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Tech reporter at @GuardianUS. firstname dot lastname at guardian dot co dot uk. trying to be righter. pic by @darth. no idea whose opinions these are.

Author of The Secret hasn't 'the time and energy' to sell house for asking price — Pity poor Rhonda Byrne. Her bestselling self-help book The Secret grossed some $300m internationally, but it turns out the power of positive thinking can't guarantee you $23.5m in a real estate sale. The 59-year-old Australian self-help guru has had to slash the listing of her Montecito, California, estate to a more reasonable $18.8m.

'Darth Vader' vs the feds: Time Warner deal will test Charter's notorious backer

Charter Communications to acquire Time Warner Cable for $56.7bn — Charter Communications, the fourth-largest cable provider in the US, has announced it is buying Time Warner Cable, the country's second largest cable company, in a $56.7bn deal that will create a new giant in the cable industry and a close rival to Comcast, Time Warner's last suitor.

NSA pranksters plant 'listening' devices in New York and take snooping abroad — Next time you're at a bar in the East Village, say, congratulating yourself on having tricked your roommate, bitching about your friend's accent or sharing your partner's sex secrets, check under the table for listening devices. Wags claiming to work for the NSA as one of "many third-party contractors, albeit pro-bono and unofficial" are collecting your conversations.

Southwest Airlines baggage handlers ran alleged marijuana ring from Oakland — Southwest Airlines baggage handlers took part in a marijuana distribution operation that stretched from Oakland, California, to Little Rock, Arkansas, a recently unsealed federal affidavit alleged. Nine of the accused have been arrested, two are serving sentences for other crimes, and three are still at large.

Spotify moves into video and podcasts with major media partnerships — Spotify moved to expand its service beyond music on Wednesday announcing video content deals several major media conglomerates, including Comedy Central, ESPN, Adult Swim, BBC and NBC. The video content will be short-form and many of the producers will also distribute podcasts over the service.

Hundreds of tech companies line up to oppose TPP trade agreement — More than 250 tech companies have signed a letter demanding greater transparency from Congress and decrying the broad regulatory language in leaked parts of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade bill. The TPP would create an environment hostile to journalists and whistleblowers, said policy directors for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Fight for the Future, co-authors of the letter.

US tech scene special: Tech weekly podcast — On this week's edition we cross the Atlantic to find out what's hot and happening on the US tech scene. Jemima Kiss is joined by Sam Thielman, the Guardian's tech reporter in New York, as well as tech team regulars Alex Hern and Samuel Gibbs, to talk about the Lily selfie drone, about trouble brewing for YouTube and, in more dramatic style, for RadioShack.

Six Chinese nationals charged in US over alleged economic espionage plot — The US Department of Justice has announced the arrest of a Chinese professor and the indictment of five other Chinese nationals over an alleged plot to steal trade secrets from two electronics manufacturers which design delicate electronic parts for iPhones.

Selfie drivers: poll finds widespread tweeting and photos behind the wheel — America's roads are getting more dangerous than ever thanks to a car crash of drivers texting, tweeting, taking selfies and even video chatting, according to a new poll by one of the companies that makes it all possible, AT&T.
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May 27, 2015

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every Loretta Lynch credits domestic spying for a high-profile FBI bust, DRINK

May 26, 2015

Yes, rest of America, "Jim Bob," no joke. We're all sorry as hell about it, believe me.

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