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Infamous Speed Trap Town Investigated Over Tickets

ABC News - 1 hour 10 min ago
Infamous Florida speed trap town of Waldo suspends 2 police chiefs after ticket quota claims
Categories: Television News

2 Convicted in 1983 North Carolina Murder Are Freed After DNA Tests

N.Y. Times Headlines - 1 hour 10 min ago
Two mentally disabled half-brothers were declared innocent after a hearing in a North Carolina court focused on DNA tests that appear to exonerate them.






Categories: Newspapers

PG&E Penalized $1.4B for Deadly Pipeline Blast

ABC News - 1 hour 11 min ago
California regulatory judges issue $1.4B penalty against PG&E for deadly 2010 gas line blast
Categories: Television News

Robin Williams' Daughter Zelda Returns to Twitter

ABC News - 1 hour 11 min ago
Three weeks after Zelda Williams, 25, quit Twitter and said she was "deleting this from my devices for a good long time," the daughter of the late Robin Williams is back. She tweeted for the first time since Aug. 13 with a message of "Thank you," which came with a link to her Tumbler.
Categories: Television News

Spotify's Top 10 Most Streamed Tracks

ABC News - 1 hour 12 min ago
Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks
Categories: Television News

How to Protect Your Data in the Cloud

ABC News - 1 hour 12 min ago
How to keep your data secure while backing up to the cloud
Categories: Television News

APNewsBreak: NYC Shuts 9 Pre-K Centers

ABC News - 1 hour 12 min ago
APNewsBreak: NYC shuts 9 pre-k centers before schools start Thursday, cites safety concerns
Categories: Television News

Venezuela Rails Against Portrayal in US Spy Drama

ABC News - 1 hour 12 min ago
Venezuela denounces unflattering portrayal in TNT spy show 'Legends,' launches investigation
Categories: Television News

Hooray for the Mundane! Ordinary Memories Are the Best

Time - 1 hour 12 min ago

Never mind those dreamy recollections of your fab trip to Rome or that perfect night out last Valentine’s Day. Want a memory with some real sizzle? How about that time last week you went out for a tuna sandwich with the guy in the next cubicle? Or that trip to the supermarket on Sunday? Hot stuff, eh?

Actually, yes. Ordinary memories, it turns out, may be a lot less ordinary than they seem—or at least a lot more memorable—according to a nifty new study published in the journal Psychological Science. And that can have some positive implications for our state of mind.

It’s not entirely surprising that the experiences we often think should have the greatest impact on us sometimes don’t. For one thing, we tend to expect too much of them. The first time you stand in the Colosseum or stare up at the Eiffel Tower is a gobsmacker alright, but while those moments nicely enhance your life, they typically don’t change them. What’s more, in the weeks and years that follow, we tend to re-run the memory loop of the experience over and over and over again. Like a song you hear too much, it finally becomes too familiar. To test how much we underestimate—yet genuinely appreciate—the appeal of our more mundane experiences, a group of researchers at Harvard University’s school of business devised a multi-part study.

In the first part, 106 undergraduate volunteers were asked to compile an online, nine-item time capsule that included such unremarkable items as an inside joke they share with somebody, a list of three songs they were currently listening to, a recent status update on Facebook, an excerpt from a final class paper and a few recollections of a recent social event. They sealed the virtual capsule at the beginning of summer and were asked to predict how interested they’d be, on a scale of 1 to 7, in rereading each item when they reopened it a few months later, and how surprised they thought they’d be by the details of the contents.

After the students did get that opportunity at the beginning of the fall semester, they used the same 1 to 7 scale to rate how meaningful and interesting they found the items. On item after item, the interest, curiosity and surprise they felt was significantly higher than what they had anticipated three months earlier.

In the second part of the study, a different pool of participants did something similar, but this time wrote about a recent conversation they had, rated it on whether it was an ordinary or extraordinary one (what they had for dinner the night before, say, compared to the news of a new romantic interest), and predicted again how interested they thought they’d be about reading the description a few months down the line. Here too, they wound up lowballing those predictions—finding themselves much more interested than they predicted they’d be. And significantly, the more mundane the conversation they described was, the wider the gap between their anticipated interest in it and their actual interest when they re-read the description.

The third part of the study replicated the second, but this time used only volunteers who did have a romantic partner, and asked them to describe and anticipate their later interest in an ordinary evening the two of them had spent on or before Feb. 8, 2013, and the one they’d spent one week later, on Feb. 14. Here too, the Valentine date did less well than the subjects expected compared to the surprise and pleasure they felt in reading about the routine date.

“What is ordinary now becomes more extraordinary in the future,” said lead researcher Ting Zhang, in a statement that accompanied the study’s release. “People find a lot of joy in rediscovering a music playlist from three months ago or an old joke with a neighbor, even if those things did not seem particularly meaningful in the moment.”

One way to correct this imbalance—to take more pleasure in the day-to-day, nothing-special business of living—is merely to try to be more cognizant of those moments as they go by. Another, say Zhang and her colleagues, is to document them more, either by writing them down or, in the social media era, by sharing them. But there are limits.

“[T]he 5,000 pictures from one’s ‘extraordinary’ wedding may be excessive,” the researchers write. The same is true, they warn, about photo-documenting every plate of food that’s set in front of you rather than just getting down to the pleasurable business of eating it—a practice that they say is leading to “an unhealthy narcissism” growing society-wide. Recording our lives for the biopics that are constantly playing out in our heads is fine, but sometimes that has to give way simply to living those lives.

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Boaters become lost at night on Indiana river

MSNBC - 1 hour 13 min ago
State conservation officers found a group of boaters who were lost after midnight on a remote northeastern Indiana river.
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US kills six in attack on al-Shabab leaders

Al Jazeera - 1 hour 14 min ago
US says group's commander, Ahmed Abdi Godane, was target of air attack near Barawe - but al-Shabab denies he was there.
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Upgrades at abolitionist's home could boost town

MSNBC - 1 hour 15 min ago
Residents of an eastern Indiana town hope the community will get a boost from construction of a planned visitor center at the 19th century home that was a stop on the Underground Railroad for escaped slaves.
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Iran Unfetters Cellphones, and the Pictures Start Flowing

N.Y. Times Headlines - 1 hour 15 min ago
In a victory for President Hassan Rouhani over hard-liners, Iranians can now do what people elsewhere have long done without thinking — easily send and receive photos and videos on their phones.






Categories: Newspapers

Home Depot breach could be as big as Target's

Computerworld News - 1 hour 17 min ago

In what could turn out to be another huge data breach, Home Depot on Tuesday confirmed that it is investigating a potential compromise of credit card and debit card data belonging to an unspecified number of customers.

Security blogger Brian Krebs , who first reported the breach, today estimated that it could end up being potentially even larger than the one at Target, which compromised data on more than 40 million payment cards.

Several banks have reported that the intrusion at Home Depot occurred in late April or early May and remained undetected until recently, Krebs noted. Indications are that all 2,200 Home Depot stores in the U.S. may be affected.

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Categories: IT News

Home Depot breach could be as big as Target's

Computerworld News - 1 hour 17 min ago

In what could turn out to be another huge data breach, Home Depot on Tuesday confirmed that it is investigating a potential compromise of credit card and debit card data belonging to an unspecified number of customers.

Security blogger Brian Krebs , who first reported the breach, today estimated that it could end up being potentially even larger than the one at Target, which compromised data on more than 40 million payment cards.

Several banks have reported that the intrusion at Home Depot occurred in late April or early May and remained undetected until recently, Krebs noted. Indications are that all 2,200 Home Depot stores in the U.S. may be affected.

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Categories: IT News

Who’s at Risk After Nude Celebrity Photos Hack and Other Fascinating News on the Web

Time - 1 hour 18 min ago

1. The See Through Internet

“We use our smartphones almost like they are part of our brains. I don’t think people realize how much of themselves they’re giving to Apple, and potentially to hackers.” In The New Yorker, Jay Kaspian Kang looks at the latest hack of celebrity photos and wonders, who’s at risk now. Short answer: Everyone.

+ The FBI and Apple are investigating the leaks. But as Bloomberg’s Leonid Bershidsky explains, whether it’s fair or not, “any hacks are the user’s fault after clicking that Accept button” on the terms of service. Maybe Apple’s new wearable device should be a curtain.

+ Slate’s Amanda Hess takes on commentators who have shared advice such as “don’t take nude selfies” that appear to be blaming the victim: “These messages instruct women that they are to blame for being sexually exploited because they dared to express themselves sexually in private and in consensual contexts. (When hackers steal credit card information, the public isn’t blamed for daring to shop.) As Lena Dunham succinctly put it, “The ‘don’t take naked pics if you don’t want them online’ argument is the ‘she was wearing a short skirt’ of the web.'” Hess brings up a lot of important points. But there is a difference between blaming the victim and reminding everyone of the inherent risks built into the network. We shouldn’t blame someone who had their personal photos hacked any more than we should blame a victim of credit card theft. But we should advise both to assume that if it’s on the Internet, it’s not safe.

2. Another Beheading

A video appears to show American journalist Steven Sotloff becoming the latest victim of the Islamic State’s terror campaign. Sotloff did freelance work for Time and Foreign Policy before he disappeared in Syria in 2013.

+ A new report from Amnesty confirms that the Islamic State has “carried out ethnic cleansing on a historic scale” and has literally changed “the demographic map of northern Iraq in a few weeks.”

+ The man behind the Nairobi mall attack may have been killed by an airstrike

+ The New Yorker’s Steve Coll explains why Obama’s options in Iraq are terrible and in Syria, they’re even worse.

3. Ebola’s Geo-Targeting

In past Ebola outbreaks, geography has helped to contain the virus. This time, Ebola is spreading to the cities. From David Nabarro, coordinator of the new U.N. Ebola effort: “We have never had this kind of experience with Ebola before. When it gets into the cities, then it takes on another dimension.”

+ Jim Yong Kim and Paul Farmer: What’s missing in the Ebola fight in West Africa.

+ NBC News: “A man who escaped from an Ebola quarantine center in the Liberian capital Monrovia fended off vigilantes with rocks and a stick before medics caught up with him.”

4. That’s the Ticket

For some, the potential of winning a mega lottery jackpot is a lot more enticing than tossing a few bucks into a savings account (even if the latter provides a more promising route out of poverty). So how do you provide the thrill of a potential prize with the more sensible act of saving one’s dough? As the NYT’s Patricia Cohen explains, some financial institutions have introduced prize-linked savings accounts.

+ CityLab on an experimental program that uses barbershop intervention to bring health education to African American Men: A Shave, a Haircut, and a Blood Pressure Test.

5. Self Diagnosis

“In the mid-20th century, physicians were the pillars of any community. If you were smart and sincere and ambitious, at the top of your class, there was nothing nobler or more rewarding that you could aspire to become.” In the WSJ, Sandeep Jauhar tries to explain why doctors are sick of their profession.

+ If you have any interest in the early days of surgery (or just an interest in good TV), check out The Knick starring Clive Owen.

6. Carb Sharks

For those still keeping score, the road to better cardiovascular health is paved with butter. The latest major study suggests you should maintain a diet low in carbs and higher in fats.

+ We’re apparently already on the right track. The butter people can barely keep up with the demand. There is a season, churn, churn, churn.

+ Everlasting GOPstopper: Ever wonder how Republican your Hemp Granola is? Now you can use an app to determine the political leanings of your favorite food manufacturers.

+ Watching TV can make you overeat. But it might depend on what you’re watching. (I’ll read this article just as soon as I’m caught up on Cake Boss.)

7. Who’s On First?

“Over time, their lives were constrained — or cushioned — by the circumstances they were born into, by the employment and education prospects of their parents, by the addictions or job contacts that would become their economic inheritance.” The researchers behind a long term study look back at the lives of Baltimore’s first grade class of 1982 to better understand what your 1st-grade life says about the rest of it.

+ Maybe it was a concern about the importance of early childhood development that led parents to attempt to frame a rival PTA member by planting drugs in her car. Out here in Northern California, if you wanted to frame a rival parent, you’d plant gluten in their car.

8. The Home of Hardware

MIT’s Joi Ito reports on his trip to Shenzhen, where he got a firsthand look at the world’s manufacturing ecosystem: “The retail price of the cheapest full featured phone is about $9. Yes. $9. This could not be designed in the US – this could only be designed by engineers with tooling grease under their fingernails who knew the manufacturing equipment inside and out, as well as the state of the art of high-end mobile phones.”

9. Hold the Purpose

“Researchers tested ten 16 ounce decaf coffees from nine coffee shops. They found that 9 of the 10 cups contained between 8.6 milligrams and 13.9 milligrams of caffeine. And zero milligrams of purpose.” Mental Floss answers your question: How Do They Make Decaf Coffee? Next, someone should explain why.

10. The Bottom of the News

“Sheepishly, I inform him that it’s the colloquial term for the patch of skin between the genitals and the anus, properly known as the perineum. People call it the taint, I say, because it taint one part and it taint the other, either.” NY Mag’s Kevin Roose takes a stroll through Burning Man with Grover Norquist.

+ InFocus shares a Burning Man photo collection.

+ I assume you peel your apples using an electric screwdriver.

+ We may soon need an ice bucket challenge to collect money for victims of the ice bucket challenge.

Categories: Magazines

VIDEO: Video shows Ukraine soldiers 'abuse'

BBC News - 1 hour 18 min ago
Ukraine's defence minister has accused Russia of launching a "great war" that could claim tens of thousands of lives.
Categories: Television News
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