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Is This 4chan Offshoot the Ground Zero for the Leaked Celebrity Nudes?

As the dust settles on yesterday’s seemingly endless parade of hacked celebrity nudes , it’s become clear that some of the photos had been circulating around the web for a while. Even Deadspin readers were aware of them . But where did they originate, and how did they leak widely so suddenly? One anonymous image message board might hold the answer—if it’s not the source of the leaks itself.Read more…

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Manhunt after New Zealand shooting

Police in New Zealand are hunting for a man who shot two people dead and injured a third at an unemployment office.

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Voters urged to ensure they register

Both independence referendum campaigns have urged people to register to vote if they have not already done so.

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Motorcyclist with learner’s licence killed in crash with PLA jeep

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A motorcyclist was killed after apparently losing control of his bike and ploughing into a People’s Liberation Army jeep in Kam Tin, Yuen Long. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Bitter divide over Beijing’s blueprint for Hong Kong’s electoral reform

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Amid the gloom over prospects for democracy, some observers see little room to make the nominating committee that will choose two or three candidates for chief executive in 2017 more democratic than the election committee it replaces. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Chinese scholars praise National People’s Congress reform ruling; Hong Kong academics disagree

<!– google_ad_section_start –> While legal scholars in Beijing may argue that the framework laid down for Hong Kong’s constitutional future is reasonable, academics in Hong Kong feel otherwise, with one calling it a “very bad decision”. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Market for animal-tested cosmetics is thing of past

<!– google_ad_section_start –> With more customers expecting cosmetics to be cruelty-free, companies that ban animal testing can improve their corporate image and even boost sales, animal-rights advocates claim. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Hip Hop curbs SUVs, takes Tesla for a spin

Rappers have been infatuated with cars since the beginning of Hip Hop, with a niche fetish for bulkier models. Early rapper endorsements of Jeeps, Suzuki Sidekicks, and MPVs are arguably what cued the auto industry to expand the SUV market. At one point, you couldn’t find a rap video that didn’t feature a fleet of stretched-out SUVs that probably got about 10 miles off the gallon. The ’98 – ’04 No Limit-Cash Money Records era was when it reached Peak Foolishness, with constant display of Humvees, Escalades, Navigators and other six-to-seven-figure gas guzzlers with shiny hubcaps that did silly, spinny things. Things then began to die down, perhaps when rappers saw what little utility those vehicles held in Hurricane Katrina floodwaters, or how expensive it was to maintain them in the recession after. But hybrid cars didn’t quite catch on with the culture. They became joke fodder, as evidenced on Childish Gambino’s “Real Estate” where comedian Tina Fey flips a popular Jeezy line to say “My president’s black, and my Prius is blue, motherfucker.” Listen to Fey parody herself, and the Prius, in the video below. (The song, and others in this post, are NSFW. Fey comes in around 5:00.) But then that dude Elon Musk came out with the sleek Teslas and now Hip Hop has a non-petro-fried whip it can ride with. Kanye West shouted out Musk at Bonnaroo, and now it looks like Jay Z might have a new “murdered out” Model S. Other rap and trap stars are upgrading their status symbols, replacing the traditional B-list of cars (Beamer, Benz, Bentley, Bugatti) with those of the battery-charged variety. In G Unit’s recent comeback attempt, “The Beauty of Independence,” 50 Cent — one of the biggest car whores of all time — raps, “I ain’t a BMW, I’m elecTRICK.” This matters if only because we know his early endorsement of Vitamin Water led to Coca Cola buying the company for a few billion. Now Google Glass is working with him. Could he also help tilt the market toward electric cars? We’ve heard a few other rapper’s reference these cars, and not just as ostentatious floss. Here’s Canibus (yes, he’s still rapping. LL did not totally murder him.) recounting a murder mystery in his song “Sinflation”: He was driving a Tesla Model S playing loud music/He drove into an EMP storm and got electrocuted/Trust fund lawyers were recruited, lawsuits were instituted/”The electric car killed him!” — prove it/Quantum evolution, quantum conducive/Quantum revolution rap music quantum electrocution… Common also uses it in storytelling mode for his song “Hustle Harder,” describing how a nameless female protagonist sizes up her economic prospects: Beamer Benz, she got friends with high ends/She know trends, she know when/She go in, like an investor/Yes sir, never get gassed like a Tesla/Ain’t about all that extra… Common might have been listening to Cunninlynguists who used a similar simile in their song “Hot”: All these girls, man, they just want me to sweat ’til I starve, but I don’t get gassed up like an electric car… And then there’s this from producer Alchemist featuring Odd Future’s Domo Genesis and Hodgy Beats, along with Freddie Gibbs, for a rhymefest that makes no mention of the car, though the song is named after it. (It might also be named after Nikola Tesla. As with most Odd Future songs, the lyrics give us no clues.) We’ll see where this goes. Hip Hop artists are classic tastemakers, having elevated otherwise obscure or mediocre brands into consumer must-haves. A few more key endorsements and we might be able to get those Teslas produced to the point where regular people can actually afford them.Filed under: Article, Business & Technology, Living

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My Non-First World Problems

These essays written by Iraqi students attending college in Kurdistan chronicle life in wartime for young people trying to study and survive in a country ripped apart by violence.

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A Best-Selling Pint-Sized Psycho

Rhoda Penmark is a serial killer who’s murdered three people and a dog. Rhoda is eight

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Liu Tienan, former top energy official, charged with bribery

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A former top energy official and economic-policy maker has been charged with corruption, state prosecutors said yesterday. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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‘Radicalisation problem in Cardiff’

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Cardiff has an ongoing problem with the radicalisation of young Muslims after two men from the city are identified taking part in what appears to be a Jihadist recruiting video, it is claimed.

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Why We All Hate Cristiano Ronaldo

The pretty, injury-faking boy from Portugal is one of the world’s best. He also says things like, ‘People are envious of me because I’m rich, handsome, and a great player.’

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