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Why Gary Vaynerchuk thinks privacy is dead and it’s 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
How to mute noisy conversations (and accounts) on Twitter, Gmail, Slack, and more!

Smartphone apps have seemingly combined forces, each seeking to hijack our attention and leave us longing for a way to roll back the clock. Each of these devices promises a portal to the outside world, an entry point to the entirety of human knowledge. The world, however, is a noisy place. In 2019, our smart devices...

2019-06-10
Sweetwater Studios began in a van, now it’s the heart of a $725M empire

Some of the richest companies have the humblest beginnings. Google and Facebook started in dorms, Microsoft was launched from a garage, and Sweetwater Sound began as a studio in a van. The difference here is that Sweetwater’s never laid off an employee, sold out to shareholders, or compromised on its founder‘s...

2019-06-10
Leak: Pixel 4 renders suggest Google is finally using multiple cameras

Fresh off of giving us our first good look at Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10, @OnLeaks is now showing off what the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL might look like. A series of renders created in partnership with Pricebaba show off the devices’ exteriors, based off of “early prototyping schematics.” That means they are...

2019-06-10
Natural News calls tech CEOs “lawless evil war criminals” after vanishing from Facebook

More de-platforming? The great de-platforming of 2019 continues.Read Full Story

2019-06-10
Five creativity tips from the costume designer of The Handmaid’s Tale

Ane Crabtree, costume designer for The Handmaid’s Tale, The Sopranos, and Westworld, explains how to find inspiration. One of the most reputable costume designers in Hollywood, Ane Crabtree plays a defining role in creating the immersive TV worlds we dive into night after night. Her work has helped evoke the...

2019-06-10
7 easy tricks you can use to improve your office on a budget

As a designer, I often get asked by growing companies how they can improve their offices and create maximum impact with a minimal budget. And it’s a great question, because engaging employees is key to recruitment and retention. So, if you’re looking for ways to improve your company’s offices, or just your...

2019-06-10
Forget what you’ve heard about memory — you can’t learn without it

In the age of Google, Siri, and Alexa, memory and knowledge can feel like relics of humanity — something AI and machine learning have made obsolete. With the world’s knowledge in the palm of our hands, shouldn’t we skip learning facts in favor of applied skills and creativity? That may be precisely the wrong...

2019-06-09
25 Google Calendar Hacks to Maximize Productivity

Released to the general public in July 2009, Google Calendar is one of the favored time management and scheduling apps available. And, for a good reason. I know a lot at Google Calendar. Here are 25 Google calendar hacks to maximize productivity that every person needs to know how to use. Lauded for its design and...

2019-06-09
How the tech industry created a teaching corps for rural schools

Experts from Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and other companies are bringing their skills to teaching—and reaching students far from the the tech giants’ home turf. Gonzalo Birrueta didn’t just like playing video games as a kid; he liked thinking about how they were made. In middle school, he’d...

2019-06-08
Tonys 2019: Why women set designers ruled on Broadway this year

Four women were nominated in the scenic design categories this year: two for best scenic design of a play and two for best scenic design of a musical. Like every other major awards show, the Tonys have a long way to go before they reach anything that resembles gender parity. Throughout the decades-long history of...

2019-06-08
Unstoppable Beyond Meat stock skyrockets again, a day after earnings beat

Shares of Beyond Meat rose an impressive 39% on Friday. Shares of Beyond Meat rose 39% on Friday, one day after its first post-IPO earnings report and about a month after going public. The company now has a market cap of $8.28 billion, according to Google Finance.Read Full Story

2019-06-07
Leak: First unofficial Note 10 renders show off Samsung’s refreshed aesthetic

Considering Samsung usually reveals its Galaxy Note devices in the fall or late summer, it was about time we started to see some proper leaks of the upcoming Note 10. But while I was expecting essentially a Galaxy S10 with a bigger screen and a stylus, the first renders of the Note 10 and Note 10 Pro (Samsung is...

2019-06-07
Russia planning its own Chernobyl series, where America is to blame

HBO had a hit with the recent miniseries, ‘Chernobyl,’ and now Russia wants to set the record straight about what they consider an unflattering portrayal. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t always gotta hear both sides.Read Full Story

2019-06-07
Museum of Plastic is an Instagramable pop-up on a mission to save the world through selfies

The Museum of Plastic is perfect for snapping selfies and coming up with solutions. Instagrammable pop-up museums are all the rage (see: Museum of Ice Cream, Dream Machine, Color Factory), but the latest iteration of the selfie-ready gallery trend is for a very good cause. The Museum of Plastic aims to teach the...

2019-06-07
Mexico’s heirloom corn is dying out–but this designer has a plan to stop it

Totomoxtle is a new material that’s not unlike wood veneer. But instead of trees, it’s made out of the husks of endangered species of Mexican corn. Industrial farming of corn–not just for consumption, but for making materials like bioplastic and fuel–has led to less prolific maize...

2019-06-07
Here’s what we know so far about the secretive Facebook coin

It’s long been rumored that Facebook is planning a cryptocurrency of its own. Facebook is likely to release information about its secretive cryptocurrency project, codenamed Libra, as soon as June 18, TechCrunch reports.Read Full Story

2019-06-07
Bitfinex denies role in spooky transfer of $1.37 million in stolen Bitcoin

Bitcoin stolen from Bitfinex in 2016 is on the move. Earlier today, a combined 172.54 BTC ($1.37 million) was mysteriously sent from the hacker‘s wallets to an unknown address. Bitfinex’ marketing director Anneka Dew however told Hard Fork that today’s movements had nothing to do with the company at all. The...

2019-06-07
If Google’s Stadia streaming service changes gaming, it’ll take a while

Stadia has big ambitions. But it’s short on cloud-first exclusives–at least for now. Google is now taking pre-orders for Stadia, the game streaming service that’s supposed to compete with the likes of Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation consoles. The service will launch in a...

2019-06-07
Facebook bans Huawei from pre-installing its apps, but does it matter?

Another company joined the long list of organizations that’s cut ties with Huawei. According to a report by Reuters, Facebook has banned the Chinese tech company from pre-installing its apps – Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp – on Huawei phones. This ban doesn’t affect current Huawei users. They’ll be able...

2019-06-07
Facebook bans Huawei from preinstalling its apps on phones

Facebook’s ban is the result of the U.S. forbidding American companies from supplying parts and software to the Chinese smartphone giant. While some may say Facebook just did Huawei users a favor by banning its apps, including the main Facebook app, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp, from being preinstalled on...

2019-06-07
Twitter’s simplified policies won’t help fix its underlying abuse problem

Brevity is baked into the way we tweet, but now Twitter is implementing this philosophy on its own rules. The social microblogging platform has updated, reorganized, and shortened its regulations in an attempt to make it clear for users to understand what is and isn’t acceptable on the service. “We’ve gone from...

2019-06-07
Some Instagram users no longer have the Close Friends option

Users are reporting they can no longer send stories to “close friends.” It’s unclear if Facebook is getting rid of the feature altogether. Certain Instagram users who are hoping to share intimate Stories with their closest friends have found they no longer can. It’s unclear why, but it...

2019-06-06
Google’s latest search algorithm change hurts web traffic for Daily Mail and others

The search giant just tweaked its algorithm with a core update for June 2019, and there already seems to be an impact. A few days ago, Google warned publishers that change was on the horizon. The search giant was tweaking its algorithm, and it wanted to let publishers know that they may notice a shift. The company...

2019-06-06
Google’s cloud gaming service requires a $129 bundle to play at launch

Google today revealed more information about Stadia, its ambitious gaming service, in a special Connect show. We learned that Google was tossing away their one single advantage — namely, that you’re going to have to purchase a $129 not-console in order to play it at launch. The first details we learned was the...

2019-06-06
3 simple ways businesses can boost cultural intelligence in the workplace (and why it’s important)

Businesses understand the value of emotional intelligence. But far too many aren’t prioritizing cultural intelligence, argues diversity and inclusion strategist Stacey Gordon. Many businesses today understand the importance of emotional intelligence. It has become a crucial job skill. Some companies have even...

2019-06-06
Naked protestors redress Facebook’s prude nudity policy

Yesterday, the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) announced that Facebook will reconsider its nudity guidelines, which currently bans photographic nudity, and more controversially, “female nipples.” The news comes just days after activists stripped naked outside Facebook’s and Instagram’s New York...

2019-06-06
Developers: Meet your new AI intern

Remember when software was eating the world? The trendy observation these days is that artificial intelligence (AI) is eating software. Even Google CEO Sundar Pichai has talked about software that “automatically writes itself.” And certainly if you consider software development to be little more than the...

2019-06-06
Google Maps will now show you where natural disasters strike

The company is adding visual information about hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods to maps. Google is bringing some major new features to its Maps app on iOS, Android, and the web. The new features focus on natural disaster and how they affect navigation when they strike. Three types of natural disasters are covered...

2019-06-06
New details about Facebook’s cryptocurrency make it sound even worse

Given its history of managing our data, it shouldn’t take much to convince you that Facebook managing our money is probably a terrible idea. That said, it seems the social media giant is actually aware of that particular challenge. Facebook plans to relinquish control of its upcoming cryptocurrency GlobalCoin to...

2019-06-06
YouTube clumsily tries to rectify its confusing anti-harassment policies (again)

Facing immense pressure, YouTube has said it will reexamine its harassment policies and update them. The company said it will do so in “consultation with experts, creators, journalists and those who have, themselves, been victims of harassment.” The Google-owned social video platform came under fresh criticism for...

2019-06-06
This hilarious parody of the notorious #Resistance anti-Trump Krassenstein brothers is brutally accurate

If the Krassenstein brothers weren’t permanently banned from Twitter, they would probably hate this video so much. What: “Resistance Grifters,” an incisive, brutal parody of the #Resistance anti-Trumpers Brian and Ed Krassenstein–notorious for responding to President Trump’s tweets...

2019-06-05
YouTube reverses course on homophobic videos but stays consistently inconsistent

When faced with a question of engagement over community standards, YouTube chooses clicks and ads. Google does, too. Late last night, YouTube ended its days-long silence over allegations of homophobic abuse on its platform. The claims were straightforward and corroborated via multiple video clips: A journalist at Vox...

2019-06-05
The Netflix app may soon get even more Instagrammy

“Extras” is an in-app feed hyping short-form video and photos of Netflix shows and movies. Just in case you’re not getting enough Netflix-related content between its winning social-media feeds and the platform itself, the company is now testing a new feed of video extras on its iOS and Android...

2019-06-05
LinkedIn VP of product says that we need to talk about psychological safety at work

Companies who want to attract the best talent need to prioritize building an inclusive culture. It’s hard for many people to show vulnerability–especially at work. It’s even more difficult for people to engage in conversations around psychological safety.Read Full Story

2019-06-05
Fudgie the Whale beer is back—here’s how to get it

Today is the last day to preorder the most Instagrammable beer. If you’re looking for the perfect hostess gift for your Hamptons summer weekend, Carvel has the perfect solution: Fudgie the Whale beer.Read Full Story

2019-06-05
These are 4 key signs someone isn’t trustworthy

In conducting thousands of interviews and working with more than 100 companies as an investor, I’ve noticed a few red flags to watch out for. Between the various privacy scandals, sexual misconduct probes, and CEOs charged with buying college admissions for their kids, trust in the business world feels...

2019-06-05
See the classic Eames Shell Chair redesigned 13 different ways

A midcentury icon gets a surreal makeover by British artist Chris Labrooy. There’s something Duchamp-esque about the latest work of Chris Labrooy. The British artist and designer’s ongoing remix project, Garden of Eames, transforms the classic Eames shell chair, designed in 1950, into surreal...

2019-06-05
Dutch billionaire and Big Brother creator sues Facebook over fraudulent Bitcoin ads

The creator of the Big Brother reality television format is suing Facebook for allowing advertisements to fraudulently feature his name and image, Reuters reports. Dutch billionaire John de Mol, one of the brains behind entertainment studio Endemol, filed his suit against Facebook in an Amsterdam court earlier today....

2019-06-05
Londoners call bollocks on Trump’s claim that the U.K. loves him

U.K. residents on Twitter are correcting the record about Donald Trump’s visit. Like a crumpet falling out of a lorry on Downing Street, Donald Trump is currently visiting jolly old England. Also currently in England: hordes of angry demonstrators.Read Full Story

2019-06-05
How a #10YearChallenge tweet highlights Iran’s paradoxical relationship with social media

The 10-Year Challenge was the year’s first big internet fad. You remember? When people posted pictures of themselves from 2009 and 2019 in order to… well, actually, that was it. Depending on who you talk to, it was either a benign trend for people to show off how resilient their faces were against the tides of...

2019-06-05
Baltimore didn’t pay Bitcoin ransom so hackers leaked sensitive data on Twitter

Officials investigating the Bitcoin-fueled ransomware attack that hit Baltimore City last month believe the hackers have leaked government documents on Twitter. A Twitter account claiming to be owned by the hackers appears to have been used to leak the sensitive documents, The Baltimore Sun reports. The now-suspended...

2019-06-05
This plugin fixes one of the most annoying things about Google Search

Avoid tab-ageddon with Google Results Previewer. Google took over the world with a search bar, and a long list of blue links beneath it. Google Search has changed significantly over the years–most notably, searches now autocomplete before you can finish typing, and sometimes, Google will just list your answer...

2019-06-05
I’ve trained 5,000 retail employees. Here’s why Sephora’s one-hour diversity workshop is far from enough

Three things diversity training needs to include to succeed at any organization. This week, Sephora will close over 400 of its stores for the morning, to host a one-hour company-wide inclusion workshop, about a month after R&B singer SZA tweeted that she was racially profiled at Sephora’s Calabasas, CA...

2019-06-05
YouTube: Homophobic abuse against Vox’s Carlos Maza doesn’t violate our harassment rules

Google’s video platform says calling someone a “lispy queer” and a “token Vox gay atheist sprite” isn’t harassment. A week ago Vox journalist Carlos Maza, who writes and stars in the excellent Strikethrough media literacy series, went public with a complaint that right-wing...

2019-06-05
Apple created the privacy dystopia it wants to save you from

Apple invented privacy problems on mobile devices. And now only Apple can fix them. “What happens on your iPhone stays on your iPhone.” The message was printed 14 stories high, in simple black and white, on the side of a building at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The...

2019-06-05
It’s the end of the road for Google’s excellent Trips mobile app

Another day, another Google product being shuttered. This time, it’s Trips, the travel app that automatically created plans for your holidays in a simple, beautiful interface. Why, Google, why? Earlier this week, Android Police spotted code in the Android app that hinted at its impending doom; subsequently, ZDNet...

2019-06-05
The only person with the power to fire Zuckerberg is Zuckerberg himself

The revolt against Facebook is gathering momentum, but CEO Mark Zuckerberg can rest easy for the time being. Amid calls for more scrutiny over Facebook‘s business practices in the wake of one privacy mishap after the other, shareholders of the company made a case for Zuckerberg’s ouster as Facebook‘s chairman....

2019-06-05

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