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Fast Company

Rachel Kim Raczka

This comforter is filled with recycled plastic—and unbelievably squishy and soft

Buffy’s marshmallow comforter is delightful, even in a summer heatwave

I’ve read so many reviews of the Buffy Cloud comforter. Users’ comparisons range from marshmallow to cotton candy, thanks to its squishy, bounce-retaining fill made from layered recycled fiber. I’ve tested a tremendous amount of blankets—from weighted throws made from chunky loops of cotton yarn to sweat-wicking merino wool duvets designed to keep you cool—but Buffy has lingered on my radar for years as an...

ESPN.com

Nassib first active NFL player to come out as gay

Raiders DE Carl Nassib became the first active NFL player to come out as gay, announcing the news in an Instagram post Monday while pledging $100,000 to the Trevor Project.

Mashable

Jae Thomas

These are the Prime Day deals to shop based on your zodiac sign

We've consulted our crystal balls, studied the star charts, and are absolutely certain that there will be some great deals in your future. It's Amazon Prime Day, after all. What do you expect?

While scoping out this year's sales, we decided to have a little fun and see if we could pair up each sign of the zodiac with a choice product or two. Each option is meant to correspond to the personality trait of the given sign. Peep our suggestions below.

Aries

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Mashable

Haley Henschel

Whatever you do, don't miss these Prime Day tablet deals

Here are the best Prime Day deals on tablets as of June 21:

BEST IPAD DEAL: Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro (WiFi, 128GB) — $999 (save $100) at Walmart

BEST ANDROID DEAL: Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 (32GB) — $159.99 (save $70) on Amazon

BEST FOR KIDS: Fire HD 8 Kids Pro — $69.99 (save $70) on Amazon

BEST KINDLE DEAL: Kindle Paperwhite (8GB) — $79.99 (save $50) on Amazon

The new iPad Pros are undoubtedly the stars of the show when it comes to this year's Prime Day tablet deals — Apple...

BuzzFeed - Latest

The Raiders' Carl Nassib Came Out, Becoming The First Active Openly Gay Player In The NFL

"Just want to take a quick moment to say that I'm gay," the 28-year-old player said in a video on Instagram, making NFL history.

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TechCrunch

Richard Dal Porto

Daily Crunch: Facebook rolls out podcasts and Live Audio Rooms for US listeners

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here.

Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for June 21, 2021. The tech industry is skipping any sort of a summer slowdown. Facebook is taking on Clubhouse and Spotify, India is still figuring out how to manage its burgeoning technology industry, and everyone is raising money. Plus, we have notes on a new VC fund that has quite a twist. Let’s get into it! —...

TechCrunch

Lucas Matney

Facebook’s entry into VR advertising isn’t going too well

Facebook’s efforts to bring advertising to the Oculus virtual reality platform it has spent billions of dollars building out doesn’t seem to be off to a great start.

The company announced last week that they were planning to roll out their first in-game ads inside the title Blaston from the prolific VR game developer Resolution Games, and just days later the game studio has shared that after hearing an earful from users they’ve decided to abandon the ad rollout.

“After listening to...

Wired Top Stories

Adrienne So, Gear Team

Amazon Prime Day 2021: 42 Best Kitchen, Home, Kids Deals

(Check for Updates!) Do you need a hair dryer, robot vacuum, or smart rice cooker? We can fill all your homebody needs here.

The Verge

Catie Keck

Univision is launching a new streaming service with a free tier

A sign is posted in front of the Univision building. | Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images

Univision will launch a Spanish-language streaming service next year that sounds like a bit of a hybrid of Peacock and Netflix, with both a free tier as well as a paid plan that will focus on premium originals.

The new service will comprise a “vast content scope, expansive library and more Spanish-language originals than any other streaming service,” Univision said in a press release on Monday....

The Verge

Tom Warren Andrew Marino Sean Hollister

Windows 11: the latest on Microsoft’s ‘next-generation’ OS

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The Verge

Andrew J. Hawkins

Amazon eyes robot truck startup as it continues to hedge its bets on AV technology

Amazon owns a robotaxi company, is experimenting with delivery robots that drive on the sidewalk, and now is considering acquiring a big stake in a robot trucking startup.

According to Bloomberg, the e-commerce giant recently placed an order for 1,000 autonomous driving systems from Plus.ai, a California-based company working on driverless trucking technology. Amazon is also considering buying a 20 percent stake in Plus — a move that could have serious implications for how the...

Fast Company

Lydia Dishman

Unruly passengers on flights need to be charged as criminals, airline unions say

Mad as hell about the increasingly unfriendly skies, airline industry groups want ‘strong and consistent’ enforcement from the federal government.

Although air travel has taken a major hit during the pandemic, now that many of the restrictions are being lifted, the industry is experiencing a resurgence. But for flight crews, life above the clouds is quickly reaching a tipping (or should we say boiling) point, as the number of passengers exhibiting aggressive and unruly behavior...

ESPN.com

Sticky stuff 101: Everything you need to know as MLB's foreign-substance crackdown begins

Beginning Monday, Major League Baseball is ramping up efforts to stop pitchers from doctoring baseballs. Here's how the enforcement will work.

Mashable

Miller Kern

Eufy's quiet and thin RoboVac 11S is $90 off this Prime Day

Save $90: The Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 11S is on sale for $129.99, down from $219.99.

There are plenty of robot vacuums on sale for Prime Day, but we're loving the Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 11S for anyone on a budgetGrab it for only $129.99 instead of its usual price of $219.99.

Because of its low price, this robot vacuum is not connected to WiFi and therefore can't be controlled with your phone. But it does come with a remote control that allows you to set schedules and pick cleaning patterns. And...

Mashable

Leah Stodart

Our favorite Prime Day deals for decking out your patio

Best Prime Day patio deals:

Safavieh Prester Rope 4-Piece Set — $749.99 (save $204.09)

Char-Broil TRU-Infrared 2-Burner Gas Grill — $202.99 (save $77)

Adirondack Chair with Cup Holder (white) — $199.99 (save $40)

Despite the summer bar and restaurant situation being relatively back to normal, a guest-ready happy hour space at home is never a bad idea.

Whether you're filling an entire patio and yard or sprucing up a tiny balcony, Amazon has Prime Day deals on staple pieces like...

BuzzFeed - Latest

A Group Of Climate Change Protesters Were Arrested For Trespassing On Ted Cruz's Lawn

One video showed Cruz's dog Snowflake looking at the protesters through the front door, reminiscent of the time the poodle was photographed after the senator ditched him and millions of Texans freezing in a deadly winter storm for a Cancún vacation.

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BuzzFeed - Latest

Trump Can’t Be Sued Over The Violent Clearing Of Lafayette Square Last Summer, A Judge Ruled

The judge found there wasn’t enough evidence Trump and other officials conspired to violate protesters’ rights.

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The Verge

Mitchell Clark

TikTok will let creators add mini apps to videos

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TikTok is announcing a new feature that will let users embed mini apps, called Jumps, into their videos. For example, if someone is making a cooking video, they could embed a link to the recipe app Whisk, which would allow viewers to pull up a recipe sheet inside of TikTok with the tap of a button. The feature is currently being tested, with only a select group of creators having the ability to embed a Jump into their videos, but TikTok says it will be rolling out the...

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