Instagram and Pinterest are convincing more couples to go into debt for their perfect wedding (FB, PINS)

Couples are taking out expensive loans to fund “Instagram-worthy” weddings, according to a new report from The Washington Post. Online lenders told the Post that they are issuing up to four times as many “wedding loans” as they did a year ago. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Young couples are taking out loans to fund “Instagram-worthy” weddings, according to a new report from The Washington Post. Online lenders told the Post that they are issuing up to four times as many “wedding loans” as they did a year ago as millennial couples drop thousands of dollars to have their dream wedding. Many are spending more on additional services… Read More

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Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency and Its Generational Divide — Data Sheet

Facebook’s Libra announcement notwithstanding, a generational divide–attributed more to commercial interests than age–remains between Team Blockchain/Cryptocurrencies and Team Traditional Finance. Over and over at Fortune’s inaugural Brainstorm Finance conference in Montauk, N.Y., Wednesday the chasm was clear. One side believes nearly religiously in a future that is nifty but has demonstrated next to zero utility. The other side is happy to listen, thank you very much, but in the meantime intends to carry on with the business of lending, financing, facilitating payments and so on, all the better if digital tools can be cleverly applied to the task at hand. Some examples, mostly from the don’t-fix-it-if-ain’t-broke crowd: * Hikmet Ersek,… Read More

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Bitcoin healthy AF following Zuckbuck reveal, hash rate hits all-time high

Bitcoin‘s hash rate is skyrocketing, setting a new all-time-high and flying in the face of Facebook’s ambitious Libra cryptocurrency — a remarkably healthy sign for the world’s most popular blockchain. Bitcoin‘s “hash rate” measures the total processing power of the network at any one time. As more miners join the network, the hash rate increases. A strong hash rate is indicative of a secure blockchain, as hypothetical bad actors would need to acquire more resources to pull of a “51-percent attack.” When hackers stole $40 million worth of cryptocurrency from major exchange Binance earlier this year, many speculated they took Bitcoin specifically to avoid… This story continues at The Next… Read More

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20,000 people have petitioned Netflix to cancel ‘Good Omens’ for being ‘blasphemous’ — but it’s actually an Amazon show

The US Christian group, the “Return to Order” campaign, has launched a petition for Amazon’s “Good Omens” TV series to be canceled, but the petition is directed at Netflix. It has over 20,000 signatures, and accuses the show of presenting “devils and Satanists as normal and even good, where they merely have a different way of being, and mocks God’s wisdom.” Neil Gaiman, the coauthor of the novel the show is based on, tweeted on Wednesday, “I love that they are going to write to Netflix to try and get #GoodOmens cancelled. Says it all really.” Amazon launched a social-media campaign earlier this year poking fun at viewers who mistake… Read More

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Adobe Lightroom arrives in the Mac App Store

The pro-focused photo editing tool Lightroom is now available on the Mac App Store, marking the first major Adobe app to be available through the revamped version of the platform. The title joins the more lightweight Photoshop Elements, but is the sole pro app currently available through the venue. Unlike Element’s flat $70 a month upfront charge, Lightroom adopts the company’s shift in recent years toward a subscription-based model, running users $10 a month for continued access. Apple’s clearly excited about the arrival, with Lightroom currently featured atop the App Store home page. The company’s been making a push for developers to make their wares available through its channels at… Read More

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