Bangor Daily News delivery driver, wife threatened at gunpoint

MAPLETON, Maine — Three people have been charged in connection with allegedly threatening at gunpoint and chasing a Bangor Daily News delivery driver and his wife early Friday morning, according to information released late Friday by the Maine State Police. Arrested and charged with aggravated criminal threatening and aggravated criminal …

United States Evacuates Embassy in Libya Amid Intensifying Clashes



WASHINGTON — The United States shut down its embassy in Libya on Saturday, and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort, amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli, as fighting intensified between rival militias, the U.S. State Department said.

“Due to the ongoing violence resulting from clashes between Libyan militias in the immediate vicinity of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, we have temporarily relocated all of our personnel out of Libya,” spokesperson Marie Harf said via Twitter Saturday morning. She emphasized that the embassy is not closed, but has only “suspended operations.” Read more…

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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

MojoKid (1002251) writes The ongoing battle between Netflix and ISPs that can’t seem to handle the streaming video service’s traffic, boiled over to an infuriating level for Colin Nederkoon, a startup CEO who resides in New York City. Rather than accept excuses and finger pointing from either side, Nederkoon did a little investigating into why he was receiving such slow Netflix streams on his Verizon FiOS connection. What he discovered is that there appears to be a clear culprit. Nederkoon pays for Internet service that promises 75Mbps downstream and 35Mbps upstream through his FiOS connection. However, his Netflix video streams were limping along at just 375kbps (0.375mbps), equivalent to 0.5 percent of the speed he’s paying for. On a hunch, he decided to connect to a VPN service, which in theory should actually make things slower since it’s adding extra hops. Speeds didn’t get slower, they got much faster. After connecting to VyprVPN, his Netflix connection suddenly jumped to 3000kbps, the fastest the streaming service allows and around 10 times faster than when connecting directly with Verizon. Verizon may have a different explanation as to why Nederkoon’s Netflix streams suddenly sped up, but in the meantime, it would appear that throttling shenanigans are taking place. It seems that by using a VPN, Verizon simply doesn’t know which packets to throttle, hence the gross disparity in speed.

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‘Arrow’ Producers Tease ‘Flash’ Crossover and Oracle



SAN DIEGO – Get ready for a super crossover

Arrow producers at Comic-Con on Friday unveiled plans for a two-hour crossover event with freshman action series Flash, which is set to air this fall

“We’ll be seeing people from both shows crossing over,” said Andrew Kreisberg, an executive producer on both shows. “Everyone will get a taste of each other — that sounds wrong.”

The crossover will take place in episode 8 of both shows. And prior to that, episode 4 of Flash will see Felicity (played by Emily Bett Rickards) visit Central City. Read more…

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4 Chic Ways to Make an Enviable Fashion Set



It’s time to embrace your inner Anna Wintour.

Getting in touch with your chic side is easy with the help of online fashion sets. You know those breezy style collages of mixed and matched outfits, the kind you find in glossy magazines? You can make them on your own with online fashion templates.

Polyvore, the shopping and style community, is one of these sites. It gives users a simple template for creating delectable fashion plates. It boasts more than 20 million monthly users, who have created nearly 100 million photo sets, according to Polyvore’s director of community, Nadia Hussain Read more…

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Rocket Internet’s Easy Taxi Raises $40M Series D To Expand In Asia, Latin America

Easy Taxi Easy Taxi, Rocket Internet’s taxi calling app, announced today that it has raised a Series D round of $40 million, led by Phenomen Ventures with participation from Tengelmann Ventures, the investment arm of German retail giant Tengelmann Group. This brings Easy Taxi’s total raised so far to $77 million as Rocket Internet seeks to establish Easy Taxi’s presence in emerging… Read More

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Statoil Rejection an Epic Error for Maine, U.S.

Recent news about a $2.5 billion investment in England by Statoil, the giant Norwegian energy company, has reminded people that Maine kicked the company out of the state. But the real meaning of the state’s action has been greatly underrated. The move was an epic error. Statoil is rated by …

Is Obesity is a Disease? AMA Says Yes… and So Does AHA

On Tuesday, June 18, 2013, the American Medical Association officially recognized obesity as a disease.  It was an action that asked doctors and insurance companies to put more emphasis on the health condition in order to minimize its effects.    The AMA made the decision that obesity is a disease at …

7 Pieces of Connected Sports Gear to Give Your Game a Virtual Edge



Before technology, only hard work and harder coaching could help you tighten up your baseball swing or quicken your crossover. But now, sports equipment companies are giving athletes of all ages the tools to track and improve their performance in unprecedented ways

There are a slew of sensors and connected equipment that will let you match your experience on the field with the metric and measurements you need to figure out what went right or wrong. When you can figure out why your free kicks are failing, or why your right hook isn’t hitting hard enough, these tools will come in clutch.

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