Watch “The New King of Coke (Full Length)” – http://bit.ly/1AiOHUh The United Nations announced in 2013 that Peru has overtaken Colombia as the world’s top producer of coca, the raw plant material used to manufacture cocaine. For the past two decades, Colombia has been virtually synonymous with cocaine. Now that Peru has become the global epicenter of cocaine production, the Andean nation runs the risk of becoming the world’s next great narco state. The Peruvian government is trying to crack down on the problem by ramping up eradication of coca plants, and devoting military and police resources to interdiction efforts. Despite the response — and a hefty amount of foreign aid devoted to combatting cocaine production — Peruvian coke is being consumed in the nightclubs of Lima and in cities around the world like never before. VICE News traveled to Peru to learn more about the government’s battle plan against cocaine, and to see how nearly every aspect of Peruvian society is caught up in the fight. We witnessed how the fine, white powder has forced an entire nation to the brink in the global war on drugs. In this extra scene, VICE News correspondent Kaj Larsen joins Peruvian special forces in the VRAE for a maritime interdiction operation and night time checkpoint. Read “Meet the Man Helping Peru’s Foreign Drug Mules Get Home” – http://bit.ly/1BSEZJd Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out the VICE News beta for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews
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Digital payment option Dwolla recently made two big announcements that may increase the number of people who use the payments system and the speed at which its transactions are completed.
First, Dwolla has been integrated into AccountingSuite.
AccountingSuite is an all-in-one app for accounting, inventory, order management, and time and project tracking. Integrating with Dwolla allows AccountSuite vendors to accept and request Dwolla payments from their customers. And Dwolla payments should allow AccountingSuite vendors to have more immediate access to funds that are transferred using the digital payment option.
Vendors who have their AccountingSuite linked directly to a bank account can get Dwolla funds there in as little as one day, according to a press release announcing the addition of Dwolla to AccountingSuite’s app roster.
AccountingSuite co-founder Kurt Kunselman says in the release that the addition of Dwolla creates an even easier method of sending and receiving payments. Kunselman explains:
“Every day we are working to make accounting easier and less expensive for growing companies. With this integrating, our users can simply create a payment form for a vendor’s bill, then click the pay-with-Dwolla button or get paid with Dwolla by generating invoices with pay-with-Dwolla button.”
Dwolla has also made it easier and faster for users to send money to vendors or others who don’t currently have an account with the company explains Jordan Lampe, director of communications and policy affairs in a recent post on The Dwolla Blog.
Dwolla users can now take advantage of the new Dwolla Direct feature to send money to those without a Dwolla account. And the company says that the non-user can set up to receive the payment in his or her bank account in about 30 seconds — even though it may take two or three business days for the money to be available.
When a payment is sent to a non-user, it’s sent directly to his or her email. Once the non-user spots the payment notification in the inbox, he or she needs only to enter bank account information to have the money deposited.
Once the original setup is completed, future payments will be automatically routed to a non-user’s bank account without the need for additional setup.
Dwolla was initially developed as a way to allow small business and others to make digital payments while avoiding the accumulation of credit card transaction fees.
Dwolla charges a flat rate of 25 cents for any transaction more than $10. Transaction under $10 are free.
As an example, a $5,000 transaction would cost a Dwolla user just a quarter the same as a $20 transaction. By contrast, that same transaction using PayPal would cost a user $145.30 in additional fees.
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If you’ve ever tried to keep up with the latest updates on multiple blogs and news sites, you know just how time-consuming that task can be. Feed readers help folks streamline that chore by consolidating the updates, from the sources they follow, in one central spot where they can be read, saved and shared.
Back in 2013, the preeminent feed reader tool was Google Reader. When Google decided to shelve the tool, users scrambled to find a solution to replace the one they had depended upon for years. Riding to the rescue, feedly quickly became a popular choice.
At its core, feedly is a solidly built feed reader that consolidates update feeds from multiple sources in one convenient spot. Here’s a highlighted tour of some of its key features:
Consolidated Home Page
Shown below, the first screen displayed after logging into feedly contains the latest updates from the sources the user follows. Plain headlines are updates that have already been read while bold headlines are updates yet to be read.
In the left sidebar, there’s a listing of sources already added to feedly. To dig down into any one source, just click the name.
Customize Your View
Feedly offers three different ways to view a list of updates: title only, magazine and card. Here’s a sample of all three:
In addition to selecting a view, the drop-down settings menu (accessed by clicking on the gear at the top of the page) lets users bulk manage the status of multiple updates as well as tweak how updates are presented.
Finally, you can also select one of the many preset themes by using the “Themes” link at the bottom of the sidebar.
Reading an Update
Clicking on an update opens a reading pane as shown below. Using the drop-down settings menu, I can alternatively set feedly to open updates at their original source in a new tab.
Adding Content Sources
Feedly makes it easy to add the content sources you want to follow. Using the “Add Content” screen, you can either search for update feeds using a source title, a URL or a topic hashtag or you can browse sources using categories.
Organizing Your Sources and Updates
Using the “Organize” link at the bottom of the sidebar, you can create and configure collections that are reflected in the list shown on the sidebar. Slicing and dicing by category or interest is a great way to keep your update list manageable.
What I Liked
Here are a few features that really stood out:
I liked how feedly has built in a sharing toolbar at the top of the reading pane. In addition, the tool enables you to preset social media update text (such as “via Twitter ID” and specific hashtags) using their preferences screen, something that saves you from retyping it each time.
Saving Updates for Later
Once you read an update, it vanishes from the list. To save one you really like or to finish one at a later time, click on the little flag to the left of the update’s headline. As you can see below, the update is then highlighted in green and can be viewed with all other saved updates on the “Saved” screen.
Feedly offers native apps for both iOS and Android devices. These let you use “dead” time (e.g. standing in lines, waiting for the kids to get out of school, etc.) to catch up on the latest updates!
Integration with My Favorite Apps
Feedly integrates with many of my favorite apps, a really big plus as far as I’m concerned. Let me give you just one example: I can set up If This Then That (IFTTT), an automation tool, to e-mail the link to an update anytime a certain phrase is included in the headline or body of the text. What a time saver!
Additional feedly Pro Integrations
In addition to the apps mentioned above, there’s even more functionality available if you sign-up and pay for a pro subscription. Aside from the additional functionality and app integration, pro subscribers can use feedly’s “Power Search,” an extended version of their regular search functionality. When you’re dealing with hundreds of updates, that really comes in handy!
Here’s what comes with a pro subscription:
What I Didn’t Like
With all these built-in features, it took longer than it should have for me to figure out the full extent of the tool’s functionality and how it all worked. This was mostly due to the lack of effective help and documentation, two things that make the learning process much easier.
I was able to look at other sites for information and guides (thanks Google search!), but a lot of what I found was outdated and that confused the situation even more. For example, when trying to figure out how to add a Twitter feed to my update sources, it took some time to discover that, as Twitter no longer offers update feeds for readers to utilize, adding one today involves a much different process than before.
All in all however, this is a slight bump in the very useful road that is feedly. If you’re looking for a way to stay in the know on the topics that affect your business, this is the tool that will help you do just that.
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Watch “The Architect” – http://bit.ly/12XkkqX Watch “Dr. James Mitchell On High Value Detainees (Extra Scene 2)” – http://bit.ly/1zYynts The Senate Intelligence Committee has released a blistering, 500-page report on the CIA’s controversial detention and interrogation program, a document that committee chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said represents the most significant oversight effort in the history of the US Senate. The $40 million, five-year study concluded that CIA officials exaggerated the value of the intelligence they gleaned from dozens of “high-value detainees” held at black site prisons, where they were subjected to so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” such as sleep deprivation and waterboarding. The committee reviewed more than 6 million pages of top-secret CIA documents and found that “two contract psychologists devised the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques and played a central role in the operation, assessments, and management of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program.” Mitchell is one of the psychologists. He is identified in the Senate report with the pseudonym Grayson Swigert. The report said “CIA Headquarters chose the most coercive interrogation option, which was proposed and supported by CIA contractor SWIGERT.” A day after the Senate released its report, VICE News released ‘The Architect’, a documentary on Mitchell. In the interview, which took place prior to the release of the Senate report and marks the first time Mitchell spoke on-camera to a news organization after 9/11, he was confronted with questions about his role in the enhanced interrogation program — but he declined to give answers due to his non-disclosure agreement with the CIA. Following the release of the Senate report and VICE News’ interview with him, Mitchell was bombarded with media inquiries and was the subject of dozens of news reports. Late Wednesday, he was informed by the CIA that he could now confirm that he was under contract to the agency and “that [he] was part of the enhanced interrogation program.” According to the Senate report, Mitchell is the CIA contractor who personally waterboarded alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Read “Exclusive: Psychologist Not Named In Torture Report Confirms His Role in CIA Interrogation Program” – http://bit.ly/1wjzN0u Read “CIA Director John Brennan Criticizes Senate Report, Defends Agency, and Admits Mistakes” – http://bit.ly/1Gksj0j Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out the VICE News beta for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews
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