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Google Is the Last Thing the Wireless Carriers Need

Even with all those resources, though, Google could find being in the cell service market harder than expected. Historically, MVNOs have had a tough time, with the most successful ones targeting market niches. America Movil’s Tracfone, for example, targets the low end of the market and buys capacity from several of the major cellphone networks. Brands like Walt Disney got into the business early, but exited after finding customers preferred to get their cell service from a traditional provider.

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Hutchison Whampoa hopes to buy O2 UK for $15 billion

The merry dance began last November, when fixed-line player BT (the company that once spun out what became O2) said it wanted to get back into the mobile game , and was considering buying either EE (joint-owned by Germany’s Deutsche Telekom and France’s Orange) or O2. Hutch waded in days later, indicating that it was also mulling a purchase of EE or O2.

3 Online Storage Provider Box Prices I.P.O. at $14 a Share | Hacker News

Online-storage company Box Inc. priced its initial public offering at $14 apiece late Thursday, above expectations, according to a person familiar with the offering. The deal raised $175 million by selling 12.5 million shares, according to the person. The company had been looking to sell 12.5 million shares in the range of $11 to $13 a share, according to a regulatory filing. Box’s IPO comes roughly 10 months after it publicly filed for an IPO. Those plans were postponed amid a drop in demand for technology stocks, and in the ensuing months it turned to the private market to raise additional funding. Box plans to start trading Friday on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker “BOX”. The deal is being led by Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse and J.P. Morgan.

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'Attack on Titan' statues devour tourists at Universal Studios Japan - CNET

"Attack on Titan" started life as a manga comic book series in 2009, with its angst-riddled animated incarnation proving popular around the world. The series -- available on Netflix -- depicts a grim world in which humanity hides inside walled cities, beset on all sides by enormous humanoid titans that eat humans, apparently for no reason at all. As the anime's 25 episodes progress, viewers follow protagonist Eren, whose mother was eaten by a Titan, and learn more about the mysterious, perennially hungry beings. A second series is scheduled for 2016, while a live-action movie is also in the works.

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Apple apparently hasn't solved the smartwatch battery life problem

Everyone has been waiting hear just how long Apple's smartwatch will last on a charge. Well, we'll have to wait for confirmation, but current rumors don't suggest there's any reason to believe that Cupertino has solved the biggest problem plaguing the market. According to 9to5Mac the Apple Watch will settle in at about two to three days in standby mode, and between 2.5 and 3.5 hours of active application use. In other words: not much better than existing smartwatches . Just displaying the watch face is enough to drain the battery in three hours, though, we imagine nobody is going to keep the time displayed for three hours straight. Apple's goal is apparently 19 hours of mixed use, but reports are that it will probably fall short of that benchmark with its first generation device.

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Verizon won't do rollover data and doesn't care if you leave for T-Mobile

"We did not go to places where we did not financially want to go to save a customer," Shammo said. Nor does Verizon seem overly worried about the prospect of customers switching to T-Mobile for Data Stash and other Uncarrier perks. If basement-level pricing is what you're after, the company has no problems watching you leave. "There's going to be certain customers who leave us for price, and we are just not going to compete with that because it doesn't make financial sense for us to do that."

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ZDNet | Technology News, Analysis, Comments and Product Reviews for IT Professionals | ZDNet

Bridging the gap between high-end desktop PC and workstation, Fujitsu's Celsius W530 delivers an affordable mix of processing power and graphics functionality. It'll cope with common CAD/CAM, digital content creation and other display-intensive applications, as well as more mundane office tools.

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iHeartRadio Hits 60 Million Registered Users

Even the term “monthly active users” has come under fire recently from figures including Medium’s Ev Williams because it doesn’t actually gauge engagement. Someone who uses one app for 10 hours a month would be counted the same as one who stops by for 10 minutes. Daily active users and time-on-site can be more accurate ways of measuring the value created by a service, but some services like Google Search actively try to reduce the amount of time people spend with it to get the same utility.

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Winklevoss Twins to Launch US-only Bitcoin Exchange

After dabbling in various Bitcoin-related ventures that have gone south in the past couple of years, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss are betting on themselves by heading up the first regulated Bitcoin exchange for customers in the US .

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What Do Uber, Zenefits And Public Health In A Kenyan Slum Have In Common?

The old saw about effective management goes, “You get what you measure.” Today, whether you call it growth hacking or business intelligence, successful large corporations and lean young startups have become fanatical about measuring their customers. The leaders of the pack – like Uber (which collects data on the supply and demand of their riders and drivers) and Zenefits (which manages data on all aspects of HR) – know that data about their customers is the lifeblood of their explosive growth.

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5 tips for finding anything, about anyone, online - CNET

Individual data points don't mean anything unless they can be connected to other data points to make up a person's online presence. Once you have several facts about your subject, you'll need to use your brain to make connections and fill in the blanks. For example, if you know your subject's name, job title, and location, you can probably find their LinkedIn profile. On their LinkedIn profile, they've probably listed their undergraduate degree and when they graduated from college, which means you can work backward to figure out approximately how old they are.

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Pachyderm Wants To Be The Data Processing Tool For The Docker Generation

If you’ve collected a large amount of data that you want to analyze, the go-to method for years has been to follow a programming paradigm called MapReduce, typically using Apache’s Hadoop framework. It’s a tried and true process, but it isn’t simple: Hadoop, which is mostly written in Java, has a reputation for being difficult.

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Twitter really doesn't want its top users to share Instagram links anymore

Like Facebook, Twitter continues to push for more native multimedia content on site, with reported plans to launch a native video tool this year. With that in mind, it may be as good a time as any to make sure its most influential users set the right example by sharing photos natively.

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There Are Now Two Versions of Microsoft Office

Instead of distinguishing software experiences by operating system, as Microsoft has done in the past, the two versions differ mainly by how we use our devices. The first version is Office for Windows 10—along with its nearly identical counterparts for iOS and Android. This suite is aimed, largely for free, at phones and small tablets. The other version, a more premium suite built for PCs, will be called Office 2016. (There will be a Mac version of this , though Microsoft has not yet confirmed that it will share the Office 2016 branding.)

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Why I Am Not a Maker

A quote often attributed to Gloria Steinem says: “We’ve begun to raise daughters more like sons... but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters.” Maker culture, with its goal to get everyone access to the traditionally male domain of making, has focused on the first. But its success means that it further devalues the traditionally female domain of caregiving, by continuing to enforce the idea that only making things is valuable. Rather, I want to see us recognize the work of the educators, those that analyze and characterize and critique, everyone who fixes things, all the other people who do valuable work with and for others—above all, the caregivers—whose work isn’t about something you can put in a box and sell.

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The Internet will vanish, says Google's Eric Schmidt - CNET

Technically Incorrect: Speaking at Davos, Google's executive chairman explains that we'll all be experiencing our digital connections as a seamless part of our everyday world.

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WTF! It Should Not Be Illegal to Hack Your Own Car's Computer | WIRED

I spent last weekend elbow-deep in engine grease, hands tangled in the steel guts of my wife’s Mazda 3. It’s a good little car, but lately its bellyachings have sent me out to the driveway to tinker under the hood.

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Three owner Li Ka-shing in exclusive talks to buy O2 for £10bn - Telegraph

As well as competition hurdles, Hutchison will have to find a way to disentangle the two network sharing deals that O2 and Three are signed up to with Vodafone and EE respectively. The complications prompted O2 chief executive Ronan Dunne to comment in November that he saw a merger with Three as the least likely of all possible scenarios for consolidation.

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Jobs Confidant Drexler to Leave Apple’s Board

Apple Inc. said J. Crew Inc. Chief Executive Millard “Mickey” Drexler plans to step down from its board of directors in March. In its proxy filing, Apple said Mr. Drexler informed the board last week that he will retire at the end of his current term, at the company’s annual meeting on March 10. Mr. Drexler, a longtime confidant of Apple’s former CEO Steve Jobs, joined the company’s board in 1999 and played a pivotal role in Apple’s...

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Apple Paid Tim Cook $9.2 Million Last Year

Tim Cook took in $9.2 million in 2014 — $1.7 million of that as salary, $6.7 million as non-equity compensation (that is, money he makes based on how the company performs). That’s over double what he made in 2013, which was roughly $4.2 million.

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Vice News Offers Immersive Report On The ‘Millions March’ Protest Using VR

Virtual reality promises a lot of potential changes to the way we experience the world, but the ramifications it has for how we tell stories might be among the most interesting. Vice News is offering a glimpse into what news broadcasting might look like when VR is omnipresent with a report on the New York Millions March from December, where people rallied to protest the killings by police of Eric Garner and Mike Brown, as well as the subsequent grand jury decisions in both cases.

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Amazon, e-commerce rivals fuel commercial property boom in India

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Internet retailer Amazon and its fast-growing local rivals are driving a boom in commercial property leasing in India as their storage needs rise, with shoppers in the country going online to buy everything from televisions to groceries.

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Twitter Adds Bing Translation Tool To Its Site And Mobile Apps

Twitter is a global social networking platform that allows its users to send and read 140-character messages known as “tweets”. It enables registered users to read and post their tweets through the web, short message service (SMS), and mobile applications. As a global real-time communications platform, Twitter has more than 400 million monthly visitors and 255 million monthly active users around …

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Box Shares Surge in the First Big IPO of 2015 | WIRED

The good reception from Wall Street is a small triumph for the company, which weathered market turbulence when it first attempted to go public, as well as questions about whether or not it would be profitable, given fierce competition from a host of other players in the online storage space. Those competitors, which include tech giants like Google, Amazon and Microsoft, can afford to offer their services at rock-bottom prices.

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Forbes Tech News on Twitter

Video: CEO Aaron Levie explains the economics model of Box's business model http://onforb.es/188EvFC  [corrected tweet] pic.twitter.com/oZv4x2Kj3W

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The £625m lost forever - the phenomenon of disappearing Bitcoins - Telegraph

Immensely strong security means there's no hope of recovering Bitcoins if you lose the password - and it happens a lot more often than you'd imagine

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Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah had strong ties with U.S. leaders

President Bush, left, and Saudi King Abdullah, right, applaud as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, second from left, Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal shake hands following a signing ceremony at the Al Janadriyah Ranch in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Friday, May 16, 2008. The ceremony was to formalize new cooperation on combating nuclear terrorism and weapons proliferation, protecting critical infrastructure and developing civilian nuclear energy in Saudi Arabia.

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Apple's Angela Ahrendts Earned More Than CEO Tim Cook In 2014

According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Ahrendts cemented her position as one of the most powerful women in high tech by taking home $73 million in 2014: considerably more than her boss, Tim Cook. Apple’s CEO, by contrast, earned just (!) $9.2 million during the same time frame—which was double what he had made the previous year, thanks primarily to the enormous success of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

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Google pushes Firefox users to dump Yahoo search

Possibly alarmed at recent data suggesting the company is losing search share to rival Yahoo following Firefox’s move to start offering it as the default setting, Google has started taking action to try to lure users into switching to its own offering.

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Helicopters on Mars: NASA proposes flying eyes for rovers - CNET

NASA's Mars rovers have already made inroads on Martian soil. The next realm to explore may well be the sky with the addition of low-flying scout helicopters.

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Microsoft touts two next-gen Office editions for Windows

Microsoft this week set a loose release date for its next iteration of Office on the desktop and announced that the long-awaited touch-enabled Windows apps will launch around the same time.

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SkyMall Files for Bankruptcy

After 25 years selling quirky products, the company behind the in-flight catalog SkyMall filed for bankruptcy protection, a victim of evolving rules and technology that now lets airline passengers keep their smartphones and tablets powered up during flight. Todd Pack …

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YC-Backed Bluesmart Raises $2 Million For Its Self-Tracking Suitcase

Bluesmart now employs eight people, including the five founders. Saez-Gil is on the lookout for more engineers but says he doesn’t need more money for current operations, thanks to the money from YC and the Indiegogo campaign. He did mention that he could possibly raise in the next little while to help grow and expand the company.

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Celebrity Portraits Made Entirely Out of Emoji | WIRED

Taken as a whole, the portraits are as faithful renditions as you can probably get with emoji. But the real joy of Yung Jake’s work is found in the details. Larry David’s puff of balding hair rendered as clouds and old dude sneaker? Brilliant. Miley Cyrus’ face filled in with caution signs? Insightful! Kim Kardashian’s chin chiseled out of a row of chocolate chip cookies? Not sure what that means, but it looks pretty good.

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Box makes its Wall Street debut at over $20 per share

Today marks Box’s first appearance on Wall Street as a public company. So far, the IPO is going well for the cloud storage company.

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Google drops three OS X 0days on Apple

Still, the exploits could be combined with a separate attack to elevate lower-level privileges and gain control over vulnerable Macs. And since the disclosures contain proof-of-concept exploit code, they provide enough technical detail for experienced hackers to write malicious attacks that target the previously unknown vulnerabilities. The security flaws were privately reported to Apple on October 20, October 21, and October 23, 2014. All three advisories appear to have been published after the expiration of the 90-day grace period Project Zero gives developers before making reports public.

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Kim Dotcom launches his secure 'Skype killer' MegaChat

Kim Doctom’s file-sharing site Mega has launched the public beta of its video and audio chat service  MegaChat . The browser-based app features end-to-end encryption on calls, which Dotcom says gives the service a clear advantage over competitors such as Skype and Google Hangouts.

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Report: Box sets the price of IPO at $14 per share

For the nine-month period ending October 31, 2014 Box landed $153.8 million in revenue while taking in a net loss of $121.5 million. It also had operating expenses of $242 million in operating expenses during that same time and has an accumulated deficit of $482.7 million.

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Box Skyrockets 50% To More Than $21 Per Share In First Minutes As A Public Company

After starting as a college business project in 2005, Box was officially launched in March of 2006 with the vision of connecting people, devices and networks. Box provides more than 8 million users with secure cloud content management and collaboration. They say their platform "allows personal and commercial content to be accessible, sharable, and storable in any format from anywhere."

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Snapchat will reportedly begin publishing original videos and articles

By producing its own journalism in-house, Snapchat is breaking from the trend followed by social networks such as Twitter and Facebook — neither social giant focuses on making its own videos to place on your timeline or wall. Social networks that have dabbled in content creation have not always been incredibly successful. Tumblr fired three journalists in 2013 after a year of producing innovative in-house writing, a period the company later described as something of an experiment. But Snapchat, with its $10 billion valuation, advertising clout, and brand power among teens, may be better placed than its competitiors. The company certainly appears to be going all-in on its media division, with writers and videographers hired from News Corp, MTV, and — in the case of our friend and  ex-colleague Ellis Hamburger — The Verge itself.

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The Silicon Valley lab is officially a defensive strategy

“Is Ford cool?” asked a curt tech reporter during the auto company’s grand opening of its new computing-focused Silicon Valley center in Palo Alto, California on Thursday. The reporter likely meant: Will Ford be able to attract the best Valley talent when it’s competing with the hottest companies and startups from Twitter to Uber to Tesla to staff its new center with up to 125 employees by year’s end?

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Microsoft Cortana on the PC: She's not fully alert in Build 9926 of Windows 10

But on Windows 10, only a subset of these are enabled. Asking general fact-based queries worked fine: Cortana reported her answer in the Cortana box if she “knew” the answer, such as details on the tallest building in the world. PC Cortana can also set reminders as well as she can on Windows Phone; report the current stock market conditions; and tell you the weather, both at your current location and elsewhere around the world. (Reminders appear as popups in your Action Center notifications.)

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The states with the most iPhone users will surprise you | Cult of Mac

Do you think your state has a lot of iPhone users? You might be surprised to learn that you’re right – if you live in Alaska, Montana, or Vermont.

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Box hits the NYSE at over $20 per share, picking up a 40% pop

That translates into a nice pop for Box on its big day. Last night, the company predicted its long-delayed IPO would arrive on the NYSE at $14 a share  after originally setting the price between  $11 and $13 a share  earlier this month.

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Keep track of the best startup and entrepeneur podcasts with Interviewed.io

If you want your startup to thrive, you have to learn from the successes and failures of others before you. Podcasts can be a great resource for hearing about different experiences, but sorting through them to find the information you want can be cumbersome.

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7 Cities That Are Starting To Go Car-Free

None of these cities are planning—yet—to go completely car-free. And it's possible that may never happen; it's likely that future cities will have at least a small fleet of self-driving electric cars on hand that can eliminate some of the current challenges around parking, congestion and pollution. But it's also clear that urban planners are finally recognizing that streets should be designed for people, not cars.

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CIO.com - Tech News, Analysis, Blogs, Video

Internal attacks are one of the biggest threats facing your data and systems. Rogue employees, especially members of the IT team with knowledge of and access to networks, data centers and admin accounts, can cause serious damage.

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The devastating impact of vaccine deniers, in one measles chart

If you want to quantify the alarming impact of the anti-vaccine movement, the chart above is a good place to start. It plots the cumulative number of new measles cases by month, for each year from 2001 to 2014.

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11 must-see TED Talks

What is TED? This primer of 11 classic TED Talks show you the wide range of topics covered -- and introduce you to beloved speakers like Amy Cuddy, Brené Brown, Sir Ken Robinson and Chimamanda Adichie. Find your next favorite talk ...

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Life lessons from big cats

Beverly + Dereck Joubert live in the bush, filming and photographing lions and leopards in their natural habitat. With stunning footage (some never before seen), they discuss their personal relationships with these majestic animals — and their quest to save the big cats from human threats.

51 Stunning Photos Show What Happens To Retired Subway Cars (And It's Not What You Might Expect)
52 Game of Thrones' Sansa Stark is Jean Grey in 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse
53 Best of 2014: Games, By Platform - IGN
54 Shout Offers A New Take On Location-Based Social Networking By Ditching Anonymity
55 The origins of pleasure
56 FilterEasy Raises $1.2 Million To Help You Remember To Change Your Home’s Air Filter
57 iSwapp Is A Clean, Well-Lighted Place For Swapping Your Unwanted Stuff
58 The wearable tool, the new Leatherman Tread - Leatherman Blog
59 The TheTechNewsBlog Daily
60 TED Talks to get you through your quarter-life crisis
61 SkyMall files for bankruptcy, but 'hopeful' iconic catalog will survive
62 Andreessen Horowitz shares the 16 tech trends it's most excited about
63 Uber Returns To New Delhi Six Weeks After Ban
64 Microsoft is turning Skype into its own version of iMessage in Windows 10
65 Death in the city: the grisly secrets of dealing with Victorian London's dead
66 UN Launches Powerful Samsung Gear VR Film Following Syrian Refugee Girl
67 Apple targets for Apple Watch battery life revealed, A5-caliber CPU inside
68 The Simple SEO Lesson that Won’t Invoke Your Gag Reflex
69 Ageing research: Blood to blood
70 GoPro Teams Up With The NHL To Bring Action Cams To Live Hockey Broadcasts
71 Budi the orangutan is recovering after almost a year of neglect
72 OnePlus Partners With Lazada To Launch In Indonesia
73 The Untold Story Of The Invention Of The Game Cartridge
74 This Crazy Living Wall With 1,682 Plants Has A Hidden Message
75 Artificial-Intelligence Experts to Explore Turing Test Triathlon - IEEE Spectrum
76 14 pies you'll want to smash your face into
77 How To Stop Caring About What Others Think
78 SAME-DAY DELIVERY: E-Commerce Giants Are Battling To Own The 'Last Mile'
79 Google Is Trying To Improve Its Workplaces With Offices Inspired By Nature
80 Ocean heat content is climbing so quickly that the tracking chart 'broke'
81 This HoloLens in 3D model is cool enough to touch
82 A Doomed Journey in the Arctic - The New Yorker
83 65 of the Best iOS Apps From 2014
84 Box's long road to Wall Street is finally over. Now comes the hard part.
85 Bitcoin and the Digital-Currency Revolution
86 Our year on Snapchat: A journey into telling disappearing stories
87 Visible Measures Launches New Site To Show The “True Reach” Of A Video Campaign
88 Twitter Pleads With Power Users To Stop Using Instagram So Much
89 13 Questions With Bre Pettis
90 Bud Light's giant Pac-Man is just as cool as it looks in the Super Bowl ad
91 Flouting Law, Uber Suspends Drivers For Properly Registering Cars
92 Predictions About The Last Decade, From Futurists In 2005
93 United just built 14 new planes using your extra legroom