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Malware attack affects publishing of major U.S. newspapers

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A suspected malware attack affected major U.S. newspapers over the weekend.In what was initially thought to be a server outage, the attack delayed distribution of Saturday's Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune, according to the Times. SEE ALSO: Hacker uses internet meme to send hidden commands to malware On Saturday afternoon, the company suspected that the attack had originated from outside of the U.S., but didn't reveal any further detail about its origins or what evidence led to the belief it came from overseas."We believe the intention of the attack was to disable infrastructure, more specifically servers, as opposed to looking to steal information," a source told the Times. Read more... More about Tech, Media, Cybersecurity, Malware, and Newspapers

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Microsoft's prediction of 2019 ten years ago is just a bit off

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Predictions of the future are rarely accurate, but Microsoft's vision of what its technology would look it 2019 would be like is pretty off the mark.The promotional video originally launched in 2009 was unearthed on reddit recently, where translucent, ultra-thin screens and interactive newspapers, slick (albeit dated looking) graphics are part of everyday life.There are handful of things in the video that have become reality, not necessarily all by Microsoft though, like the foldable phone, augmented reality, gesture controls, but these technologies aren't as slick as the tech giant envisaged them to be by now. Read more... More about Tech, Microsoft, Big Tech Companies, Tech, and Big Tech Companies

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Adorable baby penguin has no idea what happened in 2018. Lucky jerk.

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Imagine waking up fresh after this medium-level bin fire of a year, with no knowledge whatsoever of everything that went down.That's the privilege of this offensively cute baby penguin, a newborn addition to the Cincinnati Zoo.SEE ALSO: Your favourite same-sex penguin couple welcome their fluffy baby First reported by NBC affiliate WLWT, the zoo posted a delightful photo to Facebook of the adorable one-day-old chick, and we're pretty jealous of its fresh perspective on things."1 day old little penguin. Welcome to the world little one," read the caption on Saturday.The zoo has not yet announced what type of penguin the chick is, its gender or name. By Sunday, it was making infuriatingly cute chirps, at two days old.  Read more... More about Cute Animals, Baby Animals, Cincinnati Zoo, Penguin, and Culture

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New beetle species named after 'Game of Thrones' characters

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Sadly, Game of Thrones isn't returning until April 2019, but if you're in the mood for some show- related news to hold you over, we've got you covered.Brett Ratcliffe, a University of Nebraska entomologist and professor, decided to name three of his eight newly discovered beetle species after Game of Thrones characters. How fun!According to The Omaha World-Herald, Ratcliffe named the three species of beetles — each from the Gymnetis genus — after Daenerys Targaryen’s three dragons: Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion.The official species names are drogoni, rhaegali and viserioni, the Latin versions of characters' names. Read more... More about Television, Science, Culture, Game Of Thrones, and Beetles

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Fighting tears, Lady Gaga powers through beautiful live performance of 'Shallow' in Las Vegas

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Lady Gaga has officially made her Las Vegas debut with brilliant blue hair and an emotional AF performance of "Shallow."The singer closed out the opening night of her Enigma residency by performing the hit song from A Star Is Born live, for the first time, and boy was it something."For a really long time I felt so misunderstood about the way I dressed, the way I talked, my attitude," Gaga explained before sitting down at the piano to play. "They thought it was shallow. But this shit is deep as fuck.""I love you so much. You’re a star," she said to the crowd. "But the truth is, you gave birth to me." Read more... More about Entertainment, Music, Video, Lady Gaga, and Las Vegas

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This 'Bird Box' meme hilariously combines the horror of 'A Quiet Place' and 'Hush'

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As any true horror fan should know, in the movies, senses like sight, speech, and hearing sometimes work against characters.In the 2016 film Hush, the protagonist, Maddie, can't hear. The 2018 film A Quiet Place follows a family who must remain silent, as sound attracts deadly monsters. And in Netflix's recently released hit Bird Box, the characters must wear blindfolds to avoid seeing threatening creatures with the potential to invade their minds.All three are terrifying, slightly similar scenarios, so naturally the lovely people of the internet decided to lump them into one glorious meme. Read more... More about Memes, Web Culture, Horror Movies, Hush, and Bird Box

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4 free sites for creating your own comics

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In the days of cold, hard newsprint, only people who could draw were successful comic strip authors. In some cases, this resulted in comic strips that had very nice pictures, but weren't all that funny (cough, Blondie). Thankfully, the internet has taught us not to accept an inferior form of comic artistry, but a more flexible one.Comic strip enthusiasts who want funny but don't care about pretty drawing can have their strips, those who want artistry have theirs, and even those with very specific tastes can find something just right.The best part about these developments is that they allow you, regardless of any talent as an artist or comedian, to create your very own comic strip. Depending on what you're going for, you can use one of these four sites to help you do it. Read more... More about Comics, Tech, and Comic Culture

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A bald eagle went rogue at college football game and landed on fans

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Clark the bald eagle does what he wants when he wants, and after the national anthem performance at the Cotton Bowl, he wanted to fly into the stands.Before the Clemson Tigers played Notre Dame in Arlington, Texas on Saturday, Clark was supposed to fly around the stadium, high above people's heads. But instead, he went rogue and decided to perch on two unsuspecting fans.SEE ALSO: These are the animals that went extinct in 2018 Videos shared on social media show the stadium abuzz as Clark drops in on two Notre Dame fans at AT&T Stadium.The first man, 42-year-old Albert Armas, chose to remain very still while the eagle perched on his shoulder, later explaining to Sports Illustrated that he was "scared crapless." Understandable! Read more... More about Animals, Football, Culture, Texas, and Bald Eagle

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The only inspiration you need for 2019 is this video of a cat and dog hugging

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In case you had any doubts, we're here to remind you that animals are too pure for this world.The latest proof can be found in a video shared by Twitter user @jor_nicole4, in which a dog is seen PETTING a cat, and that same cat is then seen HUGGING the dog.It's a moment so remarkably precious you just need to see it for yourself to believe it.SEE ALSO: BowWOW: Snapchat just released dog-friendly lenses For those who are curious, the friendly cat's name is Pumpkin and the friendly dog's name is Maggi.Here is Pumpkin for everyone asking haha pic.twitter.com/XSkoZsWwgr— Jordan Ireland (@jor_nicole4) December 30, 2018Read more... More about Videos, Dogs, Animals, Cats, and Web Culture

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Here's why we didn't see the monsters in 'Bird Box'

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Since the Sandra Bullock horror film Bird Box was released on Netflix on Dec. 21, it's become the talk of Twitter.According to Netflix, 45 million accounts watched the film in its first week, and while it's likely no one truly understands the meaning of it, viewers are still searching for answers.One of the movie's main unsolved mysteries was what the heck the monsters, or dark creatures responsible for the worldwide mass suicide, looked like. And while we can't show you, in an interview with Bloody Disgusting, the cast describes the creatures perfectly.According to screenwriter Eric Heisserer, the monsters were almost shown on screen, but the decision was ultimately made to exclude them. Read more... More about Entertainment, Netflix, Horror Movies, Sandra Bullock, and A Quiet Place

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13 things we need to leave behind in 2018

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"New year, who dis?"As we turn our calendars to January 2019, that's a phrase you should be saying to some not-so-great trends and people who were popular in this medium-key trash year.Before we say goodbye to 2018, let's make an effort to start fresh by leaving behind a few negative memories and abandoning things that make life more unpleasant.SEE ALSO: 50 things to be thankful for in 2018 Not sure where to start? No worries! Here are 13 things you should consider leaving behind to start the year off on the right foot.1. Facebook and Mark ZuckerbergFacebook, quite frankly, is exhausting and I think the time to cut ties with the harmful social media platform has finally come. Even aside from the whole Russia interfering with the 2016 election mess, the company's made so many mistakes this year alone. Read more... More about Culture, End Of Year 2018, Culture, and Web Culture

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Movies killed the Nice Guy in 2018. Good riddance.

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Spoilers follow forLove, Simon;Anna and the Apocalypse;andRalph Breaks the Internet.“You really piss me off, you know? Because you know they shit all over everybody, including you. I can’t believe you’d be this stupid. He’s going to use your ass and throw you away! God, I would have died for you. You can’t do this and respect yourself. You just can’t.”In the character of Duckie from Pretty in Pink, screenwriter John Hughes gave us the siren call of the Nice Guy. The Nice Guy is Xander from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He’s Snape from Harry Potter. SEE ALSO: What loving Severus Snape taught me about myselfRead more... More about Movies, Ralph Breaks The Internet, Love Simon, Anna And The Apocalypse, and Entertainment

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The strangeness of Japan's decision to start openly hunting whales

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Each year, Japanese whalers haul hundreds of harpooned whales aboard their giant 8,145-ton vessel, the Nisshin Maru. And for decades, they've killed most of these whales in the open Antarctic seas, under the guise of performing scientific "research."But now Japan is changing course, in a curious way.On Wednesday Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announced that the nation will retreat from killing whales in the Antarctic waters. Instead, the Japanese have dropped the pretense of hunting whales for research and say they will strictly hunt whales in waters around Japan — mostly for the whales' meat. Read more... More about Science, Japan, Ocean, Conservation, and Whales

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Shop these online courses on sale and learn something new in 2019

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New year, new me — or so you say every year.But is it really a "new you" if you're stuck in your old ways? Would you consider yourself evolved if you're not learning something different? Eh, we don't think so.Take this fresh chapter as an excuse to pick up a new skill (or two). The Mashable Shop is currently offering deals on online courses that will help you level up. We're even throwing an additional discount to get you more motivated. Make sure to use the code NEWYEAR2019 at checkout to enjoy an additional 19% off.eLearnExcel Microsoft Excel Mastery School— $31.59 ($999 value)It's high time that you actually learn what to do with spreadsheets instead of just staring at those little rectangles until your eyes turn white. This course will make an Excel master out of you by training you to data crunch, create reports, analyze data values, and more. Read more... More about Online Learning, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Stackcommerce, Shopping Onlinelearning,…

No, Netflix isn't making fake teen accounts to spread 'Bird Box' memes

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Even in a year that gave us peak Q Anon, this may be the most 2018 conspiracy theory ever. There are people online who believe Netflix used bot accounts to spread viral memes about its record hit movie Bird Box. The over-the-top apocalyptic thriller, which features a family making the perilous journey down a river in hopes of finding a community safe from invisible monsters that have taken over the world, is ripe with meme potential. The monsters inexplicably make victims commit suicide, which plays perfectly into the younger generation's grimdark sense of humor.SEE ALSO: Netflix releases viewership numbers for 'Bird Box' and holy crapRead more... More about Memes, Netflix, Bird Box, Culture, and Web Culture

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They're not all good dogs: TSA prefers to use floppy-eared bomb hounds

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Expect to see more floppy-eared good boys at your local airport in 2019. In an effort to put passengers at ease, the Transportation Security Administration says it is deploying more floppy-eared dogs to detect explosives in airports. Their pointy-eared brethren, apparently, tend to make us more nervous.    SEE ALSO: TSA seeks homes for dogs who flunked training or retired “We find the passenger acceptance of floppy-ear dogs is just better,” TSA Administrator David Pekoske told the Washington Examiner. He added that a pup with downward-facing dog ears is "just a little bit less of a concern. Doesn’t scare children." Read more... More about Travel, Dogs, Tsa, Culture, and Web Culture

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Absolutely no one knows the meaning of 'Bird Box' so just stop asking

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Warning: Light spoilers forBird Boxlie ahead.Welcome to Bird Box analysis, where the metaphors are made up and the points don't matter!Look. I like a return-to-English-class breakdown of a horror movie as much as the next gal—but this is getting ridiculous. Since Sandra Bullock's Netflix debut, Bird Box, started streaming last Friday, folks have gone absolutely batshit trying to explain whatever happens to her and her kids in this post-apocalyptic nightmare. What do the monsters represent? What do the blindfolds mean? How many grocery store parrots does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Etc., etc.  Read more... More about Entertainment, Netflix, Fan Theories, Sandra Bullock, and Trevante Rhodes

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