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. Amazon glitch leads to items being sold for almost nothing
     Published by CNet on 2014-12-14 at 23:06:50

In the UK, many items on Amazon suddenly appear for a price of one penny. Retailers rail, while Amazon blames third-party software.

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3. The Grand Canyon Looks Creepy When Filled With Fog
     Published by Gizmodo on 2014-12-14 at 21:40:00

December 11 was a weird day at the Grand Canyon. Read more...

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4. 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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5. 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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6. 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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7. Leaked Windows 10 build reveals new Xbox app and Cortana integration
     Published by The Verge on 2014-12-14 at 18:48:49

Microsoft is currently readying an updated preview of Windows 10 to focus on the consumer features of the upcoming operating system. While the company plans to detail those improvements at a January press event, a consumer build (9901) has lea...

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8. The Big Picture: Telescope tech shines a rainbow on a train station
     Published by Endgadget on 2014-12-14 at 14:21:00

To celebrate Amsterdam Central Station's 125th anniversary, Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde has transformed one of its facades into a rainbow-colored wonder using telescope technology. Roosegaarde has partnered with University of Leiden astronomers to ...

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9. 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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10. 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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11. Google Now is almost ready to control your Nest thermostat
     Published by Endgadget on 2014-12-14 at 08:36:00

Remember how Nest promised that you'd one day use Google Now to control your thermostat? That day is very nearly here. Droid-Life has discovered that the search tool is responding to temperature requests, and will show you a Google Now card when the ...

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12. Martin Freeman Returns as Bilbo Baggins…To Sell Paper on SNL
     Published by Gizmodo on 2014-12-14 at 19:25:00

Martin Freeman is great as Tim Canterbury in BBC's The Office. He's also great as Bilbo Baggins, a pint-sized hobbit from the Shire. With Freeman hosting last night's episode of Saturday Night Live, the comedy troupe stumbled upon a golden "two bir...

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13. Hulu offers free streaming on Android over the holidays
     Published by Endgadget on 2014-12-14 at 17:26:00

Need a way to drown out your extended family while they're visiting for the holidays? So long as you own an Android device and are in the United States, Hulu's got you covered. See, the TV-streaming outfit is offering "many popular" shows as part of ...

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14. Samuel L. Jackson calls on the stars of the Ice Bucket Challenge to sing against ‘racist police’
     Published by The Verge on 2014-12-14 at 20:59:20

On the day when thousands of Americans took to the streets to protest police brutality, Hollywood actor Samuel L. Jackson urged his fellow celebrities to contribute their voices to the popular movement. Calling out all he high-profile figures ...

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15. Spiders are the key to ultra-sensitive wearable devices
     Published by Endgadget on 2014-12-14 at 11:15:00

Spiders might creep you out, but don't dismiss them too quickly -- they may well be the ticket to a new wave of wearable sensors. South Korean researchers have built a device that picks up miniscule vibrations by using the principle behind a spider's...

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16. 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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17. Facebook drops Bing for search, nobody bats an eyelid
     Published by The Next Web on 2014-12-14 at 00:17:27

If Facebook drops a search provider, but nobody cared, did it really happen? Reuters reported late Friday that Facebook ended a deal with Microsoft to show Bing web results in its search engine. Apparently, the deal ended “a while ago” but nobody no...

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18. 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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19. Ikea replaced a movie theater’s seats with beds for an advertising campaign
     Published by The Verge on 2014-12-14 at 07:34:02

Some moviegoers in Moscow were in for a surprise this past week. Ikea secretly replaced the stadium seating at one of the city's newest theaters with complete bedrooms. Instead of sitting in a boring old chair, couples and families snuggled up ...

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20. 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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