December 14, 2014, 9:40 AM

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Adrienne Lafrance / The Atlantic Online:
The Story Behind AOL's Iconic Yellow Running Man  —  This is the first in an occasional series about abandoned Internet icons.  —  It was spring of 1997.  “Mmmbop” was the pop song of the moment and unlimited access to AOL cost $19.95 a month.  Dial-up Internet had finally tipped mainstream.
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Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Surface tablets on NFL sidelines used solely to replace printouts of plays from stadium cameras  —  How Surface tablets are changing the way NFL coaches work  —  Inside Microsoft's $400 million digital gridiron  —  NFL sidelines are almost always entertaining to watch, but this year …
David Pogue / Yahoo Tech:
Parrot Bebop drone review: $500 drone with exceptional stability, solid video stabilization, built-in acrobatics, simple phone app  —  Parrot's New Bebop Drone Flies Like an Angel — Once You Learn Its Secrets  —  I've become a crazyhead about flying drones this year.
Watershed event in cyberwar: how in 2008 hackers sabotaged a fortified oil pipeline in Turkey  —  Mysterious '08 Turkey Pipeline Blast Opened New Cyberwar Era  —  The pipeline was outfitted with sensors and cameras to monitor every step of its 1,099 miles from the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean.
JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
AlwayOn's Tony Perkins to open a Menlo Park social club for “founders, CEOs, investors, and artists” called The Cuckoo's Nest in early 2015  —  Will Silicon Valley go cuckoo for this new social club?  —  Silicon Valley's elite have a number of upscale places where they can mingle …

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