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Martin Freeman’s New Marvel Role Could Be Deeply Twisted

But will Freeman wind up paired with frequent co-star Benedict Cumberbatch?<p>Earlier this week Marvel announced that <b>Martin Freeman</b> would be joining his <i>Sherlock</i> and <i>Hobbit</i> co-star <b>Benedict Cumberbatch</b> in the brotherhood of Marvel movie stars. There are no plans yet for the two to share screen time; …

I Heart My City: Jen’s Las Vegas

Though her travels have taken her around the globe—from South Korea to South Africa—<b>Las Vegas</b> is the only home <b>Jen Lee</b> has ever known.<p>After more than a decade of welcoming visitors to Sin City as a convention planner, you might think she would tire of talking up her town. But for Jen, Las Vegas …

Saudi Arabia's ambassador rejects Iran's call for cease-fire in Yemen

Saudi Arabia's envoy in Washington rejected Iranian calls for a cease-fire in Yemen, saying Tehran should have no role in political negotiations in the war-torn country.<p>Saudi-led airstrikes will continue in Yemen until rebel Houthi militants disarm and agree to restore exiled President Abdu Rabu …

Middle East

Farc rebel attack leaves 11 dead and prompts new military air raids

Ppresident Juan Manual Santos calls assault by Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia ‘deliberate’ but stops short of suspending peace talks in Havana<p>At least 10 soldiers have been killed and 17 injured in the deadliest assault by leftwing Farc guerrillas since they declared a unilateral ceasefire …

Nokia just bought Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 billion

Nokia could soon be the largest maker of mobile phone network equipment in the world ahead of Ericsson and Huawei. It just acquired French telecom equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent for 15.6 billion euros ($16.6 billion), or more than double the $7 billion Microsoft paid for its Windows Phone handset …

Pause in bombardment urged in Yemen for evacuations, aid deliveries

As a Saudi Arabia-led air coalition continued to strike rebel targets across Yemen, Russia and the<p>International Committee of the Red Crosson Saturday called for a pause in the bombardment to enable the evacuation of foreigners and the delivery of aid to people cut off for more than a …

Middle East

Unusually short total lunar eclipse dazzles skywatchers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The total eclipse of the moon lasted only a short time, but it still dazzled.<p>Early risers in the western U.S. and Canada should have been able to catch a glimpse before dawn Saturday. The moment when the moon was completely obscured by Earth's shadow lasted several minutes, …

Los Angeles

Photo @ladzinski / The twisted and spiraled navajo sandstone of #AntelopeCanyon is one of the most photographed slot canyons in the world. It's an incredible place to visit in the dead of winter when the crowds have gone and you can walk through the sculpted canyon with nothin but the sound of the wind. @natgeocreative

Greece sours German relations further with demand for war reparations

Alexis Tspiras, the Greek prime mininster, says Berlin has ‘a moral obligation’ to make amends for years of Nazi occupation<p>Greece’s strained relations with Germany took a turn for the worse on Wednesday when Athens’ leftist-led government raised the spectre of seizing German assets for war …

This is Google's new Chromebook Pixel

After inadvertently teasing the existence of a new Chromebook Pixel last month, Google is today coming clean and announcing the new laptop. The new Chromebook Pixel has a similar boxy design as its predecessor (including the fancy light-up strip on the lid), but it has upgraded internals, better …

Kanye West and Lorde Hung Out in Paris Sparking Collaboration Rumors

Plus, some genius entrepreneur is selling a bag of air from a Kanye concert on eBay.<p><b>Kanye West</b> has mastered the art of making a stir without saying a word.<p>This week the rapper kick-started the rumor mill by arriving at the Christian Dior runway show in Paris not with his newly-blonde wife, <b>Kim</b> …

5 Magazines for Black History Month

As February comes to a close, so does Black History Month. Even though 28 (sometimes 29) days is too short, BHM serves as a way to remind us of the many achievements of African-Americans, and underscore how much work remains in the name of equality. Like Grantland’s Rembert Browne noted, it’s a …

Hello, World! Flipboard Launches on the Web

We smile when we think of 2015 as the year of our <i>Web</i> launch, but it’s here: a beautiful version of Flipboard for the desktop and a major new frontier on our quest to build the world’s best personal magazine.<p>By developing for mobile first (Flipboard was originally built for the iPad in 2010), we saw …

The Week in Review: Jon Stewart Gets Ready to Exit

Jon Stewart, “the nation’s satirist,” as The New York Times described him, announced his departure from Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” on Tuesday night, after more than 16 years at its helm.<p>“I don’t have any specific plans,” Stewart said at the end of the February 10 show. “Got a lot of ideas. I …

The EU could introduce tough new restrictions on drone ownership

The BBC reports that new measures are being considere d to control how drones are sold, owned and flown within Europe.<p>One of the proposals is that anyone who owns a drone would have to register it online, so that it's possible to monitor what drones are being flown in Europe.<p>There are a group of …

Drones

Eight VR headsets your eyes need to see

Some of the biggest names in tech are throwing their headsets into the virtual-reality ring. Here's a look at the new gear coming this year.<p>Virtual reality is almost upon us. And no, this isn't the heavy, constrictive, poorly animated VR you might remember from the early '90s. These modern entries …

Sony might be letting users beta test the next PlayStation 4 update

Sony is working on the PlayStation 4's next software update, and for the first time it looks like some users will get a chance to try it out before the company pushes it to everyone. According to an alleged screenshot of an email from Sony that <i>Polygon</i> received, some participants in the PlayStation …

Startups

This is Mobile World Congress through the eyes of MKBHD

This week, we flew out to Barcelona to capture the madness of MWC, one of the year's biggest tech industry events. There with us was Marques Brownlee himself, otherwise known as MKBHD, and you might have seen him pop up in a few of our videos while he worked on his own. We were at HTC's event early …

Mobile World Congress

Dozens killed in multiple suicide attacks in northern Nigerian city

Dozens of Nigerian civilians were killed Saturday in multiple suicide bombings in Maiduguri, the birthplace of the violent Islamist militant group<p>Boko Haram, officials said.<p>Underscoring the difficulty of ensuring security for Nigerian national elections due to take place within weeks, suicide …

Black History