Yup, ‘Jane the Virgin’ just gave fans the most shocking TV twist ever

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SPOILER ALERT: This post contains major spoilers for the Season 4 finale of Jane the Virgin: “Chapter Eighty-One.”

Jane the Virgin has always had a knack for wringing our hearts out like old rags (sometimes in a good way), but the Season 4 finale ended with a special kind of torture. 

In the very last moment of the episode, Jane visits a grimly aloof Rafael at his apartment, expecting him to propose, where instead he reveals the secret he learned from Rose:  a living, breathing Michael Cordero.

SEE ALSO: ‘Jane the Virgin’ is showing how sexy conversations about consent can be

So, in no particular order, here are 12 thoughts we had during that 5-second scene that felt like it lasted an eternity, and which we subsequently watched dozens of times and will haunt us until fall. Read more…

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Google’s plan to fix texting on Android is really about the death of SMS

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Google finally has a plan to fix Android’s texting problem.

This week, the company confirmed its long-rumored plan to improve messaging on Android and bring its features up to par with other popular messaging apps like Apple’s iMessage.

Google being Google, though, the plan is much more complicated than simply improving its own Android Messages app (though that’s certainly part of it). Instead, Google is beginning what will be a years-long effort to get carriers and phone makers to all agree to work together and commit to using the same standard for messaging, called Rich Communications Services (RCS). Read more…

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How can Starbucks ensure its racial-bias training actually helps a divided America?

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After a racial incident that garnered national attention last weekend, Starbucks has required racial-bias training for all its employees. This move has the potential to positively impact America, but the company has an uphill climb.

Here’s what happened. On April 12 a patron at a Philadelphia Starbucks captured a video of two black men being arrested, seemingly for doing nothing. The store manager called the police, saying the men had not bought anything and refused to leave. It turns out they’d only been in the store for two minutes and were waiting for a friend to order. The video quickly went viral, getting millions of views on Twitter and YouTube.  Read more…

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‘Smallville’ actress arrested for allegedly recruiting slaves for sex trafficking scheme

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Over the past several weeks, arrests of members from the purported self-help group Nxivm have revealed an underground web of heinous crimes, from sex slavery to pyramid schemes.

Reports and rumors about the groups connections to Hollywood actors were mounting. And on Friday, actress Allison Mack — best known for her roles on Smallville and Wilfred — was arrested on sex trafficking and forced labor charges.

SEE ALSO: The #MeToo men are getting their comeback tours. The women they hurt won’t be.

Mack allegedly recruited women into a sex trafficking pyramid scheme within Nxivm. The group’s founder, Keith Raniere (known by group members as “Vanguard”), has been accused of standing at the top of said pyramid. He was arrested in Mexico last month on the same charges.  Read more…

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The only student to walk out for gun control last month rallied his classmates for Columbine

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The teen who marched alone last month, attracting the attention of the country, just got his classmates to join a student walkout in memory of the 15 victims of the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School.

Justin Blackman received massive support on social media last month for being the only student at his high school to participate in the nationwide walkout, part of movement led by Parkland survivors that called for lawmakers to pass stricter gun laws. 

Wow I’m literally the only one #NationalSchoolWalkout pic.twitter.com/2F95qY2vTI

— Justin Blackman (@JustinIBlackman) March 14, 2018

“It’s National Walkout Day, I’m the only one from my school out here,” the 16-year-old said in a video he tweeted. “I’m just going to be chilling here for the next 15 minutes.” Read more…

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Flickr’s new owner is here to save it from oblivion (again)

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After years of languishing under Yahoo’s (and, more recently, Oath’s) ownership, Flickr has finally found a buyer.

Image hosting company SmugMug announced Friday that it’d acquired Flickr for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition, which was first reported by USA Today, comes as Yahoo’s parent company, Oath, looks to slim down the company’s holdings.

Congrats to @DonMacAskill and his team @SmugMug on its deal to buy @Flickr – This is going to be a very good home for such an awesome service for the internet. The Flickr team is amazinghttps://t.co/QfVyXWAHvU

— Jeff Bonforte (@bonforte) April 20, 2018 Read more…

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This ‘e-scooter for women’ is… actually pretty good for women

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Ancheer electric scooter with suspension seat
$647.99
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The Good

Smooth and sturdy • Good grips and easy controls • Sitting and standing options • LCD screen shows speed and charge • Comfortable seat

The Bad

Short range • Slow acceleration • Heavy

The Bottom Line

If you’ve got a short commute, and are willing to lug 40 pounds around, Ancheer’s e-scooter for women is a great ride.

Mashable Score4.0
Cool Factor4.0
Learning Curve5.0
Performance4.0
Bang for the Buck3.0

All over the country, but particularly on the West Coast, e-scooter startups are descending. From “Spinning” to “Birding,” electric scooters are all the rage these days, and it’s not hard to see why. They don’t get stuck in traffic, they’re faster than walking, they smell better than the bus, and bikes are so last century. So when I received an email asking me to try the newest “e-scooter for women,” I couldn’t help but inquire further. Read more…

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Please take a moment to look at these dogs having fun with hoses and sprinklers

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As warmer weather approaches, outdoor activities, such as watering plants and walking dogs, are becoming more enjoyable. 

And sometimes, the two can collide in the best of ways. 

SEE ALSO: These service dogs in training spent a day at Disneyland and it’s the most wholesome thing ever

On Thursday, Twitter user @JabinSerene shared the “struggle” she faces when she tries to water her plants. Her enthusiastic dog, Taylor, attempts to slurp the water as soon as she turns on the hose. 

I’ve have yet to finish watering my plants 💀 pic.twitter.com/UikjA9UPzH

— Serene (@JabinSerene) April 19, 2018

People were excited and shared their own videos of pooches going crazy for a sip of a sprinkler or some hose water.  Read more…

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