Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Dec. 18, 2018 / 11:13 PM GMT By Alex Johnson Verizon said Tuesday that it's killing off its Oath media brand exactly a week after it told federal regulators that the multibillion-dollar company it built from its purchases of Yahoo and AOL was virtually worthless. In a chipper, "we're excited" statement, K. Guru Gowrappan, who succeeded Tim Armstrong as chief executive of Oath in October, said "Verizon Media Group will replace the Oath brand" on Jan. 8. (Yahoo's iconic exclamation point isn't part of the new name.) News of the rebranding leaked early last month when an Oath employee tweeted an internal email revealing the plans. The tweet was quickly deleted, but not before tech-focused media outlet The Verge spotted it. In response, Verizon Communications Inc. confirmed the same day that it was reorganizing itself to create three divisions: … [Read more...] about Verizon says Oath is dead. Meet Verizon Media Group.
An app is looking for the world’s next Messi or Neymar or Pelé, and it just got $6.2 million to aid its search. Tonsser, the Copenhagen-based creators behind a soccer performance app that works a bit like LinkedIn for young soccer players, just got $6.2 million (€5.5 million) in Series A funding from a group led by early-stage investors Alven Capital, TechCrunch reports. The “football performance app,” which has over 800,000 registered football players, helps youth soccer players build their online profile, show off their skills, track their stats, and potentially connect with bigger clubs and talent scouts across Europe. While the exact details of its business model are reportedly still a work in progress, it has partnerships with Nike and more working in its favor. Tonsser even put on competitions and trials where young players can strut their scissor kicks and rainbows to try and impress Europe’s biggest academies. Currently … [Read more...] about The “LinkedIn for soccer” just got $6.2M to find the next big star
Growing up in Springfield, Missouri, photographer Jesse Rieser was largely immersed in the American mall experience. It partly inspired his photo project “The Retail Apocalypse: The Changing Landscape of American Retail.” The series explores the retail apocalypse in the US, the country’s rapid decline of shopping malls as online retailers are increasingly gaining strides in the retail space. Rieser’s photos depict abandoned shopping malls, stores, and parking lots with deteriorated signs displaying the names of companies that are now struggling to keep afloat by catering to online-driven consumers. Business Insider spoke to Rieser about his series. Take a look. Living in the suburban Midwest, Rieser grew up with shopping and strip malls. His own personal memories helped inform his photo series. Going to the mall consisted of “hanging out at food courts and trying to talk to girls, and when that didn’t go so well, always kind of resorting back to … [Read more...] about A photographer has been capturing the rapid decline of shopping malls in the US for 3 years — and it shows just how bad the retail apocalypse has gotten
HQ Trivia CEO and Vine cofounder Colin Kroll has died at the age of 34. Kroll helped create two of the most viral apps of the last decade after getting his start at Yahoo and travel site JetSetter. Here’s a look at Kroll’s career. Colin Kroll, the cofounder of HQ Trivia and Vine, died on Sunday. He was 34. Kroll was the CEO of viral quiz app HQ Trivia up until his death on Dec. 16, and helped create popular video sharing app Vine, which was sold to Twitter in 2012. Kroll majored in computer science and worked at Yahoo and travel site JetSetter before striking out on his own. While he’s had success in the tech world, Kroll also faced complaints of an aggressive management style and inappropriate behaviour toward women in recent years. Hours after reports of Kroll’s death, HQ posted on Twitter: “We learned today of the passing of our friend and founder, Colin Kroll, and it’s with deep sadness that we say goodbye.” Here’s how Kroll … [Read more...] about The career of Colin Kroll, cofounder of Vine and HQ Trivia who has died at age 34
A Kiwi delivery robot burst into flames while wheeling through campus at the University of California, Berkeley. The blaze was extinguished by a local, while the fire department made sure there was no risk of re-ignition. Startup Kiwi said the fire was caused by a faulty battery and it pulled all of its robots from service to investigate. Students were said to be saddened by the robot’s demise and held a candlelit vigil. A delivery robot burst into flames at the University of California, Berkeley, and students were said to be so devastated, they held a candlelit vigil to mark its demise. The incident took place on Friday, when a Kiwi delivery robot caught fire after its battery malfunctioned, the company said in a Medium blog on Sunday. Pictures and video posted online showed the diminutive robot engulfed in flames, before a local rushed to put out the blaze with a fire extinguisher. Read more: People kicking these food delivery robots is an early insight into how cruel … [Read more...] about A delivery robot burst into flames on Berkeley university campus, and students held a candlelit vigil