Thursday, July 31, 2014

Democrats Do a Throwback Thursday for Healthcare

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Top Democrats used unusual social media strategies to convince Millennials to sign up for health insurance Thursday — led by Vice President Joe Biden.

Biden posted a nostalgic #tbt image of himself at 26 and shared his thoughts on button-down shirts:

Short sleeve button-downs are coming back but health care has always been in style#Bornin88? Then #GetCovered#TBT http://ift.tt/1kagQcM

— Vice President Biden (@VP) July 31, 2014

The message? Under the Affordable Care Act, young people stay on their parents' health insurance plans until the age of 26. So if you were born in 1988, it's time to think about getting your own plan Read more...

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Stop Calling Emily Ratajkowski the 'Blurred Lines' Girl

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This really should be the last time you're introduced to Emily Ratajkowski in a story as the model who, in the white-hot video for last summer's hit "Blurred Lines," danced nearly naked around Robin Thicke like he was made of bacon.

That's because Ratajkowski has booked a second legit feature film role, opposite Zac Efron in We Are Your Friends, for which MTV's Catfish co-creator and star Max Joseph will make his feature directorial debut

Two acting jobs in a row? Call it a movie career.

SEE ALSO: Twitch Testing Live Concert Broadcasts With Steve Aoki Performance

Still, Ratajkowski will surely dance again — this time in the proximity of Efron, who plays a DJ and Hollywood nightlife prowler who falls for an older scenester's much-younger girlfriend (Ratajkowski). Sadly, an actual dance-off is probably out of the question. Read more...



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One Troll Has a Few Ideas to Revitalize Foursquare

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You complained about the Swarm app. Now here's the apology you've been waiting for

Unfortunately, it's not from Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley. (He's still busy apologizing for faking bibs at the Boston marathon.) So professional Internet troll Dartanion London will have to do

London's proposal seems pretty on-point: Let's split Foursquare into, like, a million more apps, just for the hell of it

He credits the wild success of Windows 8, and that time Netflix almost launched Qwikster as his inspiration — and it's hard not to blame him

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What you need to know about Stellar, the new open-source solution to international currency exchange

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Sending money internationally usually involves an expensive wire transfer at a brick and mortar location. “Our lives have become global but the financial system hasn’t caught up,” says Stellar Executive Director, Joyce... Keep reading →

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Reddit Bans One of Most Popular Users for Vote Manipulation

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Reddit user Unidan, known off of the Internet as biologist Ben Eisenkop, has been shadowbanned from the site due to vote manipulation.

Reddit administrators discovered that Eisenkop maintained five side accounts, which he used to both upvote his own submissions and comments, and downvote opposing comments.

Shadowbanning is a form of banning in which all submissions and comments from a particular user are immediately flagged as spam — making it impossible for users other than the poster to see them

Considering that before the incident, Unidan had the second highest total comment karma out of all Reddit users, this was kind of a big deal. Read more...

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Y Combinator-Backed ListRunner Eliminates Hospital Paperwork

Listrunner app A majority of a doctor’s time is spent writing down notes to the next doctor on duty about what’s been going on with a patient over and over again with a simple pen and paper, according to Dr. Jeeshan Chowdury. His new Y Combinator-backed startup, ListRunner, promises to eliminate the paperwork with a mobile app. Read More


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Alibaba Invests $120M In Kabam At A Valuation Above $1B

Kabam Dragons of Atlantis game Chinese conglomerate Alibaba is making another big investment in an American startup. The Wall Street Journal reports that the company is investing $120 million in mobile game developer Kabam, best known for games like “Dragons of Atlantis” and for buying the naming rights to UC Berkeley’s Memorial Stadium. Read More


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NFL to Track Players With Shoulder Pad Sensors

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The National Football League is adding sensors to the shoulder pads of players during the upcoming football season. The aim: to track data such as position, speed and distance, and to provide real-time insights about what's happening on the field.

The NFL is working with Zebra Technologies to embed quarter-sized sensors into player uniforms — and will be used as of the first Sunday of the season, September 7

"The technology will gather additional statistics from what we've been able to capture in the past that is mostly directional — such as speed and distance — and evolve the fan experience in many different ways," NFL spokesperson Joanna Hunter told Mashable. "The data is picked up through the sensors, sent to NFL servers and will then be fed to broadcast partners." Read more...

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eBay Reports More Diverse Staff Than Other Tech Companies

eBay According to a report released Thursday, eBay maintains one of the highest rates of gender diversity in the tech industry — 42 percent of its total employees are female. Women make up 24 percent of the company’s tech employees. Although this may seem like a relatively low number when considering women make up almost 50 percent of the company’s non-tech employees, it puts… Read More


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Kids Challenge the Monsters Under Their Bed in Cute Photo Series

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Most kids face some form of a "monster under the bed," but the best weapon is something every child comes by naturally: creative imagination.

In the playful photo series "Terreurs," photographer Laure Fauvel features pajama-clad children challenging the monsters who live in their closets and under their beds to battle.

It seems like the kids are going to win this one.

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YouTube Singer Peter Hollens Earns Record Deal From Sony Music

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A capella singer Peter Hollens, who has premiered music videos on Mashable, has snagged a wicked record deal just days after unleashing a medley from the Wicked musical

Sony Music announced Thursday that its classical and crossover label Sony Music Masterworks inked a deal with Hollens, who will release his debut album on Oct. 28

"We've been in talks for a few months, but nothing was set in stone until just recently," Hollens, 32, told Mashable. "Honestly, with a 4-month-old, and a full-time job, I've had so little time to celebrate. I really need to find time to do that." Read more...

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Smoke in the Air, Blood in the Streets: Gaza Before the Cease-Fire

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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry have announced that Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza.

The cease-fire is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. local time on Friday and continue through the weekend. Its stated goal is to allow Gazans a momentary reprieve to obtain urgently needed humanitarian relief, the parties said in a joint statement.

This cease-fire is critical to giving innocent civilians a much-needed reprieve from violence. During this period, civilians in Gaza will receive urgently needed humanitarian relief, and the opportunity to carry out vital functions, including burying the dead, taking care of the injured, and restocking food supplies. Overdue repairs on essential water and energy infrastructure could also continue during this period. Read more...

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Proud Dad Jack Vale's iPhone Video of Daughter Singing Goes Viral

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Like any proud parent, comedian Jack Vale is instinctively inclined to photograph his daughter's every impressive moment. So in mid-July, the YouTube prankster whipped out his iPhone camera and captured 12-year old Madysyn Rose singing Naughty Boy and Sam Smith's hit song "La La La."

Now the video has reached a massive 17.5 million Facebook News Feeds since July 18.

"It's very exciting, overwhelming and amazing," Madysyn told Mashable. "Singing is what I want to do for the rest of my life, and knowing that millions of people have heard me sing is awesome. It encourages me to keep doing what I love." Read more...

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