The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 2 is a dazzling confection with a slightly bitter aftertaste

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 2 is a dazzling confection with a slightly bitter aftertaste

Amazon’s Amy Sherman-Palladino series is one of TV’s best shows — but also one of its most complacent. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is one of the best shows on television, perched right next to one that’s content to settle for “pretty good” so long as it remains thoroughly pleasant. I can’t decide if I love it for its lavish, careful reconstruction of a bygone era, or if that love only underlines my own blinkered perspective….

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Big tech has your kid’s data — and you probably gave it to them

Big tech has your kid’s data — and you probably gave it to them

A new report highlights the way big tech companies collect data on children. Many parents today enjoy posting about their family on social media. But along with those adorable photos, they are sharing crucial data about their children that big tech companies are harvesting. A recent study focusing on the “datafication” of children and its possible consequences suggests these posts may be more problematic than we think. In late November, Anne Longfield, England’s children’s commissioner…

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Chanel is the latest in a wave of fashion designers to part ways with fur

Chanel is the latest in a wave of fashion designers to part ways with fur

High-end fashion designers, retailers, and cities are all swearing off fur. Score another victory for animal rights groups: Chanel is the latest fashion giant to swear off fur and exotic animal skins from reptiles. The French brand announced its cruelty-free approach Monday after pressure from animal advocates, who have swayed designers, cities, magazines, and fashion shows to ban fur and similar items in recent years. In a statement, a Chanel spokesperson said the company has…

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Timothy Zahn is writing a new Thrawn novel

Timothy Zahn is writing a new Thrawn novel

Lucasfilm and Del Rey Books revealed today that Timothy Zahn is writing a new Star Wars novel: Thrawn: Treason. It’s a sequel to 2017’s Thrawn (which covered the villain’s origins) and Thrawn: Alliances, the sequel that brought Thrawn and Darth Vader together for the first time. This new book is set in the aftermath of the demise of Thrawn’s Tie Defender project in Star Wars Rebels, after it’s killed in favor of the Empire weapons…

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Milo Yiannopoulos lasted a single day on Patreon before getting banned

Milo Yiannopoulos lasted a single day on Patreon before getting banned

Former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos attempted to fund a “magnificent 2019 comeback” on the crowdfunding platform Patreon, only to be banned after one day. Yiannopoulos’ Patreon campaign, whose banner image is seen above, garnered around 250 patrons pledging an unknown amount of money before being kicked off the service. “Milo Yiannopoulos was removed from Patreon as we don’t allow association with or supporting hate groups on Patreon,” the company said in a tweet. Leaked emails…

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Canada has arrested top Huawei executive on suspicion of violating Iran sanctions

Canada has arrested top Huawei executive on suspicion of violating Iran sanctions

Canada arrested the chief financial officer of Huawei on suspicion of violating US sanctions against Iran, according to the Globe and Mail. The CFO, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested in Vancouver on Saturday at the request of US law enforcement and is facing extradition to the US. Meng happens to be the daughter of Huawei’s founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei, a former People’s Liberation Army engineer whose connections to the Chinese Communist Party has contributed to…

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Monterey Bay Aquarium takes Apple to task for its backward squid emoji

Monterey Bay Aquarium takes Apple to task for its backward squid emoji

Creating biologically accurate emoji representations of animals and insects are an issue for developers at Apple and Google, and the most recent example is no exception. Apple’s squid emoji, which was integrated in 2016, is on the receiving end of scorn from the scientific community following a tweet from the Monterey Bay Aquarium team. The team addressed a serious misdeed on Apple’s part, in an effort to bring attention to sea life in general for…

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