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Facebook’s redesign is pretty, airy, and more reason to ditch Facebook

The redesign, which represents a shift toward an Instagram-like ethos, is little more than lip service to Facebook’s twin problems of privacy and misinformation. At its annual developer’s conference, Facebook announced a redesign of its website and mobile apps. Now, instead of a neverending news feed...

2019-05-01
Facebook’s Secret Crush feature wants to help you find friends who are, like, totally obsessed with you

Facebook announced at its F8 conference today a new feature to its Dating repertoire, this one apparently designed to help single minglers poach potential paramours from their Friends by adding them to an ostensibly private list of people you’re crushing on. Here’s how this is supposed to go down: You add up to...

2019-05-01
I heard groans when Facebook announced its new Dating features

The company announced the new features at its developers conference in San Jose. They weren’t warmly received. The groans were audible. I’m serious. When Facebook execs announced today a slew of new features and products, including some to help people find dates on the platform, even this jaded audience...

2019-04-30
Facebook’s “FB5” is cleaner and Groups-centric (but not much more private)

The fifth major revision of Facebook isn’t introducing the privacy focus Mark Zuckerberg touted at F8. Here at Facebook’s F8 developer conference, Mark Zuckerberg devoted most of his keynote to emphasizing that the company really cares about privacy—though he acknowledges that some will be...

2019-04-30
Mark Zuckerberg vows to stop moving fast and breaking things

The CEO told developers at the company’s F8 conference that Facebook will rebuild itself around user privacy. At the company’s developer conference in San Jose, California, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg described what he called the “next chapter” in Facebook’s history, meaning the...

2019-04-30
Instagram will soon let creators tag products in posts for sale

Users can click the tags to go to an e-commerce page to buy the products. Facebook’s Instagram said it will soon start testing a new feature that will let users click and buy products shown in the posts of popular creators like Kylie Jenner.Read Full Story

2019-04-30
Facebook’s Oculus Quest and Rift S will ship May 21 for $399

The Quest trades some resolution for mobility–it uses no tether to a PC–while the (tethered) Rift S offers new features for PC gamers. Facebook says its new Oculus Quest and Rift S VR headsets will begin shipping May 21–each for $399.Read Full Story

2019-04-30
This airline satisfaction report contains a surprising detail about travel

Wait, what? Grumbling while traveling is practically an Olympic sport, so when the American Customer Satisfaction Index Travel Report for 2018-2019 came out on Tuesday, the results should not have been a surprise. And yet: It turns out that most domestic travelers are satisfied with their experiences. Um,...

2019-04-30
How to watch Mark Zuckerberg’s F8 keynote today

Zuckerberg’s keynote kicks off at 10 am PDT/1 pm EDT today. Facebook’s annual developers conference kicks off today with a keynote by none other than Zuck himself. In prior years F8 was always dedicated to showing off the latest plans Facebook had for its three main services: Facebook, Instagram, and...

2019-04-30
Meet the fake people who will soon crowd your timelines

A remarkable advance in artificial portrait generation adds a new potential layer of deception to online fraudsters, astroturfers, and propagandists. Alarm bells went off for Twitter user @ravenvanderrave, a nom de guerre for a consistent naysayer about the electric-car company Tesla, after a purported journalist with...

2019-04-30
Mark Zuckerberg is moonlighting as an industrial designer

He recently designed a product for his wife that helps her avoid looking at her phone. Mark Zuckerberg is many things: computer scientist, Facebook CEO, billionaire so focused on making more money that he’ll undermine American democracy to do it. Now, he can add another title to the list: industrial...

2019-04-30
Here’s why Alphabet stock just fell off a cliff

Google is having a lousy morning, but all hope is not lost. Google is having a lousy morning, but all hope is not lost.Read Full Story

2019-04-30
How Facebook plans to keep your data private while opening it up to researchers

Ever since the 2016 US presidential elections, social network Facebook has been at the receiving end of criticism for its outsized influence on worldwide electoral processes, and threats to democracy from the spread of fake news. Now more than a year after Facebook announced a new initiative to aid independent...

2019-04-30
Tumblr’s Head of Culture and Fashion shares the platform’s most curious subcultures

Valentine Uhovski started his career as an editor and journalist, and has written for the likes of The Wall Street Journal and Interview Russia. He’s now in his eighth year manning the helm of Tumblr‘s Culture and Fashion verticals. Since joining, he’s helped to foster and shape Tumblr‘s community of millions...

2019-04-30
Can we trust Ireland to enforce GDPR on big tech?

GDPR is complicated business; even people like me who try to keep up with all its developments struggle to understand this mammoth set of European regulations and its effects. I believe one of the main reasons for that is we’ve yet to see a proper GDPR case being brought against big tech companies like Facebook and...

2019-04-30
Retired Dogecoin CEO Elon Musk trolls Ethereum and its co-founder Vitalik Buterin

Elon Musk has been trolling the Ethereum cryptocurrency and its co-founder Vitalik Buterin on Twitter. The Tesla founder simply tweeted the word “Ethereum” early this morning, but shortly later took it back (hehe). jk — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 30, 2019 In response, Vitalik invited Musk to an Ethereum...

2019-04-30
Instagram hashtags feed a thriving black market of illegal counterfeits: report

In the first four months of 2019, there were more than 65 million posts about fake luxury goods on the site. It used to be that if you wanted a Gucci handbag but couldn’t afford one, you would plan a trip to Chinatown and hope the right person whispered in your ear. Then, thanks to websites like Craigslist and...

2019-04-30
Alphabet sees stock fall 7% after reporting slowing growth

Alphabet’s stock has grown 24% this year, but the company isn’t likely to become a trillion-dollar company quite yet. Alphabet, Google’s holding company, reported slowing growth in the first quarter, and missed analyst expectations on revenues.Read Full Story

2019-04-30
DHS: We didn’t ask for lists of family separation protests provided by a cybersecurity firm

The records seem to be referring to hundreds of protests organized on Facebook against the Trump administration’s family separation policy last year. A cybersecurity company called LookingGlass Cyber Solutions provided the Department of Homeland Security with a list of hundreds of protests against the Trump...

2019-04-30
Twitter troll tricks Uber’s support account into tweeting the n-word

Uber apologized after its support account tweeted the n-word after a Twitter user switched their name to that slur. Uber apologized Monday after its support Twitter account tweeted the n-word. The tweet was in response to a Twitter user who adopted the slur as their username and then tweeted at the support...

2019-04-30
IBM’s Call For Code hackathon takes aim at California’s wildfire problem

IBM and 42 Silicon Valley are hosting a hackathon in early May to come up with solutions to California’s wildfire problem. The company hopes to get developers, engineers, designers, and emergency-responders together to brainstorm solutions as part of its annual Call For Code challenge. The Call For Code Global...

2019-04-30
Dead Facebook users could outnumber the living by 2069

Within the next 50 years, Facebook could feel more like a place for the dead than the living. According to academics from the University of Oxford, by 2069, the dead could outnumber the living on the social network.   The number of dead users on Facebook is growing at an unstoppable rate. In 2012, eight years after...

2019-04-29
Artificial intelligence should get the same ethical protections as animals

It might be a long time before we create an AI that can explain its feelings to us. But we could create ones as sophisticated as animals much sooner. How will we treat them? Universities across the world are conducting major research on artificial intelligence, as are organizations such as the Allen Institute, and...

2019-04-29
The top social media dos and don’ts for recruiters

It seems like the world is getting more social all the time: social media boasts nearly 3.2 billion users worldwide, representing a 13 percent increase year-over-year, with Facebook, YouTube, and WhatsApp leading the charge in terms of user bases. Considering that it represents nearly half the population of planet...

2019-04-29
Google’s nifty ‘Endgame’ Easter egg wipes out half your search results with a snap of Thanos’ fingers

Avengers: Endgame is smashing box office records, pulling in more than $60 million yesterday alone. And while the internet loses its collective shit over Endgame, we’re just over here trying to finish out the work week so we can slide into a theater for a peek at the film. Needless to say, we’re a bit wary of...

2019-04-27
What your favorite YouTubers did before they got famous, according to that viral Twitter meme

One of Twitter‘s latest memes has people spilling about their previous work experience, YouTubers included. Now we’re able to see what they did before they started making videos for entertainment — and several of them have apparently started in boring jobs. The “5 Jobs I’ve had” meme appears to have...

2019-04-26
This lovely observation tower is everything NYC’s Vessel isn’t

Leave it to the Danish to create the anti-Vessel in the middle of a beautiful glacial forest. Everyone hates the Vessel, the stairway to nowhere for capitalism’s grifters at the heart of New York’s latest mirage of a neighborhood, Hudson Yards. Perhaps that’s why it’s so refreshing to see...

2019-04-26
TurboTax may not want you or Google to see its free offering

TurboTax’s Free File Program page included code telling search engines not to index the page. If you had trouble finding TurboTax’s Free File Program site, which lets you file your taxes without paying a fee if your income is below a certain threshold, that may be because the company told search engines...

2019-04-26
Why are these Avengers: Endgame tickets so expensive, and are people actually paying it?

People really, really want to know Spider-Man’s fate. Tickets to Avengers: Endgame in 3D with assigned seats on Friday night cost around $22 in New York City, one of the more expensive markets in the nation. Average prices for a ticket to a U.S. movie theater are just about $9. There are plenty of...

2019-04-26
The Google Street View robot takes better selfies than you

Damn you, big corporation, for producing such a photogenic robot. For the last six years, Mario Santamaria has practiced a strange pastime. Whenever Google digitizes a new museum–from the British Museum of London to the Peoria Historical Society of Peoria, Illinois–he clicks through the digital museum...

2019-04-26
Audi, Google, Hertz, and the Avengers: Endgame brand tie-in marketing machine

Over 22 movies, Marvel’s brand tie-in strategy has remained consistent, even as the product partners change. After 21 films released over more than a decade, the first cycle of the Marvel Cinematic Universe nears its dramatic end with the release of Avengers: Endgame. And what better way to mark this...

2019-04-26
The golden age of influencer marketing is yet to come

In an age when traditional media channels have lost their power to capture our attention, marketing professionals are forced to adapt. Prime TV airtime is no longer the most desired advertising real estate — now brands are willing to pay millions of dollars for an influencer ad campaign on Instagram. How did we get...

2019-04-26
Facebook clamps down on personality quizzes to plug data leaks

Facebook is taking baby steps to plug data leaks on its platform. In a new blog post that was posted yesterday, the company’s director of product management Eddie O’Neil wrote that it will be subjecting apps with “minimal utility,” such as personality quizzes, to heightened scrutiny and “may not be...

2019-04-26
The ultimate expression of workplace hell is in a Broadway show

We spoke with director Rachel Chavkin and scenic designer Rachel Hauck–who constructed a dystopian company town for the new Broadway hit Hadestown–and it’s way down under the ground. Imagine for a moment that you could build your own company town. What would it look like? Hershey, Pennsylvania,...

2019-04-26
Google “Thanos” right now

“It was just a thing we thought would be fun,” tweeted Google’s liaison of search. If you’re an Avengers fan, you will probably love this fun little Easter egg left by Google in its search results. If you’re not a fan (wave emoji), you’ll still probably get a kick out of...

2019-04-26
A deleted Wikipedia page speaks volumes about its biggest problem

Clarice Phelps may have been the first African-American woman to help discover a chemical element. For Wikipedia, that wasn’t enough. You’ve probably never heard of Clarice Phelps. If you were curious, you might enter her name into Google. And, if you had done so anytime between September of last...

2019-04-25
Work at one of these 5 companies if you want better work-life balance

Indeed just published a ranking of companies that offer the best work-life balance for those who are looking to jump ship and land in calmer waters. The struggle is real, people.Read Full Story

2019-04-25
It sure looks like the iPad is getting mouse support with iOS 13

It goes without saying that Apple has dominated the tablet market, despite efforts from Google and Microsoft to have their say. But iPads lie in a sort of limbo for traditional productivity – better than a phone, but not quite as good as a laptop. A big reason for that is the lack of support for a proper mouse, but...

2019-04-25
Here’s what Democratic presidential hopefuls say about AI on Twitter (not much)

In the era of Trumpian politics the public forum is no longer the evening news or the morning paper: it’s Twitter. We decided to see which politicians were embracing the platform to discuss what we feel will be one of the most important issues of their potential presidency: artificial intelligence. What we found...

2019-04-25
Canada’s government vows to take Facebook to court over privacy

Facebook may need a bigger piggy bank. Facebook may need a bigger piggy bank.Read Full Story

2019-04-25
This reinvented screwdriver is the tool to end all tools

The designers behind the Spinner Drive claim their universal screwdriver can handle any job. There’s no single screwdriver that can do everything, which why any worthy toolbox will have a variety of them for different uses, from assembling an engine to fixing a small home appliance. Until now, at least: The...

2019-04-25
Tech brings out the worst in us. What if it was designed to bring out the best?

Tristan Harris, cofounder of the Center for Humane Technology, wants to push tech companies to rethink how they manipulate users. While people worry about the moment when AI will become smarter than humans and jobs will disappear, we’re already crossing another boundary in technological progress....

2019-04-25
TikTok is no longer banned in India — but the app is still unavailable

A week-long ban of popular social video creation app TikTok in India has been reversed, according to a report by Reuters, citing two lawyers involved in the case. The Android and iOS apps, however, are yet to return to Apple and Google’s app stores. The Madras High Court moved to lift the ban on the condition that...

2019-04-25
TikTok is no longer banned in India — but the apps are still unavailable

A week-long ban of popular social video creation app TikTok in India has been reversed, according to a report by Reuters, citing two lawyers involved in the case. The apps themselves, however, are yet to return to Apple and Google’s app stores. The Madras High Court moved to lift the ban on the condition that...

2019-04-25
The former lead designer of Gmail just fixed Gmail on his own

The free Chrome extension Simplify will give you the Gmail you want. Michael Leggett is even more annoyed with Gmail than you are.Read Full Story

2019-04-25
These home security startups aren’t afraid of Amazon and Google

Companies like August and SimpliSafe say they’ve got a plan to survive as the tech giants scale up their smart home ambitions. In the business of smart home security, it’s tough not being Amazon or Google.Read Full Story

2019-04-25
Facebook sets aside billions to pay its way through privacy issues

Facebook may be reeling from a string of privacy disasters, but in terms of sheer usage, the social network continues to be unstoppable in its quest for growth. And in its latest earnings report, the company has revealed that it’s happy to throw money at anything that stands in its way. For the quarter ending March...

2019-04-25
Mark Zuckerberg has a podcast now – but you may have already heard it

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg just launched a podcast the same day that his company issued its latest quarterly earnings report. But if you’ve been following his public posts on the social network over the few months, you’ve probably already heard the first two episodes. That’s because Tech & Society with...

2019-04-25

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