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WikiLeaks Reveals Secret Suppression Order Involving International Figures

Wednesday Jul 30th 2014

SYDNEY — On Wednesday, WikiLeaks published a document, which cannot legally be published in Australia.

The suppressed Victorian Supreme Court suppression order, which appeared on the whistleblower's website, prevents the publication of details of a case and the names of international figures involved in the case.

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A statement from WikiLeaks' publisher Julian Assange described why he risked legal implications to publish the document:

"With this order, the worst in living memory, the Australian government is not just gagging the Australian press, it is blindfolding the Australian public. This is not simply a question of the Australian government failing to give [this case] the public scrutiny it is due." Read more...

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What the Cellphone Unlocking Law Means for You

Tuesday Jul 29th 2014

A bill that will make it legal to unlock your cellphone is headed for U.S. President Barack Obama's desk. This is great news, but what does it mean for you? Will it actually impact how you can use your devices?

The ability to "unlock" your cellphone or tablet — that is, provision the phone to run on a different carrier network — gained visibility in early 2013, after a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) exemption that made the practice legal in the U.Sexpired.

See also: How to Remove Scratches From Your Phone

That means that under U.S. law, it is now illegal to unlock a cellphone without a carrier's permission. Consumers, advocacy groups and even the White House came out in favor of legalizing phone unlocking. The wireless industry, which was initially against reinstating the copyright exemption, even had a change of heart, of sorts. Read more...

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Digital Photo Montages Compare Australian Life in 1914 and 2014

Tuesday Jul 29th 2014

SYDNEY — A collection of digital photo compositions compare Australian society in pre-war 1914 with life in fast-paced 2014.

John Donegan, a photographer with 702 ABC in Sydney, created the stunning images, which show the stark contrast between old and new ways of life. For each photo, Donegan blended multiple digital colour images taken in 2014 with a single black-and-white image from a glass-plate negative taken around 1914.

See also: In Pictures, a Poppy for Every Fallen Allied WWI Soldier

Men and woman dressed in 20th-century fashion walk alongside modern-styled business people. Highlight moments frozen in time, building development and road-transport advancements are clear. The horse and carts are replaced by bicycles and cars. Top hats and petticoats are replaced by mobile phones and sneakers. Read more...

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Korean Baseball Team Unveils Robot Avatars for Absent Fans

Tuesday Jul 29th 2014

A Korean baseball team that's down on its luck has found a new way to fill seats at games: robot fans.

The Hanwha Eagles recently unveiled robot proxies called "fanbots," which enable fans to watch and cheer at games remotely

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Based in the city of Daejeon, the Eagles have lost more than 400 games in the last five years, according to the BBC, but persistent fans have earned the nickname "Stone Buddhas" for their steadfast commitment to the team. The Eagles wanted to find a way to harness their considerable online support, and translate it into real-life games by filling more stadium seats. Read more...

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Former Vampire Julie Benz Took Over Mashable's Snapchat at Comic-Con

Tuesday Jul 29th 2014

Snapchat stories may disappear after 24 hours, but they stay in your heart forever.

At least that's how we felt after geeking out, and spending the day on the platform with actress Julie Benz at San Diego Comic-Con. Benz, a social media darling who appeared in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dexter, now stars in Syfy's original series DefianceMashable had the chance to go behind-the-scenes with Benz, as she promoted the show at Comic-Con.

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Image: Mashable Dasha Battelle

Check out our full story in the YouTube video, above.

For more sweet Snapchat stories and epic doodles on the daily, be sure to follow "Mashable." Here's a guide on how to add us. Read more...

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Fist Bumps Spread Fewer Germs Than Handshakes, Study Says

Tuesday Jul 29th 2014

Fist bumps aren't just cool — they're also hygienically preferable to handshakes

A recent UK study said fist bumps spread far fewer germs than the traditional handshake, and even the high five.

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Researchers from Aberystwyth University's Institute of Biological, Environmental, and Rural Sciences covered a greeter’s hand in a sterile glove, and then immersed it in germs. After that, the greeter shook hands, fist bumped or high-fived a recipient wearing a sterile glove. Researchers then measured the germ count on the recipient’s glove. Ultimately, the fist bump emerged victorious, receiving the lowest germ count Read more...

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Chaos as Water Main Break Causes Massive Flooding at UCLA

Tuesday Jul 29th 2014

A broken water pipe has been wreaking havoc in Los Angeles, as knee-deep water and mud filled parts of Sunset Boulevard and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Just before 4 p.m. PT on Tuesday afternoon, a water main ruptured in West Sunset Boulevard, near UCLA, creating a 15-foot sinkhole, and shooting water into the air.

See also: Horrifying 'River Of Blood' Appears in China

PHOTO: Water main break near #UCLA; evacuations underway (from @KTLA video)

— L.A. Times: L.A. Now (@LANow) July 29, 2014

Television news reports show an immense geyser surging from the middle of the street on Sunset Boulevard Read more...

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Gardens at the Louvre Museum Are Infested With Parisian Rats

Tuesday Jul 29th 2014

Ah, Paris. It's a city of light, a city of love ... and a city of rats.

Trash left by picnickers in the Louvre Museum's gardens have attracted hundreds of the pesky rodents. Some have grown so bold that they run onto the grass during the day; although foliage throughout the Tuileries Gardens provides cover for the rats, they still dart around openly.

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The Louvre has been working on controlling them, but its pest problem remains. Dutch tourist Evelyne Delemarre, 31, let out a piercing scream on Tuesday when a rat scampered by her

Jean-Claude Ndzana Ekani, a museum employee who works with technicians from a pest-control company, said animal lovers have also helped the rats by giving them water, and digging up the poison meant to kill them Read more...

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This App Lets You Ask a Doctor Any Question in Real-Time via Smartphone

Tuesday Jul 29th 2014

Health apps and the wearable trackers that connect to them are giving us more data about our personal health than ever before, but medical experts remain the best resource when it comes to even the most minor diagnosis

First Opinion is hoping to bridge that gap between "quantified self" apps and a full-on doctor visit by providing an app that puts you in direct contact with real doctors around the world, who are capable of rendering real-time medical advice

See also: WebMD App Now Tracks All of Your Health Data in One Spot

The 24-hour service allows the user to communicate with a doctor an unlimited number of times to help answer a myriad of general medical questions via text messages within the app Read more...

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'Deadpool' Leaked Test Footage Was Real and It Was Spectacular

Tuesday Jul 29th 2014

It was only 1 minute and 48 seconds, it was only computer-generated test footage, but it was definitely Deadpool — and it was definitely Ryan Reynolds' voice breaking the fourth wall.

Created some time ago by Culver City-based Blur Studios for 20th Century Fox, the clip leaked online curiously close to the end of Comic-Con, and mere hours hours after Mashable wrote that the studios — and Fox in particular — were being awfully stingy with movie-development news.

SEE ALSO: A Big, Bold Prediction for Marvel's 'Expanding' Cinematic Universe Plans

Coincidence? We think so, because people close to the situation told us that it was an inadvertent leak of something never meant to be seen, and just "something someone was playing around with." Read more...

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Ian Ziering Warns Twitter About Impending 'Sharknado 2' Tweet Storm

Tuesday Jul 29th 2014

Ian Ziering remembers watching as more than half million tweets turned last summer's Sharknado into an out-of-nowhere television cult hit. And on the eve of Sharknado 2: The Second One, the actor has a message for the social media site

"I think the nerds over at Twitter better reinforce their hard drives because it almost broke them last time," he told Mashable with a laugh. “Get those servers backed up because a storm is coming … and it’s a huge Sharknado wave."

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Certainly, the advice is warranted

Last year, the preposterous, camp-filled Syfy flick generated more than 604,000 tweets in the 7 hours following the start of its first airing, according to Fizziology. As THR pointed out at the time, that was more than the Red Wedding episode of Game of Thrones Read more...

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Australian Flight Attendant Tells Passengers to Flush Drugs

Tuesday Jul 29th 2014

SYDNEY — A flight attendant on Australian airline Jetstar told passengers returning from a festival to flush down the toilet any drugs they were carrying.

The warning came after the crew, flying from the Gold Coast, were alerted to sniffer dogs and quarantine officers waiting in the domestic terminal at Sydney Airport on Sunday night. Many passengers were returning from three-day music festival Splendour in the Grass at Byron Bay.

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“We have been told there are sniffer dogs and quarantine officers waiting in the domestic terminal. If you need to dispose of anything you shouldn’t have we suggest you flush it now," a crew member told the cabin, according to The Daily Telegraph. Read more...

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'Game of Thrones' Controversy: Did HBO Cut a Fan Favorite From Season 5?

Tuesday Jul 29th 2014

The Game of Thrones Season 5 cast list HBO released at Comic-Con stirred up its legions of book-reading fans with one seemingly small revelation.

The description of new character Trystane Martell as "heir to Dorne" in an official HBO press release has led many to believe that a beloved main character in the fourth and fifth books, A Feast For Crows and A Dance With Dragons — Arianne Martell — has been cut or changed drastically.

It's problematic because, well, he's not. Arianne Martell is the heiress to Dorne

See also: Why 'Game of Thrones' Season 5 Is Worth Getting Excited Over

As Doran Martell's (another recent cast addition to Season 5) eldest child, Arianne is the rightful heiress to House Martell. (Dorne is the southern region of Westeros and home to another fan favorite from Season 4, Oberyn Martell, played by Pedro Pascal.) Read more...

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Amazon Uses Math to Explain Why It Prices E-Books at $9.99

Tuesday Jul 29th 2014

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos famously picked the $9.99 price for e-books out of "thin air." But in a blog post published Tuesday, the company offered some numeric justification for the figure.

The $14.99 and $19.99 prices for e-books is "unjustifiably high" since "there's no printing, no over-printing, no need to forecast, no returns, no lost sales due to out-of-stock, no warehousing costs, no transportation costs, and there is no secondary market — e-books cannot be resold as used books. E-books can be and should be less expensive," according to the post by the Amazon Books team.

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Tech-Powered Weed-Delivery Service Eaze Comes to San Francisco

Tuesday Jul 29th 2014

As the U.S. gradually softens its stance on the legality of marijuana — the most recent example being The New York Times' call for legalization — entrepreneurs are starting to take advantage of resulting opportunities

San Francisco-based Eaze, for instance, is offering a tech-powered delivery service it describes as a kind of Uber for medical-marijuana users

See also: TV Ads Launch for Medical Marijuana

"Part of the inspiration for the company was to get patients their medicine more easily and professionally," Eaze CEO Keith McCarty, an early member of the team at the now Microsoft-owned Yammer, told Mashable. Read more...

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Soccer Halted in Liberia Amid Ebola Outbreak

Tuesday Jul 29th 2014

All soccer-related activities have been suspended in the West African country of Liberia, amid the worst Ebola outbreak in history, according to multiple reports

The Ebola virus outbreak originated in neighboring Guinea this spring, and has since spread to Sierra Leone and Nigeria, as well as Liberia. More than 670 people have died so far, including a top doctor who was lauded as a "national hero" for treating victims of the outbreak in Sierra Leone. At least two Americans in Africa have also been infected

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“We have decided to suspend all football activity while we help the government combat the deadly Ebola disease,” Liberian Football Association secretary general Alphonso Armeh said on Tuesday, according to Bloomberg. “We also want to use this time to create awareness. In its initial stages, we didn’t give this the attention it needed.” Read more...

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Emeli Sandé Asks Social Media Followers to Help Her Write a Song

Tuesday Jul 29th 2014

Before Scottish singer Emeli Sandé sits at home behind her piano to construct the melody and lyrics for her next song, she needs your assistance in finding inspiration. This is your chance to help an artist write music

Sandé is asking fans to use the hashtag #FeelXE on social media to submit photos, words or sounds that represent the feeling of "exhilaration." That's the theme for her new collaborative song, which is part of Jaguar's Feel XE campaign aimed at promoting creativity and its XE sports sedan

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"I always thought It'd be cool to interact with the fans to create," Sandé, 27, told Mashable. "The challenge is I don't know what's going to come at me, but it's kind of like live music — when you get on stage, you don't know how it's going to go. My eyes are open to different feelings of exhilaration." Read more...

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Barefoot Waterskiing Behind an Airplane Is Too Extreme for Words

Tuesday Jul 29th 2014

Team Devin Supertramp kicked it up to 11 in their latest extreme effort, which involves airplanes, speedboats and a lot of barefoot waterskiing.

Riding a slip 'n slide down the hilly streets of San Francisco looks like nothing when compared to waterskiing off an airplane with just your feet. Without skis, these guys make floating on water look effortless while seemingly defying physics.

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This Guy Has Mastered the Art of Celebrity Doppelgangers on Instagram

Tuesday Jul 29th 2014

Move over Beyonce, Miley and Taylor — Liam Martin is the hottest new celebrity on Instagram

Martin, a 17-year-old from New Zealand, has taken the Internet by storm for dressing up as various celebrities and film characters, most of which are female. Under the Instagram accountwaverider_, Martin started his lookalike series almost a year ago, and has since has attracted more than 1.5 million followers.

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With his newfound fame and continued fun with the project, Martin just decided to roll with it.

"It is a really awesome feeling to have so many people support what I do," Martin tells Mashable. "I have learned a lot. I have learned how to deal with criticism and a lot about myself." Read more...

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'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' 9-11 Poster Quickly Pulled Back Into Shell

Tuesday Jul 29th 2014

Oh, don't act so shell-shocked — this just couldn't have been on purpose.

Paramount Pictures' marketing division in Australia made a major facepalm moment happen Tuesday when its official account tweeted out a movie poster for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles showing the heroes in a half-shell jumping from an exploding skyscraper.

SEE ALSO: Paramount Brings 'Turtles,' Christopher Nolan and 'Interstellar' to Comic-Con

Screencap of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" tweet heard 'round the world.

Image: Twitter

Pretty ordinary stuff, until you see the movie's Australian release date — Sept. 11, ahem — and remember that the film is set in New York City. Read more...

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