Very good dog Max stayed overnight with lost three-year-old girl and helped rescuers

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This is one very good dog. 

Max, a 17-year-old Blue Heeler, may be deaf, partially blind, and getting on in his years, but that didn’t stop him from playing the role of loving companion and hero to a lost three-year-old girl in Queensland, Australia. 

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According to ABC Brisbane, Aurora was first reported missing on Friday after apparently wandering away from her grandmother’s house. Rescuers, including the local police and volunteers, searched the surrounding bushland throughout the night, but were unable to find her.  Read more…

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The cast of ‘Jane the Virgin’ was just as blown away by that twist as we all are

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Jane the Virgin Twitter went WILD on Friday night. Spoilers ahead.

The show’s fourth season ended with a major reveal: Michael Cordero, a character that’s been dead since just before a time jump skipped the story ahead by three years back in Season 3.

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So for Jane — who was married to Michael — and the people in her orbit, they’ve all lived on for the past four or five years in TV time believing this man is dead. Then he turned up in the final moments of Season 4.

We still don’t know what happened or how this believed-dead man is actually alive. Season 5 will presumably clear that up. For now, you’ll have to live with the incredible reaction on social media. Starting with a post from showrunner Jennie Urman offering a behind the scenes look at the cast learning that Michael actor Brett Dier was coming back. Read more…

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Download this: Google’s Grasshopper aims to make coding as easy as a game

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Ever wanted to learn to code, but didn’t know where to start? Google’s new app wants to help.

This week the company launched Grasshopper, an app that aims to help teach adults to code (javascript, specifically) with a series of bite-sized puzzle games.

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Launched from Google’s Area 120 incubator, which is devoted to experimental projects, Grasshopper takes a Duolingo-like approach to coding. It breaks down the basic concepts behind javascript, like functions and variables, into lessons you can complete in just a few minutes.

Like some of the coding apps aimed at kids, Grasshopper game-ifies the process a bit, turning coding lessons into mini-puzzles you need to solve. After you learn one concept, the next lesson will build on it and slowly add new elements so each one gets progressively more complicated. Read more…

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Yup, ‘Jane the Virgin’ just gave fans the most shocking TV twist ever

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SPOILER ALERT: This post contains major spoilers for the Season 4 finale of Jane the Virgin: “Chapter Eighty-One.”

Jane the Virgin has always had a knack for wringing our hearts out like old rags (sometimes in a good way), but the Season 4 finale ended with a special kind of torture. 

In the very last moment of the episode, Jane visits a grimly aloof Rafael at his apartment, expecting him to propose, where instead he reveals the secret he learned from Rose:  a living, breathing Michael Cordero.

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So, in no particular order, here are 12 thoughts we had during that 5-second scene that felt like it lasted an eternity, and which we subsequently watched dozens of times and will haunt us until fall. Read more…

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Google’s plan to fix texting on Android is really about the death of SMS

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Google finally has a plan to fix Android’s texting problem.

This week, the company confirmed its long-rumored plan to improve messaging on Android and bring its features up to par with other popular messaging apps like Apple’s iMessage.

Google being Google, though, the plan is much more complicated than simply improving its own Android Messages app (though that’s certainly part of it). Instead, Google is beginning what will be a years-long effort to get carriers and phone makers to all agree to work together and commit to using the same standard for messaging, called Rich Communications Services (RCS). Read more…

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How can Starbucks ensure its racial-bias training actually helps a divided America?

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After a racial incident that garnered national attention last weekend, Starbucks has required racial-bias training for all its employees. This move has the potential to positively impact America, but the company has an uphill climb.

Here’s what happened. On April 12 a patron at a Philadelphia Starbucks captured a video of two black men being arrested, seemingly for doing nothing. The store manager called the police, saying the men had not bought anything and refused to leave. It turns out they’d only been in the store for two minutes and were waiting for a friend to order. The video quickly went viral, getting millions of views on Twitter and YouTube.  Read more…

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‘Smallville’ actress arrested for allegedly recruiting slaves for sex trafficking scheme

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Over the past several weeks, arrests of members from the purported self-help group Nxivm have revealed an underground web of heinous crimes, from sex slavery to pyramid schemes.

Reports and rumors about the groups connections to Hollywood actors were mounting. And on Friday, actress Allison Mack — best known for her roles on Smallville and Wilfred — was arrested on sex trafficking and forced labor charges.

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Mack allegedly recruited women into a sex trafficking pyramid scheme within Nxivm. The group’s founder, Keith Raniere (known by group members as “Vanguard”), has been accused of standing at the top of said pyramid. He was arrested in Mexico last month on the same charges.  Read more…

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The only student to walk out for gun control last month rallied his classmates for Columbine

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The teen who marched alone last month, attracting the attention of the country, just got his classmates to join a student walkout in memory of the 15 victims of the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School.

Justin Blackman received massive support on social media last month for being the only student at his high school to participate in the nationwide walkout, part of movement led by Parkland survivors that called for lawmakers to pass stricter gun laws. 

Wow I’m literally the only one #NationalSchoolWalkout pic.twitter.com/2F95qY2vTI

— Justin Blackman (@JustinIBlackman) March 14, 2018

“It’s National Walkout Day, I’m the only one from my school out here,” the 16-year-old said in a video he tweeted. “I’m just going to be chilling here for the next 15 minutes.” Read more…

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Flickr’s new owner is here to save it from oblivion (again)

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After years of languishing under Yahoo’s (and, more recently, Oath’s) ownership, Flickr has finally found a buyer.

Image hosting company SmugMug announced Friday that it’d acquired Flickr for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition, which was first reported by USA Today, comes as Yahoo’s parent company, Oath, looks to slim down the company’s holdings.

Congrats to @DonMacAskill and his team @SmugMug on its deal to buy @Flickr – This is going to be a very good home for such an awesome service for the internet. The Flickr team is amazinghttps://t.co/QfVyXWAHvU

— Jeff Bonforte (@bonforte) April 20, 2018 Read more…

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This ‘e-scooter for women’ is… actually pretty good for women

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Ancheer electric scooter with suspension seat
$647.99
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The Good

Smooth and sturdy • Good grips and easy controls • Sitting and standing options • LCD screen shows speed and charge • Comfortable seat

The Bad

Short range • Slow acceleration • Heavy

The Bottom Line

If you’ve got a short commute, and are willing to lug 40 pounds around, Ancheer’s e-scooter for women is a great ride.

Mashable Score4.0
Cool Factor4.0
Learning Curve5.0
Performance4.0
Bang for the Buck3.0

All over the country, but particularly on the West Coast, e-scooter startups are descending. From “Spinning” to “Birding,” electric scooters are all the rage these days, and it’s not hard to see why. They don’t get stuck in traffic, they’re faster than walking, they smell better than the bus, and bikes are so last century. So when I received an email asking me to try the newest “e-scooter for women,” I couldn’t help but inquire further. Read more…

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