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Seattle bookstores face new threat from Amazon: a brick-and-mortar location

A 116-year-old independent bookstore in Seattle is feeling the threat from Amazon. But this time the risk comes not from the online behemoth – but the physical bookstore that the company opened just two months ago. Amazon Books, a brick and mortar shop in an upscale mall in Seattle, is …

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‘It put me on antidepressants’: welcome to GOMI, the cruel site for female snark

Jenna Andersen is a 30-year-old ex-Mormon photographer who lives in San Francisco’s suburbs. She writes the blog That Wife, where she posts diary-style entries about enrolling in developer bootcamp, breastfeeding her children, and baking zucchini cupcakes. This month, Andersen is up for her third Lifetime Failchievment Award from the website …

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News Corp denies rumors company wants to buy Twitter

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp said rumors about the company’s interest in buying microblogging site Twitter or building a stake in it were untrue. Twitter’s shares, which rose as much as 14%, pared some gains and were up 5.2% at $17.55 in late afternoon trading. The rumors had lifted the stock …

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15 fun things to type into Google

Google’s easter eggs – funny little images, programs or widgets – are legendary, but many of them lie dormant, just waiting for users to type the magic words into the search box. Are they clever? Some are. Are they useful? Most aren’t. But they’re all a welcome distraction from working. …

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Stock rout demotes Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey from billionaire to millionaire

Jack Dorsey is no longer a billionaire, thanks to the crashing stock markets and his struggling tech empire. As global stocks tumbled on Wednesday morning, so did Square and Twitter, the two tech companies he helped found. An hour and a half after the opening bell, Twitter had fallen 6% and …

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Flat-Earthers are back: ‘It’s almost like the beginning of a new religion’

YouTube user TigerDan925 shocked his 26,000 followers recently by conceding a shocking point: Antarctica is a continent. It’s not, as he previously thought, an ice wall that encircles the flat disc of land and water we call earth. For most of us, that’s not news. But TigerDan925’s followers, like Galileo’s …

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Adele’s ‘Hello’ fastest to reach 1 billion views on YouTube

Sorry, Psy. Adele has outpaced the South Korean pop star on the race to 1 billion views on YouTube. The streaming service announced Thursday that her music video for “Hello” greeted its 1 billionth view in 87 days, breaking the 158-day record held by Psy’s “Gangnam Style.” “If anyone deserves …

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Google sidelined 780 million suspect ads in 2015

Google revealed on Thursday that it sidelined more than 780 million ads deemed rude, dishonest or dangerous in 2015 in a leap from the 524 million targeted a year earlier. “Some ads are just plain bad—like ads that carry malware, cover up content you’re trying to see, or promote fake …

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Young Chinese scale Great Firewall to flood Taiwan media

The Facebook page of Taiwan’s president-elect was flooded Thursday with tens of thousands of pro-China comments following a campaign by young mainlanders to jump the country’s “Great Firewall” into normally forbidden overseas social media to express displeasure over the recent election. President-elect Tsai Ing-wen is from a party that is …

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Facebook gets in game with new sports hub

Facebook announced a drive Thursday to be a place for sports with a new online hub for news and sharing on sporting events. The “Facebook Sports Stadium” will offer live updates of scores, posts from friends and commentators as well as information on where to watch games live. The new …

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