Black Lives Matter gets the global recognition it deserves


It’s a modern-day civil rights movement that has firm roots in the African-American community, but Black Lives Matter has deservedly received international recognition.

Namely in Australia, where the Black Lives Matter Global Network has been awarded this year’s Sydney Peace Prize, which recognises “leading global voices that promote peace, justice and nonviolence.”

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According to the award’s citation, the movement inspired people to “stand up locally, nationally and internationally” to demand respect for “human rights and equality,” and remind us “of the power of authentic democracy to achieve transformative change and justice.” Read more…

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Ariana Grande shares heartbreaking message on social media after tragic concert


The pain was apparent in Ariana Grande’s words early Tuesday morning. 

Only a few hours after an explosion rocked her concert in Manchester, England, Grande reached out to fans with a heartfelt message on Twitter. 

Here’s her tweet, sent out just before 4 a.m. local time in Manchester:

from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.

— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017

The blast killed at least 19 people and injured around 50 others as the show was ending. 

Many of her peers tweeted messages of support after news of the explosion spread, and plenty of people used social media to help house and connect people affected by the blast.  Read more…

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Robots could absolutely devastate the retail market


Robots are coming for retail jobs. 

In-store automation threatens to kill four in 10 positions in the retail sector throughout the next decade, according to a new study.

That could add up to 7.5 million lost jobs—proportionally a much bigger hit than even manufacturing took when automation devastated its labor market, according to Cornerstone Capital Group, the bank behind the report. 

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It’s not as if retail workers don’t have enough to keep them up at night. Hundreds of store employees have lost their jobs over the past few years as online shopping and excess store space plunge the traditional retail industry into choppy waters.  Read more…

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Offers of help flood in online after Ariana Grande concert explosion


Look for the helpers. 

Within hours, if not minutes, of the events at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester that saw several people dead and dozens more injured, offers of help were flooding in online.

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On Twitter, one of the first hashtags to emerge from the incident was #roomformanchester, in which local people advertised rooms in their homes for anyone affected by the incident and the ensuing travel chaos. 


Anyone needing somewhere to stay can come to our Manchester headquarters in the city centre

127 Portland St M1 4PZ

— Steven Bartlett (@SteveBartlettSC) May 22, 2017 Read more…

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Scientists can see through walls with Wi-Fi to create 3D holograms


Wi-Fi is everywhere — and as the electromagnetic waves are beamed out from routers to connect our devices to the internet, they also travel through empty space, around corners, and even through walls.  

A pair of German researchers have developed a method to harness Wi-Fi signals to capture 3D hologram images of objects around a network, even through solid barriers like doors and walls. The key is recording the shapes made by stray radiation, the electromagnetic waves that bounce off objects as they travel through the air.   

The research behind the 3D-imaging method, which started as an undergraduate thesis project before being fleshed out into a larger study, was originally published in the Physical Review of Letters earlier this month. The technique described in the study was able to provide images as often as 10 times a second and recreate the contents of an entire building in a large-scale simulation.    Read more…

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Why is Supergirl wearing Wonder Woman’s boots?

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Lin-Manuel Miranda can’t stop making mixtapes and his latest is about Twitter


Spotify mixes and hot takes about Twitter are so hot right now. 

The microblogging site now has its very own mixtape, just like the one you gave your high school sweetheart junior year. Except this mix about Twitter is courtesy of the musical mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda. 

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While we can’t see into the inner workings of Miranda’s brain, the playlist consists of tunes that lay the perfect soundtrack for some of your experiences on the site, like “Notice Me” by PnB Rock, and “Too Many Puppies” by Primus. 

Note: There is no such thing as too many puppies.  Read more…

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Hillary Clinton Wikipedia page redirected to ‘Mein Kampf’ for 16 hours and no one noticed


Despite how much we all love it, Wikipedia is not a credible source. That’s because any one can edit content at any time, adding in falsehoods that can sit there until, well, someone notices.

Case in point: a page dedicated to the bibliography of Hillary Clinton redirected to Adolf Hilter’s autobiography Mein Kampf on Monday for over 16 hours.

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According to the edit history, the page was edited to redirect at 6:26 a.m. UTC, which is 2:26 a.m. ET. When you edit a Wikipedia entry, your IP address is logged and is publicly facing. We plugged that address into a tool that provides clues about who’s behind the IP, including details about their Internet Service Provider. Read more…

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Bar thinks Bill Cosby-themed cocktail is a good idea until severe backlash


The “Pill Cosby” cocktail didn’t last long on a bar menu after the internet found out about it. 

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The pink hibiscus tequila drink — complete with drug capsules floating in the ice — was being served at Diet Starts Monday, a pop-up bar and restaurant in Washington, D.C., according to the Washingtonian. On Monday, the same day jury selection began for disgraced comedian Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial, the cocktail was called out on social media. Sixty women have accused him of sexual assault, with many claiming that he drugged them.   Read more…

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Apple’s new ads are a million miles from ‘I’m a Mac and I’m a PC’


Clever and funny are out. Short and obvious are in.

Watching Apple’s new collection of Switch Ads, I was instantly nostalgic for the company’s iconic “I’m a Mac and I’m a PC” ads that introduced us to the wit and comic-timing of John Hodgman and lovable knowingness of Justin Long.

In those ads, they were affable counterparts in the computing spectrum. Hodgman personified the buttoned-down nature of the Windows PC industry and user—as well as every issue the pre-Windows 10 PC had—while Long was the cool Mac, impervious to Windows viruses and honestly concerned for the well-being of his beleaguered friend. Read more…

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