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Reddit’s designers and users aren’t seeing eye-to-eye over site’s new look

It’s hard to believe Reddit is over ten years old, but the design does admittedly show its age. So the site’s designers are working to bring it forward with a sleek new look. As you might imagine, not everyone’s onboard. Reddit’s redesign is the most radical change in the site’s history. It takes the...

2018-05-04
Nutella celebrates World Password Day with the worst security advice ever

It’s World Password Day today, which means you should probably think about how you’ve secured your online accounts, and how you can ensure that they’re not easily hacked. Following Nutella’s advice on the matter would probably be the worst thing you can do, though. I love Nutella as much as the next guy, but...

2018-05-04
Instagram will soon let you book restaurant tables and buy movie tickets within the app

Instagram is gearing up to become a major shopping and commerce platform in the near future, with the introduction of support for payments. TechCrunch reports that the company is presently testing a feature to allow some business accounts in the US and the UK to accept payments natively for booking restaurant tables;...

2018-05-04
Twitter warns users to change passwords after accidentally ‘unmasking’ them in an internal log

Just minutes ago, Twitter’s official support channel posted a tweet stating that users may want to change their passwords as a precautionary measure. We recently found a bug that stored passwords unmasked in an internal log. We fixed the bug and have no indication of a breach or misuse by anyone. As a precaution,...

2018-05-03
Facebook’s ‘hate speech’ test is a better idea than you might think

Earlier this week, several Facebook users noticed a new option on all their Facebook posts: a small button at the bottom asking “Does this post contain hate speech?” It appeared on the most innocuous posts, including cat photos and boba tea parties. Yep, Facebook is asking whether my friend's boba tea meetup at a...

2018-05-03
Google Ups Ante In Voice Assisatnt Wars With Startup Investment Plan

As tech companies bet on AI assistant technology, Google announces an investment program for voice-powered startups. Google is putting its money where its mouth is with a plan to plow capital into startups that use its proprietary voice assistant technology, including ones building new skillsets for its Google...

2018-05-03
Twitter is researching online abuse, but will it solve anything?

Twitter has been struggling with an online abuse problem for years. With more than 330 million monthly active users, the platform is still one of the most popular apps in the world, but its growth rate in the past 3 years has paled in comparison to its growth rate in its first few years of operation. Its...

2018-05-03
Cardano pens deal to help Ethiopia put agriculture on the blockchain

Ethiopia is the latest African nation to express interest in blockchain-powered solutions. The country has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with fledgling cryptocurrency startup Cardano that will see developers use its blockchain in the local agriculture industry. Cardano lead and former Ethereum co-founder,...

2018-05-03
NowThis wants Snap’s help in getting its platform mojo back

As publishers flee from Facebook, will Snapchat help cushion the fall? You probably thought platform-specific publishing was so 2017, but maybe not! NowThis announced today a breaking news channel to be consumed on Snapchat Discover. It will be called NowBreaking, and will launch in June.Read Full Story

2018-05-03
Monica Lewinsky just gave every intern a reason to cheer

Monica Lewinsky has no time for Marco Rubio pickin on interns. In a textbook example of punching down, Marco Rubio bravely called out a Politico intern for writing an unflattering profile of his ever-evolving stance on the tax reform he helped sign into law. Not one to standby and let someone slander interns,...

2018-05-03
How A Virtual Scavenger Hunt Could Train Robots To Find Things In Your Home

A research project from Facebook and Georgia Tech is training artificial intelligence systems to parse natural language questions and find specific objects. Artificial intelligence models need to be trained on data in order to be useful. The more data you plug in, the more the automation tends to improve. A new...

2018-05-03
Stephen Colbert’s Facebook dating video is the best ad Tinder could hope for

While no one knows what the new feature will look like yet, Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show gave us a sneak peak on Wednesday night’s episode anyway At its F8 conference, Facebook announced it was getting into the dating game. The news caused Match.com’s stock to drop—and the...

2018-05-03
Google is entering the gaming business, starting with a trivia app

Bloomberg reports that Google is launching a social gaming startup called Arcade, with plans to build a quiz title as its first release. The plan is to grow the company over at Area 120, a division that fosters employees’ experimental ideas and brings them to market. At its helm is 21-year-old Michael Sayman, who...

2018-05-03
Watch out, Alexa! Google is catching up to Amazon in the smart home wars

Google now says its voice assistant can control over 5,000 smart home devices. Smart home device makers have become much more supportive of Google Assistant and the Google Home speaker over the past few months. Google now says its voice assistant can control over 5,000 smart home devices–up from 1,500 devices...

2018-05-03
HTC will unveil its next flagship this month

Taiwanese phone maker HTC is all set to reveal its next flagship handset on May 23. We’re pretty certain it’ll be the U12+. Tipster Evan Blass gave us a look at the device back in March, with dual camera systems on the front and rear. This is the HTC U12+ https://t.co/LP9OX5xHlO pic.twitter.com/fi7BGkj6l5 — Evan...

2018-05-03
Google Pay is rolling out on the web for faster checkouts on desktop and iOS

Following its launch on Android back in February, Google Pay is now rolling out on the web to let you complete shopping transactions quicker on desktop and iOS. The cross-platform service lets users check out on shopping sites, as well as send and receive money using a credit or debit card or PayPal account. Today’s...

2018-05-03
When It Comes To AI, Facebook Says It Wants Systems That Don’t Reflect Our Biases

As we train more and more AI systems, we need to make sure to mitigate against the biases that inevitably creep in. Artificial intelligence is a big part of nearly everything Facebook does–from image recognition to detecting objectionable content to helping people find jobs.Read Full Story

2018-05-03
How The “Handmaid’s Tale” Brought New Sets To (Terrifying) Life

Executive producer Warren Littlefield and production designer Elisabeth Warren explain their approach to expanding the visual dystopia in season two. Gilead does not exist. At least it didn’t until The Handmaid’s Tale production team created it from scratch.Read Full Story

2018-05-03
Cambridge Analytica’s Major Players: Where Are They Now?

Cambridge Analytica and affiliated companies are shutting down, though some of the key players are now linked to a new firm called Emerdata. Cambridge Analytica and various affiliated companies in the US and UK have announced they’re shutting down amid controversy over their role in Donald Trump’s...

2018-05-02
There’s a logical explanation for @KanyeWest: Parallel universes

Was Stephen Hawking’s final theory about Kanye West’s recent Twitter resurgance? No. It wasn’t. But it might contain the only logical explanation. First, a disclaimer: I’ve been a fan of Kanye West’s music since the moment I heard Jay-Z’s song “The Takeover,” which West produced, on the classic 2001...

2018-05-02
Facebook and Instagram now let third-party apps share to your Stories

It’s no secret that Instagram copied Snapchat’s Stories to massive success. Now Instagram is making the format even more prominent by allowing third parties to share directly to your Story. Facebook announced at its F8 conference that developers can enable the ability to share screenshots of their apps to your...

2018-05-02
Bankrupt Cambridge Analytica blames “negative media coverage” for shutdown

The company was discovered to have used Facebook data that was improperly harvested from more than 87 million users The data firm at the center of Facebook’s massive privacy scandal is calling it quits.Read Full Story

2018-05-02
Some developers now have Facebook’s Santa Cruz standalone VR headset

Facebook CTO Michael Schroepfer said on stage at the F8 developers conference today that the earliest group of outside developers have gotten their hands on Santa Cruz, the company’s high-end standalone VR headset. Yesterday, Facebook started selling the Oculus Go, its medium-quality standalone. And it’s...

2018-05-02
Dogged by Facebook scandal, Cambridge Analytica closes its doors

After becoming the center of a scandal that led to a federal inquiry, Cambridge Analytica and its UK counterpart SCL Elections are closing and filing for bankruptcy. Employees received word today the company was closing, effective immediately. Cambridge Analytica and its UK counterpart called employees and released a...

2018-05-02
At F8, Facebook missed a chance to reassure us about its future

“It’s not enough to build powerful tools. We have to make sure they’re used for good. And we will.” That was Mark Zuckerberg teeing off the day-one keynote yesterday at Facebook’s F8 conference, echoing a sentiment he’s expressed repeatedly (on Facebook, before Congress) in...

2018-05-02
Facebook’s Go-Playing AI is a free download

Much as IBM’s Watson once demonstrated the power of AI by becoming a Jeopardy champion, DeepMind’s AlphaGo has been beating the world’s best Go players, a long-time aspiration of AI reaearchers which once seemed unobtainable. Here at the F8 conference, Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer lavished praise...

2018-05-02
Jimmy O. Yang Is Disrupting Asian Stereotypes On “Silicon Valley”

The comedian just published “How to American,” the book he wishes he could have read as a 13-year old immigrant new to America. Winning the role of Jian-Yang, Silicon Valley’s quietly calculating entrepreneur from China, completely changed actor and comedian Jimmy O. Yang’s future. But the...

2018-05-02
Facebook Used Billions Of Instagram Photos To Set A New Record In Image Recognition Accuracy

The work, known as weakly supervised pre-training, got an accuracy score of 85.4% when applied to a common benchmarking tool–fully 2% better than the previous state of the art. Facebook is leveraging billions of Instagram photos and thousands of user-added hashtags to improve the state of the art of image...

2018-05-02
Here’s How Facebook Uses AI To Detect Many Kinds Of Bad Content

The company uses AI to identify objectionable content in seven areas: nudity, graphic violence, terrorism, hate speech, spam, fake accounts, and suicide prevention. When Mark Zuckerberg testified in Washington, D.C., last month, he repeatedly told members of Congress that Facebook planned on using artificial...

2018-05-02
The first-ever VR Google Doodle is a charming tribute to Georges Méliès

Over the years, Google’s doodles–those frequent charming musings at the top of its homepage–have evolved from static to dynamic, and have included games, animations, and more. Now, add virtual reality to the mix. Today, Google launched its first-ever VR doodle, a terrific celebration...

2018-05-02
TNW’s Big Spam: UFOs are never a coincidence

Wednesday. Here we are. Top trending tech news: 😮 Facebook Messenger is getting a sleek new design (TNW) 👍 Facebook now lets anyone create an AR experience (TNW) 😎 FTC to host a cryptocurrency scam workshop (Hard Fork) What we’re talking about: Facebook is finally giving users the option to clear their...

2018-05-02
The Justice Teams Network Will Help Victims Of Police Violence

The organization, cofounder Black Lives Matters’ Patrisse Cullors, will help the families of people killed by the police or who die in jail–with legal advice, counseling, and fundraising. Within an hour after Sahleem Tindle was shot in the back and killed by a BART police officer in Oakland, California,...

2018-05-02
Exclusive: Uber’s New Air Taxi Boss Built Flying Cars For Larry Page

We chat with aeronautical engineer Eric Allison, who’s leading Uber Elevate’s audacious plan to get flying car service airborne by 2023. No longer a total figment of science fiction, flying taxis are attracting big investment from dozens of companies. One star player is Zee.Aero, a division of Google...

2018-05-02
Facebook commits to political bias review and civil rights audit

The social media giant is bringing in two outside advisors to review and audit whether the company has any bias against conservative views and what impacts the social media network has on underrepresented communities and communities of color, reports Axios. The review and audit are being carried out in response to...

2018-05-02
LG’s new G7 ThinQ bets all its chips on AI and hi-fi audio

LG is set to unveil its latest handset in just a few hours from now, but VentureBeat’s already spilled the beans on the new G7 ThinQ, which boasts some impressive hardware, as well as a couple of interesting AI and audio features. As we’ve seen in leaks earlier, there’s a dedicated hardware button below the...

2018-05-02
There’s a bright spot for brands in Snapchat’s gloomy earnings report

Earlier this year, Snapchat started offering creators data and analytics on metrics like unique viewers, time spent watching, audience demographics, and more. It was one of the first indicators that Snap was finally working harder to court creators and brands. During Snap’s earnings call today, the...

2018-05-02
Controversial biotech CEO found dead in flotation tank

Aaron Traywick, the 28-year-old founder of biotech startup Ascendance Biomedical, was found floating face down in a sensory deprivation tank in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, reports the Daily Mail. While police are still investigating his death, they say no foul play is suspected so far. Traywick was something of a...

2018-05-02
Instagram should focus on quality, not quantity, in fixing its Explore tab

At Facebook’s F8 conference yesterday, the company noted that it’d soon update Instagram with a revamped Explore tab to make it easier to discover fresh content that you might enjoy. The refreshed version of Explore will bring a list of topics to the top of the screen, such as ‘animals’, and ‘photography’;...

2018-05-02
Facebook takes on Tinder with its new dating service

In one of the highlights of today’s F8 conference, Facebook announced it was entering the online dating space with new features. These new features, built into Facebook’s existing app, would use information from your profile to match you with potential paramours based on mutual interests and friends. During his F8...

2018-05-02
Instagram and WhatsApp are both getting group video calls soon

At its F8 conference yesterday, Facebook announced that it’s bringing group video chats to both Instagram and WhatsApp in future updates. On Instagram, you’ll soon find a new camera icon in your Direct conversation screens; tapping it will initiate an instant video call, and you can minimize it to continue...

2018-05-02
Facebook says it wants to do right by news organizations

Back in January, Facebook announced that it would henceforth de-emphasize posts from brands and publishers in users’ news feeds in favor of ones from friends and family. Media organizations—which have long been dependent on Facebook for traffic, albeit more than a trifle embarassed by that...

2018-05-01
Facebook is finally giving users the option to clear their history

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, today announced the site would introduce a feature which will grant users a measure of control over their data — specifically, giving them control over how much information from their history is shared without third-party apps. The feature, appropriately named “Clear History,” will...

2018-05-01
Oculus Go will outsell all other quality VR headsets this year: analyst

Facebook’s brand-new standalone virtual reality headset, the Oculus Go, will outsell all other VR gear, except for dirt-cheap headsets based on Google’s low-end Cardboard, this year. That’s according to a report out this afternoon from SuperData Research. Facebook began selling the Oculus Go...

2018-05-01
Facebook Messenger is getting a clean new design. Here’s what it looks like

Facebook Messenger is the second most popular messaging app in the world , behind another Facebook property, WhatsApp. But while WhatsApp has remained relatively clean and minimal, Messenger’s features can make the app overwhelming. So much so, that some people have turned to the pared-down Messenger Lite instead....

2018-05-01
Here’s How Instagram Will Use AI To Take On Its Bullying Problem

With new machine-learning tools, the social network says it will automatically detect and filter out insulting, racist, and other bullying comments at scale. Instagram is rolling out a comment-filtering technology today that will automatically hide bullying comments on the social network.Read Full Story

2018-05-01
Post-Cambridge Analytica, Facebook doesn’t want to desert academia

The political targeting firm Cambridge Analytica may be synonymous with Facebook’s current mess, but it got the Facebook profiles it misused through a middleman, academic Alexsandr Kogan. Kogen has recently said he’s been scapegoated by both Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, but the fact remains that...

2018-05-01
Facebook really wants us to know election ads will be transparent

Facebook wants people to trust its efforts to protect elections this year in the United States and other countries. It has already talked about its new requirements around political-ads transparency, and today it doubled down on messaging how much information will be available about such advertising. During his...

2018-05-01
Match Group stock plummets after Facebook shows love for dating

Investors are ghosting Match Group after Facebook announced a scheme to invade its space. At its F8 conference today, the social networking giant said it plans to launch a dating feature that will help people find love on Facebook. Shares in Match Group—which owns OKCupid and Tinder, in addition to...

2018-05-01

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