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Google’s hotel booking site is open for business and will surely annoy Hotels.com

That sound you hear is Booking.com screaming. Google just made it easier to book a hotel room, just in case you’re planning some travel for spring break. (Is it possible to write those words and not hear it in the voice of James Franco’s character in Spring Breakers?)Read Full Story

2019-03-11
Instagram’s Head of Design likes paper to-do lists, and draws to clear his mind

Ian Spalter, the man who keeps you scrolling through your Instagram feed, takes our career questionnaire. Fast Company: What’s your best habit, and what’s your worst one?Read Full Story

2019-03-11
Users need to play a role in how we regulate tech giants

Regulation is coming in one form or another. We need multiple stakeholders–government, academia, and us, the users–working collaboratively to figure out the best solutions. On Friday, U.S. senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren proposed a plan to break up tech giants Facebook, Google, and...

2019-03-11
Bitcoin scammers used Facebook ads to swindle Chinese businessmen out of $250K

Authorities have sentenced three criminals for robbing a group of Chinese businessmen in Dubai. The crooks stole over $250,000 (Dh1 million) from four businessmen after luring them to an apartment in Al Rafaa, Dubai at the end of March, local news reports. The businessmen were hooked by a Facebook post offering...

2019-03-11
What Mark Zuckerberg’s new vision could really mean for privacy and propaganda

Some critics worry the new privacy push is also a way to dodge regulation and avoid moderating content: “The devil is in the details.” It’s probably no surprise to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg that his Wednesday blog post calling for “a privacy-focused vision for social networking”...

2019-03-11
1.8M Chinese women deemed ‘BreedReady’ by creepy new database

An open database in China has been found to include the personal information of over 1.8 million women. It was discovered over the weekend by Victor Gevers, a Dutch internet expert from the non-profit group GDI.Foundation. In Gevers’ Twitter thread, he tweeted screenshots of the database including women’s...

2019-03-11
Dynamic website building starts with PHP; learn what it does for only $19.

Of course, that’s just the start of what PHP can do -- as students will learn in The Ultimate PHP Training Bundle, a comprehensive examination of this key programming skill. Right now, you can get this nearly $100 course for a whole lot less -- just $19 from TNW Deals.

2019-03-11
Google’s gamepad patent hints at its plans for Project Stream

Last June, we learned that Google reportedly had some hardware in the works for its upcoming game streaming service. The company’s since run a trial of what it’s calling Project Stream, and Yanko Design has discovered a patent published a little over a month ago detailing a controller that Google designed; it...

2019-03-11
Facebook has apparently lost 15 million US users since 2017, but it’s still winning big elsewhere

Somerville, New Jersey-based market research firm Edison Research noted last week that according to a survey it conducted, Facebook has an estimated 15 million fewer users in the US today than it did back in 2017, with the largest dips being counted in the age 12-34 category. The research firm’s president, Larry...

2019-03-11
Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash: 6 things to know

It’s the second air disaster involving a Boeing 737 Max in less than a year. An Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed soon after it took off from Addis Ababa on Sunday morning. According to a statement from the airline, the plane was carrying 149 passengers and eight crew members. There are no confirmed survivors,...

2019-03-10
Older people can feel left behind by new tech–here’s how to design so they don’t

Designers can bridge the gap between elders and new technologies. Only 20% of over-75s in the U.K. have a smartphone, compared to 95% of 16-to-24-year-olds. Digital technologies change fast, become obsolete quickly, and usually need you to spend a bit of time learning how to use them. This helps...

2019-03-09
Mark Zuckerberg plans to make Facebook more private with 6 key changes

Mark Zuckerberg wants to make Facebook less like a town square, and more like a living room. So he declares in a massive blog post earlier this week, a winding read on Facebook’s potential for change and the future of the internet altogether. After building an multi-billion-dollar business on the idea of open...

2019-03-09
I’ve spent a year living without Facebook, and here’s what I learned

The social network’s privacy morass has grown only worse since I quit. I don’t regret my decision–but there are a few things I miss. It doesn’t quite seem possible, but it’s been almost exactly a year since the story of Facebook’s dangerous liaison with Cambridge Analytica...

2019-03-09
Here’s how to actually support women on International Women’s Day

Female entrepreneurs need your support all year, not just one day. Google is going all in on International Women’s Day. In addition to its excellent Google Doodle, which paired inspirational quotes by 13 (female) trailblazers with illustrations by 13 female artists, the search giant is making it easier to...

2019-03-09
These Facebook workers want to unite employees and low-wage contractors

A new group, Workers for Workers, is trying to build a coalition to improve conditions for Facebook’s staff and contractors alike. There’s a growing divide in the tech sector, as well as the larger American workforce, between formal employees and contractors who often do the same work for less money,...

2019-03-08
Elizabeth Warren has big plans to break up Amazon, Google, and Facebook

The 2020 presidential hopeful wants to weaken big tech’s stronghold. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is planning to unveil a bold proposal to break up Big Tech. In a speech she’ll be giving today in Long Island City, Queens, the Democratic presidential hopeful will discuss her proposal to weaken the...

2019-03-08
92% of truckers are men. These women want to change that

They use Instagram and Twitter to connect with other truckers. If you’ve ever been bored enough on a road trip to try and convince a truck driver to blow their rig’s horn, there’s a 92% chance that the person behind the wheel was a man. Trucking is one of the most heavily male-dominated industries...

2019-03-08
23 eye-rolling examples of brands pandering on International Women’s Day

“You go, girl!”–Christian Dior Some brands never forget to post on 9/11. They can’t resist the siren’s song of easy Patriotism Points™ on the anniversary of one of the U.S.’s deadliest tragedies. “God bless the U.S.A . . . and also our chicken sliders”...

2019-03-08
Meet the woman designing RHA’s gorgeous headphones

March 8 is International Women’s Day. To celebrate, TNW is sharing series of profiles highlighting women leaders in the tech industry. Tech has a (completely deserved) reputation for being lopsidedly male-dominated. This is true of all tiers of the industry — from the C-suites calling the shots, to the...

2019-03-08
Wallpapers cleverly hiding Samsung Galaxy S10’s camera cutout are my favorite thing online

Samsung released its trio of Galaxy S10 phones – the Galaxy S10e, the Galaxy S10, and the Galaxy S10+ – last month. These are the company’s first batch of flagship phones with a ‘hole-punch’ in their screen rather than a notch. So, naturally, people on the internet started creating wallpapers to creatively...

2019-03-08
Here’s how Mark Zuckerberg is protected from bullets, car bombs, and angry employees

Zuck’s rumored to also have a “panic chute” in his office so he can evacuate through the floor. Business Insider has posted an insanely interesting article about the lengths Facebook’s internal security teams go to protect Mark Zuckerberg. The social media giant has previously reported that...

2019-03-08
Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini finally responds: “What do I have to apologize for?”

The sports site CEO speaks out for the first time about why her team stole a video, what she thinks of Twitter’s policies–and why she hasn’t spoken to the comedian who started it all. On Monday, writer and performer Miel Brudow took to Twitter to disclose publicly how her content had been...

2019-03-08
These Facebook employees want to unite both ends of the tech worker spectrum

A new group, Workers for Workers, is trying to build a coalition to improve conditions for Facebook’s staff and contractors alike. There’s a growing divide in the tech sector, as well as the larger American workforce, between formal employees and contractors who often do the same work for less money,...

2019-03-08
Facebook and Instagram will hide pages that spread ‘vaccine misinformation’

I’d like to think that everyone who reads TNW knows that vaccines work. That they don’t cause autism, as demonstrated time and time again. That autism doesn’t need the extra stigma and is most certainly preferable to sick and dead kids. That vaccines keep everyone safer, not just the vaccinated. But there are...

2019-03-08
Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini finally responds: ‘What do I have to apologize for?’

The sports site CEO speaks out for the first time about why her team stole a video, what she thinks of Twitter’s policies—and why she hasn’t spoken to the comedian who started it all. On Monday, writer and performer Miel Brudow took to Twitter to disclose publicly how her content had been...

2019-03-07
Nintendo gets into VR with cardboard kits for the Switch

Nintendo Labo: VR Kit will turn the Switch into a virtual camera, blaster, elephant head, and more. After a couple years of “studying” the virtual reality possibilities for its Switch console, Nintendo is wading in with a set of build-it-yourself cardboard kits. The Nintendo Labo: VR Kit will launch on...

2019-03-07
How the fantasy of drag helps Sasha Velour deal with reality

“Putting on a steel-boned corset and 10-inch platforms, it’s hard not to look in the mirror and hold yourself a little higher…” Listen to the latest episode of Fast Company‘s podcast Creative Conversation featuring drag queen Sasha Velour on Apple Podcasts, Spotify,...

2019-03-07
Don’t take Mark Zuckerberg’s vision of Facebook’s future too seriously

The social network’s founder often helpfully explains where his creation is going–but it doesn’t always get there. It’s conceivable that Mark Zuckerberg’s Wednesday blog post “A Privacy-Focused Vision for Social Networking” is a historic document not only for Facebook...

2019-03-07
South Korea launches task force to fight 800% increase in cryptocurrency crimes

South Korea is preparing to come down hard on cyber-criminals with the launch of a new “task force” specifically aimed at fighting cryptocurrency fraud and fintech-related crimes. The launch comes in specific response to the 800-percent increase in cryptocurrency crimes the country has seen over the last few...

2019-03-07
Amazon’s lobbying spend hit record numbers in 2018: report

The company is spending more and more money to get politicians’ attention. In 2017, Amazon spent about $12.8 million on its lobbying efforts–a then-record amount. The following year it hit a new company record for lobbying spend, reports Bloomberg: $14.2 million. That’s only a little behind...

2019-03-07
How design led to overconsumption–and how it can help stop it

After years of research, Formafantasma publishes a staggering multimedia documentary about the e-waste crisis. In 2080, less than a generation from now, the world is on track to hit a crucial geological milestone. According to the Amsterdam-based designers Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin, the largest metal...

2019-03-07
Would you rent pillows and blankets? Rent the Runway is betting on it

Rent the Runway has found that customers are willing to rent almost anything the brand makes available. Are blankets and throw pillows a step too far? When I first got Instagram nearly a decade ago, my feed was like a virtual Vogue center spread, full of gorgeous images of leather jackets and the new...

2019-03-07
Firefox is gaining another reason to use it if you value your privacy

The web browser is adding Tor’s anti-fingerprinting technique called letterboxing to its arsenal. A few years ago, Firefox was quickly becoming irrelevant in an online world where Google’s Chrome, Apple’s Safari, and Microsoft’s IE dominated the landscape. But then Mozilla pivoted and began...

2019-03-07
Gmail’s Smart Compose feature opens up to more Android phones – here’s how to get it

Gmail’s Smart Compose feature, which autosuggests words and phrases to help you write emails faster, has been around on desktop for a while now, as well as on Google Pixel 3 handsets since last October. It was supposed to be exclusive to that phone model, but it’s now becoming available on more devices, reports...

2019-03-07
Facebook just became the British Petroleum of social networks

Facebook is following a long corporate tradition of about-face rebranding efforts. After spending the last 15 years encouraging people to share every aspect of their lives online, Mark Zuckerberg said today that Facebook will make sweeping changes to its operations in the years to come, shifting its efforts toward...

2019-03-06
Report: Facebook has lost 15 million U.S. users since 2017

That’s a lot of people! The impact of Facebook’s repeated public scandals may be more pronounced than we thought. According to a new report from Edison Research, which was first reported by Marketplace, the social network has 15 million fewer users in the United States than it did in 2017. That’s...

2019-03-06
This new AI tool serves up creepily accurate assessments of your work style

Emma is a Chrome extension designed to add a behavioral information layer to your LinkedIn profile. Have you met Emma yet?Read Full Story

2019-03-06
Vimeo gets weird to solve your video production problems

CMO Harris Beber talks about why the platform still needs to let people know it’s much more than a place to watch video. Founded a year before YouTube in 2004, Vimeo has long been the Google video giant’s artsy, ad-free alternative. Over the years, however, as YouTube devoured the online video market,...

2019-03-06
LinkedIn reveals recruiters are less likely to click on a woman’s profile when headhunting

But they’re more likely to hire women after they apply for the job. LinkedIn has released a report with some interesting insights into the gender imbalances and gender-related metrics on its platform. The company’s Gender Insights Report was compiled by using the billions of data points created by more...

2019-03-06
How to design the end of a studio’s life

The promising young studio Hawraf is shutting down. The four partners decided to go out by publishing comprehensive documents about how they ran their business. When the independent design studio Hawraf burst onto the New York scene in 2016, its partners–all alums of Google’s Creative Lab–aimed...

2019-03-06
Google built a free app to teach Hindi and English to kids in India

Google just released a new Android app called Bolo (‘speak’ in Hindi) that’s designed to help children learn Hindi and English. It works completely offline, making it ideal for use in rural areas with poor mobile connectivity, and comes with a friendly voice assistant to guide kids through the included lessons...

2019-03-06
Apex Legends is more than just another ‘Fortnite killer’

Respawn’s surprise hit Apex Legends just achieved a truly impressive gaming milestone. So can we please not view it exclusively through the lens of Fortnite, as hard as that might be? Apex Legends hit 50 Million players worldwide! We are humbled by all your support and can’t wait to show you what’s next....

2019-03-05
This is the best ad blocker we’ve seen (and heard)

Don’t just block out your ads. Rock out to your ads. Nobody likes online ads. And before you @ me–because I know, Fast Company has them, too–know that I have chosen to support journalism by not installing an ad blocker.Read Full Story

2019-03-05
Apple, Google, and Netflix logos get a Bauhaus makeover

Trust me, ßürger King never looked so good. This year, the legendary Bauhaus school turned 100. The school was only open from 1919 to 1932, but with a focus on craft and fine arts–on the eve of the industrial design revolution and the rise of modern commercialism–it would go on to impact...

2019-03-05
Why is Netflix obsessed with homicidal heartthrobs?

After searching through Netflix’s endless catalog of movies and TV shows, I couldn’t help but realize the recurring theme popping up on every category — movies and documentaries about murderous men. From the four-part docu-series and movie on Ted Bundy, to the new TV show “Dirty John,” and Penn Badgley’s...

2019-03-05
Stanford professor: Don’t let artificial intelligence pick your employees

Algorithms aren’t sophisticated enough to make these strategic hiring decisions–yet. In 2014, Amazon launched a new recruitment algorithm to help it find the best job candidates. A year into the experiment, the company saw that the tool was biased against women and quietly shut the program down. When...

2019-03-05
Amazon’s counterfeit protection racket could cost brands millions

To say Amazon has a bit of a counterfeit program is putting it mildly. The world’s largest ecommerce platform has, for years, struggled with a reputation of general apathy in regard to policing its third-party marketplace. Sellers, for years, peddled knock-off AirPods, Birkenstock shoes, and even cosmetics. Project...

2019-03-05
How and where to stream Beverly Hills, 90210

For viewers feeling nostalgic about Luke Perry’s salad days. As a Gen Xer who binge-watched Beverly Hills, 90120 before binging was a thing, I was especially saddened and shocked to hear about the death of Luke Perry today. Once heralded as the James Dean of his generation, Perry added a much-needed edginess...

2019-03-05

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