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What Really Happens When Someone Enters the Witness Protection Program

Born of the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970, and the brainchild of longtime Department of Justice attorney, Gerald Shur, the U.S. Marshall Service Witness Security Program (WITSEC) has successfully protected more than 18,000 people since it first began operations in 1971.

Membership in the witness protection program is typically for life, and usually begins with a visit from U.S. marshals, whether anticipated or not. While many of the witnesses and their family members have time to make the decision and prepare for their new lives, others are forced to choose rather quickly. Even occasionally having to leave within moments of the marshals arriving.

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Solar Impulse Just Took Off in the Dark to Head from Mandalay to China

Early this morning, Solar Impulse took off form Mandalay, headed to toward China—after more than a week spent waiting in Myanmar for weather conditions to improve for flight.

Expected to be one of the most difficult legs of the airplane's round-the-world journey, this part of the trip will see cabin temperatures drop to -20 degrees Celsius as the aircraft passes over the mountains in the Chinese provinces of Yunnan and Sichuan. At points, pilot Bertrand Piccard will have to use additional oxygen in the unpressurized craft. The route, which should see the airplane tracel around 850 miles, should take around 18 hours. [Solar Impulse, PhysOrg]

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NSA Considered Ending Phone Spying Before the Edward Snowden Leaks

A new report by the Associated Press suggests that the National Security Agency mulled the possibility of abandoning its phone surveillance program just before the Edward Snowden's leaks—though ultimately the suggestion didn't progress fast enough.

The report explains that some officials at the NSA "believed the costs outweighed the meager counterterrorism benefits" that the program offered. Those internal critics pointed to ever-increasing costs of recording and storing information from phone calls which weren't successfully uncovering evidence of terrorism. Understandably, they also "worried about public outrage if the program ever was revealed," points out the AP.

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If you thought Lincoln Motor Company made cars exclusively for real estate agents and Matthew McConaughey, you were very wrong. It has just unveiled a hulking new Continental Concept, which will pave the way for future tarmac terrors (not a spelling error) in the years to come.

Lincoln says the new full-size sedan signals what’s coming from the brand next year. It also boasts that the car has meticulous craftsman ship and, importantly, technology at its core.

What kind of tech you ask? Well, let’s start on the outside where the Continental shines bright with LED matrix headlamps with laser-assisted high beams and light-through-chrome (whatever that is) tail lamps.

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If you're all amped up for the American music festival season, it's a good idea to brush up on what you're allowed to take in -- this year both Coachella (Indio, California, April 10-12, 17-19) and Lollapalooza (Grant Park, Chicago, July 31-August 2) have banned the divisive selfie stick.

According to Coachella's Rules and Policies, there are to be "no selfie sticks/narcissistics" brought into the festival on the two weekends on which it is to take place, while Lollapalooza's FAQ notes that "GoPro attachments like sticks, selfie sticks & monopods" are not allowed.

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In an editorial published by The Washington Post on Sunday, Apple CEO Tim Cook comes down hard on a spate of U.S. legislation he believes enables discrimination under the guise religious freedom.

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After posting a series of tweets on Friday speaking out against controversial laws in Indiana and Arkansas protecting "religious freedom," Cook went a step further and penned a scathing editorial condemning such legislation as "designed to enshrine discrimination in state law."

"Something very dangerous happening in states across the country," Cook writes, referring to a flood of new legislation some believe equates to government protection for discriminatory practices.

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Apple's Tim Cook is increasingly speaking out about social issues. James Martin/CNET

The United States is on the precipice of change, but Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, says it's not for the better.

His concern is a wave of pending legislation in more than two dozen states, mirroring Indiana's controversial new law that some fear will allow discrimination against lesbian, gay and transgendered people through what the state calls "religious freedom." The law, which was signed by Indiana's governor last week, declares that an action by state or local government may not "substantially burden a person's right to the exercise of religion."

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For the first time, quantum entanglement of a single particle has been observed by researchers -- an event that Albert Einstein believed to be impossible under the contemporary quantum mechanics definition of physical reality, calling it "spooky action at a distance".

According to theory, quantum entanglement occurs when a pair of particles remains connected over distance in such a way that actions performed on one particle also have an affect on the other.

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Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook grew more vocal in his fight for equal rights, turning to the editorial pages of the Washington Post to condemn a wave of new legislation that he said would enshrine discrimination.

Cook writes that the newly enacted Indiana Religious Restoration Act, which allows individuals to cite their personal religious beliefs to refuse service to a customer or resist a state non-discrimination law, is just one of more than two dozen similar pieces of legislation under consideration around the country.

Some are more overt than others, like the Texas law that would strip the salaries of clerks who issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, he writes. Others use religion to cloak discrimination.

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Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook grew more vocal in his fight for equal rights, turning to the editorial pages of the Washington Post to condemn a wave of new legislation that he said would enshrine discrimination.

Cook writes that the newly enacted Indiana Religious Restoration Act, which allows individuals to cite their personal religious beliefs to refuse service to a customer or resist a state non-discrimination law, is just one of more than two dozen similar pieces of legislation under consideration around the country.

Some are more overt than others, like the Texas law that would strip the salaries of clerks who issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, he writes. Others use religion to cloak discrimination.

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The iHeartRadio Music Awards were not exactly the Grammys (or even the VMAs), but that's okay because Justin Timberlake and Taylor Swift had a great time entertaining each other.

Within moments of the award show starting Sunday night, Swift and Timberlake trolled the audience by having Justin pretend to accept Taylor's "Best Lyrics" award.

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The iHeartRadio Music Awards were not exactly the Grammys (or even the VMAs), but that's okay because Justin Timberlake and Taylor Swift had a great time entertaining each other.

Within moments of the award show starting Sunday night, Swift and Timberlake trolled the audience by having Justin pretend to accept Taylor's "Best Lyrics" award.

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Efficient Housing Design Might Finally Be Catching On

The idea of passive housing — basically, well-insulated buildings that don't require a ton of energy to heat and cool — is certainly not a new one. Standards for passive housing have been around for 25 years in Europe, but they are only now starting to catch on stateside.

The New York Times has an excellent profile on the rise of the passive house in New York City that's worth a read. 'Catching on' is maybe an overstatement — according to the article, dozens of passive units have been built, but far more are under consideration.

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Efficient Housing Design Might Finally Be Catching On

The idea of passive housing — basically, well-insulated buildings that don't require a ton of energy to heat and cool — is certainly not a new one. Standards for passive housing have been around for 25 years in Europe, but they are only now starting to catch on stateside.

The New York Times has an excellent profile on the rise of the passive house in New York City that's worth a read. 'Catching on' is maybe an overstatement — according to the article, dozens of passive units have been built, but far more are under consideration.

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Anyone who bans jumping on beds is a total buzzkill.

Winter the lamb has a real knack for jumping, so once it discovered that hopping around on a bed was far superior to doing the same on solid ground, there was simply no going back.

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Anyone who bans jumping on beds is a total buzzkill.

Winter the lamb has a real knack for jumping, so once it discovered that hopping around on a bed was far superior to doing the same on solid ground, there was simply no going back.

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The brief walk from dressing room 9 to the stage of Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry takes about 20 seconds, but passes decades of country music’s most prized heritage. There’s the photo of Dolly Parton with Paul McCartney, next to the piano Richard Nixon played and just down the hall from the “duets” room inspired by Johnny and June. On this autumn evening, you might bump into bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, or the Riders in the Sky, decked out in Stetsons and fringed western shirts. It’s a walk down memory lane here in country music’s home church, a study in nostalgia and past glory.

But the spunky, kinetic Hunter Hayes brings a new energy to the scene, and as he takes the stage at 9 PM, a gaggle of young fans – perhaps oblivious to the musical history infusing this space, perhaps not – reflexively unsheathe their iPhones. Hayes’s performance is in many ways emblematic of country’s new wave, a movement that has seen the genre rise to a new level of national popularity while attempting to navigate the tension between a rapidly changing demographic – of performers, songwriters, and fans – and a longstanding embrace of tradition.

It wasn’t inevitable that country music would thrive in the globalized world of perpetual Facebook updates, a world whose frenetic pace can be felt in electronica, or whose nouveau riche aspirations are extolled in hip-hop. In fact, the co-occurrence of spiraling technological advances and the continued rise of the country genre – which traditionally has valued more off-the-grid sensibilities – seems almost paradoxical. In what is an increasingly impressive balancing act, the country music industry has straddled the line between tradition and novelty, avoiding Luddite instincts while preserving the social structure and sense of comfort that has resonated in the heartland for decades.

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A 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea on Monday morning, according to official records.

The earthquake was registered at 9:48 a.m. local time and a tsunami alert has been issued in the region, Geoscience Australia reported. The quake hit 55 kilometers from the city of Kokopo, the capital of East New Britain.

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A 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea on Monday morning, according to official records.

The earthquake was registered at 9:48 a.m. local time and a tsunami alert has been issued in the region, Geoscience Australia reported. The quake hit 55 kilometers from the city of Kokopo, the capital of East New Britain.

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As Apple prepares to launch the Apple Watch, details are starting to emerge that reveal how differently this most personal of the company’s products will be treated in stores.

The watch — whichever of the three models consumers purchase — will be available by reservation. That’s true of consumers who pre-order a watch and want to drop by a store on April 24 to pick it up, as well as for those who are merely curious and want to try one on.

The more individualized handling of the Apple Watch reflects an insight that this device is unlike any other Apple has sold. People will want to try on the different sizes and feel the different materials, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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Finally, an answer.

For months now, the world has been rendered sleepless wondering, "What is a lonely Starbucks lover?" But now, Taylor Swift has clarified the "Blank Space" lyrics, ending the national crisis.

During Sunday's extremely prestigious iHeartRadio Music Awards, Swift picked up the first award of the night for "best lyrics" — yup, that's a category. She used the acceptance speech to assure us that the real lyrics in the "Blank Space" chorus are "I've got a long list of ex-lovers" and not "Starbucks lovers."

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Software development platform GitHub said Sunday it was still experiencing intermittent outages from the largest cyberattack in its history but had halted most of the attack traffic.

Starting on Thursday, GitHub was hit by distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks that sent large volumes of Web traffic to the site, particularly towards two Chinese anti-censorship projects hosted there.

Over the next few days, the attackers changed their DDoS tactics as GitHub defended the site, but as of Sunday, it appears the site was mostly working.

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After three years, Ellen Pao's long, difficult legal battle with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is finally at an end.

And although Pao didn't get the outcome she'd hoped for, she seemed to take solace in the fact that she was able to tell her story — salacious details and all — to thousands of people around the world.

For five weeks, Silicon Valley watched with rapt attention as the trial aired the normally cloistered inner workings of one of the tech industry's most powerful firms. Big-name power players who normally hide behind carefully crafted media messages were grilled by top-notch lawyers, as reporters gathered day after day to watch.

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Editor’s note: Ezra Galston is a venture capitalist with Chicago Ventures and the former Director of Marketing for CardRunners Gaming. He writes the blog BreakingVC.

As an investor in many digital marketplaces (Kapow EventsSpotheroBloomnationShiftgig, among others, as well as an arts and crafts community, Blitsy) I have been eagerly awaiting Etsy’s S1 filing to get a deep look into the business.

The filing didn’t disappoint. Etsy is a powerful business with extraordinary network effects. Its customers are extremely loyal, and its committed sellers are earning significant income. But there are legitimate concerns: it is the quintessential case study on the challenge of low margin platforms. Additionally, it faces uphill challenges – a slowing growth curve and unclear product pipeline. Most importantly, the IPO comes at an inflection point as Etsy looks to expand from its niche, artisanal focus to serving a much wider market.

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Space exploration? Hardly. They haven't done any exploration since the Berlin Wall fell. NASA's putting probes on every planet they can, the ESA and JAXA are launching their own probes, even China and India are doing more exploration than Russia. The only real active area of research for Russia is on the ISS.

Russia's just a cheap source of rockets - and that has more to do with their low cost of labor and massive subsidies than the actual cost-effectiveness of their rockets. The fact that they're currently

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Have you ever wondered how to open up Task Manager with the “All Processes/Users” view instead of just your own processes? I am sure you have lost sleep over it. Well I am here to help you get some sleep and remedy that nagging question you may have had.

In case you are confused about what we might be talking about. On the Processes tab in Task Manager there’s a button called “Show processes from all users” which will re-open Task Manager in order to show all the processes, which can be annoying and time wasting because who has a few seconds to waste these days.

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At any given moment there are approximately a zillion different crowdfunding campaigns happening on the Web. Take a stroll through Kickstarter or Indiegogo and you’ll find there’s no shortage of weird, useless, and downright stupid projects out there – alongside some real gems. We’ve cut through the Pebble clones and janky iPhone cases to round up the most unusual, ambitious, and exciting projects out there this week. Keep in mind that any crowdfunded project — even the best intentioned — can fail, so do your homework before cutting a check for the gadget of your dreams.

Naked Filter — Nanotech water filter

Naked Filter Bottle 2When you’re out in the wilderness, pretty much all of your options for water purification are horrible. Iodine tablets taste like ass, boiling your water takes forever, and reverse osmosis filters are a pain to suck water through. If none of those tickle your fancy, you could always go the SteriPen route, but UV light doesn’t filter out particulate matter. I don’t know about you, but drinking flecks of fish poop and pond scum isn’t my thing.

But not to worry — the good folks at Liquidity Nanotech have developed a much better solution. Using a specially-engineered nano-fiber membrane, the bottle is able to trap 99.999 percent of all bacteria, protozoan cysts, and any other particles bigger than 0.2 microns. Now to be fair, this definitely isn’t the first filter-in-bottle purification system — but thanks to the composition of the nanofiber membrane, water is able to pass through freely, almost like a normal, filterless water bottle.

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British headphone maker RHA has crafted an elegant new pair of in-ear headphones drafted from mold-injection steel to add some style (and substance) to the cutthroat genre, dubbed the T10i. And those who want a healthy burst of bass without sacrificing detail will want to take note.

The T10i aren’t just your ordinary pair of buds. The wrap-around earpieces hold more than a few tricks up their sleeves, not the least of which are the three sets of removable filters that help tune the sound designed to move between a bassier punch, a more natural sound, and a snappier push in the treble.

Related: Sennheiser Momentum Wireless headphones hands-on

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Every once in a while it is a good idea to flush your DNS (Domain Name System) cache of your Windows operating system. You may want to do this because of corrupted connections to the internet that you may experience. Sometimes your cache will maintain bad DNS entries which we call DNS cache poisoning.

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