Now is your chance to own your very own T. rex skeleton — Future Blink

The T. rex will make its auction debut on October 6th at Christie’s in New York, with an estimated price of $6-8 million.  Read more…More about Mashable Video, Culture, Dinosaurs, Auction, and Future Blink

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Ellen DeGeneres addresses workplace allegations in ‘Ellen’ monologue: ‘I take that very seriously’

Ellen is back for Season 18, but not without significant shakeups in the wake of toxic workplace allegations over the summer. Host Ellen DeGeneres addressed the allegations directly as promised in her first monologue of the season, in front of a virtual audience.

“I learned that things happened here that never should have happened,” DeGeneres said without further elaboration. “I take that very seriously and I wanna say I am so sorry to the people who were affected. I know that I am in a position of privilege and power and I realize that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.” Read more…More about Entertainment, Television, Ellen, Ellen Degeneres, and Ellen Degeneres Show

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE gets thoroughly leaked in two videos

Samsung’s Galaxy S20 FE, an upcoming, affordable variant of the company’s S20 flagship, is a mystery no more. 

In the past couple of days, it has been analyzed and shown from all sides in two videos. 

One, published last week, is a hands-on video by Jimmy is Promo (via The Verge), with a working device directly compared to the Galaxy S20 and the Galaxy S20+. 

According to the video, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE will have a 6.5-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It’ll have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a triple rear camera with 12/12/8-megapixel sensors and 3x zoom, a 32-megapixel selfie shooter, a 4,500mAh battery with wireless charging, and IP68 water resistance.  Read more…More about Samsung, Samsung Galaxy S20 Fe, Tech, and Smartphones

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First ‘WandaVision’ trailer is a strange trip through television history

The first official trailer for Disney+’s WandaVision arrived at the Emmy Awards on Sunday, and it clarified absolutely nothing about the intriguing new show.

In the six-episode miniseries taking place after Avengers: Endgame, telekinetic superhero Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and highly advanced android Vision (Paul Bettany) appear to be a happily married couple. However, as you might have guessed from their decidedly retro ’50s trappings and monochrome colouring, not all is pleasant in Pleasantville.

Both get the feeling that something isn’t quite right with their seemingly perfect lives, soon hopping through various decades as idealised in American sitcoms, including the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. How, why, and if there are any sinister forces involved in their journey through television history isn’t clear, but it looks like it’ll be an interesting ride. Read more…More about Marvel, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Scarlet Witch, Disney, and Wandavision

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Here are all the Emmys 2020 winners

The 2020 Emmy Awards proceeded as planned on Sunday — all virtual, but still celebrating the best in a fine year of television (an otherwise un-fine year in every other respect). Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel in Los Angeles, the Emmys honored a variety of TV shows including many first-time nominees and fan favorites like Schitt’s Creek and The Mandalorian.

Check out the full list of winners below.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Jeremy Irons, Watchmen
Hugh Jackman, Bad Education
Paul Mescal, Normal People
Jeremy Pope, Hollywood
Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True

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YouTube puts human content moderators back to work

The humans are tagging in.

YouTube is re-assigning the work of content moderation to more actual humans, Neal Mohan, YouTube’s chief product officer, told the Financial Times.

At the start of the pandemic, YouTube had to reduce the staff and workload of in-office human moderators. So rather relying on that 10,000-person workforce, the company gave broader content moderation power to automated systems that are be able to recognize videos with harmful content and remove them immediately. 

That led to the removal of 11 million videos between April and June, a higher number than usual. However, YouTube’s AI systems erred on the side of caution, which meant they removed more videos that actually broke no rules.  Read more…More about Youtube, Content Moderation, Tech, Big Tech Companies, and Artificial Intelligence

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TikTok, Oracle confirm broad strokes of a deal to avert U.S. app ban

The looming and questionably possible TikTok ban seems to have been averted, with TikTok having shared the broad strokes of a pending deal on Twitter.

The social network’s PR account released a statement running through the top-level details on Saturday night. “We are pleased that the proposal by TikTok, Oracle, and Walmart will resolve the security concerns of the U.S. administration and settle questions around TikTok’s future in the U.S,” the statement begins.

Oracle chimed in shortly after to share TikTok’s statement and voice its own endorsement of the deal. “We look forward to working with you,” the tweet read. Read more…More about Donald Trump, Walmart, Oracle, Tiktok, and Tech

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15 online courses on sale for under $30 this weekend

It’s never a bad idea to learn a new skill or explore a new field. Online learning is a great way to do that — and there are classes out there on pretty much everything.

We’ve compiled 15 online courses on sale this weekend, each of which you can grab for less than $30 with the code VIPSALE at checkout. 

Even if the rest of 2020 is a wash, at least you can say you learned something new.

The 2020 Premium Learn To Code Certification Bundle

Learning a coding language from scratch certainly isn’t easy, but this 2020 Premium Learn to Code Certification Bundle will guide you along the way. Use the code VIPSALE60 and get this training for only $15.60. Read more…More about Online Learning, Mashable Shopping, Culture, and Work Life

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Honestly, I’m just tired.

2020 won’t stop, and I’m exhausted. 

Maybe I should have known this year would be cursed when the New Year’s Eve party I attended missed the countdown to midnight by three minutes — the year has been a downward spiral ever since. On the personal front, my cat died on my 24th birthday, I went through a break up during the loneliest period of modern history, and my apartment flooded three times. 

The world, meanwhile, experienced a string of disasters: a global pandemic is forcing us to completely restructure our way of life, raging wildfires tear up the West Coast and confine those outside of the evacuation zones to our homes because the air is so toxic, and democracy could crumble at any given moment as the president wages war on an app infamous for dancing teenagers ahead of an election. 2020 has been marred by the losses of celebrities like Kobe Bryant, Naya Rivera, and Chadwick Boseman, whose deaths felt especially sudden because they were so young. Read more…More about Mental Health, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Culture, Activism, and Web Culture

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Hurricane Laura’s impact lingered with nightmarish mosquito swarms

After Hurricane Laura hit land in the southern United States in late August and devastated the Louisiana coast, the storm surges and rainfall it brought along flooded the region.

That flooded environment was an ideal breeding ground for some types of mosquitoes, particularly the aptly named floodwater mosquito, which led to a mosquito boom in the wake of the deadly storm. In just days, mosquitoes were taking out large numbers of cattle, some deer, and a few horses in already-devastated stretches of Louisiana. 

Dr. Mike Strain, the Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry commissioner and a doctor of veterinary medicine, called attention to the problem in a press release Sept. 10. Read more…More about Weather, Science, Climate Environment, and Animals

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