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Posted at 9:00 AM ET, 11/22/2010

JFK assassination, digital distraction and the TSA tumult

By Melissa Bell
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Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, New York City, 1948. (Herman Leonard Photography)

A nice, juicy side of morning links to go with your coffee:

Today marks the 47th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination. Wired talks about some of the first user-generated content in a nationwide investigation: 26 seconds of a silent 8mm film shot by Dallas dressmaker Abraham Zapruder.

A computer tweak might help quell the furor over TSA security procedures. One scientist thinks he has a fix inspired by carnival fun-house mirrors.

Wikileaks will release a document dump seven times the size of the Iraq War Logs, Mashable reports. The announcement comes on the heels of a Swedish court approving a motion to bring the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange into custody for questioning in a rape case.

"Jazz" is a lush book of some of the most iconic photographs of musical moments, freezing some of the best singers and musicians in time. Check out the gallery of some of his work here.

Confusing newspaper juxtaposition of the weekend: The New York Times had an A1 story about the dangers of "digital distraction" and its impact on the youth of today. It talked about how technology has created an attention span deficit for students, harming their grade point averages. The New York Times also had a column by Virginia Heffernan that argued the opposite: The attention-span deficit is a myth. "So a kid loves the drums but can hardly get through a chapter of "The Sun Also Rises"; and another aces algebra tests but can't even understand how Call of Duty is played," Heffernan writes. Which take is the true take? I'm leaning with Heffernan on this one.

Delicious distraction of the day: customize your own cupcake. My best creation: the chocolate, maple syrup, ginger cookie crumb, pumpkin delight. It's addicting.

By Melissa Bell  | November 22, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
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