What does it cost to compete with Disney and Netflix? Quibi bets $2 billion

What does it cost to compete with Disney and Netflix? Quibi bets $2 billion

If you’ve never heard of Quibi, the mobile short-form video platform started by former HP CEO Meg Whitman and Hollywood heavyweight Jeffrey Katzenberg, you’re likely not alone. The service hasn’t even launched yet, and it’s not supposed to for another year. But Quibi, which is named after the phrase “quick bite” for the types of easily digestible video content it aims to produce, plans to raise an additional $1 billion, on top of the $1…

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Alabama just passed a near-total ban on abortion

Alabama just passed a near-total ban on abortion

Though likely to be challenged in court, it’s the strictest anti-abortion law in the country. Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama on Wednesday signed into law a bill banning almost all abortions in the state, with no exceptions for cases of rape or incest. Under the law, which is scheduled to take effect in six months, an abortion is only legal if the pregnant person’s life is at risk. A doctor who performs an abortion for…

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Kickstarter will not voluntarily recognize its employee union

Kickstarter will not voluntarily recognize its employee union

Kickstarter CEO Aziz Hasan and management will not voluntarily recognize Kickstarter United, its nascent employee union. (The staff is organizing with the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 153.) Instead, the company wants a National Labor Relations Board election. In an email to the entire staff, Hasan expressed concern that a union would hurt the company. Kickstarter has faced a number of challenges, Hasan writes. “I recognize the need for better communication, definition…

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Snapchat has become a content creation tool for Instagram and Twitter users

Snapchat has become a content creation tool for Instagram and Twitter users

It’s arguable that Snapchat stopped being culturally relevant when Kylie Jenner declared it dead and Rihanna disavowed it. This past weekend, however, it seemed like everyone was re-downloading, reopening, or trying out Snapchat for the first time in years. The cause was two new Snapchat filters, which allow users to look at gender swapped versions of themselves by adding traditional masculine features (beards and short hair) or normative female features (makeup, long hair, and a…

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Why Turkey has accused NBA player Enes Kanter of “terror” ties

Why Turkey has accused NBA player Enes Kanter of “terror” ties

The Portland Trail Blazers center is an outspoken critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Turkey’s descent into authoritarianism. The Portland Trail Blazers still have to win four games to reach the NBA Finals. So do the Toronto Raptors. But if that happens — and that’s a big if, as the Trail Blazers are already down a game to the reigning NBA champs the Golden State Warriors — the NBA playoffs could suddenly have…

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Super Mario Maker 2 will have co-op play and a huge amount of new features

Super Mario Maker 2 will have co-op play and a huge amount of new features

Super Mario Maker 2 is looking like a substantial upgrade over the original build-your-Mario-game. Today during a Nintendo Direct video, Nintendo detailed a huge number of features coming to the Switch game, chief among them co-op play, so that you can build and design levels with another player on the same console. You’ll also be able to play through created levels online with up to four other people. That’s far from the only addition, however….

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Investigators confirm that PG&E power lines started the deadly Camp Fire

Investigators confirm that PG&E power lines started the deadly Camp Fire

Fire authorities have officially determined that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. was responsible for last year’s deadly Camp Fire in Paradise, California. In a press release earlier today, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said that “after a very meticulous and thorough investigation, Cal Fire has determined that the Camp Fire was caused by electrical transmission lines owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electricity (PG&E) located in the Pulga area.”…

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In a new music video, Earth’s climate is baroque

In a new music video, Earth’s climate is baroque

Climate change is a pressing issue, but it can often feel distant and abstract. To make it resonate in people’s minds, one scientist turned dry data points into achingly beautiful music, making the frightening changes to our planet audible. The short piece, In Nomine Terra Calens, translates to “In the Name of a Warming Earth.” It’s by seismologist Lucy Jones, who turned temperature data from 1880 to the present into music to illustrate the speed…

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Why did a coconut water brand threaten to send a Twitter user a bottle of pee?

Why did a coconut water brand threaten to send a Twitter user a bottle of pee?

Vita Coco’s pee tweet, explained. Every day, brands like Wendy’s and Burger King pretend to be edgy or depressed on Twitter, but it’s not particularly often that brands threaten to send a bottle of actual urine to a random Twitter user. It did happen today though. When Tony Posnanski, amateur MMA fighter and the author of a piece on Huff Post entitled “Coconut Water Is Disgusting,” tweeted to the coconut water brand Vita Coco that…

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