If our viral video recap is any indicator, there's a boatload of animal news to catch up on this week. Good thing it's the weekend, so snuggle up and prepare for a healthy dose of furry fun.
As usual, cats were adorbs this week, but Rev the dog was the true star, crooning to an Adele ballad like a real diva. Ducks made sure to get noticed too, interrupting a high-speed car chase by taking their own sweet time to cross the street
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And oh boy, here's one deer who should've looked both ways before crossing the street. A bus driver got quite the shock when the animal came crashing through the windshield. The deer appeared to be OK, but it definitely didn't seem to enjoy the concept of public transportation Read more...
Yahoo's board of directors has approved a $1.1 billion acquisition of Tumblr, it was reported earlier today. The initial reactions from many Tumblr users have ranged from skepticism to outright anger, as many fear the acquisition will change the culture of the platform
What do you think the future holds for a Tumblr owned and operated by Yahoo? Let us know by answering the poll below. If there's another question you'd like to ask, you can add it to our poll
Yahoo Acquires Tumblr
Stay tuned for more updates from Mashable as this story unfolds.
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Summer is upon us, and Pepsi wants to enhance your sun-filled season with interactive entertainment events as part of its celebrity-infused "Live for Now" global ad campaign
Pepsi is introducing "Iconic Summer," a broad fan engagement program that will include digital and social media-driven calls to action. Participation will earn people prizes as well as access to music and entertainment events
Naturally, the program has a advertising component with such brand ambassadors as Beyoncé and Tate Stevens. The ads kick off May 19 at the Billboard Music Awards with this TV spot — shared first with Mashable — starring country crooner Hunter Hayes Read more...
Commander Chris Hadfield, the web's favorite astronaut, returned to Earth last week after 146 days in space. While based at the International Space Station, Hadfield treated us to a number of breathtaking photos from his Twitter account.
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In this Sunday Comic, our friends Nitrozac and Snaggy at The Joy of Tech imagine what kinds of photos Commander Hadfield might start tweeting, now that he's returned to the planet
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Yahoo's board of directors has approved a $1.1 billion acquisition of blogging platform Tumblr, according to a breaking news alert from The Wall Street Journal.
The deal is reportedly an all-cash acquisition, according to WSJ, and Tumblr will maintain control of its operations.
Tumblr and Yahoo have not released any official statements.
There were rumors circulating Friday about the Tumblr acquisition, which stated Yahoo's board, under the direction of still-new CEO Marissa Mayer, would discuss the potential over the weekend
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According to a report from AllThingsD, Mayer was interested in the platform's younger-skewing user base, and had been in talks with the board about Tumblr for the last six weeksAllThingsD also reported no other parties made bids on Tumblr. Read more...
If you've long complained about your typing speed and productivity, this iPhone 6 concept video may be the solution you're searching for.
The above YouTube video shows an iPhone 6 mockup that, when set on a flat surface, can project a Mac keyboard from one side and a Mac desktop from the other.
The video, created by YouTube user Sonitdac, shows a rendered "iPhone 6" that looks sim,ilar to an iPhone 5. The top and bottom ends of the iPhone are shown snapping off to create a stand for a small degree of elevation.
The iPhone rendering then projected a keyboard and trackpad onto the desk in front of the phone, and a functional Mac cinema display onto the wall Read more...
Internships are becoming an increasingly popular way to differentiate yourself from the hoi polloi; in fact, interns are 70% more likely to be hired as full-time employees with a company than candidates with no experience at the company.
Not only are interns getting hired more often — but there are companies that offer incredible perks and incentives to attract strong candidates. For example, Amazon interns earn $5,366 as a monthly salary, and Disney interns get free admission to all parks and resorts.
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The following infographic offers a brief history of the internship, and why it is worth your time to pursue one Read more...
Saturday Night Live's season finale was full of surprises, goodbyes and guest stars. While it was hosted by Oscar-winner Ben Affleck, the show-stealer was a tribute to eight-season cast member Bill Hader, who announced last week that he would be leaving the cast
The Saturday Night Live cast paid appropriate homage to Hader and his beloved character Stefon with a surprising wedding sequence. In the sketch, Stefon — the city correspondent for "Weekend Update" — tells Seth Meyers he is leaving to get married. Meyers, finally coming to terms with his overwhelming love for Stefon (after some advice from former co-anchor Amy Poehler) chases after him in true The Graduate, wedding-crashers style Read more...
A store in Australia made headlines earlier this year for charging consumers $5 to just walk through the door. The decision was made following the growth of "showrooming," a familiar concept when a person heads into a physical store to check out merchandise before finding the same product at a cheaper price online.
Thanks to free shipping and returns, as well as low or no taxes — hello, Amazon — it makes sense for consumers to do online price comparisons before making a purchase
According to analytics firm ForeSee Results, about 70% of consumers use a mobile phone in a retail store to research and accompany their shopping experiences. Data from U.K.-based design agency Foolproof also supports the growth of in-store mobile usage. In fact, a recent report revealed 24% of British consumers "showroomed" during the 2012 holiday shopping season — and 40% of that number bought from a competitor after comparing prices. Read more...
Even the simplest things in life are getting tech overhauls, so the next time you think it's too much work to wave a laser or string in the air to keep your cat entertained, consider this new toy that is powered by the sun.
Called the Solar Chaser, the device is essentially a cat toy on a wand that sticks to the window with suction cups. When it gets enough light, the toy — which has an accompanying string — will move, encouraging the cat to chase it.
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You can also swap out the dangling toy with your cat's favorite one, too. The Solar Chaser will cost you $40 via SolarChasers.com, but at least you can sit back, relax and watch your pet go crazy in peace Read more...
This is not gonna be pretty. Most of us have enough trouble pulling it together with our own DNA-crafted faces, but it's not a pleasant sight when technology helps you swap faces with an uncle, grandma, or far worse, a pet
The results are definitely not attractive, but they are equal parts funny and disturbing
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Keep your faces to yourself, people (and animals).
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"Facebook was not originally created to be a company," CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in his SEC Registration letter a little more than three months before Facebook went public on May 18, 2012. "It was built to accomplish a social mission — to make the world more open and connected."
In the year since the Facebook IPO, some things haven't changed: Zuckerberg still sports his trademark hoodies, employees still rate their company and their founder highly, and Facebook still talks about its grand mission to make the world more open and connected. But the era of Facebook operating or being perceived as anything other than a corporation seems more distant with each passing day Read more...
Imagine you're a truck driver. You're coming up to a tunnel that might be too low for your truck to fit under, but you're not sure. Suddenly, a gigantic red stop sign appears to obstruct the road in front of the tunnel entrance, giving you no doubt. Stop!
You're not going to overlook that explicit warning
What is this sorcery? See the video above to find out more about how this remarkable sign is created with a instantaneously produced sheet of water and — you guessed it — frickin' lasers
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These pop-up stop signs made by light show company Laservision are part of an experiment that's been taking place in Australia since 2007, successfully preventing semi trucks from suddenly turning into unintended convertibles. This one is in the Sydney Harbour Tunnel, and there are several others installed in the city. Read more...
It was a big week in tech, the week of Google I/O. But apart from the annual Google geekfest that its developers conference is, there was much more. We were in San Francisco to cover Google I/O, but we also kept an eye on the rest of the world of tech for Top 10 Tech This Week
The biggest story of the week — which in turn contained countless big stories — was Google I/O, the company's developers conference. Even though this time nobody parachuted onto the conference building wearing Google Glass, the conference was still full of juicy announcements: new Hangouts, new Google Maps, a 3.5-hour keynote featuring CEO Larry Page and much more Read more...
Ah, the benefit of hindsight.
Those who rushed to buy Facebook stock at its initial public offering price of $38 per share on May 18, 2012, are likely a little disappointed with their investment one year later. Though the stock has recovered from its $17.55 September 4 low, the price of the stock today, at a little more than $26 per share, is still closer to its all-time low than its opening price.
What if investors had put their money into other technology or Internet companies? Statistics database Statista looked at how a $1,000 investment made on the day of Facebook's IPO would have performed nearly one year later in the chart below. Read more...
It can be tough to keep up with all the new apps released every week. But you're in luck — Mashable takes care of that for you, creating a roundup each weekend of our favorite new and updated apps.
This week Google launched its own streaming music service, and another music service got a new mode designed specifically to be used while driving.
Airbnb's Android app was updated with some new tools for hosts, and Highlight got a little more personal.
Check out the gallery above for a look at this week's highlights.
Still looking for more? See last week's Apps You Don't Want to Miss for more great apps worth a look Read more...
There are two sides to every story, even a viral video.
In the top comments above, we've highlighted our readers' reactions to the contentious campaign against Abercrombie and Fitch. After the company's CEO Mike Jeffries publicly stated that he "doesn't want larger people shopping in his store," Greg Karber created a video in which he gives the company's branded clothing to homeless people for free.
Karber's intention was to publicly condemn Jeffries' statement, but some of our commenters had an adverse reaction to the video. We've highlighted the debate in the gallery above. Which side of the controversy do you agree with? Let us know in the comments section below Read more...
The obscure members of the Channel 4 News Team have assembled in the first trailer for Anchorman 2, the sequel to 2004's popular comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Dubbed Anchorman: The Legend Continues, the flick hits theaters Dec. 20.
Will Ferrell returns as anchorman Ron Burgundy alongside his misfit squad consisting of sportscaster Champ Kind (David Koechner), field reporter Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and meteorologist Brick Tamland (Steve Carell)
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While not in the teaser, Christina Applegate will reprise her role as spunky go-getter Veronica Corningstone, and Kristin Wiig will join the crew as Tamland's wife Read more...
Many animals are so in tune with the human species, that it might freak you out. Dogs can sense danger or sadnessMonkeys can use iPads. Honey badgers are all, "IDGAF," and eating pistachios.
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If you think that's crazy, you haven't seen the worst of it. We took these animals to a whole new level of anthropomorphism, thanks to the power of Photoshop.
Mashable composite, image via iStockphoto, Ksenia_Pelevina, pzAxe
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In the 1989 film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the title hero sets out to find the Holy Grail with only a diary and a map without any labels — and he has to find the grail before anyone else does.
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In this comic, Josh Mecouch of Formal Sweatpants shows us that there was an even more difficult final task than the one we saw in the film — and it's one that we non-adventurers often fail.
Comic illustration by Josh Mecouch, Formal Sweatpants. Published with permission; all rights reserved. Read more...
Low-budget recreations of movie trailers are nothing new. We've seen plenty on YouTube, but one Star Trek Into Darkness fan this week leveraged Twitter's six-second video service, Vine, in a crafty way to imitate the new film's trailer
Frank Danna of Texas spent three hours storyboarding scenes, cutting craft paper and filming his stop-motion Vine trailer, he told Mashable.
"My focus was to make an incredibly simple, minimalist presentation of the trailer, wrapped up in a six-second loop," he said. "It wasn't intended to be a shot-for-shot comparison for obvious reasons, but I did want to highlight the main crux of the trailer in a simple way using lower-budget means." Read more...
It's easy to forget how sky-high expectations were for the Facebook IPO. The day before the company went public, some investors reasonably assumed that by the close of the market, Facebook would be worth $140 billion since the average first-day pop for tech companies was 32%
Forbes also urged investors to "Buy Early And Buy As Much As You Can." A poll of 800 people determined that Facebook would close at $55 on its first day as a public company, putting it in that ethereal $140 billion range.
A year later, we all know how things actually turned out. Facebook's stock price jumped a mere $0.23 on that first day. Over the next few months, the stock bottomed out at $17.55 — less than half its opening price. The backlash was so fierce that there was even a movement to dump CEO Mark Zuckerberg in favor of a more seasoned chief executive. Viewed in cold economic terms, the Facebook IPO was a bust Read more...
NASA may have retired the space shuttle, but that doesn't mean amateur explorers need to stay grounded, right?
The Kua Fu Initiative is a photo project raising funds through Kickstarter to send a payload capsule into the lower stratosphere to capture HD photos and videos. Doug Cambron, the project's founder and a safety system supervisor from Perryville, Mo., said the idea for the mission stemmed from a lifelong curiosity of exploring the sky.
"Everyone who's grown up has thought at one point or another, 'Man, I really want to be an astronaut,'" he told Mashable. "This is a kind of a way to make that small bit of a dream come true." Read more...
When Marc Okrand graduated from Berkeley University with a degree in linguistics decades ago, he never guessed he'd become the mastermind behind a language with one of the biggest cult followings in the world.
Klingon — the official language spoken by the fictional warrior race in the Star Trek franchise — has taken on a life of its own. In addition to being newly added to Bing's language translator feature, it's been translated into Shakespeare, has its own language institute and is spoken all over the world.
Okrand visits the set of each new Star Trek film — the latest one opened this weekend — and teaches the actors how to pronounce and approach such a harsh-sounding, complicated language. So complicated, in fact, he still has to reference the dictionary he created to get it right. Read more...
Satellite TV provider DirecTV reportedly is considering buying streaming video service Hulu, which would strip away some or all ownership from Comcast Corporation, News Corporation and Walt Disney Company. A similar scenario took place two years ago when DirecTV initially wanted to own Hulu
Mashable has reached out to DirecTV. Hulu declined to comment. A source close to the matter told The Wall Street Journal that DirecTV is mulling an agreement that could expand its TV Everywhere service, which lets subscribers access programming from the web and on mobile devices. Meanhwile, Bloomberg Businessweek reports, via two unnamed sources, the discussions between DirecTV and Hulu are "at an early stage." Read more...
Sit back for a couple of minutes and take an exhilarating journey through Peru and Bolivia in this beautiful stop-motion video by Polish artist Piotr Wancerz of Timelapse Media. It's an elaborate composite of 12,000 photos and video frames, shot over a three-week period during Piotr's first trip to South America.
You'll see his model and traveling companion seemingly standing still while moving through breathtaking South American landscapes, some of which appear to spin around her. Notice the dazzling variety of locations in Peru and Bolivia, including Arequipa, Chivay, Colca Canyon, Cusco, Huacachina, Ica, Laguna Colorada, La Paz, Lima, Machu Picchu, Puno, Salar de Uyuni, Solar de Manana geysers, Termas de Polques and Valles de Rocas. Read more...
At the beginning of this year, Facebook overtook Google Maps as the most-used mobile app in the U.S. The social network giant also recently introduced a controversial new mobile interface, Facebook Home. Earlier this week, Home hit 1 million downloads. Love it or hate it (or both), Facebook is a cornerstone of the mobile experience
But being in the spotlight means taking your share of criticism. And if the Facebook app represents our smartphone-centric lives ... well, it has a few issues. None of them are deal breakers, but Mashable loves to tinker. Read on to see our list of things we would change about the Facebook app. Read more...
It's a common practice for job applicants to use social media to stand out to employers. We've seen the Vine resume, the Kickstarter one and enough infographics to make you cry. But how often do you see a company get creative when making an offer?
Tech marketing firm ePrize posted a picture to Instagram this week asking its former marketing intern Samantha Bankey, who graduated from Ferris State University in Michigan last weekend, to join the company
"We used Instagram because Samantha is highly engaged on this platform, and we've watched her work progress over her senior year in college through her photos," said Janice Pollard, digital marketing and public relations leader for ePrize."She follows ePrize on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, as well as some of our personal accounts. We cross-pollinated the job proposal photo across all of our social channels as well." Read more...
Rapper Kanye West is always eager to grab attention in the most elaborate way possible. Now he's debuting a new song in the form of videos simultaneously displayed on the exterior walls of more than five dozen buildings — just in time for his May 18 performance gig on Saturday Night Live.
He announced the stunt to his 9.4 million followers on Twitter:
NEW SONG AND VISUAL FROM MY NEW ALBUM BEING PROJECTED TONIGHT ACROSS THE GLOBE ON 66 BUILDINGS, LOCATIONS @ KANYEWEST.COM
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 18, 2013
NEW SONG AND VISUAL FROM MY NEW ALBUM BEING PROJECTED TONIGHT ACROSS THE GLOBE ON 66 BUILDINGS, LOCATIONS @ KANYEWEST.COM
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 18, 2013
KanyeWest.com details where fans can watch the projection, which you can watch below in footage captured in Williamsburg, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York Read more...
College grads and career-changers, be warned. When you search around for a job at your favorite startup (perhaps even on Mashable’s job board?), you’ll start seeing the buzziest of job descriptions: “Growth Hacker.” The name sounds simple enough, but it’s easy to be confused about what a growth hacker is meant to do around the office, and how it differs from other, more traditional positions.
Here’s a breakdown of what companies mean by “growth hacker” and when and how you can become one yourself.
Despite what you may think upon seeing the term, a growth hacker isn’t the same as a traditional technical hacker. So don’t expect that you need to be some kind of Internet wizard or high-level developer to be one. In fact, growth hacking is specifically geared toward marketing. Read more...