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Green groups say EPA underestimates methane leaks from fracking

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Green groups say EPA underestimates methane leaks from fracking. The EPA touted decreased methane leaks during fracking, but environmentalists say the numbers are skewed...

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Obama’s chief of staff personally negotiates redacting of Senate’s CIA torture report

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McDonough is playing a top role in hashing out what will be available to the public upon release of an abbreviated executive summary for the 6,000-page report, Huffington Post reported citing sources close to the negotiations.

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s $40 million investigation into the Central Intelligence Agency's Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation Program - which was active from September 11, 2001 to 2006 - has found that the spy agency purposely deceived the US Justice Department to attain legal justification for the use of torture techniques, among other findings that resulted in the report, completed from March 2009 to December 2012. Of that investigative report, the public will only see a 500-page, partially-redacted executive summary that is in the process of declassification.

McDonough’s involvement may indicate how monumental the tug-of-war between the Senate committee and the CIA has become during the investigation. The committee has alleged that the CIA has spied on its staff, while the intelligence agency has accused the committee of leaking classified information amid its “inquisition” of the CIA, as one intelligence source described the probe.

The White House did confirm that McDonough was involved in the negotiations, but questions over the nature of his participation were left unanswered.

“We’re not going to get into the details of our discussions, but White House officials, including Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, are in regular touch with [Intelligence Committee] leadership on a variety of matters, including to discuss the committee’s review of the Bush Administration’s rendition, detention and interrogation program, in an effort to help ensure the executive summary is completed and declassified consistent with national security interests,” Bernadette Meehan, spokeswoman for the National Security Council, told Huffington Post.

Sources also said that in addition to redaction edits, McDonough has urged Senate members to avoid attacking CIA Director John Brennan after the report’s executive summary is released.

"The Chief of Staff's agenda was about how we could work together to meet the President’s desire to ensure the executive summary is completed and declassified consistent with national security interests, so that we can shed light on this program and make sure it is never repeated. These were not discussions about Director Brennan," Meehan said.

While specific details of the Senate committee’s report are still unknown, McClatchy news service reported in April that it outlines 20 main conclusions about the post-9/11 torture program which, according to the investigation, intentionally evaded White House, congressional, and intra-agency oversight.

“The report does not put responsibility with the [George W. Bush] White House,” a source familiar with the report told McClatchy last week, echoing previous concerns that Bush administration officials will likely avoid any accountability for the the shadowy capture-and-detain regime at Guantanamo Bay and secret "black site" prisons, often fueled by suspect bounties, or for crafting the legal framework that allowed the CIA to interrogate detainees with waterboarding and other methods deemed to be torturous by international standards.

The Senate report “does not look at the Bush administration’s lawyers to see if they were trying to literally do an end run around justice and the law,” another McClatchy source said last week.

As RT previously reported, former CIA director Leon Panetta has alleged in his new memoir that a former Obama White House chief of staff, current Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, was livid with Panetta upon learning of the latter's cooperation with the Senate probe.

“I was summoned down to a meeting in the Situation Room, where I was told I would have to ‘explain’ this deal to Rahm… It did not take long to get ugly,” Panetta wrote in 'Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leaders in War and Peace.'

“’The president wants to know who the f**k authorized this release to the committees,’” Rahm said, slamming his hand down on the table. ‘I have a president with his hair on fire, and I want to know what the f**k you did to f**k this up so bad!’”

Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

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Z80xxc! writes: The Gmail team announced "Inbox" this morning, a new way to manage email. Inbox is email, but organized differently. Messages are grouped into "bundles" of similar types. "Highlights" pull out and display key information from messages, and messages can be "snoozed" to come back later as a reminder. Inbox is invite-only right now, and you can email inbox@google.com to request an invite.

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Google takes Magic Leap into virtual reality with $542mn investment

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This is the second successful round of investment for the Florida company, which has not brought out a single commercial product or prototype, but is now valued at over $1.6 billion. While Google has led the investment round, other prominent funders included KKR, Vulcan Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Andreessen Horowitz and Obvious Ventures.

Magic Leap already brought in $50 million earlier this year, in a previous investment round.

"Magic Leap is going beyond the current perception of mobile computing, augmented reality, and virtual reality. We are transcending all three, and will revolutionize the way people communicate, purchase, learn, share, and play," boasted the maverick founder, president and CEO Rony Abovitz.

So just what is offered by Magic Leap, which says it has combined “hardware, software, sensors, core processors, and a few things that just need to remain a mystery” in its projected device?

The self-consciously trendy Magic Leap website shows animated objects – palm-sized elephants, flying yellow submarines and giant sharks - integrated into pictures of reality, a little like ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit?’ or the Garfield films.

But instead of being projected on a flat screen, these images are part of real landscapes, as seen by the human eye.

Abovitz says the effect will be created by a “light, wearable device,” and tech website Re/code reported that it will include a projector that will trace the users’ eyeballs and beam images into them, using depth perception tricks to convince them that what they are seeing is a 3D object far away, not just a signal sent from a few centimeters.

Unsurprisingly, as film producers look to further the success of 3D films, Magic Leap has also attracted money from Legendary Entertainment in the current round of investment.

But Google likely has a more ambitious plan for Magic Leap’s technology, which ties in with its Google Glass smartglasses, which have gradually been rolled out for the past two years.

Echoing Google co-founder Sergey Brin, Abovitz told Techcrunch that the “world is the desktop,” meaning that instead of interacting with the screen when searching or working, people can now do this directly with the outside world, with the aid of technology that better understands real life objects, as seen by the human eye.

Abovitz said that although a member of Google will accept a place on the Magic Leap board, the two projects will not be merged, and use different approaches.

As well as expanding its capabilities Google’s acquisition can also be seen as a defensive move against Facebook, which purchased virtual headset maker Occulus for $2 billion earlier this year. That company’s headline project, the Occulus Rift, is set to appear on the shelves sometime next year.

The move represents a display of trust by Google in Rony Abovitz, who last year orchestrated a $1.65 billion deal for MAKO Surgical, a robotic surgical arm producer he earlier co-founded. Despite a solid track record, Abovitz cuts a zany figure – he gave a Dadaist performance at a TedX Talk last year in Florida, and Magic Leap’s staff page says that his team consists of "software ninjas" and "psychedelic physicists."

But while the possibilities (and the sums involved) are becoming increasingly dizzying, one person has sounded a note of alarm at the escalating hype over the new wave of virtual and augmented reality headsets.

“Until we see the device, you have to be a little skeptical,” Brian Blau, an analyst at Gartner, who has closely watched the industry for two decades, told the New York Times.

Paydici Launches Recurring Bitcoin Billing for Small Merchants

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Europe’s food experts fooled by pranksters into confusing McDonald’s with organic food

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Lifehunters, as the guys call themselves, posted a video of them visiting one of the most popular annual food expos in Europe, in the city of Houten, to serve their “top of the notch recipes” from their “high-end restaurant” that serves “organic alternatives to fastfood.”

“The problem here is that we don’t actually own a restaurant,” one of the pranksters, Sacha, says on the video.

So they paid a visit to their “favorite restaurant” McDonald’s.

Armed with a serving tray of cut up McDonald’s sandwiches made into canapé treats they started their hunt for gullible fans of organic food to ask what experts think about their “specialties.”

Serving their “top notch” recipes from a non-existent restaurant, they managed to fool dozens of “the biggest food experts of the Benelux”.

They asked “foodies” questions as to every aspect of the sandwiches and other snacks – from ease of chewing to taste, to how they feel in the mouth – to discover a simple truth: that if you don’t know what you’re eating, it’s incredibly easy to be fooled into thinking you’re eating the best Earth has to offer.

Note: Turn on subtitles to see English translation

“The structure is good, yes. Not too sticky,” said one expert about a McMuffin. Then it was onto the ‘real classics’.

The ‘Chicken McNuggets’ were neatly cut up and served by a charming young waiter, complete with tidy uniform. “Rolls around the tongue nicely, if it were wine I’d say it’s fine,” an older and presumably more experienced food critic commented.

To make this even more fun and amusing, the pranksters asked people what they saw as the key difference between these ‘organic’ treats and something one might see at McDonald’s. The experts did not disappoint: “It definitely tastes a lot better, and the fact that it’s organic is definitely a good thing,” said a young woman.

“You can just tell this is a lot more pure,” came another comment from a young lady operating an organic stall.

READ MORE: ‘Viral video recipe: nuggets, foodie, and a pinch of humor’

They went on like this – persons of every gender and age. So, there must be some truth in the claim that it’s really “all in your mind,” at least that’s what Erik Hensel, the founder of Lifehunters.tv, told RT.

“I think the nicest thing about this campaign is that the so-called ‘experts’ were automatically saying all these things about it – that it was way better than McDonald’s, and this made it really funny.”

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