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19 Facts About, Cicada 3301, A Mysterious Puzzle Internet Puzzle

Jerome London Updated October 1, 2018 0 Cicada 3001 has been called “the most elaborate and mysterious puzzle of the internet age.” ranked it as one of the “top 5 eeriest, unsolved mysteries of the internet.” Six years after the elaborate cryptographic puzzle contest first launched, it still seems that no one except the person(s) who started it know(s) what it even meant—if it meant anything at all. The Facts As We Know Them About Cicada 3001 10. At the end of the three-day countdown, the website […]

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This stranger bought a man the most heartwarming gift ever

This could be you!Image: SHUTTERSTOCK / SUBBOTINA ANNA This is You Won’t Regret It, a new weekly column featuring recommendations, tips, and unsolicited advice from the Mashable culture team. Come December, malls and stores will be packed full of people looking to find the perfect gifts just in time for the holidays. The whole experience of shopping for gifts so close to the holidays can be overwhelming and is often fairly unpleasant and pretty costly. But it’s totally possible to avoid most of these pains if you […]

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This stranger bought a man the most heartwarming gift ever

This could be you!Image: SHUTTERSTOCK / SUBBOTINA ANNA This is You Won’t Regret It, a new weekly column featuring recommendations, tips, and unsolicited advice from the Mashable culture team. Come December, malls and stores will be packed full of people looking to find the perfect gifts just in time for the holidays. The whole experience of shopping for gifts so close to the holidays can be overwhelming and is often fairly unpleasant and pretty costly. But it’s totally possible to avoid most of these pains if you […]

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IPUs? These New Chips Are Minted For Marketing

IPUn. Short for intelligence processing unit, a new kind of computer chip optimized for AI. Way back in the early 2000s, when the first Xbox came out, researchers discovered they could hack video­game consoles for scientific uses. It seems the devices’ graphic processing units, or GPUs, designed to render flying gore and mayhem, also ran physics simulations faster than the CPUs in ordinary computers. Today, researchers still use GPU chips, not just for modeling but for artificial intelligence. Since each one contains lots of mini brains that […]

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How Do Viral Videos Make Money? YouTubers Share Their Secrets

For anyone who doesn't work in the vast world of online videos, the idea of "YouTube stars" is baffling. What's even more astounding is that so many of those YouTubers can make a living simply from viral videos. An entire career just based on posting funny things on the internet, where so many people do it for free? How does that work? How does someone make producing online videos their full-time job? For the most part, the answers are straightforward. "Advertisers pay to have their ads shown […]

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Rah Rah Person

For years I called myself the “Rah Rah Person” (like a cheerleader) until I found out that I was being a coach. In July 2005, after taking classes at NYU, I declared myself a personal life coach. Today, I know that it has been the best choice in and for my life. I no longer wanted to be a Real Estate Broker, and it was a difficult choice to leave the industry. At the time I was happy, and everything was clicking. Then, why was I crying […]

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Is it time to remove Zuckerberg from (his) office?

A colleague, who shall remain nameless (because privacy is not dead), gave a thumbs down to a recent column in the NYT. The complaint was that the writer had attacked tech companies (mostly but not exclusively Facebook) without offering any solutions for these all-powerful techbro CEOs’ orchestral failures to grasp the messy complexities of humanity at a worldwide scale. Challenge accepted. The thought experiment: Fixing FB  We’ll start with Facebook because, while it’s by no means the […]

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Thanks to memes, Netflix is dominating social media

Netflix streams AND memes.Image: vicky leta/mashable When the people over at Netflix aren’t obsessing over streaming, they’re focused on something completely unrelated: meme-ing. Over the past decade, Netflix has worked to step up its social media game, and in the process, wound up cultivating its present day online persona — a sassy, lighthearted, and extremely tuned-in meme account. Netflix has gone from Bland Brand to Witty Social Media Acquaintance Who Cracks Jokes You Wish You Thought Of, and though it’s utterly perplexing to some, the transformation seems […]

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No rights allowed: the strange world of unofficial movie sequels

With the release of Unbroken: Path to Redemption an odd history of unsanctioned sequels, from Never Say Never Again to Titanic II emerges Next month will see the release of Unbroken: Path to Redemption, the follow-up to Angelina Jolies 2014 biopic of Olympian-turned-PoW Louis Zamperini. Considering how successful the first Unbroken proved (it grossed $163m off a budget of $65m, with the third largest Christmas Day opening ever) you might be wondering why this sequel isnt getting more attention. The answer is simple: it isnt an official […]

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Behind the numbers: what can a pollster teach us about politics?

In his new book Where Did You Get This Number?, CBS News Anthony Salvanto breaks down polling for the layman In the wake of the 2016 election, Donald Trump called polls unfavorable to him everything from fake to phony. The polls, of course, are neither, but thats beside the point. Americans have become so collectively distrustful of polls, especially after they seemed to suggest Hillary Clinton would win the election, that the presidents attempts to discredit the practice entirely have gained real traction. Thats where Anthony Salvanto, […]

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