SeaWorld trainers will not be able to swim with killer whales again

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SeaWorld has decided not to appeal several citations from OSHA that it received after the 2010 drowning of a trainer who was swimming with a killer whale. The Associated Press reports that, as a result, SeaWorld trainers will not be able to swim with killer whales during shows in the future, which could help to remove some criticism from the park. SeaWorld’s initial appeal of the citations was rejected back in April, and it’s been keeping trainers out of the water since before then because of OSHA.

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Professor Steve Ballmer: coming this fall to Stanford, this spring to USC

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Now that he has stepped away from Microsoft — first as CEO and then as board member — new Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer will be driving down the California highway, teaching business classes as he goes. First up is Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. According to Business Insider, he’ll be “working with faculty member Susan Athey for a strategic management course called ‘TRAMGT588: Leading organizations.'”

After Christmas break, Ballmer will pack up his 1970 Pontiac GTO, roll the windows down, blast the “Dirty Dancing” soundtrack, and drive 250 miles down I-5 S to teach a yet-to-be-identified class at USC’s Marshall School of Business in Los Angeles this spring — just in time to catch the rest of the Clippers season.

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The Eyeball Selfie For Secure Banking, EyeVerify Gets $6 Million In Series A Part 2

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8522846370_aff1301660_k Banking is now in the eye of the beholder. That’s literally for EyeVerify. This new kind of ID verification tech lets you simply hold your smartphone about 8 inches from your face and take a picture of your eyeball. EyeVerify then pattern-matches the blood vessels within the sclera, the white part of your eye, to unlock your bank account. This eliminates any possibility of a hacker… Read More

Name this Samsung rectangle

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Welcome to the first annual Verge Hack Week. We’re totally blowing up our site: we’ve given our reporters and editors the entire week to play with new tools and experiment with new storytelling ideas, while members of our amazing product team have gathered in New York to help build all sorts of interesting new things. Learn more.

Samsung makes a ton of products, everything from televisions, to refrigerators, to washing machines. But it’s best at making rectangles, and it seems to release a new rectangle every week. If you’re not paying close attention, all of those rectangles start to blend together, making it awfully hard to tell today’s Samsung rectangle from the rectangle it released last week or six months ago.

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Touch my body: the top 10 Nilay Patel videos on the internet

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Welcome to the first annual Verge Hack Week. We’re totally blowing up our site: we’ve given our reporters and editors the entire week to play with new tools and experiment with new storytelling ideas, while members of our amazing product team have gathered in New York to help build all sorts of interesting new things. Learn more.

When my boss Nilay Patel asked me to make stuff for hack week, a compilation of his best camera appearances was my first thought. In the past three…

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Kuddle, An “Instagram With Training Wheels,” Introduces Social Media To Kids

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Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 12.49.53 PM A new mobile application called Kuddle is introducing a safer way for kids to get introduced to social media, while still under a parent’s watchful eye. The photo-sharing app, which is like a more restricted version of Instagram, allows children to post and share photos with friends in a protected environment, safe from cyberbullying or unwanted connections from strangers. Founded in… Read More

TC Cribs: Storm8, The Land Of Very Colorful Desks And Lots Of Fancy Beer

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EDIT_synced.Still009 In this episode of Cribs we headed to Storm8, the company that makes lots of popular mobile social games. Storm8 is housed in a, well, pretty bland looking corporate building in suburban Redwood City, so we weren’t sure what to expect. But the inside of the office tells a very different story, with lots of very colorful things to catch the eye. That’s largely because Storm8… Read More

Hailo Launches API For E-Hailing On The Same Day As Uber

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Hailo-toronto-office Not to be left behind in the growing feud between Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and others, Hailo has launched a public API for its taxi hailing service, on the very same day Uber announced its own. The startup, which launched in 2011 in London but has since expanded to various cities across the UK, London and Canada, originally dealt in standard taxis vs. Uber’s black car focus, but has since… Read More

Compare concept art from your favorite movies and games to the real thing

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Welcome to the first annual Verge Hack Week. We’re totally blowing up our site: we’ve given our reporters and editors the entire week to play with new tools and experiment with new storytelling ideas, while members of our amazing product team have gathered in New York to help build all sorts of interesting new things. Learn more.

Concept artists have a difficult job. Well before production on a game or movie begins, it’s up to them to help define how it will look. They sketch…

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A history of metaphors for the internet

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Welcome to the first annual Verge Hack Week. We’re totally blowing up our site: we’ve given our reporters and editors the entire week to play with new tools and experiment with new storytelling ideas, while members of our amazing product team have gathered in New York to help build all sorts of interesting new things. Learn more.

When I wrote about this web surfing competition last week, it got me thinking about different metaphors for the internet. “Surfing” seemed like an odd…

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A Snapchat news network is probably coming in November

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Future generations will look at how we get our news today — with our wasteful dead tree “newspapers,” and persistent “websites” and “blogs” that you need to scroll to read, and video “broadcasts” that last for several minutes at a time — and they will laugh. That’s because the Snapchat news revolution is at hand.

As the Wall Street Journal reports (likely through gritted teeth and the smoke of a printing press burning), Snapchat, the company that makes the self-destructing photo and video app that’s bewitched young America into sexting their lives away, has held talks recently with “at least a dozen media companies, including newspapers, magazines and television networks.” What did Snapchat want to talk to these companies about? A new…

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