Day: February 13, 2017

The first trailer for 'Carpool Karaoke: The Series' is here

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James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke segment, which normally airs on The Late Late Show with James Corden, is becoming a show in its own right. 

We knew that back in July 2016, when the series — which will be an Apple Music exclusive — was originally announced. But now there’s a trailer to whet our appetites, and it promises the same jolly, singalong goodness that we know from the original show. 

The trailer, which was aired during Sunday’s Grammy Awards, features a host of celebrities including Will Smith, Shaq, Metallica, John Cena, Alicia Keys and others.  Read more…

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China is censoring social media less now—but it's not freedom

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China appears to be loosening its well-known vice-like grip on what can and cannot be said on Weibo (its version of Twitter), but don’t be fooled — it’s not easing up on censorship.

A team of researchers from Hong Kong, Sweden and the U.S. have found that the Communist Party seems to be deleting far fewer posts that it used to find objectionable.

Weibo is by far China’s most popular microblogging platform, and has some 297 million monthly active users.

The researchers published a paper detailing their analysis of 13.2 billion blog posts on Weibo over a five year period, from 2009 to 2013. Read more…

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Passion Pit frontman is launching a company for the musicians' needs labels don't talk about

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Michael Angelakos, the frontman of Passion Pit, is launching a company to support musicians and provide them with legal, educational and healthcare services, Mashable has learned. 

The New York City-based company, called The Wishart Group, has raised $250 million in funding, with contributions from big names in the music and tech industries. Angelakos, who declined to comment, is expected to publicly announce the project as early as this week.

The board, still growing, is comprised of tech leaders in various fields, including music distribution platforms and the artificial intelligence community.  Read more…

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Writer-turned-politician amuses a nation in his quest to coin the world's shortest pangram

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Shashi Tharoor has a way with words. Be it the Oxford Union debate or his non-fiction prose, the former UN official and member of India’s parliament can certainly stimulate and provoke with words.

On Sunday afternoon, Tharoor chose a new playground: Facebook.

He took on the age-old pangram ‘The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog‘ (32 letters) and challenged it with a new, shorter one.  A pangram is a sentence that contains all 26 alphabets of the English language. 

Tharoor mentioned ‘Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs’, containing 31 letters, and ‘How quickly daft jumping zebras vex’, having 30 letters, oblivious to the fact that further shorter ones exist too.  Read more…

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The Washington Post hunts younger readers, launching on Snapchat Discover

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Snapchat just welcomed another news outlet to its exclusive content network. 

The Washington Post launched its first edition of Snapchat Discover Monday, bringing more political and breaking news coverage to the app ahead of its initial public offering

The Post, owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, joins dozens of other media outlets looking for new revenue sources and younger audiences. 

The first edition featured an explanatory story on President Donald Trump’s travel ban, an exposé on pizza rat and a (very long) question-and-answer with Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, among other  stories. Read more…

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Uber begins mapping Asia’s roads, starting off in Singapore

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2015 file photo a man leaves the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. Uber and advocates for the blind have reached a lawsuit settlement in which the ride-hailing company agrees to require that existing and new drivers confirm they understand their legal obligations to transport riders with guide dogs or other service animals. The National Federation of the Blind said Saturday, April 30, 2016, that Uber will also remove a driver from the platform after a single complaint if it determines the driver knowingly denied a person with a disability a ride because the person was traveling with a service animal. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File) Uber is beginning to map roads in Asia for the first time as it aims to improve its service in the region. The company said today that it has deployed mapping cars in Singapore, the first such country in Asia, in a bid to gather information that can improve its service for both drivers and passengers. It isn’t immediately clear when the initiative will be expanded and which countries in… Read More

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AncestryDNA clustered 770,000 genomes to find your family’s American immigration story

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: People headed to Ellis Island look out at the Statue of Liberty as it stands in New York Harbor in the snow on January 31, 2017 in New York City. With President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration, the subject of who can come to America has once again become a hotly debated topic in the country. The executive order temporarily bars immigrants from Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, and Libya, and indefinitely prevents all Syrian refugees, from entering the U.S.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Immigration into the U.S. is a hot political topic right now, but, unless you’re Native American, pretty much everyone here has a family history involving some sort of immigration story. Now AncestryDNA, a consumer genetics subsidiary of the genealogy research site Ancestry.com, wants to help you know more about your family’s immigration journey. To do so, the research… Read More

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