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Today in 10: Nov. 12, 2012

     

Kevin Clash, with Elmo, via Wikimedia Commons.

PERSON

John McAfee, the founder of the antivirus software company, is wanted for murder in Belize. Apparently he had been getting pretty into bath salts, and hanging out with gangsters, and this is just a super weird story.

QUOTE

"I am a gay man. I have never been ashamed of this or tried to hide it, but felt it was a personal and private matter. I had a relationship with the accuser. It was between two consenting adults and I am deeply saddened that he is trying to characterize it as something other than what it was. I am taking a break from Sesame Workshop to deal with this false and defamatory allegation."

Kevin Clash, the actor who plays Elmo on Sesame Street, talking about allegations that he had a relationship with a teenage boy. The Sesame Workshop says they’ve investigated and found that the relationship happened when both men were legal adults, but Clash is now on a leave of absence.

IMAGE

Photo by Dronestagram

Instagramming war. Dronestagram shows you Google Maps satellite images of the locations of American drone strikes in the Middle East. These unmanned planes let the U.S. attack terrorist targets without actually sending in any troops, but one report claimed the attacks have killed three times as many children as terrorists.

NUMBER

$10.9 billion - Google’s ad revenue in the first six months of 2012. That’s more than the $10.5 billion earned by all of print media put together.

HEADLINE

"How a $20 tablet from India could blindside PC makers, educate billions and transform computing as we know it" - in Quartz.

WORD

To GIF. That's the Oxford Dictionaries US Word of the Year, and it means "to create a GIF file of (an image or video sequence, especially relating to an event)." To use it in a sentence, you might say, "Someone GIFed the president doing the Single Ladies wave, and it was awesome."


(Yes, we know the GIF isn't working. We're working on it!)

VIDEO

There’s no reason to believe Wes Anderson will actually direct the next Star Wars movie, but we do know the script will be written by the guy who wrote Toy Story 3.

TWEET

(Lance Armstrong had already stepped down as the chairman of Livestrong, but he's now completely cut off from the charity.)

CONTROVERSY

Black Friday on Thursday evening. Is it fair to make retail workers come in on Thanksgiving?

CAUSE

Supporting our troops. In honor of Veterans Day and the approximately 60,000 homeless American vets, consider taking action to end homelessness. Or send books to people currently serving overseas.

Bonus: NEWS YOU CAN USE

You’re not as rational as you might think. Here’s when it makes sense to go with your gut, and when it doesn’t.

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Today in 10: Nov. 12, 2012

Sarah Morgan

Sarah has been a nonprofit fundraiser, a door-to-door canvasser, and a personal finance reporter for SmartMoney.com. She is now a freelance writer, ghostwriter, and editor. She loves to travel, but mostly lives in Brooklyn with her cat, Jenkins, and her ever-deepening Joss Whedon obsession. Follow: @mssarahmorgan.

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