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VICE VP Mark Adams on creating unforgettable branded content

Judging by the lines to get in, not to mention those turned away at the door, people were excited to hear Mark Adams speak. Adams, the exuberant young VP and head of innovation at VICE, nearly missed the talk altogether. His plane was delayed, we’re told, and he sprinted, quite literally, from the airport. Adams’...

2018-05-24
Facebook is about to ask every user a few big privacy questions

When Facebook rolled out a similar screen to users in the European market, its simplicity wasn’t seen as purely positive. Facebook plans to send all its non-European users a full-screen privacy alert when they use the social network in the coming weeks, enabling them to review the information they’ve...

2018-05-24
How Logitech’s CEO used a 40-year-old design philosophy to shape his company

While on stage at TNW’s 2018 conference today, Logitech CEO Bracken Darrell spoke about his belief that everyone is a designer while they’re young, and that many companies, including his own, strive to achieve that same attitude again. As he puts it, we’re all naturally designers until we enter school. “Our...

2018-05-24
Facebook now supports 2-factor authentication without SMS, here’s how to set it up

If you have a Facebook profile – it doesn’t really matter if you use it a lot or not – it’s important to secure it with two-factor authentication so your account isn’t hacked. The social network has offered an SMS-based option to do so for a while, but a new feature lets you protect your account without...

2018-05-24
The Power of the One-on-One Approach to List Building and Selling Online

Bryan Harris, founder of Video Fruit, made $8,337 with 575 emails he collected from Facebook groups. Without a sales funnel, website, or advertising. Just by approaching potential clients the old school way, one-on-one. But marketers are too obsessed with scalability and automation. We want more fans, more traffic, a...

2018-05-24
Launch your question into MIT’s Danielle Wood’s Answers session

What is Space Enabled? What projects are you working on? What do you see as some of the most exciting projects in space exploration right now? How can satellite systems save the world? Ask all this and more to MIT Media Lab’s Director of Space Enabled, Danielle Wood. Danielle’s interest in space exploration...

2018-05-24
What Elon Musk and Donald Trump don’t get about journalism

An investigation into Tesla’s factory conditions sent the testy CEO into a Twitter rant that showcased a Trump-like misapprehension of how journalists work. I’m going to be late to the bank to deposit a few checks from ExxonMobil and the Democratic National Committee before my evening champagne tasting,...

2018-05-24
Dear Elon Musk: Stop spreading fake news

Elon Musk, a billionaire playboy whose parents weren’t murdered in front of him outside of a theater (yet still seems to think he’s Batman), today stopped rocketing cars at the sky long enough to rage-tweet his displeasure with journalists’ criticisms of Tesla. As best we can tell, it all started when Elon...

2018-05-23
Square launches its Square Stand payments system in the UK

Square, the payments company founded by Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, is aggressively expanding in the UK. Today, it announced the British launch of the Square Stand, which turns an iPad into a full point-of-sale (POS) system. The Square Stand lets vendors process card payments, track sales, and manage inventory. Square...

2018-05-23
Federal Judge rules Trump can’t block people on Twitter

A Federal Judge today ruled that public access to Donald Trump’s personal Twitter account is protected under the First Amendment of the US Constitution. That means, if you’ve been blocked, the president of the United States of America is personally denying your right to free speech. Plaintiffs, including The...

2018-05-23
“Firesheep,” “Idiocy” Reveal Gaping Privacy Holes in Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, More

This week, security experts put pressure on companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and Google to close a gaping privacy hole. Read Full Story

2018-05-23
Google and George Clooney Aim Satellites at Sudan, Become “Anti-Genocide Paparazzi”

Ahead of an early January referendum, the two partners, along with Harvard and the United Nations, want Sudanese rebels to know that they are being watched. Read Full Story

2018-05-23
Political Ads: Get Ready for the “Google Blasts”

Google tells Fast Company that political campaigns have been talking to its ad network about saturating the Internet with ads in the last days before the midterm elections. Read Full Story

2018-05-23
Netflix Preparing New Run at Social Media Features

Two months ago, Netflix pulled the plug on its community features. Now, inspired by the gospel of Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook, the company is getting ready to dive into “social” again, but with a whole new mindset. Read Full Story

2018-05-23
Politicians, Campaigns Have No Idea How to Go Viral

Candidates are still skeptical about the role of social media. Even though Facebook boasts more than 130 million active users in the U.S., many campaigns are spending less than 5% of their budgets online. Here’s why that isn’t good enough. Read Full Story

2018-05-23
For Millennials, Brands May Be as Important as Religion, Ethnicity

Young people express themselves through identification with brands, according to a new survey by the world’s largest PR firm. Should you take it with a pinch of salt? Millennials–the generation born between 1980 and 1995–relate to brands in deep and complicated ways, according to a new study from...

2018-05-23
What’s Behind Yahoo’s $55 Million Advertising Splurge in Israel

Yahoo’s advertising war with Google and AOL has stepped up a notch with the purchase of Israeli-American firm Dapper for a reported $55 million. The move suggests that Sunnyvale is looking to hit Google where it hurts: Right in the customized ad pocketbook. Read Full Story

2018-05-23
All this time, Trump was building an unconstitutional wall on Twitter

Here’s some good news for President Trump’s most vocal Twitter critics. Here’s some good news for President Trump’s most vocal Twitter critics: A federal judge in New York has ruled that when Trump blocks Twitter users with opposing political viewpoints, it is a violation of the First...

2018-05-23
Report: Google just beat Amazon in the smart speaker wars for the first time

Google shipped 3.2 million Google Home devices. Amazon shipped 2.5 million Echo devices.  Well, that’s a first. Amazon released the first smart speaker, the Echo, on November 6, 2014. Google released its competing product, Google Home, two years later. Since then, Amazon has consistently sold more smart...

2018-05-23
Facial recognition company CEO explains why government surveillance is bad for privacy

It’s politics as usual in the US this week. The president is on Twitter complaining about the Federal government spying on him while Jeff Bezos is riding the Amazon cash-cow all the way to Surveillance-ville, Florida. Caught in the middle is the very idea of privacy, something Brian Brackeen, CEO and founder of...

2018-05-23
Vimeo’s CEO Anjali Sud will take your questions now please

How can an ad-free online video platform like Vimeo stand up against major advertising platforms like YouTube? How can creative platforms like Vimeo strike a balance between nurturing communities, freedom of speech, and creating a safe and inclusive space online? What’s your favorite video on Vimeo? Ask all this...

2018-05-23
European politician gets ratioed after tweeting a selfie with Zuck

Mark Zuckerberg’s hearing in front of EU parliamentary members was somewhat disappointing. Many had hoped for some straight answers from Facebook’s CEO. However, due to the odd format of the hearing, Zuckerberg was able to dodge most questions and got away with reiterating Facebook’s recent talking points....

2018-05-23
Could this “UBI for social enterprise” help fund business for good?

It may be a stretch to call it a universal basic income, but the Boulder-based social enterprise accelerator COMMON wants to give all its member companies a flat monthly stipend from a crowdsourced fund? In 2011, a group of five entrepreneurs and designers led by advertising veteran Alex Bogusky got together in...

2018-05-23
This consumer survey shows trouble ahead for Facebook

The more people know about how social networks monetize them, the less comfortable they are with the whole idea—a fact Facebook can no longer afford to ignore. If the image of Mark Zuckerberg bandaged and bloody on the cover of Wired, like some sort of Rocky cosplay artist, wasn’t clear enough,...

2018-05-23
“The Onion” expertly Twitter-trolled Michael Cohen for a full day

Trump’s lawyer once sent a cease and desist letter to “The Onion,” which the premier satirical news site decided to use in a protracted comedy assault. Whenever the president dismisses negative, accurate media coverage as “fake news,” he comes across as a troll. Naturally, the only...

2018-05-23
Facebook is digging deeper into the gig economy

As the social network has tried to distance itself from content curation, it appears to be getting more into commerce. Facebook wants to get into the home improvement business with its latest launch. The company is expanding Marketplace, its Craigslist-like competitor, to include services like Handy, Home Advisor, and...

2018-05-23
Wanna ditch your smartphone addiction? Put a patch on it

If you’re like the average smartphone owner, you touch your phone approximately 2,617 times a day. And, like most smartphone owners, you’re probably not picking it up for something super important every time — probably not even half the time. This can be annoying. Some would even go as far as to call this...

2018-05-23
PassProtect warns Chrome users when their username or passwords get pwned

Data breaches happen all the time. When they do, it’s invariably bad, with countless people ensnared. The MySpace breach, for example, impacted nearly 360 million. LinkedIn impacted 165 million more. One tool helping to mitigate the aftermath is Okta’s new Chrome plugin, PassProtect. As you type your username and...

2018-05-23
Facebook’s AI can translate music from one style into another

The result is nothing short of jaw-droppingly impressive. Facebook’s AI Research (FAIR) division has created the neural network capable of hearing, for example, a jazz band play a song, and then is able to output that exact song in a completely different style of music, say, as if played by a punk rock band,...

2018-05-23
Which brands inspire consumers the most with their missions

An annual survey asks people about how inspired they are by the missions of big companies (Amazon, Facebook), nonprofits (the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders), and even social movements like the Women’s March. What can we learn from their answers? In the new ranking of American brands, St. Jude’s...

2018-05-23
We need an ‘invisibility switch’ to hide from dark interactions

Woman A:  “Hello. How can I help you?”Woman B: “Hi. I’m calling to book a woman’s haircut for a client. I’m looking for something on May 3.”Woman A: “Sure. Give me one second — sure. What time are you looking for around?”Woman B: “At 12 p.m.” Most of you will recognize this phone conversation....

2018-05-23
OnePlus 6 Review: Small design downgrade, big camera upgrade

OnePlus has always tried to deliver flagship features and performance at mid-range prices, but it always seems to fall just a little bit shy of the top. Despite regularly sporting class-leading performance, some aspects lacked that last bit of polish that makes a Google Pixel or Samsung so popular. (You know, besides...

2018-05-23
Instagram now lets you mute annoying people without unfollowing them

Remember how you started following your least favorite cousin on Instagram at your last family reunion, because they asked you to do so right then and there? There’s now a way to scrub your feed clean of their inane posts, without ever letting them find out. Instagram is rolling out a new Mute feature that prevents...

2018-05-23
Review: Witti Design’s Notti and Dotti are a couple of fun little lights

Witti Design’s line of smart home accessories contains several products which can only be described as delightfully odd. As a big fan of interesting design decisions in technology products, I simply had to review a couple of the company’s strangest offerings: the Notti and Dotti. First, the Notti Pictured in the...

2018-05-22
Tech-Pentagon tension probably isn’t going away anytime soon

Workers have called on Google and other big tech companies to refuse Pentagon deals to harness the power of AI. Google is still working with the U.S. Defense Department on an initiative known as Project Maven, training computers to recognize objects in images, such as photographs taken by drones, Gizmodo reports....

2018-05-22
Instagram’s mute button is fine. Here’s what would be better

I’d kill for something less binary. Following the lead of Twitter and Facebook, Instagram is rolling out a mute button. It lets you remove other users from your feed without unfollowing them, and it’s a good way to curate what you see without hurting anyone’s feelings.Read Full Story

2018-05-22
Facebook made an AI that convincingly turns one style of music into another

Facebook AI Research (FAIR) scientists yesterday unveiled a neural network capable of translating music from one style, genre, and set of instruments to another. Soon, you won’t have to blow your own horn; you can just whistle to an AI and it’ll turn your song into the symphony or dance hit of your dreams. The AI...

2018-05-22
Boycotting schools for better gun laws? A great idea that won’t work

Like most parents, I wish there was a quick and dramatic large-scale fix for school violence. But I don’t know that this is it. The former education secretary for the Obama administration, Arne Duncan, says it’s time for parents to boycott schools until we have stricter gun laws. “What...

2018-05-22
Post Cambridge Analytica, the EU needs to end policy-makers’ preferential treatment of Facebook

Following the Cambridge Analytica affair and the massive leak of 87 million people’s data revealed earlier this year, Facebook is facing unprecedented scrutiny of its business model and especially its use of users’ personal data. These scandals provide political momentum for new initiatives to better regulate...

2018-05-22
How to watch Mark Zuckerberg testify before the European Parliament

European lawmakers want answers about Facebook’s handling of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. Mark Zuckerberg is testifying before the European Parliament on Tuesday, and you can see it all online. The meeting between the Facebook CEO and the parliamentarians who want answers...

2018-05-22
8 things Mark Zuckerberg will tell the European Parliament today

The Facebook CEO is not only coming to the European Parliament to discuss the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal. He’ll also remind the EU just how much good the company is doing inside its borders, reports Bloomberg. So what is on Zuckerberg’s agenda? Here’s what he plans to discuss:...

2018-05-22
People fleeing the Bay Area are causing a U-Haul crisis

The truck rental company is having trouble getting their vans back because so many people are renting them for a one-way trip out of town. So many people are picking up sticks and moving out of the Bay Area due to the crushing costs of living there, it’s causing problems for U-Haul, reports SFGate. The truck...

2018-05-22
The most popular mobile payments app is... Starbucks?

The coffee chain’s app will be used by 23.4 million people ages 14 and over to make a payment this year, putting it in first place. I bet you thought we were going to say Apple Pay or Google Pay. But those services are not processing as many mobile payments per year as the Starbucks app is. That’s...

2018-05-22
Trump has an iPhone dedicated to tweeting, and it poses a security risk

And he has another iPhone that is solely used for making calls–and he won’t let either out of his sight, which is driving White House security officials mad. That’s because Trump won’t allow either phone to be equipped with sophisticated security features, according to two senior...

2018-05-22
Google Photos is adding ‘Favorite’ and ‘Like’ buttons to your pictures

Google is updating its Photos cloud storage service with a star-shaped button to mark selected pictures as your Favorites. Android Police reports that the feature was first spotted in Photos’ Android app back in August 2017, and that it’s taken the company nearly a year to bring it to life for some reason. It’s...

2018-05-22
Microsoft, Intel, and Google disclose another Spectre-like CPU flaw

2018 started off on a sour note with the discovery of the Meltdown and Spectre chip-level security flaws, which could be exploited to access secure data on computers powered by the world’s most popular processors. Now, there’s another version doing the rounds. Microsoft and Google have jointly disclosed what’s...

2018-05-22
Adobe acquires ecommerce CMS Magento for $1.68 billion

Adobe has agreed to acquire Magento, a popular ecommerce CMS, presently owned by a private equity firm, for $1.68 billion. The deal will close in the third quarter of 2018. The Magento platform has long been regarded as a solid choice for companies who want to build and manage online stores; Bloomberg notes that it...

2018-05-22
Shonda Rhimes and Tyra Banks skim TheSkimm—and are now funding it

The popular email newsletter has now closed its Series C round and tacked on a few notable, albeit atypical, investors. In March, we learned that TheSkimm was raising a cool $12 million, thanks to an investment from Google Ventures. The popular email newsletter has now closed its Series C round and tacked on a few...

2018-05-21

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