Jon Hamm and Jenny Slate are everyone’s new favorite celebrity couple

June 23, 2017

Image: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Audible, Inc. Alert the presses: We might finally have a new couple to ‘ship. Jon Hamm and Jenny Slate went to the movies together, were captured exiting the theatre by paparazzi, and with that, changed the course of celebrity relationships forever. Maybe. SEE ALSO: The struggle is real for Jon Hamm because he’s hot The two actors star in the 2017 film Aardvark, but because both are reportedly single, the world’s imaginations have run …

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College offers courses in becoming a bona fide social media influencer

June 22, 2017

… Modelling and Etiquette course. Students who complete three years of the course will be awarded with an associate degree. These are just some of the many modules offered at the University under this major. Some of the courses available at YWICC Image: YWICC/screenshot/google translate To cut it as an influencer, you’ll need to know, for a start: “aesthetic cultivation” and “fashion sensitivity”; “public relations etiquette” and photo processing …

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How I transitioned into the freelance economy

June 22, 2017

… stories. It was nearly impossible to plan ahead for our editorial calendar. I didnt have any of these problems atRolling Stone. What had changed? Each day, I was spending hours in meetings that largely had no effect on my output and only reserved the last five minutes for social media (thats 2011 for ya). I was constantly pulled into discussions about sales, the website, watercooler gossipnone of which were relevant to the job I was hired to do or to the job I wanted. Charting the new course …

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Forget the IPO, the ICO is the cool new way to get funded

June 20, 2017

… There’s no “cure” for bubbles except to let them run their course and pop, unfortunately. Vitalik Buterin (@VitalikButerin) June 13, 2017 Charles Hayter, CEO of CryptoCompare, told Mashable via email that some of the ICO valuations we’re seeing are “removed from reality and certainly don’t include a realistic assessment of probability of failure.” For some, this will end badly. “The wealth of the space is being driven by greed which attracts …

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Facebook and Google are taking unprecedented steps to crack down on bad ads

June 19, 2017

… remained wary of the search giant’s goodwill. It could have big consequences. AdBlock Plus, the world’s most popular ad blocker, claims to boast around 100 million active users; Chrome has well over a billion on both mobile and desktop (of course there’s overlap). Wieser, however, downplays how much impact it will ultimately have on publishers. It may drive prices for higher quality ads up, he says, but media companies will ultimately be competing on the same playing field. …

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Wokeness won’t solve Katy Perry’s identity crisis

June 18, 2017

Katy Perry wants to fight the good fight. She'll have to learn how first.Image: Picturematt/REX/Shutterstock In Katy Perry’s haphazard and controversial rebranding as a woke pop star, she seems ready to admit she’s often out of her depth. These days only three words now comprise her Twitter bio: “i know nothing.” It’s a refreshing dose of humility from a celebrity who seems constantly torn between her good intentions and ego. Most of us are, of course, but …

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US Open 2017: World’s top three miss cut as quartet battle for lead

June 17, 2017

(CNN)It’s the longest course in US Open history and was said to favor the big hitters but Erin Hills claimed the scalps of the three best players in the world Friday. The quartet largely avoided the deep fescue and took advantage of rain-softened greens to push the leading score to seven under as golf’s top trio fell the wrong side of the cut, which came at one over. Johnson, who defied controversy to win his maiden major at Oakmont 12 months ago, was teetering on …

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Independence Day Fast Facts

June 16, 2017

(CNN)Here’s a look at Independence Day, celebrated on the Fourth of July. First two paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence:“When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that …

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After the game, can the good feelings last?

June 16, 2017

… togetherness. Congressional baseball players: We must unite “We are dealing with a deeply entrenched, deeply ingrained system that has been perpetuated for a long time, so is it easy to change? No. But can we, of course we can, we just have to have the will to do it,” Republican Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick told CNN’s Phil Mattingly. Plenty of members of Congress, shocked at what happened Wednesday morning at baseball practice in suburban Alexandria, Virginia, and deeply …

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Theresa May: 10 reasons why the PM blew her majority – BBC News

June 14, 2017

… traditional Labour areas, which Mrs May was banking on to win a big majority. Like the social care U-turn, or the pledge to bring back grammar schools, it may have given anyone flirting with backing the Tories for the first time in their lives a reason not to switch their vote. 10) Events Theresa May wanted the election to be about Brexit but the terror attacks in Manchester and London changed the course of the campaign. Suddenly it was all about security and anti-terror policy. This should have …

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Adam West built the foundation of a Batman legacy

June 12, 2017

Adam West, left, and Burt Ward dresses as "Batman" and "Robin." Nobody did it better.Image: Mark Elias/AP/REX/Shutterstock In the late 1960s and early ’70s, I raced home from school every afternoon to power load on superhero and Sci-Fi television. It was all reruns, though I didn’t know it. There was Star Trek. Gigantor, Superman, and, of course, Batman. SEE ALSO: Adam West, everyone’s favorite Batman, dead at 88 I was not an avid comic book reader back …

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Facebook’s Instant Articles are getting more ads after publishers began to flee

June 9, 2017

… Facebook and have a very strong partnership.” Of course, not everyone is out of Instant Articles. Facebook now has more than 10,000 publishers using the system, growing more than 25 percent over the last six months. It pays out more than $1 million per day to publishers via Facebook Audience Network, the social network’s own ad network. Facebook isn’t unaware that publishers are still deterred by the lack of revenue and subscription conversion. The company created the Facebook …

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‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 will explain what’s wrong with Mike

June 8, 2017

… step back.” However, it’s not just Mike that will be changing before viewers’ eyes; Ross continues, “I think we start to see sides of all three characters, which I think is going to be fun.” Of course, there’s also the issue of whatever is happening with Will. In the closing moments of Stranger Things Season 1, Will is seen coughing up remnants of the Upside Down the dark dimension he spent most of the season trapped in before momentarily flashing back there …

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No wand? No problem. Anyone can apply to audition for roles in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ sequel

June 7, 2017

… The best part? It’s an open casting call. That means basically *anyone* can live out their childhood dreams and apply for an audition. The roles the company is trying to fill include young versions of Newt Scamander Gellert Grindelwald, Albus Dumbledore, Leta Lestrange and more. SEE ALSO: There are now Harry Potter books in Hogwarts House colors, because of course Now, there are *some* requirements when it comes to applying for a role. The spots need to be filled by teenagers. For the …

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Apple gave us new Photos, Maps, and Siri: Check out what you missed at WWDC

June 6, 2017

… answer to the Amazon Echo, only it’s designed with an emphasis on music. That means HomePod is bigger since it needs to house a four-inch woofer in addition to seven tweeters. Siri is of course built-in so users can interact via voice and it has the new job of “musicologist,” responding to natural-language commands about music (“Play something mellow,” et al.). HomePod will also do common tasks like alarms, timers, conversions, and some web-search queries, and it …

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Sex and drugs and celebs: It’s a ‘Broad City’ Season 4 trailer

June 5, 2017

Abbi and Ilana are back on Aug. 23 and here’s a Broad City Season 4 trailer to give you a peek at some of the shenanigans they’ll get up to and celebrities they’ll cross paths with. As fans have no doubt come to expect from the Comedy Central series, sex, and drugs are front-and-center here. But in the midst of the ravings, contortions, and weird, animated asides you can also catch glimpses of celebs like Steve Buscemi, Shania Twain, Wanda Sykes, and RuPaul. Of course, in …

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The Secret Sorority at Penn States Deadly Hazing Party

June 5, 2017

… report, its underage members were present at the very party where Piazza was forced to chug cheap vodka, shotgun beers, and run through an alcohol obstacle course while his brothers poured beer on top of him. Piazza was trying to get around two of the sorority women sitting on the stairs, when he fell, head first, 15 feet down them, according to a lawyer for one of the charged students. The members of Trilogy wont be included in these new safety measures. Because, despite its origins and social …

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Hey Corporate America, Please Sponsor This Column!

June 5, 2017

… cell phone company].) And while players have up to now not competed with logos pasted all over their uniforms, in the manner of race car drivers, endorsements of apparel has grown into a major revenue source. ($20 million a year from Nike to Le Bron James; $30 million from Nike to Kevin Durant; God knows how much from Under Armour for Stephan Curry. In 2016, the long-retired Michael Jordan earned some $100 million from his deal). Journalists, of course, are free from the temptation of this …

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It’s ‘Wonder Woman’ weekend and Hollywood celebs are here for it, just like you

June 4, 2017

… (wide web) and its about damn time In male-dominated Hollywood, women don’t helm superhero movies Iron Man, Superman, and Batman helm superhero movies. Hell, even Ant Man got a movie. With a few exceptions, women don’t lead or direct summer blockbusters or straight-up save the day so much as get saved. (Tip of the hat to Lieutenant Ellen Ripley, Moana, and Imperator Furiosa of Mad Max: Fury Road, of course.) Plus, Wonder Woman has a fascinating history the comic’s creator …

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Kim Kardashian pens essay calling for stricter gun control

June 4, 2017

… registered mental illnesses to a national background check database. This is Crazy!” Kardashian West is outspoken about gun control. She tweeted her support for the Democratic sit-in protest and, of course, she takes selfies while wearing orange for the cause. But, of course, everything became more personal when she was held up by armed robbers in Paris, which the NRA thought was good fodder for humor. Kardashian West addresses the incident in her letter and clarifies that she’s not …

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This ‘wizarding pub’ kickstarter will use tech to simulate magic

June 1, 2017

… Mashable he’s been a fan of books like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings since childhood. He got the idea for The Cauldron while learning to program and design mobile apps on a master’s course. “I kept coming back to the idea of the Weasley Clock you know, the one that displays the location of the Weasley family members instead of the time,” Cortland told Mashable. “That clock is completely possible to make with our current technology, and after designing …

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I ran a half marathon with AI to test the future of trainers

June 1, 2017

AI assistants aren't quite ready for our high-level workouts.Image: Christopher Mineses/mashable I did something very dumb last weekend: I decided to challenge the limits of artificial intelligence and my own body on a 13.1-mile course to glory. My body held up fine but the AI couldn’t quite keep the pace, serving as yet another reminder that current AI tech still hasn’t caught up to the hype. I had been testing out Vi, a set of $249 Bluetooth running headphones with its own …

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4 Scientifically-Backed Reasons You Should Choose Experiences, Not Things

May 29, 2017

Picture this: Youve just finished working your busiest time of the year. For all your efforts, you receive a nice paycheck. To reward yourself, you look for places to spend your hard-earned money. What would you choose out of these options? 1. A brand new TV or a vacation abroad? 2. A piece of jewelry or a multi-course meal at a restaurant? 3. The latest phone model or a class on learning a skill? All of these questions point toward how we should spend our money. Should we spend it on material …

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Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ found a fan in the IRL Queen, apparently

May 29, 2017

Image: netflix Netflix charts the early reign of Queen Elizabeth II in its biopic series The Crown… and the IRL queen is apparently a fan. Now, this might simply be wishful thinking brought to life by a welcome rumor. But we’ll take it, with an appropriately portioned helping of salt grains, of course. SEE ALSO: ‘The Crown’ could well cure your ‘Downton Abbey’ nostalgia A “senior royal source” told the U.K. tabloid Sunday Express that Her …

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Schools worse off under Conservatives, says IFS – BBC News

The Liberal Democrats’ plans protect per pupil spending over the course of the Parliament in real terms at the present level (for 2017-18). This would require 2.2bn extra investment. Presently, the schools budget is 40bn a year. ‘Historic high’ Luke Sibieta, associate director at the IFS, said: “”The commitments made by each of the main parties would imply quite different paths for school spending in the next Parliament. “Labour would increase spending …

May 26, 2017
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20 Best Instagram Captions For Your Thirst Trap Photos

… trying to be sexy at all (i.e. gym pics, people). That said, you plan to thirst trap the hell out of your exes and crushes this summer, right? Giphy Good. So Your Main Concern Is Coming Up With The Caption You can always pull a Kylie Jennerand submit your thirstiest, trappiest pics with no caption or a tell-nothing emoji. But if you prefer to abandon the faux coyness every once in a while, and be alittle more direct, then these are the perfect Instagram captions for you. Of course, these …

May 25, 2017
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