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Russian lawmaker wants Tim Cook banned from nation

Russian lawmaker wants Tim Cook banned from nation

Yesterday Apple's Tim Cook made the brave decision to bring a piece of his personal life into the public light. He went into details about his decision, saying in part, "If hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone ... then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy." As expected, Cook's comments about his sexuality were met with a lot of commentary -- some good and, unfortunately, some bad. Counted among the bad is a Russian official's statement that Cook should now be banned from entering the nation.

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Harry Potter’s Facebook page full of Halloween hints

Harry Potter’s Facebook page full of Halloween hints

It’s that time of year again, when ghouls and goblins come asking for treats at the doorstep. Scary movies are plentiful, too. Over on the Pottermore Facebook page, curious things have been going on. It seems JK Rowling is cooking up a treat for Harry Potter fans. Or is it a trick? We’re not certain, but a series of clues and riddles hidden in plain sight suggest something significant is coming tomorrow, possibly a new revelation in the new Harry Potter story.

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New app Hash cuts down Twitter noise, delivers news

New app Hash cuts down Twitter noise, delivers news

Twitter is this constantly flowing stream of, well, everything. It’s sometimes had to keep up, especially if you’re too busy to stay glued to your Twitter feed. A new app called Hash might help, though. Released a few days ago, Hash is a cultivated feed of the things people are talking about most, and gives you quick access to the most topical discussions of the day. If you find keeping up difficult, Hash might help you wade through the noise and hear the news.

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Motorola Mobility is now in Lenovo’s pocket

Motorola Mobility is now in Lenovo’s pocket

Lenovo is now the proud owner of Motorola Mobility, the ink finally dry on the acquisition of the smartphone company. Brought out from under Google's umbrella - or, as some might argue, from beneath its shadow - the deal will see Motorola continue to operate its own brand, as well as further develop the Moto and DROID franchises that have included recent releases like the Moto X and the DROID Turbo. It also means a return to the Chinese market, something Motorola has been absent from for some years.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook “proud to be gay”

Apple CEO Tim Cook “proud to be gay”

Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly and openly discussed his sexuality for the first time, penning a coming out story in which he acknowledges that "I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me." The letter, which begins by reiterating Cook's notorious desire for privacy - despite being chief executive of one of the largest companies in the world, and certainly one of the most visible in the technology space - not only traces his steps to talking about his sexual orientation, but touches on issues of discrimination and the ways in which he would like the news to be taken.

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Flipboard, the Third Generation, adds over 30,000 topics

Flipboard, the Third Generation, adds over 30,000 topics

Flipboard has definitely grown a lot. What started out as a fancy way to read news and online content has developed into not just an app but a whole community of article collectors and curators that Flipboard has lovingly dubbed as "MagMakers". But not everyone might have found a home yet in Flipboard, because of the broad strokes and topics that its self-curated collection includes, leaving out those with more niche interests. That is why in the third generation of Flipboard, they are making things more personal.

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Microsoft cut loose 3,000 employees today

Microsoft cut loose 3,000 employees today

This summer Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella revealed a planned workforce reduction that would ultimately result in 18,000 or so employees being cut loose. The reason behind it was to "realign our workforce" toward better fitting its current business goal, with the most notable cuts being among the workers it brought in with the Nokia acquisition. It was promised that by the end of the year most of the jobs would be cut, and today has seen Microsoft moving strongly on that goal, with it laying off 3,000 additional workers.

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Reddit dabbles in crowdfunding with new “Redditmade” site

Reddit dabbles in crowdfunding with new “Redditmade” site

Reddit has jumped aboard the crowdfunding train, doing so with the launch of a new website called Redditmade. Like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, Redditmade lets users set up funding campaigns for projects ("You can create almost anything you want ," says Reddit), which users can then fund if they're so inclined. Campaigns that reach their goal in 30 days will survive, while those that don't will fizzle away into the silence. Dozens of projects are already up, most of them in the form of witty t-shirt designs.

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Ardbeg space-aged whiskey returns to Earth

Ardbeg space-aged whiskey returns to Earth

Back in 2011, a most unusual experiment was started, one that would appeal to both the connoisseurs and the imbibers among us: whiskey aged in space. The experiment was the brainchild of NanoRacks LLC, a US-based space research firm that approached Scotland-based Ardbeg Distillery about sending some vials of terpenes into space, something they agreed to. Fast forward to early 2012, and it was announced that the vials of materials were shipped to the International Space Station via a Russian cargo flight, where they'd been sitting until just recently.

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Joke WiFi network delays international flight 4 hours

Joke WiFi network delays international flight 4 hours

Air travel is already a pain in the backside most times. You have to arrive early, maybe even check a bag or two, and possibly even grab a boarding pass (seriously, though, use the airline app). then there’s the TSA line, which can be — interesting. Your plane might be delayed, depending on where/when you’re travelling. The last thing you need is some wise-guy stalling the flight because they named their WiFi network “Al-Quida Free Terror Nettwork”. But that’s what happened in Los Angeles yesterday morning.

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