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Mathematician Cracks OKCupid, Finds Wife

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First, there was boy meets girl. Then, boy meets girl online. And now, boy meets girl online after manipulating the algorithms of his Internet dating site. As Wired explains, it helps to be a mathematician. Christopher McKinlay was a 30-something looking for love on OKCupid and not having much luck. He also happened to be a math wizard working on his PhD dissertation at UCLA, and thus he struck upon his great plan: He created 12 fake OKCupid accounts, along with a computer program to manage them and harvest every bit of information possible about potential dates. Read more on Newser…

Judge Orders Newspaper To Name Online Commenters

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A judge in New Orleans has given the Times-Picayune website 10 days to turn over the identities of two online commenters, reports Politico. The judge agreed to the request by the lawyer for Stacey Jackson, former head of the New Orleans Affordable Homeownership program who is facing federal charges of corruption. Read more on Newser…

Your Friends Change—But Not How Many You Have

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A new study offers a rather stark picture of how long-term friendships work: While we might not stay friends with the same people throughout our lives, we do tend to maintain the same number of friends, researchers say. In other words, “our capacity for maintaining emotionally close relationships is finite,” says an Oxford expert in a press release on the study. Read more on Newser…

$8K Smart Bed Can Stop Your Partner’s Snoring

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The latest “smart” product? Your bed. Launched at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Sleep Number has rolled out a dual-mattress bed that does everything from tracking your sleeping habits to making your partner stop snoring. No need to elbow him or her in aggravation! Read more on Newser …

Man Poses As Homeless, Gives Away $1K

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Drivers in Iowa who rolled down their window to give a few bucks to a homeless guy asking for help on Christmas Eve got a surprise gift in return. Read more on Newser…

Boy Scouts Hope For Smooth Transition As They Accept Gay Youth

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The Boy Scouts of America will accept openly gay youths starting on New Year’s Day, a historic change that has prompted the BSA to ponder a host of potential complications — ranging from policies on tentmates and showers to whether Scouts can march in gay pride parades.

Yet despite their be-prepared approach, BSA leaders are rooting for the change to be a non-event, comparable to another New Year’s Day in 2000 when widespread fears of digital-clock chaos to start the new millennium proved unfounded.

“My hope is there will be the same effect this Jan. 1 as the Y2K scare,” said Brad Haddock, a BSA national executive board member who chairs the policy implementation committee. Read more on Newser …

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