Book adaptation: How Marissa Mayer fought to turn around Yahoo and lost her way (Nicholas Carlson/New York Times)

Nicholas Carlson / New York Times:
Book adaptation: How Marissa Mayer fought to turn around Yahoo and lost her way  —  What Happened When Marissa Mayer Tried to Be Steve Jobs  —  Credit: Illustration by Matt Dorfman.  Photographs by Getty Images.  —  Eric Jackson was sitting in his hotel room on Sea Island, Ga. …

TeachPitch Helps Educators Around The World Share Learning Resources

teacher shutterstock Creating lesson plans, learning about teaching methods, and finding new educational material are all part of a normal workday for teachers, but it can be difficult because most educators have extremely tight schedules. TeachPitch.com wants to help by bringing teachers around the world closer together so they can find and share the best resources on the web. Read More

Palo Alto Networks finds factory-installed backdoor on Android devices from China’s Coolpad (Michael Mimoso/Threatpost)

Michael Mimoso / Threatpost:
Palo Alto Networks finds factory-installed backdoor on Android devices from China's Coolpad  —  Manufacturer's Backdoor Found on Popular Chinese Android Smartphone  —  A popular Android smartphone sold primarily in China and Taiwan but also available worldwide, contains a backdoor …

Freshpet’s doggie Christmas tribute will give you paws

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What holiday dinner would be complete without the texting teenager, the drunk uncle, the eccentric aunt, the hideous Christmas sweaters and the new girlfriend as an awkward plus one?

Now what if these guests were all animals? Not just poorly mannered, mind you, but actual furry, four-legged creatures.

Freshpet, a natural pet food company, launched a short video this week with just such a setup. Thirteen dogs and one cat took their places at an elaborate seasonal feast for an ad that’s racked up 170,000 views on YouTube in less than two days.

Since videos of dogs eating with human hands have become Internet sensations, the brand and video producers, shareability, decided to double down on the concept. They used mostly shelter animals for the shoot, and hired trainers and wranglers to serve as their expressive paws. Read more...

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The 11 most useful web tools of 2014

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There's no shortage of great websites, apps and programs available on the Internet. Some, however, rise above the rest

Your 2014 list of our 11 most useful tools of 2014 covers everything from creating charts to making your computer screen a little easier on the eyes. Of course there's plenty we missed, but these are some of the tools that came to our attention this year.

Have other newish tools that you love? Post them in the comments!

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AMC and MoviePass partner for unlimited movie subscription plan, priced between $35 and $45 per month (Brooks Barnes/New York Times)

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AMC and MoviePass partner for unlimited movie subscription plan, priced between $35 and $45 per month  —  From AMC and MoviePass, a Film a Day for a Monthly Fee  —  LOS ANGELES — Netflix brought subscription-based movie and television streaming to the millennial masses.

The Troll Hunters

A group of journalists and researchers wade into ugly corners of the Internet to expose racists, creeps, and hypocrites. Have they gone too far?

We’ve come up with the menacing term “troll” for someone who spreads hate and does other horrible things anonymously on the Internet. Internet trolls are unsettling not just because of the things they say but for the mystery they represent: what kind of person could be so vile? One afternoon this fall, the Swedish journalist Robert Aschberg sat on a patio outside a drab apartment building in a suburb of Stockholm, face to face with an Internet troll, trying to answer this question. The troll turned out to be a quiet, skinny man in his 30s, wearing a hoodie and a dirty baseball cap—a sorry foil to Aschberg’s smart suit jacket, gleaming bald head, and TV-trained baritone. Aschberg’s research team had linked the man to a months-long campaign of harassment against a teenage girl born with a shrunken hand. After meeting her online, the troll tormented her obsessively, leaving insulting comments about her hand on her Instagram page, barraging her with Facebook messages, even sending her taunts through the mail.

The 13 best business quotes of 2014

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From the General Motors recalls to the Sony hacks to the stunning string of multi-billion dollar tech acquisitions this year, some of the biggest stories of 2014 were from the business world.

Playing starring roles in such stories, CEOs and other captains of industry often offered their own idiosyncratic commentaries on the events. Unencumbered by the restraints of mere mortals and possessing mammoth egos, such businesspeople's loose lips often give publicists agita. At other times, they speak quite eloquently. Here's a roundup of some of the most noteworthy musings to emanate from the business world in 2014: Read more...

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Apple to instate country-specific app taxes in EU starting Jan. 1 (Mikey Campbell/AppleInsider)

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Apple to instate country-specific app taxes in EU starting Jan. 1  —  In an email sent out to iTunes Connect members on Wednesday, Apple reminded developers of an upcoming value-added tax (VAT) rate policy change that will see customers pay fees based on their country of residence rather than other EU locales with lower taxes.