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An anonymous reader writes: Amazon has quietly rolled out a new business called "Home Services," which aims to be a middleman between customers and all sorts of contracted services. It includes things like appliance repair, home cleaning, installation/assembly of products in your car or home, tutoring (academic and musical), and even performance art. Amazon makes money on this by taking a cut of the total price — between 10 and 20 percent. Since everything is geolocated, they have many more options available in big cities than in small rural communities. One of Amazon's goals is to help standardize the price for various services, so there aren't any surprises when the bill comes due.
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There you go, making sense again.

I was raised in a very poor family, one of the poorest in our city, but I have an IQ that's very high, and I always made good grades in school. I don't see the relationship between poverty and smaller brains, nor do I see the relationship between poverty and crime. Of course I was raised in a good family that wasn't trash.

Parental involvement makes more of a difference, and unmarried teens are simply not the best parents. Ask any teacher and they can tell you which students

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You won’t find warnings on the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, the rising tide of violence in Honduras or the terrorist threat in Sydney, Australia, on travel advice site Gogobot. It leaves that to the U.S. State Department and other official agencies.

But vacationers considering a trip to Indiana will find a stark message at the top of many of Gogobot’s Indiana state and city pages warning visitors of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which critics fear may lead to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The site, which delivers recommendations tailored to discrete interest groups or “tribes,” counts some 30,000 gays, lesbians and transgender people among its 16 million users.

“If somebody used Gogobot to research a trip to Indiana and ended up getting turned away at a restaurant or hotel, we thought that would be important for our travelers to know,” said Chief Executive Travis Katz, noting there’s no travel advisory for this kind of information. “Given that’s what our site’s about, I felt it was a really natural response for us.”

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DHAKA, Bangladesh — The brutal killing of yet another blogger in broad daylight in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka has sent shockwaves through the country.

On Monday, blogger Oyasiqur Rahman was hacked to death, just weeks after an almost identical killing of Avijit Roy, an American blogger of Bangladeshi origin.

Rahman, who was in his 20s and went by the alias Babu — as well as the pen name Kucchit Hasher Channa, meaning Ugly Duckling — was attacked Monday morning near his home.

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mpicpp writes in with this story about a mistake that saw personal details of world leaders accidentally disclosed by the Australian immigration department. "With a single key stroke, the personal information of President Obama and 30 other world leaders was mistakenly released by an official with Australia's immigration office. Passport numbers, dates of birth, and other personal information of the heads of state attending a G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, were inadvertently emailed to one of the organizers of January's Asian Cup football tournament, according to The Guardian. The U.K. newspaper obtained the information as a result of an Australia Freedom of Information request. Aside from President Obama, leaders whose data were released include Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Chinese President Xi Jinping and British Prime Minister David Cameron. The sender forgot to check the auto-fill function in the email 'To' field in Microsoft Outlook before hitting send, the BBC reports."
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Gmail's Android app just became an even better solution for users with multiple email accounts.

Google's latest update to the Android version of the app added a new "all inboxes" view and improved the way email threads are organized for non-Google email accounts.

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The U.S. International Trade Commission has decided to investigate Apple after two complaints from Ericsson that the iPhone maker violated its patents.

The companies have been fighting since the start of the year when a license agreement covering Apple’s use of Ericsson patents on LTE high-speed wireless technology expired. Apple complained that Ericsson had asked too much money for the patents during negotiations.

Apple sued Ericsson in January, arguing the patents are not essential for LTE technology and that the price was excessive. Ericsson counter-sued two days later, alleging Apple had infringed the patents and that the price was fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory—the requirement for patents used in industry standards.

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Although Samsung isn't revealing preorder numbers for its new Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge devices, it's safe to say that demand is high.

High enough, at least, for Samsung to charter several Boeing 747 planes packed with Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge devices from China headed for its partners in the United States.

T-Mobile preorders started shipping to customers on Friday, with the first units arriving in customers' hands on Monday. The official release date for the S6 and S6 Edge is April 10.

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Revitalize Saggy Couch Cushions with Poly-Fil and Quilt Batting

Over time, couch cushions can start to get a little droopy and sad. You can perk them back up again by adding some extra fluff to the inside of each cushion.

Your cushions and pillows will start to sag for a couple of reasons: they slowly soak up moisture and the stuffing gets displaced over time. If a little sun bathing isn’t enough to fluff those things up, you might have to add more stuffing inside. Tonya at the Love of Family and Home Blog suggests plumping the back cushions back up with some Poly-Fil polyester fiber and some quilt batting for the cushions you sit on. It won’t cost you very much, and after that your couch should look like new. Of course, this only works for couches that allow you to unzip the cushions. To learn more about the process, check out the link below.

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Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service.

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Jurist Steve Sammut, a 62-year-old office supplies representative who voted with the majority against Ellen Pao, reached out to Re/code over the weekend. If we were going to spend so much time covering this trial — Pao’s gender discrimination suit against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers – we deserved to know what happened in the jury deliberations, he wrote. We’d never acknowledged each other in the courtroom, but Sammut said he’d grown familiar with Nellie’s orange laptop case and Liz’s orange shoes.

So all three of us met at the Coffee Bar near Potrero Hill, and over a croissant and a wide-ranging conversation, Sammut gave his own version of the decision to deny Pao’s claims of discrimination, his take on the notorious porn-plane discussion and a blow-by-blow account of the final chaotic moment when a jurist changed his mind in front of 200 people gathered to hear the verdict.

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How to Defeat the Most Common Self-Fulfilling Fitness Prophecies

"I've ruined my diet" is a motivation-crushing phrase. We like to think that we're a pretty trustworthy analyst of our own fitness lives, but we're often wrong—and making our own bleak analysis can actually cause a bad outcome.

A self-fulfilling prophecy is a prediction that causes itself to become true. These are dangerous in fitness, where mindset is often the determinant of success. Here are three of the most common, and how you can overcome them.

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Tidal, the Jay Z-owned streaming service built around high quality tracks, is relaunching in a move that could give consumers a new option when weighing competitors like Spotify or Pandora.

The revamped Tidal will go live on Monday at 5 p.m. U.S. Eastern time, as indicated by a large countdown timer that dominates its homepage. A company spokesman confirmed the relaunch plan but declined to comment further on how Tidal’s service might change. It’s reasonable to speculate that the new Tidal may feature lower pricing, new app functions, or an expansion of its existing database of 25 million “lossless” CD quality songs.

Tidal’s ad-free flagship service currently costs $19.99 per month, and can be accessed on the desktop, iOS, Android and home audio players like Sonos. A version offering standard sound quality costs $9.99 per month. Ad-supported services from competitors like Spotify, Pandora, Rdio and Deezer are free, although premium versions without ads cost around $9.99 per month or less.

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The Justice Department announced charges on Monday against two former federal agents accused of stealing the digital currency bitcoin during the investigation of the underground drug marketplace Silk Road.

Carl Force, a former Drug Enforcement Administration agent, and Shaun Bridges, a special agent with the Secret Service, were charged in a criminal complaint filed in San Francisco federal court with offenses including wire fraud and money laundering.

Silk Road was an underground website where people bought drugs and other illicit goods using bitcoin digital currency. By the time authorities shut it down in October 2013, Silk Road had generated around $200 million in sales, prosecutors said.

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It's Very, Very Easy for Hackers to Steal Your IRS Account

The only thing that sucks worse than doing taxes is a hacker stealing your identity, doing your taxes for you, and then depositing your return in a random bank account, where it can later be transferred to Nigeria. Sound impossible? It's not, according to the story of an unlucky man named Michael Kasper.

Long story short: You should register your IRS.gov account, because it's frightfully easy for hackers to do it for you. That's what happened to Kasper, who recently recounted his horror story to veteran security reporter Brian Krebs. An enterprising crook managed to register Kasper's IRS.gov account, request a transcript for his 2013 tax return, and then use that information to file a 2014 tax return successfully. The money from the return went to the bank account of a random student, who then sent the money via Western Union to Nigeria. She'd been hired off of Craigslist for a moneymaking opportunity and didn't realize she was doing something illegal. (Pro tip: Assume every "moneymaking opportunity" on Craigslist is illegal unless they can prove otherwise.)

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In the 1970s, two inhuman creatures—one hairy and tall, another with orange eyes—were spotted in New England. The mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts, blamed these monsters not on unreliable testimonies, but recombinant DNA technology, then a new and promising laboratory technique.

This outrageous claim was leveled by one Alfred Vellucci, a Cambridge mayor who reserved a unique animosity for academia, and Harvard, especially. He was fond of threatening, for example, to pave the university's grassy quad over for a parking lot—obviously the best solution to Cambridge's parking woes.

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Finally, Gmail's Android App Can Show All Your Accounts In One Inbox

Gmail just got a lot better on Android devices. Finally, after years of gripes, you can finally look at all of your email accounts at once with a new unified inbox. It even looks prettier, too!

The Official Gmail Blog just announced the new "All Inboxes" feature. The post explains that even non-Gmail accounts will work, so you're in luck, Hotmail users. Third party emails will also enjoy the same threaded message view that Gmail users have long loved. The new features will roll out for all Android users in the coming days.

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Two former U.S. government agents face charges related to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of bitcoin while assisting with an investigation of the Silk Road underground online marketplace, with one accused of using a fake online persona to extort money from operators of the site.

Facing charges of wire fraud and money laundering are Carl Force, 46, of Baltimore, a former special agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, and Shaun Bridges, 32, of Laurel, Maryland, a former special agent with the U.S. Secret Service. Both served on the Baltimore Silk Road Task Force, which investigated illegal activity on the Silk Road website, the Department of Justice said Monday in a press release.

Force served as an undercover agent with the task force and worked to establish contact with a main target of the investigation, Ross Ulbricht, also known as Dread Pirate Roberts, who was convicted in February of criminal charges related to running Silk Road. In addition to wire fraud and money laundering, Force is charged with theft of government property and conflict of interest.

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ClearStory taps HDFS and Apache Spark in the cloud to let business users blend high-scale, variable data and analyze it with in-memory speed.
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It combines the scalability and variable-data adaptability of Hadoop, the in-memory analysis speed of Apache Spark, and the agility and usability of a cloud-based tool designed for business analysts.

These are the traits that ClearStory Data promises. With a new release of its cloud service announced on Monday, the company said it's delivering greater control over data-blending and analysis, more types of analyses, and better performance, due to behind-the-scenes integration of the latest (version 1.2) data-processing engine from Apache Spark, the distributed, in-memory analytics platform.

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