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Oreo Twist: Cookie company goes black this year

Business News<p>The Super Bowl's mammoth ad party is always as much about who plays as who sits.<p>This year, Oreo -- a social-media monster during 2013's big game -- revealed early in the game via Twitter that the company opted not to take a bite out of the action.<p>That was a surprising twist for the …

Nutella should be worried about Hershey’s new hazelnut spread

Chocolate spreads are on their way to becoming a pantry staple for Americans, and The Hershey Company isn’t about to miss out. The US-based chocolate maker recently started its own line of Nutella-like chocolate spreads, called Hershey’s Spreads. The spreads come in three flavors: chocolate, …

How Maserati Won The Super Bowl Auto Advertisement Battle

Like the event, there are winners and losers in the Super Bowl ad game. With costs running as high as $4 million for a 30 second spot, and millions of viewers, the gamble of who runs ads and how it is received can be analogous to the Broncos botched first play that resulted in a safety to the …

Duracell, The Company That Makes Batteries, Wants To Compete With $10 Billion Dropbox

The latest one caught our eye because the company is better known for making batteries: Duracell.<p>It's standing out from the crowd by combining an old-fashioned hard drive that you would pick up at the store with unlimited cloud storage.<p>For $20 per month, you'll get a 1 terabyte hard drive and …

Wikipedia Archiving Voices So You'll Always Know How Celebs Sound

What's in a voice? To the folks at Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, a voice means a lot. They've begun a project to archive the voices of famous people.<p>Actor Dustin Hoffman, writer John Updike, scientist Jane Goodall and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi are among the audio clips now …

Web companies give first look at secret government data requests

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo and Google on Monday began publishing details about the number of secret government requests for data they receive, hoping to show limited involvement in controversial surveillance efforts.<p>A protester holds a placard showing U.S. President Barack …

Why Anti-Big Box Laws May Actually Be Bad For Small Retailers

This de facto African country is printing beasts on its currency to gain global recognition

Brian Dell/Creative Commons<p>As cyber-currency magnates promote bitcoins festooned with hypnotic barcodes, spare a thought for the officially non-existent nation of Somaliland.<p>Its 3.8 million inhabitants insisted that something more inspirational adorn their country’s equally tenuous global tender …

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Top 5 Longreads of the Week

Below, our favorite stories of the week. Kindle and Readmill users, you can also get them as a Readlist.<p>Sonia Smith | Texas Monthly | January 27, …

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Nestlé chairman warns against playing God over climate change

Nestlé chairman Peter Brabeck has a history of courting controversy and is likely to further inflame his critics with his belief that man-made emissions are not the primary reason behind our changing climate.<p>While scientists point to the near certainty that human activity is driving up …

Why Harley-Davidson Can't Break Through The Wall Of China

Harley-Davidson has historically relied on its U.S. and Europe businesses for over 80% of its retail sales. But with a maturing U.S. heavyweight motorcycle market and sluggish economic conditions in Europe, growth for the iconic motorcycle maker may have to come from the faster growing economies of …

Adam Marelli: Exploring the Craftmanship behind Venetian Boatyards

New York City-based artist and photographer Adam Marelli explores the ancient crafts of building, maestros in their workshops, and designs handed …

Bitcoin's Legality Around The World

Last November, the U.S. Senate dove head-first into the world of Bitcoin, prompted by Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Carper, a Democratic senator from Delaware who has become very interested in the digital coin. Representatives from law enforcement and financial agencies …

How Edward Snowden went from loyal NSA contractor to whistleblower

In late December 2001, someone calling themselves TheTrueHOOHA had a question. He was an 18-year-old American male with impressive IT skills and a sharp intelligence. His real identity was unknown. Everyone who posted on Ars Technica, a popular technology website, did so anonymously.<p>TheTrueHOOHA …