Fandom’s new “ship dynamics” meme is all about our fave romantic tropes

Fandom’s new “ship dynamics” meme is all about our fave romantic tropes

The meme combines fandom shipping with art to produce viral magic. If you’ve spent any time on Twitter this week, you may have noticed an outpouring of fandom art as part of the viral “ship dynamics” meme — in which people, mostly fanartists, are sharing their love of their favorite kinds of relationships through stick figures. For anyone unfamiliar with the concept of a “ship,” it’s a very popular term within fandom, a shortened form…

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SiriusXM launches new ‘essential’ streaming plan for only $8

SiriusXM launches new ‘essential’ streaming plan for only $8

SiriusXM is now offering an $8-per-month streaming music plan that it calls SiriusXM Essential, a bundle of over 300 channels consisting of music, talk radio, comedy, sports, and other content. This new, cheap option doesn’t include Howard Stern’s two channels — you’ve got to step up to Premium for those — but the company says you’ll get a ton of other variety for commercial-free music listening. The Essential plan has plenty of decade, genre, and…

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Qdoba’s Impossible Meat tacos and bowls are 100% meatless

Qdoba’s Impossible Meat tacos and bowls are 100% meatless

All 730 Qdoba locations will offer Impossible Meat’s plant-based beef alternative. Do you like the idea of a plant-based Impossible Burger, except you’re not a fan of burgers? Your best bet might be Qdoba. The Mexican food chain announced this week that its trial of Impossible Meat at a few of its Michigan locations was a major success, and it will expand to its 730 locations nationwide by the end of May. It’s been an…

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The inside of the Samsung Galaxy Fold is marvelously messy

The inside of the Samsung Galaxy Fold is marvelously messy

The Samsung Galaxy Fold doesn’t release until April 26th, but if you’ve been eagerly awaiting a glimpse under the hood, a pre-production version of the folding phone has already been disassembled and laid out piece by piece in photos. These were originally hosted on microblogging site Weibo, though the originals have since been removed. Something that shouldn’t be much of a surprise: it takes a lot of parts to build a foldable phone. They’re all…

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Elizabeth Warren calls for Trump’s impeachment

Elizabeth Warren calls for Trump’s impeachment

She and Julian Castro are the first 2020 contenders to do so. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has called for President Donald Trump’s impeachment after the release of the Mueller report. The senator and 2020 hopeful reacted to special counsel Robert Mueller’s 448-page report, which was released on Thursday and detailed the findings of a nearly two-year investigation, in a series of tweets on Friday. Warren wrote that the report shows that a “hostile foreign government,”…

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WannaCry hero pleads guilty to developing banking malware

WannaCry hero pleads guilty to developing banking malware

Marcus Hutchins, best known for his role in stopping the 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack, has pleaded guilty to two charges related to computer hacking conspiracy. The other eight charges will be dismissed as part of a plea deal first reported by ZDNet. “I regret these actions and accept full responsibility for my mistakes,” Hutchins said in a statement on his website. “Having grown up, I’ve since been using the same skills that I misused several…

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The PDF Association thinks the Mueller report sucks

The PDF Association thinks the Mueller report sucks

When Special Counsel Robert Mueller released his report on Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election yesterday and political wonks across the internet rushed to download it, many people noticed two things: you couldn’t search for any text on the pages, and the whole file was really, really large. If you were annoyed by either of those things, you probably weren’t nearly as ticked off as the PDF Association, which published a long explanation…

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Microsoft faces down a new claim that pro-diversity hiring isn’t fair to white men

Microsoft faces down a new claim that pro-diversity hiring isn’t fair to white men

Microsoft employees have been using an internal message board to criticize the company’s pro-diversity efforts, referring to the hiring of women and minorities as “discriminatory” against white and Asian men, according to a report from Quartz. Microsoft has left these threads untouched, drawing criticism from other employees who feel the company talks up its diversity and inclusion efforts, but takes little meaningful action to reinforce them at a cultural level. The sentiments, some of which…

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Leica censored in China for ad that dramatizes the Tiananmen Square protests

Leica censored in China for ad that dramatizes the Tiananmen Square protests

German camera maker Leica is facing heat from Chinese censors and nationalistic internet users who are leaving angry comments after it launched an ad dramatizing the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. Leica has been censored on the social media platform Weibo, as independently verified by The Verge and reported by the South China Morning Post. The nearly five-minute video titled “The Hunt” depicts a photojournalist resisting interrogation from Chinese police and managing to stay in his…

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