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Want iOS 6? No Problem: Buy It Now From a Scofflaw Developer Gadget Lab Wired.com

Monday, June 25, 2012
Category: Technology

From www.wired.com

Over the last couple years, a cottage industry’s popped up around illicit UDID activations — startups exploiting Apple’s Developer Program to sell access to pre-release iOS software, usually for less than $10 per device.

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Darpa Starts Up-Armoring Android Phones, Tablets Danger Room Wired.com

Monday, June 25, 2012
Category: Military

From www.wired.com

For the Army, using Android smartphones now would be the equivalent of driving a soft-skinned Humvee through the mountains of Afghanistan. That’s why the Pentagon wants to strenghten its soldier’s mobile devices security with a program called “Mobile Armour,” which will protect against cyber-threats like enemy breaches, virus infections, spear-phishing attempts or malicious apps.

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Tesla Model S arrives with big hopes riding on it TG Daily

Monday, June 25, 2012
Category: Automotive

From www.tgdaily.com

Tesla Motors, which has staked its future on its Model S sedan, must be hoping that the car buying public believes, like them, that good things are worth waiting for. The lucky few who had signed up well in advance to be one of the first owners of the Model S certainly thought so as they took delivery this week of the all-electric, high performance sedan, which comes at a cost of $50,000 (that′s the price after the federal tax credit for electric vehicles of $7,500 has been taken off, and for the model with the smallest battery capacity).

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Hoodie or T-Shirt? App Provides Fashion Advice Based on the Weather

Monday, June 25, 2012
Category: Internet

From www.wired.com

In its original incarnation, Cloth simply let you photograph and catalog different outfits from your wardrobe. You could also share your favorite items to social media — you know, for those days when you’re feeling particularly fabulous.

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The crayola-fication of the world: How we gave colors names, and it messed with our brains (part I)

Monday, June 25, 2012
Category: Society

From www.empiricalzeal.com

Blue and green are similar in hue. They sit next to each other in a rainbow, which means that, to our eyes, light can blend smoothly from blue to green or vice-versa, without going past any other color in between.

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Lack of trust is one reason why macro policy is underperforming

Monday, June 25, 2012
Category: Economics

From marginalrevolution.com

Think of hiring as a business investment, and that investment often requires: 1. A not too high risk premium 2. Consensus within organizations, and thus trust within organizations 3. Commitments from banks that they will provide liquidity when needed and not flinch in light of pressures to cut their balance sheets 4.

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Pope Benedict Focuses on Legacy While Ignoring Vatican Power Struggle

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Monday, June 25, 2012
Category: Religion

From www.spiegel.de

Fear is running rampant in the Curia, where the mood has rarely been this miserable. It′s as if someone had poked a stick into a beehive. Men wearing purple robes are rushing around, hectically monitoring correspondence.

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The Fifth Element: Laughing at the End of the World

Monday, June 25, 2012
Category: Entertainment

From www.groovymatter.com

The world is about to end. And it′s *funny*. Really. Not in the sense of your typical American situational comedies, but rather in the sense of French farce. That is to say, it′s not the situation that′s funny -- the situation is the direst of all imaginable tragedies.

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India′s Shot at Gold

Monday, June 25, 2012
Category: Sports

From moreintelligentlife.com

All around the gym the girls furtively watched her. They covet her low-gravity wound-up springiness, her pure petite explosiveness. They would love to lunge so wide and fast, and never need to wrestle or go to the ropes.

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PGP founder, Navy SEALs uncloak encrypted comms biz

Monday, June 25, 2012
Category: Internet

From www.theregister.co.uk

The company, called Silent Circle, will launch later this year, when $20 a month will buy you encrypted email, text messages, phone calls, and videoconferencing in a package that looks to be strong enough to have the NSA seriously worried.

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Pankaj Mishra reviews ‘Patriot of Persia’

Monday, June 25, 2012
Category: History

From www.lrb.co.uk

Having proclaimed the ‘American Century’, Henry Luce’s Time took a particular interest in commodity-rich Iran, arguing that the ‘Russians may intervene, grab the oil, even unleash World War Three’.

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There Are Some Things Our Emotions Don’t Know

Monday, June 25, 2012
Category: Behavior

From peerreviewedbymyneurons.wordpress.com

The findings suggest that under certain circumstances you can essentially get a second opinion on your intuitions by reappraising them, and that the reappraisal often leads to judgments that are based on more-deliberate reasoning.

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The History Behind Berlin’s Cheap Rents

Monday, June 25, 2012
Category: Economics

From americancity.org

As soon as one begins trying to understand why rents are currently rising so sharply in Berlin, there’s one question that immediately and unavoidably comes to mind: Why have the rents historically been so low in the first place? Consider, for instance, that the average rent in London recently broke £1,000 (over €1,200) per month, or that a studio apartment without a doorman in Manhattan fetches an average $2,200 per month (€1,697) and a one-bedroom just short of $3,000 (€2,315).

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Bring Up the Bodies

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Monday, June 25, 2012
Category: History

From www.nybooks.com

Historians cannot pinpoint the moment when Henry VIII decided to get rid of his second wife. To marry Anne Boleyn, he had overturned the religious and political order of Europe, breaking with Rome and setting himself up as head of the English church.

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Road to Valor

Monday, June 25, 2012
Category: History

From sportsillustrated.cnn.com

What the press didn′t know was that Gino Bartali was also fueled by a secret. Unlike many of the competitors he now raced against, his toughest moments had come not on the steepest pitches of the Tour de France but during the darkest days of the German occupation of Italy during World War II, when Bartali had risked his life to help save hundreds of Jews from deportation and death in Nazi concentration camps.

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