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Kansas City Chiefs Linebacker Kills Girlfriend, Commits Suicide

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher committed suicide on Saturday (December 1) at the team’s practice facility in Kansas City.
| by Daily | 2012 |

The 25-year-old also shot and killed his 22-year-old girlfriend at their home, before driving to Arrowhead Stadium and turning the gun on himself.

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Millions of GoDaddy sites reportedly taken offline by Anonymous, the largest domain name registrar on the Web, has been taken offline, and a self-proclaimed member of the Anonymous hacktivism collective is taking responsibility.
| by RT | 2012 |

The administrators of GoDaddy confirmed on Monday that they were suffering from technical issues, which the website TechCrunch reports to be impacting a multitude of websites

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University of Colorado allows students to carry guns

The University of Colorado is allowing its students to carry concealed guns with them on campus.
| by RT | 2012 |

Is long as students are 21 or older and have a license to carry a weapon, they can bring guns with them to class, the bookstore, and the quad.

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Startup dumps Facebook: ‘80% of ad clicks came from bots’

New York-based online music startup Limited Run has ditched Facebook after its research revealed an alleged advertising scam.
| by RT | 2012 |

The company claims that 80 percent of its online ad clicks on Facebook were generated from automated ‘bots,’ not humans.

While testing Facebook’s advertising system, Limited Run said it could only verify that around 20 percent of the clicks were coming from users visiting its website.

Limited Run discovered that most of the users clicking on its Facebook ads had JavaScript disabled, making them almost impossible to track with regular analytics software. The company coded a custom-built page logger, and claims it found that 80 percent of the Facebook clicks it was paying for came from bots.

Facebook’s advertising rates are based on the number of clicks a company’s ads receive. Limited Run alleges that the ads were not clicked by real individuals, but rather by automated bots – internet software applications programmed to repeat automated tasks.

“80% of the clicks we were paying for were from bots,” the company said in a post on its Facebook page. “That’s correct. Bots were loading pages and driving up our advertising costs. So we tried contacting Facebook about this. Unfortunately, they wouldn’t reply. Do we know who the bots belong to? No. Are we accusing Facebook of using bots to drive up advertising revenue. No. Is it strange? Yes.”

The company, formerly known as Limited Pressing, also claimed that the social media giant would not allow it to change the name of its Facebook page unless it committed to buy $2,000 of monthly advertising. “Facebook was holding our name hostage,” the post said.

Facebook responded to the accusations: “We’re currently investigating their claims. For their issue with the page name change, there seems to be some sort of miscommunication. We do not charge pages to have their names changed. Our team is reaching out about this now,” Talking Points Memo reported.

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Usher’s 11-year-old stepson Kyle Glover ‘dies after being taken off life support following severe jet ski accident’

Tragic: Usher’s 11-year-old stepson Kyle Glover, pictured here with the R&B star and his former wife Tameka Foster, has died today following a severe jet ski accident earlier this month
Two weeks after a horrible Jet Ski accident left him brain dead, Usher’s stepson Kile Glover died on Saturday (July 20).
| by Celebuzz | 2012 |

The 11-year-old boy was removed from life support while in a Georgia hospital with his mother Tameka Foster.

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Sylvester Stallone’s son dies at 36

Sage Stallone, the 36-year-old son of actor Sylvester Stallone, died Friday, his lawyer said during a phone interview with Los Angeles TV station KNBC.
| by CNN | 2012 |

Sylvester Stallone is devastated and grief-stricken over the sudden loss of his son Sage Stallone,” his representative said in a statement.

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Apple shows new MacBook, ‘most beautiful computer we’ve ever made’

“How many developers does it take to change a lightbulb?”
| By FOX \ 2012 |

With that geeky joke (the answer? “None, that’s a hardware problem”), Apple’s Siri voice-control system opened the company’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco. But the real star of the show was a razor-thin new MacBook Air that Apple called its most beautiful computer ever.

Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage after the warm-up jokes ended, to begin with a bit of hype about the popularity of software on Apple’s gadgets. The App Store has some 650,000 apps and over 30 billion downloads to date, he said.

He quickly segued into the real highlights of the show: the updated Mac computers.

“Today we’re announcing new changes in our notebook lineup, and new versions of our OS and iOS,” Cook told the assembled programmers and enthusiasts from around the world who gathered at the Moscone conference center for what some called “the biggest event Apple has held in years.”

New software isn’t surprising: Apple has used its WWDC to announce new iPhone software for the past few years.More interesting is the next-generation MacBook Pro, unveiled by Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing.

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“[It’s] the most beautiful computer we’ve ever made,” Schiller said. The MacBook Pro has a 15.4-inch high-definition Retina display, weighs 4.5 pounds, and comes with a new Intel chip. Prices will start at $2,199.

“There has never been a notebook this thin, this light, and this powerful. It’s an engineering breakthrough,” Schiller said.
The Pro measures just 0.71 inches thick, the company said, putting it on a par with the Air. The company also showed smaller versions of the Pro starting at $1,000.

But speaking of the Macbook Air, Apple also showed a revamped version of the superthin laptop that was largely responsible for the ultrabook invasion currently sweeping out all the old, fat laptops and ushering in an era of envelope-slim notebooks.
The new Air comes with up to a 2.0-GHz dual-core i7 chip — an ultrafast “Ivy Bridge” processor newly unveiled from CPU giant Intel — as well as up to 8GB of 1,600-MHz memory. It also includes fast new USB 3.0 ports. The Air is on sale today, and sells for $999 to $1,499.

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On the Mac software side, Apple already demonstrated most of the features of OS X 10.8 “Mountain Lion” in February and said it will go on sale late this summer, but developers can already download it. It narrows the gap between the PC and phone software packages, making Mac personal computers work more like iPhones.

Apple on Monday announced three new apps for Mountain Lion — Messages, Reminders, and Notes — as well as tighter integration with the iCloud online storage system and integrated voice control, though not through Siri.
Microsoft Corp., Apple’s chief competitor in PC software, is on a parallel course. It’s set to release Windows 8 later this year, bringing the look and user interface of Windows Phone to PCs.

Moutain Lion will sell for $19.99, the company said.
Finally, Scott Forstall took to the stage to discuss iOS 6, the next iteration of the software that powers the iPhone, iPod and iPad. The software will see over 200 enhancements, he declared, including “significant updates” to Siri.

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Notably, the company announced deep integration with Facebook and that it is working with such car makers as GM, BMW, Mercedes and more to build a Siri access button directly into the steering wheel.

“We’re working with car manufacturers to include a button that will bring up Siri,” Forstall said — a clever idea that shows Apple still knows how to innovate.

Finally, Apple announced a home-grown mapping feature, to replace the Google Maps service it has used since the iPhone was first released. It includes a 3D mapping feature, created from fly-overs of major metropolitan areas, and new mapping features including traffic, support for 100 million businesses, and turn-by-turn navigation.

Ask Siri “Are we there yet?” and she’ll respond with the current status.

“Relax and enjoy the drive. You’ll be there in 14 minutes.”
iOS 6 will be available to developers in beta in a few days. Ordinary users will see it sometime in the Fall.
“The products we make, combined with the apps you make can fundamentally change the world,” Cook told the assembled crowd of developers. “And really I can’t think of a better reason for getting up in the morning.”