Sunday, June 30, 2013

Oakland Museum of California Launches Its Advanced Magazine Tablet Application in Partnership with Diablo Custom Publishing

? (June 30, 2013) Oakland Museum of California Launches Its Advanced Magazine Tablet Application in Partnership with Diablo Custom Publishing

Walnut Creek, CA (PRWEB) June 30, 2013

Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) today announced that it has launched the OMCA Advanced Magazine Tablet Application (app) for iPad, Droid and Kindle platforms. The Advanced Tablet App is available for free through Apples iTunes store, Google Marketplace and the Amazon App Store. The app enables OMCA to share content about the Museum and its offerings with new and existing audiences, including Museum members and donors. Diablo Custom Publishing (DCP) has published OMCAs magazine, Inside Out, for three years and now, in partnership with OMCA, produces the enhanced digital version for the tablet.

Readers can access the Oakland Museum of California App via their iPad or tablet to discover stories about whats happening at the Museum, explore videos from the Galleries, and more. Audiences can enjoy an insiders behind-the-scenes peek at the new Gallery of California Natural Sciences. They can also explore the natural world around the Lake Merritt neighborhood, using a custom-illustrated, interactive map created by Oakland artist Michael Wertz; viewers can also follow three groups as they customize their OMCA visitor experiencewhich shows readers how to do the same. Additionally, readers can find out about special events at OMCA and preview upcoming exhibitions.

Editorial content is optimized for tablet viewing through enhanced app features, including audio, video and interactive content overlays. OMCAs Tablet App provides custom buttons that give the reader control over content as well as social share that is incorporated into articles. When a reader shares an article via social media, the recipient can read it in a web viewer, enabling integrated peer-to-peer viral marketing.

The Advanced Magazine Tablet App allows for both horizontal and vertical orientations, and each direction offers a unique and optimized layout designed by the DCP team. Select pages contain photo galleries that can be controlled by the reader, and all pages include assigned hot zones that pull up a navigation bar, enabling additional control and functionality.

The development of this Advanced Tablet App is a milestone moment for OMCA, states Kelly Koski, associate director, communications and audience development, Oakland Museum of California. As the Museum of California, OMCA is constantly looking for new and engaging ways to share stories about the cultural, artistic and natural history of our state. Our Tablet App provides a fresh way to share the Museums content through an engaging and interactive platform that extends our audiences reach to new levels. OMCA has been delighted with our partnership with DCP on the development, creation and production of our member newsletter, Inside/Out, which launched in spring of 2010, and we enjoyed the same top-notch level of services with the creation of our new tablet app.

We are extremely excited to offer this cutting-edge app platform to OMCA, states Barney Fonzi, group publisher for Diablo Publications. DCPs new Advanced Magazine Tablet App offers the perfect blend of magazine-style layouts with engaging interactive content. Our edit and design teams are developing innovative and stylish designs that seamlessly integrate with the way tablets deliver content to their readers.

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Diablo Custom Publishing, the Bay Areas leading custom publisher, provides complete print, online and mobile custom publishing services to a diverse group of clients, including Dignity Health, the Oakland Museum of California, Chevron, University of California Hastings College of the Law, the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants. With over 30 years of experience and an award-winning creative team, DCP develops integrated marketing solutions that help companies communicate brand value, deepen customer loyalty and increase revenue. For more information, visit

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. OMCAs groundbreaking exhibits tell the many stories that comprise California with many voices, often drawing on first-person accounts by people who have shaped Californias cultural heritage. Visitors are invited to actively participate in the Museum as they learn about the natural, artistic and social forces that affect the state, and investigate their own role in both its history and its future. With more than 1.8 million objects, OMCA is a leading cultural institution of the Bay Area and a resource for the research and understanding of Californias dynamic cultural and environmental heritage. Contact: Kelly Koski | Oakland Museum of California | 510-318-8453 | kkoski(at)museumca(dot)org

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Biomarker predicts risk of breast cancer recurrence after tamoxifen treatment

June 29, 2013 ? A biomarker reflecting expression levels of two genes in tumor tissue may be able to predict which women treated for estrogen-receptor (ER)-positive breast cancer should receive a second estrogen-blocking medication after completing tamoxifen treatment. In their report being published online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center investigators describe finding that the HOXB13/IL17BR ratio can indicate which women are at risk for cancer recurrence after tamoxifen and which are most likely to benefit from continuing treatment with the aromatase inhibitor letrozole (Femara).

"Most patients with early-stage, ER-positive breast cancer remain cancer-free after five years of tamoxifen treatment, but they remain at risk of recurrence for 15 years or longer after their initial treatment," says Dennis Sgroi, MD, of the MGH Cancer Center and Department of Pathology, lead and corresponding author of the report. "Our biomarker identifies the subgroup of patients who continue to be at risk of recurrence after tamoxifen treatment and who will benefit from extended therapy with letrozole, which should allow many women to avoid unnecessary extended treatment."

Previous research by Sgroi's team, in collaboration with investigators from bioTheranostics Inc., discovered that the ratio between levels of expression of two genes -- HOXB13 and IL17BR -- in tumor tissue predicted the risk of recurrence of ER-positive, lymph-node-negative breast cancer, whether or not the patient was treated with tamoxifen. The current study of patients from MA.17, the highly successful clinical trial of letrozole, was designed to evaluate the usefulness of the HOXB13/IL17BR ratio for both prognosis -- predicting which tamoxifen-treated remained patients at risk of recurrence -- and for identifying who could benefit from continued treatment with letrozole.

To answer those questions the investigators analyzed primary tumor samples and patient data from the placebo-controlled MA.17 trial, which confirmed the ability of extended letrozole therapy to improve survival after the completion of tamoxifen treatment. Tissue samples were available from 83 patients whose tumors recurred during the study period -- 31 who had received letrozole and 52 in the placebo group -- and 166 patients with no recurrence, 91 of whom had received letrozole, with 75 getting the placebo. Analysis of the tumor samples revealed that a high HOXB13/IL17BR ratio -- meaning the expression level of HOXB13 is greater than that of IL17BR -- predicts an increased risk for tumor recurrence after tamoxifen therapy, but that elevated risk drops significantly if a patient receives letrozole

Paul E. Goss, MD, PhD, director of the Breast Cancer Research Program at the MGH Cancer Center and a co-author of the report, explains, "This discovery means that about 60 percent of women with the most common kind of breast cancer can be spared unnecessary treatment with the concommitant side effects and costs. But more importantly, the 40 percent of patients who are at risk of recurrence can now be identified as needing continued therapy with letrozole, and many will be spared death from breast cancer." He and Sgroi note that their findings need to be validated by additional studies before they can be put into clinical practice.


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Saturday, June 29, 2013

BlueStacks introduces the GamePop Mini, its first subscription-based 'free' game console

In an effort to outdo itself, BlueStacks is announcing the GamePop Mini for the cube-buying averse. The biggest difference between the Mini (seen above on the left) and the cube (the... uh... cube above) isn't the form factor, it's in pricing. Where the regular GamePop is $129 (unless you act soon) the Mini is "free" after a 12-month subscription of $7 per-month, or $84 total. At this price, it costs less than an OUYA, but slightly more than a GameStick. "If you keep it more than 12 months, you keep it forever," BlueStacks' Head of Marketing and Business Development John Gargiulo told us. Of course, there's not much to do with with the Mini without a subscription. "It'd be like if Netflix did it this way and had hardware - the unit would be useless without the subscription." Additionally, if you return the Mini inside of 12 months, there's a $25 restocking fee.

The subscription gives users access to a plethora of games from 500 "popular mobile game partners." Those partners include the teams behind Jetpack Joyride and Fieldrunners. "Getting the kind of developer support we've gotten, it sets us apart. We saw what happened with the Dreamcast and we saw what happened with the Wii U. You need to have good launch titles; there needs to be games everyone recognizes and wants to play."

To make GamePop more enticing to developers, Bluestacks created Looking Glass -- proprietary tech allowing iOS-only apps to run on its Android-4.2-based console. When an iOS app makes calls to Apple's hardware, Looking Glass interprets those calls and translates them to the GamePop Mini's hardware. Of course, a few changes within the code are necessary. "[Porting is] not easy, but I would submit it's not hard, relatively speaking," Garguilo said.

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Where did Miesha Tate, the Jones family and Brendan Schaub fall on Cagewriter?s hot list?

It's been a slow week of MMA, but never fear. UFC 162 and a championship fight are oh-so-close. Who had a good week, and who didn't?

Hot -- Miesha Tate: She's filming "The Ultimate Fighter" now as a coach against UFC women's bantamweight championship. She will also pose nude as a part of ESPN the Magazine's Body Issue.

Not -- Brendan Schaub and Matt Mitrione: The one-time teammates started squabbling on Twitter like a bunch of seventh graders. They are fighting on July 27, so the squabbling will likely continue until then.

Hot -- The Jones' jewelry collection: According to UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones' Instagram, the Jones family has much better jewelry than most of us.

Hot -- GLORY: The kickboxing promotion will become more available to the U.S. fans. They will start airing fights on Spike come October.

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Your Motor Insurance Covers You For Negligent Driving

These four mistakes can significantly reduce the value with the whiplash claim. If the part of question features a history of felonies and accidents, then he is awarded with an increased quote price than usual. Even more true now, considering the state of our own economy and the need for visitors to cut corners.

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The area by which an individual lives plays a crucial role in determining the quote price to get a particular policy. As there are three occupants in the car, your minimum liability coverage is capped at $50,000 for each of the injured occupants from the vehicle. If an agent asks you for those who have other health insurance, understand that Medicare and/or Medicaid tend not to count.

When death happens, the minimum liability is $15,000 for single death while $30,000 for multiple deaths. In cases this way, the minimum car insurance required by Sarasota. To subscribe to Jaelyn's articles via email, click on the Subscribe button at the top of the article.

This report analyzed data collected from 2006 and 2007. It can be a part of new business people to get all services for the websites and manage all costs and charges for the same. This coverage is nice to own because it will handle that.

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Any amount that goes above $50,000 will then be your responsibility. But it becomes very difficult if this comes to getting a good automobile insurance, owing on the plethora of options available within the insurance sector. An older vehicle may not have this coverage when it is determined that the vehicle's damage cost more to fix that just what the vehicle may be worth.

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Friday, June 28, 2013

YouTube Celebrates Pride With #ProudToLove Spotlight Channel

youtube-rainbowAs Pride month comes to a close, YouTube is following in the footsteps of parent company Google in showcasing a collection of LGBT-themed videos on the YouTube spotlight channel to celebrate a historic month in the LGBT community. Just yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States weighed in on two major cases that could affect the rights of the gay community with regards to marriage equality. SCOTUS struck down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional, and dismissed an appeal by defenders of Prop. 8, thereby clearing the way for same-sex marriages in California to resume. With these decisions setting the stage, this weekend should be the best Pride celebration ever (at least in NYC), and YouTube is here to help usher in the gayness. Here’s what the company said in an official blog post: At YouTube, we?re proud to stand with the LGBT community to support equal rights and marriage equality ? we believe that everyone has the right to love and be loved. Pride Month may be coming to a close, but we hope YouTube is a place where you can feel proud and build a community all year long. Google has always been a huge proponent of gay rights, and YouTube has been one of the most important online destinations for the LGBT community to find a voice. The “It Gets Better” campaign, which saw participation from some big-name celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres and Aleksander Skarsgard, was one of the biggest pro-LGBT campaigns in the world, and surely helped some young people find some hope and comfort. Other tech companies have chimed in as well, including Facebook’s release of the particular statistic that over 70 percent of Americans are friends with someone who is gay on Facebook ? something that should make us think twice before posting a thoughtless status update. Those who want to participate in YouTube’s #ProudToLove campaign should include the #ProudToLove hashtag in their videos for a chance to be featured in the YouTube spotlight channel. Happy Pride, everyone! Warning: This video may induce tears.


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10 Google Reader Alternatives That Will Ease Your RSS Pain

10 Google Reader Alternatives That Will Ease Your RSS Pain

Google Reader is on its deathbed, slated to meet its end on July 1st. Its demise has been looming in the distance for a while, so this should come as no surprise. And while this is certainly a time of mourning, there's the unseemly business of finding a replacement. Here's a list of platform agnostic alternatives that should help make the transition as painless as possible. We're sorry for your loss.


10 Google Reader Alternatives That Will Ease Your RSS Pain

Feedly's one of the best options who need one reader on all their devices. Feedly has finally rolled out its web-based reader in addition to standard Android and iOS apps. It's well designed, but it's a bit more like a newspaper than the constant-flow-of-feeds-to-my-faaaaace Google Reader. But it's free, and Feedly has been out there saying a transition from Google Reader will be "seamless."

Digg Reader

10 Google Reader Alternatives That Will Ease Your RSS Pain

Digg's Reader hasn't come out quite yet, but so far it's looking mighty fine, the grand hope of post-Google readers possibly. Interface-wise, it's as clean and simple as you'd hope for, but it also comes with a few, tiny bonus features like a built-in Instapaper button, and full-on Digg thumbs-up, thumbs-down integration. It's still anyone's game, but those subtle social hooks could make Digg a winner.

AOL Reader

10 Google Reader Alternatives That Will Ease Your RSS Pain

Weird to see AOL popping back on the scene, but AOL Reader is stripped down, simple, and fast. All things you want from your Google Reader replacement. There's nothing too new here, but it's not busted either, and i'll come with a full suite of apps for iOS and Android. It's definitely worth a look.


10 Google Reader Alternatives That Will Ease Your RSS Pain

NewsBlur's got a solid, Google Reader-esque web app you can try out on the spot if you hop over to their site. And, if you're a mobile user, it also has an Android app as well as iOS versions for the iPhone and iPad. Free accounts max out at 64 feeds, which won't be enough for a real power user, but a real, unlimited subscription is only $1 a month.

The Old Reader

10 Google Reader Alternatives That Will Ease Your RSS Pain

This basically is Google Reader; the interface is practically identically. And you can login right with your Google account import feeds that way, though The Old Reader claims it's flooded at the moment, and won't let you. The downside here is that there are no apps (yet) and social integration is only available by connecting through Facebook. But it's great as a bare-bones replacement for web-use.


10 Google Reader Alternatives That Will Ease Your RSS Pain

NetVibes is a web reader with some powerful customization options. Like any good RSS reader, you can resort to a pure feed approach, but NetVibes also has a dashboard setting that allows you to create and organize "widgets" for specific feeds and folders and move them around. The downside is that there aren't any mobile apps, so you'll be tied to your computer.


10 Google Reader Alternatives That Will Ease Your RSS Pain

Pulse (Android) is a flashy, stylish reader that supports the use of multiple columns to organize. And it looks as stunning on your Nexus as it does in your browser.


10 Google Reader Alternatives That Will Ease Your RSS Pain

While a mobile app an never fully fill the hole Google Reader leaves in your desktop browser, Flipboard (Android, iOS) is another great, magazine-like mobile option for folks whose feeds are image-heavy. It's so pretty you might just forgive it for not living on your laptop.


10 Google Reader Alternatives That Will Ease Your RSS Pain

Zite (Android, iOS) boasts a clean newspapery look with an option for straight-up feed view. Perfect for people who keep their RSS on a second screen.


10 Google Reader Alternatives That Will Ease Your RSS Pain

It's by no means a perfect replacement, but it might be able to fill part of the hole depending on your use-case. Twitter doesn't have an "unread" state, so it's only good for here-and-now developements, but many outlets user their Twitters a glorified RSS feeds anyway, and there's no shortage of mobiles apps, for now anyway. If you're a light RSS user, and a heavy Twitter user, you might be able to work something out. Maybe.


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iMore show and ZEN & TECH double double features today! Watch them all here!

iMore show and ZEN & TECH double double features today! Watch them all here!

We're playing a massive amount of post-WWDC, inter-Talk Moble catchup here this week, and to take it to it's most extreme level, we're not only doing both the iMore show and ZEN & TECH today, but we're doing two episodes of each of them! That's four podcasts back-to-sorta-back today! Here are the details!

  • 1pm PDT/4pm EDT/9pm BST: iMore show 353 with Peter Cohen and Daniel Jalkut.
  • 5pm PDT/8pm EDT/1am BST: iMore show 354 with Brain Klug
  • 6:30pm PDT/9:30pm EDT/2:30am BST: ZEN & TECH double feature with Georgia

We'll post the shows a few days apart so no one's feeds get jammed, but if you want to catch them all now, today, live, be here!



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Thursday, June 27, 2013

'Dangerous' innovation in legal highs leaves governments in the ...

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 13:18 EDT


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An explosion of hundreds of new ?legal highs? in recent years has left governments around the world in the dust as lawmakers struggle to keep prohibition laws updated as more and more never-before-seen drugs flood the black market.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said Wednesday that more than 251 new psychoactive substances were available on the black market by mid-2012, a growth of more than 50 percent over 2009. The UNODC?s 2013 World Drug Report finds that these substances are ?proliferating at an unprecedented rate and posing unforeseen public health consequences.?

The situation has become so severe that the study says the number of new psychoactive substances available on the black market today exceeds the number of controlled psychoactive substances currently prohibited by governments around the world.

One of the problems governments are having with these rapidly emerging substances is that when they place one drug on a schedule of controlled substances, chemists slightly tweak the molecular structure and re-release the drug, once again technically legal thanks to tiny changes.

?There is a lack of long-term data which would provide a much-needed perspective: no sooner is one substance scheduled, than another one replaces it, thus making it difficult to study the long-term impact of a substance on usage and its health effects,? the study notes.

In other words, prohibition laws have now created a game of cat-and-mouse between authorities and the developers of untested new drugs, and the drug developers are winning. A similar effect was observed in the U.S. after authorities banned the psychoactive chemicals in the marijuana-substitute ?Spice,? leading to hundreds of variants of the synthetic drug, some with terrifying physical and psychological side-effects.

The UNODC study said that the global body is now coordinating a rapid-response system that will warn governments of these new drugs as they are discovered on streets around the world.

?We have agreed on a path for our ongoing discussion,? UNODC?s executive director, Yury Fedotov, said in an advisory. ?I hope it will lead to an affirmation of the importance of the international drug control conventions, as well as an acknowledgement that the conventions are humane, human-rights centered and flexible. There must also be a firm emphasis on health and we must support and promote alternative sustainable livelihoods. It is also essential that we recognize the important role played by criminal justice systems in countering the world drug problem and the need for enhanced work against precursor chemicals.?

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98% Before Midnight

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Hawke and Delpy remain as charming as ever, and their combined goofiness is more endearing than annoying.

Love is messy here, life cannot be controlled, satisfaction is far from guaranteed. Romance is rocky at best. But romance still is.

Though "Before Midnight" is often uncomfortable to watch, it's never less than mesmerizing - and ultimately, a joy to walk with this prickly but fascinating couple again.

"Before Midnight" is heartbreaking, but not because of Jesse and Celine. It's the filmmakers' passions that seem to have cooled.

Before Midnight is fascinating to watch, and so long as Celine and Jesse are communicating, there's still hope.

How (Jesse and Celine) try to rekindle that flame is what drives Midnight, a film that feels so authentic it's like overhearing a conversation you're not sure you should be hearing.

Loving words mix with personal attacks, the magic moments with the unintended slights, as we witness the occasional desperation of imperfect people doing the best they can when life moves beyond meet-cute and courtship. That's authentic.

Linklater and his players bring an end to the fantasy and welcome the thrilling ups and bitter downs of reality to this love story.

Like the first two films, it reflects the real world in a way that seems almost preternatural. It's just that, here, the real world is a harsher, more disappointing place.

The duo, clearly so comfortable in their characters' skin, indulge in intelligent banter, sharp humour and emotional truths.

So much better written than contemporary novels, this film is a literary as well as cinematic achievement to cherish. For grown-ups.

As before, it's often very funny, with Jesse and Celine swapping Woody Allen-esque one-liners - nicely snarky, appealingly abrasive.

The acting, the dialogue and direction are superb.

None of the films is faultless in itself, but, tinted with complementary tones, the complete cycle comes as close to perfection as any trilogy in cinema history.

Marvelous. It's impossible to shake the feeling that we are merely eavesdropping on reality. Witty, wise, and -- most important of all -- truly romantic in ways that movies usually aren't.

It's been 18 years since Hawke, Delpy and Linklater introduced us to Jesse and Celine, and their story just gets richer, funnier and more punchy each time we see them. In 1995's Before Sunrise, they were idealistic 23-year-olds.

Hawke and Delpy are as believably real as any screen couple can ever be.

This is one of the few sequels for which the cliche 'eagerly awaited' is truly applicable.

Predictably, it's just as great as the first two.

By the end, Before Midnight inches towards a dawn of charm. But it's a troubled trip.

As an organic experiment in collaboration between actors and director, it is a triumph, co-created and co-owned by Delpy, Linklater and Hawke.

Hawke and Delpy, who are both credited on the script too, have never found co-stars to bounce off more nimbly or bring out richer nuances in their acting.

The performances and dialogue are wonderfully naturalistic; a reminder that the best special effects are often the cheapest.

Before Midnight is about the nature of long-term relationships, and the way love deepens and grows but also finds itself subject to the complications of maturity. Smart, insightful, and poignant.

For those who witnessed Jesse and Celine's tentative getting together as inter railing students almost twenty years ago, it's reassuring to see them still in love.

Brilliantly directed, superbly written and impeccably acted, this is a thoroughly enjoyable, thought-provoking and emotionally engaging drama that perfectly complements the previous two films.


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Microsoft, Telefonica teaming up to push Windows Phone 8 devices in Europe, Latin America

Microsoft, Telefonica teaming up to push Windows Phone 8 devices in Europe, Latin America

Windows Phone 8 may be third in the league table, but we doubt Microsoft is satisfied with its bronze medal. That's why it's signed a one year marketing deal with Telefonica that'll see the world's fifth largest mobile network pushing WP8 handsets in Europe and Latin America. According to the release, the pair will offer customers Redmond's cloud services like Office 365, Skydrive and "Xbox" in an attempt to coax users away from the 'current duopoly of Android and iOS." Unfortunately there's no details on the specifics of the deal, so we'll guess the pair teamed up purely out of a sense of altruism.

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Black and Red Headphones for Vampires Are Your Deal of the Day

Black and Red Headphones for Vampires Are Your Deal of the DayTrue Blood, HBO's softcore vampire epic, doesn't have anything to do with consumer audio, but that didn't stop V-Moda from releasing a pair of their popular M-80 headphones with True Blood branding. As a result of this ill-fated crossover, you can cop a pair of nice cans for $70 off the normal price.

These True Blood "V-80" headphones are actually identical to V-Moda's M-80, which are a durable pair of on-ear cans meant for city life. The sound should be decent, too. Mario Aguilar reviewed its over-ear cousin, the M-100, and liked them just fine. There's a 2500-post strong thread on HeadFi discussing these cans.

The True Blood version comes in a black and red colorway which I think is pretty handsome, at least for a cross-branded product. You also get a little True Blood logo on the cans themselves. But in exchange for advertising HBO's show, you can get these M-80s for $130?a solid $70 less than Best Buy and other retailers, and $10 less than the M-80s when they were the deal of the day a few months back.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Violence kills 27 in minority region of west China

BEIJING (AP) ? Assailants attacked police and other people with knives and set fire to police cars in China's restive far-western region on Wednesday in violence that killed 27 people, one of the bloodiest incidents since unrest in the regional capital killed nearly 200 in 2009.

The early-morning violence ? described by state media as riots ? also left at least three people injured in a remote area of the Turkic-speaking Xinjiang region, the official Xinhua News Agency said. Police stations, a government building and a construction site were targeted in the attacks, it said.

Xinhua said the attackers stabbed victims and set fires, killing 17 people including nine police or security officials, before officers shot and killed 10 of the assailants in Lukqun, a township in Turpan prefecture. The agency cited officials with the region's Communist Party committee.

Xinjiang (shihn-jeeahng) is home to a large population of minority Muslim Uighurs (WEE'-gurs) but is ruled by China's Han ethnic majority. The region borders Central Asia, Afghanistan and Pakistan and has been the scene of numerous violent incidents in recent years, including ethnic riots four years ago in Urumqi, the regional capital.

Xinhua did not provide details about the cause of the unrest and it was impossible to independently confirm the report. Information is tightly controlled in the region, which the Chinese government regards as highly sensitive and where it has imposed a heavy security presence to quell unrest. However, forces are spread thin across the vast territory and the response from authorities is often slow.

The United States said it was closely following the reports of violence, and it urged Chinese authorities to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation and to provide due process and legal protections to those detained.

"We remain deeply concerned by the ongoing reports of discrimination and restrictions against Uighurs and Muslims in China," State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell told reporters in Washington.

An official reached by phone at the press office of the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau, the region's police, said she had only seen news of the violence on the Internet and had no information. Other officials at the county's propaganda department and police said they also had no details. Calls to the region's government spokeswoman, Hou Hanmin, rang unanswered.

Though it remained unclear what caused Wednesday's violence, police stations, government offices and other symbols of Han Chinese authority have been targets of attacks in the past. The attack occurred at 6 a.m., when most residents would still be asleep.

The report said three assailants were seized, and that police pursued fleeing suspects, though it did not say how many. It said three people were injured by the unrest and were being treated.

The violence came two months after a deadly clash in a town near Kashgar, elsewhere in Xinjiang, killed 21 people, including 15 police officers and community workers.

An overseas Uighur activist said Wednesday's conflict was triggered by the Chinese government's "sustained repression and provocation" of the Uighur community.

Dilxat Raxit, spokesman for the Germany-based World Uyghur Congress, said residents he contacted in neighborhoods about 30 kilometers (18 miles) outside the township said the area has been sealed by "armed forces" and telephone services appeared to be irregular. A heavy security deployment and disruption of communications services also followed the 2009 Urumqi riots.

Dilxat Raxit urged the international community to pressure China to "stop imposing policies in Xinjiang that cause turmoil." Many Uighurs complain that Beijing imposes tight restrictions on their religious and cultural life, barring children and women from attending mosques and discouraging fasting during the Muslim month of Ramadan, which starts this year in early July.

Many Uighurs say they suffer discrimination in jobs and cannot obtain loans and passports.

The Chinese government says all ethnic groups are treated equally and point to billions of dollars in investment that has modernized Xinjiang, a strategically vital region with significant oil and gas deposits. Beijing often accuses overseas Uighur activists of orchestrating violent incidents and obscure militant groups sometimes take responsibility, with little or no evidence to prove claims on either side.

Duncan Innes-Ker, an analyst at Economist Intelligence Unit, said the latest unrest shows that the government needs a new strategy to resolve ethnic and religious tensions in Xinjiang.

"Its past efforts to address them with tight security and economic development have been a manifest failure," Innes-Ker said.

The township of Lukqun is about 250 kilometers (150 miles) southeast of Urumqi along the ancient Silk Road connecting China to Europe.

It is part of an area that includes Turpan, a tourist destination with distinctive Central Asian architecture.


Associated Press writer Matthew Pennington in Washington contributed to this report.


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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Chrissy Teigen to Haters: F--k Off Already!


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Judge taking no action in Jackson guardianship

(AP) ? A judge says he won't make any changes to the guardianship of Michael Jackson's children after receiving an investigator's report on their well-being and meeting with an attorney for the singer's mother.

Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff ordered the inquiry after Paris Jackson was hospitalized for taking Motrin pills and cutting her arm with a kitchen knife.

The judge said Tuesday he was taking no further action.

Perry Sanders Jr., an attorney for Katherine Jackson, has said Paris Jackson is physically fine and receiving proper medical attention. He has not provided further updates on her condition.

Associated Press


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JetBlue begins Fly-Fi flight testing, on track for Q3 launch

JetBlue begins FlyFi flight testing, on track for Q3 launch

Adding satellite WiFi to an airplane isn't as simple as mounting an antenna up top and flipping the switch on a router -- even installing a cockpit printer requires FAA approval, so as you can expect, the Federal Aviation Administration won't check off on major modifications without some thorough testing. JetBlue's new Fly-Fi service is well on its way to getting a formal green light, though, and is expected to launch before Q3 is through. This week, the carrier is running through a variety of flight tests with one of its Airbus A320s, including maneuvering the plane with some pretty unique weight loads, such as the rear center of gravity positioning you can see demonstrated above. After that's complete, it's time to wait for FAA certification before moving onto performance testing, and if all goes well, passengers should expect to hook up to ViaSat-1 from 30,000 feet in mere months. Once Fly-Fi goes online, it'll be by far the fastest commercial in-flight WiFi option -- we really can't wait!

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