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Kanye West's new album is called The Life of Pablo, and here's the track list

(Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images) Tweet Share Kanye West has apparently ended his sneaker contest early: the name of his new album, previously referred to as TLOP, stands for The Life of Pablo, according to a tweet from West this evening containing the final track list. The album, due out on February 11th, has gone through names like So Help Me God, SWISH, and Waves, and West has spent a great deal of time seemingly trolling fans on Twitter and fighting with Wiz Khalifa throughout the long and winding road to an album title confirmation. He ended on TLOP earlier this week, leading to heavy speculation on the acronym’s meaning and origin. West tweeted late Monday night telling fans he would give away a free pair of Yeezys sneakers and a ticket to West’s sold out Season 3 collection showing at Madison Square Garden tomorrow, where he plans on premiering The Life of Pablo in full and having it

President Obama is officially tired of selfies

(Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Tweet Share President Obama may have been filmed using a selfie stick early last year, but he’s finally revealed his true feelings for the smartphone self-portrait: he doesn’t like them, and wishes they would just go away. Speaking to supporters this evening at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield, Illinois, Obama noted how the selfie has tainted campaign trail traditions like shaking hands and kissing babies. Dad-in-Chief Barack Obama is not a fan of taking selfies on the campaign trailhttps://t.co/uHbfPxucx8 — BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) February 11, 2016 “This is one thing that changed by the way. If we had had smartphones when I first ran for president, I’m not sure I would have run,” he told the crowd. “Because folks just have their phones, they don’t want to shake my hand anymore.” Obama then mimicked the act of someone hiding behind their screen. “It’s like, ‘Hey! I’m

Don’t expect the very first Tesla Model 3s to cost $35,000

    Tweet Share The mass-market Model 3 from Tesla is touted for its anticipated $35,000 sticker price before tax incentives, a far cry from the bigger and more luxurious Model S and X. But the very first cars off the line could be more expensive than that — and maybe a lot more, if the pricey initial roll-out of the X is any indication. On Tesla’s fourth quarter earnings call this afternoon, Musk noted that the company has typically sold fancier versions of its models first, well above the base price, in part because it has to recoup costs: “Our default plan as we’ve done in the past is that the initial sales are relatively highly optioned versions of the car, because we’ve got to pay back the investment of the tooling and everything, so it makes sense to have the higher optioned versions first. That’s what we did with the

Elon Musk hasn’t decided how much of the Model 3 to show next month

(ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)     Tweet Share On its fourth quarter earnings call this afternoon, discussion inevitably turned to the upcoming Model 3 during the Q&A session with analysts. In response to a question about what we’ll see of the car at its March 31st unveiling, CEO Elon Musk’s reply was that he hasn’t decided. Seriously: “We’re trying to decide whether we should show all the cards or keep a few cards close to the vest,” he said. “We haven’t made a decision yet.” It’s unclear exactly how wide of a spectrum of options Musk is considering, though. Previous rumors that a second model, the mass-market Model Y crossover, could be shown in addition to the Model 3 sedan were shot down by Tesla — so we’re almost certainly looking at a single vehicle for the time being. But whether we get just a few teaser shots or a full-on unveil of the

Yahoo layoffs have begun today, as Mayer tries to turn around her turnaround

Yahoo layoffs have begun today, according to numerous sources, with conference rooms across all its facilities reserved to tell employees that they have been fired. Sources said the cuts are deep and widespread, up to 15 percent of the staff of the Silicon Valley Internet giant that has not been able to gain ground under its latest CEO, Marissa Mayer. That’s more than 1,500 jobs, with cuts coming in media and sales. Yahoo’s search efforts have been largely spared the ax, since it is an area that Mayer thinks is poised for growth. She has a plethora of outside advisers helping her make the cut, especially McKinsey & Co. Others — such as Goldman Sachs and Qatalyst Partners — are helping the company wade through a number of other thorny issues, including the separation of its stake in China’s Alibaba Group. Mayer has been trying to turn around the company

Kanye West will livestream the debut of his new album on Tidal tomorrow

    Tweet Share Kanye West is unveiling the third season of his Yeezy clothing line and his new album T.L.O.P. (we don’t know the full name yet) with a show at Madison Square Garden, and now everyone can watch. West is partnering with Tidal to live stream the show starting at 4:00PM ET tomorrow afternoon, and it’ll be available to subscribers and non-subscribers alike on Tidal’s homepage. Until this afternoon, it seemed like you’d only be able to see the show by procuring a ticket or attending one of the dozens of theatrical screenings around the world. If you lived anywhere other than the US or Central Europe, that would’ve meant gluing yourself to your Twitter feed and hoping for tidbits. YEEZY Season 3. 2/11 4PM ET. @TheGarden. Livestream for ALL on TIDAL. https://t.co/flkoN5t26q — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 10, 2016 This is just the latest in a series of high-profile exclusives

Twitter promises to make replies and other features less confusing

    Tweet Share The first step to solving a problem is recognizing there is one. Twitter, which today reported disappointing earnings at a critical time for Wall Street’s faith in the company, is now flat out telling investors one of its core functions — having a conversation with someone — is confusing and needs to be revamped. The number of monthly active Twitter users, excluding those who use the service via SMS, fell from 307 million to 305 million last quarter, prompting the company to explain its path to recovery in great detail in letter to shareholders today. “We are going to fix the broken windows and confusing parts, like the .@name syntax and @reply rules, that we know inhibit usage and drive people away,” the letter reads, echoing sentiments expressed by CEO Jack Dorsey over the last few months. “We’re going to improve the timeline to make sure you see the best Tweets,

Strongest evidence yet found for Zika’s role in birth defects

(Mario Tama/Getty Images)     Tweet Share Zika virus was found in the brain of a fetus, the strongest evidence yet that the virus causes abnormally small heads and incomplete brain development, according to an article in The New England Journal of Medicine. This is the first documented case of virus transmission from mother to child, though it is not a definitive link between Zika and fetal abnormalities — a connection first suggested by the Brazilian minister of health. The Zika virus appeared to particularly favor neurons, today’s case report found. Damage from the virus may have halted brain development at 20 weeks, though it’s not clear how the virus was infecting nerve cells. Some structures found at autopsy showed that the virus was reproducing in the fetus’s brain. In early 2015, a Zika outbreak was identified in northern Brazil, where other viruses spread by mosquitoes (like dengue) were circulating.

Tesla posts big loss in a quarter when investors didn’t see it coming

(Hannelore Foerster/Getty Images)     Tweet Share Building an electric car company from scratch isn’t easy, it turns out. Tesla Motors had a brutal fourth quarter of 2015, posting a GAAP loss of 86 cents per share — about $107 million in total — in a quarter when analysts had expected it to turn a small profit. For the year, Tesla lost nearly $889 million, $6.93 per share. It still has nearly $1.2 billion in cash on hand, but thats down from $1.9 billion a year prior. Money is burning. The solution to Tesla’s money woes is supposed to be the Model 3, the company’s first mass-market car, which is supposed to deliver decent electric range for a far more reasonable price ($35,000 before tax incentives) than the S and X that it currently sells. In theory, if everything goes according to plan — Tesla can spin up the Model 3

Gwen Stefani’s first album in a decade will come out in March

(Kevin Winter/Getty Images)     Tweet Share After a decade spent focusing on fashion, motherhood, and TV shows like The Voice, Gwen Stefani is focusing on her solo career again. This Is What the Truth Feels Like is Stefani’s first solo LP since 2006’s The Sweet Escape, and it’s scheduled for release on March 18th. (It’s her first substantive release since her band No Doubt came together for 2012’s reunion effort Push and Shove.) Stefani is promoting the album by filming a “live music video” for her upcoming single “Make Me Like You” during a Grammys commercial break on February 15th. According to Rolling Stone, it’ll become “the first music video created on live television,” and it’ll entail the use of multiple sets and outfits over the course of four minutes. Sounds complicated! (The single is enjoying a traditional release this Friday.) It feels almost like a distant memory now, but

Twitter’s earnings report shows its user base is shrinking

(Kimberly White/Getty Images)     Tweet Share It’s a big day for Twitter. While still scrambling to recover from the late-January departure of four key execs, the company began rolling out their controversial algorithmic timeline today, and, this afternoon, also announced quarterly fiscal fourth-quarter earnings for 2015. The beleaguered company posted fiscal fourth-quarter earnings for 2015, reporting revenue of $710 million and a net loss of $90 million. Compared to the same quarter last year, revenue grew by 90 percent, while net losses shrunk by 27 percent. These number bested Wall Street expectations, but unfortunately, while the financials improved, Twitter’s active user base was flat to negative. It had 320 million active monthly users this quarter, the same as last quarter. And when you exclude the SMS Fast Followers, international users that have a SMS version of Twitter, its active user base actually declined from 307 million monthly active users to

This phone’s packaging doubles as a Google Cardboard VR viewer

(VentureBeat)     Tweet Share Most companies encourage you to recycle the packaging their products ship in, but Alcatel has figured out a way to let its smartphone box be reused as something even cooler: a virtual reality viewer. According to VentureBeat, which reports seeing leaked information about Alcatel’s upcoming OneTouch Idol 4S smartphone, the 4S will ship in a plastic box that doubles as a Google Cardboard-compatible VR viewer. All that really means is that there are two eyepieces on the inside, a slot to hold the phone, and a single button to tap the screen — like all Cardboard models, it’s not very high-tech — but it’s a novel twist on phone packaging and a clever way to let people get started watching VR content. The Idol 4S itself isn’t quite as special. It’s a mid-range Android phone with a Snapdragon 652 processor and a 5.5-inch screen, selling for

Tesla's Model 3 will be shown on March 31st, 'on schedule' for 2017 production

Tweet Share Ahead of its earnings call today, Tesla Motors has announced that it will show its Model 3 — a critical, mass-market vehicle far cheaper than the Model S and X that it sells currently — on March 31st, just a few weeks away. This isn’t an actual release, though: that’s still many months away, with production and first deliveries coming in 2017. CEO Elon Musk had previously said that the Model 3 would be shown in March of this year, so now we’re tracking for a specific date. (Of course, the 31st is about as far as you can go in the month of March without slipping beyond the target.) The Model 3 is expected to cost no more than $35,000 before tax incentives and have decent, Model S-like range. If everything goes according to plan, 2017 is shaping up to be the year of the practical EV: in

Kanye West should honor Einstein by changing his album name back to Waves

    Tweet Share For a brief moment in the history of time, Kanye West’s upcoming album was going to be called Waves. It was an audible from Swish that lasted just two weeks and one tweetstorm (the current album name is abbreviated TLOP, which we’re pretty confident means True Love Over Physics). On Monday at 2PM ET, Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) announced a press conference that many believe will confirm the existence of gravitational waves hypothesized by Albert Einstein some 100 years ago. That press conference is happening on Thursday, February 11th — the same day Kanye is releasing his new album. Just 13 hours before LIGO’s announcement, Kanye dropped the name Waves. There may be a new secret album title — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 8, 2016 Now, we’re not suggesting that Kanye indirectly broke any embargo (although celebrities knowing stuff before the rest of the world is a time-honored tradition) nor are we

Tesla updates ‘Summon’ feature after Consumer Reports flags safety flaw

[embedded content]     Tweet Share Tesla is updating the “Summon” feature in the Model S and X, introduced earlier this year, to fix a safety flaw. The feature allows Tesla owners to “drive” their cars remotely at very slow speeds; the idea is to allow the car to move in and out of tight spaces, like garages, with the car driving itself. However, as Consumer Reports pointed out, there was a potential safety issue with the feature. To use Summon, a driver presses a button on the key fob to get the car moving (albeit, again, at a very slow speed). To stop, the driver presses the button again. However, if the key was dropped (or the iPhone app was accidentally closed) or the driver presses the wrong button, the car could continue to move on its own. The car would stop on its own if it encountered a curb