Club Penguin has closed its doors forever and people got emotional AF

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It’s been 12 years since Club Penguin opened its doors — and it was finally closed today for the last time. 

Club Penguin, a popular multiplayer game, was first launched on Miniclip before being bought over by Disney.

In its heyday, some 150 million people logged on to play and chat together in the community. 

On Thursday, ahead of its imminent death at 12 a.m. PT,  everyone logged on for the last time. Things got really emotional. 

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Expert ‘Planet Earth’-style video parodies the lives of ‘bin chickens’

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In almost every Australian city, the infamous “bin chicken” lurks. Better known as the white ibis, the bird loves to feast on the contents of rubbish bins, and well, whatever’s lying around.

Now the creature finally has the coverage it deserves. This Planet Earth-style parody examines the ibis’s penchant for ripping through garbage bags with its long beak and skilfully eating chips without hands.

While many hate the ibis because of its pesky behaviour and smell, it’s basically our fault. After all, humans built over its environment and now it’s eating the trash we’ve left behind because why the hell not? Read more…

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A big challenger is about to change the way you use Facebook to log in on websites

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There are two ways to log in on websites: try to recall the email address and password you registered with —  or simply hit the “Facebook Login” button. 

The convenience of the latter underscores the popularity of social authentication options. You’ll see Facebook and Google login buttons on popular sites including Netflix, Uber, Spotify, Imgur and Linkedin, just to name some.

Facebook itself estimates that some 350 million people log into a new app or site with their Facebook credentials every month. 

Olga Kuznetsova, Engineering Manager at Facebook told us that the Facebook Login button ranks in the top three of consumer account creation and sign-in preferences worldwide. Read more…

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This bathroom sign doesn’t care about gender, as long as you wash your hands

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There’s plenty of ugliness surrounding the fight for trans people to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity, so we’re glad at least one place has its priorities right.

The Regent Theatre in Dunedin, New Zealand has installed a sign in front of its two unisex restrooms, indicating that it’s for use by females, males, non-gender specific people, those with disabilities, and er, aliens.

What it’s trying to say is, it doesn’t matter who you are, just so long you do one thing: Wash your freakin’ hands when you’re finished up. Read more…

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We totally agree with George W. Bush on Trump’s inauguration speech

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George W. Bush DGAF. 

The former president is retired, painting, and hopefully not looking at his Wikipedia page. And apparently he was as confused by Donald Trump’s inauguration speech as everyone else.

If you can remember back to January (sigh), Trump basically described an America that sounded like something out of Mad Max

“The crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential,” he said. “This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.” Read more…

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Amazon will shut down Diapers.com and a bunch of other sites

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Diapers.com won’t sell diapers for much longer.

Amazon said Wednesday it plans to shutter the baby-care site and a handful of other specialty brands under the umbrella of its Quidsi unit, including Soaps.com, toy site Yoyo.com and pet supply shop Wag.com.

The online shopping giant bought Quidsi in 2010 for half a billion dollars, making it one of its biggest acquisition to date.

But Amazon said it was never able to make the company profitable in the years since.

“We have worked extremely hard for the past seven years to get Quidsi to be profitable, and unfortunately we have not been able to do so,” a spokesperson said in a statement. Read more…

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Stephen Colbert and a cartoon owl take down Trump over ‘clean coal’

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There isn’t much to laugh about when it comes to Trump’s rollback of Obama-era environmental protections. Designed to help reduce carbon emissions, they’ve been criticized by the current administration as “job-killing.” 

Fortunately, Stephen Colbert is on hand as usual to ease your pain.

The Late Show host took on Trump during his opening monologue on Tuesday night, pointing out the absurdity of the president promoting “clean coal.”

“I know clean coal sounds like an oxymoron, but so does President Trump,” he said. 

Then Woodsy the Owl appeared with a very special message: “F*ck the planet!” Don’t worry, Woodsy, that appears to be what we’re doing right now.  Read more…

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Why Apple is cracking down on ‘free’ apps

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Apple is making more moves to clean up its App Store. 

After cracking down on outdated apps, the company is now placing restrictions on how developers describe their apps. Apple is now rejecting updated and new app submissions that have the word “free” in the name, VentureBeat reports.

“Your app’s name, icons, screenshots, or previews to be displayed on the App Store include references to your app’s price,” Apple reportedly pointed out.  

“Please remove any references to your app’s price from your app’s name, including any references to your app being free or discounted.” Read more…

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Attacking a referee’s small business on Facebook isn’t cool, sports fans

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The internet and college sports: Two things not exactly known for inspiring measured, reasonable debate.

We’ve just seen what happens when they mix in a strange and toxic new way. 

As background: People in Kentucky take college basketball very seriously. (Remember 2012? Remember #LexingtonPoliceScanner?) Thus, fans of the Kentucky Wildcats were not happy when their team lost to North Carolina just short of the Final Four last weekend. They directed much of their ire toward referee John Higgins.  Read more…

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Did the ‘Wonder Woman’ sneak peek just reveal a major new character?

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Wonder Woman seems to think she can end World War I in one swing.

So we’d be led to believe from a sneak peek of Wonder Woman shown Wednesday night at Cinemacon, the annual gathering of movie theater owners and Hollywood studios.

Director Patty Jenkins was on hand to introduce the all-new footage, which started with the trailer released just days ago, then forayed into a long clip — of Steve Trevor and Diana of Themyscira (Chris Pine and Gal Gadot) sailing away from her homeland and toward the warfront.

SEE ALSO: First look: ‘Fate’ takes the ‘Furious’ franchise into James Bond territory

“How long until we reach the war?” she asks Trevor, the first man she’s ever met. (Later they verbally tangle over whether they should “sleep together” on their chilly voyage — she’s all about it, while he’s a little squeamish about “assuming” anything.) Read more…

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