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June 30th, 2011 by in Images, Links

5 Acts of Nature That Rearranged the Face of the Planet [Cracked]

20 Craziest Job Interview Questions[Yahoo]

8 Prehistoric Creatures From Your Nightmares – [Mental Floss]

15 Badass Recipients Of The Dickin Medal[BuzzFeed]

MySpace Sold To Specific Media (suckers), Timberlake To Be Part Owner[All Things Digital]

Closing another chapter on one of the Internet’s most iconic properties, Myspace has been sold to to Specific Media, an advertising network, for $35 million. The price is well below the $100 million that News Corp. had been hoping for and a chasm away from Myspace’s one-time billion valuation. The deal includes a halfing of Myspace’s staff of 400, as well as other cost cuts. It’s likely Jones and other top staff will remain only for an interim period.

Related: Doing The Math On News Corp.’s Disastrous MySpace Years[ARS Technica]

So what’s the real damage to News Corp. from this botched online venture? Just subtracting the sale price from the original price tag and calling it a $545 million short-sale doesn’t do it justice, because then you’re ignoring the puts and takes of running the darn business. In fact, the whole process of figuring out the numbers is tricky because News Corp. and MySpace never talked about them. That’s hardly unusual, as we still don’t really know what kind of business YouTube pulls in for Google, for example, but it’s annoying when you’re trying to figure things out. So there’s some guesswork involved.

Theory Suggests Reason For Why Fingers Get Pruney When Wet[Nature]

The wrinkles that develop on wet fingers could be an adaptation to give us better grip in slippery conditions, the latest theory suggests.

The hypothesis, from Mark Changizi, an evolutionary neurobiologist at 2AI Labs in Boise, Idaho, and his colleagues goes against the common belief that fingers turn prune-like simply because they absorb water. Changizi thinks that the wrinkles act like rain treads on tyres. They create channels that allow water to drain away as we press our fingertips on to wet surfaces. This allows the fingers to make greater contact with a wet surface, giving them a better grip.

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