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'Feminists Are Not Man-Haters': Emma Watson's Moving UN Speech

Monday Sep 22nd 2014

Actress Emma Watson has made a powerful speech for the United Nations on gender, which has sent waves across the world.

The 24-year-old "Harry Potter girl" and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador launched HeForShe Campaign, a U.N. Movement for Gender Equality, on Saturday in New York.

See also: How to Empower Women and Girls Even More — With Technology

It was hoped her magic wand could be used to stop violence against women and help fight the fight for gender equality, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said when he introduced the star


In her speech, Watson detailed her foray into the world of feminism when she was labeled "bossy" at eight years old, sexualized by the press at 14 and watched her friends drop out of sports at 15 Read more...

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The Australian Woman Behind an $80 Million Recall of Dangerous Cable

Sunday Sep 21st 2014

SYDNEY — An Australian woman is at the centre of a dangerous cable recall, where dangerous materials were imported from China before being installed in as many as 40,000 Australian homes and businesses.

Lu Luo is the sole trader of Infinity Cable Co Pty Ltd, which she ran with her husband Sam Jedari, its regional business manager. The company, currently in liquidation, was run out of a base in Wetherill Park, Sydney. It had been selling the dodgy cable as far back as 2010.

Infinity cable has been recalled.

Image: ACCC

The 4,000 km of recalled cable had poor plastic insulation coverings, which could lead to fires or electrocutions and does not meet Australian safety standards. An estimate by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commision (ACCC) revealed the cost of the fix could reach $80 million Read more...

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We Made it to Mars Again! NASA's MAVEN Satellite Settles In

Sunday Sep 21st 2014

Just as hundreds of thousands of people protested political inaction on climate change on Earth, a satellite swung into orbit that should help explain why climate change happened — on Mars

NASA's MAVEN satellite, en route to Mars for the last 10 months, finally arrived in orbit around the Red Planet around 10:40pm ET Sunday night. This followed a tense 33-minute thruster burn as the satellite aimed to slow its speed down enough for Martian gravity to take over. The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory was understandably thrilled

Looks like the engines have completed the burn and @MAVEN2Mars is in orbit! Navigation reports nominal cutoff and MAVEN in orbit!!!!

— Bobak Ferdowsi (@tweetsoutloud) September 22, 2014 Read more...

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How to Empower Women and Girls Even More — With Technology

Sunday Sep 21st 2014

Social media and other digital tools are transforming the roles of women and girls across the world, policymakers, activists and tech leaders told the 2014 Social Good Summit on Sunday

United Nations Foundation CEO Kathy Calvin, noted children's rights activist Graça Machel and Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and administrator at the United Nations Development Programme, joined a panel called "Women Power. Empowered Women." Moderated by ABC News co-anchor Juju Chang, the discussion centered on the ways tech is informing, empowering and inspiring women and girls globally.

See also: 5 Times the Internet Demanded Gender Equality Read more...

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How the World Is Predicting and Preparing for Climate Extremes

Sunday Sep 21st 2014

If we look at the hard facts of climate change, science is telling us we're running out of time.

That's what Achim Steiner, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), said during a panel at the 2014 Social Good Summit on Sunday. Moderated by Mashable's senior climate reporter Andrew Freedman, the panel focused on what actions we're taking to make cities more resilient in the face of climate-related extremes over the next 15 years.

See also: Why Al Gore Is Hopeful on Global Warming

Prepping society for increased climate change and extreme weather, as well as addressing mitigation challenges, is a difficult task — but there's still hope. Read more...

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Doctor Who Episode 5 Recap: A Very Timey-Wimey Bank Robbery

Sunday Sep 21st 2014

On any other TV show, the notion of having the characters do something completely out of character, something that they've never done before — get mixed up in a bank robbery, say — would signal that the writer's room is out of ideas and the show is on its last legs. The ultimate example, of course, Fonzie jumping a shark on water skis in Happy Days, gave a whole new phrase to the English language to describe creative bankruptcy.

But Doctor Who, in case it isn't clear by now, is not any other TV show. The unusual is embraced; change is constant and essential. This is why Who is so easy to pick up if you've never seen a single episode. Just as its central character is now on his thirteenth face (but twelfth Doctor — long story), just as he changes his companions (Clara is number 54, or thereabouts — again, depends on how you count it) and even redecorates his TARDIS every so often, so the show itself thrives on fresh concepts and new destinations Read more...

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Home Depot Finally Emails Customers to Inform Them of Credit Card Hack

Sunday Sep 21st 2014

Home Depot has finally started to email customers to inform them of a major security breach — one that was first reported in early September

In the email, which starts out by admitting its customers may have heard about this already, Home Depot confirms news of the breach before offering customers 12 months of free identity protection services and credit monitoring

Home Depot told Mashable that the emails "started going out on Friday as part of the standard notification process," but that they are being sent out "in batches to ensure they flow smoothly." Which explains why some customers only received it on Sunday. Read more...

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How Social Good Summit Is Unfolding on Social Media

Sunday Sep 21st 2014

Social Good Summit 2014 marks the fifth annual congregation of some of the world's brightest minds in the social good space

While the event takes place in New York City, the conversations on social media extend the event to a global audience.

Thousands of people will join the #2030NOW discussions on Sept. 21 and 22 to contribute, connect and debate topics such as the proliferation of technology, global education opportunities, climate change and much more

Mashable will be curating some of the most thought-provoking conversations and social media commentary, provided via RebelMouse, below.

See also: Social Media Users Are More Charitable Than You Might Think Read more...

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Inspiring Quotes From Social Good Summit 2014

Sunday Sep 21st 2014

The fifth annual Social Good Summit is upon us, where some of the most innovative minds in social good come together in New York City to discuss ways we can help solve the world's biggest issues. From climate change to women's empowerment to global health, there's an endless array of topics and thought-provoking conversations on the agenda about improving our society.

The theme of the Summit is #2030NOW, which addresses the challenges our world faces now and in the future, and on the need for long-term, sustainable solutions to these problems

See also: 10 Things We Learned About Social Media Users' Charitable Habits Read more...

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'Beyond Right and Wrong' Shows Forgiveness in the Face of Tragedy

Sunday Sep 21st 2014

When Richard Moore was 10 years old, he was shot in the face and blinded by a British soldier

Faced with his shooter more than 30 years later, Moore had an epiphany. “The first day that I found out his name, everything changed," he said. "It wasn’t a soldier then. It was Charles ... It was a human being.”

See also: 10 Things We Learned About Social Media Users' Charitable Habits

In Beyond Right and Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness, one woman explores heart wrenching stories of grief and loss from conflict zones around the globe. The award-winning film, which has already been seen by more than a million viewers worldwide, is an intimate look at how people are able to rebuild after unimaginable tragedy, and the awesome power that forgiveness can play in the process Read more...

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Look How Many People Came Out for the Climate March

Sunday Sep 21st 2014

Environmental activists called for people to gather on the streets of their cities on Sunday to march in a coordinated worldwide protest, in hopes that it would mark a turning point for global warming

Ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit in New York City, more than 300,000 people, including celebrities and politicians, descended on Manhattan for the so-called People's Climate March

See also: 18 Witty Signs and Costumes From the People's Climate March

The organizers of the protest tweeted this video shot with a drone that probably gives the best view of the crowd gathered near Central Park, where the march started. Read more...

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Famous Faces Lend Star Power to New York Climate Protest

Sunday Sep 21st 2014

Actors, philanthropists, politicians and climate experts joined the People's Climate March in Manhattan on Sunday, bringing even more attention to a protest attended by 310,000 people.

From Mark Ruffalo and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and former Vice President Al Gore, the notable attendees had their portraits snapped and shared across social media.

See also: Live Updates: More than 300,000 Attended People's Climate March in NYC, Organizers Say

Here we present the images captured by Mashable photographers, as well as those curated from around the web. Read more...

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Thousands March in Moscow to Protest Fighting in Ukraine

Sunday Sep 21st 2014

MOSCOW — Tens of thousands of people marched through central Moscow on Sunday to demonstrate against the fighting in Ukraine and Russia's alleged complicity in the conflict.

An Associated Press reporter estimated the crowd at around 20,000, although the city's police department put the number at about 5,000.

See also: Ukraine Agrees to Buffer Zone After Signing Deal With Pro-Russian Rebels

The demonstrators chanted slogans including "No to war" and "The junta is in the Kremlin, not Kiev." The latter refers to Russia's contention that the ousting of Ukraine's former Russia-friendly president was a coup. Read more...

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Colin Farrell Lands Leading Role in 'True Detective,' Report Says

Sunday Sep 21st 2014

Colin Farrell has confirmed that he's landed one of the leading roles in the second season of hit HBO drama True Detective, according to a report

In an interview with Ireland's Sunday World, Farrell said, "I’m doing the second series. I’m so excited.”

See also: 'True Detective' Season 2: Twitter Predicts the Cast

"I know it will be eight episodes, and take around four or five months to shoot," Farrell said, according to the Irish Mirror. The actor added that he isn't aware of many details, but knows the season will be shot in and around Los Angeles.

HBO has not yet confirmed Farrell's role, and has heavily guarded the casting and plot details surrounding True Detective's second season. HBO did not immediately respond to Mashable's request for comment. Read more...

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18 Witty Signs and Costumes From the People's Climate March

Sunday Sep 21st 2014

When thousands of people worldwide gathering to call for action against global warming, you're going to get some interesting characters.

From puns and word play to ornate costumes, protesters made their voices heard at the People's Climate March on Sunday.

See also: Live Updates: More than 300,000 Attended People's Climate March in NYC, Organizers Say

We've gathered a handful of shining examples, below, and will continue to update this list as the event continues Read more...

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Scotland's Leader: Voters 'Tricked' in Independence Referendum

Sunday Sep 21st 2014

LONDON — The debate over Scotland's future fizzled amid a bitter war of words Sunday, with Scottish leader Alex Salmond claiming his countrymen were "tricked" into rejecting independence in a referendum, and Britain's three main political parties bickering over how to take political reform forward.

Salmond, Scotland's outgoing independence leader, accused politicians in London of reneging on their promises to hand more power to Scots in a rare cross-party pact that he said played a crucial role in swinging the votes in favor of union in Thursday's vote.

See also: Scuffles in Scotland After Vote Against Independence Read more...

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200+ Job Openings at Amazon, Pandora, Tory Burch and More

Sunday Sep 21st 2014

Are you on the job hunt? The Mashable Job Board is the ideal place to search for your next big move. More than 3,000 employers in tech and digital have posted on our board, and they're looking to fill positions from Mashable's community.

Each week, we highlight 10 recently posted openings. Check out some of this week's newest listings, below, and be sure to read our Job Search Series for valuable career tips.

Position: Software Development Engineer
Company: Amazon
Location: Seattle, Washington

Amazon Local is looking for exceptional, motivated software engineers to break ground on innovative product features for our customer-facing website, merchant tools, and applications for mobile devices. You will drive projects end-to-end, collaborate on product definition with business teams, architect and implement the technical solution, and measure its success. You will work with senior management and play a key role in ensuring Amazon continues to reinvent itself. Read more...

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Seth Rogen and James Franco Strip Down for Jimmy Fallon's Birthday Surprise

Sunday Sep 21st 2014

It has to be pretty difficult to come up with decent gift for someone like Jimmy Fallon, who just turned 40 on Friday. For the wildly successful host of The Tonight Show, you have to think outside the box.

The nearly naked duo of Seth Rogen and James Franco definitely fit the bill

See also: Happy 40th Birthday, Jimmy Fallon: A GIFtrospective

Clearly shocked by his gift, Fallon cracked up, as a police-hat-wearing Franco gyrated while shouting "You're under arrest!"

Rogen quickly said they were not the real surprise, at which point Stevie Wonder came on stage, singing "Happy Birthday."

Take note: This is how you celebrate 40 years. Read more...

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Afghanistan Gets New President After Power-Sharing Deal, But Vote Total Kept Hidden

Sunday Sep 21st 2014

KABUL, Afghanistan — Ending months of vote-related tension, Afghanistan's election commission named a new president on Sunday, only hours after the two leading candidates signed a power-sharing deal that names one of them as the country's new chief executive.

The commission named Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as the winner and next president, and noted that Abdullah Abdullah will be the next chief executive. But it pointedly did not release final vote totals amid suggestions that doing so could inflame tensions.

See also: Afghans Protest Alleged Election Fraud in Kabul

The deal brings to a close an election season that began in April, when millions of Afghans first went to the polls despite threats from Taliban militants, and ended when the two leading candidates signed a national unity government agreement and embraced in a hug. Read more...

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10 Important Historical Moments Told Through Text Message

Sunday Sep 21st 2014

As philosopher George Santayana once famously said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

Luckily, we have text message conversations to help us remember

See also: The 10 Different Types of Texters

If you're struggling to recall some of history's most important and influential moments, look no further than these imagined conversations, covering world history from the Cretaceous period right up through the 20th century

Santayana would be super proud. Read more...

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