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Seth Meyers slams Trump's golf trip: 'In a real emergency, no one goes to the omelette bar'

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 04:21

Late Night host Seth Meyers absolutely eviscerated Trump's press conference regarding his declaration of a national emergency to build his border wall.

Tackling Trump's speech delivered at the White House on Friday, Meyers noticed it was "less of a declaration and more of a sing-song ramble." He's not wrong, as you can see in the clip.

"He sounds like a five-year-old telling you what he saw at the zoo," Meyers said.

Meyers pointed out that in order to build a case against lawsuits challenging the declaration, the president in his speech should have insisted that he had to do this. Instead, Trump said he "could do the wall over a longer period of time. I didn't need to do this, but I'd rather do it much faster." Read more...

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New Features Possibly Coming to Google Search Console by @MattGSouthern

Search Engine Journal - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 02:12

These new features are likely on the way to Google Search Console, according to code discovered in the interface.

The post New Features Possibly Coming to Google Search Console by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

Huawei founder speaks amid pressure: 'The U.S. can't crush us'

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 01:10

The founder of Chinese electronics giant Huawei said it doesn't need the U.S. to survive. 

Ren Zhengfei spoke to the BBC in his first interview since the arrest of his daughter, Huawei CFO Wanzhou Meng, in Canada.

SEE ALSO: Smartphones will get a lot more interesting next week

Huawei has been under considerable pressure from the U.S., which has been convincing allies in Australia, the UK, and New Zealand to not use the company's 5G equipment due to security concerns.

"There's no way the U.S. can crush us," Zhengfei told the broadcaster. "The world needs us because we are more advanced. Even if they persuade more countries not to use us temporarily, we can always scale things down a bit." Read more...

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Please enjoy the unnecessarily lit 'Act My Age' by One Direction meme

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 23:53

One Direction may have disbanded three years ago, but their songs are still undeniable meme-worthy bops. 

You've probably stumbled across this bizarre meme in the past few days: A trio goes hard and dances in perfect sync to what sounds like the beginning of a sea shanty. 

That tune is a One Direction deep cut — in the 2014 song "Act My Age," the five lads croon about how their romantic interests will keep them young at heart forever. But before they break into singing about being "fat and old," the song opens with a jaunty melody. 

SEE ALSO: Twitter turned this massive fried rice prank into a pretty great meme — All the Memes Read more...

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Buckle up, Queen is performing at the Oscars

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 22:37

Guys. Queen is performing at the Oscars this year. 

With Adult Goth/possible vampire Adam Lambert at its helm, Queen is set to dazzle us all during the awards show, which controversially tried to cut four categories from its broadcast in hopes of saving time.

SEE ALSO: Never mind, the Oscars will air all the categories live after all

The Academy tweeted a teaser on Sunday, with a mash-up of "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "We Will Rock You." 

Is this the real life?
Is this just fantasy?
We welcome @QueenWillRock and @adamlambert to this year's #Oscars!https://t.co/7uDf42FbjJ

— The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 18, 2019 Read more...

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Creators on Instagram and other platforms made nearly $7 billion, study says

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 22:30

Creators in the U.S. are earning more than ever on internet platforms like Instagram, YouTube, and Tumblr — nearly $7 billion, according to a new study.

The sprawling 97-page report by the Re:Create Coalition analyzes how many people in the U.S. are creating online content, where in the country they’re located, and how much they are earning. According to the study, nearly 17 million Americans earned an estimated $6.8 billion across nine internet platforms in 2017.

The Re:Create Coalition, a group which advocates for fair use and balanced copyright law, conducted the research in order to update its previous findings from 2016 on what it calls “America’s New Creative Economy.” The most recent report found a nearly $1 billion increase in earnings and more than 2.4 million additional creators over the one-year period between studies.  Read more...

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Google Explains How it Weeds Out Disinformation in Search Results by @MattGSouthern

Search Engine Journal - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 20:59

Google published a 30-page white paper with details about how the company fights disinformation in Search, News, and YouTube.

The post Google Explains How it Weeds Out Disinformation in Search Results by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

This 'Alien' cake is the only good gender reveal

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 20:58

Congrats, it's a parasitic alien! 

Gender reveal parties are exhaustingly overdone — from starting wildfires to nearly killing Grandpa, the heteronormative announcements can backfire beautifully. Twitter user @mskittenfish posted a video of a rare gender reveal done well. 

SEE ALSO: Watch a baby gender reveal party backfire spectacularly

But there's a twist: The baby is neither a girl nor a boy. It's a genderless otherworldly predator!

Instead of revealing pink or blue filling, this party was interrupted when a toothy alien burst out of the cake. 

Despite the screams of the party guests, other Twitter users found the reveal party downright lovely. Read more...

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Why is everyone on Twitter talking about towels?

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 19:25

Good morning, everyone. Apparently we're mad about towels. 

Scrolling through Twitter on Monday, you might have seen a feed full of people arguing over the amount of towels you're supposed to own. The Great Towel Debate started when Twitter user @Advil asked followers to settle an argument between him and his girlfriend. 

SEE ALSO: Surreal memes deserve their own internet dimension

"We have zero frame of reference on the appropriate amount of towels in a household of two," he tweeted. 

hello fellow adults. my gf and i have a question... what is the correct amount of towels to own? i said 10 and she looked at me like i was crazy. we have zero frame of reference on the appropriate amount of towels in a household of two.

— abdul (@Advil) February 17, 2019 Read more...

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Lightsaber dueling is now an official sport in France

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 19:20

Good news, Jedi. 

France's fencing federation has recognized lightsaber dueling as a competitive sport, the Associated Press reports. 

Now you can channel your inner Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, or Qui-Gon Jinn (lol just kidding) with a French Fencing Federation judge watching you.

SEE ALSO: Sweet 'Star Wars: Episode IX' wrap photo is out-of-this-galaxy adorable

Here's how it works:

Two fighters enter a circle marked in tape, much like the Jedi of old. Hit the head or body and you get five points. Smack a leg or arm and you get three points; hitting a hand is worth only one point. First one to 15 wins, or whoever has the highest score after 3 minutes.  Read more...

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Netflix cancels 'Jessica Jones' and 'The Punisher'

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 17:49

Marvel's The Punisher and Jessica Jones are getting axed.

Don’t freak out, Jessica Jones fans — the third season of the show will still be streamed. But the relationship between Netflix and Marvel looks like it’s over. The two struck a deal in 2013 that involved four series based on Marvel characters, as well as The Defenders

SEE ALSO: 'Punisher' deserves so much better than where Season 2 leaves him

Confirming that The Punisher "will not return for a third season," Netflix nodded to showrunner Steve Lightfoot and the crew in a statement to Deadline. "We are proud to showcase their work on Netflix for years to come."  Read more...

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Google will stop websites from blocking Incognito mode

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 17:19

Google is about to close a loophole that many companies used to track how people were browsing their website in Chrome.

According to 9to5Google, Google is aware of a trick that web developers have been exploiting which enables them to detect if a user is visiting a website in Chrome’s Incognito mode. This loophole allows websites to block visitors from accessing the site’s content, forcing them to switch out of Incognito mode if they want to view the page. 

The workaround is fairly simple. Chrome disables the FileSystem API, which stores application files, when Incognito mode is being used. Websites looking to block private browsing in Chrome can just check for this API when a browser loads the page. Read more...

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Hot mic picks up someone saying 'we're actually f**cked' during live BBC broadcast

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 16:49

The thought of getting caught on a hot mic and broadcast nationwide without your knowledge is a pretty terrifying one. 

Especially if what you get caught saying is a pretty blatant — and accurate — statement about national politics, and you also happen to drop the f-bomb. 

SEE ALSO: How Benedict Cumberbatch transformed himself into the mastermind behind Brexit

That's exactly what happened to one unlucky individual who got caught making some rather blunt remarks during a live BBC broadcast. During a televised press conference – where seven members of the UK political party Labour resigned in protest over the leadership of party Leader Jeremy Corbyn – a BBC microphone picked up a voice saying, among other things, "we're actually fucked." Read more...

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UK cybersecurity center isn't too afraid of Huawei, report says

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 16:32

The UK's National Cyber Security Centre has assessed the dangers of using Huawei's 5G equipment, and it found that it's not such a big deal, Financial Times reported Sunday. 

The cybersecurity centre's findings have not yet been made public, but FT claims that it found "ways to limit the risks" from using Huawei's equipment in 5G networks. 

SEE ALSO: Huawei teases foldable phone in new invite

The report doesn't offer any further details, and an official review from the UK government — which will likely be strongly influenced by the NCSC's findings — is expected in March or April. But if the UK government okays the use of Huawei's 5G equipment in the country, it would be a blow to U.Sefforts to convince its allies to avoid doing so. Read more...

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Learn modern web design for as little as £12.99 with this heavily discounted course

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 16:23

It's a dog-eat-dog professional world out there, and you should be doing everything you can to give yourself the edge. Whether that's pursuing extra-curricular activities or learning new skills, it's important to always be learning and growing.

Fortunately, in this day and age, there is pretty much a course for everything. If you want to hone your skills or develop new ones, you can probably find an online course from Udemy that can guide you. 

For many of us, it's our tech skills that let us down. This is easy to rectify though, with many courses offering a combination of on-demand video, articles, and other downloadable resources on mobile and TV that can help anyone. Read more...

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Victoria Beckham had a Spice Girls drag performance at her London Fashion Week after party

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 15:31

Victoria Beckham has made it quite clear that she's not planning on reuniting with the four other Spice Girls, but that doesn't mean she's totally done with the catchy songs or girl power. 

After Beckham's London Fashion Week show, her after-party guests were surprised by a drag performance of the Spice Girls' hit song "Wannabe," featuring drag queens dressed as Baby, Ginger, Sporty, Scary, and Posh. 

SEE ALSO: We asked our science reporter to review Ariana Grande's song 'NASA'

A video of the performance was posted to Twitter by DJ and drag performer Jodie Harsh, in which you can also see Beckham's evident joy. Read more...

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Casper mattresses, Instant Pot, MacBook Air, Beats, Keurig, Fire Stick TV 4K, and more on sale for Feb. 18

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 15:29

Did you know that we're all using our "second screens" wrong? It seems that most of us aren't using our tablets and smartphones in the best ways possible when watching TV or using a laptop. 

This is something to consider when shopping online for Presidents Day. We rounded up the best deals on all sorts of tech products, Amazon devices, and second screens. For example: Save $40 on the Apple iPad and save $20 on the Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet. 

SEE ALSO: Best Presidents Day sales: Casper mattresses, Dell laptops, KitchenAid mixers, and more

If tablets aren't your thing, you can also save on mattresses for the holiday, including up to $600 on brands like Serta, Beautyrest, and Sleepy's from Mattress Firm, while you can save up to 25% on mattresses and bedding at Brooklyn Bedding. We also gathered deals on kitchen products from Instant Pot, Keurig, and more. Read more...

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11 DIY videos that absolutely no one asked for

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 15:00

DIY videos have saved our lives on more than one occasion, and sure, some of the hacks that surface are really cool and useful. But, some content creators have taken the trend a little too far. 

We're talking about those videos where someone decides to DIY or "hack" something that no one really wants or needs, and ends up making the process 19 billion steps long.

1. 1,4000 to make a ring made of denim

One of the biggest problems facing the world today is the utter lack of rings made out of jeans. Thanks to YouTuber jedrek29t, that is no longer an issue. Unfortunately, unless you have an array of power tools, you're just out of luck. Even if you were dying for a ring made out of jeans, there must be an easier way to do it than this. Read more...

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Should We Write Content for People or Search Engines? by @searchmastergen

Search Engine Journal - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 14:45

Should you write content for people or content that's designed to rank in search engines? Find the answer here.

The post Should We Write Content for People or Search Engines? by @searchmastergen appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

6 Things Marketers Should Know About Facebook’s App Integrations by @virginianussey

Search Engine Journal - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 13:45

Here's what every marketer should know about the coming integration of Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp.

The post 6 Things Marketers Should Know About Facebook’s App Integrations by @virginianussey appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

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