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NSA Concedes Hadoop Beats Its Pricey Alternatives
The National Security Agency has acknowledged that Hadoop, the open source big-data analysis tool, is more powerful and higher performing than its commercial counterparts.

The Poke Test, Using a Fork to Flip, and Other Steak-Cooking Myths
Lifehacker tackles how to properly cook a steak, just in time for grilling season.

Why Would Ecuador Want Edward Snowden?
An explanation of possible reasons Ecuador is considering granting asylum to the former NSA contractor.

How Video Gives Instagram A Split Personality
I’m not an Instagram user, but this is an interesting discussion about why adding video could be a real problem for the future of the service.

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