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Period tracker apps caught sharing sensitive health data with Facebook

Popular period tracker apps used by millions of women are sharing sensitive personal information such as monthly timings, contraception use, symptoms, mood, and sexual life to Facebook. Some of the apps, including Maya and MIA Fem: Ovulation Calculator, have millions of downloads on the Google Play Store. They are...

2019-09-10
Big Brother billionaire suing Facebook over Bitcoin ads says agreement ‘is impossible’

The Dutch billionaire who sued Facebook for hosting fraudulent Bitcoin advertisements that featured his name and image has claimed it impossible to reach an agreement, Reuters reports. John de Mol, one of the brains behind entertainment giant Endemol and the Big Brother television format, filed his suit with an...

2019-09-10
Google Docs now shows word count as you type (thank god)

I dig Google Docs a lot. It’s free, lightweight, great for teamwork, and directly available in any browser. There’s still one thing I passionately despise about it, though: it has the crappiest word count UI of all time. But fortunately, things are about to change. In a new blog post, the Big G announced Docs...

2019-09-10
Android users need to delete these 24 ‘Joker’ malware-infected apps right now

Once installed on an Android user’s phone, Joker gets to work silently signing users up for subscription services. There’s another nasty strain of malware floating around on Android that could cost users a lot of money. The malware is known as “Joker” and is hidden inside at least 24 apps....

2019-09-10
Google purges 24 malware-ridden apps that were downloaded 500,000 times

Android just can’t seem to shake off its malware issues. A new malware campaign targeting Android has been found to engage in ad fraud at least since early June 2019. The findings, disclosed by cybersecurity firm CSIS Security Group, reveal that the malware — called Joker — is designed to surreptitiously sign...

2019-09-10
Samsung says Galaxy Fold will run ‘hundreds’ of optimized apps at launch

Samsung’s Galaxy Fold was delayed so much we were beginning to think it wouldn’t even come out this year. Luckily that all changed last week. If there’s one benefit to the delay – besides, you know, a phone that won’t immediately break – is that it’s also given Samsung and developers some time to...

2019-09-10
Leak: Google’s Pixel 4 could include an astrophotography mode

Our phones get better at capturing images in low light every year, but as far as I know, no phone has been good enough to capture stars in the night sky. If a new leak is to be believed, Google might be the one to change that Spanish tech site Pro Android posted a what appears to be an upcoming marketing video for the...

2019-09-09
Google investigation: 50 attorneys general look into possible antitrust violations

Google is facing yet another wide-ranging probe for possible federal and state antitrust violations. Fifty attorneys general said today that they’re investigating Google for possible federal and state antitrust violations.Read Full Story

2019-09-09
We’re finally getting midcentury modern emoji

Whether you love or hate this now-ubiquitous style, everyone can use an Eames lounger sticker. Humankind is slowly but surely making progress, and you can see it, perhaps most clearly, in our emoji. We’ve ditched the gun emoji and added gender-fluid emoji. We’ve even achieved a taco emoji...

2019-09-09
This is what happened when I started sending thank you notes regularly

What one writer learned when she incorporated a gratitude practice in her professional life. I’m a huge fan of New Year’s resolutions, especially actionable ones. Instead of “lose 10 pounds,” I once resolved to eat five servings of veggies a day. Instead of “spend less time on my...

2019-09-09
No matter who you think wins a Trump vs Chrissy Teigen Twitter war, we all lose

The presidential twitter may have met its match, but it also just may not matter anymore. After a weekend in which Trump called off a half-baked plan to Parent Trap the Taliban and the Afghan government at Camp David just before the anniversary of 9/11, and mere days after Sharpiegate finally fizzed out like a...

2019-09-09
This building produces twice the energy it consumes, and it’s the future

It’s the latest “Powerhouse,” a name the architects at Snøhetta invented to describe super-efficient buildings that generate power for the community around them. For most of us, life in the city of Trondheim, Norway, would take some getting used to. At 63 degrees north of the equator, it...

2019-09-09
How Target’s designers sought the simplest approach for the brand’s Made By Design products

Head of product design Stephanie Grotta knew that the brand was losing customers drawn to the minimalist aesthetic of Ikea and Muji. Check out all of our 2019 Innovation by Design winners and honorees here, and read more coverage of the winning designs here.Read Full Story

2019-09-09
A pollution mask so sleek it debuted on the fashion week runways of New York and Seoul

One study found that O2O2’s pollution mask was 25 times better than three other masks at protection from dangerous particulates. Check out all of our 2019 Innovation by Design winners and honorees here, and read more coverage of the winning designs here.Read Full Story

2019-09-09
How to edit Facebook’s list of your presumed interests

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. Last week we showed you how to see what kinds of ads Instagram was likely to serve you, based on data it gathered about your browsing preferences. Now it’s time to show you how...

2019-09-07
Apple claps back at Google for spreading FUD in iOS exploit report

It was just last week that we covered a report by Google‘s Project Zero security researchers claiming they’d identified a malware campaign targeting iPhones for “at least two years.” When successful, the exploit chain allowed iPhones to be compromised with no interaction from the user beyond visiting a...

2019-09-06
8 states and D.C. are now investigating Facebook for potential antitrust violations

New York attorney general Letitia James is leading a multistate antitrust probe of the company. New York attorney general Letitia James is leading a multistate investigation into whether Facebook violated antitrust laws, she said in a statement Friday.Read Full Story

2019-09-06
Coming to America? The U.S. government wants your Myspace name

If you want to come visit the Unites States, get ready for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to ask for your social media usernames along with traditional information, like your full legal name and birthday. If you want to come to the Unites States, get ready for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to ask...

2019-09-06
Facebook’s secret crush? Maybe it’s Match Group

Facebook’s matchmaking ambitions have some investors breaking up with Match Group. A day after Facebook announced the launch of its dating service in the United States, investors are showing less love for Match Group, the parent company behind some of the world’s most popular dating platforms, including...

2019-09-06
China is following Facebook’s playbook to issue a centralized digital currency

China‘s upcoming state-controlled digital currency is to be similar to Facebook‘s proposed coin, which makes total sense, because Libra isn’t really a cryptocurrency. Mu Changchun, deputy director of payments at China‘s central bank, explained the country was issuing its digital currency “to protect our...

2019-09-06
Chipotle can’t get customers to stop stealing the Tabasco, so it’s embracing it

The burrito brand can see into your dark, twisted, hot sauce-covered soul. It’s nothing fancy. There’s just something about the condiment bar at Chipotle and its self-replenishing pile of disposable forks, beige napkins, and Tabasco bottles (in three colors! three!). So as I strut up wearing a halo...

2019-09-06
How Toronto locals soured on Alphabet’s neighborhood of the future

Sidewalk Labs, a sister company of Google, has a wildly ambitious plan for Toronto’s waterfront. But concerns about Big Tech and privacy are only growing. For one of the most contentious pieces of real estate in all of North America—not to mention ground zero for a global debate on data privacy and the...

2019-09-06
Amazon is reportedly launching a food delivery service in India to rival Zomato and Swiggy

After establishing a strong base with its ecommerce and streaming content business in India, Amazon is reportedly set to unveil its food delivery service in the country next month. According to a report by Mint, the company will start the service under its Prime Now banner first in Bengaluru, and then in Mumbai and...

2019-09-06
Bitcoin whale moves gooch-tingling ONE BILLION DOLLARS

A cryptocurrency whale has moved a ball-twisting 94,504 BTC (worth over one billion dollars) — paying just $700 in Bitcoin network fees. 🚨 🚨 🚨 🚨 🚨 🚨 🚨 🚨 🚨 🚨 94,504 #BTC (1,018,147,922 USD) transferred from unknown wallet to unknown wallet Tx: https://t.co/VWb8slswa8 — Whale Alert...

2019-09-06
Google has a new Tinder-style interface for finding stuff to watch, here’s how to use it

With all the content available to us online these days, it’s pretty hard to pick a movie or TV show to watch. And let’s face it, recommendation algorithms of services like Netflix or Prime Video are not always helpful. Don’t worry, Google will help you out now. The search giant is rolling out a bunch...

2019-09-06
Facebook wants to combat deepfakes by making its own

With algorithmically-generated fabricated videos, otherwise called deepfakes, on the rise, Facebook is teaming up with Microsoft and seven academic institutions in the US for a Deepfake Detection Challenge. The contest — meant to develop technology for detecting deepfakes and prevent people from falling prey to...

2019-09-06
YouTube launches long-overdue Fashion section

YouTube today launched its Fashion section, a new vertical alongside the likes of Gaming and Movies, crystallizing the importance of its massive beauty community. It’s also a convenient landing portal for some of YouTube‘s most advertiser-friendly content. According to the introductory video, the section is...

2019-09-05
Fearing 2020 ‘deepfakes’ Facebook will launch industry AI ‘challenge’

After hosting a massive Russian disinformation campaign in 2016, the company is hoping to keep video disinformation off its platform during the coming election cycle. Facebook wants to be ready for a deepfake outbreak on its social network. So the company has started an industry group to foster the development of new...

2019-09-05
Facebook just launched its Dating service

Facebook Dating is finally here. The social network launched the feature today in the US and 19 other countries, after announcing it last year at its F8 developer conference. The feature will be available to users above the age of 18 and, for those eligible, will appear as a new tab in the Facebook app. Importantly,...

2019-09-05
Heinz redesigned the ketchup label to show us all how to master the perfect pour

You can stop slapping the bottom of the bottle now. Everyone’s got a theory, a technique, their own special spell to coax ketchup out of the bottle. For many generations, this was a required skill if you ever wanted that sweet tomato-y goodness on your burger in less than 36 minutes. Of course, over the past...

2019-09-05
Cole Haan found a brilliant way to make high heels more comfortable

The brand collaborated with UMass Amherst’s biomechanics lab to create heels that redistribute weight and reduce pressure on the foot. Over the last few years, I’ve been tracking the quest to invent a more comfortable high heel, including efforts from startups like Sarah Flint, Marion Parke, and...

2019-09-05
Facebook wants to be the hot new dating app

The company is rolling out its dating service in the U.S. today—and it’s using Instagram as its Trojan horse. In spring 2018, Facebook announced that it was launching its own version of Tinder—but designed for people who are interested in meaningful relationships. Now, after rolling out in 19...

2019-09-05
Google is going to tell you what TV shows and movies you want to watch

Peak TV can be overwhelming. Now all of Google’s data will help you decide what to watch. Google collects a lot of data on its users, and now it’s finally using its powers for good. Instead of just serving you ads for Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and Wet Wipes, the company is going to start using its vast...

2019-09-05
Google open-sources tool for companies that aims to keep personal data private

For a company that’s in the business of tracking users’ online activities, Google sure is going all out to prove it’s dead serious about privacy. To that effect, the internet behemoth is open-sourcing a library that it uses to glean insights from aggregate data in a privacy-preserving manner. Called...

2019-09-05
PSA: You can use emoji to easily find the right GIF to use on Twitter, WhatsApp, and more

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. GIFs are great for punctuating your internet-breaking tweets and quick-witted replies to texts. It’s generally easy to find good ones by searching with a keyword — but if you...

2019-09-05
10 résumé tips to impress a recruiter in 7 seconds

You’ve heard all the standard résumé advice before. It’s time to dig a little deeper if you really want that job. Having a well-crafted résumé can be the key to getting your foot in the door at the company of your dreams. But figuring out how to make your résumé...

2019-09-05
Vacasa homes in Google search results give you one less excuse to skip that vacation

Quick: Book your next trip. Americans are bad at going on vacation. Now, Vacasa, the vacation home rental platform, is teaming up with Google to make it just a little bit easier.Read Full Story

2019-09-05
You can buy tiny houses on Amazon and Facebook now. That doesn’t mean you should

Tiny home expert John Kernohan got scammed after buying a home kit on Facebook. Here are his tips for avoiding the same fate. You can’t always trust what you see online. Earlier this year, tiny house guru John Kernohan learned this the hard way when he decided to buy a dome-shaped tiny home off...

2019-09-05
The phone numbers of 419 million Facebook accounts have been leaked

Each record in the databases contains a Facebook user’s unique ID and the phone number, and some of the records also contain the user’s name, gender and country location. In a devastating blow to almost 20% of Facebook’s 2.3 billion users, several unprotected databases were discovered online that...

2019-09-05
Twitter suspends SMS feature after CEO Dorsey’s account was hi-Jack-ed

Twitter has temporarily suspended the ability to tweet via SMS following high-profile hack of its CEO Jack Dorsey and a number of celebrities. “We’re taking this step because of vulnerabilities that need to be addressed by mobile carriers and our reliance on having a linked phone number for two-factor...

2019-09-05
Facebook leak contained phone numbers for 419 million users

Another month, another Facebook data breach. As reported by TechCrunch, security researcher Sanyam Jain was able to locate an online database containing phone numbers linked to user IDs for over 419 million Facebook users. While linking phone numbers to user IDs is bad enough, in some cases the data included the...

2019-09-04
Twitter just disabled its SMS tweet feature after CEO Jack Dorsey got hacked

This is what happens when the boss gets hacked. Twitter is “temporarily” pulling a feature you probably haven’t used in years after the feature made it possible for multiple accounts to be hacked, including Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s.Read Full Story

2019-09-04
YouTube purges 17,000 hate speech channels after policy change

YouTube this week issued an update on its efforts to remove hate speech from its platform — and it would appear it’s managed to make some headway. It claims to have removed over 100,000 videos and 17,000 channels specifically over hate speech, which is both good and kind of terrifying when you think about it. The...

2019-09-04
Brave browser catches Google tracking users with hidden web pages

Brave, the budding privacy-focused browser with its own native cryptocurrency, has alleged that Google is using hidden web pages to feed personal data of its users to advertisers, reports Financial Times. The evidence, now in the hands of the Irish data regulator, reportedly accuses the Big G of allowing users (and...

2019-09-04
YouTube gets slapped with $170 million FTC fine for violating children’s privacy

YouTube will also change the way they track some kids’ content. You know that old Simpsons scene where the preacher’s wife, Helen Lovejoy, wails, “Won’t somebody please think of the children?” Well, the FTC has thought of the children, and YouTube’s parent company, Google, is...

2019-09-04
Nasty Glupteba malware uses Bitcoin blockchain to keep itself alive

Cybersecurity researchers have discovered a new strain of the nefarious Glupteba malware that uses the Bitcoin blockchain to ensure it remains dangerous. TrendMicro’s latest blog details the previously undocumented variant which is capable of invading systems to mine Monero cryptocurrency and steal sensitive browser...

2019-09-04
Roku wants to simplify home audio, but there are too many options already

Roku’s soundbar with built-in streaming could be great, but Sonos, Apple, and Google all have big head starts on the audio side. Back in January 2018, Roku announced a grand vision for parlaying its streaming TV success into a broader home entertainment platform. The plan was to power not just smart TVs and...

2019-09-04
Facebook is getting very, very good at faking your face

But just how “real” is it? Five years ago, Mark Zuckerberg stated in no uncertain terms that Facebook was going to build the metaverse, a digital world that’s a surrogate for our real one, predicted by science fiction for decades. That’s why he bought Oculus, and invested heavily in VR....

2019-09-04

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