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Giraffe Dies After Hitting Its Head on Highway Bridge — 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.
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How NOT to transport a giraffe: on a highway with low bridges. Such a shame.

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RT @nycjim: Giraffe in open-air truck dies after reportedly hitting head on highway overpass.…

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Twitter Transparency Report Marks 46% Rise in Government Information Requests — Twitter released its biannual transparency report on Thursday as part of the company's ongoing efforts to hold governments and copyright holders accountable. The report, which includes government information requests, government removal requests and copyright notices from January through June 2014, shows how governments around the world increasingly use Twitter to get information about its users.
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RT @mashable: More on Twitter Transparency: Majority of govt. requests came from US. Twitter handed over the info 72% of the time.

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Twitter Transparency Report Reveals 46% Rise in Government Requests…

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Final #transparency report update: Copyright notices rise 27%, Twitter saw a 80% increase in counter notices…

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Overstock to Pay Employee Bonuses in Bitcoin — Overstock, which began taking bitcoin in January and posted $1 million in sales two months later, is so enamored with the currency that it plans to offer employee bonuses in bitcoin too. Judd Bagley, a rep for Overstock, says the company is trying to figure out how to offer bitcoin bonuses by the end of the year.

Almost the Entire State of California Is Now in 'Exceptional Drought' — Just when Californians thought it couldn't get worse, the three-year drought that has enveloped the state intensified a little over the past week. Scratch that; it intensified a lot. The percentage of the state in the worst category of drought - known as "exceptional drought" - skyrocketed from 36.5% to 58.4% in the past week alone, according to statistics released on Thursday.
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California has set more drought records, with 58% of state in the worst-possible category…

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Things looking apocalyptically bad in California, as 58% of state in "exceptional drought", not in a good way.…

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Facebook Brings Free Mobile Internet to Zambia With App — The Facebook-backed nonprofit 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. is rolling out an app that provides free basic web services to Airtel subscribers in Zambia.

NASA Unveils Its Next Mars Rover — NASA unveiled its plans for the 2020 Mars rover on Thursday, and though its design may look familiar, it's got a lot of new gadgets under the hood. The new rover will be based on the same framework as Curiosity, the two-ton rover that landed on Mars two years ago and is currently driving around, picking up dirt samples and drilling into rocks.

A Shattered Childhood: The War on Gaza's Kids — GAZA CITY, Gaza-It was the first day of Eid, the Muslim celebration that caps the end of Ramadan, a day meant for celebration, joy and fun. But in Gaza, the day ended with bloodshed. More than 50 children were standing in line, waiting for their turn on a ramshackle ferris wheel, when a bomb hit, blasting the day of joy into a day of mourning.

U.S. Issues Travel Warning for Ebola-Hit Countries in Africa — 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.
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RT @AmandaWills: US travel warning to Ebola-hit countries include Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. More:…

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US travel warning to Ebola-hit countries include Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. More:…

Investigators Finally Reach MH17 Crash Site as Ukraine Declares 24-Hour Cease-Fire — KIEV, Ukraine - The Ukrainian government is halting its military operation against Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine for 24 hours so that international investigators can reach the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 for the first time since the jetliner was shot down two weeks ago.

15 Magical Harry Potter Cocktails to Charm Your Palate — 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.

Lorde Will Pick Every Artist for 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' Soundtrack — Lorde may never be a royal, but she's the perfect ruler for Lionsgate, which has tapped her to curate the Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 soundtrack. The 17-year-old "Royals" singer will not only select the artists who will appear on the soundtrack, she will also write and lend her vocals on the first single.

NBA Becomes First Sports League to Put Its Twitter Handle on Every Ball — When the 2014-2015 NBA season tips off this fall, the league's official game ball will still be that familiar orange-brown hue. It will still be made by Spalding and will still have the same feel as last year.

Tesla Charges Ahead With Plans for Huge Battery 'Gigafactory' in U.S. — Tesla is charging ahead with Panasonic on plans for a giant new battery factory. The two companies announced their plans on Thursday to open a new factory in the United States. Neither company has revealed where in the U.S. the facility might be built; the competition remains fierce.

Super-Fast Battery Pack Can Fully Charge Your Phone in 15 Minutes — While electronics manufacturers continue to push the limits of how much innovation they can stuff into smartwatches, smartphones and even Bluetooth headphones, one challenge still hampers all of these devices: battery life. We haven't quite solved the problem of ever-waning battery life on our mobile gadgets, but one new device may be a game changer.
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turn down for watt RT @mhess4: A battery pack that can fully charge your phone in 15 minutes:…

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A battery pack that can fully charge your phone in 15 minutes:…

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Sign me up. I want one. Battery pack says it can charge itself fully in 15 mins. Never run out of juice again!…

Video: 'Star Trek' Creator's Son Kicks Off 2-Year Retrospective Project — Stardate 2016: It's the near future, and one of America's most beloved science fiction icons is celebrating a major milestone. Phasers on stun: Star Trek is turning 50.
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