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  • 5 days ago
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    Angry Redditors are trying to Google bomb Game of Thrones writers

    Redditors from the /r/Freefolk subreddit, angry at how Game of Thrones’ final season has played out, briefly succeeded is getting a picture of its showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff to rank for the search term “bad writers.” Both Metro and Business Insider were able to verify the success of the campaign, although searching for the same term now returns images from these news articles rather than from the Reddit post itself.

  • 6 days ago
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    I own the Red Hen restaurant that asked Sarah Sanders to leave. Resistance isn’t futile.

    I’ve been getting hate mail for almost a year now, ever since I asked White House press secretary Sarah Sanders to leave my Lexington, Va., restaurant, the Red Hen, last June. At the time, the country was in turmoil over the Trump administration’s heinous practice of separating children from their parents at our southern border. In our tiny 26-seat restaurant, the horror felt simultaneously immediate and far away.

  • 7 days ago
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    Man buys Google.com for $12 for 1 minute, gets reward

    A man who bought the Google.com domain name for $12 and owned it for about a minute has been rewarded by Google for uncovering the flaw. Last month, student and former Google employee Sanmay Ved was able to buy Google.com for the small sum due to an administrative issue at the search giant. He was surprised to find the domain up for sale and when he went to buy it...

  • 9 days ago
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    Facebook has become one of world's 'most dangerous monopolies,' says expert

    Facebook has become "one of the world's most dangerous monopolies" and needs to be dismantled, claims an expert from a U.S.-based anti-monopoly group. "They operate on a business model that's based on deep surveillance of its users and then taking that personal information and allowing actors to target private advertising towards them," said Sarah Miller, deputy director of Open Markets Institute in Washington, which is committed to protecting democracy from corpora...

  • 13 days ago
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    Teen Fiction Twitter Is Eating Its Young

    If you're looking for a case study in toxic internet culture, look no further than the online world of young adult fiction. That might seem surprising: After all, we're talking about boy wizards and sexy vampires and mawkish coming-of-age tales here, right? Here's the short version: In recent years, young adult, or Y.A., fiction has come into its own as a genre, reliably producing a small number of megahits...

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Expired certificate broke all Firefox add-ons

    What just happened? On Friday night as the clocks struck midnight, users of Mozilla's Firefox browser discovered that any add-ons they had installed no longer worked. Mozilla have ascertained that an expired security certificate is to blame and a hotfix is being deployed now.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Australia Bans Cash For All Purchases Over $10,000 Starting July Of 2019

    Australia's Liberal Party government has announced that it will soon be illegal to purchase anything over $10,000 with cash. The government says it's "encouraging the transition to a digital society" and cracking down on tax evasion. But not everyone is happy with the move.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Mapping Brain Drain—and Brain Gain—Across the U.S.

    Perhaps the biggest problem afflicting America is its widening geographic divide between the winners and losers of the knowledge economy. A raft of studies has documented the growing divergence between places based on their ability to attract, retain, and cluster highly educated and skilled workers and to develop high-tech startup companies.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Ajit Pai-proposed upgrade to 25Mbps starts paying off for rural ISPs

    More than 106,000 rural homes and small businesses in 43 US states will get access to 25Mbps broadband at some point in the next decade thanks to a Federal Communications Commission policy change. The FCC's Connect America Fund (CAF), which distributes money to ISPs in exchange for new broadband deployments in underserved areas, had been requiring speeds of just 10Mbps downstream and 1Mbps upstream over the past few years. But FCC Chairman Ajit Pai led a vote in December 2018 to raise the s...

  • 2 weeks ago
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    San Francisco Bay Area home prices fall for the first time in 7 years

    The median price of a San Francisco Bay Area home sold last month fell slightly compared with the prior-year period, marking the first annual drop since the bottom of the last housing crash, seven years ago, according to CoreLogic. In March, the median price was $830,000, down 0.1% compared with March 2018. The decline came as price gains had been shrinking for several months. Before last month, the median sale price had risen annually for 83 consecutive months since April 2012. Both May and Jun...

  • 3 weeks ago
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    'Service with a smile'? Faking emotions at work makes you drink more, study suggests

    A recent study is suggesting employers should rethink policies encouraging workers to offer "service with a smile." The study published earlier this month in the peer-reviewed Journal of Occupational Health Psychology found employees who force themselves to smile or evoke or positive emotions in front of customers are more likely to drink heavily after they clock out.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    'Avengers: Endgame' Has Broken 144 Box Office Records... and Counting

    The numbers are still coming in for “Avengers: Endgame,” as its unprecedented box office success topples records left and right. Since the Marvel Studios film first began rolling out in theaters on Wednesday, its global box office total has exploded to a mind-boggling estimate of $1.2 billion, a figure that could very well increase after Sunday’s official numbers come in. That includes a $350 million opening weekend in North America — nearly $100 million higher than the previous record s...

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Men’s beards are dirtier than dogs’ fur, study says

    The Hirslanden Clinic looked at the “bacterial load in colony-forming units (CFU) of human-pathogenic microorganisms” in swabs taken from 18 men’s beards and 30 dogs’ necks. All of the guys with beards had high microbial counts, but only 23 of the 30 dogs had the same high count.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Washington Post writer joins rank of pineapple-pizza defenders

    Is there any food as divisive as pineapple pizza? Even avocado toast debates must take a back seat to the arguments over the merits of tropical fruit on pizza. At The Takeout, we’ve clearly established that we’re on the pro side: And, we’re not alone. The Washington Post’s Tim Carman felt so strongly about pineapple on pizza that he had ordered some from a restaurant called We The Pizza and served it to dubious tasters.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Anne Hathaway says her brain felt like a ‘computer rebooting’ after breaking vegan diet

    Anne Hathaway first went vegan in 2012 as a way to lose weight for a movie role. Almost immediately, the actor struggled with low energy levels — a reality that prompted her to ditch the diet altogether nearly two years later. Hathaway recounts the moment she abandoned her veganism in a recent interview with Tatler magazine.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Corporations and private investors are backing new ‘green’ deals as climate worries mount

    In the nine years since private equity and venture capital investments into sustainable technologies last crossed the $6 billion threshold, the problems caused by global carbon emissions have only intensified. Now, as the world confronts the reality that there’s not much time left to reverse course on carbon emissions and the impact they will have on life on earth, both corporate and private investors are once again stepping up their commitments to startups in the space.

  • 1 month ago
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    ‘Global deal for nature’ fleshed out with specific conservation goals

    Governments around the world must fully protect 30% of Earth’s surface and sustainably manage another 20% by 2030 if they’re to have a hope of saving ecosystems and limiting global warming, researchers have said in a new report. The recommendations are part of a fleshed out ‘global deal for nature’ — initially proposed1 by researchers in 2017 as a companion to the Paris climate accord — that outlines what it will take to maintain a liveable planet.