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Pinterest to Unveil Early Results From Promoted Pins, as It Looks to Ramp Up Advertising

The company also plans to announce the “Pinstitute,” inviting advertisers it works with to learn about and share best practices for promoting brands on the site. The first round will begin in March with the company’s initial beta partners, but the program will eventually be open to all Pinterest advertisers.

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Apple introduces 14-day no questions asked refunds for App Store & iTunes in EU countries

people download in-app purchases at no time for free , no need to worry about cancelling them, unless you implement the complicated security check described in Apple sample codes, take a look around on the web you’ll find out. I’ve hooked up in-app purchases to some code on my web site and saw viola tens of in-app purchases downloads every day without me getting paid, so I definitely suggest the complicated sample code :)

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Kim Dotcom Will Soon Launch an Encrypted Video Call Service

Kim Dotcom has announced that his company Mega will launch a secure, fully encrypted video call service soon, reports VentureBeat .

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Gmail blocked in China

Almost all of Google's services have been heavily disrupted in China since June this year, but until last week Gmail users could still access emails downloaded via protocols like IMAP, SMTP and POP3. These had let people communicate using Gmail on apps like the Apple iPhone's Mail and Microsoft Outlook.

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Brands Saying Bae Twitter account shames brands for acting like teens

Brands Saying Bae , a Twitter account that launched over the weekend, has already attracted more than 7,500 followers by publicly shaming brands for acting like teenagers on Twitter. The account highlights examples of brands dropping terms like bae, bruh and basic when dealing with other users on the social network.

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The 11 Most "Innovative" New Fast Foods Of 2014

The Churros was something I discovered when a charming man brought me one when I was in Liverpool, UK. So the Double Churro with ice cream juxtaposes the Heston Blumenthal culinary science of a thin carb rich turkey twizzler of a doughnut-French frie, foiled by delicious sublimating blobs of icecream. So that's a winner with me! That same dairy and carb combo works even better with the cookie milk shots if your looking to avoid the fryer. The Buffalo Crunch thingy is just a non-starter. Doughnuts with Bbq sauce -what?? The Pretzel Pizza seems fascinating to try and is actually i other ideas around that theme. Dorito's look like they have hit the nail on the head with their bites through branding alone.

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The most anticipated games of 2015 - CNET

We're expecting a lot from the movie of the same name in 2015, but the jury is still out on the game. While it debuted at E3 2013, there's a lot of questions we have about Mad Max , but we're expecting to see it release some time in 2015.

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The Verge on Twitter

+++ MUST SEE: Quake videogame running on an oscilloscope is the ultimate demake http://theverge.com/e/7224274  pic.twitter.com/RxdMWmtWF8 via @verge

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2014 had the fewest flight crashes in decades

Given the number of major flight crashes and disappearances this year, it might seem like flight safety has taken a bad turn. But it turns out that 2014 hasn't actually been a statistically worse year than many of those in the recent past. As pointed out  by The Wall Street Journal , the Aviation Safety Network currently measures both the accident and fatality rate of 2014 flights as falling beneath the 10-year average — making this year an improvement in some areas.

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The Top Gadget Deals of 2014

We’ve had a bunch of awesome gadgets for work and play on sale this year at TNW Deals — and now we’ve rounded up the best of them all in one place.

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Pinterest Gears Up to Launch Ads on New Year's Day

Come New Year’s Day, Pinterest will allow marketers to pay for and place ads across its site in the form of ‘Promoted Pins’ – posts that look identical to those created by users who collect images of products, destinations, DIY projects and more. Pinners will be able to save and share these ads that will appear in search results, just like they do with standard pins.

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Tor, TrueCrypt, Tails topped the NSA's 'most wanted' in 2012, per newly revealed Snowden leaks

In the slide deck, the NSA explained that, with rare exceptions, it only developed “application-specific solutions” based on those two criteria, impact and use risk. In a resource-constrained environment, it said, the need for responses to current threats would always trump speculative work on threats that might become more widespread. Der Spiegel had something to say about those constraints: Of the NSA’s 2013 budget of over $10 billion, some $34.3 million was allocated to “Cryptanalysis and Exploitation Services.”

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Microsoft reportedly working on brand new web browser for Windows 10

Microsoft is said to be at work on an all new web browser, codenamed Spartan, that could officially move the company away from Internet Explorer upon the launch of Windows 10.  ZDNet reports that the new app is not Internet Explorer 12, the next iteration of Microsoft's longtime browser that we'd typically expect alongside another major Windows release.

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Ebola case confirmed in Glasgow

The patient, who was working with Ebola victims in West Africa, took a flight from Sierra Leone late Sunday night via Casablanca, Morocco and London Heathrow, arriving into Glasgow Airport on a British Airways plane around 11:30 p.m. local time. The person was admitted to the hospital about eight hours later after showing symptoms of the virus.

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Netflix Will Help Parents Trick Kids Into Going to Bed Early on New Year's Eve

Netflix is making it easier for parents to get their kids to go to bed early on New Year’s Eve this year.

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Xiaomi Confirms It Raised $1.1B At $45B Valuation

Xiaomi , the fast-growing Chinese hardware company best known for its low-cost smartphones, confirmed today that has raised $1.1 billion in new funding at a valuation of $45 billion. In a Facebook post, Xiaomi co-founder and president Bin Lin said the round was raised from investors including All-Stars Investment, DST, GIC, Hopu Fund, and Yunfeng Capital.

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10 Best Startups That Made An Impact In 2014

When we first got a look at Spring , the iOS shopping app founded by TechStars NYC co-founder David Tisch, we decided the app’s simplicity – it takes a couple of swipes to buy a product – could be dangerous for shopaholics but super-handy for everyone else. While 2014 was the year of “Tinder for X” startups, Spring is best thought of as Instragram for e-commerce or Pinterest without the punters.

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Gmail Now Even More Inaccessible In China

Google is a multinational corporation that is specialized in internet-related services and products. The company’s product portfolio includes Google Search, which provides  users with access to information online; Knowledge Graph that allows to search for things, people, or places as well as builds systems recognizing speech and understanding natural language; Google Now, which provides information …

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Kim Dotcom's Mega to launch browser-based encrypted video call and chat service 'soon'

This is not the first time Dotcom has talked about the upcoming service, which gets mentioned every few months but has yet to hit public availability in any form. There is naturally a lot of hype surrounding it, given the increasing importance put on secure communications on the Internet. This time, the entrepreneur is promising the service will be encrypted, browser-based, and offer “high-speed” file transfers:

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Ukraine's Tech Sector is Thriving Despite Political Challenges

Ukraine has had its fair share of troubles this year, with political turmoil in the east of the country making headlines around the world. However, that doesn’t seem to have harmed the country’s tech sector.

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Updated: Can’t log into Twitter on Android or TweetDeck? You’re not alone

Around 8 p.m. EST on Sunday, users who access Twitter on their Android devices were logged out of their Twitter account, prompting them to log in again. But when users tried logging back in, Twitter rejected their passwords, giving an error to “please try again later.” While it may appear something is wrong with your account, in reality Twitter is having a problem with letting users log in from some applications, including the official Android app, as well as  Tweetdeck. Some users, who are able to log in, are also having their current date appear as December 28 2015, instead of December 28 2014, making all posted tweets appear 365 days old, or more.

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Sony’s ‘The Interview’ Racks Up Online Views

“The Interview” has been streamed or downloaded more than two million times since it became available last Wednesday, Sony Pictures said Sunday, boasting of high demand for the controversial comedy, which was released simultaneously online and in a few hundred theaters.

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The Verge on Twitter

From The Wolf of Wall Street to Frozen, these are the most pirated movies of 2014 http://theverge.com/e/7228014  pic.twitter.com/7AUmcwwFUN

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The psychology of your future self

"Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they're finished." Dan Gilbert shares recent research on a phenomenon he calls the "end of history illusion," where we somehow imagine that the person we are right now is the person we'll be for the rest of time. Hint: that's not the case.

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Nashville police chief shares message, responds to questions

Nashville police chief shares message, responds to questions Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson posted the below message originally on the Metro Government of Nashville & Davidson County website this afternoon. Anderson shares a message to police officers and answers questions related to recent protests in Nashville and around the country. Check out this story on Tennessean.com: http://tnne.ws/1ASCqYT

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The electric rise and fall of Nikola Tesla

Combining projection mapping and a pop-up book, Marco Tempest tells the visually arresting story of Nikola Tesla — called “the greatest geek who ever lived” — from his triumphant invention of alternating current to his penniless last days.

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It's Not Just For Your Brain: Meditating Can Actually Change Your DNA

Even if DNA were not changed at all, meditation does change lives for the better in so many ways. I have been recommending meditation and mindfulness to my psychotherapy practice clients for almost 4 decades. Reducing stress and increasing self-awareness though meditation and mindfulness is the best preventive therapy available. But there is also something intangible that can occur when meditating that causes a 'shift' in one's reality to a more positive life experience. I can only recommend getting started and staying with meditation and seeing what the results are. Often it is helpful to have some instruction for meditation. I usually suggest they start with these two guided mindfulness training mp3s, Meditation 1 and Meditation 2 by Jon Shore at http://www.meditation-download.com . It takes consistent practice but the results are well worth the small effort required.

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Why people need poetry

"We're all going to die — and poems can help us live with that." In a charming and funny talk, literary critic Stephen Burt takes us on a lyrical journey with some of his favorite poets, all the way down to a line break and back up to the human urge to imagine.

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Try something new for 30 days

Is there something you've always meant to do, wanted to do, but just ... haven't? Matt Cutts suggests: Try it for 30 days. This short, lighthearted talk offers a neat way to think about setting and achieving goals.

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How A Member Of Blink-182 Is Secretly Changing The Music Business

It was first built to sell the work of To The Stars, DeLonge's startup "transmedia" company, because Modlife works best with a multimedia artist or collective that can sell packages of work in a variety of media. DeLonge’s dream example is Tim Burton, who could sell his art, books, and movies together, which might push fans away from downloading or streaming a movie with little potential profit for Burton. DeLonge has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in this platform because he envisions the future of art as a place where all artists are releasing all kinds of media. "Kids use the computer to record in their living room, but they’re also using the computer to make movies on their iPhone," he says. "The artists of the future are going to be doing a lot more ambitious things that will all blend together." And DeLonge will be there to monetize it all in one simple package. To him, it's the package that entices people to make a purchase instead of just stream or download a free copy.

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The 'Internet of Things' Will Be The World's Most Massive Device Market And Save Companies Billions Of Dollars

The 'Internet of Things' Will Be The World's Most Massive Device Market And Save Companies Billions Of Dollars

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The Top-Secret Food That Will Change the Way You Eat

Eventually, Geistlinger suggested trying something radical—the big Beast Burger secret, which involves a certain combination of temperature, pressure, timing, and chemistry that he could tell me about only in veiled terms. “The food scientists had been arguing to go in one direction, because that’s how things had always been done,” he recalls. “And I said, ‘Well, this is a different protein. I think we should push this in the opposite direction.’ They were like, ‘Why would you do that? You can’t do that.’ And I said, ‘Well, let’s just give it a shot.’ And sure enough, boom. It was immediately apparent. We tasted it right when it came out, and we just went, ‘Wow! We’ve never had that before.’ It was awesome. You could see the fibers. You could feel them. And it didn’t get dry in your mouth! All these problems that we’d had just went away. Later that day, we met with our CFO and I said, ‘Here, try this,’ and he said, ‘Holy shit! What is that?’ And I said, ‘That’s the same stuff.

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7 Things Your Social Media Consultant Should Tell You

IDon't know many business owners who hire social media "consultants" that care to have sm integrated into all aspects of the company. They hire consultants do they don't have to deal with the silo. Most of them are also looking for someone to just confirm their own beliefs rather than seek out a problem and solve it. So yes, I definitely agree when you say sm consultants would put themselves out of business if they did their jobs right but I would say it is the business owners that keep this occupation a thriving one. Lol. And saying #3 to them is pretty much asking to not get hired. I hope the folks reading this takes something away with them. These are definitely essential points to have in mind.

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The world's most boring television ... and why it's hilariously addictive

You've heard about slow food. Now here's slow ... TV? In this very funny talk, Norwegian television producer Thomas Hellum shares how he and his team began to broadcast long, boring events, often live — and found a rapt audience. Shows include a 7-hour train journey, an 18-hour fishing expedition and a 5.5-day ferry voyage along the coast of Norway. The results are both beautiful and fascinating. Really.

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For parents, happiness is a very high bar

The parenting section of the bookstore is overwhelming—it's "a giant, candy-colored monument to our collective panic," as writer Jennifer Senior puts it. Why is parenthood filled with so much anxiety? Because the goal of modern, middle-class parents—to raise happy children—is so elusive. In this honest talk, she offers some kinder and more achievable aims.

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Gizmodo on Twitter

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Billion-Dollar Startup Club - WSJ.com

The Journal and Dow Jones VentureSource are tracking companies that are valued at $1 billion or more by venture-capital firms. The club is becoming less exclusive as venture capitalists funnel large sums of capital in the best startups. Select the names below for company profiles, or sort by categories such as region, amount raised and valuation.

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William Gibson: how I wrote Neuromancer

I was late because I had so very little idea of how to write a novel, but assumed that this might well be my first and last shot at doing so. Whatever else might happen, I doubted anyone would ever again offer me money up front for an unwritten novel. This was to be a paperback original, for a very modest advance. My fantasy of success, then, was that my book, once it had been met with the hostile or indifferent stares I expected, would go out of print. Then, yellowing fragrantly on the SF shelves of secondhand book shops, it might voyage forward, up the time-stream, into some vaguely distant era in which a tiny coterie of esoterics, in London perhaps, or Paris, would seize upon it, however languidly, as perhaps a somewhat good late echo of Bester , Delany or another of the writers I’d pasted, as it were, on the inside of my authorial windshield. And that, I assured myself, sweating metaphorical bullets daily in front of my Hermes 2000 manual portable, would almost certainly be that.

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Filming the fantastical fluorescent light show beneath the waves

This is the most common way bioluminescence is observed and it's on many a traveler's bucket list, but it's surprisingly difficult to capture on camera. Countless happy-snapping tourists have struggled to shoot bioluminescence -- where a chemical reaction causes certain organisms to emit light -- in all its ethereal glory.

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The 4 stories we tell ourselves about death

Philosopher Stephen Cave begins with a dark but compelling question: When did you first realize you were going to die? And even more interesting: Why do we humans so often resist the inevitability of death? Cave explores four narratives — common across civilizations — that we tell ourselves "in order to help us manage the terror of death."

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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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Russian Startup Livemap Lands $300K Grant For Its Motorcycle Helmet With Built-In Navigation

The Livemap team is working to create motorcycle helmets with voice control and GPS navigation directly in your field of vision — so while you’re riding, you can see directions in your helmet display without having to fiddle with another device or look away from the road. (Back in January, the Livemap team demonstrated an early version of their display , which was transparent enough to show a map without obscuring the road ahead.)

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What do babies think?

"Babies and young children are like the R&D division of the human species," says psychologist Alison Gopnik. Her research explores the sophisticated intelligence-gathering and decision-making that babies are really doing when they play.

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The teen entrepreneurs making millions on their lunch break

Jason's promised to take more of a backseat role within his company since going to college, but things are still going from strength to strength, with iReTron's first million dollars in profit slated for the coming months. His success has also turned him into something of a local celebrity. "I have been recognized multiple times," Jason says, "and it feels quite weird for strangers to come up to me and ask whether I have been on TV, or if I was the one who started a business in high school. I definitely hope I've made enough of an impression for other students to see that entrepreneurship can be for anyone."

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Cari Tuna and Dustin Moskovitz: Young Silicon Valley billionaires pioneer new approach to philanthropy

Raised in Evansville, Ind., Tuna was the eldest of three children born to two doctors. In high school, she was valedictorian (“co-valedictorian,” she corrects), student council president (she notes that she ran unopposed) and founded her school’s Amnesty International chapter (it was a small school, she says). At Yale, she studied political science and spent much of her time at the college paper. She did some writing for her home-town paper, the Evansville Courier & Press, and interned at the Minneapolis Star Tribune. She spoke some Arabic and Turkish and thought that maybe she’d like to be a foreign correspondent one day.

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A second opinion on developmental disorders

Developmental disorders in children are typically diagnosed by observing behavior, but Aditi Shankardass suggests we should be looking directly at brains. She explains how one EEG technique has revealed mistaken diagnoses and transformed children's lives.

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The Enormous Implications Of Facebook Indexing 1 Trillion Of Our Posts

But this is not the Facebook Timeline. Since 2011, we’ve been able to dive into one friend’s grand narrative. But minus the creepiest of us, few aimlessly dig so deep. Post search weaves different lives together by the virtue of the words chosen to describe them. What does “fun” or “love” or “worried” conjure from different perspectives within our network? This is a question we can suddenly answer.

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The TheTechNewsBlog Daily

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Aussie stories you shared in 2014: Karl Stefanovic, laughing shark victim and boxing roos

But this year, he did something in honour of his much-loved screen buddy. For a whole year he decided to wear the same suit (with a couple of exceptions due to circumstance). Why? Because Wilkinson constantly comes under scrutiny from viewers regarding her outfit choices and Stefanovic had enough of the unfair treatment of women. He proved once and for all that no one gives a damn what men wear — no one noticed his stinky blue suit, day in, day out.

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Light Sculptures That Challenge Your Sense of Reality | WIRED

Clar, similar to James Turrell and Olafur Elaisson believes light is an effective method for challenging our concepts of reality and perception, but this long-held belief can be seen as far back as Plato’s Allagory of the Cave. In the story, a group of prisoners is chained to the wall of a cave; their only source of reality are the shadows flickering on the wall in front of them. We all know better—there’s an entire world out there these prisoners know nothing about—but to them, the shadows are the only reality that exists. “Instead of having shadows on the wall, we have screens and technology,” says Clar.

51 Fitbit trial could be a boon for MS patients
52 Life's third act
53 Take a look at polaroids from the set of Star Wars IV: A New Hope
54 DJ Jonathan Toubin set to headline CES MashBash, rock your face off
55 Crowdfunding Startups Are Looking To Refashion The Business Of Fashion
56 Meet the Dogged Researchers Who Try to Unmask Haters Online | MIT Technology Review
57 Exclusive: Jay, Key Witness from 'Serial' Tells His Story for First Time, Part 1 - The Intercept
58 Pew Internet on Twitter
59 14 innovations that improved the world in 2014
60 The Case Against Paying Designers By The Hour
61 What I've learned from my autistic brothers
62 The Contradiction of Rob Krar
63 How To Make New Friends As An Adult
64 These Dreamers Are Actually Making Progress Building Elon's Hyperloop | WIRED
65 How Keeping Quiet Saved Our Startup $225K
66 How-to Build a Personal Ecosystem From Scratch
67 In 2050, You Might Want To Be Living In Helsinki
68 From Internet To Internets
69 A global warming assessment of the Arctic in 2014
70 Why veterans miss war
71 Quiz: Which New App Will Solve Your Productivity Problems?
72 The Top 10 Best Business Lessons Of 2014
73 Pinterest Will Open Promoted Pins To All Advertisers Following Success Of Beta Program
74 Disrupters bring destruction and opportunity - FT.com
75 Before The Music: A Real Day In The Life Of A Rock & Roll Band
76 Finding The Elusive Big Wisdom In Big Data
77 6 tech trends for 2015 that will change our future
78 Samsung set to discontinue Galaxy Alpha in favor of cheaper phones
79 U.S. Social-Media Giants Are Resisting Russia Censors
80 9 GIFs That Explain Responsive Design Brilliantly
81 Start here: the best apps for all your new devices
82 A Q&A with the hackers who say they helped break into Sony’s network
83 Spending On Native Advertising Is Soaring As Marketers And Digital Media Publishers Realize The Benefits
84 Never Forget Someone's Name Again With This Memory Trick
85 Chaos Computer Club claims it can reproduce fingerprints from people's public photos
86 Failure Has Never Been More Successful
87 CNN Tech on Twitter
88 Is this peak sharing economy? Presenting the Airbnb for Airbnb
89 Take The 2014 Fast Company News Quiz
90 The 14 most beautifully designed apps of 2014
91 The 5 Most Dangerous Software Bugs of 2014 | WIRED
92 Techmeme Job Openings
93 The Sweet Science Behind How Chocolate Makes You More Productive
94 The 25 Most Remote Places In The World
95 Leaked CIA documents show how to beat airport security like a spy
96 A Mathematical Argument For More Women In Leadership
97 On the Front Lines of Ebola's Most Pressing Mystery | WIRED
98 Detroit paper apologizes for running a photo of the wrong Harbaugh brother