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Everything old is new again. 

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James Dator

These NFL teams are ready for the season to be over. BIG MOOD

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Zero judgment for starting your vacation early, teams.

It’s Week 15 in the NFL and it felt like some teams couldn’t even. Not that I necessarily blame players for phoning it in when there’s no hope of a postseason, 10 days removed from Christmas and with almost nothing left to play for it outside of draft placing, which rewards mediocrity.

I get it. But this week there was some organizational-level incompetency that was utterly mind-blowing.

Of the 14...

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Tom Ziller

It turns out Frank Vogel can coach LeBron James and the Lakers

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Many were skeptical when L.A. hired Vogel. So much for all that.

Eight months ago, the Lakers organization was a total laughingstock. Magic Johnson quit in an impromptu media scrum, LeBron James had missed the playoffs for the first time in a generation, the Anthony Davis trade prospects seemed to be on the rocks, Luke Walton was out with no big names associated with the job. Now the Lakers are 24-3, the toast of the West.

One thing I keep coming back to...

Fast Company

Brendan Canavan

Experiences are better than things, but not if you make your memories unsustainably

Many businesses are capitalizing on the rise in experiential consumption with new and expensive ways to make memories—and many of them are just as damaging for the planet as buying more stuff.

In the age of FOMO (fear of missing out) and YOLO (you only live once), people are pursuing sensations and memories over material products more than ever.

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A Secret History of the War in Afghanistan

The government tried to tell a story of success. Hundreds of classified memos reveal a darker struggle in an “unwinnable” war.

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Azi Paybarah

Weather N.Y.C.: Flurries, Then Rain, Then Sunshine

Flurries could complicate the evening commute, with some sleet and showers thrown in.

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Chris Stanford

Mitch McConnell, India, N.F.L.: Your Monday Briefing

Here's what you need to know.

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Natalie Kitroeff

Fashion Nova’s Secret: Underpaid Workers in Los Angeles Factories

The online retailer makes fast fashion for the Instagram elite. The way many of its garments are made is much less glamorous.

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Graham Bowley

At Pulse Shooting Site, a Plan to Remember Renews Pain for Some

A museum and memorial are intended to honor the victims of the tragic Pulse nightclub killings in Florida, but some families and survivors have objected to the multimillion-dollar projects.

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Jonathan Martin

Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders Have a Problem: Each Other

They’ve abided by a de facto nonaggression pact. But to win the Democratic nomination, one must prevail over the other by consolidating the left.

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42 Splurge-Worthy Last Minute Gifts They're Sure To Treasure Forever

When you see the smile on their face after they open these gifts, you'll know it was totally worth the splurge.

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Mashable

Jess Joho

The words and phrases that defined the decade

We shape language as much as it shapes us. And it's constantly evolving.

The top 10 words and phrases that defined this past decade aren’t all necessarily new, but they did gain mainstream popularity, relevance, and acceptance between 2010-2019. To crown these winning terms, we consulted with a swath of experts, including internet linguist and author of Because Internet, Gretchen McCulloch; Ponoma College sociolinguist Nicole Holliday, as well as Dictionary.com's lexicographer Heather...

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Sam Haysom

Ryan Reynolds explains that shocking Spice Girls moment in '6 Underground'

Ever since he collaborated with Celine Dion for the music in Deadpool, it's been clear that Ryan Reynolds is a big fan of legendary pop singers.

Which makes one particular scene in his new Netflix movie, 6 Underground, all the more shocking.

In a nutshell, there's a moment during a car chase where Dave Franco's character, 6, turns the radio on – and the Spice Girls' song "Wannabe" starts blasting out. Rather than embracing this moment, though, as we all know he should have, Reynolds'...

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Vince Beiser

The War Vet, the Dating Site, and the Phone Call From Hell

Jared Johns found out too late that swapping messages with the pretty girl from a dating site would mean serious trouble. If only he had known who she really was.

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Sarah Hardy

The 10 dumbest mistakes from NFL Week 15, ranked

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George Kittle fumbled away the 49ers’ top seed, while the Raiders screwed up their final home game in SO MANY WAYS.

There isn’t as much mystery now about which teams will be in the postseason. Five more teams secured their place in the playoffs over the weekend, leaving just four spots up for grabs. There’s still a lot to be determined about which teams will be playing when in January, though.

Sunday was an important day for the postseason,...

The Verge

Jon Porter

Go read this AMD vs Intel comparison of the Surface Laptop 3

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With the recent launch of an Intel-powered 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 for businesses, we now have the rare opportunity to directly compare it to an almost identical laptop with a consumer-oriented AMD chipset. That’s exactly what AnandTech has done with a new analysis that pits two 15-inch Surface 3 laptops against one another — one featuring an AMD Ryzen 7 3780U and an enterprise-focused device with an Intel Core i7-1065G7.

What the results...

TechCrunch

Manish Singh

Licious raises $30M to grow its meat and seafood e-commerce platform in India

Licious, a Bangalore-based startup that sells fresh meat and seafood online, has secured $30 million in a new financing round as it looks to expand its footprint in the nation.

The new financing round, dubbed Series E, for the four-year-old startup was led by Singapore-based Vertex Growth Fund, it said Monday. Existing investors 3one4 Capital, Bertelsmann India Investments, Vertex Ventures Southeast Asia and India, and Sistema Asia Fund also participated in the round.

The Series E pushes...

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Veronika Kero

This cool gadget is the perfect gift for golfers, and it just went on sale

TL;DR: Take out the guessing from golf with the GoGolf GPS Accurate Rangefinder for $80.99, a 15% savings. 

If you like the idea of spending Saturdays out on a golf course, while enjoying all of the benefits that come with it (light beer, argyle socks, driving a golf cart, etc.), then you need to check out the GoGolf GPS Accurate Rangefinder.

Like all golfing accessories, it's not going to automatically improve your handicap, but it does give you some extra tools that'll help you out when...

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Veronika Kero

This $50 styling tool is a brush and hair dryer in one

TL;DR: Dry and style your hair at the same time with the 2-in-1 Volumizer Hot Hair Brush for $49.99, a 75% savings. 

Ok, so hair care might be the last thing on your mind with all the shopping mania and holiday madness. But just a reminder that holiday parties are looming, and you probably want to look your best for the inevitable photos. 

We know you still have names to check off your list, but you deserve a little something to boost your spirits, too. And what better way than giving...

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