Lane Moore has a much rehashed meet-cute story about one of the most successful long-term relationships of her life. It’s the story of how she came to do a comedy show about Tinder. About a year after the decade-defining dating app launched, Moore’s two roommates at the time had each joined up, seemingly without consulting the other. Not wanting to miss out on a potential Next Big Thing, Moore downloaded the app herself, and it only took a few swipes before she became exasperated. The thirst! The pretentiousness! The horror of it all! She started joking with her roommates about these strangers on her phone, and how they made her feel, and she immediately realized she could do the same thing for a larger audience with a microphone and a projection screen. Cut to five years later and Tinder Live—a stand-up show where Moore interacts with matches on the spot—has become a sturdy touring vehicle that sells out shows all over America. As a writer for The Onion years … [Read more...] about How author, musician, and comic Lane Moore channels heartache into creativity
Bait and switch
Jason Guerrasio, provided by Published 11:27 am CST, Friday, February 8, 2019 On Thursday, movie-ticket subscription service Sinemia, a competitor to MoviePass, sent out an email to some subscribers notifying them that to continue using the service they would have to send two forms of identification to the company. Until then, the ticketing feature on their account will be turned off, according to the email obtained by Business Insider. To reactivate it, subscribers have to upload a government-issued picture ID as well as a picture of themselves next to the ID to allow "facial confirmation of the ID." In the email, Sinemia stated it was doing this to "verify their identities to help keep Sinemia sustainable and affordable." But subscribers are upset. The email was posted on Reddit and one person, who also received the email, commented, "It’s a movie watching subscription, not a Homeland Security application." On Thursday, some subscribers of the movie-ticket … [Read more...] about MoviePass competitor Sinemia is demanding customers send 2 forms of ID to unlock their accounts, and some are outraged
Jason Guerrasio, provided by Published 10:08 am CST, Monday, February 4, 2019 Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Two MoviePass subscribers filed a lawsuit alleging the company engaged in a "deceptive and unfair bait-and-switch scheme." Lawrence Weinberger and his wife Laurie, of Sea Cliff, New York, each subscribed to annual memberships in March 2018, costing them both $105.35, to see "any movie" in "any theater" on "any day," once a day. But the two allege they were only able to see three movies over a 10-month span due to the app constantly saying no movies were available in their area. On Friday, two MoviePass subscribers filed a class-action lawsuit alleging they were only able to see three movies over 10 months due to restrictions on the movie-ticket subscription app. Lawrence Weinberger and his wife Laurie, of Sea Cliff, New York, each subscribed to annual memberships in March 2018, costing them both $105.35, according to the lawsuit (via Variety), with the promise … [Read more...] about MoviePass has been hit with a lawsuit from subscribers alleging it’s a ‘bait and switch’ scheme (HMNY)
Things may have seemed bad a year ago, but we’re entering into an even darker age for the media industry. Two of the biggest digital news players–HuffPost and BuzzFeed–announced sweeping layoffs last week that impacted nearly 1,000 employees. Now over 400 BuzzFeed writers are petitioning the company for better severance after it refused to pay them out for earned time off. “[F]or a company that has always prided itself on treating its employees well, we unequivocally believe it is the only justifiable choice,” the employees wrote on Medium, imploring the company to include the paid time off. This development is especially chilling, given BuzzFeed’s checkered past with regard to organized labor. CEO Jonah Peretti, ever the shrewd businessman, knew how to exert maximum control over his employees. While multiple media companies have unionized their newsrooms over the last couple years (disclosure: Fast Company, too), … [Read more...] about BuzzFeed’s layoffs and the false promise of “unions aren’t for us”
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Jan. 10, 2019, 2:39 PM GMT By Robert Frank, Scott Zamost, Hannah Kliot and Jasmine Wu, CNBC Last spring, Leonardo Galvez got an offer from JetSmarter that seemed too good to pass up. The private-jet start-up was offering Galvez its top-of-the-line "sophisticated membership," which included unlimited, free private-jet flights and the chance to bring a guest. The membership usually cost $50,000 a year, but JetSmarter told Galvez that if he acted now, he could get three years for $97,500, which he accepted. Weeks later, Galvez was stunned when he tried to book a JetSmarter flight. Rather than flying for free as promised, he was told he would have to pay 75 percent of the cost of his flights. The guest pass and other benefits also disappeared, he said. "My heart dropped," Galvez said. "My membership meant nothing anymore. It was the easiest … [Read more...] about JetSmarter tried to be the Uber of private jets. Now it faces lawsuits, losses and security questions.