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Everything you need to know about the Cambridge Analytica controversy

Facebook is once again in hot water over the role its policies may have played in the election.

On Saturday, two explosive reports from The Guardian and The New York Times surfaced alleging that more than 50 million Facebook users had personal data used without their knowledge by Cambridge Analytica, a U.K.-based data firm employed by Donald Trump's presidential campaign in 2016.

SEE ALSO: How to see all the weird apps that can access your data on Facebook

The news quickly set off a firestorm on social media, where Facebook executives attempted to do damage control as a new backlash against the company ensued.  Read more...

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Demi Lovato celebrates 6 years of sobriety with DJ Khaled and Kehlani in emotional speech

On March 14, Demi Lovato celebrated a major milestone in her life and career. No, it wasn't a shiny award or magazine cover: it was her 6 year anniversary of being sober. 

The singer has been an advocate for mental health awareness and overcoming addiction, and she's been public about her own struggles with both issues, but her 'sober birthday' was celebrated on stage during her performance in New York City on March 16. Lovato's tourmates DJ Khaled and Kehlani stopped her set to share their love and support for the singer. 

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"First of all, I watched your documentary. I watched it a few times and every time I look at you...I say, 'this is a strong queen,'" DJ Khaled told Lovato while the audience cheered. "What you've overcome, through trials and tribulations, through dark clouds—you've found the sunshine and now the sun is shining on you forever."  Read more...

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Facebook investigating a current employee who has ties to that Trump-linked data firm

The hits keep on coming for Facebook.

On Friday, the social media company booted the Donald Trump campaign-linked data firm Cambridge Analytica from its platform. On Saturday, we learned why: The firm played a role in secretly harvesting data belonging to more than 50 million users.

SEE ALSO: How to see all the weird apps that can access your data on Facebook

On Sunday, a third bomb dropped: Joseph Chancellor, currently a researcher at Facebook, may be connected to this whole mess.

A Sunday report from CNN reveals that Chancellor previously served as a director of Global Science Research (GSR). When whistleblower Christopher Wylie teamed up with Cambridge University's Aleksandr Kogan to develop an app that could harvest Facebook user data, GSR was the company that data funneled through. Read more...

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A treasure trove of handheld video games from the '80s added to the Internet Archive

Tiger Electronics. Coleco. Konami. Bandai.

These are all familiar publishers for gamers from the '80s. Back in the days when Nintendo's biggest competitor in the living room was Atari, the handheld market was dominated by battery-operated LCD games.

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Now, many of those games live on, thanks to the Internet Archive.

The digital library's ongoing efforts to preserve old games and software — a process that began around four years ago — have now given us the Handheld History Collection. The lineup of games, tabletop machines, and board games covers products released over a big stretch of time, from the 1970s into the 1990s. Read more...

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The only thing better than the 'Avengers: Infinity War' trailer is this parody

By now you've probably watched the latest trailer for Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War a million times. Don't worry, we're not judging you. But while that trailer is fantastic and all, there is another one that might be better. 

For an English class project, students cobbled together a frame-for-frame remake of the trailer. If you can't wait for the film's release on April 27th, watching this on repeat might tide you over. 

SEE ALSO: Here's our sound effects demo of the 'Avengers: Infinity War' trailer

Who did it better? @MarvelStudios

— Aiman Sany (@awesomerawks) March 17, 2018

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New Android Auto feature lets you actually use your phone while connected

Android Auto just got a small but incredibly useful update.

Google appears to be rolling out a new "swipe to unlock" feature for the vehicle-connected app that makes it easier to unlock your phone while it's paired to the car.

SEE ALSO: Google's Android Wear is now called Wear OS

The company hasn't yet disclosed the change, but it's been spotted by a number of Redditors (h/t Engadget), who report seeing the feature show up in the last day or two. 

With the update, users can unlock their phones while it's connected to the in-car Android Auto system with a simple swipe up. This allows you to access content form your phone that wouldn't otherwise be accessible via the Android Auto dash system. Read more...

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Watch Blue Ivy bid $19,000 on art like it's nothing

When you're the six year-old daughter of two moguls, sometimes your weekly allowance gives you the opportunity to bid a couple bucks on artwork from time to time.

Or $19,000, to be exact. 

Blue Ivy Carter made an appearance with her parents Jay-Z and Beyoncé on Saturday night at the  2018 WACO Wearable Art gala, a fundraiser to support Tina and Richard Lawson's Where Art Can Occur (WACO) Theater Center. 

It was a star-studded event, but Blue is the one who stole the show when she made it clear she was ready to take something home, no matter the price tag. 

SEE ALSO: Blue Ivy just became the only human alive who's ever told her parents to chill Read more...

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This reunion between cat and owner might be the most heartwarming thing you'll read all day

There's nothing more heartbreaking than a missing pet—but there's also nothing more heartwarming than a reunion. Get the tissues ready, this one is a doozy. 

Twitter user @ngvhi hopped online to share the most beautiful story about how she was reunited, five years later, with her sweet cat and first pet. Meet Panther. 

SEE ALSO: We're calling 'fake news' on the report that 'Black Panther' caused a surge in black cat adoptions

hi I can’t believe this is real because I am still in shock but my first pet ever my cat panther just came home today after going missing FIVE YEARS AGO. FIVE. YEARS. AGO.

— nguhi (@ngvhi) March 16, 2018

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'Black Panther' reigns as box office king again, for the fifth week straight

Five weekends, five first-place finishes.

That's been the story so far for Black Panther at the box office. As its fifth weekend in theaters draws to a close, a domestic box office estimate of $27 million is more than enough to hang on in the number one spot. The last movie to last five consecutive weeks at #1 was Avatar, in 2009.

SEE ALSO: 'Black Panther' was packed with amazing tech. Here's how the real world compares to Wakanda.

Part of the success is owed to the general lack of competition Black Panther has faced in the weeks after its Feb. 16 release. The star-studded cast and crew behind A Wrinkle in Time, which opened last weekend, was the first credible threat to the Marvel movie's box office dominance, but it hung on. Read more...

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Rihanna should take over the world, one product launch at a time

Last week it was reported that Rihanna is launching a Fenty lingerie line. This means you can now fully dress yourself to the nines in Rihanna-designed apparel, from makeup to socks. 

We are just a few tiny business ventures and celebrity endorsements away from being able to live a fully-branded Rihanna lifestyle, and I am here for it.

SEE ALSO: Rihanna walks like she's immortal and it's freaking people out

Every time Fenty-related news breaks, Twitter is crowded with something between fanfiction and prediction. Below are some of the best tweets since Fenty Beauty was first released about the possibilities still to come from Rihanna's talent as a businesswoman.  Read more...

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Lawmakers use Twitter to help Trump's fired FBI director save his pension

Andrew McCabe's pension might be in jeopardy and some Democratic lawmakers aren't having it.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired the former FBI director on Friday. McCabe was just two days away from retiring after a 21-year career in the U.S. government, but the forced exit might cost him his pension.

SEE ALSO: 'Saturday Night Live' cold open tackles Trump's Tillerson and McCabe firings

This possibility doesn't sit right for a number of reasons, most notably because McCabe has been one of Donald Trump's frequent targets for online bullying. Although the firing came at the end of an ostensibly independent investigation, Trump's past treatment of McCabe coupled with the timing creates a perception that the president's ire influenced this outcome. Read more...

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Chadwick Boseman will host 'Saturday Night Live,' and he'll be joined by Cardi B

Wakanda's very own Black Panther is headed to Studio 8H. 

On April 7, Chadwick Boseman will take on the hosting duties for Saturday Night Live with none other than the "Bodak Yellow" queen Cardi B as a musical guest. The announcement was made during an episode guest hosted by Bill Hader this weekend. 

SEE ALSO: Chadwick Boseman surprising 'Black Panther' fans is 6 minutes of pure joy

While Boseman and Cardi haven't appeared on the show before, both have been parodied by cast member Chris Redd and former guest host Tiffany Haddish, respectively. 

See you soon #SNL!

— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) March 18, 2018

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11 Big SEO Challenges You’ll Face in Your Career by @SEOBrock

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Facing challenges in any career is inevitable. Learn 11 SEO obstacles that you might face and how to overcome them.

The post 11 Big SEO Challenges You’ll Face in Your Career by @SEOBrock appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

The tech talent gap is real. Increased diversity is the solution.

This column is part of a series called "Voices of Women in Tech," created in collaboration with, a global enterprise that supports women in technical fields, as well as the organizations that employ them and the academic institutions training the next generation.

As a chief human resources officer in the tech industry, I know firsthand that the talent gap is real. In the cybersecurity segment alone, experts predict some 2 million roles will go unfilled by 2019. And in an ultracompetitive, fast-moving industry — where finding and securing top talent can feel akin to spotting a snow leopard in New York City — addressing diversity in the recruiting mix can be a real challenge for many hiring managers. Read more...

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Everyone just gave up and laughed openly during this 'Saturday Night Live' sketch

It's always a gift when the live sketch comedy gets so intense on Saturday Night Live that someone "breaks" — which is to say, they break character and laugh.

The latest SNL, featuring guest host (and former cast member) Bill Hader, took breaks to a new level: Everyone laughed.

In the sketch, a group of friends (Heidi Gardner, Aidy Bryant, Melissa Villaseñor) watch in horror as a fourth friend (Cecily Strong) commits a grave social faux pas in bringing her geriatric new husband along to their weekly game night. The horror only intensifies when the old man's Cialis kicks in, and the newlyweds seize the babymaking opportunity right there in front of everyone. Read more...

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Stefon makes his triumphant return to 'Saturday Night Live'—and of course, he breaks

There's nothing more beautiful to re-watch on a Sunday morning than a Saturday Night Live skit with the actors breaking character. 

Bill Hader returned to the show this weekend to host, and with him he brought the infamous and beloved Stefon, who joined Colin Jost and Michael Che's Weekend Update to give viewers some St. Patrick's Day tips. 

As per usual, Stefon dishes on New York's hottest clubs that have everything. These days, it's a CVS that turned into a Chase Bank and then back into a CVS again. John Mulaney also makes a quick appearance, but the best part is when Hader slips up with some giggles of his own.  Read more...

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'Saturday Night Live' cold open tackles Trump's Tillerson and McCabe firings

Last week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and former FBI director Andrew McCabe were fired. The former happened at the behest of Donald Trump and the latter came at the end of an independent investigation that was in no way influenced by Trump's frequent social media lashings of McCabe.

Saturday Night Live seized on the White House upheaval in an Anderson Cooper-led (Alex Moffat) cold open featuring interviews with Tillerson (John Goodman); Attorney General Jeff Sessions (Kate McKinnon), who fired McCabe; former White House communications director Anthony "The Mooch" Scaramucci (Bill Hader); and Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff (Fred Armisen). Read more...

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Save $15 on a breakaway charging cable for USB-C devices

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How many times have you accidentally tripped over your laptop cord, only to tear the entire thing out of your computer? Or even worse, have your laptop come plummeting down with it? Yeah, it's not pretty.

Chargers offer an easy way to power up any device — be it a laptop, tablet, or phone — but they're certainly not designed with klutzes in mind. 

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Sleep Awareness Week is a thing, so here are three products on sale to help you snooze

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Happy Sleep Awareness Week! Are you patting yourself on the back for hitting the sheets early? Or are you one of the millions of Americans who bank on less than seven hours and lots of coffee to keep them going? If the latter, you deserve better. A good night's sleep comes with a slew of benefits that coffee can't deliver, like improved memory, sharper attention span, and a longer life expectancy.

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Steven Spielberg explained why 'Ready Player One' only references the original 'Star Wars'

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 22:02

As an unabashed homage to geek culture and 80s nostalgia smorgasboard, you probably assumed Ready Player One would be dripping with Star Wars references.

You'd be wrong.

While the marketing for Steven Spielberg's upcoming movie showed zero restraint when it came to pop culture references, the director said he was actually careful about name-dropping Star Wars. Or rather, which Star Wars movies he included from the ever-expanding movie franchise.

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"We didn’t want to use the main cultural icons from any of the Disney Star Wars films, because those are ongoing. That’s really part of our contemporary world right now. And even though it began in the ’80s, it is so much a part of our real life today in the 21st century. So we asked for some of the smaller items, and Disney gave us everything we asked for," Spielberg said at a SXSW interview with Fandango. Read more...

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