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  • Here's how you can watch the presidential debates online

    YouTube announced that it will offer a live stream of the presidential debates leading up to the 2012 election. That means you can see President Barack Obama go toe to toe with Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney four times during October before citizens take to the polls on November 2.

    Usually, the debates are only shown during prime time on major U.S. television networks. YouTube's partnership with ABC News is just one way that people can stay involved and informed during the campaign and election process. The YouTube Election Hub will also offer commentary and analysis from its other partners, including Al Jazeera English, The New York Times, and BuzzFeed.

    While this is a great way to bring the debates to a wider audience, we've seen other attempts at livestreaming go awry due to copyright issues. The Democratic National Convention was just one of the recent events where video was taken down because a news agency claimed copyright over some of the material, and a political

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  • Think you're safe? You'll want to think again after hackers breach 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

    When it comes to home security, few — if any — places in the world are safer than the White House. But, as it turns out, even the office and residence of the president of the United States of America needs to step up its computer security. It turns out that one of the building's computers fell victim to a cyberattack originating in China last week, although it appears that no sensitive information was actually stolen.

    The attack was made against a single computer in the White House Military Office. It came in the form of "spear phishing," where an email purporting to be official contains links to — or attachments containing — malware. It's not clear whether White House personnel were actually fooled by the email, but a spokesperson told Politico that the system affected didn't contain any sensitive or classified information.

    This breach of the White House's computer security should serve as a reminder that no one is immune to high-tech criminal activity. Now's as good a time as any to

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  • Adidas tests life-size virtual mannequins to dress and pose while you shop

    Window shopping has just been redefined by Adidas with the rollout of its new interactive storefront window. The window is a fully functional touchscreen that lets you drag life-size products directly to your smartphone, which acts as a shopping cart. With the security of a one-time PIN, each shopping session is linked in real time to the display window. As with most online shopping carts, you can save products for later, edit product details, and even share your purchase with friends over social media or email.

    This isn't the first time Adidas has looked to virtual wall technology for shoppers, but this interactive storefront also lets you play dress-up with a life-size mannequin, complete with product details and action poses. But before you run out to your local Adidas store to play Barbie with its virtual mannequins, note that this service is currently only available in Nürnberg, Germany as a six-week pilot test.

    [Image credit: Adidas]

    This article was written by Shawn Schuster

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  • Balotelli not suited to Liverpool's style, says Rodgers

    (Reuters) - Mario Balotelli will return to Liverpool's squad for the festive programme but manager Brendan Rodgers was hardly effusive in his praise of the Italy's striker's credentials on Wednesday. The 24-year-old Balotelli has struggled to make an impact at Anfield since his 16 million pounds ($24.88 million) move from AC Milan in August, managing two goals in 15 games. His off-field antics have also made the headlines and he was fined 25,000 pounds and banned for last weekend's 2-2 draw with Arsenal after posting an offensive message on social media. ...

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