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Microsoft rebrands Xbox Live Marketplace to Xbox Game Store

DNP Microsoft rebrands Xbox Live Marketplace to Xbox Games Store, tktk

Microsoft seems intent on sanding away the Xbox brand’s rough edges before launching the One this November. Following the recent switch from its arcane points system to local currency for digital purchases, Redmond has subtly changed up where you’ll spend that money. What we used to know as the Xbox Live Marketplace is now the Xbox Game Store. It’s clean, simple and we’re pretty sure Sean Parker would approve. Oddly, in the US the web storefront reads “Xbox Games,” but it says “Xbox Game Store” in the UK. Whatever — as long as we can buy real-world presidents for Saint’s Row 4, we’re not too worried about the name of the store.

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Source: Joystiq, Xbox

Lovely ’66 VW Beetle Stolen From Hawthorne, CA

Lovely '66 VW Beetle Stolen From Hawthorne, CA

Man, I hate writing these posts. I’m glad to help, of course, but I hate that there’s still people out there stealing beloved vintage cars. Lately, we’ve seen a lot of old Beetles stolen — I got lucky, of course, but let’s see if we can help again. This one is a teal blue ’66, stolen from Hawthorne, CA.

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Latest Snowden leak: NSA spied on Al Jazeera communications

On Saturday, German paper Der Spiegel reported that it had viewed a document obtained by former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, in which the agency wrote that it had spied on Qatar-based Arab news broadcaster Al Jazeera. This appears to be the first confirmation that the NSA has used its powers to secretly monitor media outlets.

Spiegel did not publish any of the documents in question, but noted that one was dated March 23, 2006 and showed that, “the NSA’s Network Analysis Center managed to access and read communication by ‘interesting targets’ that was specially protected by the news organization. The information also shows that the NSA officials were not satisfied with Al Jazeera’s language analysis.” Spiegel also reports that in one of the documents, the NSA refers to this operation as a “notable success” because the targets of the operation had “high potential as sources of intelligence.”

It is not clear whether the surveillance is ongoing, or whether the operation was a one-off. The extent to which journalists and managers at Al Jazeera were spied on is also not clear from the Spiegel report.

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The World’s Tallest Hotwheels Wall Track Puts Your Childhood to Shame

Remember that awesome Hotwheels track you built when you were a kid? The one that went from the bedroom all the way down the stairs and into the kitchen? Yeah, that was cool, but this one tops it. Meet the setup Hotwheels’ is calling the largest wall track in the world.

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Test Your Printer with the Google Homepage

Test Your Printer with the Google Homepage

When you hook up a new printer, or just add new ink cartridges to one you already own, you probably want to print off a simple test page. Next time you need one, try the Google homepage.

This tip is so simple, but it’s actually pretty brilliant. The Google logo is colorful enough to make sure your color ink is working properly, and the black footer links will prove that your black ink is ready to go. As a bonus, the page is so spartan that it won’t use up much ink, even as it gives you a pretty good idea of your printer’s health.

Now it’s true that most printers have a test page programmed in, either on their on-screen menu, or in software on your computer. Either way though, if you don’t want to be troubled to find it, this is a quick and easy alternative.

LPT: Need to test a printer? Print the Google homepage – has all the colors, uses almost no ink | Reddit

Luckiest man alive miraculously survives landslide and falling boulder

Luckiest man alive miraculously survives landslide and falling boulder

This video—captured today by a car dashboard cam in Taiwan—is absolutely insane. Watch as the car ahead almost gets crushed first by a landslide and then by the insanely gigantic boulder that always kills Wyle E. Coyote. So damn lucky.

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Luckiest man alive miraculously survives landslide and killing boulder

Luckiest man alive miraculously survives landslide and killing boulder

This video—captured today by a car dashboard cam in Taiwan—is insane. Watch as the car ahead almost gets crushed by a landslide and then by the insanely gigantic boulder that always smashes Wyle E. Coyote. Check out the other side:

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Luckiest man alive miraculously survives insane landslide

Luckiest man alive miraculously survives insane landslide

This video—captured today by a car dashboard cam in Taiwan—is insane. Watch as the car ahead almost gets crushed by a landslide and then by the insanely gigantic boulder that always smashes Wyle E. Coyote. Check out the other side:

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Your Ridiculously Awesome Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Wallpaper Is Here

Your Ridiculously Awesome Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Wallpaper Is Here

The historic Mercedes-Benz 300SL is in such high demand that the manufacturer goes out of its way to destroy replicas. Luckily, for people who want a lot of the look but don’t have the millions for a 300, there’s always the 190SL. And it’s beautiful.

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Reward Summit Tells You Which Card to Use For Maximum Reward Points

iOS/Android/Chrome: You’ve got your Amazon credit card for Amazon purchases, your Southwest card for travel, and your Target card for general shopping. But which one earns the most reward points at grocery stores, or at the pump? Reward Summit helps you solve this all-too-common conundrum.

Whenever you’re in the line at the store to pay or the check arrives at dinner, just open up the app, and select your location from an automatically-generated list. The app will recommend which of your own credit cards will earn you the highest percentage cash back, and also suggest cards that earn even more. If you’re shopping online, Reward Summit also offers a Chrome extension that syncs with the mobile apps to offer recommendations automatically. Even if you only have one or two cards, if you’re ever in the market for another, the recommendation engine in the app is a great place to start. For people with a bunch of cards though, Reward Summit is a must-download app.

Reward Summit (Free)