Twitter for Teachers: A Quick Start Guide


Technology is a growing part of the classroom, with tablets and smart TVs quickly integrating themselves into the curriculum. But fast-paced change – and the fact that students are often miles ahead of both teachers and parents when it comes to the latest apps and social networks – can intimidate even the most tech-savvy teacher.

Here’s a quick-start guide for teachers who are looking to incorporate Twitter into their classroom as a learning tool, without getting lost in the millions of tweets sent every day.

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My Week On The All-Emoji Diet

Fifty-nine foods are immortalized as emoji. Can someone eat only their real-life counterparts — and survive?

End The Tyranny Of 24/7 Email

Limiting workplace email seems radical, but it’s a trend in Germany. If this can happen in precision-mad, high-productivity Germany, could it happen in the United States? Absolutely. It not only could, but it should.

How Pabst Brought A 136-Year-Old Beer Back From The Dead

Once upon a time there was a beer. A beer with bold flavor and character. A beer that was supposedly America's first IPA. But then the 1970s happened. The tastes of the masses changed, and not for the better. A tidal wave of flavorless lager rushed in. And this unique, legendary beer was washed away in the tide. Until today.

Weekend Favs August Thirty

Weekend Favs August Thirty written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing

My weekend blog post routine includes posting links to a handful of tools or great content I ran across during the week.

I don’t go into depth about the finds, but encourage you check them out if they sound interesting. The photo in the post is a favorite for the week from Flickr or one that I took out there on the road.

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Good stuff I found this week:

Megalytic – really great way to create simple and useful Google Analytics reports – white label for agencies too

Slide Bureau – very nice slide presentation creation and sharing service built for the iPad

WeekPlan – online weekly planning tool based on some of the principles of GTD and Covey

A musician’s guide to using Twitter effectively

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Even if people aren’t paying for music, they still like to talk about it. Music is one of the most popular topics of conversation on Twitter, which is why every musician and band should be tapping into it if they haven’t already. In fact, 50 percent of people on the social service follows at least one artist. The most common, and obvious, use for Twitter is for bands to keep their fans updated on what’s going on. Switchfoot, for example, uses it to let fans know if there’ll be an acoustic set after the show offsite. “We’re always looking for ways to...

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Social Media Jobs: Mother Nature Network, Bright House Networks, The Daily Dot

This week, Mother Nature Network is hiring a social media manager, while Bright House Networks is seeking a digital media manager. The Daily Dot needs an assistant social media editor, and BrightWhistle is on the hunt for a digital marketing analyst. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional social media jobs on Mediabistro.

Find more great social media jobs on our job board. Looking to hire? Tap into our network of talented AllFacebook pros and post a risk-free job listing. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

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Why Police Don’t Need Warrants To Snoop With Drones

A 1989 Supreme Court case gave police free rein for aerial surveillance, but California lawmakers want to limit how drones can be used.

Why Aren’t We Farming Octopus?

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Octopuses grow quickly, have lots of tasty flesh and are found all over the world. As the world's supply of fish diminishes while the number of humans keeps increasing, it seems these creatures would make an ideal mass-produced food for our hungry mouths.

So where are all the octopus farms?

The main thing that prevents octopus farming at large scale is that the common octopus - Octopus vulgaris - is tough to feed in captivity, especially when first born.

After hatching, octopuses first exist as tiny organisms known as paralarvae, drifting around the upper ocean in among clouds of plankton which they feed on. It is this stage - before they become fully fledged young adults and descend further into the sea - which is hardest to replicate in aquaculture. Read more...

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How The ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ Melody Came To Represent Asia

There's a tune that you've probably heard throughout your life. It's nine notes long, and it's almost always used to signal that something vaguely Asian is happening or is about to happen.

Movie Novelizations: They Still Exist, And With Good Reason

Studio interference, zero royalties, a lack of acclaim. Adapting books based on movies can be thankless work, but the authors who write them deserve your respect.

Pinterest Business Analytics: This Week in Social Media

Welcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention. What’s New This Week? Pinterest Offers New Business Analytics: “…we’re excited to announce a new, smarter analytics tool to help businesses worldwide [...]

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Are You Pro or Anti-Hashtag? Question of the Week

Hashtags: we love them, we hate them, we love to hate them and hate to love them. Because hashtags are such an ingrained part of the tech culture, it’s tough to find someone who doesn’t know what they mean, or even more-so, doesn’t use them. They recently were added to the Oxford dictionary and can be inserted anywhere within a sentence.

Once upon a time they were only found on your phone (remember that pound sign?), but now have a place on most popular social networks, including Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Vine and Pinterest. The hashtag is likely the most popular means of categorizing content on social media. It makes your own content discoverable and allows you to find relevant content from other people and businesses.

The hashtag also allows you to connect with and engage other social media users based on a common theme or interest. But when it comes to hashtags, we’ve found that there tend to be a lot of do’s and don’ts. For example, the quantity of hashtags  how many is too many? As well as frustrating other users, the misuse of hashtags can even lead to account suspensions (in really extreme cases).

Since there is so much controversy surrounding the use of hashtags, we decided to ask our Twitter followers if they were Pro or Anti-Hashtag, and why?  We received a ton of great answers, a few of which even surprised us!  Let’s take a look and see what our followers thought about the usage of hashtags:

Whether our followers were pro or anti-hashtag, all of them were worried about overloading. #nobody #likes #a #status #that #looks #like #this #so #please #just … #dont

Our favorite though?

Aren’t we all @slakingfool, aren’t we all.

Do you have an opinion on the use of hashtags? Join the conversation and let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Against ‘Against [X]‘

Susan Sontag’s “Against Interpretation” is the mother of all contemporary clickbait intellectual polemics.

9 Nearly Worthless Gadgets You’re Hanging Onto for Dear Life

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You can't put a price on childhood memories, which explains why most of your favorite toys and gadgets from childhood aren't worth squat.

Now, you can still make a nice profit off unopened, exceedingly well-maintained or rare items from your younger days, but the majority of your prized possessions are too new to be artifacts and too old to be useful.

Before you try to sell your childhood dreams away, check out the nine items that have much more sentimental value than market value. And if you decide to junk them, think about donating or recycling. Read more...

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Everything You Need to Know About Ghost Sex

If you're tired of putting up with all the hassle endemic to having sex with a corporeal being, or if you've ever dreamed of consummating a relationship without actually having to touch another human, there's another option that might satisfy you: banging ghosts.

Jerry Football

In the owner's suite, on his private jet or among Dallas' beautiful people, Jerry Jones seems a happy man. But what he really wants, he cannot have.

The Last Armenians Of Myanmar

One of the oldest churches in Myanmar, also known as Burma, is struggling to keep going — its congregation only occasionally reaches double figures. But the opening up of the country to outside investment and tourism is offering new hope.

Slice of Princess Diana’s Wedding Cake Snags $1,375 at Auction

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A Los Angeles auction house has sold a slice of cake from Princess Diana's wedding to Prince Charles for $1,375

The 33-year-old slice of cake was sold online by Nate D. Sanders Auctions. It is still in its original white and silver presentation box dated "Buckingham Palace 29 July 1981" and stamped with a "CD" monogram.

The cake, described as "extremely rare" on the auction house's website, came with a card, which read: "With best wishes from Their Royal Highnesses, the Prince & Princess of Wales."

So who wants a cake from 1981 that's wrapped in its original wax paper and doily? Just one person, it turns out. The auction house started the bid at $1,100 and got just one taker, according to its website. The winner was a private collector. Read more...

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You Can Buy These Anti-ISIS Coloring Books For Your Kids

A St. Louis coloring book company looks to educate small children about ISIS and other terror groups with graphic images.

Lenovo handset, likely the Vibe X2, receives WiFi certification

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On Friday, an unspecified Lenovo smartphone received certification from the Wi-Fi Alliance. Its model number is “Lenovo X2-EU,” so it is extremely likely we are looking at the company’s upcoming Vibe X2. Leaked images of what is allegedly the Lenovo Vibe X2 surfaced recently.

From the certification documents, we do know that it is running Android 4.4.2 which is nearly the latest version of the operating system. By the time it launches, it could have the latest version or Lenovo will just issue a software update right out of the box.

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How Candidates Communicate, Legally, With Super PACs

Campaigns have found ways to talk to super PACs while staying on the right side of the law.

Every Parent Will Relate to Beyoncè’s Poem About Daughter Blue Ivy

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The love Beyoncè radiates for her daughter, Blue Ivy, was on display at the MTV VMAs when the "Flawless" singer got teary-eyed while baby Blue cheered "Yeah, Mommy!"

Now, the 32-year-old entertainer has penned a poem to describe this mother-daughter bond, in a four-page spread for CR Fashion Book.

Grab a tissue, parents. Here's Beyoncé's poem, which will remind you just how much you care for your kids and why you want the world to be a better place for them:

It’s my daughter, she’s my biggest muse.
There’s someone, we all find out soon,
more important than ourselves to lose.

I feel a deep bond with young children —
all those photos in my dressing room —
especially those who’ve been stricken,

Children I’ve met across the years —
they uplift me like pieces of moon,
and guide me, whispering in my ear

I’m turned to spirits, the emotions of others.
And I feel her presence all the time
though I never met my grandmother.

I learned at a very young age,
when I need to tap some extra strength,
to put my persona, Sasha, on stage.

Though we’re different as blue and red,
I’m not afraid to draw from her
in performance, rifts, even in bed. Read more...

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Yahoo Mail adds filter option to App

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Filters have been a crucial feature on email for a while, but usually you have to be on a desktop computer to take advantage of them. Well, those days are over, unless you’re a user of Gmail. Yahoo mail has received an update this week that includes filters. Now, when using the Android application for Yahoo mail, you can create, update, and remove filters by tapping the filter option and following the instructions. You can filter based on sender, recipient, and content. This update actually helps us all, whether or not you use Yahoo Mail. If you use Yahoo Mail, your benefit is obvious, so go ahead and update the app. If you use Gmail or another provider, maybe this update will be the impetus needed for Google to update the app and give us this much-needed improvement.

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ZTE holding event on September 16 in New York City for “the next hot thing”

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As we all know, September is going to be crammed with announcements and launches. The latest company to announce participation in next month’s frenzy is ZTE. A Vine was posted to represent its invitation for an event being held on September 16 in New York City. The invitation exclaims that ZTE will being showing “the next hot thing.” It does not give any other information, so we will just have to wait and see what ZTE has up its sleeve.

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Motorola letting select people buy the Moto 360 before anyone else

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Some people are being contacted by Motorola for a chance to reserve a place in line to purchase a Moto 360 smartwatch before anyone else. The company is reaching out to various people on Twitter that are using the hashtag #moto360. Motorola will tweet select users of the hashtag, request that hey direct message them, and proceed to email with details. In the emails, Motorola tells those selected that they will receive an email within the next few days with details on how they can purchase their Android Wear device first. If selected, Motorola makes it clear that you have to act quickly. Otherwise, they move on to another willing consumer.

Hit the break to see the emails exchanged between Motorola and one of the selected people.

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Behold, a GoPro Captures the Miracle of Pizza Making

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Pizza is arguably the best food ever created. Sure, bagels are a close second, but, come on — pizza.

The crunchy crust, oozing melted cheese and endless combinations of toppings, coupled with its share-ablity and power to be delicious at any temperature makes pizza simply perfect.

Thankfully, YouTuber haberdashery12 understands our love for pizza, and has documented the precious process of pizza making through the lens of a GoPro.

Enjoy.

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Snapchat Expands ‘Our Story’ to All Users

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After being "blown away" at the response from Snapchatters at Electric Daisy Carnival, Lollapalooza and other music festivals to the "Our Story" feature, which pools photos and videos from live events into one feed, the photo messaging application announced Friday that it has expanded the product

Now all Snapchatters, not just attendees at pre-determined events, can use Our Story.

"You’ll notice today that there’s a new 'Live' section beneath your Recent Updates," according to the Snapchat blog. "That’s where you’ll be able to experience Stories contributed by the Snapchat community at all sorts of events. It’s a great way to check out what’s happening around the world." Read more...

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Inside Dr. Seuss Inc.

Most children's book franchises fade over time, but Dr. Seuss's fantastical empire is hatching more sales than ever.

Terrifying Locusts Plague Madagascar, Nobody Seems to Notice

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Today's weather forecast: a swarm of locusts.

You'd think someone might panic as a cloud of winged bugs cover just about every surface at an intersection in Antananarivo, Madagascar. But local residents don't seem to mind as they go about their business.

Biblical plagues are just a typical day in the neighborhood.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for August 29, 2014

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Apps

Snapchat’s “Our Story” sharing service live

Carriers

New and current customers will receive $100 bill credit for activating a line on AT&T Next

Softbank takes aim at US market with Sony smartphone deal

HTC One (E8) available through Sprint for $99

T-Mobile Un-carrier 7.0 event being held on September 10

Google

Android comes up on iOS in the US in latest Kantar report

Phones

HTC One (E8) available through Sprint for $99

Lenovo Vibe X2 leaked images reveal metal chassis

New LG model number spotted on LG U Plus site

OnePlus is ditching their invite system for a more traditional pre-order

Note 4 cases surface hinting at a design different from what has been leaked

Samsung A series smartphone gets Bluetooth certification

Softbank takes aim at US market with Sony smartphone deal

Sony teases dimensions in vague tweet ahead of IFA 2014

ROMs

Microsoft, Amazon, Samsung, and Yahoo all express interest in Cyanogen

Smartwatches

Smartwatch and fitness tracker from HTC could arrive sometime next month

Nike+ running app to come pre-loaded on Samsung’s Gear S smartwatch

Tablets

Samsung highlights thinness, weight and screen resolution in new Galaxy Tab S promotional video

Miscellaneous

Nokia’s HERE Maps coming to Android, exclusive to Samsung devices for now

Android comes up on iOS in the US in latest Kantar report


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Rebecca Black Wants to Surprise You With Her New ‘Rockish’ Sound

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It's Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday with this Rebecca Black news

The singer who gave us the inescapable viral hit "Friday" in 2011 and its fitting calendar-inspired followup "Saturday" in 2013 will be venturing into new music territory

The 17-year-old Internet star told Mashable that her new music will sound more "rockish" than her previous pop tunes. Watch her hesitantly talk about her upcoming musical vibe during the MTV Video Music Awards red carpet in the video above

What type of rock persona she'll strive to achieve is yet to be seen. Will it be more punk rock like Avril Lavigne or more power pop rock like Amy Lee from Evanescence? Read more...

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A Hammerhead Shark Chasing A Stingray Next To Two Guys Who Take Forever To Get Out Of Danger

Title kind of says it all.

12 People Extremely Excited About Their 99-Pack of Beer

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Going to the liquor store every time you need a 6-pack (every night) is extremely annoying. So why not just make that 6-pack a 99-pack? It's far more efficient.

Austin Beer Works released a 99-pack of beer on Thursday, making thirsty Austinites really happy — and totally wasted

The limited quantity, $99, 7-foot-long, 82-pound, 99-pack was created in celebration of the brewery's Peacemaker Anytime Ale, described on their website as "so light, balanced and refreshing that you can enjoy it, well, anytime."

The only thing not inconvenient about the 99-pack is transporting it home, and maybe keeping it cold. And the fact that the novelty has already sold out Read more...

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AT&T sues Cox for network optimization patent infringement

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AT&T is going to war against Cox Communications over patents for network optimization technology.

AT&T said it has been warning Cox about its use of the technology as far back as 2009; in addition, the Dallas-based carrier claims that Cox refused to talk to AT&T about licensing the technology.

“(Cox) generates billions of dollars in revenue every year through its use of AT&T’s technologies,” the telecommunications giant said in the lawsuit filing.

According to AT&T, the patented technology is used in video set-top boxes, digital video recorders, Internet service, and telephone systems. It is also used to deliver telecommunications services more quickly and at less cost.

AT&T also alleges in the suit that Cox actively induced its customers and employees to infringe.

If AT&T wins the case, Cox would have to pay an ongoing royalty for use of the technology.

Cox said it was still reviewing the suit and was not ready to comment Friday.

See the Complaint here.

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Manchester United: Hard Times at Storied Soccer Club

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Even if you've never touched a soccer ball in your life, you've likely heard the name.

Thanks to a winning legacy and a long line of legendary players, Manchester United is one of the most popular sports franchises in the world. With more English Premier League titles than anyone else — and a fraternity of world-class former players including Paul Scholes, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo — United is the type of club boys dream of playing for when they grow up

But last season was an embarrassment for United, which struggled to a seventh-place finish in the Premier League — their worst final position since way back in 1990. Now, even armed with a top-flight new coach and the optimism of a fresh season, the Red Devils' 2014-2015 campaign is off to an awful start of its own, with three matches down and zero wins to show for it Read more...

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Emoji-only App Debuts, Nixes Words for Tiny Pictures

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Does the burden of human communication weigh heavily on your thumbs?

Emoji-only messaging app Emojli is here to save you from the tedium of expressing your thoughts with actual words

Emojli, which debuted for iPhone and iPad on the App Store Friday, forces users to construct their conversations and usernames exclusively from emoji

Founders Matt Gray and Tom Scott co-star on a comedic tech show called The Technical Difficulties, so they're no strangers to the humorous side of technology. The pair acknowledged that Emojli sounds crazy in a promotional video released in June Read more...

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If Not D.A.R.E., Then What?

Moving away from "Just Say No" and towards a more nuanced understanding of drug education.

On ‘Houdini’ Miniseries, Magician’s Home Life Is Anything But Magical

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Labor Day will bring with it the start of a magical two-night miniseries.

In Houdini, airing Sept. 1 and 2 at 9 p.m. ET, Oscar winner Adrien Brody stars as the master of illusion himself, whose thrill-seeking and mind-blowing stunts made him a notorious figure both in his era (the late 1800s, early 1900s) and beyond.

The miniseries goes beyond his on-stage persona, however, and takes a look into his sometimes troubled psyche, his rise to fame, and his personal life, including his marriage to one-time assistant Bess Houdini, played by House of Cards alum Kristen Connolly Read more...

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RIP, MSN Messenger: Microsoft Kills Old-School Chat App

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In news that is sure to make you feel old, Microsoft is officially killing its 15-year-old instant messaging program.

Windows Live Messenger— formerly MSN Messenger— will soon go the way of Friendster, Google Reader and Facebook Poke.

Microsoft first announced it would be closing Windows Live and pushing users over to Skype in 2012, but the service had stuck around in China — until now.

Microsoft began alerting Chinese users of Windows Live's imminent shutdown Thursday, and told users they would need to switch to Skype by October 31. The tech giant also promised free Skype credit to those who did, according to the BBC Read more...

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Sit Anywhere On A Chair You Can Wear

A Swiss startup has created a trim exoskeleton that lets factory workers perch for quick breaks.

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Funding Daily: A shoe company picks up a big bag of cash on the road to an IPO

Funding Daily: A shoe company picks up a big bag of cash on the road to an IPO
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Today’s funding deals:

JustFab raises $85M

JustFab is on a meteoric rise, closing a whopping $85 million round — less than one year after bringing in $40 million in its third round of funding. The 5-year-old company got its start in shoes, offering a fixed-price ($39.95) monthly shoe subscription to its members, eventually adding additional categories such as bags and clothes. Now it’s raising mountains of cash at an alleged $1 billion valuation and putting itself on what appears to be a path to an IPO, as Pando noted.

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eNeura grabs $5.8M

eNeura, a medical devices company, has just raised about $5.8 million in equity funding according to a filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The company focuses on portable, non-invasive transcranial magnetic stimulation devices that stop or reduces migraines. The devices are prescribed by physicians but designed to be easily used at home by patients. The company was founded in 2000 and is based in Sunnyvale, Calif. The company has previously raised $7.7 million in debt and equity financing.

Read more in the SEC filing.

Blueprint Genetics raises $3.9 million 

Genomic research has come a long way in recent years. Once the legal and regulatory issues are figured out, such products may provide the basis for a new data-driven care delivery model that could revolutionize health care. One company that’s pushing the puck forward is genetics startup Blueprint Genetics, which has developed a new way of sequencing the genome based on Stanford research, as well as a proprietary software for gleaning diagnostic information from it. Blueprint says its method is faster and more cost-efficient than other methods. And today, the company announced a new $3.9 million funding round raised from unnamed investors.

Read more on VentureBeat: Blueprint Genetics raises $3.9 million to bring genomic diagnostics service to the U.S.

KnightScope picks up $1.5M

Knightscope, a startup that says it’s building autonomous robots that can predict and prevent crime, yesterday submitted a regulatory filing proving that it’s raised $1.52 million. The startup, whose technology calls to mind the 1987 Robocop (which we still absolutely love to watch), announced a $1 million seed round in February. Investors include Bright Success Capital, Anthony Saleh, and Paul J. Elberse, according to the AngelList page for the startup, which is based in Mountain View, Calif.

Read more in the SEC filing.

29 High Contrast Photos That Use Harsh Mid-Day Light

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Light is arguably the most important factor in photography. Knowing when to avoid it, when to use it and to what extent — these are skills sought by many and mastered by few

Last week, we challenged you to implement harsh mid-day light in your photographs. Though it's a difficult situation to tackle, we were incredibly impressed with what we saw

"The submissions for the challenge left me in absolute awe of the vast talent that is out there," guest host and freelance photographer Jose Silva said. "It’s not always easy to shoot in harsh light but many of the talented artists that submitted work seem to have mastered the art form." Read more...

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L.A.’s Porn Industry Is Back After Brief Moratorium

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Well, that didn't last long

The Los Angeles porn industry — hamstrung by a series of roadblocks in recent years — is back in action after a self-imposed one-day moratorium on X-rated filming, prompted by an adult performer testing positive for HIV.

But the Free Speech Coalition, the national trade association for the adult film industry, announced Friday that the positive test turned out to be incorrect

"Production on adult film can resume safely," Diane Duke, a spokeswoman for the association said in a statement. "We understand that a moratorium is nerve-wracking for performers and difficult for producers Read more...

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Restrictive Texas Abortion Law

A federal judge in Austin, Tex., on Friday blocked a stringent new rule that would have forced more than half the state’s remaining abortion clinics to close.

Blueprint Genetics raises $3.9 million to bring genomic diagnostics service to the U.S.

Blueprint Genetics raises $3.9 million to bring genomic diagnostics service to the U.S.
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Genomic research has come a long way in recent years. Once the legal and regulatory issues are figured out, the research may provide the basis for a new data-driven care delivery model that could revolutionize health care.

One company that’s pushing the puck forward is genetics startup Blueprint Genetics, which has developed a new way of sequencing the genome based on Stanford research, and a proprietary software for gleaning diagnostic information from it. Blueprint says its method is faster and more cost-efficient than other methods. And today, the company announced a new $3.9 million funding round raised from unnamed investors.

Academic research has identified the molecular genetic backgrounds of more than 3,500 inherited diseases. But health organizations have lacked software systems sophisticated enough to quickly and accurately diagnose disease using that data. And that’s where Blueprint is finding its niche.

This is how it works: The care provider sends some of a patient’s genetic material to Blueprint. The company then sequences the genome and returns its diagnostic results via a website. All reports include a geneticist statement evaluating the patient history and describing the pathological mutation findings.

“All of our diagnostic panels represent the latest research on the field and analyses and clinical interpretations are made by our clinicians and geneticists,” Blueprint says at its website.

The service differs from that of 23andMe in that it is available only to health care professionals, not consumers.

In 2013, the company entered the market with its first product category, providing diagnostics for inherited cardiovascular disorders.

Blueprint already has more than 60 hospital customers in 10 countries. It’ll use its new funding money to bring its technology to hospitals in the U.S.


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Snoop Dogg Is a White Bro Named ‘Todd’ on Instagram

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We know, it’s hard to keep up with Snoop Dogg‘s name changes, but from now on we can just call him “Todd.”

Todd, Snoop’s alter ego has been taking over his Instagram, donning a white face, blond hair, peacoat, turtleneck and wire-framed glasses while promoting “White Dudes Connect,” a fictional dating website.

Obviously, White Dudes Connect is “where white guys look for fly, single females, to have a great time.”

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BuzzFeed is spending part of its $50M funding round to … build casual games? Yup

BuzzFeed is spending part of its $50M funding round to … build casual games? Yup
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Viral content site BuzzFeed seems intent on transforming itself into a source of serious, in-depth news coverage, but this definitely isn’t the only thing the company is spending time developing.

Today, for instance, BuzzFeed VP of product Chris Johanesen revealed that the company is actively putting together a team of developers to build casual games for the site. Why games? Well, Johanesen told TechCrunch‘s Anthony Ha that the company wanted to do something that didn’t just get people to consume media but to engage with it as well. He also referenced the success BuzzFeed saw in creating its own quizzes, which some have pointed out is responsible for driving lots of traffic to the media site.

The move is likely part of BuzzFeed’s strategy for creating a media company that can do important content as well as the crap people will read even if they loathe admitting it. (Don’t act like you never visit BuzzFeed. The site sees an average of 130 million unique visitors per month, and you are probably one of them.) BuzzFeed initially rose to popularity by acting as a curated hub of viral content around the Web, and then it took a stab at creating content it predicted would go viral, which proved successful. And with the revenue generated by that kind of evergreen, cheap content (which I loving refer to as “candy”), it’s able to justify hiring a team of serious journalists to break news and do important reporting about politics, technology, business, and more.

This kind of thinking probably helped BuzzFeed close its recent $50 million round of funding, which it will apparently use to develop more strategies — such as developing games and quizzes — for keeping people returning to its website. It also has ambitions for creating video content on par with other popular movies/TV shows, which can get pretty expensive. And since building a successful news organization with a sustainable business model is proving difficult in the digital era, BuzzFeed’s non-traditional methods deserve some attention.

As for the new games, Johanesen said BuzzFeed won’t be creating anything on par with something like Grand Theft Auto. The games will probably be engaging and get enough people interested to justify their existence. Johanesen noted that casual game-like functionality might even start popping up in the site’s advertising, too.

Casual games are enjoying success across many platforms (first on social networks like Facebook and now obviously on mobile devices). So it’s actually a bit surprising we haven’t see a news/media site try this sooner.



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Experimental Drug Healed Monkeys Infected With Ebola

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An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa — once more of it can be made.

The monkeys were given the drug, ZMapp, three to five days after they were infected with the virus and when most were showing symptoms. That is several days later than any other experimental Ebola treatment tested so far.

The drug also completely protected six other monkeys given a slightly different version of it three days after infection in a pilot test. These two studies are the first monkey tests ever done on ZMapp. Read more...

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American Airlines Flights Are on Orbitz Again

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Flights on American Airlines have returned to Orbitz, the booking site announced after trading closed on Friday.

The travel website said that it has reached an agreement with the airline that will allow it to continue selling American Airlines and US Airways tickets. The airline had pulled its fares over a disagreement over how much commission to pay Orbitz for referrals. The airline had also threatened to remove US Airways on Sept. 1.

“We are pleased that our long-standing relationship with American Airlines allowed us to quickly resolve business matters and that we continue to offer a broad range of options," said a statement from Orbitz, "including American Airlines and US Airways flights, to the millions of shoppers who book travel on our global sites each day." Read more...

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U.S. Releases Footage of Airstrike Against Radicals in Iraq

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The U.S. military released a video on Friday of an airstrike against an Islamic State armed truck near the Iraqi Kurdistan capital of Erbil that was carried out on Aug. 26.

The soundless video shows truck driving along a road until it is eradicated by the blast

The U.S. first sent advisers to Iraq on June 16 and ramped up its involvement with targeted airstrikes that began on Aug. 8 after Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS/ISIL) militants attacked Kurdish forces near Erbil, where American personnel were stationed

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Mitch McConnell’s Campaign Manager Resigns After Iowa Bribery Scandal Deepens

Jesse Benton, the campaign manager for U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, will resign his post as a bribery scandal from the 2012 presidential campaign threatens to envelop Benton and become a major distraction for McConnell's campaign. Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2014/08/29/3402571_mitch-mcconnells-campaign-manager.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

Sony teases dimensions in vague tweet ahead of IFA 2014

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Sony tweeted the above picture today, with a caption of “What could these numbers possibly mean? .” Obviously the first reaction is to assume the numbers are dimensions of a device, but they are nothing like the leaked dimensions of the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact. It may not even be describing the dimensions of a smartphone, since the tweet was sent out by Sony UK, and not Sony Mobile. I guess we’ll have to wait and see for the truth.

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New ‘predatory’ lead discovery platform hunts down your competitors’ customers

New ‘predatory’ lead discovery platform hunts down your competitors’ customers

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How would you like to pitch your competitors’ leads and customers?

San Mateo, California-based Colabo is now offering that escalation in the marketing arms race.

This week, Colabo released competitive lead discovery capabilities for its data aggregation platform, offering what is describes as “predatory lead discovery.”

“By going off your competitors’ leads,” CEO and co-founder Yoav Dembak told VentureBeat, marketers “become more of a hunter than a farmer.”

“Salespeople are used to looking at the known universe, selling into this kind [or that kind] of company,” he told us.

But these days, he said, the known universe can be deceptive. A salesperson might be looking to talk to “an IT manager at a large bank, [but] that person could be running the video system, managing iPads, or doing virtualization.”

Rather than trying to figure out the best targets from such deceptive clues as job titles, Dembak told us, it could be more effective to hit on those leads or customers who “are already engaging with your competitor.”

“When people [engage with your competitor], it’s a pretty good indicator” they’re interested in your industry.

Instead of a capturing and recapturing of each others’ leads, could Colabo instead be used as a shield?

“Some users have asked, ‘Can I pay you so my competitor can’t see my leads?'”

No, Dembak told us. “We’re not into racketeering.”

The updated Colabo platform draws on public as well as purchased data sources, including tradeshow attendances, LinkedIn groups, MeetUp meetings, browser history via Acxiom, data platforms like InsideSales, Lattice Engines’ big data, question exchanges in Quora, search terms, and other feeds to define the targeted customers. Colabo doesn’t actually supply the data, but it can suggest the data sources and will provide integration.

Of course, it’s not the only company to assemble profiles from disparate data sources, but it says it is only one offering this kind of automated intelligence about your competitors’ leads. Marketers have been doing this manually, Dembak said, such as scoring users on MeetUp and LinkedIn.

The leads and related data from Colabo are integrated with existing systems. “As a platform, we attach ourselves to both marketing automation and CRM,” he told us. Colabo also feeds other parts of a company’s sales funnel.

“What we find,” he said, “is that when you engage with alternative channels [than what you've been using], you get ten times the response rate.”

The company, founded about two years ago, previously offered a lead enrichment platform that qualified existing leads but didn’t discover new leads. About 50 customers have been using the earlier beta version of Colabo’s competitive lead discovery, including Juniper Networks, Cisco, and Oracle.

The co-founders, including CTO Asaf Wexler and COO Naama Halperin, previously sold an application management platform called B-hive to VMware in 2008. Colabo was initially bootstrapped, followed by a seed round that included ex-VMware CEO Paul Maritz and that netted over $2 million.


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Snapchat’s “Our Story” sharing service live

snapshat_our_storyFor recent big events, Snapchat has opened up a feature that allowed users to beam their photos of the event to a public story, aptly named “Our Story.” During those test events, including the FIFA World Cup and Lollapalooza, over 350 hours of media were uploaded. It’s no longer a test now, “Our Story” is open to everyone.  With the latest update, a new Live section appears just below Recent Updates in the app after you capture a photo or some video footage, or alternatively via the Stories button on the edit screen. From there you have an option to select the appropriate event.

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Twitter Cheat Sheet: Profile Image Sizes, Logos and ‘Twitter Blue’ [INFOGRAPHIC]

Here’s a quick question: what colour is Twitter blue? That is, what’s the hexadecimal code that Twitter uses for their colour scheme?

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How Do Those Police Body Cameras Work Anyway?

Surprisingly little has been written about the technology powering these cameras.

When Should You Show Up To A Party?

Faced with an easy choice — get to a party on time and feel weird, or go late and arrive when everyone’s there — we’ve all adopted an unspoken rule: We arrive a bit after the advertised start time.

Project Wing vs. Prime Air: Google’s Drones Soar Above Amazon’s

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Move over, AmazonGoogle has just entered the commercial drone arms race with Project Wing, an until-now secret program to develop "self-flying vehicles" to deliver small packages, similar to Amazon's Prime Air.

Both programs are still years away from coming to fruition, with prototype drones — or, more accurately, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — completing only the most basic of test flights. However, the drones have been in development for a while, with notably different approaches to drone design. Google has been working on drones for two years; Amazon announced its program in December of last year. Read more...

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Samsung A series smartphone gets Bluetooth certification

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After releasing the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, Samsung appears to be ready to launch a new line of devices based on the same design model. We learned earlier this week that Samsung has three devices in the works, all with an “A” in the model name, leading to the unofficial moniker of “A series” for the line. Now one of those devices, the SM-A500, has surfaced on the Bluetooth SIG web site after obtaining its certification. Not much information about the specs for the device can be gleaned from the Bluetooth SIG entry, although it does appear it may be dual SIM capable.

The Bluetooth SIG entry is the second spotting of this particular model. Earlier and entry for the SM-A500 was discovered on the Samsung web site. That information revealed it would have an HD display and would come loaded with KitKat. Sources have indicated all of the A devices would come with upgraded front-facing cameras relative to the rest of the Samsung portfolio.

Sources believe Samsung is ready to launch the devices before the end of September. If not announced during IFA 2014, an announcement shortly thereafter may be in the works.

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A Chrome Extension Replaces All Web Text With ‘Hodor’

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Simplicity is coming — to your web browser

The Internet would be a lot less exhausting if all words were replaced with "Hodor." And that's exactly what the Hodor browser extension for Chrome doesReddit and Facebook will never look the same.

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But hey, if one word is good enough for Game of Thrones' loyal half-giant, it should be good enough for you (as long as you don't have anything really important to say).

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Smartwatch and fitness tracker from HTC could arrive sometime next month

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There may not have ever been a September quite like the one we will see next month. Everyone including Motorola, ASUS, LG, SamsungLenovo, and T-Mobile all have something to offer in September. And let us not forget that Apple will be making some noise as well. One name that has been absent is HTC, but it looks like they are bound to join the September fun. According to @upleaks, HTC will have both a smartwatch and a fitness tracker arriving soon.

The tweets providing the information are a little confusing, though. So, like any rumor or leak, take this one with a grain of salt. The source first claimed that the smartwatch, called HTC CWZ, will be heading to “North America/EMEA/Japan/Brazil/Korea and Taiwan.” The next tweet contains information regarding a smartwatch, called HTC WWY, with specifications including a 1.8-inch display with what seems to be “32*160″ resolution, a 100mAh battery, and IP57 certification. The third and final tweet then notes that the HTC WWY could be a fitness tracker much like Samsung’s Gear Fit.

What exactly is the smartwatch and what exactly is the fitness tracker is still up in the air, but at least we should be expecting something in September from just about everyone in the mobile industry.

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Shares of Apple end week at all-time high with ‘iPhone 6′ & ‘iWatch’ hype at fever pitch

Apple stock reached an all-time high in trading on Friday, and also finished the day at its highest-ever closing price, as investors and customers alike are clamoring to see what the secretive company has up its sleeve for a Sept. 9 media event.






Say Goodbye to Summer With 18 Vintage Photos

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Labor Day weekend has arrived. Pack away the barbecue, tank tops and beach days.

But before you think about cold weather and Pumpkin Spice Lattes, look back at summers of the 1970s documented by the National ArchivesPhotographers captured personal summer moments — everything from Florida retirees doing water aerobics to kids marching in a costume parade in Minnesota.

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Friday Round-Up: Judge rules on Facebook likes, Pinterest shares news

labor-day-weekend-2It’s time for my weekly round-up of all the news that was too small or too late to print.

Does a Company Own Its Facebook Likes?

Turns out the answer is no. Bloomberg Business Week published a story this week about a legal battle between a TV network and a fan page. Stacey Mattocks started a Facebook fan page for the show “The Game” and amassed more than 2 million “likes”. When BET revived the show, they made a deal with Stacey. They turned her page into the official page then paid her to be an admin. Smart move until Stacey decided she wanted more then locked BET out of the page.

BET fought back by reporting Stacey for copyright infringement and laid claim to all of the “likes” on her page and the whole thing ended up in court. In the end, the judge ruled that neither party could lay claim to the “likes” because those are owned by the people who gave them in the first place. And since Stacey broke the contract by locking BET out. . well, she basically cooked her own goose.

What amazes me is all the time and money spent to fight this thing in court over what? Facebook likes? I bet a portion of those people don’t even care about the show anymore. BET, seriously, start your own official page and let it go.

Pinterest NewsPinterest Has News!

Pinterest has added a News tab to the notification section of their mobile app. What is “news” in the world of Pinterest, you say? “News” is a list of actions created by the people and boards you follow. Frank pinned two new pictures of his cat. Susan followed I Love Pugs. Harry liked 155 pins. (Harry needs a life.)

From a business POV, anything that helps spread the word is a good thing but how many people are actually going to spend time reviewing the info in this feed?

Moving on.

YouTube star Bethany Mota is going on Dancing with the Stars. This is why you have to stop slacking and get going on your weekly video uploads.

Facebook Test Lets Users Search Old Posts by Keyword – talk about digging up old dirt. This is going to lead to trouble.

And finally, in non-marketing but really cool crowdfunding news: Tiny Canadian town crowdfunding full-size USS Enterprise. 

They’re falling short of their goal (2,467 against the needed 2,000,000,000) so click here to help “make it so“.

That’s it for me. Have a safe and fun Labor Day Weekend.

Microsoft, Amazon, Samsung, and Yahoo all express interest in Cyanogen

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Some of the biggest technology companies in the world are all taking a look at Android software developer Cyanogen. They are the developer of the very popular custom CyanogenMod ROM. The community for CyanogenMod has been so strong that is has been questioned whether or not it is actually in contention to be the world’s third most popular mobile operating system. It is being reported by The Information that Microsoft, Amazon, Samsung, and Yahoo have all been keeping an eye on Cyanogen with an acquisition or at least a partnership in mind.

The common theme among all of these prospective partners or buyers is that they want separation from Google and Android. Everyone could cash in on Cyanogen and build something of its own quickly due to its popularity. OnePlus has tried to do it as a hardware partner, but they have enough problems of their own to deal with before being taken seriously.

Microsoft has its own Windows Phone operating system, but its growth has been sluggish. They now own the company that was giving it the most attention in Nokia. Cyanogen would be Microsoft’s entrance into Android that Nokia missed with its budget handsets. Of all of the interested parties, Satya Nadella is the only confirmed leader to meet with Cyanogen. Within the last year, Microsoft has been showing a big interest in developing hardware to compete. A pairing with a more lucrative mobile operating system could be what Microsoft needs.

Amazon has its Fire OS, but essentially locks everyone out if they are not heavy users of its services. Jeff Bezos is notorious for keeping everything in-house, thus a pairing between Amazon and Cyanogen seems unlikely. But no one really thought Twitch would be under Bezos’ ownership. They could pull out another surprise and take Android seriously by welcoming a wider audience.

And Samsung has been longing for something other than Android for quite some time with its Tizen OS and now that has remained on its wearables. However, the Android experience created by Samsung is cleaned up now and consumers seem to be warming up to it. There does not seem to be a real value for Samsung to purchase Cyanogen as it would not really add any additional value to what it already has.

Yahoo is the wild card. Its purchase and relaunch of the Aviate launcher means that Marissa Mayer is quite serious about being involved with mobile. The fact that they lack any true hardware manufacturing is a bit puzzling at the moment. Yahoo would need to find someone to manufacturer an actual device rather than picking up Cyanogen and getting started right away. One option would be partnering with a hardware manufacturer and just focusing on Cyanogen’s software if it were to acquire the software developer.

Between these four companies, who do you think should partner or acquire Cyanogen? Let us know in the comments.

Source: The Information


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‘Agent Carter’ Has Added 2 Cast Members, Including Your Former Crush

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When Agent Peggy Carter finally makes the leap from the Captain America franchise to her own show on ABC this fall, she's going to bring some friends along with her

Marvel announced today that One Tree Hill alum Chad Michael Murray and Dollhouse vet Enver Gjokaj have been cast as series regulars in their upcoming Agent Carter series for the alphabet network

Yes, that Chad Michael Murray, whose face covered many a teenage bedroom wall. He's now part of the Marvel family

Specifically, Murray will play SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve) Agent Jack Thompson, while Gjokaj will play Agent Daniel Sousa. Both will reportedly meet Carter (Hayley Atwell, reprising her role from the movies) after she takes a new role at SSR in New York City. Read more...

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Maroon 5′s Ballad With Gwen Stefani Is a Close Second to ‘Stay With Me’

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"Stay With Me" singer Sam Smith has the Ballad of Year title locked down for 2014, but Maroon 5 and Gwen Stefani are sure trying their hardest to snag the runner-up spot with their emotional "My Heart Is Open" duet

The new ballad, co-written by "Chandelier" singer Sia, showcases No Doubt's Stefani and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine both yearning for love. Wrapped in slow-pounding piano sounds, the song crescendos with Levine's piercing falsetto.

"It's just a moment going seesaw, don't be afraid to give your heart to me," Stefani sings, "and if you do, I know that I won't let you down." Read more...

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Video Of Black Father Tased, Arrested While Waiting For Kids Is Stomach-Turning

Cell phone footage shows 28-year-old Chris Lollie calmly speaking to two St. Paul, MN police officers before they use a stun gun and arrest him without explanation. While you can't see it, it's presumed that his children witnessed the scene of the arrest.

Somebody: A Clever Messaging App Film from Comedian Miranda July

The sharing economy is getting crowded: apartments, cars and even dinner tables — but what about personal interactions and real-life conversations? Comedian and writer Miranda July takes that question and applies it to her latest short-film for the clothing brand, Miu Miu, which perfectly captures “the strange tenderness of contemporary relationships.”

Somebody — not just anybody – is a clever parody app that lets you pick random strangers to deliver personal messages to friends or enemies. Just like Lyft or Uber, you can even rate their performance once you receive your in-person message from a special Somebody.

Use Somebody when…
 
…you want to confess your love but you don’t actually want to confess your love. (Write a script for your stand-in that includes the direction [Nervous.])
 
…you want to send an appealing stranger to your friend. (But read his ratings and reviews first!)
 
…you can’t go to the party but you want your presence felt. (Send a stand-in to compliment the host!)
 
…you want to meet new people nearby. (Pick a floating message and deliver it!)
 
…you want to create a once-in-a-lifetime, real, unpredictable experience for a friend!
 
When you can’t be there… Somebody can.

The app is currently available in the App Store, but there are only so many users and few hotspots sponsored by Miu Miu. Think museums or the Venice Film Festival, where the short had its world premiere.

Current Hotspots to send messages to Somebody:

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (with a presentation by Ms. July on Sept. 11), The New Museum (presentation on Oct. 9), Yerba Buena Center for The Arts (San Francisco), Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), and Museo Jumex (Mexico City.) Museum-goers are invited to send and deliver messages in these spaces where there are likely to be other users.

You can also invite users to the app and create your own hotspot, though that might diminish the fun a bit if all the users are people you know.

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Marketing Day: Twitter Experiments With Trends Box, Event Ads Coming To Facebook News Feed & More

Here’s our recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web. From Marketing Land: Twitter Tests Desktop Trends Box That Displays Details About Each Trend The trends box on Twitter’s desktop site is very spartan — a list of 10...

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SearchCap: Google Author Rank Lives, Facebook Mobile Search & In-App Search Engine

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: Google Authorship May Be Dead, But Author Rank Is Not Google ended its three-year experiment with Google Authorship yesterday, but the use of Author Rank to...

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22 Ingenious Stoner Foods Inspired by the Munchies

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Someone has a serious case of the munchies.

It's no secret that weed and food go together pretty well. The substance enhances your sense of taste, and anyone who's smoked, ingested or vaped some bud know that the desire to eat delicious snacks is not exactly easy to control.

To combat the overbearing force that is the munchies, stoners have whipped together some ridiculous concoctions that look strangely tempting.

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JustFab raises $85M as it eyes an IPO

JustFab raises $85M as it eyes an IPO
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JustFab is on a meteoric rise, closing a whopping $85 million round — less than one year after bringing in $40 million in its third round of funding.

The 5-year-old company got its start in shoes, offering a fixed-price ($39.95) monthly shoe subscription to its members, eventually adding additional categories such as bags and clothes. Now it’s raising mountains of cash at an alleged $1 billion valuation and putting itself on what appears to be a path to an IPO, as Pando noted.

“We are creating the next generation of fast fashion. We believe we are building the next H&M or Zara,” co-founder and co-chief executive Adam Goldenberg told VentureBeat back in September. “JustFab has been able to successfully expand internationally, where other companies haven’t, and we will continue our expansion plans to continue building a global fashion brand.”

The company, which owns fashion label and designs its items in-house, is looking to open a distribution center on the West Coast, to continue to invest in its new brand Fabletics, and to generally use the new capital for manufacturing and inventory.

An IPO is also likely in JustFab’s near future, Goldenberg told Pando, and will hit its $400 million in revenue for 2014 that it projected back in September.

JustFab acquired fellow shoe-subscription company ShoeDazzle a year ago to create a massive online shoe retailer.

Passport Special Opportunity Fund led this new round, with additional participation from existing investors Shining Capital, Matrix Partners, and Technology Crossover Ventures.

The company was founded in 2010 and is based in El Segundo, Calif. JustFab has raised $249 million to date.



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Snoop Dogg Is Now A White Guy Named Todd

So this is what Snoop does in his spare time. Would have pegged him for more of a hacky sack kind of guy. Also, how much do you think White Men Connect is paying him?

Never Mind Iceland — This Erupting Volcano Is the Real Threat

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As Europe and the U.S. fret over a small eruption in Iceland, a far larger volcanic eruption is taking place in Papua New Guinea

And unlike the Icelandic volcano, which merely has the potential to reroute trans-Atlantic flights, the eruption of Mount Tavurvur is already causing damage and threatening lives as well as disrupting international air travel.

Mount Tavurvur, which is part of the larger Rabaul caldera, blasted enough ash into the stratosphere on Friday that Qantas Airlines rerouted flights between Sydney and Tokyo, as well as Sydney and Shanghai, to avoid flying through the ash cloud Read more...

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Nokia to Bring Offline Navigation to Samsung Galaxy Devices

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Nokia may be abandoning Android on the hardware side, but the company isn't giving up on Android entirely.

Nokia is partnering with Samsung to bring its Here Maps app to Samsung Galaxy smartphones, the two companies announced in a blog post on Friday.

The free app includes maps for 200 countries, with support for driving and walking route guidance for 100 of those. When used with a data connection, it also includes real time traffic and transit schedules for dozens of countries

But the app's most impressive feature, and the one most likely to lure Google Maps users, is its robust offline capabilities. As with Here's Windows Phone counterpart, users can download maps for entire countries, or specific regions, for offline use. Read more...

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Facebook Adds Gender-Neutral Options for Family

Facebook added the ability for users to specify custom genders – such as transgender, androgynous and genderqueer — in February, and the social network has now extended those options to indicating family members users are connected with.

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Scientists Find Dimmer Switch For Memories In Mice

Using a technique in which light is used to switch neurons on and off, neuroscientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology appear to have unlocked some secrets about how the brain attaches emotions to memories and how those emotions can be adjusted.

Branding Guyana

Guyana is a place, unlike Aruba or Jamaica, not on anyone’s list of dream destinations. A few months earlier, I’d gotten an email asking if I wanted to visit. The note was from a company contracting development work from USAID. One of its projects was to rebrand the tiny, corrupt nation and promote ecotourism. I knew the catch.

My Own Personal Nothingness

From a childhood hallucination to the halls of theoretical physics.

Bye, Google Maps

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Facebook rolls out Event Ads. Are you going?

Facebook eventsDo you use Facebook Events to promote your business? Facebook says 30% of all events on the site were created by Pages (ie businesses) but that’s not a lot.

I’d guess that the majority of events are party invitations between friends and family. The Event tool is an easy way to pass around all the information a person would need to attend – time, date, address and a map. You can use it to collect RSVPs and answer questions. It’s a handy tool because almost everyone you know is on Facebook. . . right.

It’s a little different on the business end. I wouldn’t expect people to RSVP for a summer sale but it’s still an event. Book launch, webinar, workshop – if it’s happening on a specific date, it’s an event. When someone clicks on it, that event goes into their calendar and they get a reminder. If a person RSVP’s, that notification shows up in their timeline so their friends can see it and RSVP, too.

Now, there’s another good reason to use Facebook Events – you can turn an Event into an ad.

You can create the ad the same way you create ads out of posts, using the Ad Create tool or Power Editor. The ad will show up on both the desktop and mobile timelines of your target audience and these ads look nice.

The large date in the corner really makes it stand out from all the other posts. And because it’s dated, there’s a real sense of urgency.

Facebook is also adding insights to every Event page whether you turn it into an ad or not. (I think, they’re not really clear on this point.)

If you’re a Page admin, you’ll see a collection of small graphs in the Event Page sidebar. This is:

  • The number of people who’ve seen a link to the event on Facebook
  • The number of people who’ve viewed the event
  • The number of joins, saves and maybes the event has received

If you run a lot of events – or plan to in the future – make sure the Event tab is showing under the header. If you don’t see it, click the More option and rearrange the apps.

Facebook also updated the Events page on the profile side. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever seen this page before so I don’t know how much of this is new but it’s nice.

Event Profile PageThe top box has tabs so you can see upcoming events, even saved events that you’re thinking about. Below and to the right are suggestions based on your profile and local, upcoming events. Turns out my local park is having a special Bats of Orange County workshop tomorrow. Who knew? I want to go. One click and it’s on my list.

Facebook Events for Business: today, it’s a good thing.

 

 

Google Removes Authorship From Search Results

Yesterday, Google announced that it would stop showing authorship information in the search results. This news may be a bit of a surprise for those who did the work to implement authorship over the years. But it turns out, this particular tool from Google simply hasn’t proven very helpful.

“Unfortunately, we’ve also observed that this information isn’t as useful to our users as we’d hoped, and can even distract from those results,” wrote John Mueller, Google web trends analyst, in the announcement. He added that authorship doesn’t have an impact on traffic either way, “nor does it increase clicks on ads.”

While some might be surprised, Google was already making the transition away from authorship. In June, author photos were removed from the search results, with Mueller saying the goal was to unify the user experience on mobile and desktop, according to Search Engine Land.

It may be too soon to draw conclusions about what this move means for the future of Google+, but this looks more like Google is shifting further from its former stance on real and verified identities. Authorship was an experiment with influence that Google search users didn’t find useful. In fact, some users found it distracting, according to Mueller.

Bottom line, says TechCrunch contributor Frederic Lardinois, “When it comes to its search results page, Google just looks at what works and what doesn’t,” and this is a case of the feature simply not working.

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25 Unsettling Face Swaps That Will Make You Want to Die Inside

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If your worst fears involve a giant baby, look no further.

While most people scour Reddit and Imgur for face swaps to get a good laugh, there are a few very special creations that just make you want to crawl into a dark place and never come out.

You have been warned. Just remember to hug your loved ones before you crawl into the abyss. Read more...

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Google Drops Authorship From Search Results

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United Nations: Nearly Half the Syrian Population Now Refugees

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The number of people who have fled Syria has passed a record 3 million since the conflict began three years ago, the United Nations reported Friday.

The U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said in a statement that almost half of all Syrians have been forced to abandon their homes and flee. One in every eight Syrians have fled to other countries, with an additional 6.5 million people displaced within Syria. More than half of those uprooted are children.

"Syrians are now the world's largest refugee population under UNHCR care, second only in number to the decades-long Palestinian crisis," UNHCR said in a statement. "The Syria operation is now the largest in UNHCR's 64-year history." Read more...

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One of our favorite makers of short films on the Internet made something incredibly sweet for his wife. Love is real, guys. Love is real.

Chelsea Clinton Leaves NBC, $600,000 Paycheck

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Snapchat Steps On Twitter’s Toes, Lets You Follow Remote Events Live

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Walmart Dominates #BackToSchool Social Campaigns [Infographic]

Just like President’s Day brings discount couches, the back-to-school season brings big box retail onto social media in full force. A new infographic from Engagor details which brands won #BackToSchool.

There were 963,542 mentions from August 1st to August 24th, which mentioned the top big box retailers. Wal-Mart received the most brand mentions: 232,210. Kohl’s and Macy’s followed with 200,899 and 148,571 mentions respectively.

Wal-Mart also had the highest response rate for its consumers — 2,625 — and the fastest average response time to queries, at 33 minutes. JCPenny came in second for response rate, but Macy’s was the second fastest responder. Staples responded 1,101 times, giving it third place, and despite an average response time of one hour and 22 minutes, Target was third fastest.

Macy’s is the clear winner when it comes to response sentiment, with almost 75 percent positive feedback to 0.91 percent negative. Old Navy received 26.85 percent positive to 2.51 percent negative, and JCPenny saw 10.12 percent positive to 0.22 percent negative feedback.

To see which retailers had the most popular individual posts and hashtag campaigns, view the infographic below:

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Floodgate closes its fifth fund with more of the same

Floodgate closes its fifth fund with more of the same

Above: Mike Maples, managing partner of the Floodgate Fund.

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If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?

That’s exactly what seed-stage venture firm Floodgate is thinking as it closes its fifth and new fund. According to a filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, this fund of just under $76 million, more or less the same size as its previous two, is again headed by managing partners Mike Maples Jr. and Ann Miura-Ko. Moreover, the fund will also have the same investing strategy, according to Fortune.

Floodgate has previously invested in buzzy startups such as Lyft, AngelList, IFTTT, Xamarin, Bigcommerce, TaskRabbit, and TapTalk, which SV Angel discovered on Product Hunt, resulting in the company raising a round of funding.

Among its investments, several have already exited, included Dasient (Twitter), DemandForce (Intuit), Gowalla (Facebook), ng:moco (DeNA), Playdom (Disney), and most recently Twitch.tv, which Amazon acquired. Maples invested in Justin.tv, Twitch.tv’s earlier incarnation, just before it graduated from Y Combinator and raised its first institutional round from Alsop Louie Partners and Felicis Ventures.

Floodgate was previously Maples Investments and morphed into Floodgate in 2010 with the addition of Miura-Ko and other tweaks to the firm’s setup.



FLOODGATE is a Silicon Valley based, early-stage micro-VC fund focused on start-ups that fundamentally disrupt existing large markets or create new market categories. The firm currently works with consumer-focused companies such as Twi... read more »

Mr. Mike Maples, Jr. is the managing partner of FLOODGATE, and was recently named as one of "8 Rising VC Stars" by Fortune Magazine for his investments in business and consumer technology companies. Before becoming a full-time investor... read more »

Ann Miura-Ko is a co-founding partner at FLOODGATE where her investment interests include the innovations in e-commerce, security, and big data. Her board seats include Modcloth, Refinery29, Chloe and Isabel, Wanelo, Ayasdi, Xamarin, R... read more »