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5 Things You Need to Know Today: February 25, 2014

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Looking for a couple of juicy bits to fuel today’s chit-chat? Ditch your news app this morning–these are the five things everyone will be talking about by 10 a.m. (You’re welcome.)

1. Samsung Galaxy S5 Smartphone Unveiled, and It’s… Meh
The new Samsung Galaxy S5 was officially released–and the reaction has been mixed. But two of its coolest features include the fingerprint scanner, which you can use to unlock your phone (and authorize PayPal payments!) and the pulse monitor, which shows your heart rate when you hold your finger up to the sensor. As for the design, nobody’s jumping for joy. It’s a tiny bit bigger than the S4, with a new “leather-like” back that hasn’t exactly raised any eyebrows.


2. Robin Thicke and Paula Patton: The Inevitable Divorce
Twerking, PR-stunt-master Robin Thicke and his wife Paula Patton (both seen in this photo) have officially split. Said Paula in a statement, “We will always love each other and be best friends, however, we have mutually decided to separate at this time.” Could this be due to recent questionable photos of his rumored cheating ways? Time (and legal docs) will tell. The couple have been married since 2005 and have one son.


3. Uganda President Signs New Anti-Gay Bill
Taking two steps back from anything resembling human rights, Uganda President Your Museveni just signed a bill making gay sex and same-sex marriage punishable by life in prison. President Obama has denounced the decision, saying it was “more than an affront, and a danger to, Uganda’s gay community.” Unsurprisingly, the Uganda president could care less, quoted by CNN as saying, “If the West doesn’t want to work with us because of homosexuals, then we have enough space here to live by ourselves and do business with other people.” Photo: Commons Wikimedia
4. The World Mourned Harold Ramis’ Death Yesterday–Including Obama
President Obama issued a statement about comedy legend Harold Ramis yesterday. That’s not the weird part. The weird part–or cool part, depending on your politics–was the final line of Obama’s statement. A very nice touch by the POTUS and the most human thing he’s said this term. 


5. Is the Song of the Day Really by an ’80s-era Dot Matrix Printer?
Answer: Yes.

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