News

Business

Jessica Lessin is optimistic about the news — and ‘The Information’ is doubling down

TwitterFacebook

It’s not exactly the best moment for news, what with a president intent on attacking journalists and the public’s abysmal trust in the media. So it’s a little surprising to hear how optimistic Jessica Lessin is about the future. 

But there are better days ahead for an industry that has been in a multi-decade, internet-enabled tailspin, she believes.

“The reason I’m optimistic is because we have a model that works for quality information in 2017, and it’s a subscription business,” Lessin said. 

When Lessin started The Information in 2013, the notion of a $400-a-year subscription-based publication was perplexing. Free journalism abounded and the tech scene that her outlet covered was already the subject of intense reporting. Who would pay for this kind of thing? Read more…

More about Startups, Media, Journalism, Digital Media, and Business

Business

This backpack can carry all of your things — and you

TwitterFacebook

MOVPAK is an electric skateboard and a backpack all in one. The skateboard pops out from the bottom of the bag and pops back in after use. It can also reach speeds up to 15 mph and is remote controlled. The electric board takes 2 hours to charge and can ride for 9 miles on a single charge — allowing you to carry all your things on your back in the subway and ride the rest of the way to work. Read more…

More about Kickstarter, Mashable Video, Bag, Skateboarding, and Real Time

Business

Russia says Syria is getting close to a congress of all ethnic groups

AssadAmmar Abdallah/Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A proposal to convene a congress of all Syria’s ethnic groups is a joint initiative which is being promoted by Russia and others and is now being actively discussed, the Kremlin said on Friday.

It is premature, however, to discuss the time and venue for the congress, which is seen as a mechanism to assist Syria’s post-war development, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with reporters.

Putin mentioned the idea of holding such a congress at a forum with foreign scholars on Thursday.

NOW WATCH: The 5 most annoying changes in the new iPhone update — and how to fix them

Entertainment

Taylor Swift just dropped a new song and it’s ‘Gorgeous’

TwitterFacebook

Swifties, we’ve got another one.

Taylor Swift has dropped a brand new track from her highly anticipated sixth album Reputation, dubbed “Gorgeous.”

It’s the third track released from the pop monarch’s upcoming album, following “Look What You Made Me Do,” and “Ready for It,” released earlier this year.

Have a listen:

With a vibe akin to Yazoo’s ’80s classic “Only You,” it’s a track that throws back to more pop-sensitive singles like 1989‘s “Blank Space,” — pretty different from the Peaches-meets-Fergie lead single, and thumper of a follow-up. Read more…

More about Entertainment, Music, Taylor Swift, Gorgeous, and Taylor

Business

Lawmakers try their hand at banning ticketing bots, but it’s not the end of them

TwitterFacebook

The pain of narrowly missing out on concert tickets is an all too common feeling.

While we might be quick to blame our reflexes, scalpers employing bots have been wreaking havoc in the now mostly digital ticket selling business. 

The Australian state of New South Wales will ban these ticket bots as part of laws passed on Wednesday, which makes it the first jurisdiction in the country to do so.

The Fair Trading Amendment (Ticket Scalping and Gift Cards) Bill 2017 outlaws the use of bots, while also capping the transaction cost of resales to 10 percent of its sale price. Read more…

More about Tech, Australia, Bots, Tickets, and Ticket Scalpers

Business

Experts don’t know if the fake news problem will get more or less awful

TwitterFacebook

If you’re looking for good news about the future of false information on the internet, please close this little post and continue your search. Your eyes are wasting their time here. 

A Pew Research Center study published on Thursday polled more than 1,000 experts of various kinds on how they view the future of fake news. 

Here’s the survey question:

The results are decidedly mixed.

Just over 50 percent of respondents said the media environment won’t improve, while just under 50 percent said it will. 

Why are some experts so pessimistic? According to the study, the two most common reasons are that the “fake news ecosystem preys on some of our deepest human instincts” and “our brains are not wired to contend with the pace of technological change.” Read more…

More about Business, Business, and Media Industry

Business

Twitter shares its roadmap to curb abuse

TwitterFacebook

Twitter prides itself on being “what’s happening,” but unfortunately for the company’s users, what’s frequently happening is unchecked harassment. CEO Jack Dorsey apparently has plans to change all that, and today put forth a roadmap for curbing abuse on the social media platform. 

In an Oct. 19 post, the Twitter Safety team published a detailed calendar listing target dates and goals for changing the site’s rules. Taking it a step further, Twitter promised to share “regular, real-time updates” on its efforts to make the service “a safer place.” 

More about Twitter, Jack Dorsey, Harassment, Social Media, and Social Media Companies

Business

The iPhone 8 isn’t looking so great

TwitterFacebook

Https%3a%2f%2fvdist.aws.mashable.com%2fcms%2f2017%2f9%2ffbdfe2e5 39ae 5519%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more…

{“player”:{“description”:”Come for the glass back, stay for the A11 Bionic chip and wireless charging.”,”image”:”https://i.amz.mshcdn.com/MUrWdNsCY_QrPthLgwL2HkPtasU=/https%3A%2F%2Fvdist.aws.mashable.com%2Fcms%2F2017%2F9%2Ffbdfe2e5-39ae-5519%2Fthumb%2F00001.jpg”,”mediaid”:”jmnr8rOo1R”,”preload”:false,”title”:”The iPhone 8 is excellent, but not for everyone”,”sources”:[{“file”:”https://vdist.aws.mashable.com/cms/2017/9/fbdfe2e5-39ae-5519/hls.m3u8″},{“file”:”https://vdist.aws.mashable.com/cms/2017/9/fbdfe2e5-39ae-5519/dash.mpd”},{“file”:”https://vdist.aws.mashable.com/cms/2017/9/fbdfe2e5-39ae-5519/mp4/1080.mp4″},{“file”:”https://vdist.aws.mashable.com/cms/2017/9/fbdfe2e5-39ae-5519/mp4/720.mp4″},{“file”:”https://vdist.aws.mashable.com/cms/2017/9/fbdfe2e5-39ae-5519/mp4/480.mp4″}]},”options”:{“disableAds”:false,”disableSharing”:false,”nextupAction”:”autoplay”,”embedUrl”:”http://mashable.com/videos/blueprint:jmnr8rOo1R/embed/?player=offsite&utm_campaign=Mash-BD-Synd-indiacom-toptech-partial&utm_cid=Mash-BD-Synd-indiacom-toptech-partial”,”standaloneUrl”:null,”post”:{“url”:”http://mashable.com/2017/09/19/apple-iphone-8-and-iphone-8-plus-review/?utm_campaign=Mash-BD-Synd-indiacom-toptech-partial&utm_cid=Mash-BD-Synd-indiacom-toptech-partial”,”date”:”2017-09-19T11:00:00.000Z”,”bp_id”:57144,”wp_id”:null}},”advertising”:{“params”:{“keywords”:”tech,apple,iphone,smartphone,highlights,smartphones,reviews,review,mashable choice,iphone 8,iphone 8 plus”,”sec0″:null,”sec1″:””,”prc”:””}},”analytics”:{“labels”:”tech,apple,iphone,smartphone,highlights,smartphones,reviews,review,mashable choice,iphone 8,iphone 8 plus”,”videoSeriesName”:null}}

More about Apple, Markets, Iphone 8, Iphone X, and Tech

Business

10 things you need to know before the opening bell (SPY, SPX, QQQ, DIA, AXP, APRN, UAL)

Kenya oppositionReuters/Baz Ratner

Here is what you need to know. 

It’s the 30th anniversary of the 1987 stock market crashThe Dow Jones Industrial average crashed more than 22% on October 19, 1987, making for the biggest one-day percentage drop in its history.  

China’s GDP slows down a bitData released by the National Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday showed the Chinese economy grew at a 6.8% year-0ver-year rate in the third quarter, matching estimates but down from the second quarter’s 6.9% print.

UK retail sales post their slowest growth in 4 yearsRetail sales rose 1.5% on a three-month basis, making for their worst performance since October 2013, according to data released by the Office for National Statisctics. 

Trump picks a new head of the FTCPresident Donald Trump has picked Joseph Simons, a partner at the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, to head the Federal Trade Commission. 

American Express’ CEO is stepping downKenneth Chenault is stepping down as chairman and CEO of American Express after 17 years, a company press release said Wednesday. He will be replaced by current vice chairman Stephen Squeri. 

Blue Apron lays off hundreds of workersThe meal-kit company announced Wednesday that it laid off 6% of its staff, or about 300 workers.  

United lost $185 million due to the hurricanesThe airline took a $185 million pre-tax loss as a result of canceled flights during the Atlantic hurricane season, Reuters reports.

Stock markets around the world trade mixedJapan’s Nikkei (+0.4%) led the gains in Asia and Germany’s DAX (-0.5%) trails in Europe. The S&P 500 is set to open down 0.39% near 2,551.

Earnings reports keep coming. Phillip Morris reports ahead of the opening bell while PayPal releases its quarterly results after markets close.  

US economic data flowsInitial claims and the Philly Fed will both be released at 8:30 a.m. ET. The US 10-year yield is down 3 basis points at 2.32%. 

Entertainment

Firefighters capture video of ‘fire tornado’ in Portugal

TwitterFacebook

Both wildfires and tornadoes are pretty terrifying things by themselves, but together? Next level.

During the most recent deadly wildfire that broke out in central Portugal on Oct. 6, local firefighters managed to capture the natural phenomenon known as a “fire tornado” or “fire whirl.”

The fires, which started near Pampilhosa da Serra and spread to the city of Arganil, have killed at least 41 people. More than a hundred have now been killed in fires in the country over the last four months. Read more…

More about Video, Portugal, Fire, Fire Tornado, and Science

Entertainment

There’s a mockumentary about that baseball episode of ‘The Simpsons’

TwitterFacebook

The Simpsons has its fair share of classic episodes, and surely “Homer At The Bat” would be up there with the most memorable.

With its enviable list of baseball royalty and highly quotable moments, it’s the perfect subject for a mockumentary, which has been titled Springfield of Dreams: The Legend of Homer Simpson.

The hour-long special set to air on Sunday is produced by Fox Sports and Major League Baseball, featuring Morgan Spurlock of Super Size Me fame as the director, according to EW.

It’ll be a satirical take on Ken Burns’ 1994 miniseries Baseball, with the mockumentary featuring sportscasters like Joe Buck, as well as the players who appear in the episode such as Wade Boggs, Steve Sox and Jose Canseco. Read more…

More about Entertainment, Tv, Sports, Baseball, and The Simpsons

Business

Don’t settle for buffering —this lil gadget is here to help

TwitterFacebook

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission.

This may sound like heresy, but WiFi isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Sure, it’s nice not having wires everywhere and it makes you feel like you’re living in the future, but WiFi can also have drawbacks. It can be painfully slow, has a limited range of coverage, and opens up your network to all kinds of security issues. It’s like trying to power an SUV with a sundial and wondering why it’s taking forever and doesn’t go very far. 

More about Wifi, Belkin, Wifi Access, Wifi Hotspot, and Mashable Shopping