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About 10 weeks ago The Beatles, by the numbers.

This past weekend, the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' first visit to the United States was commemorated. The New York Times broke down The Beatles, by the numbers.

Read more about one celebrity salute to The Beatles:

About 9 weeks ago The Plus in Google Plus? It’s Mostly for Google

Google Plus may not be much of a competitor to Facebook as a social network, but it is central to Google’s future — a lens that allows the company to peer more broadly into people’s digital life, and to gather an ever-richer trove of the personal information that advertisers covet. Some analysts even say that Google understands more about people’s social activity than Facebook does.

The reason is that once you sign up for Plus, it becomes your account for all Google products, from Gmail to YouTube to maps, so Google sees who you are and what you do across its services, even if you never once return to the social network itself.

Before Google released Plus, the company might not have known that you were the same person when you searched, watched videos and used maps. With a single Plus account, the company can build a database of your affinities. Read more:

About 9 weeks ago The Loyal Users of Google Plus Say It Is No Ghost Town

A front-page article last weekend called Google Plus a ghost town. Since then, dozens of the very passionate ghosts who hang out there have let me know that, in fact, it is a lively, conversation-filled place that is unlike any other Internet social network.

My article said that even though Google Plus had just a fraction of the active users that Facebook had, it served another important purpose for Google — providing a single log-in for all Google products and a broader view of users’ digital lives, even if people who signed up never returned to the social network.

But for some users, it also provides a rich social networking experience, especially for people interested in photography, video chats, in-depth online conversations and meeting people they don’t know who have similar interests. Read more:

About 11 weeks ago Philip Seymour Hoffman, Actor, Dies at 46

The actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment on Sunday morning of an apparent drug overdose, according to a law enforcement official who requested anonymity because he was not certain the actor’s family had been informed of the death.

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About 11 weeks ago "We did not lose just a very good actor. We may have lost the best one we had."
About 7 weeks ago Obama Warns Russia Not to Use Force in Ukraine

President Obama warned Russia on Friday that it should not intervene militarily in Ukraine, saying the United States will stand with the world to condemn a violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty.

“There will be costs,” Mr. Obama declared in a brief statement from the White House. Read more:

About 8 weeks ago Watch this video tour of the palatial compound of the former president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych. Some people call it Ukraine's "Museum of Corruption."

Follow the latest news from Ukraine, where infighting is hurting efforts to form a new government:

About 10 weeks ago College Football Star Michael Sam Says He Is Gay; May Become First Publicly Gay Player in N.F.L.

Coaches at the University of Missouri divided players into small groups at a preseason football practice last year for a team-building exercise. One by one, players were asked to talk about themselves — where they grew up, why they chose Missouri and what others might not know about them.

As Michael Sam, a defensive lineman, began to speak, he balled up a piece of paper in his hands. “I’m gay,” he said. With that, Mr. Sam set himself on a path to become the first publicly gay player in the National Football League.

“I looked in their eyes, and they just started shaking their heads — like, finally, he came out,” Mr. Sam said Sunday in an interview with The New York Times, the first time he spoke publicly about his sexual orientation. Read more:

About 10 weeks ago Snowboarders and skiers have an extensive vocabulary of spins and flips. Some tricks are named for their technical requirements, others for their flair. Here, some of the best riders competing in the Sochi Olympics describe the joy and fear that come with these jaw-dropping maneuvers. Watch a series of short videos here:
About 7 weeks ago Phone, Meet Tablet. That’s Phabulous.

Big phones may take some getting used to, but they're much more useful than small tablets, Molly Wood writes.