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Marvel refused to publish an essay from the 'Maus' author because of a Trump joke

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 15:25:09 +0000

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Marvel Comics wants to steer clear of politics. Even in the introduction to an anthology spanning the period of time during and immediately after World War II.

Marvel: The Golden Age 1939-1949 was originally supposed to include an intro penned by Art Spiegelman, the famed graphic novelist who won a Pulitzer Prize for his work on Maus. But now Spiegelman claims that the essay he wrote, which refers to Donald Trump as the "Orange Skull" — a reference to Captain America's Nazi nemesis, Red Skull — didn't fly with Marvel.

Spiegelman wrote in The Guardian that after he submitted his essay in June, the anthology's publisher Folio Society informed him that Marvel Comics "is not allowing its publications to take a political stance." He says that he was told the intro would still work if he just removed the Red Skull reference. Read more...

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Marcel the monkey from 'Friends' is set to be a TV star again

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 14:10:18 +0000

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Marcel was always bound for great things.

It's been a lot of years since we spent any time with Ross Geller's pet capuchin monkey on Friends — she's actually a female named Katie with her own IMDb page. But that may change once Y: The Last Man, a Brian K. Vaughn comic book adapted for TV, hits FX.

It's not yet certain that Katie will make the final cut, but FX CEO John Landgraf confirmed it was her during the Television Critics Association's summer press tour, per The Hollywood Reporter. He first noticed — and recognized — Katie as he looked through early cuts of Y.

In a subsequent check-in with Katie's trainer, THR was able to confirm her involvement in the show. It's been a long time since that first season of Friends, which premiered in 1994, but Katie — who must have been so young back then! — is apparently in her mid-to-late 20s. Read more...

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Why Tesla should reconsider its stance against heads-up displays

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 12:00:00 +0000

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After eight hours of driving through heavy traffic, re-routed directions to avoid congestion, and a close call with the highway patrol, I was more than grateful for the bright glow of information projected onto my windshield.

The 2019 Lincoln Navigator I was driving from New York City to northern Vermont had a "heads/head-up display," or HUD, with navigation directions, driving speed, speed limits, the time, temperature, and other information superimposed onto the road ahead. The display worked just as well during the day or night, showing me which exit I should take or the speed I should drive. It immediately became an essential driving tool. Read more...

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Fire HD 10 tablet, Fire TV Stick 4K, Fitbit Versa Lite, Surface Pro, and more deals for Aug. 18

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 11:03:08 +0000

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Don't have any plans for Labor Day weekend? Why not use this opportunity to kit out your house with smart home products. With Amazon offering up to 42% off select Echo devices and saving up to $250 off LG 4K TVs that are Alexa compatible at Rakuten, allowing you to control your entire connected home.

Check out more of today's best deals from Amazon, Walmart, Dell, Best Buy, Rakuten, and BuyDig for Sunday, Aug. 18.

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The hidden, magical, inclusive world of Fairytale Instagram

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 11:00:00 +0000

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Instagram is usually built around blurring the line between fantasy and reality in all the wrong ways.

Scrolling through your feed now is like an endless barrage of monotonous everyday bullshit framed and filtered to look like perfect, impossible ideals of "authenticity." Here's this simple vegan meal you can make at home right now — if you've got all these specialized, expensive ingredients on hand! Anyone can hike across this beautifully remote canyon — if you've got six months of hellish marathon training under your belt! Spend your weekend getaway at this perfectly curated, artfully designed Airbnb — with no running water! Read more...

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Start learning to code with C# for $14 with this 21-hour master class

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 09:00:00 +0000

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TL;DR: Get the comprehensive Complete C# Master Class Course for $12.99. Usually priced at $200, you'll be saving an impressive 93%.  


Remember back in the day when you had to spend years in school and/or your life savings to learn to code? Those days are long gone. Getting into coding is easier — and more affordable — than ever before.

Since there are approximately a gazillion coding languages out there, choosing one to start with is no easy feat. But since C# is among the most popular and one of the easiest to learn, and since there's a huge price drop on this Complete C# Master Class Course right now, might we suggest it as a starting point? Read more...

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Camping gear and cool gadgets on sale now

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 09:00:00 +0000

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Camping is a lot more fun when you come prepared. If you plan on spending Labor Day weekend in the great outdoors, take your pick from these clutch camping items, all of which are on sale:

nCamp Kitchen To-Go Starter Set

Cooking outdoors is easier said than done, but with this, it's just plain easier. It includes a stove that's designed to burn wood, liquid, and solid fuel with a built-in prep surface that can be used to cut, stage, and serve food. And with the included case and collapsible design, you can easily transport it from point A to point B. Get it on sale for $75 — 25% off the usual $100. Read more...

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Make your bedroom feel like a luxury hotel with these comforters and duvet sets on sale

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 09:00:00 +0000

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Not all of us can go on big, fancy vacations all the time. But we can upgrade our bedrooms to feel like a luxury hotel and have ourselves a little staycation. It's the perfect way to treat yourself without paying very much.

While there are tons of ways to transform your bedroom into a luxury suite, a cozy comforter is a great place to start. And lucky for you, we've rounded up nine sets that are on sale. 

Serenity Silk Comforter

If a down comforter is the epitome of coziness for you, but you're a grade-A allergy sufferer, this Serenity Silk Comforter is the next best thing. Made of 100% combed organic cotton and 100% long strand silk, you'll get the comfort and quality of down without getting the sniffles every night. Read more...

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Don't make calls with Siri or Google or you could get scammed

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 22:11:27 +0000

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If you've ever used Siri or Google to call a business, you could be in danger of falling victim to a new scam. 

Phone calls made with voice assistants could open people up to scammers, who have found a clever new way to exploit our growing dependence on Siri and Google. That's according to the Better Business Bureau, which issued a warning about the scheme.

Here's how it goes down, according to the BBB: you need to call a business, like an airline, but you don't know what number to call. So you do what many of us do and ask Google or Siri to "call [business name]" for you you. 

But instead of calling your bank or your airline, the assistant calls a scammer impersonating someone from the company, who will try to trick you into sending them money. Read more...

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Google Assistant's abilities dominate Siri and Alexa, research shows

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 21:39:36 +0000

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Alexa and Siri aren't nearly as capable as Google Assistant, according to new research. 

Research firm Loup Ventures recently published its semi-annual report on smartphone-based digital assistants, and the results once again show that Google is significantly ahead of Amazon and Apple. 

To find out which assistant was best, analysts Gene Munster and Will Thompson asked each one the same 800 questions across five different categories and graded them on understanding and accuracy. 

According to their findings, Google Assistant understood every single query they asked and answered correctly 92.9 percent of the time. Siri understood 99.8 percent of questions and answered 83.1 percent correctly, while Alexa understood 99.9 percent and answered correctly 79.8 percent of the time. To put that in perspective, that means Alexa answered approximately 162 questions incorrectly while Google got just 57 wrong.  Read more...

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Stunning Hubble photo catches an aging star's giant ring of space gas

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 21:33:00 +0000

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Just like people, stars get old. Also like people, aging stars release a lot of gas.

This newly captured image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows us NGC 2022, a planetary nebula in the Orion constellation. Yes, it's a star and not a planet; it's called that because of the rounded shaped produced by the star's expanding ring of gas.

As stars get older, they get larger and take on more of a reddish glow. As that process plays out, the star sheds its outer layers into the surrounding space. As its mass shrinks the star's core gets hotter, which in turn releases more ultraviolet light.

Those UV rays create a distinctive glow in the surrounding space as they interact with the gases that have been released. That's how we end up with this picturesque scene. Read more...

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Nintendo isn't officially upgrading recently bought Switch consoles

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 21:11:02 +0000

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The slightly refreshed Nintendo Switch is now officially available, but reports that Nintendo is handing out free hardware upgrades aren't accurate. 

The newly released Switch is the same device that launched back in 2017, only this one sports an updated CPU that's more efficient, resulting in improved battery life. Both versions of the console are on shelves now, and a Friday report from Polygon had suggested that Nintendo was giving people who recently purchased the older version a free upgrade to the new one.

Nintendo says that's not the case — not officially, at least — in a statement provided to Mashable on Saturday. Read more...

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French soccer match halted after crowd starts homophobic chant

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 18:54:21 +0000

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A Ligue 2 soccer match between AS Nancy Lorraine and Le Mans FC was temporarily halted Friday night after some Nancy fans began a homophobic chant, NBC Sports reported.

Referee Mehdi Mokhtari stopped the match and players pleaded with fans to stop. The game was put on hold for about a minute and resumed after fans stopped their problematic singing.

This is the first time a professional soccer match has been stopped in France for this reason, and the decision to temporarily halt play fell in line with one of France's new rules against discrimination, FIFA employee Alex Stone said on Twitter.

Both Roxana Mărăcineanu, the French sport minister, and Marlène Schiappa, France's secretary of state for gender equality, commended the referee on Twitter for taking a stand against the offending fans. Read more...

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The next Apple Watch could come in two new finishes

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 17:38:03 +0000

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We're still a few weeks away from Apple's next big product launch, but more clues about the new lineup of gadgets are starting to emerge — including the Apple Watch.

The forthcoming Apple Watch will be available in two new finishes, according to images uncovered in the latest watchOS beta, spotted by iHelpBR. The blog published photos from the watchOS startup screen, which indicate the next Apple Watch will be available in titanium and ceramic cases.

Apple has used a ceramic finish in the past, the last time being the Apple Watch Series 3, but this would be the first time the company has made it in titanium. Both options are likely to be higher-priced Apple Watch Edition models, which use more premium materials than the regular-priced, aluminum Apple Watch.  Read more...

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Tesla is testing a low-priced 'Rent Solar' program for homes, but read the fine print

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 17:21:02 +0000

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Tesla has struggled so far to make residential solar power a reality, and company executives are no doubt hoping that a new "Rent Solar" program will change that.

It's a pretty straightforward deal: for as little as $50 monthly, you get all the necessary panels and other hardware, plus installation, support, and ongoing maintenance. There's no up front cost for the installation and no long-term contract commitment.

There's one big catch, however: if you decide to end your commitment and want the solar panels and hardware removed, you're paying Tesla $1,500 to get that done. You're also going to pay the same amount if you start with an option that's too large for your needs and decide to downsize. Read more...

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Dave Grohl and Rick Astley surprise London club with a live Rick-roll

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 16:58:33 +0000

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A real-life Rick-roll is 100 times better than an internet Rick-roll.

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and YouTube's most-beloved '80s singer Rick Astley performed a surprise set at the Moth Club in London Friday night, including Astley's infamous tune "Never Gonna Give You Up."

Pictures and videos circulated around the internet, and it looks like everyone had a great time. How could you not?

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Android users duped into downloading adware apps 8 million times

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 14:50:00 +0000

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Android users need to exercise some caution when downloading apps on the Google Play store.

Cyber security firm Trend Micro recently found 85 different apps for Android phones that are actually adware apps in disguise. These sneaky camera and game apps were downloaded more than 8 million times in total.

The apps, which have been removed from the Google Play store after Trend Micro shared its findings with Google, would push out screen-covering, unskippable ads over the phone's home screen, which is so obnoxious.

Not only that, if you realized the app was serving up these ads and didn't want it on your phone anymore, you'd have a hard time deleting it. After being downloaded, the apps would wait 30 minutes then create a shortcut of the app on the home screen and hide the real icon, so when you tried to delete it, it would just delete the shortcut and not the app itself. Devious. Read more...

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How to choose a wedding website provider without losing your mind

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 13:00:00 +0000

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My mother texted me, appalled. 

“Did you know this magazine recommends that your wedding should have branding?”

Unfortunately, I did. I'm in the early stages of planning my own wedding, and have been to a fair amount of friends' nuptials. So at this point, on invitations and wedding signage galore, I’ve seen enough intertwined initials surrounded by curlicues or signals of the couple's interests (suns, bikes, mountains, everyone is outdoorsy???), to know that creating a ~visual identity~ for one’s wedding is par for the course — maybe even a requirement — these days. 

One of the ways that design takes center stage in contemporary weddings is through the wedding website. When people are on the cusp of matrimony, they create a site with all the relevant (and not so relevant) information about their upcoming event, and often, themselves as a couple. The color scheme, fonts, and general look and feel of the site often carries over to the paper invitations and actual wedding. Read more...

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ClimaCell weather app features better accuracy and alerts—for a price

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 12:00:00 +0000

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Bad weather is one thing technology won't let us escape, no matter how hard we try. The new ClimaCell app will at least help you be prepared. 

ClimaCell launched earlier this week on iOS with the promise of hyper-accurate forecasting, at least relative to the default weather app on your iPhone. In a Washington Post profile this week, the company behind ClimaCell explained how its "weather of things" approach helps it create better forecasts faster.

That's all well and good, but should you make ClimaCell your default weather app? After using it exclusively this week, I can definitively say "maybe." Just ask yourself if you're willing to pay for a weather app. Read more...

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Echo Dot, iPad Pro, Avengers: Endgame, Nintendo Switch, and more deals for Aug. 17

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 10:55:58 +0000

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With Labor Day weekend coming up, why not host a party and assemble your buddies and family around. With many ways to keep them entertained, putting on a movie the easiestWalmart is currently offering Avengers: Endgame 4K edition for $24.96, saving you 37% off the listed price.

Don't have a 4K TV? Lucky for you Dell is offering the VIZIO 65-inch 4K HDR smart TV with $350 Dell gift card for $1249.99. When you factor in the gift card, you are getting this TV for $899.99, which is an excellent deal for a TV with 200 local dimming zones and up to 1100 nits brightness.

Check out more of today's best deals from Amazon, Walmart, Dell, Best Buy, B&H Photo-Video, Adorama, and Google Express for Saturday, Aug. 17 Read more...

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Everything you need to remember from 'Mindhunter' Season 1

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 10:00:00 +0000

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The following contains full spoilers for Mindhunter Season 1 and zero spoilers for Mindhunter Season 2.

After almost two years, Mindhunter is finally making its way back to Netflix this weekend.

Streamers obsessed over the FBI drama when it first premiered in fall 2017, but folks diving back into Season 2 on Friday reported forgetting where exactly this tense saga left off. If you're in that boat or altogether new to the true crime series, then we've got great news.

Out of the goodness of our hearts — and in no way because we also forgot nearly everything that happened in Season 1 — we've thrown together a quick Mindhunter refresher to jump start your weekend binge. Enjoy! Read more...

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Keep your wires and cords super organized with this $20 hub

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 09:00:00 +0000

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TL;DR: The Nomad 3-port charging hub is $19.99 in the Mashable Shop. It's typically $49.95, so you'll save 29.96


We wouldn't last a day without our multiple devices — think wireless headphones, smartphones, and tablets — on hand. The problem with needing so many essential tech products is that they all die, and when they all hit zero percent at once we have to pick and choose which ones deserve to be powered up first. It’s like picking your favorite child. 

While power strips can quickly remedy that situation, they look bulky around the home. Some might even say ugly. That’s where the Nomad 3-port charging hub comes in. This sleek device can power up to three devices as once. But what sets it apart is its discreet design, which hides and houses your cables. Ultimately, it will help prevent all those extra charging wires lying around from making your living space or bedroom feel messy or disorganized.  Read more...

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Save $100 on these high fidelity, noise-canceling headphones

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 09:00:00 +0000

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TL;DR: Snag the immersive Culture V1 headphones for $99.99 in the Mashable Shop. They're typically $200, so you'll save $100.


You’re in a complicated relationship with Bose and Beats headphones. While you love the idea of high fidelity sound, a cordless listening experience, an ergonomic design, and the ability to block out background noise effectively, you can’t quite commit to the price. 

Great active noise cancellation tends to come at a steep markup, so add all the other bells and whistles, and it’s hard to find a budget-friendly option that can give household name brands a run for their money. But that’s not to say they aren’t out there.  Read more...

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If you're a procrastinator, you need this to-do list app

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 09:00:00 +0000

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TL; DR: Get a lifetime subscription to the the multitasking Toodledo Plus Online Task Manager for $39.99. It's usually priced at $299.40, you'll be saving an impressive 86% off. 


Everyone procrastinates. Yes, even the most productive people amongst us have those days where, no matter what, they just can't focus. Sadly, there's no magical switch you can flip to turn on your productivity, but there are tools that can help you say "toodle-loo" to procrastination — like Toodledo Online Task Manager.

Aside from being fun to say, Toodledo is a powerful task manager that helps you get more stuff done. Practically everything about the app is customizable, meaning you can make it fit your needs, whatever they may be. It's more than just a to-do list; it provides a place for long notes, custom lists, structured outlines, and habit-tracking. Read more...

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Flip flops made of grass, live hermit crabs, and more weird stuff on Amazon this week

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 06:00:00 +0000

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As your friendly neighborhood shopping writers, we spend our days scouring the internet and of course, Amazon, to bring you the best deals on the gadgets and gizmos you need the most. But there’s something we need to get off our chests: beneath Amazon’s calm surface of MacBooks, KitchenAid mixers, and eco-friendly air conditioners there lurks a strange — yet wonderful — underbelly. 

One where you find one hyperrealistic steak pillow and before you know it, you’ve been sucked further into the head-scratching vortex until you’re decorating your apartment with a life size Celine Dion cardboard cutout. It happens.  Read more...

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Cybersecurity conference attendees possibly exposed to IRL virus

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 22:59:58 +0000

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They, perhaps more than any other gathered group of industry professionals, know how to defend against viruses. Just, maybe, not this kind. 

Hackers and cybersecurity researchers who attended this year's annual Black Hat information security conference in Las Vegas found themselves on the receiving end of the wrong kind of security notification. On Thursday, the Southern Nevada Health District issued a warning stating that individuals in Vegas over the course of the conference may have been exposed to measles. 

Yes, as in literal measles

"The Southern Nevada Health District is informing individuals and the public who were at different locations listed below that they might have been exposed to a person who was confirmed to have a case of measles," reads the statementRead more...

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VW’s adorable buggy is part of an electric master plan

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 22:09:21 +0000

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The Volkswagen ID. Buggy is cute, doorless (and roofless!), and gives off strong beach vibes. But the dune buggy-inspired concept car is more than its looks. It's about the possibilities of an electric vehicle. See, it's not just SUVs and sedans that can get the electric treatment.

After making its debut earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, the ID. Buggy was just at Monterey Car Week to show what it can do off the showroom floor. The car kept busy hitting the beach and sand dunes of the California coast this week, not just sitting pretty with fancy design ideas on display. This is a driveable car. Even if it isn't likely to ever be produced — at least for the masses — it shows "the versatility of the electric platform," as VW spokesperson Jochen Tekotte said at the beach before a test drive. Read more...

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'Silicon Valley' heads to Washington in new trailer

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 20:36:42 +0000

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It shouldn't be news to any of us now that some parts of the internet...are bad. Even a lot of the good parts are being used by bad people, or for bad purposes like datamining and invasions of privacy without user consent.

That's the kind of hard-hitting ethical quandary you probably wouldn't expect from Silicon Valley, but the teaser for the forthcoming season of HBO's tech startup satire promises to at least touch upon big names like Google and Amazon, even if it's just for a scathing joke (what is Amazon, anyway?). 

The final season of Silicon Valley begins Oct. 27 on HBO. Read more...

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Trump's interest in buying Greenland gets relentlessly mocked on Twitter

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 20:34:03 +0000

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Trump wants to buy Greenland, and the internet isn't holding back on the memes.

The president has "repeatedly expressed interest" in buying the island, the Wall Street Journal reports, and has asked advisers about whether the United States can buy the self-ruling part of the Kingdom of Denmark. People close to the discussions also told the Wall Street Journal that Trump has asked White House counsel to "look into the idea." 

Even if the U.Scould feasibly "buy" Greenland, Greenland itself brushed it off. In a statement, its foreign ministry affirmed that the island isn't for sale. 

"Greenland is rich in valuable resources such as minerals, the purest water and ice, fish stocks, seafood, renewable energy, and is a new frontier for adventure tourism," the foreign ministry said. "We're open for business, not for sale."  Read more...

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Please enjoy a nice song featuring the world's sleepiest chihuahua

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 20:25:45 +0000

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YouTuber Malinda Herman has a channel full of delightful song covers, many of which she sings to her two adoring dogs and extremely vocal cat. But the best one of all is perhaps her take on Lobo's "I'd Love You to Want Me," which is peppered with enthusiastic meows and makes her chihuahua so sleepy that he cuddles up to the guitar.

Are you crying? I am crying. Look at his little paws. Look at his little yawns! OK, hear me out: What if we delete all of YouTube except for this channel? I think it could be really good for everyone. Let me know! Read more...

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