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Why I'm Leaving Slate for Bloomberg Politics

slate.com — This blog does not believe in lede-burying, so here you go: On September 19, I'll be leaving Slate to work for Bloomberg Politics. I'll be covering exactly what I cover now, but at a different address. Slate's politics and policy coverage will fall into the more-than-capable hands of Will Dobson,...
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Malaysia Airlines offers “Bucket List” contest.

slate.com — The back-to-back crashes of MH370 and MH17 have made for a tragic year for Malaysia Airlines. The tragedies have also rattled travelers, pushing Malaysia's national carrier to the financial brink. The airline cut nearly 6,000 jobs-30 percent of its workforce-and looked to turn the page, and its flagging fortunes, by...
Sep 02, 2014

Oh dear... MT @laurahelmuth: Malaysia Airlines offers unfortunately named “Bucket List” contest to lure passengers. slate.com/blogs/the_slat…

Sep 02, 2014

RT @laurenpeikoff: Oh, no. Malaysia Airlines Offers Unfortunately Named "Bucket List" Contest to Lure Passengers slate.me/1pG5Fu2 pic.twitter.com/98N3uRqYe1

Sep 02, 2014

Oh, no. Malaysia Airlines Offers Unfortunately Named "Bucket List" Contest to Lure Passengers slate.me/1pG5Fu2 pic.twitter.com/98N3uRqYe1

Sep 02, 2014

"Unfortunately, the rebrand already needs a rebrand of its own:" Malaysia Airlines has a bucket list contest: slate.com/blogs/the_slat…

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Blame Apple for its disregard for user security.

slate.com — In the wake of the theft of the private data and photos of dozens of celebrities, there is at least one major culprit. Not the alleged leakers, though obviously they're to blame, but the company that has most prominently overstated its security in the first place: Apple. Apple is...
Sep 02, 2014

#ScrewiCloud:"Apple users from Jennifer Lawrence to corporate executives to you, should be OUT FOR BLOOD": slate.com/articles/techn… via @slate

Sep 02, 2014

RT @Slate: Why celebrities and civilians should never trust Apple with nude photos, or any data at all: slate.me/1A2op78 pic.twitter.com/dGj8CEzixy

Sep 02, 2014

RT @Slate: Why celebrities and civilians should never trust Apple with nude photos, or any data at all: slate.me/1uhvG2r pic.twitter.com/GAg9kIkNqy

Sep 02, 2014

RT @Slate: Why celebrities and civilians should never trust Apple with nude photos, or any data at all: slate.me/1uhvG2r pic.twitter.com/GAg9kIkNqy

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A Few Questions for Tim Wu, the New York Candidate Who's Giving Andrew Cuomo Conniptions

slate.com — Just six weeks ago, I talked to Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu about their hopeless, optimistic campaign to govern New York. Teachout, a Howard Dean campaign veteran, was running in the Democratic primary against Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Wu, the man who invented the term "net neutrality," was challenging former Rep....
Sep 02, 2014

RT @daveweigel: I talked to @superwuster about the possibly of being Andrew Cuomo’s (unwanted) 2014 running mate. slate.com/blogs/weigel/2…

Sep 02, 2014

RT @daveweigel: I talked to @superwuster about the possibly of being Andrew Cuomo’s (unwanted) 2014 running mate. slate.com/blogs/weigel/2…

Sep 02, 2014

RT @daveweigel: I talked to @superwuster about the possibly of being Andrew Cuomo’s (unwanted) 2014 running mate. slate.com/blogs/weigel/2…

Sep 02, 2014

RT @daveweigel: I talked to @superwuster about the possibly of being Andrew Cuomo’s (unwanted) 2014 running mate. slate.com/blogs/weigel/2…

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DNA evidence frees two North Carolina men after 30 years.

slate.com — Henry Lee McCollum, and his half-brother, Leon Brown, have been in a North Carolina prison for 30 years. McCollum, who faced the death penalty, was the state's longest serving death row inmate; Brown was looking at life behind bars. On Tuesday, both men were exonerated and ordered to be freed...
Sep 02, 2014

RT @Slate: New DNA Evidence Exonerates, Frees Two North Carolina Inmates After 30 Years in Prison slate.me/1uiova7

Sep 02, 2014

RT @BadAstronomer: Y’know, after the nth incident, you might start to think our criminal justice system is broken in some places. slate.me/1uiova7

Sep 02, 2014

Y’know, after the nth incident, you might start to think our criminal justice system is broken in some places. slate.me/1uiova7

These “all new VFX” are wrong, wrong, wrong.

slate.com — HBO has confirmed to the blog HBO Watch that the full run of The Wire is being remastered to be re-aired in HD, possibly as soon as this autumn. A commenter who claims to work at the visual effects company on the project says that the remasters will include "all new VFX"-which...

Defensive end will sign to team's practice squad.

slate.com — According to well-connected ESPN reporter Adam Schefter, the Dallas Cowboys plan to sign defensive end Michael Sam to their practice squad: Sam, of course, would become the first openly gay NFL player if he makes the team's active roster. (Practice squad players are what they sound like-individuals who work out...
Sep 02, 2014

RT @Slate: Michael Sam Signs With Dallas Cowboys, Where "Distractions" Aren't a Bad Thing slate.me/1pFNhRY pic.twitter.com/7MU5a2ZApy

Sep 02, 2014

RT @Slate: Michael Sam Signs With Dallas Cowboys, Where "Distractions" Aren't a Bad Thing slate.me/1pFNhRY pic.twitter.com/7MU5a2ZApy

Sep 02, 2014

Credit @josh_levin for noticing how well Sam dovetails into Jerry Jones's Manziel-related passion for Narratives slate.com/blogs/the_slat…

Myths about police body-worn recorders.

slate.com — In the wake of the tragic police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, there has been much speculation and debate about what actually transpired. Lots of news commentators seem to believe that the Brown case would be resolved sooner-and there would be less civil unrest-had the officer who shot...

1400 children exploited in one English town, and authorities did nothing to stop it.

slate.com — As the New York Times reported Monday, between 1997 and 2013, in the northern English town of Rotherham, "at least 1,400 children, some as young as 11, were groomed for sexual exploitation while the authorities looked the other way." The findings of an independent inquiry into child sexual exploitation in...
Sep 02, 2014

RT @junethomas: How class contributed to the sexual exploitation of at least 1,400 children in a northern English town: slate.me/1uuGJV2

Sep 02, 2014

Shocking story MT @Slate At least 1400 children were sexually exploited in one English town. How could this happen? slate.me/1pFdfVQ

Sep 02, 2014

How class contributed to the sexual exploitation of at least 1,400 children in a northern English town: slate.me/1uuGJV2

Angelina Jolie wedding dress was designed by Donatella Versace and Brangelina's six kids.

slate.com — It's unclear how much the world really cares that Brangelina finally tied the knot, but exclusive photos of the August 23 wedding at their Château Miraval in France are being featured on the covers People Magazine and Hello!. They show Jolie in a seemingly traditional, minimalistic white silk-satin wedding dress...
Sep 02, 2014

RT @Slate: Angelina Jolie's wedding dress was a decorated with her kids' doodles--PHOTOS: slate.me/1A2omZ2 pic.twitter.com/kWzQ5Z7PmL

Sep 02, 2014

ahem @rubycramer RT @Slate: Angelina Jolie's wedding dress was a decorated with her kids' doodles slate.me/1A2omZ2

Cryosat observations show rapid Greenland, Antarctic ice loss

slate.com — A new study just published shows that - using more accurate measurements than ever before - Greenland and Antarctica are together losing ice at incredible rates: Together, over 500 ±107 cubic kilometers of ice are melting from them every year. That means 450 billion tons of ice are lost every year,...
Sep 02, 2014

RT @Slate: Greenland and Antarctica are losing ice at "unprecedented rates": slate.me/1ug4hO8

Sep 02, 2014

RT @BadAstronomer: Reporting science accurately: Greenland+Antarctica losing 450 BILLION tons of ice annually. slate.com/blogs/bad_astr…

Sep 02, 2014

Reporting science accurately: Greenland+Antarctica losing 450 BILLION tons of ice annually. slate.com/blogs/bad_astr…

The Kiwis’ pregame dance confuses Derrick Rose and James Harden.

slate.com — On Tuesday in Bilbao, Spain, the United States moved to 3-0 at the FIBA Basketball World Cup by defeating New Zealand 98-71. Given that the United States is the United States, New Zealand is New Zealand, and basketball is basketball, the final score was something of a fait accompli. But...
Sep 02, 2014

You know the All Blacks' Haka? The Tall Blacks do it too. They screamed and pounded the floor for Derrick Rose. Watch ow.ly/B0L0j

Sep 02, 2014

Not a big fan of doing the haka in non-tackle sports, but I'm not from New Zealand. slate.com/blogs/the_slat…

Sep 02, 2014

Awesome. "Derrick Rose and James Harden Are Very Confused by New Zealand’s Pregame Haka "slate.com/blogs/the_slat… via @slate

Sep 02, 2014

New Zealand basketball haka: The Kiwis’ pregame dance confuses Derrick Rose and James Harden. bmbl.us/1nT6CcV

New York Fed economists estimate how long it takes to earn back the cost of a college degree.

slate.com — This article originally appeared in Business Insider. College starts today for students across the country. With tuition costs surging, we can't help but ask, "What are they thinking?" In a new note, the New York Fed's Jaison R. Abel and Richard Deitz write that, looked at one way, these young...
Sep 02, 2014

@Slate: Here's how long it takes to recoup the cost of your college degree: slate.me/1uhrCz9 pic.twitter.com/XNS2KwYfob

Sep 02, 2014

Here's How Long It Takes to Recoup the Cost of Your College Degree slate.com/blogs/business… via @slate

Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrity hacking victims should not have to play it cool.

slate.com — On Sunday, dozens of nude photographs of female celebrities-including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and Kirsten Dunst-were leaked online. The hacking and nonconsensual publication of these photos-which were kept privately by the women themselves and shared only with partners and friends of their choosing, if with anyone at all-is both a...
Sep 02, 2014

RT @tminsberg: Thank you, @amandahess: "When hackers steal credit card information, the public isn't blamed for daring to shop." slate.me/1uuYiEC

Sep 02, 2014

Thank you, @amandahess: "When hackers steal credit card information, the public isn't blamed for daring to shop." slate.me/1uuYiEC

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How to turn off iCloud backup for your photos.

slate.com — Pop quiz: Are you automatically backing up your smartphone photos to the cloud? Are you sure? If you answered "no" and "yes," congratulations: Your selfies are probably safe from the sort of hack that exposed nude photos of actress Jennifer Lawrence, model Kate Upton, and several others this past weekend....
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