Twitter to trolls: Say goodbye to your toxic lists

It’s about time, Twitter!

A full decade after launching lists, Twitter’s handy feature for following groups of people, the company is finally addressing the tool’s dark side: harassment. The service will now allow users to flag lists as abusive, Twitter announced Monday, making it the first time the company has had a reporting function specifically for lists. 

With the update, which is available on iOS now and will be on Android and Twitter’s website “soon,”  users are able to report a list the same way they might report an individual tweet. From the list page, the “…” menu will have a “Report” option, which then allows you to flag the list to Twitter. Read more…

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Future kids are going to be pretty confused about history, thanks to this meme

The children of the future might have a wildly skewed version of history, thanks to a meme making the rounds on Twitter. 

The meme has Twitter users posting a completely random, unrelated photo with a historical figure’s name. Whether a founding father or an iconic pop star, people are comparing photos of Panic! At the Disco’s Brendon Urie to Abraham Lincoln and the terrifying Chuck E Cheese animatronic band to Brockhampton. Twitter users are captioning the tweets with “Gonna tell my kids this was” and adding a historical figure. 

Here are a handful of questionable history lessons. 

gonna tell my kids this was benjamin franklin

— L.A.S. (@SartoriallyInc) November 18, 2019 Read more…

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Valve announces ‘Half-Life: Alyx’, a VR game that is not ‘Half-Life 3’

Grab a jacket if you’re heading to Hell, because Valve is making Half-Life games again! Don’t get too excited though — it isn’t Half-Life 3.

In the first post to Valve’s verified Twitter account, the developer announced today that it will reveal a new game in the much-loved Half-Life series later this week: VR title Half-Life: Alyx.

“We’re excited to unveil Half-Life: Alyx, our flagship VR game, this Thursday at 10am Pacific Time,” said the tweet. “Can’t wait to share it with all of you!”

Many fans can’t wait to hear more about it either. Debuting with Half-Life in 1998, the video game franchise has maintained a massive and persistent fanbase despite its last game being released over a decade ago. Read more…

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11 gifts for your friend who’s still a big kid at heart

We all know someone who hasn’t quite let go of their childhood. And hey, we’d be lying if we didn’t admit the holiday period can bring out the inner child in us all. 

As we are creeping closer and closer to the holiday period, it’s time to start thinking about what you want to buy for your family, friends, and that colleague you don’t really know but you pulled their name out for Secret Santa.

From nostalgic video games to intense board games, we’ve put together some items you can give to those who are young-at-heart from as little as $20 to something a bit more expensive.   Read more…

1. Oculus Quest 

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South Dakota’s anti-meth campaign wants everyone to know they’re, uh, on it

South Dakota’s campaign to end meth addiction has had a shaky start. 

“Meth and its use in South Dakota’s growing at an alarming rate,” Governor Kristi Noem said in a live video on Facebook on Monday. “A lot of times you guys have seen campaigns that have to do with drugs or addiction that make people feel more hopeless or uncaring. That is not what this campaign is going to be.” 

The campaign involves a new TV ad, billboards, posters, and a website, local news outlet Argus Leader reports. But its promotional materials are already raising eyebrows — the wording is, uh, questionable. 

“Every one of us in South Dakota can partner to be on meth. Really, the tagline is ‘I’m on meth,” Noem continued.  Read more…

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NASA scientists swooped over Antarctica and captured a gnarly world

Antarctica is insane.

As Antarctic scientist Ted Scambos has repeatedly told me, the lofty mountains on this remote southern landmass are literally up to their necks in ice. 

There’s so much ice blanketing Antarctica that, if all the ice melted, sea levels would rise 200 feet. Antarctica’s ice sprawls over a region about the size of the U.S. and Mexico combined. 

Consider that as you view a fresh batch of ineffable Antarctic photos snapped by NASA scientists. The agency is presently flying an expedition over this wondrous ice world, called Operation IceBridge. The multi-year mission is NASA’s “most comprehensive airborne survey of ice change.” The ice, if you weren’t aware, is experiencing momentous change as the climate and oceans relentlessly warm.  Read more…

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Disney+ launches in Australia, with (almost) every Simpsons episode

After a shaky but undeniably massive launch day last week, the House of Mouse’s streaming platform Disney+ has arrived in Australia, New Zealand and Puerto Rico.

With signup available from 9 a.m. AEDT, only time will tell whether the overload problems and long wait times that plagued the launch of the platform in North America and the Netherlands last Tuesday will reappear. With over 10 million accounts signing up in the first two days, it’s unlikely that similar volume will emerge from this week’s launch markets.

JUST IN: Disney+ signed up 10 million accounts since yesterday’s launch, per the company.

— Frank Pallotta (@frankpallotta) November 13, 2019 Read more…

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Lauryn Hill dropped her first new song in five years. Take a listen.

It’s not every day you hear a new song from the iconic Ms. Lauryn Hill. Actually, it’s such a rarity that her most recent drop on Friday, Nov. 15, was the first solo song she released in half a decade.

Despite her impressive discography and influence on hip hop history, Hill has only ever released one full solo album to date, the inaugural The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in 1998. But according to Rolling Stone, she’s been performing this new song, “Guarding the Gates,” at live performances for years now.

‘Guarding the Gates’ was released as part of the Queen & Slim soundtrack, an upcoming romantic-thriller starring Daniel Kaluuya that confronts issues of race and police brutality. These subjects are all personal to Hill, as she dedicated her last solo song, 2014’s “Black Rage,” to Ferguson. The lyrics of “Guarding the Gates” describe a narrator finding love while feeling perpetually persecuted, making it ideal fit for a film about the “black Bonnie and Clyde.” Read more…

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Lyft cuts scooter service in several cities, lays off 20 people

Lyft has announced some cuts to its current scooter business, pulling out of six markets and laying off a handful of employees from its bikes and scooters division. 

According to TechCrunch, Lyft is pulling its scooter service from Atlanta, Columbus, Dallas, Nashville, Phoenix (Mesa and Scottsdale, to be precise), and San Antonio, in addition to laying off around 20 people from the bikes and scooters division. 

According to Lyft, it’s mostly about low ridership. In a statement emailed to Mashable, a Lyft spokesperson said, “We’re choosing to focus on the markets where we can have the biggest impact. We’re continuing to invest in growing our bike and scooter business, but will shift resources away from smaller markets and toward bigger opportunities.” Read more…

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Harry Styles gets way too thirsty on Sara Lee’s main in this ‘SNL’ sketch

Branded social media hard world to navigate nowadays, so we don’t blame Harry Styles’ character for not nailing it in this Saturday Night Live sketch. Or rather, maybe nailing it a bit too much.

Dylan, Sara Lee Bread’s content creator, gets called out on some curious crossover between his personal brand and the company’s brand on Instagram. To be fair, though, who wouldn’t comment “wreck me daddy” on a Nick Jonas picture?

The skit is already boosting Sara Lee Bread’s engagement, too. Some Instagram users have taken to their account to comment “must get rid of toxic in community” and “need me a real king.” Read more…

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