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Sunday Edition Links O' War: Sunday August 18th, 2013

The Sunday edition Links O' War is back... Today, we have LSU getting serious, another MLB player is in trouble, lots of tech news, finance, news, politics and global policy news. It's all here, in the Sunday edition!

Here are your morning links!


TCU Ranked 20th in Associated Press Poll - TCU Horned Frogs Official Athletic Site
The TCU football team is ranked 20th in the preseason Associated Press poll announced Saturday.

LSU steps up preparations for TCU | Sports | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
TCU is becoming more of a focal point for LSU as the season opener nears.


2013 college football rankings: AP poll Top 25 led by Alabama, Ohio State -
The SEC dominates the preseason poll, with six teams in the top 12.

Derek Wolfe injury: Broncos DE carted off after helmet-to-helmet hit -
Broncos defensive lineman Derek Wolfe had to be placed on a stretcher and taken off the field in an ambulance after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit in a preseason game against the Seahawks on Saturday night.

Alex Rodriguez attorney accuses Yankees of hiding MRI results -
The attorney for Alex Rodriguez told the New York Times that the Yankees are out to get the third baseman and hid MRI results from him during the 2012 playoffs that showed a torn labrum in his hip.

Prince Fielder took one for the team -
Who needs a glove?

Robert Griffin III injury: Redskins refute report QB should not play before Week 6 -
Dr. James Andrews reportedly told the Redskins to not play RG3 until after their bye week. The Redskins are denying it.

Miguel Tejada will be suspended 105 games for failed drug tests, per report -
The former AL MVP is strongly considering retiring, according to a report

Usain Bolt wins 200-meter gold at world championships -
The world's fastest man became the first athlete to ever win the 200-meter three times at World Championships.


Google can't have dotless domains, rules ICANN regulator | The Verge
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) voted this week to uphold its policy against implementing dotless domain names, essentially bringing an end to a push from Google...

What Sony’s internet TV deal with Viacom means for your living room | The Verge
The future of television is coming into focus, and it might not look all that different from the present. The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that in the first publicly reported deal of its...

In WikiLeaks trial, defense shows Bradley Manning as good-intentioned idealist | The Verge
When, at the end of July, Bradley Manning was found guilty of nearly all the charges facing him, his long-running story entered a new chapter. With his guilt established, the trial turned to the...

Inside the bitter YouTube battle between Microsoft and Google | The Verge
The gloves are off: Microsoft and Google find themselves battling in more product areas than ever while fighting a very public war of words. The latest spat has led Google to block a...

Make love, not war: a military contractor helps build a dating app | The Verge
If you Google "John Kleint," you won’t come up with much. This time last year, Kleint was working for a military defense contractor that he won’t name. "Big data analytics," he calls the job....

Speed bumps and vomit are the Hyperloop’s biggest challenges | The Verge
It’s now been three days since Elon Musk unveiled his alpha plans for the Hyperloop, the radical and ambitious high-speed transit line that promises passage from Los Angeles to San Francisco in...

Facebook ignored security bug, researcher used it to post details on Zuckerberg's wall | The Verge
If your Facebook profile isn't public, others aren't supposed to be able to post content on your wall. Khalil Shreateh, a self-confessed IT expert from Palestine, claims to have discovered a...

Researchers pose as scammers to cut back on bogus Twitter accounts | The Verge
Spam is a problem, and any Twitter user knows well that the social network has its fair share of it. A team of researchers is working to fight back, however. In a paper released this week, they...

Microsoft apologizes for Outlook, ActiveSync downtime, says error overloaded servers | The Verge
In a lengthy update to its service status page, Microsoft has explained the causes and resolutions to the extended downtime and Exchange ActiveSync users experienced earlier this week....

Al Jazeera promises 'in-depth news' with new US cable network launching August 20th | The Verge
Since it purchased Current TV at the beginning of the year, Al Jazeera has been building a large news organization in the US. With close to 1,000 employees, about a dozen bureaus around the...

For the Moto X, 'Apple' is a four-letter word | The Verge
Motorola has made a big deal out of its customizable Moto Maker feature for the Moto X. There are 18 different backplates, 504 different combinations and, finally, an engraving feature that lets...

Steve Wozniak says 'there were a lot of things wrong' with 'Jobs' movie | The Verge
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak sat down with Bloomberg this week to discuss his thoughts on innovation, Larry Ellison, and, most extensively, Jobs — the recently released biopic about Steve Jobs,...

Robo Thespian Does Stand-up For the First Time, Does Better Than Most Open-Mic Performers [Video] | Geekosystem
You guys remember Robo Thespian, the actor robot created by the Engineered Arts of Cornwall? Well, a few bright thinkers at the Queen Mary University of London decided to see if he was up to handling the toughest performance medium of all -- stand-up comedy. And he actually wasn't that bad.

Meanwhile in Russia: Putin-Backed Mayoral Candidate Puts Pictures of Emilia Clarke On Anti-Rape Posters | Geekosystem
We know very little about Russian politics, but the phrase Russian politics alone make us feel like there's probably something sketchy going on. Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke probably thinks so, too, because her photo and likeness were used without permission for a anti-rape campaign poster there. Whoops?

Because No One Asked For It, Pepsi-Flavored Cheetos Now a Reality | Geekosystem
There are Pepsi flavored Cheetos available in Japan.

Check Out Another Successful Rocket Test From SpaceX Because Rockets Are Awesome [Video] | Geekosystem
On August 13th, SpaceX performed, filmed, and uploaded another test of their Falcon 9 test rig (which they call the Grasshopper). This time the rocket flew to a 250m altitude with a 100m lateral maneuver before returning to the center of the pad. And oh. Man. You guys, it's SO COOL. I'm going to watch it eight more times.

Wanna Get Drunk Without Dealing With Those Pesky Bottles and Cans? Try Instant Beer! | Geekosystem
We might not have flying cars or jetpacks yet, but in addition to all the modern technologies we current get to interact with on a daily basis, now it is possible to buy beer in little packets and hydrate it on the go using a fancy soda-carbonating device. Man, screw jetpacks -- the future is definitely now, and it is wonderful.

Possible Computer Glitch Causes All Doors in Florida Prison to Open | Geekosystem
Say what you want about the Florida justice and penal systems, but... well, yeah, say what you want, because they're both awful. Especially at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami, where all the cell doors opened for no reason. In other news, this absolutely happened in a Dave Barry novel once. I'm pretty sure it was Big Trouble.

This Video of a New York City Window Cleaner Is Equal Parts Stressful and Fascinating [Video] | Geekosystem
Window cleaners (they don't like the term window washer) aren't just the random guys who get saved in the first act of every superhero movie. Some of them

Watch This Supercut of Harrison Ford Angrily Pointing at People, Courtesy of Conan O’Brien [Video] | Geekosystem
Really, we should have all seen Harrison Ford's current penchant for grumpy old manitude coming. He is very good at being angry, after all -- and as last night's episode of Conan shows us, he's got a couple of classic moves to express that anger. Well, one classic move. He points a lot. Like, a lot.

Did Your Internet Just Freak Out? Here’s the Reason, and a Solution | Geekosystem
Being a website company, we were all pretty upset at the office here when the Internet went down for twenty minutes or so. People suggested we start a zine, use a photocopier, or just leave the room, which also proved we may all be a little overdependent on connectivity. Turns out we weren't alone: Google's DNS servers were at fault.

NASA Abandons Plans to Fully Repair Kepler, Hopes For New Mission | Geekosystem
After a failure of a second reaction wheel, the Kepler Spacecraft is unable to function properly, and NASA is giving up on attempts to repair it.


Crowdfunding for medical devices hits Web
A Web company is offering to connect small medical device investors with people who can give them the cash they need.

Expecting the unexpected from Jeff Bezos
No one, apparently including Amazon's Bezos himself, seems to know what he intends to do with The Washington Post.

Can ETFs really cause the next stock market crash?
Those ETFs that use leverage and benefit double and triple on stock market moves could cause the next big market crash.

Rising bar tab draining new law school grads
The costs for getting into the bar are rising at a time when the job market for lawyers has never been more competitive.

Is tea ready for its 'Starbucks moment'?
Tea may be the world's most consumed beverage in terms of volume, but as far as retail sales go, it still falls short of its peers like coffee and carbonates.

Sony and Viacom Reach Tentative Deal to Stream Cable Channels
An unprecedented deal may signal the start of a new era of competition for cable and satellite providers. The NYT reports.

Housing starts up 5.9%; Q2 productivity beats forecasts
U.S. housing starts rose less than expected in July, while nonfarm productivity rose in more than expected.

Fed's Bullard: No sign of major asset bubble
The United States does not face destructive asset bubbles, a top Fed official says.

Bernanke may delay tapering past September: UBS
If interest rates stay high, the chances the Fed will cut its bond-buying program will be no better than half, UBS said.

Macy's, Cisco: What their earnings really tell us
Pro trader Kenny Polcari on what weak results from Macy's and Cisco really say about the consumer and market in general.

Commentary: Why Musk should build the Hyperloop
Musk to build at least a prototype of his Hyperloop is the only way to see if high speed mass transportation works.

Pro: Here's the S&P level to watch
Pro trader Kenny Polcari breaks down Tuesday's market action and the levels to look for.

The Washington Post and Jeff Bezos' 'to do' list
Merrill Brown lays out what needs to be addressed to pull The Washington Post out of its rut.

Huguette Clark kin in talks to receive share of estate
Shares of heiress Huguette Clark's $300 million estate may go to distant relatives, against her dying wishes.

Where the wealthy get their income
A new study finds that the real money for the wealthy is made from investments and business income—not salaries.

This wine cellar is worth millions
One New York City area resident spent nearly $1 million just building a wine cellar that was then stocked with about 6,750 bottles of wine.


Obamacare's hurdles higher than Medicare's - David Nather -
President Barack Obama says he’s not worried that all the Obamacare fights will kill the law — because people fought the creation of Medicare and Social Security too, and now they’re more popular than ever. Democrats have always wanted to believe Obamacare would follow the same pattern: Opponents tried to block passage of the new...

Obamacare's hurdles higher than Medicare's - David Nather -
President Barack Obama says he’s not worried that all the Obamacare fights will kill the law — because people fought the creation of Medicare and Social Security too, and now they’re more popular than ever. Democrats have always wanted to believe Obamacare would follow the same pattern: Opponents tried to block passage of the new...

RNC, Ron Paul backers seek peace - James Hohmann -
BOSTON—The acrimony between the Republican establishment and Ron Paul supporters who took control of state parties in 2012 has begun to fade as a new period of détente - even cooperation - starts to shape their often-fraught relationship. And both sides say the togetherness - a behind-the-scenes priority for Republican National Chairman...

D.C. exiles: Leaving 'This Town' - Patrick Gavin -
For a place that attracts people from around the globe, Washington also has a penchant for sending some of them packing. “I spent the better part of 10 years camped in the nation’s Capitol and, toward the end, I just felt like I was suffocating,” said Mark McKinnon, a political strategist who worked on George W. Bush’s presidential...

Kerrey in talks for State Dept. post -
Bob Kerrey is in talks to be the latest former senator to get a post at the State Department. Kerrey, the two-term Nebraska Democrat who lost an attempted comeback bid last year, has since returned to New York, where he’d relocated to after leaving Washington to run the New School and live with his wife, comedy writer Sarah Paley. But now that...

John McCain: U.S. lost 'credibility' on Egypt -
The United States has “no credibility” in the Middle East due to the Obama administration's inaction in Egypt, Sen. John McCain said Sunday. The administration previously threatened to cut off aid if there was a coup in Egypt, the Arizona Republican said, but has refused to honor that promise. “We could be cutting off the aid,”...

Rand Paul blames Chris Christie for spat -
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie started their recent spat by arguing that libertarians had no place in the GOP. "The party's big enough for both of us," Paul said on "Fox News Sunday." "The party's big enough for lots of different Republicans. This all started with him saying, 'We don't...

In letter, Bill Clinton defends family foundation - Maggie Haberman -
Bill Clinton offered a strong defense of his family foundation and insisted reports of mismanagement and deficits were taken out of context, in an unusual letter posted on the group’s website. The Friday post also addressed, for the first time, the audit that the foundation conducted in 2011, which led to a series of recommendations to bring...

Kelly: 'No question' people will die if stop-and-frisk ends -
New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says there's "no question" more people would die if the city's next mayor ends the controversial stop-and-frisk policy, which a federal judge has struck down as unconstitutional. "No question about it, violent crime will go up," Kelly said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press:...

Attorney: Va. first lady bought Star Scientific stock -
RICHMOND, Va. — First lady Maureen McDonnell purchased stock in troubled nutritional supplements maker Star Scientific twice in the past three years without the governor's knowledge, according to an attorney representing her in an ongoing federal investigation into ties between Virginia's first family and the company and its chief executive....

Reince Priebus: Self-deportation lines ‘horrific’ - Hadas Gold -
Reince Priebus indirectly slammed Mitt Romney’s stance on immigration reform, calling the use of the term self-deportation “horrific,” and said those comments “hurt” the party, according to a report. Romney often used “self-deportation” during the 2012 campaign to explain how his immigration policies would...

With Clinton vote, RNC pushes back on debates - James Hohmann -
BOSTON — The Republican National Committee passed a resolution Friday to bar NBC and CNN from hosting GOP primary debates in 2016 if the networks move forward with their Hillary Clinton projects. But the vote was not just about Clinton. The RNC’s very vocal outrage over the projects gave party leaders a perfect excuse to do what they’ve...

Obama golfs with Larry David -
Comedian and satirist Larry David once aired his views of the Obama presidency in his inimitable style: “Hey, it could have been worse.” No word yet on how his golf with President Barack Obama went, but the verdict on stepping off the 18th green was likely similar. The president played a round with the “Curb Your Enthusiasm”...

New York Times backs Stringer over Spitzer - Craig Howie -
The New York Times editorial board said Eliot Spitzer “lacks the qualities” needed for the job of city comptroller as it endorsed his opponent Scott Stringer in the high-profile Democratic primary race. Spitzer, who resigned as governor amid a prostitution scandal and has since sought personal and political redemption, “entered the...

Conservatism defined -
I was asked online earlier today for the historical text that best describes conservatism as I understand it. My answer to that question comes from a text that has been taped to the wall of my office for 20 years now. It was written (of course) by William F. Buckley and it describes the kind of conservatism that shaped my thinking in Congress and still...

Obama: GOP trying to 'gum up' ACA - Jennifer Haberkorn -
President Barack Obama criticized Republicans for trying to “gum up the works” in the health care reform law and for refusing to help constituents sign up for coverage. “A lot of Republicans seem to believe that if they can gum up the works and make this law fail, they’ll somehow be sticking it to me. But they’d just be...

O'Reilly gave $25K to Al Sharpton's charity -
In an effort to counter an attack from MSNBC's Al Sharpton, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly revealed on Thursday that he once gave $25,000 to Sharpton's charity so that it could provide Christmas presents and dinners to poor people in Harlem. Rev. Sharpton, who confirmed the donation in an interview with POLITICO, had criticized O'Reilly...

UPS plane crash: NTSB says no problem with controls - Associated Press -
Federal investigators said Saturday they haven't found any problems with the controls in a UPS cargo jet that crashed while landing in Alabama, killing the two pilots. National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt said the cockpit controls in the A300 aircraft appeared to be working before the crash, and they matched the positions...

The Obamas' 2013 summer vacation - Photos - 1 of 23 -
President Barack Obama reacts as he misses a shot while golfing on the first hole at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard.