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  1. You Can Register Your iPhone 5S to Recognize Your Cat’s Paw Print [Video]

    That's good. My cat gets a lot of very important calls.

    TechCrunch has already answered the burning question we didn't even think to ask.

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  2. Post Pictures of Your Kids Online, They’ll Thank You Later

    In an editorial piece published yesterday on TechCrunch titled "The Gift of Online Privacy," Cyan Banister calls for parents to think twice before sharing every milestone in their child's life on the Internet. As the title implies, she considers privacy one of the greatest gifts a parent can give to their child. I disagree. As proof, the above image isn't some picture I pulled off the Internet. That's the 20-week ultrasound of my daughter. I'll post a photograph of her in about six weeks when she's born, because I think photographs make a better gift than privacy.

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  3. Microsoft Sends DMCA Requests to the BBC, Wikipedia, and More

    The world of internet piracy and online copyright enforcement is rife with stories of incompetence, especially on the side of major corporations and copyright holders. Many of those problems stem from the fact that the most frequently used weapon of copyright-holders, sending DMCA takedown requests to remove sites illegally sharing copyrighted material from search engines, is automated. The systems in place send an obscene number of notices, including duplicate requests for sites that have already been removed and now, apparently, random requests to remove any site even slightly connected to a company's copyrighted material. For example, a recent rash of DMCA notices from Microsoft asked Google to delist a series of popular, most-likely non-infringing sites, including TechCrunch, The Huffington Post,, and Wikipedia.

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  4. Amazon to Launch Illuminated E ink Kindles This Year

    Despite the rumors that Amazon is going to launch three new tablet devices, the gargantuan retailer is apparently not ready to abandon the ultra-readable E ink display format for their Kindle eBook readers. TechCrunch has apparently been allowed to sit down with Amazon's next generation E ink Kindle and reports that it will feature a long-awaited feature: Backlighting. The new device is apparently set to roll out sometime this year, and could bring an entirely new face to E ink readers as well as the end of reading lights for digital devices like the one pictured above.

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  5. AOL: Hand Over CrunchBase and Nobody Gets Hurt

    Dear AOL, Congrats on your recent acquisition of TechCrunch- there’s no better team reporting on tech these days. They’ve really come into their own over the last couple of years and are producing high-quality articles and videos at scale and driving conversations forward that are important to all of us. I think you’re going to make a fortune selling ads against their content. Well done. Now that I have you all buttered up, I have a request. Within that tapestry of websites you bought is woven a gem in our little corner of the world. It's our very own anthropologic artifact that we’ve been co-creating with Mike and his team over the years. Within its hyperlinked catacombs lie hieroglyphs of startups as they rise, as they fall, as they exit into immortality and as they submerge quietly into the dead pool. It's an invaluable daily resource for many of us. Which is why I’m writing. CrunchBase is not much of a traffic driver within the TechCrunch network of sites, and it's starting to show. Look, I know it's only been a few months since the acquisition closed, but CrunchBase is already getting sad. Page load speeds are borderline unbearable, traffic seems to be sliding and content is becoming stale. As someone who has contributed data to CrunchBase and as a near-daily user of the service, I want to make sure this gem gets the attention it deserves.

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  6. Facebook Removes Ability to Look for Friends In Your Gmail Contacts

    Lately Gmail and Facebook have quietly been waging a passive aggressive battle over whether the information that trusting users turn over to a company belongs primarily to the company, or the user, and the latest volley in said battle seems to have been... volleyed. By Facebook. Facebook lists a number of third parties whose data can be perused in order to flesh out your friends list, including Yahoo!, AOL, Comcast, Skype, MSN, and Techcrunch reports that Gmail is no longer an option, and that Facebook will not grab your Gmail contacts even if you sign up with a Gmail address as primary.

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  7. Geekolinks: 11/7

    3DS American Release Date Was A Photoshop (Joystiq) Amazon is Putting in a Like Button (TechCrunch) How to Make a Papercraft Heather Mason from Silent Hill (Paperkraft) Star Trek Online Going Free to Play? (GameInformer) One More Reason Why Neil Gaiman is One of Our Favorite People (Matter Anti-Matter) Radioactive Rabbits, FYI (Koin Local 6) 10 Bizzare Weapons of the Allies in WWII (Listverse) (pic by Jude Buffum, more here.)

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  8. New Twitter Now Available to Everyone

    About a month ago, Twitter announced they'd be relaunching their site with a new split screen design at an undetermined date in the near future. "The near future" meant today, as the new Twitter is now available to everyone.

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  9. Geekolinks: 10/9

    MySpace's New Logo ಠ_ಠ (TechCrunch) Steam Will Be Down on Monday: DON'T PANIC (Kotaku) New Trailer/Poster for Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Coventry Telegraph) You Can Play Zork On A Bunch of Ereaders (Joystiq) Who Else Is in the Deadpool Movie (Bleeding Cool) Automatic Spirograph Cake Decorator (Gizmodo) NYCC Cosplay Day 1 (Kotaku)

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  10. Facebook’s New Groups Lets Friends Add You to Groups Without Consent

    What was probably the biggest announcement at Facebook's conference two days ago was an overhaul to their Groups, including a group chat feature and e-mail list. There's a problem, though: Users can be added to groups by their Facebook friends without consent, an issue that saw Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg added to a group ostensibly for NAMBLA, the North American Man/Boy Love Association. Along with Zuckerberg, Mahalo founder Jason Calacanis and TechCrunch blogger Michael Arrington also would have appeared to have professed a sudden interest in young boys, thanks to pranksters on their (very long) friends lists. Deliberately shocking as the NAMBLA group may be, these additions highlight what's arguably a shortcoming of Facebook Groups: Any Facebook user can go ahead and add any other user to a Facebook Group without any consent on the other user's part so long as the two users are Facebook friends.

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