Flash Giveaway: Win A Free Ticket To #TCDisrupt

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Techcrunch Disrupt SF 2013. Photo by Max Morse for Techrunch. Yes, you heard that right. Enter to win a free ticket to Disrupt. We’ve decided to do something a little crazy this year for the ticket giveaways. We’re giving away tickets…lots of tickets. Every day from now until Disrupt we will be giving away one ticket to Disrupt San Francisco. Here’s the catch: the time window to enter each day is only one hour long. We’ll… Read More

Watch 13 of the internet’s best ‘Simpsons’ videos

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The Verge community — that’s you — is currently helping us review every episode of The Simpsons. We’ve also asked several Vox staffers to contribute their thoughts on the show’s legacy.

Matt Groening has produced over 550 episodes of The Simpsons. Adding in the feature-length film, that makes more than 12,000 minutes of Homer, Marge, Bart, and Lisa to watch. That being said, if you somehow still haven’t gotten your Simpsons fix with FXX’s twelve-day marathon, here are some of the best S…

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Check out these amazing secret ’70s photos from Blondie’s Chris Stein

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Apparently Blondie photographer Chris Stein has been sitting on a cache of killer flicks from decades past he hasn’t shared with the world until now. Being in one of the coolest bands in the world gave him access to basically everyone else cool, so he’s got photos of everyone, up close and personal. Read the interview he gave to Smithsonian about his new photo book and check out a slideshow of great shots.

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GoPro’s $60 ‘Fetch’ harness captures a dog’s perspective of the world

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There’s now an official GoPro harness designed to help attach the company’s action cameras to your dog and capture the world from a canine’s perspective. It’s called Fetch — because of course that’s the name they chose — and it retails for $60.

The harness has mounting locations for both a dog’s back and chest; GoPro says the former should produce unique over-the-head footage of your pet running around the dog park, barreling through a training course, or playing fetch. Finally you’ll be able to see the other side of those tug-of-war battles. The chest perspective, by contrast, will get you an up close and personal look at a dog digging up your yard or chewing on a bone. Or you can go crazy and put two GoPros on your pet to be sure…

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It’s come to this: new sitcom is based around people not using their cellphones

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What on Earth would a modern sitcom look like if all of its main characters didn’t use a cellphone? Maybe it would be something like every series made before the 2000s, or maybe it would be a smart take on today’s culture. Either way, Fox is about to find out. According to Deadline, it’s ordered a pilot episode — which will very likely be aired to the public — for a show called All Together Now, which features the daring premise of six twenty-somethings all agreeing to turn off their mobile devices and start talking to each other.

The show comes from two producers of the Fox sitcom Dads, which was widely criticized for racism in its first episode, continually received poor reviews, and was finally canceled after its first season….

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HTC One M8 for Windows review

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The classic Oreo cookie is a wonderful thing. (By classic, I mean the Double Stuf, let’s be real here.) It’s the right combination of crunchy and soft, sweet and, well, more sweet. It’s the best cookie ever and I won’t hear any arguments.

But that hasn’t stopped Nabisco from messing with the formula. The company has released dozens of variations on the idea: different cookie flavors, different filling, different experiences. Some have been a great success, others never should have left the…

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The Hollywood-ification Of The App Store

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Kim Kardashian app Kim Kardashian: Hollywood’s success in the App Store could open the doors to future celebrity-publisher partnerships, suggests app analytics firm App Annie in a new report out this morning which looks back on the latest in app store trends. The game, a joint effort between the celeb and publisher Glu, was the most downloaded game on iOS in July, and helped Glu become the number one… Read More

How to sneak a Tesla into Russia for just 6.5 million rubles

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In much of the Western world, the Tesla Model S is becoming a normal sight in traffic; it’s just another sedan. A particularly quiet and environmentally friendly one, granted, but a workaday four-door nonetheless.

In Russia, on the other hand, a Model S attracts the attention of pretty much everyone. Tesla doesn’t do business there, so when Dmitry Grishin — the wealthy 35-year-old entrepreneur behind internet mega-portal Mail.ru — navigated hell and high water to bootleg one into Moscow,…

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Prime-time Twitch is bigger than CNN, MSNBC, and MTV

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The New York Times had a great data-driven article this morning about just how big Twitch has become. One year ago the video game live-streaming platform wasn’t even equal to HLN in size. Fast-forward to this summer and Twitch is bigger during prime-time hours than CNN, E!, or MSNBC, with occasional spikes that put it above MTV as well.

Right now Twitch has about 715,000 concurrent viewers during prime time, but will quickly eclipse that if its growth continues apace. With Amazon…

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Kobo’s Aura H20 Makes The High-Res E-Reader Waterproof – Your Move, Amazon

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kobo-aura-h20 Kobo has a new e-reader out that actually could shake up the market, since it offers waterproofing as a standard factory feature on a $179.99 e-reader, with a high-res, 265 DPI 6.8-inch e-ink display. The Kobo Aura H20 basically takes the already-impressive Aura HD, makes the design thinner and lighter, and adds IP67 environmental resistance, which is a tough package to beat. The e-reader… Read More

Dropbox slashes pricing and boosts storage as competition intensifies

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Almost from the day it launched, Dropbox has been arguably the best storage and file syncing service on the market — and it’s also been among the most expensive. Founder Drew Houston has often said that Dropbox customers aren’t focused on the price, so long as they get a service that works. But with competitors like Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive relentlessly cutting their prices, Dropbox has found itself under increasing pressure to respond in kind. Today, it’s relenting.

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How does BMW sell an armored car? By shooting it dozens of times

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Earlier this week at Moscow’s International Auto Salon, BMW rolled out an armored version of its largest SUV, the X5 Security Plus. That in itself isn’t particularly interesting; a variety of automakers, particularly European ones, offer bullet-resistant cars and trucks on a regular basis. But some of BMW’s official press photos paint a striking portrait of the abuse this vehicle is capable of withstanding.

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A cooler just beat Pebble’s record for highest-funded Kickstarter project

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The Pebble smartwatch, a shining example of ingenuity being supported by crowdfunding, has held the record for highest-funded Kickstarter campaign for over two years now, not even being surpassed by cult hits like Veronica Mars. But finally, on Tuesday, the title was taken by another project: a cooler — like, the thing you bring your drinks to the beach in. Called the Coolest (okay, it’s a pretty good name), it’s now raised over $10.3 million with a few days to go, bringing it just above Pebble’s $10.2 million.

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Time Warner Cable says botched ‘maintenance’ caused nationwide internet outage

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It’s probably a good thing that Time Warner Cable schedules its network maintenance for really early in the morning. That way, when things go terribly wrong and internet somehow gets knocked out across the entire United States, most customers are asleep and none the wiser. That’s exactly what happened today; the company says that at around 4:30AM this morning, routine maintenance took a decidedly bad turn and left every single Time Warner Cable customer without web access. Nationwide outages are fairly uncommon — especially when you’re talking about an ISP the size of Time Warner Cable, which provides high-speed broadband to 11.4 million residential customers.

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Facebook Turns On “Bandwidth Targeting” To Match Mobile Ads To A User’s Network Quality

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851536_761931493874134_857356960_n Facebook today counts more users, and faster growth, outside of its home market of the U.S. than it has inside it, but the U.S. still accounts for nearly half of all the social network’s ad revenues. To help boost the ratio in emerging, rapidly expanding markets, where mobile devices are the primary means for going online, today Facebook said it would turn on a new piece of ad tech… Read More

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