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Morgan Sung

Guy who posts billboards gets pranked with a billboard of his own face

This guy really had to *face* himself at work. 

Let's say you post billboards for a living, and your friends regularly prank you by getting you to put up a massive billboard of yourself. This is a true story: Redditor u/Jaydeem89 posted his friend's reaction to r/funny and r/discgolf. Apparently the friend's boss is an avid disc golfer and was in on the joke. 

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The billboard features a less-than-flattering selfie of...

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Johnny Lieu

'123456,' 'donald,' and other terrible passwords people used this year

For what seems like the umpteenth time, "123456" and "password" are the most commonly used passwords this year. 

Those combinations sit in the number one and two spots respectively, according to SplashData, who evaluates millions of leaked passwords each year for its worst 100 passwords list.

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Somewhat unsurprisingly, "donald" was a new entrant to the list this year, sitting at number 23 on the...

Wired Top Stories

Louise Matsakis

At a New York Privacy Pop-Up, Facebook Sells Itself

The one-day pop-up kiosk is meant to show that Facebook takes users’ privacy concerns seriously. It also was an opportunity to gather more data.

TechCrunch

Kate Clark

Distinguished VCs back wholesale marketplace Faire with $100M at a $535M valuation

A slew of venture capitalists known for high-profile exits — Kirsten Green of Forerunner Ventures, Keith Rabois of Khosla Ventures, Alfred Lin of Sequoia Capital and Alex Taussig of Lightspeed Venture Partners — have invested in Faire (formerly known as Indigo Fair), a 2-year-old wholesale marketplace for artisanal products.

A quick glance at Faire suggests it’s a combination of Pinterest and Etsy, complete with trendy, pastel stationery, soap, baby products and more, all made by...

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Facebook sets up holiday pop-up shop in New York to inform users about privacy concerns

From the Cambridge Analytica scandal to countless other privacy issues, 2018 hasn’t been such a banner year for Facebook when it comes to its users’ private data.

Facebook undoubtedly realizes this and would like to get back in its users’ good graces. So, on Thursday, in Manhattan’s Bryant Park, Facebook set up its own pop-up shop. While the temporary IRL Facebook location was filled with holiday-themed directions, its true purpose was to spread tidings of comfort and joy via...

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Rachel Kraus

Fine, we want the Windows Ugly Sweater

I hate that I love it.

In a pun-filled tweet, the Windows Twitter account announced that it's giving away a select amount of "ugly sweaters" adorned with the blocky Windows 95 logo. 

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It's chunky. It's knit. It's filled with primary colors. It's positively hideous! Despite all this, I still want the Windows sweater. 

Introducing the latest #Windows95 custom "softwear."???? Wish you could rock the #WindowsUglySweater? ????...

Wired Top Stories

Jack Stewart

Virgin Galactic Takes Off, and Space Tourism Draws Nearer

Richard Branson's extra-planetary effort takes a giant leap toward realizing its dream of making space tourism a reality.

Wired Top Stories

Emily Dreyfuss

Nationwide Bomb Threats Look Like New Spin on an Old Bitcoin Scam

Apparent bitcoin scammers caused chaos across the US Thursday, radically escalating longstanding tactics.

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.)

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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