For years, a legal battle has been going on at the state level over how Expedia, Priceline and other online booking websites pay taxes. While local governments — which collect significant revenue from the hospitality industry — argue the final sale price should determine the amount paid, the companies say taxes should be based on the price paid to hotels for rooms.
On Thursday, the Florida Supreme Court sided with the companies. It ruled that third-party travel agencies do not have to pay taxes based on the resale rates of the hotel rooms.Travel, Hotels, Florida, Hospitality, and Business
A groundbreaking commercial in India portrays a relationship between two women that has swept the traditional country, where being gay could send a person to prison
Clothing brand Anouk Ethnic Wear's three-minute spot, called "The Visit," shows a live-in couple chatting casually and primping in preparation for a visit from one of the woman's parents
With flowing curtains and sunny windows, the ad feels like a scene out of everyday life and treads lightly around the pressures that surround a same-sex relationship in a culture of deep-seated social conservatism. Read more...More about Business and Advertising
Cue the dramatic and slightly creepy music
Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig's "high-stakes dramatic thriller" for Lifetime, A Deadly Adoption, officially has a trailer
Inspired by a true story, the film finds the Saturday Night Live alums playing a successful couple "who house and care for a pregnant woman" ( Jessica Lowndes) "with the hope of adopting her unborn child."
Then things turn deadly. We assume
This is the same movie that was filmed in secrecy, then later scrapped after news of it accidentally leaked online. However, it was ultimately put back on the schedule — and thank God for that Read more...More about Television, Snl, Entertainment, Tv, and Lifetime Movies
West coast, best coast — at least when it comes to being happy at work.
In a new report released on Wednesday, social technology company Brandwatch and jobs site Monster analyzed over 1.1 million tweets on career sentiment from March 2014 to March 2015 to figure out which workers across the country were the happiest with their careers.
And turns out workers on the West Coast were as sunny as California when it comes to their jobs — the top ten happiest states were concentrated out West
The only outliers for happiness were Maine and Arkansas. (Yes, Arkansas.)Business and Jobs
Oculus VR unveiled a storefront for the consumer version of the Oculus Rift on Thursday, allowing players to try and buy games without ever taking off the headset.
During the company's first press conference, Oculus Vice President of Product Nate Mitchell unveiled Oculus Home, a storefront for gaming that will activate "as soon as you put on the headset."
Once inside Oculus Home, users will be able to see their games library on the dashboard. Mitchell didn't elaborate how users would navigate around the dashboard, but the new Xbox One controller and upcoming Oculus Touch controllers are safe bets. Read more...More about Entertainment, Gaming, Tech, Virtual Reality, and Gadgets
It's once again time to do some time at Litchfield Prison
Orange Is the New Black premieres its entire third season Friday at midnight PT in a moment that will, as always, unite night owls with the show's superfans. These people, at least in cast member Lea DeLaria's experience, waste no time consuming the episodes they've been served
"What happens is all 50 million people that are watching it, watch it all at the same time," DeLaria says. "And they watch all of it."Television, Entertainment, Tv, and Orange Is The New Black
You will soon be able to sabotage Regina George without buying Swedish nutrition bars designed for weight gainMean Girls is getting its own choose-your-own-adventure mobile game
Mobile game designer firm Pocket Gems is reporting working with Paramount Pictures, according The Hollywood Reporter. You're out of luck if you're still using a pink Motorola Razr, though
Pocket Gems' Jameel Khalfan told THR that the game will pick up after the movie, and what you wear, do and who you socialize with will affect the story — just like real high school. Do you dare find out what happens if you show up in sweatpants or aren't feeling the whole pink thing when Wednesday rolls around? Read more...More about Apps, Mobile Game, Entertainment, Film, and Gaming
For two days this week, there is a place in Washington where down is up, and up is down. A place where the globe isn’t warming due to manmade emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, but where evil government-funded scientists are cooking the books to obtain more research grants
It's a gathering where fossil fuels aren't something to be phased out, as G7 leaders decided to do this week, but rather something to be expanded in order to fight poverty
This is the morally correct thing to do, advocates say.
You’ve come to the annual International Climate Change Conference, which this year runs Thursday and Friday, just steps from Capitol Hill. Read more...More about Global Warming, Us World, Politics, Us, and Climate
When consumer versions of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset ship in early 2016, they'll include an Xbox One wireless controller and PC adapter inside the box. Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe confirmed the news at the VR maker's pre-E3 reveal in San Francisco on Thursday.
The Xbox One controller bundle is part of a broader partnership with Microsoft that includes some unexpected Windows 10 integration. The Oculus takes advantage of the upcoming operating system's native support for game streaming from Xbox One consoles. Read more...More about Microsoft, Entertainment, Gadgets, Gaming, and Tech
The battle over one of the last prominent bastions of unfettered free speech on the Internet has begun
For months, Reddit's top leadership have toughened their rhetoric and policies to push back against harassment on the social news site. On Wednesday afternoon, the execs finally took action to make good on that by removing five offensive subreddits, or custom Reddit communities, for abusive behavior. The bans were the first for behavior reasons (as opposed to spam) under interim CEO Ellen Pao, but almost certainly not the lastReddit and Business
Pornhub just launched a crowdfunding campaign asking fans of their wares to help send two porn stars to outer space to, well, do what they do best
But before you run off to donate your life's savings to the cause, there are a few things to keep in mind
Pornhub, which is partnering with the adult studio Digital Playground to make the movie, hopes to release the finished cosmic sex tape by 2016. They plan to send two porn stars — Eva Lovia and Johnny Sins — to suborbital space with a six-person crew to boldly shoot a pornographic movie where one has (probably) never been shot beforeSpace, Porn, Virgin Galactic, Us World, and Us
While the consumer version of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset will come with an Xbox One controller and wireless adapter right in the box, the future of VR controls will involve Oculus Touch, two controllers that fit in each hand.
Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey unveiled a prototype of the Oculus Touch "Half Moon" controllers at the company's "Step into the Rift" event in San Francisco on Thursday.
Oculus Touch will give VR users the ability to have "hand presence" Luckey said. With Touch, users will be able to manipulate objects, kind of like how Sony's Project Morpheus VR headset uses PlayStation Move controllers to do the same. Read more...More about Gaming, Vr, Virtual Reality, Tech, and Gadgets
The mysteries of star formation in a distant galaxy have been revealed in unprecedented detail, thanks to the twisting and bending of light by gravity.
By pairing the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope in Chile with a natural phenomenon known as gravitational lensing, scientists have probed the details of a galaxy 11.4 light-years away with remarkable precision and, in the process, have learned details about its structure, contents, motion and other physical characteristics. ALMA scientists also created a video of the so-called "Einstein ring's" magnifying effect.Space, Stars, Galaxy, Us World, and Einstein
Google's products are designed with the goal of improving your digital life, but the company now wants to help city dwellers IRL with Sidewalk Labs.
In a Google+ post Wednesday, Google CEO Larry Page announced the formation of Sidewalk Labs, which has the lofty goal of trying to make city life better for all. A press release on Sidewalk Labs' website described itself as an "urban innovation company" with a "focus on improving city life for residents, businesses and governments."
Heading up Sidewalk Labs will be Dan Doctoroff, former CEO of Bloomberg LP and former Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding in New York City. Doctoroff was also a Managing Partner at a private equity firm and one of the leaders of New York's failed 2012 Olympics bid. Read more...More about Google, Tech, Dev Design, Apps Software, and Sidewalk Labs
PARIS — The co-pilot who crashed a Germanwings jet into the Alps feared that he was losing his eyesight, and some of the many doctors he consulted felt he was unfit to fly, a French prosecutor said Thursday.
The doctors didn't report their concerns to Andreas Lubitz's employers, however, because of German patient privacy laws, Marseille Prosecutor Brice Robin told reporters in Paris.
Robin met with families of victims Thursday and updated reporters on the status of the investigation into the March 24 crash, which killed all 150 people aboard. Families are just starting to receive remains of their loved ones and will start holding burials in the coming days and weeks. Read more...More about Plane Crash, Us World, and Germanwings
First too old and now not sexy enough? Color us unimpressed by Hollywood
After a revealing interview in which Maggie Gyllenhaal shared how she was rejected from a movie for being too old at 37 to play opposite a 55-year-old male lead, she is now discussing the hardships she faced as a young actress
Gyllenhaal told The Hollywood Reporter in a roundtable discussion that she often received feedback from casting agents and managers that she wasn't "sexy enough" to get roles — even for terrible movies. It should be noted here Gyllenhaal is an Oscar-nominated actress, so it definitely wasn't her acting chops Read more...More about Feminism, Entertainment, Film, Conversations, and Watercooler
So when a $15,000 donation from "Taylor Swift" showed up on the GoFundMe campaign to pay the medical bills of a mother and son injured in a car crash, it seemed likely that the singer herself was behind it.
Aaron Van Riper, a volunteer firefighter from Huntsville, Texas, responded to a head-on-collision only to find that his wife Amber and son Bear were the victims, according to ABC13. Amber and Bear were air rushed to Memorial Herman hospital in Houston for emergency surgery. Read more...More about Taylor Swift, Music, Watercooler, Conversations, and Feel Good
Oculus finally debuted the long-awaited consumer version of Oculus Rift, the virtual reality headset, at a media event in San Francisco on Thursday
"For the first time we’ll finally be on the inside of the game," Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe said onstage. "Gamers have been dreaming of this. We’ve all been dreaming of this for decades."
Iribe gave a broad overview of the headset, which includes custom display and optics, constellation tracking for accurately tracking eye movements, integrated audio via headset, and advanced ergonomics. The device is scheduled to hit first quarter of 2016. Read more...More about Vr, Virtual Reality, Gaming, Tech, and Apps Software
Throughout his career, the late Christopher Lee played a variety of characters, including Count Dracula and Saruman in The Lord of the Rings, but he should also be remembered for his insightful views on the world of acting.
Although the British actor was most famous for his roles in fantasy movies, he had many other passions, including metal and opera music.
To honor the iconic actor and his celebrated career, we've compiled some of Lee's most memorable quotes, which prove he was a true artist who cared deeply for his craft Read more...More about Quotes, Entertainment, Film, Tv, and Pics
Christopher Lee was terrifying.
When I was just a preteen, my parents handed me a collection of horror film books. I was obsessed with monster movies. Not the kind of slasher and gotcha films popular today, but real monster films like Frankenstein, The Werewolf, Dracula, The Creature from the Black Lagoon. I loved them because they were creepy, even outright terrifying, and because of the way average-looking actors were transformed into my worst nightmares using movie magic.Films, Actor, Entertainment, Film, and Christopher Lee