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Best gifts for your wife: Our picks for your leading lady

Ask anyone who's done the whole marriage thing and they'll give you the same spiel: After a couple of years together, you both have to start making an effort to keep the ol' fire burning. You can't just say you're just as deeply in love with one another as you were the day you met — you have to prove it over and over and over again. (No pressure, right?)

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The best gifts for men: 50+ ideas for the man in your life

No two guys are the same, and not every man spends their days dreaming of whiskey stones. (In fact, we'd guess that very few of them do.) Traditional male stereotypes are a thing of the past, y'all, and it's time we started embracing that fact when we're looking for gifts.

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Before you click “buy” on something that will definitely require a gift receipt, let...

Mashable

Twitter study says its algorithm favors right-wing parties and news outlets

While reality may have a liberal bias, Twitter does not.

A Twitter study and accompanying blog post, published Thursday, show that the company's algorithm tends to favor right-leaning news outlets and right-wing political parties. In other words, long-disputed claims of anti-conservative bias on social media couldn't be further from the truth.

How does this right-wing content amplification show up? Well, according to the study, users need look no further than the Home timeline — i.e., the...

BuzzFeed - Latest

Apparently DNA Tests Are Doing Reality TV Level Work When It Comes To Producing Drama

"They make lizard sounds when I’m around and I am ashamed."

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BuzzFeed - Latest

The White Supremacists Behind The Deadly Charlottesville Rally Are Going To Court. Here’s What You Need To Know.

“This really will be the first time the entire story of Charlottesville will be told out loud,” said Karen Dunn, co–lead counsel for the plaintiffs.

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NYT > Home Page

Jonathan Martin

Liz Cheney’s Consultants Are Given an Ultimatum: Drop Her, or Be Dropped

The message, delivered by a lobbyist close to the House minority leader, Kevin McCarthy, has already led one Republican firm to cut ties.

NYT > Home Page

Luke Broadwater

House Finds Bannon in Contempt for Defying Jan. 6 Inquiry Subpoena

The vote came after a bitterly partisan debate over the Capitol attack and as Republicans sought to deflect questions about Donald J. Trump’s role in the violence.

CNN.com - Top Stories

These are the 9 House Republicans who voted to hold Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress

Nine House Republicans broke ranks Thursday to join all Democrats in voting to hold Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena from the select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

The Verge

Barbara Krasnoff

Android 101: how to free up space on your phone

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

It can happen all too easily, especially if you’ve got an Android phone with less than 128GB of storage: one day, you try to install a cool new game or an intriguing new app, and you can’t. You’ve run out of space.

Don’t panic. If you’re not ready to buy a new phone, and your phone doesn’t have a handy microSD slot for some extra storage, you can probably still pick up a decent amount of free space with some simple house cleaning....

The Verge

Catie Keck

HBO Max and HBO’s US subscriptions dip following Amazon exit

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HBO Max is still growing — but the service appears to have felt the impact of its exit from Amazon Prime Channels earlier this quarter.

HBO Max and HBO subscriptions collectively grew to 69.4 million internationally from 67.5 million the previous quarter, the company reported during its second-quarter earnings presentation. But its combined subscriptions to both services dropped in the US from 47 million last quarter to 45.2 million this...

The Verge

Jacob Kastrenakes

Snap blames revenue hit on iOS ad tracking changes

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Snap has some things to be happy about this quarter. It crossed $1 billion in revenue for the first time, added 13 million daily users, and doubled submissions to Spotlight, its relatively new TikTok rival. But it has also ran into a serious and ballooning problem: Apple’s ad tracking changes, which have already led to millions in lost ad dollars.

The company missed its revenue target by $3 million in the third quarter, largely because of...

The Verge

Cameron Faulkner

Your Xbox Series X’s dashboard can now display in native 4K

Microsoft’s October update for the Xbox Series X includes the long-awaited jump to a native 4K resolution dashboard. Previously, the system software upscaled 1080p to 4K, by which enthusiasts, including several people who work for The Verge, were not totally satisfied.

The improved picture quality extends across the home dashboard on the Series X (but not the Series S), as well as the My Games & Apps screen, the Xbox Guide, and “many other experiences.” Microsoft says that...

The Verge

Emma Roth

AT&T is white-labeling Google Stadia to give you free Batman game streaming

Months after we predicted that Stadia would soon become a white-label cloud-gaming service, AT&T appears to be taking Google up on the idea. AT&T is offering a free browser-based version of Batman: Arkham Knight exclusively for wireless customers that makes use of Stadia’s technology.

AT&T confirmed that its new game streaming experience runs on Google Stadia’s tech (via 9to5Google). Google announced the shutdown of its internal Stadia game studio in February. While Stadia is...

Mashable

Big changes are coming to free version of YouTube Music

Google is planning to shift its free YouTube Music tier into an audio-only experience. It will allow background listening for unpaid users, but limit video playback to Premium subscribers. 

The change, scheduled for Nov. 3, will start in Canada, 9to5Google reports. There are no details on when or how widely Google will roll out these changes yet.

Currently, unpaid YouTube Music users do not have the ability to listen to a track in the background (when they move to another app on their phone,...

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Unique gift ideas for Dad that are way better than a tie

If you've Googled "gifts for dad," you've likely been greeted with an overwhelming number of whiskey stones and knives. But do dads even like those? What about the dads who are fed up with the constraints of toxic masculinity? What about the dads who just want some pampering?

Whatever the occasion that has you looking for dad gifts (Father's Day, for example), stray away from clichés and try to think outside the box. Unless your dad is an avid tie collector and seriously *lives* for ties,...

VICE News

Trone Dowd

Muhamed Noor Resentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Shooting 911 Caller

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The former Minneapolis police officer convicted in the fatal shooting of an Australian 911 caller who reported what she thought was a sex crime in progress, could be a free man in just seven months—eight years ahead of schedule.

Mohamed Noor, the first police officer ever to be convicted of murder in the state of Minnesota, will officially no longer serve eight of the 12 and a half years he was originally sentenced to in June...

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Show Us The Halloween Costume You Wore That Literally No One Understood

They just didn't get your genius.

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Fast Company

Connie Lin

NAACP buys ownership stake in machine-learning-powered startup Hello Alice

The data-driven platform focuses on empowering underrepresented business leaders, making it a fitting investment for the organization.

The NAACP doesn’t typically tango with the venture capital world, but in an “unprecedented move,” it’s taking an ownership stake in machine learning-powered startup Hello Alice.

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Liz Cheney accuses Bannon of planning capitol insurrection

Liz Cheney has recently accused Steve Bannon and Donald Trump of being involved in the planning of the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6. National correspondent for Bloomberg Businessweek Joshua Green reports.

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