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‘Crypto Twitter’ anxiously awaits white paper for Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency

Tomorrow, Facebook is expected to release full details of its new “cryptocurrency” project Libra — as always, Twitter has lots to say. Few concrete facts about Facebook‘s Libra (formally known as GlobalCoin) have been made public so far. Reports indicate the likes of Mastercard, Visa, Stripe, and PayPal...

2019-06-17
Bill Cosby tried to spread Father’s Day cheer on Twitter and Twitter was not having it

Everyone who can reasonably claim the title of “America’s Dad” step forward. Not so fast, Bill Cosby. When Bill Cosby titled what will most likely be his final comedy special Far From Finished, he was not being ironic.Read Full Story

2019-06-17
Google Play hosted phishing apps impersonating Turkish cryptocurrency exchange

Malicious apps impersonating Turkish cryptocurrency exchange BtcTurk are circumventing Google’s recently adopted security enhancing measures. According to researchers, the apps are accessing one-time passwords (OTPs) and SMS-based two-factor authentication (2FA), was well as some email-based 2FA systems. By...

2019-06-17
Report: Why you shouldn’t always trust the ‘Amazon’s Choice badge

If you see the ‘Amazon’s Choice’ badge on a listing on the ecommerce site, you might assume that it’s a quality and trustworthy product. However, a report by Buzzfeed News suggests that it might not be as trustworthy as it seems. The site reported a bunch of customers who bought items with the ‘Amazon’s...

2019-06-17
CHEAP: Pretend you live on a spaceship with this Google Smart Light Starter Kit for $35

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! The future is pretty cool. We’ve got phones that can take incredible photos, access the entirety of human knowledge, and also be used as flashlights. But that’s not the best part of the future, that award goes to the ability to...

2019-06-15
This major unionization vote at a Volkswagen plant could be a turning point for organized labor

As workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga decide whether to join a union, they could be determining whether organized labor begins to regain power in the U.S. employment landscape. Update: The vote was 883 against the union and 776 for it, resulting in a loss for the the UAW. In response, the UAW called...

2019-06-15
How to make one of those ‘Best of’ Instagram collages

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. So you, like most everyone out there, love posting on Instagram. Selfies, food shots, travel photos… you do it all, and your followers love you for it. Or maybe you’re a...

2019-06-14
Companies can stay ahead in the talent war by recruiting from within, says this LinkedIn VP

More and more companies are investing time and money in training their workers. According to a recent study from the Wharton School of Business, companies today fill less than one-third of open positions with internal candidates. That wasn’t always the case. During the postwar era, companies filled 90% of...

2019-06-14
‘The Daily Show’ has a surprise gift for Trump’s 73rd birthday

The show’s Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library is taking a trip to D.C. to try to entice the president to visit, with a special new exhibit praising the First Lady for her work on cyberbullying. Donald Trump is turning 73 years old on June 14. Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor...

2019-06-14
WATCH: Craig Wright briefly forgets he ‘invented’ Bitcoin

Craig Wright appears to have briefly forgotten that he wrote the Bitcoin white paper while speaking at a recent conference in Toronto. Wright, lead brain behind alternative cryptocurrency Bitcoin Satoshi Vision, caused controversy earlier this year after suing community members who refused to acknowledge that he...

2019-06-14
Jack Dorsey answers our questions about Square’s plans for Bitcoin

Square is a company best known for its disruptive card payment technology. Founded in 2009 by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, the company sells affordable mobile-based point-of-sale systems. But beyond the world of traditional fiat currencies, the firm is making cautious steps into the fast-paced world of cryptocurrency....

2019-06-14
‘YouTube recommendations are toxic,’ says dev who worked on the algorithm

Where else could you go for you daily dose of how-tos, like this oneabout draining washing machines, or 15-minute compilations of cats vomiting? This is what YouTube was made for, and it’s beautiful. At the same time, as YouTube has become the place for videos on the web, it’s led to a raft of new problems....

2019-06-14
Facebook signs major partners for its cryptocurrency network and it still sounds terrible

Facebook has begun assembling a who’s who of big tech companies to back its soon to be unveiled cryptocurrency, GlobalCoin. The likes of Mastercard, Visa, Uber, and PayPal are all backing the social media giant’s upcoming digital coin due to be unveiled later this month, and officially rolled out next year,...

2019-06-14
Google Chrome 76 will make it easier to bypass paywalls

Google may have released Chrome 75 just last week, but it’s already lining up a few nifty features for its upcoming release. Most importantly, the beta version of Chrome 76, which was officially released a day ago, makes a subtle tweak that may not be welcomed by publishers like The New York Times, The Boston Globe,...

2019-06-14
Google’s Game Builder lets you create 3D titles without coding — for free!

On its blog today, Google talked up Game Builder, its sandbox for desktops that lets you create 3D games without having to write any code (though you can if you want to). It’s available now on Steam, for Mac and Windows, for free. There are other tools like this for creating games, but Google’s Area 120 – the...

2019-06-14
Top 10 Budget Laptops for Designers & Creatives in 2019

Looking for the best budget laptops for graphic design? Here we list the cheapest laptops, perfect for designers, creatives, students, editing and more.

2019-06-14
This Harvard alum turns cheap, recycled rubber into luxury furniture

A New York designer elevates cheap recycled rubber by mixing it with with brass, marble, Italian wool, and concrete. Can you make high-end luxury furniture with a cheap material like recycled rubber? Looking at the catalog of New York City-based designer company Slash Objects, the answer is a resounding yes. The...

2019-06-13
Kind Snacks and Clif Bar are fighting like your grandparents on Facebook

When Kind called out Clif Bar in its new ad, it sparked a long-winded social debate between the two. Brands calling each other out in advertising is nothing new. The ’70s and ’80s were chock full of side-by-side comparison ads–paper towels, cleaners, tampons, you name it–the most famous...

2019-06-13
LinkedIn is the new frontier for spies, apparently

A spy reportedly used an AI-generated profile picture to connect with sources on the networking site. You may use LinkedIn to congratulate a friend on their work anniversary, but spies use it to find new potential sources, and they may be using AI.-generated profiles to help them do it.Read Full Story

2019-06-13
I worked at Google: Here’s how to regain trust and work with tech’s critics

Let’s be part of the solution, rather than just attacking our critics. Some of the best ideas about how to sensibly regulate tech can probably be found in the Valley. Earlier this year, Sunil Rajaraman, the host of the Your Life in Silicon Valley podcast, asked his social media followers what questions he...

2019-06-13
See Virgil Abloh’s vision for homes in the year 2035

The designer reimagines three pieces from furniture’s past for the not-too-distant future. As if he wasn’t just opening a new Nike store and museum exhibit, prolific designer Virgil Abloh has released a new line of limited-edition furniture with the Swiss furniture company Vitra that’s meant to...

2019-06-13
This is a love letter to Google’s Purple-ish Pixel 3A smartphone

Google’s budget smartphone comes in a color scheme that’s both idiosyncratic and subtle—a bold statement in a sea of boring sameness. Google’s Pixel 3A phone has a lot of admirable qualities. It sports a great camera that rivals the higher-end Pixel 3. Like other Pixel phones, it’s...

2019-06-13
This Google sister company showed you can buy a troll campaign for $250

As social platforms continue to be threatened by state-sponsored disinformation operations, Google’s parent company Alphabet has kicked things up a notch. Jigsaw, its side-arm devoted to fighting extremism, censorship, and other forms of cyberattacks, has revealed it bought a Russian troll campaign as an...

2019-06-13
Why the creator of MTV’s ‘The Real World’ is betting on Facebook Watch for the realest season yet

For its 33rd season, the groundbreaking reality show about hot conversations wants to draw you into its messy drama. After 32 seasons, The Real World‘s creator and executive producer Jonathan Murray is finally making the version of the show he’s always wanted to—on Facebook Watch, no less.Read...

2019-06-13
PSA: Your Android phone is now a security key for signing in to Google on iOS

Google has announced that it’s now possible to log into your Google accounts from your iPhones and iPads using your Android phone as a hardware authentication key. The development comes almost more than a month after the internet giant made it easy for Google users to sign in to their accounts on their laptops or...

2019-06-13
Google’s Pixel 4: Ready or not, huge camera bulges are coming

Camera bumps are becoming more bulbous to accommodate more lenses. In response to unofficial Pixel 4 leaks, Google has decided to release an official teaser image of its next flagship phone. While the image only shows the Pixel 4 from its backside, it suggests that the phone will have at least a couple of lenses,...

2019-06-12
This site makes it ridiculously easy to experiment with Apache Kafka

Apache Kafka is a fascinating product that solves a problem that almost nobody has. If the Internet is a series of tubes (RIP Ted Stevens), Apache Kafka is the pipe that connects high-volume applications with their external components, like databases and third-party services. It’s frequently used by companies that...

2019-06-12
Google just revealed the Pixel 4’s design, including two rear cameras

In a surprise announcement, Google posted a tweet showing off the design of the upcoming Pixel 4. The tweet shows a square camera module on the back with two cameras, a depth sensor, and an LED flash. Well, since there seems to be some interest, here you go! Wait 'til you see what it can do. #Pixel4...

2019-06-12
Here is the patriarchy, handily summed up in one Joe Biden image

The look on Biden’s face. The forceful, accusatory finger. Her reaction. It all comes together in a photo that captures how certain men see the world. On Tuesday afternoon, a CUNY professor sent out a series of tweets recounting Joe Biden’s flagrantly horny interactions with women in the audience for his...

2019-06-12
Facebook finally faces GDPR lawsuit after getting shot down in Austrian court

A GDPR case against Facebook, launched by Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems, has been deemed legal under EU law after the Austrian Supreme Court’s ruling, ComputerWeekly reports. Why is this a big deal? Because Facebook has been trying to block this case for five years, and winning a ruling against one of the...

2019-06-12
The latest leap forward in visual AI is downright mesmerizing

A new algorithm, developed by University of Washington and Facebook, can “wake up” people in still photos. It’s one more crack in the fabric of reality as we know it: Researchers at the University of Washington and Facebook have described their work on software that can take any image containing a...

2019-06-12
Loyalty programs cost you your personal data — are the rewards worth it?

Last year, music streaming service Spotify partnered with Google to bundle a free Google Home Mini smart speaker for all US-based account holders with a Spotify Premium for Family subscription. Sounds like a great way to listen to music right? But there is a catch. There exists a laundry list of reward programs...

2019-06-12
Facebook Watch claims 140 million daily viewers while YouTube struggles with toxicity

With breakout shows from Steph Curry and Jada Pinkett-Smith, Facebook Watch is seeing an upswing in viewers and is paying out more creators, but neither YouTube nor Netflix should be worried just yet. Since launching in 2017, Facebook Watch has been under intense scrutiny as the latest would-be challenger to rival...

2019-06-12
Facebook won’t remove Zuck’s Instagram deepfake — yet

The internet’s often a big bad place, but every once in a while it’ll make you chuckle. In a hilarious prank, two creators have uploaded a deepfake of Mark Zuckerberg on Instagram talking about stolen data. The video starts off with Zuckerberg saying, “Imagine this for a second: One man, with total control of...

2019-06-12
Facebook, Twitter and major social media sites blocked amid Liberian anti-corruption protest

Telecommunications companies and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Liberia have restricted Internet access in the country by blocking Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat amid anti-corruption protests by citizens. The move seems to be an instruction from Liberian authorities in a bid to try and...

2019-06-12
Best Laptops for Coding, Programming & Development in 2019

The best laptops for coding, programming and development in 2019, including models from Apple, Dell, Google, Huawei and more.

2019-06-12
Facebook revives its mobile data gathering program with a new app

Remember when it was revealed in January that Facebook used to pay teens and gather mobile app usage data from them through an app? Well, the company shut that program down after a huge backlash, but the app’s sorta making a comeback. Facebook today announced a new app called Study, that will collect your data in...

2019-06-12
Here’s why Extinction Rebellion is Radiohead’s charity of choice

Extinction Rebellion is fighting for our climate. Radiohead got hacked, but they used it as an excuse to do a little good in the world. The band’s guitarist Jonny Greenwood posted on Instagram this morning that files from Radiohead’s early days were hacked from a minidisc archive belonging to Thom...

2019-06-11
Widespread WordPress outage takes down Quartz, TechCrunch, Rolling Stone, and others

Many news websites have a new scaled-down design thanks to a massive WordPress VIP Go outage. If you happen to be perusing some top news sites like TechCrunch, Quartz, Rolling Stone, and 9to5Google, you may notice some weird quirks. Most of them seem to have the same scaled-down aesthetic now, akin to...

2019-06-11
No, zombie snakes are not a thing

How a harmless Facebook post about a mostly harmless snake went viral. On the spectrum of internet-spread hysteria, it wasn’t on the level of Momo, but it never should’ve gotten this far, either.Read Full Story

2019-06-11
The most popular social media networks each year, gloriously animated

Considering social media’s global impact (hello Trump and Brexit), it’s strange to think just how young the medium is. Hell, before the early 2000s, if you wanted to reconnect with a long-lost friend, you’d have to go full detective to find their contact details. But nowadays? You just need to whack their name...

2019-06-11
People with disabilities are finding empowerment from Instagram communities

When I search for “bipolar mother” on Google Images, I find a lot of women with their heads in their hands, their crying children in the corner. These images actually understate the broader stigma of being a bipolar mother — the stories that I hear daily about interactions between mothers and their families...

2019-06-11
MULTI-CHEAP: So many gadgets are on sale!!!!!!

Usually, we go on a scavenger hunt to find the cheapest bargains on gadgets just for you. But today, there are so many good ones, we decided to bundle them up in one post. Samsung wireless charging pad Wanna charge your phone without the hassle of wires? Samsung’s wireless charging pad is available for...

2019-06-11
How 5 black executives at Netflix, Facebook, and other companies navigate motherhood, careers, happiness, and health

Black working mothers face unique challenges, including a $30,000-a-year wage gap. We spoke with five leaders about bias at work, parenthood, and finding support. Black mothers in leadership positions today face unique challenges. “We’re in this first generation of minority women who are figuring out how...

2019-06-11
Why Gary Vaynerchuk thinks the death of privacy is a good thing

The answers to almost any question that pops into our head can be answered by simply “Googling it.” As a result of our insatiable desire for instant gratification, 90% of all internet searches are taking place through Google and its company subsidiary YouTube. Tech companies are increasingly acting as...

2019-06-11
Instagram is making its gender selection options more inclusive

Users will now be able to self-identify as trans and gender nonconforming in their profiles. Instagram has announced that it is revamping its gender selection options for public profiles. The gender selection is what allows a person to state the gender they identify as in their profile–for example, male or...

2019-06-11
Robots reviewed my resume and they were not impressed

According to my — not super scientific — calculations, LinkedIn users have a median average of 630 connections. But I only have 106. Unsurprisingly, I never cared much for maintaining LinkedIn profiles and resumes. I got my first freelance writing job when I was still in school, so I never really had to. So when I...

2019-06-11
Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan’s Twitter account allegedly hacked by Turkish group

Last night, a group of Turkish hackers took over Bollywood actor and Indian cultural icon Amitabh Bachchan‘s Twitter account, and posted tweets about the purportedly harsh treatment Turkish soccer players have faced at the hands of Iceland recently. Bachchan’s account has more than 37 million followers, more than...

2019-06-11

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