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Fyre Festival’s lead designer talks about branding a scam

“From the start, the brief wasn’t really a brief. It was just: This is our audience, this is what we’re trying to sell them.” We’re living in a cultural moment obsessed with scams. From the HBO documentary on Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos to Netflix and Hulu’s dueling...

2019-03-26
European Parliament votes ‘yes’ on controversial Copyright Reform

The EU Parliament just approved the controversial Copyright Reform, despite public protests and loud opposition from platforms such as GitHub, Google, Reddit and Wikipedia. Dark day for internet freedom: The @Europarl_EN has rubber-stamped copyright reform including #Article13 and #Article11. MEPs refused to even...

2019-03-26
Killed By Google is a digital graveyard of the company’s dead products

April 2, Google is killing two of its well-known products: it’s failed social network, Google+, and the much-loved email client, Inbox. They join a long list of products that the Mountain View-based tech giant has killed. So, a clever developer just made a “digital graveyard” to list all of the company‘s...

2019-03-26
Facebook is hiring 22 people for its secretive blockchain division

The fact that Facebook is working on its own cryptocurrency and blockchain applications is no longer a secret – so it’s not surprising the company is looking to grow its distributed ledger division. The social media giant already has a 50-strong team squirreled away in a secretive corner of its Menlo Park head...

2019-03-25
Google’s latest pet project uses design to toy with your brain

At the annual Milan Furniture Fair, Google is staging an experiment in neuroaesthetics–or the science of how beauty affects our brains. The Milan Furniture Fair, aka Salone de Mobile, is the most important design event of the year, drawing designers and manufacturers from all over the planet. So it was a...

2019-03-25
Facebook doesn’t get it. Privacy starts with people

Zuckerberg’s privacy manifesto failed to account for the myriad ways people interpret privacy. To do that, Facebook needs human-centered design. Recently, Mark Zuckerberg released a 3,200-word Facebook privacy manifesto, highlighting six privacy principles around which the platform will be rebuilt over the next...

2019-03-25
There’s now a black market for Ethereum-based visas to North Korea

It appears North Korean revolutionaries Cheollima Civil Defense (CCD) are indeed selling their “post-liberation blockchain visas.” More than 60 have been distributed so far – and now, there’s even a black market for the Ethereum-based visas. The CCD (also known as “Free Joseon”) is a crew of dissidents...

2019-03-25
Google Maps’ first try at AR navigation is janky but exciting

In March this year, Google started rolling out an alpha version of its AR-based navigation feature to a small number of Maps users in select cities. It looked like an awesome solution for travelers and people walking to unfamiliar destinations in bustling towns. After testing out the feature briefly in Hong Kong last...

2019-03-25
Let a scientist with an industrial blender explain what’s really in your phone

Step one: Liquify an iPhone. Step two: Analyze mineral soup. This month, an exhibition from a diverse group of designers curated by MoMA’s Paola Antonelli became the first major curatorial effort to reckon with the end of the planet and design’s role in that death. That includes contributions from...

2019-03-25
Ahead of Apple’s video launch, YouTube pulls the plug on its Hollywood dreams

The company has reportedly abandoned its plans for high-end original content. The video sharing website has canceled plans for a paid high-end video streaming service with Hollywood production-level comedies and dramas, Bloomberg reports. The Google-owned company has reportedly stopped accepting pitches for such shows...

2019-03-25
Why your ecommerce business needs to start as an affiliate site

There is a lot of risk involved in starting an ecommerce business. For one, most would-be merchants don’t know what products will sell well and what products won’t. And being unable to move inventory can be extremely costly — especially if you have a new business with little to no brand recognition. However, if...

2019-03-24
4 ways social media platforms can stop hateful content after terror attacks

The deadly attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in which 50 people were killed and many others critically injured, was streamed live on Facebook by the man accused of carrying it out. It was then quickly shared across social media platforms. Versions of the livestream attack video stayed online for a...

2019-03-23
Machine learning academics are flocking to tech giants and that might be a problem

The die is very much cast when it comes to the growth of machine learning. With the expansion of tech companies like Google, Amazon and Uber, artificial intelligence-based research and products is a growth industry that’s only just getting started. Research from the International Data Commission forecasts that...

2019-03-23
Shut down Facebook Live

I’m calling on Mark Zuckerberg to shut down Facebook Live until the company can prove to the public—and to regulators—that its design is safer. When word broke that the massacre in New Zealand was livestreamed on Facebook, I immediately thought of Robert Godwin Sr. In 2017, Godwin was...

2019-03-23
TNW2019 Daily: Don’t be a stranger

TNW Conference is only 48 days away, and that means we’re about to launch some really cool things. In the countdown to TNW2019, we’ll announce the full schedule, the festival terrain map, and an amazing giveaway – just to name a few. You obviously read my TNW2019 Daily religiously, but it’s not the only way to...

2019-03-22
Don’t believe the (digital) hype: Political campaigns still focus on TV for ads

Overall, 2018 political campaigns and PACs spent only 2.7% to 5.1% of their budgets on digital ads. Fifty percent of their spending went to TV ads. While the Trump 2020 campaign is already spending big on digital ads, other campaigns at the state and national levels still rely mainly on TV and direct mail to reach...

2019-03-22
A eulogy for every product Google has ruthlessly killed (145 and counting)

“This project was born as an act of criticism toward a culture of software product churn,” says the creator of Killed By Google, an archive of products lost to the sands of time. Tez. Trendalyzer. Panoramio. Timeful. Bump! SlickLogin. BufferBox.Read Full Story

2019-03-22
Court documents reveal that Facebook allegedly knew about data misuse earlier than we thought

Another day, another Facebook data revelation. It might not surprise anyone to find out that Facebook apparently knew Cambridge Analytica was potentially misusing data for longer than it claimed—potentially calling into question the truthfulness of CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony to Congress last...

2019-03-22
A modest proposal for Facebook: End Facebook Live

I’m calling on Mark Zuckerberg to shut down Facebook Live until the company can prove to the public—and to regulators—that its design is safer. When word broke that the massacre in New Zealand was livestreamed on Facebook, I immediately thought of Robert Godwin Sr. In 2017, Godwin was...

2019-03-22
Find the perfect gift for your mum with TNW’s Mother’s Day guide

Consider yourself warned, dear reader. There’s just nine days left until UK Mother’s Day. Nine. Days. And you thought the countdown to Brexit was scary. If this news has caused your blood pressure to plummet and beads of sweat to accumulate on your forehead, don’t worry. I’ve got you covered. TNW’s compiled...

2019-03-22
CHEAP: At $185, this Samsung Chromebook 3 is more than half off

It’s always nice when something a bit overpriced becomes… well… cheap. Take the Samsung Chromebook 3, for example. Would I pay $399 for this? Absolutely not. But drop that price down to $185, and I’ll start throwing wads of cash in your face so fast, you’ll think you’ve got a new job as an exotic dancer....

2019-03-22
The We Company is getting into urban design

The company formerly known as WeWork is hiring designer Dror Benshetrit to lead its future cities initiatives. The We Company, the startup formerly known as WeWork, is moving beyond the walls of its coworking empire to launch programs at the city scale. The company announced this week that it was hiring prominent...

2019-03-22
Who was Garamond, anyway? The history behind 5 classic typefaces

The author of a new dictionary of typefaces explains the origins of some of the best-known type–and their lesser-known namesakes. Editor’s note: In Sean Adams’s new book, The Designer’s Dictionary of Type, he examines 48 of the most important typefaces, their history, and how they can be...

2019-03-22
WeChat Pay to reportedly take on Google Pay and Paytm in India later this year

Chinese tech giant Tencent is looking to enter India‘s payment market with a UPI-based (Unified Payments Interface) WeChat Pay app, according to Entrackr. The report notes Tencent execs met with the National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI) three weeks ago to discuss obtaining a license, with plans to launch...

2019-03-22
Facebook’s reportedly been storing millions of user passwords in plain text since 2012

Last night, Facebook revealed that it found a flaw in January in its systems that stored user passwords in plain text, which meant that anyone who had access to them could read those passwords without having to decrypt them. The vulnerability impacts “hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users, tens of millions of...

2019-03-22
Xbox Live comes to Nintendo Switch, starting with Cuphead

Cuphead is the latest hit indie game to make its way to Nintendo’s Switch — and it’s bringing Xbox Live with it, piggyback-style. While Microsoft has put forth tentative plans to bring Live to Switch, iOS, and Android, Cuphead will be the first actual game to carry it over, meaning we’ll finally see how...

2019-03-21
Here’s how much ‘Bitcoin Twitter’ loves presidential candidate Andrew Yang

The hype surrounding the US presidential election in 2020 is growing palpable, and one candidate, Andrew Yang, is getting significant attention from the cryptocurrency community. Yang, a Democratic Party candidate, is absolutely the favorite of internet memelords, but he isn’t the only one appealing to the...

2019-03-21
Bitcoin scammer boasts $760,000 payday through dark web domain squatting

A scammer is claiming to have made 200 BTC ($760,000) through ‘typosquatting’ criminal dark web sites on the Tor network, over the past four years. Typosquatting is a form of cybersquatting – basically sitting on websites under someone else’s brand – that specifically targets users who incorrectly type a...

2019-03-21
Millions of Facebook passwords have been stored in plain text, report says

This is just the latest in a long line of privacy-related scandals Facebook has endured, further calling into question its ability to keep users secure. Facebook is currently investigating the extent to which it accidentally logged and stored unencrypted password data, according to security expert Brian Krebs. This is...

2019-03-21
Why we should trust Apple and Google more than our governments

When I was younger, I was taught that the ridges and patterns found on my fingertips are so unique, that no other person in the world has them. I can only assume you were also told that your fingertips are unique too — and not in a millennial sort of unique where everyone is so unique that they deserve a...

2019-03-21
After Google, Walmart is reportedly building a game streaming service

USgamer reports that retail giant Walmart is working on a game streaming service, hopping on the now-heavily-burdened bandwagon that includes Google, Nvidia, Microsoft, Amazon, and Sony. That’s from the media outlet’s sources, which say that the company has been in talks with game developers and publishers about...

2019-03-21
Amazon could soon force you to go on a diet, according to one futurist

Tech giants will overtake our homes–and once you’re locked into one ecosystem, you won’t be able to escape, says Amy Webb. In 2029, there’s a good chance you’ll be living in a Google, an Amazon, or an Apple home–you and all of your data, biometric and otherwise. Adding smart...

2019-03-21
4 ways AI is already making designers’ lives easier

Amid plenty of debate over whether AI and other emerging technologies will change design forever, it’s easy to overlook the ways these technologies are already helping creatives work today. When the desktop publishing revolution initially took off, I resisted the move from analog to digital design at first,...

2019-03-21
Facebook is hiring a lead for its blockchain counsel

It seems Facebook isn’t content with its 50-strong team dedicated to building its proprietary cryptocurrency, as it’s now looking to hire someone for its blockchain counsel. The social media giant is looking for a “lead commercial counsel, Blockchain” based at their Menlo Park, California headquarters. The job...

2019-03-21
Google’s AI-powered Doodle to celebrate Bach’s birthday is its best ever

Over the years, Google has consistently created beautiful ‘doodles’ – creative takes on its logo that show up on its homepage – to commemorate festivals, holidays, and significant events in history. Today, the company’s knocked it out of the park with its first-ever AI-powered doodle to celebrate the 334th...

2019-03-21
Cryptocurrency exchange Cryptopia resumes trading months after debilitating hack

Cryptocurrency exchange Cryptopia has resumed trading following a debilitating hack in mid-January. The New Zealand-based company said on Twitter today that it had resumed trading “on 40 trade pairs […] quantified as secure,” adding that it would continue to expand its offering as more coins were cleared. A...

2019-03-21
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says he will pay you to work on Bitcoin full-time

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has made an offering to the cryptocurrency community: he will pay developers to work full-time on Bitcoin Core and other “cryptocurrency ecosystem” projects. Are you currently contributing to bitcoin-core or other crypto ecosystem projects for free in your off-time? We’d like to pay you...

2019-03-21
Cashierless app company rep blames NYC’s “diversity” for spot checks

A customer writing to New York supermarket Fairway about its smartphone checkout receipt check policy got a strange reply about the city’s ‘diversity.’ Fairway, a New York area grocery store, is one of several chains around the country that lets customers check out items by scanning them with...

2019-03-20
Facebook adds quoted message replies to Messenger

It’ll be easier to see what people are replying to within chats. Facebook is rolling out quoted message replies in its Messenger app today.Read Full Story

2019-03-20
Miller Lite mocked Dilly Dilly this morning with a new ad but Bud Light already has a response–and you can see it here

Miller Lite launches new attack ads and Bud Light, but Bud Light already had a response ready. In this year of 2019, the bulk of toxic public bickering takes place across social media platforms. For brands, Twitter has been the perfect place to chirp at each other here and there, to the delight of anyone who always...

2019-03-20
Square takes on Shopify with new micro-merchant tools

With Square Online Store, the payments company hopes to help its existing merchants gain an e-commerce foothold, while attracting digital-only businesses. Eleven months since acquiring website-builder Weebly for $365 million, Square is ready to unveil a full-fledged online storefront for its sellers—the...

2019-03-20
How to manage people born on Tuesday

All those myths about Morries? Yeah, they’re pretty much true. So here’s how to handle this growing population. According to a fairly recent study available on the prestigious search engine Google, more babies are born on Tuesday than on any other day. “Morries” make up a huge percentage of...

2019-03-20
Google hit with another EU antitrust fine–The grand total now comes to €8.2B

The EU just gave the search giant another multibillion-euro fine. This morning, the European Union slapped Google with a €1.5 billion fine, which comes to a little over $1.7 billion. This latest fine was over its antitrust practices with its advertising business.Read Full Story

2019-03-20
How to be a better boss, according to Google

Being a great leader is important for many reasons: your team gets more work done, your staff are engaged and enthusiastic, and co-workers will invite you to their dinner parties. But there’s a lot more on the line than just your team’s performance. According to Gallup’s 2017 survey, the number one reason why...

2019-03-20
EU fines Google €1.49 billion in AdSense antitrust case

European Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager, just announced the EU’s third big antitrust fine against Google. The EU found the company guilty of breaking antitrust laws when it prevented third parties (i.e. Google’s ad-brokering competitors) from using its advertising tool, AdSense, to display search...

2019-03-20
SERPstash can help push your site to the top of Google searches; get it for $24

You can push yourself to the top of those Google searches with the help of SERPstash. Right now, you can lock in lifetime access to the SERPstash Premium service at an extra $5 off its already ridiculously low sale price from TNW Deals.

2019-03-20
Google could conquer gaming by having nothing to lose

Every other gaming company is too scared to disrupt consoles and PCs. On Tuesday, after months of buildup, Google announced an ambitious plan to take on Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo with its own gaming platform.Read Full Story

2019-03-20
Stadia’s Google Assistant integration is the gaming feature I never knew I needed

Google today revealed just what kind of hat it intends to throw in the gaming ring — a cloud streaming service called Stadia. Most of the news was a lot of blue sky development jargon, but it did reveal one thing about Stadia that’ll probably do more to help gamers than any new controller or lack of latency: a...

2019-03-20

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