In Hong Kong, All Eyes on Beijing’s Next Move

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HONG KONG— An almighty thunderstorm lashed the streets of the city. Earlier in the day, skyrocketing pollution levels had triggered a health warning from authorities. And yet on Tuesday night in Hong Kong, people took to the streets in the tens of thousands to continue a days-long protest, calling for more democracy.

Protesters cheerfully gathered in the middle of otherwise busy highways, which have been barricaded and effectively turned into pedestrian zones. Thousands more were shuffling patiently along the streets and elevated walkways, cheering and chanting intermittently, taking photos or lighting up their mobile phones to signal support. Read more…

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CDC Confirms First Ebola Case Diagnosed in U.S.

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The CDC has confirmed the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States.

A North Texas hospital previously had announced it had a patient in strict isolation based on his or her symptoms and recent travel.

“Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has admitted a patient into strict isolation to be evaluated for potential Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) based on the patient’s symptoms and recent travel history. The hospital is following all Centers for Disease Control and Texas Department of Heath recommendations to ensure the safety of patients, hospital staff, volunteers, physicians and visitors. The CDC anticipates preliminary results tomorrow.” Read more…

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With Windows 10, Microsoft Finally Gets It

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Call me crazy, but I think businesses are going to like Windows 10. By reintroducing the start menu, adding easy-to-access multiple desktops and even giving the Command Prompt its first upgrade in years, Microsoft is doing more than paying lip service to a disenfranchised business customer — it’s delivering what could be the best Windows for business ever.

As is Microsoft’s way, though, it took the long way to get hereWindows 8 was a dangerous detour borne out of a real desire to bring desktop and laptop computing into the modern age, where touchscreens are everywhere. Read more…

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Incredibly Fast Laser Could Speed Up Your Internet

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Researchers in Germany and London have made what may now be the world’s fastest laser, and it could be used to make the Internet quicker.

The laser turns on and off at a record-breaking speed. It’s uncertain what the real-world impact may be, but the researchers behind the laser say that it could be a big leap for communication technology and data connection speeds.

When Mashable reached out to the researchers for more details about how the laser would work, one scientist confirmed it could impact the web

“If one can now switch the laser on and off very fast, then more information is transported for a given time frame,” Carsten Ronning, a scientist from Germany’s Friedrich Schiller University Jena, told Mashable Read more…

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‘Taken 3’ Trailer Is So Much Liam Neeson Ass-Kicking

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Not again

The Taken 3 — excuse us, Tak3n — trailer dropped Tuesday, and it’s basically the Liam Neeson variety hour, featuring (but not limited to) jumping out of windows, car chases, bullet-dodging and stuffed-bear holding

In case you were worried how Neeson’s character Bryan Mills somehow managed to lose his daughter again, it’s OK — she does not get tak3n (that we know of) this time. Instead, the trailer shows Mills avenging his wife’s murder in the most showy, explosive, ass-kicking way possible

“My first priority is to protect the only one I have left… I’m going to finish this.” Famous last words Neeson — see you in T4ken Read more…

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5 Embarrassing Times the Secret Service Came Under Fire

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When the Secret Service makes the news, it’s usually not a good thing. The agency’s most high-profile purpose is to protect the president of the United States and other high-ranking officials — and to be invisible in that process.

But, not so invisible that they fail to notice a White House intruder.

The Secret Service has been in the spotlight on a number of uncomfortable occasions in the past month alone, causing a tense House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing on Tuesday, during which Secret Service Director Julia Pierson faced a barrage of questions from lawmakers about her staff’s competency. Read more…

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Mercury Pollution Has a Surprising Source: Your Dentist

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Your dentist wants you to clean your teeth. The federal government wants your dentist to clean his office.

The Environmental Protection Agency on Sept. 25 released a proposal to cut down on the amount of mercury that winds up in the water supply as a result of a routine dental procedure.

The problem? Dentists use mercury and other heavy metals to fill cavities, but those metals can harm human health if ingested. And when dentists remove old fillings or end up with more cavity-filling material than they need, mercury can go down the drain and end up in rivers and streams.

According to EPA, more than half of all mercury detected in public water treatment plants comes from discarded fillings. Read more…

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Missing Child Discovered by Journalist Reporting on Story

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Reporter Cameron Polom of ABC Action News did more than just report on the details of a missing boy in Florida on Friday — he discovered him

According to the local news network, 10-year-old Paul Ezekiel Fagan was last seen in his driveway around 4:00 p.m. on Thursday. When his grandmother, who he lives with, was unable to find him by 8:00 p.m., she called police

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The Best of Advertising Week, in Tweets

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Advertising Week kicked off on Monday, September 30, marking the industry’s busiest week of the year. A whirlwind of parties, panels and award shows, this New York City event draws heavy hitters from advertisers, agencies, publishers and startups, discussing hot industry topics like “mobile” and “native.” For a full calendar of events, visit the official site, but if you’re not able to attend, we’re curating someof the best tweets and social posts right here in a RebelMouse. Come back to see updates, and follow Mashable’s coverage here. Read more…

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10,000 Pigeons Undergo Anal Security Checks for China’s National Day

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The 10,000 pigeons selected to participate in China’s National Day on Oct. 1 were inspected for suspicious objects by security officials this week. Thoroughly inspected.

According to a tweet by People’s Daily, China’s government-sponsored newspaper, each of the birds was anally examined, ensuring they weren’t carrying, you know, suspicious things or whatever.

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