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Here's the Super Bowl puppy ad you haven't seen

Mashable - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 11:24pm

Commercials aren’t real, you know, even those slick, pricey, emotional ones that will run in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday. So dry your tears, you big softies, because it’s all make believe.

Or, watch this story about a sweet little kid who doesn’t get a fluffy puppy and completely falls apart. Through your sniffles, you might dejectedly ask: “Why, oh why, didn’t his dumb dad have a mobile paying system?”

See also: Facebook may be the big winner of this year's Super Bowl

FirstBank, a Lakewood, Colorado, financial institution with a twisted sense of humor, isn’t afraid to mess with Big Game viewers to make a point. The company plans to launch two regional commercials on Sunday that pull out a bunch of tropes -– adorable boy, heartland setting, ruggedly handsome dad, tiny yellow Labrador! –- and then pull the rug out with an unexpected ending, all to hawk its free money transfer program. Read more...

More about Super Bowl, Business, Advertising, and Super Bowl 2015

Nest is losing its tech VP and the CEO of Dropcam

Engadget - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 10:54pm
Google's plan for a connected home including Nest and Dropcam lost a few family members today. Nest's Vice President of Technology Yoky Matsuoka and Dropcam cofounder Greg Duffy have left for other ventures, according to The Verge's sources. Matsuoka...

CrunchWeek: Apple’s Huge Quarter, Snapchat Discover, And Newsweek’s Cover Fail

TechCrunch - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 10:28pm
 Today’s episode of CrunchWeek is a very special milestone for us here at TechCrunch, marking the 100th time we’ve met up to casually talk about the week’s most interesting news. Read More

Snapchat to premiere original series starring Sasha Spielberg

Mashable - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 10:11pm

Snapchat will debut its first original series this Saturday on the heels of the rollout of its media platform Discover earlier this week.

The series, titled Literally Can't Even, will appear on the app's Snap Channel, as part of the new Discover feature, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

See also: Is Snapchat about to become a publishing powerhouse?

Sasha Spielberg and Emily Goldwyn, daughters of Steven Spielberg and John Goldwyn respectively, will write and star in the series. The duo will play fictionalized versions of themselves, and the plot will revolve around their lives in Los Angeles. Read more...

More about Video, Social Media, and Snapchat

Even droids know the Force is with vaccination

Mashable - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 10:03pm

A long time ago, in a decade far, far away, parents knew the importance of immunizing their children, and doctors were the guardians of health in America. Before the dark times. Before Jenny McCarthy

Given the recent outbreak of measles at Disneyland — a disease that was considered all but eradicated in 2000 — it's ironic to discover that a couple of characters now owned by Disney were involved in the pro-vaccine movement as early as 1977. Namely, R2-D2 and C-3PO.

The metal pair warned Earthlings to get vaccinated "against polio, measles and whooping cough" in the TV ad above, which urged parents to write to a PO Box in Colorado to find out more. (Remember when parents used to write letters, too?) Read more...

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With hotels full, Airbnb hosts win big during Super Bowl

Mashable - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 9:33pm

PHOENIX — Like a Hail Mary pass, some Super Bowl revelers tossed lodging plans at the last minute to the wind and landed in the arms of Airbnb hosts.

Local resident Sky King is one of those hosts who have opened their doors to the influx of travelers in need of lodging as hotels have had no vacancies for months now

See also: 13 things Katy Perry revealed at her Super Bowl halftime show primer

Four New Yorkers are renting King's house and adjoining guest house for $1,000 per night, though Airbnb tells Mashable the average rate this week is between $200 and 400

Overall, Airbnb booking volume skyrocketed to 2.5 times higher than normal in the Greater Phoenix market, which includes Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa and Glendale — with ​number of guests jumping by 300% more than the normal figure versus this time last year Read more...

More about Super Bowl, Airbnb, Entertainment, Sports, and Home

There Is No "You" In a Parallel Universe

Slashdot - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 9:02pm
StartsWithABang (3485481) writes "Ever since quantum mechanics first came along, we've recognized how tenuous our perception of reality is, and how — in many ways — what we perceive is just a very small subset of what's going on at the quantum level in our Universe. Then, along came cosmic inflation, teaching us that our observable Universe is just a tiny, tiny fraction of the matter-and-radiation filled space out there, with possibilities including Universes with different fundamental laws and constants, differing quantum outcomes existing in disconnected regions of space, and even the fantastic one of parallel Universes and alternate versions of you and me. But is that last one really admissible? The best modern evidence teaches us that even with all the Universes that inflation creates, it's still a finite number, and an insufficiently large number to contain all the possibilities that a 13.8 billion year old Universe with 10^90 particles admits."

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Social Media Jobs: Avion Tequila, Architizer

Social Times - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 8:50pm

This week, Avion Tequila is hiring a social media manager, while Architizer needs a social media coordinator. Wellesley College is seeking a social media director, and Newsday Media is looking for a social media moderator. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional social media jobs on Mediabistro.

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Social Media Jobs: Avion Tequila, Architizer

All Facebook - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 8:50pm

This week, Avion Tequila is hiring a social media manager, while Architizer needs a social media coordinator. Wellesley College is seeking a social media director, and Newsday Media is looking for a social media moderator. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional social media jobs on Mediabistro.

Find more great social media jobs on our job board. Looking to hire? Tap into our network of talented SocialTimes pros and post a risk-free job listing. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

Google makes Earth Pro available to virtual travelers for free

Engadget - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 8:04pm
While we're sure Google Earth works just fine for your daily virtual 'round-the-world travels, the Pro version comes with some really useful features -- even better, it's now completely free. Google Earth Pro, which used to cost an eye-watering $399 ...

Seattle police pepper sprayed a teacher who was walking and talking to his mom

Mashable - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 7:24pm

A Seattle-area high school teacher who was pepper-sprayed by police at a rally on Martin Luther King Jr. day has filed an intent to sue the city and its police force for $500,000.

Jesse Hagopian, a well-known social justice advocate who teaches at Garfield High School, a public school in Seattle, Washington, filed the notice of tort claim against the City of Seattle and the Seattle Police Department over the incident, which was captured on camera and shared on YouTube this week.

See also: Beyond NYC and D.C., police brutality protesters descend on cities nationwide

The city has 60 days to respond. Read more...

More about Seattle, Police, Protests, Us World, and Us

Chicago's subways are getting speedy LTE data

Engadget - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 7:11pm
Just because you have cellular service in the subway doesn't mean you have good service -- in many cases, your data goes in the dumps when your train ventures underground. That won't be a problem in Chicago for much longer, though. The city has reach...

George R. R. Martin's "The Winds of Winter" Wiill Not Be Published In 2015

Slashdot - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 6:52pm
Dave Knott (2917251) writes George R.R. Martin's "The WInds Of Winter", the fifth book of his bestselling fantasy saga "A Song Of Ice And Fire" (known to television fans as "Game Of Thrones") will not be published in 2015. Jane Johnson at HarperCollins has confirmed that it is not in this year's schedule. "I have no information on likely delivery," she said. "These are increasingly complex books and require immense amounts of concentration to write. Fans really ought to appreciate that the length of these monsters is equivalent to two or three novels by other writers."Instead, readers will have to comfort themselves with a collection, illustrated by Gary Gianni, of three previously anthologised novellas set in the world of Westeros. "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" takes place nearly a century before the bloody events of the A Song of Ice and Fire series. Out in October, it is a compilation of the first three official prequel novellas to the series, The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword and The Mystery Knight, never before collected.

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George R. R. Martin's "The Winds of Winter" Wiill Not Be Published In 2015

Slashdot - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 6:52pm
Dave Knott (2917251) writes George R.R. Martin's "The WInds Of Winter", the fifth book of his bestselling fantasy saga "A Song Of Ice And Fire" (known to television fans as "Game Of Thrones") will not be published in 2015. Jane Johnson at HarperCollins has confirmed that it is not in this year's schedule. "I have no information on likely delivery," she said. "These are increasingly complex books and require immense amounts of concentration to write. Fans really ought to appreciate that the length of these monsters is equivalent to two or three novels by other writers."Instead, readers will have to comfort themselves with a collection, illustrated by Gary Gianni, of three previously anthologised novellas set in the world of Westeros. "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" takes place nearly a century before the bloody events of the A Song of Ice and Fire series. Out in October, it is a compilation of the first three official prequel novellas to the series, The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword and The Mystery Knight, never before collected.

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George R. R. Martin's "The Winds of Winter" Wiill Not Be Published In 2015

Slashdot - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 6:52pm
Dave Knott (2917251) writes George R.R. Martin's "The WInds Of Winter", the fifth book of his bestselling fantasy saga "A Song Of Ice And Fire" (known to television fans as "Game Of Thrones") will not be published in 2015. Jane Johnson at HarperCollins has confirmed that it is not in this year's schedule. "I have no information on likely delivery," she said. "These are increasingly complex books and require immense amounts of concentration to write. Fans really ought to appreciate that the length of these monsters is equivalent to two or three novels by other writers."Instead, readers will have to comfort themselves with a collection, illustrated by Gary Gianni, of three previously anthologised novellas set in the world of Westeros. "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" takes place nearly a century before the bloody events of the A Song of Ice and Fire series. Out in October, it is a compilation of the first three official prequel novellas to the series, The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword and The Mystery Knight, never before collected.

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George R. R. Martin's "The Winds of Winter" Wiill Not Be Published In 2015

Slashdot - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 6:52pm
Dave Knott (2917251) writes George R.R. Martin's "The WInds Of Winter", the fifth book of his bestselling fantasy saga "A Song Of Ice And Fire" (known to television fans as "Game Of Thrones") will not be published in 2015. Jane Johnson at HarperCollins has confirmed that it is not in this year's schedule. "I have no information on likely delivery," she said. "These are increasingly complex books and require immense amounts of concentration to write. Fans really ought to appreciate that the length of these monsters is equivalent to two or three novels by other writers."Instead, readers will have to comfort themselves with a collection, illustrated by Gary Gianni, of three previously anthologised novellas set in the world of Westeros. "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" takes place nearly a century before the bloody events of the A Song of Ice and Fire series. Out in October, it is a compilation of the first three official prequel novellas to the series, The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword and The Mystery Knight, never before collected.

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George R. R. Martin's "The Winds of Winter" Wiill Not Be Published In 2015

Slashdot - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 6:52pm
Dave Knott (2917251) writes George R.R. Martin's "The WInds Of Winter", the fifth book of his bestselling fantasy saga "A Song Of Ice And Fire" (known to television fans as "Game Of Thrones") will not be published in 2015. Jane Johnson at HarperCollins has confirmed that it is not in this year's schedule. "I have no information on likely delivery," she said. "These are increasingly complex books and require immense amounts of concentration to write. Fans really ought to appreciate that the length of these monsters is equivalent to two or three novels by other writers."Instead, readers will have to comfort themselves with a collection, illustrated by Gary Gianni, of three previously anthologised novellas set in the world of Westeros. "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" takes place nearly a century before the bloody events of the A Song of Ice and Fire series. Out in October, it is a compilation of the first three official prequel novellas to the series, The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword and The Mystery Knight, never before collected.

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George R. R. Martin's "The Winds of Winter" Wiill Not Be Published In 2015

Slashdot - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 6:52pm
Dave Knott (2917251) writes George R.R. Martin's "The WInds Of Winter", the fifth book of his bestselling fantasy saga "A Song Of Ice And Fire" (known to television fans as "Game Of Thrones") will not be published in 2015. Jane Johnson at HarperCollins has confirmed that it is not in this year's schedule. "I have no information on likely delivery," she said. "These are increasingly complex books and require immense amounts of concentration to write. Fans really ought to appreciate that the length of these monsters is equivalent to two or three novels by other writers."Instead, readers will have to comfort themselves with a collection, illustrated by Gary Gianni, of three previously anthologised novellas set in the world of Westeros. "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" takes place nearly a century before the bloody events of the A Song of Ice and Fire series. Out in October, it is a compilation of the first three official prequel novellas to the series, The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword and The Mystery Knight, never before collected.

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George R. R. Martin's "The Winds of Winter" Wiill Not Be Published In 2015

Slashdot - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 6:52pm
Dave Knott (2917251) writes George R.R. Martin's "The WInds Of Winter", the fifth book of his bestselling fantasy saga "A Song Of Ice And Fire" (known to television fans as "Game Of Thrones") will not be published in 2015. Jane Johnson at HarperCollins has confirmed that it is not in this year's schedule. "I have no information on likely delivery," she said. "These are increasingly complex books and require immense amounts of concentration to write. Fans really ought to appreciate that the length of these monsters is equivalent to two or three novels by other writers."Instead, readers will have to comfort themselves with a collection, illustrated by Gary Gianni, of three previously anthologised novellas set in the world of Westeros. "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" takes place nearly a century before the bloody events of the A Song of Ice and Fire series. Out in October, it is a compilation of the first three official prequel novellas to the series, The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword and The Mystery Knight, never before collected.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.