Voters are using YouTube for election news in ways you wouldn't expect


LOS ANGELES — YouTube is looking to make its on-demand generation of viewers into a generation with demands. The best way to do that, it recently found: through the most popular creators, whose fans actively seek them out for 2016 election information, believe it or not.

In the past year, YouTube has stepped up efforts to get viewers and creators more engaged with the election. It’s livestreamed debates, sent YouTubers to make videos at conventions, created election-themed sets and most recently launched a “#voteIRL” campaign.

People have watched more than 110 million hours of candidate and issues-related content leading up to November, YouTube said. Since the July conventions, more than 200,000 election videos have been uploaded to the platform. Read more…

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Dee Gordon honors José Fernández with one of the most dramatic home runs in baseball history


Dee Gordon was the first Miami Marlins player to step up to the plate since the death of teammate José Fernández shocked the baseball world Sunday. 

Gordon, who normally bats left-handed, took his first pitch Monday night against the New York Mets right-handed in honor of his fallen teammate. Then he went back lefty — and smacked a home run on the very next pitch. Here’s a look at Monday night’s magic moment. 

Gordon had previously gone 303 at-bats this season without hitting a homer. 

A sobbing Gordon was mobbed by teammates — all of them wearing Fernández’s number 16 — upon rounding the bases and reaching the Marlins dugout.  Read more…

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True story of 'Tetris' explains why the world became hooked on a game


Though Tetris is universally recognized as one of the best and most popular video games of all time, I never really got it. 

Yes, I played it — on everything from a Commodore 64 to a Gameboy; even, recently, on a Windows 10 PC. I just never sought it out repeatedly, or lost myself in the game. 

To be honest, I dismissed it as not much of a video game. How could one compare the simple placement of falling blocks (or tetronimoes) to Mortal Kombat, or even one of my early racing game favorites, Pole Position (Arcade version)

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The best plays from the 'Overwatch' Open North American finals


Team EnVyUs went head-to-head with Fnatic in the Overwatch Open North American finals, fighting for a spot in Friday’s international finals.

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EnVy ended up on top in the best-of-five matchup, defeating Fnatic 3-1 and earning a match against the European champions for a chance at the biggest piece of the $300,000 prize pool. 

As two of the most talented teams from North America, both Fnatic and EnVy had some great plays. Here are the best moments of the match.

Fnatic’s Buds kills with a nano-boosted death blossom

To polish off the first map of the night, Fnatic put up a super-strong offense at the last second to hold off EnVy’s defense and grab the first point on King’s Row. Playing as Reaper, Buds leapt into the fray with the help of some nano boost from Ana and hit his ultimate, taking down most of EnVy’s offense and chasing their Tracer down to finish the job.  Read more…

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LeBron James has 'respect' for Kaepernick but will stand for national anthem


LeBron James says he’ll stand for the national anthem before NBA games this season — but don’t get it twisted. 

The NBA Finals MVP says he respects the national anthem protests began by NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick last month, and that he worries about what could happen should his own sons encounter police officers. 

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“I’m not here to ramp on America, that’s not me,” James said Monday. “I’m not a politician, but I’ve lived this life and I’ve got a family and what scares me is my kids growing up in this society right now, where innocent lives are being taken and it seems like nothing is being done.” Read more…

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The entire Marlins team will wear No. 16 in tribute to José Fernández


A day after José Fernández died in a boating accident, the Miami Marlins players will pay tribute to their young pitcher by all wearing his jersey number against the Mets on Monday night.

Employees of Majestic, Major League Baseball’s jersey manufacturer, stayed up all night making the jerseys for Monday’s game, per Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. They were shipped from Philadelphia and arrived about an hour before game time. 

Fernández — one of the most dominating pitchers in the game — was scheduled to pitch Monday. 

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Call the Shots for Paul McGinley in this world-first, interactive golf video from the Ballantine’s Golf Club


What if you could combine your golfing knowledge and strategic prowess with the executional skills of one of the top professional golfers in the world?  

Someone like, say, six-time Ryder Cup-winner Paul McGinley? 

It’d be a great way to learn — and a lot of fun, as well.   

And now it’s a reality, thanks to the Ballantine’s Golf Club’s new “Call the Shots” golf video series.  

The interactive learning experience allows the viewer to control McGinley’s every shot selection from tee to green to sunken putt.  

The object of the game — hosted on the Ballantine’s Golf Club website — is, of course, to guide McGinley to the lowest possible score on the hole you’re playing. You make this happen by guiding his every move.   Read more…

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Federal regulators sue Palantir over alleged hiring discrimination against Asians


The U.S. Department of Labor filed a lawsuit against Palantir on Monday, alleging the secretive security firm discriminated against job applicants of Asian descent.

The agency said in the complaint that the company routinely denied qualified Asian candidates who applied to its software engineering division early in the hiring process while advancing their equally experienced non-Asian counterparts.

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In the case of one engineering internship, the filing said, Palantir selected 17 non-Asian candidates and just four Asians from a pool of 130 applicants, nearly three quarters of whom were Asian. Read more…

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'Sorry we thought you did meth,' apologetic mom writes on cake


Sometimes, the best way to say you’re sorry is with a pound of saturated fat.

In 2012, high school student Rachel Glemis willingly took a drug test at her Alabama school. While Glemis wasn’t on any drugs at the time (besides those she had been prescribed), the test concluded that she had heroin, meth, and cocaine in her system. Glemis’ mom accused her of abusing drugs — before discovering that the school had made a big, bad mistake.

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“When the test came back, they completely misread it, and read the indicator for a drug being negative as positive,” Glemis told Mashable in an email. “So they assumed I had tested positive for everything mentioned.” Read more…

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Kid Cudi releases tracklist for new album, 'Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin'


After getting in public Twitter tiff by calling out rappers and questioning loyalties, Kid Cudi has said that he hopes his forthcoming album will speak for itself.  

Cudi tweeted the stacked tracklist on Monday afternoon, so now we finally have a rough outline of what will be said when the rapper’s sixth studio album, Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ arrives.

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— The Chosen One (@KidCudi) September 26, 2016

The 18 tracks are divided up into four parts, the second with the most features. 

Fans of OutKast, who are disappointed by the lack of new music from the duo will be pleased to see that André 3000 has two features on the project. Travis Scott and Pharrell are also included, but the most surprising feature might be Willow Smith.  Read more…

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