California sports teams tweet support and donate after fatal Oakland party fire

Some of California's major sports teams have pledged on Twitter to help the victims and families affected by a devastating fire that tore through an Oakland warehouse party Friday night, killing at least 9 people. The Oakland Raiders said it would join Oakland Athletics to match donations up $30,000. The NFL team also announced it would observe a moment of silence prior to its game against the Buffalo Bills at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Sunday. [...]

The 16 biggest tech stories of 2016

Technology doesn't just change the world — it runs it.  In 2016, the algorithms, networks and slabs of glass and metal that make up today's digital tools had a direct impact on our lives in some very unexpected ways.  From Facebook's fake news problem to the Galaxy Note7 literally exploding, that impact wasn't always for the good, but there were also signs of hope thanks to the promise of virtual reality and driverless cars. Here are the biggest tech stories of 2016: 1 [...]

Amnesty condemns ‘excessive’ violence at Standing Rock, calls for Obama to act

Days after local authorities were condemned for spraying people with water cannons in freezing temperatures, Amnesty International has called for an end to America's "over-militarized" response to the Standing Rock protest in North Dakota. On Saturday, the organisation demanded President Obama halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.  It also condemned the "excessive" force used on those seeking to end the nearly 1,200-mile oil pipeline's advance under the Missouri River — the chief water source for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. SEE ALSO: Drone footage shows recent clashes at #NoDAPL protest in Standing Rock Read more.. [...]

This perfect sports Vine is a comedy in three acts

Man, why'd they have to kill this app? WHY'D THEY HAVE TO KILL THIS APP!?  Just about a month after Twitter announced it plans to eliminate Vine — which pairs with sports like a fine wine — here comes the perfect clip to remind us all of what we'll soon be missing.  Our dramatis personae : Ethan Happ, forward, Wisconsin Baders; Khadeem Lattin, forward, Oklahoma Sooners; Nigel Hayes, forward, Wisconsin Badgers.  Now, our play in three acts.  That's Happ aggressively freeing himself from the arms of Lattin during Oklahoma and Wisonsin's Saturday afternoon basketball game (Act I). [...]
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