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The White House Is Sick Of Your Joke Petitions, Quadruples The Number Of Signatures Required For An Official Response

Attention, American public: The White House has seen your petitions about building a Death Starinvestigating the feasibility of building the Enterprise, and giving each state an official Pokémon. In one case they even responded in a particularly awesome way. But now they have another message for you: Cut it out, guys. It’s getting tired.

To that end, We the People—whitehouse.gov’s official petition site–is upping the number of signatures required for an official White House response from 25,000 to 100,000. Read more…

You Can Watch The Final 3 Episodes Of “Downton Abbey” Early Thanks To iTunes

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If you were annoyed at having to wait three months for “Downton Abbey” Season 3 to hit PBS, you’re going to love this news. Apple is set to offer the final three episodes of the season before they air. Could this work for other shows?

The wait was painful but didn’t seem to affect viewership in the least. The premiere pulled in a record-breaking 7.9 million viewers. So what’s with the last three episodes being “leaked” before they play on PBS?

The BBC reports that while the final episode of Season 3 is set to premiere February 17, Apple will offer the final three episodes starting January 29. The catch is you’ll have to buy a “season pass” for the show on iTunes to get them. Read more…

Which Three Book Characters Won’t Be In “Catching Fire”?

Since our first official look at “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” came out this week we’ve had several tidbits about the film cross our path, among them a pair of new pictures and confirmation from director Francis Lawrence of three characters who didn’t make the jump from page to screen.

So who got the axe? (Or spear, à la Rue… oh, sorry, too soon?) And what was that about new pictures? Read more…

Sisters Separated By WWII And 70 Years, Reunited By Facebook

Facebook giveth and Facebook taketh away. For every story about it doing slightly creepy things or haphazardly enforced content restrictions, there’s a story like this. Tanija Delic and Hedija Talic are 88- and 82-year-old sisters who haven’t seen each other since 1941, when their family was separated while fleeing their home in Bosnia at the outbreak of war. Seventy-two years later, the internet has brought them back together again.

After losing her family, Talic was raised in an orphanage. The girls’ parents died during the war, and a brother emigrated to the United States, and despite her best efforts, Talic couldn’t find any hard information on her family once she was old enough to ask. Read more…

J.J. Abrams Makes Dying Trekker’s Wish To See “Star Trek Into Darkness” Come True

See? The internet can be used for good!

Three days ago, a post was made on the ”Star Trek” subreddit about a man dying from cancer. It was a heartfelt plea from both the man’s wife and friend to try and get him a viewing of the J.J. Abrams film, “Star Trek Into Darkness.” Here’s what they had to say. Read more…

Facebook Is Testing A New Service That Lets Complete Strangers Message Your For A Dollar

Facebook Messages are a seemingly simple offering by the social media giant that the company still manages to make somehow complicated. Messages, mobile messages, Facebook email, the Other folder… You mean, you don’t know there’s an Other folder? I don’t blame you, it’s practically invisible.

So, the headline for this post that is way too long to actually use might look like this Facebook Is Still Overhauling Its Messaging System Like Every Six Months, Might Change it So Strangers Can Pay $1 to Send You a Noticeable Message. Read more…

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