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Senate Democrats end marathon filibuster, announce Republicans agree to gun control vote

The Senate is expected to vote Monday on a series of competing gun-control measures that will highlight the continuing divide between Democrats and Republicans over how Congress should respond to mass shootings.<p>All are likely to fail as the two parties largely retreat to their respective corners on …

Guns

39 Blogging Tools to Help You Work Faster & Write Better

When you’re finding amazing content to share on social media — the kind of thing that grabs attention and gets people to click, share, and …

Wearing a Suit Makes People Think Differently

Formalwear elicits feelings of power, which change some mental processes.<p>Some psychology research in recent years is making an old aphorism look like an incomplete thought: Clothes make the man… Yes? Go on?<p>Clothes, it appears, make the man perceive the world differently.<p>A new study looks …

Clothing

Everybody hates Pearson

John Fallon doesn’t look like the devil incarnate. With his ruddy cheeks and cheerful-but-not-too-posh English accent, Fallon, 52, seems more like a …

Education

Keith Rabois’ Homebuying Startup OpenDoor Raises $9.95M From Everyone

Well.<p>It seems like a lot of Valley investors want to see the process of buying homes become a lot more efficient.<p>After Khosla Ventures VC and former Square COO Keith Rabois teased that he was working on a project to make buying homes as simple as clicking a few buttons, a horde of Valley angels and …

Amazon says it won’t be announcing a free streaming TV service next week

Amazon has denied rumors that it will launch a free streaming video service. Of course, that hasn’t stopped speculation about the company’s plans to take over the living room.<p>The rumored service was said to be an ad-supported content channel that delivered both television programming and music …

Yahoo may build its own YouTube (aka the Googlefication of Yahoo continues)

The latest example of Yahoo positioning itself to become more like Google is the company’s possible plan to launch its own streaming video service to compete with YouTube.<p>CEO Marissa Mayer is apparently mulling over the idea of Yahoo building its own YouTube, according to a Re/code report that …

And now Samsung turns an ordinary lightbulb into a connected gadget

It’s appropriate that the Internet of things should creep into our lives as a new kind of lightbulb, a riff on Thomas Edison’s most famous electrical invention. This week, Samsung helped that transition along, joining LG and Philips in turning lightbulbs into peripherals.<p>The company’s new line of …

The cloud-storage war continues with Dropbox’s acquisition of Readmill

Readmill, the popular reading and sharing app, has been acquired by Dropbox as the storage company scrambles to find an answer to rival Box’s recently unveiled Box View, a feature that shows people views of uploaded Microsoft Office and PDF files.<p>As reported by VentureBeat earlier this week from …

ExactTarget, Responsys, meet your newest nemesis: Sailthru, on track for a $50M year & an IPO

You’ve probably never heard of Sailthru. But it knows where you live.<p>In fact, it’s probably sitting inside your inbox.<p>If you pay a little more attention to email newsletters from media companies such as Business Insider and Huffington Post or commerce companies such as Alex and Ani, you will find a …

After Supporting Prop 8, New CEO Brendan Eich Comes Under Fire From Mozilla Employees

Mozilla employees across the web are calling for the removal of new CEO Brendan Eich, who previously held the position of CTO and has been with the company since its formation out of Netscape in the 90’s.<p>In 2008, Eich donated $1,000 to support Prop 8, which was a California ballot proposition that …

Turkish court rules tweets are free speech

Turkey's country-wide Twitter ban has already been temporarily lifted on a national level, but the stay-of-execution wasn't <i>completely</i> universal. One of the three court orders that prompted the original ban forced Twitter to use its Country Withheld Content tool on an account that had reportedly …

Teen to government: Change your typeface, save millions

An <i>e</i>. You can write it with one fluid swoop of a pen or one tap of the keyboard. The most commonly used letter in the English dictionary. Simple, right?<p>Now imagine it printed out millions of times on thousands of forms and documents. Then think of how much ink would be needed.<p>OK, so that may have …

The Latest Hubblecast Video: What has Hubble Learned from Star Clusters?

<i>The latest Hubblecast video details how the Hubble Space Telescope has studied and imaged amazing objects like globular cluster Messier 15.</i><p><b>Hubblecast</b> …

Earth As Seen From Saturn (900-Million Miles Away)

This is a shot of earth as seen from the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn some 900-million miles away. OH SHIT IS THAT AN ALIEN SPACESHIP POINTED …

Watch This Magnet Fall Slowly Through Air

It's witchcraft science.<p>This video from 2012 is making the rounds right now--with good reason. Drop whatever you're doing, leave your desk, quit your job, and find a magnet and copper tube, because, wow. Look at this! It's a _Matrix _time-freeze in your hands.<p>The video is showing a demonstration of …

Magnetism