This mind-blowing graphic shows how many Snapchat photos are sent per second

Now that Snapchat has almost 100 million daily users in addition to the geotagged Our Story feature and its Discover tab, it sometimes seems impossible to keep track of everything going on within the platform. But this new website might make you feel a little less guilty about missing your friends’ snaps. The British phot0-printing site Photoworld has created an infographic that will help you visualize just how many thousands of snaps are sent every single second. The graphic shows a mini Snapchat ghost logo for each of the 8,796 photos sent per second. In fact, because of just how quickly the logos appear, […]

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW? The successful lives of past National Spelling Bee champions

Teenagers and pre-teens who win the intensely competitive Scripps National Spelling Bee have brains, passion, and dedication. For the most part, this work ethic leads to success in college and beyond. Among the decades of past winners, there are lots of graduates of top schools and many brainy professionals — such as doctors and lawyers. There are some pretty unusual career choices too, from a professional poker player to a voiceover actor. Many former winners have also stayed involved with the bee itself, making up the administration of the organization. Max Nisen created an earlier version of this feature. 1992 […]

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How family-friendly policies can hurt women's careers

Family-friendly policies are typically seen as a way to increase women’s participation in the workforce, largely because they help women balance work and parenting. But a growing body of research suggests that these policies can sometimes backfire and end up hurting women’s professional prospects in the long run. One example of this phenomenon is the Family and Medical Leave Act, passed in 1993 in the US. According to new unpublished research from Mallika Thomas, who will be an assistant professor of economics at Cornell University, women hired after the enactment of the FMLA were 5% more likely to remain employed than women […]

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How an ex-GM who got demoted in 2012 turned the Golden State Warriors into a juggernaut

Golden State Warriors general manager Larry Riley was demoted by new owner Joe Lacob in April of 2012. Two months before, Lacob was loudly booed by his own fans at a jersey retirement ceremony after Riley traded Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks for the oft-injured Andrew Bogut at the deadline. After the season Lacob promoted Bob Myers to GM, and demoted Riley to director of scouting. After being told of the move, Riley admitted to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Rusty Simmons he was disappointed with the switch: “I’d be disingenuous if I said anything other than there is some […]

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The Shanghai stock market crashed on Thursday — here's what it looks like next to the US markets

The Shanghai Composite stock index was slammed on Thursday, dropping by 6.5%. Over the last year, the Shanghai exchange has grown to be the third largest in the world. Here are the ten largest stock exchanges in the world by total market capitalization, as of April 2015, according to the World Federation of Exchanges’ monthly report. With a total end of April market cap of $5.6 trillion, Shanghai is the third largest exchange in the world after the two big US exchanges: SEE ALSO: THE GLOBAL 20: Twenty big stories that define the world right now Join the conversation about this […]

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Google and GoPro just announced a new camera for filming virtual reality videos (GOOG)

Google just announced a new virtual reality video platform called “Jump” onstage at its Google I/O conference on Thursday. Jump is a 360-degree video platform that transforms raw footage into VR video, with the hope of making it easier for people to record and create seamless, spherical 3D virtual reality videos. GoPro has partnered with Google to create the first Jump-compatible camera rig for filming virtual reality videos, and the device is said to feature “beautiful accurate depth correct stereo” video. GoPro’s Jump-compatible camera, which it is calling the “360-Degree Camera Array,” will link up 16 individual GoPro Hero4 cameras to capture […]

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The cheapest way to end homelessness is ridiculously simple, according to the largest-ever US study

The Economic Roundtable just came out with the largest study on homelessness in American history.  The focus was on Santa Clara County, California, home to the extreme wealth of Silicon Valley and the highest percentage of homelessness in the entire United States.  The methodology is enough to make a social scientist swoon: researchers analyzed information about everyone in Santa Clara County who had been homeless between 2007 to 2012 — a full 104,206 people.  Homelessness, the report details, gets very expensive. Between costs related to health care, social welfare, and the justice system, Santa Clara County as a whole spent $520 […]

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Here's everything Google announced today: A new Android, virtual reality on YouTube, and more

This week, developers from across the world are flocking to San Francisco for Google I/O 2015, Google’s biggest event of the year.  At today’s keynote session, Google Senior VP of Products Sundar Pichai revealed the search titan’s roadmap for at least the next year.  The biggest focus was given to Android M, the new-generation version of Android, which is aimed at making the mobile operating system easier to use. Android M will also include  Android Pay, the new digital wallet, and a whole bunch of improvements to app user permissions and privacy. There was also a lot of talk of Google Photos, […]

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Ted Cruz: I'm a video game 'addict'

Presidential candidate and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced on Thursday that he had been “outed” by a new Daily Beast article identifying him as a video game addict.  “The Daily Beast has outed me as an addict, a life-long video game player (much to my daughters’ delight, and my wife’s dismay),” Cruz wrote on Facebook.  The article in question profiled Cruz’s long love for video games. In the piece, Cruz recalled how he would play on his Nintendo and Atari as a child.  “I still remember the Christmas we got our first ‘Pong’ game,” Cruz said, adding that he still […]

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Everyone is freaking out about a new piece of cardboard from Google (GOOG)

While Google hosts its annual developer conference on Thursday, Twitter is afire with excitement about…a new piece of cardboard? I’m actually pretty freaking excited about getting this second-gen Cardboard viewer. — Nicole Lee (@nicole) May 28, 2015 Okay, okay – it’s a virtual reality headset, powered by your smartphone, and Google’s updating the headset to accommodate phones up to six inches large. As The New York Times’ Farhad Manjoo puts it: Cardboard VR is classically Googley: cheap hardware, do it in software, make it for everyone. — Farhad Manjoo (@fmanjoo) May 28, 2015 Smart! Alongside the new headset, Google announced […]

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