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Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:41:16 +0000

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Netflix CEO reacts to AT&T and Time Warner deal

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:39:27 +0000


LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. — Netflix's CEO says he is not against the massive AT&T-Time Warner deal so long as Netflix will be treated the same way as HBO.

Speaking Monday at the Wall Street Journal's WSDLive conference, CEO Reed Hastings said he had no objection to the deal if AT&T respected the tenets of net neutrality.

"I think AT&T is going to be very aggressive about building a national competitor to all of the cable companies, like Direct has been from the satellite technology, and if they pull that off, that would be in the consumers' interest," Hastings said.  Read more...

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Surfer Lives Matter hashtag appears in Australian town after shark attacks

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:30:44 +0000


A spate of shark attacks along the northern New South Wales coast line of Australia, have brought with them a bizarre adaptation of the #BlackLivesMatter slogan.

In response to four recent attacks and the proposed installation of controversial shark nets along the popular coast line, someone graffitied "#SurferLivesMatter" on the road.

The co-opted Black Lives Matter hashtag movement was seen by many some local commentators as inappropriate — trivialising the importance of the movement it references.

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The Indigenous advocacy Facebook group Blackfulla Revolution posted the photo, fielding the debate as to its appropriateness — with fairly mixed responses. Read more...

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Satya Nadella: 'We clearly missed the mobile phone'

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:15:51 +0000


LAGUNA BEACH, California — Microsoft may have missed out on mobile but CEO Satya Nadella says his company won't make the same mistake with augmented reality and virtual reality.

Speaking Monday at the opening dinner for the Wall Street Street Journal's WSJD Live conference, Microsoft's top executive said there was "no question" the company had missed its opportunity when it come to mobile.

"We clearly missed the mobile phone, there's no question," Nadella said. "Our goal now is to make sure we grow new categories." Read more...

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Avenged Sevenfold concert to launch Universal Music VR platform this week

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:11:34 +0000


LOS ANGELES — Avenged Sevenfold is going 360-fold.

Universal Music Group will debut a new virtual reality platform this week with the heavy metal juggernaut, whose Thursday night concert — from a still-undisclosed location in Los Angeles — will be live-streamed on the global platform we shall henceforth call VRTGO.

Guests at the show will be able to "virtually transport themselves to the stage" via 50 Samsung Gear VR, and anyone around the world with a compatible headset can do the same.

Powered by VRLIVE, the VRTGO platform is available for free on iOS and Android. The Avenged Sevenfold show will be shot on the Nokia OZO camera, the "first purpose-built VR camera with immersive spatial audio to deliver the best in VR music experiences." (Translation: it'll probably sound virtually real, too.) Read more...

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Four die in theme park horror accident at Dreamworld, Australia

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:32:45 +0000


Four people have died after an accident on the Thunder River Rapids ride at the Dreamworld theme park in Australia Tuesday afternoon, police have confirmed.

The victims were two adult men and two adult women aged between 32 and early 40s, Gavin Fuller of the Queensland Ambulance Service told a press conference.

The ride appears to have sustained some sort of malfunction, he said, causing two people to be ejected and two others to be caught in the ride.

Queensland police said in a statement they "were called to the site at Coomera around 2.20pm following reports that a number of people had been injured by a conveyor belt." Read more...

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Car crash given a shiny, golden makeover and no one knows why

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:17:05 +0000


They say you can't polish a turd, but you sure can paint a car crash.

A vehicular bungle, wherein a Toyota Camry met its crumpled end at the trunk of a tree on a pedestrian island, has been given a golden new lease on life by an as-yet-unidentified street artist.

The vehicle crashed into a North Fitzroy tree in Melbourne, Australia on Oct. 16 and was promptly abandoned with the keys still in the ignition. That's when the mysterious artist literally struck gold, creating a work described by many online as "peak Melbourne."

Just look at it shine. What does it all mean? Read more...

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Is Airbnb the reason renters can't find an affordable place to live in Sydney?

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 04:45:54 +0000


There's no question that Sydney, Australia, is an expensive place to live. But do we know what's making it worse?

Following a state inquiry, there are fears from some experts that the New South Wales state government is still not doing enough to tackle the potential damaging impact of Airbnb on Sydney's rental costs and availability. 

The NSW Committee on Environment and Planning's short-term holiday letting report concluded there was not enough data to make calls on whether the sharing economy giant is taking long-term rentals off the market, in favour of tourist accommodation.  Read more...

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Obama burns Trump during 'Mean Tweets' on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 04:32:56 +0000


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Being president of the United States means having to deal with haters, especially on Twitter. 

Barack Obama, fresh off some job training with Stephen Colbert, visited Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday night and took part in his second ever "Mean Tweets" segment. 

A few of the insults Obama read out loud:

"Obama is the Nickleback of presidents" and "Barack Obama dances like how his jeans look."

Then came this insult from a Twitter user called @realDonaldTrump, who you might know as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump:

"President Obama will go down as perhaps the worst president in the history of the United States!" Read more...

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The weird controversy surrounding CNN and the Time Warner-AT&T deal

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:01:06 +0000


Rarely does a company get to buy Batman, Tyrion Lannister, Lebron James and Wolf Blitzer all in one deal. 

That's exactly what AT&T is getting in its $85 billion deal with Time Warner. You might think that the Lannister clan and HBO, Batman and DC Comics or even Lebron and TNT would be the focus of the deal.

Nope, it's Wolf and CNN that are the controversial aspect.

Almost immediately the cable news channel emerged as a contentious piece of the mega-deal announced on Saturday. Anytime a news outlet changes hands there are concerns about what that will mean for the independence of the organization's editorial operations.  Read more...

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This robot sweats when it does push-ups

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:00:09 +0000

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Kengoro is a humanoid robot from the University of Tokyo. It releases water through its frame and around its motors to avoid overheating, and can do push-ups for 11 minutes straight.  Read more...

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Awesome parents create perfectly NFSW couples costume

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:50:01 +0000


At some point, it's just easier to embrace your parents' embarrassing actions. 

Brooke Bogin shared a photo of her parents, with beaming smiles, dressed up as a pickle and a deer. It seems innocent enough – until you break it down a bit.

Dad was a dill pickle and mom was a doe (a deer, a female deer). Together, they were...a dill-doe. A dildo. Get it? You do.

Mom and Dad before their Halloween party. He's a dill pickle. She's a female deer. Together they're a "dill-doe." And also my

— Brooke Bogin (@b_bogin) October 23, 2016

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