The race to be China’s top fintech platform: Ant vs TencentTECHCRUNCH.COM — As seizes the world’s attention with its record initial public offering, which was abruptly called off by Beijing, investors and analysts are revisiting Tencent’s fintech interests, recognized as Ant’s archrival in China. It’s somewhat complicated to do this, not least because they are sprawled across a number of Tencent properties and, unlike Ant, don’t go by a single brand or operational structure — at least, not one that is obvious to the outside world.
Here’s how many Trump posts have been flagged for misinformation since Election DayMASHABLE.COM — Donald Trump likes to blame “Big Tech” for having it out for him. In reality, in response to reports that link social media to the spread of dangerous misinformation, both Twitter and Facebook were forced to implement new policies around the 2020 election to quell a problem of Trump’s own making. And boy, do his feeds — where practically every other post has been flagged for violating these new policies — reflect exactly how badly we needed those policies.
What is the best Harry Potter book?MASHABLE.COM — Welcome to Pop Culture Throwdown, a weekly column where Mashable’s Entertainment team tackles the big questions in life, like what Star Wars movie is best and which superhero would win in a fight. This week, we asked each other (and all of you, on Twitter): What’s the best Harry Potter book? Let the throwdown begin.
Investigators Dispatched After Fulton County Discovers ‘Issue’ with Ballot ReportingBREITBART.COM — Georgia’s top election official is dispatching a team of investigators after a ballot “issue” was discovered in one of the county’s most responsible for giving former Vice President Joe Biden the lead over President Trump. While Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (did not reveal the nature of the issue with the ballots, he did announce late Saturday that investigators were headed to State Farm Arena in Fulton County to “secure the vote and protect all legal votes.” “Fulton County has discovered an issue involving reporting from their work on Friday.
Stop shaming recipe bloggers for writing a lotMASHABLE.COM — Every so often, someone will act very angry online because a recipe they clicked on has “too much text.” They wanted to make mushroom ravioli, but instead had to scroll through a bunch of words about what mushroom ravioli means to a blogger’s family. Boring! It’s true that many (if not most) food bloggers write long narratives preceding their recipes.
Instagram’s ‘Hashtag Mindfulness’ boom: The good, the bad, and the uglyMASHABLE.COM — March Mindfulness is our new series that examines the explosive growth in mindfulness and meditation technology — culminating in Mashable’s groundbreaking competitive meditation bracket contest. Because March shouldn’t be all madness. Can simply “being mindful” while, say, sipping a kale smoothie, constitute a mindfulness practice?
China’s cash-burning video sector: how Kuaishou lost $1B in 6 monthsTECHCRUNCH.COM — Rumors have been floating for months that is going public with TikTok and Douyin separately. Just last night, Bloomberg reported that ByteDance is seeking a pre-IPO round of $2 billion at a staggering valuation of $180 billion. Before any of that materializes, ByteDance Chinese rival Kuaishou has moved ahead to file for an initial public offering in Hong Kong Thursday night, and its prospectus is shedding light on a race where both growth and costs are astronomical.
Snapchat Launches ‘Snap Connect’ Educational Insights for MarketersSOCIALMEDIATODAY.COM — Snapchat has announced an expansion of its Snap Focus marketer education platform, with a new element called ‘Snap Connect’, which features a range of expert insights as part of more advanced courses on how to use the platform for direct response campaigns. As you can see in this clip, Snap Connect looks to showcase internal experts on Snap’s various direct response tools, providing more in-depth perspective on how to make best use of the various options at your disposal.
3 tips for SaaS founders hoping to join the $1 million ARR clubTECHCRUNCH.COM — company from the ground up is never easy. In fact, it’s generally a grueling, all-consuming process that strains every fiber in your being. But it is much, much more difficult if you approach it without a tried and true process. After starting and scaling five successful companies, I can tell you that there absolutely is a repeatable process to building a successful SaaS business, one that can reliably guide you to product-market fit and then help you quickly scale.
Detroit Absentee Ballot Counting Chaos, Blocked Windows and ObserversBREITBART.COM — Absentee ballot counting in Detroit descended into chaos on Wednesday when hundreds of unofficial Republican observers concerned about fraud converged on the counting location. The city of Detroit is using the TCF Center — formerly Cobo Hall — to count all of the absentee ballots in the city. Republicans and Trump supporters grew alarmed as Trump was holding a strong lead in the state during early counting Tuesday evening, only for it to evaporate as mailed-in ballots were counted in historically Democrat areas.
B2B marketplaces will be the next billion-dollar e-commerce startupsTECHCRUNCH.COM — e-commerce such as Faire and Mirakl have burst out of the gates in 2020. Almost overnight, these startups transformed into consequential platforms, earning billion-dollar valuations along the way. The B2B e-commerce industry has broad reach, encompassing everything from commerce infrastructure and payments technology to procurement and supply-chain solutions.
Want to soothe election nerves? Donate to causes doing the work.MASHABLE.COM — As the country awaits the final call on the 2020 presidential election, many Americans are understandably stressed by the uncertainty. While millions of votes still need to be counted, some online have highlighted the need for continued work in the days after the election and beyond, no matter who wins. .
Demands Arise for PA Attorney General to ‘Step Aside’BREITBART.COM — Calls for Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro (to “step aside” are rising after he urged voters to seek election help from Democrats, mere days after stating that “if all the votes are added up in PA, Trump is going to lose.” Shapiro drew strong reactions across social media after encouraging voters to seek election help from Democrats on Election Day.
13 of the nicest moments from Election DayMASHABLE.COM — Election night has arrived, which means you’re likely feeling anxious as hell as we wait for results to roll in. Hopefully you’ve been making a conscious effort to distract yourself from crushing Election Day stress, but since it’s going to be a while before all the ballots are counted we’re here to give you another pick-me-up.