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UFC Lawsuit Against New York MMA Ban Dismissed, Appeal Considered

A judge has dismissed claims surrounding the ambiguity of laws banning professional MMA in the state of New York amid suggestions the rules are too vague.<p>Speaking at a ruling in the U.S. district court in New York, the judge, Kimba Wood, tossed out claims in a federal lawsuit filed by the UFC four …

Little League star Mo'ne Davis, 13, thinks player who slammed her on Twitter should get 'second chance'

Mo'ne Davis believes in the power of a second chance.<p>The 13-year-old star Little League pitcher is speaking out on behalf of a baseball player who slammed her on Twitter, asking Bloomsburg University to reinstate Joey Casselberry to the school's team despite his hurtful words.<p>The controversy …

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Smithsonian museum group bans selfie stick

<b>They're becoming a must-have for tourists but the selfie stick will not be welcome at Washington's top museums.</b><p>The Smithsonian, the largest research and museum group in the world, has banned the fashionable photography aid.<p>"This is a preventive measure to protect visitors and objects, especially …

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Wal-Mart to raise pay for 500,000 workers

By Sarah Halzack<p>, Reporter<p>Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest employer, said Thursday that it will increase the pay of nearly 40 percent of its workforce, a sign that the improving economy is putting pressure on companies to boost wages for entry-level workers.<p>Starting in April, Wal-Mart workers will …

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Snowden in talks to come home -- still holding out for a fair trial

After blowing open the NSA's secret surveillance plans and spending the past few years in Russia, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden is now in talks with lawyers to make his way back to the U.S., reports Russia Today. But, according to his Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena, he'll only return if …

A closer look at the crazy car tech of CES 2015

Over the past few years, the world of connected automobiles has exploded. Self-driving cars, heads-up displays and in-car infotainment systems have become mainstays of CES and this year was no exception. Join us as we take a visual tour of Mercedes' futuristic F 015 road-ready lounge, Audi's …

Patreon, Greg Miller and the real cost of going indie

"What are they going to do for health insurance?"<p>This was my depressingly adult reaction to the news that the Kinda Funny crew quit their jobs at IGN to go indie with a Patreon-supported business. "We had great jobs, great benefits," Nick Scarpino said during the introduction video. And that's gone …

WIRED's Top Picks From CES 2015

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA—The first week in January is when the consumer electronics industry hits its yearly high-water mark. Thousands of companies come …

Mad Catz Just Made The Most Insane Mouse And The Craziest Gamepad

Razer loves to steal the show. Every CES, there's some crazy new project from the gaming hardware company. Apparently their longtime rival Mad Catz …

Microsoft is giving away 100 free albums as MP3s, including one from U2

Microsoft’s Music Deals app launched in October and it has been a rather impressive way of obtaining music ever since. 101 albums were priced at $1.99 or less initially, and Taylor Swift’s new <i>1989</i> release debuted for just $0.99 in a brief promotional period. Now Microsoft is literally giving music …

Laughing all the way ... out of depression

The dentist's office might be the last place you'd look to find a quick cure for an implacable bout of depression. But new research suggests that laughing gas -- the mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen that eases the pain and anxiety of having dental work -- may help banish treatment-resistant …

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The MythBusters take on Corning’s Gorilla Glass to see how it stacks up against the regular stuff (video)

The displays on most smartphones these days, including the iPhone, are made using Gorilla Glass from Corning, Inc., which is stronger and lighter than regular glass. Just how much stronger and lighter, exactly, is a question that was put to the test by MythBusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman as …

Taylor Swift Explains Why She Knew Spotify Was Trouble

Taylor, I’ma let you finish but… Spotify is still one of the best music streaming services of <i>all time</i>.<p>Now that I got that off my chest, let’s take a look at tall musician Taylor Swift, and her thoughts on the “grand experiment” of Spotify, where she explains why she pulled her entire catalog off of …

Walmart is now selling used games in its stores

Earlier this year, Walmart started offering company gift cards in exchange for customers' used games. This morning, <i>Bloomberg Businessweek</i> reported that it's started making money off this investment, launching a pre-owned games section in 1,700 of its US stores — or about 40 percent of its estimated …

Telltale's Game of Thrones Title Releasing This Year

No delays here.<p>Telltale has confirmed its episodic Game of Thrones title will premiere before the end of the year.<p>The studio's community and PR …

Nest's smart thermostat now shows much more info at a glance

For all of the things Nest's smart thermostat has learned to do, its interface hasn't made a lot of progress; you frequently have to dig to see more than just the basics. You'll have a much easier time of it after today, though. Nest is now rolling out a version 4.3 update that includes Quick View, …

Disney Movies Anywhere now lets you buy once and watch on any iOS or Android device

The Disney Movie Anywhere app now lives up to its name — after launching for iOS and the iTunes Store earlier this year, Disney is now bringing its movie-curating app to Android and Google Play. That partnership between Disney and Google means that things just got a lot easier for anyone who wants …

Nixie wearable camera drone wins Intel's $500,000 tech challenge

Wearable camera drone Nixie is the winner of Intel's Make it Wearable competition, scooping a prize of $500,000 (£313,000) at a ceremony held in San …

Tim Cook: Yep, I’m gay

In a beautifully written personal essay, Apple CEO Tim Cook has just come out as gay, finally confirming rumors that have circulated since he took over as Steve Jobs’ replacement in 2011.<p>In the history-making essay for Businessweek (remember: this is one of the most powerful and influential …

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Washington state school gunman texted victims to meet at cafeteria: official

SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Washington state high school student who fatally shot two 14-year-old girls and wounded three more classmates last week before taking his own life had sent text messages to the victims to meet at lunch before the shooting, an official said on Monday.<p>Paula Hatch (R) and her son …

Paul Allen Ups His Funding to Fight Ebola to at Least $100 Million

“The Ebola virus is unlike any health crisis we have ever experienced and needs a response unlike anything we have ever seen,” the Microsoft co-founder said.<p>Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen said Thursday that he is increasing his funding of anti-Ebola efforts to $100 million or more.<p>Allen said he is …

Shake-up at Socialcast: Key employees leave after VMware reorg

VMware appears to be searching for a viable strategy for its Socialcast social-networking software, and key people on the team have left, VentureBeat has learned.<p>Known primarily as a vendor of software for big companies that run their own data centers, VMware bought its way into the “enterprise …

Star Wars-themed beer is no match for this fully operational legal team

Lucasfilm is taking a brewpub to court over the name of a beer in order to protect it's line of Star Wars themed wines, reports the Post-Standard.<p>The brewmasters at Empire Brewing Co. in Syracuse, New York conceived of a bock beer, a dark brew commonly served in the fall, that had an "extremely …

How dapper dog Bodhi makes $15,000 a month as the Menswear Dog

There’s a reason why Bodhi, the Menswear Dog, dresses in designer duds all the time. He can afford them.<p>The dapper Shiba Inu, whose stylish photos took the Internet by storm last year, pulls in up to $15,000 a month, according to a Fast Company interview with Bodhi’s owners, Yena Kim and David Fung.<p>…

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Cute alert! Check out this adorable, toe-nibbling Arctic fox

If walking around Iceland means you get to play with a cute Arctic fox like the one in this video, we're booking tickets and packing our flip-flops now.<p>In a video posted to YouTube this month, a cute fox pup can be seen rolling around and nipping at a man's bare toes. Even the person videotaping …

Just a bite: Why sharing your cake makes you feel better

Want to feel better about eating that luscious piece of chocolate cake? Here’s one way to make it guilt-free: Have a friend invite you to share it.<p>That’s because we don’t feel guilt or regret about diet-busting choices when someone else takes the initiative, researchers reported in a study …