Wix, Bigstock Offer Hi-Res Stock Photography for Content Managers

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A partnership between a growing website design platform a large stock photography provider is aimed at giving small businesses better content for their websites.

It’s imperative today that any business website pop with eye-catching imagery. But those photos and graphics can sometimes cost a pretty penny.

A new deal between Wix and stock photography provider Bigstock may be part of a new trend aimed at changing all that, however. It’s a trend that puts small businesses, especially, in a position to afford on-demand high-quality professional photos and other images.

If you’re building a site with Wix, you’ll pay just $2.99 per image through Bigstock. And only Wix customers — those building a website through the design platform — will be privy to this deal. The most affordable subscription on Bigstock outside of Wix is $79 per month, according to the Bigstock website.

So the new deal could mean small business owners who have been looking for an affordable and legal means of obtaining high-quality images to add to their websites, finally have a more affordable option.

The announcement from Wix and Bigstock comes just after another site builder, Squarespace, announced a similar partnership with Getty Images.

In that deal, according to a PC Magazine report, a Getty Images search will be integrated into the newly revamped site-building platform Squarespace 7. The deal allows Squarespace customers to use Getty Images selections on their sites at $10 apiece.

The collaboration between Wix and Bigstock adds another feature for small businesses seeking to build a website on the Wix platform.

Once inside the platform, users can search among the 21 million photos, vector images, videos and illustrations available through Bigstock. Search results are displayed through the Wix interface and those results can be further refined to find the perfect image.

During the entire process, the Wix user remains within the Wix builder interface.

Company officials say they saw the need for the partnership with Bigstock when they noticed the use of images on Wix customer sites had increase exponentially in the very recent past. According to a company announcement on the Bigstock deal, use of photos on websites built through Wix has increased 150 percent in the last two years.

The company adds that good-looking images on a website are fundamental to good site design. In the release, Wix President and COO Nir Zohar adds:

“Our users need affordable, accessible and high-quality images to enrich their websites, and this partnership answers that need. The collaboration with Bigstock brings millions of professional grade images right to their fingertips, giving users yet another tool to create an online presence that looks exactly the way they want.”

Image: Wix

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Bahrain: An Inconvenient Uprising (Extra Scene)

Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Like many countries in the Middle East and beyond, Bahrain erupted with anti-authoritarian protests in 2011 when the Arab Spring took the region and many of its repressive leaders by surprise. While Arab Spring uprisings found favor with many in the West, unfortunately for the people of Bahrain, their own revolution was largely forgotten. But it never went away — for three years, near-nightly protests have been brutally quashed by militarized security forces. Earlier this year, VICE News correspondent Ben Anderson travelled to London to speak with Nabeel Rajab, the unofficial leader of Bahrain’s uprising, and then headed undercover to Bahrain, where he met activists, protestors, grieving parents, and alleged torture victims. Watch “Bahrain: An Inconvenient Uprising” – http://bit.ly/11uAes9 Check out “Bahrain’s Human Rights Activist Faces Jail Time — for a Tweet” – http://bit.ly/1yMpYY3 Watch “The VICE News Interview: Abdullah Elshamy” – http://bit.ly/1zwggw3 Check out the VICE News beta for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews

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The Missing 43: Mexico’s Disappeared Students (Trailer)

Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News On September 26, students from the Teachers College of Ayotzinapa in Mexico en route to a protest in Iguala were intercepted by police forces. In the ensuing clash, six students were fatally shot and 43 were abducted. Investigations over the following weeks led to the startling allegations that the police had acted at the behest of the local mayor, and had turned over the abducted students to members of the Guerreros Unidos cartel. All 43 students are now feared dead. The case has come to represent the negative feeling of the Mexican public toward the state of justice and the rule of law in Mexico. The events have now galvanized the survivors of the attack and the disappeared students’ parents. Nationwide demonstrations have increased in intensity, and recently led to government buildings in the state of Guerrero to be set on fire. In the upcoming three-part series, VICE News travels to Guerrero, ground-zero for the protest movement that has erupted since the disappearance of the students. We meet with survivors of the Iguala police attack and parents of the missing students, accompany volunteer search parties, and watch as angry demonstrators set fire to government buildings in the aftermath of the murders. Check out “Americans Support Mexico’s Anti-Government Protests — As Long as They Stay in Mexico” – http://bit.ly/1tNh7QH Check out “Fiery Protests Erupt in Mexico Over Missing Students” – http://bit.ly/1uqDgt8 Check out “Ayotzinapa: A Timeline of the Mass Disappearance That Has Shaken Mexico” – http://bit.ly/1sJtnS4 Watch “Murder and Migration in Honduras: Immigrant America” – http://bit.ly/1xSMGgl Check out the VICE News beta for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews

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Facebook at Work Could Rival LinkedIn, Google Drive

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Unless you’re updating the company page, using Facebook at work is frowned upon generally. But a new report suggests that Facebook is planning to invade the workplace with the intent of getting actual work done, not frittering away your day.

The purported Facebook at Work would seek to challenge competition in the social media and cloud collaboration markets, according to a CNet report that cites information from the Financial Times.

For starters, Facebook at Work would not necessarily be the Facebook that we currently know. There would be a News Feed and Groups to join, just like on the current version of the social media site. However, these feeds and site activity would be separate from the main site and the similarities would end there.

Facebook at Work would not be the place where you post new pictures of your cats, your kids, selfies, or political rants and complaints about friends and family members.

Instead, Facebook at Work would be a place where you might make new professional business contacts. And it’s designed to also get you in contact with your co-workers to take advantage of the site’s other functions.

You’ll be able to post information about your professional life and hopefully make contact with others in your area of expertise. Or you may be able to meet people from an area where you may need help. That would mean a lot of the information that you might reserve for posting to LinkedIn, you’d post to Facebook at Work, too … or instead.

In addition to being somewhat of a professional meeting place, Facebook at Work reportedly aims to enter into cloud collaboration, too. So that means you could connect via the new, separate network with your co-workers and work on projects — documents, presentations and the like — together.

That would be a direct attempt at taking away from popular Web-based collaboration tools offered through Google Drive, Microsoft Office, and others.

Facebook at Work is essentially a private version of Facebook already used by employees at the company to send messages, collaborate with other employees and upload files.

But Chris Gayomali of Fast Company points out the new platform might have a few problems being accepted by the mainstream for things like company messaging and collaboration. One reason for that may be the trust issues so many users have with Facebook where their private data is concerned.

Gayomali writes:

“Privacy controls will be a big one. If normal ol’ Facebook comes across as confusing for people, will big corporate offices trust Facebook to handle whatever secret projects they’re working on?”

And Facebook has also been unsuccessful with some of its other derivative products, Fast Company reports. Those include Facebook’s email service and various attempts to imitate messaging services like Snapchat. Gayomali adds:

“…users have no qualms about spreading the different facets of their online identities across different platforms. They’ll use Facebook to post status updates for family, Snapchat to waste time with a few close friends, Instagram to post vacation photos, and Twitter to talk to strangers.”

Several companies have been testing Facebook at Work in a pilot program already, TechCrunch reports.

A rollout of Facebook at Work for a mass audience may be just a few months away. The question is, will users go to Facebook for a service they are already getting via LinkedIn, Google Docs and elsewhere?

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Return to the MH17 Crash Site: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 87)

Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News On July 17, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine, killing 298 innocent people. While investigations continue into exactly what happened, representatives from the Dutch Safety Board are still recovering pieces of the plane that have been lying in fields for four months. In the absence of an official determination, pro-Russia separatists and the Ukrainian government are putting out their own theories. VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky traveled to the site of the MH17 crash, where Dutch investigators continue their work, and spoke with a Cossack commander as well as a representative from the Ukrainian Security Services about the blame game between the two camps that will likely persist for months to come. Follow @simonostrovsky on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/SimonOstrovsky Watch “Sentenced to Death by a Crowd: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 86)” – http://bit.ly/11CCa2V Check out “New Footage Allegedly Shows Fiery Aftermath of MH17 Crash in Ukraine” – http://bit.ly/1xPWYib Watch “Exclusive Footage of MH17 Aftermath: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 60)” – http://bit.ly/14MNJpu Check out the VICE News beta for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews

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The Aftermath of the Attack in Santiago: The Bombs Dividing Chile

Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Around 200 bombs have been either found or detonated in Chile over the past decade. Many of these bombs have been located in the capital city of Santiago, and have generally avoided harming innocent civilians. This changed on September 8, 2014. A bomb was detonated inside a crowded subway station, leaving 14 civilians injured. Some blamed anarchist groups, while others suspected ultra-right terrorists. In response to the threat, Chile’s government has increasingly invoked its controversial anti-terror laws, which were originally enacted during Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship. VICE News traveled to Chile to speak with lawyers, politicians, and civilians about the current climate following the September 8 attack, and to ask whether the government will be able to guarantee and protect the rights of its citizens as it seeks to solve the mystery of the bombings in Chile. Check out “Chile Investigates Terrorist Ties to Man Killed by Another Bomb on Santiago’s Streets” – http://bit.ly/14ihE8x Check out “Chile Is Prosecuting a Group of Suspected Anarchist Subway Bombers” – http://bit.ly/1xwkoZC Watch “Istanbul’s Kurdish Riots” – http://bit.ly/1BhaakS Check out the VICE News beta for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews

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Spotlight: Military Wife Finds Niche with Digital Photo Service

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Being a military spouse can be tough. It often involves moving to new cities on a regular basis, making finding employment especially difficult. That was the case for Vista Bartholomew. But instead of working odd jobs at each new location, she came up with a creative solution.

Combining her passion for photography and her entrepreneurial spirit, Bartholomew created VistaPix Media. The company specializes in digital photo scanning, video transfer and similar services. And Bartholomew has even used her business as a way to help other military families in a unique way. Read more about her story in this week’s Small Business Spotlight.

What the Business Does:

Offers digital photo scanning and preservation services.

Currently the business offers digital photo scanning, slide scanning, video transfer and photo preservation services. Customers can send their photos and other materials into VistaPix Media and the business offers various options for transferring or preserving them. Customers then pay a fee based on the number of photos and specific services they require.

Business Niche:

Giving personal attention to each customer.

Since Bartholomew has had to go through several moves with her family, she understands how difficult it can be to preserve family photos and memories. For that reason, she takes care to offer great service to each individual customer.

How the Business Got Started:

Bartholomew struggled to find meaningful and fulfilling employment while moving from one military assignment to another. She also struggled to organize and preserve her family’s photos and memories. So she decided to merge her own need with her passion for photography to create a business. She explains:

“As a military wife that was always on the move, I understood the risks and challenges to sacred family keepsakes like photos as they are packed up and subjected to various elements. I created VistaPix Media to give others like myself a better solution to preserving these memories through digital scanning.”

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Employees:

50

All 50 of the company’s employees, including the owner, come from military families. Bartholomew thinks it is important for her company to show this type of commitment to supporting military families like hers. And she also thinks it has created a truly unique working environment. She says:

“Because we all understand ‘military life’ our work environment maintains a unique level of camaraderie and support.”

Biggest Win:

Deciding to only hire military spouses and veterans.

Bartholomew says:

“As a wife of a service member myself, it was important to me to give back to the military community in any way that I could, which is why we made this choice in employment. While we understand why other businesses choose to outsource their service and employees, we felt that keeping the entirety of our business within the United States was the right decision.”

Biggest Risk:

Focusing on families over profits.

Bartholomew explains:

“I think there’s a lot of risk involved in getting any business up and running, and when that business is also dedicated to creating opportunities for its employees that aren’t necessarily laser-focused on the bottom line, and working to take current industry services to the next level, there’s a great deal of risk involved. Fortunately for us, thanks to our emphasis on quality and personal connections, we’ve experienced steady growth since our founding.”

How They’d Use an Extra $100,000:

Hiring more employees and adding more services.

Bartholomew said she would like to eventually expand the company’s digital scanning services to make sure that customers have more options. And of course, she would also like to hire even more military spouses and veterans as part of the VistaPix Media team.

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Lesson Learned:

Enjoy the experience.

Overall, Bartholomew said she’s happy with the decisions she’s made to run her business. But she admits that she might have worried a little too much during the business’s early days. She says:

“As I look back now and see how far we’ve come, I wish I could give myself more faith that it would all work out. In terms of specific strategies, I’m very happy with my approach to this business and wouldn’t change a thing in that regard.”

Images: VistaPix Media

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