Chester Bennington’s wife shares heartbreaking message with fans


Talinda Bennington said her “fairytale life” is now “some sick Shakespearean tragedy” a week after her husband, Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, died by suicide.

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In a statement about her husband’s death, Bennington said she lost her soulmate and her children lost their hero. The couple, who married in 2006, have three young children together.

Even if she said she’s struggling to move on and “pick up my shattered soul,” she acknowledged that her husband is “pain free singing his songs in all of our hearts.” Read more…

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The secret code of personal gain lurking in the Kardashians’ Instagram comments


When a member of the Kardashian family posts on Instagram, the world pays attention. 

But, venture into the comments section, and you won’t find countless declarations of admiration from devotees, you’ll see endless streams of words that you might not be familiar with. 

Scroll through the comments on Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, Kylie or Kendall’s Instagram posts, and you’ll find a never-ending stream of”lb,” “cb,” “row,” and “first” comments, punctuated occasionally by the odd “😍” or “🔥”. So, what the hell do these words mean?

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These esoteric words are actually being used by Instagrammers to advertise themselves  via the popularity of the Kardashian family’s posts in order to gain Instagram fame. The Instagram lexicon of personal gain, if you will.  Read more…

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Everybody’s least favorite rapper could ruin your smart home


Light a candle and say a prayer because rapper, entrepreneur, and nightmare wearable designer just bought Wink, one of the most popular smart home platforms, and well, what could possibly go wrong?

Acquisitions happen all the time, but this one is worrisome because’s lifestyle technology company has a terrible track record when it comes to making products that aren’t gaudy trash.

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Wink sent the news to its users via email on Thursday and also sent a copy of the email to Mashable upon request. As expected, Wink praises the work has done, and says the teams are going to be merging, and then says the buyout won’t affect existing Wink products or services. Here’s a chunk of the statement: Read more…

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Watch the weird new trailer for Oculus’ first full-length VR movie


Virtual reality company Oculus on Thursday released a trippy trailer for its first full-length film, and you won’t want to miss it. 

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The film, called Miyubi, takes the viewer through a series of strange events as you follow the life of a 1982 suburban family in America.

And you’re not just watching the movie passively. Oculus financed the movie and worked with production studios Felix and Paul Studios and Funny or Die, who set it up so that viewers are a part of the action.

Your character isn’t another human watching from the outside either — you’re a Japanese toy robot from the ’80s named Miyubi. Read more…

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Twitter is testing a subscription service — but it’s $99 per month


Get ready for a whole new obnoxious class of Twitter users.

Twitter is testing a subscription program that will promote accounts and tweets for $99 per month. 

The program appears to differ from regular ads in that it is an all-in-one offer in which Twitter will boost tweets and accounts, as well as provide a “report card” that tracks how selected accounts are performing. 

“Instead of creating and optimizing separate Twitter Ads campaigns yourself, this program will do the heavy lifting,” the company stated in a landing page for the program.

Twitter offered elevated visibility for tweets and accounts starting in 2010, though use of “Promoted Tweets” required a relatively involved process, the price of which could be dictated by the customer. Now, Twitter is broadening that offer out to all users, a change that could upset the service’s relatively egalitarian system.  Read more…

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Forget fake news. Facebook needs to do something about fake ads


Patrick Stewart is just fine. I looked at his Twitter. He’s happy and healthy and staring in a meh Emoji Movie.

I did my spot check shortly after seeing disturbing ad on Facebook. It inferred that something had happened to one of the world’s most beloved actors.

Perhaps you’ve seen these Facebook ads, the cryptic, often misleading images and text that sit neatly in the right rail of your desktop Facebook, right next to your newsfeed. Facebook calls the area “Sponsored,” so you know they’re ads.

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Even so, the tricks the advertisers use to make you click are misleading at best, and dishonest at worst. Read more…

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This creepy technology can read your emotions as you walk down the street


Facial recognition is so last week. 

SEE ALSO: Facial recognition technology is taking over airports: Your face is your new boarding pass

If this Russian tech company has its way, emotion-reading recognition is the cool kid on the block right now. With serious consequences for everyone’s privacy and personal data. 

NTechLab ignited a controversy last year after it released FindFace, an app that can track everyone on VKontakte, the Russian equivalent of Twitter, based on their profile. 

Someone used the app to identify and harass sex workers and porn actresses through their personal profiles, though the firm said that they weren’t breaking any privacy regulations. Read more…

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