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Charles Woodson gave Marshawn Lynch permission to wear his old number with Raiders

Marshawn Lynch

The Lynch deal became official Wednesday.

Green Bay Packers sign six-time Pro Bowl lineman Jahri Evans

Packers sign Evans

Evans helped Drew Brees pass for more than 4,000 yards in each of their 11 seasons on the Saints.

Maria Sharapova Makes Winning Return After 15-Month Ban

Month Ban

Maria Sharapova returned to tennis on Wednesday after a 15-month suspension and beat Italian veteran Roberta Vinci 7-5, 6-3 at a clay court tournament in Stuttgart, Germany.

More than 800 startups ask FCC chair to not kill net neutrality

net neutrality

Today, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai released the broad strokes of his plan to abandon consumer protections to the benefit of large corporate players in the telecommunications industry. While major telecom companies are looking forward to Pai’s FCC makeover, the same can’t be said for everyone else in tech. After Pai’s announcement, a group of more than 800 names in tech sent Pai… Read More

Is the NFL Draft Must-See?

NFL Draft

The NFL Draft is a brilliant example of off-season sports programming. But in an instant-update universe, is football’s selection show destination television?

Asian shares retreat from highs after Trump tax plan

Trump tax plan

TOKYO - Asian shares ticked down from near two-year high on Thursday after a long-awaited U.S. tax plan failed to inspire investors, though sentiment remains supported by global growth prospects and receding worries about political risks in Europe.

Samsung has an app to keep you from texting and driving

Samsung app driving

Okay, we all know we really shouldn't text and drive. But temptation is strong and sometimes getting back to someone right now feels more important than anything else. It's not, of course, but it's a feeling that can be difficult to shake, even if we know it's dangerous. That's why Samsung is working on a new app that will respond to text messages for you while you drive. SEE ALSO: Distracted driving kills, so why don’t more apps have driver warnings? Called In-Traffic Reply, the app will automatically respond to text messages when you're in the car or riding a bike. The app relies on phone sensors and GPS to detect when you're in a moving car or bike and will send a preset reply to incoming texts. Read more... More about Samsung , Apps And Software , Tech , Tech , and Apps Software

White House backs down on ACA demand, clearing a path for a spending deal

White House

Backing away from a threat to end subsidy payments under the Affordable Care Act, along with the withdrawal of a request for funding a border wall, eases chances that the government will shut down this weekend.

Latest Google Trips update may turn the app into your favorite travel companion

Google Trips

The Google Trips application was launched more than seven months ago, but no one gave it any chance since it had to compete with the likes of TripIt and other similar travel apps. It appears that Google doesn't want to let its app die so soon, which is why the newest Trips update brings lots of new features and improvements that significantly enhance user experience. But first of all, here is a quick rundown of Google Trips' main features. Well, the app has been specially designed to automatically organize one's travel information and make it available offline. Google ...

Jodie Foster, Stephen King and more mourn loss of Jonathan Demme

Jonathan Demme

Jonathan Demme’s greatest celebrity fans honored the late filmmaker Wednesday.

Ann Coulter Pulls Out of UC Berkeley Event: ‘It’s a Sad Day for Free Speech’

Ann Coulter

Conservative pundit Ann Coulter has cancelled her speech at UC Berkeley , citing the loss of support from conservative groups that had previously sponsored her speaking engagement. “It’s a sad day for free speech,” Coulter told the New York Times . Berkeley, known for being one of the most liberal universities in the United States, was preparing to protest Coulter’s speech , scheduled to be held outdoors. Coulter was initially supposed to speak at Berkeley as a guest of the school’s college Republicans last Thursday, but the university cancelled the event, citing security concerns . Coulter insisted she would speak at Berkeley no matter what, but lost support from Young America’s Foundation, the conservative group supporting her in her quest to give a speech. The group said it would “not jeopardize the safety of its staff or students,” according to the Times . Without the group’s support, Coulter said she had not choice but to pull out. “Everyone who should believe in free speech fought against it or ran away,” she said.

Pope Francis embraces technology in an unexpected TED Talk

TED Talk

Pope Francis embraced a future in which science benefits everyone in a surprise video address from the Vatican to the 2017 TED Conference being held in Vancouver, British Columbia. His virtual appearance at the conference makes Francis the first pope to give a TED Talk, and it highlights again his willingness to reach out beyond the Vatican walls and to engage with science and technology. In his address, titled “Why the Only Future Worth Building Includes Everyone” and delivered Tuesday to the tech-minded crowd, Francis said in Italian that he was “thrilled” to join the conference, called “The Future You.” “The future is, most of all, in the hands of those people who recognize the other as a ‘you’ and themselves as part of an ‘us.’ We all need each other,” he said. TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, is a media organization that posts brief, often viral talks online that focus on big ideas — many presented by well-known figures. Often delivered as inspirational testimonies about human creativity, the talks have occasionally been criticized as being more appropriate to a megachurch than a scientific forum. In his talk, the pope called for a “revolution of tenderness.” He said he hoped the conference would remind people not to “lock our door to the outside world.” Science “points to an understanding of reality as a place where every element connects and interacts with everything else,” he added. Francis also said he hoped advancements in science and technology would lead to equality for all people, noting his family’s immigrant past and the “culture of waste” that he detailed in his 2015 encyclical on protecting the environment, “Laudato Si.” An encyclical is one of the most authoritative documents a pope can issue, and that Francis dedicated an encyclical to global warming was considered a sign of his concern for the environment and his respect for scientific research. Indeed, the Vatican has frequently called on outside scientific experts for advice, even if those experts diverge from the Catholic Church on flashpoint issues like birth control and abortion. Columbia University economist Jeffrey Sachs, former director of the Earth Institute, is a regular presence at the Vatican, and the Vatican called on Naomi Klein, a Canadian climate change activist who describes herself as a “secular Jewish feminist,” to help promote the pontiff’s environmental encyclical. In the document, Francis — who studied chemistry as a college student — notably does not get bogged down in debates about climate change, but instead accepts it as a reality supported by “the best scientific research available today.” He then uses the science as “a concrete foundation for the ethical and spiritual itinerary that follows.” The interplay of science and technology with ethics and spirituality is always at the heart of Francis’ reflections; he has lauded advances in digital technology even as he describes himself as a “dinosaur” when it comes to computers and the internet. At the same time, he repeatedly warns against people becoming consumed by “screen time” and failing to relate to others and to the world around them. A case in point: Earlier this month, Francis addressed Italy’s National Committee for Biosafety, Biotechnology and Life Sciences at an audience in the Vatican, reminding his audience that science and technology were made for the world and not the other way around. Francis has also embraced technology to advance the church’s mission, conducting Google Hangouts and maintaining an active presence on Twitter and Instagram. And he shares his monthly prayer intentions in videos on the Vatican’s YouTube channel.

ESPN lets go of prominent names like Trent Dilfer, Danny Kanell in round of layoffs

ESPN layoffs

Many are releasing the news on social media, including Dilfer, NFL reporter Ed Werder, baseball reporter Jayson Stark, and college basketball reporter Dana O'Neil. Former morning host Jay Crawford, football columnist Jane McManus, ESPNU host Brendan Fitzgerald, auto racing and college football commentator Jerry Punch, college football reporter Brett McMurphy, hockey reporter Pierre LeBrun, soccer reporter Mike Goodman, baseball analyst Jim Bowden and baseball reporter Mark Saxon were among the others to announce their departures.

WATCH: 'Bachelor' star Chris Soules tells 911 operator car crash victim isn't breathing in dramatic call

Bachelor star Chris Soules

The 911 call made by "Bachelor" star Chris Soules after he was involved in a fatal car accident Monday evening has been released by authorities.

Google Assistant can now help you cook your favorite dish

Google Assistant

Google Assistant has just become even more useful for those using an Android device or the Google Home. Thanks to Bon Appetit, The New York Times, Food Network and a couple of more publications, Google Assistant users will now be able to access more than 5 million recipes. Basically, you won't be needing any cooking books since you'll now be able to find just about any recipe that you can think of. More importantly, Google Home users can listen to a recipe and their favorite music, at the same time. The ability to cook with the Google Assistant on Google ...

California man charged in Fresno shooting spree that killed three

charged shooting

- A man who goes by the nickname Black Jesus was charged with three counts of murder on Wednesday in connection with a shooting spree targeting white men in downtown Fresno, California, local media reported.

Pope Francis calls for compassion in tech during TED speech

Pope Francis

His Holiness Pope Francis joined TED Talks to deliver encouragement about the future, and a plea for the tech-savvy audience to care more for each other and themselves than things. The Pope spoke of his hope that tech such as that used in TED Talks could be used to bring everyone closer together: How wonderful would it be if the growth of scientific and technological innovation would come along with more equality and social inclusion. How wonderful would it be, while we discover faraway planets, to rediscover the needs of the brothers and sisters orbiting around us. He also described a… This story continues at The Next Web

From ‘build that wall’ to kick the can: Trump’s border promise might be hard to break

wall border

The president’s decision to withdraw his demand for funding angers some of his supporters.

GOP’s Obamacare-repeal plan would give Congress and its staff special treatment

Obamacare repeal

The latest Republican plan to replace Obamacare exempts members of Congress and their staff from key changes to the health care system the GOP is trying to unravel. The new … Click to Continue »

The Latest: California nurses rally for health care for all

California health care

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Latest on California lawmakers' single-payer health care proposal : 3:45 p.m. Hundreds of nurses have rallied in support of a California proposal to create a government-funded health care system that would eliminate health insurance companies. They marched to the state Capitol in Sacramento

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