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Plan for futuristic Googleplex raises hopes, fears



From search to mobile to self-driving cars, Google’s futuristic ambitions seem limitless — and that attitude now also applies to commercial real estate.

The tech giant on Friday unveiled an ambitious proposal

Sacrilegious moment on ‘House of Cards’ has viewers doing a spit-take



Warning: This post discusses in detail episodes 4 and 5 (Chapters 30 and 31) fromHouse of Cards Season 3. Read with caution. You can find coverage of other Season 3 episodes here and here.

Frank Underwood spits in the face of your God. Literally.

The House of Cards protagonist is making a habit of symbolically not giving a damn in Season 3, which opened with Frank urinating on his father’s grave in the season premiere.

No inventory? No problem! Dropshipping offers retail without storage



Tapiture, a Pinterest competitor, doesn’t just show you stuff you might like. In many cases, it lets you buy that stuff as well

Aside from some branded merchandise though, Tapiture doesn’t keep any inventory on hand at its Venice, California, headquarters. Instead, it functions as a virtual storefront

Amazon and eBay have been doing the same thing for years, of course, but startups like Tapiture are also taking advantage of this no-investory arrangement, which is made possible through…

Leonard Nimoy sent a telegram to JFK urging him to rethink nuclear space tests



Before Leonard Nimoy played the iconic role of Spock on Star Trek, he was already an advocate for the preservation of outer space, as well as life on Earth

In July 1962, the United States was preparing to test a hydrogen bomb by detonating it in outer space, 250 miles above the Pacific Ocean, as part of the Starfish Prime nuclear test. Nimoy, it seems, believed this was a bad idea, and that then-President John F. Kennedy should think twice about it


9 songs from Leonard Nimoy’s fascinating music career



Leonard Nimoy was most famous for his portrayal of Star Trek‘s Mr. Spock, but his talent carried far beyond the screen

Nimoy, who died Friday at age 83, was also a singer “to the delight of his fans and the bewilderment of critics,” as The New York Times once charmingly put it.

Well, call us fans then

Nimoy had five albums that ranged from original material and songs about Star Trek to baritone covers of old classics. Here are…

What is +SocialGood, and how can you get involved?



Tickets are now available for the +SocialGood UK conference on March 27, a can’t-miss event that will explore how technology and digital media drive social change in the UK and beyond.

+SocialGood was developed as a platform to build and connect global communities around the idea that technology and new media can change the world for the better. By fostering conversation and providing tools to create both online and…

‘Fashion Police’ drama continues as Kelly Osbourne exits



Kelly Osbourne is turning in her badge at Fashion Police after a week that saw some major drama at the once-staple program.

According to E!, Osbourne, daughter of rocker Ozzy, is leaving to “pursue other opportunities.”

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“We would like to thank her for her many contributions to the series over the past five years, during which time the show became a hit with viewers,” the network said in a…

Why children of the west are drawn to ISIS



As Islamic State militants have strengthened their hold on Iraq and Syria, a number of young westerners have travelled to the front lines to join their ranks.

Many of these men and women appear to have grown up with ordinary backgrounds. So what is it that drives children of the west to take up arms with a ruthless group of extremists?

“Most of these young men and women have these torn identities — partly in the west, partly in the east,” says…

Parrot Zik 2.0: Beautiful but pricey noise-canceling Bluetooth headphones



If you only have a passing familiarity with Parrot, it’s probably thanks to the company’s slew of in-car Bluetooth products. Or maybe it’s the rapidly growing family of quirky robotics, from the mainstream consumer AR.Drone to the adorable jumping Sumo bot

If, however, you had the pleasure of spending a little time with the first-generation Zik, you’re likely of the opinion that the French company really ought to get more love when it comes to headphones.

Sure, Parrot’s got plenty of stiff…

This startup’s goal: To inspire a million women



When Australian schoolgirls listed their favourite entrepreneurs as Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, Jo Burston knew something had to be done.

Burston, a serial entrepreneur, is the brains behind the hugely successful Job Capital, an online hub for salary packaging, visa knowledge, tax returns and superannuation. Now she has decided to turn her attention to inspiring women entrepreneurs

Her new business venture, Influential Rare Birds, includes a mentorship program, a online investment…