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Science, Tech & Environment

US Internet speeds lag their international peers, but some cities are taking action

The old saying used to be, “What’s good for General Motors is good for the country.” Today’s version might be, “What’s good for Comcast is good for the country.” Well, as many people are now discovering, what’s good for Comcast — or AT&T, or Verizon — kind of sucks for the rest of us.

Health & Medicine

The fight is on over e-cigarettes

Electronic cigarette ads are on TV. New York City is restricting e-smoking in the same way as it restricts tobacco smoking. And government data indicates that 10 percent of high school students have tried e-cigs. Now, researchers are racing to figure out how they will impact public health.

Conflict & Justice

New York City's hijacked hashtag launches a global conversation on police brutality

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When the New York Police Department encouraged its followers on Twitter to share photos of themselves with NYPD officers, the result was not what they expected. Two days later, the hashtag has been mimicked in a half dozen cities around the world to showcase police brutality. But the social media effort has had another consequence: it has started a global dialogue about the perception of police and policing in different cities.

Global Scan

Mandela brings people together, even in death

World leaders and regular people gathered Tuesday in South Africa to honor Nelson Mandela — a man who was labelled a terrorist by the US until 8 years ago, a friend of China and Cuba, and now a symbol of hope and reconciliation for millions. We also look at Saudi Arabia's interest in its own human genome project, one of the most extreme zipline rides in the world, and a video game where the villian is alcoholism. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.

Lifestyle & Belief

In 'Twitch Plays Pokemon,' a million people played one character in a 16-day videogame

"Twitch plays Pokemon" was the idea of an anonymous programmer in Australia. He modified one of the original Pokemon games made for the Game Boy and launched it on the Internet. During the last few weeks, around a million players tried to control one character in the same videogame at the same time. Millions more watched and argued about the game.

Conflict & Justice

New York City's hijacked hashtag launches a global conversation on police brutality

Updated

When the New York Police Department encouraged its followers on Twitter to share photos of themselves with NYPD officers, the result was not what they expected. Two days later, the hashtag has been mimicked in a half dozen cities around the world to showcase police brutality. But the social media effort has had another consequence: it has started a global dialogue about the perception of police and policing in different cities.