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Bing launches Google-like fact-checking label

Bing is taking action against fake news, in a similar fashion to what Google has already done.  Microsoft's search engine is adding a "Fact Check" label to the search results "to help users find fact checking information on news, and with major stories and webpages within the Bing search results," it said in a blog post .  The label could be used on both news articles and web pages from fact-checking organisations, such as Snopes or PolitiF...
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So ... what is Jennifer Lawrence's 'mother!' really about?

Warning: Major spoilers for mother! are ahead. Well, that was something. Jennifer Lawrence's mother! has finally arrived in theaters, and the general reaction can be summed up in three letters: WTF? It's clear that writer-director Darren Aronofsky is trying to say something with his new work, and that he wants to get people talking about that something. The problem is that no one quite seems able to agree on what that something is.  Ask 10 ...
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'The Crown' star Claire Foy will be new 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'

All hail the new girl with the dragon tattoo. Claire Foy – best known as Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix's The Crown – has officially been cast as lead Lisbeth Salander in The Girl in the Spider's Web, to be directed by Fede Alvarez (Don't Breathe). She takes over for Rooney Mara, who portrayed the character in 2011's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Noomi Rapace played the role in the original, Swedish-language The Girl With the Dragon Tatto...
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Apple explains what went wrong with Face ID at the iPhone X event

During Apple's big event Tuesday, Craig Federighi tried to unlock an iPhone X using Apple's new face recognition system, Face ID, but something went wrong : The phone asked for a passcode, and Federighi quickly replaced it with another iPhone X, which worked as advertised.  Now, in a statement to Yahoo, Apple has explained what happened during the presentation.  “People were handling the device for the stage demo ahead of time and didn’t re...
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Apple tried to show off Face ID, and it was so embarrassing

Apple unveiled three new phones on Tuesday, including the very large and expensive iPhone X . But when the company tried to show off one of the phone’s fancy new features, things did not go as planned—and it was pretty embarrassing.   During an on-stage demonstration, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi attempted to unlock an iPhone X using its new Face ID feature. But when he held up the phone to his face,...
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Xiaomi's Mi Mix 2 is the most luxurious Chinese phone ever madeand it works in the US

Apple's iPhones and Samsung's Galaxy phones dominate worldwide, but in Asia — and specifically in China — homegrown brands like Huawei , Oppo and Xiaomi are rapidly closing in on them. Xiaomi, the fifth largest smartphone maker worldwide, in particular is ready to lead , not by repeatedly copying the iPhone, but with industrial design that dazzles. The company started down this path last year with the gorgeous bezel-less Mi Mix , and now it...
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All the new Apple iPhone features we know about from that big iOS 11 leak

Apple kinda sorta just spoiled its own big event by letting slip some of the biggest updates coming to the new iPhone and Apple Watch.  We've already detailed some of the possible new emoji goodies, Apple Watch updates, and iPhone naming updates , but there's also a few other features revealed in the iOS 11 firmware leak.    The massive outpouring of information includes a new set of wallpapers that feature Apple's traditional abstract colo...
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Jimmy Kimmel interviews the Irish family that hilariously tried to catch a bat in their kitchen

The family from this week's best viral bat-based video appeared live on Jimmy Kimmel last night.  SEE ALSO: Watch this Irish family's hilarious attempt to catch a bat in their home Kimmel manages to upstage himself, not only because he manages to confuse Ireland and Scotland with a Braveheart joke, but because the Fleming family are miles more entertaining, even offering exclusive footage of an Irish jig in football shorts. Sure they make a...
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The 'Suicide Squad' sequel you didn't ask for is barreling ahead with a new director

Looks like the #SKWAD's got themselves a new leader. The Accountant director Gavin O'Connor is in final negotiations to write and direct the Suicide Squad sequel, Mashable has confirmed. Variety first broke the news. Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, and Will Smith are all expected to reprise their roles as the Joker, Harley Quinn, and Deadshot, respectively.  For those keeping count at home, that makes three Joker movies now in development: Suici...
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 destroys iPhone 7 Plus in one key way

Samsung really did it.  After last year's virtually perfect Galaxy Note 7 burst into flames worldwide and threatened to destroy the company, Samsung has returned with the Note 8 , a larger, safer, and feature-packed phablet that embarrasses all other big phones.  Samsung's latest flagship phone proves once again that nobody makes better phablets.  Many words have been spilled on the Note 7's defective batteries and whether Samsung would be ...
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Red floating 'It' balloons are appearing near drains and we're fine, you're fine, everyone's fine

Blissful folks thinking they'd enjoy a casually murder clown-free Monday morning were in for a rude awakening today.  Red balloons popped (sorry) up in Sydney's CBD, as part of a widespread and undeniably budget-conscious marketing campaign for the release of Stephen King novel turned movie It this Thursday. Apparently all you need is some helium and red balloons to scare the shit out of locals, who immediately recognised the floating doom ...
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An unlucky U.S. Open ball boy will never forget this Venus Williams serve

Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock By Chloe Bryan 2017-09-02 18:04:29 UTC For a while, Venus Williams had the fastest serve in women's tennis — a fact that one unlucky U.S. Open ball boy will probably remember forever. During Williams' match against Greece's Maria Sakkari on Friday, a mild disaster occurred. Williams hit a serve that Sakkari couldn't reach, so the ball bounced and flew right up to the ball boy. Emphasis on the "ball." He's lucky it...
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Take cover, Australia. It's time to prepare for ungodly magpie swooping season.

There are few sounds more pants-wettingly nightmarish to an Australian in spring than the ungodly whoosh of a pair of incoming wings.  It's the first day of the blooming season for Australia, and with spring comes angry, angry winged new dads who'll rather accurately swoop at the most tender part of the back of your head. Magpies can be a particularly aggressive demon bird in Australia from late August to late October — a significantly leng...
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These celebrity wax figures are ... really something

We've seen some pretty awful wax figures in our day, but wow, do the ones at the new Dreamland Wax Museum in Boston take the cake. Per a piece from the Associated Press covering the new gallery, most of the figures at Dreamland are constructed using photo references alone, which explains how they come out looking like this: Guess the actor. Image: Boston Globe/Getty Who's the celebrity? We'll give you one clue: His portrayal of Batman was a...
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Apple stock has performed so well that CEO Tim Cook got an $89 million bonus

Image: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images By Jason Abbruzzese 2017-08-29 13:06:21 UTC A job well done deserves a reward. And a job well done at the world's most profitable company deserves, well, a reward worth more money than most of us can even fathom. Apple CEO Tim Cook has received $89.2 million in stock for the strong performance of the company's stock.  Technically, Cook received about 560,000 shares of Apple stock, which Bloomberg reported...
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DJ Khaled's very famous baby is having the best time at the VMAs

It's good to be Asahd Khaled.  The extremely famous baby/accomplished producer joined his father DJ Khaled and mother Nicole Tuck on the MTV Video Music Awards red carpet wearing custom Gucci, per Bustle . He schmoozed with his dad's famous friends, including VMAs opener Kendrick Lamar.  Then he changed into a comfy button down, slacks, and a massive pair of protective headphones before taking his rightful place in the audience to enjoy the...
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How to make sure your snap gets featured on a Live Story

Try to get your snap on a live story. Image: lili sams/mashable By Molly Sequin 2017-08-26 14:01:16 UTC Snapchat creates Live Stories during big events happening around the world. And you've probably seen the daily live stories in big cities you've traveled to. It seems like everyone else's snaps are getting picked up and added into the story. But how do you make sure yours makes a live debut?  Here's everything you need to know about contr...
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Alec Baldwin returns as Donald Trump on SNL's 'Weekend Update'

Donald Trump is back.  Alec Baldwin reprised his role as the president on SNL's Weekend Update: Summer Edition on Thursday, where he said goodbye to his very special friend, Steve Bannon.  "Steve is going onto Breitbart where he'll be fighting the good fight against globalist cucks like my son-in-law Jared." Baldwin started out with an eclipse joke , then moved onto Trump's Charlottesville remarks, Afghanistan, and the wall Mexico won't pay...
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Dude bails on friend's wedding to win at 'Overwatch,' makes it back in time for cake

Image: blizzard entertainment By Kellen Beck 2017-08-23 17:00:58 UTC You have an important Overwatch match coming up, but it's scheduled during your friend's wedding. What do you do? Professional Overwatch player Joonas "Zappis" Alakurtti and his teammates had their first match in the Overwatch Contenders league this past weekend. Only problem? It was happening on the same day as Alakurtti's friend's wedding.  Instead of missing out on eith...
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Yes, a former Trump campaign spokesperson really said that on Fox News

Former Donald Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson talks with delegates on the convention floor during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland Image: carolyn Kaster/AP/REX/Shutterstock By Colin Daileda 2017-08-22 03:43:18 UTC About a week after President Donald Trump defended people who marched with neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, former Trump campaign spokesperson Katrina Pierson called slavery "good history" during a M...
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A space nerd's guide to the Great American Eclipse

On August 21, the skies above a large swath of the contiguous United States will darken to an eerie twilight as the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, casting a dark shadow on the face of our planet.  And we're here for it -- in a big way.  This marks the first time a total solar eclipse will grace skies above the lower 48 states since 1979, and it's the first eclipse of its kind to pass from coast to coast in about a century.  The ...
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The definitive ranking of 'Game of Thrones' characters most likely to die in episode 6

Warning: Contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7, episode 5, but has NO INFORMATION RELATED TO THE EPISODE 6 LEAK (these are honest predictions from someone who has no idea what's going to happen, I promise). I'm talking, of course, about Jon Snow's White Walker-hunters/The Magnificent Seven/loose-end characters who desperately need some kind of quick resolution to tie up their storylines. They've been given what is quite possibly th...
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'Pivot to video' is not the death of words

The "pivot to video" is not the death of words.  It's not the death of journalism or a sign that people are abandoning everything that is right and good in the world. What it is, however, isn't much better. The "pivot to video" is the product of an internet that is run by Google, Facebook, and an advertising market with little regard for anything that isn't video. They're setting the rules, and media companies—especially startups—have to pl...
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The Kardashians discuss everything from Kendall's Pepsi incident to Kanye West in new interview

Image: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Yeezy Season 3 By Martha Tesema 2017-08-16 16:07:54 UTC The Kardashian, Jenner and Kardashian-West family will be celebrating their 10th anniversary in the spotlight this year.  In the past decade, they've revolutionized reality television with Keeping Up With The Kardashians, changed the influencer game as we know it, and have cultivated an insane amount of wealth. To celebrate, the female family memb...
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Samantha Bee interviews former neo-Nazi whose group fights extremismthen had funds cut by Trump

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee doesn't come back until September. But it couldn't wait until then to air this clip about Life After Hate — a non-profit founded by former far-right extremists that works "with individuals who wish to leave a life of hate." The Obama administration awarded the group $400,000 to fight violent extremism, but that funding was pulled by the Trump White House.  "White people created this problem, and it's our job t...
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Man refuses to let his fear of heights ruin this breathtaking view

Taking in the view is the best part of vacation for some people. For others, it's a nightmare. So what does one do when visiting Dún Aonghasa in Ireland while suffering from acrophobia? Take the belly approach. With some encouraging words from his daughter, this terrified dad managed to belly  his way right to the edge of the cliff. It took some coaxing, but we applaud this man for crawling all over his fear.  Original link
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Young refugees launch digital magazine to tell powerful stories of struggle and triumph

The Ritsona Kingdom flag has a simple design, but it's deep with meaning. A blue band at the top represents Greek territory, while a thicker swath of red below represents Turkish territory. Two yellow lines separate and intersect them both, symbolizing those who died on dangerous journeys across the Aegean Sea, as well as those who survived and are still trying, desperately, to reach Europe. Ritsona isn't really a kingdom, or a country. It'...
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Jon Snow gets to work in the 'Game of Thrones' dragonglass mine in cleverly edited video

Well that dragonglass has to come out of the mountain somehow. In this cleverly edited YouTube video from zouru aptly titled "Jon Snow gets to work," Jon Snow....gets to work. And very loudly. We don't yet know how Jon Snow's dragonglass extraction operation is going to work exactly, but based on the pace of this season my guess is that it is already done. #hottake Original link
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Here's the first 6 minutes of the 'Carpool Karaoke: The Series' premiere

James Corden's mega-popular segment now has an Apple flavor. You can catch the first six minutes of the premiere episode of Carpool Karaoke: The Series, which released on Tuesday night, as part of a 16-episode season for Apple Music. Will Smith is the first guest, and they open with a rendition of "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It." Then they get into a very over-the-top version of "Boom! Shake The Room," while also discussing if Smith would ever play ...
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You can finally have a conversation on YouTube without the pesky trolls

After more than a year of testing, YouTube is bringing its private messaging feature to everyone.  YouTube just updated its app with the video-sharing feature that allows people to chat about videos in private threads. The company says the update is meant to "make sharing easier, faster and more fun on your phone." You can share videos with people in your contacts or via a link; the feature supports groups of up to 30 people. Shared videos ...
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