Twitter Laments the Certain ‘Ruin’ of Havana by Tourists


People are never happy…

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Moments after President Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. would begin restoring relationships with Cuba, which includes loosening the existing travel ban, the perpetual curmudgeons of the Twitterverse declared Havana in all its exclusive, un-commercialized glory officially over. Don’t even think about going there now, some users griped. And if you do, get there literally right now because hipsters are definitely going to ruin it.

Havana, so it seems, according to Twitter, will soon go the way of Brooklyn and the countless other cities effectively ruined by well-meaning yuppies and fanny-pack-donning tourists, who heard great things about a place from their one cool and/or worldly cousin on Facebook.

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Dow Jumps After Fed Pledges Patience in Rate Hikes

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(NEW YORK) — The Dow Jones industrial average surged as much as 300 points after the Federal Reserve signaled it was edging closer to raising interest rates because of a strengthening U.S. economy, but promised to be “patient” in its approach.

The Fed says this approach is consistent with what it called its “previous” guidance that it expected to keep the rate near zero for a “considerable time.”

The Dow was up 255 points, or 1.5 percent, to 17,324 as of 2:22 p.m. Eastern time Thursday. It rose as much as 303 points shortly after the announcement.

The Fed gave no specific guidance on when the first rate hike might occur.

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This terrific new Gmail feature will help protect your private data

Originally posted on BGR:

Gmail, one of the most popular email services around, has received a couple of interesting new features that power users will certainly appreciate. Googleannounced on the official Gmail blog that its email services has just been upgraded, when it comes to security, revealing on its Google+ Gmail channel a handy new Google Drive feature for Gmail.

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Employee Data Breach The Worst Part Of Sony Hack

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The Sony hack has taught us so much. It’s taught us to send corporate email as if everyone is reading those emails. It’s taught us that people in Hollywood are just as mean as people in any other industry (and potentially racist). And it’s taught us that Channing Tatum is really enthusiastic about beating “TED” at the box office.

The one lesson that’s the hardest to stomach is that you may be doing everything possible to protect yourself online, but your employer may be laissez faire about the whole thing. This is the position that over 6,500 current (and many former) employees of Sony find themselves in today.

As Gizmodo’s Brian Barnett wrote:

“The most painful stuff in the Sony cache is a doctor shopping for Ritalin. It’s an email about trying to get pregnant. It’s shit-talking coworkers behind their backs, and people’s credit card log-ins…

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Sony Hackers Threaten 911 Attack On Movie Theaters

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

A threatening message from the Guardians of Peace, the group responsible for hacking into and releasing more than a terabyte of Sony’s internal data so far, is alleging an attack on movie theaters that plan to screen Seth Rogen and James Franco’s movie “The Interview.”

“The world will be full of fear,” the message, first reported by BuzzFeed, reads. “Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.).”

Which theater will show what movie isn’t usually available until just days before a release. However, the Interview, a movie about an assassination attempt on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, is scheduled for a wide release this Christmas. This threat could affect thousands of theaters across the U.S.

The FBI tells TechCrunch they are aware of the threats and that an investigation is…

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Facebook Starts Auto-Enhancing Photos Because Algorithms Are Better At Filters Than You

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

We’re not ace photographers, but we all take photos. Most could use a little help with light and shadow. So rather than making you manually filter them, Facebook tells me it will now auto-enhance newly uploaded photos starting today on iOS and soon on Android. You’ll be able to adjust a slider to control just how enhanced you want the light, shadow, and clarity, or revert back to your original shot.

The tool could make it much quicker to post well-lit photos so you can share on the go and get back to what you were doing.

Facebook and the other social apps are locked in a battle for photo sharing. To the winner goes tons of engagement. That’s why Twitter just revamped its filtering interface, Snapchat started letting you dual-filter with color filters and its geo-filter titles, and Instagram today added five new filters.

Auto Enhance

Previously when you…

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Here’s every new movie and TV show you’ll be able to stream on Netflix in January 2015

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Netflix is starting the new year with a bang. This week, the popular streaming service announced all of the new movies and TV shows that will be appearing on Netflix Instant throughout January. Plenty of classics made the list, such as 101 Dalmatians, Cast Away and Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas. Just to make things easier, we’ve posted all of the new titles, along with their release dates, below.

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The first trailer for GTA V’s most anticipated update has finally arrived

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It’s been an excruciatingly long wait, and it’s not over quite yet, but Grand Theft Auto V Online Heists do exist. On Tuesday, Rockstar Games released the first trailer for Online Heists, a game mode which was originally scheduled to launch alongside the game last September, but has been repeatedly pushed back ever since.

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5 Tricks to Get More From Your Activity Tracker


I haven’t picked which one to buy yet…

Originally posted on TIME:

If you’re counting on using a new fitness tracker from Jawbone, Fitbit, Microsoft or the like to help get in shape for 2015, you may want to adjust your expectations: “We don’t know whether or not these devices really make people more active or healthier,” says Glenn Gaesser, an Arizona State University professor and Director of the Healthy Lifestyles Research Center. “There really is no evidence.” Still, even as some people complain of gaining unwanted weight after they started wearing a fitness tracker, many more say their gadgets are just what they need to move around more—and when you consider many Americans spend upwards of seven or eight hours a day on their tush, that’s a very good thing.

But since the devices are not a fast-track to fitness all on their own, we asked experts for tops on how to make the most of them—despite their shortcomings:

1. Assume…

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