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President Obama finally joins Facebook

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Nov 10, 2015 3:57 am

Despite using Facebook to successfully raise millions in campaign funds which propelled him to The White House in 2008 and again in 2012, and having used Twitter for well over two years, U.S. President Barack Obama's army of media advisers has finally established a Facebook page for his administation, with less than a year to go of his eight year term.


Hello, Facebook! I finally got my very own page. I hope you’ll think of this as a place where we can have real...

Posted by President Obama on Monday, November 9, 2015


Using his maiden post to preach about the dangers of climate change despite only recently putting his words into action, unveiling a clean power plan policy hailed by The White House as "the single most important step America has ever taken in the fight against global climate change, but decried by some commentators as spending billions of dollars while "not helping the environment", Obama is keen to solidify his legacy in this contentious policy area.


Regardless, as the looming battle between the Democratic and Republican nominations make way for the full 2016 U.S. Presidential race, platforms such as Facebook will once again prove hugely powerful in swaying public opinion.

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Amazon opens first physical book store

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Nov 4, 2015 6:03 am

It's been a long standing joke between my significant other and myself that it would be amazing if there was a real Amazon store which would immediately bankrupt my savings. Well it seems Mr Bezos has heard my calls, with the company launching its first bricks and mortar bookstore in Seattle this week.




According to the Financial Times, the premier Amazon bookstore doesn't have any ticket prices, instead reflecting the pricing from the online store. Jennifer Cast, VP of Amazon Books told the Seattle Times that "We hope this is not our only [storefront]. But we'll see."


The company has yet to confirm whether more physical stores are in the cards, but are surely taking on board the suggestions and feedback from customers - not to mention the sales figures and foot traffic.

Chewbacca arrested in Ukraine election protest

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Oct 26, 2015 11:39 pm

You'd think that the characters of 'Star Wars' would have more pressing matters than Earth's mundane political squabbles, but that hasn't prevented Chewbacca from campaigning and being arrested by Ukraine police whilst driving Darth Vader to an election booth in Odessa, Ukraine.




According to the Guardian, Chewie was fined 170 Hryvnia (around $8 USD) due to being unable to produce proper identification documentation. Darth Vader claimed his detention was illegal because "Chewbacca is his pet and general servant and thus does not require documents".


Despite the intergalactic intervention, President Petro Poroshenko is expected to retaining the coalition government. Guess Vader should have bought the Death Star over.

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Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles officially charged with embezzlement

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Sep 12, 2015 8:10 pm

Mt. Gox co-founder and ex-CEO Mark Karpeles has officially been charged with embezzlement and could face up to 10 years of prison time.




Karpeles is suspected of illegally transferring large volumes of bitcoins from user accounts into Mt. Gox company accounts which he had direct access. Japanese prosecutors have charged Karpelese with embezzling $2.6 million worth of bitcoins.


The official embezzlement charge follows Karpeles' second arrest in Tokyo in August, PC World notes that the deposed bitcoin king's odds of winning aren't too good as Japan has a 99% conviction rate.

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NYSE, United Airlines downed by system outages

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Jul 8, 2015 11:24 pm

In the last 24 hours, systems outages at the New York Stock Exchange and United Airlines have halted operations, as trading on the exchange was suspended for four hours and planes grounded for two.




In an interesting turn, hacker collective Anonymous may have prophetically predicted today's tumultuous events, but the agency and Government have been firm in rebuffing the possibility of any involvement.



At the time of print, trading has now resumed and United Airlines are back in the air.

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The US has released the al-Qaeda application form for digital reading

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: May 22, 2015 6:16 am

Alongside asking for the name of your grandfather and what occupation your father holds, al-Qaeda's application form is a quite extensive piece of writing as seen on Vox and released by the US Government recently as it has now been declassified.




This form was found as part of Osama Bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad and is now available for public reading. Alongside in-depth religious questions, the applicant is asked about previous military experience, personal hobbies and investigations on if the prospective al-Qaeda employee has any relations to Pakistan.


Written quite well, it's certainly an interesting insight into what helps back al-Qaeda. It may look basic to you on the news, but there is some form of administration that must keep the whole thing afloat and this form helps portray that. Another interesting point is that it asks the applicant if they "wish to execute a suicide operation".

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Kim Jong-un makes another claimed glorious achievement

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: May 19, 2015 6:47 am

If you're wondering what the North Korean leader has been up to lately, state-run media recently claimed yet another glorious achievement to add to the catalog alongside the leaders achievements including learning how to drive a car at three years old and assisting in landing a pilot on the sun.




The photo and accompanying news report alleges that Kim Jong-un has climbed North Korea's highest mountain, Mt. Paektu, accompanied by hundreds of smiling North Korean fighter pilots.


It all looks pretty normal at first, but South Korean news reports have pointed out one photo in particular as a little odd (seen above). If you take a look a the smiling comrades in the rear it seems they're sitting perched atop a rock for comfort - however, upon closer inspection you'll notice clear air between their legs - so what are they sitting on?

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Statues of Assange, Snowden and Manning unveiled in Berlin

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: May 4, 2015 5:53 am

Depending on which part of the political spectrum you hail from, Julian Assange, Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning are either dangerous leakers, or freedom fighting whistleblowers, but either way, the trip have been commemorated in a art project which has been unveiled in Germany, according to a report published by RT News.



The work of Italian sculptor Davide Dormino, the installation 'Anything to Say?' encourages members of the public to join the trio on the empty chair situated next to them, telling media that "the fourth chair is open to anyone here in Berlin who wants to get up and say anything they want. This chair is, I guess, a place of free speech".


Meanwhile, last month in the US, a bust of Edward Snowden was placed in New York's Fort Greene park, but removed within hours by parks department officials.

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Google exec amongst thousands killed in Nepal quake

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Apr 27, 2015 4:09 am

The death toll from the 7.8-magnitude quake which struck Nepal on Saturday, leveling towns and triggering avalanches on Mount Everest, has tragically risen to nearly 3,200. The disaster has also claimed the life of Dan Fredinburg, an adventurous Google executive who headed the privacy division for Google X along with its product management team, who was scaling Everest at the time the quake hit.



Described as the worst quake to hit the region in 80 years, with widespread damage and injuries - even causing deaths in neighboring China and India, mainly from falling debris.


Google's Crisis Response team has moved fast to institute the 'Google People Finder' page, to get word on the safety of thousands of people still missing in the region, as well as proving $1 million in much needed aid.

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Crowdfund campaign aims to save endangered Aussie parrot species

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Apr 3, 2015 1:28 am

One of the more recent offshoots of e-commerce, crowdfunding campaigns have willed some excellent products to existence thanks to the web, with notable success stories including the Pebble Smartwatch, Oculus Rift and Ouya. Now, a philanthropic campaign has been launched to save the future of a incredibly endangered Australian parrot species.



Scientists and conservationists from The Australian National University have launched a campaign on crowdfunding platform Pozible to save the swift parrot from extinction. With less than 1000 breeding pairs in the wild in the Australian island state Tasmania (yes - the same place made famous for the Tasmanian Devil), it's incredibly important to rescue the species before they become extinct, thanks to threats posed by the natural and developing world. The campaign aims to raise $40,000 AUD to trial a range of breeding boxes that prevent the parrots threat, the Sugar Glider from entering.


The campaign is off to a good start, with over half of the target funds already raised - although more is still needed. The campaign will be supported by us here at TweakTown.

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