Watch Justin Trudeau's awkward pause before he calls Donald Trump 'authentic'

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During an interview with the founders of theSkimm, Justin Trudeau managed to somehow not say anything good OR bad about Donald Trump.

After the founders of the daily newsletter asked what surprises him about Trump, the Canadian prime minister hemmed and hawed a bit before explaining, “He’s authentic. In that the person he is on camera, in public, is very true to the person he is in private. There’s a consistency there one can work with.

So all the off-the-wall things he says are “authentic,” eh?

Later, after toasting with Labatt 50, they asked him if he could change Trump’s mind on one issue, what would it be? Trudeau expertly evaded the question. Read more…

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Samsung will test its mysterious self-driving cars in the U.S.

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Samsung’s self-driving car project is now eligible to hit the road in the US. 

The California DMV just gave the South Korean tech company permission to test autonomous vehicles on the state’s public streets, signaling a new expansion of Samsung’s self-driving program. 

The agency keeps a running tally of all the companies with permission to test self-driving tech on its website, which has become a veritable who’s who of the autonomous development space. Most major automakers are on the list, along with tech companies that are working on their own systems like Waymo, Apple, and Nvidia. 

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Amazon Sold Eclipse Glasses That Cause 'Permanent Blindness,' Alleges Lawsuit

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A South Carolina couple claims in a proposed federal class-action lawsuit (PDF) that Amazon sold defective eclipse-watching glasses that partially blinded them during the historic coast-to-coast solar eclipse on August 21. Corey Payne and fiance Kayla Harris say in their lawsuit that because of the eyewear Payne purchased from Amazon, the couple is now suffering from “blurriness, a central blind spot, increased sensitivity, changes in perception of color, and distorted vision.” Amazon issued a recall of defective and perhaps counterfeit eclipse eyewear in an e-mail sent out to customers before the event. Payne said he did not receive the message. His suit seeks to represent others who were injured or may be injured from the eyewear purchased on Amazon. The alleged Tennessee-based maker of the glasses, American Paper Optics, is not named in the suit. The suit seeks funds “for medical monitoring” because “Plaintiffs and members of the proposed class have or will experience varying degrees of eye injury ranging from temporary discomfort to permanent blindness.” The suit also demands unspecified monetary damages, punitive damages, and legal fees and costs.


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Please let The Friendship Code and its tech-savvy girls be the new Babysitters Club

 Okay, full disclosure, I never read any Babysitters Club book. But you know what I’m talking about, right? We all had some endless series we read where a few kids just like us navigated the vicissitudes of life, teaching us lessons along the way. I’m hoping that The Friendship Code, which aims to do that — but with tech and coding woven in — will become that series for… Read More

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Basis Set Ventures gets real to get to the heart of AI startups

 Lan Xuezhao has spent the last few months pulling together $136 million for her new machine intelligence-focused venture capital fund, Basis Set Ventures. I met Xuezhao for tea on a park bench in Potrero Hill earlier this week to chat about her strategy for the fund. Read More

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Twitch’s new extensions let streamers customize their channel, make money from Amazon sales

 Twitch today is introducing a suite of tools called Twitch Extensions that will allow its streamers to customize their channel pages with interactive features, including polls, leaderboards, tickers, schedules, overlays, and even virtual pets, among other things. Beyond simply personalizing their channel to make it more engaging to fans, the extensions in some cases will help streamers… Read More

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Someone fed his girlfriend chicken nuggets mid-manicure and the bar has officially been raised

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Do you love your significant other enough to feed them chicken nuggets if ever they found themselves unable to feed themselves chicken nuggets?

If you answered yes, you have something in common with this person who got caught doing exactly that while his girlfriend got her nails done. 

*Cue “Loyalty” by Kendrick Lamar*

Lea Adame, 19, happened to be at the nail salon when she noticed the beautiful act of companionship happening behind her, so naturally she tweeted it. “A guy at the salon is straight up feeding his girl chicken nuggets while she gets her nails done,” she tweeted. “That’s the kind of love and support I need.”  Read more…

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You probably missed this subtle clue about Cersei's betrayal in the 'Game of Thrones' finale

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The costumes on Game of Thrones aren’t just Emmy-winning works of art — they also give us insight into the mental states of our favorite characters, often offering clues about their narrative trajectories. 

Take, for example, the subtle appearance of fur in Daenerys’ clothing after she and Jon Snow started growing closer. Some fans may have blamed the approach of winter for the cozier ensemble, but considering that the new material appeared just before Dany set off to roast thousands of Lannisters in one of the show’s hottest battles to date, that theory holds about as much water as a drowning Kingslayer. Read more…

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32 tweets about living in NYC that are way too real

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If you can make it in New York City, you can make it anywhere.

Living in the Big Apple is truly an indescribable experience that only other New Yorkers understand. From the Manhattan to Queens and every noisy, garbage-lined street in between, NYC is a rich, cultural city like no other.

But for those who don’t have the good fortune  of making their dreams come true in the city that never sleeps, we’ve found a few tweets that very accurately sum up what living in NYC is truly like.

Good or bad, it’s just something you have to experience it for yourself.  Read more…

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Postmates Lays Off All Its City Managers

According to TechCrunch, Postmates has let go of all of its city managers, as it centralizes some of its operations at its headquarters in San Francisco. “The total number of people affected by the move is 15 across markets like Boston, Denver, Las Vegas, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, St Louis, San Diego, and Washington, DC,” reports TechCrunch. From the report: In a statement, Postmates said that general managers will take on city managers’ responsibilities. “Postmates has grown rapidly over the last six years — and continues to grow in more than 200 cities across the U.S. As part of that growth, we’ve decided to centralize some of our regional marketing efforts within our San Francisco headquarters,” a spokesperson said in the emailed statement. “Centralizing these functions will enable us to execute more quickly — and ultimately help us be more nimble and effective as we continue to aggressively scale the company. Our general managers will remain in place and continue to help lead our local efforts. We are thankful to our city managers for all their hard work, and we’re confident that they will be successful in their future endeavors.” One of the tipsters, an ex-city manager, said that employees were taken by surprise: Postmates had just earlier this month organized a retreat for the city managers, which they saw as a team building exercise. The tipster also added that the murmurs were that the cost-cutting was being done “as a precursor to an acquisition,” but Postmates’ spokesperson denied that this is the case, and also ruled out a merger and fundraising as reasons for the cuts.


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Lin-Manuel Miranda is tweeting 'Rent' quotes after 'Hamilton' passes it on bestseller list

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Sorry Rent, but I should tell you, your spot on the cast album bestseller list just got taken.

The original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton: An American Musical just overtook the 1996 release to claim sixth place on the list, selling another 7,000 copies this week to bring its total to 1.285 million according to Billboard

And Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda found the best way to celebrate. 

Miranda did a cute Q&A on Twitter where he only answered in Rent quotes, like the devilish musical aficionado he is.

Okay I’ll take some questions
but only answer in Rent quotes? Go!

— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) August 31, 2017 Read more…

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David Clarke, America's other death-camp sheriff, resigns

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clark, facing multiple federal lawsuits over deaths in his prisons, has unexpectedly resigned. He hasn’t said what he’s doing next, says the Washington Post, but has long been tipped for greatness in the administration of President Donald Trump.

“As far as his rationale,” Christenson told The Post, “I don’t believe I can comment on that. … I was not given any advance notice of this, as you can imagine my phone has been ringing off the hook.”

Earlier this year, Clarke withdrew his name from consideration for an assistant secretary position at the Department of Homeland Security.

With four suspicious deaths under his watch and a taste for shiny regalia, Clark is popular among authoritarian conservatives. But he’s an amateur compared to former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, in whose self-described ‘concentration camps’ some half of all deaths went unexplained.

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These are the droids you're looking for

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Star Wars toys keep getting better. Check out these 3 new toys – ‘Sphero’s’ BB-9E and R2-D2 and the Porg by ‘Hasbro’.  Read more…

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