Annette Esparza

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How Trump Is Shaking Up the Book Industry

America’s literary bubble is rethinking its identity.<p>Donald Trump’s election victory plunged America’s elite, liberal and coastal circles into an identity crisis, as journalists and pundits who had been so sure of a Trump loss grappled with charges of insularity and willful disregard. They penned …

Books

Jerry Lewis, Comedic Force of Nature, Dies at 91

A polarizing pioneer of the man-boy school of comedy, who eventually got his due.<p>There was a lot of truth to the old showbiz joke that the French loved Jerry Lewis and thought of him as a comic genius and cinematic trailblazer, even while his fellow Americans considered him a manic buffoon, a …

Comedy

Roger Ailes, architect of conservative TV juggernaut Fox News, is dead at 77

Roger Ailes, who mastered the art of selling political candidates like Hollywood celebrities and was the architect of conservative-oriented TV news, died Thursday at 77. He was the longtime chairman and chief executive of the Fox News Channel, building it over two decades into a politically …

Media Industry

Mary Tyler Moore, beloved TV actress, dies at 80

<b>(CNN) —</b> Actress Mary Tyler Moore, whose eponymous 1970s series helped usher in a new era for women on television, died Wednesday at the age of 80, her longtime representative Mara Buxbaum said.<p>"Today beloved icon Mary Tyler Moore passed away at the age of 80 in the company of friends and her loving …

Entertainment

Hugh Hefner, Who Built the Playboy Empire and Embodied It, Dies at 91

Hugh Hefner, who created Playboy magazine and spun it into a media and entertainment-industry giant — all the while, as its very public avatar, squiring attractive young women (and sometimes marrying them) well into his 80s — died on Wednesday at his home, the Playboy Mansion, in the Holmby Hills …

Swimming Pools

Is Krampus Real? Where To Watch Holiday Horror Movie About Christmas Devil

December is synonymous with the most wonderful time of the year, which means there will be festive decorations, Christmas cookies and plenty of …

Kylie Jenner Can't Stop, Won't Stop Hinting at Her Pregnancy

If Kylie Jenner really is pregnant, she’s doing a terrible job hiding it… by trying too hard to conceal her bump! The 20-year-old socialite hasn’t …

Taylor Swift Reunites With Ed Sheeran at Jingle Ball Show in L.A.

Taylor Swift has released two duets in the last year, and she sang them both Friday night at the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball in L.A. Only one involved a …

Cricket rolls out a new 4-line $100 unlimited data plan

Cricket is well known for their aggressive pricing and promotions to undercut other prepaid carriers, but their newest plan is really something to …

The Best Books of 2017

It was a really good year for books.<p>We were spoiled for choice when it came to crafting our reading lists this year. The lists, admittedly, keep …

Books

Sold: the Pink Star diamond sells for $71.2 million, becoming the world's most expensive gemstone - and is renamed the CTF Pink

The Pink Star diamond has become the world's most expensive gemstone, selling at auction for $71.2 million (£57.3 million) including buyer's premium.<p>The 59.60-carat pink diamond is the largest Internally Flawless, Fancy Vivid pink diamond ever graded by the GIA, and sold for above its estimate of …

15 Fascinating Diamond Facts

With a history going back billions of years, there are so many fascinating facts and stories to tell about the creation, discovery and ongoing …

Cape Town

Diamond Fun Facts

April’s birthstone. The hardest natural substance on Earth. More than a billion years old.<p>There’s a wealth of history and knowledge surrounding …

United Kingdom

Turkeys Are Twice as Big as They Were in 1960

For decades, poultry breeders have transformed the genomes of turkeys, creating ever-larger birds.<p>A turkey today is not the turkey of yesteryear.<p>For decades, animal breeders have been transforming the genomes of turkeys to make them grow larger. Since 1960, the weight of turkeys has gone up about a …

Insects

Thanksgiving’s hidden past: Plymouth in 1621 wasn’t close to being the first celebration

You probably know by now that a lot of the American history we were taught in elementary school was bunk. Christopher Columbus didn’t actually discover America. George Washington didn’t actually cut down a cherry tree. The Civil War actually <i>was</i> about slavery.<p>But if you still imagine the first …

Native Americans

Amazon Says These Are the 100 Books Everyone Should Read

Hidden away in the books department on Amazon.com, shoppers can find a list of 100 great reads everyone should read in their lifetime, recommended by …

The Best Way to Read John le Carré’s George Smiley Books

Nearly three decades ago, after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the breakup of the U.S.S.R., John le Carré retired his greatest character, the …

Musicians are going after YouTube for unfair pay

YouTube accounts for 25% of all the music streamed online and without it, 85% of users who listen to music online would be forced to use a service …

YouTube

'I'm a creep. I'm sorry.' Another tech investor apologizes for mistreating women

Another powerful tech investor is apologizing for his inappropriate behavior toward women in the industry.<p>"I made advances toward multiple women in work-related situations, where it was clearly inappropriate," Dave McClure, the cofounder of accelerator and investment firm 500 Startups,wrote in a …

Venture Capital

Apple Vs. Samsung

With little fanfare, Apple released the iPhone SE and the iPhone 7 RED Special Edition last month and those releases did little to help the company's …

30 Delicious Things To Cook In April

Get ready for a real spring feast!

Samsung Galaxy S8: Everything You Should Know Ahead of Launch

Samsung is preparing to unveil its next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8, at the end of this month. The Galaxy S8 is rumored to feature a wireless …

Look At How Much Slimmer The Galaxy S8's Bezels Are Next To The iPhone, Pixel And S7

If you watch smartphone reviews on YouTube, you’ve surely heard of dbrand. The Canadian company specializes in making “skins” (aka stickers that cover the phone) that add both grip and style to smartphones, and they’re always highly “recommended” by YouTube’s tech community.<p>(I put quotation marks …

Phones

A leaked Samsung Galaxy S8 shows plum color

Ready for an interesting twist? This is the Galaxy S8 that Samsung will announce at the end of the month. An unnamed individual took multiple images …

iPhone 8 Design 'Confirmed' In Double Leak

It was going to be the most radical part of the major iPhone 8 redesign, but following a report earlier in the week a double leak today suggests Apple is scrapping its plans for a heavily curved OLED display…<p>First out the gate is Nikkei. The widely respected Japanese publication says that while …

Mobile Technology

Love Is In the Air and These 13 Books Are On Our Minds

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t fall under the highly infectious spell of the onerous and brutally sarcastic Will Traynor. From his peculiar choice …

41 Of The Most Suspenseful Books You'll Ever Read

*GASP*<p><i>Note: Entries have been edited for clarity and length.</i>

Books

12 Picture Books Even 8-Year-Olds Should Read

November 9 - 13 is National Young Readers Week -- a perfect time to post my feelings about the demotion of picture books for the 4-8 year old crowd. I first noticed this phenomenon a couple of years ago as a volunteer at my local elementary school's bookstore. Kindergarteners rejected beautiful, …

Kids