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I’m a tech CEO. Here’s my radical plan to hold myself accountable

Anil Dash, the CEO of the software company Glitch, writes about his decision to put out an open call for a new voting member of Glitch’s board who will have input on all major decisions. It’s no secret that mistrust of tech is at a crisis level right now. Whether it’s Facebook serving its users...

2019-12-04
This startup wants to use your data to bet on the market—and cut you in on the profits

Delphia says your social media posts, your location, and your banking history could be worth $15,000 on the stock market within a decade. As Facebook and Google continue to get richer off their users’ personal data, it’s fair to wonder whether they’re providing enough value in return. Is free...

2019-12-04
Google rolls out a chat feature in Google Photos — use it before it’s axed

Google has a notorious habit of launching a new messaging app now and then. The lineup includes – both active and inactive – names such as Google Talk, Hangouts, All, Duo, SMS Messenger, and RCS-based Chat app. Now, it’s launching a messaging function in one of the unlikeliest places – Google Photos. You...

2019-12-04
Amazon launches a portable Echo speaker for India

Amazon has just launched an Echo speaker with a battery pack in India. The device, called the Echo Portable Speaker Edition, is priced at Rs. 4,999 ($69.70). The new Echo device has a 4,800 mAh battery that can last up to 10 hours in a single charge. #JustLaunched Feedback from our Indian customers that they wanted to...

2019-12-04
Don’t trust Google Chrome’s incognito mode

Privacy is fast becoming a hard-to-earn luxury. As you browse through websites, it’s hard to shake off the creepy feeling that wherever you go, unseen eyes are watching you: Google, Facebook, your internet service provider, the government, the person sitting next to you, etc. Among the many...

2019-12-04
Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin step aside as Pichai becomes Alphabet CEO

It’s a big day in Mountain View. Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin today announced they are stepping down from their roles as CEOs of parent company Alphabet. Sundar Pichai, previously Google’s head honcho, now takes the reins and becomes CEO of both Google and Alphabet. Page and Brin note that now that...

2019-12-04
Larry Page steps down as CEO of Alphabet, hands control to Google CEO Sundar Pichai

Google’s founders have no operational role though still control the company via their stock Larry Page is no longer the CEO of Google’s parent company, Alphabet—and Sundar Pichai, who’s led Google since 2015, is taking his place.Read Full Story

2019-12-04
The lyrics site Genius says it’s caught Google “red-handed” copying it, files $50 million lawsuit

How Genius says it caught Google is still one of the best recent stories in tech. Genius, a website for finding and annotating lyrics, slapped Google with a $50 million lawsuit today, accusing the search engine and a partner of copying its content, violating its terms of service, and engaging...

2019-12-04
Google under fire: four employees charge unfair labor practices

Google’s anti-union management practices implode. The PR team at Alphabet, the parent company of Google, is going to be busy this week—the four employees that Google fired last week are filing a complaint of unfair labor practices with the National Labor Relations Board and receiving extensive national...

2019-12-03
This is why it seems like your friends have better lives than you do

There’s a mathematical explanation behind that feeling. Have you ever felt like everyone else has so much more to be thankful for? Check your Facebook or Instagram feed: Your friends seem to dine at finer restaurants, take more exotic vacations, and have more accomplished children. They even have cuter...

2019-12-03
Facebook’s new chatbot teaches employees how to answer difficult questions about the company

Working at Facebook was once a matter of pride for some people and their parents. Now, being employed by the social networking giant probably leads to uncomfortable questions from inquisitive relatives asking what part you, or your colleagues, played in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. For the past couple of years,...

2019-12-03
Twitter’s new privacy center aims to be more transparent about user data

Twitter’s new privacy center aims to give users of the social network a look into what Twitter is doing to protect their data. “Trust is earned, not given” is the motto for the Twitter “Doves,” an internal group of staffers “designed to cultivate the best data privacy,...

2019-12-02
Facebook tests tool that allows users to export photos to Google

Facebook today announced a new tool that would allow users to transfer their photos and videos from Facebook to other storage services, starting with Google Photos. This tool would be similar to the one we already have that allows us to download our Facebook information. While I’m sure many users already have their...

2019-12-02
Tens of millions of SMS text messages were exposed online—and anyone could read them

Everything from Facebook and Google login codes to phone numbers to university finance application data were exposed. A massive trove of tens of millions of SMS text messages was found online, and, as they were stored in an unencrypted format, anyone who knew of their location could copy or read them. The news of the...

2019-12-02
This free tool maps propaganda and misinformation as it goes viral

Meet BotSlayer, an open software that lets anyone identify and stop fake accounts, automated propaganda, and downright lies. In the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections, more than 10,000 automated Twitter accounts got caught conducting a coordinated campaign of tweets to discourage people from voting. These...

2019-12-02
Google removed over 300 Trump ads for ‘violating company policy’

With just over a year until the 2020 US presidential elections, social media giants have been updating their policies on the spread of misinformation to better protect the democratic process.  Last month, Google finally took a stance on how it will handle political ads on its platforms, including YouTube. Now, the...

2019-12-02
Google and Domino’s add pizza to Cyber Monday Pixel deliveries

Customers in Miami will be getting a decidedly delicious unboxing experience. The mobile phone release is, generally speaking, long past its heyday of being an undisputed cultural event. Samsung spoofed it first back in 2011. Save for a smattering of fanboy fundamentalism, the lines down the block and breathless...

2019-12-02
Report: Larry Page’s secretive Kitty Hawk flying car startup faces safety concerns

Two former employees said Kitty Hawk was intent on bringing the Flyer to market quickly, and thus was willing to overlook safety concerns. A report from Forbes says Google cofounder Larry Page’s secretive Kitty Hawk flying car startup is experiencing significant challenges with its Flyer vehicle. Forbes...

2019-12-02
Tens of millions of SMS texts messages were exposed online—and anyone could read them

Everything from Facebook and Google login codes to phone numbers to university finance application data were exposed. A massive trove of tens of millions of SMS text messages was found online, and, as they were stored in an unencrypted format, anyone who knew of their location could copy or read them. The news of the...

2019-12-02
Now that Ikea has colonized Earth, it’s going after Mars

Ikea sent a designer to live in a research station that mimics a Mars habitat to learn about designing for small spaces. Now, she’s redesigned the station itself. In the distant future, when humans spend their lives in shuttles traveling to faraway planets where they live in tiny habitats, it’ll be...

2019-12-02
You can’t quit these apps. Here’s how to stop them from derailing your day

An insider’s guide to the apps that run our work lives—whether you’re a hardcore user or just getting started. Google Drive Base level: You can quickly find any files your colleagues have shared by typing their names into the search bar.Read Full Story

2019-12-02
Facebook launches tool that lets you transfer your pics to Google Photos

The new tool is born out of the Data Transfer Project, a pact between Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter to allow users of one service to easily transfer their data to a competing service. Facebook has launched a new tool that will allow users to quickly and easily transfer all the photos they’ve...

2019-12-02
Google and Dominos add pizza to Cyber Monday Pixel deliveries

Customers in Miami will be getting a decidedly delicious unboxing experience. The mobile phone release is, generally speaking, long past its heyday of undisputed cultural event. Samsung spoofed it first back in 2011. Save for a smattering of fanboy fundamentalism, the lines down the block and breathless social frenzy...

2019-12-02
When should you hire for culture fit?

Many companies have a flawed definition of what constitutes “culture fit.” Hiring for “culture fit” is an age-old debate in the world of recruiting, and a simple Google search on the topic paints a stark picture of both sides. You’ll find articles encouraging people to “stop...

2019-12-01
Your iPhone could help track disease—if you let researchers spy on you

Researchers want to use your cell phone’s location data to stop diseases from spreading. But at a time of data breaches, privacy violations, and lack of trust, they may not be ready to keep it safe. In a new study out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, health researchers make the case for using...

2019-11-30
Antitrust warrior Matt Stoller warns that if we don’t take on Big Tech, ‘we’ll become a fascist society’

In his fascinating new book, ‘Goliath,’ Stoller covers the history of antitrust in the U.S. He expands on those thoughts in a wide-ranging discussion, detailing the tools available to break up Big Tech and why we’re at risk of the end of democracy. If decades from now historians look back at this...

2019-11-30
An early Instagram employee offers advice on building meaningful communities

Bailey Richardson helped build community at the photo app. Now she’s offering businesses and grassroots organizations a “how-to” guide. Bailey Richardson has looked at community from two sides: she’s intimately familiar with the businesses approach. She helped build community at Instagram:...

2019-11-29
This alternative search engine is basically Google without the privacy headaches

If a stripped-down, more private version of Google search existed, it might look a lot like Startpage. Picture for a moment a version of Google Search that barely evolved from its early years. Instead of a results page cluttered by informational widgets, this one would primarily link out to other sites. And instead of...

2019-11-29
Bitcoin ransomware forces Spanish security firm Prosegur offline

Spanish multinational security firm Prosegur has been hit by Ryuk ransomware, the notorious Trojan virus that encrypts files on a compromised device and typically demands payment in Bitcoin to decrypt them. As a result of the attack, the company, which reportedly employs 170,000 people across the globe, has shut...

2019-11-29
CHEAP: Yes, YOU can get 5 months FREE with WP Engine, the WordPress host

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! There are a few different approaches you can take when you’re building a website. The first, and easiest, way of doing this is using a drag-and-drop style web-based service. These services are simple if you want to get a website...

2019-11-29
These super-sleek gifts from Hay Design are now on sale

What do you get the person who has amazing taste? Here are 15 fail-proof gifts from Hay Design’s Black Friday sale. If you haven’t heard of Hay Design yet, allow us to introduce you. The Danish design brand was founded by a married couple, Mette and Rolf Hay, in 2002—when Mette was just 24 years...

2019-11-29
Your vote is for sale and Big Tech is selling it

We live in an Age of Disinformation. The phenomenon has over the past few years, slowly, but surely risen to the top of the political agenda. Political campaigning — often verging on propaganda — has existed for centuries, so what’s changed. Why has the transition to a digital advertising space...

2019-11-29
Revamp your work wardrobe with designer deals, courtesy of Shopbop

The sharpest deals on blazers, work bags, and all the clothing items that will make you feel like a boss in 2020. Black Friday can surface a lot of “deals” that are actually not that impactful—like $5 off of a $20 sweater that you’ll probably only wear once or twice. Buying cheap clothes...

2019-11-29
Legendary Bitcoin contributor Hal Finney’s Twitter profile is safe — for now

Bitcoin fans can rest easy as Twitter has backpedalled on its plans to purge inactive accounts until it can figure out how to memorialize them. We’ve heard you on the impact that this would have on the accounts of the deceased. This was a miss on our part. We will not be removing any inactive accounts until we...

2019-11-28
Instagram, Facebook, and Messenger are down — go back to work

Nope, it’s not just you. It appears Instagram, Facebook, and Messenger are all down at the moment. The three platforms, which all belong to the Mark Zuckerberg empire, are experiencing down time, according to numerous reports on DownDetector. Among other things, users report being unable to reload their feeds, post...

2019-11-28
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey uses DuckDuckGo over Google

Unlike the late 90s and early 00s, search engines currently aren’t at war with each other.. Google is a clear giant in the field and others orbit around it like small planets around the sun. While someone ‘Googling’ stuff is not surprising, it’s quite unusual when a big company’s CEO says they prefer some...

2019-11-28
World champion Go player retires: AI ‘cannot be defeated’

One of South Korea‘s most celebrated professional Go players, master Lee Se-dol, has retired, citing the futility of raging against the machines as a motivating factor. Speaking to reporters from the Yonhap News Agency in Seoul earlier this week, Se-dol said: With the debut of AI in Go games, I’ve realized that...

2019-11-28
These are the questions you should ask to get your career on the right track

Sometimes you don’t know where your career is going. These questions can help. Careers are rarely predictable or follow a straight line. In fact, 40 percent of professionals are interested in making a career pivot.Read Full Story

2019-11-27
Report: Silicon Valley spends much less on lobbying than you’d think

Tech companies are not breaking their banks in attempts to bend laws in their favor. Last year Alphabet, the parent company of Google, earned revenues of over $39 billion. How much of that $39 billion do you think they spent on lobbying?Read Full Story

2019-11-27
Study: Our universe may be part of a giant quantum computer

A pair of physicists from Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University (IKBFU) in Russia recently proposed an entirely new view of the cosmos. Their research takes the wacky idea that we’re living in a computer simulation and mashes it up with the mind-boggling “many worlds” theory to say that, essentially, our...

2019-11-27
Twitter delays deleting inactive accounts to decide how to respect dead users

Yesterday, news broke that Twitter would begin to get rid of accounts that hadn’t been used in over six months, starting on December 11. While it makes some sense to purge Twitter of perfectly good usernames that are going unused, some users wondered what would happen with the accounts of the deceased. At the time,...

2019-11-27
Why Google’s ‘Sputnik’ moment isn’t the last word in quantum supremacy

Comparing Google’s computational achievement to past landmarks in human history might leave you with the wrong idea about why it mattered—and where it could lead us. On December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, N.C., Orville Wright took flight in the Flyer 1, the airplane he had built with his brother Wilbur....

2019-11-27
Facebook’s only fact-checker for Dutch news quits over political ad controversy

Yesterday, the Dutch digital newspaper, NU.nl, which was Facebook’s only partner, cut ties with the social network and published a blog post, written by Gert-Jaap Heokman, NU.nl’s editor-in-chief, questioning: “What is the point of fighting fake news if you are not allowed to tackle politicians?” The tech...

2019-11-27
Hackers mass-scan for Docker vulnerability to mine Monero cryptocurrency

A hacking group is reportedly performing a mass-scan of the internet in search of vulnerable ports on systems using enterprise sandbox software Docker to mine cryptocurrency. According to security researchers at Bad Packets, the scans, which began over the weekend, identify vulnerabilities that allow bad actors to...

2019-11-27
5 things to know about Twitter’s upcoming inactive accounts cull

If you’re giddy with excitement that a Twitter handle you’ve long coveted might soon be up for grabs, keep your expectations in check. Like many social media platforms, Twitter has a fairly large number of user accounts whose owners are no longer active on the service—and haven’t been in a...

2019-11-27
Google’s moment isn’t the last word on quantum supremacy, and that’s okay

Comparing Google’s computational achievement to past landmarks in human history might leave you with the wrong idea about why it mattered—and where it could lead us. On December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, N.C., Orville Wright took flight in the Flyer 1, the airplane he had built with his brother Wilbur....

2019-11-27
I worked at eBay, Google, and Cisco. Here’s how I find the best collaborative cultures

Amy Chang of Cisco reveals how watching people walking by and observing facial expressions and body language she could discern if they were actually enjoying working together. In 2005, I faced what felt like at the time, a major career crossroads.Read Full Story

2019-11-27
These abstract therapy dolls help kids recover from trauma

Why faceless wooden dolls work best to get kids out of their shells. The winner of this year’s Kids Design Award developed a set of toys that’s meant for more than just fun. Alma – Therapy Dolls, designed by Yaara Nusboim, are a set of abstract dolls made from maplewood and flexible...

2019-11-27

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