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  • Why This 25-Year-Old Marketing Star Left His Job at YouTube to Launch a Philanthropic YouTube Channel

    In the summer of 2013, shortly after landing a plush gig at YouTube in the company’s marketing division, 23-year-old Stanford grad Raymond Braun teetered into his boss’s office near tears and with a lump in his throat. Braun had arranged a meeting with YouTube CMO Danielle Tiedt to pitch a marketing initiative that would break wholly new ground for the platform — and that was also wrought with personal resonance. He had hatched the proposal during his “20 Percent Time,” a Google perk that allows employees to devote one-fifth of their work efforts to any passion project with a business tie-in. The catalyzing policy, outlined by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in Google’s 2004 IPO letter, has resulted in such blockbuster products as Gmail, AdSense and Google News. On his off-time, Braun had noticed that a disproportionately influential faction of LGBT creators was proliferating across YouTube. Bold-faced names like Tyler Oakley, Hannah Hart and Davey …

    October 13, 2015 6:11 am


  • Dems step up pressure to put Biden in 2016 race

    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. (REUTERS/Yuri Gripas) The drumbeat for Joe Biden to jump into the 2016 presidential race is growing louder. Almost half of the nation’s Democrats want the vice president to enter the field and challenge front-runner Hillary Clinton, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll. The results come as speculation surrounding Biden’s intentions has intensified, with reports having him close to a decision. The declared Democratic presidential candidates, including Clinton and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, her closest rival, will take the stage Tuesday night in Las Vegas for the first party debate. Biden will not be there, but 48 percent of Democrats surveyed in the Reuters poll wish he were a candidate, compared with 30 percent who said he should stay out. Independents were split on the question, with 36 percent saying Biden should stay in and an equal share believing otherwise. But support for Biden’s entry into the race does …

    October 13, 2015 6:50 am


  • Oil’s wild ride isn’t over yet

    If you’re waiting for calm in the oil market, don’t hold your breath. More volatility lies ahead and a supply glut will persist next year, despite signs of falling U.S. production, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday. The Paris-based IEA said demand growth will slow in 2016, as a boost from lower prices fades. At the same time, supply won’t fall to more sustainable levels. “A projected marked slowdown in demand growth next year and the anticipated arrival of additional Iranian barrels — should international sanctions be eased — are likely to keep the market oversupplied through 2016,” the agency said. Growth in global oil demand is expected to slow to 1.2 million barrels per day in 2016, down from a five-year high of 1.8 million barrels per day in 2015. The IEA, which monitors energy market trends for the world’s richest nations, said weaker global economic growth next year would act as a brake …

    October 13, 2015 5:30 am


  • Heat win first preseason game, beat Spurs 97-94

    MIAMI (AP) Gerald Green scored 17 points to help the Miami Heat get their first win of the exhibition season with a 97-94 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night. San Antonio led 84-71 after three quarters. But with both teams resting their starters in favor of younger players, the Heat outscored the Spurs 26-10 in the fourth. HEAT: Miami center Hassan Whiteside (strained right calf) missed his third straight exhibition game. Meanwhile, the Heat rested four healthy veterans: guard Mario Chalmers and forwards Josh McRoberts and Amar’e Stoudemire. More from FoxSports SPURS: San Antonio rested forward Boris Diaw. STAR WATCH: Forward LaMarcus Aldridge, the Spurs’ big offseason addition, had 17 points and eight rebounds in 24 minutes. MIDSEASON FORM: Spurs forward Tim Duncan went 7-for-7 from the floor, scoring 14 points in just 19 minutes. He added six rebounds and two assists. UP NEXT: The exhibition schedule continues. Miami plays at Orlando …

    October 13, 2015 6:11 am

World News

  • Germany eyes migrant ‘transit zones’

    Image copyright AP Image caption Berlin: Sometimes migrants have a long wait in the cold for registration Germany is considering setting up “transit zones” on its borders, where migrants would be kept while their asylum claims are assessed. But Chancellor Angela Merkel said the proposal would only work in certain cases, and would “not help for thousands and thousands of refugees”. Her Social Democrat (SPD) coalition partners oppose the idea. Thousands of protesters in the anti-immigration Pegida movement have staged another big rally in Dresden. An estimated 9,000 attended the rally in the eastern German city – the focal point of Pegida’s protests. The movement includes many anti-Islam and far-right activists. A co-founder of Pegida, Lutz Bachmann, has been charged with inciting racial hatred, after he labelled asylum seekers as “trash” and “animals” on Facebook. Pegida (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West) has staged many rallies in recent months, attracting tens of thousands …

    October 13, 2015 6:10 am


  • Police use ‘find my phone’ app to catch armed robbers, Brisbane court hears

    A phone-tracking app helped police find and corner two armed robbers, one of whom then shot an officer in the face to avoid arrest in 2012, a court has heard. Robert George Speedy and Jake Watson entered a tavern brandishing a machete and a rifle and ordered staff to open the safe so they could remove the day’s takings, prosecutors said. The pair then allegedly fled with a bag of cash, but unwittingly also stole an employee’s phone, which had the “find my phone” app installed. Related: 20 best iPhone and iPad apps this week The court heard the employee activated the app from a computer, which allowed police to track the phone and the robbers through a nearby park and back yards. Speedy, 49, of Labrador, pleaded not guilty in Brisbane supreme court to the attempted murder of a police dog handler, Sgt Gary Hamrey, on 27 September 2012. He pleaded guilty to the …

    October 13, 2015 3:09 am


  • Scientists paint quantum electronics with beams of light

    Related images(click to enlarge) A team of scientists from the University of Chicago and the Pennsylvania State University have accidentally discovered a new way of using light to draw and erase quantum-mechanical circuits in a unique class of materials called topological insulators. In contrast to using advanced nanofabrication facilities based on chemical processing of materials, this flexible technique allows for rewritable ‘optical fabrication’ of devices. This finding is likely to spawn new developments in emerging technologies such as low-power electronics based on the spin of electrons or ultrafast quantum computers. The research is published today in the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s new online journal Science Advances, where it is featured on the journal’s front page. “This observation came as a complete surprise,” said David D. Awschalom, Liew Family Professor and deputy director in the Institute of Molecular Engineering at UChicago, and one of two lead researchers on the project. “It’s one of …

    October 13, 2015 5:50 am


  • Minority Women Get Worse Breast Cancer Care, Regardless of Tumor Type: Study

    TUESDAY, Oct. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — No matter the type or stage of breast cancer, minority women are more likely to be diagnosed later in the disease than white women, and they are also less likely to receive recommended treatments, a new study shows. While prior studies have found such disparities before, the new research finds that it exists “across all breast cancer subtypes,” study lead author Lu Chen, a researcher in the public health sciences division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, said in a news release from the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). The study received funding from the U.S. National Cancer Institute and was published Oct. 13 in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers Prevention. Chen’s team looked at data from 18 U.S. population-based cancer registries. Specifically, the researchers analyzed the demographics, stage of disease, tumor grade and size, treatment, and health insurance status for more than 100,000 American …

    October 13, 2015 6:30 am


  • Chrissy Teigen And John Legend Are Expecting Their First Child

    Posted on Mon Oct 12th, 2015 7:01pm PDT       By X17 Staff Chrissy Teigen and husband John Legend are expecting their first child together. “John and I are so happy to announce that we are pregnant,” she captioned the above shot on Instagram. “As many of you know, we’ve been trying to have a baby for a while now. It hasn’t been easy, but we kept trying because we can’t wait to bring our first child into the world and grow our family. We’re so excited that it’s finally happening. Thank you for all your love and well wishes. I look forward to all the belly touching!” Teigen, 29, has been pretty vocal about her desire to have children over the last year. “I want a huge family,” she previously told Us Weekly. “We want a lot of kids. When it happens, it happens. For us it’s hard because he’s on the road so much and I’m …

    October 12, 2015 11:29 pm


  • Republicans are tearing themselves apart: Children, children, grow up

    Ah, remember the good old days when Republicans only hated Democrats? Now they hate each other, too. And apparently with even more venom. The chew-’em-up-and-spit-’em-out orgy in the House is the political version of a circular firing squad. The search for ideological purity apparently requires that the car be blown up because it squeaks. Numbers-wise, these are the Golden Days of the GOP. They enjoy big margins in both houses of Congress, a huge advantage in statehouses and a broad, deep and diversified presidential pool. It’s the Democrats who are old and tired. Yet the Republicans couldn’t take yes for an answer and chose fratricide. Ignoring Ronald Reagan’s commandment to never speak ill of a partymate, his would-be heirs adopt the playground attitude of “he hit me first.” Children, children, grow up! Dems and their media handmaidens are enjoying the spectacle, as well they should — for as long as they can. Their turn is …

    October 13, 2015 5:10 am

Odd News

  • I never sprayed Putin, says Hamilton

    Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has dismissed as wide of the mark reports that he sprayed Russian President Vladimir Putin with the winner’s champagne after Sunday’s grand prix in Sochi. “I actually didn’t. I didn’t actually spray him. I think there’s a weird picture but I didn’t spray him. I definitely don’t want anything (to happen),” the Mercedes driver told Sky Sports television on Monday with a smile. Hamilton, who flew back home to Britain to join the team’s celebrations after they won their second successive constructors’ championship in Russia, has got into trouble previously for his champagne-spraying antics on the podium. He was criticized and accused of sexist bullying in April for aiming a spray of champagne directly in the face of a Chinese Grand Prix hostess in Shanghai. That incident, highlighted in photographs that showed the woman flinching, triggered condemnation in Britain and Germany as well as on Chinese social media but …

    October 12, 2015 10:07 am