Why Cardi B (and every other celebrity on Instagram) loves Fashion Nova

Why Cardi B (and every other celebrity on Instagram) loves Fashion Nova

The inexpensive, flashy brand has skyrocketed in popularity thanks to social media influencers. Cardi B’s ode to Christian Louboutins, “Bodak Yellow,” was her breakthrough single. But last night, when she made her official foray into fashion, shoes were a non-factor. Instead, Cardi teamed up with the viral brand Fashion Nova to launch her first clothing collection. Featuring pleather, crushed velvet, and plaid suits inspired by Clueless, a film that everyone seems to be copying lately,…

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AT&T is launching a new app to manage parental control features

AT&T is launching a new app to manage parental control features

AT&T is sunsetting its parent control Smart Limits app and replacing it with a new app called Secure Family. The new app will be available November 26th, and includes new features like location tracking, time limits, and content filtering. The upgraded version lets users monitor up to 10 lines for $7.99 a month. Location tracking is more accurate, and parents can set up the app so they receive arrival and departure alerts when their child…

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Trump’s fake tax cuts are dead

Trump’s fake tax cuts are dead

The midterms are over, and so are Republicans’ phantom middle-class tax cuts. Much like President Donald Trump’s grave concerns about the migrant caravan have dissipated in the wake of the 2018 midterm elections, so has the nebulous middle-class tax cut he made up a couple of weeks before Election Day. It was always clear this was never going to happen. Trump raised eyebrows in October when he suddenly began to talk about a 10 percent…

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She-Ra’s showrunner on villains, heroes, and the show’s controversial design

She-Ra’s showrunner on villains, heroes, and the show’s controversial design

Noelle Stevenson has had a whirlwind career, and like so many other young artists these days, it started online. In 2012, while still a student in art school, she started Nimona, a goofy webcomic about medieval knights, mad science, and a hero-villain duo whose picture book rivalry was complicated by the introduction of a shape-changing teenager with a taste for havoc. Three years later, Nimona was a complete story, a dark, tragic fantasy published by…

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Amazon made a (RED) version of the second-gen Echo

Amazon made a (RED) version of the second-gen Echo

Amazon is offering the second-generation Echo in red, in support of Product (RED) and its humanitarian efforts to combat HIV / AIDS. Similar to the arrangement it first offered last year, Amazon will donate $10 to the charity for each red Echo sold. The specs are the same as any other second-generation Echo, except that it’s covered in red fabric. It costs $99.99 and is available for preorder now, although it officially launches on December…

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TP-Link’s new smart outlet is actually an outlet — and that’s why it’s smart

TP-Link’s new smart outlet is actually an outlet — and that’s why it’s smart

This summer, I replaced every single power outlet in my house with a tamper-resistant one. You do things like that when you’ve got a curious two-year-old. But I kind of wish I’d waited — because TP-Link is quietly making a smart outlet that could let me control my wall sockets with a tap on my phone. Or with Alexa / Google Assistant voice controls, which I personally prefer. I’m talking about the TP-Link Kasa KP200…

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Facebook will reduce reach of ‘sensationalist and provocative’ content

Facebook will reduce reach of ‘sensationalist and provocative’ content

Facebook is once again tweaking how stories spread through the News Feed, this time going after posts that are “sensationalist and provocative.” The goal isn’t just to cut down on clickbait, but to cut down on misinformation and problematic posts that don’t quite warrant an outright ban on the site. In a blog post, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg writes that people naturally engage more with sensationalist content. Engagement with this content, he says, increases the…

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Relief efforts want money. So why do we insist on donating canned goods?

Relief efforts want money. So why do we insist on donating canned goods?

It’s hard to give up cash. Catastrophic wildfires continue to devastate California, destroying more than 236,000 acres (including entire towns), taking at least 59 lives, and forcing tens of thousands to evacuate. In the wake of disasters like this one, people want to donate to relief efforts. And as has been reported again and again and again, the best thing to give is not goods but money. As BuzzFeed News explains, “physical donations” like nonperishable…

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Monica Lewinsky is finally having her moment

Monica Lewinsky is finally having her moment

She’s emerged as a powerful spokesperson on power, consent, and #MeToo. They called it “the Lewinsky scandal.” Bill Clinton was the one who abused his power, entering into a relationship with a White House intern when he was the president of the United States. Yet pundits and ordinary Americans alike typically referred to the episode by Monica Lewinsky’s name. That’s just one of the things Lewinsky hopes will change now, two decades after Clinton’s impeachment….

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No one at Facebook seems to know who hired a DC opposition research firm

No one at Facebook seems to know who hired a DC opposition research firm

One of the bigger bombshells in The New York Times’ massive Facebook investigation published yesterday was that the company had hired an opposition research and consulting firm known as Definers Public Affairs, which it said had created deceptive news posts and pushed them onto a network of conservative websites. Now, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he has no idea who hired them. Definers was hired as part of a lobbying effort intended to counter mounting…

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