Netflix snags former Disney exec Christie Fleischer to lead its consumer products team

Netflix is doubling down on its merchandising efforts with its hiring of former Disney exec Christie Fleischer to head its global Consumer Products team. Previously the head of merchandise for parks, experiences and consumer products at Disney, Fleischer will now lead a team at Netflix focused on overseeing retail and licensee partnerships, publishing, interactive games, merchandising and experiential events, the company says. This role will include developing consumer products across all categories for Netflix original series and films. Merchandise is an area Netflix has dabbled in before – like those “Stranger Things” tees at Target and other items at Hot…

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7 Real People Who Singlehandedly Screwed Entire Economies

The stock market is even more powerful than you realize. Which is saying something, right? Much like Han Solo is pretty sure he can imagine infinite money, you believe you know the world’s combined wealth is mighty. But did you know a lot of Traditional Upstanding Stock Market Business is simply rich people gambling? And did you know individual rich people, regular people, and even children have steered the entire world economy into a ditch more times than your history teacher can count? On this week’s episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by Gaby Dunn for an…

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What the hell is the deal with Tether?

It was a simple concept: a cryptocurrency whose units were always and constantly worth exactly one dollar, because they were backed by dollars held in a bank. Voila: dollars with the powers of crypto, such as the ability to quickly and permissionlessly transfer an arbitrary amount … and, er, a certain lack of pesky regulations. Now there are $2.7 billion worth of Tether in circulation, and they are anything but simple. (Euro Tether also exist but they’re a rounding error.) Who created Tether? The same people behind the exchange BitFinex, with whom Tether shares a CEO, a CFO, and (until…

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Watching floral foam get crushed will make your brain feel all fuzzy and relaxed

I think you're ready for this gelly (mask).Image: mashable composite: vicky leta and bob al-greene This is You Won’t Regret It, a weekly column featuring recommendations, tips, and unsolicited advice from the Mashable culture team. I don’t know about you, but my eyes are exhausted. I spend my days scanning hundreds of headlines, furiously scrolling through social feeds, and reading a significant amount of distressing news. My retinas move from phone to computer to television screen to books with very little rest in between, and they’re strained as hell. SEE ALSO: Trick your brain into falling asleep faster with this…

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Graphic novel nominated for Man Booker

The eligibility rules were changed in 2013 to allow international authors to be nominated, as long as their book was written in English and published in the UK. The longlist for the £50,000 prize will be whittled down to six in September before the final winner is announced on Tuesday 16 October. Image copyright Sophie Davidson / Serpent’s Tail / Jonny Davies Image caption L-R: Sophie Mackintosh, Esi Edugyan and Sally Rooney Snap by Belinda Bauer (UK) Milkman by Anna Burns (UK) Sabrina by Nick Drnaso (USA) Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (Canada) In Our Mad And Furious City by…

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Standardized tests don’t tell the whole story. This author’s viral tweet proves it.

What happens when you have a childhood dream to be a writer, but your test scores tell you it’s not in the cards? For Alexandra Penfold, she became a writer anyway — and a successful one at that. Penfold is a literary agent and the author of children’s books like “All Are Welcome” and “We Are Brothers, We Are Friends.” In a viral tweet, Penfold shared an image of a self-evaluation she wrote in fourth grade. In scrawling cursive penmanship, it reads: “Writing. I love to write and I hope to become an athor [sic] someday.” Below that image, she…

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World Cup final: France crowned world champion after 4-2 win over Croatia

(CNN)There was to be no final, dramatic twist in a World Cup which has been full of joyous surprises and jaw-dropping late drama. This was the highest-scoring final since 1966 and an entertaining climax a wonderful tournament deserved. In 90 high-octane minutes there was a controversial VAR decision, an own goal, record-breaking feats, a pitch invasion and an underdog pushing a heavyweight to its limit.

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Colorado’s next governor could be a gay man. It’s a big deal.

The name Jared Polis may not ring a bell. But by November 2018 it should. As a gubernatorial candidate, the businessman and politician is championing a boldly blue platform in the traditionally purple state of Colorado. And he just took a big step toward the history books. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images. On June 26, the 43-year-old father of two — who’s focused his campaign on issues like Medicare for all and universal public preschool — defeated his Democratic primary challengers and is headed to the general election with the wind at his back. If he succeeds in November, Polis…

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Influencer Fast Track by Gundi Gabrielle

Book Summary: Gundi Gabrielle is the bestselling author of beginner internet marketing guides in the SassyZenGirl series offers a new, no-nonsense advice for coaches, consultants, professionals, and entrepreneurs to go from unknown players to well-known and respected influencers in very little time. Her 2018 guide Influencer Fast Track-From Zero to Influencer in the Next 6 Months offers readers a blueprint for establishing themselves in their niche, making their name known, and becoming a trusted authority in their field. Find on Amazon – https://amzn.to/2tKxQil San Francisco Book Review – 5 stars Author of the bestselling beginner internet marketing SassyZenGirl books series,…

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