#ChevyGuy is having a no good, very bad day

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Poor Rikk Wilde. Poor, poor Rikk Wilde. Madison Bumgarner may have been crowned World Series MVP on Wednesday, but Rikk Wilde has also been getting a good deal of attention since the end of Game 7. See also: All hail MadBum, the World Series legend from Bumtown (yes, really) The Chevrolet executive was given the task of presenting Bumgarner with the MVP award and keys to a new 2015 Chevy Colorado (which has already been recalled ). Things didn't go very well. Product placement fail. Read more »

Your Instagram feed will now be filled with video ads

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If a picture is worth 1,000 words, a 15-second video has to be worth quite a bit more. Instagram has launched its first video ads, adding another entry into the lucrative but increasingly crowded market See also: 7 Smartphone Photography Tips for Enviable Instagram Photos Disney, Activision and Banana Republic are among the first companies to have autoplay videos featured on the Facebook-owned platform, according to Adweek . Brands have already been producing videos on Instagram that are seen only by those who follow their corporate accounts. Now, Instagram is pushing ads into feeds. Instagram added video in June 2013 and has been very deliberate about using that tool for advertising. CEO Kevin Systrom said in July that he had personally been reviewing every ad in hopes of setting a "high bar" for marketing on the service Adweek noted that the video ads put on Instagram have been highly scrutinized to ensure "they contain mostly fresh content , fit the vibe of the platform and are not simply repurposed TV/Web commercials." Read more... More about Facebook , Instagram , Business , Media , and Online Video Ads Read more »

OK, so T-Pain can actually sing without auto-tune

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Don't get it twisted: T-Pain's signature auto-tune is no coverup for a lack of vocal talent. T-Pain visited NPR's headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Monday for a Tiny Desk concert, proving that the hip hop artist indeed has some serious pipes "I know everyone's worried about where the auto-tune is gonna come from. It's OK. I got it in my pocket," he said. He jokes, he jokes. T-Pain delivered some soulful, stripped-down versions of "Buy You a Drank," "Up Down" and "Drankin' Patna" equipped with only his voice and a piano Also: T-Pain thinks "pianist" is a really funny word. He's not wrong Read more »

Raises are coming for the cast of ‘Game of Thrones’

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If Game of Thrones lives to see Season 7, some of the show's cast is poised to see some pretty hefty pay raises. HBO has reportedly locked the series' primary cast for the as-of-now unofficial Season 7 after renegotiating the contracts that were set to expire after Season 6, according to The Hollywood Reporter . See also: These Dothraki Pickup Lines Will Woo Your Fine Khaleesi As part of the new deals, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, and Lena Headey will reportedly receive raises for the already ordered Seasons 5 and 6 , as well as Season 7 should it be ordered. (Or more likely, "when it is ordered," right?) Read more... More about Television , Entertainment , Tv , and Game Of Thrones Read more »

Pirate Bay cofounder found guilty of hacking

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Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, a Swedish hacker and founder of file-sharing website Pirate Bay , was found guilty of hacking crimes in Denmark on Thursday. In what the prosecution called the country's biggest hacking case, Svartholm Warg, 30, was found guilty of breaking into various Danish public databases controlled by IT service provider CSC in 2012, accessing hundreds of thousands of social security numbers, criminal records and extradition agreements. Svartholm Warg allegedly committed the crime along with his accomplice, a 21-year-old Dane only known as "JKT" (the judge asked his name not to be published) according to media reports . Read more... More about Pirate Bay , Hacking , The Pirate Bay , Hackers , and International Talk Like A Pirate Day Read more »

E-40 and Marlins Man are together at the World Series

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Talk about #TrueDetectiveSeason2! Talk about a match made in bizarro heaven! Talk about a World Series subplot! For the second straight night, Bay Area rapper E-40 and notorious rich-guy/jet-setter/baseball fan Marlins Man are seated but feet apart behind home plate at the World Series in Kansas City. It is magical and it is intriguing and it raises so many questions amid the more baseball-related matters of Game 7. See also: Who Is Marlins Man? All About the Mysterious World Series Troll E-40, for the uninitiated, is a legendary Bay Area rapper. He's been in the game since the early 90s, but perhaps had his biggest bout of national fame with the song "Tell Me When To Go" in 2006, when the region's so-called hyphy movement had its 15 minutes of fame. He's also famous for his bizarre, Bay Area-centric brand of slang. Urban legend has it he even invented the phrase "fo shizzle" before Snoop Dogg Read more... More about Mlb , Entertainment , Conversations , and Sports Read more »

Birds hold clue to preventing sickening in-flight turbulence

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SYDNEY — Australian researchers have used birds to help prevent dreaded in-flight turbulence. Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology's Unmanned Systems Research Team studied the natural movement of feathers and the way a bird uses them to create a system that detects disturbances in the air. See also: Australia is sweltering and the worst is still to come Project researcher Abdulghani Mohamed told Mashable the idea was inspired by flying birds and insects, as they are able to deal with high levels of turbulence. "We studied the biological systems of these animals to find that avian feathers and insect hairs are used by the brains of the corresponding species to sense turbulence and correct for it," he said. "We therefore proposed the concept of phase-advanced sensing and investigated a variety of sensors which are capable of sensing the flow disturbances before they result in an attitude perturbation." Read more... More about Australia , Dev Design , Us World , Bird , and Turbulence Read more »

Comedians Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld will host the Mashies

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We’re excited to announce that Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld  will be hosting the 2014 Mashies award ceremony . The duo is best known for their award-winning Internet series " Jake and Amir ," which averages more than 500,000 views an episode and is one of CollegeHumor's longest-running series. The  Mashies will be held at  Gotham Hall  in New York City on Nov. 4, and tickets are  on sale now. Buy Tickets The Mashies are a unique opportunity to mingle with some of the most talented digital media professionals across the country, as well as learn from the year’s most outstanding examples of digital marketing, advertising and social media. Read more.. Read more »

Tim Cook Talks Apple Pay Pushback, Alibaba Deal, Death of iPod Classic

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LAGUNA BEACH — Apple CEO Tim Cook gave an unusually candid interview Monday night — in which he struck back at companies leaving the Apple Pay system, teased a possible partnership with Alibaba, and revealed why Apple killed the iPod Classic. Speaking at the WSJ.D conference in Laguna Beach, California, Cook called Apple Pay a tremendous success even in its first week, and revealed that there had been 1 million credit cards activated on the system in its first 72 hours. "That's more than all the other guys combined," Cook enthused, touting his early lead over similar payment systems such as Google Wallet. "And we're only just getting started. I'm already getting flooded with emails from customers." Read more... More about Apple , Tim Cook , and Tech Read more »

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Preorders Outpace Galaxy Note 4 on Samsung’s Home Turf

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The fact that Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been monster hits in all of their launch countries thus far isn't a surprise. What is surprising, however, are reports that preorders for the new Apple smartphones are outpacing orders for Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 in South Korea, where Samsung is headquartered. Analysts are predicting that preorders for the new iPhones have topped 100,000 units since Friday, according to The Wall Street Journal . In comparison, the Galaxy Note 4 had 30,000 preorders over a similar time frame. See also: Two Weeks Later, Here's What Users Think of the iPhone 6 Plus Read more... Read more »