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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union privacy regulators will discuss ride-hailing app Uber's [UBER.UL] massive data breach cover-up next week and could create a task-force to coordinate investigations.

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Russian Fancy Bear hackers' UK link revealed
When notorious Russian hackers hired servers from a UK-registered company, they left a trove of clues.

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Happy Birthday, Masterful Michelle Gomez!
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Happy birthday, Michelle Gomez, you charismatic, magnificent Time Lady, you. Born in Glasgow to a photographer father and manager mother, Gomez was bit by the acting bug at age seven. She went on […]

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Sneaky Gmail phishing attack fools with fake Google Docs app
Google Docs was pulled into a sneaky email phishing attack on Tuesday that was designed to trick users into giving up access to their Gmail accounts.

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Mother Angry After School's Robocall Keeps Mispronouncing Daughter's Name As A Racial Slur

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Galaxies collide in stunning picture
A NEW image captured by NASA Hubble space telescope shows ‘doomed duo’ galaxies colliding and then trying to destroy one another.

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Only True Geniuses Can Get 16/16 On This Mnemonic Device Quiz

Idiot, pass me another tequila.

They are the most socially acceptable way to cheat an exam. They’re also, taken at face value, total nonsense.

In the phrases below, the first letter of each word corresponds to a certain item in a series.

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14 Reasons Why Everyone Should Have At Least One Slytherin Friend

Ambitious, cunning, and…a ride or die.

Look, I get it, you think ~all Slytherins are evil~, and that's totally fine.

Look, I get it, you think ~all Slytherins are evil~, and that's totally fine.

Except it isn't.

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But, as a proud Slytherin myself, I know that those generalizations overshadow the TRUE nature of the house, and just how awesome some Slytherins are.

But, as a proud Slytherin myself, I know that those generalizations overshadow the TRUE nature of the house, and just how awesome some Slytherins are.

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A Slytherin will tell you to take time for yourself, and not waste your time on others who don't deserve it.

A Slytherin will tell you to take time for yourself, and not waste your time on others who don't deserve it.

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A Slytherin will be unafraid to call you out on your bullshit, and hold you accountable for your actions.

A Slytherin will be unafraid to call you out on your bullshit, and hold you accountable for your actions.

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A Slytherin will be the one there at one a.m. after your terrible break-up with a bottle of vodka and a box of Oreos to tell you you're better than them.

A Slytherin will be the one there at one a.m. after your terrible break-up with a bottle of vodka and a box of Oreos to tell you you're better than them.

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And, even when you're in a relationship, a Slytherin will be the first one to remind you to "dump 'em" if they forget what a prize you are.

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A Slytherin will make sure you get all of your work done and then some.

A Slytherin will make sure you get all of your work done and then some.

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Because a Slytherin knows just how far your ambition can take you, and wants you to dream as big as possible.

Because a Slytherin knows just how far your ambition can take you, and wants you to dream as big as possible.

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But, at the same time, a Slytherin will encourage you to have as much fun as humanly possible...and be pretty pissed if you're not down.

But, at the same time, a Slytherin will encourage you to have as much fun as humanly possible...and be pretty pissed if you're not down.

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And a Slytherin will always make you laugh with their dry, sarcastic, (kind of) mean sense of humor.

And a Slytherin will always make you laugh with their dry, sarcastic, (kind of) mean sense of humor.

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A Slytherin will push you to be the best, most unforgiving version of yourself, because they sure as heck are.

A Slytherin will push you to be the best, most unforgiving version of yourself, because they sure as heck are.

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A Slytherin will hate who you hate without question, and love who you love without hesitation.

A Slytherin will hate who you hate without question, and love who you love without hesitation.

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A Slytherin will defend your honor with their cunning wit and charm.

A Slytherin will defend your honor with their cunning wit and charm.

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Because a Slytherin can talk their way out of anything, so it's always good to have one on the team.

Because a Slytherin can talk their way out of anything, so it's always good to have one on the team.

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A Slytherin will always be there to aggressively remind you of your self-worth, even when you think you're worth nothing.

A Slytherin will always be there to aggressively remind you of your self-worth, even when you think you're worth nothing.

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And, of course, a Slytherin will push you a little closer to the edge, and test your rebellious limits.

And, of course, a Slytherin will push you a little closer to the edge, and test your rebellious limits.

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So go out and find yourself a Slytherin to chill with! Trust me, we can be pretty cool.

So go out and find yourself a Slytherin to chill with! Trust me, we can be pretty cool.

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Welcome To Summoner's Rift: My First Esports Championship


When I was growing up, I would play video games in my basement until 3am, trying not to wake my parents — or sometimes I'd sprint to my friends' houses after school to thrash them at Super Smash Bros. It was a hobby, something we did in our downtime. It was a world away from today's stadiums filled with hundreds (thousands?!) of people who buy tickets to support their favorite professional gamers. Professional esports are sweeping the entire world, and I, being the person who cherished her red Game Boy for years, wanted to see firsthand what this phenomenon was all about. So I went to the League of Legends NA LCS Championship Finals, a two-day event held every year to determine which teams will advance to the World Championship Finals.

The entire esports community is made up of professionals who just happen to be extremely good at playing their hobby. Of course they train and practice, but at one point almost all pros were just casual players turned serious. “I mean, my favorite thing professionally is just playing League itself,” said Huhi, a professional mid-laner for Counter Logic Gaming, who was playing on the stage during these Finals. “The reason why I started to be a professional gamer is because I just purely liked playing games as a hobby. I’m just thankful that I was given this opportunity and have this job. Thinking about back then makes me motivated to work even harder.”

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Even after becoming a pro, players usually still play the game with the rest of the community. This is the one major difference between esports and, well, every other kind of sport — as a basketball player, for instance, you don’t hit the courts with your fans. Especially now with streaming platforms on YouTube and Twitch, it’s easier than ever to support your favorite player. Streaming allows pros not only to practice with an audience but it also allows their fans to get a better idea of who they are. Huhi streams and uploads videos to YouTube. “It’s just really cool for me because I can also see myself as I stream more with viewership going up, and I feel like people are supporting me more and more,” he said. “Even in chat, they’ll say nice stuff, so for me it’s also a way to get confidence I guess because people are supporting me directly through the chat and we’re spending time together. It makes me more motivated to play better so that I can prove to them that they’re not supporting the wrong person,” he said with a laugh.

I got to Boston a day before the matches started. After I arrived I sat in my hotel oddly anxious about the whole thing...even though I wasn’t going to be up on stage. Just the thought of seeing my favorite pros play in person made me feel the second-hand-nervousness you feel when you watch a comedian completely bomb on stage. Of course I wanted my favorites to win, but I think I wanted the games to be spicy even more. The second I left my hotel on the first day of the Championship I immediately saw so many people wearing merchandise representing their favorite teams and players. This was the coolest shit I’d ever seen. I’d never been surrounded by so many people who enjoy the same hobby, let alone a specific game. And people were ridiculously nice. You would walk by someone, lock eyes, and just slowly nod, silently acknowledging this hidden bond that you share as complete strangers.

It's wild how the Internet has changed gaming. Gone are the days of plugging our Gameboys into each other when you happened to be the same room. Back then you had yourself, your friends, maybe some of their friends, maybe your dad(?), but that’s it. Being able to walk around a city filled with thousands of people and relating to that one guy at the bus stop who was also wearing a Cloud9 hoodie was super cool. The closer to the stadium I got, the more jerseys and t-shirts I recognized. TD Garden is home to the NHL’s Bruins as well as the NBA’s Celtics, so you can imagine how not-tiny this place was. Inside, smack dab middle of the stadium, were four massive screens hovering above the playing stage. I actually had forgotten that even though this was a live event, you still have to watch through a screen. The announcer (or shoutcasters, as they are known in esports) desks were perfectly sandwiched between the stage and the crowd. The stadium was alive with energy and anticipation.

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Watching professional gamers live is completely different than watching in your home...even though you’re basically just watching a big screen either way. Whenever a clean play was made, you’d hear the instant reaction from the crowd surrounding you. You would jump and scream and even hear suggestions of “better plays” from the stands. The announcers and shoutcasters would hype every call to the point where they would be screaming excitedly themselves. The energy was like lightning — powerful, electric, and really freaking fast. If you blinked, you could miss a play. My eyes were glued to the game the entire time. When you play League of Legends, you can only see your side of the map clearly — but as a spectator, you can see the entire map, making players sneaking around feel about as suspenseful as watching a horror movie where you know the bad guy is waiting just around the corner. The crowd would start to quietly gasp as enemies almost ran into one another. Every aspect of it was glorious — even walking outside the stadium afterward and talking endlessly about what you would’ve done instead or that one baron steal or even how you touched Bjergsen’s hand as he walked to the stage. Even now as I’m writing this, I’m wishing I was there again.

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I personally have only been playing League of Legends for about a year now (get at me, n00bs), but I’ve followed the professional scene ever since I started playing and was excited to see my favorite players and teams in person. I was baffled by how many fans were there walking around before the matches even started, and I ended up talking to a guy sitting next to me. His name was Josh, and apparently he had been playing since season 2 (we’re now on season 7) and even played alongside one of the pros recently. He was rooting for Team Dignitas, who was playing on stage for third place. “A bunch of my friends had been to events before,” Josh told me, “and when they invited me to go with them, it was awesome to kind of mix a great social opportunity into an opportunity to watch the best of the profession play, and the best really makes you as a player learn and become better yourself.” I asked him how they all got here, since I couldn’t imagine coordinating a trip with so many people. “A few of us flew in,” he said. “I’m from DC, and I drove about nine hours to get here. So it was a...trip, but I think it’s well worth it. It’s my first esports event and my first time in Boston as well, so I’m really excited to be here.”

Oh here's me hanging out with my best friends, otherwise known as CLG to you plebs.

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I was amazed at how genuine he was, answering my questions easily and excitedly. His friends next to him would occasionally chime in, and it blew my mind to see how welcoming they were. I asked Josh which pro he would want to meet if he could meet any of them and what would he ask them. He launched into an in-depth, impassioned explanation of why Ssumday — a top Korean player who recently became a top North American player — was his number one choice. I listened intently. Being able to talk to someone else who played the game that I loved so much, and who loved it as much as I did, was completely absorbing. It was entertaining to listen to what Josh said, especially because he was a seasoned veteran compared to little ol’ me. It was a nice reminder that it’s never too late to get into esports-related games, or any video game for that matter.


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The esports industry is rapidly growing, and it’s so amazing as an avid gamer to feel at home within a community. For so long, video games have been a solo endeavor as you sat in front of your television or computer and played late into the night. Nowadays literally anyone could become a professional player, and fans feel a special tie with pros because eSports is a community formed by gamers for gamers. The industry is gearing up to be one of the most successful sports industries ever. Esports is powered by the strong bonds between the members of the community, ranging from the recently-turned-pro who still plays with his buddies from school or the relatively new player meeting her favorite pros at her first Championship Event. :')

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Forge A Ring Of Power And We'll Give You An Orc Name

Hold out your hand. It’s quite cool.

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This "Pokkén" Battle Will Reveal Which OG Pokémon You Are

Are you more Meowth or Bulba?

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Here's What "Pokkén Tournament DX" Taught Me About Fighting Games

"The most important thing is to have fun," adviser Nia reminds you at least once during every Pokkén Tournament DX battle. She is your tour guide, tutorial master, and cheer captain throughout the game — and, for me personally, a ubiquitous reminder of how much fun I'm not having (but could be).

Don't get me wrong — there is a lot to love in Pokkén: The graphics are great. The gameplay feels smooth. The sampling of playable Pokémon is a nice reminder of just how large the franchise has become. But at its core, it's a fighting game, not a Pokémon game, and while I love the latter, I've always despised the former.

Maybe if I were any good at fighters, I'd feel differently, but, to me, they've always felt repetitive, frustrating, and silly. I gave Pokkén a shot only because it takes place in a universe I love (and tbh I just couldn't pass up the chance to play as a realistic-looking, ass-kicking Empoleon).

Don't mess.

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"Once you start really digging into [fighters], they're basically a high-speed version of chess."

As I journeyed through Pokkén, I leaned on my Street Fighter–obsessed friend Mike Andronico, who's also a senior editor at Tom's Guide, for helpful tips and advice. "On a basic level, fighting games are video games at their purest," he told me. (Nerd.) "You and your friend beat each other up until one of you is knocked out. What's more straightforward and fun than that? But once you start really digging into them, they're basically a high-speed version of chess. You and your opponent are constantly trying to outsmart each other on a second-by-second basis, and when you make that smart guess or land that crazy combo, it provides a rush that you just can't get from other types of games."

As I continued playing, I tried to actualize this mindset and devoted time to the tutorial, learning combos, and thinking of the game strategically. So for others who are similarly inexperienced and/or skeptical of the fighting game genre, here are some basic tenets of Pokkén I took away:

1. The breadth of customization options is silly, hilarious, and really fun.

1. The breadth of customization options is silly, hilarious, and really fun.

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I was not expecting the level of customization Pokkén offers because why would you expect much of *any* customization in a fighting game? (At least I've never seen customization like this in a fighter.) But the plethora of possibilities, while largely (if not completely) unimportant to the main gameplay, brought me nothing but joy. There's no reason I should have been able to deck my trainer out in items that reflect my upcoming Hawaiian vacation, and yet there he is in a lei among sunflowers wearing his finest hipster flannel. OK, Nia, NOW I'm having fun.

And speaking of Nia...yes, you can even customize HER outfits.

And speaking of Nia...yes, you can even customize HER outfits.

Santa Nia because why not.

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It makes absolutely no sense and, when it comes to the mechanics of actually playing the game, doesn't matter in the slightest, but I can't wait to keep playing to see if I'll unlock more. Aside from my innate desire to just not suck at fighting games, customization is my main motivation for advancing.

Not to mention the absurd number of titles and "self-promotions" you can choose from.

Not to mention the absurd number of titles and "self-promotions" you can choose from.

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"I love the woods" vs. "I always win, in spirit!" was my Sophie's Choice.

2. Sometimes you can run freely around the whole arena; sometimes, à la classic fighters, you just face each other.

2. Sometimes you can run freely around the whole arena; sometimes, à la classic fighters, you just face each other.

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As the all-knowing Nia states above, the two phases are called Field Phase (aka running around freely) and Duel Phase (aka classic left and right movement only). You can make the battle shift between phases by successfully executing certain moves. Why? I have no idea, but, honestly, I really like it. It gives you more to accomplish than simply KOing your opponent, and I realized that I much prefer fighting games when I'm afforded more mobility. Field Phase reminds me a lot of an earlier Switch release, Arms, which I'm shockingly pretty good at (tyvm). Part of me wishes the whole game were like this.

"[Field Phase] gives you more to accomplish than simply KOing your opponent, and I realized that I much prefer fighting games when I'm afforded more mobility."

Unsurprisingly, fighting game elitist Mike disagreed. "The game just feels kinda loose and sloppy when you're floating around in 3D," he said. "Once you get into the 2D Duel Phase, the game starts to feel like a proper fighter" — (lol) — "in which things such as spacing and combos matter." But Mike sucks at Arms, so what does he know, amirite?

A key takeaway here? Training mode is your friend. Listen to Nia, despite her Navi-like tendencies. And, as Mike told me, "Don't worry about pulling off crazy combos right away. It's far more important knowing the range and properties of your character's basic attacks and how those might be useful in battle. Once you have those fundamentals in place, you can start learning flashier stuff."

3. The Attack Triangle is an easy-to-follow but hard-to-execute endless cycle of grabs and counters.

3. The Attack Triangle is an easy-to-follow but hard-to-execute endless cycle of grabs and counters.

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The this-beats-this-beats-that system is a sensical and interesting element of Pokkén I found easy to understand but difficult to put into practice. Blame it on having a slower-than-normal reaction time if you must, but I was only really able to counter a counter with a grab attack by accident. Nonetheless, knowing about it really helped me enjoy the mechanics of the game more. I found myself trying to anticipate my opponents' moves and strategizing more than I normally would rather than simply button-mashing my way to non-victory. I'm not sure if this mechanic is unique to Pokkén, but it feels new and different to me.

Another key takeaway: Watch tons of matches. Mike is a firm believer that watching your favorite fighting game being played at a high level is just as integral as playing yourself. Once you have a decent understanding of your game of choice, you can learn a ton about how to optimally use the characters and mechanics when watching two really talented players go at it.
Pro tip: Focus on tournament footage on Twitch or YouTube.

3. Watching the Pokémon run around, punch, kick, and hurl magical blasts is pretty dope, albeit a little weird.

3. Watching the Pokémon run around, punch, kick, and hurl magical blasts is pretty dope, albeit a little weird.

I see you, Ponyta.

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There's something a little disconcerting and awkward about having Pokémon we know and love as mostly inactive creatures run around on two legs in all their 3D glory, but ultimately you get used to it. And their specials are admittedly pretty badass.

4. Support Pokémon are cute but pretty much all the same.

4. Support Pokémon are cute but pretty much all the same.

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Support Pokémon are a nice excuse to be able to feature more Pokémon in the game, and the feature is a fun twist on tagging in help, but despite their different "attack," "enhance," etc., abilities, they're not really all that different or helpful in the scheme of things. Maybe they're of much greater importance for a Pokkén master, but still, I think there's an option to choose a "random" set for a reason.

5. The game makes you feel pretty invincible...for a while.

5. The game makes you feel pretty invincible...for a while.

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As you're well aware by now, I'm obviously pretty sh*tty at fighting games, but Pokkén does a good job of letting even the least skilled players feel powerful for a while, which gives you a lot of time to perfect your combos and strategy. Tbh, it's downright easy to coast through the various leagues, but because of the grading system that pops up after every battle — which includes a grade on your technique — you're always pushed to develop various aspects of your fighting style.

"'Online will continue to be a core part of every fighting game, but 'most of the good fighting games out there still do a great job catering to single-player folks.'"

What's not easy though? Playing online. After 30 consecutive wins playing against the league CPUs, I felt like I was ready to try other IRL players. But that confidence, I learned, was completely undeserved. I was destroyed countless times in a row. I could barely even get one hit in let alone a combo or counter and several times I was honestly *this close* to throwing my controller against the wall and swearing off the game for good.

According to Mike, although "online has become integral to just about every fighting game ... games such as Injustice 2, Tekken 7, and Pokkén are brimming with fun solo content, meaning you won't have a cheapened experience if you don't feel like getting destroyed online." He thinks online will continue to be a core part of every fighting game, but "most of the good fighting games out there still do a great job catering to single-player folks." Phew.

An important lesson: Patience is a virtue. I expected to pick up my controller and become a PokéMaster after just a few hours, and while at times the game made me feel like I was, it takes a lot more time than that "to be the next Evo champ," as Mike put it.

At the end of the day, I agree with Mike's assessment that "Pokkén is one of the best fighting games out there in terms of being easy to learn and hard to master." For beginners, it's great to play when you're bored and want to have some casual fun (but beware of online); for more experienced players, it must also be a lot of fun to play online and kick beginners' asses.

One last word of advice: Find a community or training partner. From weekly fighting game meet-ups in your area to friends who are also trying to get better, set aside time to practice with real people. It's way more fun that way! Online communities like Reddit and dedicated FG sites like Shoryuken and EventHubs are also filled with folks willing to help out.

And finally, as Nia says (quite often), have fun! Despite my initial misgivings, I really came around to Pokkén in the end and embraced its weirdness, uniqueness, and playability. Fighting games aren't as vapid or boring as I'd originally thought, and embracing the strategy and time required to master them made playing that much more rewarding in the end.

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Successfully Defend Gondor And We'll Give You A "Shadow Of War" Hero To Date

Shadow of War, the highly anticipated next installment of Warner Bros. Lord of the Rings-inspired video game franchise is set to drop next Tuesday, October 10th. And its companion mobile game is already out.

Not only are both the mobile and console versions brimming with amazing RPG combat mechanics and the innovative "Nemesis System" introduced by their predecessor, Shadow of Mordor, but both games have hot AF characters that we wouldn't mind taking out on a date or two.

So, do you have what it takes to defend Gondor from an orc army and date a Middle Earth hero? It's time to find out!


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9 Iconic Cartoons Reimagined As Pickles

PICKLE RICK!

Inspired by PICKLE RICK!

Inspired by PICKLE RICK!

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We proudly present...PICKLE SPONGEBOB!

We proudly present...PICKLE SPONGEBOB!

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PICKLE HOMER!

PICKLE HOMER!

Cartoon Network / Fox / BuzzFeed

PICKLE ARIEL!

PICKLE ARIEL!

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PICKLE STEWIE!

PICKLE STEWIE!

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PICKLE LEELA!

PICKLE LEELA!

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PICKLE DOUG!

PICKLE DOUG!

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PICKLE DORA!

PICKLE DORA!

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PICKLE LUMPY SPACE PRINCESS!

PICKLE LUMPY SPACE PRINCESS!

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AND PICKLE CHARLIE BROWN!

AND PICKLE CHARLIE BROWN!

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Which Member Of "Off The Hook" Are You?

Don’t get cooked, stay off the hook!

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We Know Which "Tetris" Piece You Are

Doot doodaloo do do do da do doo, doot doodaloo do da doot doot doo.

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Only A True Marvel Fan Will Score 7/9 On This Quiz

In each question, one character is the odd one out. Can you figure out the difference we’re thinking of?

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7 Ways I Proved To My Mom That Video Games Are Not Boring

Video games are cool and fun and not a waste of time MOM!

Hello! My name is Jeffrey and I love video games. I also love my Mom. But my Mom does not love video games.

Hello! My name is Jeffrey and I love video games. I also love my Mom. But my Mom does not love video games.

I told my Mom that I went to E3 2017 (a video game convention) and she rolled her eyes!

Let me show you 7 cool things I saw at E3 and by the end of this post we'll be playing video games together Mom!

Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog

Mom you remember when I played Sonic the Hedgehog, right? He's a little blue guy that runs super fast. That's good because it's exercise and promotes good health! What more do you need MOM! It's cool!

I kept calling them "Snapchat filters" and the girl that worked at Facebook was not happy.

I kept calling them "Snapchat filters" and the girl that worked at Facebook was not happy.

Also I said "My Mom doesn't have a Facebook" and she didn't like that either. Which is fair. I quickly ran away.

Crash Bandicoot

Crash Bandicoot

I didn't even KNOW what a "bandicoot" was until I played the 1996 Playstation game Crash Bandicoot!

A bandicoot is "a mainly insectivorous marsupial native to Australia and New Guinea." See, video games ARE educational!

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Okay Mom stay with me on this, but Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (2016's Game of the Year) is releasing a new side story called The Lost Legacy!

MOM ARE YOU ASLEEP? One of the Uncharted games takes place in Colombia, which is where we're from! I actually learned about our family's culture through a VIDEO GAME.

Okay so by now you're probably thinking, "did you even play any video games?" Well... Remember Crash Bandicoot from earlier? THIS WAS THE LINE TO PLAY THE DEMO!

Okay so by now you're probably thinking, "did you even play any video games?" Well... Remember Crash Bandicoot from earlier? THIS WAS THE LINE TO PLAY THE DEMO!

Farming Simulator

Farming Simulator

That's right Mom, your son is a real and certified farmer now! This looks like a joke, like it's a joke game, but it is not. It is a real, serious farming simulation where you have to take care of your farm and your animals and anything else farm-related. (I know what farms are)

FARMING SIMULATOR EXCLUSIVE GAMEPLAY:

FARMING SIMULATOR EXCLUSIVE GAMEPLAY:

As you can see, I died immediately. This game was surprisingly realistic. I had to fill up my tractor with gasoline. Can you imagine if you had to do that in Mario Kart? I promise I drive better than this in real life, Mom.

Super Mario Odyssey

Super Mario Odyssey

This is going to be first new Mario adventure game in 4 years! Mario's hat is now a playable character and can POSSESS other characters! You're going to LOVE it Mom!

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Nintendo is always the most popular booth at E3.

Nintendo is always the most popular booth at E3.

I found the end of the line to play the new Mario game but sadly they cut off the line at 11:30 AM. Okay Mom go ahead and LECTURE me about being early anywhere I go!

MFW I can't play the new Mario game:

MFW I can't play the new Mario game:

I wasn't kidding about Mario's hat possessing other characters. Here is Mario as a Chain Chomp, which is like a dog in the Mario world.

(Editor's Note to Mom: MFW = My Face When)

I started to walk away defeated, until I ran into...

CHARLES MARTINET! The voice of Mario HIMSELF!

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ME AND MY CHILDHOOD

ME AND MY CHILDHOOD

So don't worry Mom, I know you were worried about me waiting in lines and being bored, but meeting the actual Mario made it all worth it.

Okay I'm going to go clean my room now.

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Let Us Guess Your "Tekken" Animal Fighter

We’re all animals when Tekken 7 drops.

Images from Bandai Namco

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If You're Under 16, You Won't Believe What The Internet Used To Be Like

“Get off the internet. I need the phone!”

We connected to the internet using this kind of setup:

We connected to the internet using this kind of setup:

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And we had to connect through the phone line. THIS kind of phone:

And we had to connect through the phone line. THIS kind of phone:

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We had to sit through this noise in order to connect:

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And that's only after we installed the internet using one of these:

And that's only after we installed the internet using one of these:

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We surfed the internet using browsers like this:

We surfed the internet using browsers like this:

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And search engines like this:

And search engines like this:

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To find websites like this:

To find websites like this:

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That is, if the page even loaded properly:

That is, if the page even loaded properly:

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Plus, we had to actually type "www" before the URL, or else it wouldn't work at all:

Plus, we had to actually type "www" before the URL, or else it wouldn't work at all:

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We found directions on MapQuest, but had to print them out to take in the car:

We found directions on MapQuest, but had to print them out to take in the car:

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We memorized our ICQ numbers so we could chat with our friends:

We memorized our ICQ numbers so we could chat with our friends:

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And we came up with the perfect AIM screen names (because we didn't want anyone on the internet to know who we were):

And we came up with the perfect AIM screen names (because we didn't want anyone on the internet to know who we were):

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But we eventually switched to MSN Messenger because it was so much better:

But we eventually switched to MSN Messenger because it was so much better:

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W3 4ll l34rn3d 70 7yp3 l1k3 7h15.*

W3 4ll l34rn3d 70 7yp3 l1k3 7h15.*

*Translation: "We all learned to type like this."

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We downloaded music on LimeWire and had to hope it wasn't really a virus:

We downloaded music on LimeWire and had to hope it wasn't really a virus:

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And it took FOREVER:

And it took FOREVER:

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Then we played the music using programs like this:

Then we played the music using programs like this:

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But we worked tirelessly to create our own webpages because we loved the internet so much:

But we worked tirelessly to create our own webpages because we loved the internet so much:

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And no matter what else happened, the best part of our day was hearing the "You've Got Mail!" sound.

And no matter what else happened, the best part of our day was hearing the "You've Got Mail!" sound.

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Y'all, The New "Zelda" Game Is So Freakin' Fun

IDGAF about video games but I am OBSESSED with Breath of the Wild.

Hello, friends. My name is Cates, I’m 35 years old, and I haven’t sat down and played a video game in over a decade. I am not exaggerating, the last console I owned was a SEGA DREAMCAST.

Hello, friends. My name is Cates, I’m 35 years old, and I haven’t sat down and played a video game in over a decade. I am not exaggerating, the last console I owned was a SEGA DREAMCAST.

So it's been roughly...15 years? Maybe longer.

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Sure, I've played a little bit of Mario Kart and Smash Bros., but that's about the extent of my gaming since my college days.

Sure, I've played a little bit of Mario Kart and Smash Bros., but that's about the extent of my gaming since my college days.

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But, recently, my S.O. got a Nintendo Switch and the new Legend of Zelda game, and I've gotta admit, it looked pretty cool.

But, recently, my S.O. got a Nintendo Switch and the new Legend of Zelda game, and I've gotta admit, it looked pretty cool.

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The graphics have slightly improved since the first time I played Zelda.

The graphics have slightly improved since the first time I played Zelda.

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First challenge: figuring out how to use a Nintendo Switch Pro controller.

First challenge: figuring out how to use a Nintendo Switch Pro controller.

SO MANY BUTTONS. THERE ARE FOUR TRIGGERS ON THIS THING AND TWO JOYSTICKS AND LIKE SEVEN OTHER BUTTONS WHAT DO THEY ALL DO?????

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Second challenge: not immediately fucking dying.

Second challenge: not immediately fucking dying.

You see this asshole? This is a Guardian. You encounter one like...five minutes into playing the game. It's a formerly helpful machine thing that got taken over by Calamity Ganon (the villain, duh), and this dude will kill you. So whenever I see one I just run away.

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There are a ton of monsters in this game and they will all try to kill you (sometimes using mops as a weapon?), but luckily most of the time you can just run away!

There are a ton of monsters in this game and they will all try to kill you (sometimes using mops as a weapon?), but luckily most of the time you can just run away!

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I wanted to get used to the game before trying to actually fight any serious bad guys, and Breath of the Wild lets you explore a giant, beautiful world.

I wanted to get used to the game before trying to actually fight any serious bad guys, and Breath of the Wild lets you explore a giant, beautiful world.

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You start off the game with a smartphone called a Sheikah Slate, which has some pseudo-magical-science-y features like magnets, cool bombs, etc. It also contains a map and stuff, and you can use it to unlock shrines.

You start off the game with a smartphone called a Sheikah Slate, which has some pseudo-magical-science-y features like magnets, cool bombs, etc. It also contains a map and stuff, and you can use it to unlock shrines.

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Once inside a shrine, you solve a puzzle. Some of them are super hard, and I've "nope'd" right out of 'em, but if you complete the puzzle you get a Spirit Orb, and if you collect enough of them and then pray to a goddess, you can get an extra heart.

Once inside a shrine, you solve a puzzle. Some of them are super hard, and I've "nope'd" right out of 'em, but if you complete the puzzle you get a Spirit Orb, and if you collect enough of them and then pray to a goddess, you can get an extra heart.

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But, I can hear what you’re thinking: Where’s the fun in playing a game where you don’t fight any of the bad guys? Well, in this game you can TAME WILD HORSES.

But, I can hear what you’re thinking: Where’s the fun in playing a game where you don’t fight any of the bad guys? Well, in this game you can TAME WILD HORSES.

You can sneak up behind a wild horse and jump on, tame it with some love and affection, and BOOM, NOW IT’S YOUR HORSE. You can lodge it in a stable and everything. The above horse it not the horse I tamed — the horse I tamed is named “Bill” and he’s a lovely brown horse, and he comes when I whistle for him. What a good boy.

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You can gather food and equipment by looking for the sparkly things — in this screenshot, the shiny things in the trees are apples. They're the best and I will stop whatever I’m doing to gather any apple I see.

You can gather food and equipment by looking for the sparkly things — in this screenshot, the shiny things in the trees are apples. They're the best and I will stop whatever I’m doing to gather any apple I see.

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You can cook (!!!!!) random ingredients (mushrooms, apples, radishes, herbs, meat from animals you've hunted, etc.) to make stuff that replenishes your hearts.

You can cook (!!!!!) random ingredients (mushrooms, apples, radishes, herbs, meat from animals you've hunted, etc.) to make stuff that replenishes your hearts.

I've heard there are fairies in the game (like in the original Zelda!!!!!) who will cook magical elixirs for you, but I haven't found any yet.

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ALSO DID I MENTION THAT THERE ARE DOGS IN THIS GAME BECAUSE HOLY CRAP GUYS THERE ARE DOGS IN THIS GAME!

ALSO DID I MENTION THAT THERE ARE DOGS IN THIS GAME BECAUSE HOLY CRAP GUYS THERE ARE DOGS IN THIS GAME!

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AND YOU CAN PLAY WITH THEM. NO JOKE. LOOK AT THIS:

AND YOU CAN PLAY WITH THEM. NO JOKE. LOOK AT THIS:

What a good doggo!

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Oh yeah, you can talk to people, too. This is Beedle — he's my bro. Super helpful guy!

Oh yeah, you can talk to people, too. This is Beedle — he's my bro. Super helpful guy!

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Which in my case meant throwing a hot shark prince onto my screen, but that's a whole different article.

Which in my case meant throwing a hot shark prince onto my screen, but that's a whole different article.

❤️ you, Prince Sidon, hopefully I can help out your kingdom!

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Will Uber’s Data Breach Cover-up be the Final Straw for Its Most Loyal Users?
Customers could start deserting the ride-hailing company after a strong of scandals

(DETROIT) — Uber has managed to hold the title of world’s largest ride-hailing service despite its seemingly endless string of scandals.

Its latest misbehavior involving a data breach cover-up revealed this week could be the impetus for people to ride elsewhere — or keep looking the other way.

Hackers were able to steal data for 57 million riders and drivers, and Uber concealed it for a year after paying $100,000 in ransom for the stolen information to be destroyed.

Riders and business experts say that while Uber’s problems such as workplace sexual harassment, drivers with criminal records and other past infractions are serious, stolen data hits people directly and could make them mad enough to delete the app. Then again, riders have fled from the service before, but enough have stayed because of the Uber’sconvenience so the latest scandal-of-the-week may not make much of a difference. The brand is so well-known for quickly responding to ride requests that it’s often used as a verb for such trips, no matter which service is summoned.

Michael Pachter, a technology analyst based in Los Angeles, said he uses Uber five to 10 times a month.

“I don’t blame the drivers for the company transgressions, and view Uber as the glue that facilitates drivers willing to drive me around,” he said.

But for Vermont resident Jay Furr, the breach was the “final straw.” He had stuck with Uberdespite recent problems because of the service. But now he’ll use Lyft, Uber’s main competitor, when he goes to the airport for frequent business trips.

“Why reward crooked behavior?” he asked. “The only way they will learn is if they lose business.”

For much of the past year, Uber has been mired in well-publicized problems. A female former engineer blogged that her boss had propositioned her for sex, exposing widespread sexual harassment. A federal judge urged prosecutors to investigate allegations that Uberstole technology from Waymo, Google’s autonomous vehicle unit. The Justice Department is investigating whether Uber used a bogus app to deceive inspectors in several cities, and in London, authorities decided not to renew Uber’s operating license in part for failing to report crimes.

Earlier this week the state of Colorado fined Uber $8.9 million for allowing employees with serious criminal or motor vehicle offenses to drive for the company. Then came the stolen data, which has touched off more government inquiries.

The scandals have damaged Uber’s brand reputation over time, said Robert Passikoff, president of Brand Keys Inc., a New York-based customer research firm. The company’s polling has found that in 2015 Lyft passed Uber as the most trusted of ride-hailing brands, and trust in Uber has been eroding ever since. Consumers will give technology companies the benefit of the doubt for a long time. But with Uber, “That well of forgiveness isn’t bottomless,” Passikoff said.

Passikoff doesn’t measure the impact on ridership and Uber won’t discuss it. But Lyft says its share of the U.S. market has risen 3 percentage points since August to 33 percent. It’s up from 12 percent two years ago as Lyft has expanded with more drivers in major U.S. cities.

In the data breach, Uber has said that for riders, hackers got only names, email addresses and telephone numbers. They did not get personal information such as trip details or credit card and Social Security numbers. For about 600,000 drivers in the U.S., hackers got driver’s license numbers, and the company has offered them free credit monitoring services.

While Uber drivers lost personal data and face uncertainty over identity theft, it appears they’ll stick with Uber. Many drive for Lyft as well.

Nate Tepp, who drives Uber in Seattle, said he doesn’t plan to leave, nor does he think other drivers will.

“All they are doing is cutting out 60 to 65 percent of their income,” Tepp said of drivers who might consider leaving. That estimate is based on his own split between Uber and Lyft fares.

Tepp also thinks the last three to four months at Uber have been different and things have “started to go in drivers’ favor.” This includes adding an option for riders to tip.

He is also somewhat forgiving about the hacking — and the subsequent cover-up. After all, companies are hacked often, he said.

“Does it make me happy? No. Does it (make me angry) to the point that I am going to stop making money through that company? No,” he said.

New Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi could do little but admit the problem and promise ethical behavior in the future. “We are changing the way we do business, putting integrity at the core of every decision we make and working hard to earn the trust of our customers,” he wrote in a blog post.

Marlene Towns, a professor at Georgetown University’s business school who studies brand values, said Uber is testing the boundaries of how many scandals people will endure. While data breaches are personal to people, she still thinks Uber will get through this scandal as well.

“We have a short memory as consumers,” she said. “We tend to be if not forgiving, forgetful.”

 

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The current state of Bitcoin and Ethereum

While Bitcoin currently bears more resemblance to digital gold than digital cash — with its congested pending transactions log rendering it practically useless as a currency since the cancelled fork two weeks ago — the Ethereum network is looking healthier than ever and in a good position to come out of the ongoing currency war successful. Bitcoin has been dominating both crypto and mainstream news lately, even more so than usual, with mad volatility due to its continuous fork drama and rumours of free money for anyone holding it. Bitcoin breaking new all-time highs almost on a daily basis certainly…

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