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A huge photo site you've never heard of has destroyed parts of the internet – INSIDER


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Brenda Crowell, for example, has been using the Photobucket service for more than a decade to run a couple of blogging sites for Dungeons and Dragons Online players. One of her … Photobucket isn't as big as it used to be — but it's still making money.

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Blogging is a more lucrative job than banking – Laila Ijeoma, CEO, LailasBlog – Vanguard


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Blogging is a more lucrative job than banking – Laila Ijeoma, CEO, LailasBlog
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I started blogging as a joke in 2012; I wasn't looking for money because I was already gainfully employed at that time. All I wanted was an outlet to share my life with Nigerians, inspire them with my stories. So I started a Facebook group called
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There's serious money in vlogging – Daily Nation


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Definitely. If you have a particular area that you are truly passionate about, share it; you can make very good money if you commercialise your channel, but you will have to share your content widely among your social media sites. We make a minimum of

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Meeting Rachel and Bryan after blogging about 'The Bachelorette' was surreal and kind of sad – SB Nation


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Why do we punish Dakota pipeline protesters but exonerate the Bundys? | Ladonna Bravebill Allard

The Bundy militia fought for their right to make money. We want to protect our sacred lands but the state is treating us with violence and hostility

Sometime in the early summer when the Sacred Stone Camp was just a handful of tents and the Dakota Access machines had not yet come to our side of the Missouri river, I got an email from a woman who said her husband was Cliven Bundy and that she wanted to bring her daughters to stand with us. I knew little of this gun-toting militia, but enough that I told her no, we are a non-violent encampment, you cannot come here.

When I began to look into the Bundys standoff at the Malheur Refuge, I became angry. That place is a locus of ancestral heritage of the Burns Paiute Tribe, which the Bundys knowingly desecrated. They reportedly dug latrines through recognized cultural sites. As a tribal historic preservation officer, my heart broke when I heard they allegedly rifled through some 4,000 cultural items that had been kept in the museum. Some of the sacred objects they destroyed were hundreds of years old.

The Bundys did not reclaim that land. It was never theirs. It is Paiute land.

From the beginning, we at Standing Rock gathered in a spirit of prayer and non-violent resistance to the destruction of our homeland and culture. We came together with our ceremonies, songs and drums. Weapons are not allowed into our camps. The Bundys occupation began with threats and guns. It was violent from the outset, and the people they pretended to represent did not even condone it.

Last week we saw how justice works in this country: armed ranchers are treated with compassion and their charges are dropped, while indigenous people are physically attacked and charged with trespassing on our own ancestral lands.

While we stand in prayer, we have assault rifles aimed at us, we are attacked by dogs, pushed from our sacred sites with pepper spray, shot with rubber bullets and bean bag rounds and Tasers, beaten with sticks, handcuffed and thrown in dog kennels. Our horses have been shot and killed. Our elders have been dragged out of ceremonies, our sacred bundles seized, our sacred eagle staff pulled from our hands. My daughter was stripped naked in jail and left overnight for a traffic violation. An arsonist set the hills across from our camp afire, and for hours Morton County did nothing but prevent tribal authorities from responding.

Our resistance has not been met with handshakes.

Both the Bundys and the water protectors at Standing Rock stand for our convictions on what is claimed to be federal land. But that is where reasonable comparisons end. The land they claimed to take back was cleared of our relatives and the buffalo nation so that white ranchers like the Bundys could graze their cattle there.

The Bundys assert a property right which was only made possible through the genocide of indigenous peoples and the continued occupation of our lands by the same government they claim to fight. Their white supremacist ideology is the foundation of the settler state, and their ranching would not be possible without it. Their racist fear blinds them to the fact that they are actually supporting their enemy and fighting themselves.

The Bundy militia were fighting for their right to make money, while we are fighting our childrens rights to clean drinking water.

A human can only live a few days without water. How long can one live with a government grazing fee?

Our camp reclaims land stolen by the US government in direct violation of the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851, which affirmed it as sovereign unceded territory of the Great Sioux Nation.

Right in the path of the Dakota Access pipeline are Sundance grounds and village sites, held sacred not only by the Sioux Nations, but also the Arikara, the Mandan, and the Northern Cheyenne. The day after the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed papers identifying the burial places of our ancestors, Dakota Access intentionally destroyed them to avoid federal regulation. Would you stand by as bulldozers drove through the National Cemetery at Arlington?

Erasing our footprint from the world erases us as a people. These sites must be protected, or our world will end; it is that simple. If we allow an oil company to dig through and destroy our histories, our ancestors, our hearts and souls as a people, is that not genocide?

As indigenous people, we know these attempts to erase us very well, and one of the ways it works is through environmental racism. Indigenous lands across the country are the sites of nuclear waste dumping, toxic mining operations, oil and gas drilling and a long list of other harmful environmental practices, but see very little benefit from these projects. We live in the sacrifice zones. And that is the story here too the Dakota Access pipeline was rerouted from north of Bismarck, a mostly white community, out of concerns for their drinking water, but then redirected to ours. They consider our community expendable.

The national guard and state police have been reinforced by forces from seven other states, to push corporate interests through our home, but together with our relatives, we stand up. We are still here.

We have always welcomed everyone to come stand with us against the injustices of the federal government. Joining forces would be a source of great power if we stand together to confront racism and destruction of the land. But we will do that with prayer, not guns.

We are the people of this land. We have the roots growing out of our feet. We stand with compassion and prayer. They cannot break us.

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Become An Entrepreneur With These 10 Products

This piece was written by the people who run the Cracked Store to tell you about products that are being sold there.

If starting a business were easy, then everyone’s weird uncle would own an award-winning brewery instead of just showing up to the Christmas party bragging about the secret ingredient being chocolate sauce. But despite the inherent difficulty in creating something from scratch, there are some reasonably established paths to success. Anyone who is serious about quitting their day job should take a look at the following entrepreneurial resources, whether they plan to build an evil business empire or the normal kind that gives out fun pens.

One-Day MVP 2.0 — Go From Idea To MVP

Whether it’s a rom-com spec script or a business MVP (minimum viable product) pitch, the first draft of anything is almost always guaranteed to be a bit sloppy and include one too many internal monologues. But while we can’t assist you too much with that spec script (it was all a dream — people love that), we can absolutely help you in the boardroom. The first rule is to never stress over little details until someone is willing to give you money for big ideas. For guidance in whittling your genius plans down to meeting-friendly sizes, and help in keeping all of your business ducks in a row, take a look at this course, available in our store for $15.

Product Management: Product Market Strategy

Under 60 percent of products find success in the market. It’s harsh, but that’s just the sad reality of this fun little game we call capitalism. So even if your company’s widgets are machined with absolute precision, no one will know or care about your nebulous enterprise unless you figure out how to give your goods that irresistible great product smell. In this Product Market Strategy course, you’ll learn how to find your market and manage product life cycles from a former Apple product manager. Get it here for 59 percent off, just $39.

Idea Validation

Ask any random Joe at the bar if they have a brilliant idea for a business, and you’re sure to get a half-slurred pitch for a consumer solution to their weirdly specific problem, or a stubborn refusal to share even basic details about their supposedly groundbreaking product. Basically, ideas are plentiful and often bad, but sometimes those ideas are dumb enough to work. To develop the keen eye to separate the Ubers from the bloopers, take this crash-course in Idea Validation that is just $30 in our store.

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Making things available for sale online is pretty easy, but isn’t the same as actually selling things. If you want someone’s kooky aunt to pull the trigger on your Harrison Ford needlepoints, you’re going to need a web store with a savvy purchasing experience. This e-Commerce Master Class will teach you everything you need to know to mold your website into a professional online store front and convert those online window shoppers into repeat customers. You can pick it up here for $19.

Alibaba Import Business Blueprint: Build Your Import Empire

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The Professional Guide To Importing From China

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Building a $10k per month passive income isn’t as simple as listing “CEO at Entrepreneur” on all of your social media channels. You either need to figure out something to sell to people or aggressively monetize your brand. For a little help in doing both, this guide is filled with sound advice and essential resources. You’ll learn how to find your niche, build valuable relationships, and promote yourself online in a not-gross way. Get it here for $19.

The Complete SEO Course — Rank Your Website In Google Easily

Type the word “Apple” into any search engine, and you get back billions of results. But have you ever wondered why those billions of results are all the links to Apple the computer company, and not to, say, Gina’s Wholesale Apple Stand? It’s because of SEO (search engine optimization), and understanding it will get your content higher page rankings and ensure that people will see it. The Complete SEO Course will teach you how to use effective keywords, create backlinks, and understand Google’s search algorithm, all for just $19.

Facebook Advertising For Beginners

Because Facebook already knows everything about everyone and everyone uses it like it’s a respirator, you would think that advertising on the site would be a breeze, right? Sadly, their omniscience doesn’t automatically equate to mass appeal, and you still have to learn to navigate the stormy waters of that sea of user data. Get help finding and targeting demographics with Facebook Advertising for Beginners, offered here for $15.

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Whether you use the internet for good, evil, or sharing photos of your lunch, you can’t deny its ability to reach millions (or billions). To capture your rightful share of eyeballs, take a look at this course in email marketing. You’ll learn how to hook with tantalizing leads, craft beautiful signup forms, and drive traffic to your site for just $18, 90 percent off the usual price.

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2016: the year Facebook became the bad guy

This year has revealed how difficult it is for the social network to make the world more open and connected when the decisions it makes can be so divisive

Mark Zuckerberg started 2016 with a cookie cutter message of hope. As the world faces new challenges and opportunities, may we all find the courage to keep making progress and making all our days count, he wrote on his Facebook wall on 1 January. He and his wife, Priscilla Chan, had just had their daughter, Max, and had been sharing warm and fuzzy photos of gingerbread houses and their dreadlocked dog Beast over the holiday season.

Then 2016 happened. As the year unfurled, Facebook had to deal with a string of controversies and blunders, not limited to: being accused of imperialism in India, censorship of historical photos, and livestreaming footage of human rights violations. Not to mention misreported advertising metrics and the increasingly desperate cloning of rival Snapchats core features. Things came to a head in November, when the social network was accused ofinfluencing the US presidential election through politically polarized filter bubbles and a failure to tackle the spread of misinformation. The icing on the already unpalatable cake was Pope Francis last week declaring that fake news is a sin.

This was Facebooks annus horribilis. Mark Zuckerberg must long for the day when his biggest dilemma was deciding which grey T-shirt to wear on his first day back at work.

It wasnt all bad. None of these controversies made a dent on the bottom line; Facebook had a bumper year for advertising revenue, and the $3bn investment to tackle all diseases (no big deal) through the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative was well received.

But this year has revealed how difficult it has become for the social network to stand behind its mission to make the world more open and connected when the decisions it makes can be so divisive.

Unprecedented power

Thanks to its 1.79bn users and how much it knows about them, Facebook rakes in billions in advertising. In the first three quarters of this year, the company made almost $6bn in profit a big jump from a mere $3.69bn in 2015. They have perfected advertising in a way that makes it extremely enticing. Its so easy to place an ad and get immediate results, said media expert Gordon Borrell, whose analysis suggests that Facebook has taken $1bn away from print publications in the past year. For every new dollar spent by brands online, a whopping 85 cents goes to Facebook and Google at a time when traditional publishers are facing layoffs.

Some believe Facebook has become too big to be regulated effectively.

We dont have the right regulatory paradigm for these globe-striding technology giants, said Carl Miller, research director at the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the thinktank Demos. We treat them like neutral utility companies but they are value-maximising commercial entities.

Facebook is a monopoly with too much power, argues author and activist Robert McChesney. When you get companies this big they are not just a threat to democracy, but they are also a threat to capitalism. They suck investment capital and profits away from smaller businesses and screw over the competitive sector.

He has an extreme solution: if Facebook cant be regulated effectively, it should be nationalised to ensure it acts in the interest of the public.

McChesney scoffs at the suggestion that Facebook is acting democratically by serving its many users. Thats self-serving garbage, he said.

Does it not make a difference that Mark Zuckerberg is a principled CEO with good intentions? Not according to McChesney: I am sure the people who produced napalm thought they were doing a good service to protect the free world.

Digital colonialism

One of 2016s earliest missteps was Facebooks mishandling of Free Basics. The company pitched Free Basics as a way to give internet access, and all the wonderful benefits it can unlock, to the worlds poorest people. The catch: it wasnt real internet access, but a selection of apps and services curated by and always including Facebook. In February, the Indian government rejected Free Basics over its violation of the tenets of net neutrality following a public debate in which Facebook was accused of digital colonialism. It was an expensive and embarrassing blow for the social network and indicative that not everyone finds its brand of Silicon Valley techno-utopianism palatable. To compound the issue, Facebook board member Marc Andreessen reacted on Twitter with the tone-deaf and contemptuous line: Anti-colonialism has been economically catastrophic for the Indian people for decades. Why stop now?

Nitin Pai, director of the Takshashila Institution, an Indian thinktank, and a critic of Free Basics, said: Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg must take a long, hard look at what are the values it wants to strengthen or weaken in this world … Unlike other multinational firms that merely sell goods and services to people across the globe, Facebook enables connections among them. It cannot take the usual, and usually untenable, we are apolitical route to international business.

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Facebook is a monopoly with too much power, some argue. Photograph: Sergei Konkov/TASS

Indeed, so political are Facebooks global expansion plans that they are said to be working on a censorship tool that would allow them to operate in China once again.

Censorship and accountability

Censorship has been a running theme on Facebook in 2016. Despite insisting it is not a media company and is not in the business of making editorial judgments, Facebook, it seems, is all too happy to censor content when that content violates its own policies or at the request of police. This has led to a number of high-profile blunders in 2016, including the removal in September of the iconic Vietnam war photograph napalm girl from a Norwegian journalists post and the deletion of a breast cancer awareness video in October. In both cases, human moderators made bad judgment calls that the algorithm then enforced across the site to widespread criticism.

In August, Facebook deactivated Korryn Gaines profile during an armed standoff with police at the request of the Baltimore County police department. Gaines, who was later killed by police, had been posting to the social network after barricading herself inside her apartment and aiming a shotgun at police. The incident highlighted the existence of an emergency request system that police can use to get Facebook to take content down without a court order if they think someone is at risk of harm or death.

Elsewhere, Facebook suspended live footage from the Dakota Access pipeline protests and disabled Palestinian journalists accounts; there were also reports it had removed Black Lives Matter activists content.

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Elon Musk reveals his new master plan for Tesla

Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks during a discussion round in the German Federal Ministry of Economics in Berlin on 24 September 2015.
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Elon Musk revealed the second part of the so-called “Secret Tesla Motors Master Plan” on Wednesday night, which the company is calling “Master Plan, Part Deux.”

Musk began by laying out why Tesla seeks to buy SolarCity. Without the two being one, Musk won’t be able to create an integrated solar-roof-with-battery product “that just works.” With such a product, Musk sees people taking the utility into their own hands.

Moving on, he laid out his plans for the kinds of vehicles Tesla will build next. These include a compact SUV and a “new kind of pickup truck” as well as the already-unveiled Model 3 sedan. Musk is calling the truck the ‘Tesla Semi.’ Its variants will serve as both heavy-duty trucks semi trucks and urban transport, like buses. Musk plans to unveil these vehicles sometime in the next year.

Musk turned his attention to autonomy, saying it would be “morally reprehensible to delay” the technology and disable Autopilot, even in the face of recent crashes involving the system. He also emphasized that, in the future, every one of the vehicles his company builds will include hardware “necessary to be fully self-driving with fail-operational capability.”

Once Tesla has mastered autonomous driving, Musk wants to go after Uber and Lyft. Musk envisions privately owned autonomous cars in this case, Teslas driving around on their own and essentially serving as autonomous taxis, making the owner money when it might otherwise sit idle.

Finishing off the post, he summarized the second part of Tesla’s master plan thusly:

Create stunning solar roofs with seamlessly integrated battery storage

Expand the electric vehicle product line to address all major segments

Develop a self-driving capability that is 10X safer than manual via massive fleet learning

Enable your car to make money for you when you aren’t using it

Musk’s new plan is a sequel to the first Tesla mater plan, revealed in a blog post in 2006. In that revelation, Musk laid out a seemingly rather simple scheme with the end goal of helping “expedite the move from a mine-and-burn hydrocarbon economy towards a solar electric economy.”

In short, here was the original secret plan:

Build sports car

Use that money to build an affordable car

Use that money to build an even more affordable car

While doing above, provide zero emission electric power generation options

Keen Tesla followers will note that the plan has changed a bit over the last decade. And most of those changes stem from the fact that building a profitable car company from scratch is difficult.

In the first part of the plan, Musk projected he’d be able to sell the company’s second car, that we now know as the Model S, for half the price of the $89,000 Tesla Roadster. The cheapest Model S you can buy today is $70,000, and the average transaction price for a Model S is above the $100,000 mark.

Even with those high sales prices, Tesla has never turned a profit since going public in 2010. What’s more, all things added up, the Secret Tesla Motors Master Plan has put the company into a $4.2 billion deficit, according to Wall Street Journal. Hopefully, this second part will prove both more profitable but also less tumultuous for the company.

Along with ongoing financial woes, as it goes into production of the Model 3, Tesla is facing growing scrutiny by government regulators following two recent crashes involving the company’s semi-autonomous driving system, Autopilot (one of which resulted in a fatality).

The incidents are currently under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB). The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is also investigating how Tesla disseminated the information about the Autopilot fatality to investors.

No matter how part two pans out for Tesla, let’s hope it leads to part three: Profit.

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