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Snapchat's First Original Series Is Here and It's Awful — Yesterday, we wrote that Snapchat's very first original series was coming to the app and it's now available for your viewing. The first episode is available inside Snapchat's channel found within the new Discover feature and is titled "Sip & Surf Party XXX." I tried to watch it. I really did.

The Pirate Bay Returns From The Dead — Following a raid on a Swedish data center late last year, The Pirate Bay was taken offline for just shy of two months before returning online fully today. The site appears to be fully working on its original domain, with the last uploaded torrent appearing on December 9, the day the site was taken down.

Snaphat is Premiering its Own web Series Tomorrow — When you think Snapchat, you think original Web series from the children of established Hollywood executives. No wait, you don't. That doesn't matter, because The Hollywood Reporter reports that the app that brought you embarrassing photos of your friends is launching a Web series helmed by Sasha Spielberg and Emily Goldwyn, daughters of director, producer Steven Spielberg and producer John Goldwyn.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @myurow: Snapchat is premiering its own Web series tomorrow - starring and produced by Steveb Spielberg's daughter

Jan 30, 2015

Snapchat = pure domination. MT @myurow Snapchat is premiering a Web series tmrw, starring Steven Spielberg's daughter

Jan 30, 2015

Wow. This sounds neat. -- Snapchat is premiering its own Web series tomorrow via @thenextweb

Jan 30, 2015

if only there was a medium in which i could consume video at a scheduled time that goes away shortly thereafter

The Genius of Mailchimp's Sweaty Monkey Finger — If there's one bit of creative user interface design that I love, it's the animation that appears when you're about to send an email in Mailchimp. The chimp's finger hovers over the button, dripping with a tasteful amount of stress-sweat.

Google Now introduces support for notification cards from 40 new apps — Google Now is great. It automatically feeds you content that is usually genuinely useful based on context like time and locations. Problem is, it's always been limited to Google-only products. As of today, however, the virtual assistant supports 40 new apps.
Jan 30, 2015

Google Now now works with third-party apps. I hope that doesn't dilute its brilliance >

Nokia Isn't Happy That There's Another Location App Called HERE — In a move that may seem unsurprising to some, Lowdown, maker of HERE for iPhone, has been asked to rebrand the app and materials or face legal action from Nokia over the use of the HERE trademark. In a letter seen by TNW, Nokia says that Lowdown's use of HERE infringes on a trademark owned by mapping company since 2012.
Jan 30, 2015

Nokia isn’t happy that there’s another location app called HERE

Jan 30, 2015

I can't say I'm surprised > Nokia isn’t happy that there’s another location app called HERE

'The Queen of Code' Gives The Lowdown On Grace Hopper — Considering the scandalous lack of women entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, and the debased treatment some receive in the industry, it can be hard to remember that women helped form the backbone of computing when it mattered most.

AOL Is Closing The Unofficial Apple Weblog — AOL is closing The Unofficial Apple Weblog aka TUAW, reports The Verge. TNW understands the report is accurate and that an official announcement will be made later today. Founded in December 2004, TUAW was part of the Weblogs, Inc. stable along with Engadget, Autoblog and Joystiq, which is also being closed.
Jan 30, 2015

Sites like TUAW and Joystiq got me interested in this business in the first place. Very sad to see them go:

Facebook Is Improving the News Feed by Asking Real People — The News Feed is probably Facebook's most important asset, and there's no doubt the company spends a ton of money researching algorithms to feed you optimal content. But it turns out algorithms may not be enough - sometimes asking real people direct questions yields better results.
Jan 31, 2015

ICYMI: Facebook is improving the News Feed by directly questioning real-life testers

Snapchat's Not So Social Bet on Content — Nick is the founder and CEO of Delmondo and Content Marketing Manager at Percolate. He works with brands and startups improving their digital marketing and social media strategy, focusing on branded content. He put the first Instagram Video on TV for Oprah and is a frequent speaker and writer.

FiftyThree goes for the gold (tone) with its new tablet stylus — What goes with a gold iPad Air 2? Give up? At least one thing would be FiftyThree's new Pencil Gold, the latest addition to the company's stylus line. Pencil Gold - from the company that invented the popular Paper mobile sketching and note-taking app - is the same Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) stylus on the inside as its previously released Graphite and Walnut companions.

Twitter Launches Vine Kids — Vine is great fun. In six seconds, anyone can share a short movie, animation or breaking news. But, it's not always appropriate for children. Okay, most of the time it's not appropriate for children. So Twitter created its first child-friendly app, Vine Kids.

BT Promises 500Mbps Broadband For The UK…Eventually — UK telecoms provider, BT has announced plans to deliver broadband speeds of up to 500Mbps to homes and small business across the UK. It says it'll achieve that by using, a standard for local loops shorter than 250 meters which can offer speeds of up to 1Gbps.
Jan 30, 2015

BT promises 500Mbps broadband across the UK (yet 1GBps is already being tested, not necessarily by BT, I understand)…

Jan 30, 2015

BT promises 500Mbps broadband across the UK but it could take a decade to arrive

Win These Beats Studio Wireless Headphones — Personal audio has never looked this good. The Beats Studio Wireless headphones feature sleek lines, beautiful materials and incredibly clear and powerful sound, and Bluetooth connectivity to boot. If you're looking for an aural upgrade with style, you can't do much better than these premium headphones - and we're giving away a pair for free!
Jan 30, 2015

hey you can win these ear things. RT @TheNextWeb: Win these Beats Studio Wireless headphones

Jay Z's Getting Into The Streaming Business By Buying Aspiro — Jay Z is buying Aspiro, the Swedish music streaming company behind ad-free services WiMP and Tidal. Project Panther Bidco Ltd, a company controlled by the rapper's firm Shawn Carter LLC, has agreed a $56 million deal to make the acquisition.

Jack Dorsey's First Tweetstorm Was In Support of Dick Costolo — If you were on Twitter this morning, you may have seen Twitter co-founder and chairman of the board, Jack Dorsey do his very first tweetstorm. That is, a bunch of tweets in a row with labels, sort of like what a blog is supposed to be.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @TheNextWeb: Jack Dorsey’s first tweetstorm shows Twitter listens to users... when it’s convenient

Jan 29, 2015

Jack Dorsey’s first tweetstorm shows Twitter listens when it’s convenient, says @ow >

Jan 29, 2015

Twitter will listen to the community… when it's convenient…

Imgur Lets You GIF All the Things With New Video Converter — The GIF is one of the internet's native art forms and few websites have as big a repertory of the medium as Imgur. Still, finding the right GIF can be hard, and making your own is even harder, so the website is now introducing its own GIF creator.

Facebook Launches Automated "Place Tips" — Facebook is about to become a more serious comeptitor to Yelp and Foursquare. Now when you walk into a business, the suitably named " Place Tips " feature will pop up recommendations about the business. When Facebook sees you're at a business, you'll receive a notification you can launch to view information cards about the place, including posts and photos from your friends.

This website will make you nostalgic with a musical timeline of your life — There's nothing better than a little nostalgic music, right? Retrojam, a free website, generates a nice visual timeline of popular music from your childhood from just your birth date. Once you put in the date of your birthday, the website lays out a timeline with playlists from different eras of your childhood.