What it's like to shop at Amazon Go

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Amazon has just opened their new cashier-less convenience store, Amazon Go, deep in the heart of Seattle’s Belltown district and around the block from the Amazon Spheres. The folks at Mashable asked me to Amazon Go, so I Amazon Did.

When I arrive, there’s a line. No huge surprise there; it is opening day, after all, and people are curious. A light carnival atmosphere prevails, much as one might expect at the debut of, say, a Euro Disney or an Avatar: The Movie The Ride. 

Amazon Go hopefuls chat and take pictures in the line, a few TV cameras prowl around getting footage, and helpful Amazon employees go back and forth handing out bright orange grocery bags. I accept one. Score! This is already a victory! Read more…

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Published:January 22, 2018 View Post

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Sorry LA, here's where experts think Amazon will put its second headquarters

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The search for a site for Amazon’s second headquarters has been narrowed down to 20 cities — and according to several experts, the frontrunner among them is Atlanta. 

But it has some formidable competitors. 

SEE ALSO: Amazon releases shortlist of 20 cities still in the running for HQ2

“I think that Atlanta is still the top contender, although the field is narrowing,” said demographic expert Bert Sperling. In November 2017, back when there were more competitors, Sperling also had Atlanta as number one. But now, he believes “things might be changing.”

Fourteen of the 20 finalists — including New York City, Boston, and Miami — are in the Eastern time zone. “That’s pretty tough to argue with,” he said of their location on the East Coast.   Read more…

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Published:January 22, 2018 View Post

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You can win HQ, but you’ll never get that money. Probably.

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You may be a trivia buff but you’re no match for company lawyers. 

A provision in viral trivia app HQ’s terms of service unearthed Monday by Vox presents a loophole for the company to get out of paying prize money to some winners. 

SEE ALSO: How I cheated and won $11 on HQ trivia

It was already common knowledge for players of the daily live trivia app that you needed to bank at least $20 before you could cash out. But the terms of service seem to indicate that there’s a time limit to accrue that amount, or your winnings get erased:

As more people play HQ the pot often splits into amounts that fall far below the $20 threshold. Mashable managing editor Annie Colbert knows that pain: Read more…

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Published:January 22, 2018 View Post

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Spielberg on 'Ready Player One' and the future: 'Virtual reality will be a super drug'

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The director behind the upcoming film adaptation of Ready Player One is making some bleak predictions about what lies in store for us in the decades to come. 

While the rest of us are still waiting for Steven Spielberg’s vision of creepy AI children to come true, the legendary director has moved on to imagining how other real-world technologies will affect society. “Virtual reality will be a super drug,” he said in a new video promoting Ready Player One, which is set to release in the U.S. on March 30.

SEE ALSO: How did Ernest Cline become the author he is today? Blame George Lucas

Based on Ernest Cline’s beloved novel, Ready Player One takes place in a dystopian future where people are hooked on digital fantasies. Spielberg sets the scene for how this technological takeover happens, explaining that “the fabric of our economy is crumbling. It’s a good time for escapism.” Read more…

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Published:January 22, 2018 View Post

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Rupert Murdoch wants Facebook to pay publishers, which is adorable

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Should Twitter pay me for my tweets?

Sure! I post great stuff, which is why people go on Twitter — to find great stuff. I, and everyone else who post good stuff, should get paid. 

Is Twitter going to pay me for my tweets? Hahahahahhahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahha. No. 

SEE ALSO: Current Facebook wants to go back to being Old Facebook

Yet that exact situation is what Rupert Murdoch proposed for Facebook. On Monday, the media mogul released a statement calling for Facebook to begin paying “trusted publishers.”

“If Facebook wants to recognize ‘trusted’ publishers then it should pay those publishers a carriage fee similar to the model adopted by cable companies,” Murdoch wrote.  Read more…

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Published:January 22, 2018 View Post

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Hijab-wearing model steps down from L’Oreal Paris hair campaign over 2014 tweets

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Fashion blogger-turned-L’Oreal Paris hair model Amena Khan backed out of a hair care campaign Monday, just a few days after announcing she was part of the Elvive product line ad campaign.

SEE ALSO: Hijab-wearing hair model featured in L’Oreal Paris ad campaign

Khan wrote a statement on Twitter and Instagram early Monday that she was stepping down from the campaign because of a series of tweets from 2014 in which she criticized Israel. She said the tweets were detracting “from the positive and inclusive sentiment that (the campaign) set out to deliver.”

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Published:January 22, 2018 View Post

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Dudes try, and fail repeatedly, to snowboard

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The best parts of any vacation with your friends are the shared laughs and fond memories you make. Especially if those shared laughs are caught on video.

A couple of mates here are shown against a picturesque winter landscape, ready to channel their inner Shaun White. The only problem? They never make it a more than a few yards from the lift. 

Oh, they try. They really do. But none of them can learn from each other’s mistakes and end up plopping into the powder each time, sometimes making it a bit farther, till finally one of them makes it the farthest—by tripping and getting dragged along. Read more…

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Published:January 22, 2018 View Post

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Steven Soderbergh's new HBO show 'Mosaic' lets your obsession go way deep with murder mystery app

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Steven Soderbergh’s Mosaic premieres Jan. 22 on HBO, but the entire story is already out there for public consumptionMosaic was initially launched in November 2017 as an interactive storytelling app; Users choose a character and follow their journey to piece together the mysterious murder of Olivia Lake (Sharon Stone).

Soderbergh and writer Ed Solomon have worked on Mosaic for nearly four years. Soderbergh was invigorated to push current models of storytelling and to explore a show with a “branching narrative” (they detest the phrase “choose your own adventure”) for viewers to explore.

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Published:January 22, 2018 View Post

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A new study reveals how Russian trolls manipulated our Twitter conversations

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Over the weekend, Twitter told 677,775 people via email that they interacted with Russian propaganda during the 2016 presidential election. But according to Kate Starbird, an assistant professor at the University of Washington, that’s far from enough.

In a Twitter thread on Saturday, Starbird shared her recent research into social networks and the “echo chambers” they create. Her team successfully identified that polarized tweets are one way people, including Russian trolls, can effectively manipulate conversations. 

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Published:January 22, 2018 View Post

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'Overwatch' League makes an example out of pro, suspends him for homophobic insult

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Two weeks into the Overwatch League, one pro player has already been suspended and fined for throwing a homophobic insult at an openly gay opponent.

Felix “xQc” Lengyel of the Dallas Fuel was suspended by the Overwatch League and his own team Friday after insulting Houston Outlaws player Austin “Muma” Wilmot during a personal live stream on Twitch. The league’s suspension is a clear warning to other players to stay professional and not be hateful or else they’ll risk losing out on vital time playing with their teams.

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Published:January 22, 2018 View Post

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