From chorus girl to leading lady: Emmy Raver-Lampman, the Cinderella of 'Hamilton'

Los Angeles Times

The hype surrounding Lin-Manuel Miranda's off-Broadway musical was just reaching the Left Coast, but Raver-Lampman didn't know much. The production was adding two cast members to the ensemble for its Broadway debut in August, her agent told her. Would she like to audition? "I was like, 'Sure, I don't have a job,'" recalls Raver-Lampman, sitting in the plush cocktail lounge Dirty Water, on the ground floor of Twitter's San Francisco headquarters on Market Street. Hers is a story of happy accidents.


How to Think About Bots

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We live in a world of bots. Generally speaking, these sets of algorithms are responsible for so much on the backend of the Internet, from making Google searches possible to filling up your spam folder. But an emergent kind of bot, capable of interacting with humans and acting on their behalf, is playing a more active role in our everyday lives. Bots measure the technical health of the Internet, share information on natural disasters, predict disease outbreaks, fulfill our lunch requests, and send news articles to networks of people on platforms like Twitter and Slack. They may even write some of those articles.


Lady Gaga hospitalized; Rock in Rio performance canceled

Los Angeles Times

Michelle Williams, Kevin Spacey spar in Ridley Scott's Getty thriller'All the Money in the World' Candice Bergen once went on a date with Donald Trump. 'I was home very early' Grant Hart, Husker Du's co-founder and drummer who rewired fans' brains, dies at 56 Comedy Central extends Trevor Noah through 2022 Dee Rees and the cast of'Mudbound' create a vibrant, intertwined history Candice Bergen once went on a date with Donald Trump. 'I was home very early' Grant Hart, Husker Du's co-founder and drummer who rewired fans' brains, dies at 56 Dee Rees and the cast of'Mudbound' create a vibrant, intertwined history Coming on the heels of her Tuesday admission that she suffers from fibromyalgia, Lady Gaga took to Twitter today to announce she has been hospitalized for severe pain and is unable to play her scheduled show at Rock in Rio on Friday. "Brazil, I'm devastated that I'm not well enough 2 come to Rock In Rio. I would do anything 4 u but I have to take care of my body right now," Gaga tweeted Thursday morning.


Facebook Aims to Connect Directly to Your Brain

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Building 8, which was created at last year's F8, has been working on a "brain-computer interface" for several months, Ms. Dugan said. Recent job postings for Building 8 show the unit is hiring engineers for a two-year project "focused on developing advanced (brain-computer interface) technologies." Ultimately, the mind-reading technology could help people type 100 words a minute from their minds--about five times faster than we type from our smartphones, Ms. Dugan told developers at the conference in San Jose, Calif. Separately, Building 8 also is working on technology that could help people "hear" with their skin, Ms. Dugan said. Building 8 tackles Facebook's bleeding edge ideas--way beyond projects such as the augmented reality technology CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Tuesday.


These 10 Twitter hashtags changed the way we talk about social issues

Washington Post - Technology News

During the past decade, Twitter rendered the "pound sign" obsolete and made the "hashtag" part of our vernacular. The hashtag's uses range from sarcasm and trolling to awareness of social causes. The latter usage has been instrumental in the transition of movements from online to the real world. In honor of Twitter's 1oth birthday, here are the 10 most influential hashtags around social causes, ranked by the number of times they've been used since their inception. All numbers have been provided by Twitter.