Sign in or Join FriendFeed
FriendFeed is the easiest way to share online. Learn more »
HuffPost
Silly Apps Aren't the Future of Tech - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vivek-w...
Silly Apps Aren't the Future of Tech
The contenders in the 2014 TechCrunch Disrupt included a startup that seeks to change the way in which diseases are diagnosed, a medical-grade health scanner, a platform to connect innovators with scientists and a suite of business-intelligence tools for conservation and drought planning. Sadly, the winner was a simple app for the elite: Alfred Club. This allows you to hire someone to do everyday chores such as laundry and grocery shopping. It's hardly a disruptive technology, and will appeal only to well-to-do nerds. This competition result would be unimportant if the event had been a local hackathon run by boys to judge apps for boys. But TechCrunch Disrupt is considered to be the Oscars of the tech industry. Entrepreneurs and investors all over the world take inspiration from it. The judges are a who's who of the Valley and represent leading firms such as Sequoia Capital, SV Angel, Greylock Partners and Khosla Ventures. Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo, was on the selection...
HuffPost
Your Guide to Google's Panda 4.1 Algorithm - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jayson-...
Your Guide to Google's Panda 4.1 Algorithm
Google's Panda algorithm update has been shaking up the world of SEO since its first iteration back in 2011. Over the course of 26 confirmed updates and refreshes, the algorithm wizards at Google have been refining the content-focused search engine update and rolling their new features out gradually. Now, the 27th update has arrived, and it's significant enough to be called 4.1. I've written this guide to summarize the most important elements of the Panda 4.1 update, including the motivation behind its release and the potential consequences for online businesses. Understanding the Landscape Before I get too deep in the mechanics of the new Panda update, it's important to recap the stages of development that have led to this point. The first Panda update, known as Panda 1.0, was released in February of 2011, affecting nearly 12 percent of all search queries and making it one of the most significant algorithm changes in Google's history. Intended to weed out low-quality content and...
HuffPost
Millennials Don't Trust Social Media For Political News, Says Fusion Survey - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Millennials Don't Trust Social Media For Political News, Says Fusion Survey
Millennials may be the social media generation, but they don't trust it for political news. That's according to Fusion's new "Millennial Attitudes" survey, which found that, when it comes to hard news, social media just isn't cutting it. According to a poll of 1,200 likely voters between the ages of 18 and 34, 30 percent of millennials still source their political news from television. Another 27 percent said they go directly to news websites, and 14 percent Google the topic they're interested in. Only 12 percent said they read their friends' posts on social media for political news -- just barely ahead of the 10 percent who reported asking their family and friends directly. CNN earned the top spot as a preferred website for news and information, with 21 percent choosing the site over Google (16 percent), and Fox News (10 percent). Yahoo came in fourth with 9 percent, and The Huffington Post fifth with 7 percent. Interestingly, 22 percent of respondents -- one percent more than read...
HuffPost
Comcast Apologizes To Man Who Was Fired After Complaining Of Nightmare Service - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Comcast Apologizes To Man Who Was Fired After Complaining Of Nightmare Service
Comcast apologized on Thursday to a former customer who claims he was fired from his job after he complained about being overcharged on his bill. But, the cable giant maintained it had nothing to do with the firing. Conal O’Rourke, an accountant in Northern California, alleged in a letter sent last week by his lawyer that Comcast charged him charged thousands of dollars for equipment he did not order. In an interview with Ars Technica, O’Rourke said he'd had several problems with his service and was not able to get help via phone or in person. Following the year-long dispute, during which O’Rourke said his requests for explanations and clarified bills were repeatedly mishandled, O’Rourke contacted Lawrence Salva, Comcast’s chief accounting officer and controller. O’Rourke told Ars Technica that soon after he spoke with Salva’s assistant, his employer, accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers, called him in for an internal ethics investigation. Just over a week later, he was fired....
HuffPost
A Deadly Virus Is Sweeping America. No, Not That One - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
A Deadly Virus Is Sweeping America. No, Not That One
A deadly virus is poised to sweep across America and could claim thousands of lives this year. It's especially dangerous for the most vulnerable members of society, and preventing an epidemic will require a coordinated, nationwide effort between the government and the private sector. No, it's not Ebola, the gruesome viral infection that has killed almost 4,000 Africans in its latest outbreak, the largest in history. It's influenza, otherwise known as the flu. The ailment may seem commonplace, but it costs thousands of lives and billions of dollars when it resurfaces each year. The very fact that flu season is so routine might seem like a reason to shrug it off. Mild cases bring about symptoms that are similar to colds or other minor ailments, making it seem like less of a big deal. But that kind of thinking could be dangerous, especially if you or someone in your home is susceptible to the worst effects of the virus. Such people include little kids, senior citizens, pregnant women and...
HuffPost
Sweetgreen Founder Discusses Orgins Of The Sweetlife Festival - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Sweetgreen Founder Discusses Orgins Of The Sweetlife Festival
Sweetgreen co-founder Nicholas Jammet talks about how the concept of The Sweet Life Festival came about. Aol's BeOn group creates custom editorial content that is sponsored by marketing partners. The sponsoring partners do not exert editorial influence over the content, but may be organically integrated within content in an authentic manner that does not impact editorial integrity.
HuffPost
Aunt Jemima Heirs File Lawsuit For $2 Billion And Revenue Shares - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Aunt Jemima Heirs File Lawsuit For $2 Billion And Revenue Shares
Descendants of black women who appeared as “Aunt Jemima” have filed a lawsuit against PepsiCo, owner of Quaker Oats and the Aunt Jemima brand, saying they deserve $2 billion and a share of revenue from future sales.
HuffPost
Sweetgreen Takes Customers Behind Its Kitchen Doors - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Sweetgreen Takes Customers Behind Its Kitchen Doors
Sweetgreen co-founder Nicholas Jammet offers a look inside the kitchen of his popular food chain, where fresh, locally sourced produce is prepared for the day. Aol's BeOn group creates custom editorial content that is sponsored by marketing partners. The sponsoring partners do not exert editorial influence over the content, but may be organically integrated within content in an authentic manner that does not impact editorial integrity.
HuffPost
More Than 120 Elementary School Kids Sick From Suspected Norovirus - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
More Than 120 Elementary School Kids Sick From Suspected Norovirus
School resumed Thursday morning at a northwest Indiana elementary school after at least 129 students were out sick Wednesday with a viral infection that local health officials suspected could be the highly contagious norovirus. Roughly a quarter of the student body at Peifer Elementary School in Schererville, Indiana, reportedly had symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea and fever Tuesday to Wednesday, which initially led school officials to suspect a foodborne illness, according to The Times of Northwest Indiana. Lunch records later indicated that 39 percent of students who called in sick Wednesday didn't eat or drink anything from the school the day before, Lake Central School Corporation Superintendent Larry Veracco told the Times. Triple the number of normal custodial crews were called in to scrub the school Wednesday night. "We are cleaning with a solution that was provided to us by the Department of Health," a Peifer school official told WGN. "Anything that moves: doorknobs, desks,...
HuffPost
Siri Gets Taken Down By Google Now In Intelligence Battle - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Siri Gets Taken Down By Google Now In Intelligence Battle
You always knew that Siri wasn't the best assistant, but now you have proof. A new study released Tuesday by consulting group Stone Temple compared the top voice-controlled search engines, Google Now, Cortana and Siri. Google Voice is on Android phones, Cortana is on Microsoft phones and Siri is on iPhones. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Google Now came out on top. The team asked each search engine 3,086 different questions. Queries had to have specific answers, so struggles like "Am I happy in life?" wouldn't make the cut. Instead, researchers used questions like "What's 18 divided by two?" In the test results, shown below, a search engine only got credit for an answer if it got it exactly right. For example, the response "the Eiffel Tower is 125 years old" to the question "When was the Eiffel Tower built?" would count as incorrect. "As of October 4, Google Now has a clear lead in terms of the sheer volume of queries addressed, and more complete accuracy with its queries than either Siri or...
HuffPost
Obama Wants 6 Million Children In Preschool By The End Of The Decade - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Obama Wants 6 Million Children In Preschool By The End Of The Decade
President Barack Obama's new goal of enrolling 6 million children in high-quality preschools by the end of the decade includes 3-year-olds, in addition to the 4-year-olds who are part of his earlier Preschool For All initiative, according to a White House official. Obama noted the new goal in the middle of a lengthy speech last week at Northwestern University about the economy and domestic priorities. A White House official told The Huffington Post this week, on background, that the new number includes children ages 3 and 4. "If we make high-quality preschool available to every child," Obama said last Thursday, "not only will we give our kids a safe place to learn and grow while their parents go to work; we’ll give them the start that they need to succeed in school, and earn higher wages, and form more stable families of their own. In fact, today, I’m setting a new goal: By the end of this decade, let’s enroll 6 million children in high-quality preschool. That is an achievable goal...
HuffPost
Wall of Shame: The Worst Things About Illinois - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/reboot-...
Wall of Shame: The Worst Things About Illinois
Illinoisans know this state has a lot of issues to resolve -- a pension crisis, a terrible credit rating, a reputation of corruption. But we also know how great this state can be--Illinoisans are a hard-working bunch, and we enjoy titles such as being home to the world's best museum and being the home of Abraham Lincoln. To begin to address some of the biggest issues the state faces, Illinoisans must first know what they are. Here is a list of some of the worst awards Illinois has received: Most top 25 violent neighborhoods According to Neighborhood Scout, Illinois has five of the nation's top 25 most violent neighborhoods in the country, more than any other state. Third-highest home foreclosures According to a study by RealtyTrac, Illinois had the third-highest rate of home foreclosures in the country in June 2014. One in every 645 houses in the state were foreclosed on in that month, compared with one in every 1,228 houses in the United States. Fourth least-fair taxes A study from...
HuffPost
50 Essential Last-Minute Marathon Tips - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jason-s...
50 Essential Last-Minute Marathon Tips
Congratulations on making it to the starting line after months of marathon training. Here are some practical tips to help you stay safe and run your very best race. Good luck and godspeed! Plan your transportation to the starting area. Plan your transportation from the finish area. Pick a post-race meeting place for friends and family and write it the back of your bib. Run for a charity cause when possible. Drink coffee or tea, but no more than 2 cups before racing. Clip your toenails. Eat lots of carbs all week, switch to white pasta and breads two days before your race. No spicy food the day before. Make lunch your biggest meal the day before the race or eat dinner early. Pick out everything you'll wear, try it on, and set it out the night before. Pack a throwaway bag with snacks, fluids, and Vaseline to take to start. Don't wear new shoes. Wear the same type of gear you trained in. Be predictable. Write your full name and emergency contact details on back of your bib. Pin your...
HuffPost
Paul Shapiro: On Factory Farms, Not All Cruelty Is a Crime - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-sh...
Paul Shapiro:  On Factory Farms, Not All Cruelty Is a Crime
HuffPost
Chrysula Winegar: One Woman's Work To Highlight The True Cost Of A Mother's Life Lost - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chrysul...
Chrysula Winegar:  One Woman's Work To Highlight The True Cost Of A Mother's Life Lost
HuffPost
5 Ways You Definitely Won't Get Ebola - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
5 Ways You Definitely Won't Get Ebola
Ebola has infected an estimated 7,470 people and claimed the lives of 3,431, mostly in West Africa. These numbers, as well as the death of Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas, Texas on Wednesday, are a fearsome testament to how rapidly the virus can decimate a community. But it's good to be afraid, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Tom Frieden said in the days before Duncan's death. "It's normal to be scared -- in fact, for the health care workers who are caring for people with Ebola, we want them to be scared," Frieden said in a press conference on Sunday (Oct. 5). "We want them to have a healthy respect of the risk for any lapse in infection control procedure. We want them to channel that fear into being incredibly meticulous about infection control." But that fear, or "healthy respect," should be accompanied with reason. Despite the disease's presence in the U.S., chances of the average American contracting the virus are slim to none, as public health officials have...
HuffPost
HuffPost
There Are Just A Few Jobs People Over 50 Really Are Too Old To Do - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ann-bre...
There Are Just A Few Jobs People Over 50 Really Are Too Old To Do
As the drama unfolds and fingers of blame are pointed at the Secret Service over recent breaches of security at the White House, we have a bit of good news/bad news to report: The good news is that no one will ever be able to accuse the agents in the Presidential Protective Division of being too old to do the job. And the bad news is that this is because the Secret Service doesn't keep people over 40 on the front line of the presidential detail. Come to think of it, I'm not actually sure that's such bad news in this case, although it does feel like a bucket of cold water dumped on my head to even type these words: There are some jobs we are too old to do. Even Dan Emmett, author of "Within Arms Length," and who guarded three presidents as part of the Secret Service Presidential Protective Division, says that protecting the leader of the free world is "a younger man's game." He told The Huffington Post that while there are older officers in supervisory jobs, the "boots on the ground"...
HuffPost
Puppy Tries To Take Dog For A Walk, Nothing Goes As Planned - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Puppy Tries To Take Dog For A Walk, Nothing Goes As Planned
HuffPost
HuffPost
Kitty Gets Blood Transfusion From Pup. We Rethink Everything We Know About Cats And Dogs - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Kitty Gets Blood Transfusion From Pup. We Rethink Everything We Know About Cats And Dogs
HuffPost
Jenny Florence: Actions Speak Louder Than Words: A Social Acceptance of Bullying - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jenny-f...
Jenny Florence:  Actions Speak Louder Than Words: A Social Acceptance of Bullying
HuffPost
And 2014's Flip-Flopper of the Year Award Goes to... - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ben-wik...
And 2014's Flip-Flopper of the Year Award Goes to...
Credit: DonkeyHotey Many pols flip-flop. But each year, one politician rises above the din to become a new icon of embarrassing flip-floppery. This year, America's flip-flopper-in-chief is Colorado Senate hopeful Cory Gardner -- Republican candidate in what FiveThirtyEight lists as the closest Senate race in America. Flip-flopping, in politics, is not simply changing one's mind. It's trying to have it both ways. Some politicos flip-flop because they have no real beliefs other than their own self-advancement; others flip-flop because their real views are so extreme that, to be politically viable, they need to be covered up. Which kind is Gardner? We'll investigate that later. But first, let's consider his astonishing flip-flops themselves. Among his many remarkable achievements in the competitive field of flip-floppification, three stand out: his acrobatic, even balletic policy reversals and evasions on climate change, immigration reform, and birth control. The Climate Change...
HuffPost
Wildlife Killing Contests and the Failure of Government - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/travis-...
Wildlife Killing Contests and the Failure of Government
This winter, wildlife in the northern Rocky Mountains will likely be terrorized by a swarm of armed humans elbowing and off-roading each other out of the way in a frenzied race to see who can kill the most animals in 72 hours during Idaho's "Predator Derby." If permitted, the killing contest would take place every winter, beginning on January 2, 2015, and would include prizes for killing a wide variety of wildlife species, including wolves, coyotes, weasels, skunks, jackrabbits, raccoons, and starlings, across a large swath of eastern Idaho. Last year, the contestants killed 21 coyotes and at least one badger. The Bureau of Land Management, charged with managing public lands on our behalf, received 56,490 comments in opposition to the event and 10 in favor. Still, the environmental assessment released this week clearly signals that the BLM intends to issue a Special Recreation Permit (SRP) to conduct slaughtering contest on BLM lands. The BLM's analysis superficially considered...
HuffPost
Meet Hatsune Miku, The Sensational Japanese Pop Star Who Doesn't Really Exist - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Meet Hatsune Miku, The Sensational Japanese Pop Star Who Doesn't Really Exist
Hatsune Miku is the world’s most famous virtual pop star. And now she’s even more famous, having made her U.S. television debut this Wednesday on "Late Night With David Letterman." She didn’t come out of nowhere: this summer, the Japanese sensation toured as an opener for Lady Gaga, materializing regularly on stages around the country in a confounding flash. Hatsune Miku performing live in 2011. All Miku concert footage makes for strange watching. Legions of fans pump light sticks at every swish of those blue ponytails, as if a virtual star needs the encouragement. The sight is arguably even odder live, as an in-person Miku doesn’t exactly seem worth the fuss. Media outlets routinely mistake her for a hologram, but in fact, she’s less sophisticated than that. She’s a 2D image, rendered onto the stage using mirrors (the technology, called Pepper’s Ghost, is so far from cutting edge, it’s been used for decades at the Haunted Mansion in Disney World). Critics who trek halfway across the...
HuffPost
Danny Green, NBA Player, Apologizes For Holocaust Selfie - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Danny Green, NBA Player, Apologizes For Holocaust Selfie
Danny Green of the San Antonio Spurs is apologizing for taking a selfie at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin and posting it on Instagram with a caption that drew criticism on social media. Green's selfie at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe initially included the caption: "You know I had to do it one time lol #Holocaust" "Lol" isn't the most appropriate caption for a Holocaust selfie, ask #Spurs G Danny Green: http://t.co/fjSvBlJHYJ pic.twitter.com/5XxFHb00e0 — The Fumble (@TheFumbleSports) October 8, 2014 The Guardian reports that Green changed the text to read, "A lot of history here, more than you could imagine...very sad/tragic things happened #holocaust #berlin” But shortly afterward, he removed the post and apologized on Twitter: I want to sincerely apologize for the insensitivity of my post! — Danny Green (@DGreen_14) October 8, 2014 I have great respect n understanding for this country's history n wanted to continue chronicling my experience in Berlin — Danny Green...
HuffPost
A Wrongful Conviction Robbed William Lopez Of His Freedom, And Then His Life - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
A Wrongful Conviction Robbed William Lopez Of His Freedom, And Then His Life
On a snowy evening in late March, just over a year after walking out of prison, where he had spent 23 years for a crime he didn’t commit, William Lopez entered a CVS in the Bronx and did something inexplicable.
HuffPost
80-Year-Old Black Artist Leo Twiggs Uses Confederate Flag To Create Art - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
80-Year-Old Black Artist Leo Twiggs Uses Confederate Flag To Create Art
ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — Leo Twiggs' paintings of shadowy Confederate flags and faceless men with bulls-eyes on their backs are a few of the haunting images he has developed living as a black man in the South. The 80-year-old South Carolina artist says he hopes the works, which some may see as divisive, spark thoughtful reactions and help people understand their shared history, even for those outside the South. "This Confederate flag, the Civil War, they are part of the history of all of us," Twiggs said. "You take the stars off the bars, and it becomes a cross, maybe a railroad crossing. It can become a crossing over, something that we commemorate, and something we can cross over." Jovial and chatty at his Orangeburg studio, Twiggs said he is enjoying his best year as an artist. He's had more than 70 solo shows over his career, and three new shows recently opened in his home state in Myrtle Beach, Greenville and Taylors. Two of them highlight his use of Confederate flags — red, white,...
HuffPost
Republicans Hint At Another Government Shutdown Over Obamacare. Seriously. - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Republicans Hint At Another Government Shutdown Over Obamacare. Seriously.
WASHINGTON -- Less than a year after House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) called the 2013 government shutdown over funding for Obamacare a “predictable disaster,” Republicans are hinting they might be willing to do it again in a few months. A group of 14 Republicans, led by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) wrote to Boehner on Wednesday identifying a provision of the Affordable Care Act that a Government Accountability Office report concluded would require an additional appropriation from Congress in the next fiscal year. According to ThinkProgress, the provision allows the federal government to reimburse insurance companies that underestimate claims they will have to pay with profits from insurance companies that overestimated. In their letter to Boehner, the Republicans wrote that the program “puts taxpayers at risk of a large bailout if insurers systematically lose money on exchange plans.” The Republicans, including Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and John McCain of Arizona, urge Boehner to...
HuffPost
Environmental Artist Maya Lin Win's $300,000 Gish Prize - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Environmental Artist Maya Lin Win's $300,000 Gish Prize
NEW YORK (AP) — Artist and environmentalist Maya Lin is the recipient of the prestigious Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize. The $300,000 prize is one of the largest cash awards in the arts. Lin's designs include the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. She will receive the prize at a private event in New York City on Nov. 12. It recognizes individuals who have "made an outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world and to mankind's enjoyment and understanding of life." Lin was chosen from among 100 nominees in all fields of the arts. She's currently working on a multisite work "What Is Missing?" It focuses on the current crisis of biodiversity and natural habitats. The annual prize was established in 1994 by actress Lillian Gish's will. Past recipients include Frank Gehry, Bob Dylan and Spike Lee.
Other ways to read this feed:Feed readerFacebook