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A absolutely beautiful short time-lapse movie featuring some northern lights captured over Iceland during the past few months by photographer Oli Haukur Myrdal.

[O Z Z O Photography | Via LS]

Warning: There’s no direct spoilers in the video, but there are a few hints about what happened in last week’s episode.

Red Wedding or Purple Wedding, you definitely don’t want a George R.R. Martin Game of Thrones Wedding.

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DC Entertaiment’s “All Access” web series recently took an exclusivee, behind-the-scenes look at the hit show Arrow!

April also happens to be “Batman Month,” in honor of the Caped Crusader’s 75th anniversary, so it begs the questions: Why Arrow and why NOW? Is there a Batman-related reference coming up in Arrow? Watch below to find out!

[DC Entertainment / YouTube]

From Microsoft:

From today on Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP. The one thing everybody will always remember of Windows XP is desktop image ‘Bliss’, with it’s green rolling hills and bluer than blue sky. Doesn’t the most viewed picture of all times asks for a worthy goodbye? We certainly think so! That’s why we hopped on a plane to Los Angeles and went to visit the photographer Charles O’Rear.

He told us the incredible story behind the famous desktop image of Windows XP.

[MicrosoftNL | Via]

CineFix presents The Fifth Element retold via old-school 8-bit – and a little 16 bit ;) – game tech. No quarters or controllers required!

[Cinefix]

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The man behind filesharing site Megaupload is to get back cash and property seized when his house was raided in 2012. But while Kim Dotcom seems to be having a great time right now, he still faces the threat of extradition.

US officials want Dotcom to stand trial for criminal copyright infringement in a case which would test the limits of what a file hosting site can and can’t legally do. In the case of the Megaupload case the legal argument isn’t so much that the site was used by customers to share copyrighted material but rather that the site specifically rewarded customers who shared the most popular material.

Prosecutors are ready to argue in court that Dotcom knew full well such material was almost certain to be copyrighted and thus explicitly encouraged and enabled illegal sharing. Dotcom looks set to argue that he never explicitly encouraged anyone to share illegal material, and if that’s what turned out to be the most popular way to use the site, so be it.

Dotcom became a resident of New Zealand in 2012. In January 2012 New Zealand police arrested him in response to a request by US prosecutors and he spent several weeks in jail before being released on bail. As part of the raid in which he was arrested, police seized an estimated $17 million in cash, cars (including a pink Cadillac) and other properties.

In April 2012 a court agreed to a two-year freezing order on the assets, which was due to expire tomorrow (Friday 18th April.) A New Zealand court has now refused a request by police to extend the freezing order. The order will remain in effect for two weeks to allow police an opportunity to appeal. If they don’t (which appears the likely outcome) Dotcom will get his property back.

Dotcom’s certainly keeping busy: he’s launched a new online storage site named Mega, which is planned to float on the stock market soon; he’s working on a streaming music service; and he’s launched a political party.

However, extradition to the US remains a very real threat. The case has been tied up in legal battles about the validity of warrants used to authorize the original arrest and raid, which in turn may affect exactly what evidence can be considered when deciding whether his case meets the standard for extradition. There’s also some dispute about what FBI files Dotcom’s lawyers have the right to see before making their case against extradition. As things stand, a final decision on whether he’s extradited is expected in July.

In honor of Batman’s 75th anniversary (!!), DC has dubbed this month as “Batman Month.”
Even better? BATMAN BEYOND IS BACK.

Sort of.

Canadian comic book writer-artist-cartoonist-animator extraordinaire, Darwyn Cooke, has animated a brand new Batman Beyond short that will make its debut at WonderCon Anaheim this weekend!

Here’s a sneak peek:

[DC Entertainment / YouTube]

Watch as Jared, community outreach leader from the Creationist Baptist Church of Alabama, leads you on a spiritual scientific journey through Creationist Cosmos.

[Funny or Die]

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For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has the Sling Media Slingbox 350 for just $99 plus free shipping. That’s 45% off on the slingbox’s regular list price of $179.99.

Slingbox will let you watch your TV anywhere, but did you know you can also watch it on a streaming device hooked up to your big-screen TV? Watch your cable or satellite subscription at your vacation home or on that TV in your bedroom or basement–all without extra monthly fees.

-Sling Media Slingbox 350$179.99 $99 (45% Off)