This toddler is well on his way to mastering the art of coercion. Now if only he could reach the kitchen counter.
Three-year-old Mateo Beltran is a kid with pretty simple needs, one of which includes eating cupcakes for dinner. Most of his argument is unintelligible, but he is pretty persuasive (unless you're his mom). Mateo pulls out all the stops trying to win his glorious, sugary prize — including using his mom's first name, calling her "honey" and adorably mimicking her.
If this kid can craft such a compelling debate for cupcakes, just think of what else he can do for our country. Somebody recruit him for the 2016 campaign trail. Read more...More about Viral Videos, Kids, Cute Kids, Watercooler, and Videos
President Barack Obama's push to increase signups for Obamacare had two focal points this week: Geeks and Zach Galifianakis.
After Obama appeared on an episode of "Between Two Ferns," an online comedy series on Funny or Die hosted by actor Galifianakis, the administration published a video and blog post written by White House Chief Technology Officer Todd Park, both promoting a new campaign called #GeeksGetCovered.
An often-absurdist comedian and a group of "whiz kids" tie into a plan that's crucial to the longterm viability of the Affordable Care Act: getting more young people to enroll. Read more...More about Barack Obama, Healthcare, Us World, Us, and Obamacare
Beats Music LLC, the subscription streaming service from rapper Dr. Dre and record producer Jimmy Iovine, raised a second round of funding from existing investors, said three people with knowledge of the deal.
Beats Music, based in Santa Monica, California, raised $60 million to $100 million in equity financing, said the people, who requested anonymity because the round wasn't public. Len Blavatink, Marc Rowan, James Packer and entities affiliated with Lee M. Bass first provided $60 million a year ago.
The company is raising money as Beats Music seeks to challenge market leader Spotify Ltd. for exclusive music rights and to build new features. Beats Music began service in January with plans marketed through AT&T Inc. and TV commercials that included a Super Bowl spot with Ellen DeGeneres. Read more...More about Funding, Streaming Music, Investors, Subscription, and At T Entertainment
Two students were fatally shot in Venezuela on Monday night while protesting the government of President Nicolas Maduro, bringing the total killed there to 22 since protests began in early February
Gisela Rubilar from Chile, 47, was killed in Mérida while clearing a barricade implemented by anti-government protesters, Reuters reported
"She was ambushed by extreme right-wing groups ... She was vilely murdered with a shot in the eye," said Alexis Ramirez, the governor of Mérida state. According to preliminary information, she was shot in the early hours on March 9 while "removing rubbish blocking the road next to her house in Merida,” Venezuela’s State Prosecutor’s Office added in a statement Read more...More about Venezuela, Us World, World, and Venezuela Protests
If you've ever felt like you spend too much money on apps, this should make you feel a bit better.
Shaquille O'Neal, the retired basketball star and self-declared "techie," told The Wall Street Journal in an interview during SXSW this week that he spends around $1,000 on apps each week.
"Honestly, I probably spend $1,000 on apps a week," he said in the interview. "Real money. Last week, I bought like 20 deer-hunter games."
He added: "When I'm not working, I spend all my money on apps."Apps, Sxsw, Shaquille O Neal, Tech, and Apps Software
First kisses are awkward. And scary. And uncomfortable. And if you're lucky, it can be romantic enough to make your knees wobble.
Los Angeles-based filmmaker Tatia PIlieva, along with Wren Studio, managed to capture those heart-stopping and breathtaking moments by asking 20 strangers to kiss for the first time on camera. The result is a candid look at love, romance and chemistry
The first few moments feel awkward, as they make small talk: "What's your name again?" "Can we turn off the lights?" "You have nice eyes." "It's actually pretty scary." But then, like longtime lovers, each pair goes in for the kill — and somehow, everything works out. Actually, it's pretty sweet Read more...More about Viral Videos, Kiss, Love, Romance, and Watercooler
Apple will reboot its maps app for iOS 8 when it reportedly launches later this year, a move that would be a part of an effort to better compete against Google and become a superior mapping platform
Apple is working on a major maps overhaul for iOS by adding public transit directions and making key points of interest — such as airports, highways and so on — easier to find, according to 9to5Mac.
See also: 10 Free iPhone Apps You'll Use Every Day
Maps in iOS 8 — which has a rumored codename of Okemo, after a ski resort in Vermont, a common theme for Apple's internal code names — will also include data obtained in the recent acquisitions of BroadMap, Embark and HopStop. Read more...More about Google, Mobile, Google Maps, Apple, and Ios
Whisper, a popular app for sharing secrets anonymously, is reportedly raising another $30 million in funding.
The funding, which was reported by Re/code, comes just six months after the startup raised a $20 million Series B roundRe/code reports hearing from multiple sources that the latest round values Whisper at around $200 million
A rep for Whisper did not immediately respond to our request for comment
Whisper launched in 2012 and took off slowly at first. Michael Heyward, the company's cofounder and CEO, told Mashable in an earlier interview that "it was probably months before we got over 100 downloads a day." Read more...More about Funding, Apps, Startups, Business, and Apps Software