The bright spots in the dark era of Trump Twitter: political parody accounts

April 30, 2017

… each tackles Trumps presidency with a different approach, they all set out with a common goal: to make Twitter in the Trump era a bit more bearable. SEE ALSO: Hit Trump where it hurts (his Twitter account) To get a better sense of what it takes to challenge Trump on his favorite social platform, we reached out to the creators of two of the most popular Trump parody accounts on Twitter and uncovered some intriguing facts about the 24/7 job. For instance: One of the most thought-provoking …

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RIP: Yik Yak

April 30, 2017

… app. Yik Yak was once valued at $400 million and raised $73.5 million in venture funding. Then, it was plagued by cyberbullying on its platform and a dropoff in interest among the college and high school students who used it. For an app whose core users were always college students, summer felt like the right time to end things, the co-founders said. “With the school year drawing to a close for many of you and summer vacation on the horizon, now feels like a good time for us to say …

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‘What were not doing is putting a newspaper on Snapchat’ — New York Times joins Snapchat Discover

April 25, 2017

… aren’t the first newspaper to join the platform, but they are dedicated to making sure it’s something every user opens. And the paper might have a bit of a secret weapon. Loyal Times readers may be excited to learn that The Daily Mini, the small version of the crossword, will be featured daily within the edition. It won’t be interactive, but can be drawn on using Snap’s tools. The puzzle’s answers are available by swiping up on the snap. The editions will feature a …

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What Sheryl Sandberg can teach you about loss, grief, and resilience

April 25, 2017

… responsible for transforming the way we communicate and get information. When Facebook is hit with complaints about viral fake news influencing elections, or live video gone horribly wrong, the Facebook groups founded by Sandberg, Lean In and now Option B, subtly defend the company. They’re offering a powerful counter-narrative about how the platform helps people make life-changing connections. In short, Sandberg is a complicated public figure. You’d be right to have reservations …

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MashTalk: Facebook’s sci-fi future, Samsung Galaxy S8 review and more

April 22, 2017

… live, speak with Facebook employees, and tried out some of the new experiences like the new social VR app for Oculus Rift, Facebook Spaces. SEE ALSO: If you hate Messenger, you’re really not gonna like Facebook’s latest update After a discussion of Facebook’s new augmented-reality platform, the big overhaul of Facebook Messenger, and the eyebrow-raising statement that “all reality is virtual,” the team turns its attention to the mind-blowing revelations. Regina …

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

April 21, 2017

Image: HOTSTAR While Netflix and Amazon Prime are going all out to capture the burgeoning video streaming market in India a country of 450 million internet users a homegrown ‘challenger’ so to speak has slowly emerged as the champion. Hotstar, the two-year-old on-demand video platform from the house of Rupert Murdoch-owned Star TV, has crossed 100 million downloads on Google Play Store. If we count App Store downloads, it would go up to 130 million or so. SEE ALSO: Netflix …

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

April 19, 2017

Buckingham Palace, powered by SeatGeek.Image: James D. Morgan/REX/Shutterstock SeatGeek is serious about defeating Ticketmaster. The ticketing platform just spent $56 million on the ticketing tech company TopTix. SeatGeek paid for that acquisition by raising $57 million in its own Series D funding round. Before this round, SeatGeek had already raised over $100 million in funding. TopTix is an Israeli company, and a lot of its technology is used internationally. The tech company handles …

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This company wants to market your emotions through GIFs

April 14, 2017

Don't @ meImage: Mike Mozart/Flickr Think of the last GIF you sent a friend. Here’s mine: Confused GIF from Confused GIFs That GIF might be summed up as saying “what the hell?” which is the kind of sentiment I was trying to pass along at the time. Tenor sees an opportunity here. The GIF platform (known best for its GIF keyboards) has announced that it’s going to start making money by offering advertisers the chance to insert their own GIFs into its platform. If …

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You can now enjoy an Antonio Banderas scented candle while watching ‘Spy Kids’

April 8, 2017

Image: Carlos Alvarez/Springer/Getty Images Antonio Banderas, who has already blessed us with appearances in Interview with the Vampire, The Mask of Zorro, and, most importantly, Spy Kids, is now channeling his talents into a different mode of expression: design. On Thursday, the actor released a line of reading glasses, sunglasses, wallets, phone cases, and candles on the new online platform Starlite Shop, which is, as the Hollywood Reporter reports, basically a fun place where celebrities …

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Amazon won NFL Thursday Night Football rights, so what’s next for Twitter?

April 6, 2017

Image: kenneth k. lamb/baltimore sun/tns via getty images  Twitter shook the tech press (some of its most loyal users and followers) last year when it announced it had purchased the digital streaming rights beating out Facebook, Amazon, and Yahoo for 10 games of NFL Thursday Night Football games. SEE ALSO: Soon you can watch NFL games on Amazon Prime The general reaction at the time could be summed up as: “Really… Twitter?” The platform for sharing news articles, funny …

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Celebrities like Steve Martin, Gordon Ramsey teach online classes

April 3, 2017

… round will also boost awareness of the program. With the new funding (making a total of $56.4 million already raised), MasterClass has been pushing hard with ads geared towards young professionals on places like Facebook and YouTube. “We’re an online education platform, so most of our advertising is done online,” a company spokesman said. “We try to target prospective students who might have an interest in a particular class topic or instructor.” It’s unclear …

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Everything we know about the ‘Walking Dead’ Season 7 finale

April 1, 2017

… that.”(Damn.) They’re just the worst. Image: amc Here’s what else we know about the Season 7 finale, courtesy of the cast and executive producer: I will say its everything, showrunner Scott Gimple told EW. Its the highs and lows, brightness and darkness, alpha to omega, a quiet-loud-sad-happy tragiredemptive circus of emotion, anguish, and grace.I hope people feel it all come together and have that rush you feel when the roller coaster finally coasts back to the platform. …

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Facebook now lets you create personal fundraisers for yourself, friends, and family

March 31, 2017

Image: Facebook If you’re hoping to raise money for a good cause, but it isn’t tied to a specific organization, Facebook just changed the game. The social media giant has expanded its fundraisers tool, now letting users create personal fundraiser pages to raise money for themselves, friends, and people or things not on Facebook. Previously, users could only raise money for a registered nonprofit on the platform. SEE ALSO: Facebook creates Community Help tool so users can aid each …

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The future of VR is here and Oculus Rift is one year old. So why isn’t it mainstream?

March 30, 2017

… quality, free Rift games like Robo Recallhelp drive Rift interest, but too often Gear VR apps seem to get priority from developers. That’s Oculus’ fault, and it remains an issue. Win: Locking in the world’s leading mobile phone brand, Samsung, to the Oculus VR platform. Loss: Confusing consumers with mobile VR, and not focusing on passionate Rift user base. The bad looks Amid all the hardware and software concerns, Oculus also found itself fighting for its very life in court, …

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Grindr isn’t just a hookup app, it’s now an LGBTQ publisher too

March 29, 2017

Image: grindr / mashable composite Grindr might be your go-to place for a date, but it will now also hook you up with some hot #content too. The dating app has just launched an LGBTQ online magazine in an effort to establish itself as a “lifestyle brand.” SEE ALSO: Move over Emily Dickinson, Grindr has a poet in residence The new digital magazine, or content platform for want of a better term, is called Intoand it will comprise “a collection of articles, videos, photography, …

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On Twitter’s 11th birthday, here’s another reminder they care about live video

March 22, 2017

Image: periscope Live video on Twitter’s about to get a bit more professional. On the occasion of its 11th birthday, Twitter just announced the ability for broadcasters to use professional cameras and editing software to stream live video directly to the platform. SEE ALSO: Facebook elbows in on Twitter’s live sports turf Eleven years ago, Twitter was limited to 140 charactersno hashtags, no blue checkmarks for verified accounts, no retweets or likes (a.k.a. favorites). Just …

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Looking back on the political gambles of May and Sturgeon – BBC News

March 19, 2017

… “maybe we should have a referendum on whether or not we have a referendum”. Is there a way that could happen? In a way it could, if the SNP were to sink their own government and push for a snap election on a very specific platform of holding a new referendum swiftly afterwards. That would seem a rather unlikely scenario, for many of the reasons outlined above – there is no way Ms Sturgeon could be sure she would win such a vote. If indyref2 has the air of a make or break moment …

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Hey, Twitter: Julian Assange really wants that sweet blue tick

March 17, 2017

Julian Assange kinda, maybe wants to be verified.Image: Getty Images Fine, whatever. Julian Assange didn’t want to be verified anyway. He does, however, seem a little p*ssed at Twitter. Calling himself a “deplorable,” the WikiLeaks founder tweeted Thursday that the social media platform has a “binary class system with proximity to power represented by ‘blue tick’ insignia.” SEE ALSO: Trying to protect teens by censoring the internet probably …

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ACLU Launches Massive Local Resistance To Trump’s Agenda

March 14, 2017

The American Civil Liberties Union wants to get people to mobilize against President Donald Trumps policies and its looking for people who are serious about local activism. On Saturday, the ACLU gathered thousands of people in Miami for what it called to launch its activism platform, , which seeks to . About 2,300 watch parties nationwide followed the event via live stream, and 1 million people have watched the events video since, ACLU National Political Director Faiz Shakir told The …

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Local publishers say Facebook is actually listening to them

March 8, 2017

… execution. “I think its been really encouraging to see them opening up their news and content sides of their business to work with media companies because Facebook has been, ‘Were just a platform and everyone else can use it or not or go to hell,’” said Gordon Borrell, CEO of Borrell Associates and chairman of Local Media Association. “Theyve become reactively engaged.” What’s happening It took awhile for Facebook to engage so closely, yet that timeline …

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Get Turned On The Old Venetian Way With These Sexy Flap Books

March 1, 2017

… purpose of the interactive flap book was clearly sexual. The Venetian flap books, she said, were designed with the titillation of the viewer in mind. “Le vere imagini et descritioni delle piv nobilli citta del mondo,” 1578, The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs. Courtesy of the NYPL Viljoens description of the exhibition calls attention to the young womans underwear and platform shoes, known as chopines a sexy getup for the time. The sensuous …

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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 …

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Cookie Monster and Kerri Doherty to host ‘The Mashable Show’ at SXSW 2017, live on Twitter

March 1, 2017

… right on your Twitter feed. So no matter where you are, you’ll have a front row seat to the best live music, film, comedy, and tacos that Austin has to offer. SEE ALSO: Theres more than meets the eye at the 2017 SXSW Mashable House This isn’t just any live show. It’s a live stream made for you, the superfan so you’ll be able to participate in live Twitter conversations, ask questions, and vote in audience polls right on the platform. Comedy writer and performer Kerri …

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Beyonce’s mom unknowingly livestreamed her walk on Instagram

February 28, 2017

Image: Getty Images for 2016 Essence Fe Can someone make sure Beyonc . ‘s mom is OK? For some unknown reason Tina Knowles Lawson, also known as the creator Beyonc and Solange, started streaming a live video on her Instagram account earlier today. While celebrities are no stranger to holding live streams on the platform, it seemed like Lawson had no idea she was filming herself. SEE ALSO: Watch Solange protest as Beyonc and their mom pick her up like a tiny baby For the brief moments …

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Grindr’s first poet in residence will explore what it means to be gay in 2017

February 28, 2017

… work, has been commissioned to produce poetry for the gay social networking app’s forthcoming digital platform “Into.” SEE ALSO: Winkd is a dating app where LGBTQ people are not an afterthought Wallis’ poetry will look at sex and what it means to be gay in 2017, but his poems won’t be limited to the world of dating and hookup apps. “The topic is as much gay experiences in general as [it is] the app. But, as [Grindr] is part of that experience, it will be a …

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