George W. Bush’s Poncho Struggle Sparks The Photoshop Battle It Deserves

It was only a matter of time.


Redditors were quick to mock former President George W. Bush after he was captured battling with his poncho at President Donald Trump’s inauguration.


Via an intense Photoshop battle, they hilariously reimagined Bush wearing his poncho on a theme park ride and modeling it for a clothes catalog.


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The LG G6 will include the Google Assistant, according to sources speaking to Business Korea. The only smartphones that currently offer Google’s Assistant are the Google Pixel and Pixel XL.

Assistant is Google’s new and improved AI assistant, offering features like the ability to answer your questions, set reminders, make reservations, and more. 

While the LG G6 won’t have the modular feature found on the G5, it’s shaping up to have some special features of its own. LG has already confirmed that the G6 will have a display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, which would make it a bit taller than most smartphone displays that are 16:9, and now it’s rumored that the G6 could include Google Assistant, too. While that may not be enough to sell the G6 on its own, it would be a pretty nice addition to the G6’s feature set.

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Big Changes On White House Website As Donald Trump Takes Over

WASHINGTON ― With a new president comes a new presidential website. Gone are sections like “Civil Rights” and “Reducing Gun Violence” and in are pages like “America First Energy Plan” and “America First Foreign Policy.”


But people also quickly noticed that certain pages seemed to have disappeared altogether. Searches for LGBT turn up nothing and the section on climate change goes to a broken link.


Advocacy groups for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality quickly condemned the Trump administration for scrubbing mentions of their community.


There is a good chance that Trump’s WhiteHouse.gov will not have a specific section on LGBTQ rights. That’s not surprising, since it was not a focus of his campaign and he has spoken out against full equality. Same with climate change ― Trump has been skeptical of the human connection to global warming.


That doesn’t necessarily mean, however, that that content is gone forever.The Trump administration is essentially building a new site from scratch ― even though it looks like the Obama administration’s WhiteHouse.gov ― and that means replacing the content bit by bit.


“The transition of the site is in progress as updates are made,” Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said.


And the glitches aren’t restricted to progressive priorities. A search for “China” for example, comes up with only a handful of results. The site for the Office of Management and Budget similarly is gone.


The Obama White House content is also still accessible at a new site, ObamaWhiteHouse.Archives.Gov. As Kori Schulman, the Obama deputy chief digital officer explained in October, “Similar to the Clinton and Bush White House websites, President Obama’s WhiteHouse.gov will be preserved on the web and frozen after January 20th and made available at ObamaWhiteHouse.gov. The incoming White House will receive the WhiteHouse.gov domain and all content that has been posted to WhiteHouse.gov during the Obama administration will be archived with NARA [National Archives and Records Administration].”


So far on Trump’s White House site, there are also no pages devoted to immigration or repealing Obamacare, which were two of Trump’s top priorities during the campaign.


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Some Android users have gotten a new feature called Instant Tethering with Google Play Services 10.2. This feature will link together devices that are tied to your Google account and make it easy to create a mobile hotspot with one device (like a phone) that you can connect to with another device (like a tablet).

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The office of the president has changed hands, and so has the official @POTUS Twitter account.


After Barack Obama handed the country and the Twitter handle over to Donald Trump, the outgoing president wasted little time in tweeting from his private Twitter account, which had been basically only used to retweet from the POTUS account since Jan. 19, 2009.


Obama may have worried his old account was a little rusty.



Hi everybody! Back to the original handle. Is this thing still on? Michelle and I are off on a quick vacation, then we’ll get back to work.

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 20, 2017


Obama, a former law professor, couldn’t sign off completely from social media without first giving America a homework assignment.



In the meantime, I want to hear what you're thinking about the road ahead. So share your ideas with me here: https://t.co/GYkEOK8EuT

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 20, 2017


Although Trump now has control over the @POTUS Twitter handle, he said he would stick with his personal account,@RealDonaldTrump.


If you want to read what Obama tweeted while president, visit thenew accounts @ObamaWhiteHouse, @POTUS44, @VP44 and @FLOTUS44.

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By the time Trump's first term is done, we're gonna need a wall to keep people in.

— Erin Gloria Ryan (@morninggloria) January 20, 2017



My mom just told me that when I was a kid I abandoned my preschool class and when asked why I told her "those kids are getting on my nerves"

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You deserve a nap.

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Lord please grant me the confidence of a white dude who's about to become the head of a federal agency he doesn't understand

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Tfw in college you sign up for an advanced class to look all cool and you buy a new notebook and 2 minutes into the first class you're like pic.twitter.com/cvNxqDPnad

— Charlene deGuzman (@charstarlene) January 18, 2017



We are all Michelle Obama today pic.twitter.com/MZLZKX1UhO

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1 margarita: I tell you I love your hair.
2 margaritas: We take a selfie.
3 margaritas: I convince you that your apartment is haunted.

— Kendra Alvey (@Kendragarden) January 19, 2017



We are living in that part of Ghostbusters where Gozer is summoned then all those evil creatures start coming out of the street.

— Vanessa Ramos (@thatRamosgirl) January 13, 2017



Just put "shave legs" into my Google calendar, in case you were wondering how I'm doing.

— Naomi (@Blacktress) January 15, 2017



Film student:"I'm very influenced by realistic french new wave"
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— Leigh Lahav (@leighlahav) January 19, 2017



is it too much to ask that everyone in my life quit their jobs or drop out of school so they can text me back on time

— farwz (@farwzz) January 17, 2017



renaming "waking up early" to "up before the Trump tweets"

— maura quint (@behindyourback) January 14, 2017



know that uneasy feeling you get watching Walking Dead, right before a walker pops out & rips someone's face off? that's how America feels.

— Franchesca Ramsey (@chescaleigh) January 19, 2017



"but what about federal funding for--"

don't care. otters pic.twitter.com/30qWoyMn6B

— wikipedia brown (@eveewing) January 19, 2017



.@Beyonce imagine how mad Trump would be if you released an album tomorrow.

— KB (@KaraRBrown) January 19, 2017



"Let the chips fall where they may."

My toddler's approach to life, snack time, board games, baking, and scratching paint off the walls.

— JenniFerCryinOutLoud (@sip_at_home_mom) January 18, 2017



presenting a group project and you gotta stand next to the girl who did 0% of the work but still put her name on it pic.twitter.com/P6JohRFVs2

— Carina Hsieh (@carinahsieh) January 20, 2017



I typed, "I'm tired" and autocorrect changed it to, "You're 35. This is just who you are now."

— Abby Heugel (@AbbyHasIssues) January 18, 2017



[school drop-off]

Kid, "I forgot to brush my teeth!"

So I did what any good mother/freshmaker would and gave him a pack of Mentos.

— Lady Lawya (@Parkerlawyer) January 17, 2017



#TrumpPressConference
Q: What's ur response 2 Putin & hacking?
Trump: He shouldn't have done it. I don't think he will do it again.

Putin: pic.twitter.com/fHbrnxRJDX

— Phoebe Robinson (@dopequeenpheebs) January 11, 2017

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Another legal battle between two mobile companies is starting to heat up.

Apple today said that it’s suing Qualcomm for $1 billion. The Cupertino company claims that Qualcomm has used its position as a maker of important cellphone chips to ask for “onerous, unreasonable and costly” patent licensing terms.

Here’s Apple’s statement on its lawsuit with Qualcomm:

“We are extremely disappointed in the way Qualcomm is conducting its business with us and unfortunately after years of disagreement over what constitutes a fair and reasonable royalty we have no choice left but to turn to the courts.”

In its complaint against Qualcomm, Apple also says that Qualcomm recently began withholding rebates owed to Apple. A deal between the companies required Apple to give Qualcomm a part of the average selling price of the iPhone and to exclusively use Qualcomm chips from 2011 to 2016. Apple would then get a quarterly rebate from Qualcomm.

However, Apple claims that Qualcomm began withholding those rebates in 2016 after Apple met with the Korea Fair Trade Commission. The Korean regulators recently announced that it was fining Qualcomm $853 million for alleged anticompetitive patent licensing practices. Apple says that Qualcomm withheld $1 billion in rebates for meeting with the Korean agency and that Qualcomm tried to get Apple to change its responses and give false info in exchange for those rebates.

Apple’s lawsuit comes just days after the US Federal Trade Commission sued Qualcomm for allegedly using unlawful tactics to retain a monopoly in the supply of a semiconductor used in cellphones.

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Here’s What’s Really Going On With Mark Zuckerberg’s Hawaiian Land Battle

HONOLULU ― Facebook founderMark Zuckerberg is making a lot of noise on the quiet Hawaiian island of Kauai after word got out that lawsuits he filed last month to secure his beachfront estate could force Hawaii residents to sell their inherited land.


Zuckerberg’s 700-acre property, which the billionaire purchased for more than$100 million in 2014, contains almost a dozen smaller parcels known as “kuleana” lands,according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Local families hold rights to these lands under The Kuleana Act of 1850 and can legally enter Zuckerberg’s estate to reach their parcels.


To keep his new property private, three of Zuckerberg’s Hawaii-based companies filed eight lawsuits, called “quiet title and partition” actions, on Dec. 30 against hundreds of people, living and dead, who have partial rights to kuleana lands on the estate, according to court records.


A quiet title claim is a common way of establishing real estate ownership, and ultimately may lead to a judge ordering the land sold at auction,the Star-Advertiser reported.


Defendants listed on the complaint were given 20 days to respond once they are served with a copy. Anyone who does not respond or chooses not to participate forfeits the right to contest the proceedings.



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The Kuleana Act of 1850― passed by the Hawaiian Kingdom after it had legalized the ownership of private land ― granted some Native Hawaiians the right to own land they had cultivated themselves, and allowed native and non-native Hawaii residents to purchase government land, according to a legal primer published by the Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law.


These so-called kuleana lands are automatically passed down to the heirs of the first owner, often without documentation, according to the Star-Advertiser. And, as descendants’ families grow over time, each person’s stake in the inherited land shrinks, often to a just a small percentage.


Zuckerberg’s legal teams are using quiet title law to identify all descendants who may be partial owners of kuleana land within his private estate so he can obtain sole ownership of the parcels.


Keoni Shultz, one of Zuckerberg’s attorneys, told Kauai’s The Garden Island newspaper that it’s common for larger tracts of land in Hawaii to contain smaller kuleana parcelswith titles that become crowded over time.


“In some cases, co-owners may not even be aware of their interests,” Shultz told the newspaper. “Quiet title actions are the standard and prescribed process to identify all potential co-owners, determine ownership, and ensure that, if there are other co-owners, each receives appropriate value for their ownership share.”


Some kuleana parcel owners, however, may not want to sell at any price.Hawaii state Rep. Kaniela Ing described Zuckerberg’s tactics as“bullying” and isdrafting a bill to give kuleana landowners more power, Hawaii News Now reports.



“We need to look at this issue through the eyes of the families affected,” Ing said in a statement to Maui Watch. “Here we have the world’s sixth richest individual, with a team of the world’s best lawyers, suing you, then asking you to make a deal. Obviously, no matter how expensive, you will lawyer up too.”



One lawsuit filed by Zuckerberg’s camp involves hundreds of defendants who are descendants of the late Manuel Rapozo, who purchased four parcels totaling two acres in 1984,the Star-Advertiser reported.


Carlos Andrade, Rapozo’s 72-year-old great-grandson and a former Hawaiian studies professor at University of Hawaii, is helping Zuckerberg as a co-plaintiff in that lawsuit. He reportedly wrote a letter to Rapozo’s descendants expressing his concern with the growing number of people crowding the title and their shrinking split of land.


“I feel that each succeeding generation will become owners of smaller and smaller interests, each having less and less percentage of the lands and less and less capability to make sure everyone gets their fair share of (Rapozo’s) investment in the future of his family,” reads Andrade’s letter, obtained by local media.


One of Rapozo’s great-great-great-granddaughters told The Huffington Post that she didn’t learn of the lawsuit until news of it went viral and didn’t receive a letter from Andrade, who is her cousin. She filed an answer to Zuckerberg’s complaint in Kauai County Court opposing the quiet title action.


Neither Shultz nor Andrade responded to HuffPost’s requests for comment.


It’s not clear how many other kuleana landowners are unaware of the lawsuit ― or of their ownership of the land. The Star-Advertiser identified at least one other descendant of Rapozo, Marian Tavares, who had no knowledge of her rights to the land.





After news of Zuckerberg’s lawsuits spread, the CEO defended himself on Facebook against what he called“misleading stories.” He said he has worked with majority landowners to strike deals they felt was fair.


“As with most transactions, the majority owners have the right to sell their land if they want, but we need to make sure smaller partial owners get paid for their fair share too,” Zuckerberg wrote.


“For most of these folks, they will now receive money for something they never even knew they had. No one will be forced off the land,” he added. “It is important to us that we respect Hawaiian history and traditions.We love Hawaii and we want to be good members of the community and preserve the environment.”


Regardless of Zuckerberg’s intentions for his Kauai estate, some locals see his arrival and his lawsuits as a land grab by the rich and famous.





Quiet title actions have had unfortunate consequences in Hawaii, contributing to a loss of land ownership among Native Hawaiians, according to Ka Huli Ao’s legal primer.


It can sever “a family’s connection to ancestral land,” the document explains. “In many cases, the parcel of land that a Native Hawaiian family might have an interest in is quite small, and therefore, the loss of such parcels and interests through forced judicial sale may seem inconsequential. However, the impact of the loss of these lands to Native Hawaiian families is immeasurable.”



Keola Worthington, a Hawaiian musician and genealogist, told HuffPost he is a kuleana landowner on the island of Oahu and has been reaching out to Native Hawaiians with a stake in the Kauai parcels. What Zuckerberg doesn’t understand, he said, is many Kauai families have no interest in selling.




“A lot of people are going to fight it, because it takes away access as well,” Worthington said. He predicted the lawsuit will get tied up in court, and Zuckerberg ultimately will fail to win the exclusive rights he’s after.




“He may think he’s doing something good and great,” Worthington said, but “he’s just opened the worst can of worms ever.”


This isn’t the first time Zuckerberg has butted heads his neighbors on the Garden Isle. Community members last yearbecame angryafter a construction crew erected a six-foot rock wall around his property, claiming it blocked scenic views and cool ocean breezes. Kauai residents told The Garden Island newspaper the wall was “oppressive” and a “monstrosity.”


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