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YouTube is making it easier to remove recommendations you don’t like
2019-06-27

YouTube is introducing three new ways to fine-tune your browsing experience on the platform. First, the Google-owned video service is rolling out topics and related videos on its homepage and under its “Up Next” tab. Second, it is giving users the ability to remove suggestions from channels they don’t want to...

Meet 38 immigrants that 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...

‘All foam and no beer!’ Here are the most cringe-inducing lines from the first Democratic debate
2019-06-27

Ladies and gentlemen, the art of the soundbite. It’s smart for candidates to do some debate prep. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has been consulting over WhatsApp with his debate-champion son, Dante. Senator Cory Booker has apparently been doing pushups. And it’s natural for them to practice pre-prepared...

WhatsApp tests letting you share your Status to Facebook and other apps
2019-06-27

Though WhatsApp is owned by Facebook, plenty of the app’s users are happy to ignore the fact the big blue parent network exists. Somewhat surprisingly, Facebook has been content to let WhatsApp do its own thing since its $19 billion purchase back in 2014. But there are signs this might be slowly changing Case in...

Mitch McConnell’s Twitter just lost a flame war with ‘Big Little Lies’ star Adam Scott
2019-06-26

Scott clearly did not want to have any part of being a GIF in a Mitch McConnell tweet, and his resulting back-and-forth with the account was very . . . popcorn GIF. Being Mitch McConnell’s social media strategist must be a tough gig.Read Full Story

Inside the shadowy world of spyware makers that target activists and dissidents
2019-06-26

There’s some new competition for NSO, the Israeli company which boasts of its ability to take over phones and computers on behalf of high-paying government clients: Dozens upon dozens of spyware firms that offer a range of surveillance options. Last month, Facebook said that WhatsApp users were vulnerable to a...

Democratic debates live stream: How to watch on NBC, YouTube, and elsewhere without cable
2019-06-26

NBC is letting cord cutters live-stream the Democratic debates online for free on its YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter channels. Here’s where to find them. Twenty candidates. Three television networks. One goal: Get through the next two nights without throwing your TV, computer, or smartphone out the window.Read...

Kim Kardashian’s new Kimono shapewear brand raises charges that Kim’s culturally appropriating . . . again
2019-06-26

Kim Kardashian West is at again with the cultural appropriation with her new intimates line Kimono—but someone on Twitter has way better name suggestions. Kim Kardashian West is taking on the shape wear and intimates industry with her new launch—and people are pissed. Not so much at the products...

The best way to transcribe an interview without having to do shit
2019-06-26

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Transcribing interviews is a pain, there’s no doubt about it. Listening back to the conversation, it becomes painfully obvious how often people sniff, how incoherent their...

Review: Oculus Quest is exactly what VR needs to hit the mainstream
2019-06-26

Wanna feel old? It’s been seven years since Doom-creator John Carmack first unveiled his ski-goggles contraption that would eventually become the Oculus Rift. A lot has happened in the years that have since passed, including Oculus’ 2 billion dollar acquisition by Facebook. What was then only a finicky but...

Inside the shadowy spyware that is helping governments track down the next Jamal Khashoggi
2019-06-26

There’s some new competition for NSO, the Israeli company accused of helping the Saudi government track down Jamal Khashoggi. Last month, Facebook said that WhatsApp users were vulnerable to a sophisticated exploit capable of hacking into phones with little more than a few unanswered calls. The new exploit was...

5 types of connections you need in your LinkedIn network
2019-06-26

The number of connections to kick-start the value of LinkedIn’s network is 30. Are yours the right ones? Having a robust professional network can be a game changer when thinking about your career journey. The people in your network can help make future connections, refer you for a job, provide advice, and so...

In a first, Facebook will hand over hate speech data to France
2019-06-26

Facebook has agreed to hand over identifying information on French users suspected of using hate speech on its platform, making it the first deal of its kind between the social media giant and a government. According to Reuters, the decision appears to have been a result of successive meetings between Facebook chief...

How to mute Trump on Twitter during the Democratic debates
2019-06-26

If for some reason you decide you want to mute the president this week, Twitter has you covered. The first round of Democratic primary debates is taking place over two nights this week in Miami, where 20 candidates will face off against each other—10 candidates each night—in an attempt to win over...

These are the deceptive design tricks and dark patterns that steer your clicks each day
2019-06-25

The terms may be new to you, but you experience them nearly every day. When I visit my aging mother in the Midwest, I watch as she sits at her computer endlessly scrolling on Facebook. In earlier times, she would have been joyfully soaking up the time with her visiting kids and grandkids. Like many of us, her use of...

Inside Shopify’s brave API gamble
2019-06-25

A platform-as-a-service company is only as good as its APIs, and Shopify has dozens of them. These expose a specific part of the Shopify’s product to third-party developers, who can then incorporate them into their own applications. And last week, at the annual Shopify Unite summit, the company announced it was...

This IBM Code Pattern makes it easy to create your own object recognition AI
2019-06-25

IBM developer Nicholas Bourdakos recently created a new Code Pattern that lets just about anyone develop and train an AI model to recognize objects using computer vision. Bourdakos’ Code Pattern, called “Create a real-time object detection app using Watson Machine Learning,” relies on a tool called Cloud...

Hackers target major UK supermarket’s Twitter with phoney Bill Gates Bitcoin scam
2019-06-25

Hackers took control of British multinational retailer Tesco’s Twitter account yesterday, urging followers to send Bitcoin to a wallet address and promising to return twice the value received. Luckily, though, Tesco’s followers did not fall for the Bitcoin scheme as no funds were deposited in the wallet address...

This is the perfect app for quitting Chrome (without actually quitting it)
2019-06-25

Bumpr makes it easy to escape the self-imposed monopoly that stems from accessing the web with any single web browser. Google’s Chrome browser is remarkably convenient, especially if you use an Android smartphone, since it syncs to the cloud to not only keep your URLs straight, but feed much of your data into...

98% of Bitcoin Satoshi Vision’s activity comes from a dumb weather app
2019-06-24

The majority of transactions running through the Bitcoin Satoshi Vision (BSV) network haven’t anything to do with cryptocurrency. In fact, pretty much all of its current on-chain activity comes from weathersv.com, an automated weather service that simply copies data from another (centralized) weather site and...

Full moon patents: Futuristic airplane ‘slingshot’ and Google’s painted solar panels
2019-06-24

Ugh, the Gregorian calendar is so boring. That’s why we’re disrupting monthly series with a lunar cycle-based series about the best patents of the last synodic month, picked by the PatentYogi team. Get ready when that moon gets gibbous, y’all. This June-ish roundup lands on the tasty Strawberry Moon! Since...

Obsessing over first-page load time sabotages ecommerce businesses
2019-06-24

A flawed approach to page speed measurement is sabotaging ecommerce sites. There, I said it. Now I know this might be an exaggeration, but it really is time for a change. A historical focus on network-based metrics — bytes downloaded per page or assets per page, for example — and an excessive emphasis placed on...

Someone made a choose-your-own adventure Twitter game where you play Beyoncé’s assistant—and it’s amazing
2019-06-24

User @CornyAssBitch’s choose-your-own-adventure Twitter game even has celebrities like Questlove and Chrissy Teigen playing. Twitter, take note. You’ve just landed the job of a lifetime: being Beyoncé’s personal assistant. Your only objective now is not to make the one foolish decision that...

Google double downs on its project to teach kids how to spot fake news
2019-06-24

YouTube has a reputation for feeding kids inappropriate videos. A digital literacy program from parent company Google hopes to combat it by teaching kids to spot and report it. The internet can be a disturbing, destructive place, especially for children. In just a few clicks, kids can find explicit images, racist...

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