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The tech world is becoming more political, and not everyone likes it

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“Seventeen agencies, all in agreement… they concluded with high confidence that the Russians ran an extensive information war campaign against my campaign to influence voters in the election.”

This is Hillary Clinton uncensored, speaking on a stage, railing against Russia and the Trump administration, playing to her base, and generally urging the world to #resist.

This wasn’t a political rally or event, though. Clinton was headlining the Code Conference, an annual tech event where leaders from Silicon Valley and the greater tech world congregate, typically to talk about the latest innovations, ideas, and gadgets. Read more…

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Architecture

La Croix got its very own song, because seltzer is the new champagne

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If you have an unhealthy obsession with La Croix, you’re about to fall in love. Rapper, Big Dipper has created the perfect love song for fans of the flavored seltzer aka “water juice.”

The “LaCroix Boi” music video has slow-mo bottle popping, sexy water pouring, 2000’s R&B vibes, and bubbles. Basically, it has everything you could want in a seductive music video dedicated to sparkling water.

Grab a cold one, crack it open with the bois, and enjoy.

[h/t: AV Club] Read more…

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Lifestyle

Help Us Find The Wedding Songs No Couple Wants To Hear

FiveThirtyEight needs your help to find the ultimate list of songs that are most often banned from wedding receptions. We love examining the social mores surrounding weddings — just look at our past data-driven coverage of reception music, wedding etiquette and gifting tips. Now that we’re in the heady days of the 2017 wedding season, […]

Architecture

Scammer calls a guy to ‘fix’ his computer, doesn’t realise it’s the police

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Ah, delicious schadenfreude.

A scammer purporting to be from Microsoft technical support accidentally called New Zealand Police, trying to get access to the officer’s computer via remote access program TeamViewer — a unfortunately common PC support scam.

Sadly for this scammer though, he’s called the wrong people. And police posted the results on Facebook. Read more…

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Architecture

Here’s a snake regurgitating a living snake, because nature is disgusting

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Business

Ariana Grande’s mom shares heartwarming message on Memorial Day

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Ariana Grande’s mom has a few words of support for fans and victim’s of last week’s terror attack. 

The explosion outside of the pop star’s concert in Manchester, England, killed 22 people and injured more than 60. 

Afterwards, Ariana tweeted out that she would return to Manchester to put on a benefit concert for those affected by the attack. On Monday, her mother, Joan, also tweeted out a message of hope. 

#MemorialDay pic.twitter.com/oUDmB7VD6x

— Joan Grande (@joangrande) May 29, 2017

“This past week I have spent in reflective thought, prayer & deep sorrow,” she tweeted. 

“I stand with you all in the face of evil & we stand together to never let it rule our lives! Thank you to all those who helped in any way that night in Manchester. I continually thank those who are & were in service protecting our freedoms every day all over the world! #MemorialDay.”  Read more…

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Architecture

Change.org just got a $30 million investment to expand petitions into real social movements

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Change.org is getting some major support from tech billionaires to create real social movements. 

LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman is leading a $30 million funding round for the site in what he said in a post on LinkedIn was his largest personal impact investment to date. 

Bill Gates and Y Combinator’s Sam Altman are also investing in Change.org in this round, Change.org CEO Ben Rattray said in a blog post

“As a society, we should be doing everything we can to build powerful, easy-to-use civic spaces where upstarts and idealists can effectively challenge entrenched interests. Where people believe their participation makes a real difference. Where every day, in transparent fashion, individual citizens can join forces in highly democratic efforts to make the world a better place,” Hoffman wrote in his LinkedIn post. “That’s why I’m making this investment in Change.org.”  Read more…

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Architecture

Dad pranks his son at school in the most embarrassing way possible

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Some parents are embarrassing. Then there’s Justin Beadles.

Justin’s 15-year-old son, Jack, had his last day of junior high recently, so to make it very memorable, Justin decided to pull a super embarrassing prank on his kid.

Dressed in a Speedo, a swimming cap, and medals hanging around his neck, Justin ran barefoot towards his son who was hanging outside of his school, screaming Jack’s name. Yep, his dad decided to dress up as swimmer Michael Phelps while his mother filmed it. 

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Architecture

DARPA reveals design of its space plane for faster, cheaper satellite launches

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Launching satellites into orbit could get a lot cheaper thanks to an experimental space plane. 

This week, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) revealed the design for the XS-1, which is set to be built by Boeing. The hypersonic aircraft would launch vertically, deploy a second stage to carry a satellite into orbit, and then land like a normal airplane. 

Although the aircraft is still in the concept phase, DARPA believes the final result will be a vehicle that will provide “short-notice, low-cost access to space” for both military and commercial use. Initial tests of the XS-1 technology will attempt 10 flights over the course of 10 days with the ultimate goal being routine low-Earth orbit flights for around $5 million or less per launch. (Currently, it costs SpaceX about $62 million to launch its Falcon 9 rocket into orbit.) Read more…

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Architecture

‘Spoon bandit’ bathes in 1,500 spoons he ‘stole’ from school

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A self-described “spoon bandit” lavished in his hard work after claiming to heist 1,500 spoons from his high school cafeteria.

Warning: The following tweet may be too badass for some readers. 

Over this past school year I have stolen over 1500 spoons from the Lincoln Way Central Cafeteria. I’m chaos. I’m fear. I am the spoon bandit pic.twitter.com/ZZnbrujeUc

— J.White (@Jayw1303) May 22, 2017

“Over this past school year I have stolen over 1500[sic] spoons from the Lincoln Way Central Cafeteria. I’m chaos. I’m fear. I am the spoon bandit,” student J. White tweeted, racking up more than 11,900 retweets in just two days.  Read more…

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Architecture

Someone finally beat Trump at his handshake game

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President Donald Trump has become infamous for his handshaking technique, but finally, he may have met his match.

Thanks to Trump being in the public eye for so long, documentation of his “yank and pull” style handshake is vast. Some think it’s a power play, others believe he’s just being a jerk.

But alas, it appears as if Trump has met his match. The president of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon, met with Trump on Sunday at a summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and he was not taking any of Trump’s tugging lightly. Rahmon yanked back, turning the already awkward shake into a 7-second game of tug-of-war. Read more…

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Entertainment

Canadian police officer goes to house party to break up jam sesh, plays drums instead

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Members of Toronto-based rock band Vinyl Ambush feared their private gig would be shut down after police showed up to a party they were playing on Saturday. But much to their surprise, the Peel Regional Police officers didn’t break up the jam sesh, they joined in.

According to a local report from Canada’s City News, after receiving a noise complaint, cops showed up to the party and came to an agreement that the band would turn down the noise and stop playing by 9:30 p.m. That seemed pretty chill, but when the police returned later that night, the teen rockers were sure they were in trouble. Read more…

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Architecture

Robots could absolutely devastate the retail market

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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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