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Fake News and Bots May Be Worrisome, but Their Political Power Is Overblown

How easy is it to change people’s votes in an election?<p>The answer, a growing number of studies conclude, is that most forms of political persuasion seem to have little effect at all.<p>This conclusion may sound jarring at a time when people are concerned about the effects of the false news articles …

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Lana Del Rey Faces Radiohead Lawsuit Over Song's 'Creep' Similarities

"Although I know my song wasn’t inspired by 'Creep,' Radiohead feel it was and want 100% of the publishing," singer writes of "Get Free"<p>Lana Del Rey …

Lana Del Rey

Netflix codes: The secret numbers that unlock thousands of hidden films and TV shows

Netflix's incredibly niche, personalised subgenres have long captivated movie nerds, from "Steamy Crime Movies from the 1970s" to "Period Pieces About Royalty Based on Real Life".<p>The genres, based on a complicated algorithm that uses reams of data about users' viewing habits to recommend exactly …

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A Dead Simple Tool To Find Out What Facebook Knows About You

A new Chrome extension reveals the unsettling amount of information the company might have on you.<p>If you could measure all the information you consume online, what would you learn about yourself?<p>That’s the question behind the new Chrome extension Data Selfie. Created by developers Hang Do Thi Duc …

Melissa McCarthy’s Sean Spicer Rules SNL: ‘I Came Out Here to Punch You in the Face’

Melissa McCarthy came out of nowhere this week with the definitive impression of President Trump’s White House press secretary.<p><i>Saturday Night Live</i> …

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Donald Trump is using Barack Obama as a security blanket

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump spent months running against Barack Obama's leadership style, faulting him for being "weak and ineffective" on Iran, lacking of focus the "real" job numbers and inability to combat ISIS because he was the group's "founder."<p>What a difference a few months …

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To commemorate Black History Month, Trump administration decrees that white supremacists can’t be terrorists

Trump wants to focus counterterrorism exclusively on Muslims. Is this a thank-you note to white supremacists?<p>During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised to "take care of our African-American people." Given Trump's embrace of overtly or implicitly racist "law and order" policies, …

Slave driver and ethnic cleanser, but populist? Most vicious president in U.S. history is Trump’s new role model

Trump’s populism, pulled from shadows of racism, sexism, economic jealousies and grievance politics, is ugly enough<p>He was vain, brash, intolerant, impulsive, an unrepentant speculator, a literal slave driver and eager warmonger. And now, according to Trump's White House advisers and President Trump …

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<i>On Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, ABC News "World News Tonight" anchor David Muir interviewed President Donald Trump in the White House. The following is</i> …

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This purring cat might be the most soothing thing ever

This cat loves her blanket almost as much as I love this cat.<p>[via We Have Cats]

Autoexec.bat: the tee-shirt

Adam "Ape Lad" Koford writes, "Last Wednesday night as I was falling asleep, an idea came to me. The next morning I drew it and posted it online, not …

The Books We Loved in 2016

It sometimes felt like there was little time for Books I Loved this year, what with staying on top of the all-consuming Twitter Feed I Hated. But some of the reading that I did (in actual books, on real paper—what a relief) took me away from the appalling questions that the news was raising, …

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The real story of Sea Monkeys

Harold von Braunhut (1926-2003) was the inventor/marketer behind X-Ray Specs and Amazing Sea-Monkeys. (Apparently von Braunhut was also a nasty …

Whimsical felt cat caves

Ukranian artist Yuliya Kosata makes felt dwellings for cats that look like something out of Dr. Seuss.<p>I enjoyed reading her description in my bad …

The best books we read in 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, the Vox staff is once again sharing the best books we’ve read over the past 12 months. Some of them were published a long time ago, others just earlier this year. They all have one thing in common: In a year with countless news stories, TV shows, movies, podcasts, and …

The Best Books We Read in 2016

The Atlantic’s editors and writers share their favorite titles—new, classic, or somewhere in between—from a year of reading.<p><i>Roadside Picnic</i> is a book about aliens in which no aliens appear. Rather, one character hypothesizes, aliens seemed to have zipped carelessly around Earth and strewed it with …

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The Doors Reflect on Earliest Concerts, Jim Morrison's Genius

With new 'London Fog 1966' box set out, Robby Krieger and John Densmore look back<p>"When I think about the beginning of the Doors, it feels like a …

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Here’s What You Should Use Instead of Sketchy Evernote [UPDATED]

Popular note taking app, Evernote, updated its privacy policy with a small, but potentially terrifying caveat: all your notes are open to reading by …

This Ned Flanders-themed metal band will damn you to ‘Donut Hell’

There’s a metal band inspired by Ned Flanders, and it’s Okilly Dokilly. That’s not a value assessment. That’s the actual name of the group, an …

WATCH: Can “Saturday Night Live” survive the departures of two of its most flexible cast members? We’re about to find out

Here’s what SNL is losing with the departures of Jay Pharoah and Taran Killam<p>Saturday Night Live is losing its two most deft impersonators, as both Jay Pharoah and Taran Killam announced they will be leaving the series.<p>Pharoah in particular was a masterful impersonator who could cycle through …

Watch a Sewage Truck Explode Even Though You Probably Don't Want To

I’ve always thought that as long as no one died, all explosions were cool. Turns out I’m wrong. Very wrong.<p>A sewage truck exploding on the street is …

Ohne Jailbreak: Simpler Hack macht eckige iPhone-Ordner rund

<i>thumb_up</i> 10<p><b>Mit einem simplen Trick lassen sich die Ordner auf dem iPhone-Homescreen in eine runde Form bringen. Wir verraten Dir, wie Du vorgehen</b> …

Caitlin Doughty: Keine Strafe, sondern ein Geschenk | ZEIT ONLINE

Im Krematorium beginnt Doughty, von einem eigenen Bestattungshaus zu träumen. Die Idee: "Schluss mit teuren Särgen, protzigen Kränzen und …

Welche SSD für welchen Mac?

Wenn die Geschwindigkeit des in die Jahre gekommenen Mac abnimmt, muss es nicht gleich ein Neugerät für eine vierstellige Euro-Summe sein. Oft genug …

You Asked: What’s the Best Way to Lose Weight?

If you’re hoping to drop a few pounds for an upcoming vacation, the old “calories in, calories out” method can be effective. Combine a meager diet …

Why Do Cats Act So Damn Weird?

Dogs just want to love you but cats, well, what the hell do cats want? They have a mind of their own, they seemingly do whatever the hell they want, …

Gestatten, Vixen, mein Wohnmobil

Der Vixen? Das perfekte Wohnmobil! Das Amerika der Achtzigerjahre war da allerdings anderer Meinung: Der Entwickler des Fahrzeugs erlebte dort eine …