Indiegogo Tries Out “Forever Funding” Campaigns Without End Dates

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 Indiegogo is expanding beyond temporary crowdfunding projects and into hosting permanent crowfunded businesses. In the next few days it plans to launch “Forever Funding”, a source close to Indiegogo confirmed to me. This will let creators raise money indefinitely rather than having to set a date for their campaign to stop. [Update 7:35am PST: Indiegogo has just announced the… Read More Read more »

Apple’s Big-Ass iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Now Available For Pre-Order

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 Apple’s newest and largest pair of iPhones, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, are now available for pre-order in a number of countries, including the U.S. and the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy. The phones are due to ship to buyers on September 19. Pre-orders don’t appear to have opened up yet in China, Asia’s dominant market, despite the Far East being the driving force behind… Read More Read more »

FishingBooker Helps You Book Fishing Trips

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 This year’s Audience Choice at Disrupt SF has a WHALE of a tale to tell you. Called FishingBooker.com, this Belgrade-based company is streamlining the process of booking fishing boats. Yes. Really. Founded by Vukan Simic and Nemanja Cerovac, the startup won a pitch-off I attended in Montenegro this year and came all the way from Serbia to hang out on the show floor. When they heard… Read More Read more »

The Disrupt SF 2014 Battlefield Finalists Are Alfred, Partpic, PatternEQ, Shipstr, Stack And Vinli

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 In our new conference venue at Pier 48, 26 battlefield competitors (and two Audience Choice winners) have pitched their hearts out onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF these past two days. It’s been a nerve-wracking process for these founders, as they presented their business ideas to some of the most accomplished people in our industry who gave feedback on whether those ideas are worthy. Read More Read more »

The Residents of ‘Sesame Street’ Want You to ‘Come Get It Bae’

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Grover wants to be your bae. At least that's what this Sesame Street version of Pharrell's "Come Get It Bae" would suggest. This (unfortunately fake) lip sync has Grover, Bert, Ernie and friends swaying to the beat and seemingly singing along to the song's very adult lyrics See also: 5 Fun Science Experiments for Kids While some truly magical editing is responsible for this amazing mashup, it's more fun to pretend that the residents of the Street just really love slightly racy uptempo pop music Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. BONUS: John Oliver and Cookie Monster Deliver the Last Word on News Read more... More about Youtube , Viral Videos , Music , Sesame Street , and Watercooler Read more »

On Docuseries ‘The Chair’, YouTuber’s Filmmaking Skills Put to the Test

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Starz's The Chair is more than a making-of-a-movie docuseries — it's the answer to a question the movie business has been asking since videos on YouTube began launching their content producers into stardom: Can a YouTuber make a successful full-length film? At least, that's the journey for one of the show's participants, YouTuber Shane Dawson, one of two directors whose filmmaking journey will be chronicled on the show, which premieres Saturday Dawson and filmmaker Anna Martemucci, a film school grad whose work in short films has won her accolades, were given the script for the same movie and tasked with producing their first feature-length film. In the end, viewers and the public will watch both films and vote on which they liked best, with the winning director nabbing the $250,000 prize Read more... More about Youtube , Television , Youtubers , Starz , and Entertainment Read more »

Beyonce Backstage: Behind-the-Scenes Video Reveals VMAs Madness

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Beyoncé , to many, appeared flawless onstage during her MTV VMAs medley , but offstage during rehearsals her demeanor told a different story. She was more frazzled than flawless In an unanticipated, behind-the-scenes glimpse into last month's stunning performance, a video that arrived Friday on her YouTube channel gives fans an intimate take on the run-up to the Video Music Awards medley. See also: Miley Cyrus Reacts Beautifully to Facebook Fans' Tales of Homelessness "It's unbelievable," Beyoncé, then 32, said in the above clip. "I'm trying to like really compose myself — I can't believe that we did [rehearsal] only one time." Read more... More about Music , Entertainment , Vmas , and Beyonce Read more »

Nasty Gal Lays Off Up To 10 Percent Of Its Workforce

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 Several sources confirm Nasty Gal has laid off up to 27 employees in the last week. “Business is down dramatically and leadership has been in panic mode for months,” according to one source. #GIRLBOSS author and CEO Sophia Amoruso told WWD last Friday that the company is making some “strategic changes.” Read More Read more »

11 Joan Rivers Moments That Capture 40 Years of Trailblazing Comedy

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Joan Rivers knew how to keep an audience doubled over in laughter — from her antics on the red carpet to her appearances on late-night television. The comedian and TV personality passed away on Thursday after complications following throat surgery at the age of 81, her daughter confirmed in a statement. Beyond her years as a staple on E!, Rivers was a comedy icon always pushing the envelope with her raucous and often raunchy humor. See also: 10 Joan Rivers Quotes That Transcend Her Snark Her legendary performances and appearances will be remembered as some of the funniest moments in television history. Wherever she was, Rivers was always ready to laugh. Read more... More about Youtube , Videos , Lists , Humor , and Funny Read more »