Monthly Archives: June 2015

MTV's new 'Scream' series is death in the digital age



The opening minutes of MTV’s Scream — based on the 1996 movie that was scary at the time — throw the viewer into the belly of the digital beast: a teenager’s social (media) life

It all starts with a salacious YouTube video that quickly spreads like an STD during prom season

The video, which features a young girl named Audrey (Bex Taylor-Klaus, who was fantastic on CW’s Arrow) making out with another girl, is meant to be cyber bullying. The person who filmed and shared the footage aimed to do some damage. And it sort of works Read more…

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Facebook Messenger payments is now nationwide



Facebook Messenger has finally rolled out its payments feature across the entire U.S. so that any stateside user can pay friends right inside the app, if they like

David Marcus, Facebook’s vice president of messaging products, quietly announced the news via Facebook post on Tuesday, describing the payments feature as “easy and safe.”

To recap, users who add their debit card information in Messenger’s settings section can send payments by starting a conversation with one or more friends, picking the “$” icon that appears in the row above the software keyboard, and tapping “Pay.” Users who receive money do so by opening up that friend’s message and accepting the payment when prompted. And just like bank deposits, payment may take up to three business days to go through. Read more…

More about Social, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Tech, and Apps Software


With new Chrome extension, everything is mostly awesome



Because we can all use a little more positivity in our lives (especially on the Internet), there is now a Google Chrome extension that replaces what it deems negative and/or swear words with something more awesome.

London-based creative marketing and search agency Verve Search has built an extension on Google Chrome that filters out offending words so they show up as the word awesome instead, all decked out in fancy rainbow lettering.

Take, for example, this story.

While it isn’t negative, the Everything is Awesome extension keys in on one word and replaces it. Read more…

More about Google Chrome, Google Chrome Extensions, Tech, Apps Software, and The Lego Movie

Unikrn Picks Up $7M To Bring Betting To Esports



 Unikrn, a startup focused on esports betting, has raised a fresh $7 million, bringing its total capital acquired to $10 million. Binary Capital led the infusion. Previously, Mark Cuban invested in the company. The startup, whose name is pronounced ‘unicorn,’ helps people place bets on upcoming video game matches. Competitive gaming, commonly known as ‘esports,’ is a… Read More

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Unikrn Picks Up $7M To Bring Betting To Esports



 Unikrn, a startup focused on esports betting, has raised a fresh $7 million, bringing its total capital acquired to $10 million. Binary Capital led the infusion. Previously, Mark Cuban invested in the company. The startup, whose name is pronounced ‘unicorn,’ helps people place bets on upcoming video game matches. Competitive gaming, commonly known as ‘esports,’ is a… Read More

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Pinterest's Buyable Pins only let you buy one item at a time



You can finally make purchases directly on Pinterest, but going on a crazy shopping spree will be tougher than you think

The social network on Tuesday began rolling out Buyable Pins, essentially items for sale, to iOS users nearly one month after the feature was announced at a company event.

Buyable Pins will be easy to pick out in your feeds and searches. Each pinned item eligible for purchase now sports a blue price tag

Tapping on an item brings you to another screen with more information about it, including a “Buy It” button alongside the “Pin It” button. Picking “Buy It” brings you to an order screen inside the app where users can pay via credit card or Apple Pay. Previously, if users wanted to buy something they liked on Pinterest, they clicked on a link that shuttled them outside the social network to a retailer’s web site Read more…

More about Mobile, Social, Pinterest, Marketing, and Startups

Pinterest's Buyable Pins only let you buy one item at a time



You can finally make purchases directly on Pinterest, but going on a crazy shopping spree will be tougher than you think

The social network on Tuesday began rolling out Buyable Pins, essentially items for sale, to iOS users nearly one month after the feature was announced at a company event.

Buyable Pins will be easy to pick out in your feeds and searches. Each pinned item eligible for purchase now sports a blue price tag

Tapping on an item brings you to another screen with more information about it, including a “Buy It” button alongside the “Pin It” button. Picking “Buy It” brings you to an order screen inside the app where users can pay via credit card or Apple Pay. Previously, if users wanted to buy something they liked on Pinterest, they clicked on a link that shuttled them outside the social network to a retailer’s web site Read more…

More about Mobile, Social, Pinterest, Marketing, and Startups

Watch the creator of Mario totally geek out at the Jim Henson Studios



Who had a bigger influence on your childhood: Nintendo, or Jim Henson’s puppet creations?

It may warm your heart to learn that the companies are equally big fans of each other, as evidenced by a video that shows famed Nintendo game creator Shigeru Miyamoto’s visit to Jim Henson Studios. Nintendo commissioned puppets from Henson for its streaming E3 presentation, and Miyamoto and team visited the studio to see the finished products in person.

Nintendo created puppet versions of Miyamoto, Nintendo CEO Saturo Iwata and Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Amie, along with three Star Fox characters: Fox McCloud, Falco and Peppy. All the puppets appeared in several segments of its E3 Nintendo Direct press conference. Read more…

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The new $10 bill isn't just about a portrait — it's about the pay gap



The U.S. Treasury is planning to release a new $10 bill featuring a woman in 2020, and the government is looking for ideas to help select the lucky lady.

But the American Association of University Women has another idea.

The new $10 bill is meant to commemorate 100 years of women’s suffrage in the United States under the 19th Amendment. And that’s amazing. But AAUW’s compelling new video illustrates something else: Women still only earn $0.78 for every dollar than men earn, regardless of whose face is on our bills. The lost potential income of American women is over $490 billion per year Read more…

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