Shea Moisture apologizes after Twitter slammed its ad: ‘We really f-ed this one up’

April 26, 2017

… Beautiful. “I can tell you that’s never going to happen,” Dennis said in response to concerns the line would lose focus on its black customers. Yet the latest ad, in which white women outnumber the sole woman of color, compounded the brand’s public relations problem. Monday’s apology came after Twitter users had dragged the company for hours over what they saw as the whitewashing of its marketing. As of Monday afternoon, “Shea Moisture” was the top …


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

April 25, 2017

… “unicorn food.” “The look of the beverage was an important part of its creation,” a Starbucks spokesperson said of its conception in an email. “Our inspiration came from the fun, spirited and colorful unicorn-themed food and drinks that have been trending on social media.” “Unicorn hot chocolate.” So-called “unicorn food” has become a big trend on Instagram. Image: instagram The week-long promotion is the latest in a long line of …


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

April 21, 2017

… stage fund focused on consumer internet and mobile startups with at least one female founder. What originally sparked your interest in female consumers? When I started working in media back in the mid 70s, no one talked about data everything we did was by instinct: what do we think people want to read about? Will this cover line be a magnet for readers? But it didnt take me long to realize that women bought many more magazines than men did, and that you could grow your circulation by talking to …


Inside the car design lab crafting pianos, bicycles and helicopters

April 20, 2017

(CNN)We’re all used to the familiar front grilles and badges of car brands like Audi, Porsche and BMW. But have you ever considered a Peugeot piano? Or an Aston Martin yacht? Perhaps a Bentley handbag? These days, ever-increasing numbers of car manufacturers are offering their design expertise as a resource to outside clients — either extending their own brand to something without four wheels and an engine, or consulting on projects that will ultimately exist in their own …


Arkansas Court Blocks Executions Of 2 Prisoners As State Pushes Ahead With ‘Conveyor Belt’ Lethal Injections

April 18, 2017

… file objections to the execution protocol, and only acted at the last minute. Judge Jane Kelly, in a dissent, argued the the case was about more than which drugs are used to put inmates to death, and questioned whether Arkansas was in line with the Eight Amendments evolving standards of decency. Despite the federal appeals ruling, a state court ruling remains in place that blocks the state Department of Corrections from using pancuronium bromide a second drug in the lethal three-drug mixture. …


Georgia student in police beating video says he feared for his life

April 18, 2017

(CNN)The 21-year-old Georgia college student seen on cell phone video being beaten by two Georgia police officers says he thought he was going to die during the traffic stop on April 12. Demetrius Hollins was pulled over on a busy suburban Atlanta road by Gwinnett County Police Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni for not having a license plate, according to the police report. Hollins said the license plate was in the rear window. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …


How many bombs has Britain dropped in 2017? – BBC News

April 15, 2017

… stronghold in Iraq. An MoD update from 6 April details a strike against a “Daesh motor team” in north-western Mosul, where a Brimstone missile was used to destroy the target. Islamic State and the crisis in Iraq and Syria in maps Iraqi security forces hold defensive line in Mosul The RAF flight then tracked a truck “carrying a terrorist team who had been planting booby traps” before scoring another “direct hit” on the moving vehicle. Meanwhile in Syria, RAF …


5 children hurt when bounce houses go airborne in South Carolina

April 9, 2017

(CNN)Five children were injured when a strong wind picked up two bounce houses at a church carnival in South Carolina on Saturday, sending one of the inflatables into a tree and the other into a power line, authorities said. The children were taken to a hospital but their condition was not known Saturday night. Sgt. Jimmy Bolt with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said the incident happened about 2 p.m. at Springwell Church in Taylors, in the northwest part of the state. …


Not fake news: News jobs are disappearing

April 6, 2017

… newspaper publishers, which is the sloping blue line in the graph below. Back in January 2001, the industry employed 411,800 people. In September 2016, that number had dropped to 173,709. Overall the BLS data on the “information industry,” which includes everything from newspaper publishers to book publishers to greeting card makers to online news makers, shows jobs went from 1,057,396 employees in January 2001 to 790,362 in September 2016. Not as bad as half jobs cut, but still …


Going to Ecuador? 11 things travelers should know first

April 5, 2017

(CNN)When people think Ecuador they think the Galapagos and while those enchanted islands are incredible there’s a lot more to this Andean country. 1. ‘Middle’ monument is in the wrong place Ecuador is named after the equator that runs through the country. One of the must-do tourist attractions is to stand astride the line that marks the middle of the world — just make sure you pick the right spot. …


Congress didn’t just make your data less safe it has put national security at risk

April 4, 2017

Image: Shutterstock With last weeks privacy vote, hackers now know where to learn a Senators darkest secrets or how to uncover U.S. military personnel travel plans, among other things. Lets say a three-star general and career intelligence officer books a trip online from Dulles to OHare for a 3-day conference. She scans her inbox and spots an email with the subject line: Review the itinerary for your upcoming trip to Chicago! After skimming the body of the email, she double-clicks the …


Li Na Land, reality TV and fashion — what China’s tennis pioneer did next

March 31, 2017

(CNN)She may have hung up her tennis racket more than two years ago, but two-time grand slam champion Li Na is still winning big in business. China’s first major singles champion, Li has been busy since she quit tennis in 2014 following a string of injuries. Follow @cnnsport Now 35, Li has since had two children with her husband and former coach, Jiang Shan. Business interests include movie and book deals, her own clothing line in China with long-time sponsor Nike, appearances in …


Snapchat turns to sponsored geofilters as it pushes to compete with Facebook, Instagram

March 28, 2017

… with branded emojis all be disclosed as ads? … Users can easily share sponsored or promoted Facebook videos without carrying the paid attribution,” Nick Cicero, CEO of social video analytics software and creative studio Delmondo, wrote in an email. “I certainly think that Snapchat filters and lenses have done the best job of toeing the line, and advertisers certainly don’t have plans to stop producing filters,” Cicero continued. “It begs the question of how …


How to fight back against the excessive Photoshop that’s bad for body image

March 28, 2017

Fake photos are everywhere.Image: Christopher Mineses/Mashable When Sarah Krasley Kickstarted her customizable bathing suit line, she faced an ethical dilemma: should she Photoshop her models if her company mission was to make women feel more comfortable in swimwear? She went searching for some guidance online, but came up short. That’s when the idea for the Retouchers Accord was born. What if she could get retouchers, photographers, designers, brands, celebrities and media companies to …


Don’t dismiss these alleged ‘Call of Duty: WWII’ leaks so quickly

March 27, 2017

… games went with a World War II setting while also cutting away a lot of the futuristic bits, like jet-assisted jumps and dashes, that created an imbalance between amateur players and serious professionals. It’s also worth noting: Sledgehammer, the studio behind 2017’s Call of Duty game, is also the new kid on the block for the series. Sledgehammer worked alongside Infinity Ward on 2011’s Modern Warfare 3 and then led development on Advanced Warfare. The Warfare line of Call of …


Here’s how an Uber recruiter discussed sexism with a potential hire

March 26, 2017

… personal information of the recruiter redacted. These emails were provided by Okrain. Seems like pretty standard recruiting behavior until you look at this line: “However, in light of current events, I understand if you have concerns or questions. I would be glad to be a resource for you and share any information that I can,” she wrote. What’s also intriguing about that line is it’s in a faded grey, as Okrain confirmed. That most likely means it’s copied and …


Here Are The Many Ways Trump Scares The Crap Out Of Democrats

March 25, 2017

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump may have toned down his style for his joint address to Congress this week, but Democrats arent any less worried about what they think he may do to the United States. Indeed, their mantra could be boiled down to the famous line in the movie The Fly about the horrible transformation of Seth Brundle: Be afraid – be very afraid. Its not the same sort of fear that they see Trump stoking, though. They are not worried about what the president keeps telling …


Shanghai: Insider Travel Guide

March 24, 2017

(CNN)Welcome to the future. This is the best of Shanghai, home to more than 20 million residents, 6,000 high-rises (and growing) and a constant chorus of jackhammers. It’s a city striving to set all the benchmarks for the modern world. …


You’ll either love or really hate the idea of a day spa for babies

March 21, 2017

… #mothersgroup #theperthcollective #perthpop #perthkids #kidsaroundperth #perthisok #pregnancy #kidsofinstagram #organicbaby #organicbabies #grapeseedoil #christmasgift #perth A post shared by Baby Spa Perth, AUSTRALIA (@babyspaperth) on Dec 18, 2016 at 10:32pm PST We’ve reached out to Baby Spa Perth to make sure they don’t accept adult writers as spa guests. [h/t Huffington Post] WATCH: A designer creates a sustainable fashion line that grows with your kids More From this …


What makes gambling wrong but insurance right? – BBC News

March 20, 2017

… insurance and expanded their businesses. Today, the biggest insurance market of all blurs the line between insuring and gambling: the market in financial derivatives. Derivatives are financial contracts that let two parties bet on something else – perhaps exchange rate fluctuations, or whether a debt will be repaid. They can be a form of insurance. An exporter hedges against a rise in the exchange rate. A wheat farming company covers itself by betting that the price of wheat will fall. …