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John Legend opens up about how making wine is like making music

We spoke with the Grammy- and Oscar-winning entertainer about his new passion project, Legend Vintage Exclusives. How do you come down from the high of performing in concert for thousands of adoring fans? One option available to John Legend is: with a glass of wine straight from his own collection.Read Full Story

2018-06-21
BuzzFeed’s secret to a great summer? Consulting for other brands

The “summer fundles” include both best-selling products and trending summer items popular on social media for sale on Amazon. Maybelline wants to give you everything you need for an instagrammable summer. Today, the cosmetics giant has launched “summer fundles”–beauty bundles...

2018-06-21
Can the beauty industry make over the gender norms it created?

Having defined femininity for decades, cosmetics retailers are starting to court trans and gender-nonconforming customers. For many, it’s a tricky about-face. In 2013, U.K.-based makeup artist and influencer Joseph Harwood entered “The You Generation,” an online talent contest jointly hosted by...

2018-06-21
Facebook will let group admins charge for membership

The program aims to compensate group admins for their time. The social media giant has announced that it is piloting a subscription-based program that will allow group admins to charge users $4.99 to $29.99 per month for access to special sub-groups. The company says it’s doing this after feedback from some...

2018-06-21
Microsoft relaunches its news app to take on Google and Apple’s offerings

Remember MSN.com? It’s still around – and Microsoft is trying to bring it back by relaunching its mobile apps with a new moniker. Available for Android and iOS, Microsoft News brings you stories from the company’s MSN News effort, that’s been online for several years – with a modern interface that should be...

2018-06-21
Sorry Instagram, I don’t want a vertical YouTube

At first glance, a YouTube competitor that lives within Instagram seems like a smart idea. It’s not. Or, it might be. I don’t know. The move makes a lot of sense. Facebook-owned Instagram, according to a recent Pew Research survey, is trailing only YouTube in use among teens. Some 85 percent of Americans aged 13...

2018-06-21
IGTV is Instagram’s answer to YouTube

Instagram is making a play for YouTube’s video throne with the launch of IGTV, a new app where users can upload videos longer than one minute. The app, revealed at an event today by Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom, hosts videos up to one hour in length. Anyone can upload videos, either from the dedicated app or from...

2018-06-20
Ava DuVernay becomes the first black woman to direct a $100 million-grossing film

DuVernay said on Twitter: “lovely room to be in. But can’t wait for more sisters to be here too.” With A Wrinkle In Time, Ava DuVernay has become the first black female director whose movie grossed more than $100 million at the domestic box office.Read Full Story

2018-06-20
Facebook is testing paid subscription options for private groups

Facebook today announced a pilot program that would allow group administrators to charge members for exclusive content. In a blog post, the company revealed the test would include a small number of groups in the parenting and homemaking niches — including college planning, meal prep, and home cleaning. According to...

2018-06-20
Here’s IGTV: Instagram’s vertical answer to YouTube

The social network just announced its long-rumored video service. At an Instagram event this morning in San Francisco, CEO Kevin Systrom strode onstage and began talking about “old and outdated,” “clunky and unnatural” video services that make you watch horizontal-oriented videos on a...

2018-06-20
ICE spokesperson melts down over United and American Airlines taking political stands

The official Department of Homeland Security twitter account had harsh words for airlines taking a stand. Reaction to the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant families continues apace. Today, a few airlines weighed in on the issue: American, Frontier, and United Airlines all announced they would...

2018-06-20
No, Whole Foods was not hacked—here’s why its Instagram was scrubbed

Whole Foods announced a new campaign to raise awareness for endangered bees. Whole Foods confused its fans this week when the retailer mysteriously deleted its robust archive of Instagram images. In its place, the scrubbed account simply featured several white blank posts and changed its bio to bee emojis. It also...

2018-06-20
Facebook climbs a mountain of suck with new autoplaying Messenger ads

Facebook is testing autoplaying video ads inside of Messenger, and holy crap this is a bad idea. The context: Facebook confirmed to Quartz yesterday it was rolling out the ads next Monday to a small group of users. While a spokesperson insisted the user would be “in control” of their ad experience, that basically...

2018-06-20
As Facebook’s stock soars, here’s why it seems safe from new regulation–for now

Despite tough talk in Washington about passing legislation like the Honest Ads Act, there appears to be little appetite to actually do so. And Facebook stock just rocketed past $200, an all-time high. When Mark Zuckerberg went to Washington, D.C., in April to explain how Facebook was responding to the Cambridge...

2018-06-20
Unlock the secrets to Facebook ads that actually work, for less than $10

You can start turning some of that promotional power your way with the training in the Facebook Ads and Facebook Marketing Mastery course, available now for less than you spent on lunch — only $9.99 from TNW Deals.

2018-06-20
Marketers risk a consumer backlash linked to mobile-tech addiction

Amid the attention industry at Cannes Lions, former Google design ethicist Tristan Harris and Hearts & Minds CEO Scott Hagedorn delivered a warning. We spend an average of five hours every day on mobile apps. We interact with apps about 88 times per day. That’s compared to an average of 1.4 hours of TV....

2018-06-20
Now hackers have stolen another $31 million in cryptocurrencies

This hack comes little more than a week after the last. Hackers were able to infiltrate the systems of Seoul-based crypto-coin exchange Bithumb and make off with $31.6 million worth of cryptocurrencies, the BBC reports. The exchange notified South Korean regulators before tweeting out: “Some crypto-currencies...

2018-06-20
The more Elon Musk tweets, the more followers he loses

New analysis shows that the more Musk tweets, especially recently, the more followers he loses–or he gains fewer followers than normal. That’s according to car news site Autowise, which has followed up their SpaceX Tesla retro video game with an analysis of Elon Musk’s tweets over the last...

2018-06-20
Can this “Drybar of Botox” disrupt the cosmetic injectables biz?

Alchemy 43 wants to take Botox and lip plumping out of the doctor’s office and into a nationwide chain of salons that does one thing: anti-aging injections. On Los Angeles’s trendy West 3rd Street, between the fancy donut shops and designer boutiques, and not far from The Grove, you’ll find a...

2018-06-20
Facebook has an AI solution for those who can never seem to keep their eyes open in photos

Facebook researchers have developed a new tool for that friend who never seems to have his eyes open during photos. The tool uses artificial intelligence to retouch the eyes much like Adobe fills over content using the “content-aware fill tool.” Adobe’s tool takes an educated guess at an item’s surroundings...

2018-06-20
Android Messages gets a little closer to iMessage with desktop support

I’ve been a happy Android user since my first smartphone and there’s only ever been one thing I’ve envied about iPhone users: iMessage. Being able to to easily respond to texts on your computer is wonderful. Now Google is trying to bring some of that convenience to Android. The company is rolling out an update...

2018-06-19
Silicon Valley lacks the backbone required to stand up to Trump

Silicon Valley’s outrage machine is broken. CEOs didn’t hesitate to speak out about the plight of the “dreamers.” Their voices, coupled with those of employees, echoed through halls of multi-billion dollar campuses as they organized rallies and fundraisers to support same-sex marriage. But when it came time to...

2018-06-19
Google’s no frills Podcasts app is the start of something beautiful

Google today announced the return of its dedicated app for podcasts on Android. It’s called Podcasts, and its feature-base is about as basic as the name. But all the pieces are there and, thanks to the company’s AI, it may quickly become the best option available. The app features Google’s AI-powered insights...

2018-06-19
Facebook Live update brings polling and trivia features

Facebook today announced it’s rolling out several updates to its live video service, including game shows, polls, subscriptions, and other ways of snagging audience attention. The two major updates to Live with Faceboook are polling and gamification, both of which make videos more interactive. Polling is just what...

2018-06-19
How Digital Sight Will Change The Smart Home Forever

In a remarkably short period we’ve become accustomed to phones and gadgets that interpret and react to our voices. Google Home’s voice match can even go as far as to recognizing different people, shifting preferences between entire accounts based on who it perceives it is hearing. With the speed at which this...

2018-06-19
How to become a LinkedIn influencer

Here’s where to start if you want to build your following and raise your status on the business social media platform. Jim Keenan says he’s probably on LinkedIn more than he should be—at least a few times a day. But if the measure of where professionals should spend their time is looking at what...

2018-06-19
This Facebook fundraiser to help separated immigrant families is bringing in $4K a minute

“We’ve been occasionally crying around the office all day when we check the fundraising totals,” a RAICES rep told Facebook. People really hate the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy that is taking children from their parents at the border. The images and audio of confused,...

2018-06-19
Google is finally getting in on the podcast fun

A new Google Podcasts app is now available in the Android store. Google announced today its brand-new Google Podcasts app for Android, available globally in the Play Store. The app not only makes it easy to listen to old favorites and find new podcasts to add to your commuting playlist, but it is also fully integrated...

2018-06-19
Organize your Instagram scheduling with Planagram — and save over 90%

Despite more than 800 million active monthly users, it hasn’t always been easy for Instagram fans to use their accounts like they wanted. That includes scheduling posts. Now, you can enlist a true aide in all your Instagram endeavors with a lifetime subscription to a Planagram Agency Plan. Right now, it’s only...

2018-06-19
How to build a kinder workplace when its leaders don’t

It’s the job of leaders to build supportive, empathetic work cultures. But there’s a lot ordinary employees can do, even when their bosses shirk that duty. Work culture is generally thought to be the preserve of leaders to shape, improve, and protect–and rightly so. They’re the on the hook...

2018-06-19
How to Optimize Your Graphics & Pages for Maximum Speed

This article was contributed by Robert Katai. I am sure that as marketers, you are already aware of the importance of visuals in a content marketing strategy. Content is indeed the king of marketing but it cannot be limited to just text. You need to pair your words with visuals in order to capture your audience’s...

2018-06-19
Google says its AI is better at predicting death than hospitals

Google’s Medical Brain team is now training its AI to predict the death risk among hospital patients — and its early results show it has slightly higher accuracy than a hospital’s own warning system. Bloomberg describes the healthcare potential of the Medical Brain’s findings, including its ability to use...

2018-06-18
Cambridge Analyti-who? Facebook’s stock is at an all-time high

Despite the Cambridge Analytica fiasco, Facebook’s stock is doing well and about the cross the $200 line. Remember just a few months ago when it looked like Facebook was facing an existential crisis that could even threaten its bottom line? Revelations about Cambridge Analytica’s ability to hoover up...

2018-06-18
Google has removed the ability to order Uber rides from Maps on Android

For a reason yet to be explained, Alphabet’s removed the ability to hail Uber rides from Google Maps. The iOS version of the app lost the feature last Summer, and now it’s been excised from the Android version, as spotted by Android Police. Google Maps has long offered estimates of journeys from ridesharing...

2018-06-18
40% of users deleted one social media account in the past year

And 62% of people want more regulation on social media networks. And you can guess why: fears over their privacy. That comes to us from research conducted by public relations consultancy Edelman, reports CNBC. A full 4 out of every 10 people surveyed said they’d closed at least one of their social media...

2018-06-18
Tobacco companies’ websites will now have health warnings

The websites of cigarette manufacturers will be required to post clearly labeled warnings about the negative health effects of smoking and the addictive nature of nicotine. The websites of cigarette manufacturers will be required to post clearly labeled warnings about the negative health effects of smoking and the...

2018-06-18
Hotels are sick of Instagram “influencers” pestering for free stays

One hotel in Ireland got so sick of wannabe influencers that they banned all YouTubers and Instagram stars from staying at their hotels. It now looks like other hotels may be tempted to follow suit. It’s no secret that hotels and other luxury brands will often give Instagram users with massive followings free...

2018-06-18
iOS 12 will automatically share location data during calls to 911

The feature will be powered by the RapidSOS system. Apple announced today that all iPhones running iOS 12 will automatically share the user’s location data with emergency services when that user calls 911, CNBC reports. The feature will be powered by the RapidSOS system. The system enables 911 call centers to...

2018-06-18
Google is investing over half a billion in China e-commerce giant JD.com

The deal will allow Google to draw people away from Amazon when doing product searches online. The U.S. search giant is investing $550 million in cash into China’s second-largest e-commerce player, JD.com, reports CNBC. JD.com is locked in a heated battle for customers with China’s largest e-retailer,...

2018-06-18
7 detailed tips on how to improve your website in 2018

It’s no secret that Google loves technically excellent sites. If you want your sites to rank as well as possible, there’s no substitute for ensuring that you’re nailing the basics and doing everything you can beyond that. While some aspects of technical excellence have always been important, in this article I...

2018-06-18
7 detailed tips on how to improve you website in 2018

It’s no secret that Google loves technically excellent sites. If you want your sites to rank as well as possible, there’s no substitute for ensuring that you’re nailing the basics and doing everything you can beyond that. While some aspects of technical excellence have always been important, in this article I...

2018-06-17
5 things to keep in mind when designing a product for developers

Ever since the beginning of time, there have been two kinds of people: The left-brainers – methodical thinkers who uses their logical and analytical skills to solve problems; and the right-brainers who tend to rely on feeling and intuition, are driven by inspiration and often think in a visual way.In today’s tech...

2018-06-16
I welcome the douchebag that replaces Elon Musk in the never-ending tech hype cycle

The dry heaving started sometime on Tuesday, shortly after Elon Musk took to Twitter to announce Tesla would be laying off nearly 10 percent of its workforce. Difficult, but necessary Tesla reorg underway. My email to the company has already leaked to media. Here it is unfiltered: pic.twitter.com/4LToWoxScx — Elon...

2018-06-15
Apple poaches top Waymo engineer to catch up in the self-driving car race

Jaime Waydo is headed to Waymo. Apple has reportedly hired one of Waymo’s top engineers to work on its secretive self-driving car project Titan. According to The Information, the tech company poached former Waymo head of systems engineering Jaime Waydo, whose role at Waymo was focused on making sure software...

2018-06-15
Apple Maps outage gave people an excuse to stop using Apple Maps

Early today, Apple Maps went down for everyone. The outages lasted for a few hours, meaning there were probably at least few people lost out there. For those poor souls, we ask one question: why on earth are you still using Apple Maps? No really, I’m genuinely curious. Google Maps is free, more detailed, and you...

2018-06-15
Facebook execs are meeting Trump’s reelection campaign manager today

As well as with other GOP leaders to discuss alleged conservative bias. Four Facebook executives will meet with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), RNC chair Ronna McDaniel, and Trump reelection campaign manager Brad Parscale, reports Axios. The meeting is being held to discuss alleged censoring of...

2018-06-15
Google’s 2018 diversity annual report by the numbers

Just 2.5% of its workforce is black, 3.6% Latinx, and 0.3% Native American. The company has released its latest yearly diversity report. The report shows that, overall, the company is still majority white and male, however, it has made small improvements in the past year. Here are the report’s major stats for...

2018-06-15
Instagram no longer snitches when you screenshot Stories

You can go back to recklessly screenshotting your friends’ embarrassing Stories. Several months after Instagram introduced a feature to notify users anytime someone has screengrabbed their Story, the Facebook subsidiary has revealed the functionality is no longer in effect. Instagram has stopped sending screenshot...

2018-06-15

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