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What you need to know in advertising today
Posted November 28, 2018 0:2 AM
What you need to know in advertising today

Verizon is betting big on Yahoo Finance.

The telecom behemoth is investing in the digital media property, hiring big-name talent away from its financial-news rivals, ramping up video to a full day of live-streaming news, and launching a paid subscription service for content.

But for some, the investment is at odds with a newsroom built on a cohort of "permalancers," or contract workers with job responsibilities and hours indistinguishable from full-time staff, but with none of the benefits.

Click here to read more about Yahoo Finance's employment practices.

In other news:


The TSA had its busiest day ever over Thanksgiving weekend

A record number of passengers and airline staff were screened at TSA airport checkpoints over the Thanksgiving holiday, the agency said Wednesday.  2.7 million people is now the new record, topping previous Thanksgiving weekends and Summer Fridays. 

More than 2.7 million people passed through airport security checkpoints on Sunday, making the Thanksgiving travel day the busiest in the Transportation Security Administration’s 17-year history.

The new record is about 16,000 more passengers and crew than the previous record, set on the same Sunday after Thanksgiving in 2004. Other top travel days include Thursdays and Friday’s in the summer months, especially around the Fourth of July.

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This company built the best-looking smartphone we've ever seen, even better than the iPhone — take a look

The Find X smartphone, by Chinese electronics maker Oppo, is one of the most futuristic and best-looking smartphones we've ever seen. Unlike popular phones like the Pixel 3 and iPhone XS, the Oppo Find X features a true edge-to-edge display, with no cut-out "notch" for the front-facing camera. Other smartphone makers could take some design cues from the Oppo Find X. 

Smartphones keep getting better and better in terms of performance and design. But in that latter category, there may be no better-looking phone than the Find X.

The Find X was made by Chinese electronics maker Oppo, which is one of the most popular smartphone makers in the world: it was China's top brand in 2016, according to IDC. Oppo unveiled the Find X in June, and it made a lot of waves online thanks to its stunning design.


The 8 most anticipated returning TV shows of 2019
Posted November 28, 2018 0:2 AM
The 8 most anticipated returning TV shows of 2019

Television-tracking app TV Time provided a list of the most anticipated returning shows of 2019. The list includes HBO's "True Detective" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," now at NBC.

 

It's been nearly 4 years since the second season of HBO's "True Detective" aired, and fans of the anthology crime drama are eager for its upcoming new season starring Oscar winner Mahershala Ali. 

There are a lot of new shows to look forward to in 2019, but there are also plenty of returning shows coming that audiences are excited for. To determine the most anticipated returning series of 2019, we turned to television-tracking app TV Time, which ranked the most followed shows based on its over 13 million global users.


Every time someone quits or is fired from tech company Basecamp, a detailed, company-wide 'goodbye announcement' email explains why

At web app company Basecamp, every time an employee leaves, a "goodbye announcement" is sent to the entire staff. The person can write it themselves or have their manager write it. If the person doesn't include details about why they quit or were fired, the manager sends a follow-up note. The goal is to be open and honest.

Basecamp is known for its unconventional people practices.

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Fans are calling for Netflix's 'Daredevil' to be renewed, but data shows interest in the show has fallen off

Fans are calling for Netflix's "Daredevil" to be renewed for a fourth season, with the Twitter hashtag #RenewDaredevil. But social-media data suggests those efforts could be in vain. An analysis done by Crimson Hexagon for Business Insider shows that online conversation for "Daredevil" has been lackluster since the third season debuted last month, only spiking when the character's creator, Stan Lee, died. It follows a similar pattern of other Marvel shows that Netflix recently canceled, "Luke Cage" and "Iron Fist."

 

It's been a month since the third season of Marvel's "Daredevil" premiered on Netflix, and still no word on a season four renewal. In an effort to change that, fans have been taking to Twitter with the hashtag #RenewDaredevil — but their efforts may be in vain.


You can now buy a Big Mouth Billy Bass that works with Amazon Alexa — the fish's lips will even sync up with what Alexa is saying (AMZN)

You can now buy a Big Mouth Billy Bass that works with Amazon Alexa. The fish's lips will even sync up with what Alexa is saying.  It costs $40 from Amazon. 

It's finally here.

On Tuesday, preorders opened for a Big Mouth Billy Bass that connects to Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa.

Once the plastic fish is hooked up to an Amazon Echo, it can respond to Alexa voice commands, dance to the beat of songs from Amazon Music, and it even syncs its fishy lips with Alexa's words.

Because it supports Alexa commands, you can ask the fish about the weather, news, or random facts. It's officially an "Alexa gadget," an Amazon certification. 

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'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' is a comic book come to life, and the best animated movie of 2018

"Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" has the perfect blend of geeked-out elements for the fanboys and a story structure that keeps audiences with less comic knowledge up to speed. On top of pulling off that feat, the movie's comic-book-come-to-life look is beautiful. This is the best animated movie you'll see this year.

 

Turns out Sony isn’t through putting its sweet Marvel properties in theaters this year.

With “Venom” still making major coin around the world, the studio is searching for more with the animated movie, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (in theaters December 14).

As the live-action Spider-Man franchise is successfully rebooting itself with Tom Holland as Peter Parker in Marvel Studio’s MCU, Sony went full geek with its animated introduction to Miles Morales.


Uber's plan to buy UK delivery giant Deliveroo has stalled, with the 2 sides said to be 'miles apart' on valuation

Uber's plan to buy UK food delivery startup Deliveroo has stalled because the two companies are "miles apart" on Deliveroo's valuation, the Financial Times reports. Uber reportedly offered less than the company's current $2 billion valuation, while Deliveroo is pushing for $4 billion. Uber's ambition to acquire the company, a direct competitor with its Uber Eats delivery service, was first reported in September.

Uber's plan to acquire or invest in the hugely popular UK food delivery startup Deliveroo has hit a snag.

The Financial Times reported on Wednesday that the two companies are "miles apart" on Deliveroo's valuation after months of talks.


How Facebook and 'frat boy billionaire' Mark Zuckerberg were torn to shreds by furious lawmakers

Lawmakers from nine countries tore into Facebook on Tuesday during an international committee hearing in Westminster, London. Facebook sent its British VP Richard Allan to field questions, but the politicians were more interested in savaging Mark Zuckerberg for failing to show up. The lawmakers from Britain, Canada, Argentina went for the jugular, with one saying that "frat boy billionaires from California" are destroying democracy.

Lawmakers from nine countries tore into Facebook on Tuesday after CEO Mark Zuckerberg failed to attend an international committee hearing in Westminster, London.

Instead, Facebook sent policy chief Richard Allan, who bore the brunt of the committee's fury during the gruelling 165-minute hearing, and admitted that Zuckerberg's no-show was not a good look.