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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


CZ75 Republika Handgun Presented to President Trump by Czech PM Andrej Babiš

CZ75 Republika Presented to President Trump by Czech PM Andrej Babiš U.S.A. -(Ammoland.com)- On March 7th, 2019, President Trump and the First Lady met with Prime Minister Andrej Babiš of the Czech Republic and his wife, in the White House.  The meeting was cordial, with both men celebrating the bond between the two countries. After the meeting, PM Babiš told reporters that he had presented President Trump with one of one hundred custom crafted CZ75 pistols created for the centennial of t...
Tags: Google, Guns, White House, Israel, Department Of Defense, Czech Republic, United States, Nato, Arizona, Kennedy, Trump, Abraham Lincoln, Czechoslovakia, Warsaw Pact, Andrej Babis, Babis


How The WaMu Brand Disrupted Banking

If you were born before 1990’s, chances are you will remember Washington Mutual bank (a.k.a. “WaMu”), especially if you were living in the western part of the United States. But the question isn’t so much if– but rather how you remember this bank. A Dual Legacy Unfortunately, most people will remember WaMu for its demise, its ending as the largest bank failure in American financial history. What started with risky sub-prime mortgage investments eventually triggered a credit down grade for the...
Tags: Apple, United States, Branding, Washington Mutual, Wolff Olins, WAMU, Brand Strategy, Arthur Schopenhauer, WaMu Brand Disrupted Banking, Occasio, Bank of America Wells Fargo Citi Bank, LA WaMu


A “view” from the courtroom: Trials of Mississippi

Today will bring an intense hour of argument about race in jury selection in the case of a Mississippi man who has been tried six times by the same prosecutor, which will culminate in a series of short questions by Justice Clarence Thomas, his first during oral argument in three years. But first, there are a couple of lighter moments. Justice Thomas questions petitioner’s lawyer in Flowers v. Mississippi (Art Lien) Chief Justice John Roberts announces that Justice Stephen Breyer has the co...
Tags: Google, Featured, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Washington, Kentucky, Walmart, United States, New Jersey, Davis, Manhattan, Evans, Nielsen, Johnson, Flowers


Jury Finds Bayer's Roundup Weedkiller Caused Man's Cancer

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Shares in Germany's Bayer's fell more than 12 percent on Wednesday after a second U.S. jury ruled its Roundup weed killer caused cancer. Tuesday's unanimous jury decision in San Francisco federal court was not a finding of Bayer's liability for the cancer of plaintiff Edwin Hardeman. Liability and damages will be decided by the same jury in a second trial phase beginning on Wednesday. Bayer, which denies allegations that glyphosate or Roundup cau...
Tags: California, Germany, San Francisco, Tech, United States, Monsanto, Bayer, Reuters, Hodgkin, HARDEMAN, Chhabria, Vince Chhabria, Edwin Hardeman


Christopher Hitches Makes the Case for Paying Reparations for Slavery in the United States

There may be no more heretical figure from the last several decades for both the current mainstream political left and right than the late Christopher Hitchens. He has maintained contrarian positions that range from vexing to enraging for nearly every orthodoxy. Contrarianism can seem his one singular consistency in a slide from “socialist to neocon" and some very imperialist views on war, race, culture, and religion. But his one true allegiance, he would say, was to “the principles of f...
Tags: Google, Politics, Greece, College, Atlantic, Britain, United States, Elgin Marbles, Christopher Hitchens, Boston University, Facebook Twitter, Hitchens, Josh Jones, Durham NC Follow


Here's a look at every single Apple store in the United States (AAPL)

We've compiled a list of every Apple store in the United States. Jump to your favorite state via the table of contents, or scroll down to see every state in alphabetical order. To understand Apple's retail footprint, it really helps to see it for yourself. Below, we've collected the photos and locations of every single Apple store in the United States. Apple currently has 271 US stores in operation: Notably, nine states (and Washington D.C.) only have one Apple store, and six states have no A...
Tags: Apple, Washington, US, Trends, United States, Zurich, Albuquerque, United States Apple, Wyoming California, United States Jump, Apple The Summit Apple Bridge Street


Google Fined Nearly $1.7 Billion For Ad Practices That Violated European Antitrust Laws

European regulators on Wednesday slapped Google with a roughly $1.7 billion fine on charges that its advertising practices violated local antitrust laws, marking the third time in as many years that the region's watchdogs have penalized the U.S. tech giant for harming competition and consumers. The Washington Post: Margrethe Vestager, the European Union's top competition commissioner, announced the punishment at a news conference, accusing Google of engaging in "illegal practices" in a bid to "c...
Tags: Google, Europe, Washington Post, Tech, European Union, United States, Silicon Valley, Margrethe Vestager


Media fragmentation is annoying consumers

Deloitte’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications division published its 13th-annual Digital Media Trends survey, focused on identifying changes in the ways US consumers engage with various types of media. Led by an independent research firm, the survey had roughly 2,000 consumer respondents across demographics – with the report categorizing respondents based on age (Gen-Z: ages 14-21, Millenials: 22-35, Gen-X: 36-52, Boomers: 53-71, and Matures: 72+). While already accompanied by a succinct 1...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Gaming, Music, Television, Media, Podcasts, Video Games, Entertainment, Advertising Tech, Cloud Storage, US, San Francisco, Tech, United States


Kickstarter's Staff Is Unionizing

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The staff of Kickstarter announced plans to unionize today. If recognized, Kickstarter would be the first major tech company with union representation in the United States. Members of the union, which goes by Kickstarter United, say they want to improve inclusivity and transparency at the company. To unionize, they're working with the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 153. In a statement, the union said: "Kicks...
Tags: Facebook, Tech, United States, Kickstarter, Silicon Valley, Kickstarter United


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


As Costs Skyrocket, More US Cities Stop Recycling

Recycling, for decades an almost reflexive effort by American households and businesses to reduce waste and help the environment, is collapsing in many parts of the country [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; syndicated source]. From a report: Philadelphia is now burning about half of its 1.5 million residents' recycling material in an incinerator that converts waste to energy. In Memphis, the international airport still has recycling bins around the terminals, but every collected can, bo...
Tags: Florida, California, China, India, US, Tech, Thailand, United States, Philadelphia, Memphis, Fiona Ma, Deltona


Visa policies threaten innovation but aren’t stopping hiring abroad

The growing intensity of the US visa approval process has made it more difficult for companies to attract, support and retain foreign talent. However, recruiters are still sourcing talent from abroad at an increasing clip. According to a recent, roughly 30-page, report published by Envoy – the corporate workforce immigration management platform – US corporate demand for foreign talent has remained resilient in the face of a stricter stance on immigration taken by the current government. With hel...
Tags: Apple, TC, Asia, Europe, Money, Talent Gap, Microsoft, US Government, Government, Immigration, US, Tech, Diversity, Economy, Policy, Canada


Coming Home Again: Estrada Returns to Lead WeWork Labs in Houston

Houston—Co-working company WeWork is opening its latest “Labs” space in Houston.New York-based WeWork, which has 49 Labs programs across the United States and globe, opened its first Texas location, in Dallas, last fall. WeWork’s Labs is the business’s version of an early stage startup program, offering workshops, mentorship, connections to local accelerator and incubator programs, and more in exchange for rent.Leading the endeavor is Carlos Estrada, a native Houstonian who returns to the city ...
Tags: Startups, New York, Texas, Trends, Tech, People, Austin, United States, Innovation, Dallas, Nebraska, Lincoln, WeWork, Houston, Alice, Agtech


Helping Latino students learn to code

Growing up in Costa Rica, I was always passionate about creating things and solving puzzles. That’s what drove me to computer science. I saw it as an opportunity to explore my interests and open doors to new possibilities. It's that love and passion that eventually helped me get to Google, and to the United States, where I now live.Computer science requires students to learn how to think in a totally new way. Getting into that mindset can be really hard for anyone, but it can be even tougher if ...
Tags: Google, Education, US, CS, United States, Costa Rica, Black, Google.org, YWCA, CS First, CS First Google


Isaac Asimov Predicts the Future of Civilization–and Recommends Ways to Ensure That It Survives (1978)

When we talk about what could put an end to civilization today, we usually talk about climate change. The frightening scientific research behind that phenomenon has, apart from providing a seemingly infinite source of fuel for the blaze of countless political debates, also inspired a variety of dystopian visions, credible and otherwise, of no small number of science-fiction writers. One wonders what a science-fictional mind of, say, Isaac Asimov's caliber would make of it. Asimov died in...
Tags: Google, College, Stanford, United States, Sci Fi, Seoul, Mount Everest, Facebook Twitter, Isaac Asimov, Asimov, Edmund Hillary, Paul Ehrlich, Colin Marshall, Tenzing Norgay, 21st Century Los Angeles, Computerization Global Co


The Gnarly Surf Rock of Dick Dale (RIP): Watch the Legend Play “Misirlou,” Surfin’ the Wedge,” and “Pipeline” (with Stevie Ray Vaughan)

The Endless Summer is over. The archetypal 1966 surf documentary might have been scored by The Sandals, but the sound and the cultural dominance of surf culture would perhaps never come into being, and may not have survived the decade, without Dick Dale, who died on March 18th at the age of 81. His gnarly, menacing guitar on songs like “Miserlou” and “Pipeline” turned a fad dominated by the teen anthems of The Beach Boys and Annette Funicello’s post-Mouseketeers bikini and beehive into g...
Tags: Google, Music, Washington Post, College, Jimi Hendrix, United States, Quentin Tarantino, Dick Dale, Wray, Facebook Twitter, Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Dale, Annette Funicello, Josh Jones, Durham NC Follow


Reed Hastings says Netflix won’t be part of Apple’s upcoming video streaming service

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said during a Los Angeles press event tonight that it will not be part of the streaming video service Apple is expected to unveil next week at its Cupertino headquarters. While it will have original content, Apple’s service will most likely initially focus on third-party content, competing against Amazon Channels with la carte subscriptions to third-party channels (Amazon’s lineup includes HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Starz, but not Netflix, which prefers to control it...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, TC, China, Los Angeles, Tech, Netflix, United States, Original Content, Streaming, Cupertino, Streaming Video, Ted Sarandos, Reed Hastings, Hastings, Amazon Channels


United States: Google To Allow Certain Cryptocurrency Advertising - Herzog Fox & Neeman

Google has announced it will resume accepting cryptocurrency-related online advertising after banning such ads in March. The new policy was updated in October and allows regulated cryptocurrency businesses
Tags: Google, News, United States, NEEMAN, Herzog Fox


This is Not Your Parent’s Colombia

Posted: 3/14/2019 | March 14th, 2019 Colombia’s troubled past – cartels, paramilitaries, poverty, petty crime — casts a long shadow that still reaches to today. The country is still viewed by many as a place where danger lurks around every corner.* Having grown up hearing stories of Colombian drug lords, kidnappings, murders, and muggings, these ghosts haunted the back of my mind as prepared to visit the country. Was the country going to be safe? Should I bring my electronics? The stories and...
Tags: Travel, Google, Europe, Colombia, United States, South America, Medellin, Bogota, Cartagena, Don, Cali, National Liberation Army, San Agustin, Popayan, United States Colombia, Tatacoa


Toyota doubles down on Nvidia tech for self-driving cars

Toyota is deepening its relationship with Nvidia as the automaker, and its research arms in Japan and the U.S., ramps up its autonomous vehicle development program. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang announced Monday during his keynote at the 2019 GPU Technology Conference that Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development — the automaker’s Japan-based research arm — is using the chipmaker’s full end-to-end development and production to develop, train and validate its autonomous vehicle technology. The...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Japan, Technology, Business Model, Tech, Ceo, Companies, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, United States, Nvidia, The Guardian, Automotive Industry, Toyota, Simulation


US Reveals Details of $500 Million Supercomputer

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: The Department of Energy disclosed details on Monday of one of the most expensive computers being built: a $500 million machine based on Intel and Cray technology that may become crucial in a high-stakes technology race between the United States and China (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source). The supercomputer, called Aurora, is a retooling of a development effort first announced in 2015 and is scheduled to be deliver...
Tags: China, US, Tech, Intel, Chicago, United States, New York Times, Nvidia, Silicon Valley, Department Of Energy, Aurora, Cray, Argonne National Laboratory


Targeting payday lenders, Branch adds pay on-demand features for hourly workers

Branch, the scheduling and pay management app for hourly workers, has added a new pay-on-demand service called Pay, which is now available to anyone who downloads the Branch app. It’s an attempt to provide a fee-based alternative to payday lending, where borrowers charge exorbitant rates to lenders on short term loans or cash advances. Borrowers can often wind up paying anywhere from 200 percent to over 3,000 percent on short term payday loans. The Pay service, which was previously only availabl...
Tags: TC, Money, Finance, America, Tech, Debt, Economy, United States, Credit, Loans, Payroll, Target, Taco Bell, Siddiqi, Siddiqui, Atif Siddiqi


Jordan Co to buy Sabre Industries from Kohlberg

Jordan Co LP said March 18 that it agreed to buy Sabre Industries Inc. Financial terms weren’t announced. Kohlberg & Co LLC is the seller. Management is also investing in the deal. Sabre, of Alvarado, Texas makes products for the utility and telecom markets, structures and complementary services for the electric transmission and wireless communication end markets. Kirkland & Ellis LLP acted as legal adviser to TJC. Houlihan Lokey Capital Inc and KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc were financial adviser...
Tags: Trends, Tech, Chicago, United States, North America, Sabre, Company, Kristin, Kirkland Ellis LLP, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton Garrison, KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc, LLP, TJC, Kohlberg, PE Deals, Jordan Co


Apple Watch app could save your life by detecting irregular heartbeat, study says

An Apple Watch may detect heart rate irregularities that subsequent medical tests confirm to be atrial fibrillation, according to preliminary findings from a new study. AFib is often undiagnosed since it might not cause noticeable symptoms, but it contributes to 130,000 deaths and 750,000 hospitalizations in the United States each year.
Tags: Apple, Health, United States


Apple Watch app could detect life-threatening irregular heartbeat, study says

An Apple Watch may identify heart rate irregularities that subsequent medical tests confirm to be atrial fibrillation, preliminary findings from a new study suggest. Afib contributes to 130,000 deaths and 750,000 hospitalizations in the United States each year.
Tags: Apple, Cnn, United States


Word of the week: Invasion

On March 15, a gunman killed at least 50 people and injured another 50 as they gathered in two Christchurch mosques. Minutes before the attacks, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had been emailed a 74-page document, variously called a “manifesto” and a “screed,” purported to have been written by the gunman. In it, the man – a 28-year-old Australian living in New Zealand – denounced immigrants as “invaders.” Hours later, Donald Trump held a ceremony at the White House to mark the firs...
Tags: Travel, Google, UK, Australia, Mexico, White House, US, Sports, United States, Current Affairs, Liverpool, Newcastle, Linguistics, New Zealand, Philip Kaufman, Contests


Facebook says service hindered by lack of local news

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook’s effort to establish a service that provides its users with local news and information is being hindered by the lack of outlets where the company’s technicians can find original reporting. The service, launched last year, is currently available in some 400 cities in the United States. But the social media […]
Tags: Facebook, Business, New York, Technology, News, Ap, Nation, United States


Why Robo-Calls Can't Be Stopped

"When your phone rings, there's about a 50 percent chance it's a spam robo-call," reports the Washington Post. Now a computer science professor who's researched robo-call technologies reveals the economics behind automatically dialing phone numbers "either randomly, or from massive databases compiled from automated Web searches, leaked databases of personal information and marketing data." It doesn't matter whether you've signed up with the federal Do Not Call Registry, although companies that c...
Tags: Washington Post, Tech, United States, Federal Communications Commission, Don


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says Labor Shouldn't Have To Fear Automation

Munky101 tipped us off to some interesting comments from New York's activist congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. TechCrunch reports: It's impossible to discuss the seismic shift toward automation without a conversation about job loss. Opponents of these technologies criticize a displacement that could someday result in wide-scale unemployment among what is often considered "unskilled" roles. Advocates, meanwhile, tend to suggest that reports of that nature tend to be overstated. Workforces s...
Tags: New York, Tech, United States, Bill Gates, William Gibson, Fast Company, Sxsw, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Ocasio Cortez, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez Says Labor Shouldn



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