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Twitter's verification is open to all. Here's how to get a blue tick

For years, some Twitter users have complained, whinged and even begged for the social network to verify their accounts.<p>Until now, verified accounts, …

Social Media

Venezuelan women urged to stop using hairdryers

Women in Venezuela have been urged to stop using hair dryers to save energy.<p>The appeal for women to go for the natural look was made by Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela’s president, as the country struggles to cope with constant electricity shortages.<p>“I always think a woman looks better when she just runs …

Venezuela

Tyson Fury Slams SPOTY Petitioners, Aims New Dig at Lewis Hamilton, Andy Murray

Heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury has responded to the online petition for his removal from the shortlist for the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year award by labelling the 60,000 people who've signed it "wankers" and telling his critics to "suck my b---s."<p>In an interview with Kugan Cassius of</i> …

Actors reciting pop songs in the style of Shakespeare is as brilliant as you'd expect

LONDON — A while back we were treated to Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart reciting Taylor Swift lyrics, and now a new trend has been started that's …

Shoreham Air Show disaster: Everything we know about the plane crash

The victims, the crash, the pilot, the aftermath - here is everything we know about plane crash on A27 in West Sussex that killed 11 people<p>A full inquest into the deaths of 11 men killed in the Shoreham Air Show crash might not take place until June 2016.<p>After a Hawker Hunter plane crashed onto the …

This Country Has the World’s Happiest People

Colin Anderson—Blend Images/Corbis<p>Getty Images<p>Matt Hogan/www.mphoganphoto.com<p>Jim Wilson—The New York Times/Redux<p>Getty Images<p>Celin Serbo—Aurora …

San Francisco Bay Area

Google embraces 'mobile-friendly' sites in search shake-up

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones in a shift that's expected to sway where millions of people shop, eat and find information.<p>The revised formula, scheduled to be released Tuesday, will favor websites that Google …

Mobile Devices

Valtteri Bottas' Injury Highlights the Struggle to Find a Female F1 Driver

Despite Bernie Ecclestone's assertion that, "It is inevitable that there will be another female [Formula One] driver," as reported by Luke Smith and Christian Sylt in <i>Forbes</i>, recent developments mean a woman on the F1 starting grid is anything but inevitable—at least in the near future.<p>Williams test …

Motor Racing

No one on The Price Is Right knows what an iPhone costs

Quick: How much does an iPhone 6 cost? If you read this blog at all, you probably know that answer can range wildly depending on a variety of factors: how much storage it’s got, whether it’s subsidized, what carrier it’s on and what coverage you’ve got. Even so, would you ever guess that an iPhone …

Mobile Technology

Everywhere you look, penises are hiding in plain sight

No matter how old you are, no matter how clear your conscience, there is a penis hiding amongst the innocent.<p>Penis-shaped objects are hidden among …

Disney World

'Cutting Adele off was sexist': Lily Allen wades into BRIT Awards debate after singer was told to halt winner's speech

By<p>Adele's fans were left fuming when her BRIT Awards acceptance speech was cut off on Tuesday night.<p>And now Lily Allen has waded into the debate, …

Chinese passenger opens plane door for fresh air

A Chinese airline passenger pulled open an emergency exit as his plane was about to take off because he “just wanted fresh air”, Chinese media have reported.<p>The man had not realised that opening the door was dangerous, staff members said.<p>The safety scare on Sunday came days after a passenger on …

10 stunning sports photos you probably missed in 2014

You probably saw the photos of agonized Brazil fans after their country lost 7-1 to Germany during the World Cup. Many of us saw that enraged double …

Tech Minute - Gadgets to keep you warm

Fan blows big moment of fame

Football fan Billy Forrest gets carried away after scoring during the half-time interval of the Scottish Cup tie at Fir Park between Motherwell and Dundee United.<p>The visitors went on to progress to the fifth round draw.<p>BBC Scotland's Jonathan Sutherland is joined by Pat Nevin and Owen Coyle.<p><i>Only</i> …

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German city gives green light to traffic-light women

With the German government’s plans to introduce quotas for women in company boardrooms seemingly stalled, equality of the sexes could first make advances on the streets: in Dortmund, politicians are debating the introduction of a 50% gender quota for traffic-light icons.<p>In a joint application to …

Court jails captain of capsized South Korean ferry to 36 years

Lee Joon-seok, the captain widely derided by families for leaping to safety while the hundreds of people remained inside the sinking South Korean ferry, was sentenced Tuesday to 36 years in jail.<p>Although he was acquitted of murder, Lee was found guilty of violating "seamen's law" and abandonment …

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Ku Klux Klan Rebrand Opens Its Doors To Black People, Jews And Gays

The Ku Klux Klan is diversifying. Really. Well, apparently.<p>Despite being better known for burning crosses on lawns, lynchings and horrific racism, …

Nigel Farage’s new friend in Europe: ‘When women say no, they don’t always mean it’

Dapper in bow tie and blazer, Nigel Farage’s new European ally likes to welcome a woman to his grey-walled, grey-carpeted Brussels office by stooping to kiss her hand. There is a danger, though, that he will follow up this display of old-fashioned courtesy by sharing some old-fashioned views about …

TomorrowWorld 2014 | Kygo

We listen to sad music to feel nostalgic

If sadness is an unpleasant emotion, then why are we at times so drawn to sad music? By <b>Dan Ruderman</b><p>In a recent study Liila Taruffi and Stefan Koelsch …

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Beer labels match brewed contents to Pantone color

Spanish creative agency Txaber created a series of beer packaging labels in which each brew type is presented with a corresponding Pantone color.<p>[via …

The iPhone 6 Plus Gets Bent

Every year, Apple announces a new iPhone. And every year, we go through a very similar cycle. First it’s rumors and leaks, and then spy shots from factory lines, and then the announcement comes! And then it’s reviews, and long lines, and pre-order figures, and first weekend sales figures… which …

London overtakes Hong Kong as world’s most expensive city

London has overtaken Hong Kong as the world’s most expensive city to live and work in, with a new study suggesting it is almost twice as pricey as Sydney, and four times more than Rio de Janeiro.<p>The estate agent Savills said that in London, rising rents and the strong pound had pushed up the …

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