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Joan Rivers, Comedy Legend and TV Host, Dies at 81

Joan Rivers, a pioneering female stand-up comic and the queen of "Can We Talk?" gossip, has died, her daughter, Melissa Rivers, said Thursday. She was 81.<p>Rivers was undergoing surgery on her vocal cords at a clinic in New York City on Aug. 28 when she stopped breathing and had to be transported to …

The Woman Who Could Write, But Couldn't Read

A recent stroke left one 40-year-old woman with some unusual symptoms.<p>One morning, a kindergarten teacher was about to take attendance for her class when she realized she couldn't read the paper in her hands. She tried looking over her lesson plans, but like the attendance sheet, they seemed to be …

Employment

George H.W. Bush Joins Twitter, Praises Mandela In First Tweet

Former President George H.W. Bush is now on Twitter.<p>In his first message, Bush honored former South African President Nelson Mandela and expressed regret that he could not attend Tuesday's memorial service:<p>Bush spokesman Jim McGrath confirmed via Twitter that the account, @GeorgeHWBush, is indeed …

Mysterious smart ring project gives smartwatches the finger

A high-tech ring that promises to replicate many of the features found in the latest crop of smartwatches, but without strapping a brick to your wrist, is now one step closer to reality. Smarty Ring, a project that launched on Indiegogo last month, has blown past its funding goal to produce a ring …

Frozen Phones: Antarctica gets its own cellular network

The government of Australia has built a cellular network in the most inhospitable clime in its jurisdiction. I’m not talking about the Australian …

What the World Would Look Like If Countries Were As Big As Their Online Populations

Helloooooo China!<p>The Internet we each see every day is an infinitesimally tiny sliver of the whole—the parts we have curated for ourselves, the parts our network of friends and family sends to us, and the sites that we have made parts of our routines.<p>But beyond this micro-level editing, there are …

Dear Internet: You Still Can’t Get HBO Without Paying for Cable

Lots of people who read sites like this site love the idea of paying for HBO without paying for cable.<p>So, news that Comcast and HBO are letting you …

Mood-tracking app for depression wins StartupBus Europe

Aiden, an app hoping to simplify communication between patients who suffer from depression and their therapists, has won the grand final of this year’s StartupBus Europe Tour.<p>Currently, Kristina Wilms, from Germany, is at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna building up her app’s first prototype in …

A Phone Charging Device For The Next Billion Turns Heat Into Power

The Voto is an intuitive handheld device that could change that situation, and it uses a technology that has gained a reputation as too finicky and …

U.S. Dept. of Energy

Top laptop and tablet picks for Cyber Monday

While Black Friday 2013 had its fair share of deals on PCs, Macs, and tablets, the Monday after is feeling a bit thin by comparison. Maybe it's because holiday shoppers have been tuned in since early the previous week and throughout the weekend, or that the whole idea of a separate event called …

Voice recognition software's bilingual problem

As a nonprofit news organization, what matters to us is the same thing that matters to you: being a source for trustworthy, independent news that makes people smarter about business and the economy. So if Marketplace has helped you understand the economy better, make more informed financial …

The Week in Review: The 50th Anniversary of the JFK Assassination

Inside Flipboard / November 22, 2013<p>This week marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The youngest elected …

Daniel Radcliffe: 'There's no master plan to distance myself from Harry Potter'

Daniel Radcliffe says he has just been called a national treasure, and it has left him discombobulated. He has a point: most people his age have barely started out. But here he is, at 24, more than half his life spent in the business, 16 movies behind him, eight of them Harry Potter blockbusters. …

Doctor Who: 50 things you didn't know

1. The Doctor lives longer in France<p>French audiences watching Doctor Who dubbed into their native tongue obviously can’t be expected to know the difference between Christopher Eccleston’s Lancashire vowels and David Tennant’s adopted southern accent – but isn’t there some metaphysical conundrum …

Rush Compares Filibuster Reform to Rape, Proving Yet Again He Is America’s Worst Person

Rush Limbaugh compared Democrat-led filibuster reform to rape on his radio show on Friday. Shock may be part of his shtick, but it’s time the GOP …

Xbox One Problems Affect Only 'a Very Small Number' of Customers

The Xbox One may only have been on sale for around 24 hours, but that’s plenty of time for launch day gremlins to rear their head.<p>According to various reports, some of the launch day Xbox One units seem to be suffering from assorted hardware problems – just like the PlayStation 4.<p>The issues, which …

See If You Can Spot Toronto's 'Crack Mayor' Rob Ford In His Middle School Yearbook Photo

Someone on reddit has circulated a photo of embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in middle school.<p>Ford, 44, had some powers stripped by the Toronto City Council Friday, as more embarrassing details about his personal life emerged. Until he is convicted of a crime, he is barred.<p>Anyway, see if you can …

Middle School

R2-D2 Confirmed For STAR WARS EPISODE VII

Android tablet revenue surpasses iPad for the first time (but not the last)

Samsung plans to release smartphone with wraparound display next year: Bloomberg

Samsung has led the curved display "movement" with the introduction of its Galaxy Round smartphone, but apparently the company isn't satisfied stopping there. Bloomberg today claims that Samsung will release a handset featuring a wraparound display at some point next year. According to the report, …

Video: How Mars Looked 4 Billion Years Ago

Filled with idyllic lakes and clouds!<p>What would a habitable, watery Mars look like? Four billion years ago, the dry, dusty planet may have had enough of an atmosphere to support bodies of water. Perhaps it looked like this beautiful, cloud-covered lake scene that animators at NASA's Conceptual …

Fantasy Fiction

Russian subway now accepting 30 squats as payment for ride

Want a free subway ride in Russia? All you have to do is work up a little sweat.<p>In an effort to promote both the upcoming Olympic Games in Sochi and a healthier lifestyle, the Moscow metro has set up a special vending machine that offers travelers one free ticket in exchange for performing 30 …

Olympics

Snapchat Rejected A $3 Billion All-Cash Offer From Facebook

According to a new report from Evelyn M. Rusli and Douglas MacMillan at the WSJ, Facebook offered $3 billion in cash to buy Snapchat, but Snapchat turned it down.<p>This is not the first time that Facebook tried to buy Snapchat. Zuckerberg previously offered $1 billion for Snapchat and was rejected.<p>In …

Social Media

Diablo 3 on PlayStation 4 supports Remote Play

<i>Diablo 3</i> on the PlayStation 4 will support Remote Play via the PlayStation Vita, the game's official twitter account confirmed today.<p>The tweet was accompanied with a photo (above) showing that the PlayStation 4 version of the game can be played on the handheld via a wi-fi connection. The PS4 …