Five Subscription Services Worth Signing Up For

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Space Force debuts official logo and motto, both reminding you that it’s ‘always above’

Earlier this year, the oft-mocked but actually pretty important new branch of the military, the Space Force, revealed an image that was suspiciously reminiscent of Star Trek. Now the Space Force has revealed a new, sharper graphic that is the force’s actual logo — and a motto to go with it: “Semper Supra,” or “always above.” To be clear, the image revealed...

KIM KARDASHIAN MEETING WITH MEEK WASN’T 1-ON-1 … Meeks Speaks Out

 Meek Mill has addressed the elephant in the room -- namely, Kanye's implication that Kim cheated on him by sleeping with Meek during a prison reform meeting ... and he's calling BS loud and clear. MM hopped on Twitter Wednesday morning after he, Kim and Ye were all trending -- with tons of memes and jokes poking fun at the...

Barbara Walters Has Zero Mercy for Donald Trump in Brutal Resurfaced 1990 Interview

"Barbara Walters was done with Trump's BS in 1990." It may have been 30 years ago, but the tune was still the same: dishonest press, terrific deals, a lot of people are saying. But the difference in 1990 was Barbara Walters was still on the hunt for BS, and wasn't about to let any prey slip by her. The legendary journalist's name...

Hair Products That’ll Help You Tame the Humidity Frizzies

It may be the season of exploding hair, but these products will help you tame that beast (or at least, make it more presentable). TooFab may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. They say there are three absolutes in life: death, taxes, and July heat will come to ruin your blow-out, especially if...

Building your startup’s customer advisory board

customer advisory board (CAB) can be an invaluable resource for startups, but many founders struggle with putting together the right group of advisors and how to incentivize them. At our TechCrunch Early Stage event, Saam Motamedi, a general partner at Greylock Partners, talked about how he thinks about putting together the right CAB. “We encourage all of our early-stage companies to put...

Taylor Swift Pairs Surprise ‘Folklore’ Album Release with Magical Music Video for Single ‘Cardigan’

Swift stunned fans on Thursday by revealing that she would be dropping a surprise new album at midnight she'd written and recorded during quarantine. As if a fresh new Taylor Swift album wasn't enough -- and it surely was for Swifties worldwide -- the multi-talented artist paired the surprise release of "folklore" with a whimsical music video for its first single, "Cardigan." Taking...

Accurate death stats are vital but absent as SA hits peak, warn experts

Scientists have been wondering why SA’s case fatality rates for Covid-19 are lower than those of its global counterparts, but now a major question is being asked: are our mortality statistics even accurate? The Burden of Disease Research Unit at the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) brings out a weekly report on natural and unnatural deaths on the national...

Tech at Work: Black gig workers speak out, Uber’s commitment to being anti-racist and Facebook’s diversity report

elcome back to Tech at Work, a bi-weekly roundup and analysis of labor, and diversity and inclusion in tech. This week, we’re looking at Uber’s anti-racism commitment, Shipt shoppers walking off the job, Facebook’s diversity report and Black gig workers organizing against tech companies. Also, hear from CODE2040 CEO Karla Monterroso on tech’s response to the recent racial justice uprising in...

KANYE WEST CLAIMS TRYING TO DIVORCE KIM … Calls Kris ‘Kris Jong-Un’

Kanye continued his late-night, alarming rants ... again targeting his wife, his mother-in-law and many, many others. Kanye, who is holed up at his Wyoming ranch, attacked Kim and Kris again ... he says for trying to get him placed on a 51/50 psychiatric hold. Ye claimed, "I been trying to get divorced since Kim met with Meek at the Waldorf for 'prison reform.'" He...

The Most Wild DIY Costumes From the #MetGalaChallenge

From an impressive DIY newspaper re-creation of Rihanna's pope-chic look from 2018 to a near-identical replica of Sophie Turner's 2019 Louis Vuitton jumpsuit, fashion lovers knocked it out of the park with their creative submissions. The Met Gala might be postponed this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but that isn't stopping fashion lovers from celebrating the annual soirée from home. Though the star-studded...

Designer Calls Out Khloe Kardashian for Selling Dress He ‘Loaned’ Her

The dress appears to have been pulled from the retail site after Christian Cowan put her on blast. Celebrity designer Christian Cowan is accusing Khloe Kardashian of trying to sell something she has no right to sell. On Sunday, Cowan took to his Instagram Story and tagged the reality star, wondering why one of his designs was being sold on the family's Kardashian Kloset website. "@KhloeKardashian why are...

Education department reads the riot act as ‘militant’ teachers face the chop

As the country waits with bated breath for the government's announcement on the status of schools on Thursday, the department of basic education has read the riot act to teachers who refuse to report for duty. In a circular dated July 20, the department's director-general, Mathanzima Mweli, warned educators and principals who refuse to report for work that they could...

‘A nightmare’: Virus upsets South African funeral rites

Undertakers clad in canary-yellow protective suits lowered the coffin into the cold soil as a mechanical digger waited nearby to smother the grave. Still numbed by their loss, a family watched the desolate spectacle from metres (yards) away. They were barred from tossing a handful of soil or a flower into the grave, and could not even huddle together. Modise Motlhabane was...

Thief who targeted cellphone towers gets jail terms totalling 500 years

A man who admitted to 25 thefts at cellphone towers in the Western Cape was given prison sentences totalling 500 years on Thursday. David Jenkins, 30, reached a plea and sentencing agreement with the state over the theft of equipment worth nearly R1.7m in January and February of 2018. The Cape Town regional court sentenced him to 20 years' imprisonment for...

Gauteng premier David Makhura eyes wrongdoers after Covid-19 recovery

Gauteng premier David Makhura has made a full recovery from Covid-19, his office said on Thursday. Makhura, who has completed 14 days of self-isolation, thanked public health-care staff in Johannesburg region A - which spans Diepsloot, Kya Sands, Dainfern, Midrand, Lanseria, Fourways and Ivory Park - for giving him the care he required. He did not name the institution. “During my...

Teachers and pupils in tears as land protesters gut their new school

Two schools and a municipal refuse truck were set alight in Joe Slovo Park, Milnerton, Cape Town, in protests believed to relate to land occupations, targeting vacant land along Freedom Way. On Wednesday, Sinenjongo High School hall was petrol bombed, destroying all the equipment and furniture stored in the hall as the school had sought to make space in classrooms to...

Premier Soccer League and Orlando Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza’s wife Matina has died

This was announced in a media statement on Pirates’ website. The statement was titled: “Dr. Irvin Khoza’s Wife‚ Matina Elsie Khoza Passes at 69”. It reads: “The Khoza Family is announcing the sad passing of Mme Matina Elsie Khoza‚ the wife of Dr. Irvin Khoza‚ mother of Sonono‚ the late Zodwa‚ Nkosana and Mpumi Khoza. “Mme Matina‚ who was affectionately referred...

SA’s Spur forecasts 40% fall in annual profit, hit by lockdowns

Franchise restaurant chain Spur Corporation said on Thursday it expected full-year earnings to fall by at least 40% because all of its operations in the country were shut during coronavirus-related lockdowns. Restaurant operators across South Africa were hammered during coronavirus restrictions, with Spur’s stores closed for five weeks. The country’s leading restaurant businesses, with more than 640 restaurants across South Africa,...

EXPLAINED | Can I claim compensation if I get Covid-19 at work?

With the economy being reopened and scores of people returning to work during the coronavirus surge, an imperative question is whether one can be compensated for contracting Covid-19 at the office. The department of employment & labour issued a directive in a gazette published on Thursday to clarify the position of the Compensation Fund regarding compensation claims for workplace-acquired Covid-19. “All...

KZN health department denies allegations of patients ‘starving’ at Addington hospital made by IFP

The KwaZulu-Natal department of health has denied allegations that Covid-19 patients in isolation at Addington Hospital are starving. This comes after the IFP said in a statement on Tuesday that it had been "inundated" with complaints from patients in the hospital’s Covid-19 isolation ward, claiming that they hadn't received breakfast. “I have been inundated with calls from concerned patients who informed...

TikTok is a marketer’s shiny new toy, but how do you optimize campaigns?

ikTok is a rising star in the social media category. Since its launch three years ago, the company has secured 800 million active users worldwide. That makes TikTok ninth in terms of social network sites, ahead of LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest and Snapchat. As more people start using the platform and remain engaged, it goes without saying that TikTok  is an increasingly desirable destination...

Why Netflix shares are down 10%

Today after the bell, Netflix reported its Q2 financial performance. After its second-quarter numbers were out, the popular video streaming service saw its value drop sharply, with its shares off 10% in after-hours trading as of the time of writing. What happened to the high-flying Netflix, a company that you might have expected to report growth bolstered by the...

Direct Line Group acquires London-based insurance app Brolly

Brolly, the U.K. digital insurance app, has been acquired by incumbent Direct Line Group. The terms of the acquisition aren’t being disclosed, while the transaction is expected to formally close during the third quarter of 2020. Originally founded by former Aviva underwriter and product manager Phoebe Hugh and former Skype and Microsoft engineering manager Mykhailo Loginov after the pair met...

US beat China on App Store downloads for first time since 2014, due to coronavirus impact

The U.S. App Store’s downloads have surpassed China’s downloads for the first time since 2014. According to data from Sensor Tower’s Q2 2020 report, out today, the U.S. App Store saw 27.4% year-over-year growth in the quarter, compared to the 2.1% growth for the China App Store. During the quarter, the U.S. App Store generated 2.22 billion new installs...

Bumble founder Whitney Wolfe Herd is coming to Disrupt 2020

The ongoing pandemic has drastically shaped how we maintain existing relationships but it’s also transformed how we get those relationships started, pushing more first encounters online and adding social distance into the dating process. It’s been uncharted waters for the dating app market to weather, as well. For Bumble founder Whitney Wolfe Herd, the massive shift comes months after big...

Kelly Khumalo: ‘People don’t even know my story. It’s time to tell it in my own voice’

One of the country's biggest names in entertainment, Kelly Khumalo started her career at the age of 21 and skyrocketed to success. Life With Kelly Khumalo is the newest Showmax original title, which follows Kelly as she goes about her everyday life - a mother, a daughter, a sister and a friend, giving viewers a glimpse into her life...

Instagram launches its redesigned Shop, now powered by Facebook Pay

Earlier this month, Instagram began testing new navigation in its app that gave its shopping destination a more prominent position. Today, the company is moving forward with its plans to promote Instagram as a place to shop with the launch of its new Instagram Shop, a place to shop from inside Instagram Explore, as well as the launch...

TEKASHI 6IX9INE HEADING TO COURT OVER CUSTODY OF DAUGHTER

Tekashi has a plan to reunite with his young daughter once he's got the ankle bracelet off -- whether his baby mama likes it or not. The rapper's lawyer, Lance Lazzaro, ... his client is going to be part of 4-year-old Saraiyah's life one way or another in a couple weeks when he's released from home confinement. He says...

CRV has closed its newest fund with the same amount as its previous fund; ‘We’re making a statement’

CRV, the early-stage venture firm that is this year celebrating its 50th anniversary, has just closed its newest fund with $600 million in capital commitments. The firm asserts that it garnered the pledges entirely during the pandemic, saying it kicked off its fundraising efforts in April. Just as notably, says general partner Jon Auerbach — who joined the firm’s Boston...