Lawmakers try their hand at banning ticketing bots, but it’s not the end of them

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The pain of narrowly missing out on concert tickets is an all too common feeling.

While we might be quick to blame our reflexes, scalpers employing bots have been wreaking havoc in the now mostly digital ticket selling business. 

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The Australian state of New South Wales will ban these ticket bots as part of laws passed on Wednesday, which makes it the first jurisdiction in the country to do so.

The Fair Trading Amendment (Ticket Scalping and Gift Cards) Bill 2017 outlaws the use of bots, while also capping the transaction cost of resales to 10 percent of its sale price. Read more…

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Experts don’t know if the fake news problem will get more or less awful

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If you’re looking for good news about the future of false information on the internet, please close this little post and continue your search. Your eyes are wasting their time here. 

A Pew Research Center study published on Thursday polled more than 1,000 experts of various kinds on how they view the future of fake news. 

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Here’s the survey question:

The results are decidedly mixed.

Just over 50 percent of respondents said the media environment won’t improve, while just under 50 percent said it will. 

Why are some experts so pessimistic? According to the study, the two most common reasons are that the “fake news ecosystem preys on some of our deepest human instincts” and “our brains are not wired to contend with the pace of technological change.” Read more…

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Arianna Huffington has a solution to your annoying phone notification problem

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Uber board member, media mogul, and sleep crusader Arianna Huffington wants you to turn off your phone.

That’s easier said than done, of course, so she’s teamed up with Samsung to make an app that will help you force yourself into it.

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It’s called Thrive, and the goal, according to Huffington, is to provide “the tools to take a break from your phone to do whatever it is that makes you more human.” The Samsung-exclusive app isn’t out until December, but Huffington took the stage at Samsung’s Developer Conference to share more about how it works.  Read more…

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Twitter shares its roadmap to curb abuse

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Twitter prides itself on being “what’s happening,” but unfortunately for the company’s users, what’s frequently happening is unchecked harassment. CEO Jack Dorsey apparently has plans to change all that, and today put forth a roadmap for curbing abuse on the social media platform. 

In an Oct. 19 post, the Twitter Safety team published a detailed calendar listing target dates and goals for changing the site’s rules. Taking it a step further, Twitter promised to share “regular, real-time updates” on its efforts to make the service “a safer place.” 

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Quentin Tarantino says knew about Harvey Weinstein’s abuses

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Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino had the goods on Harvey Weinstein decades ago — and could have done more to stop his abusive behavior. 

That’s what Tarantino, one of Weinstein’s most frequent directorial collaborators, admitted Thursday in a mea culpa of a New York Times interview. He knew — because his own girlfriend had been abused by him. 

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“I chalked it up to a ’50s, ’60s-era image of a boss chasing a secretary around the desk,” Tarantino said. “As if that’s OK. That’s the egg on my face right now.”

Despite having that cartoon stuck in his head, the director also admitted he was “shocked and appalled” when his then girlfriend, the actress Mira Sorvino, told him exactly what she told the New Yorker in an article published last week: that Weinstein had given her an unwanted massage, chased her around a hotel room and shown up at her house after midnight.  Read more…

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Lupita Nyong’o shares her own disturbing Harvey Weinstein experiences

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The list of women speaking out about their creepy experiences with Harvey Weinstein is only getting longer by the day. And as of today, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o has joined their ranks.

In an essay for The New York Times, Nyong’o has outlined, in heartbreaking and occasionally stomach-churning detail, a series of interactions with Weinstein dating back to 2011 – well before her first feature film, 12 Years a Slave, launched her to stardom.

SEE ALSO: Here are all the women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual abuse so far

Nyong’o wrote that she first met Weinstein at an awards ceremony in 2011. Shortly afterward, Weinstein invited her to lunch (where he insisted on ordering her a diet soda and vodka, despite her repeated refusals) and then to his home, ostensibly to watch a movie.  Read more…

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Nintendo Switch gives users 2 big new features in update

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In an effort to catch up with consoles released a decade ago, Nintendo has finally added video recording and save transfers to the Switch. 

Capturing video is now as easy as holding down the Capture button during gameplay, and recording up to 30 seconds of video. 

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You can then save the video to an album in the Switch, trim and edit each clip, and upload to either Facebook or Twitter. However, for now you can only capture videos on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, and Splatoon 2. Read more…

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Mom accidentally texts her daughter something very NSFW

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Happy ass-eating season everyone!

Grace, a 23-year-old working in advertising in Boston recently had an extremely awkward conversation with her mom when she accidentally texted her something very NSFW. Thankfully, things weren’t as they immediately appeared. 

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!!!!!!!!! WHO DID THIS TO MY INNOCENT MOTHER !!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/zneJIzKu6f

— Grace (@graceL721) October 19, 2017

“Be careful when you leave in the morning,” Grace’s mom text her, “it’s ass eating season!!!”

That’s right — ass eating season, everyone. Read more…

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#MeToo hashtag has spread to #YoTambien, أنا_كمان#, #QuellaVoltaChe

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The social media phenomenon #MeToo has gone global. 

People have used the hashtag in Europe, Australia, the Middle East and beyond to talk about sexual abuse.

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The #MeToo posts blew up in the U.S. after actor Alyssa Milano wrote “Me too” on her Twitter feed on Sunday as more and more women accused producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and harassment. Since that post, the hashtag was used in 1.2 million tweets, a Twitter spokesperson said Thursday.

Since it went viral, the true origins of the expression were traced back to activist Tarana Burke, who started using it 10 years ago to support women of color surviving sexual abuse.  Read more…

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