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Early Facebook Investor: Twitter Is ‘Horribly Mismanaged’ and Run by Potheads

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Talk about a backhanded compliment.

Peter Thiel, a billionaire venture capitalist and cofounder of PayPal and Palantir, was asked for his thoughts about Twitter during an interview with CNBC on Tuesday. His response was that Twitter has “a lot of potential,” but the team running it seems to be too high to realize that potential.

“Twitter is hard to evaluate,” Thiel said, when asked if he was bullish on Twitter. “They have a lot of…

Zumba’s First TV Ad Celebrates Involuntary, Spastic Motion

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Zumba isn’t just an exercise craze; it’s a brand name. Now, the Miami-based company of the same name is driving home that point with Zumba’s first ad campaign, which is themed “let it move you.”

The first ad in the campaign, above, depicts Zumba addicts experiencing involuntary bouts of the dance, a concept that is extremely conducive to GIFs.

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The campaign, from 180LA, also differs from standard fitness pitches by…

Without Scotland, Will the UK Lose Its Cool?

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At every checkpoint in eastern Ukraine rebels in teeshirts and combats, khaki bandanas around their heads, kalashnikovs slung across their shoulders, demanded to see our documents

“Scottish television!” we would cry as we showed our British passports.

It wasn’t entirely true — well, Channel 4 News does broadcast in Scotland as it does everywhere else in the UK — but it was a surefire way of currying favor with the…

Fame Is Hard: Why Minecraft’s Creator Is Opting to Disappear

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“I’m not doing this for the money. I’m doing it for my sanity.”

Those were the final words of Markus Persson’s blog post explaining why he wouldn’t be going on with Mojang after it was purchased by Microsoft. Persson, better known as “Notch,” is responsible for creating Minecraft, a game which skyrocketed to popularity through every demographic. Now Microsoft owns Minecraft, and the studio behind it, but Notch is taking this opportunity to part ways from his creation.

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25 Songs Famous People Wrote About Other Famous People

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Celebrities: They’re not really like us at all.

While many famous musicians often write songs with lyrics that could apply to our everyday lives, other times, they can’t refrain from a little name-dropping. After all, who understands famous people better than famous people?

Whether it’s a moving tribute or a chance to take some digs at an ex (we’re looking at you, Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake), it’s clear that these artists sometimes…

11 Aged ‘Game of Thrones’ Characters Scarier Than White Walkers

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In George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, Jon Snow is about 16 years old during the events that wrapped up Game of Thrones fourth season on television. His half-brother, Bran, is about 10. The actors portraying the young men are now 27 and 15

While the show has slightly aged up the characters, you can see the problem here. Soon, the actors are going to be nearing middle age, while their characters, and their characters’ motivations, will be held in a teenage stasis. It’s an…

11 Aged ‘Game of Thrones’ Characters Scarier Than White Walkers

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In George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, Jon Snow is about 16 years old during the events that wrapped up Game of Thrones fourth season on television. His half-brother, Bran, is about 10. The actors portraying the young men are now 27 and 15

While the show has slightly aged up the characters, you can see the problem here. Soon, the actors are going to be nearing middle age, while their characters, and their characters’ motivations, will be held in a teenage stasis. It’s an…

U2′s Manager Responds to Backlash: If You Don’t Like This Gift, Delete It

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U2 is well aware of the negative reactions some iPhone users have expressed after discovering the band’s new album, Songs of Innocence, had been automatically downloaded onto their devices as part of an elaborate Apple stunt

In fact, U2 had anticipated the backlash all along, the band’s manager Guy Oseary told Mashable during a 20-minute interview (full Q&A, below) to discuss the unconventional album release, the reception to it and retailers’ fears about digital exclusives like U2′s

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Groundskeeper Willie of ‘The Simpsons’ Makes Plea for Scottish Independence

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Listen up, people of Scotland: Groundskeeper Willie has some political advice for you

The beloved Simpsons character is taking a stand in a video recently released by Fox, saying he is pro-independence. Scotland will be voting on Sept. 18 to decide if the country will separate from the United Kingdom

In the video, the kilt-wearing Springfield Elementary School janitor makes a case for independence, touting the country’s oil reserves and…