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Listen to Freddie Mercury and David Bowie on the Isolated Vocal Track for the Queen Hit ‘Under Pressure,’ 1981

“It was very hard,” said May in 2008, “because you already had four precocious boys and David, who was precocious enough for all of us. Passions ran very high. I found it very hard because I got so little of my own way. But David had a real vision and he took over the song lyrically.” The song was originally titled “People on Streets,” but Bowie wanted it changed to “Under Pressure.” When the time came to mix the song at Power Station studios in New York, Bowie insisted on being there. “It didn’t go too well,” Blake quotes Queen’s engineer Reinhold Mack as saying. “We spent all day and Bowie was like, ‘Do this, do that.’ In the end, I called Freddie and said, ‘I need help here,’ so Fred came in as a mediator.” Mercury and Bowie argued fiercely over the final mix. At one point Bowie threatened to block the release of the song, but it was issued to the public on October 26, 1981 and eventually rose to number one on the British charts. It was later named the number 31 song on VH1’s list of the 100 greatest songs of the 1980s. “‘Under Pressure’ is a significant song for us,” May said in 2008, “and that is because of David and its lyrical content.

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The Techies Who Are Hacking Education by Homeschooling Their Kids | WIRED

The Cook family are not just homeschoolers but unschoolers. They don’t prefer homeschooling simply because they find most schools too test-obsessed or underfunded or otherwise ineffective. They believe that the very philosophical underpinnings of modern education are flawed. Unschoolers believe that children are natural learners; with a little support, they will explore and experiment and learn about the world in a way that is appropriate to their abilities and interests. Problems arise, the thinking goes, when kids are pushed into an educational model that treats everyone the same—gives them the same lessons and homework, sets the same expectations, and covers the same subjects. The solution, then, is to come up with exercises and activities that will help each kid flesh out the themes and subjects to which they are naturally drawn.

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Two Fifty Shades of Grey movie sequels have been confirmed

That's right: Fifty Shades of Grey has a few more shades on the way. Director Sam Taylor-Johnson announced yesterday prior to an advance screening of the first film that the  Fifty Shades of Grey movie will be followed by two sequels,  MTV reports . The other two books in the Fifty Shades trilogy,  Fifty Shades Darker and  Fifty Shades Freed, have both been confirmed for the big screen.

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Opportunity For Appeal Granted In 'Serial' Case

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals on Friday granted a leave for appeal in the case of Adnan Syed, the inmate at the center of the case in the popular "Serial" podcast.

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An-225 Mriya is the world’s largest aircraft (English version)

[Tags|english, Ан-225, Мрия, авиация] An-225 Mriya (which is referred to Dream from Ukrainian) is the heaviest airlift cargo aircraft ever taken off in the sky. The maximum takeoff weight makes 640 tons. An-225 was designed, due to the necessity to create the air transport system for the Soviet reusable Space Shuttle Buran. This is the only aircraft in the world. The airplane was designed in USSR and manufactured by Kiev Mechanical Plant in 1988. Mriya has set the absolute world record of takeoff weight and an airlifted total payload. An-225 transported a payload of 156.3 tons on March 22, 1989 which broke 110 air world records. This has become a world record in its turn. Since its launch the aircraft has logged 3740 flying hours. If the average flight speed is equal to about 500 km per hour (taking into account takeoff, climb, cruise, descent and approach to landing), it is possible to calculate approximate kilometer performance: 500 x 3740 = 1 870 000 km. It is more than 46 circles around the Earth at the equator. The size of An-225 is impressive. It is 84-meter long and 18-meter high (like 6-stored house with 4 porches) The obvious comparison of Mriya and Boeing-747.

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Who knew a short film about building a bridge could be so moving?

Even the simplest stories can be effective — and affecting — depending on the execution, and this short film is a master class in animated storytelling.  Le Gouffre (meaning "The Gulf") is a short created by animators Carl Beauchemin, Thomas Chrétien, and David Forest at Lightning Boy Studio, telling the story of two friends forced to build a bridge in order to cross a massive canyon in the wilderness. Even though the film is mostly wordless, the score and the bright, fluid animation style draw you in until the end. You'll be moved even if you saw it coming.

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Masterpiece Of Soldering: You Won't Believe This Handmade Electronic Clock

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Compassion and the true meaning of empathy

Buddhist roshi Joan Halifax works with people at the last stage of life (in hospice and on death row). She shares what she's learned about compassion in the face of death and dying, and a deep insight into the nature of empathy.

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Millennials Want To Work At Organizations That Focus On Purpose, Not Just Profit

The survey polled over 7,800 millennials with college degrees who also work full-time (defined as having been born after 1982). As in past years, Deloitte found that most respondents said that when they first launched their careers, they looked for companies with a strong sense of purpose beyond a simple profit motive. "They believe the business ethos has too short-term a focus. Beyond that, millennials believe companies should spend less time on short-time roles and more time on broadly building contributions to society, more time focusing on their people," says Deloitte Global Chairman Steve Almond .

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Audio engineer Joseph Grado, founder of Grado Labs, dies at age 90

Legendary audio engineer Joseph Grado  died on Friday at age 90. The second-generation Italian immigrant founded Grado Labs — which is now known for its headphones — but when Joseph Grado ran the company it was about one thing: phonograph cartridges.

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Where the iPad should go next: Look toward Windows 10 - CNET

I've always wanted the iPad to be more of a full computer, or at least have the ability to go there. Like the Surface already does. Some might say that's pointless, that the iPad can already be a productive device with tons of dedicated apps and accessories. I still say, why must there be a dividing line between OS X and iOS at all? Look at Windows 10. Look at everything that Microsoft is laying out now, after years of chaotic evolution.

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The first-ever selfie stick station hits the Grammys red carpet

Mashable is proud to partner with The Grammys to bring you a first-of-its-kind experience from the red carpet. As performers make their way to the awards show, our team will be camped out at the Recording Academy's Grammys Live red carpet booth to give you an inside look at your favorite artists and musicians.

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A high-tech hotel opening in Japan will be staffed by multilingual robots

This summer, a hotel will open in the Netherlands-themed Huis Ten Bosch amusement park in Nagasaki, Japan. It will have 72 rooms. Room fees will start at $60 per night. And it will be staffed by 10 humanoid robots.

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A Guide To Anti-Vaxxers' Insane Arguments

My frustration with every article like this is the assumption is that any/every parent who chooses not to vaccinate their child is a fool who blindly follows trends and apparently "Jenny McCarthy" as well. I believe in science and I don't believe that their is any "direct" link between vaccines and autism — but, to assume that every child's biological makeup is exactly the same, and to assume that every child's body is going to react the same to every vaccine available is as ridiculous as this article. There are many genetic defects (such as MTHFR) which can affect how the body processes vaccines, medications or even simple foods and proteins. Our children aren't just things you can throw a infograph on and this issue isn't as black and white as you make it out to be in this article. Yes, there are many parents out there who are probably just following a trend (shame on them), but to assume every parent who doesn't blindly vaccinate their child is in that camp... shame on you.

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Is real estate still the best financial bet for Americans?

The ideal of American home ownership may have been tarnished during the recession, as the values of so many homes plummeted and the number of foreclosures across the country soared. But for many Americans, like the Cabreras, the emotional rush of buying a home still represents a significant marker of stability and financial success. Buying often gives families access to safer neighborhoods, better schools, and more services than renting. And, like it or not, home ownership still offers the best way to save money for the majority of Americans by building up equity, especially in this era of dwindling pensions and stagnant wages. "It is a forced saving mechanism, and if you don't have to think about saving, it goes better," says Brett Theodos, a senior research associate at the nonpartisan think tank, the Urban Institute.

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Orange you glad Prince became a meme at the Grammys?

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4 Reasons You Should Consider This Alternative Office Design

So today the choice should not be between open offices and private spaces. A better alternative exists. What matters is that each worker has the kind of varied space for their personal working style and the work at hand. That office can be realized by embracing these elements: flexibility and variety, trust and empowerment, integrated technology, and collaboration and cross-pollination.

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Germany's far-right movement stirs ghosts of gruesome past

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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An ode to envy

What is jealousy? What drives it, and why do we secretly love it? No study has ever been able to capture its “loneliness, longevity, grim thrill” — that is, says Parul Sehgal, except for fiction. In an eloquent meditation she scours pages from literature to show how jealousy is not so different from a quest for knowledge.

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Watch this supercut showing Quentin Tarantino's stylish use of sound

Quentin Tarantino is well known for making visual homages to the film styles he loves the most, particularly spaghetti westerns, martial arts epics, and '70s blaxploitation films. Part of that process means paying particular attention to sound design, capturing every swoosh and clang in just the right way. By now, Tarantino's made an art of using sound and visual flourishes to accentuate his scenes. So, in " Hearing Tarantino ", Vimeo user Jacob T. Swinney decided to create a supercut of some of the director's most interesting use of sound in his films.

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From Obama's Campaign Designers, A Card Game To Help Companies Define Their Brand

Why release the Brand Deck on the world at all? Thomas admits he doesn't think it will ever be the kind of popular success that Cards Against Humanity was. "It's definitely a game you play around the boardroom table, not the dining room table," he says. And is it really a wise idea for Simple Honest Work's designers to make available for sale this awesome proprietary exercise they do with clients to set themselves apart from competitors? Why give that away, if not for free, than for the price of a $25 deck of cards?

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A Rare Look Inside A Massive Bitcoin Mine

Bitcoin mining is not a pretty business. It requires lots of specialized servers that are essentially unusable for normal computing and lots of cooling. But when you bring thousands of miners together in the same room, things really get ugly.

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Children aren’t worth very much—that’s why we no longer make many

For many decades prior to the 1970s, the value of an adult (in terms of his productivity and real wages) rose; but the economic value of even an adult person has fallen in recent decades, as real wages attest. Fertility trends do not track the economic value of a human, as they might be expected to do if parents could realize a portion of the value of their offspring. Fertility trends can only respond to that share of the value of a person that a “producer of children” can recover – and the memetic transformation occasioned by mass education has essentially eliminated this share. Governments, meanwhile, claim an ever-larger share of their citizens’ resources. And accessing parental money by catering to (and creating, if necessary) the “needs” of children remains a profitable business plan. The producers of children have not benefitted from their children’s adult productivity in a long time, just as farm workers in China during the Great Leap Forward did not benefit from their labor.

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Doctors make mistakes. Can we talk about that?

Every doctor makes mistakes. But, says physician Brian Goldman, medicine's culture of denial (and shame) keeps doctors from ever talking about those mistakes, or using them to learn and improve. Telling stories from his own long practice, he calls on doctors to start talking about being wrong. (Filmed at TEDxToronto.)

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How PR is Different in Latin America vs. the US

What this “coverage gap,” as Emily calls it, means for PR is that media in LATAM, on the whole, has a number of blindspots that have to be accommodated into any successful outreach strategy. Traditional news outlets in general are less likely to cover startups and small-to-medium business ventures, and the lack of small and medium-sized entrepreneur-specific publications means businesses that fall into that range have to try harder to connect their stories to a broader audience.

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Samsung's Smart TV privacy policy sounds like an Orwellian nightmare

It's been nearly 70 years since George Orwell's dystopian novel  1984 was published, but some of its premonitions are starting to sound straight out of 2015. Take this passage in  Samsung's privacy policy for its data-collecting Smart TV services:

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How I Found the Optimal Where's Waldo Strategy With Machine Learning | WIRED

That’s when I decided what my weekend project would be: I would pull out every machine learning trick in my tool box to compute the optimal search strategy for finding Waldo. I was going to crush Slate’s supposed foolproof strategy and leave a trail of defeated Waldo-searchers in my wake.

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7 Key Habits For Building Better Relationships

We all know people who tell us their whole life story in the first five minutes of meeting us, totally oblivious to the fact that we likely have absolutely no interest in hearing it. To build strong relationships we need to be able to pace ourselves and share when it’s appropriate and at a level that is consistent with the depth of the relationship.

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Party Like a Rock Star: Chinese Tech Firms’ Edition

For China’s booming Internet companies, it’s party time. They’re celebrating the Lunar New Year with lavish bashes and gifts for employees that include BMWs, ski trips and generous cash payouts.

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President Obama’s Message at the 2015 GRAMMY Awards

Join the "It's On Us" campaign to stop violence against women by taking the pledge at ItsOnUs.org. President Obama delivers a message about “It’s On Us” at the 2015 GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, February 8, 2015.

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Fat-tire Storm electric bike is almost cheap at $499 - CNET

A crowdfunded e-bike opportunity is aimed at netting backers an extremely affordable alternative mode of transportation, though some are questioning whether the project can deliver at such a low price.

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Surprise! Samsung Galaxy S6 may look like iPhone 6

If the Samsung Galaxy S6 chassis shown in the photos is indeed the real deal, then it will have rounded edges, antenna bands and holes for the speaker, which look strikingly similar to the iPhone 6. Rumors also suggest that Galaxy S6 will feature a glass back and front like the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s .

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Flee from the sun at the speed of light in this humbling video - CNET

The video keeps track of the distance from the sun, time elapsed and when the next celestial object is due to come into sight. Earth shoots by so fast, you barely have time to wave. You can fast-forward to get to the planets, but the true experience comes from taking your time and imagining yourself traveling out across the solar system at the slow speed of light.

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RadioShack files for bankruptcy as Sprint eyes its stores

As expected , RadioShack filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today. The electronics store has had 11 unprofitable quarters in a row that apparently even Weird Al and a drone , concept stores and Arduinos couldn't turn around. We've seen many electronics retailers fade out over the last few years, but most don't have a 94-year history behind them. In the immediate future, Reuters reports the company has a deal with its largest shareholder, Standard General to sell between 1,500 and 2,400 of its 4,000 stores. In turn, Sprint has an agreement to expand to about 1,750 of those stores, taking up about one-third of the space. TechCrunch posted a copy of the filing, and right now it's expected that the remaining stores will be closed, assuming the store's lenders approve of the deal -- leaving us with one fewer place to go when need a battery right now .

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How Micro-Learning Made its Way on The Education Market

Just a few years after massive Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) disrupted the field of education by offering university-level education programs to everyone for free, they’re already in need of re-disruption. One of the ways to do so is to make courses shorter and easier to digest. That’s where quite a few startups have found their niches and even started making money, solving the monetization problem some MOOCs appear to have.

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6 Important Things To Know About How Your Brain Learns

Now if you add a black sweater (a new piece of information) it can go on the sweater shelf, the black clothes shelf, the winter clothes shelf, or the wool shelf. In real life you can’t put your sweater on more than one shelf, but in your brain that new piece of information gets linked to each of those existing ideas. You’ll more easily remember that information later because when you learned it you related it to various other things you already knew.

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Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt might join the sci-fi drama Passengers

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How Star Wars Made $27 Billion

As our infographic breaks down, nearly half of the $27 billion in revenue that Star Wars has earned over the years has come from the sales of toys. Neither earnings from the six blockbuster films, nor the income from the many successful video games comes anywhere close to the $12 billion in collectible figures and lightsaber replicas snapped up by the most rabid of fans.

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Smartwatch App Helps Track Glucose

Medical-device maker DexCom Inc. is designing an app that will display readings from its diabetes glucose monitor on Apple Inc.’s smartwatch, giving the watch an early foothold in the health-care market at a time when regulatory treatment of such systems has eased.

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Ban racists from social media - MPs

Although the primary focus of the inquiry was anti-Semitism, one recommendation it made was that those who carry out any kind of hate crime should be prevented from using social media.

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Poll: Will you buy the Apple Watch when it ships in April?

Apple may be to be hosting its first media event of 2015 at the end of February. If this rumor pans out, the Apple Watch likely will take center stage as the company prepares the public for the April launch of the smart watch wearable. The question for today’s poll is Will you buy the Apple Watch when it ships in April?

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The First Ubuntu Phone Won't Rely On Apps. Here's Why That's Brilliant

"People are craving for something new." ---- maybe but I don't think glorified iframes and cute words for android widgets or basically igoogle technology (what scopes sounds like) is what people are shooting for in a smartphone, Linux users are, by a large margin, developers who don't mind the thought of pulling down a command prompt and typing things like "sudo" to get things done. Most normal people prefer to tap an icon or open an app. People will buy the phone, but terribly many. Even Android is a stretch for many people, can't imagine people up against an OS that basically at it's roots prefers people to search for songs like: ~$ find . -name "songs" -o -name "a.pl" ./a.pl ./songs

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Remixed "50 Shades Of Grey" Posters Show Abuse, Not Romance

If a person were to actually read the book instead of just reading lines taken out of context they will see that it is not an abusive relationship. She tells him no, she walks away and there is no retribution, he keeps her family and friends in her life - go so far as to fly them in for her birthday on his private jet. In my experience with abusive relationships, the abused has no power but Anastasia has a great deal of power in this relationship.

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As social media gets quantified, more people use Twitter to trade

Professional investors known as quants use hard facts about companies —  share price, EBITDA, and so on — to inform the algorithms that carry out their automated trading strategies. But softer sources of information such as reports and rumors have long proved much harder to quantify.

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Your Creative Calendar: 65 Things To Do, See, and Hear This February

[Photo Illustration: David Cowles Studios for Fast Company; Focus, Jupiter Ascending: courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures; Kingsman: The Secret Service: courtesy of 20th Century Fox Pictures; Wild Tales: courtesy of Sony Pictures Classic; The Walking Dead: Gene Page, courtesy of AMC; The Lazarus Effect: courtesy of Relativity Media; The Last Five Years: Thomas Concordia, courtesy of RADiUS, The Weinstein Company; Maps to the Stars: courtesy of Entertainment One; Fresh Off The Boat: Kevin Foley, courtesy of ABC; House Of Cards: Nathaniel Bell, Courtesy of Netflix; Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: courtesy of HBO; Bob Dylan: via Columbia Records; What We Do In Shadows: courtesy of Mad Men Entertainment; Better Call Saul: Ben Leuner, courtesy of AMC; Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus: courtesy of Gravitas Ventures; Accidental Love: courtesy of Alchemy, Millennium Entertainment; Broke Ass Game Show: courtesy of Viacom; Hot Tub Time Machine 2: Muriel Leventis, courtesy of Paramount Pictures; Parks and Recreation: courtesy of NBC]

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Nexus 6 versus the Moto X: which one belongs in your pocket?

Moto X or Nexus 6 ? It's a question that has bugged many fans of "pure" Android (including myself) for a few months, and it's not hard to see why. Although both Motorola smartphones are sleekly designed and pack some clever software tricks, they couldn't be more different in some areas. The Moto X is a mid-size, mid-priced device with the "good enough" hardware to match, but it's wonderful to hold and touts features even its bigger sibling lacks. The Nexus 6, meanwhile, is an all-out flagship for those who refuse to compromise on specs or software updates, even if it means carrying a massive beast of a handset. So which one deserves a place in your pocket? I spent a few weeks with each to find out, and the answer might surprise you. Gallery | 12 Photos Nexus 6 vs. Moto X + See all 12

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Touch ID embedded in touchscreen displays hinted at in new Apple patent

As revealed by AppleInsider , Apple is toying around with the idea of removing Touch ID from the Home button and actually embedding it within the touchscreen display on mobile devices. The new patent application was published on Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is entitled, “Fingerprint Sensor in an Electronic Device.” With this patent application, the new Touch ID would allow the outfitted device to capture a single fingerprint at a fixed location on the display.

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Twitter Is in Danger of Becoming the Bing of Social Media | WIRED

A lot of people like Twitter, love Twitter, obsess over Twitter. But a lot of people just don’t get it, and Twitter has never quite communicated a clear enough reason for them to try. The new instant timeline offers a tentative step in that direction. But by now, has the crowd or early-ish adopters simply moved on? Are there really that many people left capable of being swayed by a turn-key Twitter feed? If anyone was at all interested in Twitter, wouldn’t they have tried it by now?

51 Exclusive: Pivotal CEO says open source Hadoop tech is coming
52 Will There Really Be An Uber For Everything?
53 10 Books That Inspire Today's Leaders
54 Live: Follow the 2015 Grammy Awards on Mashable's live blog
55 The End Of "Bitchy": Addressing Stereotypes Of Women At Work
56 What is Net neutrality? Godzilla helps explain - CNET
57 Driverless Cars On The Road To Fender Benders
58 Your Samsung SmartTV Is Spying on You, Basically
59 TeraDeep wants to bring deep learning to your dumb devices
60 Health Insurer Anthem Didn’t Encrypt Data in Theft
61 Office for Windows 10 is not free for everyone
62 David Cross Is Letting Fans Name Their Price And Download His First Film Creation Hits On BitTorrent
63 From Shazam To Snapchat To Live GIF-ing, Here's How The Grammy Awards Stay Big, 57 Years Later
64 Bill Gates: how mobile banking can change the lives of the poor
65 Hack of health insurer Anthem puts data of millions at risk - CNET
66 YC-Backed Meadow ‘Ubered’ Over A Doctor To Give Me A Medical Marijuana Evaluation
67 How to install Kodi (XBMC) on iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch [Jailbreak Only]
68 You're Sitting On Possible Personal Gold Mine: Your Creative Hobby
69 Lessons From Google’s First Rollout Of Google Fiber
70 'XAgent' spyware can reportedly collect pictures and other data from an iPhone
71 Elon Musk: Apple tries very hard to recruit from Tesla
72 The Rich Man's Dropout Club
73 Obama wanted to buy a 'boatload of Apple stock' after seeing the original iPhone
74 Nintendo Voice Chat: Reminiscing about Zelda: Majora's Mask - IGN
75 Om Malik on Twitter
76 Startups, A Rich Man’s Game
77 Everything From This 1991 Radio Shack Ad You Can Now Do With Your Phone | Empeopled
78 12 History-Making Photos Of The 1965 Selma-To-Montgomery Civil Rights March
79 Apple seeds OS X 10.10.3 beta to testers and developers with new Photos app
80 Spotify Has Predicted The Grammy Winners Via An Algorithm
81 Mashable on Twitter
82 How a start-up got companies like Apple, Amazon and Google to trust it with their office secrets
83 And the 2015 Grammy winners are...
84 Guardian digital editor is right — ending comments is a mistake
85 Measles in History
86 First look: All-new Photos for OS X
87 January in Africa: Tech News Roundup
88 Social maps that reveal a city's intersections — and separations
89 Canary Watch Site Launches to Track Warrant Canaries
90 RadioShack's bankruptcy provides Amazon with a huge opportunity
91 Oh IBM, what are we going to do with you?
92 Wallpaper Thursday: 5 Awesome Abstract Wallpapers
93 Awesome Curating App Perfectly Mashes Up Pinterest, Evernote, and Instagram | WIRED
94 Samsung's New Fast-Focusing Camera Is Surprisingly Affordable | WIRED
95 Bloodborne: Exploring its Vast Character Creator - IGN First - IGN
96 Outcast Review - IGN