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July 2017

Reddit raises $200 million, reaching $1.8 billion valuation

Online discussion site Reddit has nabbed its largest funding round ever, raising $200 million from a group of Silicon Valley heavyweights including Andreessen Horowitz and Sequoia Capital, as well as individual investors like Y Combinator's Sam Altman, who sits on Reddit's board. and a few other investment and mutual funds. CEO Steve Huffman told Recode that the additional cash will go towards internal product and business efforts, including a homepage redesign, a more mobile-friendly design and a push into…

Anthony Scaramucci is out, but the Mooch jokes are forever

The news that President Trump has fired White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci just 10 days after hiring him lit up Twitter on Monday afternoon. It’s exactly the kind of chaotic, melodramatic news fodder that makes for prime internet joke-slinging: Trump, acting under the influence of his newly hired chief of staff John Kelly, reportedly allowed Kelly to axe Scaramucci immediately after Kelly was sworn in. And that’s on top of the fact that Kelly has just replaced Trump’s former chief of staff, Reince…

10 days in, pro-LGBT Scaramucci out from White House role

Anthony Scaramucci is out as White House communications director.(Photo by Jdarsie11; courtesy Wikimedia Commons) Ten days after his appointment as White House communications director, which some hoped would change the administration’s approach to LGBT rights, Anthony Scaramucci has left the role. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Scaramucci, nicknamed the “Mooch,” was set to exit the White House after major media outlets reported the news. “Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White…

Alabama Monsters Try to Deny Raped 12-year old an Abortion

Support more videos like this at patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: For all the horrible things happening on the national stage these days, it’s easy to miss some truly horrifying antics going on at the local level. Today I want to draw your attention to Alabama, where a 12-year old girl was raped by an adult family member and became pregnant. She wanted the fetus aborted, but in Alabama minors need permission from a parent in order to get abortions. For the record, minors don’t need permission to give birth to a human…

Why gay men are still suckers for ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ 20 years later

Let’s not get it twisted: Buffy the Vampire Slayer is queer TV. Exhibit A: the season 2 finale, ‘Becoming’, features Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) coming out to her clueless mother as a vampire slayer. “Have you tried not being a slayer?” Joyce asks, before issuing Buffy with the ultimatum all LGBT+ kids fear: “If you walk out that door, don’t ever come back.” Buffy does walk out and, like too many LGBT+ youths, ends up, for a period, homeless. So, while Buffy herself is not queer, her story clearly resonated with a…

Response to Vitalik Buterin on EOS

Vitalik Buterin recently took a question about EOS at the Ethereum Shenzhen Keynote. Today I would like to provide some factual corrections to his claims about EOS. I will do this by addressing each of his points one at a time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuY6L1nhWxM At 8:20 minutes into the above video Vitalik Buteran says: The reason why EOS says that they can process more transactions comes from two sources. One of them is there are a lot of protocol features that Ethereum has EOS doesn’t have. One of them, for…

The Arts on Stamps of the World — July 31 » The Arts Fuse

An Arts Fuse regular feature: the arts on stamps of the world. By Doug Briscoe We have no Greats (with a capital G) for July 31, but highly talented people of considerable interest? You betcha. For the Italian sculptor Alessandro Algardi (31 July 1598 – 10 June 1654) we have only a single stamp, and that is not the best representation of his work. Algardi was not an architect, although he was in charge of the creation of the Villa Doria Pamphili seen on the Italian stamp of 1984. He probably had assistance from Girolamo…

Freewallet launching Bitcoin Cash mobile wallet

Freewallet, the developer of the number of user-friendly crypto-wallets, has announced that they will support Bitcoin Cash if a blockchain split up occurs after the Bitcoin hard fork. On July 29th the team launched its Bitcoin Cash wallet to provide Freewallet customers with full access to the new coin.Mobile WalletsFreewallet is a team of developers, whose aim is to solve the "last-mile" problem for cryptocurrencies by creating mobile-first cryptocurrency wallets. Since January 2016 the team has developed and…

After Another Meltdown, Lucian Piane’s Twitter Account Has Finally Been Suspended

Twitter just told Lucian Piane to “sashay away.”After what seems to have been yet another meltdown, Lucian Piane’s Twitter account has been suspended.A Twitter user said: “So now I guess I’m the girl that got Lucian Piane suspended from Twitter.”Next, she tweeted the following: OH MY GOD pic.twitter.com/6RXQhPf5yQ— lois (@tbhitslois) July 30, 2017Piane is a former fixture at RuPaul’s Drag Race who occasionally helped the queens with musical challenges. He also produced some of RuPaul’s music.Piane started making headlines…

Game of Thrones season 7, episode 3: 7 winners and 6 losers from “The Queen’s Justice”

“The Queen’s Justice,” the third episode of Game of Thrones’ seventh season, so thoroughly makes the argument that the final two combatants in the battle for the Iron Throne will be Cersei Lannister and the Night King that I might be a little disappointed when Daenerys inevitably rallies. Even Dany’s greatest triumph in this episode — she takes Casterly Rock! — is hollow, because she was basically set up to take it by the Lannisters, who left the Unsullied now occupying the fortress without provisions or much of…

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