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

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...

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

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...

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

‘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...

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

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...

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

‘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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

Twitter will de-list, not delete politicians’ bannable tweets of ‘public interest’
2019-06-27

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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

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

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...

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

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

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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