the iPhone launched, some of us believed that it was going to change the phone business forever. Nokia and RIM Blackberry obviously dismissed it as a joke.…

Postage stamp increase to 49 cents approved

The U.S. Postal Service’s regulator approved price increases amounting to 6 percent on most mail, a step the service’s board called a “last resort” forced by Congress’s failure to pass…

McDonald’s website advises staff NOT to eat fast food

McDonald’s website advises staff NOT to eat fast food

McDonald’s doesn’t think its employees should eat the food they serve. The fast food giant has advised employees to avoid meals with burgers and fries and to eat healthier options…

Depreciation hits electric cars hard

Depreciation hits electric cars hard

Plug-in electric cars may be cutting-edge technology, but an analysis suggests that most will depreciate more dramatically over five years than their conventional counterparts. Some of the biggest value gaps…

Egypt’s interim Cabinet labels Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group

Egypt’s interim Cabinet labels Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group

Egypt’s interim government officially declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization on Wednesday, blamed it for a bombing this week that killed 16 people, and announced that anyone who is…

Kick, Bama, kick: Auburn stuns Alabama to win Iron Bowl

Knotted at 28-all with arch-rival Alabama on Saturday night and only one second remaining on the clock, Gus Malzahn felt confident the game was headed to overtime, especially given the…