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Father Writes Open Letter to Daughter's 'Murderers' After MH17 Tragedy

Tuesday Jul 22nd 2014

A father from the Netherlands has penned a strongly-worded letter to the men responsible for "murdering" his 17-year-old daughter in the MH17 crash.

Hans de Borst lost his only daughter Elsemiek in the devastating Malaysia Airlines crash that killed 298 people on Thursday. The plane was shot down by an unknown offender over fields in eastern Ukraine

See also: Malaysia Airlines Diverts Plane Over Another War Zone After MH17 Crash

Hans de Borst lost his only daughter Elsemiek.

The letter, which has been translated into English and posted to de Borst's Facebook page, addressed Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, leaders of the separatists and the Ukraine government. He thanked the powerful men for "murdering my loved and only child, Elsemiek de Borst" and stealing her future with their violence. Read more...

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Australian Journalist Criticised for Touching MH17 Victims' Belongings

Tuesday Jul 22nd 2014

SYDNEY — Following allegations that pro-Russian rebels may have "severely compromised" the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine, journalists have been caught touching victims' belongings.

Australian ABC journalist Phil Williams has been criticised for touching the scarf of one of the plane's 298 victimsA video report posted on the news service's website shows his actions

See also: Pro-Russian Rebel Leader Gives Malaysians MH17's Black Boxes

In it, Williams is shown surveying the scene and saying, "As we walk through, you will see little bits and pieces of people's everyday lives. Someone's shawl there. Over here, one of the backs of one of the plane's chairs." He then leans down, and picks up the purple piece of fabric. Read more...

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Chromecast Hack Lets You Rickroll Your Neighbor's TV

Monday Jul 21st 2014

One of the biggest draws of Google's Chromecast is how simple it is to set up and use. But the streaming dongle also comes with a bug that may hinder its usability — one that a security researcher has hilariously exploited in the name of rickrolling

Dan Petro built a "Rickmote Controller" that can hijack a Chromecast, and play an endless loop of Rick Astley's "Never Going to Give You Up."

See also: 8 Top Apps and Services for Streaming Your Favorite Movies

Petro built the device using a Raspberry Pi, along with a touchscreen and a few Wi-Fi cards, according to RaspberryPi.org, which documented the hack. Read more...

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Hillary Clinton: Social Media Shouldn't Be Used as a 'Weapon'

Monday Jul 21st 2014

Hillary Clinton has high hopes for the future of social media — but we're not there just yet

The former U.S. Secretary of State spoke at Twitter headquarters in San Francisco Monday night, capping off a day in Silicon Valley during which she also visited Facebook and Google

See also: 15 Most-Followed Politicians on Twitter

Clinton was interviewed on stage in front of a packed house of Twitter employees, and took time to discuss a variety of subjects, including female empowerment, Russian President Vladimir Putin and the rising costs of higher education

The former Secretary of State also laid out some lofty expectations for the future of social media, an area she hopes will mature over time. "We have a lot of people communicating, but they're not listening and they're not looking for common ground that they could occupy together," she said. "It is a fact of social media right now that too often people use it as a weapon instead of an opportunity." Read more...

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Verizon FiOS Uploads Are Finally Going to Get Faster

Monday Jul 21st 2014

Verizon FiOS is increasing its upload speeds to match its download speeds

The update, which the telecom company announced Monday on its website, is free for current customers. However, users may not notice a difference immediately, as the faster speeds will be rolled out to Verizon's more than 6 million home Internet users over the next few months

See also: 8 Places for Thrifty Bookworms to Download Free E-Books

Customers who have registered, or plan to register soon, with Verizon's rewards program My Rewards+, will be the first to upgrade, with regular residential customers to follow. Small businesses that use the Internet service will upgrade by the beginning of this fall, Verizon spokesperson Bob Elek told Mashable Read more...

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Google Gave $100,000 to Help the Homeless Shower on a Bus

Monday Jul 21st 2014

Here's a whole different kind of Google bus — one that could help change the lives of San Francisco's most needy.

San Francisco nonprofit Lava Mae just unveiled a trial version of a bus that provides showers for the 6,400 homeless people who live in the city by the Bay. It was funded in large part by a grant from Google, which gave the project $100,000 as part of its Google Impact Challenge.

See also: Two Entrepreneurs Give Their Take On the Google Buses

Lava Mae founder Doniece Sandoval, a marketing veteran and recent transplant to San Francisco, said such a mobile sanitary station was essential for the "human rights" of the city's homeless population, and would help lift them up out of what often seems like a hopeless situation Read more...

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'Sons of Anarchy' Creator Still Having 'Serious Discussions' About Prequel

Monday Jul 21st 2014

LOS ANGELES — With Sons of Anarchy's final season on the way, creator Kurt Sutter said he's still mulling the possibility of one last trip to Charming after the show ends, which would show viewers the early days of the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club

"We're still having serious discussions about that," Sutter told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour. "If I do a prequel, it will probably be a one-off, maybe a 10 episodes kind of a thing. I don't think it's a full-blown, five-season series."

See also: 13 Devastating Emmy Snubs

Immediately following the end of Sons, Sutter is already committed to doing a Medieval drama pilot for FX, called The Bastard Executioner. The script has not yet been written, he said Read more...

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'Fargo' Producers Reveal Details on Season 2

Monday Jul 21st 2014

LOS ANGELES — Fargo executive producers Noah Hawley and Warren Littlefield spilled details on Monday about the next installment of their FX hit, just hours after officially announcing the show's Season 2 renewal.

Set in 1979, the upcoming season will be set primarily in Sioux Falls, South Dakota — a place frequently referenced in Season 1 — and will also feature stories in Luverne, Minnesota, and of course, Fargo

See also: 'Fargo' Season Finale: The 10 Most Gosh Darn Shocking Moments

Season 2 will also feature a young Lou Solverson (played by Keith Carradine in Season 1). In the new installment, the character will be 33 years old, and recently back from Vietnam. Viewers will also be introduced to Molly's (played by Allison Tolman in Season 1) mother. "Warren is currently building a time machine" so the show could use Carradine again, Hawley joked to reporters in attendance at a panel for Fargo during the Television Critics Association press tour Read more...

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Malaysia Airlines Diverts Plane Over Another War Zone After MH17 Crash

Monday Jul 21st 2014

Malaysia Airlines diverted one of its planes from Ukraine to another war zone: Syria.

On Sunday, the airline re-routed its flight MH4 from Kuala Lumpur to London over Syrian airspace, after the Ukraine route was closed in the wake of Flight 17's downing last Thursday.

See also: Pro-Russian Rebel Leader Gives Malaysians MH17's Black Boxes

Flightradar24, a website that tracks the routes of airlines, shared an image via its Twitter account on Monday with the statement: "Malaysia Airlines flight MH4 (Airbus A380) flew over Syria yesterday."

After Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile in eastern Ukraine, flights have avoided Ukranian airspace, and the European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation (Eurocontrol) is rejecting flights over the area. Read more...

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Jessica Alba Shines Through Facial Scars in 'Sin City' Poster

Monday Jul 21st 2014

Neither sleet nor bad attitude nor deep facial lacerations will keep Jessica Alba from delivering her smoldering awesomeness in this poster for Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez' Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

Alba is front-and-center in the Sin City sequel — one that also stars Eva Green, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Mickey Rourke and Josh Brolin.

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

Image: Dimension Films

Her character didn't always look so rough. Alba, who also starred in 2005's Sin City, used to look a lot more like, well, Jessica Alba, per a flashback moment in the trailer: Read more...

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Watch Benedict Cumberbatch Crack the Alan Turing Code

Monday Jul 21st 2014

Cryptology rarely inspires blockbuster movies. But that's about to change this summer, when Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley star in The Imitation Game — a movie that covers British cryptologists' top-secret efforts to break the German Enigma cipher and defeat the Nazis during World War II

Cumberbatch, better known as Sherlock, plays another genius who has a hard time fitting in — in this case pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing. Keira Knightley plays Joan Clarke, a member of his team at the famous Hut 8 in Bletchley Park

See also: A Computer Passes the Turing Test — But Does It Matter? Read more...

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10 Worst Types of First Messages in Online Dating

Monday Jul 21st 2014

You only get one chance at a first impression, even when it's online.

It's tough when all you have is a blurry photo and a text message to make a love connection. You have to say something to make yourself stand out, but sometimes that's not always a good thing.

See also: 12 Cliched Online Dating Photos Every Guy Should Dump

Next time you're swiping through an inbox full of cringe-worthy Tinder and OKcupid messages, just remember that romance isn't dead — it just might not have Internet access. Read more...

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Husband Wakes Up to Wife's Sweet Social Media Surprise From Strangers

Monday Jul 21st 2014

Gary Hamilton is one lucky man — "the luckiest guy in the world," if you ask him

The seasoned television reporter for the New York Yankees woke up for work Saturday to discover his wife, Jennifer, had orchestrated quite the birthday surprise on social media.

See also: How a Facebook Poke Between Strangers Led to a Marriage Proposal

He calls her Jenn, and she's not on Facebook or Instagram or Twitter. Jenn spent the previous night taping fliers emblazoned with Gary's smile and a loving message asking strangers to send birthday wishes to him on Instagram and Twitter

"She wrote, 'He's seriously the best,' but the real truth is that she is," Gary, 32, told Mashable on Sunday as birthday tweets and Instagram photos of the thoughtful flier continued to trickle into his notification feeds from people he's never met and likely never will Read more...

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Tsarnaev Friend Is Convicted in First Boston Marathon Trial

Monday Jul 21st 2014

BOSTON — A college friend was convicted Monday of trying to protect Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by agreeing with another friend to get rid of a backpack and disabled fireworks they took from his dorm room three days after the attack.

Azamat Tazhayakov, a baby-faced 20-year-old, put his hands over his face and shook his head as guilty verdicts were read on federal charges of obstruction of justice and conspiracy in the first trial stemming from the twin bombings, which killed three and injured more than 260 near the marathon's finish line in April 2013. His mother sobbed loudly and rocked in her seat. Read more...

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Daniel Radcliffe Teaches You How to Flirt Using Bacon

Monday Jul 21st 2014

Flirting is hard. Introduce bacon, though, and maybe your art of seduction will improve.

Daniel Radcliffe's character in the upcoming romantic comedy What If tries just that as medical-student dropout Wallace, who adorably uses bacon in a Fool's Gold recipe.

See also: The Entire 'Harry Potter' Series in 2 Minutes

What's Fool's Gold? Well, first off, it plays a pivotal role in What If. Secondly, it's a combination of bread, butter, peanut butter, jam, bacon.

Let Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame explain Fool's Gold in the exclusive scene, below, from What If, which CBS Films will serve in theaters on Aug. 8. Read more...

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13 Things We Learned at Fortune's Brainstorm Tech Conference

Monday Jul 21st 2014

ASPEN — For many in the tech world, it's becoming an annual pilgrimage: more exclusive than SXSW, not quite as elite as Sun Valley, in a far better location than CESFortune magazine's tech conference at the Aspen Institute, Brainstorm, was where Spotify chose to introduce its service to the U.S. for the first time, three years ago

The conference may not grab all the headlines — although we did find out this year that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella admires Google, and Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom personally reviews every photo ad on his service

See also: Microsoft's New CEO Says He Wants to Learn From Google Read more...

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Robot Wearable Adds 2 Fingers to Your Hand

Monday Jul 21st 2014

Have you ever tried opening a jar with one hand? What about peeling a banana? You could use your teeth, but wouldn't an extra pair of fingers come in handy? Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) think so and have developed a wearable robotic device that could someday add two strong fingers to your hand.

See also: Hands On With Rotimatic: the World’s First Robot Roti Maker

Seven fingers may sound like some kind of joke. In fact, the last time we can recall seeing someone with seven digits was when comedian Jim Carrey tried to fool God in Bruce Almighty.

Bruce Almighty gets seven fingers.

Image: Universal Studios Read more...

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32 Irresistible Pieces of Musical Junk Food

Monday Jul 21st 2014

Your musical diet starts tomorrow.

Monday is National Junk Food Day, a holiday that gives us a free pass to indulge our cravings for greasy burgers and sugary candy. While it's best to make a habit of consuming healthier meals on a regular basis, it still feels good to treat yourself once in a while.

See also: 8 Wines to Pair With Your Fast Food

The same thinking goes for music. While we can all benefit from the enriching tunes of instrumental virtuosos and show-stopping vocalists, sometimes we just need those catchy-but-awful top-40 hits to power through the day.

That's why we assembled this Music Monday playlist full of all your guilty pleasures. So throw on these irresistibly catchy tunes, sing your heart out and enjoy your musical "cheat day." Read more...

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We Played 'Kim Kardashian: Hollywood' So You Don't Have To

Monday Jul 21st 2014

Kim Kardashian: Hollywood is the hottest new mobile sensation that's already estimated to become the most profitable game of the year. With so much buzz surrounding it, you're probably wondering: What am I missing? Don't sweat it — we did the dirty work for you.

See also: How Kim Kardashian's iOS Game Could Make $200 Million This Year

Join Mashable's Max Knoblauch as he creates his avatar, tackles a photo shoot and climbs the ladder of the Hollywood social scene — all with a little help from Kim herself. Soon you, like him, will be able to say you've "played" the hottest new game on the market. And here you thought you were having an unproductive day. Read more...

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Seoul Bans Uber and Plans to Launch a Competing App

Monday Jul 21st 2014

While several major cities around the world are fighting the arrival of Uber as an alternative to traditional taxi companies, the government of Seoul, South Korea, has decided to fight fire with fight by officially banning the service offering its own software alternative

According the a report in the Wall Street Journal, the Seoul city government believes that Uber's activities in the city are illegal and plans to launch its own taxi ordering app in December

See also: Uber Protests Spark Chaos and Traffic Jams From London to Madrid

The move by the Seoul city government comes just after taxi fares in the South Korean capital were raised by 600 won ($0.56) in December, a move designed to assuage drivers complaining about low wages. Prior to that, in 2012, more than 200,000 drivers in the city staged a massive protest to fight rising fuel costs and demand higher fares Read more...

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