August 7, 2013

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Contour Mysteriously Closes Shop

Employees let go without warning

Contour, the point-of-view camera maker that has been one of GoPro's main competitors, has reportedly closed up shop. In a Facebook post, Jacob Hase, the company's former social media manager, said that employees came into work at the company's Seattle headquarters on Friday only to be told that they no longer worked for Contour. "No one really knows what happened," he wrote.

While it's not clear what happened, Matt Taylor of Contour's UK retailer Action Cameras told Singletrack that Contour had ceased trading, but pointed out that the stoppage could be a temporary measure while the brand looks for a new buyer.

Via Geekwire

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Newark Tops 'Least Friendly Cities' List

Friendliest city also named

Beating out Islamabad, Pakistan, in a poll of 46,000 respondents, Newark, New Jersey, was rated as the most unfriendly city in the world. In a scathing review, Conde Nast Traveler reported that "Newark is best know for being the site of an airport near New York, and for many of our readers, that's the only reason to stop there."

After taking into account political perception, size, language barriers, and the friendliness of the locals, American cities dominated the least friendly list, with five U.S. cities making it into the top ten and eight making it into the top 20. Cities were scored on a 100-point scale, with Newark scoring a dismal 13.4.

The survey also announced the friendliest cities in the world, with the Brazilian island town of Florianopolis taking the top spot with a score of 95.8, followed by Hobart, Tasmania. Only one American city, Charleston, South Carolina, made the top 10 list with respondents praising the "sand, sun, history, good food, and friendly people."

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Zookeper Suspended For Punching Seal

Possibly a sucker punch

A British zoo has suspended one of its animal keepers while it investigates claims that the employee punched a seal right in the face.

According to Bristol Zoo officials, the punching occurred while the seal was being weighed. They did not say whether it was a sucker punch, or if the conflict had been escalating over time. The animal, an American fur seal, has been examined by a vet but appears to be fine.

The zoo released a statement regarding the incident, saying “Bristol Zoo would like to make it very clear that it has a zero tolerance towards such behavior and takes its commitment to the highest standards of animal welfare and conservation seriously.”

As of Wednesday all of the seals remain on full public display. However, the fur seal has reportedly been waddling around muttering the words, “cheap shot,” over and over.

 

 

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