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5 Things We Learned From Jimmy Page’s SiriusXM Interview

Earlier this week, Led Zeppelin released new, deluxe editions of its fourth record and <i>Houses of the Holy</i> albums remastered by producer and guitarist …

UK faces punitive interest charges if Cameron ignores £1.7bn EU bill

David Cameron’s refusal to pay a European budget surcharge of £1.7bn by the end of the month will incur punitive extra costs, with interest charged instantly on a rising monthly scale, the new European commission warned on Monday on its first working day in office.<p>Margaritis Schinas, spokesman for …

Barcelona have lost prestige, says Johan Cruyff

The Catalan club have been rocked by several off-field scandals over the past year and the former coach and player is sad to see it decline<p>Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff believes the Spanish club have "lost a lot of prestige" due to their troubles away from the pitch.<p>Barca sit fourth in La Liga, two …

The making and unmaking of Oscar Pistorius

<b>He was one of the world's most successful sportsmen, an inspiration to millions, but now Oscar Pistorius is serving a five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend.</b><p>A year on from his conviction for culpable homicide, or manslaughter, he has been transferred to house arrest, yet his legal battles …

100 Best Debut Albums of All Time

50<p>‘Los Angeles’<p>X<br>Slash, 1980<p>Produced by Ray Manzarek of the Doors, this is the first great West Coast punk album. Searing songs fly off like sparks, …

'Social discovery' is not about making friends. It's about sex, narcissism, & gossip

“Social networking is what your social life looks like today, and social discovery is what your social life might look like tomorrow,” said ReadWrite editor-in-chief Owen Thomas during his opening remarks at Wednesday’s Glimpse Social Discovery conference.<p>In simpler terms: Social discovery is an …

10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, …

Lawyer fined for revealing pseudonymous author was JK Rowling

LONDON (Reuters) - A lawyer who blew JK Rowling’s cover when she wrote a detective novel under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith has been fined 1,000 pounds ($1,650) and received a written warning from a British legal watchdog.<p>Author J.K. Rowling hosts a special family fundraising evening in aid of …

Crowdfunded Veronica Mars movie shows off its first trailer, hits theaters March 14th

Remember the crazy year that was 2013? Among the many things we recall, expansion of the crowdfunding phenomenon is definitely one and the Kickstarter that revived <i>Veronica Mars</i> was a special highlight. After nine years away Veronica Mars is finally back in her hometown of Neptune, CA and of course, …

NSA’s quantum ambitions revealed in Snowden documents

The NSA is trying to build a quantum computer in order to break today’s digital encryption and create new types of encryption, the <i>Washington Post</i> has …

The Best iOS And Android Apps Of 2013

Congratulations, Planet Earth! We made it another 365 days without crashing into the sun. Go team!<p>It’s the end of the year, and that means three things: booze, ridiculous sunglasses with numbers on them, and lists. Lots and lots of lists. You’ve seen our list of best/worst gadgets of the year. Up …

Best adventure travel for 2014

For those who like their trips to thrill, here’s our pick of the best places to feel pumped in 2014.<p>Mountain biking, Avoriaz, France<p>Avoriaz is one of 12 interconnected resorts in the Portes du Soleil region of the French Alps, where man-made bike trails and alpine tracks create a spectacular …

Pinterest Founder Ben Silbermann On Why The Best Talent Goes After Adventure, Not Success

The best employees never shy away from a challenge.<p>“I think the thing that I’ve learned is that really great people, they actually want to work on hard problems,” says Ben Silbermann, cofounder and CEO of Pinterest.<p>With Pinterest in its infancy, Silbermann never imagined that he would be able to …

10 Reasons Why Humor Is A Key To Success At Work

“A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done<b>.</b>” – Dwight D. Eisenhower<p>Tasteful humor is a key to success at work, but there’s a good chance your co-workers aren’t cracking jokes or packaging information with wit on a regular basis–and your …

Shackleton's Endurance trapped in pack ice - a picture from the past

First published on Mon 30 Dec 2013 07.44 EST

Ronaldinho voted South America's best

MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) - Ronaldinho, who had a disappointing Club World Cup this month, has been elected South American footballer of the year in the annual poll conducted by the Uruguayan daily El Pais.<p>Italian soccer club AC Milan's newly signed player Ronaldinho of Brazil attends his presentation …

Charli XCX Is ‘No Angel’ On Her Two Stellar New Songs

Music<p>Your trusted destination for top music news, music industry information, and concert details.<p>TRL<p>How are you celebrating #8YearsOfOneDirection?<p>Pop<p>…

Oh John... The political crisis gripping Ukraine was sparked by a complex series of factors: power, politics and, according to the country's president, John Terry's left foot. Viktor Yanukovych, the embattled Ukrainian leader, included his country's disallowed goal against England in Euro 2012 in a marathon list of grievances he held against the European Union. More here: http://fw.to/6BwmyGS Photo: Reuters/Getty

It's time to challenge the notion that there is only one way to speak English

Why do we persist in thinking that standard English is right, when it is spoken by only 15% of the British population? Linguistics-loving Harry Ritchie blames Noam Chomsky<p>Did you see that great documentary on linguistics the other night? What about that terrific series on Radio 4 about the …

Move your money from the high street and help to achieve a fairer society

The most significant card I received over the holiday period was one I had to sign myself: a Visa debit for my new current account. It marked the end of a 13-year relationship with my old bank, four years shorter than British customers typically stick it out, but still two longer than the average …

Recommended Reading: Google starts over, sculpture on the moon and more

<i>Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books dealing with the subject of technology that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read.</i><p><b>The Day Google Had to 'Start Over' on …

The rise and fall and rise of Borussia Dortmund and the Germany team

If you mull over the changing fortunes of German football during the past two decades, sooner or later it strikes you how closely the rise and fall and rise of the national team and Borussia Dortmund mirror each other.<p>Both sides won a major European title (their last to date) within 12 months of …

The 2013 Adventurers of the Year

Over the past year, highly organized, well-funded teams pulled off an astounding number of firsts, sending a Hollywood director to the deepest spot in the ocean, landing a drone on Mars, and equipping a skydive from the edge of space. Presented here are our adventurers of the year. Enjoy!<p>Run Your …

Study Shows How Classroom Design Affects Student Learning

A new study shows how color, lighting, and other classroom design choices can have a huge impact on student progress.<p>As debate over education reform sizzles, and as teachers valiantly continue trying to do more with less, a new study suggests that it might be worth diverting at least a little …

66 Famous Robots, Cyborgs, Holograms, and Computers

Don't cheer online nastiness – even when directed at an annoying person

The story of a man live tweeting his "feud" with a fellow irritable airline passenger did the so-called rounds on the internet. The ordeal occurred during peak US holiday travel leading up to Thanksgiving. It was dubbed "hilarious" by various outlets, like Jezebel , the Mirror, and Yahoo!. Elan …

Two Chickens, an Old Guitar, and a Group of Strangers: A Life-Changing Feast in Brazil

An oversight in planning leads one future food writer to take a chance on a stranger, resulting in a feast in the countryside of Ouro Preto that …

Today on YouTube: Nike reveal brilliant new Brazil football advert ahead of World Cup 2014

David Luiz, Paulino, Thiago Silva and Neymar star in new Brazil Nike advert<p>You know it's nearing World Cup time when a new Nike advert appears featuring Brazil's plethora of stars.<p>Six months before the 2014 World Cup kicks off, that moment has arrived.<p>Facing a team wearing a kit that looks …

Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen questions part in Martin Jol's demise

Fulham head coach Rene Meulensteen says he was common denominator when manager Martin Jol and Anzhi's Guus Hiddink were sacked<p>Martin Jol was dismissed yesterday as <b>Fulham</b> manager and replaced immediately by Rene Meulensteen after Shahid Khan, the club owner and chairman, finally lost patience with …

Schalke boycott station over Champions League snub

ESPN FC: Bayern beats on<p>Schalke boycotted interviews with ZDF TV on Saturday after the German TV station chose to broadcast Borussia Dortmund's …