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Photo challenge: Bring out your dark side

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For this week’s Mashable Photo Challenge, bring out your dark side. Explore the outdoors after sunset, look for shadows on dark pavement and entertain your superstitions

Your submissions can be Halloween-related — orange and black, spirits and haunted things — but they certainly don’t have to be. You’re free to experiment with shadows, still life, and low light settings in basements and warehouses. Take advantage of late dusk and early dawn. We want to see a variety of raw images, heavily edited shots and even film photographs with vintage effects. Read more…

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Facebook loses $24,420 a minute during outages

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At 6:52 p.m. Eastern on Oct. 28, Facebook went down. (It began working again at 7:27 p.m.) This is the third such outage in the last several months, and it happens to coincide with the company’s announcement of impressive summer earnings.

The close proximity of outage and earnings makes some uncomfortable math possible.

In the third quarter, Facebook posted revenue of $3.2 billion. The third quarter lasts 91 days, from July 1 to Sept. 30. This amounts to:

  • $35,164,835 per day

  • $1,465,201 per hour

  • $24,420 per minute

If we consider “revenue per minute” as a benchmark for potential losses, Facebook took a bit of a hit this evening. Their last outage, back in August, lasted for 19 minutes and lost them $426,607 (based on second-quarter revenue.) Using the same hypothetical math, this outage cost them a bit more — their third quarter was much more profitable, after all. Though it was down for just 35 minutes, Facebook lost $732,600 in revenue. Read more…

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College students trust Snapchat despite hack, study says

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Snapchat may have security vulnerabilities but that’s not deterring one of the app’s biggest demographics: college students.

A new study found that most students still trust the service and haven’t changed their use of the app since the hack, that resulted in nearly 100,000 private user photos and videos being published online.

The study was conducted by Sumpto, a marketing firm that helps connect brands with college students. The company polled more than 1,800 undergraduate students from around the country about their use of Snapchat following the hack of a third-party Snapchat apps that resulted in the thousands of leaked photos. Read more…

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Channel your inner spook for our Halloween Vine challenge

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In the eerie spirit of Halloween, we brought on a true mastermind of spooky art, Jennifer Messmore, to guest-host our Vine challenge.

We want to see moving candles, spine-chilling spirits, terrifying tales and other unsettling scenarios in your videos. Act out classic horror films or animate something like the Ghoulies in stop-motion. Shoot in darkness and show us flashes of red and orange. The scarier, the better.

Messmore, a Las Vegas native, is an artist of all trades. In her spare time she paints, draws, makes jewelry, refurbishes dolls and, of course, creates Vines.

She owes her “Vine addiction” to her sister (Big Red on Vine), who has been active on the platform since its early days. “What interested me most about Vine initially was the six-second loop,” Messmore said. “Eventually I fell in love with the community. I’m overwhelmed by the incredibly talented, creative, and amazingly kind people I’ve met there.” Read more…

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25 stunning photos of the great outdoors

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From snowcapped mountains to sleepy city streets at dawn, the world is filled with awe-inspiring landscapes just waiting to be discovered.

We partnered with Olympus for this week’s Mashable Photo Challenge, and asked you to send your most breathtaking photos of the great outdoors. Your submissions were outstanding, and included everything from surfboards and sunsets to beaches and bears.

Congratulations to Jamie Williams, who was chosen by Olympus and Olympus Trailblazer Alex McClure to win an Olympus Silver OM-D E-M1 Camera and Olympus M.Zuicko Digital ED 12 – 40mm f.2.8 PRO Lens. Read more…

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Twitter’s executive shakeup continues with 2 more resignations

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In yet another high level shakeup at Twitter, two more executives are reportedly leaving the company.

Jeremy Gordon, Twitter’s VP of engineering and Adam Kinney, who heads up analytics, are stepping down from Twitter’s engineering team, the two announced Wednesday.

Gordon, who came to Twitter in 2012 after the company acquired his startup, was promoted to VP of engineering earlier this year. He announced his resignation on Twitter, thanking CEO Dick Costolo, but did not provide a reason for his departure.

It’s been an amazing two years @twitter. Thank you so much to @dickc and @aroetter for believing in me but it’s time for the next adventure!

— Jeremy Gordon (@JeremySF) October 29, 2014 Read more…

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Social Media Aggregation Platform Stackla Raises $2M

Stackla Social content aggregation and publishing platform Stackla announced today that it has raised $2 million in new funding led by rampersand and other private investors. The capital will be used to hire 20 new employees in its San Francisco office, as well as 12 additional staff in Europe and Australia. Read More

15 Vines that show an unexpected turn of events

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Many award-winning films lend their greatness to twist endings. Stories that are too predictable are often less interesting, so a good surprise really does the trick

Mashable, in collaboration with Unpopular Now, hosted a Vine challenge themed around unexpected endings. We asked you to wow us with a creative twist in your video.

“Trying to establish a scenario that has a surprise ending in six seconds is not easy,” Unpopular Now CEO and Creative Director Peter Heacock said. “However, those that were up for the challenge made some great work.” Read more…

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Facebook Makes It Easier to Share Photos ‘In the Moment’

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Facebook rolled out an update to its app on Monday that adds a new way to quickly organize and post small batches of photos from your smartphone.

Now, when users upload multiple photos from its iPhone or Android app, the app generates a quick preview of how the photos will be displayed. Users can then rearrange the order in which the images appear by holding down on a photo and dragging it to a new position.

You can select up to 30 photos at once; tags, locations, captions and descriptions can also be added to individual images within this view. Once uploaded, the photos appear in the app’s new collage layout that emphasizes the order of the photos. Read more…

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Photographer Documents the Death of Real-Life Conversation

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As our smartphones make it easier to connect with people across the globe, they often can make it harder to connect face-to-face.

London-based photographer Babycakes Romero doesn’t own a smartphone. Instead, he treks along in his beloved city, camera in hand, capturing whatever catches his eye. “As a person dedicated to observation, I just feel I would be missing too much of the world around me if I was staring into the palm of my hand the whole time,” he says.

In his photo series, Death of a Conversation, Romero captures people connection with their digital devices rather than with each other — a phenomenon he believes is only creating more pain and social awkwardness to the world. “I saw that smartphones were becoming a barrier to communication in person. I saw how people used it as a social prop, to hide their awkwardness, to fill the silence … they basically allow people to withdraw rather than engage.” Read more…

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