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The biggest stories of 2014

mashable.com — May 28 Apple acquired Beats Electronics and Beats Music for $3 billion - by far the largest acquisition in its history. Apple bought the two companies for a purchase price of about $2.6 billion and approximately $400 million that will vest over time. Beats cofounders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre joined Apple.
Dec 22, 2014

Proud of a lot of what we do @mashable but this year end piece is just next level. mashable.com/2014/12/22/new…

Dec 22, 2014

We're in the home stretch, 2014. Biggest news stories of the yr >> mashable.com/2014/12/22/new… + Best photos of the yr >> mashable.com/2014/12/17/bes…

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Iraq reality TV show makes ISIS 'terrorists' confront victims

mashable.com — Haider Ali Motar was convicted of terrorism charges about a month ago for helping to carry out a string of Baghdad car bombings on behalf of the Islamic State extremist group. Now, the 21-year old is a reluctant cast member in a popular reality TV show.
Dec 22, 2014

Wow RT @robwinder: Iraqi reality show - In The Grip Of The Law - has victims confronting captured Isis members bit.ly/1AP2a6l

Dec 22, 2014

Iraqi reality show - In The Grip Of The Law - has victims confronting captured Isis members mashable.com/2014/12/22/ira…

Kidnapped directors and American defectors: North Korea's six decades of cinema

mashable.com — North Korea hates The Interview, and the regime reportedly recently executed 10 party officials for watching South Korean soap operas, so what do they watch in their down time? Which movies was Kim Jong-un potentially enjoying when he vanished for more than a month earlier this year?
Dec 22, 2014

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Dec 22, 2014

A Film Festival, perhaps? “@mashable: Kidnapped directors & American defectors: North Korea's six decades of cinema on.mash.to/13UAUcp

NYPD cop killer told passers-by to "follow him on Instagram" moments before shooting

mashable.com — Moments before shooting dead two police officers in Brooklyn on Saturday, Ismaaiyl Brinsley told two passer-bys to follow him on Instagram and said "watch what I am going to do." Brinsley also took a Bolt bus to New York from the Baltimore area on the morning of the attack, arriving on Manhattan's west side around 10:15 a.m.
Dec 21, 2014

RT @mashable: NYPD cop killer told passers-by to "follow him on Instagram" moments before shooting on.mash.to/1zlSIKx pic.twitter.com/umDtXzgTuv

Dec 21, 2014

NYPD shooter told bypassers to "follow him on Instagram" moments before murders. on.mash.to/1zlSIKx pic.twitter.com/7r0byNb40b

Dec 21, 2014

RT @mashable: NYPD cop killer told passers-by to "follow him on Instagram" moments before shooting on.mash.to/1zlSIKx pic.twitter.com/umDtXzgTuv

Dec 21, 2014

NYPD cop killer told passers-by to "follow him on Instagram" moments before shooting mashable.com/2014/12/21/nyp…

Dec 21, 2014

RT @mashable: NYPD cop killer told passers-by to "follow him on Instagram" moments before shooting on.mash.to/1zlSIKx pic.twitter.com/umDtXzgTuv

Sony wants 'The Interview' out soon, but Crackle? Not so fast

mashable.com — LOS ANGELES - Sony is hellbent on releasing The Interview as soon as it's able, but reports that the battered studio is debuting the movie on its free online streaming service Crackle are false, Mashable has learned. Sony considers The Interview to be merely delayed, David Boies, a lawyer for the studio, told Meet the Press host Chuck Todd on Saturday afternoon.
Dec 21, 2014

RT @mashable: Reports that Sony will debut ‘The Interview’ on Crackle are false, Mashable has learned on.mash.to/1Cl3TEp pic.twitter.com/9oQBMRn36m

Dec 21, 2014

Sony says it wants to release “The Interview,” but @NotoriousJLD reports it won’t be on Crackle. mashable.com/2014/12/21/son…

Dec 21, 2014

Sorry guys, reports that Sony's soon to put THE INTERVIEW on Crackle just aren't true. But it's coming: mashable.com/2014/12/21/son…

'Serial' is on to suspicious Santa Claus in 'SNL' parody

mashable.com — Santa Claus was always tough to believe in. That's what makes him a perfect case for Serial host Sarah Koenig. Saturday Night Live parodied the popular crime podcast to tackle the story of a little boy who wakes up on Christmas morning to find his dream toy under the tree.

Video shows emergency response moments after New York police murders

mashable.com — A new video shows the aftermath of the fatal shooting of two NYPD officers, who were killed in New York City Saturday, in what officials called an "execution style" assassination. The attack, carried out by 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, took place in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn.

2 NYPD officers shot in Brooklyn, police confirm

mashable.com — Two police officers were shot in a rare daytime incident in Brooklyn Saturday afternoon, a New York Police Department spokesperson confirmed to Mashable. The spokesperson did not provide any further details about the circumstances of the shooting, or the condition of the officers. However, many New Yorkers tweeted unconfirmed accounts of the incident on social media.
Dec 21, 2014

RT @nycjim: You can truly judge a person’s character in a time of crisis. @GovernorPataki failed the test last night. mashable.com/2014/12/20/2-n…

Dec 21, 2014

RT @moorehn: RT @raju: +1 @nycjim: You can truly judge a person’s character in a time of crisis. @GovernorPataki failed the test mashable.com/2014/12/20/2-n…

Dec 21, 2014

RT @nycjim: You can truly judge a person’s character in a time of crisis. @GovernorPataki failed the test last night. mashable.com/2014/12/20/2-n…

Dec 21, 2014

RT @nycjim: You can truly judge a person’s character in a time of crisis. @GovernorPataki failed the test last night. mashable.com/2014/12/20/2-n…

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Drinking Jacket gets funded nine times over on Kickstarter

mashable.com — The makers of a hooded jacket with a range of accessories for the smart drinker, including a hidden flask pocket and a bottle-opener zipper, sought to raise $50,000 when they Kickstarted the project in November. Now, with hours to go before the funding stage is over, the Drinking Jacket has raised a whopping $456,000, more than nine times the required amount.

Emotional scenes in New York as police mourn two of their own

mashable.com — New York is a city in mourning following the violent shooting deaths of two police officers in Brooklyn on Saturday. Two NYPD officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, were shot in their patrol car in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in broad daylight on Saturday afternoon. In a statement released by the White House late Saturday night, U.S.
Dec 21, 2014

Wanted poster of Brinsley sent to NYPD said officers should use extreme caution due to threats mashable.com/2014/12/21/new… pic.twitter.com/B1phPJ7iFq

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Florida police officer shot and killed after responding to 911 call

mashable.com — A Florida police officer was shot and killed in Tarpon Springs early Sunday morning while responding to a 911 call for a noise complaint. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that the shooting occurred around 3 a.m., local time, in the city 36 miles north of Tampa Bay.
Dec 21, 2014

Florida police officer shot and killed after responding to noise complaint this morning had previously served on NYPD mashable.com/2014/12/21/flo…

Dec 21, 2014

Florida police officer, who previously served on NYPD, was fatally shot after responding to noise complaint. on.mash.to/1zS05s6

Dec 21, 2014

RT @mashable: Florida police officer, who previously served on NYPD, was fatally shot after responding to noise complaint. on.mash.to/1zS05s6

'Homeland' Season 4 finale: These changes were a 'Long Time Coming'

mashable.com — Sunday night marked the end of a pivotal fourth season of Homeland, and with it, an assessment of how the series is holding up. The show has certainly come a long way since its divisive Season 3 finale that saw the death of Nicholas Brody, virtually hitting the reset button on the Emmy-winning Showtime drama.

11 last-minute DIY Christmas trees

mashable.com — A real Christmas tree that's cut from the woods and installed in your home, requires time to care for. And a fake one, while less likely to set your house on fire, calls for yearly dusting and a complicated set up.

Facebook in 2015: Drones, messaging and virtual reality, oh my!

mashable.com — As Facebook has matured into a social media platform unrivaled in size and reach in recent years, the persistent question hanging over the company in 2014 has been: what's next? To properly answer that question it's best to look into the company's recent past to glean a hint at what might be in store for Facebook in 2015.
Dec 22, 2014

Facebook in 2015: Drones, messaging and virtual reality, oh my! on.mash.to/13UcwHR

Police departments across the U.S. display 'mourning bands' to support NYPD

mashable.com — Following Saturday's murders of two police officers in New York, dozens of police departments across the U.S. have sent messages of support to the NYPD. The New York Police Department changed its Twitter profile photo on Saturday night to an image of a police badge with a black " mourning band" around it.
Dec 21, 2014

Police departments across the U.S. display 'mourning bands' to support NYPD mashable.com/2014/12/21/pol… via @mashable

Dec 21, 2014

Police departments across the U.S. display 'mourning bands' to support NYPD after murders. mashable.com/2014/12/21/pol… pic.twitter.com/gk6Py2DnU7

Life-sized Cristiano Ronaldo statue is wearing some very tight shorts

mashable.com — A statue of Cristiano Ronaldo was unveiled on Sunday in Madeira, Portugal, the island where the star soccer player grew up. And it's ... something. The statue, pictured below, depicts Ronaldo in some extremely body-hugging shorts. Cristiano Ronaldo's statue was unveiled in Madeira today. It's... well, look at it.

Critics slam New York Mayor Bill de Blasio in wake of police murders

mashable.com — The war of words has begun against New York Mayor Bill de Blasio following Saturday's murders of two NYPD police officers who were shot "execution style" in their patrol car in broad daylight. Critics have slammed de Blasio in the wake of the attack, with some blaming the mayor following his response to recent protests against police brutality in the city.

Our Promised Land: Silicon Valley and Its Prophets of Profit

mashable.com — Even before the advent of Google, America has always been a land of searchers. As a country, we usually think of technology and religion as opposing forces-one connected with our ancient past, the other with our boundless future.
Dec 21, 2014

@PamelaPaulNYT Also- without being egomaniac- can I share this on coded religious lexicon of Silicon Valley mashable.com/2013/11/15/sil…

Sony hackers apparently mock the FBI; Anonymous threatens more hacks

mashable.com — Guardians of Peace, the group that hacked Sony Pictures in late November and released a trove of the company's corporate data to the public, apparently has a new message, this time directed to the FBI. The message cynically "praises" the FBI's investigation into the hack, with a link to a video that repeats the phrase "You are an idiot" over and over again.