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Consumer Reports Wants Toyota To Recall Some 177,500 Camry Hybrids
An influential consumer magazine on Monday called on Toyota Motor Corp to recall about 177,500 older Camry hybrid sedans to address potential power brake defects. Consumer Reports, which many consumers use when studying what vehicles to buy, said the Japanese automaker's decision to call for a service campaign or a warranty extension on two different problems covering cars from model years 2007 to 2011 does not go far enough. Under a service campaign, an automaker repairs cars as they are brought back to dealers by consumers. The magazine said, "Consumer Reports believes that Toyota should recall these cars. What’s at issue here is a series of acknowledged defects in a crucial safety system. Consumer Reports added, "A recall is more comprehensive and widely published than a mere service campaign, and owners don’t have to wait for a problem to happen before qualifying for the repair. Besides that, unlike extended warranties, recalls don’t expire and are performed proactively." Toyota officials did not have an immediate comment.
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Dr. Dre Is King Of Hip Hop With $620 Million In Earnings: Forbes
With $620 million in estimated pre-tax earnings, veteran rapper and record producer Dr. Dre topped Forbes list as the highest paid hip hop artist, ousting Sean "Diddy" Combs from the top spot. Forbes said Dre's estimated annual earnings for the 12 months between June 2013 and 2014 are the highest of any musician in any genre it has ever evaluated, and more than the combined takings of the other 24 names on the hip-hop list released on Tuesday. Much of the 49-year-old's earnings this year came thanks to the $3 billion sale to Apple of the Beats high-end headphone company he founded with music executive Jimmy Iovine and other financial ventures, including cognac and vodka brands.
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Sierra Leone: 130 Ebola Cases Found In Lockdown
Sierra Leone says 130 confirmed cases of Ebola were found during a three-day nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of the disease. Officials are awaiting tests on about 70 more suspected cases. Deputy Minister for Political and Public Affairs Karamoh Kabba told a press briefing Tuesday that 92 bodies were also recovered during the shutdown. The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is believed to have sickened more than 5,800 people and killed more than 2,800, primarily in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
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The New Oculus Prototype Shows How Mind-Blowing Virtual Reality Can Be
Presence was one of the terms most thrown around at this weekend Oculus Connect, because it’s the concept so important to making virtual reality successful. During his keynote address to a room of a thousand or so people, mostly developers currently working on virtual reality software of their own, Oculus Virtual Reality CEO Brendan Iribe said, "We went from trying to convince ourselves we’re there, to trying to convince ourselves we’re not there." But so far the Oculus Rift has remained a portal into another world that’s not quite transportive. The two different development kits, the second a big improvement over the first, have technical limitations that even the Oculus team admits pull you out of the experience. A stuttering display, low resolution and problems with motion tracking have kept VR from sucking us in. But on Saturday, I finally felt that presence inside a world that wasn't my own. And I can't stop thinking about the experience.
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Robinhood Raises $13M To Democratize Stock Market With Zero-Commission Trading App
Half a million people have already signed up for Robinhood‘s unlaunched zero-fee stock trading service. Now the startup has raised $13 million to hire talent to make its app totally secure so it can start adding people from its private beta waitlist. Unlike competitors E*Trade and Scottrade that charge people $7 to $10 per trade, Robinhood doesn’t need to spend money on brick-and-mortar outposts and some fancy castle on Wall Street.
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Pentagon Posts Videos Of Airstrikes In Syria On YouTube
Less than 24 hours after U.S. and Arab forces launched airstrikes against several targets across Syria, the Pentagon released footage of some of those strikes on YouTube. The videos show footage taken from the aircrafts' on board cameras. The Pentagon released them following a press conference by Army Lt. Gen. William Mayville, the director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Speaking with reporters, Mayville explained some details of the operations aimed at both the Islamic State and the Khorasan group, an al-Qaeda-affiliated militant group operating in Syria, and showed pictures of the facilites targeted by U.S. and allied strikes. "Last night’s strikes were only the beginning," Mayville said.
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PayPal Enables Bitcoin Transactions For Merchants Selling Digital Goods
Bitcoin’s momentum among key merchants and platforms on the web keeps accelerating. After hinting at it a few weeks ago when Braintree enabled Bitcoin-based transactions for PayPal developers, the company is now enabling Bitcoin across the PayPal network for merchants of digital goods. The company has expressed interest in Bitcoin for awhile, with eBay CEO John Donahoe saying in the past that it would play an “important role” in the company’s future. Through partnerships with BitPay, Coinbase and GoCoin, PayPal will let its merchants accept Bitcoin for digital good transactions. To be clear, this isn’t about adding Bitcoin to PayPal’s digital wallet and it’s only in North America for the moment. These are baby steps for now.
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ISIS, Looking To Boost Popularity After Atrocities, Repeals Smoking Ban
One of the first things ISIS did upon conquering territory a few months ago was destroy tobacco products and ban smoking, forcing shops to stop selling cigarettes and criticizing the habit as a form of “slow suicide.” According to Al Arabiya News, faced with declining approval ratings in the wake of their bloodthirsty genocidal rampage, however, they’ve decided to reconsider. They reportedly explained, “The decision [to allow shops to sell cigarettes] came as an attempt to gain popularity after the group’s extremist actions began to appall residents. Particularly after security forces, aided by international support, began to attack ISIS.” The United States has been bombing ISIS territories for six weeks now, although recent reports from the area are less than optimistic about Iraq’s future. The New York Times reported Monday evening, “The Islamic State is still dealing humiliating blows to the Iraq government forces."
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Hong Kong Students Boycott Classes Over Democracy; Utah Students Boycott Classes Over Backless Dresses
Student-led boycotts have broken out all over the globe this week — for dramatically different reasons. In Hong Kong, thousands of students from several universities blew off classes Monday to protest an attempt by the Chinese central government to appoint a committee full of ruling party flunkies who will choose who can run to become the leader of the semi-autonomous region. Meanwhile, in South Jordan, Utah, Bingham High School senior Cierra Gregersen led a heroic walkout to protest a homecoming dance dress code that requires dress pants for boys and dresses that rise to the level of girls’ armpits. In Hong Kong, a former British colony with a population of about 7.2 million, the striking students who crowded rallies on Monday worried that Beijing leaders will soon severely diminish their voting rights. “University students must shoulder the responsibility of these times,” student protest leader Nathan Law Kwun-chung told a throng of students gathered at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, according to The New York Times.
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Independent Senate Candidate In Kansas Hires Veteran Democratic Aide
Independent candidate Greg Orman isn’t saying which party he would caucus with if he wins election to the U.S. Senate in Kansas, but he has now hired a veteran Democratic aide to serve as a spokesman. Orman’s addition of former Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee aide Mike Phillips to his campaign team has Republicans claiming the candidate is showing his true colors. Orman is surging in his campaign against incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. Democrats recently convinced their nominee to drop out of the race in hopes of Orman being able to defeat Roberts. Polls show a close race.