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  1. Entertainment

    Grumpy Cat Challenges Oscar The Grouch to a Grump/Grouch-off in This Video

    After the literal Disney magic that was Grumpy Cat's meet-up with Grumpy the dwarf last week, we were sort of curious to see how the beloved Internet meme would be able to top herself next time around. Well, with the help of Mashable, she's now successfully taken off the grumpiest grump to ever grump -- or, well, grouch.

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  2. Tech

    Entertainment Weekly Ad Includes Embedded Smartphone, Embraces Digital Age in a Weird Way

    What our magazines clearly need are more odd stunts that splice the technology of today with the archaic print model. That's obviously what Entertainment Weekly thought when they embedded a functional smartphone into their October 5th issue. The magazine includes an ad that shows live tweets from the @CW_network Twitter as well as clips of two shows from the network, The Arrow and Emily Owens, M.D. Turns out this digital tomfoolery required the base mechanics of an Android smartphone.

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  3. Entertainment

    Rumor: CNN to Buy Mashable Tomorrow

    Strange news is trickling out of the SXSW conference, where Reuters blogger Felix Salmon says "a little bird told him" that cable news powerhouse CNN is going buy the Internet and technology website Mashable. The cost of the rumored acquisition is $200 million, and Salmon says could be announced as early as Tuesday.

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  4. Tech

    How The World Uses Social Networks [Infographic]

    With f8 come and gone just yesterday and the tidal wave of Google+ buzz only a few months behind us, you may be wondering exactly how social networks stack up all around the world. Well, Mashable has got just the infographic for you. You may know what the case is where you're from, but you might be surprised how different it is somewhere else. Granted, most of the time it's just a question of how much Facebook is crushing the competition, but you might be surprised that that isn't the case everywhere. Unfortunately, information from China and India was hard to find and parse, so they had to be left out. However, there are still plenty of other places to see.

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  5. Tech

    Flash vs. HTML5 Pong

    Ever since Apple began taking over the world, Adobe's Flash has been under a lot more scrutiny, considering Apple overlord Steve Jobs has openly decried it in favor of HTML5. There's been a lot of buzz surrounding the Flash vs. HTML5 debate, so the team over at Code Computerlove decided to put it to a more practical test: Flash vs HTML5 in the form of Pong, with the left side being Flash and the right side being HTML5.

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  6. Tech

    New Twitter Design Based on Golden Ratio

    The Golden Ratio, an irrational mathematical constant that signifies when two quantities are in the ratio "if the ratio of the sum of the quantities to the larger quantity is equal to the ratio of the larger quantity to the smaller one," was the basis for Twitter's new design.

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  7. Tech

    The Rebellion Against Digg v4

    If the comments on almost every Digg frontpage article are to be believed, today marks the day that many Digg users plan to jump ship, if they haven't already done so. "Make RIPP DIGG your profile image Monday is Abandon Digg Day," reads one often copy-pasted comment. Many commenters extol the newfound virtues of Digg's sorta-rival in the social bookmarking business, Reddit, which recently struck a rebellious, pro-user pose by defying its corporate masters at Condé Nast and running free advertisements in support of Proposition 19 when Condé forbid it to "benefit financially"off of the issue of relaxing anti-marijuana laws. Since last Wednesday, when Digg underwent a major overhaul and became Digg v4, the grievance against the site has been that it's sold its user base out to big publishers and advertisers. Whereas Digg content used to be driven by user submissions, now, publishers automatically submit articles via RSS feed, from whence they get Diggs up -- the unit of social currency that determines what content makes it to the site's front page -- primarily from their "followers," the users who subscribe to their feeds. The new Digg looks, therefore, like a mix of Facebook, Twitter, and RSS. Is the new Digg as broken as its detractors are saying? The front page, for its part, does not make the new Digg look like a site that anyone would want to read.

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  8. Tech

    Foursquare Users Worried About Privacy, Continue Providing Locations to Potential Stalkers

    "Investigative reporting" or creeping, you decide: To show Guardian reporter Leo Hickman was able to track down a woman selected at random with her Foursquare account, recent tweets, and personal details acquired from Google searches, including a photo. Needless to say, Louise was quite "unnerved" when a reporter showed up at the central London pub she was in.

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  9. Geekolinks

    Geekolinks: 7/5

    Big Bang Big Boom (blu)

    The Facebook Economy (VisualEconomics)

    The Space Savingest Furniture (Core77Inc)

    Ereaders Take Longer to Read than Books (Mashable)

    Brazil Has More Fun Than You (Surf with Berserk)

    The ExtraLives Marathon UStream (UStream)

    Weird Japanese Thing of the Day (Wimp)

    (image via Threadless.)

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  10. Tech

    FourSquare Has Its First Million-Checkin Day – And Then Its Second

    Foursquare reached a milestone this weekend - twice. On Friday, the location-based social network hit one million "checkins" from users in a single day — then followed-up on Saturday with its second million-checkin day.

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  11. Tech

    Dell x Google Chrome OS to Happen?

    There are some inevitable pairings, like Brad x Angelina ("Brangelina"), Jack x Kate ("Jate"), or Naruto x Hinata ("NaruHina"). Add this to the list: Reuters reports that Dell is in talks with Google about including the new Chrome operating system on their laptops. As I see it, "Dhrome" (I'm hoping this nickname will get picked up; remember, you heard it here first) is more than likely to occur, as Google hopes to find a leg up against Microsoft and Dell looks for a new angle to trump the new Apple computers. Reports of Dell considering Chrome extend to last year, when the OS was reportedly tested on a Netbook via USB.

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  12. Tech

    Wikipedia Founder Accuses Wikimedia of Distributing Child Pornography

    This Thursday, Larry Sanger, co-founder of Wikipedia, posted a copy of a letter he wrote to the FBI on H-Net. In it, he reports what he considers to be a breach of child pornography laws willfully perpetrated by Wikimedia Commons, the parent of Wikinews, Wiktionary, Wikiquote, and, of course, Wikipedia.

    The clearest instances I found (I did not want to look for long) are linked from [the pedophilia page] and [the lolicon page]. I don't know if there is any more, but I wouldn't be surprised if there is--the content on the various Wikimedia projects, including Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons and various others, are truly vast.

    You can see on [the history of the category page] that the page has existed for three years. Considering that Eric Moeller, a high-level Wikipedia manager, is well known for his views in defense of pedophilia... surely the existence of this page must have come to the attention of those with the legal responsibility for the Wikimedia projects.

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  13. Tech

    Don’t Panic! Google Just Wants You To Look At Your Privacy Settings

    If you use Gmail and happen to click your way to your Google Buzz tomorrow, it will ask you to review your privacy settings. Don't panic! This is normal. Or at least it will be tomorrow. In response to widespread concerns over the privacy of Buzz, Google is going to ask users to review and confirm their privacy settings, so that everyone can see the changes they've made to the interface.

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  14. Tech

    Preorder the iPad on February 25th?

    Appadvice, a resource for all things iPhone App related, is reporting that "according to a reliable source of ours familiar with the matter," Apple will be accepting iPad preorders on February 25th. That's this coming Thursday.

    Mashable maintains that it is safest to consider this news as rumor rather than fact, but has arguments for the veracity of Appadvice's claim.

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  15. Tech

    Twitter Announces Chirp Conference; Features “Hack Day” for Developers

    This afternoon, the folks at Twitter, Inc. announced that they would be hosting an event called "Chirp Day" in San Francisco from April 14th to 15th. The appropriately twee and sunny page they've set up to publicize the event is loaded with teasers: so far, the only official speakers are all Twitter employees (bosses Biz Stone and Ev Williams, plus COO Dick Costolo, and Director of Platform Ryan Sarver), but there will also be a "sneaky peek at Twitter's un-released API features," an afterparty, and -- most intriguingly -- a 24-hour hack day.

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