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Month: May 2014

Mishka 2014 Summer "R1TU4L5" Lookbook

Mishka flips the mattress on bright summer notions with its new lookbook for Summer 2014: “R1TU4L5.” The collection showcased above celebrates lust after dusk for those who prefer the night, simultaneously making fun of the occult while maintaining an edgy aesthetic. The brand presents a fittingly murdered-out collection of long- and short-sleeved T-shirts, draping baseball-style jerseys, and hats, all of which gather visual motifs everywhere from anime to Cholo graffiti. Enjoy the above lookbook, then head over to Mishka’s web shop to pick up your favorites. Article source:...

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Pentagon Report Calls Scope Of Snowden Leaks “Staggering,” Their Impact “Grave”

The Snowden Effect, that mix of consciousness raising and potential legal reform of government surveillance, has another side to it: the impact of Snowden’s revelations on those revealed. The Guardian secured heavily redacted parts of a Pentagon report on the matter, two elements of which are worth reviewing. The report does not detail the impact of what Snowden revealed in relation to “SIGINT,” a term meaning “signals intelligence.” The NSA, the report notes, is reviewing that “separately.” Here are the two key sections that are both left un-redacted and say something worth reading: And: Only 12 of the 39 pages were released under The Guardian’s Freedom of Information Act request. The House this morning passed a nearly neutered bill called the USA FREEDOM Act. The bill initially garnered support from Congress members and private companies alike. However, as it was later raced to passage, around half of its co-sponsors voted against it; privacy groups joined technology firms in dropping their support because of last-minute changes that could still allow for bulk collection of data — precisely what the bill was written to prevent. So while we continue to work toward firmer reform, it’s worth keeping in mind that to some, all victories of that sort will always be pyrrhic. IMAGE BY FLICKR USER QUINN DOMBROWSKI UNDER CC BY 2.0 LICENSE (IMAGE HAS BEEN CROPPED)  Article source:...

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YOYO Holdings Snags $1.3M For Its Prepaid Mobile Consumer Survey Platform

YOYO Holdings, a rewards platform that targets prepaid mobile phone users in developing economies, has secured $1.3 million in funding from Japanese venture capital firms GREE Ventures, CyberAgent Ventures, and Incubate Fund. Based in Singapore, YOYO Holdings operates a reward platform called Candy which is similar to sites like Swagbucks, but with a twist. Candy users receive SMS texts with a “mission” that may include trivia questions, market research surveys, or in-store promotions. Once they complete a mission, they reply to the message with a code and get a free load, or minutes, on their prepaid mobile. Candy is currently available in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Thailand, with about 250,000 registered users, but it is likely that they will continue to expand throughout the region, as the startup says prepaid phone users currently make up more than 90% of the mobile market in Southeast Asia. YOYO Holdings is among several startups focused on figuring out how to reach the “next billion” Internet users by collecting market data in developing countries. The aptly named Next Billion, another Singapore-based startup, runs a mobile cinema project which allows researchers to survey people in areas with limited Internet access, while GeoPoll raised $6.6 million last year for its platform, which allows people to answer surveys through SMS, voice messages, or on the Web. Its new funding will be used to find new revenue streams...

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Lighthouse Is A Crowdfunding Platform Built On Top Of Bitcoin

Meet Lighthouse, a bitcoin-powered app to create and manage your own crowdfunding campaign on your computer. Bitcoin core developer Mike Hearn showcased the app at the Bitcoin 2014 conference in Amsterdam. And Lighthouse is a great example of how you can develop a complicated transaction framework on top of the bitcoin protocol. Hearn’s tagline about his own app speaks for itself: “[it] provides you with your own Kickstarter, on your own desktop. It explores one possible vision of how we can build decentralized applications.” If you are skeptical about bitcoin as a currency, there is a whole different aspect that makes it interesting as well — bitcoin is also an application platform. The bitcoin protocol makes it possible to transfer property rights (whether it is digital money, shares, or any kind of certificate) in an unforgeable, transparent and fast manner. And you don’t need a trusted third party. This completely redefines the role of thousand-year-old institutions and trades — banks, governments, lawyers and notaries. I was particularly eager to discover new startups building apps and services on top of the bitcoin protocol at the conference. With Lighthouse, you get all the features you need in a crowdfunding platform — and the app only leverages the bitcoin protocol. Lighthouse provides a wallet and a way to build crowdfunding campaigns without relying on a trusted third party. When it comes to...

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A Closer Look at the Nike Roshe Run HYP Prem “Magista”

After the initial unveiling of the Magista collection from Nike Sportswear, we now have a closer look at the Roshe Run Hyperfuse model. Featuring the seam-sealed Hyperfuse construction and reflective accents found on the previous releases, the shoe utilizes colorful blocks on the OG Roshe silhouette. Furthermore, the laces are complete with the fan-favorite gold tips to make this release even more special and perfect for the upcoming World Cup. Keep an eye out for this shoe and others that are also in the Magista lineup to release at Nike.com on June 12. Article source:...

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