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After nights of unrest, snow blankets Ferguson amid peaceful protestsOpen in a New Window

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As snow sprinkled down on Ferguson Wednesday night, protests continued at the police department, a popular gathering spot for demonstrations in recent months, but a quieter, subdued tone blanketed the scene.

Gone were the vandals torching cars and looting businesses, as protesters in thick jackets and hats lined the street near the Ferguson Police Department, which was being protected by the National Guard. It was mostly silent as night fell in the city scarred by violent protests following the announcement on Monday the grand jury would not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown. But at points, protesters chanted common slogans, including "hey hey, ho ho, these killer cops have got to go." Read more...

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Why Eddie Redmayne feared Stephen Hawking before 'Theory of Everything'Open in a New Window

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NEW YORK CITY — The sunlight glare reflecting off Eddie Redmayne's silver wristwatch bounces around the hotel room as he recounts meeting Stephen Hawking.

In The Theory of Everything, Redmayne's transformation from the young, agile Hawking into the wheelchair-bound astrophysicist living with motor-neuron disease is well-worthy of an Oscar nomination. Unlike his polished watch, the role is gritty, one he remembers spending four months preparing for physically before visiting Hawking's home in Cambridge, England

"The fear was I was meeting him a few days before I started filming and what if everything I thought was undermined by meeting him and realizing his character wasn’t who I thought he was," Redmayne told Mashable at the Waldorf Astoria hotel Read more...

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JetBlue, Zappos surprise Thanksgiving travelers with baggage claim prizesOpen in a New Window

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Travelers arriving to terminal 5 at New York's John F. Kennedy airport on Wednesday got a surprise: JetBlue and Zappos teamed up to turn baggage claim into a prize game and created a cheering section to welcome everyone arriving to New York

The holiday season airport surprise is becoming a veritable tradition: Last year JetBlue launched a campaign to grant Christmas wishes to stranded passengers.

That campaign did not spread as widely as one by WestJet, however, which surprised several holiday travelers last year with their perfect gifts. Read more...

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11 people who keep America running by going to work on ThanksgivingOpen in a New Window

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While much of the population will be lazing around at home eating turkey this Thursday as businesses across the country are shuttered for Thanksgiving, others will be spending the day at work.

Mashable sent photojournalist Natalie Keyssar to talk to some of the shopkeepers, bartenders, cab drivers, waiters, police officers and others who will spend Thanksgiving on the job and see how they cope with working through the holiday.

And for the most part, they don't seem to mind it too much. Some say they could use the overtime pay, others acknowledge that working holidays is par for the course when running your own business and most manage to squeeze in time for family or friends around their shifts. (A few big retail chains, where workers likely spend long hours preparing for the hordes of shoppers that will flood stores the next day, declined to allow us access to their employees.) Read more...

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AR-15 rifle stolen from torched police car during Ferguson protestOpen in a New Window

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An AR-15 rifle was stolen from a police car torched in Monday night's Ferguson unrest, St. Louis County police said.

When a police car was torched in the evening, the rioters stole the powerful rifle from a rack it was stored in, Sgt. Brian Schellman told stltoday.com Wednesday.

Around the same time, another police car was also set on fire.

Police use pepper spray to disperse crowds after they torch patrol car by Ferguson city hall http://t.co/JG7LJ0mky5 pic.twitter.com/D6K2kUfQ40

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This humongous Lego Christmas tree in Sydney is a crowd stopperOpen in a New Window

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Just when you thought Christmas couldn't get any better, along comes a Lego Christmas tree.

The 10-metre tall tree is stopping pedestrians and office workers in their tracks in Pitt Street Mall, Sydney. The tree took five people, 1,200 hours and half a million bricks to make it the tallest Lego tree in the Southern Hemisphere. It also has baubles the size of basketballs and features a unique Aussie touch by incorporating a koala and Santa with a surfboard.

If the Lego feature alone doesn't get you excited (coal for you), how about lights that turn on in time with Christmas carols? Or a time-lapse of the making of the legendary Lego tree? Read more...

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Vandalized Ferguson bakery nets $159K in a day on GoFundMeOpen in a New Window

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When her new bakery was vandalized in the riots that rocked Ferguson on Monday night, Natalie Dubose turned to a crowdfunding page to raise $20,000 and get her bakery back up and running

Within one day, she netted more than $159,000 from roughly 5,000 backers

Money came flowing in from people across the country, including Patricia Heaton of Everybody Loves Raymond, Brandi Glanville of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and a "sweet lady who offered money from her social security check," Dubose wrote on her GoFundMe page for Natalie's Cakes and More, adding: "I am so humbly blessed!

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Scott Stapp says he's homeless, under financial attack in crazy Facebook videoOpen in a New Window

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Scott Stapp is either the victim of one of the wildest, most well-coordinated illuminati conspiracies ever pulled, or he's got a screw loose.

The former Creed frontman's 15-minute Facebook video (see below), uploaded in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, claims he's living in a Holiday Inn with barely enough money to eat after "someone" drained his bank accounts for reasons he does not understand

SEE ALSO: Shaking off Spotify is easy for Taylor Swift; for everyone else, it's complicated

Stapp doesn't identify the mystery forces that have reduced him to this, but his wife recently filed for divorce, according to the Miami Herald, accusing him of abandoning his family last month, using drugs and acting paranoid Read more...

 

Londoners chant 'hands up don't shoot' as Ferguson protests spread to EuropeOpen in a New Window

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LONDON—Demonstrators gathered in front of the U.S. Embassy in London on Wednesday night in solidarity with protesters in Ferguson

The protesters in London chanted “Hands up, don’t shoot,” a slogan made popular by American demonstrators after police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, a black teenager on Aug. 9, sparking protests in Ferguson and beyond.

At 5:30 pm, people gathered in front of the U.S. Embassy in London’s Grosvenor Square to condemn the grand jury decision not to indict Wilson, a white officer. Read more...

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Richard Sherman takes NFL to task over Marshawn Lynch finesOpen in a New Window

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Richard Sherman has never shied away from talking to the press. But after teammate Marshawn Lynch was fined $100,000 last week for falling short of a league-mandated quota for media appearances, Sherman blasted the NFL for its policies in a creative way.

At a weekly meeting with reporters, the outspoken Seahawks cornerback put on a skit of sorts with Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin, who spent the press conference crouched behind a life-sized cardboard cutout of himself

Their parody routine took shots at what they see as hypocrisy within the league in terms of how it treats endorsement deals and player safety and sarcastically name-dropped various brand-name sponsors like Subway, Campbell's Soup and Martinelli's along the way. Read more...

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19 animals suspiciously shaped like Thanksgiving turkeysOpen in a New Window

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The smell of Thanksgiving is in the air as families prep for the annual food-centric holiday.

But before you pop that turkey in the oven, take a second look — that delicious, picture-perfect Thanksgiving turkey may actually be your adorable pet.

The excitement surrounding the upcoming feast combined with extreme hunger may alter your vision, so please proceed with caution.

Just check out these near-misses.

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more...

Bonus: How to Microwave a Turkey

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Lucasfilm confirms 'Star Wars' trailer will be online as wellOpen in a New Window

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If you're the kind of committed Star Wars fan who was planning an hours-long roundtrip to the nearest of 30 North American theaters showing an 88-second teaser trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" this weekend, you can stand down now

Lucasfilm confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the trailer would also appear on iTunes on Black Friday, by dropping a tweet to that effect:

The Force is with you on #BlackFriday when #TheForceAwakens teaser hits @iTunesTrailers.

— Star Wars (@starwars) November 26, 2014

To which some of those hardcore fans responded with ecstatic praise:

@starwars @iTunesTrailers You've saved me a drive across the state to Miami, so I thank you and my family thanks you!

— Jason Surrell (@JasonSurrell) November 26, 2014 Read more...

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Day before Thanksgiving is a busy travel day — but not the busiestOpen in a New Window

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The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is often called the nation's busiest travel day of the year, and it surely feels that way sometimes. But it's probably not entirely true.

A U.S. Transportation Department study based on 2001 figures found that when cars are taken into account — along with planes, trains and buses — Thanksgiving Day itself is actually a heavier travel day.

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving didn't even make the top 10 busiest airline travel days of 2013, the Transportation Security Administration found.

The Sunday after Thanksgiving was No. 1, with 2.2 million airline passengers. The Friday before Memorial Day was next on the list, at 2.1 million. Read more...

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Police release video showing how they shot 12-year-old Tamir RiceOpen in a New Window

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A Cleveland police officer fatally shot a 12-year-old boy who was carrying a pellet gun just two seconds after getting out of his patrol car, surveillance video released Wednesday shows.

The shooting of Tamir Rice, who was black, by a white police officer has drawn outrage in Cleveland and elsewhere in the wake of the protests this week over the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

The episode began Saturday when someone sitting in a park called 911 and warned that "a juvenile" was waving a gun that was "probably fake." The caller later said, "I don't know if it's real or not." Read more...

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Share your tasty meal for our photo challengeOpen in a New Window

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Foodies, rejoice

It's that time of year when friends and family come together to share home cooked meals, decadent desserts and lots of leftovers. Whether you're taking it to the next level in the kitchen, or simply enjoying a post pig-out food coma, we hope you take a second to capture the magic of your meal

This week's Mashable Photo Challenge is all about the grub. Channel your inner artiste, and compose an edible still life, or nab a candid photo of a family feast. Whether you're a culinary maestro, a big eater or just an Instagrammer prone to posting foodie pics, we hope your photos will nourish our souls and social media feeds for evermore Read more...

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Apple could be ditching Google as its default search engine, report saysOpen in a New Window

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News broke last week that Yahoo would replace Google as the default search engine on Firefox browsers. Now another — more powerful — company might also be ditching Google.

Apple's contract with Google is almost up, and in 2015 the Cupertino tech giant will be free to nix another connection with perhaps it greatest competitor in favor of another option, according to The Information

Yahoo and Microsoft are already vying for the tech giant's attention in hopes of replacing Google, the report said. This isn't exactly a surprise: Stories circulated earlier this year that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer wanted "very badly" for Apple to abandon its use of Google Read more...

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4 things your tech incubator is probably missingOpen in a New Window

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This article is part of DBA, a new series on Mashable about running a business that features insights from leaders in entrepreneurship, venture capital and management.

Incubators were once a niche enterprise — in 1980, there were really only a dozen or so in the entire United States.

Now there are thousands— not just in Silicon Valley, but all over the world. Despite their rapid rise in popularity, incubating is still fairly risky business. By some estimates, the success rate is no better than the companies that they are nurturing — around 10%.

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A comprehensive Thanksgiving TV guide for the year's laziest weekendOpen in a New Window

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Thanksgiving weekend might very well be the laziest time of year, and to support us in our endeavor to do as little as possible, the television networks have curated a weekend of programming that could serve almost every basic desire you might have — laughs, tears and even clones

Below, Mashable has gathered a list of highlights. Count this as just another reason to give thanks for your favorite mild-mannered media source this Thanksgiving. We love you, too.

Best of the best

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(Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. ET on ABC)
The Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special is almost as important of a tradition as turkey itself Read more...

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Anger echoes across U.S. in nationwide Ferguson protestsOpen in a New Window

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Protesters took to the streets in dozens of U.S. cities Tuesday night, as anger over the decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown spilled over into a second night

Watch Mashable's video of the demonstrations, which took place across the country, from Los Angeles to New York.

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Here's how Taylor Swift and Lorde became BFFsOpen in a New Window

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How do two multiplatinum record-selling mega celebrities become BFFs? With some flowers and a Grammys prank, of course

Taylor Swift and Lorde — the hottest best friend couple since Matt Damon and Ben Affleck — are taking over award shows left and right (note their recent American Music Awards love fest), so Jimmy Fallon was rightfully curious about how this friendship blossomed

Lorde explained on Tuesday's Tonight Show that they met, went on a Shake Shack date and the rest was (Internet) history

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Obama grants 'amnesty' to Thanksgiving turkeysOpen in a New Window

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President Obama managed to get in a few digs at his critics during the annual White House Turkey Pardon on Wednesday, joking that some would say the president gave 'amnesty' to the pardoned birds.

With a smirk on his face and a chuckle in his voice, Obama made reference to his recent executive action on immigration, which was widely criticized by Republicans.

"I'm here to announce what I am sure will be the most talked about executive action this month," said Obama. "Today I am taking an action fully within my legal authority, the same kind of actions taken by Republican and Democratic presidents before me ... I know some will call this amnesty."
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24 hours with Lyft: an Uber refugee's taleOpen in a New Window

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It was the end of a long holiday party — one of those off-the-record media affairs of the kind that got Uber into hot water last week — and all I wanted was to get home. My fingers itched to fire up the Uber app, and it was made worse when I passed a middle-aged group of women in overcoats on a street corner pointing at a screen, anxiously awaiting their Uber

What cared they for Emil Michael and Travis Kalanick, I wondered.

But when you write a widely shared op-ed saying you're going to boycott Uber until there's a change in upper management, there's an obligation to walk the walk (or ride the ride or ... well, you know what I mean). I ran through the reasons again: An Uber executive talked of spending $1 million to investigate critical journalists' private lives. His boss called it "lacking humanity," but refused to even mention disciplinary action Read more...

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Man grows the purr-fect cat-shaped mustache for MovemberOpen in a New Window

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Forget about Movember, this man used the opportunity to coin Meow-vember.

For one hairy month, men all over the globe put down their razors to support men's health organizations. Some men opt for full beards while others style them into whimsical designs, depending on their personal style (and their ability to grow facial hair).

Not only is Movember about raising awareness, it's also a competition to see who can grow the best beard. Participant Niall O'Sullivan has all the other Mo-bros beat with his well-cultivated, cat-shaped mustache that reaches all the way down to this chest Read more...

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Republic Wireless to offer next-generation Moto X for $399, sans contractOpen in a New Window

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Republic Wireless, the budget carrier that offers full-data plans for as low as $25 a month, will begin offering the second-generation Moto X next month for $399, without a contract.

The company currently sells the original Moto X for $299, the Moto G for $149 and the Moto E for $99 — also sans contract. The new Moto X typically sells for $99 with a two-year contract from AT&T or Verizon or for $499 unlocked, so the Republic plan saves you $100. The average U.S. monthly phone bill among the top four carriers is around $138, according to Cowan & Co

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Twitter to begin tracking which apps you downloadOpen in a New Window

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Twitter will soon start keeping tabs on the apps you download

An app update, slated to roll out to iOS users Wednesday and Android users in the next week, will add a setting that allows the social network to keep track of the apps you download, the company announced Wednesday.

The goal, Twitter says, is to provide users with a "more tailored experience." By tracking the apps people are downloading, the company can better gauge users' interests and surface better suggestions of new accounts to follow and, most importantly, more relevant ads.

The feature, which Twitter is calling "app graph," will also be used to personalize the content that appears in users' timeline from accounts they don't follow. The social network confirmed in August users would begin seeing tweets and favorites from accounts they don't follow in their timeline. It wasn't clear at the time exactly how Twitter planned to make those changes but the company says app graph will help inform those additions. Read more...

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James Cameron: 'Avatar' sequels are going to be bitchin'Open in a New Window

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James Cameron has one word to describe the next three Avatar sequels: "bitchin'."

The director told Empire magazine in an interview that he's hard at work on scripts for three sequels to Avatar, the most successful movie in history (unadjusted for inflation).

Cameron, whose credits also include Aliens and Titanic, declined in the interview to share plot details following the end of first movie, in which (spoiler alert if you're one of the several hundred people who haven't seen it yet) the native Na'vi expel the corporate evildoers back to Earth. Read more...

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Ferguson library offers hope in community rattled by violenceOpen in a New Window

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In the midst of a community rattled by violence, a library has become the symbol of resilience.

While local schools have been forced to shut their doors and businesses have been boarded up in Ferguson, Missouri, the Ferguson Municipal Public Library has stayed open, offering support for a community on edge.

"We are a public library, we serve the whole public. Every human being in Ferguson is welcome to come in those doors and we will help them however we can," library director Scott Bonner told Mashable.

Just before St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch made the announcement Monday night that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, the public library vowed to keep its doors opened. Read more...

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Remembering the Detroit Riots of 1967Open in a New Window

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In the early morning of July 23, 1967, rioting broke out in Detroit, Michigan. Police had raided an unlicensed bar and detained 82 African-American people. Onlookers retaliated by looting a nearby store, and the situation escalated

The ensuing violence, looting and arson lasted for five days and led to 1,189 injuries, 7,200 arrests, 2,000 ruined buildings and 43 deaths

The Detroit police force was overwhelmed. Officers made so many arrests that they had to hold detainees in makeshift jails. Many of those arrested were among the estimated 100,000 spectators watching the 10,000 rioters.

On Monday July 24, at the height of the riot, 231 incidents were reported every hour. Shortly before midnight that day, President Johnson deployed federal troops — even tanks — in attempt to restore order Read more...

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GoPro is making its own line of drones, report saysOpen in a New Window

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GoPros are already often used with drones to capture unique videos and perspectives. Naturally, GoPro is cutting the middle man and trying its hand at developing its own drones.

The company, known for its high-durability action cameras, is putting together a line of multi-rotor helicopters that carry high-definition cameras, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The price tag will be between $500 and $1,000

Due to drones' current popularity, consumers have some pretty cheap options to play around with. DJI's Phantom Drone, for example, retails at about $579, and the even cheaper Parrot MiniDrones sell for as cheap as $99. But GoPro's expertise in action cameras could be a game changer for the market. Read more...

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Piper Kerman and Larry Smith of 'Orange Is the New Black' discuss social media and moreOpen in a New Window

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We talked digital with couple Piper Kerman and Larry Smith, who are both appearing at the upcoming Mashable Media Summit on December 5, from 2:10 - 2:40 p.m. Kerman has been lauded for the success of her memoir Orange is the New Black, which is now a hit series on Netflix. Smith has found success as the founder and editor of SMITH Magazine, and he’s also known for his Six-Word Memoir project, which is now in its eighth year.

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Q: How has digital impacted storytelling for you?
A: Larry: I loved to work in print in the late ‘90s and early 2000s. I had an internal mission to help people tell stories and an external love for the personal story. I was always the guy deeply involved in tech culture. I edited Tom Wolfe’s personal stories. Sometimes I edited essays for unknown writers. Sometimes I wrote my own – it’s just what moved me the most. It wouldn’t have been possible to do this without digital. Digital means everyone has simple tools to tell stories. Video images on our phones is magic. We’d like to do more with video and audio - it’s simplicity Read more...

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