Maori wedding haka moves bride to tears in New Zealand


Gave me chills! This epic wedding haka moved a New Zealand bride to tears, and is making everyone on the internet cry, too. Badass as hell.

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My Friday Jam: "Everything She Wants," Wham! (1984)


“Somebody told me.”

This is my Friday jam. "Everything She Wants," from 1984 by British pop duo Wham!. This is a perfect pop song, and you can buy it on vinyl.

It gives me wiggly dance-chills every time I hear it, and I was around when it first became a solid gold hit in 1984.

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Truth and Power: New TV series on ordinary people exposing corruption from Brian Knappenberger ('Internet's Own Boy')

Brian Knappenberger's new investigative TV show airs on Pivot, a network from Participant Media.

Today on KCRW's Press Play, a daily news program to which I'm a contributor, host Madeleine Brand spoke to filmmaker Brian Knappenberger about his new documentary TV series Truth and Power.

Audio of the interview is below.

The series is narrated by Maggie Gyllenhaall, and kicks off Friday on Pivot.

Here's a trailer.

An activist marches during the Black Lives Matter episode of 'Truth and Power.'

The new Participant Media investigative series promises to tell “the stories of ordinary people going to extraordinary lengths to uncover breaches of public trust by governments and private institutions.”

Knappenberger was the director of “The Internet's Own Boy,” a stellar documentary film about the late developer, organizer, and tech freedom activist Aaron Swartz. He also directed "We Are Legion,” the hacktivism movie about Anonymous.

“We’re in a weird moment,” says Knappenberger. “There seems to be this wave of anger and frustration in America, and I think there’s good reason for that.”

Truth and Power premieres Friday, January 22nd at 10 p.m. ET / PT on Pivot. Read the rest

UK's GCHQ spy agency pushes VOIP crypto protocol that 'facilitates mass surveillance,' says researcher

GCHQ Building at Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Photo Defence Images/Flickr

A VOIP encryption protocol the UK spy agency GCHQ is pushing for mandatory adoption comes with a hidden surprise: a built-in backdoor that lets anyone who has a master key decrypt the call. That's according to a security expert at University College in London, who published the findings on his blog this week.

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Watch an ultra-automated cappuccino maker brew up a latte


My friend Ian Clarke of Uprizer and Freenet fame recently invested in a Jura Ena Micro 9, a swank, ultra-high-quality espresso machine in which many elements of the brew and milk steam processes are cleverly, thoughtfully automated. Ian was sharing something about how his new purchase was working out for him (he digs it), and I asked him to shoot a video of it so i could share it with our Boing Boing readers. Here it is.

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TV networks are pissed at Netflix for not disclosing data on what you're watching

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. Photo: Reuters

At a Television Critics Association event this weekend, the tension between Netflix and traditional television networks ratcheted up a few notches. TV executives expressed the growing frustration they share over the fat that Netflix refuses to disclose ratings.

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Heavy Ecstasy Parking Lot: Ravers the day after a massive rave in 1993


“Are you gonna keep dancing forever?”

“Yeah. Forever. Or until I remember where my car is.”

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Two top police body camera makers are locked in an epic patent battle

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Two of the most prominent makers of body-worn cameras for cops and first responders are fightin' it out over patents.

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Amazon's serious about drones: Prime Air UAVs will carry 5-lb. packages 10 miles in 30 minutes


Amazon is advancing its drone program with great speed. This is not a joke. Say goodbye to the brown trucks.

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Netflix cracks down on VPNs, Tor, and other proxies, to enforce region-blocking


In a blog post, Netflix says it will vigorously block you from using internet proxies to view shows or movies you're blocked from viewing in your home country.

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I love this super-bright minimalist LED lantern, and will use it to survive the apocalypse


I've lived in California long enough to have experienced some big earthquakes, and plenty of power outages from big storms like the ones predicted for the current El Niño season. Plus, nuclear attack, alien invasion, and zombie Armageddon are all possibilities we all have to live with. When shit gets real, you're gonna need light.

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Alan Rickman as Severus Snape: his 'Harry Potter' scenes, in chronological order


A supercut of “Severus Snape's most important scenes and arcs in the Harry Potter film series in chronological order.”

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Listen to the late actor Alan Rickman read a Tibetan exile's real-life torture testimony

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“To shine a spotlight on the widespread use of torture in Tibet, British actors lent their voices to Tibetan torture survivors who can not speak out for themselves. In this video, Alan Rickman reads the testimony of Tibetan torture survivor, Phuntsog.”

[Free Tibet]

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Help fill the first free public library for India's Tibetan exile community with books

Photo: Mundgod Public Library project

Will you help us fill the Mundgod library with books?

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The only candidate not playing into ISIS hysteria is Bernie Sanders, and he's surging in the polls


U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump continues to grab all the media attention, and Hillary Clinton remains a Wall Street favorite--so why is underdog Democratic Party candidate Bernie Sanders suddenly surging again in the polls? In a Guardian op-ed, Trevor Timm argues that part of the reason is his common-sense, non-hysterical approach to ISIS/ISIL and related Islamist terrorist threats.

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Impossibly cute paper clips shaped like cats, dogs, and wild animals


I like to buy these adorable little critter-shaped paperclips from stationary accessories maker Midori of Japan on Amazon. They work just the same as regular paperclips, but they add a lot of sweetness and personality when the design matters, not just the function.

More than 24 designs are available in Midori's super-kawaii D-Clips series, with lots of little animals and birds to choose from: elephant, turtle, squirrels, whales, penguin, and more, on sale for $7-8 per pack of 30 clips at the time of this blog post.

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Clapper hacked: US Intelligence director’s personal e-mail and phone breached


The same entity that claims to be behind a recent hack of CIA Director John Brennan's personal email now claims to be behind a breach of the accounts of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence confirmed to Motherboard that Clapper had been targeted, and that the case has been forwarded to law enforcement.

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