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Three men — two Vietnamese citizens and one Canadian — have been indicted in what federal officials are calling "one of the largest reported data breaches in U.S. history." The trio, one of which has pleaded guilty, stand accused of conspiring to commit money laundering and computer fraud.
The defendants allegedly profited millions of dollars by stealing more than a billion email addresses from different, unspecified service providers, according to an FBI statement released Friday.
"These men—operating from Vietnam, the Netherlands, and Canada—are accused of carrying out the largest data breach of names and email addresses in the history of the Internet," U.S. Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell said in the statement. Read more...More about Security, Cybersecurity, Dev Design, Us World, and Politics
"Get your tits out for the lads," Manchester United fans chanted at her. Arsenal supporters took it a step further, asking in unison: "Have you ever had a Gooner [Arsenal fan] up your arse?"
Their target in both cases was Eva Carneiro, the team doctor for English Premier League club Chelsea F.C. While racism in English soccer has long been seen as scourge to be eliminated, Carneiro has now become the face of a campaign to expose and snuff out sexism in the sport too
In both of the aforementioned instances from earlier this season, fans directed abuse at Carneiro when she took the field or strolled the sideline to observe or tend to injured players. In other words — when she was trying to do her job Read more...More about Soccer, Entertainment, and Sports
A controversial documentary that centers on a fatal gang rape in New Delhi is no longer available to YouTube viewers worldwide after the production company behind India's Daughter filed a copyright claim.
The film has sparked contentious debate since the Indian government threatened the BBC for breaking a court order banning the film. Before the worldwide takedown, YouTube on Thursday blocked users in India who uploaded copies of the documentary due to a government request.
India's Daughter, by British filmmaker Leslee Udwin, was released on British television and online Wednesday night, days earlier than scheduled, after the Indian government attempted to block its screening with a restraining order and a letter to the broadcaster. Read more...More about India, Film, Us World, and India S Daughter
When Mama isn't home, it's time to jam.
The amazing father and son duo, Russ and Toby Bauer, who brought you an awesome dance anthem by playing a trombone and an oven door, are back with a cover of "Sandstorm" by Darude.
There are no trombones this time, but there is plenty of oven door slamming — and, of course, the noted absence of mama in the house.Viral Videos, Videos, Dads, Funny, and Weird
The band that everybody loves to hate is back with a new tune — and for some reason, it's a disco song
Sometimes, it seems that Nickelback releases music for the sole purpose of you hating it. Frontman Chad Kroeger even thanked his haters during an interview last year for adding to his band's popularity
The video for the new tune, "She Keeps Me Up," features a classic disco-themed club complete with roller skating, disco balls, sequins and bell bottoms
So, love it or hate it or love hating it, here it is:Viral Videos, Music, Entertainment, Disco, and Nickelback
I just endured either the most delicious or cruelest product demo ever
The roughly 12-pound Cinder Sensing Cooker is still almost a year away from release, but it’s already turning heads — in part because it’s the anti-George Foreman grill. Popular in the '90s, that countertop cooker focused on speedy grilling and health (all the oils drained into a separate container)
The new smart home appliance uses sensors and artificial intelligence to grill steak much like a chef might at a pricey restaurant.
“Now chefs are celebrities, more people watch Food Network,” said Cinder CEO and cofounder Eric Norman, who describes the countertop cooking device as “restaurant quality.” Read more...More about Cooking, Tech, Gadgets, and Mobile
March 6 is National Frozen Food Day — a day to honor the warriors of the lazy person's kitchen that tragically never quite receive the respect they deserve.
You can heat up a pizza in a matter of minutes instead of waiting for unreliable delivery or provide snacks at your parties without cooking for your ungrateful friends. Frozen food is simply a miracle.
But sometimes the people responsible for keeping your impatient stomach full fly a little too close to the sun. Check out these questionable frozen foods, and then maybe make some evening plans away from your microwave. Read more...More about Lists, Weird, Watercooler, Health Fitness, and Food
LOS ANGELES — Prince isn't really into planning. Like at the Grammy Awards, as with life, he just sort of shows up unannounced. You feel somehow elevated to have been in his otherworldly presence for that moment, and then he's gone.
So it's little surprise that the Purple One "announced" his "Hit and Run" tour without really announcing it. There will reportedly be a show in Louisville, Kentucky, on March 14 — yeah, that's about a week from now — but no venue has been revealed (and don't hold your breath, Louisville. It'll come when it comes.)Prince, Entertainment, and Music
Two Ferguson police officers and a court clerk are out of jobs in the wake of a devastating U.S. Department of Justice report that says their emails were indicative of rampant racism in the city's legal institutions
Capt. Rick Henke and Sgt. William Mudd, who reportedly resigned on Thursday, were identified by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as the officers.
Ferguson city spokesman Jeff Small on Friday identified the fired worker as court clerk Mary Ann Twitty. She did not immediately respond to an Associated Press message seeking comment on her home telephone. Read more...More about Doj, Justice Department, Us World, Us, and Ferguson
World, meet Supergirl
Warner Bros. on Friday released the first two images of former Glee star Melissa Benoist as the titular hero in the studio's Supergirl pilot for CBS — and she looks ready for some crime fighting
The costume for Supergirl was created by Oscar-winning designer Colleen Atwood.
Image: Warner Bros.
Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood — who is also behind the costumes for CW's Flash and Arrow — designed the costume for the pilot, which is produced by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Ali Adler
"In designing Supergirl, I wanted to embrace the past, but more importantly, thrust her into the street-style action hero of today," Atwood said in a statement Read more...More about Cbs, Entertainment, Tv, and Supergirl
Warning: This post contains spoilers about the first season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, including info on a few surprise cameos. Read with caution.
The good news: Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is everything you wanted it to be.
The better news: You don't have to lose an entire weekend watching this show. In fact, you'd probably enjoy this one more if you savored it. The reasoning for such a recommendation comes down to necessity.
Last week, 13 episodes of House of Cards' Season 3 were made available on Friday night, and by the end of the weekend, a ton of people were done. Make no mistake: That's a lot of TV. But it had to be done. Read more...More about Netflix, Television, Entertainment, Tv, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Gunmen in war-torn South Sudan abducted nearly 100 children, some of whom were as young as 13, near the village of Malakal in mid-February. It was just one of many recent abductions in the country since conflict broke out between government troops and rebel factions in December 2013.
But while there's still work to be done, UNICEF reports that it's in the process of rescuing children from armed groups throughout the country — to date, it has successfully negotiated for the release of more than 600 child troops since January 2015.
Ishmael Beah, human rights activist, former child soldier and author of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, recorded a video message, above, urging the newly free children to "use intelligence" to steer clear of war activity Read more...More about Videos, War, Social Good, Africa, and Us World
We may soon have a vertically looping water slide — an engineering feat long suspected to be impossible.
It is called the Sky Caliber, and the company developing the slide calls it the first slide with a truly vertical loop. Riders travel at 50 mph down the tube and travel through a 30-foot-tall loop. The slide itself stands at 90 feet, and can funnel 180 riders through per hour, according to the developers, called Sky Turtle.
It's on! Skyturtle Technologies just inked a deal to bring this beauty to the general public! Congrats to the team! Note the two engineers at bottom right to give you a scale of just how insane this slide is! Weblink in my profile to check out the article about it in today's @latimes #skyturtletechnologies #waterslide #waterpark #wwa #iaapa #nickdiamondphoto #LATimes #makehistory #tbt #throwback
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Dear Tom Felton (a.k.a. Draco Malfoy),
As you know, any good celebrity media frenzy has two important components: A Kardashian angle and a Harry Potter angle
So of course, when Kim debuted her new platinum blonde hair on Thursday, the Internet's natural reaction was to compare her hairdo to Draco's. (Though in my opinion, she should have bleached her eyebrows, too.)
I've used Photoshop before, but I am by no means a Photoshop wizard. So, I put Kim's face onto Draco's body and sent it out into the Twitter abyss just as one of my editors asked: "I never thought I'd be saying this, but have we done a story on Kim's hair yet?" Read more...More about Harry Potter, Photoshop, Funny, Kim Kardashian, and Watercooler
Farewell to Biddy. He ran far. He ran strong and he took the entire Internet on a delightful adventure every day.
Biddy, the hedgehog who captivated thousands of followers with his many travels across the United States, passed away on March 1. His owners, Toni DeWeese and Tom Unterseher, posted the news on Instagram Thursday.
According to the post, the four-year-old hedgehog was suffering from many health problems, but cancer was the ultimate cause of death. "We are very thankful for all the time we spent with him before he went...To know that Biddy's photos could bring happiness, laughter and possibly inspire others is breathtaking," they wrote. Read more...More about Pics, Animals, Instagram, Watercooler, and Conversations
"Making your way in the world today takes everything you've got." - Frank Underwood.
You might think that the Underwoods and their dirty politics can't fit in any genre other than political thriller, but TalkFine's video proves otherwise. With a recut and an original song, the band makes Frank Underwood seem almost like a Danny Tanner-esque lovable goof.
If that's not enough to get you to watch, the video also happens to be about 5 hours shorter than House of Cards' actual time-lapse intro sequence, which has no business being as long as it is.Entertainment, Videos, House Of Cards, Sitcom, and Tv
Tipping the Scales on Mobile Payments: A note from Ed McLaughlin, Chief Emerging Payments Officer, MasterCard
Across the globe today, the ongoing convergence of the physical and digital worlds is dramatically changing how people interact with their families, friends, and the world around them. Everyone and everything is connected.
When it comes to how we pay for things, this seismic digital shift is the most significant milestone since plastic credit cards were introduced 50 years ago. It was crystal clear at this year's Mobile World Congress where we saw new players entering the mobile payments space and veterans doubling-down on their efforts to drive mobile payments ubiquity. Read more...More about Mobile World Congress and Supported
LOS ANGELES — Harrison Ford's crashed World War II airplane was being removed Friday from the golf course where it crashed-landed the day before, an employee at the municipal facility told Mashable.
"It's being taken out of here as we speak," said the employee, who declined to give his name, just after 11 a.m. PT. Ford's Ryan Aeronautical ST3KR, a vintage training plane, had been sitting on a fairway at Penmar Golf Course in Venice, California, since crash-landing on Thursday afternoon
Image: David Buchan
A golfer caught Ford's powerless plane as it sailed over the course, as seen in the above footage uploaded to YouTube by The Associated Press. Read more...More about Movies, Harrison Ford, Star Wars, Aviation, and Entertainment
The hard thing about trying to dunk a basketball blindfolded is that you can't see the actual basket
This might seem obvious to you, enlightened reader, but it's something pro ball player Justin Melton learned the hard way in the Philippine Basketball Association's dunk contest on Friday
In the clip, above, Melton dons a blindfold, approaches the hoop, performs a siiiick windmill — then misses the basket by a solid 5 feet. Good times!
Lest ye get it twisted, though, Melton actually can dunk quite well. Here's his performance from the PBA dunk contest last year: Read more...More about Entertainment, Videos, Sports, and Watercooler
Chris Hemsworth continues to kill it in the promos for his upcoming SNL hosting debut
Teaming up with Hemsworth this time around is new cast member Leslie Jones in her first promo spots for the show. Jones clearly makes the most of it, like all of us would, getting her face as close as humanly possible to the chiseled jaw and ice-blue eyes of Thor. Though she jokes about HR violations, it takes a woman of extreme self-control not to cross that boundary.
Hemsworth takes the stage at 30 Rock this Saturday.
Image: NBCSnl, Entertainment, Watercooler, Chris Hemsworth, and Leslie Jones