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Day of the SOPA Strike and What You Need To Know

You may be surfing the web today, and find that some of your regular sites aren’t working, are different, or some sort of splash page explaining why a lot of sites are different pops up. Today is the day that many web pages and companies are protesting S.O.P.A., and you need to know about it.  Sites like twitpic, google, wikipedia, flickr, mozilla, reddit, and wordpress are participating along with many others. 

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AP Photo Kiichiro Sato
AP Photo Kiichiro Sato
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Smartphones Will Make Airport Check-In Desks Obsolete

Smartphones have changed so much about how we live our lives and conduct our business. And, according to futurists, among the many other things the smartphone will change in the near future will be airport check-ins

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images
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You Won’t Believe What the TSA Confiscated in 2011

We haven’t heard anything from the TSA about how many actual terrorist plots it prevented in 2011. In fact, we have no real report on how much safer it was to fly around the country in 2011 because of the efforts of our favorite, invasive security agency

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Brad Pitt’s Malibu Mansion Snatched Up By… Yup, Ellen DeGeneres

Brad Pitt may have just sold his mansion in Malibu, CA, but Ellen DeGeneres spent no time in waiting to snag the home.

DeGeneres forked over a cool $12 million for Pitt’s former property, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean and includes two separate homes, a swimming pool, tennis court and private beach access.

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Woman Makes Santa’s Naughty List for Falsely Claiming She Had Cancer [VIDEO]

If anyone is going to get a lumps of coal in his or her stocking this year, it’s Martha Nicholas. The Virginian woman was arrested Wednesday for bilking kind-hearted people out of money by falsely claiming she had cancer

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LSU, Alabama Rematch in National Championship Game Highlights 2011-12 Bowl Schedule

The Southeastern Conference will take home its sixth consecutive national championship next month, as Louisiana State and Alabama will play a rematch in the BCS National Championship game. Despite a last-minute push by Oklahoma State in a 44-10 drubbing of then-#10 Oklahoma, Alabama edged out the Cowboys in the final BCS standings for the #2 spot and a shot at the national title.

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Coke Pulls White Holiday Cans After Customer Outcry and Confusion

Coca-Cola has once again learned that its customers don’t like change. Only unlike the New Coke debacle of the 1980s, this time it had nothing to do with the beverage itself, but rather the cans that hold the famous soda.

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SEC Controls Top Three Spots in AP Football Poll

For just the second time in the 75-year history of the AP poll, one conference holds the top three spots at the same time. Undefeated Louisiana State is #1, with fellow SEC members Alabama and Arkansas coming in at #2 and #3, respectively

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Oklahoma Cleans Up After Weekend Earthquakes [VIDEO]

A series of earthquakes and aftershocks — some felt as far away as Wisconsin — shook Oklahoma this weekend, startling people more accustomed to tornadoes than temblors. Early Saturday, a magnitude 4

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Fatty and Sugary Foods May Be as Addictive as Cocaine and Cigarettes

There is a growing body of evidence suggesting fatty and sugary foods rewire the brain in the same way drugs like cocaine and nicotine do, leading to addiction.

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Arizona Professor Banned from McDonald’s, Found Disease-Causing Bacteria [VIDEO]

A university professor in Arizona has been banned from eight McDonald’s restaurants in her area, after she found dangerous bacteria in the children’s play area. On Monday morning, Erin Carr Jordan received a hand-delivered letter from an attorney stating that she was no longer allowed to set foot in the specified McDonald’s restaurants near Phoenix

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Will Smith and Wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Among New Owners of NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers

“West Philadelphia-born and raised” actor Will Smith and his wife, actress Jada Pinkett-Smith, are among a collective group announced as new owners of the Philadelphia 76ers at an introductory press conference in Philadelphia on Tuesday

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