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Huffington Post Technology Friday, April 4, 2014 - 09:24 Source

Ali Safran wanted to turn the anniversary of the date she was sexually assaulted into something positive. The Mount Holyoke College senior didn't expect the resulting project in its first year to grow into a nonprofit corporation that inspired legislation in California and created classroom lessons used as far away as Turkey.

Huffington Post Technology Friday, April 4, 2014 - 08:59 Source

Let there be no mistake: the future and openness of the Internet is of paramount importance. Unfortunately, recent headlines could easily lead someone who hasn't followed Internet policy to think the United States recently and suddenly decided to give up control over the Internet - and that this will give rise to censorship and other misfortune around the world.

Huffington Post Featured Friday, April 4, 2014 - 08:59 Source

Recently, Speaker John Boehner asserted the following: "The president can go out there and tout all the people he's signed up, but how about the young man I talked to last week out in California whose premiums have doubled? His co-pay and deductibles tripled, and his wife's hours got cut to 29 hours."

Huffington Post Featured Friday, April 4, 2014 - 08:59 Source

First, let me say what you read here is going to be wrong in several ways. High frequency trading, or HFT, covers such a wide path of trading that different parties participate or are impacted in different ways. I wanted to put this out there as a starting point. Hopefully the comments will help further educate us all.

1. Electronic trading is part of HFT, but not all electronic trading is high frequency trading.

Huffington Post Featured Friday, April 4, 2014 - 08:59 Source

Dancing is one of the things I love the most. As a young girl I studied at a theatre school called Barbara Speake Stage School and was trained in all forms of dance - tap, contemporary, a bit of ballet...

When I first started my modelling career I didn't know anything about modelling poses and so just relied on what I knew from dance. I think this gave me a bit of an advantage starting out because I was seen to be moving in a unique way and this got me some positive attention. (I need to point out here that I did know how to do a runway walk, because my mother taught me that!)

Huffington Post Technology Friday, April 4, 2014 - 08:56 Source

Now you don't have to worry about whether your latest Vine is appropriate for everyone. The app's latest update lets you share private video messages directly with other users.

The Twitter-owned video-sharing app announced Thursday that users can now record six-second videos and send them directly to individuals, rather than sharing them with the entire Vine community.

Friends can reply to private messages with either a video or a written message. Vine users can even send private videos to non-Vine users via text.

Huffington Post Technology Friday, April 4, 2014 - 08:55 Source

I get it. I get that we all want to look like a glamorous celebrity by posting our Cobb salads on Instagram (and let's be honest, you probably didn't really enjoy that Cobb salad). I understand that. I am guilty of posting something on Instagram in hopes to look like my life is immensely interesting. (I am sitting on my bed with a glass of milk and Lily Allen music in the background, so that shows how interesting I really am.)

Huffington Post Technology Friday, April 4, 2014 - 08:46 Source

I often get asked about my research process for the Buffer blog. For my science and life hacking posts in particular, I rely heavily on scientific research to back up my points, so there's a lot of research to be done.

Huffington Post Technology Friday, April 4, 2014 - 08:36 Source

The Internet has given us a lot of great things. Wikipedia comes to mind. Maybe email and online shopping make your list. I don't know (or really care).

But the Internet has also created a lot of terrible things, and most of them are words. And some, like Gawker editor-in-chief Max Read, want to put an end to this Internet speak.

Read sent a message to Gawker employees on Thursday laying out new rules for the website's language and banning Internet words like "epic," "win" and "OMG."

Huffington Post Technology Friday, April 4, 2014 - 08:06 Source

Chinese tech companies have splurged on major acquisitions of U.S. high tech firms in the first quarter of 2014, spending big bucks in pursuit of the markets, technology and talent found in the U.S., according to a report released Tuesday by the Asia Society and the Rhodium Group. But with cybersecurity questions driving a wedge in U.S.-China relations recently, the acquisitions are generating equal amounts of excitement and anxiety.

Huffington Post Featured Friday, April 4, 2014 - 07:59 Source


It may have been short-lived, but my experience on DWTS was intense. Every single person I come across, friends and strangers alike, start with their own assumption: "It must have been SO MUCH FUN!!" Actually, fun is not the word for my particular adventure. It was intense.

Huffington Post Technology Friday, April 4, 2014 - 07:54 Source

A recent article by the Associated Press brought to light an intricate cover operation by the U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID) in Cuba.

Huffington Post Featured Friday, April 4, 2014 - 06:59 Source

Oh my, did I need Opening Day this year. Opening Day, of course, is the first day of the baseball season. For baseball fans, it is a time when hope comes alive again, after a long winter of waiting.

Huffington Post Featured Friday, April 4, 2014 - 06:59 Source

With news that another shooting tragedy has hit Ft. Hood, my heart is breaking for the families of those who were wounded and killed by a gunman who is said to have purchased a gun, off-base, brought it on to the base, and unleashed carnage. While many details are still unknown, it is too early to talk about what may have triggered this incident and what, specifically, could have stopped it. However, there are three broad points to keep in mind as news unfolds.

Huffington Post Technology Friday, April 4, 2014 - 06:58 Source

Brendan Eich, the newly named CEO of the software firm Mozilla Corporation, resigned from the post after angering gay rights activists and some in the tech industry for his opposition to same-sex marriage.

Eich's views on gay marriage came to light in the days following his appointment last week to run Mozilla, best-known for its Firefox browser. News re-emerged of a $1,000 donation he made in 2008 supporting California's Proposition 8, an anti-gay marriage referendum.

Huffington Post Technology Friday, April 4, 2014 - 06:16 Source

"Thor: The Dark World" was a big, fat box office hit (like basically every other Marvel superhero film), but that doesn't mean it was a cinematic masterpiece.

Now that CinemaSins has taken a crack at "Thor: The Dark World," it's pretty clear that the darkest part of this film isn't the "world," but the messy plot.

Huffington Post Featured Friday, April 4, 2014 - 05:59 Source

If wealth and income weren't already so concentrated in the hands of a few, the shameful McCutcheon decision by the five Republican appointees to the Supreme Court wouldn't be as dangerous. But by taking Citizens United one step further and effectively eviscerating campaign finance laws, the Court has issued an invitation to oligarchy.

Huffington Post Technology Friday, April 4, 2014 - 05:56 Source

The Higgs boson — a particle thought to explain how other particles get their mass — is tiny, but it may not be the tiniest particle yet. Theories have long predicted the existence of even smaller particles that might make up the Higgs, and recent research suggests these pip-squeaks, dubbed techni-quarks, are likely lurking in the universe.

Huffington Post Technology Friday, April 4, 2014 - 05:46 Source

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is not amused that Samsung is promoting a selfie with the president taken by Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz on a Samsung phone.

Spokesman Jay Carney says the White House objects any time the president's image is used for commercial purposes. Carney says in this case, quote, "We certainly object." Carney didn't say whether the White House has asked Samsung to stop using the image.

Huffington Post Technology Friday, April 4, 2014 - 05:02 Source

SEATTLE (AP) — A World Vision board member has resigned in protest after the Christian aid group quickly reversed its decision to hire employees in same-sex marriages.

Jacquelline Fuller, director of corporate giving for Google Inc., said in an email Wednesday to The Associated Press that she remains a "huge fan" of the group's work on behalf of the poor, but she resigned Friday "as I disagreed with the decision to exclude gay employees who marry." She declined to comment further.

Huffington Post Featured Friday, April 4, 2014 - 04:59 Source

The basics of responding to any illness (after prevention, when possible), including mental illnesses and addictions, are:

-- Detect it (by screening for it and with clinical examination).

-- Diagnose it (by using standardized diagnostic criteria and appropriate tests).

-- Intervene to prevent progression (to further illness, even death) and to restore health.

Huffington Post Technology Friday, April 4, 2014 - 04:52 Source

Nintendo on Thursday released a new trailer for “Mario Kart 8," showcasing new items, tracks and features that will appear in the upcoming Wii U game.

Huffington Post Technology Friday, April 4, 2014 - 04:40 Source

co-authored by Dr. Stephen Bryen, Chairman Ziklag Systems

Huffington Post Technology Friday, April 4, 2014 - 04:17 Source

It's a bird. It's a plane. It's a ... high-altitude flying wind turbine.

A company by the name of Altaeros Energies, borne from the labs at MIT, is poised to break the record for the highest wind turbine ever deployed, with plans to float an electricity-generating device at an altitude of 1,000 feet above a site south of Fairbanks, Alaska.

Huffington Post Featured Friday, April 4, 2014 - 03:59 Source

I'm disappointed with the results of yesterday's ruling on McCutcheon v. FEC, as the Supreme Court strikes yet another blow against badly needed campaign finance law. But I am also exceptionally disappointed with the public reaction. Everything is within the context of the insider, beltway game of politics. Did the lobbyists win or lose? How will this affect mega-donors like Sheldon Adelson? Did the parties become more relevant than the super PACs? Did senior legislators get a leg up on fundraising?

Huffington Post Featured Friday, April 4, 2014 - 03:59 Source

Last week Sheldon Adelson was happily shopping for new candidates to bankroll, and this week the Supreme Court has ruled that the wealthy can pour exponentially more cash directly into our political system than they could before. If you're a billionaire looking to buy political influence, this is your month.

Huffington Post Technology Friday, April 4, 2014 - 03:40 Source

The Tesla Model S comes equipped with a 17-inch touch screen in its center console, from which drivers can connect to the Internet and browse the Web -- even while the car is in motion. And what online info is so important that Tesla riders can't wait to get out of the car to look up? A digital advertising firm has the answer, and we have to admit we're a little surprised by what it is.

Huffington Post Technology Friday, April 4, 2014 - 03:34 Source

You know them. You've seen them. You might even be one. Well, not you, of course. You're cool. I'm totally talking about that annoying friend you have. Yeah... that's the ticket.

So even though I am a parent and I love parents, the fact of the matter is we can be an infuriating bunch. The know-it-all mentality, the one-upmanship, the showboating -- it can all be a little much at times. Unfortunately, social media -- and Facebook especially -- serves as a virtual bullhorn that broadcasts that obnoxiousness across the Internet and beams all the bullshit directly to your laptop, tablet or phone.

Huffington Post Technology Friday, April 4, 2014 - 03:28 Source


Casinos. Banks. Airports. We all know there are public places where we're being watched, ostensibly for crime-prevention purposes. But with the advancement of digital technologies, "Big Brother's" reach has gotten way wider, recording our movements—and our conversations—in a surprising amount of places.

Huffington Post Featured Friday, April 4, 2014 - 02:59 Source

Previously published on

I continue my conversation with education historian Diane Ravitch about the privatization of public education. In this extra video, we talk about the problem with charter schools being run by billionaires, celebrities and individuals with no experience in education; the fact that taxpayers are increasingly funding religious schools and why hedge-fund managers see education as an emerging market.