Tide’s new “Eco-Box” looks like boxed wine, memes ensue

Tide’s new “Eco-Box” looks like boxed wine, memes ensue

The “Eco-Box” is the latest from the maker of Tide Pods. Over the weekend, CNN Business reported that in January 2019, Tide, the laundry detergent brand, would release new packaging that would be both eco-friendly and cheaper to ship. According to a release, the cardboard box contains a bag of detergent and a no-drip valve mechanism. The “Eco-Box” (a play on both eco- and e-commerce) was specifically designed to be shipping-friendly from places like Amazon…

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Watch: Every Stan Lee Cameo from every single Marvel movie he appeared in

Watch: Every Stan Lee Cameo from every single Marvel movie he appeared in

Lee’s work might not be well-known to every Marvel movie fan, but every fan knows how important Lee is to Marvel. Stan Lee, the godfather of Marvel comics, died on Monday, but his spirit will live on in the comic book characters he created, the adventures he took his readers on, and the imaginations he ignited. And of course, there are all those cameos. Lee has been a fixture in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU),…

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The controversies of Trump’s Paris trip, explained

The controversies of Trump’s Paris trip, explained

A fiery Macron speech, a missed WWI memorial, and a Putin thumbs-up for Trump. President Donald Trump spent barely two days in France, but his brief visit revealed the widening rift between the United States and its Western allies. The president traveled to Paris on Friday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I — and because he was upset that he couldn’t have his own military parade. By Sunday,…

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eBay and Airbnb will end mandatory arbitration for sexual harassment claims

eBay and Airbnb will end mandatory arbitration for sexual harassment claims

eBay and Airbnb will both allow sexual harassment victims to take their cases to court, rather than requiring private arbitration, the companies told BuzzFeed. They’re the latest companies to drop forced arbitration clauses for sexual misconduct, following Facebook and Google — which promised changes after a massive employee protest. Several other companies told BuzzFeed that they did not have such clauses, and two others — Slack and Tesla — declined to comment. Airbnb issued a…

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A black security guard caught a shooting suspect — only to be shot by police minutes later

A black security guard caught a shooting suspect — only to be shot by police minutes later

The death of Jemel Roberson shows that black men aren’t allowed to be the good guy with a gun. In the early hours of Sunday morning, 26-year-old Jemel Roberson was working security at a bar in the Chicago suburbs when a shooting broke out. Shortly after Roberson subdued the suspect at gunpoint, police arrived — and fatally shot the armed security guard as he pinned the suspect to the ground. Roberson was working at Manny’s…

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Amazon’s Alexa might be a key witness in a murder case

Amazon’s Alexa might be a key witness in a murder case

A judge ordered Amazon to hand over data of a speaker present at the scene of a murder. What does this mean for data privacy? Last week, a judge in New Hampshire ordered Amazon to hand over recordings of an Echo smart speaker found in the home where a double murder took place last year in Farmington. Authorities believe the recordings may provide information that could put the murderer behind bars. If Amazon does hand…

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s incredible ability to bounce back

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s incredible ability to bounce back

She’s back at work despite three broken ribs and a range of other health setbacks. Panic spread among liberals last week when word got out that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had been hospitalized after falling in her office and breaking three ribs. Ginsburg, who was appointed in 1993 by then-President Bill Clinton, is one of four liberals in the now 5-4 majority conservative Supreme Court. She’s also the oldest serving justice. If she…

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All of the Stan Lee cameos from Marvel movies, and why we love them

All of the Stan Lee cameos from Marvel movies, and why we love them

Stan Lee is the godfather of modern comics, and his death at age 95, although extremely sad, is a chance to celebrate exactly how much he gave to the world of pop culture. Today, the internet has been flooded with eulogies of his work, life, and his immense impact on comics and film. Many fans fondly recalled the cameos that Lee regularly made in Marvel films over the years, including the pre-Disney Marvel movies, the…

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Comcast should be investigated for antitrust violations, say small cable companies

Comcast should be investigated for antitrust violations, say small cable companies

An industry group wants antitrust regulators to investigate whether Comcast-NBCUniversal is abusing its power to hurt smaller television and internet service providers. The American Cable Association (ACA), which represents over 700 small and medium-sized cable operators, has asked US Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim to “immediately” open an investigation into Comcast’s practices. Comcast denied that the claims have merit, and the Justice Department hasn’t publicly responded. But the ACA has found a potential supporter in…

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Updated patent hints at PS4 controller with a touchscreen

Updated patent hints at PS4 controller with a touchscreen

Sony’s PlayStation controllers have largely gone unchanged in the 20-plus years that the console family has been around — after all, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But a recently published update to Sony’s PlayStation controller patent hints at an interesting potential addition that would replace the DualShock 4’s touch-sensitive control pad with a full-fledged touchscreen, via DualShockers. Sony has flirted with interactive controllers before — the current LED light bar on the existing…

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