Detroit can go ahead with the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history ($18 billion in debt, for those playing at home), which is bad news for retired city workers, who now find their pensions facing a sudden threat.
Earlier this year, a Nigerian man spent three days trapped at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, surviving thanks to an air bubble on his sunken ship. He thinks the rescue was divine deliverance.
Kim Jong-Un apparently fired his uncle, who was a powerful deal-broker in the country. Couldn’t negotiate that one, it seems.
Good news for Obama’s Kenya-born uncle: He won’t be forced out of the U.S., after a judge threw out a deportation notice.
Two companies that nobody likes can officially get married.
Microsoft’s latest venture comes as no surprise; competition in the wearables space really is heating up.Google’s witty response to Microsoft’s new anti-Google clothing line. Unlike Google Glass though, you’ll probably look stupid wearing Microsoft’s gear.
Gerald R. Ford wasn’t a particularly iconic president (though we recommend visiting his presidential library), but the aircraft carrier that bears his name, the USS Gerald R. Ford, could be the most innovative aircraft carrier of its kind—ever.
If Microsoft picks Stephen Elop to replace Steve Ballmer as CEO, expect Microsoft Office to show up on more platforms.
Speaking of mayors, they tried to make Rob Ford go to rehab, and he said, “poss-i-bly.” Sorry, Toronto.
Maldives, whose democracy is just five years old, is having a really hard time picking a president.
In a landmark move for the gay rights movement, the Senate has passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill (floating around in various forms since 1994) that bans discrimination against people on basis of their sexuality or gender identity. That’s the good news. The bad news is that John Boehner is sitting on his hands.
President Obama is really, really, really, really, really freaking sorry that the health care law isn’t working out like he promised.
Microsoft has finally figured out that you can’t update a web browser every five years.
Legendary pastor Billy Graham just turned 95. He’s still kickin’.
[E-mail] providers like Google must scan the emails sent to and from their systems as part of providing their services. The automated processes at issue are Google’s ordinary business practices implemented as part of providing the free Gmail service to the public.From a supporting document filed by Google in a California court last Thursday • Making the case that Google needs to scan all emails sent through its services, as part of its “ordinary” practices to provide free Gmail to users. Google’s use of user information for advertising purposes isn’t particularly new or shocking — its system of presenting advertisements based on frequent keywords within user’s emails has been commonplace for years. But the stark terms in which Google is presenting this before the legal system — we simply must scan all the email — as well as this practice not being a blanket industry standard (Microsoft explicitly denies such scanning, as demonstrated in some lame ads for Bing, while Yahoo recently began following Google’s lead), is giving the company some less-than-desirable press at the moment. source