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‘Left Shark’ legal row heats up: Does Katy Perry hold copyright?



It’s fair to say that until last week, no Super Bowl half-time show performer — let alone a Super Bowl viewer — ever considered the question of who owns the copyright on a backup dancer’s costume. The performer? The costume-maker? The backup dancer? The NFL?

But that question marks the front line of copyright law this week, after Katy Perry’s legal eagles dropped a cease and desist letter on a vendor selling a 3-D printed “left shark.” Now the shark-making entrepreneur has fired back with a…

Your charity checklist: 5 things to consider before donating



The holiday season is one of the most popular times of year to give back. But how do you know which organizations will ensure your charitable dollar has the most impact?

We spoke to experts about their most crucial tips for the average do-gooder looking to support a worthy cause. From researching an organization’s financials to never donating over the phone, here are several things you should consider first — whether you’re donating…

The Social Media Day 2014 Highlight Reel (Spoiler: GIFs Ahead)



Guests flocked to the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club in Brooklyn on Sunday to celebrate Mashable’s fifth annual Social Media Day. This year’s event boasted hundreds of attendees throughout the afternoon and fostered good spirits at the funky, retro-themed venue.

While there, guests played shuffleboard, snapped pictures at a GIF booth, sipped on social media-themed cocktails and socialized with others passionate about our global social media revolution. In between all the activities, guests…

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‘Building the Beast’: What It’s Like to Be an Early Startup Employee



As part of our series The First 100, Mashable has been introducing readers to employees 1 through 100 at successful startups such as FourSquare, BuzzFeed and BarkBox. Along the way, we’ve heard from early hires about how they withstood turbulence and embraced the risk and uncertainty that comes along with the nature of building a business from scratch.

“Believe it or not, the biggest difference from my first day to today is that everyone is even more passionate and driven,” says Pardot’s

Path Finally Adds Video to Android App



Path updated its Android app with video-sharing on Wednesday.

Users of the social-network app, which lets them share private updates with close friends and family, can now capture and share videos up to 30 seconds long

The update comes a full three years after iOS users got video-sharing capabilities and more than two years after Path’s Android app was released. (Path’s Windows Phone 8 app is still in beta, but already has…

3 Key Leadership Tips from Twitter CEO Dick Costolo



Twitter CEO Dick Costolo took the stage at TechCrunch’s Disrupt event Monday afternoon, but he didn’t talk about his own company. In fact, Costolo didn’t even mention Twitter during his brief stint on stage. Instead, the former entrepreneur and one-time Google employee shared leadership advice with the audience, which is appropriate considering he may soon lead his own company through an IPO

Costolo presented the audience with a short but passionate speech on how to lead, particularly in a…

11 Ways Demi Lovato’s New Video Is Actually a Nicholas Sparks Movie



Demi Lovato has washed her hands of the dark rock star glam look from “Heart Attack” and put on the All-American charm for her new “Made in the USA” music video.

The video was released Wednesday on VEVO and is the second single from

Boy Scouts Lift Ban on Gay Members: How Twitter Reacted



The Boy Scouts of America’s governing council voted on Thursday to allow openly gay scouts to join local troops for the first time in the organization’s 103-year history. Gay adults still can’t serve as troop leaders, but many see the decision as a significant step for forward for gay rights in America

As with many issues surrounding gay rights, online reaction to the decision was passionate and divided. Big name…

GoPro, The Little Action Camera Company That Could, Unveils Its Latest Line-Up

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GoPro, the Half Moon Bay-based camera company that’s etched out a very big niche for itself in action sports, just unveiled its latest line-up of Hero cameras.

The company, which just turned 10 years old last week, has come a long way from its very lowly beginnings making camera straps for surfers. They’ve sold 3 million cameras since late 2009, when the company had about a dozen employees (virtually all of whom were either related to or went to high school with GoPro’s founder Nick…

ShoutAbout Aims to Inspire Social Action Based on News Stories

Sunday at the 2012 Social Good Summit, former Red Cross Communications Officer Mat Morgan publicly launched his new startup, ShoutAbout, which intends to empower consumers of news to actually create social change.

“There’s this huge barrier between awareness and action,” explained Morgan, who said news coverage drives people to care about social issues. Yet, while news media is great at making people passionate about the topics they read, there are no direct ways to jump from consuming…