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  1. Apple Sells iPhones To Reanimate The Pixies

    TechCrunch | 23 Apr 2014 | 12:42 am MDT

    Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 11.39.31 PM One day in the fall of 1990, or maybe it was ’91, I discovered a box my cousin had left at our house. In the box was a black cassette tape with a grubby label. On one side, recorded in long play mode to fit it all, was the Beastie Boys ‘License To Ill’ and Concrete Blonde’s ‘Bloodletting’. Read More


  2. What Is The Opposite Of A BuzzFeed Quiz?

    TechCrunch | 23 Apr 2014 | 12:33 am MDT

    Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 11.45.15 PM “i really feel like we need a buzzfeed-type writer,” our community manager Skypes me, because we’re hiring and dealing with all the fun stuff that that entails, “everyones going in that direction it seems.” “What is that direction?” I ask. “something that you don’t have to click on yet do cause why not” is her answer. This is the most… Read More


  3. Intel's next Thunderbolt port can handle two 4K displays at once

    Engadget RSS Feed | 23 Apr 2014 | 12:32 am MDT

    There's a good reason why the Mac Pro has six Thunderbolt 2 ports: current Thunderbolt tech isn't powerful enough to drive more than one 4K display per port. Future computers shouldn't face that limitation, though. VR-Zone has leaked a presentation...

  4. 2k Games tries to save Civilization, Borderlands from GameSpy server shutdown

    Engadget RSS Feed | 22 Apr 2014 | 11:33 pm MDT

    Gamespy's impending server shut-down might be cutting off Wii and DS multiplayer at the head, but not all games have to suffer this fate: PC publishers are starting to migrate their multiplayer servers to new platforms. Three of EA's Battlefield...

  5. How the Russian surveillance state works

    Boing Boing | 22 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm MDT

    In case you (like Edward Snowden) want to know about the full scope of Russia's program of mass domestic and international surveillance, World Policy's overview of the Russian surveillance state is brilliant and terrifying.








  6. Whatsapp now has 500 million active users to offer its new social overlord

    Engadget RSS Feed | 22 Apr 2014 | 10:41 pm MDT

    Some companies lose their following after an acquisition, but not Whatsapp -- apparently, its userbase just continued to grow after Facebook bought it for $19 billion. The FB-owned entity has revealed that it now has 500 million active users, up 50...

  7. Google offered to help Samsung with Apple patent battle costs

    Engadget RSS Feed | 22 Apr 2014 | 10:03 pm MDT

    Confirming what a lot of us thought already, Google is more than a little interested in Apple and Samsung's continuing court battle. New evidence revealed by Apple's lawyers outlines emails from Google that offered to foot some of the damages (if...

  8. This Day in Blogging History: Tombstone euphemisms for "death"; Biden promises Hollywood a blank check; Silmarillion in 1,000 words

    Boing Boing | 22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm MDT

    One year ago today Early American tombstone euphemisms for death: Caitlin GD Hopkins collected 101 euphemisms for "died" from early American epitaphs.








  9. Japan's not getting the Xbox One until this September

    Engadget RSS Feed | 22 Apr 2014 | 9:11 pm MDT

    If we're being civil, Japan's relationship with the Xbox could be described as "tenuous" at best, and the release date for Microsoft's latest game console probably won't do much to change that. Come this September 4th, gamers in the country will...

  10. Eternal vigilance app for social networks: treating privacy vulnerabilities like other security risks

    Boing Boing | 22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm MDT

    Social networking sites are Skinner boxes designed to train you to undervalue your privacy. Since all the compromising facts of your life add less than a dollar to the market-cap of the average social network, they all push to add more "sharing" by default, with the result that unless you devote your life to it, you're going to find your personal info shared ever-more-widely by G+, Facebook, Linkedin, and other "social" services.








  11. You can take your Sprint phone to other US carriers next year

    Engadget RSS Feed | 22 Apr 2014 | 8:50 pm MDT

    If you're with Sprint, you don't have many options for unlocking your phone's SIM card slot; if you can do it at all, you're limited to service on foreign networks. You'll have far more flexibility in the near future, though. The carrier has revealed...

  12. Lifeline, The Early-Stage Finnish VC Firm That Backed Supercell, Closes Another Fund

    TechCrunch | 22 Apr 2014 | 8:42 pm MDT

    petteri-koponen-prepares-for-slush-2012-with-supercell-shirt-on Lifeline Ventures has never ceased to surprise me. There’s their annual benchpress and dead-lifting contest every November to find the world’s strongest investor and founder. Or, I mean, just look at their portfolio: Trash-sorting robotic systems. Ear-plugs that shine light on the surface of your brain to treat seasonal affective disorder. They even backed the Finnish rock band, the… Read More


  13. Google's new mobile ads help find apps that fit your daily habits

    Engadget RSS Feed | 22 Apr 2014 | 8:17 pm MDT

    Ads for mobile apps are rarely personal; they're more often based on search keywords than your actual habits. Google is fixing this today with new ads in search and on YouTube that reflect your day-to-day app uses and purchases. If you regularly...

  14. US intel chief's insane new secrecy directive forbids intel employees from "unauthorized" contact with reporters

    Boing Boing | 22 Apr 2014 | 8:12 pm MDT

    The US Director of National Intelligence has issued a Directive [PDF] that forbids most intelligence community employees from talking to journalists about “intelligence-related information” unless they have explicit authorization to do so.








  15. YouTube cat videos can finally play on most Roku devices

    Engadget RSS Feed | 22 Apr 2014 | 7:43 pm MDT

    Roku has just announced that the YouTube app, once exclusive only to the Roku 3, is now available to all of the company's "current-gen" players. That includes the Roku LT, Roku 1, the Roku 2, the Roku HD, the Roku Streaming Stick... and, well, pretty...

  16. Gweek podcast 143: The World's Greatest Neurozine!

    Boing Boing | 22 Apr 2014 | 7:35 pm MDT

    Your browser doesn't support the HTML audio tag. You can still download the show, though! var audioTag = document.createElement('audio'); /* Do we not support MP3 audio?








  17. The Supreme Court heard Aereo's case, whether they understood it could mean everything

    Engadget RSS Feed | 22 Apr 2014 | 7:19 pm MDT

    We have no doubt the justices of the Supreme Court are well versed and prepared for any copyright law, but do they understand TV or the hows and whys it can be so frustrating sometimes? Like many of us, possibly not that well -- like why HBO can't...

  18. Apple mends a Heartbleed security bug in its latest WiFi routers

    Engadget RSS Feed | 22 Apr 2014 | 7:02 pm MDT

    Apple has largely avoided the wrath of the Heartbleed security flaw, but it now appears that the company's products aren't completely immune. The crew in Cupertino just updated its most recent AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule WiFi routers to fix a...

  19. Bruno the bear's tragic demise commemorated in sleeping bag form

    Boing Boing | 22 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm MDT

    In 2006, Bruno the bear appeared in Bavaria, the first wild bear spotted in the region for 170. So they hunted him down and killed him.








  20. David Einhorn Just Cried Bubble And Let Slip The Shorts Of War

    TechCrunch | 22 Apr 2014 | 6:48 pm MDT

    Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 5.35.26 PM David Einhorn, a hedge fund manager worth north of a billion dollars, isn't bullish on technology stocks. In a letter to his investors sent today, Einhorn called the current market environment regarding technology companies the "second tech bubble in 15 years." Read More


  21. 9 green living options that improve your quality of life

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 22 Apr 2014 | 6:34 pm MDT

    Think living green is all about sacrifice? Think again!

  22. Project Thirty-Three: a website devoted to beautiful, minimal vintage album cover design

    Boing Boing | 22 Apr 2014 | 6:07 pm MDT

    Project Thirty-Three is a lovely website honoring beautiful minimalist graphic design on vintage album covers. The site was created and is maintained by Jive Time Records, a Seattle-based store specializing in used vinyl.








  23. Hipster’s Ludlow And eBay’s Mengerink Are Working On A Startup Called The Happy Home Company

    TechCrunch | 22 Apr 2014 | 5:44 pm MDT

    happy-home Doug Ludlow, formerly CEO of startup Hipster, is working on something new called The Happy Home Company, and he has convinced former eBay executive Matthew Mengerink to co-found it with him. Hipster, for those of you who don't remember, was a photo-sharing startup that was probably best-known for stunts like offering a year's supply of Pabst Blue Ribbon as part of its referral bonus. Read More


  24. New Details On Tactus’ Funding

    TechCrunch | 22 Apr 2014 | 5:26 pm MDT

    tactus-large On the heels of its announcement with Wistron last week, Tactus chief executive Craig Ciesla stopped by TechCrunch to talk about its future plans. Ciesla said that the company raised $13.5 million in its Series B round, with Thomvest Ventures as the lead investor, with Ryoyo, Wistron and other undisclosed strategic and financial investors participating. Ciesla says that the company is using the… Read More


  25. Meet The New CrunchBase

    TechCrunch | 22 Apr 2014 | 5:25 pm MDT

    crunchbase Since it was first launched in 2007, CrunchBase has been an invaluable source of information about major companies, startups, investors, and executives in the tech ecosystem. Today we're proud to introduce CrunchBase 2.0 -- a more beautiful, easier-to-use, and more powerful version of the database that the tech world has come to depend on. Read More


  26. Rockabillly space-skeleton DJ backpack

    Boing Boing | 22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm MDT

    This is a pretty perfect dads-and-grads season item: a backpack featuring: a) a skeleton with; b) sideburns and a quiff, wearing; c) a spacesuit, standing on d) the moon, while e) working a set of turntables.








  27. Star Trek And The Politics Of Silicon Valley

    TechCrunch | 22 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm MDT

    starfleet-academy Let’s get outside of the San Francisco bubble for a little while (trust me, there is oxygen here). I realize in a world saturated with protesters who have all the sophistication and menace of a shipful of Pakleds, it may seem like a protest in front of Kevin Rose’s home is the Biggest News in the Universe. It may seem doubly so when said protesters are demanding $3 billion in latinum, and your… Read More


  28. New Policy All But Bans The Intelligence Community From Speaking To The Press

    TechCrunch | 22 Apr 2014 | 4:25 pm MDT

    Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 3.04.09 PM A new policy put in place this March effectively bans members of the U.S. intelligence community from speaking to the media, even when discussing unclassified matters. The new rules have sparked outcry from many outside the government, given that the policies as detailed in the directive further clamp down on interaction between the public and intelligence denizens. Read More


  29. Xappmedia Raises $3M For Interactive Audio Ads

    TechCrunch | 22 Apr 2014 | 4:22 pm MDT

    xappmedia Xappmedia is announcing that it has raised $3 million in seed funding for its recently launched audio advertising platform. The first part of a Xappmedia spot can sound like a regular ad, but then it offers a call to action. For example, an ad for a flower company could begin with a promotional spiel, but then ask users whether they want to find out more, or buy flowers, or whatever — not by… Read More


  30. Spotters' guide to UFOs, 1967

    Boing Boing | 22 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm MDT

    Found in Bruce Sterling's tumblr: UFO typologies, 1967








  31. Magical ring juggling

    Boing Boing | 22 Apr 2014 | 2:32 pm MDT

    Hypnotic and astonishing contact juggling of rings by Lindzee Poi.








  32. Plastic Bag Bans Spreading in the United States

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 22 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm MDT

    More than 20 million Americans live in communities with plastic bag bans or fees.

  33. Planting trees for Arbor Day gives roots and branches to Earth Day celebrations

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 22 Apr 2014 | 12:33 pm MDT

    Instead of buying some new "green" products for Earth Day, start a legacy for your community by planting trees for Arbor Day.

  34. Photo: Earth Day, 1970

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 22 Apr 2014 | 12:04 pm MDT

    The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970. This is what it looked like in Manhattan.

  35. Video showdown: Vote for the best in the United Nations Environment Programme’s competition

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 22 Apr 2014 | 11:28 am MDT

    Send one of these video bloggers to cover World Environment Day.

  36. The new Apple headquarters may be suburban office park, but it is the sexiest and greenest one ever built

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 22 Apr 2014 | 9:23 am MDT

    I have called this building an anti-urban gated city, a glass prison. But it is also going to be astonishingly beautiful, a technical tour-de-force and a model of modern green building.

  37. Did the environmental movement start in the suburbs? (Book Review)

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 22 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am MDT

    The Crabgrass Crucible by Christopher Sellers tells a different story than the one we usually hear on Earth Day.

  38. It's Earth Day and we should write something about it

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 22 Apr 2014 | 6:31 am MDT

    Earth Day was such a big deal back in the day. What happened?

  39. Does oil pulling actually work?

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am MDT

    A dental professor got surprising results when she prescribed oil pulling, but a skeptical reporter thinks it's overrated.

  40. Earth Day Nature Selfies are totally silly and that’s why you should take one

    Latest Items from TreeHugger | 22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am MDT

    It's Earth Day. Let’s go outside and have some fun.

  41. Prominent In Today’s News….

    Common Sense Junction | 25 Jan 2014 | 2:00 am MST

    Current news summaries and breaking stories about politics, business and technology. -- All the headlines fit to read.

  42. ObamaCare EMS

    Common Sense Junction | 13 Jan 2014 | 7:46 am MST



  43. We Wish You A Very Happy New Year!

    Common Sense Junction | 28 Dec 2013 | 2:49 am MST



  44. A & E Lifts Duck Dynasty Ban

    Common Sense Junction | 28 Dec 2013 | 1:50 am MST

    Report: A & E will conduct a nationwide campaign to apologize for Phil Robertson’s Christianity. FNC and others are gushing with news that the A & E cable channel has ‘relented’ to public pressure and lifted the ‘ban’ of Phil Robertson from the super-hit Duck Dynasty show. That means Phil will be on the show […]

  45. The Curse of Amendment XXVI

    Common Sense Junction | 26 Dec 2013 | 7:13 am MST

    Can you believe this country has degraded to this state? During the 3-1/2 years of World War II that started with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941 and ended with the Surrender of Germany and Japan in 1945, the U.S. produced 22 aircraft carriers, 8 battleships, 48 cruisers, 349 destroyers, 420 destroyer […]

  46. Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

    Common Sense Junction | 23 Dec 2013 | 3:47 pm MST

    Anybody that objects to “Christmas” can go pound sand. I will return in 2014….

  47. The Genuine ‘Duck Dynasty’ Conflict

    Common Sense Junction | 23 Dec 2013 | 2:22 pm MST

    Larry Alex Taunton at The Atlantic: Robertson’s remarks were met with indignation. A&E swiftly suspended Robertson with the justification that “His personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community.” This seems obvious given that the show is about Robertson’s family and […]

  48. Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Next Detroits

    Common Sense Junction | 23 Dec 2013 | 1:48 pm MST

    MyFoxNY: With the closure of the recent Atlantic Club Casino Hotel, rumors of the bankrupt Revel being sold to Hard Rock, more than half of the mortgages in Las Vegas under water, casinos opening up all around the country and online gambling legislation underway in various states, it seems as if the reasons for the […]

  49. WSJ: “Obama Repeals ObamaCare” – For Now

    Common Sense Junction | 21 Dec 2013 | 8:04 am MST

    WSJ: So merry Christmas. If ObamaCare’s benefit and income redistribution requirements made your old, cheaper, better health plan illegal, you now have the option of going without coverage without the government taking your money as punishment. You can also claim the tautological consolation of an ObamaCare hardship exemption due to ObamaCare itself. These exemptions were […]

  50. Robertson Family Refuses To Film Without Phil

    Common Sense Junction | 21 Dec 2013 | 7:47 am MST

    The Daily Mail: • MailOnline can reveal a show publicist did accompany Phil Robertson to interview – but was NOT there when made his damning homophobic comments to GQ magazine • However, sources say Phil made similar comments ‘throughout interview’ so A&E WOULD have been fully aware of the general tone of the interview • […]

  51. Wikipedia losing contributors, to streamline editing

    Webware.com | 4 Aug 2011 | 2:15 pm MDT

    Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales says the user-generated encyclopedia is losing volunteer contributors, and must simplify its editing procedures.

    Originally posted at News - Digital Media



  52. See what's new in Thunderbird

    Webware.com | 4 Aug 2011 | 1:07 pm MDT

    As Thunderbird joins Mozilla's rapid-release program, the e-mail client reorients itself for a new road map. But where's it going? See what the Outlook alternative offers in this new First Look video.

    Originally posted at The Download Blog



  53. Twitter revamping mobile site for iPad users

    Webware.com | 4 Aug 2011 | 7:48 am MDT

    The company is tweaking its mobile twitter.com site using HTML5 to make it more user-friendly for iPad users.

    Originally posted at News - Digital Media



  54. How to tweet like a man

    Webware.com | 3 Aug 2011 | 1:33 pm MDT

    Sociolinguistics gives us the keys to more masculine or feminine tweeting. Hint, guys: Google my jeep my ni$$@, http it up, bro. 4 sale. need $.

    Originally posted at Crave



  55. Gmail voice calling offering lower international rates

    Webware.com | 3 Aug 2011 | 8:13 am MDT

    Accessible through Gmail, Google's phone call feature is being rolled out in 38 new languages with cheaper rates across more than 150 countries.

    Originally posted at News - Digital Media



  56. Yahoo Mail suffers outage; users react

    Webware.com | 3 Aug 2011 | 7:51 am MDT

    Mail service was down for many, and affected users took to Twitter to complain. Yahoo now says all's well again, after acknowledging problems for "some users in certain locations."

    Originally posted at The Digital Home



  57. Google+ speeds to 25 million users in first month

    Webware.com | 3 Aug 2011 | 6:41 am MDT

    Growing at around 1 million members per day, Google+ captured 25 million visitors as of July 24, becoming the fastest site to reach that level, according to ComScore.

    Originally posted at News - Digital Media



  58. Twitter ready to close the door on old site

    Webware.com | 2 Aug 2011 | 6:30 pm MDT

    Popular microblogging site says it will migrate users still on old home page interface to the redesigned home page this week.

    Originally posted at News - Digital Media



  59. Start-up ZocDoc announces $50 million funding round

    Webware.com | 2 Aug 2011 | 6:02 pm MDT

    The medical appointment booking service plans to use the DST Global investment to expand its presence to more cities nationwide.


  60. The major players in mobile payments

    Webware.com | 2 Aug 2011 | 3:21 pm MDT

    A who's who of the most recent partnerships for the hot, and rapidly growing, mobile payments sector.




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