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20 of the Internet’s Best April Fools’ Day Pranks

Thanks to the limitless possibilities the Internet has given us, today’s April Fool’s jokes are a lot more sophisticated than the ones American Girl Magazine used to suggest (“Put a dime and a safety pin in a box, give it to your friend, and say you got them a diamond pin!”). Tech startups (and, of course, established companies) have become especially big players, as they have the platforms, budgets, and creative minds to make really wacky ideas come to life. Some companies go all-out, like Google, which has at least five different pranks (just in America) on its multitude of channelsOthers, like Uber and TOMS, realize they’re a match made in heaven and combine forces into something beautiful. For your entertainment — and to help you avoid falling for an embarrassing prank — here’s a roundup of the best April Fools’ jokes the Internet has to offer today. … Read More

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Beyoncé’s New “Grown Woman” Video: Links You Need to See

Here’s a snapshot of what you have to look forward to: Beyoncé just can’t stop with the music videos, Louis CK thinks God may be a murderer, and How I Met Your Mother finally gives up the ghost tonight. … Read More

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Every ‘Game of Thrones’ Death, Ranked: Links You Need to See

It’s safe to say that this world needs more Rick Ross bawse living and Leighton Meester. Remember that as you venture into your weekend and allow yourself to indulge in both as often as needed. … Read More

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Hinge: The Dating App That Doesn’t Really Care About Gay People

Online dating! We can agree that it is, officially, the worst, correct? (Well, dating is pretty awful already, but then when you add selfies to the mix, not much good can come from it.) The failure of online dating sites is, basically, that the whole business model is based on keeping you single. I mean, common sense, right? Does OKCupid want you to find the love of your live and leave the site? Probably not. But the site has been such a success that it has spawned plenty of other free sites and apps that cater to a generation of people who find themselves socializing online more often that in real life. The problem with these sites, though, is that they fail to truly consider the vast demographics of their user base, particularly those who don’t fall into the typical heterosexual communities. … Read More

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Wu-Tang Clan’s ‘Shaolin’ Museum Tour Could Change Music Culture

Yesterday, iconic rap collective Wu-Tang Clan announced, in Forbes of all places, that they’d be releasing only one copy of their new album, The Wu — Once Upon a Time in ShaolinThat one copy could fetch up to multiple millions of dollars, a price tag reflected as much by the LP’s container as by its rarity: it comes in an engraved silver-and-nickel box that took three months to carve. As Wu member RZA eloquently phrased it, “This is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king.” Now, this might sound like Nipsey Hussle’s $100 mixtape strategy on steroids, or another example of hip hop as pop culture’s most financially aspirational artform. But it’s not, because the millions this double album will fetch are not nearly as interesting as what Wu-Tang Clan will do with Once Upon a Time in Shaolin before it heads to auction. … Read More

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Ginuwine Performs “Pony” on ‘Arsenio’: Links You Need to See

Ginuwine (and citizens of Planet Earth at large) need to find Channing Tatum and thank him profusely for thrusting “Pony” back in the spotlight — at this point it’s only right. Watch a nostalgia-inducing performance, and more, in today’s links. … Read More

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You Don’t Have to Be Cynical to Worry About Upworthy

It was only a matter of time until someone wrote an in-depth profile of Upworthy and its founders, and happily, the task fell to Nitsuh Abebe, whose excellent article on the Internet’s feel-good sensation appears in this week’s New York magazine. Throughout the piece, you get the sense that Abebe is struggling with the same reaction that plenty of people have to Upworthy — there’s something mildly off-putting about it, but it’s hard to put your finger on exactly what. And it’s hard to hate, or even dislike, Upworthy without feeling bad about doing so. … Read More

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