Washington Post criticized for suspending reporter over Kobe Bryant tweets
- New York (CNN Business) - The Washington Post was criticized on Monday for placing one of its reporters on administrative leave after she generated controversy for a series of tweets posted in the wake of Kobe Bryant's death.
- Bryant was accused in 2003 of sexual assault, but the criminal charge was later dropped.
- After Sonmez's initial tweet about the allegation against Bryant drew controversy, she defended it, writing that "any public figure is worth remembering in their totality," according to screenshots included in an opinion piece for The Post by the paper's media critic —Erik Wemple.
- Sonmez later tweeted that she was receiving death threats, according to Wemple's piece, posting a screen shot of her inbox that displayed the messages she was receiving, in addition to the senders.
- Sonmez didn't respond to a request for comment Monday from CNN Business, but Wemple interviewed her for his piece.
Europe's popular challenger banks Revolut, Monzo, and Starling are in a fundraising arms race. Here's what we know about the mega-rounds.
- Sources and media reports suggest that Revolut, Starling Bank, and Monzo — all popular neo-banks — are currently raising new cash as they chase growth and global expansion.
- Final details are as yet unclear but it's thought to comprise a $500 million equity raise from Silicon Valley fund TCV, as originally reported by Sky News, and $1 billion in debt which is being led by JPMorgan.
- The meeting was thought to have taken place eight months ago, and Monzo has since met with a number of other investors to try and raise up to $130 million more at a valuation of $2.6 billion.
- Finally, two London-based sources indicated that Starling Bank, which has repeatedly shunned VC investment, is in talks with its backer Merian Chrysalis, for a new round of funding.
Some celebrities used their Grammys outfits to make political statements about everything from Iran to Trump
- Some celebrities used their red-carpet outfits at the 2020 Grammys on Sunday to make a political statement, commenting on everything from President Donald Trump's impeachment hearings to relations between the US and Iran.
- At the 2019 Grammys, Villa wore a dress with a pattern that looked like a brick wall, which was also designed by Allinger.
- Another 2020 Grammys red-carpet attendee, musician Ricky Rebel, arrived wearing an outfit that, similar to Villa's, expressed a pro-Trump message.
- Another 2020 Grammys red-carpet attendee, actress and Arab Fashion Council Ambassador Megan Pormer arrived wearing a dress that offered her opinions on the United States' relations with Iran.
- The actress did not immediately share the designer of the gown, but Insider has reached out to representatives of Pormer for comment.
- Representatives for Ricky Rebel, Andre Soriano, Elena Nazaroff, and Megan Pormer did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
Sarcastic comments boost creativity, a study finds (2015)
- In one laboratory study, participants read scenarios in which, for instance, (1) one person did something that could be viewed negatively, such as smoking, and (2) a second person commented on the behavior to the first person, either literally (“I see you don’t have a healthy concern for your lungs”) or sarcastically (“I see you have a healthy concern for your lungs”).
- Participants who received the voice messages accurately gleaned the sarcasm (or lack thereof) 73 percent of the time, but those who received the statements via e-mail did so only 56 percent of the time, hardly better than chance.
- This creativity effect only emerged when recipients picked up on the sarcasm behind the expresser’s message rather than taking mean comments at face value.
- To either create or understand sarcasm, tone must overcome the contradiction between the literal and actual meanings of the sarcastic expressions.
Why Lobste.rs Is Better Than Hacker News
- But the Lobste.rs team go one step further – they maintain a user tree that publicly shows who invited who.
- So if you give an invite to someone you don’t know and they start posting spammy or poor quality content, it not only looks back on them, it looks back on you too.
- Because the community is invite only, people tend to know what they’re talking about.
- On Lobste.rs you’re required to assign a tag to any post you submit, and you can only choose from a specific collection of tags.
- So once you have logged into your account, your feed only contains posts within the tags you’re interested in.
- I’ve left what I think is the best reason why Lobste.rs is better than Hacker News until last – downvoting requires an explanation.
- I’ve personally had stuff downvoted on Lobste.rs, but when doing so, people have to provide feedback.