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Mueller report details the evolution of Russia’s troll farm as it began targeting US politics

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images On Thursday, Attorney General William Barr released the long-anticipated Mueller report. With it comes a useful overview of how Russia leveraged U.S.-based social media platforms to achieve its political ends. While we’ve yet to find too much in the heavily redacted text that we didn’t already know, Mueller does recap efforts undertaken by Russia’s mysterious Internet Research Agency or “IRA” to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. The...
Tags: Startups, TC, Facebook, Florida, Politics, New York, Instagram, Government, Russia, US, Pennsylvania, Hillary Clinton, United States, Tennessee, New York Times, Miami


Instagram accounts of Iran Guards commanders blocked

The Instagram accounts of several Iranian Revolutionary Guards commanders have been blocked, the Tabnak news website reported Tuesday, with the photo-sharing website saying it was complying with US sanctions. The United States announced on April 8 that it has placed the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the ideological army of the Islamic republic, on their list of "foreign terrorist organisations". Tabnak, a site close to Iranian conservatives, said Instagram blocked the accounts of Major Ge...
Tags: News, Instagram, US, Iran, United States, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Mohammad Ali Jafari, Mohammad Bagheri, Tabnak


Coachella 2019: How the festival survived and thrived to reach its 20th year

As the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival marks its 20th anniversary this weekend, it’s easy to forget what a rare and unexpected surprise the very first fest was in 1999. First of all, most of you weren’t there – only 20,000 or so fans “filled” the Empire Polo Field to hear artists such as the Chemical Brothers and Beck, Rage Against the Machine and Tool. Second, those few who were there had never seen anything like it. Crisp green grass instead of asphalt or dirt. Reasonable prices at the ...
Tags: Beyonce, Instagram, Jimmy Kimmel, California, Jay Z, Sport, Pink Floyd, Black Keys, Daft Punk, Radiohead, Netflix, Things To Do, Soccer, United States, Ariana Grande, Paul Mccartney


Portraits Of A Community In America

Muslims In America The first Muslims may have arrived in the North American continent in the 14th century. And according to this article about “Islam in America,” even Christopher Columbus may have used a guide book written by Portuguese Muslims! Yet, Muslims in America today often feel marginalized and stigmatized by the media. They become easy targets of ridicule because of their faith or in the way they dress. The fact is, Muslims who have either immigrated to the United States or have been...
Tags: Photography, New York, Interviews, New York City, America, United States, Islam, Muslim, Bangladesh, Muslims, Christopher Columbus, Avon Connecticut, Syed, Seshu, American Muslims, Syed Yaqeen


United States: Computer Generated Models: Intellectual Property And Advertising Risks - Fenwick & West LLP

When you scroll through Instagram or other social media platforms looking for the latest fashion trends, you may no longer be seeing just the Kardashians all the time,
Tags: News, Instagram, United States, West LLP


one from the archives: evidence to suggest otherwise

One of my many cups of tea, Monday, April 8th, 2019. Over the weekend, I remembered this lovely bit of advice given to me by a dear friend: “you have evidence to suggest otherwise.” I remembered I’d written about this in the past, and I offer it here again, in case you need to hear this advice for yourself, as well. The following is from November 2013.Several years ago, a frie...
Tags: Facebook, Photography, Pinterest, United States, Best Of, Random Thoughts, How To Make Light


Facebook and Twitter Are Old News to Young People

Source: S tatista When it comes to their social media preferences, U.S. teens are about as loyal as Brutus was to Caesar. Back in 2013, Facebook was their social network of choice. In 2014, Instagram took the throne for a while before being replaced by Snapchat in 2016. Now, in the spring of 2019, Snapchat is still the number 1 for teens in the United States, but Instagram is making up ground. According to the latest edition of PiperJaffray’s bi-annual “Taking Stock With Teens” survey, 41 per...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Social Media, Snapchat, Radio, United States, Young People, Brutus, General Interest, Caesar Back


4 Top Affiliate Marketing Tips, How to Create Successful Social Media Campaigns, How to Write a Business-Winning Proposal and Other Things Entrepreneurs Need to Know

19 Things Small Business Owners Need to Know By Rieva Lesonsky   1—Private Sector Small Business Employment Increases By now you’ve all seen the jobs report. But what about small businesses and their contributions? According to the ADP Small Business Job Report in March very small businesses (1-19 employees lost) 9,000 jobs, small businesses with 20-49 employees gained 14,000 jobs, for a net gain of 6,000 small business jobs. Take a look at the infographic from ADP below for more stats.   2—...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Business, UK, Instagram, Australia, Youtube, Mexico, France, Germany, India, Ukraine, Star, Canada, Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States


How a Subscription Box Company Can Increase Profits by Utilizing Social Media

By Jonathan Beskin When subscription boxes first entered the marketplace, they quickly became a major hit. With what seems to many like overnight success, the subscription box method began to trend due to their themes and overall value.  One of the value points in a subscription box is monetary, where the consumer pays a relatively low price for a higher price of goods, often times three to four times the value. Today, subscription boxes are still in high demand as the industry continues to grow...
Tags: Facebook, Business, Instagram, Sales & Marketing, United States, Mcdonalds, Right Now, Utilizing Social Media, Jonathan Beskin, Beskin, Llama Shutterstock


Snap is channeling Asia’s messaging giants with its move into gaming

Snap is taking a leaf out of the Asian messaging app playbook as its social messaging service enters a new era. The company unveiled a series of new strategies that are aimed at breathing fresh life into the service which has been ruthlessly cloned by Facebook across Instagram, WhatsApp, and even its primary social network. The result? Snap has consistently lost users since going public in 2017. It managed to stop the rot with a flat Q4, but resting on its laurels isn’t going to bring the goo...
Tags: Social, Food, Startups, Gaming, Facebook, Apps, Messenger, Asia, Japan, Instagram, Australia, France, China, Southeast Asia, Los Angeles, Social Media


DC, but make it glam: Queer Eye's fab five meet AOC in Washington

The cast met with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Nancy Pelosi on a trip to Washington to advocate for the Equality ActCongresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez met with the cast of Queer Eye in Washington DC on Thursday. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/ReutersConsidering her self-confessed “completely depraved lifestyle”, New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez could probably use a visit from the style experts of Netflix’s hit show Queer Eye.But on Thursday, four of the show’s Fab 5 presenters arrive...
Tags: New York, News, Instagram, Washington, Netflix, United States, Washington Dc, House, Capitol Hill, Nancy Pelosi, Customs, Library Of Congress, Aoc, Van Ness, Steny Hoyer, Washington Monument


Snapchat will power Stories & ads in other apps

Snapchat’s found an answer to the revenue problem stemming from its halted growth: it will show its ads in other apps with the launch of Snapchat Ad Kit and the Snapchat Audience Network. And rather than watching as other apps spin up their own knock-off versions of its camera and Stories, it will let apps like Tinder and Houseparty host Stories inside their own products that users can share to from the Snapchat camera with Stories Kit. They’ll both be launching later this year, and developers i...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Tinder, Australia, Washington Post, Los Angeles, Tech, Snapchat, Netflix, United States, Evan Spiegel, Fitbit


one from the archives: sometimes people surprise you

A different Southwest Airlines flight, October 2018. A couple of days ago, the lovely Kim brought my attention to a post I wrote 6 years ago, in June of 2013 — a post I don’t remember writing, nor do I remember the event that prompted my writing it in the first place. This is particularly strange because you would’ve thought meeting this person would be someone I’d remember.I lov...
Tags: Europe, Photography, Texas, Germany, Israel, United States, Missouri, Middle East, Dallas, Bmw, Kim, Southwest Airlines, Joe, Random Thoughts, Midwest, Tel Aviv Israel


Snapchat launches Scan, its AR utility platform

Point and shoot? No, point and interact. Snapchat can now help with your homework. The app’s camera is becoming the foundation of an augmented reality developer platform known as “Scan”. Snap today announced partnerships with Photomath to add the ability to solve math problems, and Giphy for detecting objects which then spawn related GIFs on screen. Scan will roll out to all Snapchat users soon, and developers interested in joining the platform can contact Snap. Snapchat Scan spawns Giphy ...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, Australia, Tech, Snapchat, United States, Evan Spiegel, Hamilton, Giphy, Blippar, Lens, Capitol Building, Instagram Stories, Lens Carousel, Landmarkers


The International Digital Photography Museum

Not that I mean to downplay this news at all, but, first of all, I'm getting married! She's a TOP reader, and has been for the past eight years. She said she has watched my personal peregrinations with interest over the years, and 16 months ago now she decided to introduce herself. Her name is Magda, and she has residences in Budapest, Hungary, and New York City as well as a vacation home in a location she prefers not to disclose. After we get married we'll have two vacation homes, the second on...
Tags: Europe, Photography, Germany, New York City, America, Dave, Prague, Budapest, Hungary, Canada, United States, North America, News And Occasions, Michael Johnston, Mike, Toronto Canada


Alex Jones: Instagram refuses to remove right-wing conspiracy theorists' anti-semitic post

Infamous conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was expected to have his Instagram account shut down, or at least have a recently posted photo deleted, after he recently posted an image of an art piece called “False Profits” on his Instagram story.The image depicts six white men with hooked noses playing monopoly on the backs of other humans, surrounded by gold, skulls, money, medicine, and a globe. In the background appears to be the city of Manhattan in nuclear fall-out, and the men sit in front of th...
Tags: Facebook, News, Instagram, United States, Manhattan, Sandy Hook, Jones, Alex Jones


Podcast: How to Reduce the Stress of Social Media

 Social media sites have become a huge part of our lives, enabling us to easily stay in touch with countless friends and family members all over the world. But there’s a dark side to social media, as it also enables negative things like bullying to proliferate. Many people have found that social media creates a huge amount of anxiety in their lives, but don’t feel they can live without it. In this episode, learn some ways to reduce the anxieties associated with social media. ...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, Technology, General, Instagram, Cdc, China, America, Social Media, Linkedin, Stress, Bbc, Britain, United States, Fox News, Green Party


The Most Amazing Thing About Photography Circa 2019

Bob Gary was right in saying that the "Complexification" post the other day "hit a nerve." I think so too. The best thing I got out of the discussion was the "aside" in the Featured Comment by Dennis, who wrote: I know plenty of people who have turned away from entry level cameras (ILC or fixed lens) in favor of their phones, but I think that's due to the ease of sharing photos taken with a phone. As an aside, I truly believe that many people do not think that their phone is a 'good enough' cam...
Tags: Apple, Photography, Time, Samsung, Kodak, ISO, United States, Sony, Nikon, Hdr, Canon, Max, Dennis, Woodstock, Michael Johnston, David Lee


Innovation in Spades: Realogy Unveils New Real Estate Products, Programs and Tools During First-Ever Realogy Global Exchange

Las Vegas Conference Wraps Up Week of Learning, Networking and Industry Leading Announcements, Including New Tech-Forward Marketing Services, Multi-Brand Learning Platforms, Exciting Collaborations and Advanced Data Analytics Tools to Drive Productivity and Efficiency for Realogy’s Affiliated Brokers and Agents Worldwide Las Vega, NV – March 21, 2019 (PRNewswire) Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY) today concluded the first-ever Realogy Global Exchange (RGX), a weeklong gathering of more th...
Tags: Facebook, Tools, Technology, Instagram, Radio, United States, Tampa, Securities And Exchange Commission, Sotheby s International Realty, Spades, Dallas Atlanta, Amazon Alexa, Real Estate News, HPA, Realogy Holdings Corp, Home Partners of America


PicsArt hits 130 million MAUs as Chinese flock to its photo editing app

If you’re like me, who isn’t big on social media, you’d think that the image filters that come inside most apps will do the job. But for many others, especially the younger crowd, making their photos stand out is a huge deal. The demand is big enough that PicsArt, a rival to filtering companies VSCO and Snapseed, recently hit 130 million monthly active users worldwide, roughly a year after it amassed 100 million MAUs. Like VSCO, PicsArt now offers video overlays though images are still its fo...
Tags: Social, Apps, Asia, Instagram, Entertainment, China, Russia, Social Media, Tech, United States, Armenia, Vsco, Avengers, Photo Sharing, The Avengers, Picsart


Self-taught Pet Photographer raises $100,000 for Animal Charities throughout the U.S.

  AGoldPhoto celebrates milestone with Third Annual Fundraising Road Trip AGoldPhoto reached a major milestone this week, raising more than $100,000 for animal charities, photographing more than 2,200 pets and hosting over 200 fundraising events since July 2016. Founder and lead pet photographer, Adam Goldberg is celebrating the best way he knows how - by embarking on a road trip to raise even more money for animals.     The third annual Pet Photo Shoot Fundraiser Road Tr...
Tags: Facebook, Utah, Photography, Cats, Dogs, Pets, Rescue, United States, Tampa, Humane Society, Adam Goldberg, Broward County, Adam, Goldberg, Tampa Florida, The Pet Blog Lady


Instagram Launches In-App Shopping Experiment

Instagram has introduced Checkout on Instagram -- an in-app purchasing tool -- as a closed beta for consumers in the United States. Among the 20 participating brands are Adidas, Nike, Burberry, Dior, Huda Beauty, Prada and Michael Kors. "Users in the U.S. can buy from a majority of these brands starting today, with all of them coming on board over the coming weeks," said Instagram spokesperson Paige Cohen. Instagram will continue adding brands to the closed beta, and it plans to expand Check...
Tags: Ecommerce, Instagram, United States, Michael Kors, Adidas Nike Burberry Dior Huda Beauty Prada, Paige Cohen Instagram


Camera maker Insta360 raises $30M as it eyes 2020 IPO

Insta360, one of the pioneers in making 360-degree cameras, just raised $30 million in a Series C+ funding round from Chinese investors including Everest Venture Capital, MG Holdings and Huajin Capital. The Shenzhen-based camera maker declines to disclose its latest valuation. It plans to use the fresh proceeds in research and development, marketing and after-sales services in its key international markets including the United States and Japan, which are the company’s second and third-largest...
Tags: Gadgets, Asia, Japan, Hardware, Instagram, China, Funding, Tech, Smartphone, Companies, Camera, United States, Computing, Tencent, Virtual Reality, Gopro


Feds Raided Office Of Trump Fundraiser Elliott Broidy In Money Laundering Probe

A sealed search warrant obtained by ProPublica shows federal agents scoured Elliott Broidy’s office for documents related to China, Saudi Arabia and a Miami Beach club promoter. Federal authorities raided the office of Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy last summer, seeking records related to his dealings with foreign officials and Trump administration associates, according to a sealed search warrant obtained by ProPublica. Agents were authorized to use the megadonor’s hands and face to un...
Tags: New York, News, Instagram, Washington Post, Saudi Arabia, White House, China, Los Angeles, Fbi, United States, New York Times, Paris, Middle East, The Times, Playboy, Times


New Zealand shooting: Brenton Tarrant charged after 50 killed in attacks on two mosques in Christchurch

New Zealand shooting: 49 killed across two mosques​ PM Jacinda Ardern vows to change gun laws Suspect appears in court charged with murder Everything we know about the shooter Brenton Tarrant The victims: Afghan refugee viewed country as 'slice of paradise' Tech giants told 'enough is enough' after shooting live-streamed  Everything we know so far about the Christchurch attacks The main suspect in mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques was charged with one count of murder on S...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, UK, London, News, Instagram, Wales, Australia, White House, India, US, Afghanistan, Hungary, West, Canada


The Art of the Personal Project: David Walter Banks of Brinson+Banks

The Art of the Personal Project is a crucial element to let potential buyers see how you think creatively on your own.  I am drawn to personal projects that have an interesting vision or that show something I have never seen before.  In this thread, I’ll include a link to each personal project with the artist statement so you can see more of the project. Please note: This thread is not affiliated with any company; I’m just featuring projects that I find.  Please DO NOT send me your work.  I do n...
Tags: Photography, United States, Chroma, Personal Project, Suzanne Sease, The Martin Agency, Kaplan Thaler Capital One Best, David Walter Banks of Brinson Banks


Facebook will downrank anti-vax content on News Feed and hide it on Instagram

After indicating that it was exploring its options for fighting the potentially deadly rise of anti-vaccination content on its platform last month, Facebook is making a plan of attack. Facebook’s strategy in the effort is to both minimize the spread of vaccination misinformation and to point users away from inaccurate anti-vaccination propaganda and toward “authoritative information” i.e. info corroborated by the health and scientific establishment. To achieve a reduction in the spread of ant...
Tags: Health, TC, Facebook, Instagram, California, Youtube, Tech, Bloomberg, United States, Vaccination, Misinformation, Adam Schiff, Instagram Facebook, Clark County Washington, Online Disinformation


9 Key Discoveries in 2019 Social Media Research

2019 social media research demonstrates that social media usage in the United States has changed A LOT in just a short time. Released hours ago, a new report from my friends at Edison Research and Triton Digital uncovered many statistically significant social media usage patterns that showcase the next wave of shifts in how and why Americans use social media in 2019 (or don’t). The Infinite Dial 2019 report continues the annual research series that consistently produces important findings that ...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, America, Seo, Linkedin, Snapchat, United States, Facebook Messenger, Instagram Facebook, Edison Research, Triton Digital, Facebook Good, Social Media Research, Social Media Consulting


United States: Social Media And Corporate Communications - Mayer Brown

In a recent paper titled "The battle of social media platforms: The use of Twitter, YouTube and Instagram in corporate communication," author Pawel Bilinski analyzes whether using social media
Tags: News, Instagram, United States, Mayer Brown, Twitter YouTube, Pawel Bilinski


JetBlue is giving away free flights for a year. But you have to delete all of your photos on Instagram to win. (JBLU)

JetBlue is offering three lucky winners the chance to fly for free for an entire year as part of its All You Can Jet sweepstakes. To enter the sweepstakes, contestants must delete all of the photos from their Instagram accounts.  Each grand prize is valued at $20,000.  All entries must be completed before 9 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, March 8, 2019, with winners notified around March 11.  Want free flights for a year? JetBlue is giving three lucky winners exactly that as part of the...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, US, Trends, United States, Hawaii, Southwest Airlines, Jetblue, Puerto Rico, Alaska Airlines, Eastern Standard Time, JBLU



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