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  1. Yahoo Getting Rid of All Those Pesky Passwords With New Authentication System

    But what will we do with all of our capital letters and numbers?

    Your extra capital letters, numbers, and special characters may have to find a new home soon, because Yahoo has a new system to get rid of all those annoying passwords. You know, because you totally don't just use the same one for everything. That would be irresponsible.

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  2. The Gender Avenger App Lets You Call Out SXSW Panels With No Women

    Sick of seeing panels at conventions and conferences made up entirely of white men? So are the people at online gender discrimination watchdog Gender Avenger, and they've created an app for SXSW that will let you name and shame the panels that didn't bother to give women a voice.

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  3. Paul Feig Decries Lack Of Opportunity For Female Directors In Hollywood

    "I have guilt that I'm a man doing these movies."

    Paul Feig is in an interesting position in Hollywood right now: He's pretty much the go-to guy for the director's chair whenever Hollywood wants a female-led blockbuster comedy. Usually one starring Melissa McCarthy, and certainly one that rakes in a whole lotta cash — see: Bridesmaids, The Heat, Spy, Ghostbusters.

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  4. Legendary Digital Brings Female Geek Presence to SXSW

    Amy Poehler's Smart Girls, Geek and Sundry, and Nerdist take the stage in Austin!

    South by Southwest (SXSW), one of the largest music and media festivals of the year, begins tomorrow in Austin, TX, and thanks to Legendary Digital there will be a heavy geek presence. Even better: thanks to Legendary's acquisition of both Geek and Sundry and Amy Poehler's Smart Girls last year, that presence will be heavily female!

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  5. Good Guy Samsung Sent Me a New Battery After Giving Me a Crappy One at SXSW

    Hey! A company did a nice thing!

    This isn't sponsored content or an ad. I'm just excited, surprised, and grateful that it happened. After giving me a dud of a battery at SXSW, Samsung mailed me a new one with some extras to make up for it. I complain online when companies screw me, so it's only fair I call one out when they do something great like this.

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  6. SXSW Godzilla Footage Shows New “Antagonist”

    Spoilers and all, but we're pretty sure you can guess what that means.

    Among the long list of things we missed out on because we're not at SXSW like our Senior Editor Glen Tickle comes this new revelation: a screening of the original 1954 Godzilla with Gareth Edwards, at which he leaked some new never-before-seen footage from the upcoming 2014 film. Spoilers after the jump.

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  7. SXSW Tech Panel Promises That “Wearable Tech” Underwear Is the New Hotness

    We've gotten a lot of junk mail promising the same thing, so we're kind of skeptical.

    Wearable tech products are cool and all, but they're not very sexy. Oh sure, they tried to make a porn with Google Glass, but c'mon. No one watched that. Of course, that hasn't stopped inventors on the SXSW panel "Tech Off Your Clothes: Naked Truths Of Wearables” from trying to fulfill all our smut-filled hopes and dreams with electronic underwear.

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  8. Check Out NASA’s SXSW Booth and Learn About Tiny Asteroid-Hunting Satellites

    It's probably our favorite SXSW booth because space.

    There's a lot going on at SXSW including this booth by NASA to let tradeshow attendees know that space is still out there. We took a quick look at the booth and learned about how NASA is planning on protecting us all from asteroids.

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  9. Neil deGrasse Tyson and Ann Druyen Talk Cosmos and Gravity at SXSW [Video]

    Do we want to be around them or just be them? We can't decide.

    Not everybody gets to be at SXSW right now, and even fewer of us get to hang out with Neil deGrasse Tyson and Cosmos producer Ann Druyen. That's why we're happy we found this set of videos from the Samsung What's Trending SXSW blogger lounge, so we can live vicariously through this lucky audience.

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  10. Pack up the Internet, We’re Done Here: Grumpy Cat Sat On the Iron Throne at SXSWesteros

    I usurped the throne once. It was awful.

    I can't decide who I'm more jealous of -- Grumpy Cat for getting to sit on the Iron Throne, or the Iron Throne for getting to meet Grumpy Cat? Either way, we would really like to be at SXSW right now, please.

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  11. Dan Harmon Teases Us With Talk Of A Dungeons And Dragons Movie

    Oh, and he knows what to do about Ghostbusters 3 too.

    I get it, SXSW: you're too cool for school, AKA me. But must you pour salt in my blogger wounds by teasing the world with pitches for glorious movie ideas that will likely never come to be?

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  12. NASA Wants YOU to Help Detect Asteroids, and They’re Willing to Pay

    Do the Math. Save the world.

    Grab your no. 2 pencils and Texas Instruments! NASA announced today that they will be awarding $35,000 in prizes between now and August to civilians who develop asteroid-detecting algorithms. NASA, I'm flattered that you would ask, but honestly I'd prefer if you had this whole "preventing planetary extinction" thing down already.

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  13. You Can Watch Edward Snowden’s SXSW Interview Live Today [Updated With Replay]

    Où sont les Niegedens d'antan?

    Edward Snowden is coming to SXSW today... kind of. The infamous whistle-blower of the NSA will be calling in for an interactive interview (Snowden will field audience questions) with the Texas Tribune, and they'll be streaming it live for everyone to see. Predictably, some people aren't too happy about Snowden's appearance.

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  14. Follow Our #SXSW Exploits, Including GE’s Night of Invention As They Happen Right Here!

    If you're at SXSW you could also just follow Glen around, but this is less weird.

    Curious what we're up to at SXSW this year? Senior Editor Glen Tickle (Hey, that's me!) is there and will be live-tweeting from our @Geekosystem Twitter account as well as my own @glentickle for stuff at SXSW that might be a little out of our regular purview.

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  15. Here’s An App To Help You Avoid Human Contact, Especially At A Certain Texas Festival

    Hell is other people at SXSW.

    SXSW started today, and an Austin tech developer wants to ensure that Texas residents won't be too overwhelmed by the invading indie masses. Enter "Avoid Humans," an app that uses Foursquare to tell you what locations to steer clear of if you want to leave your house but not interact with your species.

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  16. Watch Quirky + GE’s Night of Invention and StarTalk Live With Our Friend Bill Nye LIVE Right Here! [Updated]

    See which reader question we ask Our Friend Bill Nye!

    Tomorrow night is the big event! We've partnered with GE, Quirky, and StarTalk Radio to bring A Night of Invention to SXSW! You can watch the livestream of the StarTalk portion of the show right here with Our Friend Bill Nye, Eugene Mirman, and more. We'll have exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of the whole thing.

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  17. Here’s a Milk Glass Made From a Cookie, You’re Welcome

    Quick, someone make a wine goblet made of cheese, the world needs you.

    Some days you write about life-enhancing advancements in medicine and science, some days you cover revolutionary dessert breakthroughs. Thanks to master pastry chef Dominique Ansel, I think today is both of those days.

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  18. Send Us Your Questions For Our Friend Bill Nye and You Could Have It Answered on StarTalk Live at SXSW!

    How do you make science?

    We'll be at SXSW this year for the GE/Quirky/StarTalk Live mashup known as The Night of Invention this Saturday March 8th, and it's going to be great! Our Friend Bill Nye is hosting, and we're taking questions from readers for the show's Q&A portion. Here's how to have your question asked and answered live on the show.

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  19. Here’s The Geekosystem Podcast “General Electric, Specific Podcast”

    See you all at SXSW!

    Geekosystem HQ is mid-move so our regular podcasting setup is in a box at the moment. I set up a makeshift home studio with a borrowed mixer (thanks, Jason) and used it to record a great interview with the GE Global Marketing Director Linda Boff to talk about our upcoming event at SXSW.

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  20. Coding as Graduation Requirement: One School is Making it Happen

    10 PRINT "Great idea!"

    Schools need to stop ignoring coding. We use computers every day. We carry tiny computers around in our pockets everywhere we go, and most people can't even make one of them say "Hello World!" Beaver Country Day School outside of Boston is trying to change that by making coding a graduation requirement, and other schools should too.

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