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The 404 1,434: Where we make room for meat (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- BiteLabs Web site claims to grow "meat" from celebrity tissue samples.

- IBM uses thinking computers to generate chocolate burritos and other weird food.

- This machine will translate your dog's thoughts into words.

- Facial hair transplants are rising amid hipster beard craze, doctors say.

- Follow Bridget Carey on Twitter and check out CNET Update everyday!… Read more

The 404 1,421: Where we would like to make it a true Daily Double (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Smartphone surprise success Flappy Bird earns $50K per day.

- Pay this no mind: DMX will fight George Zimmerman in a boxing match.

- Meet the man who's hacking "Jeopardy"!

- George Clooney says he'll NEVER be on Twitter.… Read more

Death Star soccer ball: Kick 'em while they're Darth

"Star Wars" celebrations are known for offering exclusive merchandise as special lures for attendees. Sometimes, those exclusive items sneak out and become available to the general public. That's what happened with the limited-edition Death Star soccer ball.

ThinkGeek is selling a small quantity of these exclusive balls that were originally offered at "Star Wars" Celebration Europe. Naturally, they were originally called the "Celebration Europe Death Star Football." Other European items may be destined to stay exclusive, like the Death Star paper lantern and Endor speeder bike floaty pen.… Read more

'Star Wars' fan event teases 'Episode VII,' 'Rebels' cartoon

While the Star Wars Celebration Europe fan fest has gone the way of the Jedi, its impact is still causing ripples in the Force.

As expected, "Star Wars: Episode VII" dominated conversation at the July 26-28 event, but there was also focus on the new animated show, composer John Williams, and some interesting quotes from Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy.… Read more

Life-size model of 'Star Wars' TIE Fighter seeks rebel scum

In "Star Wars," Darth Vader attempted to defend the first Death Star with a modified TIE Fighter known as the TIE Advanced x1. After thousands of hours of hard work, a team of German "Star Wars" fans, calling themselves Project X1, have completed a 2:1 scale model of Vader's personal spaceship.

Based on plans designed by architect Markus Sammann, and using materials such as steel, plastic, and wood, a group of 20 people spent two years creating the 1.43-ton homage. The dimensions of the TIE Advanced x1 mockup -- at 17 feet wide by 14.1 feet high by 15.7 feet long -- would likely amaze any onlooker and certainly arouse any fan of the Empire. Project X1 notes the build is dedicated to "Star Wars" creator George Lucas, the 501st Legion, and fans of the sci-fi saga.… Read more

Star Apps: Rob Kardashian

If the Kardashians are America's first family, then Rob Kardashian is their golden boy. Since "Keeping up with the Kardashians" debuted in 2007 (just three and a half months after the iPhone!), millions have watched Rob grow from a 20-year-old college student in a relationship with ex-Cheetah girl Adrienne Bailon to a runner up on "Dancing with the Stars," and now a successful entrepreneur -- his Arthur George sock line is carried at Neiman Marcus stores, nationwide. On the flip side, we've also witnessed as he's publicly tackled weight gain, OCD, and insecurities … Read more

Twitter grammar police say musicians can't write

I had always thought that technology was freeing burdened souls from having to follow ancient rules. The cherished principle of disruption has taken an ax to any supposed truth that's more than seven years old.

Yet some still want to preserve old ways. Grammarians, for example.

What use is grammar, really? You know what someone's trying to say when they tweet: "LOL. SKOOL SUX!!!!" -- even if the grammar gods might feel the bile rising toward their vocal chords.

Surely the most important thing about communication is the communicating part, not the following-some-old-Englishman's-rules part.

And yet there is an app called Grammarly, whose sole existence is predicated on preserving linguistic decorum.

In order to prove its alleged worth, Grammarly decided to analyze the tweets of the famous to see just how terminal grammar skills had become.… Read more

Review: Celebrity Clicks puts you behind the camera lens

Celebrity Clicks is different from other photo editing apps on the App Store, offering all of the same filters and editing tools you are used to but with the added ability to download images of celebrities. You can then edit these celebrity photos, inserting your own pictures and backgrounds, before sharing with friends.

When you first download Celebrity Clicks, only four celebrities will be available, but there are dozens more you can download for free from the home screen. The interface is easy to use and intuitive in that all of the editing options are onscreen with your image. Tap … Read more

Hooked Up: Check out the set of NCIS with Pauley Perrette and her tech toys

In this week's episode of Hooked Up, Kevin Frazier hangs out on the set of "NCIS" with actress Pauley Perrette, who plays Abby Sciuto, the show's fan-favorite quirky forensic scientist. She talks about her role as the social media ambassador for CBS during "Tweet Week" and how she used Twitter to help keep the Hope Gardens shelter for families open.

Pauley bring hers own tech on set, including the dirtiest Macbook you've probably ever seen, and she shows us some of the fun set pieces in Abby's lab. She also talks about … Read more

Hooked Up: A backstage pass at the tech behind Cee Lo Green's stage show

Welcome to the start of a new franchise here at CNET -- the first episode of Hooked Up! It's the only show where the world of celebrity and technology collide.

This week, Kevin Frazier checks out Cee Lo Green's Las Vegas show "Loberace" and the technology that's involved in creating a massive production that only Las Vegas can do. Cee Lo also talks about his personal health goals, Goodie Mob's comeback, and their search for the next big music artist.

I'll also break down some of the best ways to bring the biggest … Read more