• Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:15:53 +0000: Will the sharing economy eventually turn us all into contractors? - Mashable

    The last few years have brought an explosion of startups, like Uber and TaskRabbit, that effectively act as middlemen. These companies don't actually employ the workers who ferry passengers around town or assemble strangers’ Ikea furniture. Their online platforms merely connect people who want to provide these services with people who want to pay for them. As a result, the Ubers and TaskRabbits of the world don’t have to provide most of the benefits we normally associate with full-time employment, like health insurance and a living wage, or even stable work.

    Pretty much the only consolation is that the Uber model only really affects small-time operators who can be easily paired with individual customers — the cab driver or the handyman. There’s no Uber for people who toil away in larger companies, which is after all where most of us work. Read more...

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  • Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:13:59 +0000: Vloggers told to label paid-for videos before people click on them - Mashable

    LONDON — Vloggers who make promotional videos without clearly identifying that they've been paid for have been warned by the Advertising Standards Agency that they must make it clearer to the viewer

    The warning comes after a BBC Newsround investigation into videos posted to YouTube by a number of UK bloggers in June who were paid by Mondelez UK to say good things about one of its brands, Oreo biscuits. A BBC journalist made a complaint to the UK ad standards body, which upheld it.

    In the adjudication, published Wednesday about the five videos on YouTube, the ASA says the uploads breached the Committee of Advertising Practice code — the set of rules for advertisers in the UK. It says that the ads concerned must not appear in their current form. Read more...

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  • Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:12:40 +0000: 27 songs fit for a Thanksgiving feast - Mashable

    Thanksgiving dinner is a glorious all-day event, and it deserves to be celebrated accordingly.

    And while catching up with family is great, sometimes it's nice to have some background music to fill the awkward pauses between your grandparents asking you about your love life.

    That's why we whipped up this playlist full of songs to cover the cooking, indulging and comatose phases of Thanksgiving dinner. So throw on our playlist, dig in and prepare to undo your belt buckle

    Have something to add to our playlist? Share with us in the comments, below, or on Spotify, and we'll add it. Read more...

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  • Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:03:25 +0000: 12 podcasts that will tell you a fantastic story - Mashable

    It's official — the popular podcast Serial has surpassed 5 million downloads, making it the fastest podcast of all time to reach this milestone.

    This tells us that people really like murder mysteries, but also confirms something else we've known for a long time — listeners want to hear a good story. Unsolved murders are compelling, yes, but Serial is compelling because it puts the listener as close as one can possibly get to an event that happened in 1999.

    Serial isn't the first podcast to figure out this equation — it's an offshoot of This American Life, the producers of which have been telling good stories since 1995 — and it isn't the only one doing it now, either. Learn more about Serial and eleven other great storytelling podcasts in the list below. Read more...

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  • Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:00:41 +0000: Hot games for the holiday season: A gamers' gift guide - Mashable

    Are you in the search for the perfect gift for your the gamer in your life?

    This holiday season is practically sensory-overload for video game fans, as publishers crank out the big titles just in time for the shopping season. To cut through some of the confusion, we've compiled a handy guide of some of the best bets of the year.

    These titles will fit a range of people, from younger players to more seasoned veterans, covering light party games to affairs that might take a hundred hours to fully finish. We're sure you'll find something here for the gamer on your nice list Read more...

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