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    Dan is a video game modding hobbyist and secret ninja who lives in New Jersey.

  1. Comet Photobombs Philae Lander’s Selfie From Rosetta Mission

    In space, no one can hear you sneak up behind their selfie.

    Back off, comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko! Philae is an amazing piece of technology and it was trying to take a picture of itself! Stop photobombing him. You're just a giant hunk of rock falling through space! OK, fine. You're a giant, beautiful, scientifically relevant... you know what? All is forgiven. This picture is amazing.

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  2. 101 Things We Wish Apple Gave Us Instead of That U2 Album and How to Get Rid of It

    They still haven't found what we're looking for.

    Who knew Apple would be the ones to really damage their "virus-free" claims? Somehow, through some magic called "the cloud" and "business deals involving lots of money," an unwanted U2 album has worked its way onto your phone! Don't worry, there's a way to get rid of it, and we have some suggestions for what Apple could give us instead.

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  3. Nearly Indestructible Inflatable Robot Crawls Its Way Into Your Nightmares

    Metroid had it right. Crawling robots are a no-no.

    Never before has a pink, squishy, crawling robot filled you with so much nope.

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  4. Samsung’s “It Doesn’t Take a Genius” Ads Mocking Apple’s Announcements Sure Didn’t Take Long

    I only wish these weren't so accurate.

    In the world of computers, Apple may still be able to play the scrappy underdog card, but in the mobile arena, they're the ones attracting the attack ads from those who would challenge their dominance. Samsung wasted no time throwing together this "It Doesn't Take a Genius" ad series mocking all the fairly mockable moments from Apple's iPhone 6/Apple Watch announcement stream on Tuesday. (Full series of ads after the jump.)

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  5. Twitch Users Streaming Full Copies of Smash Bros. for 3DS, Unlocking New Characters

    Spoiler alert!

    Smash Bros. for 3DS releases in Japan in just over 24 hours, so it was inevitable that spoilers would be coming. If you'd prefer to wait, Nintendo will be streaming tomorrow with their own official details, but you can watch players unlock the remaining characters on Twitch right now if you just have to know.

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  6. DARPA and the U.S. Military Want to Give Us Mutant Healing Abilities

    I'm in if they can also make me look like Hugh Jackman.

    DARPA, government purveyors of fine bonkers future technology, is working on a new initiative to create tech implants that can adjust your body's functions and accelerate healing. Your ability to survive the process of receiving your very own adamantium skeleton isn't far away now. All you have to do is create adamantium and devise a system to implant it in your body! That's the easy part, right?

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  7. GPEN Survey Uncovers 85% of Mobile Apps Don’t Adequately Disclose How They Use Your Data

    While you were freaking out about the specifics in the ones that do provide privacy information...

    In case you had somehow managed to still feel secure with your digital personal data in light of recent security breaches, the Global Privacy Enforcement Network has released a report stating that 85% of apps don't disclose how they use your data and 1 in 3 ask for an excessive access to personal information. So, you know, sleep tight; don't let the crippling anxiety of absolutely no control over your personal privacy in the modern world bite.

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  8. Review: Grant Morrison’s Annihilator #1

    Annihilator is so much more than it appears at first glance. The cheesy antihero trappings are all a deliberate part of this reality-bending look at fiction and the people who create it. We got the chance to read issue one of this six-part graphic novel ahead of its release today, and we'll help you decide if it's worth a read.

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  9. Today the Internet Bands Together to Institute Fake “Slow Lanes” and Fight for Net Neutrality

    Damn the man. Save the Internet.

    When you head to your favorite websites today, you may notice some annoying popup graphics. Before you roll your eyes and click the little X, take a moment to note that these are not ads—they're pleas to help save the Internet from the death of net neutrality, and you can help.

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  10. 5 Million Gmail Passwords Hacked and Leaked, Here’s How to Check Yours

    Or you could use this as a reminder to change it for general safety.

    5 million Gmail usernames and passwords were leaked on a Russian forum. Check to see if you need to change your password immediately instead of at your regularly scheduled password change date, which is a thing you have, right?

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