Lyft to charge San Francisco e-bikers more for decadent dockless parking

Lyft to charge San Francisco e-bikers more for decadent dockless parking

San Francisco e-bike riders’ penchant for locking their Bay Wheels wherever they damn well please is about to cost them some serious dough. 

A host of pricing changes are coming to the Lyft-operated platform as of March 2. Perhaps the most notable of which includes a brand new $2 locking fee for riders who choose to ignore available dock spaces in favor of using built-in cables to lock the e-bikes to racks or street signs. In other words, use a docking station or pay up. 

Pretty simple, right? It will be cheaper for riders to leave e-bikes at stations as opposed to scattered about, thus helping to ensure bikes are easier to find, maintain, and charge. But wait, we’re not done yet.  Read more…

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Here’s the story behind that viral backflip that’s making everyone freak out

Here's the story behind that viral backflip that's making everyone freak out

A horrifying video shows just how impressive VFX can be. 

An uncredited video of a backflip gone wrong went viral on Twitter this week, garnering more than 170,000 likes. In it, a man in stilettos tries to backflip, but when his heels make contact with the ground again, his body crumbles into gooey, fleshy chunks. 

It’s unsettling, disgusting, and absolutely mesmerizing to watch. 

The original video is a collaboration between Shutter Authority, an Instagram account run by VFX artist Raghav Anil Kumar, and stunt YouTuber Jiemba Sands.

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New Apple patent is another hint that it may ditch iPhone’s Lightning Port

New Apple patent is another hint that it may ditch iPhone's Lightning Port

Rumors have floated for months that Apple might jettison the iPhone’s Lightning Port come 2021 and a newly discovered patent shows us what that could look like. 

The patent was first discovered by Apple Insider and is labeled as “Electronic device with glass enclosure.” If that’s too vague for you, it’s described further as “An electronic device includes a six-sided glass enclosure defining an interior volume and comprising a first glass member and a second glass member.”

Apple filed the patent on Aug. 15, 2019, and published by the patent office on Thursday. The first reliable reports on the big port move came in December 2019 from noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Read more…

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6 inspiring poets you should read year-round, not just during Black History Month

6 inspiring poets you should read year-round, not just during Black History Month

If you’re the person who blurts out “I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it,” whenever anything related to poetry pops up in conversation, or if you’ve ever uttered the even more brazen of the well-worn poetry phrases — “Poetry is dead” — keep reading. My non-poetic friends, this is a judgment free zone. 

But this should serve as a reminder that there are lots (and lots, and lots) of poets that you should be reading, whether you’ve read much poetry in the past or not. 

The poets below, all highlighted by the Poetry Foundation, have vastly shaped the writing landscape in the U.S., transforming words and lives in the process. Even when venturing outside of traditional conceptions of poetry, with some poets here writing novels, short stories, and lyrics, they have all done one thing core to poetry with exceeding grace and skill: They’ve routinely elevated language itself, stringing together words in the uniquely astonishing way that poets do.  Read more…

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‘Friends’ reunion special coming to HBO Max — officially

'Friends' reunion special coming to HBO Max — officially

They’ll be there for you, like they’ve been there before.

HBO Max announced today that the cast of Friends will reunite for an untitled unscripted special, to debut on the streaming service when it launches in May 2020. Also available on that date will be all 236 episodes of the original series, which left Netflix at the end of 2019.

Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer are all set to show for the special. Such star power won’t come cheap — Variety reports the actors will be paid “at least $2.5 million apiece.”

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Verizon drops out of RSA cybersecurity event over coronavirus fears, following AT&T and IBM

Verizon drops out of RSA cybersecurity event over coronavirus fears, following AT&T and IBM

It would seem that the corporate sponsors of the RSA security conference are no match for IRL viruses. 

Conference organizers announced Friday that Verizon has joined the growing ranks of companies bailing on the annual San Francisco cybersecurity event, which is slated to begin on Feb. 24. Following IBM and AT&T, Verizon is the latest company to pull out at the last minute, and, according to the RSA, the blame lies on the coronavirus — officially dubbed COVID-19. 

“We learned today that Verizon has decided to no longer participate in RSA Conference 2020 as a Gold Sponsor,” reads the statement. “We understand and respect their decision.”  Read more…

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Patreon irks users again with new loan program Patreon Captial

Patreon irks users again with new loan program Patreon Captial

Patreon might be the most fuzzy, feel-good creator platform out there. But whenever it tries to change things up in a way that might put more money in its pockets, its loyal but vocal users have something to say.

On Tuesday, Hot Pod first reported (and other outlets confirmed) that Patreon had quietly offered a new service to some creators called Patreon Capital. Essentially, it offered loans in the realm of $75,000, with the expectation that the creators would pay it back plus interest from their future earnings. In one example, the future Patreon earnings of a Patreon-funded podcast by the same creator network was taken as collateral.Some saw it as a savvy business move and useful service to creators looking to grow and invest in their businesses.  Read more…

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