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Mashable: Latest 12 News Updates - including “Prankster Replicates Facebook Users’ Profile Photos, Then Friends Targets [PICS]”

Mashable: Latest 12 News Updates - including “Prankster Replicates Facebook Users’ Profile Photos, Then Friends Targets [PICS]”

Prankster Replicates Facebook Users’ Profile Photos, Then Friends Targets [PICS]

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 04:22 PM PST

Everyone has a knack for something. Reddit user CasinoRoy's talent is creeping out strangers on Facebook, and perfectly replicating their profile photos.

The prankster searches for Facebook users with his name, and then recreates their profile photos by imitating their wardrobe and facial expression. When it's all done, he sends the subject a friend request.

SEE ALSO: 5 Fascinating Facts We Learned From Reddit This Week

In total, CasinoRoy found eight people on Facebook with his name. He recently shared his hilarious project to Reddit, which garnered 20,000 views in four hours. The joker revealed on Reddit that only one person accepted his friend request. The relationship was…
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More About: Facebook, facebook profile, reddit

Minecraft Creations Enter the Real World With Augmented Reality App [VIDEO]

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 03:59 PM PST

Imagine an alternate reality that blends Minecraft with the real world. Now, it's possible with a new iOS app that brings your best block creations to life.

Entitled "Minecraft Reality," the app uses "advanced computer vision" and augmented reality to map and track real-life surroundings using a camera phone; it then lets users place their Minecraft worlds in reality, according to its official website. Users can even save their designs in a specific location for others to see.

Examples include: a Mustang on a lawn, a pirate ship at the office and a plane on top of washing machines. For more, check out the video above.

What Minecraft creation…
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More About: Augmented Reality, Minecraft Reality, apps, minecraft

Apple Adds Six More Samsung Devices to Ongoing Patent Lawsuit [REPORT]

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 03:03 PM PST


Leading up to the second lawsuit between Apple and Samsung, both tech giants are adding to their respective lists of patent-infringing products from the other side.

On Friday, Apple motioned to add six recently released or upgraded Samsung products to be considered in court. The Samsung devices include the Galaxy S III running Android Jelly Bean, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Tab 8.9 Wi-Fi, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, Rugby Pro and Galaxy S III mini, according to a FOSS Patents report via Engadget.

The patent-news blog points out that all the aforementioned additions were released after the fifth-generation iPod touch, which Samsung has requested be included in the lawsuit -- "a fact that should…
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More About: apple, lawsuit, patent, samsung

7 Apps You Don’t Want to Miss

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 02:30 PM PST

Here for iOS

Nokia released Here Maps for iOS this week. The application provides local transit, driving and walking directions. Places you enjoy visiting (or want to visit) in a city can be organized into Collections for easy access, and locations and directions to them can be shared with friends via SMS, email and social networks.

Click here to view this gallery.

It can be tough to keep up with all the new apps released every week. But you're in luck -- we take care of that for you, creating a roundup each weekend of our favorite new and updated apps.

This week, a mapping application brought public transit maps to the iPhone, and a popular location-sharing app finally made its way to Android.

We found an app that will help you make new friends while you're traveling for business, and an iOS app to help you decide what to cook for dinner when you're back home.

Check out the gallery, above, for a look at this week's app highlights.

If you're still looking for more, check out our previous Apps You Don't Want To Miss. Think we left a great n…
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More About: android, apps, iOS, iphone, weekly app roundup

49 Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 02:05 PM PST

Digital Media ResourcesWe're quickly approaching the end of November, also known as the busiest shopping season of the year. Between Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, it's a good time for holiday shoppers to get great deals on gifts.

For those of you who were too busy browsing stores to keep posted on Mashable articles, we've listed our top picks into one post.

This week's features roundup includes advice on how to make the most of your social media experience, digital business tips, the latest tech gadgets, as well as digital resources for your home life. Check them out, below.

Editor's Picks

10 Smart Tips for Buying an HDTV
If you're in the market for an HDTV this holiday…
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More About: Business, Features Week In Review, Lifestyles, Social Media, Tech

If You’re Going to Cheat on Your Spouse, Here’s Advice From the Expert

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 01:14 PM PST

It's not easy being one of the most hated people on the internet, but Noel Biderman makes it look easy. The founder and CEO of is often targeted because of the service his company offers: a secretive solution for married individuals looking to cheat on their spouses. Despite all the angry messages, comments, and multiple attacks from TV personalities, Noel keeps his head held high. Perhaps it's because of the 5 million plus subscribers that use his service.

Ross Everett of Love in the Time of Robots, Mashable's exclusive 21st century relationship advice series, recently sat down with Noel to talk about the ethics of cheating, the origins of,…
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More About: Love in the Time of Robots, relationships

Black Friday Sales Surge as Shoppers Stick to the Web [REPORT]

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 12:36 PM PST

Black Friday shopping

This year, shoppers avoided early-morning lines, customer stampedes at megastores and Black Friday-related deaths by browsing deals online.

U.S. shoppers put aside their trypophan hangovers, and increased online sales by 17.4% on Thanksgiving Day and by 20.7% on Black Friday compared to last year, according to IBM's Digital Analytics Benchmark Trends Report.

Bargain hunters tackled Black Friday on the web with their

More About: IBM, black friday, online shopping, report, trends

‘Gangnam Style’ Defeats Bieber to Become Most-Viewed YouTube Video of All Time

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 11:41 AM PST

Korean singing sensation Psy has unseated pop idol Justin Bieber on the YouTube charts.

"Gangnam Style" officially became the most-viewed video in YouTube history Saturday, beating out previous record-holder, the Biebs' "Baby."

Clocking in at 805 million views, the video that spawned invisible horse dancing bests "Baby," by about 1 million views (the latter currently has close to 804 million).

"Gangnam Style" has experienced a meteoric rise since its July debut, gaining an average of 11 million views per day -- the "most viral, fastest-growing video of all time" -- according to data aggregator Starcount. The electronic dance hit cracked YouTube's top 10 list just last month. "…
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More About: YouTube, gangnam style, justin bieber

10 Adorable Animals Feeding Other Animals [VIDEOS]

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 11:07 AM PST

1. Bird Feeds Dog Noodles

This takes the "dogs eating pasta" concept a step further.

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Here at Mashable we can't get enough of adorable animal videos on YouTube. In our quest to find ever cuter clips, we present 10 excellent examples of animals feeding other animals.

SEE ALSO: 10 Heart-Warming Animal Friendships Captured on YouTube

Take a look through the gallery above to see our collection of clips all about inter-species snack-time. Let us know in the comments below which satisfied your appetite for cute.

Thumbnail image courtesy of linda

More About: Video, Watercooler, YouTube, animals, features, gallery, viral videos

6 Tips to Master the Art of Delegation

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 10:15 AM PST

Entrepreneurs and small business owners are used to wearing a lot of hats in their business -- everything from handling sales and accounting to replacing ink in the printer. However, trying to take care of everything can be harmful to your well-being and your business. With only one person in charge, there's only so far you can scale.

It's not always easy for highly driven entrepreneurs to give up the reigns, but it's critical to avoid burnout. If you're struggling to know where and how you should delegate in your small business, take heed of the following six tips.

1. Pick Things to Delegate "Down"

Are you wondering what tasks to delegate? In your day-to-day op…
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More About: Small Business, delegation, employee, features, mashable, open forum, team

Rebecca Black Shows Off Hidden Talent in New Music Video

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 09:34 AM PST

YouTube sensation Rebecca Black is back with a new video for her moody single "In Your Words."

The 15-year-old's new song is notably mellower; it omits high-pitched, auto-tuned vocals. Instead of cruising in the backseat of a car with her friends, Black is impressively writing words backwards on glass windows.

SEE ALSO: Rebecca Black's 'Friday' Turns 1 on a Friday: What's Your Favorite Memory?

The catchy song, set to a more leisurely tempo than her previous releases, may be one for the haters who have criticized her looks, singing and lyrics.

So far, YouTube commenters seem impressed with Black's new song and mature look. One wrote, "This is good stuff. I'm glad…
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More About: Music, Rebecca Black, Social Media, Watercooler, viral videos

15 Cheesy Christmas Music Videos on YouTube

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 08:57 AM PST

1. "Last Christmas" - Wham!

What would a cheesy Christmas music video roundup be without George Michael -- and his mullet, covered by a furry, snow-covered hood? If you like this video, just wait until you see the a cappella Norwegian version.

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Now that the turkey has been picked apart and you've survived another Black Friday, it is now officially acceptable to listen to Christmas music. If you've been secretly listening to "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" since early November, crank it up!

One of the best -- or worst, depending on your perspective -- parts about the holidays is how we embrace corniness. The lyrics are cheesy, the wardrobe is tacky and some traditions are silly.

SEE ALSO: Ermahgerd! Christmas Ernamernts for Meme Lovers

To kick off the season, here are the 15 cheesiest holiday music videos we could find on YouTube. Which is your favorite? Share your pick in the comments below.

Image courtesy of Flickr,
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More About: Christmas, Watercooler, YouTube, features

This iPad Case Was Made for Music Lovers [VIDEO]

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 08:03 AM PST

Want better sound from your iPad? So do a lot of people. ORA, currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, adds eight high-powered speakers in a sleek case design to increase your iPad's sound up to five times the normal output.

A project by the San Francisco, Calif. company OBJEKT, Inc., is seeking $45,000 for their project and have received $37,280 with 36 days to go. Would you back this project? Let us know in the comments.

ORA iPad Case

More About: Music, ipad, kickstarter

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