Influencers react to Instagram’s big outage: ‘It was a pain’

New York (CNN Business)Wednesdays are usually the best day to post on Instagram for Chelsie Petras, a 27-year-old social media influencer based in New York City. “It was a pain,” said Petras. “I had to shift my schedule and figure out how to still incorporate this post.” She wasn’t alone in having to delay paid posts. Influencer marketing agencies such as Village Marketing, which connects social media stars to brands for deals, said it had to move hundreds of posts to Thursday. A similar platform called Activate said brands had to delay campaigns or have influencers re-post content. It was a wake-up call for some users about how much power Instagram has. “[It’s] a reminder of the importance of cultivating …

The college admissions scam opens a new front in the affirmative action debate

(CNN)Pull yourself up by your bootstraps. What about the college cheating scandal? The outrage over the scam laid out by federal prosecutors has opened a new battleground in the affirmative action war. Opponents of the policy say the allegations bolster their arguments that elite colleges can’t be trusted to vet students impartially. Defenders of racial preferences say, “There’s a lot more kids at elite colleges because their parents are rich than because they’re brown or black.” Looming behind this debate is a big question that may take years to answer: Could revelations from the cheating scandal actually save affirmative action, if and when the US Supreme Court takes up the issue again? So far, there’s little indication to think the …

The gang killers who are YouTube celebrities

Image copyright YouTube/YTBYTN Image caption Several of YTBYTN’s music videos have exceeded 100,000 hits on YouTube YTBYTN’s tracks have an ominous feel, with bleak and gritty lyrical content that covers themes of street life, poverty and violence. Image copyright Instagram/YTBYTN Image caption A photograph on Instagram shows primary school age children posing with members of YTBYTN How Yenge, Davies and Calver came to be in court is a depressingly familiar story. Two rival groups of young males engage in a “turf war”, in this case J-Block versus Neno. They start trading insults and, before long, their exchanges become violent. On 2 June this culminated in the death of 17-year-old Tavis Spencer-Aitkens, who was repeatedly stabbed in a group attack involving, …

What wealthy parents do to get their kids into elite colleges (legally)

(CNN)For many people, the most surprising part about the revelations that wealthy parents Hollywood celebrities, fashion designers, CEOs, lawyers and doctors paid to get their kids into college by cheating on tests and faking athletic records, was that these families didn’t get a leg up through legal channels available to those with money. For some, the answer is to pay a college consultant — which William Rick Singer, the alleged ringleader of the college admissions scandal, presented himself as — in order to match their child with an institution. At H&C Education, a college application consultancy based in New Haven, Connecticut, a full-year program for a student — including high school course selection, extracurricular development and test tracking — is …

College cheating scandal is the tip of the iceberg

(CNN)“We’re not talking about donating a building, we’re talking about fraud,” said Andrew Lelling, the US Attorney for Massachusetts, as he announced indictments in a massive scheme alleging that celebrities and other wealthy individuals used cheating, bribes, and lies to get their kids into elite colleges. The behavior described in this alleged fraud should be punished. But on a broader and more basic level, the case also sheds light on deep inequities in our college admissions system. Because if someone can get their kid into Harvard by buying a building, let alone by committing any of the alleged acts emerging from this case, the scandal isn’t just what’s illegal, but what’s legal as well. When it came to athletics, the …

Hawes twist in Comic Relief Bodyguard spoof

Skip Twitter post by @Misskeeleyhawes Busted! Happy #RedNoseDay everyone! #comicrelief2019 bodyguard ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ID2YHt29gM — Keeley Hawes (@Misskeeleyhawes) March 15, 2019 Report End of Twitter post by @McsEmma Skip Twitter post by @Jamesfilmcritic Excellent @comicrelief return for #Bodyguard meets @Line_of_duty! Full of lovely surprises! So great to see @_richardmadden & @Misskeeleyhawes reunited! Really hope Julia Montague is in Series 2! #Bodyguard #ComicRelief2019 🔴 — James Burgess (@Jamesfilmcritic) March 15, 2019 Report End of Twitter post by @CerysGoggin Skip Twitter post by @Baddiel "As a young Asian growing up in Crawley, that film really spoke to me." @RomeshRanga on Four Weddings is the funniest one-liner so far on #ComicRelief2019 — David Baddiel (@Baddiel) March 15, 2019 Image copyright Comic Relief Image caption …

LA financial executive tipped authorities to college admissions scandal for leniency in fraud case, report says

FELICITY HUFFMAN, LORI LOUGHLIN MOCKED BY FELLOW CELEBRITIES OVER COLLEGE ADMISSIONS CHEATING SCANDAL Tobin, who attended Yale University, told investigators that the Yale head women’s soccer coach had sought a bribe in return for getting his daughter into the Ivy League school, the news outlet said. His tip led to the recent revelations about the college consultant, William Singer. Federal prosecutors said Singer led a scheme in which wealthy parents bribed sports coaches and other officials to get their children entry to elite universities. More than 50 people have been charged — prominent among them were TV actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin. The colleges have cast themselves as victims and have moved to distance themselves from the coaches, firing or …

Attorney for brothers involved in the Jussie Smollett case says they were ‘betrayed’ by the celebrity

(CNN)Two brothers who authorities said took part in a staged attack on actor Jussie Smollett were “betrayed” by the celebrity, their attorney told CNN on Monday. She added: “We’ve seen a lot of stories in the news where celebrities think they might be above the law. It’s just not the case.”

Flint water crisis shows the danger of a scientific dark age

(CNN)After comedian Michelle Wolf ended her monologue at the 2018 White House Correspondents’ Dinner with the resounding mic drop: “Flint still doesn’t have clean water,” a parade of celebrities, including Alyssa Milano, Susan Sarandon, Michael Moore and Omarosa Manigault, shared similar proclamations. For starters, there is no such thing as completely safe drinking water. Even bottled water has some risks, ranging from bacteria to microplastics. Meanwhile, Flint still has extremely high water costs, according to a Michigan Radio analysis, and an oversized antiquated water system, which contributed to the initial water crisis in Flint. However, this kind of system also exists and endangers public health in thousands of other American towns and cities. In other words, claiming Flint water is …

Big Bang idol Seungri quits K-pop as he becomes a suspect in prostitution investigation

(CNN)One of K-pop’s biggest idols has dramatically quit the entertainment industry after it emerged he is being investigated on suspicion of violating South Korea’s prostitution law. But in recent months a scandal dogging the Burning Sun nightclub in Seoul, which Seungri sat on the board of, had put that reputation in danger. It had also caused some to question how clean-cut K-pop idols really are. Illicit spy cam cases skyrocket in South Korea Celebrities caught with even small amounts of marijuana can find themselves suspended by labels or forced to make public apologies. “Scandals involving drinking, drugs or even dating not only make waves in the entertainment news section but also the finance news section,” Bernie Cho, a Korean music …

Ex-Yale Law admissions dean: These are the victims of cheating scandal I worry about

(CNN)The FBI’s arrest of more than 50 people associated with what may be the largest college admissions cheating scandal in history has exposed how access to resources and connections can distort the admissions process — to an allegedly illegal extreme — and hurt ordinary applicants. As a former admissions dean at Yale Law School, I worry about another group of victims: future talented college applicants from underprivileged backgrounds who may opt out of reaching for the most selective schools, believing that the deck is already stacked against them. Join us on Twitter and Facebook Unfortunately, the case also magnifies applicants’ worst fears about the process and provides fodder for naysayers, such as cynical parents or counselors, to tell students — …

She invests in tech founders others overlook

Arlan Hamilton stands out in Silicon Valley not just because she’s a black investor in a white male-dominated field, but because she’s focused on investing in female, minority and LGBTQ entrepreneurs. Judith McKenna: Walmart spent $16 billion to break into India. She has to make it work Gwynne Shotwell: She turns Elon Musk’s bold space ideas into a real business Read all 14 Risk Takers profiles That curiosity led her down an information-seeking spiral that included years of research into startups, entrepreneurship and venture capital. One revelation: “Everybody’s saying ‘no’ to even talking to the black [founders], like, no matter what they’re working on,” Hamilton said. “And in some cases, they were working on stuff that was so much more …

She invests in tech founders others ignore. And it’s working

Arlan Hamilton stands out in Silicon Valley not just because she’s a black investor in a white male-dominated field, but because she’s laser-focused on investing in female, minority and LGBTQ entrepreneurs. Judith McKenna: Walmart spent $16 billion to break into India. She has to make it work Gwynne Shotwell: She turns Elon Musk’s bold space ideas into a real business Read all 14 Risk Takers profiles That curiosity led her down an information-seeking spiral that included years of research into startups, entrepreneurship and venture capital. One revelation: “Everybody’s saying ‘no’ to even talking to the black [founders], like, no matter what they’re working on,” Hamilton said. “And in some cases, they were working on stuff that was so much more …

Snapchat always proved critics wrong. Then Evan Spiegel pushed for a redesign

Most CEOs would probably prefer not to overhaul their core businesses less than a year after an initial public offering. It’s a pivotal period when executives look to play up their company’s stability and growth to a world of potential new investors on Wall Street. Arlan Hamilton: She invests in tech founders others ignore. And it’s working Mary Barra: Her impatience could save GM. ‘Time is not our friend’ Read all 14 Risk Takers profiles The plan: separate content from friends and publishers — and celebrity users — while attracting new users by making the app easier to use. Spiegel said at the time that the move could be “disruptive” to Snap’s business. That proved to be an understatement. A …

Jennie Garth fires back at fans who criticized her for not posting Luke Perry tribute: Please dont judge

GWYNETH PALTROW POSTS PHOTO WITH EX CHRIS MARTIN’S MOM, NEW MOTHER-IN-LAW ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY “These women,” she captioned the post, which marked the first time she posted on the photo-sharing platform since Perry’s death. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

MMR vaccine does not cause autism, another study confirms

(CNN)The measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine does not increase the risk of autism and does not trigger autism in children who are at risk, according to a new study of over 650,000 children. With anti-vaccine groups becoming more vocal and even celebrities and politicians spreading fear of vaccines, Hviid and his team wanted to provide solid scientific answers. The biggest contribution of the study was the inclusion of children at risk of autism, said Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, who was not involved in the new research. He hopes the latest piece of evidence will reassure families with young children at risk of developing autism spectrum disorder that the vaccine will …