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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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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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 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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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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Adam West filmed one last Batman cameo that was never aired — watch it now

June 19, 2017

NBC is giving us a chance to see one of Adam West's last roles.Image: MIKE NELSON/EPA/REX/Shutterstock Adam West may have passed away last week, but memorials to the iconic Batman actor continue to pour in. Along with the flood of tributes from his peers and admirers on social media and the touching Bat-signal display on the Las Angeles City Hall building, West’s last media appearances are making the internet rounds….

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

June 16, 2017

You can now have a Wi-Fi network built right into your home.Image: Shutterstock / asharkyu The Wi-Fi Alliance, the non-profit organization that certifies Wi-Fi enabled products, is ready to usher in a new era of the smart homes. Traditionally, there have been no set standards for integrating a wireless network directly into home blueprints, unlike other essential utilities, such as plumbing and electricity. But as our houses continue to be…

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Adam West built the foundation of a Batman legacy

June 12, 2017

Adam West, left, and Burt Ward dresses as "Batman" and "Robin." Nobody did it better.Image: Mark Elias/AP/REX/Shutterstock In the late 1960s and early ’70s, I raced home from school every afternoon to power load on superhero and Sci-Fi television. It was all reruns, though I didn’t know it. There was Star Trek. Gigantor, Superman, and, of course, Batman. SEE ALSO: Adam West, everyone’s favorite Batman, dead at 88 I was…

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

June 9, 2017

Image: facebook The Guardian is out. So is The New York Times. SEE ALSO: Facebook is going to do something about those terrible ads on your website Facebook has failed to keep the two of the most reputable newspapers on board with Instant Articles, the publishing platform where articles are uploaded directly to the social network. But Facebook is not giving up. On Thursday, the social network added more ad…

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London attack: Met defends dropping inquiry into attacker – BBC News

June 6, 2017

Image copyright Patrick Evans It’s still not clear when Khuram Butt got involved in radical Islamist politics, but there is ample evidence that he was involved in the al-Muhajiroun network – certainly in 2015 and potentially at least two years earlier still. The main evidence comes from his appearance in a Channel 4 documentary, The Jihadis Next Door, broadcast last year. The film was a close encounter with part of…

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This dating apps wants to give you a space to meet your dates IRL

June 3, 2017

The IRL hive.Image: bumble Dating apps make it easy to connect with people, but what if they could also give you a place to meet up in the flesh? Bumble is doing just that. They’re opening an actual brick-and-mortar location in New York City for the month of June. It’s called The Hive, and its meant to give the apps users a place to mingle IRL. So what exactly is…

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Manchester attack: Armed police guard bank holiday events – BBC News

It came after searches at a separate property in Cheetham Hill and in the Longsight area of the city. The UK threat level was raised from “severe” to “critical” following the suicide attack at Manchester Arena on 22 May. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMy ‘harrowing’ night: Manchester paramedic opens up about his experience The country’s leading counter-terror officer, Met Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, said on…

May 27, 2017
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ABC’s ‘Dirty Dancing’ Remake Became Cringey Real Fast

The new version wasnt totally reprehensible Sarah Hyland, Debra Messing and Nicole Scherzinger are all charming, and J. Quinton Johnson of Broadways Hamilton is a talented but underutilized new face. Still, the original Dirty Dancing with its memorable lines and delightful rom-com trappings remains the girl ABC told its iteration not to worry about. Try as the network might, the Dirty Dancing remake failed to capture the poignancy and heart…

May 25, 2017
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Look around Tokyo and you can still see the concrete legacy left by the 1964 Olympics and the subsequent economic “miracle.” Wood can change that, says the architect of the main stadium for the 2020 Games. Using Japanese lumber for the centerpiece venue, Kengo Kuma wants to restore woods that Tokyo lost half a century ago in the blitz to build highways, bullet trains and skyscrapers to showcase the recovery from wartime…

May 24, 2017
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Monica Lewinsky Bids Roger Ailes Goodbye In Scathing NYT Column

After decades of grappling with her relationship with former President Bill Clinton and the ensuing media frenzy, Monica Lewinsky is bidding goodbye to Roger Ailes, a man who shamelessly capitalized on the scandal. Or, rather than saying goodbye to Ailes himself, Lewinsky is saying goodbye (and good riddance) to the atmosphere he created. As she wrote in a Monday column for the New York Times: This is not another obituary…

May 24, 2017
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Manchester Arena attack: 22 dead and 59 hurt – BBC News

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe moment of the explosion Twenty-two people, including children, have been killed and 59 injured in a suicide attack at Manchester Arena. The blast happened at 22:35 BST on Monday at the end of a concert by US singer Ariana Grande. Greater Manchester Police said the lone male attacker, who died in the blast, was carrying an improvised explosive device which he…

May 23, 2017
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Bill Maher: The Indisputable Godfather of Political Late-Night

Bill Maher delivered the first late-night television monologue of Donald Trumps presidency. Bounding onto the stage at his Los Angeles studio Friday night, the Real Time host blew his cheering audience a kiss and told the many fans watching live on HBO, It happened. It really happened. We Americans have a new leader: Vladimir Putin. Maher prides himself on his ability to get out ahead of his competitorshe was also…

May 21, 2017
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One dating app makes you mind your manners to find love

Can this club keep the ghosts out for good?Image: INner Circle Its the ultimate dating dream: a place filled with top-notch single people who dont behave like assholes. One app thinks theyve cracked the code by insisting on good manners, but is it really that easy? Inner Circle wants to be your go-to place for finding decent human beings who you actually want to date. The app, which started in…

May 20, 2017
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Snapchat lands TV network’s attention at this year’s Upfronts

Image: snapchat screenshots NBC has a dominant run of broadcast events coming up: the World Cup, the Winter Olympics, and the Super Bowl. And yet, the media giant spent most of its yearly advertiser lovefest either downplaying the importance of social media giantsor announcing partnerships with them. SEE ALSO: Snapchat says it’s a camera company with more TV-like content to come This year’s Upfront presentations, where networks attempt to surprise…

May 20, 2017
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Facebook’s still buying up sports rights now including baseball

Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock Facebook has played it cool on live sports rights, but it’s quietly amassing a serious lineup. Facebook has struck a deal with Major League Baseball to stream 20 games live on the social network. They’ll be spaced out one game per week on Friday night, starting this week. That adds to a growing list of smaller niche sports that Facebook has deals to stream, including Mexican soccer, American…

May 19, 2017
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CrossFit brings its live competitions to Facebook

Watch other people get swole on Facebook.Image: crossfit Competitive CrossFit is coming to your Facebook. SEE ALSO: Facebook responds to brutal crime video: ‘We know we need to do better’ CrossFit and Facebook announced a new deal for the social network to stream live events from the fitness company. The new partnerships starts this Friday with the CrossFit Regionals and includes at least 40 live shows throughout the year, Sports…

May 18, 2017
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