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A female Uber employee spoke out after a company trip to a South Korea

Amidst Uber’s recent problems surrounding its workplace culture, a new incident involving a company trip to a South Korean escort bar has been brought to light, according to a report published by The Information. The 2014 incident prompted a complaint to the company’s human resources department, and recently came to light when company officials tried to get their stories straight with former employees.

The report outlines a trip by a group of Uber employees to a Seoul karaoke-escort bar in 2014, which included company CEO Travis Kalanick and his girlfriend, Gabi Holzwarth. After arriving, several male employees picked escorts to sit with, and went to sing karaoke. Uncomfortable, a female marketing manager, who was part of the group,...

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Exclusive: How Drake and Apple Music broke streaming records with More

Drake’s latest project More Life was streamed 300 million times worldwide in its first week on Apple Music, Republic Records tells The Verge, surpassing the 250 million streams the label said Views, an Apple Music exclusive, did in its first week last year. The biggest first week for any album on a single service is Ed Sheeran’s Divide, which was streamed 375 million times on Spotify. The label also says early calculations for More Life have it at around 600 million streams worldwide, which would be a record for an album.

After setting a record with 89.9 million streams in its first 24 hours on Apple’s streaming service — over 33 million streams ahead of Sheeran’s Divide in its first 24 hours on Spotify, which has around 80 million more...

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NASA has selected a mission to study the cosmic matter between stars

While space is largely devoid of matter, it does contain some gas and dust that floats between stars, material known as the interstellar medium. NASA has selected the Galactic/Extragalactic ULDB Spectroscopic Terahertz Observatory (GUSTO) mission to conduct the first complete study of this matter, to better understand how it behaves, .

Interstellar objects such as stars, black holes, and galaxies get a lot of attention from scientists, but the interstellar medium isn’t a trivial thing to study: it makes up about 15 percent of the total mass in the Milky Way. 99 percent of that is free floating gas, mostly hydrogen and helium, and while space is still pretty empty (We’re talking a density of an atom per cubic centimeter), the vast...

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Aquaman is already the Justice League’s MVP

Today brought us a brand new Justice League trailer, and I’m going go out on a limb and say that I’m cautiously optimistic about where the film is heading. Now, let me be frank and say that I don’t think it’s going to be the greatest movie in the world. I still feel burned by the Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad to let myself feel too pumped about this upcoming DC superhero blowout. But this trailer provided me with someone to hang my hopes on:

Aquaman.

In which Arthur Curry somehow manages to smolder while waves crash over him

Jason Momoa looks like he’s having the time of his life in this role, and it’s a great look for a character mainstream audiences know as “that dude who can talk to fish.” Don’t get me...

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I fixed Apple’s red iPhone with a $14 screen protector

The new red iPhone looks just awesome. Well, the back of it does, anyway. I’ve never been a fan of phones with white bezels. I find them distracting — particularly in sunlight — and have always preferred the “single slab of glass” appearance that a black border gives off. So I was disappointed that Apple went with white on the front of the Product Red iPhone. It wasn’t surprising given that’s what you get with the gold and rose gold iPhones. But Apple hasn’t always done that. The white iPhone 3G and 3GS had a black on the front. More recently, the same was true for the iPhone 5C, which had a black faceplate opposite its vibrant colors around back.

But sadly that’s not the direction Jony Ive went for the special edition iPhone 7. So...

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A VPN can stop internet companies from selling your data — but it’

Earlier this week, the Senate voted to repeal privacy measures that would stop internet service providers from sharing their users’ internet activity with third parties. Those rules were passed in October, but not only does this vote undo them, it prevents the FCC from reinstating similar rules in the future. This is great for broadband companies, but if you’re one of these companies’ users, what are you supposed to do?

One popular recommendation you might have heard is to use a virtual private network, or VPN. You can find a lot of comprehensive online explanations of what VPNs are, but in the simplest terms, they create a secure, encrypted connection between your computer (or phone, tablet, &c.) and a private server somewhere else,...

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Call of Duty could be going back to its World War II roots

During an earnings call in February, video game publisher Activision announced that it would be taking its Call of Duty franchise “back to its roots,” fueling speculation that the next entry would be returning to the Second World War. Now, leaked marketing materials help reinforce that speculation.

An anonymous individual sent Spiderlaw, of the YouTube channel TheFamilyVideoGamers, a series of promotional images supposedly from someone “close to the project over at Sledgehammer.” The images appear to be marketing concepts for a game called Call of Duty: WWII, and show off scenes from the Allied landings at Normandy in 1944.

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If these images are correct, the change could mean that Activision’s...

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The fictional NASA in Life is run by a bunch of psychopaths and idiots

Life, or as stylized during the opening credits, L I F E, is about six astronauts aboard the International Space Station for a fictional “Mars Pilgrim Mission” sometime in the very near future. As you can tell from the title, the film is partly about the meaning of life and partly about a violent space creature who wreaks absolute havoc on the ISS. The creature is a new form of life and its MO is destroying human life. Truly, this is a loaded title.

Life (directed by Safe House’s Daniel Espinosa) is also about the human quality of curiosity, which Jake Gyllenhaal (the film’s star) referred to recently in an interview as “the absolutely most important trait in a human being in my humble opinion." Life was marketed with an ensemble cast...

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Hit hard by digital sales, GameStop is looking to close up to 150 stor

During its earnings report for the final fiscal quarter of 2016, retail chain GameStop announced declining sales in games and hardware, and that it could potentially close at least 150 of its 7,500 stores, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The company noted that that its total global sales declined 13.6 percent during the 2016 holiday season, because of “weak sales of certain AAA titles and aggressive console promotions by other retailers”. The chain announced that it “anticipates that it will close between two percent to three percent of its global store footprint” in 2017.

GameStop CEO Paul Raines pointed to digital sales as a reason for why video game and...

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Watch the new trailer for Justice League

In the first full trailer for Justice League, the world faces a new threat, and it’s up to Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince to bring together the various heroes to save the day.

In the trailer, Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne tells Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman that there’s a threat coming, and that they have to be ready. They bring together Aquaman (Jason Momoa) The Flash (Ezra Miller), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) for what looks a movie loaded with plenty of action. There’s also some glimpses of Amy Adam’s Lois Lane and J.K. Simmons’ Commissioner Gordon.

Directed by Zack Snyder, (who previously helmed Man of Steel and the derided and dour Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Justice League is the DC movie universe’s answer to Marvel’s superhero team-up...

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