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Reese Witherspoon Is Legally Lonely in This Emotional 'Wild' Trailer

In stark contrast to her ditzy Elle Woods role in 2001's Legally Blonde, Reese Witherspoon portrays a broken down hiker with no hope in the biopic "Wild."

How Whisper Became the Place for Brutal Online Honesty

Whisper has become the anti-Facebook - a place for anonymous personal honesty.

The Real Reason Brazil Lost to Germany in the World Cup

There's one very important reason why Germany completely owned Brazil in Tuesday's World Cup match.

2,100 Selfies, 6 Years and 1 Inspiring Story of Recovery

Starting in 2007 and spanning 6 years, Rebecca Brown's photo project is much more than a collection of selfies.

Waiting for Dark: Inside Two Anarchists’ Quest for Untraceable Money | Threat Level | WIRED

The inside story of two anarchists' quest to create ungovernable weapons, untouchable black markets, and untraceable money.

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1 Acquires RelateIQ For $390 Million, Preempting A Future Rival

RelateIQ apparently got’s attention as one of a new wave of challengers in the customer relationship management software business. So much so that Salesforce is going to neutralize the threat by bringing the startup into the fold.

Amazon Sued For Making It Way Too Easy For Kids To Spend Money

In a complaint filed Thursday , the Federal Trade Commission alleged that the retailing giant has unlawfully charged customers millions of dollars for kids' "in-app purchases" -- buying digital knickknacks while playing games or using apps on devices like Kindle Fire tablets -- that were made without their parents' or the account holders' knowledge.

Battlefest starts this weekend with bonus Battlefield 4 XP

Introducing Battlefield 4 Battlefest As we head into the thick of summer, we wanted to do something for our fans and are kicking off a special event called Battlefest*. This is a festival built for gamers, specifically Battlefield 4, filled with weekly rewards, contests and in-game content. It's a fun way to give back to our community and say thanks, while doing some cool things in the game. Not to mention, there will be tons of prizes, including graphics cards and three gaming PCs, provided by AMD. Battlefest is just a small token of our appreciation and commitment to Battlefield 4. In addition to this, we have DICE teams in Stockholm and LA continually working on improving the gameplay experience, adding new initiatives like the CTE environment, and also developing the next two expansions packs, with Battlefield 4 Dragon's Teeth releasing next week for Battlefield 4 Premium members. To get Battlefest started, we're giving everyone a weekend of double XP from July 12-13, so if you need to level up your game, now is a good time to start or get back into the game. The 12th also marks the first day of our daily contest (called Battleshots), where we're asking you to send us a screenshot in Battlefield 4 based on a different theme requirement.

Lawyers and web experts attack UK's fast-tracking of surveillance legislation

“We are concerned that introducing emergency legislation does nothing to enhance the rule of law or address the fact that we are increasingly becoming a ‘surveillance society’. The history of emergency legislation is not exemplary, with laws being used for purposes for which they were not intended. Today’s news is particularly worrying, given the emergency legislation will go against a court judgment on human rights. There needs to be a public debate about how to strike the right balance between security, freedom and privacy. We need to simplify and clarify a complex and confusing legal framework and ensure that it protects human rights.”

Warning: Factory resetting your Android phone may not delete everything

According to Avast, to truly delete all your personal data, you must overwrite it, something that Avast’s app, coincidentally, can do. We would take all of this with a grain of salt, since it would be in Avast’s interest to have you use its service. The company also didn’t reveal what specific Android smartphones it purchased, nor did it reveal what software it used to recover the thought-to-be-deleted personal data.

Yahoo Acquires Video Streaming Platform RayV | TechCrunch

Following rumors of talks going as far back as May, we’d been hearing whispers all morning that Yahoo had finally acquired the video broadcasting platform RayV .

U.S. Intelligence Officials Want ISIL Fighters to Keep Tweeting

During the late 2000s, as al-Qaeda in Iraq was losing ground, decimated by both American forces and local Sunni tribes turning against them, the group clung to life — in part through social media, according to Watts. And just as the Internet was evolving from a series of static websites to a digital sphere fueled by connectivity, al-Qaeda was evolving as a network. The group took lessons learned about fighting, recruitment and propaganda in Iraq with them into Syria, where they emerged some years later as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Making a lonely game is a group effort with Overland

Overland is not a zombie game. It's a turn-based survival story set in an apocalyptic wasteland filled with monsters, and it plays out as if action figures from Half-Life 2 and Stephen King's The Stand were on a road trip across a chess board, creator Adam Saltsman says . It is a horror game, in a sense. "It is intended to be scary or unsettling or lonely, but I don't think it will be compared to Resident Evil or Amnesia ," Saltsman tells Joystiq. "The thing I'm most interested in right now is, what if the people in a roguelike-type scenario weren't heroes and could not become heroes ... how do they manage? I like that feeling of vulnerability more than the feeling of 'horror' exactly. As a team we're definitely investigating things that are lonely and vulnerable and beautiful more than 'scary' so far, I think." Overland Overland is still in the early stages of development, when aspects such as tone, style and mechanics can change, but one feature of the game is assured: It's a story about people, not superheroes. Players will be faced with tough decisions throughout the game that will alter the narrative course – somehow.

Campaign Dares Facebook Users To Quit For 99 Days

“As we discussed it internally, we noted an interesting tendency: To a person, everyone had at least a ‘complicated’ relationship with Facebook. Whether it was being tagged in unflattering photos, getting into arguments with other users or simply regretting time lost through excessive use, there was a surprising degree of negative sentiment. Then someone joked, ‘I guess that the real question is, ‘How do you feel when you don’t use Facebook?’ There was group laughter, followed by, ‘Wait a second. That’s a really good question!” said Straathof in a statement.

Twitter Releases an Analytics Dashboard for Regular Tweets

While Twitter previously offered this level of detail for promoted tweets, the new analytics features allow users to see what kind of engagement their normal tweets are getting. From the main dashboard, you can see the number of impressions each tweet receives. Clicking on a post pulls up more info on the number of clicks, expands, replies, retweets and favorites it got.

Apple Opens Up With A New Blog About Swift, Its New Programming Language | TechCrunch

In this case, it seems Apple has specifically chosen Swift as a topic where it’s acceptable to be a bit less secretive because A) it plans to eventually migrate developers from primarily using Objective-C to using Swift to develop apps for its platforms and B) the language is technically still in development, so being open lets them get more feedback on its design.

Moscow Developers Ponder Another Samsung OS Delay - Digits - WSJ

To be sure, most of the developers that showed up for the event didn’t appear to sweat the bad news, drawing on a reservoir of patience after years of Tizen delays and setbacks. They argued that an eventual rollout — whenever it comes — could still succeed in a market where the South Korean technology giant already has a strong presence.

Social Media Management Dashboard - Hootsuite

Share access to your social assets without giving up control over valuable branded profiles. Hootsuite's advanced security features include secure login, a profile protection tool and a variety of permission levels for team members.

VB.NET, Netduino and Homebrewing Beer (Channel 9)

With my brewing activities approaching a summer hiatus, I am unsure what new brewing-related mayhem I will perpetrate this summer. One possibility is resurrecting the control box to PC data stream to capture and display session data, but that’s not really terribly exciting to me. Another (much stronger) possibility is implementing an Arduino mini & Bluetooth-based temperature monitoring system for my fermenters. This latter idea was inspired by a friend, Mike Castagno. It would be really cool (and useful) to design a system that collected the fermenter temperatures and sent the data wirelessly to the PC, and use a VB.NET Windows service to collect and log that information to a database. If the database were hosted online, you could even display that data on a webpage and remote monitor what is going on. We shall see if I can bring that particular vision to reality.

Apple makes a gay pride video and, of course, it's gorgeous

Apple has put its famous design brain power toward making a gorgeous video in support of gay pride. Filmed over San Francisco’s city-wide pride weekend on June 28, the video shows thousands of Apple employees brandishing a re-imagined Apple logo with rainbow colors, while they march down Market St.

16 Price tag for the American dream: $130K a year

Price tag for the American dream: $130K a year No idea is more central to Americans' outlook than the American Dream—the belief that with hard work and the freedom to pursue your destiny you can achieve success and provide better opportunities for your Check out this story on

Pixar’s Ed Catmull Emerges As Central Figure In The Wage-Fixing Scandal

this is no surprise to me being primarily a conservative animator. The free market and capitalist principles are not that hard to navigate. Im a little older, mid 40′s, and MTV was the Pixar back then of places to work if you were doing cool visuals… people would work for free practically… so the pixar thing I understand. Especially for young out of school talent… but this INFURIATES me. This is not a problem of capitalism… they f-d with capitalism and artists, besides myself and a few others who grew up conservative, most artists are naive emotionally driven types… I ‘was’ but I totally used my talents to move up in my career by jumping to the next place that wanted me more…. but that was post production and motion graphics. Animation… but not the character driven beautiful work being done by Pixar and the others…. they won’t speak up because its not slavery… its more like communism… communism lectures its people that life is good and nothing better exists outside of our utopia… the UNION is who is to blame now… individuals should have power, but the union negotiates the terms of contracts and they got their asses handed to them.

Alcohol Test: Does Eating Yeast Keep You From Getting Drunk?

OK, so we didn't learn the ultimate trick to drinking without getting drunk, but we did enjoy monitoring our experience of intoxication. For one thing, having a Breathalyzer in your pocket makes you pretty popular at parties. (Of course, you'll get a lot of faulty BACs if you pass it around, since you have to wait at least 20 minutes after drinking to get an accurate reading.)

Why do honeybees love hexagons? - Zack Patterson and Andy Peterson

Honeybees are some of nature’s finest mathematicians. Not only can they calculate angles and comprehend the roundness of the earth, these smart insects build and live in one of the most mathematically efficient architectural designs around: the beehive. Zack Patterson and Andy Peterson delve into the very smart geometry behind the honeybee’s home.

Throwback Friday: and domain names go on the block

Want a piece of history? and, some of the last remnants of Digital Equipment Corp. minicomputer empire, are being auctioned off by current owner Hewlett-Packard.

21 The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control

“At least 80% of fibre-optic cables globally go via the US”, Binney said. “This is no accident and allows the US to view all communication coming in. At least 80% of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the US. The NSA lies about what it stores.”

The surprising science of happiness

Dan Gilbert, author of "Stumbling on Happiness," challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.

A chat with Microsoft's CEO: why Apple and Google haven't won yet

I don't think of the world as enterprise and consumer. I think of it as people. In fact, I call out the specific thing about dual-use, which is I think where we can be most unique. Look, there's always going to be Pandora on our devices. But what is it that we can do with our operating systems, with our cloud, with our software, which is different and unique? We can make OneDrive, and OneDrive for Business, which I will use to share photographs and save photographs for my business documents. We can do a fantastic job of bringing those things together in support of you, the individual who's spanning both personal life and work life. So to me, that's what we are about.

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Google has turned its eyes to smartwatches in recognition that its Google Glass device has a ways to go

Two years ago at Google Inc.'s annual developer conference, skydivers wearing Google Glass parachuted from an airplane to unveil the Internet-connected eyewear. This year, Glass wasn't mentioned during the conference keynote. Instead, Google touted new software to power wearable devices like smartwatches that do many of the same things as Glass. The smartwatches are much cheaper, offer far more apps, and don't come with the social...

26 The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control

“At least 80% of fibre-optic cables globally go via the US”, Binney said. “This is no accident and allows the US to view all communication coming in. At least 80% of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the US. The NSA lies about what it stores.”

This Weekend, Behold The Giant Buck Moon

An exceptionally large and glorious moon will grace our skies this weekend. The Moon will be full at the perigee point of its orbit — the point when it's closest to Earth.

Lyft Hits a Roadblock, Delays New York City Launch

"We agreed in New York State Supreme Court to put off the launch of Lyft's peer-to-peer model in New York City and we will not proceed with this model unless it complies with New York City Taxi and Limousine regulations," Erin Simpson, a company spokesperson, wrote in a statement. "We will meet with the TLC beginning Monday to work on a new version of Lyft that is fully-licensed by the TLC, and we will launch immediately upon the TLC's approval."

IBM Smarter PlanetVoice: How Miami Is Solving Big Problems With Big Data

Cities around the world face a growing number of challenges, giving them all the wrong headaches for all the right reasons. Many are dealing with the inevitable consequences of rapid growth and associated demand. A seemingly insatiable desire for better roads and public transport, better use of resources and the requirement to maintain and repair existing infrastructure, while integrating the new electronic infrastructure, is bringing 21 st Century cities to life.

At Year Two, TheSkimm Hits 500,000 Subscribers - Digits - WSJ

TheSkimm was founded nearly two years ago by Danielle Weisberg, now 27, and Carly Zakin, 28. When it hits its two-year anniversary later this month, it will have more than 500,000 subscribers and a daily open rate of more than 45%, the founders say. The average media and publishing email campaign has an open rate of 23%, according to MailChimp, an email newsletter service. Women comprise 70% of theSkimm readership, most of which falls into the ‘Millenial” demographic of people 18 to 33 years old. “We are reaching our readers in the way they want to be reached and they are making us a part of their daily routine,” says Weisberg.

The 20 most popular TED Talks of all time

Are schools killing creativity? What makes a great leader? How can I find happiness? These 20 talks are the ones that you and your fellow TED fans just can't stop sharing.

Smelling farts could be the best thing you do today - CNET

Hydrogen sulfide, commonly found in rotten eggs and human flatulence, could have significant health benefits in small doses, researchers at the University of Exeter say.

Why the moon landings could have never EVER been faked

I noticed that this article was being passed around again, so I watched the video once more. I forgot how amazingly good it is—so here it is again for your viewing pleasure: The definitive proof of why the moon landings could have never been faked:

Cloud Lamp Brings Thunder and Lightning Indoors

Interiors designers frequently speak about bringing the indoors outside to expand the living space. This designer wants to bring the outside in.

Samsung Steps Up Its App Game With 'Galaxy Apps' Rebrand

The new storefront, which will be available to anyone with a Samsung smartphone or tablet, is divided into three main sections: Best Picks, Top and For Galaxy. Best and Top surface recommended and popular apps, which users can filter by date, popularity and price. The For Galaxy section includes premium and business-centric apps specifically for Galaxy devices and those created using Samsung's software development kits.

36 The Internet of Things - Free Report | MIT Technology Review

This Report: The Internet of Things Billions of tiny computers that can sense and communicate from anywhere are coming online, creating the Internet of things. What will it mean for Business?

What Every Company Should Know About Agile Software Development | MIT Technology Review

An agile team’s goal is to deliver narrow, fully-functional slices of the project at the end of each iteration (usually one to two weeks in length). Perhaps a website’s basic login functionality—from the user interface all the way down to the database—is built during this iteration; next iteration, a “forgot password” feature might be added, and so on. Each slice is demonstrated to end users and stakeholders at the end of the iteration so they can provide feedback on what’s been built so far and guide priorities for future iterations. As you can imagine, this approach makes adapting to the changing marketplace a whole lot easier and makes your software more relevant for customers.

4 Types of Stretch Assignments You Should Turn Down

If you're like most professionals, you'll eventually reach a point in your career when you realize that you can't advance to the next level without being able to show that you have relevant experience — a lot of it.

The Finger Your Phone Can't Live Without (It's Not Your Thumb)

Grab your smartphone and do a simple task, like check your email. Like a trusty steed, carrying the weight of your contacts, apps and messages upon its tiny, boney surface, the pinky is most likely propping up the device. I've asked both men and women to participate in my "where's your pinky?" test; nearly always, the results were the same. (Note: You might see your pinky resting on the smartphone's side until you start to navigate through the user interface.)

IBM Expects Nanotube Transistor Computer Chips Ready Soon After 2020 | MIT Technology Review

A project at IBM is now aiming to have transistors built using carbon nanotubes ready to take over from silicon transistors soon after 2020. According to the semiconductor industry’s roadmap, transistors at that point must have features as small as five nanometers to keep up with the continuous miniaturization of computer chips. “That’s where silicon scaling runs out of steam, and there really is nothing else,” says Wilfried Haensch, who leads the company’s nanotube project at the company’s T.J. Watson research center in Yorktown Heights, New York. Nanotubes are the only technology that looks capable of keeping the advance of computer power from slowing down, by offering a practical way to make both smaller and faster transistors, he says.

This is the actual hack that saved the astronauts of the Apollo XIII

This is the mother of all hacks, the genius device that saved the Apollo XIII crew from dying in their emergency return to Earth, as photographed during that trip using one of their Hasselblad cameras. Here are the actual step-by-step instructions that helped turn this mission into NASA's most successful failure ever.


Evo is the world's biggest tournament for fighting games. Players from around the world gather to compete in games including Super Street Fighter 4 Ultra, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Injustice, and more. This year's Evo tournament takes place July 11-13, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Watch the live stream all weekend, here on IGN.

Vinyl's Upward Surge Continues, Even as Recording Industry Flails

Last week, Nielsen Soundscan released its mid-year report , and once again, album sales were in the gutter, down 14.9 percent from the year before. Vinyl, though, keeps plugging upwards, with sales growing 40 percent to 4 million units. Even as our media is increasingly intangible, there's a subset of people that just can't get enough of the LP.

How Long Can You Go Without Checking Your Phone?

I’m not alone – the smartphone is having a devastating effect on face-to-face communication across the world. The team at Vooza is taking extreme action, as this video proves.

Lions and Tigers Distress Denim in a Win for Animals and Fashion

Many zoos around the world have found a lucrative market in collecting the faeces of large carnivores for gardeners or foresters . Funnily enough, this isn't a kind of luxury fertilizer. In fact, it’s to repel the small carnivores that roam our streets. Domestic cats and foxes communicate their presence in a territory by marking it with faeces and they recognize when this has been done by another member of their species or another carnivore. The system is like traffic lights, if the faecal matter of another individual or large carnivore is new then small predators read this as a red light but if it is old then it is green for go.

Elon Musk gives $1M to the Nikola Tesla Museum -- plus a surprise contribution

Musk’s generous contribution is a huge boon for The Oatmeal’s “Let’s Build a Goddamn Tesla Museum” project, which started as a crowdfunding campaign to buy back Nikola Tesla’s old laboratory in 2012. The campaign ultimately raised over $1.37 million , plus a matching $850,000 pledge from the state government of New York. But The Oatmeal and its Tesla Science Center organization need a lot more to turn the abandoned property into a fully fledged museum honoring the Serbian inventor and engineer.

The Future of Digital Marketing, According to Mashies Judges

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.

Sony A6000 Is a Near-Flawless Mirrorless Camera That's Super Fast [REVIEW]

The camera's autofocus speed is lightning fast primarily due to the 179 phase-detection autofocus points Sony crammed in. (The more autofocus points a camera has, the more area it can cover, and thus less of that "hunting" you get with other cameras.) In comparison, Sony's high-end NEX-7 had 25 AF points and the NEX-6 "only" had 99 AF points. And both of those cameras were no slouches when they were released in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

Mobile, Video, And Real-Time Bidding Are Driving A Boom In Digital Advertising

2. Mobile is the fastest-growing ad medium, and will see 43% annual growth between 2013 and 2018. Display ads, search ads, and video ads appearing on  mobile screens are grabbing an ever larger share of U.S.-based advertising budgets. In the chart below, mobile includes all ad formats — including video, search, and display — on mobile, as well as SMS ads. 

After Eruptions, Caribbean Island Seeks to Harness Volcanic Energy

Between March and September of 2013, the Iceland Drilling Company drilled Montserrat’s first two geothermal wells, to depths of 2,300 and 2,900 meters, striking temperatures of more than 260 C (500 F). While testing is still ongoing, the initial results suggest that the fluid flowing from the wells will be able to generate more power than needed by the island’s reduced population of around 5,000 inhabitants. Once completed, the geothermal power station will free the island from its current reliance on expensive diesel-powered generators for its electricity — currently among the most expensive electricity in the world.

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