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Federal Prosecutors Nab 10 People in NJ and Philadelphia in Social Media Quick Cash Scheme

Where did all of the people on Instagram promising to turn your $500 to $5000 go? In New Jersey and Philly, they’re sitting behind bars.

Federal prosecutors announced on Friday that criminal charges have been issued to ten individuals in Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia for their roles in a quick cash scheme that used Snapchat and IG accounts in order to scam social media surfers out of more than $1.5 million.

The defendants who are all in their teens and early 20s spent most of their ill-gotten gains on jewelry, watches, clothes, and cars.

prosecutors said the get rich quick scheme focused on social media accounts used by 22-year-old Kayla Massa of Gloucester City, NJ, who appeared to have built her extensive online following since her early teens.

Her Instagram account, Kayg0ldi, had more than 300K followers, while her YouTube account amassed over 100K subscribers, where she posted hair tutorials and updates on her “Golden Family”.

Prosecutors allege she used her IG stories feature for her online pitches, which always included wads of cash, money orders, and bank account balances.

The victims would DM Massa, where they would receive the instructions on what method they would use to make their money. According to federal prosecutors, all Massa and her crew wanted was her victims’ bank account information. Once they were done with the accounts, they would cease all communication with their victims.

The other nine named defendants are Kayla’s sister Leire Leian Massa, 19, William Logan, 22, Jordan Herrin, 22, Erasmo Feliciano, 19, Kevin McDaniels, 18, Jabreel Martin, 20, Dezhon McCray, 20, Andrew Johnson, 21 and Alex Haines, 27.

All were charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud.

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Spotify Is Dropping A Bag For Bill Simmons’ Digital Media Company The Ringer

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Spotify is looking to make in a big splash in the sports podcast world. The streaming giant officially announced yesterday (Feb.5) that it was buying Bill Simmons’ digital media company, The Ringer, with the hopes of accomplishing that goal.

Rumblings of the Swedish streaming giant buying The Ringer were first reported by The Wall Street Journal back in January, but now it’s official. With the purchase, Spotify will acquire The Ringer’s portfolio of 30-plus podcasts that average more than 100 million downloads a month. Also, Spotify will benefit from the digital media company’s website, stable of writers, documentary suite, a book publishing deal, and YouTube content.

With the acquisition of The Ringer, Spotify is looking to make its mark in the sports podcast world due to the fact how lucrative sports and its reach across other mediums like television, video games, websites, radio, and more. During a recent earnings call, Spotify’s CEO, Daniel EK pretty much confirmed his company’s ambitions to be a juggernaut in the sports podcast world by stating:

“What we really did with The Ringer, I think, is we bought the next ESPN.”

The financial details as far as how much money was thrown out there were not disclosed, but we won’t be surprised if Spotify spent some serious cash. The Ringer joins the streaming giants three other podcast companies it purchased Gimlet Media, Parcast, and Anchor. Spotify also has exclusive programming and partnership deal with the Obamas’ production company, Higher Ground.

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Sony Slowing Prepping For The Arrival of The PS5 With The Launch of Website

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The world is eagerly waiting for some solid details about Sony’s next console, the PS5. While we still don’t have much to go on, the tech giant did quietly roll out the website dedicated to the next generation system.

Sony has been slowly dropping tidbits of information about the PS5 like how powerful it will be, its holiday 2020 launch date, and the logo nobody was blown away by, but that’s about it. Then there was the “small rumor” that it will also have some sort of next-generation backwards compatibility feature that will enhance the previous console’s games. BUT Sony is prepping the world for the PS5 because the consoles official website s up and running.

Now before you get excited, the website is bone dry on deets at the moment but does allow visitors to sign up for a newsletter that promises to keep you updated when new information is slowly revealed.

“We’ve begun to share some of the incredible features you can expect from PlayStation 5, but we’re not quite ready to fully unveil the next generation of PlayStation. Sign up below to be among the first to receive updates as we announce them, including news on the PS5 release date, PS5 price and the upcoming roster of PS5 launch games.”

Welp.

There are still rumblings of Sony having a reveal for the system sometime in February. Take that with a grain of salt though, but we definitely know for sure Sony will not be showing at E3 this year, the company confirmed as much. We will continue to keep our ears to the video game streets.

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Latest ‘Madden 20’ Title Update Adds Nike Vapor Edge Cleat That Boosts Specific Players

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Super Bowl LIV is literally just days away, and Madden NFL 20 is coming with a bevy of updates, most specifically a new shoe for players to sport on the field.

As part of the game’s latest title update, the Nike Vapor Edge — available now —  was added to the collection of in-game cleats for the NFL’s best to rock, and it’s not just a cosmetic update either. When the unique shoe is worn by certain Nike athletes like Christian McCaffrey, Odell Beckham Jr., Kyler Murray, Ezekiel Elliott, and Dalvin Cook, they will gain special boosts that will increase their speed and acceleration.

The addition of an aesthetic update that boosts the skills of certain players is a first for the Madden video game franchise. It also means that those rocking Nike gear gets a clear advantage over players who rock cleats from other brands like adidas, Under Armour, and Reebok. We don’t think gamers should be worried that those players listed above are gonna be unstoppable cause Madden developers favor balance when it comes to its game.

Speaking of Nike, you should see the exclusive Air Max 90 themed Xbox One X they cooked up.

Back to the cleats, we won’t be shocked if Madden will do the same for the other cleat brands, not name Nike. This update followed the addition of The Migos & Joey Bada$$ to the game’s Superstar KO mode becoming the latest Hip-Hop stars to grace Madden’s virtual football field.

Also shared today (Jan.31) was Madden’s annual Super Bowl prediction, giving the Kansas City Chiefs the Lombardi Trophy and naming Madden 20 cover boy, Patrick Mahomes, the MVP. If you’re a Chiefs fan, that’s a good omen because Madden has an excellent track record of picking the big game’s winner. BUT, Madden NFL 19 did incorrectly pick the Rams over the Patriots last year, so there is still hope for 49ers’ fans.

You can check out the video provided by the good folks at EA Sports below.

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Images of Samsung’s Latest Foldable Phone, The Galaxy Z Flip Reportedly Leak Ahead of Event

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Samsung is fully invested in the foldable phone movement. The Korean tech giant is following up its Galaxy Fold with the Galaxy Z Flip according to a recent leak.

Rumors about Samsung’s latest foldable phone have been floating around for some time now, thanks to the significant leak provided by Winfuture we now know exactly what device looks like as well its specs.

According to the site, the Z Flip will have a 6.7-inch, 22.9 aspect ratio foldable OLED display with an FHD+ (2636 x 1080) resolution. What sets the Galaxy Fold Zip apart from its big brother, the Galaxy Fold, is that it will use an “ultra-thin glass” glass instead of the fragile plastic covering that caused issues with the Fold when reviewers got their hands on it.

Where the Galaxy Fold Z is similar to Samsung’s latest flagship devices is that it will feature the hole-punch camera located on the inside of the phone to take selfies. It will also have  a 1.06-inch (300 x 116) OLED panel serving at the second display on the outside of the device that can be used to tell time and show”simple notifications.”

As far as what will be powering the phone, the Galaxy Z Flip’s reported internal specs will include Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus and 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of internal storage. There will be only one USB-C port that will be used for both charging and audio plus no microSD card slot. Unfortunately, the Galaxy Z Flip will not be taking advantage of the 5G network and will be confined to the land of LTE service.

The most important part of the Galaxy Flip Z, the camera, will feature three,  a dual-camera setup on the outside of the phone consisting of a 12-megapixel primary lens and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens. The inside camera will be a single 10-megapixel camera.

We not sure who is in the market in for the Galaxy Flip Z, but our guess is anyone who likes cool looking phones like Motorola’s reimagined Razr, which looks similar to Flip Z. No word on pricing and release dates, but rumors suggest it will cost $1,400 and February 14th drop date. We will be in the building at Samsung’s upcoming event in San Francisco, we expect all the details to be revealed then.

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YouTube Levels Up, Will Stream Call of Duty & OverWatch League Exclusive As Part of New Deal With Activision

Call of Duty & Overwatch League Will Stream Exclusively On YouTube

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In its quest to compete with other streaming platforms in the world of gaming, YouTube Gaming just leveled up thanks to Google inking an exclusive multiyear partnership deal with Activision Blizzard.

As part of the multiyear deal, Activision Blizzard will now utilize Google Cloud as the preferred provider to boost its game hosting as well as other technical needs. YouTube will also gain exclusive streaming rights to broadcast the video game developers Esports properties like the upcoming season of the Overwatch League, Call of Duty League, which officially kicks off today (Jan.24), Hearthstone Esports, and more.

YouTube has been looking for a win in the game streaming world. Since it launched YouTube Gaming back in 2015, the world’s largest video site has struggled to compete with the streaming giant Twitch. Things were looking so bleak that the company decided to shelve its YouTube Gaming standalone app due to “confusion” it was causing viewers replacing it with a “game-focused hun” on its site.

Speaking on the decision to join forces with Activision Blizzard, Sunil Rayan, Head of Gaming, Google Cloud stated in a press release:

“We’ve worked closely with Activision Blizzard for the past few years across mobile titles to boost its analytics capabilities and overall player experience. We are excited to now expand our relationship and help power one of the largest and most renowned game developers in the world.”

Pete Vlastelica, CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports added:

“This is an exciting year for Activision Blizzard Esports as we head into the inaugural season of Call of Duty League and our first ever season of homestands for Overwatch League all around the world. It’s our mission to deliver high-quality, competitive entertainment that our fans can follow globally, live or on-demand, and to celebrate our players as the superstars that they are. This partnership will help us deliver on that promise at new levels, by combining our passionate communities of fans and players with YouTube’s powerful content platform and exciting history of supporting next-generation entertainment.”

The announcement has been met with some criticism on Twitter. Here are some of the responses:

Regardless of how they feel, this is a win for YouTube Gaming, whether it closes the large gap between itself and Twitch, which is still the premier destination for Fortnite streamers and Microsoft’s Mixer, which is on the come up thanks to landing Ninja. Time will only tell.

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Kyle Kuzma Re-Ups On Exclusive Partnership Deal With Online Sneaker Marketplace GOAT

GOAT & Los Angeles Lakers Star Kyle Kuzma Renew Partnership Deal

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Back in October 2018, Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma inked an exclusive partnership deal with online sneaker marketplace, GOAT. Almost 2 years later, he is re-upping on that partnership.

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Kyle Kuza already has a 5-year endorsement deal with Puma, reportedly worth over $20 million, to rock their footwear on the court, but that won’t stop him from showcasing exclusive drip walking the NBA’s version of the runway, the arena tunnel. As part of his renewed deal with GOAT, he not only will rock rare kicks provided by the online sneaker retailer but also apparel and accessories from emerging, contemporary, and luxury brands that are sold on the site as well.

GOAT’s partnership with Kuzma isn’t the company’s only NBA related agreement. Back in November, last year, the company announced it secured a deal with the Brooklyn Nets. As part of the exclusive partnership with the NBA franchise, GOAT provided signage, content, and much more for both the home and visiting teams. Of course, the company will still focus on the player’s drip (good or bad) as they hit the arrival tunnel.

Speaking on the inspiration behind the  deal with the Nets, GOAT’s Chief Business Officer, Sen Sugano explained:

“We recently expanded beyond sneakers to offer apparel and accessories from the world’s leading contemporary and luxury brands. Moving beyond sneakers, we’re now the global platform for style, and our ultimate goal is to help individuals discover products that embrace who they are. We’re excited about the opportunity to partner with the Nets to showcase each player’s unique style.”

We fully expect more deals between GOAT and other athletes and NBA teams in the future.

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Apple Is Making A Cheaper, Smaller iPhone In February: Report

Apple Reportedly Working On Cheaper & Smaller iPhone

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If you are one of those people who want a new iPhone but just can’t stomach the price of the iPhone 11 or Pro Max, this news might sit well with you. According to reports, Apple is working on a cheaper and smaller iPhone model.

Bloomberg is reporting the company will start working on a new low-cost iPhone in February, which will be a first for Apple since the iPhone SE. The report also indicates that Apple will officially unveil the device in March. Rumors began swirling about the affordable iPhone last year with analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who is very reliable when it comes to being an Apple whisperer.

According to Kuo’s predictions, the new model will take cues from the iPhone 8 and will feature a 4.7-inch screen and will reportedly be powered by Apple’s A13 chip, the same chip in the current flagship model the iPhone 11. Another Bloomberg report which could confirm the cheaper model using the A13 Chip states that due to “higher-than-anticipated” Apple asked suppliers to increase processor output. This request could also mean that mass production for the cheaper iPhone will begin soon.

The device will reportedly not use Apple’s Face ID feature and instead opt for Touch ID built into the home button. Now, as far as the name, that is still up in the air, with most expecting Apple to call the device the iPhone SE 2. Outside of those who don’t like breaking the bank for smartphones, this cheaper model could help Apple gain ground on its competitor in developing nations where affordable Android devices reign supreme.

We will keep our ears to the tech streets on this one.

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Wale Tapped To Perform At Inaugural Call of Duty League Home Series Across The Pond

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Wale will be taking his talents across the pond to help kick off the opening night concert of the Call of Duty League’s London Royal Ravens home series.

The announcement of the Wow… That’s Crazy crafter getting things started with poetically infused was announced today (Jan.21) by the Esports organization RekTGlobal. The Grammy-nominated and platinum-selling artist will be joining a lineup that will also feature international DJ Nicky Romero at that concert will take place Feb. 8 at Copper Box Arena.

Speaking on the announcement of Wale performing at the opening night concert, London Royal Ravens Managing
Director Michael ‘ODEE’ O’Dell, who doubles as Chief Gaming Officer for the parent company ReKTGobal added:

“With Wale joining the concert lineup, the Home Series brings together the biggest artists in hip hop and
EDM, plus the world’s best Call of Duty pro athletes. “The inaugural homestand weekend for the London Royal Ravens is a can’t miss event with unforgettable performances, an action-packed esports tournament and lots of behind-the-scenes access for fans and the challenger scene.”

This is the latest news revolving around the COD League. Last week we got our first look at the official street-style uniforms as well as the Kickstradomis customized Air Force 1’s the league’s commissioner, Johanna Faries, and players will be rocking when it launches in Minneapolis (Jan. 24-26).

For our United Kingdom readers looking to score tickets to the event, you can head here. Looks like this is an event Call of Duty fans don’t want to miss.

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Call of Duty League Links Up With Kickstradomis For Custom Air Force 1’s

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When you think of professional gamers, we wouldn’t be shocked if most of y’all immediately picture a bunch of “nerds” competitively playing video games. Bet you didn’t know they did it in style.

When the Call of Duty League launches in Minneapolis (Jan. 24-26), you can expect to see its athletes rocking some exclusive footwear. With the help of world-renown custom sneaker designer Kickstradomis, the league will unveil a pair of Air Force 1’s customized explicitly for league’s opening day. League Commissioner Johanna Faries will also have her very own pair to mark the occasion.

The league also announced the street style-inspired gear its athletes will be sporting during home and away matches during the leagues inaugural season. The home team will have the option of either rocker a white hoodie or shirt and the away team will be able to the same but in black. The player gear kits will also have a bomber jacket that will be worn by the COD League players to-and-from events.

These kicks aren’t the first sneakers attached to Call of Duty. Pusha T teamed up with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare for an exclusive pair of his adidas Ozweego kicks called the “kingslayer” named after a medal achieved in the game. Players who reached the new officer rank (level 56) within the first week of registering were rewarded with a pair. The three stripes also collaborated with COD for a collection of sneakers inspired by Veteran’s Day.

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Fashion and Esports are nothing new, we witnessed it first hand while attending the Overwatch League 2019 championship. The kicks that were gracing that stage were on point, and we expect nothing less from COD League participants. Like other professional leagues before them, we expect jerseys from and merchandise from these Esports leagues to be up there as far as popularity. With brands like Nike, adidas Puma jumping on the Esports wave, it’s a pretty safe bet to expect that.

If you are interested in purchasing some of the COD League gear, you can head here. Hit the gallery below for a detailed look at the Call of Duty League gear below.

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