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Facebook just dropped a teen-focused ‘viral clips’ app called Lasso

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When all else fails, it's time to wholeheartedly embrace the mid-'90s roller-rink carpet aesthetic.

Facebook, seeing a steady decline in usage among teens, appears to have done just that with the release of a new "viral clips" app by the name of Lasso. Sporting a design that makes you feel like you need some tokens to play it, Lasso is a transparent rip-off of the popular TikTok app.

The app, available on the iOS App Store and Google Play, aims to be all the things that Facebook isn't (namely, fun), and comes just a few weeks after word of it oozed out of Menlo Park. 

"Lasso makes it easy for anyone to create and share short videos with fun effects," reads the App Store description. "Once you've found a type of video that's trending, whether it's #comedy or #fail, you can use the in-app camera to put your own spin on it with special effects, music and editing tools. Add hashtags to your video to share it with the world!" Read more...

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All three sizes of the Instant Pot Duo are on sale at Macy’s for a combined savings of $83

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We're just gonna cut to the chase with this one: All three sizes (yes, you read that right) of the 7-in-1 Instant Pot Duo are 20% off at Macy's with code VETS. This is not a drill.

As part of Macy's Veteran's Day sale, the 3-quart model has been knocked down to $79.99, the 6-quart has been knocked down to $99.99, and the 8-quart has been knocked down to $139.99

Usually we have some witty little intro when writing about Instant Pots (because we seriously can't stop talking about them), but we were too excited about this deal to be creative. This is the first time we've ever seen all three sizes of the best-selling Instant Pot on sale at once — meaning you can get the one you really want.  Read more...

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Purchase an iPhone contract with Carphone Warehouse and receive a £40 Currys voucher

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Black Friday is coming. 

Officially, Black Friday is Nov. 23 this year, but we all know that Black Friday now extends to weeks of deals, and they are beginning right now. 

Carphone Warehouse has kicked things off with an offer on the iPhone XR, XS, XS Max, or X on a pay monthly contract. You will receive a Currys PC World voucher worth £40 when purchasing any one of these handsets from Nov. 9 to Nov. 22.

There's a very small caveat. You do have to drop your email address in there first before purchasing a contract, but that's an extremely small price to pay.

The £40 voucher can be put to good use tooCurrys PC World are now running their 'Black Tag' sale, where they will refund the price difference on any purchase if the price of a product drops during Black Friday. So in the words of Currys: 'Why wait?' Read more...

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Jimmy Kimmel on the Sarah Sanders doctored video: ‘She should be fired for that’

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The doctored video of the interaction between CNN's Jim Acosta and a White House intern, which was posted by the Trump administration and originated from Infowars, hardly pleased many of us, including Jimmy Kimmel.

"She should be forced to resign for that," Kimmel said on Thursday. "She intentionally disseminated doctored video footage to discredit a reputable journalist ... Sarah Huckabee Sanders should be fired and sent to live in a JOANN's Fabrics store."

Also in the line of fire was Kellyanne Conway, who also took the side of the intern. It's "so ridiculous," in fact, that Kimmel decided to take his qualms straight to Conway herself. Read more...

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Google Chrome will warn you before you fall for a phone subscription scam

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Found yourself subscribed to a shady ringtone service? Even though it's 2018? Google Chrome will soon stop you from falling into that trap.

In an upcoming version of Chrome, the browser will throw up a warning page when it suspects users could be unwittingly subscribed to a direct billing scam, leaving them with unexpected charges on their next bill.

Chrome will detect if the subscription information on a webpage is insufficient, and like its other warnings, give the user the opportunity to go back, or proceed if they like.

The warning page.

The warning page.

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Walmart’s Black Friday ad for 2018 is finally here: A lot of toys, plus gaming gear, Instant Pots, and iPads

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Nov. 1st is unofficially the start of gifting madness, and the biggest players in the online shopping game did not hesitate to throw their massive Black Friday ads our way. Thanks to our sidekicks at BlackFriday.com, we were able to hop on 2018 ad scans from Target, Kohl's, and Macy's right when they were released. Walmart stayed behind to lurk in the shadows and keep us waiting — and then naturally, dropped the ad scan at midnight.

Walmart has been referring to themselves (and rightfully so) as America's Best Toy Shop this year, so we assumed that the 2018 Black Friday ad would be full of mostly toys with not much else — we were wrong. This thing is full of deals on tech toys for adults too and we are psyched. Read more...

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Get a dog DNA test kit by Embark on sale for $40 off with this promo code

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If you ever wanted to learn what breed your dog is, or about their ancestry and health, the Embark Dog DNA testing kit can help you do just that. In honor of Black Friday and the holiday shopping season that's quickly approaching, we're here to let you in on a little secret: Get one when it goes on sale!

Lucky for you, that time is now. This doggie DNA testing kit, which is part of Oprah Winfrey's Favorite Things list of 2018 — is on sale for just $159.00 when you use the promo code HOLIDNA at checkout through Dec. 31. That's a $40 savings you guys!

With just a simple swab of the inside of your pet's cheek, you can learn all about your dog once you send the DNA sample back to Embark through the mail. Shipping is free if you send it back within three-to-five business days after receiving the kit. Embark will then offer high quality testing to determine everything you want to know about your pup.  Read more...

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Eddie Redmayne, actual wizard, performs a magic trick for Jimmy Fallon

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Eddie Redmayne is truly a wizard, both onscreen and IRL.

Chatting to Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday about the new Fantastic Beasts film, The Crimes of Grindlewald, the subject naturally moved to magic.

The star, who plays protagonist Newt Scamander in the Harry Potter spinoff series, said he used to have magicians at his birthday parties as a kid, and has learned a few tricks since — one of which he performed on The Tonight Show.

Notably, Redmayne says he wore a rollneck sweater specifically for the show, "because I feel like only magicians can pull off rollnecks." Read more...

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MoviePass, what are you doing??

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It isn't easy being MoviePass right now.

Over the past few months, the subscription-based movie ticket service has lost millions of dollars, run out of money, limited its titles, and changed its pricing models more times than we could count. It's lost customers (some of whom found it exceedingly difficult to get out) and been hit with an investigation by the New York Attorney General.

Somehow, they've survived — but their reputation has taken a serious hit in the process. Naturally, then, they're eager to get back into the good graces of their understandably disgruntled customers.  Read more...

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The best dig of the midterms is a 6-word statement on Scott Walker’s loss

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After eight years of decimating public unions and annoying everyone on Twitter, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker lost in the midterm elections on Tuesday to former public school principal Tony Evers.

Labor union AFL-CIO has been fighting Walker for years. Their six-word public statement about his loss couldn't have been shorter and sweeter.

"Scott Walker was a national disgrace," the statement reads.

A Statement from @RichardTrumka: #1u pic.twitter.com/rjP9v2rfx4

— AFL-CIO 🗳 (@AFLCIO) November 7, 2018

The AFL-CIO has a long history of calling Walker a disgraceIn 2015, when Walker announced his candidacy for president, union president Scott Trumka released a press statement saying simply: "Scott Walker is a disgrace."  Read more...

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