Facebook suspends Trump-linked data firm Cambridge Analytica


A data analytics firm linked to both Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the Brexit referendum has been banned by Facebook.

Cambridge Analytica, the British firm that claimed it helped Trump get elected, has been suspended from Facebook, the company revealed. 

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At issue is Cambridge Analytica’s use of user data obtained by a third-party developer, a University of Cambridge professor named Dr. Aleksandr Kogan. Kogan, according to Facebook, obtained information on 270,000 Facebook users via his app, which he touted as a research experiment.  Read more…

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Lyft tests a bunch of ‘all-access’ subscription plans for frequent users


Some frequent Lyft users are being offered monthly subscription plans.

The plans have been tested at different price points for the past few months, offering “free” rides for a lump sum up front. Rides are capped at $15, so this is for short, frequent trips — not long-distance trips to the airport.

SEE ALSO: The future of self-driving taxis may be closer than you think

A Lyft spokesperson said in an email Friday, “We’re always testing new ways to provide passengers the most affordable and flexible transportation options. For the past few months, we’ve been testing a variety of All-Access Plans for Lyft passengers.” Read more…

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The cast of ‘Love, Simon’ reveal their guilty pleasures


Love, Simon is a coming-of-age story about a high school teen with a completely normal life, except one thing: he hasn’t told his family and friends he’s gay and he doesn’t know identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online. 

We asked the cast of the movie to ‘come out’ with their own guilty pleasures.  Read more…

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Apple’s still trying to convince us Face ID is cool


There are some things in life that are just unambiguously cool, like, I don’t know, motorcycles.

Apple’s Face ID is not one of those things. And yet, as a new ad for the iPhone X unlock feature makes clear, the cutting-edge kids of Cupertino desperately want us to think otherwise. 

It’s not working. 

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The new 68 second advertisement takes place in and around what appears to be a high school, and shows a young woman surprised to find her iPhone X unlocking with merely a glance. What happens next, well, is an attempt at that classic Apple branding magic.  Read more…

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Wendy’s brought the heat to SXSW


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The Mashable House is back! And as expected, it’s a must-see experience for SXSW attendees.

Every year people flock to the Mashable house for the most entertaining, memorable, and Instagrammable experiences of the internet, IRL. And thanks to Wendy’s, this year was no different.

“Keep it Fresh, Not Frozen” PhotoBooth

From day one (49 years ago, to be exact) Wendy’s has believed in serving fresh, never frozen beef on every burger. Every day. Something the other burger guys just can’t claim.

Knowing that, they went about creating the freshest photo booth out there.

Guests were able to choose from an array of cool accessories, Hawaiian shirts, emoji hats, and sunglasses to bring a tropical feel to an icy cold freeze frame. Escaping the freezer burn frost threatening them from the background, guests mugged their best “too cool to be frozen” look as a slow-mo camera captured every detail. The final product was a hysterical video that was so fresh, it had to be posted right away. Read more…

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This Toyota magazine ad that measures your heart rate is way too much


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Film academy president accused of sexual harassment


Months into the reckoning of Hollywood, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the group behind the Oscars) is looking into its own leadership.

John Bailey, who was elected president of the organization last year, is being investigated for sexual harassment, reports Variety

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The Academy started looking into Bailey after receiving three claims against him. The exact nature of the allegations remains unclear, and the victims’ names are being kept under wraps. 

Bailey was elected into the position last August, succeeding Cheryl Boone Isaacs. He’s happened to preside over a challenging time in the industry: In October, the New Yorker and the New York Times published their exposés of Harvey Weinstein, igniting a firestorm that would eventually evolve into the #MeToo movement. Read more…

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Peter Dinklage is in ‘Infinity War’ to make your little nerd heart explode


All our nerdy worlds are colliding: Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage will definitely be in Avengers: Infinity War, though his role remains a mystery.

Gizmodo pointed out that Dinklage’s casting has been rumored for some time and that he was previously in talks but never confirmed. As of Friday, his name is on that very crowded poster, and we’ve got a little over a month to wonder which character he’s playing.

SEE ALSO: The ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ trailer is missing an Avenger

Dinklage is squeezed into the names at the bottom, between Idris Elba and Benedict Cumberbatch, and beneath a Chris, because they’re everywhere in this movie. Read more…

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Just 13 very upsetting photos of Donald Trump Jr.


There are a lot of things that people do not like about recent divorcée Donald Trump Jr., but we can all agree that photographs of the man and his “smile” are the worst (but ultimately, the best?) part about him. 

It’s common knowledge that a smile is when the corners of your mouth are turned upwards. Unfortunately for Don Jr., the corners of his mouth never quite make it that far. Perhaps it’s because he doesn’t have much to smile about, or perhaps it’s because he never learned the definition of one. 

Either way, it’s more of a grimace and, when paired with the rest of the man, it has made for some pretty entertaining/horrible photos over the years. Judge for yourself below.  Read more…

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