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Google’s ‘In the news’ search results now pulls from random sources — including Reddit

Google’s new In the news box for search results is surfacing some non-traditional “news” sources, including Reddit. Search Engine Land noticed that Reddit links were showing up in Google’s new search results field. Google confirmed that it was populating the field with more than traditional news sources. It told Search Engine Land, “We will be pulling from all over the web which means that we will present as diverse a range of voices as possible to ensure we get users to the answer they are looking for.” Of course Reddit being Reddit, when you currently search for “TSA,” this is…

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September in Africa – All the tech news you shouldn’t miss from the past month

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September in Africa was all about startups, with a host of top events and the launch of new accelerators as well as the usual funding rounds, acquisitions and new product offerings. Startup central Startup pitching event DEMO Africa took place outside of Kenya for the first time, with 40 startups pitching to entrepreneurs, investors and international media in Lagos, Nigeria. Speakers at the event included communication technology minister Omobola Johnson, Tony Elumelu, chairman of Heirs Holdings, and Jason Njoku, founder of iROKO. French operator Orange launched its startup accelerator – Orange Fab – in the Ivory Coast, which the company…

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From ACORN to Obamacare: The ebb and flow of Republican Obama critiques

From ACORN to Obamacare: The ebb and flow of Republican Obama critiques
Remember Solyndra? It was a solar company that failed in 2011 after having received loan guarantees from the government and a vocal endorsement from President Obama. To Republicans, it best epitomized the failures of the administration — at least …
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Obamacare keeps refusing to fail
… same methodology they used in 2014, and to good results). But this data, though preliminary, is the best data we have – and it shows that Obamacare is doing a better job holding down costs than anyone seriously predicted, including Kaiser's …
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The answer is that with respect to both Obamacare and other issues Republicans must rely on diversions from policy and outcomes when expressing their substantive and strategic views. We've reached a point in the fight over Obamacare where the best …
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CBS’s Major Garrett Calls Out W.H. For Backing Away From ObamaCare Enrollment Goals

CBS's Major Garrett Calls Out W.H. For Backing Away From ObamaCare Enrollment Goals

CBS’s Major Garrett Calls Out W.H. For Backing Away From ObamaCare Enrollment Goals (January 6, 2014)
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Nurse From Evergreen With Ebola To Leave Liberia Tuesday

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ATLANTA (AP/CBS4) — A second American medical missionary stricken with the often deadly Ebola virus is expected to be flown Tuesday to the U.S. for treatment, following a colleague who was admitted over the weekend to Emory University Hospital’s infectious disease unit. Top American public health officials continue to emphasize that treating Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly in the U.S. poses no risks to the public as West Africa grapples with its worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history. Writebol is an Evergreen High School graduate whose family now lives in North Carolina. Nancy Writebol (credit: sim.org) “The plain truth is that we can stop Ebola,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaking Sunday on ABC’s “This Week. “We know how to control it: hospital infection control and stopping it at the source in Africa.” Brantley and Writebol served on the same medical mission team that was treating Ebola patients in Liberia. Also spreading in Guinea and Sierra Leone, the outbreak has infected more than 1,300 people in West Africa, killing at least 729 of them. Liberian officials said a medical evacuation plane would transport Writebol to the United States early Tuesday. Information Minister Lewis Brown told The Associated Press that the flight was expected to leave West Africa between at 1 a.m. and 1.30 a.m. local time Tuesday. Brantly arrived Saturday under the same protocol, fl

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How to create a social media marketing plan from scratch

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This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog. When I went rock climbing for the first time, I had no idea what I was doing. My friends and I were complete newbies about ropes and rappelling and every other bit of jargon and technique that goes with climbing. We saw others doing it spectacularly well. We were thrilled at the thought of reaching the top of the climbing wall; we had no idea how to get there. I’d imagine that a social media marketing plan could feel the same way. If you’re starting from square one, it might feel equal parts thrilling and overwhelming….

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NYT: Hackers from China targeted personal details of US government employees

A senior US Department of Homeland Security official has confirmed to the New York Times that Chinese hackers broke into the computer networks of the government agency with personal details of all federal employees. The incident, which is said to have happened in March, was apparently a bid to access the files of tens of thousands of US government employees who have applied for top-secret security clearance. However, the official told the newspaper that the government had not “identified any loss of personally identifiable information” after federal authorities detected the attack and blocked the hackers from the network. It is also not…

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A new version of Second Life is being built from the ground up, with a little help from the Oculus Rift

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The virtual world, Second Life celebrated its 11th birthday last Friday. To the average person, Second Life is that thing they signed up for years ago, walked around for 10 minutes and never returned to again. But, the virtual world’s marketplace has been a boon for creators and now the company behind Second Life, Linden Lab, is building a new world from scratch. Even the company’s new CEO Ebbe Altberg understands that in its current form, Second Life is a niche product. But, with 11 years of running a profitable business under its belt, Linden Lab believes it can create a new…

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PicTricks emerges from beta to let real humans fix your photos

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So you have a poorly lit, badly composed photo. Join the club. Despite exponential growth in the quantity of photos shot for social networks, blogs and personal albums, it seems the quality of those pictures has not improved. PicTricks, an online service that just emerged from an extended beta, gives those who lack that photo fixing sleight-of-hand another choice. You can ditch the do-it-yourself phone and tablet photo editors and sophisticated desktop software in favor of a warm and sensitive human being to entrust with your precious shot. PicTricks is not an app and it is not a Web photo…

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This is your house, from a cat’s eye view

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While it may or may not be true that cats rule the planet, plenty of empirical evidence suggests that cats are nonetheless behind major sparks of artistic inspiration from so-called dominant humans, either because or in spite of our pathetic attempts to get on their good side. When you share your home with a cat or two, the whole proprietary ownership concept starts to break down. So ad agency AMV BBDO’s creative team just gave in to the inevitable with a new ad campaign for Whiskas, the commercial food cats like to turn their little noses up at. Here’s a map of your property from Fluffy’s…

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