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Why it matters where - and when - Tim Cook spoke up about being gay

mashable.com — Tim Cook, one of the world's most powerful and high-profile CEOs, is finally talking publicly about being gay. In an essay in Bloomberg Businessweek on Thursday, the Apple CEO wrote that he never hid his sexual orientation, but also never talked openly about it.
Oct 30, 2014

"Tim Cook’s personal announcement became his personal 'one more thing.’” Why his timing mattered: on.mash.to/1p70wMC by @LanceUlanoff

Oct 30, 2014

RT @louiseroug: Great analysis @LanceUlanoff RT @mashable: Why it matters where — and when — Tim Cook spoke up about being gay mashable.com/2014/10/30/tim…

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12 Halloween costumes you can make in 5 minutes or less

mashable.com — Time to start sweating, slackers. Halloween has arrived and you still don't have a costume. Whether you unintentionally procrastinated or unexpected plans came up this week, don't fret. Though it's probably too late to make a contest-winning costume, you still have time to make the simplest of costumes (or you could express ship a simple Halloween hoodie).
Oct 31, 2014

RT @mashable: Here are some 5-minute costumes for all you Halloween slackers. You're welcome. on.mash.to/1wOzwDU pic.twitter.com/hFRJ7ETXua

Oct 30, 2014

I asked my team to help w/ a costume shoot while I was out yesterday. They did not disappoint. mashable.com/2014/10/30/las… pic.twitter.com/SlRUOeutCP

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I’m proud to be gay'

mashable.com — Apple CEO Tim Cook has, for the first time, written publicly about his sexual orientation in an essay published in Businessweek Thursday. "I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me," Cook writes.
Oct 30, 2014

"I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me." — Tim Cook mashable.com/2014/10/30/app…

Oct 30, 2014

"#Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be #gay'" Didn't we all already know this? on.mash.to/1wNzCM9

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Maine nurse goes for bike ride, defying orders for Ebola quarantine

mashable.com — Sometimes you just gotta ride. A Maine nurse defied orders from the state that she remain in her home under quarantine over Ebola fears when she took a bike ride with her boyfriend on Thursday morning. Kaci Hickox, 33, who recently returned to the U.S.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @nycjim: Maine nurse thumbs her nose at #Ebola quarantine order; goes on a bike ride with boyfriend. on.mash.to/1tFDgVG pic.twitter.com/BJAQx8OnEq

Oct 30, 2014

RT @Atul_Gawande: .@nycjim *Afebrile & uncontagious* nurse thumbs her nose at #Ebola quarantine w a bike ride. on.mash.to/1tFDgVG http:…

Oct 30, 2014

RT @Atul_Gawande: .@nycjim *Afebrile & uncontagious* nurse thumbs her nose at #Ebola quarantine w a bike ride. on.mash.to/1tFDgVG http:…

Oct 30, 2014

.@nycjim *Afebrile & uncontagious* nurse thumbs her nose at #Ebola quarantine w a bike ride. on.mash.to/1tFDgVG pic.twitter.com/jEnFP6qupw

Oct 30, 2014

RT @nycjim: Maine nurse thumbs her nose at #Ebola quarantine order; goes on a bike ride with boyfriend. on.mash.to/1tFDgVG pic.twitter.com/BJAQx8OnEq

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Instagram launches its much-anticipated video ads

mashable.com — If a picture is worth 1,000 words, a 15-second video has to be worth quite a bit more. Instagram has launched its first video ads, adding another entry into the lucrative but increasingly crowded market. Disney, Activision and Banana Republic are among the first companies to have autoplay videos featured on the Facebook-owned platform, according to Adweek .

Cops can make you unlock your smartphone with fingerprint, says judge

mashable.com — Cops can force you to unlock your smartphone with your fingerprint - but they can't force you to unlock it with your passcode, according to a local judge in Virginia. The decision, one of the first ones to deal with fingerprints and cellphones, confirms the fact that law enforcement agents can get access to a locked phone with legal means if they need to.
Oct 30, 2014

Using your fingerprint to unlock your phone? Law enforcement likes that; easier access for them (and others). mashable.com/2014/10/30/cop…

Oct 30, 2014

Cops can make you unlock your smartphone with fingerprint, says judge j.mp/1E75iN9

Oct 30, 2014

If you're worried about your privacy, this is why a passcode is better than your fingerprint to protect your phone. mashable.com/2014/10/30/cop…

Kevin Bacon Explains the '80s to Millennials

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Tim Cook just came out publicly as gay and Wall Street is not freaking out

mashable.com — Tim Cook proudly announced on Thursday what had been rumored for years: He is a gay man. In so doing, Cook became the first CEO of a Fortune 500 company to publicly come out. The chief executive of any company, but particularly one as scrutinized as Apple, may fear the repercussions that coming out might have on employees, customers and investors.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @sfiegerman: Tim Cook just publicly declared he’s gay and Wall Street doesn’t care. That’s exactly as it should be. mashable.com/2014/10/30/tim…

Oct 30, 2014

RT @RossTucker: RT @sfiegerman: Tim Cook just publicly declared he’s gay and Wall St. doesn’t care. That’s exactly as it should be. mashable.com/2014/10/30/tim…

Oct 30, 2014

RT @sfiegerman: Tim Cook just publicly declared he’s gay and Wall Street doesn’t care. That’s exactly as it should be. mashable.com/2014/10/30/tim…

Oct 30, 2014

RT @sfiegerman: Tim Cook just publicly declared he’s gay and Wall St. doesn’t care. That’s exactly as it should be. mashable.com/2014/10/30/tim…

Oct 30, 2014

Tim Cook just publicly declared he’s gay and Wall Street doesn’t care. That’s exactly as it should be. mashable.com/2014/10/30/tim…

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What Halloween looked like in 1980s New York City

mashable.com — The New York Village Halloween parade is America's only nighttime parade. The parade route stretches for more than a mile, up Manhattan's Sixth Avenue. In addition to elaborate costumes, the event features giant puppets manipulated by several puppeteers and bands. Each year, parade themes draw upon extensive research into the symbolic language and meanings underlying celebrations and rituals.

How 'coming out' has evolved, and why it still matters

mashable.com — "For years, I've been open with many people about my sexual orientation," Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote in a powerful personal essay, published Thursday in Businessweek. "Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I'm gay, and it doesn't seem to make a difference in the way they treat me."

Tim Cook, authenticity and America's (slowly) changing corporate culture

mashable.com — For years, John Browne led two lives. In public, Browne pretended to be "asexual" while he ran BP, one of the largest corporations in the world. He lived with his mother and took her to business events in lieu of a date. In private, and only in private, John Browne was gay.

Why Australians cackle in the face of Halloween

mashable.com — SYDNEY - Halloween is here. Except a random street party held by 20-year-old students and a lonesome house covered in cobwebs, there is a stillness in the air. There are no knocks at the door, there are no groups of kids cackling as they hurry down the street, there are no free sweets.
Oct 30, 2014

Mashable: Why Australians cackle in the face of Halloween - SYDNEY — Halloween is here. Except a random street par... ow.ly/2PWKHh

Australian politicians are just as confused by metadata as you are

mashable.com — Metadata can be confusing. Just ask Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Attorney-General George Brandis and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull. They've been changing their minds about data and what it actually means for years. On Thursday, the Australia Government introduced a data retention bill to Parliament.
Oct 31, 2014

Mashable: Australian politicians are just as confused by metadata as you are ow.ly/2PXbsp

The disappointing aftermath of that viral street harassment PSA

mashable.com — In 24 hours, more than 6 million people have watched a woman get harassed on the streets of New York City. You probably know the video we're talking about. It's this one, in which a woman is filmed for 10 hours walking around New York City and experiences more than 100 instances of catcalling, unsolicited compliments, whistles, leers and general harassment.
Oct 30, 2014

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Oct 29, 2014

Faith in humanity. Woman chronicling street harassment in NYC now getting rape threats mashable.com/2014/10/29/str… pic.twitter.com/CeYmGcia9k

Oct 29, 2014

RT @nycjim: Depressing: Woman who created street sex harassment video is getting threatened. on.mash.to/1p3honx pic.twitter.com/J8hFxuVpIf

Oct 29, 2014

RT @NickKristof: Appalling! This woman does a service by chronicling street harassment & now gets rape threats mashable.com/2014/10/29/str… http:…

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Google reveals first functional Project Ara prototype (for real this time)

mashable.com — Google's Project Ara has reached an important milestone. A new video shows off the most advanced prototype of the modular smartphone yet- one that actually boots and is able to launch an app. Project Ara is Google's ambitious plan for modular smartphones that have interchangeable pieces.
Oct 31, 2014

Mashable: Google reveals first functional Project Ara prototype (for real this time) ow.ly/2PWYJx

Amazon in 2014: A look back

mashable.com — It's been quite the year for Amazon - and it was either good or bad, depending on who you ask. From an optimistic perspective, Amazon finally dipped its toes in the smartphone market with the Amazon Fire Phone, rolled out new Kindle Fire tablets and launched its own entertainment streaming device, called the Amazon Fire TV.

T-Pain's 'weird as hell' Tiny Desk performance

mashable.com — Don't get it twisted: T-Pain's signature auto-tune is no coverup for a lack of vocal talent. T-Pain visited NPR's headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Monday for a Tiny Desk concert, proving that the hip hop artist indeed has some serious pipes. "I know everyone's worried about where the auto-tune is gonna come from.
Oct 30, 2014

"Also: T-Pain thinks 'pianist' is a really funny word. He's not wrong." on.mash.to/106HgT6

Protests in Burkina Faso spiraling out of control

mashable.com — Protests in Burkina Faso turned violent on Thursday as demonstrators stormed the country's parliament building ahead of a planned vote that would have paved the way for extending the president's 27-year rule. The vote, which would have changed the West African country's constitution to allow President Blaise Compaore to remain in office, was cancelled due to fierce opposition from the public.
Oct 30, 2014

Burkina Faso consulate says it is closing its borders and instituting a curfew as protests spiral out of control mashable.com/2014/10/30/bur…

Oct 30, 2014

Burkina Faso closes its borders and institutes a curfew as protests spiral out of control mashable.com/2014/10/30/bur…

Oct 30, 2014

Mashable: Protests in Burkina Faso spiraling out of control - Protests in Burkina Faso turned violent on Thursday ... ow.ly/2PUCIs

5 DIY and safe hangover cures to try this weekend

mashable.com — You can run, but you can't hide from a hangover. Damn if we haven't tried. Everyone has a remedy they swear works for them, from chewing garlic, to rubbing a lemon on your armpit, to drinking more (a.k.a. the hair of the dog).
Oct 30, 2014

RT @mashable: 5 DIY and safe hangover cures to try this weekend on.mash.to/1q2iY3J

Oct 30, 2014

RT @janinegibson: Drink vodka, fix with bacon, Coke and Advil. I'm wondering who funds this guy's hangover clinic. In Vegas. on.mash.to/1q2iY3J

Oct 30, 2014

Drink vodka, fix with bacon, Coke and Advil. I'm wondering who funds this guy's hangover clinic. In Vegas. on.mash.to/1q2iY3J