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Seagull with stolen dentures has some very serious explaining to do

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:32:21 +0000
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Seagulls are commonly known for their thievery of beach and boardwalk snacks.

Occasionally, though, they'll get their beaks on other miscellaneous items. On Friday, a seagull in Newton Abbot, England, was photographed with something quite surprising in its beak.

Someone shared the following pictures on the Spotted Newton Abbot Facebook page with a caption that said: "Hi Spotted Newton Abbot, can you please post this picture below. Someone's false teeth were found on a bench on Torquay Harbour at lunchtime. Unfortunately anyone missing them will need to contact the seagull as he flew away with them!" Read more...

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Dear Topshop, stop trying to make clear plastic jeans happen. Love, the internet.

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:24:48 +0000
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Topshop just keeps wanting to make clear plastic jeans happen.

A mere matter of weeks after Topshop brought "Clear Knee Mom Jeans" into the world — complete with transparent plastic knee patches — the retailer's gone and done it again. Topshop is now selling pairs of completely see-through plastic jeans at £55 ($70) a pop. And it's safe to say the internet is having absolutely none of it.

"Think outside the box with these out-of-the-ordinary clear plastic jeans – guaranteed to get people talking," reads a product description of the rather unconventional "jeans". According to Topshop, the jeans are a "straight leg cut" featuring "classic pockets detailing." Read more...

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How virtual reality is helping patients alleviate their pain

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:15:00 +0000
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Virtual Reality brings people with chronic pain to new places and changes their world.

After digging into the video above, fly your own jetpack and take to the skies. Go on a VR journey in the latest episode of 'The Possible' by downloading the app here. Read more...

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Dude trolls Starbucks baristas with a bunch of weird containers to fill up with coffee

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:06:29 +0000
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This guy is probably a barista's worst nightmare.

In a now-viral stunt, a writer in China has documented his attempts to troll Starbucks baristas, by bringing an array of weird containers to the coffee joint in place of a takeaway mug.

Image: Wechat

The man, who goes by the pen name Zha Bao, posted his adventures on WeChat, which were quickly circulated.

He brought the odd containers to a Hangzhou Starbucks for the coffee giant's 3 yuan ($0.44) discount offered to patrons bringing their own cups.

The discount lasts for the whole of April, according to this post by Starbucks Zhejiang.

The discount lasts for the whole of April, according to this post by Starbucks Zhejiang.

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Soon you'll be able to experience what it feels to be an 'Alien' neomorph

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:51:28 +0000
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Ever wanted to know how it feels to be born into the world as a creature from 'Alien'? On April 26, you'll be able to — if you own an Oculus VR setup. 

Besides setting the date for the virtual reality experience, called Alien: Covenant In Utero, 20th Century Fox has posted a teaser trailer that shows next to nothing but still somehow manages to be terrifying. 

According to Fox, this will be a "a 360-degree virtual reality journey into a living nightmare and offers a terrifyingly close and personal encounter as an alien neomorph at the time of its birth."  Read more...

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Why Netflix's remake of a classic Chinese novel is angering audiences

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:44:56 +0000
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Netflix has gone and done it again.

The streaming giant's new series, Legend of the Monkey, has been accused of whitewashing after it was revealed to have a distinctly non-Chinese cast. 

The series is a remake of a heralded Chinese classic story that dates back to the 16th century.

The original work, Journey to the West, centers around a Buddhist monk and three fallen Chinese gods, and is considered one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature.

So Chinese audiences were pretty ticked off that the new remake seemed to exclude Chinese actors entirely. Read more...

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Ed Sheeran shuts down rumours he's quitting music in 1 no-nonsense tweet

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:36:07 +0000
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If you've been panicked by the recent talk of Ed Sheeran "quitting music" after his next album, you can relax — the man himself has shut the rumours down.

On Sunday, MTV UK tweeted an article examining the gossip. They quoted a Daily Star piece that referenced an unnamed source, who was apparently was quoted as saying that Sheeran wants "a more normal life."

Is Ed Sheeran really quitting music forever?? https://t.co/fi6WRO42IU pic.twitter.com/jOU4WBTQ7q

— MTV UK (@MTVUK) April 23, 2017

Luckily, Sheeran himself took to Twitter on Monday to put a fairly blunt stop to the rumours. Read more...

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Chris Pratt falling in love with a bacon sandwich will give you the feels

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:14:35 +0000
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Chris Pratt is truly a diverse actor. He's got comedy down, he's proved himself to be a first-class action star, and he has a flare for the dramatic.

In the video above, Pratt proves his range with an off the cuff improv starring opposite a bacon sandwich. During a BBC 1 Radio interview, Pratt acts out a love scene with the sandwich. The love in that room is genuinely tangible... until he murders his beloved sandwich in cold blood. 

Pratt's interaction with the sandwich coupled with the ridiculously dramatic music will truly make you feel something — including hunger. Read more...

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An Instagram bug is preventing users from temporarily disabling their accounts

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:14:27 +0000
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An Instagram bug affecting some users is preventing them from temporarily disabling their accounts, TechCrunch reports. "Disabling" on Instagram works similarly as on Facebook, meaning that the account will be hidden as though it has been deleted. It temporarily hides all actions by that account including posts, likes, comments and the profile. 

Users have been complaining about the issue on social networks like Twitter and Reddit since February. Several users were redirected to the home page after trying to disable the account. 

Hey @instagram, why can't I temporarily disable my account? And why can't I reach you anywhere?

— Sigurður Arnar (@siggia) April 9, 2017 Read more...

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Everybody really wants to believe this story about Tom Hardy kicking ass

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:06:45 +0000
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He made his name for his intense, laconic performances in films like Mad Max: Fury Road and The Revenant — and his mouthwatering bedtime stories — but Tom Hardy is also a real-life superhero, at least according to reports on British media. 

The actor was reportedly seen apprehending a suspected moped thief after chasing him Hollywood-style through gardens and a building site in Richmond, southwest London. 

A witness told The Sun that Hardy "switched into superhero mode" and uttered "I caught the c***t" after finding the man.  Read more...

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We'll have to wait longer for Apple's 'Carpool Karaoke'

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:58:22 +0000
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We'll have to wait a bit longer for the new Carpool Karaoke.

The spinoff from CBS' The Late Late Show with James Corden, which was scheduled for an April launch on Apple Music, has been delayed, according to Reuters.

According to the report, Apple was originally scheduled to launch a premiere party for the series in March, but that was postponed without explanation. Another premiere party should've been held this week, but it was once again postponed, to next Monday. 

So when will the series air? Apple and CBS wouldn't say beyond confirming it will premiere "later this year." Read more...

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Disney princesses reimagined as celebrities is pure magic

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:51:45 +0000
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People love Disney princesses. But modernised as celebs, it's a whole new world of magic.

Jakarta-based artist Andhika Muksin is doing just that on his Instagram account, matching Disney princesses with famous celebrities.

Just look at Belle in Rihanna's iconic Met Gala gown:

Image: Andhika Muksin

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Here's some other stuff he's posted: 

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Disney princesses at Coachella? YES.

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Girl has hilariously dramatic reaction to discovering pigeon on balcony

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:46:30 +0000
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People get scared by lots of different things.

The darkness. Heights. Tiny, cramped spaces.

Oh, and pigeons. Sneaky, devious pigeons that explode out of small hiding spaces in a sudden whirlwind of screeching feathers.

If anything, the girl in the clip above was under-reacting. Read more...

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Here's the Doctor Who/Mr. Men mashup you never knew you needed

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:27:53 +0000
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If you're a fan of Doctor Who or Mr. Men (or, ideally, both), we've got some splendid news for you: their two worlds are about collide.

Yep: Adam Hargreaves (the son of Mr. Men creator Roger Hargreaves) has written and illustrated a whole 12-book, Mr Men-style series based on the adventures of the 12 different Doctors — right through from William Hartnell to Peter Capaldi.

The clip above is an animated version of Dr. Twelfth — a sweet little tale of Peter Capaldi's Doctor chasing Missy through time, narrated by Michelle Gomez.  Read more...

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'We Bare Bears' is a kids' show tackling modern millennial anxieties

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:48:15 +0000
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Popular Cartoon Network show We Bare Bears is the story of three bears living a modern human life in San Francisco. 

But at its heart, it's also a parable about the charms and perils of an increasingly connected society.

The show's creator, Daniel Chong, said he tries to pick modern references for the show, to reflect his audiences. "We do like to make fun of trends, but we have to be very careful that they're not things that we know are going to go away quickly," he said, during a visit to Singapore.

His three protagonists, Grizzly, Panda, and Ice Bear always seem to be chasing internet fame, and the script works in trendy references, often to hilarious effect: Read more...

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Man hatches fake terror plot to avoid holidaying with girlfriend

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:14:00 +0000
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People do crazy things in the quest for love. But crazy to avoid love? Read on.

A 32-year-old man from India hatched a fake terror plot to avoid holidaying with his girlfriend. Yes, you read that right. 

Motaparthi Vamshi Krishna, who incidentally is married with a child, couldn't afford a vacation his "online girlfriend" desired, Straits Times reports

But not one to let go of his male pride, the imaginative Hyderabadi decided to create a situation where the proposed vacation becomes a non-starter due to external reasons and not because he is broke.  Read more...

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Tinder wants you to swipe right on this rhino to help save his species

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 +0000
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The world's most eligible bachelor is coming to Tinder — and he may not be who you expect.

In a new campaign launched Tuesday, Tinder has partnered with the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in central Kenya to introduce users to Sudan, the last known male northern white rhino in existence. The platform hopes to save Sudan's species from extinction.

As the last hope for all northern white rhinos, 42-year-old Sudan is one of the most protected animals on the planet, surrounded by armed guards at all times. He lives at the conservancy with the only two female northern white rhinos, Najin and Fatu. Read more...

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Google's new bet to win India's next billion users: speaking Indian languages

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:44:51 +0000
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Google just took another step in its quest of finding the next billion users in India

The company on Tuesday announced improvements to and expansion of Google Translate to better serve the non-English speaking users in the country. 

And there’s a good reason why. There are more non-English speaking users online in India than the English speaking users, Google said, citing a new study it co-authored with KPMG. 

Image: Google/KPMG

The gap will broaden in the next four years, said Rajan Anandan, Vice President, South East Asia and India, Google at a press conference in New Delhi, as he announced new features in Google Translate.  Read more...

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Channing Tatum reports for duty in the first 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' trailer

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 04:21:53 +0000
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Kingsman: The Secret Service may have been inspired that most British of properties—James Bond—but the follow-up brings them across the pond to America.

The first Kingsman: The Golden Circle trailer introduces Statesman, Kingsman's U.S. counterpart.  

There, Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and his friends meet elite agents played by Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, and Pedro Pascal. Also reporting for duty is Julianne Moore as the new villain.

Expect lots more explosive action, raunchy jokes, and goofy gadgets. And, by the looks of it, so much American spirit that we're deep into (affectionate) parody territory. Read more...

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Terrifying video shows a man jumping off a roof to escape leopard attack

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 04:05:43 +0000
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A forest ranger was forced to jump off a roof to avoid being attacked by a leopard in India last week.

According to India Express, a leopard  wandered into the Kuruli village in the Kantabanji forest area of Odisha, terrifying and attacking villagers in the process. At one point the big cat ended up inside of a building and forest department rangers were attempting to trap the animal when it emerged onto the building's roof. The leopard then charged a ranger on the roof, forcing the man to jump off to avoid the attack.

After 12 hours, the leopard was eventually captured, but it managed to injure three people, including the ranger, in the ordeal. Thankfully, none of the injuries were life-threatening, and the animal is reportedly being relocated to the Nandankanan Zoo in Bhubaneswar. Read more...

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Meet HuffPost: New leadership, new look, new name

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 04:04:31 +0000
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When talking about the future of the Huffington Post brand, editor-in-chief Lydia Polgreen points to the homepage "splash" following the news that Bill O'Reilly had been let go from Fox News. 

"BILLY ON THE STREET" blared the headline in big, red letters.

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That's a sensibility that Polgreen wants to not just keep but expand. On Monday, the Huffington Post is rolling out its biggest redesign ever and first-ever rebrand — and its biggest move since the exit of cofounder and namesake Arianna Huffington. 

And about that namesake role. The media company will now call itself HuffPost, and it's got a new logo and website to go along with the new name.  Read more...

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How 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' will be brought into virtual reality

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 03:26:29 +0000
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The winners of Hollywood's growing move to virtual reality will be the hardware and software companies that strike deals with major studios, like Nokia, which announced it will film Star Wars VR content.

Announced on Monday, the multi-year deal pairs the studios behind Star Wars—Disney and Lucasfilm—with Nokia's new OZO VR camera.

"Utilizing the Nokia OZO to capture our behind-the-scenes material allows viewers to be transported to fantastical locations and virtually visit the incredible sets where their favorite Star Wars scenes were captured," said Lucasfilm's senior vice president of franchise creative and strategy, Brian Miller, in a statement.  Read more...

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Shea Moisture apologizes after everyone slammed its ad: 'We really f-ed this one up'

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 02:39:50 +0000
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The hair care company Shea Moisture apologized Monday after social media backlash over an ad it released last week.

It shows white women, and just one woman of color, talking about “hair hate” and how Shea is their go-to product—prompting cries of whitewashing. The product, founded in Harlem in 1991, has a strong African-American customer base.

“Wow - we really f-ed this one up! Please know that our intent was not, & would never be, to disrespect our community,” a candid statement posted to Shea Moisture's Facebook page read. Read more...

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App creator apologizes for 'racist' filter that lightens users' skin tone

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 02:34:07 +0000
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The makers of FaceApp are backtracking after users accused the popular face-morphing app of racism.

According to the company, the app will "transform your face using Artificial Intelligence in just one tap!" Selfie-takers can make their photos look old, force a smile onto their otherwise grumpy mug, or beautify themselves. 

Troublingly, this last option, labeled as "hot," appears to lighten users' skin tone.

#faceapp isn't' just bad it's also racist...🔥 filter=bleach my skin and make my nose your opinion of European. No thanks #uninstalled pic.twitter.com/DM6fMgUhr5

— Terrance AB Johnson (@tweeterrance) April 19, 2017 Read more...

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Can you spot the snake hiding in this photo?

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 02:14:35 +0000
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It's like a real life Where's Waldo or I Spy, except this one can kill you.

While most people walking through the woods are on the lookout for wildlife, this photo from a snake expert proves that you should be super cautious if you're walking in an area with venomous snakes. 

Somewhere, lurking in this photo, is a snake ready to strike.

Received this from a fellow HERper this morning. No caption needed, the task was implied: "can you spot the snake?" 🐍 pic.twitter.com/oVkjOm8ufy

— Helen🐍👩🏼‍🔬 (@SssnakeySci) April 23, 2017 Read more...

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Jimmy Wales' new project is like Wikipedia, but to 'fix' the news

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 02:06:10 +0000
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Jimmy Wales, one of the minds behind the internet's cheat sheet, Wikipedia, has launched a new, unaffiliated website called the WikiTribune

On the site's opening video message, Wales adjusts his glasses and tosses out the site's lofty ambition: "The news is broken, but we've figured out how to fix it." 

Oh really, Mr. Wales? Well, before we even got to look at the site, it turns out that someone made a miscalculation, because at around 8:30 p.m. ET, the site was totally down. Yes, it came up not long after, but the launch day hiccup was a freshman reminder that "fixing the news" isn't as easy as some think it is.  Read more...

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Serena Williams has a message for the creep who made 'racist' comments about her baby

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 01:42:05 +0000
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Serena Williams, of course, is not to be messed with. Serena as a mom? Doubly so. 

Williams shut down ugly comments Romanian Fed Cup captain Ilie Natase made about the child she's expecting with fiancé Alexis Ohanian with a classy note on Instagram. In it, she denounces his remarks as "racist." 

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“Let’s see what color it has," the 70-year old Natase crudely asked at a press conference when no one asked him to comment on Williams or her baby to begin with. "Chocolate with milk?”   Read more...

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Here's how Richard could build his 'new internet' on 'Silicon Valley'

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 01:14:52 +0000
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"You've got unlimited time and resources, you can build anything in the world you want with your compression — anything at all, what's it gonna be... 3... 2... 1... go!" shouts billionaire douchebag Russ Hanneman in Silicon Valley's Season 4 premiere.

"A new internet" stutters Richard Hendricks, the show's bumbling, but lovable nerd protagonist. LOL, what?

"We put a man on the moon using the computing power of a handheld calculator," Richard continues. "There’s literally millions of times more computing power in my phone, and that's just sitting in my pocket doing nothing. So then I thought there's, what, billions of phones all over the world with the same computing power just sitting in peoples' pockets." Read more...

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Very hungry caterpillars could be the answer to the Earth's massive plastic bag problem

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:15:38 +0000
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A Spanish biologist and amateur beekeeper may have discovered a way to deal with some of the trillion plastic bags humans use and toss annually — and the answer lies in the humble caterpillar.

Or, more specifically, the Galleria mellonella, or wax moth.

Federica Bertocchini, from Spain's Institute of Biomedicine & Biotechnology of Cantabria, was actually working away at her side hustle—beekeeping—when she made the discovery that could make a huge dent in Earth's plastic problem.

Finding a bunch of wax moths in her hives, where they were busy munching on the wax that her bees need to make honeycomb, she dumped the pesky critters in a plastic bag. On her return, she discovered they'd eaten their way out of the bag. Read more...

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Should we be worried about the future of the U.S. Digital Service?

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:46:35 +0000
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On April 13, the U.S. Digital Service, a unique government office most famous for salvaging Healthcare.gov, put out the welcome mat.

It was a meaningful tweet for the agency responsible for pulling in the best and brightest digital minds to help improve the U.S. federal government’s technology practices and services. 

It’s never a bad time to help build a more awesome government. Why not today? https://t.co/Grh9bQ2f0x

— U.S. Digital Service (@USDS) April 13, 2017

That work has included saving Obamacare from a fiery digital death, refashioning critical online veterans' services, and converting onerous immigration paperwork into all-digital services. Read more...

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