As traffic continues to flow to coverage of Super Bowl preparations, the Roe vs. Wade anniversary and post-inaugural activities, a few newer topics have also bubbled to the surface in our collective consciousness.

Instagram is posting impressive numbers, and in an only-slightly-less blatant PR move, likely specs for the next generation of XBox have "leaked." Also debuting this week: The Following, a show about crazy, violent people that is linked to Baltimore in a different way than other recent shows about crazy, violent people.


How does an 8-core 1.6GHz chip backed by a 768-thread-packing GPU in your Xbox sound? Apparently the Xbox 720, or whatever it ends up getting called, will boast 1.2 teraflops of processing power. Those gun-toting scumbags are never going to look so real when you blow their heads clean-off with your Barrat .50 cal. [Gizmodo]

The Following
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No network midseason show has generated more buzz than "The Following," which premiered Monday night on Fox. [Baltimore Sun]

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Facebook's Instagram reported some powerful new statistics, including 90 million Monthly Active Users. [Forbes]

Miami, NCAA
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The attorney representing former University of Miami basketball coach Frank Haith in the Miami-related NCAA case is angry about a report released Monday by CBSSports.com citing an unnamed source saying Haith -- now the coach at Missouri -- "is expected to be charged with unethical conduct and failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance."
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Roe, Roe vs. Wade
On the 40th anniversary of the benchmark Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade, new poll numbers indicate growing opposition to overturning the ruling, a move advocated by many in the anti-abortion movement. [CNN]

Inauguration 2013, #chicago, J.Crew, Richard Blanco
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Fiasco was asked to leave the stage at a Sunday night pre-inauguration concert in Washington after the 31-year-old rapper performed an antiwar song. Known as the StartUp RockOn inauguration event at the Hamilton Live Theater, the concert featured Fiasco (born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco), who has not been shy about criticizing Obama before. [LAT via Sun]

Tony Gonzalez
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In the aftermath of the Falcons' season-ending loss to the 49ers on Sunday in the NFC Championship game, tight end Tony Gonzalez sounded as if he has played his final NFL game. The Falcons are still holding out hope that Gonzalez will hold off on retirement and return for a 17th season. [AJC]

Martin Luther King Jr.
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Over the holiday weekend, more than 700 people visited Baltimore's Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African-American history and culture for a series of events that culminated with the inaugural viewing and crafts and storytelling sessions. Children used paper plates, yarn, feathers and beads to make dream catchers decorated with words and phrases like "hope" and "I have a dream" to celebrate the memory of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday while their parents watched President Barack Obama's inauguration on a big-screen television. [Baltimore Sun]

Super Bowl 2013, Colin Kaepernick, NOLA
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The Ravens arrived at their team facility in Owings Mills Monday morning, short on sleep but long on adrenaline and anticipation. It had been less than 24 hours since the Ravens' 28-13 victory over the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in the AFC championship game, and the magnitude of their accomplishment and what lies ahead still hadn't completely sunk in.
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