American Kids Eat Vegemite, React With Absolute Disgust

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SYDNEY — It is the most Australian thing you can eat, yet these American kids can’t hide their disgust at trying Vegemite for the first time.

Vegemite is a black paste made from leftover brewers’ yeast extract and has a salty and bitter taste that lingers in the mouth. Smear it on a piece of toast for breakfast or smudge it across a biscuit for a snack.

Down Under, if you don’t eat it, you may as well pack your belongings and get on the next flight out.

As much as Aussie kids are bred on the iconic spread, Americans have never had a version to call their own. Read more…

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Jennifer Lawrence and Other Celebs Hacked as Nude Images Circulate on the Web

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A major trove of celebrity images, some including images alleged to be actress Jennifer Lawrence nude, began spreading all over the web and Twitter on Sunday evening

Early word of the images began spreading on 4Chan earlier in the day, where posters claimed that the images were the result of a hacker intrusion on a number of iCloud accounts and that the images included nude celebrities such as Victoria Justice, Emily Browning, Kate Bosworth, Jenny McCarthy and Kate Upton

When contacted by Mashable, a spokesperson for Jennifer Lawrence issued the following statement:

This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence. Read more…

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Nanos y micros: ‘The Phonbies’, bloqueadores de asientos de avión y más

Nanos y micros es un recopilatorio semanal en el que recogemos esas noticias pequeñas y curiosas que se escaparon durante la semana y que ahora te traemos para que no pierdas el hilo de la actualidad….

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Jay Z Threw $2 Bills at Made in America, But What Does It Mean?

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PHILADELPHIA — Jay Z watches as the stack of $2 bills he tossed into the air rains down on the rowdy crowd at the Steve Aoki show at Made in America

Too enraptured with Aoki throwing cakes and showering them with champagne, the festival-goers thought little of what the unexpected money signified on Saturday night. All they knew was that is was Jay Z’s music festival, and he could do whatever he wanted to do.

But the $2 bills, in fact, have a mysterious history in the music industry. The sightings of the uncommon paper money can be attributed to one wealthy lawyer: Mr. Steven Reisman, a human $2 bill dispensary for the stars in the hip-hop and rap world Read more…

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Ukraine: Pro-Russian Rebels Fire on Border Guard Vessel

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KIEV, Ukraine — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called on Ukraine to immediately start talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

Hours later, Ukraine said a border guard vessel operating in the Azov Sea was attacked by land-based forces. Pro-Russian rebels have recently opened a new offensive along the seacoast.

Putin’s comment, made to national TV network Channel 1, said Ukraine should “hold substantive, meaningful talks, not about technical issues, but about the question of the political organization of society and statehood in southeast Ukraine, with the goal of safeguarding the legitimate interests of those people who live there.” Read more…

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El ‘descampado’ de Apple comienza a tomar forma

Aunque ya hemos visto planos e imágenes generadas por ordenador, cuesta hacerse una idea de cómo de grande será el nuevo campus de Apple. Todavía queda mucho para que los trabajos de construcción terminen, pero al menos ya podemos echar un ojo a…

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China Won’t Allow Open Elections in Hong Kong

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China’s central government declared on Sunday that all candidates for Hong Kong’s chief executive position in the 2017 election must be approved by Beijing’s 1,200-member nominating committee, quashing the notion of a fully democratic election.

The announcement set off a protest outside Hong Kong’s government headquarters on Sunday, the latest in a series of demonstrations against what democracy activists say is Beijing’s attempt to bring Hong Kong more firmly under the central government’s control

When the United Kingdom transferred jurisdiction of Hong Kong to China in 1997, the island was promised significant autonomy and its first open election for the city’s leader in 2017. A Beijing-controlled committee has chosen the the head of the city’s government for the past 17 years, and the central government has said it will continue to oversee the electoral process, according to Time. Before Hong Kong became a part of China, it was ruled by a colonial government, although citizens did get to elect local officials after 1985. Those officials were part of “district councils” that governed portions of the city, and did not include Hong Kong’s governor, a British official who served as head of the city’s government (similar to the role that the chief executive assumes now) Read more…

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