Monthly Archives: March 2017

Amazon is recruiting social media celebrities to start their own stores on its site



Amazon is seeking social media celebrities.

The online shopping giant quietly launched a new program this week in which influencers with “large followings” can apply to host their own stores on its site in exchange for a commission on products sold.

TechCrunch first reported the news on Friday.

The program, currently in its beta testing stage, appears to be a more exclusive version of Amazon’s existing affiliating marketing service. The latter allows anyone to earn a cut of sales profits by posting product links in blogs or websites, launching customized stores and otherwise promoting goods on the site.  Read more…

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Qatar Airways launches smart workaround for electronics ban



Electronics ban be damned, Qatar Airways is going to get its hard-working business travelers typing away on laptops no matter what.

Less than a week after U.S. officials banned electronics larger than a smartphone on certain U.S.-bound flights from certain Middle East and Africa airports, the Doha-based airliner figured out how to get out of the snarly mess that is the ban.

The airline is offering loaner laptops since in-flight entertainment systems just don’t cut it for people traveling for work. Writing up reports or endless work emails on a smartphone is headache — sometimes you just need the real thing. That performance report isn’t going to write itself during your 15-hour flight.  Read more…

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Livestream of a pregnant cat isn't a marketing stunt, so relax and wait for kittens



The end of March is hell as we sift through each morsel of content to determine what is real and what is a marketing stunt. Looking at you, April the giraffe.

And dammit, we deserve kittens. This livestream with a cat who actually appears to be pregnant has stepped in to provide a cuddly distraction. Her name is Evolene, and she’s stunning. 

Here she is just sitting and breathing: 

She has some pretty cool toys, but she’s not trying to sell them to you.

According to Tiny Kittens, the shelter behind the livestream, Evolene was pregnant and in poor health when they rescued her from a feral cat colony. Now that she’s in prelabor, they hope the livestream will raise awareness of the importance of spaying and neutering.  Read more…

More about Cats, Livestreaming, Cute Animal Videos, Cute Animals, and Watercooler

This charity is helping kids through video games



The ‘Gamers Outreach Foundation’ is a charity organization that aims to bring some fun back into the lives of children in the hospital.

Through a project called ‘GO Karts,’ which provides mobile gaming stations, these children are able to play video games even when they can’t leave their rooms. Read more…

More about Children, Esports Teams, Social Good, Charity, and Real Time Video

Kendrick Lamar's lyrics about photoshop and stretch marks are sparking a lot of feelings



Kendrick Lamar snuck up on the world yet again, dropping a music video for new single “Humble” Thursday. 

If the 4 million views on YouTube in less than 24 hours is any indication, the majority of people seemed to lap up new work from the Compton rapper. 

But, like most things, there is room to appreciate and critique an artist at the same time—which is exactly what people on Twitter have been doing.

“I’m so fuckin’ sick and tired of the Photoshop / Show me somethin’ natural like afro on Richard Pryor / Show me somethin’ natural like ass with some stretch marks / Still will take you down right on your mama’s couch in Polo socks,” Lamar raps on “Humble,” all while a women appears on a split screen—half of her in flawless makeup with straight hair, and the other half with no makeup and curly hair.  Read more…

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If it talks like a government and acts like a government, it must be a tech giant



 The ACLU reported last year that law enforcement teamed up with Geofeedia, a software company that uses social media data to track and monitor protesters. Many were outraged. Facebook and Twitter cut off Geofeedia’s access to their data. These new rules have far-reaching implications for companies whose business models revolve around utilizing social media data for close observations. Read More

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This teen literally jumped out of a plane to ask a girl to prom



With promposal season in full swing, the teens are outdoing themselves left and right. But while most kids are staying Earth-bound for their over-the-top proposals, this teen literally jumped out of a plane for his potential prom date.

Set to Ellie Goulding’s “Falling For You,” the clip shows Ty Myers hopping out of a plane with a sign in hand that reads, “I’m Falling 4 u, PROM?” 

How Myers plans to top himself for all future proposals remains unclear. 

Perhaps he should take a page from Felix Baumgartner:

More about Viral Videos, Promposal, Watercooler, Watercooler, and Video

The female mentors making a difference in Silicon Valley



Read anything ever about Silicon Valley and it’s easy to think, “Damn it’s all horrible men doing horrible things.” For sure, that’s a thing, but there are smart and incredible women who are powerful leaders that are dedicated to their jobs in the tech industry.

In honor of Women’s History Month, we reached out to several female leaders at tech giants and asked them: Who is (or are) the women who have inspired you throughout your career, and why? What lessons have you learned from them and how do you incorporate those lessons into your personal and professional life? Read more…

Michelle Klein, Marketing Director North America at Facebook

More about Workplace Culture, Workplace, Work Life, Work, and Mentors

How Stories Search makes Snapchat a real-time YouTube



 Snapchat is shifting from a social network limited to content shared by people you follow to an ephemeral, real-time database of what’s going on now everywhere. Today Snapchat launched Search for Stories submitted to its public Our Stories. It makes Snapchat as deep as whatever the world is sharing, creating near-infinite rabbit holes to go down. That aligns exactly with Snap IPO… Read More

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