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Scientists study rare tapeworm living in man's brain


London (AFP) - Scientists in Britain are studying a rare tapeworm that lived in a man's brain for four years, researchers said on Friday.

Obama: US will make immigration 'more fair and just'

Washington (AFP) - President Barack Obama unveiled his highly anticipated immigration plan, saying lifting the threat of expulsion from 5 million undocumented migrants would make the system "more fair and just." And, while he stressed migrants will not get "a free pass to American citizenship" witho

Apple to Xiaomi: Talk Is Cheap (AAPL, SSNLF)


Xiaomi CEO and founder Lei Jun irked Apple on Thursday by saying his company could be the number one smartphone maker in the world in 5 to 10 years, reports The Guardian's Samuel Gibbs.

Finally! A Boring Draw At The World Chess Championship


At the World Chess Championship in 2013, played in then-titleholder Viswanathan Anand's home country of India, there was a lot of complaining after the first four games of the match about boring Grandmaster draws in chess.  With many of the openings in chess at the elite level understood at a very deep level, it can be profoundly difficult to establish winning tactics in a game between two highly skilled players.

Here's Everything Google Knows About You


If you rely on Google search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, or any of Google's other zillion free products, the company stores a bunch of data about you.  Google is extremely open about what data it stores and makes it very easy to delete that data, but many people still don't realize exactly what's being stored, whether that information is given freely or deduced based on your searches.

Obama Is About To Make His Big Immigration Speech


President Barack Obama is unveil his executive order that will shield about 4 million undocumented immigrants from deportation in a primetime address from the White House on Thursday evening at 8 p.m.  According to the Washington Post, which spoke to administration officials ahead of the president's address, the executive action will affect about 3.7 million undocumented immigrants who have children who are already citizens or permanent residents, were brought here as minors, or who are highly-skilled workers.  Many Republicans oppose Obama's decision to take executive action and argue it is unconstitutional.

Handover of kidnapped Colombian general begins


Quibdó (Colombia) (AFP) - The highly anticipated handover of a general and four other hostages captured by FARC guerrillas got underway Thursday, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said, paving the way for the resumption of peace talks.

CAMERA SHOOTOUT: iPhone 6 Plus Takes On The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 And Nexus 6


Smartphone cameras have become so advanced, they've come to replace digital cameras for many people. But not all smartphone cameras were created equal.

Gold Is Good!


The Lexus LF-C2 Concept is nothing if not interesting. Its bold lines and drop top design wowed the crowd at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

This Aerial Photography Shows Just How Arresting The Snow Storm In Buffalo Is


Buffalo's historic snow storm, dubbed "Winter Storm Knife," has been blamed for the deaths of at least eight people since it began on Monday, often by cutting off their access to help in emergency situations.

A third of women globally victims of domestic violence: WHO


Geneva (AFP) - Current efforts to prevent domestic violence are insufficient as a third of women worldwide are physically abused, according to a series of studies by the World Health Organization published on Friday.

GOLDMAN: Here Are The 10 Big Market Stories That'll Dominate 2015


At the beginning of the year, not many predicted the stock market would blast to new highs like they did.

The Giant iPhone 6 Plus Is Most Popular In Asia (AAPL)


Asian consumers are in love with the iPhone 6 Plus, according to a report published Thursday by AppLovin, a mobile ad network.

How To Throw A Friendsgiving That Beats The Real Thing


Friends are the family you choose, amiright? That's why last year, I decided to celebrate Thanksgiving a little differently.

How A Five-Year-Old Startup Is Winning Deals Over A Huge $60 Billion Company (EMC)


EMC is the 800-pound gorilla in the storage space with a market cap over $60 billion.  But every incumbent gets disrupted by a new startup at some point, and EMC has plenty of young, hungry companies nipping at its heels.

Bitcoin Enthusiasts Are Flocking To This Crazy Spanish Hacker Monastery — Here's Why


A Spanish collective for hackers has become a bitcoin hacklab, according to Jamie Bartlett's new book "The Dark Net."  The old textile factory complex, called Calafou, is referred to as a "postcapitalist ecoindustrial colony" by the 30 or so people who live there.

Why It's Important That A Georgia O'Keeffe Painting Sold For $44 Million


Women are moving up in the art world. Today, at an American art auction at Sotheby's New York, the Georgia O'Keeffe painting, “Jimson Weed/White Flower No.

Paris Might Build A Modern Glass Tower—And Some People Are Furious


Paris is world famous for its gorgeous, uniform 19th-century Haussmann-style architecture. As a result, Parisians are generally wary or even outright hostile toward new construction: when the Pompidou Centre was built in 1977, critics called it an eyesore, and the Tour Montparnasse was so reviled when it was built in 1969 that it was the last tower to be built in the central city since the '60s.  But now Paris's mayor, Anne Hidalgo, is arguing that the city needs new high-rise construction to move into the future. And she's pushing her agenda forward with the proposal of the Triangle Tower, a 656-foot glass-and-steel tower that would be built in Paris's Montparnasse neighborhood.

How Flip Phones Could Return In A Big Way


A decade ago, flip phones ruled the world.  The Motorola Razr was the bestselling clamshell phone, selling more than 130 million units during its four-year run — starting in 2003, and ending in 2007 with the introduction of the iPhone.

Giant Sinkhole Appears In Russia, Possibly Swallowing Homes


An immense hole opened up in the ground on Tuesday in a large Russian city near the Ural Mountains. The 100 to 130-foot wide sinkhole looks to have swallowed several homes.


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