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Thief Shoots Woman When She Won’t Hand Over Her Samsung Phone

(Photo: KHOU-TV)

Apparently there’s one person out there who doesn’t want to give up their Samsung Galaxy.

A Houston, Texas, woman was involved in an armed robbery when the thief demanded that she hand over her phone or else she’d be shot.

“He was like, hey, let me get that phone. I was like, I’m not giving you my phone sir. He’s like, I’m going to shoot you, so I put my hands up,” she recounted to KHOU-TV, only giving her name as Courtney out of fear for her safety. Read More

Selfie Nation

Woman’s Selfie With Stolen Dress Gets Her Arrested

Dummy. (Photo: KFVS)

When will criminals ever learn?

Over the weekend, the owners of Mortie’s Boutique in Illinois said their store was robbed of a rather distinctive “leopard color dress.” The store’s surveillance video showed a woman breaking into the store and taking several items, including that dress. So, they made a Facebook post to ask if anyone in the apparently small town of West Frankfort had seen the dress. Read More

Get Money

Your Old Pal Fred Durst Got a Summer Job Directing eHarmony Commercials

Oh, there you are. Hi, Fred. (Photo via Getty)

The first thing that comes to mind when you think of Limp Bizkit is probably more on the Mike’s-Hard-Lemonade-fueled-gross-high-school-hookup end of the relationship spectrum, rather than the respectable-online-date side.

But that hasn’t stopped eHarmony from recruiting former Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst to help them rebrand. Mr. Durst (it feels funny writing that) has directed three commercials for the online dating also-ran, the Daily Dot reports.

eHarmony is most popular with 25-to-40-year-olds, and they’re banking on Mr. Durst to bring in the under-25s, the Dot says. We’re not sure people under 25 have even heard of Limp Bizkit, per se, but whatever. Read More

Freshly Minted

Freshly Minted: Kim Kardashian’s App Might Not Live Up to Stock Hype

Some traders have already begun shorting the stock, ie: making bets that the price of Glu shares will plummet. Their expression is pictured above. (via Imgur)

Welcome to Freshly Minted, where we examine an overlooked deal or funding announcement in tech from the past week and tell you what you need to know and why it matters.

The deal(ish): The hype around the new Kim Kardashian game is causing sudden spike stock price for the game developer, setting stockholders up for a nasty surprise.

We’re not in a tech bubble. We’re just not, and anybody with a decent understanding of market economics can see it pretty clearly. But that doesn’t mean that hype can’t get the best of the market, and set investors up for some pretty public disasters.

The latest impending disaster waiting to happen starts with, of all people, Kim Kardashian. Read More

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Scientists Are Counting Polar Bears Using Satellite Images

Aw. (Photo: Wikipedia)

Even though it’s their job, not even researchers want to brave the chilly Canadian tundra to count how many polar bears there are. So, instead they’re using images obtained from satellites to get an accurate count of how many furry white beasts are around.

The study is being spearheaded by Seth Stapleton, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Minnesota. He told CBC News that is the first time a technique like this has been tested in the region. Read More

Kickstart It

Crowdfunding For Invisible Product Takes Off, Potato Salad Suddenly Seems Worthwhile

Mr. Bishop: crazy, brilliant, or both? (Facebook)

“I’m going to do something I’ve never seen done before,” Jordan Bishop wrote in a Medium post on Wednesday. “I’m going to sell you my product before I tell you what it is.”

Mr. Bishop is the founder of what he claims is the Internet’s first blind crowdfunding campaign, which launched Wednesday. To clarify, Mr. Bishop is asking the Internet to buy his product without even telling people what, exactly, they’re paying for. Read More