A $299-a-month app gave me access to a therapist and psychiatrist to fight pandemic burnout. Here’s what it was like to get help through my phone.

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  • Freelancer Julie Peck felt herself slipping into pandemic-induced burnout, so she sought help.
  • She chose Brightside, an app by a former 23andMe executive that combines psychiatry with therapy.
  • Although she was able to easily get medication that worked, the service had its downsides.
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Back in May, I started noticing I was having some issues. I have highly managed bipolar disorder, so I’m no stranger to “issues” – but this was clearly different.

At first, I had trouble completing assignments for work. Then, I lost interest in my favorite Netflix binges and found myself rereading the same paragraphs over and over again in books.

I wanted to see people. I was exhausted all the time and often stared out the window, longing for a change of scenery.

It was easy enough to diagnose: The pandemic-related burnout that had affected 75% of employed people had landed on my doorstep.

The effects of this situation were different from the average depressive episode: My near-constant consumption of COVID-19-related news was clearly bogging me down, as was my irritation related to how my community was handling its response to the pandemic.

These were new and unusual factors and far beyond my control. Now they were affecting my work, my personal well-being, and my relationships with my loved ones.

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I needed help, and with my busy schedule, I decided to take advantage of one of the many online services available to work at shaking my dark feelings.

If there’s one good thing to come out of the pandemic, it’s the proliferation of options available for mental healthcare online, although access to care for marginalized communities and those who can’t afford to pay for it still lags behind.

After evaluating the surplus of offerings available, I elected to go with Brightside

Brad Kittredge, a former 23andMe executive, told the San Francisco Business Times that he founded Brightside Health in 2017 after witnessing his father’s battle with depression and wondering why the US healthcare system wasn’t more helpful.

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The Brightside options to message your provider.

Kittredge got together with Mimi Winsberg, a former in-house psychiatrist at Facebook and now Brightside’s chief marketing officer, who created the basic tool that later became one of the backbones of the Brightside experience.

The company’s stated commitment is to deliver the kind of care it’d want its family members to have, and as of May, the company has secured more than $31 million in funding toward this goal, including a $24 million Series A round from ACME Capital.

For me, the main selling point was its offer to combine psychiatry with therapy

I’ve been in treatment for mental-health issues since the 1990s, so I’ve seen quite a few of these apps. It never really seems like they have a good, coherent grasp on the need to integrate psychiatry with therapy (but then again, neither does the outside world). It appeared that Brightside might be working toward a truly integrated approach, which is why I decided to give it a try.

The app matches you with a medical doctor, who will assess the need for prescription medication, as well as a therapist to develop a “personalized treatment plan.” You can choose a medication-only subscription plan, a therapy-only plan, or a plan that includes both, and charges are as low as $45 per month.

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The Brightside interface.

I chose a subscription plan that blended both medication and therapy for $299 per month, with the first month discounted to $199. I’m now in my third month with the service.

One terrific value of this service that’s embedded within it and very well hidden is that all medications prescribed by its providers are $15 – and believe me, for some mental-health-related medications, that could represent a significant savings. Just one of the medications I take is $300 a month without using the GoodRx card.

Also, while I sought treatment for pandemic burnout, Brightside boasts that it treats anxiety and depression in a “full spectrum of related conditions” ranging from panic disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder to postpartum depression and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Some online services won’t accept those with diagnoses of bipolar disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder, for reasons of which I am unsure.

After signing up, I went through a lengthy intake questionnaire that assessed my personal health and my mental-health background, and what I was looking to achieve

The questionnaire asked for general information such as my height and weight, as well as for mental-health-specific information such as what medications I was taking and what treatment modalities I’d tried before. It concluded by asking for specific outcomes I’d like to get from my treatment.

The algorithm then gave me a score on both my depression and anxiety, and those scores were displayed on my homepage, along with my medication and therapy assignment. The score doesn’t appear to be standardized to the DSM-5, just the company’s own particular scoring system that gives it the ability to track your progress. From the user’s side, having everything on one dashboard is convenient.

Based on the questionnaire, I was matched with a psychiatrist and a licensed clinical social worker, both of whom were licensed to practice in my state.

My appointment to see the doctor was within 36 hours of the time that I signed up for the service

My appointment with the therapist was within 48 hours. I was pleased with this response time and hopeful about getting some relief.

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Julie Peck’s path on Brightside.

When I met with the doctor, he was understanding about my situation and demonstrated a knowledge of the extensive information I’d already entered into my chart through Brightside’s intake questionnaire.

He went through the medications I’d entered into my questionnaire to ensure that he fully understood what I was already taking and asked my opinion about how each was working. He was warm and personable, and he empathized with me about the feelings I was experiencing.

He asked me how I would feel about him prescribing a medication that I had taken once before, to add to my medication routine. I told him I’d be happy to try it.

I decided to have the prescription filled at the CVS down the street from me, as opposed to having it filled via Brightside’s mail-delivery pharmacy, and that was the end of our interaction.

Since we spoke in the evening, I was able to pick up my prescription the next morning. For some reason, I was a little suspicious about whether the prescription would actually be at the pharmacy, but I picked it up without any hitches.

I talked with the therapist via Zoom

She listened to me discuss my symptoms and what I wanted to get out of therapy. She also let me know that Brightside’s methods are based on cognitive behavioral therapy, and she outlined the therapeutic program, which is structured around 10 interactive lessons, a self-guided, computer-based program that you progress through at your own pace.

At the end of our session, she told me that our next meetup would be in a month, which was a surprise to me. I’d previously read “unlimited access to caring providers” on Brightside’s homepage, and I envisioned that I’d more or less have an always-on Zoom connection with my therapist – not so, I was learning.

To be fair, the text messaging with my therapist was, in fact, pretty much always on. And it doesn’t say anywhere on the Brightside site that you’ll be able to contact your Brightside providers via video chat whenever you feel like it.

But be forewarned that the service is self-directed – which is, incidentally, in line with the price – so if you’re looking for something to deliver more of an up-close-and-personal experience, this isn’t it.

I think technology is the way of the future when it comes to delivering mental healthcare. It cuts through barriers of cost and accessibility. But in a lot of ways, we’re just not there yet.

As a case in point, I got a note from my therapist shortly before billing was to go out for the second month of my subscription to Brightside that she would no longer be with the service. It was a lovely note, but this is a red flag for me: As with choosing a hairdresser, you don’t want to chair-hop from therapist to therapist, even if it’s online.

Subscribing to Brightside was definitely worth it to snap me out of my burnout for the psychiatrist appointment alone

The appointment was quick and easy, and it produced a prescription that has been successful in providing relief.

Whether I’ll continue with the subscription for the medication management alone or discontinue it and leave that function to my primary-care provider remains to be seen.

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Cameo lets you hire celebrities to create personalized videos for any occasion – here’s a full breakdown of how the service works

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Brian Baumgartner, known for his role as Kevin in “The Office,” is one of the most requested celebrities available for hire on Cameo.
Brian Baumgartner, known for his role as Kevin in “The Office,” is one of the most requested celebrities available for hire on Cameo.

  • Cameo is an online service that lets people hire celebrities to create personalized videos.
  • Thousands of actors, artists, and influencers have set their own rates for a Cameo video appearance.
  • Cameo video prices range from as low as $1 to as high as $1,500, depending on the celebrity.

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Cameo lets everyday people hire actors, athletes, artists, and celebrities of all types to create personalized video messages for any occasion. For example, you can hire celebrity chef Alton Brown to give a personal pep talk to a friend or hire their favorite actor to leave them a video message as a specific movie character.

Viral Cameo videos have shown just how versatile the service can be; Carole Baskin, the big-cat rights activist who rose to fame with the Netflix docuseries “Tiger King,” has been seen singing 50 Cent’s “In Da Club” as a Cameo request.

Baskin was among Cameo’s most requested stars last year, alongside Snoop Dogg, Brett Favre, and “The Office” actor Brian Baumgartner. Baumgartner earned more than $1 million from Cameo in 2020, according to Cameo CEO Steven Galanis.

Thousands of celebrities and social media influencers are available for Cameo videos – they set their own price and still have final say over whether or not they complete user requests. Prices start as low as $1 to $5 for less recognizable online talent while stars with more name recognition, like Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas, Grammy award-winning artist Chaka Khan, and venture capitalist Kevin O’Leary, charge anywhere from $650 to $1,500 for a Cameo video.

For talent big and small, Cameo gives people a way to make money directly from their celebrity, and the service puts fans directly in touch with the artists they appreciate.

How does Cameo work?

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A view of the Cameo Marketplace.

To request a Cameo, you’ll need to make an account and visit the Cameo Marketplace through the Cameo website or app, where you can sort the thousands of available celebrities based on category. Once you’ve chosen your celebrity, you’ll fill out a request form where you describe what you want your Cameo talent to do, in a maximum of 250 characters. Cameo accepts direct payment via credit card – US residents using iOS can also purchase “Cameo credits” to store in your account and exchange for videos later.

Once the request is completed, the Cameo talent has seven days to accept or deny the project. If accepted, the celebrity will record the video and Cameo will send a link to the video to the phone numbers and email addresses listed with the request. Users can download the video to keep forever and share however they like.

If the hired talent doesn’t fulfill the request within a week, all charges will be restored to the buyer’s wallet.

Some Cameo celebrities also offer live Zoom calls, though you can expect them to be more expensive than a standard Cameo video with the same talent. The Cameo app gives you the ability to chat with talent via direct messages as well. Chatting is a cheaper option if you just want to ask a celebrity a question or send a quick shout-out.

Business Cameos

Cameo offers a separate service for businesses looking to promote a product, or have a celebrity appear for a virtual event. Business Cameos have an average price of $1,000 but come with a different license for promotional and commercial use.

It’s important to note that Business Cameos are only licensed for use for 30 days after they are created. Cameo says businesses must contact the company directly to extend the license beyond thirty days. Cameo Live sessions are also available for businesses and virtual events, with a starting price of $10,000.

Companies looking to book services on Cameo can browse the marketplace on their own, or they can choose to partner with Cameo for access to their VIP service. This VIP service includes a dedicated customer success representative, prioritization for your request, and a waiving of the 5% service fee. For more information about the VIP service, companies must book a call with Cameo.

Any products being sent to a celebrity for promotional purposes must be cleared through the Cameo request process in advance, and the talent is allowed to provide their honest opinion of any product they’re asked to endorse.

Cameo also says that promotional videos cannot be edited, to avoid celebrity videos being used out of context. VIP service members can speak with their customer representative for a potential do-over if the celebrity says the wrong name or doesn’t meet expectations. Companies who choose to book through self-service have fewer options for rectification and can reach out via email to the customer service team. Unfortunately, there are no refunds or reshoots for Promotional Cameo videos if you’re unsatisfied with the final result, so be careful before you commit.

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TikTok just hit a critical milestone only Facebook has been able to achieve

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and TikTok parent company Bytedance CEO Zhang Yiming.

  • TikTok has been downloaded three billion times around the globe.
  • Facebook and its WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger are the only other non-game apps to hit that mark.
  • TikTok reaching that milestone proves Facebook isn’t the only app people don’t want to live without.
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TikTok has been downloaded more than three billion times around the world.

That’s a milestone that only Facebook and its cohort of apps have reached, showing the social media giant isn’t the only app people can’t live without.

According to new Sensor Tower data, TikTok is the fifth non-game app to ever surpass the three billion install mark. The only other apps to have gathered more than three billion downloads since January 2014 are Facebook and its WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram.

Facebook, however, still has more monthly active users around the globe – TikTok’s reported 732 million MAUs fall short of Facebook’s 2.85 billion.

The popular video-sharing TikTok app has soared in popularity since it launched in 2016, breeding a new enclave of social media influencers and its unique brand of digital culture. People really started using the app more during the pandemic as many sought entertainment while shut inside their homes.

Its success has even prompted its competitors to come out with their own TikTok-like features. Instagram launched Reels in August 2020, rolling out the short-form video format for users that now appears in the app’s Feed and Explore pages.

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How to uninstall or delete apps on your Mac computer

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It’s easy to uninstall apps from your Mac.

  • You can uninstall apps from your Mac by moving them to the Trash.
  • If you downloaded the app from the App Store, you can also uninstall it through Launchpad.
  • Uninstalling an app should delete most of its data, but some data may be left behind on your Mac.
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If you’re like most people, apps take up more space on your Mac than any other kind of file. And in many cases, the biggest apps are ones that you barely use.

Luckily, it’s easy to uninstall apps on a Mac. You can get rid of them like any other file: Just throw them in the trash.

Here’s how to uninstall apps from your Mac.

How to uninstall apps on a Mac

Using Finder

1. Find the app you want to uninstall, either on your Desktop or in a Finder window. If the app is on your Dock but you can’t find it anywhere else, right-click it in the Dock and then select Options and Show in Finder.

2. Once you find the app icon, you have two options. You can:

  • Right-click the icon and select Move to Trash
  • Click and drag the app icon to the Trash app
A Mac's Applications folder, with the Move to Trash option highlighted.
You can right-click on any app or file to delete it.

In either case, the app icon will disappear from your Finder or Desktop, along with all or most of its data. If the app icon is still in your Dock, just click it and it should give an error message and then disappear.

And to fully delete all the data, open Trash and click Empty in the top-right corner.

A Mac's Trash folder, with the "Empty" option highlighted.
Click “Empty” to fully delete everything in the Trash folder.

Using Launchpad

If you downloaded the app you’re uninstalling from the Mac App Store, you can also uninstall it through the Launchpad.

1. Open Launchpad and scroll to find the app you want to uninstall.

2. Click and hold your mouse on the app until all the apps start to shake.

3. If the app was downloaded from the App Store, it should have an X icon in the top-right corner. Click that X, and then click Delete.

A Mac's Launchpad screen, with the "Delete" option highlighted.
Click the X and then confirm you want to delete the app.

The app icon – and its data – will disappear.

Olivia Young contributed to a previous version of this article.

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Anti-vaccine groups used Telegram to send ‘apparent death threats’ to BBC journalists, report says

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Anti-lockdown protests in London.

  • Telegram users reportedly shared BBC journalists’ addresses and info in an anti-vaccination group.
  • BBC News asked staff to undergo training for handling “in-person” attacks, The Observer reported.
  • Attacks on reporters hit unprecedented levels in 2020, The Committee to Protect Journalists said.
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BBC News is said to have tightened its newsroom security after receiving threats against journalists from anti-lockdown or anti-vaccine groups.

The Observer reported that conspiracy groups on the messaging app Telegram had “swapped details of journalists, including their addresses, and have attempted to organise abuse.”

The report also quoted from a BBC staff memo sent out on Friday, which detailed the formation of an internal BBC group to study the safety of the news broadcaster’s employees.

BBC director of news and current affairs Francesca Unsworth said in a memo that staff should go through training for “in-person” attacks, according to the report.

“We know these attacks are more often aimed at women and journalists of colour, so we want to make sure we have particular support for those groups and are looking at what this could be,” Unsworth wrote.

Violence against journalists has been on the rise around the world, spurred in part by restrictions designed to slow the pandemic, according to Unesco.

That group published a report last September showing “a significant and growing threat to media freedom and freedom of access to information in all regions of the world.”

Attacks on US journalists have also hit “unprecedented” levels last year, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, a New York nonprofit.

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Instagram reveals the 4 things it watches most closely to determine everything you see on the app

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  • Instagram says it looks at how often you interact with users to determine what content to surface.
  • The company revealed other factors in a blog post designed to tell users how Instagram works.
  • Instagram and other social media platforms use algorithms to keep you scrolling on their sites.
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Instagram revealed on Tuesday how it decides what content, like posts and stories, to show you.

The company published a blog post detailing the four most important “signals” out of thousands from you that it considers when determining what you see in the Feed and in Stories.

Instagram says it:

  • Looks at your history of interacting with someone, like commenting on their content, to see if you’d find their post interesting
  • Uses information about how popular a post is, like how many likes it has, and where it was taken to help determine if it pushes it toward you
  • Uses information about the person who posted it and how interesting they might seem to you
  • Uses information about the kind of content you view to decide if a post might be interesting to you

Instagram also says it uses five interactions to dictate what you see. In Instagram’s Feed, those interactions are how likely you are to spend a few seconds looking at a post, comment on it, like or save it, and tap on the profile photo of its author.

The platform then makes “educated guesses” using this data to decide what to show you first.

Instagram wrote its Tuesday blog post to “shed more light on how Instagram’s technology works and how it impacts the experiences that people have across the app,” and the company said more posts will follow. This first post was designed to answer questions like “How does Instagram decide what shows up for me first?”

Instagram also clarified that it doesn’t just use a single algorithm to study your behavior online – it uses ” a variety of algorithms, classifiers, and processes, each with its own purpose.” The company says it ranks content differently in Stories, Feed, and Explore, such as tailoring content from your closest friends to you in Stories.

Instagram and other social media platforms have faced scrutiny over what critics called their addictive algorithms designed to keep you scrolling – and keep advertising dollars rolling in.

Studies have shown links between social media and depression, as well as feelings of isolation and hopelessness. Experts recommend limiting the use of online platforms and being mindful of who you interact with on the apps.

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I listened in on the first-ever Clubhouse wedding along with 26,000 other people. It included heartwarming vows, a registry to gift a $5,000 Caribbean getaway, and snapshots of the happy couple.

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Natasha Grano and Michael Graziano.

  • Natasha Grano and Michael Graziano are the first-ever couple to get married on the audio-only app.
  • The two-hour traditional ceremony included the walk down the aisle and a Corinthians reading.
  • Guests were instructed to “Push to Refresh” to update the couple’s profile photos as it went on.
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Natasha Grano and Michael Graziano made history on the Clubhouse app yesterday when they became the first-ever couple to get married on the audio-only platform – a fitting venue considering that’s where the two met last February.

According to a report from Direcon, a third-party provider of Clubhouse analytics, the nuptials captured the ears of nearly 27,000 listeners throughout the two-hour ceremony, which was hosted by celebrity matchmaker Carmelia Ray – 10 times the amount of people initially expected to tune in.

One of those listeners was Digital Marketing’s Gary Henderson, who met the couple through the app and listened in from his home in San Juan, Puerto Rico, before going out to run errands with his wife.

“It was great to hear so many people share their loving words with Natasha and Michael,” Henderson, who’s never actually met the couple in person, told Insider.

“Clubhouse is the perfect way to invite your global friends and family to an intimate experience without it becoming too intrusive,” he added. “We were able to share a private moment together without the awkwardness of a camera, or lighting, or professional microphones, or any weird angles. Without Clubhouse, this amazing wedding would have never been possible.”

Although the executives at Clubhouse didn’t play a role in the couple’s wedding, Stephanie Simon, head of community, creators, and partnerships at Clubhouse, did take a moment to express her best wishes to the couple and issued the following statement to Insider: “We’re constantly inspired by the ways that individuals are using Clubhouse to meet new people, build friendships, and ultimately share milestones of the human experience with each other. This wedding reminds us that the power and intimacy of voice can turn conversations around shared interests into deep and meaningful relationships, and even love.”

As for me, while I was fascinated by the notion of an audio-only wedding – especially from a guest perspective, since I was able to attend Sunday morning’s festivities in my favorite sweatpants from the comfort of my sofa – I did find myself missing those quintessential moments one can only truly experience in real life: the first kiss, the first dance, the cutting of the cake, and yes, even the bouquet toss.

A traditional ceremony – all done via audio

The couple exchanging rings on Clubhouse
The couple exchanging rings on Clubhouse.

Henderson, along with listeners from around the world like me, were treated to a variety of rituals reminiscent of a conventional wedding, but through audio: the bride’s walk down the aisle, a reading from Corinthians, and heartfelt speeches given by members of the bridal party, which included rapper Ja Rule and John Assaraf, from the documentary “The Secret.”

Daymond John of “Shark Tank” and Netflix cofounder Marc Randolph, who were listed as groomsmen, were not in attendance, and according to Grano, one bridesmaid missed the event because she was stuck on an airplane.

The ceremony was officiated by John Gray, the former associate pastor under Joel Osteen at Lakewood Church. Gray put his own spin on things as he opened the service by proclaiming, “Dearly Beloved, we are gathered here today in front of this Clubhouse community to join Natasha and Michael in holy matrimony.”

He also concluded the service by offering the following advice to guests: “If any person can show just cause why they should not be joined together – let them speak now or forever hush their Clubhouse mouth.”

Wedding guests were invited to sign a guestbook and directed to a registry, where one could gift the couple a series of items, such as a bottle of champagne ($95), a romantic dinner for two on the beach ($250), or even a Caribbean getaway at a five-star hotel ($5,000). For those whose pockets didn’t run that deep, there were also nominal items, like a single lollipop for Rio, Grano’s four-and-half year-old son from a previous marriage ($1).

Adding some Clubhouse flair

The couple exchanging vows on Clubhouse
The couple exchanging vows on Clubhouse.

Then there were the aspects of the couple’s union that one could only experience in a Clubhouse wedding – requests to “mute yourself” and follow the couple and bridal party on social media and the presence of mic claps, the virtual version of applause, for example.

Unlike real-life weddings, where speeches have been known to go on too long, members of the virtual bridal party were met with constant reminders to keep their speeches to a maximum of two minutes long – and some even wrapped up their comments with the phrase commonly used on Clubhouse: “Thank you. I am done speaking.”

Throughout the ceremony, guests were regularly instructed to “Push to Refresh” or PTR, resulting in the couple’s profile photos continuously updating to reflect the event timeline and allowing guests to see snapshots of Grano arriving by limo and walking down the aisle, the two exchanging both vows and rings at the altar, and their first kiss as husband and wife.

A magical digital event

In reality, the images were all taken on Saturday inside a Vancouver church. Graziano told Insider the day of the Clubhouse wedding, the two were home on their iPhones wearing sweatpants. “Afterwards, we just relaxed, ordered in Greek food from DoorDash, and watched ‘Titanic’ on Netflix,” he said.

Despite some of the more less-than-romantic technical aspects of the event, listeners could still experience the warm fuzzies – the poignant pauses felt before the “I do’s,” the warmth of the couple’s handwritten vows, the smooching sounds that accompanied the couple’s first kiss, and the excited hoots and hollers that spontaneously erupted from some members of the bridal party in far-off distance places.

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Grano and Graziano’s first kiss.

In his vows, Graziano told Grano, “I may have had to search the entire world to realize you’d been hiding in my phone’s apps all along, but this time I won’t let go,” adding that their Clubhouse matrimony was “the best day of his digital life.”

In classic wedding form, the couple exited the Clubhouse room to Kool and the Gang’s obligatory wedding anthem “Celebration” while wedding guest and social-media influencer Kiante Young, overcome with emotion, professed to all those listening, “I hope you two have a future baby shower on Clubhouse!”

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Etsy plans to spend $1.6 billion buying Depop, a social shopping app that’s helping teens get rich. Some Depop sellers pull in $300,000 a year – here’s how to make money on it.

Depop is a social shopping app targeted at Gen Z shoppers.

Instead of spending weekends or school holidays washing dishes and waiting tables, entrepreneurially minded teens are launching mini businesses to earn money online.

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The Depop app.

This is largely thanks to new apps that enable young shoppers to buy or sell secondhand clothing and accessories.

Depop, which launched in Milan in 2011 and has quickly gained a cult following around the world, is one of them. 

Depop is easy to use, which is one of the reasons it’s so successful.

Downloading the Depop app.

Depop has amassed more than 30 million customers in 150 countries since launching in 2011.

First, you need to download the app.

The landing page on the app.

Depop counts companies such as Poshmark and ThredUp as its competitors, and has been described as a mix between eBay and Instagram.

Depop will then ask you to create a username, link the account to your email address, and add a photo that represents your brand.

Setting up your shop.

Unlike rivals such as Poshmark or eBay, there’s more of a communal aesthetic on Depop and sellers are primarily listing streetwear, vintage, or late 1990s/early 2000s fashion. 

You’ll need to describe the style of your brand and what you’re planning to sell.

Explain what you’re selling.

This description will appear just under your username on your personal page. You can also link to your Instagram page to promote yourself more.

Next, you set up your billing address details and link your account to your PayPal. This is where all payments are handled.

The process is fairly straightforward.

You also have the option to register as a business and add in the relevant tax details. 

It’s as simple as that.

Now you can list your first item.

You’re ready to go.

Once you have a profile, you can start listing new items for sale.

Catchy photos pay off.

Depop advises sellers to post at least four photos and a video to give the item its best chance of selling.

You select the category that the item falls under.

There are 14 categories in total.

These are umbrella categories, such as menswear, womenswear, or sports equipment, for example. You can add a more detailed description of the item in another box, however.

The seller must cover the cost of shipping each item.

Depop uses Hermes courier in the UK.

In the UK, for example, the seller can either choose to do this process entirely on their own or pay to use a Depop recommended delivery company.

If you’re shipping internationally, you need to set the price yourself. 

Lastly, add the price of the item you’re listing.

There are no set guidelines for pricing.

There are no set guidelines for pricing, but sellers are advised to benchmark their prices against other products listed on the app.

Depop charges a 10% fee on each item sold.

Sellers will lose 10% of what they earn on each item.

This 10% is taken off the total transaction amount, which includes the cost of shipping. 

Customers can like, comment on, or save an item to their profile, much like you can on Instagram.

It has an Instagram-like setup.

They can also leave reviews and rate the seller. This feedback appears on the sellers’ profile page. 

Etsy said Wednesday that it was buying Depop for $1.625 billion as it looked to expand its reach to the Gen Z market.

Depop is known for being popular with Gen Z shoppers.

90% of Depop’s users are under 26 and it has its sights firmly set on this consumer base.

The company says its mission is to empower young shoppers to disrupt the fashion industry and give them the chance to become entrepreneurs.

Emma Rogue, Depop Seller
Emma Rogue (@emmarogue_ on TikTok) runs the Depop shop Shop Rogue

“This company is for the next generation,” Rachel Swidenbank, vice president of marketplace at Depop, previously told Insider. 

And for some, selling on Depop is a lucrative hobby.

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Emma Rogue lists a Y2K Fuzzy Animal Print Minibag on her Depop for $22.50

Swidenbank said that some users pull in as much as $300,000 a year selling on the app

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I paid $150 to try the popular weight-loss app backed by investors like Tony Xu and Scooter Braun. It taught me better eating habits, but keeping the weight off was harder than expected.

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Noom uses science and psychology to promote healthy eating and living.

  • Noom is a weight-loss app that uses a psychology-based approach to change your eating habits.
  • One freelancer tried Noom for over 8 months to shed some pounds and prevent pandemic weight gain.
  • She lost seven pounds and now implements the healthy habits she learned every day.
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Like many people, I’ve been losing and gaining the same 10 pounds every few years.

In my latest attempt to lose weight, I turned to the Noom app. The TV and Facebook ads feature statements like, “Just 10 minutes a day keeps the weight off” and testimonials from people who claim they worked out every day for a year and only lost 10 pounds, but with Noom they lost 30 pounds.

Noom promises to be life-changing, easy to follow, and different from other weight-loss plans. For instance, on Noom, no food is forbidden, and its ads reinforce this concept by showing a woman grabbing a brownie while the scale flips to a lower and lower weight.

Although it seems like Noom is a newcomer to the weight-loss game, the company was founded more than a decade ago, in 2008, by two best friends, Saeju Jeong and Artem Petakov.

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Last year, the company reported it had over 45 million users. A 2016 study published in Scientific Reports found that about 78% of the 35,921 participants who used Noom lost weight over an 18-month period, and a 2017 study published in the Journal of Health Communications found that Noom appeared to help people lose weight over a six-month period.

In 2019, Noom raised $58 million, with investors including Sequoia Capital, Groupe Arnault’s tech arm Aglaé Ventures, Jan Koum, cofounder of WhatsApp, Tony Xu, cofounder of DoorDash, Josh Kushner, cofounder of Oscar Health, Scooter Braun, founder of SB Projects, and Samsung Ventures. It’s now the largest venture-backed digital weight-loss startup, having raised $115 million to date, a company spokesperson told Insider’s Patricia Kelly Yeo in April.

I signed up in October 2019. It cost about $150 to test out for eight months.

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My “new normal.”

After completing a short quiz about my weight, height, desired weight-loss goal, and daily eating and exercise habits, I received my “customized” plan with a budget of 1,200 calories a day – a standard recommendation for women trying to shed a few pounds.

Noom broke my 1,200-calorie budget into three categories:

  • Green – essentially vegetables and fruits, to be eaten generously
  • Yellow – multigrain bread, lean proteins, beans, and brown rice, to be eaten in moderation
  • Red – the brownie in the ad, cheeses, pizza, anything fried, all to be eaten sparingly

Essentially, the food budget encourages participants to eat more protein, fruits, and vegetables and fewer fats and processed foods.

Other key daily aspects of Noom included recording your weight, tracking your food intake and exercise, drinking at least nine cups of water, and spending 10 minutes completing interactive readings and quizzes about food and cravings on the app.

One of your first assignments is to declare your “Super Goal” and “Ultimate Why” for losing weight, then envision how your life will be different once you reach your goal.

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My Noom “Super Goal.”

I imagine that this is a powerful exercise for someone who has more than 10 pounds to lose.

In fact, I’ve noticed that the people who have the most weight to lose have the most success with Noom. But it felt strange to me because, while 10 pounds would help me feel more confident, it probably wouldn’t be life-changing for me.

I’m in a Facebook group for Noom users that I joined in January 2020, and the transformational photos people post constantly amaze me. It’s not uncommon to see photos of people who have lost 100 pounds or more. Most people post about their successes and their challenges, particularly when they find the scale is creeping up. But I was more of a lurker than a poster or commenter.

I started Noom before the COVID-19 pandemic, when I thought we’d be going to two weddings and my daughter’s high school graduation in 2020, so losing 10 pounds for these events were my Big Why. Then the pandemic hit and my Big Why became my desire to not gain 20 pounds during lockdown.

Initially, I found the daily readings and quizzes really insightful.

Everything is written in easy-to-digest blurbs and based on science and psychology. There are daily quizzes to help you retain the information and opportunities to read and reflect, and then add your own thoughts and experiences.

For instance, a lesson on stress eating ends with two questions: “What is your stressor?” and “What is your stress response?”

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10 mindful eating tips.

The app invites you to list all the possible ways in which you can prevent yourself from stress eating. My list of ways to intervene included taking deep breaths, going for a quick walk, drinking a big glass of water, and calling or texting a friend. I can honestly say that none of these methods have worked for me.

There’s also a lot of emphasis on mindful eating, including how to assess how hungry you are before you start eating, ways to slow down your meal, and how to tell when you’re full.

Noom also arms you with ways to handle social situations and family members who expect you to clean your plate.

For instance, the app explains why we tend to eat more when we’re out to dinner with friends and why we might arrive at the restaurant determined to order a salad but then change to a burger when everyone else at the table orders one.

And, if your mother, grandmother, or aunt insists that you eat the special meal they made for your visit, Noom has a great list of responses like “I can’t make it work in my plan,” and “Me and [insert food] aren’t on speaking terms.”

Despite what the ads say, Noom also emphasizes exercise.

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Food pusher strategies.

There’s an initial goal to walk 3,000 steps a day, and after a week you’re encouraged to walk 10,000 steps each day and to add yoga, weights, and other workouts.

Noom pairs every participant with a goal specialist, who checks in with you every week. Each week you set a new goal – such as eating a new vegetable with every meal or exercising four times a week – and then the goal specialist checks to see if you succeeded.

If you didn’t, the specialist asks you open-ended questions that are similar to the reflections in the readings about what you could have done more of or differently.

Those open-ended questions definitely got on my nerves. Like most dieters, I know what I need to do – I just don’t always follow through.

It’s true that no food is off limits. However, losing weight wasn’t as easy as Noom promised.

One of the best lessons I learned is I can eat anything I want in moderation, and just because I gave into my craving for a bag of potato chips at lunch doesn’t mean I should give myself permission to eat an entire pizza and then a pint of ice cream for dinner.

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How to assess your hunger.

I was on Noom for eight months and lost seven pounds. About three months after I went off Noom, I gained a few pounds back, so I decided to go back on Noom, hoping to lose six more pounds (the three pounds I’d regained and the three pounds I didn’t lose the first time) but nothing happened the second time I joined – I didn’t gain weight and I didn’t lose any either.

I asked health and fitness coach and weight-loss specialist Candice McDaniel why I was struggling to lose six pounds when I see photos of people who have dropped 100 pounds.

“Losing 10 pounds on a diet plan versus losing 50 to 100 pounds is harder because of how close you already are to a healthy weight,” she said. “When you have 50 to 100 pounds to lose, you don’t need to make very many changes to your diet to start seeing results. Typically at that weight, you can try following a diet plan, and even if you aren’t perfect, you’ll start seeing progress quickly. But people who only have about 10 pounds to lose have to be a lot more vigilant and follow the program very closely to see results.”

While I no longer use Noom, I’ve managed to keep off four of the seven pounds I lost and retained many of the healthy habits I learned.

For instance, I have a fruit or vegetables with every meal, I don’t eat when I’m bored (though I do still eat when I’m stressed), I exercise every day, I write down everything I eat each day, and if I slip up and have a bag of chips or a slice of cake at lunch, I don’t go whole hog in the evening. Now if I could only lose five more pounds …

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Scraped personal data of 1.3 million Clubhouse users has reportedly leaked online

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  • Over a million Clubhouse users have had their personal data leaked for free, Cyber News reported.
  • The social media app, popular for its audio community, is the latest to have user records posted in a hacker forum.
  • LinkedIn and Facebook user data has also been exposed online within the past week.
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The personal data of 1.3 million Clubhouse users has leaked online on a popular hacker forum, according to a Saturday report from Cyber News.

The scraped data of Clubhouse users includes names, social media profile names, and other details.

Clubhouse did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment that was made on Saturday. As Cyber News reported, the exposed data could enable bad actors to target users through phishing schemes or identity theft.

Clubhouse on Sunday pushed back on the Cyber News report, posting on Twitter: “Clubhouse has not been breached or hacked,” it said. “The data referred to is all public profile information from our app, which anyone can access via the app or our API (application programming interface).”

The invite-only social media app launched in March 2020 and has grown into a popular platform and attracted millions of users. Its audio community allows users to tune into conversations, or “rooms,” about various topics. The company is reportedly in talks for a funding round that values the company at $4 billion.

The development comes after two high-profile data breaches surfaced within the past week.

The same publication reported on Tuesday that the personal data of 500 million LinkedIn users – about two-thirds of the platform’s userbase – was scraped and listed for sale online. A LinkedIn spokesperson confirmed to Insider on Thursday that there is indeed a dataset posted of public information that was scraped from its platform. A hacker is attempting to sell the data for a four-digit sum and potentially in the form of bitcoin.

Paul Prudhomme, an analyst at security intelligence company IntSights, told Insider that the exposed data is significant because bad actors could use it to attack companies through their employees’ information.

Days before reports surfaced of the LinkedIn and Clubhouse data leaks, Insider’s Aaron Holmes reported that the full names, location, email addresses, and other sensitive pieces of information of 533 million Facebook users were posted in a forum.

Security researchers told Insider that hackers could use the exposed data to impersonate them or scam them into revealing sensitive login information.

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