Wikia Maps lets you annotate the Millennium Falcon

Wiki-hosting service Wikia is launching a brand-new feature that lets users collaboratively annotate maps of just about anything — and that includes nerdy fictional locations like Game of Thrones' Westeros or even the inside of the Millennium Falcon. Though it only recently launched, the new...

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An illustrated history of the computer virus

Computer viruses have come a long way, starting as the practical jokes of computing's early days and ending up as modern military weapons. A site called Computer Virus Catalog is walking through the history one virus at a time, pairing each one with a fitting illustration. The list leans heavily on the DOS era, particularly the late-’90s virus boom, and shines a light on many pivotal malware...

Facebook's new stats: 1.32 billion users, 30 percent only use it on their phone

Facebook announced its second quarter 2014 earnings today, and one fact is becoming more and more obvious. Facebook is a mobile company now. It makes 62 percent of its advertising revenue on mobile, a dramatic change for a company that had no mobile ads as recently as two years ago. And of the 1.32 billion people who use Facebook each month, 399 million, roughly a third, only log in with their phones. It's important to note that Facebook's monthly user base has grown 14 percent year over year, while it's mobile user base has grown much more, at 31 percent. Users in the US spend more than 40 minutes per day on Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg says.

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PuffPuffChat is Chatroulette for stoned people

Chatroulette became a phenomenon shortly after it debuted, but for many, the novelty of chatting with a randomly chosen stranger quickly wore off. A similar type of site is now trying to fix that by taking a slightly different approach, making sure that its users have something in common: that they're pretty much all high. The site is called PuffPuffChat, and it asks users to rank themselves on a 10-point scale of how high they are before putting them in either a text or video chat with...


Read through 195,000 pages of Charles Darwin's personal book collection

Charles Darwin wrote On the Origin of Species, the defining document for our understanding of evolution, after a trip to the Galápagos Islands. But the English naturalist didn't dream up his theory in a vacuum after seeing some birds with strange beaks. The voyage to the Pacific islands was lengthy, with much of the 5 year journey spent at sea aboard the HMS Beagle. To keep him company, and to help shape his ideas, Darwin brought an extensive...

Facebook testing Buy button that lets you shop without leaving Facebook

Facebook is testing a new Buy button with a select group of retailers that lets you instantly buy products — without ever having to leave Facebook. When you click Buy, the entire transaction, including entering credit card and shipping information, takes place within the social networking site. Facebook told TechCrunch that while it's not taking a cut of sales for purchases made with the Buy button, it won't count out doing so in the future....

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