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Japan studying latest message in Middle East hostage crisis

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Japan has been studying the latest message purportedly from the Islamic State group, which extends the deadline for Jordan’s release of an Iraqi prisoner, while officials worked feverishly Thursday to try to free a Japanese journalist held by the militant group.

The message, read in English by a voice the Japanese government said was likely that of hostage Kenji Goto, was released online late Wednesday after…

Twitter introduces group direct messages and native video sharing

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After years of being slow to make significant product changes, Twitter is proving that it can move faster.

The social network announced on Tuesday the rollout of two major new features: group direct messages and native video sharing and editing.

The option to privately message a group of users has been an obvious and frustrating omission from Twitter for years. With the new option, you’ll be able to launch a…

Here’s why the blizzard forecast just got so much worse

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Less than two days ago, the weather forecast from Philadelphia to Maine featured a chance of a few snow flurries from Monday into Wednesday. There was no mention of a historic blizzard. Not even a snowstorm. Yet on Sunday afternoon, there was New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio warning residents of “one of the largest snowstorms in the history of this city,” and officials up and down the coast echoing the same message in other cities

So, what changed, and why is the forecast so dire? And are…

Amazon’s diaper line gets off to a messy start

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Amazon needs a diaper change sooner than expected.

The ecommerce giant informed customers this week that it has pulled sales of the new Amazon Elements diapers barely a month and a half after it launched, according to an email first spotted by Gigaom.

“Based on early customer feedback, we are making some design improvements to the diaper,” Amazon wrote in the message. “In the meantime, Amazon Elements Soft & Cozy Diapers are no…

Hackers take over French newspaper Le Monde’s Twitter account

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UPDATED 10:16 p.m. ET: Le Monde has now apparently recovered its Twitter account, tweeting, “After hacking into our account, our teams have now taken the hand. We apologize for any fraudulent posts on our behalf,” according to a Google translation.

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What Martin Luther King, Jr. saw during his famous speeches

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The lens is squarely focused on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., especially the third Monday of every January, when Americans honor his birthday

King was a man of the people, arguably the strongest leader for African-American civil rights the world has ever seen. He worked with communities across the country, spending intimate time with churchgoers, non-violent protestors and people who travelled from afar to hear his mighty speeches

Famous for his oration, King drew crowds with his presence and…

Hidden ‘Je Suis Charlie’ message emerges in a very unexpected place

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Since Wednesday’s horrific terror attack on the satiricial magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, the phrase “Je Suis Charlie” (I am Charlie) has become a rallying cry of solidarity across the globe.

And as crowds surge at vigils and rallies in Europe and the United States, that message of support for freedom of speech continues to resonate online.

One such place is with a hidden ASCII message in the WHOIS text for any domain…

Take the NFL’s Mueller Report on Ray Rice with a dumptruck full of salt

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On Sept. 19 — as the NFL’s Ray Rice scandal was at its apex and calls for his job were at their loudest — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stepped behind a lectern in New York City and tried to begin the league’s long public relations rehabilitation. Visibly attempting to be earnest with a capital “E,” Goodell said he and the league that rakes in cash by the billions had made mistakes. But they were prepared to examine and atone for those mistakes, Goodell said

Central to Goodell’s message of…

Take the NFL’s Mueller Report on Ray Rice with a dumptruck full of salt

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On Sept. 19 — as the NFL’s Ray Rice scandal was at its apex and calls for his job were at their loudest — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stepped behind a lectern in New York City and tried to begin the league’s long public relations rehabilitation. Visibly attempting to be earnest with a capital “E,” Goodell said he and the league that rakes in cash by the billions had made mistakes. But they were prepared to examine and atone for those mistakes, Goodell said

Central to Goodell’s message of…

‘Query’ board game plays off of Google Autocomplete, app in the works

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Does a fat … kid love cake? Why do some people … hate cilantro? My armpits are … always itchy.

Google Autocomplete is a veritable treasure trove of somewhat questionable — but frequently hilarious — answers to life’s questions. It’s why Toronto-based sisters Nikki Flowerday and Phoebe Stephens developed a board game, called Query, based on Google’s predictive-search feature. What began as an in-joke and Autocomplete guessing game via text message, evolved into a board-game concept by…