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Obama accuses EU of attacking American tech companies because it ‘can’t compete’

Barack Obama has angered officials in Europe after suggesting that investigations by the European Union into companies like Google and Facebook were “commercially driven.” In an interview with Recode, the president claimed that European “service providers who … can’t compete with ours, are essentially trying to set up some roadblocks for our companies to operate effectively there.” The truth, however, is more nuanced than this.

“our companies have created it, expanded it, perfected it.”

Obama says: “We have owned the internet. Our companies have created it, expanded it, perfected it in ways that they can’t compete. And oftentimes what is portrayed as high-minded positions on issues sometimes is just designed to carve out some of their…

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Song of The Car: AEV JK350 Wrangler: We test the off-road vehicle on a muddy December day while listening to rip-roaring American rock

Song of The Car: AEV JK350 Wrangler

We owe off-roading to the Russians. In 1904, Tsar Nicholas II hired French military engineer Adolphe Kégresse to head the Court Garage in St. Petersburg. The harsh wintry elements inspired Kégresse to outfit a Mercedes 32/45 with the first halftrack……

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Cool Hunting Video: S. B. Foot Tanning Company: One of the last major American tanneries has been producing high-quality hides for over 100 years

Cool Hunting Video: S. B. Foot Tanning Company

Last year, our friends at Red Wing Shoes invited us out to explore their factory in Minnesota. And, right next door to Red Wing is S.B. Foot Tanning Company. Established in 1872 by the Foot family, the business was eventually purchased by Red Wing……

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Chief Trunk’s Historic Luggage: Iconic American luggage brand Oshkosh Trunk Company is seen through new eyes, resurrecting the golden age of travel with a modern touch

Chief Trunk's Historic Luggage

All great successes have an element of providence—for the Oshkosh Trunk Company, it came in the form of a surplus of deadstock canvas. In the 1800s, an unnamed American mill had been churning out red-and-yellow striped canvas for use by Spanish diplomats……

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Kobold’s Skeletonized Pandemonium Watch: An American assembled timepiece of unreal beauty and complication

Kobold's Skeletonized Pandemonium Watch

Recently, we were lucky enough to get our hands on Kobold Watch Company’s Pandemonium watch—the first completely skeletonized chronograph assembled entirely in the US, from parts both domestic and international. An automatic winding chronograph movement……

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The US Marshals are scanning millions of American phones with fly-by cell towers

Federal agencies have a new way to find people. According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, the US Marshals service has scooping up Americans’ cell phone information by planting fake cell tower devices on board small airplanes. The device, known as an IMSI catcher, sorts through the collected data in search of a specific target’s unique ID, pointing the Marshals to his exact location. The program has been running since 2007, and according to the Journal, agents get a court order for each search, but it is still unclear whether the orders specify the alarming means by which the resulting search is conducted.

The marshals use fake cell towers onboard small airplanes

The attack plays of a basic vulnerability of cell phones:…

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Foo Fighters’ American music history lesson ‘Sonic Highways’ premieres tonight

The new HBO documentary series Sonic Highways — directed by the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl — debuts tonight, and if it’s anything like the extremely well-received documentary Sound City he directed in 2013, it might just be worth canceling your Friday night plans for.

The eight-part series is going to follow Grohl as he visits touchstone American recording studios in different cities that are steeped in musical lore, and will feature conversations with the important musicians who have called these places home. The power combination of (soon-to-be-unbundled) HBO and Grohl meant that the series was able to compile an impressive list of interviewees, as the trailer alone teases talks with everyone from 20th-century icons like Dolly Parton…

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American Born Moonshine: The historic corn-based spirit gets a smooth finish from an independent Tennessee producer

American Born Moonshine


There’s something rugged and pioneering about the history of moonshine. Whether it’s Appalachian myths and the human spirit, the Whiskey Rebellion post-War of Independence, or a prominent surge during American Prohibition when it took on greater meaning, there’s a story in every sip….

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Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty: 40 artists create new works for the first-ever Hello Kitty retrospective at LA’s Japanese American National Museum

Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty


As part of Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary celebration, the adorably cute character will be celebrated in numerous ways, including a birthday party, Hello Kitty Con and her first-ever museum retrospective at the ,…

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“Say it Ain’t Southern” : Territorial markings and grease-pen sketches on trains make for a fascinating look at a piece of American history




by Chermelle Edwards Fascinated with train culture and its resulting, reclusive history, Will Rhoten finds himself in the American crossroads of Dallas, Texas. Here, using Instagram as a tool, Rhoten…

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