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Crime and Punishment

Fugitive Accused of 4 Murders Tracked Down Through Facebook

The Glendale police worked with the LAPD to track Mr. Rodriguez down. (Facebook)

An alleged four-time murderer was featured on America’s Most Wanted, but it was Facebook that ultimately led to his arrest.

A police officer in Glendale, CA tracked down one of the LAPD’s most wanted fugitives after spotting him in various Facebook photos, the L.A. Times reports. The fugitive, Eduardo Rodriguez, has reportedly been on the run for around 12 years, and stands accused of four murders and two attempted murders, all related to gang activity. Read More

indie-gobble

Throw Your Money at These Bizarre Thanksgiving Crowfunding Campaigns

Not as innocent as it seems. (Kickstarter)

Thanksgiving is all about remembering the things in life you’re grateful for, and also about eating an ungodly amount of food. But besides all the turkey, stuffing, and sentimental speeches about how much you love your dear, wonderful family, you know what Thanksgiving is also about? Some really weird Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns, apparently.

For your entertainment — and perhaps your confusion and disgust, depending on the project — here are some fascinating Thanksgiving-themed crowdfunding campaigns. Read More

Legal Matters

Groupon Concedes Defeat in Battle to Use GNOME Foundation’s Name

It doesn't even look like a good product. (Groupon)

After numerous conversations and a threat of legal action from the GNOME Foundation, Groupon has finally decided to find a new name for the goofy-looking tablet-based platform for merchants it launched in May.

“Groupon has agreed to change its Gnome product name to resolve the GNOME Foundation’s concerns,” a joint announcement said. “Groupon is now abandoning all of its 28 pending trademark applications. The parties are working together on a mutually acceptable solution, a process that has already begun.” Read More

Planet Google

Google Signs 60-Year Lease on NASA Air Base to Research Space Exploration and Aviation

The framework of Hangar One. (Wikipedia)

Today in existential crises, Google has just signed a long-term lease on an old Navy air base so they can research space exploration and aviation until we’re all dead. Fun!

The company has signed a 60-year, $1.16 billion lease for an 1,000-acre site on the NASA-owned Moffett Field Naval Air Station. The site, located on the San Francisco Peninsula, reportedly features a golf course, three hangars, and a working air field that Sergey Brin and Larry Page already casually use to land their private jets. Read More

today in travel

Looking for Elizabeth Gallagher? ‘Connections’ Matches Same-Named People to Unused Plane Tickets

You could travel here for free — if you have the same name as someone who can't make their flight. (Yore Oyster)

In the past week, the name Elizabeth Gallagher has gone viral.

In case you missed it, it all began when Torontonian Jordan Axani booked tickets for a round-the-world trip with his then-girlfriend, Elizabeth Gallagher. The pair broke up before they could take their journey, and Mr. Axani — who who didn’t want to go to the trouble of changing the names on the tickets, but also didn’t want to cancel them altogether — took to Reddit to find another Canadian with the same name as his former paramour who might like to score some amazing plane rides for free. Read More

health alert

We Texted a Therapist From an Inflatable Igloo in Madison Square Park Today

Ms. Frank, far right, chatted with attendees outside the TalkSpace bubbles. (Photo by Jordyn Taylor)

Pedestrians in the Flatiron District might have noticed something different about Madison Square Park today: namely, two large, inflatable igloos stationed at 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue, each containing the setting of a therapist’s office.

Those who waited their turn to venture inside the cozy-looking bubbles would discover that they wouldn’t be meeting face-to-face with a therapist — rather, they’d be texting with one. Read More

Fun With Bitcoins

Now You Can Use Bitcoin to Anonymously Send Poop to Your Enemies

Surprise! (Wikimedia Commons)

They say you learn something new every day, and today we learned that you can use the Internet to mail horse poop to people you don’t like.

Motherboard, who are apparently experts in the long-standing history of Internet poop delivery, recently discovered what they claim is one of the industry’s best services: ShitExpress, a site that lets you use bitcoin to anonymously send boxes of horse poop — more animal options will be added later, mind you — to enemies recipients anywhere in the world, with a fun, customized messaged attached. Read More