The internet is really pumped about this teen’s quinceañera


There’s one event this year you just can’t miss.

Thanks to a viral video invitation, a teenage girl in rural Mexico is going to have the quinceañera of a lifetime. With a guest list of more than 1 million people for the 15th birthday party, BBC reports, Mexican police are expected to deploy to the bash for security reasons.

Such a huge turnout would easily dwarf the extravagance of any ridiculously expensive Super Sweet 16 party on MTV. In the video invite, 14-year-old Rubi Ibarra Garcia stands smiling in a cheetah-print dress and tiara, as her father opens the December party to everyone who can come. Read more…

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Lawyer for Julian Assange’s accuser says he’s ‘violating’ her in the media


Julian Assange on Wednesday released his account of the events that led to him being accused of rape in Sweden in 2010, earning the ire of the lawyer for his accuser, who said he was “violating” her client in the media.

From the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he remains confined, the WikiLeaks founder leaked the testimony he gave in November to Swedish prosecutors. 

In it, he declares he did not have sex with the woman as she slept — the centre of the accusations against him.

Swedish prosecutors are yet to charge Assange with a crime, and his testimony forms part of a preliminary investigation.  Read more…

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Truth is, Trump hated ‘Time’ until it put him on the cover


By now, you’ve probably heard the news.

President-elect Donald Trump has been given the coveted title of Time magazine’s 2016 Person of the Year, and he is thrilled, of course.

Despite the fact that Time labeled him as president of the “Divided States of America,” Trump told NBC’s Today show receiving the title was a “great honor” that “meant a lot” to him.

However, being the openly opinionated and indecisive man he is, Trump has not always shown Time love. In fact, he has had some truly terrible things to say about the magazine in the past. Very sad! The worst. Read more…

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India built the world’s largest solar plant in just eight months


India may still be using fossil fuels for much of its power needs, but the country is quickly turning to renewable power sources. 

If you visited Kamuthi, in Tamil Nadu, one year ago, you would find delight and peace in its temples and greenery. But today, everyone is talking about its brand new power plant.

Kamuthi, located 90 kilometers outside Madurai, is now home to the world’s largest solar power plant at a single location. Spanning a 10-square-kilometer area, the plant has the capacity of 648MW, enough to power about 150,000 homes.  Read more…

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Journalist tweeted this disgusting Wi-Fi name at alt-right event


A racist slur has been reportedly used for a Wi-Fi connection at an alt-right event that took place at Texas A&M University on Tuesday night. 

A local CBSDFW journalist, Jeff Paul, tweeted a picture of the list of the wireless connections available in the room where Richard Spencer, founder and leader of the so-called alt-right movement, was delivering his speech:

Found this when I went to connect to a wifi connection inside room for Alt Right speaker Richard Spencer at Texas A&M @CBSDFW

— Jeff Paul (@Jeff_Journalist) December 7, 2016 Read more…

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How to get a job at Facebook — and why you’d want one


Once again, Facebook’s being recognized as an incredible place to work. Glassdoor’s annual list ranks it as the number one tech company to work for, based on the last year in employee reviews.

Lori Goler, who’s worked at Facebook since 2008 and serves as their “Head of People,” is, of course, one of the people the company can thank for that. She’s overseen Facebook’s growth from 500 employees to more than 14,500 across 50 offices in 30 countries. 

The annual list isn’t the only ranking she takes into account for personal job satisfaction, though — Facebook conducts its own internal reviews and surveys. And according to those, there’s a lot to like about working at Facebook.  Read more…

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Justin Trudeau has worked his way back into our hearts


Our relationship with Justin Trudeau has been on the rocks, but after the Canadian Prime Minister’s heartfelt interaction with a Syrian refugee, he’s found his way back into our hearts.

Trudeau was overcome with emotion listening to newcomer, Vanig Garabedian discuss his first year living in Canada, and when Trudeau weeps, we all weep.

Garabedian recalled that when he stepped off the plane a year ago, the prime minister personally welcomed him to the country, shaking hands with him and his family in Toronto’s Pearson Airport.

As Trudeau heard how genuinely grateful Garabedian is to be living in Canada, he couldn’t help but shed a few tears. Read more…

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Nigel Farage is mocked on Twitter over a spelling error


Nigel Farage, the former leader of the Ukip party, is offering his support in local elections this week — but was mercilessly mocked for standing in front of a party sign mis-spelling the constituency.

Speaking to Sky News in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, Farage could be spotted standing in front of a Ukip poster which added the letter ‘n’ to the word Hykeham. 

Nigel Farage predicts a “major realignment” in British politics if “Brexit doesn’t mean Brexit”

— Sky News (@SkyNews) December 5, 2016

Farage was visiting the constituency in support of UKIP candidate Victoria Ayling. Read more…

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This is possibly the cutest military blimp ever


People have been spotting a military blimp up in the sky that the Singapore Air Force just started testing.

The blimp, made by U.S. manufacturer TCOM, is radar-equipped and is meant to add an extra set of eyes to alert the military to possible threats, the Straits Times reported.

The 55m (180 ft) helium-filled aircraft can see up to 200km (124 miles) away, and will eventually operate 24/7.

People have been surprised to see it in the skies, and some have pointed out how cute the roundish balloon looks, compared with other sharper-edged compatriots.

Look at how cute our military blimp is

— Jiayuan (@kosherjellyfish) December 5, 2016 Read more…

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Indians mourn as iconic actress turned politician Jayalalithaa dies


The death of iconic politician Jayalalithaa Jayaram late last night has left millions of her supporters struggling to hold tears. 

Such was the adoration that Jayalalithaa, more popularly referred as Amma, or mother, instilled that saw her elected as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu five times. 

Jayalalithaa died at 11.30 p.m. late Monday after she failed to recover from cardiac arrest. She was recovering from a monthlong illness in the hospital and the status of her health development was kept confidential until the very end. She was 68 years old.

“Jayalalithaa ji’s connect with citizens, concern for welfare of the poor, the women and marginalised will always be a source of inspiration,” India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted after learning the news.  Read more…

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