Some pretty convincing photos of Samsung’s big upcoming smartphone have leaked

  • Two new photos posted to Slashleaks supposedly show the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 coming later this year.
  • If the photos are accurate, the Galaxy Note 9 is going to look pretty similar to the Galaxy Note 8.
  • This isn’t a bad thing — the Galaxy Note 8 is a very nice-looking smartphone.

Looks like Samsung’s new and upcoming Galaxy Note 9 will look like a modern Galaxy Note device. 

That’s to say there isn’t much to report on the Galaxy Note 9’s design if two photos that were leaked on Slashleaks and supposedly show the Galaxy Note 9 are accurate. 

If they are accurate, the Galaxy Note 9 is set up to look pretty similar to the Galaxy Note 8, which isn’t a bad thing by any means. The Galaxy Note 8 is a very nice smartphone. 


The photos also suggest that Samsung gave the Galaxy Note 9 the same fingerprint sensor redesign underneath the camera as the Galaxy S9. If it’s anything like the Galaxy S9’s fingerprint sensor, it’ll be much easier to reach and feel for compared to the fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy Note 8. 

It’s also worth pointing out the “Do not leak” sticker on the back of the phone for comic effect.

You can also check out the front of the supposedly leaked Galaxy Note 9 on Slashleaks. Of course, take any and all alleged leaks with a grain of salt, but the Galaxy Note 9 will be revealed soon, for what it’s worth.

Samsung sent out press invitations for an August 9 “Unpacked” event in New York, where’s it’s expected to announce the Galaxy Note 9. The invitation hints to vibrantly colored S Pens that come with the new Galaxy Note devices, and some rumors claim the Galaxy Note 9 itself will come in a variety of similarly vibrant colors. 

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The ‘Mamma Mia!’ sequel is better than the original — despite Meryl Streep’s absence

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Warning: Minor spoilers ahead for “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.” 

Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again,” the sequel to “Mamma Mia!,” is finally coming out 10 years after the first. 

Almost all of the original cast returns for the sequel, but the movie is also a prequel of sorts, following a young Donna as she ends up on Kalokairi and meets all three of Sophie’s potential dads. In the present day, Sophie is working to reopen her mother’s hotel, finds out she’s pregnant, and meets her estranged grandmother, played by none other than Cher. 

It’s a heartwarming and worthy follow-up to the original movie. 

Why you should care: It’s a sequel that’s better than the first movie.

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As many fans guessed with the first trailer, Donna (Meryl Streep) is dead. But even though her absence is felt, it doesn’t make the movie any less fun. 

The flashbacks to young Donna, played by Lilly James, are interwoven throughout the movie at the right moments to add more color and context. The parallels to the first movie are fun to spot, but the new story is more fun and silly. 

There are also incredibly quotable lines coming from Tanya (Christine Baranski) and Rosie (Julie Walters), who show up to support Sophie in the reopening of her mother’s hotel.

And if fans were worried, Streep is still in the movie in a small capacity.

What’s hot: The new and returning cast are full of wonder. 

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Almost all of the cast returns in the sequel and their characters are just as silly and fun. Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper are lovely as Sophie and Sky, Streep’s small turn as Donna is emotional, and Baranski and Walters are perfect as Tanya and Rosie. Then the dads — Sam (Pierce Brosnan), Bill (Stellan Skarsgard), and Harry (Colin Firth) — are just as endearing.

But with the flashbacks, new actors are introduced to play young versions of our favorite characters. Jeremy Irvine is a young Sam, Hugh Skinner is a young Harry, and Josh Dylan is a young Bill, who all woo the heart of a young Donna. Her two friends are played by Alexa Davies as young Rosie and Jessica Kennan Wynn as young Tanya. Wynn’s impersonation of Baranski is spot-on and her exact mannerisms are impressive. 

Then of course there’s Andy Garcia as new character Fernando Cienfuegos and Cher, who is wonderful as Sophie’s estranged grandmother. 

But the standout is James. Her enthusiasm and joy for life as young Donna is projected beautifully in all of her scenes. It’s easy to see how her carefree life led her to Greece and the events that would change her life. 

What’s not: The timeline is a little off. 

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The best thing about the movie is that it leans into the wild and corny moments, so my only critique, as someone who isn’t taking this movie too seriously, is that the timeline doesn’t exactly make sense. 

The events in Donna’s diary from the first movie don’t line up with the flashbacks. In the sequel, she meets Harry in Paris and the two hook up there before she heads to Greece where she later meets Bill and Sam. It’s unclear how many weeks or days pass, and it’s a little out of wack. 

But really, none of that matters. 

The bottom line: It’s the perfect movie to escape to. 

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The “Mamma Mia” movies are not Oscar-worthy films that are going to transform your life. But that’s not why you watch them. 

“Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again” is an utter delight. Between the glorious soundtrack that made me dance in my seat to the corny moments that made me laugh, I couldn’t stop smiling the whole time. It’s fairly predictable but a pure joy to sit through. And the end may even make you tear up — it sure made me sniffle. 

Grade: A-

“Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again” arrives in theaters on Friday, July 20. Watch the full trailer below:

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Walmart is reportedly working on its own streaming service to challenge Netflix and Amazon, and it might cost less than $8 a month (WMT)

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  • According to The Information, Walmart is considering a streaming service of its own, which could cost less than $8 per month.
  • An $8-a-month subscription plan would be lower than the current price of Netflix and Amazon.
  • It could be a sign that the retail giant wants to take on the popular streaming services.

Walmart might be taking on some of the biggest names in video streaming with a service of its own — and its price might be lower than Netflix or Amazon. 

According to The Information, Walmart is considering jumping into the streaming world. In addition to the paid subscription, which sources claim will be less than $8 per month, the company is also reportedly considering a free version of the streaming service that would include ads. 

It’s possible Walmart could roll out this streaming service through its Vudu subsidiary, which the company purchased in 2010. Vudu lets you stream full-length movies, and is available on most set-top devices and game consoles, including Roku devices, the Apple TV, smartphones, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the iPad.

Walmart hasn’t officially commented on the matter.

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OpenTable CEO: #metoo isn’t a woman’s issue, it’s a leadership issue

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  • A moment of public anger a year ago made OpenTable CEO Christa Quarles take a very public stance on women in tech.
  • She later vowed to bring her company to 50% parity of female employees and to really work in the lagging diversity in the engineering team.
  • She says the company is now hiring one woman engineer for every male engineer it hires and is still taking issue with any company that says it can’t do the same.

A year ago on a stage in Aspen, Colorado, the CEO of OpenTable Christa Quarles lost her temper in front of several hundred people in the room and thousand more online and shouted out ‘Bullsh$t.”

On Tuesday she stood back up on the same stage, still angry, and told attendees of the same conference, Fortune Brainstorm Tech, that they needed to step it up. And she offered OpenTable’s own progress in hiring women as an example. 

A year ago, she was reacting to an audience member during a discussion on sexual harassment in the tech industry. He had said that one of the problems of women in tech is the lack of women who support each other. He was reiterating an old trope of the cat fight, the idea that women inherently can’t/don’t get along.

Quarles made news with the passion of her response, posted on YouTube.

A few months later, she publicly declared in a post on Medium what she was going to do at her own company. Of OpenTable’s 600 employees, 42 percent of its workforce were women as was 37 percent of its executive team. That’s better than average for a tech company but not perfect 50% parity, which, in that post she vowed to do.

However, it was the engineering team that really worried her. Women engineers are vastly under represented in tech everywhere. And this has resulted in a “bro culture” at tech companies that has been written about ad nauseam

OpenTable was no exception. On stage she said OpenTable’s engineering department was about 14% of women in the first quarter of last year. Since then, half the new engineers hired at the company were women.

Quarles again called BS on the idea that hiring female engineers is a “pipeline” issue. This is again a trope, that companies would have to “lower their standards” to hire women. 

The bigger point she was making is one that is also well documented. Companies who hire more women make more money. She quoted a McKinsey report that found if women were paid equally, this would add $12 trillion to global GDP. 

She pointed out, that it’s not just about making women richer, “men would be richer too if women reached parity.”

And so her challenge was a leadership one. She calls on every company to report on diversity hiring numbers alongside reporting on revenue, expenses and other business metrics. By focusing on that stat, she made the case, the whole world should get richer. 

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A former Facebook executive explains why she’s all done investing piles of cash, and giving startups something more valuable — social influence (FB)

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  • Venture capitalist SC Moatti is all done giving startups piles of cash.
  • Her firm Mighty Capital raised a modest $13 million for its debut fund.
  • Moatti says she has something more valuable than money to give. Her organization Products That Count has access to the world’s largest network of product managers, who serve a critical role at any growth-stage company.
  • Mighty Capital portfolio companies can instantly tap into the Products That Count community when they want to hire product managers, sell to product managers, or get advice from insiders on building their companies at scale.


More and more venture firms, from Palo Alto to Tokyo, are pouring billions of dollars into mammoth, global growth funds — called “mega-funds” — that have so far invested in startups building the future of work, cars, computing, even dog-walking.

In fact, Silicon Valley has never been so flush with cash.

The first half of 2018 saw nearly $58 billion invested into venture-backed startups in the US, which is more than VCs deployed for the full year over six of the past 10 years, according to the National Venture Capital Association. An estimated 300 new funds will close in 2018, which only adds to the growing opportunities for founders to raise.

It would seem less than noteworthy that a former Facebook executive and venture capitalist, SC Moatti, has just raised a modest $13 million for her debut fund. But Moatti is running a different playbook than most VCs. 

Moatti’s Mighty Capital, based in San Francisco, focuses almost exclusively on product-driven companies and writes checks for between $500,000 and $1 million on average. The sums are small compared to the massive checks that fat funds like SoftBank’s $100 billion Vision Fund or Sequoia Capital’s rumored behemoth fund can write. 

According to Moatti, she has no interest in giving startups piles of cash. Anyone can do that, she says, and Moatti believes she has something more valuable than money to offer.

To be more specific: Mighty Capital gives access to the world’s largest network of product managers.

Moatti sold her last company to Facebook, and eventually went on to launch Mighty Capital simultaneously with Products That Count, an organization that puts on monthly networking events and produces a blog, a podcast, newsletters, and more geared for the 200,000 product managers, executives, and founders who constitute the club.

The two groups work as a team. Mighty Capital invests in product-driven startups in and out of the network, and its portfolio companies can instantly tap into the Products That Count community when they want to hire product managers, sell to product managers, or get advice from insiders on building their companies at scale.

“Most venture capital firms offer money and a network. Well, if you’ve been in the Bay Area for long enough, we all have a little bit of money and a network,” Moatti said.

“The fact that we give access to basically hundreds of thousands of potential hires, or hundreds of thousands of potential customers, that’s really differentiated,” she said.

Mighty Capital tries to deliver more value for the dollar

Mighty Capital makes mostly growth-stage investments, because Moatti said that’s when the firm can add the most value for companies. The job of a product manager is to match a customer’s problem with a solution in the form of a product. This is known as product-market fit, and it’s an essential goal of growth-stage companies.

Entrepreneurs have different ways of interacting with Products That Count.

In the early days of a company, entrepreneurs might go to the group’s events, read the official blog, or tune into the podcast. As the company scales, they might ask to sponsor a Products That Count event in order to “give their brands some visibility,” Moatti said.

“Then once they got even bigger — say, Series B or Series C — then they say, ‘Now I’m on the hook to have a national sales team, to recruit in multiple locations, to reach the very last customers,'” Moatti said. “‘That’s when I want Mighty Capital to invest, because I’m going to get a strategic access to Products That Count.'”

Moatti has introduced members of the organization to future investors, hires, and customers. Portfolio companies have her high-profile connections at their fingertips, while other Products That Count members rely more on local networking events.


A new way of doing VC

Before launching a fund, Moatti invested her and her partners’ money into such tech juggernauts as Airbnb and cloud-computing company DigitalOcean. She says Mighty Capital has a track record of returning more than six times the money invested. 

Investors clammored to get into Moatti’s first raise for the fund, she says. It was 30% oversubscribed, and the fund raised $13 million in only seven months — well short of the typical two years she’s heard from bankers that it usually takes to raise a fund, said Moatti.

There’s so much venture capital being raised in Silicon Valley, the most promising companies and their teams have their pick of investors. It’s no longer enough for a VC to be rich in order to convince a startup to sell you equity. 

“I come from technology where you can pretty much tell, like, ‘My product is unique because it has this specific feature — import, export, whatever — that makes it easy.’ Money is money. It’s nothing specific. It’s really hard to say, You should take my money because it’s more green that somebody else’s,'” Moatti told Business Insider.

Some venture firms specialize in order to attract a certain type of company. Investors might choose to focus on a venture stage, a geography, or an industry.

“That’s not how you stand out,” Moatti said. “You stand out by the value you bring, not by saying, ‘I do this and not that.’ You stand out by saying, ‘You should take my money because it really has a different color, because we give you access to Products That Count.'”

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What 49 A-list celebrities looked like when they first started acting

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From Pepsi and Bubble Yum commercials to failed sitcoms and small guest roles, A-list celebrities were once struggling trying to make it in the business, just like everyone else in Hollywood.

Samuel L. Jackson didn’t jump right into award-winning movies. He was trained and started on stage. Kerry Washington was popping up in educational videos before dominating on “Scandal,” and Nicole Kidman starred in a number of small Australian films before making it in Hollywood. 

We took a look back at 49 A-list celebrities before they were the recognizable names we know today.

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Nicole Kidman’s career started with a series of small Australian films.

She made her acting debut in two different movies in 1983: “Bush Christmas” and “BMX Bandits.” The actress won an Oscar in 2003 for “The Hours” and has recently scored numerous awards for her role on “Big Little Lies.”

Tom Hanks made his film debut in the low-budget horror film “He Knows You’re Alone.”

But before he landed his first movie, Hanks’s acting career started on the stage. He also co-starred in the cross-dressing comedy, “Bosom Brothers,” for two seasons. Hanks’s first leading role was in “Splash” a few years later, and he is now a two-time Oscar winner. 

Before Jennifer Lawrence became an Academy Award-winning actress and franchise star, she started out modeling and acting in small commercials.

She earned her Screen Actors Guild card when she was 14 thanks to a promotional video for MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16.” She dropped out of school to pursue her dreams. That same year, she also appeared in a Burger King commercial as a potential girlfriend to the Whopper Jr.

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The CW’s ‘Batwoman’ TV series would star the first openly gay superhero to headline a show or movie


  • The CW is developing a “Batwoman” TV series.
  • The show would star the first openly gay superhero to headline a live-action show or movie.
  • If picked up to series, the show would premiere in 2019. 
  • Batwoman will make her debut later this year in a CW “Arrowverse” crossover event.


The CW is developing a “Batwoman” TV series, which would star the first openly gay superhero to headline a live-action show or movie. 

If picked up to series, the show would premiere in 2019 after Batwoman makes her planned debut later this year in The CW’s “Arrowverse,” according to Variety. The “Arrowverse” consists of other superhero shows like “Arrow,” “The Flash,” and “Supergirl.” The next crossover event between the shows premieres in December. 

In the DC comics, Batwoman is a lesbian character named Kate Kane with a shady past, and judging by the description provided by Variety, the show won’t stray from that:

In the series, Kate Kane, armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.”

It’s not the first time a gay character has appeared in a CW superhero series: an animated series on CW Seed starred a gay superhero, The Ray, who also appeared in the live-action “Arrowverse” event “Crisis on Earth-X.” But it’s the first time an openly gay superhero would get top billing in a live-action show or movie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a casting notice for the role will soon go out.

There’s no shortage of superhero content on both the small and big screens, but diversity is lacking in them. The genre has made strides with “Wonder Woman,” “Black Panther,” and “Luke Cage” in recent years, but there’s been little to no gay representation. The CW hopes to change that. 

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The creator of Pokémon Go bought an LA-based gaming studio as its acquisition spree continues

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  • Pokémon Go creator Niantic has acquired Seismic Games, an LA-based game studio — a deal that will bring Niantic’s headcount over 300.
  • Seismic Games is best known as the developer of “Marvel Strike Force,” a smartphone game that’s reportedly generated $25 million in revenue in its first four months on the market. 
  • Niantic says that Seismic Games will finish up its existing commitments before going to work on new augmented reality experiences.

Niantic, the creator of Pokémon Go, has made its third acquisition of the year — its fourth since November — as it announces the purchase of Los Angeles-based gaming studio Seismic Games. 

Seismic Games is best known as the developer of “Marvel Strike Force,” a free-to-play smartphone game that lets players assemble teams from across the Marvel comic book universe. Just this week, it was reported that the game brought in $25 million in its first four months on the market. Seismic also developed “Blade Runner: Revelations,” a virtual reality game for Google’s Daydream headsets. 

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

The acquisition brings some established game development talent to Niantic, which was spun out from Google in 2015, and will bring its headcount to over 300 people, a spokesperson says. The founders of Seismic Games are known as former leaders on the classic first-person shooter “Star Wars: Battlefront,” released in 2004, among other games. 

Pokemon GoBeyond continuing to improve Pokémon Go, Niantic is working on “Ingress 2,” a sequel to its first-ever location-based game, as well as the hotly-anticipated “Harry Potter: Wizards Unite,” both expected to launch later this year. Niantic sees itself as a leader in augmented reality, the tech for overlaying digital information over the real world. 

Notably, Niantic says in a blog entry announcing the acquisition that Seismic will “continue to see through its existing slate of titles in development as it transitions into building all new AR experiences.” This language hints that, once it’s through its existing commitments, Seismic could get to work on all-new games, beyond the ones we know about.

Going forward, Niantic recently announced its intentions to be seen as more as a game studio, as it gave us a look at the Niantic Real World Platform — software to help developers build their own augmented reality apps, described by the company as “an operating system that bridges the digital and the physical worlds.”

Indeed, Niantic’s previous acquisitions, including Escher Reality and Matrix Mill, were smaller companies with cutting-edge AR technology, designed to bolster the Real World Platform. In its blog entry, Niantic says that bringing Seismic on is a “significant accelerant” that will help it achieve its vision “faster, and better.”

Otherwise, Niantic has something else to celebrate. Over the weekend, the company held the second-annual Pokémon Go Fest in Chicago.

While the inaugural event in 2017 was a fiasco, as WiFi and cell service failures meant players couldn’t even log in, this year’s fest seems to have gone much better. Over 21,000 players gathered in the city and got the chance to capture the ultra-rare monster Celebi. 


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Here are the top 10 fastest-growing apps of the year so far (SQ)

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Every six months or so, startup Zapier — rhymes with “happier” — releases a report on the fastest-growing apps of the year.

And Zapier should know: It’s best known as a tool for connecting one piece of workplace software to another, automatically. For instance, to use a Zapier example, you could have every single e-mail attachment from Gmail copied into your Dropbox, and then alert you in Slack that you have a new file to review.

Nowadays, Zapier offers connections for some 1,000 apps, which are used by its over 2 million registered users. By looking at how people are actually using those connections, Zapier can get a pretty good sense of which apps are booming before anyone else. For instance, Zapier’s January report saw an uptick for spreadsheet app Airtable; by March, it had raised a new $52 million round of funding.

There are two sort-of funny things about this new report, which encompasses the first half of 2018. 

First, there’s definitely a demand for chatbots after all. The conventional Silicon Wisdom these days is that chatbots were overhyped but ultimately undercooked, as users found them to be less useful as a more traditional mobile app or website.

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Still, Zapier’s report finds that Landbot, a startup that helps companies make chatbots, is the seventh fastest-growing app. Zapier CEO Wade Foster says that it’s because companies are starting to figure out that they don’t necessarily replace a website, but they can make it easier for customers to navigate one. 

“You’re starting to see some folks emerge and find some winning patterns,” says Foster.

Second, here’s a spoiler alert for the rest of the list: The number-one fastest-growing app, per Zapier’s data, is Discord — a voice and text chat app that’s mega-popular among gamers with over 87 million users. It’s an unusual inclusion for Zapier, which sees the lion’s share of its usage in the workplace.

Foster notes that chat apps are only getting more popular, and younger companies especially are likely to take the ones they’re already familiar with. That, in turn, could help explain why Discord is seeing a big upwards swing on Zapier, and that could explain the future of the app. 

“Chat is just a massive, massive market,” says Foster. “I think more and more folks are finding out what works and doesn’t work with chat.” 

The other reason could have more to do with Zapier itself, says Foster. As it gets bigger, it’s finding success beyond its bread-and-butter enterprise users. Beyond just Discord, the popular Apple iPhone and Mac to-do list tool Things 3 also won a place on the chart, indicating that it’s not just enterprises looking for a service like that of Zapier. 

Here are the top 10 fastest-growing apps of 2018, according to Zapier:

10. Ghost

Ghost is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) for bloggers and publishers with an emphasis on design. 


9. ClickUp

ClickUp is a project management tool that combines to-do lists with spreadsheets and other kinds of documents, to help you organize any kind of task. 

8. Landbot

Landbot lets users make their own simple chatbots without any coding. Zapier CEO Wade Foster says that he sees Landbot as an emerging player in helping companies find new ways for their customers to navigate their websites. 

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‘Rugrats’ is coming back in 2020 — and people have literally no idea how to feel about it

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  • In case you missed it, “Rugrats” is coming back.
  • The ’90s cartoon TV show about a group of rambunctious infants is getting rebooted via series and a live action, CGI movie.
  • People are apprehensive about the reboot.
  • Fans of the original series (and original reboot) are sounding off on Twitter.


In case you missed it, “Rugrats” is coming back. 

The ‘90s show about a group of rambunctious infants is getting rebooted via series and a live action, CGI movie, as Variety reported.

But fans who grew up with the series feel apprehensive about the reboot and are sharing their thoughts on Twitter.