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BlackBerry Sells Majority of Its Canadian Real Estate

BlackBerry has announced an agreement to sell the bulk of its Canadian real estate holdings, as the handset maker stockpiles cash to help its pivot toward emerging market consumers.

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Turkey's censorship of Twitter also happens to be the best advertisement of Twitter's power

Turkey’s prime minister is trying to block Twitter use in his country because the social network is spreading information he doesn’t like, but all his attempts have done is show Turkish citizens how useful Twitter can be against tyrants

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Comes to Sprint Users in April for $0 Down

For $0 down on Sprint, Samsung's hotly anticipated Galaxy S5 could be yours beginning April 11. Through the Easy Pay program customers who grab the S5 will still need to make 24 monthly payments of $27.09. Alternatively, if you pick up the new flagship smartphone on Sprint's Framily Plan with Easy Pay, the carrier will give you a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 for free, with the activation of a two-year data plan for the slate.

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Airbnb Cofounders To Become First Sharing Economy Billionaires As Company Nears $10 Billion Valuation

The trio’s first funding came in 2009, when they got into famed tech incubator Y Combinator and eventually impressed founder Paul Graham as well as Sequoia Capital, who put up $600,000 in seed funds after the program. The company’s raised money from a range of Silicon Valley elite investors since Sequoia, which was joined in a Series A round by Greylock, SV Angel, and angels including Ashton Kutcher. In 2011, it raised $112 million at a valuation north of $1 billion led by Andreessen Horowitz and joined by DST and General Catalyst Partners as well as Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos. The next year, it raised $200 million in a Series C round led by Founders Fund along with its existing investments in a deal that values the company around $2.5 billion.

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Exclusive: Inside the Startup-Generating Secrets of Y Combinator

Graham introduces Y.C. partners and the attorney on retainer with whom the founders are invited to consult anytime they would like. Then Graham offers some advice: “In general, do not hide your disasters. We’re not going to take the money back.” He says this lightly, as if delivering a joke, but it is reassuring for the founders to hear. They laugh, perhaps with a touch of relief. “Unlike many investors, we have no power over you. So all we can do is beg you,” says Graham, who would go on to plead that the founders live in Mountain View, near Y Combinator. The middle of Silicon Valley is boring, he knows. But, he says, “if you live in San Francisco, it will introduce drag on your coming here, and that will cause you to occasionally miss things. We don’t do things here just for our amusement. We do it because it’s actually useful. Like we’ll have some famous person who suddenly can speak but it turns out only on a Wednesday. And you’re going to be thinking, I just came down for dinner. I need to do some work. I need to drive down to the Valley? I know: you guys don’t want to live in Mountain View.

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Bill and Melinda Gates Aren't Leaving Their Kids Billions | Wired Business | Wired.com

The Gates parents’ attitude toward their kids and money — call it the anti-Paris Hilton approach — resonates with an attitude toward wealth that runs as a subtext through TED itself. As an event, TED manages to gather some of the world’s richest people into one room. Once there, they’re bombarded with the message that money is not for having but for doing. As the world’s richest people, the Gates family could spend lifetimes doing nothing at all. But for the TED set, at least, the only points you get are for making something happen.

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Microsoft now pays $100 if you ditch your XP system | Microsoft | Geek.com

Got an old Windows XP system sitting around that you’re using as a stool, or perhaps one that you hacked into an aquarium back when that was the thing to do? Microsoft will give you $100 for it if you buy a new Windows 8 PC.

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Stunning star factory captured by Hubble telescope

To celebrate Hubble's 24th anniversary, the space agency today released a series of stunning images of the "churning" star factory, known as NGC 2174, which was found inside the Monkey Head Nebula. And while these pictures are awe-inspiring, NASA said they are just a taste of what it expects to find when it processes more images of NCG 2174 taken by the James Webb Space Telescope .

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The colossal arrogance of Newsweek’s Bitcoin “scoop”

Nakamoto later explained that he was refusing to talk about his engineering work. As a worker for government contractors, Nakamoto was repeatedly told to not discuss his work with others. That, and some natural taciturnity, would explain not only the "driveway moment" but his repeated refusals to open up to Goodman. Part of Nakamoto's decision to say something to Goodman may have been nothing more than a desire to explain his call to the deputies.

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America must kill this fish

Ask any US wildlife official how the invasive Asian carp have managed to stick around US rivers for four decades, and they'll all say different versions of the same three things. First, the carp is a voracious eater that outcompetes other species for plankton, causing native US fish to die and allowing the carp to thrive. Second, the carp reproduces with incredible ease, so its populations have grown at tremendous speed. And third, the US doesn't possess any native species of fish large enough to prey on adult Asian carp, so they have very few predators. But a closer look at the four Asian carp species currently plaguing America's waters points to one glaring fact: we clearly don't know much about these fish.

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It Is Time For Basic Income

It is time for Basic Income.  This idea, endorsed by a range of economists from a variety of political camps, has always seemed more of a distant dream than a reality.  But productivity and standard of living increases made Basic Income practical and logical.  For the purposes of this series of blog posts, we will be discussing the issue from a US centric lens, but practically speaking much of the world could move this direction shortly.

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Kaleidoscopic GIFs Will Leave You Mesmerized

Designer David Szakaly creates hypnotizing GIFs that boggle the senses. Ranging from stark black and white line drawings to kaleidoscopic rainbow-colored animations, these stunning images blend impeccable design sense with the Internet's favorite medium.

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Infamous: Second Son Is the First Must-Have PS4 Exclusive

. While Second Son doesn’t quite live up to the enormous hype it has generated, it still arrives as the best PS4 exclusive yet, and a must-have for early adopters looking to show off what their new console can do.

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March Madness: When Studying Doesn't Stand a Chance

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 34 million unique visitors worldwide and 15 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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How the U.S. Mint Made Its First-Ever Domed Coin | Wired Design | Wired.com

The design, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, bears the image of a baseball on one side. The obverse side, as it’s officially known, shows a baseball glove, gently curving inward. It’s a clever marriage of form and content, with the convex and concave sides lending the ball and the mitt a measure of three-dimensional realism. It’s also about as radical as coinage gets, and required an unprecedented effort by our nation’s money makers.

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Twitter #Music Is Dead

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 34 million unique visitors worldwide and 15 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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Revealed: Apple and Google's wage-fixing cartel involved dozens more companies, over one million employees

What’s more important is the political predicament that low-paid fast food workers share with well-paid hi-tech workers: the loss of power over their lives and their futures to the growing mass of concentrated power in Silicon Valley, whose tentacles are so strong now and so great, that hundreds of thousands of workers around the globe—public relations and cable company employees in the British Isles, programmers and tech engineers in Russia and China (according to other documents which I’ll write about soon)—have their lives controlled and their wages and opportunities stolen from them without ever knowing about it, all the while being bombarded with cultural cant about the wisdom of the free market, about the efficiency of free knowledge, about the need to take personal responsibility and to blame no one but yourself for everything that happens in your life and your career.

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The Most Popular Words Used in Viral Headlines

Finding out “why” is satisfying to us because of a phenomenon called the curiosity gap. Carnegie Melon University professor George Loewenstein coined this term to describe the gap between what we know and what we want to know. This gap creates something like an itch in your brain, and it can only be “scratched” by learning more (and thus, clicking on the post).

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12 Corny Jokes for National Corndog Day

You may wonder how to celebrate this holiday you never thought about. Don't panic — we've got you covered on this corny holiday with some corny jokes. (You'll have to find your own corndog.)

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State of SaaS 2014 and its Challenges

Compass was founded to bring Moneyball analytics to the 99% of businesses for whom the major information service providers of the world are either too expensive, too slow, irrelevant, or all of the above. We solve these challenges with crowdsourcing. Data from over 30,000 businesses enters into our warehouse through common SaaS business platforms such as Google analytics, Quickbooks, Salesforce and many others. Business leaders feed their own data in and in return get an immediate and reliable perspective about how they are doing on key performance indicators relative to their custom peer group. This allows for instant problem identification and more targeted strategic priorities. You can get your own benchmarks at

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Designing a Recurring Revenue Model Will Help Attract Capital

One of the first things that a venture capitalist looks for in assessing an investment opportunity is the revenue model of the business. More specifically, they are looking for the frequency of that revenue stream, and whether or not it is recurring and easily predictable.

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Afghan Journalists to Boycott News About Taliban

Afghan journalists have a message for the Taliban: trying to drum up media coverage of their terror campaigns by murdering civilians will not work any more. That's according to a group calling itself "the gathering of Afghan journalists," which issued a statement in response to the death of AFP journalist Sardar Ahmad.

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Top 10 Ways to Beat a Bad Mood

Sometimes, just giving your body what it needs can turn your whole mood around, no matter what caused it. Heck, sometimes what's bothering you isn't really the issue—maybe your body just needs some food. So before you do anything else, give your body what it needs—eat something If that isn't the problem, get a bit of exercise and get that blood moving. Even a short walk can make a difference—and if you can, do it outside in the sunshine. It's amazing what a little attention to your body can do for your brain.

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MLB Pitchers Avoid Helmets Despite Injury Risk

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman was struck in the face with a line drive during a spring training game. The scary mishap left him collapsed on the mound before he was taken off the field on a stretcher with fractures above his left eye and nose, and the remainder of the game was cancelled. He has a mild concussion and will have a metal plate inserted to repair a bone above his eye.

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In Pictures, Russia's Military Occupation of Crimea

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 34 million unique visitors worldwide and 15 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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How Over-Reliance on LinkedIn Can Lead to Hiring Pitfalls

I’ve started a number of ventures over the years, and each one has required unique staffing tailored for the particular field we were planning on breaking into. But the key thing is, effective staffing is not a matter of going through LinkedIn profiles and reaching out to anyone who has five-plus years in a chief marketing officer position, or two-plus years as an account manager at a Fortune 500 company.

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Growing revenues and profits belie the “Haunted Empire” claim that Apple “teeters”

Growing revenues and profits belie the “Haunted Empire” claim that Apple “teeters”   —  Apple After Jobs: Pretty Much the Same as Ever  —  You could be forgiven, after reading “Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs,” for concluding that Apple is on the verge of going belly up.

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Turkey's censorship of Twitter also happens to be the best advertisement of Twitter's power

Turkey’s prime minister is trying to block Twitter use in his country because the social network is spreading information he doesn’t like, but all his attempts have done is show Turkish citizens how useful Twitter can be against tyrants

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Tour the Milky Way in 20 billion pixels

NASA has launched an interactive map of the Milky Way galaxy, constructed over the course of 10 years from more than 2 million infrared images from the Spitzer Space Telescope.

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Hacker News Attempts To Fix Its Comment Problems With Pending Comments | TechCrunch

Paul Graham is a partner at Y Combinator. He is also the author of On Lisp (1993), ANSI Common Lisp (1995), and Hackers & Painters (2004). In 1995, he and Robert Morris started Viaweb, the first ASP, which in 1998 became Yahoo! Store. In 2002 he discovered a simple spam filtering algorithm that inspired the current generation of filters. Graham has a B.A. from Cornell. He earned an M.S. and a …

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Netflix boss hits out at ISP fees

The head of video-streaming service Netflix has hit out at internet service providers (ISPs) for demanding a fee to maintain video streaming quality.

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If This Doesn't Convince You To Stop Using Hotmail, Nothing Will

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft Corp., which has skewered rival Google Inc. for going through customer emails to deliver ads, acknowledged Thursday it had searched emails in a blogger's Hotmail account to track down who was leaking company secrets.

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The Next Web Articles Get a Refresh: This Time its Personal

This isn’t just about new eye candy, there’s additional functionality here too. You can now quickly add any post to your Buffer, Pocket or Evernote account with the new drop-down ‘Save to’ menu, and there’s easy access to the post’s short URL, making it simpler to manually share wherever you wish, too. Up top, you’ll see we’ve made it easier to discover the articles published before and after the one you’re currently reading.

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Apple Working on Spotify-Like Service and iTunes Android App, Report Says

An anonymous source from one major label told Billboard , "They are feeling out some people at labels on thoughts about transitioning its customers from iTunes proper to a streaming service … So when you buy a song for $1.29, and you put it in your library, iTunes might send an email pointing out that for a total of, say, $8 a month you can access that song plus all the music in the iTunes store. It's all in the 'what if' stage."

36 Self-driving cars are coming soon and will revolutionize cities and society

Ferren is also optimistic about how beneficial autonomous cars will be. He says they will significantly reduce accidents and car-related deaths. They will enable much more efficient driving, lowering carbon emissions and pollution. They will boost productivity by freeing drivers from their commutes. And they will change the way society builds cities, and enables people to interact, as cars and drivers become disconnected and vehicles are used in smarter ways.

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The Amazingly Simple Invention That Stops Fruit And Veggies From Going Bad

The drawer of the refrigerator – where most bags of salad, blueberries and raspberries go to die. I learned a nifty tip recently – putting cilantro in a cup of water makes it last ages. Kavita Shukla, a Harvard-graduate-turned-entrepreneur, came up with something much more clever. Sheets of paper infused with a top secret recipe of spices which you put in the drawer with the fruit and veggies. Dubbed ‘the dryer sheet for produce’ it extends their lifespan two or four times. Called FreshPaper, it’s a totally natural and organic way of keeping food fresh for longer, which is food for thought considering the average U.S. household of four throws out between $1,350 and $2,275 worth of groceries every year.

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How Mobile Is Bridging Brick and Mortar’s Data Gap

The fact is that online and offline marketing aren’t separate channels. They’re interconnected parts of the same customer acquisition engine. Our Web browsing habits follow us to the store, and when we’re at the store, those preferences follow us home.

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Microsoft OneNote arrives as Mac, Windows freebie

The new free version of OneNote for the Windows desktop doesn't include all the features in the paid version. It doesn't have SharePoint support, version history or Outlook integration. To get those features, users need to upgrade to the paid version. It's also worth noting that the free version is ad-free, not a temporary trial version, and limited to home/school use only.

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Negative SEO: Have Mercenaries Been Hired To Torpedo Your Search Rankings?

Google is on a quest to find the perfect algorithms for SEO purposes which I believe is impossible. I feel that with each new algorithm release, Google fixes certain aspects but the market adapts and new challenges appear. On different forums I found users advertising to bombard websites with spam links for as low as 5$. However this pirate tactics don’t work unless the site already has link profile that is on the edge of a penalty.

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Another Sign ObamaCare Works: Wellpoint Boosts Profit Forecast

I've written about health care for more than two decades, starting from my native Iowa where I covered the presidential campaign bus rides of Bill and Hillary Clinton through the Hawkeye state talking health reform and the economy. I have covered the rise, fall and rise again of health reform, chronicling national trends as well as the influence of Barack and Michelle Obama from Chicago's South Side on changes to the U.S. health system from my base in Chicago. I was the health care business reporter at the Chicago Tribune from 1998-2011 and previously wrote for Modern Healthcare magazine when first arriving in Chicago in 1993. Prior to that, I wrote for several Iowa newspapers including the Des Moines Register. These days, I contribute stories to the New York Times, Chicago Medicine magazine, Life Matters Media and teach writing at Loyola University Chicago, online at the University of Iowa and you can hear me in Chicago on WBBM newsradio 780 and 105.9 FM or see me occasionally on Fox News Channel's Forbes on Fox or WTTW's Chicago Tonight television public affairs program. I am passionate about health literacy when it comes to explaining the complexities of health care.

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Goodyear unveils next-gen blimp, first in 45 years

The new blimp is 246 feet long, more than 50 feet longer than the company's previous generation airships, known as the GZ-20. Goodyear has emblazoned it with an all-new paint scheme but naturally is retaining its traditional blue-and-yellow branding over a silver envelope. It also has state-of-the-art avionics and flight control systems instead of the manual flight systems. Goodyear blimps have used since 1925. This new one can reach top speeds of 73 miles an hour, a boost over the current max speed of about 50 miles an hour. Goodyear said that will allow it to cover more events than its blimps have in the past.

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10 of the Best Android Browser Apps

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, browsers are your window to the Web – be it on your laptop, tablet or pocket rocket. While you may well be one of those unfussy types who would get by just as well on Chrome or Firefox as you would on Dolphin or Opera, equally you may have many different needs from a mobile browser.

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Google Suspends One Of The World's Largest Textile Sculptures Above Vancouver For TED

In the making-of video, Echelman says this is the first time her work will allow people to directly influence what they see. "For years I've been exploring how to let people to become part of the artwork," she says in the video. "And now with Aaron's interactive art, people can actually draw and paint with light and they become co-creators with us."

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Anticompetitive practices in the telecom equipment market could raise prices. | MIT Technology Review

The companies named in those leaks all deny knowing of the backdoors. All say they are investigating. But the loss of trust is hurting U.S. companies. In December, Cisco said the allegations caused a significant drop in sales in China. “It’s causing people to stop and then rethink decisions,” Robert Lloyd, Cisco’s president of development and sales, told investors. IBM’s hardware sales in China plunged 40 percent in the financial quarter following the leaks.

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10 Tumblrs That Quit While They Were Ahead

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 34 million unique visitors worldwide and 15 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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Is Equity Crowdfunding The Key To More International Startup Hubs?

Equity crowdfunding is and will scale faster in more mature ecosystems like the early-stage investment market in the US. There are larger existing flows of investment capital and risk appetite that are moving increasingly online in the US. That said, the lesser developed countries and regions have the opportunity to effectively speed their development of an entrepreneurship and investing culture and “leap-frog” a few of the development phases that other markets have had to slowly grow through.

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Sources: Credit Card Breach at California DMV — Krebs on Security

All this could have been avoided with one time credit card numbers for online transactions that were used by card companies notably Discover and all later dropped. The one-time use number is an alias that the card company links to someone’s real number and in Discover’s case linked it to a particular vendor, too. If this was nation wide stealing one-time credit card numbers would get thief’s nothing. Instead credit card fees go up for businesses and consumers to cover the cost of fraud which is mounting. Its the credit card companies that are short-sighted looking at near term profitability and not the arc of costs that these polices are imposing on the economy.

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Moto 360

It's meant to be comforting and easy to use. Comfort came up as a frequent reference point: both to familiarity in design, and to a simple, at-a-glance type of function. A lot of that will be how Google Now pushes to and works with Android Wear watches, including the Moto 360. But there's only one button that we can see, plus a touch screen and microphone.

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How Your Tweets Reveal Your Home Location | MIT Technology Review

But the absence of geotagging data does not mean your location is secret. Today, Jalal Mahmud and a couple of pals at IBM Research in Almaden, California, say they’ve developed an algorithm that can analyse anybody’s last 200 tweets and determine their home city location with an accuracy of almost 70 per cent.

51 History Will Remember Obama as the Great Slayer of Patent Trolls | Threat Level | Wired.com
52 Mark Cuban Reveals The Only 13 Apps On His Phone
53 5 Tips For Building A Successful Niche Marketplace
54 80 Million Americans Have Never Heard of Hummus
55 Statoil | Partner Webcast | MIT Technology Review
56 These Photos Of Rats Holding Teddy Bears Will Make You Kinda Love Rats
57 'Say hello to my e-go': 10 funny first tweets we love
58 Microsoft's Lync Surging as PBX Choice in North America
59 A Smart Watch For Kids, Designed For Worried Parents
60 15 Puppies That Understand Your Excitement
61 POLITICS - Turkey widens Internet censorship
62 Pakistan Printer Censors Entire 'New York Times' Front-Page Story
63 Obama meets with U.S. tech executives on privacy, surveillance
64 What do selfies really say about us? - The Next Web
65 Newly Paranoid Maintainers
66 Designers: Win a Wacom Tablet and Premium Webydo Accounts
67 Sony buys rights to NYT's profile of security blogger Brian Krebs
68 HP Could Enter 3D Printing Market In June, But Is It Getting In After The Gold Rush?
69 GDC: Intel Lays Out Plan to 'Reinvent the Desktop'
70 Myspace co-founder Chris DeWolfe on Social Gaming Success
71 Microsoft CEO Nadella to unveil Office on iPad next week
72 Android Upgrades Open A Backdoor To Malware, Researchers Show
73 This Is the Clearest Infrared Panorama of the Milky Way Ever Captured
74 Michelle Obama Defends Internet Freedom in China Speech
75 Marjan the Lion: Slain Afghan Reporter Sardar Ahmad's Final Story
76 Graphene-Copper Wires for Cooler Computing | MIT Technology Review
77 Intel Unveils 2014 Roadmap: 4 Fantastic New Processors For PC Enthusiasts
78 Even Elon Musk Was Impressed By This Fake Tesla Ad
79 Apple's Healthbook app would play virtual doctor -- report
80 British Library Says It's Copyright Infringement To Take Photos Inside The Library; Demands Person Delete Tweet | Techdirt
81 How Your Tweets Reveal Your Home Location | MIT Technology Review
82 Google speeds WebP image format, brings animation support to Chrome
83 Google Glass Isn't Ready For Prime Time, Says, Uh, Google
84 There's A Saying In The Space Business That Will Make You Rethink Risk
85 The Bugs In Your Stomach Define You As Much--If Not More--Than Your Genes
86 Walmart, Best Buy drop Xbox One Titanfall bundle to $450, $50 below console launch price
87 The Black Keys Announce New Album Via Mike Tyson's Twitter Account
88 Tabata & the Quick 4 Minute Workout
89 In the age of wearable technology, don't forget who wears the trousers
90 Top 10 Ways to Beat a Bad Mood
91 That Time Arby's Made Me A Personalized Ad
92 A super deal on super audiophile speakers
93 Targeting Huawei: NSA Spied on Chinese Government and Networking Firm - SPIEGEL ONLINE
94 William Shatner: Of course there's alien life
95 Android Wear vs. iWatch: Which watch will wow your wrist?
96 Quantum computers will leave Moore's Law far, far behind