Critics want Twitter to halt its trending lists. Instead, Twitter will make tweaks.

Emilee Geist

Twitter said Tuesday that it plans to make small changes to its trending topics feature to improve the quality of information users see, a decision that sidesteps growing calls for it to remove the lists altogether for fueling hoaxes and conspiracy theories.

To start, Twitter said in a blog post, it will provide more context for trending topics by selecting a “representative tweet” for some trends. A combination of computer algorithms and a human curation team will choose the tweet, according to the company.

“To be clear, we know there is more work to do to improve trends and the context updates we’re announcing today are just a small step in the right direction,” Twitter said in the post from Liz Lee, a product trust partner, and Frank Oppong, a product manager.

For years, the lists of what’s trending on Twitter have regularly caused headaches. There was the time

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Celebrate the virtual event with these magical must-haves

Emilee Geist

Avid fans can still participate in the annual festivities with a free virtual event: iStock/The Independent
Avid fans can still participate in the annual festivities with a free virtual event: iStock/The Independent

In the UK, the start of September marks a return to the school gates for a new year in the classrooms.

For Harry Potter fans, children and adults alike, September 1 also welcomes another tradition. Usually, fans gather at Kings’s Cross Station, London, to celebrate the famous departure on the Hogwarts Express form the Platform 9 ¾, waving their hands at 11am, the time the fictional train set off with Harry on his first trip to wizarding school, Hogwarts.

However, as the coronavirus pandemic is far from over, this year’s celebrations are taking place virtually with a free event hosted by Wizarding World.

A live stream will be hosted as part of the online festivities, and fans will get to see actors from the movies take part, including James and Oliver Phelps, aka the

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Is It Possible To Be Anti-Capitalist And Love Fashion? It’s Complicated.

Emilee Geist

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Meet Nike (M), the Fitness Brand’s First-Ever Maternity Apparel Line

Emilee Geist

It’s a big day for the Swoosh. Today, Nike announced the launch of its first-ever maternity athletic apparel line: Nike (M).

According to the fitness brand, this much-needed (like, seriously, it’s about time) project was three years in the making. The moms and moms-to-be of the Nike design team spent over a year perfecting the fit foundation for the line. With the help of 30 athletes who were either pregnant or post-partum (as well as 150,000 body scans of women from around the world), Nike tested 70 materials till they found the nine palettes and four styles worthy of making the cut. Their goal? To create something that could be there for all stages of a woman’s athletic life, including motherhood.

“Our inspiration for this collection was fueled by what we heard from women of all body shapes, across sports, throughout the different stages of their lives, as well as

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Gloomy Near-Term Outlook for Internet Delivery Services

Emilee Geist

The Zacks Internet – Delivery Services industry primarily comprises companies that offer services via Internet-based platforms. These include food delivery, online travel booking, direct marketing and media services, plus web hosting among others.

Being growth-stage companies, industry participants are spending more on R&D and sales & marketing, thereby making it difficult to generate profits in the near term.

Let’s take a look at the industry’s four major themes:

  • Internet is ubiquitous and the increasing usage of smartphones is changing the delivery landscape.  The companies in this industry are benefiting from the growing number of Internet users, coupled with improvement in Internet penetration and the rapid adoption of 4G Volte technology. The emergence of 5G technology, which promises faster speed and deliverability, bodes well for this industry.
     
  • Shift in consumer preferences, driven by convenience and easy accessibility, is anticipated to aid the industry. Notably, the robust transition from offline to online
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The Diamondback Haanjo 8C Carbon Gravel Bike Is More Versatile Than Most

Emilee Geist

Photo credit: Bobby Lea
Photo credit: Bobby Lea

From Bicycling

The Takeaway: The lightweight Haanjo 8C Carbon gravel bike is more versatile than most, at home on both smooth pavement and rugged backcountry adventures.

  • The carbon frame and fork make for a lightweight, smooth-riding gravel bike.

  • It has a Shimano GRX drivetrain, the company’s dedicated gravel groupset.

  • There are eyelet mounts for front and rear racks and fenders, plus a third bottle mount under the down tube.

Price: $4,400
Weight: 20.6 lb. (59cm)

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The Haanjo 8C Carbon is the high-brow version of the $1,100 aluminum Haanjo 3 that earned a Bicycling Editors’ Choice award in 2019. This lightweight, carbon gravel bike is efficient on pavement and cinder paths, tough enough for daily commuting, and capable of overnight bikepacking adventures. At a time when bikes are becoming increasingly specialized, the Haanjo stands out as one that’s equally well-suited to both on-

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For Fashion To Be Truly Inclusive, There Needs To Be Plus-Size Education

Emilee Geist

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As plus-size fashion continues to grow exponentially — the market is estimated to be worth $24 billion by the end of 2020 — the demand for clothing above a size 16 is

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10 products to help your child make the adjustment to virtual learning

Emilee Geist

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In the understatement of the year, school is going to look very different this fall. Your kitchen isn’t just your kitchen, it’s your child’s art studio. The living room now doubles as a geometry classroom and a gymnasium. In anticipation of P.E., my son has already constructed an obstacle course in our living room. I have to give him some credit, he’s built something pretty physically and logistically challenging in the matter of 300 square feet.

As parents, we are learning a lot from this pandemic, especially when it comes to teaching our kids. With school and home merging into one residential think tank,

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China’s sovereign digital currency plans must be globally compatible to internationalise the yuan, analysts say

Emilee Geist

China is set to expand the testing of its new sovereign digital currency later this year or in early 2021, but analysts say the design of its technological platform needs to be made compatible with those of other countries if the digital yuan is to play a role in international transactions.

US dollar payment system.” data-reactid=”13″China’s sovereign digital currency testing plan comes amid a sense of urgency to promote greater use of the yuan as the threat of United States sanctions has sparked fears that Chinese financial institutions, in an extreme case, could be cut off from access to the US dollar payment system.

“Under the threat of US sanctions, the near-term goal is to minimise disruptions to China’s trade and investment activities, [by promoting the use of the yuan beyond its borders],” said Jing Sima, a China strategist at BCA Research.

However, the People’s Bank of China

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TikTok’s new commerce integration lets creators start milkin’ content for cash

Emilee Geist

TikTok's new commerce integration lets creators start milkin' content for cash
TikTok’s new commerce integration lets creators start milkin’ content for cash

TikTok is making it easier for creators to turn looped video streams into pure American profit.

The embattled social media company announced Monday that it had entered into a new partnership with the customized online merch platform Teespring. The integration will allow creators to include links to their Teespring products directly in their videos.

TikTokkers with hearty followings already frequently link to personal merchandise stores in their bios. Selling merch like clothing, as well as digital tutorials or templates, is a popular way for independent creators to earn cash from the people who consume their content for free. The new Teespring integration builds on what creators are already doing themselves with an official and more streamlined tool.

“Creators are the heart and soul of TikTok and we are constantly looking for ways to bring more value and opportunities for

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