Relationship pro tip #1: Don't call your partner "disgusting."

As she tells it, after Miranda Baker's boyfriend called her "disgusting and unattractive," she decided it was time to lose some weight β€” about 200 very specific pounds of it. On Nov. 12, the 18-year-old Iowa State University student tweeted, "After getting called disgusting last night, I successfully dropped 200lbs!! (Before and after pics)."

Screenshot (edited to blur) via Mandy_Rose99/Twitter.

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She's far from the first celebrity to have nude photos leaked online, but Sia's response is certainly unique β€” and kind of awesome.

On Nov. 6, the pop singer tweeted out a blurred photo of her naked backside with a message: "Someone is apparently trying to sell naked photos of me to my fans. Save your money, here it is for free. Everyday is Christmas!"

It was a brilliant tweet, at once diminishing the photo's value (hard to make money on something that's been sent out for free to 3.2 million people on Twitter) and embracing herself for who she is.

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It's hard to find a friend β€” especially as an adult. Several tech companies are trying to make it a little easier.

Back in March 2016, dating app Bumble launched a new feature called Bumble BFF. The premise was simple: Take the existing Bumble infrastructure and let people use the app with the specific goal of making friends. Why? Because the company realized that many people on the app were already doing that, and they might as well just make it a full-on feature.

Making connections with strangers on the internet with hopes of finding friendship is a pastime going back years. From Craigslist's "Strictly Platonic" (RIP) section to apps like Meetup, Peanut (which is aimed at moms looking for friends who are also moms), GirlCrew, and Patook β€” there's no real shortage of places trying to help you make some new pals.

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The future is now! And it's kind of scary.

Amazon's come a long way from being the little online bookstore that could. Now, in addition to delivering your packages, running your smart home features, and telling you what to wear, it may also soon be helping the government track every move you make.

A few items on that list are a little creepy, but it's really that last one that's setting off red flags with people and groups like the ACLU concerned with civil liberties.

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