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Black Friday raised Jeff Bezos' net worth to $100 billion

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 01:46:39 +0000
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Jeff Bezo$ made out like Scrooge McDuck on Black Friday after rising Amazon share prices lifted his personal fortune to more than $100 billion. 

That's billion, with a "b." His 78.9 million shares of Amazon got a boost thanks to investor optimism over Black Friday sales. Basically, your desire to buy cheap stuff from your couch made the richest man in America even richer. 

Now, that $100 billion estimate only comes from Bloomberg; Forbes still has him at $99.6 billion. Either way, he is worth around 1.7 million times the median household income in the United States. Read more...

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Trump says he turned down Time's 'Person of the Year,' and no one's buying it

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 01:24:16 +0000
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Unless you repressed all memories of 2016 (and who could blame you), you'll remember that Time named Donald Trump "Person of the Year." Now, the president is claiming that the magazine asked him again this year but, like, urgh who can even be bothered?

In a tweet Friday, the president took time from his busy schedule of getting absolutely nothing from his agenda done to make a bold claim about rejecting the magazine's honor for 2017. 

Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year,” like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2017 Read more...

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If you're still alive, snap up the hottest products from the Black Friday sales

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 23:47:03 +0000
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We've been online with you all day, scouring the depths of the internet to source the best deals to send your way. But if you are feeling as overwhelmed as we are and your fingers are exhausted from all that swiping, rest your weary eyes on this final list.

Here is a collection of your Black Friday favorites. The deals you loved, the products you couldn't live without and the cool stuff worth your dollars. 

Thanks for playing along. This post can ease you into Saturday. But make sure you rest up, as we will be back to do it all again on Cyber Monday.  Read more...

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Someone help Chrissy Teigen get her lost Nintendo Switch back

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 23:25:04 +0000
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Model and proud Nintendo Switch super-player Christine Teigen made a mistake. And it's gonna take a holiday miracle to fix it.

Like many of us, Teigen's been obsessively playing (and posting amazing Twitter content about) Super Mario Odyssey since its release last month. 

But tragedy struck on Friday, Nov. 24, when she forgot the portable console in the Courtyard Marriott in Springfield, Ohio. Now, she needs her own blue overall-wearing hero to materialize from a green pipe because, "I need my moons back."

I left my Nintendo at the courtyard marriott in Springfield please I need a Christmas miracle. I need my moons back

— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) November 24, 2017 Read more...

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Donald Trump uses Facebook page to promote Black Friday sale on Trump merch

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 22:17:19 +0000
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If Black Friday riot videos weren't enough to convince you that America is a consumerist hell on Earth, then our president's Black Friday promo surely will.

Trump took to one of his two Facebook pages (while the GOP took to Twitter) to promote a sale on some of his campaign merchandise. Just throw some festive #MAGA swag into your cart, enter the code "SATIRE2017" at checkout and, bam! You've got yourself a bargain on our democracy. (Literally!) 

Because, apparently, the best Black Friday deal this year is the cool 30 percent off POTUS is offering on the American soul. 

Did you know Trump literally wrote the book on great deals?!

Did you know Trump literally wrote the book on great deals?!

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Dominate gift giving with these 5 Black Friday deals on Lego

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 22:12:47 +0000
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Lego always makes a great gift for kids and kids at heart for the holidays. As such, we've hunted down a few Black Friday deals on Lego for you to dominate the gift-giving game.

SEE ALSO: Target is offering 30% off select LEGO sets for Black Friday

Star Wars Millennium Falcon

Chances are you love Star Wars as much as we do. So, why not go with the classic Millennium Falcon set? This set features Lego figures of the main crew of The Force Awakens, and is a perfect prop to bring along for your Last Jedi premiere party. Target is shaving $33 off from this $150 set for  Black Friday. Read more...

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Wendy's hits McDonald's with sick burn after Black Friday Twitter fail

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 21:43:19 +0000
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Black Friday: McDonald’s isn't lovin' it. In fact, they just got served — by another hamburger chain.

If you missed the drama on Thursday, the person who runs the McDonald's Twitter account made a very public mistake.

Black Friday **** Need copy and link****

— McDonald's (@McDonaldsCorp) November 24, 2017

The next day, one of the company's rivals decided to go for the jugular. 

When the tweets are as broken as the ice cream machinehttps://t.co/esdndK1iFm

— Wendy's (@Wendys) November 24, 2017

Cold. Blooded. Like a French fry dipped in a creamy Frosty. Back in 2015, complaints about broken McDonald’s ice cream machines were so common, they became a meme. Some dissatisfied customer even made an app to keep track of which machines were actually working.  Read more...

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This Samsung Wi-Fi system connects all your smart devices together for an even smarter home

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 21:18:37 +0000
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We all have those rooms in our homes with crappy wi-fi. Well, it's time to get your whole home covered with this wi-fi system from Samsung, which is on sale today for 44%.

SEE ALSO: Here are the smart home devices that you should get for your parents on Black Friday

According to the company, the Samsung Connect Home can spread your wi-fi coverage over 1500 square feet. It even doubles as a SmartThings hub so you can connect all of your smart devices like cameras, lightbulbs, and voice assistants and control them from your phone. It's perfect for consolidating all of your devices and not having to fight over the wi-fi anymore. Read more...

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12 stoner gifts for the cannabis connoisseur in your life

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 21:00:00 +0000
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Giving the right gift is hard.

Look, it's 2017. We all have that friend or loved one who maybe likes weed a little too much. Give them what they really want this holiday season. 

Give the gift of cannabis.

1The Black Rock Smell Proof Backpack

You know that person who ALWAYS smells like dank weed? Well, buying them this bag is like buying your friend with bad breath some gum. The sleek bag is made from water-resistant materials, and is lined with an activated charcoal filter that helps absorb stinky odors, like pot. Look, it probably won't save you from the cops, but it will help you feel a little better about carrying around your bud.  Read more...

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Save big on these wireless headphones for Black Friday

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 20:54:05 +0000
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Got your new phone sorted? Great. Now, we're here to help you take the next step with a pair of wireless headphones. Here's a list of the latest and greatest wireless headphones to hit the market.  

Wearhaus Arc Social Headphones

Social headphones make listening a team sport. These over-the-ear headphones by Wearhaus can daisy-chain on one bluetooth connection, allowing multiple people to listen to the same track on one device. It's even got customizable lights so you can jam out in your style. They normally cost $199.99, but you can get them right now for 25% off. Read more...

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Cozmo is the robot for the kid that has everything – and it's on sale

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 20:49:00 +0000
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Cozmo is still the coolest robot on the block. 

The robot toy from Anki isn't just a regular toy, it learns from the people around it and remembers faces and names. Cozmo was the coolest kid's gift last holidays and it hasn't lost its charm. 

A Mashable Choice product, Cozmo is currently on sale for $149.99. That's $30 less than its regular $179.99 price tag. This is the gift that will make you the hippest aunt/uncle/sister around. 

The lucky new owner will not only get a robot but they'll get a friendCozmo is a robot that can play games, explore terrain and help a new coder learn how to program. The creators of Cozmo told Mashable they wanted it to feel alive and be able to interact, rather than those other robots that just make jerky movements and beep loudly.  Read more...

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How to spend your Black Friday money on stuff that actually matters

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 19:49:20 +0000
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It's Black Friday — and you know what that means!

We're all part of a corporate machine that makes us rip each other's hair out at 6 a.m. for the last $20 spiralizer at Target.

Let's be real: Black Friday is a thoroughly dehumanizing experience. So, if you want off the free market ride of American thoughtlessness, why not protest by spending your money on stuff that actually benefits the human race instead? 

Here are a few alternatives to the usual Black Friday chaos: Read more...

1Reclaim Black Friday as a day for human rights.

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Get $50 off the Sphero R2-D2 droid on Amazon today

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 19:43:00 +0000
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This R2 unit is in prime condition, a real bargain. Come on, you had to know that joke was coming but Star Wars quotes aside, this is actually a great deal.

Mashable has gone on and on about how much we love the app-enabled, educational robots from Sphero. The company that brought BB-8 to life has consistently been at the top of the very competitive Star Wars toys market, and the R2-D2 unit lives up to their hefty reputation. The Sphero R2-D2 action figure is the only one on the market that has a retractable leg just like the movie version. That's far from it's only selling point, however. Read more...

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Instead of coal, this power plant burns H&M clothing

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 19:26:37 +0000
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Fast fashion is hot. 

I mean, it literally burns, thus providing a power plant in Sweden with energy. 

Northwest of Stockholm, there's a heat and power station that's trying to rid itself of oil and coal. So it's burning recycled wood and trash. That includes 15 tons of H&M clothing from the company's central warehouse so far in 2017, according to Bloomberg

If you remember the controversy over H&M slashing unused clothing back in 2010, that might sound terrible. But H&M told Bloomberg that the company doesn't "burn any clothes that are safe to use. However it is our legal obligation to make sure that clothes that contain mold or do not comply with our strict restriction on chemicals are destroyed." Read more...

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Facebook's Got a Controversial Plan for Your Nudes

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 19:19:50 +0000
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These are the best Black Friday deals on cameras and camera accessories

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 19:11:11 +0000
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Whether you're looking to upgrade your old film camera or need a gift for a loved one who's interested in photography, Black Friday is the perfect time to shop for a new camera. We've rounded up the best deals on cameras (and their requisite accessories) across the web.

Best Buy

We've already told you about some of the amazing deals at Best Buy this weekend, and the sales on cameras are no exception. Get $20 off the super gift-able instant film camera, or pick up a DSLR camera and get a free memory card.  Read more...

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Get 25% off Nike sneakers and clothing on Black Friday

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 19:05:15 +0000
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If you've been saving up for a pair of the latest Nike sneakers, we've got news for you. Nike U.S. has a wild sale going down this Black Friday.

Head over to Nike's website, find something you love in the sale section and score an extra 25 percent off by using the code EPIC25 at the checkout. 

There's a bunch of stuff going for a discount rate including sports wear, sneakers, clothing and accessories. You've got 4 days to deck yourself out as the sale ends on November 28. It's your turn to be the coolest person in the gym.  Read more...

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Why I'm still addicted to my MP3 Player

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 19:00:00 +0000
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Like Tom Petty, I believe music is holy.

So, naturally, I can’t trust the whims of a broadband network to send invisible streams of melodic data to my phone. 

Yes, this might be viewed as ridiculous and ignoring the reality that today's streaming services are pretty reliable most anywhere. But when considering an invaluable asset like music, I intend to keep it on my person, like a CIA operative with a briefcase locked to their wrist.

Except my briefcase is a silver MP3 player, specifically, Sony’s 64 GB Hi-Res Walkman. I have the most recent edition of the gadget, which I purchased last year. It holds gold: James McMurtrey. Neil Young. Lucinda Williams. Yo La Tengo. Petty. Read more...

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Urban Outfitters is being really generous today — as in BOGO 50% off site-wide

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 17:59:39 +0000
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Drop what you're doing: everything at Urban Outfitters is buy one get on 50% off today. Oh, and shipping is free on all orders over $50. It's fine, I'm fine, everything is fine.

Urban Outfitters is a favorite for women and men alike, and no matter if your personal style is grunge, chic, sporty, or a little bit of everything, Urban somehow always has something you'll like. We could drone on about why it's the best store ever, but we know you want to get straight to shopping — so get going. Read more...

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This robotic lawn mower is $350 off at Amazon today

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 17:47:40 +0000
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Robotic vacuums are a huge Black Friday purchase, but have you heard of a robotic lawn mower? The WORX WG794 28-volt Landroid Robotic Lawn Mower is here to cross one more chore off your to do list. Today you can get it for $649. That's a full $350 off the retail price of $999.99.

The WORX Robotic Lawn Mower works much in the same way as a Roomba, roaming around your yard cutting grass until it's done. The dual motors ensure that you get an even cut, even in rough terrain, and can handle inclines and declines up to 20 degrees. According to the Amazon listing, this smart little guy uses an advanced algorithm to mow around obstacles and through intricate areas better than your gas mower. Plus, it's battery-powered so it's quieter and more eco-friendly, too. Read more...

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Get a WeMo mini smart plug for only $20 today

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 17:37:15 +0000
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You've got your Echo or your Google Home, your Smart Hue lightbulbs and smart security cameras. As hard as you try to smart-ify your entire home, some of your favorite appliances just don't have the capability yet.

With the WeMo mini Smart Plug, you can bring even the dumbest appliances into the 21st century. The intelligent little device plugs into your regular outlets and makes them compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Plug an appliance like a reading lamp or an electric heater into the WeMo and start controlling it from your smart home hub right away. You can set schedules in the app and connect it to other smart home devices like Nest. There's even an "away mode" that will turn your lights on and off randomly, to make it look like you're home.  Read more...

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'She's Gotta Have It' is a fierce, unapologetic love letter to young people of color

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0500
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In the current climate, for both media and politics, we're oversaturated. We're at peak TV, peak reboots, peak outrage, and peak fatigue towards having to stay active, alert, and woke. 

Under the circumstances, it's tough work for a television show to not feel like excess; why here, and why now? Spike Lee may not have planned for his updated She's Gotta Have It – a black and white movie from the '80s that's now a vivacious and colorful Netflix show – to release into that landscape, but the series thrives on adversity. Born into a perfect storm of sociopolitical context, She's Gotta Have It is more than its circumstances or the sum of its parts; it's just good. Read more...

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Target is offering 30% off select LEGO sets for Black Friday

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 16:59:50 +0000
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Target knows that Legos always make great gifts for the holidays, so they've got you covered this weekend by offering 30% off select Lego sets for Black Friday. Each set normally goes for upwards of $50, but Target is shaving that down to $35. 

Here are the sets on sale:

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KitchenAid Mixers are the hot item this Black Friday, with some more than $300 off

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 16:10:18 +0000
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KitchenAid mixers are known for their powerful motors and countless attachments, but let's be real — everyone's secretly really into them for the color selection. If you've been waiting for the perfect moment to invest in one of these beauties, it's time to make your move. KitchenAid mixers are one of THE hottest deals this Black Friday, with most on sale for hundreds of dollars off everywhere. 

Check out some of the best KitchenAid deals we've found so far.

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Someone has reinvented the scarecrow and it's absolutely terrifying

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000
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'Super Monster Wolf' is a robotic wolf in Japan, covered by fur and is baring its fangs. The robot detects wild animals with sensors when they approach and flashes its the red LEDs of its eyes. It also has 18 types of sounds, including a wolf’s growl, a human voice and a gunshot. The robot is going for a whopping $288.  Read more...

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What to stream on Netflix in December

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000
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The holidays are a time for family, and for escaping family time for a good ol' Netflix break. Use the time off to mercifully catch up on peak TV and peep the new originals coming to Netflix in December.


Top pick: The Crown, Season 2

The monarchy is back, and better than ever! Well...that's not entirely true. Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) is still struggling with cabinet scandals and the wounded egos of her loved ones, to say nothing of the actual political upheaval leading up to the 1960s. Come for the history, stay for the drama. Premieres Dec. 8.  Read more...

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'Black Mirror' just tweeted a super creepy new episode poster

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 15:22:18 +0000
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We don't know exactly when Season 4 of the infinitely bleak-but-brilliant Black Mirror will be out on Netflix, but it's looking like it will be soon.

Now we have the episode titles, a bunch of details about the storylines, and even a creepy little teaser video that was shared on Twitter a couple months back.

Then, on Black Friday, after a couple of months of silence, the official @blackmirror account shared this:

The key to good parentingpic.twitter.com/J97Ij0u9jc

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The 17 weirdest fashion trends of 2017

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 15:00:00 +0000
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The year 2017 is the year of weird beauty trends and even stranger fashion fads. 

For some reason, the runway gods gave us a whole heap of unnecessary items that only the bravest of souls are willing to put in their closet. They're bold, risky and well, I suppose that's what fashion is about but...did we really need a Forever 21 x Taco Bell line? 

Obviously, we know if Rihanna or Beyoncé were to pull up on any red carpet with any of these on, we would instantly love them. But until then, here are the most bizarre creations that hit runways and stores in 2017. Brace yourself! Read more...

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Bitcoin's little brother Ethereum is at an all-time high

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 14:59:22 +0000
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It's not only Bitcoin that's breaking records these days. 

Now that the dust around the cancelled Bitcoin fork has settled, several other cryptocurrencies are booming. 

Ethereum, a cryptocurrency that's also a platform for decentralized apps, has hit a record high on Friday, surpassing the price of $410 for the first time since June. It's currently trading at $442 according to CoinMarketCap, with a market cap of more than $42 billion. 

The price rise comes weeks after a bug in a popular Ethereum wallet Parity froze $150 million worth of ether (Ethereum's currency), which caused a short-lived price drop for Ethereum.  Read more...

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Apple is offering gift cards worth up to $150 on Black Friday

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 14:51:58 +0000
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The award for the least surprising Black Friday event this year goes to Apple.

The company launched its Black Friday page early on Friday, offering gift cards worth up to $150 with select purchases of Apple gadgets.

If you buy an Apple Watch Series 1, you'll get a $25 Apple Gift Card. Purchasing an iPhone SE, 6s or 7 will get you a gift card worth up to $50. Buying an iPad Pro, iPad or iPad mini 4 will net you a gift card worth up to $100. And finally, if you get a new Mac — including the MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac or Mac Pro, you'll get a gift card worth up to $150.  Read more...

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