Adam Rippon and Leslie Jones’ hilarious figure skating commentary is everything


It was a match made in Winter Olympics heaven. 

Figure skating champion of our hearts Adam Rippon teamed up with Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones for the ultimate Olympic commentary. 

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The two personalities teamed up on Monday to hilariously commentate on Canadian figure skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir’s short dance. The pair not only won gold for their performance, but also dazzled Rippon and Jones.

“Are they getting in trouble for how sexy they are?”@lesdoggg and @adaripp commentating on @tessavirtue and @scottmoir’s short dance is everything we could have ever wanted. AND MORE#WinterOlympics

— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 20, 2018 Read more…

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iMessage and FaceTime goes down for users on Australian carrier


Well, this is odd.

Some customers of Australian carrier Telstra were unable to use iMessage and FaceTime on Wednesday morning, as technicians worked to fix the issue with the two Apple services.

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The carrier’s outages page confirmed the problem. In a tweet, Telstra said customers could continue to send and receive SMS messages, but later stated those services were coming back to normal.

“Earlier today some customers experienced a disruption to Apple iMessage and FaceTime services. We worked with Apple to resolve this issue. Services are now being progressively being restored. We apologise for any inconvenience caused,” a Telstra spokesperson said via email. Read more…

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Are you arguing with a bot? Here’s how to know.


So, you live and breathe online and couldn’t be happier about it. But maybe, just maybe, your daily digital interactions across the social web aren’t quite as authentic as you thought. 

No, this time around it’s not the algorithm’s fault, but rather the result of a different kind of bad actor mucking up the works: bots. The automated scourge has invaded practically every platform you love, and isn’t going anywhere any time soon. But you can fight back.

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Despite what basically any quick scan of Twitter or Facebook might suggest, however, the surest way to beat the bots isn’t to argue with them. Rather, it’s to see them for what they are — manufactured fictions designed to manipulate both you and the larger conversation in order to further unknown (and sometimes known) agendas. Read more…

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Netflix debunked that distressing rumor about ‘Stranger Things’


The hottest goss around Hawkins High was the awful rumor that the Duffer brothers, who created, direct, and write Stranger Things, were leaving the show. But Netflix is here to turn our world right-side up.

“Don’t drop your Eggos,” read a tweet from their official U.S. account. “Rumors that the Duffer Bros are leaving Stranger Things after season 3 are false.”

Phew. We thought we were gonna have to sick the Demogorgon on someone’s ass.

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It all started with a report from MovieFone, which claimed that a “source with knowledge of the [show’s] production” said Stranger Things Season 3 would be the last one for the Duffer brothers.  Read more…

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10 books by black authors that are shaping our conversation about race


Sometimes the best way to understand the world around us is to stop and pick up a book.

That’s certainly true of race and power in America. Whether it’s through thoughtful essays, gripping fiction, or haunting poems, contemporary black authors have been publishing a number of books that are shaping our conversations about race for readers of all ages.

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Some books tackle larger issues like mass incarceration and police violence. Others offer intimate portraits of individual characters to showcase the world as experienced through different perspectives. But no matter the scope, black writers are using literature as a way to explore race and the effects of racism on the world around us. Read more…

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Natalie Portman ‘very much’ regrets signing Roman Polanski petition


Back in 2009, film industry luminaries signed a petition to release Roman Polanski from a Swiss prison — and now one star is regretting it.

The filmmaker had been detained over a 1977 underage sex case from the U.S., which he plead guilty to. One of the petition’s signatories was Natalie Portman, who told BuzzFeed she “very much” regrets putting her name on it.

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“I take responsibility for not thinking about it enough. Someone I respected gave it to me, and said, ‘I signed this. Will you too?’ And I was like, sure. It was a mistake,” she told the news outlet. Read more…

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Kirstie Alley vs. U.S. curling squad is the Olympic argument we never expected


Do not piss off Team USA’s men’s curling team — something Kirstie Alley is learning the hard way.

The actress tweeted an off-hand thought while watching the Winter Olympics on Monday, calling the sport of curling “boring.”

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Im not trying to be mean but…… Curling is boring

— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) February 20, 2018

Needless to say, the U.S. men’s curling team thought, yeah, it was mean. So, they fired back.

We’re not trying to be mean either but your movies weren’t exactly riveting theater Kirstie#justsaying #curling #rockit #TeamUSA

— Team Shuster (@TeamShuster) February 20, 2018 Read more…

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Fishtail brows are a thing now, and we’re not sure why


The past few years have seen something of an eyebrow renaissance, from the squiggle brow to the feather brow to — yes, this is real — the Christmas tree brow.

The latest brow trend has Instagram literally splitting hairs: fishtail brows. 

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Beauty bloggers are drawing in their quintessential “Instagram brows” and then adding another end flipped up, like a fish tail. 

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The trend started with skyzeditz, a makeup account on Instagram known for photoshopping new looks on influencers and celebrities. They posted this edited photo of a selfie from makeup artist dessimua.  Read more…

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Facebook is seeking a tech journalist and a #content creator


Facebook is looking to hire two editors, one focused on managing technology-related stories and the other working with the company’s Creative Shop for brand campaigns. 

The recent job descriptions align with Facebook’s efforts to be more transparent and to provide meaningful interactions. The majority of stories about Facebook for the last year were and still are focused on its ongoing problem with fake news. In 2018, it appears Facebook wants more content on what the company does well from its own corporate blogs. 

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An Amazon HQ2 clue? Strange web traffic hints at interest in this one county


The county board members of Arlington, Virginia might be doing a happy dance right about now, because it looks like Amazon is researching the shortlisted “Northern Virginia” area as a possible location for its second headquarters, HQ2.

Thanks to some seriously top-notch sleuthing from local news source, the outlet figured out that one of its articles was receiving an unusually high amount of traffic from an internal page featured on — one that is not visible to the public.

The article Amazon employees were viewing? A December 2017 article about Arlington’s environmental building accolades. The piece, entitled “County Wins Top Environmental Award from U.S. Green Building Council,” received over 6,000 page views and 3,500 unique visitors who were referred from an Amazon web page that cannot be reached normal public. The page is presumably only available to Amazon employees through an intranet. Read more…

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