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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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Yes, Vladimir Putin has gone shirtless again to remind you of his dad bod power

Image:  AP/REX/Shutterstock By Adario Strange 2017-08-05 21:48:52 UTC You already know that the golfing, TV watching, Twitter-obsessed U.S. president is on vacation , but you might not have known that Russia's President Vladimir Putin is on vacation, too.  Luckily for you, we just got our hands on Putin's vacay photos, and they're full of spymaster-in-the-Siberian-tundra cheesecake.  In photos released by the Kremlin on Saturday, Putin is s...
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Trump Tower is feuding with the Secret Service over rent

Secret Service is fed up with Trump Tower's high rent. Image: JUSTIN LANE/EPA/REX/Shutterstock By Colin Daileda 2017-08-04 19:02:09 UTC President Donald Trump has found a way to tangentially get into a beef with the people whose job it is to protect his life.  The Secret Service has moved from its New York City apartment just under the president's Trump Tower residence and into a trailer outside the building, because the two sides had a dis...
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Amazon under investigation for violating Iran sanctions

Turns out when you sell a lot of stuff to a lot of people, you sometimes, maybe violate international sanctions.  #AmazonProblems SEE ALSO: Amazon Prime Day: Amazon’s not-so-secret plan to rule the retail world In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday, the company said it is under investigation for selling around $34,000 of music, clothes, electronics, jewelry, books, office supplies, and other items to an Iranian e...
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Terrifying video shows a bear and her two cubs following a man on a trail

A man camping in Alaska had an extremely close encounter with a huge grizzly bear and her two cubs on a trail.  The clip starts with the man nervously describing the scene as two bear cubs and a mother bear are walking towards him on a trail in Katmai National Park in Alaska. "I am walking backwards on the trail backward to the camp, the man says calmly. "The mom and the cubs keep following me and are walking at least as fast as I am."  "Wh...
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We just lost one of the best 'Game of Thrones' characters in the most brutal way possible

This post is dark and full of spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7, episode 3, "The Queen's Justice." Lady Olenna Tyrell's death was brutal — but not for her. The Queen of Thorns certainly lived up to her name in episode 3, and Jaime Lannister will be feeling the sting of her barbs long after her body is cold.  While it's painful to say goodbye to one of the show's most consistently entertaining characters, at least Olenna went out the way...
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'Bohemian Rhapsody' mashed with 'Crash Bandicoot' is the weirdest thing you'll see today

Mashups are one of things on the internet that never seem to get old, but as this mashup proves, they're definitely getting weirder. YouTuber Octopimp created this brilliantly scary mashup of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," except in place of the words it's just Crash Bandicoot saying "whoa." It's oddly terrifying and equally entertaining. If that wasn't enough weirdness for you, check out this rendition of Jason Derulo's "Wiggle" from Octopim...
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Reverse engineer your favorite food with an app

From appetizer to app. Image: Jason Dorfman, MIT CSAIL By Sarah Spigelman Richter 2017-07-28 01:57:44 -0700 Remember when "Julie and Julia" was the craziest thing to ever happen to the food world? We've come a long way, baby.  Now, there's an app that claims to actually look at photos of food and know what the dish is and even how to prepare it.  Pic2Recipe is the artificial intelligence system developed by researchers at MIT’s Computer Sci...
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Twitter is filling your feed with more useless notifications

Thanks a lot, Twitter. Image: brittany herbert/mashable By Karissa Bell 2017-07-26 22:00:39 UTC Twitter is adding more useless clutter to its notifications. The company quietly added a suite of new alerts to the notifications section of its apps and website. Now, instead of just seeing notifications when people interact with you and your tweets, Twitter will surface random alerts about what people you follow are doing. It's similar to the p...
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We got a peek at the world's best airport's newest terminal

You don't get to be the world's best airport for five years running by resting on your laurels. Singapore's Changi airport just upped its game with its newest terminal, and we got a peek inside ahead of the opening later this year. Terminal 4's 225,000 square metre space is decked with high ceilings, allowing natural light to spill in. Image: yvette tan/mashable Image: yvette tan/mashable That kinetic ceiling sculpture moves and rotates. It...
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'Doctor Who' Christmas finale: What we just learned about Capaldi's epic farewell

SAN DIEGO — The Doctor is refusing to regenerate into what we know to be his upcoming female form, and Time itself is not happy with him.  That's the premise behind "Twice Upon a Time," the official title for Peter Capaldi's final episode of Doctor Who, revealed in an emotional panel at Comic-Con on Sunday that marked a changing of the guard. And the reason the First Doctor (originally played by William Hartnell, now David Bradley) is showi...
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This smartphone could be yours for free

By Team Commerce Mashable Shopping 2017-07-22 13:00:00 UTC If we learned anything from 2016, it’s that two-party systems sometimes end in chaos. The same principle applies to smartphone shopping. Why must we choose between Apple and Samsung as our predominant options, when both have their shortcomings and, for some, deal-breakers? For those fiercely independent smartphone shoppers who refuse to walk the party line, there’s the OnePlus 5. Wi...
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Blink-182 fans don't recognize the 'old space garbage' that is Mark Hoppus

Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 performs live on stage at The O2 Arena on July 19, 2017 in London, England. Image: Chiaki Nozu/WireImage By Brian Koerber 2017-07-21 00:58:30 UTC Life is tough as an aging pop punk star.  Blink-182 bassist Mark Hoppus is having a hell of a day. Hoppus tweeted earlier Thursday that he was sitting in the corner of a museum, playing Pokémon Go all by his lonesome. Currently in a museum filled with priceless antiquities...
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Side Hustle Pro is the perfect entrepreneurship podcast

It takes a certain kind of person to risk it all and follow their startup dreams.  A person with a serious safety net, and access to traditional forms of funding, for one.  But dedicating your free time outside your day job is a more accessible way to launch the idea that could eventually become a full-fledged career. That's why Nicaila Matthews created Side Hustle Pro , a podcast that features black women entrepreneurs explaining how they ...
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Ataribox crowdfunding plan is a giant, flapping red flag

Be concerned, Atari fans. At this point, there's only one fact about Ataribox that matters, and it didn't come from either of the vague press releases issued so far. As Eurogamer discovered in a June investor note, the console will be crowdfunded. "To limit risk taking, this product will initially be launched within the framework of a crowdfunding campaign," the note — translated from French — reads. It may not have been uttered by a PR mou...
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That 'Star Wars' Disney attraction that's going to take all your money has an official name now

Well, we can stop calling it "Star Wars Land" now. Disney has finally announced the official name for the Star Wars-themed zone that's coming to Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios. It's "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge." Yeah, I'm probably still gonna refer to it as "Star Wars Land." In addition, Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks & Resorts, served up a host of new details about what parkgoers can expect from Star Wars Land Star Wars:...
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Trump hires a man with the most magnificent mustache to defend him against Russia accusations

Well, I might not be some big city lawyer ... Image: Denver Post via Getty Images By Keith Wagstaff 2017-07-15 01:19:30 UTC I dare say, I won’t stand for all of you besmirching my client, Mr. Trump. To get to him, you’ll have to get through me and my magnificent mustache. My name is Ty Cobb and winning runs in my veins. I'm a high-powered lawyer who represented people in the Clinton administration , and I'm a distant relative of The Georgia...
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Writhing snake head shows us why you shouldn't cut the head off a snake

Warning: The video below may be disturbing for some. This snake fought till it could fight no more. Jill-Scott Mollett posted a video of a still-moving decapitated snake to her Facebook page. In her post, she wrote: "So the girls found a cottonmouth water moccasin today, in our flower bed of all places. We didn't have a knife close to us, so Avery chopped its head off with some tree loppers. The girls' favorite part was when the head kept t...
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A Quentin Tarantino movie about the Manson murders is a disgusting idea

What I'm about to do is gross and wrong — to judge a work of art before it's even been made — but there's something about Quentin Tarantino tackling the Manson family murders that feels ... well, gross and wrong. The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday reported that Tarantino's next project would be a "unique take on the Manson family murders," and that "script details are fuzzy but one of the stories centers on Sharon Tate." Tarantino's sensibil...
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