Why parents should challenge autoplay video

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In nineteenth century America, parents prepared children with macabre children’s books and fairy tales. It was impossible to hide death from them.

Today, low infant mortality rates and rising life expectancy mean death is not something many children face on a daily basis. Further, parents protect children from remaining experiences of death and violence. They set TV filters, check movie and video game ratings, and set web passwords to control children’s access to graphic media

But Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and a bevy of sites are investing in a growing media tool: autoplay video. These videos automatically start rolling as users scroll through their timelines or open articles. Autoplay videos are increasingly popular across the Internet — they generate automatic video views, which can increase ad revenue Read more…

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Recreations of your favorite games in 6-second Vines

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We asked you to recreate your favorite games for our latest Vine challenge, inspired by upcoming MashFlix film GTFO.

The interview-driven documentary is all about women in gaming. It was funded on Kickstarter, then debuted at SXSW earlier this year.

Below is a roundup of the #GroovyGaming Vines we saw. We’re sending out movie streaming codes to those who submitted, so stay tuned!

If you’re in New York City, we’re hosting a screening of GTFO on the evening of Thursday, Aug. 27. Following the screening, we’ll have film director Shannon Sun-Higginson and a panel to answer questions. You can RSVP by clicking here. Read more…

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Malibu’s round-up of the best hashtags ever

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Can you imagine a world without hashtags? We can’t. Here’s a list of our favorite ones, you’re bound to have used at least half of them…

You’ve got to love the mighty hashtag. Now a staple of our everyday social media diet, this little symbol is key to staying in conversation with the world

It’s not just limited to public posts, though. Many of us hashtag words –- sometimes even whole sentences –- on private platforms including emails, instant messages and even real-life conversations (ironically though, of course). #WeveAllDoneIt #DontPretendLikeYouHavent

So it’s official: We’re obsessed with hashtagging, and we’re really #SorryNotSorry about it. From the ones we use all the time to trending terms that have been at the heart of some of the most exciting global conversations happening via social media (to be honest, we’re amazed they didn’t #BreakTheInternet), here are our top hashtags of all time … Read more…

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Facebook won’t promote a feminist event because of its ‘profane’ language

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In 1975, journalist Anne Summers published a book that was to become a vital Australian feminist text: Damned Whores and God’s Police. Now 40 years on, Facebook will not promote an upcoming event by the same name because the post contains “profane” language, according to the author.

In celebration of the book, which explores Australia’s historical treatment of women, a high profile conference will be held in Sydney in September, with Senator Penny Wong attending. But when Summers’ team tried to pay to boost the event on Facebook, it was knocked back

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Facebook won’t promote a feminist event because of its ‘profane’ language

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In 1975, journalist Anne Summers published a book that was to become a vital Australian feminist text: Damned Whores and God’s Police. Now 40 years on, Facebook will not promote an upcoming event by the same name because the post contains “profane” language, according to the author.

In celebration of the book, which explores Australia’s historical treatment of women, a high profile conference will be held in Sydney in September, with Senator Penny Wong attending. But when Summers’ team tried to pay to boost the event on Facebook, it was knocked back

More about Facebook, Women, Australia, Feminism, and Social Media

12 photos illuminated with window light

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Last week’s Mashable Photo Challenge was about using the light from your window to illuminate your photos in an interesting way

“I love that this theme forced people to really pay attention to their surroundings and use harsh or bright light to create these dramatic images,” said Vincent Carabeo, our guest host. “It was amazing to see how creative people got.”

Carabeo prefers using natural light to shoot his portraits. Often times, he takes advantage of blinds, drapes and interesting window shapes to give his photos a unique touch Read more…

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An IRL place to buy the Internet’s most popular makeup

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Die-hard beauty fans can now test and purchase products from their Instagram feeds in one IRL location

Ricky’s NYC, a chain beauty store with a mix of indie and established brands, opened a concept cosmetic store called “#” (pronounced “Hashtag”), which sells 20 beauty brands made famous by Instagram. The store features eclectic brands like Cocoa Brown, LASplash, Makeup Eraser and Sugar Pill.

The idea for # was developed in response to consumers who were interested in obtaining social media-famous brands outside their online community Read more…

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Russia threatens to ban Wikipedia, then backs out

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Update: The Associated Press reports the ban has been lifted hours after it was imposed

According to AP, Russian state media regulator Roskomnadzor removed Wikipedia from the list of banned websites early Tuesday morning, saying that the information in the article had been edited — thus complying with the court decision. Internet users noted that Wikipedia didn’t seem to have edited the entry but only renamed its title

Roskomnadzor ordered all Russian ISPs to block access to Wikipedia Monday because of an article containing a recipe for creating charas, a type of hashish

Following a June court decision rendering the article illegal, Roskomnadzor sent a letter to Wikipedia’s administrators in Russia on Thursday, asking them to remove the offending article and threatening to block the entire site if they fail to do so Read more…

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Tipping your server makes sexism worse, whether you intend to or not

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If you have stepped anywhere near social media in the past few days, you have undoubtedly come across the viral post rightfully shaming a customer who wrote “LOL” on the tip line in lieu of an actual dollar amount.

Posts like these pop up often, with social media users lauding restaurant patrons who overtip and shaming those who leave a server with an extremely low tip — or no tip at all

Any change in expected tips is cause for excitement or panic — the fuel for these viral posts. But there’s part of the story that gets lost in the virality of it all, and it has to do with how we value the work of women Read more…

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Sampler Is Like Those People Who Give You Free Warm Cheeseballs At Costco But Only On The Internet

shutterstock_1696189 Giving out samples on the street is kind of silly. Taking a little cup of urine-colored sports drink or a nasty bag of chips offers little in the way of customer generation and it usually ends up in a messy sidewalk and tired sample givers. But what if you could give away urine-colored sports drinks over the Internet? Now you’re cooking with gas! Marie Chevrier at Sampler wants to make… Read More