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Seth Rogen reportedly nabs Steve Wozniak role in Steve Jobs film

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Aaron Sorkin’s upcoming film about former Apple CEO Steve Jobs has reportedly found its Steve Wozniak: Seth Rogen.

The news, first reported by Variety on Thursday, comes just one week after Sorkin confirmed that Christian Bale will portray Jobs in the Sony Pictures film, which is based on Walter Isaacson’s biography of the late tech luminary.

Sony did not immediately respond to Mashable‘s request for comment about…

Cops can make you unlock your smartphone with fingerprint, says judge

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Cops can force you to unlock your smartphone with your fingerprint — but they can’t force you to unlock it with your passcode, according to a judge in Virginia.

The decision, one of the first ones to deal with fingerprints and cellphones, confirms the fact that law enforcement agents can get access to a locked phone with legal means if they need to. At the same time a PIN or a password might enjoy more protection than a fingerprint.

Brace yourself: Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran sang ‘Stay With Me’ in surprise duet

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The English are coming to invade your heart

Sam Smith‘s “Stay With Me” ballad just reached an entirely new level: Smith played it as a duet with Ed Sheeran

The duo teamed up Wednesday night at Albert Hall in Manchester, capping the performance with a hug. Here’s another clip from a fan:

BONUS: Kelly Clarkson Sings Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’

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Tim Cook, authenticity and America’s (slowly) changing corporate culture

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For years, John Browne led two lives. In public, Browne pretended to be “asexual” while he ran BP, one of the largest corporations in the world. He lived with his mother and took her to business events in lieu of a date. In private, and only in private, John Browne was gay.

The idea of bringing both of these lives together seemed impossible at the time. As the company’s CEO in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Browne worried that publicly opening up about his sexuality would damage BP and…

North Korea to quarantine foreigners over Ebola fears

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PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea announced Thursday it will quarantine foreigners for 21 days over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus, even though no cases of the disease have been reported in the reclusive country — or anywhere in Asia — and very few foreigners are allowed to enter.

North Korea is always on guard against outside influences, but now that it perceives the deadly disease to be a threat, its anxiety has reached a new level. It has banned tourists, put business groups on…

50 last-minute Halloween costumes

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Remember about 10 months ago, when you swore that this would be the year that you finally get your act together and plan a Halloween costume ahead of time?

Yeah. There’s always 2015.

If you’ve found yourself panicked because you waited until the last minute to select a costume, don’t worry. Depending on your level of skill in painting, makeup, hair and wardrobe, there’s likely a costume below that you can create ASAP….

New York City’s most haunted buildings

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It’s a city of almost nine million people — so there are bound to be a few spirits here and there, right?

Andrea Janes, founder of Boroughs of the Dead, a “macabre” New York City walking tour, stopped by our office to give us a brief history of the Big Apple’s surprisingly eerie past

Some highlights: Washington Square Park is basically a giant graveyard, and John Lennon still plays the piano

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Twitter names a new head of product — after just 6 months

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Twitter has named a new head of product — for the second time in just six months

Twitter has appointed Kevin Weil, previously the head of revenue products (ads, basically), to serve as VP of all product efforts at the company, people familiar with the matter confirmed to MashableThe Wall Street Journal was first to report the executive change

The move comes a little more than six months after Twitter announced it had hired Daniel…


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Oklahoma parents panic over teacher’s trip to Ebola-free Rwanda

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Since the arrival of Ebola on United States’ shores, a couple of things have become abundantly clear: No matter how often health officials say that the disease is not transmitted through casual contact — it’s easier to get a cold — plenty of Americans are witch-hunt-level paranoid about catching it. And too many folks have no clue about the geography of Africa or how big the continent is.

Combine those two things, and we get the sad situation that a teacher in Blackwell, Oklahoma finds…

Your Instagram feed will now be filled with video ads

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If a picture is worth 1,000 words, a 15-second video has to be worth quite a bit more.

Instagram has launched its first video ads, adding another entry into the lucrative but increasingly crowded market

Disney, Activision and Banana Republic are among the first companies to have autoplay videos featured on the Facebook-owned platform, according to Adweek.

Brands have already been producing videos on Instagram that are seen…