Lil Jon and Lena Dunham have made the most insane music video about voting ever

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Since Diddy’s “Vote or Die” campaign never had a music video component (South Park parody notwithstanding), #TURNOUTFORWHAT wins the award for “most insane video about voting” without much competition. Part of the long-running Rock the Vote campaign, the video itself is a pep rally for getting people to register and turn out for the November 4th midterm elections. And because Lil Jon is only known for two things — the song “Get Low” and yelling “What” or “Yeah-uh” (as popularized by Dave Chappelle), that’s all here in abundance.

We’ve also got: “Auntie” Whoopi Goldberg, “Lil Lena” Dunham sharing a polling booth with Tracy Anderson (and Lil Jon having very specific questions about Girls season four), Fred Armisen in a dance battle…

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Twitter sues US government so it can release more information about national security requests

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Twitter has filed a lawsuit against the US government, alleging that its First Amendment rights to free speech are being violated by rules that prevent it from disclosing the quantity of national security requests it receives. Twitter is currently able to publish the number of national security letters and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act orders it receives in extremely broad ranges — such as between “0 and 999” — and it argues that this is not narrow enough. It also argues that it should be able to inform the public of what orders it has not received, whereas currently zero falls within that enormous range.

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This Is The New Squarespace

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cover-pages-main Squarespace has just announced a brand new version of its product called Squarespace 7. Obviously, the interface of the service (which gives users a full suite of site publishing/e-commerce tools) looks quite a bit different, but it’s the new features that really add a lot of value. For instance, Squarespace 7 now offers a side-by-side view for the interface and the content, letting… Read More

It’s Decision Day For Airbnb in San Francisco

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Brian Chesky airbnb (3 of 6) Today, San Francisco’s board of supervisors is voting on how to legalize and regulate short-term rentals on platforms like Airbnb. It’s a critical moment for Airbnb because some of its most attractive and lucrative markets are in the world’s top-tier cities, many of which suffer from chronic housing shortages. San Francisco, which is currently embroiled in anti-eviction… Read More

Scripps Acquires WeatherSphere, Publisher Of 3 Top 10 Weather Apps On iTunes

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lightning storm WeatherSphere, the company behind the #1 Paid weather application on iOS, and maker of 3 of the Top 10 Paid weather apps as well as 3 of the Top 20 Grossing weather apps, has been acquired by the E.W. Scripps Co. The portfolio of apps will live on following the deal’s closure, and will complement Scripps’ existing StormShield paid weather application. Term of the deal are not… Read More

Watch this: Anita Sarkeesian on the most radical thing you can do to support women online

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Last month, we attended XOXO Festival in Portland, where cultural critic Anita Sarkeesian addressed the harassment she has faced in the wake of her series of videos about women’s depiction in video games. Today, XOXO posted the video of her talk in its entirety. Sarkeesian ends her talk with a message about the best way to support women online: “One of the most radical things you can do is to actually believe women when they talk about their experiences.”

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Facebook reportedly working on app to let people interact anonymously

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Facebook is reportedly building a standalone app that will let its users interact and communicate under the cloak of anonymity. If true, it would mark a huge departure from the company’s traditional approach to connecting people; real names and identity have long been central to Facebook’s model. The New York Times says this app, which has been developed under the eye of acquihire Josh Miller, would allow Facebook users to ditch their real names in favor of pseudonyms that would theoretically make them feel more comfortable discussing a range of topics with other people.

Little else about the software is known at this stage. We don’t know what it will be called, or whether it’s indeed meant to be a direct competitor to apps like Secret…

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These are some of the coolest ‘Star Wars’ posters ever made

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I’m not afraid to admit here that I got into Star Wars later than most. I was 11, maybe 12 by the time it was even on my radar. But one of my first memories from before fandom took me in its loving arms was seeing that classic poster — lightsaber blazing over Luke Skywalker’s head, standing in the shadow of Darth Vader — at a Burger King of all places. It was incredible and otherworldly, even as I couldn’t fully process what I was looking at. It gave me chills.

That poster was and is…

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Social Curation Platform Storify Gets A Redesign With Support For Group Collaboration

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girl friday typewriter Storify, a service that allows users to curate tweets, photos, and other social media posts to create a coherent story, is getting a new design. More than just giving the product a new look, the redesign supports an important new feature — the ability for multiple journalists or other Storify users to collaborate on stories together. Apparently, Storify hasn’t really supported… Read More

Microsoft To Hold Cloud Event In SF On October 20 With CEO Satya Nadella

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Satya Nadella Mark your calendars: Microsoft is coming to town. Again. On October 20, Microsoft’s cloud crew, including CEO Satya Nadella and its Azure boss, Scott Gutherie, will be in San Francisco to talk about the “cloud” and “Azure.” We don’t have much more than that at the moment, frustratingly. Microsoft is continuing its recent history of coming to the Bay Area,… Read More

Welcome to ‘Endgame,’ Google’s worldwide augmented reality game that begins today

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At its simplest, Endgame: The Calling is a novel about 12 teenagers scattered around the globe, participating in a high-stakes competition with the threat of the apocalypse and near-certain death looming. But the Endgame universe sprawls much further than a single book.

Endgame will eventually combine three novels with a host of other material, including shorter novellas, movies, and alternate-reality games (some of which lead to massive cash prizes of real gold) put together by Google’s…

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‘Myst’ is getting a TV series

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Myst, one of the most popular PC games ever, is about to make a comeback on television and computer screens. Legendary TV & Digital Media — the smaller-screen arm of Legendary Pictures, which has co-produced big-screen trilogies like The Hangover and Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies — has signed a deal to make a dramatic series with Cyan Worlds, the company behind the beloved point-and-click adventure game from the 1990s.

The deal also includes plans to create a new video game that will accompany the story told in the show, and considering that Myst was followed by multiple successful sequels and novels, there should be plenty of material to pull from. Cyan told Deadline that the company sees this as an opportunity to use the…

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I rode an electric unicycle through the streets of New York City and it felt like the future

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I commute to work every day using a skateboard. I skate from my apartment to the subway, and then from the subway to work, and vice versa. It’s fast and it works, but I’m still on the hunt for the best personal EV. Hell, it’s almost 2015 — where’s my hoverboard?

For the last week I’ve been living with Focus Designs’ self balancing unicycle (SBU). I’ve been commuting to and from work with it (getting through subway turnstiles with the SBU is akin to having a small suitcase). I’ve taken it along the East River, to Brooklyn, over the Williamsburg Bridge, and through Central Park.

I’ve used other futuristic rideables, like the Zboard and E-Go Cruiser, but this was my first interaction with a unicycle — motorized or not. Riding the SBU…

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GitHub Partners With Digital Ocean, Unreal Engine, Others To Give Students Free Access To Developer Tools

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yellow backpack Back in the days of shrink-wrapped software, students would often get huge discounts on expensive software packages like Adobe’s Creative Suite or Microsoft’s developer tools. But because almost every developer startup has now moved to a SaaS model, it’s become a bit harder to find student discounts. Read More

Delighted Makes It Easy For Startups And Other Businesses To Collect Customer Feedback

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delighted bonobos Delighted, a startup that aims to help businesses collect and analyze customer feedback, is ready to move its product out of private beta testing and make it available to any customer.
In addition, the company is announcing that it has raised funding (it won’t say how much) from Google Ventures, Shasta Ventures, SV Angel, Designer Fund, Fuel Capital, Relay Ventures, Ben Ling, Bobby… Read More

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