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8:18 am
Mon July 20, 2015

Want to circumvent China's Great Firewall? Learn these 9 phrases first.

Petar Kujundzic

Check the water meter? A river crab? 

China sometimes gets a bad rap for creativity, but few nations can offer up the imaginative array of code phrases that ordinary Chinese have developed to get around the Internet censorship of their ruling Communist Party.

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8:15 am
Mon July 20, 2015

Tasty canned fish from Spain that beats your grandmother's sardines hands down

Sardines usually come in oil and vinegar, they're just beautiful, briny, full of that sort of rich oily, unctuousness that's only present in these cans, or tins of Spanish seafood.

Steve Dolinsky

Steve Dolinsky is traveling in the land of paella, croquetas, and sangria, all traditional dishes that should clue you in that he's visiting Spain. As a food writer and co-host of The Feed podcast, Dolinsky likes to scout out new culinary trends every chance he gets. 

He texted us the other day from Barcelona mentioning that he’d had an memorable lunch at the Mont Bar near the University of Barcelona.

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The Two-Way
7:46 am
Mon July 20, 2015

After 54 Years, The U.S. And Cuba Formally Restore Ties

A Cuban flag flies among empty flag polls that obscure the then U.S. Interests Section. That building has again become the U.S. Embassy in Havana.
Ramon Espinosa AP

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 11:38 am

(This post was last update at 10:45 a.m. ET.)

After 54 years of animosity, the United States and Cuba have formally restored diplomatic ties.

That means that the U.S. opened an embassy in Havana and Cuba opened an embassy in Washington, D.C., this morning.

In truth, both countries had for years already been running robust interest sections in both capitals. Today, however, both of those missions were upgraded.

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7:20 am
Mon July 20, 2015

For The Rubik's Cube World Champ, 6 Seconds Is Plenty Of Time

The Rubik's Cube world championships were held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, over the weekend, drawing participants from more than 40 countries. The winner completed his cube in 5.69 seconds.
Lourdes Garcia-Navarro NPR

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 10:39 am

Brazil hosted the World Cup last year. Next year, it will host the Summer Olympics. On Sunday, though, the country played host to another international gathering of talented competitors: the Rubik's Cube World Championship.

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All Tech Considered
7:01 am
Mon July 20, 2015

Commerce Department: Tighter Controls Needed For Cyberweapons

The Commerce Department is looking to place tighter controls on exporting software that can attack a network. The cybersecurity industry opposes the proposed new rules.
Patrick George Ikon Images/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 10:40 am

Federal regulators are looking to place tighter controls on the export of cyberweapons following the megabreaches against the Office of Personnel Management and countless retailers.

The Commerce Department wants to ensure that software that can attack a network — the kind that can break in, bypass encryption and steal data — can't be shipped overseas without permission. But the cybersecurity industry is up in arms.

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