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Trump got in a truck, made some funny faces, and the internet reacted accordingly

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Donald Trump welcomed members of the American Trucking Association to the White House today to listen to truckers and CEOs talk about healthcare. Later, the leader of the free world got in the cab of a truck and pretended to drive it. He pulled the horn and made some funny faces that were probably intended to look cool and tough.

The internet then did what it does, which was to have itself a laugh.

As one of my colleagues noted in Slack later, “This is like every embarrassing photo of George W. Bush ever taken, including the fake upside-down book picture, rolled into one and doubled.”

There is a rich history of politicians climbing behind the wheel of vehicles or aircraft that are way outside their ability to actually operate. It’s probably too soon to say whether Trump’s magical trucker cosplay will rise to the level of Bush’s infamous flight suit mishap, or Michael Dukakis’s ill-fated tank photo op. If anything, these photos will go down in infamy simply because they happen to coincide with the slow-motion implosion of the Republican-led effort to repeal and replace Obamacare.

(By the way, Casey wants all your Trump-in-truck jokes, so be sure to send those straight to casey@theverge.com.)

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Trump Got To Sit In A Big Boy Truck Because Today Was A Special Day

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Shia LaBeouf's anti-Trump livestream moves to the UK for 'safety'

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Since its launch in January, Shia LaBeouf's anti-Trump art piece has been mired in controversy. In its short life, "He Will Not Divide Us" has been shut down by New York's Museum of the Moving Image (its original home), played a part in LaBeouf's arr...
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Location sharing finally returns to Google Maps

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Location sharing is back in Google Maps. Google announced the addition of "real-time location sharing" to the Android and iOS apps, coming soon to an app store near you.

The process seems pretty simple: Open the navigation drawer and press the new "Share Location" button. You'll be able to send a sharing permission to a Google contact or send a link over a messaging app, and you'll be able to pick how long you want to share your location for—permanently or for a set time. Anyone you share to will get a notification from Google Maps, and they'll be able to see your location on the smartphone and Web versions of Google Maps. There's also a "share trip" button you can activate while navigating somewhere, so rather than sending someone an ETA, they can just see you drive around on the map.

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Feds: We’re pulling data from 100 phones seized during Trump inauguration

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In new filings, local prosecutors told a court in Washington, DC that within the coming weeks, they expect to extract all data from the seized cellphones of more than 100 allegedly violent protesters arrested during the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Prosecutors also said that this search is validated by recently issued warrants.

The court filing, which was first reported Wednesday by BuzzFeed News, states that approximately half of the protestors prosecuted with rioting or inciting a riot had their phones taken by authorities. Prosecutors hope to uncover any evidence relevant to the case. Under normal judicial procedures, the feds have vowed to share such data with defense attorneys and to delete all irrelevant data.

"All of the Rioter Cell Phones were locked, which requires more time-sensitive efforts to try to obtain the data," Jennifer Kerkhoff, an assistant United States attorney, wrote.

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Facebook’s new Messenger-like comments format is chat bubble overload

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Remember when Facebook used to routinely change its website layout around and confused / incited anger in everyone every few months? These days it’s sticking to a pretty standard look, but the company does test a few format changes here and there to see what might be worth updating.

The latest update appears to be in the comments section on the Facebook mobile app, which swaps the flat line-by-line format with Messenger-like chat bubbles. Replies also look similar to Messenger, with individual bubbles underneath the original comment.

“We are always working to make Facebook a more visual and engaging place to have conversations,” Facebook said. “So we're testing multiple design updates in News Feed, including a more conversational way to comment on posts.”

Facebook also said it’s testing this with a “small percentage” of users, so if you hate it, don’t worry — it’s not a guarantee that the format is permanent. Personally, I think that while the design does make each comment stand out more, it also looks cluttered. The current format is clean and easy on the eyes, though it’s understandable to see why Facebook would want to grab your attention and maximize time spent on the app.

Are you seeing this update on your app? What are your thoughts?

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I have the new format. I hate it.
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