Internet Sensation Grumpy Cat — Source of Multimillion-Dollar Empire — Dies at Age 7

Grumpy Cat, real name Tarder Sauce, gained global fame in 2012 when photos of her went viral. May 17, 2019 1 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Grumpy Cat, the adorably grouchy-looking meme machine kitty, has passed away. The family of the dearly departed cat said she suffered complications from a urinary tract infection. She died on Tuesday at the age of seven. Some days are grumpier than others… pic.twitter.com/ws209VWl97 — Grumpy Cat (@RealGrumpyCat) May 17, 2019 Her world-famous expression was the result of a birth defect, and Grumpy’s owners parlayed her popularity into a multimillion-dollar empire, with merchandise, books and a Lifetime movie. As you might expect, tributes flooded in following the news of her passing. goodbye grumpy cat pic.twitter.com/2LmoYXM1Rr — shitty watercolour (@SWatercolour) May 17, 2019 Hope they meet in heaven #RIPGrumpyCat pic.twitter.com/qdPlt7poGb — Greeshma Megha M.S (@GreeshmaMegha) May 17, 2019 Thank you, Grumpy Cat, for understanding @OscarTheGrouch like no […]

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Every Minute Online Is a Battle for Consumer Attention

Check out this not-to-scale visualization of what is happening on the internet every single minute of every single day this year. March 21, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag We all know the internet is a big place with a lot going on, but the chart above — put together by media consultants Lori Lewis and Chadd Callahan for All Access Music — really points out the sheer amount of activity vying for (or constantly stealing) our attention. (We found it on Digg.) Pulling public records and claims from major internet companies, the two have for the last three years cobbled together a chart of what happens on average every minute of the day online. The numbers are staggering. All of the following are happening each minute: 188 million emails and 18.1 million texts sent. 41.6 million messages sent on Facebook and WhatsApp combined. 1.4 million swipes on Tinder. The sheer amount of video consumed on […]

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Tim Berners-Lee Pushes For ‘Contract’ to Protect the Web

The contract calls for the development of an open and free internet, but with a pledge by companies to ‘respect consumers’ privacy’ and to design technologies ‘that support the best in humanity and challenge the worst.’ November 6, 2018 3 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Can a contract save the internet from abuse? On Monday, the inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, promoted the idea with his unveiling of the “Contract for the Web,” an effort to get society committed to protecting the internet for the good of all. The contract calls for the development of an open and free internet, but with a pledge by companies to “respect consumers’ privacy” and to design technologies “that support the best in humanity and challenge the worst.” Under the contract, citizens must also support building strong online communities “that respect civil discourse and human dignity.” Meanwhile, governments will commit […]

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What Your I.T. Department Can Learn From the I.T. Crowd

We’re in a dark and dank dungeon. It smells of sweat, drying milk, and ozone. A server ticks and hums one room over — did you hear something rustling in there? You get a call from “upstairs.” Before they have a chance to tell you what’s going on, you say, “have you tried turning it off and on again?” This probably sounds familiar. Not because I.T. departments actually look, sound, smell, and taste like this, but because it sometimes feels like that. So, let’s take a look at the ultimate parody of the I.T. department and find out what Moss, Roy, and Jenn can teach us about running an I.T. department. 1. People Are Absurdly Predictable It’s now such an old-hat joke it’s not even funny anymore. “Did you try turning it off and on again.” But it’s really the go-to fix for a lot of computer problems. We all […]

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