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The most harassed women online share why they’re not logging off

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:30

Editor's Note: This piece is part of an ongoing series exploring what it means to be a woman on the internet. The internet can be dark and full of terrors for women, but it also provides a platform to be heard and connect. 

When the internet metamorphoses into a hate-filled wasteland where strangers hurl the most vicious comments imaginable, the words “hope” or “love” can feel entirely alien to the experience of women online

For many women, simply existing in an online space and voicing an opinion can render them a target for abuse. Those targets include: Women of colour, women in the LGBTQ community, liberal women, conservative women, women fighting for reproductive rights, women speaking up about sexual assault, women taking a stand against misogyny and sexism, women with opinions, women who are just doing their job. Women are not the only people subjected to online harassment and abuse — and whose experience of the internet is warped by efforts to silence and shout them down — but for women who speak up, the internet can exacerbate the sexism, both overt and subtle, that they face in real life. Read more...

More about Social Good, Feminism, Harassment, Trolling, and A Woman On The Internet

Every artwork to look out for in Beyoncé and Jay-Z's 'Apesh*t' video

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 08:56

The Carters have conducted their own art history lesson, but this is not your conventional class.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z unleashed their new track "Apeshit" on Sunday, the lead single from their joint nine-track album Love Is Everything, which dropped Saturday on Tidal.

SEE ALSO: Holy sh*t, Beyoncé and Jay Z just dropped a surprise album

Of course, it wouldn't be a landmark single release from the Carters without a highly extra video to match, and "Apeshit" is no exception, directed by Ricky Saiz.

Set in the iconic Louvre museum in Paris, the video sees Beyoncé and Jay-Z, among a group of dancers, subvert some of the most famous (primarily white and western) artworks on the entire planet. Some lass called "Mona Lisa" springs to mind. Read more...

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Samsung's cancelled foldable phone looks exactly like you thought it would

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 08:01

Samsung has been working on a foldable phone for seemingly forever, but the release of this fabled device keeps getting delayed (presumably because the entire concept doesn't make a lot of sense). 

Now, a new leak claims to show a cancelled, two-screened phone from Samsung, and it looks surprisingly boring. 

SEE ALSO: Samsung reportedly planning an August reveal for the Galaxy Note 9

The concept, leaked by Twitter user @MMDDJ_ and noticed by SlashLeaks, is basically a fat Samsung phone with a second screen on a hinge. Apparently, it was called Project V (model number SM-G929F) — we've heard of a similarly named foldable Samsung phone in 2016, so that's presumably when this thing was designed.  Read more...

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13 epic tweets only 'Fortnite' players will understand

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 07:00

Saying that Fortnite has done a lot of things right would probably be the understatement of the year. But if there's one thing everybody's new favourite game has done particularly well, it's tapping into meme culture.

A quick glance at Twitter is all that's needed to confirm this.

SEE ALSO: ‘Fortnite’ is the one game with the power to rewrite the rules (for now)

From shopping cart rollercoaster rides to shape-throwing supervillains, here are some viral tweets that will only make sense to people whose favourite weekend destination is Tilted Towers... Read more...

1. This beautiful makeshift theme park. 2. This undeniably impressive music video.More about Fortnite, Entertainment, and Gaming

This country's prime minister intervened because people couldn't watch the World Cup

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 05:52

Never get between fans and the World Cup.

Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has stepped in after people complained of streaming issues with Optus, which holds the right to locally broadcast all the games at the tournament.

SEE ALSO: South Korea came up with a very creative tactic to use against Sweden in the World Cup

On Twitter, Turnbull said he had spoken with the telecommunications company's CEO, Allen Lew, who reassured the problems would be fixed by Monday night.

I have spoken with the Optus CEO, Allen Lew. He assures me he is giving the World Cup streaming problems his personal attention and he believes it will be fixed this evening.

— Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) June 18, 2018

More about Sports, Australia, Soccer, Optus, and World Cup

This country just made a huge move to ditch its controversial tampon tax

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 04:19

Australia has just made a landmark decision to scrap its controversial tampon tax.

On Monday, the country's Senate passed a bill drafted by the Greens party to remove the tax on tampons and feminine hygiene products, previously considered by law to be "luxury" items.

SEE ALSO: Stock images perpetuate the myth that women are weaker when they're on their period

In Australia, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is charged on these sanitary items that women require on a monthly basis. 

Since 2000, a 10 percent GST has been added to the cost of tampons, pads, liners, cups, sponges and 11 other feminine hygiene products. They're incredibly considered "non-essential items," by the Australian government, while other health-related products like condoms, lubricants, sunscreen and nicotine patches are exempt from the tax. Read more...

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Doctor suspended after video of tense stand-off with patient goes viral

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 02:55

An emergency room physician has been suspended after a video showing an tense dispute with a patient went viral.

20-year-old Samuel Bardwell was unable to get up from a hospital bed at El Camino Hospital in California, after he suffered an anxiety attack following basketball practice last Monday, reported SFGate.

SEE ALSO: A helpful list of mental health resources to remind you there’s always hope

The video posted on Facebook by his father Donald clocked up 4.3 million views, and shows the physician arguing with the pair, urging that the patient is well enough to get up and that he was "the least sick of all the people that are here." Read more...

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Facebook tightens its policies on gun-related advertising

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 02:20

Facebook is tightening up its rules on advertising gun accessories to minors.

The social media giant announced it would restrict the advertising of weapon accessories, such as optics, belt accessories and holsters, to those over the age of 18. It is not outright banning the advertising of these kinds of items.

SEE ALSO: Facebook’s desperate for people to take its fake news fight seriously

The changes start from Jun. 21, and advertisers will be required to restrict their audience when publishing an advertisement on the platform.

"Unlike posts from friends or Pages, ads receive paid distribution. This means we have an even higher standard for what is allowed and why we have chosen to limit weapons accessories to an adults only audience," Facebook said in its blog post. Read more...

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South Korea came up with a very creative tactic to use against Sweden in the World Cup

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 21:13

Whenever you bring together dozens of different countries from around the globe, there's gonna be some cross-cultural confusion.

And if you're South Korean coach Shin Tae-yong, you figure out how to work that to your advantage.

SEE ALSO: World Cup opening game proved a little tricky for people with colour blindness

In a press conference Sunday, Shin explained the unusual tactic he'd employed against spies from the Swedish team: He'd had his team members swap jersey numbers for the warmup games, in hopes that scouts would confuse the players for one another. 

"It's very difficult for Westeners to distinguish between Asians, and that's why we did that," Shin explained, as quoted by ESPN. Read more...

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Artificial 'earthquake' detected in Mexico after World Cup goal

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 20:40

Mexico is now the gold standard for fan celebration.

A small artificial earthquake was detected in Mexico City on Sunday after Hirving Lozano scored a goal — the only goal of the game — during Mexico's World Cup matchup against Germany. 

According to SIMMSA, which monitors seismic activity in the area, the earthquake was likely caused by "massive jumping" directly after the goal. Hell yeah.

SEE ALSO: How to watch the World Cup (and other sports) live without cable or a TV

El #sismo detectado en la Ciudad de México se originó de manera artificial. Posiblemente por saltos masivos durante el Gol de la selección de #México en el mundial. Por lo menos dos sensores dentro de la Ciudad lo detectaron a las

— SIMMSA (@SIMMSAmex) June 17, 2018

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Warner Bros. is cracking down on Harry Potter festivals, and fans are not pleased

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 19:59

According to Warner Bros., magic is not for everyone.

As reported by the Associated Press on Saturday, the studio's powers-that-be are cracking down on unauthorized Harry Potter festivals, eliciting disappointment and frustration from fans. 

Festivals are now prohibited from using any "names, places, or objects" associated with the series — which, obviously, rules out pretty much everything except broad concepts. One festival in Philadelphia, for example, will take on a new, vague "wands and wizards" theme.

SEE ALSO: There's a new version of 'Netflix and chill' and it involves Harry Potter

Online, fans are mourning the loss of their favorite festivals. Many are, understandably, perturbed by the crackdown, particularly because the Harry Potter franchise is already a huge moneymaker. Read more...

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Tom Hanks saves Shakespeare through the magic of improv

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 19:37

Leave it to Tom Hanks to save the day by combining Shakespeare and improv. 

As reported by The Orange County Register, Hanks was performing in a production of Henry IV at the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles on Wednesday when an audience member fell ill and passed out. 

SEE ALSO: Tom Hanks acts out every Tom Hanks movie in 8 minutes

The play was paused for 15 minutes while crew members (who consisted of veterans with medical training) and then paramedics attended to the sick theatergoer. 

Meanwhile, the audience was beginning to grow restless. So Hanks burst back onto the stage and began riffing in character as Sir John Falstaff, joking with the audience and imploring them to remain seated and be patient. Read more...

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The iPhone 3GS is going back on sale, but for a limited time and only in South Korea

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 19:05

Apple hasn't manufactured a new iPhone 3GS since the now-ancient smartphone was retired in 2012. But shoppers in South Korea will be able to pick one up before June is over.

South Korean wireless carrier SK Telink discovered an unsold shipment of the third-generation iPhone hidden away in a warehouse, local news service ETNews reports (h/t VentureBeat). Each one will be sold unlocked for the U.S. equivalent of roughly $40.

SEE ALSO: Apple's officially making it harder for cops to bust into your iPhone

All of the devices are never sold, new-in-box products. Though given their age, SK Telink plans to open each one, test it, and — provided it works — repackage it. The iPhone 3GS arrived in South Korea for the first time in late 2009, and there's no way to know if their rechargeable batteries still work without testing them first. Read more...

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The most heartwarming tale of amateur squirrel dentistry you'll read today

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 18:02

Call her Captain America, because she just saved Bucky.

Bucky the squirrel, that is.

SEE ALSO: This acrobatic squirrel nails its 'Wrecking Ball' moment while attempting to score birdseed

As reported by Sarah Kraus of Global News, Jannett Talbott (who is Canadian, so not actually Captain America) noticed that one of the squirrels in her feeder was suffering from severely overgrown teeth.

In these photos Jannet Talbott took in her backyard, you can see exactly what was wrong with Bucky the squirrel's teeth#sabretoothsquirrel

— Sarah Kraus (@SarahNKraus) June 16, 2018

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School receptionist rings in summer vacation with PA system cover of 'At Last'

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 17:40

I am ashamed to admit that, as a student, I never paid that much attention to what anyone was saying over the PA system. But if my school had employed Regina Ballard, I might've. 

The North Carolina school receptionist sang a truly beautiful rendition of "At Last" on Wednesday to celebrate her last day in the office before summer vacation. The school wasn't full of students — just a few employees and kids enrolled in camp — but those lucky enough to hear the performance enjoyed a real treat.

Petition to make "At Last" the perpetual song of the summer, please. Read more...

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'Incredibles 2' scores a massive $180 million opening, the biggest ever for an animated release

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 16:29

For every unmitigated disaster like Solo, there are multiple other box office hits for DisneyIncredibles 2 is the latest.

The 14-years-later sequel is on a pace to finish off its opening weekend with a $180 million box office haul in the United States. That's the highest opening to date for any animated release, and for any PG-rated release as well. It's also the eighth-largest domestic opening weekend ever, overall.

SEE ALSO: How 'Incredibles 2' carves out its own space in a superhero-saturated world

Incredibles 2 soars past another Pixar sequel, Finding Dory, the previous top animated opener. The Finding Nemo sequel launched in 2016 on the same June weekend as Incredibles 2, but it only (only!) managed to pull in $135.1 million in its first three days. Read more...

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I can't stop reading about Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 15:40

In the same way that Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande dove headfirst into their whirlwind romance, it took me about five seconds to decide that I was smitten with their love.

SEE ALSO: We have decided to stan Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande

It was the Hogwarts robe Instagram that did it. I was tickled by this unexpected pairing, and delighted by their Harry Potter nerdery – and then suddenly, completely obsessed, in a way I'd never been about a celebrity relationship before.

the chamber of secrets has been opened ...

A post shared by Pete Davidson (@petedavidson) on May 30, 2018 at 10:00am PDT Read more...

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Theaters add warning to 'Incredibles 2' in wake of strobe light concerns

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 14:11

Some theaters are adding health warnings to their ticket counters in the wake of a Twitter thread about strobe light effects in Incredibles 2. 

Blogger and advocate Veronica Lewis tweeted the thread on Friday, writing that the film's liberal use of flashing light — in one scene, for 90 seconds straight — could cause issues for viewers with epilepsy, migraines, or chronic illness.

SEE ALSO: A complete ranking of every Pixar movie ever – up to and including 'Incredibles 2'

"I am not calling for a boycott of Incredibles 2, or to change the movie ... I just wish Disney/Pixar and theaters alike would issue a warning that the movie contains several scenes with strobe lights," she wrote.  Read more...

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How to Turn Unlinked Brand Mentions Into Links by @annaleacrowe

Search Engine Journal - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 14:05

Creating valuable content but not getting credit for it? Here's how to turn linkless mentions of your brand into links.

The post How to Turn Unlinked Brand Mentions Into Links by @annaleacrowe appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

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