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A detailed history of Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa's beef

Here's everything you need to know about why Kanye and Wiz hate each other.

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7 talks on the struggle of mental health

To all appearances, Eleanor Longden was just like every other student, heading to college full of promise and without a care in the world. That was until the voices in her head started talking. Initially innocuous, these internal narrators became increasingly antagonistic and dictatorial, turning her life into a living nightmare. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, hospitalized, drugged, Longden was discarded by a system that didn't know how to help her. Longden tells the moving tale of her years-long journey back to mental health, and makes the case that it was through learning to listen to her voices that she was able to survive.

The Neurologist Who Hacked His Brain—And Almost Lost His Mind

Phil Kennedy’s breakthrough—the one that would define his career in neuroscience and ultimately set him on a path to an operating table in Belize—started out as a way to solve this basic bioengineering problem. His idea was to pull the brain inside the electrode so the electrode would stay safely anchored inside the brain. To do this, he affixed the tips of some Teflon-coated gold wires inside a hollow glass cone. In the same tiny space, he inserted another crucial component: a thin slice of sciatic nerve. This crumb of biomaterial would serve to fertilize the nearby neural tissue, enticing microscopic arms from local cells to unfurl into the cone. Instead of plunging a naked wire into the cortex, Kennedy would coax nerve cells to weave their tendriled growths around the implant, locking it in place like a trellis ensnarled in ivy. (For human subjects he would replace the sciatic nerve with a chemical cocktail known to stimulate neural growth.)

Depression, the secret we share

"The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment." In a talk equal parts eloquent and devastating, writer Andrew Solomon takes you to the darkest corners of his mind during the years he battled depression. That led him to an eye-opening journey across the world to interview others with depression — only to discover that, to his surprise, the more he talked, the more people wanted to tell their own stories.

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On Today's Stream - Naomi Explores Fallout 4's Wasteland - IGN

On today's stream, Naomi is ready to explore Fallout 4 and steal everything that isn't bolted down to survive in the post apocalypse.

Fox News Responds to Trump’s Latest ’Twitter Poll’ With First-Rate Trolling

We learned from a secret back channel that the Ayatollah and Putin both intend to treat Donald Trump unfairly when they meet with him if he becomes president — a nefarious source tells us that Trump has his own secret plan to replace the Cabinet with his Twitter followers to see if he should even go to those meetings.

Inside Facebook’s Decision to Blow Up the Like Button

“Empathy” is a word Cox throws around a lot, and which his colleagues often use about him. Facebook blundered in the past when it didn’t take the time to talk to and understand its users. In the old days, product teams tested features in New Zealand, which has the advantage of having an isolated, English-speaking population but is hardly an accurate representation of the world. Under Cox, Facebook’s product team is tackling more sensitive subjects, such as designing a way for accounts to become memorials after someone’s death, or helping users navigate the aftermath of a breakup by selectively blocking pictures of the ex. His goal, which he admits Facebook hasn’t reached, is to make the News Feed so personalized that the top 10 stories a user sees are the same they’d pick if they saw every possibility and ranked it themselves. A side effect of making things easier for users: happy advertisers. Under Cox, Facebook found a way to make advertising work on its smartphone app, and came up with video ads that play automatically.

10 On the Viability of Conspiratorial Beliefs

Conspiratorial ideation is the tendency of individuals to believe that events and power relations are secretly manipulated by certain clandestine groups and organisations. Many of these ostensibly explanatory conjectures are non-falsifiable, lacking in evidence or demonstrably false, yet public acceptance remains high. Efforts to convince the general public of the validity of medical and scientific findings can be hampered by such narratives, which can create the impression of doubt or disagreement in areas where the science is well established. Conversely, historical examples of exposed conspiracies do exist and it may be difficult for people to differentiate between reasonable and dubious assertions. In this work, we establish a simple mathematical model for conspiracies involving multiple actors with time, which yields failure probability for any given conspiracy. Parameters for the model are estimated from literature examples of known scandals, and the factors influencing conspiracy success and failure are explored. The model is also used to estimate the likelihood of claims from some commonly-held conspiratorial beliefs; these are namely that the moon-landings were faked, climate-change is a hoax, vaccination is dangerous and that a cure for cancer is being suppressed by vested interests.

US government says Theranos lab poses 'immediate jeopardy to patient safety'

Specifically, the document cites problems with the laboratory director, the technical supervisor, hematology, and the lab's systems. CMS has not released the laboratory inspection report that led to this letter so the details of these infractions remain unclear. But the level assigned to these determinations — "Condition-level deficiencies" — are among the most serious that CMS can make. They mean that Theranos’ Newark lab was found to be in violation of accepted professional standards.

12 It's not just you: Safari won't open on all iPhones worldwide

If you can’t open Safari on your Mac or iPhone today, you’re not alone. A bug that appears to be related to Apple’s search suggestions within both Safari on iOS and OS X is causing the browser to crash or lock up.

Google Cardboard attracted 5 million users since launch

Google Cardboard made its debut in June of 2014, and has been picking up steam ever since. Mountain View offered an official update on the usage stats today, though, showing just how popular the VR viewer really is. The company says 5 million Cardboard viewers have shipped to users in just over a year and a half. What's more, those folks installed 25 million apps that are compatible with the headset, including 10 million between October and December 2015.

14 We watch 100 million hours of video on Facebook everyday

Even more important to Facebook - at least to its investors - is that the company is making more money per user. It's average revenue per users (ARPU) worldwide was $3.73. In the US and Canada, that number is $13.54 and in Europe $4.50 (about £3.16, AU$6.39). In all regions it tracks, ARPU was up YoY. So, while Facebook's user base is growing (largely in developing regions), it's also seeing growth in how much it makes per users, primarily through advertising. Its ARPU for developing regions also grew YoY and quarter-on-quarter, meaning the firm can expect to earn more from users in these areas as time goes on.

Facebook Reaches 1.59 Billion Users And Beats Q4 Estimates With $5.8B Revenue

Facebook’s growth streak continued as it hit 1.59 billion users and crushed the street’s estimates in its Q4 2015 earnings with $5.841 billion in revenue and $0.79 earnings per share. That’s up from 1.55 billion users and $4.5 billion in revenue last quarter. Even with Q4 being the holidays, that 29.8% QoQ revenue growth is stunning, and it’s up 51% vs Q4 last year.

Inside Facebook’s Decision to Blow Up the Like Button

“Empathy” is a word Cox throws around a lot, and which his colleagues often use about him. Facebook blundered in the past when it didn’t take the time to talk to and understand its users. In the old days, product teams tested features in New Zealand, which has the advantage of having an isolated, English-speaking population but is hardly an accurate representation of the world. Under Cox, Facebook’s product team is tackling more sensitive subjects, such as designing a way for accounts to become memorials after someone’s death, or helping users navigate the aftermath of a breakup by selectively blocking pictures of the ex. His goal, which he admits Facebook hasn’t reached, is to make the News Feed so personalized that the top 10 stories a user sees are the same they’d pick if they saw every possibility and ranked it themselves. A side effect of making things easier for users: happy advertisers. Under Cox, Facebook found a way to make advertising work on its smartphone app, and came up with video ads that play automatically.

Over half of Facebook users access the service only on mobile

Between Q3 and Q4, Facebook added 96 million mobile-only users. In Q3 2015, mobile-only users accounted for 46.90 percent of the social network’s total members, so the group grew over 4 percentage points. This number climbs every quarter, though it will naturally slow down soon.

Google patented a box on wheels for receiving drone deliveries

The patent describes a ‘delivery receptacle’ with room for holding packages and wheels to move around. It receives notifications of an incoming delivery drone and emits infrared beacons to guide the drone towards itself.

19 In Major AI Breakthrough, Google System Secretly Beats Top Player at the Ancient Game of Go

The challenge lies in the nature of the game. Even the most powerful supercomputers lack the processing power to analyze the results of every possible move in any reasonable amount of time. When Deep Blue topped world chess champion Gary Kasparov in 1997, it did so with what’s called brute force. In essence, IBM’s supercomputer analyzed the outcome of every possible move, looking further ahead than any human possibly could. That’s simply not possible with Go. In chess, at any given turn, there are an average 35 possible moves. With Go—in which two players compete with polished stones on 19-by-19 grid—there are 250. And each of those 250 has another 250, and so on. As Hassabis points out, there are more possible positions on a Go board than atoms in the universe.

YouTube donation cards allow video creators to raise money for charity

Recently, YouTube has rolled out donation cards to its US creators that allow viewers to donate to a charity of the creator’s choosing, directly from the video.

21 What To Watch During Facebook's Q4 Earnings Report

More recently, the company rolled out live video streaming to all users, a feature that was previously only available to celebrities and other high-profile users. During its third-quarter earnings report, Zuckerberg said that each day, 500 million users watch 8 billion videos on Facebook—a number that has to have grown since, especially as the social network has been testing a dedicated video section .


Samsung Galaxy S7 rumor mania: Everything important we know about the specs, price and release date of Samsung's next top phone

It's still conjecture at this point, along with the growing list of Galaxy S7 scuttlebutt that I've gathered up for you below. But here's the gist: the Galaxy S7 (and S7 Edge) aren't expected to change design too much after last year's major overhaul, but they might include a microSD card slot again (yes!). The camera will add more low-light support, and Samsung looks like it's back in the thick of processors with Qualcomm again.

Apple likely to debut iPad Air 3 at March event; new Apple Watch models revealed

Apple is planning to introduce new iPad hardware at an event in mid-March, according to sources, with the most likely device being a new iPad Air. This new iPad with a 9.7-inch screen, presumably to be called the “iPad Air 3,” will be launched alongside the a new 4-inch iPhone known as the “ iPhone 5se ” and a series of new Apple Watch models . Apple is currently planning to hold its keynote during the week of March 14th, but the final date is still in flux, according to sources.

Quora Turns 80M Visitors Into Q&A Bounty Hunters With Knowledge Prizes

Quora is going to let companies pay cash to incentivize great answers to their burning questions. It’s a forceful way to squeeze private insights into its public question and answer site, which has quietly grown to 80 million unique visitors — 50 percent in the U.S. and 15 percent from India.

Improved commenting with Markdown

You’ll notice there’s a new Markdown text-formatting toolbar on all the comment fields throughout GitHub. While you've always been able to use Markdown to format your text with links, headers, italics, and lists, the new toolbar allows you to do so without learning Markdown syntax.

Medium now lets publishers schedule posts, link Twitter accounts to publications

Medium has announced that it has begun rolling out several new features aimed at publishers. Over the course of this week, the company will introduce a way to schedule posts for publication, an integration with Twitter designed to increase readership, and statistics around its Letter offering.

EBay fails to post revenue growth in holiday quarter

"While not a direct competitor in every respect, the growth of (Amazon's) successful Prime service has locked more customers into using its services and sites in a way that is unhelpful to eBay," said Carter Harrison, a retail analyst at research firm Conlumino.


The iPad Air 3 will reportedly be announced in March

A new iPad Air appears to be on the way.  According to 9to5Mac , Apple is likely to introduce an updated model of the Air during an event in mid-March, marking the line's first change in over a year. The Air 2 was released in October 2014, but Apple chose not to introduce an Air 3 this past fall, when it announced the iPad Pro and iPad Mini 4.

31 Kanye West’s beef with Wiz Khalifa just went supernova on Twitter

That perceived slight was enough to set West off, and he's spent the last 30 minutes batting back at Wiz over the quality and authenticity of his music, his clothing choices, the mother of his child (model Amber Rose, who is also West's ex-girlfriend), and Wiz's cellphone number. (The tweets about Rose mark the point where the rant becomes a little unsavory.) If you just want the highlights, consider that Kanye has a) used the hashtag #wizwearscoolpants, b) promoted his wife's custom emoji line, c) claimed to own Khalifa's child, and d) repeatedly proclaimed himself the greatest artist of all time. (He's also getting a ton of free album promotion, and I tip my cap to him in that regard.)

miPic wants to turn your social media images into cash

UK-based startup miPic is a new social network that allows designers, photographers and artists to monetize the images they upload to the Web by turning them in to products.

Aereo Founder’s New Startup Wants to Bring You Wi-Fi—And Cut Out the Providers

The company, which Kanojia officially announced in New York City this morning after keeping it under wraps for a year, aims to offer people wireless Internet access at speeds that are faster than wired broadband at a fraction of the cost. The goal is to circumvent not only the hefty infrastructure cost of wired networks, but also the companies that build and provide those networks—as well as all of the complexities of getting a technician to come to your home and install that network. Instead, Starry allows anyone to plug in a small device at home and receive the Internet instantly over a wireless connection.

You probably won’t pay with Venmo any time soon

Venmo ‘s transformation from popular peer-to-peer payments app to Apple Pay competitor is going to take some time — a long time, actually, if you consider PayPal’s progress so far.

Netflix faces unexpected obstacle in Indonesia, gets blocked by largest telco

The telco, PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk., also known as Telkom, has reportedly blocked access to Netflix across all of its platforms. The decision, according to the majority state-owned company, was due to the fact that Netflix needed a permit to operate in Indonesia as a content provider and that it considers some of the streamer’s content objectionable. Telkom argued that Netflix’s content should have to be approved by the country’s censor board, referencing a 2009 law that applies to film.

Facebook's growth is apparently unstoppable

Facebook continues its upward trajectory with a very successful fourth quarter last year. Today, the social network reported that it had a revenue of $5.84 billion and had about 1.59 billion monthly active users in last quarter alone. This is a decent increase over the previous quarter, where it had 1.55 billion users, and an impressive 14 percent increase over this time last year. And that $5.84 billion? It's a whopping 52 percent increase year-over-year. Taken as a whole, that means Facebook had a revenue of $17.93 billion in 2015, which is a 44 percent increase from 2014.

Federal Regulators Say a Theranos Lab Has Serious Problems

How bad is it? Theranos is able to test blood because federal health inspectors have certified that its labs meet certain conditions. Today’s letter says that the lab is deficient in meeting several of those conditions, and it’s very serious, says Ed Thornborrow, medical director at UC San Francisco’s clinical labs. “It means the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services fear you are operating in a manner that could cause immediate jeopardy to patients,” he says. From the relatively vague details in the statement, it appears that Theranos’ CLIA-certified testing facility in the marshy south San Francisco Bay had problems that extended all the way up to its lab director.

DeLoreans are coming back as we hit peak 'Back to the Future'

The world's favorite time machine platform is making a comeback. The DeLorean Motor Company is spinning up production of its iconic DMC-12 gull-wing vehicle . DeLorean CEO Stephen Wynne told Click2Houston, " it's fantastic. It is a game-changer for us. We've been wanting this to happen." The company was prohibited by law from producing new vehicles. It's building the replicas of the circa 1982 car under a low-volume manufacturing bill.

The smartwatch fashionable enough for the New York streets

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The Unprecedented, Unstoppable Fandom of Steph Curry

Instead of dunks, half-court three-pointers , or seemingly impossible dribbling escapes, SportsCenter chose a gleeful meme, which reveals just how different the cultural reaction has been to Curry’s ascendance as a basketball player. The internet fandom that adores the NBA’s reigning MVP doesn’t just count sports fans in its ranks, isn’t isolated to the Bay Area, and doesn’t focus solely on basketball accomplishments. His online appreciators now resemble the devotees of cult genre television.

'The Witness' causes motion sickness in some players

Some first-person games -- including Skyrim , Fallout 4 and The Talos Principle -- trigger motion sickness and nausea in certain players, and The Witness is the latest addition to this list. The Witness is Braid creator Jonathan Blow's latest game, and it's a vast, introspective puzzler populated with pastels and intricate, physical riddles. While the puzzles are designed to induce figurative headaches, some players have taken to the game's Steam page , NeoGAF and Reddit complaining of queasiness and dizziness while playing.

Large Hadron Collider crew has to pull 9,000 old cables

The crew has already disconnected 2,700 of the cables, and expects to remove all of them in 2017. CERN shouldn't have any problems with the LHC shutdown scheduled for 2019, in other words. And hopefully, this won't be necessary again. The gigantic amount of clutter stems from a "not-so-good habit" of leaving old cables around, which suggests that engineers will be much smarter about cleaning up in the future.

Finally, a Twitter Moment That Matters: Kanye Goes on a Rampage

At any rate, Kanye talked about Wiz. He talked about Wiz’s pants. He talked about Amber Rose. At some point, Wiz Khalifa pointed out that he was talking about weed, not Kim Kardashian, and eventually Kanye deleted his rant and replaced it with a more heal-the-world message. (Which is really too bad for all of us, but that’s what shift-command-4 is for.) But Twitter, against all odds, finally had something worthy of the term “Twitter Moment,” and they wasted no time in jumping on it . “Why are Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa arguing on Twitter?” their headline blared.

The future of entertainment's taking shape on a flying whale

The Leviathan Project is an interactive installation, adapted from the novels by Scott Westerfeld. In McDowell's interpretation, you set up shop inside a lab situated in the belly of a flying whale that's en route from London to Moscow in 1895, and tinker with genetics. The project has a twofold purpose: Using a "hacked" Oculus Rift, viewers go on a task-based journey through VR which incorporates haptic interaction (i.e., you can pick up and manipulate physical objects with virtual consequences). After which, they can then also view the creatures from the experience in the real world, using an AR-enabled tablet powered by Intel's RealSense, depth-sensing camera.

New cloud storage options for Office mobile and Office Online - Office Blogs

In February 2015, we announced the Cloud Storage Partner Program (CSPP) and enabled cloud storage providers to connect their services to Office Online and Office for iOS. Today, we’re making Office even easier for customers to use with cloud storage providers by adding real-time co-authoring with Office Online for documents stored in partner cloud services, extending our Office for iOS integration to all partners in the CSPP, and enabling integration between and cloud storage providers Dropbox and Box.

Here’s why a recession might help Netflix and hurt cable companies

“While more limited, an $8-10 per month video service [like Netflix] is more attractive than a $100 per month service [like traditional cable] when spending budgets are stressed,” the analysts write. When money is tight, that big cable bill starts to look more like a luxury than a necessity. And consumers might just be tempted to cut the cord and ditch their cable bill altogether.

Funny or Die makes a fart joke in VR

Right now, Interrogation can be viewed by anyone with access to a Gear VR -- it's currently being hosted on Samsung's Milk VR app. But Halaby says the plan is to put the piece into wide release soon and make it available for most every VR platform accessible to consumers. As for whether this was just a one-off experiment for Funny or Die, Halaby says to stay tuned.

Google to Make Smartphones That Recognize Faces

Soon, smartphones will not only take snapshots and videos but also recognize the objects pictured. Google is working with a Silicon Valley chip designer to let mobile devices do that kind of heavy computing internally rather than relying on remote data centers.

Def Leppard uses 'Guitar Hero Live' to debut new music video

The new video will debut inside the game this week under the Def Leppard: On Through The Ages Premium Show section. That show also includes classic and newer versions of videos for the songs "Let's Go" and "Rock of Ages," so you can relive the glory days of '80s rock. Of course, you'll have to level up and complete challenges to gain access, or you could just hand over some cash if you don't want to work for the goods.

How too many rules at work keep you from getting things done

Modern work — from waiting tables to crunching numbers to designing products — is about solving brand-new problems every day, flexibly and collaboratively. But as Yves Morieux shows in this insightful talk, too often, an overload of rules, processes and metrics keeps us from doing our best work together. Meet the new frontier of productivity: cooperation.

51 This is what Hip Hop's Billboard top 10 sounded like, back in 1995
52 The DeLorean Motor Company may soon start building ‘new’ cars
53 The Witness is a beautiful existential game for everyone
54 Oracle will soon lay the Java browser plug-in to rest
55 Apple seeds second OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 beta to public beta testers
56 eBay fails to post revenue growth in holiday quarter
57 Chrome for iOS is much faster and more stable, but Google hasn't solved its biggest problem
58 These are the best times to find a date on Tinder and OkCupid
59 PayPal spikes 7% as company teases future of Venmo, adds 6.6 million active users
60 Download this: The 7 apps you need to try right now (January 2016)
61 Kanye West’s beef with Wiz Khalifa just went supernova on Twitter
62 Why Starry Faces an Uphill Battle in Its Quest to Shake Up Home Internet Service
63 The big fat Indian wedding: Through the iPhone lens of an award winning photographer
64 Scientists open the ‘black box’ of schizophrenia with dramatic genetic discovery
65 NYC’s Finally Trying a Subway Design That Cuts Crowding and Delays
66 A Sleek, Fast & Powerful Portable Battery with a Built-In Micro USB or Lightning Connector
67 Circuit City is coming back
68 Google outraces Facebook to AI breakthrough by beating a Go champ
69 Facebook shares soar as mobile drives big jump in ad sales
70 Google really needs to figure out what it wants Hangouts to be
71 Got puddles? These UGG lookalikes are actually waterproof
72 A Long Game
73 Girl who accidentally dressed like a hotel is your new fashion icon
74 DeLoreans Are Going Back Into Production - IGN
75 The CW is bringing eSports to broadcast TV next month
76 The Twitch/PC streaming guide: Add a logo or an overlay to your stream
77 Facebook's New And Improved Like Button Is Coming “In The Next Few Weeks"
78 Key Takeaways from Samsung’s Earnings Call
79 We’re no closer to a ‘Surface Phone’ today than yesterday
80 Samsung Electronics warns of difficult 2016 as smartphone market peaks
81 Facebook earned record profits in 2015
82 How Facebook Squashed Twitter - Stratechery by Ben Thompson
83 Vault IGN Ep. 12: The Fallout 4 Spoilercast - IGN
84 Google Promises Fewer Crashes on Chrome for iOS
85 Facebook Profit Tops $1 Billion
86 Uber fined €1.2 million by Paris court as taxi protests continue
87 US government says Theranos lab jeopardizes patients' health
88 80% Of Facebook's Ad Dollars Come From Mobile
89 Watch As A Robot Solves A Rubik's Cube In Just 1.019 Seconds
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91 Buy a TV Like a Super Bowl Champ
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