• Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:23:13 +0000: Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen Are Too Cute Playing 'The Newlywed Game' - Mashable

    There's nothing better than watching Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen bickering like an old married couple.

    In a video that's trending online, the two icons and longtime friends answer ridiculous questions about each other while participating in a version of The Newlywed Game. As it turns out, even when you've known someone for a very long time, you still may not know what their spirit animal is

    The video, which was shot at a Buzzfeed Brews event in February, also reveals which roles the two actors would most like to play or revive. Stewart's was Falstaff, a character who appears in three of Shakespeare's play, Henry IV, Part 1, Henry IV, Part 2 and The Merry Wives of Windsor, while McKellen's choice was the Widow Twankey, a female character traditionally played by a man in the pantomime version of Aladdin. Read more...

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  • Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:19:32 +0000: The Virtual Reality Renaissance Is Here, But Are We Ready? - Mashable

    I'm flapping my wings. Not hard, but slowly and smoothly. At 25 feet across, my wingspan is so great I don't need to exert much energy to achieve lift. In the distance, I see an island under an azure sky. This is my home. Off to my west, the sun is setting and the sky glows with warm, orange light.

    Spotting movement in the ocean below, I bend my body slightly to the left and begin a gentle dive. As I approach the shore, I spot my prey splashing in the shallows. I lean back, keeping my wings fully extended so I can glide just above the water. I'm right over the fish. I pull in my wings, bend forward sharply and dive into the water. I emerge with a fish in my mouth. Success Read more...

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  • Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:30:53 +0000: Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, Boxer Wrongly Convicted of Murder, Dead at 76 - Mashable

    Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer imprisoned 19 years for a crime he did not commit and whose plight became a rallying point for racial inequality — as well as a Bob Dylan song and a movie starring Denzel Washington — has died. He was 76.

    Carter died in Toronto after a long battle with prostate cancer, the Associated Press reported.

    Carter was convicted in 1967 of three murders at a bar in his native New Jersey, and again at a 1976 retrial. After years of appeals, court battles and public outcry, his convictions — alleged to be racially motivated — were set aside in 1985. Read more...

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  • Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:09:27 +0000: Glenn Greenwald: Pulitzer May Help Change Public Perception of NSA Leaks - Mashable

    Glenn Greenwald was eating lunch on Monday, trying not to focus on the fact that the most high-profile journalism award in the U.S. was moments away from being announced

    "I didn't want to pay too much attention to it or follow it too closely," Greenwald told Brian Stelter during an interview that aired Sunday on CNN's Reliable Sources. "But I had my phone on the table. I knew that the hour was upon us."

    At 3 p.m. ET, the news broke: The Guardian, Greenwald's previous employer, and The Washington Post had won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for their reporting on NSA surveillance based on leaked documents from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden Read more...

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  • Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:04:21 +0000: Malaysia Discusses Financial Support for MH370 Family Members - Mashable

    A Malaysian government official met with family members of passengers who were aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 to discuss ways to offer them financial assistance. Nearly a month and a half has passed since the Boeing 777-200 plane disappeared over the Indian Ocean during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8.

    Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Hamzah Zainuddin met with relatives in Kuala Lumpur Sunday, and asked them to submit a plan for consideration, according to the Associated Press. Zainuddin added that a fund could be set up by Malaysia Airlines or the Malaysian government.

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