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China's capital is replacing tens of thousands of taxis with electric cars to fight pollution

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China’s capital city is doing something huge about its perennial pollution issue.

Almost 70,000 petrol powered taxis in Beijing will gradually be replaced with electric vehicles, and any new taxis on the road must be electric, according to a report by the National Business Daily.

The project to replace all the current petrol powered cars is estimated to cost taxi operators $1.3 billion (9 billion yuan).

Some 67,000 of Beijing’s 71,000 taxis currently run on petrol. 

A conventional car is estimated to cost around $10,000, with an electric vehicle double that amount, at $20,000. Read more…

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Sony's Xperia XZ Premium is the world's first phone with a 4K HDR screen

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The word overkill doesn’t seem to be in Sony’s vocabulary.

A year and a half after introducing the Xperia Z5 Premium, the world’s first and only smartphone with a 4K display, Sony’s now one-upped itself with the Xperia XZ Premium, the world’s first phone with a 4K HDR screen. 

The display’s not the only thing that’s bonkers on the Xperia XZ Premium. The phone’s camera is also the world’s first to be capable of recording slow motion video at a ridiculous 960 frames per second.

By “normal” standards, the Xperia XZ Premium’s 5.5-inch 4K (3,840 x 2,160) HDR screen is totally unnecessary, but I guess when you’re Sony and you have so little of the mobile pie, you’ve got to aim for the stratosphere or throw in the towel. Read more…

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A traditional Japanese painting of Iron Man will look perfect in your grown up apartment

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Unlike a lot of fan art you’ve got hanging up on your wall, this one’s going to kick up the classiness a notch.

Behold Marvel’s Iron Man rendered in a Japanese ink-wash technique called sumi-e.

水墨画ぽい練習でアイアンマン pic.twitter.com/MsNuqlLUkM

— ikuyoan (@ikuyoan) February 16, 2017

Japanese artist Ikuyoan drew Iron Man using thick, dark lines of ink to frame the superhero.

You can watch Ikuyoan’s process as he draws Iron Man in a more modern, conventional form:

This isn’t the first time Iron Man has been drawn in sumi-e. Here’s another painting done in the same ink-wash that shows how gorgeous the style is: Read more…

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HP embraces 'lapability' with new Pro x2 detachable PC

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It’s been four years since Microsoft introduced its first Surface tablet and at least two since they coined the term “lapability,” which is another way of saying, “This device is really comfortable on your lap.”

In that time, Windows system manufacturers have slowly but surely adopted Microsoft’s strategy of stuffing full-blown Windows PCs into tablets that can marry with keyboards and turn into lap-friendly ultra-portable devices. In general, Microsoft’s designs for the Surface Pro 3 and 4 have been the range’s apex, and most partners have offered only pale imitations. Read more…

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India's Paytm hits 200 million mobile wallet users

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In a country where cash is still king, a mobile app that offers online transactions is seeing 700,000 new users join the platform each day.

India’s Paytm has hit 200 million wallet users, CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma said Monday.

With this milestone reached, Sharma is also setting his company a new goal to get half a billion Indians to do online transactions using his app in the next four years. 

Even though the six-year-old mobile wallet app has been fairly popular among urban Indians for years, it wasn’t until November last year when prime minister Narendra Modi declared the vast majority of cash invalid in the country that its relevance skyrocketed. Read more…

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Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling recreated their 'Mickey Mouse Club' days at the Oscars

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It’s a big Oscars night for both Ryan Gosling and Justin Timberlake. 

Gosling’s nominated for Best Actor for his role in La La Land. Meanwhile Timberlake’s been running around all night promoting that song from Trolls and photobombing his wife.

So, considering the pair’s shared history, it’s cool these two had a chance to catch up during Sunday’s show. They go way back— both Timberlake and Gosling were stars on The Mickey Mouse Club in the ’90s.

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Timberlake (top right) and Gosling (bottom left) during their time on 'The Mickey Mouse Show'.

Timberlake (top right) and Gosling (bottom left) during their time on ‘The Mickey Mouse Show’.

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The Oscars red carpet was its own live action 'Beauty and the Beast'

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It’s a tale as old as time…Hollywood takes something that was already pretty popular and decides to do it again and again until it’s everywhere you look.

This year, it’s Beauty and the Beast, which you probably know is getting the live action treatment starring Emma Watson unless you’ve been imprisoned in a weird castle where dishes come to life for the past few months. The stars seem to have taken the hint. 

Here are all the Academy Awards looks that double as late auditions for the classic Disney tale. 

Leslie Mann as Belle

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Iranian film 'The Salesman' wins Oscar in biggest political statement of the night

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Director Asghar Farhadi’s absence at the Oscars on Sunday spoke almost as loudly as the award itself.

The Iranian filmmaker, who won his second Oscar for The Salesman, did not accept the award in person because he and other members of the film’s cast boycotted the awards following President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

It’s a great honor to be receiving this valuable award for a second time,” Iranian-American engineer Anousheh Ansari said reading a statement from Farhadi on stage. “I’m sorry I’m not with you tonight, my absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of the other six nations who have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S.” Read more…

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Nicole Kidman is a great actress and a terrible clapper and that is okay

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Important Oscars update: Nicole Kidman claps weird.

Clapping, of course, is a joining of the hands with fluctuating levels of force as a sign of glee or respect. It’s hard to do weird, but Nicole Kidman is managing it quite well.

Look, we know this is a strange thing to call out — it’s petty. To be honest with you, we’ve held off quite a bit but we just can’t remain silent any more: Nicole Kidman claps in an unorthodox way.

Could celebrities be… not just like us?

Take a look at Kidman’s clapping below.

See?

Nicole Kidman can’t clap either why is this happening pic.twitter.com/EJbJ6ePrxl

— lauren yap (@itslaurenyap) February 27, 2017 Read more…

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5 years later, celebrities put their hoodies up for Trayvon Martin

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On Feb. 26, 2012, an unarmed teenager carrying iced tea and candy was shot and killed on a Florida street.

His name was Trayvon Martin, and five years on, the movement inspired by his death lives on. Left for dead by a Neighborhood Watch volunteer, the fate of Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin’s son fanned the flames that became the Black Live Matter movement.

An image of Martin dressed in a hoodie was seared on the American conscience, and the act of “putting your hoodie up” became a protest against a culture that makes instant criminals of black boys. Read more…

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'The Walking Dead' recap: Negan's having some personnel issues

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This recap contains spoilers for The Walking Dead Season 7, episode 11, titled “Hostiles and Calamities.” 

If you thought the La La Land soundtrack was full of earworms, you’d probably forgotten all about “Easy Street,” huh? 

Luckily, if the Oscars aren’t your bag, The Walking Dead is here to offer you a pickle-eating, doctor-burning alternative to Hollywood’s most glamorous night, and you can rest assured that no one’s going to be winning any prizes in Negan’s world any time soon.

After one solid episode and one legitimately good one, the show took two steps back with episode 711, “Hostiles and Calamities” — although for an installment focused on the show’s most consistently irritating character, I guess it’s remarkable that the hour wasn’t as calamitous as it could’ve been.  Read more…

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Surprise! 'Fantastic Beasts' and 'Suicide Squad' now both have Oscars

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Talk about an upset. Science fiction and fantasy movies haven’t always fared well at the Academy Awards, but within minutes of each other, Suicide Squad and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them won Oscars for makeup and costume design, respectively.

These are big — and confusing — wins for Warner Bros. and fans of both DC’s comic books and Harry Potter.

FANTASTIC BEASTS! FANTASTIC COSTUMES! pic.twitter.com/WWegIcgCYW

— Elisabeth Joffe (@elisabethjoffe) February 27, 2017

SUICIDE SQUAD for makeup and FANTASTIC BEASTS for costume – big night at the #Oscars for looks u can now buy at HOT TOPIC.

— MAX IM A KOOPA (@meakoopa) February 27, 2017 Read more…

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Surprise! 'Fantastic Beasts' and 'Suicide Squad' now both have Oscars

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Talk about an upset. Science fiction and fantasy movies haven’t always fared well at the Academy Awards, but within minutes of each other, Suicide Squad and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them won Oscars for makeup and costume design, respectively.

These are big — and confusing — wins for Warner Bros. and fans of both DC’s comic books and Harry Potter.

FANTASTIC BEASTS! FANTASTIC COSTUMES! pic.twitter.com/WWegIcgCYW

— Elisabeth Joffe (@elisabethjoffe) February 27, 2017

SUICIDE SQUAD for makeup and FANTASTIC BEASTS for costume – big night at the #Oscars for looks u can now buy at HOT TOPIC.

— MAX IM A KOOPA (@meakoopa) February 27, 2017 Read more…

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Ava DuVernay's Oscars dress has more meaning behind it than you think

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Everyone is watching the 89th Academy Awards, which makes it a prime place for celebrities to represent causes and organizations dear to their hearts. 

Director Ava DuVernay used her red carpet moment to subtly comment on Trump’s travel ban by  highlighting a gown designed by a studio from a majority-Muslim country as an act of solidarity. 

A small sign of solidarity. I chose to wear a gown by a designer from a majority Muslim country. Thanks to @AshiStudio of Lebanon#Oscars pic.twitter.com/CbEkK7rCpG

— Ava DuVernay (@ava) February 27, 2017 Read more…

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Ava DuVernay's Oscars dress has more meaning behind it than you think

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Everyone is watching the 89th Academy Awards, which makes it a prime place for celebrities to represent causes and organizations dear to their hearts. 

Director Ava DuVernay used her red carpet moment to subtly comment on Trump’s travel ban by  highlighting a gown designed by a studio from a majority-Muslim country as an act of solidarity. 

A small sign of solidarity. I chose to wear a gown by a designer from a majority Muslim country. Thanks to @AshiStudio of Lebanon#Oscars pic.twitter.com/CbEkK7rCpG

— Ava DuVernay (@ava) February 27, 2017 Read more…

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Video about sauce actually a clever take on coming out of the closet

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What kind of sauce do you like? Ketchup? Barbecue? Mustard? Perhaps a mix of them all?

It’s a simple difference, but as the folks at huge LGBTQ pride parade, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras have pointed out in a new video, coming out about your sauce preferences (or sexuality) doesn’t have to be a big deal.

Marriage equality is yet to be legal in Australia. Coming out can still be a scary thing. The Sydney Mardi Gras parade (taking place on Mar. 4) goes a way to changing that.  Read more…

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Video about sauce actually a clever take on coming out of the closet

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What kind of sauce do you like? Ketchup? Barbecue? Mustard? Perhaps a mix of them all?

It’s a simple difference, but as the folks at huge LGBTQ pride parade, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras have pointed out in a new video, coming out about your sauce preferences (or sexuality) doesn’t have to be a big deal.

Marriage equality is yet to be legal in Australia. Coming out can still be a scary thing. The Sydney Mardi Gras parade (taking place on Mar. 4) goes a way to changing that.  Read more…

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Your BFF Emma Stone wore a Planned Parenthood pin to the Oscars

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Emma Stone stunned on the Academy Awards red carpet in Givenchy, Tiffany & Co and…Planned Parenthood.

The actress, who is the favorite to pick up her first Oscar tonight, is using her big moment to make a statement with a subtle Planned Parenthood pin right below the gown of her dress strap. 

Here’s the logo:

And here’s Stone’s, well, stones.  

Emma Stone looking good in a Planned Parenthood pin at the #Oscars! #IStandWithPP pic.twitter.com/FyMN1AbUAf

— Planned Parenthood (@PPIAction) February 27, 2017

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Your BFF Emma Stone wore a Planned Parenthood pin to the Oscars

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Emma Stone stunned on the Academy Awards red carpet in Givenchy, Tiffany & Co and…Planned Parenthood.

The actress, who is the favorite to pick up her first Oscar tonight, is using her big moment to make a statement with a subtle Planned Parenthood pin right below the gown of her dress strap. 

Here’s the logo:

And here’s Stone’s, well, stones.  

Emma Stone looking good in a Planned Parenthood pin at the #Oscars! #IStandWithPP pic.twitter.com/FyMN1AbUAf

— Planned Parenthood (@PPIAction) February 27, 2017

Well played, Emma. Read more…

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Jimmy Kimmel wasted no time in making a few Trump jokes at the Oscars

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Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel didn’t take too may jabs at President Donald Trump during the opening monologue on Sunday.

But when he did, they were pretty good.

“Maybe this is not a popular thing to say but I want to say thank you to President Trump. I mean remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist?”

That was among the few jokes about the president the host made to kick off Hollywood’s biggest night.

He opened the monologue by saying while many advised him to “say something to unite” viewers, he “can’t do that.” Read more…

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Who is this random guy Fox News had on to talk about Swedish security?

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A trans-Atlantic wave of puzzlement is rippling across Sweden for the second time in a week, after a prominent Fox News program featured a “Swedish defense and national security advisor” who’s unknown to the country’s military and foreign-affairs officials.

Swedes, and some Americans, have been wondering about representations of the Nordic nation in the U.Ssince President Donald Trump invoked “what’s happening last night in Sweden” while alluding to past terror attacks in Europe during a rally Feb. 18. There hadn’t been any major incident in Sweden the previous night.

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LG claims the battery on its X Power2 phone lasts the whole weekend

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Frustrated with smartphone batteries that last only half a day? LG’s new smartphone, the company claims, is a whole-weekend piece of hardware. 

The LG X Power2 — a new product in the company’s “specialist” line — has a monstrous 4,500 mAh battery, which allows for 15 hours of video playback or 18 hours of web surfing, per LG’s claims. 

The battery is more generous than that of the phone’s predecessor, the LG X Power, which had a 4,100 mAh battery, but it’s not the largest battery around. Then again, the LG X Power2 is not as fat as some other phones, coming in at 154.7 x 78.1 x 8.4mm. Plus, it apparently takes only two hours to fully charge. Read more…

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America doesn't care anymore, detains beloved children's book author

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Imagine how America would react if Australia was mean to the late Maurice Sendak or even Eric Carle, author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

That’s how the latter feels now, after hearing that beloved children’s book author Mem Fox was apparently left in tears after being detained for hours at Los Angeles Airport and accused of having the wrong visa in early February. 

Author of such subversive texts as Possum Magic and Ten Little Fingers, Fox told the Advertiser the experience was traumatic and humiliating.  Read more…

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Perfect 6-for-6 sweep: 'Moonlight' walks through the Indie Spirits

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In the beginning, there was Moonlight. At the end, there was also Moonlight.

Writer/director Barry Jenkins’ deeply resonant cinematic tryptich of a young Miami man’s life won all six Independent Spirit Awards for which it was nominated Saturday — including the first award given away, and the last — a triumphant result for the film many hope can upset La La Land at the Academy Awards.

Moonlight was the odds-on favorite at the Indie Spirits, but a sweep was hardly guaranteed. It became a reality, though, over the course of an afternoon beneath a giant white tent on the beach near the Santa Monica Pier. Read more…

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The best, most savage punchlines from Nick Kroll & John Mulaney Indie Spirit Awards hosting gig

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Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, hosts of the Independent Spirit Awards, went full-savage on Hollywood, President Donald Trump, and everything else under the California sun on Saturday. In doing so, they achieving new levels of “they did not just say that” at the one awards show that seems to re-define the limits of awards-show-season jokes every year.

The sun is shining 🌞 and the people are drinking 🍾🥂. A perfect #SpiritAwardspic.twitter.com/2pV9pAwJ9t

— Film Independent (@filmindependent) February 25, 2017 Read more…

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Hmm, maybe this is why Trump doesn't want to attend the White House Correspondents' Dinner

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On Saturday, Donald Trump made history as the first president to bow out of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

And while this has much to do with Trump’s ever-worsening battle with the press and his constant struggle to book talent, it’s also worth remembering that, to be frank, Trump probably has another reason for ditching:

He usually gets clobbered at these things.

So, in the interest of, uh, elucidation, please enjoy these videos of Trump getting roasted at the 2011 and 2016 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Better yet, enjoy Trump’s mirthless reactions. They’re uncomfortable to watch, but extremely worth it. Read more…

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Everyone is having a field day with news that Trump is skipping the Correspondents' Dinner

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President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday that he won’t attend this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner for, uh, no reason. 

Maybe the White House foresaw that Trump’s skills might not lie in his comedy routines? Maybe Trump remembered how the last few dinners that mentioned him went? Or maybe he wanted to be the one to back out before every other media organization could cancel

I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2017

Whatever the cause, Twitter was pretty happy:  Read more…

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Nicki Minaj and Remy Ma are beefing right now and dear god nobody was ready for all the shade

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Hope you’re hungry, because Nicki Minaj is serving up some prime, grade-A beef between her and fellow rapper Remy Ma, and we were all unprepared.

The internet went into collective freakout mode on Thursday night after rapper Gucci Mane released a new track, “Make Love,” featuring Nicki Minaj. 

On the track Nicki raps: 

Oooohhh, oh you the qu-e-e-the queen of this here?/

One platinum plaque, album flopped, bitch, where? (bitch, where?)…

You see, silly rabbit, to be the queen of rap/ 

You gotta sell records, you gotta get plaques.

Little background, here: Nicki Minaj has famously declared herself the Queen of Rap, on several occasions—including but not limited to her feature on Ariana Grande’s “Side to Side” (“I’m the queen of rap, young Ariana run pop“) and her feature on Rae Sremmurd’s “No Flex Zone – Remix” (“Run this game for 5 years/ guess that’s why my feet hurt…Yes, I am an icon, that’s me on your t-shirt“). Read more…

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Donald Trump makes history, bows out of White House Correspondents dinner

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Amid an ever-escalating war with the media, Donald Trump tweeted Saturday that he wouldn’t attend the White House Correspondents Association’s annual dinner. The dinner is an opportunity for a comedian to roast the press and the president, and for the president to roast everyone else. Trump’s absence would mark the first time in the event’s history a president has refused to attend. 

I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2017

The president offered no explanation for the decision, but it’s not hard to chance a few guesses for his reasoning. Among the possibilities:  Read more…

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Yes, something actually beat Batman v. Superman for Worst Picture at the 2017 Razzies

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Blockbuster letdown Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice was considered the favorite at this year’s Razzies, AKA, the Golden Raspberry Awards for terrible movies, having racked up a whopping eight nominations.

With those kinds of odds, one would think it’d take a pretty gut-wrenchingly awful movie to upset the widely-panned superhero bonanza in each of the event’s top (or bottom) prizes.

Luckily for Zack Snyder and company, Razzie voters found such a film in…conservative pundit Dinesh D’Souza’s Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party. Read more…

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Trump's FCC wants to let your cable company sell your data, because who cares about privacy?

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Under President Donald Trump, it seems like every department in the executive branch is racing to see who can undo regulations the fastest. And at the FCC? That means negotiating with cable companies about your data. 

Newly-installed Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai is working on stopping privacy rules from the it-feels-like-oh-so-long-ago Obama era, which require internet providers to get your explicit permission before selling or sharing your information, Business Insider reported

The rules were approved in October, and went into partial effect in January. But lucky for the Trump FCC, a provision requiring internet providers to “engage in reasonable data security practices” doesn’t take effect until March 2.  Read more…

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Gigi Hadid takes the pussyhat to the runway at Milan Fashion Week

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Guess the pink yarn shortage is over: Missoni models—including Gigi Hadid—brought the now-iconic pussyhat to the runway Saturday at Milan Fashion Week.

It wasn’t just the models making a statement. Staffers and attendees also received hats of their own, making the whole program a wonderland of pink ears and solidarity. And, of course, a fair amount of selfie-taking. 

Even the designer, Angela Missoni, kept hers on for post-show photo ops with guests.

Angela Missoni greets the audience.

Image: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

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How to predict the president's next bogus tweet: Just watch Fox News

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Donald Trump’s obsession with live-tweeting his morning cable news binges has made his erratic timeline…incredibly, disconcertingly, comically predictable.

One Boston journalist proved it on Saturday morning, with his own impressively prophetic tweet.

David Bernstein was watching Fox and Friends when he saw guest Hermain Cain (Remember him? The Hermainator?) regurgitate a bogus stat—one clearly too tantalizing for our Twitter-egg-in-chief to resist amplifying.

Cain claimed, somewhat misleadingly, that the national debt decreased $12 billion during Trump’s first month in office,  compared to a $200 billion jump in the same time on Barack Obama’s watch. The talking point can be traced back to a sketchy right-wing blog known for peddling conspiraciesRead more…

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Kim Kardashian would love the BlackBerry KEYone

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It’s no secret Kim Kardashian West loves her BlackBerry and nearly lost her goddamn mind last year when her last BlackBerry Bold died and she couldn’t find any more on eBay.

Well, Kim, I hope you’re reading this because everything is going to be OK again once the new QWERTY keyboard-equipped BlackBerry KEYone comes out in a few months.

Designed and manufactured by TCL Communications Technology (TCT), which now has the global rights to build and sell BlackBerry-branded phones, the KEYone (formerly codenamed “Mercury”) is the best marriage of BlackBerry and Android I’ve seen yet. Read more…

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Mike Pence's pro-Israel tweets really couldn't have gone worse

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Mike Pence is here to support Israel, so he’s…throwing up that Nicaraguan flag?

As the veep began his speech for the Republican Jewish Coalition on Friday, the @VP social media team decided to reiterate his pro-Israel stance by tweeting out its flag.

Unfortunately, they tweeted the Nicaraguan flag instead: not once, but twice.

Someone please tell the Pence social media team that’s the flag of Nicaragua, not Israel pic.twitter.com/6KpfsCOCV6

— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 25, 2017

As much as we’d like to find a “to be fair” caveat here, there really isn’t one. The flags both have blue stripes, we guess, but let’s face it: They just aren’t that similar.  Read more…

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This week in apps: 'Alto' gets a sequel, Instagram gets more like Facebook and Google's SMS reboot

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With Uber’s never-ending drama, Twitter’s somewhat confusing new harassment policies, and Facebook’s technical error, you may have lost track of some of the best new apps. 

Luckily, we’re keeping score for you for you. Each week, we round up the latest app news, along with a few of our favorite new and updated apps, to keep you in the loop with everything coming to your phone.

Here’s what we were following this week. And if you’re looking for more, be sure to check out last week’s look at the most interesting apps. Read more…

‘Alto’s Adventure’ is getting a sequel

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Barack Obama and Malia had an awesome night out in NYC and looked awesome doing it

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After a nice Italian dinner on Thursday and a rock star’s welcome from the public Friday afternoon, Barack Obama continued his post-vacation jaunt around NYC—and he took cool teen Malia along for the ride.

On Friday night, the two were spotted at a performance of the current Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s play The Price. The show stars Danny DeVito and Mark Ruffalo, which made for a pretty decent photo op afterward — one of those rare ones where all parties involved are excited to be meeting a celebrity.

Malia reportedly wants to be a filmmaker, so perhaps this was also a preliminary casting call. (Danny DeVito appears to be in the lead so far, yes?) Read more…

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Why you need to binge-watch Carrie Fisher's final TV show immediately

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Carrie Fisher might be best remembered for her role as Princess — and later General — Leia. But her final, wildly outspoken TV role is a reminder of all the reasons why we love her.

Two months after her death, Carrie Fisher will return to screens for her TV swan song in Channel 4’s hit comedy show Catastrophe

Catastrophe first hit screens in January 2015, and since then it’s gained a cult status in the UK and in the U.S. If you’re not familiar with the show’s premise, look away now — spoilers abound.

The series begins with a six-night fling of no-strings-attached sex between two strangers Rob (Rob Delaney) — an American businessman visiting London — and Sharon (Sharon Horgan) — an Irish primary school teacher living in London. Read more…

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99-year-old runner beats 92-year-old in impressive photo finish

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It was a photo finish for the ages. 

A 99-year-old runner, sneaked by his 92-year-old competitor, winning a 60-meter dash by 500ths of a second. A little lean forward was all World War II veteran Orville Rogers needed to clinch victory.

Just look at how close the two sprinters get at the end of the race earlier this week at the USATF Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Rogers told Runners World he was visualizing the win, a technique he uses to guide his competitive spirit. 

“That’s still my objective: I train hard and I visualize crossing the finish line out in front. And I work at it pretty consistently. It’s very rewarding to be able to accomplish what you set out to do,” Rogers said.  Read more…

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Wireless Apple CarPlay will finally come to more cars

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Apple’s CarPlay in-vehicle infotainment system has been around since 2014 — and since then, it’s been tethered to car dashboards by a Lightning connection like any another anonymous AUX cord.  

It’s not for any lack of trying on Apple’s part — the company announced an update for wireless CarPlay almost two years ago at the 2015 Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC). Problem is, the makers of the infotainment systems included in most new cars have been slow to integrate the wireless capability into their interfaces.  

The first domino has fallen, however, as car infotainment giant Harman announced its products will support wireless CarPlay, claiming to be the first in its industry with the capability. The company has  partnerships with automakers like Chrysler, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Jeep, Toyota and more, so a whole range of future car models could wind up with the tech.  Read more…

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SoFi raises $500 million to expand beyond student loans

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Student loans make for big business, but the rest of finance is even bigger. 

SoFi, the company that started by refinancing student loans, will raise a whopping $500 million, it announced on Friday. The Series F funding round values SoFi at $4.3 billion and brings the company’s total equity funding to $1.9 billionBloomberg and the Wall Street Journal both reported SoFi’s huge fundraising plans before the company confirmed the raise. 

With this huge influx of funding, SoFi plans to go global — or “take on new areas of personal finance and new geographies,” the company said. 

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Creepy new browser-tracking technique means there's nowhere left for you to hide

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These days, everyone on the internet already knows if you’re a dog. Thanks to a newly developed tracking technique, they may soon know even more. 

Pennsylvania-based computer science professor Yinzhi Cao just unveiled a method that IEEE Spectrum reports makes “fingerprinting” across multiple web browsers possible — with a striking degree of accuracy. That means anyone looking to follow you around the internet — advertisers, credit card companies, or websites — can now do so even if you habitually switch from Firefox to Chrome to Safari. 

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These people dancing during a traffic jam is straight out of a scene from 'La La Land'

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Remember that unrealistic opening scene in La La Land when everyone got out of the car during a traffic jam and just started dancing?

It’s just happened in real life.

A group of around 30 men and women in China decided they had enough of waiting during a traffic jam and decided instead to come out of their cars to dance.

The commuters in Shandong city were filmed bursting into a synchronised song and dance on the emergency lane. 

According to one onlooker in the video, the group danced for around 10 minutes. 

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Asia's best restaurant has a frustratingly confusing menu of only 22 emojis

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Gaggan is a posh restaurant that’s been crowned Asia’s best for the third year in a row.

So imagine going there and having to order off an all-emoji menu

Gaggan’s menu is a minimalist one-pager of just 22 emojis, each representing one dish. 

The emojis provide a clue as to what each dish is, although if you ask us, it’s still some pretty tough guesswork.

Image: live from a lounge

However, some of the dishes look pretty true to their emoji counterparts.

Take for example the first course, “Kiss Me”, which is represented by a kissing emoji. Read more…

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Reince Priebus rejects Steve Bannon's touch in awkward TV moment

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Sorry, Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus doesn’t want to hold your hand. 

In a delightful moment broadcast from a Feb. 23 CPAC event, Bannon reached out for a brief moment of human connection only to have his advances sort of… swatted away? By Chief of Staff Priebus. 

It’s five seconds long, but people are already latching on to this little incident. 

@KJAlvarado124 @UndergroundSch2 Not in public, people are watchingpic.twitter.com/hcV7SDAnto

— Meredith (@itsmeMereW) February 23, 2017

Although new fan fiction is probably already in the works, for politics-slash-romance fans. Read more…

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Malaysia says it'll seize motorcycles being operated as ride-sharing vehicles

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A hot fledgling motorcycle taxi hailing service has hit a wall in Malaysia, after barely getting on the road.

Dego Ride found itself effectively banned from Malaysian streets on Friday, after regulators threatened to seize motorcycles belonging to people offering rides on their vehicles, local news reports say.

The penalty is an unusually stiff one, compared with other countries which have typically issued fines to unauthorised drivers from ride-sharing apps.

A director for the Road Transport Department said that over 6,000 motorcycle riders were registered with Dego Ride in the Klang Valley — an area surrounding Malaysia’s capital of Kuala Lumpur. Read more…

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How one startup peon had a real-life Slumdog Millionaire moment

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As you sow so shall you reap. 

The old English proverb came to life for Mumbai-based Shyam Kumar, a peon at mobile wallet firm Citrus Pay. He became a millionaire after his employer was acquired by Naspers-backed online payments company PayU in a $130 million deal last year.

42-year-old Kumar, a migrant from Uttar Pradesh, had joined Citrus Pay for a salary of Rs. 8,000 ($120) in 2010 when it was a lesser-known entity and e-commerce in India was just about finding its feet. 

After the Naspers buyout, he was rewarded with employee stock options for his unwavering loyalty to Citrus Pay, helping him earn Rs. 5 million ($75,000) in the process!  Read more…

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Reese Witherspoon gets a margarita! Mindy Kaling gets a margarita! Everybody with Oprah gets a margarita.

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I implore you to carefully weigh every decision you’ve made in your life and determine where you went so wrong that you were not present on the magical set of A Wrinkle In Time

Now, bartender Oprah has arrived to pour margarita salt in your wounds. She took it upon herself to distribute tequila and boundless joy to her fellow celebrities and the crew. 

Reese Witherspoon noted Oprah’s skills on Instagram. You may notice that Oprah’s bracelet coordinates perfectly with the margaritas because she is always prepared. 

You gotta 💖that @Oprah makes the BEST margarita! #crewparty #wrinkleintime

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Reese Witherspoon gets a margarita! Mindy Kaling gets a margarita! Everybody with Oprah gets a margarita.

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I implore you to carefully weigh every decision you’ve made in your life and determine where you went so wrong that you were not present on the magical set of A Wrinkle In Time

Now, bartender Oprah has arrived to pour margarita salt in your wounds. She took it upon herself to distribute tequila and boundless joy to her fellow celebrities and the crew. 

Reese Witherspoon noted Oprah’s skills on Instagram. You may notice that Oprah’s bracelet coordinates perfectly with the margaritas because she is always prepared. 

You gotta 💖that @Oprah makes the BEST margarita! #crewparty #wrinkleintime

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