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Google celebrates Valentine's Day with help from 'This American Life'

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Google’s Charm Offensive is strong on Anna Howard Shaw Day Valentine’s Day.

Today’s homepage Doodle (in the United States, at least) is decked out in candy hearts — you know, the kind you gave to your crush (and everyone else in the class) when you were 8.

Click on any of the hearts, and you get to hear one of six short ‘n sweet stories from real-life lovebirds describing how they fell in love. The snippets come from public radio’s This American Life. They hit a bunch of different tones, but the funny ones may be the best. Take “Crush,” for example, in which a teenage girl declares:  “This one time I sneezed … and he goes, ‘You know, you have a really cute sneeze.’ … I was all day on that sneeze comment. I must have told every one of my friends.”

Love is a battlefield. Break out some chocolates and give all the stories a listen on Google’s homepage.

Google celebrates Olympics and human rights in new homepage Doodle

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On the day of the opening ceremonies in the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, Google is celebrating the Olympics — and also equality. Instead of keeping the colors in the picture in the order of the Google logo, it arranges them in rainbow order, likely a nod to the flag representing LGBTQ issues.

Below the image, the search engine highlights a quote from the Olympic charter: “The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.”

When clicking anywhere on the Doodle, Google takes users to the search results for “Olympic Charter.”

The first night of the Games took place last night, and, in addition to NBC showing highlights from new sports such as slopestyle and team skate, Bob Costas also discussed with viewers the many issues at play in the Sochi Olympics, including human rights problems.

Google celebrates Zora Neale Hurston

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Google Doodle’s latest celebrates what would have been the 123rd birthday of anthropologist and author Zora Neale Hurston. A prominent figure in the Harlem Renaissance and a Guggenheim Fellow, Hurston is probably best known as the author of Their Eyes Were Watching God, which was turned into a 2005 movie starring Halle Berry.

The Google homepage drawing depicts a portrait of Hurston on top of what looks to be the setting of one of the many folklore tales she wrote. PBS has aired a few documentary retrospectives of her and her work; you can watch a clip from the most recent, 2008′s  Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun, below.  READ FULL STORY

Join 'Psych' stars Dule Hill and James Roday in a live hangout!

It’s the moment all Psych fans have been waiting for: Psych: The Musical! Airing Sunday, Dec. 15, Dule Hill (a Broadway vet!) and James Roday will put on their dancing shoes along with the rest of the cast for a special episode. Get the inside scoop from the stars themselves in a live Google+ chat with EW.  UPDATE: We’re live! Watch below!

Tune in on Friday at 11:15 a.m. ET on the Google+ event page

Fill out this form for a chance to appear live in the chat. 
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Google celebrates computer programmer Grace Hopper

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If you’ve ever described your computer as having “a bug,” you have computer programmer Grace Hopper to thank.

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates what would have been the 107th birthday of the computer programmer, who is credited with creating COBOL (Common Business-Oriented Language), the program that allows computer to communicate through language as well as numbers.

But for the game show enthusiast, the more interesting fact may be her coining of the “bug” term. According to Time magazine from 1984, “In August 1945, while she and some associates were working at Harvard on an experimental machine called the Mark I, a circuit malfunctioned. A researcher using tweezers located and removed the problem: a 2-in. long moth. Hopper taped the offending insect into her logbook. Says she: ‘From then on, when anything went wrong with a computer, we said it had bugs in it.’”

Hopper, also a Navy Rear Admiral and for quite some time the oldest woman serving in the military, is depicted on today’s Google homepage as computing her own age on a giant mainframe. She’d likely be pleased by the posthumous recognition — she was a celebrity of sorts at the end of her life, even appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman. Watch the appearance below: READ FULL STORY

Join us for 'The Sing-Off' and EW's Live Google Hangout!

Ahead of Monday’s season 4 premiere of NBC’s a cappella love fest The Sing-Off, host Nick Lachey — along with new judge Jewel and returning judges Ben Folds and Shawn Stockman — will take your questions about the new season live Monday, Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT in a Google+ hangout with EW’s Annie Barrett and a few lucky fans. We’ll talk about which singers they’re most excited to hear, what’s new for season 4, whether the judges will consider dressing up in kitschy matching group outfits… and whatever else you want!

Here’s the Google+ event page

You can also submit your questions for the cast in the comments below, or on Twitter using the hashtag #EWTalksTV.

Join us! You won’t be judged! Questions may be either sung or spoken, but use an instrument and you may be disqualified.

Watch Live Right Now:

The Sing Off’ premieres Monday, Dec. 9 and concludes Monday, Dec. 23 on NBC.

'Doctor Who' anniversary celebrated with Google Doodle game

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Google wants you to be on board the TARDIS.

Today’s search engine’s homepage Doodle is on a whole other level for fandom love. Doctor Who fanatics can now play a five-level game all about the Doctor. First you pick which of the eleven Doctors suits you best as your avatar. Then it’s time to solve a mystery: The Daleks have stolen the letters of ‘Google’ and it’s up to users to work their way through various settings to retrieve them all. Then go ahead brag about your finishing time on social — users can post results on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ with a push of a button. The game is currently live on the U.K. Google homepage, and will be live in the United States at midnight ET.

“We tried to aim for the base-level as well as the hardcore fans for this,” Google head creative artist Matt Cruikshank explained to EW. “Initially, we were contacted about four months ago internally by a Doctor Who fan who mentioned that [the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who] would make a great subject for a Doodle. [It's] a big cultural institution back in England and it really deserves something quite special. So we set about trying to create a game and we [now] have a fully-interactive, multi-level game. One of the exciting things about Doctor Who is he’s a Time Lord, so he can travel in different dimensions to the past and to the future and also to the present. So we’ve tried to have as much fun with that as possible.”

Goolge has made some impressive homepage Doodles and games before, but this Doctor Who game may just be their most amazing yet. EW had a chance to talk to Cruikshank earlier this week. An edited Q&A is below. READ FULL STORY

Google Middle-Earth: Explore the lands of 'The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug' in epic detail

Ever need to pull up directions from your place in Bree to your friend’s hut in the Trollshaw Forest? Well, now you can! Well, not exactly, but this partnership between Google and creative minds of The Hobbit franchise brings you pretty close.

Google’s latest “Chrome Experiment” provides viewers an interactive 3-D guide through the world of hobbits, dwarves, trolls, and more. Available searchable locations include Trollshaw Forest, Rivendell, and Dol Guldur with Thranduil’s Hall, Lake-Town, and Erebor to be unlocked in the future. (Hint: the unlocked locations are featured in the upcoming prequel-sequel, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.)
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Google Doodle celebrates famed Rorschach test

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Afraid someone you know might be a little, umm, disturbed?

Send them to Google’s homepage today, where the long-running Google Doodle series is celebrating what would have been the 129th birthday of Hermann Rorschach, the Swiss psychiatrist who created the Rorschach test. Rorschach hypothesized that what people said they saw when looked at his inkblot drawings revealed a lot about them — someone who typically saw people as opposed to inanimate objects might be more extroverted, for example. Although he died shortly after this work, many other psychiatrists in the 20th century fine-tuned his popular namesake test.

Google is having a bit of fun today, allowing users to flip through various pictures and then share what they see via various social media sites. Not surprisingly, #RorschachDoodle is already trending on Twitter.

Kudos to all the brave souls baring their innermost visions — or making a silly joke.

Hang out with the stars of 'Catching Fire'! (Via Google)

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Deep down in your heart of hearts, you’ve always had an inkling that you and Jennifer Lawrence would be BFF4EAE if you just had, oh, 20 minutes to chat with her. Ditto Josh Hutcherson. As for Liam Hemsworth? You’re pretty sure that a bit of one-on-one time is all you’d need to make him forget aaaall about old Midriff McTwerkalot. You know, the one with the tongue.

Well, today could be the day you’ll get to put your metaphorical money where your mouth is. In just a few hours, the stars of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire — including J. Law, Hutcherson, Hemsworth, and director Francis Lawrence — will storm the Internet by participating in a global Google+ HangoutSign up here, and you may be one of the six lucky fans selected to participate on air — i.e. ask the gang questions directly from your unfamous mouth. Everyone else will have to be content with submitting questions via Google+ or YouTube.

The fun starts today at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT. Will you be watching — and/or submitting any queries for the gang? (Someone has to ask Hutcherson to follow up on that whole threesome thing, right?)

Update: It’s happening now! Watch below READ FULL STORY

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