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John Feeney 2021-07-23
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Our top Aussie streaming picks this week include Turner and Hooch and the return of The Movies That Made Us.
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John Feeney 2021-03-09
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Twitter is actively working on a “big overhaul” of its TweetDeck platform, which lets you arrange lists and feeds into easy-to-read vertical rows, and it plans to share more about the project publicly later this year, product chief Kayvon Beykpour said in an interview with The Verge published Tuesday.

TweetDeck, as one of the oldest and originally third-party account management apps for the platform, hasn’t seen much in the way of design or major feature changes in years. The app launched 12 years ago and was acquired by Twitter in 2011, and it’s more or less still the same vertical grid viewer for your various Twitter feeds it started as. Mostly, Twitter has ported over new functions added to its main website and mobile apps while...

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John Feeney 2019-09-27
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Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours.

We closed the day, September 26 2019, at a price of $8,118.

We’re still 59 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 (December 17 2017).

Bitcoin’s market cap ended the day at $145,812,492,488.

Yesterday’s volume of $19,258,205,289 was the lowest in two days, 25 percent above the year’s average, and 57 percent below the year’s high.

That means that yesterday, the Bitcoin network shifted the equivalent of 399 tons of gold.

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John Feeney 2019-06-20
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A Swedish citizen has been charged with securities, wire fraud, and money laundering in a scheme that saw him encourage victims to invest using cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin

In a complaint submitted on March 4, 2019, and unsealed yesterday, Roger Nils-Jonas Karlsson and his company, Eastern Metal Securities (EMS), were charged with engaging in a scheme that defrauded more than 3,500 victims of over $11 million.

According to the complaint, Karlsson allegedly used websites to communicate false representations to victims since September 2006.

Karlsson reportedly used the website to invite potential investors to buy shares of the plan for $98 per share in exchange for an eventual payout of 1.15 kilograms of gold per share.

As of Jan. 2, 2019, this amount of gold was valued at over $45,000.

The complaint also says that Karlsson allegedly told investors that, in the unlikely event that the gold payout failed, they would receive a 97 percent return of the amount they invested.

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John Feeney 2021-05-26
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DC's attorney general sued Amazon, Airbnb got an update, and a new app is wowing VCs: 10 things in tech you need to know today.
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John Feeney 2021-02-03
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Randy Pitchford will stay on atop Gearbox under Swedish conglomerate Embracer.
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John Feeney 2019-06-04
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Penis poaching of the spectacled bear could result in the species going extinct if demand grows for the special 'sex potion' that people make with its private parts.

Children’s book character Paddington Bear is based on the spectacled bear but not many people realize his kind could be under threat due to the illegal trade of spectacled bear body parts.

According to National Geographic, some people in South America claim the 'sex drink' can cure sexual performance problems if it contains just a scraping of a spectacled bear's penis bone.

The 'sex drink' is called Seven Roots and is said to be made of white rum, seven types of tree bark, honey, pollen, a snake's head, the huanarpo macho plant and a spectacled bear's penis bone.

Traditional healers sell this drink to customers in Peru.

Investigative photojournalist Eduardo Franco Berton travelled around Peru to investigate the spectacled bear body parts trade.

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John Feeney 2019-05-15
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Welcome to the Eurovision Song Contest -- the world's biggest, best and downright strangest TV event.

This year it's kicked off with a bang (we've lost our first favorites and we know the first countries through to the Grand Final) and it's only going to get more epic from here.

Get out your sequins and your sexy chicken coop dancing cage, because we've got your full low-down on the Eurovision 2019.

And just like Avengers, there's normally someone wearing a bejewelled glove.

In 2016, Ukraine's haunting song 1944 referenced the ethnic cleansing of the Crimean Tatars by the Soviet Union in 1944.

(Katy Perry's outfits in American Idol don't count).

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John Feeney 2021-05-22
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Same-store sales were up 9% for the first three months of 2021 versus 2019 for the Victoria's Secret brand, boosting Wall Street expectations.
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John Feeney 2021-02-02
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Plus: Dead pop star brought back to life by ML, OECD develops effort to monitor AI power

In brief  Today's artificial intelligence can autocomplete a photo of someone's face, generating what the software predicts is the rest of their body.…

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John Feeney 2019-06-02
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But as its founder and CEO Craig "Tooey" Courtemanche told Business Insider in a recent interview, he never wants to have a major presence in Silicon Valley.

Beyond the upsides its beachfront location offers, Procore has been able to attract top talent outside of the crowded Bay Area tech scene because of the culture it's been able to create.

But Courtemanche notes that building a billion dollar company outside of a major tech hub, like San Francisco's Bay Area, has taken seventeen-years and hasn't been an easy road.

Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

The longtime entrepreneur who started Procore seventeen years ago said the main problem with trying to build a business in the San Francisco Bay Area is that employees have "too many options" when it comes to companies to work for, and as a result, can easily be swayed by more lucrative offers.

Indeed, Silicon Valley's top tech companies have employee retention numbers that leave much to be desired.

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John Feeney 2019-03-13
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Has the past decade of advertising innovation taught us nothing?

The American TV manufacturing giant announced on Tuesday that it’s joined forces with some of the biggest media companies in the world to bring targeted ads to US television sets at the beginning of next year.

Dubbed “Project OAR,” the Vizio-led consortium said in its announcement that it is working to create an open standard for targeted advertising on television that will be available for free to anyone who wants to use it.

The linear form of advertising employed by television networks is still a huge business, but spending on desktop and mobile ads surpassed TV in 2017 and its lead is only getting stronger.

Networks and device makers have understood that showing ads based on a viewers previous activity and interests is a much more effective approach to marketing.

Vizio understands that fact so well that it got the ball rolling on data-collecting TVs back in 2014 without informing its customers – a bold move that resulted in it paying £14.6 million in fines and settlements.

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John Feeney 2021-03-13
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Whitmer said she supported New York AG Tish James' investigation, and shared that she is a survivor of sexual assault, according to Politico.
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John Feeney 2020-09-04
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Is Amazon's R-rated superhero show bigger and badder than ever? Short answer: Yeah.
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John Feeney 2019-05-10

A year ago, Amazon -owned Audible announced a deal with Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine to develop exclusive audio productions for Audible Originals — the company’s entertainment offering that features audio content that’s longer than podcasts, but shorter than audio books.

Now, the first set of these Hello Sunshine original productions are being announced, including performances from music business matriarch Sophia Chang, judge Rosemarie Aquilina and comedian/activist Maysoon Zayid.

Like Hello Sunshine’s other efforts, the Audible Originals focus on highlighting female storytelling, and join the brand’s other projects across books, film, TV, podcasts and streaming services like Apple TV+ and Hulu.

In addition, last year Audible and Hello Sunshine collaborated to launch a showcase of Audible audio books, selected by Reese’s Book Club, which similarly focuses on strong, but complex, female characters.

The Audible Original written and performed by Chang, “Baddest Bitch in the Room,” has her telling the story of growing up as the daughter of Korean immigrants in the suburbs of Vancouver, later falling in love with hip-hop music, then starting her career in the music business, where she influenced the careers of major artists, including the Wu Tang Clan.

Judge Aquilina performs “Magnificent Things,” where she talks about her unusual journey to becoming the judge who presided over the trial of USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

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John Feeney 2019-01-14
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Cowboy Bebop is one of the best animes of all time, and it’s all about mood.

There’s a sheen of style, a slick jazzy vibe, that runs through the whole thing that makes it work.

The only way to adapt Cowboy Bebop is to get that tone right, and this fan film nails it.

“Hood Cowboy Bebop” by King Vader, clocking in at just over three minutes, has everything Cowboy Bebop needs: perfect music, an over-the-top baddie, a bounty hunter, and some great action.

Honestly, every moment I spend describing this is a waste of your time that you could actually spend watching this video.

Netflix’s live-action Cowboy Bebop could take lessons.

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John Feeney 2021-07-23
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Our top Aussie streaming picks this week include Turner and Hooch and the return of The Movies That Made Us.
John Feeney 2021-05-22
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Same-store sales were up 9% for the first three months of 2021 versus 2019 for the Victoria's Secret brand, boosting Wall Street expectations.
John Feeney 2021-03-09
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Twitter is actively working on a “big overhaul” of its TweetDeck platform, which lets you arrange lists and feeds into easy-to-read vertical rows, and it plans to share more about the project publicly later this year, product chief Kayvon Beykpour said in an interview with The Verge published Tuesday.

TweetDeck, as one of the oldest and originally third-party account management apps for the platform, hasn’t seen much in the way of design or major feature changes in years. The app launched 12 years ago and was acquired by Twitter in 2011, and it’s more or less still the same vertical grid viewer for your various Twitter feeds it started as. Mostly, Twitter has ported over new functions added to its main website and mobile apps while...

Continue reading…

John Feeney 2021-02-02
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Plus: Dead pop star brought back to life by ML, OECD develops effort to monitor AI power

In brief  Today's artificial intelligence can autocomplete a photo of someone's face, generating what the software predicts is the rest of their body.…

John Feeney 2019-09-27
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Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours.

We closed the day, September 26 2019, at a price of $8,118.

We’re still 59 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 (December 17 2017).

Bitcoin’s market cap ended the day at $145,812,492,488.

Yesterday’s volume of $19,258,205,289 was the lowest in two days, 25 percent above the year’s average, and 57 percent below the year’s high.

That means that yesterday, the Bitcoin network shifted the equivalent of 399 tons of gold.

John Feeney 2019-06-02
img

But as its founder and CEO Craig "Tooey" Courtemanche told Business Insider in a recent interview, he never wants to have a major presence in Silicon Valley.

Beyond the upsides its beachfront location offers, Procore has been able to attract top talent outside of the crowded Bay Area tech scene because of the culture it's been able to create.

But Courtemanche notes that building a billion dollar company outside of a major tech hub, like San Francisco's Bay Area, has taken seventeen-years and hasn't been an easy road.

Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

The longtime entrepreneur who started Procore seventeen years ago said the main problem with trying to build a business in the San Francisco Bay Area is that employees have "too many options" when it comes to companies to work for, and as a result, can easily be swayed by more lucrative offers.

Indeed, Silicon Valley's top tech companies have employee retention numbers that leave much to be desired.

John Feeney 2019-06-20
img

A Swedish citizen has been charged with securities, wire fraud, and money laundering in a scheme that saw him encourage victims to invest using cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin

In a complaint submitted on March 4, 2019, and unsealed yesterday, Roger Nils-Jonas Karlsson and his company, Eastern Metal Securities (EMS), were charged with engaging in a scheme that defrauded more than 3,500 victims of over $11 million.

According to the complaint, Karlsson allegedly used websites to communicate false representations to victims since September 2006.

Karlsson reportedly used the website to invite potential investors to buy shares of the plan for $98 per share in exchange for an eventual payout of 1.15 kilograms of gold per share.

As of Jan. 2, 2019, this amount of gold was valued at over $45,000.

The complaint also says that Karlsson allegedly told investors that, in the unlikely event that the gold payout failed, they would receive a 97 percent return of the amount they invested.

John Feeney 2019-03-13
img

Has the past decade of advertising innovation taught us nothing?

The American TV manufacturing giant announced on Tuesday that it’s joined forces with some of the biggest media companies in the world to bring targeted ads to US television sets at the beginning of next year.

Dubbed “Project OAR,” the Vizio-led consortium said in its announcement that it is working to create an open standard for targeted advertising on television that will be available for free to anyone who wants to use it.

The linear form of advertising employed by television networks is still a huge business, but spending on desktop and mobile ads surpassed TV in 2017 and its lead is only getting stronger.

Networks and device makers have understood that showing ads based on a viewers previous activity and interests is a much more effective approach to marketing.

Vizio understands that fact so well that it got the ball rolling on data-collecting TVs back in 2014 without informing its customers – a bold move that resulted in it paying £14.6 million in fines and settlements.

John Feeney 2021-05-26
img
DC's attorney general sued Amazon, Airbnb got an update, and a new app is wowing VCs: 10 things in tech you need to know today.
John Feeney 2021-03-13
img
Whitmer said she supported New York AG Tish James' investigation, and shared that she is a survivor of sexual assault, according to Politico.
John Feeney 2021-02-03
img
Randy Pitchford will stay on atop Gearbox under Swedish conglomerate Embracer.
John Feeney 2020-09-04
img
Is Amazon's R-rated superhero show bigger and badder than ever? Short answer: Yeah.
John Feeney 2019-06-04
img

Penis poaching of the spectacled bear could result in the species going extinct if demand grows for the special 'sex potion' that people make with its private parts.

Children’s book character Paddington Bear is based on the spectacled bear but not many people realize his kind could be under threat due to the illegal trade of spectacled bear body parts.

According to National Geographic, some people in South America claim the 'sex drink' can cure sexual performance problems if it contains just a scraping of a spectacled bear's penis bone.

The 'sex drink' is called Seven Roots and is said to be made of white rum, seven types of tree bark, honey, pollen, a snake's head, the huanarpo macho plant and a spectacled bear's penis bone.

Traditional healers sell this drink to customers in Peru.

Investigative photojournalist Eduardo Franco Berton travelled around Peru to investigate the spectacled bear body parts trade.

John Feeney 2019-05-10

A year ago, Amazon -owned Audible announced a deal with Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine to develop exclusive audio productions for Audible Originals — the company’s entertainment offering that features audio content that’s longer than podcasts, but shorter than audio books.

Now, the first set of these Hello Sunshine original productions are being announced, including performances from music business matriarch Sophia Chang, judge Rosemarie Aquilina and comedian/activist Maysoon Zayid.

Like Hello Sunshine’s other efforts, the Audible Originals focus on highlighting female storytelling, and join the brand’s other projects across books, film, TV, podcasts and streaming services like Apple TV+ and Hulu.

In addition, last year Audible and Hello Sunshine collaborated to launch a showcase of Audible audio books, selected by Reese’s Book Club, which similarly focuses on strong, but complex, female characters.

The Audible Original written and performed by Chang, “Baddest Bitch in the Room,” has her telling the story of growing up as the daughter of Korean immigrants in the suburbs of Vancouver, later falling in love with hip-hop music, then starting her career in the music business, where she influenced the careers of major artists, including the Wu Tang Clan.

Judge Aquilina performs “Magnificent Things,” where she talks about her unusual journey to becoming the judge who presided over the trial of USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

John Feeney 2019-05-15
img

Welcome to the Eurovision Song Contest -- the world's biggest, best and downright strangest TV event.

This year it's kicked off with a bang (we've lost our first favorites and we know the first countries through to the Grand Final) and it's only going to get more epic from here.

Get out your sequins and your sexy chicken coop dancing cage, because we've got your full low-down on the Eurovision 2019.

And just like Avengers, there's normally someone wearing a bejewelled glove.

In 2016, Ukraine's haunting song 1944 referenced the ethnic cleansing of the Crimean Tatars by the Soviet Union in 1944.

(Katy Perry's outfits in American Idol don't count).

John Feeney 2019-01-14
img

Cowboy Bebop is one of the best animes of all time, and it’s all about mood.

There’s a sheen of style, a slick jazzy vibe, that runs through the whole thing that makes it work.

The only way to adapt Cowboy Bebop is to get that tone right, and this fan film nails it.

“Hood Cowboy Bebop” by King Vader, clocking in at just over three minutes, has everything Cowboy Bebop needs: perfect music, an over-the-top baddie, a bounty hunter, and some great action.

Honestly, every moment I spend describing this is a waste of your time that you could actually spend watching this video.

Netflix’s live-action Cowboy Bebop could take lessons.