Fyre Festival perfectly demonstrates the delicious schadenfreude of our modern world

April 29, 2017

… lineup of acts and, you know, the promise that it would actually happen. The promotion worked and the festival was sold out of general admission tickets. Bad press somehow wasn’t able to overcome bikini-clad models on boats. Meanwhile, Fyre organizer Ja Rule was speaking at SXSW on a panel about authenticity in advertising. You honestly can’t make this stuff up. The aftermath Fyre Festival ended like it began as a social media firestorm, though not the way its organizers intended. By …

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Taco Bell will soon let you reserve at table at its private test kitchen

April 29, 2017

… brand’s top chefs will feature upcoming products plus “twists on Taco Bell favorites,” according to a press release. The dinner is free for whoever manages to snag a reservation, though you’ll have to pay your own way to get there. Guests must also be at least 21 years old to attend. Sorry, teens. Should you miss the opportunity to book a table through Taco Bell’s OpenTable URL on May 5, don’t fret the fast food retailer plans to offer more dining events later …

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Acer’s Predator Triton 700 is a VR-ready gaming laptop that doesn’t scrimp

April 28, 2017

… largest PC maker in the world is still selling traditional laptops like the Swift 1 and Swift 3 with more subdued designs, but it’s making a bigger push with its Predator-branded gaming laptops. At its annual global press conference Thursday, Acer global CEO Jason Chen said the company’s Predator 21 X behemoth a laptop with a 21-inch curved screen, mechanical keyboard, eye-tracking sensors, dual Nvidia GTX 1080 GPUs, and more has been the most talked-about laptop in the last sixth …

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Consumers and innovators will lose if we kill net neutrality

April 27, 2017

… innovators and benefit multibillion dollar cable and Internet companies Recent press reports have said that Pai will first propose that the FCC reverse its decision to classify ISPs as essential telecommunications services under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. That decision gave the FCC the legal grounding it needed to adopt strong rules prohibiting discrimination and paid prioritization. Reversing the Title II classification will likely be coupled with a proposal to repeal the …

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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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Reporter’s notebook: A dramatic moment aboard Air Force 2 while headed to South Korea

April 17, 2017

(CNN)It wasn’t even an hour after we took off for South Korea on Air Force Two after a refueling stop in Alaska that a few of the vice president’s aides came back to the press cabin to tell us what was probably inevitable: North Korea had just unsuccessfully tried to test a missile. The press does not have Internet access on Air Force Two (which is secretly kind of liberating), so we didn’t know, but of course the VP and his team have high-tech, secure communications …

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Judge’s Anti-death Penalty Protest Riles Conservatives

April 17, 2017

… have personal beliefs yet can follow the law, even when to follow the law means they must place their personal feelings aside," Griffen told The Associated press on Saturday. On Friday, Griffen granted a restraining order preventing Arkansas from using its supply of vecuronium bromide, one of three drugs it uses in executions, because the supplier said the state misleadingly obtained the drug. The ruling came a day before a federal judge halted the executions on different grounds. The …

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The Switch is Nintendo’s fastest selling console ever

April 14, 2017

… it sold Nintendo Switch systems, for an attach rate of more than 100 percent,” Nintendo said in a press release. “This may be attributed to people who purchased both a limited edition of the game to collect and a second version to play.” This, unsurprisingly, makes it the fastest selling Zelda game in Nintendo’s history, too. Nintendo added that shipments of Switch units have not been able to keep up with consumer demand, but that they are “working to make sure …

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Never say never again: When celebrities eat their words – BBC News

April 14, 2017

… re-entry permit had been revoked and he would have to be interviewed about his political views and moral behaviour if he wanted to return. He said: “I have been the object of lies and propaganda by powerful reactionary groups who, by their influence and by the aid of America’s yellow press, have created an unhealthy atmosphere in which liberal-minded individuals can be singled out and persecuted.” By 1972, feelings had softened on both sides and the Academy of Motion Pictures …

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This company wants to market your emotions through GIFs

April 14, 2017

… co-founder and CEO of Tenor, in a press release. With Tenor Insights, were making it easy for marketers to explore the Emotional Graph and better connect with consumers around a new dimension emotion. Tenor is not the only company that sees big business in GIFs. Alongside Tenor are other companies hoping to make big bucks, including Giphy, which was valued at $600 million after closing a funding round in October 2016. Tenor says about 200 million people per month use its platform to search and …

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

April 13, 2017

… some new iteration of our companys values will have any impact on the bottom line. However, not only is the science conclusive, when Anson Dorrance was asked how he led the women’s soccer program at the University of North Carolina to 21 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championships, Dorrance responded, For me, language is everything. Its the same reason, as Cameron Craig explained about his 10 years at Apple, Steve Jobs read and personally approved every press release. And its why, when Daniel …

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Swedish Police Confident They’ve Caught Terrorist Behind Rampage

April 9, 2017

Swedish prosecutors arrested a man on terror charges after a hijacked beer truck plowed through Stockholm’s main pedestrian shopping street on Friday and then slammed into a department store, killing at least four people. The suspect, who’s believed to have driven the truck, is a 39-year-old man originally from Uzbekistan, the police said at a press conference Saturday in Stockholm. The investigation is continuing and more people are being questioned. They are also investigating a …

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

April 7, 2017

… each of the parties involved. For instance, Brent Choi, chief creative officer at J. Walter Thompson, said his agency had considered a campaign last fall that would have taken sides on the election. The agency’s top brass drew up various potential scenarios for how people might react to it and ultimately decided the cons outweighed the pros. “It’s part of our business to know what the consumers are going to do and what the press is going to do,” Choi said. …

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Here’s what Kendall Jenner said about that Pepsi commercial before any of us saw it

April 6, 2017

… it’s been mocked around the world from the moment it was released (when it wasn’t also causing people’s eyes to roll out of their heads). In case you haven’t seen it, the conceit is simple: Kendall Jenner is in a photoshoot, when she joins a vague protest nearby, gives a riot cop a can of Pepsi, and somehow negotiates a truce between everyone. It’s hilariously dumb and crass. At first, Pepsi tried to defend its commercial with a trite statement to the press, replete …

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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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Dialogue marks faiths’ response to the Westminster attacks – BBC News

April 4, 2017

… common principles – principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.” This Wednesday, both the Protestant and Roman Catholic Churches in Britain will continue to press the case for engagement, as opposed to antagonism. At 12:00 BST, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend what is billed as a Service of Hope at Westminster Abbey, which will bring together representatives of all those who were touched by the events of 22 March. The Archbishop of …

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Aerial footage of Colombian floods shows an avalanche of mud

April 3, 2017

… though Colombia has experienced even more devastating events in the past. In 1985, nearly 25,000 people were killed in the town of Armero after the Nevado de Ruiz volcano erupted and triggered an onslaught of mud and debris. Video credit: FuerzaAreaColombian via Storyful Associated press contributed reporting. WATCH: Veteran caught in extreme flooding saved thanks to drone More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsBuilderall Internet Marketing Platform – Special Promo – Annual …

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Chris Evans and Jenny Slate calling each other ‘vulnerable’ has left me vulnerable

March 31, 2017

… nothing to not love about her.” Slate also described Evans as “vulnerable” so maybe that’s why you feel so raw just thinking about what went wrong in their love story. The pair are promoting their movie, Gifted, so prepare to stay uncomfortably in touch with your emotions for the duration of their press tour. WATCH: Lynda Carter is the POTUS we need in ‘Supergirl’ More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsWP FanMachine PRO 2.0 – Single Site …

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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

… ultimately losing a multi-million dollar lawsuit in February. Although the judgment cleared Oculus of the most serious allegations in the lawsuit related the code behind the Oculus Rift system, the bad press was poorly timed. It came not long after it was reported that company founder Palmer Luckey was linked to a pro-Trump political action group. (Luckey later refuted some of the claims). Some of the bad mojo started when Facebook acquired Oculus back in 2014, leading to an immediate outcry …

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Trump White House reveals it’s ‘not familiar’ with global warming costs

March 29, 2017

Image: Jim Cole/AP/REX/Shutterstock Before President Donald Trump signed a sweeping executive order to roll back the Obama administration’s climate legacy on Tuesday, the White House held a press call featuring a senior administration official. The purpose was to brief reporters on what the order would say and the thinking behind it. It ended up being more revealing than the White House may have intended. SEE ALSO: Looking for hope on climate change under Trump? Cities are where the …

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Ivanka Trump to attend women’s empowerment summit in Berlin

March 29, 2017

(CNN)Ivanka Trump is making her first trip abroad since her father took office, representing the United States at a women’s empowerment summit in Berlin late next month. The trip was first reported by the Associated press. “Looking forward to working together in Berlin next month to promote the role of women in the economy and the future of our workforce globally #W20,” Trump posted on Facebook late Sunday evening, linking to AP’s report. She will join four additional …

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North Carolina’s discriminatory bathroom bill comes with a steep price tag

March 29, 2017

Signage outside a restroom at 21c Museum Hotel in Durham, North Carolina.Image: Gerry Broome/AP/REX/Shutterstock North Carolina is losing hundreds of millions of dollars a year due to a 2016 law panned as discriminatory. The state’s infamous “bathroom bill” will cost it $3.76 billion over the next dozen years, according to the Associated press. SEE ALSO: Boy Scouts lifts ban on transgender boys That cost comes in lost business. The law which targeted LGBT people by allowing …

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‘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

… of you: nobody knows who the fuck I am enough to make my life trouble. Is that the best way to do it? Its mixed. I did this film I got replaced on with Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher, and I saw the press literally chase them like Dodi Fayed and Princess Di though the tunnel, like, on foot. Im like, Holy crap! The shit they have to deal with. So I would imagine its kind of a mixed blessing. I get letters from 13-year-olds wanting a Playbill signed by people more famous than me. You have some …

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10 brilliant tricks to make you a Snapchat power user

March 19, 2017

… by making them move with motion. Shoot a video as you normally would and then choose a sticker or emoji. But instead of just placing the sticker/emoji on the screen, press and hold down on it and then pin it to a part of the video that’s moving, like so: Image: raymond wong/mashable 9. Swap faces with someone Forget the flower crown or the puppy lens filters. Face swap is where the weird happens. With this feature you can swap your face with another person’s using photos from …

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