A Look At The Roadblocks Facing Driverless Cars
Google Inc. is pushing hard to bring cars driven by computers — not people — to market. To do so, the Silicon Valley giant persuaded states including California to pass laws explicitly legalizing the still-emerging technology. After all, a basic premise of driving is that a person controls the vehicle. Though California's rules will go into effect in June 2015, barriers remain to the widespread availability of the cars of the future, whether made by Google or traditional automakers.
Contrarian's Case: Why US Could Dip Into Recession
Employers in the U.S. are creating jobs at the fastest pace since the late 1990s and the economy finally looks ready to expand at a healthy rate. But sluggish growth in France, Italy, Russia, Brazil and China suggests that the old truism, "When the U.S. sneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold," may need to be flipped. Maybe the rest of the world will sneeze this time, and the U.S. will get sick.
Google Must Face U.S. Privacy Lawsuit Over Commingled User Data
Jimmy Fallon Challenges Kate Hudson To The Ultimate Lying Competition
Welcome to the show, Kate Hudson, now try to keep a straight face. On Monday's Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon handed Hudson an assortment of objects, asking her to describe them to him as part of the show's goofy segment called "Box of Lies." The two were separated by a wall with just a window for their faces; after removing an object from a numbered box, Hudson could choose to describe the box's contents truthfully or not, at which point Fallon had to guess whether she was lying. All things considered, Hudson's efforts were pretty on point.
NY Judge Orders 24-7 Argentina Debt Talks
A federal judge in New York has ordered around-the-clock negotiations aimed at averting a second debt default by Argentina in 13 years. The proceeding added to the drama surrounding a July 30 deadline for Argentina to pay some $1.5 billion owed U.S. bondholders. The bondholders are U.S. hedge funds that rejected Argentina's restructuring offer following its record $100 billion default in 2001. Argentina's economy minister earlier this month participated in negotiations with a court-appointed mediator.
Prince George's Birthday Gift Guide: Burberry Sneakers, Harrods Teddy Bears & More!
Thought the royal wedding was the event of the century? Well, you're probably right. But there's another soiree in our midst that's got our royal buzz at an all-time high—Prince George's first birthday! Cue the awws now. The little prince turns one today—yup, it's already been a year. And the stylish tot can undoubtedly expect a few enviable birthday gifts for his big day. Perhaps he'll get a token crown from grandma (aka Queen Elizabeth II), or maybe a few bubblegum cigars from bad-boy Uncle Prince Harry. And we're sure his super stylish momma Kate Middleton will be showering her little man with the latest in high-fashion toddler attire.
Central African Republic Rebels Demand Partition In Brazzaville Talks
Sources said on Tuesday, Seleka rebels have demanded that Central African Republic be partitioned into a Muslim north and a Christian south, a surprise move at talks aimed at halting religious violence. Seleka's head of delegation to the three-day forum in Brazzaville, General Mohamed Moussa Dhaffane, told a session it was time to formalize the split after tens of thousands of Muslims had fled the south. Thousands have been killed and more than a million forced from their homes by months of sectarian violence in the country which erupted after Seleka fighters seized power in the majority Christian country in March 2013.
Apple's 'iTime' Patent Hints At Possible IWatch Features
A new patent granted to Apple by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a device called "iTime" reveals what we might see in the company's much-anticipated smartwatch device. Believed to be called the iWatch (but referred to in a picture as "iTime"), Apple has patented a wristband wearable device that supports both arm and wrist gestures and features sensor-filled straps. In theory, this could allow users to answer an incoming call by flicking or shaking their wrist. In one diagram, the device shows it can be removed entirely from the straps and can also serve as a portable media player.
Gaza Rocket Lands Near Israel's Main Airport
A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near Israel's main airport Tuesday, wounding one Israeli and prompting at least two American airlines to cancel flights to Israel in a reflection of high anxiety over air travel after last week's attack on a Malaysian jet over Ukraine. Palestinian militants have fired more than 2,000 rockets toward Israel, and several heading toward the area of Ben-Gurion Airport have been intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome defense system, but police spokeswoman Luba Samri said Tuesday's landing was the closet to the airport since fighting began on July 8th.
U.S., Germany Set Up Dialogue To Discuss Intelligence Dispute
The United States and Germany on Tuesday set up a procedure to address disputes over intelligence-gathering that have soured relations between the two close allies and resulted in Germany's expulsion of the CIA station chief in Berlin. The initiative followed talks in Berlin between top aides of President Barack Obama and Chancellor Angela Merkel to address anger at U.S. surveillance practices disclosed by former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden.