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Internet angrily reminds Jeff Sessions that Hawaii is, in fact, a state

They fly the American flag in Hawaii. You can pay for things there with U.S. currency. If you're American, don't need a passport to visit. 

That's because it's part of the United States of America — not that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions seems to care. 

Earlier this week on a conservative talk show, grumbling about a district judge in the state halting Donald Trump's travel ban, Sessions said

"I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and constitutional power." Read more...

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I tried to join an Instagram pod and it was like high school all over again

When I left high school in 2006, I thought I'd kissed goodbye to the days of not being one of the cool kids. But, 11 years on, I'm back to feeling like the class loser. And it's all thanks to Instagram "pods".

An Insta pod is a secret group of bloggers who join forces in group messages in order to like and comment on each others posts and gain more engagement on Instagram. It's been compared to "a family of dolphins who live together in harmony and support one another...like a group of cheerleaders who help one another on Instagram". 

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TechCrunch’s first-quarter tech earnings season prop bets

 Here at TechCrunch, we tend to pay close attention to the earnings reports of the big companies. And for good reason! It gives us some insight into major technology trends and some signals that can help us not only predict what products are going to be around in a few years (not mentioning any names), but also directionally what kinds of startups might be successful. But! Sometimes these… Read More

In the rapidly expanding Mastodon fediverse, there’s an instance for everyone

Burners, furries, book lovers, bots, cuties, pizza lovers — there's a place for everyone in the federated Mastodon universe.

And if there isn't yet, there soon will be. 

The distributed social network Mastodon burst into the popular consciousness last week, and is expanding at a rapid clip. There are over 216,000 users at the time of this writing, along with 684 instances being tracked — up from 649 just earlier in the day. 

This is what a growing community looks like. 

For the uninitiated: An instance is a server running Mastodon, and can be themed or not. Members of one instance can talk with members on other participating instances — the entire group of which is called the fediverse — if everyone decides to play nice. A user can, however, choose to keep what is tooted (aka posted) only within their instance. This neat privacy feature allows for narrowly focused instances to form.  Read more...

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Twitter has had a dislike button for months and you didn’t notice

The tweet made me angry.

I realized that most of this guy’s recent tweets were pissing me off. It was a shame, really, since I admired his work and was a long-time Twitter follower. But this was just too much. I decided to mute him. 

Mute lets you slink away without notice. Sure, it’s a coward’s move, but I didn’t want to alert this blowhard to my distaste with an unfollow or the far more overt block.

That’s when I noticed a different option. Under the drop-down menu available on some tweets (in iOS and Android), nestled between “Copy link to Tweet” and Unfollow [User]” is “I don’t like this tweet.” Read more...

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