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Booting Up: The Cat Video Festival is Coming to Brooklyn

More famous than you, because FML. (Photo: Reddit)

This year’s Cat Video Festival will come to Brooklyn, because dreams do come true. [BBC]

“At some point, if it seems appropriate, I would like to explore the possibility of being reinstated.” Henry Blodget is profiled in the New Yorker this week. [AllThingsD]

Bad news for the boy king Zuck: These days the kids are loving mobile messaging apps like Kik and Whatsapp. [Reuters]

The Pirate Bay is the world’s largest file-sharing site, after Megaupload’s shutdown upended the market. [TorrentFreak]

How are automakers supposed to integrate apps without causing a spike in distracted driving? [New York Times]

Roadrunner, which was the world’s fastest supercomputer circa 2008, is now obsolete and headed for the scrap pile. [Ars Technica]

CATS!

Here’s the First Cat Video Ever Recorded

(Screencap: YouTube)

The Los Angeles Times published an excellent piece today surveying the landcape of YouTube-famous cats, including the moody Henri, the box-loving Maru and Lil’ Bub, who just cannot keep his little tongue in his mouth. Buried in the middle of the article, however, is an interesting tidbit about the history of cat videos. Though the first was probably uploaded to the Internet during the latter half of the 20th century, the LA Times reports that the first-ever cat video was recorded by Thomas Edison, he of lightbulb fame. Read More