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The NFL is way overthinking this GIF thing

Friday Dec 2nd 2016

The NFL is finally modifying its overbearing social media policy, but making things quite complicated in the process.

In a memo reportedly sent out to all 32 teams on Friday, the NFL announced it would amend the social media policy it instituted two months ago, which prevented teams from posting GIFs and videos during games. 

Teams are allowed to do so now, but this is still the NFL, so of course the change is accompanied by some very specific rules.

SEE ALSO: The 10 athletes who gained the most Instagram followers in 2016

Previously, the league handed out $25,000 fines for posting unapproved video (including GIFs) during games. The new policy lets teams post video, but only of things like "fans, cheerleaders, mascots and touchdown dances," according to a memo obtained by Yahoo! Finance. Read more...

More about Football, Social Media, Giphy, Nfl, and Entertainment

'Rogue One' cast gets mildly political, stands up for diversity

Friday Dec 2nd 2016

It says a lot about post-election politics — and the traditional caution of Hollywood — that when actors in a major movie make a non-controversial statement about the importance of diversity in society, it is cause for wild applause. 

But that's what happened Friday at the Rogue One Q&A at Lucasfilm, which was livestreamed on TwitterPeople's deputy editor and moderator JD Heyman pointedly asked the Star Wars movie's cast, and its director Gareth Edwards, whether the movie had any kind of message for the real world. 

SEE ALSO: Star Wars is political, and it always has been

Now it has seemed obvious for a while to many viewers that there's a political message in a movie about a band of diverse, downtrodden rebels coming together to strike a blow at an authoritarian leader who has transformed a Republic into an Empire. As Forest Whitaker says at the beginning of the first full Rogue One trailer: "The world is coming undone." Read more...

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Why YouTubers are so mad at YouTube, again

Friday Dec 2nd 2016

LOS ANGELES — PewDiePie is so mad at YouTube that he's calling it quits once he hits 50 million subscribers.

Why? Felix Kjellberg is among a handful of frustrated creators who claim they have seen their video views decline and their subscribers suddenly disappear. Some YouTubers even say they have lost 30 to 40 percent of their usual views.

The general theory is that YouTube has a new algorithm that has caused glitches. Although some in the internet community have come up with a conspiracy theory that YouTube boosts ads on the “trending” tab and videos with more likes and comments.

"It is really upsetting how [YouTube] did this change. They won't explain what happened properly to anyone," PewDiePie, who has just over 49 million subscribers, said in a video uploaded Friday. "It's not just me, a lot of YouTubers are noting this." Read more...

More about Boogie2988, Emma Blackery, Jacksepticeye, H3h3productions, and Pewdiepie

This Chrome extension shows you how biased your social feed is

Friday Dec 2nd 2016

Ever wonder if your Facebook feed is only telling you one side of the story? Well, research has shown that it can do just that.

Social media feeds can morph into echo chambers of your political beliefs, telling you only what like-minded friends and family think, and in doing so, ignoring the news and political material that would challenge them.

A new Google Chrome extension, aptly named PolitEcho, is trying to sift through this biased feedback loop to give us a clear picture of just how 'red' or 'blue' our feeds really are.

SEE ALSO: Get out of your filter bubble with this new browser extension Read more...

More about Politics, Liberal, Conservative, Political Bias, and Chrome Extension

Man who allegedly admitted to killing football star Joe McKnight released without charges

Friday Dec 2nd 2016

The man who admits to killing Joe McKnight — a former high school and USC football star who was shot Thursday — was released without charges on Friday. 

Ronald Gasser, 54, admitted to shooting McKnight three times at an intersection in the New Orleans Area around 3 p.m. on Thursday, authorities said at a press conference Friday.

McKnight's killing is being labeled a "road rage" incident by police. 

SEE ALSO: Former USC football star Joe McKnight shot to death in New Orleans

Because of the circumstances — a white man shooting a black man, admitting it, and going free instead of remaining in custody pending investigation — many responded with outrage.  Read more...

More about Shooting, Football, Usc, Nfl, and New Orleans

High school football team uses mannequin challenge as secret weapon

Friday Dec 2nd 2016

This is far from the first mannequin challenge, but it might be the most practical. 

We've seen athletes dabble in the mannequin challenge during the trend's peak over the past couple months. But most of those attempts were just for show.

The Del Oro High School football team busted out the mannequin challenge long enough to distract its opponents after a touchdown. So when they suddenly broke character and switched formations for a two-point conversion, the defense was fooled.

Hats off to you, Del Oro. 

Stephen Colbert takes on the horror of Trump's mass-texting capabilities

Mum leaves the room for one minute and all hell breaks loose

DJ Earworm's 2016 'United State of Pop' mashup has finally arrived

The intersection of immigration and esports Read more...

More about Football, Mannequin Challenge, Watercooler, and Sports

Charles Barkley foolishly rips the Warriors for playing 'girl basketball'

Friday Dec 2nd 2016

Make of this one what you will, folks.

Former NBA star and current TNT analyst Charles Barkley says he's no fan of the Golden State Warriors. Not because of their recent successes, though, and not because they added yet another superstar by signing Kevin Durant this summer. 

Barkley dislikes the Warriors because they play "girl basketball."

SEE ALSO: How Steph Curry became the NBA's most Vine-worthy star

Barkley delivered his latest criticism of Golden State, a team he's insisted on obtusely criticizing for a few years now, during TNT's Thursday night studio show.  

"Maybe I'm old school, but I'm never going to like that little girly basketball where you have to outscore people," Barkley said. "I'm biased against girl basketball."  Read more...

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Apple addresses iPhone 6S battery problems — on its Chinese website

Friday Dec 2nd 2016

Good news iPhone 6S owners with battery woes: Apple has finally issued a statement to explain those unexpected battery shutdowns.

Bad news (at least for non-Chinese 6S owners): It appears that the statement is only visible on its Chinese language website.

SEE ALSO: Apple's working on a fix for mass iCloud calendar notification spam

Turns out, the malfunctioning iPhones have batteries that degrade faster than normal because they were "exposed to controlled ambient air longer than [they] should have been before being assembled into battery packs," Apple said in the statement, once again highlighting that this wasn't a safety concern. Read more...

More about Iphone 6s, Apple, and Tech

People want to elect Hillary so bad, they created the biggest Change.org petition ever

Friday Dec 2nd 2016

More than 4.6 million people are calling for the Electoral College to make Hillary Clinton the next president of the United States — in the biggest Change.org petition ever.

The site has been around for nine years and has seen hundreds of thousands of petitions created in dozens of countries involving millions people. But the one for Clinton is now officially the most popular of all time.

SEE ALSO: Hillary Clinton: Please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it

Donald Trump's election came as a shocking blow to many Americans. However, the petition on Change.org shows just how committed millions are to still making Clinton the next president. Read more...

More about Elections, Democracy, Election 2016, Presidential Election, and Donald Trump

Facebook is developing AI to bust 'offensive' Live video: report

Friday Dec 2nd 2016

Facebook has long been vigilant about keeping your News Feed free of "inappropriate" content. That's relatively simple when you're talking about material that can be reviewed in full after it's posted — but what happens if something goes wrong during a livestream? 

A new initiative is reportedly in the works to build up the social network's flagging system for offensive content in a particularly difficult area: Facebook Live. 

SEE ALSO: Facebook wants to teach you all about how AI works

Facebook has previously relied in part on a system that depended on users to report offensive materials, which are then checked by Facebook employees against "community standards."  Read more...

More about Censorship, Livestream, Artificial Intelligence, Facebook Live, and Tech

Comedian casually grills Eric Trump on flight to Scotland

Friday Dec 2nd 2016

It's always interesting to see who you'll be sitting next to on a plane, right?

Well imagine how Mohammed Amer felt when fate (and his chosen airline) sat him right beside the Eric Trump.

When the Arab-American standup comedian boarded his plane at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey Wednesday and saw that the president-elect's son was his seat mate, he knew exactly what he had to do — take a selfie and post it on Facebook.

SEE ALSO: Woman groped on plane seeks advice on Twitter

In his post, Amer announced he was heading to Glasgow, Scotland to embark on his UK Tour. "I am 'randomly' chosen to sit next to none other than Eric Trump," he wrote alongside a photograph of himself seated beside Eric in a blue Trump sweater (of course). Read more...

More about Comedian, Facebook, Donald Trump, Eric Trump, and Plane

Fill out this job application form to be considered for Trump's cabinet

Friday Dec 2nd 2016

President-elect Trump is filling his cabinet with a who's who of rich crazy people.

From Chief Strategist Steve Bannon to Jeff Sessions, his pick for attorney general, each one of Trump's selections seems to come with more than a handful of scandals and conflicts. Trump's pick for National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, for example, owns a lobbying organization that has received "tens of thousands" of dollars from foreign companies. His Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was a Goldman trader who's since become a hedge fund manager.

SEE ALSO: Attention staff: The portal to hell in our office kitchen is merely a distraction from the real issues Read more...

More about Donald Trump, Art Graphics, Funny, Humor, and Politics

Amy Schumer might play IRL Barbie for a Sony movie

Friday Dec 2nd 2016

The Lego vs. Barbie debate is as old and divisive as Backstreet vs. N*Sync, and now both toys will have feature films to fight with: Sony is developing a live-action Barbie comedy, and is in talks with Amy Schumer to portray the toy heroine, Mashable has confirmed.

SEE ALSO: Amy Schumer responds to criticism of her contentious 'Formation' video

Though no deals have been signed, Schumer and two other prominent female artists are in early talks with the studio for the film written by Hillary Winton. Schumer and her sister will likely be involved in the writing process as well. 

In the film, Barbie gets kicked out of Barbieland for not being perfect enough, and ends up on a live-action adventure in our world, similar to Disney's Enchanted in 2007. The project emerged from a deal between Sony and Mattel which began over two years ago. Read more...

More about Amy Schumer, Sony Entertainment, Sony, Barbie, and Movies

Tougher, Better, Faster, Stretchier: The technology behind clothing and fabric

Friday Dec 2nd 2016

The clothes on your back don’t just make you look good. They keep you warm and dry, make movement easier and make your life better.   

Fabric technology has a huge impact your day-to-day. From early advances with chemistry that gave us synthetic fabrics to treatments that are revolutionizing the idea of what clothing can do, textile tech is expanding to new and exciting places.   

Here we’ll explore the technology behind these advances, take a look at how far we’ve come and peek ahead to see where we’re going.      

Spandex 

Invented in 1958 by chemist Joseph Shivers, this stretchy synthetic fabric had a major impact on the clothing industry after it was introduced to the public in 1962.     Read more...

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Barack Obama would at least do better in digital media than Rory Gilmore

Friday Dec 2nd 2016

On Friday, Mic released an article called "Obama considering post-presidential media career, sources say." 

Even though the article contains a statement from White House communications director Jen Psaki in which she states, "While the president will remain actively engaged in inspiring young people and he is interested in the changing ways people consume information, he has no plans to get into the media business after he leaves office," we're all spending our Friday evening talking about these rumors.

SEE ALSO: Rory Gilmore is not a good journalist

So why would Barack Obama desire a career in new media after spending eight years rapidly aging due to the massive stress of being president of the USA? Could it be a love for content, a passion for meals consisting of free cereal and seltzer or a desire to download sick apps like Meerkat that will inevitably fade before ever catching on with the general public? Read more...

More about Watercooler, Content, Gilmore Girls, The Media Business, and Rumors

Yes, there are legit ways to make money without leaving your house

Friday Dec 2nd 2016

Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent, college student, or just looking to pay down your debt, we could all use some extra cash. 

While we could find a part-time gig, like driving for Uber, or start earning a passive income through affiliate marketing, wouldn’t be it nice if you were able to make some fast cash from the friendly confines of your home? 

That may sound too good to be true, it is possible if you do so, like these 50 ways that you can make an easy $100 this month from home

1. Have a yard sale. We all have junk taking up space in our homes. Take a couple of hours to go through your house and look for the items that you’re no longer using, such as DVDs, strollers, or kitchen tools and appliances. Then have a yard sale, weather depending of course.  Read more...

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One Direction sock puppet remake is a bittersweet reminder of the good old days

Friday Dec 2nd 2016

One Direction's 3D concert film, One Direction: This Is Us, hit theaters in 2013, but you may still be watching it to mourn the breakup of the British boy band. No judgement.

But instead of 3D, wouldn't you rather see Harry Styles and One Direction as sock puppets? Thought so. That's why our CineFix series, Homemade Movies, remade the entire movie trailer, shot-for-shot, with sock puppets in place of the band members. 

Goodbye, 1D3D—and hello, 1DSP.

Subscribe to CineFix for more videos: https://www.youtube.com/c/cinefix  Read more...

More about Mashable Video, Sock Puppets, This Is Us, Homemade Movies, and Documentary

Justin Bieber covers Taylor Swift again and could it spell T-R-O-U-B-L-E?

Friday Dec 2nd 2016

Justin Bieber has, yet again, used his angelic voice to sing the song of one Ms. Taylor Alison Swift. "I Knew You Were Trouble," specifically.

Now it is our duty to ask, what do mean, Justin?

SEE ALSO: Justin Bieber is '90 percent sure' Instagram is for the devil

Who even likes taylor swift?

A video posted by Justin Bieber Updates™ (@justinbiebertracker) on Dec 2, 2016 at 6:06am PST

Bieber, who has been avoiding social media to keep away from Satan, is still cool with using other people's phones for selfies on occasion.

In a recent video (judging from his current, unbleached hair and baby bangs) that just emerged, he asks, "Is this a video?" And then he swiftly launches into the song. Read more...

More about Cover Song, Celebrities, Pop Star, Taylor Swift, and Justin Bieber

'SNL' to close out the year with John Cena, Casey Affleck

Friday Dec 2nd 2016

Tis the season to be a Saturday Night Live newbie, as the show will welcome first-time hosts Casey Affleck and John Cena in the coming weeks before the holidays.

Cena will host on Dec. 10 with Maren Morris, and Affleck will make his hosting debut alongside musical guest Chance the Rapper on the Dec. 17 midseason finale. Before that, Emma Stone will host for her fourth time on Dec. 3.

SEE ALSO: Leslie Jones finds virgin love on 'Saturday Night Live'

Closing out 2016 with three great shows! #SNL pic.twitter.com/V1aDa9EHxU

— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) December 2, 2016 Read more...

BONUS: Chance the Rapper Talks Co-Signs and 'Coloring Book' at the VMAs More about Saturday Night Live and Entertainment

You're blocked! How to get The Donald to block you on Twitter

Friday Dec 2nd 2016

Common life goals include starting a business, living on a beach or atop a mountain, obtaining a college degree, and, if a recent Twitter search is to be believed, getting President-elect Donald Trump to block you on Twitter. 

A lot of people have taken it upon themselves to poke the orange-tinged bear until he decides he no longer wants to see you in his mentions.

SEE ALSO: Activist's Twitter campaign prompts advertisers to flee Breitbart

We're not here to comment on whether this is a worthy life goal, so we'll just leave you with a bit or evidence to show we're not making it up. 

New life goal: try to get trump to block me on twitter

— LC (@LCONZZZZ) November 20, 2016 Read more...

More about Blocked, Twitter, Election 2016, White House, and Republican
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