If you’ve got 32 seconds to kill, have a look at this animated map showing Twitter activity around the world during yesterday’s thrilling match between the United States and Belgium. Twitter is only claiming 9.1 million tweets about the match because that’s how many had identifiable hashtags. A sweet zoom feature lets you zoom in on Dallas. My takeaway: we need more defenders on USMNT from Dallas. [h/t Mashable]Full Story
More than 100,000 untested rape kits sit in evidence across the country, but Congress may be ready to approve a $41 million aid package to help address the issue. Recent discoveries of additional untested kits, including some 4,000 in Dallas, have renewed pressure from advocacy groups and returned focus to the issue. Back in 2011, the Texas Tribune reported that as many as 21,000 rape kits were backlogged in Dallas.
When New York tested its 17,000-kit backlog, the arrest rate for sexual assaults climbed to 70 percent from 40 percent. In Detroit, 127 potential serial rapists were identified when it tested 1,600 kits. And closer to home in Houston, 5,000 of a recently uncovered 6,600 kits were processed by Virginia-based Bode Technology. Let’s hope Dallas can achieve similar results.Full Story
Last July, RadioShack CEO Joe Magnacca said his company was in the midst of a complete turnaround that would take several quarters. If last night’s Super Bowl spot was any indication, the once-outdated tech retailer’s revival is well underway.Full Story
Yuliana Avalos is a mom and model who lives in Miami. She has never joined Match.com. Yet she says photos of her are all over the site, used in fake profiles set up by scammers. Sound like a specious claim? I don’t know. Here’s how the filing (which you can read in its entirety here) opens:Full Story
Or when frustrated drivers start busting right through them, the airport may find itself without any gates left. From a FrontBurnervian: Tried to exit DFW about 7:30 last night. System was down — at least intermittently — and wouldn’t read my tolltag. Not just me. In the lane to my right, there was nearly a riot and someone just […]Full Story
I once read a story detailing the life of the average Italian male. Best I can remember, he still lives with his parents, wakes up 20 minutes before his workday begins, slams two espressos, takes public transportation to the office, comes home, and drinks himself to sleep. Short of moving to Italy or my parents […]Full Story
Dallas’ Erich Spangenberg is downsizing his extravagant lifestyle (he once owned 16 cars, 6 of them Lamborghinis), but he vows to continue the aggressive patent trolling that brings in $25 million a year. The full report from Sunday’s NYTimes is here.Full Story