• A plea from the founder of Starbucks to stop buying the Unicorn Frappuccino
  • Apple Watch adds new Earth Day badge to push you to get outside and active
  • The British resistance is coming at you with Google docs
  • Palmer Luckey makes first post-Facebook comments, and he has a lot to say
  • Forget Cheetos. This campus vending machine dispenses condoms and pregnancy tests

A plea from the founder of Starbucks to stop buying the Unicorn Frappuccino

Image: starbucks Hello, my name is Rutherford Q. Starbucks and I am the founder of Starbucks. When an employee first came to me with the Unicorn Frappuccino idea I told him no. I gave you all the benefit of the doubt. I told him, we here at Starbucks, we respect our customers and they respect us. Our mission is to provide our customers a delicious, caffeinated beverage to complement their…

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Apple Watch adds new Earth Day badge to push you to get outside and active

Image: tim cook via twitter Just a couple of days after releasing its new NikeLab version of the Apple Watch, Apple is leveraging the device’s reputation as a fitness tool to join in the Earth Day festivities. Early Saturday, Apple CEO Tim Cook posted a photo of a new special edition achievement badge on the Apple Watch designed to get people outside and active. SEE ALSO: Science hero Neil deGrasse…

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The British resistance is coming at you with Google docs

Everyone loves a good spreadsheet, right?!Image: Christopher Mineses / mashable The resistance is alive in Britain, and it’s armed with a spreadsheet. A super detailed, exquisitely crafted Google spreadsheet called “How to Vote to Stop the Tories” started doing the rounds on social media almost immediately after a snap election was called last Tuesday. SEE ALSO: This woman’s outraged response to the general election has gone gloriously viral It’s a…

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Palmer Luckey makes first post-Facebook comments, and he has a lot to say

Oculus co-founder Palmer LuckeyImage: web summit via flickr The founder of Oculus, Palmer Luckey, quietly slipped back onto the public stage this week after a tumultuous year that ended with his departure from Facebook in March. First, Luckey appeared on Twitter on Wednesday, after months of silence, using a telling new bio image instead of his own face: Obi-Wan Kenobi, the mysterious, sometimes misunderstood Jedi in Star Wars who fights…

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Forget Cheetos. This campus vending machine dispenses condoms and pregnancy tests

How more convenient can you get?Image: Shutterstock / Shou A student at U.C. Davis figured out how to make vending machines more awesome than they already are. Instead of stocking them with snacks for late-night study sessions, senior Parteek Singh insisted on filling one campus vending machine with condoms, emergency contraception, and pregnancy tests. SEE ALSO: Guys: Its now possible to test your sperm via smartphone It took two years,…

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‘Digital wellness lady’ wants students to unplug or at least look up

Put down the phone.Image: bob al-greene/mashalbe Step into the Center for Digital Wellness and you’ll likely hear people chatting and that’s about it. Because that’s what the Wi-Fi disabled room at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, is for re-connecting and interacting with your fellow humans no screens, gizmos, or gadgets in the way. You might find the center’s founder, Sylvia Frejd, a minister and counselor by training, in the conversation…

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Women in science share a message: Don’t give up

Washington (CNN)From across the fields of science they came, marching to show that women in science have a lot to say. Biologists and ecologists, medical researchers and EMTs, doctors and nurses, biomedical engineers and neuroscientists came with stories of why they fell in love with science. They ranged from little girls to seasoned science veterans, all carrying a message of what they’d like to tell other women.

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Now you can get your loose change as stored value, instead of coins, in South Korea

Image: Heon-kyun/Epa/REX/Shutterstock South Koreans can soon say goodbye to coins jiggling in their pockets. The Bank of Korea launched on Thursday a project allowing people to deposit their spare change into prepaid card value. That means they’ll be able to get their change at major supermarkets and convenience stores deposited into their cards, rather than receiving physical cash. SEE ALSO: 25 Technologies Every Smart City Should Have If the trial…

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General election 2017: Tories move to dampen tax hike fears – BBC News

Before winning the 2015 general election, the Conservatives promised no rises in VAT, national insurance contributions, or income tax. Analysis By Iain Watson, BBC News political correspondent The American revolutionary Benjamin Franklin said the two great certainties were tax and death. And certainly commitments to push tax rates up can prove fatal to political campaigns. Philip Hammond criticised the constraints placed on him by his party’s previous pledges not to…

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Former WH staffer: Obama still Dem. Party leader

(CNN)Though recent vacation photos show Barack Obama basking in the warm sun of retirement, while jet-skiing away any political worries, his former staffer alludes to a second act. Currently the chief operating officer of Vice Media, Mastromonaco served as Obama’s White House deputy chief of staff for operations from 2011 through 2014. However, her ties to the nation’s 44th President go back much further, as she first worked for Obama…

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Sessions has no regrets for Hawaii remark

(CNN)Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Friday he was not disrespecting Hawaii or a judge in the state when he said he was “amazed” that the official was able to block President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban halting immigration from several majority Muslim countries. “I wasn’t criticizing the judge or the island,” he told CNN’s Kate Bolduan on “At This Hour.” “I think it’s a fabulous place and had a granddaughter…

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White House downplays Australia tensions ahead of VP visit

(CNN)As Vice President Mike Pence heads to Australia on Friday on the next leg of his Asia-Pacific tour, a White House foreign policy adviser on the trip downplayed President Donald Trump’s early feud with the Australian Prime Minister. The adviser also said the two countries will reaffirm their partnership on security, trade and immigration issues during the visit. But concerns about the US-Australia relationship go beyond a sour first impression,…

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UK’s online shoppers top global spending survey – BBC News

Cinema tickets Entertainment – such as cinema and concert tickets, takeaway orders and music downloads – accounted for one in four online card purchases in the UK. Some 67% of concert ticket spending and 61% of cinema, theatre and dance spending was made online, the association’s figures showed. The popularity of renewing contracts such as insurance cover online, and payments into bank accounts over the internet also meant financial services…

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General election 2017: Corbyn focuses on ‘super-sized’ classes – BBC News

With under seven weeks to go until polling day, parties are racing to select candidates and prepare for the snap 8 June election, announced by Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday. What you need to know about the general election Plan to raise death legal fees ditched Parties race to choose candidates Mr Corbyn, who insisted on Thursday that he can defy the polls and “change the direction” of the…

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Hillary Clinton blasts Trump on LGBT rights

Washington (CNN)Hillary Clinton on Thursday warned that President Donald Trump could roll back progress on LGBT rights. “We may not ever be able to count on this administration to lead on LGBT issues,” Clinton said in a speech in New York. Clinton was addressing a fundraising dinner for The Center, an LGBT community organization, where she received an award and thanked members of the audience for supporting her unsuccessful 2016…

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Will Curiel’s case be a DACA test for Trump?

(CNN)A distinguished federal judge who most Americans only know of as the target of Donald Trump’s bigotry when he was still a candidate for president has returned to the public spotlight — and not by choice. Judge Gonzalo Curiel, a judge in the southern district of California, has been assigned to hear the case of a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient who alleges that he was improperly deported…

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This is what protest sounds like

(CNN)Black Lives Matter activist Zellie Imani remembers the moment civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson came to Ferguson, Missouri, in the wake of Michael Brown’s 2014 death. Crowds had gathered to protest the fatal shooting of unarmed, 18-year-old Brown by a white police officer, and Imani remembers Jackson joining the demonstrators as they marched toward a church. But Jackson, it seems, had missed a crucial memo. “I think he…

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House candidates in Montana shoot guns in new ads

Washington (CNN)In a Montana House special election, Republicans are fighting to hold onto a seat while Democrats are trying to turn it blue. But new ads from each candidate highlight their similarities on a certain key issue. A new television ad from Democratic nominee Rob Quist shows the country singer-turned-politician shooting a gun at a TV showing an ad for his opponent, Republican Greg Gianforte. Quist has long been a…

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Ann Coulter isn’t letting Berkeley off easy for messing with her speech

(CNN)The showdown continued Thursday between the University of California, Berkeley, and Ann Coulter over if and when the conservative firebrand will speak at the famously progressive school. Citing safety concerns, administrators on Wednesday postponed Coulter’s scheduled April 27 appearance, saying it needed more time to find a “suitable venue.” But Coulter was not having it. In a Twitter rampage and a Fox News appearance, she accused the school of canceling…

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The secret Instagram ‘pods’ fighting the new algorithm one like at a time

Image: vicky leta / mashable You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours. That’s the vibe in Instagram “pods” secret communities trying to fight the platform’s algorithmic timeline, one like at a time. SEE ALSO: Your Instagram feed will never be the same again In June 2016, Instagram began rolling out its new algorithmic timeline which changed the order of posts in people’s feeds, favouring popular posts over chronology. Instagram…

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Zara is getting dragged for embroidering a skirt with an alt-right symbol

Spanish fashion retailer Zara is getting dragged on Twitter for selling a skirt featuring Pepe The Frog, an internet meme which has been adopted by neo-Nazis and serves as an icon of the white nationalist alt-right movement. SEE ALSO: Pepe the Frog’s creator: ‘Pepe is love’ The denim skirt which features two distinctly Pepe-like appliqu designs has been pulled from the Zara website following the controversy. Pepe The Frog was…

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General election 2017: Jeremy Corbyn vows to ‘change poll’s course’ – BBC News

The Commons vote, by 522 to 13, paved the way for a seven-week campaign that has taken the country by surprise. ‘Cosy cartel’ In a speech in London, Mr Corbyn will say: “Much of the media and Establishment are saying this election is a foregone conclusion. “They think there are rules in politics, which if you don’t follow by doffing your cap to powerful people, accepting that things can’t really…

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Ann Coulter vows to speak at UC Berkeley after school calls off event

(CNN)Conservative commentator Ann Coulter vowed to proceed with a scheduled speaking event at the University of California, Berkeley, despite the school’s decision to call it off. In a letter to Berkeley College Republicans, who organized the event, Vice Chancellors Scott Biddy and Stephen Sutton said campus police were unable to find a “suitable venue” for the April 27 event. “Unfortunately, UCPD determined that, given currently active security threats, it is…

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Indian ad with transgender mom stirs debate — and tears

New Delhi (CNN)An advert challenging the norms of a traditional family in India has gone viral, with more than 9 million views on YouTube. The ad’s storyline pushes the issue of transgender rights within the country and reveals the human side of the issue in just three and a half minutes. Released online on March 31, the commercial by medicine company Vicks tells the true story of Gayatri, a young…

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