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Anti-vaxxers can no longer raise money on GoFundMe

Posted: 22 Mar 2019 08:40 AM PDT

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GoFundMe is cracking down on anti-vaxxers.

The popular fundraising website says it will no longer allow anti-vaccine groups and activists to raise money to spread anti-vaccination conspiracies on its platform, according to a statement provided to The Daily Beast

"Campaigns raising money to promote misinformation about vaccines violate GoFundMe’s terms of service and will be removed from the platform,” said GoFundMe spokesperson Bobby Whithorne in a similar statement provided to Mashable. 

The company’s policies state that “products that make health claims that have not been approved or verified” by regulatory bodies are prohibited from using its service. Read more...

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Women are still underrepresented in tech. Here’s what Facebook has to say about it.

Posted: 22 Mar 2019 08:40 AM PDT

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How did we go from viewing computer programming as "women’s work" to peak tech bro culture? In the world of tech today, men greatly outnumber women, and the reasons for this inequality are to be found in stereotypes and biases deeply ingrained in our culture. 

But some of the world’s biggest tech companies are taking steps to try and change the gender imbalance. We talked to Rachel Burton, HR Director for the EMEA Engineering teams at Facebook, to learn more about the company's approach. Read more...

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Google fined $1.7 Billion by European Union for handicapping competitors

Posted: 22 Mar 2019 08:37 AM PDT

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The EU says ads from non-Google companies were blocked by the search engine on third party sites. The European Union has heavily fined Google three times in less than two years. The penalties now total over $9 billion. All three are in relation to Google unlawfully trying to derail competition. Read more...

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Dunkin' and Saucony release running shoe ahead of Boston Marathon

Posted: 22 Mar 2019 08:33 AM PDT

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If you thought the Kinvara 10 shoes by Saucony were stylish, get a load of this Dunkin' x Saucony project. The shoes, going for $120, are the second collab between the Boston-based brands.  Read more...

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Labrador Retriever named the best doggo

Posted: 22 Mar 2019 08:31 AM PDT

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According to the American Kennel Club, the breed is the most popular for the 28th straight year. The Lab's sweet nature and loyalty help keep it at the number one spot. Read more...

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How to create your own Alexa skills via Blueprints

Posted: 22 Mar 2019 08:23 AM PDT

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You've probably used your Amazon Echo for a variety of tasks and skills, from listening to music and playing games to finding information and controlling smart home devices. But what if you could create your own Alexa skills? You can, thanks to a feature called Alexa Blueprints. You can use templates to create your own stories and games, or concoct personalized answers to specific questions. No programming skills necessary.

After completing your custom skills, you have the option to limit them to just your own household so only you and your family can access them, or you can share them with the world. Amazon now allows you to share your skills with certain people or publish them to the US Alexa Skills store for anyone to use. The process isn't that difficult, though it does entail several steps. Let's check it out. Read more...

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United Airlines just made booking easier for trans and non-binary customers

Posted: 22 Mar 2019 08:14 AM PDT

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Something as simple as booking a flight can be painful if you identify as trans. 

On Tuesday, United Airlines announced that they would be changing their booking options to be more trans-inclusive. Instead of forcing their customers to choose between male or female as gender options when booking, customers can now also select U (undisclosed) or X (unspecified), corresponding with whatever it says on their identification. Customers can also select "Mx." in lieu of Ms., Mrs., or Mr. when booking and in their customer profiles.

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Get a better grip with a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller — now on sale at Amazon

Posted: 22 Mar 2019 07:48 AM PDT

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We can all agree that the Nintendo Switch is awesome — there’s just one issue with it, though: The system's included JoyCons can get extremely uncomfortable. If your hands are on the larger side, the JoyCons can feel small and almost impossible to use (especially when playing games that require speed and accuracy). Well, Nintendo heard the complaints, and developed the Switch Pro Controller in response.  

You can grab one of these Nintendo Switch Pro Controllers for $13 off on Amazon right now — check it out and increase your one-on-one time with your Nintendo Switch. 

By significantly cutting down on discomfort, the Nintendo Pro Controller is able to improve your overall stamina and gameplay performance — say goodbye to those hand cramps. The controller doesn’t sacrifice the best features of its predecessor, though, so don’t worry about an unfair tradeoff. HD Rumble, motion controls, and built-in amiibo support are still here, and it’s all completely wireless (charged via USB-C cable — which is included in the package). The Pro Controller is supported in both docked and undocked mode, so you can seamlessly switch between options while you’re going through your next replay of Read more...

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Prepare for summer with this Calphalon indoor multi-grill — $90 off at Amazon

Posted: 22 Mar 2019 07:37 AM PDT

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We finally made it to spring, which means summer is just around the corner. If you’re itching to get outside and grill, we have something to hold you over until barbecue season is officially upon us.

Refresh your grilling muscles with the Calphalon Even Sear Multi-Grill, on sale for $109.99 at Amazon.

The Even Sear’s ceramic cooking surface delivers 20% more heat than standard non-stick surfaces, which means you get better searing performance. Speaking of the grill’s surface, it fits eight hamburger patties comfortably and can switch from grill to griddle to fit your cooking needs. 

This grill opens 180 degrees, but also closes like a panini press to give you a diverse range of functions, and the floating hinge design adjusts to grill food of different thicknesses. So, you’re able to sear a steak on both sides with the grill closed around it or make breakfast for the family by opening the grill fully and utilizing both griddle plates. Read more...

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The 9 best flower delivery services for Mother's Day in 2019

Posted: 22 Mar 2019 07:08 AM PDT

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Mother's Day is a great occasion for a number of reasons. It gives us a helpful little push to shower our mums with the love they deserve, and reminds our mums that we care. It's also a great excuse to get the family together, although whether that's really a positive is up to you.

There is a certain element of stress surrounding Mother's Day though, as you need to come up with some sort of present. Your mum might be super easy to buy for, but traditionally, mums can be a bit of a challenge. There are usually a few avenues you can go down, revolving around jewellery, chocolates, or something for the garden like a nice, sturdy pot. Trust us, mums love pots. We don't know why but they do. Read more...

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Get an exclusive saving of over £100 on the TunnelBear 2‑year VPN plan

Posted: 22 Mar 2019 06:59 AM PDT

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There are a lot of VPN services out there, and they all work hard to keep your data protected, your activity anonymous, and the internet unrestricted. They don't all have a massive bear as their mascot though, and that's an important thing to consider.

TunnelBear is the only VPN service that has a website littered with both cute and angry bears. There's absolutely no competition when it comes to how many bears each VPN service has. TunnelBear is the clear winner. It also offers unlimited data, tunnelling on any of five computers or mobile devices simultaneously, around the clock private browsing, and blocking of website trackers. And bears — don't forget the bears. Read more...

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Amazon devices, Apple iPhones, Vera Wang fragrances, Playstation memberships, and more on sale for March 22 in the UK

Posted: 22 Mar 2019 06:53 AM PDT

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We're ringing in the upcoming weekend with a selection of deals that should put a smile on your face. We have lined up a selection of offers on everything from memory cards to protein powders, plus everything in between. 

We've also listed the best priced Amazon devices available right now, including the Fire TV Stick, Amazon Echo, Amazon Input, and more.

These are the best deals from across the internet for March 22.

Best of the best

Your chance to save on everything from Apple iPhones to stylish desk lamps. We have tracked down the best deals on a massive range of products, including fragrances that would be perfect for Mother's Day. Read more...

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PlayStation Plus, Xbox Live, GoPro Hero7 Black, iPad Pro, and more deals for March 22

Posted: 22 Mar 2019 05:56 AM PDT

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Today is the day of the week most of us look forward to, yes that's right, it's finally Friday. If your plans are anything like ours, then it's going to be a weekend of snacks, Netflix, and games for hours on end. If you are nodding your heads, then we have you covered. Today, we have found a great deal on the Splatoon 2 Nintendo Switch game for only $47.99 on Amazon

For Xbox owners, you can save 36% off the White Xbox wireless controller. Also, Walmart is offering an extra three months on top of the Microsoft Xbox Live 3-month gold membership, so you are getting six months membership for only $24.99.   Read more...

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Hillary Clinton replied to AOC's take down of Jared Kushner and we all need a minute

Posted: 22 Mar 2019 05:48 AM PDT

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Brace yourself: AOC and Hillary Clinton have joined forces on Twitter to create a clapback so powerful that you may need to take a some deep breaths to compose yourself.

It went down on Thursday night, when Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a very straightforward "But his WhatsApp," after it was alleged that Jared Kushner had been communicating with foreign officials using WhatsApp. 

But his WhatsApp https://t.co/kLO3ZHvdbO

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 22, 2019

Kushner's behavior is obviously problematic on any number of levels, not least of which is that his father-in-law, President Donald Trump, ran his campaign against Hillary Clinton almost exclusively on the charge that she'd used a private email server while she was secretary of stateLock her up, etc.  Read more...

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus turns the air blue talking about 'Veep' and its impact on her, um, vocabulary

Posted: 22 Mar 2019 04:25 AM PDT

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Anyone who's ever watched an episode of Veep will know that it's absolutely riddled with deliciously foul language. 

And it appears that Selina Meyer's love of swearing has rubbed off on Julia Louis-Dreyfus in real life. 

"We use really intensely foul language on Veep, there's a lot of swearing and I've gotten quite used to that," Louis-Dreyfus told Seth Meyers. "I've gotten very used to using that language and I have to check myself because most people, of course, aren't used to that. 

"So, I'm like, you know, 'Can I have some more of that motherfucking, cock-sucking maple syrup?'" 

I think the air just turned blue.  Read more...

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Amy Poehler would be totally up for a 'Parks and Recreation' revival

Posted: 22 Mar 2019 03:49 AM PDT

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We may now know the reason why a Parks and Recreation revival is yet to happen — and the issue doesn't appear to be the willingness of certain cast members.

The problem may be that the show's co-creator Mike Schur is just too damn busy.

"Mike Schur is currently working on about five shows," Amy Poehler (aka Leslie Knope), told Variety on the carpet for Thursday night's Parks and Recreation 10th anniversary reunion event. 

The good news? She definitely didn't rule out the possibility of a return, once Schur has a bit more time on his hands. Read more...

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Lena Headey posts touching Instagram response to Emilia Clarke's essay on health struggles

Posted: 22 Mar 2019 03:23 AM PDT

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Actor Emilia Clarke has published a very honest and moving essay about the health problems she faced while filming Game of Thrones.

After collapsing at the gym shortly after she'd finished making Season 1, Clarke was diagnosed with a subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH)Per the NHS website, this is "an uncommon type of stroke caused by bleeding on the surface of the brain." It's described as a very serious condition that can be fatal.

"I’d had an aneurysm, an arterial rupture," Clarke wrote, before going on to describe the life-threatening severity of her diagnosis and the long road to recovery. You can read her essay in full in The New YorkerRead more...

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'PEN15' is a hilariously painful reminder that middle school mattered

Posted: 22 Mar 2019 03:00 AM PDT

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Every once in a while, social media is swarmed by people participating in 10 year challenges, where people dig up photos of themselves from a decade ago and juxtapose them with a more recent picture. These challenges are meant to show how much time has changed someone, but to be real — they're really just a flex on how much hotter people are now than when they were teenagers. 

10 year challenges often start conversations about how wild fashion was back then, why anyone thought a then-trendy haircut looked good, or how everyone has puberty to thank for erasing the humiliating forms of their younger selves. The "after" picture exists as a thank you, or perhaps a thank god, that the acne and bad jeans of the past don't exist anymore.  Read more...

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The best cheap VPN services of 2019

Posted: 23 Jul 2018 07:24 AM PDT

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The best VPN providers aren't necessarily the most expensive. In fact, some of the best VPNs are very affordable.

Let's be honest, everyone loves a great deal, and if you are wanting a premium VPN with extensive features, but do not fancy going deep into your pockets, you have come to the right placeMashable has reached out to partners in order to provide readers with market-leading prices on VPN subscriptions, while also having performance and security in mind. All the VPN services in this article have been hand-picked not only because of their pricing (which are all below £3 per month), but also because they boast the most important VPN features. Read more...

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It's National Puppy Day and BarkBox is just $10 for your dog's first box

Posted: 22 Mar 2019 02:00 AM PDT

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National Puppy Day is officially on March 23, but isn't every day National Puppy Day? Think about it.

It's about time you celebrate "man's best friend" with this deal from BarkBox in honor of your pup. When you sign up for a 6-month or 12-month subscription, you can get your first box for just $10, which is a savings of up to $15 (depending on the plan.)

BarkBox is a subscription box service that allows you to spoil your dog. Once a month, the company will send you toys, snacks, costumes, and other doggie treats for your dog to enjoy. Read more...

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This LG OLED TV is the cheapest we've ever seen it at $700 off

Posted: 22 Mar 2019 02:00 AM PDT

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Editor's note: Mashable and PCMag are both owned by Ziff Davis.

Listen, maybe you don’t necessarily need a new TV just yet. Yes, we know you don’t want to be tempted to blow your savings, but just trust us here. Once in a while, a deal comes around that you simply cannot refuse. Let us explain:

The PCMag Shop is currently offering the 2018 65-inch LG OLED B8 Series 4K HDTV for its lowest price ever — a full $700 off — after applying the coupon code PCMAG15. That’s $400 less than Amazon’s cheapest price, coming out to a total of just $1,599.70. For this particular model, this is a big deal.

This high-end OLED TV from LG looks positively amazing. It supports Dolby Vision HDR, and produces beautiful contrast and colors on its 4K Ultra HD display. Did we mention it's also a smart TV? The LG B8 Series comes equipped with a fully-functioning web browser and is compatible with both Alexa and Google Home. Movies, TV shows, video games — anything you can think of will impress you once its shown on this screen. Simply put, this TV is a premium entertainment viewing experience that will successfully turn you into a certified couch potato in no time. Read more...

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Seasonal Reese's are better than Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

Posted: 22 Mar 2019 02:00 AM PDT

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Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are obviously incredible, the envy of their chocolaty peers. But as Easter approaches and we begin to consider our springtime candy lineups (I assume everyone does this), it might be time to admit that specialty Reese's — we'll use the seasonal Reese's Egg as an example — are better.

There are several key differences between Reese's Cups and Reese's Eggs, including size, shape, and the amount of peanut butter within the chocolate shell. Most notably, the cup has ridges and the egg does not. 

But Reese's, it turns out, do not need ridges to be the best versions of themselves. In fact, they just need to be shapeless, chunky globs. Read more...

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'The Act' offers up true crime at its most heart-wrenchingly exploitative

Posted: 22 Mar 2019 02:00 AM PDT

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Warning: Spoilers for The Act lie ahead.

I'm a fan of true crime the same way some people are fans of Halo Top. 

After a long day, I'll crack open nearly any true crime account and eat up the terrifying, true-to-life details with a metaphoric spoon. Whether it's a movie, series, or podcast, I live for moment-to-moment reconstructed investigations, retrospective interviews with emotional eyewitnesses, and the big reveal of that one mistake that gets the criminal caught. Put plainly: True crime is very much my thing.

So, you can imagine my surprise when only an hour and a half into The Act, I had an overwhelming urge to turn off the TV —  and then possibly throw up. This is true crime in its most brutal and most transparently self-serving form. Read more...

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5 social media management tools on sale

Posted: 22 Mar 2019 02:00 AM PDT

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Social media management is a fun and engaging job, but it can get incredibly stressful when you're in charge of multiple brands. Handling one account is mentally taxing enough, but what if you're overseeing two, three, or more?

To lighten your workload, below are five powerful automation tools to help you with every facet of your workflow, from content curation to post scheduling to link shortening. Make sure to enter the code MADNESS15 at checkout to enjoy an extra 15% off all the below deals.

Quuu Pro Plan: Lifetime Subscription ($500 value)

Content curation is the process of sourcing content from different channels and sharing it with your target audience. It sounds simple, sure, but the act itself can take a lot of your time and energy — time and energy you could have spent on actual content creation. Quuu is a tool that automates that entire process, from handpicking relevant posts to sharing them directly on social media. All you have to do is select from over 500 interest categories that are aligned with your business and followers, and Quuu will handle the rest. Read more...

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This music app claims to increase your productivity (and you can snag it on sale)

Posted: 22 Mar 2019 02:00 AM PDT

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We all have different preferences when it comes to listening to music at work. Maybe you play Beyoncé's Lemonade on repeat, or perhaps you're more inclined to listen to Mozart's entire discography. You may even find solace in the Baby Shark remix (hey, no judgment here).

But the playlists we bob our heads to at work don't always put us in the zone. Imagine trying to focus on the task at hand while silently singing along to Formation? Yeah, it's practically impossible.

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If you want to fill your head with music that will put you in a purely productive mindset, Focus@Will has a plethora of music channels that are scientifically optimized to give you laser-sharp focus. And, you can get a lifetime pass to the app right now thanks to a limited-time sale. Read more...

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Europe's first underwater restaurant resembles a shipwrecked monolith

Posted: 22 Mar 2019 01:15 AM PDT

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"No swimwear is required for your evening with us," reads this restaurant's dress code.

Located at the southernmost point of Norway's craggy coast, Europe's first underwater restaurant has opened, fittingly dubbed Under. And it's not just a restaurant.

Designed by Norwegian firm Snøhetta, it's a 34-metre rectangular prism slightly submerged five metres under the sea. Seriously, it looks like a modernist shipwreck.

Yep, that's a restaurant.

Yep, that's a restaurant.

Image: Snøhetta

Right at the end of the monolith, sitting on the seabed, there's an 11-metre-wide, floor-to-ceiling window which allows its 35-40 diners to check out any underwater action. Read more...

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Courteney Cox revisits her old 'Friends' apartment in delightful Instagram post

Posted: 21 Mar 2019 11:48 PM PDT

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It's The One Where Monica Returned to Her Old Apartment.

Friends star Courteney Cox posted a nostalgic throwback to the beloved '90s sitcom, taking a stroll outside her character's apartment in New York City.

While the interior scenes of the show were filmed on sets in Los Angeles, the exterior shots of Monica's apartment show a location in New York's Greenwich Village, on the corner of Grove and Bedford Streets.

And that's where Cox was jokingly "going home," posting a video of her visit outside Monica's iconic apartment with the perfect caption. Read more...

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus thinks she's a good liar. Jimmy Fallon finds out.

Posted: 21 Mar 2019 10:00 PM PDT

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You know what, Julia Louis-Dreyfus could sell us anything.

But we're not so sure how she is effective is at selling a lie, however, as exemplified when she stepped into a round of "Box of Lies" with The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon on Thursday.

The Veep star is good fun, but boy, not so convincing when it comes to trying to dupe Fallon into thinking that she's got a horse with a huge collection of sandals and high heels in front of her. Read more...

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Tesla revives its referral program, but it’s a shadow of its former self

Posted: 21 Mar 2019 07:01 PM PDT

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Back in February, Tesla cut its customer referral program due to how much it was costing the company.

Elon Musk announced on Thursday that the program is back, but the incentives are admittedly much, much slimmer than they used to be.

Now, if you refer a customer to buy a Tesla, both people will receive 1,000 miles of free Supercharging. 

Each referral also receives an entry to win a Founders Series Model Y monthly and Founders Series Roadster, both signed by Musk and Tesla's chief designer Franz von Holzhausen. Read more...

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MoviePass co-founder wants to trade movie tickets for your soul

Posted: 21 Mar 2019 06:20 PM PDT

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Whatever you do, don't look away. 

Stacey Spikes, the co-founder of the ongoing psychological experiment known as MoviePass, has a new offer he's sure you can't refuse: absolutely free movie tickets. 

All he needs from you in exchange is whatever shred of self respect you've somehow managed to hold onto as you shuffle through this modern hellscape. 

Announced via Kickstarter, Spike's new movie-related scheme comes across as even more harebrained than its MoviePass precursor. PreShow, as the eventually to-be-released app is called, offers you credits redeemable for movie tickets in exchange for watching roughly 20 minutes worth of ads. And we do mean watching.   Read more...

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