You might have walked right over this bumpy Google Doodle today


A new Google Doodle might cause you to appreciate what’s under your feet.

In a neat illustration on Monday, the search giant honoured Japanese inventor Seiichi Miyake, who invented tactile paving, used worldwide to make public space more accessible to people who are blind or have low vision.

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Miyake’s paving was first created in Japan in 1965, and rolled out in 1967 near the Okayama School for the Blind in Okayama City. It was implemented across Japan, in fact, it was made mandatory in the country’s railway stations.  Read more…

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Teen eggs politician. Now he’s being offered free tickets to concerts for life.


It’s the egging that’s gone around the world.

Bands and festivals have offered a lifetime of free tickets to a teen who cracked an egg into the back of an Australian senator’s head, after the politician blamed Muslim immigration for the Christchurch terrorist attack.

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The likes of hip hop festival Rolling Loud have offered “eggboy,” as the teen has become known, free tickets for life, as have bands like The Amity Affliction and Violent Soho.

Someone put us in touch with #eggboy because we want to give him free tickets for life 🙏

— Rolling Loud (@RollingLoud) March 16, 2019 Read more…

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7 things to know about potential presidential candidate and confirmed Hufflepuff Pete Buttigieg


With 14 potential candidates and no clear frontrunner, there’s already a lot to keep track of in the 2020 democratic primaries — but there’s also a lot of opportunity. One potential new entrant to the race could make things even more interesting.

Pete Buttigieg has been the mayor of South Bend, Indiana since 2012. Despite his low profile compared to the rock star members of congress and outspoken CEOs running for president, Buttigieg has gained fresh attention in recent days. 

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During a compelling interview with CNN at its South by Southwest Town Hall, he had a viral moment that boosted his profile when he trounced the self-described religious conservative Vice President Mike Pence for being “the cheerleader of the porn star presidency.” Buttigieg had to work closely with Pence when Pence served as Governor of Indiana from 2013-2017. Read more…

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Why is Fox News so quiet about Jeanine Pirro’s anti-Muslim remarks?


Jeanine Pirro is making trouble for her employer, that much is clear.

The host of Justice with Judge Jeanine on Fox News is off the air and allegedly suspended. After her weekly talk show didn’t air on Saturday night, CNN reported Sunday, via “a source familiar with the matter,” that the network has shut her down for some indeterminate amount of time.

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The move comes a week after Pirro opened her March 9 episode with some words for Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. At one point during the nearly 10-minute rant, Pirro fixated on Omar’s hijab, a head covering worn by some Muslim women. Read more…

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Lady Gaga crashes Fred Durst’s Hollywood jazz night to perform Frank Sinatra hits


Lady Gaga took her Hollywood golden age persona to a new level Thursday when she surprised a crowd at a Hollywood music venue to perform some jazzy standards.

Gaga appeared at the Black Rabbit Rose venue Thursday night where — get ready — LimpBizkit frontman Fred Durst organizes a weekly live jazz night. (Who knew?!?)

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Gaga floated onto the stage wearing a ’50s-style halter dress, a large fur-looking stole, a beehive-esque bun, and some wicked cat eye. After greeting the band members with cheek kisses, she took the microphone and said “I’m here to ruin the party.” The crowed whooped. Read more…

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Famous landmarks around the world turn green for St. Patrick’s Day


The greenest day of the year will always be St. Patrick’s Day.

Cities around the world celebrated the Irish holiday on Sunday by turning their most famous landmarks green. It’s amazing what a quick dye job can do to your standard government building.

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St. Patrick’s Day commemorates St. Patrick and the first appearance of Christianity in Ireland. While there’s so much more to the holiday than the color green, it’s the color that’s become synonymous with the celebration as well as with Irish culture.

Over the weekend, Ireland’s official tourism account celebrated the holiday with photos of green-dyed or illuminated landmarks from around the world. Read more…

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Facebook has removed 1.5 million videos of the New Zealand shooting, but questions remain


We already knew that Facebook moved quickly on Thursday to stop videos of the New Zealand mass shooting from spreading, but now we have some actual numbers.

In a public statement and identical series of tweets dispensed by Facebook Newsroom, the company confirms that 1.5 million videos were removed in the first 24 hours following the terror attack on two New Zealand mosques that left 50 dead and 50 injured as of Sunday. Of those, 1.2 million were stopped before they were even uploaded.

The news and accompanying statement comes from Facebook exec Mia Garlick:

In the first 24 hours we removed 1.5 million videos of the attack globally, of which over 1.2 million were blocked at upload…

— Facebook Newsroom (@fbnewsroom) March 17, 2019 Read more…

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Qualcomm won a $31 million patent infringement case against Apple


Qualcomm has won a victory against Apple in a sideshow to the main legal struggle between between the two tech giants.

A San Diego jury has found that Apple infringed three Qualcomm patents regarding iPhone startup and battery life, according to Reuters. The jury has ordered that Apple pay $1.41 per iPhone with patent infringement, which comes to about $31 million.

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Apple and Qualcomm are engaged in an ongoing legal battle regarding Qualcomm’s policy of charging intellectual property licensing fees on top of the actual prices for its smartphone chips. Apple has brought a lawsuit against Qualcomm for $1 billion alleging that Qualcomm is charging for IP that it has no right to — that case goes to court in April.  Read more…

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J.K. Rowling says Dumbledore and Grindelwald had an ‘intense’ ‘love’ relationship


Poor Dumbledore. The world’s most powerful gay wizard still can’t find love on screen.

In a feature for the DVD and Blu-ray versions of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald released on March 12, author J.K. Rowling revealed that Dumbledore had an “incredibly intense” “love” relationship with Grindelwald, adding that she believes that “there is a sexual dimension to this relationship.”

Of course, there were no scenes in the film that even  nodded to this dynamic.

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Here’s how the author described their relationship in the interview: Read more…

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‘Pet Sematary’ screened at SXSW and the early reviews are looking good


Did Pet Sematary really need a remake? Does the answer to that question even matter?

The 2019 remake directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer is real, and it’s ready for its April 5 release. Critics and fans attending South By Southwest got an early look at the horrors to come on Saturday night, and the first reactions are now coming in.

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It’s looking good, King fans! There’s only a handful of published reviews to draw from at this point, but they’re mostly positive, heaping praise on the writing and direction, the performances, and — notably — the smart tweaks that were made to one of King’s most popular and widely known stories. Read more…

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