Happy Holidays, internet: Here are 5 hilarious seasonal cards to send your loved ones
MASHABLE.COM — The end of the year is almost here and I can’t think of better way to spread some holiday cheer than with a witty card. Since everyone is so *extremely online* all the time, this year, we decided to create some delightful internet and pop culture-inspired holiday cards for you to send your social media acquaintances, co-workers, friends, and loved ones.
Believe the hype: Weighted blankets have an online cult following for a reason
MASHABLE.COM — Weighted blankets, also known as gravity or anxiety blankets, gained the attention of the self-care community late last year and have been picking up widespread (and emphatic) support ever since. Purported to assist with stress and sleep, weighted blankets are exactly what they sound like — blankets with added weight, typically around 10% of the user’s body weight.
The 25 Best Ads of 2018
ADWEEK.COM — It’s that time. We’re looking back at the best ads of 2018, a year when marketing truly ran the full spectrum, from silly and sarcastic to weighty and wonderful.With all the industry hand-wringing of late about whether creative agencies are a dying breed, one might have expected a drought of…
5 Reasons Why Brands are Using Private Instagram Accounts
BLOG.HOOTSUITE.COM — Blog / Social Some brands and influencers are starting to change their public Instagram accounts to private, or create new accounts that are private from the get-go. Adding a barrier to fans wanting to follow you might seem like a strange idea, but it’s gaining traction. So, we…
Why Local Businesses Will Need Websites More than Ever in 2019
MOZ.COM — 64% of 1,411 surveyed local business marketers agree that Google is becoming the new “homepage” for local businesses. Via Moz State of Local SEO Industry Report …but please don’t come away with the wrong storyline from this statistic. As local brands and their marketers watch Google play Trojan…
3D-printed heads let hackers
TECHCRUNCH.COM — There’s a lot you can make with a 3D printer: from prosthetics, corneas, and firearms — even an Olympic-standard luge. You can even 3D print a life-size replica of a human head — and not just for Hollywood. Forbes reporter Thomas Brewster commissioned a 3D printed model of his own head to test the face unlocking systems on a range of phones — four Android models and an iPhone Bad news if you’re an Android user: all four phones unlocked with the 3D printed head.
The unfortunate tenacity of the most common piece of litter
MASHABLE.COM — Eight years ago, in the town of Van Buren, Missouri, newly retired resident John Pope walked six blocks and picked up 1,085 cigarette butts. Cigarette butts have the proud distinction of being the most common form of litter on America’s beaches. Some 6 trillion cigarettes are manufactured on Earth each year, and between 750 million to 1,500 million pounds of cigarette butt waste — largely made of a plastic-like material called cellulose acetate — are ultimately flung to the ground annually, according to the World Health Organization.
Neopets as We Know It Is About to Be Obliterated
MEDIUM.COM — Sarah Closson’s Neopets routine starts with breakfast. She visits a massive omelette that’s served free eggs for nearly two decades, then collects interest at the Neopian bank and spins wheels to win prizes in Faerieland, Tyrannia, and the Haunted Woods. After that, she works on her long-term…
Meeshkan raises €370K for its ‘ChatOps’ bot for training machine learning models
TECHCRUNCH.COM — Meeshkan, a Finnish startup that made quite a splash at the recent Slush conference, has quietly raised €370,000 in pre-seed funding to continue developing its “ChatOps” product for machine learning developers. Deployed on Slack, the bot allows developers to “rapidly stop, restart, fork, tweak, monitor, deploy and test machine learning models” without interrupting the collaborative workflows they are accustomed to or being forced to go back and forth between disparate developer tools.
The business case for serverless
TECHCRUNCH.COM — While serverless is typically championed as a way to reduce costs and scale massively on demand, there is one extraordinarily compelling reason above all others to adopt a serverless-first approach: it is the best way to achieve maximum development velocity over time. It is not easy to implement correctly and is certainly not a cure-all, but, done right, it paves an extraordinary path to maximizing development velocity, and it is because of this that serverless is the most under-hyped, under-discussed tech movement amongst founders and investors today.
Jack Dorsey and Twitter ignored opportunity to meet with civic group on Myanmar issues
TECHCRUNCH.COM — Responding to criticism from his recent trip to Myanmar, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said he’s keen to learn about the country’s racial tension and human rights atrocities, but it has emerged that both he and public policy team ignored an opportunity to connect with a key civic group in the country. A loose group of six companies in Myanmar has engaged with in a bid to help improve the situation around usage of its services in the country — often with frustrating results — and key members of that alliance, including Omidyar-backed accelerator firm Phandeeyar, contacted Dorsey via Twitter DM and emailed the company’s public policy contacts when they learned that the CEO was visiting Myanmar.
7-year-old migrant girl taken into Border Patrol custody dies of dehydration, exhaustion
WASHINGTONPOST.COM — A 7-year-old girl from Guatemala died of dehydration and shock after she was taken into Border Patrol custody last week for crossing into the United States illegally with her father and a large group of migrants along a remote span of New Mexico desert, U.Customs and Border Protection said Thursday.
14 Clever Ways to Get More Snapchat Friends
BLOG.HOOTSUITE.COM — Blog / Social Looking for ways to get more friends on Snapchat? You’re not alone. Savvy social marketers know that this is an important part of any Snapchat for business strategy. More friends means greater reach and a higher likelihood that you’ll achieve your goals on the…
Apple to Build New Campus in Austin
WSJ.COM — Apple. Inc. The tech giant, based in Cupertino, Calif., said it would open new offices in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, Calif.—adding more than 1,000 employees in each place. It also plans to add hundreds of jobs in cities including Pittsburgh, New York, Boulder, Colo., Boston and Portland, Ore.
Glose raises $3.4 million for its collaborative reading app
TECHCRUNCH.COM — French startup Glose just raised a $3.4 million funding round (€3 million) for its reading app on iPhone, iPad and Android. The company wants to make reading books more social. If you’re an avid book reader, chances are you always carry a pencil with you to write some notes in the margins. Or maybe you have a tiny notebook with important quotes.
Internet gatekeepers block sex ed content because algorithms think they’re porn
MASHABLE.COM — The internet has changed how kids learn about sex, but sex ed in the classroom still sucks. In Sex Ed 2.Mashable explores the state of sex ed and imagines a future where digital innovations are used to teach consent, sex positivity, respect, and responsibility. That’s because the code engineered to prevent “adult” material from popping up in your timeline or search results can also easily block educational content meant to offer internet users candid, factual information about sex, sexuality, and health. .
New study finds female-led films perform better at box office
MASHABLE.COM — According to a study by Creative Arts Agency and shift7, films with women in leading roles earn more than their male counterparts at the box office, a finding which should lead to a major paradigm shift in show business. “The perception that it’s not good business to have female leads is not true,” CAA agent Christy Haubegger told The New York Times.
InVision, valued at $1.9 billion, picks up $115 million Series F
TECHCRUNCH.COM — the most important place in the world,” says InVision CEO and founder Clark Valberg. In fact, it’s hard to get through a conversation with him without hearing it. And, considering that his company has grown to $100 million in annual recurring revenue, he has reason to believe his own affirmation. InVision, the startup looking to be the Salesforce of design, has officially achieved unicorn status with the close of a $115 million Series F round, bringing the company’s total funding to $350 million.
The Things Brands Do on Social Media That People Hate
BLOG.HOOTSUITE.COM — Blog / Social Having your brand on social media is a no-brainer. With enough how-to and best practice documentation out there to exceed Gmail’s current inbox capacity, the vast majority of organizations know what they need to do to build an active and healthy social media…
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