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Activists staged a 'big gay wedding' outside parliament to protest same-sex marriage banOpen in a New Window

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A couple staged a #BigGayWedding on the steps of Stormont, Northern Ireland's centre of government, to protest the country's ban on same-sex marriage on Monday. 

22-year-old LGBTQ activists Mark McLoughlin and Neal Rush, who've been together for two years, held a mock ceremony outside the parliament building on the two year anniversary of the Republic of Ireland's referendum which resulted in the legalisation of same-sex marriage. 

What a powerful image. Comhghairdeas chomrádaithe! 🏳️‍🌈✊🏼 #MarriageEquality pic.twitter.com/0ZGmHt0GGb

— Aodhán Hamill (@HamillOSF) May 22, 2017 Read more...

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Stand-up comedian relives his first and worst moment on stageOpen in a New Window

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Doing stand-up is hard, but Kevin Allison learned that it gets even worse when you forget all of your jokes. Relive the nerve-wracking moment in full animation.

First Fails is a new mini-series from Mashable and Bravo. Join celebrities as they recount their worst moments in full animated color.  Read more...

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No, this is not a picture of Ariana Grande after Manchester Arena attackOpen in a New Window

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As news broke of the explosion that killed at least 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, inaccurate accounts about the incident have been spreading online. 

One of the pictures doing the rounds on Twitter and Instagram allegedly shows Ariana Grande backstage after the concert, covered in what looks like blood on her face. 

Many are sharing it asking whether the pop singer was OK after the attack: 

Are you okay sist? :(( I hope you are not traumatized😔💞😘 #arianagrande #prayformanchester

A post shared by Ve nyampah👌😘 (@drfveve) on Read more...

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Donald Trump calls Manchester attackers 'evil losers'Open in a New Window

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US president Donald Trump has expressed his "deepest condolences" to the victims of the Manchester Arena suicide attack that killed 22 people. 

At a press conference in Bethlehem with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, Trump said: 

“So many young and beautiful and innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life. I won't call them monsters because they would like that term, they would think that's great name. I will call them from now on, losers, because that's what they are: they're losers. And we'll have more of them, but they're losers, just remember that." Read more...

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Number of Apple devices targeted in government requests doubled in 2016Open in a New Window

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In the second half of 2016, Apple dealt with government data requests affecting more than 20,000 devices — nearly double from what the company dealt with in the first half of the year. 

Also, for the first time ever, Apple reported receiving a National Security Letter (NSL) in its latest biannual transparency report

NSLs are demands from the FBI for user data — normally, they're subject to a gag order, but they're declassified once a case becomes inactive. Apple didn't reveal the contents of the letter, only that it received one.  Read more...

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Idris Elba tweets passionate message to Manchester attack victimsOpen in a New Window

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British artists, actors and musicians are reacting with shock and sadness at the Manchester Arena suicide attack that killed 22 people — including some children — and injured 59 at the end of a concert by Ariana Grande. 

Liam Gallagher, the Manchester-based former singer of the Oasis, led the tributes on Twitter: 

In total shock and absolutely devastated about what's gone down in MANCHESTER sending Love and Light to all the family's involved LG x

— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) May 23, 2017

He was followed by Take That vocalist and X-factor judge Gary Barlow:  Read more...

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Microsoft accuses Chinese ‘gaming' website of hacking Xbox accountsOpen in a New Window

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Microsoft has accused a Chinese gaming website of hacking Xbox account and illegally gaining virtual gaming currencies.

iGSKY, which presented itself as a gaming service website, offered players a way to pay for in-game credits and rare items across games like FIFA, Final Fantasy and Aion Kinah.

Microsoft on Friday filed a complaint against the company in federal court.

The tech giant's probe into iGSKY began in December 2016, when the company's in-house fraud investigators purchased over 11,000 FIFA points for $60, according to a report by The Verge. Read more...

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Drones could deliver a literal ton of stuff to remote villagesOpen in a New Window

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One of China's biggest e-commerce operators is planning to build a logistics network with drones at its backbone, as it seeks to further expand its e-commerce business in rural China. 

JD.com — the second largest e-commerce company in China after Alibaba — said that it will enter a partnership with civil aviation authorities in Shaanxi, northern China to develop a drone that could hold more than a ton of cargo. 

The drones are expected to be of a 300 km (186 mi) low-altitude network that includes hundreds of routes and drone air-bases for e-commerce shipments, according to the South China Morning Post. Read more...

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James Corden delivers an emotional tribute to the people of ManchesterOpen in a New Window

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James Corden was in the midst of taping The Late Late Show when he received news of the deadly explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

So the television host recorded an extra segment to pay tribute to the victims and those affected by the disaster, even though details of the attack were still scant at the time.

"It shocks me every time we hear this sort of news that attacks like this can happen. But especially when there will be so many children at this concert tonight," said Cordon, who was visibly emotional as he shared his love for the city of Manchester, and its inimitable spirit. Read more...

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Just one glass of wine per day can raise your breast cancer riskOpen in a New Window

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Cancer experts say they're increasingly confident that at least two lifestyle choices can affect a woman's risk of getting breast cancer: drinking alcohol and exercising. 

Just one alcoholic drink each day is enough to boost breast cancer risk, according to a comprehensive new report published Tuesday. Vigorous exercise, by contrast, can decrease the risk in both pre- and postmenopausal women.

The American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund published their joint report, which includes data on 12 million women and 260,000 cases of breast cancer gathered in nearly 120 studies. Read more...

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Black Lives Matter gets the global recognition it deservesOpen in a New Window

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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."

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 concertOpen in a New Window

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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:

broken
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 marketOpen in a New Window

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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. 

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 explosionOpen in a New Window

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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.

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. 

#roomformanchester

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 hologramsOpen in a New Window

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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?Open in a New Window

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Lin-Manuel Miranda can't stop making mixtapes and his latest is about TwitterOpen in a New Window

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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. 

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 noticedOpen in a New Window

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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.

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 backlashOpen in a New Window

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

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'Open in a New Window

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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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Several dead after explosion reported at Ariana Grande concertOpen in a New Window

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Several people have died and more are injured after an explosion rocked Manchester Arena in the UK at the end of an Ariana Grande concert Monday night.

Videos on Twitter showed concertgoers running from the stands and screaming as police warned people to avoid the area.

Local police said they were treating the incident as terrorism.

Latest statement on incident at Manchester Arena pic.twitter.com/BEpLOan3dY

— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 23, 2017

Emergency personnel were on the scene outside.

Greater Manchester Police warned people to stay away from the area just before 11 p.m. local time and armed police were pictured on nearby streets shortly afterwards. Read more...

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Despite Facebook's push, AI isn't ready to moderate disturbing contentOpen in a New Window

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Artificial intelligence is the way of the future. When it comes to Facebook's content moderation, however, we are still very much in the present.

The almost 2 billion-user strong social media giant is working at a furious pace to change that. 

As a series of leaked internal Facebook slides revealing how the company decides what content violates its community standards shows, the Menlo Park-based Facebook is still largely dependent on its skin and bones Community Operations team to decide which posts stay and which posts go. 

In other words, despite Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's efforts to push AI in all things, humans still rule the content-moderation roost. But that is changing.  Read more...

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'Justice League' director Zack Snyder steps down over family tragedy, Joss Whedon to take overOpen in a New Window

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Zack Snyder, architect of the DC Comics cinematic universe who has been in post-production on Justice League, is stepping away from the project to deal with the death of his daughter, as is his wife, producer Deborah Snyder.

Joss Whedon, who directed Marvel's The Avengers movies, will take over the project, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the news Monday. 

According to THR, the Snyders' 20-year-old daughter Autumn died by suicide sometime in March. Her death was not previously reported in the press. Snyder told THR that at first he'd considered returning to finish Justice League, which will keep its Nov. 17 release date with Whedon taking the lead. Read more...

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How a YouTube tech reviewer became the face of fidget spinners at 7-ElevenOpen in a New Window

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Fidget Spinners are everywhere now. They've even made it to 7-Eleven stores nationwide.

Some of the convenience markets are using an unlikely marketing tactic: a thumbnail from a YouTube video. YouTube channel Techsmartt made a video called the $3 Fidget Spinner back in March, and the trend has since completely exploded. 

Recently, the channel's fans started tweeting at them saying that the thumbnail of the video (a pic of Techsmartt's Keaton Keller), was being used as an ad for fidget spinners at 7-Elevens in Miami. Read more...

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Michelle and Barack Obama are thriving in Italy without usOpen in a New Window

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What have Michelle and Barack Obama been up to? Living their best life, that's what. 

Since leaving the White House in January, the two have been dropping knowledge at conferences and trying things like kitesurfing

In early May, Barack spoke at the Seeds & Chips Global Food Innovation Summit in Milan, Italy, and since then, it seems the two have spent a great deal of time taking a break from politics to be tourists in the country. 

The former first lady was spotted roaming the town of Montalcino in Tuscany in a one-shoulder millennial pink blouse, inspiring summer looks.  Read more...

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Donald Trump has touched The Orb. Here's what that meansOpen in a New Window

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President Donald Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia over the weekend went largely as planned. He appeared jovial on his first trip abroad, he announced billions in Saudi investment in the U.S., and his speech on terrorism was well received. 

Last, but not least, he touched The Orb.

And here’s Trump at the opening of the “Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology” in Riyadh pic.twitter.com/gshRT2nFLU

— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) May 21, 2017

Donald Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to touch The Orb. 

The Orb, of course, has existed long before the United States and even the concept of democracy, government, or even society. Its origins remain unknown and no sitting U.S. president has ever dared touch it, out of both fear and respect for its Power. So what does it mean that Donald Trump touched it? Well, a few things. Read more...

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In Trump's America, MSNBC and Stephen Colbert are super successfulOpen in a New Window

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MSNBC has long served as an also-ran to Fox News and CNN.

Not anymore. At least, not for now. 

MSNBC won the ratings battle for cable news channels last week — the first time that's ever happened. MSNBC bested its competitors in both overall viewers and the highly coveted demo of adults 24 to 54 years of age, according to TV reporter Joe Adalian. 

And not just that. Fox News came in third in that demographic for the first time in nearly two decades.

For 1st time ever @MSNBC is No. 1 cable news net in prime time. For 1st time in 17 years @FoxNews is No. 3 https://t.co/Y8jJeSJVPR pic.twitter.com/Os2992sk3w

— TVNewser (@tvnewser) May 22, 2017 Read more...

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Woman's $15 'costume jewelry' ring turns out to be worth $450,000Open in a New Window

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One lucky woman who paid $15 for a large "costume jewelry" ring got the surprise of her life after learning the ring is worth way, way, WAY more than that. 

Thirty years ago, an unnamed owner bought an "exceptionally sized" stone from a flea market at the West Middlesex hospital in west London, The Guardian reports. She wore the ring for years while shopping and even doing chores before bringing it into Sotheby's after a jeweler told her it could be valuable. And boy, is it valuable.

The ring, it turns out, is worth $450,000.

A ring she bought for $15 is worth almost half a million...

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Sherpas show how the human body can thrive in extreme environmentsOpen in a New Window

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Mount Everest is a grueling, deadly place for many adventurers. Beyond the steep terrain, bone-chilling temperatures, and fierce weather, the air is so thin that your body can begin to shut down.

That is, unless you're a Sherpa.

Members of the Nepalese ethnic group have evolved over generations to withstand the oxygen-deprived atmosphere high in the Himalayas, a new study found. 

Sherpas are, biologically speaking, extremely efficient at producing the energy they need to reach such heights, even where oxygen is scarce, according to research published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  Read more...

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Donald Trump made history with his flight from Saudi Arabia to IsraelOpen in a New Window

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If President Donald Trump concludes his first international trip by saying he made history "even while sitting on a plane," no one can say he's wrong.

Trump's Air Force One flight from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Tel Aviv, Israel on Monday was reportedly a first for a U.S. president, largely because flights between Saudi Arabia and Israel don't happen.

Saudi Arabia, like many Muslim-majority nations, doesn't have formal diplomatic relations with Israel because of its ongoing hostilities with Palestinians. Without formal relations, there aren't direct flights between the two nations. Israel and Saudi Arabia even take pains to avoid each others' airspace. The press flight from Riyadh had to make a pit stop in Cyprus.  Read more...

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