Christie Hefner on Playboy’s Next Online Play

Hefner:    Well, we’re actually retooling the whole site.  It’s a little bit like when you want to rebuild the kitchen, you have to sort of demolish it first.  So, we’ve been in that process and we’ll be re-launching in January.  And part of the reason is that there have been a lot of developments online that we want to capitalize on and that’s involved the necessity of building a new infrastructure.  So, the new site will have much more opportunity for social networking, much more opportunities for targeting and personalization.  It will have widgets so people can port their contents to other sites.  I think the days of kind of the walled garden approach are really in the past.  And it will just have a much more expansive opportunity for content including a lot of video content which we know from our own experience online with our consumers is a growing interest as more and more people have high speed broadband access.

Christie Hefner reveals where she is taking her company in light of new technology platforms.

Why a federal judge ordered White House to restore Jim Acosta's press badge

A federal judge ruled that the Trump administration likely violated the reporter's Fifth Amendment rights when it stripped his press credentials earlier this month.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 16: CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta (R) returns to the White House with CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist after Federal judge Timothy J. Kelly ordered the White House to reinstate his press pass November 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. CNN has filed a lawsuit against the White House after Acosta's press pass was revoked after a dispute involving a news conference last week. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Politics & Current Affairs
  • Acosta will be allowed to return to the White House on Friday.
  • The judge described the ruling as narrow, and didn't rule one way or the other on violations of the First Amendment.
  • The case is still open, and the administration may choose to appeal the ruling.
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How to split the USA into two countries: Red and Blue

Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.

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Strange Maps
  • America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
  • Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
  • Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
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Scientists just voted to change the definition of a kilogram

The definition of a kilogram will now be fixed to Planck's constant, a fundamental part of quantum physics.

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Surprising Science
  • The new definition of a kilogram is based on a physical constant in quantum physics.
  • Unlike the current definition of a kilogram, this measurement will never change.
  • Scientists also voted to update the definitions of several other measurements in physics.
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