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President Obama warns against getting ‘cocooned’ in bias via social media

 Former President Barack Obama sat down with the UK’s Prince Harry for an extended and far-ranging interview with the BBC this week, and their conversation touched on social media, the use thereof, and Obama’s take on what the current state of social media means for human discourse. The full interview covers a lot of ground, but the breakouts regarding social media include an… Read More

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Obama, Biden and Prince Harry had so much fun at the Invictus Games

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While Donald Trump is dealing with the Tom Price fallout, former President Barack Obama is having a grand time. 

He got together with BFF Joe Biden and Prince Harry on Friday at the Invictus Games in Toronto. They all watched the United States face France in a game of wheelchair basketball, and boy did they look like they were having fun. 

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock (9099827r) Prince Harry and former President Barack Obama pose for a picture while watching wheelchair basketball at the Invictus Games at the Pan Am sports centre in Toronto, Canada on September 29, 2017. Invictus Games, Toronto, Canada - 29 Sep 2017

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They even posed for a selfie. (Someone’s friends are going to be jealous.) Everyone wanted to meet Obama and his British friend. Prince Harry started the Invictus Games for wounded military personnel and veterans back in 2014. This year, it includes 550 competitors from 17 nations.  Read more…

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Obama surprising these excited teens at school will give you so much joy

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There’s a lot of terrifying stuff going on right now. 

So if you need a ray of sunshine, just watch these students absolutely lose it when former President Barack Obama walks into the room. 

I mean, these teenagers at McKinley Technological High School in Washington are FREAKING OUT.  Read more…

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Business

Trump’s White House nixes Obama effort to collect data on pay by gender and race

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The White House says it will halt a rule that would make businesses report how much they pay workers of different genders and races.

The announcement takes aim at a major plank of the President Barack Obama’s equal pay legacy. His administration expanded the scope of the equal employment opportunity survey to include the requirements through an executive action last year.

The hope was that the change would help illuminate systemic wage discrimination against women and minorities, a problem that persists in part because of limited available data. Read more…

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Obama responds to Charlottesville with one of the most liked tweets in history

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After a “Unite the Right” white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned deadly on Saturday, former president Barack Obama reached out on Twitter to comfort Americans.

While President Trump was silent on the platform, refusing to address the violent clash between hate groups and protesters for hours, Obama shared a powerful message in the form of a Nelson Mandella quote about hate and the potential to love.

The first of Obama’s three tweets has since become the third most-liked tweet in history, according to Esquire

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Governments shouldn’t pretend to be startups — no matter what politicians say

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The hot new name in tech is France, a centuries-old startup that provides security, healthcare, and education in exchange for taxes. 

Newly elected French president Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that the country needs to “think and move more like a startup” and, presumably, less like a stodgy social democracy.

“When an entrepreneur has too much success, he gets stigmatized and, in general, he gets taxed. This is over!” Macron told a crowd of techies in Paris, according to Reuters. “We will drive through these [sic] transformation without delay.” Read more…

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Google Home spreads bizarre right-wing conspiracy theory

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I don’t want to alarm anyone, but if Google Home is to be believed, Barack Obama is planning a coup.

With Trump making unfounded accusations against Obama this weekend, it makes sense that Google’s smart speaker would indulge in a right-wing conspiracy theory. 

First, Danny Sullivan of SearchEngineLand discovered that Google was offering up fake news about an Obama coup when you typed the question into the search engine behemoth. 

If you’re wondering if Obama is planning a coup, Google’s “one true answer” is yes. FFSpic.twitter.com/pFr7omJttU

— Danny Sullivan (@dannysullivan) March 5, 2017 Read more…

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Spotify offers Barack Obama a gig as President of Playlists

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If you hired Solange to play for Paul McCartney at your old job’s going away party, you can probably get your foot in the door in the music industry. 

And since Obama almost certainly isn’t going into online media when he leaves the White House, he’ll be needing a new gig. 

Sensing his lack of direction, Spotify kindly pointed him towards a job listing that seems perfect for him or anyone else with “eight years experience running a highly-regarded nation” who also had Kendrick Lamar play their birthday party. 

Hey @BarackObama, I heard you were interested in a role at Spotify. Have you seen this one? https://t.co/iragpCowpO

— Daniel Ek (@eldsjal) January 9, 2017 Read more…

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The White House pulls at your heartstrings with celeb-laden Obama video

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Break out the tissues.

With just two weeks left in Barack Obama’s presidency, many of us just can’t help getting emotional. And a new video released by the White House is making it worse.

A moving portrait of Obama’s time in the Oval Office, the video features everyone from children to celebrities sharing their favorite Obama moment, or more specifically, the times that made them say “Yes, we can.”

It was the slogan that helped carry Obama to presidential victory back in 2008, when he was a fresh-faced Illinois senator and not a president who’s led the country through some of its biggest triumphs, trials and tribulations of our time. Read more…

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Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are the ‘most admired’ people in America

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Hillary Clinton extended a record and President Barack Obama got in another parting shot over his eventual successor, Donald Trump, in Gallup’s annual “most admired” poll.

Clinton, who lost the presidential election to Trump despite garnering almost 3 million more popular votes, was Gallup’s “most admired woman” for a record 21st time (and 15th in a row), nabbing 12 percent of the vote. Eleanor Roosevelt is a distant second for all-time wins in the “most admired woman” poll with 13.

Finishing second was outgoing First Lady Michelle Obama with eight percent, and she was followed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Oprah Winfrey, each with three percent.  Read more…

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Donald Trump thanked someone and you’ll never guess who

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Don’t worry about thanking Donald Trump for anything…ever. He’s got it covered.

The president-elect has been having a nice, chat with himself on Twitter since Monday about the positive impact he’s had on the U.S. Consumer Confidence Index for the month of December.

Finally, Trump decided it was high time he gave himself major props and revived his “Thank You” tour to give himself an ironic, “Thanks Donald!” 

Naturally, Twitter users collectively sighed.

On Dec. 26, Trump kicked off his self-praise by announcing the world was “gloomy” before he won. Luckily he has restored hope to the country’s economy, as he claimed the market is up nearly 10 percent. Read more…

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