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Shoot in Soft Pastel Colors for Our Photo Challenge

27 min 36 sec ago

Dreamy, ethereal pastel colors are commonly associated with spring and with Easter. The subdued contrasts can make for some beautiful photographs. For our Mashable Photo Challenge, share images that use this soft color palette. New York City photographer William Joos will guest-host this round.

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Joos is well known within the Instagram community, where he boasts nearly 45,000 followers on his account.

Prior to the app's existence, Joos had already been photographing with his Hasselblad camera, which also shoots in a square format. "I can't even put into words how excited I was the day Instagram came out," he said. "It's like they were making an app just for me!" Read more...

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Viral Video Recap: Easter Eggs, Peeps and Fake Drake

56 min 35 sec ago

In the spirit of Easter and springtime, this week’s viral video recap brings us two experiments with eggs, a Parkour dog enjoying the outdoors, car roof basketball tricks and rap artist Drake on a secret mission

If you’ve ever wondered what Angry Birds would look like with tigers, lions, leopards and more, look no further than the Big Cat Rescue video. Also, see how one dog named Jumpy learned Parkour

See also: Easter Egg Hunt! We Found the Year's Best Hidden Pop-Culture Goodies

But Jumpy isn’t the only one with moves. David Kalb can catch a basketball while driving his car and even shoot a few shots, all while it's filmed on a GoPro Read more...

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This is How the Vatican Will Digitize Millions of its Documents

1 hour 28 min ago

Digitizing the Vatican's 40 million pages of library archives will take 50 experts, five scanners and many, many years before the process comes to a close.

The Vatican Library was founded in 1451 and has around 82,000 manuscripts, some of which date back about 1,800 years. It will work in tandem with NTT Data, a Japanese IT firm, to convert the first batch of 3,000 manuscripts. It is expected to take four years to digitize the initial round, though some of those documents will be online toward the end of 2014

See also: 'Bling Bishop' Wanted to Blow $45 Million on His Headquarters

Before the digitization begins, though, there are preparations to be made. Read more...

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South Korean Ferry Death Toll Rises to 64, Disaster Zones Declared

1 hour 41 min ago

Five days into the South Korean ferry disaster and the death toll continues to rise –– 64 bodies have now been found, according to the South Korean Ministry of Security and Public Administration.

The Sewol ferry, carrying 476 passengers, still has 238 people missing and the death toll is expected to rise in the coming days.

See also: What Went Wrong Aboard the Sunken South Korean Ferry

This news follows the release of a new radio transcript earlier today, which revealed that the ferry crew did not know how to properly handle the evacuation

Divers finally entered the ferry on Sunday and found 32 bodies, according to the BBC. The scene at the small port in Jindo, South Korea — 12 miles from the wreckage of the ferry — is solemn as relatives of the ferry passengers arrive to identify the bodies. Read more...

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Decorate Easter Eggs for Our Vine Challenge

2 hours 49 min ago

In many countries around the world, decorating Easter eggs is an annual spring tradition. So for this week's Mashable Vine Challenge, we want you to fire up your imagination, and decorate your own

See also: Imaginative Vine Videos Crafted With Clay

Feel free to use real eggs or plastic ones from a craft store. You can experiment with any material from paint, glitter and googly eyes to food coloring, fruits and flowers. There are so many fun, creative and easy ways to decorate — your options are endless

Mashable decorated a few eggs of our own this weekend — some using the food coloring-dye technique and others using colored Sharpies. Read more...

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Soccer Fans Protesting E-Ticketing System Clash With Police in Turkey

3 hours 49 min ago

International soccer matches have a reputation for occasionally rowdy fans, but on Sunday Police in Turkey were dealing with a fan uprising not related to the outcome of a game but to a new e-ticketing system.

Fans of the Fenerbahce, Besiktas and Galatasaray soccer clubs took to the streets to protest a new e-ticketing system called Passolig that allows the operator of the system to view the ticket holder's private data, including their national identity data and banking information

See also: 'This Is Just the Beginning': Turkish Protesters Met With Tear Gas, Water Cannons


Soccers fans protesting new e-ticketing rules clash with police on Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul, Turkey on April 20, 2014.

Image: Ozan Kose

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Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen Are Too Cute Playing 'The Newlywed Game'

5 hours 7 min ago

There's nothing better than watching Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen bickering like an old married couple.

In a video that's trending online, the two icons and longtime friends answer ridiculous questions about each other while participating in a version of The Newlywed Game. As it turns out, even when you've known someone for a very long time, you still may not know what their spirit animal is

See also: Awkward Moment Seal Is the Meme for All Your Slippery Situations

The video, which was shot at a Buzzfeed Brews event in February, also reveals which roles the two actors would most like to play or revive. Stewart's was Falstaff, a character who appears in three of Shakespeare's play, Henry IV, Part 1, Henry IV, Part 2 and The Merry Wives of Windsor, while McKellen's choice was the Widow Twankey, a female character traditionally played by a man in the pantomime version of Aladdin. Read more...

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The Virtual Reality Renaissance Is Here, But Are We Ready?

6 hours 10 min ago

I'm flapping my wings. Not hard, but slowly and smoothly. At 25 feet across, my wingspan is so great I don't need to exert much energy to achieve lift. In the distance, I see an island under an azure sky. This is my home. Off to my west, the sun is setting and the sky glows with warm, orange light.

Spotting movement in the ocean below, I bend my body slightly to the left and begin a gentle dive. As I approach the shore, I spot my prey splashing in the shallows. I lean back, keeping my wings fully extended so I can glide just above the water. I'm right over the fish. I pull in my wings, bend forward sharply and dive into the water. I emerge with a fish in my mouth. Success Read more...

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The Virtual Reality Renaissance Is Here, But Are We Ready?

6 hours 10 min ago

I'm flapping my wings. Not hard, but slowly and smoothly. At 25 feet across, my wingspan is so great I don't need to exert much energy to achieve lift. In the distance, I see an island under an azure sky. This is my home. Off to my west, the sun is setting and the sky glows with warm, orange light.

Spotting movement in the ocean below, I bend my body slightly to the left and begin a gentle dive. As I approach the shore, I spot my prey splashing in the shallows. I lean back, keeping my wings fully extended so I can glide just above the water. I'm right over the fish. I pull in my wings, bend forward sharply and dive into the water. I emerge with a fish in my mouth. Success Read more...

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Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, Boxer Wrongly Convicted of Murder, Dead at 76

7 hours 59 min ago

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer imprisoned 19 years for a crime he did not commit and whose plight became a rallying point for racial inequality — as well as a Bob Dylan song and a movie starring Denzel Washington — has died. He was 76.

Carter died in Toronto after a long battle with prostate cancer, the Associated Press reported.

See also: Bob Dylan's 'Like a Rolling Stone' Interactive Video Mimics TV Surfing

Carter was convicted in 1967 of three murders at a bar in his native New Jersey, and again at a 1976 retrial. After years of appeals, court battles and public outcry, his convictions — alleged to be racially motivated — were set aside in 1985. Read more...

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Glenn Greenwald: Pulitzer May Help Change Public Perception of NSA Leaks

8 hours 21 min ago

Glenn Greenwald was eating lunch on Monday, trying not to focus on the fact that the most high-profile journalism award in the U.S. was moments away from being announced

"I didn't want to pay too much attention to it or follow it too closely," Greenwald told Brian Stelter during an interview that aired Sunday on CNN's Reliable Sources. "But I had my phone on the table. I knew that the hour was upon us."

At 3 p.m. ET, the news broke: The Guardian, Greenwald's previous employer, and The Washington Post had won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for their reporting on NSA surveillance based on leaked documents from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden Read more...

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Malaysia Discusses Financial Support for MH370 Family Members

9 hours 26 min ago

A Malaysian government official met with family members of passengers who were aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 to discuss ways to offer them financial assistance. Nearly a month and a half has passed since the Boeing 777-200 plane disappeared over the Indian Ocean during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8.

Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Hamzah Zainuddin met with relatives in Kuala Lumpur Sunday, and asked them to submit a plan for consideration, according to the Associated Press. Zainuddin added that a fund could be set up by Malaysia Airlines or the Malaysian government.

See also: 1 Month Since Flight 370 Vanished: The Complete Timeline Read more...

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Malaysia Discusses Financial Support for MH370 Family Members

9 hours 26 min ago

A Malaysian government official met with family members of passengers who were aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 to discuss ways to offer them financial assistance. Nearly a month and a half has passed since the Boeing 777-200 plane disappeared over the Indian Ocean during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8.

Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Hamzah Zainuddin met with relatives in Kuala Lumpur Sunday, and asked them to submit a plan for consideration, according to the Associated Press. Zainuddin added that a fund could be set up by Malaysia Airlines or the Malaysian government.

See also: 1 Month Since Flight 370 Vanished: The Complete Timeline Read more...

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Job Searching? 500+ Openings in IT, Web Design and More

10 hours 30 min ago

Looking for a new job? The Mashable Job Board is the place to search. With over 3,000 employers, we have a wide variety of top companies seeking talented people to fill their job openings

Every week, we highlight recently posted job openings. This week, check out these ten listings in IT, engineering and web design

Visit the Mashable Job Board daily for more job openings in different industries, and be sure to read our Job Search Series to find career-changing tips.

Position: Web Designer
Company: CrowdSurge
Location: New York, N.Y.

The Web Designer will join CrowdSurge’s team of designers and engineers to create highly creative and innovative online campaigns for a broad range of clients in the entertainment industry Read more...

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Must Reads: The AIM We Never Knew, Vacation in Chernobyl and More

10 hours 54 min ago

During the week, we consume words in snackable, tweetable bites. But on the weekends, we have the time to take a dive into the murkier, lengthier depths of the Internet and expand our attention spans beyond 140 characters. We can brew a cup of coffee and lie back with our iPads, laptops, smartphones and Kindles.

Since you're bound to miss a few things during the daily grind, we present to you, in our weekly installation of Mashable Must Reads, a curated list of can't-miss stories from around the web to read and reflect on. (You can find last week's must reads here). Read more...

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South Korean Ferry Evacuation Efforts Plagued By Confusion

10 hours 59 min ago

Nearly half an hour after the South Korean ferry started to tilt, some of the crew were still struggling for direction on how to handle the evacuation.

"If this ferry evacuates passengers, will they be rescued right away?" a crew member asked, according to a transcript released Sunday. In response, an official with the Jindo Vessel Traffic Services Center (VTS) said, "The rescue of human lives from the Sewol ferry ... the captain should make his own decision and evacuate them. We don't know the situation very well."

See also: What Went Wrong Aboard the Sunken South Korean Ferry

The newly released transcript highlights the level of confusion that plagued evacuation efforts on that fateful Wednesday morning when the Sewol ferry carrying 476 passengers, many of them high school students, tipped over off the southern coast near Jindo, South Korea Read more...

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Easter Egg Hunt! We Found the Year's Best Hidden Pop-Culture Goodies

11 hours 33 min ago

Easter eggs aren't just for the spring holiday anymore — they've become ubiquitous in our movies, TV shows, video games and all things pop culture, too.

Nowadays, you can't watch anything without blinking through one of those little inside jokes, hidden messages, callbacks or subtle homages that writers and directors love to embed. So much so that the "Easter egg" — a phrase coined by Atari developers in 1979 after a colleague left a hidden message in the game Adventure — has practically become its own subgenre.

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3 Killed in Ukraine Gun Battle; Kiev and Moscow Trade Blame

12 hours 16 min ago

KIEV, Ukraine – While most Ukrainians on Sunday congregated at cathedrals and ate traditional frosted cakes to celebrate Easter, those in Sloviansk were trying to get to the bottom of a deadly confrontation that unfolded at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russian militants at the city’s edge earlier in the morning.

The details are murky and official information from the Ukrainian and Russian sides stand in stark contrast to each other. One calls the incident a staged provocation to incite further unrest, while the other says it was an attack carried out by a radical nationalist group.

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General Mills Backtracks on Legal Policy After Angering Facebook Users

12 hours 30 min ago

General Mills inadvertently shocked social-media users everywhere this week after an update to its legal policy was interpreted as preventing customers from suing the company if they Like any of its brands on Facebook. Now, the food company is reversing the change to its legal policy in response to the controversy.

"Those terms -– and our intentions -– were widely misread, causing concern among consumers," Kirstie Foster, General Mills' director of external communications, wrote in a statement online. "So we’ve listened –- and we’re changing them back to what they were before."

See also: General Mills Legal Policy Change Spooks Facebook Fans Read more...

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16 Easter Candies Dissected for Sweet Science

13 hours 27 sec ago

Easter is hopping its way into our candy-shaped hearts this weekend. Kids may be scrambling to grab as many confection-filled plastic eggs they can handle, but us responsible, mature adults can celebrate with a bag of Reese's eggs all to ourselves

When you're chomping down your sixth or seventh peanut butter-filled confection, you can't help but wonder what's inside that makes them so much better than the rest of the year's plain-ole peanut butter cups

See also: 14 Egg-ceptionally Nerdy Easter Eggs

In fact, most candy just seems to better around the holidays. To investigate, we cracked the case and the Cadbury eggs, along with other popular Easter treats, to see what's going on inside Read more...

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