A candlelight vigil for a young unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a suburban St. Louis police officer was followed by unrest as crowds looted and burned stores, vandalized vehicles and taunted officers who tried to block access to parts of the city. Nearly three dozen people were arrested after tensions erupted following a candlelight vigil Sunday night for 18-year-old Michael Brown, who police said was unarmed when he was shot multiple times Saturday in a scuffle with an officer in Ferguson. read more
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki accused the country's president of committing a "clear constitutional violation" and stationed troops at strategic positions in Baghdad after giving a tough speech on television. Maliki has refused to bow to pressure to abandon his bid for a third term. President Fuad Masum, a Kurd, has refused to ask Maliki to form a new government in Iraq. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Sunday, "The United States fully supports president Fuad Masum in his role as guarantor of the Iraqi constitution." A report on the Pundit Press blog called Maliki's actions a coup: "Now his forces are seizing government buildings in Iraq, have closed the airport, and are surrounding the Green Zone. His speech refusing to step down occurred at midnight and was followed by the military action." read more
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Debra L. Jacobs of Forbes describes how William I. Koch was swindled on a multi-million wine auction: "Koch didn't attend the auction but sent a wine consultant, acting on his behalf, to purchase 2,669 bottles of wine at a total cost of $3.7 million. In the process the connoisseur, who is #329 on the Forbes Billionaires list, added to his collection some fine trophy wines that lived up to the catalog's billing of "the best of the best." What he didn't realize at the time was that he had also acquired 24 fakes. read more
Alex Knapp, Forbes: "I'm holding in my hand a chip with one million neurons, 256 million synapses, and 4096 cores. With 5.4 billion transistors, it's the largest chip IBM has built." Dharmendra S. Modha sounds positively giddy as he talks to me on the phone. This is the third time I've talked to him about his long-term project -- an IBM project with the goal of creating an entirely new type of computer chip, SyNAPSE, whose architecture is inspired by the human brain. This new chip is a major success in that project.