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January, 2020

Google Doodle honors 60th anniversary of Greensboro Sit-in

Google Doodle honors 60th anniversary of Greensboro Sit-in

Sixty years ago, four young students in Greensboro, North Carolina, staged a sit-in at a segregated lunch counter — and started a movement, spurring sit-ins throughout the country to protest segregation.

Now, the famed “Greensboro Four” — David Richmond, Ezell Blair Jr. (now Jibreel Khazan), Franklin McCain, and Joseph McNeil — will be honored in a Google Doodle, debuting at 11 p.m. EST on Jan. 31 and staying up for 24 hours in the U.S., until Feb. 1, the sixtieth anniversary of the historic sit-in and the first day of Black History Month. (According to Google, the Greensboro Sit-in is the most searched sit-in in history.)  Read more…

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Here’s what Mark Zuckerberg really meant by being ‘understood’

Here's what Mark Zuckerberg really meant by being 'understood'

The gloves are off. 

Mark Zuckerberg says he knows his positions are likely to “piss off a lot of people.”

Two days after a company earnings call in which he stated that his goal for the next decade “isn’t to be liked, but to be understood,” the Facebook CEO attempted to explain just what he meant. 

Speaking at the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit, an annual conference in Utah, Zuckerberg railed against censorship, saying he “feels like the list of things you are not allowed to say socially keeps on growing.”

Zuckerberg’s comments are the latest sign that the embattled CEO, who is currently facing an antitrust investigation into his company, plans to change his tone in how he deals with critics. Read more…

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This $350 Baby Yoda will not love you back

This $350 Baby Yoda will not love you back

Part of the appeal of Baby Yoda, our collective name for the Mandalorian character officially known as The Child, was that he came into our lives almost entirely merch-free. Both the showrunners and Disney CEO Bob Iger believed that The Mandalorian‘s biggest surprise would be ruined by the long lead times and inevitable leaks inherent in the figurine businesses. Baby Yoda could have been the hottest toy of Christmas 2019. Instead, for a few months, we were able to bask in the joy of something all too rare: an uncomplicated, noncommercial love for a fictional creation.

But Disney, lest we forget, is a for-profit, publicly-traded company that is legally obligated to create more value for its shareholders every year. And so, in 2020, the stormtroopers from sales struck back. They cracked down on Etsy sellers making a crust with their Baby Yoda homages. They announced so-so T-shirts, a $25 plush 11-inch model that barely resembled The Child, an equally cheap-looking crib version, an oddly unsatisfying, plastic-y cartoonish Hasbro Black Series model, and, of course, the inevitable Funko PopRead more…

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