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August 7, 2012

McDonald's Serves Curly Fries Now

But only in the Philippines. Apparently they've been getting this seasonal favorite in secret for years.

Which Tech Bloggers Are On Google And Oracle's Payroll?

A federal judge has ordered Google and Oracle to reveal any bloggers on their payrolls commenting on Oracle vs Google. But the constitutionality of the order is already being debated. [Updated]

Dress Yourself Up As An Olympian

Upload a photo of yourself and try on a gold medal or Ryan Lochte's glasses. And then pose with the Queen.

British Sent The HMS Romney To Enforce Taxation Laws In 1768

In 1768, the British government sent the ship the HMS Romney to Boston Harbor to enforce the Townshend Acts, a series of taxation laws against the American colonies that led to the Boston Tea Party and the American revolution. The ship impressed American sailors, seized a ship belong to John Hancock, and served as a refuge for tax officials from angry mobs.

The Dark Art Of "Fusking"

A hole in Photobucket's privacy has made it so that private albums can be accessed with little work. This hole has remained open for at least 5 years.

How A Slushie Machine Works

Take THAT, laws of physics. What we see as a sweet summer treat should be impossible.

Obama Received Praise From Republicans For Helping Implement Welfare-To-Work In The State Senate In 1997

A new ad from the Romney campaign hits President Obama, alleging the President gutted the Clinton administration's welfare reform bill from 1996. As a State Senator in 1997, President Obama received praise from Republicans for his help in implementing the welfare-to-work requirements at the state level.

In Defense Of NASA

Not everyone was excited about Curiosity's flawless landing. An easy way to shut down naysayers on your social media platforms.

iPads Are The New Spaceships

London Allen, five-year-old son of design writer Summer Allen, doesn't use his LEGO to build trucks and planes and spaceships. Instead, for fun, he recreates his favorite gadgets.

Nine Things You Didn’t Know About The Obamas

I've been covering the Obamas for five years for the New York Times, watching their transformation from promising Chicago couple to President and First Lady of the United States. Here are a few surprising things I learned about them, from my book "The Obamas," out in paperback this week.

What It's Like To Be The Face Of A Twitter Bot

Jason Feifer tracked down a woman whose photo is being used, without her knowledge, as the face of countless Twitter bots. Her response, after Feifer explained what a bot is: "It's kinda of creepy, to be honest with you. The whole thing." Yep.

This Dog Looks Like A T-Rex Tops The Morning Links

No dog was harmed in the making of this hairstyle unless you include loss of dignity. Plus chivalry can't be dead if it's a myth and Ryan Lochte loves bling in all its forms.

Rob Portman Was Registered Foreign Agent For Haitian Dictator

According to Senator Rob Portman's 1985 foreign agent registration form, while working as a lobbyist at the firm Patton, Boggs, and Blow, Portman was a registered foreign agent on the behalf of the Republic of Haiti. In 1985 Haiti was ruled by the notorious Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, who was overthrown by a uprising in 1986. Update In June, Portman's staff provided ABC News a 2005 signed affidavit from the Democratic managing partner of Patton Boggs, that says Portman did not represent foreign entities during his time at the lobbying firm in the 1980s.

Two Reasons Why Tim Pawlenty Won't Be Mitt Romney's Running Mate

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is often mentioned as a shortlist candidate to be Mitt Romney's running mate. Two potential drawbacks: Pawlenty balanced Minnesota's budget by raising state fees — and in one 2002 clip said he will "outsource" to save the state government money.

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