Netflix’s 'The Punisher' Is Coming Sooner Than You Think

The Punisher—the latest in Netflix’s line of super-gritty Marvel adaptations—has piqued fans’ curiosity for a while. But it’s also been something of an outlier. The story of vigilante Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) overlaps with those of Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Daredevil, but he’s not really part of the Defenders, …

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Stranger Things Season 2: Q&A With Creators Matt and Ross Duffer

Coen. Wachowski. Duplass. There are a lot of famous siblings making movies and TV together, but right now there’s only one name in the identical-twins category: Duffer. That would be Matt and Ross, the 33-year-old North Carolina natives who pitched Netflix the eight-hour Spielberg movie otherwise known as Stranger Things. …

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Congress's New Bill Can't Eliminate Russian Influence Online

A bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill Thursday that would require online political advertisers to provide additional disclosures about who’s paying for their ads, but the measure may prove to be a half-step toward preventing foreign adversaries from influencing US elections online. During a press conference Thursday, Democratic senators …

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How Social Media Endangers Knowledge

Wikipedia, one of the last remaining pillars of the open and decentralized web, is in existential crisis. This has nothing to do with money. A couple of years ago, the site launched a panicky fundraising campaign, but ironically thanks to Donald Trump, Wikipedia has never been as wealthy or well-organized. …

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Facebook's Instant Games developers can now make money off users

Facebook launched a new gaming platform earlier this year called Instant Games. Today the company’s giving developers the option to monetize those games through in-app purchases and video ads. The ads will initially roll out as a test through select developers and in certain games, like Blackstorm’s Everwing and FRVR’s …

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Tesla hit with another lawsuit, this time alleging anti-LGBT harassment

A former employee at Tesla’s Fremont factory filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the electric carmaker, alleging he was fired in retaliation after seeking protection from anti-gay harassment, The Guardian reported today. The defendant, an assembly line worker named Jorge Ferro, claims he was taunted for being gay and threatened …

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The eight most outrageous things cities did to lure Amazon for HQ2

Bids for Amazon’s second headquarters are due today, and all the vying North American cities interested in luring Amazon’s business have sent in their pitches. While some more conventional cities like Charlotte, North Carolina, offered up proposals of 20 possible locations for an Amazon campus in a carved wooden box, …

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