Venezuela accuses Twitter of censoring after government accounts are suspended


Venezuela is not happy with Twitter, and Twitter is staying silent.

President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro accused Twitter of censoring by suspending 180 government-related Twitter accounts, including TV and radio stations, Reuters reported. 

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President Maduro suggested the suspensions were directed at Twitter users who supported late socialist leader Hugo Chavez, who was his predecessor. 

“Twitter in Venezuela today deactivated thousands of people’s accounts,” Maduro said at televised rally, according to Reuters. “Simply for being ‘Chavistas.'” Read more…

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For the 892734th time, ‘Stranger Things’ will not resurrect Barb


We here at The Internet have suffered a lot of collective heartbreak, often at the hands of television or streaming, and none stings quiet so virulently as the senseless death of Barbara Holland on Stranger Things

Sadly, Barb is still not coming back.

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Stranger Things executive producer Shawn Levy told The Hollywood Reporter on Friday that there will be no Barb resurrection in Season 2, which, to be clear, is not news — but sometimes we need to be told.

“People still think Barb’s alive,” an exasperated Levy said on Facebook Live. “You think you want that, but you wouldn’t really want that.”  Read more…

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‘Pitch Perfect 3’ teaser trailer is here to soothe your a capella-loving soul


The Bellas are back, baby! 🎶

Pitch Perfect 3 doesn’t hit theaters until Dec. 22, but a behind-the-scenes look at the film has dropped to give you an aca-mazing a capella fix.

In the clip, the film’s director, Trish Sie, reveals that our favorite group of gals — including Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Brittany Snow — are hitting the road for a global tour in the new film. The trailer gives a special glimpse at filming, emotional social media posts, and special guest stars like DJ Khaled. No biggie.

This is likely the final installment in the franchise, but from the looks of it the Bellas are ready to bring it. Read more…

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9 of the most hilariously British reactions to the heat wave


In Britain, complaining about the weather is almost as popular a past-time as drinking tea.

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This week, it’s ridiculously hot. The sun’s out, temperatures are up in the early thirties (Celsius), and us Brits are doing what we do best in times like this: moan.


I mean this is just too hot. I’m writing to the council about this.

— Ross Wight (@RossWight) June 18, 2017


It’s so hot the dog has started to melt 😳

— The Nut House (@TheNutHouse_) June 18, 2017


It’s so hot in London.

Like, LA hot, but zero breeze.

I’m gonna go look for a breeze.

— Ellen Rose (@icklenellierose) June 18, 2017 Read more…

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Raids are coming to ‘Pokémon Go’


For its first birthday — can you believe it’s almost been a year? — Pokémon Go is getting a massive update. With it comes a revamped Gym system and…raids! 

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Under the shade of some trees just outside the Los Angeles Convention Center last week, I got a tour of the new features coming in the Pokémon Go updates that will be slowly rolling out as of today.  

Gyms, Your Defending Pokémon, and Gym Badges 

In an attempt to balance Gyms, Niantic will be introducing a few changes, summarized in these two paragraphs from a press release: 

You’ll be able to see all six defending Pokémon in one shot, as opposed to the current Gym system which has players swiping through them one at a time. Of the six, each has to be of a different species to ensure variety in each Gym.   Read more…

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Mark Wahlberg gives impressively blunt advice to Tom Holland about being famous


Mark Wahlberg has been a Hollywood name for over two decades now, so it only seems right that he’s the one to give advice to a younger actor just entering the business.

Or maybe not.

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“I’m the last person you should ask for advice,” Wahlberg says to new Spider-Man Tom Holland in the clip above. “You’ve never been to jail, have you?”

You know when a speech starts with a rhetorical question about jail it’s going to be an interesting one. Read more…

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Kylo Ren’s weird yet soothing ASMR video will give you all the dark side tingles


If you are a massive Star Wars fan and find ASMR videos strangely soothing, this nine-minute video is definitely your thing. 

What more than Kylo Ren’s husky voice to send you into shivers and tingles? 

“Kylo Ren will get the information he needs from you, even if he has to find every one of your ASMR triggers,” the description from the video, created by YouTubers Craven Moorhaus and Zak Koonce on their account Auralnauts, reads.

ASMR or autonomous sensory meridian response is a technique immensely popular on YouTube that uses audio to cause a physical response in a person. 

It changes from person to person, so we’re sure many people will find Kylo Ren’s exhaling and leather sounds too creepy/disturbing/annoying for soothing purposes.  Read more…

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John Oliver goes on epic rant about Trump’s promise to help coal miners


Although there are many good ranters out there on the internet, no-one does ranting quite like John Oliver.

This week his sights are firmly set on Donald Trump — and, more specifically, his promise to help coal miners.

SEE ALSO: John Oliver breaks down Trump’s ‘Stupid Watergate,’ one dumb detail at a time

“If Trump really cares about miners he would be putting a plan in place for their futures as mining continues its long-term decline,” says Oliver during a segment for Last Week Tonight

“But he isn’t doing that.” Read more…

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For $28, you can hack into a stranger’s internet-enabled webcam


If you have an web-connected camera, you should change your password ASAP.

For just 188 yuan ($28), you can buy software that would allow you to hack into connected cameras, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV warns. 

SEE ALSO: Apple’s new acquisition wants to watch you while you sleep (but not in a creepy way)

Such software can easily scan for and access vulnerable devices, which are commonly used as baby monitors and surveillance cameras in the home.

Hackers in China have also set up large groups on social networks such as QQ, to offer usernames and passwords to compromised devices.

(Left) A list of users offering a means to hack into webcams; (Middle) A user proffering means to hack into a webcam; (Right) Lewd pictures taken off webcams that are being used to advertise compromised webcams

(Left) A list of users offering a means to hack into webcams; (Middle) A user proffering means to hack into a webcam; (Right) Lewd pictures taken off webcams that are being used to advertise compromised webcams

Image: Ng Yi Shu/Mashable Read more…

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