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11-Year-Old’s Dreams Come True When He Delivers Weather Forecast On Live TV

An 11-year-old from New Jersey had his dreams come true when he got the opportunity to help deliver the weather forecast on live TV. On April 12, Ryland Mishura from Mullica Hill appeared on an 11 a.m. Weather Channel segment with meteorologists Jim Cantore, Maria LaRosa and Alex Wallace.  The opportunity came courtesy of the Make-A-Wish Foundation . Ryland has a severe case of isovaleric acidemia, a metabolic disorder that has life-threatening complications for the fifth grader. Ryland’s wish involved taking a tour of the Weather Channel studio and meeting his on-camera heroes. “I’m very interested in the weather, and it really inspires me,” he told The Huffington Post, adding that the studio tour was particularly exciting.  “It was like a dream because I never saw it before, and it looked so unreal,” he said. Ryland sat down with a producer for about five minutes to look at the technology and learn how to deliver the forecast before going live

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Cleveland Killing Prompts Facebook To Review Handling Of Violent Posts

Facebook  said Monday it will review its process for reporting inappropriate content after an accused killer posted a video of his apparently unprovoked  shooting of a 74-year-old man  in Cleveland. Three posts to the suspect’s Facebook page ― a video announcing his intent to commit a murder, a graphic video of the killing, and a live video of his confession ― stayed online for about two hours, the social network said.  “We disabled the suspect’s account within 23 minutes of receiving the first report about the murder video, and two hours after receiving a report of any kind,” the company said. “But we know we need to do better.” Facebook said it was reviewing its “reporting flows to be sure people can report videos and other material that violates standards as easily and quickly as possible.” The company noted it is “constantly exploring” ways to harness advanced technologies, such as artificial intelligence, to stop the spread of videos that violate its standards. The man police have accused in the Cleveland killing, Steve Stephens , 37, remains at large. He is wanted for aggravated murder in the killing of Robert Godwin Sr., who was walking home from a family Easter gathering.  Authorities widened the search into a  nationwide manhunt on Monday.  “We will leave no stone unturned,”  Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said at a press conference.  In 2015, a man posted videos to social media  of himself shooting and killing reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, while they were filming a live broadcast for Roanoke, Virginia, news station WDBJ.  — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms

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This Site Tracks How Much Trump’s Mar-A-Lago Trips Are Costing You

A new website is taking a dig at President Donald Trump ’s frequent, costly trips to his Mar-a-Lago resort and suggesting how the money might be better spent. The site IsTrumpAtMarALago.org , launched on Friday by the Center for American Progress Action Fund , tracks how many weekends Trump has spent there and what the estimated cost has been for taxpayers. As of Monday morning, he had gone to the resort seven out of his 13 weekends as president, costing taxpayers an estimated $25 million . IsTrumpAtMarALago.org also provides a list of programs that could have used that money, specifically citing those facing  Trump-proposed cuts , such as public school funding and aid for the homeless .

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Eric Trump Actually Complained About Mean People On Twitter

Eric Trump  must not be too familiar with has father’s Twitter feed. In an interview with Ireland’s Independent newspaper, the son of President Donald Trump blasted people who are mean on Twitter : “No matter what side it is with, you are always going to get backlash. You are going to have a few people who have nothing better to do than to sit behind a computer and send a mean tweet . It’s unfortunate, but it’s the nature of the game.” Trump was responding to a question about golfer Rory McIlroy, who came under fire on social media after playing a round of golf with the president.  Trump’s father, of course, is known for using Twitter as a platform to hurl insults. The New York Times has a list of 325 people, places and things Trump has insulted on Twitter since he declared his candidacy. Eric Trump also complained that politics is “mean.” “Politics is a mean game,” Trump told the Independent

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Hydraulic Press Obliterating A Furby Will Give ’90s Kids Nightmares

Kids of the ’90s look away right now: The toy of your childhood is about to get seriously squashed. Lauri Vuohensilta , the Finnish factory owner behind the “ Hydraulic Press Channel ” on YouTube, takes on a Furby in his newest video. And sadly for the animal-like robotic creature, it’s clear from the outset that there’ll only be one winner: As the press comes down, you can almost hear the poor electronic critter’s cries of despair. Vuohensilta  posted the clip online Friday, and it garnered more than 150,000 views in the first 12 hours.

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Facebook Cracks Down On 30,000 Fake News Accounts Ahead of French Election

Too late for the U.S. presidential election, Facebook is going after 30,000 phony accounts used to distribute fake news  in France, ahead of the national vote there. The company is using automated methods to help screen out the fakes, such as finding content repeated on hundreds of the phony sites. Facebook said in a statement Friday that it’s taking “decisive action” against the accounts, presumably shutting them down. “While these most recent improvements will not result in the removal of every fake account , we are dedicated to continually improving our effectiveness,” Facebook technical program manager Shabnam Shaik wrote in a post. The company is relying on “improvements to recognize these inauthentic accounts more easily by identifying patterns of activity without assessing the content itself,” Shaik added.

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Stop Asking Brands To Give You Free Stuff For Retweets

Back in my day, we used to have to call a 1-800 number, wait 20 minutes on hold for an uninterested operator, and then demand to speak with a manager if we had any hope of getting free stuff in the mail. These days, there’s a jovial marketing team of millennials behind your favorite brand on Twitter, just waiting for an opportunity to slide into your DMs and give you freebies. But there’s a new Twitter trend that’s even more annoying than those folks who make it their business to complain until they get a free meal or suite or Uber ride. Now people are sending direct messages to brands asking how many retweets they’d need to get a super expensive product for free, and brands are responding with ridiculous, unattainable numbers ― often demanding retweets in the millions; way more retweets than any one post has ever received. Idgaf about nothin y'all better help me get this s550 naw but I'm serious RT! pic.twitter.com/KlhradZeKZ — blaccie (@BlaccieAintShit) April 12, 2017 Some of these campaigns are getting hundreds of thousands, if not millions of retweets, giving free advertising to brands while giving next to nothing ― except maybe 15 seconds on The Internet’s Grand Stage ― to the consumers.

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Are You Ready For The Technological Singularity?

We’ve got great news if you’re in love with your phone ― the technological singularity will happen sometime in the next thirty years . Futurist Ray Kurzweil believes that by 2029 computers will achieve human levels of intelligence. Which is no surprise considering computers can already do things greater than humans in certain areas . Kurzweil has a proven track record in predicting the future. It makes sense that humans will soon merge with technology but other thought leaders like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking worry that merging with technology could threaten humanity

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