New Snapchat data shows its bringing more eyes to all devices

April 29, 2017

Image: kerry flynn/mashable Snapchat’s pitch to big brands has been the same for a while the opportunity not just to reach its coveted, young audience but to also boost viewership on other platforms. New data shows that Snapchat’s claims could be true, though the situation opens up a traditionally thorny issue for marketers around causation and correlation. The Nielsen-commissioned data, released by Snap and first reported by Axios, shows that media companies that partnered on …

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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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The secret Instagram ‘pods’ fighting the new algorithm one like at a time

April 20, 2017

… comments.” Instagram blogger Meggan, who runs @CardiganJezebel, describes a pod as “essentially a group message on Instagram”. Members of the group follow each other, and constantly like and comment on one another’s posts to keep pod members’ posts showing up in other people’s timelines. After Meggan became part of a few pods through Facebook groups and Twitter, she says she’s been getting better reach and engagement on her Insta posts. …

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This country’s most expensive film of all time costs $150 million

April 20, 2017

… Shetty reckons that film would reach 3 billion people that’s a little less than half the world’s population. That’s quite ambitious. Since ‘Mahabharata’ is an epic, literally, one telling might not do justice to the subject. Hence, the film will be produced in two parts and is scheduled to go on floors by September 2018 for a release in early 2020. The second part will be released within 90 days of the first. We’re waiting! WATCH: If ‘La La Land’ …

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Nina Simone and me: An artist and activist revisited

April 17, 2017

(CNN)I was surfing online when I stumbled upon a mural in Baltimore painted by artist Ernest Shaw. It’s a three-headed portrait of civil rights icons: James Baldwin, Malcolm X and, of course, Nina Simone. Even within the boundaries of my computer screen, the painting on the side of a building at 401 Lafayette Street was powerful. Curious that the artist had chosen Simone as part of the trifecta, I dialed Shaw, a 41-year-old teacher at the Maryland Academy of Technology & Health …

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Retro tech provides a brief escape from the depressing nightmare of the present

April 12, 2017

… forthcoming iPhone 8 will featured a curved back in homage to the original 10-year-old iPhone. Like we said, fun. While fantasizing about a semi-imaginary past just barely out of reach may, in the eyes of some, stifle innovation, it also clearly brings a little joy to the otherwise dreary present. With that in mind, allow us to predict the next wave of retro tech surely hitting Amazon warehouse shelves any time now. Wearables Yeah, smartwatches are pretty cool, but it won’t be long before …

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Masters 2017: Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia lead into final round at Augusta

April 9, 2017

(CNN)One’s got a gold medal and wants a green jacket, the other just wants a major title. Olympic champion Justin Rose and Spain’s Sergio Garcia surged to the front on an absorbing afternoon at Augusta to take a one-shot lead over Rickie Fowler into the final round of the Masters Sunday. Follow @cnnsport England’s Rose shot 67 and Garcia hit 70 to reach six under and overhaul long-time breakaway Charley Hoffman, who fell out of the lead for the first time since Thursday …

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Masters 2017: Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler in leading quartet

April 8, 2017

(CNN) Five years ago at Augusta he said he wasn’t “good enough” to win a major, now Sergio Garcia shares the halfway lead with Charley Hoffman, Thomas Pieters and Rickie Fowler at the Masters. Garcia fired a three-under 69 on another breezy day in Georgia to reach four under and erase the four-shot overnight lead of Hoffman, who added a 75 to his opening 65 to slip back. Follow @cnnsport Belgian debutant Pieters, 25, who played a starring role for Europe on his Ryder Cup …

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Jeff Bezos is going to sell off a ton of Amazon stock to fund Blue Origin

April 7, 2017

Jeff and his rocket nozzleImage: Blankinship/AP/REX/Shutterstock So many people have dreams of going to space, surrounded by the cosmos, and so close to the planetsthose shining, glorious jewels hanging in the black vastness of spacethat it feels like we can reach out, grab them, and hold them in the palms of our hands. So does Jeff Bezos. And lucky for him, he actually has the money to do it. And now we know how the seriously super megarich Bezos, whodid we mention he’s rich?is planning …

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Meet Memoji, the app that turns you into an emoji

April 2, 2017

… like this otherwise cute selfie I took in February that will now give my friends nightmares: Or this gif I saved of Daniel Radcliffe that will never be the same: “Emojis have become a part of everyday conversation and guide the way we chat and share our emotions, but the overall reach and impact of this important technology is limited,” said Nir Pochter, chief marketing officer of Lightricks, in a statement. “As emoji connoisseurs, we knew that the next level of …

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The internet histories of Congress aren’t as available as you might think

March 31, 2017

… questions, but he’s yet to respond as of this writing. The other campaign was started by Misha Collins, the actor of Supernatural fame who lives in Los Angeles, California. His campaign’s raised around $70,000 as of this writing, out of a stated goal of $500 million. Collins’s goal is to buy the internet histories of those who voted to rescind data privacy measures, and says money will go to the ACLU if he doesn’t reach his goal. But some cold water’s been thrown on …

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Snapchat turns to sponsored geofilters as it pushes to compete with Facebook, Instagram

March 28, 2017

… own payment schedule. Brands also see the numbers of views and uses of the filters. There are two key reasons why small businesses benefit from Snapchat, said Brian Selander, an entrepreneur in residence at SeventySix Capital and formerly EVP of Whistle Sports. “Bucket one is the ability to have the ripple effect of eyeballs across social channels,” Selander said. “Two, it’s still really cheap especially on a local level to be able to reach a lot of people.” Eyeball …

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