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For months, the Twitter-addicted and conspiracy-addled US president has become increasingly convinced that just like the media, Silicon Valley tech companies he barely understands are out to get him. Claims that the largely West Coast-based tech world is secretly undermining the conservative movement have long been a right-wing bogeyman, but with Donald Trump leading the charge it's been an open question whether he will use federal resources to crack down on them.

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Call me old-fashioned, but most of my Twitter interactions are done via desktop PCs, with the Twitter website serving as my primary interface. And it's terrible. Use it for even a short period and it'll start to chug, forcing one to close and reopen the tab (in Chrome at least) to get normal performance back. Only recently did I stumble upon a fix — the mobile site.

The Earth's atmosphere is home to some gorgeous phenomena... it's just difficult to capture on film. Take, for instance, so-called "noctilucent" clouds -- NASA had to fly a giant balloon into the sky, over 80km high, to get its images. Six million shots, in fact, and NASA has only just started sifting through them.

A seafood restaurant in Maine claims to have a more compassionate method when serving up its lobsters: get them stoned first. Charlotte's Legendary Lobsters Pound now offers patrons the option of having their tasty crustaceans "sedated" with weed before being steamed to death. According to owner Charlotte Gill, Roscoe was the first shellfish she got high by placing it in an enclosed box and blowing cannabis smoke into the water like a reverse bong.

An international team of researchers is claiming to have discovered traces of cholesterol on a fossil of Dickinsonia — a mysterious creature that lived during the primordial Ediacaran Period. This evidence, the researchers say, makes Dickinsonia the oldest known animal in the fossil record. But the discovery is not without its critics, who say the new work is unconvincing.

Today is Hobbit Day — the birthday of J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved heroes, Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. I also happen to be a few months away from celebrating my own Hobbit Birthday, 33 and a third years young. So I foolishly thought, "I’ve avoided watching Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit movies until now. Maybe it’s time I gave them a chance."

Nine hours later, I feel as though I’ve aged another 33 and a third years. I’m older but none the wiser, doomed to wander the depths of Middle-earth full of sorrow, regret and troll spit chilli. Why did nobody warn me?

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Here is your Netflix binge-list for the week, fresh from the Australian servers! The best brand-new additions include the hotly anticipated Netflix original Maniac, NYPD drama The Good Cop, Dragon Pilot: Hisone and Masotan and the Quincy Jones documentary Quincy.