Day: March 4, 2017

Pizza dipped in milk is the most disrespectful pizza crime yet

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As head of the Department of Pizza Crime (just go with it), I hereby denounce pizza dipped in milk as the most heinous pizza offense yet.

The ghastly combo hit the internet earlier this week, when a 20-year-old college student posted a photo of it to Twitter. She’s since made her account private, but people have reposted it anyway—accompanied, of course, by their opinions.

Pizza + Milk = a great combination😋😋😋 pic.twitter.com/G9LGvTatjF

— zack (@IsaiahDaGawdd) March 3, 2017

Okay. Here are some reasons why this is the worst: Read more…

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Researcher finds bug that allowed free Uber rides

Photo: Richard Boll/Photographer's Choice/Getty Images Uber has patched a bug in its code that allowed a researcher — and anyone else who might’ve discovered the problem — to hail Uber rides without paying for them.
Anand Prakash, a security researcher, discovered the bug in August and received permission from Uber to test it in the U.S. and India. He was able to successfully exploit the bug, getting free rides in… Read More

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'The Americans' lucks out with its ads in the New York Times

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After Russia re-entered the news, The Americans knew its fifth season would be relevant. But nobody could’ve known just how relevant it would actually be. 

Days before the show—which follows two Soviet spies living deep undercover near Washington, D.C. in the 1980s—returns for its new season on FX, the series got some prime ad placement on the New York Times website. 

well that’s one way to take out an ad pic.twitter.com/CoX4QcyMZi

— Ross Neumann (@rossneumann) March 3, 2017

FX took out major advertising for the show just as news broke that Attorney General Jeff Sessions met with a Russian ambassador, lied about it during his confirmation hearings, and would recuse himself from any inquiry into Russia’s attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. election. Twitter users noticed the fortuitous timing.  Read more…

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Mike Pence wants an apology after the AP publishes second lady's email address

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Vice President Mike Pence’s email controversy is growing. 

Pence is demanding the Associated Press take down the private email address of his wife, Karen, after the AP published it, in a report detailing how the Pences used private email addresses to carry out official business for years when Mike Pence was the governor of Indiana. 

Mike Pence believes the AP owes his wife an apology. 

Last night the @AP published my wife’s private email address, violating her privacy and our security…

— Vice President Pence (@VP) March 4, 2017 Read more…

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Why newspaper subscriptions are on the rise

Newsboy wearing flat hat holding newspaper and shouting to sell.Megaphone in right hand, and newspapers in left hand.Model is wearing red suspenders.The image was shot with Hasselblad H4D So much for the death of the newspaper industry. A recent study found that more than 169 million U.S. adults read newspapers every month, in print, online or mobile. That’s almost 70 percent of the population. Why are readers and publishers alike embracing paid subscriptions for content services over ad-based business models? Read More

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Facebook tests reactions and Dislike button (!) on messages

messenger-reactions Facebook finally has a Dislike button, but it’s not where you’d expect. How do you reply to a specific message in a rapid-fire chat thread? Facebook wants you to attach emojis to your friends’ messages the same way you do with News Feed posts.     TechCrunch reader Hoan Do sent us a tip that Facebook Messenger is showing some users a Reactions option. When you… Read More

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Trump wants to separate small children from their mothers in immigration detention

A leaked Trump administration briefing described by Reuters reveals a plan to separate children, including very young children, from their mothers for immigration detention purposes, seemingly as a deterrent to parents who attempt to cross the US border without authorization.
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Bavarian intelligence agency says Scientologists secretly took over one of the world's top art galleries

Bavaria’s Verfassungsschutz — “Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution” — says that the Haus der Kunst, one of the world’s top contemporary art galleries, was infiltrated by Scientologists who rose through the ranks, illegally discriminated against non-Scientologists when hiring, and waged psychological warfare against staff who were not members of the cult.
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Uber uses data-mining to identify and block riders who may be cops, investigators or regulators

Greyball is Uber’s codename for a program that tries to predict which new signups are secretly cops, regulators or investigators who could make trouble for the company, deployed in “Boston, Paris and Las Vegas, and in countries like Australia, China and South Korea” where the company was fighting with the authorities.
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Snakisms: 22 philosophies expounded through the game of Snake

Artist Pippin Barr wrote his PhD video game values and got a Masters in UI metaphors, so it’s natural that he’s created Snakisms, a collection of 22 variants on the classic video game Snake (best remembered from the era of candy-bar featurephones), each of which is meant to illustrate (or at least make a joke about) philosophies from Stoicism (your snake runs into things, pauses a moment, shakes it off and presses on) to Determinism (your snake drives itself), to Holism (just try it). They’re lovely, witty fun! (via Kottke)

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Are foodie millennials really fueling food waste?

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I simply love food. For me, my love of food isn’t just about eating, going to new restaurants, or cooking an exciting meal. It’s also about getting to explore new cultures, being creative, and reflecting that on my Instagram. 

So reports that the “Instagram generation” were being blamed for fueling the UK’s food problem really disappointed me. 

It struck me as unfair to categorize millennials in this way as so many of the UK’s most prominent food bloggers are actively using their platform to minimize food waste. 

16. Find London’s best doughnuts 🍩✔️ #40thingstodoinlondon #crosstowndoughnuts

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Crunch Report | NBCUniversal Invests $500 Million in Snap

NBCUniversal invests $500 million in Snap, Jeff Bezos has plans for a Moon expedition, Uber plans to turn its app into a content marketplace and more Uber troubles. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

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MashTalk: Are BlackBerry and Nokia really back from the dead?

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Welcome back to another week of MashTalk. On this week’s podcast, the Mashable tech team recaps the best gadgets from Mobile World Congress 2017, discuss Snap Inc’s IPO, and debate whether Apple would actually replace the iPhone’s Lightning port with USB-C.

As always, MashTalk is hosted by our Tech Editor Pete Pachal with commentary from Chief Correspondent Lance Ulanoff and Senior Tech Correspondent Raymond Wong. 

We also have special guests, Business Reporter Kerry Flynn and Real Time News Writer Nicole Gallucci to lend us their expertise. Read more…

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Thirsty T-Mobile is giving out free iPhone 7s to join its network

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T-Mobile is, if nothing else, super thirsty. From one-upping Verizon’s unlimited data plan via tweetstorm from CEO John Legere to its BDSM-tinged, slightly NSFW Super Bowl Twitter feud with, again, Verizon, there’s not much the self-proclaimed “Un-carrier” won’t do to stir up social attention. 

T-Mobile’s latest move isn’t as controversial as some of its other recent promotions — but it is a bold, attractive offer for anyone looking for a free iPhone. The network will give anyone who brings their number from another carrier to the T-Mobile ONE plan an iPhone 7, free of charge, or a 7 Plus for $100.  Read more…

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Chelsea Clinton and Kellyanne Conway just had a friendly Twitter moment. Seriously.

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Chelsea Clinton did possibly the most unlikely thing ever and came to the defense of Kellyanne Conway on Twitter on Friday.

It all happened after Conway was at the center of lewd remarks by Democratic Rep. Cedric Richmond of Louisiana. Richmond’s words drew outrage on Twitter and from politicians such as his own state’s governor, John Bel Edwards, who said “without question” Richmond should apologize. 

The controversial, some would say sexually suggestive language came during a fundraiser dinner with the Washington Press Club Foundation, during which Richmond attempted some sort of joke. Read more…

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This 'Basket of Deplorables' board game is perfect for Trump haters

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One Bernie Sanders supporter is still feeling the burn and in anticipation for the next presidential election (no, not again!) has created an aptly named political board game, “Basket of Deplorables.”

As you move along the board (aka the “campaign trail”) as either Barack Obama, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sander or Hillary Clinton you hit various bumps and hurdles in your attempt to kick Donald Trump out of the White House. 

You also pick up “deplorables” to put in your basket along the way, as an homage to Clinton’s insult slung at Donald Trump supporters during the campaign. And yes, there are 11 deplorable pieces, including a Steve Bannon. Read more…

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Mixed reality arcades are the next big market opportunity — but not for VCs

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 15:  Attendees participate in VR virtual reality during E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo 2016 at Los Angeles Convention Center on June 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/WireImage) Mixed reality arcades can be a huge boon for VR adoption, and I’m confident there will be profitable ventures created in these immersive arcade experiences. But the path to profitability will be a long one. Because VCs typically shy away from capex-intensive industries, I don’t see VCs as the right backers to see these exciting experiences to market. Read More

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