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Google+ Isn't Dead, It's Just Overexposed -
Sometimes — less frequently these days, thankfully — Google+ still gets compared to a ghost town. It's a metaphor from the early days of the social service, and if it was ever accurate, it has not been appropriate for years. We don't know just how inaccurate, because Google won't reveal helpful user numbers, but we'll get to that The ghost town jokes came round again Thursday, when Vic Gundotra, the executive responsible for Google+, announced on the service that he was leaving Google. At this stage in the game, the punchlines are irresistible. Here's one of the best: I hear that Vic Gundotra spent his last hour on the job personally calling all of Google+'s users to thank them for their support. — Sean Garrett (@SG) April 24, 2014 Read more... More about Google and Social Media - Blog Profit Expert
Satya Nadella Outlines His Vision For Microsoft -
Microsoft's new CEO Satya Nadella participated in his very first earnings call with analysts Thursday as chief executive. The software maker reported strong Q3 2014 financials, buoyed by strong growth in its cloud services division. Although Nadella was happy to talk about the most recent results, investors and analysts were even more eager to hear more about his plans for Microsoft's future. See also: Was Windows 8 a Mistake? Microsoft Seems to Think So The new CEO reiterated that his focus is for Microsoft to become a "mobile first" and "cloud first" company, but he offered more details on what those phrases actually mean. "When we say mobile first, we really mean mobility first," Nadella explained. "It's about offering users a great experience across devices, some ours, some not ours, that we we can power uniquely." Read more... More about Microsoft, Earnings, Business, Apps Software, and Satya Nadella - Blog Profit Expert
Here's What Happens When Justin Bieber Follows You On Twitter -
Justin Bieber followed me on Twitter yesterday. Yes, we're talking about the real Justin Bieber, complete with the shiny blue verification mark. The reason I need to specify Bieber's authenticity you see is that there a lot of fake Bieber accounts out there on Twitter. And many of them are now following me, too See also: A-List Investors, 1 Million Downloads: Is Selfie App 'Shots' For Real? Apparently the moment the Biebs follows you — and he follows a lot of people, 126,000 in fact — he inadvertently starts a chain reaction among his devoted Beliebers. These fans are so crazy for Justin, and anything that comes into his orbit, that apparently they want to follow anyone he follows on Twitter Read more... More about Twitter, Justin Bieber, Music, Social Media, and Shots - Blog Profit Expert
How Open Will the FCC's 'Open Internet' Really Be? -
Everything about the FCC's latest Open Internet proposal sounds fair. The government agency that lost a court battle on its four-year-old Open Internet (or Net Neutrality) rules in January, simply wants to revive those rules, but in a way that will pass judicial muster. In theory, the rules that promise you can get to the content you want and have a reasonable online experience won't get weaker and they won't get stronger As one FCC official put it, if consumers liked their way their Internet and technology surrounding it grew, expanded and innovated over the last four years (look at those speeds, look at that iPad and, oh, all those apps!), they'll love the newly proposed rules just as much. Read more... More about Net Neutrality, Fcc, and Open Internet - Blog Profit Expert
Uncanny LeBron James Portrait Comes to Life in Artist's Time-Lapse -
Call her the LeBron James of drawing, because we are all witnesses to the fact that Heather Rooney is an incredibly talented artist See also: Why Does This NBA Player Have Emoji Tattoos? How talented? Check out this colored-pencil drawing she recently did of the NBA's best player Colored pencil drawing of LeBron @KingJames @MiamiHEAT — Heather Rooney (@Heather12ooney) April 22, 2014 It's fun to see Rooney share her art on Twitter. But, better yet, she shares her process on YouTube. The short video embedded atop this post shows her LeBron James portrait come to life in amazing fashion Read more... More about Entertainment and Sports - Blog Profit Expert
Amazon Is Testing Its Own Delivery Service, Report Says -
Amazon is reportedly in the early phases of testing a new delivery service that would reduce the company's reliance on UPS and FedEx. The company has been testing the service, supposedly called "Last Mile," in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco since late last year, The Wall Street Journal report says. See also: What the World’s Biggest Websites Looked Like at Launch The exact logistics of the delivery service, or when it might roll out in other cities, aren't yet clear but it focuses on the so-called "last mile" of deliveries, the part that ends up at your doorstep and is typically handled by large carriers like UPS or the USPS. Read more... More about Amazon, Delivery, Fedex, Ups, and Business - Blog Profit Expert
Netflix and Comcast Continue War of Words Over Internet Traffic -
The war of words between Comcast and Netflix continued on Thursday, and it's getting personal. The companies, which have a partnership but also a very public ongoing feud, once again took to their respective blogs to argue over traffic, paid peering connections and the future of the Internet. Netflix claims that Comcast has unfairly required Netflix to pay for a so-called "peering" connection, in which companies directly connect respective networks, to alleviate a slowdown in its service. Comcast claims Netflix has purposefully set up its system to shift the costs of its data-intensive service on to customers and ISPs. Read more... More about Comcast, Netflix, Net Neutrality, Business, and Media - Blog Profit Expert
'Kaling Me Softly' and Other De-licorices Food Puns -
The only thing better than good food is a good pun to pair with it Photographer Laura Prouty began her journey of food appreciation with an Instagram account and a simple idea: Take pictures of people's favorite foods and pair them with puns, movie quotes and jokesTalking Food has since expanded to a full-fledged photography series celebrating what we all love about food. See also: 9 Food Twitter Accounts That Will Fill You Up With Laughter "One quite literally stormy night, I thought, that bag of unripe avocados sitting on the kitchen counter was of no use to me. I obsessed over that bag for a few days until I was able to eat them all. It was then that I realized my love for avocados is AVOCONTROL," Prouty explains on the Talking Food website. Read more... More about Art, Photography, Humor, Funny, and Watercooler - Blog Profit Expert
Katy Perry Crashes Birthday Parties, Pranks Guests in New Music Video -
Apparently Katy Perry is really great at birthday parties The singer ditched her usual glam and sparkly routine for a more zany music video for her single "Birthday." In the video, Perry impersonates five distinctive characters, including a creepy clown, a geriatric female dancer and a ditzy princess, all of whom perform as party entertainment acts See also: Katy Perry, Queen of Twitter, Is First to Hit 50 Million Followers Antics ensue, and party guests look horrified. (Just wonder what their faces looked like when they found out they were in a Katy Perry music video.) Perry recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and discussed the video's concept, saying she was bored with her ultra-feminine videos and decided to embrace her inner prankster instead Read more... More about Viral Videos, Music, Music Videos, Katy Perry, and Entertainment - Blog Profit Expert
How to Raise the Next Generation of Innovators and Entrepreneurs -
After watching a documentary on the health effects of obesity, Estrella Hernandez felt hopeless for the prospects of America’s youth. But after pondering it for a few weeks, she also felt inspired. And soon, she had an idea that might help solve the problem: an app that fights childhood obesity by gamifying physical activity and healthShe got to work — and now, her app We Walk has received more than $200,000 in funding and is set to launch in the Apple store this spring. Oh, and Hernandez is 13. As this young developer shows, an entrepreneurial spirit isn’t just something you find in adults with startup companies and well-seasoned careers; it’s something we should be encouraging in our children and students from a very young age. After all, if we want the kids of today to create new inventions and technologies, improve our society, and affect real, viable change, then we need to not only inspire their creative thinking and innovation, but also give them avenues to turn that into to... - Blog Profit Expert
IFTTT Finally Comes to Google Play With Special Android Powers -
IFTTT, the service that automates the apps and services you use every day, has finally rolled into Google Play, bringing new tools to the service's Android users. The Android app comes with six new channels for recipes specially optimized for Android devices. See also: 14 Hilarious 'If This Then That' Recipes IFTTT, which stands for "if this, then that," is based around "recipes" — user-specified triggers that connect apps and services from around the web. The service allows users can be as creative as they want with filling in the blanks for the connections they want to make Recipes can include everything from setting email alerts if the forecast predicts rain and to automatically backing up SoundCloud posts to Dropbox. Read more... More about Android, Tech, Apps Software, Mobile, and Google Play - Blog Profit Expert
Bryan Singer Pulls Out of 'X-Men' Promos, Calls Sex Abuse Allegations 'False, Vicious' -
Bryan Singer is pulling out of future press events for X-Men: Days of Future Past so as not to distract from the “extraordinary contributions from the incredibly talented actors and crew involved,” the embattled director said Thursday in a statement. In it, he also called sexual abuse allegations against him “outrageous, vicious and completely false.” It was the first in-his-own-words reaction from Singer since Michael Egan, now 31, filed a lawsuit in a Hawaii federal court alleging that the director drugged and raped him as a teen at parties in Los Angeles and Hawaii. SEE ALSO: Bryan Singer Accuser Names 3 More, Alleges Widespread 'Hollywood Sex Ring' Read more... More about Movies, Entertainment, Film, X Men Days Of Future Past, and Bryan Singer - Blog Profit Expert
Apple and Google Settle Lawsuit Over Illegal No-Poaching Agreement -
Four tech companies — Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel — have settled a lawsuit against involving an illegal no-poaching agreement that prevented the firms from hiring each other's staffers A class-action lawsuit, filed by thousands of tech employees back in 2011, claimed that the companies conspired not to poach employees as a part of an effort to keep salaries lower. The agreement created "no contact" lists, preventing recruiters from contacting people at competing companies See also: Google Street View Now Has a 'Time Machine' Feature According to a Reuters report, the companies agreed to settle the lawsuit, though terms of the deal were not disclosed. The settlement goes before a judge on May 27. Read more... More about Google, Adobe, Apple, Intel, and Intuit - Blog Profit Expert
GM Confirms Several Government Investigations Into Recalls -
General Motors is now the subject of five different government investigations after a series of recent recalls, the car company confirmed on Thursday. "We are also the subject of various inquiries, investigations, subpoenas and requests for information from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, Congress, NHTSA, the SEC, and a state attorney general in connection with our recent recalls," GM revealed in a filing. "Such investigations could in the future result in the imposition of damages, fines or civil and criminal penalties." See also: General Motors' Brand Perception Has Fallen Off a Cliff: Report Read more... More about General Motors and Business - Blog Profit Expert
'Sharknado' Star Cast as Lead in 'Jem and the Holograms' Movie -
Aubrey Peeples, star of ABC's Nashville and the SyFy cult hit Sharknado, will play the lead in the live action Jem and the Holograms film, director John Chu and his team announced Thursday on the project's website. The other "Holograms" — members of Jem's band, if you're old enough to remember the '80s cartoon — include Stefanie Scott (No Strings Attached) as Kimber, Jem's sister; Aurora Perrineau (Pretty Little Liars) as Shana; and Hayley Kiyoko (Velma in two Scooby Doo! films) as Aja. SEE ALSO: 'Jem and the Holograms' Movie Has Truly Outrageous Crowdsourcing Twist A cast photo went up Thursday: Read more... More about Movies, Nashville, Entertainment, Film, and Jem And The Holograms - Blog Profit Expert
10 Types of Images to Boost Your Social Media Engagement -
As a writer by trade, it's not easy for me to utter these words, but I'm not going to lie: On social media, a picture is worth a thousand words. It's true. Content may be king, but visuals rule. All the latest studies and statistics suggest that images on social media command more attention than text alone. If you want more likes, comments, shares, retweets, and clicks, you want to include pictures with your social media posts. You want to be more visual. As Carla Gates says here on her 3 to 5 Marketing Blog... "Images used in your social media (and by definition, your blog content) are far more attention-grabbing than text or plain old links, more likely to be shared, evoke emotional reactions in viewers (and emotion SELLS), and can portray a lot of information quickly and more efficiently than text." Read more... More about Social Media, Images, Pinterest, Marketing, and Media - Blog Profit Expert
Amazon First-Quarter Earnings Meet Expectations as Revenue Rises -
Amazon earnings met expectations, boosted by a 23% rise in sales to $19.7 billion in the first quarter of 2014. The company logged a profit of $0.23 per share, in line with analyst estimates. Amazon shares rose slightly in after-hours trading but are down 15.8% since the start of 2014. More to come... Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more... More about Amazon, Earnings, and Business - Blog Profit Expert
Microsoft Beats Earnings Estimates for Fiscal Q3 -
Microsoft posted solid fiscal third-quarter 2014 earnings on Thursday with revenues of $20.04 billion, which was in line with analysts' estimates and GAAP of $0.68, which beat estimates by a nickel. The company's stock was up slightly in after hours trading. “This quarter’s results demonstrate the strength of our business, as well as the opportunities we see in a mobile-first, cloud-first world. We are making good progress in our consumer services like Bing and Office 365 Home, and our commercial customers continue to embrace our cloud solutions. Both position us well for long-term growth,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, in a press release. “We are focused on executing rapidly and delivering bold, innovative products that people love to use.” Read more... More about Microsoft, Business, and Satya Nadella - Blog Profit Expert
Central U.S. May Be in Store for a 3-Day Tornado Outbreak -
America’s tornado drought looks like it may end as early as this weekend, as a potent weather system moves into the Plains states and slowly lumbers toward the Mississippi River Valley. The storm system is likely to set off a multi-day severe weather outbreak, with thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes forming on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. If it occurs, the potential tornado outbreak would boost 2014’s tornado tally, which is currently in record low territory, and could end the long stretch without a tornado-related fatality as well See also: This Year May Be the Slowest Start to the U.S. Tornado Season, Ever Read more... More about Storm, Tornado, Us World, Us, and Extreme Weather - Blog Profit Expert
Yankees Pine Tar Ejection: A Window Into Baseball's Sneaky Unwritten Rules -
New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected from a Wednesday night game against the Boston Red Sox for having a swath of pine tar on his neck, then suspended for 10 games by Major League Baseball on Thursday. After Pineda's ejection, many casual followers of the sport had similar reactions: Pine tar? What's up with that? What is this, 1919? Then first step to understanding Pineda's pine tar-gate is accepting that baseball, more than any other sport, relies on a set of codified standards that don't always jibe with what you'll find in the rule book. To wit: Pine tar is illegal for use by pitchers seeking to improve their grip on the ball, but's widely acknowledged that pitchers use it on an extremely regular basis Read more... More about Mlb, Entertainment, and Sports - Blog Profit Expert
Michelle Obama Lights Up Leslie Knope on 'Parks and Recreation' -
How does "FLOTUS and Knope" sound for a ticket? First Lady Michelle Obama is making a guest appearance on Thursday night’s Parks and Recreation, the season six finale titled "Moving Up." NBC shared some stills from the shoot with Mashable, filmed two months ago in Miami. SEE ALSO: Leslie Knope's 8 Tips for the Perfect Compliment Pawnee, Ind., has attracted political luminaries aplenty, from Vice President Joe Biden to Senators John McCain of Arizona and Barbara Boxer of California. But clearly, Leslie Knope is especially thrilled to have the First Lady walking the halls: Amy Poehler — as Leslie Knope — greets Michelle Obama on the Miami set of "Parks and Recreation" in February. Image: NBCUniversal NBCUniversal Read more... More about Tv, Nbc, Michelle Obama, Entertainment, and Parks And Recreation - Blog Profit Expert
In Drought Response, Home Depot Holds Nationwide Conservation Workshops -
The Home Depot is taking its "more saving, more doing" slogan an environmental level. This weekend, it's hosting nationwide water conservation workshops to encourage homeowners to start conserving more water. Drought conditions across the Southwest are not expected to improve or end anytime soon and homeowners are being forced to restrict their water usage. In response, Home Depot is holding a series of 10 water conservation workshops on Saturday, April 26, in each of its 1,977 stores The total conservation effort by Home Depot includes the workshops, as well as remodeling its in-store layout to direct customers to actions they can take to conserve water in their homes Read more... More about Water, Home Depot, Us World, Us, and Home - Blog Profit Expert
Traveling Through Time With Google Street View -
Google Maps' new time slider lets users roll Street View images as far back as 2007. Here are a few sites we found that show the evolution of cities over time. See also: 36 Embarrassing Google Street View Sightings How has your neighborhood changed on Street View? Let us know in the comments. Image: Google Maps Read more... More about Google, Google Maps, Street View, Tech, and Apps Software - Blog Profit Expert
Apple TV: The Little Hobby That Wouldn't Die -
After Steve Jobs unveiled updates to the entire iPod line and revealed that movies would soon be sold in the iTunes store, he made one final product announcement. "This next thing is a little unusual for us," Jobs began during an Apple event in June 2006. "It's a sneak peak of a product that will be announced in the first calendar quarter of 2007. We usually keep things pretty corralled until we are ready to ship them, but in this case I think it completes the story." That story, as Jobs told it, was about building a more complete ecosystem, which would let consumers access their entertainment content across what were then the three major screens: the computer, portable music player and television. In order to bring in the biggest of those screens, Apple planned to release a set-top box, referred to in the demonstration as iTV. Read more... More about Apple, Apple Tv, Business, Media, and Gadgets - Blog Profit Expert
Jaguar Embraces Villainy, Becomes the 'Cool Cat' of Auto Brands -
There's nothing wrong with being a bit wicked, Jaguar would like us to believe That's the sentiment behind Jaguar's recent "Good to Be Bad” campaign, a smattering of placements, commercials and activations (e.g. an ad that wraps around a New York subway) that celebrates the calculated and sophisticated villainy of British film actors and the brand's heralded new sports car, the F-Type Coupe. See also: Rolex: How a 109-Year-Old Brand Thrives in the Digital Age Jaguar didn't spare any expense on the campaign. According to The New York Times, it spent more than $25 million on 'Good to Be Bad.' Despite the steep price tag, Jaguar says it was worth every cent, er, pence. Read more... More about Marketing, Business, Advertising, Jaguar, and Supported - Blog Profit Expert
Final 'Hobbit' Movie Gets a New Title: 'The Battle of the Five Armies' -
The third and final Hobbit movie has a new name, and it’s not going back again. Now titled The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Peter Jackson’s cinematic finale originally carried the full subtitle of J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1937 book, The Hobbit: There and Back Again. SEE ALSO: Elves Are the Mean Girls of Middle Earth Jackson explained it in a Facebook post on Thursday: There and Back Again felt like the right name for the second of a two-film telling … but with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced—after all, Bilbo has already arrived “there” in the Desolation of Smaug. Though he's spinning this as a purely creative choice, no doubt marketing is at play here: Battle of the Five Armies is certainly a more action-packed sounding title, as it references the epic siege of the Lonely Mountain, where the dwarves are holed up with their treasure following the death of the dragon Smaug. But the men of Dale and the elves join forces with the dwarves after discovering that they are being... - Blog Profit Expert
What If Wes Anderson Directed 'Forrest Gump'? -
Wes Anderson has a very specific — and some would say predictable — style Filmmaker Louis Paquet perfectly reimagined the opening credits for the 1994 classic Forrest Gump as though Wes Anderson directed the Tom Hanks movie. Besides the obvious yellow text and bright, primary colors that are typical for a Anderson film, each character is represented by their own set of items, neatly arranged and perfectly centered in the frame, of course. See also: A Glimpse at Wes Anderson's Centered State of Mind Any way you try to imagine it, though, Gump just wouldn't be Gump without its iconic floating feather sequence Read more... More about Viral Videos, Video, Wes Anderson, Watercooler, and Videos - Blog Profit Expert
21 Cats Proving Curiosity Is a Trap -
Cats put up a tough front, but they're really just a bunch of wusses. Curiosity might not actually kill the cat, but it will certainly get him into mischief — or at least spook him a little See also: 15 Perfectly Looped Animal GIFs Stuck in Eternal Cuteness Fortunately, the harmless antics of felines are oh-so-entertaining for us slightly terrible humans. Whether they're stuck in a cardboard box or fleeing for dear life from the scary carpet monster in the hall, it almost makes up for the fact that we have to clean out their poop boxes. These scaredy cats aren't fooling anyone, and we've got the GIFs to prove it. Read more... More about Lists, Humor, Cats, Gifs, and Watercooler - Blog Profit Expert
Google+ Chief Vic Gundotra Is Leaving the Company -
Vic Gundotra, the Google exec heading the company's Google+ social network, is leaving the company. Fittingly, Gundotra announced the news, which was first reported on Re/code, on Google+: Last month, my wife's uncle died in a tragic accident in LA when the bicycle he was using to get lunch was hit by a truck. At the memorial service his daughter relayed a very touching story She said her dad (who was her best friend) called every day to talk. But instead of opening the call with the customary "How are you" or "What's going on", her dad always opened the conversation with "And then?" Her father viewed each conversation as a continuation of the last, and what pained her the most was that there were to be no more "and thens". I cried Since then I've thought a lot about how similar this is to our life's endeavors. We pour our heart and soul into our work and it becomes something we love and cherish. But even the challenges we work on today will one day become "and thens" as we move on to... - Blog Profit Expert
Fandango Launches Twitter Ticketing for 2 Upcoming Blockbusters -
Fandango has launched a ticketing feature for two upcoming films that will display movie information and a button to buy tickets in tweets that link back to its site The movie ticketing site unveiled the feature Thursday and, for now, the feature works on only two movies: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Godzilla See also: Aaron Sorkin on the Steve Jobs Film: He's Part Hero, Part Antihero As shown below, tweets that link to Fandango pages about the two films will display a large image with information about the movie's stars, release date and rating. Twitter users can click on a "Buy Tickets on Fandango" button to find nearby theater options and purchase tickets. Read more... More about Twitter, Entertainment, Film, Fandango, and Movieclips - Blog Profit Expert
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