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Hackers Compromise 51 UPS Stores Across the United States

4 hours 42 min ago

A gang of cybercriminals from Eastern Europe, which is believed to be behind this year's high profile breaches of Target, P.F. Chang’s, Neiman Marcus and other retailers has also compromised 51 UPS Stores across the United States.

People who have used their debit or credit cards at UPS Stores between Jan. 20, 2014 and Aug. 11, 2014 may have gotten their data stolen, according to a statement published by the company on Wednesday. UPS discovered that the systems at 51 out of its 4,470 stores had malware installed after receiving a government bulletin alerting various retailers of hackers trying to access their systems. Read more...

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Israeli Airstrike Kills 3 Senior Hamas Leaders

5 hours 38 min ago

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — An Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed three senior leaders of the Hamas military wing on Thursday, the militant group said, in what is likely to be a major blow to the organization's morale and a significant scoop for Israeli intelligence.

The strike near Rafah, a town in the southern part of the coastal territory, was one of 20 the Israeli military said it carried out after midnight on Wednesday.

See also: 'My Saddest Photo Yet': Astronaut Sees Israel and Gaza Rocket Fire From Space

In a text message sent to media, Hamas said three of its senior military leaders — Mohammed Abu Shamaleh, Mohammed Barhoum and Raed al-Attar — were killed, along with three other people. Read more...

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SchoolGuard App Is a Panic Button That Alerts All Police Within 20 Miles

8 hours 1 min ago

A new smartphone system may help law enforcement respond faster to school shootings or other emergenciesSchoolGuard is an app with a button that, when pushed, alerts all police officers within a 20-mile radius of the school at risk.

Many school districts have police notification systems in place in case of an active shooter or other emergency situation, but in many cases, police or other responders do not get to the scene in time to prevent further casualties. A study from the Department of Homeland Security showed that while the average mass shooting lasted 12.5 minutes, the average response time was 18 minutes. Read more...

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Docking Station Makes Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 Indistinguishable From a Desktop

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 23:00

Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 is ready for work. I tote the tablet/ultraportable hybrid everywhere and am almost always pleasantly surprised by how, with its optional Type Cover, effective it can be in any situation that might require a full-blown PC. However, it hadn’t supplanted my go-to Lenovo laptop — until now. And that's all thanks to its new $199.99 docking station.

The 1.4-pound black device is an expertly designed holder for the Windows 8.1-running Surface Pro 3. At roughly 13 x 3.8 x 4 inches (WxHxD), the dock, which holds the Surface Pro 3 at an upright but slightly tilted back angle, isn’t much larger than the tablet. It offers ample ports: five USB (three are 3.0 while two are 2.0), a gigabit Ethernet port, a standard 3.5mm audio jack, a Mini DisplayPort connector and a security slot. Read more...

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Ice Bucket Challenge Raises $8.6 Million in 24 Hours

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 22:28

The Ice Bucket Challenge raised $8.6 million in 24 hours, flooding the ALS Association with donations

Barbara Newhouse, the nonprofit organization's president, said she hopes the gift will be a "game-changer" in the fight against the degenerative disease. However, it's not yet clear how the ALS Association plans to spend its windfall.

The charity revealed on Wednesday that it had received $31.5 million in total — an $8.6 million jump from Tuesday's total of $22.9 million. In comparison, during the same time last year (between July 29 and Aug. 19, 2013), the ALS Association only received $1.9 million. Read more...

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Netflix Plus Oculus Hack Shows What Binging in Virtual Reality Is Like

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 22:00

Netflix may be using Internet distribution as a means to disrupt the traditional broadcast and cable-network model, but this week, the company showed off a brand new experiment that could become a future reality: Oculus meets Netflix

The mashup, appropriately dubbed Oculix, shows a user sitting in front of his laptop while wearing the virtual-reality headset to peruse Netflix's catalog

See also: Oculus Rift Hack Lets You Live Real Life Like a Video Game

But the real fun begins when the video shows what the Oculus wearer can see, instantly transporting viewers into a virtual room where a floating grid of television shows and films await selection Read more...

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Bondi Hipsters Show Reality of Australian Men in Old Spice Ad

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 21:32

SYDNEY — With all the hype surrounding the hilarious Old Spice ads, it was only a matter of time before Australia got its very own version.

The Bondi Hipsters — known for their irreverent videos about Australian hipster culture — have gotten on board with the "man smells" company to create a ridiculous video in response to the hugely popular "Mom song," which shows American mothers struggling to let go of their sons.

See also: 7 Nasty Things Australians Are Saying About Iggy Azalea

Dom and Adrian, the boys from Sydney, may not be "The Man Your Man Could Smell Like," but they do have their own mahnly charm. Read more...

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Iceland Evacuates Area Near Bardabunga Volcano Over Eruption Concerns

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 21:30

Authorities in Iceland have evacuated areas surrounding the country's largest glacier amid worries that Bardarbunga, a sub-glacial volcano there, will soon erupt.

Around 3,000 small earthquakes have been detected since Aug. 16, and unusual seismic activity continued into Wednesday. Iceland's civil protection agency said a volcanic eruption "cannot be ruled out," and evacuated about 300 people, most of them tourists.

See also: 11 Shocking Google Earth Before-and-After Photos

The Bardabunga volcanic system is the largest in Iceland, and is located more than 190 miles from the capital of Reykjavik Read more...

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Emergency Responders Are Building a Star Trek-Style Communication Device

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 21:16

The Launchpad is a series that introduces Mashable readers to compelling startups. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here.

Name: OnBeep

One-Liner Pitch: OnBeep is developing wearable devices that promise to let groups communicate without ever having to pull out their smartphones.

Why It's Taking Off: The startup aims to change the way groups collaborate in real time.

Jesse Robbins has a tendency to move in the opposite direction of the tech industry. He worked as a systems engineer in the late 1990s, but just as the dot-com bubble was reaching its frothiest point, he decided to take a step back from the industry. The reason? Robbins wanted to become a firefighter. Read more...

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Mo'ne Davis and Team Still Alive After Little League World Series Loss

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 20:49

Mo'ne Davis entered Wednesday's Little League World Series showdown as America's darling, a 13-year-old girl whose dynamite pitching led her team from Philadelphia to the national stage and landed her on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week

Her team's opponents from Las Vegas entered as an afterthought, a high-powered squad of heavy hitters that had been relegated to de facto villain status through no fault of their own, simply due to the inspiring dominance of the girl from Philadelphia with the long braids and the 70-mph fastball

Both teams entered just six innings and a victory from the Little League World Series' U.S. championship game. Read more...

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For Conflict Journalists, Kidnappings Loom as a Part of the Job

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 20:40

In the wake of a video showing the murder of photojournalist James Foley, the world has been reminded that members of the media now occupy a new place in conflict zones — as valuable hostages for groups desperate for money and attention.

News of the Foley video spread quickly on Tuesday — and the group behind it, ISIS, had banked on it doing so. The video contained a message for U.S. President Barack Obama, who condemned the outrage on Wednesday.

See also: Obama Mourns Journalist: Islamic State 'Has No Place in the 21st Century'

The video also serves as a grim reminder that journalists are often captured with hardly any public acknowledgment. The other American journalist in the Foley video, freelance journalist Steven Sotloff, had been kidnapped in August. That had not been widely known due to a media blackout, according to a friend of Sotloff's family. Read more...

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7 Nasty Things Australians Are Saying About Iggy Azalea

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 19:19

SYDNEY — She is the most successful export Australians just don't seem to care about.

Her name is Iggy Azalea and the 24-year-old is hot property in the American music scene right now. She even topped Billboard's "Songs of the Summer" contest with her track "Fancy," which those in the know have called a game changer.

There is feverish debate about this local girl from the biggest little town in Australia, Mullumbimby. The girl who grew up in a mud hut in the back of Bourke is better known back home for losing her identity instead of her American success story


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A Powerful Video Every Ice Bucket Challenge Hater Needs to See

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 18:52

Anthony Carbajal was diagnosed with ALS at age 26, and he has a tearful message for all the Ice Bucket Challenge critics.

So before you complain about your Facebook Newsfeed being overrun by friends and family dumping icy water on their heads, take a few minutes to hear Anthony's story.

Naked Kermit the Frog Risks Life for Ice Bucket Challenge

Musical Robin Williams Tribute Will Remind You to 'Seize the Day'

Taylor Swift's Many Music Video Personas in One Supercut

George W. Bush's Ice Bucket Challenge Includes a Plot Twist Read more...

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Melbourne Beats Out Sydney in Liveability and Food

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 18:48

SYDNEY — Melbourne is getting a lot of good press this week. First, it was declared Australia's most liveable city, and now it has the best restaurant in the country.

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index ranked Melbourne no. 1 out of 140 cities around the world for the fourth year in a row. Melbourne beat out Vienna in Austria and Vancouver in Canada for the top spot in the annual report. And don't even mention Sydney.

See also: Restaurant Demands Customers Stop Sharing Meals, Drinking Tap Water

Australia scored well overall compared to the rest of the world, with four cities securing places in the top 10. Adelaide, the city of churches, shocked by sitting pretty at no. 5. Sydney surely won't be happy with spot no. 7 on the list. Meanwhile, Perth scraped in at no. 9. Read more...

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Ferguson Live Updates: Eric Holder Calls for Change in Personal Appeal

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 18:38

Mashable is following the latest from Ferguson, where protesters and police are squaring off over the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. See Tuesday's live coverage here.

3 things you need to know on Wednesday, Aug. 20:

  • Attorney General Eric Holder visited the city and called for "concrete action," telling community members change is possible.

  • St. Louis County police said they arrested 51 people overnight, and that most were from the area.

  • A 25-year-old man was named in Tuesday's police shooting that left him dead.

  • REPORTERS IN FERGUSON, Mo.: Amanda Wills (@amandawills), Ashley Codianni (@AshleyCodianni) | EDITORS IN NEW YORK, SAN FRANCISCO, TORONTO, AUSTRALIA: Brian Ries (@moneyries), Jonathan Ellis (@jonathanellis), Kate Sommers-Dawes (@ekatesd), Anita Li (@neeeda) , Jenni Ryall (@jennijenni) Read more...

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    Protesters Hang Huge Palestinian Flag From Manhattan Bridge

    Wed, 08/20/2014 - 18:04

    Pro-Palestinian protesters scored a major propaganda victory Wednesday with the unfurling of a giant Palestinian flag from one of the most visible bridges in New York City.

    The flag reads "Gaza. Boycott Divestment Sanctions," and was unfurled around 7pm ET. It was removed by New York Police roughly 30 minutes later. It appears to have been timed to the arrival of a group of about 300 protesters who were crossing the nearby Brooklyn Bridge on their way to City Hall in Manhattan

    See also: Inside the 'Terror Tunnels' in Gaza

    New York journalist Nick Pinto was crossing the Brooklyn Bridge with the protesters at the time: Read more...

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    24 Hours Later, St. Louis Police Release Video of Officers Shooting Knife-Wielding Man

    Wed, 08/20/2014 - 17:30

    A man wielding a knife outside a north St. Louis convenience store was shot dead on Tuesday by St. Louis city police officers, whose department then moved fast to release video and 911 tapes related to the incident.

    The shooting came less than two weeks after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot dead in nearby Ferguson, also by a police officer. The St. Louis shooting further inflamed protesters in a community already raw with anger over police aggression.

    See also: Ferguson Teens: Acting Tough. Risking Their Lives. Hiding Their Fear.

    In a video released by police, shot on a witness' cellphone, the man, 25-year-old Kajieme Powell, can be seen pacing while he apparently waits for police officers to arrive outside the store. Read more...

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    NFL Adds Football to Apple TV Menu of Sports Channels

    Wed, 08/20/2014 - 17:26

    Sports fans just got another reason to consider integrating Apple TV into their home entertainment systems, after it was announced on Wednesday that NFL Now is launching on the device

    With this addition, Apple TV users can access free National Football League content, including archived video highlights of games, clips, original shows created by NFL Media, live press conferences and films created under the NFL Films banner

    See also: Apple TV: The Little Hobby That Wouldn't Die

    Users will also have the option of upgrading NFL Now by signing up for NFL Now Plus, a $1.99-per-month service that delivers instant in-game highlights Read more...

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    10 Moments From Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' Video That Will Destroy Your Innocence

    Wed, 08/20/2014 - 17:02

    (If it wasn't clear from the headline, this video and the GIFs that follow are extremely NSFW.)

    It's Nicki Minaj's butt's world — we're all just living in it

    The rapper debuted her video for Anaconda Wednesday and it's, well, oh my god, look at her butt.

    The song is a throwback to Sir-Mix-a-Lot's 1992 classic "Baby Got Back" that borrows a lot from the song. But Nicki, of course, takes booty-shaking to the next level in a cheeky video set in the jungle (or an infomercial for blenders). Then she gives Drake a lap dance (!!!!!!!)

    Both Drake and Nicki teased (pun very-much intended) the video on Instagram during the past week, confirming that Drake did indeed start from the bottom and now has returned to it Read more...

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    U.S. Troops Tried to Rescue Foley and Others in Syria, But Couldn't Find Them

    Wed, 08/20/2014 - 16:56

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama sent U.S. troops to Syria earlier this summer to rescue a number of Americans held by a violent extremist group, including slain journalist James Foley, but the troops did not find the hostages, senior Obama administration officials said Wednesday.

    The officials said the rescue mission was authorized after intelligence agencies believed they had identified the location inside Syria where the hostages were being held. But the several dozen special operations troops who were dropped by aircraft into Syria did not find them, and instead engaged in a firefight with Islamic State militants before departing. Read more...

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