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Ten years after Hurricane Katrina and the resulting flood devastated New Orleans, the city is back, but undeniably different. Despite the innumerable changes of the past decade, NOLA remains a rich, wonderful place, one with a rhythm and pace all its own. There isn’t another city like New Orleans or another region quite like the Gulf Coast. There’s no end of Instagrammers offering small glimpses into the region. These five are especially compelling.

Baton Rouge photographer Patrick Melon’s (@melontao) striking images document communities in Louisiana and beyond. Melon’s Tumblr is worth a look too.

Elliott Kirkland Taylor’s (@ekt) diaristic photos of everyday life have gained him over 50k followers on Instagram. Expect lots of interesting architecture and dreamy moods.

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VentureBeat reports that T-Mobile CEO John Legere has announced that T-Mobile will cut off (at least from "unlimited" data plans) customers who gloss over the fine print of their data-use agreement by tethering their unlimited-data phones and grab too much of the network's resources. In a series of tweets on Sunday, Lerge says the company will be "eliminating anyone who abuses our network," and complains that some "network abusers" are using 2TB of data monthly. The article says This is the first official word from the carrier that seems to confirm a memo that was leaked earlier this month. At that time, it was said action would be taken starting August 17 and would go after those who used their unlimited LTE data for Torrents and peer-to-peer networking.
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Western Digital has taken cloud-enabled backup features provided by other services, including syncing folders and backing up photos from a smartphone, and added them to a new software update that will be available to its My Cloud devices.

The storage company also updated its My Cloud Mirror backup devices, making them faster.

WD announced the new software, known as My Cloud OS 3, at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin. The software will be available for download on Sept. 21, while the new My Cloud Mirror devices, ranging from 4TB to 8TB, can be pre-ordered now for shipment on Sept. 30.

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Australian medical cannabis company MMJ PhytoTech Limited has just sold its first marijuana pills. The bad news: They are only available in Europe.

The capsules were sold in August via a Swiss-based subsidiary, Satipharm. 10 milligrams of the medication will set you back 89 euros (A$139.95).

The pills are registered as a dietary supplement in Germany. Their active ingredient, Cannabidiol (CBD), is made from a special medical cannabis strain and they do not contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical that causes most of marijuana's psychological effects when smoked.

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T-Mobile Will Stop Customers Abusing Unlimited Data

T-Mobile’s ‘unlimited means unlimited’ policy is good for consumers, but it’s also a boon for less scrupulous users who use cell data to replace broadband, with the help of a few dubious workarounds. Starting today, the endless data gravy train is going to stop.

T-Mobile’s top-end plan does actually offer unlimited LTE data — but that’s just for use on your smartphone. When it comes to tethering your laptop to your phone, you get 7GB of high-speed data, after which you’re throttled. However, with some fairly simple workarounds on rooted Android phones, users trick the carrier into seeing tethering use as normal cellphone use — and according to T Mobile, some people are abusing that to the tune of 2TB a month.

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The ferrofluid font in action

You may have seen ferrofluid (aka magnetic ink) used for clever science demonstrations in school, but it might just get a much cooler application before long. Linden Gledhill and Craig Ward have developed Fe2O3 Glyphs, wild-looking characters created by putting a ferrofluid between glass plates and subjecting it to spinning magnetic fields. The result is a sort of anti-font -- while the "letters" look like they could be part of an alien language, they're so unique that you'd likely never produce the same effect twice.

The creators are producing a digital typeface that you can use for your own projects, and they also hope to create a limited run of letterpress art prints to show your friends. You'll need to pitch in to make both of these a reality, though. The duo has launched a crowdfunding campaign that gives you both the digital font and at least one print (either unique or copied). You'll need to pledge at least $30 to get something in return, but it might be worth the cash if you've ever wanted science-influenced artwork in your home.

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Pokémon fans headed to the PAX gaming conference in Seattle suffered a disappointment on Thursday when their schedule party didn't materialize. The reason? Copyright lawyers working for the The Pokémon Company saw the whole fiesta as a giant festival of infringement.

Company lawyers got wind of the unofficial party, which was advertised on a poster (above) that included two characters from the Pokémon universe: Pikachu, the most famous character (or Pokémon), and the dragon-like Snivy. On Wednesday Aug. 26, one day before the party, they sued (PDF) to stop it.

image"Defendants boast that the '5th Annual Unofficial Pokémon PAX Kickoff Party' will feature among other things, 'Pokémon themed shots and drinks - Smash Bros. Tournament with cash prize - Dancing - Giveaways - Cosplay Contest and more,' and an “AMAZIN POKEMON MASHUP," the complaint reads.

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In the ever-escalating social media arms race, GIFs are the best way to get attention. Static photos are so 2013. But a new app called Giffiti (like graffiti with GIFs) lets you enhance your pics by overlaying animations. 

Announced by Nalin Mittal this month with a simple post on Reddit, Giffiti rocketed to the front page and hit #14 amongst U.S. Entertainment apps on iOS.

This was not the plan. Mittal had sold his company Appstores.com to InMobi. He left with his friend Tim Jones and was trying to build an app for making birthday video montages called Celebrate. They weren’t getting anywhere, but saw GIF search engines gaining popularity on Reddit and Product Hunt. They took three weeks and built Giffiti. 

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Netflix users will soon have to find somewhere else to get their fix of "Hunger Games" and "World War Z."

The streaming service announced Sunday it has decided not to renew its movie licensing deal with Epix when the current contract expires at the end of September. In the announcement, the streaming service said it was putting a greater emphasis on original content.

"We've enjoyed a five-year partnership with Epix, but our strategic paths are no longer aligned," Netflix said in a statement to Variety. "Our focus has shifted to provide great movies and TV series for our members that are exclusive to Netflix. Epix focus is to make sure that their movies will be widely available for consumers through a variety of platforms."

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There’s no need to buy new extravagant knife sets every time your blades start to dull. Instead, you can take care of the knives you have and prolong their lifespan. This video will show you how to keep them just as sharp as when you bought them.http://lifehacker.com/dont-buy-expen...

The video above, from the How To You YouTube channel, explains everything you need to sharpen with a whetstone at home, and the best methods for doing so. Obviously, you’ll need a whetstone (as well as a few other things), and you’ll want to work near your sink or a bucket so you have easy access to water. Fill a container with water, then soak the whetstone in it until it stops bubbling. Inspect your blades for any trouble spots, and get to sharpening using the methods and motions described in the video; making sure to check your progress as you go. We’ve talked about sharpening knives with whetstones before, but this guide is a bit more thorough and the old video has since been removed.

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If you were ever inclined to think that criminal computer hackers were more nuisance than mortal threat to companies and the careers of their senior executives, the events of the past week should quickly change your mind.

If there’s anything that C-level executives at companies of all kinds can learn from the devastating hacking attack against Ashley Madison, a site for arranging extramarital trysts, and its parent company, Avid Life Media, it is this: Hackers can cost you your job.

Avid Life CEO Noel Biderman is only the latest in a slowly accumulating collection of senior execs who have lost their jobs after high-profile hacking incidents on their companies or organizations.

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The Daily Mail reports that Julian Assange seems to have yet another foe (or at least friend of a foe) watching persistently while he stays put in the Ecuadorean embassy in London: Harrod's Department Store. The Metro Police, according to Assange, have developed a relationship with the store, and are using that relationship to facilitate their full-time observation of his roosting place in the embassy. When the founder of Wikileaks says "‘We have obtained documents from Harrods [saying that] police have people stationed 24 hours a day in some of the opposing buildings Harrods controls," it seems likely that those documents actually exist.
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Google debuted its own streaming service in 2013 as Google Play Music All Access, after Google Play music's initial debut in 2011. All Access was initially priced at $9.99, but in June of 2015, Google unsurprisingly unveiled an ad-supported, free version to differentiate itself from Apple's subscription Music service.

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Designed to compete directly with other streaming services such as Spotify, Rdio and newcomer Apple Music, All Access is based on Songza, the human-curated music streaming startup acquired by Google last year.

The most striking difference between Google Play Music All Access and Apple Music (apart from the incredibly verbose name) is the user interface, though music curation and discovery services come in at a close second.

Opening up GPMAA, users are first greeted by the day of the week and various playlists arranged around activities like "Waking Up", "Singing in the Shower", and "Getting Out of Bed". These are followed by Recent Activity and Recommended For You. A hamburger button on the top left leads to Playlists, Stations, Artists, Albums, and Songs.

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On Saturday, presidential hopeful and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) made an unusual campaign stop. Wearing his usual shades and messy curls, Paul posed with arms crossed in front of a controversial Utah data center belonging to the NSA. Alongside the photo, posted on Facebook, Paul made a bold campaign pledge: to essentially tear that data center down.

"I'm on my way to the airport, but we decided to stop by the NSA facility in Utah," the caption on Paul's Facebook page says. "When I become president, we'll convert it into a Constitutional Center to study the Fourth Amendment! Bulk data collection must end!"

"Bulk data collection must end!"

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The grand old restaurant Commander's Palace, in New Orleans, is hidden among multicolored mansions in the city's smartest neighborhood, not far from where Sandra Bullock owned a house.

To get in, you have to pass muster: no jeans, no shorts, nothing that would detract from the genteel luxury where the city's old guard drink scandalously cheap 25-cent martinis along with their turtle soup, gumbo and bread pudding. It's a place that, implicitly at least, is dedicated to one of the city's oldest society rituals: keeping up the illusion of wealth from the city's distant past as a fast-growing center of commerce.

Except that one July day, Commander's Palace was full of people who didn't really have to fake it. Tim Williamson, a New Orleans native, was presiding over a dinner of 21 promising young startups that had a rich promise of money and the rebirth of New Orleans. A dozen investors from out of town were there to hear pitches.

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A Really Small Telescope Captured This Gorgeous Galaxy Image

Astronomers say this view of the Andromeda Galaxy is probably similar to what the Milky Way Galaxy would look like from outside.

Like the Milky Way, Andromeda is a spiral galaxy, and it’s our nearest galactic neighbor in the cleverly-named Local Group. Of course, “near” in astronomical terms means about 2.5 million light years. But someday, Andromeda will be much closer; astrophysicists say it will collide with the Milky Way in a few billion years. Eventually, the two galaxies will merge into one big elliptical galaxy.

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Netflix says it is not renewing a distribution deal with cable network Epix, which means its U.S. subscribers will lose access  to big Hollywood movies like “Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, “World War Z” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction”at the end of September. The trade-off, says Netflix: It is making its own movies — but subscribers will have to wait a while to see most of them.

Epix is a joint venture of MGM, Lions Gate Entertainment and Viacom’s Paramount. Netflix signed on with the pay TV network 5 years ago, but it hasn’t had exclusive streaming rights for those studios’ films since 2012, when Amazon signed its own Epix deal.

Industry sources say Epix is likely to replace Netflix with a distribution deal with Hulu, the Web video service co-owned by Fox, Disney and Comcast’s NBCUniversal.

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It seems there are no lows to which the recording industry won't sink, reaffirmed this week by a series of anti-piracy ads that exploit the tragic stories of dead (and highly successful) musicians. Violynne won most insightful comment of the week for an open letter to those who might be misled by this campaign:

Dear upcoming artists reading this article, What you're actually reading are the states caused by these performers and their record labels. In a time before royalties (and it took a new copyright law to get them, by the way), these performers had no choice but to trust their labels, many of which withheld thousands, if not millions, from the artists which actually created the music. Their suffering had nothing to do with people stealing their music (trying to walk out with an LP tucked under the shirt isn't easy). Their suffering was due to lost revenue by the labels, most represented by the RIAA (whose sole purpose is to extort as much money from artists as possible). Don't fall for the ruse. Take a few months and learn business, economics, and the law so you can manage, market, and profit by yourself. Because the second you take that advance and sign the dotted line, you'll be hitting the bottle and pain killers too.

For second place, we head to the story of the DOJ dropping a case after being told it can't simply seize laptops at the border. One anonymous commenter pointed out how telling this reaction is:

The government would rather drop a case against a serial killer if it meant saving them the ability to continue spy on others illegally. Proof is this case, as well as the one where they dropped a kidnapping case just so they don't unveil they were using Stingrays to catch the guy. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/08/23/baltimore-police-stingray-cell-surveillance/31994181/ Disgusting.

For editor's choice, we start out on our post about another Techdirt post that disappeared from Google due to a right-to-be-forgotten request. One commenter asked when the last legitimate such request was made, and John Fenderson supplied a simple answer:

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