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Your internet service provider shouldn't be allowed to spy on you, but they can (and will)

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Dane Jasper is cofounder and CEO of Sonic, the largest independent internet service provider in Northern California. 

Last week Senate Republicans voted to abolish vital internet privacy rules created by the Federal Communications Commission. Lobbyists for big telecom companies want these rules abolished, but Sonic disagrees, and we urge the House of Representatives to reconsider this attack on Americans’ privacy.

Consumers deserve their privacy when they use the Internet. Internet access is an essential part our lives today. The vibrant and dynamic ecosystem of amazing applications, tools, people and content has driven the growth of the internet, which in turn has transformed every aspect of society — from business, government and education to our privates lives. And it’s precisely the openness of the internet that has fueled this prosperity; its integrity is now being put into question.     Read more…

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'Glitter booty' is the latest bizarre beauty trend you've secretly always wanted

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Glitter is all the rage. We’ve seen beards, roots, eyebrows and even armpits transformed into sparkly creations thanks to a series of glitter trends. 

But, the latest glitter trend involves rubbing glitter all over your derrière. Right…

The “glitter booty” is the brainchild of artist Mia Kennington, who was inspired by the sandy-butt look that goes hand in hand with spending too much time on the beach. Kennington is part of The Gypsy Shrine, a group of glitter artists who host body art pop-ups at festivals

Kennington has been posting photos of her glittery experiments on Instagram

There’s the classic gold glitter look… Read more…

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India blocks 'The Danish Girl' from airing on TV

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India’s film censorship board has barred Sony Pictures’ channel from telecasting Oscar-recognized film, The Danish Girl. 

The movie was slated to air on Sunday. However, the film authority objected to its supposedly “sensitive storyline” and dubbed it “unsuitable” for audiences below 18.

In The Danish Girl, Eddie Redmayne plays the main character grappling with his gender identity, and is based on historical events of the world’s first sex reassignment surgery.

The broadcaster tweeted: “We regret to inform you that Sony Le Plex HD is unable to telecast the television premiere of the award-winning film The Danish Girl on March 26 as the necessary certification to enable the telecast of the movie has not been received.” Read more…

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'The Melbourne Jacket' is kinda crazy, but so is Melbourne's weather

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The weather in Melbourne, Australia is notoriously erratic — you basically need to carry around your entire wardrobe just to cope.

The morning might start off sunny, but you’ll get caught in the rain at lunch, be sweating by tea time and then freeze on your way home. 

But never fear: There’s a piece of clothing being designed to help you cope with it all. Aptly-named the Melbourne jacket, the project idea comes from Melburnian Aaron Tyler, an advertising art director by day, who got inspired after a real-life run in with the city’s mood swings. Read more…

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Dog playing fetch on an ice rink is as enjoyable as you think it is

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We know Disney hasn’t made any Air Bud-related movies for at least four years now, but we’re hoping this will give its executives the spark of inspiration they need to continue the series.

What we’re presenting to you is a golden retriever playing fetch. On an ice rink. With a police officer before a game between the Washington Capitals and Arizona Coyotes on Sunday.

Don’t you dare tell us this is unenjoyable.

Maybe the Capitals and the Coyotes game was great, but a direct-to-DVD release of this cute dog chasing a puck up and down the rink in a loop for 90 minutes sounds better, we daresay. Read more…

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Celebrities are weighing in on the United Airlines legging mess

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When two young girls were barred from boarding a United Airlines flight because they were wearing leggings (an apparent dress code violation on the airline), the internet went nuts.

Activist Shannon Watts first tweeted about the situation on Sunday morning, and since then, everyone from Chrissy Teigen to William Shatner weighed in on leggings-gate with hilarious and insightful remarks. 

I have flown united before with literally no pants on. Just a top as a dress. Next time I will wear only jeans and a scarf.

— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) March 26, 2017 Read more…

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Lyft will let you round up the cost of your ride and donate the rest to charity

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Lyft is building on its good PR streak with a new way to donate to charity. 

Riders who #DeletedUber or just really like Lyft will be able to round up the cost of their ride to the nearest dollar and donate the rest to charity.

Lyft users can’t choose exactly which charity, but they do get the option to look through causes including the environment, veterans and LGBTQ equality. 

To start donating, you have to opt into Round Up & Donate in the app’s settings. Then every ride will be rounded up, with the change distributed across good causes. You can always opt out, but donating is not decided per ride.   Read more…

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Uh oh: The 'Pretty Little Liars' series finale will have a 'huge twist'

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Pretty Little Liars is notorious for creating a dozen more questions for every one it answers, so it’s no surprise that the Freeform show set up a big mystery even before it kicked off its panel at the fan-friendly PaleyFest on Saturday.

Before the cast (Ashley Benson, Tyler Blackburn, Shay Mitchell, Andrea Parker, Janel Parrish, Sasha Pieterse and Ian Harding) and producers (I. Marlene King and Joseph Dougherty) took the stage at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, audience members were treated to the first minute from episode 11 of PLL’s seventh and final season. 

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Please forgive Ed Sheeran for forgetting the words to his own song in front of the entire world

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During his Red Nose Day telethon performance on Friday, pop star and baby doppelganger Ed Sheeran briefly forgot the words to his song “What Do I Know.”

Okay, let’s just get this joke outWhat does he know? Not the words! Boom. Roasted.

Here’s what went down:

Let’s assess the damage here: On the one hand, fine, it’s a newly released song, and those lyrics go pretty fast. It’s also a very small mistake, and he acknowledged it with a nice, self-aware chortle.

On the other hand, Nicki Minaj has performed “Superbass” successfully many times (as has Kendall Jenner, FYI). Read more…

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13 feminists who play the Twitter game to win

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While Twitter can be a platform for dialogue and community, it has gained a reputation for being a space where misogynistic trolls roam free — tweeting their hatred at will. 

In a time where feminist discourse has never been greater or more important, Twitter has become a new battleground to be won.

Here are thirteen women whose Twitter game is on point:

1. Caitlin Moran

Caitlin Moran, journalist and feminist author, is known for her frank feminism. She isn’t afraid to go there. Periods, body hair, sex. No stone is left unturned in Moran’s quest for equality. Read more…

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This resistance group is sending Trump notes on toilet paper

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If Trump toilet paper isn’t enough for you, sending the new president a pertinent message on TP and other bathroom items might do the trick.

A group of activist friends based out of New York City frustrated with the results of November’s election are facilitating a sh*tshow of sorts straight to Donald Trump’s mailbox at the White House.

If you write a message on toilet paper, a pad or a tampon, the group will mail it to D.C. as part of their “Million Mile Message” campaign. For $10, it’s act of resistance that’s a bit different to sending a postcard or letter.  

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The World Cup of Biscuits 2017 is here and it's so British it hurts

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Ask any English person about their favorite biscuit and you’ll get a passionate, definitive response. The argument over biscuit superiority can be a point of contention.

TV host Richard Osman is about to officially answer this age old question with the World Cup of Biscuits tournament. Osman is responsible for other entertainingly divisive tournaments like the World Cup of Crisps 2016 and the World Cup of Christmas Films 2016.

1.3 million votes already in the World Cup Of Biscuits! Quarter-finals live on @rednoseday this evening. Last-16 votes are still open….

— Richard Osman (@richardosman) March 24, 2017 Read more…

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This small tweak could solve the biggest problem you have when pouring wine

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You twist the bottle, or try to yank it up quickly after pouring a glass — we all struggle to drop wine bottles from dribbling down the side of the neck.

But turns out, all it took was some clever engineering to fix the perennial problem.

Daniel Perlman, an inventor and biophysicist at Brandeis University has showed off a bottle with a groove cut into its lip. The groove is what stops the liquid from running down the bottle.

There are already products designed to prevent wine dripping, but Perlman says he wanted to solve the problem without an additional accessary. Read more…

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India has 100 Forbes list billionaires for the first time

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For the first time in three decades of the Forbes World’s Billionaires List, there are over 100 Indian billionaires. Only three countries, U.S., China and Germany, have more. 

India’s rise in the global wealth list is aligned to the country’s burgeoning economy that recently surpassed Britain to become the fifth largest in the world.

Paytm’s Vijay Shekhar Sharma is the youngest Indian on the list with a net worth of $1.3 billion. The 38-year-old’s wealth soared in 2016 along with his company’s valuation.

The Alibaba-backed mobile wallet is now valued at $4.8 billion and boasts of 200 million users. It also made its first international foray last week by launching in Canada.  Read more…

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People are making fun of Airbnb's new Chinese name

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The ink has barely dried on Airbnb’s new Chinese name, but the jokes have come fast.

To launch Trips in China, U.S. home-rental company showed off a new name to match, Aibiying.

It says Aibiying (爱彼迎) means to “welcome each other with love.”

But the Chinese think it sounds awkward, and isn’t easily understood.

One Weibo user griped that it’s hard to pronounce two similar-sounding syllables one after the other.

He also added that Aibiying sounds more like “to love to fulfill requests” or worse, “to love Bing” — Microsoft’s search engine’s Chinese name is “Biying.” Read more…

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Facebook struggles to prevent violence on Facebook Live

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Mark Zuckerberg has repeatedly said that live video is the future of Facebook, but what if that future is terrifying and full of violence?

What happens when one of the largest proponents of live video struggles to manage its darker side?

Reports that the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl was broadcast on Facebook Live and watched by upwards of 40 people earlier this week have rightfully shocked many, and brought to mind a similarly disturbing incident from earlier in the year. 

Individuals posting about acts of violence on the social media platform is nothing new, but since the launch of Facebook Live, the company has faced a particularly difficult challenge: How to best respond to violence on the site when it’s happening in real time.  Read more…

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Small child stuck inside vending machine is the definition of instant regret

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When it comes to getting their hands on toys, small children can be pretty darn determined.

During a recent trip to a play centre in Nenagh, Ireland, Damien Murphy’s 3-year-old son proved exactly how determined.

Murphy broke down exactly what happened in a nice, succinct Facebook post.

Here’s another angle:

And here’s a bigger version of the video:

Oh dear.

Murphy’s son eventually managed to escape, the Daily Edge reports, after he was advised by an off-duty fireman to crawl out the way he’d crawled in.

At least he got two stuffed green dragons out of it. Read more…

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Adorable story of star-crossed babies born in the same hospital goes viral

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Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is the quintessential story about young love. However, this is possibly the youngest Romeo and Juliet tale of all. 

Photographer Cassie Clayshulte was working at the Coastal Carolina Hospital in the US when she came across two infants born within twenty four hours of each other. She posted photographs of the babies along with a special message:

The sweet Facebook post went viral with many people making light-hearted jokes about the fate of the Shakespearean characters.

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Volvo's Tesla killer to arrive in 2019 with a 250-mile range

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Volvo is building an electric vehicle, and, somewhat surprisingly, it’s not going to cost a ton of money. 

According to Automotive News, Lex Kerssemakers, CEO of the luxury car maker’s USA arm, told journalists at the Geneva auto show that the company aims to launch the car in 2019 with a $35,000 – $40,000 price. 

Very few details are known about the car at this point — not even its size has been decided — but Kerssemakers claimed it will have a range of at least 250 miles. 

Volvo already offers hybrid variants of several of its models, including the XC90 SUV and the V60, but it doesn’t have a purely electric car.  Read more…

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Tourist-friendly Indonesian city bans all ride-sharing services, including Uber

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Ride-hailing services might soon be a thing of the past in one Indonesian city.

Tourist-friendly Yogyakarta said all ride-hailing services including Uber, Grab, Go-Jek and Go-Car would soon be banned across the city.

The ban is expected to kick in as soon as this week.

“The regulation is being processed and will be done within a week. We will take action in accordance with the regulation,” Yogyakarta Transportation Agency (Kopetayo) Head Gatot Saptadi told the Jakarta Globe on Friday.

The announcement comes following a riot in Yogyakarta earlier last month, with some 300 taxi drivers calling for the ride-sharing apps to be banned. Read more…

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Justin Bieber does a mean impression of Jonah from 'Summer Heights High'

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Like many celebrities who’ve passed through Australia, Justin Bieber has been hounded by paparazzi.

Bieber tried to get away from it all by staying on the private Makepeace Island, located in Queensland. But it wasn’t far enough. 

Luckily, the ennui-filled pop star knows how to make light of a crappy situation — just do impressions of well-loved Australian TV characters.

One cameraman captured the Canadian singer angrily reacting to him being filmed, yelling “F*ck off” and flipping the finger at cameras. “Welcome to the Sunshine Coast, hey?” the cameraman responded. “F*ck you,” Bieber shot back.  Read more…

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TAG Heuer's newest luxury smartwatch lets you customize your $1,600 wrist candy

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The TAG Heuer Connected was possibly the most luxurious, expensive smartwatch to launch on the Android Wear platform — so the iconic Swiss watchmaker decided to up the ante for its Android Wear 2.0 release. 

TAG Heuer just unveiled its latest wearable, the Connected Modular 45. The watchmaker teamed up with Intel, its partner from the previous model, to create the latest fusion of Swiss craftsmanship and Silicon Valley tech. 

The watch’s name gives its most distinctive feature away right off the bat: it’s a modular device, and TAG Heuer says it will offer hundreds of options for personalization, including the choice to swap out the smart module for a more traditional mechanical watch or the luxe Heuer 02T Tourbillon Chronograph if you’re feeling extremely fancy and don’t actually want a smartwatch at all.    Read more…

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The new 'Doctor Who' trailer promises an outrageously epic series

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Doctor Who fans, the wait is nearly over. To get viewers geared up for the anticipated Series 10 premiere, BBC has released a new trailer.

The video above teases new villains and more outrageous adventures for the Doctor and his team. The legendary Peter Capaldi will reprise his role as Doctor Who. He will be joined by the hilarious Pearl Mackie and Matt Lucas. 

The series premiere is set to be epic. In the words of the Doctor, “This is the moment you’ve been waiting for since the day you were born.” Or at least since the Series 9 finale. Read more…

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You will soon be able to pay for Netflix using Paytm

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Netflix is about to make it much more convenient for Indians to pay for its monthly subscription. 

The on-demand video streaming service will soon integrate the Paytm mobile wallet service as a payment method, according to two sources familiar with the matter. 

Right now, the company only supports credit cards for payments, the penetration of which remains very low in India. This has been among one of the chief factors in limiting the company’s reach in the country.

The California-based company recently met with several Indian wallet companies who presented their offerings and it has finalised its talks with Paytm, said one source, who requested anonymity.  Read more…

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Google Scholar might finally be Google's way back into China

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After Google exited China seven years ago, it might finally have a way back in.

A senior Chinese lawmaker has revealed that Google Scholar — Google’s search engine for academic literature — is on a priority list to be allowed back over the Great Firewall.

Google and all its services like Gmail and Google Maps are blocked in China, and users there need to use a VPN if they want to access Google services.

The move will seek to enhance Chinese “academic progress,” the South China Morning Post quoted Liu Binjie as saying. Liu, a government party member and former head of China’s top censorship body, said China’s academics will likely be the first to access Google Scholar. Read more…

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Someone cut the whole 'Breaking Bad' series into a two-hour feature film

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While there’s plenty of films that run for ages (looking at you, Lord of The Rings trilogy) it’s not easy to fit a television series into a movie-length format. Especially not one that’ll put you to sleep.

But by golly, someone has managed to do it with one of the finest TV series of the last decade, Breaking Bad

As many of the series’ best moments take place at the end of an episode, the “film” is missing those heavy-breathing, suspenseful moments before the credits flash “Executive Producer, Vince Gilligan.” However, it’s not at all bad.

In fact, at over two hours running time, it’s perfect for that one friend of yours who can’t be bothered watching the whole series. Read more…

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The 'Alien: Covenant' ship carries 2,000 potential Xenomorph victims. There will be blood.

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How much Xenomorph-on-human carnage can you handle? That seems to be the challenge looming for anyone who plans to see Alien: Covenant.

Because now we know for sure: the good ship Covenant is carrying something like 2,000 souls — an awful lot of Xenomorph fodder — and if the bloodbath is going to be anything like the cast and crew are hinting at, they are vulnerable.

In the two Alien: Covenant trailers we’ve seen so far, we’ve only spied the crew (just over a dozen people) and heard one say that Covenant is “the first-ever large-scale colonization mission.” 

Just how large-scale are we talking here? Read more…

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Watch Scarlett Johansson skewer Ivanka Trump in 'SNL' perfume ad

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Sexy Amber. Bombshell. Mademoiselle. With perfumes like these, you can smell like anything you want. 

And if you’re Ivanka Trump, you can smell “Complicit.”

Statuesque blonde host Scarlett Johansson was a dead ringer for statuesque blonde first daughter Trump in Saturday Night Live‘s spoof perfume ad, which featured Johansson walking through a gilded room with a gaggle of women admiring her — at first.

“A woman like her deserves a fragrance all her own,” the seductive voiceover says. “Because she’s beautiful. She’s powerful. She’s…’Complicit.'” Read more…

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It's Saturday night and 75,000 people are watching the giraffe livestream

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Let’s get this out of the way first. No, April the giraffe hasn’t given birth to her calf yet. 

However, more than 75,000 people have nothing better to do at 7:00pm on Saturday than wait around and watch, just in case. 

Image: animal adventure park/youtube

We’re not sure whether this moves us to hope or despair for the state of the world. Either way, it’d really be great if April’s bundle of joy got this party started.  Read more…

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