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Giraffe Dies After Hitting Its Head on Highway Bridge

mashable.com — A giraffe being transported in an open-air truck bed on a South Africa highway this week died after reportedly hitting its head on an overpass, reports say. "All we can ascertain at this stage is severe head trauma.
Jul 31, 2014

Giraffe in truck meets low highway bridge; does not end well. ow.ly/zOCNf

Jul 31, 2014

A giraffe riding in the back of a truck is killed after hitting its head on an overpass. mashable.com/2014/07/31/gir…

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27 Palestinians Killed as Gaza Truce Unravels

mashable.com — GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - A Palestinian official says Israeli shelling has killed at least 27 Palestinians in southern Gaza as an Israel-Hamas truce unraveled less hours after coming into effect. Health Ministry official Ashraf al-Kidra told The Associated Press that more than 100 Palestinians were wounded as a result of the Israeli shelling on Friday in and around the town of Rafah.
Aug 01, 2014

That Israel-Hamas truce unraveled in just a few hours after taking effect mashable.com/2014/08/01/gaz… #Gaza

Aug 01, 2014

27 Palestinians Dead as 3-Day Cease-Fire Unravels in Hours on.mash.to/XnPs0F Latest update via @mashable

Aug 01, 2014

72-hour cease-fire in Gaza lasted only a few hours -- 27 Palestinians dead, Israeli soldier "feared" captured mashable.com/2014/08/01/gaz…

At Least 10 Ukraine Soldiers Killed Near MH17 Crash Site

mashable.com — Warning: This story contains graphic content. KIEV, Ukraine - Pro-Russian insurgents killed at least 10 Ukrainian paratroopers in an ambush overnight near the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash site in eastern Ukraine, military officials said on Friday.

South Korea Sent 10,000 Choco Pies Over to North Korea in Balloons

mashable.com — North Korea got a sweet surprise from its neighbor to the south on Wednesday. In South Korea, about 200 people - South Koreans along with North Korean defectors - packed 770 pounds of Choco Pies into plastic bags, which they attached to 50 giant balloons and released across the border into North Korea.
Aug 01, 2014

Is this for real? MT @angelaishere: As an act of rebellion South Korea sent 10k Choco Pies to North Korea in balloons bit.ly/1pLIKbD

Aug 01, 2014

As an act of rebellion, South Korea sent 10,000 Choco Pies to North Korea in balloons: mashable.com/2014/07/31/sou…

Aug 01, 2014

Yes! South Korea sent over Choco Pies to North Korea... in an act of rebellion. fb.me/3dshkeBri

Jul 31, 2014

The power of the Choco Pie RT @mashable South Korea sent 10,000 Choco Pies over to North Korea on.mash.to/1zAtVzK pic.twitter.com/2EU3H6qeMP

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15 Magical Harry Potter Cocktails to Charm Your Palate

mashable.com — For Harry Potter's 34th birthday, cast a banishing charm on butterbeer in favor of something a little more grown up. In honor of the Birthday Boy Who Lived, we're adding a bit of magic to our drinks. These cocktails put the Patron in patronus.

Twitter Tests 'Translated' Hashtags

mashable.com — Trying to make its experience more palatable to new users, Twitter is testing hashtags with explanations of their meaning. The trial, spotted by The Wall Street Journal , provides a concise translation of trending hashtags.

NFL to Track Players With Shoulder Pad Sensors

mashable.com — The National Football League is adding sensors to the shoulder pads of players during the upcoming football season. The aim: to track data such as position, speed and distance, and to provide real-time insights about what's happening on the field.
Jul 31, 2014

RT @mashable: The NFL is putting sensors in players' shoulder pads so it can track them when the new season starts - on.mash.to/1qOnckT

Jul 31, 2014

NFL to Track Players With Shoulder Pad Sensors (league says it could even help prevent injuries in the future) mashable.com/2014/07/31/nfl…

Facebook Brings Free Mobile Internet to Zambia With Internet.org App

mashable.com — The Facebook-backed nonprofit Internet.org is bringing free data to parts of Zambia in Southern Africa as a part of a major initiative to connect the Internet with the two-thirds of the world's population who aren't online. Internet.org is rolling out an app that provides free basic web services to Airtel subscribers in Zambia.

The 6 Mistakes Most Marketers Make Daily

mashable.com — It used to be that "multi-channel marketing" meant ensuring that your print, TV and radio ads looked and sounded the same. Now, consumers have more channels than ever to interact with your brand, so creating an integrated marketing experience means getting everything right, from social to search, automation to analytics, and lead nurturing to LinkedIn.

Series of Gas Explosions Kill 15, Injure 228 in Taiwan

mashable.com — At least 15 people are dead and 228 injured following a series of gas explosions on the streets of a southern Taiwanese city late Thursday night. Locals had reported gas leaks in the city of Kaohsiung beginning around 9 p.m. local time, Focus Taiwan reported on its Facebook page, and explosions followed three hours later.
Jul 31, 2014

RT @moneyries: Videos from Taiwanese town hit by series of gas explosions are pretty terrifying. Blasts are relentless: mashable.com/2014/07/31/gas… cc @Storyful

Jul 31, 2014

Videos from Taiwanese town hit by series of gas explosions are pretty terrifying. Blasts are relentless: mashable.com/2014/07/31/gas… cc @Storyful

San Francisco Airport Testing Beacons to Guide Blind Travelers

mashable.com — San Francisco International Airport is rolling out a pilot program later this year that could help blind travelers navigate within a terminal with the guidance of beacon technology. Tiny sensors called beacons will be tested in one of the airport's newest terminals (Terminal 2, home to American Airlines and Virgin Atlantic Airlines) and potentially expand to other terminals in the future.
Jul 31, 2014

RT @mashabletech: San Francisco International Airport pilots beacon sensors to guide blind travelers on.mash.to/UOIHDk

Jul 31, 2014

San Francisco Airport Tests Beacon Sensors to Guide Blind Travelers on.mash.to/1rNY2ir

'The Quest' Episode 1 Recap: You'll Feel Very Silly - Silly Is Good Right?

mashable.com — The Quest is a twisted fairytale mirror of a reality show, worth your attention for, if nothing else, the way it will make you feel about the way you already felt about both high-minded fantasy and lowbrow reality TV. Which ... is a bit silly. Extra silly if you like both.
Aug 01, 2014

THE QUEST will make you feel silly about both high-minded fantasy and lowbrow reality TV. Just try not to watch it: mashable.com/2014/08/01/the…

U.S. Issues Travel Warning for Ebola-Hit Countries in Africa

mashable.com — The U.S. on Thursday issued travel warnings for three countries hit by the Ebola outbreak: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Ebola has been killed at least 729 people since March of this year, making this the worst ever outbreak of the disease. Its origins are traced to forests in eastern Guinea, beginning in February.
Jul 31, 2014

RT @AmandaWills: US travel warning to Ebola-hit countries include Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. More: mashable.com/2014/07/31/us-…

Jul 31, 2014

US travel warning to Ebola-hit countries include Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. More: mashable.com/2014/07/31/us-…

'No One Cares About a Whole Album'

mashable.com — Welcome to Throwback Tunesday, where Mashable amplifies the echoes of music past. With genre trends and throwbacks, we synthesize music and nostalgia. Philip Bailey from Earth, Wind & Fire says he feels blessed for the genre-blending band's longevity: its five decades, seven memorable top 10 albums and seven groovy top 10 singles.
Aug 01, 2014

RT @mashable: Earth, Wind & Fire's Philip Bailey: 'No One Cares About a Whole Album' - on.mash.to/1obvoYZ

1Password Unveils 'Holy Grail' of Password Managers for iOS 8

mashable.com — While much of the initial excitement around iOS 8's new extensibility features surrounded widgets and the potential for third-party keyboards, there's another type of app that will greatly benefit from these changes: password managers. AgileBits, the company behind the 1Password software, showed off the extension for iOS 8 that they are calling the "holy grail" of password managers.