The bright spots in the dark era of Trump Twitter: political parody accounts

April 30, 2017

… presidential. Under the promise of anonymity, the 52-year-old creator of Mature Trump Tweets spoke to us about the inspiration behind the thought-provoking account, how life has changed since starting it, and what kind of impact he hopes his revised words have on the world. Here’s how he edited one of Trump’s tweets about “fake news”: “I think he’s failed to recognize, or worse doesn’t care, that his words matter.” He began the account last fall, …

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RIP: Yik Yak

April 30, 2017

… app. Yik Yak was once valued at $400 million and raised $73.5 million in venture funding. Then, it was plagued by cyberbullying on its platform and a dropoff in interest among the college and high school students who used it. For an app whose core users were always college students, summer felt like the right time to end things, the co-founders said. “With the school year drawing to a close for many of you and summer vacation on the horizon, now feels like a good time for us to say …

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The dumpling burger is the world’s latest unnecessary food hybrid

April 29, 2017

… between two fluffy buns. The hybrid food costs $8.95. We are torn. Do we really need our dumplings served on a bun? Probably not. Yet, if these were delivered to us this very moment, would we say no? Are we even human if we do not try the dumpling burger? However, we did just get over the Unicorn Frappe. Please give us some space to breathe before we find out there’s a taco-pizza-muffin. [H/T: Gothamist] WATCH: Watch this 101-year-old woman casually win gold in a 100 metre dash More …

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Fyre Festival perfectly demonstrates the delicious schadenfreude of our modern world

April 29, 2017

… festival, billed as a luxury getaway, just about imploded on all fronts, with musicians pulling out, laughably bad food, lack of accommodations, and so on. Fortunately (or unfortunately if you’re Fyre Festival), now everyone knows about the disaster because a bunch of social media-savvy people who paid a lot of money for something that turned out to be a disaster ended up … posting about it on social media for us all to enjoy. And in the process confirmed everyone’s worst …

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Why Muslims are marching for climate

April 29, 2017

… administration reinforce xenophobia against both immigrants and Muslims. As someone whose faith is bound up with combating climate change, it hurt to see Trump impose an executive order that effectively denies the impacts of climate change I have seen with my own eyes. Join us on Twitter and Facebook Saturday’s People’s Climate March reminds me of a verse in the Holy Quran that says, “We have created you into different nations and tribes so that you may come to know …

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China’s all-girl boy band

April 28, 2017

(CNN)Made up of all girls, this “boy band” is the latest in the androgyny trend in China. “We’re a girl band. But we look more like beautiful young men, not young girls,” said band member Min Junqian. “So the positioning fits us more. “ Their promotional photos present the five girls ages 18 to 24 in short hair, ties with pants, sitting with spread-out legs. They also are shown in shorts, like tomboys playing soccer, for their affiliation with the …

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An unusually large number of humpback whales died last year

April 28, 2017

(CNN)The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) launched an investigation Thursday into a large number of humpback whale deaths from Maine to North Carolina. The agency declared the deaths an unusual mortality event, the first one observed in humpback whales in nearly a decade. An unusual mortality event (UME) is defined under the Marine Mammal Protection Act as “a stranding that is unexpected; involves a significant die-off of any marine mammal population; and demands …

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This is what an extreme sea level rise scenario looks like for U.S. cities

April 27, 2017

… to have had just a 1 percent chance of climbing out of its deep drought in a one to two-year period, and it did just that this winter. Also, Donald Trump is president, people. Robert Kopp, a sea level rise researcher at Rutgers University, whose projections formed the basis of the NOAA scenarios, said it’s difficult to put exact odds on the extreme scenario. “I would say that our knowledge about marine ice-sheet instability is too deeply uncertain for us to answer that question right …

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Group won’t host Ann Coulter, but she still plans to speak at UC Berkeley

April 26, 2017

(CNN)Will conservative author and commentator Ann Coulter speak Thursday on the campus of one of America’s most famously progressive universities? A student group that had been helping to plan the speaking engagement said Tuesday it now will not host the event in Berkeley, California. But Coulter tweeted she still expects to be at the University of California’s flagship campus. …

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Muslim teen boxer inspires others to never give up

April 26, 2017

(CNN)For this teen passionate about boxing, her fight to go toe-to-toe with an opponent goes far beyond the ring. She’s fighting for the right to compete in her hijab. Amaiya Zafar, 16, started boxing three years ago and is already making waves in the boxing community. Not only is the Minnesota teen competing in a male-dominated sport, but she’s also a devout Muslim. “When I walked into a real boxing gym for the first time, I knew this was it for the rest of my life,” …

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‘What were not doing is putting a newspaper on Snapchat’ — New York Times joins Snapchat Discover

April 25, 2017

Image: the new york times Remember this date in history: April 24, 2017, The New York Times launched on Snapchat Discover. All the news thats fit to print will be transformed into an edition on Snapchat, going live at 6 a.m. every weekday starting Monday. Its a dramatic moment for one of the worlds oldest and most respected newspapers and news brands to dedicate resources to a young app. SEE ALSO: Facebook to developers: Help us destroy Snapchat For Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, its …

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Ilie Nastase: Romanian suspended from tennis after Fed Cup outbursts

April 25, 2017

(CNN)Ilie Nastase may have retired from tennis 32 years ago, but he appears to be still more than living up to his old nickname: “Nasty.” The 70-year-old Romanian, a two-time grand slam winner and former world No. 1, was provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Federation, or ITF, on Sunday from all its events for his behavior at a Fed Cup match. Follow @cnnsport Nastase hurled abuse at the chair umpire and the opposition during Romania’s World Group II playoff …

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How to use Undo Send in Gmail

April 23, 2017

"Oh no what did I just do."Image: JGI/Tom Grill/Getty There are no second chances in life, but there may be in email. While this is of little consolation to those wishing they could hit “undo” on semi-recent national events, Gmail’s Undo Send feature gives us all the break we so desperately need. SEE ALSO: Gmail finally doubles email attachment limit, but it means nothing Are you using it? You really should be. Email, after all, is deceptively hard. Reaching inbox …

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Psst: You’re probably using all the wrong photos on dating apps.

April 22, 2017

… individually. So they can really tell what kind of photos illicit the most positive responses. To get to the bottom of what’s effective, they tagged thousands of randomly selected photos with 35 different labels (for example: hair up vs. down). The basic takeaway is that you should pick photos that highlight the real you. As Olivia Abramowitz, Hinge’s VP of Marketing, told us in an interview, “Your photos should show you in your natural state, doing something that you …

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MashTalk: Facebook’s sci-fi future, Samsung Galaxy S8 review and more

April 22, 2017

Image: Lili Sams/Mashable Facebook clearly has big, long-term ambitions, and this weekwe learned just how big. At its annual F8 developer conference, the company let us take a peek into its future technologies, some of them pretty far out in every sense. On this week’s MashTalk, the team discusses Facebook’s big announcements and what they mean for its users, not to mention the world at large. We’re joined by Apps Reporter Karissa Bell, who attended F8 to watch the events …

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Will Smith death: Man who killed NFL star sentenced to 25 years

April 21, 2017

(CNN)The man who shot and killed former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith in a road rage incident was sentenced Thursday in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, according to court documents. Cardell Hayes was sentenced to 25 years in prison without the possibility of parole for manslaughter in the death of Smith, and 15 years for attempted manslaughter in the shooting of his wife, Racquel Smith. Judge Camille Buras ordered the sentences be served concurrently. …

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Ann Coulter isn’t letting Berkeley off easy for messing with her speech

April 21, 2017

(CNN)The showdown continued Thursday between the University of California, Berkeley, and Ann Coulter over if and when the conservative firebrand will speak at the famously progressive school. Citing safety concerns, administrators on Wednesday postponed Coulter’s scheduled April 27 appearance, saying it needed more time to find a “suitable venue.” But Coulter was not having it. In a Twitter rampage and a Fox News appearance, she accused the school of canceling the event and …

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Coding Autism wants to diversify the tech industry with autistic talent

April 20, 2017

A new school called Coding Autism is coming to Los Angeles to help get autistic people into tech fields.Image: Coding Autism People on the autism spectrum are getting the support and skills they need to break into the tech industry. And it’s all thanks to a new program for autistic people, by autistic people. A new startup called Coding Autism, which launched earlier this month, is developing a school in Los Angeles to teach autistic people coding, web development, and software …

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This couple met through a dating app for marijuana users

April 20, 2017

(CNN)It wasn’t just a swipe to the right that brought these two kindred spirits together — it was a mutual love for cannabis. One year ago, Chloe Lebbate and Dakota Shyface were single marijuana users in their 20s, living in Las Vegas and looking for “something.” But love, friendship and connections evaded them on mainstream social networks like Tinder and Match, they said, because the sites failed to weed out people who disapproved of their marijuana use. “I …

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Netflix expects to hit 100 million subscribers this weekend

April 19, 2017

… subscribers worldwide in the first quarter of 2017, down from more than seven million subscribers it added the quarter before that. As of end of March, the on-demand streaming service had 98.75 million streaming members worldwide. With nearly 100 million subscribers, Netflix assumes lead in the on-demand streaming space. The company says it remains “incredibly excited about the opportunity in front of us to build a truly global and durable internet TV business.” Once a lone figure, …

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Here’s what happens to us when we have an epiphany

April 19, 2017

… only looked at it once, and pressed enter. “That tells us they were building up confidence over time. They had no interest in committing until all of a sudden, they had that epiphany and jumped right to zero,” Krajbich said. About 37 percent of participants did commit to using the same number, but they didn’t pick zero, which suggests they didn’t actually learn the game-winning strategy, the study found. The remaining 20 percent never committed to a number, and probably …

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Deported to Mexico: Who is the US kicking out?

April 18, 2017

Mexico City (CNN)Maria Perez hasn’t seen her grandson since he was a little boy. On her cell phone she keeps a video of that day. It shows 8-year-old Eduardo Hernandez hugging her goodbye. Now Hernandez is 21 and walking through the frosted glass doors at Mexico City’s international airport. …

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Reporter’s notebook: A dramatic moment aboard Air Force 2 while headed to South Korea

April 17, 2017

(CNN)It wasn’t even an hour after we took off for South Korea on Air Force Two after a refueling stop in Alaska that a few of the vice president’s aides came back to the press cabin to tell us what was probably inevitable: North Korea had just unsuccessfully tried to test a missile. The press does not have Internet access on Air Force Two (which is secretly kind of liberating), so we didn’t know, but of course the VP and his team have high-tech, secure communications …

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CNN 10 – April 17, 2017

April 17, 2017

… potential war in space. Unlike modern international conflicts that have involved air, land and sea, troops, weapons, and artillery, the next major world war, if there ever is one, could be held at a place distant from anywhere on Earth, potentially killing no one but affecting almost everyone — a war unseen with a naked eye but felt across the nation. CNN’s Jim Sciutto takes us to the battlefield that’s miles over our heads. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) JIM SCIUTTO, CNN CHIEF …

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Harry Styles bought kiwi for everyone in the ‘SNL’ line

April 16, 2017

… SEE ALSO: We finally have a tracklist and release date for Harry Styles’ debut album Harry bought kiwi for everyone in line for SNL I LOVE HIM SO MUCH pic.twitter.com/eus2TadoPW e (@namelesserin) April 14, 2017 When Harry starts performing the new song and we realise he played us and it’s not kiwi pic.twitter.com/0tf97KkzzI oc (@hesartss) April 14, 2017 …

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Atlanta Braves begin new ballpark chapter at SunTrust Park

April 15, 2017

… development and community.” The stadium has earned positive reviews from Braves players. “I think it’s a lot more intimate,” Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman said. “When you’re out there playing, it feels like the fans are kind of right on you, which at Turner Field, it was more relaxed. They were pushed back a little bit more. It’s going to be a better experience for the fans and obviously for us too.” Atlanta traffic worries It may be the …

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