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  2. You know those wonderful butterflies that invade your body when you meet someone new? Everyone deserves those, especially at Christmas. Rather than make a potentially ill-judged move on a colleague at the Christmas party or hope for the best by spending time in packed bars this December, you could just sign up with eharmony. eharmony takes the time to properly get to know you to discover what is really important in your life, meaning you should hopefully meet with people that you have a genuine connection with. With over 35 years of experience in dating, eharmony is a safe pair of hands for your heart. Read more... More about Dating Apps, Dating And Relationships, Eharmony, Mashable Shopping, and Shopping SoloView the full article
  3. The fashion in the NBA is funny. In the short walk from the outside of the stadium to the locker rooms, athletes like to show off their fashion sense. LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, and Karl-Anthony Towns are all players that are known to take their outfits very serious, and in turn, we've grown to critique and enjoy their wild styles. Westbrook is used to the internet gunning on him for his style of fit, but James Harden is the latest celebrity to get roasted. Harden and the Houston Rockets took on the Los Angeles Lakers yesterday (December 13), and his entrance was widely panned by those watching. The Rockets did pull off the 126-111 win, but none of that matters right now. The only thing people could talk about after the game was Harden's snakeskin suit. As if the odd-colored fit wasn't eye-popping enough, Harden decided to don matching snakeskin suit shorts. The sportscasters watching Harden walk to the locker rooms were just as shocked. Meek Mill decided to add his two cents to the conversation as well. The Championships rapper responded to Harden directly by commenting on a picture he posted of the outfit. "I just talked to chief he said that ain't it bro," joked Meek. View the full article
  4. When Spider-Man joined the MCU, the deal wasn't meant to last forever. Sony scooped up the movie rights for Spidey back in the 90's when Marvel licensed their characters out to help make up for failing comic sales. The X-Men sold to Fox and Spidey went to Sony. Nobody wanted the Avengers. I bet industry executives are slapping themselves over that one. Now that Disney has bought Fox, the X-Men and Deadpool will be at home with Marvel once again. Sony and Disney entered into a joint venture to work with Spider-Man, but that deal will be coming to a close after a trilogy is completed. One would think Sony wants to be greedy and take Spidey back, but Sony executive Amy Pascal wants the wall-crawler to stay in the MCU. “I think about crying,” Pascal told Vanity Fair when asked about Spidey leaving the MCU. "I can only hope for a future where things work out. I’ve known Kevin [Feige, Marvel Studios producer] since he was [Avi Arad’s] very, very quiet assistant, who for many years sat in that room listening to us and being so much smarter than any of us without any of us realizing. I will say that working with Marvel has been one of the highlights of my professional career." Feige and Pascal's relationship helped broker the deal between Disney and Sony, but the latter's ability to demand when the films drop has caused issues. For example, Sony making sure that Far From Home dropped in 2019 severely screwed with Disney's plan of keeping the details of "dead" Avengers under wraps. View the full article
  5. Kanye West hopped on Twitter last night and went on an hours-long rant against Drake. 'Ye started by trying to get Drake's attention, and the rant seemed to end after Mr. West tweeted that Drake finally called him. Afterward, West hopped back on Twitter though and claimed that Drake threatened him and his family. Kim Kardashian even hopped into the online feud, and admonished Drake for threatening the fam. Both West and his wife took shots at Drake, claiming that 'Ye paved the path for his success. The out of control Twitter feud had many wondering... Don't Kanye and Drake live right next to each other? Apparently, Tyrese feels the same way. TMZ caught up with Tyrese on Friday (December 14), and asked him how he felt about the Twitter war. "Oh, they got a history man. You know, it's the male ego," started the Fast & Furious actor. "I don't know nothing about that, that ain't none of my business," explained Ty when asked about Kanye's claims that Drake threatened his family. "When you from the hood, you know how to stay out of folks business." When the TMZ reporter brought up Ty's online feud with Dwayne Johnson, the singer and actor just laughed. "Take it from me, handling shit on social media when you're beefing with somebody is not always the smartest thing to do," he admitted. "They live literally 2 blocks from each other," he continued. "They both live in Hidden Hills. They putting shit on social media when they live that close." View the full article
  6. Papoose and Remy Ma are celebrating the birth of their first child together this evening. Remy gave birth to the child on Friday (December 14), and took to Instagram to announce that the little bundle of joy is a baby girl. "The Golden Child is here!!!," she wrote on a pink color post with the gender announcement. "Thank you @papoosepapoose for making me the the (sic) happiest wife in the planet🥰 #BlackLove #RemAndPap #BabyMackie #ShesMADDDDcute😢." The birth of the precious baby girl comes at the end of what was a long and tough labor for Remy. "Tough labor... but my wife, is still fighting through it. She's a warrior," wrote Papoose earlier in the day. Last year, the couple was hit with tragedy after Remy Ma suffered a miscarriage. At the time, she was told she wouldn't be able to give birth. "This was a hard time for me & my husband & we thought long and hard before deciding to share this part of our lives with you all," Remy wrote on Instagram at the time in a since-deleted post. "I was totally against it but in a fit of crying @papoosepapoose said 'you are not the only one going thru this , we will get thru it' ...made me realize how many women like myself experience the same thing and don't have a strong partner by their side to say it will be alright." We're happy to see Remy and Papoose defy the odds and start their own family. God bless. View the full article
  7. The love story between Cardi B and Offset came to an end last week when the "Bodak Yellow" rapper revealed that she left her husband. Rumors began to swirl before leaked text messages unveiled Offset's adulterous ways. Since the break-up, Cardi has been devout in her intentions to get a divorce. This may have been the final straw for her, and the hip-hop audience has suspected for a while that Offset was doing his own thing. Remember, fans believed the song "Be Careful" was about Offset at the time. Maybe it was prophetic. Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella On Friday (December 14), Offset took to Instagram to post a video where he pleads for Cardi to come back. He admits that he entertained the idea of sleeping around, but he never actually did it. Still, he is genuinely remorseful and wants his wife back. "I only got one birthday wish," he begins. "That's to get my wife back. Cardi, you know what I'm saying, we going through a lot of things right now, a lot of things in the media. I want to apologize to you Cardi, you know I ain't mean to embarrass you. I made you look crazy, doing things I had no business. I was partaking in activities that I shouldn't have been 'takin in. And I apologize, for breaking your heart." View the full article
  8. The feud between Ski Mask The Slump God and Vic Mensa is apparently over, according to the Stokeley rapper. Ski Mask recently told TMZ that he and Vic Mensa are now cool after speaking with each other and putting their differences aside. "A lot of shit was going on in the backend with me and Vic Mensa. It could've got to more dangerous shit. We stopped it," Ski Mask said. "Our people talked and basically, we just deaded it from where it was going. Because it was going in a dangerous route. You know what I mean? There's enough black violence. There's enough gun violence. There's enough young people with money out here just wasting their careers on stupid shit like that. I guess we both just figured it would be smarter to just dead that shit." However, just because the two of them are on good terms, doesn't mean a collaboration is in order. When asked if he would do a song with Vic, Ski Mask responded, "Peace is enough. I don't think I would collab with him." Vic Mensa sparked controversy earlier this year when he dissed XXXTENTACION while the late rapper's mother was in the crowd. Ski Mask issued a warning to Mensa, saying that if Mensa apologizes, there won't be any issues. Mensa apologized to X's mother, but he has continued to stand by the statements he made during his freestyle. View the full article
  9. After gaming chat app startup Discord announced in August that they were building out a games store, today, they’ve detailed that they’ll be pursuing a very competitive 90/10 revenue split for self-published titles in 2019. In addition, the company revealed that they now have 200 million active users on their chat app, up from 130 million users in May. The announcement follows a storefront launch from Epic Games last week with an 88/12 revenue split. Valve’s Steam store had typically offered a constant 70/30 revenue split for all developers regardless of the revenues they were pulling in. The company recently announced that Steam would give a more favorable split to devs pulling in more revenue. Discord called up some of their thinking in a company blog post: Why does it cost 30% to distribute games? Is this the only reason developers are building their own stores and launchers to distribute games? Turns out, it does not cost 30% to distribute games in 2018. Steam’s efforts are largely focused on holding onto big developers, but indie devs now have to balance what advantages they’re earning by establishing their central home on a platform filled with tons of titles that’s also taking a more substantial cut. This leaves some room for Discord to attract the self-publishing indies, though it’s still an uphill battle for the company that’s up against some big competitors. View the full article
  10. J. Cole and Logic who receive an overwhelming amount of hate for little reason. They both mind their business, make their music and don't start any trouble. Unfortunately, they also face the wrath of Internet trolls on a daily basis. Cole's managed to remove himself from the public eye when he's not releasing music, but Logic serves as more of a public figure. In his recent cover story with Billboard, Logic explained how J. Cole helped him open his eyes about Internet troll. As Logic's fame increased, so did the amount of hate he received. The rapper recalled the hate he received on social media following his very public divorce from his ex-wife. He ended up having a conversation with J. Cole -- a fellow rapper who's often described as corny -- for some advice about the situation. “I was like, ‘It’s just so fucked up that people can think I’m this way or that way. I’m a good man. Why would someone talk shit about me?’” Cole, according to Logic, responded, “‘Well, why do you care?’” Logic began to ask himself: “Why do I care that that person said my music isn't that good? That I’m a fuccboi or I’m corny or I’m a hypebeast? Why does it matter?” Cole then began to dig deeper into Logic's mind and ran through a list of questions for the YSIV rapper to answer for more clarity. Are you corny? “No, I write from the heart.” But why does it hurt when someone says that about you? “I guess it hurts because they don’t really know who I am.” Well, why do you need that person to really know who you are? “Because I feel like if they know who I am, then they’ll like me.” Why do you need that person to like you? “I guess I don’t need them to like me, I just want them to like me.” View the full article
  11. Many emerging R&B acts dropped off impressive debut albums this year including Arin Ray. The former X-Factor contestant has been steadily winning over the hearts of fans across the country with each one of his efforts. Platinum Fire, his debut album, dropped in March and he's been on the road and pushing the project heavily. Before the year wraps up, Ray delivers the deluxe edition to his debut album. Arin Ray comes through with three new tracks on Platinum Fire (Deluxe). The deluxe edition of the project has a collaboration with legendary R&B singer, Babyface. The two link up on "Always." The project still has the rest of the project including Ray's collaborations with YG, DRAM, SiR, Ty Dolla $ign, Childish Major and more. View the full article
  12. Apple has signed a deal with DHX Media that will see the Canadian broadcaster producing new shows, specials and short films about Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang. That includes exclusive short-form content for Apple starring astronaut Snoopy, aimed at getting kids excited about STEM. Peanuts was created by Charles Schulz, who wrote and illustrated the popular comic strip for five decades, starting in 1950. The characters moved to television in the 1960s with “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” which was followed by a long list of specials. And they recently returned to the big screen in the computer animated “Peanuts Movie,” which grossed $246 million worldwide. DHX acquired a controlling stake in Peanuts last year (the remaining 20 percent stake is still held by the Schulz family). Apple, meanwhile, has been lining up lots of new, family-friendly content for its upcoming streaming service. That includes also enlisting Sesame Workshop to create original programming (not Sesame Street, which recently moved to HBO). By the way, if you only know Peanuts secondhand, through Snoopy dolls or other merchandise, it’s worth revisiting the early strips (restored to print by Fantagraphics), which are among the finest you’ll ever read. There, you can fully appreciate Schulz’s art, as well as his ability to craft unforgettable jokes from Charlie Brown’s bleak outlook and constant heartbreak. View the full article
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  14. Kanye West acknowledged the fact that he's changed over the years on TLOP acapella cut, "I Love Kanye." However, many people feel that his wife Kim Kardashian is to blame for his behavior and attitude in recent years. Kanye's mother Donda never had the chance to meet Kim or even approve of her. Donda's best friend reportedly said recently that if she was still alive, she wouldn't have given Kanye West the approval to marry Kim. Frank Micelotta/Getty Images BBC Three's new documentary, Searching For... Kanye, Ben Zand speaks to some of Kanye's closest friends and family about the recent years of his life and career, The Sun reports. Dr. Brenda Aghahowa, Donda West's best friend, said that she doesn't think the rapper's late mother would be confused about his relationship with Kim Kardashian. "I don't know where some of this is coming from," she said in the doc. "I think Donda would've been scratching her head a bit about it." She added, "I can hear her saying about Kim Kardashian: 'You couldn't find an African queen? Are black women not good enough?'" The documentary is set to air this Sunday on BBC Three. Aside from the doc, Kanye West went on a Twitter tirade against Drake yesterday, accusing the "In My Feelings" rapper of threatening him and his family. Drake's yet to respond and it feels like he might only do it on wax. View the full article
  15. Facebook is restructuring its experimental hardware efforts and giving its moonshot projects a home within its AR/VR research division. The restructuring, reported by Business Insider (paywalled), didn’t result in any layoffs but did see some shifts of teams as the old Building 8 group rebranded to Portal and some projects moved to the former Oculus Research group (now, Facebook Reality Lab). A Facebook spokesperson confirmed the reorganization to Business Insider. TechCrunch has reached out to Facebook for further comment. The Building 8 brand is dead but the big change seems to be Facebook moving its more headline-grabbing experiments further away from its nearly ready-for-production ideas. With some of the more experimental hardware projects at Facebook — like a computer brain interface, “soft” robotics and a project to “hear” through a skin-worn device — moving to Facebook Reality Labs, it’s clear that the organization once centered around AR/VR technologies is seeing its scope expand to more distant-reaching technologies that aren’t vaguely ready for consumer products yet. Meanwhile, the Portal group seems to be where some of Facebook’s more in-reach consumer hardware products are living, with the newly released video chat device serving as the foundation. The leader of Building 8, Rafa Camargo, who took over after the departure of Regina Dugan, is the VP of the Portal team now. Meanwhile, Facebook Reality Labs is still led by Michael Abrash, who has long held a senior presence in the company’s AR/VR ambitions. Having products like Portal that are already for sale fall under the same leadership as invasive brain chips research probably didn’t make a ton of organizational sense, especially when Facebook has already gone to lengths to separate projects focused on immediate product needs compared to ones that are more far-out in other areas of the company. Facebook’s hardware ambitions are nascent, but now that they have a product on shelves, it’s probably more clear that there are some completely different leadership needs and an organizational restructure makes sense. View the full article
  16. Propel, maker of the Fresh EBT app for managing food stamps and other benefits, announced today that it has raised $12.8 million in Series A funding. Fresh EBT (the EBT stands for the Electronics Transfer Benefit card, which is how food stamp participants receive their benefits) allows users to check their food stamp/SNAP balance and find stores that accept food stamps. Users can also track their spending. The app is free for consumers and government agencies — the company makes money through digital coupons and a job board. Propel says Fresh EBT is now used by more than 1.5 million Americans each month, and that more than 30,000 people have applied for jobs this year that they discovered through the app. For example, the announcement quotes one user, Tracy B. from Fairland, Virginia — she described Fresh EBT as her “personal financial adviser,” and also said she used it to find discount zoo tickets, and even her current job. When Propel raised its $4 million seed round last year, founder and CEO Jimmy Chen described his mission as building “a more user-friendly safety net.” He argued that there’s no conflict between Propel’s social mission and its structure as a for-profit business, a position he reiterated in today’s announcement. “Our investors are world-class experts in their respective fields,” he said. “They share an understanding of the challenges of low-income Americans and a belief that Propel can build a massive business by fighting poverty.” Those investors include Nyca Partners, which led the round. Andreessen Horowitz, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Omidyar Network, Alexa von Tobel and Kevin Durant’s Thirty Five Ventures also participated. “It’s not hard to see the huge opportunity in building better financial services for low-income people,” said Nyca Managing Partner Hans Morris in a statement. “We just haven’t seen many companies in this space that have an opportunity to have such a large impact at massive scale. That’s why we’re so excited to invest in Propel.” View the full article
  17. Over the years, Gucci Mane has built up an impressive roster as he continues to put a focus on developing young talent. Atlanta is bursting at the seams with rap prospects and 1017 Eskimo houses a good number of upcoming forces. Mal & Quill have been bubbling for months as they recently impressed with their Souf6 effort with Richie Souf. Now, the duo returns with seventeen bangers, packaging the new songs as part of their fresh mixtape Blessed Young Bastards 3. The work includes features from Hoodrich Pablo Juan, Lil Gotit, Q Money, Guap Tarantino, and more as Mal & Quill continue to show off their skills on the mic. They are two of the brightest young stars on the 1017 Eskimo label and efforts like this will keep them on the rise. Tracklist: 1. Been In These Streets 2. Mexico 3. Dolce Gabbana (feat. Hoodrich Pablo Juan) 4. Birds Of A Feather 5. What's Happening 6. Fortnite 7. Oakland 8. Bags Of Cash 9. Meek Milly 10. Live It Up (feat. Lil Gotit & Guap Tarantino) 11. Beat Monster (feat. Q Money) 12. Blue Lagoon 13. Gucci Shoes 14. Neva Know (feat. Lil Co) 15. Miami 16. Kodak 17. Weight Up View the full article
  18. Ad Content from Linksys With so many smart home gadgets in the house these days, you may need WiFi in areas like the basement, garage, or even outside to power your smart doorbell or outdoor camera. But chances are your current router doesn’t cover your entire home, and you’re left with dead spots – those areas in your house where your wireless signal inexplicably seems to disappear. With all the devices, metal appliances, and architectural interference in the average home, it’s no wonder why even the fastest, most powerful WiFi router can miss a few spots. But before you invest in another wifi extender that delivers a weaker signal, think about using a mesh WiFi system. Read more... More about Supported, Tech, Innovations, and Consumer TechView the full article
  19. Facebook's secretive research lab, where the company developed new hardware like its Portal speakers and researched moonshot projects like brain computer interfaces, is no more. Building 8, the division Facebook created in 2016 to house some of its most ambitious projects, has been disbanded and the projects have been redistributed to other groups within the social media company. The change, which was first reported by Business Insider, marks the end of the "Building 8" brand, though the group's work will continue on. Facebook created Building 8 in 2016, with CEO Mark Zuckerberg committing to pour "hundreds of millions of dollars into this effort over the next few years" in order to "to advance our mission of connecting the world." To lead the new Building 8 work, the company poached former DARPA head Regina Dugan from Google, where she oversaw the company Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group. Read more... More about Tech, Facebook, Tech, and Social Media Companies View the full article
  20. The powers that be have a sick sense of humor. When the Gregory family went back to their house to survey the wreckage after it burned down, they found salvaged an ironic relic: a copy of the Jonas Brothers' tour book titled "Burning Up." Yikes. SEE ALSO: 8 ways you, a plebe, can celebrate Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' wedding "It was a very emotional process, but as we walked up to what used to be our porch, we saw this," Twitter user @gayyspice said. "Sometimes God knows you need a good laugh." Today, we went to my house to see if anything was salvageable. It was a very emotional process, but as we walked up to what used to my porch, we saw this. Sometimes God knows you need a good — Rexy ❄️ (@gayyspice) December 12, 2018 Read more... More about Twitter, Jonas Brothers, Culture, and Web CultureView the full article
  21. Real talk: shopping for gifts during the holidays is not always fun. But if you don't want to deal with the stress, we're here to help. We've combed through the internet to find some of the best (and our favorite) laptop and tablet deals available this weekend. If you've waited until the last minute to search for the perfect holiday gift, then remember this: You can't go wrong with some killer tech. If you're looking for a tablet, Amazon has most of their Fire tablets on sale this weekend. The Fire HD 10 for $99.99 makes a perfect bedside companion if you've been binging Sabrina on Netflix. But if you're shopping for the kids, you can get the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition for $89.99 to keep them entertained during the last minute holiday vacation. Read more... More about Ipad, Hp, Macbook, Mashable Shopping, and Shopping Amazon View the full article
  22. Nancy Wilson sealed her fate in jazz and R&B and the Great American Songbook, as “a song stylist with an unmistakable stamp of icy hauteur,” as the writer James Gavin perfectly put it in a Facebook post memorializing her. Wilson died Thursday at 81 at her home in Pioneertown, Calif., after a long... View the full article
  23. Nielsen Music upholds Astroworld over DUMMY BOY after a “processing discrepancy” and an audit View the full article
  24. Over the past two decades, the Software Alliance (BSA) has represented major software companies including Adobe, Apple, Microsoft and Oracle, in their fight against under-licensed businesses. This has resulted in audits at thousands of companies worldwide, whose computers are carefully inspected to see if the business owner has failed to pay his or her dues. Some of these audits have been controversial and the evidence collection process has raised eyebrows as well. Especially BSA’s explicit attempts to convince people to report companies in exchange for hard cash. In recent years, the industry group has actively solicited such tips from the public. Legitimate leads are then followed up with a thorough investigation or audit, something many companies are contractually obliged to agree to. If unlicensed software is found during an audit, BSA tries to negotiate a settlement. This is what happened with an unnamed Australian manufacturing company, CRN reports. It’s not clear what type of software was used improperly. What we do know is that the ‘tip’ came from an anonymous informant who presumably works or worked at the company in question. “We work in a competitive industry and while we’re all trying to get ahead, it didn’t feel right using infringing copies of software to give the business an unfair competitive advantage,” the informant reportedly told BSA. “The decision to report the business ultimately came down to my personal morals and ethics. I don’t believe it’s right to use software without paying for it.” It’s unclear whether the informant also raised the issue internally, but that doesn’t matter anymore. The BSA followed up the lead which eventually led to a significant AU$160,000 settlement. The whistleblower, tipster, or rat, depending on which side you’re on, fared well too. BSA says that the information it receives from informants is invaluable. It plays a critical role in identifying misbehaving companies and holding them accountable, so it’s worth a reward. “BSA is grateful to the informant for doing the right thing, and have provided the informant with a reward of AU$10,000 for his assistance in this matter,” BSA told CRN. This is not the first reward BSA has given out, there have been many others in the past. The scale of the award usually depends on the settlement amount. It’s usually good enough for a nice vacation though, as this old BSA ad also suggests. BSA’s old Facebook campaign. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and more. We also have VPN reviews, discounts, offers and coupons. View the full article
  25. Amazon recently said Apple Music would find its way onto Amazon Echo devices sometime soon — and sure enough, it appears to be rolling out now. To make Alexa work with Apple’s streaming service, you should just have to jump into the newly updated iOS/Android Alexa app and link up your account. You can find the option under Settings > Music. Once done, commands like “Alexa, play music by Halsey on Apple Music” should work. Or, if you don’t want to have to say the “… on Apple Music” bit every time, you can just set Apple Music as the default service. If you don’t have a specific artist in mind, you an also request playlists or genres. One catch: as 9to5mac points out, it appears this currently only works with Amazon Echo speakers, and not yet with third-party speakers (like the Sonos ONE or Polk’s Audio Command sounder) that happen to have Alexa-support built in. Not a fan of Apple’s offering? Alexa also works with Spotify, Pandora, Tidal, Deezer and Amazon’s own Music service. Using Google devices, rather than Amazon’s? Alas, still no word on if/when proper Apple Music support might come to Google Home. View the full article
  26. Instagram is starting to look more and more like Facebook. The app is testing a new feature that would let brands add prominent buttons linking back to their business inside the app. The feature, which an Instagram spokesperson confirmed is being tested right now, was spotted in the app this week on a post for the Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach. A big "book now" button, which appeared to link out directly to the hotel's website, appeared underneath a post. @MattNavarra hey! Have you ever come across this book now feature on Instagram? From a client in the us who spotted it - but details seem fairly elusive? — Megan-Elizabeth (@MeganEllizabeth) December 14, 2018 Read more... More about Tech, Instagram, Tech, and Social Media CompaniesView the full article
  27. Oldbeats

    The Dead Pool Christmas Movie?

    I hear that a new Dead Pool film is coming for the holidays,what's the word on this one?
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