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  1. Twitter Users Perfectly Hijack AMA Hashtag to Harass Twitter CEO About Harassment

    That is some knee-buckling irony right there.

    Several well-intentioned Twitter hashtags have fallen victim to a misjudgment of the Twitter audience lately and been used to criticize their creators. Unsurprisingly, the same thing happened when Twitter started #AskCostolo for users to ask Twitter CEO Dick Costolo whatever they wanted—and what they wanted to ask was, "Why does Twitter not do more about online harassment?"

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  2. There Never Really Was a “Dark Link,” Link and the Zelda Series Are Just Racist

    It's dangerous to go alone. Someone might spread racist legends about you.

    Gaming has a big problem with gender, race, and white saviors. Maybe that's because Hyrule's historians got it all wrong, and there was never any such thing as Dark Link—the other Zelda characters are just horrible bigots. Here's the real story behind Link's xenophobia and a surprisingly accurate critique on the representation of minorities in a classic game series.

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  3. Peter Capaldi Put His Foot Down on Flirting and Costumes, Is Apparently in Charge of Doctor Who

    All aboard the Capaldi train. Choo f***ity choo!

    As the series 8 premiere in August rapidly approaches, more details keep dropping about how Peter Capaldi's Doctor will change Doctor Who, especially if you've been looking at the recent leaks. If not, let Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, and Steven Moffat tell you what the show will be like under Capaldi's iron fist—and, of course, more talk of Peter Jackson directing an episode.

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  4. Atari: Game Over Documentary Trailer Makes the E.T. Video Game Look Fun for the First Time Ever

    And if it's not, we can always just toss it back in that hole.

    At first glance, this trailer about a bunch of buried cartridges of a really terrible game might look a tad overdramatic, but there's an incredibly interesting story about the video game industry's near dissolution lying just under that initial impression. Luckily, Microsoft didn't bury all of its Xbox TV content in the desert when they axed Xbox Entertainment Studios, and this documentary will premiere on Xbox Live in the fall.

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  5. Things We Saw Today: Mirror Art Takes Selfies to a New Level by Way of Doodled Warp Zone

    It's-a Mirrorsme!

    Ah, the bathroom mirror selfie. We meet again. This time, though, Mirrorsme has taken the much reviled method of self portrait and actually made it pretty awesome by drawing herself into scenes from games, movies, and other fun locations. Avoid all the "Mirror Selfie as Art" think pieces and just look at her awesome doodles.

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  6. Webheads, Check out Reports From the Dan Slott Comic-Con Panel Moderated by Our Own Jill Pantozzi

    Is your spider-sense tingling?

    Our own Jill Pantozzi moderated the spotlight panel on The Amazing Spider-Man writer Dan Slott, where they talked about all the important topics, like what Slott always wanted to be when he grew up—which most of us would probably like to be, too—and the difficulty of getting fart jokes into Ren and Stimpy.

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  7. The ’80s My Little Pony Slow Jam Is Magic

    No more Saturday Morning Slow Jams? What does the future hold?

    Saturday Morning Slow Jams has brought us a lot of our favorite old-school cartoon themes reimagined in R&B, and they finished the album strong with the theme song from the original My Little Pony cartoon and some bonus pony rhymes. You can listen to the whole album now or buy it on iTunes so you can hear soulful renditions of your childhood wherever you go.

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  8. Teens React to Goat Simulator to Kick off New React YouTube Channel

    You've got to be kidding me! (Sorry. Had to.)

    The Fine Brothers' "React" videos are pretty generally adorable across whichever age group they choose, so they've started an entire YouTube React channel as a way to bring us even more hilarious reactions—five per week in addition to the ones on their regular channel. Their first episode on the series' new home has teens react to the incomprehensible Goat Simulator, and some of them don't understand the draw of a game about being a goat.

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  9. OKCupid Says They Experiment on Users Like Facebook, Defends the Practice

    "Facebook likes this."

    Right now, advertisers are using data of what you do and don't click to better target their campaigns, the sites you're on are using metrics to figure out how to best get your interest and hold it, and OKCupid is experimenting on its users. How do we know? Because they just said so, and they're going to keep doing it, because that's how the Internet works.

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  10. Deadpool Animation Is Maybe Leaked Deadpool Movie Test Footage, Is Definitely Awesome

    Take note of the white lenses, Batman movies.

    Superhero movies, comics, TV, and pretty much just all kinds of media are better with a sense of humor. The worst part about Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy was the glaring omission of Peter's wit. This alleged Deadpool test footage is just further evidence of that fact, because it's only a few minutes long with some pretty standard action set pieces, but the personality will make you wish this were a real movie you could go see.

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