College offers courses in becoming a bona fide social media influencer

June 21, 2017

Image: AFP/ Getty Images Wanna become an Instagram star? Now, you can get a formal education for that. A university in China is offering trends that are meant to equip students with the skills they need for online fame. SEE ALSO: Instagram influencers are utter sillines, and Fyre Fest proves it From make-up world-class, catwalk rule to dance recitals, the Yiwu Industrial and Commercial College( YWICC) near Shanghai says it…

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This hackathon wants to help destigmatize the sex tech industry

June 12, 2017

In a pitch presentation that capped off hours of collaboration at New York’s first SexTech Hackathon, the subject turned to a decidedly unsexy scenario: Parents talking to their kids about sex. “How can we foster a safe environment at home for children having conversations about sexual education with their parents?” asked one of the hackathon’s more than 40 participants during a pitch presentation for what would become the event’s winning…

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May 24, 2017

Fox News is losing its mojo. After parting ways with the most-watched temperaments in cable bulletin and fuelling its benefactor over allegations of sexual harassment, the conservative-oriented Fox dropped to third place last week in prime time amongst the spectators that advertisers court, a place it hasn’t occupied for roughly 17 years. Meanwhile, left-leaning MSNBC surged to No. 1 for a second straight week, helped by bulletin on examinations into…

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Why Warren Buffett Took Out an Ad on the Same Page as One for a Strip Club

May 24, 2017

People obsess over Warren Buffett’s moves in the stock market, analyzing every word he says in the media and regulatory filings for clues about his investments. But even the most sharp-eyed observers could be excused for missing a disclosure he made Friday about American Express Co. The billionaire took out a fine-print ad in the New York Daily News to say he’s seeking permission from the Federal Reserve to hold as…

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When tweeters attack: why do readers send authors their bad reviews?

May 23, 2017

Social media have made it easy to let novelists know directly when their work has disappointed but why do so many people want to do so? If you cant say something nice, dont say anything at all. Its a simple enough rule that most of us learned as young children. So why is it that some readers seem incapable of holding back from telling an author that they didnt like…

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A meme come true: Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o to star in film based on tweet

May 23, 2017

Selma director Ava DuVernay will direct film for Netflix after joke movie pitch about photo of stars goes viral, with a script from Insecure breakout Issa Rae Rihanna and Lupita Nyongo are set to star in a buddy movie for director Ava DuVernay after a tweet of the two went viral. The Grammy-winning singer and Oscar-nomimnated actor were pictured together at a Miu Miu fashion show in 2014, which was…

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King Arthur Film Revival Proves a Royal Flop for Warner

May 15, 2017

Turns out movie fans weren’t itching to see another King Arthur movie. Warner Bros.’ pricey new take on the classic English tale, “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” opened in third place with estimated weekend sales of $14.7 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters, a tiny sum for a film that cost an estimated $175 million to produce. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” from While “King Arthur” may do…

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Pepe the Frog creator kills off internet meme co-opted by white supremacists

May 8, 2017

Matt Furie agrees defeat after months of attempting to strain back his peaceful frog-dude who had been appropriated as a racist love symbol The creator of Pepe the Frog has symbolically killed off the cartoon frog, effectively surrendering restrict of the character to the far right. Matt Furie, an artist and child development diary columnist, initiated the now-infamous frog as part of his Boys Club series on MySpace in 2005….

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You Think Google Search Is Free? Austria Seeks to Tax It Anyway

April 30, 2017

Austria is seeking ways to make digital services like Facebook Inc. pay taxes for transactions with the nation’s internet users, trying to plug gaps in a tax system still designed for brick-and-mortar business. The most ambitious part of the plan targets the business models of Twitter Inc., Google or Facebook: The tacit pact under which searching, liking, posting and tweeting remains free as long as users let the companies feed…

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Editorial: In praise of … Guernica

April 24, 2017

Editorial: Flailing bulls and horses show that the visceral horrors of war are not just an affront to human civilisation, but to life In occupied Paris, a Gestapo officer who had barged his way into Picasso’s apartment pointed at a photo of the mural, Guernica, asking: “Did you do that?” “No,” Picasso replied, “you did”, his wit fizzing with the anger that animates the piece. Work started weeks after German…

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