Stop Scrolling and Start Following These Black Roller Skaters

Christel Deskins

Photo credit: Pete Kotzbach
Photo credit: Pete Kotzbach

From ELLE

Quarantine Internet has inspired us to do so much: Buy tie-dye; bake bread; question whether, actually, everything is cake; and, maybe most adventurously, try our hand at roller skating.

The sport has gone viral over these past few months, prompting news reports and spikes in both Google searches and skate sales. And it’s easy to understand why: The horror of the pandemic has left many of us drenched in nostalgia and searching for activities that comply with social distancing measures, making roller skating particularly alluring. Then there are the videos being shared across Instagram and TikTok; they’re instantly soothing to watch, often featuring people gliding down the street or around a park, perhaps wearing an enviable ‘70s-inspired outfit with feel-good music set in the background. They’re 30-second visions of joy, a precious commodity during uncertain times.

But, as happens with so much of the

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Russia pushes disinformation in online network

Christel Deskins

CHICAGO (AP) — The State Department says Russia is using a well-developed online operation that includes a loose collection of proxy websites to stir up confusion around the coronavirus by amplifying conspiracy theories and misinformation.

The disclosure on Wednesday was rare for the Trump administration, which has been cautious about blaming the Kremlin for disinformation campaigns, especially around the U.S. election. Despite evidence that Russia launched a divisive disinformation operation on social media during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the State Department’s report did not examine how — if at all — Russia is waging another online influence campaign in this year’s election.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did, however, announce Wednesday that the U.S. would offer a reward of up to $10 million for information that identifies people working with foreign governments to interfere in the U.S. election through illegal cyber activity.

The department detailed a Russian-backed misinformation cycle

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In the Sneaker Market, Consumer Experience and Brand Confidence Are Essential for Online Success

Christel Deskins

The sneaker market has seen exciting growth during 2020, resisting the slump in sales that has hit other retail categories during the pandemic. But capitalizing on this growing segment has required brands and retailers to innovate and adapt to a new consumer. On the second day of FN’s first virtual summit, “The Way Ahead,” three industry leaders shared their thoughts on how to serve this consumer in today’s retail landscape.

Moderated by FN senior outdoor and athletic editor Peter Verry, today’s “The New Consumer” discussion featured Jaime Kingston, commercial lead at Klarna; Damien Leigh, senior VP of global direct to consumer at New Balance; and Tom Woodger, VP of cultural marketing at StockX. The conversation and broader summit were sponsored by Klarna and held in partnership with FFANY, FDRA and Two Ten.

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Online sales have become the main driver of revenue in 2020, due to store

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Inside one school’s unorthodox reopening plan

Christel Deskins

DETROIT — With just days to go before the start of the new academic year, schools around the country are rushing to gather materials they never thought they would need: plexiglass dividers, piles of masks and internet hot spots to connect with students remotely.

And then there are schools that have an even more unusual list.

The Detroit Waldorf School in Michigan is buying carriage bolts, berry bushes and 8,000 square feet of cedar wood.

The San Francisco Unified School District has been busy gathering tree stumps.

And the Five Town Community School District in Maine is buying tents, yurts and enough all-weather snowsuits for each of its elementary school students.

These schools and districts are all laying the groundwork to move at least some instruction to outdoor classrooms. They’re making a bet that the lower risk of disease transmission in the open air, and the extra space outside for

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20 state attorneys general are demanding that Facebook improve its policing of online hate speech and disinformation

Christel Deskins

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

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  • State attorneys general are calling on Facebook to do more to fight hate speech and disinformation.

  • 20 AGs signed an open letter addressing the social network on Wednesday.

  • The coalition asks Facebook to more closely police itself, and improve tools for users who are trying to report harassment and abuse.

  • Facebook said in a statement it “share[s] the Attorneys General’s goal of ensuring people feel safe on the internet.”

Twenty state attorneys general from across the US are demanding Facebook do more to combat hate speech and disinformation on the social network.

In an open letter published Wednesday, the top legal officers of California, New York, the District of Columbia, and more than a dozen other states called on Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg to better police its platform. (The New York Times earlier reported on the letter.)

Facebook has been

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Why so many men are getting botched hair transplants

Christel Deskins

Demand for hair transplants has risen in the UK in recent years, fuelled by advancing technology and social media
Demand for hair transplants has risen in the UK in recent years, fuelled by advancing technology and social media

Guilherme dos Santos was 36 when he first noticed clumps of his brown hair falling out in the shower. His father had gone bald as a young man, and a panicky dos Santos became convinced he would meet the same fate. After some gentle encouragement from his wife, he began stocking up on hair-thickening shampoos and, when they failed, he took to Google and came across a clinic in Turkey advertising “miracle” hair transplants. They even offered to pick patients up from Istanbul airport, plus a night of recovery in a five-star hotel, all for £2,000 – significantly less than the £6,000 to £13,000 charged for similar procedures at UK clinics.

“It was so cheap, it stunned me,” remembers dos Santos, a taxi driver who lives in Bracknell, Berkshire, with his

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Meet Zhang Yiming, the secretive Chinese billionaire behind TikTok who made over $12 billion in 2018 and called Trump’s demands to sell the app ‘unreasonable’

Christel Deskins

ByteDance CEO Zhang Yiming makes his own TikToks — and requires his senior employees to as well.
ByteDance CEO Zhang Yiming makes his own TikToks — and requires his senior employees to as well.

Visual China Group via Getty Images; Ruobing Su/Business Insider

  • Zhang Yiming built a $16.2 billion fortune after founding ByteDance, the Chinese software developer behind TikTok.

  • Despite being one of the wealthiest people in China, Zhang is extremely private and little is known about his personal life.

  • TikTok is currently in negotiations to sell its US operations to Microsoft amid a threat of a ban from President Trump, sparking fierce criticism of Yiming on Chinese social media.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The widespread popularity of TikTok has not just created a new generation of social media stars, it’s also created a social media billionaire.

Zhang Yiming, the 36-year-old software engineer who founded the app’s parent company, now has a net worth of $16.2 billion, Forbes estimates. Despite being one of the

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‘We were stopped from boarding our Greece flight’

Christel Deskins

“After months in lockdown we’ve been so looking forward to a holiday,” says Michelle Last. It’s a longing shared by millions of Britons.

But when Michelle and her two young children turned up at the Gatwick Airport boarding gate last weekend for a flight to Greece she was not allowed on the flight.

“It’s such a shock. EasyJet didn’t tell us why at first. We were just asked to step aside,” Michelle said. “There was another couple who also couldn’t get on.”

And it seems they are not alone in being refused a flight to Greece at the last minute. On Wednesday, the BBC was told of families not being allowed aboard an early morning EasyJet flight to Kefalonia.

Britain’s biggest travel company, Tui, says there have been a “small number” of passengers not being allowed to travel to Greece after turning up at airports.

And Greece’s embassy in London

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Beats Headphones Are on Huge Sale Everywhere Right Now

Christel Deskins

Photo credit: beats
Photo credit: beats

From Good Housekeeping

Just as students anticipate the new school year, Apple customers wait year-round to see if the technology brand will mark down any of its iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks to make room for newer models ahead.

Apple’s back-to-school offers for “education pricing” usually start around the beginning of the school year through the end of September, and are exclusive to only current students, teachers, faculty, and staff, and homeschool teachers of all grade levels. You can shop the sales if you’re currently a student, or parent of a student, or a faculty/staff member at a K-12 or higher-education institution. Here are the full details of Apple’s back-to-school deals happening now:

The Best Back-to-School Offers at Apple

All offers are valid online, in-store, at Apple-authorized campus stores, and over the phone at 1-800-MY-APPLE. In addition, Apple tends to reveal the newest iPhone generation during this time,

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Here’s How 5 Brides Pulled Off Mid-Pandemic Weddings

Christel Deskins

If 2020 was a normal year, we’d be taking advantage of the summer season to write a whole lot about weddings and wedding dresses. But, with a global pandemic canceling almost everything about life as we knew it, we’re not. Instead, our carts are filled with bike shorts, WFH-friendly office chairs, and face masks (of both the beauty and PPE varieties). We do know, however, that people are still getting married — and that means they’re still finding ways to browse, try on, and ultimately purchase nuptial-ready frocks. Which begs the question: how exactly are they accomplishing this? We started asking around and as we talked to different women across the country, we learned a lot more than how they wedding-dress shopped during such strange times. The women whose weddings were derailed by COVID-19 still managed to have them and, although different, their ceremonies were just as special as what

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