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Facebook’s top policy and comms exec is stepping down after 10 years

One of Mark Zuckerberg’s closest confidantes is leaving the company. Elliot Schrage, Facebook’s longtime VP of global communication and public policy, is stepping down from his post, according to Recode. Schrage has been at the company for 10 years. He will reportedly stay on until a replacement is...

2018-06-14
It sure looks like Google is trying to make Pixelbooks run Windows

A few months ago, we reported that Google might be working on a way to dual boot operating systems on its Pixelbook, thanks to mysterious references to ‘Alt OS’ in a firmware development branch. Now there’s even more evidence pointing towards the ability to run Windows somewhere down the line. What’s new? As...

2018-06-14
Snap’s new developer program tries to avoid Facebook’s privacy pitfalls

Snap’s new API program is deliberate in not giving developers too much user data. Today, Snap introduced a suite of new tools for developers. Called Snap Kit, this API program allows developers to feed into Snap’s offerings; they can implement Snap’s login for their own apps as well as integrate...

2018-06-14
This “carbon removal marketplace” will make buying offsets easier

As companies like Lyft start to invest to make up for their carbon footprints, the world of offset buying needs more transparency and accountability. On his small family farm in Petaluma, California, Don Gilardi hopes to begin spreading compost over his pastures next year as a way to fight climate change. The...

2018-06-14
Fewer young people are using Facebook to get the news

The number of people using Facebook as a news source is down by 9% overall from 2017 highs and down a whopping 20% among younger audiences. The number of people using Facebook as a news source is down by 9% overall from 2017 highs and down a whopping 20% among younger audiences, a Reuters Institute survey has found....

2018-06-14
Man wins right to sue Google over search results he claims are defamatory

An Australian man is allowed to sue Google for the role he says it played in defaming him, at least according to a ruling from Australia’s High Court. Milorad “Michael” Trkulja says a photograph of him appears when one searches for “Melbourne criminal underworld.” Trkulja, who was shot in the back in 2004,...

2018-06-13
Please do not send Neil Patrick Harris birthday gifts, Twitter

The TV star posted an address for a UPS Store box on Twitter, soliciting birthday gifts. What could go wrong? After starting off the week annoyingly, Neil Patrick Harris decided on Wednesday to double down, committing full-bore to obnoxiousness.Read Full Story

2018-06-13
Twitter wants to send you personalized news notifications

Twitter today announced an upcoming addition to its suite of mobile notifications. Namely, it will soon offer users personalized news updates, generated based on their interests. Currently, Twitter offers news notifications, for those who want to be kept up-to-date on what’s happening around the world. Now the...

2018-06-13
Twitter is taking a new pass at making the news come to you

The company has big plans to make following news easier. But it will have to make sure that its new features aren’t beset by old problems. Throughout this decade, Twitter has been a uniquely powerful way to keep up with the world’s news on a moment-by-moment basis. But that’s not the same thing as...

2018-06-13
Google’s Translate app now works offline for 59 languages

Google yesterday announced an update to its Translate app which brings offline support for 59 languages to iOS and Android devices. What’s new: Prior to this update, Translate users suffered from limited translation functionality when their device wasn’t connected to the internet. Now, with improved offline...

2018-06-13
A cheap Surface computer could help Microsoft win back the education market from Google

Microsoft’s Surface computers are the pinnacle of the PC world, but with the cheapest Surface Pro starting at $800 (sans keyboard or pencil, I should add), they really are bloody expensive. That might soon change, as rumors suggest Redmond is working on a cheaper Surface laptop, which will allow it to compete in the...

2018-06-13
Facebook’s data should be a public resource

Vess Popov, an expert in big data and psychometrics, spoke at Brain Bar in Budapest on the future of data. In his talk he shared his concern that platforms like Facebook are becoming more closed off. Their research is more secretive than ever and less of it is making its way to the scientific community and the general...

2018-06-13
Facebook confirms it tracks your mouse movements on the screen

Sadly, to the surprise of no one. The tech company most likely to morph into Big Brother has confirmed that, yep, it tracks users’ mouse movements on the screen in an effort to collect more data about that user, reports India Today. Facebook made the admission in a 225-page document in which it answered...

2018-06-13
Your Google Translate app just got much smarter offline

NMT is an artificial intelligence technology that allows software to better learn over time to produce more natural translations. That’s because the company has added neural machine translation (NMT) to the offline version of the app, reports Cult of Mac. NMT is an artificial intelligence technology that allows...

2018-06-13
Everyone can relax. Trump just proclaimed the nuclear threat from North Korea over

Maybe Trump’s bromance trailer had a bigger impact on Kim than we all realized. Trump made the bold proclamation on Twitter after landing back in America from his historic summit with Kim Jong-un in Singapore. The news is sure to be a relief to millions of Japanese, South Korean, and American citizens who have...

2018-06-13
Kim Kardashian is lobbying Jack Dorsey to add edit button to Twitter

Fresh off convincing President Trump to commute the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old first-time nonviolent drug offender given a life sentence without parole in 1996, Kim Kardashian is now working on a challenge that’s vexed social media addicts for years—getting Twitter to add an edit...

2018-06-13
Sega wants to crowdfund a Sonic the Hedgehog toaster

I don’t remember ever stumbling down the stairs for breakfast and thinking, “this toast could really use a burned-in representation of a hedgehog on methamphetamine,” but that’s not to say you haven’t. And if you have, you’re in luck. Sega announced today — on the official Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter...

2018-06-13
British Army used Facebook ads to target teens on exam results day

The military’s social strategy appears to have been aiming ads at kids who might be leaving school. Ah, the ol’ emotional manipulation of advertising. Used to be, brands would just hope that Cadillac ad would hit you in the panicked throes of a midlife crisis. Or you’d see that Gatorade poster as...

2018-06-12
This Spanish soccer app just admitted to spying on fans to track illegal streams

The app uses microphones and GPS to track illegal streams of soccer games. Most apps and websites deny that they spy on their users, brushing off ads that mirror IRL conversations as targeted advertising or paranoia. Now, at least one app has ‘fessed up. The La Líga app, which is the official streaming app...

2018-06-12
Brand strategy will beat serendipity on Twitter at World Cup

Twitter’s head of global brand strategy Alex Josephson talks about what we should expect during the world’s biggest sports event. During the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, arguably the biggest moment for any brand on Twitter came when Uruguay’s Luis Suarez bit–yes, with his...

2018-06-12
Inside Reddit’s new website and AI: Design tech trends from TNW2018

The future of design is uncertain, with technology gradually blurring the lines of ownership and creativity. So how do we look ahead? At the Design Thinkers track at TNW Conference, designers from all fields shared their experiences and visions for the future. We’ve highlighted the key takeaways: Chris Slowe,...

2018-06-12
Google should learn from Apple’s cryptocurrency guidelines

It appears that Apple has learnt its lesson when it comes to tackling cryptocurrency scams. The company has amended its app store review guidelines to extend its section on cryptocurrencies. On the face of it, the  new guidelines may seem somewhat restrictive for cryptocurrency businesses, and users are already...

2018-06-12
This web app shows the power of Lightning Network (and a lot of dicks)

If you think blockchain technology is boring, this Twitter user is out there to prove you wrong. Lightning K0ala has created an online graffiti board, called satoshis.place, to show the power of Lightning Network (LN) in processing micro-transactions. For those who do not know, Lightning Network is a layer that sits...

2018-06-12
Facebook’s ‘On This Day’ is now ‘Memories’ and we still think it’s pointless

Facebook is making a new page called Memories, an expansion of On This Day, a pointless feature in which Facebook spits out your own most popular posts and calls it nostalgia. Now it proposes to throw even more of your own memories to you. The new Memories page, announced by Facebook today, takes the usual On This Day...

2018-06-11
This web app shows the power of Bitcoin’s Lightning Network (and a lot of dicks)

If you think blockchain technology is boring, this Twitter user is out there to prove you wrong. Lightning K0ala has created an online graffiti board, called satoshis.place, to show the power of Lightning Network (LN) in processing micro-transactions. For those who do not know, Lightning Network is a layer that sits...

2018-06-11
Master digital marketing to grow a business and acquire users for $19

The Internet Business Advertising reported that U.S. advertisers spent a total of $88 billion on digital ads in 2017. To put that into perspective, advertisers spent an average of $270 trying to market to each person in the U.S last year. With advertisers flocking to search and social media platforms, the bottom line...

2018-06-11
How to not be upstaged with video when you’re onstage

Follow these four steps to make yourself (and your message) the center of your audience’s attention. Video content is everywhere. By one recent estimate, it’ll make up over 80% of online content consumption by 2021. Video has long been changing norms in the business world, too, with videoconferencing,...

2018-06-11
Here’s an idea: How about showing us the data that was used to target us with online ads

Requiring such data might remind consumers of the real cost to them of using “free” services like Facebook. Browsing YouTube on Wednesday night, I just happened to click on a trailer for the new horror flick Hereditary. The movie looks promising, so I ended up watching a couple of trailers for...

2018-06-11
The best reactions to Angela Merkel’s viral Trump G7 photo

It’s the photo that defines 2018: Trump versus the free world. It was a photo which rapidly spread around the world this weekend after Angela Merkel, the German chancellor–and the person who many now see the de facto leader of the free world–posted it on her Instagram feed.Read Full Story

2018-06-11
Google’s enterprise ambition is the reason behind Gmail’s redesign

The recent redesign of Gmail is exciting news and has been a long time coming. While Gmail has looked pretty much the same for years, it hasn’t gotten in the way of its growth. Well over a billion people worldwide now rely on Gmail for their email and the service continues to expand rapidly. The majority of those...

2018-06-10
Employers, your idea about employee happiness is all wrong

Rather than investing in a “happiness” culture, companies should think about career opportunities and fostering trust between management and employees. When Google promoted a software engineer named Chade-Meng Tan to the role of “Jolly Good Fellow,” his career–and the entire culture...

2018-06-09
In the EU’s fight against fake news, disinformation is winning

It hasn’t even been a month since Brussels was hyped about Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg being (supposedly) grilled by the European Parliament. COO Sheryl Sandberg is next on the agenda, rumored to be questioned by MEPs in June. Simultaneously, for five months now the European Commission has been hard at work within...

2018-06-09
Twitter troll David Leavitt offers up a master class in how to be an asshole

The dust hadn’t even settled in the arena before David Leavitt’s first ill-advised joke. After an explosion killed 22 people, including children, and wounded 59 others at a Manchester, England arena, Leavitt didn’t hesitate. Being first matters, even in tragedy, and especially on Twitter. With a click of the...

2018-06-08
Facebook apologizes. It does other stuff too, but mostly it apologizes

Yesterday, Facebook was sorry. Millions of people’s private posts were exposed to the public due to a bug. The company’s Chief Privacy Officer, Erin Egan, told reporters “We have fixed this issue and starting today we are letting everyone affected know and asking them to review any posts they made during that...

2018-06-08
Google’s principles for developing AI aren’t good enough

Google CEO Sundar Pichai yesterday published his company’s new rules governing the development of AI. Over the course of seven principles he lays out a broad (and useless) policy leaving more wiggle room than a pair of clown pants. If you tell the story of Google’s involvement in building AI for the US military...

2018-06-08
MIT’s new tech turns power plants and data centers into water sources

To keep from overheating, cooling towers vent huge amounts of steam into the atmosphere. A new innovation could efficiently harvest that water for us to drink. In the future, the rooftop of a data center owned by Amazon or Facebook might become a new source of local drinking water. New technology from MIT researchers...

2018-06-08
Why are media veterans investing in this startup news app?

“Instagram of news” app Zig–backed by legends like Graydon Carter and Quincy Jones–is seeing steady growth, trending toward more than 400,000 users, say its founders. If you’re an investor, you’re always looking to figure out what is next. So it’s interesting to look at...

2018-06-08
Facebook courts teen audience with dedicated game streaming page

Facebook has launched a new page specifically to attract video game streamers and viewers. In a world where Twitch, Mixer, and YouTube Gaming are already fighting for dominance on that market, Facebook would have to make up a lot of ground to be in the running. What it is: Facebook is building its own dedicated gaming...

2018-06-08
A bunch of ‘art bots’ got swept up in Twitter’s political crackdown

The ‘art bot’ community on Twitter is still recovering from a platform ban that saw dozens of bot-powered accounts go silent for approximately 11 hours on Wednesday. What happened: The bots, including popular accounts like @infinite_scream (which has 43.3k followers) and @tinycarebot (which boasts 125k), went down...

2018-06-08
Facebook matching donations for Guatemala relief up to $250,000

If you were planning on donating, now is the time. Since the devastating volcanic eruption in Guatemala, people around the world have been rushing to help donating supplies and money as they can. Facebook has become a community space for those wanting to help whether by raising funds on the site or offering...

2018-06-08
Anthony Bourdain, a great journalist, would deplore the clickbait coverage of his death

The clickbait gold-rush is a cynical and disgusting a state of affairs, one that it’s easy to imagine Bourdain deriding with voluptuous profanity. Just hours after the news broke this morning that the chef, author, and TV personality Anthony Bourdain had committed suicide, outlets began scrambling for a piece...

2018-06-08
A mall in China put in a traffic lane just for people staring at their phones

Never get stuck behind a phone-staring slow walker again. Thanks to a brilliant design decision, no one at the Bairui Plaza shopping mall in Xi’an, China, will ever again get stuck behind a slow walker, blocking the path while they watch a MuchDank video on their phone. Some genius has added a pedestrian...

2018-06-08
Facebook! Stop sending us lobbyists! demands European Parliament

The European Parliament is sick and tired of Facebook refusing to properly answer its questions. After the fiasco of the Mark Zuckerberg show, a further two hearings are planned for 25th June in Brussels and 2nd July in Strasbourg. However despite a clear request for COO Susan Sandberg to join the latter, Zuckerberg...

2018-06-08
Why are old media veterans investing in this small news app?

“Instagram of news” app Zig–backed by legends like Graydon Carter and Quincy Jones–is seeing steady growth, trending toward more than 400,000 users, say its founders. If you’re an investor, you’re always looking to figure out what is next. So it’s interesting to look at...

2018-06-08
Facebook is taking on Twitch with its FB.gg video gaming portal

The new portal also includes streams of esports, and gaming events. The portal can be accessed at the URL FB.gg, which takes users to a Twitch-like page that allows them to drop in on live and prerecorded streams of games. The new portal also includes streams of esports, and gaming events. Announcing the new portal,...

2018-06-08
Elon Musk teases what SpaceX’s running track will look like

It’s the running track from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. The eccentric billionaire posted a GIF on Twitter showing the running track scene from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. “Running track in @SpaceX BF Spaceship will look something like this,” Musk said.Read...

2018-06-08
The price of a Starbucks coffee is going up

The company is raising the price of a regular drip coffee by 10¢ to 20¢ this week. Sad news, coffee lovers. Starbucks has announced it is raising the price of its coffee in most U.S. stores, reports CNBC. The company is raising the price of a regular drip coffee by 10¢ to 20¢ this week. That means...

2018-06-08
Facebook’s latest blunder made private posts public for 14M users

Facebook is again at the center of a privacy controversy after revealing today that it had been inadvertently sharing private posts publicly for some 14 million users. When attempting to test a feature on users’ profiles, developers introduced a bug that exposed the posts of some individuals who thought they were...

2018-06-08

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