Hundreds of marines accused of sharing nude photos in secret Facebook group

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The U.S. Department of Defense is investigating a new online scandal: a secret Facebook group where hundreds of marines shared nude photos of female service members and veterans. 

The secret group, “Marines United,” featured hundreds of photos and, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting in conjunction with nonprofit military news site The War Horse, at least two dozen of the women have been identified, along with their rank and where they’re currently stationed. 

The photos, according to the report, were also accompanied by lewd and offensive comments, a troubling discovery in the wake of the Marine Corps’ integration of women into basic training courses.  Read more…

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Why won't Trump talk about technology?

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Vice President Mike Pence’s embarrassing use of an AOL email account is just another painful reminder of something that should be crystal clear to everyone: this administration doesn’t understand or care a lick about technology.

It’s an especially painful reality as we come off the high of an administration’s 8-year-love affair with technology and social media. They held Maker Fairs on the White House Lawn, for heaven’s sake. Former President Barack Obama personally fired a marshmallow canon during the White House science fair. Obama was so enthralled by technology and innovation that he made it a centerpiece of his 2013 State of the Union AddressRead more…

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Mike Pence wants an apology after the AP publishes second lady's email address

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Vice President Mike Pence’s email controversy is growing. 

Pence is demanding the Associated Press take down the private email address of his wife, Karen, after the AP published it, in a report detailing how the Pences used private email addresses to carry out official business for years when Mike Pence was the governor of Indiana. 

Mike Pence believes the AP owes his wife an apology. 

Last night the @AP published my wife’s private email address, violating her privacy and our security…

— Vice President Pence (@VP) March 4, 2017 Read more…

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'The Americans' lucks out with its ads in the New York Times

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After Russia re-entered the news, The Americans knew its fifth season would be relevant. But nobody could’ve known just how relevant it would actually be. 

Days before the show—which follows two Soviet spies living deep undercover near Washington, D.C. in the 1980s—returns for its new season on FX, the series got some prime ad placement on the New York Times website. 

well that’s one way to take out an ad pic.twitter.com/CoX4QcyMZi

— Ross Neumann (@rossneumann) March 3, 2017

FX took out major advertising for the show just as news broke that Attorney General Jeff Sessions met with a Russian ambassador, lied about it during his confirmation hearings, and would recuse himself from any inquiry into Russia’s attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. election. Twitter users noticed the fortuitous timing.  Read more…

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Amazon's first and only smartphone to date, was a dud

For years there had been rumors that Amazon was going to release an ambitious smartphone. That dream finally reached fruition on June 18th, 2014 when the Amazon Fire Phone was introduced to high hopes. With a 4.7-inch LCD screen carrying a 720 x 1280 HD display, the device featured the Snapdragon 800 SoC carrying a quad-core 2.2GHz CPU and the Adreno 330 GPU. 2GB of RAM was inside with 32GB/64GB of native storage. A 2400mAh battery provided the power. The 13MP rear-facing camera provided an aperture of f/2.0, and the front-facing selfie snapper weighed in at 2.1MP.

The Amazon Fire …

Official video recaps the four camera modes on the HTC U Ultra

HTC has released a couple of videos related to the company’s two newest handsets, the HTC U Ultra and the HTC U Play. The first video teaches you about the four different camera modes offered on the HTC U Ultra. The Photo mode is the setting you would use for everyday pictures taken on the run. Zoe mode snaps one picture and 3-seconds of HD video at one time, which makes it good for brief action shots.

Panorama mode is self explanatory as it takes a wide shot of landscapes. And if you know what you’re doing at the viewfinder end of a camera, the Pro mode puts you in control of the settings. …

Samsung Galaxy S8 stars in video and on Geekbench (along with the Galaxy S8+)

Don’t blink, or else you might miss a video that allegedly shows 5-seconds of the Samsung Galaxy S8. If legit, we can say that the flagship handset does have a sleek and sexy look. The back shows the fingerprint scanner to the right of the rear camera where it has appeared on other leaks, including those disseminated by reliable tipsters. With the apparent removal of the home button, Samsung had limited choices. It could have embedded the scanner under the display, or moved it to the back. The manufacturer seems to have gone with the latter. You can view the clip by clicking on the video …

Pizza dipped in milk is the most disrespectful pizza crime yet

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As head of the Department of Pizza Crime (just go with it), I hereby denounce pizza dipped in milk as the most heinous pizza offense yet.

The ghastly combo hit the internet earlier this week, when a 20-year-old college student posted a photo of it to Twitter. She’s since made her account private, but people have reposted it anyway—accompanied, of course, by their opinions.

Pizza + Milk = a great combination😋😋😋 pic.twitter.com/G9LGvTatjF

— zack (@IsaiahDaGawdd) March 3, 2017

Okay. Here are some reasons why this is the worst: Read more…

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Obsessed with the Trump-Russia drama? You're doing it right.

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Maybe your spouse is worried about you. Perhaps it’s your employer. They’ve noticed marked declines in your attention in recent weeks. Just stop refreshing the New York Times and Washington Post, they say. Turn off CNN. Or if you’re into the harder stuff: Stop. Checking. Twitter

Maybe you too have started to wonder whether you’re getting too obsessed with the Trump-Russia storyline right now. The news is coming so thick and fast, it can be hard not to stare slack-jawed at each new development. 

But do you absolutely have to read every new drop of information about Jeff Sessions and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak? Did you really have to watch that whole mad-ass Carter Page interview, instead of just the edited bit, where the Trump associate admitted meeting that same gentleman from Moscow at the GOP convention?  Read more…

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What happens when the LGBTQ community celebrates? A 24-hour party and great photos.

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The streets of Sydney ran rainbow with plenty of sequins and leather on show Saturday night as the city hosted the 2017 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. The parade, which celebrates LGBTQ culture and activism, began as a march and protest in 1978. Met with police violence at the time, the annual event now draws crowds from around the world. 

Getty Images has covered the event since 2000, and this year, photographer Brendon Thorne chose his top 10 images of the night for Mashable.

“Sydney’s Mardi Gras is one of the most thrilling and enjoyable events to photograph,” he said. “Everyone is ecstatic to be involved in the celebration, and the atmosphere is truly alive and buzzing. A highlight of the night is definitely seeing everyone express themselves, whether it be through the breathtaking wardrobe choices or an unforgettable drag queen look.” Read more…

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