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2014 NFL Schedule: More Flex Games Means More Fun - http://mashable.com/2014...
The NFL released its 2014 schedule on Wednesday evening with a twist: the league can "flex" games into primetime earlier than ever this season. Beginning in Week 5, the NFL can decide to move any Sunday matchup from a mid-day kickoff over to the more coveted (and lucrative) Sunday Night Football primetime slot. The league can only do this twice between weeks five and 10, but that's twice more than in years past. Beginning with Week 11, which is when flex scheduling usually starts, the league can flex any Sunday game into the Sunday night slot. See also: Why Does This NBA Player Have Emoji Tattoos? Read more... More about Nfl, Entertainment, and Sports
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Episode VII Will Be Most Expensive Star Wars Ever, Says Disney - http://mashable.com/2014...
Early filming has begun on the still-untitled Star Wars Episode VII, Disney chairman Alan Horn has confirmed — and for the first time, the movie has an estimated budget, give or take $25 million "These large tentpole kinds of movies on the expensive side are in the neighborhood of $175 [million] to $200 [million]," Horn told Bloomberg TV in response to a question about whether "Marvel kind of money" would be spent on Episode VII See also: Star Wars Episode VII to Use Film, Be More Like Original Trilogy "We need to give the audience, essentially, a full meal in return for their affection and devotion and love for these properties," Horn added. Read more... More about Disney, Star Wars, Lucasfilm, Entertainment, and Film
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Why Does This NBA Player Have Emoji Tattoos? - http://mashable.com/2014...
You might be renowned among friends for always having the perfect emoji for any text-messaging situation — but we guaranteed your emoji game isn't as strong as Mike Scott's Scott plays for the Atlanta Hawks. He's no NBA superstar, averaging under 8 points per game after being picked in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft. But Scott's been the talk of this year's playoffs, at least among digitally-minded fans, thanks to his unusual tattoos — rendered in emoji Given that the Hawks aren't exactly mainstays of national TV during the regular season, many of us are meeting Scotti's emoji ink for the first time this week. For stretches during Tuesday night's Hawks game against the Indiana Pacers, Scott's emoji tattoos seemed a hotter topic among fans and media on Twitter than the actual game did Read more... More about Nba, Entertainment, Emoji, Pics, and Sports
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Man With the Most Teslas Says Cold Weather's No Problem - http://mashable.com/2014...
Although the Tesla has won its fair share of fans in both the automotive and tech communities, there still remains a bit of skepticism around its ability to truly replace gas cars Some of that skepticism is focused on the car's reliability in cold weather conditions, a topic controversially covered by the New York Times last year in a review that pegged performance issues with the Model S, in part, to cold weather NYTimes article about Tesla range in cold is fake. Vehicle logs tell true story that he didn't actually charge to max & took a long detour. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 11, 2013 Read more... More about Cars, Auto, Automobiles, Tesla, and Electric Cars
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Instagram's Explore Tab: Now Tailored to You - http://mashable.com/2014...
Instagram has made a small but significant change to its app that makes photo and video discovery a more personal experience. The company has tweaked the algorithm that determines what posts appear under the app's Explore tab — so that the tab displays photos and videos specifically suggested for each user. Previously, the Explore section only displayed posts that were popular among all Instagram users See also: Fall in Louvre With These 14 Museums on Instagram The algorithm now also looks at photos and videos that have been liked by people you follow. "We’re always looking to update the types of photos and videos you see in Explore to better tailor it to you," an Instagram spokesperson told Mashable. "We'll show you a variety of content that people you follow have liked, as well as content that is trending in the Instagram community." Read more... More about Instagram, Tech, Apps Software, and Apps And Software
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10 Careers Barbie Should Tackle in Her Movie Debut - http://mashable.com/2014...
Come on, Barbie, let's go filming. Sony Pictures and Mattel announced plans today to bring Barbie to life in her first-ever live-action movie. The blonde bombshell has already compiled an impressive résumé over her many years on the toy shelf. With careers ranging from photographer to United States President, a release for the film confirms that Barbie's Renaissance woman characteristics will be showcased in the comedy, "utilizing her personal and professional skills to inspire change in the lives of everyone around her." See also: 7 Outrageously Expensive Barbie Dolls While waiting for production to begin later this year, we decided to take a look back at some of the career highlights Barbie accomplished over the past 55 years. Read more... More about Lists, Movies, Sony, Mattel, and Barbie
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Venezuela Arrests U.S. Citizen for Arms Dealing, Tweets He Is a 'Mercenary' - http://mashable.com/2014...
Venezuelan authorities have arrested an allegedly heavily armed American citizen on Tuesday, accusing him of being a "mercenary," according to multiple news reports. Todd Michael Leininger, 32-year-old U.S. citizen from Florida, is accused of attempted murder and arms dealing. Venezuelan authorities arrested Leininger after a raid on his house in San Cristobal, the capital of the state of Tachira, close to the Colombian border, where they found three rifles, two handguns, ammunition and eight military camouflage uniforms, according to the Miami Herald. See also: Riot Gear: How Protesters Around the World Suit Up Read more... More about Venezuela, Us World, Us, World, and Venezuela Protests
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FCC Proposal Would Reverse Net Neutrality as We Know It - http://mashable.com/2014...
The FCC has announced that it will propose Internet regulations that would allow online content providers to negotiate for preferential treatment from Internet service providers, potentially undermining the principles of Net Neutrality. The FCC's statement is vague but leaves open the possibility that companies such as Netflix or Skype could pay Internet service providers to get better access to consumers. See also: Netflix CEO: We Paid Comcast Because of No Strong Net Neutrality In a statement issued to Mashable, the FCC said the draft rules would propose "that broadband providers would be required to offer a baseline level of service to their subscribers, along with the ability to enter into individual negotiations with content providers." The draft, written by FCC chair Tom Wheeler and his staff, will be circulated within the FCC on Thursday, and the commissioners will vote on a final proposal on May 15. Read more... More about Net Neutrality, Fcc, Business, Media, and Tv
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Siri Could Be Coming to Apple TV - http://mashable.com/2014...
"Siri, play Game of Thrones." This could soon be a reality, according to recent reports that suggest Apple may be bringing its digital assistant to the Apple TV. A line of code found in Apple's iOS 7.1 software development kit indicates Apple may have plans to add Siri functionality to its set-top box. See also: Amazon Fire TV vs. Apple TV vs. Roku 3 vs. Chromecast The code, which was first reported by 9to5Mac includes references to an "assistant," Apple's code name for Siri, according to 9to5, under features listed for the Apple TV. Screen caps of the code, which is reportedly in files for both iOS 7.1 and 7.1.1, list 'assistant' as one of the properties that will be included in device family "3," which is Apple's designation for the Apple TV line Read more... More about Gadgets, Apple, Siri, Apple Tv, and Tech
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New York City Flood Risk Has Risen 20-Fold Since Late 1800s, Study Says - http://mashable.com/2014...
The odds that New York City will be flooded by a storm, such as a winter nor'easter or a summer hurricane, is now at least 20 times greater than it was 170 years ago, a new study found. It pinned part of the blame on a rising sea level, but also found that other factors are playing a role in escalating the flood risk. The study, accepted for publication in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, found that a combination of long-term sea level rise, the destruction of wetlands and dredging of waterways as well as possible shifts in storm tracks and strength may all be sharply boosting the risk of dangerously high storm tides. Read more... More about New York, Us World, Us, World, and Hurricane Sandy
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Play Your Food for Our Snapchat Challenge - http://mashable.com/2014...
Playing with your food doesn’t have to be a dinnertime faux pas. Add a little flavor to your Snapchat game and craft your cuisine into an unforgettable snap for this week’s Mashable Snapchat Challenge Whether it’s bringing your lunch to life or snapping a sandwich selfie, we’re expecting some delicious doodles. Send us sweet and savory snaps for this week’s food-themed challenge, and we’ll feature our favorites on Mashable. See also: Next Up to Bat for Major League Baseball? Snapchat Image: Snapchat Dasha Battelle How to Enter the Challenge If you haven’t already, add "Mashable" on Snapchat. Send us your snaps by Monday, April 28 at 5 p.m. ET. Be sure to select 10 seconds for your snap, as we’ll need time to absorb your snapsterpiece. Read more... More about Apps, Community, Social Media, Apps Software, and Work Play
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Apple's New Retail Chief Will Start Next Week - http://mashable.com/2014...
Angela Ahrendts, the former CEO of Burberry, will take over as Apple's new SVP of retail next week, the company announced during an earnings call on Wednesday. Apple first announced hiring Ahrendts to fill the role more than seven months ago. At the time, the company said she would join in the spring of 2014, though recent reports raised questions about whether her exit would be delayed to collect an additional bonus from Burberry. See also: Why Would the UK's Top-Paid CEO Leave for a Job at Apple? Ahrendts is credited with reviving Burberry's brand and rethinking the shopping experience online and offline, making the latter more technologically advanced as well Read more... More about Apple, Retail, Business, and Angela Ahrendts
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Third 'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' Movie Being Stitched Together - http://mashable.com/2014...
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants saga will continue in a third movie based on Ann Brashares' Sisterhood Everlasting novel, Alloy Entertainment announced Wednesday. Alloy hasn't set a release date or revealed whether Blake Lively, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrara and Amber Tamblyn will reprise their roles, but the story will pick up 10 years after the events in the first movie, which came 2005 and was a modest hit, making more than $40 million worldwide. See also: Aaron Sorkin on the Steve Jobs Film: He's Part Hero, Part Antihero That film and its 2008 sequel told a coming-of-age tale of four friends trying to discover themselves while living in different cities. To keep their friendship intact, they share a pair of thrift-shop jeans, with each person wearing it for week before shipping it to the next. Read more... More about Films, Entertainment, Film, and Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants
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Oh Nay Thou Didn't! William Shakespeare's Greatest Insults - http://mashable.com/2014...
No one throws down an insult to rampallions and scullions like William Shakespeare April 23 marks 450 years since the playwright's birth. And like any good birthday party, a descent into verbal jabs is the perfect way to celebrate. See also: 14 Stunning Photographs That Bridge Past and Present Happy Birthday, thou old cream-faced loon! Read more... More about List, Art, Humor, Shakespeare, and Watercooler
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Facebook: Auto-Play Video Ads Will Remain Small-Scale This Year - http://mashable.com/2014...
Facebook doesn't expect its video auto-play News Feed ads to make a "material contribution" to ad revenues this year, COO Sheryl Sandberg said on Wednesday. In a call with analysts following Facebook's first-quarter earnings announcement, Sandberg said the company is waiting for users to get used to seeing auto-play video in their News Feed before making auto-play ads more common. "In terms of expectations for that, we really want to see auto-play video ads be something that’s pretty common in the News Feed experience based on consumer usage before we push very hard on the ad business. So we remain long term very excited, we do expect that product to [remain] a premium product, but as I said in my remarks, we won’t see a material contribution from it this year." Read more... More about Facebook, Advertising, and Business
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Scare Yourself Silly With World's Tallest BASE Jump - http://mashable.com/2014...
A daredevil duo set the the Guinness World Record for highest base jump from the tallest building by leaping off the Burj Khalifa. The 4K YouTube video shows Soul Flyers World Champions Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen jumping from a custom-made platform at the very top of the spire. See also: Just How Safe Is BASE Jumping From the World Trade Center? Standing at 2,722 feet tall, the Burj Khalifa dwarfs the rest of Dubai's cityscapeEmirates247 reports that Reffet and Fugen had to endure an intense week of training in Switzerland, jumping off Lauterbeunnen mountain, which stands at a similar height. Read more... More about Viral Videos, Watercooler, Videos, Base Jumping, and Dubai
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Deep-Space Missions Can Cause 'Cognitive Deficits' in Astronauts - http://mashable.com/2014...
The first astronauts who set foot on the moon were quarantined for three weeks when they returned to Earth. Scientists weren't sure what kinds of lunar germs they might have brought back with them. That level of caution may sound absurd today, but a new study shows trips to outer space can still mess with astronauts on a physiological level. New research from Johns Hopkins finds that long-term deep space missions can alter brain proteins and cause cognitive deficits like lapses in attention and slower reaction times. Researchers came to this conclusion by exposing rats to high-energy particles that simulate the conditions that astronauts would experience in deep space, then running them through a series of tests that mimic the fitness assessments that astronauts, pilots, and soldiers are required to take. Read more... More about Health, Space, Radiation, Astronauts, and Us World
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Avril Lavigne Confuses, Offends With 'Hello Kitty' Music Video - http://mashable.com/2014...
Oh Avril, why'd you have to go and make things so complicated? The singer released a music video for her single "Hello Kitty" Tuesday, which has received considerable backlash for its depiction of Japanese culture. The video has been removed from Lavigne's YouTube page. See also: 13 Questions You'll Have After Watching Avril Lavigne's 'Rock N Roll' In the video, Lavigne's dons a cupcake-tutu, raps in Japanese, drinks sake and dances alongside four expressionless Japanese females. Several people on Twitter, as well as online critics, have condemned Lavigne for using Japanese culture as a "prop." Read more... More about Youtube, Music, Songs, Hello Kitty, and Entertainment
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Apple's $45.6 Billion Second Quarter, by the Numbers - http://mashable.com/2014...
Apple handily beat Wall Street estimates for earnings and revenue in the March quarter. That, combined with the news that Apple would boost its share buyback plan, caused Apple stock to jump by more than 8% in after hours trading. In the earnings release and during the earnings call that followed, Apple revealed more than a few jaw-dropping stats about its business. See also: Apple Sells 44 Million iPhones in Q2, Beats Earnings Estimates Apple sold 43.7 million iPhones during the quarter, marking its strongest non-holiday quarter ever It sold 16.3 million iPads during the quarter, down from 19.5 million in the same quarter a year earlier. The iPad has a 95% share of the education market, according to a study cited by an Apple exec on the earnings call. It sold 4.1 million Macs, compared to 3.95 million a year earlier. Apple now has retail stores in 15 countries. Angela Ahrendts, the Burberry CEO hired last year to take over Apple retail, will join the company next week. There are now...
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Man Uses Reddit to Help Find Missing Mom - http://mashable.com/2014...
Reddit played hero to a man and his mother in New York City Tuesday. Josh Goldberg posted on the subreddit r/nyc looking for help finding his missing mother, May Goldberg. The 59-year-old woman suffers from severe dementia and walked out of her Upper West Side apartment in the middle of the day and never returned. Goldberg posted personal information and photographs to help track her down and hoped the kindness of the Reddit community could assist with the rest. See also: Top 200 Reddit Posts of All Time, Visualized Image: Reddit A fellow Redditor by the username of geryorama saw Goldberg's story Tuesday afternoon and later that night, came upon May on a city street. After helping her to safety, he posted a response explaining how he found the missing woman. Read more... More about Reddit, Lost And Found, Watercooler, Conversations, and Inspiring
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Before YouTube, NBA Fans Lived for 'Slamadamonth' — And Now It's Online - http://mashable.com/2014...
Let's travel back in time, sports fans, to an era when we weren't quite as #blessed as we are today: The '90s. Definition was not high, the Internet was not in our pockets and social media meant watching a game at a sports bar while surrounded by actual people (gross). We also didn't have YouTube to endlessly replay and guffaw at the NBA's most viciously emasculating dunks — this DeAndre Jordan number from last May, for example. See also: 9 Years Later, YouTube's First Video Is Too Real for This Internet Indeed, in the uncivilized era preceding YouTube, the highlight-starved among us had to settle for the next-best thing: Slam magazine's "Slamadamonth" feature, which broke down one posterizing play in exhaustive detail each issue. Read more... More about Media, Nba, Entertainment, and Sports
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Cancer Patient Raises Millions for Charity in His Biggest Bucket List Goal - http://mashable.com/2014...
Stephen Sutton, 19, was diagnosed with bowel cancer at the age of 15. When he was 17, he learned it was terminal That's when he made a bucket list. Sutton dreamed up 46 experiences to complete in the short years he had left, from "hugging an animal bigger than me" to crowd-surfing. See also: Wedding, Career, Chemo: When Cancer Derails the Millennial Dream But the greatest task he set out to accomplish was raise one million pounds for a charity called the Teenage Cancer Trust. (Sutton's original goal was 10,000 pounds, but he upped the goal last year after achieving the amount.) On Tuesday, Sutton posted a message to his Facebook page as a "final thumbs up," saying goodbye and thanking everyone from family members to his medical team. He also asked that people continue to support his fundraiser, which had yet to reach the million-pound goal Read more... More about Facebook, Cancer, Crowdfunding, Us, and Watercooler
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Spoiler: Americans Can't Draw Their Home States - http://mashable.com/2014...
What does your state look like to you? Ask most Americans that question and they'll probably confidently describe a rudimentary shape for you. Ask them to draw that shape and they'll stare blankly for a few moments before sprinting in the other direction In order to exploit two of Americans' greatest shortcomings (geography and art), we took to the streets of New York City to task tourists and natives with drawing their home states — from memory. See also: 15 Monthly Subscription Boxes Shipping Essentials to Your Door The results range from semi-impressive to hysterical, with most leaning toward the latter. Who knew so many New Yorkers think their state resembles candy corn, or that Ohioans unanimously agree to their state's row boat shape? Read more... More about Video, Art, Features, Humor, and Us
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100-Year-Old Woman Shares Love Story in First 'Humans of New York' Video - http://mashable.com/2014...
Shirley, age 100, has a love story for the ages. In the first mini-documentary by Humans of New York creator Brandon Stanton, Shirley sweetly reflects on her time with her late husband, Moe. See also: The Human Behind 'Humans of New York' Moe and Shirley were married for just three years when Moe left to serve as a military doctor during World War II. She describes their first encounter as "a meeting of the souls." Shirley appeared in a HONY photo in February 2013, paired with the heartfelt caption: "When my husband was dying, I said: ‘Moe, how am I supposed to live without you?’ He told me: 'Take the love you have for me and spread it around.'" Read more... More about Viral Videos, Watercooler, Videos, and Humans Of New York
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Facebook Passes 1 Billion Monthly Mobile Users - http://mashable.com/2014...
A year and a half after Facebook first announced 1 billion monthly active users, the social network has more than 1 billion monthly active users on mobile devices, too Facebook announced the milestone alongside its Q1 earnings on Wednesday, reporting record totals for profits and active users as well. Facebook's monthly active user total is now at 1.28 billion worldwide, and has increased every quarter since the company went public in 2012 See also: Facebook Beats First-Quarter Estimates; CFO Stepping Down Facebook reported $2.5 billion in revenue, a 72% increase over revenues from Q1 2013. That number was slightly lower than the $2.56 billion Facebook took in during the company's record-setting 2013 Q4 report from January, although that isn't uncommon as advertisers typically cut back following a holiday splurge Read more... More about Facebook, Charts, Earnings, Q1, and Social Media
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On the Greatest Day Ever, America's First Cat Cafe Opens in NYC - http://mashable.com/2014...
Toss your toy mice in the air: North America has its first cat cafe. The Cat Cafe by Purina One opens its kitty door (and its human-size doors) to New Yorkers on April 24, and will remain open for four days. Curious cat lovers will have the chance to sip complimentary "catucchios" with 16 adoptable and adorable cats. And, no, visitors don't need to use a box as a toilet. See also: The Complete Hiss-tory of Cats on the Internet Feline coffeehouses already exist in other areas of the country, like Japan and Paris, but health code laws have prevented the trend from fully catching on in the U.S. Purina's Cat Cafe features a food service area connected to a cat sanctuary with swinging doors to keep the animals and kitchen separate. Read more... More about Pics, New York City, Pets, Cats, and Watercooler
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Apple Sells 44 Million iPhones in Q2, Beats Earnings Estimates - http://mashable.com/2014...
Apple beat Wall Street estimates for earnings and revenue in the March quarter, but projected lower-than-expected results for the upcoming quarter Apple posted earnings of $11.62 a share on revenue of $45.6 billion for the second quarter, coming in well ahead of analyst estimates for earnings of $10.18 a share on revenue of $43.5 billion. However, the company said it expects revenue to drop to between $36 billion and $38 billion in the June quarter The iPhone business — still Apple's largest individual product line — proved stronger than analysts had expected. Apple reported sales of 43.7 million iPhones for the March quarter, beating estimates of around 38 million iPhones. That's up from 37.4 million iPhones sold during the same quarter a year earlier. Read more... More about Apple, Stocks, Iphones, and Business
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Zynga Founder Mark Pincus to Step Down from Day-to-Day Role - http://mashable.com/2014...
Zynga founder Mark Pincus is leaving his role as chief product officer at the mobile gaming company and relinquishing his last link to the company's day-to-day operations. The news came as Zynga announced mixed first-quarter earnings. The company reported a loss of $0.01 per share, in line with expectations, and revenue of $161 million that beat estimates. Pincus will retain the role of chairman on Zynga's board of directors. The absence of Pincus from the day-to-day operations leaves the company in the hands of CEO Don Mattrick. While Pincus may not have the same control over the daily operations of the company, his position on the board as well as the company's structure means his still retains control of Zynga. Read more... More about Mobile Gaming, Zynga, Business, and Gaming
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Facebook Beats First-Quarter Estimates; CFO Stepping Down - http://mashable.com/2014...
Facebook handily beat Wall Street's estimates for its first quarter and announced its CFO, David Ebersman, is stepping down. Ebersman will be replaced by former Zynga CFO David Wehner See also: 12 Facebook Statuses You Need to Retire "David has been a great partner in building Facebook, and I'm grateful for everything he's done to help make the world more open and connected," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a press release. "David set us up to operate efficiently and make the long term investments we need, and built an incredibly strong team including Dave Wehner, our next CFO. I look forward to working with Dave in his new role." Read more... More about Facebook, Business, and Advertising
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Shaq's LinkedIn Profile Needed Some Serious Copyediting - http://mashable.com/2014...
There are two schools of thought on LinkedIn. One is the group of people who truly believe LinkedIn is a magical place, ideal for connecting with individuals in your field and finding jobs and touting your experience. The other is a group that mocks phrases like "thinkfluencer" and "guru" and rolls its eyes whenever someone actually talks about LinkedIn. (But secretly, that latter group is still honing their LinkedIn profiles regularly and lurking on people from high school.) As of late, a third group has crept in: celebrities on LinkedIn. Conan O'Brien joined the network in September 2013, and this week, we found out Shaquille O'Neal had a profile, too. Read more... More about Linkedin, Shaq, Business, and Media
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