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RIP Tim Dog

The Source reports that Bronx MC Tim Dog passed away earlier today at the age of 46 after suffering a seizure related to diabetes. Tim is of course best remembered for his scathing West Coast diss “Fuck Compton”, but anybody who was around for his 1991 debut LP Penicillin On Wax will tell you that his legacy stretches far beyond his most popular single.

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Drake & Chris Brown Suing Each Other Over WIP Nightclub Fight

It looks like the situation between Drake and Chris Brown over their fight at WIP this past summer isn’t over yet. A while back, Romain Julien, a French model, filed a lawsuit against Drake, Chris Brown and the club for the injuries he suffered during the bottle-throwing fight. Now according to TMZ, Drake and Chris have both filed legal documents, putting the blame on the other person. Both of them deny responsibility for the fight and feel the other person should pay for any damages that Romain might get if he wins the lawsuit.

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Yo Gotti Signs To Epic Records

Today Yo Gotti officially announced that he signed a deal with Epic Records & is bringing his CMG label along with him. In a press release, Gotti explains: “This is a solid partnership that allows me to do what I do on bigger platforms, with the respect and support of the Epic team. Throughout L.A. Reid’s career, I realize he has been a part of creating some of the biggest superstars in the industry. I feel there is no better person to partner with. A lot of labels were talking big checks, but the money didn’t interest me. I wanted a partner that wasn’t afraid to work as hard as I do. I knew that by sticking to my independent business mind frame and continuing to chase my dream, that the right situation was going to come.”

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VERIZON TRYING TO WiFi! FREE WIFI!

A free and open Internet is one of the most important tools a democracy can have — and as long as ISPs like Verizon plan to battle copyright infringement by slowing down or eliminating business’s Internet access, that tool will be in jeopardy! Sign the Petition! Share on Facebook! Dear Freda -,
We have the details on how various Internet Service Providers plan to implement their anti-infringement “six strikes” plans — and it’s not good.
AT&T’s plan is to block access to frequently visited sites. Time Warner will constantly redirect you to a landing page. Verizon will plans to reduce connection speeds to the snail pace of 256kbps.
What do all of them have in common? None of them actually let you get up to six strikes — and all of them have the potential, even as they claim they’re not “cutting people off” from the Internet, to make free WiFi almost nonexistent.
Verizon has confirmed that its “six strikes” plan will apply to businesses, not just personal accounts. That means the cafe down the street may end up with essentially unusable WiFi if even one customer abuses the system — and even terminate their accounts entirely.
We can’t let that happen. A free and open Internet is one of the most important tools a democracy can have — and as long as ISPs like Verizon plan to battle copyright infringement by slowing down or eliminating business’s Internet access, that tool will be in jeopardy. Will you join us in urging Verizon not to bow to copyright holders at the expense of their customers?
PETITION TO VERIZON: We call on ISPs like Verizon not to pursue punitive action against businesses that provide free WiFi by slowing down or eliminating their Internet access. Help keep the Internet as free and as open as possible — revise your “six strikes” plan now!

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MacBook Pros get priced closer to earth The Retina MacBook Pro gets price cuts ranging between $150 and $200

MacBook Pros equipped with a Retina display are not exactly priced to move. Best Buy and Amazon are trying to change that.

Best Buy, for example, is now selling the 128GB version (model MC975LL/A) of the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro Retina for $1,549.99, $150 off the regular $1,699.99 price.

Need 256GB of solid-state storage with that gorgeous Retina screen? That model (MD213LL/A) is now $1,799.99, $200 off the regular price of $1,999.99.

The pricier 15.4-inch models with 256GB and 512GB solid-state drives (MC975LL/A and MC976LL/A, respectively), also got $200 lopped off their regular prices.

Amazon is going even lower, pricing the 128GB 13.3-inch model at $1,515.59, for example.

The online retailer is offering identical discounts to Best Buy on the 15.4-inch models.

These sales may be short-lived (the Best Buy sale is for two days only) but expect more of this kind of discounting from retailers in the future. Apple’s Mac sales sank last quarter to 4.1 million compared to 5.2 million in the same quarter last year.

Some of that is because consumers are opting for the cheaper iPad, but the Retina MacBook Pros may be a factor too. When Apple sells configurations that push the least expensive Retina model to $1,700 ($1,699) at the regular price, that’s not going to win over a lot of buyers.

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Microsoft’s new Office 2013

Microsoft Office 2013 has officially hit the streets, and it offers a significantly upgraded interface, more tools, and perhaps most importantly, a cloud-friendly system that lets you work from anywhere. While CNET’s Jason Parker did give the updated Office suite high marks, he was also quick to say that its new $100-per-year subscription scheme will likely be hard for many people to swallow. Sure, there are (confusingly) single-pay standalone versions available as well, but those don’t offer quite as much as the Office 365 subscription version.

In any case, if you are part of the camp that is unconvinced by Microsoft’s new offerings, then know that there are some fantastic and completely free alternatives out there. Here are four that we like.

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Google Docs
Many Office users have been migrating to Google’s productivity tools since long before Office 2013 and its yearly subscription came to be. That’s because Google offers fantastically intuitive applications for creating text documents, spreadsheets, presentations, forms, and drawings. You can import and export Microsoft Office file types, and it’s all completely free (for individual users, not businesses). A Google account is required, though.

One of the biggest draws of Google’s offering is the collaboration that it makes possible. Because all of your editing takes place in the cloud, you can actually share documents with other Google users and work on them together in real time. What’s more, Docs integrates well with other Google offerings, making it a great choice for dedicated Google users.

One downside to Docs, of course, is that its functionality requires a Web connection and browser. To be clear, you can work with Docs while offline, but only through the Chrome browser, and your edits will only sync once you are reconnected to the Web. Another possible issue with Docs is compatibility, as we have seen text formatting get wonky when importing from Word. Still, because of its ease of use, broad functionality, and collaboration capabilities, Google Docs deserves its spot on this list of viable Office alternatives.

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Microsoft Office Web Apps
This one is a no-brainer. If you’re not keen on paying for Microsoft’s full-featured desktop Office suite, then why not try using its trimmed-down cloud-based option for free? The suite consists of Web versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.

For anyone who uses Office, Microsoft Office Web Apps should be a cinch to pick up. All of the compatibility you need is there, and I would even go so far as to say that this cloud-based suite’s interface is quite a bit more elegant than Google’s. Microsoft’s cloud-based Office Web Apps are integrated with SkyDrive and are free for individuals to use.

Microsoft Office Web Apps
This one is a no-brainer. If you’re not keen on paying for Microsoft’s full-featured desktop Office suite, then why not try using its trimmed-down cloud-based option for free? The suite consists of Web versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.

For anyone who uses Office, Microsoft Office Web Apps should be a cinch to pick up. All of the compatibility you need is there, and I would even go so far as to say that this cloud-based suite’s interface is quite a bit more elegant than Google’s. Microsoft’s cloud-based Office Web Apps are integrated with SkyDrive and are free for individuals to use.

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CHECK OUT RICK ROSS 911 CALL (Drive-By Shooting)

We certainly haven’t heard the last on Rick Ross’ drive-by shooting this week. In the latest development, TMZ released the audio of the 911 phone call that was placed to report the incident.

The operator was speaking to a woman calling from a nearby restaurant who sounded shaken up. When she was explaining what happened, she says they were turning around, which incited her to hang up the phone and hide. Listen to the call below.

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