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Celine Dion performed ‘My Heart Will Go On’ at the Billboard Awards and the internet cried an ocean of tears

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Few songs stick to film’s as firmly as Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” to the 1997 Academy Award-winning Titanic.

In honor of the film’s 20th anniversary, Dion took the stage at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards Sunday night in Las Vegas to belt out her iconic hit.

After an introduction from Lea Michele, Dion appeared inside a massive floor-to-ceiling chandelier in a bright white dress while clips of Titanic played on the screen. 

💎💙💎💙💎💙💎💙💎#MyHeartWillGoOn +@celinedion +#BBMAs
EVERYONE RN =😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/XpH9HDBMgM

— BillboardMusicAwards (@BBMAs) May 22, 2017 Read more…

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Microsoft Research shows off its augmented reality glasses

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Because we’re spoiled and don’t appreciate amazing technology unless it’s immediately convenient, some tech pundits are dismissing VR in favor of AR, but the fact is that we’re still years away from easy to use AR glasses. For now, mainstream AR is limited to your smartphone, like most other apps. 

However, a team at Microsoft Research is looking to speed up the progress on wearable AR devices and have introduced a prototype as proof. 

Before Snap can turn its Spectacles wearable camera into a vehicle for its augmented reality app filters, Microsoft’s team presented a pair of glasses on Friday that use near-eye displays to produce holograms to the wearer.  Read more…

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Anderson Cooper DGAF, literally talks about Trump taking a dump on his desk

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We’ve all marveled at Anderson Cooper’s brutal eye roll. But now he’s slinging some serious … well, you’ll see. 

On Friday, the Coop was talking with conservative commentator Jeffrey Lord. The topic, naturally, was the news that Donald Trump told Russian officials at the Oval Office that firing that “nut job” James Comey took pressure off the FBI’s investigation. 

“I don’t care what he says to the Russians. I mean, he’s the president of the United States,” Lord said. 

Then Cooper responded with this:

Yes, he said, “If he took a dump on his desk, you would defend it.” Read more…

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Badass little otter pup is a survivor, he gonna make it

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Police release cringeworthy video telling kids not to buy drugs

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We’re not sure what’s in the water Down Under, but Australian police like to try and outdo each other by having the country’s weirdest social media presence.

While you might have seen the Nickelback-hating work of the Queensland Police, Northern Territory Police is here to throw its hat in the ring with an ’80s-style safety video for the upcoming Darwin festival, Bass In The Grass.

It’s chockful of VHS-esque filters, throwback graphics, and of course, really, really bad acting. The video is definitely cringeworthy, but we think they were totally going for that.  Read more…

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Fox News’ Tucker Carlson will do absolutely anything to avoid talking about the Trump fiasco

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Did Donald Trump really ask FBI Director James Comey to shut down his Russia investigation? 

Is this story real? Are you real? What is reality? 

Tucker Carlson of Fox News is asking these tough questions. 

Tucker’s lead at 8 pic.twitter.com/ZldaSJVtwC

— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) May 17, 2017

If it seems like he’s avoiding the news that the president of the United States may be engaged of obstruction of justice, don’t be fooledTucker Carlson Tonight looks beyond Beltway politics to answer the big, existential questions.

Tucker Carlson nailed it tonight, you guyspic.twitter.com/onRIdGjBF2

— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) May 17, 2017 Read more…

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Bill Gates’ wise tweetstorm will inspire new grads

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Personal advice from one of the biggest business icons in all of tech history is difficult to come by, but Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is making it easy for newly minted college graduates via Twitter. 

On Monday, just a week before the graduation ceremonies at Harvard, the school he famously dropped out of to create Microsoft, Gates offered his pearls of wisdom to new college graduates around the country. 

Beginning with a reference to the classic film The Graduate about giving market trend advice to newbies (plastics!), Gates launches into his tweetstorm by first noting the areas he thinks we should be focused on in the coming years.    Read more…

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NBCUniversal is buying an arts and crafts tutorial site

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NBCUniversal is getting into arts and crafts.

The media conglomerate said this week that it’s buying Craftsy, a DIY tutorial and art supply site, in what Recode reported to be a $230 million deal.

The Denver-based startup merges media and e-commerce with paywalled courses on everything from watercolor painting to “mastering the art of the pizza,” as well as a catalog of crafting kits.

NBC plans to tap Craftsy’s contributing instructors to appear on various shows across the company’s cable and broadcast channels like Bravo’s Top Chef and SyFy’s Face Off. The startup will also use its own production studio to create content for the network. Read more…

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Some dude wearing an Australian flag jumped onstage at Eurovision and mooned everyone

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Eurovision fans often complain that Australia shouldn’t be included in the contest — after all, it’s not a European country. And now … the critics have quite a bit more fuel for their fire. Or, alternatively, a reason to include the Aussies forever and ever after a stunt on the show’s finale.

Here’s what went down (under). While last year’s winner, Jamala, was performing her number, an enthusiastic man wearing an Australian flag somehow got himself onto the stage. He then proceeded to moon everyone. Fun!

And the internet, predictably, went wild. (Worth noting: many people watching Eurovision had been drinking for a while at this point.) Read more…

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Michelle Obama expertly blasts Trump without even mentioning his name

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Former first lady Michelle Obama was back on stage doing what she’s known to do: talking about childhood obesity and making Americans healthier. But this talk had some bite to it.

Naturally, the recent decision by Donald Trump’s administration to not push forward with federal rules to make school lunches healthier — something Obama championed for hard with her “Let’s Move” initiative during her eight years in the White House — was brought up.

Obama had some tough words at the Partnership for Healthier America Summit in Washington, D.C. Friday. Without mentioning Trump by name or singling out the U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue who announced his plan to “make school lunches great again” earlier this month, Obama made her very clear what she thought of the president and his administration’s move. Read more…

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Police chopper warns paddleboarders they’re surrounded by 15 sharks

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New footage shot near Capistrano Beach from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department adds to the evidence that Southern California has a really bad shark problem this year. 

“You are paddleboarding next to approximately 15 great white sharks,” Deputy Brian Stockbridge announced  from the helicopter to the beachgoers below.

Thankfully, the sharks were relatively small and were not acting aggressively, so the area beaches were not closed but put under shark advisory instead, the Orange County Register reports

“We haven’t had any reports of anyone being bumped or charged, just observations of them either swimming or breaching,” OC Lifeguards Chief Jason Young told the Register. Read more…

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All dads should carry around their daughter’s fugly doll, like this tough guy

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It sucks when dads are praised as heroes for doing the stuff mums do every day. 

So instead of saying “look at this incredible dad, actually loving his kids like some kind of saint,” we’ll simply suggest that the actions of Indiana man Keenan Watkins be the new norm. 

When Watkin’s 10-year-old daughter, Aayla, asked her dad to carry around her precious (and anatomically accurate, therefore fugly) ’80s baby doll all day, he obliged. Only later realizing the gravity of what he’d promised. But it was too late to back out. He’s a dad who keeps his promises, without compromise.

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Lightning strike leaves a surprise for an unsuspecting motorist

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Thanks to the rise of cheap and reliable dashcams, the internet is filled with random occurrences people have witnessed behind the wheel.

While we’ve seen plenty of meteor strikes, instant justice delivered to bad drivers, and even plane crashes, this clip of a bolt of lighting hitting a bird and whacking it right out of the sky is one for the weird record books.  Read more…

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Star Wars’ Millennium Falcon mapped out to perfection by cyclist

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GPS drawings have been a relatively uh, genital-heavy affair so far.

So it’s nice to see the not-so-crude efforts of cyclist Andrew Collins from Canberra, Australia, who sketched out the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars with the Strava app, especially for May the Fourth.

Collins told the Canberra Times that he originally wanted to map out the Death Star, but noticed the roads around Capital Hill in Canberra are circular — perfect for the rounded edges of the famed spaceship.

“I saw the goat that someone had drawn on Strava in Perth a couple of months ago and thought ‘something needs to be done in Canberra,'” he told the news outlet.  Read more…

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Mother duck and her chicks dodge cars in a nail-biting highway mission

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Catching animals *actually* crossing the road isn’t something you see much in highly-urbanised cities. Except maybe Australian cities, where the country’s wildlife often pop into people’s homes and out of their vehicles

But rather than dealing with snakes or spiders, motorists on a busy highway in Sydney on Sunday had to contend with a group of ducks crossing the road. And as a video shared by 7 News shows, it was a heart-stopping thriller.

Look out, ducks! 

While some cars screamed past the mother duck and her babies, narrowly avoiding them, other drivers were kind enough to slow down as the ducks made their way across the road. Read more…

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Free Comic Book Day is now a geek family affair and here’s the proof

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Zounds! ‘Tis Free Comic Book Day, when younglings and olds alike descend upon their local comic book merchants in search of the only nourishment that will slake their savage geek thirst: MOAR COMIC BOOKS. 

But despite the feeding frenzy focused on the wonder secreted in the pages of these paper treasures, Free Comic Book Day is actually a sweet moment for many families when friends and family get to unapologetically share their collective guilty pleasure. 

No, this isn’t the day to haggle over a rare issue of an obscure superhero series, or eye the comic book shop owner suspiciously as she darts into the back room where they keep “the good stuff.”  Read more…

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‘American Idol’ is back from the dead, fulfilling the Ryan Seacrest prophecy

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*Cue theme music* Thisss … is a day Ryan Seacrest knew would come.

It was just over a year ago when the American Idol host, signing off the “final” (ahem) episode of the show after a 15-season run on Fox, said: “And one more time — this is so tough — we say to you from Hollywood, goodnight America.” Then he added cryptically, “for now.”

Well it looks like “for now” is over.

Thirteen months after Seacrest’s sign off, ABC has a deal in principle with producer FremantleMedia to bring back American Idol, Mashable has confirmedIdol could return as soon as March for a Sunday night slot, according to Variety, which first reported the revival deal on Friday afternoon. Read more…

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Government Twitter accounts are debating ‘Star Wars’ politics and it’s great

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Not familiar with Australia’s parliamentary system? That’s fine, for now. All you need to know is that the people running its Twitter accounts seem to be massive Star Wars geeks.

Just look at the duelling between the House of Representatives account and the Senate account, that took place on May the 4th (be with you.)

In contrast to the vague Star Wars references brands roll out annually, the Houses provided a rather in-depth and robust discussion about the Galactic Senate on the special day. 

Keep up if you can:

It’s a shame there isn’t a Galactic House of Representatives @AboutTheHouse ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ #StarWarsDay

— Australian Senate (@AuSenate) May 3, 2017 Read more…

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Verizon pays more than $20 million to stream a single NFL game

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Verizon is paying big money to stream a single NFL game this season.

The telecom spent $21 million for the rights to stream a week-three match-up in London between the Baltimore Ravens and the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

The game will be aired across several of Verizon’s media properties, including AOL, its mobile video platform go90, and the online men’s culture magazine Complex, which the carrier owns along with Hearst.

Yahoo may also carry the game if its sale to Verizon closes in time for the September date. Read more…

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