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Amy Poehler doesn't have time for dumb celebrity interviews in Trump's America

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 14:28

America needs Amy Poehler now more than ever.

The comedian was recently included on the Hollywood Reporter's "40(ish) Most Powerful People in Comedy" list. All comedians are required to submit answers to their mildly entertaining but obviously meaningless questionnaires. 

Poehler was having none of it.

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When asked for her "most memorable heckler," Poehler responded: "Who cares? The whole world is on fire."

god bless amy poehler

— Joselyn Hughes (@joselynhughes) June 14, 2018

It only got better from there.

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7 of the best dating sites for lesbians (and why they are actually good)

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 14:18

Online dating as a lesbian, for the most part, still involves having to deal with men. Many sites continue to surface guys as potential mates, despite setting your preferences otherwise.

SEE ALSO: 12 of the best online dating sites for geeks, nerds, sci-fi buffs, and more

Up until recently, some of the nation has acted as though lesbianism didn't exist outside of porn and Ellen Degeneres, and acted as if girls only turn to dating women if they had a bad experience with a man. This, of course, is not true.

If you're reading this, it's probably because you've experienced the frustration with dating sites and apps that claim to be inclusive to all sexual orientations, only to realize that some closeted quirks make it obvious that the straights are the target. Read more...

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Instagram is no longer notifying users when you screenshot their story

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 14:17

In January, Instagram started testing an interesting new feature: It would notify users when someone took a screenshot of their stories. 

According to BuzzFeed, though, Instagram is no longer testing the feature. 

SEE ALSO: This 'Accidental Icon' is using her teaching background to implement social change in the fashion industry

Instagram Stories, just like Snapchat Stories, are designed to be ephemeral — meaning they are only available for a short period of time, and then they're gone forever. This limitation can obviously be avoided in numerous ways, with taking a screenshot or recording a video being the most obvious. But many users who would think of doing so would likely pause if they thought the person who posted the video would be notified that their story is being screenshotted/recorded.  Read more...

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IHOP tries to advertise its burgers and gets flamed

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 14:08

This week, the ever-so-popular pancake joint, IHOP changed the last letter in its name from 'P' as in 'pancakes' to 'B' as in 'burgers'. Needless to say, the internet was not pleased. Read more...

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What AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner means for the future of the internet

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 14:02

No one spends $85.4 billion to do you a favor.

In its recent acquisition of Time Warner, AT&T sure as shit isn't about to make you rethink this fundamental truth. 

The telecommunications company was approved by a federal judge Tuesday for a massive takeover that has the potential to alter the media landscape in a profound way. And in spite of the perfunctory corporate protestations to the contrary, it doesn't take a market specialist to know who the beneficiaries of such a deal will be. 

SEE ALSO: You damn well should care about the AT&T and Time Warner deal

The odds are that it's not going to be you — or, for that matter, the desiccated scatterings of net neutrality's ghost. In fact, the experts we spoke with suggested that this move threatens competition, consumers, and the future of the internet in general.  Read more...

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'Tag' is too weird to be fiction — just like these 15 other films based on true stories

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 14:00

If you're planning to visit the theater this Friday, you may want to watch out for all the moviegoers chasing each other past concessions and into the parking lot screaming, "You're it!" Tag is a new buddy comedy that follows five friends engrossed in what is undoubtedly the most competitive round of tag ever played on screen. 

Jeremy Renner and Jon Hamm head up the star-studded cast, depicting the surprisingly true story of the friend group that inspired the movie. As reported by The Wall Street Journal, 10 former high school friends have played an ongoing game of tag for decades. Yes, decades. Complete with a signed agreement and occasionally recruited spies, the elaborate game has become a way for the friends to stay a part of each other's lives, even as they grow apart. Read more...

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The Three Pillars of SEO: Authority, Relevance, and Trust by @marktraphagen

Search Engine Journal - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 13:58

Here's what you need to do to earn authority, relevance, and trust from search engines for SEO success.

The post The Three Pillars of SEO: Authority, Relevance, and Trust by @marktraphagen appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

Donald Trump tells Fox he wants his 'people' to 'sit up at attention' the way Kim Jong-un's do

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 13:48

Happy Friday, everyone!

Donald Trump just dropped in on his pals at Fox & Friends to say he hopes that one day the American people will treat him like North Koreans treat Kim Jong-un. Cool, cool, cool. Not a single thing to worry about here.

Upon waking up, it seems Trump looked out the window, saw a Fox & Friends broadcast taking place on the White House lawn, and announced he was going to unexpectedly crash it via Twitter.

Wow, the highest rated (by far) morning show, @foxandfriends, is on the Front Lawn of the White House. Maybe I’ll have to take an unannounced trip down to see them?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2018

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If Quantic Dream could get its act together, it would change the gaming world

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 13:19

The Quantic Dream games keep me up at night. (And not only because of the excess blue light I get from my PS4.) 

As an acclaimed and well resourced developer, Quantic Dream has proven it has the ability to elevate the "interactive drama" in a manner that is not only innovative and compelling, but also highly accessible to non-gamers. And yet, the studio's persistent refusal to get out of its own way (and drop its toxic, tone deaf narratives in favor of quality storytelling) continues to baffle. 

For many people interested in gaming, the image of white, college-aged men packed onto a sofa screaming at each other as they mash the controllers in their hands is an intimidating one. Between vicious online forums, lacking introductory materials, and scads of popular games that challenge anyone who hasn't logged a few hundred hours on their system of choice, the gaming world has become an impenetrable mess.  Read more...

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Best Amazon deals for June 15: Echo Dot, Fire TV Stick, Ultimate Ears Boom 2 Bluetooth speakers

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 13:09

With summer just about here, it's time to think about your next cookout or outdoor adventure.

There are some really good deals on Coleman camping gear for the backyard or the great outdoors with savings up to 57% off. And when the sun goes down, keep the party going with select items from Tiki with deep discounts up to 50% off. Amazon also has a few good deals on Bluetooth speakers, such as the Ultimate Ears BOOM 2, so you can relax outside with your favorite music.

And make sure your lawn looks great, so you can impress your friends with the Turf Builder EdgeGuard Spreader from Scotts, which is now 23% for all your lawn care needs. If you want to know how hot it is outside, ThermoPro is offering a highly-rated thermometer and humidity gauge for your patio at a discount too. Read more...

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A complete ranking of every Pixar movie ever – up to and including 'Incredibles 2'

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 13:00

Incredibles 2 released today, nearly 14 years after The Incredibles introduced us to these beloved characters.

All that 2004 nostalgia got us thinking about the rest of Pixar's catalog and how they all stack up. Why didn't more people watch The Good Dinosaur? Which sequels measure up to the originals? Why is A Bug's Life still so good?

SEE ALSO: All 11 Star Wars movies, ranked — including 'Solo'

Read on for our ranking of every Pixar movie.

Cars 2

Cars 2 suffers from sequel syndrome of the Iron Man 2 variety, and not just because they both involve racing. It's fine, but Pixar is usually well past fine. Read more...

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McDonald's is ditching plastic straws in the UK and Ireland

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 10:53

The days of sipping your milkshake through a plastic straw at McDonald's are almost over — at least in the UK and Ireland.

The fast food giant announced on Thursday that they'll be making the switch to paper straws in September this year.

SEE ALSO: These people are giving up plastic for Lent and it's all because of 'Blue Planet II'

The decision comes in the wake of the UK government announcing plans to ban the sale of plastic straws, and other single-use plastic items, as part of an effort to reduce waste and help the environment.

“Reflecting the broader public debate, our customers told us they wanted to see a move on straws but to do so without compromising their overall experience when visiting our restaurants," said McDonald's UK and Ireland CEO Paul Pomroy. "Over the past few months we’ve been working closely with supplier partners to find a solution that works both for our customers, and that the supply is there given the size of our business. Read more...

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Very obedient dog waits patiently outside cafe that doesn't allow pups

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 10:25

Any cafe that doesn't allow dogs is basically the last place on earth we'd like to spend time. 

But, this very good doggo's stellar efforts to heed a cafe's sign stipulating dogs aren't allowed is deserving of some kind of medal. 

SEE ALSO: Very good doggo interrupts minor league baseball game for some fetch

Jasmine Scofield, a makeup artist based in the U.S., posted a photo of her dog waiting obediently outside a cafe.

"He wait," she wrote. 

At the time of writing, her tweet had been shared 123K times, and garnered 361K likes. 

he wait

— FullMakeup Alchemist (@jaysc0) June 13, 2018

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How the 22nd century should remember Trump

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 10:15

NOTE FOR 2018 READERS: This is the first in a series of letters to mark a little-known chronological milestone. According to UN data, average life expectancy at birth in 10 countries now exceeds 82 years — meaning babies born in 2018 will likely live to see the 22nd century.

What will the world look like at the other end of these kids' lives, in that not-so-far-off year of 2101? We can glimpse it in today's scientific discoveries, Silicon Valley visions, and even science fiction. But in these letters to the next century, a kind of internet time capsule, we also recognize that our hopes and fears ultimately shape what the future becomes.  Read more...

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Can we all agree that this Kickstarter for an alarm clock that wakes you up by smell is awesome? Good.

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 10:00

Sometimes, waking up is just the worst. 

You’re in the middle of a nice and relaxing dream and then “bam!,” your pleasant rest is abruptly interrupted with the loud and piercing sounds of your alarm clock. It’s a terrifying way to start your day like that. However, one tech company wants waking up to be the best part of your day, instead of the worst, with a new Kickstarter campaign.

SEE ALSO: This Kickstarter project lets you experience the majesty of Earth in the palm of your hands

Paris-based Sensorwake created a new alarm clock called the “Trio” that eases you into waking up by slowly stimulating your sense of smell, sight, and hearing. This three-minute three-step process gradually wakes you up on the right side of the bed to invigorate you for the start of your day. Read more...

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Colbert destroys Jeff Sessions for using the Bible to justify ripping families apart

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:38

Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited the Apostle Paul yesterday to justify the administration's policy of separating children from their parents at the border.

Stephen Colbert, late night host and Catholic Sunday school teacher, was having none of it.

Watch Colbert take Sessions down, verse by verse.

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Natalie Portman replies to Mark Hamill's tweet about her, totally wants to meet him

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:24

Natalie Portman may play Mark Hamill's mom in Star Wars, but they have never actually met IRL. Mark Hamill tweeted about it just the other week, in fact. And now Portman wants to set things right.

"Mark, I'd love to meet ya," she said on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday. "Where are ya? Come over."

SEE ALSO: Star Wars needs to rebrand its 'A Star Wars Story' spin-offs

Someone she's clearly less keen to meet up with, meanwhile, is Jared Kushner. Skip to 1:45 in the clip above to hear about her time with him at Harvard, where the two were apparently "friendly". Not anymore, though. Read more...

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Grimes is here to actually make you feel good about owning a Mac

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:15

Apple has a new ad campaign for the Mac. 

Titled "Behind the Mac," the ads — four in total — show creatives doing wonderful things on their MacBook computers. 

SEE ALSO: It’s time for Apple's next act of courage: Kill the MacBook keyboard

The apps feature legally blind photographer Bruce Hall, app developer and entrepreneur Peter Kariuki and musician Grimes, all of which share a story of how their Mac helps them do their magic. The fourth ad is a combination of the three other ads, with many more Mac users shown using their computers in a variety of scenarios. 

The campaign doesn't appear to be designed to bolster the sales of any particular model; in fact, many of the computers seen in the ads are old MacBook models, including a white 2009 MacBook — see below.  Read more...

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Why your brain really craves french fries and donuts in particular

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 07:59

Obviously, you're going to crave french fries and donuts over healthier food options. 

But why is it that we sometimes really, really yearn for these two foods in particular over others that aren't so good for us, like candy or cheese? Well, you can probably blame your brain.

SEE ALSO: Costco food court items, ranked

A study published in Cell Metabolism found that foods combining both fat and carbohydrates are valued higher by our brain's reward system, as opposed to foods containing one energy source.

A group of 206 adults were studied, undergoing brain scans as they were shown photos of snacks, which either contained fat, sugar, or a combination of the both. Read more...

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'Donkey Kong' comes to Nintendo Switch in its original arcade form

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 07:34

The original arcade version of Donkey Kong has landed for the Nintendo Switch.

Announced at E3 on Thursday, the re-release is the latest from Nintendo's Arcade Archives series, and sees the 1981 game reproduced in all its maddeningly difficult glory.

SEE ALSO: Nintendo's E3 2018 showcase was filled with revealing trailers, and here they are

First reported by Kotaku, Donkey Kong has hit the Switch for a relatively affordable amount of $8.99, which is reasonable considering the official, licensed version of the game is pretty damn hard to track down outside a physical arcade. 

I mean, you paid nothing for Fortnite on Switch, so it all evens out. Read more...

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