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David Ortiz parodied on “Saturday Night Live”

Originally posted on HardballTalk:

Red Sox DH David Ortiz was parodied by Kenan Thompson on the most recent episode of “Saturday Night Live.” It’s not the best impression and some are even calling it ethnic stereotyping . You decide …

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Welcome to the open source renaissance

Originally posted on Gigaom:

In the span of just a few years, open source has produced businesses that are incredibly attractive to the investment community . In 2012, open source venture investment jumped 80 percent over the prior year with $553 million invested, compared to $307 million in 2011. VCs have flocked to darlings like MongoDB, Open Stack, Cloudera, Puppet Labs and Hortonworks because these companies are solving incredibly difficult challenges in the cloud and big data arena faster than any proprietary software vendor could.

So why the big increase in interest now? Open source software has been around for years, in many cases implemented on the fringes by developers who prefer the freedom and flexibility of contributing to the evolution of the platforms with which they choose to work. There were even early glimmers of promise; for example, Linux proved to be a fast, effective server platform for many businesses before it grew…

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The Nkuringo Mountain Gorilla babies

Originally posted on ExploreDreamDiscover Talks:

Here are a few more shots of mountain gorillas from the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda.  There are two youngsters in the troop of 14 that are under the age of 2.






See the rest of the photos here or check out the video of the gorillas.

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Javier Baez on AAA disabled list with ankle injury

Originally posted on HardballTalk:

From Cubs beat writer Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com …

It sounds like a sprain, which shouldn’t sideline Baez for more than a couple weeks. The top prospect was off to a sluggish start this year with the Iowa Cubs, batting just .154 with a .637 OPS and 10 strikeouts in eight games played. He hit .310 with five home runs in 42 at-bats this spring in the Cactus League.

Baseball Prospectus ranked Baez the No. 4 prospect in the game this winter.

The 21-year-old should be up in the majors by the end of the 2014 season.

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Serge Ibaka T’d up for getting in ref’s face after foul call against Pacers (VIDEO)

Originally posted on ProBasketballTalk:

This probably should have been an ejection.

In the third quarter of Sunday’s contest between the Thunder and the Pacers, Serge Ibaka committed an obvious foul by shoving C.J. Watson out of bounds. The referee whistled him for it, and for some reason, Ibaka appeared to snap.

He walked quickly toward the official and yelled something right in his face, as Kevin Durant tried to hold him back before yanking him away.

The official did a nice job of keeping his composure while giving Ibaka just a single technical foul for his action, but it was a pretty aggressive display. If Ibaka should face a fine from the league office in the coming days, it wouldn’t at all be a surprise.

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Amazon A9′s VP of Search heads to Apple to fix up Maps search

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Benoit Dupin, Vice President of Amazon A9′s Search Technology group, has left the high-profile search technology firm to take up a job with Apple. Dupin’s profile from Amazon A9′s executive management website disappeared this week, and his LinkedIn profile has been updated to reflect that he began his position as a director at Apple this month.

Amazon A9 is Amazon’s Palo Alto, California-based subsidiary that focuses on developing Amazon’s marquee search and advertising functionality. While Amazon has become popular in the tablet, eBook reader, and now set-top-box worlds, its core business has, of course, been Amazon.com, and Dupin’s work on search powers the heart of the online sales giant…

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Connecticut Wins NCAA Title, 60-54 Over Kentucky

Originally posted on CBS Pittsburgh:

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) ? Shabazz Napier scored 22 points and Connecticut won its second NCAA title in four years, beating all thoseKentuckyfreshmen 60-54 in the championship game Monday night.

Napier is among three UConn seniors who were part of the Huskies’ 2011 title. That trio stayed after coach Jim Calhoun’s retirement even when the Huskies were ineligible for the NCAA tournament last season.

They came back strong in coach Kevin Ollie’s second season, and the Huskies (32-8) went all the way to their fourth overall title.

Kentucky(29-11), with five freshmen starters, never led in the championship game.

The Wildcats missed 11 of 24 free throws, while the Huskies were perfect on 10 tries.

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Avoid Stagnation: Acceleration Trumps Incubation

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Editor’s note:   Bill Aulet is the managing director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management . He is the author of the recently released book, Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup

Interest in startup accelerators and incubators has exploded in the past several years, but how effective have they been? One thing that has become clear is that “incubator” and “accelerator” refer to two very different models for startup workspaces, and the distinctions may have significant effects on startup success.

The key distinctions between incubators and accelerators are time period and structure. An incubator gives startups workspace and community at an affordable rate for an indefinite time period. Accelerators generally have workspace and a cohort that forms a community. They are run over a fixed time period with some significant degree of structure with…

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Dude Recreates Famous Characters With Low Budget DIY Costumes

Originally posted on Gossip, Fast Fashion, Female Lifestyle, Sex & Love: CollegeCandy:


There’s a thing called “low cost cosplay” where people recreate famous characters with household items. The results are pretty amazing considering the materials used. I mean, if I wanted to look like the statue of liberty using the objects around me, my mind wouldn’t leap far enough to use camera tricks and patio chairs. The guy is impressive and is able to recreate looks as diverse as all four Teletubies, Spock and Wolverine. The most creative I got with a costume is wearing Minnie Mouse ears and gold chains so that I could say I was a “hood rat.” And it was just as unfunny on Halloween as it is today.


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Meet the hardware, software and science projects bound for the International Space Station this month

Originally posted on Gigaom:

After problems forced a delay from a scheduled launch this weekend, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to take off later this month carrying nearly 5,000 pounds of precious cargo headed to the International Space Station, including the equipment for more than 150 experiments. Here’s a look at five of the more interesting projects that will be on board.


OPALS at a NASA test facility last year. Photo courtesy of Jim Grossmann/NASA.

OPALS at a NASA test facility last year. Photo courtesy of Jim Grossmann/NASA.

The Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science will use a laser to communicate with a NASA station on Earth. Laser beams can send data at a much higher rate than traditional radio frequency transmissions. Sending more data at faster rates will be essential as our exploration of the universe moves farther and farther away from Earth.

NASA’s main challenge will be accurately positioning the laser to point at its target. The agency will test OPALS by sending…

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Missing jet: Not a hijacking but ‘deliberate’ action, PM says

Originally posted on FOX2now.com:

(CNN) — The Malaysian Prime Minister stopped short of calling the disappearance of Flight 370 a hijacking, but he said Saturday that the jet veered off course, likely due to deliberate action taken by someone aboard.

With that revelation on Day 8, the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines plane refocused on the crew and passengers and widened to a larger swath of geography.

The passenger jetliner disappeared March 8, en route from the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, China.

“Evidence is consistent with someone acting deliberately from inside the plane,” Prime Minister Najib Razak said, officially confirming the plane’s disappearance was not caused by an accident.

“Despite media reports that the plane was hijacked, we are investigating all major possibilities on what caused MH370 to deviate,” he said.

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Jason Motte faces hitters for first time since Tommy John surgery

Originally posted on HardballTalk:

Jason Motte isn’t expected to join the Cardinals bullpen until May, but he took an important step yesterday in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, as Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the bearded reliever faced live hitters for the first time in a year.

Motte threw about 20 pitches to a group of Cardinals minor leaguers. While he wasn’t happy with his control, that’s not unexpected at this point of the rehab process. The most important thing is that he felt good.

“It was definitely more intense,” said Motte, who is recovering from elbow reconstruction surgery. “It was more effort, more adrenaline than just throwing a bullpen (session). It felt good. It feels good now. It’s not like I walked off the mound and it was miserable.

“Each day we’re taking steps forward and today was a big step.”

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Mega Millions jackpot swells to $400 million

Originally posted on FOX2now.com:

CHICAGO (AP) _ The Mega Millions jackpot has grown to an estimated $400 million.

No one matched all six numbers in Friday night’s drawing. The numbers were 7-20-40-54-69, with a Mega Ball of 12. Friday’s $353 million prize would have been the fifth-largest jackpot in the multistate lottery game’s history.

The next drawing is Tuesday.

The jackpot has been rolling since January 3. The biggest lottery prize in the U.S. was a $656 million dollar Mega Millions jackpot in 2012.

Mega Millions changed its rules in October to help increase jackpots by lowering the odds of winning the top prize. That means the chances of winning the jackpot are now about 1 in 259 million. It used to be about 1 in 176 million.

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Daily Prompt: Pour Some Sugar Over Me


How did you celebrate #PiDay? Share with us on #Twitter and @Facebook! :-)

Originally posted on Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss:

What is your favorite sweet thing to eat? Bread pudding? Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies? A smooth and creamy piece of cheesecake? Tell us all about the anticipation and delight of eating your favorite dessert. Not into sweets? Tell us all about your weakness for that certain salty snack.

Waffles with apples and cream

I have lots of favourites but am a little choosy. I like to know what it contains and I like the ingredients to be the best, so my taste in sweet might be a little expensive. This wonderwork of desert in the photo was really made by me. My monthly cooking magazine had developed a new kind of mould for making waffles complete with book on “How to make”. They were manufactured from silicon, a sort of rubbery new development in backing forms, so I decided to try it out. With some stewed apples (from my tree of course) and whipped cream…

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Moff Is A Wearable Bluetooth Bangle For Kids That Adds Sound-Effects To Everyday Play

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

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And the award for cutest wearable goes to… Moff! A smart bangle for kids that’s being developed by — you guessed it — a Japanese company (such kawaii) on a mission to transform boring everyday objects into toys with sound effects.

The Moff wearable is a slap band — i.e. no need to fiddle with fastenings; you just slap it against your wrist and it wraps around. The band then links up to an iOS device via Bluetooth 4.0 to allow for different sound effects to be chosen via the corresponding Moff app. (An Android app is apparently also in the works). 

The band contains accelerometers and gyros so it can sense a range of movements of the Moff wearer and translate them into sounds. Such as an air guitar strum, a magic wand twirl, a toy gun recoil, and so on.

The band contains an exchangeable coin battery that’s…

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FBI offers $20,000 for return of missing toddler Myra Lewis

Originally posted on KDVR.com:

MADISON COUNTY, Mississippi – More than a week ago, a 2-year-old girl with a wide grin and butterfly barrettes in her hair vanished in Mississippi.

Authorities hope she’s still alive, and are offering a $20,000 reward for her return.

Myra Lewis was reported missing by her family on March 1 after playing with her sister outside their home in Camden, the FBI said.

She was last seen about 11 a.m. the same day wearing white or khaki pants, a turquoise sweater adorned with a bear, and pink tennis shoes. Myra is 37 inches tall and weighs 27 pounds.

“Since her disappearance was reported, multiple state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies have participated in a massive, collaborative search effort,” the FBI Office in Jackson said.

“Significant resources have been dedicated to this investigation, including extensive ground and air searches, and utilization of specially trained search teams.”

Despite the effort, the toddler…

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True Lies 10: Reality Sucks

Originally posted on Write on the River:

Back in 2004 my wife and I owned a house on Hilton Head Island.  Real estate was booming and it seemed everyone was a mortgage broker offering great terms.  A guy who did some painting on our house also offered to broker a mortgage for us.  Back in those days, being self-employed, I could get a no-income-verified loan.  I know—shocking in the current environment, eh?  I had to sign over my liver and kidneys and heart to get my current mortgage.  And pay well above the going rate.

My wife reads the NY Times every day.  The paper version.  All of it.  I mean everything in it.  And she remembers what she reads.  I keep track of numbers.  And we both started to notice some disturbing things in 2003 into 2004:

  1. Mortgages were way too easy to get.
  2. The Fed was at 0%.  It couldn’t go lower.  It could only…

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Unclaimed money held by national treasurers may belong to you

Originally posted on KDVR.com:

It may sound too good to be true, but you could have some cash waiting for you, with no strings attached.

The latest numbers from the National Association of State Treasurers show states are holding billions of dollars of unclaimed cash.

The money comes from old bank accounts, utility deposits and un-redeemed money orders, among other things.

Click here to find out if any of that unclaimed money belongs to you.

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NYC Investor Metamorphic Raises $70 Million For Super Seed Fund

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Metamorphic Ventures , the New York-based seed fund behind startups like the crowdfunding hit Indiegogo , has raised $70 million for a new super-seed fund.

As follow-on rounds get larger and bigger investors begin dipping down to take stakes at earlier stages, the fund, which had previously raised $20 million, realized it needed to super-size to hold on to its stakes in winning companies, according to managing partner and co-founder David Hirsch.

“We didn’t want to lose the potential for farming it all away,” said Hirsch, previously Google’s number two employee in New York. “We want to be able to take advantage of the market between seed and Series A. [And] we wanted to have the ability to infuse more capital post seed and build better positions before people go out for the mega-rounds.”

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Angry outbursts can harm your heart

Originally posted on FOX2now.com:

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(KTVI) – Do you get angry? Do you get angry often? Those outbursts may help you let off steam and perhaps make you feel better, but they may be doing more harm than good.

Dr. Michael Lim, a cardiologist with Saint Louis University Hospital, talked about how anger outbursts harm your heart.

For more information: www.heart.sluhospital.com

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March reading roundup #1

Originally posted on cakes, tea and dreams:

tbr table books march 2014

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, Mason Currey
A fascinating compendium of the daily routines of dozens of writers, artists, composers and other creatives. So many addictions and lots of creative torment, but a surprising number of these folks found that day jobs kept them sane (and enabled them to eat). As a writer with a day job, I get that. Recommended by Anne.

Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers
I’ve seen the movie many times but finally decided to read the book after seeing Saving Mr. Banks. The book contains some familiar incidents (Uncle Albert, the Bird Lady, etc.), but Mary Poppins herself is quite different from Julie Andrews’ character. Fun, but I honestly prefer the film version.

Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I read Adichie’s debut, Purple Hibiscus, in college and found it moving and troubling. Americanah is more sweeping, more powerful, sometimes wryly funny. It…

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Canon City police investigating triple homicide

Originally posted on KDVR.com:

CANON CITY, Colo. — Police in Canon City are looking into a triple homicide after three bodies were found in a home Sunday night.

The Canon City Police Department said in a release it responded to a report of sexual assault by a teenage girl in the 1100 block of Phay Avenue.

The release adds “investigating officers found in the home the bodies of three persons.”

One person of interest was found at the home and was detained.

A news conference will be held later Monday morning.

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Fatal motorcycle crash in Cedar Hill

Originally posted on FOX2now.com:

imperial_00001 (KTVI) – Investigators are on the scene of what appears to be a fatal accident in Jefferson County.

The accident is on State Route B at Ridge Road just after 5 a.m.   Authorities believe a man riding a motorcyclist was hit.

Unconfirmed reports indicate the motorcyclist was hit by a dump truck that left the scene. We will bring you more details as they become available.

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Unwired Planet Files Mobile Patent Suits Against Google, Samsung, Huawei, HTC In The UK, Germany

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

While existing Android patent suits between the likes of Samsung and Apple continue to drag on in Europe, Unwired Planet, the patent enforcement entity that acquired 2,400 wireless patents from Ericsson last year, looks like it is putting that IP to work. Today it announced that it has filed parallel infringement actions in the Patents Court of the High Court of Justice, London, United Kingdom and in the Landgericht (District Court), Dusseldorf, Germany.

The UK lawsuit is against Samsung, Google and Huawei and covers six UK patents related to “2G/3G/4G telecommunication standards and push notification technology underpinning the Android ecosystem.”

The lawsuit in Germany extends also to HTC and involves the German equivalents of those same patents.

Unwired Planet says that the suits are being filed “expedite” ongoing discussions with the parties (in other words, sounds like things were dragging on in licensing negotiations, so now UP is getting heavy).

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Andrew Bynum says he could play for Pacers on Friday in Philly

Originally posted on ProBasketballTalk:

Andrew Bynum wants to get out on the court for the Pacers, who signed him as a free agent after Cleveland cut bait. Bynum has been clear about his desire to play. You can try to decipher his motivation for yourself (*cough* next year’s contract *cough*) but as a guy with size, skill and a couple rings he could be a help if focused. And with the Pacers on a four-game losing streak, they could use some help.

Bynum’s return could happen as soon as next Friday — in Philadelphia. The city where the fans were excited when he was traded there then turned on him as he never played (but did go bowling). Santa Claus got a warmer welcome in Philly than Bynum would.

Bynum has worked to strengthen his knee played 5-on-5 in practice… but he’s done that before and not suited up. Management is being a little…

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Most iPhone 6 concept videos are silly, this one could be fairly accurate [Poll]

Originally posted on 9to5Mac:

There are a lot of very silly iPhone 6 concept images and videos around, from convex curves that maximize reflections and vulnerability to damage, to completely transparent phones (invisible batteries and circuit boards are the new black, apparently). This concept by Sam Beckett isn’t terribly exciting, but it is likely reasonably close to what we might expect Apple to do … 

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Illinois State Police to conduct night patrols in March

Originally posted on FOX2now.com:

LITCHFIELD, IL. (KTVI) – The Illinois State Police is going to conduct night enforcement patrols  in March, looking for drivers operating cars unsafely, driving on  suspended or revoked licenses, driving with open alcoholic beverages, driving under the influence and not wearing seat belts

Alcohol and drug use is suspected in nearly 40 percent of all fatal crashes in Illinois.

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Jamal Crawford says he returned too soon from injury, plans to sit Monday vs. Suns

Originally posted on ProBasketballTalk:

Jamal Crawford missed three straight games for the Clippers due to a calf injury, before trying to give it a go on Saturday against the Hawks.

But Crawford didn’t last long before realizing he wasn’t yet ready to return, and now believes he came back too soon.

From Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles:

Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, who returned Saturday after a three-game absence, said he may have returned too soon and will miss at least Monday’s game against the Phoenix Suns as he recovers from a strained left calf.

Crawford played only 10 minutes in the first half of Saturday’s 109-108 win over the Atlanta Hawks but sat on the bench the entire second half as his left calf was heavily taped. He missed both of his shot attempts and finished with three points and one assist.

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New leads explored in hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines flight

Originally posted on FOX2now.com:

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The mysteries surrounding the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, and the true identities of some of its passengers, are as deep as the southeast Asian waters where multinational search teams are searching for the jet.

Navies from two of Malaysia’s neighbors were pursuing new leads as Sunday turned into Monday in southeast Asia.

Vietnam’s navy has spotted a floating object about 80 kilometers (50 miles) southwest of Vietnam’s Tho Chu Island, which is located off the country’s southwest coast in the Gulf of Thailand, Vietnam National Search and Rescue Committee Spokesman Hung Nguyen told CNN. The object was spotted by a Vietnamese navy rescue aircraft at about 7:30 a.m. ET Sunday (6:30 p.m. local time). Due to the dark, the navy aircraft could not get close enough to identify the floating object, and was recalled to base. Three search and rescue boats have since been…

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’12 Years a Slave’ screenwriter John Ridley talks supposed beef with Steve McQueen

Originally posted on Inside Movies:

[ew_image url="http://img2.timeinc.net/ew/i/2014/03/08/JOHN-RIDLEY.jpg" credit="Kevin Winter/Getty Images" align="left"]Since his Oscar win for Best Adapted Screenplay for 12 Years a Slave , John Ridley has been busy enough to tune out much of the rumor mill. He’s been in Austin since shooting the pilot American Crime for ABC, and promoting the U.S. premiere of the Hendrix biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side at SXSW. But he knows that failing to thank 12 Years director Steve McQueen in his acceptance speech, and the seemingly chilly body language between the two of them on the big night, sparked countless stories of behind-the-scenes beef.

“I do regret it,” says Ridley of his omission. “But just 24 hours earlier at the Spirit Awards I sincerely went on and on about Steve and my work with him. You know, the guy changed my life. At the Oscars you have 30 seconds to talk and it’s like the oxygen…

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White House invites the crowd to fight patent trolls, but it won’t solve the problem

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Patent trolls are a gaping wound on the innovation economy. Despite growing evidence about the trolls’ economic damage, the U.S. government is still grasping for ways to stop them, and to fix the country’s dysfunctional patent system.

On Thursday, the White House plunged forward with a new series of measures intended to curtail the troll plague that is siphoning money from productive companies while producing nothing of value. The plan is clever, relying on crowdsourcing tactics to expose trolls and bad patents. Unfortunately, it won’t kill the trolls.

Here’s an overview of the new troll-fighting tactics and what they will — and won’t — do to fix the patent problem.

Trolls and transparency

The details, set out in a fact sheet, includes an “online toolkit aimed at empowering consumers .. [that] will include information and links to services and websites.”

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Top jobs of the week in tech: Zappos.com, Threadless and more

Originally posted on Gigaom:

While your next job probably won’t pay in Bitcoins, it just got one step closer to reality with the planned rollout of Bitcoin ATMs . In other news, the readers of Gigaom chose their favorite new startups for the Structure Data Awards . And until  building cool things with Legos starts paying the bills, check out the weekly jobs review here:

We also have other listings from companies like Target, Microsoft, Shell Oil and more. Click here to see what else is on our job board.

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How a pomegranate inspired a new lithium ion battery design

Originally posted on Gigaom:

The lithium ion battery could get a boost from the humble pomegranate. According to researchers at Stanford, including Amprius founder Yi Cui, and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory , clustering tiny silicon particles in a hard carbon rind — like seeds in a pomegranate — could be a helpful design breakthrough for using silicon in the next generation of lithium ion batteries.

A lithium-ion battery — the standard being used in gadgets today — is made up of three pieces: an anode, a cathode and an electrolyte that shuttles lithium-ions between the cathode and anode. That shuttling process is what happens when you charge and discharge a battery.

pomegranate battery

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Mingle @ The Mix Up Bar

By Matt Lewis


After an evening of drinks, mingling and thinking I believe I’ve fully digested all the Royal Palms Resort & Spa and the Arizona Foothills Magazine (AFM) had to offer with this event.

After a vote of their peers, 21 Phoenicians were named most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes. I would have to agree with most if not all of their choices, but I do know of one fascinating young woman who was “robbed” of the title, but alas I digress.

The event was very low-key and offered a wide array of folks — the 20-something crowd who is hip, hot and single; the 30′s and 40′s crowd looking for professional business contacts and everyone in between.

I met quite a few beautiful and accomplished women and would talk to as many as I could muster the courage to approach — which was about seven.

What brought me to this event you may ask? A Facebook invite and also a mutual friend was going to be there and I wanted to met them in-person because I felt they were going places in politics — something I hope to always have an ear to the ground with when it comes to being a journalist who is informed.

I must applaud the AFM for hosting such a elegant and wonderful event. There were free champagne and hors d’oeuvres, as well as a bar to get “liquid-courage.”

While in the Men’s Room, I got a question from a gentleman I met at the event. He asked if I would be writing about my experience that night. I laughed and told him “probably.” He said it was a great event to observe people in an unassuming habitat. I agreed.

It made me think of my favorite place to people watch –> the airport. If you ever get bored at the airport, just start people watching and imagine their stories and why they’re going and where they may be from and more of their story.

Thanks for listening to my rant on a mix and mingle that was designed for people just like me. Have a great day.

*** This story was updated for style errors on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 3:14 p.m. ***

#AuthorsInk is 1 #Exclusive #Inc.

Former U-N.C. Prof. Speaks about the great Authors of the American West

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CHANDLER — Elliot Engel, a retired professor from the Raleigh, N.C. area, and about 130 or so Q-tips (retirees) – as well as some other working-class folks – took Scottsdale by storm on Wednesday night to kick-off a week-long speaker series about the great ‘Wild West’. The subjects of his many scheduled talks included the authors and individuals who wrote about and/or shaped this sometimes desolate, often picturesque landscape. The speaker series is taking place this week at the Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center. The reception was Wednesday night near the elegantly lit patio/pool area. White string lights adorned the trees as if to signal an extended Christmas season.There was an Hor d’Oeurves reception and a cash-bar.

Engel, who has regular ‘groupies’, does not let his minor celebrity status go to his pre-frontal cortex. He begins the reception glad-handing those in attendance and has a genuine smile and a kind word to all his supporters. His attention was equally split between those who were experiencing their first ‘rodeo’ with Engel as the keynote speaker to the staunch #TeamEngel supporters. The #GilbertGumption #E.I.C. @M.A. Lewis, his #father and his #maternal #grandparents were also among the guests.

The word savant is not tossed around lightly, especially when one literary critic refers to another (Engel); but Lewis thinks he might only be a few shades of grey from being one if he is not academically classed as one now.

Porous were the ideas flowing from this brilliant man’s mind. By the end of his first address on Geronimo, the audience was hanging on every word. He inextricably wove some of the following literary and oral devices as he began sinking his ‘speaking talons’ in the audience:

  • Jokes
  • Metaphors
  • Interesting Perspective
  • Lingustic and Oral Histories
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You Don’t Need to Be a Sexter to Want a Self-Destructing Message Service

Originally posted on Tech:

The January hack attack on Snapchat outraged its users, 4.6 million of whom entrusted their personal information to the self-destructing messaging service, only to find their names and phone numbers had been leaked and made searchable on a well-meaning, creepy-looking website. It outraged tech reporters, who lambasted the company for its unapologetic response. One Wall Street Journal writer even proposed a boycott of Snapchat.

But amid the chorus of anger rose one discordantly joyful voice: Nico Sell, co-founder of Wickr and a hungry competitor to Snapchat. “We are happy to see 50 percent more growth this year since the hack,” she wrote via her own self-destructing message service. “Kabooooommmmmmmmmm!” she added. Six seconds later a fireball engulfed the message in animated flames and smoke, wiping it clean from all devices for good, she says. The future of her business depends on it.

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Hacker Steals All of Silk Road’s $2 Million Bitcoins

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The latest incarnation of Silk Road, an illicit goods Internet marketplace that was shut down by the FBI in October, has been hacked and had all of its bitcoins stolen.

According to Defcon, a pseudonymous administrator for the site, the attacker exploited a vulnerability in the Bitcoin protocol known as “transaction malleability,” and users reportedly lost bitcoins at the value of over $2 million. The same method was used in an attack on several major bitcoin exchanges earlier in the week, although no money was lost then.

Other black-market web portals have struggled to take up the role of Silk Road in the past months, with Dutch authorities recently taking down a site called Utopia.

Last week, Ross Ulbricht denied all charges of being the creator of Silk Road in a Manhattan court, and he has filed a claim on seized bitcoins valued at over $20 million.

[Business Insider

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Wladimir Balentien apologizes to his team for his arrest

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Wladimir Balentien — recently arrested for domestic violence and false imprisonment — gave a press conference yesterday in which he apologized to the Yakult Swallows and their fans:

“I’m here in front of you guys today because, first of all, I just want to apologize to my fans, I want to apologize to the Yakult Swallows fans, I want to apologize to the organization, the Yakult Swallows, and I want to apologize to my teammates for all the stuff that’s going on. I’m glad I’m here today on time for starting spring training. I’m going to do my best this year—try to be [the best] player I can and help my team to win a lot of ballgames this year. Those are my goals”

Japan’s single-season home run champ reiterated that he was happy to have made camp on time and now is focused on getting ready for the season.

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Google Chrome Launches Virtual LEGO Land

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Google and LEGO have launched an insidious plot, er, app that lets users play with virtual LEGO bricks in their web browsers during work hours while deadlines are rapidly approaching.

Google unveiled the productivity-sapping feature, “Build With Chrome,” on Tuesday. Users can stack, rotate and snap a variety of bricks onto a virtual pad, powered by WebGL, a 3D graphics technology for web browsers.

And suppose you’ve lost months building an impossibly elaborate choo choo train? You can publish your creation on this Google map, which is rapidly filling up with monuments to time creatively wasted.

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One Shot: Battle Evome Round 2 – The Winter War

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The brisk grounds of Tsukuba played host to the second round of Battle Evome this morning, and as quickly as it came, the battle has ended.  While not all contenders came out unscathed, a good amount came up on personal bests or some very fast times.  This is quite the contrary to what the first round resulted (thanks be to warmer track temps).  I think I’ll take a different approach to covering Evome this year; an approach I think you will all enjoy.

Stay tuned for in depth look at the cars that make up the grassroots time attack scene in Japan.


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Incipio Cashwrap Case Gives Your iPhone NFC Capabilities

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Mobile accessory manufacturer Incipio recently unveiled the Cashwrap Mobile Wallet Case, a protective shell for iPhone devices that also offers near-field communication (NFC) capability.

The case is meant to interface with the Isis Mobile Wallet app, a Google Wallet competitor, to allow for mobile payments at select retail locations. It is compatible with the iPhone 4, 4S, 5 and 5S.

NFC technology is often associated with mobile payments. Android phones typically have NFC built in to allow for tap-to-pay functionality at certain major retailers. The concept is simple – you connect a bank account via an app, then give your phone permission to act as your credit card.

Apple, meanwhile, seems to have intentionally rejected NFC technology. The company hasn’t bothered to include it in any of its flagship iPhone devices, and its recently implemented iBeacon technology seems to be a direct NFC competitor.

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South Africa’s Mxit takes on WhatsApp in India

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The South African messaging app Mxit is moving into the booming Indian market, with the hope of grabbing some share from WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and WeChat.

WhatsApp is the most popular app in India with over 30 million users in that country alone. Mxit is much smaller, boasting 6.4 million users in its native South Africa and around a million elsewhere.

WeChat is probably a better point of comparison for Mxit than WhatsApp, however, as both Mxit and WeChat act as platforms for other apps (the same can arguably be said for Facebook(s fb) Messenger, currently number 2 in the Indian market, if you view it as an entry point to the wider Facebook). All effectively act as social networks, which — along with their effect on traditional SMS revenues — makes their development very interesting to watch.

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Jazz Age January: Farewell to Arms

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Pardon the price tag, I thrifted it off a second-hand store a few years back

Pardon the price tag, I thrifted it off a second-hand store a few years back (:

Moving away from lavish parties, exuberant lifestyles and Wall Street, “Farewell to Arms” is an anti-war book published in 1929 by World War One veteran Ernest Hemingway.

Set in Italy during the war, the book details the military experiences of Frederic Henry, an American who volunteered with the Italian ambulance services, and his romantic relationship with nurse Catherine Barkley. Wartime love stories have time and time again tugged at the heartstrings of readers, particularly at moments of separation when Henry was forced to leave for the war front leaving Catherine behind.

Yet “Farewell to Arms” elevates this love story to the next level by drawing upon Hemmingway’s personal experiences to express the brutality of war in a subtle but brilliant manner. As the Italian army retreated in disarray, the actual frenzy could be seen…

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Sounding the Arizonan (Classroom) Alarm Bells












BY: Cary L. Tyler
Guest Contributor & Author of DoThGrin BLOG

Do not let the state end up like your neighbor to the east.

According to an article from Kris Nielsen, just before New Year’s Day, New Mexico had nearly 400 teacher positions open.

Just to make sure one does not think this is a typo, let me write it again: 400.  The largest school district, Albuquerque Public Schools, had 170 positions open.

Here is a link to this article: http://atthechalkface.com/2013/12/12/teachers-fleeing-new-mexico-districts/, plus another one reinforcing the argument from an Albuquerque writer: http://www.dukecityfix.com/profiles/blogs/no-teachers-won-t-stage-a-walk-out-but-next-fall-might-bring-a

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Facebook data scientists predict total Princeton depletion within 7 years

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The Princeton research that used a disease model to suggest Facebook(s fb) would lose 80 percent of its users in 3 years deserved the hammering it got – it’s simply a bad analogy for the subject. But now a bunch of data scientists from Facebook itself have stepped up to the plate, dryly using the researchers’ own methodology to prove that Princeton enrollment will have depleted entirely by 2021, and the air around us by 2060. Luckily I’m done with my studies, but I’m pretty annoyed about the breathing thing. Damn you, badly-chosen search data and your extrapolations!

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