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Friday, 19 December 2014

Stephen Colbert Signs Off From the Final ‘Colbert Report’ by Singing ‘We’ll Meet Again’ With a Few Famous Friends

After a nine-year run on Comedy Central, host Stephen Colbert signed off from the final episode of The Colbert Report by singing “We’ll Meet Again” with a truly impressive list of friends including Jon Stewart, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Big Bird, and Cyndi Lauper just to name a few. 

Colbert then got into Santa’s sleigh with Abraham Lincoln and Alex Trebek to fly off into eternity. 

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Cyberwar: Obama calls out Sony as FBI confirms North Korea was behind hack

President Obama has called out Sony for craven censorship on a day the Federal Bureau of Investigation formally announced that North Korea was behind the hacking of Sony Corp. 

In a statement the FBI said that it has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible for these actions. 

The bureau said that its investigation revealed links to other malware that it knows North Korean actors have used previously developed; that there was an observed significant overlap between the infrastructure used in this attack and other malicious cyber activity the government has previously linked directly to North Korea, and that the tools used in the Sony attack have similarities to a cyber attack in March of last year against South Korean banks and media outlets, which was carried out by North Korea. 

Rand Paul Trolls Marco Rubio in #Cuba Row

The Republican split over Cuba is heating up. 

A day after Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul broke with the majority of the GOP to back President Barack Obama’s shift in U.S. policy toward Cuba, he has become embroiled in a spat with fellow Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a potential rival for the GOP nomination in 2016 who opposes the thaw in relations between the two countries. 

Rand Paul just picked a Twitter fight with Marco Rubio over Cuba

With Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a potential 2016 candidate, serving as the Republican Party's point man in criticizing President Obama's normalization of relations with Cuba, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), another possible 2016 candidate, has seized the opportunity to draw a distinction between himself and others in his party. He took to Twitter today to challenge Rubio on the issue: 

Obama Calls James Franco "James Flacco" in Latest Interview Disaster

After he criticized Sony's decision to cancel the release of The Interview during his press conference earlier today, President Obama briefly mentioned the film's two stars, Seth Rogen and "James Flacco." 

"I think it says something interesting about North Korea that they decided to have the state mount an all-out assault on a movie studio because of a satirical movie starring Seth Rogen and James Flacco," Obama said. "I love Seth and I love James, but the notion that this was a threat to them gives you a sense of the kind of regime we're talking about." 

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T-Mobile pays $90 million to settle claims it profited from texting scams

T-Mobile protested its innocence after the Federal Trade Commission accused it of letting text message-based scams run amok in the name of profit, but it's not going to fight that complaint to the bitter end. The UnCarrier has agreed to a settlement that will have it paying "at least" $90 million in fines to the FCC and all 50 states. Moreover, it'll have to both offer full refunds to victims and require explicit permission for third-party charges. 

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Huma Qureshi celebrates her first award this season.

Huma Qureshi's team threw her a small party to celebrate her victory.

The actress won the award for breakthrough performance in a supporting role for Dedh Ishqiya at the Stardust Awards.

Huma is very talented as an actor and her performance in the film got her appreciation from all quarters.

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Tabu, Mallika Sherawat, Surveen Chawla at Big Star Entertainment Awards 2014.

Tabu is seen here attending the Big Star Entertainment Awards 2014. Tabu's performance in 'Haider' was much appreciated by the critics and the audience alik, this year. The power house actress attended the ceremony in a Abu Jani - Sandeep Khosla saree and she looked stunning as usual.

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Peshawar school attacks: Bollywood condemns the bloodshed.

More than 155 kids were killed in the dastardly terrorist attacks on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan. Everyone is in a state of shock, including Bollywood celebrities, who are expressing their sorrow over all the bloodshed, on social network. According to a report in PTI, Amitabh Bachchan took to his blog to express his sorrow over this brutal killing of innocent kids.

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Mount Sinjar: Islamic State siege broken, say Kurds

Kurdish forces in northern Iraq are claiming their biggest victory yet against Islamic State (IS) militants. 

They say they have broken the IS siege of Mount Sinjar, where thousands of Yazidis and other displaced Iraqis have been trapped since August. 

IS controls a swathe of Iraq and Syria, where it has declared a caliphate. 

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President signs legislation ending Nazi benefit checks

President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits. 

AP's investigation, which was the impetus for the No Social Security for Nazis Act, found that dozens of former Nazis collected millions of dollars in retirement benefits after being forced to leave the United States. Recipients ranged from the SS guards who patrolled the Third Reich's network of camps where millions of Jews died to a rocket scientist who helped develop the V-2 rocket that Nazi Germany used to attack London. 

The speed with which the legislation moved underscored the outrage AP's findings triggered among lawmakers on Capitol Hill — and American taxpayers. The House unanimously approved the bill Dec. 2 and the Senate passed it by voice vote just two days later. 

8 children killed in northern Australian city

Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said. 

Queensland state police said they were called to the home in the Cairns suburb of Manoora on Friday morning after receiving a report of a woman with serious injuries. 

When police got to the house, they found the bodies of the children inside. The victims range in age from 18 months to 15 years. 

A 34-year-old woman found inside the home was suffering from stab wounds to the chest, a Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said. 

Editor's Picks: The Best Tech Gifts of 2014


Moment Lenses ($100 each) are wonderful, high-quality fish-eye lenses for smartphones. Perfect to use with the new Instagram app Hyperlapse. 
As the editors of POPSUGAR Tech, we search high and low every day for the newest, hottest gadgets and accessories. For the holidays, we've singled out our absolute favorites! In the gallery, take a look at our editor-approved gift picks for 2014. - Additional reporting by Kelly Schwarze and Lisette Mejia 

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High above rural Arkansas, I'm jammed in the back of a small four-seat airplane. Andrew Barker pilots the aircraft while Austin Meyer sits beside him. Everything is going great—until the engine suddenly quits at 5,000 feet. 
With a quick tap on his iPad, Meyer, creator of the popular flight simulator X-Plane, summons his app Xavion to rescue us. 
The program already knows the closest airports that we can successfully glide to. In fact, it’s been tracking our entire flight and plotting a path to them. It also knows what kind of airplane we're flying in (a Van’s Aircraft RV-10), what the weather is like outside (blues skies, gentle wind from the south), and all of the other data it needs relative to heading, airspeed, altitude, and position. 


Until recently, losing both arms in an accident would probably have meant the end of a patient's two-fisted grip. Not so for Leslie Baugh, the first shoulder-level double amputee to wear and control two complex, mind-controlled prosthetic limbs. 

Baugh isn't the first person to control robotic limbs with his mind. Some researchers are already working on giving amputee patients back their sense of touch. But the technique is new enough that dual-control has never been tried before. 

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This image shows how U.S. cities use more light at night during the winter holidays. The light analysis was only performed for cities that don't have snow. 

'Tis the season to use way more electricity than you normally would. U.S. cities use so much more light at night during December that the difference can be seen by satellite. U.S. suburbs emit 30 percent to 50 percent more light during the winter holidays, while urban areas emit 20 percent to 30 percent more light, a NASA analysis found. 

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