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Google mysteriously removes cryptocurrency wallets from Play Store

Google removed at least three major cryptocurrency wallets from its Play Store overnight. While the reason for their removal is not immediately clear, Bitcoin.com CEO Roger Ver is blaming Google’s new cryptocurrency mining policy. Over the last 12 hours, cryptocurrency wallet apps Bitcoin Wallet (managed by...

2018-09-13
Tim Armstrong is out at Oath

Armstrong will be replaced by Oath’s current COO, K. Guru Gowrappan, who will assume CEO duties on October 1. Armstrong is soon to be the ex-CEO of Verizon’s Oath, the division formed when AOL and Yahoo merged under one banner. Verizon had high hopes for Oath, its digital advertising unit, but has yet to...

2018-09-13
Google to kill Inbox early next year

According to a report by Fast Company, Google is giving its popular bundled email client service, Inbox the axe early next year. In March 2019, we’ll have to say our goodbyes. First launched in 2014, Inbox was sort of the antithesis to its name. It was, on the one hand, the same thing as Gmail, at least from the...

2018-09-12
Inbox, Google’s playground for email innovation, is going bye-bye

Four years ago, Google took a fresh look at email. With Gmail looking more and more like Inbox, it’s declaring “mission accomplished.” Back in 2014, the folks at Google responsible for Gmail did something unexpected: They introduced a new email app. On the back end, Inbox was the same thing as...

2018-09-12
Is Bill Gates throwing some shade at Mark Zuckerberg’s philanthropy?

“There are aspirations and then there are plans.” Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg both quit Harvard and went on found companies that made them billions. Both have pledged to use their vast fortunes–the former via Microsoft money, the latter from Facebook–to improve humanity. But their...

2018-09-12
Trusting your gut is great, says designer Nicola Formichetti. Until it gets you fired.

The creator of Nicopanda and frequent Lady Gaga collaborator explains the importance of going with your creative instinct–but maybe not always. Listen to the latest episode of Fast Company‘s podcast Creative Conversation featuring fashion director and designer Nicola Formichetti on Apple...

2018-09-12
Nintendo is rolling out its Switch Online service next week

Nintendo today announced it would finally be debuting the Online service for the Switch. The service, which was announced shortly after the Switch itself, will go live on September 18. #NintendoSwitchOnline memberships will start on 9/18. You can sign-up for a 7-day free trial from Nintendo #eShop at launch! We will...

2018-09-12
Consider these 3 things before you join a professional association

Say goodbye to awkward networking events. Social media might have made it easier for us to find people’s contact details–and send messages to strangers that you want to connect with. But it is also chock full of noise and peddlers, which can make it difficult to establish genuine business relationships...

2018-09-12
Google Street View cars are now mapping pollution around the world

Pollution can vary block to block–and now Google is helping track that info in cities like Houston and Mexico City. Four years ago, a few Google Street View cars in Denver took part in an experiment: As the cars made their usual rounds capturing photos block by block, they also used sensors from a company...

2018-09-12
Facebook and Google may be fined in the EU if they don’t remove terrorist content

The tech firms may have one hour to take down content—or else! The European Commission is drafting new rules that would require tech companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google to take down terrorist propaganda within one hour after being notified of its presence or face serious fines.Read Full Story

2018-09-12
This AI dreams in postapocalyptic cityscapes

It’s like seeing Google Maps hallucinate. If I were to ask you to draw a street, you might pull out a piece of paper and a pen, put down a few lines to make a road, then add a series of rectangles to divide lanes. Maybe you’d go so far as to draw a car or a stoplight. But whatever you ended up with would...

2018-09-12
Safebook is Facebook, except totally, gloriously empty

Treat yourself to a benign cruise through blue-gray boxes, with nary a notification in sight. The internet is a morass of things you don’t want to see, but can’t stop looking at. The artist and researcher Ben Grosser has a solution: Safebook.Read Full Story

2018-09-12
This is why Bumble banned all photos of guns

Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd has never strived for neutrality. Banning photos of guns seemed like the next logical step. Last month, Twitter took flak for its latest bout of inertia when the platform opted not to permanently ban Infowars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. It was yet another show of Twitter’s...

2018-09-12
The dark history of our obsession with productivity

Americans have been on a quest to get the most out of every working minute since the nation’s founding, often at the detriment of the people doing the work. You know it’s bad when you start typing “obsession with” in the Google search bar and the first auto-completion prompt is...

2018-09-12
Why we’re building a social network supported by people, not advertisers

The designers behind Are.na explain the thinking that led to their nascent social platform, winner of the 2018 Innovation By Design General Excellence award. In the early days of the World Wide Web, technologists believed that networked personal computers would lead to an unprecedented spread of knowledge. They...

2018-09-12
Google fights global expansion of the EU’s right to be forgotten

Google is fighting French lawyers in the European Union court to avoid expanding the scope of “right to be forgotten” judgment globally. The company said that broadening the scope is “completely unenvisagable” and “imposing on the values of different countries.” To recap, the right to be forgotten...

2018-09-12
Amazon is packing its search results with sponsored ads

As with Google searches, most users won’t go beyond the first page of product search results on Amazon–so brands are spending big buck to appear there. If you do a search for almost anything on Amazon, the first few results you are likely to see now are sponsored ads which are paid for by companies to...

2018-09-12
The airplane of the future might have synthetic spider silk inside it

It sounds crazy, but the innovative material is lightweight, strong, and sustainable–exactly what the aviation industry should be looking for. Air travel is a disaster for the environment. Currently, the aviation industry accounts for over 2% of global carbon dioxide emissions. A single flight between New York...

2018-09-12
Plex is killing off its Cloud streaming service this November

Plex is shuttering its Cloud offering – which lets you stream content stored in your Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive storage straight to your connected devices – at the end of November. The decision follows multiple technical issues with the service since it launched in 2016, which prompted the company to stop...

2018-09-12
Qualcomm’s new smartwatch chip is here, but where is the flagship watch?

Google and Qualcomm are almost ready to take on the Apple Watch, but a couple things are still missing. Back in May, Qualcomm said it was working on a new smartwatch chip, telling Wareable that it would reveal the upgrade in the fall alongside a new lead smartwatch. And on Monday, Qualcomm made good on half of that...

2018-09-11
Facebook has a new weapon in the fight against memes—it really needs it

A new machine learning tool called Rosetta was trained on more than a billion Facebook and Instagram images, and is now extracting meaning from text embedded in memes. We all love memes, and most of us have probably helped spread them–passing on that cute photo with the ironic text to our many friends on...

2018-09-11
Apple will livestream its iPhone event on Twitter for the first time

Apple has had a weird relationship with Twitter. It’s had an account since 2011, but never set a profile picture until September 2, 2016. A few days later, the company sent out its first few tweet – accidentally leaking the iPhone 7 in the process, about an hour before the event livestream. It then deleted those...

2018-09-11
Alphabet’s Loon used 7 balloons for 621 miles of internet connectivity

The milestone is the latest demonstration of the project’s ability to bring internet to far-flung locales. Bringing internet connectivity to remote or underserved areas has been a goal of major tech companies for some time. Although Facebook shut its program down, it had planned on doing so with large...

2018-09-11
Study: Even those who get their news via social media don’t trust it

A Pew study published this week shows at least two-thirds of the country gets some of their news from social media, but by and large they still don’t trust it to be accurate. Pew’s study validates what you probably already suspected based on your friends’ activities: Two-thirds of the country gets its news from...

2018-09-11
Now cord cutters can get NFL Redzone by itself, but there’s a catch

The $5 per month service no longer requires Verizon, but still requires a small screen. This year, you don’t need Verizon Wireless to watch football on your phone, and that’s also true of NFL Redzone. The league’s whiparound coverage, which shows every touchdown during day games on Sundays, is now...

2018-09-11
How Google’s using AI and big data to make travel better

Since its acquisition of ITA Matrix Software eight years ago, Google has been quietly rolling out new tools for travelers. Its progress has been even more notable over the past months and weeks as it began unveiling tools to help predict flight delays, plan trips, and manage itineraries—among other things. These...

2018-09-11
Nike, Kaepernick, and the messy world of branding in the Trump era

There are some who believe that anything done by a corporation is automatically tainted, but isn’t any ally a good ally? Nike’s latest “Just Do It” campaign set Twitter ablaze as soon as it went public. The ad prominently displays Colin Kaepernick’s face and this tagline:...

2018-09-11
The curious case of the YouTuber and the notchless Pixel

We know now that Google is releasing its new Pixel phones on October 9. The company will mostly release two phones on that date: the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL. But there is a crazy conspiracy theory floating around that there might be a third Pixel or, Google is playing us on with a bigger con. The Pixel 3 XL leaks...

2018-09-11
Uber just hired its first chief marketing officer

And she’s a 22-year veteran from Coca-Cola. Her name is Rebecca Messina, and prior to joining Uber she has been global CMO at drinks company Beam Suntory since 2016, reports CNBC. Prior to that Messina was a 22-year veteran at Coca-Cola, where she was a senior VP in its ventures and emerging brands team. As...

2018-09-11
We ranked LinkedIn execs on how ‘LinkedIn’ their LinkedIn profile pics are

Look, LinkedIn sucks. You know it, I know it, even humans grown in huge Matrix-style vats somehow intrinsically grasp that LinkedIn. Is. Not. A Good. Thing. But, like with other Bad Things (think bros, country music fans, and nazis), LinkedIn has its own particular and peculiar aesthetic. This is perfectly...

2018-09-11
Alibaba has Russia in its sights

The Chinese giant wants part of Russia’s expanding online user base. The Chinese e-commerce giant has teamed up with a number of Russian firms to launch a new e-commerce platform joint venture in Russia, reports CNBC. Alibaba will work with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), mobile operator MegaFon, and...

2018-09-11
Google’s AI to detect toxic comments can be easily fooled with ‘love’

A group of researchers has found that simple changes in sentences and its structure can fool Google’s perspective AI, made for detecting toxic comments and hate speech. These methods involve inserting typos, spaces between words or add innocuous words to the original sentence. The AI project, which was started...

2018-09-11
Copyright takedown notices are completely Baroque-en

Johann Christian Bach died about 300 years ago. As with any great classical composer, his legacy endures, and today his work is reinterpreted by a new generation of musicians and performers. James Rhodes is one of them. The accomplished British-born performer posted a clip of him playing a Bach composition to his...

2018-09-11
Google may announce two new Pixelbooks in October, including a Surface clone

We already know Google has a new Pixel phones on the way October 9, but it’s pretty clear by now that’s not the only hardware it has coming up. Namely, it now seems Google is set to reveal two new Pixelbooks We first heard about a Pixel Books back in July, but today’s rumors come courtesy of two separate leaks....

2018-09-10
AI guru Fei Fei Li set to leave Google this year

A Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) student newspaper yesterday reported that the dean of the school’s computer science department, Andrew Moore, was leaving the school for an unknown opportunity. As it turns out, it’s actually one he knows quite well: He’s returning to his former job as head of Google Cloud’s...

2018-09-10
Upcoming Android watches will get a big battery boost thanks to new Qualcomm chip

Smartwatches were once the Next Big Thing of tech, but after a few years on the market, their adoption has been somewhat underwhelming – especially among the Android crowd. The biggest reason for this is possibly lackluster battery life, but that may soon start to change thanks to Qualcomm’s latest wearable...

2018-09-10
A new use for Google Maps: calculating a city’s carbon footprint

The Environmental Insights Explorer calculates emissions from buildings, car trips, and public transport to illustrate how a city’s sustainability efforts are faring. Looking at a city’s Google Maps data, in combination with other data, a new tool from Google can estimate the carbon footprint of all of...

2018-09-10
Leaked photos show new budget iPhone looks just like the old premium iPhone

Leaks are getting harder and harder to contain. Not only has Google’s Pixel been endlessly glimpsed and analyzed, it appears that Apple has been bitten by the leaky bug too. We previously reported on Apple’s entry-level mobile, but we didn’t know exactly what the devices would look like (apart from, you know,...

2018-09-10
Leaked photos show new budget iPhone looks just like old premium iPhone

Leaks are getting harder and harder to contain. Not only has Google’s Pixel been endlessly glimpsed and analyzed, it appears that Apple has been bitten by the leaky bug too. We previously reported on Apple’s entry-level mobile, but we didn’t know exactly what the devices would look like (apart from, you know,...

2018-09-10
A virtual global travel pass

Google Earth VR allows users to tour the globe without leaving home. The Product Google Earth VR enables users to teleport virtually anywhere in the world. The free desktop application, which works with an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift headset, compiles satellite and aerial imagery to reconstruct a simulated globe that is...

2018-09-10
Brewing leather in a lab

How Modern Meadow uses biofabrication to create a leatherlike material called Zoa. Suzanne Lee was a fashion designer in the early ’90s when she discovered in a lab that biofabrication processes could produce leatherlike materials via yeast fermentation. She spent the next 10 years experimenting with giant vats...

2018-09-10
Sundar Pichai Q&A

The CEO discusses the seamless approach to tech gadgetry that makes Google our Design Company of the Year. We all remember the face-plant that was Google Glass. Or the time when, in an infamous fit of over-engineering, Google tested 41 shades of the color blue on ad links to find the most profitable hue. Since then,...

2018-09-10
A new platform for more civil civic discourse

Moot, which was created in Dublin, is an AI-powered platform that helps citizens communicate with elected officials. In an era of rising populism, with extremism and distrust warping civic dialogue, a group of Irish designers and researchers are harnessing technology to help reverse the erosion of faith in public...

2018-09-10
We used Google Arts & Culture’s selfie app to make the internet’s Shit Museum

Ever have one of those weeks where you feel like everything is going wrong in the world? Us too. The planet is melting. There are powerful idiots all over the world with their greasy fingers hovered over big red doom buttons. Our favorite celebrities have dumb opinions we don’t agree with and choose to share them....

2018-09-08
How an antivirus search engine plays into Alphabet’s security ambitions

VirusTotal, which is a product of Chronicle, a company created within Alphabet’s fabled “moonshot factory,” has been described as “Google for malware.” Earlier this year, Google parent Alphabet unveiled a new, top-level company called Chronicle that would be dedicated to...

2018-09-08
These 4 things are crucial to making a co-CEO relationship successful

Having two CEOs in a company can be risky. But if you do it right, you can reap a lot of benefits. As a co-CEO of a large digital marketing agency, I’m something of an anomaly in my industry. Few other companies in our cohort split their leadership role at the top, opting instead for a more traditional single...

2018-09-08
Apple’s move to shake up the newspaper industry offers little upside

Apple is making a play at the publishing business. In March, the company acquired Texture, a subscription-based magazine reader that charges a flat fee to read all the included content you’d like. Texture already features some of The who’s-who in publishing, including National Geographic, People, Wired, and The...

2018-09-08
Virgil Abloh just became a wine bottle designer, and he’s still expressing things unsaid

It’s hard to keep up with all of Virgil Abloh’s work. It’s hard to keep up with all of Virgil Abloh’s work. Over the past few month, I’ve tracked him as he became Louis Vuitton’s men’s artistic director, launched an entirely see-through suitcase for luxury suitcase...

2018-09-07

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