Police Officers Raided Someone’s Home Over A Fake Twitter Account

Setting up a satirical or parody Twitter account could land you in jail, according to Peoria, Ill. police. Police officers raided a home on Tuesday hoping to nab the person behind the now-suspended Twitter account of @PeoriaMayor — seizing computers, phones, and bringing in several people for questioning, AP reported. “They brought me in like I was a criminal,” Michelle Pratt, 27, told the Peoria-Journal Star. “They said they had a search warrant and took all the electronic devices that had Internet access. They said there had been an Internet crime that occurred at this residence.” The alleged “internet crime” was the creation of the fake account months ago that parodied Mayor Jim Ardis, complete with his photo and city email address. At the time it was made, it did not include a parody label, although it was updated to reflect that in March. Police are investigating the account for impersonation of a public official, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $2,500 and up to a year in jail, Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard told The Star. Since the account has been suspended, Business Insider was unable to see what types of tweets were posted, but the Star reported it having repeated references to sex and drugs, along with comparisons to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. Twitter allows parody accounts, but requires users to make clear the account is not the real thing.SEE ALSO: Twitter Restores Popular NY Times Parody Account After Huge Uproar Join the conversation about this story »

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These Are The Crazy Things Americans Think Will Be Possible By 2064

A world where teleportation is possible and human organs are primarily grown in labs may only be 50 years away. At least that’s what Americans think, according to a new survey. The Pew Research Center has published a new study detailing how Americans see the future of technology and science. Pew conducted a phone poll of 1,001 American adults living in all 50 states between February 13 and 18 to come up with its results.  Here are some of Pew’s most interesting finds: 39% of those polled believe that scientists will have developed the technology to teleport objects. 33% expect that humans will have colonized planets other than Earth. 19% believe that humans will be able to control the weather within the next 50 years. 81% think that people needing new organs will have them custom grown in a lab. 51% believe that computers will be able to create art as well as humans do. Pew Research also delved into whether Americans are receptive to these types of cultural and technological changes. In general, the majority of Americans (59 percent) thought that technological advancements will lead to a future where people’s lives are mostly better, whereas 30 percent expressed the opposite opinion.  One of the more troubling prospects, however, seems to be the concept of “designer babies.” The majority of those polled (66 percent) think it would be a change for the worse if “prospective parents can alter the DNA of their children to produce smarter, healthier or more athletic offspring,” whereas 26 percent said it would have a negative effect.  When it comes to technology that seems more plausible in the near future, such as wearable tech, the majority of Americans […]

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Essential Tips For Saving Time In Google Search And The Chrome Browser

Have you ever gotten frustrated after combing through search results that aren’t even related to what you’re seeking? Or how about having to repeatedly press the back button in Google Chrome to find that website you saw about eight pages ago? Google is loaded with tips and tricks that make it easier to search for content and navigate websites. Even if you’ve read dozens of tip articles and claim you’re a Google expert, chances are there are a few hidden gems you’ve yet to uncover. Here are a few hacks that will help you zip around Google Search and Google Chrome like a pro. Use two periods to set a range in Google Search When shopping, most people are seeking items within a designated price range. Google allows you to set this range by typing two periods between numbers. This cuts down on the keystrokes needed to perform your search and cuts down words, making it easier for Google to pull up exact results. For example, if you’re trying to find a camera between $50 and $100, you’d type “camera $50..$100″ as shown above.  Hold the back browser button to see your history You don’t need to click the back button a million times to navigate back a few pages. Just hover your cursor over the back button and hold the left click button down. This will pull up the last several pages you’ve visited along with an option to view your full history. Use the OR operator to search Google Sometimes you need to quickly find search results that only contain one word in your search query. Without using the OR operator, Google will automatically retrieve results with both terms. […]

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This Free Game Became The Most-Downloaded iPad App In 34 Countries Only One Day After It Launched

Gamers have been awaiting the worldwide release of Blizzard’s “Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft,” a turn-based card game for the iPad.  The game came out yesterday, and it’s already dominating the charts: It’s the No. 1 most-downloaded app in 34 countries, including the US. It’s also the No. 1 most-downloaded game in 36 countries, according to App Annie. Analyst Sterne Agee estimates that the game will bring $30 million in revenue this year.  Like Candy Crush Saga, the game is free to play but includes in-app purchases. It hasn’t bumped Candy Crush from the top-grossing iPad game charts, but it is in the Top 5 in two countries. Then again, it’s only been available worldwide for a day.  The game debuted on the PC earlier this year, and Android and iPhone versions are on their way in the second half of this year, according to Touch Arcade.SEE ALSO: There’s a San Francisco version of the game ’2048,’ and I like it even better than the original Join the conversation about this story »

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IG News: Sydney’s One Central Park, the World’s Tallest…

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At Central Park in Sydney, Australia, a 33-floor residential building known as One Central Park houses the world’s tallest vertical garden. Designed by Parisian architect Jean Nouvel, the garden towers at 115 meters (380 feet) and showcases panels of greenery designed by French botanist Patrick Blanc. The panels, some of which are several stories tall, are scattered around the building’s facade and carry 450 types of plants (250 of which are local species).

In addition to the garden, One Central Park is also known for the cantilever that juts out from the top floors of the building. A heliostat of motorized mirrors is installed underneath the cantilever, reflecting sunlight to various areas of the garden. LED art installations designed by French light artist Yann Kersalé are also built into the cantilever, lighting up the environment throughout the night.
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Air Jordan XX9 Black/Red (Closer Look)

As today marks the official unveiling of the Air Jordan XX9, we have a look at the upcoming sneaker you won’t want to miss.  Jordan Brand has set to release another newly improved Air Jordan that is quite impressive.  Featuring the newest technology from JB, the Air Jordan XX9 is equipped with the recent trend of woven material, Jordan Flight Plate Technology, and for the first time Jordan’s new Flight Web.
Although Michael Jordan has been retired for some years, Jordan Brand continues his infamous legacy with another great addition to the JB family.  This particular colorway of the Air Jordan XX9 sports a predominantly black upper with grey elephant print on the upper and midsole.  Red lining throughout add flavor as the signature Air Jordan logo graces the tongue and finished off by “Jordan” stamped on the heel.  Set to release sometime in September, let us know what you think of the Air Jordan XX9 in the comment section below.
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Air Jordan 6 “World Cup” (More Photos)

After our first look at the upcoming Air Jordan 6 “World Cup,” we now have more detailed pics of the sneaker.  The sneaker is a tribute to the hosts of this year’s FIFA World Cup, Brazil.  Sporting a slick combo of black suede and leather on the upper, hints of yellow throughout and speckles of green pay homage to the Brazilian team’s colors.  As more information of the sneaker surfaces, stay tuned to KoF as we keep you updated.  In the meantime, let us know what you think of the sneaker in the comment section below.
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In Less Than A Month These Guys Raked In $12 Million Thanks To Bitcoin Alternatives

Whether you think bitcoin is an incredible advancement, or just a weird Internet fad, it has been very, very good for a Stockholm-based company called KnCMiner. That’s because KnCMiner makes special computers that “mine” these coins. That’s the process that creates the cyber-money.  There are even bitcoin alternatives. In less than a month, KnCMiner sold $12 million worth of a new special computer, called the Titan, which mines bitcoin alternatives that are based on the cryptographic program called scrypt, co-founder Sam Cole tells us. Scrypt is responsible for currencies like Litecoin, Dogecoin, Iceland’s Auroracoin, even Stalwartbucks, a Dogecoin clone created by Business Insider’s own Joe Weisenthal. Dogecoin started as a joke but became a real thing last year, a popular way to give someone a tip. The company raked in the first $4 million just hours after the machine went on sale, Cole says. And that beats its sales last November, when KnCMiner sold $3 million worth of bitcoin-mining computers in just four days. Mining these coins involves solving a series of difficult cryptography math problems. The typical home PC doesn’t have the computational power to do that, hence the need for specially designed computers. These computers do only one job: mine for coins. It’s become a serious business. A bitcoin-mining machine will set you back about $3,500 to $6,000; the Titan costs almost $10,000. (The team is working on a less expensive version of the Titan, too, that will cost a mere $5,500.) Cole says the company generated $45 million in sales in 2013. So with 2014 sales so far, KnCMiner has brought in $57 million in about 16 months. And yes, it does accept payment in bitcoin – and Litecoin, too. These computers are supposed to literally pay […]

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Parole And Technology: Prison Breakthrough

Big data can help states decide whom to release from prison IN MONTY PYTHON’S “Life of Brian”, the Jerusalem crowd picks wrongdoers for Pontius Pilate to release according to whether their names begin with “r”, since they find it amusing that the Roman governor cannot pronounce that letter. (“Welease Woger!”). Two thousand years later, America aims to select prisoners for parole by more rational criteria, such as “Are they likely to re-offend?” It turns out, however, that granting parole wisely is hard. Parole boards may be biased, perhaps without realising it. In general, they tend to overestimate the likelihood that a prisoner will re-offend, says Lance Lowry of AFSCME Texas Correctional Employees, a warders’ union. Many fear that if they free a thug who then commits an atrocity, their reputation will be ruined. This makes them err on the side of severity. In Ohio, for example, a paroled murderer was arrested last year for allegedly murdering a 13 year old girl. (He later died in custody.) The parole board took a beating in the press. Being granted parole in Ohio is now only slightly more likely than winning the lotto, says Barry Wilford, a local lawyer. Among applicants given hearings, in some months less than 1% are released. (In neighbouring West Virginia the average is 48%.) Help may be at hand, in the form of “risk-assessment” software, which crunches data to estimate the likelihood a prisoner will re-offend. Such software tends to increase the proportion of applicants who are granted parole while also reducing the proportion who re-offend. Two such programmes, LSI-R and LS/CMI, appear to reduce parolee recidivism by about 15%. Developed by Multi-Health Systems, a Canadian firm, they were used to assess […]

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Tech Billionaire Marc Benioff Is Not Impressed By Mark Zuckerberg’s $1 Billion Gift To Charity

Billionaire philanthropist Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com, has some sharp things to say about the $1 billion donation to charity Mark Zuckerberg made last year. Zuckerberg, Facebook’s co-founder and CEO, gave $1 billion worth of stock to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation in December. SVCF lets the donor decide where to spend the money and feeds nonprofits in areas like education, health care and the environment. Benioff implied in an interview with San Francisco Magazine’s Jon Steinberg that the donation was basically a tax write-off: Marc Benioff: Silicon Valley Community Foundation is a bunch of DAFs: donor-advised funds. You give your money to SVCF and you get your tax write-off for the year, but [the foundation] has no obligation to administer that money. Jon Steinberg: So you see Zuckerberg’s gift as more of a write-off than a donation? Marc Benioff: Where’s it gone? What good is it doing now? I’m sure his intentions are positive, but we need to see that money get distributed. What are his targets? What are his philanthropic interests? We know that he has a political interest with his 501(c)(4) [Fwd.us, a lobbying group pushing for tech-friendly federal policies], but what are his philanthropic interests? However, the SVCF says it is definitely giving money away. It says that in 2013 it had $4.7 billion of assets under management, recieved $1.4 billion in donations and gave away $367 million in grants. This isn’t the first time Zuckerberg has been generous, without controlling how the donation was spent. In 2011, Zuckerberg gave $100 million to match donations given to the Newark, N.J., school system, leaving it up to the school system on how to spend the money. Although it’s fairly unusual for a […]

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