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Texas plumber baffled after truck ends up in the hands of Syrian rebels

mashable.com — A Texas plumber was left bewildered after a truck he sold last year resurfaced this week - in the hands of Syrian rebels. One of Mark Oberholtzer's old work trucks appeared in a photo tweeted by a Syrian rebel group, prompting an influx of threatening phone calls to the plumber.
Dec 18, 2014

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Dec 18, 2014

probably the weirdest story of today: Texas plumber baffled after truck ends up in the hands of Syrian rebels mashable.com/2014/12/18/tex…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @mashable: Texas plumber baffled after truck ends up in the hands of Syrian rebels. on.mash.to/1sE3UL6 pic.twitter.com/ySYrLodbYV

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Despite the accusations, there's still little evidence linking North Korea to the Sony hack

mashable.com — After weeks of rumors and speculation, it looked like the mystery surrounding the hackers who hit and embarassed Sony Pictures in the last few weeks may have finally been solved: North Korea did it, according to anonymous U.S. officials quoted in various news reports on Wednesday.
Dec 18, 2014

Anonymous US officials blamed North Korea for the Sony hack, but we still have little evidence mashable.com/2014/12/18/nor… via @lorenzoFB

Dec 18, 2014

Despite the accusations, there's still little evidence linking North Korea to the Sony hack, experts say on.mash.to/1zA5iVh - @lorenzoFB

Dec 18, 2014

RT @adschina: Despite accusations, there's still little evidence linking DPRK to Sony hack buff.ly/16vS1Ct lots of experts asking for more proof

Dec 18, 2014

RT @adschina: Despite accusations, there's still little evidence linking DPRK to Sony hack buff.ly/16vS1Ct lots of experts asking for more proof

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'Team America: World Police' screenings canceled in wake of Sony hack

mashable.com — LOS ANGELES - Now it's just getting silly. Paramount Pictures has apparently forced the cancellation of planned screenings of Team America: World Police across the U.S. in the coming days, presumably over fears of the bogeymen from North Korea.
Dec 18, 2014

This makes...no sense whatsoever. | 'Team America: World Police' screenings canceled in wake of Sony hack. on.mash.to/1w3rq4o

Dec 18, 2014

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Double amputee controls bionic arms with his mind

mashable.com — Prosthetic technology has made huge leaps in recent years, but the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory is pushing it into Six Million Dollar Man territory. Scientists recently equipped double amputee Les Baugh with a pair of Modular Prosthetics Limbs (MPL) that he controls with his mind.

Wristband notices when you fall asleep and records your TV show

mashable.com — LONDON - Wearable technology is great, but so much of it is obsessed with getting you fit. Apps can track your heartbeat, encourage you to hit the gym, and remind you how many calories were in that last Krispy Kreme. But what about a product designed for the more relaxed individual?
Dec 18, 2014

Wearable tech is usually obsessed with getting you fit, but this wristband records your TV show when you fall asleep: mashable.com/2014/12/18/wri…

Dec 18, 2014

Need this. RT @@mashable Wristband notices when you fall asleep and records your TV show. on.mash.to/13D247H pic.twitter.com/LI7ekjqKUb

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The Kim Jong-un death scene that made North Korea's head explode

mashable.com — LOS ANGELES - Here it is: the 28 seconds of The Interview that enraged North Korea, and may have doomed the film to oblivion. The scene is the film's climax, and it's funnier if you know the background: Earlier in The Interview, James Franco's character Dave Skylark bonds with Kim Jong-un over their mutual love of Katy Perry - particularly the song "Firework" - as they drive around in the supreme leader's personal tank.

Yet another mid-air fight nearly causes plane to make emergency landing

mashable.com — First, there was a crying baby. Two women reportedly complained to another passenger, Chan Juan Sung, that her baby was making too much noise, and that she should do something about it. Chan shouted back, and at one point, the two other women - who were sitting in front of Chan - responded by reclining their seats all the way back.

Show us your best vintage holiday photos for Throwback Thursday

mashable.com — The Christmas tree is as synonymous with the holiday season as Santa Claus and presents. In the United States alone, roughly 33 million trees were sold in the last year, according to a recent Mashable Spotlight piece that delved into the bustling Christmas tree market.

Live updates: Historic day for the U.S. and Cuba

mashable.com — In a historic turn of events, the U.S. and Cuba are set to start talks to normalize full diplomatic relations, marking the most significant shift in policy towards the communist island in decades. Stick with Mashable as we learn more about the deal.
Dec 17, 2014

Love #cuba story and its spies & intrigue, cigars & communists, and birthday boy @Pontifex: on.mash.to/1BZqhjL

Dec 17, 2014

RT @meganspecia: Mixed reaction in Little Havana over decision by U.S. to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba mashable.com/2014/12/17/liv…

Dec 17, 2014

Mixed reaction in Little Havana over decision by U.S. to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba mashable.com/2014/12/17/liv…

Dec 17, 2014

RT @mashable: Get caught up: Here's everything we know about the historical U.S.-Cuba deal on.mash.to/1wFVjN9 pic.twitter.com/Q2X1tF2KR9

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6 standout moments from Putin's marathon speech

mashable.com — KIEV, Ukraine - Russian President Vladimir Putin faced difficult questions from the media at his annual marathon press conference Thursday in Moscow amid the country's worst economic crisis since the 1998 default. European and U.S.
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Putin assumes stroke survivor is drunk in presser gaffe

mashable.com — Russian President Vladimir Putin's marathon press conference on Thursday was not without a hiccup, after he implied that a stroke survivor was drunk. While fielding hours of questions from reporters, Putin interrupted a reporter who asked him about the regulations around a specific Russian alcoholic beverage.

The year Fidel Castro completely charmed America

mashable.com — When Fidel Castro came to New York in April 1959, it was a mere four months since the 33-year-old had led the successful revolution to overthrow the Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. Castro had pulled no punches in his anti-America speeches, and he had extensive associations with the political left.
Dec 18, 2014

Brilliant. When Fidel Castro went to New York in April 1959. @theretronaut collection of images from Castro's trip. mashable.com/2014/12/17/fid…

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No comment: Why news websites are ditching comment sections

mashable.com — Christopher Altchek first realized how difficult it is to manage a community of commenters in early 2012 when his news publication (then operating under the name PolicyMic) was linked to by The Drudge Report, the conservative news powerhouse. "We had a really robust and really high-quality commenting section and commenting community.
Dec 18, 2014

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Dec 18, 2014

Eliminate comments sections on stories so readers must comment on social media, promoting your content. tinyurl.com/l74yoxd #journalism

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The beginning of the end

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'Starbucks lovers' and other catchy misheard lyrics of 2014

mashable.com — We're about to rock your world: Taylor Swift is not singing about Starbucks in "Blank Space." As a service to the music industry, YouTubers Pleated Jeans created a mashup of this year's funniest misheard lyrics, and in turn, has made us reconsider everything we know about our favorite pop songs - not to mention our brains.

Pope Francis's greatest hits of 2014

mashable.com — The Pope turned 78 on Wednesday - and he spent it eating cake and getting shout-outs from Presidents Obama and Castro after he helped broker a historic diplomatic break-through between the U.S. and Cuba. Props to the birthday boy who's had a pretty remarkable year.

The best photos of 2014

mashable.com — From fiery volcanos to mass protests, these are the images that defined our year. Handpicked by Mashable editors.
Dec 17, 2014

Some incredible photos. RT @mashable: The best photos of 2014, handpicked by our editors on.mash.to/1wYHlId pic.twitter.com/zBeBAnKhp5

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The 15 truthiest Stephen Colbert quotes, America

mashable.com — You can kick and scream, America, but Stephen Colbert's character from The Colbert Report will be dead and gone come Friday. The final episode of The Colbert Report airs Thursday, and although the real Stephen Colbert will grace our screens as the new host of the Late Show , replacing David Letterman, his exaggerated character will be missed.