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Google Doodle circles creator of Venn diagram - CNET

Google celebrates the 180th birthday of John Venn, the man responsible for so many fascinating PowerPoint diagrams.

Me at the zoo

The first video on YouTube, uploaded at 8:27 P.M. on Saturday April 23rd, 2005. The video was shot by Yakov Lapitsky at the San Diego Zoo.

World Wide Web Timeline

A timeline of the major milestones and small moments that have shaped the Web since 1989.

Syracuse Is Your New No. 1 Party School

Syracuse University has claimed the title of nation's top party school for 2014.

A Cat Exercise Wheel Has Raised a Quarter of a Million Dollars On Kickstarter

This Kickstarter campaign proves that there are a lot of people who want a giant cat exercise wheel in their living room.

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Hotel's $500-fine policy for bad reviews gets low marks - CNET

Therefore: If you have booked the Inn for a wedding or other type of event anywhere in the region and given us a deposit of any kind for guests to stay at USGH there will be a $500 fine that will be deducted from your deposit for every negative review of USGH placed on any internet site by anyone in your party and/or attending your wedding or event If you stay here to attend a wedding anywhere in the area and leave us a negative review on any internet site you agree to a $500. fine for each negative review. (Please NOTE we will not charge this fee &/or will refund this fee once the review is taken down). Also, please note that we only request this of wedding parties and for the reasons explained above.

The Seven Constants Of Game Design, Part Three | TechCrunch

The sense of purpose can be lost in many ways. One is when the game becomes opaque, such as I discussed when talking about naturalism. If a game just seems arbitrary or unfair then it’s purposeless. Another is if the game is too hard or too easy, falling out of Csikszentmihalyi’s “flow” state. Another is if it is already mastered, if it feels that there’s nothing else to learn, no new mystery to see, no new veil to be uncovered. Another is if the player perceives cheating. Another is if the game’s mechanics don’t lead to a sufficiently fascinating dynamic. Another is if the win conditions of the game seem flaky. Another is if the game becomes repetitive. Another (more recent, and especially in the West) is if the game seems overly gated, cynical and essentially about the money. And – like that moment that most of us experience when we realize that Snakes and Ladders lacks any element of skill – once the sense of purpose is gone it tends to stay gone.

Apple Hires Former Social Media Director Of Nike And Burberry

Musa Tariq is said to be a confidant of Angela Ahrendts, the former Burberry CEO who now heads Apple's retail and online stores.

Mohiomap Turns Evernote, Google Drive, And Dropbox Accounts Into Mind Maps | TechCrunch

Like many other people, I use Evernote as an information dump. Despite my best efforts to keep things organized with multiple notebooks and tags, my account has become almost as unwieldy as an overstuffed filing cabinet, with stacks of PDFs, web clippings, and notes going back years.

What Trinity Mirror can teach the New York Times about digital: Experiment quickly and often

In his interview with me, Belam also pointed out that one of things both he and Trinity Mirror management agreed on before the projects began was that they would have to prove themselves in a relatively short time frame — two or three months at most — or be killed off. “If we can build an audience then great, we’ll keep on doing it,” he said. “But if we haven’t, then that will tell us there isn’t the market for what we’re trying to do.” The Digiday article notes that Trinity Mirror has already killed one experiment: A site called that failed to generate enough traction was shut down in January after three months.

Gaystation 4 purchased for $4K

A quick update on last week's auction in Sweden by retailer Webhallen for a customized PlayStation 4 to support The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Rights (RFSL). The " Gaystation edition " auction concluded with a final bid of 28,300kr, which is roughly $4,105. RFSL Newcomers received 100% of the proceeds, which works with asylum seekers, undocumented migrants and new LGBTQ arrivals to the country. If you're looking for similar customization for your console, you could negotiate with ColorWare or a student at your local arts university.

4 Ways To Retrain Your Brain To Handle Information Overload

Levitin cites an example of forgetting to take your umbrella. “You hear the weather report that it’s going to rain tomorrow so you make a mental note to take your umbrella, but when you wake up in the morning, there’s a 100 other things on your mind,” he says. Hanging the umbrella on the doorknob when you hear the weather report reduces the clutter in your brain the next morning--and you’re less likely to get wet.

The Top 25 Business Schools In The World [INFOGRAPHIC]

Survey participants rated the reputation of the graduates from top business schools around the world on a scale of poor to excellent (1 to 5), with excellent ratings used as a tiebreaker. We included responses only from professionals who said they had experience hiring MBAs, as well as other filters to improve optimize our survey pool.

9 and Sountracking teams join Rhapsody in music tech acqui-hire twofer

“By teaming up, we can build the ultimate music service with an amazing social discovery engine backed by Rhapsody’s catalog of over 30 million songs. The idea of combining the best of Exfm with the best of Rhapsody has us all extremely excited! For the next few months, we will be heads down working. When we resurface, we are sure you will love what we have built. We’ve got some pretty amazing plans for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone and the Web.”

Germany's Bauer Media launches $134M European startup fund

Like peers such as Axel Springer, the German magazine-publishing giant Bauer Media has been branching out into the digital world as an investor, notably in Swedish health startup Lifesum earlier this year. Now it’s really diving in: On Monday, Bauer announced the creation of Bauer Venture Partners, with €100 million ($134 million) lined up for a decade’s worth of investments. Created alongside VC Thomas Preuss, late of Neuhaus Partners, the fund will invest in European tech startups at a range of stages. As I noted when Google came to town with a $100 million fund a few weeks back, the days of European startups complaining about a lack of local capital seem to be fast receding.

Thousands of Mozilla developers’ e-mail addresses, password hashes exposed

coachmark2 wrote: Question: What is the most practically secure way to hash passwords? I see they used SHA256; is there a better encryption scheme they could've used?As in, without going insane on system resource requirements and false negatives, what's the most secure form of encryption for PW databases like this one? Using SHA256 isn't bad as a base. Adding a salt is a good next step. However, hashes like SHA256 are meant to be quick to compute. This is bad for when you are intending to store data, not for ephemeral data (quick to compute hashes are great for ephemeral data). But this can be dealt with by doing key-stretching, aka iterating over your hash many times. This forces the hash to take longer to compute. So whilst a straight, salted SHA256 hash might have a GPU giving it millions of guesses a second, a key-stretched equivalent would only get like thousands of guesses a second, make it harder to crack as it will take much longer to go through all possible password combinations. That's the best way to incorporate SHA256 as a password hash. The step up from this is to use specific key derivation functions that are designed to purposely create slow, secure hashes.

Leak Lets You Send Anonymous Emails | TechCrunch

Leak taps both sides of the coin to get you to speak directly and honestly to someone specific. Or totally mess with their head. Or flirt. Or actually leak information. You’re expressing the id without the public show of it all, but just because the message is anonymous doesn’t mean that context clues won’t blow your cover.

Instagram is embracing its inner Twitter

These recommendations are also built on algorithms, and even stem from specific hashtags you might have liked, such as #ShibaInu. On Instagram, as with Twitter, hashtags are the name of the game — a simple way to index your photo to the rest of the world. Now, Instagram is finally taking advantage of the enormous index of hashtags its users have created. It’s easy to imagine a future where Instagram, like Twitter, promotes World Cup content or fashion week content to the top of Explore.

Inside Y Combinator's First Hackathon

Y Combinator is in an unremarkable commercial park located in Mountain View. Nestled in the middle of buildings erected in the late 1970s to early 1980s, an orange Y and the meandering developers clutching notebooks (mostly MacBook Pros) are the only signs alerting you that behind the dark wood facade, the new gold rush is going. But instead of panning for gold nuggets in a tranquil stream in the mountains, hundreds of would-be prospectors are are shaking their code in various ways hoping their app, hardware or service will be the next Yo.

Microsoft welcomes Madden 15 with dedicated Xbox One bundle

Just in time for the debut of Madden 15 , Microsoft has unveiled an Xbox One bundle focused on the latest edition of EA's annual football sim. Slated to debut alongside Madden 15 on August 26, the Xbox One Madden NFL 15 bundle includes a console, a digital copy of Madden 15 and three Pro Packs for use in Ultimate Team mode. That may seem meager, but by reducing the amount of extraneous content Microsoft can offer this bundle at $400 - the same price attached to a Kinect-less Xbox One - for those people who want a new console purely for its ability to play EA's latest football offerings. According to Microsoft, these bundles are only available for a limited time. If you want to ensure you've got one coming, you can pre-order the console from Amazon or the Microsoft Store . [Image: Microsoft] Madden NFL 15 (E3 2014)

HBO’s John Oliver Weighs In On The Native Ad Debate

Media companies claiming native advertising isn’t trickery is akin to camouflage manufacturers saying “only an idiot” would think its products are foliage, Mr. Oliver said, calling out the native ad practices of companies including BuzzFeed, Time Inc., The Atlantic, and even the New York Times. (The Wall Street Journal also publishes sponsored articles that relate to the products, services, or interests of advertisers. In the case of the Journal, such articles are labeled “sponsored generated content” and carry a disclaimer that the company’s news department is not involved in its creation.)

These Cycling Desks Charge Your Phone--And Your Muscles--While You Work

At the moment, the WeBikes are mostly used in public spaces, such as libraries and hotels, but the company hopes to bring them to more offices. "In the public domain, the focus has been on green energy," Verhaegen says. "People like power while they're on the move. But in the office, the focus will be more on the health side--the green energy stuff will be used more as a motivational aspect to get people started on the habit of riding at work."

Patient With Ebola-Like Symptoms in 'Strict Isolation' at NYC Hospital

A man who had recently traveled to a West African country is in "strict isolation" at New York City's Mount Sinai Hospital after exhibiting Ebola-like symptoms, but doctors now say they don't think he has the deadly virus.

Square Will Announce Acquisition of Food Delivery Startup Caviar This Week

With Caviar on board, Square could in theory offer the delivery service to restaurants and cafes that already run on its payments system, in a package deal or a la carte. It’s not clear what percentage of its customer base are restaurants and cafes. The company could also give restaurants and cafes that already work with Caviar a discount to start processing payments through Square.

EA Access Won't Require Xbox Live Gold Subscription - IGN

"When it launches, any Xbox One gamer can join EA Access and take advantage of the benefits of membership. In order to connect to multiplayer gameplay on the Xbox One platform you will need a subscription to Xbox Gold," EA explained.

Wikipedia link 'hidden from Google'

In July, an article written by the BBC's Robert Peston was removed from Google search results, and links to articles on the Guardian, Telegraph and Independent news sites have also been taken down.

Hacker says to show passenger jets at risk of cyber attack

BOSTON (Reuters) - Cyber security researcher Ruben Santamarta says he has figured out how to hack the satellite communications equipment on passenger jets through their WiFi and inflight entertainment systems - a claim that, if confirmed, could prompt a review of aircraft security.

CRM and Cloud Computing To Grow Your Business -

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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25 20 words that once meant something very different

Words change meaning all the time — and over time. Language historian Anne Curzan takes a closer look at this phenomenon, and shares some words that used to mean something totally different.


Homelessfonts is an Arrels Foundation initiative which consists of creating a collection of typefaces based on the handwriting of homeless. The idea behind these typefaces is for people and brands to use them in their announcements. All profits are intended to help the 1400 people supported by the Arrels Foundation.

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To don the exoskeleton, workers start by strapping their feet on to foot pads at the base of the robot. Padded straps at the thigh, waist and across the chest connect the user to the suit, allowing the robot to move with their bodies as it bears loads for them. A system of hydraulic joints and electric motors running up the outside of the legs links to a backpack, which powers and controls the rig.

7 Social Media Facepalms You Should Never Repeat

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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Say hello to Vanessa Marin , a sex therapist and licensed psychotherapist based in San Francisco. Talking about sex is uncomfortable for many people, and Vanessa helps both individuals and couples talk openly about human sexuality to deal with any issues they may have, hopefully leading to more fulfilling sex lives.… » 3/24/14 3:01pm 3/24/14 3:01pm

Meet HelloWorld, An Easier Way To Share Your Location With Friends | TechCrunch

Three years ago, Ernestine Fu was sitting at the iconic Philz coffee shop in Palo Alto studying for her Stanford exams. She tweeted about it, wondering if any of her friends were studying nearby. A few minutes later a stranger who had seen the tweet interrupted her to pitch his company.

Thai Fashion Site WearYouWant Scoops Up $1.5M Series A | TechCrunch

WearYouWant , a fashion retail site, has raised $1.5 million in Series A funding to tackle those problems. The round was lead by Digital Media Partners (DMP), a venture firm that specializes in emerging markets, as well as Japanese e-marketing firm OPT SEA. Other investors include IMG Investment Partners and WearYouWant co-founder Julien Chalte.

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PLAYLIST: How does my brain work? 9 TED Talks

As an expert on cutting-edge digital displays, Mary Lou Jepsen studies how to show our most creative ideas on screens. And as a brain surgery patient herself, she is driven to know more about the neural activity that underlies invention, creativity, thought. She meshes these two passions in a rather mind-blowing talk on two cutting-edge brain studies that might point to a new frontier in understanding how (and what) we think.

Fleet Unveils An App For Late Night Rides Between Silicon Valley And San Francisco | TechCrunch

They’re offering group rides between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m when trains are scarce or when the system is closed. They have shuttles stopping about a half-dozen Caltrain stations in San Francisco, Millbrae, San Mateo, Redwood City, Palo Alto, Mountain View and San Jose. Each car or shuttle seats between five and 15 people and the cost ranges from $6 to $18, which is much cheaper than an Uber or Lyft.

Is Every Speed Limit Too Low?

Over the past 12 years, Lt. Megge has increased the speed limit on nearly 400 of Michigan’s roadways. Each time, he or one of his officers hears from community groups who complain that people already drive too fast. But as Megge and his colleagues explain, their intent is not to reduce congestion, bow to the reality that everyone drives too fast, or even strike a balance between safety concerns and drivers’ desire to arrive at their destinations faster. Quite the opposite, Lt. Megge advocates for raising speed limits because he believes it makes roads safer.

5 Times the Internet Demanded Gender Equality

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.

The transformative power of classical music

Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it — and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.

The throwaway line in Aliens that spawned decades of confusion

Of course, we in the audience know what’s waiting down on the planet below—the movie is called Aliens , after all. And as the sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1979 haunted house masterpiece Alien, it was a film that was bound to be full of toothy, spiny, drooling monsters. But Gorman’s casual arrogance at quickly reeling off a name for the nameless terror that killed off Sigourney Weaver’s six (well, five, really) shipmates fifty years before implied that this wasn’t the squad’s first encounter with the titular bad guys, and that the creatures were just another casual foe that could be defeated by a combination of attitude and techno-toys. As you might expect, this assumption proves to be completely wrong, and the "xenomorph" term has been causing confusion ever since.

10 Heroic Women of World War I

It's been 100 years since the First World War, and in commemoration of the Great War's centenary, is highlighting the heroic women who risked everything to fight and save lives. This is a portrait of Dame Helen Charlotte Isabella Gwynne-Vaughan, an English botanist and mycologist, who became the first woman to receive a military Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British empire. To see more heroic woman of #WWI, click the link in our profile. (Image: Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons)

Google Spotted Explicit Images Of A Child In A Man's Email And Tipped Off The Authorities

KHOU 11 NewsHouston Metro Detective David Nettles.  See Also This Is What It Feels Like When Google Buys Your Startup Source: Despite Massive Layoffs Most Microsoft Employees Still Like Satya Nadella This Story About Larry Page In College Perfectly Shows Why He’s The Right Person To Lead Google A Houston man has been arrested after Google sent a tip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children saying the man had explicit images of a child in his email, according to Houston police.

This moving map displays the world in 3D

This is what a map should look like inside of a sci-fi film's futuristic war room. For the installation "Polyscape," artist Shunsaku Ishinabe projects a map onto a grid of tiles and then has those tiles flex up and down based on the landscape's actual height and depth. When it's displaying a mountain, the map raises to a point, and when it's displaying a depression, the map sinks. Ishinabe published  a video demonstrating a prototype of "Polyscape," last year, at which point it already looked like it was in good, working shape — including some flashy effects that truly make it look like it's come out of science fiction.

Taboola Acquires Perfect Market, Launches Taboola-X To Help Publishers Monetize Their Sites | TechCrunch

Content recommendation startup Taboola has spent the last seven years perfecting a technology that is designed to help publishers drive more traffic to their sites and make some money from external advertisers at the same time. Now it’s beefing up monetization on publisher sites through the acquisition of Perfect Market and the launch of a new product called Taboola-X.

Every Marvel Easter Egg Explained in 12 Minutes

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.

The Ethical Considerations of Creating a Baby From 3 People's DNA

We can also ask whether there’s really anything troubling about children having a biological link with three people. There are already lots of families that only exist because of the biological input of a third person: for example, ones created using traditional egg donation, or surrogacy. Given these precedents, it’s not clear that “three parent IVF” is all that different from practices that we already accept.

Japan Braces for Typhoon Halong as Hawaii Eyes 2 Other Storms

Meanwhile, two storms are spinning their way toward Hawaii, a state which does not typically see landfalling hurricanes, let alone two in one week. As of Monday morning, Hurricane Iselle, which was located about 1,200 miles east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, had maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour, making it a Category Four storm on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. It is forecast to continue moving northwest, toward the Hawaiian islands, while maintaining its strength for at least another day.

14 Tiny Houses That Make Simple Living Stylish

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.

Art Everywhere Brings Classics to Public Spaces Near You

An art project is trying to get some attention for classic masterpieces outside of a museum. Art Everywhere US, a cross-country art project, launched Monday in cities across the United States, taking renowned artworks and plastering them in public spaces on billboards, buses, benches and more.

LG G3 Review: Ultra-thin Bezels And A Quad HD Display Brings A New King | TechCrunch

With the only prior experience of owning an LG phone being the LG Shine, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But the G3 is a pleasant surprise and has a lot going for it with very few weaknesses. It has a great camera, a stunning display and the ultra thin bezels make it look attractive. The G3 is definitely my favorite Android phone this year so far and you won’t be disappointed in moving to LG if you’re coming from a new manufacturer. If you’re coming from the G2, there’s still a lot to appreciate in design and software.

This Extension Gives You A New GIF Every Single Time You Open A Tab | TechCrunch

Hey, you! Don’t you wish you had more distractions in your day? Wouldn’t it be great if you could get distracted by something literally every time you opened a new browser tab?

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55 In supersecret cyberwar game, civilian-sector techies pummel active-duty cyberwarriors
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57 Coral Miles Away From 2010 BP Oil Spill Still Shows Damage
58 Flexibility Pays Off for Small Businesses and Their Employees
59 Pricey Data Is A Barrier To Internet Access In Developing Countries | TechCrunch
60 The Hackaday Prize
61 JustReachOut Helps Startups Write Better Email Pitches | TechCrunch
62 You've Been Throwing Paper Airplanes Wrong Your Whole Life
63 Meet Minilock, a powerful new encryption tool built on ChromeOS
64 The Thunderstorm Photo That Won the 2014 National Geographic Contest
65 5 Tech Phobias You Never Knew Existed
66 How to Manage Talented People by Not Bossing Them Around
67 Lessons Learned On App Design For Fast-Growth Markets | TechCrunch
68 Here’s One Of The First Useful Android Wear Smartwatch Apps | TechCrunch
69 7 Takeaways From Tesla's Earnings
70 VC-Backed Biotech IPOs: Valuations And Virtuous Cycles
71 NASA tested an impossible space engine and it somehow worked
72 Hacker says to show passenger jets at risk of cyber attack
73 Photographer Profiles the Generation Moving Back in With Parents After College
74 Op-Ed: Tablets really are the new PCs; nobody needs to buy them any more
75 What Microsoft Has Done Right (And Wrong) In China With Xbox One
76 Point of despair: father of net neutrality Tim Wu talks about tech policy’s worst year
77 Play Chef With Forage’s Twist On Restaurant Delivery | TechCrunch
78 GIFs Are the New Graffiti
79 Uber launches People's Uber, a no-profit ridesharing service in Beijing
80 Watch This Wireless Hack Pop a Car’s Locks in Minutes | Threat Level | WIRED
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