Footage from Kanye West’s unreleased ‘RoboCop’ music video leaked on Instagram

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All in the name of #ThrowbackThursday, 3D modeler Shihan Barbee took to Instagram yesterday to leak a short clip from Kanye West’s unreleased music video for RoboCop, a track off the rapper’s 2008 album 808s and Heartbreak. Barbee, who XXL confirms was involved in the production, says the finished product was “dope,” but the Hype Williams-directed video never debuted, making it the subject of plenty of rumor and speculation ever since. The bizarre clip, filmed in stop-motion, shows West facing off with his then-girlfriend Amber Rose, whose face is digitally superimposed on a naked doll. There’s no telling whether or not more footage will surface, but fans will definitely want to see more.

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Vine Competitor Groopie Lets Vloggers Create TV-Style Shows Together

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slide2 YouTube stars are more popular among today’s U.S. teens than Hollywood celebs, a recent study found. Hoping to capitalize on this trend, a new social video network called Groopie has just launched on iPhone, allowing the next generation of vloggers to record video shows with friends, which may include both scripted and unscripted content. The L.A. and San Francisco-based startup… Read More

The weirdest moments from 30 years of ‘Ninja Turtles’

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The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie has some very bizarre moments (as well as some blatant product promotion). Lest we forget, though, TMNT has always been that way, from Pizza Hut commercials to a Power Rangers crossover and, yes, even a rock concert on Oprah about “coming out of their shells.” Here’s a look back at some of the most absurd moments in Ninja Turtles history.

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Tour the real-life sandcrawler George Lucas built in Singapore

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With all the talk about the $1B vanity museum that George Lucas is bringing to Chicago, it’s worth stopping for a moment to consider the fact that the Star Wars creator has already plucked a moving fortress from dunes of Tatooine and dropped it in a Singapore office park. Officially opened on January 16, and featured yesterday on Arch Daily, the regional HQ of Lucasfilm Singapore is modelled after a Sandcrawler, those caterpillar-tracked fortresses inhabited by the diminutive hooded Jawas. Of course, this one trades the energy furnaces, workshops, and armored plating that made its fictional counterpart a perfect mobile live/work space for the scrap scavengers that inhabited them for nine stories of glass-wrapped modern offices, but…

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FCC votes to push text-to-911 support on carriers and app developers

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The FCC today voted to adopt rules requiring US carriers and some app developers to implement support for text-to-911 services by the end of 2014. For companies like AT&T and Verizon, the vote doesn’t mean much; all major carriers already allow Americans to text 911 — at least where it’s available. It’s the smaller ones that will be impacted by the deadline. Even so, the delay here rests mostly at the local level. So far, emergency response centers are moving at a snail’s pace to deploy the infrastructure necessary to receive emergency texts.

Speaking before the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials on Wednesday, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel admitted her colleagues recognize it won’t happen overnight. “I know…

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The Xbox One is the underdog against the PS4 in Microsoft’s new ads

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Polygon‘s Ben Kuchera just put up an interesting opinion piece pointing out that Microsoft’s new Xbox One ads tacitly admit that the PS4 is winning — but promise that the Xbox team will fight back. The first ad uses a speech from 2006’s Rocky Balboa, in which Rocky tries to pump up his son, and the second ad uses a Billy Bob Thornton speech from the Friday Night Lights film about trying your hardest. (The only thing missing is an exhortation to leave it all on the field.)

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Mobile Intelligence Startup Quettra Comes Out Of Stealth, Raises $2.9M Seed Round

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10575811506_38a4738b46_k Quettra, a mobile advertising startup founded by the former head of search and discovery for Google’s Play Store Ankit Jain, today announced that it has raised a $2.9 million seed round.
Investors include CrunchFund (which was founded by TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington), Data Collective, Google Ventures, Horizons Ventures, Miramar Digital Ventures and SV Angel, as well as… Read More

TurboRoo, The Chihuahua With No Front Legs, Can Walk Again Thanks To 3D Printing

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turboroo-21 Is there any cute animal 3D printing can’t save? Just look at TurboRoo, a tiny Chihuahua born without front legs, who has been given a new “leash” on life thanks to a Makerbot and a 3D designer from 3dyn. Mark Deadrick, president of 3dyn, saw TurboRoo’s call for wheels on the Internet and designed a small wheeled cart, estimating the size from online photos. He printed… Read More

LeVar Burton’s ‘Tweeting Rainbow’ teaches kids about the magic of 140 characters

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Fresh off his enormously successful Kickstarter campaign, LeVar Burton stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live last night to share a modernized take on Reading Rainbow. But instead of encouraging children to read and explore the wondrous world of literature, this version — Tweeting Rainbow — puts the focus on hashtags, retweets, and helping kids make the most of 140 characters.

Rather than share a book with his young audience, Burton thumbs through celebrity tweets on his phone. Tweeting Rainbow ditches classic children’s stories in favor of timeless musings from Mario Lopez and Snoop Dog. Sadly, though he asks the kids for their theories, Burton never explains the backstory behind Snoop’s “put ya face in tha mayo” tweet. That’s probably for the…

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