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Ryan Gosling Ate Cereal in Touching Tribute to Late Vine Star Ryan McHenry

"I feel very lucky to have been apart of his life in some small way"

On Sunday, Ryan McHenry, who made a name for himself by poking fun at the celebrity actor in his “Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal” Vine series, lost his battle to osteosarcoma (a type of bone cancer) at the age of just 27.

And so on Monday night, Gosling recorded a heartfelt tribute to the man who brought humor to hundreds of thousands as well as providing a deeply personal insight into his battle against cancer.

While McHenry’s creativity brought smiles to fans’ faces, his honesty about his struggle with cancer was the real inspiration.

Below you can enjoy a YouTube compilation of “Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal.”

TIME justice

This Facebook Post About Baltimore Cost a Prosecutor Her Job

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Bloomberg via Getty Images The Facebook Inc. logo is seen on an Apple Inc. iPhone in London, U.K., on May 14, 2012.

“Solution. Simple. Shoot em. Period. End of discussion."

A woman in Michigan has lost her job after posting a note on Facebook that called for violent protesters to be shot.

Teana Walsh, an assistant prosecutor with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, resigned on Friday, the Detroit News reports.

On Wednesday, her Facebook account included a post that has since been taken down about the violence rocking Baltimore:

“Solution. Simple. Shoot em. Period. End of discussion. I don’t care what causes the protestors to turn violent…what the ‘they did it because’ reason is…no way is this acceptable. Flipping disgusting.”

Assistant Prosecutor Maria Miller said the post did not reflect her colleague’s true character. “During her tenure in the office, Teana Walsh has been known for her great work ethic and her compassion for victims of crime and their families,” she said. “Her post was up online briefly and she immediately took it down. The post was completely out of character for her and certainly does not reflect the person that we know.”

Walsh was not the only public official to find herself in hot water as a result of an insensitive post on social media. On Thursday, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson told reporters that the director of a city community relations board, Blaine Griffin, had been reprimanded after the board’s twitter account asked if the city should be “burned down like” Baltimore.

[Detroit News]

TIME Social Media

Instagram Wants to Find Your Next Favorite Band

Lionel Bonadventure—AFP/Getty Images The Instagram logo is displayed on a smartphone on December 20, 2012 in Paris.

With a new official @music account

When you think of Instagram, you probably think about photos and — maybe — video, not audio. Now the Facebook-owned company wants to change that with the launch of an official @music account, which will feature concert photography, behind-the-scenes shots of your favorite artists, and more.

“Each week, we’ll take a look at the musical experience on Instagram,” Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom wrote Wednesday. “That means showing you a different side of artists you know and love, like Questlove, and introducing you to up-and-coming talents from around the world, like Tricot. It means highlighting music photographers, album illustrators, instrument makers and, of course, fans.”

While the new @music account’s first two uploads are still images, Instagram could tap into its video functionality in interesting ways to deliver concert and in-studio footage. It could also feature sneak preview clips of upcoming musical releases.

TIME Boxing

These 3 Maps Show Where Mayweather and Pacquiao Have the Most Fans

Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Manny Pacquiao strike their pose after a news conference Wednesday, March 11, 2015, in Los Angeles. Mayweather and Pacquiao are scheduled to fight on May 2 in Las Vegas.
Ed Crisostomo—AP Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Manny Pacquiao strike their pose after a news conference. They are scheduled to box in the "Fight of the Century" in Las Vegas on May 2, 2015.

See Facebook's fandom maps ahead of Saturday's historic boxing match

If Saturday’s historic fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao were a Facebook popularity contest, then the 47-0 Mayweather might just stay undefeated.

Facebook unveiled a series maps Wednesday showing which countries’ Facebook users have “liked” each boxer’s official Facebook page the most, and most of the world’s countries are on team Mayweather. Meanwhile, Pacquiao’s biggest fan bases are in Southeast Asia and in parts of the Middle East, as shown in the map below:

FacebookEach country is color-coded on which boxer’s Facebook page has the most likes. Pacquiao is red, Mayweather is green.

Looking at Mayweather alone, the top three countries where the American boxer has the most Facebook “likes” are the U.S., Mexico and the U.K., as shown in the map below:

 Mayweather Fan Map
FacebookThis map displays Facebook fans of Floyd Mayweather. The darker the green, the higher the percentage users who like Mayweather’s official page.

The country where Pacquiao is the most popular by Facebook likes is also his home country, the Philippines, followed by the U.S. and Mexico:

FacebookThis map displays Facebook fans of Manny Pacquiao. The darker the green, the higher the percentage users who like Pacquiao’s official page.

Mayweather and Pacquiao are expected to enter the ring for their main-event fight Saturday at about 11 p.m. EDT at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Here’s how to watch the “Fight of the Century,” including free pay-per-view.

Read next: 10 Observations from Floyd Mayweather’s Training Camp


How to Automatically Post Instagram Photos to Twitter

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Here's an easy fix to a frustrating problem

Once upon a time, it was easy to share your Instagram photos via Twitter. But these days, sharing your Instagram images directly to Twitter just tweets out a boring old link, not that fav-worthy snapshot you just took.

No worries — there’s an easy fix.

IFTTT, short for “If This Then That,” is a program that lets you create “triggers” for your various apps. IFTTT has lots of great applications, but one of them is sharing Instagram images natively on Twitter once again.

To do so, you can create a recipe—IFTTT’s name for its triggers—for posting an image to Twitter every time you take a photo with Instagram.

First, visit IFTTT’s website and create an account. Then, visit this link and activate the recipe. You’ll then be asked to activate your Twitter and Instagram accounts, which you should go ahead and do. Then, the service will essentially link those two accounts, sending out a tweet every time you post a new photo to Instagram.

A few caveats: This setup can be a little slow, so fret not if your photos don’t show up on Twitter immediately after you post them on Instagram. And if you want to temporarily turn off the auto-posting, download IFTTT’s mobile app, which lets you turn recipes on and off on a whim.


TIME Social Media

How Facebook Is Helping Emergency Responders in Nepal

Facebook logo shown on an iPhone 5s.
Lukas Schulze—AP Facebook logo shown on an iPhone 5s.

The tragic earthquake shows how social media helps people connect after chaos

A massive earthquake struck Nepal, parts of India and Mount Everest over weekend, claiming at least 4,000 lives and injuring thousands more. As heartbreaking as the devastation is, it reminds us that social media has the potential to help in big ways.

On Saturday, Facebook activated a feature called Safety Check to help people track their friends and family in the region. The feature, which was announced last October, works like this: Based on the location of a Facebook user, it tags that user as being in the region affected by the earthquake and informs the user’s friends. When that user checks his Facebook, he can mark himself as ‘safe,’ which is also communicated to his friends. Google has a similar tool, too. Having lived in Kathmandu for a time, it was comforting for me to know which of my friends in the area were safe — more or less in real time.

Nepal’s recovery efforts have only begun. And while officials are struggling with numerous challenges, it’s worth noting that the simplicity of Facebook’s feature suggests a much wider arena of development for social media that can be valuable for both users and emergency responders.

Take the example of a fire in an apartment building. A local fire department could set up a special page that users can connect to. By comparing your home address on Facebook with a tip about a fire in its response area, the fire department could send you a personalized alert the moment someone calls 911 or a smoke detector goes off. If you happen to be in your apartment and are unaware of a fire in your building, a Facebook alert might well save your life. If you’re out, you could be warned to stay away. Modern buildings usually have a loud fire alarm to alert tenants, but a Facebook alert could still be a valuable backup if perhaps your kids are listening to music on their headphones and fails to hear the alarm.

What’s more, a feature like Safety Check has the potential to let the fire department know if you’re safe and whether there’s anyone still left in your apartment. That would enable firefighters to do potentially life-saving triage. When firefighters go into a burning building, their priority is to rescue people who may be trapped inside. If they know which apartments are empty (because the tenants checked in through Facebook and informed the fire department that they were out of harm’s way), they could focus their efforts on other parts of the building – which are more likely to contain people who are running out of time – first.

While currently people receive emergency alerts from government agencies during bad weather or a forest fire, for instance, these usually cover broad areas like a county or at most a city; and that’s the point. The value of such an application lies in the localization that social media can provide. Emergency response is enhanced tremendously by information, especially about people’s whereabouts, and social media is uniquely equipped to provide that to first responders.

It’s true that in order for such targeted features to work, users have to feel comfortable sharing personal information with Facebook, but the reality is they already do that. Users routinely share highly personal updates on social networking sites including their exact location at a particular point in time, and ultimately it would be their choice to participate or not. There are also potential security issues, such as the need for authorities to restrict information from being publicized during a terror attack or a hostage situation, or the desire of victims’ families for privacy, but these could be mitigated via technological safeguards or negotiations between Facebook and law enforcement in the best interests of the public.

Nevertheless, beyond logistical nuances, what the application of Facebook’s new feature during the Nepal earthquake indicates clearly is that social media can be used effectively to aid emergency management, whether it’s for users’ peace of mind or to enhance the ability of authorities to provide rescue and relief to victims of a disaster.

Even though the primary goal here should obviously be the good of society, the opening up of a new arena of growth is positive from a business perspective as well. Emergency management could give social media a raison d’etre and a compelling value proposition for the public beyond the more frivolous aspects of the medium (such as sharing information about the bagel you just ate or random inspirational quotes).

The power of Facebook for social good was illustrated during the Arab Spring (where it facilitated democratic protests), the earthquake in Haiti (where it facilitated fundraising for relief efforts), and in Amber Alerts for missing children, but active emergency management is yet another level that could turn Facebook from a ‘good to have’ tool to a ‘must have’ tool. In addition, if social media becomes a vehicle for personal safety, it would entice users to check their updates more frequently, which could help its business model.

Sanjay Sanghoee is a business commentator. He has worked at investment banks Lazard Freres and Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, as well as at hedge fund Ramius Capital. Sanjay does not own shares of Facebook.

This article originally appeared on Fortune.com.

TIME celebrities

Justin Bieber Crashed a High School Prom This Weekend

You better Belieb it

Justin Bieber crashed a Southern California high school’s prom on Saturday night.

According to Hollywood Life, Bieber was on the way to a recording studio that was at the same location as Chatsworth Charter High School’s prom. In an apparently impulsive decision, the pop star decided to show his face — and chaos ensued.

One girl was even lucky enough to get a (extremely short) dance with music idol.

Let’s hope the DJ was wise enough to play “Baby” immediately afterward.

TIME Food & Drink

Cadbury Just Won the Chocolate War

This is chocolate shock and awe

Can’t decide on your favorite Cadbury chocolate bar? No matter. With the Cadbury Dairy Milk Spectacular 7 you get seven bars in one.

There’s just one thing, though. The company made only 50 of these behemoths, which means chocolate lovers will have to pay attention to the company’s Twitter feed to win a bar by retweeting posts about the promotion.

The bar contains fillings of caramel, Daim (crunchy almond butter bar), Oreo, Turkish Delight (a soft, rose-flavored jelly), Fruit & Nut, whole nuts and simply original milk chocolate.

As Willy Wonka once said, “Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple!”

TIME Technology & Media

Why Facebook Isn’t Ready to Roll Out Video Ads — Yet

Facebook logo shown on an iPhone 5s.
Lukas Schulze—AP Facebook logo shown on an iPhone 5s.

Investors are hungry for more details, yet Facebook doesn’t seem to be in a rush to share

A year ago, Facebook was not a destination for video content. Now, the social media company sees four billion video streams each day, as it noted in its first quarter earnings call today. Almost overnight, Facebook became a video juggernaut. And three quarters of those views occur on mobile.

Video on Facebook has the company’s shareholders excited. The category is seen by many as the holy grail of online advertising. Sight, sound, and motion is a more compelling sales opportunity than a flat banner ad, and advertisers are willing to pay more for it. But Facebook has said little about its efforts to monetize video ads. Pitch decks have leaked. Speculation has abounded. Facebook even held a secret video sales event today, meant to capture advertiser budgets ahead of the “NewFronts,” the digital version of the broadcast industry’s programming “Upfronts.”

In the question-and-answer portion of Facebook’s earnings call, investors repeatedly asked about its plans to make money from video ads. Will Facebook attract big TV advertisers to its platform? How much money will Facebook invest in that platform? What’s the breakdown of video ads versus regular ads? How many of those four billion video views are ads? Will Facebook engage in long-form video? Will it compensate professional video creators?

But CEO Mark Zuckerberg, COO Sheryl Sandberg, and CFO Dave Wehner dodged most of those questions. Listeners learned precious few details.

Sandberg tamped down expectations of video becoming a major source of new revenue. Video ads may not contribute much incremental growth, she noted, because they sometimes take the place of a regular Facebook ad. In other words, a brand a looking to buy video ads may simply purchase a sponsored video in place of purchasing a sponsored post. Both sponsored videos and sponsored posts appear in Facebook’s stream of content. These ads are purchased programmatically through an auction, so there is no price difference between a sponsored video post and a regular sponsored post.

Left to speculate, Josh Olson, a technology analyst with Edward Jones, said he estimates video ads will contribute 5% in incremental revenue in 2015. Facebook does not appear to be in a rush to monetize its explosive growth in video. “They’re taking their time getting there,” he says.

Update: This morning Facebook announced one new detail: Anthology, a program that pairs brands with media partners who will create video ad materials for them to promote on Facebook. Partners include Vice Media, Vox Media, Tastemade, Oh My Disney, The Onion, College Humor, and Funny or Die.


This article originally appeared on Fortune.com.

TIME viral

This Is What the ‘Charlie Bit My Finger’ Boys Look Like Now

Prepare to feel crazy old

The Charlie Bit My Finger! boys are all grown up!

With over 816 million views, the video is on the Mount Rushmore of early viral videos. Because of its fame, a BBC children’s reporter recently visited the boys’ home and discovered the 11-year-old Harry and his 9-year-old brother Charlie still have that knack for being adorable.

We also learned that the only reason the world even met the boys is because the original file was too large for their father Howard to upload to email.

The parents have used the video’s success to secure sponsorship deals and the kids have appeared in advertisements.

However, Charlie and Harry are no longer the only boys in the family vying for viral success as they now have two younger brothers.

Relive the classic “Charlie bit me” line below.

Read next: This Is a Baby’s Brain on Pain

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