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Rapper Bobby Shmurda’s arrest has an odd, crazy connection to Silicon Valley

The ballad of Brooklyn-bred rapper Bobby Shmurda is a surreal tale of meteoric rise turned upside-down, nearly as fast as it started. One smash-mouth hit, one viral dance craze, and a newly-inked record deal were all whipped away by a prison sentence for drug and gun charges.  That alone is wild enough for its own full-length GQ feature. But Wednesday, the tale took a wild turn, with the revelation that Palantir, a big data software giant co-founded by Silicon Valley villain Peter Thiel, essentially paved the way to put Shmurda behind bars, according to a feature Buzzfeed  published Wednesday. Read more...More about Music, Peter Thiel, Palantir, Bobby Shmurda, and Entertainment

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Congrats to the Portland Trail Blazers, who just won sports Twitter

As far as NBA trades go, this one was a snoozer.  But the way the Portland Trail Blazers played it on Twitter was downright brilliant.  Portland traded guard Tim Quarterman and his 1.9 points per game to the Houston Rockets for "cash considerations" in a move announced Wednesday.  Now, pro sports teams typically love to introduce newly acquired players to local fans first via social media. So here's what Portland did.  pic.twitter.com/gzKjiAvgJE — Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) June 28, 2017 Then this.  "This trade is a blessing. I'm ready to grind, Rip City. I think I can make an immediate impact out on the floor." — Cash Considerations pic.twitter.com/iRkC5vfwps — Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) June 28, 2017 Read more... More about Portland Trail Blazers, Trail Blazers, Tim Quarterman, Entertainment, and Sports

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The NotPetya ransomware may not actually be ransomware at all — it could be something worse

Is ransomware still ransomware if its goal is purely to destroy? This is less if-a-tree-falls hypothetical and more sobering reality for the untold number of people across the globe whose computer systems have been infected with the NotPetya ransomware. That's because the latest digital scourge to cripple computer networks in 65 countries (and counting) doesn't fit the typical ransomware mold. Instead of just encrypting users' files and holding those files ransom, NotPetya appears to do permanent damage to computer systems.  SEE ALSO: A new ransomware is sweeping the globe, but there's a vaccine Read more...More about Hackers, Hacking, Ransomware, Petya, and Notpetya

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Notorious crow single-handedly shuts down mail delivery in neighborhood

And now for some very Canadian news: Mail delivery has been halted in certain areas of Vancouver because a "well-known crow" attacked a mailman.  SEE ALSO: Buy this house and you'll live in 2 countries at once Canuck the crow, who is identifiable to locals because of a red tag on its ankle, has been causing trouble in the area for a long time apparently. His long list of troublesome behavior includes everything from riding the SkyTrain to evidence tampering. Canada Post spokeswoman Darcia Kmet told the BBC: "Regular mail delivery was suspended to three homes due to it being unsafe for our employees. We are monitoring the situation when delivering the mail to other residents on the street. If our employees believe it is safe to deliver to those three addresses, they do so." Read more...More about Watercooler, Canada, Vancouver, Mail, and Mailboxes

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NASA finds signs of ancient ‘Niagara Falls’ of lava on Mars

Sure, NASA has found signs of ancient water on Mars multiple times over the years, but now it's time to talk about something that's significantly more badass: molten Martian lava.  NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has taken photos of a part of the red planet that once played host to huge multi-tiered falls of lava that cascaded into a crater.  SEE ALSO: NASA's Curiosity rover has a pet rock on Mars The images even show off the (now dried) circular flow of lava at the base of the falls, where the molten rock fanned outward on the crater's floor, NASA said. "The lava flows and falls are distinct as they are rougher than the original features that are smooth and knobby," NASA said in a statement, referring to the features as the "Niagara Falls of Mars."  Read more...More about Space, Nasa, Science, Mars, and Space Photos

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NASCAR just shared a recipe for deep-fried Coke, and our minds are blown

Does it make one a Coastal Elite™️ if deep-fried Coca-Cola (deep-fried Coca-Cola?!) is a new concept to them?  Well, NASCAR is here to ensure everyone hears the gospel of deep-fried Coca-Cola (deep-fried Coca-Cola?!).  Here's the recipe in written form, if you haven't yet made the pivot to video.  3 eggs 2 cups of Coca-Cola (or, we assume, another soda if you prefer) 1/4 cup of granulated sugar 3/4 cups of flour 2 teaspoons of baking powder 1/2 teaspoon of salt Then, after you've scooped out bits of your Coca-Cola batter and deep-fried those suckers, add whipped cream, powdered sugar, and whatever else your about-to-be-clogged-up heart desires.  Read more...More about Nascar, Deep Fried Coca Cola, Entertainment, Food, and Sports

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Lost dogs finally reunite with family because they smelled sausage

Miniature schnauzers Charlie and Theo were lost for four days in Cumbria, England until the smell of sizzling sausages brought them back, Caters reports. Image: Jim Davis/Caters NewsLiz and Graham Hampson were distressed when their fuzzy furbabies went missing on June 16, so they went all out to get their pups back. SEE ALSO: Friendly island doggo followed a street view mapper and photobombed all his shots The couple's rescue campaign involved friends, family, mountain rescue teams, and even two drones. Overall, more than 120 people helped in the endeavor. Over 90 hours later, the dogs still weren't found. So the family "decided to barbecue some sausages near the spot where they vanished and shouted the dogs’ names."  Read more...More about England, Cute Animals, Dog, Lost, and Culture

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Travelers into the U.S. just dodged an expanded electronics ban — for now

We've been waiting for the electronics ban to expand beyond flights coming to the U.S. from the Middle East and parts of Africa, but on Wednesday the U.S. Department of Homeland Security made it sound like some new security procedures are all we should expect — at least, for the moment. SEE ALSO: Emirates offers ingenious workaround to the laptop ban Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly spoke about expanded security measures affecting 280 airports in 105 countries. As part of prepared remarks for Kelly's speech Wednesday at the Center for New American Security Conference in D.C., he said, "It is time to raise the global baseline of aviation security." Read more...More about Security, Air Travel, Airport, Dhs, and Electronics Ban

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Dude tries showing off a fish he caught and fails miserably

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eMvXkQd2dU?enablejsapi=1&] If you're going to brag, maybe do it a little farther away from the water.  A fisherman showing off a huge carp he just caught in Brno, Czech Republic was quickly embarrassed after the large fish slipped away, right back into the water nearby.  Better luck next time, bro.  Read more... More about Funny, Viral Videos, Fish, Culture, and Animals

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Rob Lowe says he had an encounter with Bigfoot and we don’t believe him

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqXZq-rKfew?enablejsapi=1&] The trailer for Rob Lowe's new reality TV series, The Lowe Files, finally dropped, and it's exactly the quality you can expect from an A&E docuseries about searching for paranormal activity.  Lowe is joined by sons Matthew and John Owen, and the three explore the country in search of things that go bump in the night, such as a haunted reformatory, an underwater alien base off the coast of Malibu, and of course, Bigfoot. SEE ALSO: Rob Lowe ad pisses off viewers with shy bladders In an interview with EW, Lowe claims he had encounter with a bigfoot in the Ozark Mountains.  Lowe also claims that the filming of the show turned him into a believer of ghosts, and says the show is totally real and not staged at all. Read more...More about Watercooler, Entertainment, Rob Lowe, Bigfoot, and Culture

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