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Bang The President - Songify the News #5

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A Blu-ray featurette clip from 'Guardians of the Galaxy' shows a blooper reel from the movie.

Liam Neeson will seriously endorse your 'particular set of skills' on LinkedIn

Liam Neeson as Brian Mills will endorse your "particular set of skills." On LinkedIn, that is.

Setting Up Shop: Azalina's kitchen opens, Airbnb places a massive order

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TV’s Disruption On Display As Netflix And Amazon Go Head-To-Head At Golden Globes

Because of the power network studios had over their content and its distribution, television hasn’t been as quick to have been disrupted by the Internet as other industries, like music or books. But now that there are large companies with large bankrolls that are capable of funding their own studios, as Netflix does and Amazon does via its Amazon Studios arm, things are starting to change.

MIT launches “Solve” to galvanize action on solving the world’s great challenges

“Solving the world’s most pressing challenges depends in part on the kind of daring innovations and ideas that MIT is known for — and in fields from water, food, energy, and human health to innovation and education, our faculty are pioneering new answers,” MIT Provost Martin Schmidt says. “But lasting solutions to intractable human problems demand ambitious, sustained collaborative action, and require, from us, new ways of working with the world. Through Solve, we are connecting new ideas for action with people who, together, have the power to spark and accelerate meaningful change.”

LTE Nexus 9 Available Now At T-Mobile For $600, Coming To Google Play Soon

T-Mobile is the first in the world to offer an HTC Nexus 9 with LTE, with the tablet up for sale today via T-Mobile’s online store. It’ll cost you $24.99 or over 24 months, with $0 up front, or $599.76 all told – Just $120 more than the 32 GB Wi-Fi only version.

Google axes News in Spain in response to royalty law

Google has decided to shut down Google News in Spain. The decision follows the passage of a law in July that obliges any news aggregator quoting snippets of text or using thumbnails of images from a copyrighted publication to pay royalties for doing so.

Seagate offers low-cost 8TB hard drives | ZDNet

Summary: Got a lot of data? Finding your PC a little cramped when it comes to free space? Would a Seagate 8TB hard drive help?

IsoHunt unofficially resurrects The Pirate Bay

The Old Pirate Bay, on the other hand, doesn’t claim to be a resurrection of the site, even though based on searches we conducted and files we tested, that’s exactly what it has managed to achieve. This is much more than just a working archive of The Pirate Bay; it has a functioning search engine, all the old listings, and working magnet links. New content is being readily uploaded and downloaded.

24me's Smart Assistant Is Now Officially Available on Android

“We had a very exciting year, being named ‘App Store best of 2014′ by Apple, and launching the Android version. Those are two great accomplishments out of many others that we targeted for 2014,” 24me’s CEO Gilad Hertanu said. “We have big plans for 2015 and we are thrilled for the opportunity to introduce 24me on Android.”

British Spy Agency GCHQ Launches Cryptography App

British intelligence agency GCHQ has today launched an app called Cryptoy that is aimed at teaching secondary school-age children (and their teachers) about cryptography.

Scientists Finally Find and Map San Francisco's Most Famous Shipwreck | WIRED

“The latest developments in sonar … have given us an unparalleled opportunity not only to find these things but to look at them in detail,” says James Delgado, director of maritime heritage at the NOAA. For this project, the team is using a 3D sonar called Echoscope, made by UK-based Coda Octopus. The Echoscope, carried by an ROV the size of a refrigerator over the wreck, offers a level of detail previous sonars haven’t provided, allowing the team to spot the mud-encased ship. “It’s at a whole different stage,” Delgado says. “We will be able to virtually record, document, and raise these ships, with sonar, to share their stories.” (There are no plans to actually move the wreck.)

New Relic’s IPO Spikes 31% In Initial Trading

In early trading, New Relic’s shares are up 31 percent in its first day as a public company. Another technology company, Hortonworks, will begin trading this morning as well.

Project Goliath: Inside Hollywood's secret war against Google

In dozens of recently leaked emails from the Sony hack, lawyers from the MPAA and six major studios talk about "Goliath" as their most powerful and politically relevant adversary in the fight against online piracy. They speak of "the problems created by Goliath," and worry "what Goliath could do if it went on the attack." Together they mount a multi-year effort to "respond to / rebut Goliath’s public advocacy" and "amplify negative Goliath news." And while it’s hard to say for sure, significant evidence suggests that the studio efforts may be directed against Google.

The Verge on Twitter

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Report: Steam to host annual Holiday Sale on December 18

It appears that Steam's annual Holiday Sale promotion will begin on December 18, assuming you trust Reddit users and the claims of PayPal Japan. A few days ago, word began to circulate online that a number of Japanese PayPal users had received an email from the money exchange revealing the December 18 launch. This remained a rumor until a Reddit user shared the email he had received which, when translated, does mention that the sale will arrive next week, specifically on December 18 at 6PM GMT, and that it will run through January 2. No details on the sale's discounts are mentioned. Eurogamer backs this claim, saying that it has "been able to verify that this date is correct, as well as the timing and sale ending details above." Though it would make sense for the sale to start on December 18 - the timing of the annual promotion is right and it would coincide with the planned end of the Steam Holiday Auction - our attempts to reach Valve for confirmation have so far gone unanswered. [Image: Valve]

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Google Maps Finally Adds Lane Guidance In Europe

Now, Google is bringing lane guidance to Europe, starting with users in the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Ireland. You can find the feature by activating turn-by-turn navigation in either the iOS or Android app.

Google Fit gains offline Android Wear support, 100 activities

Android fans will find a Google Fit software update waiting for them , and those who have an Android Wear watch will get a little something extra with the app: An experimental feature for offline support. The latest version of Google Fit on the phone has your typical bug fixes but also the ability to start tracking many more activity types.

How To Be More Creative Right Now

To some, creativity is an elusive muse who rarely graces us with her presence. To others, she’s a best friend who stops by all the time to play and hang out. Either way, you can cultivate creativity any time—even right now. While you may not become the next Jony Ive or Salvador Dalí, it is possible for anyone to become more creative than they already are and to practice creativity.

Writing a replacement to OpenSSH using Go (2/2)

The last step of our SSH server is to forward the connection to a host able to achieve the deployment. To do that, our server has to be invisible for the client. It does all the checking then, pipes the connection to the next host, as a simple reverse proxy.

Develop iOS apps with The Name Your Own Price iOS Designer Bundle [Deals] | Cult of Mac

If there was any doubt left that this is the right iOS developer bundle to pounce on, you can rest easy knowing that, when you purchase The Name Your Own Price iOS Designer Bundle, 10% of what you agree to spend will be sent to your choice of one of three worthy charities. Cult of Mac Deals has selected the charities Child’s Play, World Wildlife Fund, and Creative Commons to benefit from this promotion because they make a constant and positive contribution to the entire globe.

NASA to receive more money than it requested for 2015

The budget for NASA's science mission will rise by 2 percent to $5.24 billion next year, with the $1.44 billion planetary sciences division receiving $160 million more than what President Barack Obama requested earlier this year. The bill calls for the division to spend "no less than $100 million" on a mission to the icy Jupiter moon of Europa, which had been a point of contention between the White House and Congress. The increase notably comes without cuts to other space science divisions, which scientists see as an encouraging sign.

You Can Now Buy The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge In The UK

The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is available exclusively on Vodafone until January 9 2015. You can get the device for £49 if you sign up for Vodafone’s Red XL tariff at £58.50 per month. That package will get you unlimited minutes and texts plus 10GB data and the choice of NOW TV, Sky Sports or Spotify for the length of the contract.

Intellectual Ventures founder steps down: “market is tough right now”

Peter Detkin, a lawyer and former Intel executive, is standing down as vice chairman from the notorious patent trolling venture he co-founded alongside three others, including one-time Microsoft exec Nathan Myhrvold, in 2000.

Amazon’s Echo is a good listener but a wretched assistant

Never has the gap between a flawless technology experience and a closed ecosystem loomed as large as the gap between the Amazon Echo and the Ubi personal computer. While Amazon’s Echo works beautifully and is a gorgeous cylinder that is ready to hear and (attempt to) obey my every command from pretty much anywhere in the room, it fails because its abilities to connect with a variety of web services are very limited.

Retail robots: The droid at till no 7

The key to a robot-to-human interface is that it is embodied, suggests Philip Solis, a robotics expert at ABI Research. "You're moving towards something you can interact with more - you can ask it information, and it can respond to you."

Chromecast Now Lets Your Guests Take Over Your TV Without Needing Your WiFi Password

Chromecast is a small and affordable ($35) device that you simply plug in to your high-definition (HD) TV and it allows you to use your phone, tablet or laptop to "cast" online content to your TV screen. It works with Netflix, YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV, and Google Play Music, with more apps like Pandora coming soon. Once your Chromecast is set up, you can use your phone, tablet or …

Sony Taps Crowdfunding Wisdom on Smart Lock

Japan Real Time is a newsy, concise guide to what works, what doesn’t and why in the one-time poster child for Asian development, as it struggles to keep pace with faster-growing neighbors while competing with Europe for Michelin-rated restaurants. Drawing on the expertise of The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires, the site provides an inside track on business, politics and lifestyle in Japan as it comes to terms with being overtaken by China as the world’s second-biggest economy. You can contact the editors at

Top Holiday Picks for Laptop Lovers

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I'm Sorry, But This Is Just The Worst

Since Apple went public in 1980, shares of the company have risen more than 20,000%; over the same period, gold is up 107%.

Jonathan Wilson on Twitter

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Your Beard Won't Be Fully Festive This Season If It Doesn't Have Beard Baubles

Niggles welcomed the ad agency’s festive idea and all proceeds from sales of Beard Baubles will go to Beard Season. The baubly images are modeled by some of Grey London’s more hirsute members of staff and will serve as the company’s 2014 Christmas card.

A New Christmas Tradition: Video Calls with Santa

Give your child a gift they’ll never forget. Schedule a live video call with Santa!

This Greenpeace Stunt May Have Irreparably Damaged Peru's Nazca Site

The Peruvian government is planning to file criminal charges against Greenpeace activists who may have permanently scarred the Nazca Lines World Heritage Site during a publicity stunt.

REVEALED: The Demographic Trends For Every Social Network

BII The demographics of who's on what social network are shifting — older social networks are reaching maturity, while newer social messaging apps are gaining younger users fast.


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A call to men

At TEDWomen, Tony Porter makes a call to men everywhere: Don't "act like a man." Telling powerful stories from his own life, he shows how this mentality, drummed into so many men and boys, can lead men to disrespect, mistreat and abuse women and each other. His solution: Break free of the "man box."

The Google Way of Attacking Problems

3. People perform best at tasks that interest them.  It’s also important to remember the context of the incident, which took place in 2002, just as Google was gearing up for its IPO.  There was an urgent need to beef up revenues and the problem with AdWords was a serious impediment to achieving that.  Most CEOs wouldn’t have put up a note in the kitchen, they would have made sure they got their best people on it.


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Beware, fellow plutocrats, the pitchforks are coming

Nick Hanauer is a rich guy, an unrepentant capitalist — and he has something to say to his fellow plutocrats: Wake up! Growing inequality is about to push our societies into conditions resembling pre-revolutionary France. Hear his argument about why a dramatic increase in minimum wage could grow the middle class, deliver economic prosperity ... and prevent a revolution.

Twitter co-founder Evan Williams: ‘I don’t give a shit’ if Instagram has more users

If you think about the impact Twitter has on the world versus Instagram, it’s pretty significant. It’s at least apples to oranges. Twitter is what we wanted it to be. It’s this realtime information network where everything in the world that happens on Twitter—important stuff breaks on Twitter and world leaders have conversations on Twitter. If that’s happening, I frankly don’t give a shit if Instagram has more people looking at pretty pictures.

Meet USA TODAY's Entrepreneur of the Year

Meet USA TODAY's Entrepreneur of the Year A company founder focused on helping Americans nurture the growth and evolution of their biggest asset – their homes – has been named USA TODAY's Entrepreneur of the Year. Check out this story on

Inside the Collapse of The New Republic - The New Yorker

Last Friday morning, Chris Hughes, the owner of The New Republic, and Guy Vidra, the magazine’s C.E.O., presided over a meeting at the publication’s Penn Quarter offices in Washington, D.C. It had been a busy twenty-four hours: a day earlier, Hughes had forced out the magazine’s editor, Franklin Foer, and Vidra had announced that the hundred-year-old opinion magazine, which was founded to “bring sufficient enlightenment to the problems of the nation,” would be reduced from twenty to ten issues a year and would move to New York, where it would be reinvented as a “vertically integrated digital-media company.” Minutes before the Friday meeting began, most of the magazine’s writers and editors had resigned in protest.

Take Away Harvard’s Nonprofit Status

Harvard and other universities are the Platonic ideal of nonprofits in a technical sense, and thus exempted from paying taxes like businesses do. The school does not distribute its operating profits as dividends. It has no shareholders. It does not exist to make anyone rich. Yet nevertheless, it is rich, as are a several other universities in its cohort. Harvard manages about $32 billion, Stanford about $19 billion, and Yale about $21 billion.

Fast Company | Business + Innovation

If you have any doubts that theater kids and nerds have won, consider the ascendency of A cappella and, yes, Techapella.

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Why America’s middle class is lost

By 1990, there were nearly 200,000 aerospace workers in Los Angeles County alone, and the local median income had risen almost 20 percent since 1970, after adjusting for inflation. Then things cratered. The Cold War ended, and defense cuts starved the industry. More than half the county’s aerospace workers lost their jobs over the next decade, and when they found new ones, they weren’t nearly as good. The county’s median income fell more than 10 percent — and stayed there. The Rockwell plant shed workers steadily, was bought by Boeing and eventually closed in 1999. Thompson was lucky to find work at a different Rockwell site in Southern California; Downey was unluckily left with several hundred thousand square feet of factory space and a 25,000-job hole in its economy. The city manager vowed that not just anything would take its place. Downey would hold out for companies that paid people well enough to buy houses in town.

MusiXMatch Launches Clip So You Can Create And Share 20-Second Videos With Music And Lyrics Overlaid

The way the app works is as follows: You simply search for a song that you wish to become the soundtrack for your 20 second video or choose one from your phone’s music library. You then hold down the record button to film your video, either continuously or in parts, Vine-style. Then, presuming the song’s lyrics can be found in MusiXmatch’s database, they become overlaid on the resulting video, from which you can adjust the font and colour. You’re then free to post your video to the Clip app itself and optionally share on social networks.

Hallmark Apologizes For Selling Hanukkah Paper Covered In Swastikas

Hallmark has pulled Hanukkah wrapping paper from shelves after someone complained it was covered in swastikas. According to Hallmark, the wrapping paper was pulled from store shelves after the company received a complaint on Sunday night from a Walgreen's customer in California, who noticed the pattern seemed to contain swastikas. By Monday, Hallmark had already recalled the paper, and issued an apology.

Want to eat like a teen again? Science may have found a way

Researchers in Hamilton have discovered how to turn back the clock on the body's metabolism, potentially paving the way for people to eat and burn calories like they did when they were teenagers. 

A Bit of Good News About Journalism

In addition, online journalism is thriving at many publications that are still widely regarded as “old media.” At the New York Times and other major newspapers, digital subscriptions are rising steadily. To be sure, the revenues from this source haven’t fully replaced all the lost revenues from print subscriptions and print advertising: in some parts of the industry, this may well never happen. But subscription-based journalism (encompassing digital and print) is rapidly becoming financially viable, at least for national publications. And that really is good news. Advertising-funded journalists are beholden to advertisers, page-view metrics, and social-media algorithms. Subscription-funded journalists are beholden to readers.

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52 The whitewashed cast of 'Exodus' is irresponsible — and its own demise
53 How I defend the rule of law
54 Smarter Artificial Skin for Prosthetic Hands | MIT Technology Review
55 Reg Saddler on Twitter
56 14 gifts to satisfy any foodie
57 Demand a fair trade cell phone
58 The Death and Life of the 13-Month Calendar
59 You're Destroying This Tiny Island With Your Insatiable Need For More Gadgets
60 Mobile Ad Firms Spotted Serving Up Malware Posing As Google Play Apps
61 5 Chrome extensions that make charity effortless
62 Cops use taser on woman while she recorded arrest of another man
63 Fly with the Jetman
64 What Not To Do At Your Company's Holiday Party
65 Rebecca Minkoff and Gilt founder Alexandra Wilkis Wilson style, tech and building empires
66 Vikings' Adrian Peterson to remain suspended due to child-abuse case
67 Norwegian man saving a duck
68 Snapchat geofilters: How they work and why they matter
69 Building blocks that blink, beep and teach
70 These Are the Interior Department's Most Popular Instagram Photos of 2014
71 How to build the biggest trivia app in the world
72 When the Art Is Watching You
73 Twitter co-founder Evan Williams: ‘I don’t give a shit’ if Instagram has more users
74 Dropbox launches Microsoft Office collaboration features for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on Windows and Mac
75 Google Announces The Top Apps, Movies, Music Of 2014
76 Stop Being Afraid Of Negative Reviews
77 Wild Biomorphic Spacesuits Designed to Survive Hostile Planets | WIRED
78 Joystiq Giveaway: The Witcher Adventure Game
79 iPod Classics Are Selling For As Much As $900 Now
80 Opendoor Thinks It Can Build a Business Buying Your Home Online
81 Americans Feel Better Informed Thanks to the Internet
82 Early childhood education needs to start earlier than pre-K
83 Saving Space with Quantum Information
84 The Age of Asteroids - The New Yorker
85 18 best Jimmy Fallon moments of 2014
86 Analysts Claim Teens Still Prefer Print Books
87 Tour the solar system from home
88 Stay Calm: YouTube Is Testing An Easy GIF Tool
89 Glow table
90 IBM Smarter PlanetVoice: Four Ways To Innovate Using Big Data And Analytics
91 ParcelBright Raises $1M To Make Business Shipping Simpler And Cheaper
92 Why Do Designers Think No One Knows How To Scroll?
93 Uber Facing Tougher Action In Brussels
94 The battle for Soho’s soul: How Londoners are fighting development in the capital
95 Egyptology can help us future-proof our culture – Grayson Clary – Aeon
96 Margaret Hamilton, lead software engineer, Project Apollo