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High stakes “ @verge : DVD rips of Fury and three unreleased Sony Pictures films have hit the web after massive hack  ”

No severance package for Darren Wilson, Ferguson mayor says

FERGUSON, Mo. — Former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson did not receive a severance package when he resigned over the weekend, the St. Louis suburb's mayor said Sunday.


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New Facebook Rules Will Sting Entrepreneurs

But small-business owners like Ms. Bossie will soon get less benefit from the unpaid marketing pitches they post on Facebook. That’s because, as of mid-January, the social network will intensify its efforts to filter out unpaid promotional material in user news feeds that businesses have posted as status updates.

Wanderers - a short film by Erik Wernquist

Wanderers is a vision of humanity's expansion into the Solar System, based on scientific ideas and concepts of what our future in space might look like, if it ever happens. The locations depicted in the film are digital recreations of actual places in the Solar System, built from real photos and map data where available. Without any apparent story, other than what you may fill in by yourself, the idea of the film is primarily to show a glimpse of the fantastic and beautiful nature that surrounds us on our neighboring worlds - and above all, how it might appear to us if we were there.

The menace of memes: how pictures can paint a thousand lies - Spectator Blogs

It’s very fashionable these days to be despondent about the quality of our politicians. They’re all lazy liars who look only to their interests and neglect their duties to their constituents because they’d rather be grunting and snorting around a trough before sticking their snouts in it. And while the expenses scandal, resignations and court cases show that a lot of anti-politics sentiment has been provoked by the politicians themselves, it’s worth remembering that not every accusation levelled at Westminster is fair.

How autism freed me to be myself

“People are so afraid of variety that they try to fit everything into a tiny little box with a specific label,” says 16-year-old Rosie King, who is bold, brash and autistic. She wants to know: Why is everyone so worried about being normal? She sounds a clarion call for every kid, parent, teacher and person to celebrate uniqueness. It’s a soaring testament to the potential of human diversity.

Looks aren't everything. Believe me, I'm a model.

Cameron Russell admits she won “a genetic lottery”: she's tall, pretty and an underwear model. But don't judge her by her looks. In this fearless talk, she takes a wry look at the industry that had her looking highly seductive at barely 16 years old.

The math and magic of origami

Robert Lang is a pioneer of the newest kind of origami — using math and engineering principles to fold mind-blowingly intricate designs that are beautiful and, sometimes, very useful.

That's no moon, it's a Death Star Bluetooth speaker - CNET

Be part of the Treble Alliance and take control of your music sound system with the iHome Death Star Bluetooth speaker from ThinkGeek.

Updating Centuries-Old Folklore With Puzzles And Power-Ups

[We found] that the last living person to tell the story was a master storyteller named Robert Cleveland. Amy and her team did an amazing job and they located the oldest living offspring of Robert — a woman named Minnie Gray who is in her 80s, I believe. They discovered that Minnie lived just a few blocks from the Cook Inlet Tribal Council headquarters. And we brought her in and we were able to start a series of conversations with her. We introduced her to the team and what we wanted to do. And we were delighted when she really was encouraging us not only to use her father's story for inspiration, but to adapt it and evolve it for the game context. One of the things she taught us was that storytelling is not a fixed act. Different storytellers bring their own sensibilities and their own attitudes and they change a story based on the context and the situation. So she said that based on the work we had done so far, she felt that it was clear that we were handling this appropriately and that we were doing what we needed to do.

The art of stillness

The place that travel writer Pico Iyer would most like to go? Nowhere. In a counterintuitive and lyrical meditation, Iyer takes a look at the incredible insight that comes with taking time for stillness. In our world of constant movement and distraction, he teases out strategies we all can use to take back a few minutes out of every day, or a few days out of every season. It’s the talk for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the demands for our world.

14 Facebook Tools You Didn't Know Existed

The Browse tool will filter out a randomly selected type of content through Facebook's Graph Search, whether it's videos that you've liked or people in your networks you haven't friended yet. For those using Facebook to kill time (and aren't we all using Facebook to kill time?), it's an excellent method of procrastination.

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Compassion and the true meaning of empathy

Buddhist roshi Joan Halifax works with people at the last stage of life (in hospice and on death row). She shares what she's learned about compassion in the face of death and dying, and a deep insight into the nature of empathy.

How To Make New Friends As An Adult

When you’re a kid, making new friends is fairly easy. There’s school, sports, and a slew of extracurricular activities where you meet other kids and form relationships. When you’re an adult, however, the process isn’t quite so effortless. Commitments such as work and family limit free time and—unlike during childhood—it can feel awkward to ask someone, "Do you want hang out?"

WIRED Space Photo of the Day for November 2014 | WIRED

Nature is an artist, and this time she seems to have let her paints swirl together a bit. What the viewer might perceive to be Saturn's surface is really just the tops of its uppermost cloud layers. Everything we see is the result of fluid dynamics. Astronomers study Saturn's cloud dynamics in part to test and improve our understanding of fluid flows. Hopefully, what we learn will be useful for understanding our own atmosphere and that of other planetary bodies. This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 25 degrees above the ringplane. The image was taken in red light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Aug. 23, 2014. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.1 million miles (1.8 million kilometers) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 127 degrees. Image scale is 7 miles (11 kilometers) per pixel. Caption: NASA

6 Simple Habits To Keep You Consistently Happy Every Day

A common thread among these great tips is humility. It's humbling to go to the gym, where some days you're slower around the track or can't lift as much as yesterday. It's humbling to pick up a new hobby or activity, especially one that really stretches you because at the beginning you're going to suck! The sweater you're learning to knit will look wonky, which teaches us patience and perseverance as we rip it out and try again. Of course, helping others is the most humbling thing we can do - it's so valuable to listen with compassion, remind ourselves that we've been there and be aware of the opportunities in our life that allow us to be able to help. Thanks for the article!

13 Cat-Approved Gifts for Fabulous Felines (And Their Humans) | WIRED

It’s not like I just sit around licking myself all day long. I have opinions about things. I’ve got a Pinterest page. This is relevant, because there’s something you humans call “The Holidays” coming up, and I would prefer not to be forgotten.

Social media told to simplify terms

He said this "highlighted serious concerns about the extent to which ticking the 'terms and conditions' box can be said to constitute informed consent when it comes to the varied ways data is now being used by many websites and apps".

Sony's New Movies Leak Online Following Hack Attack

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How to make a splash in social media

In a funny, rapid-fire 4 minutes, Alexis Ohanian of Reddit tells the real-life fable of one humpback whale's rise to Web stardom. The lesson of Mister Splashy Pants is a shoo-in classic for meme-makers and marketers in the Facebook age.

Thoughts on Google+

If you take the long view, you’ll understand why this moment in time is important: the companies and apps that solidify their position in our lives today will likely live on far into the future. Google is one of those companies that has already done this. I believe Facebook will too. So the fundamental problem that I have with Google+ is that I just don’t understand it. And what I don’t understand makes me nervous — and should make you nervous too.

Tumblr Overtakes Instagram As Fastest-Growing Social Platform, Snapchat Is The Fastest-Growing App

In mobile apps specifically, while Facebook is the largest app today, Snapchat — with an emphasis on teen and 20-something users — is the fastest growing of them all, up 56% this year. It is however followed closely by Facebook Messenger and Instagram — a sign of not just how Facebook’s mobile apps continue to represent the company’s growth drivers, but also how its push to drive more users to the standalone app by cutting out Messaging from the main app has helped it grow.

Holiday gift guide 2014

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Atheism 2.0

What aspects of religion should atheists (respectfully) adopt? Alain de Botton suggests a "religion for atheists" — call it Atheism 2.0 — that incorporates religious forms and traditions to satisfy our human need for connection, ritual and transcendence.

Why some people find exercise harder than others

Why do some people struggle more than others to keep off the pounds? Social psychologist Emily Balcetis shows research that addresses one of the many factors: Vision. In an informative talk, she shows how when it comes to fitness, some people quite literally see the world differently from others — and offers a surprisingly simple solution to overcome these differences.

How to wipe your phone or tablet before you sell it - CNET

Step four: Load dummy data onto the phone by dragging and dropping from another folder. Don't use your personal photos or documents here, instead try with files that contain no identifiable metadata that could be traced back to you, such as video or music files. Try and fill the phone with as much dummy data as possible.

Listening to shame

Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word.

Death Of A Family Farm

In the Azevedos’s case, the pressures of a historic drought and a dairy industry dominated by much larger players quickened the drama between father and son. But the bitterness they hold for each other is nothing if not personal. As Adam Azevedo tells me when I meet him, "The thing with a family farm is you can’t fire people or get the best guys to work for you. Family farms are only great if you have the farm paid for and you’re the one in charge."

24 Photographs Taken at the Exact Same Moment All Around the World | WIRED

Or can you? While we’re all constantly experiencing the same moment, it’s in 24 different time zones. One person’s wake-up call is another’s bedtime, your commute home is somebody else’s lunch break. I’ll recruit someone in each of those zones to capture a photograph at the exact same moment. But what moment should that be? More important, what moment could it be that also met our issue deadline? I wanted it to be something meaningful, so I started to research full moons, eclipses, but everything was too late. Then I found it. The equinox (fall in the Northern hemisphere, spring in the Southern) at 2:29 am (UTC) on September 23. Everybody here loved the idea—now I had four days to book 24 photographers. I became obsessed and didn’t sleep all weekend. I made lists of places in each zone (UTC +3: Kenya, Turkey, Finland, Baghdad), and began trying to contact artists around the world. I had this vision of a giant grid of photographs, fading from light to dark and back again. The fact that some of these places were way ahead of me in communication time was killing me. Oh and then…daylight saving time? What do I do with that? There’s 15- and 30-minute time zones in India?! It was way over my head.

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It’s all around us: Three scientists on how the microbiome shapes our world

JG: I don’t know if the microbiome is being oversold. But what Jonathan said resonates with me, particularly in built environment-themed studies. Because of the complexity of the system, getting at causation is very difficult. One thing I’ve been thinking a lot about recently is using model organisms in model systems where we begin to really focus on built environments using traditional model systems. I don’t know any investigators that are currently using mouse models, for example, and altering the built environment of the mouse model system to understand the interaction between building design and the mouse microbiome, and mouse health, but it’s something that interests me a lot. Rob, do you know of people that are looking at the interface between the built environment and the model so they can determine the microbiome’s health?

Web IQ Quiz

Test your knowledge of technology and the web by taking our short 12-question quiz. When you finish, you will be able to compare your “Web IQ” with the average online American based on the results of our nationally representative survey of 1,066 adult internet users conducted September 12-18. You can also see how your results compare to online Americans based on age, gender and education.

Google Glass Failed, but Here’s the Path Its Successors Will Take | MIT Technology Review

Speaking on the sidelines of a Google-hosted design conference in San Francisco in November, Isabelle Olsson, the lead designer for Glass, said that while Google is always trying to make Glass as sleek as possible, getting people to wear a head-up display comes down to giving them cool frames and colors to choose from. She said the prospect of having more fashionable options “sounds kind of banal in a way” but is even more important than miniaturizing the technology. “If you can pick the frame that you would normally pick and that you’re normally comfortable with, it’s going to look more like you,” said Olsson, who wore a matte black Glass during our conversation.

Remember to say thank you

In this deceptively simple 3-minute talk, Dr. Laura Trice muses on the power of the magic words "thank you" — to deepen a friendship, to repair a bond, to make sure another person knows what they mean to you. Try it.

The illusion of consciousness

Philosopher Dan Dennett makes a compelling argument that not only don't we understand our own consciousness, but that half the time our brains are actively fooling us.

A mini robot -- powered by your phone

Your smartphone may feel like a friend — but a true friend would give you a smile once in a while. At TED2013, Keller Rinaudo demos Romo, the smartphone-powered mini robot who can motor along with you on a walk, slide you a cup of coffee across the table, and react to you with programmable expressions.

The road to conflict-free minerals

This issue first came to our attention in a big way at our 2013 Social Good Summit, when we spoke with photographer Marcus Bleasdale about his experience documenting the unthinkable brutality taking place in the Democratic Republic of Congo. That speech played an important role in shedding light on the fact that the sourcing of materials like tungsten and tin, which are used in nearly every popular electronic device on the market, was the root cause of a lot of the region’s violence.

How CEOs Stay So Productive

Police Your Own Internet Habits: Notifications Are Evil Fred Bateman, the CEO and Founder of Bateman Group , said he uses a tool called StayFocusd to keep track of how much time he’s spending on various sites. "To stay ‘in the zone’ and increase productivity in today's digital age, I strongly recommend blocking all audio and visual notifications from Outlook, Facebook, Twitter, etc. I think all notifications are evil because they typically have both audio and visual distraction triggers, which can wreak havoc on your concentration. This extends to my iPhone, which is always, always set to vibrate with all notifications on all email accounts and mobile apps turned completely off, said Bateman. "I also have a tendency to begin earnestly researching something online with the very best of intentions and then get lost viewing irrelevant content and wasting way too much time. To limit this, I turn on a browser extension to Chrome called StayFocusd where I maintain a list of sites I can get lost on for hours—the New York Times and Facebook are my top two. StayFocusd alerts me after ten minutes have passed and then blocks the offending sites to help me resist temptation and stay focused on the task at hand.

Video Game Reviewer Is Contacting the Mothers of Her Online Harassers

It's a story as old as, well, the Internet. A woman is a video game journalist. She receives rape and death threats. The end. But in a delightful new take on the old story, said video game journalist has reached out to the mothers of her harassers, just to let them know what their sons are up to.

Why is the average pop song only 3 minutes long?

It's a deft set of lyrics that perfectly sums up the music world's short attention span. In the pop industry, most radio hits typically can't be longer than three to four minutes. Case in point, the top three songs currently on the Billboard Hot 100 . For the week of November 22, the reigning trio was Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" (3:39 minutes), Meghan Trainor's "All About that Bass" (3:08 minutes) and Maroon 5's "Animal" (3:49 minutes).

Exciting new additions to the 2014 Mashable Media Summit agenda

The Mashable Media Summit is just around the corner on Dec. 5, and we're excited to announce several new additions to our agenda. All sessions have themes of storytelling in the digital age, and we'll be analyzing trends like big data, scalable video, global social media and more.

The Walking Dead Producer on What to Expect from the Big Season 5 Midseason Finale - IGN

When asked if she felt that it was crucial for the show remain entirely faithful to the source, Hurd responded. "No, I think that each season develops a different dynamic as well. There's so much that's fascinating in the interpersonal relationships in the comic book, that informs the show. And yet we always change it up. The girls of last season were boys in the comic book. Some of the arcs of particular characters, or even their deaths, happened to other characters in the comic book. So it's always going to evolve a little differently because of who the characters are. You can't force them to fit a particular storyline or scene."

Why The World Is Moving To Diplo's Beat

"It's still in progress," Diplo says, apologetically, before beginning the tour. Mad Decent took over the 2,500-square-foot space only four months ago, and the renovations are going slowly. Electric wiring snakes out of the drywall in spots where light fixtures will be attached, and judging from the smell, the paint is barely dry. "We wanted to put a helicopter pad on the roof, but the Burbank police said it was illegal," Diplo says with a frown. There's almost no artwork on the walls—although somebody found a spot in a hallway to hang the platinum album plaque for Baauer's "Harlem Shake" (a Mad Decent release that was downloaded millions of times after it became a YouTube meme). There's a small sound booth—where Lorde recently recorded a song that Diplo produced—and a hive of cramped studios, green-screen stages, and offices crammed with cameras and computer equipment, where Mad Decent's staff of 10 mostly male, mostly twentysomethings supply Diplo's online outposts with content. Except for a small piano in one of the recording rooms (with an old Barbra Streisand LP propped on its rack), there are no musical instruments on the premises.

Underwater robot reveals the mysteries of Antarctic ice - CNET

When it comes to inhospitable environments, the Antarctic is about as harsh as it gets. For that reason, it has been extremely difficult to survey. Thanks to an underwater robot, though, the British Antarctic Survey has for the first time obtained detailed, high-res 3D maps of the sea ice, including regions that had been previously too difficult to access.

Windows Phone 8.1 Finally Breaks The 50% Market Share Threshold

Also worth noting in the above data is the 95 percent of the market that Microsoft controls. Microsoft wants both its gross sales figures to rise, and its percentage of the Windows Phone market to decrease. Microsoft would be far happier to sell twice the phones, at 80 percent of the market, than sell a few more, and control 95 percent — third-party OEM support is critical to the long-term health of Windows Phone. That’s not conjecture. The company wouldn’t be working to expand OEM uptake of Windows Phone if it didn’t want to see a more diverse manufacturer base for the platform.

The Ultimate Motivator: Adding Your Own Death To Your Calendar

First I was intrigued by this article and went immediately to check my own date of death. What a great motivator, indeed! But after I wanted to add it to my Google Calendar - it just didn't work! Google Calendar allows you to add an event up to 31st December 2050. So how come Ms. Siem was able to add her 2069 date to the Google Calendar? Interesting article, and certainly inspiring, but I question its credibility, unless this is cleared. Thank you.

Uber and a Fraught New Era for Tech

Tech has always been a cage fight among the companies involved. Microsoft spent decades being famously combative, until it was humbled by a near breakup of the company by the Justice Department. And anyone who thinks—as Uber executive Emil Michael proposed last week, before apologizing—that digging up dirt on journalists is a novel tactic has a short memory. In 2006, in a bid to identify a leak’s source, Hewlett-Packard hired private investigators to obtain the phone records of journalists and the company’s own board members,...

The Glorious Old-School Gadgets of Ferris Bueller's Day Off | WIRED

Rewatching Ferris Bueller’s Day Off today, I’ll admit that some of the film’s magic has worn off. To a 36-year-old, Ferris seems considerably more manipulative, selfish, and douchey then he did to the 14-year-old me. On the other hand, as someone whose job it is to look at and evaluate gadgets all day, I do have a new appreciation (and nostalgic yearning) for all the amazing stuff peppered throughout Hughes’s film.

51 15 Crazy Things You've Never Thought About
52 Clime Stickers Are Up For Pre-Order, Will Tell You (And Baby) If It’s Cold Outside
53 Weird, or just different?
54 If I controlled the Internet
55 Watch The WWI Christmas Truce Recreated For An Epic Tearjerker Of An Ad
56 Netflix's December line-up comes early this year
57 4 Habits of People Who Follow Their Dreams
58 TaiG Jailbreak for iOS 8.1.1, iOS 8.2 beta released
59 Black Friday Deals UK: 2014's biggest bargains listed
60 Absurd Creatures of the Week: Nature's Weirdest Eaters Will Make You Feel Better About Your Gluttony | WIRED
62 Startup’s Wristband Can Track Seizures | MIT Technology Review
63 The Social Psychology Of The Naked Selfie
64 New York City's Pay Phones Will Be Replaced By Free Wi-Fi Mobile Charging Stations
65 The Marketer’s Guide to the Benefits of Vimeo Over YouTube
66 Comcast, Stop Scamming Me So I Can Stop Scamming You
67 Get $140 off of an unlocked Moto X in Motorola's Cyber Monday sale
68 The Epic Tale Of An Anonymous Browser That Gamed Google Ads
69 The Perfect High-Tech Carry-On Has No Zipper At All
70 Delivery Drones Win an Endorsement From London’s Mayor
71 Why Falling Down Stairs In Your Underwear Is Solid Prep For Being A Female Director
72 Watch 10 Years Of Ice Melting At The North And South Poles
73 12 podcasts that will tell you a fantastic story
74 Media Summit Twitter chat: Discuss the future of storytelling
75 The World's Best Dogs, According To Math
76 The Best Travel Gear Of 2014
77 10 arrested during Ferguson protest in Portland, Jesse Jackson speaks at rally
78 Another reason to avoid reading the comments
79 31 visionaries we lost in 2014
80 We skated with Brian Boitano, and learned exactly what he'd do
81 Portable Shadowball packs physics into every punch - CNET
82 How I Learned To Code On The Job
83 This Victoria’s Secret Sports Bra Can Hook Up With A Heart Rate Monitor
84 Drinking a pint from an espresso-inspired beer tap
85 Swiss 'reject immigration curbs'
86 A Digital Healthcare Argument For Net Neutrality
87 The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are changing browsing habits for some as the iPads get left behind
88 Engadget on Twitter
89 The Most Glorious Moustaches in Video Games - IGN
90 Is there a gene that keeps you single? - CNET
91 Uber Takes Action Against Executive for Privacy Violations
92 Are games better than life?
93 Don't try this at home: 1930s daredevils attached rockets to bicycles
94 Atari: Game Over Review - IGN
95 'Retweets equal laughs': Why comics can't get enough of Twitter - CNET
96 5 Fast--And Cheap!--Ways To Make Your Office Space More Productive
97 Identity Wars: Why Apple Pay Is About More Than Payments