What China searched for in 2018: World Cup, trade war, Apple

Soon after Google unveiled the top trends in what people searched for in 2018, Baidu published what captivated the Chinese in a parallel online universe, where most of the West’s mainstream tech services including Google and Facebook are inaccessible. Google’s year in search 2018: the World Cup, Fortnite GIFs and Bitcoin China’s top search engine […]

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The World Cup led to a record-breaking number of app downloads and consumer spend in Q2

The second quarter of 2018 was another record-breaker for mobile app downloads and revenue. According to a new report this week from App Annie, there were over 28.4 billion app downloads worldwide across both iOS and Google Play in the quarter, up 15 percent year-over-year. That number is even more remarkable because it doesn’t include […]

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Pornhub traffic flopped like Neymar during the World Cup

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The World Cup is over — congratulations, France — but don’t despair and roll around on the ground like Neymar after a phantom foul. Instead, revel in some of the strange and wonderful stats we can pore over thanks to Pornhub.

While most of the world spent part of their Sunday watching the tilt between France and Croatia, Pornhub was watching their website traffic drop.

The site has now released data surrounding the World Cup and, surprise, traffic dropped the most in the finalist countries with a pretty sizable dip across the rest of the soccer-crazed world. It’s notable that the drop was a bit less in Germany and Brazil, two world soccer powers who probably expected their teams to be playing in the final.  Read more…

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Vladimir Putin’s lonely World Cup umbrella is ripe for an internet roasting

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The World Cup may be over now, but at least it left us with plenty of memories.

Sweet, sweet, viral memories.

Neymar’s divingIt’s coming home. Macron’s ecstatic fist pump. The list goes on.

The final, crowning jewel has to be Vladimir Putin’s umbrella, though.

Putin watched the World Cup final between France and Croatia alongside French President Emmanuel Macron and Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović on Sunday.

After the match was over, they took to the pitch for the ceremony — at which point it started raining.

There was only one man who managed to stay dry, though. Read more…

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Emmanuel Macron’s reaction to France’s World Cup victory is delightfully relatable

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Presidential decorum be damned when your country’s just won the World Cup.

French president Emmanuel Macron left his inhibitions at the door during the 2018 World Cup final on Sunday, spending the game delivering air punches like a kid post-Santa visit.

Beating Croatia 4-2, thanks in part to 19-year-old star Kylian Mbappé, France had plenty of reason to cheer — and that’s exactly what Macron did.

Here’s the president flailing about in the official leader box at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, sitting alongside his wife Brigitte Macron, FIFA President Gianni Infantino, President of French Football Federation Noel Le Graet, and Russian president Vladimir Putin. Read more…

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Punk band Pussy Riot stage World Cup protest

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Four protesters rushed the field during the France vs. Croatia final World Cup match. Russian group Pussy Riot has since claimed responsibility for the display.

NEWS FLASH! Just a few minutes ago four Pussy Riot members performed in the FIFA World Cup final match — ”Policeman enters the Game”https://t.co/3jUi5rC8hh pic.twitter.com/W8Up9TTKMA

— 𝖕𝖚𝖘𝖘𝖞 𝖗𝖎𝖔𝖙 (@pussyrrriot) July 15, 2018

Four protesters in police uniforms went onto the field shortly after intermission and were quickly nabbed by match stewards.  Read more…

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19-year-old World Cup winner Kylian Mbappé is making a lot of fans feel old

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Imagine being 19 and also a World Cup winner. I personally cannot!

France’s Kylian Mbappé, 19, has become the youngest player in six decades to score during a World Cup final, according to ESPN. (In 1958, Pele scored two goals against Sweden at the age of 17.)

Teenagers to score in a #WorldCupFinal

* Pele
* Kylian Mbappe

That is allpic.twitter.com/Cy3RvGOoV7

— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 15, 2018

That’s right, folks. Mbappé is 19 years old, which means he was born in 1998. And he’s inspiring both awe and mild existential crises in many World Cup viewers. 

As he should. Teens are well on their way to ruling the world. Read more…

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The real reason England had to lose its World Cup battle

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For a couple of glorious World Cup weeks, the England football team lit up the planet. 

Young and diverse, talented and optimistic, they represented a shining future. Team players all, they provided a way forward for a national side too often tainted with yobs, nerves, and poor tactics predicated on superegos. Manager Gareth Southgate didn’t just drive up sales of waistcoats (a.k.a. vests, if you’re one of his many American fans) or atone for a decades-old penalty kick; he gave his nation a much-needed model of kindness, listening, loyalty, and masculinity.

I think a photo has just changed my mind on marriagepic.twitter.com/d4HoCRuRIJ

— Susanna Reid (@susannareid100) July 12, 2018 Read more…

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