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Facebook will fight misinformation about the 2020 U.S. census

In today’s political climate, the census is a hot topic, which naturally leads to bad actors wanting to spread false information about it. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has announced that the company will step up its efforts to fight misinformation about the upcoming 2020 U.S. census. The census is...

2019-07-01
Girlboss launched a LinkedIn for millennial women

Members can share their work experience alongside a snappy fill-in-the-blank bio—and their horoscope reading. This past weekend, Girlboss, the media startup created by Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso, held its fifth Girlboss Rally, a conference that caters to millennial women. As Amoruso has sought...

2019-07-01
Report: Jony Ive checked out at Apple years ago

The superstar designer allegedly became “dispirited” after the launch of the Apple Watch. The biggest news in tech last week was that Apple’s superstar designer Jony Ive was leaving the company to start his own design firm. While the news was unexpected, it’s not clear how much Ive’s...

2019-07-01
CHEAP: Show your smart house who’s boss with a Google Home Hub for only $79

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! If there’s one downside to using smart speakers, it’s the lack of a screen. As useful as it is to vocally give commands to something, humans are innately visual creatures, and there’s a lot of information we process better in...

2019-07-01
Here’s how to delete or deactivate your Instagram account

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. Tired of Facebook too? We’ve got a guide for that. Social platforms like Instagram walk a fine line between being handy and consuming your whole life. Whether your screen time...

2019-07-01
Moonday Mornings: Facebook scammers target UAE investors with fake Bitcoin ads

Welcome to another week and another Moonday Mornings. It’s Hard Fork’s wrap-up of the weekend’s top cryptocurrency and blockchain headlines. Let’s get to it. 1. Facebook has removed a number of fake adverts that falsely claim Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed of the United Arab Emirates has set up a Bitcoin trading...

2019-07-01
After Europe, Google under fire for ‘Android dominance’ in India

After facing billion dollar fines in the EU for abusing its dominance to favor its own services, the internet giant has now been caught in the cross hairs of Indian antitrust watchdog. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has found that Google may have misused its market share in Android in the country to prevent...

2019-07-01
Google is readying an AirDrop-style competitor for fast file transfers

Google appears to be finally readying an easy way to share files across a variety of devices, including Android and Chromebooks, according to a new report by 9to5Google. The feature — dubbed Fast Share — is set to replace the NFC-based Android Beam sharing method Google introduced with Android 4.0 Ice Cream...

2019-07-01
Why Google Duplex might make my design job redundant

A year ago, Google blew the world away with Duplex, an AI assistant that can make phone calls for you. The demo went viral and raised a lot of ethical and philosophical questions. Last month, Google announced an update for Duplex: it can now use websites for you. This announcement might not have been as controversial...

2019-06-29
Jony Ive’s design partner Marc Newson once made a $300K samurai sword

And more factoids about 5 things to know about Ive’s longtime friend and design partner. The pair are leaving Apple to start a new design firm called LoveFrom. This week, famed designer Jony Ive announced he’s leaving Apple to start his own design firm. But he’s not doing it alone.Read Full...

2019-06-29
Jony Ive’s design partner Marc Newson once designed a $300K samurai sword

And more factoids about 5 things to know about Ive’s longtime friend and design partner. The pair are leaving Apple to start a new design firm called LoveFrom. This week, famed designer Jony Ive announced he’s leaving Apple to start his own design firm. But he’s not doing it alone.Read Full...

2019-06-28
Americans crown Chick-fil-A as their favorite fast food restaurant (McDonald’s is last)

According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, the controversial chicken chain remains a crowd-pleaser. For the fourth year in a row, Chick-fil-A has found itself at the top of the American Customer Satisfaction Index ranking of “limited-service restaurants” (or in other words, fast food). Its...

2019-06-28
Meet MIT’s new fellows: Boston Celtics’ Jaylen Brown and politics wunderkind Michael Tubbs

MIT’s new Media Lab fellows are not your everyday scientists. MIT Media Lab announced its 2019 Directors Fellows on Friday, and they’re not the tech masterminds you might expect. Read Full Story

2019-06-28
Is Facebook really the corporate monster everyone wants it to be?

The ethics of Facebook, as a corporation, have come into question lately. Though criticisms of the platform have stretched back to its inception, the incident that inspired the most recent waves of ire seems to be the Cambridge Analytica data scandal of early 2018, in which it was revealed that a political consulting...

2019-06-28
Fake Pop-Tarts that taste like Hidden Valley Ranch dressing are peak Brand Twitter

Brand Twitter is the new golden age of television. There’s a lot of talk about the golden age of television and whether we’re in the middle of it or if it ended when Walter White did. One thing we can probably all agree on, though, is that for better or worse we’re living in a golden age of Brand...

2019-06-28
5 things to know about Marc Newson, Jony Ive’s longtime design partner

Marc Newson once designed limited-edition samurai swords and sold them for $300,000 each. This week, famed designer Jony Ive announced he’s leaving Apple to start his own design firm. But he’s not doing it alone.Read Full Story

2019-06-28
AltSchool rebrands itself Altitude Learning as cofounders step aside

Going forward, AltSchool’s four lab schools will be operated by a new partner, Higher Ground Education. When entrepreneur and former Googler Max Ventilla cofounded education startup AltSchool in spring 2013, he had big plans. He wanted to create a toolkit for personalizing learning by building not just...

2019-06-28
How to reclaim your time to focus on work that really matters

In the age of Instagram and back-to-back meetings, it’s hard to achieve “deep work.” Here are 10 steps to get into a work flow and stay in it. You know that feeling of being in flow where your mind is alert, you’re deeply focused on a difficult problem, when time stands still and work stops...

2019-06-28
This horror movie delivers the most realistically trippy drug scene ever—for better or worse

‘Hereditary’ filmmaker Ari Aster talks about making the drug sequences in his folk horror follow-up ‘Midsommar’ and why they feel uncomfortably authentic. (No spoilers.) “I would not advise people to do drugs and then watch this,” Ari Aster says of his new horror...

2019-06-28
Here’s why your Slack messages are double-posting. Here’s why your Slack messages are double-posting.

Users of Slack, the hugely popular messaging platform, are reporting a weird glitch that’s resulting in messages being duplicated multiple times, or simply refusing to send. To give you a sense of what that looks like, check out this screenshot from TNW’s own internal Slack team. The @thenextweb newsroom is...

2019-06-28
This movie delivers the trippiest scene in film history

‘Hereditary’ filmmaker Ari Aster talks about making the drug sequences in his folk horror follow-up ‘Midsommar’ and why they feel uncomfortably authentic. (No spoilers.) “I would not advise people to do drugs and then watch this,” Ari Aster says of his new horror...

2019-06-28
Google’s six rules for great data design

Think of it as Material Design for data visualization. Google does everything from building smartphones to creating driverless car companies. So it’s easy to forget that its official mission is “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” Google...

2019-06-28
Your next BMW electric might sound fabulous, thanks to Hans Zimmer

What if I told you your next BMW electric car could emulate The Dark Night’s fabulous theme music? Don’t think I’m joking, because famed composer Hans Zimmer has partnered with the auto giant. BMW made the announcement official at the company’s NextGen event in Munich. Under the brand name “BMW IconicSounds...

2019-06-28
CNBC-shilled cryptocurrency exchange Bitsane pulls exit scam on 246K users

Irish cryptocurrency exchange Bitsane has reportedly pulled an exit scam and disappeared with hundreds of thousands of dollars in cryptocurrency belonging to its users, reports Forbes. Bitsane’s website, which reportedly boasted 246,000 registered users, has been offline since (at least) June 17, when its Facebook...

2019-06-28
Google Maps will now warn you about crowded trains and late buses

Public transportation is the circulatory system of any urban area, and it’s a better choice for the planet than driving your own vehicle. But let’s face it: no one wants to deal with late buses and crowded subways. Now Google wants to warn you about these hassles. An update to Google Maps rolling out today brings...

2019-06-28
Zuckerberg isn’t ready for deepfakes

Faced with a potential crisis, the magnitude of which the world has never seen before, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants us all to slow down. Crises, however, wait for no one. And Facebook’s latest problem, that of altered or faked video, brings with it the democracy destroying power of an atom bomb. “There is a...

2019-06-28
Twitter will de-list, not delete politicians’ bannable tweets of ‘public interest’

Twitter revealed today it will be adding a special label to certain tweets — namely those that violate Twitter’s terms of service, but which somehow serve public interest by remaining up. To be clear, Twitter’s been leaving such tweets up for quite some time — now it’s just managed to find a happy medium...

2019-06-27
Apple, Amazon and the rest of Big Tech all have a lot to learn from the Green New Deal

It’s vital to cut carbon emissions. But tech companies have a responsibility to go a lot further than that—and the ability to do so. For many years, the biggest technology companies have made pioneering commitments to reducing their energy footprint. Google and Apple claim to be completely carbon...

2019-06-27
What Big Tech has to learn from the Green New Deal

It’s vital to cut carbon emissions. But tech companies have a responsibility to go a lot further than that—and the ability to do so. For many years, the biggest technology companies have made pioneering commitments to reducing their energy footprint. Google and Apple claim to be completely carbon...

2019-06-27
Here’s a simple new way to stop Google from keeping your location history

Prevent Google from keeping a permanent record of your whereabouts without losing all of location history’s benefits. Google has expanded its auto-delete privacy controls to include location history, so now you can prevent the company from keeping a lifetime record of your whereabouts.Read Full Story

2019-06-27
Twitter has a weird plan for world leaders who break its rules

Twitter has a new policy ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Look folks, there’s no need to continue reporting a certain world leader for violating Twitter’s terms of service. The social media site is fully aware that certain commanders in chief use Twitter to bully, harass, discriminate, troll, dox, share fake...

2019-06-27
Twitter had a fun time watching John Delaney at the Democratic debate

No matter what happens over the course of this primary, we will always have the joy that John Delaney gave us by inspiring so many jokes during the first Democratic debate. At the top of last night’s first Democratic debate, just one question occupied everyone’s thoughts.Read Full Story

2019-06-27
Line just went Orwellian on Japanese users with its social credit scoring system

But Line says the new Line Score will be opt-in. It appears other countries besides China are heading toward a bleak dystopian future where a human being is scored by their online activities. Only this time, it’s a tech company and not a government implementing the social credit score. While not as bleak as...

2019-06-27
Google’s new reCAPTCHA has a dark side

The latest version of the bot detector reCaptcha is invisible to users and has spread to more than 650,000 websites. It’s great for security—but not so great for your privacy. We’ve all tried to log into a website or submit a form only to be stuck clicking boxes of traffic lights or storefronts or...

2019-06-27
Low-carb nostalgia: Why Magic Spoon, the ‘childlike cereal for adults,’ is selling out

Magic Spoon is an adult version of what you loved as a kid—without the sugar, carbs, or guilt. It might just be what the grocery aisle needs. The death of cereal has been wildly exaggerated. It’s been reported that sales have plummeted in recent years as millennials opted for seemingly more nutritious or...

2019-06-27
Rachel Roy only packs her favorite clothes when she travels . . . and Neosporin

The fashion designer reveals her tips and tools for getting the most out of every day. Fashion designer Rachel Roy is not afraid of hard work. After moving to New York, she worked her way up in the fashion industry through a series of jobs, starting as an intern in the Rocawear mailroom and eventually becoming...

2019-06-27
Google employees want the company kicked out of San Francisco’s Pride parade

The employees say they are sick of Google’s policies that allow for harassment of LGBTQ+ persons on its platforms. Google employs have written to the organizers of the San Francisco Pride parade requesting that their employer be barred from representation in the parade as well as revoking Google’s...

2019-06-27
Hackers breach cryptocurrency exchange Bitrue for $4.2M in Ripple and Cardano

Another day, and another cryptocurrency exchange hack. Attackers have thieved $4.2 million worth of cryptocurrency from exchange Bitrue. Earlier today, the exchange announced on Twitter (spotted by ZDNet) that it was subject to a hack in which bad actors made off with 9.3 million Ripple ($4 million) and 2.5 million...

2019-06-27
Google’s LGBTQ+ employees unsuccessfully demand SF Pride to remove company from parade

Google’s LGBTQ+ employees are petitioning to remove Google as a sponsor from San Francisco’s Pride celebration this weekend. As reported by Bloomberg, the search engines’ employees published a petition on Medium addressed to San Francisco Pride’s board of directors.  In the post, it explained: “We, the...

2019-06-27
Meet 38 immigrants who show why it should be easier to become a citizen

The Carnegie Corporation of New York announces this year’s entrants to its list of great immigrants, as a counterbalance to increasingly anti-immigrant government policies that it’s fighting against. In honor of Independence Day, the Carnegie Corporation of New York has inducted 38 new immigrants into...

2019-06-27
YouTube is making it easier to remove recommendations you don’t like

YouTube is introducing three new ways to fine-tune your browsing experience on the platform. First, the Google-owned video service is rolling out topics and related videos on its homepage and under its “Up Next” tab. Second, it is giving users the ability to remove suggestions from channels they don’t want to...

2019-06-27
Meet 38 immigrants that show why it should be easier to become a citizen

The Carnegie Corporation of New York announces this year’s entrants to its list of great immigrants, as a counterbalance to increasingly anti-immigrant government policies that it’s fighting against. In honor of Independence Day, the Carnegie Corporation of New York has inducted 38 new immigrants into...

2019-06-27
‘All foam and no beer!’ Here are the most cringe-inducing lines from the first Democratic debate

Ladies and gentlemen, the art of the soundbite. It’s smart for candidates to do some debate prep. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has been consulting over WhatsApp with his debate-champion son, Dante. Senator Cory Booker has apparently been doing pushups. And it’s natural for them to practice pre-prepared...

2019-06-27
WhatsApp tests letting you share your Status to Facebook and other apps

Though WhatsApp is owned by Facebook, plenty of the app’s users are happy to ignore the fact the big blue parent network exists. Somewhat surprisingly, Facebook has been content to let WhatsApp do its own thing since its $19 billion purchase back in 2014. But there are signs this might be slowly changing Case in...

2019-06-27
Mitch McConnell’s Twitter just lost a flame war with ‘Big Little Lies’ star Adam Scott

Scott clearly did not want to have any part of being a GIF in a Mitch McConnell tweet, and his resulting back-and-forth with the account was very . . . popcorn GIF. Being Mitch McConnell’s social media strategist must be a tough gig.Read Full Story

2019-06-26
Inside the shadowy world of spyware makers that target activists and dissidents

There’s some new competition for NSO, the Israeli company which boasts of its ability to take over phones and computers on behalf of high-paying government clients: Dozens upon dozens of spyware firms that offer a range of surveillance options. Last month, Facebook said that WhatsApp users were vulnerable to a...

2019-06-26
Democratic debates live stream: How to watch on NBC, YouTube, and elsewhere without cable

NBC is letting cord cutters live-stream the Democratic debates online for free on its YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter channels. Here’s where to find them. Twenty candidates. Three television networks. One goal: Get through the next two nights without throwing your TV, computer, or smartphone out the window.Read...

2019-06-26
Kim Kardashian’s new Kimono shapewear brand raises charges that Kim’s culturally appropriating . . . again

Kim Kardashian West is at again with the cultural appropriation with her new intimates line Kimono—but someone on Twitter has way better name suggestions. Kim Kardashian West is taking on the shape wear and intimates industry with her new launch—and people are pissed. Not so much at the products...

2019-06-26

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