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How you can help #Pizzagate victim Comet Ping PongOpen in a New Window

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There is nothing fake about the outpouring of support for this Washington, D.C., pizza place.

The spread of fake news reached its peak last Sunday when a conspiracy theory led to a man shooting a rifle inside Comet Ping Pong, a pizza shop. The man, 28-year-old Edgar Maddison Welch of Salisbury, North Carolina, was "self-investigating" bizarre, false claims that Hillary Clinton was running a child sex ring out of the restaurant. The made-up story, debunked back in November, had made it onto social media and quickly spread, eventually becoming known as #Pizzagate.

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This pro baseball player is willing to go anywhere — except OaklandOpen in a New Window

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Outfielder Matt Holliday just signed a one-year, $13 million deal with the New York Yankees, which isn't all that unusual — until you look at the details.

As baseball contracts often do, Holliday's includes a no-trade clause, meaning the Yankees can't trade Holliday without his consent. But Holliday has a very, very, specific no-trade clause in his new deal. 

His request? Don't trade him to the Oakland A's.

That's right, of MLB's 30 teams, Holliday wants to steer clear of Oakland, where he served a short stint in 2009.  Read more...

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This tiny robot can jump better than youOpen in a New Window

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Researchers have created a small jumping robot nicknamed "Salto" that's inspired by the bush baby’s jumping abilities. Read more...

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PewDiePie plans to delete his very, very popular YouTube channel FridayOpen in a New Window

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Time to binge watch your favorite PewDiePie videos.

The Swedish gamer — who recently topped Forbes' highest paying YouTube star list — said he will delete his channel Friday after officially hitting 50 million subscribers.

Image: twitter/screenshot

The news comes less than one week after PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, joined a handful of creators in voicing his frustrations with YouTube over  video views declining and subscribers suddenly disappearing. 

The general theory is that YouTube has a new algorithm that has caused glitches. Although some in the internet community have come up with a conspiracy theory that YouTube boosts ads on the “trending” tab and videos with more likes and comments. Read more...

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These new photos show just how massive Apple's 'spaceship' campus will beOpen in a New Window

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We've seen plenty of birds-eye views of the humongous new Apple Campus 2 as it nears completion near its current headquarters in Cupertino, California.

In March, Mashable brought you some great photos of the interior building as it was starting to come together. Now, website MacGeneration (via MacRumors) has gotten their hands on some updated shots of the interior as the campus nears completion.

At 2.8 million square feet, the solar-powered campus will house 13,000 employees and includes a 120,000-square-foot subterranean auditorium that can seat 1,000. In addition, it'll also boast a 60,000-square-foot restaurant and a massive 20,000-car parking lot. Read more...

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'Lives are at risk:' Hillary Clinton blasts fake newsOpen in a New Window

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Hillary Clinton may have taken a few walks in the woods since her presidential election loss on Nov. 8, but she's also, apparently, kept pace with the news.

The former Democratic presidential nominee blasted what she called an "epidemic" of "fake news" as she paid tribute to retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.

"It is now clear that so-called fake news can have real-world consequences," Clinton said. "This is not about politics or partisanship. Lives are at risk — lives of ordinary people just trying to go about their days and do their jobs, contribute to their communities. It is a danger that must be addressed and addressed quickly." Read more...

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Here's how NBC made 'Hairspray Live!' shine on the second screenOpen in a New Window

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Becca Pallack, 25, has seen Hairspray — both movies and the musical — countless times.

So when NBC announced it was doing Hairspray Live! she knew she wanted to tune in. This time, however, she was most excited to get a glimpse behind-the-scenes. 

The Chicago resident wasn't watching the telecast on the Universal Lot in Burbank, California. But she was among the thousands who utilized Facebook Live to get backstage access of the show while also watching it broadcast on TV.

"The social media elements add another dimension to show since we're all watching it together," Pallack told Mashable. "It connects all of us, which is why social media is such a powerful tool that brings so many people together. I love seeing it from a different aspect on the live stream that differs from the TV version." Read more...

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Legendary astronaut John Glenn's inspiring life in photosOpen in a New Window

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NASA

On Thursday, American hero, NASA astronaut and former U.S. senator John Glenn died at the age of 95

His life was marked by record-breaking feats and a commitment to public service.

Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth as part of the Friendship 7 mission, which launched to space on Feb. 20, 1962. After retiring from NASA, Glenn served as a U.S. senator representing Ohio

He flew to space once more in 1998 when he was 77-years-old, setting yet another record as the oldest person ever to fly to space

Glenn was the last surviving member of his astronaut class, the first in NASA history, dubbed the Mercury 7. Read more...

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Shaq is spreading the word about an esports event at the White HouseOpen in a New Window

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The White House is live-streaming a competitive gaming event Monday, Dec. 12, and four-time NBA champion Shaquille O'Neal is helping them get the word out.

After playing some Rocket League and declaring himself the black David Beckham, Shaq got down to business and announced the White House Competitive Gaming Event. The event is a game-a-thon running from 4 to 8 p.m. ET Monday on Twitch, with a myriad of gaming personalities and esports professionals playing games and spreading the word about health care and the Affordable Care Act.

Esports are going to the White House, baby.

According to a release from Twitch, Street Fighter pros Justin Wong and Mike Ross will be in attendance along with pro Rocket League team NRG Esports — which Shaq happens to be an investor in. Read more...

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Elon Musk and other fans pay tribute to legendary astronaut John GlennOpen in a New Window

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If you love space exploration, chances are you were inspired by John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth.

Many of his fans — including SpaceX founder Elon Musk and famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson — paid tribute to the astronaut and former U.S. senator after he died Thursday in Ohio at age 95.

A life well lived https://t.co/NZcRZUDroH

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 8, 2016

Aren’t many Heroes left: WWII & Korean War Fighter Pilot. Marine Colonel. NASA Astronaut. Senator. Married 73 yrs. John Glenn RIP 1921-2016

— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) December 8, 2016

Glenn was the last survivor of America's first group of astronauts, known as The Mercury 7. Read more...

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Soldiers mark anniversary of Pearl Harbor with captivating Hawaiian danceOpen in a New Window

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Wednesday saw the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and members of the U.S. Army’s 25th Infantry Division picked a unique way to mark the occasion during a ceremony in Honolulu. 

The soldiers performed the Hawaiian ha’a, or “dance of the warrior,” in honor of those who died at Schofield Barracks (now Wheeler Army Airfield) on the island of Oahu. They were hit by a Japanese attack that occurred at the same time as the Pearl Harbor attack on Dec. 7 1941.

Video source: Storyful/U.S. Department of Defense

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Trump, Thiel, and Bezos walk into a room. What could go wrong?Open in a New Window

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What does President-Elect Donald Trump want from the tech community and what does that community want from him? We’re about to get some answers to those two very pressing questions.

On December 14, somewhere inside New York City's gold-laden Trump Tower, Trump adviser, venture capitalist and Gawker vanquisher Peter Thiel will meet with a half-dozen or more tech industry leaders. Trump’s transition team isn’t talking about who will be in the meeting, though most reports put top executives from Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon and Oracle on the guest list. Twitter and Microsoft might be there, too. It is easily one of the most important sit-downs of the whole transition process. Read more...

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Pizzagate truthers targeting Brooklyn shop have apparently never seen a hipsterOpen in a New Window

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Even if you had Google Mapped your way to Roberta's, a famous pizza restaurant in Brooklyn, it makes sense that you'd miss it on first pass. The place looks like any old storefront, just a wall and a door, nothing special. There are no giant signs that let you know some of the best pizza in New York City can be found right inside. 

In other words, it's a restaurant in Brooklyn. I live in Brooklyn and, let me tell you, I have walked by many a place wondering why in the hell they can't just put a damn sign out front with huge letters so I don't spend five minutes standing outside, making sure I'm not about to barge into the wrong place and scan for my friends who are actually down the street.  Read more...

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This is what people do after a Netflix bingeOpen in a New Window

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People can only binge so much before they need to chill, according to new Netflix viewer data released this week.

In a study of more than 86 million viewers' habits across 190 countries, the streaming service found that nearly 60 percent of watchers take a break after binging on a show.

In a post about viewing routines released Wednesday, Netflix said that watchers usually take around three days off before jumping into another series. And during that break more than 60 percent of those viewers opt to watch a movie. Read more...

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Watch this female engineer challenge Rick Santorum after he suggests she leave the countryOpen in a New Window

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When Rick Santorum came to face to face with a high-achieving female engineer on CNN this week, he told her to leave the country. 

The woman, Elizabeth Vilchis, is an undocumented mechanical engineer who at 7 years old was brought to the U.S. by her parents. She had asked the former Republican senator a powerful question on Van Jones' CNN Special, The Messy Truth, this Tuesday.

Concerned that she might be deported under a Trump administration, she asked Santorum how she might best plan for her future. Santorum's response: She should go back to her country of birth and come back "the right way."  Read more...

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The real inspirations behind 'Seinfeld' characters and eventsOpen in a New Window

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Sure, it was a show about nothing, but there are still some interesting things you may have missed in Seinfeld.

These seven tidbits from CineFix's Things You Didn't Know will cement your status as a Seinfeld superfan.

Subscribe to CineFix for more videos: https://www.youtube.com/c/cinefix  Read more...

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Michael Jordan is the Michael Jordan of China again after legal victoryOpen in a New Window

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Not to be that blogger who opens a post with a quote from The Wire, but as the dedicated businessman Marlo Stanfield once said: "My name is my name!" 

That's the gist of a drawn-out court case Michael Jordan just won in China against a company accused of ripping off his name and logo.

Jordan had been locked in a legal dispute with a sportswear company called Qiaodan Sports since 2012, according to the Associated Press. But China's highest court ruled in Jordan's favor on Thursday. 

A shopper walks past a Qiaodan Sports retail shop in Beijing, China.

A shopper walks past a Qiaodan Sports retail shop in Beijing, China.

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John Glenn, all-American badass astronaut, dies at 95Open in a New Window

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John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth and a former U.S. senator from Ohio, died on Thursday after a life dedicated to public service. He was 95-years-old. 

In many ways, Glenn — who eventually became the oldest person to fly in space — defined what it meant to be an astronaut in the early days of NASA. 

“If there is one thing I’ve learned in my years on this planet, it’s that the happiest and most fulfilled people I’ve known are those who devoted themselves to something bigger and more profound than merely their own self interest," Glenn said in 1997.

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Instagram's most famous dogs remade Kanye's 'Famous' music video...and it's amazingOpen in a New Window

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This spoof of Kanye's 'Famous' music video is pretty spot on...and it's raising awareness for a pretty awesome cause.  Read more...

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Watch this voguing Santa officially 'sleigh' ChristmasOpen in a New Window

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Santa Claus has just given us the greatest gift of all: this 20-second video.

Sure, some of us may not believe in the big ol' man anymore. But whether or not you celebrate the holiday, you can surely appreciate this voguing Santa doing what voguing Santas do best: falling to the ground.

Performer Maji Claire posted this video last Saturday. It's since received more than 321,000 well-deserved views.

'Tis the season for the death drop. Read more...

BONUS: This Polish Christmas ad has gone viral.mp4

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The best climate messengers for Trump are people you've never heard ofOpen in a New Window

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In the past week, former vice president and prominent climate activist Al Gore, as well as actor and climate campaigner Leo DiCaprio, have met with President-elect Donald J. Trump to discuss global warming. 

Trump is not listening.

Or, to put it more charitably, perhaps he is listening and then blatantly ignoring the advice he is receiving. Either way, something needs to change, fast, or else the Trump administration will be the most anti-environment U.S. government in modern times.

Here's where Gore and DiCaprio's interventions have gotten us. Read more...

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13 products we couldn't live without in 2016Open in a New Window

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Sometimes, the best tech is simple.

While 2016 was littered with futuristic gadgets — mind-melting virtual reality headsets, an iPhone without a headphone jack — we'd wager most of the technology you use day to day is a bit less amazing. Maybe you have a really good keyboard, or a neat smartphone app that saves you money: they may not dazzle, exactly, but they make a difference in your life.

In that spirit, we've collected recommendations from Mashable staffers about the gadgets, apps and doohickies they couldn't live without this year. Some of it stretches the definition of "tech," and most of the picks have been around for a little while. But it's all worth checking out (or buying for your loved ones this holiday season) if you're trying to make life just a bit sweeter. Read more...

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A ridiculous gift guide for your Trump-loving familyOpen in a New Window

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While you might have survived Thanksgiving with your Trump-loving relatives, Christmas is right around the corner and this time, you don't have to just tolerate them, but also give them presents. 

Luckily, Mashable cares about you and this dilemma you're facing. We dug around the dark corners of the internet to find some of the weirdest Trump-related gifts for your family so you don't have to. 

Remember, the amount of enjoyment may vary, but it's the thought that counts, right? Read more...

For your cousin who needs help with his hygiene

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Facebook cofounder and others pledge $10 million toward universal basic income researchOpen in a New Window

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Amazon stores won't need cashiersUber cars won't require drivers. It's a new economy where many human jobs vanish. And some say the solution may be a universal basic income. 

On Thursday, the Economic Security Project, a research alliance of technologists and activists, announced a $10 million fund to study universal basic income over the next two years, Quartz reported

Universal basic income provides every citizen with a standard set of money no matter their employment status. Research on the topic is sparse and so it remains to be seen whether the system could be successful and sustainable.  Read more...

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson stands off with a sniper in white-knuckle trailer for 'The Wall'Open in a New Window

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What if a war weren't waged between two countries, but two people?

That's the premise of Doug Liman's (The Bourne Ultimatum, Mr. and Mrs. Smith) 2017 thriller The Wall, in which two American soldiers are locked in impasse with an Iraqi sniper.

While investigating a suspicious scene, John Cena's character is struck down by the sniper. The bullet went through, as he says in the trailer, but that means it's only a matter of time before he bleeds out. Johnson remains hidden from the line of fire when he realizes that help isn't coming — it's just the two of them, a sniper and a ticking clock. Read more...

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Neil Patrick Harris really wants you to get a real Christmas tree this yearOpen in a New Window

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NEW YORK, NY — On Tuesday, at the South Street Seaport in an outdoor, Christmas-themed living room, a talking Christmas tree and a talking nutcracker chatted with strangers. You know, your average Tuesday afternoon in New York City.

The voice of the tree soon revealed itself to belong to none other than Neil Patrick Harris. NPH popped out to give the lucky strangers some pretty amazing Christmas gifts – he surprised a fun couple with a pair of Hamilton tickets and a pair of adorable twins (and their overly excited mother) with four Lion King tickets.

Afterwards, Mashable got the chance to sit down with NPH for a few precious minutes to discuss his charity work with Christmas trees, holiday plans, A Series of Unfortunate Events and more. Read more...

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Here's how 'Jeopardy' is handling a contestant's deathOpen in a New Window

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Competing on Jeopardy was a "lifelong dream" for 41-year-old Cindy Stowell, according to host Alex Trebek. The Austin native, a science content developer, filmed her episode of the popular gameshow on Aug. 31, 2016, while battling Stage IV cancer. 

She died on Dec. 5, a week before her episode was scheduled to debutJeopardy has confirmed that Stowell's episode will air as planned on Tuesday, Dec. 13, although a rep for the show declined to comment on any potential plans for an on-air tribute. 

This puts Jeopardy in a unique situation — since the episode was filmed several months ago, any on-air comment from Trebek relating to Stowell's death would need to be taped separately, so it remains to be seen whether the show will go that route or perhaps opt for a tribute card after the episode.  Read more...

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You can demo Super Mario Run right now. Here's how.Open in a New Window

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Last night (or more likely today), you probably watched Jimmy Fallon sprint through Mushroom Kingdom as he demoed the upcoming Nintendo iOS debut, Super Mario Run. It's nice to see the game on TV, but how about giving some fans out in the real world a shot?

If you were really paying attention, you'd know that's exactly what Apple and Nintendo are doing next.

Lost in the excitement of seeing the highly anticipated game in action (and the following demo of a new Zelda game on the upcoming Nintendo Switch console) was a big announcement: Apple Stores worldwide are hosting demos of Super Mario Run. And everyone is welcome to come check them out. Read more...

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Uber driver convinces passengers to perform an extra-festive 'All I Want For You' sing-alongOpen in a New Window

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In this Uber driver's car, there is no staring silently at your phone from point A to point B. 

No, if you're riding with the YouTuber behind Do GOOD Jonathan, know that there will be costumes; there will be instruments; there will be Mariah Carey sing-alongs captured on an HD camera and put on the internet for all to enjoy. Prepare to get festive

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73-year-old rockstar Mick Jagger becomes a dad, againOpen in a New Window

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He may be the world's biggest rockstar, but today, he's just a dad. 

Seventy-three year old Mick Jagger and his girlfriend, ballerina Melanie Hamrick, welcomed a boy into the world on Thursday, according to a statement made to BBC UK

"Mick was at the hospital for the arrival... Mother and baby are doing well and we request that the media respect their privacy at this time," Jagger's publicist told BBC, after adding that the new parents are "delighted."

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