So, Fyre isn’t just a music festival. Meet Ja Rule’s company

April 29, 2017

… sister’s combined high school and college graduation. That was nearly 7 years ago, and it required me Googleing for the band’s contact information and then having a lot of back-and-forth negotiating. The Fyre website also integrates with Spotify so you can listen to the artist’s music on-demand, and Bandsintown so you can see when and where they’re already scheduled to play. So tech savvy! So fun! I can imagine it being even more useful for a venue operator, not just a …

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New Snapchat data shows its bringing more eyes to all devices

April 29, 2017

… measurement. Nielsen and Snap declined to disclose the names of the partners. It did include media companies that have a presence on TV, digital and/or mobile. It also declined to reveal more information about the users surveyed, but said their usage varied. “Why the story is so interesting is it wasnt a filtered group of heavy Snapchat user. It was anyone who’s used Discover,” Sikdar said. Snapchat also boosted reach of Discover partner’s mobile audience, with a 23 …

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How Britain is trying to censor the porn you watch

April 29, 2017

… how to keep personal data safe, according to Jackman. Moreover, there is no statutory body to ensure the information provided through the checks is secure. “Companies could scrape personal information with no restrictions and monetise the information for financial gain,” he said. There is also the possibility that hackers could access the data and leak the information as it happened with the Ashley Madison leaks. As we saw with the Ashley Madison leaks, the hacking of private …

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What Sheryl Sandberg can teach you about loss, grief, and resilience

April 25, 2017

… responsible for transforming the way we communicate and get information. When Facebook is hit with complaints about viral fake news influencing elections, or live video gone horribly wrong, the Facebook groups founded by Sandberg, Lean In and now Option B, subtly defend the company. They’re offering a powerful counter-narrative about how the platform helps people make life-changing connections. In short, Sandberg is a complicated public figure. You’d be right to have reservations …

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The British resistance is coming at you with Google docs

April 24, 2017

… anything,” Snowden said. It was retweeted hundreds of times and has put her in touch with others who are trying to disseminate information on tactical voting. The spreadsheet’s columns list which seats are safe to vote Labour and which are better to vote Liberal Democrat or Greens as they would have a better chance of beating the Tory candidate. It’s a work in progress as conditions on the ground change. There’s a mobile friendly tab, and a tab with lots of links to …

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Bill Nye: Science made America great

April 23, 2017

… information technology? Consider a city with no sewers. Be thankful for antibiotics and polio vaccines. These technologies derive from our science. To suppress scientific discoveries such as evolution, the benefit of vaccines, or global warming apparently based on nothing but intuition will soon prove costly and fruitless — and in some heretofore-productive agricultural regions, very costly and literally fruitless. These examples and countless others are connected to policy issues, which …

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‘Were close’ BBG Ventures President Susan Lyne on the future of women-led startups

April 20, 2017

… that teams with a female founder have better outcomes. First Round, one of the oldest early-stage VCs in NYC, did a look-back at their first 10 years of investing and discovered that companies with a female founder performed 63% better than all-male teams. It shouldnt be surprising: research has consistently shown that diverse teams drive better results because theyre more likely to challenge assumptions. That forces you to focus more on facts and to process information more carefully and gets …

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’13 Reasons Why’ proves that we still don’t know how to portray suicide

April 20, 2017

… problems.” “The genie is out of the bottle. Now it really is about containing it.” Klein is worried that only the behind-the-scenes episode prompts viewers to reach out for help by pointing them to a website with crisis information. She believes each installment should begin and end with that message. Better yet, she says, Netflix could update the series with cast member-led conversations about its themes, and include practical information about how to reach out for help and …

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Football child abuse suspects put at 250 – BBC News

April 19, 2017

In its last update in January, the number of victims stood at 526, while the number of potential suspects stood at 184. Police forces across the UK have received an increased number of calls from victims and from people offering information since the hotline was set up. The NPCC said 25 referrals to the inquiry related to sports other than football. These have included rugby, gymnastics, martial arts, tennis, wrestling, golf, sailing, athletics, cricket and swimming. While the number of …

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A Look Back At 6 Seasons Of Perfect ‘Girls’ Quotes

April 17, 2017

… no to sh*t you hate. Hannah ** I have a job to do now. Im trying to focus. Im not here to fill up your life with f**king stories for your f**king Twitter. Adam Ill have a bunch of party pictures that I can post to Instagram. Because I know he checks it … He f**king checks it. Marnie ** Theyre both white? Marnie By the way, TMI is such an outdated concept. Theres no such thing as too much information, this is the information age! Hannah ** Your voice is great. …

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Snapchat is helping advertisers by sharing where you snap

April 14, 2017

… geofilters you use. Sounds like a lot of data and targeting something that Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel has preached he is quite cautious over. Snapchat cautioned in their release notes that the company is dedicated to protecting users’ privacy. Snap does not share location information with advertisers, and Snapchat users can also opt-out of any location-based targeting by turning off location services. Unlike other apps (*cough* Facebook and Uber *cough*), Snapchat does not track …

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When Heroin Almost Took My Life, My Phone Saved It

April 11, 2017

… social media allows people to communicate freely and share information, it enables the creation of like-minded groups. If these groups are big enough, or driven enough, they have the potential to positively influence and shape cultural progress. Recent examples of this include the Green Revolution in Iran, Arab Spring, the Occupy movement, and #BlackLivesMatter protests. And, of course, the new grassroots movement to end the stigma of addiction. Our community, once marginalized and shamed into …

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Foul-mouthed chatbot wants to help women close the pay gap

April 6, 2017

… ad agency R/GA and is being promoted through a partnership between The Muse (a career site), Ladies Get Paid (a professional community for women), Reply.ai (a company that builds chatbots), and, PayScale (a firm that tracks salary information). Facebook users can find the bot by searching Facebook for “Ask Cindy Gallop” or by using this direct Messenger link. The bot wastes no time getting to the point. She asks for your employer’s zip code, your job title, and the number of …

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Facebook’s new News Feed: Your go-to destination for spam, probably

April 5, 2017

… one there counts as engagement, but Facebook surely dreams of more growth than that. Enter the second feed, accessed by a rocket blasting off to … what, exactly? Hot hot hot trending content? Early reports suggest the rocket feed focuses on local information, which could open up an opportunity for more location-specific advertisements, but until the feature rolls out more broadly we can’t be sure. But now that we’ve had a taste, its introduction raises a larger question: Just …

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People are selling old girl scout cookies on Amazon. Not cool.

April 4, 2017

… information didn’t make you reconsider buying the cookies on Amazon, what about the thought of sad little Girl Scouts put out of business? “Further,” the rep explained, “purchasing cookies in this way does not support Girl Scouts participating in the cookie program… Its important to remember that, when you buy cookies from a Girl Scout, you are doing so much more than scoring a box of treatsyou are investing in her future, and the future leadership of our country. …

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Google’s Mars data center and weather control system are just a couple of its best April Fools’ Day pranks

April 3, 2017

… products would be kind of cool, despite how wildly impractical they are. Here’s the running list of what Google’s “rolled out” today so far: Google Gnome Although the name rhymes with the very real Google Home, this imagined Google digital assistant is instead designed to sit outdoors and help you out with all matters related to weekend backyard lounging and the occasional bit of garden work. Delivering information bits about weather, edible plant life and a …

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There’s no need for April Fools’ Day because we’re living in a fake news nightmare

April 2, 2017

… that’s why April Fools’ Day needs to die. SEE ALSO: Stop dropping April Fools’ jokes a day early. Now. “April’s Fool Day is a day when you have to constantly engage the critical and sceptical part of the brain so you don’t get duped,” says Claire Wardle, Director of Research and Strategy of First Draft News. “Now that we are increasingly encountering information that has been fabricated, manipulated or is downright misleading, we need to be …

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Dank Mickey D’s sauces soon coming in bottled form

March 29, 2017

… “The Bic Mac Sauce remains timeless and customers around the world continue to enjoy its signature taste.” We’re hoping the same goes for the Filet-O Fish and McChicken sauces, but we have contacted McDonald’s for clarification and will update as new information comes in. …

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Swear and still sound educated by understanding the origin of those curse words

March 27, 2017

… some of the best words of all time? SEE ALSO: Here’s proof that ‘Finding Dory’ is better with a bunch of swearing We looked into this vital question and are here to report back to you what we have found. We leaned heavily on the Online Etymology Dictionary (OED) for information, in addition to various online dictionaries such as Merriam-Webster, Dictionary.com and the free online Oxford Dictionary. (The internet can teach you things, everyone.) Image: AMBAR DEL …

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Twitter just floated the idea of a premium service

March 25, 2017

… information in todays world, this advanced TweetDeck experience will be designed to help you get even more out of Twitter. This premium tool set will provide valuable viewing, posting, and signaling tools like alerts, trends and activity analysis, advanced analytics, and composing and posting tools all in one customizable dashboard. It will be designed to make it easier than ever to keep up with multiple interests, grow your audience, and see even more great content and information in …

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Social media has turned me into a sexual oversharer

March 25, 2017

… sexual escapade. “Rachel,” my new housemate said without a hint of a smile. “That is too much information for me. Seriously.” SEE ALSO: Facebook’s Snapchat clone is perfect for laying down thirst traps for crushes She wasn’t being coy, or faux-polite. The look on her face told me she really didn’t want to hear about the graphic intricacies of any of my sexual experiences. I don’t blame her. I had assumed that someone I barely knew would want to …

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Tokyo: Insider Travel Guide

March 23, 2017

(CNN)Tokyo is a city that can roar one moment and whisper at the next, a place where almost anything seems possible. After all, 13 million people share this 2,188-square-kilometer piece of the planet, which is home to some of the world’s top restaurants, stores and cafs. It’s also a one-stop center for the best of Japan — culture, quality products and impeccable service. …

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Why sports betting is starting to look a lot more like Wall Street

March 20, 2017

… president of marketing. Thats in turn driving the demand for real-time data. The information can be disseminated faster than a television broadcast, which comes in with a multi-second transmission delay. Ultra-fast and accurate data provide sophisticated gamblers with a material advantage over someone operating on a five to 10-second delay via a television feed, said Ryan Rodenberg, an associate professor of forensic sports law analytics at Florida State University. The edge is most notable in …

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