Instagram’s unending Father’s Day is driving me insane

June 25, 2017

The author as a baby, with his parents. One of them is dead, which is a drag.Image: Damon Beres/Mashable As a rule, social networks are terrible at understanding their human users no matter the ooey-gooey platitudes about bringing us “closer together” their executives piece together. Never has this been more clear than over the past few days, when Instagram’s algorithm continually shoved well-meaning but emotionally ruinous “happy Father’s Day!” garbage…

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Deion Sanders launches program to fight poverty in Dallas with Koch brothers

June 25, 2017

Retired football star Deion Sanders announced plans Saturday to partner with the Koch brothers to help fight poverty in Dallas. The unlikely partnership aims to raise $21 million over the next three years to fund anti-poverty programs in the city where Sanders once played football. Football and baseball is what I played, but this is what I am, said Sanders in USA Today, about his focus on community work and…

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Free trade deals for ‘poorest countries’ to be maintained post-Brexit – BBC News

June 25, 2017

The deal excludes arms and ammunitions. What are Brexit Britain’s trade options? Hammond flexes muscles over Brexit The list of countries – which also includes Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, and Uganda – is based on the UN’s Least Developed Countries index. Currently 19.2bn of goods are imported from the 48 countries, including 79% of the tea consumed in the Britain. Some 45% of the UK’s textile and clothing imports, and 22%…

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Whaling’s ‘uncomfortable’ scientific legacy – BBC News

June 25, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRichard Sabin: “We actively use this data for marine conservation purposes now” It’s a curious thing to see a group of early whale foetuses up close – to see beings so small that have the potential to become so big. But what really strikes you, especially in those initial developmental stages, is how familiar the forms look. How like an early human…

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Why on-demand shopping is better than the real thing

June 25, 2017

Image: pixabay Youll never forget the early days of the internet: The bad graphics, the slow speeds, and that trademark dial-up sound. If you had a fast enough modem to get online within an hour of logging on, you knew the peak of online shopping was paying too much money for used books or losing a bidding war on vintage sunglasses to some jerk on the other side of the…

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Leak of Windows Whiteboard app gives a closer look at hyped software

June 24, 2017

No one is immune to leaks in the tech world and today it’s Microsoft’s turn as a version of its anticipated Whiteboard app looks like its leaked on the web. SEE ALSO: The inside story behind the new Microsoft Surface Pro The video above from WindowsBlogItalia a, well, Italian Windows blog which purports to show the app in use, free writing, image insertion, shapes and all. As flagged by The…

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This iPhone case protects your phone from some serious impact

June 24, 2017

Image: mous products Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. If you want to make your phone nearly impervious to dings and dents and cracked screens, one approach is to buy an ultra-thick case. But good luck fitting it in your pocket, mounting it in any dock accessory, or carrying it around without pulling a muscle. Instead, you could choose…

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Travis Kalanick apologists sound a lot like Donald Trump supporters

June 24, 2017

Mandatory Credit: Photo by AP/REX/Shutterstock (8875114h) President Donald Trump is greeted by supporters during a rally, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Trump, Cedar Rapids, USA – 21 Jun 2017 Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock They might not be perfect, but they’re winners. In 2017, it’s a common refrain. For example: It’s how Donald Trump supporters justify supporting Donald Trump. And it’s also how Travis Kalanick supporters still justify supporting Travis Kalanick. Let’s be clear:…

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South Korea’s new presidential pooches, and why they matter

June 24, 2017

(CNN)When South Korea’s new president Moon Jae-in took up residency in the Blue House last month, his choice of pets raised some eyebrows. The mere image and civil act of Korea’s new president showing compassion for abandoned and abused rescue animals will be both positive and powerful. South Korea is a modern country, but its progress when it comes to animal welfare lags behind its rapid economic development.

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‘I kept my daughter’s body at home for three weeks’ – BBC News

June 24, 2017

Gilli’s other children – including Niamh’s twin, Zach – were at school or college. But through the blur of upset and sorrow, Gilli knew one thing clearly: she wanted to donate Niamh’s eyes, the only part of the little girl unaffected by disease. Organ donation is very important to Gilli’s family – as a baby, one of Niamh’s brothers had a heart transplant after contracting a serious chest infection. She…

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Brendan Dassey of ‘Making a Murderer’ wins appeals court ruling

June 24, 2017

(CNN)A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that overturned the murder conviction of Brendan Dassey, who was featured in the Netflix series “Making a Murderer.” Dassey was convicted in 2007 in the slaying of Wisconsin photographer Teresa Halbach. In 2005, Dassey, then 16, confessed to authorities that he assisted his uncle, Steven Avery, in raping and killing Halbach. Her charred remains were found on Avery family property in Manitowoc…

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Here’s Everything Leaving And Arriving On Netflix In July

June 23, 2017

The Quack Attack is back, Jack. Theres no reason to hide it. We took it hard when Netflix got rid of D2: The Mighty Ducks in June. Thankfully, the Netflix gods have heard our prayers, and the original Mighty Ducks is headed to the service in July. Other arrivals include the original series Friends From College and original movies To the Bone and The Incredible Jessica James. You can also…

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Courteney Cox Stopped Getting Fillers To Age More Naturally

June 23, 2017

The 53-year-old told New Beauty that she is currently agingas natural as I can be after having all of her fillers dissolved. Cox in March 2017. Now, she said, she hasnt had a procedure in six months. Cox in August 2015.  Head to New Beauty to read the entire interview. Related… Courteney Cox Wants To Leave Jen Aniston Out Of Brangelina News The One Where Courteney Cox Grills Lisa Kudrow…

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Fitness Blogger Dies After Whipped Cream Canister Explosion

June 23, 2017

Rebecca Burger, who regularly posted about fitness, lifestyle and beauty to her almost200,000 followers on Instagram,suffered cardiac arrest after beinghit in the chest by a faulty siphon on a pressurized canister at her home in Galfingue Saturday, according to French newspaper 20 Minutes. Her family announced her death in a statement on Instagram. They also shared a photo of a similar canister, which uses highly pressurized nitrous oxidethat expands to…

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One week. 52 senators. Can Mitch McConnell get it done?

June 23, 2017

Washington (CNN)The math isn’t there yet for Mitch McConnell. The swift rejection may be a negotiating ploy, but the public nature of it is a reminder for McConnell of the deep reservations running through his own conference on a proposal that conservatives do not believe goes far enough to repeal Obamacare — and the monumental challenge that lies ahead as he looks for 50 “yes” votes. Protesters dragged away from…

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Jake Tapper on Trump’s tapes: ‘The plan seems to have backfired’

June 23, 2017

(CNN)On Thursday morning, President Donald Trump formally revealed what many within Washington, DC had already assumed: he does not, in fact, have recordings of his conversation with former FBI Chief James Comey. “After the President’s admission today, the White House held a press briefing in which cameraswere banned, and the audio wasnot provided live.Rather it was released after thefact,” said the host of CNN’s “The Lead.”

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Saving the twins: Health scares and rehab for once-conjoined boys

June 23, 2017

Valhalla, New York (CNN)Nicole McDonald eases her silver minivan across Bear Mountain Bridge and hooks a right onto the steep two-lane highway. Nicole makes this trip every day from her home in upstate New York to see her twin sons, Jadon and Anias. The 21-month-old boys are at Blythedale Children’s Hospital 40 miles to the south, where they’ve been undergoing rehabilitation since mid-December. The twins, born joined at the head,…

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Uber’s HR chief Liane Hornsey should be the next to go

June 23, 2017

Image: ERIC RISBERG/AP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK When serious questions first began to emerge about Uber’s culture, Liane Hornsey didn’t see a problem. The chief of human resources for the company, the person who is supposed to be the top representative for Uber employees, just wasn’t worried, and she didn’t see what former Uber engineer Susan Fowler described in her viral blog post back in February. “(Fowlers) blog shocked me, Hornsey told USA Today…

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Leading universities rated ‘bronze’ under new ranking system – BBC News

June 23, 2017

Drop-out rates The TEF, which was introduced by the previous government, is being administered by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce). Degree providers – a mixture of universities, colleges offering degree courses and alternative providers – could choose whether or not to take part. However, those awarded a bronze or higher – all institutions that took part, besides 64 who were given a provisional rating – are now…

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Most Americans Don’t Think Religious-Based Discrimination Should Be Lawful

June 22, 2017

A number of Christian groups and outlets applauded the bill. But according to a new report by the Public Religion Research Institute, support for religiously based service refusals is quickly declining. Thats roughly the same percentage that opposed such refusals in a similar study PRRI conducted last year. But a breakdown of the results reveals that across religious groups, support for religiously based service refusals is declining. No group witnessed…

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Confederate monument in Tampa will stay put

June 22, 2017

(CNN)Chloe Coney remembers what it was like to be one of the first black students to attend Hillsborough High School in Tampa, Florida, in the 1960s. Coney took to the podium Wednesday in the packed chambers looking for solace. Behind her, people in the gallery held signs that said “Americans build monuments; we don’t remove them.” She left disappointed when commissioners decided 4-3 to keep the monument. Instead, after nearly…

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Georgia 6th loss isn’t the death knell for Democrats

June 22, 2017

(CNN)The facile headlines the morning after the Georgia 6th donnybrook wrote themselves: Politics ain’t horseshoes. A loss is a loss and Democrats lost a race they had hoped to win Tuesday night. Republicans escaped a disaster that would have sent tremors through Capitol Hill. The shaky effort to scrap Obamacare escaped a potentially deadly setback, as a loss would have further shaken timorous Senate Republicans at a critical juncture.

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Man caught urinating near LA train station found to have cache of weapons, police say

June 22, 2017

A man caught urinating in public at a Los Angeles County light rail station Wednesday was found to be armed with a cache of weapons in a duffel bag, police said. Christopher Goodine, 28, was arrested at the Metro Gold Lines Sierra Madre station in Pasadena at around 9 a.m., the sheriffs department said. Authorities said they found an AR-15 rifle, a .40-caliber handgun, a machete-like knife, silencers, loaded magazines,…

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BBC News at Ten stops for four minutes over technical fault – BBC News

June 22, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGraphics and images also flashed up during the four-minute-long delay A technical fault temporarily halted the BBC News at Ten, leaving presenter Huw Edwards sitting in silence in the studio. Many people expressed alarm on social media when the “Breaking News” logo flashed up 11 times during the show. BBC News at Six and Ten editor Paul Royall said a “technical systems…

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Hanok homes: South Korean architects look to the past in their push to modernize

June 21, 2017

(CNN)South Korea may be known for its sharp focus on the new, but architects — and their increasingly sophisticated clients — are looking to the past for inspiration. “Historically, the prevalent view was that the hanok was useless — it was blocking development and economic progress,” says Hyumgmin Pai, an architectural historian at Seoul National University who curated South Korea’s award-winning pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. “Now we are…

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