RIP: Yik Yak

April 30, 2017

RIP.Image: Ronald Lizik/AP/REX/Shutterstock Yik Yak has been on its last legs for a while, and now the end is officially here. The anonymous, location-based messaging app that rose to popularity in 2014 will “begin winding down” over the next week, Yik Yak co-founders Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington wrote in a blog post Friday. Square yup, the Jack Dorsey-led payments company acquired some of the Yik Yak engineering team for $1 million. Unsurprisingly, Square didn’t want the …

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A Star Goldman Trader Goes Cold

April 29, 2017

… operations that’s out of favor on much of Wall Street. In the first quarter, gains on other positions helped compensate for the Peabody losses. In the end, the distressed desk was more profitable than during the same period last year, according to Michael DuVally, a Goldman Sachs spokesman. Still, the bank’s total fixed-income trading revenue rose just 1 percent from a year earlier to $1.69 billion, falling short of analysts’ estimates by about $340 million as rivals …

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Emma Stone discusses anxiety treatment options in a new video series

April 29, 2017

… The La La Land actress explains how her anxiety comes in waves and that it’s important to remember that the phases of anxiety do come to end eventually, it just takes time. Stone also stressed the reason she’s able to handle her mental health is through her therapist and other cognitive behaviors such as meditation. While these tools may not work for every case, the biggest takeaway from Stone’s video is to bring to light how important it is for children with anxiety to get …

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Guns aren’t allowed at Trump’s NRA speech and people can’t handle the irony

April 29, 2017

… have to fear? Should be the safest place in America. Bennie (@Clemfield2622) April 28, 2017 Some pointed out that Trump has kind of done this kind of thing before, but angering a different group of people. @Gizmodo @Fusion But what if there are grizzlies? This is crazy Danforth P. Chudson (@danforthchudson) April 28, 2017 But at the end of the day, it’s like, what are you so afraid of, NRA? …

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China’s all-girl boy band

April 28, 2017

(CNN)Made up of all girls, this “boy band” is the latest in the androgyny trend in China. “We’re a girl band. But we look more like beautiful young men, not young girls,” said band member Min Junqian. “So the positioning fits us more. “ Their promotional photos present the five girls ages 18 to 24 in short hair, ties with pants, sitting with spread-out legs. They also are shown in shorts, like tomboys playing soccer, for their affiliation with the …

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It’s Lightning McQueen vs. Jackson Storm in the first trailer for ‘Cars 3’

April 28, 2017

… a massively successful franchise. But by the end of the spot, McQueen’s started to rediscover what it is he loves so much about the sport and, spoiler alert, it’s not all the “stuff” that comes with it. Here’s hoping we fall in love with Cars all over again, in the same way McQueen reignites his passion for racing. Cars 3 pulls into theaters June 16. More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsInstamate Premium Monthly Instamate is the worlds first all in 1 …

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A writers’ strike may delay the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’

April 27, 2017

… stoppage cost California 37,700 jobs and $2.1 billion in lost output from the fourth quarter of 2007 through the end of 2008. Another strike would undoubtedly have similar effects but don’t panic yet: the WGA and AMPTP are still in talks, and everyone is well aware of the consequences of a major work halt, so it’s not a decision either side would take lightly. In danger: The first series to go dark, if the writers put down their pens on May 2, would be late-night talk shows whose …

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This is what an extreme sea level rise scenario looks like for U.S. cities

April 27, 2017

New Orleans under an "extreme" sea level rise scenario.Image: CLIMATE CENTRAL Until recently, it seemed that we would be able to manage global warming-induced sea level rise through the end of the century. It would be problematic, of course, but manageable, particularly in industrialized nations like the U.S. However, troubling indications from the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets show that melting is taking place faster than previously thought and that entire glaciers if not …

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Prince Harry and Prince William are royals for the millennial generation

April 25, 2017

… week for their powerful online Heads Together campaign to end mental health stigma. This online campaign has seen Prince Harry, Prince William, and the Duchess of Cambridge reveal deeply personal details about the pressures and struggles they’ve faced, including the princes’ grief following their mum’s death and Kate and William’s learning curve as parents. More so than ever before, the portrait of the royal family is being painted as one of human beings who grapple with …

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CNN 10 – April 24, 2017

April 24, 2017

… Northern Command and the Coast Guard for any specific plans to place more resources in the Arctic. We’ve gotten no response. Brian Todd, CNN, Washington. (end VIDEOTAPE) (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) AZUZ (voice-over): Ten-second trivia: What took place on April 22, 1970? U.S. voting age was lowered, the First Earth Day was held, Apollo 14 mission was launched, or Brazil won the World Cup. April 22, 1970 was the date of the first Earth Day in the U.S. It expanded internationally in 1990. (end VIDEO …

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Bebe will close all its stores by the end of May

April 23, 2017

RIP Bebe.Image: robert mora/Getty Images Pour one out for the bandage dresses. Bebe, the iconic mall purveyor of skintight clubwear, will close all its stores by the end of May. The retailer announced its plans Friday through a regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. There were at least 180 Bebe stores at the end of 2016. Bebe had been struggling for a while. Once the go-to spot for a certain going-out look, the mall staple was forced to compete with younger brands like …

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Psst: You’re probably using all the wrong photos on dating apps.

April 22, 2017

… appealing. For women, sports photos were 166 percent more likely to get liked; for men, they were 45 percent. While its possible a lot of people are interested in finding someone whos active, Abramowitz suggests these photos work especially well because they give people a natural conversation starter. Hey, Im into tennis too obviously works a lot better than a plain old “Hey.” SEE ALSO: Can this dating app end ghosting for good? One thing this data makes very clear is that our …

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This video-streaming service is trumping Netflix and Amazon Prime in India

April 21, 2017

… partners with India’s leading carriers as it faces the heat from Amazon Prime Video To give that some perspective: Netflix took nine years to reach 75 million subscribers. Even after its global launch, it could add only 11 million subscribers. Amazon Prime Video, on the other hand, clocked 63 million subscribers at the end of 2016. Unlike Netflix and Amazon Prime, Hotstar is not a subscription-only service. There are swathes of free content on the platform. Hence, in some cases a download …

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Football favorite Rob Gronkowski crashes White House press briefing

April 21, 2017

“Need some help?” may be the most accurate thing anyone could ask Press Secretary Sean Spicer right now. We didn’t expect the question to come from New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowskibut surprises are what life’s about, aren’t they? The Patriots are in Washington, D.C., today celebrating their Super Bowl win by visiting the White House and meeting President Trump (sans Tom Brady). During Spicer’s live press briefing, the 27-year-old athlete strolled …

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

April 20, 2017

… understand its tragedy. Cerel is critical of the idea that artistic impulses should override high-stakes public health concerns, pointing to widespread agreement that it’s harmful to glamorize smoking in films made for young viewers. “I don’t care if it’s more artful we’re influencing kids,” she says. “This [show] is aimed at kids and young adults, and the last thing I want them to do is glorify the idea that suicide will [end] all of their …

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Netflix expects to hit 100 million subscribers this weekend

April 19, 2017

… subscribers worldwide in the first quarter of 2017, down from more than seven million subscribers it added the quarter before that. As of end of March, the on-demand streaming service had 98.75 million streaming members worldwide. With nearly 100 million subscribers, Netflix assumes lead in the on-demand streaming space. The company says it remains “incredibly excited about the opportunity in front of us to build a truly global and durable internet TV business.” Once a lone figure, …

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Congress invited to light up for a 420 ‘joint session’

April 19, 2017

… event is a warmup for the advocacy group’s rally at the capitol on Monday to remove cannabis from the Controlled Substance Act and renew the Rohrbacher-Farr amendment which protects state-sanctioned medical cannabis use. Image: dcmj In a statement about Thursday’s event, DCMJ co-founder Adam Eidinger said, “Americans dont want a crackdown on legal cannabisthey want Congress to end cannabis prohibition once and for all.” The group hopes 1,000 free joints will change …

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Britain’s ‘big bang’ in Heligoland, 70 years on – BBC News

April 18, 2017

… German naval fortress, and historian Jan Rueger, author of Britain, Germany, and the Struggle for the North Sea, says Operation Big Bang was designed by the British to make a big point. “They’re very clear that there’s a symbolic side to this [operation] and that is the German tradition of militarism,” he explains. “There’s a sense that Prussian militarism and its threat to Britain has to end and that’s very much how Operation Big Bang is received in …

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CNN 10 – April 17, 2017

April 17, 2017

… ominous space race. Is the U.S. at risk of losing a war? SINGER: I think so. We’d be silly to say it’s not a possibility. That’s what any defense planner will tell you, is don’t look for the ideal outcome, plan for the worst day, so that you can survive it. SHELTON: The wake-up call really was January of 2007 when the Chinese tested their anti-satellite weapon. SCIUTTO: The first shots in space have already been fired. (end VIDEOTAPE) AZUZ: Well, that’s all for the …

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Judge’s Anti-death Penalty Protest Riles Conservatives

April 17, 2017

… back-to-back decisions upend what had initially been a plan to execute eight men in 11 days, starting Monday night, because the state's supply of one of the other execution drugs expires at the end of the month. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Saturday asked the state's highest court to vacate Griffen's ruling, citing the judge's participation in anti-death penalty events before and after he issued it. She asked for a new judge to be assigned the case. "This court …

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Marchionne Halts Unrealistic Merger Dreams for Fiat Chrysler

April 16, 2017

… the carmaker isn’t “desperate” to find a partner and would only consider a combination if it makes the company stronger. Still, Marchionne is looking for cooperation agreements to share investments in technology and reduce costs. Fiat Chrysler, the first major carmaker to start a self-driving venture with Google, is continuing to discuss expansion of the project and may announce a new technology partnership by the end of the year, he said. Marchionne reiterated his successor …

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Bill Nye’s new show is like ‘Science Guy’ for ‘grown up’ millennials

April 15, 2017

Bill Nye on the set of his new show for Netflix "BIll Nye Saves The World."Image: netflix Much has changed in the world since 1998, when Bill Nye’s American half-hour live action science program came to an end. But the on-air personality affectionately known as “the science guy” to most millennials certainly hasn’t. “Hey Bill, fix the bow tie!” executive producer and showrunner Michael Naidus yelled to Nye at an October taping of his new Netflix …

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Atlanta Braves begin new ballpark chapter at SunTrust Park

April 15, 2017

… address) now are northwest of the city. They announced they were moving to the suburbs in 2013. At the time, Braves Club President John Schuerholz said that Turner Field, where the team played from 1997 until the end of last season, needed “hundreds of millions of dollars of upgrades.” (The Braves, in their 52nd season in Atlanta, played at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium from 1966-1996.) Around the same time, city money was allocated for another stadium in downtown Atlanta, for the …

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This company wants to market your emotions through GIFs

April 14, 2017

… you’re unfamiliar with Tenor, it’s basically a database of GIFs that can be searched based on keywords. While Tenor operates its own apps, it is also partnered with other companies like Twitter to provide GIFs to their users. Tenor’s pitch centers around matching the right GIF with the right emotion. For instance, if you were watching the end of the Oscars this year, there’s a decent chance you thought “what the hell?” and looked for an image to express that …

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How to be a persuasive leader (hint: it’s about the ‘moment before’)

April 13, 2017

… I always thought motivational posters and slogans in business offices were laughable, but then I came across a Canadian research study. The experimenters gave call-center volunteers information to help them communicate the value of the cause they were soliciting donations for. Half the volunteers were given the information on plain sheets of paper, and the other half were given the same information on paper with an image of a runner winning a race in the background. At the end of their shifts, …

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‘Homeland’ pays off headline-fueled season with taut finale

April 10, 2017

(CNN)The following contains spoilers about “Homeland’s” sixth-season finale. More than most shows in the genre, “Homeland” operates in gray areas, avoiding facile solutions or easy answers. Where most dramas preoccupied with terrorism gravitate toward the good and bad, this one often deals in murky choices between the lesser of two evils. That was abundantly true of the season finale, which saw the end of what amounted to a coup attempt against the president-elect …

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