Archive | May 2017

Burger King upsets actual king with Belgian ad

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The king of Belgium is apparently not amused by his appearance in a recent Burger King ad.

The country’s royal family contacted the fast food chain this weekend over an online ad that asks people to choose between its mascot and a cartoon image of King Philippe, the BBC reports.

A spokesperson for the family told the network that the company isn’t allowed to use the monarch’s likeness without their approval.

As of Saturday evening, the ad remained live at the domain whoistheking.be.

Visitors who vote for the real-life king are prompted to reconsider. …

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This entry was posted on May 27, 2017, in Mashable.

Homer Simpson inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. D’oh!

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Although it’s no longer “America’s favorite pastime,” baseball is still at the heart of the county’s popular culture and, along those lines, its Hall of Fame just hit a home run by adding Homer Simpson to its ranks.

On Saturday, the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, added the animated character to its list of greats, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the episode “Homer at Bat,” which aired in February of 1992.

A legendary reunion to celebrate Homer’s “induction” into the Hall of Fame. #HOFHomer #HOFClassic (📸: Milo Stewart, Jr.)

A post shared by Baseball Hall of Fame ⚾ (@baseballhall) on May 27, 2017 at 7:44am PDT…

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This entry was posted on May 27, 2017, in Mashable.

Change.org just got a $30 million investment to expand petitions into real social movements

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Change.org is getting some major support from tech billionaires to create real social movements.

LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman is leading a $30 million funding round for the site in what he said in a post on LinkedIn was his largest personal impact investment to date.

Bill Gates and Y Combinator’s Sam Altman are also investing in Change.org in this round, Change.org CEO Ben Rattray said in a blog post.

“As a society, we should be doing everything we can to build powerful, easy-to-use civic spaces where upstarts and idealists can effectively challenge entrenched interests. Where people believe their participation makes a real difference. Where every day, in transparent fashion, individual citizens can join forces in highly democratic efforts to make the world a better place,” Hoffman …

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This entry was posted on May 27, 2017, in Mashable.

Change.org just got a $30 million investment to expand petitions into real social movements

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Change.org is getting some major support from tech billionaires to create real social movements.

LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman is leading a $30 million funding round for the site in what he said in a post on LinkedIn was his largest personal impact investment to date.

Bill Gates and Y Combinator’s Sam Altman are also investing in Change.org in this round, Change.org CEO Ben Rattray said in a blog post.

“As a society, we should be doing everything we can to build powerful, easy-to-use civic spaces where upstarts and idealists can effectively challenge entrenched interests. Where people believe their participation makes a real difference. Where every day, in transparent fashion, individual citizens can join forces in highly democratic efforts to make the world a better place,” Hoffman …

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This entry was posted on May 27, 2017, in Mashable.

Google’s AlphaGo retires from competition

To say that AlphaGo had a great run in the competitive Go scene would be an understatement: it has just defeated the world’s number 1 Go player, Ke Jie, in a three-part match. Now that it has nothing left to prove, the AI is hanging up its boots and… …read more