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No military credentials needed to use this Stargate - CNET

You might not jump to another world, but with this "working" 3D-printed Stargate, you can pretend.

Got an iPad and this app? You’ve got a second Mac screen

Ever since the iPad first came out, people have wanted to use their Apple tablets as a second computer monitor, but most of the software that makes that possible transfers data over Wi-Fi — introducing lag and inconsistency. A new app called Duet Display will turn your iPad into an external screen for your Mac, and it does it over the…

Baidu claims deep learning breakthrough with Deep Speech

Chinese search engine giant Baidu says it has developed a speech recognition system, called Deep Speech, the likes of which has never been seen, especially in noisy environments. In restaurant settings and other loud places where other commercial speech recognition systems fail, the deep learning model proved accurate nearly 81 percent of the time. That might…

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You Will Get to See "The Interview," Sony Lawyer Says

“Sony has been fighting to get this picture distributed. It will be distributed,” he told NBC’s Chuck Todd, adding the studio is still trying to determine the best distribution outlet that would also ensure people’s safety.

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Report: Sony Plans To Release 'The Interview' For Free On Its Own Streaming Service Crackle

I think it's very, very likely" Sony will release the movie, Stelter said. "I would be shocked if we don’t see this movie someway, somehow. The question now is how? One source at Sony said to me today, 'We are pursuing all options.' So let's imagine what those could be. Could be Netflix, could be YouTube, it could be independent movie theaters, or it could be the big movie theater chains that originally decided not to show the film about four days ago."

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Gmail No Longer Forces New Users to Make a Google+ Account

Google's free email service is great—tons of people use it. Google+ isn't nearly as popular, even though new Gmail users have been forced to connect to a Google+ account for years. Now, Google's making that social service integration optional . Finally.

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Obama: Sony Hack Is Not An 'Act Of War'

"No, I don't think it was an act of war," he told CNN's "State of the Union" show that aired on Sunday. "I think it was an act of cyber vandalism that was very costly, very expensive. We take it very seriously. We will respond proportionately."

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To create for the ages, let's combine art and engineering

When Bran Ferren was just 9, his parents took him to see the Pantheon in Rome — and it changed everything. In that moment, he began to understand how the tools of science and engineering become more powerful when combined with art, with design and beauty. Ever since, he's been searching for a convincing modern-day equivalent to Rome's masterpiece. Stay tuned to the end of the talk for his unexpected suggestion.

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These Dreamers Are Actually Making Progress Building Elon's Hyperloop | WIRED

So JumpStartFund and the UCLA students have made good progress, but there’s a lot to figure out before anyone gets to tackle the really fun parts like testing, permitting, and construction. Ahlborn says the questions of how to build the low-pressure tube and the pylons that support it have mostly been solved, and creating the capsules shouldn’t be too tricky. The hard part is moving the capsules within the tube, and seeing how fast they can go. To eliminate friction in the tube, Musk proposed using a compressor to create a pocket of air under the capsule. That’s the cheapest approach, Ahlborn says, but it has its drawbacks. His team is looking at the possibility of using magnetic levitation and other alternatives. “We want to find the best possible way to make this work.”

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'Frozen' director Jennifer Lee is really sorry for 'Let It Go' - CNET

Parents of the world, Jennifer Lee feels your pain. The "Frozen" director offers her apologies that you're still listening to your kids sing "Let It Go" more than a year after the film hit theaters.

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Correction: Tonight will not be the longest night in the history of Earth. It was in 1912.

Data indicates that the rotation speed has actually sped up slightly over the past forty years (likely due to melting of ice at the poles and the resulting redistribution of the Earth's mass), and before that,  the trend was up-and-down for most of the 20th century — so, as far as we know, the longest night in Earth's history likely occurred in 1912. I apologize for the error. Thanks to Steve Allen and Ryan Hardy for pointing it out.

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Before Google ... Who Knew?

Telephone call mid-afternoon New Year's Day, 1967: Somewhat uncertain female voice: "I have two questions. The first is sort of an etiquette one. I went to a New Year's Eve party and unexpectedly stayed over. I don't really know the hosts. Ought I to send a thank-you note? Second. When you meet a fellow and you know he's worth twenty-seven million dollars — because that's what they told me, twenty-seven million, and you know his nationality, how do you find out his name?"

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Minecraft is getting a story-driven game from the studio behind The Walking Dead

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Female codebreakers reunited at Bletchley Park - Telegraph

Women who helped crack Hitler’s secret codes by operating the Colossus computer meet once again at Bletchley Park after seeing their picture in The Telegraph

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Instagram makes teens and celebrities angry by killing millions of spambots

A crackdown on spam Instagram accounts has triggered a cataclysm in the world of low-grade social media celebrities. The event, which began today after the photo-sharing service made good on its promise to start deleting millions of fake accounts, has been dubbed the "Instagram Rapture" after the follower counts of apparently popular Instagrammers were savaged. Rapper Tyga saw his followers  drop from 5.5 million to 2.2 million , while Ma$e committed Instagram's version of seppuku, deleting his account after freefalling from  1.6 million followers to around 100,000 .

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12 Holiday Gifts You'll Want To Keep For Yourself

The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is our favorite of the bunch, primarily because it's affordable (at just over $100), is easy-to-use, and offers access to Amazon’s unparalleled book selection for the best prices. The Wi-Fi Only version with ads is great on its own, but if you want to impress your giftee even more, the Wi-Fi+3G version will allow them to download books from anywhere without having to worry about finding a wireless connection—from a cruise in the middle of the ocean to a camp site in the middle of Kansas, or anywhere in between.

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From Lycos to Ask Jeeves to Facebook: Tracking the 20 most popular web sites every year since 1996

We like to think of sites like Google, Facebook and Amazon as immutable — parts of the web as it exists now and has always existed. This is not the case, however. Sixteen years ago, only Amazon (the CEO of which owns The Post) was a popular site; it was the 16th most popular site on the web according to Media Metrix (which later was absorbed into comScore). Infoseek and Hotbot were more popular than Google (which, that December, looked like this ) and Facebook (which didn’t exist).

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Trinket Everyday Carry Contest

Trinket Pro is an incredible platform for building tiny projects. Which is exactly why we've picked it for our next contest. We're looking for pocketable projects which you'd carry around with you every day. The projects should be useful, but we're taking a very broad definition of useful here. Anything from tools, to wearables, to jewelry and beyond will be acceptable for the contest.

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7 Things You Can do Right Now to Protect Your Vision

The majority of us spend all of our work and free time in front of one form of digital device or another. It’s not difficult to protect your eyes from damage caused by the light emitted from screens, it just requires some knowledge and minor adjustments.

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7 talks on the struggle of mental health

To all appearances, Eleanor Longden was just like every other student, heading to college full of promise and without a care in the world. That was until the voices in her head started talking. Initially innocuous, these internal narrators became increasingly antagonistic and dictatorial, turning her life into a living nightmare. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, hospitalized, drugged, Longden was discarded by a system that didn't know how to help her. Longden tells the moving tale of her years-long journey back to mental health, and makes the case that it was through learning to listen to her voices that she was able to survive.

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How to Design a Social Media Campaign

Thanks, Nate. Being “too professional for social media” is now, oh, such late 2000s. Businesses have to get with the program! I’ve told this story a million times but back in the mid-90s a VP of Marketing at the company where I was working at the time asked me, “Why would we ever need a website?” Suffice to say that he was moved-on not too long after that comment. The man was stuck in another time period and no one can afford to be nostalgic-focused when it comes to business. Don’t get me going!

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This Woman Won't Quit

Gabeira, 27, is one of the best female big-wave surfers in the world, and she has come to Portugal to try and ride the largest wave ever surfed by a woman. To do so means breaking her own record, set on a 46-footer in South Africa in 2009. She spent the past three months training in her hometown of Rio de Janeiro and the past 20 days towing into progressively larger swells in Nazaré, the picturesque fishing village that Hawaiian big-wave surfer Garrett McNa-mara put on the map when he caught a record 78-foot behemoth here in 2011. Today, October 28, 2013, is the town’s biggest day yet. In fact, it’s the biggest day any of them have ever seen.

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Life Under the Microscope: The Year's Best Biology Close-Ups | WIRED

More Microscope Photography: The 2013 Olympus Bioscapes Winners The 2012 Olympus Bioscapes Winners Under the Microscope, Some Things Look Too Crazy to Be Real From rat brains to butter daisies to weevils and barnacle appendages, these microscope photos will amaze. First prize this year went to a video of a developing fruit fly embryo (below). Made from 30-second snippets pieced together from the first 24 hours of a fly’s life, this video is a fascinating view of cells multiplying and differentiating as the larva goes from a blob to a recognizable critter that starts to crawl away.

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Gates Spends Entire First Day Back in Office Trying to Install Windows 8.1 - The New Yorker

REDMOND, WASHINGTON ( The Borowitz Report )—Bill Gates’s first day at work in the newly created role of technology adviser got off to a rocky start yesterday as the Microsoft founder struggled for hours to install the Windows 8.1 upgrade.

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Tech Toys to Make Children Smarter

Some of the smartest toys of 2014 are about building technology, not just consuming it. There’s Kano, a $150 kit for piecing together a tiny computer that teaches programming. Modular Robotics makes two kinds of kits priced $150 and up, called Cubelets and Moss, for creating small robots that respond to their surroundings. And a company called LittleBits sells kits starting at $100 to make fun machines that snap together.

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How books can open your mind

What happens when a dream you've held since childhood … doesn't come true? As Lisa Bu adjusted to a new life in the United States, she turned to books to expand her mind and create a new path for herself. She shares her unique approach to reading in this lovely, personal talk about the magic of books.

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How to buy happiness

At TEDxCambridge, Michael Norton shares fascinating research on how money can, indeed buy happiness — when you don't spend it on yourself. Listen for surprising data on the many ways pro-social spending can benefit you, your work, and (of course) other people.

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Digital wallets and vein scanners: How we'll pay for things in the future

Whether it's via contactless cards and mobile phones, or even wearable gadgets and biometrics, new ways of paying and spending are increasingly muscling their way into the mix, leading to a rise in cashless transactions .

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Holiday gift guide 2014

The Verge 2014 Holiday gift guide

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14 Nerdy Gift Ideas For The Star Wars Fanatic In Your Life

There's a long line of Star Wars-branded LEGO sets, and they're truly all over the place in terms of value. There are small stocking stuffers based on iconic ships for $10, and there's a $400 replica of the Death Star. But this B-Wing, a ship featured in the original trilogy, is the right way to go: It's not too expensive, is a reasonably substantial 448 pieces and has a pretty cool rotating cockpit -- not to mention the ability to shoot a plastic "laser" at the family cat. Where to buy: LEGO.com, Amazon.

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How To Use Holiday Downtime To Advance Your Career

For me, the most important goals for the coming year are always career oriented. I find when I’m happy with my career, personal development, and overall professional growth, everything else seems to come into place. I see more friends, have more time to exercise and focus on hobbies, and am just happier.

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The TheTechNewsBlog Daily

The TheTechNewsBlog Daily, by TheTechNewsBlog: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

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The coin prince: inside Bitcoin's first big money-laundering scandal

Other Bitcoin companies have been quick to distance themselves from anything to do with money laundering. "I think Charlie Shrem was respected by a lot of people," says Jeremy Allaire, CEO of the gestating payments facilitator Circle. "It just underscores that if you’re building a company in this space, you need to take the Bank Secrecy Act and money-transmitter laws very seriously." BitInstant’s former competitor Coinbase issued a similar statement: "While we cannot comment directly on this case given the investigation surrounding it is still underway, it is to the benefit of the Bitcoin community to root out any bad actors, and we applaud law enforcement’s action in this regard." The Winklevoss twins of Facebook fame, who gave Shrem $1.5 million in investment, quickly sided with the government, saying they were " obviously deeply concerned ."

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Facebook blocks Russian page supporting Navalny, Putin's biggest critic

In 2011, Facebook was hailed by opposition movements during the Arab Spring and in Russia as a powerful new tool to spread information beyond the control of repressive governments. That may no longer be the case, at least not in Russia. Russian Internet regulators said Saturday that they had sent Facebook a “demand” that it block access to a page calling for a demonstration in support of Alexei Navalny , the most prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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First direct evidence that a mysterious phase of matter competes with high-temperature superconductivity

This illustration shows the complex relationship between high-temperature superconductivity (SC) and a mysterious phase called the pseudogap (PG). Copper oxide materials become superconducting when an optimal number of electrons are removed, leaving positively charged “holes,” and the material is chilled below a transition temperature (blue curve). This causes remaining electrons (yellow) to pair up and conduct electricity with 100 percent efficiency. Experiments at SLAC have produced the first direct evidence that the pseudogap competes for electrons with superconductivity over a wide range of temperatures at lower hole concentrations (SC+PG). At lower temperatures and higher hole concentrations, superconductivity wins out. Credit: SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

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Flirtmoji

Emoji you copy, paste, and send to lovers.

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The 20 Best Ads Of 2014

Dubbed the "Snowfall" of native ads (referring to the NYT's much discussed story that ushered in the era of the parallax-scrolled, rich media web feature), this thoughtful, video- and graphics-enhanced New York Times post on Women Inmates was also an ad for the Netflix hit Orange Is The New Black . The piece, by Melanie Deziel and created out of the NYT's TBrand Studio, is notable for looking like something that would appear in the New York Times and for the fact that well, this is The New York Times. Whether you think "native advertising" spells the end of independent journalism, followed by democracy, or a necessary, inevitable development that will see brands create more useful content and fewer terrible ads, you'd have to admit it's sure a lot better looking and more interesting than the 8,000 rage-inducing pre-rolls you do your best to ignore every day. The ad drew raves from the journalism world and the ad world (the ad even forced the NYT's own David Carr to conclude, "All brand-sponsored journalism does not suck.")

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How academia's liberal bias is killing social science

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Amazon Prime Now brought me candy in 23 minutes

Amazon's new one-hour delivery service , Prime Now, works so well it might just inspire entirely new levels of laziness in all of us. After all, why bother going to the store when you just need to shell out $7.99 to get anything brought to your door in an hour? But as anyone who's made Seamless or GrubHub food deliveries an essential part of their diet can tell you, this sort of instant gratification can be dangerously addictive. And eventually, you might end up having no reason to leave your house at all. As the Amazon courier handed me a bag full of candy I couldn't help thinking this is how Wall-E's dystopian future begins -- a world we're all infantilized to the point of not being able to walk, or do pretty much anything, on our own.

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MIT Computer Scientists Demonstrate the Hard Way That Gender Still Matters | WIRED

The interactions in the AMA itself showed that gender does still matter. Many of the comments and questions illustrated how women are often treated in male-dominated STEM fields. Commenters interacted with us in a way they would not have interacted with men, asking us about our bra sizes, how often we “copy male classmates’ answers,” and even demanding we show our contributions “or GTFO [Get The **** Out]”. One redditor helpfully called out the double standard, saying, “Don’t worry guys – when the male dog groomer did his AMA (where he specifically identified as male), there were also dozens of comments asking why his sex mattered. Oh no, wait, there weren’t.”

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‘MythBusters’ to test scenes from ‘The Simpsons.’ Here are five that should be re-created.

“Several people were like, ‘This is a cartoon! What can you do with this?’” “MythBusters” co-host Adam Savage told EW. “We looked through many, many, many different bits on ‘The Simpsons,’ but I think that we found stuff that really is entertaining and not totally outside the realm of physics — unlike, say, Wile E Coyote stuff might be. We reached out [to 'The Simpsons' producers], and they were totally into it.”

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40 Free Resources Every Designer Should Know

Ever wondered where designers get their resources to help them succeed with a project? Here is a list of great resources including sites, PSD. files, actions, UI elements, mock ups, et cetera. Best of all, they are totally free and available for you to download.

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The Fine Art Of Deception

Explaining pictures at an exhibition in Houston, Lois wrote that the artistic devices of spatial illusion were honed by European artists during the 17th century, in the era known as the Baroque period. The desire to deceive the eye, she observed, "was in response to cultural anxieties occasioned by revolutionary scientific discoveries, revolutionary religious upheaval, also by the new taste for virtuosic visual display."

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12 TED Talks to restore your faith in humanity

In the wake of school killings and cases of police brutality, it’s easy to think the worst of human beings. But these inspiring talks can help you remember: altruism, kindness and helping hands are all around.

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T-Mobile will let you bank your unused data come January 2015

T-Mobile's latest Uncarrier announcement might lack the pomp and circumstance of a big media event, but CEO John Legere's conversation with Yahoo Tech's David Pogue is already proving fruitful. Once January rolls around, T-Mobile customers will be able to roll over their unused data into what T-Mobile calls a Data Stash for up to a year, and the carrier will give its subscribers "up to" 10GB of free data in their new stashes just to get things started. There's no cap on how big your stash can swell either, though T-Mobile's recent wideband LTE launches (in a nutshell: you get faster LTE without having to buy a new phone) might make it a little tougher to keep extra data around to bank.

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Best Overall Game - Best of 2014: Games, By Platform - IGN

Reviewed on June 25 I absolutely love Shovel Knight. It doesn't only understand what retro gamers want; it also understands exactly what it is, copping plentiful inspiration from the past while forming it all into its own game. At seven or eight hours long your first time through (and a New Game+ mode once you beat it), it lasts longer than your typical throwback, and all of that time is well-spent, whether you're getting through a new stage, going back to an old one to grind for money to buy upgrades, or exploring its many secrets. It plays brilliantly, looks stunning, and sounds great.Shovel Knight is my favorite game of 2014 so far, and a true testament to the power of the old-school. Whether you were weaned on an NES like I was, or don't yet know what you missed in a time before you were born, Shovel Knight is an absolute must-play.

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The Top 50 Best Places To Work In The U.S.

"Our first question was, 'Wait a minute, how did this crack the top 50?" said Dobroski. "Upon further analysis and data checking we see really quality reviews. Those employees talk about a higher than average hourly wage for the work they're doing, they also talk about career opportunities, they talk about managers who understand their life in and out of work. They might not have the prestige of working at Google or the global impact that Bain and Company might have, but they love where they work."

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How Food Companies Trick You Into Thinking You’re Buying Something Healthy

“When people stop to think about it, there’s nothing healthy about Antioxidant Cherry 7-Up — it’s mostly filled with high fructose syrup or sugar. But its name is giving you this clue that there is some sort of health benefit to something that is not healthy at all,” Northup, who is an assistant communications professor at the University of Houston and the co-director of the University’s Gulf Coast Food Project, noted in a news release .

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THE FUTURE OF MOBILE: 2014 [SLIDE DECK]

Mobile growth is moving into media, advertising, software, and services. Meanwhile, new devices are expanding the meaning of "mobile."

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Saskia Sassen's Missing Chapter

One topic that Sassen has struggled to talk about is her father’s past. She excised it from autobiographical writing. She refrained from discussing it with friends and colleagues. "This is not the subject that I am really wanting to talk about," she says. But in recent years Sassen has found herself repeatedly confronting this missing chapter of her biography, as archival records emerge and scholars, journalists, and filmmakers seek her participation in projects connected to her father’s history. She declined most of the film requests. When she does talk about her Argentina years, as she did with me recently, her eyes at times moisten with emotion.

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China criticizes US and Sony Pictures, says The Interview is 'nothing to be proud of'

The editorial does not address the link between North Korea and the hacks, and China's perspective isn't a surprising one. China is largely seen as North Korea's sole major tie to the global community. Its alliance with the country and the Kim family has helped keep the nation afloat despite years of being cut off from the rest of the world. This relationship also gives China appreciable sway over North Korea; the White House reached out to China just yesterday asking the government to rein in the dictatorship's cyber warfare campaigns . They have not yet received a response.

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The Pirate Bay shutdown: the whole story (so far)

That all depends on whom you ask. Variety reports that the day before the shutdown, nearly 102 million IP addresses were downloading torrented movies and TV shows. That dropped to 95 million the day after the December 9th shutdown, but by last Friday, pirate traffic was back up to just over 100 million IP addresses performing peer-to-peer downloads. A decrease? Sure, but nothing all that dramatic; this is a direct result of the hydra-like nature of piracy outfits in general. More or less, a series of shutdowns led to The Pirate Bay's rise to prominence anyway. Napster got shut down and LimeWire quickly took its place. LimeWire was replaced by uTorrent, and uTorrent is the current go-to for torrenting.

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The best Oreo you can buy

Believe it or not, Oreo cookies have been around for over 100 years. Branded "America's Favorite Cookie," Oreos have defeated countless others (sorry Hydrox), survived two world wars, and become milk's best friend. But it wasn't until recent years that Oreos really became interesting. Or to be more specific, Oreo got weird. In the past few years, there have been 35 variations of Oreo on store shelves, everything from seasonal flavors like watermelon to the extreme logical conclusion of the Oreo itself, the Mega Stuf. That's not counting Oreo standards like Double Stuf, Chocolate, Mint, and of course, the original Oreo.

51 The politics of fiction
52 Why our drone future is for real -- someday - CNET
53 Subscription boxes have just gotten way out of control
54 How a Massachusetts man invented the global ice market - The Boston Globe
55 The secret ingredient behind Rome’s lasting monuments
56 How Android 5.0 lets you get raw for better photos - CNET
57 Reg Saddler on Twitter
58 BMW is working on cars your smartwatch can park
59 Santa Claus Is Real
60 Google Launches "Store Visits" Metric In AdWords, To Help Prove Online-To-Offline Impact
61 Quora And The Quest To Answer Every Question
62 5 unique Christmas foods from around the world
63 Why Retailers Must (But Won’t) Succeed In Introducing Mobile Payment Systems
64 Microsoft Employee Pens The Worst/Best Corporate Blog Post Of All Time
65 Here's Every Time Stephen Colbert Broke Character
66 California Turns to the Pacific Ocean for Water | MIT Technology Review
67 Apple looking into enhanced Touch ID security by tracking finger movement
68 Hulu Employees Voted On Nearly Every Part Of This Awesome Office — Here Are The Highlights
69 The Best Kids' Design Of 2014
70 Hunting Task Wabbits
71 4 top Android Wear watches: A hands-on guide
72 Skype Translator previews for real-time chats - CNET
73 Netflix says offline playback is 'never going to happen'
74 How to Consistently Raise Your Own Bar for Success
75 Preorder your $30,000 diamond-bedazzled Apple Watch - CNET
76 Chinese Android phone maker hides secret backdoor on its devices
77 Xbox One preview members get early access to Halo 5 beta tomorrow
78 Phone Breaker can now access iCloud accounts with two-factor authentication enabled
79 How Mobile And Social Feeds Government’s Appetite For Innovation
80 The Origin of The Apple Command Icon - Tested.com
81 More Than 50 Sony Movie Scripts Leaked Online
82 Everything you need to know about the Sony hacks
83 15 websites that embrace the image-heavy design trend
84 Instagram adds five new filters for subtle photo effects - CNET
85 TNW’s Apps Of The Year: ProCamera 8 For iPhone
86 Hands On With The Blackberry Classic
87 Pro tip: If you use cloud storage, bring your own security
88 AirBlue Sharing updated to support iOS 8, transfer files via Bluetooth with other devices
89 20 Super-Successful People Share Their New Year's Resolution
90 WIRED Beta Sign Up | WIRED
91 Classified Evidence: US Soldiers Raped Boys In Front Of Their Mothers - The Anti-Media
92 Lawsky Outlines Revisions to New York's BitLicense in DC Speech
93 What 800 Nerds on a Cruise Ship Taught Me About Life, the Universe, and Snorkeling | WIRED
94 JVC HA-RX900 review - CNET
95 Sony Made It Easy, but Any of Us Could Get Hacked
96 16 slam-dunk holiday gifts that also give to charity
97 PSfoto