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Y Combinator‘s Sam Altman wishes San Francisco was more open-minded, like China

Sam Altman is a Silicon Valley kingmaker. Sam Altman is rich. Sam Altman wears cargo shorts. Sam Altman is awful. As president of Y Combinator, an internationally renowned startup accelerator based in Mountain View, California, the 32-year-old has an outsized influence on the world of tech. The seed money his company doles out has both life-changing effects on its recipients and the potential to reshape entire industries. And if Altman‘s la

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People are asking Tommy Wiseau for life advice and his answers are actually awesome

Despite all the press surrounding The Disaster Artist, there‘s still plenty of unanswered questions about Tommy Wiseau. Where did he get all the money to finance The Room? Where is he really from? How old is he? Is Tommy Wiseau even his real name? And so on and so forth. SEE ALSO: Should you watch ‘The Room‘ before seeing ‘The Disaster Artist‘? One thing that‘s not under question is Wiseau‘s unrelenting d

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Tobacco company makes a hard pivot to cryptocurrency mining

Rich Cigars just made the ultimate pivot: from high-end cigars and tobacco products to cryptocurrency. The Miami-based company announced Thursday it had become Intercontinental Technology, Inc., and was phasing out the cigar part of the business aka its entire premise. Instead the company is jumping into two very not tobacco-related industries: patents and "aggressive cryptocurrency mining." And it initially seems to be paying off. SEE ALSO: Bit

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Dude who ruined the internet with Harlem Shake‘ goes after the FCC for making it worse

Baauer‘s "Harlem Shake" may have obliterated the internet in 2012, but now the producer is taking on the FCC for using it in a (very dumb) net neutrality repeal video without permission. SEE ALSO: Net neutrality is officially dead The creator of the viral track, which became a 2013 meme thanks to thousands of dancing challenge YouTube videos, has vowed revenge on the FCC and its chairman Ajit Pai. "Harlem Shake" was used by Pai and conserva

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That interstellar asteroid probably isn‘t aliens, but the hunt continues

Well, it should come as no surprise, but the interstellar asteroid astronomers discovered in October doesn‘t appear to be a piece of alien technology. According to initial observations made by a radio telescope on Wednesday, the asteroid, named Oumuamua, doesn‘t appear to have any obvious "artificial signals" coming from it. But the hunt isn‘t over yet. SEE ALSO: A group of scientists will listen for alien signals coming from th

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Net Neutrality is dead and your privacy is at risk. Here are 5 VPNs that can help.

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. The FCC has spoken and it‘s official: Net Neutrality is dead. Mashable‘s been closely covering this story you can read everything here but we‘ll give you the TL;DR version. The FCC has decided that large internet service providers (ISPs) like Xfinity, Verizon, RCN, and any other company in the game can charge customers premiu

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This state senator wants to revive net neutrality in California

The Federal Communications Commission repealed net neutrality in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, which prohibited powerful telecoms from charging more for faster internet access. But 3,000 miles away, in California, State Senator Scott Wiener announced plans to buck the FCC‘s decision by introducing California‘s own net neutrality rulesIn a Medium post, Wiener said he will spend the next 60 days considering the best regulatory options

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The HyperCharger PRO can handle three devices at once

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. These days, you wouldn‘t want to be caught dead on a long flight without a portable charger yet, you still likely forget to purchase and pack one, time after time. And there you are, once again stuck on a plane with no Netflix, a dead phone, and a snoring old man leaning on your shoulder. For the love of it all,buy a portable battery pack

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Caught between Mac and Windows? This crossover program could help.

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. As Mick Jagger once moaned into a microphone, you can‘t always get what you want and computers are no exception. Windows-powered computers are still some of the most popular models money can buy. But with their razor-sharp aesthetics and user-friendly edge, Apple‘s slew of MacBooks are climbing their way to the top. SEE ALSO: Best B

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What‘s next for ‘The Simpsons‘ after years of mocking their new owner Disney?

As I‘m sure you heard, Disney bought 20th Century Fox for 52 billion today. And I‘m sure your first thought was, what does this mean for The Simpsons? While we don‘t know exactly, we will gladly speculate while ruminating on the fact that, for 28 years, the longest-running animated show has dunked on the Big Mouse company over and over again. SEE ALSO: ‘The Simpsons‘ has finally addressed why Maggie is still a baby a

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Give Omarosa credit for this: she made General Kelly‘s life hell

The reign of Omarosa Manigault Newman is officially over, and everyone has the same question: What the hell did she do every day? On Wednesday, former White House Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison Omarosa Manigault officially "resigned" or was fired, depending on your source. What is evident is that she appears to have left on explosively antagonistic terms, according to America‘s top Omarosa Manigault reporter, A

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Matt Damon attempts to speak about sexual harassment and shows he STILL doesn‘t get it

Here‘s a pro-tip if you‘re trying to shut up and listen to women: Shut up. Matt Damon, who has been speaking out following the avalanche of sexual assault and misconduct allegations in Hollywood, has stepped up to the mic for a third attempt at advocating for women in Hollywood, and once again falls flat. In an interview with Peter Travers for ABC News, Damon repeatedly emphasized that what‘s happening in Hollywood right now is

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You‘ve heard of cronuts, but have you heard of ‘crossushi‘?

Invented at Mr. Holmes Bake House in Los Angeles, this kooky Japanese-French creation could be the next big food trend. Read more...More about Mashable Video, California, Los Angeles, French, and Sushi

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If you‘ve never seen ‘Star Wars‘ before, you‘re not alone

Believe it or not, a few Mashable employees have never seen Star Wars before. With all this talk about porgs and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we thought it‘d be interesting to ask people what they thought Star Wars is about and if they could identify characters. Their responses were hilarious. Read more...More about Space, Movies, Robots, Galaxy, and Star Wars

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This Lego machine wants to ice your Christmas cookies for you

Jason Allemann designs and builds custom models using Lego bricks. He built a cookie-icing machine using a Lego Mindstorm EV3 kit. The machine features 3 different designsan angel, snowflake, and a star for the holiday season. Read more...More about Watercooler, Christmas, Mashable Video, Lego, and Robot

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Google just helped NASA find an alien planet thousands of light-years from Earth

And we‘re tied, folks. Thanks to Google and some fancy artificial intelligence, we now know that our solar system is just slightly less unique than we may have thought. Scientists have discovered an eighth planet circling the sunlike star Kepler-90, 2,545 light-years away. This means that our solar system and Kepler 90 are now tied for the most number of known planets within a star system. SEE ALSO: Now you can own NASA‘s Golden Recor

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People are using Uber instead of ambulances

When you‘re in need of a ride to the hospital do you call 911 or order an Uber? It may sound like a silly question, but a recent study revealed that ambulance usage is dropping in the United States, and researchers believe ride sharing services like Uber are to blame. A research paper released on Wednesday, showed the findings of David Slusky, a Department of Economics professor at University of Kansas, and Dr. Leon Moskatel of Scripps Merc

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Breitbart and Infowars are anti-net neutrality, but could be hit hard under repeal

If you get your news from Gateway Pundit, net neutrality is covered with stories like "Obama‘s Terrifying Federal Government SCAM That Liberals Fell For." The pundit, however, should be worried. Far-right websites have been eagerly awaiting Thursday‘s repeal of net neutrality regulations, but it‘s confusing as to why these conservative sites wanted the Federal Communications Commission to turn over power to internet service prov

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Bitcoin tycoon promises to give away 86 million worth of bitcoins to charity

If you had a fortune in bitcoins, what would you do with it? One Bitcoin whale (a term often used for someone who owns a lot of bitcoins) has decided to simply give most of it away to charities. The anonymous benefactor announced his intentions on Reddit, and launched a site for this endeavor which he had called the Pineapple Fund. SEE ALSO: Bitcoin just made the Winklevoss twins billionaires "I remember starting at bitcoin a few years ago. (...)

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Elon Musk decides he‘s Willy Wonka, offers Boring factory tours as prizes to hat buyers

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Disney and Netflix are battling for your kids‘ attention and your wallet

With Disney‘s 52 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox, the world‘s greatest children‘s entertainment behemoth now gets the foundation for distribution platforms to match. In other words: The kids content steaming wars are on. And this should go without saying where there are kids‘ attention spans, there‘s a ton of money to be made. While talk of cord-cutter culture is usually centered around millennials, it&lsqu

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The kids‘ content streaming wars are officially on

With Disney‘s 52 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox, the world‘s greatest children‘s entertainment behemoth now gets the foundation for distribution platforms to match. In other words: The kids content steaming wars are on. And this should go without saying where there are kids‘ attention spans, there‘s a ton of money to be made. While talk of cord-cutter culture is usually centered around millennials, it&lsqu

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Actresses plan to wear black at Golden Globes to protest sexual misconduct in Hollywood

The women of Hollywood aren‘t about to let their industry forget its horrible history of sexual assault and harassment. Many actresses will protest sexual misconduct in Hollywood by wearing black to the Golden Globe Awards, People reports. Nominees and presenters are expected to participate, and the trend may pervade not just the Golden Globes but the entire awards season. SEE ALSO: Salma Hayek speaks out on Harvey Weinstein: ‘He was

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Amazon to sell Apple TV, Google Chromecast after two-year ban

Congrats, Apple and Google. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is ready to play nice, in a way. Amazon will begin selling Apple TV and Google Chromecast devices after a two-year ban on the e-commerce giant, CNET reported Thursday. Those products compete with Amazon‘s own streaming services via Fire TV devices. SEE ALSO: Google is geeking out over the new ‘Star Wars‘ just as much as you are "I can confirm that we are assorting Apple TV and Ch

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