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18,353 People Applied to Be NASA’s Newest Astronauts. The 11 Who Made the Cut Have These Soft SkillsINC.COM — The new class of astronauts who NASA introduces on Friday are carrying some big hopes on their shoulders. They are the first astronauts to graduate under Artemis, a program that intends to land the first woman on the moon and the next man by 2024. The moon is a stepping-stone for what comes next–sending astronauts to Mars. .
How to Make Your Own Instagram AR Filters: A Step-by-Step GuideBLOG.HOOTSUITE.COM — Blog / Social If your brand uses Instagram for business, you’re probably already aware that Instagram Stories is an effective way to engage with young users. In 2019, 500 million accounts used Instagram Stories every day and 67% of all Instagram users are ages 18 to 29. Stories’s…
Twitter will put options to limit replies directly into the compose screenTHEVERGE.COM — Speaking today at a CES event in Las Vegas, Twitter’s Suzanne Xie unveiled some new changes that are coming to the platform this year, focusing specifically on conversations. Xie says Twitter is adding a new setting for “conversation participants” right on the compose screen. It has four…
African governments are trying to collect more taxECONOMIST.COM — Jan 9th 2020KAMPALAWHAT IS IT like being a taxman in Africa? “A lot of sleepless nights,” says Yankuba Darboe, the Gambia’s top revenue official, describing the pressure to meet targets. Politicians across Africa are asking ever more of their tax collectors, with good reason. The biggest hole in…
Just Spices, the German spice mix startup, raises €13M Series BTECHCRUNCH.COM — Just Spices, the German-founded spice mix brand, is disclosing €13 million in Series B funding. The round is led by Five Seasons Ventures and Coefficient Capital, with Bitburger Ventures also joining. A direct to consumer play, Just Spices offers two main product lines: Spice Mixes and “IN MINUTES”.
Jolt raises $14.1M for its ‘pay-monthly’ business schoolTECHCRUNCH.COM — Jolt, an education startup that describes itself as an alternative to traditional MBA courses, has raised $14.1 million in Series A funding. The round is led by Balderton Capital, with participation from Hillsven Capital and Octopus Ventures. It brings Jolt’s total funding to $23.3 million in three years.
Startups Weekly: In a crowded field of unicorns, ClassPass becomes another unicornTECHCRUNCH.COM — I hope you’ve all had a good week. Normally I’m behind the scenes (where I’m most comfortable), but I’ll be managing the Startups Weekly newsletter until I assign it to someone else. More on that in a few weeks. Want it in your inbox? Sign up here for this and other great newsletters we have to offer, including ones on space and transportation.
10 Proven Ways to Beat Writer’s BlockSOCIALMEDIATODAY.COM — I’m a big proponent of content marketing, not just for the sake of SEO, but more so as a way to start conversations, and to share knowledge. Most people I meet love this – right up until the moment they sit down and start typing. It’s at this point they realize that their minds have gone blank and they don’t know where to start.
Bux acquires ‘social’ cryptocurrency investment platform BlockportTECHCRUNCH.COM — Bux, the Amsterdam-based fintech that wants to make investing more accessible, has acquired the European “social” cryptocurrency investment platform Blockport. Terms of the deal remain undisclosed, although Bux says the move paves the way for the company to launch its own branded cryptocurrency investment app.
I have seen the AI dystopia and it looks like NeonMASHABLE.COM — A decade away I wrote a short story about a kind of Artificial Intelligence called Verts. The Verts only existed on 2-D screens, but the screens were ubiquitous. They were fake, but CGI had crossed the uncanny valley: they contrived to look more real than their human customers. They were always trying to sell us something — the name derived not from virtual but from advertising — but we didn’t mind.
What to expect in digital media in 2020TECHCRUNCH.COM — 2020, the media and entertainment sectors are in flux. New technologies are enabling new types of content, streaming platforms in multiple content categories are spending billions in their fight for market share and the interplay between social platforms and media is a central topic of global political debate (to put it lightly).
Iran retaliates for the killing of Qassem SuleimaniECONOMIST.COM — Jan 8th 2020Editor’s note (January 8th 2019): This article has been updated since publication”WE WILL TAKE revenge.” The words were those of Major-General Hossein Salami, head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), speaking at the funeral of Qassem Suleimani, the head of the IRGC’s…
Twitter is Removing the Audience Insights Element from Twitter AnalyticsSOCIALMEDIATODAY.COM — Twitter has confirmed that it is indeed removing its Audience Insights tab from Twitter Analytics at the end of this month. Initially launched back in 2015, Audience Insights provides more in-depth data on your profile followers, including demographic profiles, purchase behavior insights, mobile device usage stats and more.
Facebook exec warns company not to be anti-Trump in bizarre leaked memoMASHABLE.COM — A high-ranking Facebook executive and longtime Mark Zuckerberg confidant penned a long Lord of the Rings-referencing memo warning the company not to take action that would reflect a bias against President Donald Trump. Before the New Year, Andrew Bosworth, Facebook’s Vice President of augmented and virtual reality, a rambling 2,500 word screed to his internal Facebook page.
So Ivanka Trump’s big idea for ‘the future of work’ is … LinkedIn?MASHABLE.COM — Ivanka Trump is not generally associated with the phrase “tech innovations” — a fact no one apparently bothered to relay to CES until it was too late. The president’s daughter and failed businesswoman was at the annual technology convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, today to give a talk on the future of work.
How to Get On The Instagram Explore Page in 2020BLOG.HOOTSUITE.COM — Blog / Social Getting on the Instagram Explore page is the social media equivalent of striking gold: when it happens, life gets easier. It is also like striking gold in that there are no guaranteed ways to make it happen. But with some hard work, keen-eyed strategy, and gritty…
7 Books to Read for a Kinder, Happier 2020INC.COM — Even a half a minute of introspection is enough to tell you that the point of all our striving should be greater happiness. We build great fortunes because we think they’ll bring us greater security and less misery. We get fit to feel better. We build companies to remove friction from the world. . If that’s your goal this year, then UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, which focuses on the study of positive psychology, has a list of books you should read.
Union Square Ventures leads legal tech startup Juro’s $5M Series ATECHCRUNCH.COM — Juro, a UK startup that’s using machine learning tech and user-centric design to do for contracts what Typeform does for online forms, has caught the eye of Union Square Ventures. The New York-based fund leads a $5 million Series A investment that’s being announced this morning. Also participating in the Series A are existing investors (co-founder of TransferWise) and Paul Forster (co-founder of Indeed).
Facebook announces ban on deepfakes, but it won’t stop misinformationMASHABLE.COM — Facebook has announced a new policy designed to deal with misinformation spread by deepfakes. However, the website’s fairly weak rules still fall short of dealing with misinformation itself. In a blog post published on Monday evening, Facebook’s vice president for global policy management Monika Bickert stated that the company is “strengthening [its] policy toward misleading manipulated videos,” including deepfakes as well as “all types of manipulated media.” “Going forward, we will remove misleading manipulated media if it meets the following criteria,” wrote Bickert.
Douyin, TikTok app in China, hits 400 million daily active usersTECHCRUNCH.COM — China’which has taken the world by storm, is working its magic in its home nation, too. The Chinese version of TikTok, called Douyin, has amassed 400 million daily active users, parent company ByteDance revealed in its annual report this week. This is an impressive growth for the addictive video app, which had 250 million daily active users in January last year.
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