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If you make money through blogging, this is what you need to know about paying tax – JOE


JOE

If you make money through blogging, this is what you need to know about paying tax
JOE
Given it's a relatively new industry, it's understandable that many Irish bloggers are unclear about the rules when it comes to tax, but with a Revenue crackdown on the horizon, it's important that you understand your obligations as you grow your brand.

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How I Became A Fan Of The Dallas Cowboys – Blogging The Boys (blog)

How I Became A Fan Of The Dallas Cowboys
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I wonder what dad would think of having his little girl write for Blogging The Boys. I wonder if he would be proud. One day I will find out, but for now I am just ready for some Dallas Cowboys football. These OTAs are all well and good but I want to

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George RR Martin: Game of Thrones characters die because ‘it has to be done’

The Song of Ice and Fire writer has told an interviewer its dishonest not to show how war kills heroes as easily as minor characters

George RR Martin, renowned for killing off major characters unexpectedly in his bestselling novel series A Song of Ice and Fire, adapted for TV as A Game of Thrones, has said that stories in which only the extras die are such a cheat.

Martin, returning to his origins in science fiction magazines with an interview with Galaxys Edge, told writer Joy Ward that a writer, even a fantasy writer, has an obligation to tell the truth and the truth is, as we say in Game of Thrones, all men must die.

Weve all read this story a million times when a bunch of heroes set out on adventure and its the hero and his best friend and his girlfriend and they go through amazing hair-raising adventures and none of them die. The only ones who die are extras, said Martin. Thats such a cheat. It doesnt happen that way. They go into battle and their best friend dies or they get horribly wounded. They lose their leg or death comes at them unexpectedly.

If a writer is going to be honest, said Martin, they have to write about death, especially if theyre telling a story about war or conflict. Once youve accepted that you have to include death, then you should be honest and indicate it can strike down anybody at any time. You dont get to live forever just because you are a cute kid or the heros best friend or the hero. Sometimes the hero dies, at least in my books, said Martin. I love all my characters so its always hard to kill them but I know it has to be done. I tend to think I dont kill them. The other characters kill em. I shift off all blame from myself.

The latest issue of the bi-monthly free online magazine Galaxys Edge also features Martins story Fast Friends, set in a universe where Earth was teeming, civilised, dull; time and technology had homogenised it, and what romance there was left was all in space.

Thousands lived under the domes of Luna now. On Mars, terraforming projects were in full swing, and new immigrants flooded Lowelltown and Bradbury and Burroughs City every day. There was a lab on Mercury, toehold colonies on Ceres, Ganymede, Titan, writes Martin in a story about travel to the stars which was first published in the 1970s.

The author told Ward about how he started out publishing stories in fanzines, eventually having his story The Hero published in Galaxy Magazine in 1971, for a fee of $94 (64). I remember when it came out in February 1971. I was with my friends scouring all of Chicago to look for copies of it. Buying two copies at this news stand and two more at that news stand and oh, this doesnt have it, and carrying it home. They didnt send you authors copies in those days. You had to go out and hunt it down yourself, Martin told Ward.

It was pretty exciting. Your first time is always pretty exciting, whether its publishing or sex. And you always remember it. Opening that envelope and seeing that cheque in there. It was pretty amazing seeing it on the news stand, seeing my name in print.

Martin went on to publish stories in science fiction and fantasy magazines throughout the 1970s, completing his first novel, Dying of the Light, in 1977. Today he is, according to Galaxys Edge, unquestionably the best-selling SF and fantasy writer of all time, and quite possibly the bestselling writer in the world the past few years.

But the novelist advised would-be writers that they should not choose the career as a way to make money, to make a name for yourself or any of these other external things.

If you have to write, if the stories are in you, if you made up names and stories for your toy spacemen when you were little, if the stories come to you, ask yourself the question, What if no one ever gives me a penny for my stories? Will I still write them? And if the answer is yes, then youre a writer, he said. Then you have to be a writer. Its the only thing you can do. If the answer is No, Im going to quit after a few years because Im not selling, then maybe you should quit right now and learn computer science. I hear theres a real future in these computer things.

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Chances Of A Contested Convention Jump After Ted Cruz’s Big Win In Wisconsin

Donald Trump was having a rough week even before he got clobbered by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in Wisconsin’s primary on Tuesday. Prediction markets — which allow people to bet on what they think will happen — showed his chances of winning the nomination dropping over the last week. The chances of a contested Republican convention requiring two or more votes have climbed to 75 percent.

PredictWise, which estimates these probabilities based on those prediction markets, shows that the likelihood of a contested convention has grown 14 percent in just a week. The likelihood of Trump winning the nomination has dropped by 19 percent in the same amount of time.

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Prediction markets react very quickly to events since they reflect constant buying and selling activity on prediction websites. They ask bettors to place wagers on what they think will actually happen — not what they would personally like to see happen or whom they would vote for, which is what polls ask. The way to make money in these markets is to bet on the event that ends up happening, and people change the way they allocate their money based on the current political context.

Trump’s odds of winning the nomination dropped most dramatically after he lost the Iowa caucuses to Cruz in February. His numbers took a few weeks to recover, but he eventually regained that territory and at the end of the month had about an 81 percent chance of winning the nomination. His chances remained steadily in the 70s until last week.

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Wisconsin’s primary results changed bettors’ outlook on the convention by giving Cruz a big chunk of delegates that Trump badly needed in order to get to the 1,237 needed to win the nomination outright. According to FiveThirtyEight, Trump was already 6 percent behind the number of delegates he would need to be on track to win the nomination. The deficit in Wisconsin pushed him even farther behind.

The likelihood of a contested convention of two or more ballots is directly related: If Trump fails to get to 1,237 delegates, the nomination remains up for grabs. He would have to convince enough delegates to vote for him in the first round of voting to make up the deficit — and there aren’t very many delegates not tied to a candidate in that first round. If no candidate gets the 1,237 majority in that vote, many of the delegates become free to vote for anyone. No one knows what would happen at that point.

Until that point, the markets will continue to reflect the changing environment in the GOP primaries. If Trump wins in New York later this month, as polls suggest he will, his probability of winning the nomination will likely increase again — although it might not reach 70 percent since there will be less time left for Trump to collect delegates.

For more information on prediction markets and the effects of Wisconsin’s primaries, see PredictWise founder David Rothschild’s blog post or the PredictWise website.

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

 

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30-year-old millionaire: This is how to beat self-doubt – CNBC


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30-year-old millionaire: This is how to beat self-doubt
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Taylor started exploring strategies to make more money, blogging about the experience along the way. That blog eventually became personal finance site The Penny Hoarder, which provides money advice to millions of readers, and Taylor became a …

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Social media star reality of blogging into business – Daily Mail


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Social media star reality of blogging into business
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As one of the original Australian style bloggers, Jasmin Howell, 30, is a veteran in the industry. But despite starting her blog, Friend in Fashion, as a past-time with no expectations, seven years later her website is one of the top fashion

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Snap starts selling Spectacles online in the US for $130

Snap wants to prove to investors in its upcoming IPO that Spectacles can earn money for its business, not just be a brand stunt. So today, Snap begins selling its video-recording sunglasses Spectacles openly online for $129.99 in the U.S. at Spectacles.com.Previously it only dispensed them from Snapbot vending machines in surprise locations and its NYC pop-up store for the last three months.

Snap has now closed that pop-up, and tells me Snapbots will continue to land in surprising locations around the U.S. following a brief nap 🙂 . Buyers should expect to wait two to four weeks for their Spectacles to ship, and households are limited to 6 pairs. People can also now buy $49.99 charging cases and $9.99 charging cords from Snap, which will no longer be sold on Amazon.

As for why Snap is expanding Spectacles beyond its buzzy limited release strategy, a spokesperson explains:

As Evan shared in his interview with theWSJ, when we launched, the idea was : Were going to take a slow approach to rolling them out, says Spiegel. Its about us figuring out if it fits into peoples lives and seeing how they like it. Response has been positive since Novembers launch so were now happy to be able to make Spectacles more readily available especially for those in the US who have not been able to make it to a Snapbot.

Despite that positive response, Snap admitted in its IPO filing that The launch of Spectacles . . . has not generated significant revenue for us, and notes We expect to experience production and operating costs related to Spectacles that will exceed the related revenue in the near future.

There was that one charging case that meltedbut in general, users have been quite pleased with the glasses that can record 10 to 30-seconds of video at a time. The circular, view-with-your-phone-in-any-orientation video format Snap pioneered also gives its Snapchat app something that its popular clone Instagram Stories cant copy.

Still, Spectacles proved that face-worn computers could be cool if launched by the right brand and kept out of the hands of the geeks at first. Instead of giving developers first access, which created a socially awkward stigma around Google Glass, Snap let its biggest fans chase its Snapbots around the country.

Snap doesnt necessarily need to make money directly from Spectacles if it can use them to get more people creating and watching Snaps. But showing it can earn real revenue from hardware could bolster confidence in its public offering. Now the question is what camera this Camera Company will release next.

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Square Capital partners with Upserve to offer loans to more small businesses

Jack Dorsey, co-founder and CEO of Square and Twitter, stops for a coffee at Black Velvet Espresso on April 11, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.
Image: paul jeffers/Fairfax Media via Getty Images

You don’t have to be a Square business to get a Square loan.

The company will start offering lending for the first time to businesses that don’t use its payment processing system, it announced Wednesday.

The expansion in lending services comes through a partnership with Upserve, the restaurant management system.

We are proud to partner with Upserve and offer loans through Square Capital to even more small businesses who traditionally face barriers when seeking access to funds, Jacqueline Reses, head of Square Capital, said in a statement. Square and Upserve share a passion for empowering businesses to grow and achieve their goals, and a crucial component to success is access to capital.

Square Capital began as a way to provide loans to small businesses that use Square to manage its customer payments. The loans were personalized based on the activity Square sees the businesses doing through its payment processing system. A fixed percentage of future daily card sales through Square then go toward paying off the loan.

The loans require very little in the way of an application, since Square already has access to its businesses’ financial information.

Upserve clients will similarly receive loans directly through that service. They will also repay their loans through a fixed percentage of daily sales.

The partnership represents an opportunity for Square to reach more clients without extensive advertising on its part. The partnership could be the first of many as Square looks to extend the reach of Square Capital.

The business loan market could become a major source of revenue for Square, which began as a way for small businesses to take non-cash payments from customers. Its most recent earnings pleased investors after the company endured a rocket start to 2016.

While payments are still its core business, Square’s loan operations is seen by analysts as important to the company’s growth. One analyst recently called Square Capital a “shining example” of the company’s ability to make money from business services that aren’t payments.

Square’s CEO Jack Dorsey also serves as CEO of Twitter.

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If you make money through blogging, this is what you need to know … – JOE


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If you make money through blogging, this is what you need to know …
JOE
Given it's a relatively new industry, it's understandable that many Irish bloggers are unclear about the rules when it comes to tax, but with a Revenue crackdown …

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'The Voice' Finale Live Blog! Who Is the Season 12 Winner? – Extra (blog)


Extra (blog)

'The Voice' Finale Live Blog! Who Is the Season 12 Winner?
Extra (blog)
We are live-blogging “The Voice” finale results episode tonight! The show is sure to be a wild ride as superstars like Miley Cyrus, Chris Stapleton, Zedd and CeeLo Green take the stage before the Season 12 winner is crowned. At the start of the show

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