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    Today is the 100th anniversary of the crossword puzzle. Invented by British journalist Arthur Wynne and first published in the New York World on December 21, 1913. To celebrate the milestone, today’s Google Doodle is an interactive crossword, replete with a newspaper look and feel. When you complete the puzzle, a screen pops up with the answers along with your time.

    The Washington Post has an interesting article about the “making of” this Google Doodle that almost wasn’t.

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    Somewhere Over PA by Mark Aaron James

    This song by Mark Aaron James, called Somewhere Over PA, is about a satellite listening in on the cell phone calls coming from the hijacked Flight 93 on September 11th.

    I used to think I was a god because I lived in heaven
    I rode a tower of fire, replaced miles and miles of wire
    I heard a million voices, witnessed a million choices
    But I was humbled when I was helpless

    You see, I’m just a satellite and I might die tonight
    ’cause I can’t take the calls, no I can’t handle them all
    And I heard,

    Don’t cry, don’t cry, no don’t make this hard I love you
    Four guys built just like me, don’t worry, hey I love you
    One down, two down, three down, is that true, I love you
    There’s something we’ve got to do, don’t worry, hey
    I love you

    Lord’s Prayer takes on new air when it’s said from heaven
    You know who’s will be done, you know who’s kingdom’s comin’
    I’m just a satellite and if I heard it right
    There’s something wrong down on earth,
    I’m taking calls from heaven

    Don’t cry, don’t cry, no don’t make this hard I love you
    Four guys built just like me, don’t worry, hey I love you
    One down, two down, three down, is that true, I love you
    There’s something we’ve got to do, don’t worry, hey
    I love you

    I’m sorry I’m being vague, you see I’m just a machine
    But I know where those calls came from
    You know what those calls mean
    The first battle in the war, the first time the good guys scored
    I was a messenger, I was a messenger, singing…

    Don’t cry, don’t cry, no don’t make this hard I love you
    Four guys built just like me, don’t worry, hey I love you
    One down, two down, three down, is that true, I love you
    There’s something we’ve got to do, don’t worry, hey
    I love you

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    Top 5 Fastest Discontinued Tech Products

    This video by Marques Brownlee of MKBHD: Quality Tech Videos takes us down (out of) memory lane, reminding us that even “giants” stumble once in awhile.

    Alas, poor Power Mac G4 Cube! I hardly knew thee at all.

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    Twitter Adds “Related Headlines” to Tweets

    It makes perfect sense; when it comes to breaking news, Twitter is the preeminent source around the globe. So why not capitalize on it by expropriating every newsworthy tweet to provide more in-depth information behind the tweet (whether the author wants it or not).

    This feature started on 8/19 of this year and only appears on the tweet’s permalink page on Twitter (not the embedded tweet itself). Basically, related headlines are backlinks to the websites that embed Twitter posts.

    Now some tweetheads are upset by this blatant intrusion of their content but the reality is (as it is for all things online), your content isn’t really your own. By dint of using the social media site, you give up any claim of ownership to your tweets. This is part of the model that is going to make Twitter money and it is only going to get more intrusive. For some, this is okay, for others, well, Twitter will know it has crossed the line when enough people stop using it.

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    2013 Inc. 5000

    Inc’s 2013 list of the top 5000 fastest growing companies in the US  is now online and the top 3 fastest growing companies are:

    1. Fuhu – creators of the Nabi, an Android tablet for kids, and Fooz Kids, an Adobe Air application that “kiddifies” computers so children can become familiar with the Internet in a parent-controlled environment. Fuhu had an incredible 42,148% growth in revenue in the last 3 years, skyrocketing from $279,000 to $117.9 million.
    2. Federal Conference – handles all aspects of event planning for the US government. Federal Conference had a 24,831% growth in 3 years, from $199,056 to $49.6 million.
    3. The HCI Group – a health care IT consultancy that performs installations for EHR (electronic health records), validation, testing, launching, optimization, and ongoing support. The HCI Group had a 24,545% growth in 3 years, from $103,475 to $25.5 million.
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