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    First Look Media sounds like a gigantic mess

    30th October 2014 19:20

    Matt Taibbi quit. Other journalists clashed with management, and founder Pierre Omidyar changed his vision from content to product, leaving First Look Media something of a mess. That is the takeaway from the 1,825-word screed posted by Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, Jeremy Scahill and John Cook — all First Look Media contractors — to The Intercept on Thursday The post highlights the rough history of the young media company, along with the events that led Taibbi to split from the…

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    LG develops smartphone display with super-thin bezel

    30th October 2014 19:18

    Does your phone lack screen real estate? That might seem like a strange question, given that smartphones seem to grow in size with each generation. But if you don't have the palms to hold a phablet, LG has developed an LCD panel for smartphones that obliterates the frame — called the bezel — that surrounds phone displays. That way you get maximum screenage. In fact, judging by LG's promo photos, the device looks a bit jarring, as if the screen…

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    Talking satire, tech and social media with Baratunde Thurston

    30th October 2014 19:13

    One part snark. Three and a half shots wit. 13 seconds of dead air. Half a wry smile. Blend well and serve fresh at precisely 3:03 p.m According to Baratunde Thurston, the comedian, entrepreneur and author of New York Times bestseller How To Be Black, this is the secret recipe for successful satire See also: Futurist Fashion Designer Envisions a World of 3D-Printed Possibilities With a hefty following on social, and career milestones that include a five-year stint at satirical…

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    Amazon in 2014: A look back

    30th October 2014 19:02

    It's been quite the year for Amazon — and it was either good or bad, depending on who you ask. From an optimistic perspective, Amazon finally dipped its toes in the smartphone market with the Amazon Fire Phone, rolled out new Kindle Fire tablets and launched its own entertainment streaming device, called the Amazon Fire TV. From a pessimistic perspective, however, the company took a $170 million hit on its Fire Phone, and was embroiled in an ugly, public fight…

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    Viral voguer Brendan Jordan works it with Queen Latifah

    30th October 2014 18:54

    Brendan Jordan, the 15-year-old better known as the kid who vogued his way to Internet stardom during a local news segment, simply can't be stopped Jordan sat down with Queen Latifah on Thursday to talk about the story behind that viral video, his brush with Lady Gaga and his love of clothing. That is, after he made the set of The Queen Latifah Show his own personal runway Jordan's mom was in attendance and explained that she couldn't be less…

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    Beautiful graphics visualise hectic life in London

    30th October 2014 18:44

    LONDON — The English capital has long been a cartographer's dream. From Charles Booth's famous poverty maps in the 1890s to Harry Beck's classic design for the London Underground in 1931, London has always been ripe for visualisation. Created by geographer and big-data fanatic Dr. James Cheshire and designer Oliver Uberti, a new book has plotted London in 100 new maps and graphics, showing how we live and interactLondon: The Information Capital uses Twitter data, satellite imagery, Strava figures and…

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    OK, so T-Pain can actually sing without auto-tune

    30th October 2014 18:40

    Don't get it twisted: T-Pain's signature auto-tune is no coverup for a lack of vocal talent. T-Pain visited NPR's headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Monday for a Tiny Desk concert, proving that the hip hop artist indeed has some serious pipes "I know everyone's worried about where the auto-tune is gonna come from. It's OK. I got it in my pocket," he said. He jokes, he jokes. T-Pain delivered some soulful, stripped-down versions of "Buy You a Drank," "Up Down"…

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    What Halloween looked like in 1980s New York City

    30th October 2014 18:30

    The New York Village Halloween parade is America's only nighttime parade. The parade route stretches for more than a mile, up Manhattan's Sixth Avenue. In addition to elaborate costumes, the event features giant puppets manipulated by several puppeteers and bands. Each year, parade themes draw upon extensive research into the symbolic language and meanings underlying celebrations and rituals. Today the event sees around 2 million spectators, plus over 60,000 costumed participants. The 2014 grand marshall is actor and TV personality…

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    Raises are coming for the cast of 'Game of Thrones'

    30th October 2014 18:17

    If Game of Thrones lives to see Season 7, some of the show's cast is poised to see some pretty hefty pay raises. HBO has reportedly locked the series' primary cast for the as-of-now unofficial Season 7 after renegotiating the contracts that were set to expire after Season 6, according to The Hollywood Reporter. See also: These Dothraki Pickup Lines Will Woo Your Fine Khaleesi As part of the new deals, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, and…

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    Apple reverses course: calculator widgets now allowed in App Store

    30th October 2014 18:11

    Good news, iOS users: you can still access a calculator widget from Notification Center. The company on Thursday reversed a decision that would require PCalc — a calculator app featured by Apple in its "Great Apps for iOS 8" section of the App Store — to remove its Notification Center widget. See also: 10 Apps That Make the Best Use of iOS 8 News of the reversal was first reported by TechCrunch and later confirmed by developer James Thomson: Just…