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White confusion over blackface is the punchline in this ‘SNL’ sketch

White confusion over blackface is the punchline in this ‘SNL’ sketch

Saturday Night Live turned its attention to Virginia on Feb. 9, the first episode since controversy gripped the state. It's been a tough time for Virginia and its duly elected leaders. The state's Democratic governor, Democratic attorney general, and top Republican in the state Senate have all admitted to wearing blackface at some point in…
A survival guide for being a woman on the internet

A survival guide for being a woman on the internet

This piece is part of an ongoing series exploring what it means to be a woman on the internet.  Once upon a time, in the foggy kingdom of San Francisco, I was in an Uber checking my notifications. Suddenly, I discovered a man I have never met who lived in the far away kingdom of…
Twitter loses millions of users, but still makes record profit

Twitter loses millions of users, but still makes record profit

Twitter is growing its revenue while losing monthly active users.Image: Leon Neal/Getty ImagesBy Matt Binder2019-02-07 16:36:13 UTC Twitter is making more money than ever before—even as it loses monthly active users. On Thursday, the company announced its latest earnings report, and it was loaded with positive financial news. Twitter reported a record-setting revenue of $909…
Alyssa Milano’s next viral cause: the Equal Rights Amendment

Alyssa Milano’s next viral cause: the Equal Rights Amendment

Ask Alyssa Milano what's next for the Me Too movement, and she'll say it's the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, a Constitutional amendment that would grant women legal equality. The United States almost ratified the proposed amendment in 1982, but three more states needed to approve it. (Before an amendment becomes part of the…
How to donate wisely and safely to causes you care about

How to donate wisely and safely to causes you care about

GuideStar profiles all the tax-exempt organizations included in the IRS Business Master File. The information provided comes from IRS data and from the organizations themselves. Nonprofits can choose to “claim” their profiles and offer supplemental information, such as an audited financial report. Depending on how much information they provide, nonprofits are awarded the platinum, gold,…
YouTubers everywhere will love this device

YouTubers everywhere will love this device

The Obsbot Tail uses AI to track you in action.
There are 230 new emoji on the way in 2019

There are 230 new emoji on the way in 2019

Get ready to step up your emoji game. Unicode just made its new emoji list for 2019 official, and the update adds 230 new symbols, including a yawning face, white heart, and pinching hand symbol. Though the list of new emoji has now been finalized, it will still be several months before the update hits…
Jack Dorsey continues to string people along by teasing ‘edit tweet’ feature

Jack Dorsey continues to string people along by teasing ‘edit tweet’ feature

Besides asking for permanent bans of the most vile Twitter users, the single most requested thing every user wants is the ability to edit tweets. I want it. You probably want it, especially if you have ever sent a tweet with an embarrassing typo (remember covfefe?) only to have to leave it as is or…
NASA’s deep sea drone Orpheus has plans to one day go to space

NASA’s deep sea drone Orpheus has plans to one day go to space

When the Orpheus drone emerged from the waters off of Cape Cod in September 2018, deep sea biologist Tim Shank felt relieved. Four and a half years earlier, Shank, a scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), had sent a state-of-the-art exploration craft to crushing ocean depths — but the vehicle never returned.  …

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Here’s what the US election results mean for Trump’s trade war...

"On trade, it's going to be the same, if not worse, in terms of U.S.-China," Steven Okun, senior advisor at McLarty Associates, told CNBC as election results were trickling in. Both Democrats and Republicans are believed to support a tougher stance on Chinese trade and intellectual property practices. As a result, the president may enjoy…

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