1. Why Today’s Date Is Special
     Published by Gizmodo on 2014-12-14 at 05:30:00

12/13/14 has a kind of pleasing order that you might've noticed this morning when you woke up. But today's date is interesting because of more than just minor curiosity — it's the last sequential date this century. Read more...

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2. Flow Home Launcher aims for the social media crowd
     Published by Android Central on 2014-12-14 at 03:27:12

Everyone approaches their home screen differently. Some like to set it and forget it, sometime not even deviating from the default layout that their phone came with. Some are constantly redoing their entire layout, belonging to theming communities where ...

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3. These Aerial Photos Make For Incredible Phone Backgrounds
     Published by Gizmodo on 2014-12-14 at 02:30:00

I still remember the original iPhone background. You know. The ridiculously simple shot of Earth. No phone background since has really captured my imagination in the same way since. Aerial Wallpapers, a site that finds great satellite photos and optimize...

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4. Study of the Darwin Awards concludes that men are idiots
     Published by Daily Dot on 2014-12-14 at 05:14:26

Sorry, bros.

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5. Unusual X-ray signals could reveal dark matter
     Published by Endgadget on 2014-12-14 at 00:01:00

Dark matter remains one of the most mysterious elements of the universe, because it's completely invisible to us. It neither emits nor absorbs light, so we can't observe it directly -- not even if we use our most powerful telescope. A team of researc...

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6. Before hack, Sony Pictures was told network was vulnerable
     Published by CNet on 2014-12-14 at 00:57:53

A security audit earlier this year showed gaps in the way the movie studio monitored its computer systems, according to a Recode report.

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7. With 3D Printing, Medical Devices Are Cool Again
     Published by Tech Crunch on 2014-12-14 at 01:30:15

 The recent, successful human implantation of a 3D-printed vertebra at Peking University in China captured the public’s imagination. I read the news (and its quick spread) as evidence that medical devices are dare I say, cool again. Read More

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8. This Art Project Turns The World’s Tweets Into A Clock
     Published by Tech Crunch on 2014-12-14 at 02:16:07

 Don’t look at the clock. Do you know what time it is?
Twitter sure as heck does. Turns out, people love to tweet about the time. So why not turn the Twitter firehose into a massive, crowdsourced clock? Read More

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9. Xbox Live gave away $584 worth of games in 2014
     Published by Polygon on 2014-12-14 at 03:08:11

Xbox Live's Games With Gold program gave away more than $500 worth of games — at current prices — in 2014.
Drawing off the PlayStation Plus analysis from Push Square, I did my own of Xbox Live's Games With Gold benefit to North American s...

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11. The Verge Playlist: NickiLeaks
     Published by The Verge on 2014-12-14 at 02:50:02

Nicki Minaj's third studio album The Pinkprint officially drops on Monday, and as of this writing there's a good chance you may already have it on your computer or audio listening device. If so, carry on; let's regroup after the weekend and cha...

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12. State surveillance is enabled by our own sloppy habits
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-14 at 00:30:07

Our willingness to accept outrageous terms and conditions allows the security services to do as they wish Continue reading...

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13. Washington DC is making a taxi app to take on Uber
     Published by The Verge on 2014-12-14 at 02:10:55

It's no secret that some local governments, especially those with robust taxi systems, have been less than welcoming to Uber. The solution, usually, has been to ban the start-up from city borders. But Washington D.C.'s taxi commission might be...

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14. Virgin Oceanic pauses its deep sea exploration plans
     Published by Endgadget on 2014-12-14 at 04:12:00

If you were hoping to see Virgin Oceanic visit the deepest parts of Earth's oceans, you'll have to put those dreams on hold. The company has confirmed that it's at least temporarily dropping plans to make five dives using its DeepFlight Challenger cr...

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15. TV is over: Mobile has officially demoted TV to second-rung media status
     Published by Venture Beat on 2014-12-14 at 05:38:00

About 26 percent of customers who call US cable TV companies request “internet only” service, according to a survey of those calls by mobile advertising technology company Marchex. Of those customers, at least 60 percent actually end up gettin...

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16. Teaching creationism makes kids less intelligent, says Bill Nye
     Published by CNet on 2014-12-14 at 03:01:56

The Science Guy worries that forcing children to believe the world is only 6,000 years old prevents them from thinking critically.

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17. Project Loon works with France’s space agency to develop next-gen balloons
     Published by Endgadget on 2014-12-14 at 02:05:00

Project Loon has come a long way since Google X started working on it in 2011: its balloons can now stay afloat for 100 days, for one, and it has recently gained a partner carrier in Australia's Telstra. Now, France's space agency, Centre National d'...

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18. 5 common mistakes guaranteed to screw up your PR strategy
     Published by The Next Web on 2014-12-14 at 00:30:37

Conrad Egusa is the CEO of Publicize. He is happy to connect on LinkedIn here. Successful people know how to learn from their own mistakes. Really successful people know how to learn from the mistakes of others. Here are some of the most common PR blunde...

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19. Merry Cthulhumas! Here’s your tentacled wreath of doom
     Published by CNet on 2014-12-14 at 06:05:00

An experienced Lovecraft-inspired craft maker turns out a Christmas wreath that reaches its tentacles deep into the darkest parts of your soul.

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20. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Is The Christmas Movie You Should Be Watching
     Published by Gizmodo on 2014-12-14 at 06:30:00

Around this time of year, you'll probably notice that your late-night cable starts getting dominated by endless reruns of Love Actually. While it's undoubtedly a good Christmas flick, by this stage you can probably recite every Hugh Grant one-liner by he...

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