Russia Invaded Ukraine, ‘RT PLZ’

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This is war in the 21st century.

As reports began to emerge that two columns of tanks and at least 1,000 Russian troops were rolling into southeastern Ukraine from Russia, the Ukrainians fired back Wednesday with a volley of hashtags.

#UkraineUnderAttack #RussiaInvadedUkraine RT PLZ pic.twitter.com/KMM9ezqAfv

— MFA of Ukraine (@MFA_Ukraine) August 27, 2014

"#UkraineUnderAttack #RussiaInvadedUkraine RT PLZ," Ukraine's foreign ministry tweeted, alerting the world of the breach at its borders.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko hasn't called the Russian actions an "invasion," saying only that Russian forces have "entered" Ukraine and referring to a "rapid escalation" in the region Read more...

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Woman Killed By Art Car at Burning Man

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BLACK ROCK CITY, NEVADA — The Burning Man festival, which attracts more than 50,000 people each year to the Nevada desert, saw its first fatality in seven years early Thursday morning when a woman was struck and killed by an art car

The woman's name wasn't immediately released, pending notification of her next of kin. "Black Rock rangers and emergency services department staff are providing support to those affected," said Marian Goodell, CEO of Burning Man LLC. "Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and campmates."

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What the World Is Doing to Fight the Islamic State

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In recent weeks, several countries have committed to the fight against the Islamic State, the brutal militant group which has cut a bloody path through Syria and Iraq.

In a savage campaign, the group has executed security forces, kidnapped women and driven civilians from their homes, creating a severe humanitarian crisis. Last week, the group released a video, depicting the beheading of the American journalist James Foley which also contained a threat to behead another reporter.

The brutality of the group, however, has finally spurred nearly two dozen countries into action. On Wednesday, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced seven more countries had joined the effort against the Islamic State, with Albania, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Italy, France and the United Kingdom committing to provide Iraqi Kurdish forces with "urgently needed arms and equipment." Read more...

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The Promise And Perils Of 3D Printer Popularity

3d-fatigue I’ve stopped writing about a number of issues just lately, principally on account of fatigue. First, I’m now not that eager about retailers accepting bitcoin – these little blips are essentially PR strikes and little else and I simply don’t get as wound up about mass adoption of BTC because the genuine believers. I’m additionally now not enthusiastic about protecting crowdfunded 3D printers. Comparable drawback: fatigue… Read More

The Tiniest Mistake May Have Led to Nationwide Time Warner Cable Outage

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An extra zero or maybe a misplaced period — that's how small the error could be that led to a new nationwide Internet outage for Time Warner Cable customers.

TWC announced on Wednesday evening that its recent issues were due to a single mistake. The company's statement is full of jargon, but take a look for yourself:

During an overnight network maintenance activity in which we were managing IP addresses, an erroneous configuration was propagated throughout our national backbone, resulting in a network outage. We immediately identified and corrected the root cause of the issue and restored service by 7:30 a.m. ET. We apologize for any inconvenience this caused our customers. A failure of this size is very serious and we are taking the necessary steps to improve our processes with the objective of making sure this doesn’t happen again. Read more...

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HP Desperately Wants To Be Innovative Again

Man and woman standing back to back in front of server towers. Let’s face it, HP used to be as soon as the king of Silicon Valley, however during the last a number of years, the corporate has had concerns due partly to the revolving door within the CEO place of business. Whereas the corporate has at last won some steadiness with Meg Whitman, the shortage of constant management has resulted in moving priorities and altering methods. And the merchandise for which they had been as soon as so… Read More

Houston Astros Fan ‘Dunks’ the World’s Worst First Pitch

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We have a new contender for worst first pitch ever.

Rapper 50 Cent has held the not-so-coveted title since his amazingly awful first pitch at a Mets game in late May. Now, an unassuming Houston Astros fan is poised to take his position.

The fan dunked the terrible first pitch at a game on Tuesday night before receiving a comforting hug from Orbit, the Astros' mascot.

It's OK, poor, uncoordinated fan. We'd probably crack under the pressure, too

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Augmented Reality Is the Future of Furniture Shopping

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In a darkened room in the back of a small furniture store just south of San Francisco International Airport, the couch in front of me keeps changing colors and patterns, from red to blue to beige to a gray, white, and green pattern.

The couch is real — I can reach out and poke the cushions — but the psychedelic surface-shifting effect is created with augmented reality technology that projects fabric patterns onto the surface of the couch (which in reality is a boring shade of gray).

This is the work of Vizera Labs, whose cofounders imagine a future where brick-and-mortar stores could be replaced by smaller, cheaper, simpler spaces whose expensive physical inventory is replaced by virtual designs that can be projected onto just a few floor models. Read more...

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Apple Invites Are Out: New iPhones Coming Sept. 9

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Just as expected, Apple sent out invitations on Thursday to an event for what's expected to be its big iPhone event of the year

The invitation, which coyly says "wish we could say more," revealed that the "exclusive event" will be held on Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. PT. It will be held at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California, which is Apple's hometown and just two miles from its headquarters

It's also the same location where Apple debuted the Macintosh computer in 1984, 30 years ago this year. Perhaps the Flight Center was chosen as a way to mark that groundbreaking product with a new one: the iWatch, which is also rumored to make an appearance. Read more...

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Apple Confirms Special Event On September 9, Likely For iPhones

Apple-iphone-621-1 Apple has despatched out invitations to a distinct experience it’s conserving on September 9, the place we can virtually for sure get our first legit take a look at the following iPhone. The invitations practice a earlier file from Re/code pegging Tuesday, September 9 because the date, and the adventure’s timing is in step with the launch of the iPhone relationship again to to the iPhone 4S, when Apple started releasing new variations… Read More