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What is Facebook Bulletin?

Bulletin is a set of tools for writers to use to publish a standalone website, process subscription payments and to leverage Facebook’s social media to further engage with and grow their subscription and reader base.

The service is currently launching in the United States with a select group of writers like Malcolm Gladwell.

More features and tools will roll out during the coming year.

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According to Facebook:

“Through Bulletin, we want to support these creators, and unify our existing tools with something that could more directly support great writing and audio content — from podcasts to Live Audio Rooms — all in one place.

We respect the work of writers and want to be clear that anyone who partners with us will have complete editorial independence.”

Facebook Bulletin Tools

The new service features tools that support content creation, monetizing that content and audience and growing the audience.

The features include:

Publishing tools

Sustainable business models

Discovery and distribution

Community building features

Publishing Tools

Facebook Bulletin provides a CMS that makes it easy for publishers to create a fully customizable standalone website.

Screenshot of Two Facebook Bulletin Pages

Sustainable Business Models

Bulletin offers writers 100% of earned revenue and portability of content and email lists, it will handle collecting subscriptions and includes analytics to help writers understand their audiences.

That means a writer can choose to move to another platform if they choose and to take their content and subscribers with them.

Facebook described their subscription payment system and offerings:

“Subscription payments will be securely handled by Facebook Pay, allowing subscribers to pay with a credit card, debit card or PayPal account.

Screenshot of Subscription Popup

Discovery and Distribution

Bulletin will leverage the Facebook ecosystem to help build an audience by making it eligible to be seen in Facebook News. Bulletin will also integrate with Facebook pages.

Community Building Features

All currently available Facebook features such as groups, Facebook Live and Live Audio Rooms are available to the writers to leverage new monetization and engagement opportunities.

More Features and Tools Coming to Bulletin

Facebook announced that there will be more features becoming available.

“Throughout this year, we’ll roll out new investments, products and services aimed to support more independent writers and experts.

We’re working on more ways for writers to promote their work across other platforms outside of Facebook and to make it easier for them to collaborate with other creators.”

Facebook Bulletin continues with other Facebook tools that support creators. Rather than rely on third party content outside of Facebook, Facebook is creating an ecosystem that generates content that is native and exclusive to Facebook.

Malcolm Gladwell’s Bulletin is called, Oh, MG.

He explains that Bulletin will give him the opportunity to express himself in a less formal manner and to engage directly with this readers.

He wrote:

“For some time, now, I’ve been looking for a place to be a little more, well, Malcolmy. Digress. Hold forth. Rant. Expand on some things that I’ve been thinking about, or writing about, or that I’m airing on my podcast…

And also, to answer your questions.

So that’s why I’m here, on Facebook, with Oh, MG. Think of it as the direct download from my brain to yours.”

Facebook Bulletin continues Facebook’s trend of evolving itself toward becoming a source for discovering unique content.


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Seedify Announces New Ecosystem Features And Utilities For Its Token

Seedify is a leading incubator and launchpad platform committed to fostering growth and innovation in the blockchain gaming/metaverse space, with the mission of bringing the opportunities of GameFi and play-to-earn to global mainstream markets. 

The industry’s first gaming-focused incubator and launchpad, Seedify has built an ecosystem dedicated to ensuring the success of the projects launched through its platform. With the support of a growing community, along with a network of industry partners, the platform hosted some of the most successful IGOs of 2023, including Bloktopia, Cryowar and SIDUS Heroes. 

The Seedify team continues to focus on expanding Seedify’s ability to drive innovation and support top gaming projects and teams while creating new opportunities for its token holders. Through these efforts, in April, Seedify is set to launch the Seedify NFT Launchpad, its highly-anticipated initial NFT offering (INO) platform for gaming and metaverse assets, along with its revolutionary gaming and metaverse NFT marketplace, Seedify NFT Space.

NFT Assets in Gaming and the Metaverse

Already a vital part of the blockchain gaming ecosystem, NFTs are primed to revolutionize the global gaming industry. NFTs give gamers the ability to own their in-game assets, proving ownership, rarity and authenticity, while providing the ability to sell these items individually.

NFT metaverse assets act as building blocks, giving us the ability to build digital extensions of our lives, using unique, digital items, such as avatars, clothes, vehicles, houses, etc., in a medium where our imagination is the only limit to the possibilities of what can be created.

Expanding the Seedify ecosystem

In addition to gaining access to IGOs by staking or yield farming on Seedify’s dashboard, $SFUND stakers will now be able to participate in INOs on the Seedify NFT Launchpad, gaining early access to in-game and metaverse NFT assets.

The Seedify NFT Space marketplace will give NFT asset owners a platform to buy and sell in-game and metaverse NFT items. Through the platform’s comprehensive tools and intuitive user interface, buyers will be able to research an item’s utilities and features, to fully understand and assess its value. 

The marketplace will also include an RNG rewards feature, where every transaction executed on the platform will result in an opportunity to receive an NFT reward. These rewards will be random, although Seedify NFT Space’s utility token, $SNFTS and the size of the transaction will influence the chances of receiving higher value NFT rewards.

$SFUND: New utilities and opportunities for holders

The addition of new features to the Seedify ecosystem will bring new use-cases for the $SFUND token.

On Seedify NFT Space, while $SNFTS will give users fee discounts (1% instead of 2%), along with higher chances to win more valuable RNG NFT rewards, $SFUND will also play a vital role on the platform. $SFUND will be used to pre-fund NFT collections through the crowdfunding feature, as well as the NFT launchpad tier system when used by creators to launch collections. 

Along with added utility for $SFUND, every transaction executed on Seedify NFT Space, where the buyer or seller does not hold $SNFTS tokens for fees, the full or regular 2% fee will apply. 25% of all regular fees collected will be allocated towards $SFUND buybacks, reducing the available supply on the market.

About Seedify

Seedify is a blockchain gaming-focused incubator and launchpad ecosystem, empowering innovators and project developers through access to funding, community and partnership building, and a full support system to help drive the future of gaming and blockchain.

10 Favorite Writers For Middle School Students

These authors are consistent top picks of middle school students and may help inspire a lasting love of reading.

Books have the power to show early adolescent readers that they’re not alone in their feelings and circumstances, provide positive examples for how readers can speak up for themselves and others, offer understanding of those who are different from them, provide insight into real-world situations, and serve as a mental health break and escape from the real world.

Throughout my career, however, I’ve heard from teachers and parents that middle school kids just don’t enjoy reading. There’s a consistent theme that even students who loved reading in elementary school no longer read for fun as they move through the middle grades. Middle school students, however, do enjoy reading if they’re given books that interest them, that they connect to, and that are on their reading level.

There are many authors writing for middle-grade students who truly understand and capture the essence of what it is to be in middle school today. Introducing these authors and their work to students can reinvigorate students’ joy in reading and inspire them to read through series or authors’ collections. Here are 10 that are consistent favorites with my students.

1. Jerry Craft

Jerry Craft’s New Kid graphic novel trilogy expertly captures the unique and often overwhelming experience of navigating middle school, especially when you’re the new kid. The graphic novel format of his books captures the readers’ attention and keeps them engaged throughout the trilogy.

His books, which include a diverse cast of characters that reflect the authentic complexity of middle school kids, not only are entertaining but also tackle important issues that impact students in our world today.

2. Barbara Dee

Each of Barbara Dee’s books engages readers by developing characters and plots and embodying the honest and authentic middle school feelings and experiences. If students read one of her books, they almost always read multiple, and the most common reason is that they identify with the characters.

All her books are fantastic, but a consistent favorite is Maybe He Just Likes You. This book empowers readers to speak up, gives them language to describe sexual harassment, and shows why it’s important to talk to a trusted adult.

3. Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds’s range of books allows students to grow up with his writing, from books perfect for late elementary school to traditional middle grades and then more complex young adult novels.

Students enjoy the complexity and authenticity of his books. He also offers a range of styles: graphic novels, verse, fiction, nonfiction, and more. Recently students have enjoyed reading Long Way Down, both the narrative verse novel and the graphic novel version of the story.

4. Kelly Yang

Yang uses her own experiences to shape stories that resonate with students by showing vulnerability, addressing complex issues, and providing hope. Her new book, Finally Seen, has become a fast favorite with students, and they continue to love all of the Front Desk series. 

5. Jasmine Warga

Jasmine Warga’s middle-grade novels are beautiful and complex, explore the power of friendship, and use lyrical verse to capture the reader’s attention. Her books are all very different, but her voice shines in each of them.

Warga’s most recent book, A Rover’s Story, is unique and was an instant hit for many students. It combines science, magic, friendship, and resilience, and can be read by younger readers at a surface level or more deeply explored for themes by older students.

6. Alan Gratz

Students who enjoy historical fiction, and even many who don’t usually like it, love Alan Gratz’s books. He takes actual historical events and accounts and builds fictional stories that capture the human impact of these events on adolescent children.

Students enjoy reading about these events through the eyes of someone their age, and the books often motivate students to research and learn about that historical event and time. Two consistent favorites are Ground Zero and Refugee. He also recently published a graphic novel, Captain America: The Ghost Army, which students love.

7. Raina Telgemeier

Older elementary and younger middle-grade students can’t get enough of Raina Telgemeier’s graphic novels. Many students have read all her books multiple times and grow up with them. These are books that students want to own so that they can reread them over and over.  

Readers are drawn in by the colorful graphics and continue reading because the stories are funny and entertaining and feel real to them, and they see themselves in her books. I have heard Telgemeier’s books referred to as girl books; however, please don’t categorize them this way. Boys also love her books, particularly Ghosts, Guts, and her graphic novel versions of some of Ann M. Martin’s Baby-Sitters Club books.  

8. Jewell Parker Rhodes

Her writing style is accessible for all ages of middle-grade students, while being intellectually stimulating for upper middle grades. Ghost Boys and Towers Falling are consistent student favorites.

9. Stuart Gibbs

His main characters are very relatable and feel like someone that students would want to be friends with, adding to their connection and interest in the stories. He also has a wide range of tales, many of which are in a series and range in topic from solving crimes at a spy school to saving animals. He recently published graphic novel versions of some books from his popular Spy School series. If students enjoy his books, they have many choices to read before they run out. 

10. Nicole Melleby

Nicole Melleby’s books address a multitude of challenges that young readers face in middle school with honesty, nuance, and authenticity. Her novels include topics such as identity, mental health, friendship, and complex family dynamics.

Melleby’s books invite readers to see themselves in the characters, reflect on their own emotions, and have empathy for others through story lines that capture their attention. Student favorites include The Science of Being Angry and How to Become a Planet, both of which capture something essential about adolescents’ mental health.

Intel Announces Its First New ‘Lakefield’ Chips For The Thinnest, Lightest Pcs

On Wednesday, Intel officially announced two “Lakefield” chips, otherwise known as the 9-watt “Intel Core processor with Intel Hybrid Technology,” which will be showcased in thin-and-light PCs like the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Book S. 

Intel’s two new Lakefield chips include the 1.4GHz Core i5-L16G7 and the 0.8GHz Core i3-L13G4, each with a TDP of 7W. Intel says the Intel Core processor with Intel Hybrid Technology will be used in the thinnest and lightest designs, including single-screen, dual-screen, and foldable devices. (The Lakefield package measures 12x12x1mm.)  Only two Lakefield devices have been announced: June’s upcoming Galaxy Book S, as as well as the foldable Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold. 

Intel said last year that Lakefield would begin shipping in 2023, so it’s possible that the coronavirus delayed the rollout a bit.


Intel cited summed up Lakefield’s performance in this way.

Intel Core processor with Intel Hybrid Technology (Lakefield) specifications

Intel is claiming that Lakefield is offering a 91 percent reduction in standby power (not active power consumption) compared to the “Amber Lake” 8th-gen Core Y-series chip. Lakefield is not, however, Intel’s most conservative design in terms of power. Intel’s existing “Ice Lake” Y-series chips go as low as 9 watts, while Intel’s 10th-gen “Comet Lake” Y-series chips consume 7 watts, and can scale down to 4.5 watts. Intel says its two Lakefield chips also consume 7 watts, with no apparent options to lower its power consumption further.

Intel laid out the specifications of its new Core i5 and i3 processors with Intel Hybrid Technology in this small chart, below. Because Intel will sell these chips directly to notebook makers, the company is not releasing any pricing. 


Both of Intel’s Lakefield cores can enter into an overclocked turbo mode, but neither includes Hyper-Threading.

“Clearly balancing both power and performance was really important, and what we arrived at to meet all those boundary conditions was one Sunny Cove core and four Tremont cores was the best combination,” Naik said.


Intel’s Core processor with Intel Hybrid Technology is a system on a chip, with embedded memory as well as I/O.

There’s another twist: Because Lakefield stacks two logic dies and two layers of DRAM in the package, Lakefield doesn’t need to connect to external DRAM. But as you can see from the specs above, Intel doesn’t list the available included memory. Naik said, however, that Lakefield will be offered with 4GB and 8GB DRAM options, included in the package, which will be supplied by a third-party memory supplier.

“It really depends on OEM interest, and implementation will really depend on future validation,” Naik said.


Here’s a more detailed look at how Lakefield (sorry, Intel’s  Core processors with Hybrid Technology) are put together.

It does appear, however, that Lakefield shares some elements with the “Iris Plus” graphics that Ice Lake includes. The Intel Core i7-1065G7 (Ice Lake) contains 64 Gen11 graphics EUs, as does the Core i5-L16G7 (Lakefield). The key difference here, however, is that Ice Lake’s EUs run at 1.1GHz, while Lakefield’s EUs run at “up to 0.5” gigahertz. Performance will obviously suffer, comparatively, though power efficiency should improve.

We’ve known how the Lakefield architecture works since last August, when Intel opened its doors to the Hot Chips academic conference and presented a deep dive on the Lakefield architecture itself. Rather than spread the cores out on a monolithic piece of silicon, Intel’s used its Foveros technology to perform die stacking. Lakefield’s stack consists of Intel’s “Sunny Cove” Core-class CPU designs (the CPU architecture in the Ice Lake chips), and Atom chips using the ”Tremont” architecture.

This story was updated at 9:53 AM with new information from Intel. 

Tiktok Announces Sounds For Business

TikTok announced Sounds For Businesses to make creating TikTok content with licensed music more affordable for small businesses.

This allows individuals and businesses to choose audio selections specifically cleared for organic content and ad creation.

Why It Matters

According to TikTok, 68% of users find remembering a brand’s messaging easier if it is paired with a song they like. 62% of those who enjoy the music will take the time to learn more about the brand because they feel they share similar tastes.

With over 500,000 pieces of music and sounds in the Commercial Music Library, businesses can find music that matches their ideal customer’s preferences.

How To Choose Commercial Use Audio On A Desktop Browser

You can browse the audio selections available for commercial use by visiting TikTok’s Audio Library in the Creative Center and selecting TikTok commercial use under Usage. Note that there is a different selection for TikTok Series paid videos.

You can filter the results by theme, genre, mood, and audio duration to match your content.

How To Choose Commercial Use Audio On The TikTok App (iOS)

Start by tapping on the plus icon to create a new video. Once you choose your video and upload it, tap on Add Sound at the top.

Next, tap the magnifying glass icon to search the full Audio Library.

At the top of the next screen, tap on the Sounds dropdown.

This will reveal the music and sounds licensed for commercial use.

Once you choose your audio, you can continue creating your TikTok video as usual.

Why Choosing The Right Licensing For Your Audio Matters

If you use music or sounds that have not been commercially licensed, TikTok can remove the audio from your video without notice, based on their Community Guidelines.

If your audio is removed due to a copyright issue, you may be able to a new sound to your video by going to your video and tapping on the notice that says sound removed – view details.

If you see an option on the following screen to change the sound, you can choose new audio for your video.

Note that if you talked in your video, all of it is gone. Changing the sound on your video will not bring back the talking portion of your audio.

This can be exceptionally frustrating if you are a content creator who spends a lot of time adjusting the video content to match the audio.

How To Protect Your Audio Selection

In addition to choosing commercially licensed audio from TikTok’s audio library, you can prevent your audio from being removed by TikTok by going to your Creator Tools in the TikTok app.

You can toggle the option to do a copyright check on your audio before publishing your video.

This is particularly useful if you choose audio for your video from another video creator, such as Canva. It can save you from losing all your work due to copyright infringement.

Read more here about Sounds for Business on TikTok.

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Microsoft Announces Office 365 With A Spiffy New Beta Site

New cloud service brings together Office, SharePoint, Exchange and Lync for organizations of all sizes.

REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 19, 2010 — Microsoft Corp. today announced Microsoft Office 365, the company’s next generation in cloud productivity that brings together Microsoft Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Lync Online in an always-up-to-date cloud service. Office 365 makes it easier for millions more organizations to get and use Microsoft’s award-winning business productivity solutions via the cloud. With Office 365, people can work together more easily from anywhere on virtually any device, while collaborating with others inside and outside their organization in a simple and highly secure way. As part of today’s news, Microsoft is also opening a limited beta program for Office 365 in 13 countries and regions.

Office 365 is built on years of experience delivering industry-leading business cloud services ranging from the first browser-based e-mail to today’s Business Productivity Online Suite, Microsoft Office Live Small Business and Live@edu. Moving to the cloud with Office 365 means people don’t have to change the way they work, because Office 365 works with the most popular browsers, smartphones and desktop applications people use today.

“Office 365 is the best of everything we know about productivity, all in a single cloud service,” said Kurt DelBene, president of the Office Division at Microsoft. “With Office 365, your local bakery can get enterprise-caliber software and services for the first time, while a multinational pharmaceutical company can reduce costs and more easily stay current with the latest innovations. People can focus on their business, while we and our partners take care of the technology.”

Microsoft worked closely with existing customers to develop Office 365, resulting in a cloud service that is designed to meet a wide range of customer needs.

With Office 365 for small businesses, professionals and small companies with fewer than 25 employees can be up and running with Office Web Apps, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Lync Online and an external website in just 15 minutes, for $6 or 5.25 euros per user, per month.

“For a small business, Office 365 is a perfect way to start,” said Rob Nichols, chief technology officer of Allovus Design, a graphic design firm and member of Microsoft’s Customer Advisory Board for Office 365. “It has all the features we need, and we can come out of the gate with the same tools the big guys have — on day one.”

Office 365 for enterprises introduces an array of choices for midsize and large businesses as well as government organizations, starting for as little as $2 or 1.75 euros per user, per month1 for basic e-mail. Office 365 for enterprises also includes the option to get Microsoft Office Professional Plus desktop software on a pay-as-you-go basis, for the first time ever. For $24 or 22.75 euros per user, per month1, organizations can get Office Professional Plus along with e-mail, voicemail, enterprise social networking, instant messaging, Web portals, extranets, voiceconferencing and videoconferencing, webconferencing, 24×7 phone support, on-premises licenses, and more.

Office 365 creates new growth opportunities for Microsoft and its partners by reaching more customers and types of workers and meeting more business IT needs — all while cutting costs for customers.

Product Availability

Office 365 will be available worldwide next year. Starting today, Microsoft will begin testing Office 365 with a few thousand organizations in 13 countries and regions around the world, and the beta will be expanded to include more organizations over time. Office 365 will be generally available in 40 countries and regions next year.

Later next year, Office 365 will expand to include Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online to provide Microsoft’s complete business productivity experience to organizations of all types and sizes. In addition, Office 365 for education will debut later next year, giving students, faculty and school employees powerful technology tailored specifically to their needs.

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