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These 10 cities have the most expensive homes in America right now

LendingTree ranks the cities with the most and least real estate valued at over seven figures. When you add up the number of tech companies in California’s Bay Area and the fat paychecks of most tech jobs, it won’t be any surprise to learn that San Jose and San Francisco have the highest percentage of...

2019-11-04
Google workers are demanding the company act on climate change

More than 1,000 Google employees have signed a petition calling for the company to step up its game on climate change. A group of more than 1,000 Google employees has signed an open letter calling on Google to take steps to reduce the impact of climate change, including producing zero emissions by 2030.Read Full...

2019-11-04
Facebook has a new logo (but the app will look the same)

Facebook is making a major change to its visual identity, differentiating Facebook the company from Facebook the app. The company today revealed a new logo with simple bold, capitalized text that will be used across its portfolio of apps. Facebook the social network, however, will maintain the same blue and white look...

2019-11-04
Adobe’s new Photoshop Camera app puts AI-powered filters on your phone

Adobe just announced a new version of Photoshop for your smartphone, but it’s nothing like the one you use on your PC. Instead, the new Photoshop Camera is meant to take your Instagram game to the next level: it’s basically a photo filter app on steroids, using AI to implement a variety of customizable filter...

2019-11-04
Facebook is introducing an all-new brand today. Here’s why

One of the world’s most recognizable companies, Facebook has spent almost a year devising a new corporate identity. Facebook used to be a website. Then it became an app. But even as the company rapidly expanded, it made sense to keep calling it “Facebook.” Then Facebook started buying other...

2019-11-04
Shopify, on a quest to be the anti-Amazon, now has 1 million businesses

Shopify is giving Amazon a run for its money. Shopify now has a million businesses using its service. From 2016 to 2018, the platform generated $183 billion in economic activity around the world. That still pales in comparison to Amazon, which generated $207 billion in retail operations globally in 2018 alone....

2019-11-04
Mark Zuckerberg “should pay a price” for Facebook’s continuing harm to democracy, says Hillary Clinton

Zuckerberg’s decision to allow lies in political ads will damage democracy “because propaganda works,” Clinton said. Hilary Clinton has lashed out at Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg over the damaging effects the platform has had on democracy around the world. As the Guardian reports, Clinton did...

2019-11-04
Google and IBM fight for ‘quantum supremacy’ — but they’re both wrong about it

Google claims to have demonstrated something called “quantum supremacy,” in a paper published in Nature. This would mark a significant milestone in the development of a new type of computer, known as a quantum computer, that could perform very difficult calculations much faster than anything possible on...

2019-11-04
As gender norms shift, “women’s brands” are going after a new demo: men

MZ Wallace, Malone Souliers, and Lululemon on what they’ve learned about making their brands appealing for men. When designers Monica Zwirner and Lucy Wallace Eustice launched their women’s handbag startup MZ Wallace in 2000, they spent a lot of time pondering what they should call their...

2019-11-04
With Fitbit, Google takes on Apple in Big Tech’s race to make you healthier

The Fitbit purchase may be part of Google’s wider move into consumer health, from fitness trackers and smartwatches to health data. After years of rumors that Google will launch its own smartwatch, the company has purchased Fitbit for $2.1 billion. The acquisition comes at a time when Google is investing in...

2019-11-04
Google wants to create the ultimate medical record search tool for doctors

Google wants search to be the center of everything you do. Now, in a logical next step to make its search products the access point for all content on the web, the internet goliath is turning its focus to healthcare. David Feinberg, the recently appointed head of its Google Health initiative, outlined plans to make...

2019-11-04
Sketchy Android keyboard app with 40M downloads makes money off unauthorized purchases

Security researchers have issued warning for Ai.type, an Android third-party keyboard app, that’s been found stealthily signing up users for millions of unauthorized purchases of premium digital content. The findings — disclosed by mobile tech company Upstream — reveal the app was downloaded over 40 million...

2019-11-04
Discover the secret to successful ad campaigns in this complete training

This three-course package can show customers exactly what to expect in those critical digital marketing spaces as well as how to align the advantages of each with specific business needs.

2019-11-02
CHEAP: The Google Home Hub is only $70 — buy it

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! I was always intrigued by smart speakers, but I just didn’t see the point in them for a long time. Yeah, asking to set timers and about the weather was useful, but they always seemed hamstrung by the lack of a screen. Using only...

2019-11-02
How Capcom’s Monster Hunter went from niche franchise to global sensation

This article was originally published by Super Jump Magazine, an independent publication all about celebrating great video games and their creators through carefully-crafted, in-depth featured produced by a diverse team of games journalists, designers, and enthusiasts. Capcom is a member of an ever-shrinking club in...

2019-11-02
Report: Facebook wanted to buy Fitbit too, but Google offered more cash

Google buying Fitbit was the big news of the day, but in an alternate universe, it might have been another tech behemoth making. According to a report by The Information, Facebook courted Fitbit too, but Google was willing to pay double. For reference, Google ended up closing the deal for about $2.1 billion. Facebook...

2019-11-02
Virgil Abloh just gave Ikea a new logo

On the day Abloh’s collection launches at Ikea, the Swedish giant’s own identity got the artist’s signature treatment. Designer Virgil Abloh has turned ironic quotation marks into a signature design move at his brand Off-White. You can also see them in his redesigned Nike icons, which feature...

2019-11-01
Why Facebook’s response to Twitter ceasing political ads isn’t satisfactory

Facebook is in hot water (what else is new) for not planning to remove political ads based on lies. To add to the social network’s predicament, Jack Dorsey yesterday announced that Twitter is getting rid of political ads altogether. Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook‘s COO, retorted that the company didn’t have to go the...

2019-11-01
Uber used Bitcoin to pay $100K hacker ransom in 2017, court docs confirm

Uber used Bitcoin to pay hackers who held sensitive data for ransom, court documents have confirmed. As a result, two men pleaded guilty to charges of computer hacking and extortion, bringing a lengthy legal saga that embroiled Uber and LinkedIn-owned training site Lynda.com in costly data breaches to a close. To...

2019-11-01
It’s official: Google is buying Fitbit for $2.1 billion

That was fast: Though rumors emerged earlier this week that Google was planning to buy Fitbit, we didn’t think we’d hear an update quite this soon. But it’s official now: Google has entered into a “definitive agreement” to buy Fitbit for approximately $2.1 billion. As we noted in our earlier post, the...

2019-11-01
It’s official: Google is buying Fitbit for $2.1 billion

With Google’s acquisition of Fitbit, the brand’s devices will be better able to compete with the likes of the Apple Watch due to all the R&D cash Google has available to throw at the maker. After rumors swirled earlier this week about a deal, Google and Fitbit have now announced that the search giant...

2019-11-01
Pinterest’s Evan Sharp is building a kinder social network

“In a few years, the idea that emotional outcomes matter in internet services will be so obvious to companies,” says the cofounder. In an era when Facebook and Twitter have often punted their responsibilities when it comes to politics, harassment, privacy, and our very democracy, an unlikely...

2019-11-01
How to turn on incognito mode in Google Maps

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. By default, Google Maps stores your location history so you can keep track of places you’ve visited. This is helpful when you want to remember that great food joint you stumbled...

2019-11-01
It’s ‘impossible to exist’ on Facebook as an NSFW artist

Last year, Facebook began clamping down on ‘inappropriate content‘ by banning discussion around “sexual preference,” “sexual roles,” “breasts,” and “buttocks” on the site. The tech giant has now quietly updated its policies, under the guise of preventing “sexual solicitation,” and now restricts...

2019-11-01
Review: Death Stranding delivers a beautifully convoluted future cult classic

Death Stranding is easily one of the most highly-anticipated games of the year, maybe even of this whole console generation — it was mine, for sure. The PlayStation 4 version comes out next week, on November 8, with a PC release following next summer. Sony provided us with an early review code, I’ve finished it,...

2019-11-01
Video: Seoul is spearheading the 5G revolution

One of the hottest new topics in tech is 5G, the next generation of cellular network technology. When 4G came along, it was a massive breakthrough and gave birth to services like Instagram and Snapchat, which had been completely unthinkable only a couple of years earlier. Now it’s time for the next generation of...

2019-10-31
Instagram influencer nabbed in Dubai for running alleged cryptocurrency investment scam

Aziz ‘Com’ Mirza, a Canadian man living in Dubai, has been arrested by authorities and accused of defrauding investors through a string of get-rich-quick schemes, including real estate-backed cryptocurrency Habibi Coin — once dubbed “the Bitcoin of the Middle East.” According to Gulf News, Mirza, who...

2019-10-31
There’s a big problem with Twitter’s bold ban of political ads

What makes a tweet political? We’ll find out when Twitter starts implementing its new rules in late November. In a surprise move, Twitter says it will stop running political ads. But implementing the new policy could involve some messy trade-offs and unintended consequences.Read Full Story

2019-10-31
Facebook, Google, Amazon are ramping up their secretive influence campaigns in DC

In addition to spending $33 million on lobbying efforts so far this year, the three companies have increased their funding of influential think tanks that help shape federal and state policies. This story was produced by MapLight, a nonprofit organization that reveals the influence of money in politics.Read Full...

2019-10-31
The art of writing smart and funny TV for kids that won’t drive parents bonkers

Some of the best animated series are written by comedians who also work on late night and do stand-up. Here’s how they create sophisticated humor that works for all ages. A few years ago, Jenny Jaffe needed to carve out some time from her job writing for the Disney series Big Hero 6 so she could...

2019-10-31
After Twitter bans political ads, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg says they’re ‘not worth the controversy’

Facebook says its stance is ideological, not based on financial concerns. Facebook has issued its first public comments about political advertising on its platform after Twitter took the surprising step of banning all political ads on its service. In an interview with Bloomberg (via Business Insider), Facebook chief...

2019-10-31
Twitter’s political ads ban is bold—and may get complicated

What makes a tweet political? We’ll find out when Twitter starts implementing its new rules in late November. In a surprise move, Twitter says it will stop running political ads. But implementing the new policy could involve some messy trade-offs and unintended consequences.Read Full Story

2019-10-31
Facebook has a new policy on ‘sexual’ emoji (yes, that means the peach)

The platform is selectively censoring emoji in an effort, it says, to curb requests for “nude imagery, sex or sexual partners, or sex chat conversations.” Facebook and Instagram are now censoring what the companies describe as “contextually specific and commonly sexual emojis or emoji...

2019-10-31
Aaron Sorkin’s open letter to Mark Zuckerberg is the best thing he’s written in ages

If you loved ‘The Social Network,’ Sorkin’s take on Facebook’s origin story, you’ll really love this missive to the CEO. What: An open letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg from America’s favorite patriotic curmudgeon, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin.Read Full Story

2019-10-31
Facebook suspends accounts linked to Putin ally for spreading disinformation in Africa

Facebook, once an innocent tool to share ‘what’s on your mind’ has increasingly been weaponized by governments to spread disinformation and manipulate elections — something hundreds of the tech giants’ employees outlined in an open letter this week that urged the company to rethink its stance on political...

2019-10-31
WhatsApp spyware was used to snoop on 2 dozen Indian activists and journalists

WhatsApp has revealed that at least two dozen academics, lawyers, Dalit activists and journalists in India were the target of surveillance by threat operators using security firm NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware. The revelations, reported by news outlet Indian Express, come as the Facebook-owned messaging service filed a...

2019-10-31
Facebook is testing end-to-end encryption for secret Messenger calls

In March, Mark Zuckerberg shared his grand vision of Facebook’s future that included encrypting all messaging services. It seems that the company is slowly working on making that happen. According to app researcher Jane Manchun Wong, Facebook is testing encrypting video and audio calls over Messenger in Secret mode....

2019-10-31
Jack Dorsey: Twitter will stop all political ads next month

Twitter is making a big change to how it handles political ads: It’s getting rid of them altogether (with very few exceptions). Today Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced via tweetstorm that the company has “made the decision to stop all political advertising on Twitter globally” because Twitter believes “message...

2019-10-30
People are hilariously bad at drawing famous logos from memory

Identity designers try to create memorable images. Turns out, we are terrible at remembering even the best ones. BMW. Puma. Red Bull. Lego. These brands are so ubiquitous, there’s a good chance you see their logos every single week. But would you be able to draw them from memory?Read Full Story

2019-10-30
Aural sex: Tingly earhole sound porn is the next step in accessible erotica

This article was originally published on SEXTECHGUIDE, an independent publication that looks at the intersection between sex and technology in a non-explicit, as close to a ‘safe for work’ way as possible – including app reviews, adult VR info, sextech devices, privacy, security issues, and much more. It was...

2019-10-30
Traditional and digital news organizations need to band together to fight ‘fake news’

Fake news, Facebook News, Brexit, WhatsApp hacks, and the “enemy of the people.” These are just some of the fast-changing stories that journalists across Europe are striving to cover — oftentimes, finding themselves at the center of that story.  Europe’s newsrooms are facing multiple challenges as they adjust...

2019-10-30
Why a top VC and a former LinkedIn exec think hobbies are the future of commerce

Kirsten Green, the VC who bet on Glossier, Away, Bonobos, and Jet.com, is investing in Curated, a platform that connects hobbyists with customers who want to buy products for a new hobby. Kirsten Green, the founder of Forerunner Ventures, knows how to predict retail trends. She’s bet on some of the biggest...

2019-10-30
Exclusive: I left Google because of pregnancy discrimination

Chelsey Glasson, who recently filed a complaint with the EEOC, talked to Fast Company about her experience at Google during her second pregnancy. Over the summer, an anonymous memo by a Google employee on maternity leave made the rounds on an internal message board. In the post, which was eventually leaked to...

2019-10-30
The 6 most innovative winter coats of 2019

A slew of new coats promise to keep you warm with unique fabrics and technology. These six delivered. Outerwear designers are tasked with creating coats that live up to the elements—a job that is only getting harder as extreme weather conditions become more frequent and winters get worse in many parts of the...

2019-10-30
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey backs cryptocurrency startup after turning down Facebook’s Libra

Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey, who recently said his company would never get involved with Facebook‘s Libra, has backed a cryptocurrency startup. Dorsey, a longtime Bitcoin advocate, participated in CoinList’s $10 million funding round, alongside several other investors. CoinList, which helps startups raise...

2019-10-30
Meet the neuroscientist debunking the age-old myth of the gendered brain

For decades, scientists have long been obsessed with uncovering biological differences between male and female brains. Dating back to the 1800’s, influential scientists, including Charles Darwin and Gustave Le Bon, believed women were “biologically inferior to men.” Gustave Le Bon, a social psychologist best...

2019-10-30
I finally beat my Twitter addiction—with Google’s help

Desert Island, one of Google’s experimental new apps, transforms your home screen into a text list of the bare essentials. Like a lot of people, I’ve developed a bad habit of checking social media during practically every idle moment. It doesn’t matter if I am at home, at lunch, or out with...

2019-10-30
The Google Pixel 4 reviewed... acrostic-ly

It’s been a couple of weeks since the launch of the Pixel 4. We got our hands on one, and have a full review and video in the pipeline, but we wanted to get some thoughts down before then. In a… different way. This then, is the acrostic review of the Pixel 4. What’s that? Well, when the first letter of each...

2019-10-30

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