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Snapchat to Add In-App Advertisements This Weekend

Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Snapchat announced on Friday that it would begin placing advertisements for American users this weekend, the first time the app will feature ads in its “recent updates” space.

According to a post on the Snapchat blog, the ads won’t involve collecting user data to find ads that interest individual users. Instead, “an advertisement will appear in your Recent Updates from time to time, and you can choose if you want to watch it.” The ads will even disappear from the “Recent Updates” feed within 24 hours.

The company promised in its post that ads wouldn’t appear in users’ personal communications — their normal snaps or chat conversations, as “that would be totally rude.”

Snapchat says it hopes to “deliver an experience that’s fun and informative, the way ads used to be, before they got creepy and targeted.”

The decision was made, the post acknowledges, to make money, but the company believes it can do so in a way that will avoid detracting from its product.

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Mark Cuban Tweets He’s Buying Netflix Stock

ABC/Bob D’Amico(NEW YORK) — Billionaire and star of Shark Tank posted to his Twitter account Friday saying that he intended to buy stock in Netflix, just one day after the company reported disappointing earnings.

On Thursday, Netflix reported worse-than-expected subscriber growth, which led to a big drop for the company’s stock in after-hours trading. Nonetheless, Cuban believes the company has tremendous value.

“I’m buying NFLX stock,” Cuban’s tweet read. He went on to note Netflix’s size compared to other Internet and media companies.

I’m buying NFLX stock. At half of YHOO, 10B<Twitter and small pct of major media companies, Someone will try to buy them. #GetLongGetLoud

— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) October 17, 2014

In a reply tweet to a follower, Cuban stated his belief that Netflix’s value far surpasses its current price.

.@ChartProphet imho the value of nflx is so much more than its price that even if a buyer wrote a 8b check to pay it off its a bargain

— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) October 17, 2014

Cuban, the 223rd wealthiest person in America, according to Forbes magazine’s latest ranking, is worth an estimated $2.7 billion.

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Alex Smith’s Gearing Up for Return to San Diego

Jason O. Watson/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — San Diego native Alex Smith is looking forward to the Chiefs game against the Chargers (5-1) on Sunday.

Kansas City sits at 2-3 and Smith knows how important a divisional game is.

“These games are physical,” Smith said. “They’re tough games, you expect that. It’s going to come down to the end; back and forth; you have to find a way to be on the right side of that.”

Smith, who grew up playing High School football in San Diego, said that the goal was always to get to play in the spotlight.

“That was the goal to get to play at Qualcomm,” Smith said. “Championship game was played there, it was a big deal. Fortunately I got to play there twice, my junior and senior year.”

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is off to one of his best career starts and Smith is well aware of their offensive attack.

“Within the pocket I think he is probably as good as there is,” Smith said of his fellow quarterback. “He gets it out quick, anticipates, really does some good things.”

The Chiefs are 1-2 on the road this year. San Diego is 3-0 at Qualcomm Stadium.

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Alex Smith’s Gearing Up for Return to San Diego

Jason O. Watson/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — San Diego native Alex Smith is looking forward to the Chiefs game against the Chargers (5-1) on Sunday.

Kansas City sits at 2-3 and Smith knows how important a divisional game is.

“These games are physical,” Smith said. “They’re tough games, you expect that. It’s going to come down to the end; back and forth; you have to find a way to be on the right side of that.”

Smith, who grew up playing High School football in San Diego, said that the goal was always to get to play in the spotlight.

“That was the goal to get to play at Qualcomm,” Smith said. “Championship game was played there, it was a big deal. Fortunately I got to play there twice, my junior and senior year.”

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is off to one of his best career starts and Smith is well aware of their offensive attack.

“Within the pocket I think he is probably as good as there is,” Smith said of his fellow quarterback. “He gets it out quick, anticipates, really does some good things.”

The Chiefs are 1-2 on the road this year. San Diego is 3-0 at Qualcomm Stadium.

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Alex Smith’s Gearing Up for Return to San Diego

Jason O. Watson/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — San Diego native Alex Smith is looking forward to the Chiefs game against the Chargers (5-1) on Sunday.

Kansas City sits at 2-3 and Smith knows how important a divisional game is.

“These games are physical,” Smith said. “They’re tough games, you expect that. It’s going to come down to the end; back and forth; you have to find a way to be on the right side of that.”

Smith, who grew up playing High School football in San Diego, said that the goal was always to get to play in the spotlight.

“That was the goal to get to play at Qualcomm,” Smith said. “Championship game was played there, it was a big deal. Fortunately I got to play there twice, my junior and senior year.”

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is off to one of his best career starts and Smith is well aware of their offensive attack.

“Within the pocket I think he is probably as good as there is,” Smith said of his fellow quarterback. “He gets it out quick, anticipates, really does some good things.”

The Chiefs are 1-2 on the road this year. San Diego is 3-0 at Qualcomm Stadium.

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Alex Smith’s Gearing Up for Return to San Diego

Jason O. Watson/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — San Diego native Alex Smith is looking forward to the Chiefs game against the Chargers (5-1) on Sunday.

Kansas City sits at 2-3 and Smith knows how important a divisional game is.

“These games are physical,” Smith said. “They’re tough games, you expect that. It’s going to come down to the end; back and forth; you have to find a way to be on the right side of that.”

Smith, who grew up playing High School football in San Diego, said that the goal was always to get to play in the spotlight.

“That was the goal to get to play at Qualcomm,” Smith said. “Championship game was played there, it was a big deal. Fortunately I got to play there twice, my junior and senior year.”

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is off to one of his best career starts and Smith is well aware of their offensive attack.

“Within the pocket I think he is probably as good as there is,” Smith said of his fellow quarterback. “He gets it out quick, anticipates, really does some good things.”

The Chiefs are 1-2 on the road this year. San Diego is 3-0 at Qualcomm Stadium.

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Dane Cook Calls Out Kate Hudson As His Worst On-Screen Kiss Ever

Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) — Dane Cook may not have had a ton of on-screen kisses in his day, but he knows what his worst one was.

When asked, without hesitating, he responded, “Kate Hudson.”

“I did a movie with her, My Best Friend’s Girl, and I think she purposely ate like a feast of onions before our scene,” he said, during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live. “I had to burn her on that one!”

Cook, 42, who’s promoting a new special, Troublemaker, also revealed that he bedded “a few hundred” groupies in his “younger days,” and revealed his biggest male comedic crush.

“Who’s funny? Who’s a handsome young man?” he wondered. “Gary Gulman.”

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Arizona AG Won’t Appeal Ruling That Struck Down Ban on Same-Sex Marriages

iStock/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) — After a district court judge ruled against Arizona’s ban on same-sex marriage, the state’s attorney general has decided not to further defend the law.

According to a press release posted to Attorney General Tom Horne’s website, the decision not to defend the state’s law is “based on legal considerations rather than policy considerations.”

“A number of Attorneys General have refused to defend laws defining marriage as between a man and a woman,” he said. “I have not been among that group. I have fought to defend the laws as passed by the voters of Arizona.” However, Horne said, “the first duty of the Attorney General is to be a good lawyer.” Further, he highlights a rule that governs lawyers, by which “it is unethical for a lawyer to file a pleading for purposes of delay rather than to achieve a result.”

Because both a federal district court and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals have ruled against the state’s law, and the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review the case of three other circuits in “essentially identical circumstances,” Horne admitted that “the probability of persuading the 9th circuit to reverse today’s decision is zero…the probability of the United States Supreme Court accepting review of the 9th circuit decision is also zero.”

Horne decided, therefore, that “the only purpose to be served by filing another appeal would be to waste the taxpayer’s money,” prompting his decision not to appeal.

“I am issuing a letter today to the 15 county clerks of court with the directive that based on today’s decision by the Federal District Court, they can issue licenses for same sex marriages immediately,” he added.

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Arizona AG Won’t Appeal Ruling That Struck Down Ban on Same-Sex Marriages

iStock/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) — After a district court judge ruled against Arizona’s ban on same-sex marriage, the state’s attorney general has decided not to further defend the law.

According to a press release posted to Attorney General Tom Horne’s website, the decision not to defend the state’s law is “based on legal considerations rather than policy considerations.”

“A number of Attorneys General have refused to defend laws defining marriage as between a man and a woman,” he said. “I have not been among that group. I have fought to defend the laws as passed by the voters of Arizona.” However, Horne said, “the first duty of the Attorney General is to be a good lawyer.” Further, he highlights a rule that governs lawyers, by which “it is unethical for a lawyer to file a pleading for purposes of delay rather than to achieve a result.”

Because both a federal district court and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals have ruled against the state’s law, and the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review the case of three other circuits in “essentially identical circumstances,” Horne admitted that “the probability of persuading the 9th circuit to reverse today’s decision is zero…the probability of the United States Supreme Court accepting review of the 9th circuit decision is also zero.”

Horne decided, therefore, that “the only purpose to be served by filing another appeal would be to waste the taxpayer’s money,” prompting his decision not to appeal.

“I am issuing a letter today to the 15 county clerks of court with the directive that based on today’s decision by the Federal District Court, they can issue licenses for same sex marriages immediately,” he added.

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Hurricane Gonzalo Approaching Bermuda

NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team(HAMILTON, Bermuda) — Hurricane Gonzalo continues to roar towards Bermuda Friday and is now less than 200 miles from the small island.

The Category 3 hurricane — packing maximum sustained winds of 125 mph — forced officials in Bermuda to issue a Hurricane Warning.

While the storm will weaken as it approaches, loss of life and property remains a genuine concern. Storm surge could top 10 feet at the shore, waves could climb above 20 feet and winds could surpass 100 mph.

It’s been a while since Bermuda has taken a hit as strong as this may be. Hurricane Fabian in 2003 brought winds to 120 mph and killed at least four people.

Watch a live stream from Bermuda as Hurricane Gonzalo approaches, courtesy of PTZtv.com:

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