Critical Linking: August 7th, 2014

 

As the sole survivor of a shooting which killed her parents and siblings, 15-year-old Cassidy Stay moved the world when she quoted Harry Potter at their funeral. Now, the author J K Rowling has contacted the teenager in the voice of Dumbledore, sending a handwritten note in purple ink to support her.

JK is just the absolute best.

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Google and Barnes & Noble are joining forces to tackle their mutual rival Amazon, zeroing in on a service that Amazon has long dominated: the fast, cheap delivery of books.

It’s on like Donkey Kong.

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Merriam-Webster announced today that the fifth edition of The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary – the first major update in nearly a decade – will include more than 5,000 new words. It will be officially sanctioned on Dec. 1. And many fall right into our entertainment and pop-culture arena:

BEATBOX
CHILLAX
FRENEMY
HASHTAG
JOYPAD
MIXTAPE
MOJITO
SELFIE
SUDOKU
TEXTER
VODCAST
VLOG

It’s a whole new world, Scrabble fiends.

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