The Porn Business Isnt Anything Like You Think It Is

May 23, 2017

… didn’t pay $15 million for video software. He and his team built it themselves. That’s pretty much the way it works in the porn business. Part of it, O’Connell says, is that with all that free porn available across the `net, industry margins are much too thin for that kind of spending. But even if a company did pay $15 million for that kind of tech, it isn’t likely to pay a mainstream startup a la Pied Piper. The Silicon Valley bit about the industry driving the adoption …

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Superbug C. auris identified in 122 people across 7 states, CDC says

May 19, 2017

(CNN)The number of cases of an emerging and often multidrug-resistant fungus in the United States has grown from seven to 122 over the past nine months, according to a field report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report issued Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The fungus, Candida auris, can cause severe illness with high mortality, especially among high-risk patients, including those in intensive care units, those with a central venous catheter and those who …

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Lyft taps Delta as a new rewards program for riders

May 18, 2017

… car technology). “We care deeply about our passenger experience and this was a first of a kind partnership together. We both share a desire to really create these wow experiences and memorable experiences and really reward passengers for their travel,” said David Baga, Lyft’s chief business officer. Delta offers another SkyMiles rewards program with Airbnb, the home and apartment rental service, but this is it’s first and only ride-hailing partnership. Lyft has worked …

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Treasure trove of new plant discoveries revealed – BBC News

May 18, 2017

… the future. Image caption Prof Kathy Willis inside the arid zone at Kew Lara Jewitt, nurseries manager at Kew, said some of the plants kept in the nurseries at Kew are the last of their kind in the world. “We have about 10,000 species here, 29% of which are natural source – so that means they’ve been collected from the wild,” she said. “That makes them much more important for conservation, for scientific research, for restoration. This is a living scientific …

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Ransomware attacks on hospitals could eventually kill someone

May 15, 2017

… way to prevent this kind of attack. “Everybody thinks, ‘oh if something bad happens we’ll just fix it,’” Corman said, but that’s not the case here. Blocking future ransomware attacks will require cybersecurity personnel, new computers, and better network security. Systemwide security revolution isn’t something that can be fixed in a matter of days, weeks, or even months. But until hospitals have vastly greater cybersecurity, these attacks will continue to make …

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These stories show the importance of mentorship

May 13, 2017

… intelligent and engaging.”Despite Shenker’s many years in the business, she isn’t afraid to admit that she still benefits from this kind of help. As she says, “You are never too old to be mentored!” 2. Kelsey Nelson & Hallie Fisher Kelsey Nelson didn’t immediately click with Hallie Fisher, a manager several rungs above her on the corporate ladder at the small PR firm where they worked. “To be honest, I was terrified of her,” Nelson says.Nelson …

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Fyre Festival basically just asked employees to work for free

May 13, 2017

… pointed out would also make them ineligible for unemployment benefits in most states. “So to be clear … payroll’s not happening, but we’re all kind of just we’re not being let go but … we’re just here?” one dumbfounded employee said, struggling to make sense of the absurd terms being offered. Eventually, McFarland said he’d check into the unemployment benefits issue, saying he wasn’t aware one must be fired to receive them, but it was …

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Snapchat is helping make QR codes cool again

May 9, 2017

… automatically scanned anytime the camera was open on a smartphone. “I don’t like them because in order to read a QR code, you need a QR code reader. It’s kind of inconvenient to me,” Sam Schmir wrote to me on Twitter. But that isn’t the case for Snapchat and Snapcodes. Snapchat has created an ecosystem that is encouraging consumers and marketers to love QR codes, again. Raheel Hasan and his company are at the forefront of the return of the QR code. His company 1APP …

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Inside Microsoft’s AI ambitions

May 8, 2017

… which kicks off on May 10 in Seattle, the AI focus is potentially less flashy and more focused on mining data for useful, actionable insights and subtle intelligence. Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock If I think about the kind of AI revolution thats going on, its very much created by new increase in data being available and cloud service being able to run millions of computations, said Shuman. Microsoft certainly has the data, thanks to over 100 million Office 365 subscribers and, in OneDrive, it …

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The Amazons: Meet the band who torched their own tour bus – BBC News

May 7, 2017

… Del Rey. I love her, let’s just put it that way. But there is no way I’ll be able to get near her. She’ll have 12 huge guys around her… Mind you, she has insane fans, who probably are dangerous, so that kind of makes sense. “But just to be in the same room would be amazing.” More on The Amazons BBC Music homepage BBC Music News LIVE …

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7 tips for parents who work from home

May 6, 2017

… frantically and heroically sliding in to save the day, knocking her husbands books off the table and finally reaching out of the hallway to slam the door shut as she and the kids exit its all so perfect. You couldnt choreograph this kind of comedy. For us parents who work from home offices, this is our worst nightmare. Were already sensitive about not being in a professional office environment and dont want anyone else to know. I work from a home office in Shenzhen, China, have young children …

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Crayola has revealed its new, thoroughly underwhelming crayon

May 6, 2017

… more realistically. Blue skies. Blue oceans. Cookie Monster. Grover. Other things. Very exciting.” Okay, Crayola … except not really. Despite the fact that Crayola has revealed images of the new crayon that kind of looks like other blue crayons, the new crayon is still sadly without a name. Rather than just naming the piece of wax, Crayola is instead calling on the people of North America to use their exhausted noggins to make yet another decision. Naturally, the company is …

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Parachute into North Korea with this extraordinary VR experience

May 5, 2017

… scholar based in the UK, which adds some depth and neutral expertise to what you see. However, there is an argument that those kind of videos could be used by the regime as a propaganda tool in a PR effort to polish North Korea’s image to the world in a time of tensions. “There is an argument that you shouldn’t go there as a tourist because it’s like pouring money directly into the hands of the regime,” Robert Kelly, Professor of Political Science at Pusan National …

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Tainted love: Bob Thissen finds beauty in derelict Japanese love hotels

May 4, 2017

(CNN)In one photo, a dusty chandelier hangs from the ceiling above a large circular mattress framed by a mirrored headboard. In another, an abandoned suit of armor stands guard over a chariot bed adorned with stained pillows. Signs of decay, from the scattered debris of a collapsing roof to water stained walls, are everywhere. Yet the images — all taken in the rooms of an abandoned Japanese sex hotel by Dutch photographer Bob Thissen — seem oddly serene, like staged monuments …

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The Chainsmokers make some dreams come true with prom-crashing appearance

May 1, 2017

Your newest prom bandImage: Larry Marano/REX/Shutterstock The kids at Huntley High School got a pretty rousing surprise when internet darlings The Chainsmokers crashed their prom, causing the kind of mass teen hysteria not seen since Marty McFly lit up the guitar at the Hill Valley High “Enchanted Under the Sea” dance in 1955. SEE ALSO: The Chainsmokers and Coldplay release a boring song about being boring According to the Daily Herald, the surprise appearance was in the works for …

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Turkish authorities block Wikipedia from the entire country

April 30, 2017

… Saturday. In the past, Turkey has blocked Facebook and Twitter following protests or terror attacks. The monitoring group Turkey Blocks found that Wikipedia could not be reached in Turkey starting at 8 a.m. local time. The group noted that the kind of administrative measure used here often precedes a full court order to block a site in the coming days. #Wikipedia is blocked in #Turkey as a provisional administrative measure. I guess it is to protect people from… knowledge? #facepalm …

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When Adolf Hitler confidante Unity Mitford came to stay – BBC News

April 29, 2017

… a chiropodist, and it was agreed Mrs Sewell-Corby could act as Unity’s nurse. “The vicarage was always open to everyone,” Margaret said. “People that were down-and-outs came and asked us for a cup of coffee. “My mother obviously thought it would be kind to have her. No doubt there was a lot of government correspondence going on. “I think [my father] found it very, very difficult. He was doing his wartime effort, which was to look after a potentially dangerous …

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Please free your mind and enjoy these great makeup destruction videos

April 26, 2017

Rest in pieces, Chanel blush.Image: YOutube/Beauty News As Pablo Picasso once said, and as I now whisper to myself at my computer, “Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.” Including these videos of makeup being crushed into dust. “Makeup Breakup” is the brainchild of beauty bloggers Kat and Hailey, who run the Beauty News YouTube channel. As far as we can tell, it’s the first makeup destruction series of its kind and the videos, in which Kat and …

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Starbucks’ ‘Unicorn Frappuccino’ is the latest food or drink designed just for social media

April 25, 2017

… because the nature of these platforms is about looking like you’ve got less of a corporate, conglomerate, kind of big machine that’s doing it,” Allen said. “But a lot goes on behind the scenes.” Stunt food itself is nothing new. Restaurants have always tried to lure customers with zany novelties that get people talking. But the internet has more recently pushed it to new heights. The genesis of the trend’s modern incarnation is widely seen as KFC’s …

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Psst: You’re probably using all the wrong photos on dating apps.

April 22, 2017

… individually. So they can really tell what kind of photos illicit the most positive responses. To get to the bottom of what’s effective, they tagged thousands of randomly selected photos with 35 different labels (for example: hair up vs. down). The basic takeaway is that you should pick photos that highlight the real you. As Olivia Abramowitz, Hinge’s VP of Marketing, told us in an interview, “Your photos should show you in your natural state, doing something that you …

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‘Were close’ BBG Ventures President Susan Lyne on the future of women-led startups

April 21, 2017

… power user of new tech platforms and services. Women should spark everyones interest! Where did the inspiration for BBG Ventures begin? It goes back to my time at Gilt. I joined the company in 2008, the year after the iPhone launched. We didnt realize it at the time, but that was a transformational moment for entrepreneurs because it put a computer in everyones pocket. NYC was starting to emerge as a tech center, and the city attracted a different kind of female founder women who were …

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Britain’s ‘big bang’ in Heligoland, 70 years on – BBC News

April 19, 2017

… as a kind of catalyst for a new form of post-war German nationalism. There were campaigns for the island to be returned to German sovereignty and for a rebuilding programme to allow the Heligolanders to go home. Historian Jan Rueger says that perhaps for the last time Operation Big Bang had made Heligoland part of a larger historical argument. “As always in history there’s a paradoxical side to these events,” he says. “In this case it lies in the way that all over Germany …

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So, Bad News: Now Militants Are Using Drones as Projectiles

April 10, 2017

… converted hobbycraft cousins in the Middle East. It wouldn’t be the first time one of Iran’s allies has used its drones as a kind of poor man’s missile. In the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah, Hezbollah carried out attacks against Israeli territory using a similar model of drone packed with explosives. Israeli F-16s intercepted and shot down two of them, marking what a Rand Corporation study would later refer to as the “first-ever successful air-to-air …

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Nuclear War? Nah. Massive Fires Haunt the Dystopian Future

April 9, 2017

… takeaway? And actually, I dont know if I can write that kind of book, so maybe I will leave that to other speculative writers who could maybe come up with things that might have more of an element of optimism in them.” Elizabeth Hand on science fiction writers: “I think there are a lot of science fiction writers who are very prescient in writing about various climatological or ecological scenarios, going back to John Wyndham and The Day of the Triffids. There was a whole strain of …

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Swedish Police Confident They’ve Caught Terrorist Behind Rampage

April 9, 2017

… way that was abnormal, prompting the arrest. "We’re focusing, of course, on how he has entered the country, where he has been and what kind of contacts he has had, what we can see from his friends and so on,” Eliasson said. Photographer: Johan Jeppsson/Bloomberg Prosecutors and police declined to comment on any possible links to radical groups such as Islamic State, citing the continuing investigation. But the prosecutors said that it was clear from the “modus …

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Just when you thought the net neutrality fight was over …

April 8, 2017

… presented with evidence of bad practices. Net neutrality advocates have little to no faith that this kind of hands-off regulation would be effective. Spokespeople for the FCC and for Pai’s office declined to comment. Advocates aren’t going to take this kind of thing sitting down, and they don’t have to. As former counselor to the previous FCC chairman Gigi Sohn pointed out recently, it won’t be as simple as taking another vote. The process, she said, would probably take …

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