After growing their audience 550 percent last year, Mic landed a $10 million VC investment to try to become the number one spot for millennial-era news sites. Formerly PolicyMic, the company has recently rebranded and redesigned their site, hired star editorial staffers, and is planning new verticals in tech and health.
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The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), a nonprofit “dedicated to improving the lives of individuals affected by the disease of obesity,” today launched a campaign to remove fat-shaming apps from Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft’s online stores, and to block this similar apps from appearing there in the future. Read More
Every blogger, writer and reporter has a
love/hate relationship with their content management system. If your professional life belongs to WordPress, for example, the woes of formatting overkill and half a dozen SEO fields have no doubt caused you to look up to the sky and ask: why isn’t there a better way?
Vox Media, the network of mostly profitable news sites that includes The Verge, SB Nation, Curbed and Vox, has its own coveted in-house system called Chorus. In a recent post about the future of blogging, Vox Media Editorial VP Lockhart Steele hinted that Vox could be preparing to open Chorus up to the rest of the publishing world: Read More
If all goes as planned, Aladdin’s Magic Carpet will be replaced by a drone.
Walt Disney World is mulling the idea of bringing drones into its theme parks as a way to carry “large puppet-like characters and projection screens during nighttime shows,” reports the Orange County Register. Last week, three <air quotes> Disney Imagineers </air quotes> filed patents with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that outlined their plans of what they would do with the flying robots. Read More
As Graham Hawkes describes it, he was sitting in the front seat of what is basically an underwater sports car when he was ambushed by a great white shark. He’d recognized the shark’s behavior as a territorial challenge, and wanted to pull away, but unfortunately he had business magnate and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson riding shotgun.
“I remember Richard saying ‘Get closer, get closer!’ and I thinking ‘I’m not going to face down a great white shark,'” Mr. Hawkes told Betabeat. Read More
Long live the kill switch.
Yesterday, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law its highly anticipated “kill switch” bill. Under the new guidelines, cell phones sold in the state are required to come with a button that makes the device inoperable if stolen or lost. Law enforcement officials said it works remotely and they hope the antitheft feature deters criminals from stealing phones. Read More
You may think that since you can have unlimited access to music via subscription services and carry that music around everywhere with you, it’s possibly greatest time in history to be a fan of great music. But according to a new documentary, you’d be dead wrong, and the music you’re listening to isn’t the same music recording artists set Read More
A U.K. teen has reportedly become the first fatal victim of the Ice Bucket Challenge, an Internet trend designed to help fight a deadly disease.
Cameron Lancaster, 18, is believed to have completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and then jumped feet-first off an 80-foot cliff into the shallow water at an abandoned quarry, the Telegraph reports. His body was found after a four-hour search. Read More
What’s a vacation worse than Myrtle Beach? A freakin’ cruise.
With their lack of flexibility, dreary windowless cabins, and cramped pools, cruising leaves a lot to be desired. And millennials are horrified to learn there’s no Internet in sight. Royal Caribbean, however, hopes to change that with the introduction of its “Quantum of the Seas” ship. Read More
If you’ve been counting on Elon Musk to perfect space travel soon so that you can blast off into the cosmos and never have to look at Twitter again, we’ve got bad news: you’re going to have to wait a little longer.