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Beer-Loving Robot Prefers Tecate Over Bud Light [VIDEO]

While scientists have yet to perfect artificial intelligence, they’ve at least perfected artificial beer preference. When it comes to brewskies, this thirsty robot named DARwIn-OP know what it likes — the folks who built him over at Trossen Robotics actually programmed him to have a drink of choice. Given the option, the little guy will ignore a can of Bud Light and go for a cold Tecate every time.

It could have something to do with the colors of their respective cans, but we like to think DARwIn’s just got fond memories of a robo-bender in Mexico.

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Missouri Makes It Illegal for Teachers and Students to Be Facebook Friends

An new Missouri law, aimed at protecting children from sexual predators, has made it illegal for teachers and their past and present school-aged students to friend each other on Facebook.

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Microsoft Spoofs Google’s Invasiveness With ‘Gmail Man’ Ad [VIDEO]

As Gmail users know, the Google webmail service tracks every word you type and read, and then uses the information they gather in targeted advertisements — making for sometimes useful and sometimes eerie invasions of privacy.

The folks at Microsoft had some fun with their rival’s snooping in this video spoof about  a “Gmail Man” — a flesh-and-blood mailman who opens and reads your letters before he delivers them.

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Watch Stars Like Coolio Discuss the Internet on MTV in 1995 [VIDEO]

When something is so entrenched in our daily lives, it’s often hard to remember a time when it wasn’t ubiquitous. Such was the internet in 1995.

In this archival clip from MTV — which celebrates its 30th birthday on August 1st — Kurt Loder gives us a primer on what exactly the internet is and how it’s being used, with stars like Sandra Bullock, Dave Matthews and Coolio weighing in.

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‘Animation Hotline’ Web Series Turns Voicemails Into Quirky Animated Shorts [VIDEOS]

With smartphones becoming veritable mini-computers and many people opting for texting over actual phone calls these days, voicemail is on its way to becoming a thing of the past.

Artist Dustin Grella, however, still appreciates the medium: his quirky web short series Animation Hotline features stop-motion animated renderings of voicemails he receives. Each short is created on a chalkboard and takes about 12 hours to complete.

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Comedian Finds Out Just How Much You Can Get Away With in an Apple Store [VIDEO]

After realizing there are hundreds of YouTube videos of people singing and dancing inside Apple Stores without the intrusion of staffers, comedian Mark Malkoff set out to test the limits of what one could get away with in the land of iPads and Genius Bars.

Malkoff’s stunts include a pizza delivery, donning a Darth Vader costume and wining and dining a date. See how they were received below:

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$8.1 Million iPad Features Gold, Diamonds and Dinosaur Bones (Seriously)

Designer Stuart Hughes, who specializes in bringing bling to everything from beds to yachts to liquor bottles, is now offering a gold- and diamond-encrusted iPad 2 for the princely sum of $8.1 million called the Gold History Edition.

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Entire Counterfeit Apple Store Uncovered in China [PHOTOS]

Given the Chinese population’s well-documented love of Apple products — and the Chinese government’s well-documented disregard for copyright laws — it should come as no surprise that there are many counterfeit iPads floating around the land of a billion plus.

But an entire fake Apple store, selling entirely fake Apple products, is still pretty stunning. And that’s what the blogger BirdAbroad found in the Chinese city of Kunming.

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Business School Offering $74,000 Scholarship for Best Tweet

Twitter skills are going to score one student a full ride to The University of Iowa’s Henry B. Tippie School of Management.

To win the $37,200-a-year scholarship, applicants have to answer one of their essay questions within Twitter’s 140 character limit. The Trippie School’s website does encourage that links to other social media “such as blogs, video, Facebook, or a web page” be included in the Tweet, to show the applicants’ creativity.

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‘Virtual’ Grocery Shopping a Hit in Korea [VIDEO]
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‘Virtual’ Grocery Shopping a Hit in Korea [VIDEO]

Grocery shopping is one of those necessary evils for most of us. Wouldn't it be easier if you could do it on the go?

A company called Home Plus (formerly Tesco) is giving it a try by putting virtual grocery store aisles in Korean subway stations.

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Teacher Uses Angry Birds to Explain Projectile Motion to Students
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Teacher Uses Angry Birds to Explain Projectile Motion to Students

With over 200 million downloads to mobile devices, Angry Birds is a full-fledged phenomenon. Now an Atlanta teacher has found a way to use it as an educational tool as well.

Since the birds are catapulted into the sky, John Burk, a ninth-grade physics teacher, felt it was a great way to teach students the laws of projectile motion.

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POP Phone Turns Your Cell Into an Old-Fashioned Handset
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POP Phone Turns Your Cell Into an Old-Fashioned Handset

There was once a time when talking on the phone was a quiet affair, usually in the privacy of one's own home or an enclosed glass booth. Other people's phone calls have since become an annoyance, due to the ubiquity of the cells and the fact that Bluetooth headsets make it nearly impossible to tell who's crazy and who's talking to a client. A return to classical form might not be an altogether bad thing.

Created by French designer David Turpin for Native Union, the POP Phone is a bulky, vintage-inspired headset for your mobile device, laptop or computer (Lenny Kravitz is a fan). Available in six colors for the fairly reasonable price of $29.90, you can pick up your little piece of updated antiquity today. Check out a video review below:

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