New Orleans won’t be permitting parades for Mardi Gras 2021, according to city website | Mardi Gras | Gambit Weekly

The City of New Orleans won’t be permitting parades “of any kind” for Mardi Gras 2021 according to a page on its website, The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate reported Tuesday morning. 

It was not immediately clear how this will affect the Mardi Gras Indians and smaller walking parades like ‘tit Rex, or if the city simply won’t be issuing permits or will actively take steps to shut down events that have traditionally not needed a permit. 

Under its Mardi Gras 2021 Frequently Asked Questions, one of the questions reads, “Question: Will there be parades in the City of New Orleans this year?” The listed response is “Answer: Parades of any kind will not be permitted this year because large gatherings have proven to be super spreader events of the COVID-19 virus.”

In a question on the same page about whether visitors will be allowed for Carnival, the website

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GM’s electric vehicle ambitions tied to software, digital transformation

General Motors is launching 30 new electric vehicles through 2025 via its Ultium battery platform, but the story and ultimate success revolves around applications and customer experiences.

Simply put, GM’s EV-centric strategy is closely linked to its digital transformation. Like Ford, GM is looking to deliver profits via ongoing customer relationships and digital experiences.

And GM is putting its money behind the EV ambition. GM will spend more than $27 billion in related EV spending and hire 3,000 electrical system, infotainment software and controls engineers, plus developers for Java, Android, iOS and other platforms. GM has 20,000 software and electrical engineers today.

The additional 3,000 engineers and IT workers will be added through the first quarter of 2021. 

“To drive and guide our profitability moving forward, our growth strategy is a 360-degree view of the business designed around delivering world-class customer interactions. This strategy is the compass for every business

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The Remarkable Story of NDN Sports, A Website Dedicated to The Native American Athlete

Tyler Jones has a voice that was meant to tell stories. Assertive with the twang of a regional accent, it’s hard not to get wrapped up in whatever he is saying. For most of his still-unfolding career, however, he has been listening to others tell their own respective stories.

His success is owed to his unrelenting passion for the craft and a work ethic that sees him regularly pull 60 hours of work a week. It’s also thanks to an outlet that provides a platform dedicated to Native American athletes and the reporters who tell their stories.

NDN Sports, a clever gramogram that when said out loud explains the drive and mission of this website.

Back when he was 18, Jones was just out of high school and ready to cut his teeth as a reporter. The first gig he ever got for NDN Sports was a pretty big one.

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Robyn Hurder, Kate Rockwell, Nik Walker and More Celebrate the Holiday Season With Podcast Programming

Robyn Hurder, Kate Rockwell, Nik Walker and More Celebrate the Holiday Season With Podcast Programming

The Broadway Podcast Network is celebrating the holiday season by gathering together next week to celebrate and give thanks with special Live Events such as Thanksgiving Parade Memories with The Ensemblist’s Mo Brady and stars like Jessica Rush (who performed twice), Wining & Brining with Robyn Hurder, Shake Shake’s Executive Chef John Karangis cooking alongside Kate Rockwell, a special interactive float by Justin Squigs Robertson which highlights Broadway’s favorites Thanksgiving moments and so much more. Find it now at

Monday, November 23, 9 pm

Thanksgiving Parade Memories, get an inside look into one of the Broadway community’s favorite annual traditions: the Thanksgiving Parade. Join Mo Brady of “The Ensemblist” as a live panel of Broadway vets share their favorite memories and backstage secrets of performing on the telecast. Guests include Cara Cooper (The Prom, co-host of “Mama’s Talkin’ Loud”), Jessica Rush (Tina, co-host of “Mama’s Talkin Loud”), Elliott Mattox

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Facebook sues Turkish software developer who ran 20+ Instagram clone sites


Social media giant Facebook filed a civil lawsuit today against a Turkish national for operating a network of at least 20 Instagram clones.

According to court documents obtained by ZDNet, Facebook claims that defendant Ensar Sahinturk, a software developer based in Istanbul, used automation software running from thousands of Instagram accounts to scrape data from more than 100,000 Instagram profiles, which he later republished on his own sites.

Described as “Instagram viewers,” Sahinturk operated at least 20 clone sites where he listed Instagram photos and made a profit by showing his own ads.

Domains operated by Sahinturk included,,,,, and, according to court filings.

The earliest domains were created in August 2017, and many of the sites are still active today.

Facebook said it tried to avoid litigation by sending multiple cease & desist letters to Sahinturk in early 2019, but to no avail.

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Advanced computer model locks in picks for Appalachian State vs. Coastal Carolina, Week 12, 2020

A Sun Belt battle is on tap between the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers and the Appalachian State Mountaineers at noon ET on Saturday at Brooks Stadium. Coastal Carolina is 7-0 overall and 4-0 at home, while Appalachian State is 6-1 overall and 2-1 on the road. The Chanticleers are favored by 4.5 points in the latest Coastal Carolina vs. Appalachian State odds from William Hill, and the Over-Under is set at 48. Before you make any Appalachian State vs. Coastal Carolina picks, you’ll want to see the college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of almost $3,900 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It is a sizzling 39-21 on top-rated picks through 11 weeks of the 2020 college

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PlayStation 5 orders crashed Walmart’s website again

  • The PlayStation 5 launched last Thursday, but it has been nearly impossible to buy.
  • The only certain way to get a PlayStation 5 at launch was by preordering it. But at least one retailer is selling PS5s digitally on a first-come, first-served basis: Walmart.
  • The first drop of PlayStation 5 consoles was at noon ET on launch, and it promptly took down the entire Walmart web store.
  • A resupply one week later had the same results: Walmart’s whole web store was down temporarily as interest in the PlayStation 5 overwhelmed the site. The console sold out nearly instantly.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

After months of anticipation, Sony’s new PlayStation 5 finally launched last Thursday.

Because of the pandemic, Sony decided not to go the traditional route and didn’t sell the new console in stores at launch.

Instead, the only way to get one last week was to

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Internet of Things organization receives $100,000 from OCIF

A non-profit organization that aims to advance IoT, or Internet of Things, technology in Alberta is the latest recipient of a grant from the Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund.

The Alberta IoT Association — a  Calgary-based not-for-profit organization incorporated in 2017 with 150 members — has been awarded up to $100,000 over two years from the city fund to support the launch and operation of its Entrepreneur Fast Track Program. Through the program, 90 companies working with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) are expected to complete an eight-week training cohort. In total, there will be three cohorts of 15 entrepreneurs per year over two years.

In consumer terms, IoT — a term used to describe a network of inter-related smart devices that can communicate with other over the Internet — incorporates things like smart thermostats and smart home security systems. IIoT, the Industrial Internet of Things, refers to connected devices

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Messaging app Go SMS Pro uploads every file you send to the internet, which is bad

Messaging app Go SMS Pro, which has over 100 million installs from the Google Play store, has a massive security flaw that potentially allows people to access the sensitive content you’ve sent using the app. And even though the app’s maker was informed about the issue months ago, they haven’t made updates to fix what’s going on.

To give you an idea of just how much information the app leaks, here’s what TechCrunch was able to find: “In viewing just a few dozen links, we found a person’s phone number, a screenshot of a bank transfer, an order confirmation including someone’s home address, an arrest record, and far more explicit photos than we were expecting, to be quite honest,” cybersecurity reporter Zack Whittaker says. Not great.

Here’s what’s going on: Go SMS Pro uploads every media file you send to the internet and makes those files accessible with a URL,

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The Best Gadgets For Creating the Perfect Home Theatre

Right now, we’re spending more time at home than ever before, and many of us may be investing more in our home entertainment systems than we have in the past. If you’ve been considering upgrading to a better TV setup or snapping up a new smart speaker to help you control your connected home, now is definitely the time to do it.

Below, we’ll walk you through the best home theatre gadgets for your money, whether that’s a new 4K TV or the best soundbar for upgrading your surround sound. We’ve also got recommendations for the best streaming device you should buy right now as well as ambiance lighting solutions that’ll make you feel like you’re inside the game or movie your watching. Read on for our Best of Gizmodo recommendations.

Best TV for Most People

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Now, let me start by acknowledging that this TV is far

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