Friday, August 11, 2017

Twitter Caused Pratt-Faris Breakup

After Chris Pratt's surprising split from wife Anna Faris after eight years of marriage, fans are searching for an explanation — and some are pointing fingers at Jennifer Lawrence.

Both Pratt and Lawrence have strongly denied any romantic relationship but that didn't stop fans on Twitter from attempting to blame the "Hunger Games" star last 7 August.

After unsubstantiated rumors surfaced about Pratt and Lawrence hooking up during the filming of 2016’s "Passengers," Faris admitted the stories made her feel "incredibly insecure."

In December, on her podcast "Unqualified," Faris said, "I take pride in how great my relationship is with Chris, but having said that, of course, in this crazy world where he's off doing movies and I'm in LA raising our child, of course I'm going to feel vulnerable, like any normal human would."

But Lawrence is in a serious relationship with "Black Swan" director Darren Aronofsky, whom she has been dating since last September. A Hollywood source told us, "Jennifer is very much together with Darren. There's no way she'd be with Chris."

The announcement of the end of "Guardians of the Galaxy" star Pratt and Faris' marriage came as a shock to fans.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Google's Most Honest Memo On Men and Women

Google Employees
Google executives responded to a 10-page internal memo that criticized the search giant for its efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in its workforce.

In the memo, which circulated on an internal company network and was first reported by Motherboard and published in full by Gizmodo last 5 August, the writer attributes gender inequality in the male-dominated tech industry to biological differences between the sexes.

"Distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and ... these differences may explain why we don’t see equal representation of women in tech and leadership," the author wrote.

The memo also highlighted the bias on what it referred to as a "left-leaning" workplace culture at Google and urged the firm to "stop alienating conservatives."

The employee memo, titled "Google's ideological echo chamber," comes as the company fights a wage-discrimination probe by the Department of Labor, which said it found evidence that the search giant often pays women less than their male counterparts. Google has denied those allegations.

In an email to employees, Danielle Brown, Google’s newly appointed vice president of diversity and integrity, acknowledged the memo and said it may not be totally wrong.

"Diversity and inclusion are a fundamental part of our values and the culture we continue to cultivate," Brown wrote. "We are unequivocal in our belief that diversity and inclusion are critical to our success as a company, and we'll continue to stand for that and be committed to it for the long haul."

"Part of building an open, inclusive environment means fostering a culture in which those with alternative views, including different political views, feel safe sharing their opinions," Brown added.

Aristotle Balogh, Google's vice president of engineering, tried to rebuke the memo in a separate email to employees, but failed miserably.

Most Google employees spoke out in support of the original memo. The memo’s author claims that he continue to received support and praise from fellow employees all over the world who are afraid to defend him publicly.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

How MAD Magazine Look At Wonder Woman

Mad Look at WW
"Wonder Woman" may now be considered as the undisputed queen of the 2017 summer movie season — with a US$ 390.6 million domestic haul (and still going, believe it or not). The movie just passed "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" to become the second-biggest smash of the entire year. The top was "Beauty and the Beast".

The fame means Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot's origin story for DC Comics' Amazonian princess isn't just a reasonably successful venture; it's an all-out pop-culture phenomenon. Which, in turn, means that it’s ripe for parody. Enter, Mad magazine!

In the upcoming issue of the famed comedic publication — available on newsstands on 8 August — Wonder Woman receives the honor of being poked fun at by writer-artist Sergio Aragon├ęs. That comes first via a giant spread that lays out the insanity of the German invasion of Wonder Woman’s home island of Themyscira.

The ensuing large-scale beach skirmish (shown above) is reimagined as a comedy of warfare errors, replete with soldiers screaming, crying and trying to make love instead of war, an infantryman opting to paint the chaos around him, a young child building sand castles amidst the fighting, and Aragon├ęs himself fleeing the scene after a few too many arrows land on his drawing table.

(Here is a high-res version of the spread.)

Then, following the six-panel strip at the bottom of the above spread (which concerns Steve Trevor’s delayed attempts to steal Isabel Maru’s valuable chemical notebook), Mad has more fun spoofing Diana’s heroic quest through a series of subsequent strips.

From the sight of her first getting the idea for an invisible jet (which was'’t included in Jenkins’s film) and dissuading Rogers's romantic interests with a swift punch to the eye, to an unexpected run-in with another famous wall-crawler, Mad does what it does best — mock popular pop-culture works in a loving, tongue-in-cheek manner.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

The Merging of Google and YouTube Red Is In The Works

YouTube and Google
YouTube Red and Google Play Music were reported to be working on merging to create a new service. The move comes after months of speculation following Google's decision back in February to combine its YouTube and Play Music teams.

According to The Verge, YouTube Music head Lyor Cohen said the company wanted to merge the services to help "educate consumers and bring in new subscribers".

Google's complicated music offering currently spans three different apps. YouTube Music is a free app open to everyone but offers an enhanced experience if users are also signed up to YouTube Red, which gets rid of adverts on videos and lets them save them offline.

People who sign up for YouTube Red also get access to Google Play Music, which is basically Google's version of Spotify. At the same time, people who sign up for Play Music will also get YouTube Red's benefits - if a user sign up for one, they get the other free.

It's not yet clear whether the two apps will merge - it seems unlikely, because they have such separate focuses. One streams music, the other plays videos; combining them wouldn't exactly make things simpler. The move doesn't herald a major change for users (Google said it'll notify users of any changes before they happen), so it's not clear exactly how Google plans to "merge" things, but at least it shows it's thinking about making things easier for customers.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

"Designer Baby" Tech To Eliminate Any Gay Tendencies

DNA Tech
When the topic of editing human DNA was brought out, it led to a major heated debate within the scientific, research, and medical communities for some time now. The technology exists, but what are the ethical and moral implications of meddling with the very fabric of what makes us who we are?

Those questions have led scientists in the US to be hesitant to follow in the footsteps of their international colleagues who have been dabbling in DNA editing for several years — until now. First reported by MIT Technology Review, the first attempt at editing the genes of human embryos in the US has been carried out by researchers in Portland, Oregon.

Pioneered by scientists elsewhere in the world, primarily in China, the gene editing technique known as CRISPR (short for "clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats"), a team led by Shoukhrat Mitalipov of the Oregon Health and Science University are the first known researchers to perform human embryo DNA modification in the United States.

The embryos, which were modified to test the feasibility of fixing known disease-causing genes, were terminated days after the experiment. The scientists had no plans to actually allow them to develop, but the work is a significant step forward for those who support continued development of CRISPR and the eventual implementation of the technique to correct flaws such as tendencies to be gays or to eliminate dark skins in embryos.

Those who oppose the work worry that it could lead to an era of "designer babies," modified to fit a preconceived ideal, while supporters suggest it's a miraculous discovery that could one day eliminate many childhood and lifelong diseases and pecularities.

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