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European Parliament expected to push Google to break itself up — Google's been caught up in an antitrust tango with the European Union for years, and since the EU hasn't been thrilled with the search giant's attempted concessions, there might be an extreme new option on the table.

Twitter lets you share public tweets in your direct messages — Well, that was fast. Twitter casually mentioned at its Analyst Day festivities last week that it'd soon give users the ability to share public Tweets in private conversations, and now a new update to its apps and web clients means you can do just that.

Google's Contributor lets you crowdfund sites instead of seeing their ads — Banners, takeovers, pop-unders, interstitials - there's no understating how important/valuable they are, but ads are still basically the bane of the modern internet. That's why it's a little heartening to see Google, a company that made a whopping $15 billion in ad revenue alone last quarter, is giving content creators another way to go.

YouTube Music Awards returns in March 2015 sans stage show — Just about this time last year, the folks at YouTube took over Pier 36 in Manhattan to put on an hour-and-a-half-long awards show to celebrate the musicians that blew up the internet in 2013. It was...

Uber CEO gives exec public slap on the wrist for threatening journalists — By now, there's no question that Uber exec Emil Michael said some seriously concerning things about the potential merit of digging up dirt on journalists critical of the company at a private party in front of reporters and celebrities.

Nokia's return to hardware begins with the $249 N1 Android tablet — Rumors of Nokia's demise have been greatly exaggerated. Its lineup might seem empty now that it's relinquished control of its Lumia smartphones to a lumbering giant and gave up on those low-cost Asha devices earlier this year, but that doesn't mean the company's done crafting consumer gadgets just yet.

Snapchat messages disappear, but the money you can send in them doesn't — Heads up, millenials: Snapchat isn't just for sending evaporating selfies any more. Thanks to a newly inked deal with Square (of all companies), you'll soon be able to fire off money at your Snapchat contacts after you've created a Snapcash account and connected a debit card. Really. It's that easy.

Intel's MICA smart bracelet has more style than substance (hands-on) — Everyone knew Intel would craft some wearable gadgets. Hardly any of us expected it to be, well, this insane thing. That bangle -- the MICA -- lives at the less-bizarre-by-the-day intersection between technology and high fashion.

Toshiba joins other tech giants in growing super-clean vegetables — The name "Toshiba" conjures images of stacks of laptops piled high and maybe the occasional television, but the Japanese electronics giant is turning its attention to something just a little more humble: lettuce. Well, spinach too. And swiss chard.

Amazon adds instant definitions, family sharing to newer Kindles — Remember all those new Kindle software features Amazon promised? You know, the ones that were announced alongside the shiny new Kindle Voyage? The company's been coy about when exactly we'd get them packaged up for our installing pleasure, but it's now ready to spill the metaphorical beans -- a software update will ferry those features to the Voyage, the new $79 basic Kindle and the second-generation Kindle Paperwhite over the air during the coming weeks...
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Nov 20, 2014

RT @DigimonOtis: I am considering hiring an intern who will assist me in maintaining my online presence and handling personal duties. Apply within.

Nov 20, 2014

TIL I’m an upscale sodomite with a computer, body fluids, Ebola, and bad taste in coffee.…

Nov 20, 2014

@binarybits @BostonGlobe A turn too hard or too sharp could dislodge the whole thing, hopefully not onto another car or a person.

Nov 20, 2014

Winter hasn’t even officially started and the @BostonGlobe already found the season’s biggest asshole.

Nov 20, 2014

Happy for @nitashatiku and great get for The @verge, but that’s the best picture BI could come up with?…

Nov 20, 2014

2 hours talking dick-stroking algorithms plz "Silicon Valley’s T.J. Miller To Host The Crunchies" via @techcrunch

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