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Pope Benedict XVI Sends First Papal Tweet From an iPad [VIDEO]

The technologically-savvy Pope Benedict XVI has already encouraged priests to blog and helmed the launch of the Vatican’s YouTube channel and Pope2You mobile and Facebook apps. So it’s really no surprise that as part of his newly-launched news portal, the pontiff sent his first tweet recently — from the papal iPad.

You can follow the Vatican on Twitter at @news_va_en.

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The Google+ Project Takes Aim at Facebook [VIDEO]

After several prior failed attempts to challenge social media behemoth Facebook, Google introduced a new service on Tuesday that it hopes will finally do the trick.

Called the Google+ project, it’s currently only available to a select group of Google users — they’ll soon be able to invite others — and it will let people share and discuss status updates, photos and links, just like they do on Facebook.

But there’s one key difference: Google+ allows you to share with select groups — like co-workers, friends or the moms in your child’s playgroup — instead of with everyone. It features what it calls “circles,” which are small groups of friends based on how you know them. Google+ also offers group text messaging and video chat.

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Could Getting Paid Be Harmful to Your Health? [VIDEO]

With the end of the month fast approaching, many people are looking forward to an upcoming payday. But researchers have found getting paid may actually be hazardous to your health.

A study from Notre Dame says people are more likely to die during the week after being paid, citing a temporary but significant spike in traffic fatalities, heart attacks and increased substance abuse during that time period.

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Jay the Penguin Takes First Steps After Injury [VIDEO]

The good people at New Friends of Bushy Beach (NFOBB) in New Zealand care for and rehabilitate sick and injured penguins. When they took a yellow-eyed penguin named Jay under their wing, his foot was injured so badly they weren’t sure he’d even survive.

We’re happy to report Jay is up and waddling around again. Watch as he takes his first few steps (and try not to squeal too loudly).

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Will American Airlines’ New Boarding Method Save Time or Create Chaos?

For about a decade, airlines and academics have tried to figure out the fastest way to load passengers onto a plane. The less time spent on boarding, the more revenue-generating flights airlines can squeeze into a day. In fact, according to a 2008 study in the Journal of Transport Management, every minute cut on boarding can save $30 per flight.

Now American Airlines is trying out a new boarding method, and reaction is mixed.

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Get Rich Quick! A Billion Dollars in Loose Change Is Just Waiting For You

With all the talk of how broke the US government is, you might be surprised to learn there’s over a billion one-dollar coins sitting unused in Federal Reserve vaults. And the US Mint is still cranking them out.

NPR’s Planet Money and Investigations teams found that the coins are the wasteful byproducts of a failed congressional effort to get Americans to use them in everyday commerce.

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Hacking Group A-Team Trashes Rival LulzSec: They ‘Aren’t Really That Good at Hacking’

Hacking group A-Team has some choice words about rival (and now disbanded) group LulzSec, which claimed responsibility for several high profile attacks in the past two months.

After posting the purported names, locations, aliases and family members of the people in LulzSec (which may be of great interest to authorities), A-Team went on to speculate why it felt the group shut down:

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Play On! Supreme Court Strikes Down Ban on Video Game Sales to Minors

In a 7-2 vote, the US Supreme Court ruled Monday that it’s unconstitutional to ban kids from buying or renting violent video games, saying that despite fears the games may prompt children to emulate what’s seen in them, the government has no right to “restrict the ideas to which may be exposed.”

The decision in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association upholds that of the 9th Circuit federal appeals court, which previously tossed out a California ban on the sale or rental of such games to minors.

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Seagulls are Robbing People Blind [VIDEOS]

Tired of being called “rats with wings,” seagulls are finally exacting their revenge by stealing big-ticket items. From video cameras to sports equipment to a whole lotta lunches, watch as seagulls become the animal kingdom's sticky-fingered answer to Lindsay Lohan:
 

Seagull steals video camera

 

 
This gull nabs a tourist's camera in Cannes, France. According to YouTube, the owner had to s

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Waste Not, Want Not — Grocery Store Vows to Be First ‘Zero Waste’ Store in the US [VIDEO]

A new store is taking on Whole Foods in the company’s hometown of Austin, Texas.

Like the well-known chain, In.gredients will specialize in local and organic edibles, but with one key difference — it vows to be first “package-free, zero waste grocery store” in the US.

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