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Elon Musk reveals new Tesla Model 3 variants with AWD and dual motors

Two new all wheel drive (AWD) versions of the Tesla Model 3 will go on sale next month. Both models are pricier by far than the current Model 3, but they have an extra motor. And, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the Performance edition will gobble up a BMW M3 on the track. Wasn’t Musk, just a few weeks ago,...

2018-05-21
Steve Mnuchin hopes the DOJ will take “a serious look” at internet monopolies

“These issues deserve to be reviewed carefully,” Mnuchin said in a CNBC interview Last night, 60 Minutes aired a segment that aimed to shine a light on antitrust questions raised by Google’s growing marketplace power. In the wake of the story, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was asked...

2018-05-21
Here’s a free AI class that’ll prepare you for the robot takeover

The Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence now offers a free six-part online course, The Elements of AI, available to anyone. I like free stuff: Especially when there’s no catch. Sign up is quick and simple, and there’s no application process. Completion of the course will earn you a LinkedIn certificate and,...

2018-05-21
This Twitter bot invents the most heinous flavors of Fanta ever

Fanta is my favorite soft drink. The original, I mean. I can’t get enough of that sweet, sweet orange nectar. It’s like crack to me — if crack was invented in Nazi Germany and chugged by the Wehrmacht like lager. I’m less keen on the weird not-orange flavors though. Peach Fanta tastes a bit like mouthwash, and...

2018-05-21
With iZettle acquisition, PayPal looks to block Square’s overseas ambitions

PayPal agreed to buy iZettle, known as the “Square of Europe,” for $2.2 billion in cash on Thursday. Well, that was awkward. Last week, PayPal agreed to buy iZettle, known as the “Square of Europe,” for $2.2 billion in cash, making the deal the payments company’s largest acquisition...

2018-05-21
Facebook is killing Snapchat with the format it created

After introducing Stories in 2013, Snapchat’s most prominent feature has really come into its own in the past two years. In 2016, Facebook poked the proverbial bear by making off with Snapchat’s signature feature. Drawing the ire of the internet in the process, it didn’t take long to expand into other...

2018-05-21
Amid the cloud giants, small providers find their niche

Emphasizing individual attention and specialty services, small cloud providers hold their own against tech giants like Amazon and Microsoft. Think of cloud computing, and it’s likely you think first of the services offered by some of the giants of the technology world: Amazon Web Services and Microsoft’s...

2018-05-21
Roger Ver has found a new use for cryptocurrency: crowd-bribing

UNICEF may be using cryptocurrencies to crowd-fund children in Bangladesh, but Roger Ver has found a better utility for them. Ver is asking his twitter followers to send Bitcoin Cash (BCH) to a HK stock exchange official in order to get him to promote the cryptocurrency to his nine million Weibo followers. Ver was...

2018-05-21
Microsoft buys Semantic Machines to push its AI ambitions forward

The Redmond, California, company has bought the Berkeley-based Semantic Machines, the company has announced in a blog post. The Redmond, California, company has bought the Berkeley-based Semantic Machines, the company has announced in a blog post. Semantic Machines is an expert in what is known as conversational...

2018-05-21
Mark Zuckerberg’s closed-door meeting with EU will now be live-streamed

The Facebook CEO’s planned meeting with the European Parliament tomorrow to discuss the Cambridge Analytica scandal had been criticized because it was going to take place behind closed doors. The Facebook CEO’s planned meeting with the European Parliament tomorrow to discuss the Cambridge Analytica...

2018-05-21
Microsoft just bought an AI startup to improve Cortana’s conversational skills

Microsoft has agreed to acquire Semantic Machines, a Berkeley, California-based startup that develops conversational AI – systems that help bots speak to humans naturally – in a bid to improve its Cortana voice assistant. That’s a big win for Microsoft, because Semantic Machines’ team includes some serious...

2018-05-21
Watch Bishop Michael Curry’s rousing royal wedding sermon

The Most Reverend Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the American Episcopal Church, delivered an entertaining and frenetic sermon today at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The Most Reverend Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the American Episcopal Church, delivered an entertaining and frenetic...

2018-05-19
3 reasons why a ‘live personality’ can take your brand from drab to fab

The concept of “going live” in the business world has been steadily picking up steam for a few years now. The implementation of Facebook Live back in 2016 thrust this practice into the spotlight. Nowadays, creating a live presence, whether it is through things like behind-the-scenes videos, podcasts, Q&A...

2018-05-19
Maybe introducing Google Duplex at I/O wasn’t such a hot idea

The demo was dazzling. But it also inspired questions which Google has not yet shown interest in answering. At Google’s I/O keynote last week, the most memorable moment was unquestionably the teaser for Duplex, a dazzling bit of AI and voice technology which the company says will come to its Google Assistant...

2018-05-19
Texas Lt. Gov blames school doors for shootings; Twitter disagrees

“Had there been one single entrance possibly for every student, maybe he would have been stopped.” America has a major gun problem. No space is safe anymore; not church, not a concert venue, and especially, it seems, not school. While the common denominator in many of these mass shootings is an...

2018-05-18
This devastating map shows every school shooting since 1999—and it will just keep updating

Esri, a spatial analytics company, has mapped out school shootings since Columbine using the Washington Post’s database. At least 10 people were killed and another 10 wounded in Santa Fe, Texas, today when a teenager unloaded bullets inside yet another American school. According to news reports, a student has...

2018-05-18
To help Palestinian protesters, this Facebook fundraiser raised over $1M in 3 days

Facebook fundraising FTW. In the wake of “wholly disproportionate” force used against Palestinian protestors, which left over 100 people dead, hospitals in Gaza have been overwhelmed by those injured. So the British charity Medical Aid for Palestinians, or MAP, did what many charities have done...

2018-05-18
TNW Answers panel: Should everyone learn to code?

Curious about where dev is headed? Wondering if you should learn to code? Or what language to pick? Could education be the key to finally closing the STEM gender gap? You can ask all this and more to an expert panel this Tuesday, May 22nd. We’ll be hosting our first ever TNW Answers panel on the future of coding...

2018-05-18
Google Maps is broken on some Huawei and Honor phones. Here’s how to fix it

Google Maps has stopped working on some Huawei and Honor phones. When people open it — or use any app that depends on Google Maps, most notably Uber — it presents them with the following error message: “Google Play Services are updating.” It’s a weird little glitch. It’s not clear how it came about, but...

2018-05-18
Hey Alexa, what time is the royal wedding? Harry-Meghan trivia floods digital assistants

Siri, Alexa, and Google are prepared to answer your royal wedding trivia now. Hey, Alexa, who is the archbishop of Canterbury? Hey, Siri, what time is the royal wedding? Hey, Google, who is Meghan Markle’s father?Read Full Story

2018-05-18
Cambridge Analytica files for bankruptcy in the U.S.

The company was allegedly improperly using the data of at least 87 million Facebook users since 2014. The scandal-ridden company has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, reports Reuters. The filing isn’t unexpected as the company and its British parent SCL Elections Ltd said earlier this month they would both be...

2018-05-18
Elon Musk: Boring Company’s L.A. “Loop” tunnel system will cost $1/ride

Musk said the 11-mile, eight-minute trip would carry people from downtown L.A. to the city’s international airport for a fare of only $1. Musk revealed the cost of fares for his company’s tunneling system under Los Angeles at a Boring Company information session on Thursday, reports CNBC. Musk said the...

2018-05-18
North Korea distributed apps on Google Play to spy on defectors

Two of the apps were disguised as security apps, while the third was disguised as an app that provided information about food ingredients. The rogue state uploaded three spying apps to Google Play’s app store in January, according to researchers from security company McAfee. Two of the apps were disguised as...

2018-05-18
Steam’s app for streaming PC games to your phone works like a charm

If you’ve been dreaming of playing your favorite PC games on the toilet without actually bringing your desktop into the bathroom with you, you’re in luck. Steam’s Link app for Android, which lets you stream titles to your phone over Wi-Fi, is now available in beta on Google Play – and I’m happy to report...

2018-05-18
Instagram finally realized Feed and Stories are part of the same app

Instagram today announced an update that allows users to share Feed posts to Stories, finally allowing crossover between its two primary picture galleries. When you find something on your Feed of static, non-ephemeral Instagram posts which strikes your fancy, you can add it to your Story. To do so, tap the Share...

2018-05-17
This unintentionally hilarious AI should caption every Instagram photo

A team of researchers from Macedonia recently unveiled an AI capable of telling a story based on nothing more than a series of images. Theirs isn’t the first we’ve reported on, and perhaps it’s not the best, but it’s definitely the funniest. The current project in vogue among many AI developers is making...

2018-05-17
The Recommender: Cia Bernales, Web Producer And Owner Of Atticus, The Giant Rottweiler

The three best things Fast Company‘s Web producer found on the Internet (and elsewhere) this week. Cia shows off her standing desk. Name: Cia Bernales Role at Fast Company: Product Manager Website: Writing with My Mouth Full Instagram: @ext212 Twitter: @ciaEATS Titillating fact: Cia has crossed 37 countries...

2018-05-17
Daughter has best reaction when her dad becomes a Twitter meme

When it comes to viral internet fame, there are great ways to achieve it and some really not-so-great ways. Getting there by being caught (apparently) eyeing up a young woman, then being called out on it by your daughter, would fall into the latter category for me. Luckily everyone seems to be taking it in good humor....

2018-05-17
The best (and worst) 5-word career advice Twitter is giving grads

In which we parse #GraduationAdviceIn5Words, a combination of pearls of wisdom and a few pretty unhelpful suggestions. Not that you asked, graduates, but the Twitterverse is coming out in force to guide you through your first steps as a newly minted member of the Class of 2018. So we combed #GraduationAdviceIn5Words...

2018-05-17
Why the royal wedding is a bigger deal on Pinterest than Facebook

Harry + Meghan = the perfect pins. When it comes to Royal Wedding Fever, not all social media networks are handling the excitement equally.Read Full Story

2018-05-17
Facebook’s working on a platform to connect marketers with influencers

Facebook will soon offer marketers a new dedicated platform designed to make it easier for companies to find influencers whose message best dovetails with their brand. The new tool was first spotted by German site AllFacebook, which posted screenshots of it in action. It’s called “Branded Content Matching,” and...

2018-05-17
Facebook, Uber, Wells Fargo, and the new wave of Apology Ads

The latest rash of mea culpa-as-marketing ads illustrates how hard it can be for a brand to say sorry. Two of the toughest words in the English language to string together just might be “I’m sorry.” It’s not so much the pronunciation holding us back as it is a reluctance built on a...

2018-05-17
Exclusive: Google’s new plan to help designers make more accessible products

Google is marking Global Accessibility Awareness Day with suite of new resources. Google wants to help online creators make a more inclusive internet, one that is accessible to the billion-plus people in the world who have some form of disability.Read Full Story

2018-05-17
YouTube is getting ready to launch two new subscription services

They will replace the YouTube Red and Google Play Music subscription services currently available. The company announced the new subscription services in a blog post. They will replace the YouTube Red and Google Play Music subscription services currently available. Here’s how the two new subscription services...

2018-05-17
Alexa’s secret superpower: Making you more productive at work

Put an Echo on your desk, and you can stay focused, remember what matters, make calls, and more. While most people install their smart speakers in a common room, bedroom, or kitchen, the best place for a virtual assistant might be in your office.Read Full Story

2018-05-17
YouTube’s streaming music service is launching next week

YouTube has announced that it’s launching YouTube Music – a new streaming service that brings millions of tracks and videos in both free and paid flavors – next week, on May 22. The company says you’ll be able to find entire albums, covers, remixes, live versions, and artist radio stations in its new mobile...

2018-05-17
Google News has a new feature that may just pop your filter bubble

Announced at last week’s Google I/O keynote, the AI-powered Google News app officially landed today on iOS. The app, which serves as a replacement for the seemingly-abandoned Google Play Newsstand on iOS devices, is excellent. It leans heavily on Google’s superb AI to surface stories you’re most likely to care...

2018-05-17
Facebook updates push Stories past its Snapchat clone beginnings

Facebook unquestionably “borrowed” liberally from Snapchat when launching Stories. Several feature additions set to roll out in the next few months, however, may put Facebook’s version in a league of its own. According to a report from TechCrunch, Facebook is adding several new features to its “Stories.”...

2018-05-16
Lawyer who went on racist rant is reviewed online–as a Mexican restaurant

After a racist tirade went viral, a New York lawyer’s online listings are being vandalized in the funniest ways. Today was probably just another normal day for Aaron M. Schlossberg, until it wasn’t. First, a video surfaced online of a white man berating a manager at a midtown Fresh Kitchen because two...

2018-05-16
How Alphabet plans to keep hackers away from this year’s election

The company’s security incubator Jigsaw announced Project Shield today, offering a new level of free protection to candidates and political organizations. As we all look ahead to this year’s midterms with a mixture of excitement and panic, fully expecting hackers to once again target U.S. election...

2018-05-16
Deutsche Bank: Facebook’s biggest GDPR risk is a flood of lawsuits

Analysts see legal fights related to GDPR as potentially undermining Facebook’s bottom line. GDPR, a new set of European guidelines meant to give citizens more control over their online data, goes into effect on May 25. That’s why you keep getting emails from every technology company you use, informing...

2018-05-16
Mark Zuckerberg finally agrees to appear before the European Parliament

Because Facebook is registered in Ireland, it is subject to regulation by the EU Parliament. It took 57 days for the Facebook CEO to make up his mind, but Zuckerberg will indeed face the EU Parliament to answer questions about data privacy and the Cambridge Analytica affair. He’ll also be asked about how...

2018-05-16
Twitter crowdsourced the identity of a viral racist in mere hours

Online sleuths found and shared the identity of a man caught on video berating two Spanish-speakers at the speed of Twitter Justice (read: very fast). It was a real #HasJustineLanded-type situation online this morning, as Twitterers waited to find out the identity of a man captured on camera behaving terribly. They...

2018-05-16
One of the most popular royal wedding tweets was fake news

Think before you retweet. As Royal Wedding Mania reaches fever pitch, Twitter has revealed the most viral tweets about the impending nuptials between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Turns out that one of the most retweeted stories was fake news.Read Full Story

2018-05-16
Amazon’s Alexa gets new voices like Google Assistant (kinda)

Amazon today announced a developer preview for Alexa that brings eight new free voices to Skills. It’s not quite the vocal overhaul that Google Assistant is getting, but it’s a start. Here’s the deal: Alexa’s getting two more voices than Google Assistant, but these won’t replace the one you’re used to...

2018-05-16
Watch Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie testify before the Senate

Data researcher Christopher Wylie will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning. Data researcher Christopher Wylie will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning for a hearing on data privacy. Lawmakers will grill the Canadian coder on his knowledge of, and role in, the Cambridge...

2018-05-16
Create and host a WordPress powered site in minutes including top-notch security for under $50

For those looking to craft a functioning, structurally sound website and won’t get instantly trashed by hackers, there’s a one-stop WordPress Build and Host package now available to get a great looking site done fast -- and right -- for only $49.99.

2018-05-16
Instagram is rolling out a time-management tool for Instagram addicts

The Facebook-owned company is working on a “Usage Insights” feature that will show users their “time spent.” Just hours after code was found in the Android version of the Instagram app that shows the Facebook-owned company is working on a “Usage Insights” feature that will...

2018-05-16

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