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Baby Yoda is Mashable’s Being of the DecadeMASHABLE.COM — “And in the time of greatest despair there shall come a savior, and he shall be known as: THE SON OF THE SUNS.” — Opening titles for George Lucas’ The Star Wars, Draft 1975. For a decade full of nightmare fuel, the 2010s also saw more than its fair share of good, pure, and adorably precocious creatures.
5 Ways to Truly Deliver on Your Next Business Plan (and Impress Investors)INC.COM — In my work with new and aspiring entrepreneurs, I find that most struggle with putting together a written business plan, often pointing out that someone they know started a business without anything written down. My experience is that the discipline of documenting a plan will improve your likelihood of addressing all the right issues, as well as finding the right partner or investor.
Google Launches its 2019 Listing of Key Search TrendsSOCIALMEDIATODAY.COM — 2019 didn’t really feel like the year for heroes. But the team from Google certainly put forward a compelling case for such in their latest video montage. Yes, this week, Google has published its listing of key search trends for the year, which showcases what people across the world were looking for, and seeking answers to, in 2019.
The words and phrases that defined the decadeMASHABLE.COM — We shape language as much as it shapes us. And it’s constantly evolving. The top 10 words and phrases that defined this past decade aren’t all necessarily new, but they did gain mainstream popularity, relevance, and acceptance between 2010-2019. To crown these winning terms, we consulted with a swath of experts, including internet linguist and author of, Gretchen McCulloch; Ponoma College sociolinguist Nicole Holliday, as well as Dictionary.com’s lexicographer Heather Bonikowski and senior research editor John Kelly.
Twitter Adds Updated Candidate Profile Labels for 2020 US Election PeriodSOCIALMEDIATODAY.COM — Twitter first launched its candidate labels back in 2018, ahead of the US mid terms, with a more simplified version that highlighted campaign activity. tarting this week, we’ll start identifying candidates who qualify for the primary ballot for US House, US Senate, and Gubernatorial races with a verified badge.
After widespread backlash, Hallmark will bring back the lesbian wedding adMASHABLE.COM — Earlier this week, the Hallmark Channel pulled four ads for wedding website Zola because they featured a same-sex couple, bending to pressure from conservative group One Million Moms. Now it seems Hallmark is bending back the other way, pledging to reinstate the blushing brides after widespread backlash.
Trade war? China’s exporters have expanded their global market shareECONOMIST.COM — A YEAR AGO an economic forecasting unit in the Chinese government published an outlook for the coming year. The big worry, it concluded, was the external environment. Shipments to America, China’s biggest customer, would suffer as the trade war dragged on. China had maxed out its exports to other…
The EU’s Green Deal is full of ambition but needs more detailECONOMIST.COM — THE WORLD’S climate experts, activists and officials were gathered in Madrid this week for the 25th annual UN climate talks. But the big news was unfolding far away in Brussels, where the European Commission’s new president, Ursula von der Leyen, barely 11 days in office, announced her eagerly…
Influencer marketing agencies prepare for the end of the Instagram likeDIGIDAY.COM — Instagram’s impending removal of likes from public view — now in the testing stages — is forcing advertisers to reassess how they judge the popularity and reach of influencers.If likes become less available, advertisers might need to rely more on building relationships with influencers to gain…
China Roundup: GitHub’s China ambitions and WeWork rival’s big hopesTECHCRUNCH.COM — Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. This week, we are looking at how WeWork’s largest rival in China — UCommune — is pulling ahead with its initial public offering and potential big move in China.
‘Watchmen’ just capped off a perfect season. Where do we go from here?MASHABLE.COM — Goo goo g’joob, Watchmen fans. HBO’s first – and perhaps only! season of Watchmen is now officially over and wow, what an ending. Jon Osterman, the being known as Doctor Manhattan, is dead? Maybe? Or is that Angela Abar’s job now? It’s more certain in the case of Lady Trieu, crushed beneath the weight of her own technological marvel (let’s just call it hubris), like the true daughter of Ozymandias that she is.
Aeva snags VW investment with smaller, longer range lidarTECHCRUNCH.COM — Lidar startup has deepened its relationship with VW Group with a new investment from Porsche Automobili Holding SE, thanks to a next-generation sensor that is headed for the ID Buzz AV, an electric reboot of the automaker’s iconic bus that will be used as autonomous taxis. Aeva’s newest lidar product called Aeries has a 120 degree field-of-view — twice as much as its first product — and yet is half the size and uses less power.
Yubo raises $12.3 million for its social app for teensTECHCRUNCH.COM — French startup Yubo has raised a $12.3 million funding round led by Iris Capital and Idinvest Partners. Existing investors Alven, Sweet Capital and Village Global are also participating. The startup has managed to attract 25 million users over the years — there are currently tens of thousands of people signing up to the platform every day.
Accel and Index back Tines, as the cybersecurity startup adds another $11M to its Series ATECHCRUNCH.COM — It was just a couple of months ago that Tines, the cybersecurity automation startup, raised $4.1 million in Series A funding led by Blossom Capital, and now the Dublin-based company is disclosing an $11 million extension to the round. This additional Series A funding is led by venture capital firm Accel, with participation from Index Ventures and previous backer Blossom Capital.
Introducing ‘Dear Sophie,’ an advice column for U.S.-bound immigrant employeesTECHCRUNCH.COM — to announce the launch of “Dear Sophie,” an advice column with answers for all your questions on attracting, hiring and retaining immigrant employees — and more. Dear Sophie is a collaborative forum hosted by ExtraCrunch and curated by certified as a Specialist Attorney in Immigration and Nationality Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.
People don’t like working at Facebook as much as they used toMASHABLE.COM — Facebook’s status as one of the most desirable employers is waning. That’s according to Glassdoor’s latest rankings of the best companies to work for, based on anonymous employee reviews. Glassdoor released its annual “Best Places to Work” list for 2020, which compiles employees’ anonymous ratings and reviews on Glassdoor, though the actual rankings are determined by the company’s “proprietary awards algorithm.” .
Electric vehicle startup Nio lays off 141 employees at its North American headquartersTECHCRUNCH.COM — Electric vehicle startup Nio is laying off 141 people at its North American headquarters. According to a filing from Employment Development Department of California, the employees at its San Jose office received notice on December Nio, whose global headquarters are in Shanghai, announced last month that it is partnering with Intel’s Mobileye to develop autonomous vehicles for consumers.
The 5 Most Important Social Media Trends to Watch for in 2020BLOG.HOOTSUITE.COM — Blog / Social If you want to be successful on social media in 2020, you need to base your strategy on the latest real-word data and social media trends. That’s why we interviewed more than 3,000 marketers toward the end of 2019. We also spoke to dozens of industry specialists….
How to Use Google My Business to Get More CustomersBLOG.HOOTSUITE.COM — Blog / Social Google My Business is an easy and cost-effective way to make your business more discoverable both online and in real life. This comprehensive guide will show you how to get the platform up and running and working for your business immediately. But first, a quick…
The Ultimate Social Media Image and Video Size Guide for 2020 [Infographic]SOCIALMEDIATODAY.COM — With our social feeds becoming more and more busy, standing out from the crowd is getting harder than ever – but one of the key ways to boost the performance of your social posts is to ensure that your images look clear, crisp and attractive to users as they scroll through. But in order to maximize your visual assets, you have to post them in the right sizes and formats to align with each network – which, given there are so many platforms, can be difficult.
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