A Collection Of Nine Flipbooks Celebrating Disney's Greatest Animators

A Collection Of Nine Flipbooks Celebrating Disney's Greatest Animators

Before Walt Disney came along, animation was seen as just for kids. But through the release of a series of now iconic animated films, he was able to turn ‘cartoons’ into a serious art form, paving the way for blockbusters like The Lion King and Frozen. However, he couldn’t have done it without the help of nine well-known animators that are now further immortalized in this wonderful box set.

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Listen To 100 White Albums Played At Once

Listen To 100 White Albums Played At OnceRutherford Chang is a vinyl collector with a singular focus: The White Album. The New York-based artist has built up an impressive catalog of almost 700 (!) numbered copies of the 1968 double album. Taken together, his findings have become a kind of beautiful exhibition, but Chang has also recorded audio from 100 pressings, and overlaid them into a single track. And it is incredible.

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Calif. boy with leukemia wows crowds as ‘Batkid’

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A 5-year-old Northern California boy who has battled leukemia for years became a darling of social media and attracted thousands of fans at home and around the country — including the president — as he took on the persona of his favorite superhero.

Dressed in Batman’s signature cape and mask, Miles Scott faced foe after foe around San Francisco on Friday, drawing huge crowds and fulfilling his greatest wish in the process.

The White House sent out a tweet encouraging Batkid to “Go get ‘em!” and in a video recording, President Barack Obama said, “Way to go, Miles! Way to save Gotham!”

Batkid was called into service by Police Chief Greg Suhr and spent the day zooming from one “crime scene” to the next. Accompanied by an adult Batman impersonator, Batkid rescued a damsel in distress from cable car tracks, captured the Riddler as he robbed a bank, and saved the San Francisco Giants mascot — Lou Seal — from the Penguin’s clutches.

Miles was able to fulfill his wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the city and volunteers who stepped forward to help.

Batkid had a police escort worthy of a dignitary as he sped around the city in a black Lamborghini with Batman decals, with officers blocking traffic and riding alongside him on motorcycles.

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Miles Scott, dressed as Batkid, right, runs with Batman after saving a damsel in distress in San Fra …

“I think it might be the first time a Lamborghini had a booster seat,” said Patricia Wilson, the executive director for Make-a-Wish in the Greater Bay Area.

The crowds grew after each stop, reaching into the thousands by the time Miles got to Union Square for lunch at the Burger Bar atop Macy’s. Spectators climbed trees and clambered up lampposts, and police and organizers struggled to keep a path open for the motorcade, which drove past onlookers lining the streets six deep for several blocks.

At Batkid’s stop in the city’s Russian Hill neighborhood, a woman sat on the cable car tracks in a dress and thigh-high black boots. She had a handkerchief around her mouth, and her hands were bound behind her back.

Batman and Batkid sprang into action, with the aid of a trampoline, as the crowd roared. They rescued the woman and disabled a plastic replica bomb she was tied to.

The two masked superheroes then took off to nab the Riddler as he robbed a downtown bank. They later jetted to the Penguin’s kidnapping of Lou Seal.

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Miles Scott, dressed as Batkid, second from left, raises his arm next to Batman at a rally outside o …

The 5-year-old at first seemed overwhelmed by the outpouring, quietly working through each scenario with clenched fists and tight lips amid delirious chants of “bat kid, bat kid.” But by the time he reached City Hall to receive a key to the city in front of the biggest crowd of the day, Miles was all smiles and bravado.

Though he didn’t address the crowd, he raised his fist twice and wore a grin as he was feted with chocolate, an FBI “raid jacket” and a San Francisco Police Department cap. A clothing company donated $10,000 to Miles’ family, and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee proclaimed Nov. 15 to be “Batkid Day Forever.”

U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag unveiled an “indictment” charging the Penguin and Riddler with conspiracy as the crowd that stretched for blocks roared with delight.

Speaking at City Hall, Miles’ father, Nick Scott, thanked the crowd, organizers and the city for showing his son a good time.

“Miles has always been a fighter,” he said. “He fought cancer and beat cancer.”

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He was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 18 months old. He ended chemotherapy treatments in June and is now in remission.

“When you have an illness, it’s very important to know you have a support system,” said Gina Futrell, a 51-year-old with multiple sclerosis, who was among a large crowd gathered at Union Square to see the “Batkid” in action. “I have an extremely strong support system, and I hope he does too. He’s such a little hero.”

Miles, who lives in Tulelake in far Northern California, didn’t know what was in store for him and thought he was in San Francisco just to get a Batman costume so he could dress like his favorite superhero.

Make-A-Wish has fulfilled similar wishes across the country. In Anaheim, a child became Batman’s sidekick, Robin; and in Seattle a child was a secret agent, said Jen Wilson, a spokeswoman for the local organization.

The San Francisco Chronicle, KGO-TV and thousands of volunteers participated in the event. At Union Square, the Chronicle distributed hundreds of copies of special-edition newspapers with the headline “Batkid Saves City.”

“This is off-the-hook San Francisco,” Police Chief Suhr said.

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Associated Press writers Channing Joseph and Terry Collins contributed to this report.

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Accidental discovery dramatically improves electrical conductivity

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PULLMAN, Wash.Quite by accident, Washington State University researchers have achieved a 400-fold increase in the electrical conductivity of a crystal simply by exposing it to light. The effect, which lasted for days after the light was turned off, could dramatically improve the performance of devices like computer chips.

WSU doctoral student Marianne Tarun chanced upon the discovery when she noticed that the conductivity of some strontium titanate shot up after it was left out one day. At first, she and her fellow researchers thought the sample was contaminated, but a series of experiments showed the effect was from light.

“It came by accident,” said Tarun. “It’s not something we expected. That makes it very exciting to share.”

The phenomenon they witnessed”persistent photoconductivity”is a far cry from superconductivity, the complete lack of electrical resistance pursued by other physicists, usually using temperatures near absolute zero. But the fact that they’ve achieved this at room temperature makes the phenomenon more immediately practical.

And while other researchers have created persistent photoconductivity in other materials, this is the most dramatic display of the phenomenon.

The research, which was funded by the National Science Foundation, appears this month in the journal Physical Review Letters.

“The discovery of this effect at room temperature opens up new possibilities for practical devices,” said Matthew McCluskey, co-author of the paper and chair of WSU’s physics department. “In standard computer memory, information is stored on the surface of a computer chip or hard drive. A device using persistent photoconductivity, however, could store information throughout the entire volume of a crystal.”

This approach, called holographic memory, “could lead to huge increases in information capacity,” McCluskey said.

Strontium titanate and other oxides, which contain oxygen and two or more other elements, often display a dizzying variety of electronic phenomena, from the high resistance used for insulation to superconductivity’s lack of resistance.

“These diverse properties provide a fascinating playground for scientists but applications so far have been limited,” said McCluskey.

McCluskey, Tarun and physicist Farida Selim, now at Bowling Green State University, exposed a sample of strontium titanate to light for 10 minutes. Its improved conductivity lasted for days. They theorize that the light frees electrons in the material, letting it carry more current.

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PULLMAN, Wash.Quite by accident, Washington State University researchers have achieved a 400-fold increase in the electrical conductivity of a crystal simply by exposing it to light. The effect, which lasted for days after the light was turned off, could dramatically improve the performance of devices like computer chips.

WSU doctoral student Marianne Tarun chanced upon the discovery when she noticed that the conductivity of some strontium titanate shot up after it was left out one day. At first, she and her fellow researchers thought the sample was contaminated, but a series of experiments showed the effect was from light.

“It came by accident,” said Tarun. “It’s not something we expected. That makes it very exciting to share.”

The phenomenon they witnessed”persistent photoconductivity”is a far cry from superconductivity, the complete lack of electrical resistance pursued by other physicists, usually using temperatures near absolute zero. But the fact that they’ve achieved this at room temperature makes the phenomenon more immediately practical.

And while other researchers have created persistent photoconductivity in other materials, this is the most dramatic display of the phenomenon.

The research, which was funded by the National Science Foundation, appears this month in the journal Physical Review Letters.

“The discovery of this effect at room temperature opens up new possibilities for practical devices,” said Matthew McCluskey, co-author of the paper and chair of WSU’s physics department. “In standard computer memory, information is stored on the surface of a computer chip or hard drive. A device using persistent photoconductivity, however, could store information throughout the entire volume of a crystal.”

This approach, called holographic memory, “could lead to huge increases in information capacity,” McCluskey said.

Strontium titanate and other oxides, which contain oxygen and two or more other elements, often display a dizzying variety of electronic phenomena, from the high resistance used for insulation to superconductivity’s lack of resistance.

“These diverse properties provide a fascinating playground for scientists but applications so far have been limited,” said McCluskey.

McCluskey, Tarun and physicist Farida Selim, now at Bowling Green State University, exposed a sample of strontium titanate to light for 10 minutes. Its improved conductivity lasted for days. They theorize that the light frees electrons in the material, letting it carry more current.

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Cloud audits often don’t mean what you think they do

November 06, 2013

Of all of the potential shortcomings of the cloud, trust is perhaps the largest. “Seeing is believing” is a truism that certainly applies to IT. Although you could have the worst-run internal IT shop ever, there’s a comfort in being able to walk down to the data center and put your hands on what makes it tick. Moving critical pieces of your application infrastructure into the cloud removes that (sometimes false) sense of security and leaves many people feeling exposed.

Of course, that’s completely natural — any time you trust anyone to do anything for you, you are exposing yourself to risk. If a provider tells you it’s taking nightly backups of your cloud-hosted ERP application and it turns out not to be true, you’re the one who’ll suffer in the event of a failure. The same is true with a traditional IT department, but at least you can wander down and ask to see tapes and backup logs if you’re concerned that your people might not be on the ball. That’s not so easy to do when systems might be hosted hundreds or even thousands of miles away in a nameless data center and you’re customer No. 20,000 out of 100,000.

From the cloud provider’s perspective, this lack of trust is a tough problem to solve. Assuming you’re doing a thorough job, how exactly do you get a potential client to trust your operation well enough to give you its business? Aside from having a good track record with existing clients that might recommend you, publishing audit reports such as SAS-70, SOC-1 (aka SSAE 16), SOC-2, and SOC-3 has been a great way to go about instilling that trust by having an independent third party vouch that you’re doing what you say you’re doing.

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Obama apologizes to people losing health coverage

FILE – In this Oct. 30, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall about the federal health care law. Obama says he’s sorry Americans are losing health insurance plans he repeatedly said they could keep under his signature health care law. But the president stopped short of apologizing for making those promises in the first place. “I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me,” he said in an interview Thursday, Nov. 7 with NBC News. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

FILE – In this Oct. 30, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall about the federal health care law. Obama says he’s sorry Americans are losing health insurance plans he repeatedly said they could keep under his signature health care law. But the president stopped short of apologizing for making those promises in the first place. “I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me,” he said in an interview Thursday, Nov. 7 with NBC News. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

(AP) — Bowing to intense criticism, President Barack Obama apologized to Americans who are losing health insurance plans he had repeatedly said they could keep and pledged to find fixes that might allow people to keep their coverage.

“I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me,” he said in an interview Thursday with NBC News.

He added: “We’ve got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them, and we are going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this.”

Officials said the president was referring to fixes his administration could make on its own, not legislative options proposed by congressional lawmakers.

The president’s apology comes as the White House tries to combat a cascade of troubles surrounding the rollout of the health care law, often referred to as “Obamacare.”

The HealthCare.gov website that was supposed to be an easy portal for Americans to use to purchase insurance has been hobbled by technical issues. And with at least 3.5 million Americans receiving cancellation notices from their insurance companies, there’s new scrutiny aimed at the way the president tried to sell the law to the public in the first place.

Obama stopped short in Thursday’s interview of apologizing for telling Americans they would be able to keep their insurance plans if they liked them — a promise he has made repeatedly since the law was enacted. But he did take broader responsibility for the health care woes than in his previous comments about the flawed rollout, declaring that if the law isn’t working, “it’s my job to get it fixed.”

“When you’ve got a health care rollout that is as important to the country and to me as this is and it doesn’t work like a charm, that’s my fault,” he said.

Some Republicans, who remain fierce opponents of the law three years after it won congressional approval, appeared unmoved by Obama’s mea culpa.

“If the president is truly sorry for breaking his promises to the American people, he’ll do more than just issue a halfhearted apology on TV,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in a statement.

House Speaker John Boehner’s office said the Ohio Republican was “highly skeptical” that the president could take administrative action to ensure that Americans could keep their health plans.

“That’s why he should work with Congress and support bipartisan legislation that fulfills his promise and allows insurance companies to continue offering the plans that so many Americans like and can afford,” said Brendan Buck, a Boehner spokesman.

In recent days, focus has intensified on the president’s promise that Americans who liked their insurance coverage would be able to keep it. He repeated the line often, both as the bill was being debated in Congress and after it was signed into law.

But the health care law itself made that promise almost impossible to keep. It mandated that insurance coverage must meet certain standards and that policies falling short of those standards would no longer be valid except through a grandfathering process, meaning some policies were always expected to disappear.

The White House says under those guidelines, fewer than 5 percent of Americans will have to change their coverage. But in a nation of more than 300 million people, 5 percent is about 15 million people.

Officials argue that those forced to change plans will end up with better coverage and that subsidies offered by the government will help offset any increased costs.

“We weren’t as clear as we needed to be in terms of the changes that were taking place,” Obama told NBC. “And I want to do everything we can to make sure that people are finding themselves in a good position, a better position than they were before this law happened.”

The president’s critics have accused him of misleading the public about changes that were coming under the law, which remains unpopular with many Americans.

Obama dismissed those accusations, saying the White House was operating in “good faith.” He acknowledged that the administration “didn’t do a good enough job in terms of how we crafted the law” but did not specify what changes his administration might make.

The White House has not formally taken a position on a variety of proposals from Congress to address issues that have arisen since the insurance sign-ups launched on Oct. 1.

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., has proposed requiring insurance companies to reinstate canceled plans, and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is supporting a measure to delay for a year the penalties for going without insurance. Another Democrat, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, is asking Obama to extend the open enrollment period for insurance exchanges because of the widespread problems with the website.

On Wednesday, Obama met at the White House with Senate Democrats facing re-election next year to try to ease their concerns about the impact the rough health care rollout might have on their races. Many senators in the meeting asked for the enrollment period to be extended beyond the March 31 end point, but the White House said it doesn’t think that will be necessary.

“Keep in mind that the open enrollment period, the period during which you can buy health insurance is available all the way until March 31,” Obama said. “And we’re only five weeks into it.”

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Associated Press writers Jim Kuhnhenn and Josh Lederman contributed to this report.

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The Bloomberg legacy

NEW YORK — Mayor Michael Bloomberg was trailed by a small army of reporters as he showed up Tuesday morning at a public school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan to cast his vote in an election to determine his successor.

“Mommy, why are all those cameras here?” a boy asked, as the mayor and his entourage passed him on his way inside the polling room.

“That man is probably on the ballot,” his mother replied, not immediately recognizing the outspoken billionaire mayor who will leave office next month after three terms at City Hall.

But she wasn’t the only one. Moments later, as Bloomberg picked up his ballot, a poll worker looking to cross his name off the voter roll apologetically asked the mayor to remind her of his first name.

“Michael,” he politely said.

If Bloomberg was bothered by his sudden lack of celebrity, he didn’t show it. But it was a notable oversight in a city where Bloomberg is likely to go down in history as a transformative leader — thanks to his efforts behind popular health initiatives such as a ban on smoking in New York’s restaurants and parks and establishing hundreds of miles of bike lanes.

Yet, it was also surprising, because although Bloomberg was not on the ballot this year, the race to replace him has been almost entirely about the public’s mixed feelings about him and his record at City Hall.

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, entered Election Day with a more than 40-point lead over his rival, Republican Joe Lhota, in part by campaigning as the anti-Bloomberg.

Among other things, de Blasio has vowed to raise taxes on the rich to fund early childhood education programs as a way to remedy income inequality in the city — which he says has increased under Bloomberg. He’s also said he will undo the city’s stop-and-frisk police tactic — a controversial measure directed overwhelmingly at black and Hispanic men. Bloomberg argues stop-and-frisk has made the city safer; de Blasio says it’s racial profiling.

De Blasio’s expected win has been viewed as a repudiation of Bloomberg’s record at City Hall — even though polls suggest that the public isn’t necessarily tired of Bloomberg’s policies, they are just tired of him.

Bloomberg never formally endorsed a candidate in the race for mayor — though in the Democratic primary he clearly favored City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a close ally whose bid for mayor faltered partly because of her role in helping overturn voter-backed term limits that allowed Bloomberg to seek a third term.

In the last weeks before the primary, Howard Wolfson, a top aide to Bloomberg, publicly criticized de Blasio, suggesting the Democrat wanted to “undo” the city’s progress under Bloomberg and take the city back to a time when it was virtually ungovernable.

And just before the primary, Bloomberg himself spoke out — suggesting deBlasio had run a “racist” campaign by playing up his multiracial family. He also criticized his rhetoric on income inequality as nothing more than “class warfare.”

But when de Blasio won the Democratic nomination, Bloomberg stopped talking. He announced that he would not endorse in the race — perhaps not surprising since Lhota, a former aide to ex-Mayor Rudy Giuliani, had once called the mayor “an idiot,” a remark he later apologized for.

As the race wound down, Bloomberg insisted he instead would focus on ensuring a smooth transition with his eventual successor — no matter who it was. He echoed that argument Tuesday when he declined to tell reporters which candidate he voted for.

But asked about de Blasio’s criticism, Bloomberg insisted he wasn’t bothered by it.

“I’d love to tell you I listened to it, but I did not. I didn’t read most of the articles. I didn’t see most of the ads,” Bloomberg said. “And in any case, what some people say during campaigns is often not what they say later on. They say one thing for primaries and another thing for the general election and another thing afterwards. The real issue is not what they say during campaigns. The real issue is what they do when they get elected.”

Those close to Bloomberg insist the mayor is telling the truth on that point — moved in part by his admiration by previous administrations and how they have worked with successors, even in spite of political differences. They say he is looking more toward his own legacy than dwelling on debates about how people feel about him now.

“Bloomberg is not a person who looks backwards. He is not about sour grapes,” says Bill Cunningham, a former political strategist for Bloomberg who worked for the mayor during his first term at City Hall. “He understands how politics works, and his only answer to that is to look forward and work right up until the very end toward his goals. Only then, when his term ends, will he stop and look back. It is all moving forward and moving on.”

And Bloomberg has already indicated he’s thinking about life past City Hall. While he’ll continue his political activity — including a personally funded super PAC that has spent millions to boost political issues such as gun control and efforts to control climate change — Bloomberg also has said he wants to ramp up his philanthropic efforts, telling reporters he’s admired the charity efforts of former Microsoft chairman Bill Gates.

But Bloomberg clearly cares about his legacy at City Hall — repeatedly saying he hopes to go down in history as one of the city’s best mayors. Asked on Tuesday if it was “bittersweet” to vote in the first mayoral election in more than a decade that didn’t include him on the ballot, he insisted he didn’t miss it.

“Funny thing is, it never occurred to me,” Bloomberg said.

But the mayor did seem more nostalgic than usual. Bloomberg, who at times has been criticized as unemotional and distant, spent minutes shaking hands and posing for photos with his fellow voters. He also lingered for several minutes chatting up a group of mothers running a bake sale to benefit the school — discussing everything from sports to the Broadway show “Kinky Boots,” which he heartily endorsed.

“Have you seen it? You should see it,” Bloomberg declared, mentioning how much he liked singer Cyndi Lauper’s Tony-award winning score.

When the subject turned to the Yankees, the mayor seemed shocked when one of the mothers told him she’d once camped out overnight to score tickets to one of the team’s World Series games.

“You have to do it once,” she said, adding that she had admired the prime location of his seats at the games.

Bloomberg shook his head and said he won’t be so lucky in the future.

“I won’t be mayor anymore,” he said.

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In Health Mess, Obama Reaps What He Sowed

Given the Affordable Care Act’s multiple crises in its first month of implementation, there’s no way President Obama and his fellow Democrats could be having a good time right now. But imagine if, instead of passing national health care legislation with only Democratic votes in 2009 and 2010, the president had won even a little Republican support for his health scheme. What if Obamacare had passed with ten GOP votes in the Senate and 30 or 40 in the House? If that had happened, the program would still be a mess, but Obama’s political problems would be far less serious.

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Josh Barnett to undergo random WADA drug testing paid for by UFC

Former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett will undergo random World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) certified drug testing in the lead-up to his UFC 168 bout against Travis Browne, along with continued random testing following the event to satisfy new conditions of his licensure.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) issued the order at a Thursday meeting in Las Vegas, effectively making Barnett the first professional mixed martial artist to require random, WADA-certified drug testing.

Barnett failed post-fight drug tests in 2001 and 2002, the latter of which led UFC officials to strip Barnett of his title, along with a failed pre-fight test in 2009 which led to the cancellation of his Affliction bout against Fedor Emelianenko.

Joined at the meeting by his two attorneys, the 35-year-old Barnett took full responsibility for his past actions, adding that regardless of his prior issues, he has no plans to apply for a therapeutic use exemption for testosterone replacement therapy. The heavyweight then agreed to the conditions laid out by NSAC officials.

Barnett is expected to undergo random, weekly WADA-certified testing until UFC 168, which takes place December 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. After which, Barnett is to undergo random testing until December 31, 2014, regardless of whether he fights in the state of Nevada. NSAC officials unanimously approved the motion.

UFC vice president of regulatory affairs Marc Ratner, who joined Barnett at the meeting, agree on the UFC’s behalf to pick up the costs of the additional testing, which is expected to total upwards of $20,000.

“Thank you to the NSAC for granting my license and allowing me to make history by being the first MMA athlete to do random, year round testing,” Barnett tweeted afterward. “Also thank you to the UFC, Dana White and all your support in this.

“I can imagine that today may set the precedent from here on and random testing may become the standard for the sport of MMA.”

In addition, UFC 167 fighters Josh Koscheck and Chael Sonnen received approval by the NSAC for their licenses to compete, as is standard policy for any fighter over the age of 35.

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Daily Roundup: Dell goes private, Kindle Matchbook, Retina MacBook Pro review and more!

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You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours — all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.

Dell officially goes private

Consider that DELL ticker all boxed up; Michael Dell’s purchase of his namesake company is now official. Is this jump to the private sector the beginning of a re-focus on the consumer? Read on and let us know what you think in the comments section.

MacBook Pro with Retina display review

Apple recently announced a refresh to its Mac lineup and today we’re got you covered with our full review. This deliciously thin MacBook Pro features Intel’s new Iris and Iris Pro chipsets and claims an impressive 10 hours of battery life. Click the link to read more about why we think the late 2013 model might be migrating toward MacBook Air territory.

Amazon’s Matchbook service now live

Bouncing off of AutoRip, Amazon’s Matchbook service is now live. This service will provide users with e-book copies of physical books they own for $3 or less. Click through to the source for more details on the list of qualifying reads.

Google smartwatch could be months away

Google’s attempt to revolutionize the emerging smartwatch market could launch as early as 2014, according to the Wall Street Journal’s unnamed sources. Click the link to learn more about what features this device might bring to the table.

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