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Facebook’s airplane reaction wasn’t cleared for takeoff

You might have noticed an addition to Facebook‘s menu of reactions yesterday: A tiny airplane. This unidentified flying object disappeared as quickly as it appeared, but that didn’t stop users from undertaking some pretty weird — and utterly pointless — rituals to get it. You can plane react on Facebook for...

2018-08-01
Facebook plane react: First came the fake feature, then the scams

Plenty of Facebook pages are ready to show you how to get a hot new feature that Facebook has no plans of rolling out. So this is how Facebook scammers earn their wings?Read Full Story

2018-08-01
Google allegedly working on censored search engine for Chinese market

Recently Leaked documents reveal Google might be ready to make a government-friendly, censored version of its search engine in order to gain access to the Chinese people. This would mark the company’s return to both the country and the government’s stringent censorship. The report from The Intercept revealed a...

2018-08-01
Ripple booked Bill Clinton for a speech and Twitter won’t shut up about it

It seems Ripple is really into celebs. Earlier today, the company announced former US President, Bill Clinton, will be speaking at its annual Swell conference – but it appears the cryptocurrency community on Twitter is not all that impressed. Just what Clinton has to do with cryptocurrencies and blockchains is...

2018-08-01
HBO’s “Random Acts of Flyness” pushes TV in a bold, new direction

Creator and director Terence Nance brings his stunning and distinct creative vision to HBO for a show like you’ve never seen before. Listen to the latest episode of Fast Company‘s podcast Creative Conversation featuring director Terence Nance on Apple Podcasts, RadioPublic, GooglePlay, or Stitcher.Read...

2018-08-01
Report: Google plans to launch censored search engine in China in next six to nine months

The censored version will restrict content related to human rights, democracy, and religion, insiders tell The Intercept. Google is working on a censored version of its search engine in China, which will restrict content related to human rights, democracy, and religion, insiders tell The Intercept. The custom Android...

2018-08-01
Facebook and Instagram officially announce new tools to fight social media addiction

Remember the time before our collective social media addiction? The freedom? The frolicking? The lack of people calling you a “snowflake libtard” after you make an innocuous comment?  Wonderful days. Well, Facebook is trying to help us recover them. As we previously reported, the social media giant has announced...

2018-08-01
Google wants to bring free Wi-Fi to Nigeria next year

Google has announced that it will be providing free high-speed Internet access via Wi-Fi hotspots Nigeria. Known as Google Station for Nigeria, the program aims to provide high quality and high-speed Wi-Fi hotspots across Nigeria in partnership with 21st Century, one of the largest fibre network providers in the...

2018-08-01
Facebook is developing a singing contest feature to rival musical.ly

If karaoke on the weekends isn’t enough for you to show off your vocals, you might like what Facebook has been caught working on. Researcher and code-breaker Jane Manchum Wong found a code which indicates that Facebook may introduce a ‘Talent Show’ feature where users would make use of Facebook’s recently...

2018-08-01
SlideShare Gems is the best Twitter account in existence

Twitter is incredible (and horrendous) for so many reasons. It’s a great place to follow trending news stories, share your thoughts, get into fights with people who don’t share your thoughts, and more. It’s also an incredible place for exploring niche interests — ones you didn’t even know you had. This week,...

2018-08-01
@SlideShareGems is the best Twitter account in existence

Twitter is incredible (and horrendous) for so many reasons. It’s a great place to follow trending news stories, share your thoughts, get into fights with people who don’t share your thoughts, and more. It’s also an incredible place for exploring niche interests — ones you didn’t even know you had. This week,...

2018-08-01
How to automatically delete your old tweets

Online sleuths have spent the past several years uncovering some of our deepest and darkest secrets. Secrets that, for whatever reason, we decided to make public. It’s fair game. Once you tweet something publicly, it’s available to anyone who feels like doing a little digging. Often, these tweets are in the public...

2018-08-01
Facebook uncovers yet another fake news campaign

Facebook today revealed that, just in time for the American midterm elections, it’s uncovered a new spate of fake news pages guilty of “coordinated inauthentic behavior.” In total, Facebook identified 8 pages, 17 profiles, and 7 Instagram accounts involved in this suspicious behavior. They had names like...

2018-08-01
Open thread: Should Twitter users automatically delete old tweets?

After multiple baseball players were forced to apologize this month for old tweets containing racist and homophobic slurs, we’re left to wonder: Should Twitter users be deleting their old tweets? Over the years, the internet has come to know quite a lot about us. There was that time we unironically donned a fedora...

2018-08-01
Facebook says this anti-“Unite the Right” rally in D.C. was organized by trolls

Not every Facebook event is created in earnest. At first blush, it sounds like your everyday social media activism. A progressive Facebook page called “Resisters” has been organizing a large protest, which will take place in the nation’s capital next month. The event, “No Unite the Right 2...

2018-08-01
Facebook plane reaction: Sorry, it’s not an actual feature

If you have the airplane reaction option, enjoy it while it lasts. Some eagle-eyed smartphone users noticed a curious change on Facebook today. When you clicked to comment on a Facebook post, a new reaction option appeared—shaped like an airplane!Read Full Story

2018-08-01
Spotify now lets you ruin your favorite songs by setting them as an alarm

Fed up of waking up to the same incessant beeping? Ever wish you could start your day with your favorite song? Now you can, as Spotify now comes integrated into the Google Clock app on Android. The feature’s available with both free and premium Spotify subscriptions, but sadly only works on Android devices. All you...

2018-07-31
Uber is killing off its self-driving truck division

Reuters reports that Uber is shuttering its autonomous freight truck division after some two years in the space. The company got started with self-driving trucks back in 2016, when it acquired Otto – a startup focused on developing aftermarket kits to allow trucks to cover long distances on freeways autonomously –...

2018-07-31
Designer Milton Glaser nailed the logo for Trump’s ‘Space Force’

Bloomberg Businessweek asked eight prominent designers to design logos for Trump’s wacky idea. Glaser won. At a meeting of the National Space Council in June, PResident Trump said he would direct the Pentagon and Department of Defense to create a sixth branch of the U.S. military—a so-called Space...

2018-07-31
China set to leapfrog US in the AI race

China’s progress towards its goal of becoming the world’s leader in AI by the year 2025 remains unchecked. While its efforts still lag behind the US, thanks to the likes of Google and Microsoft, there’s an alarming amount of research indicating the gap is shrinking. It’s only been a year since TNW reported...

2018-07-30
Twitter’s newly commissioned health studies may be shots in the dark

Twitter today announced it had selected two finalists in its months-long search for a “health metric” — essentially a giant, figurative dipstick by which it can tell how well everyone’s getting along on the site. Twitter selected researchers with dazzling bona fides, but the company should also disclose what,...

2018-07-30
Twitter wants to know why Twitter is so toxic

The social network announced two new projects aimed at measuring its impact on public discourse. With the 2016 election behind us, social networks like Twitter and Facebook—under fire for spreading misinformation and breeding incivility—are trying to take action.Read Full Story

2018-07-30
House of Highlights hits 10M followers. What’s next for the Instagram powerhouse?

The Bleacher Report-owned sports Instagram account just hit a huge milestone. We sat down with its GM to talk about what’s next. For the old and the digitally unaware, House of Highlights is Bleacher Report‘s meme-filled Instagram account, which it acquired in 2016 and is specifically catered to its...

2018-07-30
John Oliver’s honest remake of Facebook’s latest ad is brutal

Facebook: We Own Who You Are What: A truthful parody of Facebook’s latest ad.Read Full Story

2018-07-30
YouTube’s Android app is finally getting a dark theme

Although YouTube has offered a dark theme on its web and iOS apps for months, it’s been taking its own sweet time bringing it to Android for some reason (seriously, what’s the hold-up?). Now, there’s hope. Redditor u/Absinth92 reported on the weekend that the option had become available on his mobile device –...

2018-07-30
The only good use of LinkedIn voice messages is trolling

LinkedIn is an unmitigated hellhole, but last week the world’s biggest business social networking site redeemed itself somewhat and gave us all a gift in the form of voice messages. The feature is rolling out to users right now, and lets you send audio clips up to 60 seconds long. If you have it, you’ll see a...

2018-07-30
Purported Google Pixel 3 XL leak shows a white body and single rear camera

Over the weekend, XDA Developers Forum user dr.guru claimed to have gotten their hands on a Google Pixel 3 XL, the larger of the two flagship handsets from the company that are slated to arrive later this year. Android Police noted that the front fascia design matched that of a screen protector for this model which...

2018-07-30
Prepare yourself: Facebook could be the future of national census

Every ten years, governments around the world conduct their national census: a count of the resident population. This is no easy task. The 2011 Chinese census, for instance, was a vast operation relying on six million enumerators taking census questionnaires from door to door. Knowledge of a population’s composition...

2018-07-29
Did Google stop domain fronting as a censorship move?

Google, which has been long known for defending freedom of internet, recently removed access to a feature that was widely used to bypass censorship; domain fronting. Activists claim Google is siding with censorship, while Google claims it was a regular update. But what is the bigger picture? Should Google ignore the...

2018-07-29
Google’s AR design guidelines aren’t complete shit, but should be better

When Google and Apple announced their mobile augmented reality (AR) platforms last summer, they rocked the 3D world. Almost overnight, Google’s ARCore and Apple’s ARKit shifted the center of gravity for 3D UX design away from headsets like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR toward already ubiquitous...

2018-07-28
Facebook follows YouTube in suspending Alex Jones

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been suspended from Facebook for bullying and hate speech. It’s about damn time. Just this week, Jones ran afoul of YouTube guidelines, getting himself a slap on the wrist and finding four of his more egregious videos deleted. We wondered why Facebook didn’t do the same thing. In...

2018-07-28
Facebook hit with class-action suits following stock tumble

Facebook shareholders are suing the company after its stock lost $120 billion in value. This week is delivering a powerful one-two punch to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. First, on Thursday, Facebook’s stock plummeted 19%, erasing $120 billion in value—the biggest one-day drop in any public company,...

2018-07-27
Groupon loses $83 million patent dispute with IBM

The jury verdict is a blow for local-deals marketplace, whose stock now hovers in the $5 range. A patent dispute between IBM and Groupon has ended badly for the local deals company. On Friday, a Delaware jury awarded IBM $83 million in damages for what it viewed as willful patent infringement on the part of Groupon,...

2018-07-27
Facebook will spend $10M on CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s private jets and security

The social network yesterday filed a report with the SEC, which disclosed CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s security allowance. All those extra trips to testify in front of Congress this year must have taken their toll, because he’s now allotted $10 million. That’s a significant increase over last year’s budgeted $7.3...

2018-07-27
Tesla is not normal

What should we do when a company acts as erratic as its CEO? I’ve been thinking a lot about a small quasi-interaction I had this week, and it’s nagged me enough to write it down. It all started when I decided to write a short post about a pseudonymous financial writer who didn’t much care for...

2018-07-27
Facebook finally suspends Alex Jones and Infowars for hate speech

Call it a time out. The company banned Jones’s personal account for 30 days. Days after YouTube removed four videos from Infowars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, Facebook finally got around to doing the same thing. The videos in question—which spewed vitriol at liberals, Muslims, and...

2018-07-27
Twitter’s user growth just took a big hit

Twitter’s monthly base was down by a million users as it finished out the quarter. A purge of bots, trolls, and other problematic accounts seems to have caused a noticeable decline in monthly active users for Twitter, which reported second-quarter 2018 earnings this morning before the opening bell.Read Full...

2018-07-27
Google bans cryptocurrency mining apps from the Play Store

Google has now banned all cryptocurrency miners from the Play store. Apps that manage mining hardware are apparently okay, though – for now. The new ruling is hidden amongst the July updates to Google’s Developer Policy Center, as spotted by Android Police. It can be seen as a follow-up to their previous set of...

2018-07-27
Blockchain startups are selling visions of the future, not technology

The blockchain hype train has been operating at full steam for some time now. Every week Twitter and Reddit are ablaze with new launches of blockchain startups promising decentralized and distributed technologies, which promise to change life as we know it and empower us, the people, to decide our own future. The...

2018-07-27
Fortnite’s Android edition will reportedly be exclusive to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 at launch

If you’ve been waiting with bated breath to play Fortnite on your Android device since the announcement in May, you might have to be patient for a while longer: 9to5Google reports that the title will first become available only on Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 9. The handset is slated to be announced on August 9,...

2018-07-27
Lenovo’s Google Assistant-powered Smart Display is now available from $199

Back in January, Google announced that it was working with third-party hardware makers on touchscreen-equipped smart speakers with the company’s Assistant on board. The first of those products is now available from Lenovo. The imaginatively named Lenovo Smart Display comes in two sizes – an 8-incher with an HD...

2018-07-27
The future of security? A good old-fashioned key

Google’s employees are now using hardware security keys, including one version designed to look like a real key. I juggle two password managers that mishmash random characters and numbers together and file them away to ensure optimal encryption across my various accounts on the web. As a result, I can’t...

2018-07-26
Smartest voice assistants: Siri beats Alexa but Google prevails for now

Amazon’s voice assistant just can’t keep up on smartphones. Google Assistant is better at understanding and answering questions than any of its rivals, according to a new test by Loup Ventures. The venture capital firm asked 800 questions each of Google Assistant, Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s...

2018-07-26
Facebook is basically done growing in the U.S., Canada, and Europe

Facebook reported misses on revenue, daily active user count, and monthly active user count. Now the stock is in a free fall. Facebook shares are sliding after the company published its most recent quarterly earnings report. A lot has been riding on the company’s financials as it continues to take a beating in...

2018-07-26
Facebook stock hammered after earnings miss, slow growth forecast

Investors have clearly been looking for a reason to run away. Now, Facebook’s given away all its stock gains from the last quarter. Poof. There goes a quarter of really impressive stock gains.Read Full Story

2018-07-26
These Venus-moon meet-up pics are the best thing on Instagram right now

There’s still time to see Venus and the moon hang out. Venus and the crescent moon hung out last night, and since they are the celestial equivalent of Beyoncé and Jay Z, the paparazzi was all over it.Read Full Story

2018-07-16
This startup is the perfect example of Korea’s vibrant crypto market

Though cryptocurrencies and blockchain applications seem to have taken the entire world by storm, there are few places where this new technology has been embraced like South Korea. In part, thanks to changing regulations within the country, the overwhelming sentiment seems to indicate that crypto will soon become...

2018-07-16
The simple way Apple and Google could fix notifications

Psychological scientist Kostadin Kushlev, who studies the impact of our mobile tech on our lives, discusses the road to digital well-being. This article originally appeared on The Conversation.Read Full Story

2018-07-16

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