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Brooke Bajgrowicz

Everything to know about Discovery+

Discovery, Inc. joined the streaming game with a platform of its own on Jan. 4. The media company’s new service, Discovery+, advertises “real-life entertainment” from brands including HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, and more.

If this sounds up your alley, you're probably asking questions like what’s included, how much does it cost, and is it worth it? Don't worry, we're here to answer all these and more.

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Mark Stetson

The cast of 'One Night in Miami' on the power of Black voices

Much like their characters in the film, Leslie Odom Jr., Aldis Hodge, Eli Goree, Kingsley Ben-Adir, and director Regina King discuss the importance of amplifying every voice and finding community.  Read more...

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Brenda Stolyar

The best tech of CES 2021 isn't real

Even though CES 2021 was fully virtual, we still saw tons of new devices, including laptops, drones, TVs, wearables, smart home gadgets, and more. But this was also the year we saw a lot of product concepts.

You see, the "beauty" of shows like CES is the ability write about our hands-on experiences with products. But since we couldn't roam the halls of CES in person this year, it was the perfect time for brands to announce gadgets that weren't ready for store shelves. 

And, it turns out...

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Paul Blest

Trump Has Reportedly Banned Staff From Even Mentioning Nixon's Name

Richard Nixon, when accused of corruption and highly questionable moral ethics, became the first and only U.S. president to resign in disgrace. When Trump aides floated a similar idea to Donald Trump, he reportedly banned the mention of Nixon’s name. 

Trump aides have reportedly floated the idea of quitting before Congress can officially impeach Trump again, but the president shot it down, saying he couldn’t depend on Vice President Mike Pence to grant him a pardon, according to CNN....

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Tess Owen

The Proud Boy Who Smashed a U.S. Capitol Window Is a Former Marine

People who attended a private Catholic high school with Dominic Pezzola remember him as an “aloof, angry guy” who regularly picked fights at parties, and was always slouching in his chair. 

That was more than 25 years ago. Now, word is traveling quickly through the alumni community from The Aquinas Institute in a suburb of Rochester, New York, that their former classmate was the wild-eyed man seen smashing the window of the Capitol with a riot shield during the deadly January 6...

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Sydney Umeri

The congressional bill that would expand college athletes’ rights, explained

Why the College Athletes Bill of Rights could be a game-changer.

The age-old debate over whether college athletes should get paid is still alive and well. But in this game of tug-of-war, it seems as though the argument for paying student-athletes may finally have the leverage it needs to win.

On Dec. 17, Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced the College Athletics Bill of Rights. Over the years, various bills and initiatives to increase privileges and rights for...

Fast Company

Lilly Smith

Turning trash into treasure: London Design Biennale features gorgeous pieces made from waste

Designers responded to a catastrophic year with idealistic products for the future.

The London Design Biennale is launching in the midst of a catastrophic year. Its main theme, Resonance, has artists grappling with issues like climate change, privacy, and technology, while its online exhibition asks artists to address these issues even more head-on.

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Kirsten Korosec

Uber planning to spin out Postmates’ delivery robot arm

Another Uber spinout is in the works.

Postmates X, the robotics division of the on-demand delivery startup that Uber acquired last year for $2.65 billion, is seeking investors in its bid to become a separate company, according to several people familiar with the plans.

The startup is being referred to as Serve Robotics, a nod to the yellow and black-emblazoned autonomous sidewalk delivery bot that was developed and piloted by Postmates X. The Serve robot, which recently partnered with Pink...

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Natasha Lomas

EMA warns over doctored COVID-19 vaccine data hacked and leaked online

The European Medical Agency (EMA) has warned that information on COVID-19-related medicines and vaccines, which was stolen in a cyber attack last December and leaked online earlier this week, includes correspondence that’s been manipulated prior to publication “in a way which could undermine trust in vaccines”.

It’s not clear exactly how the information — which includes schematics of drug structures and correspondence relating to evaluation processes for COVID-19 vaccines — has...

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Romain Dillet

Corporate credit card platform Moss raises $25.5 million

German startup Moss has raised a $25.5 million (€21 million) funding round led by Valar Ventures. Existing investors Cherry Ventures and Global Founders Capital are also participating. Moss provides credit cards and a spending platform to small and medium businesses in Germany.

The company has developed its own risk engine to come up with a credit card limit for your company. Like Brex in the U.S., Moss promises higher credit card limits compared to credit cards offered by traditional...

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Alex Wilhelm

Bumble files to go public

The dating and networking service Bumble has filed to go public.

The company, launched by a former co-founder of the IAC-owned Tinder, plans to list its share on the Nasdaq stock exchange, using the ticker symbol “BMBL.” Bumble’s planned IPO was first reported in December.

Whitney Wolfe Herd doesn’t care what she’s supposed to do

Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd was on the founding team at Tinder before starting Bumble. She filed suit against Tinder for sexual harassment and...

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Adi Robertson

California man faces prison time after hitting police helicopter with a drone

A California man is facing jail time for hitting a police helicopter with his drone. Andrew Hernandez pleaded guilty yesterday to unsafe operation of an unmanned aircraft, a charge that carries up to one year in federal prison and a potential fine of up to $250,000.

According to a plea agreement, Hernandez launched a small drone to see a crime scene near his Hollywood home in September. The drone flew into the path of a police helicopter that was responding to a burglary, hitting its...

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Ian Carlos Campbell

Signal outage is keeping messages from sending

If you’re having trouble sending messages in the secure messaging app Signal, it may be due to technical difficulties the company says are affecting the app on Friday.

Signal allows for secure and encrypted video, voice, and text communication, but users were greeted this morning with messages that failed to send. Signal confirmed the issue on its official Twitter account with the promise that it would “restore service as quickly as possible.”

Signal is experiencing technical...

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Jon Porter

US consumers spent record amounts on video games in 2020, NPD reports

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Spending on video games set a new record of $56.9 billion in 2020 in the US, according to a new NPD Group report, a 27 percent increase compared to 2019. Spending on hardware hit its highest level since 2011 at $5.3 billion, a 35 percent increase compared to 2019. NPD classifies video game spending as money spent at retail and digital storefronts on “video game hardware, content, and accessories.”

Although last year saw the release of the PS5 and new...

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Joshua Rivera

In its third season, American Gods is the most fascinating disaster on TV

One of the miracles of any good television show is that it even works at all. First consider the countless people working across departments and disciplines needed to make a single episode happen; and then consider that they all have to do it anywhere between eight and 20-ish times a year, and that the result has to make sense to millions of people who cannot wait to be unimpressed. There are a lot of places to mess up! And yet we hear about so few mistakes. Which is why it’s a pretty big...

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"The Hate U Give" Has A Brand New Prequel And The Author Just Told Us All About It

"I hope that Black boys especially read this book and see that they are loved, as they are."

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Emma Ockerman

Here's How Much Money You'd Get Under Biden's COVID Relief Plan

If President-elect Joe Biden gets his way, Americans will soon see more stimulus checks, extended unemployment benefits, and a boosted federal minimum wage in the midst of a shattered economy that’s pushed some households to the brink of financial calamity. 

Biden, who’ll take office next week in a time of immense economic and political upheaval, outlined his expansive $1.9 trillion economic proposal Thursday night, which he called the “American Rescue Plan.” The announcement...

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Miller Kern

A weighted blanket might help your pandemic anxiety

Best deals on weighted blankets as of Jan. 15:

OUR TOP PICK: YnM weighted blanket — save $30

BEST FOR STAYING COOL: AN cooling weighted blanket — save $23

BEST PRICE: Smart Queen cooling weighted blanket — save $30

The raging pandemic mixed with cold winter weather are enough to make anyone want to curl up under a blanket for a few months. If you're experiencing COVID anxiety and fatigue, it might be time to finally try a weighted blanket.

Weighted blankets are supposed to help relieve...

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Leah Stodart

Does CES have you itching to buy a new TV? Same — these are on sale.

Need guidance at a glance? These are our favorite TV deals from Walmart, Best Buy, Dell, and Amazon as of Jan. 15:

Samsung 32-inch The Frame OLED 4K Smart TV (QN32LS03TBFXZA) — $547.99 (save $52)

 LG 75-inch NanoCell 80 Series 4K UHD Smart TV (75NANO80UNA) — $1,199.99 (save $300)

Sony 75-inch Z8H Series 8K UHD Smart TV (XBR75Z8H) — $4,999.99 (save $1,000)

The themes of TVs debuted at CES 2021 were pretty clear: brighter OLEDs, bigger screens, and more 8K technology squeezed into a...

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