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Facebook reportedly fired a team involved in news stories — with an hour's notice (FB)

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Facebook made some big changes today to remove humans almost entirely from its controversial Trending Topics feature, removing the potential for editorializing the content shared on the social network.

As part of the change, Facebook eliminated the jobs of the 15 to 18 contractors hired to write short descriptions of each Trending Topics item, reports Quartz.

Those contractors reportedly only found out that their services at Facebook were no longer required at 4pm eastern time on Friday — the same time, more or less, that Facebook released a blog announcing the changes. Those contractors are said to have been given about six weeks’ worth of severance pay and asked to leave the building by 5pm. 

Now, reports Quartz, the only humans involved with Trending Topics will be Facebook engineers who correct flaws in the algorithm, like ensuring that the same news item doesn’t show up on the list twice with slightly different names. 

Facebook’s Trending Topics has been the subject of a lot of scrutiny since the spring of 2016, when former Trending Topics editors claimed that they were purposely suppressing conservative leaning news items from appearing on the list.

While Facebook’s internal investigation found no evidence of wrongdoing, the company has still taken steps to remove any appearance of impropriety. Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Read Quartz’s full report here>>

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Tom Hiddleston’s Instagram Taken Over By Hackers

And now, for something completely different: Tom Hiddleston‘s Instagram account was hijacked by hackers today. Once so unfamous that he didn’t even have an Instagram, he’s now so well-known thanks to his recent relationship hijinks—oh yeah, he’s dating Taylor Swift, in case you hadn’t heard—that he’s become the target of internet hackers. Guess his password wasn’t so hard to decode. 

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Instagram / Tom Hiddleston

Red flags went up when followers started noticing things like bizarre little videos, a Snapchat code for some rando, and screenshots of weird IG accounts. The Instagram pirates controlled his account for about two hours, spamming left and right.

MORE: Must Be Love: Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston Follow Each Other on Instagram Now

His “following” count also went up—at one point, he was watching 20 other accounts, instead of his usual list of 11 (which normally includes, of course, his fake girlfriend Taylor Swift). The hackers also posted a pic that pledged to eventually restore account access back to its rightful owner, according to E! News.

The hijackers stayed good on their promise: Order has been restored. There are now four boring photographs on Hiddleston’s page; no more, no less. Just the way he likes it.

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Kristin van Ogtrop Steps Down From Real Simple

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Longtime editor Kristin van Ogtrop is stepping down as editor in chief of Real Simple. She joined the magazine as an editor in 2003 after working as Glamour’s executive editor. A permanent replacement for van Ogtrop has not yet been named, and Sarah Collins will serve as interim editor in chief. Follow Real Simple on Twitter.

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Will the Internet of Things be bigger than the Industrial Revolution?

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been labeled as “the next Industrial Revolution” because of the way it will change the way people live, work, entertain, and travel, as well as how governments and businesses interact with the world.

In fact, the revolution is already starting. 

That brand new car that comes preloaded with a bunch of apps? Internet of Things. Those smart home devices that let you control the thermostat and play music with a few words? Internet of Things. That fitness tracker on your wrist that lets you tell your friends and family how your exercise is going? You get the point.

But this is just the beginning.

BI Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service, has tracked the growth of the IoT for more than two years, specifically how consumers, businesses, and governments are using the IoT ecosystem. John Greenough and Jonathan Camhi of BII have compiled an exhaustive report that breaks down the entire IoT ecosystem and forecast where the burgeoning IoT market is headed.  And you can learn more and purchase the report here:  The Internet of Things Ecosystem Research Report

During the creation of this report, they created the infographic below to show how the IoT ecosystem functions and to demonstrate how the IoT is poised to explode by 2020.

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If you found this infographic to be valuable, you will LOVE our extensive IoT Ecosystem Research Report. 

Here are some key points from the report: 

  • In total, we project there will be 34 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020, up from 10 billion in 2015. IoT devices will account for 24 billion, while traditional computing devices (e.g. smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, etc.) will comprise 10 billion.
  • Nearly $6 trillion will be spent on IoT solutions over the next five years.
  • Businesses will be the top adopter of IoT solutions. They see three ways the IoT can improve their bottom line by 1) lowering operating costs; 2) increasing productivity; and 3) expanding to new markets or developing new product offerings.
  • Governments are focused on increasing productivity, decreasing costs, and improving their citizens’ quality of life. We believe they will be the second-largest adopters of IoT ecosystems.
  • Consumers will lag behind businesses and governments in IoT adoption. Still, they will purchase a massive number of devices and invest a significant amount of money in IoT ecosystems.

In full, the report:

  • Distills the technological complexities of the Internet of Things into a single ecosystem
  • Explains the benefits and shortcomings of many networks, including mesh (e.g. ZigBee, Z-Wave, etc.), cellular (e.g. 3G/4G, Sigfox, etc.), and internet networks (e.g. Wi-Fi, Ethernet, etc.)
  • Discusses analytics systems, including edge analytics, cloud analytics, and more
  • Examines IoT security best practices
  • Details the four IoT market drivers and four IoT market barriers
  • Forecasts IoT investment by six layers: connectivity, security, data storage, system integration, device hardware, and application development
  • Analyzes how the IoT ecosystem is being using in a number of industries
  • Defines Internet of Things terminology within a glossary

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The choice is yours. But however you decide to acquire this report, you’ve given yourself a powerful advantage in your understanding of the fast-moving world of the IoT.

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So, Kendall Jenner Is Trying to Make This Weird Neckline Happen

It was just another day in the life until we came across a perplexing image of Kendall Jenner out and about in West Hollywood today. And we paused.

To be perfectly honest, we’re weirdly into it.

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Something about the devil-may-care vibe combined with the not-so-subtle homage to the choker really works here, and though Jenner’s enviable abs don’t hurt the ensemble—nor, to be frank, does her signature IDGAF attitude—even a mere mortal could totally pull this off on a day off. As in, TGI (almost) F, because we’re pretty much headed straight home to artfully deconstruct an old concert tee and cop Kenny’s style.

Jenner modeled the getup to hit up the tragically hip Alfred Coffee & Kitchen with her homie Lauren Perez, who was wearing a much more basic outfit. Don’t wait to upstage #KewlKenny, after all. Yes, that is an actual hashtag that Jenner’s stylist Monica Rose likes to use.

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If you want to replicate her exact style, we shopped her look. Click through to find all the elements of her outfit, and then go to town this weekend. Or next, if you don’t opt for overnight shipping. Which would be super baller but totally impractical, so—next weekend it is. Happy (almost) Friday!

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Andrew Dowell Promoted at WSJ

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Andrew Dowell will soon take on a new role overseeing Asia Pacific coverage at The Wall Street Journal. He will replace Paul Beckett, who is moving back stateside in early 2017 to serve as Washington bureau chief. Dowell is currently deputy financial editor for the WSJ Money & Investing section. Previously, he served as chief for the Corporate Bureau, deputy managing editor for the Dow Jones Newswires Ticker, and as editor for the Newswires’ energy content. Follow The Wall Street Journal’s news updates from Asia on Twitter.

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Workday shares rocket higher after it beats revenue targets (WDAY)

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Workday’s stock popped as much as 12% in after hours trading on Wednesday after the company reported quarterly revenue that topped Wall Street targets. 

Workday’s stock initially traded down after the announcement, but then reversed course as the company held its conference call with analysts. 

Revenue in the fiscal second quarter increased 34% year-over-year to $377.7 million, ahead of the average analyst expectation of $372.7 million.

On the other hand, the company posted a quarterly loss, excluding certain items, of 4 cents per share, which was worse than the 2 cent loss expected by Wall Street. 

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Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart Call It Quits After 5 Years

Jennifer Lopez and her much younger boy toy boyfriend, Casper Smart, have called it quits after five-ish on-and-off years together. Let’s all take a moment of silence.

Sources close to Lopez’s backup dancer boyfriend (sorry, this joke doesn’t get old) are denying the breakup to TMZ, but the publication says their “Lopez sources are clear … the relationship is over.” According to a source via People, who broke the news, “Jennifer and Casper have split. They have not been together for a few weeks.” TMZ reports that Lopez, 47, broke up with Smart, 29.

As People reports, they were seen together as recently as August 13 in Las Vegas, when Smart hit Lopez’s Caesar’s Palace show (along with her ex, Marc Anthony, and his girlfriend, Shannon de Lima). Here’s photographic documentation of that weird little lovefest:

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This is not, however, the first time Lopez and Smart have split, or at least have allegedly split. In June 2014, a couple of transgender models came forward and said they’d had affairs with Smart, rumors he adamantly denied. Though TMZ reports that they never broke up back then, Lopez said otherwise. “It appeared as if they broke up in 2014 but our sources say they were never really apart,” TMZ writes, “and they were really spending time at her house when they were supposedly separated.” But after the whole brouhaha, Lopez went on “The Wendy Williams Show” that June and set the record straight herself. (Unless, of course, she was lying to throw off paps and the media in general, which is v. possible and totally legit.)

“I’ve been single for a couple of months,” Lopez told Williams. And as she told Power 105.1’s “Breakfast Club” on June 19 of that year, the duo had already broken up before all those allegations hit. “It can be difficult, but before it hit the press, the transition had already happened for me, so I was already kind of prepared,” Lopez said. “I’m used to the press saying things I [don’t] want them to say or that’s not true or all that kind of stuff … I don’t have to say whether he did or didn’t [cheat]. It’s not about that; it’s about what we know. We’re still friends. We’re so good … we are so good.”

In happier times. Photo: Getty

In happier times, on Lopez’s 47th birthday July 24 in Las Vegas. Photo: Getty

Then again, Lopez kept the door open in 2014, adding that she could totally see herself working with Smart again. And by working, she apparently meant working, if you know what we mean. “I could, yeah. And actually when we worked together, we did some good stuff,” she said. “I liked what we did together. He’s a creative guy, and again, you can’t believe everything you read. Trust me.” If they really didn’t break up back then, Lopez’s words here may have been a bit of a hint to read between the lines.

For now, we’ll all just have to sit tight this round to see whether this split is going to take or not, but in the meantime, don’t worry about Lopez. As she told Williams a couple of years ago, “I’m a big soul searcher, and I read a lot of self-help books. I am always kinda searching for answers. I’ll randomly just open a Bible looking for answers and guidance.” So—if anyone’s looking for Lopez in the next couple of weeks, she’ll be nose-first in “I’m OK—You’re OK.” Or secretly kissing Smart in a convertible, who knows.

Lopez and Smart at the NYC premiere of “Rock the Kasbah” (don’t worry, we’ve never heard of it either) last October. We’ve never seen Lopez like this before or since—but we kind of like it. Photo: Wenn

In any event, this breakup was not an impassioned one, according to People‘s source. “It wasn’t anything dramatic and they were on good terms—it just came to a natural end. They will remain friends and they see each other, but they are not together. It was very amiable.” If only all breakups could be so nice.

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