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Microsoft’s Cortana is now available in France, Italy, Germany, and Spain

"Alpha means that Cortana is new to these countries," explains Microsoft’s Marcus Ash. "Most of the features in the beta version are available but some are missing or coming soon." Features like flight tracking won’t be available initially, and transit data is limited to big cities only. Microsoft is also holding back features like "how old is Britney Spears" for reference data, but the company says it will enable this soon. Cortana will also show European soccer data, and local "chit chat" jokes. Microsoft’s Cortana expansion follows just days after the company enabled some festive chit chat responses. You can now ask Cortana if it likes Christmas, or any of the following holiday-related questions:

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5 More Pieces of Captivating Content To Catch at #TNWUSA

With one week to go until The Next Web USA Conference , the TNW Events team is undeniably excited. Not least because we’ll be bringing together hundreds of tech influencers, 50 early-stage startups and 38 awesome speakers, all under one roof on the corner of Wall Street.

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Netflix and Twitter Are Testing a "Tweet me a Reminder" Button

It can be hard to remember when new content is streaming online – you don’t get assaulted with loud commercials nearly as much as on TV, after all –  but it looks like Netflix and Twitter now want to make your life easier by tweeting you reminders.

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First Cortana for Windows 10 desktop screenshots and video leak

Again, it’s important to stress that Cortana is far from finished. Even when Microsoft shows her off next year, she won’t be ready to be your virtual assistant on the desktop for months. Nonetheless, it’s exciting to see Microsoft working to bring Cortana to the PC: Apple certainly hasn’t indicated plans to do the same with Siri, yet.

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Patrick Kulp on Twitter

Sirens everywhere as protesters chant "shut it down" on the I-880 on-ramp #ericgarner pic.twitter.com/Hm4BAfo2fj

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Final Fantasy VII Returns on PlayStation 4 in spring 2015

Final Fantasy VII , the original PlayStation classic from 1997, is coming to PlayStation 4 in spring 2015. It’s a port of the Windows version that was released in July 2013.

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Fitbit Charge: A solid fitness tracker you shouldn’t buy [REVIEW]

However, you can’t respond to notifications like you could with a smartwatch. All of this is forgiveable, of course, because first and foremost, the Charge is a fitness tracker. The Microsoft Band, another new fitness tracker, packs all the notifications you’d ever want onto its device, but as a trade-off: It’s far bigger and noticeable than the Charge, which is also softer to the touch.

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Want to watch one of the last videos of Steve Jobs? Too bad - CNET

Six months before he died, Apple's co-founder and CEO gave a video deposition for a lawsuit over the iPod. The plaintiffs' lawyers refuse to release the video, even though it was shown at the trial on Friday.

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will.i.am - home

Technology is infused into the world of will.i.am as an essential element.  It powers everything that he does. As the Director of Creative Innovation for Intel, will.i.am conceptualizes the next frontier of interactive technology by acting as an idea generator.  Earlier this year,  will.i.am debuted the first song on another planet, premiering his song, “Reach for the Stars” from Mars to mark the successful landing of NASA’s Curiosity rover.  His interest in the interplay between digital photography and augmented technology, will.i.am also created the i.am+ foto.soho, an iPhone case that dramatically improves the quality and social aspects of the built-in camera.    

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CRM and Cloud Computing To Grow Your Business - Salesforce.com

Customer relationship management (CRM) is all about managing the relationships you have with your customers. CRM combines business processes, people, and technology to achieve this single goal: getting and keeping customers. It's an overall strategy to help you learn more about their behavior so you can develop stronger, lasting relationships that will benefit both of you. It’s very hard to run a successful business without a strong focus on CRM, as well as adding elements of social media and making the transition to a social enterprise to connect with customers in new ways.

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Nigerian Billionaire Tony Elumelu Commits $100 Million To Create 10,000 African Entrepreneurs In 10 Years

The programme will identify and help grow 10,000 start-ups and young businesses from across Africa over the next 10 years. These businesses will in turn create 1,000,000 new jobs and contribute $10 billion in annual revenues to Africa’s economy. The 10,000 start-ups selected from a pool of applicants across Africa will participate in a comprehensive programme which will include a customized 12-week business skills training course, mentoring, an entrepreneurship ‘boot camp’ and seed capital funding among other things. Interested entrepreneurs will be able to submit their applications to join the programme as from January 2015 through the Tony Elumelu Foundation’s website.

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What veterinarians know that doctors don't

What do you call a veterinarian that can only take care of one species? A physician. In a fascinating talk, Barbara Natterson-Horowitz shares how a species-spanning approach to health can improve medical care of the human animal — particularly when it comes to mental health.

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Watch the first trailer for Terminator: Genisys

You're about to watch Arnold Schwarzenegger launch himself out of one helicopter and into another helicopter as though he were a missile. The first trailer for Terminator: Genisys has just been released, and it's clear that this fifth movie is a very different kind of  Terminator film than what you're used to. It's a reboot of the series, and it's definitely kicking things up a notch (or more) when it comes to action and scale. The film takes place in an alternate universe where Sarah Connor is a total badass even back in 1984 and, for some reason, has a Terminator for a father. It sounds totally insane, and it probably is.

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Suicide Squad Cast Confirmed, Leto Is Joker, Smith Deadshot - IGN

Many of these names had been rumored for the project in recent weeks, but now we have confirmation on their casting. Suicide Squad, which focuses on a team of super villains who are brought together by the government for the toughest of missions, is scheduled for release on Aug. 5, 2016. Production is scheduled to begin on the film in April in Toronto.

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Tommy Hilfiger launches solar power jackets to charge your phone - CNET

The jackets, which feature a tartan design (although the ladies' jacket looks a bit like the TARDIS from the back, if you squint), are fitted with water resistant, flexible solar panels that snap on and off easily. A cable runs to battery pack in one of the front pockets, which in turn has a double USB port, so you can charge two devices at once.

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How to reinvent the apartment building

In 1967, Moshe Safdie reimagined the monolithic apartment building, creating “Habitat ’67,” which gave each unit an unprecedented sense of openness. Nearly 50 years later, he believes the need for this type of building is greater than ever. In this short talk, Safdie surveys a range of projects that do away with the high-rise and let light permeate into densely-packed cities.

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10 math talks to blow your mind

Numbers, patterns and equations are at the core of these talks, which will teach you how to fold better origami and how to quantify history.

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Meet the new Bond car

Aston Martin's press release notes that there will only be 10 DB10s produced, all of them manufactured to a bespoke specification. The company goes on to say that "the DB10 gives a glimpse to the future design direction for the next generation of Aston Martins." You'll find more detailed closeups of Bond's new Aston Martin below, along with a history of all the other wild rides that 007 has been seen in over the years.

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A Vision Of The Vertical Cities Of The Future

Did you ever consider that the Earth has been changing geographically based on the tons of cement we've poured and materials we've moved from one location to the next? Geographically, I don't think the earth itself will be able to sustain a much bigger population. There is a threshold population at which the quality of human life starts to diminish based on the available resources we have. For instance we're draining the biggest aquifer in the world and will be at half capacity by 2050 because rain water simply cannot replenish it fast enough. Although it is very futuristic and would be neat, the realism of this actually happening is rather slim. Who knows, I just think we are going to start seeing certain species become extinct due to the human population overgrowth as we are growing exponentially and have been since the discovery of modern medicine.

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A 3D atlas of the universe

For the last 12 years, Carter Emmart has been coordinating the efforts of scientists, artists and programmers to build a complete 3D visualization of our known universe. He demos this stunning tour and explains how it's being shared with facilities around the world.

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High school girls build kick-ass robots

The girls’ team travelled to San Diego to compete in Dean Kamen’s FIRST robotics competition. The event is akin to a robot death match mashed up with a basketball tournament — robots have to dodge their opponents and score points by winning various games. The girls didn’t make it to the finals, but it was one of the most memorable experiences of their lives. They developed competition strategies without loud-mouthed boys and repaired the robot on the fly without having to defer to the strongly held opinions of the male members of the team. "I might not have stayed in engineering if Fredi and Allan hadn’t supported girls so much," says Angelica Hernandez, a former member of the team who was Arizona State University’s outstanding graduating senior in mechanical engineering in 2011 and received a Masters in Science in atmosphere and energy from Stanford in 2014. "That trip to San Diego was so important."

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15 tips on turning your finances around in 2015

That's not a knock. When it comes to money, everyone gets a bit wobbly. For instance, many people work very hard to pay off their mortgages when they would be better off, in a cold, financial sense, if they kept their mortgage and invested their money instead. If you're paying 4% on your mortgage and getting a tax break that makes it more like 3%, then you'll make more over the course of a year if you put that $100,000 into an index fund making an 8% return. Yet the feeling of being "debt free" can make you overlook the possible savings.

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The World Cracks Down on the Internet - The New Yorker

What’s behind the decline in Internet freedom throughout the world? There could be several reasons for it, but the most obvious one is also somewhat mundane: especially in countries where people are just beginning to go online in large numbers, governments that restrict freedom offline—particularly authoritarian regimes—are only beginning to do the same online, too. What’s more, governments that had been using strategies like blocking certain Web sites to try to control the Internet are now realizing that those approaches don’t actually do much to keep their citizens from seeing content that the governments would prefer to keep hidden. So they’re turning to their legal systems, enacting new laws that restrict how people can use the Internet and other technologies.

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These are the faces of Spectre, the 24th James Bond film

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If you don't believe the rape victim, chances are you're wrong

Out of all reported rapes and sexual assaults, only 2% to 10% are false reports, according to an analysis of several thorough studies. The most recent is a Northeastern study of 136 rape cases over a 10-year period. Only eight of those cases (5.9%) were coded as false allegations. In a 17-month period between January 2011 and May 2012 in England, there were 5,651 prosecutions for rape; of that number, 35 (0.6%) were prosecuted for making false accusations of rape, according to the Crown Prosecution Service .

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That privacy notice you're posting to Facebook? It won't work - CNET

The problem? People can't just change the privacy terms they signed when they joined Facebook, or pick and choose what new terms they'll abide by. Still, the waves of posts speak to something fundamental about the Web and how we use it. Between various privacy breaches, government programs and advertising efforts, people are becoming more anxious about using services like Facebook even though they post to them practically every day, according to a Pew Internet study from September 2013.

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Mediagazer

Mediagazer simplifies this task by organizing the key coverage in one place. We've combined sophisticated automated aggregation technologies with direct editorial input from knowledgeable human editors to present the one indispensable narrative of an industry in transition.

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Cable-free elevator moves you in any direction

Elevators are absolutely vital in tall buildings, but they have their limits -- they can only move so quickly , and they can't usually move sideways to fetch you from the far side of a building. Both of those problems should be solved at once if German firm ThyssenKrupp has its way. Its new Multi elevators ditch cables in favor of magnetic linear motor technology (also used in maglev trains ) to move both horizontally and vertically, letting them service very wide or unusually shaped buildings. They can operate in loops and aren't limited by heights, either, so it's easy to put multiple elevator cars in one shaft. You'll ideally never wait longer than 30 seconds for a lift, and the space-saving design lets building owners offer more (or at least larger) apartments and offices.

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These Cool Robots Are Processing Your Amazon Orders

Amazon.com is an international e-commerce company for consumers, sellers, and content creators. Founded in 1994, it is the world's largest online retailer. Amazon.com started as an online bookstore but soon diversified into selling DVDs, VHS tapes, CDs, video and MP3 downloads, software, video games, electronics, apparel, furniture, food, toys, and jewelry. The company also produces consumer …

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Science can answer moral questions

Questions of good and evil, right and wrong are commonly thought unanswerable by science. But Sam Harris argues that science can — and should — be an authority on moral issues, shaping human values and setting out what constitutes a good life.

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7 social media resolutions for 2015

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 20 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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Confessions of a Mortician

Not to be here/Not to be anywhere,/and soon; nothing more terrible, nothing more true. This is how Philip Larkin puts it in “Aubade,” his great, merciless poem about waking up at 4 a.m. and thinking about the nothingness that awaits. I read it for the first time in college, and it spoke to me so much that for a while I thought I wanted to move to England and lurk among my own kind. I had been waking at 4 a.m. in breathless terror since I was seven years old, when my mother finally got around to telling me, a late bloomer in the critical-thinking department, that there was no such thing as Santa Claus. We’d been talking about “white lies” at school, and so she found her opening. Immediately my personal Enlightenment began. If my parents had lied to me about Santa — who seemed suddenly, grotesquely preposterous to me — what other whoppers had they told? I lay in bed that evening and stared at the ceiling and imagined a party going on up there on top of the house, a wild rooftop rager hosted by Santa Claus: There was the Easter Bunny and Bigfoot and the leprechauns and Paul Bunyan and the centaurs and Zeus and the angels and the devil and God with his long white beard, and when I closed my eyes they were all gone and I felt a stillness in my heart like someone was holding it.

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The art of stillness

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

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The Interior Design Of Airbus' New Corporate Jet Is Truly Ingenious

The plug-and-play interior may signal a shift in the way future buyers appoint their jets' interiors. Since all the modules are designed and built in-house at the Airbus Corporate Jet Center in Toulouse, France, the Elegance interior could become a new revenue driver for the aerospace giant.

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The TheTechNewsBlog Daily

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Afghanistan: The Making of a Narco State

In this light, U.S. counternarcotics programs, which have cost nearly $8 billion to date, and the Afghan state-building project in general, are perversely part of the explanation for the growing government involvement in the drug trade. Even the newly rebuilt Afghan Air Force has been investigated by the U.S. military for alleged trafficking. In many places, the surge had the effect of wresting opium revenue from the Taliban and handing it to government officials. For example, in Helmand's Garmsir District, which sits on key trafficking routes between the rest of the province and Baramcha, a big Marine offensive in 2011 finally pushed out the Taliban and handed the district back to the Afghan government. The result? The police began taking a cut from those drug routes. "There are families, as in Mafia-style, that have the trade carved up between them, and when some outsider tries to get in on it, they serve him up as a success for drug interdiction," one Western official who worked in Garmsir told me. 

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PCMag on Twitter

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Feed Your Career Octopus: Tips For Finding (And Keeping) Awesome Mentors

Research shows that mentors are an important and valuable asset for career planning. Everyone from Martha Stewart to Kid President to your high school English teacher can fill the role. Here's advice on developing those coveted relationships.

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The World Cracks Down on the Internet - The New Yorker

What’s behind the decline in Internet freedom throughout the world? There could be several reasons for it, but the most obvious one is also somewhat mundane: especially in countries where people are just beginning to go online in large numbers, governments that restrict freedom offline—particularly authoritarian regimes—are only beginning to do the same online, too. What’s more, governments that had been using strategies like blocking certain Web sites to try to control the Internet are now realizing that those approaches don’t actually do much to keep their citizens from seeing content that the governments would prefer to keep hidden. So they’re turning to their legal systems, enacting new laws that restrict how people can use the Internet and other technologies.

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Assassin's Creed Victory Has Been Leaked - IGN

"It is always unfortunate when internal assets, not intended for public consumption, are leaked. And, while we certainly welcome anticipation for all of our upcoming titles, we're disappointed for our fans, and our development team, that this conceptual asset is now public. The team in our Quebec studio has been hard at work on the particular game in question for the past few years, and we're excited to officially unveil what the studio has been working on at a later date. In the meantime, our number one priority is enhancing the experience of Assassin's Creed Unity for players."

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HP's newest laptop is sexy, but you can't buy it until next year

Last week we ran our review of the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro , a 13-inch laptop that weighs a scant 2.6 pounds and measures just half an inch thick. It was impressive, to be sure, but it won't be the last: Thanks to Intel's new Core M chips, we're about to see a ton of impossibly thin notebooks. The latest comes from HP, whose just-announced EliteBook Folio 1020 weighs as little as 2.2 pounds and measures 15.7mm thick. We say "as little as" because when the thing goes on sale early next year, it'll be available in two flavors: a regular version that weighs 1.2 kg (2.6 pounds) and a special edition that comes in at 1kg (that's the 2.2-pound one). Both are light, as I found in my brief time with them, but the 1kg model is noticeably lighter, so you might want to wait for that to arrive, if either of these strikes your fancy. Gallery | 11 Photos HP EliteBook 1020 hands-on + See all 11 Gallery | 13 Photos HP El

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Listening to shame

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

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Refusing silence: Black poets protest and mourn in verse

"I think most people are doing other people's work initially, because that work is there and still, unfortunately, relevant. And that's the thing about poetry — when it was used in the Black Arts Movement as protest poetry, it was because it was an immediate response. It was something to do quickly," Gadson says.

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15 Of The Best Business Books Coming Out In 2015

We've looked through the books that have been announced for 2015 and picked out the highlights, from a history of money to the story of Marissa Mayer's rise to the top.

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Martian meteorite may contain evidence of extraterrestrial life - CNET

Tissint landed in the desert of Guelmim-Es Semara, Morocco, on July 18, 2011. It was thrown from the surface of Mars by an asteroid collision some 700,000 years ago -- and there is no other meteorite quite like it. The 7-11 kilogram grey rock -- seared glassy black on the outside by the heat of entry, called a fusion crust -- showed evidence of water. It was riddled with tiny fissures, into which water had deposited material.

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

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

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Mystery of missing Texas brains appears solved (no zombies involved) - CNET

Approximately 100 brains had likely gone missing from the basement storage area over the course of many years, university staff members believe. But differing opinions emerged on where they might have gone, and whether they were deliberately moved. Before Wednesday's revelation from the university, Jerry Fineg, former director of the Animal Resources Center at the University of Texas where the brains were stored, said he thought the brains were sent back to Austin State Hospital sometime in the mid-1990s, according to The Atlantic .

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"Our Lives Are Our Biggest Projects": Creating Your Own Original Life

Ayse Birsel designs products, but she also takes the same principles she uses in her work to help people rethink how they're living.

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The Internet Of Things Is Reaching Escape Velocity

Coupled with a push for smart cities, advancements in robotics, connected cars, aerials (drones, nanosatellites), and connectivity infrastructure the race for the internet of things space is just getting started. Just as certain verticals are nearing critical mass, new and innovative applications are being spun up and built out.

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Americans Will Pay More For Organic, But They Also Have No Idea What “Organic” Means

Supports larger, representative studies e.g. Natural Marketing Institute’s 2013 Health Wellness Consumer Trends (finds 63% of consumers are not sure if products labeled organic are organic; 42% not clear about organic foods’s benefits and 33% fee the organic certification “trustmark” process - supposedly building organics’ value – is incomprehensible. So the difference of the claimed “organic” benefit … is not creating sufficient differentiated value to support the cost differential. The issue is not that die-hard organic consumers will abandon organics rather those new consumers transitioning to organic now feel they are wasting their money. Global organic "leadership" organisations accept millions of dollars around to “advance” organics yet after 40 years, these organisations have got organic to 0,87% of global agriculture and 0,43% share of global food and beverage system. These include OTA/The Organic Centre, IFOAM, FiBL and its clearly time for them to do their job.

51 The radio hat was basically the geekiest gift of 1949
52 Meet Amazon's busiest employee -- the Kiva robot - CNET
53 Old Laptop Batteries Could Help Power the Developing World | MIT Technology Review
54 ctrlcctrlv/8chan
55 In North Korea, hackers are a handpicked, pampered elite
56 Penicillin tactics revealed by scientists
57 Game of Thrones: Episode 1 – Iron from Ice Review - IGN
58 13 Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone 6 Could Do
59 The Basics of Branding
60 The Countries Where It's Best And Worst To Be A Woman
61 The 15 best subreddits of 2014
62 Why women believe in astrology more than men
63 PuzzlePhone: An open-source Project Ara challenger appears - CNET
64 Let's talk about dying
65 Amazon Echo review - CNET
66 Gameboy Emulator Patent Filed by Nintendo - IGN
67 Restaurateurs behind The Meatball Shop and Toro dish on New York's food scene
68 OperationSAFE is on JustCoz!
69 Counterintuitive career advice
70 Creativity Is Really Just Persistence, And Science Can Prove It
71 Aliens in the valley: The complete and chaotic history of Reddit
72 Terry W. Virts on Twitter
73 At Art Basel, A Collector Just Bought This URL For $5,000
74 4 animations that show what's really going on with our climate
75 In Defense Of The New "Star Wars" Lightsaber
76 Ariana Grande's face at Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is your new spirit meme
77 Dramatic Double Exposures Blending Portraits and Nature
78 Software can now identify DNA from viruses and speed up diagnoses
79 16 DIY candles to make your holidays merry and bright
80 Bean Dreams is basically Super Mario for your iPhone
81 Find Out What You Listened To Most On Spotify This Past Year
82 The Father Of The Powersquid Launches A Bluetooth-Enabled Carbon Fiber Drone
83 How Steve Jobs Changed Pixar And Pixar Changed Steve Jobs
84 Reg Saddler on Twitter
85 Cracks in Silicon Valley’s Billion-Dollar Startup Club
86 THE FUTURE OF DIGITAL: 2014 [SLIDE DECK]
87 YotaPhone 2 Review: Two Screens Make Sense This Time
88 With Its New App, DeviantArt Finally Has A Mobile Place For Those 65 Million Monthly Visitors
89 A planet of suburbs
90 Moto 360 and Android Wear revisited: 3 months with Google on my wrist
91 This Website Is Like A Guidance Counselor On Steroids
92 Brewie Preview - CNET
93 The Count counting pi to 10,000 places will drive you batty - CNET
94 My seven species of robot
95 This New Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Armour is Gorgeous - IGN
96 Why Setting Goals Could Wreck Your Life