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Virginia bans conversion therapy for LGBTQ children, a first in the South
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Virginia bans conversion therapy for LGBTQ children, a first in the South

Virginia became the first Southern state and 20th in the nation to ban the discredited practice of conversion therapy for LGBTQ children. Continue Reading…

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Dell’s cheap Philips Hue starter pack deal is even better with $50 credit
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Dell’s cheap Philips Hue starter pack deal is even better with $50 credit

Philips Hue has become the go-to for smart home lighting. The LED light bulbs can transition between 16 million colors to compliment your home, set the mood or enhance your sleep. Those who haven’t turned their home into a technicolor dreamland may w… Continue Reading…

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Facebook reveals the AI tool it used to ban 6.6 billion fake accounts
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Facebook reveals the AI tool it used to ban 6.6 billion fake accounts

Today, Facebook unveiled a machine learning tool that, in the last year, has removed more than six billion fake accounts. That’s in addition to the millions of new fake accounts that Facebook blocks from being created daily. According to Facebook, th… Continue Reading…

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Pinterest is combating coronavirus misinformation with custom search results
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Pinterest is combating coronavirus misinformation with custom search results

Pinterest is taking a proactive step to stop the spread of coronavirus-related misinformation. The company told The Verge it’s introducing a “custom search experience” to ensure its users can get reliable information when they turn to the platform fo… Continue Reading…

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Twitter users on Android can now pin lists to their Home feeds
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Twitter users on Android can now pin lists to their Home feeds

Twitter’s curated timeline algorithm is iffy, but the chronological timeline can turn into a mess, too. In September, the platform rolled out a feature that let iOS users quickly swipe between five pinned lists, as well as the Home timeline. This hel… Continue Reading…

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Lunchr becomes Swile to expand beyond corporate lunch cards
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Lunchr becomes Swile to expand beyond corporate lunch cards

Lunchr has rebranded to Swile in order to expand its product offering beyond meal vouchers. The company wants to focus on everything that happens at work but that isn’t technically work — money pots for a birthday, paying back your co-workers, creating team-building events and more. At heart, Swile provides …

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India restores social media access in Kashmir for 2 weeks
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India restores social media access in Kashmir for 2 weeks

For the first time in eight months, people in Kashmir can use WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter and other social media services without any fear or use of specialized software — though things are not back to normal yet. India said on Wednesday that it has temporarily lifted the ban on social …

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Man who was fined $500 for criticizing traffic light timing gets his idea adopted by Institute of Transportation Engineers
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Man who was fined $500 for criticizing traffic light timing gets his idea adopted by Institute of Transportation Engineers

In 2013 Mats Järlström’s wife got a red light camera ticket at an intersection in Oregon. Järlström, an electrical engineer by training, investigated the formula used to time yellow lights. Järlström found flaws with the formula and e-mailed the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying to …

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Gentleman uses fishing rod to steal Versace necklace from mannequin

Police in Sydney are on the lookout for a man who used a fishing rod to pull a $700 Versace necklace from around a mannequin’s neck and through a door crack of a fashion store. From CBS News: “After first attempts with a smaller rod failed, the man decided to …

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You'll never find same level the inner peace that this kitty has achieved
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You’ll never find same level the inner peace that this kitty has achieved

The 2020 election. Coronavirus. The long, slow death rattle of human decency. Screw it all, Tom & Jerry’s on the tube. Continue Reading…

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