Author Archive for: ‘Josh Wolford’

Adrian Peterson Loses Nike Sponsorship Following Plea

Nike has ditched Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. “Adrian Peterson is no longer a Nike athlete,” said a Nike spokesperson in a very brief statement. Peterson’s Nike deal was already suspended, following the star’s indictment. In September, a grand jury indicted Peterson on felony charges of reckless injury to a child. Police accused Peterson of injuring his four-year-old son …

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Taylor Swift Explains Her Big Spotify Diss

As you may have heard, American sweetheart and creator of the only platinum-selling record of 2014 Taylor Swift yanked all of her music off Spotify earlier this week (save one song). Bummer for Taylor Swift fans who don’t buy albums anymore. Many have speculated as to why she made the move, but now she’s giving us the reason in her …

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Hostage Snaps Selfie, Posts It to Facebook During 4-hour Standoff

I’ve never been in a hostage situation, so I really don’t know how I’d react. Who knows? Stress does weird things to people. One guy who found himself in such a stressful situation decided to deal with it the only way he knew how, I guess. He took a selfie and posted in on Facebook. Cameron Schmid was working at …

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Home Depot Hack Also Compromised 53 Million Email Addresses

A large and lengthy data breach put some 56 million credit cards at risk, Home Depot revealed back in September. Now, the largest home improvement retailer in the world says that it also exposed nearly the same amount of customer email addresses. According to a statement from Home Depot, further investigation has determined that files containing approximately 53 million email …

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C-SPAN Caller Calls The President a ‘N––ger’ on Live TV

In don’t tell me we no longer have a problem with race in this country news, a C-SPAN caller called the President of the United States a “n-gger” on live television. The conversation started off reasonably enough. “I would just like to say, that the Republicans – and I’m a Republican – please do not overreach,” said the caller. “I …

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‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Is Officially Titled ‘The Force Awakens’

The upcoming edition in the Star Wars saga finally has an official subtitle. Your confirmed title is Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The name was announced in tweets from Disney, which also confirmed the news that the film has completed principal photography. The new film stars returning heavyweights Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, and Peter …

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Will Play Snowden in Oliver Stone Film

Back in September it was rumored that Joseph Gordon-Levitt had been offered the role of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in an upcoming Oliver Stone film. Now, the news has been confirmed. Speaking to Russian new site RIA Novosti, Oliver Stone said that the part will indeed be played by Gordon-Levitt, who he called “a very good actor, popular with the …

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CBS Launches New 24-hour Online News Channel

CBS is taking another step into the streaming arena. Today, the network is launching a 24/7 streaming news channel. Broadcast on its website, as well as a handful of its apps and other streaming devices, the new online-only channel is called CBSN. And in a rather ambitious move, CBS says that it will offer live, anchored news from 9am to …

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Marijuana Legalization Was Facebook’s Most-Discussed Topic on Election Day

On Election Day, with hotly contested House, Senate, and Gubernatorial races happening all over the country, social media chatter was turned up to 11. According to Facebook, Tuesday’s midterm elections saw 85 million interactions (posts, likes, and comments) from 27 million people. Some of that conversation can be attributed to Facebook’s “I’m a Voter” prompt that had people sharing their …

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Facebook Asks You to Donate to Fight Ebola

Facebook is about to ask all of its users to donate to the fight against Ebola. Not since Facebook pushed its users to sign up for organ donation has the company been so forward with a health/humanitarian issue. Over the next week, Facebook is going to prompt users to donate to a few nonprofits using a banner atop their news …

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Netflix Reportedly Gearing Up for Australian Launch

It looks like Netflix is readying its push into the land down under. Australian news site Mumbrella is reporting that Netflix has tapped both a creative and a social media marketing agency to help the company’s move to the country. And the campaign could be a big one. From Mumbrella: It is thought the service will launch a multi-million dollar …

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CNN Talking Heads Use Product-Placed Surface Tablets As iPad Stands

Once again, Microsoft is having a hard time controlling the variables of its product placement. You may have been watching CNN’s election coverage last night. If so, you may have seen a bunch of shiny, new Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablets resting upright in front of the various commentators. What you may not have seen were the iPads, which the …

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Tinder Is Getting an Undo Button, But It’ll Cost You

Tinder is one of the hottest dating apps around – in fact, it’s just one of the hottest apps around period. Despite this, Tinder doesn’t make any money. As we learned a couple of weeks ago after then-CEO Sean Rad hinted at a premium service – that’s all about to change. Well, it looks like Tinder’s ready to launch its …

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Gold Apple Watch Could Cost As Much As $5,000

The latest Apple Watch rumor points to a pretty hefty price for the top-of-the-line gold version. French Apple website iGen.fr (translated) says that the gold Apple Watch, called the Apple Watch Edition right now, could run you between $4,000 and $5,000. According to Apple, its gold smartwatch “has a watch case crafted from 18-karat gold that our metallurgists have developed …

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The Messaging Apps You Use the Most Are Woefully Insecure

It’s likely that every single day, you use a messaging app to communicate with friends and family. It’s also likely that the messaging app you’re using is unequipped to protect your privacy. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has just released a scorecard featuring 39 messaging apps ranging in popularity from the relatively small Silent Phone and CryptoCat to the ubiquitous …

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Michael Fassbender Joins the Steve Jobs Carousel

At this point you, I, and John Wayne all have a pretty good shot at playing Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic based on the best-selling biography by Walter Isaacson. I mean, why not? Joining the carousel today is Michael Fassbender. Variety quotes sources who claim that the Academy Award-nominated actor is in “early talks” to play the late Apple …

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Facebook Says Government Data Requests Up 24%

It’s Election Day in the US, and Facebook is reminding everyone to vote with a giant banner at the top of the news feed which asks people to share the vote with friends. By the looks of my news feed, it’s working. The company has also chosen today to release its third-ever transparency report – which provides info on how …

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‘Bendgate’ Proving Bigger Than Apple Cares to Admit?

When people started complaining about their brand new iPhone 6s bending in their pockets, Apple was quick to play it down. Saying that warping was “extremely rare” through normal use, Apple said that only nine customers had complained about bending iPhones. Well, here’s 300 bent iPhones 6s. Bendghazi lives – and it’s a bit more serious than Apple wants to …

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Amazon Prime’s Newest Perk Is Unlimited Photo Storage

Amazon Prime members have a new perk to help justify the annual fee – free, unlimited photo storage in the Amazon Cloud Drive. Amazon is calling it Prime Photos, and it extends the free, unlimited storage offering previously available to Fire Phone owners to any Prime customer. “This time of year in particular, families are capturing thousands of photos of …

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Apple to Kill the iPad Mini in Latest Rumor

We’re only a few weeks out from Apple season – that magical time of year when Apple unveils a bunch of new hardware – and there are already rumors about what moves Cupertino could make next. Apparently, Apple is planning on killing the iPad Mini. This rumor comes from Chinese publication UDN, via Phone Arena. It also comes with a …

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Google Glass Is Now Officially Banned in Theaters, Shockingly

In oh, no shit news, commonly out-of-touch organization the Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theatre Owners have updated their little rulebook, inserting language that specifically bans wearable tech like Google Glass. Since the MPAA and NATO have always banned possible recording devices (like cellphones) inside theaters, this can come as a shock to no one. …

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Is Instagram the Next Big Advertising Space?

In November of 2013, Instagram debuted its first-ever ad. Featuring a gold watch and the caption “Pampered in Paris”, the photo from Michael Kors marked Instagram’s entrance into the big game. Instagram had held out for a while, maintaining its status as an ad-free zone for years – but that was until Facebook gobbled it up for a billion dollars. …

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Google Will Pay Damages Over Street View Cleavage

Google is going to have to pay a Montreal woman a couple thousand dollars because Street View happened to capture her cleavage. A Canadian judge has ruled that Google owes Maria Pia Grillo $2,250 in damages (plus $159 in court fees) for causing her “shock and embarrassment”. As the story goes, Grillo was beside herself when she looked up her …

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YouTube Now Supports 60fps Videos

Your YouTube videos are about to get silky smooth – I mean seriously good-lookin’. Back in June, YouTube announced that 48 and 60 frames-per-second videos were on the way. Well, they’re here. Kotaku has spotted the option in the wild. To view videos at 60fps, you’ll have to be in Chrome or Safari right now. Also, you’ll have to watch …

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Tim Cook: “Being Gay Among the Greatest Gifts God Has Given Me”

Citing a desire to help others be more comfortable in their own skin, Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly revealed that he is gay. In an eloquent piece for Bloomberg Businessweek, Cook writes: For years, I’ve been open with many people about my sexual orientation. Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a …

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Twitter Launches 2014 Elections Hub with Curated Tweets and Data

As Twitter has done in the past with big events (both national and global), it has just launched a new activity hub for the 2014 elections. And while some of its past attempts to organize conversation around certain events (for instance the World Cup) merely provided a place to browse relevant tweets and accounts, the new #Election2014 site is more …

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Here’s a Creepy 14-Tweet Story from R.L. Stine

It doesn’t take a lot of words to tell a creepy, compelling tale. Short fiction writers know this, and they’ve been using Twitter as a medium for their brief–but-–powerful stories for years. Twitter’s recently embraced this – even holding its own fiction festivals. R.L. Stine, master of scaring the living shit our of children, has used Twitter to tell stories …

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Taco Bell App Takes the Stress Out of Ordering Crunchwraps

Taco Bell has always been pretty good at using tech to promote its brand. Take the Taco Bell Twitter account, for instance, which routinely communicates with its 1.4 million followers in unique and often rather funny ways. Taco Bell has also historically been good at promoting new menu items via social media. Extending that commitment to selling cheap burritos via …

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House of Cards Actress Elizabeth Norment Dead at 61

Elizabeth Norment, most recently known for playing Nancy Kaufberger on the hit Netflix original series House of Cards, has died. She was 61. NBC News reports that Norment died at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC, but the specifics of her death are still unknown. “Everyone at ‘House of Cards’ is deeply saddened by Elizabeth’s passing. She was a …

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911 Butt-Dial Features Robbery Details, Bon Jovi

A couple of cowboys will likely be riding their steel horses all the way to the clink after accidentally butt-dialing 911 shortly after they allegedly stole a man’s TV. Aaron Burrell, 37, and Yvonne Thyberg, 35, of Roswell, New Mexico detailed their crime to no doubt incredibly amused dispatchers after accidentally dialing 911 during their getaway. Here are some of …

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Amazon’s New Live-Action Kids Shows Debuts Nov 21

Amazon’s newest live-action kids series, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, will land on Amazon Prime Instant Video on November 21. The series follows Gortimer, “a kid fiercely loyal to his best friends and family, as he embarks with Ranger and Mel on magical exploits triggered by their thirst for adventure.” According to Amazon Studios, “the upcoming season will bring …

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Would You Pay for an Ad-Free YouTube?

The sky is blue, grass is green, water is wet, and YouTube is free. For many, many years we’ve all lived in a world where one can just go to a website and watch billions of hours of video – for free. I don’t think it’s Google fawning to say that YouTube, and its open, unrestricted video database, is one …

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Ebola.com Sold for Over $200K to Russian Weed Company

Ebola.com, a domain which, at this point, can only boast a few Ebola-related articles and a couple of ads, was just sold for over $200,000 in cash and stock. Just last week, a man named Jon Schultz announced that he was prepared to sell Ebola.com for $150,000. He told The Washington Post that he felt the price was more than …

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Googler Arrested in Nude Photo Extortion Scheme

The FBI has arrested an “Internal Technology Resident” at Google after he allegedly obtained nude photos of a Texas college student by way of a Gmail scam and subsequently used them in an attempt to extort more nude photos. 23-year-old Nicholas Rotundo has been charged with three felonies – two for cyberstalking and one for computer intrusion. He faces up …

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The Queen Sends Her Very First Tweet

Her Majesty The Queen has just sent out her very first tweet. Queen Elizabeth II tweeted that it’s a pleasure to open the Science Museum’s new Information Age Gallery. She sure hopes everyone will enjoy it. It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R. — …

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Alpha House Season 2 Now Available

As promised, Doonesbury creator Gary Trudeau’s comedy Alpha House‘s second season is now available in its entirety The Amazon original series stars John Goodman, Mark Consuelos, Clark Johnson, and Matt Malloy. Alpha House was the first original series from Amazon Studios – premiering last April. “Delivering hilarious insider insights from the master of political satire, the new season of Alpha …

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Ebola Patient Did Take Uber, But Company Says Nobody’s At Risk

Dr. Craig Spencer, the third person diagnosed with Ebola in the US and first in New York City, did in fact take an Uber ride just a day before testing positive for the virus. Uber confirmed this in a statement, saying that it’s sure that neither the driver nor any passenger who later rode in said car are at any …

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Shuddle Shuttles Your Kids Around, Uber Style

Any parent knows there’s simply never enough time in the day. Timmy needs to be at practice at five, but Susie has piano lessons at 5:30. Plus, you have a meeting to get to all the way across town. What to do? A new service, launching today in San Francisco, wants to be the solution. It’s called Shuddle, and it’s …

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Facebook Launches Mobile Message Board App ‘Rooms’

Facebook has just launched a standalone app that doesn’t even allow you to connect with Facebook (even if you wanted to) and also lets you be anonymous – to a certain degree. It’s called Rooms, and you can download it now at the App Store (if it’s working, which it may not be right now). With Rooms, Facebook Creative Labs …

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Uber Thinks You Might Want a Flu Shot with Your Ride

Part promotional effort, part PR corrective maneuver, and part desire to do something good – Uber is giving out free flu shots right now. If you live in Boston, New York, or Washington D.C., Uber will coordinate a flu shot for up to 10 people per Uber request – at least for the next few hours. The promotion ends at …

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Man Texts Probation Officer Looking to Buy Pot

On average, Americans send and receive over 40 text messages every day. With all of that texting, one is bound to screw up every once in a while and text the wrong person. Let’s just call this the most unlucky instance of that. WALB is Albany, Georgia says that Alvin Cross Jr. has been sentenced to a couple years in …

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Bloodline: Netflix’s New Series Finally Gets a Title, Teaser Trailer

Back in October of 2013, Netflix announced a new drama from the creators of Damages. Now, just over a year later, its title has finally been revealed. It’s called Bloodline, and it’ll debut on Netflix in March of 2015. Netflix describes Bloodline as a “psychological thriller” that “explores the wounds and emotional demons that lie at the core of a …

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New iPad Mini Doesn’t Appear to Be Impressing Apple Fans

Last week at a big press event, Apple unveiled two new iPad models – the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3. The former received nearly a half an hour of hype time on stage, while the latter was announced in seconds as a mere afterthought. Apple knew there really wasn’t that much to say about the iPad Mini …

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Christian Bale Will Play Steve Jobs, Sorkin Says He’ll ‘Crush It’

Christian Bale will be your next film Steve Jobs. Aaron Sorkin, screenwriter of the upcoming biopic based on Walter Isaacson’s 2011 biography Steve Jobs, confirmed to Bloomberg that the Dark Knight actor will be taking on the role of the late Apple co-founder. “I couldn’t be more excited about him,” said Sorkin. “He really is a phenomenal actor.” Sorkin also …

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Netflix Taps Bill Burr for New Animated Series

Netflix knows you love Bill Burr, so it’s giving the abrasively funny comedian yet another original content deal. First it was a new standup special, and now it’s an animated series. Netflix has announced that Bill Burr will star in a six-episode animated show called F is for Family. The show, which is based on Burr’s comedy, will also feature …

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‘Severe’ Online Harassment Affects Nearly Half of Those Targeted

If you’re active on social media, discussion sites, or comment boards, there’s a very high probability that you’re familiar with online harassment – whether you’ve experienced it or simply witnessed it. People can be terrible, and when you give them a cloak of anonymity things become even worse. Pew Research Center has just put out their first-ever survey entirety focused …

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Pandora Now Offering Analytics for Its Musicians

Pandora, forever fighting the perception of some that it’s not exactly artist friendly, has just announced a new analytics platform called the Artists Marketing Platform (AMP). Pandora says it’s the best way to harness Pandora’s 76 million monthly active users, who listen to over 20 hours a month. The AMP will offer musicians analytics like total track plays, number of …

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Taylor Swift Tops iTunes with Eight Seconds of Static and Silence

Taylor Swift has a new album dropping soon, and she’s released a couple of the new tracks on iTunes to boost excitement. Earlier this week, she dropped the second single from the album, “Welcome to New York”. Swift fans were likely thrilled then to see another release following that – a mysterious song only labeled “Track 3”. How modern. Fans …

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Facebook Dislike Button ‘Came Up a Lot’, but Nixed from the Get-Go

The Facebook ‘Dislike’ button is a sort of social media unicorn for some users. It’s never existed, it’s never going to exist, yet there are still people out there clamoring for it. Not only that, but plenty of those users routinely fall into traps involving ‘dislike button’ hoaxes. It’s not as much of an issue as it was, oh let’s …

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Facebook Sure Would Like the DEA to Stop Impersonating People

Though the US Justice Department thinks the Drug Enforcement Agency has the right to impersonate people on Facebook for “law enforcement purposes”, Facebook sure would like them to stop. Facebook has sent a pointed letter to DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart asking that the DEA “cease all activities on Facebook that involve the impersonation of others.” “Facebook is a community where …

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iPhone 6 Plus Supply Issues Loom as Holidays Approach

If you’re looking to get your hands on a new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus before the holiday season is in full swing, you may want to order one sooner rather than later – especially if it’s the iPhone 6 Plus you’re after. Demand is outpacing supply for the new iPhone 6, and Apple CEO Tim Cook isn’t exactly …

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Kickstarter Opens Up in Scandinavia, Ireland

Kickstarter has just opened up projects in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Ireland – so if you’re a creator in one of those countries you can launch your kickstarter right now. “People in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Ireland are some of the most creative in the world, and we can’t wait to see what projects they have in store for us. …

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Tinder Is Finally Going to Try to Make Some Money

Though swipe left / swipe right dating app Tinder is growing in popularity (it’s currently in the top 25 free apps in the App Store), the company currently has no monetization strategy. In other words, Tinder is completely free and it’s not ad-supported. This will be changing soon. Speaking at Forbes’ Under 30 conference, Tinder CEO Sean Rad proposed a …

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Twitter’s Buy Button Reportedly Launching Early 2015

Twitter’s looking to become a bigger ecommerce presence, and a major step in that quest is to allow users to make purchases without every leaving Twitter’s walls. This past summer, users spotted a ‘Buy’ button inside some tweets. From that, it was clear that Twitter was at least testing, if not planning on entering the mobile shopping space. In early …

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HBO’s New Streaming Service Could Cost $15 a Month

Would you pay $15 a month for a service that let you watch all of HBO’s content without the bulky ball and chain of a cable subscription? Apart from the format it will take, pricing is the number one question mark surrounding HBO’s just-announced plunge into cordcutting. How much will a standalone HBO subscription service cost? About as much as …

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Your Twitter Timeline Clutter Isn’t Going Away

Your Twitter timeline has evolved, and those tweets from random users (that you don’t follow) are probably there to stay. In a post titled “The spirit of experimentation and the evolution of your home timeline”, Twitter’s Trevor O’Brien says that most users enjoyed seeing tweets from accounts they didn’t follow, and that it’s one of those experiments that’s going to …

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Textaholic Granny Sends Family Motivational Text from the Grave

Everyone has their own way of coping with death and loss, and unless that coping mechanism is harmful to other, well, to each their own. If people want to grieve by texting their deceased loved ones, that’s perfectly ok. I mean, it’s really no different than going to a cemetery and ‘talking’ to them, right? While we could probably argue …

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Twitpic Is Shutting Down After All

The rollercoaster ride that is the survival of the once-king of Twitter photo hosting appears to be over. It looks like Twitpic will be shutting down after all. Back in early September, Twitpic announced that it would be shutting down, blaming Twitter and a trademark dispute for the abrupt move. “Unfortunately we do not have the resources to fend off …

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New iPads, iPad Air 2 & iPad Mini 3, Unveiled at Apple Event

As expected, Apple has unveiled a couple of new iPads at their big event, the second such event in recent history. After about 45 minutes of patting themselves on the back for the previous event’s achievements (as Apple is wont to do), Phil Schiller finally unveiled the first of the new iPads. The first is the new iPad Air 2. …

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Stephen Colbert Might Just Sue Larry Page’s Ass Over Knowledge Graph Screwup

Apparently, Stephen Colbert is 5’11” – a height that puts him on par with the likes of Brad Pitt, Richard Gere, and Orlando Bloom. Colbert’s proud of this. But there’s a problem. The jerk-offs over at Google are slandering his good height. According to Google and its knowledge graph, Colbert is only 5’10”. Might as well be a Oompa Loompa. …

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CBS, Like HBO, Is Also Cutting the Cord with New Streaming Service

Not to be outdone by HBO and their theoretical cable-free content platform, CBS has announced a new subscription service that lets users watch the network’s programming both live and on-demand. It’s called CBS All Access, and it’s launching today on desktop, iOS, and Android. For $5.99 a month, users can watch full current seasons of 15 primetime shows (with new …

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Alien Blue Is Now Reddit’s Official iOS App

Alien Blue, the hands down best way to browse reddit for iOS users, is now a part of the reddit family. Reddit has just announced the acquisition of Alien Blue, and with it a slight rebranding a price structure shift. Not a name rebranding – just a logo. It’s still going to be called Alien Blue as opposed to taking …

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Facebook Safety Check Keeps Track of You and Your Friends After Natural Disasters

Facebook has just unveiled a new feature called Safety Check, which allows people to identify themselves as safe following major disasters – as well as keep track of their friends who might’ve been in the affected area. The feature is pretty simple. If Facebook thinks you’re in the area of a natural disaster – let’s say a tornado, hurricane, or …

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Christian Bale Is the Newest Rumored Steve Jobs, Again

In regard to the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic (the one based on the Walter Isaacson book, not the Ashton Kutcher one), remember when it was Bale or bust? Then we took a ride on the Leo DiCaprio rumor train? Ok, now it’s back to Bale. According to sources quoted in The Hollywood Reporter, Sony is “beginning negotiations” with Bale. As …

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New iPads ‘Leaked’ Include iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3

Well, there are the new iPads. Apple has done exactly what it wanted screwed up a bit and inadvertently unveiled the new line of iPads. What you see above is a screenshot from the iPad User Guide For iO8, an ebook available in iTunes right now. Screenshots from the book show an ‘iPad Air 2’ and an ‘iPad Mini 3’, …

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HBO Without a Cable Subscription Is Actually Going to Happen

Within the next year, HBO is going to do something that people have wanted the venerable network to do for a long, long time. HBO is finally going to let you watch Game of Thrones without a cable subscription. Not just Game of Thrones, of course, although that will likely be the most-watched show on HBO’s new cordless offering. HBO …

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Google Glass Addiction Is Apparently a Thing Now, Leads to Involuntary Temple Tapping

First, they were persecuted. Then, they were addicted. Yes, it appears that full-blown dependency is the next great tribulation of the Google Glass superuser. We now have a reported case of Google Glass addiction in the books. The case comes from a study published in the journal Addictive Behaviors, where a man is said to have the first case of …

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Bono on U2 / iTunes Album Giveaway: “Oops”

Bono has finally spoken out about the marketing stunt turned PR nightmare that involved giving away his band’s new album to every iTunes user, with the help of Apple. “Oops,” said Bono in reply to a question in a Facebook chat. “Can you please never release an album on iTunes that automatically downloads to peoples playlists ever again? It’s really …

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Mark Zuckerberg Gives CDC $25M to Fight Ebola

Saying we’re at a “critical turning point” in the fight against Ebola, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating a hefty $25 million to the cause. Here’s what Zuckerberg had to say in a post: The Ebola epidemic is at a critical turning point. It has infected 8,400 people so far, but …

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Hawk Is Sick and Tired of Man’s Encroachment on the Sky, Takes Out Drone

Wanna see a hawk that hates drones as much as the FAA? A hawk flying above Magazine Beach park in Cambridge, Massachusetts saw a quadcopter drone all up in its business and decided to do what a hawk should do in such a situation – take it the f–k out. “On Oct 8th, I was flying my quadcopter at Magazine …

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Comcast/Time Warner Cable Merger Gets Thumbs Up from Shareholders

The shareholders of two of the most-hated companies in America have approved their merger. According to Bloomberg, “more than 99 percent of shares were voted in favor of the deal” to sell Time Warner Cable to Comcast. On Thursday Comcast’s shareholders, by the same nearly 100 percent margin, approved the deal. That means all that’s left in the way of …

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Are You Afraid of the Dark Is on YouTube, Now Go Relive Your Childhood

In this is why you love the internet news, some wonderful, wonderful redditor discovered that every single episode of the nostalgia-inducing horror series Are You Afraid of the Dark? is available to watch on YouTube. Culled from various YouTube accounts, here’s the list of all 65 episodes, and their links. And here’s an auto-generated playlist. Are You Afraid of the …

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Snapchat Photo Hack, If Real, Wasn’t Snapchat’s Fault (Says Snapchat)

Photos taken and transmitted via Snapchat may or may not have leaked on Thursday, but if they did, Snapchat assures you that its servers were never breached and it’s the fault of unauthorized third-party apps. Early Friday, Business Insider reported on “The Snappening”, a supposedly massive Snapchat hack that includes upward of 200,000 photos. The hack was reportedly organized and …

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Amazon Is Ready to Spend Big Bucks on Originals

Amazon is apparently looking to throw the checkbook at promising new shows – and the company is focusing on comedy. That’s the word from Variety, who quotes the ubiquitous sources familiar with the matter. According to the report, Amazon Studios (Amazon’s original content producing wing) is ready to shell out anywhere from $2 million to $4 million for a “larger …

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Colin Kaepernick Fined for Wearing Beats Headphones

It looks like we have our first victim of the NFL’s Beats by Dre headphones ban. The NFL has fined San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick $10,000 for donning a pair of pink Beats headphones at his post-game press conference on Sunday. #49ers QB Colin Kaepernick still rocking Beats by Dre headphones after beating #KCChiefs pic.twitter.com/A5Hh4uVaWn — Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN) …

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Checking in with Swarm Just Got Much Easier

If you’re an iOS user who loves to check-in with Foursquare’s Swarm app, but feel it’s too much effort to open the app and tap a few buttons – then today is your lucky day. The new version of Swarm is out, and in it is a widget designed for super fast check-ins. Once you enable the widget, all you …

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Facebook Isn’t Going to Put Ads All Over WhatsApp, at Least Not Right Away

Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp is in the bag. After approvals from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the EU, Facebook filed the final paperwork earlier this week. Ok, so now Facebook has it and its 500 million+ user base. What are they going to do with it? Not a lot, for now, At least according to Mark Zuckerberg. …

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You Might Have to Wait for Those Bigger iPads

As you probably know, Apple is planning on holding another press event on the heels of the big iPhone 6 event the company held a few weeks ago. The event is scheduled for October 16, and Apple just sent out press invites on Wednesday. Reports indicate that Apple is gearing up to unveil its new iPad line, which includes a …

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Hulu Plus Might Have Fewer Ads in the Future

In that’s probably a good idea news, Hulu is considering chilling out a little bit when it comes to ads on Hulu Plus. Any subscriber (or former subscriber) of Hulu Plus knows the soul-crushing despair that comes with paying $7.99 a month for a service and still having to sit through ads. It’s a terrible pain in the ass. For …

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Transparent Season Two Gets the Go-ahead As Amazon Touts Record Viewing

Have you watched Amazon’s newest original series Transparent? According to Amazon, a lot of people have. The show, a half-hour “novelistic” series that explores the lives of a family and its transgender patriarch (played by Jeffrey Tambor), debuted last week and since then, it’s been the number one series on all of Amazon Prime Instant Video. Amazon says it’s “record …

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Snapchat Is About to Get Ads

Snapchat, the ephemeral messaging app that your teenager is absolutely obsessed with, is apparently worth $10 billion. At least that’s the valuation connected to the latest rumored round of funding – which could include money from the likes of Yahoo. $10 billion may sound like a lot (and it is a lot), and you wouldn’t be alone in your scoffing, …

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Apple’s iPad Event Is October 16

It’s been way too long, says Apple. It’s really only been a year, but ok, we’ll bite. As rumored, Apple will hold their next big media event on October 16. Invites just went out, and as usual, it’s not too forthcoming with the details. You’re most certainly going to see some new iPads, and possibly some new iMacs at next …

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Yahoo Is Reportedly Investing in Snapchat and Its Sky-High Valuation

Yahoo is one of the backers that’s ready to throw out a funding round that values Snapchat at $10 billion, according to reports. The Wall Street Journal quotes the all-knowing and omnipresent “people familiar with the matter”, who claim that Yahoo and Snapchat have been talking and the former is set to invest an unknown amount in the latter. Snapchat’s …

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FCC Says Marriott Jammed Guests’ Wi-Fi, Will Pay $600K Fine

The FCC and Marriott have come to an agreement on allegations that the hotel chain puprosefully jammed its customers’ Wi-Fi. The civil penalty will amount to $600,000 for the largest hotel company in the world. The whole thing started with a complaint, which the FCC received in March of 2013. The complainant, who had recently stayed at Marriott’s Gaylord Opryland …

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Apple’s Next Event (iPads? iMacs?) Reportedly Slated for October 16

According to “sources” cited by Re/code, Apple’s next product event will take place on Thursday, October 16. The last report concerning this press event had it happening the following Tuesday, on October 21. Either way, you’re likely getting some new iPads – and maybe even some new iMacs – whenever Tim Cook does take the stage. It’s expected that Apple …

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Leonardo DiCaprio Is Apparently Not Your Next Steve Jobs

If you’ve been following the rumors and reports surrounding the upcoming biopic of Steve Jobs, based on Walter Isaacson’s bestselling biography, you probably have a headache. The last report had Danny Boyle signed on to direct, with Leonardo DiCaprio pegged for the title role. Apparently, Boyle wanted DiCaprio. We all want DiCaprio, right? Well, it’s not going to happen. According …

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Amazon’s ‘Hand of God’, ‘Red Oaks’ Get Full Seasons

In late August, Amazon debuted five new pilots for Amazon Prime users’ viewing pleasure: The Cosmopolitans, Really, Hysteria, Hand of God, and Red Oaks. Today, Amazon is announcing that two of those shows have survived the pilot round and have been greenlit for full series productions It’s the latter two – Hand of God and Red Oaks. Hand of God …

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Good Eats Hits Netflix Alongside Other Food/Travel Shows

Here’s some good news as you head into the weekend. Alton Brown’s instant-classic cooking/science show Good Eats is now on Netflix. For years, fans of the show have pestered Food Network, as well as Brown himself, to make this happen. It joins other Food Network shows like Cutthroat Kitchen (also an Alton Brown affair), Cupcake Wars, and Chopped – which …

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Facebook May Soon Wade into Healthcare

When I say preventative care applications and health support communities, you say … Facebook? Facebook, eternal tracker of all things you, is planning a move into the healthcare realm. That’s the word from Reuters, who quotes the omnipresent “people familiar with the matter”. There are three of them this time. Apparently it’s serious, as Facebook has already held meetings with …

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Angry Birds Movie Cast Revealed As Rovio Announces Layoffs

Apparently, there’s still enough love for Angry Birds for Rovio and Sony to spend a pretty penny on talent for the upcoming Angry Birds animated feature film. The cast has been revealed, as it boasts names like Jason Sudeikis, Danny McBride, Key & Peele, Bill Hader, Peter Dinklage, and more. From Rovio: Jason Sudeikis will lead the cast as Red, …

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Adam Sandler/Netflix Deal Shows Reliance on Big Data

Netflix is just getting started with this whole original movies thing. Sure, the once-DVD delivery company and future king of streaming has produced successful TV series like House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black. It’s also produced award-winning documentaries. But I’m sure Netflix would be the first to admit – fictional movies are an entirely different beast. Earlier …

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Celeb Nude Photo Leak Victims Threaten to Sue Google for $100M

More than a dozen female celebrities – actresses, models, and athletes – who were recently victimized by the iCloud nude photo leak debacle are now threatening to sue Apple Google for “failing to act expeditiously and responsibly to remove the images” and well as “knowingly accommodating, facilitating, and perpetuation the unlawful conduct”. Larry Page, Eric Schmidt, Sergey Brin, and Google …

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Boston Herald: Obama Cartoon Was Honest Mistake, Not Racist

Twitter has been aflutter over a cartoon that recently appeared in the Boston Herald, and the newspaper, as well as the cartoonist behind the controversial ‘funny’, have made apologies. The cartoon, meant to poke fun at the recent Secret Service breach which saw an armed intruder make it wa(aaaaa)y too far into the White House, depicted said intruder sitting in …

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Elon Musk Is About to Show You the ‘D’

On October 9, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is going to unveil the ‘D’. And something else, too, according to a tweet: About time to unveil the D and something else pic.twitter.com/qp23yi59i6 — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 2, 2014 The last big announcement from Tesla (in regard to car models) came back in July, when the company confirmed the name of …

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PopKey Is the GIF Keyboard You’ve Desperately Wanted

Now that you’ve used iOS 8’s new third-party keyboard option to use SwiftKey or other swipe text keyboards (because who wasn’t waiting for that?), please be alert to the fact that there is now an all-GIF keyboard that you can download. Right now. We’ve all been communicating in animated GIFs for some time now. It’s pretty much a new language. …

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Gold iPads Are Coming This Month, According to Report

If you’re sick of the old ‘space gray’ and silver iPads, you may have a shiny new option to consider. Bloomberg quotes the omnipresent “people familiar with the matter” who says that Apple is preparing to launch pretty new gold iPads when they unveil new versions of their current iPad lineup this month. This also corroborates rumors heard last month …

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NFL Blackout Rule Nixed by FCC, but Games Could Still Go Dark

The Federal Communications Commission has made a huge move, eliminating the sports blackout rules that have been in place for nearly four decades. The rules, which prohibited cable and satellite providers from airing sports events which were blacked out in local broadcast markets due to lack of stadium sellouts, will no longer be enforced by the Commission. But that doesn’t …

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Pee-Wee Herman Turns Up in TV on the Radio’s New Video

Paul Reubens has turned up in a wonderful new music video for the new TV on the Radio song, “Happy Idiot”. The video is a Funny or Die exclusive, and it stars Reubens as a racecar driver having what appears to be a hallucinatory experience while driving around a track. The video also features Karen Gillan. Check it out: The …

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Twilight Is Back, and Coming to a … Facebook Near You

Twilight isn’t dead, y’all. Like its sparkly subject matter, the series lives eternal – and will be coming to a Facebook news feed near you. Lionsgate has partnered with Facebook, the non-profit Women In Film, and crowdsourcing platform Tongal to produce a handful of original shorts “based on a broad spectrum of characters from the Twilight universe, with guidance provided …

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Spotify Finally Launches (Fully) in Canada

After announcing back in 2012 that it would eventually move into Canada, Spotify launched on an invite-only basis back in July. Today, Spotify is announcing its full Canadian launch. Alongside the more than 20 million songs, 320kbps streams, and the multi-platform availability with which Spotify typically coaxes US users, the company is also advertising “one of the most extensive Canadian …

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