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Microsoft offers free Windows Phones to people who moan about Android on Twitter

Microsoft’s Windows Phone Evangelist has made a surprising offer – free Windows Phone handsets for people who complain publicly about Android on Twitter.

Ben Rudolph, who Tweets as BenThePCGuy, said, ‘Share your android malware story (there’s lots going around) and you could win a Windows Phone upgrade.’ The Tweet was retweeted by an official Microsoft Twitter account, and Rudolph is a prolific Twitterer for the company, so the offer appears to be genuine.

What wasn’t clear was how many phones were on offer, and what exact models. Tech sites such as Electric Pig were quick to speculate that Nokia’s glamorous new Lumia 800 handset would be the phone Microsoft would send out.


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Retired, Computerless Woman Fined For Pirating a Movie

Despite not owning a computer or even a router, a retired woman has been ordered by a court to pay compensation to a movie company. The woman had been pursued by a rightsholder who claimed she had illegally shared a violent movie about hooligans on the Internet, but the fact that she didn’t even have an email address proved of little interest to the court. Guilty until proven innocent is the formula in Germany.

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A Brief History of Eggnog

Eggnog became tied to the holidays when the drink hopped the pond in the 1700s. American colonies were full of farms—and chickens and cows—and cheaper rum, a soon-signature ingredient. Mexico adopted the very eggnog varietal “rompope,” and Puerto Rico enjoys the “coquito,” which adds coconut milk. The English name’s etymology however remains a mystery. Some say “nog” comes from “noggin,” meaning a wooden cup, or “grog,” a strong beer. By the late 18th century, the combined term “eggnog” stuck.

Eggnog purists argue that those who don’t like the Yuletide drink have simply never tasted the real thing. Sugar-laced supermarket versions can’t hold a candle to the homemade goodness, especially since the US Food and Drug Administration permits that the drink can be made from as little as 1% egg yolk. That often borders on “milknog” or egg flavoring.

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