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113 million hardcore fans worldwide 147 million occasional viewers US$252 million in global revenues a predicted total prize pool of $71 million for all tournaments and competitions. No, these numbers don’t refer to a traditional mainstream sport like football or basketball. Rather, they come from a sport that saw its major surge begin a mere 10 years ago, a sport whose global revenue has already surpassed the revenue of the entire music industry by $20 million in 2014, a sport that giant brands like Coca-Cola, Red Bull, American Express, Intel and Samsung are vying to sponsor. I’m talking about eSports… This story continues at The Next Web

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With all the Facebooking, Tumblring and tweeting, it’s a wonder personal Websites still get built at all. For most people, short bursts of communication with friends and family seem to be enough to satisfy most common messaging impulses. Nonetheless, business and personal Websites are still going strong, fueled by the desire to tell a story, sell a product or publicize an event. Whereas large enterprises will always allocate big bucks for engineering and design talent, smaller businesses and individuals — especially those without advanced coding skills — increasingly rely on easy, reasonably priced online services that provide attractive, template-driven options. The nine… This story continues at The Next Web

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Practically everything has changed in media. Here are some ways to build an audience, make yourself more effective, and find your path to success in modern journalism. (note: this post doesn’t pretend to tell you how to do good journalism. That part should be learned the ways it’s always been learned — mostly on the job. This post is intended to offer some ways for a journalist to navigate the new landscape of news) 1. Be prolific Maintain a high standard for your work, but publish early and often. And understand that different content makes sense in different places. If you’re an… This story continues at The Next Web

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You may not realize it, but styleguides are an important part of journalism. They help all writers for a publication use the same grammar rules and technical terms, to keep things nice and tidy. We have one at The Next Web and now we’re sharing it with you. @TNWstyle is a new Twitter account in the mold of similar efforts from the Associated Press and the Guardian. We’ll share regular tips about how we guide our writers; the terms, grammar and spellings we use for technical terms and divisive issues… The internet should be capped down as it is now like gas or… This story continues at The Next Web

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On a busy day I’ll receive more than a hundred newsletters. On a slow day that number is around 30. I know this because a few weeks ago I set up a filter in Gmail to file all emails containing the word ‘Unsubscribe’ into one sub-folder. Once a day I browse through it and fish out the false positives. I’m left with an archive of newsletters, which makes it painfully clear that this is becoming a problem. Newsletters are hot right now and can be very useful. We send out a fair bunch of them ourselves. When managed well, a… This story continues at The Next Web

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You build a company into a massive success, you sell it for $2.5 billion, you have all the money you could hope for and a lot of time on your hands… and then what? Markus ‘Notch’ Persson, founder of Minecraft creator Mojang, has shared some stark thoughts on life after a big exit that may make you think twice about your dreams of fame and fortune. The problem with getting everything is you run out of reasons to keep trying, and human interaction becomes impossible due to imbalance. — Markus Persson (@notch) August 29, 2015 Hanging out in ibiza with a bunch… This story continues at The Next Web

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Mark Zuckerberg’s 16th pick for his Year of Books is Matt Ridley’s Genome. This is everything you need to know about the ultimate book of life, what’s inside, where there are plot holes and recipes for the future, and what makes us humans tick. There’s a great book inside of you. No, not the one you keep meaning to write (well, maybe that one, too)—the actual book of life, and it chronicles evolutions, revolutions, and years upon years of human history. It’s the genome, and it’s scrawled deep within each of our beings in indelible, nuclear ink. In Genome, Matt… This story continues at The Next Web

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App changelogs used to be simple – they showed you what was new in the latest update. But now developers have fallen victim to trends that make them at best less useful, and at worst completely useless. Here are the trends ruining changelogs: 1. The bland boilerplate announcement Facebook is a chief offender here, but Uber and Twitter are among the others often guilty. You know the type of thing: “We’re always improving our app and bring you regular updates.” Okay, but come on – are there bug fixes? Has a yellow button turned purple? Have you completely changed the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Chloe McLaren just left her job as receptionist at ad agency 101 London to work in radio. You don’t know her. Neither do I. These facts are meaningless to us. Liquor and photocopying So why have I bothered to post about some woman leaving some place? Because she recorded a brilliant rap video in place of the usual awkward all-hands email. Enjoy! ➤ Quit my job yo. Goodbye y’all. [by Chloe McClaren]

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Soroush Ghodsi is 13-years-old. It shouldn’t matter. It doesn’t really matter. And yet… I first encountered Soroush when I emailed him about an experimental anonymous Twitter bot called Whisperly, not realising that it was a side-project from such a young entrepreneur. After working on Slik – his *real* company, which lets you search, filter and track companies based on criteria including investment round, employee count, page visits. etc. – he “reached out” (I hate that term) to me again. See bad PR people, THAT’S how you write a pitch email. Ghodsi is a preternaturally talented young man. It’s not just that he… This story continues at The Next Web

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She may look cranky, but Tardar Sauce — the three-year-old internet meme known the world over as Grumpy Cat — seems content to endure just about any sort of indignity with a tranquil, sweet- natured reserve. Despite extreme efforts to cooperate, the little feline expressed distain for the proceedings. “This is truly an honor…” she reportedly meowed. “I hate it.” And who can blame her? After all, it couldn’t be any fun to have this flock of strange humans fussing, poking, measuring and flipping her little frame around in order to collect the data they need to create her own wax animatronic figure at Madame Tussauds Museum in San… This story continues at The Next Web

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There are all sorts of tricks you can use in iOS (Accessibility, for example) to view film negatives — the kind you got when you developed a roll of film shot with your analog camera — on your Apple mobile device. But now, a 99-cent app saves some thumb fiddling to let you easily view negatives straightforwardly — if you have a light table. It might seem like a stretch, but that light table could be an iPad, or even your desktop or laptop monitor set to a white background. Light Table Loupe, a universal app released today, runs on iOS 8… This story continues at The Next Web

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Content marketing may be a timeless concept, but its role within the digital media ecosystem is brand new. It’s known that blog posts, infographics, and videos are critical tools for building long-term customer relationships, but it’s also hard to connect ROI and effort. When it comes to content, purchases and transactions tend to happen over the long-term. Unlike other forms of marketing like search campaigns on AdWords and homepage takeover ads on mainstream media sites, your audiences won’t be looking at ads—they’ll be reading helpful, entertaining, and engaging educational materials from your company. Success, here, looks different from an immediate… This story continues at The Next Web

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The dawn of the war between hearts and stars may soon be upon us. Prepare yourself, and be ready to choose a side. This morning, in a blog post on the MTV Video Music Awards, the company showed off tweets featuring the customized moonman emoji for the event. But it wasn’t the most interesting icon in the photo: the tweets in question had hearts on the “Favorite” button. Twitter has since corrected those photos to remove the icons, but the original photos remain in the cached version. We reported on the hearts test back in June, but Twitter’s (likely unintentional) use… This story continues at The Next Web

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Another week, another set of GIF mysteries to solve. Taking requests from the TNW Slack channel as well as things around the ‘net, I’ve uncovered the details behind three GIFs you’ve probably seen on social media throughout the years. Every GIF has a story behind it, and I’m hot on the case! Read more about the GIFs and view their source videos below: Angry Panda The Angry Panda is pissed you’re ignoring him. Can’t you just give him the attention he needs? He’s the disgruntled subject of a series of award-winning 2010 commercials by Egypt’s Arab Dairy, who reacts negatively when people simply don’t want… This story continues at The Next Web

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When Instagram first started out, it was promoting the retro feel of instant photos that Polaroid had successfully made famous in times gone by. Limiting the format to a square was Instagram’s way of paying homage to the original size of instant pictures and using its filters you could give your images a unique, vintage feel. It wasn’t something that had been done properly before and Instagram just happened to get it spot on at the right time. As with anything that’s popular, the app was duplicated in various forms by thousands of developers and social networks, but none of… This story continues at The Next Web

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Twitter has released its diversity numbers, and the company is unsurprisingly skewed toward white males. Overall, Twitter is 66 percent male, and 59 percent white. In tech, the number of males skyrockets to 87 percent, but the percentage of white dips slightly to 56 percent. In non-tech, Twitter is split evenly along gender lines, but still 62 percent white. Leadership — like tech — is mostly white dudes; 78 percent male, 72 percent white. Like we saw from Pinterest, Twitter is laying out a roadmap for diversity. By the end of 2016, the company wants its number of females to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Back in March, Huawei announced it was strengthening its wearables game with a stunning looking smartwatch. After months of waiting, the round-faced Android Wear device is finally available for pre-order on Amazon, but the pre-order page may have just revealed a special surprise. The Verge spotted a line on the watch’s feature list saying the device is “compatible with most devices with an iOS 8.2 or Android 4.3 or later operating system.” In other words, Android Wear may soon be compatible with you iPhone It’s possible that this is just a mistake in the listing, but it’s hard to imagine a… This story continues at The Next Web

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In a world dominated by mobile phones, finding a way to sell your product or service via smartphone is a good move. But when it’s your first time launching an m-commerce app, there’s a lot that’s easy to overlook. So I asked 10 founders from YEC the following: What is the No. 1 usability consideration I should not overlook when launching an m-commerce app? Their best answers are below: 1. Platform Usability Nothing is more frustrating to mobile users than not having an app work on their specific model of phone. In this case, make sure you extensively test exactly how the… This story continues at The Next Web

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The last week of August has been a roller coaster, filled with both great and not-so-great news for some of the biggest names in tech. The news cycle stops for no one, but we take some time out every Friday to bring you the week’s highlights. So before leaving the office, let us quickly recap the good and the bad. We picked out the need-to-knows from the stories that made the top of Index’s algorithms for you. This week in numbers Bad monday for tech giants: @facebook -12.1%, Apple -10%, @google -6.5%, @Microsoft -5.8% #TechNews pic.twitter.com/QgmNfkrLB8 — Index (@indexdotco) August 24,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Noel Biderman, founder and CEO of Ashley Madison, has stepped down following the recent hacks. The news comes in the form of a short statement by Ashley Madison’s parent company Avid Life Media [ALM], which says it will be run by ‘existing senior executives’ while it searches for a permanent leader. As for why the change, ALM would only say that it was made in the company’s best interests to support its existing members and employees. It also reiterated it is working with law enforcement to apprehend the hackers behind the Ashley Madison attack, who call themselves the Impact Team. The infidelity… This story continues at The Next Web

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Michael Acton Smith is one of Britain’s most high-profile entrepreneurs. The ‘Willy Wonka’ figure founded and has continued to front Mind Candy – home of ‘Moshi Monsters’ – even after stepping aside as CEO in July 2014. Michael Acton Smith reached for comment earlier Recently, a number of sources – including well-connected former employees, investors and individuals associated with the company – suggested that it may be on the verge of winding up. The story presented to me was one of barely-organized chaos with the company’s well-publicised redundancies going further and deeper than originally thought. Additionally, sources talked of a product development… This story continues at The Next Web

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High quality apps can seriously streamline your workflow. The Supercharge Your Mac Bundle offers nine of the best for $39.99, covering website creation, task management, file organization, photo editing, and more. The headliners include Flux V5.5, which lets you build beautiful HTML5 websites without needing to know any code, and Pagico, a sleek task management app. DeltaWalker Pro allows you to compare and merge files for better organization, while a SpotDox Pro subscription (3 years) lets you access all your files remotely. Photographers will enjoy the all-round editing abilities of Emulsion, and the HDR processing of HydraPro. You can also… This story continues at The Next Web

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The internet today is far bigger and more inextricably linked to our daily lives than its creators in the 1970s and 1980s could have imagined. So perhaps it is not surprising that some of the structures put in place decades ago may have failed to keep pace with its rapid evolution. Chief of these is perhaps the nonprofit organisation ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. ICANN is responsible for the key roles of assigning the unique internet protocol (IP) addresses that locate individual websites on the net, and managing the domain name system (DNS), which translates the… This story continues at The Next Web

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I’ve been an Xbox fan since I can remember. When Halo was released back in 2001, I saved as hard as I could to buy my own console and overstayed my welcome at friends’ houses until I had enough cash to get my own. When the Xbox 360 was released a few years later, I got it immediately. I had three Xbox 360 consoles over the years; weathered the red-ring-of-death drama, sold one to make rent during university and got another a year or two later when Halo 4 came out. Naturally, when I heard about the Xbox One I figured… This story continues at The Next Web

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