‘Game of Thrones’ aftershow gets new name, moves to Twitter

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We all love talking Game of Thrones as soon as a new episode ends, but let’s face it — that conversation was always happening on social media. It makes sense, then, that HBO will move Bill Simmons’ After the Thrones — now redubbed Talk the Thrones — to Twitter and Periscope for piping hot post-show takes.

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“We love Game of Thrones and we love the way Twitter is thinking about content right now, so we jumped at the chance to blow out our Thrones show into an interactive multimedia experience — something that reacts immediately to what just happened, almost like a postgame show in sports,”      Simmons told The Hollywood Reporter.  Read more…

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So, will or won’t the Warriors visit the White House?

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The Golden State Warriors are NBA champions for the second time in three years, but this go-round comes with a dramatic little coda that has yet to be decided. 

It boils down to this: Championship sports teams typically visit the White House for some celebratory time with the President, but Warriors coach Steve Kerr and star Steph Curry have not been shy about criticizing Donald Trump’s time in the Oval Office. Moreover, this fits with an NBA-wide sentiment that is vehemently anti-Trump. 

So will or won’t the Warriors visit the White House? 

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‘Super Mario Odyssey’ replaces power ups with the ability to become enemies

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Super Mario Odyssey is all about the unique worlds. And the hat.

Mario’s hat, to be specific, which is brought to life by a mysterious being named Cappy. Cappy’s game-changing ability is called capture, which allows Mario to take over the bodies of objects both living and inanimate by tossing the hat boomerang style at them.

We got to test out Super Mario Odyssey for the Nintendo Switch at E3 and experience the new sandbox-style Mario game and all of its typical Mario charm, including exploring New Donk City and capturing all sorts of enemies and odd objects.

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Nintendo pulls out a double ‘Metroid’ whammy, announcing ‘Metroid: Samus Returns’ for the 3DS

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Not an hour after Nintendo surprised everyone at E3 2017 by announcing that Metroid Prime 4 is in development for the Nintendo Switch, the Big N doubled down on Samus Aran by revealing another new Metroid game for the 3DS Tuesday. 

Metroid: Samus Returns is a “reimagination” of the Metroid II: Return of Samus Gameboy game, first released in 1991, Nintendo’s spokespeople said during its E3 Treehouse. The game is not a 1:1 remake of the old game, but rather an updated edition of the bounty hunter’s exploits, filled with new gameplay, new features, and, of course, really nice updated graphics. Read more…

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‘American Gods’ finale sneak peek proves Mr. Nancy is still a scene-stealing delight

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It seems like only yesterday that American Gods introduced us to Mr. Nancy with one of the greatest character debuts of all time — but now we’re at the at the end of the season, and Orlando Jones is here to prove that his scene-stealing powers haven’t diminished with time.

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After being betrayed by Vulcan — the old god of fire and the forge — in episode 6, Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) and Shadow (Ricky Whittle) are regrouping with Mr. Nancy in Sunday’s Season 1 finale, which allows the verbose African trickster god to impart some wisdom — and spin a good yarn while he’s at it. Read more…

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Uber’s CEO is taking a leave of absence following release of investigation findings

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is taking a leave of absence from the company he built into one of the world’s biggest private businesses.

It’s not clear how long Kalanick will be away from Uber or who will be serving as interim head of the company, but the move signals the biggest shift yet for the ride-hailing giant since the emergence of allegations of systemic workplace disfunction that included sexual harassment and discrimination.

Kalanick’s leave coincides with the release of a report based on an external investigation into Uber’s workplace culture that found serious issues throughout the organization. Uber has been beset by allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination for months, started by a blog post from a former Uber engineer. Read more…

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Apple is investing $1 billion in clean energy with this unique approach

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Apple just announced a big clean energy investment on the heels of President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement.

The iPhone maker, which supported the landmark climate pact, issued a $1 billion “green bond” on Tuesday. The bond will allow the company to finance projects such wind and solar power plants, energy-efficient buildings, and new approaches to using recycled materials.

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The California tech giant has been at the forefront of this young but increasingly popular investment trend since it issued a $1.5 billion green bond last year. Read more…

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Russian hackers hit voting systems in 39 U.S. states

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The known scope of the Russian government’s attack on the United State’s election integrity continues to grow. 

Kremlin-backed hackers hit voting systems in 39 states, according to Bloomberg

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Those attacks included attempts to break into poll worker software on Nov. 8, the day of the 2016 presidential election, as well as attempts to erase voter information. Russian government hackers even got their hands on a trove of campaign finance information in one state, according to the report. 

Despite all this, the report and intelligence officials have insisted there is no evidence hackers altered vote totals. The reasons for that are debatable, but it’s very possible that — despite the effort and level of intrusion — the U.S.’s vast array of voting systems was too multi-faceted to directly undermine.  Read more…

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