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Teen banking service Step raises $50M, adds TikTok star Charli D’Amelio to investor list

Step, a mobile banking service aimed at teens, announced this morning it has raised $50 million in Series B funding after growing to over 500,000 users only two months after its official launch. The round was led by Coatue, with returning investors from Stripe, Crosslink Capital, Collaborative Fund, and Will Smith’s Dreamers VC. The startup also added some celeb investors to this round, including Charli D’Amelio, Justin Timberlake, The Chainsmokers, as well as big names from the world of sports,...
Tags: Apple, TC, Instagram, San Francisco, Tech, Will Smith, Smith, Andre Iguodala, FDIC, Step, MacDonald, Coatue, CJ MacDonald, Crosslink Capital Collaborative Fund, Charli D'Amelio, D'amelio


512(f) Claim Against Robo-Notice Sender Can Proceed–Enttech v. Okularity

Okularity “represents” several photography clearinghouses. This means that Okularity’s robots scour the Internet looking for clearinghouse photos and then send automated takedown notices for alleged infringements. “Okularity waits until the notices accumulate to the point when a social media platform disables the infringer’s account before contacting the purported infringer to initiate settlement negotiations.” In this case, the target was the magazine Paper, and Okularity filed 48 takedown noti...
Tags: Amazon, Instagram, Law, Copyright, Dmca, Johnson, Smith, Crossfit, Vodka, Usc, Viacom, Automattic, Shropshire, Umg, Dod, Amaretto


This Week in Apps: Apple slashes commissions, Twitter launches Fleets, warnings about Parler

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with   204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a   $544 billion valuation, 6.5x higher ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Japan, Instagram, Supreme Court, Australia, Washington Post, Youtube, Ipo, Tech, Eu


Apple's iPhone 12 is here, but 5G still needs to catch up

Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the 5G iPhone 12 earlier this week. Apple Apple's iPhone 12, which launches on Friday, marks the company's first smartphones to come with 5G. While it's an important step for the iPhone, 5G support alone isn't enough of a reason to upgrade. The fastest 5G networks operate at a short range and are only found in very limited areas around the US. But bringing 5G to the iPhone 12 ensures that the phone will remain relevant in the future as 5G networks develop over t...
Tags: Apple, Verizon, Cook, Instagram, Washington, US, Samsung, Los Angeles, Trends, Tech, Indianapolis, Smartphones, Analysis, United States, Tim Cook, Smith


Apple touted 5G as one of the biggest features in its new iPhone 12 lineup. But here's why 5G shouldn't be the only reason you upgrade.

Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the 5G iPhone 12 earlier this week. Apple Apple's iPhone 12 lineup marks the company's first smartphones to come with 5G. While it's an important step for the iPhone, 5G support alone isn't enough of a reason to upgrade. The fastest 5G networks operate at a short range and are only found in very limited areas around the US. But bringing 5G to the iPhone 12 ensures that the phone will remain relevant in the future as 5G networks develop over the coming years. Vis...
Tags: Apple, Verizon, Cook, Instagram, Washington, US, Samsung, Los Angeles, Trends, Tech, Indianapolis, Smartphones, Tim Cook, Smith, Huawei, Wood


Black Panther mural pays tribute to Chadwick Boseman at Downtown Disney

A former Walt Disney Imagineer is paying tribute to the late actor Chadwick Boseman with a mural of the “Black Panther” star making the Wakanda salute on the side of a Downtown Disney building. Artist Nikkolas Smith with his two-story tall mural of Chadwick Boseman at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, CA, on Sept., 24, 2020. The digital artwork, titled “King Chad”, will be on the side of the former ESPN Zone building until New Years Eve. Boseman died of cancer at the age 43 in late August. The act...
Tags: Instagram, Supreme Court, California, Marvel, Disney, Los Angeles, Sport, James Brown, Things To Do, Soccer, Espn, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Smith, Avengers, Southern California


‘Black Panther’ Mural With Chadwick Boseman Unveiled at Disneyland

Wakanda forever. Disneyland unveiled a Chadwick Boseman mural in its Downtown Disney shopping district. The artwork from Nikkolas Smith shows the late Marvel star giving the Wakanda salute to a young fan wearing a “Black Panther” mask. Smith shared photos of his work on Thursday via Instagram, in which he is giving the Wakanda salute in […]
Tags: News, Instagram, Disneyland, Smith, Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman, Downtown Disney, Wakanda, Nikkolas Smith


A pro-Trump youth activist group paid teenagers to push conservative talking points on social media, including misleading claims and disinformation

President Donald Trump speaks at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida on December 21, 2019. Eva Marie Uzcategui T./Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Turning Point Action, an affiliate of pro-Trump youth organization Turning Point USA, paid teenagers — some minors — in Arizona to push conservative talking points over social media, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. Twitter and Facebook banned multiple accounts as...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Post, Politics, News, Instagram, Washington Post, Russia, Trends, Cnn, Arizona, Smith, Donald Trump, The Washington Post, Trump, Phoenix


In a startup reprise, Courtne Smith launches NewNew, a social network based on shared content

Since her departure from Drake’s entourage (where she worked as his longtime personal assistant) Courtne Smith has launched a line of hair products; a giveaway game that dropped swag like Yeezy shoes and Kardashian beauty products called Suprize; and now, NewNew, a social network based on the videos its users like and share. Think of the pitch as TikTok meets Facebook, where users congregate and create networks based on the videos, memes, and images they share. When Suprize launched in 2018 with...
Tags: Travel, TC, Facebook, Instagram, Toronto, Kardashian, Drake, Smith, My dad, Hea, Courtne Smith, NewNew, Suprize, Filip Diarra, NewNew Smith, Vogue Drake


Nurses Who Battled Virus in New York Confront Friends Back Home Who Say It's a Hoax

Nurses who traveled from across the country to work in New York City hospitals saw the horrors of the coronavirus up close. They rushed patients to overcrowded intensive care units, monitored oxygen levels and held the hands of the sickest ones as they slipped away.But now that many of the nurses have returned home to states in the South and the West, they're facing a new challenge: persuading friends and family to take the virus seriously."A few times I've lost my temper," said Olumide ...
Tags: Facebook, New York, Texas, News, Instagram, Mississippi, California, New York City, Brooklyn, United States, Williams, New York Times, Queens, Manhattan, Dallas, Oklahoma


Works for the Now, by Queer Artists of Color

Pride Month may have come to a close, but the wide-ranging pieces shown here have staying power.
Tags: Art, Photography, News, Williams, Black People, Smith, Abney, Xu, Quarles, Devan, Race and Ethnicity, Nina Chanel (1982-, Sable Elyse, Shimoyama, Christina (1985-, D'Angelo Lovell


How the Lakers are preparing for their chemistry to be tested

In the Lakers’ locker room, he was one of the loudest voices. So it made sense that even though his team hasn’t shared a locker room in nearly four months, Jared Dudley doesn’t think his role has changed. While the coronavirus pandemic has shut down basketball and much of the world, Dudley still connected. He texted. He tweeted. He added Instagram so he could check in with teammates more: see LeBron James’ beard sprout grays around the edges; see Kyle Kuzma’s home fashion shows. He also was amon...
Tags: Florida, Instagram, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Davis, Nba, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Smith, Orlando, James, Lakers, Disney World, Dudley, J R Smith


Five Art Accounts to Follow on Instagram Now

Cauleen Smith’s experimental films about black life, Kyle Marshall’s dance improvisation dedicated to victims of police brutality: Here are some of the Instagram accounts brightening our art critic’s daily feed.
Tags: Art, Photography, News, Instagram, Dancing, Davis, Black People, Police Brutality, Smith, Demonstrations, Marshall, Black Lives Matter Movement, Kyle Marshall, Damon, Renata, Protests and Riots


Justice Smith Comes Out as Queer, Voices Support for Black Queer and Trans Lives

Actor Justice Smith took to his Instagram to show his solidarity and support for Black queer lives and Black trans lives while also coming out as queer. Smith, who has appeared in “Pokemon: Detective Pikachu,” “The Get Down” and “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” shared that he and “Queen Sugar” actor Nicholas Ashe are a couple. […]
Tags: News, Instagram, Actors, Smith, Queen Sugar, Justice Smith, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Nicholas Ashe, Trans Lives, Pokemon: Detective Pikachu, Queer Voices Support for Black Queer


J.R. Smith Beats Up “One of These Little MFin White Boys” After Catching Him Vandalizing His Car During L.A. Protests

A guy in Los Angeles picked the wrong car to vandalize during Saturday’s protests in Los Angeles. TMZ Sports obtained video footage showing NBA star J.R. Smith beating the crap out of a man who allegedly smashed his car window during the city-wide demonstrations protesting police brutality after the killing of George Floyd by Minnesota cops. The video shows the professional basketball player—who is currently a free agent—violently kicking the man several times in the head. After delivering a fin...
Tags: Videos, Celebs, Instagram, Minnesota, California, Sports, Los Angeles, Nba, Pop Culture, Jazz, Newark, Cleveland Cavaliers, Smith, J.R. Smith, JR Smith, Beating


First Inklings of Fame

The class of 2020 has no idea what the future holds — and neither do we. Here’s a look back at some icons starting on their paths to renown.
Tags: Art, Photography, News, Obama, David, Theater, Smith, Eddie, Jones, Barack, Maya, Lee, Murphy, Glenn, Spike, Ginsburg


NJ Gym That Defied Lockdown Order by Reopening on ‘Fox & Friends’ Is Closed by Health Department

A New Jersey gym that reopened this week in defiance of the state’s ongoing stay-at-home order amid the coronavirus pandemic has been shut down by the state health department, officials said Thursday. The Atilis Gym in Bellmawr opened its doors on Monday, insisting that the state shutdown of non-essential businesses is unconstitutional. The gym remained open for three days, attracting crowds of supporters and American-flag-toting protesters in its parking lot, before the New Jersey Department of...
Tags: Florida, News, Instagram, Fox, New Jersey, Fox News, Smith, Trump, Murphy, Health Department, Stockton University, Camden County, Garden State, Bellmawr, Ian Smith, Las Vegas Hotel


United States: The New Normal – Teleworking Challenges And Solutions - Ward and Smith, P.A.

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world upside down, and staying home has become the new normal. (For Instagram users, the #stayhome hashtag has 10.5 million posts!)
Tags: News, Instagram, United States, Smith, Ward


Kevin Smith’s ‘Mallrats’ Sequel Will Tackle the Illusion of “Happily Ever After”

Writer/director Kevin Smith has definitely made the most of his time in quarantine. On top of his regular podcasts and partaking in a recent watch party of Mallrats, he’s been working on the script for a sequel to the 1995 cult classic that will bring back the whole gang. The movie is called Twilight of the Mallrats, and now that Smith has completed the first draft of the movie, he’s given fans a taste of what they can expect, and it sounds like maybe there’s not quite as much of a “happily eve...
Tags: Comedy, Hollywood, Movies, Instagram, Ben Affleck, Sequels, Bob, Smith, Jay, Kevin-Smith, Jason Mewes, Mallrats, Mallrats 2, Brodie Bruce, Shannon Hamilton, Twilight of the Mallrats


Kevin Smith Says His ‘Mallrats’ Sequel Script ‘Moves Like a Brakeless Bullet Train!’

Filmmaker Kevin Smith has found the positive side of being stuck in quarantine — it gave him the opportunity to sit down at his computer and crank out the first draft of “Twilight of the Mallrats!” the sequel to the cult hit “Mallrats,” which came out in 1995.“25 years after the original, Brodie Bruce will be back for an unnecessary sequel set against the Mallpocalypse!” Smith wrote on Instagram, giving fans insight into what the memorable characters are doing these days.“Rene, Willam, Gwen, Bra...
Tags: News, Instagram, Entertainment, Ben Affleck, New Jersey, Bob, Smith, Kevin Smith, Brodie Bruce, Rene Willam Gwen Brandy, Jason Lee Shannon Doherty Jeremy London, Kevin Smith Club


Kevin Smith’s Mooby’s Restaurant Becomes a Reality, Launching with Postmates Delivery to Support Coronavirus Charity

If you’re a Kevin Smith fan, then you probably already know about the fake fast food chain called Mooby’s. After first appearing in Dogma back in 1999, the restaurant was the primary setting for Clerks II, and it also appeared in both Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. But soon, you’ll be able to get food from Mooby’s yourself, and you can support a good cause too. Today, Kevin Smith announced that he’s teaming up with Derek Berry and the team that brought the Saved B...
Tags: Comedy, Movies, Instagram, Los Angeles, Smith, Jay, Cool Stuff, Max, Barney, Kevin-Smith, Mickey Mouse, Dogma, Derek Berry, Bob Strike Back, Jay And Silent Bob Reboot, Bob Reboot


POTD: Smith & Wesson Model 3913NL in 9×19

Photo Of The Day – It’s time to take a closer look at a Smith & Wesson, in this case, the Model 3913NL which is very close to the LadySmith version. All the pictures and words connected below originally by Schrombo, check out his Instagram. I found another little gem at an online auction platform […] Read More … The post POTD: Smith & Wesson Model 3913NL in 9×19 appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Instagram, Guns, CCW, Smith, Smith & Wesson, Photo of the Day, Pistols, Semi-Auto, Ladysmith, Schrombo, 3913NL


‘Brave Enough’ Book Review: Here Comes Diggins’s Memoir

Cover of Jessie Diggins’s new memoir, “Brave Enough.” (photo: courtesy of the University of Minnesota Press) There are certain precepts that permeate Brave Enough , the new memoir by Jessie Diggins: Teamwork is good. So is glitter. Self-belief is important. Training hard pays off. As for substance, I have nothing snarky to say about these morals; nordic skiing, if not the entire world, would be better off if we all felt these things so fervently, and it is engaging to trace the development ...
Tags: South Korea, Sweden, Instagram, Minneapolis, White House, Russia, US, Sport, Chicago, Skiing, Norway, Smith, Sochi, Randall, Stratton, Team USA


Here's a peek at how reporter Rob Price got inside the ultra secretive world of Mark Zuckerberg's family office in Hawaii

Business Insider is taking you behind the scenes of our best stories with our new series "The Inside Story."  This week, BI deputy executive editor Olivia Oran spoke to BI correspondent Rob Price about his recent investigation into Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's secretive family office, which manages his day-to-day needs and sprawling properties.  Price, who worked alongside senior reporter Becky Peterson on the story, uncovered a workplace in crisis over its handling of allegations of sexual ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, New York, Instagram, India, Elizabeth Warren, US, Trends, Hawaii, Silicon Valley, Rob, Smith, Business Insider, Zuckerberg, Becky, Oran


The top 14 PR pros and publicists for YouTube creators, Instagram influencers, and other digital stars

With the rise of YouTube and Instagram influencers, top public relations firms have developed digital departments and now work with popular creators like David Dobrik and Emma Chamberlain.  Business Insider is recognizing the leading PR agents in the influencer and creator industry, who stand out in how they respond to news events and help clients jump on social trends. We chose these 14 power players based on factors like their roles, responsibilities, and impact on their clients and the infl...
Tags: Florida, New York, Instagram, Minnesota, Nbc, Jimmy Fallon, Youtube, Digital, Los Angeles, Trends, Chicago, Fox, Aol, Justin Bieber, Davis, Jennifer Lopez


Lis Smith, Buttigieg adviser, accused of running fake Nigerian account - Business Insider

Lis Smith, a senior communications adviser for Pete Buttigieg's presidential campaign, was accused of running a fake account that appeared to be a Nigerian Buttigieg supporter.  Screenshots of the account surfaced on Sunday that included a tweet that identified the author as Smith and matched the language of a letter the campaign sent to supporters.  Smith acknowledged the theory on her official account, and the campaign denied she was behind it.  Insider reached out to the owner of Instagr...
Tags: Twitter, News, Instagram, Linkedin, Smith, Lis Smith, Buttigieg, Pete Buttigieg, Lis Smith Buttigieg


From Ashton Kutcher to Jay-Z, these 12 celebrities are the most active of the 'Hollywood angels' making big investments in Silicon Valley

These 12 actors, musicians and sports stars may have reaped millions using their creative and athletic talents, but they have also won big from bets on startups. From Ashton Kutcher's big early bet on Uber, to Will Smith's on-the-spot investment into a small startup that impressed him with a pitch, these celebrities are establishing themselves as mainstays in Silicon Valley. Business Insider took a look at Crunchbase data to rank the top 12 celebrities by the number of startup investment round...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Uber, Spotify, Elon Musk, Hollywood, Instagram, California, Bono, Montana, Jay Z, US, NFL, San Francisco, Trends


Sam Smith posts body positivity message on Instagram

View this post on Instagram Feels so good to have my top off on holiday. Spent all my life hiding my body from the sun. The last year my skin has been soaking in that LIGHT. Don’t let anyone or anything stop you from feeling that kiss from above you beautiful humans ? A post shared by Sam Smith (@samsmith) on Jan 4, 2020 at 1:57pm PST Singer Sam Smith is currently vacationing in an unknown locati...
Tags: Instagram, Life, Lifestyle, Sam Smith, Smith, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Golden Globe, Taron Egerton, PST Smith, Instagram Feels


Princess Love Claims Ray-J Left Her & Daughter Stranded in Vegas After Soul Train Awards…

Ray J’s expecting wife Princess Love says he left she and their one-year-old daughter Melody Love, stranded in Las Vegas after the Soul Train Awards this past weekend. The family feud went public Tuesday when Love, 35 – who is eight months pregnant – left a seething comment on Ray J’s Instagram page after he shared a family pic from awards show. Details below… (more…) Related Posts Princess Love Announces Departure From Love & Hip-Hop: Hollywood…In Case You Missed It: Love & Hip Hop Holly...
Tags: Wtf, Hollywood, Celebrities, News, Instagram, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Soul Train Awards, Ray-J, Smith, Maia Campbell, Love and Relationships, Princess Love, Ray J Left Her, Melody Love


VOTD: Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes Honored with TCL Chinese Theatre Hand & Footprint Ceremony

This week, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot hit theaters for a limited engagement thanks to Fathom Events (read our review here), but it will also be touring the country for the next few months as part of the official Reboot Roadshow with Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith accompanying the movie. But before that, the on-screen duo best known as Jay and Silent Bob were cemented in Hollywood history with the famous TCL Chinese Theatres ceremony hand and footprint ceremony, and you can watch the entire presenta...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Instagram, Ben Affleck, Awards, Kevin James, Bob, Smith, Jay, Dad, Tcl, Kevin-Smith, Hollywood California, Lisa, Harley Quinn Smith, Jason-Mewes



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