Automattic’s bargain-bin Tumblr deal plugs right into the WordPress business model

Tumblr has been an millstone around the neck of its owners, first Yahoo and later Oath and Verizon Media, pretty much since it was acquired in 2013. They never found an answer to the question that new owner Automattic is presumably about to take a crack at: how to make this unruly erstwhile porn factory turn a profit. Amazingly, the secret technique that Tumblr may have been waiting for was good old-fashioned business sense: make something people want, then charge them a good price for it. Tumblr may fit into the WordPress model and do just this — quite a change from the indirect monetization attempts of the past decade.… Read More

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Bill Gates just learned how to cook a chicken thanks to Washington’s Teacher of the Year

Washington state’s 2019 Teacher of the Year, Robert Hand, spent the afternoon with Bill Gates. Hand teaches family and consumer science, or what folks used to call “home economics” back in the day. He taught Gates how to make a BBQ chicken as Gates admitted that cutting and cooking a chicken is something he’s never done before. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Washington state’s 2019 Teacher of the Year is Robert Hand. And one of his prizes was to spend an afternoon Bill Gates, which Gates captured for his blog and YouTube channel, Gates Notes. Hand teaches family and consumer science or what folks used to call “home… Read More

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Facebook warns its marketing partners against scraping after a startup was caught saving millions of users’ data (FB)

Facebook is warning its marketing partners against illicitly scraping users’ data. The warning comes after Business Insider revealed startup Hyp3r harvested millions of Instagram users’ data, saved their Stories, and tracked their locations. Instagram failed to notice Hyp3r’s actions, and had added it to its exclusive Facebook Marketing Partner list. Click here for more BI Prime stories. Facebook is warning some of its closest marketing partners against illicitly scraping data after a buzzy startup was found to be saving personal information and tracking the locations of millions of Instagram users. Late last week, after Business Insider revealed that San Francisco marketing firm Hyp3r had been harvesting huge volumes of data… Read More

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Four rocket companies are competing for Air Force funding, and it is war

Enlarge / Jeff Bezos (right), the founder of Blue Origin and Amazon.com, and Tory Bruno, CEO of United Launch Alliance, display the BE-4 rocket engine during a press conference in 2014. (credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Monday marked the deadline for four US rocket companies to submit bids for Air Force contracts, encompassing all national security launches from 2022 to 2026. This is a hugely consequential and much-contested bid process that has implications for the American aerospace industry for the next decade and beyond. The Air Force is seeking two providers for about two dozen launches. The prime contractor will receive 60% of the launches while the secondary contractor claims the… Read More

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How scientists use household bleach and quantum physics to hunt down cancer

A team of scientists from MIT and Rice University recently discovered a new method for creating qubits that could revolutionize both quantum computing and cancer research – and all it takes is some household bleach and a UV light. Qubits are the basic units of information used in quantum computing. Typically, when scientists create them they go through a complex process involving lasers or shearing single photons off of light using complex, difficult-to-work-with reactants that produce unwanted side-effects. These time consuming methods often require trial-and-error and seldom produce perfect results. The method created by the MIT/Rice team, however, is quick,… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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