Activists staged a ‘big gay wedding’ outside parliament to protest same-sex marriage ban


A couple staged a #BigGayWedding on the steps of Stormont, Northern Ireland’s centre of government, to protest the country’s ban on same-sex marriage on Monday. 

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22-year-old LGBTQ activists Mark McLoughlin and Neal Rush, who’ve been together for two years, held a mock ceremony outside the parliament building on the two year anniversary of the Republic of Ireland’s referendum which resulted in the legalisation of same-sex marriage. 

What a powerful image. Comhghairdeas chomrádaithe! 🏳️‍🌈✊🏼 #MarriageEquality

— Aodhán Hamill (@HamillOSF) May 22, 2017 Read more…

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Stand-up comedian relives his first and worst moment on stage


Doing stand-up is hard, but Kevin Allison learned that it gets even worse when you forget all of your jokes. Relive the nerve-wracking moment in full animation.

First Fails is a new mini-series from Mashable and Bravo. Join celebrities as they recount their worst moments in full animated color.  Read more…

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No, this is not a picture of Ariana Grande after Manchester Arena attack


As news broke of the explosion that killed at least 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, inaccurate accounts about the incident have been spreading online. 

SEE ALSO: James Corden delivers an emotional tribute to the people of Manchester

One of the pictures doing the rounds on Twitter and Instagram allegedly shows Ariana Grande backstage after the concert, covered in what looks like blood on her face. 

Many are sharing it asking whether the pop singer was OK after the attack: 

Are you okay sist? :(( I hope you are not traumatized😔💞😘 #arianagrande #prayformanchester

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Donald Trump calls Manchester attackers ‘evil losers’


US president Donald Trump has expressed his “deepest condolences” to the victims of the Manchester Arena suicide attack that killed 22 people. 

SEE ALSO: James Corden delivers an emotional tribute to the people of Manchester

At a press conference in Bethlehem with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, Trump said: 

“So many young and beautiful and innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life. I won’t call them monsters because they would like that term, they would think that’s great name. I will call them from now on, losers, because that’s what they are: they’re losers. And we’ll have more of them, but they’re losers, just remember that.” Read more…

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Number of Apple devices targeted in government requests doubled in 2016


In the second half of 2016, Apple dealt with government data requests affecting more than 20,000 devices — nearly double from what the company dealt with in the first half of the year. 

Also, for the first time ever, Apple reported receiving a National Security Letter (NSL) in its latest biannual transparency report. 

SEE ALSO: Everyone says Apple’s iPhone 8 might be late. How bad is that, really?

NSLs are demands from the FBI for user data — normally, they’re subject to a gag order, but they’re declassified once a case becomes inactive. Apple didn’t reveal the contents of the letter, only that it received one.  Read more…

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Idris Elba tweets passionate message to Manchester attack victims


British artists, actors and musicians are reacting with shock and sadness at the Manchester Arena suicide attack that killed 22 people — including some children — and injured 59 at the end of a concert by Ariana Grande. 

SEE ALSO: James Corden delivers an emotional tribute to the people of Manchester

Liam Gallagher, the Manchester-based former singer of the Oasis, led the tributes on Twitter: 

In total shock and absolutely devastated about what’s gone down in MANCHESTER sending Love and Light to all the family’s involved LG x

— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) May 23, 2017

He was followed by Take That vocalist and X-factor judge Gary Barlow:  Read more…

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Microsoft accuses Chinese ‘gaming’ website of hacking Xbox accounts


Microsoft has accused a Chinese gaming website of hacking Xbox account and illegally gaining virtual gaming currencies.

iGSKY, which presented itself as a gaming service website, offered players a way to pay for in-game credits and rare items across games like FIFA, Final Fantasy and Aion Kinah.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft’s future phones might not even look like phones

Microsoft on Friday filed a complaint against the company in federal court.

The tech giant’s probe into iGSKY began in December 2016, when the company’s in-house fraud investigators purchased over 11,000 FIFA points for $60, according to a report by The Verge. Read more…

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Drones could deliver a literal ton of stuff to remote villages


One of China’s biggest e-commerce operators is planning to build a logistics network with drones at its backbone, as it seeks to further expand its e-commerce business in rural China. — the second largest e-commerce company in China after Alibaba — said that it will enter a partnership with civil aviation authorities in Shaanxi, northern China to develop a drone that could hold more than a ton of cargo. 

SEE ALSO: Drone owners will now have to register with the government in China

The drones are expected to be of a 300 km (186 mi) low-altitude network that includes hundreds of routes and drone air-bases for e-commerce shipments, according to the South China Morning Post. Read more…

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James Corden delivers an emotional tribute to the people of Manchester


James Corden was in the midst of taping The Late Late Show when he received news of the deadly explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

So the television host recorded an extra segment to pay tribute to the victims and those affected by the disaster, even though details of the attack were still scant at the time.

“It shocks me every time we hear this sort of news that attacks like this can happen. But especially when there will be so many children at this concert tonight,” said Cordon, who was visibly emotional as he shared his love for the city of Manchester, and its inimitable spirit. Read more…

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Just one glass of wine per day can raise your breast cancer risk


Cancer experts say they’re increasingly confident that at least two lifestyle choices can affect a woman’s risk of getting breast cancer: drinking alcohol and exercising. 

Just one alcoholic drink each day is enough to boost breast cancer risk, according to a comprehensive new report published Tuesday. Vigorous exercise, by contrast, can decrease the risk in both pre- and postmenopausal women.

SEE ALSO: Alcohol’s cancer risks outweigh any health benefits, study shows

The American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund published their joint report, which includes data on 12 million women and 260,000 cases of breast cancer gathered in nearly 120 studies. Read more…

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