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The iHeartRadio Music Awards were not exactly the Grammys (or even the VMAs), but that's okay because Justin Timberlake and Taylor Swift had a great time entertaining each other.

Within moments of the award show starting Sunday night, Swift and Timberlake trolled the audience by having Justin pretend to accept Taylor's "Best Lyrics" award.

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Efficient Housing Design Might Finally Be Catching On

The idea of passive housing — basically, well-insulated buildings that don't require a ton of energy to heat and cool — is certainly not a new one. Standards for passive housing have been around for 25 years in Europe, but they are only now starting to catch on stateside.

The New York Times has an excellent profile on the rise of the passive house in New York City that's worth a read. 'Catching on' is maybe an overstatement — according to the article, dozens of passive units have been built, but far more are under consideration.

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Efficient Housing Design Might Finally Be Catching On

The idea of passive housing — basically, well-insulated buildings that don't require a ton of energy to heat and cool — is certainly not a new one. Standards for passive housing have been around for 25 years in Europe, but they are only now starting to catch on stateside.

The New York Times has an excellent profile on the rise of the passive house in New York City that's worth a read. 'Catching on' is maybe an overstatement — according to the article, dozens of passive units have been built, but far more are under consideration.

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Anyone who bans jumping on beds is a total buzzkill.

Winter the lamb has a real knack for jumping, so once it discovered that hopping around on a bed was far superior to doing the same on solid ground, there was simply no going back.

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Anyone who bans jumping on beds is a total buzzkill.

Winter the lamb has a real knack for jumping, so once it discovered that hopping around on a bed was far superior to doing the same on solid ground, there was simply no going back.

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The brief walk from dressing room 9 to the stage of Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry takes about 20 seconds, but passes decades of country music’s most prized heritage. There’s the photo of Dolly Parton with Paul McCartney, next to the piano Richard Nixon played and just down the hall from the “duets” room inspired by Johnny and June. On this autumn evening, you might bump into bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, or the Riders in the Sky, decked out in Stetsons and fringed western shirts. It’s a walk down memory lane here in country music’s home church, a study in nostalgia and past glory.

But the spunky, kinetic Hunter Hayes brings a new energy to the scene, and as he takes the stage at 9 PM, a gaggle of young fans – perhaps oblivious to the musical history infusing this space, perhaps not – reflexively unsheathe their iPhones. Hayes’s performance is in many ways emblematic of country’s new wave, a movement that has seen the genre rise to a new level of national popularity while attempting to navigate the tension between a rapidly changing demographic – of performers, songwriters, and fans – and a longstanding embrace of tradition.

It wasn’t inevitable that country music would thrive in the globalized world of perpetual Facebook updates, a world whose frenetic pace can be felt in electronica, or whose nouveau riche aspirations are extolled in hip-hop. In fact, the co-occurrence of spiraling technological advances and the continued rise of the country genre – which traditionally has valued more off-the-grid sensibilities – seems almost paradoxical. In what is an increasingly impressive balancing act, the country music industry has straddled the line between tradition and novelty, avoiding Luddite instincts while preserving the social structure and sense of comfort that has resonated in the heartland for decades.

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A 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea on Monday morning, according to official records.

The earthquake was registered at 9:48 a.m. local time and a tsunami alert has been issued in the region, Geoscience Australia reported. The quake hit 55 kilometers from the city of Kokopo, the capital of East New Britain.

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A 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea on Monday morning, according to official records.

The earthquake was registered at 9:48 a.m. local time and a tsunami alert has been issued in the region, Geoscience Australia reported. The quake hit 55 kilometers from the city of Kokopo, the capital of East New Britain.

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As Apple prepares to launch the Apple Watch, details are starting to emerge that reveal how differently this most personal of the company’s products will be treated in stores.

The watch — whichever of the three models consumers purchase — will be available by reservation. That’s true of consumers who pre-order a watch and want to drop by a store on April 24 to pick it up, as well as for those who are merely curious and want to try one on.

The more individualized handling of the Apple Watch reflects an insight that this device is unlike any other Apple has sold. People will want to try on the different sizes and feel the different materials, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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Finally, an answer.

For months now, the world has been rendered sleepless wondering, "What is a lonely Starbucks lover?" But now, Taylor Swift has clarified the "Blank Space" lyrics, ending the national crisis.

During Sunday's extremely prestigious iHeartRadio Music Awards, Swift picked up the first award of the night for "best lyrics" — yup, that's a category. She used the acceptance speech to assure us that the real lyrics in the "Blank Space" chorus are "I've got a long list of ex-lovers" and not "Starbucks lovers."

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Software development platform GitHub said Sunday it was still experiencing intermittent outages from the largest cyberattack in its history but had halted most of the attack traffic.

Starting on Thursday, GitHub was hit by distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks that sent large volumes of Web traffic to the site, particularly towards two Chinese anti-censorship projects hosted there.

Over the next few days, the attackers changed their DDoS tactics as GitHub defended the site, but as of Sunday, it appears the site was mostly working.

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After three years, Ellen Pao's long, difficult legal battle with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is finally at an end.

And although Pao didn't get the outcome she'd hoped for, she seemed to take solace in the fact that she was able to tell her story — salacious details and all — to thousands of people around the world.

For five weeks, Silicon Valley watched with rapt attention as the trial aired the normally cloistered inner workings of one of the tech industry's most powerful firms. Big-name power players who normally hide behind carefully crafted media messages were grilled by top-notch lawyers, as reporters gathered day after day to watch.

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Editor’s note: Ezra Galston is a venture capitalist with Chicago Ventures and the former Director of Marketing for CardRunners Gaming. He writes the blog BreakingVC.

As an investor in many digital marketplaces (Kapow EventsSpotheroBloomnationShiftgig, among others, as well as an arts and crafts community, Blitsy) I have been eagerly awaiting Etsy’s S1 filing to get a deep look into the business.

The filing didn’t disappoint. Etsy is a powerful business with extraordinary network effects. Its customers are extremely loyal, and its committed sellers are earning significant income. But there are legitimate concerns: it is the quintessential case study on the challenge of low margin platforms. Additionally, it faces uphill challenges – a slowing growth curve and unclear product pipeline. Most importantly, the IPO comes at an inflection point as Etsy looks to expand from its niche, artisanal focus to serving a much wider market.

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Space exploration? Hardly. They haven't done any exploration since the Berlin Wall fell. NASA's putting probes on every planet they can, the ESA and JAXA are launching their own probes, even China and India are doing more exploration than Russia. The only real active area of research for Russia is on the ISS.

Russia's just a cheap source of rockets - and that has more to do with their low cost of labor and massive subsidies than the actual cost-effectiveness of their rockets. The fact that they're currently

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Have you ever wondered how to open up Task Manager with the “All Processes/Users” view instead of just your own processes? I am sure you have lost sleep over it. Well I am here to help you get some sleep and remedy that nagging question you may have had.

In case you are confused about what we might be talking about. On the Processes tab in Task Manager there’s a button called “Show processes from all users” which will re-open Task Manager in order to show all the processes, which can be annoying and time wasting because who has a few seconds to waste these days.

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At any given moment there are approximately a zillion different crowdfunding campaigns happening on the Web. Take a stroll through Kickstarter or Indiegogo and you’ll find there’s no shortage of weird, useless, and downright stupid projects out there – alongside some real gems. We’ve cut through the Pebble clones and janky iPhone cases to round up the most unusual, ambitious, and exciting projects out there this week. Keep in mind that any crowdfunded project — even the best intentioned — can fail, so do your homework before cutting a check for the gadget of your dreams.

Naked Filter — Nanotech water filter

Naked Filter Bottle 2When you’re out in the wilderness, pretty much all of your options for water purification are horrible. Iodine tablets taste like ass, boiling your water takes forever, and reverse osmosis filters are a pain to suck water through. If none of those tickle your fancy, you could always go the SteriPen route, but UV light doesn’t filter out particulate matter. I don’t know about you, but drinking flecks of fish poop and pond scum isn’t my thing.

But not to worry — the good folks at Liquidity Nanotech have developed a much better solution. Using a specially-engineered nano-fiber membrane, the bottle is able to trap 99.999 percent of all bacteria, protozoan cysts, and any other particles bigger than 0.2 microns. Now to be fair, this definitely isn’t the first filter-in-bottle purification system — but thanks to the composition of the nanofiber membrane, water is able to pass through freely, almost like a normal, filterless water bottle.

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British headphone maker RHA has crafted an elegant new pair of in-ear headphones drafted from mold-injection steel to add some style (and substance) to the cutthroat genre, dubbed the T10i. And those who want a healthy burst of bass without sacrificing detail will want to take note.

The T10i aren’t just your ordinary pair of buds. The wrap-around earpieces hold more than a few tricks up their sleeves, not the least of which are the three sets of removable filters that help tune the sound designed to move between a bassier punch, a more natural sound, and a snappier push in the treble.

Related: Sennheiser Momentum Wireless headphones hands-on

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Every once in a while it is a good idea to flush your DNS (Domain Name System) cache of your Windows operating system. You may want to do this because of corrupted connections to the internet that you may experience. Sometimes your cache will maintain bad DNS entries which we call DNS cache poisoning.

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Angelina Jolie stole the show at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday night, when she delivered a heartwarming speech to children around the world.

Jolie won the award for Favorite Villain for her title role in the Disney film Maleficent. After hugging Shiloh and Zahara, the actress' two children who joined her in the audience at the award show, Jolie took the stage to accept her award.

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Now that the FCC is the subject of several lawsuits, and its leader, Chairman Tom Wheeler, was dragged in front of Congress repeatedly to answer the same battery of inanity, it’s worth checking in to see how the agency is feeling. Is it confident that its recent vote to reclassify broadband under Title II of the Telecommunications Act will hold?

Yes, unsurprisingly. Recently, Wheeler gave a speech at Ohio State University, laying out his larger philosophy regarding the open Internet. His second to last paragraph is worth reading:

One final prediction: the FCC’s new rules will be upheld by the courts. The DC Circuit sent the previous Open Internet Order back to us and basically said, “You’re trying to impose common carrier-like regulation without stepping up and saying, ‘these are common carriers.’” We have addressed that issue, which is the underlying issue in all of the debates we’ve had so far. That gives me great confidence going forward that we will prevail.

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You know, by now I'm used to articles in the mainstream news who confuse an operating system, applications (which may or may not ship with an operating system), and the look/feel that a particular GUI puts on both. However, a web site like Slashdot - self-proclaimed home of "news for geeks" - should be able to do a little bit better.

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Editor’s Note: Deepak Jeevankumar is an enterprise IT investor at General Catalyst Partners where he has a wide range of investments in cybersecurity, big data and storage startups. The opinions expressed here are Deepak’s personal opinions and do not reflect the views of General Catalyst or their portfolio companies. 

Kudos to the President for visiting Silicon Valley last month and drawing the attention of the nation to a new world of continuous cyber attacks.

The executive order signed by the President addresses the critical piece that is needed to help companies protect themselves in the future  – by sharing cyber threat information between different private sector companies, and between the government and the private sector.

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Guide a Clueless Interviewer by Asking a Few Key Questions

Some managers are great interviewers...and some are lousy. If you encounter the latter, you might get the job if you ask the interviewer the right questions.

If the interview seems too short or just is not going well, ask a few key questions at the end. Ask a Manager has some great suggestions to save an awkward situation like this:

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Stunt Biker Shoots For The Moon During Recent Solar Eclipse

Last week's total solar eclipse spawned many amazing photographs and videos, but few took as much planning, skill, and ambition as this shot of stunt biker Danny MacAskill tearing down a hill on the Isle of Skye as the moon eclipsed the sun. Unlike another viral photo of the eclipse, this one's not a fake.

The shot was taken by Rutger Pauw, best known for taking photographs that capture BMX racers and other athletes in action. According to PetaPixel:

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Apple has greatly expanded its data center near Reno, Nev., about four hours east of Silicon Valley. However, it appears that the company's aggressive growth in iCloud server capacity is only just getting started, with massive room for expansion surrounding the facilities.

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The initial facilities at Apple's data center within the new Reno Technology Park began operating in early 2013, following large scale construction preparations to build one of the world's greenest data centers in operation.

By the end of 2013, Apple had erected the first of its large scale server buildings on the property, ringed the site with rainwater culverts and security fencing, and had installed sophisticated water cooling systems.

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Mahindra & Mahindra, a large Indian automaker that specializes in building SUVs, vans and pickup trucks, could purchase storied Italian design house Pininfarina for an undisclosed amount of money. Interestingly, Mahindra denied to comment on the reports but Pininfarina eagerly confirmed that the negotiations have been going on for several weeks.

On paper, the deal would be a win-win situation for both parties. Once one of the most respected names in the global auto industry, Pininfarina shut down its car-building arm a few years ago and it has been in dire financial straits ever since. Rumors indicate that Pininfarina’s bank debts are almost as high as its market value, which is approximately €140 million (roughly $151.5 million).

Mahindra has been trying to expand into new markets for the past few years. Buying Pininfarina – a company that it already works with on a regular basis – would help it give its design language a much-needed overhaul and offer more attractive models. South Korea’s SsangYong Motor Company, which has been owned by Mahindra since 2010, would more than likely benefit from the Italian firm’s talent as well.

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tomhath writes with this story that make shake up the nuclear industry. "The biggest player in the beleaguered nuclear power industry wants a place alongside solar, wind and hydroelectric power collecting extra money for producing carbon-free electricity. Exelon Corp., operator of the largest fleet of U.S. nuclear plants, says it could have to close three of them if Illinois rejects the company's pitch to let it recoup more from consumers since the plants do not produce greenhouse gases. Exelon and other around-the-clock plants sometimes take losses when wind turbines produce too much electricity for the system. Under the system, electric suppliers would have to buy credits from carbon-free energy producers. Exelon says the plan would benefit nuclear plants, hydroelectric dams, and other solar and wind projects."
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Data analytics, smart home technology and Android software companies announced significant funding rounds in the last week. Here’s how much venture capital money changed hands in Silicon Valley this week:

Cyanogen, a startup that makes open-source Android software, raised $80 million in a Series C round including investment from Twitter Ventures, Smartfren Telecom and Rupert Murdoch. Existing investors include Benchmark, Andreessen Horowitz and Tencent Holdings. Amid booming demand for enterprise-grade data analytics, the startup Ayasdi raised $55 million in a Series C round led by Kleiner Perkins. Ayasdi customers include Citigroup, Lockheed Martin, Siemens and a growing number of health care systems (Fortune). On-demand food service company DoorDash raised a $40 million Series B round led by Kleiner Perkins, with participation from Charles River Ventures, Sequoia Capital and Khosla Ventures. August, the maker of an Yves Behar-designed Bluetooth door lock, raised $38 million in a Series B funding round led by Bessemer Venture Partners, Comcast Ventures and Qualcomm Ventures. This brings the company’s total funding to $50 million. Nanigans, which develops ad technology for Facebook, raised $24 million in Series B funding from the Chinese tech giant Cheetah Mobile. This gives Nanigans over $30 million in total funding (TechCrunch). Security Scorecard, the developer of an early detection anti-hacking service, raised $12.5 million in a Series A funding round led by Sequoia Capital (Wall Street Journal). FusionOps makes cloud-based supply-chain software, and it raised $12 million in an investment round led by New Enterprise Associates (Wall Street Journal). Data management software developer Rubrik raised $10 million in a Series A round led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, including investment from Microsoft chairman John Thompson (Wall Street Journal). Israeli ad technology startup Keywee raised a $9.1 million Series A round led by Marker LLC and Google chairman Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors. Skycure, an Israeli startup focused on mobile security for businesses, raised $8 million in a round including investment from Shasta Ventures and Pitango Venture Capital (VentureBeat). Enterprise software company Logikcull raised $4 million in seed funding. The firm counts municipalities like Chicago and Baltimore among its clients, as well as a number of corporate customers (Forbes). Austin-based retail technology startup EyeQ raised $1.2 million in a recent funding round. The company graduated the DreamIt Ventures accelerator in Austin last year (Xconomy).
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Editor’s note: Matt Witheiler is a general partner at Flybridge Capital Partners. You can follow him on his blog.

Can we agree that the term “Internet of things” should go away when we’re talking about consumer products? Like the “world wide web” before it, the Internet of things phrase is a relic from the past. I don’t need a connected washing machine or Internet-enabled color changing LED light bulb and nor does anyone else. “Things” don’t need the Internet.

I especially dislike the term because “Internet of things” does not accurately describe the consumer hardware revolution we’re in the midst of. Crowdfunding and low-cost development platforms are redefining how hardware companies are built and opening up a whole new category to innovation. This trend began two or so years ago and, in my opinion, we’re still in the early innings when it comes to the new wave of hardware startups.

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