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The Verge

Rich McCormick

Watch the four-minute prologue for Alien: Covenant

Has enough time passed since the disappointing Prometheus for us to be excited about a new Alien movie again? That’s questionable, but this new clip of Alien: Covenant suggests that the movie is making the welcome decision to lean on the 1979 horror/sci-fi classic for inspiration. Titled “The Last Supper,” the four-minute video serves as a prologue to the events of the movie, introducing the colonist characters who have joined the Covenant mission to find a new world.

The Last Supper...

Mashable

Johnny Lieu

Gentle koala investigating his carer's arm is what dreams are made of

You have to love the story of an orphan made good, right?

Dust the koala, who is under the care of a koala rescue service on Australia's east coast, was found injured and taken in by Port Stephens Koalas in January. Dust was roaming the streets without his mother, according to the shelter's Facebook post, weighing a measly 1.8 kilograms (3.96 pounds).

SEE ALSO: Wild koala and dog hang out, proving that we really can all get along

After a bit of TLC, Dust has become quite the curious and...

Mashable

Johnny Lieu

Internet stands up for trans kids as Trump rolls back protections

In a significant setback, the Trump administration rescinded federal guidelines that give transgender students the right to use public school restrooms that match their gender identity.

According to the Washington Post, officials from the Department of Justice and the Department of Education told the U.S. Supreme Court to "disregard memos" on transgender student rights. 

SEE ALSO: This photo series proves trans people are more than their gender identity

The guidelines, first issued by the...

SBNation.com

Whitney Medworth

NBA players are trolling trade-hungry fans with emojis and it's working

The internet is a gift and a curse.

Dear internet, we need to have a conversation. Let me start by saying that no one loves an internet conspiracy more than me. I’ve spent many days lost in a rabbit hole and I’m not ashamed to admit that. But the latest emoji conspiracy from NBA players is why we can’t have nice things. Do you remember the emoji war over DeAndre Jordan and his free agency decision? That was fun and arguably the greatest day in Twitter history. What we have now is...

TechCrunch

Jon Russell

Indonesia’s Kejora announces first close of $80M fund for Southeast Asia

 Indonesia-based early-stage investment firm Kejora has announced the first close of a second fund which is targeted at $80 million for investments in Southeast Asia. Kejora, which is known for its Ideabox accelerator program in Jakarta, has secured one-third of its target, with investment from LPs that include Indonesia’s Barito Pacific Group, Thai conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Family… Read More

TechCrunch

Steve O'Hear

Confirmed: UK challenger bank Monzo raises £19.5M with another £2.5M in crowdfunding planned

 Monzo, one of a number of so-called “challenger” banks in the U.K. aiming to re-invent the current account, has disclosed details of its new funding round — confirming our scoop from earlier this week. Read More

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VIVIAN YEE

Immigrants Hide, Fearing Capture on ‘Any Corner’

The threat of deportation, once for only those who committed serious crimes, has many immigrants in self-imposed house arrest.

NYT > Home Page

PETER BAKER

McMaster May Reorganize Trump’s Foreign Policy Team Once Again

H. R. McMaster, the new national security adviser, is considering giving himself control of Homeland Security and full access to the military and intelligence agencies.

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PATRICK BOEHLER

Europe Edition: Syria, Marine Le Pen, NASA: Your Thursday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

Mashable

Jack Morse

Users get message about Susan Fowler when trying to delete Uber

Some Uber users trying to delete the app are getting a notification from the company specifically mentioning the allegations of sexual harassment detailed over the weekend in a blog post by former employee Susan Fowler Rigetti.

SEE ALSO: Why sexual harassment scandals like Uber's are bound to persist in tech

A screenshot of one such interaction, confirmed to Mashable as authentic by an Uber spokesperson, demonstrates the lengths to which the company is going to assure fleeing customers that...

SBNation.com

Ricky O'Donnell

Oregon beats Cal at the buzzer on another game-winner from star Dillon Brooks

All Dillon Brooks does is hit buzzer-beaters.

Dillon Brooks did it again. The Oregon star hit a game-winning buzzer-beater to lift Oregon over Cal on Wednesday night. It’s his second buzzer-beater of the season.

Brooks also hit a buzzer-beater on Dec. 28 to give UCLA its first loss.

This win helps Oregon keep pace in the Pac-12 race with Arizona. The Ducks are now 25-4 overall and 14-2 in the conference. Brooks looks healthy after beginning the year with a foot injury, and Oregon is...

SBNation.com

Mary Clarke

Ducks goaltender stretches across with his stick on tremendous save

The Ducks owe Jonathan Bernier big time.

Had Patrice Bergeron been able to settle this puck, Jonathan Bernier would have had absolutely no chance to make a save. Fortunately for us spectators, he did and boy did Bernier make quite the stop on Wednesday to keep the Bruins and Ducks tied at 1-1 in the second period.

Jonathan Bernier absolutely robs Patrice Bergeron with the paddle pic.twitter.com/ETRtabVdhF

— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) February 23, 2017

Jonathan Bernier: What. A....

TechCrunch

Jon Russell

India’s top mobile operator Airtel is buying smaller rival Telenor

 Less than a month after Vodafone confirmed it is in talks to merge with Idea Cellular and create India’s largest mobile operator, one piece of M&A has been confirmed in that space. Bharti Airtel has gobbled up smaller player Telenor India in a deal announced today. The Airtel-Telenor deal is subject to regulatory approvals, but both sides said it should be completed within the next… Read More

CNN.com - Top Stories

Greene: Trump is marching us towards fascism

During the Democratic National Committee leadership debate, Jehmu Greene said the Democratic party has to be the "last line of defense" for the US Constitution.

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DNC chair candidates debate

A leading contender to chair the Democratic National Committee said President Donald Trump has already taken actions that "legitimately raise the question of impeachment."

Mashable

Johnny Lieu

Can everyone quit hanging out with dolphins while we're stuck in the office?

Here's a request: Please stop posting videos of incredible encounters with wildlife in stunning locations while we're working 9 to 5. It's just cruel.

Take Luke Taylor, who caught vision of these dolphins hanging out at Tallow Beach, near Byron Bay, Australia on Feb. 17. The creatures can be seen swimming and jumping alongside the surfers. 

SEE ALSO: Sir David Attenborough is back and 2017 is finally starting to look up

"It was so magical to see them so calm & joyful in their own habitat...

Mashable

Brian Koerber

She let her dog poop in the airport, so he got his revenge

Traveling can be bad enough, but rude people can turn even a mediocre flight into an absolute nightmare.

Comedian Steve Hofstetter was traveling through LAX on Tuesday when he encountered a rude passenger who let her dog poop on the airport floor and left it there for someone else to clean up. Hofstetter shared his story of revenge, which he admits "may have gone too far," on both Facebook and Reddit. 

SEE ALSO: Badass cyclist gets revenge on catcalling van drivers

"While walking to my...

Mashable

Joseph Earp

Spiderman vs. Elsa videos have taken over YouTube and it's so confusing

Somewhere along the internet's path into content oblivion, Spiderman and Elsa videos on YouTube became a guaranteed and genuinely weird traffic winner.

The premise is simple enough: Adults dress as characters from the Spiderman and Frozen franchise and act out wordless, often slightly violent skits to chirpy music. 

As TubeFilter noted in early February, these short films, ostensibly for children, have been racking up the views. Search "Spiderman and Elsa" on YouTube and you get more than 6...

SBNation.com

Tim Cato

The Pistons may trade Andre Drummond or Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Here's why

Drummond and KCP are both good young players, but Detroit is stuck in a strange situation.

The Detroit Pistons are willing to move Andre Drummond and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope at this year’s trade deadline, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein, something that they previously hadn’t been considering. The Pistons aren’t sure they will move either player, but are listening to offers before Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET cutoff.

Detroit has also expressed interest in dealing starting point guard Reggie...

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Molly Podlesny

Rick Pitino got into a shouting match with a UNC fan at halftime

He sure was angry!

After the first half of UNC vs. Louisville on Wednesday night, Rick Pitino got into a shouting match as he was leaving the court.

We don’t really know why he’s mad; it’s too loud to hear anything. He did have to be slightly restrained as he headed off the court.

Probably a chant gone too far, but who really knows.

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