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Billboard Music Awards live stream 2018: How to watch the BBMAs online without a TV

Billboard Music Awards live stream 2018: How to watch the BBMAs online without a TV
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Well, if you thought awards season ended with the Oscars in March, you were sorely mistaken. Let’s not forget that the Tonys, the BET Awards, and the CMT awards are all set to air in the next few weeks.

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But first up, we have the Billboard Music Awards, which take place on Sunday, May 20, at 8 p.m. ET, and will air live on NBC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Among the nominees this year are Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Camila Cabello, and Cardi B. Kelly Clarkson will host the event.

Unfortunately, if you’re a cord-cutter looking to stream the BBMAs on your computer or phone, you might have trouble accessing it online without pay-TV login credentials or a subscription to a paid streaming service that offers NBC as part of its package. The good news is, some streaming services offer free trials—and  they’re easy to cancel—so you may be able to snag a month to watch the telecast without paying.

I’ve rounded up a few options below:

  • NBC online: The Peacock Network offers live TV on its website, but as stated above, you’ll need to log in with your cable or satellite TV company to access it. Maybe you can borrow a login from a friend or parent. Find it here.
  • FuboTV: This streaming service has a free trial going and offers NBC live streams in some areas. The service lets you watch on any device on iOS or Android. Find it here.
  • YouTube TV: The Google-owned service offers NBC in select markets. You can find a full list here.
  • Sling TV: This is one of the first and most popular streaming service. It offers live NBC in select areas. To find out if you can get it in your city, you can plug in your zip code here.
  • NBC mobile apps: This might be a good way to watch awards on your phone or iPad. Again, you’ll need a pay-TV login, and the live stream may not be available in all areas. You can find the app for iOS here and Android here.

Red carpet coverage of the BBMAs starts at 6 p.m. ET, and you can stream that for free on Twitter.

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Why the electric Jaguar at the royal wedding was a symbolic step forward

Why the electric Jaguar at the royal wedding was a symbolic step forward
Kensington Palace via Twitter

Following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s boundary-breaking royal wedding yesterday, the happy couple changed their ensembles for the reception. But while the prince’s smart tux and bride’s sleek dress certainly impressed, there was one detail that turned heads more than anything else: the getaway car.

The newly dubbed Duke and Duchess of Sussex traveled to their after-party in a silver Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero, a car Enzo Ferrari had once called “the most beautiful car ever made.”

The showstopping luxury vehicle is a 1968 classic that was converted into an electric car. As the Verge reports, it features LED headlights and an entirely bespoke electric powertrain that delivers up to 220kW of power. It can go from go from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.5 seconds, which is pretty fast, if not a wee bit slower than a Tesla Roadster, which goes 0-60 mph in less than 2 seconds.

It’s been reported that royal officials leased the £350,000 car for the festivities following the eco-conscious couple’s requests. The palace added a special touch: a customized license plate with the date of the wedding.

It’s a symbolic request, one that connects the couple to the royal family’s long history with the Jaguar-Range Rover brand. Everyone from Princess Diana (XJS convertible) to Queen Elizabeth (Jaguar X-Type) favored the British car company, long relying on the models for personal use. That the royal couple wanted the cherished brand, albeit crafted to environmentally friendly standards, demonstrates the royal family’s attempts to modernize traditions.

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The royal family has quickly adopted environmental platforms in recent years. Apart from owning a wine-and cheese-fueled DB5 Aston Martin, Prince Charles spent the last decade championing green initiatives. In 2010, the elder royal founded the International Sustainability Unit to address critical key environmental challenges. He also fronts The Prince’s Rainforest Project, which works to find a solution to tropical deforestation.

Even the queen is getting with the times. This past year, Buckingham Palace announced a £369 million refurbishment that includes solar panels. In February, the reigning monarch banned plastic straws and bottles from royal estates, including public cafes, staff dining rooms, and internal palace caterers.

Although Prince Harry is more known for his activist work with the Invictus Games, he too has spoken of the importance of tending to environmental causes. During a speech to teenagers in Toronto last year, he addressed concerns over threats to the environment, telling the crowd not to give into despair.

“I know that you, more than any previous generation, care deeply about the health and sustainability of the planet you’re going to inherit,” he said. “Today you are all saying no to pessimism and cynicism … We are saying yes to optimism, yes to hope, and yes to belief.”

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Watch Bishop Michael Curry’s rousing royal wedding sermon

Watch Bishop Michael Curry’s rousing royal wedding sermon
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The Most Reverend Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the American Episcopal Church, delivered an entertaining and frenetic sermon today at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, drawing on the words of Martin Luther King Jr. and setting social media ablaze with tears and praise.

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“There’s power in love,” Curry told the crowd. “Love can help and heal when nothing else can. There is power in love to lift up and liberate when nothing else will.”

You can watch the full speech in the embedded video below courtesy of CBS This Morning‘s YouTube page.

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The 10 most memorable moments from Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding

The 10 most memorable moments from Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, i.e., the newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, gave the public quite a fresh, warm wedding at St. George’s Chapel on Saturday. While there were no Beatrice-level crazy fascinators or Prince George side-eye, there were memorable moments that already prove the bride’s modernizing effect on the royal family.

The American side of the family mastered the royal wave:

The bride made a royal entrance:

Prince Harry managed to erase his entire bad boy history with just one line:

Gospel singers gave the U.K. a taste of America:

The newlyweds found the time to share a laugh:

There was even some emotion:

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British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, 19, made people want to learn the cello:

There was still plenty of tradition:

Princess Charlotte proved she’s a pro:

Some of the cavalry sampled the champagne:

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4 ways Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding day broke with tradition

4 ways Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding day broke with tradition
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Today’s wedding looked, at first glance, like a traditional royal spectacle: the Windsor Castle backdrop, the boys’ choir, the open-air carriage ride through cheering crowds. But in a few modest but meaningful ways, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle charted their own course, suggesting that they have fresh ideas about the British monarchy and its place in society.

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  • The couple invited Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir to sing “Stand by Me,” the 1961 R&B classic, right before their vows. It was the first time a gospel choir had performed at a royal wedding.
  • Markle pulled her hair back under her veil into a loosely gathered bun, with a few loose pieces framing her face. The low-key hairstyle, combined with her understated makeup, gave the bride a beauty look so natural that it would have appeared equally at home on a Malibu beach.
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  • Harry has decided to wear a wedding ring, unlike his older brother, William, and other members of the British royal family. He and Markle exchanged bands as “a symbol of unending love and faithfulness.”
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  • With the ceremony complete, Harry and Meghan are now set to join their guests, along with 2,640 commoners, on the Windsor Castle grounds. Of the members of the public invited to attend, 200 are from charities and organizations that the couple supports.
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Hollywood VIPs turned out en force for the royal wedding

Hollywood VIPs turned out en force for the royal wedding
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The marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is a union of British royalty and Hollywood star power, and the guest list for the big day was no different. A mix of British and American actors made the cut, including Markle’s Suits castmates.

Oprah Winfrey donned a blush-pink dress with a tiered skirt and delicate lace trim, pairing it with a cream hat.

George Clooney attended with wife Amal Clooney, who wore head-to-toe goldenrod-yellow, with teardrop earrings.

Idris Elba, accompanied by fiancée Sabrina Dhowre, opted for a navy suit with navy tie.

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Quantico actress Priyanka Chopra wore a pale lavender skirt-suit with a dramatic folded collar and matching hat.

Carey Mulligan, in an elegant angle-length dress with pink and yellow flowers, attended with husband Marcus Mumford, in Ray-Bans.

James Corden, in a morning suit, gave a thumbs-up to the crowd.

Suits leads Gabriel Macht and Jacinda Barrett arrived arm in arm, with Barrett wearing a fitted maroon dress with a cutout.

Fellow Suits lead Gina Torres wore a red-and-white angle-length dress with a modern floral print.

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Meghan Markle opts for a simple, classic royal wedding dress

Meghan Markle opts for a simple, classic royal wedding dress
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The royal wedding is finally upon us, which means fans can finally dissect Meghan Markle’s dress.

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The bride married Prince Harry on Saturday at Windsor Castle in a sleek, minimalist style by Givenchy. It was designed by British designer Clare Waight Keller, who last year became first female artistic director at the historic French fashion house.

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The traditional silk gown has no frills, lace, or beading. It’s a simple, traditional design with three quarter-length sleeves, an elegant boatneck, and an impressively long train. Her silk tulle veil, which trails behind the dress, was designed by Keller with hand-embroidered flowers of each Commonwealth country “united in one spectacular floral composition,” confirmed Kensington Palace. The Palace stated that Markle wished to represent the 53 countries during the ceremony.

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The veil is held together with a generous loan from Queen Elizabeth: a sparkly diamond bandeau tiara crafted in 1932, with the brooch dating back to 1893.

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Many on social media were surprised by Meghan Markle’s dress of choice. As a former fashion and lifestyle expert, some thought she might veer toward a trendier or embellished style. It’s a far more simple dress than that of her predecessor, Duchess Kate, who opted for a satin and lace bodice inspired by the Victorian tradition of corsetry, and designed by Sarah Burton, creative director of Alexander McQueen.

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In the end, Markle’s dress should have come as no surprise, considering how she once exclaimed that her favorite wedding style belonged to the late Carolyn Bessette Kennedy. The former Suits star told Glamour  that the understated Narciso Rodriguez–designed slip dress was “everything goals.”

When Prince Harry caught up with his bride inside St. George’s Chapel, he reportedly whispered, “You look amazing. I’m so lucky.”

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Royal wedding live stream 2018: How to watch the Harry-Meghan nuptials online

Royal wedding live stream 2018: How to watch the Harry-Meghan nuptials online
[Photo: Flickr user Mark Jones]

It’s not exactly the wedding of the century (that honor will go to whatever publicity stunt Marvel Comics is planning for next month), but the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is nevertheless going to be a must-see cultural event for people around the world. After weeks of anticipation, the royal couple will tie the knot on Saturday, May 19, at St George’s Chapel in England’s Windsor Castle.

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The royal wedding ceremony is set to begin at noon London time (7 a.m. ET / 4 a.m. PT) with guests arriving at around 9:30 a.m. Some U.S. news outlets are planning to begin their coverage as early as 4 a.m. ET.

Since every major news organization is covering the event, you’ll have no problem finding a place to see it. But if you’re a cord-cutter looking to live-stream the wedding, I’ve rounded up a few of the easiest no-frills ways to watch it online without all the pomp and circumstance. Because who wants pomp and circumstance at a wedding?

Here are a few of the best options:

  • Royal Family YouTube Page: The family’s official YouTube account will offer a live-stream of the wedding. You can even set a reminder now. The video is also embedded below. Find it here
  • PBS NewsHour: The news outlet’s YouTube account will offer its own live-stream beginning at 4:30 ET. Find it here
  • The New York Times: The paper of record’s YouTube page has a live-stream beginning at 4 a.m. Find it here

A number of paid streaming services will also live-stream the wedding, including HBO Now, which is airing special coverage from Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon. Similarly, CBS All Access has special coverage beginning at 4 a.m. ET. If you’re already a subscriber, it might be worth streaming the event on one of these platforms, which should hopefully be equipped to handle the increased volume. Strange as it may seem, the royal family is still quite popular with young people—a demographic that presumably includes lots of cord-cutters—at least according to some recent survey data.

So happy streaming, wedding fans! If you need me, I’ll be sleeping in.

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Maybe introducing Google Duplex at I/O wasn’t such a hot idea

Maybe introducing Google Duplex at I/O wasn’t such a hot idea

At Google’s I/O keynote last week, the most memorable moment was unquestionably the teaser for Duplex, a dazzling bit of AI and voice technology that the company says will come to its Google Assistant this summer. In two recordings, Duplex called local businesses—a hair stylist and a restaurant—and carried on conversations with an astounding degree of simulated humanity. But since the keynote concluded, most of the discussion of Duplex has shifted toward questions about the nature of the demo and the ethics of the technology. Google has done little to nothing to address them.

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Onstage, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the calls were to real establishments. But as Dan Primack of Axios noted yesterday, the recordings don’t include the businesses identifying themselves or asking for contact information, and are free of the background noise one typically hears when calling a place of business. There’s also the question of whether the demo and the technology violate California law about recording phone calls without the consent of both parties.

There may be answers to such questions that aren’t particularly troubling; I’d be amazed if Google didn’t edit the audio of the calls for length and clarity before playing it onstage. But so far, the company seems to prefer staying mum to clearing the air.

These issues are on top of the matter of how Duplex will identify itself when it makes phone calls. Google started out acknowledging that “transparency” was important, then talked about disclosure. But the company says that it’s still mulling over how the service will explain that it’s a computer.

I expect that Google will come around to spelling out the nature of demo and what it intends to do to ensure that Duplex complies with laws and avoids being a sort of highly evolved form of phone spam. If it can’t do that, it shouldn’t launch the service at all.

And maybe there’s a lesson here: Being able to demo Duplex onstage on a specific date was, in retrospect, far less important than figuring out all of the service’s implications before other people started asking about them.

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Here are all the best Royal Wedding drinking games in one handy list

Here are all the best Royal Wedding drinking games in one handy list
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Meghan Markle will marry Prince Harry in the wee hours of the morning on Saturday, May 19. While we don’t normally advocate drinking at 7 a.m. ET (let alone at 4 a.m. PT), there are no rules when it comes to celebrating an American actress marrying into England’s royal family.

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To that end, we’ve gathered up some of the many royal wedding drinking games* floating around the web and compiled them into a handy list. Grab some champagne or a Pimms Cup and play along. Soon enough, you may think you are one of the 600 invitees to the royal wedding.

  • Is a flower girl crying? Drink
  • Did a guest trip on a gown? Drink
  • Was that someone’s phone ringing during the ceremony? Drink
  • Did someone mention that the carriage carrying the happy couple is called an Ascot Landau carriage? Drink
  • Is Prince George acting “cheeky”? Drink
  • Did Pippa Middleton’s dress from her sister’s wedding come up? Drink
  • Did you spot one of Prince Harry’s exes? Drink
  • Spice Girls sighting? Drink
  • Is  an American announcer doing a British accent? Drink
  • Was that a Suits reference? Drink
  • Did someone mention that Meghan is American? Drink
  • Are TV commentators talking about Twitter, Facebook, or hashtags? Drink
  • Did someone say the magical words: “fairy tale,” “true love,” “happily ever after,” or “dream come true”? Drink
  • Did a commentator mention that Meghan’s parents are divorced? Drink
  • Is there a flashback to Prince William’s marriage to Kate Middleton? Drink
  • Did a TV announcer say that Meghan Markle was breaking royal protocol? Drink

*If you’re going to actually play these, please drink responsibly.

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Marriott is going all-in on experiences

Marriott is going all-in on experiences
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If you want to know where chef Daniel Boulud likes to eat in Lyon or where actress Lea Michele likes to shop in L.A., Marriott can help. The company has expanded its Marriott’s Moments program to include over 110,000 new attractions and activities available to any and all, with an additional 8,000 Moments that can only be redeemed with Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) points.

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To make its experiences stand-out in a sea of experiences (and perhaps deliver a sharp elbow to Airbnb), Marriott tapped into some serious star talent. Marriott Moments now include recommendations about chef Eric Ripert’s favorite food market in Marrakech, world champion freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy’s tips for touring the Matterhorn in Switzerland, and sports broadcaster Michele Tafoya’s suggestions for dog-sledding in Juneau.

In addition to the celebrity recommendations, Marriott Moments offers itineraries in categories like the “Pop-Culture Vulture” for trendy travelers, “Exhaust Your Kids and Be the Family Hero,” and the always popular, “Young, Broke & Fabulous.” They all feature curated lists for the best things to do from around the world, available for purchase with any major credit card, natch. Thanks to a partnership with Eatwith, the online foodie community, Marriott Moments guests can also book feasts with a family in Rome, or a pastry class in Paris.

You don’t even have to leave your hotel to take part in a Moment: Learn to saber Champagne in Miami or cook up a Mediterranean feast at the St. Regis Bal Harbour, with more hotel-based experiences for the lazy coming soon.

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This devastating map shows every school shooting since 1999–and it will keep updating

This devastating map shows every school shooting since 1999–and it will keep updating
[Photo: courtesy of Esri]

At least 10 people were killed and another 10 wounded in Santa Fe, Texas, today when a teenager unloaded bullets inside yet another American school. According to news reports, a student has been taken into custody for the shooting. The Washington Post, which has been collecting data on school shootings going back to Columbine in 1999, said in a tweet that today’s incident marks the 10th school shooting since the massacre in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead in February.

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Developments are still unfolding, but the news has already sparked the normal dichotomy of empty platitudes from lawmakers and vexation from citizens and activists who want action on gun control. Exactly how many school shootings take place each year depends on how you define one–and that definition has been the topic of some debate recently–but there’s no denying the that bloodshed is frequent, pervasive, and all too common.

Esri, a spatial analytics company, has mapped out school shootings since Columbine using the Washington Post’s database. Its interactive map includes statistics such as the number of injuries or fatalities. At last check, today’s shooting in Texas has not yet been added, but a rep from the company says it will likely show up soon. The map pulls WaPo’s data via a live feed and updates automatically when new incidents occur. And sadly, we know they will occur—again and again and again.

The map is embedded below. You can also access it here.

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From Spain to Thailand, Airbnb hits road bumps overseas, but still scores some wins

From Spain to Thailand, Airbnb hits road bumps overseas, but still scores some wins
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Airbnb is facing some blowback in high-traffic tourist areas in Europe and Asia.

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In the last week, news has cropped up that parts of Spain are introducing licensing requirements for home-share hosts and limiting what kind of units can be rented; Amsterdam is also putting restrictions on short-term rentals based on location; and a new court ruling in Thailand says it’s illegal to rent out rooms on home-sharing sites for less than 30 days. Last month, Paris sued Airbnb for failing to take down listings that didn’t meet its requirements.

All the same, Airbnb has had some international wins this year. In March, Berlin lifted its ban on short-term home-sharing allowing some owner occupiers to rent out rooms, but the rules are strict and violations are tethered to heavy fines. Airbnb also saw a breakthrough in Denmark this year. The country has introduced a tax law that makes clear how those in the sharing economy can pay their taxes.

Amid its various international efforts, Airbnb is soldiering on to win over the market in China. The company is launching a campaign aimed at sustainable tourism in the region, touting the ways in which its hosts are committed to green living.

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Suzanne Scott, Fox News’s new CEO, has a mixed record on gender issues

Suzanne Scott, Fox News’s new CEO, has a mixed record on gender issues
Suzanne Scott (center) [Photo:Larry Busacca/Getty Images]

On the one hand, Suzanne Scott made history yesterday when she was appointed CEO of Fox News and Fox Business, as the first woman to head up a major cable news network. On the other, her 22-year tenure at Fox is inexorably tied to that of Roger Ailes, the founding chairman who was ousted amid a sexual harassment scandal in 2016 and died the following year.

Scott shares with her late boss a record that’s full of contradictions on gender issues. As former Fox commentator Sally Kohn recently remarked in Fast Company, “Roger Ailes ran the only program in cable news to hire and train women and people of color in the industry and, at the time, had one of the most racially diverse newsrooms I’d ever seen. On the other hand, we now know the same man horrifically harassed and assaulted many of the women he worked with and created a hostile work environment for women employees in general.”

Before her elevation to CEO this week, Scott worked in several programming, production, and creative positions. She was promoted to senior vice president in 2009 and remained in that role until co-president Bill Shine was removed last May (after being named in four lawsuits involving sexual harassment and racial bias). Taking over as president of programming, Scott helped the network maintain its ratings amid Bill O’Reilly’s departure (he, too, was accused of sexual harassment).

Scott has been responsible for major opinion shows on Fox including Hannity, Fox & Friends, Tucker Carlson Tonight, and The Ingraham Angle, the last two of which she launched. In addition, Scott co-created several programs featuring female hosts, like Outnumbered Overtime, The Story, and The Daily Briefing.

As Fox has tried to shift its internal culture in the wake of recent scandals, Scott has reportedly led several initiatives to advance women at the company. A study recently confirmed that Fox News online had more bylines by women than did competitors like CNN or HuffPo.

However, Scott has also been accused by former female Fox staffers of enforcing “an aesthetic that features skimpy dresses, high-heeled open-toed shoes, and big hair for the channel’s on-air women,” according to the Daily Beast, a charge she deniesShe has also been cited in lawsuits (many of them settled) against the network for enabling and concealing Ailes’s behavior. (A Fox spokesperson adds that Scott denies these allegations, too.)

It remains to be seen how Scott’s tenure will bring the network forward and how–or whether–its culture might change with her at the helm.

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Update: This post has been updated to note Scott’s denial of allegations of any involvement in the Ailes scandal.

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These U.S. cities are attracting the most jobseekers

These U.S. cities are attracting the most jobseekers
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Where would you be willing to move for a job? And how much of a pay bump would it take to get you to pack your bags?

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Glassdoor answered these questions in a new report based on a sample of more than 668,000 online job applications for the 40 largest metro areas in the U.S. The top destinations are not terribly surprising, especially given their status as home to large tech companies:

  • San Francisco, CA
  • New York City, NY
  • San Jose, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Washington, D.C.

What’s surprising is that, while salary does drive candidates to move, it only takes an extra $10,000 higher base salary to make a jobseeker half a percentage point more likely to go. That amount doesn’t go very far in metro areas known for their high cost of living.

Glassdoor’s interactive map shows other cities where workers are likely moving–as well as ones that are experiencing the biggest exodus.

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To help Palestinian protesters, this Facebook fundraiser raised over $1M in 3 days

To help Palestinian protesters, this Facebook fundraiser raised over $1M in 3 days
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In the wake of “wholly disproportionate” force used against Palestinian protestors, which left over 100 people dead, hospitals in Gaza have been overwhelmed by those injured. So the British charity Medical Aid for Palestinians, or MAP, did what many charities have done before—it launched a fundraising campaign on Facebook.

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The aim was to raise money to help replenish supplies of medical items and medicine, and to restock trauma supplies, essential supplies for surgery, disposables for Gaza’s Central Blood Bank, limb reconstruction equipment, and more. The response to the charity’s Facebook campaign has been phenomenal—as of press time, it’s raised £851,634 GBP ($1,147,000) from 34,340 people in just three days.

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Lime is the first bike share to reach a Native American community

Lime is the first bike share to reach a Native American community
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Over 119 bike-share systems now exist across America, and with the rise of dockless bikes, more and more communities are gaining access to these crucial mobility tools. But if you look at the map, you’ll see that the spread of bike-share services has left out an entire population: the more than 570 Native American tribes in the United States.

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Today, Lime (formerly known as LimeBike) took the first step toward providing access for a Native American territory. The dockless bike-share company will launch in the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, as part of a larger northern Nevada regional partnership that will also bring bikes to the University of Nevada, Reno and a handful of cities. The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony is situated not too far outside the cities of Reno and Sparks, and tribal leaders told Lime that they’re looking forward to the opportunity to reduce automobile traffic and boost mobility for residents.

If this launch is successful, Lime could look to expand to more remote reservations that have been overlooked in the bike-share boom.

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Hey Alexa, what time is the royal wedding? Harry-Meghan trivia floods digital assistants

Hey Alexa, what time is the royal wedding? Harry-Meghan trivia floods digital assistants
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Hey, Alexa, who is the archbishop of Canterbury? Hey, Siri, what time is the royal wedding? Hey, Google, who is Meghan Markle’s father?

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As royal wedding mania has turned our Tostitos seven-layer dip into wedding cakes, our Whoppers into American Royales, and Chili’s into a hat peddler, so too has it come for our digital assistants. The algorithm behind Amazon’s Alexa has been fed a steady diet of royal wedding trivia, USA Today reports.

Now when Alexa users have questions about what time the royal wedding will take place, how many people would have to die for Prince Harry to take the throne, or where the diamond in Markle’s ring came from (Princess Diana, of course), Alexa can answer.

It’s not just Alexa who can heed the call: Both Google’s digital assistant and Apple’s Siri can answer your burning questions about the goings-on at St. George’s Chapel. For instance, if you say, “Hey, Google, where’s St. George’s Chapel?” It will most likely respond, “in Windsor Castle.”

USA Today tested the royal wedding trivia chops of the three most common digital assistants and found that, while Google and Alexa were able to answer common questions quickly, Siri was able to direct users to Apple links that gave the most complete answers.

So if you have questions about Meghan’s path to royalty, go ahead and ask Siri. But be aware that if you are asking Google royal trivia during the ceremony at my royal wedding watch party, I’ll be asking Alexa about undetectable poisons.

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This 12K video of a New York flyover is all you need to watch today

This 12K video of a New York flyover is all you need to watch today

The stunningly beautiful video was captured in all its 12K glory by cinematographer Phil Holland using three RED Monstro 8K VistaVision cameras mounted on a drone. The results are nothing short of spellbinding (hat tip to Engadget).

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Cambridge Analytica files for bankruptcy in the U.S.

Cambridge Analytica files for bankruptcy in the U.S.
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The scandal-ridden company has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, reports Reuters. The filing isn’t unexpected as the company and its British parent SCL Elections Ltd said earlier this month they would both be shutting down and filing for bankruptcy after an abrupt drop in business after news of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal broke in March. It was then that allegations surfaced that said the Trump 2016 election campaign hired the firm to target voters on social media. The company was allegedly improperly using the data of at least 87 million Facebook users since 2014 in attempts to target voters with specific messaging for its users, who did not give their consent to have their demographic and psychometric data be used in such a way.

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