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Firefighters are brave as hell, and these photos prove it

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 04:55

A firefighter pulls a hose to keep flames from advancing to adjacent homes while battling the Lilac fire at Rancho Monserate Country Club.

Image: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

It takes a lot of bravery to be a firefighter. 

In San Diego County, where the Lilac fire has burned more than 4,100 acres, photographer Gina Ferazzi from the Los Angeles Times captured these dramatic photos of firefighters battling a blaze in the Rancho Monserate Country Club on Thursday. At least 20 homes in the retirement community have been destroyed, according to the Associated Press. 

A number of other fires continue to burn across Southern California. The largest is the Thomas fire north of Los Angeles in Ventura County, which has consumed at least 439 structures and forced the evacuation of 50,000 people.  Read more...

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Net neutrality protestors hit Verizon stores — including these two dudes in snowy Fairbanks, Alaska

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 03:28

Defenders of a free and open internet rallied in front of Verizon stores across the U.S. Thursday. The fight to save net neutrality even made it to the only Verizon store in Fairbanks, Alaska.

SEE ALSO: How killing net neutrality will hurt online protests and free speech

Snow didn't stop at least a couple sign-wielding protesters from showing up at the Verizon store in Fairbanks. The state's only other Verizon locations are 360 miles away in Anchorage.

Fairbanks to Congress: #StopTheFCC. We oppose FCC chair and former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai’s plan to kill #NetNeutrality!

— Mary Alice Crim (@MaryAliceCrim) December 7, 2017

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Rescuers rally on social media to save horses from wildfires

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 02:46

California's wildfires reached San Diego County Thursday as a blazed named the Lilac fire near Bonsall quickly grew to engulf thousands of acres.

The newest fire raged through agricultural lands to the west of Interstate 15, affecting rural communities and prompting a scramble to save horses.

SEE ALSO: Striking aerial photos show severity of California wildfires

The Lilac fire quickly spread to cover 2,500 acres with zero containment by Thursday afternoon, prompting evacuations in several areas and affecting dozens of buildings. California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in San Diego County on Thursday night.  Read more...

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Director Bryan Singer sued for alleged sexual assault of 17-year-old

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 02:34

X-Men director Bryan Singer was sued Thursday for allegedly sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy in 2003, according to a report from Variety.

The suit, filed Thursday in Washington state Superior Court, alleges that Singer, now 52, was at a yacht party hosted by tech investor Lester Waters in Seattle when he allegedly assaulted Cesar Sanchez-Guzman. Sanchez-Guzman claims he was another attendee at the party and says he didn't know Singer until introduced at the party. He was 17 and a minor at the time. 

SEE ALSO: So, uh, why was Bryan Singer's name trending after the Kevin Spacey allegations? Read more...

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Bro trolls city council with hilarious speech defending house parties

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 02:21

The city of Los Angeles is cracking down on house parties in the Hollywood Hills, and the bros are pissed.

So what does a bro do during a time like this? March down to city hall, and fight for your right to party.

SEE ALSO: Why this New Zealand politician's speech from 2013 has gone viral in Japan

Self-described activist and house party enthusiast Chad Kroeger delivered an important message to the Los Angeles City Council earlier this week, saying he was "determined to stop this future atroxity[sic]."  

Kroeger does hit some pretty good points before he is rudely interrupted and forced to stop, but his delivery is just perfection. Read more...

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'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' trailer is here, and it's everything you've been waiting for

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 02:06

The new trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has arrived, and it looks every bit as dark and dino-tastic as promised. Even better: Jeff Goldblum's Dr. Malcolm is back to guide us with his deep intellect, bold stares, and epic line delivery.

SEE ALSO: 'Jurassic World' released a clip of Chris Pratt playing with a baby raptor and you need to see it

In addition to franchise veteran Goldblum, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and B.D. Wong are all back for round two, and this time they're joined by the likes of James Cromwell, Toby Jones, Justice Smith, and Rafe Spall.

Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow penned the script with Derek Connolly, and J. A. Bayona is on board as director. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will hit theaters like an angry T-Rex on June 22, 2018. Read more...

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Bitcoin is a victim of its own success

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 01:59

It was never meant to be this way. 

With the price of Bitcoin skyrocketing by the hour, it's either time to buy buy buy or step back a moment and ask ourselves just exactly how Bitcoin went from a proposed digital currency to an increasingly popular investment opportunity — and what that says about its future. As this is a blog post and not the internal dialogue of a cryptocurrency trader, we're going to go with the second option. 

SEE ALSO: This was Bitcoin's big year, but where does it go from here?

Launched in 2009 by a still unknown person (or persons) under the pseudonym of Satoshi Nakamoto, Bitcoin offered a decentralized currency that removed any sort of central authority from the mix. This, of course, is a fascinating idea — and over the following few years news outlets reported on it with a mixture of confusion and befuddled amusement (if they covered it at all). Read more...

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Who's the least popular Star Wars character ever? Hint: It's not Jar Jar

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 01:25

Princess Leia Organa wins the Star Wars popularity contest. That should come as no surprise to anyone, but it's nice to have the evidence in black and white. As for the loser, there's a twist.

A December poll from Morning Consult asked 2,200 folks about their opinions on Star Wars movies, then cross-tabulated that with their demographics and political preferences. We'll be pulling details out of this poll for weeks; but for now, let's concentrate on the characters.

SEE ALSO: Sorry, Star Wars fans, you're not getting that Old Republic trilogy you wanted

The poll asked respondents their opinions on 25 major characters from the saga. Leia came out on top with a 73% favorability rating — although Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, Yoda and R2-D2 were all within 2% of her, which happens to be the poll's margin of error.  Read more...

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Facebook now lets you livestream your face as you play Messenger games

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 00:56

Dreamed of watching the pensive looks of your opponent on Words With Friends?

Facebook's Messenger games launched a year ago, and on Thursday the company announced it was rolling out new livestreaming and video chat features.

SEE ALSO: 10 things you didn't know you could do with Facebook Messenger

Once you click a new camera icon on top of a Messenger game, you can livestream the game you're playing to your Facebook page or profile, with the option to turn on your screen's front camera. You can also save the recording on your phone.

There will also be the ability to video chat with your partner while you play a game with them, set to be introduced on Words With Friends early next year. Read more...

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Roy Moore thinks America was at its best when slavery existed

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 00:43

Roy Moore thinks America was great before the '60s — the 1860s. 

Yes, before the Senate candidate was famous for allegations of sexual assault, he was renowned for his blatant racism and homophobia. A quote from a September story in the Los Angeles Times surfaced and went viral on Thursday, and it's a doozy

SEE ALSO: Jimmy Kimmel addresses his Twitter exchange with Roy Moore

"In response to a question from one of the only African Americans in the audience — who asked when Moore thought America was last 'great' — Moore acknowledged the nation’s history of racial divisions, but said: 'I think it was great at the time when families were united — even though we had slavery — they cared for one another…. Our families were strong, our country had a direction.'" Read more...

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The empowering message behind Pantone's color of the year

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 00:29

Pantone unveiled its 2018 color of the year Thursday, and the choice strongly hinted at a call for activism and action.

The company chose a deep shade of purple known as Pantone 18-3838, or "ultra violet," and although it didn't directly call out the current political climate, the color comes loaded with meaning.

SEE ALSO: 'The time is right'—a startup wants to get 100 progressive women elected to Congress

Pantone hailed the color choice for its spirituality and connection to the cosmos, along with its symbolism of counterculture and unconventionality.  But the color goes even further with its ties to women's suffrage movements and LGBTQ rights. This isn't just any shade of purple.  Read more...

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Photos show the surreal devastation from Southern California's wildfires

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 23:15

Southern California is no stranger to wildfires, but even by historical standards, the events of early December 2017 stand out. The dreaded Santa Ana winds, which transport warm, dry air from inland toward the coast, have been unceasing. The air is dry enough to ignite any vegetation exposed to a spark, be it a downed power line, carelessly-discarded cigarette, or an arsonist's can of gasoline.  

Through December 7, wildfires had burned more than 100,000 acres in the greater Los Angeles area alone, with more than 200,000 people evacuated from erratic flames fanned by 50 to 80-mile-per-hour winds. The Thomas Fire, in Ventura, about 60 miles northwest of downtown L.A., has proven to be the biggest blaze so far, burning at least 96,000 acres.  Read more...

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Budweiser beer could be shipped by Tesla Semi trucks starting in 2019

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 23:09

Tesla's Semi has a famous new customer: Budweiser.

SEE ALSO: Tesla switches on the world's largest lithium ion battery

Anheuser-Busch, which makes the über patriotic lager, just announced it had reserved 40 of Elon Musk's all-electric big rigs. So it looks like the company's famous Clydesdales will have to make some extra room in the stables for the all-electric trucks.

The company claims the order is one of the largest placed for the trucks since reservations were opened on Nov. 17, when Musk unveiled the design. The all-electric fleet is meant to help Anheuser-Busch in its efforts to cut its carbon footprint by 30 percent by 2025.  Read more...

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Tim Cook 'optimistic' Chinese cyber regulators will allow pulled apps back on iPhone

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 23:06

Apple CEO Tim Cook expressed 'hope' that the communist Chinese government will allow Apple to reinstate certain apps to the tech giant's App Store on Wednesday. 

Earlier this year, Apple removed some messaging and VPM apps — which allow users to mask their IP address and access websites censored by the authoritative Chinese government — from the App store at the request of Chinese officials.  

The app ExpressVPM, or instance, received a notice from Apple in July stating that "your application will be removed from the China App Store because it contains content that is illegal in China...."

SEE ALSO: This new FDA-approved Apple Watch band measures the electricity in your heart Read more...

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Adobe claims it has finally closed the gender wage gap

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 22:58

In July 2016, female Adobe employees based in the U.S. were making 99 cents to every dollar that the company's male employees were making. The software company vowed to close that pay gap by the end of the fiscal year. 

On Thursday, Adobe announced that it has followed through on its promise, Fortune reports. Women in Adobe's U.S. offices, the company claimed, now make $1.00 for every dollar made by male employees. 

SEE ALSO: Get an awesome deal on this Adobe Creative Cloud subscription from Amazon

Compared to the national average, Adobe's one-cent gap was miniscule. 

As of September, women nationwide were earning 80.5 cents to men's dollarRead more...

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Dramatic photos show the devastating Southern California wildfires from space

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 22:52

As wildfires in California rage on Earth, astronauts watch from space. 

Crewmembers onboard the International Space Station have taken some particularly arresting images of smoke plumes pouring out of the fires burning more than 100,000 acres of land in Southern California.

SEE ALSO: Thursday is one of the most dangerous wildfire days in recent Southern California history

"Thank you to all the first responders, firefighters, and citizens willing to help fight these California wildfires," NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik said in a tweet on Thursday.

Today’s pass over SoCal unfortunately doesn’t look any better. The fires east of Camp Pendleton and in Baja are visible as well#CaliforniaWildfires

— Randy Bresnik (@AstroKomrade) December 7, 2017

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The most difficult kind of computer systems to hack

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 22:38

We spoke with Ed Amoroso, who's the CEO of cybersecurity firm TAG Cyber, about what it takes to make a computer hard to hack and how power plants can remain safe from any external hacking threat.  Read more...

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Somnox might be the first robot you'll want to cuddle

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 22:19

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They love being the little spoon, they meditate, and they promise to wake you up gently after your night together. No, it's not your latest Tinder match, it's Somnox, the "world's first sleep robot" that's currently seeking funding on Kickstarter.

SEE ALSO: Get a better night's sleep with some help from sleep tech

Depending on your definition of "robot" that claim is a little dubious, but I cover a lot of sleep tech here at Mashable and have never seen anything like it. Most products to improve your sleep are supposed to be inconspicuous. They fall into two camps: smart devices for your bedside table or improved versions of bedding/mattressesSomnox is something different. It looks like a giant packing peanut and is made to be cuddled all night.  Read more...

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20 pop culture duos that warmed our souls and broke our hearts in 2017

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 22:18

Pop culture is nothing without the sparks that fly between characters – whether we're talking about the glowing embers of an old friendship, the electric crackle of a new romance, or the destructive blaze of a longtime grudge. 

SEE ALSO: 17 pop culture moments that made us yell 'NOPE!' at our screens this year

But the very best of these pairings are more than the sum of their parts. The characters in them push each other to new heights, or illuminate new depths. 

Some of them are fun to watch, and some of them are horrifying to behold (but, you know, still in a fun way). All of them earned a special place in our hearts and stayed there long after the credits rolled. Behold, the best pairings of 2017. Read more...

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23 unrealistic stocking stuffer gifts just for millennials

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 22:17

Navigating through life as a twenty something this day and age can be the most exhausting, confusing and rewarding experience for a young person.

Whether you've just graduated from college, searching for a new job or just trying to adult, being a millennial is hard work - especially when you're blamed for practically everything wrong with the world. 

In order to spread some holiday cheer, we've compiled 20+ (unrealistic) stocking stuffer gifts to get the ambitious millennial in your life. 

SEE ALSO: Target, Walmart, and Ebay are pushing Christmas way too early

1. A secure job.

How many emails do we have to send? We've changed our cover letters 15 times! Read more...

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