Facebook is releasing a new app for YouTube-like creators

June 24, 2017

… back in August 2015 and it provides a lighter version of Facebook with a Following tab, a Trending tab, and a Mentions tab. But this new app, to be released later this year, will be focused on the creator, Facebook product director Daniel Danker announced during the “Future of Facebook Video” panel at VidCon. “It has never been a better time to be a creator on Facebook,” Danker said. “With Facebook we can connect and create community with your audience and tell …

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No tapes? Trump has us through the looking glass

June 23, 2017

(CNN)As the Mad Hatter of the White House tweeted his response to Congress’s questions on Thursday about the existence of audiotapes related to James B. Comey’s firing as FBI director, he stayed true to character. “I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings,” President Trump announced. But he also added that “with all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea…” …

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Republicans Hold On To Mick Mulvaney’s Old House Seat In South Carolina

June 22, 2017

Norman, a 63-year-old real estate developer and former state lawmaker, replaces fellow Republican Mick Mulvaney, who left Congress to become President Donald Trumps budget director. Parnell, a 66-year-old tax attorney, mounted an unusually ambitious challenge in the district where the conservative Mulvaney cruised to re-election in 2016.His scrappy campaign, and the support it received from the national Democratic Party, excited local activists accustomed to being written off by party …

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The controversial Trumped-up production of Julius Caesar was interrupted by protestors, and Twitter went off

June 19, 2017

… as anticipated. (1/4) The Public Theater (@PublicTheaterNY) June 17, 2017 While we are champions of the first amendment, this interruption unfortunately was part of a paid strategy driven by social media. (2/4) The Public Theater (@PublicTheaterNY) June 17, 2017 Shakespeare in the Park Artistic director Oskar Eustis, who also directed the show, issued a statement after the incident. “Two protesters disrupted our show tonight; we stopped the show for less than a minute and our stage …

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Instagram finally accepts branded content with official tool

June 15, 2017

… of how long its taken us to get here, we wanted to be very careful about it. We want to make a product that serves the creators, the brands and also the community,” said Charles Porch, creative program director at Instagram. Instagram also added analytics reach and engagement metrics that are shared directly with the selected brand when the tool is used. Brands can see these numbers on their Facebook Page manager, and creators can see it in the app. There was no legal pressure to add …

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Ralph Northam Wins In Democratic Primary For Virginia Governor

June 14, 2017

… incumbent Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and disdain for President Donald Trump in the Old Dominion State. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defeated Trump in Virginia by 5 percentage points, and as of May, just 36 percent of Virginians approved of Trumps performance. In choosing Ralph Northam, Virginia Democrats have anointed an extreme, far-left nominee that is hopelessly out-of-touch with Virginia voters, said RGA communications director Jon Thompson said in a statement Tuesday. …

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EU mobile roaming fees ‘may still catch you out’ – BBC News

June 13, 2017

Exceeding agreed minutes, texts and data would still be charged in the EU as it would in the UK, with providers charging different rates, it added. Which? guide to EU roaming and international call charges “Many will reap the benefits of these changes and will no longer be put off from making calls abroad,” said Alex Neill, Which? managing director of home products and services. “However, it is important that you take a close look at what is or isn’t included in …

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This hackathon wants to help destigmatize the sex tech industry

June 12, 2017

… diverse set of genders, Bryony Cole hackathon mentor and host of the Future of Sex podcast says the goal was to create a safe environment where women can feel comfortable exploring what might be an unfamiliar industry. The day started off with a talk from women sex tech entrepreneurs including Mal Harrison, director of the Center for Erotic Intelligence and Kris Jandler, co-founder and CMO of Emojibator. The event also included an ice breaker and discussion session where participants could get …

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Second Lady Pence Pushes Bee Conservation, An Effort One Critic Labels ‘Hypocritical’

June 8, 2017

… been shown toimpact their ability to forage. Dennis vanEngelsdorp, an assistant professor of entomology at the University of Maryland and project director for the I think that means theyre aware that theres an issue, he said. And I think if people are aware, they realize the value in investing in solutions. Like others, Spivak is concerned about the administrations proposed budget cuts, but said much larger grassroots forces are at work, with more and more people realizing the importance of …

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EPA Inspector General Probing Whether Agency Staffer Colluded With Monsanto

June 7, 2017

… March 2015that glyphosate is carcinogenicin October 2015 associate director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, to the president of the European Commission stating that he had re-examined some raw data of animal studies EFSA used to conclude that glyphosate did not cause cancer, and found eight instances of tumors that EFSA had not included in its assessment. Portier recently retired after 40 years of employment in the United States government and is now a part-time …

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The ‘Boy In The Ambulance’ Emerges In Interviews With Pro-Assad Media

June 7, 2017

… guarantee a normal life. Omrans family is under government control now and this is a government that we know arrests and tortures anyone that speaks out against it, Valeria Szybala, executive director of the nonprofit research organization Syria Institute, told Reuters. To me the situation seems to suggest this is probably coerced. More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsTwitworkz Agency 2.0 (year) Twitworkz Following Builder is an amazing tool for auto-building your Twitter …

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Key Witnesses In A California Jailhouse Snitch Scandal Refuse to Testify

June 3, 2017

… entries, Garcia and Grover both describe the related to the Special Handling unit. In another entry, Grover describes a that he, Garcia and another deputy did of files in a desk drawer. Johnson, when asked this week about the destruction of jail records, testified that he approved the destruction of some Special Handling records in 2009 and 2010 while supervisor. He also said he wasnt aware of the 2009 legal hold. Carol Ann Morris, assistant director of the support services division of the …

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Trump’s EPA Chief Aided Polluters For Years. Now Suddenly He Says The Mess Is A Priority

June 1, 2017

… down on polluters and forcing them to pay for cleanups. Susan Bodine, chief counsel for the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, whomThe Intercept described as a lobbyist for Superfund pollutersa longtime banker increase property valuespositive effects that cleanup efforts have on human health , director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said Pruitts Superfund talk is smoke and mirrors. To simply wave your hands and say Were going to …

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South Carolina Democrat’s Poll Shows Progress Against GOP Rival

May 31, 2017

The margin is an improvement from a 16-point deficit in March, according to a summary of the Anzalone Liszt Grove Research Group polling obtained by HuffPost that wasfirst reported by The Washington Post. The special election to fill the seat vacated by White House budget director Mick Mulvaney will occur the same day Democrats hope to take control of Georgias 6th Congressional District, where Democrat Jon Ossoff is up against Republican Karen Handel, with polls showing him ahead but in a …

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How a Silicon Valley veteran created an app that 400 nonprofits use to help refugees

May 30, 2017

Image: Mashable Composite; RefAid / Trellyz Shelley Taylor calls herself a Silicon Valley veteran. Veteran, she tells me, “means old.” Raised in Palo Alto, Taylor has an extensive tech background. She isn’t an engineer, but she wrote the “bible of user interface” back in 1995 at the dawn of website creation, inventing a lot of the language still used to this day to describe websites and ecommerce. She’s launched a bevy of startups and advised companies like …

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How ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ has become the meme of the resistance

May 29, 2017

Image: Christopher Mineses / mashable  Earlier this week, 18 women dressed up in red cloaks and white bonnets, stood in pairs in the rotunda of the Texas state capitol, and began chanting, “Shame!” in unison. They didn’t stop shouting for eight minutes. They call themselves the Texas handmaids. You probably first saw them back in March, when images of their original protest in Austin went viral. That’s when they sat silently in the Texas senate gallery, watching as …

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May 24, 2017

… Project: Time Off, a travel industry-funded initiative to get more people to take vacation. They're using more days, too, the survey found. Last year, they took an average of 16.8 days off, up more than half a day from the year before and almost a full day from 2013. "Half a day is a big deal," said Katie Denis, the senior director at Project: Time Off. The survey of 7,331 workers didn't include the according to the Bureau of …

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It Doesn’t Sound Like Senate Republicans Are Anywhere Close To A Deal On Obamacare Repeal

May 24, 2017

… replace Obamacare, they were asked about the firing of FBI director James Comey and the investigation into Russias meddling in the presidential campaign. But even with some of the pressure off, they appear to have made only a little headway enough to identify the key issues dividing them but not to make much progress on resolving those differences. A substantial number of Senate Republicans have made it clear they for the House bill, which would reduce regulations on health insurance, …

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Well, someone is spray painting condoms on graffiti dicks in London

May 21, 2017

… it’s technically illegal. But it’s also a pretty genius way of starting a conversation about safer sex. “One night I did some research on STI rates, and then the idea just came to me to make stencils of a condom and a link where people can get free condoms then I just went out and did it,” the man, who is an art director by day, told BuzzFeed. City Cock 5 #protectcitycocks A post shared by ProtectCityCocks (@protectcitycocks) on May 1, 2017 at 4:34am PDT The …

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Anderson Cooper: If Trump Took A Dump On His Desk, Jeffrey Lord Would Defend It

May 20, 2017

Cooper on Friday was askingJeffrey Lord, a CNN contributor and Trump surrogate, about the president reportedly calling former FBI director James Comey a nut job to Russian officials at the White House. But Lord continued his unconditional support for Trump, saying U.S. presidents can say whatever they want. Cooper, apparently fed up, interrupted: If he took a dump on his desk, you would defend it. Last year, Lord claimed there were no people of color in the United States,which upset …

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How to bring humanity and tech together: Innovators and advocates on hope for the future

May 18, 2017

… Study after study not only documents the increasing time we spend behind screens but also their interpersonal dark side. Of course, how we use technology is far more important than what and when. Setting aside its abuses and, in some cases, combating them means leveraging our new-found interconnectedness for the good. Buffer director of Engineering Niel de la Rouviere We released a feature called Content Suggestions in 2014, and there was a substantial bump in platform use. Many …

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Elizabeth Warren Has A Real Plan To Drain The Swamp In Washington

May 17, 2017

… ready to be enacted and grassroots energy backing them. In devoting her remarks to the often overlooked but hugely consequential field of antitrust policy, in particular, Warren is helping to ease ideas germinating in think tanks into the political mainstream. This wave of consolidation has revived interest in antitrust regulations in liberal wonk circles, urged on by former business journalist Barry C. Lynn, director of the New America Foundations Open Markets program. Concentrated money …

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