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Sinkhole opens up a block from the White House. Yes, another one.

Tuesday Jan 22nd 2019

It figures that in the midst of the longest government shutdown in American history, the earth would literally open up a block from the grounds of White House.

Yet another sinkhole — a depression in the ground caused by a collapse of land — has opened up in Washington D.C., this time just a block from the presidential residence.

SEE ALSO: 14 of the worst White House moments of 2018

Opening up on Tuesday afternoon, the "large" sinkhole was reported by D.C. Police as being the reason for road closures on 17th Street NW between C Street and E Street NW.

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Street Bridge/Maintenance and DDOT ROP crews are en route for repairs and traffic control
Motorists can utilize 18th St, 15th St, K St, Virginia Ave, Constitution Ave as alternative pic.twitter.com/VRno3fTBjR

— DC Police Traffic (@DCPoliceTraffic) January 22, 2019 Read more...

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Instagram: We swear we're not hiding your posts

Tuesday Jan 22nd 2019

Instagram is once again trying to reassure users that its algorithm isn't actively "hiding" posts from people.

The company issued a rare rebuttal to criticism of its algorithm in response to a viral meme claiming that said algorithm only surfaces posts to 7 percent of an account's followers.

"We’ve noticed an uptick in posts about Instagram limiting the reach of your photos to 7% of your followers, and would love to clear this up," the company wrote on Twitter.

"What shows up first in your feed is determined by what posts and accounts you engage with the most, as well as other contributing factors such as the timeliness of posts, how often you use Instagram, how many people you follow, etc. Read more...

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Twitter suspends account linked to boosting MAGA teens controversy

Tuesday Jan 22nd 2019

Twitter has suspended an account which was linked to the magnification of a confrontation between high school students wearing MAGA hats and Native American protesters.

According to CNN, the account @2020fight was suspended from the social media platform after it shared a captioned video of the encounter on Jan. 18 in Washington D.C., where both the Indigenous Peoples March and the anti-abortion March For Life were taking place. 

SEE ALSO: Teens in MAGA hats spark outrage at Indigenous Peoples March

Groups from both, as well as a handful of protesters linked to the Black Hebrew Israelites, converged near the Lincoln Memorial. This led to a standoff between 64-year-old Native American elder Nathan Phillips and MAGA-hat wearing teenager Nick Sandmann, which would be shared in many viral videos throughout the weekend. Read more...

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Watch a pastry chef try to recreate Pringles

Tuesday Jan 22nd 2019

Watch Bon Appetit's Claire Saffitz nearly break. Again. This time over Pringles.

The pasty chef tackled the recreation by first breaking down the texture of the snack: She noticed that Pringles are more of a "potato crisp" made of a powder composite than traditional thinly sliced potatoes. 

"This is gonna be a project that's more about process and construction than flavor," she noted. 

She rolled a combination of rice flour, ground potatoes, and cornstarch through a pasta press to nail down the signature paper-thin texture. 

Next challenge: getting the shape down. 

When drying the dough over a rolling pin and frying it between two slotted spoons didn't work, she went back to adjusting the potato composite. Eventually, she made a mold by hacking apart a sieve.  Read more...

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Apple says the iPhone will be very useful after the climate apocalypse

Tuesday Jan 22nd 2019

In the end times, when the Earth is populated solely by roving bands of marauders, at least we'll know Apple was able to find new ways to profit from the iPhone.

The environmental nonprofit CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) dropped its latest report on Tuesday, and it's very depressing. The group asked more than 7,000 companies to share the risks and opportunities that come with climate change, reported Bloomberg. And it turns out there is money to be made even in a world ravaged by drought and storms.

SEE ALSO: Guess what? U.S. carbon emissions popped back up in a big way

Apple notes that "as people begin to experience severe weather events with greater frequency, we expect an increasing need for confidence and preparedness in the arena of personal safety and the well-being of loved ones." Read more...

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This iPhone Case Is Genius

Tuesday Jan 22nd 2019

Your Guide to Niche Teen Instagram Memes

Tuesday Jan 22nd 2019

The Roomba 690 is on sale for cheaper than its Black Friday price right now

Tuesday Jan 22nd 2019

Did you know you can pick up a brand new iRobot Roomba for less than $250?

It's true. The iRobot Roomba 690 robot vacuum with Wi-Fi connectivity is now on sale for just $247.99, or $127 off its retail price, on Amazon. This new sales price is actually a few dollars cheaper than its Black Friday sales price back in November. In fact, this is almost the lowest price Amazon has ever offered for this robot vacuum, so take advantage of this deal while it still lasts.

SEE ALSO: Turn your Roomba's trip around the house into a playable 'Doom' map

The iRobot Roomba 690 is a sleek and premium robot vacuum with three stages of cleaning for hardwood floors, carpets, and area rugs. Say goodbye to tiny particles, dust, pet hair, and dirt. Read more...

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Extreme weather — not politicians — convinces Americans that climate change is real

Tuesday Jan 22nd 2019

Americans find today's climate science increasingly convincing, and a damaging mix of exceptional drought, storms, and record-breaking heat is the reason why. 

The results of a new survey — conducted in November 2018 by the University of Chicago's Energy Policy Institute and the research organization The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Researchfound that nearly half of Americans said today's climate science "is more convincing than five years ago, with extreme weather driving their views."

Overall, seven in 10 Americans reported that climate change is happening. 

“The results of the survey demonstrate that most Americans consider climate change a reality and acknowledge that human activity is at least somewhat responsible,” Trevor Tompson, director of The AP-NORC Center, said in a statement.  Read more...

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The sad silence of the National Parks Instagram accounts

Tuesday Jan 22nd 2019

On Dec. 22, 2018, when parts of the federal government went into shutdown mode, it caused a ripple effect that's continued to be felt by workers and the public alike, sometimes in unexpected ways. 

Among the wide-ranging consequences of the shutdown has been the silence from the various National Park accounts on Instagram, which have amassed millions of followers across the various handles. The main National Park Service Instagram even has a whopping 1.3 million followers.

The National Park Service posted a message on its account on Dec. 21, 2018 that read, "During the federal government shutdown, we will not monitor or update social media. Some National Park Service areas are accessible, however access may change without notice, and there are no NPS-provided services. For more information, visit the park’s website ... " Read more...

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Where to watch 'Black Panther' online: These streaming sites are your pre-Oscars destinations

Tuesday Jan 22nd 2019

Mixing super heroes, memes, girl power, and social justice in one movie is just about the most 21st century theme you could think of. That movie is Black Panther, and it just became the first super hero movie to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars.

Aside from that, it's also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, Achievement in Production Design, Best Original Song, Achievement in Costume Design, Best Original Score, Achievement in Sound Editing, and Achievement in Sound Mixing. YO.

This is truly a milestone — not just for Marvel or the film community, but in terms of representation as well. Read more...

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Kamala Harris announces 2020 presidential bid

Tuesday Jan 22nd 2019

The California senator joins an already crowded field seeking the Democratic nomination. Read more...

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Where to watch all 53 of the 2019 Oscar-nominated films

Tuesday Jan 22nd 2019

Alright, film buffs. It is go time.

Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross and The Big Sick's Kumail Nanjiani took to the microphone Tuesday morning to announce the official nominees for the 91st Academy Awards. While the races may be tight, one thing is clear: we have got a lot of watching to do before the big show on Feb. 24.

SEE ALSO: 'Black Panther,' 'Bohemian Rhapsody' score multiple Oscar nominations

To help you dive into your marathon of 2018 cinematic excellence, we have compiled a list of all 53 nominated films with details on where and when you can watch them within the U.S. Of course, availability is subject to change. Read more...

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The 2019 Oscar nominations are finally here

Tuesday Jan 22nd 2019

"Roma" and "The Favourite" are top dogs this year with 10 nominations each. The other films nominated for best picture are "Black Panther," "BlacKkKlansman," "Bohemian Rhapsody," "A Star Is Born," "Vice" and "Green Book." Read more...

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Test your internet prowess with Google's phishing quiz

Tuesday Jan 22nd 2019

So you fancy yourself something of a digital native. The online scams, misinformation, and questionable investment opportunities that plague your parents' generation are mere chaff to be brushed aside as you go about your business harvesting and consuming that delicious internet content.

But, and we know this is painful to even consider, what if you're not the suave web-warrior you believe yourself to be? What if, instead, you too are just one click away from losing your digital life to a phishing scam? Thankfully, a new internet security quiz from Google and Alphabet subsidiary Jigsaw is here to help answer that very question.  Read more...

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Waymo chooses snowy location for its factory devoted to self-driving cars

Tuesday Jan 22nd 2019

"Dashing through the snow in a Level 4 self-driving car..."

That's what Google autonomous car spinoff Waymo is humming today (probably) after announcing plans for a self-driving car factory in southeast Michigan. 

The company said it’s building the “world’s first factory 100%-dedicated to the mass production” of Level 4 autonomous vehicles, which technically don’t require a driver in the front seat. (So far, Waymo has decided to keep a safety operator up front anyway.)

SEE ALSO: Waymo is duping us all with its new self-driving taxi service

The first order of business is finding a facility in Michigan and then hiring engineers, operations staff, and fleet coordinators to build and eventually test the self-driving cars. Waymo has a Michigan presence already with a development center in Novi that opened in 2016. The space served as a testing spot for the Chrysler Pacifica minivan, which was used in a self-driving taxi service launched last year in the Phoenix area.  Read more...

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This very good prankster edited her cousin's video for Spanish class into oblivion

Tuesday Jan 22nd 2019

Editing is a particularly tedious part of the filmmaking process. Twitter user @morgan_such thought she'd found a way out of it by asking her cousin, Hannah Cohen, to edit her Spanish cooking tutorial for her. 

Hannah, however, decided to take a little creative license, adding mismatched sound effects and poking fun at her cousin's beginner level Spanish. The result is a video equal parts funny and disturbing — so, naturally, the internet loves it.

Looks like Hannah just got out of doing any more favors for the rest of time. 

Hey, at least she got an ARead more...

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Netflix now lets you share directly to your Instagram Story

Tuesday Jan 22nd 2019

Get ready to find out a lot more about what your friends are binge-watching on Netflix.

The company announced today that the Netflix app for iOS will now let you share the movies and TV shows you're watching directly to Instagram Stories. 

SEE ALSO: 10 ways to make your binge-watch as comfortable as possible

The feature begins rolling out to all iOS users today and is similar to Spotify's Instagram Stories feature, which lets you share music directly to your Story.

Following a Netflix app update, "Instagram Stories" will appear as an option in the app's share menu. Selecting Instagram Stories from the share menu will redirect you to the Instagram app, with an image of the cover art from the movie or show you're watching.  Read more...

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Amazon's Ring has been reportedly spying on customers

Tuesday Jan 22nd 2019

Anonymous sources confirmed that higher-ups working at the company had "highly privileged access" to the live feeds of its customers. Read more...

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Jay-Z and Meek Mill start group for criminal justice reform

Tuesday Jan 22nd 2019

They've joined up with Michael Rubin, co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, and Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots. Read more...

More about Mashable Video, Criminal Justice, Reform, Jay Z, and Philadelphia 76ers
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