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Mark Zuckerberg Congress live-stream: How to watch the Facebook CEO’s Senate testimony

For people who have been following Facebook’s ever-escalating data privacy scandal, today is the day they’ve been waiting for. Mark Zuckerberg will testify this afternoon before a Senate judiciary committee on Capitol Hill, where he will face (hopefully) tough questions about the company’s use of...

2018-04-10
YouTube hackers deface and unlist tons of popular music videos

Something fishy is going on with YouTube. It appears the Google subsidiary has been hit by hackers as a number of popular music videos have been defaced – or have suddenly disappeared. Indeed, the platform’s most viewed video ever – Despacito by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankeee – was temporarily unavailable on...

2018-04-10
Here’s how to tell if your Facebook data was shared with Cambridge Analytica

The social media giant has released a simple tool to let you check if your data was shared with Cambridge Analytica. Just click this link (make sure you are logged in to your Facebook account already) and you’ll be taken to Facebook’s “How can I tell if my info was shared with Cambridge...

2018-04-10
Amid Fake News And Data Leaks, Ad Industry Makes Brand Safety Official

IPG Mediabrands’ UM appoints its first chief brand safety officer and teams with others in the industry to launch the Advertising Protection Bureau. Last January, P&G chief marketing officer Marc Pritchard gave Google, Facebook, and his ad agency partners an ultimatum: Do more to address transparency,...

2018-04-10
Google’s Home smart speakers arrive in India at last

Roughly a year and a half since their launch, Google’s Assistant-powered Home and Home Mini smart speakers have finally made their way to India. The voice-activated speakers, which can play music, answer questions, and control your connected home gadgets, works with Indian accents; it offers content from a range of...

2018-04-10
YouTube just got hacked, popular music vids defaced

Hackers calling themselves Prosox and Kuroi’sh have hacked YouTube and defaced music videos–including the most viewed YouTube video of all time, reports The Verge. A number of high-profile music videos uploaded to the artists Vivo YouTube accounts have been hit, with the hackers changing their titles and...

2018-04-10
Uber is buying electric bike sharer Jump

It’s not known how much Uber is paying for Jump, but the startup had previously raised $11.6 million, reports Recode. Jump is the only dockless bike sharer in San Fransisco. Despite that, the company only has 250 bikes available for hire due to limitations placed on it by the city, which has an exclusive...

2018-04-10
Mexico is investigating companies with links to Cambridge Analytica

Mexico’s transparency and data protection regulator, INAI, has announced that it has opened an investigation into whether companies that may be linked to Cambridge Analytica broke the country’s data protection laws, reports Reuters. Specifically, INAI is looking at companies that worked with a smartphone...

2018-04-10
Cryptocurrency startups bypass Facebook ad ban with sly marketing tricks

As part of its larger efforts to clean up its act, a couple of months back Facebook announced it will no longer allow ads promoting crypto-products and initial coin offerings (ICOs) on its platforms. But it seems that sly marketers have already worked out how to slip cryptocurrency ads past the filtering system. The...

2018-04-10
Facebook could theoretically owe the FTC $7.1 trillion for recent data scandals

It’s a big week for Facebook. CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to appear before Congress tomorrow, ready to fess up to his social network’s multitudinous problems. But the company might soon have a bigger adversary: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which could put Facebook on the hook for more money than even its...

2018-04-10
23 Advocacy groups accuse YouTube of illegally collecting data from kids

A group of 23 child advocacy and privacy groups have filed a complaint with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleging Google has been illegally collecting data and personalizing advertisements to children under 13. According to the Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), websites and services must first obtain...

2018-04-10
Read Mark Zuckerberg’s full prepared statements for Congress

Mark Zuckerberg is poised to begin a series of Congressional testimonies this week in which he will answer questions related to the Cambridge Analytica debacle and other topics concerning data privacy and security. The Facebook CEO has prepared a statement to present to the House of Representatives Committee on...

2018-04-09
Facebook just agreed to let an independent commission look under its hood

With the U.S. midterm elections just seven months away, and as Mark Zuckerberg prepares to testify on Capitol Hill about Facebook’s never-ending series of controversies, the company says it has agreed to open its kimono and let a number of independent academics examine its role (and that of social media in...

2018-04-09
Here Are The Questions Mark Zuckerberg Still Needs To Answer

As the Facebook CEO testifies before Congress this week, he can no longer rely on empty platitudes. Tomorrow, when Mark Zuckerberg sits in the hot seat opposite a bipartisan bevy of lawmakers in Congress, we may finally get some real answers. Or, at least that’s what we’re all hoping. Because, up to...

2018-04-09
Here’s a funny Woz vs. Zuck gag to get you through all this horrible Facebook news

You have to hand it to the press-hungry folks at Madame Tussauds in San Francisco. Hours after news broke this morning that Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak is deactivating his Facebook account, PR reps for the famous wax museum blasted out an email release with this picture: The subject line read,...

2018-04-09
Forget swag bags: TED conference 2018 attendees are getting $550 Rimowa suitcases

TED gift bags have been known to go a bit overboard. Last year, the conference set up a “gifting experience,” where attendees could stuff their TED-branded Lululemon bags with $170 Creme De La Mer face creams and $129 Google Home speakers. There were $449 G-Ro suitcases that were so popular that...

2018-04-09
Apple vs. Facebook: Steve Wozniak joins Tim Cook in criticizing the social network

If you’ve been bragging that you’re Facebook friends with Apple cofounder and ersatz Dancing with the Stars contestant Steve Wozniak, it’s time to come up with a new brag. Woz announced that he has joined the growing #DeleteFacebook movement, which has been sweeping the internet in the wake of the...

2018-04-09
Twitter bots are getting busy making sure your tweet goes viral

About two-thirds of tweeted links to popular websites are posted by bots, not actual humans, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center. For adult sites, that number rises to 90%, and for sharing sports content, about 76% of links are posted to Twitter by automated services, according to the study. News and...

2018-04-09
Cryptocurrency thieves are using verified profiles to scam and Twitter is not helping

Here is why you should never readily trust anyone on Twitter – even those with blue badges. A shifty user has leveraged his verified profile to impersonate high-profile cryptocurrency influencers and scam people. The malicious individual was busted using the verified @Protafield handle to trick naive users into...

2018-04-09
Facebook’s Disaster Maps Help Rescuers Know Where They’re Needed Most

By giving data about where people end up after natural disasters to aid workers, the social networking site has helped streamline the process of getting relief to victims. When natural disasters strike, people generally have two options: stay or flee. Either way, you can bet they’re keeping their phone with...

2018-04-09
The 2018 World Changing Ideas Awards Finalists

Fast Company’s second-annual World Changing Ideas Awards drew nearly 1,400 submissions in 12 categories. These 240 entries made it to the final round of judging. GENERAL EXCELLENCE AeroFarms, AeroFarms Aidbox, Aidbox AI-powered aeroponics, GrowX Automated cricket farms, Aspire Food Group The Children’s...

2018-04-09
Facebook has suspended a quiz app maker for Cambridge Analytica-like tactics

New York-based CubeYou was using personality quizzes on Facebook to harvest user data for marketing purposes, despite stating its quizzes were for “nonprofit academic research that has no connection whatsoever to any commercial or profit-making purpose or entity,” reports CNBC. Facebook apparently had no...

2018-04-09
This Bathroom Innovation Eases Period Pain–And Builds Community

The Warm Wall–the winner of the students category in Fast Company’s 2018 World Changing Ideas Awards–is designed to offer a soothing presence in public restrooms. Last year, while working on her thesis project for her master’s degree at Pratt in New York City, Lauren Lee–an...

2018-04-09
You can now find out if Cambridge Analytica accessed your Facebook data

Facebook has begun sending out notifications to users who were affected by the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, reports the BBC. To find out if you are 1 of the (at least) 87 million users affected, simply log on to your Facebook account via the app or web browser after 7 a.m. ET today. If you … Continue...

2018-04-09
FTC complaint says YouTube should be fined billions for harvesting children’s data

More than 20 advocacy, consumer, and privacy groups have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission alleging that YouTube parent company Google has violated U.S. child protection laws by collecting personal data on children under 13 years old, reports CNBC. Specifically, the complaint alleges that Google...

2018-04-09
This clever new font combines braille with Latin and Japanese alphabets

In an effort to make braille more accessible for the visually impaired in signage and printed media, Tokyo-based designer Kosuke Takahashi has hit upon a novel solution that merges those characters with English and Japanese alphabets, so they appear in the same place. Essentially, the fonts in Takahashi’s Braille...

2018-04-09
Twitter takes away @bitcoin from BCH fans and Roger Ver is crying free speech

Yesterday, Twitter briefly suspended the @bitcoin handle on its platform, sparking an outrage among Bitcoin Cash (BCH) supporters. The micro-blogging service has since reinstated the account, but it remains unclear who is in control of it. One thing is for sure though: It no longer belongs to Bitcoin.com CEO Roger...

2018-04-09
When Jack Dorsey’s Fight Against Twitter Trolls Got Personal

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has taken an increasingly aggressive approach to policing the social media platform. Last November, Twitter stripped Richard Spencer, the high-profile white nationalist, of his blue checkmark, his verified status on the social media platform. His badge’s removal, coinciding with a purge...

2018-04-09
Twitter thinks it can stop abuse by teaching trolls the rules

While Facebook is off fighting a number of fires caused by its failure to protect users’ privacy, Twitter still hasn’t yet solved its abuse problem. However, it now has a grand plan: show trolls a list of rules they must abide by on the platform to avoid being booted out. Susan Benesch and J. Nathan Matias, who...

2018-04-09
YouTube Kids may soon feature handpicked videos that are safe to watch

In the past three years since its launch, YouTube’s Kids app, which is designed to surface child-friendly content, has come under fire numerous times for featuring videos that are inappropriate – and in some cases, downright disturbing – for young viewers. Over the weekend, BuzzFeed News reported that the...

2018-04-09
Facebook will alert you if Cambridge Analytica grabbed your data

Facebook says it will notify 87 million users of its service that they affected by the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which saw the data analytics firm snap up their personal information through the social network to influence voters. The news comes ahead of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s appointment to testify before...

2018-04-09
Duolingo Suddenly Has Over Twice As Much Language Learning Material

The free app’s new leveling-up design lets enthusiasts start developing advanced skills even when they are just starting out. With 25 million monthly active users, Duolingo has become an immensely popular language-learning app, for good reason. It offers free instruction in 31 tongues, and it’s genuinely...

2018-04-09
An academic ethical review could have prevented the Cambridge Analytica breach

When the Facebook data of 50m users was collected by Cambridge academic Aleksandr Kogan, his actions reportedly came to the attention of colleagues who regarded his subsequent use of the data as unethical. The university revealed that Kogan had unsuccessfully applied for ethics approval in 2015 to use data collected...

2018-04-08
Avoid this privacy fuck-up when sharing Google Docs

Out of the numerous companies I’ve worked with in the past years, most use Google Docs to submit and collaborate on draft articles and documents. Google’s productivity suite has become the defacto work platform for millions of people and organizations across the world. And with good reason: It’s free, it’s...

2018-04-07
Facebook Messenger will soon let you ‘unsend’ messages just like Mark Zuckerberg

Earlier today, TechCrunch broke the news that Facebook had wiped messages Mark Zuckerberg and other executives had sent on Messenger. While Facebook said deleting messages from top management was a security issue, it felt kind of shady, especially considering the company recently admitted its automated systems...

2018-04-06
Facebook Will Soon Find Out If All Those Campaign Contributions Bought It Any Friends In Congress

A MapLight analysis found that the social network and its employees have given more than $3.1 million to federal candidates during the last decade. MapLight is a nonprofit organization that reveals the influence of money in politics.Read Full Story

2018-04-06
This company aims to solve coder gender gap by getting girls hooked early

Every year, major tech companies publish their diversity reports, with special attention paid to their gender diversity. The lack of female employees in technical or engineering positions has become a yardstick for measuring efforts towards parity. For 10 Degrees, a company of WordPress specialists in the UK, it...

2018-04-06
Scam Alert: ElectrumPro is not an upgrade to Electrum

If you are starting a new brand, remember to buy all the domains associated with that name. Electrum is learning this the hard way. Electrum, a popular bitcoin wallet service, uses electrum.org as its primary web address. “An alleged scammer has since bought the similar-sounding .com domain, which they’re using...

2018-04-06
As Facebook ignores memes, even fake news about Mark Zuckerberg spreads like wildfire

A few days ago, the Columbia Journalism Review published a thorough and frightening look into Facebook’s fact-checking program. The social network enlists organizations like Snopes and PolitiFact to scroll through thousands of contested articles and deem how factual they are. As CJR writes, the news...

2018-04-06
Amy Schumer just canceled an interview with a Sinclair station. Will other celebs follow?

Last week, Deadspin published an alarming video that quickly went viral and had an explosive impact. The video showed anchors from local news stations owned by the Trump-friendly Sinclair Broadcast Group, all repeating the same scripted warning about bias in mainstream media. After spreading online for several days,...

2018-04-06
Inside The Never-Ending Trump-Clinton Twitter Psychodrama

Never-reported details reveal how the social network and presidential campaigns stumbled in real time in 2016. Will Twitter learn from the past to do better in the elections ahead? The morning after U.S. voters elected Donald Trump president, Twitter headquarters looked nearly deserted. Many employees, shocked by his...

2018-04-06
Here’s how Deliveroo plans to just eat its competitors

This interview is part of our series of Growth Stories. We interviewed the founders and CEOs of 20 of the fastest growing startups in Europe. We asked them about their companies, their companies’ culture, and their lives, trying to understand how these three factors played a role in the achievement of such...

2018-04-06
Google Glass makes you a worse driver (and look absolutely ridiculous)

Face-mounted computers like Google’s ill-fated Glass project are often feted as safe alternatives to using your phone while behind the wheel. However, new research from the University of Texas at San Antonio has proved that isn’t the case. Google Glass doesn’t just make you look utterly ridiculous, but also...

2018-04-06
How Facebook Devalued The Birthday

What was once a private celebration has become public currency. What have we lost? As you’ve probably noticed if you’re on Facebook, the service has become ever-more aggressive about encouraging you to celebrate the birthdays of those in your social graph. It reminds you of your friends’ birthdays...

2018-04-06
I Went From Seeing Journaling As A Chore To Loving It, Here’s How

Daily journal writing has been shown to increase intelligence, reduce stress, and even strengthen immunity. At first though, it felt like unpaid work. “Dear Diary” entries might seem like a frivolous pastime, but keeping a journal has long been known to improve your health and well-being. Journal writing...

2018-04-06
LinkedIn is forcing some users to use #hashtags to post updates

Welcome to the latest class on awful UX design straight from Silicon Valley. It appears that LinkedIn is running a minor test on its platform that requires users to use hashtags in order to post updates from their personal accounts. The change was noticed by a small group of baffled users on Twitter: So, LinkedIn...

2018-04-06
Facebook reported in 7 countries for breaking European privacy law

According to Norwegian tech site NRKbeta, Facebook has been reported to data protection authorities for breaking European privacy law in Norway, The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Greece. After the revelation of the Facebook Cambridge Analytica scandal, the social media giant has admitted that as...

2018-04-06
Russia is seeking to block secure messaging app Telegram

The country’s state communications watchdog, Roskomnadzor, has filed a lawsuit to block the app in the country because Telegram has refused to hand over the encryption keys that would allow Russian authorities to read messages sent using the service, reports Reuters. Telegram, which is based in Dubai, is wildly...

2018-04-06

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