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Monthly Archives: August 2015

The making of our transgender photo shoot, in teens' own words



In a fashion shoot for Mashable, a group of 11 transgender teens introduce themselves to the public for the first time, in their own words. They were able to connect their outward appearance to their inward selves with the help of celebrated stylist and creative director Nicola Formichetti, who donated his time to this project

Take a look behind the scenes of how the shoot came together. Read more…

More about Fashion, Social Good, Lifestyle, Transgender, and Transgender Teen


Imma let you finish — but the VMAs were the most-tweeted awards show of all time



LOS ANGELES — “I don’t understand award shows,” Kanye West admitted Sunday at the MTV Video Music Awards.

But awards shows sure do understand him

West tends to bring ratings and ignite conversations all over social media — so much so that he helped this year’s VMAs break Twitter’s record for the most tweets sent about a non-sports program in the United States. The broadcast generated 21.4 million tweets, up from 12.6 million in 2014

Nielsen Social, which has been tracking Twitter activity for television since 2011, reported the record-breaking data Monday. Those 21.4 million tweets were sent by 2.2 million people, and nearly 11.8 million people saw those tweets 676 million times Read more…

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Here's what you need to know about VMA breakout Tori Kelly



Kanye may have captivated us all with his inspiring 13-minute speech, and Taylor Swift might have taken home the Moonman for Video of the Year — but it was Tori Kelly who had everyone standing up and taking notice at Sunday’s Video Music Awards.

22-year-old Kelly’s big moment at the VMAs, performing her song “Should’ve Been Us,” brought in hordes of people all wondering one thing: “Who is that, and what is that song?”

THIS IS @ToriKelly‘s MOMENT. Love her. Everyone’s Googling & Shazaming the hell out of her right now, I bet. Like Hozier @ the Grammys #VMAs

— Brian A. Hernandez (@BAHjournalist) August 31, 2015 Read more…

More about Mtv, Music, Entertainment, Vmas, and Apps Software

Enter To Win A Pair Of Tickets To Disrupt SF 2015



 Disrupt San Francisco is a few weeks away, and to celebrate we’re giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky TechCrunch reader (a $5,990 value). You can earn extra entries to the contest by sharing the giveaway link with friends and following our social accounts. The contest starts today, and ends next Monday. If you are unfamiliar with Disrupt, here’s a quick rundown:

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The new Tom Brady courtroom sketch is way better



What is art, anyways?

Tom Brady appeared in federal court again on Monday, dealing with that whole #DeflateGate debacle. But what’s more interesting than a federal court case about deflated footballs is the hot topic from the last time Brady appeared in court: his sketch.

Professional courtroom sketch artist Jane Rosenberg received the full wrath of the Internet when she last drew Brady in court. Seriously, she even joked about killing herself during an interview with Vice, and apologized profusely

However, this time Rosenberg’s sketch looked a lot less melty, and she proudly appeared outside the courtroom holding her artwork for all to see. Read more…

More about Entertainment, Tom Brady, Watercooler, Videos, and Sports

He looks like Obama, he acts like Obama, but he's no Obama



Xiao Jiguo has won the genetic lottery.

His facial features uncannily resemble those of someone you’re probably familiar with — the president of the United States, Barack Obama. Xiao, now 29, had been working as a waiter and earning barely enough to get by. Then things started to change.

In 2012, a friend of Xiao’s uploaded a video of him singing. His voice was OK, but that wasn’t what racked up the views; many people who watched commented that Xiao looked like Obama. Shortly thereafter, he competed in a televised talent show called the Chinese Dream Show, the N Strait Times reported Read more…

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A BBC presenter had a very Ron Burgundy moment with the teleprompter



OK, this isn’t as bad as telling all of San Diego to go f*ck itself, but a BBC presenter had his own woes with the teleprompter recently

As the news broadcast cuts back to studio from a report, the early-morning presenter accidentally reads out one of the cues — “pause for effect” — before flawlessly carrying on to the next story.

Sometimes, early mornings and teleprompters just don’t mix.

More about Uk, Bbc, Media, Watercooler, and Videos


Trump to Bush on immigration: 'Forget love'



Donald Trump unleashed a new attack on Florida Gov. Jeb Bush taking aim at him on the issue of immigration

In a video posted to his Instagram account, Trump criticized Bush for suggesting that undocumented Mexican immigrants cross the border as an “act of love.”

“Love? Forget love. It’s time to get tough,” the video’s text says.

This is no “act of love” as Jeb Bush said…

A video posted by Donald J. Trump (@realdonaldtrump) on Aug 31, 2015 at 9:16am PDT

The short video shows photos of several undocumented men, including Francisco Sanchez who was charged in the fatal shooting of an American woman on a pier in San Francisco, charged with high profile murders in recent months. Those images are combined with clips from the April 2014 interview Fox News where Bush said that undocumented immigrants who come to the United States in search of a better life for their children “broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love.” Read more…

More about Immigration, Donald Trump, Us World, Politics, and Jeb Bush

This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: The Number 8



 TCBTC, TechCrunch’s bitcoin podcast is back this week, on video, with a special guest, and no John Biggs. All that is fun, aside from the lack of Biggs. Jason Rowley, the person who actually got me into bitcoin originally was on hand, taking us through a meeting that he and I had with a member of the Chinese mining community about the future of bitcoin. All told, we had a fun time. If… Read More

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Hit Video Messaging App Dubsmash Raises $5.5 Million Led by Index Ventures



 Dubsmash, a roughly two-year-old, Berlin-based startup whose video messaging app lets users create and share dubbed “selfie” videos (you choose a famous audio clip, then record yourself lip-syncing the words or lyrics), has just raised $5.5 million in Series A funding.
Index Ventures led the round, with firm cofounder Danny Rimer joining the company’s board. Other… Read More

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