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EBay to Spin Off PayPal Into a Separate Company in 2015Open in a New Window

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EBay is planning to separate its PayPal business into a separate, publicly traded company in 2015, the company announced.

The move has been advocated for some time by minority shareholder Carl Icahn, though his January 2014 proposal for the spinoff failed in April.

After the two companies are separated into two entities, Devin Wenig, currently the president of eBay Marketplaces, will become the CEO of eBay. Dan Schulman, previously the President of American Express’ Enterprise Growth Group, is joining the company to become president of PayPal; following the spinoff, he will become the CEO of PayPal. Read more...

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Express Yourself With These 17 Emoji AccessoriesOpen in a New Window

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If you're lost in real life without emoji to let people know how you feel, have no fear. Your favorite characters don't have to be sequestered to your iPhone screen any longer

There are emoji accessories that will cover your lifestyle head to toe, from 14K gold earrings to nail decals. You'll never have to actually laugh or cry ever again

Check out a few of our favorite emoji-inspired Etsy finds for every budget and emotion.

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Basis Peak Monitors Heart Rate While You Exercise, And All Day LongOpen in a New Window

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Basis announced on Tuesday its next-generation fitness and sleep tracker that monitors your heart rate 24/7 and will eventually alert you of phone calls and text messages

The company, which was acquired by Intel earlier this year, is still targeting its core demographic (mostly runners) with a new device called the Basis Peak ($199), while giving them a little something extra as the smartwatch revolution heats up.

When the Basis Carbon Steel (also $199) launched last year, it was considered one of the most advanced models on the market. It was among the first to use automatic algorithms to keep track of daily activity — for example, it didn’t require you to put it in sleep mode to know you’re sleeping and there was no manual data entry. Read more...

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The Story Behind That Major Disney Moment in the 'Once Upon a Time' Season PremiereOpen in a New Window

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Once Upon a Time executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz have always had a pretty good relationship with Disney when it came to bringing iconic pieces from the universe into the show. I mean, they even let them use characters from Frozen just months after the movie hit theaters.

But in Sunday night's season premiere, arguably one of the sweetest moments from Disney past was brought to the live-action drama, via Belle and Rumple, who had their first dance as a married couple in a ballroom, dressed in the iconic costumes from Beauty and the Beast. Oh, and they had the music, too

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How to Cultivate Trust in Your Work RelationshipsOpen in a New Window

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A few years ago, I worked with a woman named Angela who managed a program that was interdependent with the one I was involved with. Though we didn’t have a reporting relationship, our mutual success was clearly dependent on our ability to collaborate.

It was one of the most difficult working relationships I’ve ever experienced — and an extremely stressful one. As I reflect back on that time, I realize there was one major ingredient missing from our collaboration. The problem was we never whispered those three little words that everyone wants to hear from their closest co-workers:

“I trust you.” Read more...

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10 Mindless Games You Can Play While Zoning OutOpen in a New Window

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With mobile gaming, you'll never need to stare into space again.

You can go from waiting rooms and train platforms to zipping through asteroid fields or racing against the clock to claim Candy Crush Saga superiority over your friends. The best games for totally zoning out are those with simple objectives and repetitive actions — but even within those limits, you'll find worlds of variety

Here are 10 games to help you escape real life, whether you're looking for stress relief or just a momentary distraction.

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Hong Kong Leader Says Beijing Won't Back DownOpen in a New Window

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HONG KONG — Hong Kong's leader said Tuesday that China won't back down from its decision to limit voting reforms in the Asian financial hub, dashing hopes that the standoff between demonstrators and authorities could be resolved quickly through negotiations.

As pro-democracy protests that have blocked Hong Kong's streets entered a fifth day, the unequivocal statement from Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying does not come as a surprise. Showing a willingness to talk would have made the Chinese leadership in Beijing appear weak, which could embolden dissidents and separatists on the mainland.

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Trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' Is Wonderfully WeirdOpen in a New Window

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Paul Thomas Anderson makes two, maybe three full-length films per decade — the last three were Punch-Drunk Love (2003), There Will Be Blood (2007) and The Master (2013) — and he rarely makes any that aren't very good, if not excellent

It is thus unsurprising that movie buffs have been anxious to see his upcoming movie, Inherent Vice, and while the theatrical release is still far off (Jan. 9, 2015), at least now we can all feast on the movie's first trailer

Based on a Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name and featuring an all-star cast — no, seriously, EVERYONE is starring, including Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon and Benicio Del Toro — the movie is essentially a 70ies crime story, but definitely not an ordinary one. Read more...

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Instagram Artist Beautifully Manipulates Photos Using Only His iPhoneOpen in a New Window

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Robert Jahns' Instagram account is a stunning example of how far mobile photo editing and manipulation have come.

Using the apps ArtStudio, Filterstorm, PhotoForge2, VSCOcam and Snapseed in conjunction with actual pictures taken by himself or collaborators, Jahns creates surreal and intriguing images using only his iPhone 5S.

"I love rooftop views and urban exploration. I really dig dance/people photography and landscapes as well," Jahns told Mashable in an email. "Some edits require about 2 hours and other edits require several days." Read more...

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The Shocking Evolutions of 8 Iconic Female Gaming CharactersOpen in a New Window

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Makeovers aren't just for reality TV.

Most video game redesigns incorporate new characters, along with detailed costumes and evolving physiques. Just ask Lara Croft, the titular character of the successful Tomb Raider series. Since 1996, she's been nipped and tucked all over, constantly varying her original outfit.

She's not the only one — from the ladies of Street Fighter, to the timeless Princess Zelda, many an iconic female character has been the product of a new program design. Sometimes the changes are severe and sexual, and sometimes they're near insignificant, signaling a semblance of continuity. Read more...

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Nasty iOS 8 Bug Could Reportedly Erase Your iCloud Drive DocumentsOpen in a New Window

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After a disastrous iOS 8.0.1 rollout and a ton of publicity surrounding Bendgate, saying that Apple had a bad week is an understatement

Unfortunately for Apple, things aren't looking much better this week, as MacRumors reports on a particularly nasty iOS 8 bug, which could potentially erase the iWork documents stored in your iCloud drive

According to the report, the option to "Reset All Settings," found under Settings — General — Reset in iOS 8, also deletes documents from the iCloud Drive — permanently Read more...

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Apple to Bring iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to ChinaOpen in a New Window

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Apple has announced the availability date for its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones in China.

Apple authorized resellers and with all three major carriers: China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom. The devices will be available at Apple's retail stores on Oct. 17.

Both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus will support China's TD-LTE and FDD-LTE high-speed data networks

The announcement comes after Apple had reassured the Chinese government the devices do not have security backdoors through which U.S. agencies could collect users' data. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were launched on Sept. 19 in the United States and several other markets Read more...

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Women Are Vastly Underrepresented in On-Screen Workforce, Study FindsOpen in a New Window

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Hopefully you've already heard of the Bechdel test, which asks if a film (or, really, any work of fiction) meets three criteria: There are two or more female characters with names, they talk to each other and the topic of conversation is about something other than a man

It seems simple enough, but as of June, half of 2014's films failed the test. Now, according to a new U.N.-backed report from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media, we see that women aren't equally represented in their on-screen professions, either.

The first-ever international report on gender images in global films, which analyzed 120 films in the most profitable movie markets worldwide between 2010 and 2013, found that only 22.5% of working film characters (with names and speaking roles) were women. Read more...

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Hong Kong Protesters Set Deadline for Government to Meet DemandsOpen in a New Window

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HONG KONG — Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong set a Wednesday deadline for a response from the government to meet their demands for reforms after spending another night blocking streets in an unprecedented show of civil disobedience.

A brief statement from the Occupy Central civil disobedience movement said it had set an Oct. 1 deadline for the city's unpopular Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to meet their demands for genuine democracy and for him to step down as leader of Hong Kong.

It said they would "announce new civil disobedience plans same day."

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5 Roadblocks to Virtual Reality Becoming MainstreamOpen in a New Window

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For more than 25 years, one iteration or the next of virtual reality has been touted as a life-altering technological breakthrough. At the first Oculus Rift developers conference, attendees saw how far its creators have come in pursuit of an outstanding virtual reality platform.

But virtual reality still has a long way to go before it's ready for consumers, and its biggest proponents know it, too. During Oculus Connect, the company's top brass talked about the issues virtual reality still struggles with, and how they might be solvable. While there could potentially be solutions for each problem, they won't be tackled overnight. Read more...

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Man Jailed for Tweeting Rape ThreatsOpen in a New Window

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In a landmark decision at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London, a man was sentenced to 18 weeks of jail time Monday for having tweeted (and retweeted) a series of rape threats at a British member of parliament.

Peter Nunn, a Bristol-based blogger, launched his tirade at Stella Creasy, Labor MP for Walthamstow. Creasy backed a campaign to put preeminent novelist Jane Austen on the British £10 banknote

That campaign finally succeeded in July 2013 — which is when Nunn started sending abusive tweets directed at Creasy from a number of different accounts. Creasy felt threatened enough to install a panic button in her house, prosecutors said Read more...

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41 Songs To Fall in Love With This AutumnOpen in a New Window

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As summer turns to fall, our tastes tend to change as well — it's the only way you can explain some of those pumpkin spice products

And while good music is good music, there are some songs that just feel especially fitting as we move from the beaches to the apple orchards

That's why we assembled this Music Monday playlist full of songs that we love to hear during this time of year. So throw on our playlist and get excited for crisp air and falling leaves

Have something to add to our playlist? Share with us in the comments, below, or on Spotify, and we'll add it. Read more...

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The 9 Ways 'Gotham' Got Super Dark in Episode 2Open in a New Window

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You had to figure a crime procedural that (very loosely) winds back the clock on Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy would be a grisly, vaguely twisted affair, even if it is on network TV.

But who could have predicted that we'd be seeing child cannibalism, eyes getting poked out, innocent people being beaten within an inch of their lives in Episode 2? What do they think this is, Game of Thrones?

SEE ALSO: 'Gotham' Premiere Recap: 'There Will Be Light, Bruce'

Here are nine ways the second episode of Gotham went there and other dark corners of the psyche, making us think Gotham might be worth your sticking with after all. You sick, twisted little kitties Read more...

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There's No Place Like Ohio State: Band Pays Tribute to 'The Wizard of Oz'Open in a New Window

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Somewhere over the rainbow in a land called Ohio, the Buckeyes created another amazing halftime show.

During Saturday's big game, the Ohio State Marching Band performed choreography inspired by The Wizard of Oz in honor of the movie's 75th anniversary. The tribute included a tornado, scarecrow, the Emerald City and a little (actually, gigantic) dog, too.

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Monday Marked Upbeat, Peaceful Protests In Hong KongOpen in a New Window

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Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protestors filled Hong Kong's streets Monday, demanding free and fair elections in 2017. Demonstrators ignored the government's calls to peacefully disperse, and faced less police opposition than the day before, the New York Times reported

The protestors are demanding full democracy in Hong Kong. China had promised free elections, but backtracked last month when the legislature decreed candidates for Hong Kong's leadership must be approved by Beijing

Civil unrest began with a student sit-in at Hong Kong's government headquarters on Wednesday. When the police used pepper spray to violently clear the compound Saturday, pro-democracy group Occupy Central With Peace And Love announced a blockade of Hong Kong's financial district Read more...

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Codementor Gets You Programming Help When You Need ItOpen in a New Window

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The Launchpad is a series that introduces Mashable readers to compelling startups. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here.

Name: Codementor

One-Liner Pitch: Get instant one-on-one help from expert developers.

The hardest part about programming is running into a problem that seems unsolvable, until 20 hours later, you've cracked the code, whether through scouring Stack Overflow questions or applying brute force in a non-stop, snack-powered session. That's what makes Codementor so promising

Codementor is an online marketplace for connecting instantly with an expert developer who can review your code real-time and talk you through the issue via voice or video chat. It's focused on helping developers get out of those last-minute ruts through one-on-one, on-demand sessions. Read more...

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BlackBerry Wants to Launch One Unconventional Product Every YearOpen in a New Window

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BlackBerry might not be one of the cool kids among smartphones anymore, but it apparently doesn't mind being quirky and is willing to take some risks along the way.

The company wants to release at least one unconventional device every year and already has one in the works, a BlackBerry executive told Reuters.

“When it comes to design and being a little bit disruptive, we want that ‘wow’ factor,” said Ron Louks, the president of BlackBerry's Devices division. "Not all of the products will have it, but we definitely have opportunities."

He added that BlackBerry is working on a device that is easier to use with just one hand. Read more...

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Robotic Octopus Can Crawl, Carry StuffOpen in a New Window

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Scientists have built a robotic octopus that is not only capable of swimming and moving in the same way as its biological inspiration, but that can carry objects in its tentacles.

A video of the mechanical creature has been making the rounds after the octopus' creators, a team of researchers from the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas in Greece, presented at a robotics conference in Chicago earlier this month.

Since last year, the little robot's speed has doubled, according to IEEE Spectrum

In the above video, the octopus is seen crawling in a water tank and freely swimming in the Aegean Sea. Read more...

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Five More Feared Dead in Japanese Volcano, Rescuers Called OffOpen in a New Window

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Rescue teams on Monday found five more bodies near the peak of Mount Ontake, the site of a deadly volcanic eruption that took hikers and climbers by surprise this past weekend, before fears of toxic gas exposure forced around 500 rescue workers to abandon the search.

The expected death toll now sits at 36, though only 12 deaths are confirmed. An additional 63 suffered injuries and eight are still recorded missing, according to Reuters

Japan's first fatal eruption in nearly 25 years hit without warning at about noon on Saturday, sending large gray plumes of gas and smoke into the sky and leaving the landscape blanketed in a knee-deep layer of ash. Read more...

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California Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Landmark 'Yes Means Yes' Sexual Consent LawOpen in a New Window

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California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Sunday mandating that sexual partners on college campuses must give "affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement."

By definition, a drugged, drunk or unconscious person cannot give consent, and silence or lack of resistance does not constitute consent, according to the new law

In order to receive state funding for student financial aid, colleges will also have to provide victims with confidential reporting, counseling and access to a victim advocates. Campus officials investigating rape complaints will have to undergo trauma-based training, too

California is the first state in the nation to sign such legislation Read more...

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Wal-Mart to Tracy Morgan: Not Our Fault! You Weren't Wearing a SeatbeltOpen in a New Window

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Wal-Mart seemed downright magnanimous after the June 7 crash that severely injured Tracy Morgan and killed fellow comedian Jimmy Mack when the corporate behemoth immediately said: “If it’s determined that our truck caused the accident, Walmart will take full responsibility.”

Nearly four months later, the retailer says not so fast –- the victims weren’t wearing seatbelts.

SEE ALSO: Sensor-Powered Seatbelt Could Save the Lives of Sleepy Drivers

Filed Monday in U.S. District Court in New Jersey, Wal-Mart’s 28-page response to Morgan's original lawsuit from July was 25 pages of boilerplate mumbo jumbo followed by these paragraphs: Read more...

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Mark Zuckerberg Buys Massive Hawaii Plantation, Report SaysOpen in a New Window

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Mahalo, Mark Zuckerberg.

The Facebook founder apparently isn't content with his multimillion-dollar mansion in San Francisco's Dolores Heights neighborhood, despite its renovations that require the presence of up to 50 workers. He has also reportedly invested in a 357-acre beachfront plantation on the island of Kauai in Hawaii — a space zoned for 80 well-appointed homes

According to Pacific Business News, Zuckerberg dropped $66 million on Kahuaina Plantation on the northeast corner of Kauai. The estate is billed as one of the last large beachfront parcels on the rainforest-filled island, "a vast and pristine oceanfront property that offers the rare opportunity to create a stewardship to last for generations," according to its brochure. Read more...

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Limited-Edition Stamps Preview: Like Catwoman, You Too Can Lick BatmanOpen in a New Window

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Pounce on your chance to lick Batman

Michelle Pfeiffer did it as Catwoman in 1992's Batman Returns. Soon, you'll get your opportunity when the U.S. Postal Service debuts eight Batman stamps on Oct. 9.

The limited-edition stamps, commemorating Batman's 75th anniversary, feature various versions of Gotham City's Dark Knight. Below, from left to right, are four of the stamps described as Golden Age, Silver Age, Bronze Age and Modern Age:

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Four other designs will highlight four versions of the Batman emblem: Read more...

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Purposely Bending an iPhone Doesn't Mean Bendgate Is Real, It Means You're an Assh*leOpen in a New Window

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Bendgate just won't go away. A week after reports of iPhone 6 Plus devices being a little too flexible went viral, the durability of Apple's biggest smartphone is still a growing topic of conversation.

For its part, Apple says that it's very rare for an iPhone 6 Plus to warp or bend, and the company even went so far as to open up its testing lab to some members of the pressConsumer Reports' own lab tests also refuted Bendgate — at least when pressure is applied in the center of the phone and not focused exclusively on the seam near the buttons.

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The FCC Is Considering Rules That Could Change TV ForeverOpen in a New Window

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The Federal Communications Commission is preparing to take comment on a new set of rules that could drastically change the television landscape in the U.S.

The regulator is preparing to propose changes that would allow online video distributors (OVDs) to be eligible for the same considerations as cable and satellite television operators. The most notable proposed changes would be to the FCC's program access rules, which would essentially force content creators to negotiate with Aereo and a variety of other tech companies that could be interested in distributing television online

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