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BitTorrent's Offer To Sony: Release "The Interview" Safely Online With Us And Make Money

"What better way to take back the Internet than to use technology Hollywood has so been scared to use?"

In the days after Sony canceled the theatrical release of the Seth Rogen, James Franco comedy The Interview, the studio has so far failed to make any alternative distribution arrangements, in part because crucial Video On Demand partners are unwilling to assume the risk of a potential new cyberattack. But San Francisco-based BitTorrent, whose Bundle service enables large media file sharing with a paygate that protects and monetizes downloadable content, says it will happily step up if Sony is game.

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Staples Says 1.16 Million Credit Cards Compromised By Hackers

The attacks took place between July and October.

In October, Staples said it was looking into a potential security breach involving its point-of-sales systems. Now the results are in, and it's ugly.

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Sad CEOs, Instagram Drama, And The Year's Top Searches: Take The Fast Company News Quiz

Show how much you know! Here's our quiz for December 19, 2014.

What the heck happened this week? Research says that one of the best ways to solidify new information is to be tested on it. Here's a chance to bolster your knowledge of current events—and earn a special emoji badge. cool-face

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Inside The Chinese Town That Makes Your Christmas Ornaments

Hell on Earth, good will to men.

What does the inside of Santa's Christmas Workshop look like? Like a sequin-covered slaughterhouse. The ornaments you hang on your tree and the stocking you sling near the chimney aren't made at the North Pole by elves: as explained by the Guardian, they're made in sweatshops in the Chinese city of Yiwu, about 180 miles from Shanghai.

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The Genetic Ancestry Of The United States, According To 23andMe

Immigration, slavery, and frontier life are written into Americans' DNA.

The United States was built by immigrants. Now for the first time, a large-scale study published using genetic data voluntarily submitted to biotechnology company 23andMe sheds light into the ancestry of three groups—African-Americans, European Americans, and Latinos—and how they are woven into the country's history.

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An Elegant iPhone Speaker Dock Made Out Of Cararra Marble

How do you know marble's coming back into style? Designers are making iPhone docks out of it.

Marble is winning me over in 2014. Just a year ago, the only objects I owned made out of marble were salt-and-pepper shakers that my wife wouldn't let me get rid of. Fast forward a year, and I'm lusting after the Ovo, an iPhone speaker made out of a beveled cylinder of marble that looks just gorgeous.

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App Lets You Create A Musical Score For Your Grief

Joy. Shock. Grief. They can be tough feelings for an adolescent to articulate, so this app lets them speak in music.

It's difficult for any of us to articulate the nuanced pangs of the human emotional spectrum, which is why we rely on other media—art, photography, and music—to explore those feelings when words fail. But could we streamline that artistic release? Could we just use an app to reach catharsis?

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This Nifty Gadget Could Finally Divide And Conquer The Airplane Armrest

Make an in-flight elbow war a thing of the past with this $30 gadget.

As much as any other aspect of flying, the humble armrest represents the erosion of comfort and convenience the average American passenger has faced over the last 30 years. On flights that are increasingly jammed full of bodies, the average passenger is so squeezed in that they have to share one (or both). But thanks to a clever new product, you might never have to elbow your neighbor in the ribs over an airline seat again.

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Nike Lawsuit: How 3 Top Designers Allegedly Stole IP And Left For Adidas

Co.Design obtained Nike's lawsuit against three former designers who left to found an Adidas design studio. Here are the highlights.

There are no two bigger rivals in business than Nike and Adidas. Nike owns a 17% share of the global sportswear market, Adidas owns 12%. Nike has leveraged cutting-edge design to increase its foothold, while Adidas has watched sales plummet, even following its $150 million World Cup sponsorship.

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Design Legend Louise Fili Photographs The Gorgeous Typography Of Italy

Fili shares her three-decade love affair with Italy's typography and vintage signage in a gorgeous new book.

Renowned Italian-American designer Louise Fili's love of typography and graphic arts stems from a specific moment during her first trip to Italy, at age 16: As she was leaving the Milan airport, a striking billboard for the classic Baci Perugina chocolates caught her eye.

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Why Uber Needs Baidu

On Wednesday, Uber announced a "strategic partnership" and investment with Baidu, China's search giant. The potential is huge.

Beijing cabbies have a penchant for screechy Peking Opera and a habit of hacking up phlegm. When they're not puffing away on cigarettes, they roll the windows down, filling the car with the Chinese capital's notorious smog. But with 66,000 taxis serving the sprawling city of 21 million people, the laws of supply and demand are on the drivers' side.

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The 2014 Gift Guide: What To Get Creatives (And Those Who Want To Be More Creative)

The creative-minded folks in your life aren't going to be satisfied with an ironic sweater anymore.

Geese are fattening, old men are awaiting haypennies (whatever those are) in their hats, and Christmas (or whatever) is fast approaching. And while you almost certainly have great ideas for the boring people in your life (what up, gift card!), more creative friends/family members/co-workers require more consideration: their gifts have to be both genuinely useful and clever enough to make it clear that you know them well. To that end, we've assembled a can't-miss gift guide for the creative folks in your life, to ensure that they'll be inspired and equipped going into 2015.

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How The Deepest, Darkest Secrets Of Moms Shape The Products In Aisle 6

Moms don't want what you think they want, which is why product developers at some of the biggest brands turn to The Mom Complex.

To hear Katherine Wintsch describe it, the most important people at some of the biggest retail companies know nothing about one of their biggest demographics: moms. "When I sit in meetings, the way people talk about mothers, it's like it's the 1950s," said the founder of The Mom Complex, which works with the likes of PlaySkool and Unilever on product development and marketing research specifically geared toward America's 80 million moms. "They think we're all June Cleaver, and happy all the time, and baking all the time."

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EDM/Orchestral Mashup "Electronic Opus" Is BT's Cure For Modern Music's Monotony

Electronic dance music king, BT, is taking his songs to an orchestra to give them new life with Electronic Opus.

How do you take a synthesizer and cello, completely different instruments, and get them to co-inhabit the same sonic space? Can analog and digital both effectively transcend one another until they're flowing interchangeably? These are just a few of the questions multi-platinum recording artist and self proclaimed technologist, BT is trying to provide answers to with his Electronic Opus.

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Free App Friday: 5 Time-Saving Gems For Your Smartphone

Spend a little time to set up and use these apps; save a lot of time in the long run.

No matter how well you manage your time, there never seems to be enough of it. And time is like money: sometimes you've got to spend it to make it. Here are a handful of apps that are worth the time spent to set them up. We'll leave money out of the equation, though: These are all free.

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After Christmas Is Over, Your Old Tree Can Have A Sexier Second Life As Lingerie

Recycling done right.

By New Year's Day, most Christmas trees are sitting on the curb, destined for the dump or a compost heap. But someday your forlorn tree might get a second life as something else: Lingerie.

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These Cheap, Invisible Solar Cells Can Be Spray-Painted On Anything

The solar cells can be rolled up like wallpaper and then unrolled onto any surface.

Most solar panels, made of expensive electronics encased in glass, are awkward to use anywhere other than a rooftop or solar farm. But in the near future, spray-on solar cells will be able to turn almost anything—from cars, to patio furniture, to airplane wings—into mini power plants.

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Why The Most Successful People Know When To Admit They're Clueless

You can't be "all things to all people," but connecting people and sharing the credit can make you look a lot better than bragging.

Many of us strive to be experts in our fields. But, to set yourself apart as a true professional, you don't have to be an expert in everything. Actually, I would argue that it's impossible to do so many things well. And claiming expertise in all things can mark you as a dilettante.

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3 Quick And Easy Steps For Crafting A Rousing Toast In Minutes

An executive speaking coach shows how you can take the exasperation out of your salutation and craft the best toast of the night on the fly.

Whether at a company party, family celebration, or just a night out with friends, chances are you'll be hearing a toast or two this holiday season. Toasts might not seem like a big deal, but they are important rituals of connection that bring us together. And if you're the one in the spotlight, a toast certainly becomes a big deal.

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What Your Employees Really Want For The Holidays

Skip the gift cards. What your employees really want from you is to stress less.

Your employees don't work just for the money.

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