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  1. The Mary Sue Editor in Chief Jill Pantozzi Talks to CNN’s Brooke Baldwin About Our Big Decision

    [TW for discussion of rape] The Mary Sue will no longer be promoting HBO's Game of Thrones, but our editorial team will be making decisions on the newsworthiness of certain items as they arise. Earlier today our Editor in Chief Jill Pantozzi was asked to speak with CNN's Brooke Baldwin about our decision and what we think the series could have done differently.

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  2. CNN Pulls a T.G.I.Friday’s, Inks Deal With the FAA to Launch Reporter Drones

    Brace yourself for some exploitative coverage if one of them ever crashes.

    What does T.G.I.Friday's have to do with drones, you ask? MORE THAN ONE WOULD THINK.

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  3. CNN’s “In Case of Apocalypse” Video Supposedly Online for the World to See

    The band played on...

    To be fair, people watching CNN in the first place is a sure sign of the apocalypse. They really should be prepared.

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  4. CNN Asks Tough Questions About The Nude Hacking Scandal, Like “Who Is This Four Chan Person Anyway?”

    Next at 11, "why does Emoji keep texting our teens?"

    Ohhh, CNN. We want to hate you for what you've become—that is, a shallow and irresponsible ratings grab which so often misses the mark when it comes to responsible journalism—but it's almost like trying to hold your bed-ridden racist grandpa to any kind of standard. At this point, it's easier and less head-ache deducing to have a nice inward chuckle at how obsolete you've become. Thanks for bringing some unintentional levity to what's actually been a total nightmare.

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  5. Marvel’s Black Widow #12 Cover Features CNN’s Anderson Cooper Because Of Course It Does

    Black Widow, Silver Fox, what's the difference?

    In all seriousness, this cover by Phil Noto is incredibly gorgeous. And it's not just a one-image gimmick, either: according to the creative team behind Black Widow, Anderson Cooper will play an integral role to the plot as he "exposes the tangled web of the Widow’s past discretions." Uhhhh, yes please?

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  6. Bill Nye Argues With CNN Host and Heritage Foundation Representative Over Climate Change Impact

    Didn't they see the Ken Ham thing?

    Our Friend Bill Nye appeared on CNN's Crossfire yesterday after a White House report about climate change was released. He was brought on to debate Heritage Foundation representative Nicolas Loris, but instead spent much of the time explaining how science works to the show's host S.E. Cupp.

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  7. CNN Is Upworthy Now and Everything Sucks

    We would have made a mocking Upworthy-style parody headline, but we're better than that.

    We here at Team Geekosystem like to make fun of Upworthy. Not because we don't think trying to make social justice viral content isn't commendable, of course; it's because we hate their manipulative headlines. Even worse, we fear that other sites might try to use the same tricks to make us click on them. As it turns out, that fear is justified.

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  8. BuzzFeed and CNN Sitting in a Tree, Y-O-U-T-U-B-E

    You got your news in my cat memes. You got your cat memes in my news. CNN and BuzzFeed join forces for new YouTube channel.

    Internet-list authority BuzzFeed has teamed up with CNN and YouTube to create a "CNN BuzzFeed" channel on the popular video site. The channel will feature archival footage, and create new content that we imagine will fall somewhere between ridiculous link bait and regular link bait. Get ready for headlines like, "15 Biggest White House Press Briefing Fails" and, "9 Cats That Are Sick and Tired of Partisan Bickering."

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  9. Things We Saw Today: The Hobbit, With Cats

    Things We Saw Today

    As Jill pointed out, the cat version of Bilbo looks an awful lot like Crookshanks from Harry Potter. Anyway, everyone knows Martin Freeman is actually a hedgehog. (By Andrea Femerstrand, via Geek-Art)

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  10. There’s Nothing Funny About Voter Fraud, Except Maybe This Reddit Thread

    When a video purporting to be of  a malfunctioning voting machine in Pennsylvania showed up earlier today, a pair of web-savvy CNN reporters were hot on the case, looking for assistance from the Reddit community in confirming the veracity of the video. That is some well-intentioned, shoe leather journalism...that went about exactly as well as you might expect. It probably didn't help that the two reporters in question go by the handles CNNkyle and CNN_eric, a fact that opened the door to a lot of South Park jokes, and that's just for starters.

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  11. Candy Crowley Will Be the First Female Presidential Moderator in 20 Years

    We told you a while ago about three rather impressive teenage girls who were petitioning the Commission on Presidential Debates for the commission to appoint a female moderator to the presidential debates. When we last checked in on them, the trio weren't doing so well; the office of the commission wouldn't see them. News came out today, however, that either someone was listening or they'd had their own plans all along: The first female presidential moderator in 20 years has been named for this election season; another will moderate the vice-presidential debate. So let's congratulate them.

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  12. Rumor: CNN to Buy Mashable Tomorrow

    Strange news is trickling out of the SXSW conference, where Reuters blogger Felix Salmon says "a little bird told him" that cable news powerhouse CNN is going buy the Internet and technology website Mashable. The cost of the rumored acquisition is $200 million, and Salmon says could be announced as early as Tuesday.

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  13. James Cameron to Venture to Challenger Deep, Ocean’s Deepest Known Point

    Director of films with one word titles like as Titanic and Avatar, James Cameron is aiming to accomplish something noteworthy that doesn't involve an Oscar, actors, or even vaguely cat-lookin' aliens; he's going to venture to the ocean's deepest depths. And maybe, just maybe, he'll find some aliens. The glowing purple and pink kind, not the cat-lookin' ones. The spot he's trying to reach, appropriately named Challenger Deep, is part of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific and the deepest known point in the world's oceans.

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  14. Cable News Prefers To Ask Men Their Opinions On Birth Control

    What Boys Think of Girls

    Birth control has been in the news as of late. President Barack Obama has compromised today by saying his administration will not require religious institutions to provide free contraception to their employees using their health insurance but that employees may still obtain it from their insurance directly. Of course, there have been debates, but something interesting observed? Cable news has been talking to more men than women about the proposal. Which is weird, because I don't know any men who take birth control to prevent conception... 

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  15. Is Anonymous Really Launching an Attack on Facebook on November 5?

    Like previous operations against PayPal and Sony, Anonymous has announced Operation Facebook, an attempt to disable Facebook on Guy Fawkes Day, of all days. Except, have they? This particular situation really lays bare the process by which a decentralized organization operates. The origin of Operation Facebook traces back to a YouTube announcement in typical Anonymous style, uploaded by the user FacebookOp on July 16th. It is his only video. The video also makes mention of a Twitter account devoted to the project.

    The catch? Well, the Twitter account only has one tweet, dating back to July 16th, the day the video was uploaded. To boot, Anonymous, a notoriously talkative bunch, haven't mentioned anything relating to that particular project despite all the things that have happened in the meantime. And the statement referenced was released on "pirate pad" instead of the iconic, and usual Pastebin. While the story is starting to be picked up by CNN, Business Insider and the Village Voice, I'm having trouble finding any references to the project before it was picked up by large media outlets. The video dates to mid-July, but nearly all coverage of the story is in August. So, is this a real threat or is the coverage of it making it real?

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  16. Things We Saw Today: How Video Game Makers Design Characters

    Things We Saw Today

    Things We Saw Today is going to be picture lite today. I guess maybe it's Things We Read Today. (chart from I Love Charts, via mental_Floss.)

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  17. Robots Helping the Troops in Afghanistan Are Almost Completely Autonomous

    We Have Done the Impossible and That Makes Us Mighty

    It's no secret that unmanned robots are a big part of fighting wars. But what's interesting about them is how little they rely on humans to tell them what to do. The machine above is called an X-47B and not only does it fly on its own, but it can land and take off from aircraft carriers with little to no human guidance. It also carries bombs, but that is where the humans come in -- while it flies on its own, the bombs are only released when an actual person gives it the cue to do so. So, is the next step a human-like fighter, like the T-1000? Probably not. Many of these robots exist only to be shot and detect other bombs (and be blown up before a soldier does). But the idea of some of these robots progressing towards being programmed to detonate on their own? ... You know they're thinking about it, and that's the tiniest bit creepy. Think about how many times a day your computer takes too long to load ... or crashes. Video of Fareed Zakaria discussing this on his CNN show Fareed Zakaria GPS is after the jump.

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  18. At SXSWi 2011, Brands Take “Interactive” Literally

    Group messaging and picture apps were the obvious contenders to break through at this year's South by Southwest, and based on the hundreds of thousands of GroupMe threads muted and Instagram filters applied, it seems that both varieties of apps are well poised for the mainstream. For countless other companies, however, making SXSW more than a four-day bender of a work write-off can be a challenge. Free beer and vaguely familiar musical acts work when you have marketing budgets the size of StumbleUpon's or Foursquare's, but it's hard to recite your elevator pitch when the crowd is moshing. We found several apps, sites and giant media conglomerates whose untraditional approaches to engage the tech set at SXSW involved more than “open the bar and they will come.”

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  19. CNN Compares Portal 2 to Angry Birds

    "February will bring 'Portal 2,' a puzzle game that demands you solve challenges by teleporting items and individuals between locations. Like 'Angry Birds,' the game allows fans to casually experiment with physics."

    This piece of infinite wisdom brought to you by a CNN article discussing some anticipated video games of 2011.

    (CNN via reddit)

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  20. Dolphins Can Recognize Their Own Reflections [Video]

    These dolphins aren't just being cute in this CNN video because they think their reflections are other dolphins. They are actually recognizing themselves and enjoying their own reflections, proving that their intelligence surpasses your regular, everyday sea-dweller. (CNN via and Jezebel)

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