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Yes, you’re losing Twitter followers. No, it’s not because you’re an asshole (probably).

Twitter today announced it’d be removing locked accounts from users’ follower counts. If you’ve noticed a precipitous drop in follower counts today, it’s not you — it’s your followers. Reports surfaced earlier this week that Twitter had suspended a multitude of fake accounts in the months of May and June — apparently in an attempt to curb the rise of bot and their accompanying cocktail of issues. The number of accounts targeted is reportedly around 70 million. To be clear, locked accounts aren’t bot accounts necessarily — at one point, they were created and operated by a real person. Accounts …read more

Nails in the coffin: man with world’s longest fingernails finally cuts them off

Shridhar Chillal, whose 66-year-old nails were the length of a London bus, has passed them on to a New York museum

They took 66 years to grow but only a couple of minutes to chop off. On Wednesday, Shridhar Chillal from Pune, India, who holds the Guinness World Record for the longest fingernails ever recorded on a single hand, finally cut his nails. Or rather, a technician wearing a face mask and wielding a power tool carefully removed them during a “nail clipping ceremony” in New York.

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Acting US Environmental Chief to Continue Deregulation

The acting head of the Environmental Protection Agency plans to keep cutting anti-pollution rules and regulations on industry.

Andrew Wheeler held his first meeting with EPA employees Wednesday after taking over the job for Scott Pruitt, who resigned last week amid allegations of ethics violations.

Wheeler, like Pruitt and President Donald Trump, believes the nation’s air and water can still be protected without what they say are job-killing regulations and pollution standards on industry.

Wheeler said the EPA would make cleaning up Superfund industrial waste sites and investing in water infrastructure priorities.

He promised to listen to all voices within the agency. “I value …read more