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Teens are using Google Docs as a sneaky messaging app right under their parents’ (and teachers’) noses

Google’s cloud-based tools provide a lot of bang for the buck. Apps like Docs, Sheets, and Slides are a collaborative dreamscape, the types of applications that allow kids to split into groups and iterate a project until completion. They also make a good instant messaging platform, according to some teens. “We...

2019-03-15
Why is Google adding Nintendo controller support to Chrome?

Google is apparently working to improve native support for Nintendo‘s Switch controllers within Chrome. Could this be a sign of things to come for Project Stream? A recently discovered commit in Google‘s Chromium Gerrit page proposes to “improve support for Nintendo Switch gamepads.” First spotted...

2019-03-14
Facebook’s No. 3, Chris Cox, is leaving after privacy pivot

The departure comes one week after CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook would become a “privacy-focused” company. One of the key architects of the Facebook social media and advertising platform, chief product officer Chris Cox, is leaving the company after 13 years.Read Full Story

2019-03-14
WhatsApp head Chris Daniels resigns on ugly Thursday at Facebook

Daniels resigns on the same day Facebook’s No. 3 executive, Chris Cox, announces his departure. The head of Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging app, VP Chris Daniels, is leaving the company.Read Full Story

2019-03-14
5 Beto O’Rourke quotes that would have ended a woman’s political career

Imagine a female candidate saying she was “just born to be in” the 2020 presidential race. After an unsuccessful but hard-fought, grassroots-driven longshot bid to unseat Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Beto O’Rourke is running for president in 2020. In a video posted to his Twitter...

2019-03-14
Despite sanctions, top Russian propaganda operation still active on popular platforms

The Federal News Agency, the successor to the infamous troll farm that pushed propaganda during the 2016 U.S. election, is active on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Telegram. Despite a series of indictments and sanctions in the last year, a Russian propaganda operation continues to sow division and spread...

2019-03-14
Virgil Abloh reckons with his happy Michael Jackson memories in his latest Louis Vuitton collection

How can we separate our memories of Jackson’s music with the reality of his actions? The acclaimed designer’s effort to focus on the former doesn’t quite cut it. In 1990, when I was in first grade, I took a jazz ballet class where we performed a dance choreographed to Michael Jackson’s...

2019-03-14
Lobbyists bombarded Trump and Kushner with geofenced Twitter and Facebook ads

It’s a new world, and the old ways of capturing attention no longer seem to work. As long as there has been politics as usual, so too has there been lobbying. Groups representing a consortium of interests have long tried to figure out ways to get a leader’s ear. (The recent movie The Favourite...

2019-03-14
3 steps tech can take to restore consumer confidence

With trust in tech at an all-time low, it’s more important than ever to deploy ethical marketing tools. It’s been a tough year for tech. From the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook scandal to concerns around Venmo’s creepy public transaction history to accidents caused by self-driving cars and the way...

2019-03-14
Exclusive: Today Show’s steals and deals maven Jill Martin helped bring in $60 million in e-commerce revenue

As many media companies feel advertising headwinds, the Today Show is proving e-commerce to be a viable revenue driver and it’s promoting Jill Martin as part of its growth strategy. NBC’s Today Show has long been a juggernaut in terms of influence and advertising, but even the most beloved television...

2019-03-14
Virgil Abloh engages with his love of Michael Jackson for his latest Louis Vuitton collection

How can we separate our memories of Jackson’s music with the reality of his actions? The acclaimed designer’s effort to focus on the former doesn’t quite cut it. In 1990, when I was in first grade, I took a jazz ballet class where we performed a dance choreographed to Michael Jackson’s...

2019-03-14
Facebook’s new VR avatars are more lifelike than anything you’ve seen before

Remember when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg tried to show off his company’s clunky Spaces VR tech by taking a virtual tour of hurricane-hit Puerto Rico in 2017? This is nothing like that. The company has quietly been developing a revolutionary system to create virtual avatars of people that closely resemble them in...

2019-03-14
ISPs are reportedly blocking Reddit in India

Facebook and Instagram might be up for people around the world after a long outage, but for several people in India are not being able to access Reddit. However, that’s not because of a server outage. Several Reddit posts and reports suggest that telcos and ISPs (Internet Service Providers) are blocking the site....

2019-03-14
Android Q makes sharing your WiFi password with friends super easy

Google rolled out Android Q‘s first beta version for all Pixel phones last night. I’ve installed it on my Pixel 3 XL, and found some really neat features. One of the best new additions is how easy it is to share your WiFi settings. Every time a friend visits your home, you have to tell them your WiFi password. Not...

2019-03-14
Video: Here’s how to unsend things on Facebook Messenger

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, tricks, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. We’ve all done something stupid on Facebook Messenger. Whether it’s sending a message we immediately regretted, or just firing a juicy meme to your grandma by mistake...

2019-03-14
Shell is recruiting science graduates to build blockchain use cases for oil and gas

The world’s fifth largest oil and gas producer in the world, Royal Dutch Shell, is getting further into the blockchain game, and is looking to train the next generation of blockchain industry execs. Shell is looking for “blockchain analysts” as part of its Information Technology (IT) graduate programme,...

2019-03-14
What is carbon gentrification?

Tech companies that espouse sustainability may actually exacerbate a city’s carbon footprint, new research suggests. Tell us if this sounds familiar: A business recently relocates from the suburbs to your downtown. Maybe it’s Amazon, or any other large company. It woos young people who prefer to live in...

2019-03-14
How to stop comparing yourself to other people

It’s totally normal to use happy, successful people as a benchmark, but here’s how to keep it from eating you up. Maybe it starts with a LinkedIn notification that your professional nemesis got a big promotion. Or, perhaps you heard through the grapevine that a former colleague landed your dream job....

2019-03-14
Because of the Facebook outage, Telegram gained 3 million new users

The secure messaging app (and WhatsApp competitor) picked up 3 million new users in just 24 hours. The private messaging service’s founder and CEO Pavel Durov revealed that Telegram gained 3 million new followers in the last 24 hours—a massive gain in users in such a short period of time,...

2019-03-14
Facebook & Instagram say they were not hit with a DDoS attack

Instagram is back up and running and Facebook claims a denial-of-service attack is not why its services went down. You may have noticed you had a bunch of extra time on your hands. That’s because Facebook–as well as other services it owns such as Instagram and WhatsApp–were intermittently down...

2019-03-14
These fake flowers are an emergency food source for city-dwelling insects

To make sure urban insects have enough food, Dutch designer Matilde Boelhouwer is making them a buffet of artificial plants. A new type of artificial flower doesn’t look realistic. But the flowers aren’t designed for humans–they’re for bees and other pollinators.Read Full Story

2019-03-14
Android Q’s new camera features will make shutterbugs happy

Last night, Google dropped the first beta of the upcoming version of its mobile operating system – Android Q. While it’s just available for the Google Pixel (all generations) owners to try out, it’s packed with promising features – especially for photography enthusiasts. While it’s just available for Google...

2019-03-14
Facebook and Instagram outage frustrates users around the globe

Facebook acknowledged the outage but was tight-lipped about the cause. Users across the globe reported trouble accessing Facebook, Instagram, and Facebook’s Messenger app Wednesday.Read Full Story

2019-03-13
We finally found Carmen Sandiego. She’s on Google Earth

Catch her if you can! Listen up, gumshoes: Carmen Sandiego is on the loose again and it’s up to you to catch her. This time, she’s not on your Apple IIe, Commodore 64, TV, or Netflix. The V.I.L.E. mastermind is loose on Google Earth.Read Full Story

2019-03-13
Android Q gets the privacy controls Google should have added years ago

Android Q will stop apps from tracking your location when you’re not using them. As tech giants come under fire for facilitating the widespread collection and sale of personal data, Google has read the room and will add new privacy features to Android. In the next version of the operating system, called Android...

2019-03-13
How Lori Loughlin and William H. Macy’s TV shows predicted the school admissions scandal

It would be weird enough if it were just one of them, but nope–it’s both. Within minutes of actress Lori Loughlin’s arrest on Tuesday, as part of a vast college admissions bribery scam that also ensnared Felicity Huffman, the words “Aunt Becky” began trending on Twitter. The...

2019-03-13
Google Earth and Carmen Sandiego is the best combo since PB & J

Carmen Sandiego, renowned lady thief and the original superstar of edutainment, has finally made her way into a new video game — only this time, the actual world is her canvas in Google Earth. I don’t know who came up with this idea, but I’m so glad they had that brainwave, because this combination of Carmen and...

2019-03-13
Google releases Android Q Beta 1 for all Pixels – here’s what we know so far

As rumored earlier this week, Google has released the first beta for the next version of its mobile os, Android Q. Google saves the best stuff until after its I/O conference in the spring, but Beta 1 is already packed with goodies. While the changes so far are mostly aimed at developers, it’s a good teaser at...

2019-03-13
Consult this handy chart to see if you are an ***hole designer

There are four types of designers: non-assholes, level 1 assholes, level 2 assholes, and level 3 assholes. Which one are you? How to Do Great Work Without Being an Asshole, a new book by designer Paul Woods, is a practical, illustrated guide that does exactly what the title suggests: It shows you how to be both...

2019-03-13
Why Oprah said Tarell Alvin McCraney’s new show was the best pitch she’s ever heard

The playwright and screenwriter makes his first foray into TV with OWN’s new drama David Makes Man–and Oprah is really, really excited about it. Listen to the latest episode of Fast Company’s podcast Creative Conversation featuring the creator and cast of OWN’s David Makes Man on Apple...

2019-03-13
Twitter says Jack Dorsey didn’t know anti-vax podcaster was anti-vax

The Twitter CEO went on a podcast with an anti-vaccine advocate. He now says he was unaware of his views. “Thanks Ben!” Jack Dorsey tweeted last night at Ben Greenfield, a popular podcast host–who also happens to be an anti-vaccine advocate. Last month Greenfield tweeted (from his verified...

2019-03-13
A close reading of Facebook’s wild nudity and sex guidelines

I’m now aware of something I wasn’t before: Facebook‘s guidelines on adult nudity and sexual activity. And let me tell you something – they’re wild. Basically, these are the policies the social media giant uses to define whether something is too sexual to be allowed on the platform. We were alerted to...

2019-03-13
Sex robots’ next big leap won’t come from the adult industry

This article was originally published on SEXTECHGUIDE, an independent publication that looks at the intersection between sex and technology in a non-explicit, as close to a ‘safe for work’ way as possible – including app reviews, adult VR info, sextech devices, privacy, security issues, and much more. It was...

2019-03-13
Roger McNamee: “Why is it legal to collect data on kids, let alone sell it?”

The early Facebook advisor and outspoken critic believes that antitrust is the only way to curb the power of companies like Google, Amazon, and Facebook. Who owns your data?Read Full Story

2019-03-13
Google squeezed an offline dictation AI into its keyboard app

Google has updated its Gboard keyboard app for Android with AI-powered dictation that works offline. The company says it’s effectively miniaturized a cloud-based neural network system for speech recognition into an 80MB mobile app update, and that it’ll allow for faster and more reliable dictation on the go....

2019-03-13
4 Facebook Ad tips for selling more e-commerce products overnight

When building an e-commerce brand, social media should play a vital role in helping you get the word out so you can reach new audiences and promote your products. Of course, as I’ve learned in my own e-commerce endeavors at Grit Daily and consulting elsewhere, not all Facebook Ad campaigns are created equal. You...

2019-03-12
Here’s why Elizabeth Warren is wrong (mostly) about breaking up Apple

The App Store may have some antitrust issues, but Apple’s ownership of it probably helps security more than it hurts competition. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to break up Facebook, Google, and Amazon on antitrust grounds has its merits. And over the weekend we learned that she thinks Apple should...

2019-03-12
How internet popularity killed authenticity

As the social influence market evolves, bots will yield the ultimate power. The most liked photo on Instagram is the picture of an egg named Eugene. With more than 52 million likes and 10 million followers, Eugene represents a mystery. The mystery of who created it and why has been since solved. How it got so many...

2019-03-12
Egomaniac designers aren’t just annoying. They’re bad for business

Egos have no place in the creative industries. Removing egomaniacs from your office will result in a better work environment, better work, and more profit. With rare exceptions, creative individuals fall into one of two categories: They’re either deeply insecure, or they’re egomaniacs. The former lives...

2019-03-12
This new AR app puts women back in the history books

Up to 89% of history textbook references are devoted to men, so “Lessons in Herstory” aims to restore women’s standing in the American story. Open up most elementary and high school history books and you’ll find stories of corruption, triumph, innovation, conflict, and resolution, that all...

2019-03-12
4 cryptocurrency Twitter takes you really need to read

Twitter is where the hottest of cryptocurrency and blockchain takes live and die. It’s where founders fling shit at one another over seemingly arbitrary disagreements, and it’s where the most flamboyant of pundits flex their wit. So, let’s recap some of the most important and interesting Twitter threads from...

2019-03-12
Facebook temporarily removed Elizabeth Warren ads that called for the company to be broken up

Following a backlash, the company put the ads back on the platform. Senator Elizabeth Warren, in her pursuit to become the Democratic presidential nominee, has been very critical of the big technology companies. Last week she announced her big plan to break up the likes of Facebook, Google, Amazon, and even Apple....

2019-03-12
Alibaba finally got its shitcoin namesake to drop its name

After losing a preliminary copyright lawsuit last year, cryptocurrency knock-off Alibabacoin has finally rescinded and agreed to stop using the Alibaba name. In a joint statement released on Monday, Alibabacoin and Alibaba announced they have reached an agreement which will see Alibabacoin change its name, Reuters...

2019-03-12
How to turn on Slack’s dark mode on iOS and Android

Slack‘s finally rolling out its dark mode on its iOS and Android apps. We’ll show you how to turn on the dark mode, but first make sure that you’ve got the latest version of the app. A small bit of news for your Monday morning, afternoon, or evening: today we released an update for our Android and iOS apps,...

2019-03-12
Facebook’s News Feed is a mess, but it taught me to time travel

My relationship with Facebook has changed over the past two years. I’ve never been a fan, per se, but I find myself interacting with the News Feed far less than I used to. The News Feed, a place Facebook once used to spoon-feed me information that I’d elected to receive — stories from The New Yorker, videos from...

2019-03-12
Foursquare’s first decade, from viral hit to real business and beyond

Foursquare cofounder and executive chairman Dennis Crowley on how a SXSW phenom figured out how to matter without scaling up to a billion users; why he loves New York; and what’s next. On March 11, 2009, an iPhone app called Foursquare formally debuted at the SXSW conference in Austin. It let you explore a...

2019-03-12
Facebook’s Newsfeed is a mess, but it taught me to time travel

My relationship with Facebook has changed over the past two years. I’ve never been a fan, per se, but I find myself interacting with the Newsfeed far less than I used to. The Newsfeed, a place Facebook once used to spoon-feed me information that I’d elected to receive — stories from The New Yorker, videos from...

2019-03-12
All e-commerce brands must monetize their Instagram accounts — here’s how

With over one billion monthly active users, Instagram stands as one of the most influential social media networks in the world. It’s only natural that brands would desire to have a strong presence on the site as well. In fact, according to Instagram’s own internal data, over 80 percent of users follow at...

2019-03-12

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