Google plants Star Wars Easter egg

Google “a long time ago in a galaxy far far away,” and you’ll see one of the better jokes that Google has hidden in its search code.

Instead of the usual Google (GOOG) list of blue-fonted links against a sterile white background, the search term from the famous opening movie line summons a “Star Wars” style opening crawl, with the yellow-fonted links receding into space. Continue reading

Oculus VR and Samsung

We’ve been working closely with Samsung to bring the absolute best portable virtual reality experience to people all over the world.

Starting today, you can pre-order the all new Samsung Gear VR, powered by Oculus, for only $99.


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Munch’s ‘The Scream’ hits MOMA NYC

(CNN) — Art enthusiasts ranging from aficionados to the causal tourist queued up in New York on Wednesday to catch a glimpse of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” which went on display in Manhattan’s Museum of Modern Art for a six-month exhibition.

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Beyonce Gives Birth To Baby Girl

It’s a girl for Beyonce and Jay-Z!

After years of pregnancy rumors and months of due date whisperings, Beyonce has finally given birth to a baby girl. E! Online reports that multiple sources have confirmed that the couple welcomed their first child Saturday night.

As for the name? E! claims new daddy Jay is telling friends it’s Blue Ivy Carter, but other outlets say it’s Ivy Blue Carter. Reps for the couple haven’t given the official word on their bundle of joy, but whatever her name, this little girl already has some famous friends sending their love to her.

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With Congress on break, SOPA fight continues

Members of Congress may be on vacation, but that hasn’t calmed critics who say an effort to stamp out online piracy would create an unprecedented threat to free speech on the Internet.

Far from fading from memory, the Stop Online Piracy Act (along with a related Senate bill) has become a rallying point for Web freedom advocates in a debate that has pitted Hollywood and other business interests against some of the biggest titans of the technology world.

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App Downloads Break The 1bn Download Barrier Over Christmas

More than 1 billion mobile apps have been downloaded in a week for the first time.

The gargantuan download marathon was noted in analysis by mobile research firm Flurry.

Flurry estimated that in the seven days after 25 December more than 20 million iOS and Android devices were activated, and 1.2 billion apps were downloaded.

The record-breaking haul was completed in the week when more mobile devices were activated than at any other time of the year – most thanks to gifts given over the holidays.

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Scott Thompson Named New Yahoo CEO

NEW YORK — Yahoo Inc. has named Scott Thompson, president of eBay Inc.’s PayPal division, as its new CEO, the fourth one in less than five years for the struggling Internet company.

Yahoo, which announced its choice Wednesday, has been without a permanent CEO since early September. It fired Carol

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‘The Sims’ designer creating new game for real life

Will Wright, the designer behind successful video game simulations including “SimCity”, “The Sims” and “Spore”, is at it again. Only this time, rather than controlling virtual people or creating space creatures, the protagonist of “HiveMind” is the actual player.

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“HiveMind,” a group of cross-platform, cross-media online applications, is designed to turn a gamer’s everyday life into part of the interactive experience by building upon Alternate Reality Games (ARGs) and tapping into streams of personal information on phones, tablets, social networks and computers.

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IBM: Mind reading is less than five years away. For real.

The world is changing fast–maybe faster than we ever thought. And within five years, science fiction is going to turn into non-fiction. We’ll be able to read each other’s minds, forget all our passwords, and create all our own  homes’ energy.

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Maryland man glued to Wal-Mart toilet seat

(CNN) — Police in Maryland are on the hunt for the perpetrator of what appears to be an April Fools’ prank that left a man glued to a toilet at a Wal-Mart store.

If caught, the jokester who doused the seat with glue at the Elkton Wal-Mart on March 31 could face second-degree assault charges, said Lt. Matthew Donnelly of the Elkton Police Department.

Police, along with the Singerly Fire Company and the Cecil County Paramedics, were called to the scene at about 7 p.m.

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Tweet! You’re Fired: Quake Jokes Cost Gilbert Gottfried Aflac Job; 50 Cent Laughs On

While many celebrities sent prayers and dollars to Japan in the wake of Friday’s deadly earthquake and tsunami and urged their fans to do the same, one responded to the crisis by cracking a couple of ill-advised jokes.

“Wave will hit 8am them crazy white boys gonna try to go surfing,” rapper 50 Cent tweeted Friday morning. That afternoon, 50 (real name: Curtis Jackson) added, “Look this is very serious people I had to evacuate all my hoe’s from LA, Hawaii and Japan. I had to do it. Lol.”



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‘The Wire’s Snoop Facing Drug Charges

Actress Felicia Pearson Held in Baltimore Jail Without Bail on Drug Charges

Fame is a double-edged sword, as actress Felicia “Snoop” Pearson, who played a murderous member of a Baltimore drug gang on the hit HBO series “The Wire,” has discovered.

Since her role as Snoop ended with the series in 2008, Pearson, 30, has had few new job offers, but some serious brushes with the law.

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Charlie Sheen: How Many People Applied for His Social Media Internship?

Charlie Sheen broke yet another record on Twitter.  The response to a simple March 7th Tweet by the former Two and a Half Men star requesting a social media intern is being called “historic” by the company hosting the ad,

In one hour, 95,333 wannabee interns or simply those fascinated by Sheen’s request, clicked through the Tweet and were then asked to apply online.

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Oscars: The bomb heard round the Internet

Let’s keep it real: The Twitter chatter about the 83rd Annual Academy Awards on Sunday night was way more entertaining than the actual show.

There was lots of sharp criticism of Hollywood’s biggest event out there in the land of social networking, with the brunt of it aimed at hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco.

The duo of actors were even the subject of a trending topic slugged #youngandhiposcars with the consensus being the show was anything but.

“I’m almost certain Franco & Hathaway thought this was a dress rehearsal,” tweeted IndyweekArts.

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Forget Monopoly. A new board game trades Marvin Gardens for Saudi cattle farms.

Forget Monopoly A New Board Game Trades Marvin Gardens for Saudi Cattle Farms.
If you’ve been dreaming aboutinvesting in a casino in Switzerland or a cattle farm in Saudi Arabia, you’re in luck. A new board game, Billionaire Tycoon, now offers you a chance to buy, sell and trade companies around the globe, and the fun of driving your friends into                                                                        bankruptcy while you’re at it.

Actual billionaire tycoons are probably spending their time on other activities (“The goal is to make only $1 billion?”), but we imagine nerdy business majors will get red-faced defending their faux empires even after school is out in June, when the game is released in the U.S. Can’t wait? If you have the airfare (plus £34.99 for the game), you can hop the pond and buy it in Harrods in London. Or check out

Sirius Looks Fit to Outgrow Howard Stern

If shock jock Stern lands elsewhere, analysts say Sirius XM Radio should keep attracting listeners—and at lower cost

Sirius XM Radio (SIRI) may keep adding listeners, fueling a stock rally that has lifted the satellite radio provider by 74 percent this year, notwithstanding the prospect of losing famed shock jock Howard Stern.

Stern, 56, credited by Standard & Poor’s (MHP) analyst Tuna Amobi for attracting as many as 2 million subscribers when he

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Jim Carrey laps up the fun at Super Bowl party

Jim Carrey was feeling no pain at the Casa de Don Julio party on Saturday evening in Dallas. An eyewitness tells Scoop that although he arrived at the party alone, he quickly rendezvoused  with a buxom ladyfriend who “gave him lap dances, and was topless at one point,” according to the source. “No one seemed to really mind.”

Carrey didn’t just blend into the background — he took to the stage when Cee Lo Green started singing “F— You.” “He started singing with him, then started doing these really strange dance moves. Like he was channeling a strange version of Ace Ventura.”

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‘True Blood’s’ vampire king could soon return to his throne

In a bit of welcome news for “True Blood” fans, it seems actor Denis O’Hare, better known as Russell Edgington on the bayou-based series, may soon return to reprise his villainous role.

Viewers last looked upon the vampire king of Mississippi while he was busy being buried alive (er, undead) in a vat of cement courtesy of a rage-filled Eric Northman and a helpful Bill Compton. Good thing vamps are resilient, as O’Hare would welcome the opportunity to bring Edgington back.

“I left them on a high,” O’Hare told The Hollywood Reporter of his dramatic exit last season. “(The powers that be) have been very, very nice to me, and they tell me that they think I’m going to come back.  And I’m waiting. We’ll see what happens.”

No doubt fans are waiting, too. The show is sure to be short on southern charm and random brutality until Edgington resumes his royal position.