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The Livestream Goes Mainstream

live-streaming-meerkat-periscope In early 2011, Skype bought a mobile video startup called Qik, which had developed an app that let mobile users record and stream videos in real-time which others could be alerted to and then view. If that description sounds similar to the newly hot live-streaming apps Meerkat and Periscope, it’s because the overall concept introduced then is not all that far off from what’s… Read More

US Air Force Overstepped In SpaceX Certification

Rambo Tribble writes: An internal review commissioned by Air Force Secretary Deborah James has concluded that Air Force personnel tasked with evaluating SpaceX’s certification treated it as a design review, going so far as to dictate organizational changes in the company. This was judged contrary to the intention of promoting a competitive environment. The report, prepared by former Air Force Chief of Staff General Larry Welch, concluded, “The result to date has been … the worst of all worlds, pressing the Falcon 9 commercially oriented approach into a comfortable government mold that eliminates or significantly reduces the expected benefits to the government of the commercial approach. Both teams need to adjust.”

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Meerkat and Periscope for concerts? Katy Perry says ‘embrace the future’

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LOS ANGELES — It’s inevitable: Meerkat and Periscope, the rival live-streaming apps that have taken the world by storm this month, will be used at countless concerts by fans who want to instantly share their experiences with their friends, family and followers.

But how do artists feel about their ticketed shows being broadcast to non-concertgoers for free? Mashable asked Katy Perry — the most-followed Twitter user and one of the biggest current touring acts — to weigh in on these hot new live-streaming apps

“You’ve got to embrace the future or you’re left behind,” Perry, 30, told Mashable on Thursday at the Epix screening of the TV special for her Prismatic World Tour Read more…

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Mom proudly shares her stretch marks in viral bikini photo

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Tired of worrying about the stretch marks left on her stomach from three pregnancies, lifestyle blogger Rachel Hollis decided to celebrate her body with an uplifting photo post to her Facebook page.

In the week since posting, the photo of Hollis smiling wide while dressed in a bikini, and its corresponding caption, has been Liked more than 400,000 times, and shared more than 50,000 times. The post has also picked up thousands of comments from fellow women, applauding her for taking pride in her body.

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About 2,800 Emera Maine customers to get credit from bankrupt power provider

PORTLAND, Maine — About 2,800 Emera Maine customers who bought electricity supply from the company People’s Power are set to get a credit on their power bills to correct improper fees the company charged to customers in 2013. The Maine Public Utilities Commission on Thursday announced the refunds would start …

Ice anglers get a long season, but open-water fishing will be spotty

According to Maine tradition, Wednesday, April 1, will mark the beginning of open-water fishing season. According to Mother Nature — and at least one fisheries biologist — it’s still ice fishing season on specified lakes and ponds that remain open to the activity as long as there’s still a safe …

Firefighters quickly put out Whitefield Elementary blaze

WHITEFIELD — Fire departments quickly put out a fire in the gym of an elementary school in a small Maine town. The Kennebec Journal says firefighters from several departments responded to the fire at Whitefield Elementary School on …

Spurwink Shines Light on Autism Awareness with Entertaining and Memorable Films: 5th Annual Sprout Touring Film Festival Scheduled in Venues Throughout Maine

Spurwink Shines Light on Autism Awareness with Entertaining and Memorable Films 5th Annual Sprout Touring Film Festival Scheduled in Venues Throughout Maine PORTLAND, Maine—According to latest statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 68 children is born in the U.S. with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. …

Young musicians to collect cereal at spring BSYO concert

This weekend, in partnership with the Good Shepherd Food-Bank, the more than 100 members of the Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestras are doing their part to help Greater Bangor. As in years past, the upcoming annual spring concert will feature performances by the Prelude String Orchestra, the Prelude Wind Ensemble and …

Maine Nutrition Council holds Annual Conference

Media Event – Annual Conference – “Fueling the Mind and Body: Nutrition Connections” Event date and time: April 8, 2015 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Location: Governor Hill Mansion (136 State Street, Augusta ME 04330) WEDNESDAY APRIL 8, 2015 – The Maine Nutrition Council will be hosting our annual conference …