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'SNL,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'True Detective,' Dominate Creative Arts Emmys

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 11:36pm

LOS ANGELES — Live, from Los Angeles: winner is coming.

Saturday Night Live won five times Saturday night at the Creative Arts Emmys, while Game of Thrones also had a strong showing. Most of SNL's wins were for makeup and hairstyling, but former cast stalwart Jimmy Fallon did win for outstanding guest host.

SEE ALSO: Creative Arts Emmys: Evolution of the Interactive TV Category

Thrones won four Creative Arts Emmy awards, while fellow HBO show True Detective also hauled in four trophies. Not to be outdone, the Fox/NatGeo collaboration Cosmo, hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock also each won four times. Read more...

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Twitter Cofounder Jack Dorsey Marches With Ferguson Protesters

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 9:47pm

The number and origin of the non-residents traveling to support the protesters in Ferguson, Missouri hasn't been officially tallied, but at least one high-profile native of Missouri made an appearance on Friday: Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey.

Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Dorsey broadcast his intentions to join the protesters in Ferguson via Twitter on Friday

See also: Ferguson Protesters Return to Streets, Facing Midnight Curfew

Feels good to be home. I'll be standing with everyone in Ferguson all weekend #HandsUpDontShoot

— Jack (@jack) August 16, 2014

Based on his Twitter stream, Dorsey arrived in Ferguson later that day and immediately began posting Vines of the crowd marching peacefully with signs through the streets of the town. Dorsey continued to march with the protesters on Saturday Read more...

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Kevin Rose, the Founder of Digg, is Trying Something New, Again

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 6:20pm

Kevin Rose, the mind behind former Internet powerhouse Digg, will scale back his time with Google Ventures to pursue a new startup

Rose's new company is called North Technologies, and details are still scarce. The company will be in the "consumer Internet space," according to Re/code, which along with TechCrunch broke the news of Rose's move.

See also: Google Ventures' Kevin Rose Targeted by San Francisco Protesters

Rose is one of the most well-known entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, having started a variety of other companies in addition to Digg. In 2012, Google acqui-hired Rose and some of the team behind his most recent startup, Milk. Read more...

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Ferguson Protesters Return to Streets, Facing Midnight Curfew

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 5:27pm

UPDATED: 9:55 p.m. ET
Under stormy skies, protesters returned to the streets of Ferguson Saturday evening, facing a midnight curfew that Gov. Jay Nixon imposed earlier in the day.

Storms Drench City; Mood Remains Peaceful

About 500 protesters gathered around the burned-out QuikTrip store, the focal point of much of the unrest in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson

Initial reports suggested that the crowd was peaceful. Many chanted "Hands Up, Don't Shoot; Fists Up, Don't Shoot."

Rain is helping to clear out people. Most activity happening around the QT now#Ferguson pic.twitter.com/aCSJyjFD7P

— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench) August 17, 2014 Read more...

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5 Business Lessons From a Goat Milk Soap Entrepreneur

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 4:58pm

PJ Jonas has probably told the story a few hundred times: One day, she was bathing her six kids in one bathtub when she looked at the ingredients on the soap she was using, and realized it was full of chemicals. At that point, most women would have resolved to buy a better soap. Not Jonas

"That's not me," she says. "I'm always investigating new things."

See also: 6 Marketing Ideas Small Businesses Can Learn From Big Brands

That was in 2006. Jonas spent the next six months researching soap-making on the web. "There's a lot of information on the Internet," she says. "A lot is good, and a lot is bad." After experimenting, she came upon a winning formula that featured goat milk. Happily, there was a robust supply of goat milk nearby since the Jonases lived on a 3-acre goat-laden farm Read more...

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How to Become the Ultimate Boomerang Employee

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 4:30pm

Earlier this summer, LeBron James made headlines when he announced his decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers after four years in Miami

This big news in the sports community has sparked discussion around an increasing trend in the job market: Boomerang employees. Similarly to LeBron, many in the job market are finding their way back to former employers

See also: 5 Tips for Seasoned Employees on Making the Jump to the C-Suite

Defined as former employees rehired after an absence of a few years, boomerang employees are increasing in numbers as companies that had to lay off workers in previous years begin looking to increase their staff size once again Read more...

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5 Can't-Miss Apps: Hanx Writer and More

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 3:59pm

Between news of the quickly approaching iPhone launch date, and all your Facebook friends pouring ice water on themselves, you may have overlooked some of this week's best new apps.

Luckily, Mashable creates a roundup each weekend of our favorite new and updated apps, so you won't miss out.

See also: 9 Excellent Apps For Discovering New Things

This week's list includes an app for on-demand fitness coaches, a game that puts a new spin on the endless runner and Tom Hanks' typewriter app for the iPad.

Check out the gallery, above, to see all the apps that made our list of top picks. And if you're looking for more, check out last week's roundup of can't-miss apps. Read more...

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Takes Ice Bucket Challenge, Puts Dr. Dre in the Spotlight

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 3:35pm

The celebrity and business world has been swept up in taking the ALS ice bucket challenge, and the latest entrant in the star-packed list of challenge takers is Apple CEO Tim Cook

In a video posted by Apple on Thursday, Cook is shown getting the ice bucket treatment by rapper-singer Michael Franti on stage at Apple's California campus.

See also: Why Is Everyone in Your Facebook Feed Dousing Themselves in Ice Water?

Took the ALS #IceBucketChallenge with @michaelfranti at Apple. Challenge Bob Iger and @drdrehttp://t.co/yc53yLofoA pic.twitter.com/Tei0DwiefU

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) August 15, 2014 Read more...

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Creative Arts Emmys: Evolution of the Interactive TV Category

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 2:40pm

As the way people watch TV changes, so must the way the Emmys honor those who make it possible

At least, that's what the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is trying to do, according Seth R. Shapiro, one of two governors in the Academy's Interactive Media Peer Group, one of the fastest growing arms of the organization's 29 sectors

See also: Emmys 2014: The Complete List of Nominations

"Every year, we have to go back and figure out what the Emmys are going to be for because, in the past, we would do things like have an Emmy for fiction or nonfiction or scripted and unscripted," Shapiro said. "And at this point, there's so much great work out there ... we really want to recognize work in social and work across platform and general user experience." Read more...

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Flying Cars? Not Yet — But Electric-Powered Skates Have Finally Arrived

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 2:14pm

In the space between somewhat practical vehicles like the Segway and completely fad-driven curios like the Tamagotchi, there exists a middle ground of outlandish gadget that almost seems to make sense, but is weird enough that you might be too embarrassed to use it in public

It's still early days, but that appears to be the case with Acton's RocketSkates, which look like a joint creation by the art departments of Judge Dredd and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Offering to motorize your feet, they are a recent Kickstarter success story. And depending on your temperament, the RocketSkates either look like a glimpse at the future, or an expensive prank. Read more...

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Downton Abbey Cast Responds to 'Water Bottle-Gate' Photo Fail

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 12:57pm

The cast of Downton Abbey has responded to the snickering, following the release of a publicity still that included a water bottle — an object not quite era appropriate for a period drama television series set in the early 20th century.

Each holding a water bottle, the show's actors and actresses posed for a photo (above) in support of WaterAid, a non-profit organization based in the United Kingdom that seeks to provide clean water, hygiene education and safe toilets worldwide

See also: Unofficial 'Downton Abbey' Legos Are a Masterpiece of Brick Theater

“It brought a really big smile to my face when the cast of Downton Abbey said that they wanted to support WaterAid’s work. How fantastic that the attention created over one water bottle ends up benefiting some of the world’s poorest communities through access to safe, clean water today," WaterAid chief executive Barbara Frost said on the organization's website. Read more...

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Sim Bhullar, a Massive 7-Foot-5 Center, Becomes First NBA Player of Indian Descent

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 12:11pm

The Sacramento Kings have signed the NBA's first player of Indian descent: Sim Bhullar, a massive center standing 7-feet, 5-inches tall, and weighing in at around 360 pounds.

Toronto native Bhullar, 21, played college basketball at New Mexico State University. He was the tallest player in the NCAA this season, but went undrafted in June.

See also: Jason Collins Becomes NBA's First Openly Gay Player, Signs With Nets

The Kings signed Bhullar on Thursday, although contract details were not releasedCBS Sports reported that Bhullar was likely signed to a non-guaranteed rookie-level contract.

Dreams do come true! Officially signed my first NBA contract with the @sacramentokings !! pic.twitter.com/3TZc7O4Meu

— Sim Bhullar (@SimBhullar2) August 14, 2014 Read more...

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11 Simple Ways to Upgrade Your Camping Tent

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 10:30am

The true camping experience is supposed to be about the bare essentials, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the small luxuries of a few upgrades here and there

A glorious stag-printed sleeping bag, a lantern that charges your phone and a carpet for your tent can kick up your trip much more than a few notches

See also: 11 Glamping Essentials for the Unadventurous

You'll be the envy of the campground with these small touches. Read more...

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3 Startup Ideas Guaranteed to Succeed

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 10:00am

It's pretty tough to get your startup idea off the ground.

Aside from all the trials of creating a working product, an attractive website and a decent marketing strategy, you need a good idea.

See also: 8 Surging Startup Industries to Watch

Some concepts are better than others, and the ideas in this Poorly Drawn Lines comic are some of the best we've ever seen.

Image: Poorly Drawn Lines

BONUS: 5 Super Weird Facts About Facebook

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more...

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Airstrikes Target Islamic State Militants at Iraq Dam After 'Massacre' of Religious Minority

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 9:00am

IRBIL, Iraq — Airstrikes pounded the area around Iraq's largest dam on Saturday in an effort to drive out militants who captured it earlier this month, as reports emerged of the massacre of some 80 members of the Yazidi religious minority by Islamic extremists.

Residents living near the Mosul Dam told The Associated Press that the area was being targeted by airstrikes, but it was not immediately clear whether the attacks were being carried out by Iraq's air force or the U.S., which last week launched an air campaign aimed at halting the advance of the Islamic State group (formerly known as ISIS/ISIL) across the country's north Read more...

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Some Protesters Loot, Others Try to Prevent It, as Tension Returns to Ferguson

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 8:08am

FERGUSON, Mo. — Anger spurred by the death of black teenager Michael Brown at the hands of a white police officer boiled over again when protesters stormed into a Missouri convenience store — the same store that Brown was accused of robbing.

Police and about 200 protesters clashed in Ferguson, Missouri, late Friday after another tense day in the St. Louis suburb, a day that included authorities identifying the officer who fatally shot Brown on Aug. 9. At the same news conference in which officer Darren Wilson was named, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson released documents alleging that Brown stole a $48.99 box of cigars from a convenience store called Ferguson Market and Liquor, then strong-armed a man on his way out. Read more...

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NASA Probe Successfully Traps Interstellar Dust

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 1:00am

Thanks to a massive effort by 30,716 volunteers, scientists have pinpointed what appear to be seven precious specks of dust from outside the solar system, each bearing unique stories of exploded stars, cold interstellar clouds and other past cosmic lives.

The Herculean effort began eight years ago after NASA’s Stardust robotic probe flew by Earth to deposit a capsule containing samples from a comet and dust grains from what scientists hoped would be interstellar space. The spacecraft was outfitted with panels containing a smoke-like substance called aerogel that could trap and preserve fast-moving particles. Read more...

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Rosetta Spacecraft Captures Comet Up-Close and in 3D

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 12:00am

On Aug. 6, 2014, the European Space Agency’s “comet chaser” Rosetta arrived at 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko after a decade of travel across the inner solar system. Now in the process of maneuvering into orbit around 67P’s 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) wide nucleus (via a series of triangular spiraling passes), Rosetta is returning some incredible images, most recently showing the comet from a mere 65 miles (104 kilometers) away and in 3D!

SEE ALSO: Meet Rosetta’s Beautiful Lumpy Comet

Captured by Rosetta’s OSIRIS (Optical, Spectroscopic, and Infrared Remote Imaging System) instrument on Aug. 7, the image, above, reveals some of 67P’s rugged surface around the “neck,” joining the two sections of the contact binary comet. Check out that giant landslide and the cluster of building-sized boulders. Read more...

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'Extant' Episode 6 Recap: 'We Love Heroes'

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 11:32pm

Leading up to episode 6 of Extant, we knew Molly's baby "boy" wasn't normal, but now it's clear he is dangerous. Very dangerous

At the beginning of "Nightmares," the fetus (still sitting in a vat) compels an International Space Exploration Agency researcher to kill his colleague, after the former seemingly comes under its influence. He later tells ISEA director Alan Sparks that a former researcher named "Sarah" ordered him to commit the murder, and to liberate the fetus. My theory is that "Sarah" was really a vision/hallucination created by the fetus à la Molly's Marcus sightings

See also: 'Extant' Episode 5 Recap: 'It's a Boy' Read more...

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