Sia’s delightful new video for ‘Under the Mistletoe’ will melt your jaded holiday heart

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We just finished watching Sia’s adorable new video for her holiday single “Under the Mistletoe” and we’re a little teary-eyed. 

Originally released Nov. 17, the lovelorn holiday ballad comes from Sia’s first-ever Christmas album, Everyday Is Christmas.

Now, the single has a delightful video to match, which reminds us of Raymond Briggs’ classic holiday story The Snowman. It follows the tale of a young whippersnapper with a Sia-like fringe, who strikes up a pretty damn magic friendship with a snowman who comes to life.

It’ll melt your cold, cold, holiday-hating heart. Read more…

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The city where Jesus grew up canceled Christmas because of Trump

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The mayor of Nazareth is canceling Christmas, and he’s blaming Donald Trump.

Ali Salam, who is Muslim in the Muslim-majority city, shut down all Christmas festivities in the city in protest of Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

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“Our identity and faith aren’t up for debate,” Salam said, according to the Times of Israel. “The decision (by Trump) has taken away the joy of the holiday, and we will thus cancel the festivities this year.”

The city council was the bearer of the bad news Thursday after the mayor made the economically risky decision. Religious tourists flock to the city where Jesus grew up, especially for the Christmas holiday. Read more…

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Y Combinator’s Sam Altman wishes San Francisco was more open-minded, like China

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Sam Altman is a Silicon Valley kingmaker. Sam Altman is rich. Sam Altman wears cargo shorts. Sam Altman is awful. 

As president of Y Combinator, an internationally renowned startup accelerator based in Mountain View, California, the 32-year-old has an outsized influence on the world of tech. The seed money his company doles out has both life-changing effects on its recipients and the potential to reshape entire industries. 

And if Altman’s latest blog post is any indication, this has all very much gone to his head. 

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Titled “E Pur Si Muove” in a transparent attempt to position himself as a righteous contrarian speaking truth to power à la Galileo Galilei, Altman explains in the post how toxic censorship has supposedly crushed intellectual dissent in San Francisco. You see, according to the 2015 Forbes 30-under-30 luminary, daring to disagree even in the slightest with the politically correct monsters that run this town is now enough to get you driven out of it.  Read more…

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Tobacco company makes a hard pivot to cryptocurrency mining

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Rich Cigars just made the ultimate pivot: from high-end cigars and tobacco products to cryptocurrency.

The Miami-based company announced Thursday it had become Intercontinental Technology, Inc., and was phasing out the cigar part of the business — aka its entire premise.

Instead the company is jumping into two very not tobacco-related industries: patents and “aggressive cryptocurrency mining.” And it initially seems to be paying off.

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With Bitcoin, Ethereum, LiteCoin and other cryptocurrencies rallying like crazy in the past few days this seems like a smart move. Who needs a fancy cigar when there’s Bitcoin to be mined at nearly $17,000 per coin? Read more…

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People are asking Tommy Wiseau for life advice and his answers are actually awesome

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Despite all the press surrounding The Disaster Artist, there’s still plenty of unanswered questions about Tommy Wiseau.

Where did he get all the money to finance The Room? Where is he really from? How old is he? Is Tommy Wiseau even his real name? And so on and so forth.

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One thing that’s not under question is Wiseau’s unrelenting drive and energy. That’s something plainly obvious in his spectacular Twitter account, which was created around two weeks ago. 

There’s been plenty of excellent, if disconcerting content.

May the Good Spirt be with you ! pic.twitter.com/2kv04qrYOM

— Tommy Wiseau (@TommyWiseau) December 14, 2017 Read more…

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Dude who ruined the internet with ‘Harlem Shake’ goes after the FCC for making it worse

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Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” may have obliterated the internet in 2012, but now the producer is taking on the FCC for using it in a (very dumb) net neutrality repeal video without permission.

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The creator of the viral track, which became a 2013 meme thanks to thousands of dancing challenge YouTube videos, has vowed revenge on the FCC and its chairman Ajit Pai. 

“Harlem Shake” was used by Pai and conservative outlet The Daily Caller in a video entitled “7 Things You Can Still Do on the Internet After Net Neutrality,” released after the Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to repeal protections for net neutrality. Read more…

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That interstellar asteroid probably isn’t aliens, but the hunt continues

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Well, it should come as no surprise, but the interstellar asteroid astronomers discovered in October doesn’t appear to be a piece of alien technology. 

According to initial observations made by a radio telescope on Wednesday, the asteroid, named ‘Oumuamua, doesn’t appear to have any obvious “artificial signals” coming from it. 

But the hunt isn’t over yet.

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Researchers still have to comb through a fair bit of the data gathered by the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia to see if there might be some sign of alien technology to be found. However, it’s not exactly looking promising. Read more…

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Net Neutrality is dead and your privacy is at risk. Here are 5 VPNs that can help.

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The FCC has spoken and it’s official: Net Neutrality is dead.

Mashable’s been closely covering this story — you can read everything here — but we’ll give you the TL;DR version. The FCC has decided that large internet service providers (ISPs) like Xfinity, Verizon, RCN, and any other company in the game can charge customers premium rates for faster internet access. This decision was also significant in that it set ISPs significantly free from the confines of government oversight, and it is sparking justifiable privacy concerns as deregulation could empower ISPs to peek into our browsing behavior even more than they already do, or worse, sell that data. Read more…

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This state senator wants to revive net neutrality in California

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The Federal Communications Commission repealed net neutrality in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, which prohibited powerful telecoms from charging more for faster internet access. 

But 3,000 miles away, in California, State Senator Scott Wiener announced plans to buck the FCC’s decision by introducing California’s own net neutrality rulesIn a Medium post, Wiener said he will spend the next 60 days considering the best regulatory options and then introduce a law early next year. 

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Like the FCC’s two dissenting commissioners, protesters in every corner of the nation, rock stars, Pornhub, and legendary internet pioneers, Wiener believes net neutrality is essential for maintaining an open internet where internet service providers “treat websites equally” and don’t “play favorites based on who pays more.” Read more…

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The HyperCharger PRO can handle three devices at once

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These days, you wouldn’t want to be caught dead on a long flight without a portable charger — yet, you still likely forget to purchase and pack one, time after time. And there you are, once again stuck on a plane with no Netflix, a dead phone, and a snoring old man leaning on your shoulder. For the love of it all, buy a portable battery pack.

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The Graphene Series HyperCharger PRO is a welcome solution, with two built-in charging cables and an additional USB port. With a whopping 8,000mAh capacity (in layman’s terms: a lot of battery power), Graphene enables you to charge three devices simultaneously. Or you can opt to charge your phone over and over again. Either way, you won’t have to worry about awkwardly situating yourself near an airport outlet anytime soon.  Read more…

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