Grumpy Cat movie, world's tiniest bunny: This week in off-beat tech stories

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This week, Manhattanhenge stunned New Yorkers as though they hadn't seen the sun for years, the United Nations called for a temporary freeze on producing "killer robots" in case they turned against their human masters and one Reddit user who suffered a burned finger after his Samsung Galaxy S III allegedly caught fire.

As if that wasn't enough, in this week's round-up of off-beat stories, YouTube may have discovered the world's fastest typist, and Grumpy Cat gets a movie deal -- but hates it.

Internet star Grumpy Cat gets the Hollywood Treatment

The Internet sensation that is Grumpy Cat, otherwise known as "Tard" -- short for "Tarder Sauce" -- will be hitting the cinema screens after securing a movie deal, reports Reuters.

The world's most miserable cat came to fame after the cat was posted on the social news site Reddit. From meme to movie, the feline will star -- and talk, apparently -- in a film reminiscent of "Garfield," although full details are yet to be announced. Already comfortable (albeit glum) in front of cameras, the Internet's favorite cat has already appeared on CNN's Anderson Cooper, and ABC's Good Morning America.

But Tard hated everything about it.

YouTube discovers the world's fastest typist?

The world's largest collection of online videos has some wonders for sure. Catering for almost every taste, and in many some cases capturing some of the world's most poignant and tragic moments, YouTube has made many talented folk famous.

And this week was no different. Taking the social media outlets by storm, YouTube user "zundeng" spotted one gentleman clacking at his computer at breakneck speed and couldn't resist taking a video. Using one and both hands, the speed in which this one guy can process the details of others' handed to him is breathtaking.

Singapore "censorship" criticized after moving to individually license news sites

Singapore has come under the international spotlight after its government announced that certain online news outlets would have to seek a license to continue operating, reports ZDNet. This license would allow sites that cover "news and current affairs" to continue operating, at a bond of about $39,500, that could be revoked at any time -- such as if "prohibited content" is not removed within 24 hours.

Opposition politicians in the country have already expressed its "deep concern" over the "puzzling" act. Whether or not the move is deemed "censorship" or "regulation" remains unclear, but it has left more questions than answers -- as detailed by ZDNet's Singapore-based Eileen Yu.

World's tiniest bunny may have bioelectronics benefits

About the size of a single bacterium, the world's smallest bunny sculpture was created in Japan by scientists out of a new light-sensitive material. The microscopic rabbit was shaped and sculpted with a laser, and baked to preserve its shape.

Sure, it's a cute looking bunny, even if it is less than one-hundredth of a millimeter tall. The "tinycarbon" material is an excellent conductor. Because it is made out of a natural bodily-occurring substance -- carbon -- it could allow scientists to make breakthroughs in biotechnology. The material could help develop electrodes implants for the human body or brain, as well as being an excellent store of energy.

Is Google Glass "ruining" our love lives?

While Google Glass has yet to be adopted into the wider world, many have already questioned exactly how others' will retain their privacy. Even Congress is preempting the move by sending a letter to the Google bosses asking about the device.

But exactly how would Glass work in those special, intimate moments? In an editorial for NBC News, Rosa Golijan asked whether or not Google Glass could benefit or hold back those romantic times. "The headset sure makes the awkward moments more awkward," she concluded. At this early stage, many will ask about the emerging technology. That can get in the way of actual human-to-human interaction.

One relationship expert for Match.com speaking to the publication had three simple words for date-goers: "Don't wear it."

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    Zack Whittaker writes for ZDNet, CNET and CBS News. He is based in New York City.

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