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Facebook has been borrowing features from other social networks, and vice versa, for years. But as the war between Facebook and Twitter heats up, the appropriations are becoming more blatant.
In the last few weeks alone, Facebook has added Twitter-style hashtags and verified profiles. And this week, TechCrunch reports that Facebook-owned Instagram will be adding a video feature, essentially aping Twitter's Vine. The announcement of Instavideo will apparently come at an event on Thursday at Facebook's headquarters.
Among the practical civic improvements in the $3 billion "Strategic Plan" for the proposed "Tech Triangle" joining Downtown Brooklyn, Dumbo, and the Navy Yard are parks, bike paths, and public Wi-Fi. Less practical (but more awesome): mini-golf, "the city's first vertical dog run," and this 600-foot-tall helium observation balloon dubbed Brooklyn Rising. Why not?
Harry Reid has been threatening to change the Senate rules on nominations, so that a minority of senators can’t prevent a president from filling vacancies in the judiciary or his own administration. Today Mitch McConnell responded with a threat of his own: If Reid does that, whenever McConnell gets the majority, he’ll change the rules to allow a straight majority rule on everything.
- Go to maps.nyc.gov/hurricane.
- Type in your address.
- Learn whether you're part of the city's expanded, six-zone hurricane evacuation scheme.
- Start thinking about which friends or casual acquantainces you'll inconvenience when Sandy II hits.
*The least fun New York game of all time is What Did I Just Step In?
The New York Police Department's all-time favorite Ernest Hemingway line is, apparently, "There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter," which is frightening. Members of the department's Warrant Squad, the division that targets fugitives, were seen recently wearing the slogan on T-shirts outside of a Queens court, perhaps in violation of dress code, but the aggressive sentiment has been floating around NYPD halls for some time.
Today is Harvey Day, and it was an especially good one: Down in Atlanta, the righty hadn't allowed a hit through six innings when Jason Heyward led off the seventh with this slow ground ball, on which no one covered first. Hell of a way to lose a no-hitter, huh?
NSA leaker Edward Snowden said he went to Hong Kong before his ideal asylum country because "Iceland could be pushed harder, quicker, before the public could have a chance to make their feelings known, and I would not put that past the current U.S. administration." Now that the time is right, Snowden has made his intentions known to Iceland "in an informal way," via WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson. Most successful relationships start as casual friendships, so no need to rush into anything, except for the international manhunt likely underway.
One of the more startling photos from the ongoing protests in Brazil is the above image of a woman being bombarded in the face by pepper spray at close range, which has gone viral today. But the story behind the photo makes the scene even more shocking. The photographer, Victor Caivano, tells Daily Intelligencer that the woman, who appeared to be a "normal, middle-class university student," was standing completely alone at around 11:20 p.m. yesterday on a "deserted corner" after the police had cleared the area. "The protest was over, riots included," Caivano says.
When the Yankees and Joe Torre parted ways in 2007, Don Mattingly was one of the finalists to take over as manager. The job, of course, went to Joe Girardi, leaving Mattingly “extremely disappointed,” in the words of his agent. Girardi was the safer option: Like Mattingly, he’d worked as Joe Torre’s bench coach, but Girardi, who'd been considered managerial material even during his playing days, had also won a Manager of the Year award with the Marlins. Mattingly, meanwhile, had no managerial experience. But even as that played out in 2007 — and especially once Mattingly was hired to manage the Dodgers in 2010 — we figured he’d get his shot in New York at some point, once he’d gained more experience. But now that Mattingly — who tonight returns to Yankee Stadium as an opposing manager for the first time — is on the hot seat in Los Angeles, that doesn’t look as likely anymore.
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