• General Election 2017: The hashtags, likes and re-tweets battle – BBC News
  • ‘Twin Peaks’ return piques curiosity
  • Ipoh: A cultural and culinary guide to Malaysia’s rising tourism star
  • ‘Mom’ ditches Emmy campaign to donate to Planned Parenthood
  • Trump’s doublespeak in Saudi Arabia

General Election 2017: The hashtags, likes and re-tweets battle – BBC News

Social media has become a big part of political campaigning, as parties find new ways to reach out to potential voters. Here I look at how Scotland’s parties are doing in the hashtags, likes and re-tweets battle? It’s all about you… On Facebook, Ruth Davidson has twice as many “likes” as the Scottish Conservative page, while Nicola Sturgeon also narrowly outstrips the official SNP page and, on a rather smaller…

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‘Twin Peaks’ return piques curiosity

(CNN)The following contains spoilers about the “Twin Peaks” premiere. Liberated by the move to pay TV, the opening salvo on Showtime appeared determined to serve notice to strange-shows-come-lately of the debt they owe to the 1990 series. Step aside, “American Gods” and “Legion,” and see how TV that dares to confuse is done. Lynch, clearly, will take his time baking this cherry pie and bringing together the various ingredients. Hoping…

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‘Mom’ ditches Emmy campaign to donate to Planned Parenthood

(CNN)CBS’s “Mom” put its plans for an Emmy campaign on hold in support of Planned Parenthood. Explaining their decision, star Allison Janney told “Access Hollywood”: “It just seems like now is a time to do something like this — as the House of Representatives voted to defund Planned Parenthood.” Janney, who plays Bonnie on the series, is a long-time advocate for the organization. Janney said her great-grandmother worked with Planned…

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Trump’s doublespeak in Saudi Arabia

(CNN)If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Donald Trump, it is that he has no qualms about contradicting himself to get what he wants. In Saudi Arabia, he wanted a $110 billion arms deal — not to promote peace and tolerance, as he later proclaimed in his Sunday speech. Thus, his speech will not “be remembered as the beginning of peace in the Middle East,” as he loftily put it,…

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Locked out of China, South Korea’s K-pop stars are heading to the US

(CNN)China’s loss is America’s gain. “China is South Korea’s biggest trading partner and many Chinese are big fans of Korean pop culture,” said Ellen Kong, CEO of Elf Asia, a Hong Kong promotion company specializing in K-pop. “But the impact of THAAD has been substantial,” she added, referencing China’s staunch opposition to the US backed missile shield now housed in South Korea. “It’s meant China is no longer a viable…

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13 of the greatest Stephen King short stories you’ve never read

Stephen King writes great fiction of all lengths.Image: Maja Hitij/Epa/REX/Shutterstock I haven’t managed to read all of Stephen King’s novels yet I’m still working on that but I have read all of his short stories. All of the published ones, anyway. While many authors release a collection or two early on and then switch their focus to novels, King has written short fiction throughout his epic 50-year career. SEE ALSO:…

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‘Twin Peaks’ just threw a premiere party that will haunt us for years

Kyle MacLachlan and David Lynch at the premiere of Showtime's "Twin Peaks" at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.Image: WireImage It is happening again. A tiny snippet of dialogue from a long-ago Twin Peaks episode has become the tagline for Showtime’s series revival from David Lynch, which world premiered Friday night at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Diane, every little detail was eerily familiar, disorienting, dreamy,…

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LeBron James puts the Boston Celtics over his knee while making NBA history

Image: Adam Glanzman/Getty Images Bruh. There are beatdowns, and then are epic humiliations that will live on for the rest of sports history. That’s what we witnessed on Friday night as LeBron James and the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers handed the Boston Celtics an old school, backyard woodshed ass whuppin’ that seems simultaneously effortless yet packed with the unrelenting intensity of someone taking out all their revenge fantasies on a hapless…

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Vanessa Bayer exits ‘SNL’ after 7 years

Image: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images Farewell, child actress Laura Parsons: Vanessa Bayer will exit Saturday Night Live after seven seasons with the show. Bayer joined the cast as a featured player in 2010 and was promoted to the repertory cast two years later. She is the longest-serving current female cast member on SNL, and, per Deadline, this year’s season finale will mark the end of her contract. SEE ALSO: Melissa McCarthy’s…

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Drone hobbyists no longer have to register devices with FAA, court rules

Image: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images Buying a drone for fun just got a little less complicated. A court ruling has declared that civilians c no longer need to register their non-commercial drones with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). SEE ALSO: Drone owners will now have to register with the government in China On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in favor of drone user…

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Could you last a whole gig without using your phone? – BBC News

But many concertgoers find the practice irrating, and now some performers are starting to object too. “No mobile phones, cameras or recording devices will be allowed at Chris Rock’s Total Blackout Tour,” read a message posted on ticketing websites when the comedian’s new UK dates went on sale this month. Image copyright Yondr Image caption Audience members keep the locked pouches with them throughout the evening Rock’s use of Yondr…

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Watch Toby Keith Play An All-Male Show In Saudi Arabia During Trump’s Visit

Keith,author of a song parenthetically titled The Angry American, performed the free show alongside Saudi singer Rabeh Saqer in the nations capital, Riyadh, on a stage lined with red, white and blue lights and American flags. Keith played some of his own material, including the song Shouldve Been A Cowboy, in addition to some instrumental music with Saqer. Another epic moment @rabehsaqer playing oud (Arabian lute) on @officialtobykeith song #history…

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There are dozens of fidget spinner apps and everyone needs to stop

Image: ketchapp In a matter of weeks, fidget spinners went from something almost nobody had ever heard of to the must-have toy of the season. The anxiety-reducing handheld spinners are so ubiquitous that dozens of developers are trying to cash in on the phenomenon with fidget-spinner themed mobile apps. People are into it, apparently. So into it that the top game in the iOS app store is a virtual fidget…

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Elon Musk’s Twitter feed is the one you need to pay attention to

Image: Vicky Leta/Mashable When you hear about Twitter these days, chances are it’s because of the latest dispatches from our bombastic, erratic Tweeter-in-Chief, Donald J. Trump. The President’s use of the platform is unprecedented, and he might even be the driving force in its sudden growth spurt last quarter. But his tweets for all the @replies, news stories, and perhaps investigations they’ve inspired are really just the sideshow. There’s another…

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Snapchat lands TV network’s attention at this year’s Upfronts

Image: snapchat screenshots NBC has a dominant run of broadcast events coming up: the World Cup, the Winter Olympics, and the Super Bowl. And yet, the media giant spent most of its yearly advertiser lovefest either downplaying the importance of social media giantsor announcing partnerships with them. SEE ALSO: Snapchat says it’s a camera company with more TV-like content to come This year’s Upfront presentations, where networks attempt to surprise…

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Patreon grows like crazy as creators sour on ad-driven platforms

Patreon is a source of income for hundreds of podcasters, artists, and writers.Image: Shutterstock / Forest Run There’s money in those grainy homemade podcasts. Patreon, a platform where DIY creators can crowdsource financial sponsors or subscribers, said Thursday that it’s doubled in size in the past year. It now boasts 1 million active backers and 50,000 creators twice the number of each it had in May of last year. The…

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Sticking pom-poms to your face is a trend now

Another day, another wild beauty trend. And, this time is all about sticking colourful pom-poms to your face. SEE ALSO: ‘Glitter booty’ is the latest bizarre beauty trend you’ve secretly always wanted The technicolour trend involves using craft supplies for eye and brow makeup, lip art, and if you’re feeling bold enough full face makeup. It’s a pretty achievable look should you wish to try it out. Use eyelash glue…

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Pippa Middleton’s wedding: What can guests expect? – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pippa and James attended St Mark’s on Christmas Day Guests will fill the 12th-century church of St Mark’s, which is few miles from the Middleton family home in Bucklebury, ahead of the service at 11:30 BST. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The church is on private land and hidden from public gaze Englefield is mostly within the bounds of Englefield House, the country…

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People Think Theyve Found Topless Pics Of The South Korean Bodyguard

As if Chois smoldering stare wasnt swoon-worthy enough, the man in the new photos (if it is indeed Choi) looks even more charming with a smile and a six pack. Choi hasnt confirmed the authenticity of the modeling pictures, but the internet is convinced its him. Choi, a happily married father of two,revealed in an interview with The Korea Times that he wasprotecting the president as a volunteer when the…

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Harry Styles and James Corden demonstrate times when it’s absolutely not OK to sing

There are times when breaking into song is fun and playful and times when it’s completely inappropriate. SEE ALSO: James Corden and Tim Minchin’s Donald Trump musical is a thing of beauty In the video above, James Corden and Harry Styles show us some of those situations. For example, it’s not okay to break into song and dance while in the middle of an operating room or while dismantling an…

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YouTube VR will soon let you watch and talk about videos in VR

Image: raymond wong/mashable VR is often slammed for being an isolating experience, but companies like Facebook and Google are making strides to make it more social. At Google I/O, Google previewed an upcoming YouTube VR feature for Daydream 2.0 (also called Euphrates) that’ll let you and your friends watch YouTube videos in VR and then have discussions about them. SEE ALSO: Sorry, Apple Photos, but I’m leaving you for Google…

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8 unnecessary startups you didn’t ask for, but here they are

Sometimes these ideas create problems instead of fixing them.Image: ambar Del moral/mashable Yes, there’s an app for that. And even that. While HBO’s Silicon Valley pokes fun at start-up culture, tech entrepreneurs, and off-the-wall ideas, the show’s riffs and jokes aren’t only contained to fictional cable TV storylines. The real world is filled with actual examples of unnecessary companies, apps, and products trying so hard to “disrupt” something, anything. SEE…

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Net neutrality is a pivotal moment in a broader movement for a healthy internet

Image: Shutterstock / issaro prakalung In John Olivers recent segment urging viewers to stand up for net neutrality, the late-night comedian lamented the challenge of building public support for a seemingly obscure issue. Net neutrality the concept that Internet access should be equal and accessible for all is objectively boring, Oliver says. While I disagree, Oliver has a point. Net neutrality can seem like a woolly issue. Explanations tend to…

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‘Sesame Street’ is expanding the neighborhood with new theme park

A is for amusement parks. And not one, but TWO amusement parks. Bwa-ha-ha-ha-haaa! Sesame Workshop, in partnership with SeaWorld Entertainment, announced on Thursday the development of a new Sesame Place theme park. The original Sesame Place opened in 1980 in Langhorne, Pennsylvania and has operated seasonally for the last 37 years, setting an opening day attendance record this year. Sesame Workshop, the non-profit umbrella company behind Sesame Street, sees the…

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