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The only plus-size models shown in any major September fashion mags were in ads.

The Huffington Post recently dug through seven September issues of the biggest fashion publications: (Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, W, Elle, Marie Claire, InStyle and Cosmopolitan) and found zero plus-size models in any of its editorials. It was a clear message: Plus-size still isn't en vogue. Literally.

The September issue of Vogue, the publication's biggest yearly edition, has a whopping 832 pages. The only two pages that included any women who were more than sample size comprised a curious advertisement. “It’s time for change,” the ad pleaded along with its hashtag, #PlusIsEqual.

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No, Peter Chou isn't leaving HTC. As the company is gearing up to launch its virtual reality platform (and another flagship phone) later this year, the co-founder has decided to pick up a second role at renowned visual effects company, Digital Domain, to strengthen his company's VR know-how. That's according to a statement from HTC, anyway. For those who don't know, Digital Domain is the digital production house behind movies like Iron Man 3 (seems like HTC just can't get enough of Robert Downey Jr.), Her and Tron: Legacy. It also made animated clips in games including Assassin's Creed Unity, Destiny and Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Chou will officially join the Hong Kong-owned company as an executive director on August 31st, but it'll obviously be a while before we see what this will bring to the HTC Vive.

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A federal judge presiding over the Apple v. Samsung patent trial laid down the law this week, prohibiting either party from filing without permission after being inundated by a series of motions, objections and letters.

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U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh on Thursday ordered Apple and Samsung to stop filing unless given express permission by the court. The ruling was issued shortly after Samsung filed an objection to an Apple proposal for partial final judgment lodged after the Federal Circuit denied Samsung's appeal of an order to pay out $399 million in damages. Since Tuesday the court received five filings: Apple's letter proposing partial final judgment, a response from Samsung, a response to that response from Apple, a motion for judgment as a matter of law from Samsung and Thursday's objection, also from Samsung. That last filing was apparently the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back. "The Court has not yet received the mandate from the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals," Judge Koh wrote in her order. "Despite this, the parties have already filed a letter, two responses, an objection, and a motion. The parties shall not file any further motions, briefs, or letters with the Court until authorized by the Court."For its part, Samsung argues Apple's initial letter was procedurally improper, noting that if the court took action it would violate federal rules, contradict a previous ruling and "work a manifest injustice" by enforcing an invalid patent. To that last point, Samsung is referring to a final decision invalidating Apple's "pinch-to-zoom" UI patent handed down by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board last December. Apple is currently seeking a rehearing and if the PTAB chooses to pass must file a Federal Circuit appeal.Apple is also facing a non-final decision from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Central Reexamination Division, which invalidated an iPhone design patent on multiple grounds.This week's events come three years ago after the first Apple v. Samsung action ended in 2012 with a resounding win for Apple. Subsequent court actions reduced damages to $548 million, though both parties are contesting the sum. Samsung, for example, is petitioning the Supreme Court to hear its case relating to the recent CAFC denial.
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As music fans go mobile, music festivals are following suit. The kids in America are rocking out to T-Swift with a Natty Lite in one hand and a mobile phone open to native festival apps in the other.

Schedules, venue maps, artists and vendors are all in the palm of partygoers hands. And festivals are even designing other features specifically to engage the throngs of eager event-goers, diehard fans and dispassionate bystanders weeks before the events actually begin.

Imagine for a second if these apps (or a new app, for that matter) took the mobile experience a bit further in engaging people on an ongoing basis.

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A month ago, we wrote about actor James Woods bizarrely suing a trollish Twitter user who had been mocking Woods on the site. The whole lawsuit seemed ridiculous. The specific tweet that sent Woods over the edge was this anonymous user (who went by the name "Abe List") saying "cocaine addict James Woods still sniffing and spouting." Soon after our post on the subject, Ken "Popehat" White posted an even better takedown entitled James Woods Punches the Muppet. That post has now been updated with a brief note that White has now been retained to defend the anonymous Twitter user. And, if that gets you excited for what to expect in the legal filings, well, you don't have wait. As first reported by Eriq Gardner at the Hollywood Reporter, White has filed the John Doe's opposition to Woods' attempt to unmask the guy. And it's worth reading.

Problem number one with Woods' suit is laid out right at the beginning of the filing, which is that Woods himself has a habit of accusing others of using illegal drugs as well, just as Abe List did:

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The filing shows other tweets from Woods that have similar words that Woods complained about Abe List using, such as "clown" and "scum." As the filing notes, it appears Woods thinks that he can use those insults towards others, but if anyone uses them towards him, it's somehow defamatory.
Plaintiff, an internationally known actor, is active on Twitter, a social media platform. There he is known for engaging in rough-and-tumble political debate. Plaintiff routinely employs insults like “clown” and “scum,” and even accuses others of drug use as a rhetorical trope....
But Plaintiff apparently believes that while he can say that sort of thing to others, others cannot say it to him. He has sued Mr. Doe for a derisive tweet referring to him as “cocaine addict James Woods still sniffing and spouting” in the course of political back-andforth.... He also complains, at length, that Mr. Doe has called him things like a “clown” and “scum.” Naturally, Plaintiff has himself called others “clown” or “scum” on Twitter.
The filing, quite reasonably, notes that these kinds of hyperbolic claims cannot be seen as defamatory, and since there's no legitimate claim here, there is no reason to do expedited discovery or to unmask Abe List, who is entitled to have his identity protected under the First Amendment.

Oh, and, not surprisingly, White will be filing an anti-SLAPP motion shortly, which may mean that Woods is going to have to pay for this mess that he caused.

The filing also notes that while Woods sent a subpoena to Twitter to try to seek Abe List's identity, the company turned it down as deficient. The full two page letter is in the filing below as Exhibit B, but a quick snippet on the First Amendment concerns:

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The FAA's Official App Shows Where It's Legal To Fly a Drone

When I first set out to fly some hobby drones, I had no idea where to go. I had to scour the web to figure out where I could fly without getting into trouble. Even then, I found precious little info. The FAA’s new iPhone app sounds exactly like what I was looking for.

Originally announced in May, the Federal Aviation Administration just released the new app in beta today to approximately 1,000 testers. It’s a pretty simple idea: you tell the app where you’d like to fly, and it’ll show you whether that’s legal. It pulls in the locations of nearby airports and helipads, as well as big no-fly zones like the one over Washington, DC. It’ll give you a thumbs-up if your flight plans are safe, or a stop sign if they’re prohibited.

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This might be the technology we need to bring LARPing out of the realm of 'extremely geeky'. Also, I bet the US military is going to want to get its hands on this one for training purposes. Or murder mystery theater when you're a participant in the actual spooky mansion? Or a Star Trek bridge simulator!

I'll be pretty excited when one of these comes to my city... just as long as the RealDoll people have to use a different room than everyone else.

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Google is starting to make it easier to find plumbers, locksmiths, cleaners, and other home service workers. It's rolling out a new type of search ad today that'll place listings for these services at the top of relevant search result pages, although only around the San Francisco Bay Area for now. The listings include a phone number for the business, customer ratings, basic details on their services, and a photo of someone who represents the company. The idea is that you can now just search for "lock repair" and immediately get a locksmith's number, rather than having to look through search results — or, you know, turn to another competitor like Amazon.

But keep in mind that these aren't people working for Google, nor are they necessarily recommended by Google: these are paid ads for local companies. That said, Google does have a slight hand in curation here. Google requires that every company go through background checks, get properly licensed, and obtain insurance, according to The Wall Street Journal. Google will also use mystery shoppers to check in on their performance. The ads are only open to plumbers, locksmiths, cleaners, and handyworkers for now — and again, only in the San Francisco Bay Area — but this is also just the start of what appears to be a much larger effort from Google to compete with the many tech companies already in this space.

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Reeses-and-pumpkin-squares-horizontal-lifestyle1Orange never looked so irresistible.

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Get out those chunky sweaters and leggings now because Dunkin' Donuts has two new fall flavors.

America's best-known donut chain is going orange with its new limited edition fall flavors, including pumpkin cheesecake and, in collaboration with The Hershey Company, a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup donut, reports Refinery 29.

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A grizzly bear in Alaska knocks over a GoPro camera.

Video screenshot by Danny Gallagher/CNET

Humans have a weird relationship with bears. We know these giant majestic creatures have quite a bit of strength and can cause some serious damage if they feel threatened, and yet we continually portray them as cuddly and adorable creatures with things like teddy bears and cartoons like "The Care Bears." Make no mistake about it: If Care Bears were real, they'd have huge claws and could probably eat your face.

If you've ever wondered what it's like to be struck in the face by an actual grizzly bear, GoPro posted a video on its YouTube page Thursday that you should see. It features footage of a grizzly bear in Alaska walking up to the camera and taking a giant swipe at it with one of its massive paws.

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Marc Hemeon, the former Google designer who co-founded the app incubator North, is moving on to a new project. He’s left his partner, Kevin Rose, the founder of the once popular news aggregator Digg, to join Sean Parker’s political causes app Brigade.

“I want to thank Kevin and Ben [Clymer] for an incredible experience and their support through this tough decision,” Hemeon said in a Medium blog post about the news. “I’ll continue as a shareholder, adviser and friend.”

Hemeon will be head of design at Brigade, which people use as a way to connect socially over the policies they care about. They vote which way they swing on different issues, peruse friends’ responses and create their own causes for friends to vote for.

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A 17-year-old Virginia resident has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison by a U.S. federal court after he used Twitter to provide financial and recruiting support to the extremist Islamic group known as ISIS.

The sentence handed down Friday shows how wide a net officials have cast in prosecuting online activities related to ISIS, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

While this case focused on the defendant's use of Twitter, he also used messaging apps like WhatsApp and Tox for ISIS-related communications, one of his attorneys said in an interview.

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Ease Into a Night of Drinking Beer by Starting with Lighter Varieties

You might think it’s better to start your beer quest with hoppy, flavorful beers that have a higher alcohol content, but you’re doing a disservice to your taste buds for the rest of the night.

Beer can have an alcohol by volume (ABV) as low as about 3%, but can skyrocket to nearly 20% depending on the variety. If you plan on having a few cold ones over the course of the night, Will Stephens, the co-founder of BeerMenus.com, suggests you start on the lighter side:

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The Best of Gizmodo This Week

The Ashley Madison hack dominated tech headlines again this week, and we analyzed the leaked data to expose an interesting and sad twist to that story. That and more favorites from this week below.

The Best of Gizmodo This Week

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DARPA wants to transform airplanes into drone carriers. Last year, the agency invited technical ideas and business expertise to help create a reusable airborne system. Today, it announced the launch of the Gremlins program that's designed to make that air-recoverable unmanned system a reality. According to Dan Patt, program manager at DARPA, the "goal is to conduct a compelling proof-of-concept flight demonstration that could employ intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and other modular, non-kinetic payloads in a robust, responsive and affordable manner."

Bots that could be deployed and recovered mid-air are expected to boost the military's operational flexibility and drive mission costs lower. As per the DARPA statement, the program aspires to launch gremlins or swarm bots from large aircrafts such as bombers or transport aircrafts after some modest modifications. When those planes are out of range, the bots will be launched from smaller, more accessible fixed-wing platforms. After completing their mission, the gremlins will be retrieved by a C-130 transport aircraft and brought home, where they will be prepped for their next mission within the next 24 hours. Overall, Gremlins will have an expected lifetime of 20 flights.

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Earlier this week, Boss Key Games debuted the first footage from its new game, LawBreakers. Set in a future where the world is teetering on the brink of anarchy years after the disruption of the Earth’s gravity (someone blew up the moon), it’s an arena-based first-person shooter set to debut next year.

Boss Key Studios founder Cliff Bleszinski hasn’t released a game since he left Epic Games, where he headed up Gears of War, but his interests don’t seem to have changed much. Following Gears, about a group of gun-toting bros as the last defense from a world-ending invasion of monster people, LawBreakers is about a group of gun-toting bros (and ladies!), the last defense from a world-ending invasion of gravity-manipulating criminals.

What has changed is the style of the presentation, which is rendered in a varied, cheerful color palette, a welcome change from the grays and browns of yesteryear. In the gameplay trailer, we see a number of different characters, from a nimble close-quarters stabber to a stereotypically burly gunner with an extra gun attached to his back, bouncing around the gravity-modified terrain of a futuristic Grand Canyon, swinging on laser grappling hooks and having a grand ol’ time.

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Uber has hired two top vehicle security researchers, the company said on Friday, additions to its staff that come as the ride-hailing service ramps up its work on technology for self-driving cars.

Charlie Miller, who had been working at Twitter, and Chris Valasek, who worked at security firm IOActive, left their jobs on Friday and will join Uber next week.

Miller and Valasek won wide attention this month after demonstrating that they could hack into a moving Jeep.

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Charlie Miller (left) and Chris Valasek present the details of their hacks of the Fiat Chrysler Uconnect system at Black Hat in Las Vegas on August 5.

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Less than a month after their command performances at the Black Hat and Def Con security conferences in Las Vegas, security researchers Charlie Miller (late of Twitter) and Chris Valasek (formerly of the security firm IOActive) have been poached by Uber—which ironically had security flaws in its own in-car technology exposed by University of California-San Diego researchers this month as well. According to a report from Reuters, Uber will announce the hiring of Miller and Valasek on Monday.

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In the endless stream of news on your dash, there may be some things that fall through the cracks. Here’s five of the coolest and weirdest news bits to come across our screens this week.

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Star Wars teaser drops big reveal

A new Star Wars teaser was released this week — on Instagram. The short video clip showed mostly scenes we’ve seen before — Rey with BB-8, The First Order, etc. — but the last bit is what has fans going wild. We once again see Kylo Ren power up his tri-hilted lightsaber, but in response Finn activates his. Yes, Finn has a lightsaber. It’s not just any saber, though: his glows blue, which many have before, but it’s the grip on the saber that tells the full story. See those black ridges on the silver metal? If you watched the previous Star Wars films, then you’ve seen that saber before.

It looks dead on like Luke Skywalker’s original light saber, which was previously possessed by Anakin. The saber was lost after Luke’s battle with Darth Vader, when daddy dearest chopped off his hand and it went tumbling down during the duel in Cloud City. Looks like Finn may have found it, and will reignite the hero’s journey once again.

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