Mt. Gox abandons rebuilding plans and files for liquidation: WSJ

Mt. Gox, the embattled bitcoin exchange that filed for bankruptcy protection last month after losing almost half a billion dollars’ worth of customers’ virtual funds, is now reportedly asking a Tokyo court for permission to liquidate. According to The Wall Street Journal, the once leading exchange has abandoned its attempt to rebuild the business under bankruptcy protection due to the complexity and unrealistic nature of the plans.

One source says that Mt. Gox is still attempting to find a buyer, which may entitle creditors to a portion of future earnings. But the exchange’s decision to file for liquidation after planning rehabilitation means those with substantial investments are likely to get less of their money back. The court still…

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Vets miraculously save life of lioness who got mauled by buffalo

Siena is a lioness who recently got severely mauled by a buffalo. It’s so bad that looking at her standing up with her leg almost ripped off her body looks like a surreal scene from a zombie movie. Happily, the vets rushed to save her life so she could take care of her cubs. WARNING: VERY STRONG IMAGES.

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This Fractured Fairy Tale of French Fantasy Will Haunt Your Dreams

Moongai, the Electro Pop duo out of Nantes, France has a new album coming out. But rather than play a single track all the way through to show off their musical chops, the band instead performs a bit of each in their surreal music video. But as with all dreams, not everything in these fanciful visions is as it seems.

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Is this week—April 14th to 20th—the worst week in American history?

History buffs might not know this already but it seems as if this week—April 14th to April 20th—might be the worst week in American history. Things like President Lincoln being assassinated, the Bay of Pigs invasion, the Columbine shooting, the Virginia Tech school shooting, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Boston Marathon bombing, etc. all happened during this week in history.

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Watch this: Android design head Matias Duarte explains why mobile is dead

Matias Duarte helped design the T-Mobile Sidekick, the Helio Ocean, and Palm’s webOS. Now, he directs the look and feel of Google’s Android operating system. He’s probably not the guy you’d expect to say “mobile is dead.” Those were the words that left his mouth, though, at the 2014 Accel Design Conference in San Francisco. There, Verge editor-in-chief Joshua Topolsky interviewed him about his thoughts on design and where Android is headed.

If you watch the full interview below, you can not only find out what Duarte meant, but also watch him torture our fearless leader with the barest glimpse at an unannounced smartwatch running Android Wear. Also, flying castles and ponies may or may not make an appearance.

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Final ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ trailer sets the stage for war

With its release less than two months away, the promotion has really been ramping up for X-Men: Days of Future Past, and today the film’s final trailer has arrived. Directed by Bryan Singer, the film stars both the classic film cast — including Patrick Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier and Ian McKellen as Magneto — with their younger counterparts from the prequel X-Men: First Class. If the flurry of trailers and clips weren’t enough, the film also recently received a new promotional site called 25 Moments, which details iconic events in history that were impacted by mutants (in the film’s fictional universe, of course). X-Men: Days of Future Past is scheduled to open on May 23rd.

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Watching this guy mountain bike down a rocky narrow cliff is insanity

This is just bananas. Coconuts. Hot Dogs. I don’t know. Just watch this guy, who I assume is either insane, has the biggest brass ones ever or lost a cruel bet, zoom down the narrowest of a mountain cliff on his mountain bike at super fast speeds. Sometimes, I don’t even see any trails or roads when I’m watching the video. Just sharp rocks and places to fall.

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Avalanche smashes a skier in scary helmet cam video

Luckily for Eric Hjorleifson, the avalanche that he started by going down a big mountain pillow line doesn’t fully consume him, leaving him relatively unscathed—he just” twisted his knee a bit.” You can hear the fear in his heavy breathing after the incident, though. I don’t blame him. It’s quite scary.

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Teen falls in coma after friend squeezes his testicles

A 17-year-old male is now in coma after suffering a heart attack when a friend jokingly squeezed his testicles. Dr. Irwin Goldstein—urologist and San Diego Sexual Medicine’s director—says it’s very possible to have a heart attack because the trauma can release a huge amount of adrenalin.

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NYPD shutters controversial unit that spied on Muslims

The New York Police Department has disbanded a division that conducted extensive covert surveillance on the city’s Muslim communities. The Demographics Unit infiltrated mosques, restaurants, and other locations with plainclothes officers and informants, but the NYPD was forced to conclude in 2012 that the program never generated any serious leads or investigations into terrorism. A report last year explored the fear and mistrust that the unit spread among Muslims in New York, with many saying they felt forced to downplay their faith as a result.

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What a creationist version of the Cosmos would look like

Funny or Die pokes fun of those who like listening to stories over understanding science in its latest: Creationist Cosmos. It’s like the new Neil DeGrasse Tyson Cosmos reboot TV show only made for Creationists. So instead of explanations about the universe, we get very unscientific reasons of why things exist. It’s all in silly fun.

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How to get beautiful Start backgrounds for Windows Phone 8.1

Start backgrounds are probably one of the more interesting changes we’ve seen in Windows Phone 8.1. It’s another step Microsoft has made to allow users to customize and make their Windows Phone experience unique and personal. We happen to be very big fans of the Start backgrounds and have seen the community respond to them positively as well. A lot of you were timid and curbed your enthusiasm when Start backgrounds leaked a month ago, but the response after actually using it has been the opposite.

Today we’re going to highlight some tips, apps, resources and images to make Windows Phone truly beautiful with a unique Start background.  

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This Photosynthetic Algae Roof Filters the Neighborhood Air

Let’s take rooftop farming to a whole new level—a microscopic level. Unveiled at Expo Milan this week, the Urban Algae Canopy is a living, breathing alternative to our inert roofs and facades. Could algae be the next hip trend in urban agriculture?

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Man does spectacular trick shot through moonroof while driving a car

David Kalb can bounce two basketballs through a moonroof while driving a car, which to me is more awesome than scoring a three-pointer while driving the same car, but whatever. I guess that people love the scoring more than the bouncing.

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How the Source Family Turned “Sex, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll” Into a Cult

It’s been nearly 40 years since Jim Baker died after diving off a cliff in Hawaii, but members of the utopian community he founded still call him Father. In recent years, they’ve gone about resurrecting the memory of the cult, and its weird philosophy which melded the decadence of 1960s pop culture with weird spirituality.

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