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This state leads the nation in UFO sightings
For Californians, the truth is out there. “UFO Sightings Desk Reference,” a new book on reported UFO sightings, found that California had the most reports of visual encounters with unidentified objects...
Russia’s hack of State Department was “hand-to-hand” combat
EnlargeAgnosticPreachersKid reader comments 12 Share this story Russia's 2014 hack of an unclassified State Department computer system was much more aggressive than previously reported, with one official...
Groupon CEO warns young executives to 'beware of the limelight'
Groupon CEO Rich Williams is warning other young companies to "beware of the limelight." "It can be a real distraction, especially when hype is built up around a company," Williams told CNBC in an interview...
Data storage company NetApp shares rise after earnings beat
Shares of NetApp rose in early morning trade Thursday, after the data storage company reported third-quarter earnings that beat analysts' expectations. The company also reported strong guidance for the...
Groupon shares soar after big quarter
Groupon shares jumped as high as 22 percent on Wednesday on the heels of reporting a strong quarter. The company posted revenue of $934.9 million during its latest quarterly earnings on Wednesday, beating...
More Software Vulnerabilities Disclosed in 2016 Than Ever Before
The total number of disclosed vulnerabilities set a new record in 2016, according to a report released Feb. 6 by Risk Based Security. The 2016 Year End Vulnerability QuickView Report provides insight from...
Enterprises Won't Find Magic Bullet Against Today's Cyber-Threats
NEWS ANALYSIS: The latest news about software patches and data breaches only reinforces the view that when it comes to cyber-security there is no magic bullet. As the annual RSA Conference approaches...
ICYMI: Fading circus; Crowley fail; bigger Macs; spilled Skittles
Author and TV personality Monica Crowley found it’s really hard getting a job in national security, especially after CNN reported dozens of instances of plagiarism in her 2012 book. Bloomberg News reported...
Man gets three years in prison for laser strike on police helicopter
Enlarge / Jordan Clarence Rogers fired a laser similar to this one that was aimed upwards in Egypt in 2012.Ed Giles / Getty Images News reader comments 19 Share this story Further ReadingA three-second...
Here's the punchline about Trump that's going around Silicon Valley
"Nobody knows what is going to happen — it's complete chaos. We can all sit here and talk about what Trump's going to do, but we are in 'black swan' territory — it's going to be a crazy ride, buckle up...
Scientists won’t stop discovering stuff, no matter what
Circling at CERNAlamy/CERNTHE year began with news that a beech marten (not, as initially reported, a weasel) had shut down the Large Hadron Collider, just after it reported a mysterious blip (not, as...
Reported cases of webcam blackmail double, are linked to four suicides
Enlarge reader comments 19 Share this story The number of reported webcam blackmail cases has more than doubled in the past year, and at least four suicides in the UK have been connected to this form...
Samsung Note7 Buyers in Korea: 50% Off an S7, Free Future S8 or Note8
In South Korea, some Note7 owners filed a class action lawsuit over the phones, while some Galaxy S7 Edge fires are being reported elsewhere. As Samsung continues to work to recover from the battery fires...
#MuslimsReportStuff, Spielberg and China, Twitter stock dive
During Sunday’s presidential debate, Donald Trump suggested that Muslims need to report things that appear suspicious. reported that Muslims responded with sentiments that included the political — “I...
Twitter's shares slump on report that bids are unlikely
Shares of Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) slumped more than 13 percent in premarket trading on Monday after a weekend Bloomberg report that the social media company was unlikely to receive any bids.Salesforce.com...
BitTorrent cuts, Microsoft re-Surfaces and ABC battles pink slime
BitTorrent cuts, Microsoft re-Surfaces and ABC battles pink slime BitTorrent, the file-sharing startup, is again running aground in Hollywood. The San Francisco company has fired its two co-CEOs and shut...
Doctors who were paid downplay drug’s suicide risks
Research sites where Pfizer Inc. had paid doctors at least $25,000 in speaking, consulting or other fees reported sunnier results for its smoking-cessation drug Chantix, the FDA disclosed. At those sites,...
'Pokemon Go' behind second fatal traffic accident in Japan, Kyodo reports
A second deadly vehicle accident in Japan has been blamed on "Pokemon Go," Kyodo news agency has reported. The first death was reported on Tuesday, when police said that a man playing the augmented-reality...
Here's what's said to be inside the new Apple Watch
With the next Apple Watch, a well-known analyst said it will be the inside that counts, according to technology blog 9to5Mac. KGI Securities researcher Ming-Chi Kuo said the next watch will include a...
Hard time for man who fired laser pointer at CHP aircraft
demonsparkx reader comments 22 Share this story Further ReadingAfter “egregious” laser strike case, judge hands down 18-month sentenceA Fresno-area man who initially made a baffling attempt to explain...
Hospital robots, Zenefits layoffs, Riviera implosion
Fortune reported that when someone arrives, they can tell Pepper about their appointment, then the robot will direct them to the doctor’s rooms or “walk” them there. San Francisco startup Zenefits will...
Number of DDoS Attacks Soar, but Their Duration Is Down in Q1: Akamai
Akamai's Q1 2016 State of the Internet–Security Report, released June 7, provides insight into the 4,523 DDoS attacks the company saw during the quarter. The bad news: Akamai reported a 125 percent increase...
‘He jumped in, then disappeared’
A swimmer is missing at Bondi Beach after he jumped into dangerous swells. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Services were searching for the man but called off the search due to fading light. Picture: Sam...
Uber to start testing self-driving car in Pittsburgh
In April, The Verge reported that Uber had hired a top engineer away from Ford to work on "manufacturer strategy and integration efforts" in Pittsburgh. It was also reported that the engineer would report...
Daily Briefing, May 1
reported, an officer reporting to a car crash could ask for the drivers’ phones, then use the Textalyzer to check for recent texting, emailing or anything else that violates New York’s hands-free driving...
Tech Five: Shares of Amazon, LinkedIn climbing
Amazon reported results for the first quarter late Thursday.(Photo: AFP/Getty Images) Shares of Amazon and LinkedIn are moving higher following their quarterly results. Let's look at tech stocks to watch...
Body reportedly found on Apple's campus
The exterior of Apple headquarters is seen before an event to announce new products at the company's headquarters on March 21, 2016, in Cupertino, Calif.(Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP) SAN FRANCISCO — A...
eBay shares rise 5% after beating earnings expectations
eBay surpassed first quarter earnings expectations when it reported after the bell on Tuesday. Shares ticked up 5% following the announcement. The e-commerce giant brought in $2.1 billion in revenue,...
After “egregious” laser strike case, judge hands down 18-month sentence
The FBI's new "laser strikes" poster.FBIFurther Reading“Dumb” man gets six months for aiming laser at police helicopterOfficers responding to laser-strike call sustained serious injuries in crash.With...
Daily Briefing, April 17
A judge said Perry can buy a $15 million former convent from the Los Angeles archbishop, even after two of the five surviving Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary had...
Yahoo extends deadline for bids by a week - Re/code
Yahoo Inc has extended the deadline to bid for its businesses by a week to April 18, technology news website Re/code reported, citing people familiar with the matter.Yahoo, whose shares were up 1.4 percent...
Alaska Air reportedly close to buying Virgin America
Earlier this week it was reported the San Francisco based airline, Virgin America Inc., was soliciting offers to be acquired by rival carriers. After a bidding war between JetBlue Airways and Alaska Airlines...
News sites hit by malicious ad attack: Report
Several leading news websites have been affected by malicious adverts which have caused some users to be infected by ransomware, according to the BBC. The U.K. broadcaster reported that its own website...
10 things science can’t explain
We know the sun is hot, but its atmosphere is even hotter. THEY are life’s little mysteries which have left scientists scratching their heads. And while some may have a plausible explanation, there are...
Google is donating $1M to fight Zika
In recent months, reports suggest that the disease has spread through women – reported predominantly in Brazil – who have given birth to babies with microcephaly, a birth defect that involves incomplete...
Drone flies within 30 feet of passenger jet landing at Heathrow
Part of a report of a September near-miss between an Airbus passenger jet and a "helicopter drone" very close to Heathrow.UK Airprox BoardFile this under the category of "drone pilots trying to ruin it...
Pope's plane reports laser flash
Crew on Pope Francis's flight from Cuba to Mexico last Friday reported a laser beam incident, the airline has said in a statement. The captain, Massimiliano Marselli, reported the laser sighting to the...
Wombat Security Releases PhishAlarm Analyzer
The platform scans reported emails and examines them based on standard security indicators of compromise, and the emails are then prioritized. Security specialist Wombat launched PhishAlarm Analyzer,...
Groupon shares soar after Alibaba reveals stake
The purchase gives the Chinese e-commerce powerhouse about a 5.6 percent stake in Groupon. Alibaba disclosed the purchase in a regulatory filing on Friday. The news comes shortly after Groupon reported...
Plane turned back by 'laser incident'
A flight heading to New York turned back to London Heathrow Airport after a "laser beam incident", Virgin Atlantic has confirmed. A crew member is recorded saying to Irish air traffic control that they...
Business News Roundup, Feb. 5
Another problem has developed with automotive air bags, and this one will bring recalls of up to 5 million vehicles worldwide. Continental Automotive Systems says in documents filed with the federal government...
Yahoo to explore alternatives, cut 15 percent of workforce
Yahoo Inc said on Tuesday it was exploring strategic alternatives in addition to the continued pursuit of the reverse spin-off of its Internet business.The company also said it would cut about 15 percent...
Wells Fargo, BofA look to integrate Apple Pay into ATMs: TechCrunch
Wells Fargo & Co and Bank of America Corp are working to integrate Apple Pay into their ATMs, TechCrunch reported. The banks have deployed engineers to build the Apple Pay options, TechCrunch reported...
Apple's Safari browser crashing for some users worldwide - The Verge
Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) Safari search browser is crashing for some users when they run a search from the address bar in both iOS and OS X devices, the Verge reported.The problem appears to be affecting iOS...
IBM sales drop as Rometty pushes turnaround
IBM Chairman, President and CEO Ginni Rometty delivers a keynote address at CES 2016(Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images) ARMONK, N.Y. — IBM Corp. reported its 15th straight sales drop Tuesday, although...
Amazon to launch portable version of Echo speaker: WSJ
Amazon.com Inc expects to release a smaller, portable version of its voice-activated Echo speaker, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the plans.The new device, code-named "Fox",...
Japan firm probes reported 'Hello Kitty' fan database exposure
The Japanese creator of Hello Kitty said Tuesday an investigation had been launched into a reported flaw in its official fan website that allegedly exposed private information on 3.3 million accounts....
Fiat said to delay rollout of new models due to China woes - CNET
Enlarge ImageMaserati's new sports car, based on the Alfieri concept, is reported as one of the models being pushed back to an undetermined date. Josh Miller/CNET For the second time this year, Fiat Chrysler...
Dutch police to those firing lasers at planes: We’re onto you
Andrew NashFurther ReadingLaser strike said to give ferry pilot 3rd degree burns on his eyelidSuspect "said it was a new toy" and he was aiming at the water, not the vessel.After an appeal to Dutch television...
Business News Roundup, Nov. 5
Whole Foods Market reported Wednesday that its latest quarterly profit fell by more than half, as the grocer faces intense competition, with organic foods becoming more widely available. Groupon has replaced...
Zynga CFO resigns as monthly users decline
The company will also postpone two new games, "Dawn of Titans" and "CSR2," to 2016, the CEO said in the earnings release. "Based on the opportunity we see for Dawn of Titans and CSR2 we have made the...
Business News Roundup, Oct. 29
Stocks soared to a two-month high as commodity producers rallied and the Federal Reserve’s signal that it may raise interest rates in December sent financial shares surging. Equities had advanced before...
VMWare Beats Expectations With $1.02 EPS, $1.67B In Revenue
Amid a time where there are a lot of questions about the company’s future, VMWare beat analyst expectations with $1.02 in non-GAAP earnings per share compared to expectations of $1. The company...
Daily Briefing, Oct. 15
The Yahoo Account Key is mainly for smartphone users, but people with alternative e-mail addresses can take advantage of it as well. Uber has announced that it will try to help missing children by passing...
Facebook website, mobile app briefly reported down
Facebook was briefly, widely reported to be down on Thursday afternoon after experiencing technical difficulties, the second time in two weeks for the social media platform. The cause of the outage was...
Pokemon Stars: all the latest leaks from the rumored Nintendo Switch game
Though there’s been no official confirmation that a game called Pokémon Stars is coming to the Nintendo Switch, we do know that a Pokémon game will make its way to the console eventually. There are many...
The best PC games of 2017… so far
Blimey! We’re not even halfway through the year and we’ve already had a veritable smorgasbord of gaming delicacies served to us in 2017. And it’s not one genre or tier dominating the scene either, with...
Acer’s Predator Triton aims to be the king of ultra-thin gaming laptops
Acer has unveiled a pair of new gaming notebooks, including a super-thin laptop which packs an impressive amount of power for its size.The Predator Triton 700 is the first in a new series of laptops designed...
Slender: The Eight Pages
Falling into the broad category of survival horror, Slender: The Eight Pages is a first person puzzler based on the Slender Man myth. Your mission is to find the titular eight pages about the pale, faceless...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark