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All the ridiculous Deadpool 2 marketing stunts you may have missed

May 18, 2018 Alex 0

Deadpool 2 is now in theaters, and to herald its arrival, its marketing team has clearly pulled out all the stops. The stunts for Deadpool two years ago were wild enough, with wacky mock rom-com posters, a fake Tinder profile, and more. Now, the team has outdone itself with promotion for the sequel.

The Deadpool franchise is an eclectic mashup of genres and a meta-parody of the superhero genre, so the very weird tone set by its marketing stunts matches its product perfectly. I majored in marketing in college, and I was once on the brink of working for an ad agency, so I have to give props to this team. In a world dominated by behemoths like Avengers: Infinity War, which is still in theaters, a scrappier brand like Deadpool has to be good…

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Why a Ray Bradbury Twilight Zone episode is the perfect thing to stream this weekend

May 18, 2018 Alex 0

There are so many streaming options available these days and so many conflicting recommendations that it’s hard to see through all the crap you could be watching. Each Friday, The Verge’s Cut the Crap column simplifies the choice by sorting through the overwhelming multitude of movies and TV shows on subscription services and recommending a single perfect thing to watch this weekend.

What to watch
“I Sing the Body Electric,” a 1962 episode of The Twilight Zone, from late in the show’s third season.

Written by Ray Bradbury, the episode stars Josephine Hutchinson as “Grandma,” a robotic playmate, guardian, and teacher, who is purchased by a widower (Bewitched’s David White) to take care of his three demanding children. Veronica Cartwright…

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Apply today for a Startup Alley Exhibitor Package at Disrupt SF ‘18

May 18, 2018 Alex 0

Every tech founder worth their title knows that investors, customers and media exposure form the life blood of every early-stage startup. And there’s no better way to place your startup in front of these three essential groups than to exhibit in Startup Alley at Disrupt San Francisco 2018. The conference takes place on September 5-7, but if you want to secure your spot you need to apply to purchase a Startup Alley Exhibitor Package before the application window closes.

Startup Alley at Disrupt SF ’18 will feature more than 1,200 highly vetted, early-stage startups showcasing the very latest in tech products, platforms and services spanning the tech spectrum. You can expect more than 10,000 attendees to pass through the Alley, including more than 400 media outlets.

Exhibit your company in the Alley’s energetic atmosphere of networking, collaboration and possibility. According to Crunchbase, Startup Alley exhibitors at Disrupt SF 2017 raised more than $37 million in seed and Series A f..

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Lyft hires former Tesla Autopilot manager for self-driving car efforts

May 18, 2018 Alex 0

Sameer Qureshi has left his role as a senior manager of Tesla Autopilot Programs and has joined Lyft, according to his LinkedIn. We first saw the news over on Electrek. Tesla declined to comment, but Lyft confirmed Qureshi joined the team this week.

At Lyft, Qureshi is now director of product for autonomous driving, specifically focused on Lyft’s Level 5 self-driving car efforts. To be clear, Level 5 is when a car requires no human to be at the wheel. In fact, Level 5 prohibits humans from intervening, even if they want to.

At Tesla, Qureshi was “responsible for the entire Autopilot software stack across all of Tesla’s cars and platforms” for more than one year, he wrote on his LinkedIn. To be clear, Qureshi was not an executive, VP or director, but one of 4,000 managers at Tesla. Prior to his most recent role at Tesla, Qureshi served as senior manager for software and firmware programs at Tesla for more than two years.

Lyft first launched its self-driving car division in July 2017…

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You can now skip Netflix intros with your Chromecast

May 18, 2018 Alex 0

You can now skip the Netflix intros that you only watch at the start of a season with your Chromecast. This feature has been available on desktop and mobile devices for a while, but it’s only now debuting for Chromecast users, as pointed out by a tipster at Android Police.

Currently, the skip button works by appearing within the controller interface on the phone app. That makes sense because the Chromecast doesn’t add any new input functionality to the screen it’s attached to, unless paired to a Google Home.

For some reason, you can only use this feature — which is still rolling out — with a Chromecast that’s connected to an Android device. An iOS version of the “skip intro” feature will certainly be added at some point.

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Google is making an AR headset with new Qualcomm chips

May 18, 2018 Alex 0

Google is reportedly working on a standalone augmented reality headset that will use new Qualcomm chips. It will be built by Taiwanese computer maker Quanta. The project is still in its early stages, according to documents obtained by WinFuture.

The AR headset is supposed to be similar to Microsoft’s HoloLens, a headset that came out in 2016 and is aimed at design, training, and industrial use. The Google AR headset that’s in development will reportedly be self-contained and powered by a Qualcomm chip, rather than tethered to another device. It will also include cameras and microphones. The headset is currently going by the name “Google A65.” There’s no release date yet for the Google A65 as it’s still in the prototype stage, according…

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Cut the crap: our weekly streaming column recommends one perfect thing to watch

May 18, 2018 Alex 0

There’s so much streaming entertainment these days that picking one perfect thing to watch feels impossible, and what’s supposed to be fun can feel downright intimidating. So our weekly streaming recommendation column, Cut the Crap, is here to simplify the decision. Each Friday, we look at what’s going on in the entertainment world, and we pick something to go with it — one perfect film, show, or episode available on VOD or on major streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. We’ll explain why it’s a good time for this recommendation, and why it’s worth your time specifically. Let us help you cut through the world’s ever-growing pile of mediocre entertainment and find one thing worth watching.

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YouTube TV adds Tastemade and The Young Turks as it expands its digital media content

May 18, 2018 Alex 0

In April, YouTube TV confirmed rumors it was expanding its service by way of digital-only networks by launching two news channels from Cheddar. The streaming service was also expected to roll out channels from Tastemade and The Young Turks soon, reports said — something YouTube TV hoped would differentiate its service from the now numerous live TV streaming rivals, while leveraging the power of big-name online brands to attract new subscribers.

On Thursday, YouTube TV alerted customers by way of email it had added new channels Tastemade and TYT, along with Cheddar and Cheddar Big News, which arrived earlier.

The company also confirmed the news in an interview with Variety, where the company explained how it saw this as the first step toward YouTube TV fulfilling its original promise of delivering a streaming service that combined traditional TV content with that from YouTube publishers.

Those efforts will continue, as YouTube TV says it’s in talks now with other partners to carry th..

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A leaked look at Facebook’s search engine for influencer marketing

May 18, 2018 Alex 0

Facebook’s next money-maker could be this tool for connecting marketers to social media creators so they can team up on sponsored content Facebook ad campaigns. The Branded Content Matching search engine lets advertisers select the biographical characteristics of creators’ fans they want to reach, see stats about these audiences, and contact them to hammer out deals.

Leaked screenshots of Facebook’s promotional materials for the tool were first attained and published in german by AllFacebook.de. TechCrunch has now confirmed with Facebook the existence of the test of the search engine. Facebook first vaguely noted it would build a creator-brand tool in March, but now we know what it looks like and exactly how it works.

Even though Facebook will not actually broker or initially take a cut of the deals, the tool could equip brands with much more compelling and original marketing content. That could in turn encourage them to spend more on Facebook ads to spread that content, while also m..

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Vota turns your credit card transactions into recommendations, helps you spot fraud

May 18, 2018 Alex 0

Oh my god, someone’s doing Blippy again. If you’ve been around the internet as long as I have (too long), you’ll probably remember the meteoric rise of the social network for sharing your purchases, Blippy, which was hyped up to a $46.2 million valuation back in 2010 before the world realized that almost nobody wanted a dedicated network for sharing and viewing each others’ purchases. Well, guess what? Someone’s trying a Blippy-like thing again – this time, in the form of a new app called Vota which automatically records your credit card purchases and the places you visit so you can share them with friends or family, or view them privately for your own reference.

As a byproduct of this data collection, you may spot credit card fraud or other errant charges, too, or just get a handle on your spending.

But why revisit this concept now, when it failed before?

Well, there’s the argument that some startups are just “too early,” or that they could have succeeded if they had done X instead..