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The most Aussie bloke ever could go to jail for growing too many potatoes

Thursday Oct 8th 2015

A man with the biggest eyebrows you've ever seen is going to court for growing too many spuds.

Tony Galati, an infamous personality in Australian culture known for his chain of grocery stores in Western Australia and, as aforementioned, magnificient eyebrows, is in a spot of legal bother. Galati's long-standing feud with a 'potato regulator' (of all things on this planet of ours) has finally boiled over.

See also: 14 things that prove Australia is definitely not a real place

What's the problem?

The issue, apparently, is that Galati is negatively influencing the fresh produce market by growing more potatoes than is actually needed. The regulators claim he planted more than his self-imposed quota of approximately 6,000 tonnes of potatoes, according to the ABC. Read more...

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Record warm oceans are causing the third-ever global coral bleaching event

Thursday Oct 8th 2015

The world's third-ever global coral bleaching event is now underway, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) along with a consortium of other researchers around the worldMashable first reported the strong possibility that a global event would be declared in October, pending observations of coral bleaching in the Caribbean and Bahamas, which has now taken place.

This bleaching event, which began in the north Pacific in the summer of 2014 and expanded to the south Pacific and Indian oceans in 2015, is hitting U.S. coral reefs particularly hard. According to a press release, NOAA estimates that by the end of 2015, almost 95% of U.S. coral reefs will have been exposed to ocean conditions that can cause corals to bleach Read more...

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'Jackass' star Steve-O gets 30 days in jail for his Sea World protest

Wednesday Oct 7th 2015

Jackass star Steve-O was sentenced to 30 days in jail on Wednesday after climbing at least 100 feet up a crane in Hollywood to protest Sea World in August, the Associated Press reports

After climbing the crane, Steve-O, who's real name is Stephen Glover, inflated a large killer whale balloon with the words "Seaworld Sucks" and lit fireworks. Dozens of emergency workers responded to the scene, including a helicopter

See also: PSA: Never use your lighter at a gas station, even to kill spiders

Glover pleaded no contest to charges of misdemeanor trespassing and illegal use of fireworks, said Los Angeles City Attorney's spokesman Frank Mateljan. Glover accepted the charges in stride, saying, "If your goal is to make a statement about captivity, you may as well get yourself locked up!" Read more...

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Lady Gaga checks into 'American Horror Story: Hotel' with a big, bad, bloody orgy

Wednesday Oct 7th 2015

Lady Gaga does not appear on American Horror Story: Hotel until almost 30 minutes into the first episode — but when she lands, there's no missing the impact. Watch out for the stains.

Gaga, playing the blood-lusting Countess of the Hotel Cortez in Los Angeles, marks her debut by strutting out into the Hollywood Forever Cemetery alongside perfect human specimen Matt Bomer as Donovan, seducing a beautiful young couple with obscene gazes and gestures. They bring the succulent couple back to their hotel room, thumping to the tune of She Wants Revenge's "Tear You Apart," embarking on one of the most unbelievable television orgies of all time. Read more...

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California bans paparazzi from using drones to spy on celebrity homes

Wednesday Oct 7th 2015

Following campaigns by several lawmakers and complaints from celebrities, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday prohibiting paparazzi from using drones to surveil private property.

Through the new ban, "physical invasion of privacy" in the state has been redefined to include flying a drone over private land for the purpose of taking a picture or video, the Los Angeles Times reports.

It closes a loophole in paparazzi legislation passed last year by prohibiting the flying of drones in the "airspace above the land of another" in order to "peer into windows, capture goings on and otherwise spy on the private lives of public persons." Read more...

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Android Marshmallow lets users translate text directly in-app

Wednesday Oct 7th 2015

Language barriers are falling down one app at a time.

If you're running Android 6.0 Marshmallow on your device, you can now translate text directly within apps without the trouble of switching between apps.

See also: 10 Free Android Apps You'll Use Every Day

First, download the Translate app; you won't have to open it for the feature to work. When you're in an app like TripAdvisor, just highlight the text you want to translate. Next to the Cut and Copy options in your floating toolbar, you can now select Translate. The translation will appear in a pop-up right in the app.

You can translate 90 languages, and the feature is available in apps such as TripAdvisor, LinkedIn and WhatsApp. More than 500 million people translate over 100 billion words a day on Google Translate, according to the company. Read more...

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Nonsensical 'Goosebumps' musical number is the song of the fall

Wednesday Oct 7th 2015

What the hell is this?

This music video by Nerdist, apparently a promotion for the upcoming Goosebumps film, is entitled "Bumps Gonna Goose Ya!"

What does it mean? What bumps? What goose? Who is this musician who didn't want to give his real name for this project and is instead going by "MF Bumps?" We want answers. We need answers.

Let's chalk the whole thing up to nostalgia and just enjoy watching the strange, large men in ghost spanx.

Justin Bieber has invoked the wrath of Ronda Rousey

Lenny Kravitz and James Franco are terrible at 'Guitar Hero'

Misty Copeland floats through performance with Yo-Yo Ma on Colbert's 'Late Show'

Pharrell was interviewed by a bunch of British kids and it was adorable Read more...

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Australian NFL player is a typical Aussie when mic'd up for 49ers

Wednesday Oct 7th 2015

Australian rugby league treasure and recent NFL convert, Jarryd Hayne, is still dropping some full-on Aussie slang and in typical Down Under-fashion, sledging the referee.

Hayne, who made the San Francisco 49ers team this season, is the latest NFL player to have a microphone attached to him while out on the field, and the results show an eager player still trying to find his feetHayne had an amazing pre-season but many are watching his every move, and he may understandably be feeling the pressure as the video captures him fumbling after calling for a fair catch.

The video, released on the 49ers website, sees Hayne boosting team morale, perfecting his American accent, and letting the referees know that despite being from Australia, he definitely "knows the rules." He also uses the word "baby" a little too much for comfort Read more...

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LeBron James just took a selfie with young fans in the middle of an NBA game

Wednesday Oct 7th 2015

Scoring. Passing. Defense. Rebounding. Mid-game selfies with excited young fans

LeBron James really can do it all

See also: Flashback to '95: Reliving the NBA of 20 seasons ago

During a timeout mid-way through the third quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers' preseason game against the Atlanta Hawks at Xavier University on Wednesday night, James sat himself on the scorer's table while waiting for referees to resume the action. Several young fans then "streamed down the aisle to slap hands with James," according to

Then James grabbed one of their phones. Then this happened:

Autographs are so 20th century. In all seriousness, though, what a moment for those kids. And what a beautiful gesture by the best player in the NBA. (It's the freaking preseason, just to preempt the inevitable Scrooges out there who will find a bone to pick with James.) Read more...

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Apple to add transit directions to Apple Maps in Sydney and Boston

Wednesday Oct 7th 2015

At its Worldwide Developers Conference in June, Apple announced that transit directions would finally be coming to Apple Maps with iOS 9 in a few select cities. Baltimore, Berlin and Chicago were among those first up, but Sydney and Boston were left out.

Earlier this week, Apple sneakily added those two locations to its line up, as Mac Rumours spotted. According to Apple's wesbite, Sydney and Boston will soon be among the 13 cities where the app can help users find a route on public transport, from buses to trains.

See also: New Steve Jobs clip shows his 'softer side' amid dark film portrayals Read more...

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Lucious Lyon roars again in latest 'Empire' episode

Wednesday Oct 7th 2015

"Y'all keep acting like y’all don’t know me."

This one line from Lucious Lyon basically sums up the entirety of Episode 3 of this season of Empire

He says it to Cookie, Hakeem and, if we're being honest, also the loyal viewers at home

This hour sees Lucious take serious control and proclaim himself a god at least twice on his #Yeezus flow (or #Leezus, I guess). Now that he's out of jail, he's coming back with a vengeance

See also: A new dynasty began in the latest episode of 'Empire'

Things kick off with Leezus making an announcement at the entrance of Empire (since he's legally not allowed back in the building) Read more...

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This insane Beijing traffic jam will make you thankful for your commute

Wednesday Oct 7th 2015

China sure knows how to do insane traffic

With millions of Chinese motorists taking to the road at the end of the country's week-long National Day celebration, a few traffic headaches were probably to be expected

But the gridlock that clogged the main highway into Beijing, the 50-lane-wide G4 Beijing-Hong Kong-Macau Expressway, on Oct. 6 was truly something else

See also: Glass walkway suspended 3,540 feet above ground cracks under tourists' feet

The expressway became congested with thousands of motorists after a new checkpoint caused traffic to merge down to 20 lanes, creating a bottleneck that backed up traffic for hours, according to The People's Daily Read more...

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Samsung's mobile payments acquisition LoopPay breached by hackers

Wednesday Oct 7th 2015

A report on Wednesday revealed that LoopPay, the U.S.-created mobile payment system acquired by Samsung in February, was the target of a hacker attack in March

But the most interesting wrinkle in the story is the fact that the hackers who executed the attack on the South Korea-based company appear to be from China, thus framing the incident as a case of international, possibly corporate, espionage, rather than just another hack

See also: Google launches Android Pay, its new mobile payment platform

Details of the hacking attack surfaced in a New York Times report, which claims that the Chinese hacker group the Codoso Group had breached the LoopPay computer network. The breach was discovered in August, giving the hackers a full five months access to the network Read more...

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Jony Ive's touching tribute to Steve Jobs

Wednesday Oct 7th 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — Four years after Steve Jobs' death, Apple executive Jony Ive says the thing he remembers most is the founder's 'heart-warming' focus on perfecting the company's products.

Closing out the last day of Vanity Fair's New Establishment Summit, Ive appeared onstage alongside Star Wars director J.J. Abrams. Not unexpectedly, the conversation quickly turned to Jobs, who died almost exactly four years ago.

See also: Tim Cook remembers Steve Jobs on the anniversary of his death

Ive spoke of his memories of the late Apple founder. "Four years ago, I was faced with a wall of grief," he recalled, saying his memories have changed in unexpected ways in the intervening years Read more...

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Ashley Benson of ‘Pretty Little Liars’ upsets everyone with Cecil the lion costume

Wednesday Oct 7th 2015

Celebrities are just like us: Inappropriate Halloween costume edition.

Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson has drawn backlash from an Instagram post in which she referred to a lion Halloween costume as "Cecil the lion" — the African lion who was shot and killed by an American dentist earlier this year.

See also: Cecil the Lion's killer dentist Halloween costume is a real thing

"Help! Can't decide on my Halloween costume this year! What do you guys think of this cecil the lion costume?" Benson's original caption read

Image: @itsashbenzo on Instagram

The actress has since edited the post to read as simply "lion costume," though not before screenshots were taken and spread around social sites. Read more...

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How democracy beat 'Dark Souls'

Wednesday Oct 7th 2015

Thousands of people have come together to defeat one of the world's hardest video games using an unconventional method: democracy.

Game-streaming platform Twitch regularly hosts an event called "Twitch Plays," a social experiment where thousands of people can control a game via inputting commands into the stream's chatroom. The whole thing is no less than absolute madness

"Twitch Plays" and its unique, crowd-sourced gameplay exploded in popularity last year when it used Pokémon Red for its debut. They've done a number of other Pokémon titles since the original, but recently someone decided to turn it up a notch. Read more...

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Making Amazon's alternate history drama 'Man In the High Castle' was no small feat

Wednesday Oct 7th 2015

Amazon is going big with its alternate history drama, The Man in the High Castle.

And the above featurette, which you're seeing first on Mashable, shows exactly how big

See also: Amazon is heading to New York Comic-Con for the first time

To create this world — set in a universe in which the Axis Powers won WWII — the team had to roll back time and then determine how one key moment in our history could change the trajectory of our future. Or as lead director Daniel Percival puts it, they had to create a world that was "challenging and yet vastly familiar."

"I can't imagine doing a show more ambitious or on a bigger scale than The Man in the High Castle," adds former X-Files producer Frank Spotnitz Read more...

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Google rebuffs reports that Android Auto collects copious car data

Wednesday Oct 7th 2015

On Tuesday we reported that Motor Trend claimed the 2017 Porsche 911 would not include Google's Android Auto because the mobile infotainment add-on gathered too much data for the German automaker's comfort. It reportedly sent back to Google data measurements of several essential vehicle operations, including vehicle speed, throttle position, fluid temperatures, and engine rev data — every time the system was activated.

See also: Amid cheating scandal, VW calls off some 2016 U.S. diesel models for now

In a statement Wednesday morning, tech giant Google rebuffed these claims in a prepared statement: "Android Auto needs to know whether the car is in Park or Drive to determine whether it should show a keyboard for searches or rely on voice input. Similarly, it needs to know whether it is day or night time so that Android Auto is optimized for daytime or nighttime viewing of the screen." Read more...

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GM wants hackers to report any 'vulnerabilities' they might discover

Wednesday Oct 7th 2015

Along with the rise of self-driving cars, concerns over the security of vehicle software systems seem to be at the forefront of automakers' interests. Accordingly, General Motors is asking that hackers and owners alike report any vulnerabilities they might discover in the company's cars.

See also: Chrysler just launched the first-ever hacking recall for cars

This call for any and all hacking information comes on the heels of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) initiating a recall after one of its cars was hacked on the highway, resulting in a full takeover of the car's powertrain.

"If a researcher has facts related to any vulnerability in one of our products or services," a GM representative told Mashable, "we want them to report those to us." Read more...

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New England company will ship you 3 dead leaves for $19.99

Wednesday Oct 7th 2015

Have no fear, people who live in beautiful locations that don't have the pleasure of experiencing four distinct seasons — you can now be the proud owner of some beautiful dead leaves for the low, low price of $19.99.

The New England-based company does exactly what you think it does: ship beautiful "Grade A" foliage from the northeast right to your door.

See also: The only fall foliage map you need to plan a perfect autumnal getaway

According to its website, experts hike around New England for the perfect leaves, which are then preserved and sent with a customizable hand-written letter. Read more...

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