How I transitioned into the freelance economy

June 22, 2017

… gap. (You get the picture.) And its clear that on-demand work is far from a fleeting trend its even necessitated by evolving business models and the 24/7 nature of newsrooms today. We make a huge use of freelance labor, said The New York Times Vice President of Technology Cindy Taibi, during a panel at WorkMarket Exchange last month in New York. Sites like WorkMarket allow contractors and companies to interface, fill job listings, and dispatch payment. (Disclosure: I partner with WorkMarket to …

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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, Apple’s Tim …

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

June 20, 2017

… might be in vain. There is a whole lot of /r/bitcoin style “this is good news” ITT… imo yes, it is a huge issue!https://t.co/Hi46zzPTxE Vlad Zamfir (@VladZamfir) June 13, 2017 There are also various tricks big players can employ to buy tokens before others; some companies are undertaking measures to make the playing field more even, with mixed success. Finally, ICOs aren’t regulated. A company that sets out to do an ICO will post some rules on a website, and …

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Facebook and Google are taking unprecedented steps to crack down on bad ads

June 19, 2017

… from itself? Then there’s the corporate dystopia, in which the vast majority of online ad dollars are vacuumed up by two companies: Google and Facebook. For a while, the two worlds coexisted peacefully, but it appears that time is coming to an end. There are signs that the Silicon Valley giants have had about enough of the shadiness of their lesser peers (though neither is entirely blameless or immune themselves). After years of paying lip service to the idea of a cleaner, more …

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Here’s What We Know About The U.S. Open Airship Crash

June 16, 2017

… follows airships when they are flying. It is unclear how many crew members were assisting AirSigns craft on ground, but a member of that team reportedly pulled the pilot from the wreckage, according to Wired. Pilots who have commercial licenses start training to be blimp pilots by working with ground crews and eventually work their way up to being airship pilots. Some companies require blimp pilots to complete a substantial amount of flight time before they are allowed to operate their …

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Instagram finally accepts branded content with official tool

June 15, 2017

… into this, its much harder than you think. We’re trying to cover media companies and musicians, people who have different kinds of deals, sponsorship with brands over years or a one-off,” Porch said. So is this the end of #ad? Not so fast. “Creators should still check with their own team and their counsel,” Porch said. It’s only available to a handful of creators so far. WATCH: This cutting board has a built-in knife so you can chop like a pro More From this …

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Is there such a thing as a high-fashion fitness tracker? Yes, yes there is.

June 15, 2017

Image: Withings Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. While you may be accustomed to fitness trackers looking like props from sci-fi movies, more and more companies are in the business of creating stylish wearables. Enter the Activit Steel by Withings. While the competition has grown since the company originally released their analog fitness tracker, no one has succeeded at producing a better-designed alternative at a …

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Facebook’s Instant Articles are getting more ads after publishers began to flee

June 9, 2017

… The new feature boasted a super-fast experience for users. Publishing partners could take advantage of Facebook’s own rich-media tools. Sounds good except for a little thing called ad revenue, which is how most media companies pay the bills. At launch, media outlets could keep 100 percent of the revenue if they sold the ads themselves and 70 percent if Facebook sold them. The articles didn’t have much in the way of ads, but Facebook promised things would get better. They …

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URGENT: The Latest: 3 Australians Among Injured in London Attacks

June 6, 2017

… and others in a local park "about religion, Mohammed, this kind of stuff." He says his wife reported the neighbor's behavior to police, but nothing came of it. Palomba says he later became friendly with the man and never suspected he could be planning attacks. ___ 6:30 p.m. Social media giants Google and Twitter are responding to British Prime Minister Theresa May's statement that internet companies are complicit in terror attacks by giving extremist views "the safe …

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Quant Manager of $6 Billion Backs Stocks Hidden From Front Pages

June 5, 2017

No news is good news. At least for investors seeking stable returns, it’s better to buy companies that aren’t in the spotlight. To exploit a so-called low-volatility anomaly, the head of quantitative equity management at BNP Paribas SA invests in stocks that seldom get any attention in the media. “People are attracted by companies where they get a lot of information,” Laurent Lagarde said in an interview in Oslo. “They tend to prefer more volatile stocks for …

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Hey Corporate America, Please Sponsor This Column!

June 5, 2017

… NBA uniform may be new, it doesnt amount to a patch on the days of the old National Basketball League, when, as The New York Times notes, teams bore the names of companies like the Akron Goodyear Wingfoots, the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons, the Toledo Jim White Chevrolets. But the decades since such team names disappeared, has apparently meant that the impending appearance of corporate logos has been met with resistance. According to the Times, NBA fans have expressed displeasure at the idea, …

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It’s ‘Wonder Woman’ weekend and Hollywood celebs are here for it, just like you

June 4, 2017

… Nyong’o (@lupitanyongo) on Jun 1, 2017 at 11:19pm PDT Ok ladies, now let’s get in formation #WONDERWOMEN @GalGadot @PattyJenks pic.twitter.com/Fp04ubfWmf Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) June 2, 2017 Barb, the fan favorite of Netflix’s breakout hit Stranger Things, also tweeted about how the film impacted her. Everyday people vote by spending money on things, people vote for companies by buying their wares today I’m buying a ticket to Wonder Woman Michelle …

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These new 3D scan fit helmets could make football safer

… and the Vengeance Pro, which tout new lightweight builds with high safety ratings. The two companies are currently locked in a legal battle over patent infringement but a new player is primed to enter the scene. Starting this year, NFL and college players will be allowed to wear headgear made by Vicis, a Seattle-based startup whose Zero1 helmet is designed to yield to contact and “deform” at the point of impact, unlike Schutt and Riddell’s designs, which have rigid outer shells …

May 28, 2017
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The iPhone 8 is rumored to embrace another brand new display detail

… converts to the taller ratio. Jumping on a trend like this isn’t typically a move Apple would make usually, it sticks firm in its ways, letting other companies pull risky moves that affect the user experience. But making the switch to an 18:9 inch aspect ratio would give users even more screen to play with on their devices, something Apple sounds like it’s aiming for with its rumored edge-to-edge display. If Apple is indeed switching to OLED, it makes some sense to shift to 18:9 …

May 28, 2017
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Anita Borg Institute ends Uber partnership over Uber’s treatment of women

… announcing their decision. Uber reached out to the Anita Borg Institute in 2015, the group said. Since then, Uber has signed on as a partner with the institute, but hasn’t really done anything. The Anita Borg Institute described a “lack of engagement” on Uber’s part. companies working with the Anita Borg Institute, named for a pioneering computer scientist, promise to improve the retention and advancement of women in technical roles, learn about creating an inclusive …

May 27, 2017
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Snapchat lands TV network’s attention at this year’s Upfronts

… to get their money, were filled with old media companies trying to show just how well they can do new media. NBCUniversal mentioned Facebook, YouTube, and Snapchat, as well as the entertainment the network has sprinkled across them. Snapchat, in which NBCUniversal invested $500 million during its IPO, got the most screen time and praise when it came to a social platform for video. They weren’t alone. Each network that presented last week NBC, ABC, Turner, The CW, CBS, Univision, Fox, ESPN …

May 20, 2017
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Bulletin bets that online shopping brands still want storefronts

… roster is a store called Bulletin Broads that opened in Williamsburg last week. Its stocked with items geared towards women from around 30 female-led companies and backed by Planned Parenthood (Bulletin itself is run entirely by five women). Theres products that are really in-your-face, anti-Trump kind of products, theres products that are related to feminism, Kriegsman said. For us, it was a reaction to the times and whats happening politically right now. An ad for Bulletin’s latest …

May 19, 2017
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Facebook’s still buying up sports rights now including baseball

… companies have been slowly but surely buying into streaming rights for live sports just as those companies are also investing in live video. The biggest splash came in 2016 when Twitter won the rights to stream the NFL’s Thursday night games. Since then, Twitter has also made deals for baseball games. Amazon jumped into the scene this year by grabbing those Thursday NFL rights. Sports leagues, meanwhile, are figuring out how to best make money from their live events as TV viewership …

May 19, 2017
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Instagram ‘worst for young mental health’ – BBC News

The RSPH report warns that “social media may be fuelling a mental health crisis” in young people. It can also be used as a tool for good, the report said, and companies should be doing their best to make platforms a safe place to be. About 90% of young people use social media – more than any other age group – so they are particularly vulnerable to its effects, although it is not clear what these are on current evidence. Image copyright Isla Whateley Social media …

May 19, 2017
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CNN 10 – May 15, 2017

… their computers, the number of infected machines would jump. The problem is caused by a type of malware, software that can damage computer systems. What it’s doing is locking up computers that used Microsoft Windows and holding them ransom. If owners pay the ransom, between $300 and $600, they’ll get access to their machines back. The thing has spread far and wide. It’s been detected at least 150 countries. International companies like FedEx and Nissan had been targeted. …

May 16, 2017
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