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Nicolas Cage expresses 'frustration' with Cage rage internet meme

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - September 19, 2018 18057

Actor says his over-the-top acting style is ‘all very thought out and carefully planned’

Nicolas Cage has expressed his frustration with “Cage rage” internet memes, saying they are “frustrating” and unfair to him and the directors of his films.

In an interview with Indiewire to promote his latest film Mandy, a gory action-horror in which Cage plays a revenger looking to take down a satanic biker gang, Cage said: “I’m sure it’s frustrating for [director] Panos [Cosmatos], who has made what I consider a very lyrical, internal, and poetic work of art, to have this ‘Cage rage’ thing slammed all over his movie … the internet has kind of done the movie a disservice.

Time to regulate bitcoin, says Treasury committee report

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - September 18, 2018 5646

MPs in UK say ‘wild west’ cryptocurrency industry is leaving investors vulnerable

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are “wild west” assets that expose investors to a litany of risks and are in urgent need of regulation, MPs on the Treasury select committee have said.

The committee said in a report that consumers were left unprotected from an unregulated industry that aided money laundering, while the government and regulators “bumble along” and fail to take action.

Macron merchandise takes the French for mugs | Pauline Bock

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - September 16, 2018 5231

Outrageously expensive T-shirts, bracelets and tote bags do nothing for the French president’s image at a time of crisis

Always wanted to drink your tea in an Emmanuel Macron mug? Rejoice: on Friday, the Elysée presidential palace launched its online gift shop. The collection of official souvenirs includes Macron-themed mugs for €24.90 (£22) and T-shirts (€55). About 12% of the sales will be put toward the renovation of the 300-year-old building.

Help – I think I’m in an abusive relationship with Alexa | Emma Brockes

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - September 20, 2018 4517

Bonding with devices such as the Echo may be liberating, but there’s an emotional cost

“Alexa, how are you feeling?” I said to my Amazon Echo this week, partly out of curiosity, and partly to model for my kids how we can still be nice to things that don’t have feelings. Alexa’s light bar twinkled like Knight Rider’s sentient car, Kitt. “I’m fine, how are you?” she answered flatly.