Archive for December, 2012


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1. Being rich makes you more likely to lie, cheat, and steal.

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My colleague Sam Ro sums it up perfectly. Apple up 31% this year, the most disappointing 31% gain of all time. — Sam Ro (@bySamRo) December 31, 2012 The stock ended the year with at 532.86, helped by a major 4.57% gain.

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There’s been a lot of ink spilled in recent weeks over the problems (or lack thereof) in modern macroeconomics (see here and here).

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Technically, if there’s no deal today, then we hit the Fiscal Cliff.
This might not be a big deal if spending cuts and tax hikes are mitigated fairly early in December.

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UPDATE: In one of the last big datapoints of the year, Chinese HSBC PMI rose to 51.5. from 50.5.
EARLIER: This is the last big datapoint of 2012: HSBC Chinese PMI.
The number, which gauges manufacturing, comes out at 8:45 AM ET.

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A historic election in 2012 began with a Republican primary that offered never-ending drama and ended with the re-election of President Barack Obama to a second term.

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There have been remote-controlled cyborg bugs before — but now, possibly for the first time, you can tell a cockroach what to do via Twitter.

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Located some 150 million light-years from Earth, NGC 922 is admittedly a little far for a quick New Year’s Eve getaway. But as this Hubble image reveals, the views are great, just so long as you avoid the black holes.

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You know how Facebook added that Facebook Stories feature that lets you automatically spam all your “friends” with automatic “Happy New Year” inanities?

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It took until the final game of the final week of the season, but the NFC playoffs are finally set.

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(TrendHunter.com) The ‘Smartphone Users by the Numbers’ infographic determines the growth in smartphone owners over the course of the 2012 year. Of the seven billion people in this world, over one billion…

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(TrendHunter.com) The KTW Mercedes-Benz Citan is easily one of the best looking vans on the road. KTW, a German tuning house, somehow managed to make the Silver Arrow’s cargo van look visually appealing.

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(TrendHunter.com) It’s fun to make a statement with your jewelry and these large Fern Leaf Earrings by Etsy seller Azeeta Designs are sure to do so.
As realistic copies of long fern tendrils, these jungle…

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(TrendHunter.com) Jay Watson Design is the studio behind the Thermochromic Table. At first glance, the table and bench appear to be the epitome of normal. However, once you sit down or place something on top on the…

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Egypt says it will resume negotiations in January for an emergency loan from the International Monetary Fund as the country’s economic crisis deepens with the national currency weakening to an eight-year low against the dollar.

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Yesterday, Comic Book Movie reported that David S. Goyer would be tackling a feature film adaptation of the vampire manga Hellsing produced by an independent film company.

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U.S. President Barack Obama is pledging to put the “full weight” of the White House behind efforts to curb American gun violence.

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We adore artist Simon Beck’s geometric snow art, which he makes by simply stomping on fresh snow with his snow shoes.

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Yemeni authorities say apparent U.S. drone strikes on al-Qaida’s branch in Yemen have intensified, with confirmation of a fourth deadly missile attack on the group in the past week.

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Photographer Art Wolfe has spent decades capturing not just the hidden world of animals, but also the world of hidden animals. In his Vanishing Act series of photos, he invites us to search his images for the camouflaged animals within.

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As Senate leaders struggle to reach a smaller, last-minute deal to avoid automatic tax increases, President Barack Obama says his offers to Republicans have been fair.  President Barack Obama is pressing Republican lawmakers to accept a deal that…

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Steve Rogers studied fine arts before becoming Captain America, so why not give him an artist outlet?

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The gift-giving has ended as we head into the new year, but many of us still need to pick up a few things.

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Employers and schools in Michigan, the greatest state in the Nation, are now prohibited from asking employees and students for passwords to their personal email and social media accounts.

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If your blender dies during a party you can get back to making margaritas in five minutes by opening up the blender, cutting off the drive mechanism from the blender drive shaft, and inserting the drive shaft into your drill’s chuck.

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The Last Guardian. Final Fantasy Versus XIII. 2012 was a great year for video games but there’s no shortage of long lost games stuck in development hell we wish had come out this year.

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(TrendHunter.com) McLaren is no longer satisfied with selling high end sports cars anymore and has expanded to offer exclusive luggage and sports car accessories.
These are the kind of products that demonstrate a…

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Apple has agreed to drop its patent claims against Samsung’s Galaxy S III Mini after the South Korean rival said it would not sell the gadget in the United States, a court filing showed.

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In his book The Wisdom of Psychopaths, Kevin Dutton argues that America’s corporate giants have more in common with the likes of Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy than we realize.

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Facebook released a new iPhone app last week called Poke. Poke lets you send self-destructing photos, videos, and text messages to your Facebook friends.
It’s remarkably similar to another app called Snapchat, which launched a few months ago.

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These aren’t the most important plays of the year. They aren’t the ones that decided games or championships.
These are the most amazing plays.
These are the plays that made us scream, “WOAH,” regardless of context.

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2012 was the easily the year of Instagram.
Soon after Facebook bought the 13-person company for $1 billion, the number of Instagram users skyrocketed past the 100 million mark.

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We already know about Paul Tudor Jones, Jamie Dimon and Steve Schwarzman because we read about them all time.
But we really don’t know much about their wives at all, and that feels a little odd.

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Earlier this year, in its Q2 2012 earnings report, Facebook disclosed that 4.8 percent of its accounts were either “duplicate” accounts (meaning that one person was operating more than one profile) or being used for nefarious purposes that violate…

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As the debate over gun control in the United States rages on, self-described liberal Craig Whitney is speaking out against fellow liberals’ attacks on the Second Amendment.

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Editor’s note: Stephen Danos is the associate editor for the mobile app discovery site Appolicious. Follow him on Twitter @sdanos.

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When Robert Freedman was CEO of ORC Worldwide, which was sold to and merged into Mercer, he drew a sketch on a napkin every day with his morning coffee. He now has over 300 sketches.

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The best things in life are simple pleasures. Often they involve fire, and occasionally an RC car, flammable gas and/or slow motion. This one includes all of the above. While ostensibly done for some manner of “SCIENCE!

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(TrendHunter.com) Capturing the beauty of the winter scenery in major Canadian cities makes the ‘Around the Globe’ by All Cut Up Films a must-see short. The beauty of this snow globe time-lapse enhances…

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Research In Motion is set to launch BlackBerry 10 and two handsets at the end of January. But at this point, there shouldn’t be many surprises. Nearly every detail of the platform and touchscreen phone has leaked already.

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The best things in life are simple pleasures. Often they involve fire, and occasionally an RC car, flammable gas and/or slow motion. This one includes all of the above. While ostensibly done for some manner of “SCIENCE!

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If you’re ever driving through rough terrain and break an important part such as a drag link or tie rod, you may be stuck until help arrives.

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It seems like only yesterday we were planning for the Mayan apocalypse, but like so many other products, the 14th b’ak’tun (next era) has been delayed due to bugs and lack of pre-orders.

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Lasers are cool. Things that hover are cool. This is both. Developed by researchers at Aoyama Gakuin University, this little magnetic hover-disc is powered by magnets and driven with lasers. More »

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The Apple vs. Samsung battle is trucking along, and this time there’s more bad news for Samsung.

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Normally you hear about NFC in some kind of “mobile payments” context, but that’s not the only place it could shake things up. Hyundai is working on some new prototype tech that could have you using your NFC smartphone as the keys to your car.

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(CNN) – CNN National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta counts down the top 10 moments on what was a wild ride to the Election Day this year.

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(TrendHunter.com) When it comes to uncovering the world of social media, most of us wonder how some of our statuses, pictures and posts gain more views than others; the Facebook Wall Post Cheat Sheet infographic…

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To market the BBC Two series Wonders of Life, hosted by Brian Cox, the BBC got none other than Eric Idle to write and sing new lyrics to “The Galaxy Song” from Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life.

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In this week’s writing prompt, a farmer shakes hands with a pair of aliens as they make off with his cow. But what did the aliens give him in exchange? And what are they planning on doing with that cow?

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(TrendHunter.com) If you’ve ever wondered how the state of social media was faring over the past year, look no further than the ‘Social Engagement Exam’ report. The aptly titled infographic shows…

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(TrendHunter.com) ‘Jewel in the Night’ by Chris Hadfield was the first song to ever be recorded in outer space. Recorded by the Canadian astronaut at the International Space Station, the song is an…

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Amazon sells a banana-shaped banana slicer called the Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer.
For some reason that’s better left undiscovered, the user-contributed reviews for the Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer on Amazon.com are wonderfully absurd.

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THE collapse of John Boehner’s “Plan B” reveals the Republican Party to be in a politically disastrous position.
The media narrative is shaping up to pin the full blame for sending the country over the fiscal cliff on the Republicans.

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The conventional wisdom on the deficit is: Right now the deficit doesn’t pose a problem, but thanks to the gigantic growth in healthcare costs, it’s inevitable that the government will get swamped by Medicare spending, ergo we need to tweak the…

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Netflix CEO Reed Hastings’ pay will double to $4 million next year, after he took a pay cut due to management missteps this year.

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A number of folks in recent weeks have question or criticized my views, both here at OTE and on TV, regarding endorsing spending cuts, including some targeted at the social insurance programs Medicare and Social Security.  So let me expand a bit on…

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Now that Apple’s stock has been in a serious swoon since September, it’s turning into silly season with people suggesting it’s the next RIM.
There seem to be three viable explanations for what’s happening to Apple: 1.

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GREENBELT, Md. (CBS/AP) — A woman is dead and two other people injured after a fire at a home in Greenbelt, Prince George’s County fire officials say.
Authorities responded to the fire at a row house on Friday around 9 p.m.

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Dean Bradshaw is an Australian photographer and digital artist current living in Southern California. A few years ago, he traveled to the Island of Borneo in Southeast Asia to capture the essence of the exotic area.

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Every day, 10,000 people enter New York’s Grand Central Terminal—with no intention of catching a train. They come to slurp bivalves at the Oyster Bar or cocktails at the Campbell Apartment.

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When I saw “Rocket Launchers Turned in During LAPD Gun Buyback” flash across my twitter stream Thursday I had to check it out.

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This morning (EST), The Economist tweeted out its most popular cover of 2012.

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The past year has presented a wealth of unintentional comedy from right-wing raconteurs whose generosity in embarrassing themselves was profound.

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When it comes to knowing what’s going on in New York City’s culinary space, New York Magazine is second to none.

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Today is the day that Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell are supposed to be negotiating a deal on the Fiscal Cliff.

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In 1969, Alan Patricof founded Patricof and Co., an early venture capital firm. Over the next 40 years, he turned that into Apax, one of the largest private equity firms in the world.

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The end of the fighter pilot, and nearly a century of military fighter planes, is an idea that garners a lot of attention lately and this report out of Nebraska is a prime example why.

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Because the “fiscal cliff” will not stop for death, it looks as if death’s carriage may make a “kindly” stop to pick up some American millionaires this year, to paraphrase Emily Dickinson.

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The stock market had a pretty good year in 2012: the S&P 500, for all of investors’ macro concerns, was up around 11.7 percent.
One of the biggest stories in the market was the homebuilding sector.

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Former Mitt Romney economic advisor Greg Mankiw admits something that he probably would never have said during the campaign: Middle class tax rates can’t be set in stone. They might have to rise, too.

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Here’s an oldie but goodie. I think it is as true of mobile apps as web apps.
The 10 Golden Principles of Successful Web Apps from Carsonified on Vimeo.

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After discovering a secret palace hidden in China’s first emperor massive burial complex, Chinese technicians are nervous.

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Brooklyn Nets
Hakim Warrick, PF 26 MIN | 4-10 FG | 5-6 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 13 PTS | -13
Another solid performance for Warrick.

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Following news that defunct soap operas All My Children and One particular Life to Live could soon resume production, 1 of the former ABC daytime dramas has locked down a crucial player. Vincent Irizarry, who played Dr.

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Matthew McConaughey is a dad for the third time. The actor and his wife Camila welcomed their third child on Friday, in their hometown of Austin, Texas, as very first reported by TMZ. Mrs.

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About a year from now, we should be getting a spectacular light show in the night sky, as comet ISON shines brightly as it sweeps past Earth — if it doesn’t explode into the sun that is.
Vitali Nevski discovered the comet on September 21, 2012.

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – All lanes have reopened along New York Avenue after a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle earlier in the day Friday.

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(TrendHunter.com) For those music lovers out there, the Volkswagen Beetle Fender Limited Edition Car is a collaboration made in musical heaven.
The German automobile company and the iconic guitar manufacturer…

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In January, theorist revealed that under certain market conditions, cartels arise naturally without collusion.

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Terminator 3 actor Nick Stahl was arrested Thursday on suspicion of lewd conduct at an adult film shop, the Los Angeles Occasions reports. Stahl, 33, was taken into custody immediately after he was discovered by detectives during a routine check.

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You probably already read about Randi Zuckerberg’s faux-privacy violation on Facebook this week. But odds are you’re not part of her inner circle. Lucky for you, a tipster who’s “Friends” with RZ gave up the goods directly from her wall.

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(TrendHunter.com) The Lotus Evora ‘Sports Racer’ car is limited edition and a polished mid-size luxe vehicle. This stylish coupe comes in select colors and this special edition comes with a custom gloss black roof….

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“Range anxiety” is still keeping consumers away from electric cars, a survey of 2,300 drivers in 21 U.S. cities shows.

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LG will show off two new 4K/Ultra HD screen sizes at CES 2013.

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Google’s driverless car prototype has been around for a couple of years now—but have you ever spotted one in the wild? We just did, and it’s equal parts insane, terrifying, and hugely cool. More »

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Chicken nuggets haven’t always been made from pink slime, nor were they invented by McDonalds. Turns out we know surprisingly little about how these ubiquitous golden hunks of deep-fried poultry ever actually made it onto fast food menus.

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From SOPA, to the failed U.N. Internet takeover, 2012 has been a monumental year for the relationship between the Web and the powers that be in Washington D.C. Here are the five biggest moments.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook is taking home $4.2 million from the company this year, which is a steep drop from the $378 million he made in 2011. But are news reports that he’s suffered a 98 percent salary slide really accurate?

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Despite the general incompetence of Soviet long-range nuclear bombers, the US couldn’t allow a single such plane to reach American airspace. Its response—a new breed of fighter jet with an unprecedented wing design and handling.

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Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system now has a total of 35,0000 applications in its Store, according to tracking website MetroStore Scanner.

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According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has opened an inquiry into the allegations made by Hewlett Packard against Autonomy.

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If you’re about to get on a plane, have an HTPC and don’t love the idea of changing physical discs, or just want to declutter, the idea of ripping your DVDs probably sounds good, assuming you don’t do it already.

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A recent report from China has indicated that Apple could be developing a smart watch of its own.

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2012 saw a few updates to Firefox with improvements of all types, and alongside those we’ve seen plenty of add-ons to customize your browsing experience. Here are the most popular Firefox extensions and posts from the last year.

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Check out our picks for the best Google Chrome themes and skins so you can add some style to one of the fastest browsers out there.

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With curvy lines that look like they were inspired by Salvador Dali, the CLA looks like no Mercedes in recent memory.

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China-based tech blog 36kr has published a company-wide email (link via Google Translate) from Sina CEO Charles Chao that previews the China-based Internet giant’s 2013 strategy.

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New research from Pew Internet says that ebook readership is up (duh), and overall we own more tablets and ereaders. That’s not all that surprising, really. Still, here’s a look at how America reads.

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