People are falling for a fake Mueller indictment citing the ‘international meme community’


Guys, not everything on the internet is true.

With Special Counsel Robert Mueller at the helm, the Department of Justice indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016. In a 29 page document, Mueller’s team detailed how Russia’s GRU operatives used spear-phishing attacks through malware to infiltrate the Clinton campaign and gain access to internal communications. 

SEE ALSO: 12 Russians indicted for DNC hack, officially placing foreign blame on 2016 email attack

The document did not mention anything about shitposting or memes. Read more…

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Uber drivers are now subject to ‘continuous’ background checks


Uber will soon be watching its U.S. drivers much more closely.

The ride-hailing service will be expanding its driver background checks so that drivers will be continuously monitored for certain types of criminal charges, the company revealed Friday. The change, which was first reported by Axios, will ramp up Uber’s ability to keep tabs on its drivers. 

SEE ALSO: Holding weed? Your Uber driver can get you banned from the app

Previously, the company completed background checks when drivers signed up for the service, but it was difficult to monitor after the initial process. Now, Uber will be able to run these types of background checks continuously, so they can be notified as soon as a driver is charged with a new offense. Read more…

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Turns out Orlando won’t stop using Amazon’s facial recognition software


Looks like Orlando won’t quit its controversial test of Amazon’s facial recognition software after all. 

The city of Orlando and Orlando Police Department released a joint statement on Monday announcing the city would continue testing Rekognition, Amazon’s deep learning facial recognition technology, which has the power to identify every face in a crowd.

SEE ALSO: ACLU petitions Amazon to stop selling surveillance technology to the government

Last month, the American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter to Orlando lawmakers claiming the city started testing the program “without inviting a public debate, obtaining local legislative authorization, or adopting rules to prevent harm to Orlando community members,” and demanded that it “immediately” stop using it.  Read more…

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Pikachu, who hurt you?


We regret to inform you that our beloved Pikachu went out and got impulse bangs.

Pikachu’s new look was debuted in a trailer for Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! Features include customizing Pikachu and Eevee with different hairstyles. Of all the scenes in the trailer, one just makes you want to shake your head and mourn for Pikachu’s hair.

SEE ALSO: Adult father and his adult son beat up a guy over ‘Pokémon Go’

Just look at what the poor Pokémon went and did!

Check out the new trailer and see what a ridiculous haircut you can give Pikachu!

— PokéJungle (@pokejungle) July 12, 2018 Read more…

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The ‘Rick and Morty’ Season 3 finale almost involved ‘ISIS werewolves’


TV scripts often go through many drastic changes as they evolve in a writers room. 

But there’s something uniquely hilarious about watching this happen to Rick and Morty, as co-creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland deliberate — with all the seriousness and anxiety in the world — over how best to use the “ISIS werewolves.”

What the fuck are ISIS werewolves, you ask? We don’t know and never will, because the concept didn’t make it into the final form of ‘The Rickchurian Mortydate.’ 

But boy, that phrase really gets the imagination going.

The recently released Adult Swim video shows a rare, candid glimpse at just how much hard work goes into crafting a show like Rick and Morty. Comedy is serious business. And the early plot to the Season 3 finale titled sounds almost unrecognizable. You can also see use of Harmon’s famed Story Embryo format, which applies the “hero’s journey” act structure to TV writing. Read more…

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The biggest winners and losers after Twitter’s massive purge


It wasn’t quite a Thanos-level extinction event, but the Twitter purge came, it took, and it conquered.

SEE ALSO: Twitter will remove millions of accounts from follower numbers ‘to build trust’

On Thursday, Twitter commenced the deletion of accounts it deemed “inactive.” That means accounts owned by people who’ve stopped using the platform and didn’t bother to try to reactivate when Twitter sent them a message asking what’s up, and bots that Twitter flagged for exhibiting erratic behavior who didn’t answer that same “what’s up?” email — because the accounts don’t actually belong to real people.  Read more…

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Families separated at the border can’t afford to be reunited. Here’s how you can help.


The coalition that organized last month’s Families Belong Together march just launched a new fundraiser called Flights for Families. The program will help pay for the travel expenses of detained migrant parents asked by the government to cover the costs of reuniting with their children. 

In the hours after the fundraiser launched Friday morning, the group raised $3,500 from over 50 individual donors. The goal is to raise $25,000.

SEE ALSO: There’s another side to ‘bearing witness’ in the Trump era that no one talks about

The Families Belong Together coalition says the Trump administration is forcing families to travel long distances at their own cost. The expenses can exceed $3,000. Additionally, detained parents who want to reunite with their children are being told to pay for the cost of DNA testing.  Read more…

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6 of the best portable Bluetooth speakers that go everywhere


Using your smartphone or tablet’s built-in speakers should only ever be a last resort if you want to listen to your favorite music playlists. With many Bluetooth speakers out there, it’s the perfect time to invest in a great device for a superior listening experience. You don’t even have to worry about buying a bulky unit that’s tied into a power supply. 

SEE ALSO: 11 of the best outdoor speakers for your backyard or patio

Plenty of portable Bluetooth speakers are high quality, while also offering the flexibility of a great battery life and added convenience. These are great for taking out with you while you’re hiking, or simply for when you’re traveling away for the weekend and you still want to listen to your tunes in the hotel room.  Read more…

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Man eats any food on camera at the internet’s request, and it gets weird


This is the internet at its finest. 

Ben Rosen inexplicably had the same guy eating random food based on Redditors’ requests, recorded him eating it, and then posted it in the thread. He started with a video of the man, named Eric, eating a jar of plain mayonnaise, and said that he’d respond to any food request “with the appropriate video.” 

SEE ALSO: How to watch the historic Thanos-inspired Reddit ban

It’s bizarre. 

Eric, who Rosen says is a special ed teacher and an “all around nice guy,” is a trooper. He fulfilled nearly every request, from maintaining eye contact with the camera while eating a banana to eating an actual garbage bag.  Read more…

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Papa John’s is removing disgraced founder from its logo


As far as his company is concerned, Papa John is Papa gone.

According to an AP report, Papa John’s founder and former CEO John Schnatter will be removed from all company marketing materials — including pizza boxes — after it was revealed that he used the n-word on a conference call in May.

“The Board of Directors of Papa John’s accepted Mr. Schnatter’s resignation as Chairman of the Board earlier this week,” current CEO Steve Ritchie wrote in an open letter for the brand’s website. “It has also been decided he will no longer be in any of the advertising or marketing materials associated with the brand.” Read more…

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