Goodbye, SXSW (and Google Reader); Hello Samsung Galaxy S4 & More

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Goodbye, SXSW

If you weren't lucky enough to be in Austin, here's what you missed at this year's SXSW: Brooklyn digital agency Huge hosted a massive coding session, and Grumpy Cat, the alias for a Snowshoe Siamese that is huge on Reddit, was the most influential person at the festival this year. Also, check out the four startups that impressed us the most, all over on

No to Glass

Google Glass isn't even available to the masses yet, but there are already signs of a backlash against the high-tech specs. One Seattle bar, the 5 Point, posted a notice to its Facebook page telling people that their $1,500 glasses will not be welcome inside the dive bar, reports CNet. "Ass kickings will be encouraged" for violators. Also, Simon Dumenco introduces us to a rudimentary ad-blocking technology that was leaked on Imgur this week.

R.I.P, Reader

Google announced that it would be killing off the much-beloved Google Reader, its web-based newsfeed program, on July 1. Amidst chuckling at all the overreactions on Twitter, take a moment to read Wired's short obit for the service, which was borne out of Blogger, and was pretty revolutionary when it began.

Catching Up on the S4

Today's the day. After months of speculation, Samsung's Unpacked event to introduce its new phone, the Galaxy S4, is tonight. Head over to the Verge for an up-to-date listing of all the rumors, leaks and guesses. If they're true, the new phone will have a 5-inch screen, 2GB of Ram and a version of the PowerVR GPU found on the iPhone 5. Also, it'll be able to cure cancer.


It's March 14, and that means its the most irrational day of all: "Pi Day." Mashable encourages math lovers to get down with their bad selves and check out 10 YouTube videos that taste like pi -- from student math wizardry to bad match songs.

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