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Politician breastfed her baby while speaking in parliament, because work never stops

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Talk about multi-tasking.

Larissa Waters, a Greens party MP in Australia, got plenty of plaudits earlier in the year when she was the first politician to breastfeed in parliament.

Now she’s the first to deliver a speech while breastfeeding, because well, sometimes work can’t stop. Here she is breastfeeding her daughter Alia Joy Waters, while submitting a motion on black lung disease.

How far we’ve come@larissawaters gives a speech while breast feeding! Yes! First woman in Australian parliament to ever do so#auspol pic.twitter.com/bBwshTvEHa

— David Sharaz (@DavidSharaz) June 22, 2017 Read more…

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How a gang of celebrity moms is helping make sure families don't have to choose between diapers and food

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Earlier this month, Kerry Washington tweeted a video about dirty diapers to her 4.6 million followers. 

The minute-long clip featured the Scandal star and mom of two talking not about her infant son, but about the fact that too many parents can’t afford diapers and have to choose between them and other essentials like food and medicine. 

“It’s a crime that that would be true, that you would have to choose between feeding your kid or changing their diaper,” Washington says. 

I’m so proud to support @Baby2Baby | @attndotcom. No parent should have to choose between feeding their child or changing their diaperpic.twitter.com/NyZ2diNmdH

— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) June 9, 2017 Read more…

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Meet this adorable bilby named after the one-and-only Jane Goodall

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You may call this little Australian female bilby Jane — as in, after the legendary Dr. Jane Goodall.

The cute marsupial was named at a ceremony organised by RSPCA Queensland, and Save The Bilby Fund co-founder, Frank Manthey on Sunday.

Little Jane joins the orchid Dendrobium goodallianum, and the Jane Goodall Environmental Sciences Academy in honouring the famed conservationist.

“Dr. Jane Goodall is a living legend and one of the greatest conservationists of all time,” Manthey said. “She’s been an idol of mine for so many years, and to finally get to meet her is, well, words won’t describe it.” Read more…

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J.K. Rowling made a huge correction to this 'Daily Mail' headline

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Just after midnight on Monday morning, a man drove a van into a crowd of Muslim worshippers outside Finsbury Park Mosque in London.

Ten people are injured and one man is dead, the BBC reports, and counter-terrorism officers are in attendance.

For awhile after the attack happened, though, some news headlines weren’t mentioning the word “terrorism”. This didn’t go unnoticed.

This is not an accident, it’s not a collision, it’s not revenge. It’s terrorism. The media should be calling it as such#FinsburyPark

— Tez (@tezilyas) June 19, 2017 Read more…

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Hey Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian also just announced two new members of her family

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Look, we’re not saying there’s any wrong time to announce that you’ve brought two literal snowballs into the family, but right after news that Beyoncé’s twins were born is an interesting choice. 

Especially if, like Kim Kardashian, you’re rumored to have some bad blood with Queen Bey. And yet, here’s Kim K (who has often expressed disinterest in pets because they’re filthy) posting pictures of puppies on Twitter when everyone’s freaking about about the Jay Z and Beyoncé’s twins. 

So North wants to name her puppy Mercy, thoughts? We need a good name!

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) June 18, 2017 Read more…

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Bright pink houses attract crowds looking for the perfect selfie, and the neighbors are pissed

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These houses in Los Angeles are so pink the entire internet seems to have noticed. Everything from the walkway to the hedges to the trash bins are bright pink.

It’s not a permanent look. The vacant LA homes are part of a large-scale art piece, and they’re being demolished to make way for a new housing complex

Neighbors are not pleased with the stunt and the “noise” they are attracting. Everyone wants to pose with the absurdly pink structures, as you can tell by browsing photos on Instagram tagged with #pinkhouses.

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This ethereum-based project could change how we think about digital art

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Someone owns this picture.

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No, not the copyright to the picture. They own the picture itself. You can, of course, download a version, but that’s just a copy. Someone owns the original. It is art, and it has an owner.

What does that mean in the digital age? That’s what the guys at Larva Labs want to find out.

The image above is just one of 10,000 pieces of art released last week as part of an experiment called CryptoPunks. What makes this project unique is that each image is tied to a piece of computer code on the blockchain-based Ethereum platform. That means the owner of each piece of art is clear—and that ownership can be transferred.  Read more…

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Konami doesn't forgive and forget if you quit the company, apparently

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Apparently Konami will bear a serious grudge if you quit the company.

The Japanese video game giant behind classics like Dance Dance Revolution and the Metal Gear franchise is in the news right now for apparently punishing employees within the industry for leaving the firm.

Konami’s pretty influential, so being on its sh*tlist is pretty bad if you’re trying to develop a career in video games.

Ex-Konami staffers told the Nikkei Asian Review: “If you leave the company, you cannot rely on Konami’s name to find a job.”

The report goes on to say that Konami even goes so far as to file complaints with other gaming companies, if they hire former staff. Read more…

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You can start a coding career without a degree — here’s how

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Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission.

Bored of slaving away at a job you don’t love? Stuck in a career rut? Hating on the man? There’s one easy solution to changing things up: teach yourself how to code.  

As of 2015, there were nearly 7 million job openings in occupations that required coding skills. From software engineering to web development and IT administration, companies in all industries require technical experts to build products, maintain systems, and solve problems.

Below are two great options for you to get started on your path to becoming a full-fledged developer:  Read more…

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Oh nothing, just Miley Cyrus and Jimmy Fallon busking in a subway

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Those vaguely country and western disguises meant to conceal Miley Cyrus and Jimmy Fallon might not have been that effective, but then again, when would you ever get to see these two busk in a subway station?

The pair performed Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” and Cyrus’ “Party In The U.S.A.” in New York City’s 50th Street station, pulling a crowd who knew exactly what was going on.

Still pretty cool though. Read more…

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Macadamia the koala joey is here to charm your socks off

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Macadamia is as cute as a button, or a tiny nut, perhaps more accurately.

The koala joey is the first of 12 babies at Australia Zoo this year, weighing only half a gram and being the size of a jelly bean when he was born.

Named by the Australian Macadamia Society, he’s spent seven months growing in his mother’s pouch and has only recently begun to explore the outside world. 

Joeys will spend up to 12 months with their mothers before going independent. In the meantime, go on and enjoy this very cute mother and son duo. Read more…

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Watch Daenerys flying into battle in thrilling 'Game of Thrones' behind-the-scenes video

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No other TV show (and few films) can beat the spectacular special effects in Game of Thrones, and a new behind-the-scenes video shows us exactly what goes into bringing Westeros to life.

Sneakily, there’s some Season 6 footage spliced in with the Season 7 shots, which makes it hard to tell which visual effects are old and which are new — but the video does feature Daenerys Targaryen riding one of her dragons into battle against a greenscreen backdrop, and judging by her costume, this is part of her battle against the Lannister army, which was previewed in the Season 7 trailer and this photo of a dragon roasting some unwitting Lannister soldiers.   Read more…

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Stephen Colbert grilling Oliver Stone about Putin is excruciating to watch

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It shouldn’t be surprising in this current political climate that Oliver Stone’s four-part Showtime series about Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin, hasn’t had the warmest of receptions.

Stephen Colbert is more known for his quips, but a meeting with Stone on The Late Show on Monday proved too irresistible for the host. Colbert asked the director if he was “cosying up” to what some would call a dictator.

“You know, you have to be polite because this was a two-year deal, and it was four times, and I was with him numerous times,” Stone explained.

Colbert admittedly hadn’t watched the series yet, but asked Stone what would surprise him about Putin when watching it. Read more…

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Couples are celebrating 50 years since interracial marriage was legalized with #LovingDay

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Couples and families are using the hashtag #LovingDay all over social media today to celebrate interracial relationships that would have been illegal in the U.S. before a landmark civil rights case 50 years ago.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Loving v. Virginia on June 12, 1967 that interracial couple Mildred Loving and Richard Loving’s marriage was not a crime. The decision went all the way to the Supreme Court, which found that the state of Virginia’s anti-miscegenation laws violated the 14th amendment and were racist. Read more…

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Anthony Bourdain has anointed this Filipino street food dish as 'the one'

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Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has eaten his way around the world, and is convinced he’s found The One.

That dish is sisig from the Philippines, a local street food dish made from chopped parts of a pig.

He’s so sure of it, he’s gone ahead and said it could be the next big thing globally.

He told CNN Philippines that the sizzling, crispy pork dish is “perfectly positioned to win the hearts and minds of the world as a whole.

“I think it’s the most likely to convince people abroad who have had no exposure to Filipino food to maybe look further and investigate further beyond sisig,” he said. Read more…

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How binge listening to podcasts helped me get through my breakup

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On November 8, 2016, Donald Trump was elected to be my president. Two days later, my boyfriend broke up with me out of the blue and, to top it all off, the internet in my flat went out the same night.

Having recently moved from Los Angeles to London for university and to be in with my then boyfriend, I was suddenly very alone in a foreign country with a broken heart and no internet. I couldn’t watch the typical breakup films and TV shows that would have distracted me from the pain of abandonment.

In the silence of my flat, my mind would be pulled into thoughts about the deterioration of my relationship — how it happened, why I didn’t see it coming, what I might have done wrong. I tried to quiet my brain with Youtube videos of baby animals and Vine compilations, but as a student on a budget there were only so many data add-ons I could afford. To fill my need for constant sound I began bingeing on podcasts. Read more…

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Man in giant fish finger outfit beautifully upstages politician

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General election night in the UK is a long, tiring business, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t moments of joy too.

The joke candidates that stand purely for the pleasure of being on TV in their silly outfits, for instance.

249! A new Buckethead record! Something to celebrate, eh? #GeneralElection17 pic.twitter.com/cCx7Utc8EL

— Lord Buckethead (@LordBuckethead) June 9, 2017

One of these candidates is a man who goes by the name “Mr Fish Finger.” He was standing in the same constituency as Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron after he managed to successfully crowdfund over £2,300 (more than enough for the £500 pledge). Read more…

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Just a bunch of sick photos of British politicians when they were young and fit

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It may seem strange, but even politicians were young, not that long ago. 

With general election polling underway, why not take a moment to look back at the main party leaders when they were beautiful blossoms ready to flower. 

Some of them were activists, speaking up for workers’ rights (Jeremy Corbyn) or against the war in Iraq (Caroline Lucas). Some were fronting a post-punk, new-wave band “written off as a fourth rate New Order” (Tim Farron). One is the daughter of a vicar (Theresa May) while another had a sick hairstyle (Nicola Sturgeon) back in her days at Greenwood Academy.  Read more…

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Elon Musk's weird Ambien tweets are back

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Don’t tweet while on Ambien.

If you didn’t already know that before, let Elon Musk’s series of bizarre tweets on Tuesday night serve as an example kids. 

Case in point: 

A little red wine, vintage record, some Ambien … and magic!

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 7, 2017

Once you add the vintage record player, it’s all good

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 7, 2017

It started off with him talking about the Tesla shareholder meeting — and then things quickly take a very random turn. 

And um … not trying to brag or anything, but I think I look good for 500

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 7, 2017 Read more…

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Snow is hard to come by in Australia, so this guy created his own

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It’s winter in Australia right now, but snowfall is difficult to come by unless you’re in one of the few mountainous regions in the country. 

So if you want to see snow, you’ll have to travel — or get creative. 

As Roland Zopf from Bathurst, Australia, did when he built his very own snow gun, turning a patch of grass on the side of the road into a winter wonderland. Like many of the best Australian ideas, the concept was formed down at the local watering hole.

“It all started a number of years ago, when at the pub in the beer garden one night, a guy spilt his drink on the table and it froze. I said jokingly that it’s cold enough to run a snow gun here,” Zopf said via Messenger. Read more…

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Miss C, believed to be one of the world's oldest sloths, dies at Australian zoo

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For a sloth, Miss C lived a longer life than most.

The Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth was euthanised at Australia’s Adelaide Zoo on Friday, following ongoing age-related health issues that were affecting her quality of life. At 43 years old, Miss C lived more than double her life expectancy.

“The average life expectancy of a sloth in the wild is about 10-12 years old, so Miss C truly was a phenomenal creature and believed to be the oldest of her kind in the world,” Adelaide Zoo’s Curator of Conservation and Native Fauna, Dr. Phil Ainsley, said in a statement via email.  Read more…

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Universal basic income experiments are popping up all over Europe

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More Europeans are about to get some free money in the name of economics research.

The European Union is funding a new universal basic income experiment in Barcelona alongside similar tests in Helsinki and the Dutch city of Ultrecht.

Around 1,000 low-income households in one of the city’s poorest districts will be randomly selected to receive monthly payments of between €400 ($450) and €525 ($590) for two years. All told, the three programs will cost the EU €13 million ($14.7 million).

The study is the latest in a series of research efforts launched across the globe in recent months to put the policy to the test in a real-world setting.   Read more…

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Is Andy Rubin's Essential Phone the iPhone killer we've been waiting for?

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Android inventor Andy Rubin finally took the wraps off his newest toy: the Essential Phone.

Yes, it’s an Android phone in an extremely saturated smartphone market and it’s wildly different from the second you look at its futuristic display. But can it dethrone the iPhone?

This week’s MashTalk is hosted by Mashable Senior Tech Correspondent Raymond Wong and Chief Correspondent Lance Ulanoff.

If there’s anyone who can make you care about yet another rectangular slab, it’s Rubin. His new phone, the Essential Phone, is unequivocally designed for the future. Read more…

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Spelling Bee winning word gets the whole internet Googling what on earth 'marocain' is

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You probably didn’t know what marocain was yesterday, but thanks to Thursday night’s nailbiting National Spelling Bee, it’s all over the internet.

Ananya Vinay, a sixth-grader from Fresno, was crowned winner at the 2017 Scripps annual event. After effortlessly dealing with hypapante, gifblaar, and wayzgoose, she finished the night with the winning word: marocain.

She played to win and win she did. Ananya Vinay takes home the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion title and trophy#spellingbee pic.twitter.com/9oRmIOXzyY

— NationalSpellingBee (@ScrippsBee) June 2, 2017

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Dashcam footage shows dangerous driver getting a big dose of instant karma

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When you’re driving through winding country roads and you can’t see what’s up ahead, overtaking on a corner is never a very good idea.

The dashcam footage above was recorded by British YouTuber Kookoocachu last week. In the clip she’s heading along a country lane when another driver comes belting past, swerves round a tight bend, and comes dangerously close to flipping their car over.

It’s worth having the sound on just for the sweary scolding she gives the guy when she finally catches up with him. Read more…

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Smart blocks connect to your iPad, making regular building blocks look downright ancient

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Remember the days when kids used to play with building blocks, instead of iPads?

With this toy, you can have the best of both worlds.

Bilo is a building block set that lets kids build models digitally through real blocks in front of them. 

Image: yvette tan/mashable

The blocks have micro controllers in them, which communicate their position to a Bluetooth-enabled base plate. That works to connect with a companion app on your smartphone or tablet, so you can see your model getting formed as you lay the plastic blocks down. Read more…

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Keyboard fans, rejoice: BlackBerry KEYone is available to buy

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Prepare your fingers: BlackBerry’s new Android-meets-physical-keyboard phone, the KEYone, is now available for purchase in the U.S.

You can get it on BlackBerry’s website, Amazon, and Best Buy online, or at select Best Buy stores, for the price of $549.99.

The phone is available in two unlocked variants in the U.S. — one optimized for GSM networks, which includes AT&T and T-Mobile, and one optimized for CDMA networks such as Verizon. Carrier-bound versions of the phone will become available this summer. 

The KEYone is probably the last chance to revive BlackBerry’s nearly non-existent market share. The phone will likely polarize customers — like it did us — as it’s a mix of cool features and annoying quirks.  Read more…

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Arcades of the future are going to be amazing, if StarVR is any indication

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For many of us, thinking about the arcade brings back memories of old school shooter games. But kids of the future may have a very different experiences.

StarVR — from IMAX, Taiwanese PC maker Acer, and Swedish games studio Starbreeze — is deluxe VR like you wouldn’t get at home.

The system promises 5K resolution, with a wide 210 degree field of view, for an extra immersive experience.

At the Computex show in Taipei, I had the chance to test this immersion with first-person shooter game John Wick Chronicles, based on Keanu Reeves’ shooter movie franchise. Read more…

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Hey tech bros, we don't want your gimmicky dating apps

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Dating apps are totally out of control. And, we only have tech bros to blame. As an online dater, I’ve had enough of the never-ending barrage of new, gimmicky dating apps from the tech world. For the love of all that is swipe-able, please make it stop. 

Currently, not a single week goes by without the launch of a supposedly quirky dating app claiming to offer something revolutionary and never-before-achieved by the world of online daters. 

In the past few months alone, we’ve seen the release of a “slow” dating app which makes you seduce matches through the art of conversation before you get to see their profile pic.  Read more…

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Burger King upsets actual king with Belgian ad

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The king of Belgium is apparently not amused by his appearance in a recent Burger King ad.

The country’s royal family contacted the fast food chain this weekend over an online ad that asks people to choose between its mascot and a cartoon image of King Philippe, the BBC reports.

A spokesperson for the family told the network that the company isn’t allowed to use the monarch’s likeness without their approval.

As of Saturday evening, the ad remained live at the domain whoistheking.be

Visitors who vote for the real-life king are prompted to reconsider. Read more…

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Dad pranks his son at school in the most embarrassing way possible

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Some parents are embarrassing. Then there’s Justin Beadles.

Justin’s 15-year-old son, Jack, had his last day of junior high recently, so to make it very memorable, Justin decided to pull a super embarrassing prank on his kid.

Dressed in a Speedo, a swimming cap, and medals hanging around his neck, Justin ran barefoot towards his son who was hanging outside of his school, screaming Jack’s name. Yep, his dad decided to dress up as swimmer Michael Phelps while his mother filmed it. 

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Messaging platform Kik is launching its own digital currency

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Kik is venturing into new territory.

The messaging service announced on Thursday that it was launching its own digital currency, called “Kin” that can be used to buy services on its platform. 

Users will be able to use Kin to buy games, live video streams and other digital products.

Kin will be created on the Ethereum blockchain — a rival to Bitcoin — and is expected to make its debut some time this year.

“Kik will be the largest install base of cryptocurrency users in the world,” said Kik’s CEO Ted Livingston, according to a Bloomberg report.

“Kin, on day one will be the most-used cryptocurrency in the world.” Read more…

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Chinese authorities banned the broadcast of a match between top Go player and AlphaGo AI

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A Go match between the world’s top player, Ke Jie, and Google’s AlphaGo that took place this week was censored by authorities, reports Quartz.

The AI beat Ke Jie in yet another match today, securing a win in the three-part match.

Three journalists have reported receiving verbal directives barring their news organisations from broadcasting the match — as well as the Go and AI summit held in Wuzhen, east China. 

One journalist reported being barred from even mentioning Google’s name while reporting on the event, while another said that while they could mention Google, they were barred from writing about Google’s products. Read more…

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Sean Hannity is desperate for your retweets

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For a moment, it seemed like the Sean Hannity conspiracy train had come to a halt. 

The Fox News host announced on his show Tuesday night that he would stop talking about the debunked claim that murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich had leaked thousands of emails to WikiLeaks “out of respect for the family’s wishes.”

Apparently, not discussing the matter means immediately going on Twitter and hitting Kim Dotcom with an OMG. 

Then he posted a tweet with lots of caps, so you know to take it seriously. 

Ok TO BE CLEAR, I am closer to the TRUTH than ever. Not only am I not stopping, I am working harder. Updates when available. Stay tuned!

— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) May 24, 2017 Read more…

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James Corden delivers an emotional tribute to the people of Manchester

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James Corden was in the midst of taping The Late Late Show when he received news of the deadly explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

So the television host recorded an extra segment to pay tribute to the victims and those affected by the disaster, even though details of the attack were still scant at the time.

“It shocks me every time we hear this sort of news that attacks like this can happen. But especially when there will be so many children at this concert tonight,” said Cordon, who was visibly emotional as he shared his love for the city of Manchester, and its inimitable spirit. Read more…

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Samsung to unveil a stretchable display soon

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Flexible phones will soon take another step towards reality.

Samsung is expected to showcase the world’s first “stretchable” display panel at a U.S. tech fair this week, according to news reports from South Korea.

The South Korean tech giant will showcase a 9.1-inch (23cm) panel at the Society for Information Display 2017 in Los Angeles, which will be held from May 23 to 25, reports the Korea Herald

The display — which could see its use on wearables, foldable phones, and in cars — would be able to bend up to 12 mm (0.47 in.) either way, and can be curved, bended or rolled. Read more…

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Someone made a fidget spinner for adults

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The Infinity Cube is an upgraded fidget toy for your restless hands. This cube is meant to improve focus and relieve anxiety and stress. It’s perfect for brainstorming ideas at work, answering your phone calls, or when you’re outside waiting for a friend.  Read more…

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Someone made a fidget spinner for adults

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The Infinity Cube is an upgraded fidget toy for your restless hands. This cube is meant to improve focus and relieve anxiety and stress. It’s perfect for brainstorming ideas at work, answering your phone calls, or when you’re outside waiting for a friend.  Read more…

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Someone made a fidget spinner for adults

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The Infinity Cube is an upgraded fidget toy for your restless hands. This cube is meant to improve focus and relieve anxiety and stress. It’s perfect for brainstorming ideas at work, answering your phone calls, or when you’re outside waiting for a friend.  Read more…

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'SNL' says goodbye to Bobby Moynihan with one more Drunk Uncle for the road

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Only one SNL character could possibly be interested in Making America Drunk Again.

After nine seasons on SNL, Bobby Moynihan did his last show on Saturday, and of course Drunk Uncle stopped by “Weekend Update” to talk about Donald Trump.

He said some stuff but … pfffffthbbllltlbt.

Moynihan took on many roles during his long SNL tenure — he was Chris Christie during the campaign — but his rambling, blubbering take on everyone’s least intelligible relative will be the one for which he’s best remembered. Read more…

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13 of the best Stephen King short stories you've never read

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I haven’t managed to read all of Stephen King’s novels yet — I’m still working on that — but I have read all of his short stories. All of the published ones, anyway.

While many authors release a collection or two early on and then switch their focus to novels, King has written short fiction throughout his epic 50-year career.

At the time of writing he has well over 100 short stories published across six different collections (and that’s before you even get started on his novellas, which definitely warrant a separate post of their own). Read more…

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Boy tries to ransom his dad for more pocket money with WannaCry prank

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It’s not every day that you’ll find a ransomware notice tacked to your door.

WannaCry — the ransomware attack that shut down global systems over last weekend — seems to have inspired a boy in Changzhou, a city in Jiangsu, east China, to hold his family’s electricity supply to ransom.

The boy’s father — surnamed Gao — reported the “hack” to the local power company on Tuesday (May 16), claiming that his smart meters had come under attack by WannaCry ransomware, reported The Paper

He had came home to a ransom notice similar to what users in over 150 countries reported last week — just that this time, it was printed on a piece of paper:  Read more…

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Chris Cornell has died and everyone on Twitter is heartbroken

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Chris Cornell, the incredible voice behind Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has died, his representative told CNN and AP

The singer was in Detroit performing with Soundgarden when he died, aged 52. 

In a statement to AP, his rep Brian Bumbery called the death “sudden and unexpected.” He later told CNN that Cornell’s wife Vicky and family “were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing” and they will be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause.

“They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time,” he said.  Read more…

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Artist's amazingly intricate cardboard creations will definitely make you smile

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These figurines are a far cry from your usual cardboard cut-outs. 

Monami Ohno, a Japanese artist, transforms plain brown cardboard into incredible objects. 

From Star Wars to Super Mario, there’s nothing she hasn’t done. 

5月4日は世界中でスターウォーズの日! Day of STAR WARS!4.5.2016 #StarWars #cardboard

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Netflix is testing a price surge on your weekend binge

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That weekend Netflix binge you have been daydreaming about could soon cost you some extra dough. 

That’s if Netflix rolls out its evil plan to surge price your weekend viewing. You heard that right: Netflix is thinking about charging you more to sign up in prime binge-watching hours. 

The streaming giant is currently testing its devastating strategy on the poor ol’ folks in Australia. It isn’t enough that the company provides Australians with much less content than U.S. audiences, now it wants to send them broke too. 

As first pointed out by The Australian, Netflix is running a test that would see customers pay up to 20 percent more when they sign up to the service on the weekend. For users seeing the test, it reportedly increased the basic service from $8.99 to $9.99 a month, the standard service from $11.99 to $13.99 a month and the premium service from $14.99 to $17.99 a month.  Read more…

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Hey property bros, quit telling millennials to stop eating smashed avocado on toast

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Millennials like avocado on toast and soy lattes and expensive rents and ASOS clothes by the bucketload. They pay for it all with their outrageous, disposable incomes. And when they reach adulthood, they only want to buy a three-bedroom house with ocean views on the best street in town. 

In other words, they want to have the smashed avo and eat it too — and they’ll eat all the avocado they please, goddamnit. 

In recent months, it seems every smarmy rich dude and responsible adult in Australia — the place with the highest per capita consumption rate of ridiculous organic food types — has been preachin’ high and low about the pure disrespect for money that Gen Y has shown in their young lives. Read more…

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Trump might pick a non-scientist to be USDA's 'chief scientist'

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In Trump’s world, you don’t have to be a scientist to land a high-level science job.

President Donald Trump has reportedly picked Sam Clovis — a conservative talk show radio host and climate change denier — to be the “chief scientist” of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s research division. If appointed, he’ll oversee key scientific work on everything from nutrition to the effects of rising temperatures on food supplies.

The top position is supposed to be filled by “distinguished scientists with specialized or significant experience in agricultural research, education, and economics,” according to the 2008 Farm Bill.  Read more…

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