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Woman groped on plane seeks advice on TwitterOpen in a New Window

During a recent flight, a passenger by the name of Ariana Lenarsky used Twitter to call attention to a serious issue.

Lenarsky, a Los Angeles-based performer and podcast producer, opened up to her thousands of followers on Oct. 22 to share a harrowing personal experience that occurred mid-air as she was flying from Austin, Texas.

As Lenarsky was walking down the aisle of the airplane, a male passenger allegedly "grabbed and stroked" her calf. The incident greatly upset Lenarsky, and she decided to turn to her Twitter followers for comfort and advice.

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Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian is no longer a punchlineOpen in a New Window

To sum up the story of current Denver Broncos starting quarterback Trevor Siemian's football career, you have to look back — all the way back to Nov. 8, 2014.

That's when Siemian was a senior at Northwestern on the verge of upsetting Big Ten rival Michigan at home. It was Siemian's first year stepping into the limelight, finally grabbing ahold of a starting job he'd spent the previous two years platooning with fellow quarterback Kain Colter, a player more famous for attempting to unionize college athletes than for his gridiron exploits. 

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Chris Hemsworth gleefully pokes fun at divorce rumours on InstagramOpen in a New Window

Imagine being blissfully wed and living your dreams, only to have tabloids constantly telling the world your marriage is a sham. That's the sitch for Chris Hemsworth, but he's having none of it.

Australian tabloid magazine Woman's Day published an article overnight claiming that superstar couple Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky were spending time apart, and their marriage was at breaking point.

Fed up with the speculation and misinformation, the Thor: Ragnarok actor hit up Instagram where he called out the magazine and poked fun at the speculations, announcing that he was "looking for a new wife," while Pataky (definitely still his wife) reclined next to him on a boat.  Read more...

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What to expect from Microsoft's big event on WednesdayOpen in a New Window

Did you think we were done with tech events and you could just cruise on until Black Friday and the holidays? You wish!

On Wednesday, Oct. 26, Microsoft is holding a big product announcement in New York City. Ahead of the big day, here's the cornucopia of hardware and software spanning new Surface devices, Windows 10, Hololens and maybe Xbox that we're expecting to hear about.

Looking back, Microsoft really delivered big time last year. Mostly a hardware showcase, CEO Satya Nadella and co. announced the Surface Pro 4, Microsoft Band 2, Lumia 950 and 950 XL Windows 10 Mobile phones, and the surprise Surface Book. Read more...

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Report: New Zealand company selling surveillance tech to global spiesOpen in a New Window

A company headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand has played an integral role in global mass surveillance, according to a new report.

Based on documents and emails leaked to The Intercept, Endace has quietly been selling its technology to government agencies, allowing them to gather vast quantities of "private emails, online chats, social media conversations, and internet browsing histories."

Founded in 2001, the company claims to deliver "the world's best network monitoring and recording systems," producing technology that can help clients intercept and monitor online traffic. It boasts "100 percent accurate capture and storage of network traffic."  Read more...

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Notorious RBG (aka Ruth Bader Ginsburg) to make her opera debutOpen in a New Window

The opera isn't over until Ruth Bader Ginsburg sings.

The Supreme Court justice has long been known for her obsession with opera, and now she'll be making an appearance on stage. The justice will be in the National Opera’s production of Donizetti’s Daughter of the Regiment in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 12, playing the role of the Duchess of Krakenthorp

To the disappointment of millions of RBG fans, this is, sadly, a non-singing role.

Still, the opera said in a press release, the Duchess of Krakenthorp plays a pivotal role in the show: Read more...

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Esports matches are easier to follow with Major League Gaming's EVE techOpen in a New Window

LOS ANGELES — Watching an esports match is hard enough if you know the game well — and for newcomers, it can be impossible to follow along. New Major League Gaming viewing platform EVE, or "Enhanced Viewing Experience," aims to make spectating easier for both.

Though so far it's only been used on Call of Duty and Gears of War tournaments — owned by MLG parent company Activision-Blizzard — the league says viewers who watch on EVE end up staying for 40-50% longer than when watching on linear broadcasts like YouTube or Twitch.

Like with traditional sports broadcasts, EVE functions like an informational graphic that wraps around the gaming frame, rich with stats about the match, the the teams and the league. But unlike traditional sports, EVE is plugged into the game itself, allowing for real-time algorithmic analysis. Read more...

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Tom Hanks performs rap from 'Big' with YouTube duoOpen in a New Window

LOS ANGELES — Breaking news: Tom Hanks can still rap. 

The actor busted out the song from his 1988 film Big while promoting Inferno in Florence, Italy.

The video was made by Wesley Chan and Philip Wang, the duo behind Wong Fu Productions, during the film's press junket. 

Chan and Wang created the channel, which has over 2.7 million followers, with their UC San Diego classmate Ted Fu.

Their most recent project Single By 30 debuted on YouTube Red earlier this year.  The series was initially developed as part of New Form Digital’s Incubator Series.  Read more...

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The first photo of Earth from space was taken 70 years agoOpen in a New Window

Seventy years ago today, humans took a photo of our home planet as seen from space for the first time.

The image itself is unassuming. 

Taken from aboard a Nazi-built V2 rocket on Oct. 24, 1946, the black and white photo shows a smattering of clouds casting shadows down upon our planet.

The photo was taken from about 105 kilometers (65 miles) above Earth by a rocket launched from the White Sands Missile Range long before Sputnik truly began the space age in 1957. 

Unbeknownst at the time to the American scientists and engineers who launched the rocket, that photo was humanity's first salvo into what has become one of the most important uses for spaceflight yet discovered. Read more...

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In a world where Apple bought Time WarnerOpen in a New Window

Own an iPhone? Like Game of Thrones? In a world where Apple bought Time Warner, the media company behind HBO, CNN and TBS, the next season of the hyped fantasy series could have premiered exclusively to iPhone users.

It's a disconcerting scenario, but also one well worth considering now that AT&T agreed to buy Time Warner over the weekend for around $85 billion. The announcement of the deal renewed conversation that Apple had been and could still be interested in the media company.  

You know Apple as the maker of your iPhone, MacBook, iPad and Watches, products that have helped make it among the most valuable companies in the world. But when there is only so much hardware to sell and so many people to sell to, the tech giant could be eying an expansion. The company has looked at a few different industries like cars, healthcare and, yes, entertainment. Read more...

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Trump TV debuts ... sort ofOpen in a New Window

Donald Trump's campaign is starting a nightly live broadcast via Facebook, and will continue to stream a show every night until the end of the election.

After that? Well, it might come down to who wins. There's already plenty of speculation that Trump's post-election plans (assuming he loses) will include capitalizing on his power in the conservative world with a new media company.

News of the Trump campaign show broke late Monday afternoon less than an hour before the first show was slated to go live. The first show is scheduled to air at 6:30 p.m. ET. Read more...

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Bottle flip majorly backfires thanks to a basketballOpen in a New Window

This has been a weird year. And one of 2016's weirdest trends has been bottle flipping.

Impulsive Instagrammer trentcatlett shared his attempt to incorporate basketball into his bottle flip.

Things didn't go exactly as planned.

"How's life going"

A video posted by @trentcatlett on

This is why you should always wear a helmet. Read more...

BONUS: Teen stunt driver masters donuts, and bottle flips

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The weird controversy surrounding CNN and the Time Warner-AT&T dealOpen in a New Window

Rarely does a company get to buy Batman, Tyrion Lannister, Lebron James and Wolf Blitzer all in one deal. 

That's exactly what AT&T is getting in its $85 billion deal with Time Warner. You might think that the Lannister clan and HBO, Batman and DC Comics or even Lebron and TNT would be the focus of the deal.

Nope, it's Wolf and CNN that are the controversial aspect.

Almost immediately the cable news channel emerged as a contentious piece of the mega-deal announced on Saturday. Anytime a news outlet changes hands there are concerns about what that will mean for the independence of the organization's editorial operations.  Read more...

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This robot sweats when it does push-upsOpen in a New Window

Kengoro is a humanoid robot from the University of Tokyo. It releases water through its frame and around its motors to avoid overheating, and can do push-ups for 11 minutes straight.  Read more...

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Awesome parents create perfectly NFSW couples costumeOpen in a New Window

At some point, it's just easier to embrace your parents' embarrassing actions. 

Brooke Bogin shared a photo of her parents, with beaming smiles, dressed up as a pickle and a deer. It seems innocent enough – until you break it down a bit.

Dad was a dill pickle and mom was a doe (a deer, a female deer). Together, they were...a dill-doe. A dildo. Get it? You do.

Mom and Dad before their Halloween party. He's a dill pickle. She's a female deer. Together they're a "dill-doe." And also my

— Brooke Bogin (@b_bogin) October 23, 2016

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Some people think this could be Larry Page's flying carOpen in a New Window

Did someone just spot Google co-founder Larry Page's flying car? 

A photo of a mysterious-looking vehicle at the airport in Hollister, California, has been the subject plenty of speculation lately. 

Page's start-up Zee.Aero has a hangar at the airport, where it's apparently developing and testing what it calls "a revolutionary new form of transportation."

The San Jose Mercury News got its hands on the image, taken by an employee who works at the Hollister Airport. 

The man who snapped the photo of the vehicle, Steve Eggleston, said, “It sounded like an electric motor running, just a high-pitched whine." Read more...

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5 storylines to follow during the 2016 World SeriesOpen in a New Window

If you don't like baseball, watch baseball, or know what baseball is, know this — the 2016 World Series is different. 

When the Cleveland Indians host the Chicago Cubs in a best-of-seven series beginning Tuesday night, we won't just witness another run-of-the-mill Fall Classic. This year's matchup is steeped in history, characterized by decades of suffering, and features two teams who know a whole lot about losing. 

By the end of this World Series, one city will hoist the championship trophy for the first time in a very, very, long time. 

The Cubs haven't won a World Series since 1908, the longest championship drought in North American professional sports. They haven't even been to a World Series since 1945.  Read more...

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Person dressed as a tree had an average MondayOpen in a New Window

A human tree spotted blocking traffic at an intersection Monday afternoon is killing it in the costume department.

A local TV editor posted a video on Twitter Monday afternoon of what appears to be a man dressed convincingly as a tree on a crosswalk in Portland, Maine. The video documented the tree's slow-moving take-down by police.

Apparently police arrested the man after the human-tree hybrid continued to block traffic. Another local TV producer at the scene reported on Twitter that the #humantree wouldn't speak to reporters.

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Here's why some people are getting $20 checks from LinkedInOpen in a New Window

If a friend or colleague or even you — yes, YOU! — finds a check from LinkedIn for $20.43 sitting in your mailbox, there's actually a pretty good reason for it. 

The checks are part of a $13 million settlement that the company reached in 2015 with plaintiffs over, of all things, annoying emails the platform was sending to users. 

Actually got a settlement check from the @LinkedIn class action. Hello Venti extra-shot Starbucks!

— Bethany Evans (@bethanycevans) October 18, 2016

LinkedIn's Add Connections program allowed users to import their personal contacts into the company's system and then have invitations to connect sent out on their behalf. However, if a recipient of the invitation email didn't accept the invitation within a certain amount of time, LinkedIn would then send two follow up emails repeating the invitation. Read more...

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The people against legalizing weed are not who you might thinkOpen in a New Window

California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana, but its attempt at full legalization could be thwarted by the drug's very industry.

Many marijuana growers have come out and said they simply can't support Proposition 64 which, if passed, means Californians age 21 and up could buy weed for recreational use.

While polls show a majority of Californians are ready to jump on board, and legalization could bring in as much as $1 billion in new tax revenue, some growers are saying the measure if passed would  drive out small farmers.

They fear it would give the industry an overtaxed, corporate feel reminiscent of Big Tobacco. Read more...

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You can be mad about that 'Walking Dead' death, but you shouldn't be surprisedOpen in a New Window

This story contains spoilers for The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere. 

If you're feeling traumatized by the Season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead, you aren't alone. 

After the long-awaited episode aired, countless fans took to Twitter to express their horror and outrage over the deaths of Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Abraham (Michael Cudlitz), with many declaring that they want to quit watching the show altogether.

I've officially quit watching the walking dead after today

— samantha (@samm_ferguson_) October 24, 2016

I quit the walking dead this is the most messed up show ever

— Matt (@mhcornell15) October 24, 2016

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Looks like Hillary Clinton might be getting campaign help from Jay-ZOpen in a New Window

In an effort to galvanize the vote of black millennials, Hillary Clinton's campaign is turning to the one and only Sean "Jay-Z" Carter for help. 

According to Buzzfeed News, the rapper is slated to perform a show before Nov. 8 to energize young voters in the swing state of Ohio ahead of the general election. 

Jay-Z, alongside Beyoncé, are no strangers to the Clinton family and have been seen with the family at festivals and fundraisers. 

The two artists were key pop culture figures in President Barack Obama's run for a second term. Jay-Z performed on the Obama campaign trail, while Beyoncé sang at his second inauguration. Read more...

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Taylor Swift's throwback shot proves she wanted a squad of Victoria's Secret models all alongOpen in a New Window

Taylor Swift's first album, Taylor Swift, came out 10 years ago, and everything's been so much Swiftier ever since than. 

To celebrate, Tay posted a throwback shot on Instagram of herself, curly hair in a ponytail, playing acoustic guitar. There are undoubtably many, many photos of this nature, so we must ponder the significance of this selection, because Swift's actions are all carefully considered.

And so, Swifties, let's ascribe meaning to the hoodie.

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Animated ‘Godzilla’ short suggests he’s just having a bad dayOpen in a New Window

Does Godzilla really mean to destroy our cities? Maybe he's just having a bad day.

Our CineFix series, Bad Days, explores what happens when Godzilla just needs to get a fisherman (in this case, comic book superstar Stan Lee) out of his teeth.

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Donald Trump made money off his name – but that could be endingOpen in a New Window

Throughout his presidential campaign, Donald Trump has promoted his namesake business, holding events at Trump-branded hotels and golf courses from Scotland to Florida. As the race approaches its conclusion amid a torrent of controversy, his company is launching a new brand that won’t carry his name.

Scion, a line of hotels that will target younger clients, was unveiled last month in a press release that quoted three different Trump Organization executives, but not the candidate.

Since entering the race last year, Trump has offended groups including Mexicans, Muslims, the disabled and veterans. A video from 2005 that showed him bragging about making lewd advances on women prompted almost a dozen to say he’d harassed them — claims that he strongly denies. Those associations will make corporate clients less likely to book Trump-branded properties, said Bruce Himelstein, a former chief marketing officer for Loews and Ritz-Carlton hotels. Read more...

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Shakespeare got by with a little help from his friends, research saysOpen in a New Window

One of William Shakespeare's chief contemporaries will now be credited as one of his co-writers, thanks to an expert analysis — one that has revealed the legendary playwright to be quite the collaborator. 

Some 17 Shakespeare plays are believed to contain at least a little writing from other people, according to a recent analysis by 23 academics with Oxford University Press. 

One of those co-authors is Christopher Marlowe, another playwright of the Elizabethan era occasionally rumored to be Shakespeare himself — a possibility dismissed by most experts, who believe Shakespeare was Shakespeare.  Read more...

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'The Walking Dead' premiere broke a 2016 Twitter recordOpen in a New Window

LOS ANGELES — The Walking Dead just set a Twitter record.

The AMC show's Sunday night Season 7 debut was the most-tweeted TV episode of 2016, not including sports/special events, according to Twitter.

Globally, there were 4.6 million tweets. The top moment on the social media platform came around 9:30 p.m. EST after the (sob!) second death of a character in that same episode.

The show has long been considered one of the most buzz-worthy television series.

During the 2015-2016 season, the zombie drama was the No. 1 most-tweeted series in the U.S. with an average of 435,000 tweets sent per episode. Read more...

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Major League Gaming brings 'Overwatch' and 'COD' to Las VegasOpen in a New Window

Overwatch, Call of Duty, and other esports surprises are hitting Sin City in December.  Read more...

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30 songs Drake could sing now that he's 30Open in a New Window

Can you feel it? The change in the wind, circulating from the 6 and spreading across the United States? 

That's because Drake is now 30. 

Now that Drake's in his thirties, he's going to encounter a lot of life changes. Maybe he'll settle down, think more carefully about how his habits affect his wellbeing and get really into Cross Fit. 

In order to celebrate this milestone, we compiled a list of songs that Drake might sing in order to reflect his new responsibilities and passions.

1. Take Care (Of Yourself With These Once-Daily Fish Oil Pills) Read more...

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Justin Bieber is not having any of your screamingOpen in a New Window

Justin Bieber's UK tour has gotten off to a rough start. The pop star walked off stage due to fans screaming while he tried to talk and recently told a crowd to "just relax." Read more...

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