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When a tweet diverts a plane: FBI probing Twitter threats against airlines

mashable.com — Five U.S. flights have been evacuated, delayed or diverted in the past week as a result of threats made against airlines on Twitter. On top of that, at least 20 different flights have been threatened in a series of tweets from different users since Saturday, NBC News reported.
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5 U.S. flights have been evacuated, delayed or diverted in the past week due to threats made on Twitter mashable.com/2015/01/29/twi…

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The FBI investigatingTwitter threats against airlines that caused flights to be evacuated, delayed or diverted on.mash.to/1tyXdj6

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RT @mashable: The FBI is probing Twitter threats against airlines that have caused flights to be evacuated, delayed or diverted on.mash.to/1tyXdj6

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A rare 15-foot megamouth shark washed up on a Philippines beach

mashable.com — A creature straight out of a Jules Verne fever dream was discovered on the shores of the Philippines. The 15-foot-long male megamouth shark was discovered after washing up dead on a beach in the province of Albay on Jan. 28. Scientists are claiming this is the 66th confirmed instance in which humans have ever encountered the animal.

Of course our climate reporter became a dad at the height of a huge blizzard

mashable.com — Mashable's science editor and resident climate nerd Andrew Freedman became a proud father this week in the only appropriate way for a climate reporter to become a father: during what was hailed as a "potentially historic" blizzard. Avi Isaac Freedman was born during the peak of the storm in New York on Tuesday at 3:15 a.m.
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CUTE: @mashable’s climate reporter became a new dad during the ‘historic’ blizzard. Congrats @afreedma! mashable.com/2015/01/28/mas…

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Disney to debut series starring princess 'inspired by Latin cultures'

mashable.com — Disney Junior is adding a little diversity to its princess lineup - for real this time. Kind of. The network announced Thursday the upcoming introduction of Elena of Avalor, a "princess inspired by Latin cultures," though it shied away from calling her Hispanic or Latina.

Comcast apologizes after changing customer's name to 'A**hole'

mashable.com — After his wife Lisa canceled the cable portion of their Comcast account, Ricardo Brown got an unpleasant surprise on the next bill from the company: His first name was changed to "A**hole*. Discovered by consumer advocate Christopher Elliott and first reported on by The Consumerist, the story is even more bizarre as even Comcast doesn't know how it happened.

The FCC wants your broadband Internet to be faster, so it changed the definition

mashable.com — Internet service providers will now need to offer faster service if they want to label their products as "broadband." The Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to change the minimum speeds for what can be considered broadband Internet. The move has major ramifications for regulation of companies that provide Internet access, particularly as consumers watch more online video that requires greater speeds.
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RT @elisewho: FCC changes def of 'broadband internet.' You don't qualify as broadband if you don't download at least 25Mbps. mashable.com/2015/01/29/fcc…

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FCC changes def of 'broadband internet.' You don't qualify as broadband if you don't download at least 25Mbps. mashable.com/2015/01/29/fcc…

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Somebody shoveled snow from the Boston Marathon finish line during the blizzard

mashable.com — As the blizzard of 2015 battered on Boston on Tuesday, dumping an estimated two feet of snow on the city's streets, someone was seen shoveling snow off the Boston Marathon's finish line in the freezing temperatures. Philip Hillman, who took the photo from a window at the Charlesmark Hotel on Boylston Street, wants to know who it was.
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Mystery shoveler clears snow from #Boston Marathon finish line during blizzard ow.ly/I68DO

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RT @mashable: A Boston bartender may be the mystery shoveler at the marathon's finish line on.mash.to/1yO6u7x #WhoShoveledTheFinishLine

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RT @mashable: A Boston bartender may be the mystery shoveler at the marathon's finish line on.mash.to/1yO6u7x #WhoShoveledTheFinishLine

Jan 28, 2015

Today's feel-good story: 2 unidentified individuals shoveled the finish line of the Boston Marathon during blizzard mashable.com/2015/01/28/bos…

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WHO: Number of new Ebola cases drops to lowest level since June

mashable.com — LONDON - Health officials are now focused on ending the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak rather than just slowing the deadly virus' spread, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The U.N. health agency said the three most affected countries - Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia - have reported fewer than 100 cases in the past week, for the first time since June.
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great news from @WHO: Number of new #Ebola cases drops to lowest level since June mashable.com/2015/01/29/ebo… still lots of work to be done tho

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Definitely worth mentioning: Ebola cases are WAY down.... fb.me/3TniOtmLO

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Just how big is the Apple Pay mobile payment pie?

mashable.com — Apple Pay, as Tim Cook told us during Apple's earning call on Tuesday, is already posting some pretty impressive usage numbers. Apple Pay makes up more than $2 out of $3 spent on purchases using contactless payment across the three major U.S. card networks.

Tom Petty says the Sam Smith controversy was a 'musical accident'

mashable.com — Tom Petty has issued a statement about his recent settlement with Sam Smith, in which Smith will pay him royalties for "Stay With Me." "Stay With Me" began dominating radio waves last summer, and fans were quick to point out that his tune sounded extremely similar to Tom Petty's classic hit single "I Won't Back Down," which was released in 1989 and co-written by ELO's Jeff Lynne.
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RT @nycjim: Tom Petty addresses the “Sam Smith thing.” Says “Stay With Me” was “musical accident.” mashable.com/2015/01/29/tom… pic.twitter.com/YGjgAZSY4n

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Tom Petty addresses the “Sam Smith thing.” Says “Stay With Me” was “musical accident.” mashable.com/2015/01/29/tom… pic.twitter.com/YGjgAZSY4n

That time artists camouflaged WWI battleships with psychedelic paint

mashable.com — During WWI, Allied warships, troop ships and merchant supply ships were all targeted by the German forces. The Allies had to find a way to limit these attacks, but camouflaging ships against the sea and sky proved impossible for all weather conditions.

People in Thailand are putting snails on their faces to look younger

mashable.com — CHIANG MAI, Thailand - The last time I encountered escargots they were served up by a French waiter, sizzling in garlic and herb butter. Now, one is slithering up the bridge of my nose while five others are being stuck onto other parts of my face by a Thai beautician, all secreting snail slime to hopefully smooth out some wrinkles and otherwise give me a younger-than-my-age look.

Microsoft finally has an Outlook app that doesn't suck

mashable.com — Outlook users: the wait for a proper email app is over. Microsoft rolled out new native Outlook apps for iOS and Android Thursday. The new apps are essentially repackaged versions of Acompli, the email app Microsoft acquired last year. Acompli aimed to set itself apart from other email clients by focusing on multitasking.

Facebook's annual revenue topped $10 billion for the first time in 2014

mashable.com — Facebook just had its first $10 billion year. The social network posted earnings of $0.54 per share on revenue of $3.85 billion for the December quarter, coming in well ahead of Wall Street estimates for earnings of $0.48 per share on revenue of $3.77 billion.
Jan 28, 2015

RT @sfiegerman: For those keeping track: Facebook: 1.39 billion users WhatsApp: 700M+ FB Messenger: 500M+ Instagram: 300 million+ mashable.com/2015/01/28/fac…

Jan 28, 2015

For those keeping track: Facebook: 1.39 billion users WhatsApp: 700M+ FB Messenger: 500M+ Instagram: 300 million+ mashable.com/2015/01/28/fac…

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Cyber sleuths find 'smoking gun' linking British spy agency to Regin malware

mashable.com — Ever since the sophisticated and unprecedented cyberattack platform called "Regin" was uncovered in November, cyber sleuths have been working hard to put together all the pieces of this complicated puzzle. Regin was like a dinosaur: many researchers found some of its bones throughout the years, but no one had the full skeleton, as a researcher put it at the time.
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X-ray reveals SpongeBob SquarePants living in child's throat

mashable.com — We all know SpongeBob Squarepants lives in a pineapple down under the sea, but he's also been spotted in a 16-month-old's throat? Dr. Ghofran Ageely, a radiology resident at King Abdulaziz University Hospital, was shocked to find the cartoon character lodged in a young patient's chest.
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Suitcase of body parts found a block from Twitter HQ

mashable.com — San Francisco police found a suitcase of body parts by the city's main throughfare, Market Street, on Wednesday afternoon. The grisly discovery happened when officers investigated a report of a suspicious package: a roller suitcase placed next to garbage by 11th and Market Street, just one block from Twitter's headquarters.

Twitter cofounders stand behind CEO despite criticism from investors, analysts

mashable.com — Twitter's CEO is doing just fine - at least that's the message from the company's board of directors. One by one, Twitter's cofounders and board members have come out to publicly support Dick Costolo following a series of criticisms of his performance from pundits, investors and analysts, including one who recently predicted the CEO would likely step down in the next year.
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Jonesing for a meaty podcast after 'Serial'? 'Reveal' could fill that void

mashable.com — There's no shortage of doomsayers who think the Internet is forcing media into a clickbait-driven race to the bottom. Reveal, a new investigative reporting podcast and radio show, is the counterpoint to that line of thinking.
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Co-host @Al_Letson RT @mashable 'Reveal' is a new investigative podcast that could pick up where 'Serial' left off on.mash.to/1uFXjRb