Sunday, November 30, 2014

Girl Scouts to start selling cookies via the Internet, app and tablets

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Samoas and Thin Mints could be coming to your inbox soonGirl Scouts of America announced Digital Cookie on Monday, a new digital platform that allows Girl Scouts to sell cookies through the Internet

It's a move to get girls interested in computers at a young age. Girl Scouts has always touted the cookie program as a way to lay the groundwork for good business and negotiation skills, and the digital program is modernizing those skills

Digital Cookie will not be an online store for cookies, howeverAs a precaution, Girl Scouts will initiate all sales. So you won't be able to order cookies online unless you're directly contacted by a Girl Scout. This does not change typical cookie season timelines, either Read more...

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Everyone is commiserating on Twitter after 'The Walking Dead' midseason finale

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WARNING: This story contains spoilers from The Walking Dead's midseason finale. Do not read if you have not watched.

We knew something horrible was going to happen in Sunday night's midseason finale of The Walking Dead. We'd, frankly, be a little disappointed if everything turned a-ok for everyone. (Boring.)

But even with these expectations for terrible events, we weren't quite ready for what transpired.

To recap: This was the episode where the gang was going break Beth and Carol out of Dawn's supermax hospital. And per Tyreese's plan, they staged an exchange — two of Dawn's officers for Beth and Carol Read more...

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Rules For Drones

DSC06280 People are idiots and when you put high-powered flying lawnmowers machines into their hands, things can get ugly fast. This Christmas, more people than ever will get quadcopters and that means even more of them will think it’s a good idea to fly them on a field right next to their local (or international) airport or over a stadium full of people. Thanks to people like this and general… Read More


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Giant sunspot may cause massive solar storms

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The largest sunspot to appear on Earth's nearest star in more than two decades is once again pointed at the planet, and it will likely kick-start solar storms, NASA scientists say.

The massive sunspot, previously known as Active Region 12192, was turned toward Earth in October and early November, but rotated out of view. While it was on the Earth-facing side of the sun, the sunspot did not produce any coronal mass ejections — hot bursts of material ejected into space at 4 million mph (6.4 million kilometers/hour) — which have the potential to damage satellites and power grids. Now the active region has rotated back around to face Earth again, and although the sunspot has shrunk in size, it will likely be disruptive, NASA scientist Holly Gilbert told Space.com during a video interview about the massive sunspot Read more...

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Five movies leaked from Sony Pictures following hack attack

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In the week that has followed since Sony Pictures was hacked, possibly with insider help, five of the company’s films have been leaked and downloaded online, reports Variety. DVD Screener…

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Vox takes $46.5 million in funding as media investments stay hot

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Vox Media has closed a funding round of $46.5 million, putting it among other digital media companies, including BuzzFeed and Vice, that have attracted major recent investments at sizable valuations

The Series E round values the company at $380 million, according to the New York Times. The investment came from only one firm: General Atlantic. Since the company's first major funding round in 2009, it has raised about $107 million

Content companies have not traditionally attracted much in the way of venture capital. VC firms tend to hunt for companies that have the potential to return investments many times over. Content companies, even very successful ones, don't usually yield the kinds of enormous investment returns software companies, for example, have delivered in recent years Read more...

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Vox Media Raises $46.5M At A Reported $380M Valuation

Vox Media Vox Media, which owns sites like The Verge, Racked, and SB Nation, has raised $46.5 million from General Atlantic at a valuation of $380 million. The new funding, which is supposed to be announced on Monday, was reported in a New York Times article that has been retweeted by Vox Media. We’re taking that as confirmation of the funding amount, but have reached out to Vox to see if the… Read More


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Amazon's secret to getting through the holidays: Seniors doing manual labor

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Those holiday gifts you’re expecting this year will come from Santa’s workshop, if you still believe in that kind of thing. More than likely, though, you realize they’re shipping out from Amazon

But what you may not know is there’s a dead ringer for Mrs. Claus packing the boxes.

Amazon, which recently fell behind Alibaba to become the world’s second-largest e-commerce company, is in the throes of its annual temporary seasonal worker program that includes a few thousand graying retirees in its giant warehouse facilities around the U.S

The employees live full-time in recreational vehicles, following mostly low-paying, strenuous jobs around the country instead of enjoying those golden years on the golf course. Read more...

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Facebook, Google, And Twitter’s War For App Install Ads

app-install-ads Big brands aren’t the only ones to suck up to anymore. No one buys a car or Coca-Cola on their phone, at least not yet, so proving the return on investment of mobile ads to these businesses is tough. There is one thing people will instantly plop down a few bucks for on the small screen, though: Apps. Lured by billions in app install ad spend per quarter and hoping to grow that pie… Read More


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Five Sony Pictures Movie Screeners Leaked After Hacking

Fury Five movie screeners from Sony Pictures have made their way onto torrent sites after the studio’s computer system was hacked earlier this week. Read More


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