Polar Fights, Hot Coffee, and Other Stories We Didn't Post

So much news passes before our collective eyes every day that we couldn't possibly cover it all. Mostly because much of it isn't worth covering! But here are a some borderline tidbits we passed on, just in case.

Newish Keurig Machine Gives You More Subpar Coffee Options

Regardless of your Keurig feelings—lots of coffee hipsters around here despise it—there's nothing wrong with giving people their morning java as quickly and brainlessly as possible. Except for the horrible environmental impact, but, well, sure. SO. Anyhow. The new Keurig Vue lets you decide just how strong and hot you want it. If only it were an online dating site, stammered the open mic first-timer, fidgeting with his water bottle. [CNET]

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Smaller Cities Leading Hip Music Charge, Sort Of, Maybe

See/understand this chart? Of course you don't! Who could? But basically: some researchers complied a bunch of Last.fm data and decided that the people who listen to the music we're all about to listen to first are in slightly smaller cities like Atlanta and Oslo. Or! Maybe the hippest people in the bigger cities have already moved on to Rdio and Pandora, so they don't register on Last.fm results? Anyways, none of this proves anything, and even if it did it wouldn't be useful. [Technology Review]

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Countries Are Fighting More Because the Polar Caps Are Melting

The decrease in polar ice cap square footage has led to an increase in international squabbling, and not just because everyone's freaking out over the very obvious 2012 apocalypse scenario. Less ice means more exposed resources, which means more militaries squatting for potential gains. Which is interesting in terms of geopolitical intrigue and probably a good start to a bad James Bond movie, but not much else. [AP]


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