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Bobby Rogers Dies, Motown Singer Was 73

Soul singer Robert “Bobby” Rogers has died. The singer was a founding member of The Miracles, the first group signed to Motown Records. Reuters is reporting that Rogers had been sick for some time. He died at his home near …

Miriam Makeba Honored with Google Doodle Miriam Makeba Honored with Google Doodle

Today, Google is celebrating South African singer and political activist Miriam Makeba. Makeba was born in Johannesburg in 1932. Her professional career began in 1950 as part of the jazz group the Manhattan Brothers. Shortly after that, Makeba joined an …

Yahoo Is Now 18 Years Old. Is It On The Right Track? Yahoo Is Now 18 Years Old. Is It On The Right Track?
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Yahoo, as an incorporated company, is officially 18 years old on Friday. The company was incorporated on March 1, 1995. I can’t believe there’s no Google doodle to celebrate. In fact, we’re not seeing much celebration at all. Barry Schwartz …

Jennifer Lawrence Without Makeup, Smoking A Joint?
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Jennifer Lawrence has had quite a week; after an Oscar win, an Oscar tumble, being hit on by Jack Nicholson, and flying to Hawaii to finish shooting for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” immediately after all that, she’s bound to …

Google Posts Big ‘Search Quality Rating Guidelines’ Document, Says It’s Just The ‘Cliffs Notes’ Version Of The Real Thing Google Posts Big ‘Search Quality Rating Guidelines’ Document, Says It’s Just The ‘Cliffs Notes’ Version Of The Real Thing
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We’ve seen Google’s search quality raters referenced numerous times, but now Google has made available the whole set of guidelines in one giant PDF for your perusal. The document is called “Search Quality Rating Guidelines,” and interestingly, it’s labeled version …

Police Chief Resigns After Questionable Photo Hits Facebook Police Chief Resigns After Questionable Photo Hits Facebook
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In yet another example of what-happens-on-Facebook-happens-in-front-of-everyone-in-the-world-please-stop-posting-private-crap-on-Facebook-it’s-going-to-get-you-fired-or-arrested news, a Confluence, Pennsylvania police chief has resigned after a questionable photo made its way on the site. The photo seen above of chief Tom Keller and a woman packing serious heat popped up …

Another Day, Another Cool Oreo Separator

Remember earlier this week when that awesome physicist with that awesome mustache built that incredibly complicated machine to separate the Oreo cookie from the Oreo creme? Because he hated the creme? Well, these two guys did the same thing, in …

Learn How To Integrate Google+ Sign-In With Google Drive Apps Learn How To Integrate Google+ Sign-In With Google Drive Apps

So, you’ve built a Google Drive app with the latest HMTL5 technologies. Now you want to integrate Google+ sign-in into said app to provide a secure experience for your users. The Google Developer team has your back with a new …

PlayStation All-Stars Zeus, Isaac Trailers Released
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While most of the fighting game news for the past few weeks has involved epic battles between D.C. Comics superheroes in the Injustice: Gods Among Us tournament, Sony would like to remind gamers that their whimsical Smash Bros. clone is …

Google Launches New Mobile App Download Ad Format Google Launches New Mobile App Download Ad Format
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Google has a new mobile app download ad format aimed at making it easier for people to download advertisers’ apps. It works with iTunes or the Google Play Store. The format is only available for those who have upgraded to …

Whiskey Flushed: Thousands Of Gallons Down The Drain
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Whiskey flushed down the drain at a bottling plant could have an adverse effect on the treatment of waste water, officials say, after workers accidentally dumped over 6,000 gallons of Chivas from its container. “We are currently investigating an accidental …

Windows Phone 8 Gets Panorama Shots With Photosynth Windows Phone 8 Gets Panorama Shots With Photosynth

Those who bought a Lumia 920 as their inaugural Windows Phone 8 may have done so for its reportedly fantastic camera. There’s now an app for the device that will make your photos even better. Photosynth, Microsoft’s popular panorama photo …

Miami Heat Do the Harlem Shake, and It’s an Extended Cut
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Yeah, I know. I KNOW, OK? But it’s the Heat and it’s a pretty good one… Ah hell, you can send me hate email. Fine. [MiamiHeat]

Mars Rover Curiosity Swaps Computers
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NASA announced today that Mars rover Curiosity has switched onboard computers as a result of a “memory issue” experienced on its active computer. The issue has brought research by the rover to a halt. The swap to the rover’s redundant …

Google Adds Sign Language Interpreter, Keyboard Shortcuts To Google+ Hangouts Google Adds Sign Language Interpreter, Keyboard Shortcuts To Google+ Hangouts
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Google has started rolling out two new accessibility improvements in Google+ Hangouts: a sign language interpreter app, and more keyboard shortcuts. Google’s Anna Cavender announced the features in a Google+ post Thursday evening, saying that both are rolling out gradually. …

Can 3D Printing Really Change Everything? Can 3D Printing Really Change Everything?
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3D printing has easily established itself as something amazing. Is it really the revolutionary technology that everybody makes it out to be though? That’s the question behind a new episode of PBS’ wonderful Off Book series. This week, Off Book …

DJ Ajax Dies In Accident On His Birthday
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DJ Ajax, a popular record-spinner from Australia, died early this morning after being hit by a truck. He was 41 years old. Adrian Thomas had been celebrating his birthday and was reportedly the victim of an accident, although police are …

Square Hit with Cease and Desist Order in Illinois Square Hit with Cease and Desist Order in Illinois
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Mobile payments startup Square has apparently run afoul of the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation. In a cease and desist order sent to Square, the Illinois department says that Square is “engaged in the business of transmitting money …

German Law Says Google Can Use Snippets Of Certain Size, Fails To Define Size German Law Says Google Can Use Snippets Of Certain Size, Fails To Define Size

Google will not have to pay to use snippets of news content in Germany, according to a copyright law (pdf) that was passed in the country. We discussed the proposed law last year, which Google had spoken out about. At …

Superman Defeats Fear Incarnate In Latest Injustice: Gods Among Us Trailer

After weeks of fighting, we’re almost at the end of the first round in the Injustice: Gods Among Us Battle Arena. The last two fights match up Superman against Sinestro, and Hawkgirl against Green Arrow. Earlier this week, fans and …

Google Launched 665 Search ‘Improvements’ In 2012 Google Launched 665 Search ‘Improvements’ In 2012
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Google says on its new “How Search Works” site that it launched 665 “improvements to search” in 2012. In a graphic looking at data from 2012, Google explains that it had 118,812 “precision evaluations,” which are described as “The first …

SpaceX Problem Alters Dragon Capsule Schedule

The second SpaceX mission to resupply the International Space Station (ISS) began early this morning as a Falcon 9 rocket lifted the Dragon capsule into orbit. Though the launch was successful, a problem with three of the capsule’s four thruster …

Bonnie Franklin Dies: “One Day At A Time” Actress Was 69

Bonnie Franklin, who starred in the ’70s sitcom “One Day At A Time”, has died from complications related to pancreatic cancer. She was 69 years old. Franklin announced last year that she was battling the disease but released a statement …

Google Gives You A Closer Look At ‘How Search Works’ Google Gives You A Closer Look At ‘How Search Works’
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Google has released a new section on its Inside Search site called “How Search Works,” which includes an animated graphic explaining just that. It also provides a “view into major search algorithms and features,” a 43-page document about the guidelines …