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 released Facebook Live …

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Hill figures: The stories behind the scars on England’s skin – BBC News

June 24, 2017

… company as an advert, until it was covered during World War Two in case it was used as a landmark by enemy aircraft. Although the carving was neglected and nearly disappeared in the 1970s, it was restored close to its former glory in 1986 by a local scout group – which changed its name to the 1st Bulford (Kiwi) Scouts. It has now been given protected status. Image copyright Historic England Archive Image caption The YMCA emblem, which is not a regimental badge, was allowed to fade …

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This factory once made gas-guzzling Hummers now it’s making electric cars

June 23, 2017

… another $30 million to upgrade the 700,000-square-foot commercial assembly plant. SEE ALSO: Electric vehicles are now the cleanest cars in America The company didn’t elaborate further on its plans for the factory, such as how many cars it will produce annually or what types of smart driving or electric-powertrain technologies they’ll use. But executives said the arrangement will preserve about 430 U.S. auto worker jobs that were at risk of disappearing. AM General built Hummer …

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How to get a job at: Getty Images

June 23, 2017

… purest form of communication embodying the companys core values of trust, transparency, and openness. Getty Images powerful visual content appears every day in the worlds most influential newspapers, magazines, films, books and media, and the company has job opportunities all around the world. The best part? You dont have to be a pro photographer to have a chance at this company. I sat down with Gettys Global Head of Talent Acquisition, Katie Cushing, to find out how to get a foot in the door …

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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 or less dared the notoriously litigious coal boss by …

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The 2018 Olympics will have Intel all the way inside

June 22, 2017

… are already familiar with the Intel drone’s entertainment capabilities. The company’s lightweight Shooting Star drones, which organized themselves into a floating American Flag during Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime performance in Fedruary, almost stole the show. Intel’s Krzanich said that a single pilot can control 500 of these drones and that each one can reproduce billions of colors. Expect more eye-popping drone light displays at the upcoming games, as well as drone …

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

June 22, 2017

… don’t have the right to price my products online, if I am forced to lower prices below cost price, and if I can’t decide whether my brand joins a retail event, do I still own Liebo?” Tang wrote, adding that Liebo’s lawyers have sent a letter on behalf for her company to JD.com. Image: LightRocket via Getty Images But JD.com denies that. In a follow-up statement posted on WeChat, the company said many retailers which had signed up for the shopping festival, ended up …

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How I transitioned into the freelance economy

June 22, 2017

… efficiency Have you ever met a company that didnt want to save money? My team knew that writing and social media were my strong suits, so it made sense when I asked to focus on them and cut out less valuable tasks. As part of convincing my employer that my job would still get done, on time, without sacrificing quality, I demonstrated that I would be cutting my time and salary in half, ultimately helping my employers bottom line. On my end, I was now free three days a week to take on other …

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Leo DiCaprio forfeits million-dollar paintings to U.S. government in wake of embezzlement scandal

June 21, 2017

Leonardo DiCaprio may have received some very expensive paintings in a super shady way. According to artnet, DiCaprio, a known art collector, is reportedly in the process of surrendering a $3.2 million Pablo Picasso painting and a $9 million Jean-Michel Basquiat collage to U.S. authorities in the wake of a huge embezzlement scandal. Red Granite the company that produced DiCaprio’s movie The Wolf of Wall Street wasco-foundedby Riza Aziz, thestepson of Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, …

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

June 20, 2017

… The initial coin offering (sometimes also called a token crowdsale) is, in certain ways, similar to an initial public offering. Instead of stock, in an ICO a company sells a number of cryptocurrency tokens. Every ICO is a little bit different, but typically there’s a time limit for the sale, and a set number of maximum tokens that will be sold. Once those limits are reached, the sale is done, and the owners can use their tokens as they please. Tokens are different from shares, though. They …

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

June 19, 2017

… $25 million to circumvent. They also force its Chrome browser to compete with ad-free rivals that are popular in Asia, such as Alibabs UC browser. For Facebook, these ads bog down load times for outside links and thus hamper user experiencesomething the company recently cracked down on via an algorithm tweak. They’re not alone in their distaste for the seedier elements of digital advertising. Pretty much everyone in the industry seems to agree that a certain segment of bad actors are …

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New smart home designs will come with dead zone-free Wi-Fi and Alexa

June 16, 2017

… streams. Wi-Fi Home Design will scale to accommodate both the growth in Wi-Fi devices and high-bandwidth applications. The first homebuilding company to use the certification, South Florida-based Lennar, is bringing Amazon’s Alexa as part of the project. SEE ALSO: Google wants to guilt you into installing solar panels on your roof Sure, blueprints may sound wonky, but anyone who’s ever suffered from a persistent deadzone knows how important well-designed network coverage is. The …

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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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Travis Kalanick takes leave of absence to work on Travis 2.0

June 15, 2017

Image: getty images/nicolas mccomber Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is taking a leave of absence from the company he built into one of the world’s biggest private businesses. It’s not clear how long Kalanick will be away from Uber or who will be serving as interim head of the company, but the move signals the biggest shift yet for the ride-hailing giant since the emergence of allegations of systemic workplace dysfunction that included sexual harassment and discrimination. …

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London fire: Lives claimed at Grenfell Tower – BBC News

June 14, 2017

… fire risk and residents had warned that access to the site for emergency vehicles was “severely restricted”. The BBC has been unable to contact the property’s management company in the hours since the fire. One eyewitness, George Clarke, the presenter of Channel 4 TV programme Amazing Spaces, told Radio 5 Live: “I’m getting covered in ash, that’s how bad it is. “I’m 100 metres away and I’m absolutely covered in ash. “It’s so …

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

June 9, 2017

… Facebook and have a very strong partnership.” Of course, not everyone is out of Instant Articles. Facebook now has more than 10,000 publishers using the system, growing more than 25 percent over the last six months. It pays out more than $1 million per day to publishers via Facebook Audience Network, the social network’s own ad network. Facebook isn’t unaware that publishers are still deterred by the lack of revenue and subscription conversion. The company created the Facebook …

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No wand? No problem. Anyone can apply to audition for roles in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ sequel

June 7, 2017

… The best part? It’s an open casting call. That means basically *anyone* can live out their childhood dreams and apply for an audition. The roles the company is trying to fill include young versions of Newt Scamander Gellert Grindelwald, Albus Dumbledore, Leta Lestrange and more. SEE ALSO: There are now Harry Potter books in Hogwarts House colors, because of course Now, there are *some* requirements when it comes to applying for a role. The spots need to be filled by teenagers. For the …

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Apple gave us new Photos, Maps, and Siri: Check out what you missed at WWDC

June 6, 2017

… world in it’s biggest conference yet. Tim Cook and company had six major umbrella announcements to share. If you couldn’t watch the keynote live or keep up with the live blog, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you missed from day one at WWDC. iOS 11 Among the most highly anticipated updates from WWDC 2017 was iOS 11. And Apple didn’t let us down. As was speculated, Apple finally decided to bring drag and drop into our iOS lives. In old the days, users had to …

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

June 5, 2017

… this reason. If you have a lot news on a company it means there are events and there’s volatility” Smart beta, or factor-based, and low volatility stock funds have gained popularity as investors hunt for yield in an era of low interest rates. Low volatility stocks should have a higher risk-adjusted return than high volatility stocks because of behavioral biases, according to Lagarde, who oversees 5.5 billion euros ($6.2 billion). “The mechanism is very simple,” he …

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Hey Corporate America, Please Sponsor This Column!

June 5, 2017

… cell phone company].) And while players have up to now not competed with logos pasted all over their uniforms, in the manner of race car drivers, endorsements of apparel has grown into a major revenue source. ($20 million a year from Nike to Le Bron James; $30 million from Nike to Kevin Durant; God knows how much from Under Armour for Stephan Curry. In 2016, the long-retired Michael Jordan earned some $100 million from his deal). Journalists, of course, are free from the temptation of this …

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A startup of totally not vampires is selling teenagers’ blood to the rich so that they might live forever

June 2, 2017

… conquer it one blood bag at a time. SEE ALSO: A floating techno-libertarian city might be coming to the Pacific The California company, which made headlines in 2016 after it was reported that the investment firm of techno-libertarian (and not-alien-flesh-sack) Peter Thiel expressed interest in its efforts, is back in the news, after its founder spoke at the 2017 annual Code Conference. “Life-extension science is a popular obsession in Silicon Valley,” reads his talk description, …

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Google’s new London HQ may be the perfect office building

June 2, 2017

Image: HayesDavidson Unsurprisingly, Google is thinking big. SEE ALSO: Google Chrome is coming to VR with Google’s latest Daydream update After a long delay, the company has submitted plans for its proposed King’s Cross Campus in London, the first wholly owned and designed Google building outside the U.S. The massive 11-story building will comprise 1 million square feet longer than the Shard building is tall and has been designed by Heatherwick Studio and Bjarke Ingels Group …

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Damian Marley and others buy majority stake in High Times

June 2, 2017

Image: Favre/Epa/REX/Shutterstock A group of investors including Damian Marley has purchased a majority stake in High Times, the marijuana-focused magazine, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The group, lead by private equity firm Oreva Capital, bought 60% of the company that owns and operates the magazine for $42 million. In addition to the magazine, the company runs the Cannabis Cup events series as well as the High Times website. Damian Marley is the son of Reggae legend Bob Marley, …

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I ran a half marathon with AI to test the future of trainers

June 1, 2017

… of AI it will help to shape. Many of the most exciting recent developments from Google and Microsoft focus on practical AI applications, which aim to bring the sophisticated systems to just about every one of their products and programs. Even Vi looks like it will have much more to offer in the near future. The company’s reps tell me the AI just got some essential upgrades, including new insights and prompts to give users during runs to take advantage of its capabilities. Most importantly, …

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BMW to Seek Compensation From Bosch for Car-Production Stoppage

May 30, 2017

… statement.  Bosch said it’s working intensively with BMW to minimize the impact. The disruption was caused by a bottleneck at an Italian company that supplies the casings for Bosch’s electronic-steering systems, the Stuttgart, Germany-based firm said in an emailed statement. It dispatched employees to Italy to help solve the problem as soon as possible. The operational issue is the latest blow for Bosch. The closely held manufacturer, already under fire for its role in …

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Google’s AlphaGo is retiring after soundly beating world number one player

May 30, 2017

… co-founder of DeepMind (the Google-owned company that created AlphaGo), the AI has pretty much proven all it needed to in the Go arena. “This weeks series of thrilling games with the worlds best players, in the country where Go originated, has been the highest possible pinnacle for AlphaGo as a competitive program. For that reason, the Future of Go Summit is our final match event with AlphaGo,” he wrote in a blog post Saturday. …

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