Linkin Park’s Secret Performance In The NYC Subway Will Give You Chills


Besides the pizza and 4AM closing time, moments like this are what make New York City the best damn city in the whole world. The platforms and tunnels of the New York City subway are home to some of the best free live music in the world. And if you hit it right, like at Grand Central Terminal earlier this week, you can catch an extra special moment like this impromptu performance from the band Linkin Park.

If you’re an aging millennial like myself, the group sing-a-long to “In The End” will fill you with all sorts of early-Aughts chills.


You’ll soon be able to have YouTube viewing parties in VR


You’ll soon be able to have YouTube viewing parties in VR

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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.

The feature, which YouTube’s Erin Teague calls a “co-watching experience,” will let users essentially have conversations via what appears to be digital avatars that float on a dock in the middle of the screen.

Instead of typing in comments (something that’s not possible in VR), you and a couple of friends can dive into an actual discussion and chat about a video like IRL.

I could see this being really fun for watching new movie trailers, like a new Star Wars drop.

The feature looks like it’s Google’s own mini version of Oculus Rooms, which also lets multiple users get together to have viewing parties. And while not as full-featured as Facebook Spaces, YouTube VR’s co-watching experience is the first step to making its Daydream VR platform more social.

Teague didn’t mention when the co-watching feature would roll out.

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The FCC chairman thinks it’s still 1996


FCC chairman Ajit Pai sounds like a broken record.

"Light-touch framework."

"Light-touch approach."

"Light-touch regulation."

As an ideological concept, it seems reasonable. Especially to a conservative such as Pai, who believes that the government shouldn’t "pick winners and losers," to use a favorite phrase of Republicans. Except, when you actually look closely at the chairman’s argument about how to regulate internet service providers, it collapses under its own misguided logic.

Perhaps Pai’s favorite touchstone when arguing in favor of returning ISPs to being classified as a Title I information service (instead of a Title II common carrier) is the Clinton administration. In April, he asked this misleading set of questions:

Do we want the government to control the Internet? Or do we want to embrace the light-touch approach established by President Clinton and a Republican Congress in 1996 and repeatedly reaffirmed by Democratic and Republican FCCs alike?

Let’s ignore the bit about the government controlling the internet, which is not what net neutrality is or what the rules under Title II will allow. Instead, let’s focus on the last bit about the "light touch" used by President Clinton. The TL;DR version of Pai’s argument is that Title II as established under the 1934 Communications Act is outdated and is not equipped to effectively regulate the internet. Instead, we should return to rules established in 1996.

The problem is, when it comes to the internet, 1996 might as well be 1934. In 1996, there was no Google, Facebook or Netflix. Broadband penetration in the US sat at around 0 percent. The internet was a new industry that was still finding its way. The internet thrived under this light-touch approach because it was in an experimental phase. Only 16 percent of Americans had access to the internet in 1996, and those who did relied on dial-up.

The other flaw in this argument is that the changes made to the law by the Telecommunications Act of 1996 have made the internet more vulnerable to the very abuses Title II seeks to prevent.

Pai has said that "we decided to abandon successful policies solely because of hypothetical harms and hysterical prophecies of doom." Except, they aren’t hypothetical. Thanks to the Telecommunications Act’s Title III, which allows for media cross-ownership, we have immense consolidation in the US of service providers, studios and news outlets.

Comcast is the largest internet provider in the country. It’s also the largest broadcaster and cable TV provider in the nation. And now it’s dipping its toe into mobile. But Comcast also owns NBCUniversal, NBC, Telemundo, Universal Pictures, Focus Features, DreamWorks, USA, Bravo, SyFy, E!, a bunch of regional sports stations and more.

And Comcast has already been caught, repeatedly, violating the spirit of net neutrality, if not the letter of the law. In both 2012 and 2015 the company came under fire for excluding its own streaming services from data caps while counting Netflix and Hulu, putting them at a distinct disadvantage. This even led to an investigation by the Department of Justice in 2012.

Then, in 2014, Netflix started noticing a steep decline in speeds on Comcast networks. While there’s no evidence the company artificially throttled speeds, there is evidence the ISP let aging equipment at key points languish, degrading the quality. Ultimately, Netflix was forced to cut out its own ISP and pay Comcast to ensure its videos streamed at an acceptable rate.

And Engadget’s parent company, Verizon, is hardly innocent, either. This, of course, drew the attention of the FCC, and is part of what led the agency to reconsider its approach to net neutrality.

Ultimately, moving broadband back to being a Title I service will let the ISPs choose the winners or losers, not the public. And the government will be powerless to stop them.

The truth is the wolves are at the door of net neutrality, and Ajit Pai is (wittingly or not) laying out a welcome mat.

Title II of the Telecommunications act is not perfect, but it was designed in part to keep monopolies in check. And the media conglomerates of today’s internet are emergent monopolies — not scrappy dot-com startups looking to make a name for themselves on this newfangled World Wide Web.

from Engadget

Alarming photos of the uninhabited island that’s home to 37 million pieces of trash


Jennifer Lavers Henderson Island East Beach

A small island smack in the middle of the South Pacific has never been inhabited by people — and yet, its white sand beaches are home to more than 37 million pieces of junk.

Every day on Henderson Island — one of the most remote places on Earth — trash from every continent except Antarctica washes up its shores. Fishing nets and floats, water bottles, and plastics break into small particles against the rocks and sand.

In 2015, Jennifer Lavers, a researcher at the University of Tasmania, traveled to Henderson in an effort to document the extent of plastics pollution. Her research paper has since gone viral.

Lavers shared images from her trip with us. 

SEE ALSO: See how Treece, Kansas, went from mining boom town to toxic wasteland in 96 years

Jennifer Lavers first saw Henderson Island in Google Street View. She’s been documenting islands-turned-junkyards for years. Henderson was the epitome of the phenomenon.

Few humans have set foot on the island, which lies halfway between New Zealand and South America, 71 miles away from the nearest settlement. To get there, Lavers joined a freight ship traveling from New Zealand and asked it to change course for Henderson.

When she arrived, it felt "a bit like being the first to land on the moon," Lavers told Business Insider. It became immediately clear that something on Henderson was awry.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Dude Who Couldn’t Get A Girlfriend Loses A Shit Ton Of Weight And Now Is A Shredded Body Builder



The man you see in the photo above is Michael Jeffries, overweight, lonely, unconfident version.

At 23 years old, Michael had never had a girlfriend and when he went out with his couple friends, he always felt “left out and alone.” His daily alcohol and food binges didn’t help, and at his heaviest, the dude weighed 235 pounds.

He recently spoke with UNILAD about his debilitating lack of confidence and his epiphany to make a change.

I was hating the person I would see in the mirror! I was embarrassed to wear any tight clothes, or to be topless at the beach or pool.

I was sick of the fat jokes and it got to a point where I thought enough was enough I decided I needed to make a change, and I haven’t looked back since!

Michael decided to quit booze, clean up his eating habits, and immerse himself in a high-resistance workout regiment.

Now 27, Michael shed 60 pounds, now weighing a lean 175 pounds. His new dream: to become a professional bodybuilder.


Michael soon learned that his progress had left some collateral damage. The loose skin from the weight loss was a huge eye sore, and where presented a whole new set of confidence problems.

After losing the weight I still had the skin sagging down below my waist line which made it hard for me to see how much progress I’ve really made! I would have people say to me ‘oh wow you’ve done so well you much have so much confidence now’ but the truth was I didn’t!

Before I was embarrassed by my weight but then I became embarrassed about my saggy skin, so to have the confidence I thought I should have after losing the weight I thought I needed to have the tummy tuck!

Michael coughed up $7,000 and a flight to Thailand to have the surgery done by Dr Pornthep (nice), one of the world’s best doctors.


He is now on the road to full self-satisfaction.

If someone has had a big weight loss journey like me and was left with loose skin, and it made them unhappy I would 100% suggest to them to look into getting a tummy tuck.

And I would suggest to look into going through Cosmeditour. They know exactly what is needed and are amazing to deal with.

Looks like things are looking up!


[h/t UNILAD]


17 ways your office job is destroying your health


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The modern office seems like a relatively safe place — after all, you’re probably not dangling out of a 44th-floor window with a squeegee.

In fact, on any given workday, you encounter a number of health threats — think repetitive strain injury from using a mouse and anxiety from dealing with a tyrannical boss.

Below, Business Insider has rounded up all the surprising ways in which your office job might be slowly destroying your health.

Consider it an opportunity to swap some of your current work habits for better ones that will keep you happy and healthy.

SEE ALSO:  The 16 highest-paying jobs for people who don’t mind sitting at a desk all day

Sitting all day could shave years off your life

Sitting for lengthy periods is terrible for your body. Aches and pains are the least of your problems — sitting too much can lead to an early death. You face a higher risk of musculoskeletal disorders, obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and more, even if you work out regularly.

Around 86% of American workers sit all day at work. If you’re one of them, your best plan of action is simply to move around for a few minutes every hour.

As Business Insider’s Erin Brodwin reported, one observational study found that participants who moved around for about two minutes every hour had about a 33% lower risk of dying three years later than those who sat the whole time.

Regularly slouching in your chair can lead to back pain and headaches

Take a look at your posture right now: Are you slouching — or sitting up nice and straight?

According to the Mayo Clinic, "when you slouch or stoop, your muscles and ligaments strain to keep you balanced — which can lead to back pain, headaches and other problems." Yikes.

Business Insider’s Brodwin shared the best way to develop better posture at your desk, based on tips from the Cleveland Clinic:

"First, sit at the end of your chair (that’s right, don’t rely on your backrest). Let your body go into a slouching position.

"Now, try to sit up straight, accentuating the curve of your back as much as possible. Hold this position for a few seconds.

"Next, release the position a little bit — Cleveland specifies that you shouldn’t move more than about 10 degrees. This should be your sitting position!"

Using a treadmill desk may increase your chances of physically hurting yourself

A treadmill desk may help with the risk of obesity and heart disease — and at least for a while, they were pretty trendy. But a 2013 Wall Street Journal article reported the higher incidence of falls among those using treadmill desks and stability balls.

Besides, using a treadmill desk might not even make you more productive. 2015 research suggests that, at least when you first start using one, your cognitive performance may suffer, and you’re more likely to make typos.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Spotify buys AI startup Niland to develop its music personalization and recommendations


Spotify has made its fourth acquisition of the year after it announced that AI startup Niland has joined its ranks.

Paris-based Niland offered an API-based product focused on providing more accurate search and recommendation options for music. Spotify said the French company will join its R&D team which is based in New York to help hone its personalization and recommendation features for users.

“Niland has changed the game for how AI technology can optimize music search and recommendation capabilities and shares Spotify’s passion for surfacing the right content to the right user at the right time,” Spotify said in a statement.

“We will keep working on new ways to better understand music to craft better innovative listening and discovery experiences,” Niland’s founding team wrote on its website.

Spotify has made personalization a key part of its service with tailored playlists like Release Radar and Discovery Weekly. The latter reached 40 million users within its first year, highlighting the value of easy-to-use and intelligent discovery.

The popular music streaming service reached 50 million paying users in March, and it has more than 100 million listeners overall when you factor in those who use the free version. Close rival Apple Music reached 20 million users in December so it’s fair to presume that it is closing in on 30 million.

Spotify, which may delay a much-anticipated IPO until 2018, has been busy boosting its tech chops and building out new features through acquisitions this year. Since January alone, it has picked up blockchain startup Mediachaincontent recommendation startup MightyTV and audio detection startup Sonalytic.

Niland was founded in 2013 and it raised undisclosed funding from French investor IT Translation. It graduated Paris-based accelerator program Agoranov.

from TechCrunch

Chris Cornell’s Beautiful Cover Of Prince’s ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ Is The Ultimate Gut-Punch Today


There’s no other way to put this: Losing Chris Cornell sucks. Already in a restless sleep, I woke up to the news via a text from a friend at 2AM here in California. It felt like someone punching me in gut. Another ’90s rock icon lost to the hell of suicide.

Chris Cornell’s voice was Herculean. The man’s pipes could thunder with the gods, mastering the ultimate rock ‘n roll sound and swagger. Last fall I was lucky enough to see him perform with Temple Of The Dog at Madison Square Garden — It was like three hours of being an acolyte in a rock church. He closed the show with “All Night Thing”, an optimistic serenade about a relationship at a crossroads.

Anyway — On this sad day, the best way to remember Cornell’s timeless legacy on the music world is through his music. Some of his most timeless covers are included in this post — His version of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” will melt your heartstrings.

Rest in peace, Chris.


The Red Hot Chili Peppers Did An Awesome Tribute To Chris Cornell In Indianapolis


If there’s one tribute to Chris Cornell you’re going to watch today, make it this. Last night the Red Hot Chili Peppers — born from the same ’90s rock ‘n roll era as Cornell — gave an extra special nod to the late, great Soundgarden/Audioslave/Temple Of The Dog frontman. At a show in Indianapolis on the day of Cornell’s death, the Chili Peppers performed a breathtaking version of Cornell’s “Seasons”.

As we still reel from Cornell’s loss, it hits right in the feels today.