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Obama Chooses Dying Medium to Address War-Weary Nation



President Obama will interrupt viewers of CBS, ABC, Fox and NBC at 9 p.m. on Wednesday for a rare prime-time address about his strategy for fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

Those viewers — Americans seeking a mindless reprieve from the stresses of their daily lives through shows like NBC’s America’s Got Talent, ABC’s Modern Family, FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen and a CBS football special — will hear from a president who is relying on the gravity of a prime-time address to convey…

2 Makers Build a Better Home for Your Keys



In our new series Duality, Mashable paired creators, equipped them with Intel-powered tablets and gave them 16 days to build something special. This video documents the creation by Matt Richardson and Ben Light.

Meet Ben

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Image: Ben Light

“I’m a designer, teacher and maker,” says Ben Light, whose work has been included in exhibitions displayed in the Museum of Arts and Design, the MoMA Design Store, the Cameron Art Museum, the American Design Club and Core77. “I love to make things, so I…

Australia Government Buys Bombproof BMW Fleet for G20 Summit



SYDNEY — The Australia Prime Minister has ordered a fleet of bombproof BMWs to protect leaders during the G20 summit this year.

The $6.2 million fleet can withstand AK47 fire, attacks with explosive devices or armour-piercing weapons.

“The optimised-armour plates are made from an incredibly strong special steel, and fit the bodywork of the car like a second skin,” car manufacturer BMW said on their website. “And reducing the…

U.S. Troops Tried to Rescue Foley and Others in Syria, But Couldn’t Find Them



WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama sent U.S. troops to Syria earlier this summer to rescue a number of Americans held by a violent extremist group, including slain journalist James Foley, but the troops did not find the hostages, senior Obama administration officials said Wednesday.

The officials said the rescue mission was authorized after intelligence agencies believed they had identified the location inside Syria where the hostages were being held. But the several dozen special…

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul Reunite for ‘Barely Legal’ Exploits



Is it an TV show ad? Is it a car ad? Is it a spoof of reality show Pawn Stars? Is it a weird Breaking Bad binge-watching-induced dream? Yes

In a six-minute Audi-sponsored Emmys ad, titled “Barely Legal Pawn,” Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul reunite to run a very legitimate (but creepy) pawn shop. Enter Julia Louis-Dreyfus, shy on cash due to a drunken island purchase (relatable), who is trying to make some money by selling her old Seinfeld Emmy award

Yeah, b***h

(Pause the video at 4:20 for…

Elaine Stritch, Broadway Vet and Emmy Winner, Dead at 89



Elaine Stritch, a Hollywood icon best known for her work on stage and in television, has died. She was 89.

According to reports, Stritch died Thursday at her home in Michigan

Brassy-voiced Stritch began her career in the ’40s but her career took off after being nominated for her first Tony in 1962, for her role in Bus Stop. Four more nominations would follow, in 1962 for Sail Away, 1971 for Stephen Sondheim’s Company and 1996 for her role in the revival of A Delicate Balance. In 2002, her…

Proposed Spy Laws Raise Deep Concerns in Australia



SYDNEY — The Australian Government has said fears over proposed security laws are unfounded, and will not affect journalists or regular Australians.

A bill was presented to the Australian Parliament on Wednesday to expand the powers of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO).

Under the proposed bill, journalists could face prosecution or even jail time if they reported on spy operations or Edward Snowden-style leaks, The Guardian

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Boom! 10 Great Fireworks Moments From Pop Culture



If you’re not a skittish poodle, chances are you’re looking forward to Fourth of July fireworks. (If you are, congrats! You’re a dog that can read!)

In prep for the big fire shows in the sky taking place across this land we call the U-S of A, we’ve scoured the dry, weedy parts of our memories for the ten best fireworks displays we’ve ever seen … from our couch

Special honoree: the greatest fireworks scene ever


A Gift to Google+ on Its Third Birthday: No More Facebook Comparisons



Google+ turns 3 years old on Saturday, a birthday the service is celebrating with little fanfare (if at all)

Google didn’t make any major announcements or release any special features to commemorate the moment. Google+ didn’t even rate an appearance at Google I/O, the company’s biggest tech conference, which wrapped up on Thursday

Google, for whatever reason, seems to be content to let the event pass. The birthday is just happening:…