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Twitter considering a tweet clarifying function

Clarification hasn’t always been Twitter’s strong suit. Fittingly, there’s a bit of confusion around the longstanding suggestion that the service could add an “edit” button in order to save users from silly typos and, well, much, much worse. At a Goldman Sachs event this week, Jack Dorsey clarified that, rather than adding a controversial edit function, Twitter might just let people “clarify” earlier statements. The feature, it seems, is less aimed at the typo part of the equation than the whole ongoing thing with people living to regret some horrible…

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Son Shares Photo Of His Dad, Sad That No One Is Coming To His New Donut Shop, It Goes Viral And People Flood The Shop

estimated that some 20% of small businesses will fail in their first year. Image credits: share a pic of his dad looking ‘sad’ about his predicament. Now, social media gets a lot of stick at times, bringing out the very worst in us as we shout at each other obnoxiously and say things to each other that we never would in real life. But it definitely has its good side too, as people can come together for a good cause and help someone in need, fostering a real community spirit. Image…

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Twitter testing Original Tweeter tag to distinguish who started a thread

Twitter is testing a new tag that will make it easier to parse who started a thread. The new feature, which is starting to pop up for some users, makes it easier to find posts from the original tweeter within a thread, but may also help curb (some types of) abuse on the platform, making it easier to distinguish accounts that are masquerading as other tweeters, for instance. It’s certainly a small change, but it all plays back into Twitter’s more drastic (beta) plans to introduce changes like color-coded replies…

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These skeleton-like sculptures look remarkably alive

Image: Getty Images Good morning, everyone. Apparently we’re mad about towels.  Scrolling through Twitter on Monday, you might have seen a feed full of people arguing over the amount of towels you’re supposed to own. The Great Towel Debate started when Twitter user @Advil asked followers to settle an argument between him and his girlfriend.  SEE ALSO: Surreal memes deserve their own internet dimension “We have zero frame of reference on the appropriate amount of towels in a household of two,” he tweeted.  As a couple you should own a…

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Soon you’ll be able to lose to this Jenga-playing robot

Nothing screams “romance” more than Kenny G trapped in a room full of glass vases.  Kim Kardashian West posted a video showing how Kanye went all out for her Valentine’s Day present — surprising her with a room in their posh California mansion decorated with roses. Best of all he also brought in jazz love song icon Kenny G for a solo performance.  did they build the vases around kenny g, or did kenny g have to maneuver around the vases also how is our man kenneth gonna get out…

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LinkedIn now requires phone number verification for all users in China

LinkedIn’s China site looks and functions just like LinkedIn everywhere else, except now it asks users in the country to verify their identities through phone numbers. The American company is requiring both new and existing users with a Chinese IP address to link mobile phone numbers to their accounts, TechCrunch noticed this week. LinkedIn had for months told its China-based users to provide mobile number details before sending them to the main page, but it had mercifully kept a little “Skip” button that let users avoid the fuss — until at least…

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12 Of The Funniest Reactions To Netflixs Unfortunate Mistake With Marie Kondos Pic Even Chrissy Teigen Responds

Marie Kondo In the show, Kondo comes to the homes of hopeless packrats to teach her organization method inspired by Shintoism. The energetic organizer transforms each space with the adage of keeping only items that bring joy, which made her ‘new promo’ all the more hysterical. williamhanson In a confused tweet, etiquette expert William Hanson tweeted out a photo of the Marie Kondo “Tidying Up” home screen wondering if perhaps her tactics had intensified. Well, of course, Twitter went crazy at the hilarious juxtaposition of sweet, cheery, 4’7″ Marie and…

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Simple Gif Shows How People Can See the Same Thing Entirely Differently

Check out this gif. It’s simple, it’s beautiful, it’s elegant. Like life, you can take from it what you want. To me, it shows how people can look at the exact same thing and see different patterns (you see triangles, I see squares) or focus on one aspect that fits their narrative. And before we see the lines drawn and patterns shown, it can easily seem random and arbitrary (maybe it still is?). Now I can admit that’s all just basic blogger bloviating. If we want to get more scientific,…

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Twitter is divided over a simple question: How do you draw an X?

How exactly do you draw an X? Left, right, up, down?Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto Draw an X. I’ll wait. Now, how did you go about it? The left stroke first, downward, then the right, or the right stroke first, upward? Turns out there are multiple ways. SEE ALSO: Everyone’s taking their anger out on Sasuke in this hilarious new meme The question of how folks instinctively draw an X has gone viral, thanks to a thread by Twitter user @SMASEY. It’s divided Twitter in a way we haven’t seen since the…

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A story of an online stalker takes a bizarre turn down the deepest of rabbit holes

Buckle up — this Twitter thread is a wild ride.  A serial plagiarist was caught in a lie — really, many lies — after making up a fake story for an Instagram caption, and it shines a light on the harassment women in tech face.    In a now-deleted post, a software developer Tee Medlin — supposed software developer, since who knows what’s true anymore — claimed that a woman who was pictured but not named was stalking him during a tech conference.  SEE ALSO: Self-driving robots and cars deliver…

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Your tiny desk will thank you for this space-saving monitor

We're fine, everybody's fine.Image: NBCUniversal via Getty Images Call over the Globes bartenders cause we’re gonna need some ice for these burns.  Coming off of an astoundingly successful and record-breaking holiday streaming season, Netflix seems to have felt just a little left out of Sunday night’s Golden Globes festivities—despite a number of its projects being honored during the ceremony. SEE ALSO: Here’s everyone who won big at the 2019 Golden Globe Awards Posting to their official Twitter account, Netflix delivered the following scorching burn during the show. Shut up why…

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Elon Musk couldn’t stop tweeting in 2018

Musk has tweets for everything.Image: mashable composite: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images / twitter What better way to really understand Elon Musk’s year as Tesla CEO than to look back at his Twitter. It’s been a bumpy and very busy year for the electric car executive. He went from the depths of despair to turning a profit for Tesla for the first time — with a few lawsuits and scathing news reports thrown in for good measure. He even took a few puffs of marijuana on a podcast. His most famous tweet of…

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Mom Whose Daughter Has Cancer Wants All Parents To Hear Her Emotional Message On Vaccination

The peak of flu season is upon us, which means doctors will be urging the public to get their vaccines, and, as we know, along with the push to get shots will come the anti-vaxxers with fake facts. Last year the Center for Disease Control reported 183 influenza-associated pediatric deaths and one already this year. Despite the data that backs up the antidotes for vaccine-preventable diseases, there are still people who refuse to vaccinate their kids and they are not only putting their own children at risk but others as well. Mother Nicole…

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Envoy raises $43 million to digitize your office

The office might not seem like an area in desperate need of disruption, but Envoy — a Silicon Valley company used to sign in over 100,000 visitors at offices across the world each day; and a TechCrunch SF office neighbor! — has raised $43 million to do just that. The company started life five years digitizing the sign-in book with a simple iPad-based approach, and it has moved on to office deliveries with an automated system that simply involves scanning a barcode. In both cases, alerts are routed directly to…

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A Twitter employee groomed by the Saudi government prompted 2015 state-sponsored hacking warning

An explosive report in The New York Times this weekend sheds new light on the apparent targeting of Twitter accounts by “state-sponsored actors” three years ago. It comes in the wake of the confirmed death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Friday, two weeks after he disappeared in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Khashoggi had long been a target of a Saudi troll army, according to the report, which employed hundreds of people to stifle the speech of government critics, like Khashoggi, who left the kingdom to live and…

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