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Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “If ‘A Space Odyssey’ Were Remade as a Hollywood Blockbuster”

If ‘A Space Odyssey’ Were Remade as a Hollywood Blockbuster

Posted: 27 Jul 2012 09:11 PM PDT

Stanley Kubrick's classic film 2001: A Space Odyssey set the bar for science-fiction films and is still influencing movie makers. But, what would the film look like if it was made today?

Mashup master ChugsTheMonkey has remixed the film for fan site Film School Rejects as a Hollywood summer blockbuster. The two-minute trailer is filled with a heavy soundtrack and quick cuts -- a big change from the slow moving and deliberate pacing of the original. Gone, too, is the famous Zarathustra soundtrack. The trailer does keep Kubric's iconic flying femur scene. You can check out the trailer below.

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Please, NBC and IOC, Learn How to Share the Olympics

Posted: 27 Jul 2012 08:38 PM PDT

Oh, those Olympic moments. The three-hour opening ceremony was full of them, everything from James Bond escorting the Queen to the stadium (via helicopter and parachute!) to a 10-story-tall Voldemort and giant baby (don't ask) and, perhaps best of all, the beloved Mr. Bean, a.k.a. Rowan Atkinson, losing himself in a "Chariots of Fire" montage. Spectacular, memorable, viral and mostly, wholly unavailable.

Mashable OP-ED: This post reflects the opinions of the author and not necessarily those of Mashable as a publication.NBC and the International Olympic Committee have tried to make this one of the most connected, social and widely available Olympics ever. It's on the web, on my iPad, on your smartphone and running 24/7 on TV. Or so it seems. However from the moment the opening ceremonies kicked o…
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Forget Traditional Tours; Vayable Helps You Discover New Ways to Travel

Posted: 27 Jul 2012 08:38 PM PDT

If you're planning to travel, why not fly to Fiji and fish with a Fijian king? Or how about spend a night in Alcatraz with just you and your friends?

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Apple Considered Investing in Twitter [REPORT]

Posted: 27 Jul 2012 08:25 PM PDT

Apple isn't currently in talks with Twitter to invest in the social-networking site, but according to a report from The New York Times, the two companies were previously in such discussions that would value Twitter at more than $10 billion.

"Apple has considered an investment in the hundreds of millions of dollars, one that could value Twitter at more than $10 billion, up from an $8.4 billion valuation last year, these people [briefed on the matter] said. They declined to be named because the discussions were private," the Times reports.

Social media, so far, isn't in Apple's wheelhouse, and it's had fragile relations with Facebook in the past. Things with Twitter, on the other hand,…
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Listen to Talk Radio on Your iPhone? You’re Probably a Liberal

Posted: 27 Jul 2012 07:35 PM PDT

Do you use your smartphone to listen to political talk radio? Then you're more likely to be a liberal than a conservative, according to a new study.

Internet radio smartphone app Stitcher sampled 5 million hours during a six-week period to determine the political leanings of its users, 70% of whom consume news and politics content. It found that users tuning into political content are much more likely to be listening to liberal commentators -- especially if they're using an iPhone. About 62% of iPhone listeners and 55% of Android users favored Liberal content.

The study also found that people streaming radio with their mobile device are twice as likely as terrestial radio users to list…
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You’ll Grin and Bear it With This Wild Live Video Stream

Posted: 27 Jul 2012 07:12 PM PDT

Ever wanted to visit the Alaskan wild but been deterred by high flight costs and the threat of death or dismemberment? Well, now you can make the trip, no bear spray required, via a live feed from You can kick back and watch Brown Bears lunching on fresh salmon in Alaska's Brooks River.

If bears aren't your thing (though we must ask if you really have a heart if you can pass up Pandas or baby Polar Bears), there are plenty of other options. Check out the Japanese Sea Nettles in Vancouver, British Columbia, or a tropical reef near Long Beach, Calif.

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Hidden Genius Project Provides Tech Mentorship for Young Black Men

Posted: 27 Jul 2012 06:53 PM PDT

Outfitted smartly in a dress shirt and necktie, 17-year-old Tyson Walton stood up from a chair on a recent afternoon at the downtown San Francisco headquarters of Tagged and pitched an app idea to the co-founders of American's most engaging social network.

The app, called Crave No More, will suggest nearby food options based off users inputting dining dislikes. But it's not just a copycat of Yelp or Foodspotting.

"What we're focusing on and what makes ours so much better is that we give you that food suggestion," Walton said. "We're taking all the work out of having to decide where to go, then once you get there, what you want to eat."

Crave No More is more than just an id…
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Mr. Bean Gets Carried Away During Olympics Appearance

Posted: 27 Jul 2012 06:10 PM PDT

Rowan Atkinson, the actor who plays Mr. Bean, made an appearance Friday in the Olympics opening ceremony as a synth player in the orchestra. His whole job was to play one key over, and over, and over during "Chariots of Fire."

He makes faces, sneezes, blows his nose and throws the tissue in the pianist's piano. And he gets more than a little carried away in the moment.

SEE ALSO: James Bond and the Queen Parachute Into the Olympics [VIDEO]

NOTE: This video isn't from NBC, so it'll likely get pulled from YouTube. If you're not in the U.S., you may be able to watch the video here. We'll try to add the official video once it's available.

In the meantime, here's another clip
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What Higher Education Will Look Like in 2020 [STUDY]

Posted: 27 Jul 2012 06:08 PM PDT

In 2020, students may be able to travel to faraway continents, and attend a school halfway around the world.

Experts predict technology will facilitate distance learning outside of traditional classrooms, according to a survey published by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. In the study, 1,021 education experts and stakeholders including technology researchers, university directors, venture capitalists and Ivy League university professors, relayed their predictions about the future of higher education.

About 60% of respondents believe higher education will look completely different from the way it is today. While, 39% of participants think the traditional college structure…
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James Bond and the Queen Parachute Into the Olympics [VIDEO]

Posted: 27 Jul 2012 05:45 PM PDT

"Good evening, Mr. Bond," Her Majesty said to one of the UK's most iconic characters (played by actor Daniel Craig), before being escorted out of Buckingham Palace. The queen and 007 -- or, rather, actors portraying them -- then parachuted into London's opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics.

SEE ALSO: This Is What the Olympians From 100 Years Ago Looked Like

In case the IOC removes this video from YouTube, you can watch an official, but abridged version of it here.

BONUS: Olympic Athletes to Follow on Twitter

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This Is What the Olympians From 100 Years Ago Looked Like

Posted: 27 Jul 2012 04:40 PM PDT


Before the days of Speedo sponsorships. Image courtesy of Library of Congress

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Unlike the competitors in the London Games, the Olympians from Stockholm 1912 didn't peddle Gatorade or sleep in high-altitude chambers. In a simpler time for athletes, competitors weren't outfitted with high-tech clothing and were just lucky if their jerseys matched those of teammates.

SEE ALSO: Get a Bird's-Eye View of 25 Olympic Stadiums

Take a trip back to the 1912 Games without having to figure out that darn time machine. The Library of Congress photo archives include snapshots of medal winners from events like swimming and track and field in uniforms that might look more like pajamas to anyone accustomed to speedos and spandex.

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The Anatomy of a Killer Content Marketing Strategy

Posted: 27 Jul 2012 04:20 PM PDT

Content marketing has become a powerful way for brands to build long-term relationships with customers while still generating short-term results. As a first step, many marketers are building out new brand publishing initiatives, often with the help of a content studio staffed by editors and journalists.

Smart content marketers will tell you that brands need plenty of their own content published on their own sites. But that's not the only option. One very effective new tactic is custom branded content campaigns that appear not on the brand's site but on the sites of popular niche publishers.

At a recent talk, Chris Ahearn, the former president of Reuters Media, said that while…
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Get a Bird’s-Eye View of 25 Olympic Stadiums

Posted: 27 Jul 2012 04:01 PM PDT

Athens, Greece - 1896

Panathinaiko Stadium

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A trip-around-the-world plane ticket can cost up to $10,000. But you can see every Olympic Stadium that's still standing right here for free. Better yet, Google Maps gives you a world-class aerial view.

SEE ALSO: How to Watch the 2012 Summer Olympics Online

What city do you think has the best stadium? Sound off in the comments.

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Shedding Light on Mitt Romney’s Unexplained Twitter Surge

Posted: 27 Jul 2012 03:48 PM PDT

Mitt Romney got two sudden bursts of Twitter followers over the weekend, the exact cause of which was unknown. Many observers labeled the accounts as fake, possibly purchased by the campaign or some outsider for reasons unclear.

Mashable turned to data provided by Attention and Tracx to shed some light on the phenomenon.

Romney was averaging about 3,500 new followers every day from mid-March to mid-July. Over the weekend of July 20, that number surged to 47,416 -- a sign that something odd was certainly afoot.

Our analysis revealed that the social media team at Romney headquarters didn't do anything to produce that astronomical change organically: none of his tweets or Facebook post…
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These Athletes Dominated the Pre-Olympics Social Buzz

Posted: 27 Jul 2012 03:29 PM PDT

With Friday's opening ceremony, the 2012 Olympics finally got underway in an official capacity after months and months of hype and anticipation. Much of that anticipatory buzz, of course, came on social media. So which sports and athletes most excited the masses and what was popular where in the lead-up to London?

Data provided to Mashable by Facebook and the social media monitoring platform Radian6 gives us some interesting insights.

The most popular Olympian on Facebook is American basketball star Kobe Bryant with more than 13.5 million Likes. If soccer star David Beckham had been selected to represent Great Britain, however, his nearly 20 million Likes would make him 2012's Mr. Po…
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Chick-fil-A PR Chief Dies as Company Battles Controversy

Posted: 27 Jul 2012 02:42 PM PDT

Don Perry, head spokesman for fast-food chain Chick-fil-A died "suddenly" Friday morning, the company confirmed Friday.

Perry has been with the Atlanta-based company for 29 years, last holding the position of VP of public relations, a Chick-fil-A spokesperson wrote in an e-mail to Mashable. The spokesperson was unable to comment on the cause of death.

Chick-fil-A is under fire from gay rights' activists after its CEO, Dan Cathy, voiced his support of the "traditional family" and the "Bibical definition of the family unit." He later added, "I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a ma…
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Hacking the Olympics Opening Ceremony

Posted: 27 Jul 2012 02:26 PM PDT

If you're stateside and simply cannot wait to see the 3-hour-long London Olympics Opening Ceremony, there is a way to view it right now.

First of all, you should know that NBC has all the video rights for the event and is holding the very British ceremony video until 7:30 PM Eastern Standard Time (west coasters have to wait even longer). What this means is that you cannot, legally, view the extravaganza in the U.S. until NBC airs it.

Now, Mashable does not condone pirating content, but we cannot ignore the fact that the world is Tweeting live screen grabs and reactions to the London Olympics opening ceremony, when they cannot possibly be there or anywhere near Great Britain (and o…
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Romney Advisor Tweets ‘Follow Friday’ List of Potential VPs

Posted: 27 Jul 2012 02:26 PM PDT

Beth Myers, the Mitt Romney advisor who's leading Romney's running mate search, had some "Follow Friday" fun on Twitter Friday afternoon by tweeting a list of politicians considered to be potential vice presidential candidates:

#FF @KellyAyotte @timpawlenty @GovChristie @BobbyJindal @marcorubio @RepPaulRyan @NewtGingrich— Beth Myers (@BethMyers2012) July 27, 2012

#FF @robportman @bobmcdonnell @CondoleezzaRice @johnthune @Gov_Martinez @RickSantorum— Beth Myers (@BethMyers2012) July 27, 2012

Myers' only other tweet to date was sent last April, when she was named leader of Romney's running mate search.

As someone who has worked in partnership with @MittRomney for yea…
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Facebook’s Not the Only One Struggling With Mobile Advertising

Posted: 27 Jul 2012 02:17 PM PDT

Considering all the attention it gets, mobile advertising is still a pipsqueak in the industry, accounting for just $1.6 billion globally in 2011.

Compare that to the overall $498 billion global ad market and you might wonder what all the fuss is about. Even newspaper revenues, which hit their lowest mark in 60 years in 2011 were 129 times higher than those for mobile. True, mobile advertising is a fast-growing category -- that 2011 figure is triple what it was in 2009 -- but even if the category nearly doubles, as it's projected to do by 2014, we're still talking about a $3 billion market.

At the moment, though, the mobile advertising segment is known for its destructive power -- it's…
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‘Tumblr the Musical’: Coming to a Dashboard Near You [VIDEO]

Posted: 27 Jul 2012 01:58 PM PDT

What happens when high school theater kids grow up and get hooked on the addictive street drug known as the interwebz? Answer: YouTube videos like this one.

"Tumblr: The Musical" turns the art of Tumbln' into a catchy tune, complete Internet meme references, web culture jokes and a cameo from Hipster Ariel.

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Olympian Is ‘Very Bitter’ After Ban From Games for Tweet

Posted: 27 Jul 2012 01:39 PM PDT

Greek Olympian Voula Papachristou was booted from her country's Olympic team this week after posting a racial joke to Twitter -- and now says the punishment has left her "very bitter and upset."

The triple jumper posted a tweet earlier this week that roughly translated to: "With so many Africans in Greece…at least the West Nile mosquitoes will eat homemade food!!!"

She later apologized for the tweet, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Greek Olympic Committee from expelling her from the Games. What's more, a spokesperson told the Associated Press that the episode had prompted the country's committee to prohibit Greek Olympians from using social media to talk about anything not d…
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How to Watch the 2012 Summer Olympics Online

Posted: 27 Jul 2012 01:14 PM PDT

With the opening ceremony just minutes away, the 2012 Summer Olympics won't just broadcast on television, they'll also appear online.

The Olympics has become a more digital -- and more global -- experience. And this year, every event will be streamed online. The only caveat is that, depending on where you live, how you can access the Games might vary.

We've rounded up all of the official (read: legal) ways to watch the games live online or on your phone or tablet.

No Cable? That's a Problem

Much of online content -- at least in the U.S. -- is accessible only to those who subscribe to cable or satellite. NBC has made the decision to require cable provider authentic…
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The Olympics Opening Ceremony Looks Like This

Posted: 27 Jul 2012 12:58 PM PDT

Want to watch the London Olympics Opening Ceremony live? If you're in the United States, you're out of luck.

The ceremony begins at 9 p.m. in London, which is 4 p.m. on the East Coast of the United States. NBC, which will broadcast over 3,500 hours of Olympic coverage, will not be showing the Opening Ceremony live or allowing online streaming.

SEE ALSO: Olympics Opening Ceremony Will Have 3D Component [PIC]

If you were there, this is what you would see. We'll be updating this Storify live.

[View the story "SPOILER ALERT: This Is What The Opening Ceremony Looks Like" on Storify]

Photo By Khedara Ariyaratne, via Google+

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Manicube Delivers Manicures to Your New York Office

Posted: 27 Jul 2012 12:57 PM PDT

As a beauty industry executive who worked long hours, Katina Mountanos frequently found herself running to meetings with big brands — think Chanel, Bobbi Brown — with unsightly nails...

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Olympics Opening Ceremony Will Have 3D Component [PIC]

Posted: 27 Jul 2012 12:50 PM PDT

Friday's London Olympics Opening Ceremony will have a 3D component. Attendees already inside of the Olympic Stadium have been given 3D glasses and they're turning to Twitter to share their excitement.

Young lady handing out 3D glasses. What is Danny Boyle going to do?— Brad Blanks (@bradblanks) July 27, 2012

ITV News shared the above photo along with other ones, which show some of the gadgets in the stadium.

People with the BBC HD channel and 3D TVs will get to join in on the 3D fun, too, every day throughout the Olympics. BBC reports the daily highlights reel will be in 3D for those people, as will the Opening Ceremony, Closing Cerem…
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Dane Cook Sparks Outrage With Aurora Shooting Jokes [VIDEO]

Posted: 27 Jul 2012 12:38 PM PDT

Apparently Dane Cook missed the lesson in the recent Daniel Tosh rape joke controversy: There are some things you might not want to use for laughs.

The controversial comedian used last week's shooting in Aurora, Colorado as a source of jokes during an appearance at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles Thursday night. In footage obtained by the Daily Caller, Cook can be heard saying, "So I heard that the guy came into the theater about 25 minutes into the movie. And I don't know if you've seen the movie; the movie is pretty much a piece of crap. And, uh, yeah, spoiler alert. And I know that if none of that would have happened, I'm pretty sure that somebody in that theater, abo…
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MashTags: Share Your Funniest #90sTweets

Posted: 27 Jul 2012 12:22 PM PDT

Communication technology in the 1990s seemed unreal -- chatting from a computer, text messaging, the information superhighway!

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Chug for a Medal With This Olympics Drinking Game

Posted: 27 Jul 2012 12:06 PM PDT

The Olympic games are a time for sportsmanship, patriotism and drinking -- lots and lots of drinking.

Party like it's Saturday night in the Olympic Village from the comfort of your La-Z-Boy with the 2012 Summer Olympics Drinking Game from the Cheezburger Network.

Somewhere, a slew of drunks just started cheering for Liechtenstein. Liech-ten-stein! Liech-ten-stein!

Image courtesy of Cheezburger

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Mashable Isn’t the Only 7-Year-Old Digital Expert [VIDEO]

Posted: 27 Jul 2012 11:49 AM PDT

Mashable turns seven years old today. In Internet time, that's an eternity. In regular old human time, maybe not so much.

We've seen the company grow and change so much along with the digital landscape it covers. It got us thinking: How does a 7-year-old media company compare with actual 7-year-olds? After all, kids born in 2005 -- the year Pete Cashmore started blogging about online innovation -- are true digital natives. What do they have to say about the state of the Internet and the tech that permeates our lives?

To find out, we headed just north of New York City to the 92nd Street Y's Camp Yomi. We found plenty of 2nd graders ready and…
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Green Day Rocker Joins ‘The Voice’

Posted: 27 Jul 2012 11:40 AM PDT

NBC's The Voice has rounded out its star-studded cast for season three, roping in Green Day rocker Billie Joe Armstrong to be a mentor to the contestants on judge Christina Aguilera's team.

Armstrong joins recently announced mentors Michael Buble, Mary J. Blige and Matchbox 20 frontman Rob Thomas, who will join judges Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green. Season three will start Sept. 10.

Hey #TeamXtina, how excited are you to see @TheRealXtina and @BJAofficial team up in Season 3?! #TheVoice…— The Voice (@NBCTheVoice) July 27, 2012

"[The Voice is] not molding artists, it's just giving them a little bit of guidance and direction withou…
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