Twitter CEO responds to mountains of criticism from The New York Times

Mashable - 6 hours 56 min ago

The New York Times is calling out Twitter and Twitter's CEO has some thoughts.

New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman wrote about why she's taking a break from Twitter on Friday, including a laundry list of reasonable examples explaining why the app has become an unbearable experience for her and others. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey hit back with his own take on the situation in a multi-part thread.

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In Haberman's analysis, she describes how Twitter has gotten worse and worse in many regards over the years, developing into an unreliable source filled with toxic interactions and vitriol. Much of her overarching criticism is boiled down in these two paragraphs: Read more...

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'Lego Movie 2: The Second Part' will have twice the Chris Pratt

Mashable - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 23:46

At Comic-Con Saturday, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part star Chris Pratt commented on the way his character's journey from unassuming everyman to world-saving Special mirrored his own real-life career. 

"When I was first given the role, I was Andy on Parks and Recreation," he said. "By the time we finished our recording session, I was Star-Lord."

"So that arc – it was one of those moments where you think, My life is a computer simulation and I am living in the Matrix."

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In fact, there's a whole lot of Chris Pratt in The Lego Movie 2 – and we don't just mean his role as the voice of Emmet Brickowski.  Read more...

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Aquaman is even more of a bro in his solo movie than he was in 'Justice League'

Mashable - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 23:25

Moments after the first Aquaman trailer went online, fans in Comic-Con’s Hall H were treated to an exclusive second look at the superhero adventure.

This one incorporated much of the same footage from the trailer, but added several new scenes that the rest of the world likely won't see for a while.

SEE ALSO: Lego's model of Jason Momoa as Aquaman is zaddy material

So until you get to lay eyes on it for yourself, here's everything you need to know.

1. Aquaman’s parents’ love story looks kinda beautiful

The extended Comic-Con look opens on a lighthouse, on top of which a woman - Queen Atlanna (Nicole Kidman) - is marveling at the snow. A man (Thomas Curry, played by Temuera Morrison) emerges to wrap a blanket around her shoulders. Read more...

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Uber, Lyft driver creepily livestreams videos of his passengers on Twitch

Mashable - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 22:24

UPDATE: July 21, 2018, 5:03 p.m. EDT A spokesperson for Uber informed us that Jason Gargac's behavior was not in line with its Community Guidelines and has been banned from using Uber. The article has been updated to reflect that.

If you're in the St. Louis area, you may be getting filmed by this guy who drives for Uber and Lyft.

Hundreds of Uber and Lyft rides have been broadcast live on Twitch by driver Jason Gargac this year, St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Saturday, all of them without the passengers' permission.

Gargac, who goes by the name JustSmurf on Twitch, regularly records the interior of his car while working for Uber and Lyft with a camera in the front of the car, allowing viewers to see the faces of his passengers, illuminated by his (usually) purple lights, and hear everything they say. At no point does Gargac make passengers aware that they are being filmed or livestreamed. Read more...

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Action-packed 'Aquaman' trailer is a CGI whirlpool: Watch

Mashable - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 21:37

The first trailer for Aquaman dropped during Comic-Con on Saturday, featuring everyone's favorite fish-based superhero.

The trailer digs into the origins of Aquaman with a scene of him as a child (who at that point had the name Arthur Curry) being bullied by some older kids in an aquarium who then back off when an actual shark stands up for Arthur. It looks like after whatever (hopefully succinct) origin DC has cooked up, we get into a whole bunch of super-powered action, some stuff about Aquaman being king of Atlantis, and a whole lot of sea creatures.

Just what we expected.

Aquaman dives into theaters Dec. 21.

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'Wonder Woman 1984' footage debuts for the first time at Comic-Con in San Diego

Mashable - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 21:19

With a release date of Nov. 1, 2019, Wonder Woman 1984 is sadly a long way off.

But fans lucky enough to be at Warner Bros.’ Comic-Con panel Saturday were treated to a little taste of the amazingness to come.

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The exclusive Comic-Con footage opens in that most ’80s of settings - a brightly lit shopping mall - where Wonder Woman comes leaping in, landing in front of two menacing-looking men with guns.

A kid spots her: “Oh my gosh!” she says, looking delighted. Wonder Woman looks around and sends the kid sliding across the floor into an enormous teddy bear. The kid just laughs. Read more...

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'Wonder Woman 1984' director Patty Jenkins sees a lot of 2018 in her '80s setting

Mashable - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 21:06

Patty Jenkins chose her Wonder Woman sequel's setting and time period for a specific reason, it turns out.

The Wonder Woman 1984 director explained some of her thinking behind the upcoming movie's Cold War-era setting during at appearance at Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday. For Jenkins, the first and second movie both occur when they do for a purpose.

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"One of my favorite things about the first movie was getting to know the era," she explained during the show's big Warner Bros. panel. "Really, when you dig into the era, they serve as metaphors for things that are true always." Read more...

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First 'Shazam!' trailer powers on at Comic-Con

Mashable - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 21:00

Meet your next new big-screen DC superhero.

Warner Bros. has shared a first look at Shazam!, starring Asher Angel as a kid who gains the ability to transform into a grown-up superhero (Zachary Levi) by uttering a magic word. 

In contrast to the gloom and doom of the Batman and Superman movies, or even the seriousness of Wonder Woman, Shazam! looks light and funny. Because Lord knows the DC universe could use some of that right now.

Shazam! hits theaters April 5, 2019.

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'Godzilla: King of the Monsters' and his pals return to wreck sh*t in the first trailer

Mashable - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 20:39

Godzilla is here, he's back, and he's madder than ever in the new Godzilla: King of the Monsters trailer released at San Diego Comic-Con. In the sequel to 2014's Godzilla, the king of monsters will face off against humanity alongside Mothra and King Ghidorah, while a human cast including Stranger Things's Millie Bobby Brown, Get Out's Bradley Whitford, and Bates Motel's Vera Farmiga watch and fight from their ant-like perspective. 

Godzilla: King of the Monsters comes out May 31, 2019. Read more...

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'Mega Man: Fully Charged' cartoon features some cool visual twists on a gaming classic

Mashable - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 20:25

Mega Man is returning to television to kick some robot ass.

The first look at the upcoming Cartoon Network series Mega Man: Fully Charged dropped during Comic-Con on Saturday, giving the world a glimpse at the first episode with infamous boss Fire Man as the villain of the week. This video followed a trailer that shows Mega Man with various power-ups that he undoubtedly got from defeating bosses like Fire Man, just as he does in the games.

Interestingly, there appears to be a small robot that lives inside of Mega Man's head that insults people, which is incredibly strange and a new piece of information to me.  Read more...

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The new 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' trailer is here and it's time to get hype

Mashable - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 20:08

Newt Scamander returns in this new three-plus minute trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, now with 100 percent more threatening spells, bizarre demon cats, and Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald. The trailer gives more info on Newt's motivations in becoming a magi-zoologist (he's scared of having to work an office job) and leans in hard on the pure magical mayhem caused by Grindelwald's genocidal mania. 

There are a few delightful surprises in the trailer, including the return of Ezra Miller's Credence Barebone... and don't miss the surprising Harry Potter character who makes his movie debut at the very end! Read more...

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Shakespeare as told through 'Game of Thrones' GIFs is unsurprisingly hilarious

Mashable - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 19:55

The scope of HBO's Game of Thrones has certainly been described as Shakespearean, but one Twitter account is dedicated to drawing a straight line between Westeros and the bard by using Thrones GIFs to summarize some of Shakespeare's greatest plays, with hilarious results. 

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Jon and Ygritte's star-crossed romance is perfect for Romeo and Juliet.

Romeo and Juliet

— ShakespeareofThrones (@shakesofthrones) July 21, 2018

And Jon's other big moment is very Caesar-ish.

Julius Caesar

— ShakespeareofThrones (@shakesofthrones) July 21, 2018

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City rallies behind 13-year-old entrepreneur after a racist moron calls the cops

Mashable - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 19:40

You'd think people would stop calling the cops on young black kids who aren't actually affecting their lives in the slightest, but here we are. At least this time the end of the story is a bit more heart-warming.

Jaequan Faulkner, 13, set up a little food stand outside of his home in Minnesota to help raise money for school clothes, and some heartless (read: racist) person called the police on him because he didn't have a permit to run a business. Instead of shutting Faulkner down, the Minneapolis Police Department came out in support of him and teamed up with the local health department to get him the permit he needed to keep running, the Associate Press reported earlier in the week. Read more...

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Geek Trivia: In The 2000s, Footage From The Original Lunar Orbiters Was Digitized In A Former?

How-To Geek - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 19:37
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Shonda Rhimes revealed what her eight Netflix shows will be about

Mashable - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 19:19

We finally know what Shonda has in store for fans of her big Netflix deal.

Shonda Rhimes's Shondaland slate of TV, including Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder, Grey's Anatomy, and For The People, have lived on ABC for years. So it was a surprise when she announced in Aug. 2017 that she had signed a 15-year deal to produce shows with Netflix. 

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One of those Netflix shows, announced in June, and will tell the true story of Anna Delvey, best known as the "Socialite Scammer" who pretended to be a German heiress to con banks and individuals alike into giving her hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Read more...

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'Halloween' fan's Comic-Con tale earns him cheers, and a hug from Jamie Lee Curtis

Mashable - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 18:43

Movies can teach just as well as they entertain, sometimes even in unexpected ways.

That was the message driven home by one San Diego Comic-Con attendee during the show's Halloween panel. He used his time at the mic during the panel Q&A to share a touching anecdote with the movie's star, Jamie Lee Curtis. 

SEE ALSO: M. Night Shyamalan drops extremely creepy 'Glass' trailer at Comic-Con

"I'm just really grateful for the movie Halloween, because 34 years ago it saved my life," the man, who has since been identified as Joseph Scott, said.

Scott launched into his story of the time that he dealt with a home invasion and a knife-wielding intruder of his own. While the movie's supernatural elements obviously didn't come into play there, Scott's appreciation for the horror classic led him to a single thought. Read more...

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Meryl Streep and Cher's kiss is one of the few good things to happen in forever

Mashable - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 18:00

It was the kiss heard round the world — or on gay tumblr.

Listen, the news cycle is bleak and things have been dark for the the LGBTQ community for a long, long time. So forgive the community if we got a little too excited this week when queer icons Cher and Meryl Streep exchanged a smooch at the Mamma Mia premiere.

It was everyone's awkward celebrity fantasy come true.

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I know, I know, Cher and Meryl aren't technically a "thing." But that doesn't mean I can't go to a beautiful, imaginary place in my head where these two have a romantic queer future. Cher and Meryl are made to buy a brownstone in the West Village together, wear matching pussyhats to anti-Trump protests, and adopt a dolphin named after their favorite intersectional feminist hero. Read more...

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Alibaba, Tencent in talks over stake in WPP's Chinese unit: Sky News

Technology News (Reuters) - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 17:51
Chinese conglomerates Alibaba and Tencent are involved in talks to buy a minority stake in advertising giant WPP's Chinese unit, Sky News reported on Saturday, citing unidentified sources.
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Anyone can name the new Mars rover, but the nerds in charge will have to approve it

Mashable - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 17:34

Space. The final frontier. A vast, formless abyss into which humanity launches its satellites and rovers in a boundless quest for knowledge. The discoveries made in that airless vacuum of mystery could impact the human understanding of the cosmos, and now anyone has the opportunity to name one of the rovers that the European Space Agency will use to explore the surface of Mars.

Except the European Space Agency will choose the rover's final name with a panel of scientists. And they probably won't go for Marsy McMarsface. 

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Netflix's 'Insatiable' looks like it does more, and worse, than fat-shame

Mashable - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 16:35

The trailer for Netflix's Insatiable has already made quite an impact on social media, though perhaps not for the reasons the creators may have anticipated. 

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The show, which stars Debby Ryan and Alyssa Milano, tells the story of Patty, an overweight girl known as (ugh) "Fatty Patty" at her high school. After she is (UGH!) punched in the face and has her jaw wired shut for a summer, she returns to school thin and therefore conventionally attractive, and so decides to exact revenge on the bullies who made fun of her before.  Read more...

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