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  2. First published in 1986, Stephen King's It became an instant bestseller, then was adapted for television as a miniseries in 1990. The film version became a box office sensation when it was released in September 2017. Can another King novel follow a similar pattern and become a big-screen success? First published in 1987, The Tommyknockers was adapted for television as a miniseries in 1993. In March, we heard that a film version was on its way. Now comes word via Deadline that Universal has acquired the project for distribution. What do we know about The Tommyknockers and what makes it intriguing? What's the book about? A spacecraft is discovered in the woods near a small town in Maine. The alien ship discharges a gas into the atmosphere that transforms humans into... Read More View the full article
  3. Waterfalls, shattering glass, drums, crowd samples, and much more View the full article
  4. "Straight clown." the full article
  5. Spring may have barely sprung, but if early stage companies want an exhibitor’s table in Startup Alley at Disrupt San Francisco 2018 you need to apply now. Our biggest, most ambitious Disrupt ever takes place on Sept. 5-7 at our new venue, Moscone Center West. More than 1,200 exhibitors and sponsors will showcase the very latest technology products, platforms and services in Startup Alley. Applications are open for a limited time, and we’d hate for you to miss out. If you want to show your stuff in Startup Alley, you have two ways to secure a spot — and both require an application. First, early stage startups from any category can purchase a Startup Alley Exhibitor Package. Pro tip: early applicants will be eligible to score special offers. The package includes one exhibit day, three Disrupt SF Founder passes (if you apply before July 25), CrunchMatch (our curated investor-to-startup matching platform), use of the Startup Alley exhibitor lounge, access to the Disrupt press list and a chance to be selected as a Wildcard entry to the Startup Battlefield pitch competition (this year’s prize: $100K). The second way to exhibit — and score a FREE Startup Alley Exhibitor Package — is to be selected by the TechCrunch editorial team as a TC Top Pick. Our seasoned editorial team will choose 60 companies for this distinction. TC Top Pick winners will receive one Startup Alley Exhibitor Package plus a three-minute Showcase Stage interview. One caveat: companies vying for a TC Top Pick spot must fit in one of these 12 categories: AI, AR/VR, Blockchain, BioTech, FinTech, Gaming, HealthTech, Privacy/Security, Space, Mobility, Retail or Robotics. That’s five TC Top Pick startups per category. Why should you exhibit in Startup Alley? For starters, we’re expecting more than 10,000 attendees and 400 media outlets. Thousands of people pass through Startup Alley, and it’s a prime opportunity to find new customers, get media attention, and meet future investors. In fact according to CrunchBase, last year’s Startup Alley exhibitors raised more than $37M in seed and series-A funding within four months after exhibiting at Disrupt SF. It’s an invigorating atmosphere where you’ll make new connections, exchange ideas and create new opportunities If you want to be considered for a TC Top Pick, you must apply by June 29. The deadline for Disrupt SF Startup Alley applications is August 8. If that sounds like you have plenty of time, remember: the space will go quickly, and early applicants will receive special offers. Be the early bird. Catch the worm. You can apply for one or both Startup Alley exhibitor opportunities with one application. C’mon and show us your stuff — apply today. If you are a later stage company or corporation and would like to exhibit at Disrupt SF – please contact our sponsorship team here to get more information. View the full article
  6. Robot vacuums are cool and all, but they're not exactly easy on the wallet. Nothing beats the power and reliability of Dyson, or at least that's what every wedding registry will tell you. And since cleaning the house is a perennial task, you should invest in one that can capture every speckle of dust in your home and won't conk out in just a few uses. The Dyson V6 Cordless Vacuum is an excellent choice — and it's on sale. This lightweight, cordless vacuum normally retails for $199.99, but Mashable readers can take one home today for only $179.99. And if you enter the code "GETNEW" at checkout, you can enjoy an additional 12% off. Read more... More about Dyson, Vacuum, Vacuum Cleaner, Mashable Shopping, and Shopping StackcommerceView the full article
  7. The sequel to "Black Panther" will begin when Ryan Coogler is "ready." the full article
  8. Capital Float, the fintech startup that says it is India’s largest online lender, announced today that it has raised $22 million in new funding from Amazon. At the end of last year, reports surfaced that Amazon was considering an investment in Capital Float as an extension of its $45 million Series C, which was announced last August. The Bangalore-based startup confirmed to TechCrunch that Amazon’s investment is indeed an extension of that round and brings the total equity it has raised over the past 12 months to $67 million. Over the same period, Capital Float also raised $80 million of debt from banks and other financial companies, which it combines with its own balance sheet to finance loans to small businesses and other borrowers. Amazon India is among several e-commerce platforms that the company has partnered with to provide loans to sellers, including Snapdeal and Shopclues. Since its inception in 2013 by co-founders Sashank Rishyasringa and Gaurav Hinduja, Capital Float has raised a total of about $110 million in equity funding from investors, including Ribbit Capital, SAIF Partners, Sequoia India, Creation Investments and Aspada, as well as total debt lines of $130 million. During the last six months, Capital Float added 50,000 new customers, bringing its total customer base to more than 80,000 people in more than 300 cities. The startup says it currently disburses more than 10,000 loans each month and now has an outstanding loan portfolio of more than $170 million, with a default rate of about 2 percent. About 70 percent of its loans are microloans ranging from 25,000 rupees to 500,000 rupees (about $376 to $7,530). With the investment from Amazon, the startup has set an ambitious goal of adding 300,000 new customers and originating more than $800 million in loans this year. In a press statement, Amazon India’s country manager Amit Agarwal said, “We’re excited to work with Capital Float and invest alongside other investors. We are highly impressed with what Gaurav and Sashank have built and we back missionary entrepreneurs and management teams. Credit in India is highly under-penetrated and Capital Float is bringing the right kind of credit solutions to the underserved and informally served segments of SMEs to help realize their full potential.” Over the last year, Capital Float expanded into more verticals, including products for small- to mid-sized manufacturers, point-of-sale financing for retailers and loans for school construction and self-employed professionals like doctors. It also added new online payment gateways to make it easier for borrowers to repay loans and began piloting deep learning-based underwriting models that use data points like image processing, geotags and new policies such as the Goods and Service Tax (GST), an indirect tax launched last year that is levied at every step of the production chain and the banknote demonetization started by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government in 2016. View the full article
  9. The scapegoat in Facebook's ongoing data privacy scandal is firing back at the social media giant. Aleksandr Kogan, the relatively unknown scientist who was paid by Cambridge Analytica for data he harvested from more than 87 million Facebook users, is speaking out in a series of interviews, where he explains that he was not a rogue app developer as Facebook has frequently implied, and that the problem could be much bigger than most people realize. SEE ALSO: How to find out if Cambridge Analytica stole your Facebook data Across several interviews over the weekend, Kogan has made a couple of things very clear: He wasn't the only developer harvesting and sharing data without the direct consent of users, and Facebook knew exactly what he was doing for years before it acted. Read more... More about Facebook, Data Privacy, Cambridge Analytica, Aleksandr Kogan, and TechView the full article
  10. She’ll perform at FYF Fest, Outside Lands, and more this summer View the full article
  11. Kendrick Lamar & Whitney Alford hit up the pope's home to celebrate Pulitzer win. the full article
  12. Drake has also tied Justin Bieber for most chart topping singles on Streaming Songs Charts. the full article
  13. Now that's a dream come true. the full article
  14. Baby Reign is too cute. the full article
  15. The model is putting in some work into her new pad. the full article
  16. This post is part of Mashable's Spring Cleaning Week. Just a little something to distract you from the eternal dread of constantly wiping all those fingerprints off your screen. Aaaahhh! Spring is finally here (I think?) after what feels like approximately a million years of winter in the northeast thanks to a bomb cyclone, a nor'easter, whatever the hell a bombogenesis is, oh look another nor'easter, plot twist: a third nor'easter. HOPE Y'ALL REALLY LOVE NOR'EASTERS BECAUSE WE GOT YET ANOTHER ONE. Fortunately with the new season comes the opportunity to break out of hibernation, face the sun, and, as Maxine Waters would say, 👏 reclaim 👏 our 👏 time. 👏 Read more... More about Spring Cleaning, Self Care, Spring Cleaning Week, Culture, and Web Culture View the full article
  17. Another brand new AJ1 release coming soon. the full article
  18. Lil Baby connects with Southside for his new song. the full article
  19. Europe doesn't think Apple is playing fair. the full article
  20. “Trouble in Paradise” samples Julian Casablancas+The Voidz View the full article
  21. Heptio is one of the more interesting companies in the container ecosystem. In part, that’s due to the simple fact that it was founded by Craig McLuckie and Joe Beda, two of the three engineers behind the original Kubernetes project, but also because of the technology it’s developing and the large amount of funding it has raised to date. As the company announced today, it saw its revenue grow 140 percent from the last quarter of 2017 to the first quarter of 2018. In addition, Heptio says its headcount quadrupled since the beginning of 2017. Without any actual numbers, that kind of data doesn’t mean all that much. It’s easy to achieve high-growth numbers if you’re starting out from zero, after all. But it looks like things are going well at the company and that the team is finding its place in the fast-growing Kubernetes ecosystem. In addition to announcing these numbers, the team also today launched a new open-source project that will join the company’s existing stable of tools, like the cluster-recovery tool Ark and the Kubernetes cluster-monitoring tool Sonobuoy. This new tool, Heptio Gimbal, has a very specific use case that is probably only of interest to a relatively small number of users — but for them, it’ll be a lifeline. Gimbal, which Heptio developed together with Yahoo Japan subsidiary Actapio, helps enterprises route traffic into both Kubernetes clusters and OpenStack deployments. Many enterprises now run these technologies in parallel, and while some are now moving beyond OpenStack and toward a more Kubernetes -centric architecture, they aren’t likely to do away with their OpenStack investments anytime soon. “We approached Heptio to help us modernize our infrastructure with Kubernetes without ripping out legacy investments in OpenStack and other back-end systems,” said Norifumi Matsuya, CEO and president at Actapio. “Application delivery at scale is key to our business. We needed faster service discovery and canary deployment capability that provides instant rollback and performance measurement. Gimbal enables our developers to address these challenges, which at the macro-level helps them increase their productivity and optimize system performance.” Gimbal uses many of Heptio’s existing open-source tools, as well as the Envoy proxy, which is part of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s stable of cloud-native projects. For now, Gimbal only supports one specific OpenStack release (the “Mitaka” release from 2016), but the team is looking at adding support for VMware and EC2 in the future. View the full article
  22. CBS’ over-the-top streaming service, CBS All Access, is now available for the first time outside the U.S. The network today announced the service has arrived in Canada, ahead of a planned international expansion which will see the streaming service coming to more markets outside the U.S. in the future. There are some differences between the U.S. version of the service, and the one now live in Canada. While in the U.S., subscribers can choose from either an ad-supported or a commercial-free tier at $5.99 per month or $9.99 per month, respectively, Canadian viewers will only have a commercial-free option available at $5.99 CAD per month. The subscription offers access to over 7,500 on-demand episodes, including full current seasons of CBS shows, entire past seasons of current shows, and full seasons of some classic shows. Current season shows like NCIS, Survivor, Elementary, and Madam Secretary will be available, as will original series like The Good Fight and No Activity. However, the Canadian service will only offer the first season of The Good Fight, and most notably will lack Star Trek: Discovery – as CBS sold the international streaming rights elsewhere. Bell Media, for example, has Discovery, which set an audience record for its premiere in September. Over 30 classic shows like Charmed, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-O, and CSI will be offered, too, as well CBS daytime and late night shows such as The Talk, Rachael Ray, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. CBS’ 24/7 streaming news service, CBSN, is also bundled with the Canadian subscription, as it has been in the U.S. since August 2017. The streaming service at launch works across several platforms, including the web via, plus iOS and Android mobile and tablet devices, Apple TV and Chromecast. Other connected devices will be supported in the coming months, the company says. CBS All Access has been live in the U.S. since October 2014, and has been steadily growing its subscriber base since. As of the first quarter of 2018, the service combined with Showtime’s over-the-top offering have reached a total of over 5 million subscribers – ahead of the company’s estimated goal of reaching 8 million subscribers for both services by 2020. CBS has not detailed what other markets will gain the service next, only that further expansions are planned. “The launch of CBS All Access in Canada is a significant milestone for the service,” said Marc DeBevoise, President and Chief Operating Officer, CBS Interactive, in a statement. “We’ve experienced incredible growth domestically and see a great opportunity to bring the service and CBS’ renowned programming directly to international audiences across a range of platforms and devices. We look forward to continuing to expand CBS All Access across additional platforms, with even more content, and bringing the service to other markets around the world.” View the full article
  23. Net neutrality’s protracted, multi-phase death scene has finally come to an end with a whimper as the FCC rules proposed in May, voted on in December and entered in the Federal Register in February finally come into effect today. But as before, don’t expect some big fanfare by broadband providers and a sudden ratcheting up of prices. Things are going to stay quietly tense for a while. Should you be worried? No. But you should stay angry. “Restoring Internet Freedom” may have taken effect, but the truth is that the 2015 net neutrality rules have been out of effect since the FCC was shuffled under the new administration. Under Chairman Ajit Pai’s FCC, those rules were unlikely to be enforced from the day he took over; he was, in fact, promising industry leaders that they’d be rolled back as soon as possible soon after assuming his new office. But ISPs, battered but wise from more than a decade of legal battling, knew there was more to it than a friendly face in the FCC. The rules would face serious legal challenges, as the previous ones did for years after their adoption. It would be premature to enact policies in the new freedom of the post-Title-II era, though they may allow themselves to hope (and prepare). As they expected, opposition is organized and actually has a non-trivial chance of success. The popularity, technical accuracy and ironclad legal reputation of the previous rules are nice, but ultimately challenges must be based on shortcomings in the new rules, not strengths on the old ones. Fortunately, there’s no end of shortcomings. As I’ve detailed before, the main legal challenges fall under three categories: Congressional Review Act: The Senate is one vote away from forcing a vote on the repeal of the rules — unlikely to succeed, but it would force Senators to publicly take a position in an election year while voters still have the issue fresh in their minds. Administrative Procedure Act: Lawsuits may allege that last year’s rulemaking process was “arbitrary and capricious,” either because of the various inconsistencies in the FCC’s own process or because of the technical issues in the order itself. Lawsuits have already been filed. State laws: Several states have already begun (or are nearing completion) legislation establishing their own net neutrality policies. The argument is that if the FCC gives up its powerful Title II authority, under which the previous rules were enforced, then it has no jurisdiction over state policy in this area. Lawsuits will be filed. You can read more about these here and here. Both sides are pushing for legislation to settle the issue once and for all, though of course each side wants rather different legislation. But that’s a longer game, and since it’s an election year it will almost certainly have to wait until 2019 or even 2020. Many politicians are calling for net neutrality to be presented as a major voter issue. The fact that little will change in the short time after the new rules take effect will be crowed about by their proponents as evidence that there was nothing nefarious about them. But the simple truth is that everyone with anything to gain by taking advantage of the new rules is too smart to do so until they know they’re on a solid legal footing. That won’t happen for quite a while. Meanwhile, it must be said that while politicians struggle over legal definitions and justifications for different levels and types of net neutrality, the internet and web are evolving beyond that. The increasing ubiquity of encryption moots the arguments and methods of internet providers for establishing “fast lanes” and other interference. That’s not to say some shady tactics won’t emerge here and there. There are lots and lots of internet providers in the country and one might decide that the time is right to institute their “innovative” new policy of zero-rating partners’ streaming video channels while throttling competitors. That’s why consumers must be vigilant. Do you see something new and weird in your new terms of service? Do you notice a suspicious bandwidth issue on certain sites or services? Tell us, or tell one of the advocacy organizations that has been fighting on your behalf all these years. We only had net neutrality for a short, sweet time and there’s no reason we should let it slip away without a fight. View the full article
  24. Héloïse Letissier is back on the road this fall View the full article
  25. During the filming of "God's Plan," Drake gave away a lot of money to the good people of Miami — $1 million to be exact. But while creating the tear-jerker of a video, he also apparently made a promise to the students of Miami High School that he would design custom uniforms for the students to rock. Turns out Good Guy Drake is following through with that and the students might be getting them just in time for summer break. SEE ALSO: 15 times we screamed while watching Drake's celeb-heavy new video "Miami High new alternate uniforms," Drake wrote on his Instagram story over the weekend, proclaiming in a hashtag that he too would be wearing the uniform this summer. Read more... More about Drake, Uniform, High School, Culture, and CelebritiesView the full article
  26. The first thing to understand about media-sharing app Rapchat is that co-founder Seth Miller is not a rapper and his other co-founder, Pat Gibson, is. Together they created Rapchat, a service for making and sharing raps, and the conjunction of rapper and nerd seems to be really taking off. Since we last looked at the app in 2016 (you can see Tito’s review below), a lot has changed. The team has raised $1.6 million in funding from investors out of Oakland and the Midwest. Their app, which is sort of a for rap, is a top 50 music app on iOS and Android and hit 100 million listens since launch. In short, their little social network/sharing platform is a “millionaire in the making, boss of [its] team, bringin home the bacon.” The pair’s rap bona fides are genuine. Gibson has opened or performed with Big Sean, Wiz Khalifa and Machine Gun Kelly, and he’s sold beats to MTV. “My music has garnered over 20M+ plays across YouTube, SoundCloud and more,” he wrote me, boasting in the semi-churlish manner of a rapper with a “beef.” Miller, on the other hand, likes to freestyle. “I grew up loving to freestyle with friends at OU and I noticed lots of other millennials did this too (even if most suck lol) … at any party at 3am – there would always be a group of people in the corner freestyling,” he said. “At the same time Snapchat was blowing up on campus and just thought you should be able to do the same exact thing for rap.” Gibson, on the other hand, saw it as a serious tool to help him with his music. “I spent a lot of time, energy and resources making music,” he said. “I was producing the beats, writing the songs, recording/mixing the vocals, mastering the project, then distributing & promoting the music all by myself. With Rapchat, there’s a library of 1,000+ beats from top producers, an instant recording studio in your pocket, and the network to distribute your music worldwide and be discovered…. all from a free app. Rapchat is disrupting the creation, collaboration, distribution, & discovery of music via mobile.” “We have a much bigger but also more active community than any other music creation app,” said Miller. While it’s clear the world needs another sharing platform like it needs a hole in the head, thanks to a rabid fan base and a great idea, the team has ensured that Rapchat is not, as they say, wicka-wicka-whack. That, in the end, is all that matters. View the full article
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