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Major Update Hits Destiny - IGN

Exotic weapons and armor buffs are part of the new update, with the requirement for Ascendant Materials to upgrade to Exotic no longer being required. Other weapon and armor specific changes with today's update include the requirement of an Exotic Shard in the final upgrade node.

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Arthur Chu, “The Jeopardy! Guy,” Talks About Gamergate And Web Harassment

Chu: I don’t think there’s any way to stop the sentiments that drive this sort of thing from welling up — you’ll never have progress without reactionaries. But the specific ways they have caused harm are the result of specific engineering decisions made in designing the social media sites we all use. It’s telling that they were chased out of Reddit, chased out of 4chan, chased out of comments sections and forums — but they seized on Twitter as the perfect tool for getting out their message, because blasting Twitter with noise is very easy. Twitter is almost designed to facilitate large mobs of anonymous people harassing high-profile targets — the ability for you to talk smack directly to a celebrity you don’t like is a huge part of Twitter’s appeal that Twitter won’t admit to.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition Review

Admittedly, if you’re not a fan of the series, it may be hard to access the world, shaped as it is by the actions of the previous games. But the game does provide enough background to situate new players, without giving them the advantage of knowing how the mage/Templar war came to be through events of previous Dragon Age games. New players also won’t be as appreciative of cameos from characters in those older games, and some of the lore seems glossed over, but in any BioWare game the lore is so deep that you could spend 100 more hours just poring over texts and tomes, so don’t let a lack of familiarity keep you from the game – it’s as good a jumping in point as any for those curious about Dragon Age but without the three solid weeks of free time that would be required to get caught up by playing through from the beginning.

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Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Review - IGN

Captain Toad Treasure Tracker is one of the smartest, most charming puzzle games of 2014. I’d also call it one of the best platformers of the year, except these characters can’t jump. It speaks volumes about Treasure Tracker’s wit and environment design that it completely strips us of the mobility powers that we’ve come to expect from a game set in the Super Mario universe and still provides lots of interesting puzzle options.

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The Best Kitchen Gear Of 2014

Depending on whom you ask, the chopstick is either the most lithe and graceful utensil ever designed, or a hard-to-use stick that became vastly improved when someone got the genius idea to add three smaller chopsticks at the end and call it a fork. Either way, the core design has remained virtually unchanged since the utensil first appeared in China 4,000 years ago. And that includes a not so insignificant design problem: You need two chopsticks to eat, but these suckers are hard to keep paired, leading to the orphan chopstick rattling around in your kitchen drawer. This problem led Nendo to come up with two sophisticated redesigns that are as elegant as the sushi-plucking instruments themselves. The Rassen chopsticks are a single unit that separate into two for eating, then rejoin into one form when not in use; while the Kamiai chopsticks magnetically attach to one another. See more here .

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IT Chief Of The Year: Bank Of America's Cathy Bessant - InformationWeek

In an interview at Bank of America Tower in New York City, Bessant ticks off her IT organization's four main priorities: stabilize the platform, simplify and modernize, reduce the risk (outages, performance problems, regulatory/legal violations), and improve the competitive cost position. Under a four-year plan she put into motion in 2010, BofA has retired more than 18,000 applications, many of them left over from acquisitions. For example, it's spending $100 million to consolidate five Merrill Lynch financial adviser platforms into one, a project due to be completed next year. In its wholesale banking business, 521,000 users at corporate clients in 140 countries now access its CashPro Online treasury and credit management portal in 11 languages; the portal replaced hundreds of applications and systems for everything from liquidity management to currency conversion to wire transfers. Elsewhere, BofA has consolidated 22 collateral management systems down to one. Its eight different teller systems -- now one.

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Puzzlephone Might Challenge Google's Project Ara Modular Smartphone in 2015

The Puzzlephone team promises to release standards so that hardware developers and manufacturers will be able to freely build parts for the device. As for software, it will run on a fork of Android to allow for community development and rapid enhancement over time.

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Evernote Brings Context, Work Chat And Presentation Out Of Beta

Evernote , now with over 100 million users and some 16,000 businesses paying to use its document sharing, note-taking and organising platform, is today turning on a few new features that add more interactivity and potentially time spent on the platform: Work Chat, an improved Presentation mode; and Context, a feature that suggests content from other parts of the web that may be relevant to whatever you happen to be working on in Evernote.

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IGN on Twitter

“ @IGN : Watch a new Better Call Saul clip, as Saul and Mike meet for the first time http://go.ign.com/4pYg40w  #bettercallsaul @_hannaamatar

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http://venturebeat.com/2014/12/01/chip-makers-spansion-and-cypress-merge-in-4b-deal/

“Bringing together these high-performing organizations creates operating efficiencies and economies of scale, and will deliver maximum value for our shareholders, new opportunities for employees, and an improved experience for our customers,” said John Kispert, CEO of Spansion, in a statement. “With unparalleled expertise, global reach in markets like Japan and market-leading products for automotive, IoT, industrial, and communications markets, the new company is well positioned to deliver best-of-breed solutions and execute on our long-term vision of adding value through embedded system-on-chip solutions.”

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Obama announces funding for 50,000 police body cameras

In an announcement today, the White House has pledged $263 million in new federal funding for police training and body cameras, set aside by executive order. The money includes $75 million allocated specifically for the purchase 50,000 cameras for law enforcement officers across the country. The training portion of the funds would go toward instructing police in the responsible use of paramilitary equipment like assault rifles and armored personnel carriers, much of which has flooded local departments as a result of a Homeland Security preparedness program. Additional funds will go to fund police outreach programs designed to build trust between local departments and the communities they serve.

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Next version of Google Glass may be Intel powered

The next version of Google Glass may have Intel inside, giving the chip-maker a potential foot in the door of the wearable device market. While Google Glass seems to have lost momentum, it could recover if the next version is less expensive and appeals to a broader audience, and the chip change would be positive for Intel.

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Google Glass To Get Intel Inside, Says New Report

The new report doesn’t include any technical details on how Intel might contribute to the next generation Google Glass hardware but says the company plans to help push uptake of the device in medicine and manufacturing.

14
Long-lost Painting Masterpiece Found Thanks to Stuart Little - IGN

The painting, Sleeping Lady with Black Vase by Robert Bereny, which had been presumed lost, has finally been tracked down in the unlikeliest of places.

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http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/media/2014/12/8557502/taking-stock-newsroom-head-counts?top-featured-2

The Times still boasts the largest newspaper newsroom in the U.S., with roughly 1,300 journalists as of press time, about the same it had before those first cuts in 2008. (The headcount went up and down in the intervening six years as some positions were eliminated and others, mainly on the digital front, were added.) “We have more journalists today than we’ve ever had in our history,” Sulzberger said during that N.Y.U. talk. After the latest buyouts (and layoffs?) are a done deed, the total will be lower, though a spokesperson noted it is “fluid.”

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Netflix Is Now Streaming Black Mirror, the Best Show About Technology

British techno-satire Black Mirror is now streaming on US Netflix, and everyone should watch Charlie Brooker's thoughtful, funny, taut, and terrifying anthology series if you haven't already.

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8 personalized tech gifts for the holidays

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 40 million unique visitors worldwide and 19 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

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Exclusive: Uber hires Goldman Sachs to raise money from bank clients

Goldman’s global wealth management team was informed of the deal this morning, and began sending out packets of information to their clients. All we know right now is that the offered securities are structured as convertible debt, and could raise hundreds of millions of dollars to support Uber’s balance sheet and international expansion efforts.

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Telltale dishes ominous Game of Thrones launch trailer

The debut episode of Telltale Games' latest adventure game series premieres this week, and the newly launched trailer above offers a glimpse at its beguiling cast. Game of Thrones Episode One: Iron from Ice introduces House Forrester and details the events leading up to the War of the Five Kings, taking players on a quest that involves familiar locations and characters from the HBO drama series. Game of Thrones launches this week for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PS3, iOS devices, and PC platforms. Our review goes up later today. [Image: Telltale Games] Game of Thrones (Steam)

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Dying Light: The First 15 Minutes - IGN First - IGN

Today we're kicking off proceedings with the first 15 minutes of the game. (Okay, we've cheated slightly, skipping through the opening cutscene and tutorial to avoid some story-based spoilers.) It means we cut straight to the action, focussing on the first time you step outside and explore the apocalypse. Watch it to...

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Did Thanksgiving and Black Friday online sales soar or slip? - CNET

"Thanksgiving and Black Friday both saw exceptionally strong online growth rates as each day surpassed $1 billion in desktop spending," ComScore Chairman Gian Fulgoni said in a statement . "The strength we saw in the early online buying rush likely reflects a few things, including overall health in consumer spending, responsiveness to the strong deals being offered online, and perhaps some shoppers opting to stay home on Thanksgiving rather than head out to the stores that opened their doors early. Regardless of the particular drivers, it's clear that the online holiday rush is getting off to a very good start and is reason for optimism as we get into the heart of the buying season."

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Once Upon a Time: "Fall" Review - IGN

The high point of "Fall" was obviously the long awaited reunion of Anna and Elsa. And I guess Kristoff was there too. Kristoff being with Anna wasn't surprising, but it was one of many instances of convenience in the episode. Another one? No one noticed Elsa turning away and taking the elevator downstairs after she handed off the necklace bag. Sure, an emergency is happening but come on. Additionally, there was a lot of people showing up in the nick of time even when only "moments" were left before the curse hitting. It's not necessary to show cuts of people scrambling from point A to point B but give me the impression it took time. As it was, it seemed like many characters were using teleportation spells.

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Intel buys PasswordBox to bolster security tools - CNET

"2014 was the year of the breach with near constant news about consumer data loss," Intel Security vice president and general manager of Safe Identity Mark Hocking told CNET. "We understand how important it is for consumers to once again feel safe and secure when going online. Intel Security and PasswordBox share the same goal of improving protection across all platforms and this acquisition underscores our mission to deliver consumer innovations everywhere and on every device."

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FBI investigating Sony hack

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has confirmed it is investigating a hack into Sony Pictures Entertainment's network last week.

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Sony Pictures hack may be linked to comedy on N. Korea

Sony hack may be linked to James Franco comedy A hack attack that shut down the Sony Pictures Entertainment computer network last week may be linked to a coming Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy about North Korea, reports say. Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1rMYyCi

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Vox Media Raises $46.5M At A Reported $380M Valuation

In other words, BuzzFeed isn’t just dishing up clickbait. It is also building technology that has (and will continue to) change how people consume online content and how companies monetize it. A similar argument can be made for Reddit, which now has more than five million monthly page views and 115 million unique visits each month, making it one of the biggest content-sharing sites in the world.

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Samsung will keep its current mobile division CEO in his role

Samsung is still looking for a way to turn around its ailing mobile division, but it looks like the company has decided against a wholesale leadership change. Although Samsung is moving certain executives around, the current mobile business head, J.K. Shin, will remain in his current position, the  Wall Street Journal reported on Monday .

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Uber calls in the cavalry to keep service in Boston

The company has asked area Uber customers and drivers to show up as a sign of support for a 1:30 p.m. Monday hearing at City Hall by the Committee on City, Neighborhood Services and Veterans Affairs. At issue is whether ride-sharing services such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar should be more tightly regulated — or even allowed to continue operating in the city. More here from BostInno.

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Samsung mobile chief keeps job despite sour smartphone sales - CNET

One of Shin's top executives, though, is leaving the company. Citing "people familiar with the matter," the Journal said D.J. Lee, head of sales and marketing at Samsung's mobile unit, will leave his current position as a matter of "taking responsibility for lackluster smartphone sales."

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CNET on Twitter

Is this what Rosetta's comet really looks like in color? http://cnet.co/1yb66Ax  pic.twitter.com/tlolhAnsgA

31
CoreOS unveils Rocket, a possible competitor to Docker

At CoreOS we have large, serious users running in enterprise environments. We cannot in good faith continue to support Docker’s broken security model without addressing these issues. Additionally, in the past few weeks Docker has demonstrated that it is on a path to include many facilities beyond basic container management, turning it into a complex platform. Our primary users have existing platforms that they want to integrate containers with. We need to fill the gap for companies that just want a way to securely and portably run a container.

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Amazon slashes Fire TV's price 30 percent for Cyber Monday

Amazon is adding a late entry to this year’s Cyber Monday extravaganza . The online retailer just announced the Fire TV set-top streaming box will go on sale Monday afternoon for $69, $30 off the sticker price. Amazon did not announce a specific time for the sale.

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DOJ Using Antiquated 1789 'All Writs Act' To Try To Force Phone Manufacturers To Help Unlock Encrypted Phones | Techdirt

With the ongoing fight over mobile encryption in the last few months, it's no secret that law enforcement has been pushing for new laws that require backdoors into encrypted offerings. However, the Wall Street Journal also noted another little trick that the Justice Department appears to be testing out: dumping the problem back on the phone manufacturer, by using a centuries old law to require the [nameless] phone manufacturer to help law enforcement decrypt a phone . And, Ars Technica then found another example of it being used on the very same day in a different case to try to pressure Apple into helping to decrypt a phone. Specifically, the DOJ used the All Writs Act -- a 1789 law, that is now codified as 28 USC 1651 . It's pretty straightforward (and broad): (a) The Supreme Court and all courts established by Act of Congress may issue all writs necessary or appropriate in aid of their respective jurisdictions and agreeable to the usages and principles of law. (b) An alternative writ or rule nisi may be issued by a justice or judge of a court which has jurisdiction.

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Best GoPro accessories - CNET

If you're not familiar with UKPro , you really should be. It is the largest manufacturer of GoPro third-party accessories and the quality is fantastic. For example, UKPro's camera poles make it easy to get great POV video. The tough, but lightweight anodized aluminum poles are tipped with a GoPro mount and have supergrippy handles, so they stay in your hand in the water or with gloves on. And if you do drop one, the brightly colored handles are easy to spot. The $30 8-inch Pole 8 (£18/AU$45) is a good size for tossing in a backpack, while the Pole 22 at $35 (£24/AU$50) gives you a little more reach to get more in the shot. Check out the company's blog if you want to see the poles in action.

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IGN on Twitter

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire have the series' biggest UK launch ever: http://go.ign.com/dFwDnMv  pic.twitter.com/f6FwpuzCOb

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Twitch

Play your games and have more fun. Join the fastest growing community of gaming broadcasters in the world. Share your gameplay and interact with viewers from all over the world.

38
Why domestic violence victims don't leave

Leslie Morgan Steiner was in “crazy love” — that is, madly in love with a man who routinely abused her and threatened her life. Steiner tells the dark story of her relationship, correcting misconceptions many people hold about victims of domestic violence, and explaining how we can all help break the silence. (Filmed at TEDxRainier.)

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Chris Rock Talks to Frank Rich About Ferguson, Cosby, and What ‘Racial Progress’ Really Means

I’m trying to figure out the right analogy. Everybody wanted Michael Jordan, right? We got Shaq. That’s not a disappointment. You know what I mean? We got Charles Barkley. It’s still a Hall of Fame career. The president should be graded on jobs and peace, and the other stuff is debatable. Do more people have jobs, and is there more peace? I guess there’s a little more peace. Not as much peace as we’d like, but I mean, that’s kind of the gig. I don’t recall anybody leaving on an up. It’s just that kind of job. I mean, the liberals that are against him feel let down because he’s not Bush. And the thing about George Bush is that the kid revolutionized the presidency. How? He was the first president who only served the people who voted for him. He literally operated like a cable network. You know what I mean?

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Latest news, world news, sport and comment from the Guardian | theguardian.com | The Guardian

<strong>Special report:</strong> Immigration increasingly dominates national debate in this country. But what about elsewhere? From the far right making political capital in Scandinavia to border guards pushing migrant boats back to sea in Australia and the millions of Afghan refugees in Pakistan, Guardian correspondents examine the global picture

41
What's Your Favorite Magazine?

Here, vote for your favorite publications across a range of categories—some of which you've seen in years past (Hottest Magazine of the Year, Hottest Home Magazine), others that are new (Hottest Magazine Design). 

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Fast Company | Business + Innovation

"The Great Carol Comeback" follows in the tradition of illustrating the data of PNC's Christmas Price Index while also trying to revive an old Christmas classic.

43
OperationSAFE is on JustCoz!

“What Can Volunteers Do? http://amzn.to/1zJnwRI and E-Book from @operationsafe”

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The hidden power of smiling

Ron Gutman reviews a raft of studies about smiling, and reveals some surprising results. Did you know your smile can be a predictor of how long you'll live — and that a simple smile has a measurable effect on your overall well-being? Prepare to flex a few facial muscles as you learn more about this evolutionarily contagious behavior.

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13 Reasons I'd Still Pick Nintendo's Wii U Over the PS4 and Xbox One

The Wii U remains the only game system you can readily shlep around like a handheld, and one with friendlier ergonomics for longterm sessions than either Sony’s PS Vita or Nintendo’s own 3DS. The PS4’s slender enough, but you’d need to lug a screen with you, and it’s the screen that’s probably the biggest hurdle here. By folding the screen into the gamepad, Nintendo has essentially designed the first portable gaming platform that doesn’t in some fundamental way (think the tiny thumbsticks on the Vita) compromise the interface to said platform.

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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.

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The Backpage.com Paradox

Ryan Dalton, the muscled young lawyer in Memphis behind the startup, Rescue Forensics which makes RescueOps, doesn’t think so. He and some friends built the software with $80,000 in seed capital and has made back $15,000 in licensing fees since launching in August. RescueOps captures two years worth of archived Backpage.com ads, then packages that with a search tool that allows law enforcement (and only law enforcement) to comb the data in a variety of ways. They can, for instance, search via phone number, age range, date range, or keywords. He plans to expand to other escort ad sites over time. Currently, he says, RescueOps has been licensed by four police departments and the department of Homeland Security, with more deals in the works.

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Why Everything You Think About Aging May Be Wrong

 

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Vinyl record sales hit 18-year high

In 1996, it was Oasis' (What's the Story) Morning Glory? providing healthy vinyl sales. Thanks to a re-issue, the same album is one of the best-selling of this year also - the album is 10th in this week's chart.

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TaiG Jailbreak for iOS 8.1.1, iOS 8.2 beta released

It’s quite strange that TaiG released an untethered jailbreak without waiting for iOS 8.2 beta to go public, as now it gives Apple the opportunity to patch the exploit in the final public release of iOS 8.2. Musclenerd speculates that TaiG and Pangu, both teams from China, are in a race to release the jailbreak, and that there’s huge money involved for whoever gets there first.

51 DevOps Reactions
52 After Surviving A Wonga Loan, Marvel Raises $820K To Let You Turn Sketches Into App Prototypes
53 The mystery of the Tjipetir blocks
54 The TheTechNewsBlog Daily
55 Web IQ Quiz
56 Autodesk Software Now Free For Schools And Students Everywhere
57 HitFox Hatches FinLeap, A New Startup Factory Targeting Fintech
58 How we read each other's minds
59 This Smartphone Case Prints Your Photos Instantly
60 Microsoft Buys Email App Acompli For $200M, Will Still Support Gmail And Other Competitors
61 At U.N. climate talks in Peru, it's optimism vs. reality
62 Taiwan-Based Educational App Developer QLL Raises $450,000 For International Expansion
63 How an eBay bookseller defeated a publishing giant at the Supreme Court
64 Online Harassment
65 Home | Newsletters | MIT Technology Review
66 Your phone company is watching
67 Master bladesmith: New lightsaber design is a terrible idea
68 3 career experts share the keywords that stand out on a cover letter
69 A River of Booze
70 Thoughts on Google+
71 PayPal Reports Record-Breaking Number Of Black Friday Shoppers And Sales On Mobile
72 Media Summit Twitter chat: Discuss the future of storytelling
73 http://venturebeat.com/2014/11/30/how-to-use-twitter-with-keyboard-shortcuts/
74 Keep your routine during business travel with these hacks
75 21 Inspiring Quotes To Live By In 2014
76 Two poems about what dogs think (probably)
77 12,000 (and counting) pledge not to shop on Amazon over the holidays
78 http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn26639-the-smart-mouse-with-the-halfhuman-brain.html?cmpid=RSS|NSNS|2012-GLOBAL|online-news#.VHyEoGTF-c9
79 Former Google+ designer slams the service for being 'Facebook lite'
80 These are the games you can play for free with Xbox Live Gold this month
81 Why vultures don't get sick, despite eating a diet of rotting animals
82 If tech companies wanted to end online harassment, they could do it tomorrow | Jessica Valenti
83 BUILT TO TYLT
84 8 gifts for the techie who has everything
85 Young farm startups go back to the land
86 New Gene Studies Suggest There Are Hundreds of Kinds of Autism | WIRED
87 A handy guide for when to launch your presidential campaign
88 The puzzle of motivation
89 Young father writes his own touching, funny obituary
90 Your online life, permanent as a tattoo
91 'Star Wars' actor has perfect response to black Stormtrooper criticism
92 The Best Cyber Monday Deals
93 Prep footballer 'gets his swagger back' in hilarious local TV report
94 Ultrathin 'mirror' can cool buildings by reflecting heat into outer space
95 Drones Are So Last Year At Amazon, Yet The PR Machine Rolls On
96 4 Reasons Your Customers Aren't Sharing Your Content on Social Media
97 The Puzzlephone is a modular cellphone designed in Nokia's hometown