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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. If you missed last night’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Fiona Apple stopped by to perform “Anything We Want” and a cover of Paul McCartney’s “Let Me Roll It” with The Roots. She also discussed her infamous Roseland Ballroom meltdown. Watch the footage here.

2. The fact that Hans Zimmer is scoring… Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds In Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we congratulated our Social Media Manager Sophie Weiner for her inclusion in Time Out’s list of activists. We wondered if airlines should offer children-only seating areas and flights. We found out what cities are setting music trends. We got excited about MAD’s upcoming VHS… Read More

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The Future: Microsoft Is Developing a Universal Translator

Okay, it’s officially the future. Or at least, it’s officially that much closer to Star Trek. According to MIT’s Technology Review, Microsoft research scientist Frank Soong has developed software that can translate any spoken or written text into another language, with the speaker’s voice remaining intact and recognizable — no robot voices here. “The word… Read More

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Famous Logos Cleverly Reimagined

We love these clever reimaginings of famous logos that Stock Logos created. The website looked at technology titans like Apple and Microsoft — and brand names like Starbucks and Gap — and put a humorous spin on their symbols with a minimalist twist. Did we mention the website imagines what the designs looked like in the past and future? Volkswagen was just starting to produce cars in 1939 when World War II broke out — which may explain the runic symbolism of Stock Logo’s earliest version. Nokia’s logo completely disappears by the time 2015 rolls around (sounds about right), Firefox’s future is a wash by 2050 — a sad end to its firebird beginnings, and IBM finally gets the “blue screen of death” in 2042. Check them all out past the break, and tell us which ones seem most accurate. … Read More

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Dueling Logos: Brands in the Middle of an Identity Crisis

How much of a brand’s visual identity is shaped by its biggest competitor? And how much does having someone to publicly play off of benefit them both? Those are the questions we’ve got on the brain after checking out the fantastic work in Stefan Asafti’s fascinating design project The Greatest Brandversations. The concept is simple, but effective; Asafti created new company logos for well-known brands like Apple and Coca Cola using the design elements directly associated with their rivals. “It is surprising how logos can influence other logos,” he writes. “The truth is that each pair of rivals has something in common, that something which has helped them to build one identity upon the other, this way becoming the biggest brands.” Click through to see the proof. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Yesterday AOL named Twitter co-founder Biz Stone a “social impact” strategic adviser for the company, as part of its broader integration with HuffPo. Stone, who is staying at Twitter, will work on “cause-based initiatives,” such as “creating a system to help people volunteer in their communities and a video series featuring companies committed to… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. An earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale hit off the coast of Japan this morning (the strongest ever recorded in the country), followed by a massive, 33-foot-high tsunami. Google has responded to the crisis by launching a tool that “helps you find a person or provide information on missing persons.” The site also… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. The kick-ass trailer for Kick-Ass is up; the movie, which is based on the comic book series of the same name, is due in theaters next April. [MySpace via Pop Candy]
2. Vampire Weekend reveals the inspiration behind the title of their upcoming album, Contra. [via NME]
3. 600,000 gamers may have been cut off from Microsoft’s Xbox Live for modifying their consoles to play pirated games. [via BBC]
4. Playgirl is really trying to do its nude shoot with Levi Johnston on a budget. [via NYP]
5. Denzel Washington will return to Broadway this spring in a revival of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winner, Fences. [via Variety]

Bonus link: Best American Short Stories: By the… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. After attending the taping, Microsoft has pulled its sponsorship from Fox’s upcoming comedy/variety special Family Guy Presents: Seth and Alex’s Almost Live Comedy Show, which is set to air on November 8th. [via Variety]
2. Lily Allen plans to start her own record label and open a theatre. [via NME]
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