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Wikipedia, Reddit, Cheezburger Network and More Sites to Go Dark in Protest of SOPA

Homework will be harder to do and bar bets tougher to win starting at midnight ET on Tuesday, when Wikipedia will go dark for 24 hours in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), anti-piracy legislation under consideration by the US Congress.

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David Paul Morris, Getty Images / eyeliam, Flickr
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Got a New Baby? Yes, There’s an App for That

Between feedings, diapers and naps, new parents have a lot to think about. And yes, for all you inquiring tech-savvy parents, there’s an app to help track all that. In fact, there are several. The real question, however, is, “Are they worth the download?”

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Garmin, llbean.com / Carl Pettit / Bushnell, Amazon.com
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6 Hardcore GPS Units That Can Take a Beating, No Matter the Weather

If you’re trekking out into the woods or the mountains this winter season, a durable and reliable GPS unit is just the thing to ensure you find your way home. We're not talking about the ones that black out if dropped in a puddle, either. No one wants

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Facebook Bans the Town of Effin, Ireland for Having an Obscene Name

A woman in Ireland is unable to list the name of her hometown on her Facebook profile because it’s Effin, Ireland. Not “f***in’ Ireland”… Effin, Ireland.

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Put Down the Controller ‘Cause That Video Game Might Literally Be Making You Violent

Question for you guys — when you played video games as young men, did you ever get so frustrated that you threw the controller across the room and suffered through a screaming, clawing tantrum? Well, it may not be entirely your fault.

Adding to the growing evidence suggesting violent video games may make people more aggressive, a new study shows young men who play them had decreased activity in the brain areas associated with inhibition, attention and decision-making. FYI, less inhibition can mean more aggression.

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Can a Pill Turn Sweat Into Perfume?

Feeling stinky, but don’t like to spritz? An artist in Amsterdam is working on a pill that, when taken, would release perfume with your sweat.

Lucy McRae calls her invention Swallowable Parfum and says she’s mainly trying to change the way people think, not the way they smell.

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Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images
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Apple’s New Siri Technology Has a (Hilarious) Mind of Its Own

Apple’s voice-recognition technology, Siri, has been lauded for its groundbreaking ability to understand natural human language rather than just simple commands. In the past, most people have used it for various mundane activities — finding the nearest sushi restaurant or theater showtimes for a movie, for example.

In its most recent incarnation, you can even ask it questions (“Will it rain today?”) and it’ll use GPS to spit out an accurate answer. But some creative folks have tested Siri’s abilities on the new iPhone 4S with rather amusing results.

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