The ad industry is still hilariously corrupt, report says

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Ad agencies are using smoke-and-mirror tricks to drive up production costs on their clients’ dime, according to a new report from an advertiser trade group.

The Association of National Advertisers, which reps big brands like Procter & Gamble, General Motors, and Walmart, found that advertising giants have been known to route lucrative contracts for production and post-production work on commercials to their own in-house shops. This is done through deceptive—and illegal—means like enlisting other agencies to rig the bidding process or disguising their ownership of the firms, the report claims.  Read more…

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A note to stars considering big-ticket TV revivals: Don’t.

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It’s 2017 so everywhere you turn there’s a film reboot or a beloved TV series getting revived. The latest is the forthcoming 12-episode coda to Will & Grace from NBC — of which a second season has already been ordered, because in the Peak TV era, more is definitely more.

In an interview with Deadline, NBC President Bob Greenblatt detailed some of his other burgeoning revival plans, specifically mentioning his desire to bring back 30 Rock or The Office.

Twitter lit up, but let’s shut this down before speculation really begins. This is a terrible no good very bad idea and right now, there’s only one thing stopping this bad idea train from leaving the tracks: Stars who — at least for the moment — know better.  Read more…

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5 bible passages that prove Trump’s advisor is right: God supports Trump ‘taking out’ Kim Jong-un

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It’s hard to be surprised by anything in the news that contains the word “Trump” anymore. But this came close.

SEE ALSO: A few ways Trump has been ‘acting sharper’ in meetings

Robert Jeffress, one of President Trump’s evangelical advisers, said this in relation to the United States’ rising tensions with North Korea:

“In the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un.” 

While that sounds absolutely insane, Mashable Humor combed through every letter of the Bible and were shocked to conclude that, as a matter of fact, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong-un. Take a look at these definitely real passages for proof: Read more…

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This couple had a tech-themed wedding that was super Instagram-worthy

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Jessica Naziri is the founder of TechSesh.co. Being a lover of technology, Naziri incorporated tech gadgets in her wedding. 

Her headpiece was 3D-printed, the bouquets were made out of USB cables, and there was even a drone flying around. 

Guests were given portable charging packs as favors to remember the wedding. Now that’s how you do a tech-themed wedding right. Read more…

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Sorry, but you’re doing your pa$$w0rds all wrong

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Maintaining a set of strong, unique passwords is tough work these days — and yet it’s never been more important. With so much time spent online, keeping digital ne’er-do-wells out of our accounts is a basic prerequisite for making it through the day. 

But here’s the thing: It turns out that the “strong” password requirements we’ve all come to know aren’t actually helping. In fact, they may be doing more harm than good. 

SEE ALSO: Why I still unlock my phone with an old school password

This news was first brought to our attention in May when experts at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued a draft report challenging many of our long-held assumptions about what makes a good password (what it calls a “memorized secret”). That draft was finalized in June, and it provides a comprehensive list of do’s and don’ts when it comes to password hygiene. Read more…

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James Corden speaks out on Chester Bennington’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ episode

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It’s up to Chester Bennington’s family to decide whether the Carpool Karaoke episode he starred in will run, James Corden said. 

“We consider it to be not our decision to make. We will navigate it as delicately as possible and just adhere to whatever wishes they would want because, there’s no, I don’t think there’s any other way we could deal with it, really. That’s it,” Corden told the Associated Press. “It’s completely up to them and that’s a conversation we haven’t even thought about having right now because I think it’s really important that we, you know, it’s a tragedy.”

The 41-year-old Linkin Park singer had filmed an episode of Apple Music’s Carpool Karaoke shortly before his death in July. Read more…

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A guide to all the Disney titles you’ll be losing on Netflix

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On Tuesday, Disney made waves by announcing that it would be terminating its deal with Netflix, and, because of that, would be allowing its contracts with Netflix to expire, meaning all Disney original and Pixar movies from the platform will likely be gone by 2019. 

Some titles are still up in the air — Rogue One? Marvel? Will I ever get to stream The 13th Year? — but for the most part, it’s pretty cut and dry. To save you the trouble of poring through Netflix’s Disney offerings, we made a list of all the titles that won’t be streaming by end of 2019.

We’ve got some watching to do.

SEE ALSO: Disney to pull all its movies off Netflix Read more…

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New footage of Tesla’s Gigafactory reveals (once again) just how huge the facility will be

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A recent aerial video is giving us a firsthand look at the updates to the new Tesla Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada … and once again showing just how huge the facility will be once its completed. 

As we already know, the factory, which is located in the middle of the desert, is humungous. Though the building is still under construction, the factory opened its doors in January, and it’s the manufacturing spot for batteries for Tesla’s Model 3, and energy storage products. The Model 3 was recently released to its first 30 owners in July.

Take a look at the video, which features the expansive desert surrounding the factory, as well as updates to construction on the building. Read more…

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The one type of relationship that all women definitely aren’t swiping for

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In the Tinder generation, casual sex is a mere swipe away. But fast-swiping hasn’t killed the romance of dating, nor has it replaced it with a casual hookup culture.

Turns out that friends-with-benefits relationships and one-night hookups are actually the least desired types of relationship sought on dating apps, according to the largest ever international sex and tech survey. 

SEE ALSO: Guy tries to date 6 women in 1 night, women turn the tables

The study — conducted by female health app Clue and the Kinsey Institute — surveyed 140,000 women from a broad spectrum of sexual identities in 198 countries about the impact of technology in their sex lives, dating habits and sexual education.  Read more…

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