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One in four Black Ops II players plan to call in sick on Tuesday

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Call of Duty: Black Ops II launches at midnight tonight, and lots of fans are planning on skipping work or school to play it. In a survey of 10,000 IGN fans, about one in four respondents said they plan to skip work or school to play Black Ops II...
One in four Black Ops II players plan to call in sick on Tuesday

Gmail bumps free storage to 10GB

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Along with the launch of Google Drive today, the company is tossing a bonus to Gmail customers as well: they'll now get 10GB of email storage at no cost. That's up from the 7.5GB that users were getting before — and as always, that number will slowly creep up...
Gmail bumps free storage to 10GB

The Witcher 2 for Xbox 360 Has Special Dark Edition

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CD Projekt Red, the developer of the recent The Witcher 2 title, has confirmed that Xbox 360 owners can get a very special Dark Edition of the game in April, which is filled with real life bonus items.The Witcher 2 amazed millions of PC owners last year with its solid...
The Witcher 2 for Xbox 360 Has Special Dark Edition

SimCity for Mac pushed back to August

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To put it mildly, the EA Maxis team has learned a few hard lessons about launching only when ready. The company is putting that theory into practice: it's delaying the launch of SimCity for Mac from June 11th to August. The OS X version just isn't "ready for primetime,"...
SimCity for Mac pushed back to August

AOL Is Giving All Of Its Employees $1,000 Bonuses This Year (AOL)

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AOL made an extra billion dollars this year when it sold a bunch of patents to Microsoft. That helped propel the stock to new highs. To celebrate, it's going to give every employee a $1,056 bonus, says AOL employee John Biggs. (The patent sale was $1.056 billion, so it's a...
AOL Is Giving All Of Its Employees $1,000 Bonuses This Year (AOL)

Wall Street Bonuses via The Economist [infograph]

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via economist.com “[...] Those still in a job pocketed an average bonus of $123,850 in 2009, according to initial estimates using tax returns by the Office of the New York State Comptroller. A total of $20.3 billion was paid out to bankers and other securities-industry workers, 17% more than...
Wall Street Bonuses via The Economist [infograph]

Google Confirms Hidden Benefit Of Authorship: Bonus Links After A Back-Button Click

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Google has confirmed that there’s a hidden benefit to having authorship status: If a user returns to the search results after reading an author-tagged search result for a certain period of time, Google will add three additional links to similar articles from the same author below the... Please visit Search...
Google Confirms Hidden Benefit Of Authorship: Bonus Links After A Back-Button Click

Yes, Someone Actually Funded A Sex-Toy Subscription Startup

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For people who want to avoid the embarrassment of strolling down the aisles of their local sex store, Boink Box will deliver a box of sex toys to their house every month. The model is called subscription-commerce, and it's been popularized by companies like ShoeDazzle and BirchBox. (We suspect the latter...
Yes, Someone Actually Funded A Sex-Toy Subscription Startup

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite hands-on

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Of course, today's event wasn't just about the Fires. Amazon's still got a dog in the devoted e-reader race as well. The big news here, of course, is the company's entry into the world of lighted E Ink readers -- coming several months after the release of Barnes &...
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite hands-on

Microsoft job post gives more info about 'Windows Blue'

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A new job posting by the company verifies that Windows Blue will include user experience improvements, not just under-the-covers interface tweaks. Bonus: There's a reference to "Windows Phone Blue" on Microsoft's job site, too. [Read more]...
Microsoft job post gives more info about 'Windows Blue'

10 Things You Need To Know This Morning (AOL, AAPL, GOOG, IBM, YHOO, EBAY)

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Good morning! News:  Why did a top executive quit AppNexus, and why are others looking to leave? AOL has re-launched its Webmail product, calling it Alto. Facebook stock went up yesterday, thanks to a positive report about its mobile ad business. Reports say IBM will buy Israeli software firm Red...
10 Things You Need To Know This Morning (AOL, AAPL, GOOG, IBM, YHOO, EBAY)

And now, here’s Zuckerberg riding the Wall Street bull, impaling investors

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Leave it up to Next Media Animation, the Taiwanese firm known for its wacky news videos, to create the only Facebook IPO wrap-up that’s actually worth watching. Sure, this Facebook wrap-up features a dead-eyed Zuckerberg riding the Wall Street bull and mowing down investors, but hey, at least they...
And now, here’s Zuckerberg riding the Wall Street bull, impaling investors

Watch: Spock's Mercedes vs. Spock's Audi

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This Audi ad is absolutely hilarious. It’s obviously heavily tied in with the new Star Trek movie and yes, it’s just an ad, but the fan service here is amazing. The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins, Star Trek II jokes, lens flare, there’s so much to love here. Just watch it...
Watch: Spock's Mercedes vs. Spock's Audi
12 Weird Facts About The Countries That Have The Most Smartphones

Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

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The comment voted most insightful this week is a response to a comment on our post about US Copyright Register Maria Pallante claiming that copyright is "for the artist first and for the nation second." The commenter argued that she was correct, and people were making up the idea that...
Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

Office Depot - $40 off Ativa MD460 12-Sheet Cross-Cut Shredder w/ Bonus Calculator, only $59.99

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Office Depot - $40 off Ativa MD460 12-Sheet Cross-Cut Shredder w/ Bonus Calculator, only $59.99

HSBC CEO to give bonus to charity: reports

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HSBC CEO to give bonus to charity: reports
Twitter ads now unavoidable in iPhone, Android apps

Visualized: a tour of Ben Heck's lab (video)

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We've been following Ben Heck since the days of the Atari 800 laptop, so we jumped at the chance to take a look at the modder extraordinaire's shop in Madison, WI. As expected, the place is jam-packed with industrial tools, 3D printers and half-finished pinball machines. Check out where...
Visualized: a tour of Ben Heck's lab (video)
Amazon-exclusive 'Madden 25 Anniversary Edition' includes free NFL Sunday Ticket offer

Verizon staff get limited-run red Droid RAZRs

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Verizon staff have been offered the opportunity to pick up an exclusive version of the Motorola Droid RAZR in red, matching the companyís signature color. Staff have been give the choice of a 16GB version for $99 or a 32GB MAXX model for $199 due to arrive in April. The...
Verizon staff get limited-run red Droid RAZRs

Hands On with Mozilla Firefox OS (Video)

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Yesterday at AllThingsD‘s D:Dive Into Mobile conference, Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs made the case for a new, Firefox-branded mobile operating system (even taking Walt Mossberg’s introductory “What the f**k?” question in stride). Afterwards Mozilla CTO Brendan Eich — who is also the creator of JavaScript — gave me a demo...
Hands On with Mozilla Firefox OS (Video)

MacUpdate Winter Bundle: $49.99 gets you Company of Heros, Roller Coaster Tycoon, Data Rescue 3, Snapz Pro, much more

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Adding another Mac Software bundle to the mix this holiday season, MacUpdate throws in a solid lineup of apps for $49.99, many of which retail for more alone. You get: 1. Data Rescue 3 ($99.99) * 2. Espresso 2 ($75.00) * 3. Snapz Pro X 2.5 ($69.00) 4. TotalFinder...
MacUpdate Winter Bundle: $49.99 gets you Company of Heros, Roller Coaster Tycoon, Data Rescue 3, Snapz Pro, much more

Insync for Gmail: A super simple way to store your email attachments in Dropbox and Google Drive

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Philippines-based Insync has rolled out a very useful new service for those who spend a lot of time grabbing documents from Gmail or Google-hosted email. Launched today, Insync for Gmail is a super simple way of managing attachments by storing them in Google Drive and Dropbox. It’s been six month since we...
Insync for Gmail: A super simple way to store your email attachments in Dropbox and Google Drive

Nifty! Google Search lets you filter out search results you’ve already visited

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If you use Google as your primary search tool, you know that any tip or tool to make the experience more useful is a bonus. Instead of bookmarking every page you visit via a Google search, you can simply check out a list of all of the pages you’ve visited,...
Nifty! Google Search lets you filter out search results you’ve already visited

Sprint Adjusts Bonus

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The wireless phone company revamps its bonus formula to exclude the impact of a costly bet on the Apple iPhone, raising the pay last year for some executives....
Sprint Adjusts Bonus

GroupMe launches Groupon-like service to help you plan, discover and pay for your night out

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For the first time since its creation, GroupMe is expanding far beyond messaging by diving head first into payments and event discovery. The company, which was acquired by Skype nearly a year ago, is launching a new service called “Experiences,” which the GroupMe says is “the easiest way to do...
GroupMe launches Groupon-like service to help you plan, discover and pay for your night out

Nokia Lumia 910 detailed in Dutch

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12-megapixel Mango action? Remember the Nokia Lumia 900 that was unveiled over in Vegas at CES? Sure you do. You probably also know Nokia has yet to announce the launch of the LTE packing handset outside of the States, despite Carphone Warehouse suggesting it could land in June. But...
Nokia Lumia 910 detailed in Dutch

Today's Scuttlebot: Waiting for iPads, and Name-Dropping in the Valley

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The technology reporters and editors of The New York Times scour the Web for important and peculiar news. Thursday's selections include start-up financing from Y Combinator, no idea required; trying out a new service that delivers broadcast television over the Internet; and a $25,000 bonus offer to any employee of...
Today's Scuttlebot: Waiting for iPads, and Name-Dropping in the Valley

Microsoft Is Filled With Abusive Managers And Overworked Employees, Says Tell-All Book (MSFT)

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Over the last few years, Microsoft has gained a reputation as a rough place to work. Ex-employees have publicly complained that the company is political and bureaucratic. Now a tell-all book published earlier this year depicts Microsoft as downright soul-crushing.  Stack Rank This! Memoirs of a Microsoft Couple  was written...
Microsoft Is Filled With Abusive Managers And Overworked Employees, Says Tell-All Book (MSFT)
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