Juul has launched an experimental track-and-trace program meant to curb teen vaping, perhaps as an attempt to appease the FDA and other government agencies. The e-cig company has been in authorities' crosshairs since last year due to its products' po…
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The US government might put an end to the controversial NSA phone surveillance program Edward Snowden exposed by the end of 2019. Republican congressional national security adviser Luke Murry revealed during a Lawfare podcast that Congress might not…
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Earlier this year, GM officially launched a program called Maven that gives people a way to earn extra money by renting out their cars. It's only open to Chevrolet-, Buick-, GMC- and Cadillac-branded vehicles, though — in other words, cars from GM's…
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A year since its pledge to go all-electric, General Motors wants its counterparts to follow suit. The automaker is calling on the US government to start a nationwide zero emissions vehicle (NZEV) program. Its ambitious plan — submitted to the the En…
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The good thing about Gboard and Chrome on Android is that their beta program handles tests and features prior to them hitting the masses. YouTube has utilized server-side tests that basically use random users as guinea pigs, but it now has an official beta program to (supposedly) stop that practice. I’d much rather have tests […]
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Audi is joining the ever-expanding roster of carmakers which have monthly subscription services — it's piloting its program at five dealerships in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. For $ 1,395 a month (including fees, maintenance and insurance), you can dr…
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Many fans can tell you about the first time they heard an incredible new song or watched a groundbreaking video from a musical newcomer. Some of the most memorable moments with artists happen early. That’s why we aimed to capture those moments with last year’s launch of Artist on the Rise on YouTube’s Trending tab, which spotlights three songs from emerging artists every week.
To support and help more artists get discovered at every phase of their career, today we’re expanding the Trending tab feature with the launch of a new monthly program called Artist on the Rise.
The program will promote a diverse lineup of music’s most important new voices across all genres, connecting them with fans worldwide through in-product promotion and programming, out-of-home, social and fan events at YouTube Spaces. The Artist on the Rise Trending tab will also continue to feature three songs a week from emerging artists that are making a significant impact on YouTube.
The program’s first Artist on the Rise is Jessie Reyez, a 27-year-old Colombian-Canadian singer-songwriter signed to Island / FMLY and known for her smoky voice, outspoken lyrics and soulful R&B hooks. She’s grown from an aspiring artist covering hits like Adele’s “Hello,” to become a star in her own right, receiving the Juno Award for Breakthrough Artist of the year and partnering with Calvin Harris on the track “Hard to Love.” In true YouTube fashion, she’s cultivated a loyal fanbase over the years, racking up 22.6 million views for her breakout hit “Figures.” 2018 will be a huge year for Jessie – if you don’t know her now, you will soon.
To check out more from Jessie Reyez, head to her story on the YouTube for Artists blog and stay tuned on the Artist blog and @YouTubeMusic’s socials for future updates on YouTube’s Artist on the Rise program.
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Nike is rolling out some a new rewards program for NikePlus members to encourage and reward consistent exercise. Called NikePlus Unlocks, you’ll be able to score a ton of free stuff that’s even personalized just for you. The concept is pretty simple: work out and exercise often and consistently, and Nike will kick some rewards […]
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Recent UFO research isn't just the work of the X-Files or former pop punk stars. The New York Times has learned that the US Department of Defense quietly funded a program (Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification) designed to explain UFO reports. T…
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While initial pre-orders for the iPhone X are still a week away from opening, some Apple die-hards will be able to get started early. Apple's installment-based Upgrade Program that lets customers get a new phone every year will, just like it did with…
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Back in June 2016, Amazon started the Prime Exclusive program that offered Prime members select smartphones at a nice discount, but just being a paying member wasn’t enough. The phones came with Amazon’s ads and offers plastered all over the lock screen. For many users, the lock screen is just a speed bump to get […]
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Uber's terrible, awful, no-good 2017 isn't over yet. Two years after it started leasing cars to drivers, the ride-hailing company has realized that it should've looked at the economics of such a little better. "The average loss per vehicle was about…
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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced on Friday that the FCC will not let nine companies participate in the federal Lifeline program, which provides low-cost internet connectivity for some of America's lowest-income households. This decision comes just wee…
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YouTube has always allowed people to report content they believe violates our Community Guidelines and we often hear questions about what happens to a video after you’ve flagged it. When a flag is received, the reported content is always reviewed by YouTube before being removed. We have internal teams from around the world who carefully evaluate reports 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, and these teams remove content that violates our policies or are careful to leave content up if it hasn’t crossed the line.
Back in 2012, we noticed that certain people were particularly active in reporting Community Guidelines violations with an extraordinarily high rate of accuracy. From this insight, the Trusted Flagger program was born to provide more robust tools for people or organizations who are particularly interested in and effective at notifying us of content that violates our Community Guidelines.
As part of this program, Trusted Flaggers receive access to a tool that allows for reporting multiple videos at the same time. Once content is flagged, our trained teams review them to determine whether to remove the flagged videos or not. Our Trusted Flaggers’ results around flagging content that violates our Community Guidelines speak for themselves: their reports are accurate over 90% of the time. This is three times more accurate than the average flagger.
Given the success of the Trusted Flagger program, we want to do more to empower the people who contribute to YouTube in other ways. That’s why we’re introducing YouTube Heroes, a program designed to recognize and support the global community of people who consistently help make YouTube a better experience for everyone. These “Heroes” do this in big and small ways by adding captions & subtitles to videos, reporting videos that violate our community guidelines, or sharing their knowledge with others in our help forums.
The program is now available to a select group of contributors from across the globe who have histories of high quality community contributions. People who are interested in joining the program can express interest here and we will gradually admit other top contributors into the program.
YouTube Heroes will have access to a dedicated YouTube Heroes community site that is separate from the main YouTube site, where participants can learn from one another. Through the program, participants will be able to earn points and unlock rewards to help them reach the next level. For example, Level 2 Heroes get access to training through exclusive workshops and Hero hangouts, while Level 3 Heroes who have demonstrated their proficiency will be able to flag multiple videos at a time (something Trusted Flaggers can already do) and help moderate content strictly within the YouTube Heroes Community site.
YouTube Heroes will also be able to track their own contributions and see their overall impact. They can easily find out when a video they reported has been removed by YouTube for violation of our policies, a subtitle they contributed has been approved by the creator, or a help forum answer they’ve posted has been marked as best answer.
Sprint looks to have put an end to Galaxy Forever, the carrier’s leasing program for Galaxy phones that allowed customers to upgrade once every 12 months. Sprint ended the program in its retail stores and online.
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Over the course of his presidency, Barack Obama has made clear his dedication to STEM education. Now, the leader is proving just how much faith he has in the innovative minds of America’s posterity by forming the Kids Science Advisors.
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Google+ has launched a new program called "Create" that puts makers, artists, influencers and experts in their field in front of a bigger audience. If you'll recall, Mountain View redesigned its social network last year to focus on Communities and Co…
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YouTube has accused T-Mobile of throttling all video traffic on its new Binge On program, which waivers data usage in exchange for lower-quality video. YouTube is currently the only major video provider unaffiliated with the program.
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Just in time for the holidays, Cricket Wireless is launching a rewards program for its loyal customers.
Through a partnership with mPLUS Rewards, Cricket Wireless customers can rack up points to be redeemed for gift cards, contest entries, donations, and more. So how do customers get said points? Things like creating an account, enrolling in auto-pay, and making on-time payments are simple ways to get points. But apps and games that are connected to mPlus Rewards, which totals more than 1,500, can be used also be used.
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Introducing Cricket Rewards: The Only Integrated, Mobile Loyalty Program No-Contract Customers
Rewarding customers for the simple things they do every day through an exclusive agreement with mPLUS Rewards by SessionM
ATLANTA, Nov. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Cricket Wireless announces a new twist on the traditional customer loyalty program with the launch of Cricket Rewards. The only program of its kind in the no annual contract space, Cricket Rewards gives customers a super easy way to earn redeemable points through the things they do naturally like checking the weather, tracking their fitness, or just being a Cricket customer.
Powered by an exclusive relationship with SessionM’s Mobile Marketing Cloud and mPLUS Rewards (the world’s leading mobile loyalty platform), Cricket Rewards is accessible through the Cricket Rewards app, MyCricket app or Cricketwireless.com website. Customers who sign up can start earning points quickly through Cricket activities like opening and registering an account, adding AutoPay or making on-time payments. They can earn even more by participating in an integrated points-sharing universe that includes over 1,500 mPlus Rewards powered applications and a number of other offers that will be included in the program through social media, events, and sponsorship activities.
And as these points rack up, customers are able to redeem them for things they love and things they love doing, like:
- Shopping with gift cards at participating retailers including AMC Movie theaters, Amazon, GameStop, Old Navy, Sears & Target and loads more.
- Entering sweepstakes to win big prizes and exclusive experiences.
- Making charitable donations to local and national organizations including the American Heart Association, ASPCA, the Make-a-Wish Foundation and more.
There are even special holiday bonuses:
- Cricket is teaming up with AMC Movie Theaters to give consumers a chance to earn more points by simply checking in when they see a flick.
- And Cricket is launching a new $ 25,000 Selfie Sweepstakes – customers who enter not only get a chance at the big grand prize and lots of other cool swag, they also get extra Cricket Rewards points just for entering. More reasons Cricket is the “Merrier Carrier” this holiday season.
“Cricket Rewards is unlike any other loyalty program in the no-contract industry,” said Janna Ducich, vice president & CMO, Cricket Wireless. “We listened to our customers and delivered a program that is quick, easy, and fun – with lots of options for rewards. While other carriers charge you to belong to their rewards program or take loads of your time just to sign up or redeem, we don’t. We reward customers for simply doing what comes naturally. We reward you for being you.”
The My Cricket app and Cricketwireless.com include a fully integrated dashboard so consumers can easily track their mPLUS Rewards. There is no limit to the number of points customers can earn, and there is no expiration date on points as long as you stay engaged/active in mPLUS Rewards – so customers can save up for something special or sample a variety of rewards.
About the New Cricket Wireless
Cricket is bringing consumers more value with a simple, friendly, and reliable nationwide wireless experience with no annual contract. The power of Cricket is our nationwide 4G LTE network that covers more than 310 million people; easy and affordable plans prices that include taxes and fees – no surprises; and a great selection of phones customers love. Cricket, Something to Smile About. To check out the new Cricket or find a store near you, visit www.cricketwireless.com. And connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cricketnation and Twitter at www.twitter.com/cricketnation.
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Apple today announced that its board of directors has authorized an increase of more than 50 percent to the company’s program to return capital to shareholders. Under the expanded program, Apple plans to utilize a cumulative total of $ 200 billion of cash by the end of March 2017. As part of the revised program, the board has increased its share repurchase authorization to $ 140 billion from the $ 90 billion level announced last year. In addition, the company expects to continue to net-share-settle vesting restricted stock units. The board has also approved an increase of 11 percent to the company’s quarterly dividend, and has declared a dividend of $ 0.52 per share, payable on May 14, 2015, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 11. “We believe Apple has a bright future ahead, and the unprecedented size of our capital return program reflects that strong confidence,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “While most of our program will focus on buying back shares, we know that the dividend is very important to many of our investors, so we’re raising it for the third time in less than three years.”
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