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January 20, 2014

Windows XP, like a cockroach, won’t go away. Here’s one symptom.

  • 95% the percentage of ATMs in the United States—there are roughly 420,000 in total—that run on Windows XP. That could be a big problem for the financial industry, as Microsoft plans to stop supporting Windows XP in April. So yeah, oops. source
15:44 // 6 months ago
January 19, 2014

Hundreds visited local hospitals after West Virginia chemical spill

  • 411 the number of patients that have been treated for various chemical-related ailments at local hospitals since the West Virginia chemical spill took place nearly two weeks ago. The last bans on drinking water ended Saturday, but the period was harrowing for those affected: The West Virginia Poison Center had received 2,302 calls from people concerned about the effects of the ban on both themselves and their animals. source
12:39 // 6 months ago
January 15, 2014

Bridge scandal hasn’t soured Gov. Chris Christie’s public image in New Jersey

  • 50% of registered New Jersey voters contacted for a new Quinnipiac University poll believe Governor Chris Christie’s claims, that he did not know about or have a role in a traffic scandal currently rocking his administration, but acknowledge it will likely have an effect on any presidential ambitions he may have had.
  • 40% said they now see Gov. Christie as a bully, though the New Jersey governor also found largely favorable responses among those polled, with 54 percent saying they saw Christie as more of a leader than a bully. source
15:14 // 6 months ago
January 14, 2014

Trillion dollar budget deal would keep the government open through September 30

  • $1.1T will be needed to fund the government through the end of September, according to a new bipartisan budget deal being championed by Republican House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers and Democratic Senate Appropriations Chairman Barbara Mikulski. The bill should help legislators avoid a repeat of the 16-day government shutdown that took place last year, and will be introduced on the House floor on Wednesday. source
17:18 // 6 months ago

School shooting in leaves several students injured in New Mexico

  • 2+ children have been hospitalized following a shooting at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, NM on Tuesday morning. The suspected shooter is now in police custody; however, the school remains on lockdown at this time. The rest of the students from the middle school have been bussed to a nearby mall, and are being released to their families as we speak. source
15:13 // 6 months ago
January 13, 2014

Nigeria’s new anti-gay law makes it illegal to meet with other gay people

  • 38 the number of countries on the African continent that have discriminatory laws targeting gay people—roughly 70 percent of the continent. Nigeria took another step on this front Monday by passing a law, the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act, which outlaws LGBTQ people from even holding a meeting in public. People who break the law face up to 14 years in prison. source
20:23 // 6 months ago
January 12, 2014

Iran nuclear deal comes with some fresh access to overseas funding

  • $550M the amount the Iranian government will receive February 1 as part of its plan to plan to eliminate the country’s stockpiles of uranium, expected to begin January 20 as part of a six-nation deal. The country will receive $4.2 billion in total over a roughly six-month period—overseas funds that were previously blocked due to financial sanctions on the country. source
17:24 // 6 months ago
January 11, 2014

In Vegas, the house is losing out big time

  • $1.35B the net loss that casinos in Nevada reported losing in 2010, the fifth year in a row that the industry has lost more money than it’s taken in. Part of the reason this year? While revenue is way up, so are expenses. Sounds like now’s a good time to roll the dice. source
18:51 // 6 months ago

Overstock made a lot of money in Bitcoin form yesterday

  • $130k the amount that online retailer Overstock.com says it added in retail sales on its first full day of accepting Bitcoin as a form of currency. While it only represented a total of about 840 purchases, those 840 people spent more than $150 per order on average, and while their purchases leaned tech, they also included some of the company’s other strong points, such as home decor. source
16:46 // 6 months ago
January 8, 2014

Early numbers reveal marijuana is pretty popular in Colorado

  • $5M was spent on recreational marijuana during the first week of sales in Colorado, according to the 37 dispensaries currently operating inside the state, including more than $1 million in sales on January 1. State officials expect cannabis sales to generate an estimated $70 million in tax revenue this year, with more than $25 million already allocated for the construction of new schools. source
14:43 // 6 months ago