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Elmore Leonard, American Crime Novelist, Dead at 87

Sad news this morning out of Detroit: one of America’s greatest crime novelists and the executive producer for the Eastern Kentucky crime drama Justified on FX has died at 87. Leonard passed on at 7:15 in the morning today at …

ID@Xbox Is The Xbox One’s Self Publishing Platform For Indies

When the Xbox One was first announced, Microsoft said that it wouldn’t allow indie developers to self publish on the platform. Without an indie games channel on the Xbox One, this meant that indie developers would once again have to …

‘Ryse: Son of Rome’ Combat, Co-op Revealed

Ryse: Son of Rome was announced at Microsoft’s big E3 press conference as one of the Xbox One’s exclusive launch titles. Though the game’s graphics earned praise, Ryse failed to build E3 hype the way games such as Titanfall did. …

Pam Oliver Bashed In The Face At Colts Game

Pam Oliver, a sideline reporter for Fox, got a nasty surprise yesterday during a pre-game warmup between the Colts and the Giants: a football to the face. Colt Chandler Harnish made a wonky throw that caught Oliver directly on the …

Kym Johnson Latest Dancer To Leave “DWTS”

Kym Johnson, who has spent 14 seasons on the dancefloor at “Dancing With The Stars”, is taking a break from the show. Johnson–who got her start on the Australian version of the show in 2004–says she has another opportunity waiting …

Groklaw To Shut Down As Editor Doesn’t Want Government Going Through Its Virtual Underwear Groklaw To Shut Down As Editor Doesn’t Want Government Going Through Its Virtual Underwear
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Groklaw, an award-winning and highly respected legal site dealing mainly in software law, is shutting down due to fears of government spying. Specifically, the site’s editor Pam Jones has determined that she can’t stand the idea of the government reading …

FIFA 14 Gets “Legendary Footballers” on Xbox One

At its press conference today at Gamescom, Microsoft announced that every pre-ordered Xbox one Day One Edition console in Europe will come bundled with a free copy of FIFA 14. It’s quite a gambit for Microsoft to pay for that …

Tesla Model S Gets the Highest Safety Rating…Ever Tesla Model S Gets the Highest Safety Rating…Ever

In terms of U.S. automobile safety testing, the Tesla Model S has just set a new record. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has just awarded Tesla’s full-sized luxury sedan a 5-star safety rating – both overall and across …

Dave Chappelle Makes Cover Of Prince’s New Single
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Dave Chappelle is greatly missed these days, as he’s been out of the public eye for several years following his departure from the comedy life in 2006. But he’s slowly beginning to make a comeback, and Prince has a little …

Fable Legends Announced For Xbox One

At Gamescom, Microsoft finally revealed what Lionhead Studios was working on for the Xbox One. Surprise – it’s a new entry in the Fable franchise. This morning, Microsoft announced that Fable Legends would be the next game coming in its …

Google+ Gets a New In-Line Translation Feature Google+ Gets a New In-Line Translation Feature

Google has just announced that they are beginning to roll out a new native translation feature inside Google+. With Google Translate inside Google+, you’ll see a “Translate” link directly underneath any text that’s in a foreign language. Simply click the …

Netflix Wants To Make Sure Its Users Know About Its Emmy Nominations Netflix Wants To Make Sure Its Users Know About Its Emmy Nominations

Netflix shows have been nominated for a total of fourteen Emmys. We’ve known this for a while, but Netflix also wants to make sure all of its users know it too. The company has put out a new video driving …

Xbox One Pre-Orders Come With FIFA 14 in Europe

Though Microsoft did not stream its Xbox One conference from this year’s Gamescom, the company did have plenty of announcements to share about its upcoming next-generation console. Perhaps the biggest announcement made during the presentation was the confirmation of yesterday’s …

The Xbox One Will Launch With 23 Games

Early this morning (at least for us Americans), Microsoft held its Gamescom press conference in Cologne, Germany. The company shared details regarding its launch plans for the Xbox One, including its launch titles. Microsoft announced this morning that the Xbox …

Facebook Doesn’t Want Third-Party Apps Using ‘Insta’ Or ‘Gram’ In Their Names Facebook Doesn’t Want Third-Party Apps Using ‘Insta’ Or ‘Gram’ In Their Names
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Instagram is no longer allowing third-party apps that provide additional functionality to its product to have the words (or partial words) “Insta” or “Gram” in them. The Facebook-owned company has changed its brand guidelines to reflect this mentality. An Instagram …

Google Fiber To Head To Leawood, Kansas Google Fiber To Head To Leawood, Kansas

Google announced that Leawood, Kansas’ City Council has voted to make the town the 14th Kansas City area to get Google Fiber. “We look forward to bringing service to Leawood, but there’s quite a bit of planning and construction work …

Can Yelp Reviews Be Trusted? Can Yelp Reviews Be Trusted?
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Yelp asks in a blog post, “What good are online reviews if you can’t trust their authenticity?” That’s a really good question, and an important one that review sites have to grapple with as businesses and spammers constantly try to …

Should Internet Access Remain Tax Free? Should Internet Access Remain Tax Free?
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You probably pay a lot for Internet, but at least you don’t have to pay taxes on your service with each monthly bill. That may all change next year, and two senators want to stop that from happening. The Hill …

Google Has Made People Afraid To Link Google Has Made People Afraid To Link
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Google has made it so people are scared to link to content. That’s what it has come to. I don’t think it’s ever been Google’s intention to scare people away from linking when it’s natural and deserving, but its never-ending …

Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich Calls For The NSA To Be Abolished Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich Calls For The NSA To Be Abolished
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The NSA has become quite the touchy subject in Washington these past few months after leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed the agency’s spy programs. The president and those who support the NSA have been on the defensive …

Will Google’s Expanding Personalization Help Or Hurt Businesses? Will Google’s Expanding Personalization Help Or Hurt Businesses?
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Google has been getting more personalized little by little for years now, but it’s happening much more rapidly these days, and not only is it getting more personalized, it’s getting more conversational, in the sense that it’s just telling you …

Do Users And Businesses Have Legitimate Gripes With Gmail? Do Users And Businesses Have Legitimate Gripes With Gmail?
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Google is making waves with Gmail a lot these days for a variety of reasons, and this week, users are freaking out about something the company said in a court document regarding email privacy. Combine that with the new compose …

Minimum Wage Debate Strikes a Date Minimum Wage Debate Strikes a Date
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August 29 is the day you may want to pack a lunch.  Fast food workers are joining the social media stampede calling for a nationwide strike on August 29, four days before Labor Day.  Demands are for an hourly wage …

Is Google Going Too Far With The Nofollows? Is Google Going Too Far With The Nofollows?
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Note: This article has been updated from its original form. Google, this week, has given webmasters more advice on when they should be using the nofollow attribute. In other words, Google is telling you more types of links you shouldn’t …