Police and kids dancing at Manchester concert becomes a symbol of defiance


During the One Love Manchester concert, Ariana Grande and her friends paid tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London. 

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It was an emotional night, with very moving moments such as Pharrell duetting with Miley Cyrus on Happy or Grande performing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” 

But perhaps the most emotional of them all was this video of a policeman dancing in a circle while holding hands with children and concertgoers:

A policeman skipping with young fans at #OneLoveManchester. This is the moment I brokepic.twitter.com/F7Iw871WoQ

— Mark Savage (@mrdiscopop) June 4, 2017 Read more…

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Toyota and Tesla’s unravelling relationship has finally ended


The partnership between Toyota and Tesla has finally wound to an end.

The Japanese car marker on Saturday announced that it had sold the last of its stake in Tesla, as it prepares to launch its own purely electric car.

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According to former engineers, a culture clash had emerged between the two companies, with Toyota’s conservative “safety first” style of engineering going up against Tesla’s risk-taking approach. 

Toyota had bought about 3 percent of Tesla for $50 million in 2010.

The Japanese company had said, at the time, that it was impressed by “Tesla’s start-up culture”, with Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, calling the partnership “historic”. Read more…

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Miss C, believed to be one of the world’s oldest sloths, dies at Australian zoo


For a sloth, Miss C lived a longer life than most.

The Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth was euthanised at Australia’s Adelaide Zoo on Friday, following ongoing age-related health issues that were affecting her quality of life. At 43 years old, Miss C lived more than double her life expectancy.

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“The average life expectancy of a sloth in the wild is about 10-12 years old, so Miss C truly was a phenomenal creature and believed to be the oldest of her kind in the world,” Adelaide Zoo’s Curator of Conservation and Native Fauna, Dr. Phil Ainsley, said in a statement via email.  Read more…

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‘Rick and Morty’ creator Dan Harmon goes deep explaining the meaning of life


You’d be forgiven for missing the deeper meanings that underlie Adult Swim’s hit Rick and Morty, thanks to the animation’s incredibly surreal and bizarre sense of humour.

But there’s more than meets the eye, as revealed in the musings of co-creator Dan Harmon in a video promoting the forthcoming season of the show.

Harmon reflects on the “heavy theme of creator and createe” in the show. Rick turns out to be “the seam between God and man,” but doesn’t really give much care to what he creates — even though man has been constantly searching for why they’ve been created.

While Harmon doesn’t subscribe to Rick’s belief that nothing matters, if you get through the “terrifying threshold” of accepting it, “every place is the center of the universe,” says Harmon, “every moment is the most important moment and everything is the meaning of life.” Read more…

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‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Season 3 premiere doesn’t pull its punches with that devastating ending


This recap contains spoilers for the Season 3 premiere of Fear the Walking Dead.

The zombie drought is officially overFear the Walking Dead has returned, and with it a very different vision of the apocalypse than its parent series, The Walking Dead.

Granted, like its predecessor, Fear the Walking Dead brings death, destruction and hoards of the living dead that want nothing more to snack on people. But there’s a hope to this show, even in death, that is undeniable. That was never more evident than in the two-hour Season 3 premiere, which included the loss of a main character that’s been at the center of the series since the pilot. Read more…

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Russell Westbrook goes back to where it all started in new Samsung ad


Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook has had quite the season with his triple-double average in 2016-17. Although it wasn’t quite enough, as his team fell short against the Houston Rockets in the playoffs. 

In a new ad for Samsung titled Driven, Westbrook takes it back to where it all began, where he grew up in Los Angeles. The ad is of course littered with shots of Samsung products, but also heartfelt tidbits about the point guard’s life — like how much getting back to his roots matters. Read more…

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Oculus founder plots tech startup to help Trump build border wall


If you thought the pioneering founder of virtual reality company Oculus, Palmer Luckey, was just going to fade into the shadows with his Facebook money, think again. 

While recent reports indicated that his second act might be a gaming company, it turns out that he’s also working on a security company that has an ominously familiar mission: policing immigration border walls. 

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Details about Luckey’s new startup were revealed on Sunday night in a report from the New York Times that cites at least three “people familiar” with the VR expert’s plans.  Read more…

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Very determined man mows the grass as a tornado swirls nearby


What, was the grass supposed to cut itself?

A particularly diligent man in Alberta, Canada, was recently photographed mowing his lawn as a tornado swirled menacingly in the distance. 

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Theunis Wessels told the Canadian Press that he was “keeping an eye on it” and that the twister was moving away from the house as he pushed the red mower along. His wife, Cecilia, said she snapped the photo to show her parents in South Africa, who rarely see tornados.

Cecilia Wessels wasn’t the only resident of Three Hills, Alberta, to capture the two-toned tornado as it swirled through the small town last Friday. Read more…

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Yup, Ariana Grande performing ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ at Manchester benefit will make you cry


The One Love Manchester benefit concert Sunday took on new urgency and poignancy following the deadly terrorist attack in London the day before.

While the whole show — which featured Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and more — was obviously emotional for both the artists and the fans, perhaps no one moment had more tears flowing than Ariana Grande’s finale. 

SEE ALSO: Miley Cyrus joins Pharrell for ‘Happy’ at One Love Manchester

Alone onstage, the star closed out the night with a cover of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” and understandably got pretty choked up herself — not that that stopped her from slaying it.   Read more…

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Trump Twitter bot reminds us that all his tweets are coming from the White House


The often flippant, emotional stream of tweets from President Trump never ceases to amaze, particularly since it is, for all intents and purposes, filled with official messages from the White House. 

Now, thanks to one clever Twitter user, we can view those often bombastic, poorly worded, and downright trivial tweets in their proper context: official White House statements. 

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On Sunday, Twitter user Russel Neiss launched a new Twitter bot called Real Press Sec., which takes Trump’s tweets and presents them in the familiar form of an official White House press statement. The effect of seeing Trump’s social media bloviation as history-framed, official-looking statements from the nation’s highest office is devastatingly poignant.  Read more…

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