Crimeans are now using the Russian internet

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Russia may have claimed Crimea as its own, but it takes much more than annexation to truly integrate the peninsula into the mainland. One of those steps has just been completed, as a large portion of Crimean internet traffic is now being routed through Russia for the first time. According to research from internet analysis company Renesys, internet signals started flowing through a newly-constructed submarine cable connecting Crimea to Russia on July 24th.

The process didn’t happen over night. After Russia annexed Crimea in late March, officials started work on bringing the peninsula into the fold. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was quoted on March 24th saying that “It is necessary to ensure that [state-owned Russian…

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The Weekender: the week of finger implants and smelly fears

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Another week has come and gone. The 31st week of the year 2014. We on this planet are nearly two-thirds of the way in transit around the life-giving star we call “the Sun,” a star that will swell and envelope our world in several billion years — quite soon, in cosmic time. But fear not, summer remains. The best days of the year are still to come. It is now August, the month of corn on the cob, carnivals, and last-minute road trips. If the weather is gentle where you are this weekend, you…

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MonkeyFab Remembers The Warsaw Uprising With A Surreptitious 3D Scan

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DSC0082 Polish 3D printer maker MonkeyFab has created a 3D scan of the Ma?y Powstaniec or Little Resistance Fighter, a statue in Warsaw’s Old Town that commemorates the Warsaw Uprising.
Designed in 1946 by Jerzy Jarnuszkiewicz and unveiled in 1983 by Professor Jerzy ?widerski, the monument depicts a little rebel, Antek, in stylized German military garb. This is the 70th anniversary of the… Read More

Siri won’t let Beats into Dr. Dre’s party in bizarre new ad

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Beats officially became part of Apple today, and the companies are celebrating with a strange new ad in which no one gets to celebrate at all. In the 30-second spot posted to Twitter, Siri overhears two Beats spokes-speakers happily discussing the news about their new corporate owners. Siri’s disembodied voice lets them know that Beats founder Dr. Dre is hosting a party tonight, leading to much rejoicing. “I gotta go get my hair and nails done,” shouts the lady Pill, who is named Tina and has a Twitter account. The man Pill asks for directions, but Siri shoots him down. “Sorry, Mikey and Tina,” Siri says, not sounding sorry at all. “Dre’s party is invitation only.” The Pills get sad. They’re out of luck. Fade to logos!

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Microsoft May Be Readying A New Service Called Sway

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microsoft sway A day after news that Apple has turned on its own content delivery network, it has emerged that Microsoft has registered some domain names that use the term CDN — pointing either to Redmond also readying some kind of new CDN service, or possibly a service that will be based around a CDN. Jamie Zoch at Dot Weekly has discovered that Microsoft has registered the Sway.com domain, along… Read More

Kiddie Cocktails: hooch free drink recipes in a beautiful book

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Without question, cocktails are the most fun and playful type of drinks on the menu, with their vibrant colors, toy-like swizzle sticks, plastic straws, paper toothpick umbrellas, swords of stacked fruit, and the exotic-shaped glasses that contain the concoctions. And yet – the cruel irony of it all – cocktails are off limits to children!

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Eaze Promises Pot Delivery Anywhere In San Francisco

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unnamed Several states are starting to ease up on marijuana use, or even outright legalizing it. Washington, DC recently decriminalized weed. Like they do in California, people still need a card to take a puff but it’s 100% legal without written permission in both Colorado and Washington State. While many states offer dispensary services, a new SF-based startup, Eaze, promises delivery right to… Read More

Facebook Takes A Stand With Free Access To Women’s Rights Info In Africa

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12486_599509700146266_5829774949269802494_n No one should be denied understanding of their human rights just because they can’t afford a mobile data plan. Now women in Zambia won’t be, as Facebook and Internet.org’s new app gives them free Internet connection for accessing women’s right resources like MAMA  (Mobile Alliance For Maternal Action), WRAPP (Women’s Rights App), and Facts For Life by… Read More

Ebola virus heading to the U.S.: Here’s why you don’t need to panic

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With Emory University Hospital in Atlanta planning to receive and treat two U.S. citizens who are sick with the Ebola virus, some Americans have expressed fear that a deadly outbreak — which has killed at least 729 people in West Africa — could spread in the United States.

Co-Founder Kathy Chan Steps Back At 137 Ventures, Becomes An Operating Partner At Khosla

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137 Ventures logo 137 Ventures, the secondary investment firm that recently raised (naturally) a $137 million second fund, is announcing that co-founder and partner Kathy Chan is stepping back from her full-time role at the firm, although she will continue to be involved as a advisor. Chan will be spending most of her time at Khosla Ventures — a spokesperson for Khosla confirmed that she has joined the… Read More

Evil FX Designs Incredibly Realistic Halo 4 Didact Costume

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David Carpenter’s Didact costume complete down to the smallest detailIf you’ve ever been to a comic, sci-fi or anime convention you’ve probably seen attendees wearing cosplay (costume play) costumes of their favorite characters. Some of those costumes are designed rather poorly while others look incredibly good and then there’s David Carpenter’s costumes, which are on a completely different level. […]

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One of Google’s two mystery barges is being dismantled and sold for scrap

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So much for Google’s barge project, it seems. One of the only two multi-level barges owned by Google has been sold by the company, and the rest is headed off to a scrapyard, reports The Portland Press Herald. Earlier this week, Google quietly sold off the barge that was holding up the mysterious four story structure. The floating vessel had been harbored in Maine since last October, with Google planning to eventually use it as “an interactive space where people can learn about new technology.” A counterpart on the West Coast was originally docked in San Francisco bay, though was moved inland back in February.

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PlayStation Now is a glimpse at the future of gaming — for a price

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“Honey, can you turn off Netflix? I’m trying to play Twisted Metal.”

In my life, I never thought I’d utter those words. But that’s the future, according to PlayStation Now — that’s the name for Sony’s streaming games service that launched this week in open beta on PlayStation 4. The “Netflix for games” truly is the future of gaming — but that future comes with a whole new vocabulary of gripes and concerns, all of which will be familiar to anyone who uses Netflix.

PlayStation Now is a cloud gaming service that lets you rent games by the hour, day, week, or month. There is no processing done locally on a game console or computer; you’re essentially streaming the game from a server far away, with your button presses passing from the…

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Google+ Photos Could Soon Become A Standalone Service Outside Of Google+

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Screenshot_2014-05-19-21-39-23 It looks like it’s time for some good old conscious uncoupling at Google. First, Hangouts started to take its first steps without Google+ earlier this week and today, Bloomberg reports that the company is also planning to separate Photos from Google+. That rumor has been swirling around for a while and it really wouldn’t come as a major surprise if Google decided that the time to… Read More

Flappy Bird is back, but only on Amazon’s Fire TV

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After several months flying under the radar, Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen is back with his latest game: Flappy Bird Family. The game is, oddly, only available to download on Amazon’s Android App Store, and only works with Amazon’s Fire TV set-top box. In our tests, we couldn’t install the game on an Android phone. The new game also features multiplayer and more obstacles, according to Amazon.

In interviews and tweets, Nguyen often got cagey when people asked him about the millions of people worldwide suffering from Flappy Bird addiction. Perhaps with his latest title, he wanted to ensure that gamers only play in the safety of their homes. “Enjoy playing the game at home (not breaking your TV) with your family and friends,” reads the…

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