Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy battered the mid-Atlantic region with powerful gusts and storm surges that cause epic flooding in the coastal communities of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, knocking down trees and power lines and leaving more than eight million people – including large parts of Manhattan – in the rain-soaked dark. The mammoth storm packed maximum sustained winds of 80 mph. Those powerful winds, driving rain and storm surge are blamed for 98 deaths in the United States (although numbers still vary), including two small boys who were swept out of their mother’s arms. The toll of the storm is staggering, including a rampaging fire that reduced more than 100 houses to ash in Breezy Point, Queens. New Jersey took the brunt, officials estimating that the state suffered many billions of dollars in property damage. Residents began the long, slow process of recovery.

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Anonymous Warns to Take Down Facebook Next Week


You’ve got exactly five days to save all your Facebook pictures onto a disc, copy your event invites into a old-fashioned hard copy diary and decide who your real friends are: Hactivist group Anonymous have set the date for the Facebook apocalypse, and it’s next Monday, says the Independent!

Hacktivist group Anonymous has announced it will take down Facebook and release Zynga’s games for free download on 5 November if the latter does not backtrack on alleged plans to lay off 1,000 employees and outsource work.

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Marco Tempest: A cyber-magic card trick like no other

The suits, numbers and colors in a deck of cards correspond to the seasons, moon cycles and calendar. Marco Tempest straps on augmented reality goggles and does a card trick like you’ve never seen before, weaving a lyrical tale as he deals. (This version fixes a glitch in the original performance, but is otherwise exactly as seen live by the TEDGlobal audience, including the dazzling augmented reality effects.)