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Wendy’s Mixtape, Spotify’s Black History: Top 5 Ads Of The Week

Apple does its homework, Will Ferrell and Joel McHale interpret art, and ITV stages a dramatic suicide PSA. Typically, the copycat stunt is not the way to go. Last year, it was Hamburger Helper’s mixtape “Watch the Stove” people were freaking out over. Now here comes Wendy’s with a...

2018-03-30
The NFL will now share player RFID data between all teams

In 2015, the NFL began tagging not just footballs but all players with small RFID chips that collect information about speed, acceleration, deceleration, and distance traveled. Until now, that information about players has only been available to the coaches of those players, but that’s changing, reports Wired....

2018-03-30
This Chrome extension silences tabs before they annoy you

Google’s Chrome browser already lets you manually mute entire sites for good, and the next version will automatically prevent videos from autoplaying if they have sound. If you want more control, and to ensure that you never have an open tab taking over your speakers, you’ll want to try AutoMute. This handy...

2018-03-30
Top Facebook exec defended data collection in leaked 2016 memo: ‘Maybe someone dies’

An explosive new memo details one of Mark Zuckerberg’s most trusted executives attempting to justify growing concerns over the company’s data collection methods, and its relentless push to acquire new users. Titled “The Ugly,” the memo has never been circulated outside of Facebook’s offices until today, when...

2018-03-29
‘Timestamps’ feature makes Twitter the news site it was always meant to be

Twitter today introduced Timestamps, which allows users to share both live videos and recorded ones from a certain point. It’s essentially the same as the timestamp option on YouTube’s share button. Timestamps roll out today for the iOS and Android apps, as well as Periscope. According to Twitter, it implemented...

2018-03-29
Should Facebook still be working on a mind-reading device?

Would you wear a piece of hardware that could read your thoughts and send them to a computer? The answer to that question, in light of current events, may be different depending on who is making the product. It sounds pretty cool, in theory: you slide on some sort of headset device, lean back in your favorite...

2018-03-29
Apple ups its transparency game to avoid a Facebook-like scandal

Facebook is having a bad time after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and concerns over data privacy have entered public consciousness more than ever. Now, Apple is adding a feature to its devices to assure users it won’t use data without their permission. More specifically, it’ll try to do so transparently, rather...

2018-03-29
Hey bosses, the writing is on the wall for after-hours work emails

If you’re reading this article on your own time, you have my permission to read all the way through without stopping to check your work email. Or Slack. Or your Twitter DMs. Or any other method of communication you use to connect with colleagues. The fact is, constant connectivity is taking its toll on our...

2018-03-29
Here are the four new ways Facebook says it’s protecting election security

Forced to grapple with increasing scrutiny from regulators, the media, Wall Street, and users in the wake of continuing scandals such as the Cambridge Analytica controversy, and Russians leveraging its platform to try to influence the 2016 presidential election , Facebook today laid out four things it’s...

2018-03-29
How Virgil Abloh Can Help Louis Vuitton Regain Its Creative Spark

The Ghanian-American streetwear designer is the luxury brand’s new head of menswear. Is a new era of inclusivity coming to luxury fashion? When Louis Vuitton appointed Virgil Abloh–a Ghanaian immigrant who made his mark as a streetwear designer–to be its artistic director for menswear on Monday,...

2018-03-29
Snap sees another round of big layoffs

Facebook and Amazon may be dominating headlines lately, but Snap isn’t doing so great either. The company has reportedly cut around 100 people, predominantly from its advertising team, reports Bloomberg. This is part of a larger restructuring at Snap. Earlier this month, it laid off about 10% of its...

2018-03-29
Brands Don’t Like Facebook’s Fiasco, But They’re Still Buying Ads

Most advertisers are taking a wait-and-see approach to the Cambridge Analytica fallout, but they’re also reflecting on their use of Facebook and the mistakes it’s made. The Cambridge Analytica fiasco at Facebook is obviously a dumpster fire of data privacy issues, corporate responsibility issues, and,...

2018-03-29
TNW’s Big Spam: Our fork is hard

We’re a little late today… because we’re launching Hardfork, a brand new TNW-powered blog all about cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and the people behind them. ENJOY! Top trending tech news: 👍 Facebook is blocking third-party data brokers (TNW)🤫 They’re also testing a private comment feature (TNW)...

2018-03-29
Uber settles with family of woman killed in self-driving car accident

The daughter and husband of Elaine Herzberg, who died when a self-driving Uber test vehicle collided with her in Arizona earlier this month, has settled with the ride-sharing giant. An attorney representing the family told Reuters “the matter has been resolved” and the family would not comment further on...

2018-03-29
Facebook’s data scandal is hurting FANG stocks

FANG is a frequent acronym used for the stocks of four of the biggest technology companies: Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google (now Alphabet). All of those stocks have been hammered in recent days as fund managers have begun to flee from them, reports Reuters. But while it’s obvious why Facebook’s...

2018-03-29
Facebook to stop using information from third-party data providers

The social media giant had used information from third-party data aggregators, including Experian and Acxiom, to supplement the existing information it has on users to make its data sets more complete, and thus attractive to advertisers. But now Facebook will cut ties with those third-party data brokers, reports...

2018-03-29
Carnival offers teen a cruise for his @CarnivalCruise Snapchat handle

The cruise giant rocked up to the town of Prospect, Virginia, on the hunt for 15-year-old Darian Lipscomb, who owns the @CarnivalCruise Snapchat handle, reports CNBC. On Tuesday they began putting signs up around the town reading, “Hey Prospect, does anyone know Darian?” When they found Lipscomb,...

2018-03-29
No Man’s Sky to get Xbox One port and major update

It’s about bloody time. Nearly two years after it launched on the PC and PlayStation 4, No Man’s Sky is finally making its way to the Xbox One. Coming in Summer 2018 is No Man's Sky NEXT, a free update for PS4, PC, Xbox and WeGame. It's our largest update so far, and we're working our socks off...

2018-03-29
Facebook: You gave us permission to log your calls and texts

As the Cambridge Analytica scandal gave birth to the #DeleteFacebook movement, some users who chose to get rid of their accounts and downloaded all their Facebook data first found that Facebook had complete logs of all their cellular calls and SMS text messages. This understandably led to a freakout in the press and...

2018-03-29
Autoplaying video adverts are coming to LinkedIn

I’m not sure many people will endorse this move from LinkedIn. According to TechCrunch, the Microsoft-owned professional social network (slash blogging service for the world’s least self-aware people) is introducing autoplaying video advertisements. Previously, if an advertiser wanted to use video on LinkedIn,...

2018-03-29
Even Google Can’t Decide Whether The Android Brand Matters

From the start, the company has had a complicated relationship with its mobile operating system. Earlier this month, when Google renamed its smartwatch software from “Android Wear” to “Wear OS by Google,” some observers detected a pattern.Read Full Story

2018-03-29
Facebook severs relationship with third-party data brokers

In light of Facebook’s recent privacy woes, the company today pledged to take a meaningful step in writing past wrongs by shutting data brokers out of its multi-billion dollar ad platform. Facebook’s product marketing director Graham Mudd had this to say: We want to let advertisers know that we will be shutting...

2018-03-29
If Tim Cook Hates Facebook’s Privacy Sins, He Could Do More About It

Apple has been outspoken about user data privacy, but hasn’t required a bigger warning label on the Facebook iOS app. Today Apple CEO Tim Cook again weighed in on Facebook’s advertising business model in the wake of revelations that the social media giant had shared personal data on millions of users...

2018-03-28
Facebook test gives users a private comment option for public posts

For those of you still using Facebook in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, it’s testing a new feature which allows users to start private conversations in the comments section of a Facebook Page. Users who are part of the test can leave comments on any post on a public Page that can only be seen by those...

2018-03-28
Trump’s obsession with Amazon should worry you

The writing is on the wall; winter is coming for the world’s largest tech companies. But if you thought Facebook would be first on the chopping block, you’re mistaken. According to a report by Axios today, Trump is out for blood, and that blood, reportedly, belongs to Jeff Bezos and Amazon. This won’t surprise...

2018-03-28
In a single day, Donald Trump cost Amazon more than Airbnb’s entire value

Regulation is in the air and investors are freaking out. Last week, it was Facebook that faced the wrath of angry government officials and lawmakers, following revelations of its mishandling of user data. Today, it seems President Donald Trump has it in for Amazon and seems eager for the e-commerce giant to be...

2018-03-28
Reverse engineering consciousness: Is the brain a quantum computer?

The human brain is often described as a powerful computer, a metaphor that leads many experts to fear AI could one day become sentient. But what if developers seeking to create machines that think are barking up the wrong tree? Our minds, according to some, are actually quantum computers. And, if that’s true,...

2018-03-28
Amazon’s stock plummets on report that Trump is no fan of Jeff Bezos’s online empire

It’s no secret: President Trump doesn’t care for Amazon very much. While most everyone in the world is focused on Facebook and its alleged data malpractice, Trump seems instead to be focusing on Jeff Bezos and his e-commerce empire. A new report from Axios cites an anonymous source who has seen Trump...

2018-03-28
The Italian-made shoe craze continues with footwear startup Bells & Becks

It’s becoming the new normal: An American entrepreneur heads to Italy, finds a top-notch artisanal shoe factory, then sells the shoes online at a fraction of the price charged by designer brands making shoes in comparable factories. Sneaker brands Koio and Greats have done this, and women’s shoe brands...

2018-03-28
TNW’s Big Spam: Is sweat pore poop?

Wednesday. Halfway there. Top trending tech news: 🔈 Facebook reportedly ditching its smart speaker plans (TNW)😮 Reddit dumped its Bitcoin payment option (TNW) 🇬🇧 PM Theresa May finally got an iPhone (BBC) What we’re talking about: This wearable is small enough to stick on a human tooth unnoticed...

2018-03-28
How to make the most out of secure messaging app Signal

It doesn’t matter whether you are an activist in a police state, a tech-savvy young individual who cares about their privacy, a professional with business secrets of value, or a soon-to-be mother who cares to keep her data private from advertising companies. Privacy breaches and shady uses of our data have become so...

2018-03-28
How blockchain will disrupt Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook

In the eyes of “experts,” when it comes to blockchain, there is often no middle ground — it will either be boom or bust, nothing in between. I for one have become a big proponent of blockchain technology, especially the crypto-economics used to jumpstart powerful network effects. But with so many opinions and...

2018-03-28
Facebook makes its privacy tools easier to find

Facebook today announced it has overhauled its privacy tools, consolidating some into a single screen, and making others vastly easier to access. Previously, Facebook’s privacy settings on mobile were spread across 20 different screens. Now, users just have to head to one place. The company has also removed privacy...

2018-03-28
Data shows you didn’t #DeleteFacebook, so make sure to change these settings

As the furore surrounding Cambridge Analytica’s acquisition and use of people’s personal Facebook data has grown over the past few days, thousands of people have taken to social media to announce that they’re deleting Facebook. Social media listening tool Sysomos reports that people have posted more than 400,000...

2018-03-28
Facebook delays its smart speaker amid growing distrust of the company

Given the recent data privacy scandal that is engulfing the company, would you run out and buy a Facebook-branded smart speaker that listens to everything you say? Chances are the answer is “no,” which is the same conclusion Facebook has come to. That’s why the company has decided to delay its...

2018-03-28
Playboy is the latest brand to #DeleteFacebook

The company has announced it will deactivate all of its accounts on the beleaguered social media network, reports CNBC. In a statement announcing the move, Playboy said: “The recent news about Facebook’s alleged mismanagement of users’ data has solidified our decision to suspend our activity on...

2018-03-28
Facebook Just Announced These Changes To Try To Ease Your Mind On Privacy And Data

Amid the ongoing Cambridge Analytica scandal, the changes make it easier for users to find privacy settings, control what they share, and delete their data. This morning, Facebook responded to the ongoing Cambridge Analytica scandal by announcing a series of changes to its privacy settings—essentially...

2018-03-28
Airbnb will start sharing host information with China’s government

The U.S. company has announced it will begin sharing Chinese host information with China’s government to comply with local regulations, reports Reuters. In an email sent to Chinese hosts, Airbnb China said the decision is “similar to other hospitality companies that do business in China” and that...

2018-03-28
Watch out for the fake Poloniex phishing apps on Google Play

Avid cryptocurrency traders ought to be extra careful what apps they download from Google’s Play Store – especially if they do their trading on popular exchange desk Poloniex. ESET security researcher Lukas Stefanko has stumbled upon a malicious Poloniex copycat app designed to phish your credentials and steal...

2018-03-28
Facebook reportedly shelving plans to unveil its smart speaker in May

Surprising no one, Facebook has suspended plans to unveil its AI-powered smart speaker at its F8 developer conference at the beginning of May, reports Bloomberg. That’s because the company is still in the thick of one of the biggest scandals to have rocked the social network; over the past few weeks, it was revealed...

2018-03-28
Prevent Facebook from tracking you all over the web with this Firefox extension

In light of the data scandal that’s rocked Facebook and its community of users in recent weeks, it’s important to understand that the social network collects a lot more information about you than you may be aware of. If you’re still keen on using Facebook, though, you might want to access it through Mozilla’s...

2018-03-28
OnePlus 6 leak shows off wooden back and headphone jack

Perpetual leaker Evan Blass is at it again, this time with one of our best looks at the OnePlus 6 yet. While we’d previously seen the device leaked with a glass back – sighs – this new leak suggests the phone could come with an awesome wooden back as well. Oh yeah, it still has a headphone jack. Yay! You've been...

2018-03-28
Consumers prefer experiences over products, but what about personalization?

The Adobe Summit is currently underway in Las Vegas, and 13,000 attendees received the message that we are now buying experiences rather than products and that consumers prefer a personalized experience. However, with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation on the horizon, combined with an increasing...

2018-03-28
Apple Should Have Cut iPad Price Further For Schools, Say Analysts

Apple announced another affordable iPad and some cool new educational software today, but it might be too pricey to unseat Chromebooks in many classrooms. This morning, Apple took a shot at Google’s dominance of the education market with its announcement of a new low-priced iPad and a series of new and upgraded...

2018-03-27
Exclusive: Facebook’s leadership sinks over 20 points in corporate reputation poll

Facebook’s reputation has fallen dramatically over the past few months, as the company grapples with scandals involving unauthorized data use by Cambridge Analytica, according to new data from The Harris Poll. In an annual survey called the Reputation Quotient administered most recently in December and January,...

2018-03-27
Where can I stream that movie? Now Google Play will show you the way

Google is building a search engine for streaming video services into the Google Play Store and Google Play Movies & TV app. When you search for a movie or TV show, Google will tell you if it’s available through other services, including Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO Now, DisneyNow, and ABC. (It looks like Netflix...

2018-03-27
Report: Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress

Mark Zuckerberg, meet the U.S. government. Citing anonymous sources, CNNMoney reports that the Facebook CEO is “currently planning the strategy for his testimony.” The news comes amid an ongoing data-privacy scandal and follows revelations earlier this month about how the social network handled...

2018-03-27
TNW’s Big Spam: Today’s fungible stories

Whistleblower Christopher Wylie is appearing before the digital, culture, media, and sport committee in the House of Commons today. Check out the live updates here. It’s fascinating. Top trending tech news: 😬 Facebook faces FTC privacy inquiry (BBC) 🚗 Arizona blocked Uber’s self-driving car tests (TNW)...

2018-03-27

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