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People are not okay with the leaked Facebook guidelines on sexual, violent content

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On Sunday, The Guardian revealed internal documents from Facebook that uncovered how the social media corporation moderates everything from hate speech to live streams.  

The guide—which is filled with examples of how to handle sexual content, animal abuse and violent deaths—has pried open the conversation regarding online ethics, and people have begun to hop on Twitter to share their immediate thoughts, many of which aren’t so great for Facebook.

Folks have expressed their confusion about the subjective rules, and are questioning the logic behind particular parts of the guide.   Read more…

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What Snapchat vs Facebook means for the media

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In Snapchat Vs. Facebook, the gloves are off and the competition is heating up

As the fight for advertising revenue intensifies between the two social media giants, the tactics will get dirtier, and the prizes will become bigger. Yet, in the midst of all this, one question remains: what will the fighting mean for journalistic publications that use these platforms to boost their profile across social networking sites?

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As things currently stand, Facebook dominates the dispersal of news, but that’s not to say Snapchat isn’t innovating. In fact, one of the major developments in dissemination of media articles on social media was spearheaded by Snapchat’s story feature that allows publications to provide readers with a form of digital magazine. This was adopted by Facebook-owned Instagram, and the effect on journalism has been revolutionary.  Read more…

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This startup gives online shopping brands an IRL home

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What do you get when you cross a glossy fashion mag with a department store?

That’s essentially the nonintuitive question Bulletin co-founders Ali Kriegsman and Alana Branston inadvertently answered as they formulated their Y-Combinator-backed startup.  

The pair originally set out to create a “shoppable magazine” — an online publication that would showcase up-and-coming brands to potential customers. 

As that spark of an idea eventually evolved into the small chain of trendy brick-and-mortar stores Bulletin now runs, the business plan obviously drifted a bit. But the editorial roots are still evident in the company’s DNA. Read more…

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8 ridiculous startups you never asked for, but exist nonetheless

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Yes, there’s an app for that. And even that.

While HBO’s Silicon Valley pokes fun at start-up culture, tech entrepreneurs, and off-the-wall ideas, the show’s riffs and jokes aren’t only contained to fictional cable TV storylines. The real world is filled with actual examples of unnecessary companies, apps, and products trying so hard to “disrupt” something, anything.

These companies mean well enough, but they are trying to solve problems that don’t necessarily need fixing. Here’s a recent batch of startup ridiculousness.

proud to announce my new tech startup, Groodlur, which takes unnecessary tech startups and converts them into uh, I guess, shoes

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This new app wants to be the Uber of camping

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According to a report by the Outdoor Foundation, Americans log 598 million nights a year under the stars. At an average of $40 in expenses and fees per night, that’s $24 billion spent on campsites alone. Add in all the related costs—gear, transportation, food—and the Outdoor Industry Association figures the industry generates closer to $167 billion annually.

But former investment banker Michael D’Agostino, who grew up camping on a farm in Litchfield, Conn., still calls the industry a broken business.

The tipping point came a few summers ago, when D’Agostino found himself on vacation “directly across from a campsite of 40 people at a Wiccan convention: robes and UFO spotters and streaking and all.” It wasn’t what he’d imagined as a quiet weekend with his wife—counting stars, listening to crickets, bellies full from prime steaks grilled over a man-made fire. “We definitely took them up on some mead,” he said of the Wiccans, “but we had to keep the dog in the tent—she was going bonkers—and it was kind of like camping in Times Square.” Read more…

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A guide on where and how to sell your stuff online

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It’s simple enough to earn extra money selling stuff online, but you’ll want to determine the ideal venue for your goods. Selling Grandma’s vintage tea cozies is a different endeavor from offloading your old stereo system. 

We’ve rounded up some of the major online marketplaces along with tips about their audience, style and fees.

Online sales and auctions

There’s a handful of major online auction and sales sites, and as you’ll see, some charge much lower fees than others. The major players, Amazon and eBay, have higher fees, but they’re also some of the most highly trafficked sites on the internet. If speed of sale is your goal, these sites are the way to go. If you’re trying to maximize your profit, you might take some more time to find a buyer on a smaller site. Read more…

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5 ways to ace the new job application process

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Juno was supposed to be the labor-friendly Uber alternative. Now drivers are pissed.

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Ride-hailing service Juno promised a more worker-friendly alternative to the zero-sum labor practices of Uber and Lyft — it offered drivers a piece of the company itself.

But that dream died last month when Juno suddenly jettisoned drivers’ part-ownership agreements following a $200-million sale to rival Gett. 

Drivers were left justifiably irate, and now Uber’s fledging quasi-union is taking up their cause. 

The Independent Driver Guild (IDG) — the industry’s first labor group to receive employer recognition — filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday calling for an investigation into Juno’s alleged deception over the program. Read more…

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