Obama to Trump: stop whining

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October 19, 2016

President Barack Obama advised Donald Trump to stop whining about a rigged election. The bizarre story of how a tiny online dating site accused WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of pedophilia. And a review of the Pixel, the first phone designed entirely by Google.



Barack Obama told Donald Trump to stop "whining” about voter fraud ahead of the election.

The US president responded to Trump’s allegations of voter fraud (which Trump supporters also fear) at a press conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. Obama added that Trump’s behavior doesn’t show the “leadership and toughness you’d want out of a president.”

“You start whining before the game’s even over?” Obama asked. “If, whenever things are going bad for you and you lose, you start blaming somebody else? You don’t have what it takes to do this job.”

The 2016 election really is just a freak show. Brennan Linsley / AP

What's else?

Melania Trump: Donald Trump supporters say his wife remains a mystery for better or for worse, and defended her description of Trump as a “boy” being egged on by others.

Latino turnout: Telemundo says it's registered over 12,300 voters. Now the network is using its resources to get Latinos out to vote using PSAs and big names. And Puerto Ricans might not like Trump but activists still want Hillary Clinton to do more.

Hacked emails: An email released in the latest WikiLeaks dump shows Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta included Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Apple CEO Tim Cook in a list of possible vice presidential candidates.

Debate o’clock: Trump and Clinton will go head to head in the third and final presidential debate tonight. It kicks off at 9pm ET and will be moderated by Fox News anchor Chris Wallace.



WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his internet connection.

On Tuesday, Ecuador’s government said the reason it “temporarily restricted” Assange’s internet access at its embassy in London was because his site published documents from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

But amid the news, a miasma of rumors claiming to explain the decision spread.

One theory, reported by the Daily Kos and amplified on social media, is that Ecuador cut off Assange’s internet access because of a United Nations report that he had sent lewd images and sexually explicit messages to an 8-year-old girl over an obscure dating app.

But the Bahamas police, who the report claimed were looking into these allegations, said there was no investigation into any crime, and the UN said it had nothing to do with the report. BuzzFeed’s Joseph Bernstein reports on the bizarre story of how a tiny online dating site accused Assange of pedophilia.



The first phone designed entirely by Google looks uninspired, but the software inside is powerful as hell.

After spending four days poking, prodding, and reviewing the Pixel and Pixel XL, it’s clear Apple, Nexus, and Samsung’s flagship phones heavily influenced them. And that’s not a bad thing. BuzzFeed News’ Nicole Nguyen has the highlights:

"The Pixel doesn’t have boundary-pushing hardware. If you’re looking at display, processor, battery, and camera specs, it’s fairly average as far as flagship devices go. But I found the Pixel to be the most pleasant Android software experience I’ve ever had. If you’re going to get this phone, get it for its software, not its hardware.

"If you’re an iPhone user, unlimited storage in Google Photos is a huge plus, something that could even sway iOS diehards. Plus, the Pixel has a headphone jack."

    Nicole Nguyen / BuzzFeed News

    A little extra tech

    Silicon Valley leaders have compared Trump to Hitler, but they’re still tied to one of his biggest backers — Peter Thiel.

    Twitter has a well-known harassment and abuse problem. Now, a recent report by the Anti-Defamation League offers some hard data that suggests Twitter is growing more and more anti-Semitic and increasingly hostile toward journalists.

    Samsung has installed stations in high-traffic airports where owners can turn in their Galaxy Note7 phone for a refund or replacement after all US airlines banned passengers from bringing the recalled phone on planes.



    • US prison strike: Two prisoners have died in facilities where inmates are participating in a national prison strike. The deaths were preventable, organizers say, and caused in part by understaffing and neglect.
    • In the UK: Britain’s official measure of inflation has hit a two-year high of 1%, according to recently released official statistics. Here’s why poor families are about to feel even poorer. And 14 refugees were reunited with their families in the UK after they relocated from the Calais refugee camp.
    • Science: Feral cats' poop is killing endangered marine life in Hawaii, so some people are calling for the more than 300,000 strays to be euthanized. Here’s what you need to know about the joint European and Russian Mars mission called ExoMars. And this photo shows lava, our galaxy, and a meteor all at once.

    • Entertainment: Bob Dylan has gone AWOL after being awarded the Nobel Prize, leaving the committee in the lurch and unable to get a hold of the singer-songwriter. And the new Gilmore Girls posters showing Lorelai and Rory in every season are totally appropriate.

    Take a deep breath — you should smell snow. Netflix


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