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Facebook won’t budge on fake political ad censorship

Facebook today released a blog post detailing its ad policy, in which it essentially refused to bow to pressure to regulate political ads on its platform. It did offer to let people opt out of political ads in general, but there is a catch. Facebook has taken heat from just about everybody over its decision to do...

2020-01-10
Your favorite writers, comics, and athletes are tweeting outrageous true stories that sound like fiction

Based on a viral Twitter prompt, these high-profile folks are sharing stories so unbelievable they have to be true. Truth is, famously, stranger than fiction. One writer wanted to see just how much stranger, though, and ended up getting way more than he bargained for—much to our collective benefit.Read Full...

2020-01-09
Vogue Italia’s latest issue is greenwashing at its finest

‘Vogue Italia’ replaced photo spreads with drawings to reveal the environmental cost of making a fashion magazine. The stunt doesn’t offer any real solutions. Fashion magazines follow a formula: They’re full of glossy pages, gorgeously shot ads, and photo spreads full of the latest...

2020-01-09
Twitter lets pedophiles publicly discuss their sexual ‘attraction to minors,’ scholar argues

Social platforms like Instagram and Twitter discreetly change their terms and conditions on the regular. For example, last year we saw Facebook quietly introduce the ban on ‘sexual emoji’ that proved discriminatory towards sex workers and NSFW artists making a living on the platform. Now, as Australian academic...

2020-01-09
Smart locks are cool as fuck — but I’ll never trust them

I’m pretty trusting when it comes to technology. I’ve shrugged at putting Google Assistant in my house. I’ve walked around wearing an array of smartwatches without a single care in the world. Hell, I’m laissez-faire enough that I’ve done one of those genetic tests that (probably) shares DNA with every law...

2020-01-09
Here’s the one poll that might explain why Harry and Meghan are retreating from the royal family

In a survey taken last year, almost half of Gen Z thinks Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is treated less favorably by the British media than any other royal. Yesterday’s bombshell announcement that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex—aka Prince Harry and Meghan Markle—are retreating from their senior royal...

2020-01-09
Targeting Iran’s cultural heritage would be an attack on history itself

Attacking heritage sites in Iran, as Donald Trump threatened to do, wouldn’t just be a war crime; it would be a crime against humanity. It comes as an enormous relief that the Pentagon has ruled out following through with President Donald Trump’s threat to target Iran’s cultural sites,...

2020-01-09
How to become a Facebook marketing guru for under $30

It's predicted that over 86 percent of marketers will use Facebook as a platform for selling their products in 2020. So, if you're trying to get in on the lucrative, in-demand field that is digital marketing, you'd be wise to master the platform as well. 

2020-01-09
Facebook and Instagram will allow users to ‘see fewer’ political ads in time for the 2020 election

The political ads control will roll out in the U.S. “early this summer” before expanding to new locations. If your least favorite thing about Facebook is the political discourse that seems to permeate the platform, there’s some good news: Facebook has announced it will allow its users to opt...

2020-01-09
This is the one skill designers need to develop most in 2020

Legendary designer Don Norman takes designers to task for elevating craft above all else, when what matters most is the willingness to collaborate. In his annual Design in Tech report in 2019, my good friend and design visionary John Maeda declared that “design is not that important.” He is wrong, but...

2020-01-09
This coding legend knows the secret to fixing Big Tech’s most pervasive problem

Facebook, Google, and Amazon have a lot to learn from Margaret Hamilton, who coined the term “software engineering” while she was working on the code for the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. There were quite a few grandiose tributes to the 50th anniversary of the moon landing throughout the United States...

2020-01-09
Twitter will soon let you control who replies to your tweets

In order to curb online bullying and harassment, Twitter will soon let you control who can reply to your tweets. Speaking at an event during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at Las Vegas, Suzanne Xie, the company’s director of product management, said the social network is bringing significant changes around...

2020-01-09
One man’s obsessive, 40-year pursuit of the productive life

Stephen Wolfram has always liked using technology to get stuff done and monitor personal progress. Here are the secrets that help him power through his workdays. [Stephen Wolfram is the scientist, entrepreneur, and thinker who founded Wolfram Research, the company behind Mathematica, the Wolfram Language, and Wolfram...

2020-01-09
India’s upcoming content policing rules might only apply to ‘major’ social platforms

India‘s upcoming intermediary rules — aimed at controlling and monitoring online content — have a lot of big and small tech firms worried about censorship of their platforms. But a new report suggests the legislation will only affect major social media networks, such as Facebook, TikTok, Twitter, and Instagram....

2020-01-09
Facebook finally found a reason to be offended by Trump: Campaign ads with fake buttons

The Trump campaign finally went too far for Facebook, but not over politics. After the death of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, an official Trump campaign committee took to Facebook with thousands of targeted ads alluding to the killing by U.S. forces.Read Full Story

2020-01-09
Here are the best Twitter jokes about Harry and Meghan leaving the royal family

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are no more! Long live Harry and Meghan, everyday schmoes. And long may the jokes pour in congratulating the formerly regal couple. On Wednesday afternoon, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, better known to Americans as “Harghan,” released a statement announcing that...

2020-01-09
Don’t trust fearmongering ads about HIV drugs on Facebook

Lawyers and for-profit legal referral businesses are placing misleading advertisements on the social media platform, helping spread misinformation about HIV-prevention drugs. Some ads can be more than misleading—they can put your health at risk.Read Full Story

2020-01-08
Love Le Corbusier? Now you can build like him—out of paper

Dive into the world of Swiss-French architect’s Le Corbusier best hits, and try your hand at creating them, too. Chandigarh, India, is a city known for its clean streets, green spaces, and numerous monuments. One sculpture, an 85-foot-tall symbol known as “Open Hand,” was designed by Swiss-French...

2020-01-08
Sir, this is an Arby’s: Why Brand Twitter won’t take a stance against war with Iran

This is a compelling experiment in social media dynamics. Just don’t expect an answer from Wendy’s or anyone else. Last night, Ken Klippenstein, a reporter with The Young Turks and The Intercept, kicked off an experiment with Brand Twitter. Starting with Sunny Delight, he began DMing brands, asking them...

2020-01-08
Google’s improved travel search tools are great for planning trips on a budget

Last year, when I went to Europe for a month, I spent a lot of time on sites like Hostel World before and during the trip, figuring out what places to stay at, how’s the area, and how much it’ll cost me. I really wish Google’s handy new travel features were around that time. The search giant released a bunch of...

2020-01-08
How sharing animal photos online endangers wildlife

Limbani the chimpanzee has about 650,000 Instagram followers. In recent months the account has featured viral photos and videos of the captive young ape playing the guitar, bouncing on a trampoline and wearing a giant banana costume. Fans are also offered real-life encounters with the chimp at a Miami facility, paying...

2020-01-08
ClassPass is now valued at $1 billion

With a $285 million funding round, ClassPass—the startup that lets fitness buffs of all stripes drop in on exclusive studios—hopes to upend corporate wellness programs. ClassPass, the fitness startup that connects monthly subscribers with boutique studio classes, has closed its latest round of...

2020-01-08
A Boeing 737 just crashed in Iran: Here’s what we know about Flight 752

Despite the rising military tensions in the region, Iranian authorities said the cause of the crash was a mechanical issue—most likely an engine fire. A Boeing 737-800 jetliner crashed in Iranian airspace at 6:18 a.m. local time Wednesday. The plane was a Ukraine International Airlines, Flight 752, flying from...

2020-01-08
UK money saving expert featured in fake cryptocurrency ads on Instagram — AGAIN!

It’s 2020, you’d think by now cryptocurrency scammers would have moved on from using unendorsed celebrity images to peddle their heinous cons. But no. Earlier this week, Twitter user @peterfinn5252 claimed to have come across new adverts featuring Money Saving Expert founder Martin Lewis. The adverts claim that a...

2020-01-08
Google Assistant now lets you torment roommates with ‘household notes’

Forget about the good ol’ passive-aggressive refrigerator note: Google Assistant will soon let you leave digital “household notes” directly on your Android-enabled Smart Display devices. The AI-powered app is also getting a few other nifty features like schedules for your smart devices, and the ability to read...

2020-01-08
Sonos accuses Google of stealing wireless speaker secrets in scathing patent lawsuit

Sonos is going after Google for “blatantly and knowingly copying our patented technology.” For a long time, if you wanted an easy way to pump your house full of music, there was just one company to turn to: Sonos. Then came the smart speaker, and suddenly streaming music across rooms went from...

2020-01-07
Sonos says Google stole its speaker tech, asks for product ban in court

Sonos has brought two lawsuits against Google for alleged copyright infringement, claiming Google used five of its patents to build its own speakers. It’s asking for a ban on all Google devices that use the supposedly stolen tech, including smartphones, laptops, and of course speakers. According to a report from the...

2020-01-07
AMD cops to using a phony render of the Xbox Series X in its CES keynote

AMD gets egg on its face during its conference at the Consumer Electronics Show, as it showed off a beautiful render of a console that, while purporting to be the Xbox Series X, was not actually the Xbox Series X. There’s a fair bit we don’t know about Microsoft’s upcoming console, and AMD‘s little gaffe does...

2020-01-07
Facebook bans deepfakes in the runup to 2020 election, but ‘shallowfakes’ still allowed

But Facebook says its new deepfake policy does not apply to parody or satirical content, leaving room for users to argue their deepfakes should remain on the platform. Facebook has announced a new policy change that will see the site ban deepfake content from its platform in the runup to the 2020 presidential election...

2020-01-07
How to stop Uber, Hulu, Pornhub, and more from selling your data

California’s new privacy law’s most powerful and controversial feature is the right to stop companies from selling data they collect on you to other companies. Here’s how you can take advantage. On January 1, the country’s biggest online privacy law came into force. The California Consumer...

2020-01-07
Designers need to get paid. Let’s ban ‘exposure’ once and for all

Designer Jay Liu’s “Exposure Currency” takes businesses to task for offering designers and artists “exposure” instead of cold hard cash. If you’ve ever been asked to create something for free in exchange for “exposure,” you’re not alone. One 2016 survey...

2020-01-07
Facebook vows to crack down on ‘misleading’ deepfakes

Facebook today announced it will ban misleading manipulated media — including Photoshopped images and deepfakes. This announcement comes right on time, ahead of the upcoming US presidential elections this year.  The declaration of the new policy comes just before Monika Bickert, Vice President, Global Policy...

2020-01-07
Netflix and Sephora in the same day? What is Goop’s secret nonstick ingredient?

Gwyneth Paltrow, the guru of glam wellness, is having a great day, backlash be damned. It’s been a great day for Goop. Both Netflix and Sephora announced they have inked deals with Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand.Read Full Story

2020-01-07
Why your favorite celebs are ditching Twitter for an app you’ve never heard of

For two decades, we’ve been told that stars are just like us. Now celebrities are taking back their power. Will the internet ever be the same? When Kerry Washington was flying to the Toronto International Film Festival to support her film American Son in September, she had a problem. She was on a red-eye, and...

2020-01-06
Top Tech for Designers & Creatives in 2020

With the new year on the horizon, the newest technology is right around the corner. Join us for a look at what's hot for designers & creatives in 2020!

2020-01-05
This homeschooled music wunderkind now leads a top guitar company

Master designer Andy Powers talks with contributor Mark Miller about his unlikely journey—and what guitars need to achieve Steinway Model D-level greatness. Founded in 1974 by Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug, Taylor Guitars has grown from a small San Diego guitar shop into the No. 1 manufacturer of acoustic guitars...

2020-01-04
Leak: The Pixel 4a looks better than the actual Pixel 4

Serial phone leaker OnLeaks has a good record of creating fairly accurate renders of phones before they are released. If his new Pixel 4a leak turns out to be accurate, Google’s next midrange phone might end up a better-looking phone than its actual flagship devices. OnLeaks shared the images in partnership with...

2020-01-04
Oops! Weight Watchers’ Twitter campaign gets ensnared in WWIII chatter

Now officially known as WW, the venerable weight-loss brand picked an unfortunate moment to promote itself on Twitter. On Thursday, Weight Watchers debuted its latest social media campaign with a promoted tweet, #thisismyWW. The brand, which changed its name to WW in 2018, likely thought this was an uplifting message,...

2020-01-04
Design challenges in the age of AI, and how to overcome them

Design is an ever-evolving field. So much so that it’s hard to keep track of design job titles. Originally, product designers designed industrial products while graphic designers focused on print as a medium. As a creative field, Design found its Analogy with architecture; it was required to be functional, usable,...

2020-01-03
For its next magic trick, OnePlus will make rear cameras ‘disappear’

Days before the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), OnePlus gave a glimpse of its upcoming concept phone — and its disappearing rear camera tech.  The phone, designed in partnership with carmaker McLaren, uses electrochromic glass to make the camera invisible. For the uninitiated, electrochromic glass is a type of...

2020-01-03
Dodgy Google Chrome extension reportedly causes $16K crypto theft

A malicious Google Chrome extension reportedly cost one user around $16,000 worth of cryptocurrency. A bogus extension called “Ledger Secure,” that passes itself off as a cryptocurrency wallet, is believed to be responsible for the loss, Decrypt reports. The app allegedly sends a user‘s seed phrase back to its...

2020-01-03
I helped draft California’s new privacy law. Here’s why it doesn’t go far enough

The California Consumer Privacy Act is the strictest privacy law in the country. But it is largely toothless and under threat by corporate lobbyists. Californians woke up this new year with the strongest data protection rights in the United States. The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is now in effect, granting...

2020-01-03
Google lifts ban on Ethereum wallet app it thought was mining cryptocurrency

On Wednesday, Google restored Ethereum app MetaMask, after it mistakenly removed it from its Play Store. Earlier this week, Google backtracked on its ban of Ethereum app and wallet MetaMask after removing it from its Play Store just a week earlier. The wallet app conveyed the U-turn in a tweet on New Year’s Day....

2020-01-03
Revealed: Top Upcoming Tech for Designers & Creatives in 2020

With the new year on the horizon, the newest technology is right around the corner. Join us for a look at what's hot for designers & creatives in 2020!

2020-01-03
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 Lite leaks in the flesh

We’ve been hearing murmurs of a Galaxy Note 10 ‘Lite’ for some time, including some realistic-looking renders, but over the weekend we got our first glimpse at what might be the device in the flesh. The multitude of images come courtesy of TechTalkTV on Twitter (via 9to5Google) and show off a device that looks...

2020-01-03
This man tried to stand up for human rights at Google. Now he’s running for Senate

Google’s former global head of international relations, Ross LaJeunesse, wrote a sharp critique of the company—and its commitment to human rights. In 2008 Ross LaJeunesse joined Google as the global head of international relations. At the time, Google was two years deep in the Chinese market, and had...

2020-01-03
2010 – 2019: The rise of deep learning

No other technology was more important over the past decade than artificial intelligence. Stanford’s Andrew Ng called it the new electricity, and both Microsoft and Google changed their business strategies to become “AI-first” companies. In the next decade, all technology will be considered “AI technology.”...

2020-01-02
Google’s new AI detects breast cancer just by scanning X-ray

Google‘s AI team has just developed a new system to scan X-rays to help radiologists in detecting breast cancer. The model was developed in partnership with DeepMind, Cancer Research UK Imperial Centre, Northwestern University, and Royal Surrey County Hospital. The team used anonymized data from mammograms – low...

2020-01-02

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