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People we lost in 2014

by CNN // December 31, 2014 // Updated 22:05 GMT // 0 Comments

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Iran’s hypocrisy in condemning U.S. racism

by CNN // December 31, 2014 // Updated 16:49 GMT // 0 Comments

Grand jury dismissal of charges against police officers in the July 17, 2014, chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York has returned racism to the forefront of the American political debate. The entrance of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei into the fray, with tweets condemning American police and racism and using the hashtag #blacklivesmatter, […]

Duong Thuy Vi: The acrobatic artistry of Vietnam’s Wushu champion

by CNN // December 31, 2014 // Updated 15:40 GMT // 0 Comments

A star in the martial art of Wushu, the 21-year-old Vietnamese clinched gold at the World Championships and the Southeast Asian Games in 2013 and was crowned champion at the 17th Asian Games held in South Korea last September. Having won numerous titles as a junior — she was a national, regional and world champion […]

Play-Doh will exchange phallic-shaped toy

by CNN // December 31, 2014 // Updated 14:15 GMT // 0 Comments

You have to wonder how this one made it past so many people over at Hasbro. The company is offering to replace the extruder tool in its Play-Doh Cake Mountain playset after several complaints that the toy resembles a penis. – “We received this for Christmas this year and I’m sorry only a twisted mind […]

How AirAsia flight compares to Air France 447 crash

by CNN // December 31, 2014 // Updated 13:51 GMT // 0 Comments

From its cruise altitude, the airplane’s gliding distance would also be about 100 miles, but consider that for the debris to drift that same 100 miles it would only take a drift rate of 2 knots, yielding a wide range of possibilities as to the nature of the aircraft’s descent to the water below. Many […]

22-year-old raises $33,000 in fight with United Airlines

by CNN Money // December 31, 2014 // Updated 11:54 GMT // 0 Comments

Related: Why is United suing a 22-year-old? United is suing Zaman for $75,000 in lost revenue. – Chicago Mercantile Association: Certain market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved.

Take down any website for $3

by CNN Money // December 31, 2014 // Updated 10:39 GMT // 0 Comments

The online tool is for both “beginners as well as advanced users.” All you need to take down a site is its port, IP address and a time that you’d like to launch an attack. It even offers tech support. “If you do not know what you are doing … please open a ticket if […]

North Korea did it: FBI not budging on Sony hack culprit

by CNN // December 31, 2014 // Updated 06:18 GMT // 0 Comments

FBI officials and data scientists with the U.S. cybersecurity firm Norse met Monday in St. Louis, according to Norse Vice President Kurt Stammberger and an FBI source. During the three-hour briefing, which was requested by Norse, representatives of the cybersecurity firm shared information they say links several people, including a former Sony employee, to the […]

Missing plane and air disasters: How bad was 2014?

by CNN // December 30, 2014 // Updated 20:29 GMT // 0 Comments

With the AirAsia disappearance now counted as a crash, this year’s number totals 111. The last time the world had 111 crashes was in 1927. “If you consider sheer numbers of aircraft crashes, flying today is safer,” says Kane Ray, an analyst with the International Bureau of Aviation, a global aviation consulting group. “However, there […]

10 questions about the AirAsia Flight QZ8501 tragedy

by CNN // December 30, 2014 // Updated 16:28 GMT // 0 Comments

The discovery of debris from AirAsia Flight QZ8501 means investigators have taken a big step toward answering the questions haunting the families of those aboard the doomed plane. What are the key questions, and what might come next? What caused the plane to crash? It’s the million-dollar question. And as yet, nobody knows. Ahead lies […]

AirAsia: The question on everyone’s mind

by CNN // December 30, 2014 // Updated 13:49 GMT // 0 Comments

There are dozens of similar questions on social media. They hint at the same sentiment: In a world where people’s locations are tracked for everything from map apps to what ads appear on a Web browser, why does Big Brother’s gaze avoid the skies? Why in this day in age do we rely on the […]

Uber expects its busiest night ever on NYE

by CNN Money // December 30, 2014 // Updated 12:59 GMT // 0 Comments

Last year, Twitter user @Uber_Surge retweeted receipts from riders impacted by the surge. Prices ranged from a 4.85 mile ride in Pennsylvania that cost $265 to a 59.13 mile ride in Texas that totaled $731.75. – Chicago Mercantile Association: Certain market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights […]

Twitter

by CNN Money // December 30, 2014 // Updated 11:50 GMT // 0 Comments

Analysts say Beijing was particularly unnerved by the role social media played in the Arab Spring and the 2009 Green Revolution in Iran, leading to a blackout for the service. – Chicago Mercantile Association: Certain market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved.

Internet Explorer must die

by CNN Money // December 30, 2014 // Updated 11:50 GMT // 0 Comments

Company IT departments and governments tend to be very slow to adopt new browser versions, particularly if they build custom applications for them. That’s why the most-used version of Internet Explorer stubbornly remains IE 8, which debuted in 2009. South Korea even passed a law in 1999 requiring that banks and retailers use digital certificates […]

The Great Firewall of China is nearly complete

by CNN Money // December 30, 2014 // Updated 08:36 GMT // 0 Comments

Access to Twitter (TWTR, Tech30), Facebook (FB, Tech30) and YouTube is blocked in China. During recent pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, the Facebook-owned photo sharing app Instagram was blacked out on the Mainland. Taken together, the restrictions constitute the world’s largest — and most effective — state-sponsored censorship program. The effort, officially called “Golden Shield,” […]

Sony attack forced employees to use phone tree

by CNN Money // December 30, 2014 // Updated 08:34 GMT // 0 Comments

Employees used personal cellphones, Gmail accounts and notepads. Paychecks were cut manually. – Chicago Mercantile Association: Certain market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved.

Hackers recreate fingerprints using public photos

by CNN Money // December 30, 2014 // Updated 08:00 GMT // 0 Comments

In one demonstration, the dummy print was able to trick Apple’s (AAPL, Tech30) TouchID (which controls Apple Pay). “There will be no need to steal objects carrying the fingerprints anymore,” the group said in a preview of the event. “After this talk, politicians will presumably wear gloves when talking in public.” – Chicago Mercantile Association: […]

Search for AirAsia Flight QZ8501 resumes; smoke spotted

by CNN // December 30, 2014 // Updated 05:24 GMT // 0 Comments

“Our early conjecture is that the plane is in the bottom of the sea,” said Bambang Sulistyo, the head of Indonesia’s search-and-rescue agency. That belief is based on the plane’s flight track and last known coordinates, he said. Several possible signs of the missing plane, including an oil slick within the search zone and the […]

Grocery delivery startup Instacart banks $220 million

by CNN Money // December 30, 2014 // Updated 03:29 GMT // 0 Comments

The San Francisco-based startup operates in 15 different markets, including San Francisco, New York City, Denver, Houston, Boulder and Portland. – Chicago Mercantile Association: Certain market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved.

What happened to AirAsia Flight QZ8501

by CNN // December 30, 2014 // Updated 03:19 GMT // 0 Comments

— The Airbus A320-200 took off from the Indonesian city of Surabaya at 5:36 a.m. local time Sunday with 155 passengers and 7 crew members on board. Its destination was Singapore, a journey that usually takes a little over two hours. — At 6:12 a.m., one of the pilots asked air traffic control permission to […]

AirAsia, MH370 incidents very different

by CNN // December 30, 2014 // Updated 02:24 GMT // 0 Comments

When MH370 disappeared, the plane’s identifying transponders appeared to be intentionally shut off, its pilots stopped making radio transmissions and the airliner made a mysterious turn before possibly traveling for hours until all traces vanished. Concerns over hijackings and terror permeated that case, but so far they haven’t come up in the AirAsia case. “In […]

Hey, Target: Why is Annie a white girl?

by CNN Money // December 30, 2014 // Updated 01:28 GMT // 0 Comments

Related: Whites get wealthier, while Blacks and Hispanics lag behind Still, critics are going to get what they asked for … at least, partially. – Chicago Mercantile Association: Certain market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved.

School days: Teens need to start later (Opinion)

by CNN // December 29, 2014 // Updated 16:42 GMT // 0 Comments

Sleep deprivation in children is also what the Academy of Pediatrics calls “one of the most commonand easily fixablepublic health issues in the U.S. today.” Turning science into policy that fixes it, however, is another matter. When my family first moved to Anne Arundel County, Maryland, in 2000, our school district had already approved a […]

Michael Schumacher urged to keep fighting one year after crash

by CNN // December 29, 2014 // Updated 14:42 GMT // 0 Comments

There were expressions of support for Schumacher, however, from the German racer’s global fans and members of the F1 community, Monday. It has been one year already… #KeepFightingMichael our thougts are still with you and your family pic.twitter.com/j6qJxa3QZg “It has been one year already…” wrote Lotus driver Romain Grosjean on Twitter. “#KeepFightingMichael our thoughts are […]

Why is United Airlines suing a 22-year-old?

by CNN Money // December 29, 2014 // Updated 04:39 GMT // 0 Comments

In the lawsuit, United and Orbitz call Skiplagged “unfair competition” and allege that it is promoting “strictly prohibited” travel. They want to recoup $75,000 in lost revenue from Zaman. Related: Airlines get $1 billion from baggage fees Zaman said he knew a lawsuit was inevitable but he points out that there’s nothing illegal about his […]

AirAsia flight: Radar should help find it (Opinion)

by CNN // December 29, 2014 // Updated 04:30 GMT // 0 Comments

So what could have occurred? No doubt, the crew was attempting to circumnavigate thunderstorm cells through the use of sophisticated on-board weather radar. On occasion, deviating around storm activity becomes a matter of determining the path that has a lower probability of turbulence encounters. – Follow us on Twitter @CNNOpinion. Join us on Facebook.com/CNNOpinion.

Why planes don’t live stream data

by CNN Money // December 29, 2014 // Updated 01:22 GMT // 0 Comments

Related: What happened to the AirAsia flight The potential benefits of live streaming were widely discussed after Air France Flight 447 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009. It took two years to recover the flight data recorder. The conversation started up again after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared in March. That plane has still […]

14 amazing cruises setting sail in 2015

by CNN // December 24, 2014 // Updated 04:13 GMT // 0 Comments

Not only will 2015 see the launch of a number of spectacular new cruise ships, but the opening of new routes will make some of the world’s most remote places significantly more accessible. We asked some of the travel world’s top cruise experts to share their picks for the hottest cruise itineraries of 2015 and […]

Chinese government assures care, education for shunned boy with HIV

by CNN // December 22, 2014 // Updated 02:59 GMT // 0 Comments

A photo from a People Daily’s online report last week showed the boy called “Kunkun,” watching villagers unanimously vote for his removal in a meeting held in early December. Even his own grandfather, added his name to the petition signed by more than 200 villagers. “Kunkun is diagnosed with AIDS, causing great fear among the […]

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