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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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  • Judge issues order enforcing Ebola isolation of defiant Maine nurse

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The confrontation between the state of Maine and a nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone heated up on Friday when a judge issued a temporary order enforcing a quarantine after she defied state officials and took a bike ride. The order from Charles LaVerdiere, chief judge of the Maine District Court, instructs nurse Kaci Hickox to submit to "direct active monitoring," and "not to be present in public places" like shopping centers, movie theaters or workplaces except to receive necessary healthcare. ...

  • 6 Savvy Moves to Stretch Your Retirement Savings
    6 Savvy Moves to Stretch Your Retirement Savings

    You set aside part of your paycheck in either an employer-sponsored retirement plan or a retirement account that you set up on your own, such as an IRA. In a recent Wells Fargo survey of middle-class Americans, who had a median household income of $63,000, 70% of respondents reported having a company retirement plan.

  • Man who owns a smart TV says he’s ‘afraid’ of using it after reading its privacy policy
    Man who owns a smart TV says he’s ‘afraid’ of using it after reading its privacy policy

    Just like with other electronic devices that used to be “dumb,” TVs have become increasingly smart lately, but that doesn’t mean that’s necessarily a good thing, especially when it comes to user privacy. At least that’s what Brennan Center’s Michael Price seems to think after he replaced his older TV that could offer access just to TV programs with a smart TV model that also delivers “streaming multimedia content, games, apps, social media and Internet browsing.” FROM EARLIER: Agree to share stuff with LG or it’ll make your Smart TV ‘stupid’ “The only problem is that I’m now afraid to use it. You would be too — if you read through the 46-page privacy policy,” Price wrote. “The amount of data

  • Amanda Bynes: Released & Ranting
    Amanda Bynes: Released & Ranting

    Amanda Bynes was released from a psychiatric facility on Thursday after she contested being held involuntarily and she was deemed fit to leave. Then, the 28-year-old ended up wandering Hollywood's Sunset Strip before eventually sitting down to dinner at famed Mel's Diner.

  • Trooper ambush suspect caught, death penalty eyed
    Trooper ambush suspect caught, death penalty eyed

    LORDS VALLEY, Pa. (AP) — A survivalist accused of ambushing two state troopers, killing one and seriously wounding the other, was captured on Thursday by U.S. marshals near an abandoned airplane hangar, ending a seven-week manhunt that had rattled the nerves of area residents.

  • Groom Leaves Bride After Her Wedding Joke
    Groom Leaves Bride After Her Wedding Joke

    This apparent wedding joke did not go over well with the groom.

  • Africa asks: 'If Burkina can do it, why can't we?'
    Africa asks: 'If Burkina can do it, why can't we?'

    News that Burkina Faso's long-serving leader Blaise Compaore had been pushed out of power prompted an explosion of comment from across Africa Friday, with many citizens asking, "If they can do it, why can't we?" As images of tens of thousands jubilant Burkinabe were seen from Harare to Banjul, Twitter and other social media sites saw citizens pointing the finger at their own long-serving leaders. Viva Burkinabe!" wrote Kwesi Asante in Accra, Ghana. Some, like @lennoxin in Johannesburg, offered messages of support: "Super proud of the people of Burkina Faso, dictators have no place in the future of Africa, aluta continua!" (the fight continues).

  • Chevy makes the best of exec's nervous speech
    Chevy makes the best of exec's nervous speech

    DETROIT (AP) — Shortly before 9 a.m. on the day after the worst night of his life, Rikk Wilde got the phone call from his big boss at General Motors.

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