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To ride the Moscow subway for free, do 30 squats

Get ready to drop down and give 30 squats if you want a free ride on the Moscow metro.

In an effort to promote both physical fitness and the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Moscow city officials and the Russian Olympic Committee are allowing subway riders to pay in 30 squats instead of 30 rubles (about 92 cents) for a single-ride ticket.

Riders have two minutes to perform the deep-knee bends in front of a special machine that can tell if they're assuming the correct position. The squat-operated ticket machine is located right next to the electronic vending machines at Vystavochnaya station in western Moscow.… Read more

Olympic torch sprints among the stars

Two Russian cosmonauts carefully passed the Olympic torch Saturday morning -- in space.

Expedition 37 Flight Engineers Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy carried the unlit torch, which will be used to light the Olympic flame at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, with them at the start of a nearly 6-hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station.

After maneuvering to take some stunning photos of the torch floating above Earth, NASA said Kotov and Ryazanskiy stowed it safely back inside the airlock before continuing to perform maintenance on the space station as it orbited some 260 miles above Earth.… Read more

The 404 1,350: Where we go full on with David Koechner (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Check out "Full On Koechner," David Koechner's comedy series on YouTube.

- Follow David Koechner on Twitter.… Read more

Adobe: 'TV Everywhere' revolution is just beginning

The Olympics broke new ground for a movement pushing consumers to watch TV streamed from every device possible -- the sports event shepherded more than 7 million households into streaming TV feeds from Web sites and mobile apps, Adobe Systems announced today.

And it's just the beginning, Adobe's executives said.

The software company is at the center of a TV watching revolution of sorts, aimed at regaining the customers the TV industry lost to Web-streaming services such as Netflix. This means people who subscribe to any major network, including Fox, ESPN, CNN, TNT, MTV, or Disney, can watch … Read more

Tweet the feet: Adidas kicks get a built-in Twitter feed

Let's fast-forward to 2016. We're in Rio de Janeiro. Runner Usain Bolt decides to go for another historic Olympics run. He looks down at his shoes, where an outpouring of fan support flashes across a tiny display. "Go Usain!!!! Do it in WR time #olympics2016."

This could happen now that we have a proof-of-concept social-media shoe. Adidas and shoe hacker/designer Nash Money got together to rip apart a pair of Barricade shoes and embed a Twitter feed right into the sneakers.… Read more

The 404 1,108: Where we're not looking from behind (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

Crazy tape on Olympians: Does it work?

Fair or foul? Experts split over whether Pistorius has advantage.

U.S. Speed Suits could make all the difference.

World records set despite ban on high-tech suits.

Are humans or technology breaking Olympic records?

Creepy Weknowyourhouse.com scans your tweets to publish your address.

Bathroom break video: Some of the best LifeHacks ever.… Read more

Olympic athletes score big on Facebook

Following their amazing performances in the Olympics, many of the world's top athletes now have a lot more Facebook fans.

With the summer games coming to a finale yesterday, their influence on Facebook was examined in a report released today by Wildfire, Google's new social media marketing business.

Gold medal Olympic gymnast Gabrielle Douglas now boasts more than 590,000 Facebook fans, a surge of 3,944 percent since before the games. The page for fellow gymnast Marcel Nguyen holds more than 197,000 fans, an increase of 2,451 percent.

Athletes such as Steve Lewis, Camille Muffat, … Read more

Olympics score more than 150 million tweets

People who didn't follow the Olympics on TV or streaming media could still keep up with all the action via Twitter.

The micro-blogging site saw more than 150 million Tweets about the summer games, the company blogged yesterday. Now that the games have ended, which athletes and events won the most interest among tweeters?

Jamaica's Usain Bolt win of the gold medal in the 200-meter sprint scored a record on Twitter with 80,000 tweets per minute. His gold medal for the 100-meter sprint came in second with 74,000 tweets per minute. Bolt also was tops on … Read more

Interactive Google soccer goalie doodle goes for Olympic gold

Think you have what it takes to be Hope Solo on the Internet?

No, not on Twitter, telling Brandi Chastain to pipe down but with a virtual soccer goal net behind you and an opposing player in front of you, peppering you with shots.

That is the challenge Google's latest interactive Olympic doodle presents. After sending would-be Web Olympians over the hurdles, to the hoop, and downstream in a kayak, the Web giant's test for today is serving as goalkeeper.

Soccer -- or football as most of the world's population calls it -- is the world's … Read more

Usain Bolt breaks tweets-per-minute record during 200M

Not only did Jamaican Olympian Usain Bolt tear across the finish line winning the 200-meter sprint today, he also triumphed on the Internet. Bolt fans tweeted a record 80,000 tweets-per-minute as the runner overtook his competitors in the race.

"Record alert!" Twitter announced in a tweet earlier today. "@usainbolt sets a new Olympic Games conversation record with over 80,000 TPM for his 200m victory."

Bolt, 25, finished the race in 19.32 seconds winning the gold and beating fellow Jamaicans Yohan Blake and Warren Weir, who came in second and third respectively, according to … Read more