NYC taxis are taking a tip from Uber and pooling riders


UberPool, but for actual taxis. 

The next time you want to rideshare in New York you could call a real yellow cab. Regular New York City taxis will soon have a carpooling option facilitated by Via and the app Curb. 

Curb already brings ride-hailing technology to regular taxis, letting users hail cabs from their phones and use the Curb app to pay for their taxi rides. Now the app is adding the ability to choose to carpool with other passengers in your taxi. 

Via offers a carpool-only rideshare service in New York, mostly in giant vans that can carry at least six passengers. Curb will use Via’s ridesharing algorithm to figure out where to pick up carpooling passengers in taxis.  Read more…

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George and Amal Clooney welcome twins with very normal names


George and Amal Clooney are now the proud parents of two babies that they seem to want to grow up to be well-adjusted. 

The new parents selected the names Ella and Alexander for the twins — two perfectly lovely names for a couple of kids who will probably have perfectly lovely lives. Given their pedigree, they’ll probably be intelligent, gracious, and very good looking. How nice!

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George and Amal Clooney’s twins have been born— Ella and Alexander. Clooney’s rep says “George is sedated and should recover in a few days”

— Sandy Cohen (@APSandy) June 6, 2017 Read more…

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The Intercept on NSA arrest: Don’t trust a thing the government tells you


The Intercept dropped its most significant story in its three-year history on Tuesday. The website published a piece based on leaked NSA documents that detailed what appeared to be a previously unreported Russia-backed cyberattack on the U.S. election that included vendors selling voter registration systems.

Almost immediately afterward, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it had arrested a government contractor for leaking classified information—and claimed it was The Intercept‘s source. 

SEE ALSO: New leaked NSA hacking report is ‘House of Cards’ IRL

That led to immediate speculation as to whether The Intercept had accidentally given up the source. The DOJ claimed that when The Intercept had shown the documents to the NSA for verification, it had also provided some of the evidence needed to find the leak. Read more…

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Finally, there’s an app to help you decode your match’s messages


We’ve all done it: asked our friends to help decipher messages from people we are interested in dating. But do you ever wonder if your friends are just telling you what you want to hear? Well, now there’s an app that will tell you how it really is. 

WittyThumbs was created by the new dating-focused startup Hermes. It’s designed specifically to help you figure out what your online matches are actually saying and how you can improve the quality of your responses. 

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It’s fairly simple to use. All you have to do is upload a screenshot of your conversation and share it with their community of users and experts. They will mark it up with analysis and pointers for better communication. All of this will hopefully improve your game and lead to more face-to-face interactions.  Read more…

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Chance the Rapper showed up to NPR offices and caused a stampede


If Chance the Rapper showed up at your office for a mini-concert, you would probably freak out, too.

The good folks at National Public Radio (NPR) headquarters in Washington D.C. often see famous faces behind All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen’s desk. These performances, dubbed the “Tiny Desk Concerts” happen in middle of NPR offices, and employees can gather to watch the intimate show. 

Chance the Rapper made his way to Boilen’s desk for a show with his band on Monday, and following the intercom announcement that he was there, folks began to rush to get good spots for the impromptu concert, causing quite the scene in the hallways of the news organization.  Read more…

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Comic book that explores psychosis has no panels


Ninja Theory’s upcoming adventure game Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is dipping its toes into another medium with an exclusive pre-order comic that digs into the story of the game’s protagonist, a warrior with psychosis brought on by her traumatic past.

The comic, Hellblade: Senua’s Song #1, is made in collaboration between Ninja Theory and comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment with art by Ben Templesmith. 

In Hellblade, Senua is a Celtic warrior who journeys into the Viking underworld of Hel to find the soul of her dead lover. At least she thinks she is. She has psychosis, giving her vivid hallucinations and a drive to keep pushing toward her goal. Read more…

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A badass clothing line for your woke kids is finally here


A new line of onesies and children’s t-shirts is starting kids out on their activist journey at a young age.  

Little Activists, which launched its first collection in January, is using clothing to help children engage with modern social issues, like environmental protection, LGBTQ rights, and anti-bullying. The shirts feature cheeky, kid-friendly messages that put equality and progress in the spotlight.

SEE ALSO: 9 tips for raising a socially aware child

One shirt, for instance, says, “I root for trees.” Another has the message “Eracism” to fight racial bias and discrimination. The goal through all the shirts, the creators say, is to encourage kids to be accepting, inclusive, thoughtful, and kind.  Read more…

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New happy photos of viral Syrian boy might not be what they seem


Omran Daqneesh became a symbol of the suffering in Aleppo after a heartbreaking photo showing him sitting in the back of an ambulance — bloodied, dazed, dusty and confused — went viral on social media. 

Doctor in #Aleppo just sent this photo of a dazed child who survived an airstrike

— Raf Sanchez (@rafsanchez) August 17, 2016

Now, photos and video of Omran show a young boy in good health and living in Aleppo, which is now under firm control of the Syrian regime.

A pro-Assad reporter, Kinana Alloush, who once posted a selfie with the dead bodies of rebel fighters, published the first pictures of Omran and his family since they were struck by bombardments conducted by the regime of Bashar al-Assad.  Read more…

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