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BlogPost: December 12, 2010 - December 18, 2010

Provo Tabernacle in flames; Berlusconi lampooned on Twitter; Gap woes and more

Afternoon links.

By Melissa Bell  | December 17, 2010; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Word Lens iPhone app: Yet another reason to book that trip to Argentina

World Lens translates text instantly for iPhones.

By Melissa Bell  | December 17, 2010; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Google parses this history of 500 billion words

Google launches a history-of-words tool.

By Melissa Bell  | December 17, 2010; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Jon Stewart's campaign for the Zadroga bill (Video)

Jon Stewart takes on 9/11 first responders bill.

By Melissa Bell  | December 17, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Making math magic: Vi Hart doodles her lessons

Vi Hart makes math magic.

By Melissa Bell  | December 17, 2010; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Facebook crash; WikiLeaks; Gold-dispensing ATMs; and more

Morning links.

By Melissa Bell  | December 17, 2010; 9:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Julian Assange on 'Today' show: 'Merely the end of the beginning'

Julian Assange appeared on the "Today" show.

By Melissa Bell  | December 17, 2010; 8:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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♪♫ The Anniversary of the Wright brothers (Photo)

It is the 107th anniversary of the first airplane flight.

By Melissa Bell  | December 17, 2010; 8:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Keith Olbermann and the Twitter 'frenzy' over the word 'rape'

Keith Olbermann quits Twitter.

By Melissa Bell  | December 16, 2010; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Snow day! Cold weather hits D.C., which means... dance party!

The view from the Post. (Amanda Zamora) Snow is falling on D.C. right now. Schools are shutting down early. So is the government. Sure, it by no means matches the weather in Cleveland, but it's still putting us in a...

By Melissa Bell  | December 16, 2010; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Anonymous to Glenn Beck: You don't understand us

Glenn Beck gets a letter from Anonymous.

By Melissa Bell  | December 16, 2010; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Dear Metro, I hate that I love you so (#metroloveletter)

I have to tell you something, Metro. You're late. All the time. This morning you stood me up when I had a meeting at work to get to. For half an hour I stood on the platform. You kept me hanging when the "Mad Men" finale was starting and my roommate disabled TiVo. I've fallen in your potholes you call construction one too many times. I've broken a sweat on the way to a date when the Woodley Park escalator was broken, again. And that thing you call a SmarTrip card? I'm onto you. I figured out pretty fast that card charges me just the same.

By Elizabeth Flock  | December 16, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Frozen lighthouse: An ice sculpture from nature

A lighthouse froze in Cleveland.

By Melissa Bell  | December 16, 2010; 11:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Roman statue rises from the sea (with a little help from a storm) (Photos)

A Roman ruin washes up on shore.

By Melissa Bell  | December 16, 2010; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Facebook knows what you look like

Facebook has added a facial recognition component that identifies your face in photographs and suggests who to tag in the image. Yes, Facebook knows who you are, even to the extend of knowing what you look like. Tag Suggestions...

By Melissa Bell  | December 16, 2010; 9:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Jane Austen Google Doodle skips the U.S.

Google gives England a Jane Austen Doodle but not the U.S.

By Melissa Bell  | December 16, 2010; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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♪♫ Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros take on 'Conan'

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros perform on the "Conan" show.

By Melissa Bell  | December 16, 2010; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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♪♫ Ludwig van Beethoven turns 240

Ludwig van Beethoven would be 240 today.

By Melissa Bell  | December 16, 2010; 7:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, BP suit, Facebook thieves and more

Afternoon links.

By Melissa Bell  | December 15, 2010; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Christmas inferno: State Farm sets fire to stuff (Video)

State Farm advertises its insurance plans by setting fire to stuff.

By Melissa Bell  | December 15, 2010; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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European protests erupt (Photos)

Protests inflame Europe.

By Melissa Bell  | December 15, 2010; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Red' Twitter: China's revolutionary take on microblogging

A local government in China has created a 'Red' Twitter.

By Melissa Bell  | December 15, 2010; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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School board shooting: Ginger Littleton talks about the gunman (Video)

Clay Duke held up a school board in Bay District, Florida.

By Melissa Bell  | December 15, 2010; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Kenya violence, NRA influence, restaurant wars and more

Morning links.

By Melissa Bell  | December 15, 2010; 8:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mark Zuckerberg beats Julian Assange for Time's 2010 Person of the Year

Time's Person of the Year goes to Mark Zuckerberg.

By Melissa Bell  | December 15, 2010; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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♪♫ Joanna Newsom strums on a good day

Joanna Newsom makes pretty music.

By Melissa Bell  | December 15, 2010; 7:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Chernobyl travel in 2011; Comic-Con tickets to go on sale... again; net neutrality and more

Afternoon links.

By Melissa Bell  | December 14, 2010; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Roald Dahl's unfinished, unpublished work

Roald Dahl's latest manuscript surfaces after 28 years.

By Melissa Bell  | December 14, 2010; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Julian Assange trial told by Twitter

Julian Assange given bail in trial.

By Melissa Bell  | December 14, 2010; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Voyager 1 reaches the edges of the solar system

Voyager 1 reaches the edges of the galaxy.

By Melissa Bell  | December 14, 2010; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Richard Holbrooke's final words: 'stop this war;' Google corruption; and a 15-year fake doctor

Morning news.

By Melissa Bell  | December 14, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Buckley T. Ratchford vs. Stephen Colbert (Video)

Stephen Colbert tries to blackmail a guest on his show.

By Melissa Bell  | December 14, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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♪♫ OK Go tags the streets of Los Angeles

London Calling launched in 1979.

By Melissa Bell  | December 14, 2010; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Wiki-Roundup: Julian Assange's OkCupid profile, WikiRebels and SNL

Julian Assange seeks sirens.

By Melissa Bell  | December 13, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Teach Parents Tech: Google's gift for the generations

I teach my mom tech.

By Melissa Bell  | December 13, 2010; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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OpenLeaks to launch, rivals WikiLeaks

OpenLeaks will give WikiLeaks a rival in the whistle-blowing industry

By Melissa Bell  | December 13, 2010; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Mona Lisa's eyes reveal some secrets

Mona Lisa's eyes give away some of the smile.

By Melissa Bell  | December 13, 2010; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Geminid meteor shower peaks Monday night -- best shower of the year

Geminid meteor show tonight.

By Melissa Bell  | December 13, 2010; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Twitter top trends: Gulf oil spill trumps Justin Bieber

Twitter releases its top Twitter trends of 2010.

By Melissa Bell  | December 13, 2010; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gawker hacked; Twitter accounts affected

Gawker Media Web sites have been hacked.

By Melissa Bell  | December 13, 2010; 9:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Rep. John Boehner cries -- a lot; and rejects "compromise" (Video)

John Boehner cries on 60 minutes.

By Melissa Bell  | December 13, 2010; 8:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (118)
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Hundreds attend counter protest at Elizabeth Edwards's funeral

Westboro Church plans to protest Elizabeth Edwards' funeral.

By Melissa Bell  | December 13, 2010; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
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♪♫ Vladimir Putin finds Blueberry Hill

Vladimir Putin sings Blueberry Hill for our listening pleasure.

By Melissa Bell  | December 13, 2010; 7:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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