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Hacker Faces up to Five Years in Prison for Illegally Obtaining Nude Celebrity Photos

Andrew Helton, the hacker who obtained nude celebrity photos through a phishing scheme, has just plead guilty to his crimes. His felony could earn him up to five years in prison.

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Real Goddamn Magic: The Mary Sue Visits the Set of The Magicians

Join us as we check out Brakebills College of Magical Pedagogy!

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Astronomers Found Some New Images of Planet Formation in Alien Star Systems in Old Hubble Data

Hubble's been holding out on us.

The Hubble Space Telescope's life may be winding down, but it's still got some fight left in it. Astronomers revisited some of Hubble's old data with new image processing techniques, and they discovered that Hubble had captured some previously unknown photos of the formation of planets around distant stars, so take a look at what they found.

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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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The Amazing Photos from Recent ISS Spacewalks Prove Space Makes Everything Better

Astronauts are better at photography than you, but space is kind of an unfair advantage.

Thanks to the Internet, it's now super easy for everyone to see what the Earth looks like from an astronaut's point of view. (Mostly it looks frighteningly far away, but also beautiful.) ISS astronauts have been working on the outside of the station a lot recently, so we've got some of the best pictures they took for you.

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NASA Unveils Instagram Account That’s Already Full of All Kinds Of Awesome

Their pics are so cool, they don't even need the filter.

Yesterday NASA hopped on the bandwagon and announced their official Instagram account. In case you forgot, last night NASA also launched the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) at 11:27 pm our of their center in Virginia. So yeah, there's some pretty bitchin' pics up already.

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AT-AT Walkers Walk Down the Aisle of This Star-Wars Wedding Photoshoot

Why Not Do It With Some Style?

First, there was a bridal party that should have known better than to have their wedding photos taken with dinosaurs. Now, rebel scum tried to have their wedding under the eyes of the Imperial forces? Well, the AT-ATs will get them. When will people learn? Sigh.

(via Nerd Approved)

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Well, This Photo From WWDC Is…Telling

One of these bathroom lines is not like the other...

If you're watching Apple's WWDC conference with us right now, you're making a great call for a lot of reasons -- especially if you're a guy who occasionally needs to use a restroom, as evidenced by this photo that comes to us courtesy of CNET's Dan Ackerman. That's a line I don't mourn missing out on. Of course, the bathroom line is only part of the story here -- the real issue is the apparent dearth of gender diversity at one of the biggest tech sector events of the year.

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Anti-Piracy Group Caught Pirating Photos for Their Website

There are few things more amusing than anti-piracy advocates being caught, well, pirating. It's the best kind of hypocrisy, if that's a thing. That's the situation Canadian anti-piracy company Canipre found themselves in this week after it was revealed that they totally didn't receive permission to use a bunch of the images associated with their website. Oops.

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Instagram Gets Even More Social, Updates With Tagging Feature

Instagram rolled out an update today that finally allows users to tag one another in photos. The update is available now for both iOS and Android platforms. Before everyone gets all crazy about privacy concerns, don't worry, there's a grace period where you can opt out of being tagged. There's also a twee pizza party video outlining the new feature.

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Dark Clouds and Bright Lights: New ESO Images of Star Nursery Lupus 3

Full disclosure -- there is very little we like waking up to better than pretty pictures of space. There's just something really soothing about images that are simultaneously extremely gorgeous and throw into stark relief our astonishing insignificance in the cosmic scheme of things -- it just makes us want to crawl right back under the covers in the best possible way. It's in this spirit that we bring you this latest picture from the European Southern Observatory's MPG/ESO telescope -- the best image ever captured of Lupus 3, a star forming cloud some 600 light-years from Earth that you can take a closer look at in the video below.

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The Sun Has Been Dotted With Sunspots This Week, Here Are Some Beautiful Pictures Of Them

This amazing photo of the Sun -- taken by astrophotographer John Chumack through a filter that renders it blue, and would probably make a really good tool if you ever needed to defeat Superman -- shows some of the dozens of sunspots that have been flaring up on the surface of the Sun over the past few days. Chumack snapped some pictures through a couple different filters, and you can actually see the sunspots -- which show up as white spots in this image -- more clearly in the photos below. While you're at it, you can get a look at new video -- courtesy of NASA -- that will get you as up close and personal as you can be with the Sun and still not be vaporized. What can we say, we just couldn't resist leading with a bright blue picture of the Sun.

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Mirror, Mirror: Two of Saturn’s Moons Face Off Across Its Rings

While the above picture may look like an asteroid as seen in an enormous cosmic mirror, it's not -- it's much, much cooler than that. This is the one of the latest images from NASA's Cassini probe, which shows two of Saturns "shepherd moons" -- Pandora and Prometheus, and we swear we're not making that up -- seemingly staring at one another down across the planet's rings.

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Instagram Drops Twitter Integration, Viewing What Folks Ate Now More Difficult

Instagram is often ridiculed for being an app used most often to share images of meals or natural vistas slapped with a variety of filters. Not everyone's meant to be a gifted photographer, but they can at least take passable pictures. Instagram and Twitter used to be the best of buds, and photos snapped with Instagram were once able to be essentially embedded in tweets. As of now, those days are gone. Instagram has gone and dropped its Twitter card integration.

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Thanksgiving More Popular Than Hurricane Sandy, According To All Important Instagram Metric

People love taking them some pictures of food, and there's no more food friendly event than Thanksgiving. It's perhaps no surprise, then, that yesterday's turkey feasts marked the highest of high points for the Instagram, which saw 226 pictures of turkey dinners uploaded to its service every second near it's high point at midday.

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Color Definitely Shutting Down Despite Previously Claiming They Totally Weren’t

Just when you thought it was safe to start trusting people again, Color's gone and officially announced that their photo-sharing app will be shuttered after December 31st, 2012. This is just the latest development in a series of odd twists and turns for the beleaguered startup. In October, rumors began circulating that the startup would be winding down, and then even more rumors emerged that Apple would be acquiring some or all of the company. At the time, Color said that they totally weren't shutting down. Looks like a lot can change in just over a month.

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Seems Legit: Man Arrested in U.K. for Posting Picture of Burning Poppy

The United Kingdom has some odd rules when it comes to what's considered offensive. Libel laws and the like in the U.K. tend to receive a lot of flak from the Internet, and perhaps there's a perfectly legitimate reason for this. These laws have wacky consequences and serve as another way to stifle free speech more often than not. For example, a man was "arrested on suspicion of malicious telecommunications" this past Sunday. His alleged crime? Posting a photo of a burning poppy to a social network.

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French Court Tells Tabloid to Turn Over Topless Kate Middleton Photos, Fails to Understand Technology

By now, you've surely heard about the Kate Middleton topless scandal. Basically, some paparazzi managed to snap a few pictures of the lady relaxing on a terrace with it all hanging loose and then sold those photos to a French tabloid called Closer. Said tabloid was then sued, and a French court has ruled that they must pay a hefty fine of €10,000 -- which comes to about $13,000 -- each time they're republished. Oh, and they also have to turn over the "original" photos or face even more fines. Yeeeeeah.

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Google Translate Now Reads Text From Images

In its latest update, Google Translate for Android went Goggles, and brought us the ability to translate words from photos. Which makes perfect sense, because if you can't read it, odds are you probably can't type it. Here's how you use it.

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11 Fantastic Photos and Videos of Yesterday’s Annular Eclipse

Yesterday, some folks were treated to an annular eclipse -- where the Moon passes between the sun and the Earth, but its apparent size is not enough to actually cover the sun entirely. The result is untold numbers of beautiful pictures of a fiery ring in the sky. We've gathered some of the best photos and videos of this astronomical event from around the world. Please see them after the break, won't you?

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