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VICE News

Evan McMorris-Santoro

Meet the twin brothers owning Trump on #Resistance Twitter

Ed and Brian Krassenstein were there when Michael Cohen got sentenced on Wednesday — there, meaning the weird corner of the internet they dominate. A corner called #Resistance Twitter, where people tweet endlessly — often with the Caps Lock on — about how corrupt they think President Trump is.

The Krassensteins came to #Resistance Twitter from their lives as internet guys. You know, guys who just make money from the internet. The twin brothers own a lot of websites, and they run ads on...

VICE News

Joelle Martinez

Climate scientists are leaving the U.S. to “Make Our Planet Great Again”

After the United States pulled out of the Paris Agreement in 2017, French president Emmanuel Macron made the world’s climate scientists an offer to work in France. That offer came in the form of a grant with a cheeky name — “Make Our Planet Great Again.”

The grant has since been awarded to dozens of scientists — many of them, based in the United States. Ben Sanderson is one of those grant recipients. He had been living and working in the U.S. for nearly a decade when the 2016...

CNN.com - Top Stories

Analysis: 29 surreal lines from Trump's Fox News interview

On Thursday, President Donald Trump sat down for an interview with Fox News personality Harris Faulkner. It was, um, chummy -- with Faulkner asking Trump questions like "What do you love about being President?" and "You have such energy for this." (Yes, I know the latter isn't a question at all.)

CNN.com - Top Stories

SE Cupp mocks Fox interview as 'infomercial'

CNN's SE Cupp discusses President Donald Trump's interview with Fox, which she describes as an "infomercial."

CNN.com - Top Stories

Opinion: Sorry, President Trump, collusion IS a crime

Recent revelations in memoranda filed by the government against Michael Flynn, Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort describe even more widespread and troubling contacts with the Russians. However, since the inception of the Mueller investigation, President Donald Trump, his lawyers, legal pundits on both sides of the aisle, and everyone in between has either claimed or conceded that "collusion" is not a crime.

CNN.com - Top Stories

Trump: I never told Cohen to do anything wrong

In an interview with Fox News, President Trump falsely claimed that the campaign finance charges against his former attorney Michael Cohen weren't criminal. CNN's Jeff Zeleny reports.

CNN.com - Top Stories

Trump was at August 2015 meeting about hush money payments, source says

Donald Trump attended an August 2015 meeting that federal prosecutors believe was central to a criminal scheme to violate campaign finance laws to help Trump win the presidency, according to a source familiar with the matter.

CNN.com - Top Stories

The committee is being investigated by federal prosecutors for possible financial abuses related to the more than $100 million raised for the event

President Donald Trump's 2017 inaugural committee is currently being investigated by federal prosecutors in New York for possible financial abuses related to the more than $100 million in donations raised for the event, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

ESPN.com

Nets to re-sign 'thankful' Dinwiddie to 3-year deal

Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie will sign a three-year extension with Brooklyn that sources say is worth $34 million.

Fast Company

Rina Raphael

The surprising reason why Chipotle is offering free burritos to Hinge users

Hinge’s research found that profiles that mentioned queso were up to 70% more likely to receive a “like” than profiles that didn’t.

If your Hinge date takes you to Chipotle, don’t feel too flattered: The food was free. On Thursday, dating app Hinge announced a new promotion with Chipotle in which Hinge members get a free burrito. (No word on extra guac charges.)

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The Verge

Chaim Gartenberg

Tumblr is back in Apple’s App Store following adult content ban

Back in November, Apple banned the official Tumblr app from the App Store over child pornography issues, and today — following an announcement from Tumblr two weeks ago that it would be banning all adult content from the website — the app has been restored and is once again available to download, via TechCrunch.

Tumblr is back, right before the ban

Tumblr has been trending toward more aggressive content moderation over the months that it’s been under the stewardship of Verizon’s...

The Verge

Dami Lee

Starbucks expands delivery to 2,000 stores via UberEats

There’s good news for people who can’t be bothered to leave their apartments for their morning coffee, and terrible news for baristas everywhere. Starbucks announced today that it’s expanding its delivery partnership with Uber Eats to 2,000 more US stores, which makes up about a quarter of all Starbucks locations in the country. The service, called Starbucks Delivers, has been operating as a pilot program since September in Miami, Tokyo, and a handful of cities in China. Starbucks says...

The Verge

Chris Welch

Apple is shutting down Apple Music’s rarely-used Connect feature

Apple is giving up on its second attempt to create something of a social network within its music app. The company has informed artists that effective today, they can no longer post content to the Connect section of Apple Music. This page on Apple.com confirms the change, saying that “Connect posts from artists are no longer supported.” Credit to 9to5Mac for reporting the development.

When it introduced Apple Music at WWDC 2015, Apple pitched Connect as a unique avenue for linking...

The Verge

Andrew Marino

Vergecast: Sundar testifies, a hole-punch display, and Verizon’s future

This week on The Vergecast, Nilay, Paul, and Dieter devote half the show to discussing what happened when CEO of Google Sundar Pichai testified before the House Judiciary Committee. Congress thinks Google has a bias problem — does it?

The second half of the show is dedicated to gadgets! Both Samsung and Huawei revealed a phone with a “hole-punch” display so the crew theorize what’s coming in 2019 for the smartphone world.

There’s a whole lot more in between that — like Elizabeth...

The Verge

Sean Hollister

IMAX is shutting down its virtual reality arcade business for good

Virtual reality arcades were supposed to be one of the first, most convenient ways that expensive VR headgear would reach the masses — but IMAX, the highest-profile provider of VR arcades, has decided to throw in the towel. The large-format cinema company has officially announced that it will be shutting down its last three locations in Los Angeles, Bangkok and Toronto early next year, and is writing off its VR business as well.

That’s according to Variety, which spotted the news in a...

The Verge

Shannon Liao

Facebook is expanding its video platform while reportedly slashing news show funding

Facebook Watch is expanding, even as it’s failing to gain much traction amongst younger, digital-native audiences. Today, the platform announced it was expanding its 15-sec ads to more than a dozen new countries, as well as launching Watch on desktop globally and on Facebook Lite. The move comes just as Facebook slashed funding for some of its original news shows made in partnership with CNN, Buzzfeed, and ABC News, The Information reported today.

While Facebook’s budget for news content...

TechCrunch

Devin Coldewey

These face-generating systems are getting rather too creepily good for my liking

Machine learning models are getting quite good at generating realistic human faces — so good that I may never trust a machine, or human, to be real ever again. The new approach, from researchers at Nvidia, leapfrogs others by separating levels of detail in the faces and allowing them to be tweaked separately. The results are eerily realistic.

The paper, published on preprint repository Arxiv (PDF), describes a new architecture for generating and blending images, particularly human faces,...

TechCrunch

Lucas Matney

IMAX pulls the plug on its dream of VR arcades

The company behind the biggest screens in cinema is giving up on bringing VR screens within a few inches of users’ faces. The company announced today in a SEC filing that it will be shutting down its three remaining virtual reality centers including its flagship location in Los Angeles.

Via the filing:

In connection with the Company’s previously-announced strategic review of its virtual reality pilot initiative, the Company has decided to close its remaining VR locations and write-off...

TechCrunch

Brian Heater

Anki’s Vector is getting Alexa access next week

Vector’s already got the adorable bit down, courtesy of a team staffed by former Pixar and Dreamworks animators. But Anki’s grownup version of Cozmo can use a bit of help when it comes to smarts. Starting next week, the desktop robot will be able to tap into Amazon Alexa’s deep base of answers.

The new feature will arrive as a software update on December 17. As evidenced by the below preview video, it’s not a direct integration into Vector’s AI personality. “Hey Vector” will...

Mashable

Heather Dockray

This year, foster a Christmas tree instead of throwing one away

The weeks after Christmas always involve a brutal massacre — of trees.

New York City is already a hideous, odiferous noxious cesspool of waste. The city is magically even more toxic in the days following December 25. All along along our broken streets you'll see the bodies of the Christmas dead: Balsam, Douglas Fir, Frasier Fir.

It doesn't have to be this way. People can make a different choice: they can foster a lil' Christmas tree and help it grow into a beautiful adult tree. 

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