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Americans feel positively toward medical marijuana, but the research isn’t there yet

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Americans have favorable beliefs about medical marijuana that aren’t yet supported by the scientific research, according to a new study from the Annuals of Internal Medicine. Medical marijuana, and cannabis more broadly, is growing in popularity and approval. Business is booming (especially in California) and the US Food and Drug Administration just approved the first […]

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How conspiracy sites keep outsmarting big tech companies

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Two weeks ago, CNN’s Oliver Darcy put a question to Facebook executives during an event in New York: how can Facebook say it’s serious about fighting misinformation while also allowing the notorious conspiracy site Infowars to host a page there, where it has collected nearly 1 million followers? The tension Darcy identified wasn’t new. But […]

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New investigation accuses CBS chief Les Moonves of sexual misconduct

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A new investigation from journalist Ronan Farrow tracks sexual misconduct accusations against Les Moonves, the influential 68-year-old chief executive officer of CBS, by six women. Farrow’s articles detailing extensive sexual assault and harassment from Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein won him a Pulitzer Price for public service, and kickstarted the backlash against sexual harassment and abuse […]

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Feds ask people to stop climbing out of cars and dancing to Drake

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Drake’s new album Scorpion is all over YouTube and Instagram right now, in part thanks to a challenge issued by Instagrammer TheShiggyShow, which has people dancing to “In My Feelings.” The song mentions a character named Keke, and the “Keke Challenge” meme has become a viral sensation. While it can be performed anywhere, some of […]

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How fire scientists see through flames

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Researchers have figured out how to see through flames: it just takes blue LED theater lights, a camera filter, and a research facility where you can light test buildings on fire. The scientists tasked with understanding how fire destroys structures and devours our possessions need to watch these things burn — in the laboratory, that […]

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Lucasfilm confirms Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill will be in Star Wars: Episode IX

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The next big Star Wars movie will begin production on Wednesday, August 1st in London, and Lucasfilm has formally announced the cast for the film. While there are no surprises regarding the actors playing the roles of the characters introduced in the sequel trilogy, there are a few major reveals: Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill […]

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Castle Rock is the perfect excuse to start watching Haven on Netflix

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There are so many streaming options available these days, and so many conflicting recommendations, that it’s hard to see through all the crap you could be watching. Each Friday, The Verge’s Cut the Crap column simplifies the choice by sorting through the overwhelming multitude of movies and TV shows on subscription services, and recommending a […]

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Verizon’s Safe Wi-Fi is an ad-blocking VPN that costs only $3.99 a month

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Verizon introduced its own mobile VPN today called Safe Wi-Fi, which will hide your IP address when you use public networks. Safe Wi-Fi only works for Verizon customers on iOS and Android and it costs $3.99 monthly per account to cover up to 10 devices. Currently, Verizon is offering the first 30 days as a […]

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Discovery might bundle HGTV, the Food Network, and more into a new streaming service

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Discovery is considering launching its own direct-to-consumer streaming service, according to statements made by the company’s CEO, David Zaslav, at an industry event yesterday. The bundle, which would charge customers between $5 to $8 dollars per month, would encompass all of Discovery’s networks — including the Food Network, HGTV, TLC, and more. It’s an idea […]

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Spectrum internet is getting kicked out of New York

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New York is officially kicking internet and cable provider Spectrum, aka Charter, out of the state after the company failed to deliver on its fast internet promises. The state required Spectrum to roll out high-speed internet across underserved rural areas when it merged with Time Warner Cable in 2016. The company failed to do so […]

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