Bill Clinton’s Portrait Includes Symbolic Nod to Lewinsky Affair

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The artist who created the portrait of President Bill Clinton that hangs in the National Portrait Gallery has admitted he snuck a subtle reference to the Lewinsky scandal into the background of the painting.

Painter Nelson Shanks told the Philadelphia Daily News on Friday that a shadow in the 2006 painting, which can be seen falling on the mantle of the Oval Office fireplace, was more than it appeared:

“It actually literally represents a shadow from a blue dress that I had on a mannequin, that I had there while I was painting it, but not when he was there,” Shanks said. “It is also a bit of a metaphor in that it represents a shadow on the office he held, or on him.”

Shanks claimed that the Clintons “hate” the painting and have lobbied for its removal from the National Portrait Gallery, a claim the museum’s spokesperson denied.


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Opinion: Apple TV should get these 10 updates at next week’s event, but probably won’t

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Nearly eight years have passed since Apple released the first-generation Apple TV, a product originally hyped as “something really special” but quickly demoted to a “hobby” after initial sales fizzled. The second-generation version arrived with much less fanfare in late 2010, and the modestly tweaked third-generation model got a mere five-minute launch at a March event three years ago. Since then, there’s been plenty of evidence that Apple was working on updated hardware, a major partnership with cable companies, and major new content deals, but apart from the quiet addition of new channels, nothing’s actually happened.

Since total Apple TV sales remain soft by comparison with Apple’s other product lines, next week’s fashion-focused and celebrity-packed Apple Watch special event would be a great opportunity to launch an updated Apple TV to a broader audience. The current-generation Apple TV is older than its predecessor was when Apple…

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Breaking: LAPD releases photo it believes shows homeless man grabbing officer’s weapon

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Steve Futterman, CBS News West Coast Correspondent, just tweeted this photo:

A LAPD press conference is being streamed live here.


LAPD is live-tweeting the press conference:


#RealReporting: New York Daily News is latest to say homeless man shot by LAPD…

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Two LAPD officers involved in skid Row shooting were wearing body cameras, but video will not be released today

GUILTY: Accused of pouring hot grits onto sleeping woman and child, Leah Corney reaches plea deal

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MILWAUKEE COUNTY (WITI) — She faces several charges — accused of pouring hot grits on a woman and a six-month-old child as they slept. Now, she’s reached a plea deal in the case against her.

40-year-old Leah Corney on Monday, March 2nd pleaded guilty to a felony charge of second degree reckless injury and a felony charge of child abuse – recklessly causing great harm.

Felony charges of first degree reckless injury and first degree recklessly endangering safety were dismissed.

FOX6 News spoke with one of the witnesses listed in court records, who says the victim and her two children had been staying at her apartment near 15th and Greenfield.

On October 3rd, 2014, the witness says she ran into Corney. The women were all hanging out — but eventually, Corney and the victim began arguing.

A criminal complaint filed against Corney says “the argument became physical, and police were…

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Apple Watch tour of world’s fashion magazines reaches Hong Kong

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Apple may be able to scale back its advertising budget for the Apple Watch: so far the device appears to be doing just fine in getting multi-page editorial coverage in the world’s fashion magazines. The latest fashion title to run a major feature on the watch is Hong Kong’s East Touch magazine, which is running a four-page spread.

The Apple Watch has so far been featured Vogue China, Vogue France, the USA’s Self and the UK’s Style, as well as fashion titles in France and Germany. Apple did, however, have to pay for advertising in the US edition of Vogue. A contributing editor to Vogue also described the Apple Watch as “terrific.”

Check out the other photos from East Touch below … 

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‘He is why I do what I do': It’s been 3 years since we lost Breitbart

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Three years ago today we lost Andrew Breitbart. He is gone but he is far from forgotten. His spirit still inspires. He remains one of the biggest reasons many of us “do what we do.”

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Apple takes over homepage to promote photos taken by iPhone 6 around the world

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Apple has taken over the front of its homepage to highlight a new section on its website rounding up photos taken around the world by the iPhone 6/6 Plus’s camera. The website highlights several photographs taken across the globe, from places like Halong Bay (Vietnam), Pamplona (Spain), and The Cairngorms (Scotland). Alongside each piece of media, Apple includes a brief blurb describing the photo as well as the name of the application in which the photo or video was taken. Most of the photos were taken in the iPhone’s bundled Camera application, but the website notes some edits made in Instagram, Snapped, and Adobe Photoshop Express. The entire gallery is well worth a visit. Apple has also published a new page in the App Store to highlight photography apps. Of course, this new iPhone 6 promotion has coincidentallylaunched on the same day as the Galaxy S6.

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Chinese web firms delete more than 60,000 accounts as new rules loom

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Wall Street Journal: (by Josh Chin)

Chinese Internet companies have deleted tens of thousands of user accounts as the country prepares to enforce new registration rules that will further cement government control over online discourse.

A total of more than 60,000 accounts across a number of Chinese Internet platforms were deleted in recent days, chiefly because of misleading or harmful usernames, the Cyberspace Administration of China said in a statement dated Thursday. Among them were accounts that masqueraded as government departments, carried commercial names such as “Come Shoot Guns” and “Buy License Plates,” spread terrorist information or sported erotic avatars.

Unverified accounts falsely claiming to represent state media were also shut down, the agency said, adding that it covered everything from microblogs to chat accounts to online discussion forums. Companies listed as having taken part in the cleanup included top U.S.-listed Chinese tech giants Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. , Tencent…

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‘You’re really going with that title?’ The Boston Globe’s ridiculous Elizabeth Warren headline is ‘low hanging fruit’

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The headline of the Boston Globe’s brilliant editorial asks if Elizabeth Warren is the new Ted Kennedy.

They have no shame.

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Scientists Are Wrong All the Time, and That’s Fantastic


Marcus Woo writes: On February 28, 1998, the eminent medical journal The Lancet published an observational study of 12 children: Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive development disorder in children. It might not sound sexy, but once the media read beyond the title, into the study’s descriptions of how those nasty-sounding symptoms appeared just after the kids got vaccinated, the impact was clear: The measles-mumps-rubella vaccine can cause autism.

“All of the incentives in science are aligned against publishing negative results or failures to replicate.” 

This was the famous study by Andrew Wakefield, the one that many credit with launching the current hyper-virulent form of anti-vaccination sentiment. Wakefield is maybe the most prominent modern scientist who got it wrong—majorly wrong, dangerously wrong, barred-from-medical-practice wrong.

“People are forced to claim significance, or something new, extravagant, unusual, and positive.”

But scientists are wrong all the time, in far more innocuous ways. And that’s OK. In fact, it’s great.

When a researcher gets proved wrong, that means the scientific method is working. Scientists make progress by re-doing each other’s experiments—replicating them to see if they can get the same result. More often than not, they can’t. “Failure to reproduce is a good thing,” says Ivan Oransky, co-founder of Retraction Watch. “It happens a lot more than we know about.” That could be because the research was outright fraudulent, like Wakefield’s. But there are plenty of other ways to get a bum result—as the Public Libary of Science’s new collection of negative results, launched this week, will highlight in excruciating detail.

You might have a particularly loosey-goosey postdoc doing your pipetting. You might have picked a weird patient population that shows a one-time spike in drug efficacy. Or you might have just gotten a weird statistical fluke. No matter how an experiment got screwed up, “negative results can be extremely exciting and useful—sometimes even more useful than positive results,” says John Ioannidis, a biologist at Stanford who published a now-famous papersuggesting that most scientific studies are wrong.

The problem with science isn’t that scientists can be wrong: It’s that when they’re proven wrong, it’s way too hard for people to find out. Read the rest of this entry »

Apple shares new Campus 2 aerial shot of construction progress

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Apple today released an updated aerial shot of the construction progress of its Campus 2 project in Cupertino, California. The new shot was made available on the City of Cupertino’s official website and continues to show the steady progress including more groundwork made on the future headquarters.

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‘BEAM HIM UP’ Spock Dead at 83, Boldly Goes to Final Frontier’ New York Post Saturday, February 28, 2015


Pulp Fiction: ‘Another Man’s Poison’



[VIDEO] Flying Over Beijing: What Does it Look Like When Most of the Population of a Vast Metropolis Sets Off Fireworks at Once?

What does it look like when most of the population of a vast metropolis sets off fireworks at once? YouTube contributor Parelius was flying into Beijing at midnight last week on Chinese New Year and captured this awesome footage of his view through his window on the plane: fireworks, both large and small, going off all over the city. It’s such a dazzling sight, we feel like we should be holding sparklers while watching.

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Apple hiring hardware engineers to work on display & projection systems for virtual reality environments

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We discovered late last year that Apple was hiring software engineers with experience in virtual reality gaming and user interfaces, but new job listings this week point to Apple’s interest in the development of hardware for virtual reality.

Apple is seeking a Senior Display Systems Engineer for “display systems design and development related to VR environments.” More specifically, Apple is looking for someone experienced in monitor and projection technologies to help it with “extremely high fidelity VR environments.” From the job listing:

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‘That’s not Spock': WH’s Obama tribute to Leonard Nimoy is highly illogical [photo]

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You knew it was coming … and here it is:

Never fails.

Can we talk about how Leonard Nimoy doesn’t appear anywhere in that “tribute”?

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Not content with $500M verdict, patent troll Smartflash comes after Apple again

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After Smartflash successfully convinced a court that Apple devices infringed three of its patents relating to downloading and storing content, winning a $532.9M award for its trouble, the company is coming back for more–despite the fact that Apple is appealing the original award.

Smartflash filed its original case before the iPhone 6/Plus and iPad Air 2 were launched, so the company now wants extra cash for these, reports Reuters.

“Smartflash filed the complaint to address products that came out too far into the last proceedings to have been included,” Smartflash’s attorney, Brad Caldwell, told Reuters on Thursday.

The company reached settlements with a number of game developers, and has also filed lawsuits against Samsung, Google and Amazon.

Smartflash is the very definition of a patent troll, settlements and awards from its seven patents providing its only form of income. The company makes no products and provides no services.

Apple has previously spoken out against patent…

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