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Better late than never, I guess. 

YouTube, everyone's favorite place to become radicalized, announced this week that it will no longer allow videos targeted at children that have specific types of disturbing content. This move follows years of criticism that the video hosting site allowed bad actors to put violent and otherwise troubling content in front of kids. 

"[Content] that contains mature or violent themes that explicitly targets younger minors and families in the title, description and/or tags will no longer be allowed on the platform," reads the policy update published earlier this week.  Read more...

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Author: Jack Morse
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It may not be the Lexington Ave and 52nd St. subway grate that transfixed the world when a gust of air blew Marilyn Monroe's dress skyward, but the effect is the same. And the star this time is a fluffy dog.

This pooch, named Zoey, is just trying to beat the heat during a blazing Texas summer. When she found a sidewalk vent spouting a constant stream of cool, rushing air... she just parked herself and enjoyed the ride.

The rest is (better than) history. Read more...

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Author: Adam Rosenberg
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Disney's return to Arendelle is just around the corner.

On Saturday of D23 Expo, the creators and cast of Disney's Frozen II took center stage to tease the highly anticipated sequel, premiering in theaters Nov. 22. First-look footage, two original songs, a new poster, and an exciting casting announcement gave fans plenty to look forward to. 

Here's what we learned. 

Frozen and Frozen II will work together to form one complete story, answering important questions like: Why does Elsa have powers? Why was Anna born without powers? And where were King Agnarr and Queen Iduna going when their ship went down? Read more...

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Author: Alison Foreman
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Spider-Man might be back in the hands of Sony, but Marvel stans stan on.

Disney's biennial D23 Expo happens to fall just days after the not-yet-entirely-official-but-still-real-enough news that Marvel and Sony have parted ways on their joint Spider-Man endeavor. And judging by the fans on social media, many are still healing from those still-fresh wounds.

One dedicated Spider-stan took the time to arrange a small memorial outside the Anaheim Convention Center, where D23 unfolds. It's a small gesture that's made a big splash among fans online.

Here's another, photographic look at that cute memorial: Read more...

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Author: Adam Rosenberg
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Disney is ready to unspool another fantasy.

Announced Saturday at D23 Expo, Raya and the Last Dragon will be the next feature film from Disney Animation Studios, to open Nov. 25, 2020.

Inspired by "the beautiful and diverse cultures of Southeast Asia," the film will be an epic adventure directed by Paul Briggs and Dean Wellins, written by Adele Lim (Crazy Rich Asians), and produced by Osnat Shurer.

Raya, voiced by Cassie Steele, is a young woman on a quest to find the last dragon and save her world, the fictional land of Kumandra. 

The cast of @DisneyAnimation’s new film Raya and the Last Dragon, @CassandraSteele and @Awkwafina join the filmmakers on stage at #D23Expopic.twitter.com/2J9um56pwU

— Walt Disney Studios (@DisneyStudios) August 24, 2019 Read more...

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Author: Angie Han
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The world can be a cruel, unforgiving place. 

But, somehow, watching Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez play and dance with a penguin makes everything just a little bit better. Even if only for a moment. 

On Saturday, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a video of herself and her flipper-sporting friend engaged in a round of what looks to be playful dance. Seriously, it's adorable. The penguin is all the way in.

"A new day, a new friend," Ocasio-Cortez wrote of her encounter. 

Importantly, Ocasio-Cortez is not roaming around Antarctica. Rather, she appears to be in a science museum or zoo. The display next to the penguin enclosure includes facts about African Penguins — which have a home in the Maryland Zoo, among other places. Read more...

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Author: Jack Morse
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The studio behind Inside Out and Toy Story 4 is ready to get existential again. 

At D23 Saturday, Pixar revealed the first details from Soul, a new original feature coming in 2020 — including information about the premise and plot, and reveals of its star-studded cast.

Jamie Foxx leads the voice cast as Joe, who teaches music at a middle school but has dreamt all his life of playing at a prestigious New York jazz club called Half Note. 

In footage shown exclusively at D23, we see Joe playing the piano in a rehearsal with a small jazz band, as he explains in his voiceover narration how it feels: "When I move, my only purpose on this planet is to play," he says. "It's what I was meant to do."  Read more...

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Author: Angie Han
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Sometimes, you just want to be unbelievably petty in service of your favorite micro-chain.

This, it seems, was the thinking of Fraser Harvey when he declared his undying love for a neighborhood coffeeshop by plastering a poster of his face on the cafe's wall. However, as The Guardian reports, this man with time to kill had no inkling of the feud he was about to ignite. 

"The cafe near work doesn’t have a loyalty program so I made one for them," tweeted Harvey along with a picture of a poster he affixed to the walls of the Sensory Lab cafe in Melbourne. 

The cafe near work doesn’t have a loyalty program so I made one for them pic.twitter.com/ozP961hFpi

— Toast of the WWWeb (@CondimentWords) August 19, 2019 Read more...

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Author: Jack Morse
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Disney's most iconic dog hater has been spotted at D23.

On Saturday, Walt Disney Studios unveiled a first look at Oscar-winner Emma Stone as the Cruella de Vil. Sporting a black-and-white perm, a buckled moto jacket, two henchmen, and a trio of canine "companions," Stone's de Vil is a punk rocker of 1970s London.

Here’s your first look at Emma Stone as Cruella de Vil in Disney's Cruella. The film, also starring Emma Thompson, Paul Walter Hauser, and Joel Fry, comes to theaters May 28, 2021#D23Expo pic.twitter.com/KqxJ0yMYQ3

— Walt Disney Studios (@DisneyStudios) August 24, 2019

In a video message to fans, Stone confirmed the standalone origin film titled Cruella is currently in production — with an expected release date of May 28, 2021. Read more...

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Author: Alison Foreman
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Natasha Romanoff is back. 

On the second day of D23, Marvel debuted a first look at the assassin-turned-Avenger's standalone film Black Widow for fans present at the Disney Studios panel. The short clip was jam-packed with first looks at Marvel newcomers, and a brief glimpse at the film's mysterious villain.

Scarlett Johansson will — of course — reprise her role as Romanoff, while David Harbour makes his highly hyped debut as Red Guardian. Also starring are Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz, and O. T. Fagbenle. 

Johansson, Harbour, and Pugh introduced the first look from London, where Widow is in the final stages of filming.  Read more...

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Author: Alison Foreman
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It's been close to three years since Twitter's Trust and Safety Council was formed to make the platform a better place, and it sounds like 2019 has been a rough ride.

At least some of the council — whose membership includes 40 organizations and individuals with expertise in combating bad behavior online and off — feels that Twitter is dropping the ball. In fact, a lengthy letter sent to Twitter's leadership, and obtained by Wired, states that grievance in no uncertain terms.

"Up until a call the other week, the last update to the group was December and while some members have continued to have updates and collaboration with their regional Twitter contacts, some have heard absolutely nothing despite constant chasing up," the letter reads. Read more...

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Author: Adam Rosenberg
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The bad news: There's no new trailer yet for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Per director J.J. Abrams at D23, it's just not ready yet. 

The good news: Disney did present new footage at the Walt Disney Studios presentation Saturday — and, folks, you're going to freak out. 

The sizzle reel, which was shown in the room only, began with a montage of past Star Wars movies before cutting to footage of Rise of Skywalker

Check out the new poster for Star Wars: #TheRiseOfSkywalker that debuted at #D23Expo

See the film in theaters December 20pic.twitter.com/3CAX7mzlst

— Disney D23 (@DisneyD23) August 24, 2019 Read more...

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Author: Angie Han
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Kit Harington is jumping from one pop culture juggernaut to another.

The Game of Thrones alum has been set to star in The Eternals, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed at D23 Expo Saturday, playing Dane Whitman, also known in the comics as Black Knight.

Harington joins fellow Game of Thrones star Richard Madden in the movie, which also stars Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani, and Bryan Tyree Henry. 

Besides Game of Thrones, Harington's recent projects include How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and the BBC One miniseries GunpowderRead more...

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Author: Angie Han
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Google hired you to work, not to be a human being with independent thoughts about the hellscape world in which you now find yourself toiling away. 

The Mountain View, Calif.-based tech giant known for at one time secretly developing a censored search engine for China and helping the U.S. military make drones more lethal issued new "community guidelines" for its employees, reports Bloomberg, and you had better believe "don't be evil" is nowhere on the list. Instead, the stricture implores those employed by Google to keep their mouths shut and get back to work. 

"While sharing information and ideas with colleagues helps build community, disrupting the workday to have a raging debate over politics or the latest news story does not," the guidelines scold. "Our primary responsibility is to do the work we’ve each been hired to do, not to spend working time on debates about non-work topics." Read more...

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Author: Jack Morse
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You hate to see it, but summer is winding down – even Barack and Michelle Obama know it since they shared their summer playlist on Saturday. 

As the former President himself notes, it's a mix of old and new, spanning multiple genres and speaking to the multitudes of both Obama himself and – one could say – the American people. We like 2Chainz and Frank Sinatra! We can go straight from Lizzo to Steely Dan (!). The Obamas are friends with the artists behind "Shining," while the rest of us, you know, listen to it on the subway.

With summer winding down, here’s a sampling of what Michelle and I have been listening to — some new, some old, some fast, some slow. Hope you enjoypic.twitter.com/BS5ri1lvxz

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 24, 2019 Read more...

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Author: Proma Khosla
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There's a new Lamborghini incoming. 

We haven't seen it in full yet, but the auto maker released a teasing first look on Instagram. Just a silhouetted front end highlighted by LED running lights and a glowing Lamborghini logo.

A report on Autoblog notes that the silhouette bears a resemblance to the Terzo Millennio, which has the same kind of Y-shaped headline setup on its front end. The 2017 concept car developed in a partnership with M.I.T. was said to feature a specialized electric motor and autonomous driving capabilities. Read more...

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Author: Adam Rosenberg
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Disney+ launches in Nov. 2019, and it's already got an original Christmas movie in the works.

Anna Kendrick stars in Noelle, a modern-day Santa tale in which the old Saint Nick is finished and his son — played by Bill Hader — is an unwilling replacement. So unwilling, in fact, that he sneaks off and becomes a yoga instructor for neo-hippies.

Kendrick's Noelle is the new Santa's sister, and really the more responsible sibling. Why they don't just name her Santa is a mystery! But I bet she will be by the end. For the time being, Hader's Santa replacement is a North Pole IT guy played by Billy Eichner. Read more...

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Author: Adam Rosenberg
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TL;DR: Get the panoramic Samsung HW-Q60R Harman Kardon soundbar for just $329.99 when you order it through the PCMag Shop. Since it's normally $499.99, you'll be saving 34%. 


In case you missed it, we just experienced the hottest July ever, glaciers are dying, and Gillian Anderson is urging us to save the oceans while we still can. Things are bleak, ya’ll. But if you need a feature film-length escape from the world, the good news is this year has really come through in the entertainment department

While you seek reprieve from our doom, curled up nice and cozy with your home-popped popcorn, why not take it even further and elevate your experience with an impressive soundbar to boot, eh? It's called coping. And because through Sunday night, you can snag the Samsung HW-Q60R Harman Kardon soundbar over at the PC Mag Shop (which is owned by Mashable’s publisher, Ziff Davis) for an impressive $170 off, there's never been a better time.  Read more...

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Author: Jayla Andrulonis
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They say good things come in small packages, but the concept doesn't seem to always apply in tech. Computers with impressive processing power tend to be bigger machines, big-screen TVs are a dime-a-dozen, and even bigger smartphones are making a comeback.

One of the only technological marvels that defies this trend is the VoCore2 Mini Linux Computer, an open-source Linux computer that packs a punch despite being minuscule in size. Right now, you can get your hands on one for $42.99.

Functioning as both a computer and tinkerer's toy, this tiny machine has endless use cases. You can opt to use it as a VPN gateway to secure your network, a private cloud to store your essential data, a personal assistant (just link it to Siri or Echo), or an airplay music streaming station. You can even attach a USB webcam to transform it into a home security camera. If you decide to enhance its functions, you simply throw in some C, Java, Python, Ruby, or JavaScript to get going. Usually $50, the computer is only $42.99 here in the Mashable Shop. Read more...

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Author: Jayla Andrulonis
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TL;DR: Get access to the comprehensive Essential Microsoft Office 2019 course bundle by simply naming your price. Valued at nearly $250, this group of classes is a steal you don't want to miss out on. 


Whoever coined the phrase “fake it 'til you make it” has clearly never needed to make a PivotTable appear out of thin air. 

Sure, there are plenty of ways to get by in the workplace while learning on the fly, but when it comes to key Microsoft Office tools, your boss will expect more. There are a ton of complex features in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook that are critical to modern business operations and which take expert knowledge to understand. And no, Clippy won’t be there to help if you have a question.  Read more...

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TL;DR: Get the state-of-the-art Wilfa Precision automatic coffee brewer for $99.99 or $84.99, depending on your color/material choice. Since it's usually listed from $349.99-$399.99, you'll be keeping a pretty big chunk of change in your pocket — up to $300, to be exact. 


For a lot of us, going about our day without coffee is not an option. They make funny t-shirts depicting this very fact for a reason.

And while there are many ways to brew java — french press, pod machine, percolator, espresso maker — the most important thing is that it churns out a damn great cup every single time you press brew. Read more...

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Author: Jayla Andrulonis
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"You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy." Those words, spoken by Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars about Mos Eisley spaceport on Tatooine, have passed into legend. They heralded the arrival of arguably the movie's most iconic moments, the scenes where it mutates into a Sergio Leone-loving Space Western. Few remember what Kenobi said next: "We must be cautious."

And cautious is exactly what the Star Wars franchise has been since then, returning to the Mos Eisley template fewer times than you might think. Mos Espa, the Tatooine spaceport in The Phantom Menace, offered pratfalls and podracing rather than tense Western standoffsThe Force Awakens and Rogue One had their desert planet moments, but both focused on those planets' stormtrooper occupations at the expense of the scum-and-villainy underbelly. The first Star Wars movie to go full Space Western, Solo, was also the first Star Wars movie not to make its budget back at the box office.  Read more...

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Author: Chris Taylor
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If you weren't already dancing on top of a table singing about how much you secretly love the cello, you're gonna be. 

On Friday, Disney+ debuted the first trailer for High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. HSMTMTS (a mouthful) is a return to form for the franchise, with Season 1 telling the will-they-won't-they love story of East High juniors Ricky (Joshua Bassett) and Nini (Olivia Rodrigo). 

When Nini returns home from summer camp with a new boyfriend (Matt Cornett), Ricky will do anything to win over her affection — including, you guessed it, starring alongside her in the school's stage rendition of Disney's High School Musical.  Read more...

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Author: Alison Foreman
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Crank up the cantina song and pour the blue milk — Ewan McGregor is making his return as Obi-Wan Kenobi. 

Confirmed Friday at Disney's D23 Expo, the Star Wars veteran is set to reprise his role as the iconic Jedi Knight in an Obi-Wan centric series for Disney+. The not-yet-titled project reportedly began as plans for a film spin-off in 2017, but was later used as the basis for the streaming service's third televised Star Wars property. 

The Obi-Wan series joins Disney+'s confirmed plans for The Mandalorian and an untitled prequel to Rogue One, both already in production.

"We have all the scripts written, we are going to start filming next year, and we are so excited to get started," noted Lucas Films president Kathleen Kennedy. Read more...

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Holy smokes, it's finally here.

At D23 Expo Friday, Disney unveiled a trailer for The Mandalorian, the first-ever live-action Star Wars series — and one of the first-ever original shows for their streaming service, Disney+.

Created by Jon Favreau, the series is set between Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and Episode VII: The Force Awakens and follows "a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy." 

Pedro Pascal stars alongside Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, Nick Nolte, and Werner Herzog. The first season, consisting of eight episodes, hits Disney+ November 12. Read more...

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Author: Angie Han
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Fans of Disney's remake wave, rejoice! Lady and the Tramp finally has a trailer — and it is unspeakably charming.

Starring Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux, the Disney+ film chronicles the musical romance of two dogs living in the big city. Sam Elliott, Ashley Jensen, Benedict Wong, and Janelle Monáe join the canine cast, with Monáe composing a new version of "He's A Tramp" for the remake. 

How the plot will change from the 1955 original remains to be seen, and no word yet on how director Charlie Bean got live dogs to politely share a plate of spaghetti.

Lady and the Tramp premieres on Disney+ Nov. 12.  Read more...

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The Disney+ side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe just keeps growing.

At D23 Friday, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige announced three new series coming to the service: Moon Knight, She-Hulk, and (as previously reported) Ms. Marvel.

Moon Knight will be an action-adventure series about Marc Spector, who is left for dead in the Egyptian desert. Per Feige, while there, he encounters the Moon God, who leaves him with superpowers... or maybe he just starts harboring delusions. 

She-Hulk is about Jennifer Walters, a lawyer who gains certain superpowers. "Bruce Banner is no longer the only Hulk in the MCU," said Feige, who described the series as "unlike anything we've done before." Read more...

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Author: Angie Han
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Your favorite Disney Channel sitcom is making a comeback. 

Announced Friday as part of Disney's D23 Expo, Lizzie McGuire will return with a sequel series made exclusively for Disney+. Hilary Duff will reprise her role as Lizzie, supported by original series' creator Terri MinskyDeadline first broke the news.

This is what dreams are made of! @HilaryDuff is here to announce she is starring as an “older, wiser” Lizzie in the new series! #D23Expo #DisneyPlus

— Disney D23 (@DisneyD23) August 23, 2019

 “It is so great to be home,” Duff said of the reprisal. “The good news is just like me and everybody who loved her, Lizzie grew up. She’s older and wiser and has a much bigger shoe budget.”  Read more...

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Kamala Khan, welcome to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

At D23 Friday, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige shared that a live-action Ms. Marvel series will be coming to Disney+. "And then you will see her in our films," he added. 

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Bisha K. Ali (Four Weddings and a Funeral) will serve as writer and showrunner.

Though the Ms. Marvel moniker has been used by various characters over the years — originating with Carol Danvers in 1977, back in the days before she was Captain Marvel — the new series will focus on the most recent Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan.

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Author: Angie Han
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Taylor Nicole Dean, a vlogger who went viral two years ago for the video "All My Pets," returned to YouTube to discuss her heroin addiction, her recovery, and leaving an abusive relationship with a man 10 years older than she is. 

Dean was the subject of a Reply All episode that dove into how she became one of the most popular creators on PetTube, the YouTube niche of exotic animal care. The episode raised concerns about her relationship with musician Jonny Craig, the 33-year-old frontman for the band Slaves. Dean is 22. Over the past year, YouTube gossip forums also voiced concerns about Dean's ability to take care of animals, and pointed out track marks in photos and videos she posted.  Read more...

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Author: Morgan Sung