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Wondering why Paul Revere was trending while President Obama was announcing NSA changes? "At the dawn of our Republic, a small, secret surveillance committee borne out of the "The Sons of Liberty" was established in Boston," he began. One reference to Paul Revere and his famous ride, and Twitter was off to the races. Many users, like Huffington Post political editor and White House correspondent Sam Stein, wondered about the comparison between the Sons of Liberty and the NSA. "So Obama doesn't think Snowden is a modern day Paul Revere," he asked.
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Saudi Court Sentences Two To Death, Jails 13 Over Attack
The kingdom's state news agency said on Tuesday, a court in Saudi Arabia sentenced two men to death and 13 others to long prison terms after they were accused of killing a policeman and three civilians and forming an al Qaeda cell in prison. Saudi Arabia has arrested thousands of suspected militants since al Qaeda supporters waged a wave of attacks on residential compounds for foreign workers and on Saudi government facilities starting in 2003, killing dozens.
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Roller-coaster Debate Over New Fed Tool May Get Resolved This Week
There is a distinct chance U.S. Federal Reserve officials will rewrite their strategy for normalizing monetary policy this week given signs that a roller-coaster debate over a new tool for controlling interest rates is nearing its resolution. Investors worldwide are watching the U.S. central bank's policy meeting that ends on Wednesday for hints on when it will start raising borrowing costs.
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Meryl Streep Is Terrifying In The New 'Into The Woods' Poster
Disney has released a new Into the Woods poster and a very creepy Meryl Streep is front and center as "The Witch." Streep has always been amazing at every role she takes on, so it's not surprising that when she plays a scary fairytale witch, she really embodies a scary fairytale witch, something the film's trailer shows off in spades. The movie is adapted from the Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical and is directed by Oscar nominee Rob Marshall. The film blends multiple Brothers Grimm fairytales with a modern twist, and in addition to Streep boasts stars like Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, Anna Kendrick and Johnny Depp.
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Germany Unveils Europe's Biggest Battery Plant
Germany switched on Europe's largest commercial battery plant on Tuesday, an installation powered by 25,600 lithium-ion batteries that will help stabilize the region's growing supply of renewable energy.
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Round Two Of Microsoft Layoff Expected Thursday
According to sources close to the company, later this week, Microsoft will lay off another group of employees as part of its planned cuts of 18,000 announced back in July. Microsoft officials said in July that the company would be realigning its worldwide workforce by cutting 18,000 jobs, with 12,500 of those cuts coming from employees Microsoft acquired as part of its acquisition of Nokia's handset and services business.
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Codenamed “Moments”, Facebook Has Built An App For Super-Private Sharing
Facebook has failed repeatedly to get us to use complicated lists and privacy settings to share intimate moments with just our closest friends and family. It’s clumsy and confusing doing that with the same composer for blasting News Feed updates to everyone. But now Facebook is polishing off a new app codenamed “Moments” designed to make this micro-sharing much simpler.
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D’Souza Plans To Write About Prison Experience If Sent To The Slammer
If conservative author and documentarian Dinesh D’Souza is sentenced to prison on Sept. 23 for violating campaign finance laws, he says he will use his time in the slammer as material for his next book. In a very revealing interview about his career and current troubles in the New Republic, D’Souza opened up about the possibility of going to prison. “I’m just gonna have to go to jail and write something about it,” he explained when asked what he will do if he is actually sentenced to hard time. But D’Souza says he his hopeful that this will not be his fate.
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Bank Of America Forgoes $6 Billion With Slimmer Consumer Strategy
A top executive said on Tuesday, Bank of America Corp gave up about $6 billion in annual revenue by phasing out risky consumer banking products and eliminating certain fees, but the long-term impact on profits should be minimal. Thong Nguyen, head of Bank of America's mass-market retail bank, told an investor conference in Boston, The company had previously earned about $3 billion a year in punitive fees such as overdraft charges on debit-card purchases and about $3 billion a year through the sale of identity theft, payment protection and other "add-on" products.
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Netflix Is Finally Letting You Delete Your Viewing History, So Now No One Will Know You Watched The Katy Perry Movie
Netflix recently rolled out a new feature which allows users to delete their viewing history, which will change the recommendations they get from Netflix. The streaming service is also testing out a new "privacy mode" with certain subscribers, because some users may want their recently watched list to be incognito. Director of corporate communications Cliff Edwards said in a statement "At Netflix we continuously test new things. In this case, we are testing a feature in which a user watching a movie or TV show can choose to view in 'Privacy Mode. Choosing that option means the program will not appear in your viewing activity log, nor will it be used to determine recommendations about what you should watch in the future."