Salesforce doubles down on Japan with dedicated $100M fund

It’s been a good week for Japanese startups. Fresh from Google making a rare investment in the country when it backed AI startup Abeja, so Salesforce — another U.S. tech titan — has announced a $100 million fund for enterprise startups in Japan. The Japan Trailblazer Fund is Salesforce Venture’s …

How to Watch the Dolphins vs. Texans ‘Thursday Night Football’ Game Online for Free Tonight

This week’s “Thursday Night Football” NFL game features two teams with identical 4-3 records: Miami Dolphins vs. Houston Texans. Tonight’s game is being played in Houston at NRG Stadium, and the betting odds say that J.J. Watt and the Texans are 7.5-point favorites to win at home against the Dolphins. …

Dan Bunting interview — How Treyarch built battle royale into Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

Dan Bunting has worked at Treyarch for 15 years, and he picked a heck of a time to become the co-head of the Activsion-owned Call of Duty studio. As Mark Lamia moved up to become studio chairman, Bunting and his cohorts took charge of making the next installment in the …

How This Single Mom Paid Off $100,000 in Student Loan Debt in Less Than 9 Years

When Takiia Anderson graduated from Boston College Law School in 1999, she was a single mom with a 2-year-old child, nearly $100,000 in student loans and a new job as a government attorney that paid $34,102 a year. She didn’t like that math. “People are talking about 20 years to …

London’s transport regulator looks to startups to help fix urban mobility

London’s transport regulator, TfL has announced a partnership with Bosch for its forthcoming co-working space in Shoreditch. The civic tech project is intended to run for 18 months as a pilot — though Bosch’s ‘Connectory’ co-working facility won’t open until the end of January. A company spokeswoman confirmed the partnership …

Local Sync: easily deploy your website from your computer to the server

The cool thing about building websites on your computer is that it’s fast, and you keep working even when you don’t have an internet connection. Getting that website is another matter; with all the FTP uploads and database imports, you waste hours. Or, should I say, you used to waste …

Your Website Can Earn More with Google’s Auto Ads

This article was created in partnership with Google AdSense. Thank you for supporting the partners who make SitePoint possible. Effective websites build businesses. They raise your profile, strengthen your brand, and bring in new clients. They can also generate their own money, and the easiest way to get started is …

How Juul made vaping viral to become worth a dirty $38 billion

A Juul is not a cigarette. It’s much easier than that. Through devilishly slick product design I’ll discuss here, the startup has massively lowered the barrier to getting hooked on nicotine. Juul has dismantled every deterrent to taking a puff. The result is both a new $38 billion valuation thanks …

eMarketer predicts digital ads will overtake traditional spending in 2019

This is the year when the money spent on digital advertising will finally overtake spending on traditional ads — at least according to the latest forecast from eMarketer. The research firm is predicting that U.S. digital ad spend will increase 19.1 percent this year, to $129.3 billion, while traditional advertising …

Third of working parents worry about their children’s mental health

Today is World Mental Health Day and new research from Bupa has found that concerns over mental health is not confined to adults, as a third of employees say they worry about their children’s mental health while at work. The research, conducted among working parents of 4-18 year olds reveals …

12 years later, PlayStation Network finally lets you change your online name

PlayStation Network launched in 2006. The service has grown exponentially since then, but in all of that time one much-asked-for feature has eluded subscribers: name changes. We all make questionable choices when we’re young. Some smoke cigarettes. Others toilet paper the homes of their enemies. One youthful transgression most of …

A First-time Developer’s Guide for Contributing to WordPress

This article on Contributing to WordPress was originally published by Torque Magazine, and is reproduced here with permission. WordPress is huge, and so is its community. What’s more, WordPress was built on collaboration and has always been welcome to new developers contributing to the project. However, while you may want …

Using the WordPress Settings API to Build a Custom Admin Page

In this guide, we’ll introduce the WordPress Settings API, and create a WordPress administration page where we demonstrate the use of this API. For the purposes of this tutorial, we’ll wrap this functionality into a plugin, but this can also be a part of a WordPress theme. As the WordPress …

Facebook restructures Building 8, separating projects into Reality Labs and Portal groups

Facebook is restructuring its experimental hardware efforts and giving its moonshot projects a home within its AR/VR research division. The restructuring, reported by Business Insider (paywalled), didn’t result in any layoffs but did see some shifts of teams as the old Building 8 group rebranded to Portal and some projects …

Friday finds: the best workplace stories for this afternoon and the weekend

Is the office cubicle actually designed to crush your soul? “Permanent casuals” and other oxymorons Post-Brexit immigration: reconciling public perceptions with economic evidence Viewing a new world of work through old lenses So you want to work in HR? Is coworking dead? Stress and mental health at work: half a …