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What you really Googled in 2014
CNN
In 2013, people just wanted to know how to twerk. This year, people wanted to know if they had Ebola, according to Google's Year in Search.
Survey: Will we give up privacy without a fight?
CNN
New Pew survey asks experts what privacy will look like in 10 years. Living in public is expected to become the new default.
This 3D printed plastic dress flows like fabric
CNN
Combining origami techniques with novel approaches to 3-D printing, a design has created a process that allows a 3-D printed dress to move and sway like real fabric.
Why Do Thunderstorms Give Off Super-Intense Gamma Rays? : DNews
DNews
Brief bursts of intense energy occur inside thunderstorms 1,000 times a day around the world, new research shows. Continue reading →
Kepler Makes First Exoplanet Discovery After Reboot : DNews
DNews
NASA's Kepler space telescope has detected its first new extrasolar planet after mission engineers were able to save the mission from a premature death after two of the exoplanet hunter's four stabilizing reaction wheels failed last year.
NASA Satellite Sends Back Most Detailed CO2 View Ever : DNews
DNews
Fresh data from NASA reveals a comprehensive global view of CO2 in full color.
YouTube's most popular video of 2014 was...
CNN
Mutant horrors, singers and kissing strangers had a big year on YouTube.
Learn science while hacking your Roomba
CNN
Want a programmable robot of your very own? iRobot says go ahead and hack your Roomba.
The Electrician Who Makes Bolts of 'Lightning' in His Basement | WIRED
WIRED
By day, Jacques Emery is a middle-aged electrician living in Martigny, Switzerland. By night, he descends into his basement, where a kind of magic happens. There amongst a sea of capacitors, resistors, diodes, and coils, he is transformed into something of a mad scientist, experimenting with the strange and beautiful power of electricity. Photographer Olivier…

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Apple Suspends Online Sales in Russia as the Ruble Plummets | WIRED
WIRED
Apple has suspended online sales in Russia, blaming extreme fluctuations in the value of the ruble.
The Second Coming of D'Angelo Makes for an Extra-Nasty Playlist | WIRED
WIRED
D'Angelo's Black Messiah is finally here. And it's glorious. If we could, we'd make it the entire playlist, this week, but we can't.
Can Wearables Bring Efficiency to the Enterprise? | WIRED
WIRED
It might be tempting to ignore wearables as some kind of geek fad, but businesses can’t risk ignoring how wearable technology is disrupting industries. On its own, Google Glass may not have generated the same mass consumer adoption that triggered corporate IT to accommodate BYOD or social media use, but Apple’s recent partnership with IBM…
Former Employees Are Suing Sony Over 'Epic Nightmare' Hack | WIRED
WIRED
The plot of the Sony hack drama has taken a new turn. Two former employees of Sony Pictures Entertainment filed a class-action lawsuit against the studio giant on Monday for failing to properly secure sensitive employee data. The recent widespread breach of Sony has resulted in the theft and release of documents exposing Social Security…
State-sponsored or not, Sony Pictures malware “bomb” used slapdash code
Ars Technica
Malware was just good enough to do the job, perhaps what North Korea intended.
Making the Internet a utility—what’s the worst that could happen?
Ars Technica
A cable lobby lawyer reveals the industry’s darkest fears.
NYC lawmaker wants to ban drones except for cops with warrants
Ars Technica
Unmanned aerial vehicles could be forbidden for hobbyists and companies.
US government fingers North Korea as the Sony hackers
Ars Technica
Officials unsure whether the White House will respond.
Namco to open Pac-Man-themed restaurant in Suburban Chicago
Ars Technica
"Level 257" entertainment complex will open in Schaumburg, Illinois in January.
First Round Might Break The Silicon Valley Internets With Annual Holiday Video
TechCrunch
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVxyHcMrccE It's time to gather all your startup family and watch the epic annual First Round Capital holiday parody video..
Minecraft Is Getting A Standalone “Story Mode” In 2015
TechCrunch
Telltale Games has announced on its blog that it's working with Minecraft developer Mojang to create a series of games set in the world of the blocky hit..
Estonia’s Taxify, An Anti-Uber Taxi App, Raises €1.4M For Further European Expansion
TechCrunch
Estonian startup Taxify is one of a number taxi apps aiming to help tradition taxi firms and drivers fight back against behemoth Uber and its ilk.
Uber Driver Charged With Rape In Boston
TechCrunch
An Uber driver in Boston has been charged with rape, according to Bloomberg. He allegedly took a female passenger to a secluded area on the evening of..
Hampton Creek Plans For World Food Tech Domination With $90 Million In Series C Funding
TechCrunch
Hampton Creek is on the fast track to eggless world domination. What started out as a little startup with $500,000 in seed from Khosla Ventures and a plan to..
60 Antique Cars Found in French Village: Photos : DNews
DNews
A treasure trove of rare cars has been discovered after lying forgotten for almost 50 years.
Million-Mummy Cemetery Unearthed in Egypt : DNews
DNews
The remains of a child from more than 1,500 years ago were found among remains dating to the time when the Roman or Byzantine Empire ruled Egypt.
Skype's Real-Time Translator Debuts : DNews
DNews
Skype has kicked off the first preview of its real-time translation service for spoken English and Spanish.
Creatures That Have Sex in Your Coffee: Photos : DNews
DNews
As you sip your morning cup of Joe just know that one or more creatures likely had sex in it.
Could the Higgs be Part of the Matter-Antimatter Problem? : DNews
DNews
In a proposed experiment for the newly-recommissioned Large Hadron Collider, physicists want to focus on the Higgs boson for clues as to why the universe is filled with matter and not antimatter.
Fish Converts Oyster Shell Into Speaker, Blasts Noise : DNews
DNews
In a pinch, oyster shells function as speakers for an industrious, communicative fish.
New York State Bans Fracking : DNews
DNews
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he would ban hydraulic fracking in New York State, citing health concerns about the controversial oil and gas drilling technique.
Beyond Tetris: a brief history of patriotic video gaming in Russia
the Guardian
Retro favourite Tetris might be Russia’s best known games export, but a closer look at the industry finds a creative powerhouse that has mirrored the country’s politics for decades. The Calvert Journal reports
Going Global in 2015: 10 start-ups to watch
CNN
The hottest new businesses set for domination in the new year. Find about them before your friends.
Satellite Map Shows Evidence of a Dangerous Arctic Warming Feedback Loop | WIRED
WIRED
New research from NASA shows that the Arctic Ocean has been steadily getting more energy from the sun over the past fifteen years.
Gadget Lab Podcast: We Say Goodbye to a Good Friend and Traitor | WIRED
WIRED
It’s our last show of 2014, and also Mat Honan’s last show as co-host. He’s starting a new job at Buzzfeed, so what better way to see him off than with a Buzzfeed-style quiz?
Big Data, Smaller Wage Gap? | WIRED
WIRED
I have a niece. Several, actually, but I’m thinking about one in particular. I helped deliver her at the hospital, and over the past 18 years I’ve watched her grow into a woman I admire. My niece is smart and conscientious. She knows politics and wants to fight the world’s injustices. She reads. She sings.…
Amazon Launches One-Hour Delivery Service in NYC | WIRED
WIRED
Amazon on Thursday introduced a new service called Prime Now, which lets Prime members in New York City get a range of more than 25,000 “daily essentials” delivered to them within an hour for $7.99.
Science Graphic of the Week: Scientists Map Seaside Terrain at Titan's North Pole | WIRED
WIRED
Saturn’s moon Titan is a wet world, the only other place in the solar system that we know has flowing liquid on its surface. The colorful geomorphic map (above left) combines radar and topographic data of Titan’s north pole to show different features around a large sea called Ligeia Mare.
Flickr Removes Creative Commons Images From Its Wall Art Program Following Backlash
TechCrunch
Last month, Flickr expanded its Wall Art print service to include images from the photo-sharing site’s professional artists as well as images licensed for..
Mobile Commerce Consolidation As Mozido Takes Majority Stake In CorFire
TechCrunch
Just days after Dutch digital commerce provider Adyen announced a $250 million round of funding, another heavily capitalised player in the space has made an..
Neurence’s Cloud Platform Gives Wearables Eyes That Can See And Ears That Can Hear
TechCrunch
U.K. startup Neurence, which has previously released two proof-of-concept apps showcasing its augmented reality tech, called Taggar and Tag Me, has now..
Ending The Invisibility Of Homelessness
TechCrunch
The lack of affordable, safe, and supportive housing is a scourge on society. It costs $90K to maintain a human being on the streets for a year, compared to..
Google Rips MPAA For Allegedly Leveraging Local Government To Revive SOPA
TechCrunch
Corruption in the American Hollywood style is something to behold. Today, Google published a short blog post alleging that the Motion Picture Association of..
Prehistoric Platypus-like Reptile Uncovered in China : DNews
DNews
The 248-million-year-old fossil belongs to a group of mysterious early Triassic marine reptiles.
Red Planet Rover: Discovery Channel Mars Curiosity Exclusive : DNews
DNews
Tonight, at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT), Discovery Channel will air a behind-the-scenes documentary of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission.
Four Big Carnivores Make Big Comeback : DNews
DNews
It was a great year for four large European carnivores whose populations are now numerous, stable and healthy.
American Kennel Club Recognizes Four New Breeds : DNews
DNews
The distinctive dogs join the organization's official recognized list.
Airbnb agrees to collect Amsterdam tourist tax
the Guardian
Accommodation website will no longer leave collection of 5% tax to hosts renting homes or rooms after city hotels protested
This Week's Weirdest Wild Animal Encounters | WIRED
WIRED
A feral cat broke into a Russian airport and ate $1,000 worth of seafood, a black bear beat up a Santa Claus, and a tiger released into the wild by Vladimir Putin was caught on camera devouring a pet dog in China for two hours.
Running an Ebola Clinic in Sierra Leone Is All About Containment—And Chlorine | WIRED
WIRED
Treating patients with the deadly Ebola virus takes doctors, drugs, and a whole lot of chlorine.
Peter Jackson Must Be Stopped | WIRED
WIRED
For fantasy to work, it has to be based on reality. Unfortunately, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies---and the Hobbit trilogy as a whole---is not.
What 800 Nerds on a Cruise Ship Taught Me About Life, the Universe, and Snorkeling | WIRED
WIRED
A ship of nerds, of which I am one. A secret font of geek culture. A pop-up community that inverts the classic rules of social hierarchy and celebrates new ones. Which should sound pretty great to me. It really should.
If Cavemen Had CAD, This Is the Home They'd Design | WIRED
WIRED
This clean modern cabin in Norway is hardly a hole in the side of a mountain, but it does harken back to some of our ancestors' elemental concerns.
BMW i3 review: A city car for the future
Ars Technica
Exotic composites, environmental creds, and BMW's driving dynamics?
Critical Git bug allows malicious code execution on client machines
Ars Technica
All versions for Windows and Mac are vulnerable.
Microsoft sues tech support scammers for trademark violation, false advertising
Ars Technica
Claims 390,000 residents lost $179 million in California alone.
T-Mobile wins fight against AT&T and Verizon over data roaming charges
Ars Technica
Big carriers hurt customers by charging outrageous rates, T-Mobile claims.
12 million home and business routers vulnerable to critical hijacking hack
Ars Technica
Bug exposes user data, as well as computers, Web cams, and other connected devices.
Rothenberg Ventures Opens Virtual Reality Accelerator Offering 10 Startups $100K And A Clubhouse
TechCrunch
"2015 will be the year of Virtual Reality" says investor Mike Rothenberg. But fragmentation in the nascent industry means VR hardware, software, and content..
Venture Investors Light Up Cannabis Startups
TechCrunch
As American lawmakers legalize cannabis in a handful of states and decriminalize it in others, "potrepreneurs" are emerging from the shadows to bring tech to..
Wedgies.com Raises $700K For Its Social Media Polling Tools
TechCrunch
Polling startup Wedgies.com (yes, that's really its name) is announcing that it has raised $700,000 in seed funding led by Greycroft Partners. Co-founder..
Watch This Double Amputee Control Two Robotic Arms At Once
TechCrunch
It's rare to see the future unfold in front of our eyes this dramatically but here it is: the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab has helped a man..
Crossing The Digital Divide To Protect The Environment
TechCrunch
A growing suite of digital tools is emerging to better manage the world’s natural resources. Development Alert! maps where new infrastructure projects..
Test-Tube Baby May Be Last Hope for Northern White Rhino : DNews
DNews
Scientists are facing desperate options in the fight to save northern white rhinos from extinction.
Sony Cancels Film Over Suspected N. Korea Hack : DNews
DNews
The company said it had no choice but to cancel the movie's Christmas release and pull it from theaters due to a credible threat.

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12 million home and business routers vulnerable to critical hijacking hack
Ars Technica
Bug exposes user data, as well as computers, Web cams, and other connected devices.
Rothenberg Ventures Opens Virtual Reality Accelerator Offering 10 Startups $100K And A Clubhouse
TechCrunch
"2015 will be the year of Virtual Reality" says investor Mike Rothenberg. But fragmentation in the nascent industry means VR hardware, software, and content..
Venture Investors Light Up Cannabis Startups
TechCrunch
As American lawmakers legalize cannabis in a handful of states and decriminalize it in others, "potrepreneurs" are emerging from the shadows to bring tech to..
Watch This Double Amputee Control Two Robotic Arms At Once
TechCrunch
It's rare to see the future unfold in front of our eyes this dramatically but here it is: the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab has helped a man..
Wedgies.com Raises $700K For Its Social Media Polling Tools
TechCrunch
Polling startup Wedgies.com (yes, that's really its name) is announcing that it has raised $700,000 in seed funding led by Greycroft Partners. Co-founder..
Crossing The Digital Divide To Protect The Environment
TechCrunch
A growing suite of digital tools is emerging to better manage the world’s natural resources. Development Alert! maps where new infrastructure projects..
Top Sierra Leone Doctor Dies From Ebola : DNews
DNews
Dr. Victor Willoughby, who contracted the disease on Saturday, was the 11th doctor in his country to die from the deadly disease.
Sony Cancels Film Over Suspected N. Korea Hack : DNews
DNews
The company said it had no choice but to cancel the movie's Christmas release and pull it from theaters due to a credible threat.
Test-Tube Baby May Be Last Hope for Northern White Rhino : DNews
DNews
Scientists are facing desperate options in the fight to save northern white rhinos from extinction.
A Big Year : DNews
DNews
Check out ten technologies from 2014 that never let up the entire year.
Facebook Messenger Shows Its New Speed With FacePile Read Receipts
TechCrunch
Milliseconds make a difference when it comes to chat. The less lag, the more it feels like being in the same room. But with texting, we lost the cues like..
The FBI Blames North Korea For Sony Hack
TechCrunch
The FBI has officially put the blame on the North Korean government for the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack which resulted in the theft of mass amounts of..
Canonical’s “Snappy Ubuntu” Lands On AWS
TechCrunch
Canonical's stripped down "Snappy" edition of Ubuntu Core is now available on Amazon's AWS cloud computing platform. If you've followed along over the last..
GamerGate Harassment Of Zoe Quinn Stoops To New Low
TechCrunch
GamerGate has not bottomed out quite yet. The pent up rage of a group of disenfranchised misogynists has found a new digital outlet for harassing one of their..
Sony’s ‘The Interview’ Capitulation May Prevent Further Leaks
TechCrunch
Sony Pictures might be spared further embarrassment resulting from future data dumps, according to emails received by Sony executives today. CNN reports that..
Judge gives customers go-ahead to sue Target over data breach
the Guardian
A US district judge has ruled consumers whose private information was compromised by the 2013 breach have a right to sue the retailer
BlackBerry hit by worse than expected sales
the Guardian
Smartphone maker slashes losses to $148m for three months to 29 November but sales of $793m disappoint analysts
Apple chief: Panorama report on Chinese workers deeply offensive
the Guardian
Tim Cook hits back at claims in undercover BBC report that workers in iPhone and iPad factories are being mistreated
Flickr scraps plan to sell users' photos as wall art after licensing row
the Guardian
Company apologises for service that profited off its sharing community and admits it wasn’t in the “spirit” of Creative Commons•Facebook has likes. Instagram has hearts. But Flickr had them (and me) first

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