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Trump offers to meet with Iranian President Rouhani, without preconditions

Video President Trump: I would certainly meet with Iran President Trump says the Iran deal was ‘ridiculous.’ President Trump said Monday he would be willing to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani with “no preconditions,” on the heels of a fiery exchange of threats earlier this month. “I would certainly meet with Iran if they wanted to meet. I don’t know if they’re ready yet,” Trump said, when asked at a White House press conference about a possible meeting with Rouhani. Trump said he would set “no preconditions,” and, “If…

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What is QAnon? Explaining the bizarre rightwing conspiracy theory

The sprawling internet theory, beloved by Trump supporters, has ensnared everyone from Tom Hanks to Hillary Clinton If you happened to be watching YouTube videos on Monday morning and were struck by an urge to check in on one of Americas most beloved movie stars, you were likely in for a nasty surprise. Sarah Ruth Ashcraft says Tom Hanks is a pedophile, read the title of the top video search result for the actors name. Tom Hanks Alleged Sex Slave Speaks Out, read another top search result. Indeed, the top…

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Android fix will stop predictive text suggestions for ‘sit on my face’

Google has promised to stop its Android phones from suggesting “my face” when its users text “sit on.”  Cory Doctorow came close to a disaster when he texted his kids’ babysitter, “Hey! Are you free to sit” and Android’s predictive text came up with “on my face.”  SEE ALSO: Here’s how malicious Android apps are sneaking malware onto your phone “Needless to say, I have never entered that string into my Android device,” he insisted in his tweet.  I tried it and got the same thing, basically. Strange. pic.twitter.com/52sBQjITgX —…

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The Rise of the Computer-Generated Celebrity

A new generation of celebrities is selling out concerts, starring in commercials, and amassing huge Instagram followings. But none of them exist—corporeally, anyway. In recent years, and starting in Japan, technology and social media have spawned a digital demimonde of computer-generated stars, ranging from fake musicians and models to company mascots who appear as holograms (like Betty Crocker, with AI). When they’re not entertaining you, they’re trying to convince you of their humanity, and even the more cartoonish among them have fleshed-out personalities. In a way, it’s the purest expression…

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Cancelled Northern rail services resume

The remaining 25% of its cancelled services will not restart until September. Meanwhile, Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has written to the prime minister asking her to personally intervene over the “chaos” caused by Northern this summer. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhat went wrong with the timetable changes? The Trains.im website, which uses open rail data, reported 18% of services on the TransPennine route were either cancelled or more than 30 minutes late on Monday morning. On south TransPennine routes, half of services were either late…

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When in Nature, Google Lens Does What the Human Brain Cant

AI-powered visual search tools, like Google Lens and Bing Visual Search, promise a new way to search the world—but most people still type into a search box rather than point their camera at something. We've gotten used to manually searching for things over the past 25 years or so that search engines have been at our fingertips. Also, not all objects are directly in front of us at the time we’re searching for information about them. One area where I've found visual search useful is outside, in the natural world.…

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Mark Hamill gets us crying again with his touching Carrie Fisher tweet

Image: Araya Diaz/Getty Images for The Midnight Mission Carrie Fisher has one, last ride to take in a galaxy far, far away and her big screen bro, Mark Hamill, is just as broken up about it as the rest of us. Star Wars fans the world over greeted Friday’s news that Fisher would have a role in Episode IX with wistful excitement. We’re all jazzed to see Leia Organa one last time, but many fans are also still coming to terms with Fisher’s unexpected death at the tail end of…

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Ginsburg suggests she has at least five more years on the Supreme Court

New York (CNN)Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she hopes to stay on the Supreme Court until the age of 90. “If I had my choice of dissenters when I was writing for the court, it would be Justice Scalia,” Ginsburg said, saying that the back and forth would help her form her arguments. “Sometimes it was like a ping-pong game.” As a result, Ginsburg said, her landmark decision opening up the Virginia Military Institute to female cadets was her 18th draft. Asked by “The Originalist” Director Molly Smith what keeps…

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Cops Are Told to Take “Gods Not Dead” Lip Sync DownThe Chiefs Response Is Perfect

ShareTweet By now, you’ve probably seen a few versions of the cop lip sync challenge that has been circulating the Internet. For the last couple of weeks, cops have been reinventing and recording popular hits from the likes of Bruno Mars to Macklemore and challenging other precincts to do the same. But one police department in Texas is now facing backlash for doing their lip sync to the popular Christian song “God’s Not Dead.” The video also features other references to God like “In God We Trust” stickers and a sign that…

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Big Bang’s Seungri takes on Trump-Kim summit with new video

(CNN)One of South Korea’s biggest stars has taken on the peninsula’s biggest news story in years: the historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Seungri’s video seems destined for a similar amount of viral success too, racking up more than 2.7 million views on YouTube since it was released late last week. He isn’t the first Asian musician to go after this topic: in March, Japanese band World Order released “Let’s start WW3,” which directly targeted Trump with the memorable lyric, “let’s grab…

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26 Weird Hidden Safety Features You Probably Never Noticed

Cracked pays people to make smart memes. Visit the Photoplasty and Pictofacts Workshop to get in on it. We tend to think of corporations as huge and heartless, but it turns out that they’re actually pretty good about anticipating human stupidity and helping customers stay safe. Granted, it’s probably not out of the goodness of their hearts, but there are safety features everywhere, that the average person probably doesn’t notice. Features like … 25 Entry by rs1 22 Entry by Chan Teik Onn 19 Entry by TheClam 16 Entry by…

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