Facebook Is Blocking Links to Competing Site
TSU.CO IS A COMPETITOR, BUT FACEBOOK IS BLOCKING IT FOR BEING ‘SPAMMY’
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore, Newser Staff
The social media platform Tsu.co has garnered more than 4 million users since its 2013 inception, but Facebook would have you believe it simply doesn’t exist. Since late September, Facebook has blocked (and retroactively deleted 10 million) mentions of and links to Tsu.co from any of its platforms, including Instagram and Messenger, reports the New York Daily News. “You can post PornHub links on Facebook, but not Tsu.co,” Tsu founder Sebastian Sobczak says. And while he claims that the reason for the block is having a model that is “dangerous to them,” Facebook rep Melanie Ensign says it all boils down to user experience: “We do not allow developers to incentivize content sharing on our platform because it encourages spammy sharing and creates a bad experience for people on Facebook.”
While Facebook keeps all profits from ad revenue, Tsu keeps just 10%; the remaining 90% is shared between users who’ve created content and the chain of friends who invited said user. CNNMoney has spoken to a dozen Tsu.co users, most of them artists and models who have yet to make any money on the site, but they overwhelmingly agree that Facebook’s block is unfair. “I don’t believe that Facebook and Instagram want Tsu to go viral,” one user from Colombia says. “It would cost them a lot of money.” More on this story…http://www.newser.com/story/215882/facebook-is-blocking-links-to-competing-site.html
Eddie Murphy Makes Fun of Bill Cosby During Mark Twain Prize For American Humor (VIDEO)
“Bill has one of these,” said Murphy as the crowd began to laugh. “Did y’all make Bill give his back?” “He should do one show where he just comes out and talks crazy. ‘I would like to talk to some of the people who feel that I should give back my mother f*cking trophies!” Murphy is only the fourth African-American comedian to receive the award. The previous was Cosby, who accepted the trophy in 2009.
Drug CEO Caves, Will Drop Price of $750 Pill
MARTIN SHKRELI SAYS PEOPLE MISUNDERSTAND THE ISSUE
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
The drug company CEO called the “most hated man in America right now” by the BBC says he’s misunderstood—but that he’ll lower the price of Daraprim in response to the firestorm of criticism. “There were mistakes made with respect to helping people understand why we took this action,” Turing Pharmaceuticals chief Martin Shkreli, who raised the price of the toxoplasmosis drug from $13.50 a pill to $750, tells NBC News. “I think that it makes sense to lower the price in response to the anger that was felt by people.” The 32-year-old former hedge fund boss says it’s “very easy to see a large drug price increase and say, ‘Gosh, those people must be gouging,'” but that drug pricing is “very hard stuff” for people to understand. Read on…
CaseClosed2: Of course the CEO is hated and the hate is well deserved. What was he thinking to try to charge sick people $750 per pill up…way up from $13.00 per pill which is bad enough. People qho need medication and are poor, can’t afford paying the $1300 per pill without having to go without the bare necessities such as food to pay for the drugs they need to sustain their lives. It’s good the CEO changed his mind and reduced the cost per pill, otherwise, he would have been the one in need of medications.
Police in Irving, Texas, aren’t pressing charges against Ahmed Mohamed, whose homemade clock was mistaken for a bomb, which means the teen whiz is now free to move his mind to other matters. “I’m thinking about transferring schools from MacArthur to any different school,” Ahmed, 14, said at a press conference yesterday to cheers, per USA Today. He adds he wants to attend MIT after high school—a professor has already offered to give him a tour, per MSNBC—but he has quite a few offers he’ll need to consider first: Twitter is advocating for an internship, Google has invited him to its upcoming Science Fair, Mark Zuckerberg has proposed meeting Ahmed at Facebook’s offices, and President Obama has suggested a visit to the White House, per the Independent. “We should inspire more kids like you to like science,” he says. “It’s what makes America great.”
Though officers initially weighed “hoax bomb” charges, Police in Irving, Texas, aren’t pressing charges against Ahmed Mohamed, whose homemade clock was mistaken for a bomb, which means the teen whiz is now free to move his mind to other matters. “I’m thinking about transferring schools from MacArthur to any different school,” Ahmed, 14, said at a press conference yesterday to cheers, per USA Today. He adds he wants to attend MIT after high school—a professor has already offered to give him a tour, per MSNBC—but he has quite a few offers he’ll need to consider first: Twitter is advocating for an internship, Google has invited him to its upcoming Science Fair, Mark Zuckerberg has proposed meeting Ahmed at Facebook’s offices, and President Obama has suggested a visit to the White House, per the Independent. “We should inspire more kids like you to like science,” he says. “It’s what makes America great.”
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Muslim teen arrested after Texas teachers mistake homemade clock for bomb
A Muslim whiz kid was arrested Monday after his teachers mistook a harmless digital clock he made for a bomb, sparking concerns about Islamophobia in Texas.
Ahmed Mohamed, 14, brought the clock into MacArthur High School to show his engineering teacher his skill with technology — the ninth-grader builds his own radios in his spare time, the Dallas Morning News reported.
“Here in high school, none of the teachers know what I can do,” Ahmed told the paper from his home in Irving, about 10 miles west of Dallas.
He decided to show them: he built a clock using a tiger hologram pencil case and a circuit board.
CaseClosed2: I think the teacher overreacted because the young man is Muslim. Not all Muslims are terrorists and many have God given talents. SMH
9-to-5 Isn’t the Grind Anymore, It’s the Dream
IT’S TIME ‘TO EMBRACE THE LIBERATING BOUNDARIES OF A WELL-DEFINED WORKDAY’
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
(NEWSER) – The 9-to-5 workday has long been known as the daily grind. In the 1960s, “working 9-to-5 was a symbol for the inauthentic life, a constant and pointless shuttling between the office and the television set,” writes Carl Cederström in the Atlantic. But nowadays, “the boundaries between work and leisure have effectively dissolved, and the 8-hour workday has made way for the 24/7 workweek.” That’s why it’s about time we embrace the 9-to-5, rather than considering it “dull and boring,” he writes.
From 1870 to 1973, hours worked per year steadily decreased. But from 1973 to 2006, they increased by 180, thanks in large part to new technologies that allow people to work any time, anywhere.Read on http://www.newser.com/story/212680/9-to-5-isnt-the-grind-anymore-its-the-dream.html
The fact that our hearts are older than us should not come as a surprise since we do the things that age our hearts such as drinking, smoking being overweight, not exercising, eating the wrong foods stressing. So it should also not be a surprise that all our other organs have aged…
How Old Is Your Heart? Odds Are It’s Older Than You
HALF OF AMERICANS HAVE HEARTS THAT ARE AT LEAST 5 YEARS OLDER THAN THEIR AGE
With one-third of Americans obese, the US now ranks 30th in the world for life expectancy, the New York Times noted earlier this year. So it may not come as a surprise that roughly half of Americans have hearts that are at least five years older than their actual age. So reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which calculates heart age by looking at risk factors for heart disease, including age, weight, smoking status, and systolic (the top number) blood pressure. The major finding is that half of men have hearts at least five years older than their actual age, while almost half of women do. Two examples given: A 50-year-old obese male smoker with an untreated systolic blood pressure of 140, without diabetes, has a predicted heart age of 72, while a woman Read on…http://www.newser.com/story/212225/how-old-is-your-heart-odds-are-its-older-than-you.html
Gunmen Lock Up Chris Brown’s Aunt, Rob His Home
SHE WASN’T HURT; SUSPECTS GRAB CASH, ELECTRONICS, PERSONAL STUFF
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Three armed men in masks forced their way into a Los Angeles home owned by Chris Brown, locked the R&B singer’s aunt in a closet, and then ransacked the place for valuables, police said. Brown was not at the home during the robbery around 2am this morning, Officer Liliana Preciado said. The suspects got away with an unknown amount of cash, electronics, and personal items, she said. Brown’s aunt was not hurt. Police didn’t know how long she was in the closet. Detectives were canvassing the neighborhood around the gated property at the end of a secluded street in the San Fernando Valley and looking for surveillance camera footage. Read on…http://www.newser.com/story/209858/gunmen-lock-up-chris-browns-aunt-rob-his-home.html