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Twitter users are twice as likely to retweet fake news stories than authentic ones

President Obama was not injured in a White House explosion in April 2013. The explosion never happened. But according to users on Twitter, it did.  A fake news tweet had been sent out from a hijacked Associated Press account. The news spread rapidly, so much so, that the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted...

2018-03-08
Google Maps now lets businesses mark themselves as ‘Women-Led’

In commemoration of this year’s International Women’s Day, Google is updating its My Business dashboard to allow business owners to list themselves as “Women-Led.” Attributes are the descriptive features that pop up on a business’s card when you search for it in Maps. They include things such as “Free...

2018-03-08
Why do you have credit card debt? If you can’t remember, you’re not alone

“Don’t borrow what you can’t repay.” It’s one of the most cited principles of personal finance, but what if you borrowed it so long ago, you forgot why you needed it in the first place? While there is probably no single answer to that question–at least not one that will fit...

2018-03-08
Twitter is suspending accounts that solicit cryptocurrencies

The social media network is following in the footsteps of governments around the world in taking a more hardline approach to cryptocurrencies. Specifically, Twitter has started banning accounts that solicit cryptocurrencies from users. As Reuters reports, Twitter shut down an account last month claiming to be Elon...

2018-03-08
3 Times This Simple Brain Hack Has Helped Me Succeed At Facebook

Stuck on a problem? Think like a thesaurus. If you were asked to describe yourself and your job, what words would you choose? The language we use to talk about ourselves–both inside our own heads and to others–can shape how we perceive our lives, contributions, and approach to the world. I’ve...

2018-03-08
How One Mom Leads Millions To Take On The NRA

Her opposition brings guns to her events, yet Shannon Watts has led Moms Demand Action to a 93% success rate in beating the NRA in state legislatures. The day before the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, Shannon Watts was a stay-at-home mom of five and former communications executive with...

2018-03-08
Samsung Galaxy S9 Review: Iteration, not revelation

With the Galaxy S9 Samsung, set its sights straight on the Pixel 2 – or more specifically, its camera. Let’s cut to the chase then: the S9’s camera doesn’t definitely beat Google’s, but it is a major leap over the S8. Depending on what you’re looking for, it may very well be one of the best smartphone...

2018-03-08
The world’s first flying car you can buy is now on sale

The Dutch company PAL-V is now taking orders for the PAL-V Liberty Pioneer Edition, which makes it the world’s first flying car you can actually buy, reports CNBC. The PAL-V Liberty Pioneer Edition is on display at the Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland this week. It can hold two people and has a...

2018-03-08
How Maple brought on-demand telemedicine to Canada

Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day. To celebrate, TNW is running a series of profiles highlighting innovative companies led or founded by women. The story of Maple, a Canadian telemedicine startup, began with a journey. At the age of eleven, Roxana Zaman, the company’s COO and co-founder, fled Nicolae...

2018-03-08
Axl Rose: “Tim Cook is the Donald Trump of the music industry”

The Guns N’ Roses frontman took to Twitter this morning to proclaim that “Tim Cook is the Donald Trump of the music industry,” reports Business Insider. And that was it. Rose didn’t follow up the tweet with any further explanation of why Cook is the Trump of the music industry. Guns...

2018-03-08
Sri Lanka blocks social networks amidst communal violence and State of Emergency

The island nation of Sri Lanka is presently in the grips of communal violence following the alleged murder of a Sinhalese Buddhist by a group of Muslim men in the city of Kandy. The government has now imposed a State of Emergency (SoE) in an effort to curb unrest there, and citizens now find themselves cut off from...

2018-03-08
Save $3000+ with 99% off this Quality Font Collection

All designers love quality fonts, but they can often be far too expensive for the average designer to afford. This brand new Design Cuts bundle brings you a range of the world’s most popular fonts, from a select group of hugely respected type foundries. This is a unique chance to own these best-selling font families...

2018-03-08
Facebook adds video calling to Messenger Lite on Android

If you’re always running low on storage space on your Android phone, it can help to ditch some apps you don’t use often, and also switch to lightweight alternatives. Facebook Messenger is a great candidate for the latter, as the social network has another version that takes up less room. And it just got a whole...

2018-03-08
Facebook just made it easier for female entrepreneurs to connect

Facebook is reaching beyond marketing gimmicks for International Women's Day On March 8, the social media platform is launching practical tools for professional women "who are leading the way in their communities."  SEE ALSO: This International Women's Day, remember the importance of self-love First up,...

2018-03-08
Oculus Rift users have been locked out of VR all day

Software malfunctions. Hardware breaks. There’s all kinds of reasons why. But the folks over at Facebook-owned Oculus have to be a little red-faced today. That’s because, TechCrunch writes, every single Oculus Rift–the company’s high-end virtual reality headset–locked up today due to...

2018-03-08
Travis Kalanick is back with a new job-focused investment fund

The new fund, called “10100” (pronounced “ten-one-hundred”), will target job-creating companies in the real estate and ecommerce spaces, the ex-Uber CEO said in a tweet Wednesday: Some news… pic.twitter.com/urFBrb9aCV — travis kalanick (@travisk) March 7, 2018 The responses to...

2018-03-08
Google is preparing Android for the notch phone invasion

Now that Android phone makers large and small are doing their best iPhone X impressions*, Google wants to make sure sure its software is ready. The next major version of Android, codenamed “P,” will have built-in “display cutout” (read: notch) support, ensuring that app content...

2018-03-07
Google just released the first Android P preview. Here are the 6 biggest features so far

Surprise! Google today released the first Android P preview, well ahead of its full unveiling at Google I/O in May. The build is strictly meant for developers, but it already contains an interesting glimpse of what’s to come. You can read Google’s full blog post here, but we’ve distilled some of the most...

2018-03-07
5 things Facebook stole from BlackBerry, according to BlackBerry

Blackberry revealed this week it was suing Facebook over several common pieces of message tech, several of which you use every day. Reuters reported the smartphone company is taking Facebook to court, claiming it holds the patent to specific pieces of common message tech, which Facebook allegedly ripped off. It also...

2018-03-07
Hackers can use Cortana to open websites on Windows 10 even if your PC is locked

A pair of independent researchers yesterday uncovered a particularly worrisome security vulnerability in Microsoft’s Windows 10. If your PC’s OS was installed with default settings this could affect you. The simple “hack” involves activating Cortana via voice command to open websites on a PC that’s been...

2018-03-07
Microsoft’s Windows 10 S is getting downgraded to a “mode”

Next year, Microsoft plans to stop shipping Windows 10 S as a separate version of Windows. The stripped-down software, which can’t run programs from outside Microsoft’s app store, will instead become a “mode” of existing Windows versions, Microsoft’s operating systems vice president...

2018-03-07
TNW’s Big Spam: Stop punching robots

Wednesdaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!! Top trending tech news: 😬 A researcher found 50k WordPress sites infected with crypto mining malware (TNW) 😮 Blackberry is suing Facebook over app patents (BBC)📷 Sony, Nikon, etc. have created a unified platform for smart cameras (TNW) What we’re talking about: We probably...

2018-03-07
A bill would allow publishers to collectively bargain with Facebook and Google

Representative David Cicilline (D-Rhode Island) is planning to introduce a bill that would exempt publishers from antitrust enforcement so they could collectively bargain together for better terms with Google and Facebook over distributing their content, reports Wired. The main driver behind the bill is the News Media...

2018-03-07
Google Tez rivals WhatsApp and Paytm with messaging features in India

Google has added a messaging service to its Tez payments app, which allows users in India to send and receive money directly to their bank accounts, reports the Economic Times. The feature is presently rolling out, and will soon become available to all 13.5 million users of the app. Google explained that the idea is...

2018-03-07
Researcher finds 50,000 WordPress sites infected with cryptocurrency mining malware

The cryptocurrency mining malware epidemic is getting out of hand: nearly 50,000 WordPress sites have been surreptitiously infected with crypto-jacking scripts, according to security researcher Troy Mursch from Bad Packets Report. Relying on source-code search engine PublicWWW to scan the web for pages running...

2018-03-07
6 Great Ways To Boost Your Brand With Instagram Stories

An Instagram executive offers helpful tips for how businesses can best supplement their photo feeds with the platform’s brand-building Stories tool. For brands, having a major presence on Instagram is a no-brainer. After all, it’s a free marketing tool on a platform whose growth continues to explode.Read...

2018-03-07
The 9 deadliest jobs in the United States are...

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released its analysis of fatality data from 2016 and found that the 9 deadliest civilian jobs in America in 2016 were (via CNBC): 9. Fishing workers: 24 fatalities 8. Refuse and recyclable material collectors: 31 fatalities 7. Aircraft pilots and flight engineers: 75...

2018-03-07
23andMe has received FDA approval for a genetic cancer risk test

The company has announced that it has officially received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration to begin selling a direct-to-consumer testing kit for genes linked to some types of cancer, reports TechCrunch. The testing kit will look test for tests for BRCA1 and BRCA2–genes that are linked to higher...

2018-03-07
Googlers are furious about their AI being used with military drones

Gizmodo reports that Google employees are enraged at the company after discovering that the AI they built is presently being used by the US Department of Defense (DoD) to analyze the massive troves of video footage captured by military drones. It’s part of Project Maven, aka, Algorithmic Warfare Cross-Functional...

2018-03-07
4 new features (possibly) headed to Instagram

Instagram has been adding features at a relentless pace the last couple of years, but it doesn’t appear to be stopping any time soon. Recent explorations into the app’s code suggest Instagram is toying with several new features. There’s no timeline on when most of them would arrive, but they’re still worth...

2018-03-06
Facebook on BlackBerry lawsuit: “Sadly reflects the current state of its messaging business”

BlackBerry just filed a lawsuit against Facebook, claiming the company’s various messaging platforms–which include both Instagram and WhatsApp–infringe on BlackBerry’s Messenger service. In essence, the case alleges that BlackBerry was the first to come to market with a mobile messaging...

2018-03-06
Airlines Could Be Leaking Your Private Data

International airline Emirates was virtually handing over customers’ sensitive information to marketers and hackers, according to a data security engineer. Before you book your tickets to Puerto Rico for spring break, you should consider an illuminating–and frightening–cautionary tale from...

2018-03-06
Google Street View now offers the only free ride to Disneyland you’ll ever see

Google today updated Maps to bring a little magic to its users. In a blog post that Street View Program Manager Deanna Yick clearly had a blast writing, the company announced it’d be adding tours of 11 of the American Disney parks to Google Street View. At the moment, the parks include the Magic Kingdom and...

2018-03-06
Google reclaims quantum computer crown with 72 qubit processor

Google yesterday unveiled the world’s largest quantum computer processor to date. Dubbed Bristlecone, it’s a 72-qubit gate-based superconducting system that blows the previous best, IBM’s 50-qubit processor, out of the water. The race to build the world’s first useful quantum computer is nearing its end. The...

2018-03-06
Researchers Discovered Data Leak In Facebook’s Ad Software

The loophole, since patched, isn’t the first time Facebook has come under criticism for giving troubling amounts of freedom to advertisers. A loophole in Facebook’s advertising targeting mechanism could have let attackers download users’ phone numbers after they visited websites the attackers...

2018-03-06
Why Facebook’s logo is blue — a designer’s guide to color and emotion

We’re able to see different colors because of our retina’s innate ability to differentiate frequencies of light waves. Certain colors or shades evoke different sentiments in people. In this post, I want to give a quick introduction to color theory, ways to combine colors, and tools for designing with color —...

2018-03-06
Google Maps now lets you take virtual tours of Disney’s parks

The search giant has announced that Google Maps Street View now covers 11 Disney Parks. The parks include locations from both Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida. Among the included parks are: Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Disney Springs, Mickey and Minnie’s houses, and Disney Hollywood Studios. To...

2018-03-06
Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen just found a lost WW2 aircraft carrier

The USS Lexington was scuttled after the Battle of the Coral Sea in May 1942 after it was struck by Japanese bombs and torpedoes. It remained on the bottom of the sea–its location unknown–until this month, when Allen’s company Vulcan found its wreckage two miles down in the Coral Sea, about 500...

2018-03-06
Google is selling Zagat to a restaurant review company

The search giant bought Zagat seven years ago for $151 million. Since then it’s integrated Zagat’s listings and ratings into Google Maps, while letting Zagat’s website and publications be outdone by other restaurant review companies. Now, Google thinks it has gotten all the use out of Zagat it can...

2018-03-06
How VIPKid CEO Cindy Mi Made Education A Universal Language

By connecting Chinese pupils with North American teachers, Beijing-based platform is building cultural bridges, one online English class at a time. Beijing-based VIPKid is giving American teachers an income boost from halfway around the world. Under cofounder and CEO Cindy Mi, the online learning company contracts...

2018-03-06
Google Lens now describes landmarks and creates contacts from business cards

Google Lens is a handy little tool. Announced at Google I/O 2017, Lens is essentially a visual search engine. Take a picture with your phone, and Google will do some clever analysis and provide insights into what you’re looking at. Now, it’s getting even better, and can store information from business cards as...

2018-03-06
A cryptocurrency startup suggests Ryan Gosling is their lead graphic designer

And that startup, called Miroskii, has already raised over $830,000 in their initial coin offering, reports The Next Web. To be fair, Miroskii isn’t claiming Gosling is actually working for them, instead they are using a stock image of him for their lead graphic designer “Kevin Belanger” on the...

2018-03-06
Facebook hires Pinterest and BuzzFeed execs to bolster its video content

The social media giant has hired BuzzFeed Studios former head Matthew Henick to lead Facebook’s global video content strategy and planning, reports Reuters. From Pinterest, Facebook grabbed Mike Bidgoli to lead the Facebook Watch product team. Facebook Watch is the company’s video-on-demand service that...

2018-03-06
Could changing VR games reduce gun deaths?

As calls for gun reform in the U.S. reach another urgent crescendo–and as major retailers announce they will no longer sell guns to anyone under 21–one virtual reality expert has proposed some technological approaches to reducing mass shootings as well. Jeremy Bailenson, a professor at Stanford and...

2018-03-06
Facebook suddenly cares about news again

Facebook’s ever-changing opinion on which content it will boost in its News Feed is, well, changing yet again. After the company announced only a few months ago that it would de-emphasize content from publishers and brands, meaning news organizations would likely see their Facebook traffic significantly...

2018-03-05
Facebook asks its users: Is pedophilia okay?

Facebook got itself in blazing hot water today when a survey surfaced that appeared to ask users if they condone illicit correspondence between an adult male and a minor child. In response, the company said it was a “mistake” but danced around explaining why they asked the question in the first place. The...

2018-03-05
Instagram whistleblower account Diet Madison Avenue just shut down

Diet Madison Avenue, an Instagram account aimed at calling out sexism and discrimination in the ad industry, has shut down. The account’s removal comes just weeks after the collective announced it would move ahead as a nonprofit organization. It’s not clear what prompted the shutdown or whether...

2018-03-05
You can take Google’s Machine Learning Crash Course for free now

Google’s new ‘Machine Learning Crash Course’ is now available and it’s free for everyone. If robots are coming for your job this class will prepare you for your next one. This same course has been taken by more than 18,000 Google engineers, and this is the first time it’s been made available to the general...

2018-03-05

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