• Obama creates cyber sanctions

    Obama creates cyber sanctions

    US President Barack Obama has ordered the creation of a programme that would allow the government to sanction foreign hackers. The US Treasury will now be able to target those attempting cyber attacks on US...
  • IS militants ‘enter Damascus camp’

    IS militants ‘enter Damascus camp’

    Islamic State militants have entered the Palestinian refugee camp Yarmouk in the Syrian capital Damascus, activists and Palestinian officials say. Clashes erupted between the militants and groups inside the camp, with IS seizing control of...
  • Only one step left for Illinois State

    Normal, IL (SportsNetwork.com) – Illinois State football likely won’t have an easy start this year while trying to build off its first-ever appearance in the FCS national championship game. In fact, it’s never easy in...
  • Bitcoin-Based Blockchain Breaks Out

    The Bitcoin Network’s so-called “blockchain” digital public ledger system records all transactions once they have been deciphered and validated. Adapted for other uses, such a system could serve as a gatekeeper and auditor to defend...

Headline News

  • Obama creates cyber sanctions


    US President Barack Obama has ordered the creation of a programme that would allow the government to sanction foreign hackers. The US Treasury will now be able to target those attempting cyber attacks on US assets and infrastructure. Mr Obama said cyber-threats are “one of the most serious economic and national security challenges” that the US faces. In January, the US imposed new sanctions on North Korea in response to a cyber-attack against Sony Pictures. The new programme is the product of an executive order issued by the president on Wednesday. “This executive order offers a targeted tool for countering the most significant cyber threats that we face,” Mr Obama said in a statement issued by the White House.

    April 1, 2015 8:39 am
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Politics

  • Watchdog group finds four Presidential candidates skirting laws


    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)   A watchdog group is accusing four potential 2016 presidential candidates of skirting federal campaign finance rules while traveling and raising money as if they were off and running. In complaints filed with the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday, the Campaign Legal Center says Florida Republican Jeb Bush, Maryland Democrat Martin O’Malley, Pennsylvania Republican Rick Santorum and Wisconsin Republican Scott Walker are raising money and campaigning for the presidency without incorporating presidential campaigns. Once such incorporated organizations exist, would-be candidates must comply with fundraising limits and disclosure rules. Given the political structure of the FEC, it is unlikely any of the political figures would face penalties over the complaints. Of the roughly 20 Democrats and Republicans weighing campaigns, only Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has announced his candidacy. Cruz declared his candidacy last week, after traveling to early voting states for more than a year. Sen. Lindsey Graham, …

    April 1, 2015 7:39 am
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Stocks

  • GoDaddy races onto Wall Street with $460 million IPO


    GoDaddy is ready for its first lap around Wall Street. The website hosting service known for its racy Super Bowl ads and sponsorship of NASCAR star Danica Patrick raised $460 million Tuesday night through an initial public offering. GoDaddy priced its IPO at $20, compared with its expected range of $17 to $19. The stock is set to start trading Wednesday morning on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “GDDY.” Even though it hasn’t generated a profit since 2009, GoDaddy is now valued at about $3 billion. Related: NASCAR joins backlash over Indiana religious freedom law ‘Elevated’ financial risk: Investors want to know: Will GoDaddy shares be off to the races like Patrick’s No. 10 car or will they crash and burn? “I would say the caution flag is up,” said James Gellert, CEO of Rapid Ratings, a firm that rates the financial health of public and private companies. Even though GoDaddy …

    April 1, 2015 5:58 am
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Sports

  • Only one step left for Illinois State


    Normal, IL (SportsNetwork.com) – Illinois State football likely won’t have an easy start this year while trying to build off its first-ever appearance in the FCS national championship game. In fact, it’s never easy in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, where the Redbirds earned a share of the regular-season title last year en route to a school-record 13 wins. They lost in the national championship game to North Dakota State, the other Valley co-champ and the national title winner for a fourth consecutive season. This season, Illinois State will play two of its three non-conference games on the road, opening the campaign at Big Ten member Iowa on Sept. 5 before facing Morgan State, the 2014 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference playoff representative, in its home opener on Sept. 12. The Redbirds will then travel to rival Eastern Illinois on Sept. 19 for the 104th meeting of the Mid-America Classic. Following a bye week, the Redbirds will …

    April 1, 2015 8:39 am
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World News

  • IS militants ‘enter Damascus camp’


    Islamic State militants have entered the Palestinian refugee camp Yarmouk in the Syrian capital Damascus, activists and Palestinian officials say. Clashes erupted between the militants and groups inside the camp, with IS seizing control of large parts of the camp, reports said. The UN says about 18,000 Palestinian refugees are inside the camp. IS militants have seized large swathes of territory in eastern Syria and across northern and western Iraq. Eyewitnesses and media reports said the IS fighters had entered the camp from the neighbouring suburb of Hajar Aswad. First built for Palestinians fleeing the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, Yarmouk has been caught up in fighting between government troops and rebel forces since 2012.

    April 1, 2015 8:39 am
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Technology

  • Could Apple’s iTunes add 75m paying subscribers to music streaming market?


    Apple could quickly become the biggest streaming music subscription service in the world after it relaunches its Beats Music service later this year, according to a survey conducted by music industry analyst Midia Research. The company asked 1,000 Americans whether they would subscribe to an Apple music streaming service for $7.99 a month, and found 10% saying they’d be “very likely” to sign up, and another 10% saying they’d be “likely” to. When it came to iOS users only, 15% were in the “very likely” camp. Related: Apple’s plan to beat Spotify: push Beats to every iPhone and iPad “Make no mistake, if 15% of Apple’s entire 500m or so iTunes users were to subscribe, the subscription market would be transformed, growing the total number of subscribers by 75 million,” wrote the report’s author, Mark Mulligan. “Even a year one target of a quarter of that would be transformational to the subscription market, but both …

    April 1, 2015 7:19 am
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Science

  • Bitcoin-Based Blockchain Breaks Out


    The Bitcoin Network’s so-called “blockchain” digital public ledger system records all transactions once they have been deciphered and validated. Adapted for other uses, such a system could serve as a gatekeeper and auditor to defend against, say, a cyber prankster looking to turn off your freezer via the Internet. Moreover, it could enable two autonomous automobiles to exchange data, ensuring that one stops at a traffic light while the other crosses the intersection.   These are just a few opportunities that big tech companies and start-ups alike envision when they consider applying the blockchain approach outside the realm of virtual currency. Blockchains are appealing from a security and privacy standpoint because they rely on information stored across a decentralized network of computers, so there is no central repository to serve as a juicy target for cyber attackers.   The Bitcoin Network serves as the best example to date of blockchain technology in action, although some …

    April 1, 2015 7:39 am
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Health

  • India to repackage state-supplied condoms in bid to attract users


    NEW DELHI (Reuters) – When it comes to the wrappers of India’s state-supplied condoms, boring is out, attractive is in, but erotic is too much. India is readying a redesign of the staid packaging of its half-century-old condom brand, incorporating pictures of handsome men and gorgeous women, in a desperate bid to seduce customers drawn to fancier versions sold by private firms. The government gives away 650 million ‘Nirodh’ condoms each year in its safe sex campaign, but the text-heavy display and condoms crammed into a white plastic wrapper are a turnoff for many. “The government-made condom looks sick,” said Vinod Poddar, a taxi driver in the capital, New Delhi, who has avoided the brand for years. “We need looks and quality, and it lacks both.” To change this perception, India’s health ministry has set up a panel to review pictures as well as more vibrant colors for the wrappers of condoms made by state-owned …

    April 1, 2015 7:39 am
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Entertainment

  • Selena’s father is not thrilled with everyone ‘celebrating’ her death today


    While concerts, dances, contests and other “celebrations” have been planned to mark the grim anniversary in an attempt to honor her life, Selena’s father said the family’s religion prohibits them from making it a holiday of their own. “Of course I’m happy that, today, people remember Selena more than ever,” Abraham Quintanilla, Jr. told the Associated Press. “But, as Jehovah’s Witnesses, we don’t celebrate deaths or birthdays, and we don’t want people to think we’re behind all the festivities. “It’s crazy. It grows every day with events everywhere, but we’re not organizing them. Our family never got together every year on the day of her murder, because there’s nothing to celebrate, and this year won’t be the exception,” he added. “We remember our daughter every single day. We don’t need a special day to remember her.” More: Lorena Rojas dies at 44: 5 Things to know about the Mexican actress The Tejano star was poised …

    April 1, 2015 7:59 am
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Editorial

  • Obama exploits the environment for his new global carbon goals


    President Barack Obama attends the dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston, Monday, March 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) On Monday, the Obama administration formally pledged to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 28 percent compared to 2005 levels. This pledge comes despite agreements with China that will allow the country to emit more CO2 in one month than the $479 billion regulation under the Clean Power Plan will reduce in the United States within one year. The Obama administration will struggle to justify the lack of environmental progress achieved from such a deal, especially when American jobs become vulnerable to global competitors who can offer cheap and reliable energy.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The 28 percent promise makes it clear that the administration is determined to use every tool it can identify, manipulate, or invent to advance its goal of overhauling our nation’s economy in the name of climate change. …

    April 1, 2015 7:39 am
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Odd News

  • CERN proves The Force exists, Albert Hall outraged at Beatles ‘holes’ slur


    LONDON (Reuters) – From a supermarket putting in trampolines for customers to reach the top shelf to prestigious CERN saying it has proved The Force exists, Wednesday brought April Fool’s spoofs a-plenty. London’s venerable Royal Albert Hall released an April 1, 1967 letter from its archives protesting “in the strongest conceivable terms” at having The Beatles imply in the song “Day in the Life” that there were 4,000 holes in its auditorium. Commerzbank sought a solution to Greece’s financial woes, saying Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis had proposed a one-off license fee of 1 euro on European Union users of Pythagoras’ theorem. The resulting revenues from 1 April 570 BC to now would be 107,443,980,002,362,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 euros at a compounded interest rate of 4 percent, it asserted. Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported that the European Central Bank was opening a restaurant with a view called “Euro Sunset”. It will offer basic fare to cater for poor southern …

    April 1, 2015 7:39 am
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