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The force that breeds unrest

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Building anger over police brutality blew up in Baltimore as riots overtook what had been peaceful protests. The destruction is a shame, but the violence from police that triggered it is the story. In this piece, I take down three short-sighted reactions to the uprising and refocus on the real problem.

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A breakthrough for acceptance

Photo: ABC News

I was afraid that the Bruce Jenner interview on 20/20 would be a publicity stunt, but it’s not. This is for real, and it’s so important — I’m serious. In this quick take, my response to the groundbreaking special while watching it on ABC.

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The other fight for equality

Photo: The Atlantic

While the U.S. marches toward marriage equality nationwide, we can’t forget about the broader fight for civil rights protections for LGBT people. In this quick take, an overview of “religious freedom” laws that threaten to set us back.

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When hate is a lingering tradition

Racism is taught: #SAEHatesMe

The stark, blatant racism of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Oklahoma caught us by surprise, but perhaps it shouldn’t. In this quick take, I discuss how institutional racism lets hateful traditions prevail.

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Sleek style for Outlook.com

Outlook.com

This is a user style for the Stylish browser extension that enhances Outlook.com by adding the Outlook logo to the header, changing the color of the header from black to blue, and cleaning up the overall user interface.

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TC’s top 40 albums of 2014

For my 12th consecutive year of listing and reviewing my favorite music, I’ll be looking back at some of the most memorable singles of each season of 2014, followed by my top 40 albums. Who will claim #1 this year? You’ll have to keep reading to find out. Join me for this signature special feature.

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Stephen Colbert’s lasting legacy

Stephen Colbert and Grimmy

After 9 years of The Colbert Report, or 17 years including his time at The Daily Show, the time has come to say farewell to “Stephen Colbert”, an unprecedented character the likes of which we’ve never seen anywhere else in pop culture.

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The lie of ‘justice for all’

Black lives matter (photo credit: @ellypark07)

A grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, decided not to bring charges against a local police officer in the controversial death of Michael Brown. In this quick take, my immediate thoughts following the prosecutor’s callous statements.

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What’s the deal with ‘big data’?

There’s been a lot of talk recently about “big data” and what it means for our society. While data mining is often utilized toward the bottom line for businesses, that’s just one use of big data. Insights gained through data mining can also help organizations and people understand more about each other.

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Customer profiling and privacy

Technology in the realm of “customer profiling” has gone mainstream in recent years, making an impact in people’s lives in ways they may or may not realize. As it makes its way forward and becomes more robust—in an always-on, cloud-connected world—privacy and security issues have risen to the forefront.

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