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Nielsen is bringing its data and analysis expertise to esports

44 min 35 sec ago

Esports are going to get in-depth viewer statistics and analysis with Nielsen's new esports vertical.

Nielsen, one of the top market research firms in the world and a leading provider of television viewer statistics and consumer data, announced today that it is bringing its insights to the world of competitive game with Nielsen Esports. It's a much-needed service for a field of entertainment that is still finding its legs on the internet and television.

SEE ALSO: Gaming superstars talk about what it was like to be famous in South Korea

Nielsen Esports will provide "sponsorship valuation, fan insights, custom industry research, and consulting services" based on data it gathers from esports events and esports communities (just like it does with television shows). Esports will finally have a go-to, trustworthy source for this kind of information. Read more...

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It's a race against time to ensure people vote on marriage equality in Australia

3 hours 38 min ago

In Australia, the deadline to enrol to vote for marriage equality is approaching fast.  

Australians will be sent a voluntary postal survey on the matter in September, after the country's government failed to get its marriage equality plebiscite (a public vote on an issue which doesn't affect the country's constitution) through parliament twice.

SEE ALSO: Being afraid to come out in a country that just elected a lesbian prime minister

The announcement of a postal vote has culminated in a campaign called Equality Weekender, a series of events, parties and barbecues between Aug. 17 to 20 around Sydney — and hopefully nationally — encouraging people to enrol or ensure they're eligible to vote. Read more...

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This is what Charlottesville looks like when people march for peace

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 23:07

There's nothing that can undo the harm done by the white supremacist rally that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. 

Three people are dead. Others have to live with the fear of violent racism. But during a vigil Wednesday night in Charlottesville, people gathered in the name of peace. 

SEE ALSO: Obama's Charlottesville response just became most-liked tweet in history

Here, on the University of Virginia campus, the crowd sings "This Little Light Of Mine." 

More than 1,000 people took to the streets, according to local NBC News reporter Victoria Wresilo.

Over 1000 people gather @UVA in candlelight vigil

— Victoria Wresilo (@VictoriaWresilo) August 17, 2017

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'Game of Thrones' is proving itself to be leak-proof

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 21:42

What is dead may never die — and what is Game of Thrones will never be defeated by leaks.

It's been a rough ride for HBO recently. Like a White House administration that cannot stop leaking out of its "whatever," the prestige TV mogul can't seem to seal its faulty pipes. Yet somehow its most popular show stared those instruments of potentially devastating audience dropout and taunted: "What do we say to the god of death? Not. Today."

Two weeks ago, hackers spoiled "The Spoils of War" by releasing one of Season 7's most epic episodes a full two days before its official release. We urged true fans to wait until Sunday night to watch the dragonfire unleash — for their own good. Read more...

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7 best burns from Martin Shkreli's jury selection process

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 20:49

When you're as publicly reviled as Martin Shkreli is, finding a dozen of your peers who aren't predisposed to hate your guts can be a tall order.

The pharmaceutical bro, who first rose to infamy when he hiked the price of a life-saving AIDS drug by 5,000 percent, was convicted of securities fraud earlier this month—a charge completely unrelated to his more notorious exploits.

SEE ALSO: Martin Shkreli can't get a fair jury because everyone thinks he's an evil man snake

That didn't stop hundreds of would-be jurors from taking the opportunity to skirt jury duty by ripping on Shkreli before the trial even started. The jury selection process quickly devolved into a Comedy Central-style roast. Read more...

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Not even Fox News could find a Republican willing to defend Trump

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 19:19

Following the disastrous (to say the last) press conference President Donald Trump gave Tuesday on Charlottesville and white supremacy, his political allies were few and far between. So few, in fact, even Fox News apparently could not track any down.

SEE ALSO: Even a Fox News host can't tell if this is real life after Trump's baffling press conference

Shep Smith, Fox News' chief breaking news anchor and something of the network's conscience, said on Wednesday afternoon that his booking team had reached out to "Republicans of all stripes," but could not get one person to come on the network and defend the president's comments.   Read more...

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Mark Zuckerberg slams neo-Nazis and 'polarization' after Charlottesville

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 19:13

We can now add Mark Zuckerberg to the growing list of CEOs and public figures who have weighed in on the events of Charlottesville.

Writing in a Facebook post Wednesday, the CEO said white supremacists and neo-Nazis are a "disgrace," while criticizing the "polarization in our culture."

SEE ALSO: After Charlottesville, tech companies are forced to take action against hate speech

"With the potential for more rallies, we're watching the situation closely and will take down threats of physical harm," Zuckerberg wrote. Facebook's policies have long banned violent threats and hate speech, but the platform has sometimes struggled with enforcement.  Read more...

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All the people (and things) Trump actually thinks are racist

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 19:03

President Donald Trump has had an especially hard time convincing Americans he's not racist this week.

What with blaming "many sides" and the "alt-left" after this weekend's deadly violence in Charlottesville — despite white supremacists and neo-Nazis being at the heart of the protests against the removal of a Confederate statue — he's making it pretty hard to believe otherwise. 

SEE ALSO: Donald Trump’s teleprompter is back from vacation to denounce racism

Trump received a great deal of backlash for refusing to directly condemn white supremacists, the KKK, and neo-Nazis until Monday, and that statement was undermined by his off-the-rails press conference a day later that once again blamed "both sides," emboldening the KKK and white supremacists.  Read more...

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Thank you, Rihanna for these socks patterned in your likeness

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 18:39

Musically, Rihanna always delivers. Would you expect anything less from her sock collection?

On Wednesday the pop queen unveiled the Iconic Looks Collection, a line of socks designed in collaboration with Stance. But these are no ordinary socks. Rather, the collection features four designs, each depicting Rihanna dressed in one of her most memorable looks. 

SEE ALSO: Diplo admits Rihanna doesn't want to work with him — and her reason is beautiful

Sold in sets of two dubbed the Rihanna Award Show Box and the Rihanna Music Video Box, looks referenced include the denim bikini seen in her video for "Pour It Up" and her massive, golden 2015 Met Gala gownYou know the one. Read more...

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Vagina nails are the newest trend in NSFW nail art

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 18:27

You know what they say: wear you heart on your sleeve and your vagina on your fingers. 

The newest trend in the world of Instagram-worthy nail art is not for the shy or basic. People all over Insta have been sporting little vulvas on their hands. Yes, genitalia is getting trendy.

SEE ALSO: Tell the world Aunt Flo is in town with this weirdly cute tampon nail art

The appropriately named, "vagina nails" are quickly on the rise. If you're thinking, "Why?" honestly, a lot of these are pretty damn impressive.

How do they make them so tiny?! With such detail! 

💥Pussy Power💥 Thanks to @asabree I've got 2 extra vags which means everything I touch will turn into a magical vagina! Xo to @fingerbangportland 😘

A post shared by Project Object ( on Aug 14, 2017 at 8:17pm PDT Read more...

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PewDiePie after Charlottesville: 'Nazi memes are not even that funny anymore'

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 18:00

No shit. 

YouTube's most prominent personality, PewDiePie (a.k.a. Felix Kjellberg), has finally realized what we've all already known: Nazi jokes are tasteless at best, hateful at worst. And after the events of this past weekend, we have a hard time understanding how anyone could find them funny.

In a video released today, PewDiePie quickly references the recent events around the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, getting to his main point: He's now reconsidering making Nazi references in his YouTube videos that are watched by millions of people. 

This past weekend, white supremacists and neo-Nazis carrying torches in Charlottesville chanted anti-Semitic and Nazi-era slurs in protest of the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue. The group clashed violently with counter protesters and an Ohio man protesting the statue's removal drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one and injuring more than a dozen others. Read more...

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Okay forget the White Walker kidnapping plan, I've got plenty of other ideas. By Jon Snow

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 17:47

Hey all, sorry for the short notice but thanks for meeting back up. I wanted to let everyone know that after some feedback we are scrapping the Wight kidnapping plan we discussed the other day.

That plan, in which we decided to send an elite team of our most important leaders on a suicidal mission to capture one dead guy and bring him to King's Landing to show Cersei, is officially over. 

It was stupid, almost unbelievably so, and I think we can all see that now. I am deeply, deeply humbled by the entire ordeal.

The good news is: I, Jon Snow, the King in the North, have thought of several other plans on my return journey and I am so happy to begin work on truly any of them. Read more...

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Giant tortoise escapes the zoo, but doesn't make it very far

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 17:41

A giant tortoise broke out of the zoo and was living life on the run, but it didn’t quite move fast enough … because, well, it’s a tortoise.  

According to The Japan Times, a 35-year-old female tortoise named Abuh was found just 140 meters (about 450 feet) away from Shibukawa Animal Park in Okayama after going missing two weeks ago. 

SEE ALSO: This tortoise called Herman is BFFs with a bread version of himself

She's allowed to walk freely around the zoo during daytime hours, and figured she'd make her great escape beyond the walls of the park. But surveillance camera footage showed the creature leaving the area on Aug. 1, completely destroying any semblance of an alibi.  Read more...

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This man might expose the Russian hacking operation

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 17:39

He's Ukrainian. He goes by the name "Profexer." And he's allegedly behind the software that kicked off the Great DNC Hacking of 2016—you know, the one that may have swayed an entire American presidential election.

Other personal details about the reportedly young man are vanishingly scarce, according to The New York Times, but its his professional credentials that may illuminate key parts of how the Russian government runs its hacking operations. 

SEE ALSO: Pussy Riot wants to totally immerse you in Russian prison life

Profexer may not have been a Russian government operative himself, but he is the alleged author of the malware that helped Russian operatives hack the Democratic National Committee (and steal DNC emails) in an attempt to sway the 2016 United States presidential election in favor of President Donald Trump.  Read more...

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After Charlottesville, tech companies are forced to take action against hate speech

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 17:35

Silicon Valley spent years preaching a hands-off approach to even the most extreme speech in the interest of connecting the entire world. 

After Charlottesville, that's changing quickly. 

Facebook, Google, Spotify, Squarespace, and a variety of other tech companies are taking action to curb the use of their platforms and services by organizations associated with far-right organizations. The effort, though apparently uncoordinated, is among the most aggressive campaigns yet to push a particular group off the internet's mainstream spaces.

The moves come in the immediate aftermath of a weekend of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, where the "Unite The Right" rally, organized in part on Facebook, resulted in three deaths and dozens of injuries. The Facebook Event page for the rally, which drew a mix of white nationalists, self-identified Nazi, and the alt-right, was live for more than a month before Facebook removed it, Business Insider reported. It was only shut down one day prior to the rally.  Read more...

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We Are VR: How Vancouver became a hub for Virtual Reality engineers

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 17:31
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Anyone living in Vancouver will swear that there’s no better place to live on earth. Lush forests, tall mountains, and the beautiful Pacific Ocean hugging the coast — where else could you snowboard, hike, and swim in the ocean all in one day? It’s no wonder that this stunning coastal seaport city is consistently ranked one of the best places to live in the world. Still, there’s more to Vancouver than the great food, wonderful people, and killer scenery; it has quickly established itself as a hub for cinematographers, artists and production crews experimenting in the virtual reality, 3D, and motion capture space. Read more...

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Why Apple's not going to sell an OLED TV

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 17:17

It's no secret Apple really, really wants to reinvent the TV. On his deathbed, Steve Jobs expressed great interest in fixing the crummy TV watching experience, telling his biographer Walter Isaacson that he had "finally cracked it."

Jobs said he wanted to create an "integrated television set that is completely easy to use" and "would be seamlessly synced with all of your devices and with iCloud."

In 2014, leakers and analysts repeatedly said Apple would release its own TV set, which many speculated could have been powered by Siri. No such Apple-branded TV was ever released and many believe Apple shelved it. Read more...

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Spotify is now pulling white supremacy music off its service

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 17:11

Charlottesville has inspired domain servers and social platforms to act and take more action against white supremacy. Now, music-streaming services are stepping up.

Spotify has pulled several white-supremacist bands from its service, Billboard reported Wednesday.

SEE ALSO: GoDaddy bans neo-Nazi site after cretinous Charlottesville article

This move comes three years after Southern Poverty Law Center flagged a certain number of groups as "hate bands," according to Billboard. Just a few days ago, violence broke out and one woman died in Charlottesville, Virginia during the "Unite The Right" rally.  Read more...

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Elon Musk's self-taught AI bot destroyed an esports pro in 'Dota 2'

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 16:54

In many ways, esports represents the future. Like so many other parts of our modern lives, it's built around the computer and the internet. Competitions like 'Dota 2's' "The International" draw players from around the world, shrugging off the geopolitical and cultural boundaries that still define many traditional sports. And above all, it fully utilizes man's most potent attribute: the mind.

So it should be just a little bit scary that in a relatively short period of time, man has been upstaged at his own game. An artificial intelligence (designed by the Elon Musk-funded OpenAI) has beaten the most skilled human players at their most complex video game. And it learned how to do so almost entirely on its own. Read more...

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Google just gave Docs the major overhaul you've been waiting for

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 16:53

Google is introducing a slew of new features in an overhaul to its web-based Docs, Sheets, and Slides tools, which could make working on and editing a group project online even easier.  

Users will now be able to streamline multiple rounds of edits within the same Doc, cutting through the clutter that inevitably piles up on shared pages. You'll also finally be able to give suggestions from mobile devices, just in case you're struck by inspiration on the go or have to quickly give input on new changes remotely.    

The new features were outlined in a new Keyword blog post, which showed off multiple use cases where the tools will likely come in handy IRL.  Read more...

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