• Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:36:23 +0000: Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay' - Mashable

    Apple CEO Tim Cook has, for the first time, written publicly about his sexual orientation in an essay published in Businessweek on Thursday

    "I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me," Cook writes.

    In the essay, Cook says he has been open with many people about his sexual orientation for years, including Apple employees"Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me."

    He adds that while he never denied his sexuality, he had not publicly acknowledged it either. Writing about his motivation to do so, the Apple boss cites Dr. Martin Luther King: Read more...

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  • Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:32:54 +0000: Man walking in NYC is 'harassed' in a very different way - Mashable

    You've probably seen the recently published video of a woman who walked around the streets of New York for 10 hours and recorded several incidents in which she was harassed.

    But what happens when a white man walking the streets of that same city? Turns out, he also gets called out a lot, but the "harassment" he receives is of a completely different sort

    Funny or Die did a take on the original video, and while the idea is primarily to make you laugh, the video raises some important questions.

    The man in the video is pretty much treated like a king — he's showered with gifts and compliments and at one point, a girl offers him a job. And while that's far from reality, many men who don't receive verbal harassment on the streets — unlike women — probably aren't even aware that the problem exists Read more...

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  • Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:04:16 +0000: Suspected drunk pilot escorted off plane moments before flight - Mashable

    LONDON — A Flybe pilot was escorted from the cockpit of a plane and arrested on suspicion of being over the drink-drive limit on Wednesday.

    The plane, headed for London's Gatwick airport, was moments from taking off from Newquay in South West England.

    The pilot was removed from the aircraft so that he could undergo a breath test after a fellow crew member alerted the police, according to the BBC. Passengers were told the pilot was unwell.

    A police spokesman subsequently confirmed that a 48-year-old man from Crediton in neighbouring county Devon was arrested and taken to Newquay Police Station. Read more...

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  • Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:44:53 +0000: Students in Turkey brawl over war in Syria - Mashable

    ISTANBUL, Turkey—Istanbul University is more than 700 miles away from the Syrian front lines.

    But these days tensions from the bloody civil war can be felt on the leafy campus.

    There, Islamists and leftwing students have battled across well-manicured gardens and commons, indicating how the war in Syria has reawakened deep grudges in Turkey

    After at least four clashes in as many weeks, riot police now stand guard outside the university gates and students travel in groups for safety


    Sena Ozcanli, a 22-year-old economics major who witnessed the Islamists' attack on fellow students and was detained for not cooperating with police.

    Image: Emily Feldman

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  • Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:43:52 +0000: College students trust Snapchat despite hack, study says - Mashable

    Snapchat may have security vulnerabilities but that's not deterring one of the app's biggest demographics: college students.

    A new study found that most students still trust the service and haven't changed their use of the app since the hack, that resulted in nearly 100,000 private user photos and videos being published online.

    The study was conducted by Sumpto, a marketing firm that helps connect brands with college students. The company polled more than 1,800 undergraduate students from around the country about their use of Snapchat following the hack of a third-party Snapchat apps that resulted in the thousands of leaked photos. Read more...

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