A visual journey through the evolution of the influencer

July 22, 2017

Image: Sabelskaya/shutterstock Influencer marketing has changed everything. Influencer marketing hasnt changed a thing. Thats the tension todays social media celebrities have created. And its not just marketers, brands, and stars who feel confused. Its everyday customers as well. Especially when it comes to who to trust. In a sense, theres nothing new about influencer marketing. Humans have always been swayed by the endorsements of the people they look up to….

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Russian TV network is trolling the U.S. with ads about the election and hacking accusations

July 20, 2017

Fire so bright, Putin's gotta wear shades.Image: SPUTNIK/KREM/REX/Shutterstock UPDATE (2:05 p.m. ET): Updated to include statement from RT to Mashable. You didn’t think that Russia would just sit quietly and take all this talk of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and alleged collusion with the Trump campaign, did you? SEE ALSO: Trump and Putin unironically discussed forming a ‘cyber security unit’ RT, the English-language television network, has rolled…

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Ed Sheeran is taking on ticket scalpers to save his fans money

July 20, 2017

Good guy Ed SheeranImage: Getty Images Ed Sheeran may have found a way to redeem himself for his dud of a cameo in this week’s Game of Thrones. The singer has cancelled 10,000 of the tickets to his forthcoming London shows next June to prevent ticket resale sites from turning them around at massively inflated prices. SEE ALSO: Ed Sheeran’s ‘Game of Thrones’ cameo made me extremely angry Third-party dealers…

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6 social entrepreneurs whose companies are bettering the world

July 19, 2017

Image: samasource As the trend of social entrepreneurship takes root in economies around the globe, future-focused impact investors are stepping up to the plate to help build a better world for generations to come. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are a set of 17 objectives to tackle global issues like hunger, joblessness, poverty, climate change, and food waste, among others. Below, we’ve selected six young people as examples of entrepreneurs…

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Can Chance the Rapper save Soundcloud from dying?

July 16, 2017

Image: juannomore/flickr Good news for amateur rappers and podcasters everywhere: Soundcloud may have just gotten a new lease on lifeand it seems Chance the Rapper may be to thank. The Chicago rapper tweeted Friday afternoon that the popular but broke audio streaming startup is “here to stay” after a “very fruitful call” with CEO and co-founder, Alex Ljung. The reassurance comes after reports earlier this week claimed the company may…

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In autonomous driving, real-world testing is taking a backseat

July 16, 2017

Image: imageBROKER/REX/Shutterstock To date, some of the hottest players in the autonomous arena have put their energy into driving endless miles in order to fine-tune their AI-based technology. Its time consuming and expensive, and most approved test driving sites have been in parts of the world with sunny skies and dry roads, hardly indicative of common driving conditions. With this mile-by-mile method, its hard to imagine self-driving could become commonplace…

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Twitter hires new CFO, who cut his teeth at Goldman Sachs

July 12, 2017

Image: getty images Twitter, everyone’s favorite social network for seeing inside President Donald Trump’s mind, has struggled with pleasing Wall Street and struggled to improve its diversity numbers. On Tuesday, the company announced a new member of the flock who might be able to help with the first problem (but sure doesn’t help with the second): Ned Segal will start as Twitter’s chief financial officer in August. SEE ALSO: Why…

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50 business ideas you can launch for cheap (or even free)

July 12, 2017

Image: Shutterstock / Sergey Nivens Its no longer taboo for people to ditch the daily 9-to-5 grind and start their own business. In fact, its beyond easy starting a business for almost nothing these days. But, what businesses are guaranteed to make a million dollars? Heres 50 cheap, or even free, business ideas that will accomplish that goal. 1. Consulting Do you already have knowledge or experience in a specific…

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Build your brand with these online courses

July 5, 2017

Image: pixabay.com Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Whether you run a small business or are just working on a great side hustle, maintaining an exceptional online presence is crucial. Carving out time for online courses may seem like the last thing on your mind, but the more you know, the more youll be able to do. One University…

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Ed Sheeran is just the latest celebrity to leave Twitter. Here’s why.

July 5, 2017

"Gooooodbye Twiiiiittter."Image: James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock Ed Sheeran is just the latest victim. A recent interview revealed that the singer-songwriter has, for the most part, signed off Twitter. SEE ALSO: Ed Sheeran has announced he’s quitting Twitter for a depressing reason The 140-character platform that once referred to itself as a social network has defined itself as a news network as of late, as it tries to convince investors, advertisers, and the…

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Lewis Hamilton on preparing for life after Formula One

June 30, 2017

(CNN)“No one else is going to do it for me, that’s for sure.” One of the fastest drivers of his generation, the three-time Formula One champion has always been a go getter. Much like David Beckham in the soccer world, Hamilton has become a celebrity outside his sport, often being snapped in the front row at fashion week and on the red carpet of film premieres — and he’s also…

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A VidCon veteran reveals this year’s big takeaways

June 29, 2017

Image: brendan gahan People go to VidCon to take selfies with YouTube stars. For the last eight years, Ive gone to learn about the changing landscape and the future of video. What Woodstock was to music, VidCon is to digital video. Ive attended from the beginning, so Ive gotten to see the event mature from 1,400 people attending taking over the Hyatt Regency in LA into an influencer marketing epicenter…

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Facebook scores biggest sports livestream deal yet

June 28, 2017

Marcelo of Real Madrid under pressure from Andrea Barzagli of Juventus during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Juventus and Real Madrid.Image: CameraSport via Getty Images Facebook’s live sports offer is taking a giant step-over. SEE ALSO: Facebook to stream MLB games, continues grabbing live sports rights Facebook will livestream more than a dozen matches from the Champions League, European soccer’s top tournament, as part of a new deal…

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Spotify is hosting a six-city hip-hop tour starting with Gucci Mane

June 28, 2017

Spotify may be bleeding money as it tries to win back the love and respect of artists, but thats not stopping the music-streaming service from partying. SEE ALSO: You can now make Spotify playlists in your group chat Starting this summer, Spotify is hosting a six-city tour in partnership with Live Nation, the company announced Tuesday. The series is called RapCaviar Live, which is named after one of the most…

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Sweaty strangers yell at each other in Twitter’s most honest ad campaign yet

June 28, 2017

Shaq engrossed in Twitter debate in a new ad.Image: twitter Twitter is notorious for its fight club atmosphere. More than any other social network, it’s a place where users don’t hold back in debating one another, whether they be the president of the United States or a blank avatar with five followers. While that environment can easily veer into harassment or intimidate prospective users, it has some upsides too. That’s…

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Facebook is releasing a new app for YouTube-like creators

June 25, 2017

Image: facebook Facebook wants more video, so it’s releasing a new app just for creators, the company announced at the annual online video conference VidCon Friday. SEE ALSO: Facebook is embracing YouTube-like stars as it pushes for more video It’s in part an update to Facebook Mentions, an app currently available to verified accounts on the social network, which includes celebrities, online influencers, and journalists. Mentions is where Facebook first…

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How to get a job at: Getty Images

June 23, 2017

Image: Shutterstock / lOvE lOvE “How to get a job at:” is a series of interviews with hiring managers at companies in order to provide specific and useful insight into… well, how to get a job. Read the first installment here. Imagine standing on the red carpet of the Met Gala, photographing Rihannas ensemble and immortalizing this moment for years to come. Thats just another day in the life for…

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Here are the funniest lines from a coal CEO’s attempted takedown of John Oliver’s coal industry takedown

June 23, 2017

John Oliver is facing the legal wrath of a lawsuit-happy coal baron after a brutal segment in which the host tore into the American coal industry. The document accuses Oliver of a “ruthless character assassination” of Robert Murray, CEO of the nation’s largest coal mining operation, Murray Energy. SEE ALSO: Coal company sues John Oliver for being John Oliver It didn’t exactly come as a surprise; in fact, Oliver more…

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Raids on trolls’ homes show Germany’s done with online hate speech

June 22, 2017

Police secure a stadium entrance prior to the German DFB Cup final soccer match.Image: clemens BILAN/EPA/REX/Shutterstock German police searched the homes of three dozen people on Tuesday, all of whom are accused of writing hateful messages on social media. The raids illustrate significant differences between how Germany treats hate speech online when compared with the United States. SEE ALSO: German police will give you 25 if you give your face…

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Sellers say China’s Amazons are forcibly putting discount stickers on their stuff

June 22, 2017

Gotta keep those goods moving.Image: VCG via Getty Images As the Amazons of China try to elbow each other out of the way, a couple of retailers are coming forward to reveal some of the lengths that China’s ecommerce players will go to, to get you to add items to your cart. Liebo, a mid-sized women’s apparel brand, accused the country’s second-largest online retailer, JD.com, of forcibly slashing Liebo’s product…

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How I transitioned into the freelance economy

June 22, 2017

Image:  Vasylyna Halun/shutterstock Five years ago, I was one year into a salary writing job at a luxury fashion brand when it hit me: I was being grossly overpaid. You read right. I was overpaid. As a writer. In fashion. You can imagine my boss face whenat our monthly review I marched into his office, diligently listed out my responsibilitiesand informed him that I was being overpaid. Through the most…

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Uber cofounder laments culture problems, fails to mention key problem

June 21, 2017

Image: AP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK It seems that one of Uber cofounders would like to apologize for the culture problems at Uber, except he forgot the word “apologize.” He also forgot to mention one of the drivers of the problem: the leadership, namely CEO Travis Kalanick. SEE ALSO: Uber drivers aren’t sweating Kalanick’s departure Garrett Camp, a cofounder of Uber who now serves as chairman, wrote a blog post on Medium Tuesday a…

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Trump called on tech giants and most of them came

June 20, 2017

President Donald Trump wants to modernize government systems, and he is asking the CEOs of the world’s largest tech companies for help. Many executives, like those at Apple, Amazon, and Google, are listening and offering their words of wisdom, while others, like Facebook, appear to be keeping their distance at least publicly. SEE ALSO: Former Twitter chief likens Trump meeting to ‘waterboarding’ On Monday, tech leaders, including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos,…

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Forget the IPO, the ICO is the cool new way to get funded

June 20, 2017

Image: Bob Al-Greene, Mashable A few days ago, a startup called Bancor raised around $153 million in two hours and twenty-five minutes. The ICO, short for initial coin offering, followed several similar, equally successful funding events, and the numbers are rising. Prediction market Augur raised around $5.2 million over two months in 2015; this year, its competitor Gnosis raised $12 million in just 15 minutes. And we could only be…

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Inside the exclusive world of Tinder Select

June 18, 2017

Do you really want to be Select?Image: Getty Images The world first learned about the existence of Tinder Select earlier this year, but details have been hard to come by. Until now. Thankfully, Business Insider reporter Nathan McAlone managed to wrangle himself entrance into datings most exclusive club. And what he uncovered is…underwhelming. At least when compared to the VIP booth jammed with A-listers and unimaginably hot people that we’d…

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