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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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Salesforce CEO: tech billionaires ‘hoard their money’ and won’t help homeless

In Guardian interview, Marc Benioff calls out Twitters Jack Dorsey and others for failing to give back to city where they got rich Marc Benioff, the Salesforce CEO, has escalated his attacks on fellow San Francisco billionaires, saying they are hoarding money and dont want to help the homeless. In an interview with the Guardian on Tuesday, the tech entrepreneur intensified his efforts to call out ultra-wealthy business leaders has caused divides in the tech industry, which has typically been resistance to taxes that could income inequality. The CEOs unusual…

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Twitter user named Brett Kavanagh kicks off an impromptu support group

It's not easy being Brett Kavanagh…Image: Andrew Harnik – Pool/Getty images Existing on Twitter when you’re not named after a controversial political figure is hard enough, but users named Brett Kavanagh, Susan Collins, and more have learned it’s a whole other level of hellscape when your name’s in the news. As the world awaits the possible confirmation of Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a Kentucky man named Brett Kavanagh tweeted that it has not been easy to have his name throughout this whole process. Believe me –…

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Twitter will update its rules to prohibit ‘dehumanizing language’

We happen to know a certain Twitter user who really enjoys using dehumanizing language.Image: NurPhoto via Getty Images Call it the Alex Jones effect. Twitter announced on Tuesday that it will update its rules to prohibit “dehumanizing language” on the platform. While it is still finalizing what this policy will look like through user feedback and internal review processes, this initiative could add a much-needed layer of clarity to Twitter’s sometimes opaque, yet narrow, rule violation policy. “We want to expand our hateful conduct policy to include content that dehumanizes…

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Nicki Minajs Week From Hell: Kylie Jenner Drama, Tour Shakeups and Harriet Tubman?

For many celebrities, getting called out for Harriet Tubman. Some of these maneuvers were probably just (successful) attempts to snatch headlines as Minaj debuted her new album, it debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, and earned the No. 1 iTunes spot in 86 countries. But Minaj wanted to be No. 1, and she wasnt above blaming a very wealthy baby for being dethroned. But before we get to Stormi Webster, a radio interview. The feud then moved continued, Btch you hit me & meek asking us to get…

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Its time for Facebook and Twitter to coordinate efforts on hate speech

Since the election of Donald Trump in 2016, there has been burgeoning awareness of the hate speech on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. While activists have pressured these companies to improve their content moderation, few groups (outside of the German government) have outright sued the platforms for their actions. That’s because of a legal distinction between media publications and media platforms that has made solving hate speech online a vexing problem. Take, for instance, an op-ed published in the New York Times calling for the slaughter of an…

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Become a child genius with this engineering kit

A local news site wants you to get your facts straight before destroying their mentions.  The National Enquirer kept a LITERAL SAFE of records that documented “hush money payments” during the 2016 presidential election. The tabloid essentially buried stories that would damage Trump’s campaign.  SEE ALSO: Sarah Huckabee Sanders tries and fails to explain Trump’s odd comment on groceries On Thursday, National Enquirer chief David Pecker was granted immunity, and angry people took to Twitter to voice their rage.  Except, they directed their anger at the wrong Enquirer.  The poor…

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Fall in love with this tasty mountain of shredded ice

The Shrek soundtrack is the arguably the quintessential album of the 2000s, rivaled only by the magnum opus of movie soundtracks, Shrek 2. The opening scene — from Shrek bursting out of his outhouse to shattering a mirror with his ogreish grin — wouldn’t be the same without Smash Mouth’s iconic “someBODY once told me.” Smash Mouth’s “All Star” became an absolute banger, constantly resurfacing through memes and remixes. And their cover of the Monkees’ “I’m a Believer” sweetly accompanies Shrek and Fiona through their swamp wedding as they party…

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Australia is deplorably racist, as people of colour are reminded when they speak up | Jack Latimore

There can be no reconciliation until politicians acknowledge the harmful impacts of race baiting Theres no question that Australia is a far more racist country than its political class like to admit. No amount of spin should be capable of disorientating hard facts sufficiently to obfuscate that reality. Yet incredibly I still receive abusive mail ridiculing me for jumping at shadows, protesting it just aint so. I understand how a certain amount of privilege in life provides a buffer to the kinds of racialised discrimination, prejudice and hate speech that…

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Photoshop Troll Who Takes Photo Requests Too Literally Strikes Again, And The Result Is Hilarious (15+ New Pics)

James is a professional photoshopper, a master of his trade who can alter your picture to just about anything he pleases. The British designer has become an internet star with his maverick ways, taking people’s requests and altering them with a hilariously unexpected twist to find his own niche, photoshop comedy. His images are often delivered with a deadpan response, a simple ‘sure’ or ‘done,’ but sometimes he comes out with important messages about social issues such as media manipulation, unrealistic beauty standards and body confidence too. #9 #10 Read…

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