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Facebook’s FTC fine will be a wrist slap, and investors are thrilled

In the context of Facebook’s explosive ad business, the FTC’s expected and “unprecedented” $3-5 billion fine won’t rock the social network very much. The Federal Trade Commission said it would levy a “record-setting” fine against Facebook for the company’s many...

2019-04-25
Facebook’s FTC fine will be a wrist slap, and its stock price shows it

In the context of Facebook’s explosive ad business, the FTC’s “unprecedented” fine won’t rock the social network very much. The Federal Trade Commission said it would levy a “record-setting” fine against Facebook for the company’s many privacy sins. But, it turns...

2019-04-24
Instead of killing email, Slack is embracing it

The IPO-bound unicorn’s messaging app will soon be able to ping people who prefer to work in email, as well as schedule appointments automatically. Collaboration phenom Slack is continuing its effort to move from a messaging app running alongside other office software to the hub where business teams coordinate...

2019-04-24
Facebook earnings stained by possible $5 billion FTC fine; stock skyrockets anyway

The advertising and social networking company defied a consent decree and is currently negotiating the $3 billion to $5 billion fine amount with the FTC. Facebook’s first-quarter earnings are highlighted by an accounting allowance for a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) fine that could be as large as $5 billion....

2019-04-24
Amazon lets some Alexa workers see exactly where you are

Amazon’s way of improving Alexa is even creepier than we thought. After reporting a couple of weeks ago on how Amazon lets some workers listen to Alexa voice recordings, Bloomberg is back with a follow-up that says those workers can access users’ locations as well. In some cases, the Alexa audit team can...

2019-04-24
Study confirms: Twitter is not real life

This survey from the Pew Research Center uses hard data to explain some stark differences between the extremely online and those who tune Twitter out. Here are some of the top stories from Friday, April 5, 2019:Read Full Story

2019-04-24
Amazon gets in a Twitter spat with Elizabeth Warren and doesn’t do itself any favors

The senator accused Amazon of “knocking out” small businesses. Amazon got in a rare public Twitter spat yesterday, responding to a claim made by Senator Elizabeth Warren during a New Hampshire Town Hall as part of her campaign to be the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee. Warren was asked about her...

2019-04-24
Q2 Digital Statshot 2019: TikTok peaks, Snapchat grows, and we can’t stop talking

It’s only been three months since I published our first round of Digital 2019 reports here on TNW, but our new Q2 Global Digital Statshot – produced in partnership with We Are Social and Hootsuite – shows that the connected world has already changed considerably during that time. You’ll...

2019-04-24
WhatsApp is failing to stop the spread of child abuse videos

Facebook-owned WhatsApp continues to be a hotbed for sharing sexual abuse videos in India, according to fresh findings from Cyber Peace Foundation (CPF), a New Delhi-based cyber security and policy think tank that fights against online crimes and warfare. Despite Facebook’s attempts to clamp down on inappropriate...

2019-04-24
These tools can solve the SEO mystery for your website

If you’d like to take advantage of unsavvy rivals, lifetime subscriptions to two leading SEO tools from industry leader Rank Active, KeywordFox and RankStat, are on sale now to help. And at only $99, literally thousands off the retail cost of these tools, you’re already way ahead of the game.

2019-04-24
Trump met with Jack Dorsey to discuss his number of Twitter followers

The president’s followers have fallen as Twitter works to remove spam accounts. The president met with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey yesterday after ranting about the company on Twitter earlier that morning, reports the Washington Post. Trump had taken to the platform earlier in the day to accuse Twitter of not...

2019-04-24
Tim Cook: “If you’re looking at a phone more than someone’s eyes, you’re doing the wrong thing”

Apple’s CEO says the company doesn’t want to maximize users’ time. Apple’s CEO attended the Time 100 Summit in New York yesterday where he addressed a number of topics, from tech’s effect on society to political action committees (PACs). In the wide-ranging interview, Cook...

2019-04-24
How Google saved over 6 million pounds of food waste in its cafés

Five years ago, Google starting measuring the quantity and value of food being tossed at its facilities. It’s still got a long way to go, but it’s an object lesson in how focusing on a problem can bring solutions. In a kitchen at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, as chefs work on...

2019-04-24
What happens when a big business tries to rebrand a neighborhood

There are many ways that neighborhoods get their names–and some are better for residents than others. What if Google tried to rename your neighborhood?Read Full Story

2019-04-23
Google spinoff Wing earns first FAA approval for drone delivery

Look! Up in the sky! It’s Wing! An offshoot of Alphabet Inc, aka Google’s parent company, is officially the first drone operator to receive FAA approval to start flying as an airline. While that doesn’t mean humans will be flying in drones anytime soon, it is an important step to giving the...

2019-04-23
The whole Trump-Russia saga, summed up in a single Google search mistake

How do you say oops in Russian? The various subplots of the Donald Trump-Russia saga often feel like they belong less in a Special Counsel investigation and more in the you-won’t-believe-this tabloid pages that made our president famous to begin with. Never a dull moment, at least.Read Full Story

2019-04-23
This iconic piece of 1960s tech is being re-released by MoMA

And it comes with brand-new Bluetooth guts, thanks to an internal redesign that’s exclusive to the MoMA Design Store. In 1965, architect and designer Marco Zanuso created a tall, narrow radio called the Grattacielo–Italian for skyscraper. The radio, the result of a collaboration with designer Richard...

2019-04-23
See Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, and Jeff Bezos as classical sculptures

Yes, it’s meant to be ironic. But do you know for sure? Jeff Bezos’s steed rears up on two legs. But he is calm, showcasing an awkward smile, seemingly unaware of his own overwhelming show of force. Elon Musk hunches over under the weight of his angel wings, with a flamethrower at the ready on his hip....

2019-04-23
Twitter Q1 earnings: revenue up 18%, daily active users up 11% to 134 million

But monthly active users fell by 6 million year-over-year. The social media company has announced its Q1 earnings for fiscal 2019. Results were somewhat mixed. On the plus side, Twitter saw revenue rise 18% to $787 million. Breaking that down by region, U.S. revenue was up 25% to $432 million and international revenue...

2019-04-23
The most important tech boom designers are ignoring

There will be 8 billion voice assistants by 2023. Adobe’s director of product shares four tips for getting your foot in the door as a voice UI designer. Voice assistants are a part of everyday life, and they’re here to stay. Juniper Research recently released a report predicting that by 2023 there will...

2019-04-23
Amazon can leave packages in your garage now

Amazon Key now works in 50 U.S. cities and integrates with Liftmaster and Chamberlain garage door openers. Amazon just launched the in-garage package delivery service it announced with Chamberlain Group in January. If you have a MyQ garage door opener or control hub from LiftMaster or Chamberlain, you can link it...

2019-04-23
CHEAP: $128 off a Philips Hue starter kit to get Star Trek-style smart lights

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! Remember how on Star Trek someone could walk into a room and change the lights with their voice? There was no stumbling about in the darkness, and no stubbing your toes while searching for a switch. It felt like humanity’s...

2019-04-23
Bitcoin hacker targets Meghan Markle’s friend’s fashion company

Meghan Markle’s designer friend’s Misha Nonoo’s fashion company has been targeted by a Bitcoin hacker. Nonoo, who is rumoured to have introduced Markle to Prince Charles, said she was “mortified” after a hacker gained access to her eponymous label’s email list and began sending threatening messages. In an...

2019-04-23
Bitcoin hackers threaten to leak masturbation vids if victims don’t pay up

Bitcoin sextortion scams are so 2018, right? Well, there are some hackers out there that would beg to differ. It appears that residents of Norton, a small town in Kansas, US, are being targeted by scammers threatening to release sensitive material unless the victims pay a Bitcoin ransom. It’s not clear if this was...

2019-04-23
Google Walkout organizers publicly accuse Google of punishing them

Two of the women who helped organize last year’s global Google Walkout have accused the tech giant of retaliating against them, reports Wired. Last November, more than 20,000 Google employees around the world took part in a mass walkout to protest the company’s handling of sexual harassment allegations against...

2019-04-23
Like Instagram pros, these Gorillas posed for selfies with the man who rescued them from poachers

These gorillas are copying the selfie-taking behavior of their park rangers, and frankly I wish I could emote as well with my body language. The problem with reality TV is that reality inherently changes when it’s being filmed for TV. As soon as the subject is aware of its broader audience, every word and...

2019-04-22
24 designers devise 24 different ways to depict climate catastrophe

The Washington Post Magazine’s chilling mega-issue on climate change comes accompanied by 24 separate covers. Our reliance on fossil fuels has destroyed our planet. Today it’s a story of erratic weather, but tomorrow it will lead to water shortages, problems growing crops, and more. We must stop...

2019-04-22
These street signs explain how you’re being watched by smart city tech

Sidewalk Labs has created a new signage system to explain the invisible sensors that are tracking you when you’re in public areas. But there’s still no way to opt out–besides leaving. Last week, the Google sister company Sidewalk Labs unveiled a comprehensive system of urban signage designed to...

2019-04-22
The latest giant to design its own font? The U.S. government

Public Sans is the new typeface of the United States. Okay, now it’s official. Absolutely everyone has their own typeface. That includes Apple. Google. Airbnb. Coca-Cola. And most recently? The U.S. government.Read Full Story

2019-04-22
PoweredTemplate elevates your PowerPoint and Google Slides game — and it’s 90% off

PowerPoint users can bust out of that creative trance with a super-charged package of exciting new presentation options with a Powered Template account. Right now, a lifetime Silver Membership subscription is available at $99.95, 90 percent off from TNW Deals.

2019-04-22
What it’s like to be a female founder in the Instagram era

Entrepreneurial women are finding that they have unprecedented influence—whether or not they want it. Tyler Haney was fed up. Last November, she was trying to fill an executive role at her athleisure company, Outdoor Voices, and had brought in an external recruiting firm. Haney had been clear about what she...

2019-04-22
Why philosophy and business should go hand in hand

Business people and entrepreneurs like myself often talk about ‘nice to have’ and ‘need to have.’ The latter refers to things you cannot do without. In a start-up IT company like mine, this could be things like a computer, desk, chair, and mobile phone. Examples of ‘nice to have’ items could be a foosball...

2019-04-22
How to live-stream Kanye West’s Coachella Easter Sunday Service

Easter morning, you can tune in live for Weekend 2 of Coachella. Kanye West sparked public intrigue when he began holding Sunday church services at his California estate. In the last few weeks, fans have gotten a taste of the exclusive, celeb-studded gatherings by way of Instagram footage (usually from his wife,...

2019-04-21
Why transparency is much more than just disclosing information

Transparency is an act of self-interest, not self-sacrifice, argues Lemonade’s CEO. When Mark Zuckerberg boasts that Facebook is “making the world more transparent,” many people shudder or roll their eyes. But when the Dalai Lama teaches that “honesty and transparency are a basic aspect of...

2019-04-21
27 incredibly useful things you didn’t know Google Sheets could do

There’s much more to Google Sheets than meets the eye. Unlock these advanced options–and watch your productivity soar. I’ll admit it: For the majority of my adult life, spreadsheets have remained shrouded in mystery. I’ve used them plenty, of course–to track income, compare...

2019-04-21
An ex-Apple designer explains why Cupertino didn’t address screen addiction earlier

Imran Chaudhri, the founder of Humane and designer of the iPhone’s user interface, and Scott Galloway, a professor of marketing, came together at Fast Company’s first annual Impact Council to debate ethics in design. The crisis in tech can be traced in part to less-than-conscientious design. We’re...

2019-04-19
Mental health concerns by state: This map shows the most googled terms

A new report examined Americans’ most googled mental health concerns and found that geography certainly plays a roll. How do New Yorkers’ psychological concerns differ from those in, say, South Dakota? A new report examined the most googled mental health concerns among Americans and found that geography...

2019-04-19
The end of Likes? Instagram follows Twitter in mulling downgrade to influencer mentality

You’ll have to find a new way to judge your popularity. Instagram may no longer want you to like on Instagram. Screenshots uncovered by researcher Jane Manchun Wong show that Instagram may be considering shaking things up on its social media site so posts no longer show exactly how many people have liked your...

2019-04-19
This Japanese town’s mascot is a mechanical doggy drone

The importance of dogs should never be understated. One town in Japan is taking this to heart — its appointed its area’s official mascot as Yukimaru Skywalker, a mechanical drone puppy who flies above the town of Oji. Yukimaru the drone dog flies over Oji town in Nara, Japan, where he’s the mascot....

2019-04-19
This MIT team is reinventing building by looking at the ancient world

Using some clever physics, designers figured out how humans could move 1,000-pound concrete slabs on their own. Today, construction workers rely on cranes to lift the big slabs of concrete and other materials that go into many commercial building projects. But it hasn’t always been that way; for thousands of...

2019-04-19
If you value your privacy, switch to Signal as your messaging app now

No, it isn’t just for spies and whistle-blowers. It’s hard to remember what life was like before modern messaging apps came onto the scene a little over a decade ago. Since their rise alongside the smartphone, they’ve quickly become a primary way people communicate with friends and family....

2019-04-19
Uber’s self-driving car unit just raised another $1 billion

UberATG is now valued at $7.25 billion. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi announced on Twitter that Uber’s autonomous car unit, known as Uber Advanced Technologies Group, or UberATG, has received a billion-dollar investment from SoftBank’s Vision Fund, Toyota, and Denso, an automative component supplier.Read...

2019-04-19
Live streaming is overdue for an overhaul. Here’s why.

For a while, it seemed like live streaming was going to be the future. Social media platforms like Facebook introduced a way for people to share their experiences in the moment, and some dedicated streaming platforms arose purely to satisfy the world’s demands for live streaming. Now, a variety of technical...

2019-04-19
BlackBerry Messenger is shutting down after nearly 14 years (unless you pay)

Before there was WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, or WeChat, there was BlackBerry Messenger. Launched in August of 2005, BBM was the first popular mobile chat to pull people away from text messages or desktop clients.  Nearly 14 years later, the service will meet its end – unless you pay up. Since 2016, BBM has been...

2019-04-19
Women in AI need better allies. Here’s how we can all help

Lin Classon, Director of Public Cloud Product at managed cloud provider Ensono and former Googler, has spent her entire career attending technology conferences – places where, unlike the public restrooms at most events, women tend to have the toilet all to themselves. The reason? Only about 25 percent of the...

2019-04-19
Google’s advanced tech director wants everything to be a computer

At TED, Ivan Poupyrev showed off a tiny new device for linking sensors to the cloud, part of his vision of embedding computing in everything we touch. Think about all the things you touch in your life. If you’re a runner, you might imagine your shoes and a water bottle; if you’re a chef, it might be...

2019-04-18
Facebook exposed millions more Instagram passwords than we realized

Facebook today revealed it’d discovered millions of improperly secured passwords on its server. So, you know… business as usual. Facebook revealed in March it’d discovered a cache of Facebook passwords being stored in plain text form — meaning several thousand Facebook employees who had access could have read...

2019-04-18
Google/Amazon deal sends YouTube to FireTV and Prime Video to Chromecast (finally)

After a stand-off that’s lasted years, Google and Amazon have made peace and finally agreed to put their streaming apps on each other’s platforms. Yes, that means Prime is coming to Chromecasts, while YouTube will finally be available on Fire TVs. The two companies announced today they’d come to a detente....

2019-04-18

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