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Moonday Mornings: Japanese ecommerce giant Rakuten may be getting into cryptocurrencies

With Bitcoin up 2.7 percent over the past week, the cryptocurrency market closed in the green this weekend. But is the trend here to stay or are the bears coming to leave investors bleeding yet again? Let’s take a look at the news and find out. Here are some of the hottest blockchain stories you might’ve missed...

2019-02-18
Here’s how you can properly vet overseas manufacturers for your ecommerce business

Of all the questions my consulting clients ask, there is one that comes up more often than all the others combined. It goes something like this: “I want to harness the power of overseas manufacturing, but I’m worried about fraud and quality control. How do I vet manufacturers in China or India to minimize the...

2019-02-17
Google, Facebook, and Amazon’s not-so-secret weapon for success: M&A

Whether you’re an entrepreneur or an established CEO, growing your business is always job number one. It’s how you’ll conquer an industry, make a name for yourself, and truly change the world. You may have staked your money on one big idea that paid off, but the next crucial step always lies in what’s next....

2019-02-17
The world’s first smart oral sex toy aims to close the orgasm gender gap

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...

2019-02-16
We need to stop striving for work-life balance. Here’s why

Work-life balance makes us set our sights too low, according to this sociologist. Recently, I received a question from a contact on LinkedIn. She asked me whether I thought work-life balance was dead. My answer: I hope so!Read Full Story

2019-02-16
Report: Twitter is considering a clarification feature to help you explain errant tweets

You may not be able to edit, but someday you might be able to clarify your tweets. While you may never be able to fix that typo in your now-viral tweet, Twitter might eventually let you clarify what you meant.Read Full Story

2019-02-15
What is a Facebook ‘legacy contact’ and why do you need one?

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, tricks, guides, and advice on how to get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Of all the things you want to do after losing a loved one, cleaning up their social media profiles will probably be at rock bottom on the list. And even when you do get around to...

2019-02-15
Facebook’s Portal learned its video skills from some of Hollywood’s best cameramen

Fast Company talked to the Facebook engineers who turned to the film industry to train the AI behind Portal’s camera. Facebook’s Portal home camera has its drawbacks–privacy concerns not least among them–but it does have one undeniably cool feature: its ability to intelligently frame...

2019-02-15
Wikipedia co-founder has been blocked from his Wikipedia account

Larry Sanger, one of Wikipedia’s co-founders along with Jimmy Wales, has ironically been globally blocked from editing Wikipedia — so he took to Twitter to remedy it. Hello, @Wikipedia. My account was "globally locked." Can someone please unlock it? Thanks. — Larry Sanger (@lsanger) February 15, 2019 We reached...

2019-02-15
Facebook may remove anti-vax information from its recommendations

Anti-vax propaganda is on the rise–and so are disease outbreaks. The social media giant has announced that it is considering removing articles that provide anti-vaccine information from its recommendations of things to read, reports Bloomberg. The possible move comes after a rash of measles outbreaks across the...

2019-02-15
The Favourite is an Oscar-nominated design masterpiece

The production designer behind the film, Fiona Crombie, talks about making a period piece without caring too much about the period. The Favourite–nominated for 10 Oscars this year–is a wickedly dark comedy. The story is something like a meaner Mean Girls set in Restoration-era England, as it profiles...

2019-02-15
This $10 course can help you turn a profit on Instagram

Instagram gets attention — and for a brand, that can translate into sales. You can find out how to turn IG into substantial revenue with the Sell More With Instagram with Sue B. Zimmerman course, now $9.99 (89 percent off) from TNW Deals.

2019-02-15
These 8 mistakes on your LinkedIn profile are killing your job search

These mistakes and missteps can take you out of the running before you even have a chance to compete. The team at digital selling firm Vengreso was ready to hire an instructional designer. They found someone on LinkedIn who seemed perfect for the job, and he likely would have gotten an offer after a cursory...

2019-02-15
These four books keep UX designer and engineer Imran Chaudhri inspired

The user experience designer and engineer shares his favorite inspirational reads. 1. Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramahansa YoganandaRead Full Story

2019-02-15
Using social media to measure air pollution’s psychological toll

People are less happy on days when the air is more polluted, according to an analysis of 210 million posts on the Chinese social media site Sina Weibo. Researchers have suspected air pollution takes a psychological toll generally, and dirty air due to industrialization, coal burning, and motor vehicles has become a...

2019-02-15
How plastic bottles that get turned into textiles are transforming the fashion industry

Get a better understanding of how something you toss in the recycling bin turns into something you can wear. “Around four years ago, we as a company were on this trajectory of manufacturing more and more, and I just had a little bit of a breakdown about that–I didn’t want to keep doing this unless...

2019-02-14
51 musicians to listen to instead of Ryan Adams

Featuring Phoebe Bridgers, Yola, Kacey Musgraves, Jade Bird, and, of course, Mandy Moore. On Wednesday afternoon, The New York Times published a thoroughly reported exposé on singer-songwriter Ryan Adams in which seven women accused him of offering to help their careers for a steep price. For his part, Adams...

2019-02-14
Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund just invested in a women’s fashion brand

Argent’s early fans include Hillary Clinton and Kamala Harris Peter Thiel’s venture capital firm, Founders Fund, has a portfolio that includes many of the tech giants that shape our world, including Facebook, Airbnb, Lyft, Spotify, SpaceX, and Postmates. But this week, in a strange twist, Founders Fund...

2019-02-14
The intimate traits companies are gathering about us

We don’t know everything companies are gleaning from our raw data, and that’s not an accident. Here’s a guess—and a call for more transparency and control. Sixty-seven percent of smartphone users rely on Google Maps to help them get to where they are going quickly and efficiently.Read...

2019-02-14
We’re all being manipulated by A/B testing all the time

The web is being reshaped by the ubiquitous practice–and it’s a serious ethical problem. Testing out solutions is a core part of the design process, and on the web, that often happens in the form of A/B testing: Designers show one group of users design A, another group of users design B, and measure...

2019-02-14
EU’s final Copyright Reform upholds disastrous upload filters

EU’s controversial Copyright Reform is only couple of months from becoming official EU law after the European Parliament and the Council agreed on the final text last night. Opponents of the finalized version are putting their hopes on a final vote in Parliament in March or April to repeal the contested Articles 11...

2019-02-14
Here’s why icons are sexist

Icons, which may seem like a small part of the digital landscape, reveal larger issues of unconscious bias in tech and beyond. In many instances I can recall, ranging from company presentations to popular apps and websites, the main icons displayed were obviously representative of men. At best, this shows women were...

2019-02-14
Anti-vaxxers are sneaking flyers into diapers at Target stores

The canvassing effort comes as Maine legislators debate a bill that would eliminate religious and philosophical exemptions to vaccination. Anti-vaccination groups are rampant on Facebook, which they use to spread false information. Now, “anti-vaxxers” are mobilizing offline, as well. In Maine, where...

2019-02-13
Seriously, why does Facebook suggest I search photos of my female friends in bikinis?

Is it a glitch or by design? Facebook seems to want me to creep on my female friends.Read Full Story

2019-02-13
Cable and satellite TV companies need a miracle to save them from cord-cutting

Cable TV is in steady decline, while satellite continues its free-fall. Cable and satellite TV services had another lousy quarter as cord-cutting continues. BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield notes that AT&T, Charter, Comcast, Dish, and Verizon lost a combined 1.1 million subscribers year-over-year in Q4 2018. Those...

2019-02-13
The future of AI art goes up for auction at Sotheby’s for $50,000

Mario Klingemann’s “Memories of Passersby I” generates portraits using neural networks. But that’s not what makes it art. Munich-based artist Mario Klingemann has been making art using algorithms for 25 years, posting his experiments online and showing the final results in galleries....

2019-02-13
Why is Facebook suggesting I look at photos of my female friends in bikinis?

Is it a glitch or by design? Facebook seems to want me to creep on my female friends.Read Full Story

2019-02-13
This is Microsoft’s AI pipeline, from research to reality

It’s not enough to have brilliant researchers and a bunch of popular products. You’ve got to have a system—or several systems—for melding raw technology into experiences that make a difference for businesses and consumers. To seek the origins of Microsoft’s interest in artificial...

2019-02-13
Leave it to Virgil Abloh to make reusable water bottles fashionable

Evian wants to become a fully circular company by 2025, and luxury water bottles–designed by Abloh, its new “creative director for sustainable design”–may be one way to get there. It’s New York Fashion Week. Virgil Abloh, the polymath designer, is making a splash. But it’s...

2019-02-13
“Let’s break this music”: Inside composer Nicholas Britell’s experimental creative process

The Oscar-nominated composer has become one of the go-to artists for directors like Barry Jenkins and Adam McKay. Listen to the latest episode of Fast Company‘s podcast Creative Conversation featuring composer Nicholas Britell on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, RadioPublic, GooglePlay, or Stitcher.Read Full...

2019-02-13
Alexa can now read your WordPress blogs out loud

An update to Amazon’s DIY skill tool lets you publish custom quizzes, short stories, and even Wordpress blogs with other Echo users. Last April, Amazon released a tool called Alexa Skill Blueprints that let anyone build a voice skill from a set of templates. The idea was to let users create their own quizzes,...

2019-02-13
Rediscovering Patrick Kelly, the designer who made blackface his brand

Patrick Kelly’s contributions to fashion history aren’t well known, but his work is more relevant than ever.  In 1985, celebrated African-American designer Patrick Kelly sent a model down the runway in a white dress printed with a cartoon image of a black face, with large eyes and smiling red lips,...

2019-02-13
Instagram users spiral into existential crisis after losing fake followers

Relax everyone, you just lost bots that didn’t care about your lunch pics anyway. Instagram users woke up today to discover that many had lost followers overnight. In most cases, the number of followers an Instagram user lost was just a handful to several hundred, according to reports on Twitter. However, major...

2019-02-13
What we learned from Kara Swisher’s brutal interview with Jack Dorsey

Kara Swisher’s long-anticipated interview with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey felt momentous, as though it was the Frost/Nixon interview of the tech world. In one corner stood the fiercest interviewer in technology journalism. Swisher is equal parts Walt Mossberg and Jeremy Paxman. In another corner stood the reclusive and...

2019-02-13
Why storing your Bitcoin private keys on Google Drive is a terrible idea

You expect to find questionnable advice about storing your Bitcoin on the internet, but you never expect it to come from one of the world’s leading cryptocurrency exchange desks. Well, Coinbase is here to prove that nothing is impossible. The exchange is rolling out a new backup service that encourages users to keep...

2019-02-13
Instagram lost followers: Users spiral into existential crisis after fake account culling

Relax everyone, you just lost bots that didn’t care about your lunch pics anyway. Instagram users woke up today to discover that many had lost followers overnight. In most cases, the number of followers an Instagram user lost was just a handful to several hundred, according to reports on Twitter. However, major...

2019-02-13
The freshest writer on design was born 200 years ago

5 lessons every designer can learn from the great 19th-century critic John Ruskin. Once upon a time, a young lawyer from India got on a train in England and opened a book to while away the journey. By the time he pulled in to his destination, that book had inspired him to fight for Indian independence. “This...

2019-02-13
Business is good

For many “mission driven” companies, the top priority is not the bottom line. Three top brands reveal how they’re making an impact beyond the balance sheet. Nowadays, it’s not tough to find examples of companies taking an active stand on a variety of issues. Dick’s Sporting Goods...

2019-02-12
Facebook lets you search for pictures of your female friends, but not your male ones

A Belgian security researcher has found an unusual quirk in Facebook’s search function. Facebook lets you search for photos of your female friends, but refuses to play dice if you want to look up pictures of your male friends. The bizarre find was discovered this weekend by notorious Belgian white-hat hacker Inti De...

2019-02-12
The packaging on this Japanese sunblock is printed backwards for Instagram selfies

This sunblock is ready for its close up. At first glance, it looks like there was a manufacturing error on the latest line of Skin Aqua Rohto New Sunscreen Tone Up UV Essence SPF50, because the lettering is entirely in reverse. But that was completely intentional: The Japanese skincare company Rohto knows what its...

2019-02-12
How Twitter’s Jack Dorsey became Bitcoin’s unlikely champion

Blockchain has a new unexpected hero: Twitter’s Jack Dorsey. Although up until recently the cryptocurrency community would routinely grill Dorsey over Twitter’s notorious Bitcoin giveaway scam epidemic, the micro-blogging service’s chief has found a new fandom among staunch Bitcoin supporters; and it all began...

2019-02-12
How to help AI find human trafficking victims

For the ongoing series, Code Word, we’re exploring if — and how — technology can protect individuals against sexual assault and harassment, and how it can help and support survivors. You walk through the door and set your bags on the floor. You pose for a selfie with your hotel room in the background, uploading...

2019-02-12
Sorry, cereal! Oatmeal is the Instagram-worthy breakfast of choice right now

As sales for sugary cereals decline, the global oatmeal market is slated to reach $2.5 billion by 2022. Healthy eaters can seemingly make stars out of any and all once-dreaded foods. Much like Brussels sprouts and kale, oatmeal is the newest category to see an uptick in trendy consumer tastes.Read Full Story

2019-02-12
The secret history of midcentury modern design–as Cold War propaganda

Before midcentury was a household name, the State Department used MoMA’s “Good Design” exhibitions to sell the American vision of consumerism abroad. Starting in the 1930s and lasting through the 1950s, the Museum of Modern Art embarked on a series of influential exhibitions that would create...

2019-02-12
Here are the 5 hottest startups in Ireland

With one of the lowest corporate taxes in Europe (only 12.5 percent compared to Britain’s 23 percent and France’s 33.3 percent) and laxer regulations, almost every major tech company has chosen Ireland as the site for their European headquarters. Today, Dublin’s Silicon Docks look more like a hall of fame...

2019-02-12
After the US, Twitter faces wrath from India’s right wing over alleged bias

Last September, when Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey appeared in front of US Congress, several Republican representatives asked him about the company’s bias against conservatives on the platform. While Dorsey denied this claim, the accusations continued to roll in over the following months. In October, President Donald...

2019-02-12
Gmail’s new right-click tricks let you reply without reading the whole thing

Who reads whole emails anyway? Gmail has always allowed you to right-click any message (or Ctrl-click on a Mac) to delete, archive, or move it straight from your inbox view. Now, Google is adding a bunch of new options to that menu, including Reply, Reply All, Forward, Snooze, Label, Mute, and open in a new window....

2019-02-11
Google Maps is testing an AR camera feature for easier navigation

Google wants to use augmented reality to help users connect the directions on a 2D map with the real world around the phone. Sometimes it’s hard to associate locations in a 2D Google Map on your phone with what you see around you in the real world. That’s why Google’s Maps team is testing a new...

2019-02-11

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