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Federal Law Enforcement Use Unmarked Vehicles To Grab Protesters Off Portland StreetsOPB.ORG — In the early hours of July 15, after a night spent protesting at the Multnomah County Justice Center and Mark Hatfield Federal Courthouse, Mark Pettibone and his friend Conner O’Shea decided to head home. It had been a calm night compared to most protesting downtown. By 2 enforcement hadn’t used any tear gas and, with only a few exceptions, both the Portland Police Bureau and federal law enforcement officers had stayed out of sight.
Twitch shuts down the U.S. Army’s recruitment drive disguised as fake giveawaysMASHABLE.COM — Did you know the U.Army is gaming on Twitch? . That’s right, you can watch livestreams of the American military playing their favorite video games. They even promote giveaways where you can win cool gaming prizes if you just fill out some personal information. Big problem, though. The giveaways aren’t real.
Disney has reportedly joined the Facebook ad boycottMASHABLE.COM — If you thought #StopHateForProfit was over, think again. The Walt Disney Company has reportedly joined the long list of companies that are pushing Facebook to get its platform under control. A Sunday report in the Wall Street Journal reveals that Disney has “dramatically slashed” its ad spending on Facebook Inc.
Don’t shame people who don’t wear masks. It won’t work.MASHABLE.COM — The past four years unleashed a nightmare in the United States: a tyrant president determined to set the country’s clock back to a time when inequality was common and accepted, and willing to do just about anything to realize his vision. Those who oppose President Trump’s agenda began marching in the streets while he effectively decried such opposition as un-American.
NFL stars declare #WeWantToPlay as the league’s pandemic plan remains unclearMASHABLE.COM — Some of the National Football League’s top superstars staged a Twitter blitz on Sunday as league brass continues to dawdle on sharing COVID-19 contingency plans for the 2020/2021 season. The tweets started to surface on Sunday afternoon, with all of them bearing this simple hashtag: #WeWantToPlay. While the tone of the tweets varies from player to player, the overriding concern shared by all of the ones posting is summed up in the hashtag – they want to play.
Several High Profile Twitter Accounts Hacked in Massive Security BreachSOCIALMEDIATODAY.COM — With the US Presidential election only months away, this is an especially concerning incident. From about 1pm today, a range of celebrity and brand accounts started tweeting out a message promoting a crypto giveaway, in which funds sent to a specified account would send back double the same. The messages, which are all similar, and all include the same bitcoin wallet address, are seemingly part of an elaborate hack – one of the largest ever seen on Twitter in terms of scale – with, a growing list of accounts currently being roped into the scam.
A Navy vet asked federal officers in Portland to remember their oaths. Then they broke his hand.WASHINGTONPOST.COM — David, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and former member of the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps, said he wanted to know what the officers involved thought of the oath they had sworn to protect and defend the Constitution.So, he said, on Saturday evening, he headed to downtown Portland to ask…
Samsung teases what appears to be the Galaxy Fold 2MASHABLE.COM — With Galaxy Unpacked 2020 only a short while away, Samsung continues to tease its upcoming products ahead of the event on social media — the latest being what appears to be the Galaxy Fold On Sunday, the company tweeted “One fold, infinite possibilities. Unpacked on August 2020” with a video of what clearly mimics a foldable phone. .
Which types of startups are most often profitable?TECHCRUNCH.COM — that teaches a hundred startups per year how to do growth marketing. This gives me a unique vantage point: I know which types of startups most often reach profitability. That’s an important metric, because startups that don’t reach this milestone typically fail to raise additional funding — then die.
Coronavirus conspiracy websites won’t be able to make money with Google adsMASHABLE.COM — Google is giving the boot to websites that push coronavirus conspiracy theories using its ad platform. Starting Aug. 18, Google will allow publishers that promote coronavirus conspiracies to monetize their sites with Google ads. The policy change allows the search giant leeway to ban ads on certain pages or to block an entire website from its advertising platform.
85 infants under age 1 tested positive for coronavirus in one Texas countyCNN.COM — (CNN)Eighty-five infants under age 1 have tested positive for coronavirus in one county in Texas — with local officials imploring residents to help stop its spread as the state becomes one of the newest hotspots. Since January, health authorities have identified more than 3.6 million Covid-19 cases throughout the United States.
Former Spotify marketing exec-turned-VC Sophia Bendz on her love of early-stage investingTECHCRUNCH.COM — venture capitalist and former Spotify global director of marketing Sophia Bendz announced that she was leaving London-based Atomico to join Berlin’s Cherry Ventures. Her stated reason for leaving the London VC firm — which mainly does Series A and Series B rounds — is that, having made the difficult transition from seasoned operator to venture capitalist, she wants to focus on seed stage where she can do more deals and work closely with founders and their teams at a much earlier stage.
‘It was like being preyed upon’: Federal officers in unmarked vans detain Portland protestersWASHINGTONPOST.COM — Then, he sank to his knees, hands in the air.”I was terrified,” Pettibone told The Washington Post. “It seemed like it was out of a horror/sci-fi, like a Philip K. Dick novel. It was like being preyed upon.”He was detained and searched. One man asked him if he had any weapons; he did not. They…
Zoom bug allowed anyone to use a company’s custom meeting URLMASHABLE.COM — Cybersecurity professionals are still finding some big problems with . On Thursday, researchers at online security firm Check Point their latest discovery: an exploit in Zoom which would have allowed any bad actor to use a company’s vanity URL for their own video meeting. Here’s what this means. Basically, companies and organizations paying Zoom for video conferencing services can set up a unique vanity subdomain to brand their meetings right in the Zoom domain name.
Elon Musk and Bill Gates hacked to tweet bitcoin scamTHEVERGE.COM — Elon Musk’s Twitter account has seemingly been compromised by a hacker intent on using it to run a bitcoin scam. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates also had his account seemingly accessed by the same scammer, who posted a similar message with an identical bitcoin wallet address. The Tesla CEO’s…
VidMob rethinks video production in the pandemic eraTECHCRUNCH.COM — VidMob, which started out as a marketplace connecting marketers and video editors, now bills itself as a “creative technology platform.” There’s still a marketplace, but it’s part of a broader suite of tools for managing video production and turning those videos into online ads. And the company has continued to evolve during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Social Media Video Dimensions 2020 [Infographic]SOCIALMEDIATODAY.COM — As with still images, in order to ensure that you’re putting your best foot forward with your video content, you need to adhere to the platform specifications for video uploads, including size, length, format and more. By aligning with the platform requirements for video, you’ll ensure that you’re providing your audience with an optimal viewing experience – while getting it wrong can lead to frustrations with playback performance, pixelation, incorrect screen orientation, and more.
Announcing The TechCrunch List, a founder-friendly directory of first check and lead VCsTECHCRUNCH.COM — important for founders than finding their first check or the investor who will lead their round, and yet, finding the right VCs to invest in their startups is an arduous and agonizing prospect. By some counts, there are now tens of thousands of VCs scattered across all corners of the globe, investing in dozens of verticals across multiple stages of investing.
Forget cotton masks. The next generation of masks could be high-techFASTCOMPANY.COM — In turn, we’re seeing masks and mask accessories that allow you to exercise, promote your favorite sports team, prevent your glasses from fogging up, read lips, and even take sips of cocktails without pulling the PPE all the way down from your face. Each of these designs acknowledges that the mask isn’t necessarily a one-size-fits-all accessory that has finished its evolution as a product.
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