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NSA refuses to reveal what it has leaked

NSA refuses to reveal what it has leaked

A lot of information has been leaked about the government and its various agencies, not the least of which being the NSA. Of course, not all leaks are unauthorized -- the government itself will leak its own information at times, the reasons for which are varied and, despite requests otherwise, still secret. A recent Freedom of Information Act request for information about what leaks the government has made was denied due to claims of posing a potential threat to national security.

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Baby Groot toy is officially licensed and coming soon

Baby Groot toy is officially licensed and coming soon

We'll kick things off by saying that if you still haven't seen Guardians of the Galaxy, there's a wee tidbit here that some would consider a spoiler. If you're okay with that, then keep reading. You'll recall we've talked about a dancing Baby Groot toy since the movie's launch, which many have clamored for, spurring Funko to announce a toy that fit the bill. Now Mashable is reporting an officially licensed toy is inbound, and that it'll be arriving in time for the holiday season.

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Nielsen says software glitch caused months of inaccurate data

Nielsen says software glitch caused months of inaccurate data

Nielsen's television ratings for most of 2014 have been incorrect, it has been revealed, due to a software glitch that skewed some of its numbers. The news was revealed today by Nielsen itself, which said that an internal investigation was kicked off due to "irregularities" that came to light in recent weeks. A few days ago the source of those issues was uncovered: a so-called technical error that affected the ratings of national network television over the course of most of this year.

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PlayStation Experience is an event for the community

PlayStation Experience is an event for the community

Sony's PlayStation events are always fun, but you may not have been able to attend one yet. If that is the case, you are in luck: Sony has announced an upcoming event that will last for two days and that is specifically for its gaming community. Called PlayStation Experience, the two-day event will be held this coming December in Las Vegas -- Sony says it has been "planning this bad boy for some time", and that it'll be just in time for the console's 20th anniversary.

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The Empire Strikes Back Uncut features hundreds of fan clips

The Empire Strikes Back Uncut features hundreds of fan clips

If you think carefully, you will likely remember the fantastic crowdsourced rendition of Star Wars: A New Hope that was published back in early 2012. The video recreated the movie using clips from tons of fans, all of them unique in their own way and all of them stitched together into a final product by Casey Pugh. The video was immensely popular, and spawned a push to recreate the next movie in the series -- something that is finally finished after a lot of work and available for all to enjoy.

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Ubuntu’s native Netflix support arrives as promised

Ubuntu’s native Netflix support arrives as promised

Native Netflix support on Linux has been a long-running wish among users, and though methods have been around to get the service to work, none were as simple as firing up your browser and getting right into the movies, no hassle necessary. Last month news that a change was afoot surfaced, with Netflix's Paul Adolph asking questions and saying that, if certain wheels could be put in motion, he'd bring up a case for nixing the user agent filtering that foiled users.

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Tomorrowland trailer drops following NYCC panel

Tomorrowland trailer drops following NYCC panel

Disney's planning to release a world-hopping mystery film titled "Tomorrowland" next year, and ahead of it comes both a trailer and a panel at the New York Comic Con. George Clooney decided to make an appearance during the latter, according to Deadline, joining the show's opening panel. Though Clooney is part of the oft-teased movie, he wasn't originally slated to be part of the panel for reasons that were apparently a farce. More importantly, the panel released details on the movie, and joining them is a trailer we have for you after the jump.

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Uber and Lyft slapped with BBB “F” rating

Uber and Lyft slapped with BBB “F” rating

Uber, Lyft, and other similar services: you either love them or hate them, with many skewing towards the former due to their integration in a mobile lifestyle and fares that are lower than traditional taxi cabs. That doesn't mean they're not without their problems, however, and those problems have ultimately been reflected by the Better Business Bureau, which has bestowed both aforementioned services with its lowest rating -- "F".The reasons, for those familiar with the services, aren't surprising, and seem to largely revolve around surge pricing issues.

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Skype for Mac 7.0 and Windows preview feature redesign

Skype for Mac 7.0 and Windows preview feature redesign

Skype took to its blog yesterday to introduce Skype for Mac 7.0 and a preview of the newest Skype for Windows version, both of which chiefly feature a redesign intended to further unified all the Skype products. The new design drags in design elements familiar to the mobile version, providing a more consistent Skyping experience regardless of which version you're using in the moment. This follows the Skype for Fire Phone version that rolled out this past summer for Amazon's new smartphone.

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Virtual pop star Hatsune Miku performs on Letterman

Virtual pop star Hatsune Miku performs on Letterman

Hatsune Miku is a virtual pop singer that gets her voice courtesy of Crypton Future Media, which is based out of Japan. Using various Vocaloid synthesizers, she belts out songs and, despite her lack of flesh and blood, enjoys quite a fan base. Thanks to increasingly sophisticated projection technology, Hatsune has taken to more than one stage to perform songs, with the latest one being on The Late Show with David Letterman, where she danced and sang alongside a live band before fizzling away in a poof of digital magic.

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