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Figure Out If That IKEA Couch Matches Your Rug Before You Drag It Home

The furniture giant's 2014 catalog lets shoppers "place" virtual furniture around their homes. That idea was prophesied in 1999's Fight Club.

Videos

Watch This Adorable Robot Scoot Down Utility Lines Searching for Damage

Meet the "SkySweeper."

Why Home-Cooking From Total Strangers May Be the Future of Food

The sharing economy moves into a new niche: dinner. Will queasy eaters and regulators buy in?

The Cars of the Future Will Come With Advertising

Drive by that Taco Bell every day? Maybe you want to try a Doritos Loco taco.

How a Glob of Fat the Size of a School Bus Got Stuck in the London Sewers

Blame the wet wipes.

San Francisco Has Needed This for a Long Time: a 'Hill Mapper'

Rejoice, Bay Area residents: There's now a high-tech way to plot a course around the city's ridiculously steep hills.

Maps

This Amazing New Map Charts 'Moments,' Rather Than Places

With the new Hi app, users can submit stories or pictures of any spot.

Chronicling the Seamier Side of Europe's Hottest Cities

A spate of new blogs seek out the underbelly of Paris, London and Berlin.

Sorry New York and L.A. (and Other Cities), No More CBS (or Showtime) for a While

Time Warner and CBS are locked in a dispute over transmission fees.

Fun Fact of the Day: 3:05 p.m. Is Miami's Official Coffee Break

It's a celebration of cafecito, Cuban culture, and the city's area code.

Maps

Watch the Intricate Patterns of Global Infrastructure Emerge From Geocoded Tweets

It's a pretty impressive snapshot of the transportation networks of large stretches of the globe.

Interactive Map of the Day: The Age of Every Building in Brooklyn

Plotting the ages of every structure in the borough.

Dinner Party of the Day: Avoid Tourist Traps, 'EatWith' Locals

A start-up has recruited hundreds of dinner party hosts across Europe and South America. It's coming to New York -- will it succeed?

The Insane Logistics of 'eBay Now'

The frontier of online retail keeps getting weirder.

Maps

A Lost Scottish Island, George Orwell, and the Future of Maps

A 141 square-mile island vanished from Google Maps, and the company has yet to restore it. What do glitches mean for little-known places?

CityFixer

Manhunts Made Smarter

Could better software change how police departments find fugitives?

Bots Are Battling for Restaurant Reservations in San Francisco

Table for two? It's on.

Videos

Death Toll Rises to 78 in Spanish Rail Disaster

Firefighters described a grisly scene that looked like "hell," with train cars torn in half and dozens trapped under burning wreckage.