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Get ready to start seeing video ads in your Instagram feed

Engadget - 8 min 2 sec ago
If people weren't too happy with the first batch of sponsored posts by Instagram, those temper tantrums might reach a new level soon. According to Adweek, the Facebook-owned imaging service is now rolling out video ads to users' feeds, having been...

NBC thought 'Friends' was too racy when it first aired

Mashable - 15 min 48 sec ago

Could this show be any racier?

Lisa Kudrow stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday and admitted that when Friends first aired 20 years ago (yup, you're ancient), NBC was very anxious that the show would be too racy for its audience. (Mainly, the network was concerned about Monica sleeping with a guy on the first date.)

Luckily, a quick survey set the producers straight. Oh, how times have changed.

Jake Gyllenhaal and Jimmy Fallon play an intense game of Water War

Focused kitty is staring into space and there's nothing you can do about it

Tony Hawk is still the king of the halfpipe at 46

Jenny Slate has big plans for the tiny Marcel the Shell Read more...

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Alphaworks, The Equity Crowdfunding Platform From Betaworks, Brings On Erin Glenn As CEO

TechCrunch - 20 min 13 sec ago
 Today the folks at Alphaworks, the equity crowd-funding platform branched out of betaworks, are announcing leadership changes, with Erin Glenn taking the lead as CEO. Nick Chirls, cofounder and former CEO of Alphaworks, is moving on to pursue another new project. Read More

Survivors of ISIS massacre tell their stories for the first time

Mashable - 20 min 18 sec ago

A new Human Rights Watch report claims Islamic State militants committed a massacre in June outside the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. The report includes the first detailed interviews with the handful of survivors, who told horrific accounts of what transpired in the desert that day

Gunmen with the group executed an estimated 600 inmates from Badoush Prison near Mosul, according to the report, which also notes that the majority of the victims were Shia Muslims. The ISIS militant group is largely made up of Sunni extremists.

See also: Who's Who in the Iraq Crisis

“The gruesome details of ISIS’ mass murder of prison inmates make it impossible to deny the depravity of this extremist group,” said Human Rights Watch's Letta Tayler, a senior terrorism and counterterrorism researcher with the organization. “People of every ethnicity and creed should condemn these horrific tactics, and press Iraqi and international authorities to bring those responsible to justice.” Read more...

More about Iraq, Isis, Us World, Politics, and World

See the trailer for Iran's first-ever vampire film

Mashable - 21 min 2 sec ago

The first trailer for Iran's first ever vampire western entitled, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, has been released and it's hard not to immediately be enamored with it.

Written and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour and produced by Elijah Wood, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is set in the desolate imaginary Iranian town of Bad City. It stars Sheila Vand as the girl, a vampire who is stalking the town's inhabitants, but is incredibly lonely herself. The peculiar village is inundated with death and alienation, and no one who resides there is even aware that there is a vampire walking its streetsA Girl Walks Home Alone at Night has picked up plenty of positive reviews since it was screened as part of the "Next" program at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The first trailer confirms all of the positive vibes that have emanated regarding the intriguing effort Read more...

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Hacking Team Manuals: Sobering Reminder That Privacy is Elusive

Slashdot - 23 min 3 sec ago
Advocatus Diaboli writes with a selection from The Intercept describing instructions for commercial spyware sold by Italian security firm Hacking Team. The manuals describe Hacking Team's software for government technicians and analysts, showing how it can activate cameras, exfiltrate emails, record Skype calls, log typing, and collect passwords on targeted devices. They also catalog a range of pre-bottled techniques for infecting those devices using wifi networks, USB sticks, streaming video, and email attachments to deliver viral installers. With a few clicks of a mouse, even a lightly trained technician can build a software agent that can infect and monitor a device, then upload captured data at unobtrusive times using a stealthy network of proxy servers, all without leaving a trace. That, at least, is what Hacking Team's manuals claim as the company tries to distinguish its offerings in the global marketplace for government hacking software. (Here are the manuals themselves.)

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LG’s Crazy New Smartphone Screen Has Almost No Bezel

TechCrunch - 23 min 55 sec ago
 Tired of looking at all that extra space around your smartphone screen? Lets ignore for a second that that space serves a rather important function (giving you somewhere to put your thumb/fingers that isn’t on the screen) and just marvel at this thing. Built by LG, that 5.3″, 1080p display up top has a bezel that comes in at just 0.7 millimeters. That’s just crazy. It… Read More

Facebook PMD SocialFlow Rolls Out SocialFlow for Agencies Saas Offering

All Facebook - 25 min 45 sec ago

Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer and social relationship and content-distribution platform SocialFlow announced the launch of SocialFlow for Agencies, a software-as-a-service offering geared toward ad agencies.

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12 Halloween costumes you can make in 5 minutes or less

Mashable - 29 min 19 sec ago

Time to start sweating, slackersHalloween has arrived and you still don't have a costume

Whether you unintentionally procrastinated or unexpected plans came up this week, don't fret. Though it's probably too late to make a contest-winning costume, you still have time to make the simplest of costumes (or you could express ship a simple Halloween hoodie).

See also: 20 DIY Halloween Costume Ideas That Require Zero Sewing Skills

No mess, no fuss — these costumes can be made in five minutes or less. All you need is construction paper and a T-shirt. Read more...

More about Pics, Lists, Diy, Halloween, and Costumes

Gillmor Gang Live 10.30.14

TechCrunch - 29 min 54 sec ago
 Gillmor Gang – Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, John Taschek, and Steve Gillmor. Live recording session today, Thursday October 30th, at 9:00am PT Read More

Why it matters where — and when — Tim Cook spoke up about being gay

Mashable - 32 min 41 sec ago

Tim Cook, one of the world’s most powerful and high-profile CEOs, is finally talking publicly about being gay.

In an essay in Bloomberg Businessweek on Thursday, the Apple CEO wrote that he never hid his sexual orientation, but also never talked openly about it. This fact came as no surprise to many who knew Cook well; he told Businessweek editor Josh Tyrangiel that he had been thinking about speaking publicly on the subject for some time, and it was "not a reaction to anything" in particular.

See also: Tim Cook just publicly declared he's gay and Wall Street doesn't care

Even so, Cook’s timing and choice of platform do raise some questions. Read more...

More about Apple, Gay, Tim Cook, Mobile, and Us World

uBeam Nabs $10 Million In Funding From Upfront Ventures To Make Wireless Charging A Reality

TechCrunch - 35 min 43 sec ago
 Wireless power seems like one of those things everyone always dreams about. I mean, how great would it be to have your phone just charge while it’s sitting in your pocket with no need to plug it in? That’s the premise uBeam is setting out to deliver on, and to do so, it’s raised $10 million in Series A funding led by Upfront Ventures. Read More

Underwater 'lump' could be Amelia Earhart's lost plane

Mashable - 35 min 43 sec ago

The hunt for Amelia Earhart's lost plane will continue next summer.

An underwater "anomaly" detected off the coast of the tiny Pacific atoll Nikumaroro could be the wreckage of Earhart's aircraft, as it is the right size and in the right location, according to The International Group For Historic Aircraft Recovery.

The original sonar image of the anomaly. It was obtained during the Niku VII expedition in 2012.

Image: TIGHAR

In June 2015, the group plans to sail a research vessel to Nikumaroro for a 24-day expedition to investigate the anomaly with a remotely operated vehicle, while divers will search the surrounding reef for other possible bits of wreckage; meanwhile, researchers on foot will scour the island for remains of a possible campsite Read more...

More about Us World, Amelia Earhart, and History

IRL: The OnePlus One is everything my iPhone wasn't

Engadget - 36 min 3 sec ago
After last month's iPhone event, I was disappointed -- I realized the iPhone 6 and its "Plus" sibling were still catching up to Android in a lot of ways. Regardless, the devoted iPhone fan in me still pre-ordered an iPhone 6 a few days later, in the...

What to expect at the Mashable Media Summit

Mashable - 43 min 23 sec ago

Due to popular demand, the Mashable Media Summit is back and only a few weeks away. Media Summit is a one-day conference on Dec. 5 that explores how technology is transforming media, and a lot has changed since our last Summit in 2012.

This year we’re focusing on the evolution of storytelling through the introduction of new digital tools. From new modes of social media to innovations like wearable tech and virtual reality, speakers at the Media Summit will touch on a wide variety of topics.

Media has come a long way in two years. At the 2012 Summit, hot topics included introductory discussions about big data, enriching television with social media and using Twitter for focus groups. This year, we'll focus on how emerging technology is enhancing storytelling and how to tell a more compelling brand story. Read more...

More about New Media, Branding, Storytelling, Media Summit, and Mashable Media Summit

Game on! Nintendo jumps into health tracking with a sleep sensor

Mashable - 43 min 29 sec ago

When Nintendo games don't keep you up all night, the company wants to help you sleep as soundly as possible

The video-game giant on Thursday revealed a product called the QOL Sensor, a fatigue- and sleep-monitoring device that goes on your nightstand.

See also: The Apple Watch Is Poised to Wipe Out Fitness Trackers

Earlier this year, Nintendo announced it was working on non-wearable technology as part of its new "Quality of Life" (QOL) platform to improve the way we live, and now we know a little bit more about what the line will bring

The first product is a standalone device, so you won't need a Nintendo game console like the Wii U to use it — although we expect you'll need to download a corresponding app to get information about your sleeping patterns Read more...

More about Nintendo, Gaming, Tech, Gadgets, and Health Fitness

Jake Gyllenhaal and Jimmy Fallon play an intense game of Water War

Mashable - 1 hour 3 min ago

Maybe Jake Gyllenhaal hasn't managed to shed his gritty Nightcrawler character, because he wasn't messing around when he stopped by The Tonight Show.

Fallon challenged the actor to play the card game Water War, which is mostly just an excuse to soak your opponent

We also learn that, apparently, Fallon did something unspeakable to the Gyllenhaal family. Leave Maggie alone, Jimmy.

Focused kitty is staring into space and there's nothing you can do about it

Tony Hawk is still the king of the halfpipe at 46

Jenny Slate has big plans for the tiny Marcel the Shell

What it looks like when 100,000 people rally for Internet freedom Read more...

More about Viral Videos, Television, Jimmy Fallon, Tv, and Watercooler

Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

Slashdot - 1 hour 4 min ago
Mr D from 63 (3395377) writes Time Warner Cable's results have been buoyed recently by higher subscriber numbers for broadband Internet service. In the latest period, however, Time Warner Cable lost 184,000 overall residential customer relationships [Note: non-paywalled coverage at Bloomberg and Reuters]. The addition of 92,000 residential high-speed data customers was offset by 184,000 fewer residential video customers in the quarter. Triple play customers fell by 24,000, while residential voice additions were 14,000.

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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

Slashdot - 1 hour 4 min ago
Mr D from 63 (3395377) writes Time Warner Cable's results have been buoyed recently by higher subscriber numbers for broadband Internet service. In the latest period, however, Time Warner Cable lost 184,000 overall residential customer relationships [Note: non-paywalled coverage at Bloomberg and Reuters]. The addition of 92,000 residential high-speed data customers was offset by 184,000 fewer residential video customers in the quarter. Triple play customers fell by 24,000, while residential voice additions were 14,000.

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29-year-old cancer patient will not end her life this weekend

Mashable - 1 hour 4 min ago

Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old with terminal brain cancer who had initially declared her intention to end her life on Nov. 1, will not be dying this week

"I still feel good enough, and I still have enough joy, and I still laugh and smile with my family and friends enough that it doesn't seem like the right time right now," she says in a video released on Wednesday by end-of-life choice advocacy group Compassion & Choices

See also: Wedding, Career, Chemo: When Cancer Derails the Millennial Dream

Maynard was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma, a malignant brain tumor, in April; doctors gave her approximately six months to live. So instead of letting her cancer determine her last day, she had chosen to commit suicide on Nov. 1 under Oregon's Death with Dignity Act so she could celebrate her husband's birthday on Oct. 30. She planned to use a prescription from her doctor, but Maynard has since reversed that decision. Read more...

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