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The long-suffering news business keeps getting big promises from Big Tech

With Google under pressure to clamp down on YouTube conspiracies and low-quality clickbait, the search giant is launching a major new effort aimed at strengthening its relationship with news publishers—and perhaps keeping them from going under. At an event in New York today, the company announced the Google...

2018-03-20
A quarter of Amazon merchants’ sales are now cross-border

Amazon Vice President Eric Broussard has revealed to Reuters that more than 25% of revenue generated by third-party sellers on Amazon was made by cross-border sales, in which the seller’s products are sold and shipped to someone in another country. That figure is up a whopping 50% from a year earlier. Recently...

2018-03-20
More than half of U.S. homes subscribe to video streaming services

Deloitte’s 12th annual digital media trends survey has found that 55% of American households now subscribe to at least one video streaming service, reports CNBC. That’s more than the 49% of households that subscribed to at least one service last year. The survey consisted of 2,088 consumers, and over...

2018-03-20
The iPhone has a two-year lead over Android phones in facial recognition

That’s according to three major parts producers that spoke to Reuters. Apple’s introduction of Face ID, and its total abandonment of the Touch ID fingerprint reader, was one of the company’s most contentious choices in the design of the new iPhone X. But it looks like Apple made the right...

2018-03-20
Facebook to hold an emergency employee meeting about the Cambridge Analytica scandal

The company has scheduled the meeting for 10 a.m. Pacific time Tuesday morning, reports The Verge. The meeting will be open to all employees and be hosted by Paul Grewal, Facebook’s deputy general counsel. Grewal is expected to explain the background of the Cambridge Analytica issue and will then take questions...

2018-03-20
How Smart Home Lock-In Imprisons You, And Why That Might Change

Smart home products from Amazon, Google, and Apple don’t always talk to one another, but help is on the way. One of my biggest anxieties about putting together a smart home is the possibility of walking into a trap.Read Full Story

2018-03-20
The Senate Commerce Committee wants answers from Zuckerberg

Senate Commerce Committee chairman John Thune and chairs Roger Wicker and Jerry Moran have written a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg demanding answers on a number of issues surrounding the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The questions the SCC has for Zuckerberg include: What type of data Strategic Communications...

2018-03-20
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is rolling out on mobile worldwide

If you’ve been hankering to start kicking ass and taking names in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds aka PUBG, you’ll be glad to know that the blockbuster multiplayer game is now available on Android and iOS for free in the US and 122 other regions across the globe. The 100-player-battle-royale title previously...

2018-03-20
Mark Zuckerberg lost $6 billion and his head of security in one day

Facebook’s security chief Alex Stamos is planning on leaving the company, according to the New York Times. Stamos–one of the more public-facing employees at the company–is parting ways over disagreements with how the company has handled its problem with misinformation. Stamos—who led the...

2018-03-20
Caught On Tape: Cambridge Analytica Execs Offered To Extort Political Foes And Spread Lies

The Trump-affiliated data firm told an undercover British reporter that, among other things, they could send “Ukrainian girls” to tarnish an opposition candidate. Facebook admitted late Friday that the data analysis firm that helped Donald Trump’s campaign, Cambridge Analytica, misused the...

2018-03-19
I’ve Given 333 Apps Access To My Facebook. Almost None Of Them Need It

When you can’t even recognize some of the apps that can peer into your life on Facebook, it’s proof you clicked without considering the consequences. As far as I know, I never took “thisisyourdigitallife,” the personality quiz that researcher Aleksandr Kogan used to harvest 50 million...

2018-03-19
This is the correction some Facebook analysts have been waiting for

Facebook’s stock is taking quite a tumble. Last Friday, it closed with a market cap over $537 billion. Now, after revelations about how the Trump-associated data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica mishandled millions of user’s data from the social network, Mark Zuckerberg’s company’s value...

2018-03-19
Google Play now lets you try some games without downloading or installing

Google today introduced Google Play Instant, a Play Store feature allowing gamers to play certain games on Android devices without downloading or installing them. This means you don’t have to clear precious storage space to try a new game. Last year’s Android Instant Apps announcement was a game changer, but it...

2018-03-19
TNW’s Big Spam: Too much peen for a Monday?

Today, blockchain wizard Alex Mashinsky is joining us on TNW Answers. Have you asked your questions yet??? Top trending tech news: 😬 Whistleblower Christopher Wylie came forward to reveal Facebook users’ data was obtained and kept by Cambridge Analytica, a data firm which helped Trump win the 2016...

2018-03-19
Photoshop seem too scary? We’ll show you how to tame it... for under $30

Graphic designers and photographers who really know their way around Adobe Photoshop can turn out some dazzling images. As the app that’s synonymous with photo editing, knowing how to use all the power within Photoshop’s framework, turning so-so images into amazing works of art, is an incredibly valuable skill...

2018-03-19
Watch out, Google and Facebook: Amazon ads are on the rise

Google and Facebook’s iron grip on the digital advertising market is starting to weaken, according to a new eMarketer report. Although both companies continue to grow, they will capture just 48% of new digital ad dollars in 2018, the research firm projects, versus the 73% of new dollars that their digital...

2018-03-19
With New Tools, Facebook Tells Influencers: Trust Us. Really

Cambridge Shmanalytica! The social giant wants that influencer love, introducing money-making tools for the cool cats on Facebook. Should they chase Zuck’s laser pointer? Nala the cat first became big on Instagram, where the wide-eyed, siamese-tabby mix is officially the platform’s most popular cat with...

2018-03-19
Why I’m Ditching Digital Nomadism (For Now)

Over the last two years, this entrepreneur built two successful business ventures while traveling the world. Here’s why she’s settling down for a while. Tel Aviv, Madrid, Seoul, Tokyo, Bucharest, and São Paulo are a few of the many cities I’ve bounced among over the past couple years....

2018-03-19
HQ Trivia not showing in App Store for some people, but don’t worry

HQ Trivia, the live quiz app that’s rocketed to popularity since its release last fall, is not showing in search results in Apple’s App Store for many people. Of the seven iOS users we asked to look  it up today, only one of them saw it briefly before it disappeared again. That’s for the US version of the...

2018-03-19
HTC’s upgraded VR headset, the Vive Pro, ships on April 5 with a new price

HTC’s Vive Pro, the forthcoming upgrade to one of the leading high-end virtual reality systems, will ship April 5, and cost $799, the company says. The Vive Pro features integrated headphones (rather than a jack for third-party audio devices), bringing it in line with Facebook’s Oculus Rift. As well, the...

2018-03-19
As Facebook’s stock plummets, analysts warn of new “enhanced risks”

It’s been a rough weekend for Facebook. Ever since the company suspended Cambridge Analytica from its platform, admitting that the Trump-affiliated data firm misused millions of people’s personal data, Mark Zuckerberg’s social network has been in hot water. In the United States, Facebook is seeing...

2018-03-19
After Google and Facebook, Twitter is planning to kill cryptocurrency ads too

Following in the footsteps of Facebook and Google, Twitter is also contemplating banning all cryptocurrency advertising from its platform. The updated advertising policy stands to prohibit promotional content for initial coin offerings (ICO), token sales, and cryptocurrency wallets globally, according to a report from...

2018-03-19
Do This To Write A More Emotionally Intelligent LinkedIn Profile

Don’t just list out skills associated with emotional intelligence. Here’s how to adapt a technique from psychology to appear more approachable on LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a great place to network and look for jobs, but a lot of people’s profiles feel stiff and standoffish–at least compared...

2018-03-19
The EU will investigate Facebook over the Cambridge Analytica scandal

The head of the European Parliament announced on Monday that the EU will investigate whether the data of more than 50 million Facebook users were misused when it was accessed by Cambridge Analytica, reports Reuters. The potential misuse of data occurred when Cambridge Analytica used the information of Facebook users...

2018-03-19
Now Twitter will ban most cryptocurrency ads

The move comes after Facebook and Google cracked down on cryptocurrency ads earlier this year. Twitter will reportedly prohibit a range of cryptocurrency ads within the next two weeks, reports Sky News. The ban will affect cryptocurrency ads related to initial coin offerings (ICOs), cryptocurrency wallets, and token...

2018-03-19
Apple is using a secret facility to produce their own displays

The company reportedly has the covert manufacturing facility located in Santa Clara, California, where it is producing MicroLED displays, says Bloomberg. If accurate, this would be the first time Apple is producing its own displays. For most of its products, Apple relies on displays from Samsung, LG, and other Asian...

2018-03-19
Police are asking Google to provide user data for all people near crime scenes

Police in Raleigh, North Carolina, have presented Google with warrants to obtain data from mobile phones from not just specific suspects who were in a crime scene area, but from the mobile phones of all people in the area, reports Raleigh television affiliate WRAL. The request will trouble Fourth Amendment advocates...

2018-03-19
Facebook could be hit with trillions in FTC fines over Cambridge Analytica debacle

Yeah, that’s “trillions” with a “T.” Former Federal Trade Commission officials said if Facebook is found to have violated the FTC consent decree, the company could be fined $40,000 per violation, reports the Washington Post. In this case, each 1 of the 50 million users whose data was...

2018-03-19
Google will start earning even more money from your shopping searches

Google already earns revenue when you search for anything using its service and see ads, but it’s now turning shoppers’ queries into an even bigger money-spinner. Reuters reports that the company is partnering with major retailers like Target Walmart, Home Depot, and Costco to let them list their products in...

2018-03-19
Pros & Cons of Hiring Freelance Graphic Designers VS Design Agencies

This article was contributed by Sohail Rupani. The business world has shifted so much that a team is not confined to a physical office space anymore. Your business can run with the collaboration of a talent pool based all over the globe. Platforms such as Upwork make it easier to find the right talent. A recent study...

2018-03-19
How advertisers can stay afloat after net neutrality is gone

While it’s still not clear what internet service providers will do after Ajit Pai’s FCC voted to repeal net neutrality rules, it’s certain that many online business models will be facing major upheavals. Of special concern is online marketing, which is largely dependent on fast and reliable access to content...

2018-03-18
Here’s how to find out which apps have access to your Facebook data

Whether you’re one of the 50 million Facebook users whose profiles were harvested by Trump-connected data-analytics firm Cambridge Analytica via a personality app—or just one of the more than 2 billion people on the planet who use the social network at least once a month—you might be wondering...

2018-03-18
Use Facebook, Instagram and social channels to market the right way — learn how for only $29

There’s marketing. Then there’s social media marketing. And after you drill into the philosophies of both, the two appear as different as a horse and buggy parked next to a Tesla. Opinions change fast, algorithms change fast — and if you’re trying to sell a product or an idea in the online landscape of...

2018-03-17
Facebook vastly downplayed scope of data leak involving info on more than 50 million users

Late last night, Facebook released a statement announcing that it was suspending data analytics firm Cambridge Analytics, sternly describing how the firm had improperly obtained personal data from 270,000 people who had downloaded a personality prediction app. The implication was that the social network was being...

2018-03-17
The Two Words I Don’t See Other Women Using Enough On LinkedIn

One serial entrepreneur says she’s noticed a troubling pattern in the way other women business owners self-identify online. I’ve noticed a disconcerting trend while networking on LinkedIn lately. Around last year, I began reaching out to connections who self-identify as “entrepreneurs” and...

2018-03-17
Facebook will carry a health warning within five years

I predict that in five years time, Facebook will carry a health warning. Of course, this is an outrageous prediction, but watching the fiddling going on at Facebook and other online giants while their empires burn, it’s clear they must instigate significant changes before regulators impose new controls. I don’t...

2018-03-17
Facebook suspends Trump-connected data analytics firm

In a bombshell announcement on Friday night, Facebook announced that it is suspending Cambridge Analytica, the data analysis firm that helped Donald Trump win the presidency. The social network said that it had recently learned that CA had not deleted all of the personal data it had improperly obtained from up to...

2018-03-17
Karlie Kloss’s coding camp will sponsor 1,000 girls this summer

In 2015, Karlie Kloss sponsored 21 young women so they could attend a two-week coding class at the Flatiron School. It was the same class that Kloss herself had taken the year prior, as her first exposure to coding. The model was convinced that, like her, a lot of girls were interested in coding–contrary to...

2018-03-16
This startup is building an eBay for digital assets like CryptoKitties

While there are plenty of ecommerce platforms that offer the option to buy and sell standard goods and services, there haven’t been many aimed at creating a marketplace for crypto-assets. Rarebits, an ecommerce startup working with digital assets, is trying to cut ‘in’ this gap by creating a peer-to-peer...

2018-03-16
Got questions for a blockchain wizard? Alex Mashinsky is joining us on TNW Answers

What do you see as the most exciting future implementations of blockchain? What can we expect for developments in cryptocurrency in 2018? Ask all this and more to Alex Mashinsky, CEO and Founder of Celsius Network. Mashinsky is a. serial entrepreneur and founder of seven successful startups. He holds over 35 patents...

2018-03-16
Facebook and Google are eating your TV

Bad news for network television: 2017 seems to have been the first year where digital advertising significantly eroded the growth of traditional TV advertising. That is to say, Google and Facebook—commanding most of the marketplace—grew their ad businesses to new heights last year, as TV ad dollars fell...

2018-03-16
The Best Mentors Ask These 8 Questions

An essential part of being a good mentor is asking the right questions. Here’s a cheat sheet to get you started. It’s hard to deny that good mentors are important. The best workplaces have formal programs to develop mentoring relationships. LinkedIn has even launched a feature to help you find one. And...

2018-03-16
The McFly project wants to launch flying taxis on the blockchain in Nairobi

The McFly project has announced that they are in the process of setting up infrastructure for their autonomous flying car taxi service in Nairobi, Kenya. Nairobi will be part of the 23 cities around the world where the Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) urban flying taxis service is hoping to initially launch....

2018-03-16
Chinese hackers are hitting U.S. firms over the South China Sea

The hackers are targeting U.S. engineering and defense companies with links to the disputed South China Sea, reports Bloomberg. Cybersecurity firm FireEye issued a warning about the hacks after it found evidence that the Chinese cyber-espionage group known as TEMP.Periscope appeared to be fishing for data that would...

2018-03-16
TheSkimm just raised another $12 million

The company delivers a daily newsletter to subscribers and is beloved by millennials. Revenue has reportedly more than doubled year-over-year since 2016, says TechCrunch, no doubt helping to garner the extra cash injection. The $12 million funding round is led by GV (Google Ventures) and also includes investment from...

2018-03-16
Spotify’s IPO is set for April 3

But the music streaming giant will forgo standard IPO traditions, reports CNBC. Its nontraditional public listing won’t feature underwriters or a lock-up period like traditional IPOs. When the stock goes live on the New York Stock Exchange on April 3, it will trade under the symbol SPOT. The company’s...

2018-03-16
10 Genius Tech Ideas National Geographic Thinks Could Change The World

The 10 finalists of the organization’s Chasing Genius contest cover everything from using AI to monitor water quality to helping people use Facebook to donate to charity. “Genius lives in all of us.” So says National Geographic‘s Chasing Genius platform, a community that the media company...

2018-03-16
Facebook’s latest Android app helps you find and pay for public Wi-Fi

Facebook has quietly launched an Android app for its Express Wi-Fi initiative, which lets users log on to public Wi-Fi networks hosted by local partners, for a nominal fee. The company began testing the service in India back in 2015, and rolled it out across 700 hotspots there last May, and it also became available in...

2018-03-16

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