John Cook, the editor-in-chief of Gawker, is leaving the news site to join First Look Media, the media company bankrolled by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar
The news, which was first reported by Re/code and later confirmed by Politico, marks the second notable departure for Gawker this year. The site's viral guru Neetzan Zimmerman left in January to join Whisper, an anonymous social network startup
Nick Denton, Gawker's founder, provided Mashable with a terse response by e-mail: "I'm going to let John Cook and Glenn Greenwald have their day." Greenwald is the former Guardian journalist whose reporting on Edward Snowden's revelations now forms the backbone of Omidyar's nascent media network Read more...More about Media, Gawker, First Look, Business, and Pierre Omidyar
Facebook redesigned its news feed last week, but the company isn't stopping there. Next up for a makeover is Facebook Pages
The new design includes two columns similar to the old version, but the right column is now the Page's timeline and the left includes information about the brand or corporation. In the previous design, both columns served as the Timeline; posts were staggered between the left and right columns as users scrolled down Read more...More about Redesign, Facebook, News Feed, Pages, and Social Media
AUSTIN, Texas — In what is sure to be just one of many unscheduled celebrity appearances during South by Southwest this year, Justin Bieber gave a surprise performance at sausage and beer joint Banger's on Sunday night.
An awestruck María Núñez was among the attendees at the restaurant for the Sunday Funday event thrown by Bieber's manager Scooter Braun, capturing her own reaction in this selfie — with 20-year-old Bieber in the background:
— María Núñez (@marianunez64) March 10, 2014Music, Celebrities, Sxsw, Justin Bieber, and Entertainment
With wristband fitness trackers, smartwatches and other tech wearables gaining massive traction, Google will be making it easier for developers to create these types of devices for its Android platform.
Sundar Pichai, Google senior vice president of Android and Chrome, announced at the SXSW conference in Austin on Monday that the company will release a SDK (software developer kit) later this month, The Guardian reports. With an SDK, developers would finally have a guide to building wearable tech that runs Android, which up until now has been ad hoc (the first Galaxy Gear ran Android).Google, Mobile, Lg, Wearables, and Tech
AUSTIN, Texas — The distance between a normal person and a celebrity can often be measured in degrees. Just ask actor Kevin Bacon — who, during a SXSW session, proved that he could instantly cut the distance down to one degree by including every audience member in a Vine video (below).
It was a reminder about the power of technology for direct connection and how easily social media can break down once virtually impenetrable barriers
Some entertainers like Kevin Bacon are quick learners when it comes to leveraging social media for making connections or for social good. And when they need a little guidance, Dustin Bramell, Facebook's strategic partner development manager for entertainment, is quick to step in. Bramell is part of the team at the social network tasked with connecting the dots among celebrities, Facebook's tools and audiences sitting on the opposite side Read more...More about Facebook, Twitter, Beyonce, Kevin Bacon, and Film
CarPlay will allow users to enjoy all the features previously described, such as use of the dashboard touchscreen of CarPlay-enabled cars to send and receive messages, make phone calls and interact with Siri.
Speaking of Siri, another major change present in the update allows users to decide when Siri stops listening. Previously, Siri would try to detect when you stopped talking and then provide an answer. Now the software allows you to hold down the home button in the event you've paused your speech in the middle of a thought. This feature could be a huge time-saver — eliminating the need to continuously re-ask questions in perfectly-formed sentences. Read more...More about Iphone, Software, Apple, Ipad, and Ios
This little girl just put your karaoke career to shame.
Blessed with a voice that would make Billie Holiday proud, 7-year-old Angelina Jordan Astar stunned the judges from Norway's Got Talent with her soulful cover of the late-jazz singer's "Gloomy Sunday."
Perhaps the most impressive part of Astar's pitch-perfect performance was her dead-on imitation of Holiday's famously husky voice.After a performance like this, we're left with one question: Where do we sign up for voice lessons?Youtube, Viral Videos, Music, Tv, and Watercooler
AUSTIN, Texas — Revenge is on Arya Stark's young mind in Game of Thrones' forthcoming fourth season as she seeks justice for the last season's bloody Red Wedding, but at South by Southwest she's merely trying to control her emotions at the GoT virtual-reality experience.
After putting on the Oculus Rift gaming headset, Arya (played by 16-year-old Maisie Williams) was transported into a 4D "Ascend the Wall" environment in which an elevator shaft brought her to the top of the fictional land of Westeros' 700-foot ice wall. Not fond of heights, she panicked and screamed, as evidenced in the Instagram video below.
The Wall protects the Seven Kingdoms in the show, though on this day it did little to keep Arya or any of the Oculus Rift's other users alive. I explain the experience, which included "4D" elements like wind and vibrations, in the video below while sitting on the Iron Throne inside the GoT exhibit at Austin Music Hall.
HBO's installation incorporated CGI elements from visual FX company Framestore, sending users into the GoT world for a few minutes, all while Kristian Nairn, who plays Hodor on the show, provided music as DJ to the rest of the exhibit's attendees.
Mashable caught up with Williams, Nairn and Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth) to discuss the experience and the upcoming season, which premieres April 6.
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BONUS: Hodor on the Decks: How 'Game of Thrones' Rocked SXSW
The night that Martin Stiksel and Felix Miller got rich, they couldn't even find a cold beer to celebrate with
The two founders had been holed up at a law office in London for hours finalizing a deal that would result in their startup, Last.fm, getting acquired by CBS for $280 million. It was after 11 p.m. when the deal was done. The air conditioner and refrigerator had turned off; whatever drinks were in the office had warmed. With little reason to linger, they took the 30-minute bus ride home and crashed for a few hours until the investor calls began early the next morning
Their exhaustion had been years in the making. Stiksel and Miller founded Last.fm, a music discovery service, in 2000, at ages 25 and 24, respectively. For the next seven years, they invested all their time and effort into refining and growing the product, while dealing with "angry parents" who questioned what they were doing with their lives. After Last.fm was acquired in 2007, the founders stuck around for two more years, frequently flying back and forth across the Atlantic to meet with their new owners, before finally calling it quits. Read more...More about Youtube, Facebook, Startups, Kayak, and Omgpop
This round of America's Most Social Small Business — our March Madness-style challenge presented by Capital One Spark — ramped up in intensity, with each remaining brand bringing its best game-face to the competition.
To narrow it down to the Final Four, round three of the challenge focused on how each brand utilizes visuals storytelling in their social efforts — everything from the images they post on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to the videos on their YouTube channels and their pinboards on Pinterest and quirky content on Tumblr. Visuals are an integral piece of the puzzle when it comes to a quality presence on social media, making this round a key determinate of which businesses are truly the most socially savvy Read more...More about Marketing, Social Marketing, Business, Small Business, and Supported
The doors to the MashHouse have closed, but SXSW is far from over. With Film running through Saturday and the Music festivities just heating up, there are plenty of sights, sounds, and BBQ to enjoy — and to capture with your camera.
We want to see what South By looks like through your eyes, so this week we’ve teamed up with Esurance to bring you a SXSW-inspired Mashable Photo Challenge. Whether it’s endless taco trucks and tech talks, or late-night dance parties and crazy concerts — we want to see it.
Upload your photo to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #MySXSW before 9 a.m. on March 17 and we’ll share our favorites on our site and in our Instagram feed. Read more...More about Startups and Social Media
Edward Snowden said the very people who are supposed to be protecting the United States from cyberattacks are the ones making the country more vulnerable.
Snowden called out Gen. Keith Alexander and Michael Hayden, respectively the current and former directors of the National Security Agency (NSA), naming them as two individuals that have done significant damage to national security during a talk he gave via satellite video at South by Southwest on Monday.
The accusation came as a response to a question posed to Snowden about Alexander's recent comments that Snowden's leaks have caused "grave, significant and irreversible damage to our nation and to our allies." Read more...More about Us World, Us, Nsa, Edward Snowden, and Keith Alexander
Sheryl Sandberg has long criticized the use the of the word "bossy" to describe young girls who are assertive. Instead, the Facebook COO has urged people to forgo the word with all its negative connotations, and instead describe these girls as "feminist" or displaying "executive leadership skills."
Now, Sandberg is helping spearhead a campaign to nix the word and encourage young women to become leaders.
See also: Sheryl Sandberg Becomes a Billionaire
LeanIn.org, a non-profit organization founded by Sandberg, has partnered with the Girl Scouts on the Ban Bossy campaign. It includes a dedicated website filled with stories and quotes from prominent women and a social media campaign for sharing facts and tips tied to the hashtag #banbossy. Read more...More about Beyonce, Sheryl Sandberg, Business, Facebook, and Jobs
Few few things bring small kids more joy than the ice cream man.
The sweet and familiar sound of the ice cream truck is enough to make any child go ballistic. As sugar cravings rush through their small brains, the hankering for a delicious frozen dairy treat can them forget entirely about everything else — including, apparently, gravity
If you find pleasure in watching little kids eat it, these two cute brothers reacting to music from the ice cream truck will leave you giggling shamelessly.Viral Videos, Funny, Cute Kids, Watercooler, and Videos
Next time you worry about how much time your kid is spending in front of the screen, remember that having a tech-savvy toddler just might come in handy. When Laura Toone was attacked by her foster dog last week, her 2-year-old son Bentley sprung into action to save his mom by calling a family friend using FaceTime.
"I begged my daughters to call 911 and they're 4, and they were quite afraid to even touch the phone because it was covered in my own blood," Laura Toone told ABC News. "Here comes my son from the kitchen bringing me our dish towel."Viral Videos, Kids, Facetime, Watercooler, and Videos
Want to boost your YouTube views and turn channel visitors into subscribers? YouTube star Lamarr Wilson has some tips for you in this debut episode of Mashable's new show YouTube Weekly.
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In this series, Lamarr will cover the most popular channels, viral videos, and tips on how to make your channel better. Check out the first episode above, and don't forget to subscribe to Mashable for new videos every week.
BONUS: #5Facts You Didn’t Know About YouTubeYoutube, Videos, Social Media, Vlogs, and Lamarr Wilson
About 30 Senate Democrats, including all four members of the Democratic leadership, plan to take to the Senate floor for an all-night “talk-a-thon” on climate change, starting at 7 p.m. Monday. Led by Democratic Sens. Brian Schatz and Barbara Boxer of California, the event is an effort to raise awareness of the issue and bolster support for the White House’s push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by regulating power plants, among other measures. The president’s climate policies have come under harsh criticism from Republicans, who have accused the White House of “waging a war on coal.”
The event is not a formal filibuster, since Democrats are not discussing any specific legislation, but they plan to hold the floor from the completion of voting on Monday until regular Senate business resumes on Tuesday morning at 9, according to a statement from Sen. Schatz’s office. One member of the task force, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D.-R.I.) has given 60 floor speeches on climate change since his election in 2006. Read more...More about Democrats, Climate Change, Republicans, Senate, and Global Warming
The search is still on for the Malaysia Airlines flight 370, which mysteriously vanished somewhere en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 7. There were 239 people on board, and so far, all clues have led nowhere.
Flight 370 was cruising around 35,000 feet when it dropped from radar with no signal from pilots, which is almost unheard of in the aviation world. Authorities believe it may have disintegrated in mid-flight, but no wreckage has been recovered after a weekend search with 34 aircrafts and 40 ships. It's extremely rare for an aircraft to suddenly vanish, without warning, during cruising altitude, as most airplane accidents occur during takeoff or landing. Since 2003, only seven fatal commercial jet accidents have occurred during cruising altitude Read more...More about Flight, Map, Airplane, Us World, and Us
AUSTIN, Texas — Usually, if you drop your phone or tablet in liquid, you can pretty much bet it's a goner — or in need of immediate care.
But in a tub of technology company 3M's magic water, you can drop an unprotected iPhone and it will still work. We experienced this firsthand, along with other cool innovations like sticky tape used to hold planes together, at SXSW. Take a tour for yourself in the gallery above.
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National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden will do a video interview with American Civil Liberties Union's principal technologist Christopher Soghoian, who is at South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. Snowden will phone in by satellite today around noon ET.
Snowden, who is currently living in exile in Russia after famously leaking evidence of the NSA's expansive surveillance programs, is expected to speak on just that, festival organizers say. The conversation will be focused on the impact of the NSA's spying efforts on the technology community, and the ways in which technology can help to protect us from mass surveillance Read more...More about Sxsw, Tech, Politics, Us, and Edward Snowden