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Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey resurfaces, refutes Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak comments

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The founder of Oculus, Palmer Luckey, quietly slipped back onto the public stage this week after a tumultuous year that ended with his departure from Facebook in March. 

First, Luckey appeared on Twitter on Wednesday, after months of silence, using a telling new bio image instead of his own face: Obi-Wan Kenobi, the mysterious, sometimes misunderstood Jedi in Star Wars who fights for the good side of The Force.  

It was his first Twitter post since the one back in September, in which he apologized for his actions related to a political action group producing anti-Hillary Clinton pro-Donald Trump content.  Read more…

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Internet angrily reminds Jeff Sessions that Hawaii is, in fact, a state

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They fly the American flag in Hawaii. You can pay for things there with U.S. currency. If you’re American, don’t need a passport to visit. 

That’s because it’s part of the United States of America — not that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions seems to care. 

Earlier this week on a conservative talk show, grumbling about a district judge in the state halting Donald Trump’s travel ban, Sessions said

“I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and constitutional power.” Read more…

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What ‘Time’ 100 Critics Have to Say About Pres. Duterte and Sen. De Lima

Time Magazine released the full list of their 100 Most Influential People, and Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Leila De Lima are part of it. While many are celebrating Duterte’s inclusion and questioning De Lima’s, the critiques seem to say otherwise. Former Colombian President César Gaviria was tasked to write about Duterte. Right off the bat, Gaviria […]

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Facebook gives employees the thumbs up to protest on International Workers’ Day

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International Workers’ Day is right around the corner and this year Facebook is giving its employees full permission to protest President Trump.

According to Bloomberg, the company announced via an internal forum on April 14 that employees would be free to take time off to participate in the many protests challenging Trump’s immigration policies being held on May 1.

“At Facebook, we’re committed to fostering an inclusive workplace where employees feel comfortable expressing their opinions and speaking up,” a Facebook spokesperson told Mashable. “We support our people in recognizing International Workers’ Day and other efforts to raise awareness for safe and equitable employment conditions.” Read more…

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Why Scarlett Johansson Is Calling Ivanka Trump a Coward

Ivanka Trump is getting a lot of backlash for her part in the current US administration, second only, of course, to her father, also known as Cheeto-in-Chief. Actress Scarlett Johansson went after Ivanka at the Women in the World Summit. In reference to Ivanka’s interview with Gayle King, Scarlett judged Ivanka as “cowardly” and found […]

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Merriam Webster Trolled Ivanka Trump for Not Knowing What ‘Complicit’ Means

Ivanka Trump recently said that she doesn’t know the meaning of “complicit.” Good thing Merriam Webster was there to fill in the blanks. In an interview with CBS News’ Gayle King, Ivanka was asked if she, along with brother Eric Trump, were complicit of what’s happening in the White House. She replied, “If being complicit […]

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These Women Defended Duterte’s Catcalling, Sexist Comments, and Adultery Jokes

Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, along with other government execs, ended Women’s Month yesterday with “Digong’s Day for Women.” The event was meant to honor women, and offer them educational and medical support. It’s a noble cause, but the comments weren’t on-theme. Assistant Communications Secretary Marie Banaag was asked whether Duterte’s sexist remarks and jokes about extramarital acts […]

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Republicans who voted against internet privacy got paid out

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Cash rules everything around D.C. 

That’s hardly a new revelation, but it’s worth revisiting after Congress recently voted (twice) to gut important data privacy regulations that would have forced your internet provider to at least ask your permission before tracking you across the internet and selling that information to the highest bidder.

Trump is expected to sign the bill into law soon, ensuring your data will no longer be yours and that internet service providers will be able to make a ton of money off it. Great news. 

But how the hell did we get here? The easy answer: Money. Bags of it. The telecom industry has given huge amounts of cash to the politicians who voted to give them basically unlimited powers to track your internet usage and then sell that data to the highest bidders. Read more…

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‘Town Hall’ is here, but don’t expect to start DMing with Trump

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Thanks to a pretty cool new feature on Facebook, you can now send direct messages to your elected representatives. Just go to your “Settings” tab and enter your address to see a list of your reps and policymakers at the highest levels—including the vice president and president. And start chatting away.

But even though we’re sure you’ve got plenty of things to message Donald Trump about, you’re going to have to wait on that.

Many politicians have jumped on board with the new feature, but shooting off a DM to Trump himself is not an option. That was discovered and pointed out by ProPublica on Monday, the same day the new feature launched. Read more…

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