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Nicki Minaj’s ‘Anaconda’ Twerks Miley’s VEVO Record Into Oblivion



Congratulations to Nicki Minaj’s asstounding “Anaconda” music video, which has claimed the VEVO record for most views in a 24-hour period. (Yeah, we went there.)

Minaj’s twerktacular anthem, which calls back to Sir-Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back,” hit 19.6 million views in 24 hours after premiering at midnight on Tuesday. To date, the video has almost 37.7 million views.

Nicki’s butt claims the throne from Miley Cyrus, whose September 2013 “Wrecking Ball” video held the record for hitting 19.3 million views in a single day Read more…

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Will Developer Tools Startups Ever Find Investors?

keep-calm-and-code-on-105 Venture capital is an industry in which the exceptions are often more important than the rules. For many years, investors believed in a golden rule that software was the key to minting returns, leaving hardware as one of the most underinvested areas of venture. Then things changed as new technologies like 3D printing allowed hardware startups to accelerate their product design, and several… Read More

Sending Your 13-Year-Old on a Flight Solo? That’ll Cost You



Young teenagers trying to claim their independence aren’t getting any help from the airline industry.

Beginning Sept. 3, American Airlines will charge $150 extra fee each way, or $300 for a round-trip flight, for unaccompanied minors between the ages of 5 and 14. The airline previously charged for minors between 5 and 11

American, which announced the change Thursday in an employee publication, says extending the fee to a wider age range will ensure the safest possible travel for them and match the policy at US Airways. The two airlines merged in December to form American Airlines Group Inc. Read more…

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Tony Stewart’s NASCAR Season Fading Fast: He’s Skipping Bristol, Too



Tony Stewart hasn’t been back on the race track since his Sprint car struck and killed a fellow driver earlier this month, and at this rate it’s looking like the three-time NASCAR champion’s “comeback” season may be over.

Stewart is skipping the Saturday night race at Bristol Motor Speedway, making the short Tennessee oval the fourth race — and the third Sprint Cup event — he’s missed since the death of Kevin Ward Jr

SEE ALSO: Tony Stewart’s Car Strikes, Kills Young Driver Walking on Track

The team he co-owns, Stewart-Haas Racing, said he’s taking it week-by-week, but with only two races left, it’s increasingly likely that the driver they call “Smoke” won’t be behind the wheel until at least next year. Read more…

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Vine Challenge: Capture Objects in 360 Degrees



The tech of our days is so advanced that it’s fair to say we’ve got everything we need. From smartphones and tablets of all sizes to bendable TVs and Bluetooth padlocks, nearly every gadget has multiple things to show off, appearance- and function-wise

We partnered with Hewlett-Packard once again for this week’s Mashable Vine Challenge. We want you to showcase technology operating in a 360 degree capacity

A panoramic image taken on a smartphone may not cover edge to edge of what you see. But on Vine, you have the flexibility of creating stop-motion animations to capture all angles in a single video. Read more…

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Kicked Off Twitter, Islamic State Flocks to Diaspora



As Twitter shuts down access to various Islamic State fighters, members of the group are shifting their social media focus to the decentralized social network, Diaspora.

On Wednesday, Twitter started actively suspending accounts from accounts actively sharing video and graphic imagery related to the brutal beheading of American journalist James Foley. Many of those accounts were related to the Islamic State, the radical Islamist group in Iraq claiming responsibility for Foley’s murder.

As Mashable’s Colin Daileda and Lorenz Franceschi-Bicchierai reported last month, these radical Islamists in Iraq are using social media to spread fear and propaganda in a way no terrorist group has done before Read more…

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Sigh, the #IceBucketChallenge Is Now a Halloween Costume



Good job, Internet. You’ve made the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge the must-have costume for Halloween this year.

That’s right, for only $39.99, you can dress like the biggest social media trend of summer (and history’s largest wet T-shirt contest). Online costume retailer Brands on Sale offers the getup that features a bucket with “water” made from tulle, an ice cube tray and fake ice cubes.


The site also includes a link to the ALS Association for timely-costume-loving do-gooders.

Alternate idea: Buy a bucket for $5, use real water and donate the remaining $35 to ALS research. Read more…

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Students From States With Faster Internet Tend To Have Higher Test Scores

An anonymous reader sends word of correlation found between higher internet speeds and higher test scores. Quoting: The numbers—first crunched by the Internet provider comparison site HSI — show a distinct trend between faster Internet and higher ACT test scores. On the high end, Massachusetts scores big with an average Internet speed of 13.1Mbps, and an average ACT test score of 24.1. Mississippi, on the other hand, has an average speed of just 7.6Mbps and an average score of 18.9. In between those two states, the other 48 fall in a positive correlation that, while not perfect, is quite undeniable. According to HSI’s Edwin Ivanauskas, the correlation is stronger than that between household income and test scores, which have long been considered to be firmly connected to each other. The ACT scores were gathered from, which has the official rankings and averages for the 2013 test, and the speed ratings were taken from Internet analytics firm Akamai’s latest report.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

No One Nominated The Galaxy S5 For The Ice Bucket Challenge, Samsung

bad Just stop, Samsung. Stop.
The Ice Bucket Challenge is designed to raise awareness for a horrible disease, not sell your phone. It doesn’t matter that you, Samsung, donated money to a UK organization fighting the same condition as the ALS Association. To degrade a worldwide movement to a phone advert is just about the worst thing possible. Read More

Explore the Absurdity of Life in ‘xkcd’ Author’s Latest Book, ‘What If?’



What would happen if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90% the speed of light? How much physical space does the Internet take up?

Randall Munroe, the author of xkcd, answers these questions and other bizarre queries in his new book What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions — the next official selection for the MashableReads social book club. Munroe uses math and his characteristic stick figure comics to provide serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions.

So, inspired by What If?, we want to see your web comics. Draw us a one panel comic showing us an alternate version of history. Or, if you are feeling particularly creative, illustrate your own absurd hypothetical situation. Read more…

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