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Snapchat is just ‘Snap’ now



Snapchat is losing the “chat.”

The company has been renamed Snap Inc., the Wall Street Journal reported late Friday night. Cleaner, right?

That’s not all: The company will also release video-recording sunglasses called Spectacles this fall. They contain a 115-degree-angle lens that will allow the wearer to record up to 30 seconds of video, a Snap Inc. representative told Mashable, and will cost $129.99. Supplies…

Frances Day: the forgotten bisexual icon of 1930s stage and screen




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Frances Victoria Schenk was born in East Orange, New Jersey in 1908, and was dancing in New York speakeasies by the age of 16.

She was spotted by Australian entrepreneur Beaumont Alexander, who whisked her off to London, dyed her hair platinum blonde, and changed her name to Frances Day.

With Alexander’s promotion, Day quickly became one of the most talked-about cabaret acts in the city, her stunning looks and fearlessly bawdy performances driving audiences wild.


‘Fifty Shades Darker’ trailer proves its force is more awake than ‘Star Wars’



“Uh oh, uh oh, uh oh, oh no no.” Are those the “Crazy in Love” lyrics at the end of the Fifty Shades Darker trailer, or is that a cry from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which lost one of its records this week to Universal’s steamy sequel.

Apparently there has been a lot of pent-up, uh, demand for the Darker trailer, because it broke The Force Awakens‘ worldwide record for the largest trailer debut ever, whipping up 114 million views in its first 24 hours of release. That’s even better…

Watch: Record-breaking rescue cat is way better at skateboarding than you



If you’ve been talking about learning how to skateboard but have been putting it off for ages, this cat might serve as some inspiration.

Didga (as in “didgeridoo”) is an Australian rescue cat who’s favourite food is raw kangaroo mince. Now now, she’s breezily entered the Guinness World Records for the most skateboard tricks performed by a cat.

Use the porn site Brazzers? Your details could’ve been leaked online



Here we are again.

1966: Blasting away speed records on the Bonneville Salt Flats



A trio of streamliners from the H- and I-classes, with Wheel Centre Company #901H at top, “The Ball Point Banana” #555 at center and “The Orange Crate” #222 at bottom.

Image: Eric Rickman/The Enthusiast Network/Getty Images

In 1907, Bill Rishel and his business partners were the first to drive a Pierce-Arrow automobile across Utah’s vast Bonneville Salt Flats. Seven years later, Teddy Tetzlaff set a land speed record on the flats, pushing a custom Blitzen-Benz to 141.73 miles per hour.


Startup raises $2.5 million to manage music rights using blockchain



Revelator raised $2.5 million this week by promising to efficiently track music rights and distribute royalties to rights owners.

Nike calls Serena Williams the ‘greatest athlete ever’ in new ad



The media has rehashed the Serena Williams origin story so many times at this point in her career that anybody with even a passing interest in tennis probably has some knowledge of the superstar’s life.

An open letter to the Prime Minister on the climate crisis, from 154 scientists



Dear The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia,

The following is an open letter signed by 154 Australian atmospheric, marine, environmental, biological and medical scientists, including several leading climatologists, for your and your government’s attention.

There is no Planet B

In July 2016, global temperatures soared to the hottest in the 136 years of the instrumental record, 0.1℃ warmer than…

75-pound pearl spent a decade stowed under someone’s bed



One person’s lucky charm could be a local government’s national treasure.

Aileen Cynthia Maggay-Amurao, a tourism official from Puerto Princesa, Philippines, says the city is home to what could be the world’s largest natural pearl on record. Weighing in at almost 75 pounds, it’s bigger than the Pearl of Lao Tzu, the 14-pound previous record holder.