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    Santa receives a fashion upgrade from high-end designers

    17th December 2014 20:38

    Santa Claus has been in need of a fashion upgrade for at least 100 years Although St. Nicholas is instantly recognizable character with his red fur-lined jacket, black leather belt and boots with gold accents, he's a little out of the times See also: 10 last-minute gifts to save the holiday slacker Recognizing that Santa's look was so last century, creators at Joint London imagined what Father Christmas would look like if he received an upgrade from high-end fashion designers,…

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    No comment: Why news websites are ditching comment sections

    17th December 2014 20:35

    Christopher Altchek first realized how difficult it is to manage a community of commenters in early 2012 when his news publication Mic (then operating under the name PolicyMic) was linked to by The Drudge Report, the conservative news powerhouse. "We had a really robust and really high-quality commenting section and commenting community. And that Drudge link really blew that community apart pretty quickly," Altchek recalled in an interview with Mashable. Hundreds of thousands of new readers "who didn't care about…

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    Curiosity rover finds ancient water inside Martian rock

    17th December 2014 20:30

    NASA's Curiosity rover is continuing to help scientists piece together the mystery of how Mars lost its surface water over the course of billions of years. The rover drilled into a piece of Martian rock called Cumberland and found some ancient water hidden within it. Researchers were then able to test a key ratio in the water with Curiosity's onboard instruments to gather more data about when Mars started to lose its water, NASA officials said. In the same sample,…

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    Samsung says wearables will be the next 'power' trend in the workplace

    17th December 2014 20:08

    Wearable technology will be to 2015 what shoulder pads were to the 1980s. In a new trends report (first spotted by The Verge), Samsung says the next wave of "power dressing" for workplace leaders will include wearable technology. That's right — business professionals will be all about smartwatches and other wearables in 2015, which will become a status symbol of savviness and professionalism See also: 14 health and fitness wearables and gadgets worth giving The company outlined its top five…

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    5 cats that found fame before the Internet

    17th December 2014 19:55

    Before Grumpy Cat, Lil Bub or General Meow were even conceived, there was an elite group of cats that managed to capture the world’s attention without help from YouTube, GIFs or Facebook Above, watch their remarkable tales (and tails!) BONUS: How not to make your cat Internet-famous Read more...More about Videos, Animation, History, Cats, and Memes

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    Sony yanks 'The Interview' after major theater chains bow to attack threat

    17th December 2014 19:51

    UPDATE 2:00 p.m. PST: Sony has pulled The Interview from theatrical release. Statement from the studio is below: In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers. Sony Pictures has been the victim of an…

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    Netflix slams the door on offline viewing, doubles down on public Wi-Fi

    17th December 2014 19:28

    There had been some hope that Netflix might offer its users the ability to download shows, and watch them in much the same way Spotify offers offline listening. However, those hopes have been dashed by Cliff Edwards, the company's director of corporate communications and technology. In an interview with TechRadar, Edwards puts it bluntly: "It's never going to happen." See also: Netflix comes to cord havers, will be available on Dish Network's set-top boxes This means Netflix subscribers must be…

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    9 now-and-then images of melting glaciers

    17th December 2014 19:24

    Even as we witness rising sea levels, record high temperatures and increasingly violent storm systems, it's still easy for us to ignore the harbingers of global warming and convince ourselves that drastic climate change is either too far off in the future or only happening in distant lands. As well tell ourselves that, however, one of our national treasures, Glacier National Park in Montana, is becoming ground zero for global warming. See also: Is geoengineering to stop global warming too…

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    UK airport staff vote to strike on the two days before Christmas

    17th December 2014 19:18

    LONDON — Travel plans across the UK in the days before Christmas could be affected if plans for a strike at the country's three busiest airports go ahead. Staff at air service provider dnata in Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester airports have backed plans for walkouts in protest over a pay dispute See also: Extreme airport sports make delayed flights exciting The company has offered a 2.2% increase; staff are unhappy because supervisors at the company were given a 4.5% pay…

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    How to turn your entire team into brand evangelists

    17th December 2014 19:15

    This article is part of DBA, a new series on Mashable about running a business that features insights from leaders in entrepreneurship, venture capital and management. See also: How to successfully manage startup offices across multiple countries Consumer advocacy is crucial to growth — a fact that leads many companies to outsource their brand evangelist program. But most companies don't need to farm out their loyalty; it can emerge from its own happy, passionate employees But where are these magically…