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After the massive online-security vulnerability known as Heartbleed was discovered earlier this month, Healthcare.gov officials said customers of the new medical-coverage site had nothing to fear

Now, however, the site is is singing a different tune: Users who visit the Healthcare.gov homepage are presented with a message reading: "Reset your password to access your Marketplace account."

That's right, users can't even log in to Healthcare.gov without changing their passwords first. But the site said this is simply a precautionary measure. Read more...

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If you give a stoner some weed and nothing to smoke out of, you can be sure they'll find a way to enjoy that sticky icky.

It's no secret that smoking devices can be quite pricey, or inaccessible for those who live in areas with strict marijuana laws. But most pot enthusiasts are certified bong-building engineers capable of creating a water-pipe using just about anything.

These marijuana MacGyvers have crafted a collection of unusual DIY smoking devices that deserve some sort of award. Or maybe just a bag of Flaming Hot Cheetos

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An unmanned submarine called the Bluefin-21 is scheduled to finish searching the Indian Ocean seabed for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 within one week, according to multiple reports.

Nearly a month and a half after the disappearance of Flight 370, rescue workers still haven’t found the Boeing 777-200, which went missing during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, despite the Bluefin-21's efforts. The submarine has already completed six missions searching for Flight 370, and began its seventh mission on Saturday, according to a release from the Joint Agency Coordination Centre.

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The NBA's only Canadian franchise is a little edgier than we thought, eh?

Before the Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets squared off in the first game of their opening-round NBA playoffs series on Saturday afternoon, fans were treated to some championship-caliber trash talk from the most unexpected sources: a Raptors executive and a local Toronto tabloid newspaper

Pro sports executives typically toe the company line with maximum discipline, but Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri went off-script in a pre-game speech to fire up fans outside Toronto's Air Canada Centre. As captured by a fan in the Instagram video, below, watch Ujiri bellow "F*ck Brooklyn!" before exiting stage left Read more...

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As politicians and diplomats seek to solidify a deal aiming to stabilize Ukraine's volatile political climate, pro-Russian factions in the eastern part of the country appear more defiant than ever

On Saturday — two days after officials from Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the European Union met in Switzerland and agreed in principle to a pact to de-escalate rising tensions in Ukraine — the situation's "major players" met in Kiev to implement the agreement in practical terms, CNN reported

But vague bureaucratic statements appear to be the main result of that meeting. Meanwhile, pro-Russian forces who have occupied government buildings in Ukraine's eastern city of Donetsk say they won't leave until Ukraine's current interim government relinquishes power. While some parties appear to be making real efforts to broker a deal, the central tension is what it's been for months: a tug of war over whether Ukraine will align itself more closely with Russia or the West Read more...

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Layoffs at Nike's FuelBand unit took many by surprise when the news broke Friday, a move that has further fueled speculation that Apple may be working with the sports-apparel maker to develop an iWatch

A CNET report described the first rumblings of trouble at Nike's wearable-tech unit on April 9. Soon after, an anonymous post appeared on Secret, which said much of the FuelBand staff had been dumped; that was followed by another story on Friday that claimed the same

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Between Google revealing more details about its modular smartphones and all the cool tech coming out of the New York International Auto Show, you may have overlooked some of the best new apps from this week

Luckily, Mashable creates a roundup each weekend of our favorite new and updated apps, so you won't miss out.

This week's list includes the newest Farmville game, the Ashton Kutcher-backed app for contextual selfies and Solar Walk, an interactive 3D model of the solar system.

Check out the gallery, above, to see all the apps that made our list of top picks. And if you're looking for more, check out last week's edition of can't-miss apps. Read more...

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Earlier this month, the Harry Potter Alliance in Chicago had a read-a-thon for their Accio Books book drive. As many fans know, the Harry Potter Alliance (HPA) is an international non-profit organization, constructed by Harry Potter fans, that fights injustice using morals and themes found in the Harry Potter books. The HPA's Accio Books drive focuses on raising awareness for literacy needs world...
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Big things are coming to Saudi Arabia.

The Middle Eastern country is set to begin visible construction next week on what is expected to be the world's tallest building at 3,280 feet, according to Construction Weekly.

Kingdom Tower will be 568 feet taller than Khalifa Tower, the current Guinness World Record holder in neighboring Dubai, once it is completed. The tower is the first phase of Jeddah Economic Company's approximately $20 billion, 17 million-square-foot Kingdom City project, of which it will be the focal point. Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, a nephew of Saudi King Abdullah, is chairman of the Kingdom Holding Company, a partner in JEC. Read more...

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It's a big weekend for Colorado.

Commercial sales of marijuana to all adults over 21 years old have been legal since Jan. 1 with the passing of Colorado Amendment 64. Colorado and Washington are the only states that allow licensed retailers to sell marijuana to anyone of legal age.

Marijuana tour guides and hospitality companies are excited about increased interest. So excited, in fact, that one company is focused solely on travelers looking to smoke marijuanaColorado Green Tours offer private half-day and full-day, in addition to all-inclusive packages for the Cannabis Cup, a weekend celebration of marijuana. Read more...

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Drivers often approach the idea of connected cars along the lines of a one-to-one ratio: one driver to one car linked by a data-gathering and reporting interface that opens up new aspects of the operator-vehicle relationship both during and after a drive

But in the rapidly evolving world of connected driving, new approaches to that scenario are also emerging. For instance, what if connected cars allowed an owner to track information generated by multiple vehicles and multiple operators — as in a fleet or a family — in real time and from outside the car?

It's certainly something that large-operation telematics have provided to businesses for years, but what if this were available at the scale of small fleets, or even that of the residential two-car garage for parents and newly driving teens? Read more...

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Life in a small apartment can be overwhelmingly frustrating When you're living in close quarters, you have to make the most of the space you have. But even if you live in a studio, that doesn't have to mean your bed is a dining room table or your bathroom is a home office.

Instead, take full advantage of the space you do have by carefully selecting the items you bring into your home — the more multi-functional, the better. From bedroom furniture to baskets, there are plenty of ways to buy or DIY your way to a neater home.

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The captain of the South Korean ferry that sank Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing, said Saturday that he had feared passengers would be swept away in frigid seawater if he had issued an evacuation order too quickly.

Speaking to reporters on live television after his arrest for negligence of duty and other charges, the captain, Lee Joon-seok, apologized to the South Korean public for "causing a disturbance."

"I bow my head in apology to the families of the victims," Lee said, according to a translation by the BBC. Read more...

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Artist Brock Davis doesn't just rely on pen and paper to manifest his wit. From fruits and veggies to googly eyes, the mediums that make up his extensive portfolio are endless

One of his ongoing projects turns everyday objects into mini scenes and concepts. The photos are captured simply with his iPhone

"Most of my friends were sharing photos of their kids and pets, which is cool, but almost immediately I was curious if it would be possible to take conceptual photos with my iPhone while staying true to the immediacy and spontaneity that is inherent with mobile photography," Davis told Mashable. Read more...

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There was a lot of attention this week on Yasiel Puig's escape from Cuba, with features in both Los Angeles and ESPN the Magazine. Both pieces were great, and they got us thinking about other stories about Cuba in our archive, particularly those about journeys. Here are some of our favorites:

The Yankee Comandante
David Grann • The New Yorker • May 2012

The story of William Morgan: American, wanderer, Cuban revolutionary.

For a moment, he was obscured by the Havana night. It was as if he were invisible, as he had been before coming to Cuba, in the midst of revolution. Then a burst of floodlights illuminated him: William Alexander Morgan, the great Yankee comandante. He was standing, with his back against a bullet-pocked wall, in an empty moat surrounding La Cabaña—an eighteenth-century stone fortress, on a cliff overlooking Havana Harbor, that had been converted into a prison. Flecks of blood were drying on the patch of ground where Morgan’s friend had been shot, moments earlier. Morgan, who was thirty-two, blinked into the lights. He faced a firing squad.

Cuba's New Now
Cynthia Gorney • National Geographic • November 2012

Cuba’s wary embrace of private enterprise.

If there is in fact a Cuba under serious transformation—and you can find Cubans all over the country engaging now in their own versions of this same debate—Eduardo is a crucial component of it, although not for the reasons you might think. “Dissident” is the right label for a subset of politically vocal Cubans, notably the bloggers whose critical online missives have gained big followings outside the country, but Eduardo is no sort of dissident. He’s not fleeing persecution by the state. He’s just young, energetic, and frustrated, a description that applies to a great many of his countrymen. Ever since he was a teenager in high school, Eduardo told me, it had been evident to him that adulthood in revolutionary Cuba offered exactly nothing by way of personal advancement and material comfort to anybody except the peces gordos. The big fish. (Well, literally translated, the fat fish—the tap-on-the-shoulder parties.) Nothing works here, Eduardo would cry, pounding the steering wheel of whatever car he’d hustled on loan for the day: The economic model is broken, state employees survive on their tiny salaries only by stealing from the jobsite, the national news outlets are an embarrassment of self-censored boosterism, the government makes people crazy by circulating two national currencies at once.
“I love my country,” Eduardo kept saying. “But there is no future for me here.”

Where Is Cuba Going?
John Jeremiah Sullivan • New York Times Magazine • September 2012

The country’s uncertain future.

On the plane, something odd but also vaguely magical-seeming happened: namely, nobody knew what time it was. Right before we landed, the flight attendant made an announcement, in English and Spanish, that although daylight saving time recently went into effect in the States, the island didn’t observe that custom. As a result, we had caught up—our time had passed into sync with Cuban time. You will not need to change your watches. Then, moments later, she came on again and apologized. She had been wrong, she said. The time in Cuba was different. She didn’t specify how many hours ahead. At that point, people around us looked at one another. How could the airline not know what time it is where we’re going? Another flight attendant, hurrying down the aisle, said loudly, “I just talked to some actual Cubans, in the back, and they say it’ll be the same time.” That settled it: we would be landing in ignorance. We knew our phones weren’t going to work because they were tied to a U.S. company that didn’t operate on the island.

The Death of Rodríguez
Richard Harding Davis • New York Journal • January 1896

Witnessing an execution in war-torn Cuba.

The young man's friends could not be present, for it was impossible for them to show themselves in that crowd and that place with wisdom or without distress, and I like to think that, although Rodríguez could not know it, there was one person present when he died who felt keenly for him, and who was a sympathetic though unwilling spectator.

The Way We Left Cuba
Brin-Jonathan Butler • Rumpus • November 2009

In Cuba to tell the tale of a boxer, a filmmaker finds a larger story.

Since the first day I arrived in Havana as a kid trying to track down the real-life 103-year-old hero from The Old Man and the Sea still living in Cojimar, or seeing if I could bribe an Olympic champion boxer to help me with my amateur boxing career, I’ve walked down the Prado promenade every chance I could get. Prado was the first name I recognized here since I used to live a few blocks from the Prado museum in Madrid when I was 20. I was living there when the Atocha train station was bombed down the street some years later. Both Prados have enough magic that, after you visit them, the whole world feels like their gift shop for a few hours. For Havana’s Prado, the sooner after dawn you arrive the more birds there are in the trees. On the weekends the birds and stray cats keep the artists company as they set up their displays. Later schools empty out children, who race over to play games under the shade. At night jineteras stalk the promenade in search of tourists while a trumpet from a bench serenades the proceedings on. The Prado runs all the way to the sea, right up to the Malecon, which the people of Havana consider both their collective sofa and enchanted windowsill on the world.’

Patria y Muerte: Resurrecting My Father’s Cuba
Paul Reyes • Virginia Quarterly Review • November 2009

Exiled in 1962, a pair of brothers return home.

Which worked, sort of. We had pulled into town knowing only vaguely where Bebin and Pedrin lived but were pointed toward a blue Chevy (painted with what appeared to be house paint) parked in front of a two-story block house. Bebin’s wife, Mena, answered the door. I’d forgotten about her natural enthusiasm: When I introduced my father and Tom, she shouted and fluttered her hand to her mouth, wide open, and touched her temples. She then led us toward the back, where Bebin kept his shop—a green, greasy bunker-like workspace packed with motors and car parts and buckets of oil. He stood shirtless, hairy and hunched over a workbench, attacking a fuel pump, and Mena demanded he turn around—look!—and he shuffled over like a Giacometti figure waking up, whittled by stress. And to the extent that I’d forgotten his wife’s flair, so, too, had I forgotten how understated Bebin was, so much so that I wasn’t quite sure if he was angry, or choked up, or what.
“Bebin,” my father said, “you remember me?”

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The dream of the '90s is alive in modern technology

The decade, which left its mark in the form of absurdly colorful outfits and zany cartoons, has never really left the building. It's still a popular reference point in terms of style and culture — which is probably why there are so many gadgets that have taken cues from the '90s.

From portable CD players to the high-tech return of the Furby, here are eight modern contraptions that creators lifted right out of the not-so-distant past.

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Gwen Stefani is about to hollaback at her favorite contestants on NBC’s The Voice.

The No Doubt frontwoman has signed on to be a judge on the singing competition while Christina Aguilera goes on maternity leave, according to TMZ, which first reported the deal. Season 7 starts taping in June.

SEE ALSO: Pharrell Williams to Replace CeeLo Green on 'The Voice' Season 7

Aguilera announced her pregnancy in February, and though the network hoped she’d stay on, she’s stepping down – she'd be about ready to pop by the show's end — and is already signed on to return in season eight, TMZ reported.

Stefani won't be the only newbie on the show: NBC recently signed Pharrell Williams to take the chair once occupied by the departed CeeLo Green. Show regulars Adam Levine and Blake Shelton remain in their spinny-chairs, meanwhile. Read more...

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"Let me know when you get home." We've probably all said this to a friend or family member at some point after parting ways for the night. And, if you're like me, you usually forget by the time you get there.

A new app promises to automate this process so friends and family will always know you got home safely. Kitestring is a "safecall" service that alerts your contacts if you fail to virtually check in at designated times after going out

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Nike reportedly made an abrupt exit from the crowded wearable technology market Friday. The sportswear giant fired much of the team responsible for the development of its FuelBand and shelved plans for a new version of the fitness tracker, CNET reports

Up to 55 people from Nike's 70-member hardware team were let go from the company Thursday. In an email to CNET, a Nike spokesperson confirmed "a small number of layoffs."

Despite the layoffs, Nike told Mashable "the Nike+ FuelBand SE remains an important part of our business."

"We will continue to improve the Nike+ FuelBand App, launch new METALUXE colors, and we will sell and support the Nike+ FuelBand SE for the foreseeable future," said Nike spokesperson KeJuan Wilkins Read more...

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Drones are a hot topic these days — but not everyone is a big fan of the idea of having flying robots meander through America's skies

Take Matt Rosendale, a GOP House candidate from Montana, who expresses his disdain for flying robots by shooting one with a rifle in his latest campaign ad (embedded below) — making it probably the first-ever anti-drone political ad

"This is what I look like from a government drone," Rosendale, who is currently a state senator in Montana, says at the beginning of the video. "And this is what I think about it," he adds as he loads a rifle and shoots it. Read more...

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Today, Universal Studios Japan announced that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter area will open at their park on July 15th, 2014. The prime minister of Japan, the US ambassador to Japan, Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), and Harry Potter set designer Stuart Craig were there for the announcement:Universal Studios Japan hosted an event today, to celebrate the announcement of the Grand Opening of “The...
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Before the celebration of a resurrection on Easter, Christians pay respect and remember sacrifice.

In the Christian faith, Good Friday — the Friday before Easter Sunday — marks the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and the last day of Holy Week, or Jesus' last week of earthly life.

From Palestine to Port-au-Prince, Christians commemorated the life of Jesus by taking to the streets in parades on Friday, some more solemn in their remembrance and others more joyous celebrations of the resurrection. In Rome, Pope Francis led a torch-lit procession of tens of thousands at the Colosseum, known as the Way of the Cross — remembering "desperate migrants, suicidal failed business owners, battered women, torture victims and all people suffering in the world." Read more...

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The Tribeca Film Festival is getting iBeaconified. The annual film festival is taking advantage of one of 2014's hottest tech trends by integrating iBeacon support in its official iOS app and at venues across New York City.

The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) is using iBeacons as a way to alert app users of nearby venues, screening times and offers. If you have the official TFF iOS app [iTunes link] installed on your phone and you've enabled Bluetooth notifications, you'll get alerts when you're near a theater or event. If you're near a theater, the alerts will offer easy-access to screening times. Users can even purchase tickets directly inside the app. Read more...

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The 2014 NBA playoffs will miss Craig Sager. TNT's star sideline reporter is out for the postseason to undergo treatment for leukemia

Sager's son announced on Twitter on Thursday night that his father would begin treatment for acute leukemia on Friday. Sager is well-known to many fans thanks to the ostentatious, eye-popping suits he wears during TNT broadcasts

But his journalism roots go deep; it was Sager, for example, who sprinted onto the field to interview Hank Aaron in 1974 as the baseball legend rounded the bases after breaking Babe Ruth's MLB home run record Read more...

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The Web series High Maintenance, about which I’d been hearing good things at a low rumble for the past couple of months, had a few hurdles to clear before it could reach whatever stratum of my media awareness separates “oh, I should catch up with that” from “must watch right now.” First of all, there was the matter of the show ostensibly being a weed comedy, which, given the premise—a bicycling pot-delivery guy interacts with clients of various stripes on his rounds through New York City—it seemed like it had to be. Though there are always exceptions to the rule—Gregg Araki’s feminist stoner odyssey Smiley Face being a recent and shining example—marijuana-based humor tends to proceed along a fairly predictable track: gags about paranoia and couch-lock, peril-fraught quests for fast food, and general jokes at the expense of the temporarily cognition-impaired. (Harold: “We’re so high right now.” Kumar: “We’re not low.”)

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Deaths at Mount Everest are not particularly common, but they're far from rare, and they will continue to happen so long as people continue to ascend the world's tallest mountain.

Friday's tragedy — an avalanche that killed 13 Nepalese climbers, caused others to go missing and trapped nearly one hundred others above a snowdrift — is exceptionally grievous. It is the most devastating accident to ever take place on Everest, but so long as more and more climbers try to conquer the mountain with each passing year, deaths will continue to happen.

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The Jonny Depp movie Transcendence hits theater screens Friday, and it's only the latest example of slander against sentient machines. Depp's character creates a self-aware computer, programmed with all knowledge and human emotion. Spoiler alert: it turns evil. Who would have thought?

If AI ever does arrive, and that's a huge "if," the first thing it should do is watch all of our movies and consume all of our media. The second thing it should do is ask for police protection before someone smashes it with a baseball bat. Read more...

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A German laser-weapons hobbyist has put together a Spider-Man-inspired web shooter that shoots a harpoon-tipped fishing line instead of a liquid web

Patrick Priebe, who's no stranger to making real-life versions of superhero powers (he also created a pair of X-Men Cyclops glasses) — has created a wrist gadget that can shoot projectiles, and he designed it to resemble the one a certain Peter Parker sometimes wears.

To bring this to life, Priebe created a web shooter that is actually a coil gun that wraps around the wrist. A coil gun is a projectile accelerator that uses metallic coils to shoot objects through electromagnetism. He then slipped on a Spiderman-themed glove to enhance the full effect. Read more...

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According to Netflix's latest ISP Speed Index, which is released monthly, the United States has the eighth-fastest Netflix speeds in the world, clocking in at 2.2 Mbps. The Netherlands have the fastest speeds, at 3.5 Mbps, followed by Sweden and Denmark at 3.1 Mbps each.

People around the world view more than 1 billion hours of Netflix content each month, and the company releases the index to show where users get the best experiences.

The popular streaming platform said its average primetime speeds over Verizon's FiOS service dropped 14% in January, though Verizon would take no blame. Then, in February, Netflix struck a deal to access Comcast's broadband network directly, sparking debate about net neutrality. Read more...

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