Fyre Festival perfectly demonstrates the delicious schadenfreude of our modern world

April 29, 2017

… Updates (@baldwinsupdate) on Apr 4, 2017 at 6:43pm PDT And because the festival is for the truly cool, you can charge thousands of dollars for it. After all, getting pretty people to shill for products of questionable effectiveness is a hallmark of the influencer industry. So it’s understandable why the people behind Fyre Festival (A.K.A. Ja Rule) would charge a minimum of $1,500? If you haven’t been living under a rock, you probably have an idea of what happened next: The …


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

April 27, 2017

… so even if a series is on hiatus theyre unable to work anywhere else during the downtime, which they also are disputing.” The WGA has laid out many of the guild’s concerns here, if you want to dig deeper. What does it mean for our favorite shows? The last writers’ strike, which began on Nov. 5, 2007 and lasted until Feb. 12, 2008, had a massive effect on the TV industry, as production on all scripted shows immediately stopped. This resulted in the layoffs of thousands of crew …


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

April 27, 2017

… the impacts of such a high amount of sea level rise “would be devastating.” For example, Cape Canaveral, which is a crown jewel for NASA and now the private sector space industry, would be swallowed up by the Atlantic. Major universities, including MIT, would be underwater, as would President Trump’s “southern White House” of Mar-a-Lago. In the West, San Francisco would be hard-hit, with San Francisco International Airport completely submerged. “More than 99 …


Inside the stealthy club for entrepreneurs who want to change the world

April 26, 2017

… on April 21, 2017 in New York City. Image: Brad Barke/Getty Images for Kairos Society Hayden, the former CIA director, spoke about the importance of bringing together big data with historical knowledge. Wall Street Journal Editor in Chief Gerard Baker and New York Times CEO Mark Thompson spoke on the issues facing todays media industry. Amazon CTO Werner Vogels pitched fellows on the need for computing systems that can handle all the 6,000+ languages spoken in the world not just the handful …


A Rickroll and a corporation-friendly change all in a day’s work at the FCC

April 21, 2017

Image: CQ Roll Call via AP Images For dorks like myself, watching the Federal Communications Commission doesn’t get much better than this. Let’s start with the fun stuff. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is reportedly starting his promised assault on net neutrality rules. The move is already causing concern in the tech industry and mobilizing activists groups to stage an opposition. That opposition started on Thursday with an in-person Rick Roll. Props to the lyrics “we wouldn’t …


Coding Autism wants to diversify the tech industry with autistic talent

April 20, 2017

A new school called Coding Autism is coming to Los Angeles to help get autistic people into tech fields.Image: Coding Autism People on the autism spectrum are getting the support and skills they need to break into the tech industry. And it’s all thanks to a new program for autistic people, by autistic people. A new startup called Coding Autism, which launched earlier this month, is developing a school in Los Angeles to teach autistic people coding, web development, and software …


SeatGeek spends $56 million on TopTix, will now handle ticketing for Buckingham Palace

April 19, 2017

… we have created by far the best user experience, SeatGeek co-founder Jack Groetzinger said in a statement. Combining these two platforms together positions SeatGeek as the best ticketing platform in the industry. Were thrilled to be working with the team from TopTix to continue to build our open ecosystem that is transforming the way people access live events. WATCH: NASA has discovered a water world in our solar system capable of sustaining life More From this publisher : HERE Recommended …


Marchionne Halts Unrealistic Merger Dreams for Fiat Chrysler

April 16, 2017

Sergio Marchionne General Motors Co. rebuffed his approach for a merger two years ago, Marchionne has sought to eliminate debt at Fiat Chrysler to make the carmaker a more attractive partner down the road. Marchionne said in March he expected an eventual approach by Tesla Inc. He added that GM’s rejection of a tie-up with Fiat Chrysler was a missed opportunity and that the reasons for consolidation in the industry remain valid. Fiat Chrysler Chairman John Elkann said at the meeting that …


Where Pepsi went wrong with its disastrous ad, according to ad execs

April 7, 2017

… well,” Choi said. “They knew the intensity they wanted, the aggressiveness they wanted.” Yet in an industry notoriously lacking in race and gender diversity, point of views rooted in personal experience aren’t always represented on creative teams. Pepsi’s PR disaster of an ad was created by its inhouse creative operation – not one of its agencies. Sighs of relief across adland. #pepsi conordignam (@conordignam) April 5, 2017 Not everyone agrees. Carl …


CNN 10 – April 7, 2017

April 7, 2017

… on the global ski map and has athletes who are hoping to become their country’s first Winter Olympians in 2018? 6. Thermochromic ink, for which new uses are appearing in the fashion industry, is able to do what? 7. What two-word term is used to describe a controversial rule change in the U.S. Senate that allows a majority party to overcome a filibuster with a simple majority vote? 8. What two countries have the largest economies on Earth, accounting for 40 percent of the world’s …


How to fight back against the excessive Photoshop that’s bad for body image

March 28, 2017

… You cant tell a client not to retouch the work,” she said. “There arent any guidelines, theres a lot of outcry, we need some organizing principles.” “We’re looking to help in this moment were in right now. There arent any guidelines, theres a lot of outcry, we need some organizing principles and guidelines to get the industry out of this paralysis of, ‘Oh this problem is too big we dont know what to do,’” she said. That’s something Dana Suchow …


‘Feud’ star Jackie Hoffman on being a character actor: ‘Aging isnt as frightening for us as it is for the pretty people’

March 27, 2017

… frightening for us as it is for the pretty people. Have people in the industry been that crass to you in those terms, in the way that, say, a Jack Warner expresses himself about how he feels about Crawford and Davis? No, nobody says the word unfuckable, but we know thats what its all about. I put things in the crudest terms. Im the Jack Warner, really. Have you noticed how popular Mamacita has become? Shes all over the Internet. No, I have no idea. Im not all over the Internet. I look at my …


Here’s how an Uber recruiter discussed sexism with a potential hire

March 25, 2017

… Francisco, where Uber is headquartered. It’s no secret that the company is aggressively hiring. Uber reported having more than 9,000 employees in early January. That changed to more than 11,000 in late February. While the female recruiter speaking to Taylor blamed industries, including the tech industry, with having a systemic issue with sexism, this recruiter apparently knows it’s a hard time at Uber. Here’s the email exchange from February 10 to March 15, with the name and …


‘Making sure your ad doesn’t end up by an Isis video’ – BBC News

March 21, 2017

… might be. “It’s all about automation, doing things at scale,” said one speaker. But the dilemma for the industry is that in chasing audiences without checking on what sites those audiences might using, leads to the mess Google now faces. “You have to be wary of the environment where you place your ad,” insists Cristina Constandache, of the instant messaging and VoIP application, Viber. ‘Not believable’ Matt Kelly, chief content officer of regional …


Why sports betting is starting to look a lot more like Wall Street

March 20, 2017

South Dakota State Jackrabbits take on the Gonzaga Bulldogs, because college basketball is the best.Image: Getty Images Your March Madness office pool is like the Charles Schwab of sports betting. Beyond those hastily chosen brackets, theres an entire cottage industry of sports betting thats increasingly resembling Wall Street. In 2016, total sports wagers in Nevada were $4.5 billion, according to the Nevada Gaming Control Board. With that much at stake, gamblers are turning to more …


SXSW gets political: All eyes on Trump

March 17, 2017

Austin, Texas (CNN)President Donald Trump’s name is on everyone’s lips at the 2017 SXSW festival, with performers, experts, advocates and festival-goers weighing in on the 45th president. While it is not overtly partisan, SXSW has historically drawn a generally progressive group of musicians, artists, writers, experts, filmmakers and activists, including Trump’s latest entertainer foe rapper Snoop Dogg, who performed Wednesday night and is set to join artists to advocate for …


11 Things You Never Knew About Famous Female Aviator Amelia Earhart

March 10, 2017

Amelia Earhart is a recognizable household name, due to hervastly mysterious and tragic disappearance during anattempt to fly aroundthe world in July 1937. But there was so much more to this woman’s lifethan that fatefulday. Amelia was an icon of the time, a powerful figure as one of the few women succeeding in the burgeoning aviation industry. She took no prisoners and didn’t seem to have any fears. Amelia Earhart’s biography is certainly not a boring one at all. Amelia was …


The growth in unusual business qualifications – BBC News

March 9, 2017

… sought, and therefore very difficult to get accepted on. Image copyright Neil Coster Image caption Neil Coster, left, says the horseracing MBA covers all aspects of the industry Those enrolled on the football MBA at Liverpool get to visit the headquarters of European football governing body UEFA, which is based in the Swiss town of Nyon. And if that wasn’t prestigious enough, last year they also visited nearby Tranmere Rovers FC. Liverpool’s football MBA is in fact one of the …


Elon Musk Is Sticking With Trump For SpaceX Contracts

March 1, 2017

… industry observer noted, it makes SolarCity look like SpaceXs own private investment platform. With this bleak financial picture serving as a backdrop to current events, it is no wonder Musk is doing what he is. He has no choice but to stand by Trump. After all, Musk would be loath to end his connection to the president as long as the government continues to pour money into his historically unprofitable businesses. Related… Elon Musk Is Betraying Progressives For Profit Elon Musk …


Hollywood Talent Agency Ditches Usual Oscar Party In Favor Of Anti-Trump Rally

February 26, 2017

In a typical year, the United Talent Agency, like so many other talent agencies, throws a big shindig in the lead-up to the Academy Awards. Having a big fun celebration to celebrate the accomplishments of our industry just didnt feel right, United Talent Agency CEO Jeremy Zimmer told the Los Angeles Times. Artist David Garibaldi performs at the United Voices rally. Celebrities, including Kristen Wiig, Aaron Paul, Piper Perabo, Jamie Dornan, Nick Offerman, Kat Graham, and Bill Nye, showed …


Brit Awards: Skepta and Bowie expected to take home prizes – BBC News

February 22, 2017

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Google and Bing to demote pirate sites in UK web searches – BBC News

February 20, 2017

… at the top of the search engines are the genuine ones. It is about protecting people who use the internet, but also protecting the creators of that material too.” Stan McCoy, of the Motion Picture Association in Europe, welcomed the code of practice, saying pirated websites are currently too easy to find via search engines. Geoff Taylor, chief executive of music industry body the BPI said: “Successful and dynamic online innovation requires an ecosystem that works for everyone, users, …


You can watch soccer live on Facebook starting this weekend

February 14, 2017

Jonathan Rodriguez (R) of Santos Laguna fights for the ball with Omar Mendoza of Cruz Azul during the 6th round match between Santos Laguna and Cruz Azul as part of the Torneo Clausura 2017 Liga MX at Corona Stadium on February 12, 2017 in Torreon, Mexico. Image: Saul Gonzalez/LatinContent/Getty Images Facebook is shooting for a big year in live sports, making its mark on the fragmenting sports streaming industry. Through a new partnership with Univision, Facebook will stream 46 games from …


The company bosses sleeping outside in midwinter – BBC News

February 10, 2017

… headlines when it achieved a $1bn (813m) valuation within eight months of its 2014 launch and is now valued at almost $4bn. “Pretty much every employee here is in an incredibly fortunate position vis-a-vis the rest of the world in the amount of wealth that is created in this industry, and especially in markets like ours where it’s incredibly fast-growing,” he says. Last year, the firm, which has offices around the world, raised enough money from staff and its founders to …


CNN 10 – February 8, 2017

February 8, 2017

… VIDEOTAPE) UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Too high. MAGGIE LAKE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Tech firms are trying to hit the bull’s eye in the challenging world of virtual reality. At the New York offices of Framestore VR Studio, artists are hard at work crafting new VR experiences during an uncertain time for the industry. Companies continue to seeing billions into development, but headset sales came in way below estimates last year. UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It’s like …


Guy Hamilton: The James Bond director who went undercover in WW2 – BBC News

February 5, 2017

… detection before escaping back to safety in England. Ten days later the escape route used by the Resistance was uncovered by the Nazis. Image copyright Keystone Image caption The first film he directed was Goldfinger in 1964 Image copyright REX/Shutterstock Image caption He lived in Majorca until his death last year, aged 93 Hamilton would be awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his gallantry. After the war he returned to the film industry, training under legendary director …