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Weird Al Hates Your Favorite Sports Team

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 11:00pm

Weird Al Yankovic wants you to know just how terrible your favorite sports team really is.

The parody artist released a music video for "Sports Song," an original track that explains why everyone else's favorite team pales in comparison to his own

See also: Weird Al Wrote the Perfect Song for Grammar Snobs

The song is a spot-on takedown of bullheaded sports fans set to a marching band background and chanting, anthem-like lyrics.

The clip for "Sports Song" is one of a series of new videos featuring parodies of pop hits such as Iggy Azalea's "Fancy", Pharrell's "Happy" and Lorde's "Royals". The tracks are available on Yankovic's fourteenth album, Mandatory Fun, released July 15 Read more...

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Out-of-the-Box Approaches to the Job Search (That Actually Work)

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 10:00pm

You've heard the commonly cited statistics before: 80% of job openings are unlisted; there are 100+ resumes submitted for every job posting; 50% of submitted applications are weeded out by software and never even reviewed by a human.

While stats like these should be taken with a grain of salt, there's no doubt that today's job market is highly competitive — and candidates should be prepared to go the extra mile in order to grab the attention of hiring managers.

This is particularly true if you're thinking about entering a creative field, drastically switching career tracks or aiming to work for a tech behemoth like Facebook. (If your goal is to land a job at a big financial institution or at a law firm, you might want to stick to the more traditional resume formats, cover letters and overall professionalism, though an out-of-the-box approach may still prove successful if executed with tact.) Read more...

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'Airbnb Logos' Tumblr Pokes Inappropriate Fun at Company's New Logo

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 9:00pm

Airbnb announced a big rebranding this week, including a new logo intended to be a symbol of belonging. But its detractors can't seem to pull their minds from the gutter.

Airbnb's new logo is a rorschach test where the only correct answer is

— Seamus Condron (@SeamusCondron) July 16, 2014

The new Tumblr account Airbnb Logos creates and collects the funniest, strangest and lewdest interpretations of the company's new symbol.

See also: Is Airbnb's Rebranding Enough to Overshadow Its Legal Troubles?

The page suggests likeness to planchettes that accompany traditional ouija boards and the chin of Family Guy's Peter Griffin, as well as certain, um, male and female body parts. Read more...

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5 Can't-Miss Apps: Feedworthy and More

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 8:00pm

Between Apple's deal with IBM and news of Microsoft's massive job cuts, 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: Use These 10 Apps During Downtime

This week's list includes a new Reddit client, an app to optimize your phone's battery life and a new game based on Guardians of the Galaxy.

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.

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Edward Snowden Calls on Hackers to Help Whistleblowers Leak More Secrets

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 6:00pm

Edward Snowden made an impassioned call on Saturday for hackers and technologists to help would-be whistleblowers spill more government secrets

Speaking via remote Google Hangouts video feed from Russia, Snowden addressed his comments to an audience at this weekend's Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE) conference at the Pennsylvania Hotel in New York

See also: Germany's Anti-NSA Tools: Typewriters and Classical Music

Arguing that "technology empowers dissent" as well as "democracy," Snowden said that the only way to enable whistleblowers is to give them better tools to pass secrets to journalists, protecting their communications, their identities and preventing them from going to jail for it Read more...

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Did Facebook's Slingshot Miss Its Target?

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 4:40pm

Slingshot began with a misfire, and hasn't fared much better since then

Facebook accidentally released its Slingshot app on June 9, then quickly removed it from Apple's App Store. Eight days later, the social network officially released the app on iOS and Android, which lets users send playful photos and videos that then disappear

Now, one month after its official launch, Slingshot has effectively disappeared from App Store rankings

See also: Facebook Plans to Launch More Standalone Apps Like Messenger

The app briefly cracked Apple's list of top 50 free apps in the United States the day after it launched, but began a sharp decline after that, according to data from App Annie, which tracks mobile apps. Slingshot has since fallen out of the top 1,000 free apps on iOS in the U.S. Read more...

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NYC Mayor Promises Investigation Into Man Who Died From Apparent Police Chokehold

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 4:26pm

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has promised an investigation into the death of Eric Garner after Garner was placed in an apparent chokehold by New York police officers.

A cellphone video that captured the incident on Thursday shows Garner, 43, being approached and questioned by two officers in Staten Island, New York. After several minutes of discussion, Garner claims the officers are harassing him and says, "I'm minding my business, officer ... please just leave me alone." Soon after, one of the officers, in an attempt to arrest Garner, appear to put him in a chokehold. In the video, the unnamed bystander filming the incident says off-camera that Garner had just broken up a fight. Read more...

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Pro-Russian Separatists Hamper MH17 Crash Investigation

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 2:59pm

GRABOVO, Ukraine – More than two days after a surface-to-air missile shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine, killing 298 people on board — 283 passengers and 15 crew members — little progress is being made in securing its massive crash site, and the international investigation into the incident is being completely obstructed.

Machine gun-wielding rebels stopped the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Special Monitoring Mission in their tracks for a second day upon their arrival at the site Saturday afternoon. After negotiations, they were allowed some access to the site, but ordered not to wander off the roadway. Read more...

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Mideast Divisions Cloud Gaza Cease-Fire Efforts

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 2:30pm

CAIRO — Even as the death toll mounts in the Gaza Strip, attempts to broker a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel have so far run aground — in part because they have become mired in the deep divisions between Mideast countries.

At the center of the problems is the bitter enmity between Egypt and its Gulf allies like Saudi Arabia on one side and Gaza's Hamas rulers and its allies, Turkey and Qatar, on the other.

See also: A Day in Gaza: A Destroyed Hospital and 'Gut-Slamming Explosion'

An Egyptian cease-fire proposal quickly fell apart the past week when Israel accepted it but Hamas rejected it. Hamas demanded greater guarantees for the lifting of the blockade of Gaza, enforced by Israel and Egypt. The Egyptian proposal called for both sides to halt hostilities unconditionally — dangling only a promise of further talks that could address the closure. Read more...

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20 Starry-Eyed Summer Romance Confessions

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 2:00pm

Summer romances are like sand castles. You spend a lot of time on them, only to have them washed away in a matter of minutes

You and your summer fling may spend every minute attached at the lips, but your fleeting romance probably won't last past Labor DayMashable asked secret-posting app Whisper to share some of the best confessions regarding summer flings

See also: 21 Signs That Romance Is Dead

Don't take it too hard— some flings are best left under the boardwalk.

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LeVar Burton Recalls Reading Rainbow's $5.4 Million Raise in Emotional Video

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 1:30pm

It was barely 6 a.m. in California when LeVar Burton clicked "submit" on the Kickstarter campaign that, in just over a month, would go on to become the fifth-most successful in the crowdfunding site's history.

More than 105,000 backers pledged a total of $5,408,815 to bring Reading Rainbow, Burton's educational TV classic which ran from 1983 to 2006, back to life — this time, in a web version.

The campaign broke the record for most donors for a single project, beating out the similar pushes for the Veronica Mars movie (91,585), Double Fine game (87,142), Torment game (74,405) and Project Eternity game (73,986). Read more...

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Malaysia Airlines Releases Full List of Names and Nationalities on MH17

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 12:42pm

Malaysia Airlines revealed the names and nationalities of all 298 people who were on board Flight 17, which was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday

Two days after the tragedy, there are no known survivors, and local emergency crews are starting to remove victims' bodies from the crash site. Until now, Malaysia Airlines had only officially released a list of the victim's nationalities, but not their names

See also: Live Updates on MH17: Ukraine Says It Has Proof That Russia Helped Down Plane

In a statement, the company asked family members to contact Malaysia Airlines' Family Support Centre or Malaysia Airlines' offices in their respective countries, and said airline employees have been unable to reach many of the victims' relatives. Read more...

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The Difference Between New York City Animals and Animals Everywhere Else

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 12:00pm

It's no secret that New York City's wildlife is a bit, well, different.

Maybe it's the water, the constant struggle to survive or the way they only eat garbage and never sleep. Who can say? But something is making the Big Apple's wildlife tougher than their counterparts that live elsewhere.

See also: 9 Sloth Facts Every Human Should Know

The small differences in Manhattan's native pigeons, squirrels and other animals are easy to miss if you aren't paying attention, but trust us — they're there.

Because we here at Mashable are in tune with nature and the universe, we notice the things that make NYC animals unique. We've compiled a thorough list of distinct variations below. Read more...

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Nokia's Venture Into Android Deserved to Die

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 11:06am

The Nokia XL is an enigma. It's a handset simultaneously feels like an inevitability and an impossibility. A product that finds Nokia momentarily embracing the Android operating system, whilst outwardly rejecting it with a skin that purposefully call to mind the company’s allegiances to Windows Phone. It’s a phone that attempts to balance the company’s legacy of affordable devices with its current focus on premium hardware.

Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop took his customarily (and largely welcome) blunt approach when unveiling the product back in February. Rather than doubling down the compay's single-minded commitment to the distant third-place Windows Phone, Nokia would finally release a pair of Android devices. But the XL was never intended to be a Samsung Galaxy S5 killer. Read more...

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Babies, Now With GPS

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 11:00am

Babies today, always so preoccupied with their phones and tablets — you can barely even have a conversation with them.

As the world becomes more technologically advanced, so too do its children.

See also: These Kids Are Not Impressed by Ancient Apple Computers

This Poorly Drawn Lines comic imagines what must be the inevitable joining of kids and tech.

Image: Poorly Drawn Lines

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10 Ways to Dress Like an Adult Baby

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 11:00am

Millennials love two things: living with their parents and dressing like adult-sized babies

Plastic shoes, one-piece jumpers and bucket hats are fine sartorial choices for the trendy, '90s-obsessed hipster

See also: 22 Flasks Inspired by Childhood for Your Grown-Up Drinks

And really, who wouldn't want to dress like a baby? An outfit inspired by your favorite two-year-old rolls comfort and irony into one perfectly nostalgic package.

You haven't left your fondness for Rugrats behind, so why leave the overalls? Here are 10 baby-inspired clothing items fit for an adult-sized person.

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Twitter Is About to Improve Direct Messages

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 10:28am

Twitter is about to make some obvious but much-needed improvements to its direct-messages feature.

On Friday night, Twitter announced that it plans to update its iPhone and Android apps, so users can view their entire direct-message history on mobile. Twitter also said it's planning to streamline the process of deleting direct messages on mobile and the web, so there's less confusion.

See also: Twitter Isn't Essential and Probably Never Will Be

We're also making an update to the Twitter iPhone and Android apps that will allow you to access your entire DM history.

— Twitter Support (@Support) July 18, 2014

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Russian Government Reportedly Edited Wikipedia Entry About MH17

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 10:01am

An Internet user within the Russian government reportedly revised a Wikipedia entry about Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which was shot down over eastern Ukraine Thursday. The changes were spotted by a Twitter bot that monitors Wikipedia edits from Russian government IP addresses

The anonymous user revised one sentence in a Russian-language page that lists "aircraft accidents in civil aviation," according to a Google translation of the tweet by @RuGovEdits.

Статья в Википедии Список авиационных катастроф в гражданской авиации была отредактирована ВГТРК

— Госправки (@RuGovEdits) July 18, 2014

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Superintelligence: Machines Smarter Than Humans

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 10:00am

Humans are currently the most intelligent beings on the planet — the result of a long history of evolutionary pressure and adaptation. But could we some day design and build machines that surpass the human intellect?

This is the concept of superintelligence, a growing area of research that aims to improve understanding of what such machines might be like, how they might come to exist, and what they would mean for humanity's future.

Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom's recent book Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies discusses a variety of technological paths that could reach superintelligent artificial intelligence (AI), from mathematical approaches to the digital emulation of human brain tissue. Read more...

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Instagram User Finds Inspiration Inside a Cheetos Bag

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 10:00am

One man's snack food is another man's art.

Instagram user cheesecurlsofinstagram captures Cheetos that have been uniquely gnarled to look like distinctive people and objects. The untrained eye may see a common cheese curl, but at just the right angle, you'll find a work of art.

See also: Famous Works of Art Beautifully Recreated With Breakfast Food

The photographer began his delicious journey when he found a "Sasquatch" in a bag of cheese curls. The rest is history.

The cheese curls he finds span all subjects from pop culture, such as the Cheeto Great Gonzo, to current events, such as the Cheeto Pope Francis. Every photo is given a clever caption for followers who don't quite see the resemblance at first glance. Read more...

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