Spotify is reportedly in talks to acquire podcast company Gimlet Media

Spotify is reportedly in talks to acquire podcast company Gimlet Media

Streaming music service Spotify is in “advanced” talks to acquire start-up podcast network Gimlet Media, reports Recode. If a deal goes through, it would give the streaming service a boost as it diversifies its offerings beyond music. According to Recode, Spotify is offering to pay more than $200 million for the company. Gimlet Media, which was founded by Alex Blumberg (a former producer for This American Life) and Matthew Lieber in 2014, has been one…

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This speaker stand is magnificent

This speaker stand is magnificent

Q Acoustics is known for high-end audiophile speakers that cost thousands of dollars, and its newest release, the Concept 300, follows suit. But for once, it’s not the speaker itself that’s the star. Each Concept 300 speaker comes with an aluminum tripod stand that is an exceptional example of form meets function. The Tensegrity stand — named after the structural principle — is a spindly, industrial-meets-mid-century tripod that’s made of aluminum tubes and stainless-steel cables….

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Virginia governor’s 1984 yearbook page features people in blackface and KKK hood

Virginia governor’s 1984 yearbook page features people in blackface and KKK hood

It has not been confirmed that Gov. Ralph Northam is one of the people in the photograph. A photograph from Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s page in a 1984 medical school yearbook shows two people — one in blackface, the other in a Ku Klux Klan costume. The Virginian-Pilot published the photo and an accompanying story on Friday. The same photo had already been appearing in far-right media outlets — it appears Patrick Howley of…

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Energizer says it’s making phones with pop-up cameras, 18,000mAh batteries, and foldable displays

Energizer says it’s making phones with pop-up cameras, 18,000mAh batteries, and foldable displays

As if the simple fact that Energizer sells smartphones wasn’t surprising enough, the company is unveiling 26 new models at Mobile World Congress this year, with flagship features like pop-up cameras, a massive 18,000mAh battery, and a foldable display. And before you get any ideas, just know that these are all separate phones (though a phone with all three of these features would truly be a sight to behold). In fact, the silhouettes of the…

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Comedians are coming for one of Instagram’s biggest joke aggregators

Comedians are coming for one of Instagram’s biggest joke aggregators

Comedians have started a campaign to take down Fuckjerry, one of Instagram’s biggest joke aggregators. The Instagram account, run primarily by Elliot Tebele with contribution from others at Jerry Media, posts jokes and memes from around the internet — while profiting off sponsored posts sent to the 14.3 million followers those jokes have attracted. This week, comedians on Instagram and Twitter are speaking out against Fuckjerry with the hashtag #fuckfuckjerry and encouraging people to unfollow…

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Cory Booker had a confusing answer about health care in his first 2020 press conference

Cory Booker had a confusing answer about health care in his first 2020 press conference

Booker’s opening comments stirred up questions about his progressive bona fides. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) was ready to take a victory lap during a press conference with reporters outside of his home in Newark, New Jersey, on Friday, hours after announcing his bid for the White House, but he accidentally created a firestorm on health care. Booker, who signed on to Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-VT) Medicare-for-all plan, a sort of litmus test for progressives, was…

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Uber prices in NYC are about to go up, because drivers are getting a wage hike

Uber prices in NYC are about to go up, because drivers are getting a wage hike

New York City Uber drivers will now make the equivalent of $17.22 an hour. Uber rides are about to get a bit more expensive in New York City. The price hike is the result of a new law that requires ride-hailing apps like Uber, Juno, and Lyft to pay its drivers a set minimum wage that equates to at least $27.86 per hour. After expenses, though, drivers’ wages will amount to $17.22, or approximately $5…

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Snopes says nope to Facebook’s money and leaves fact-checking program

Snopes says nope to Facebook’s money and leaves fact-checking program

Snopes will no longer partner with Facebook as part of the social network’s fact-checking initiative. Facebook began the effort at the end of 2016 — after the US presidential election and as Russia’s social media meddling came into focus — in the hopes of battling back misinformation on the platform. Using data from its fact-checking partners, Facebook would try to inform users about questionable or false “news” stories shared by their friends. Snopes was joined…

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