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Ice Cube kicks off celebrity 3-on-3 basketball league in new adOpen in a New Window

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Now that the Olympics has added three-on-three basketball as a medal-worthy competition, the usually street ball/playground-based game is big time, and Ice Cube is about to cash in on it. 

Actually, the rapper/actor announced his Big 3 league long before the Olympics added the sport to the 2020 games (in January), but his timing for the official launch is perfect.  

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'Westworld' star James Marsden gives us a peek at Season 2 gunslingingOpen in a New Window

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The next season of Westworld is still a long ways away, but that doesn't mean the cast isn't hard at work putting together the next installment of robots vs. humans drama. 

We got our first sort-of-peek at Westworld Season 2 on Friday thanks to show regular James Marsden. The actor, who plays one of the pivotal robot characters on Westworld, took to Instagram to show off some of his gunslinging skills. 

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Everything you'd possibly wanna know about Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 just got leakedOpen in a New Window

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Twitter Moment shows exactly how devastating the GOP healthcare bill would be for one familyOpen in a New Window

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Before the Senate votes on its bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, many people are sharing stories of how the bill would affect them. 

One story struck a chord with thousands of Twitter users this weekend. The mom of 3-year-old Ethan Vikash shared a photo of a medical bill for her son's open heart surgery. The 24-line item bill came to $231,115 for 10 hours in surgery, one week in the hospital's cardiac intensive care unit, and one week on the hospital's cardiac floor. 

With insurance, Ethan's family only had to pay $500 out-of-pocket. But if Congress passes a healthcare bill that imposes lifetime caps on what insurance companies will cover, families that deal with childhood illnesses or heart conditions like Ethan's would be well beyond priced out of life-saving care.  Read more...

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President Trump's Disney Hall of Presidents installation delayed, big timeOpen in a New Window

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You'll have to wait a little longer for your robot Donald Trump.

New reports coming out of the most magical place on earth claim that Disney World's Hall of Presidents won't be showing off its 45th robot President any time soon.

The venerable hall, which has been closed for renovations since shortly before Trump took office in January, was originally scheduled to reopen on June 30th. 

Originally opened in 1971 as part of Disney World's Liberty Square, The Hall of Presidents features animatronic robots built by Disney Imagineers for each of the previous 44 presidents. Its last major renovation came in 2009 when it unveiled its President Barack Obama animatronic. The creation was heavily promoted by Disney World and the White House. Read more...

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Turn your dog into a disco ball with this light up vestOpen in a New Window

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The Disco Dog is a smartphone-controlled LED light vest that can keep your dog safe in the dark and also light up the party. Read more...

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Is Uber the MySpace of ride-hailing companies?Open in a New Window

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After this week, Uber is forever changed. Co-founder Travis Kalanick was forced to resign as CEO after pressure from investors over recent scandals.

Those scandals? Where to begin: There are the allegations of sexual harassment and HR incompetence from Susan Fowler Rigetti. There's the ongoing lawsuit from Alphabet's Waymo that alleges Uber benefited from intellectual property that the now-fired head of self-driving may have stolen. There's the Greyball program that the company used to evade regulators and is now being investigated. There are the reports that Uber's leadership team obtained and viewed the medical records of a rider in a rape case. There's... Read more...

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Warriors star Klay Thompson now famous for the worst dunk fail in historyOpen in a New Window

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You just won your second NBA championship, so now it's time to go pay respects to your shoe sponsor in China aaaand… embarrass yourself, the NBA, and said shoe sponsor, in epic fashion. 

On Saturday, a tragic video of Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson began making the rounds on social media and it will live in basketball infamy. At least one of the videos appear to be from China's Weibo, and it shows Thompson, clad in non-Warriors promotional gear, trying to dunk. Twice. And failing. 

The first attempt looks like a mere miscalculation. No biggie. Even NBA champs miss a dunk. But the second attempt, in which Thompson attempts a 360 dunk, ends in disaster. Not only does Thompson miss the dunk by getting the ball caught on the rim, he falls down and rolls into the stands, lying limp on the ground in the aftermath of the attempt.  Read more...

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Woman kicked out of own apartment pool for high leg, one piece swimsuitOpen in a New Window

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A sincere question: is there anything women are allowed to wear in the summer?

The latest example of a ludicrous "dress code violation" comes from Tennessee, where 20-year-old Tori Jenkins was allegedly asked to leave the pool at her own apartment complex for wearing the below swimsuit.

(Yes, it is just a high-leg one piece.)

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Jenkins's fiance, Tyler Newman, wrote that a leasing consultant for the complex instructed Jenkins to "cover up" or leave the pool — a pool she paid $300 to access. Read more...

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Mark Zuckerberg is still the only one using Facebook Stories and he really likes IowaOpen in a New Window

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Everyone's best friend, Mark Zuckerberg, has a new Facebook story and he's having a great time in Iowa. 

Zuckerberg used Facebook stories—that product Facebook introduced to add onto Instagram Stories but that hasn't quite caught on yet—to document his trip midwest. The Facebook CEO traveled to Iowa as part of his 2017 promise to visit U.S. states he's never been to. 

That trip led Zuckerberg to declare, "Iowa is my kind of place." Everyone on Facebook who follows Zuckerberg was basically guaranteed to see his trip, since no one else is really using Facebook stories. Zuckerberg's story waited to be watched in a little bubble all alone, without any other friends' stories to distract from exciting photos of Iowa.  Read more...

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'Star Wars' diamond encrusted Yoda brings The Force to your walletOpen in a New Window

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There's a limit to the level of Star Wars fan obsession we can accept before we are forced to question whether or not you're missing a few midi-chlorians. 

Such is the case with the latest piece of Star Wars fan swag that comes to us in the form of a gold, diamond encrusted pendant currently up for auction online. 

Heritage Auctions, the site offering the piece for sale, is looking for up to $3,500 for the sci-fi bling. 

What you get for your movie geek dollars is a gold, Yoda-shaped pendant (described as "a delightful interpretation of Star Wars legendary Jedi Master, Yoda") laced with over 100 diamonds, colored diamonds, and sapphires.  Read more...

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People are mad at Twitter for promoting the Obamacare repeal hashtag #HellerVoteYesOpen in a New Window

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Nevada Sen. Dean Heller became the first Republican on Friday to say he wouldn't vote for the Senate's bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act because of its cuts to healthcare benefits for low-income Americans. 

Naturally, a conservative, pro-Trump interest group is lobbying the senator to change his mind about the GOP effort to replace Obamacare. One of them promoted a trending hashtag on Twitter: "HellerVoteYes." 

Well, since the Republicans' bill would eliminate most health services provided to the poor through Medicaid and raise costs for millions of Americans, people quickly seized on the hashtag to lobby Heller in the other direction—and criticize Twitter for promoting the pro-repeal hashtag in the first place.  Read more...

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Drone footage shows Apple's nearly finished spaceship campus against stunning sunsetOpen in a New Window

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Apple's massive new spaceship campus, officially called "Apple Park," is nearly complete and should officially open later this year. New drone footage reveals how glorious the main campus and the Steve Jobs Theater look just as the sun is setting.

The new 2.8 million-square-foot headquarters will be home to over 12,000 Apple employees. It's Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive's most ambitious "product" to date, huge glass panels, toilets inspired by iPhones, patented pizza boxes that prevent pizza from getting soggy, and over 9,000 trees in the quad.

Just outside of the campus is the Steve Jobs Theater. The mini flying saucer-like auditorium will play stage to all future Apple product unveilings. It features 20-foot-tall glass panes (the world's largest glass panels) and has room to seat 1,000 people. Read more...

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Divers use custom Snapchat Spectacles to explore deep underwaterOpen in a New Window

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Jennifer Lopez calls out commenters who accused her of Photoshopping her absOpen in a New Window

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To be a female celebrity means that you cannot even Instagram your perfect abs without being attacked by trolls. Luckily, Jennifer Lopez knows how to keep the peace.

Because the internet is both a wonderful and a terrible place, J.Lo's delightful Instagram mirror selfie was instantly met with comments accusing her of Photoshopping the image.

Most detractors focused on the little smudge on the right side of the photo (just under the bottom of J.Lo's sweatshirt). 

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Augmented reality could be the biggest reason to buy an iPhone 8Open in a New Window

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Someone actually created a live feed of Trump's tweets as artwork for his living roomOpen in a New Window

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Think you've had enough of @realDonaldTrump? Try stepping into your living room and having a live feed of the president's hotly debated tweets on your wall. No need to turn on the news, no need to open your Twitter app — or any other form of social media. All you have to do is look at your wall.  

Sound appealing? Well, maybe not. But for one man from Sweden, it's a long-term project that's finally come to fruition.

Tech enthusiast Peder Dinkelspiel has created a screen that can display a live feed of Trump's tweets right on his living room wall with the help of Visionect, a digital sign company, and E Ink technology.  Read more...

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Instagram is actively ruining my life with its inhumane algorithmOpen in a New Window

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As a rule, social networks are terrible at understanding their human users — no matter the ooey-gooey platitudes about bringing us "closer together" their executives piece together. 

Never has this been more clear than over the past few days, when Instagram's algorithm continually shoved well-meaning but emotionally ruinous "happy Father's Day!" garbage down my throat.

Quick background: A brain tumor put my dad six feet under close to 11 years ago, when I was still a teenager. It was, I'd say, pretty traumatic: he spent close to two years incredibly sick, confused, and weak.  Read more...

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Nike tries out AR for limited-edition sneakers on its SNKRS appOpen in a New Window

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Nike's SNKRS app will soon move shopping for sneakers on the app partly into the real world. 

The app is adding augmented reality technology for the drop of the Nike SB Dunk High Pro "Momofuku." 

App users have to find a copy of the menu for the New York restaurant Fuku, part of David Chang's Momofuku empire, online or even on the street in New York. Then, SNKRS will overlay an interactive 3D model of the limited-edition sneakers. Tapping to unlock will reveal the new sneaker and invite app users to purchase it. 

Nike introduced its SNKRS app in 2015, but its new AR tech is a nice twist. Right now, it's just being used for these limited-edition sneakers, but maybe the whole app will get an AR component soon.  Read more...

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Trust the reviews: Toilet seat covers are a great skincare productOpen in a New Window

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Despite the general vibe of a trip to Sephora, good skincare products do not need to be expensive. In fact, your office bathroom might already have them ... just above the place dozens of people poop!

Yes, wax paper toilet seat covers currently have a score of 4.6/5 on the "Misc Beauty Tools" section of MakeupAlley, the mother of all beauty review websites. Why? People use them as blotting papers for oily skin — and love them. 

If your office is blessed with toilet seat covers (despite evidence that they're useless to stave off disease), you can even get them for free.

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Terrified dog does not want to be anywhere near hamster, thanksOpen in a New Window

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We all have our own irrational fears — and the less sense they make, the worse they often are.

This dog, for example, is afraid of this tiny hamster, even though it is much, much larger than the hamster and would certainly win in a fight.

Just don't make eye contact, dog! Don't do it! Read more...

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NBD, it's just a Bengali cat skateboarding down the street like a bossOpen in a New Window

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This is Boomer. No, not Michael Phelps' adorable baby Boomer, but Boomer, the Bengali cat who skateboards.

Yes, this cat skateboards. And skateboards really well. Boomer's probably better at skateboarding than most people. He's also most definitely more talented than most cats, whose skills mostly consist of eating, sleeping, and playing games on iPad. 

Just look at how cool and collected Boomer is while he skates through a semi-crowded street. Observe his kicking technique, leaving one front leg on the board and kicking with his others, to keep the acceleration. It's like he's the Tony Hawk of cats. Read more...

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Jowls for days: Meet the 2017 World's Ugliest Dog winnerOpen in a New Window

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The 2017 World's Ugliest Dog winner is perhaps the floppiest yet.

Martha, a three-year-old 125-pound Neapolitan Mastiff from Sebastopol, California, took the top prize at the Petaluma competition on Friday. Martha will triumphantly return home with $1,500, a trophy, and a free trip to New York City for media appearances.

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And she seems absolutely thrilled.

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Martha reportedly won over the judges the way we'd all like to — by lying down and not doing anything, even when she was supposed to.

This year's second and third place winners were Moe, a Brussels griffon pug, and Chase, a Chinese crested-Harke mix. They are both beautiful. Read more...

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Take your summer picnics to the next level with this portable grillOpen in a New Window

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The 'UNA Grill' is a shoebox-sized charcoal grill that you can carry with you wherever you go. Read more...

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In 1943, a farmer's cornfield suddenly sprouted a 1,300-foot volcanoOpen in a New Window

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For Dionisio Pulido and his family, Feb. 20, 1943 began as an average day of clearing and burning shrubbery from their cornfields near the village of Parícutin, Mexico to prepare for the spring sowing.

Later that afternoon, as Pulido moved to a different field to continue his work, he stumbled upon a small hill that had suddenly appeared. Atop the hill was a shallow crack, six feet wide and 150 feet long.

A number of small tremors had been felt over the previous few days, so Pulido was puzzled but not particularly concerned. He returned to the task of clearing brush. Read more...

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Trump's rural internet access drive is one of his few ideas everyone seems to support —but is he serious about it?Open in a New Window

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If you live in the country, there's a good chance you don't have broadband-speed internet.

Only one in ten Americans lack access to a connection that meets the government's new standard for the designation, but more than two thirds of them live in rural areas. In those regions, nearly 40 percent of people can't get broadband.

Experts worry this digital divide is slowing small-town economic development at a time when farm and factory jobs are vanishing and young people and retailers are fleeing for cities. 

Donald Trump, who capitalized on this despair in his run for the White House, finally offered a concrete answer to this problem, however vague, in an Iowa speech this week.  Read more...

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Hauntingly real video game is about the failures and triumphs of remembering the deadOpen in a New Window

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“A lot of this isn’t going to make sense to you. And I’m sorry about that.” 

They're the first words Edith passes down to me, as I open her journal, and begin the saga of the Finch family curse

I'll come to know the Finches well through Giant Sparrow’s two-hour narrative-driven game exploring the series of unfortunate events that make up the family’s history. Through short, vignette-style stories spanning across several generations, I embody the life and death of about a dozen doomed Finches. Transported through the artifacts that the deceased left behind, I uncover the legends the surviving family members told themselves to try and make sense of each untimely death. Diary entries, divorce notes, comic books, psychiatrist’s letters — almost all are second hand accounts from the bereaved, desperate to comprehend the incomprehensible. Read more...

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How couples use Instagram to spotlight black queer loveOpen in a New Window

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For soon-to-marry couple Dominic Spence and Nick Gilyard, Instagram has become a place where together they show others what a young, black, queer relationship looks like. 

Their joint page, @dom_and_nick, recently had a moment when the Instagram account The Way We Met profiled the 27- and 25-year-olds, who live in Brooklyn. Their photo and story of growing up in South Florida and knowing each other for many years before dating became one of the most popular posts with 17,500 likes in the past week.

"Dominic and I met as teenagers. We went to different high schools but they were close in proximity, so we had a lot of mutual friends. High school was also the time period in which we both came out to our families, although at separate times and unknowingly of each other's personal journeys. After graduating high school, life took me and Dominic in different directions. He went on to attend UCF in Orlando while I went to college in Kentucky. We reconnected one summer when I was in Orlando helping a friend move into her dorm and asked Dominic to have dinner with me. That night we talked for 4 hours and shut down the restaurant. Shortly after, Dominic asked if we could make it official and so our long distance relationship began. But the distance wouldn't be ending anytime soon. After college, I moved to New York for work and Dominic moved to D.C. to go to law school at Georgetown University. Finally, after 7 years of the back and forth, we are finally living together in Brooklyn... and engaged! Dominic and I feel lucky to have found love at such a young age. However, falling in love with another black man was scary in ways neither of us could have ever imagined. It forced us to face the very real resistance from society for being not only homosexuals but black men as well. We had to confront the stereotypes of being largely defined as uneducated, disloyal, untrustworthy, and unreliable individuals. But together we chose to rise above those prejudices and rewrite our own story- one of inspiration. We want others to see that our union is marked by achievement, love, friendship, respect, and unconditional support. We hope to encourage other black and brown men and boys everywhere to be true to who they are. And when they find love in each other's eyes, to know that their love is just as strong and beautiful as anyone else's." Read more...

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Dear Corporate America, leave our LGBTQ Pride celebrations aloneOpen in a New Window

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Listen up, "prideful" corporations. Pack up your branded rainbow swag and leave my community alone. 

The LGBTQ community has put up with your "rainbow-washing" during Pride Month for far too long. And in the Trump era, when LGBTQ rights are under alarming attack, we need you to step off our movement.

We need to reclaim Pride and its resistance roots — for ourselves and for each other. And Corporate America's role in that should be to lift us up, and then move out of the way.

While it might look like a party, Pride is actually radical activism at its core. The colorful celebration is about existing loudly, boldly, and unapologetically in public spaces. And it always has been, though the look of that resistance and revolution has evolved.  Read more...

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Extend your smartphone's camera on a budget with these accessoriesOpen in a New Window

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Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission.

Thanks to Instagram and the relative quality of even the most basic smartphone cameras, nearly anyone can take "artsy" photos these days. But the same principles that applied to film photography for a century still hold true in the digital realm: if you want to take truly outstanding pictures, a little added effort goes a long way. These five simple accessories will take your shots to the next level, without requiring years of training or a hefty hit to your bank account. Read more...

1. View the world through a different lens

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