‘Birds of Prey’ gets a new, much shorter title after opening weekendMASHABLE.COM — Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is no longer in theaters. At least, not under that name. Following an underwhelming opening box office, Birds of Prey has been retitled for ticketing and listing purposes to Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey. . Despite generally positive reviews, the Margot Robbie vehicle earned only $33 million in U.ticket sales this weekend,making it the lowest performing film in the DC Extended Universe.
Craigslist Missed Connections are dying, and we need to bring them backMASHABLE.COM — In our Love App-tually series, Mashable shines a light into the foggy world of online dating. It is cuffing season, after all. Take this quintessential longread about a wordless Brooklyn-Manhattan Q train ride, where boy and girl locked eyes, averted eyes, buried themselves in books (“I noticed you never once turned a page”) and missed their stops.
The 2020 Disinformation WarTHEATLANTIC.COM — I sat down to create a new Facebook account. I picked a forgettable name, snapped a profile pic with my face obscured, and clicked “Like” on the official pages of Donald Trump and his reelection campaign. Facebook’s algorithm prodded me to follow Ann Coulter, Fox Business, and a variety of fan pages with names like “In Trump We Trust.” I complied.
These neural net-generated Jell-O recipes shock the conscienceMASHABLE.COM — Let’s face it: Jell-O is already gross enough. The boiled bones, sugar, and coloring concoction is a “food” best left to children and drunken college freshmen. And now, apparently, neural nets. . Oh boy, run wild it did. “WHAT HAS OCCURRED CANNOT BE UNDONE,” she wrote on Twitter. “I have trained a neural net on a crowdsourced set of vintage jello-centric recipes[.] I believe this to possibly be the worst recipe-generating algorithm in existence.” The suggested directions and ingredients are horrifying (cottage cheese?
This is how to not fail at failingFASTCOMPANY.COM — Airing your mistakes is effective because people often learn best through social modeling. As author Daniel Coyle has written, “No signal is so powerful as a leader who is open about their own mistakes.” In our research on what makes great managers, we’ve seen the same phenomenon. A great example comes from Nobel Laureate Frances Arnold, who recently tweeted:.
Instagram prototypes letting IGTV creators monetize with adsTECHCRUNCH.COM — may finally let IGTV video makers earn money 18 months after launching the longer-form content hub. Instagram confirms to TechCrunch that it has internally prototyped an Instagram Partner Program that would let creators earn money by showing advertisements along with their videos. By giving creators a sustainable and hands-off way to generate earnings from IGTV, they might be inspired to bring more and higher quality content to the destination.
There’s still no good dating app for non-monogamous peopleMASHABLE.COM — In our Love App-tually series, Mashable shines a light into the foggy world of online dating. It is cuffing season after all. One in five Americans have engaged in consensual non-monogamy. Actually, it’s probably more than that. And yet, there are no good dating apps for non-monogamous people. What’s out there already is not necessarily for dating, but hooking up.
Ghost Exorcism Day: How to move on after you’ve been ghostedMASHABLE.COM — In our Love App-tually series, Mashable shines a light into the foggy world of online dating. It is cuffing season after all. A lack of closure comes with the territory of the paranormal activity, too, leaving many of us with a host of unresolved feelings that keep these deceased relationships from resting in peace.
In Private, Republicans Admit They Acquitted Trump Out of FearNYTIMES.COM — Of course, the Republican senators who have covered for Mr. Trump love what he delivers for them. But Vice President Mike Pence would give them the same judges, the same tax cuts, the same attacks on workers’ rights and the environment. So that’s not really the reason for their united chorus of…
Instamojo acquires Times Internet’s GetMeAShop to serve more small businesses in IndiaTECHCRUNCH.COM — a Bangalore-based startup that helps merchants and small businesses accept digital payments, establish presence and sell on the web, has acquired Times Internet-owned Gurgaon-based startup GetMeAShop. The deal is worth $5 million and includes Times Internet making an investment in Instamojo, Sampad Swain, co-founder and chief executive of the Bangalore-based startup, told TechCrunch in an interview.
DBP Donut takes a trip into short form storytelling with “The Ride”TECHCRUNCH.COM — DBP Donut, the advertising and short-form entertainment production company launched by Mark and Jay Duplass (darlings of independent film and TV) and their partners Charlie Leahy and Nigel Lopez-McBean, unveiled their new short-form production “The Ride” last week at the Sundance Film Festival. It’s the latest foray into the micro-narrative genre from the Duplass brothers, who have made their careers in the entertainment business by coming up with creative ways to make money off of their independent, low-budget productions that depend on well-written scripts and intimate, quirky performances.
Dixa, the customer engagement platform, picks up $36M Series BTECHCRUNCH.COM — Dixa, the customer engagement platform, has closed $36 million in Series B funding. Leading the round is Notion Capital, with participation from existing investors Project A Ventures and SEED Capital. The Copenhagen and now London-based startup says it will use the new capital to accelerate its product development.
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