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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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  • Mixed-race 'Rola' changing the DNA of Japanese pop culture
    Mixed-race 'Rola' changing the DNA of Japanese pop culture

    In celebrity-obsessed Japan with its conveyor belt of 15-minute stars, fashion icon 'Rola' is blazing a meteoric trail at the forefront of a galaxy of mixed-race stars changing the DNA of Japanese pop culture. A marketing gold mine, Rola smiles down celestially from giant billboards, her wide eyes and girlie pout grace magazine covers and she even greets you at vending machines. Japan's largely mono-ethnic society -- a culture where skin whitening creams are still huge business -- has long been mirrored by its entertainment industry. Rola and host of others are beginning to change that.

  • Boeing to launch new 737 MAX with more seats
    Boeing to launch new 737 MAX with more seats

    US aerospace giant Boeing said Sunday it would launch an upgraded version of its 737 MAX airliner with new engines and more seats aimed at low-cost airlines. CEO Ray Conner told journalists at the Farnborough Air Show in Britain that the plane would have around 200 seats in an economy-class configuration. The Boeing 737 MAX planes are a family of mid-range airliners with new more efficient engines that will compete with the new Airbus A320 Neo. The new version will have 11 more seats than the current 737 MAX 8, after the addition of a door on either side of the fuselage to comply with evacuation regulations, Conner said.

  • Channing Tatum & Jenna Dewan-Tatum Celebrate 5-Year Wedding Anniversary
    Channing Tatum & Jenna Dewan-Tatum Celebrate 5-Year Wedding Anniversary

    Channing Tatum and wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum celebrated their 5-year wedding anniversary on Friday. The "22 Jump Street" star, 34, shared an adorable photo of himself and Jenna (along with their 1-year-old daughter, Everly) on Instagram to commemorate the special day. Channing and Jenna, 33, first met on the set of "Step Up" in 2006.

  • Anybody home? Pacific island of Niue hit by exodus
    Anybody home? Pacific island of Niue hit by exodus

    ALOFI, Niue (AP) — It was a school once, but there are no children here anymore. The lonely building on this remote Pacific island now contains only a punching bag that someone has strung from the classroom rafters, and a note scrawled on the chalkboard in Niuean: "Keep this place clean," it says, "so it stays beautiful."

  • HUSBAND'S MONEY MANAGEMENT HAS PUT MARRIAGE IN THE RED

    DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been married for 19 years. We have had our ups and downs, but the last few months have been hell. My husband lies about having paid bills. When I ask, "Have you paid the rent?" I mean "in full," not a partial payment. We have now been evicted for nonpayment of rent and are living in a hotel. Utilities have been cut off because of his partial payments and his lying about their having been paid in full, and I'm tired of it. ...

  • Amateur explorers claim to find lost Army fort in Florida Everglades

    By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A team of amateur explorers say they found the site of a lost U.S. Army fort buried deep in the Everglades that once served as a restocking post for troops during a series of guerilla-like battles with Seminole Indians. Nestled into the dense, waterlogged swamps 60 miles (100 km)from the coast, Fort Harrell, built in 1837, was one of nearly a dozen forts across Florida used in the early and mid-19th century. “It was a critical fort during that period of time, which was the costliest war that the U.S. had been involved in, Indian-wise,” said Shawn Beightol, a Miami public school chemistry teacher who learned of it in a book more than a decade ago. Beightol, a longtime Everglades explorer who has kayaked across the wetland, found a trio of maps from the 1850s and began talking to local park rangers and fisherman in hopes of finding the 170-year-old site.

  • Thousands of Gaza civilians flee after Israeli warning
    Thousands of Gaza civilians flee after Israeli warning

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Thousands fled their homes in a Gaza Strip town on Sunday after Israel warned them to leave before it attacked rocket-launching sites, on the sixth day of an offensive that Palestinian officials said has killed at least 160 people. Militants in Hamas-ruled Gaza kept up rocket salvoes deep into the Jewish state as the worst bout of Israel-Palestinian bloodshed in two years showed no signs of abating, and Western foreign ministers said a ceasefire was an urgent priority. Israel dropped leaflets into the town of Beit Lahiya near Gaza's northern border. Beware." The Israeli military told the residents of three of Beit Lahiya's 10 neighborhoods to get out of the town of 70,000 by midday on Sunday.

  • Police seek man who took selfie during running of the bulls
    Police seek man who took selfie during running of the bulls

    Spanish police say they are searching for a man who snapped a selfie during the running of the bulls in Pamplona.

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