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Meet the Man Who Spends 10 Hours a Day Tracking Police Shootings

gq.com — How many people have been killed by police in America? No one really knows. One man in Reno, Nevada, is on a quest to find out. Yet again, cell phone footage this week captured the horrific deaths of black men at the hands of police. In Louisiana, it was Alton Sterling.

Why Prison Phone Rates Keep Going Up Even Though The FCC Regulated Them

ibtimes.com — Families of prisoners in the U.S. pay as much as $1 a minute to talk to their loved ones behind bars, which is why the Federal Communications Commission stepped in last fall to regulate the industry, which is controlled by a few private firms. And yet families expecting financial relief got a surprise in June: Their rates went up, again.

It's A Bad Day For The Internet Of Things

vocativ.com — There's a viral news story going around this morning about Samsung's Smart TV and its sinister-sounding setting that "listens" in on all your conversations. The gist: Samsung's newest TV has voice recognition software that allows you to speak to your TV and tell it what to do.

How Sig Sauer Cashed In by Selling Assault Rifles to Civilians

Omar Mateen’s Gun: How Sig Sauer Cashed In By Selling Assault Rifles To Civilians

ibtimes.com — In 2004, Sig Sauer was on the brink of collapse. The New Hampshire weapons firm, which built the assault rifle used in the June 12 massacre in Orlando, Florida, was well known for high-quality handguns. But sales were flatlining.

Orlando Shooting And Guns: Assault Weapons Advertising Goes Up, But Big Ad Agencies Won't Bite

ibtimes.com — To entice potential customers to purchase its high-powered assault rifle, Bushmaster, one of America's largest gun manufacturers, uses the slogan "Justice for All.'' Its print ads tell prospective buyers: "Consider your man card reissued." Sig Sauer, another major gun manufacturer, advertises its MCX rifle in a dramatic video of a single shooter, calling the gun the "start of a new era."

The FBI Has Spent Billions On Terror Databases. How Come They Didn’t Catch The Orlando Gunman?

ibtimes.com — Three years before Omar Mateen walked into a Florida nightclub wielding an assault rifle and handgun, he'd been questioned twice by the FBI about links to terrorist organizations overseas. But despite their direct questioning - and despite a high-tech FBI anti-terrorism database that has cost taxpayers billions of dollars to build - the gunman slipped through the FBI's reach.

Prison Phone Calls A 'Boondoggle Of Corruption'

nationalmemo.com — This article originally appeared on the International Business Times. Mary Jo Barnett sits in the living room of her trailer park home in Biloxi, Mississippi, and switches on her Samsung tablet. It's morning, which means it's time to video chat with her daughter, Amber, 20, who's locked up hundreds of miles away, in Ocala, Florida.

Road to Rio: As Crime Explodes In Rio, Private Security Forces Step In As Protectors

ibtimes.com — While Brazil is famous for its many charms, it is also internationally recognized for something else: violence and crime. In the lead-up to the Summer Olympics, private security forces are mobilizing. At just past 6 a.m.

Police Are Tracking Your Car With This Technology Even If You’ve Done Nothing Wrong

ibtimes.com — In 2013, Disney on Ice came to the 17,000-seat Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California, for an afternoon of child-friendly entertainment. As hundreds of families streamed into the event, Sgt. Kyle Hoertsch was stationed outside in his cruiser, silently searching for sexual predators.
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Jul 19, 2016

RT @davidsirota: This is one of the biggest political/econ news events in recent memory -- deal could raise premiums for 53M people  https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/755481862068314112 

Jul 13, 2016

RT @ReubenFB: Over 33,000 Americans are fatally shot each year. We explored the causes of -- and solutions to -- these deaths:  http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/gun-deaths/ 


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