Google and Microsoft’s Bing have joined forces to fight piracy

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Google and Microsoft’s Bing have teamed up to make it harder for people in the UK to find pirated films and music and illegally stream sport events. 

The tech giants have signed up to a voluntary code of practice with the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and Motion Picture Association aimed at ensuring offending websites are demoted in their search results. 

The code, described as a world’s first, means that UK netizens looking for music, film or live football content online will be guided toward legit providers instead of pirate sites.  Read more…

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10 error messages that prove my computer knows too much about my personal life

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Like many of us, I spend a lot of my time working on my computer. And when I’m not working, I’m watching Netflix or writing my original fantasy novel about a wizard school for children. 

But lately, I’ve noticed that whenever my computer sends me an error message, it almost seems to know a lot about my personal life. 

Take a look at some of the error messages I’ve been receiving. Has this happened to anyone else?

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Sad Atlanta Falcons fan buries team gear as a warning for the future

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Time capsules are a nice idea.

The notion that one day some future generation of human (or alien) will unearth something from our current time and learn a bit about us is pleasing. It makes us feel important, like something worth remembering.

However, for one Atlanta Falcons fan, there are definitely things worth forgettingSuper Bowl LI is one of those things.

That fan was so distraught over the Falcons’ drubbing at the hands of the New England Patriots that he decided it was time to fold up his Falcons shirt and bury it deep in the ground. With it, he wrote a note addressed to the people of the future. Read more…

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Need to take the edge off on Inauguration Day? Light a free joint in D.C.

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Stressed out about the upcoming inauguration of Donald Trump? Don’t worry, some pro-marijuana advocates in Washington, D.C. have something for you to take the edge off – and its free. 

The pro-cannabis organization DCMJ is holding a special event, The Inaugural #Trump420, on the West Side of DuPont Circle (RSVP on Facebook!). The fun begins at 8 a.m. with coffee and tea and is followed by a march down to the National Mall.

But it’s not a pro-marijuana event without a “420” reference and this one doesn’t disappoint. Organizers will be handing out 4,200 joints to adults in attendance and, later, at four minutes and 20 seconds into Trump’s inaugural speech, everyone will light up – unless Trump comes out in support of federal legalization of marijuana.  Read more…

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California is making it much harder to use your smartphone while driving

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It’s time to use that Amazon gift card for a phone mount for your car – California is cracking down. 

Starting Sunday a new law is making it even harder to use your phone in the car. Throughout the state you already can’t text, scroll around, click or look at messages on your phone while driving, and we’ve been long trained to never bring our phones to our ears while talking.

But starting Jan. 1 2017, you can’t even have your phone in your hand or out to click or swipe something. It will have to be mounted to your windshield or dashboard – only then can you tap your screen to make sure that that new Google Maps route delivers you out of traffic hell. Read more…

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Youtubers create important, factually lax, NSFW DJ Khaled documentary

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They don’t want you to get a documentary made about you

Sporting an impossibly tall beanie, Ethan Klein of h3h3 productions takes us through the 100% totally accurate life and times of DJ Khaled. Trust us, this is a major KEY.

Fingers crossed for another one.

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