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Facebook has paid out $6 million in bug bounties

Here at F8, Facebook’s outgoing chief security officer, Alex Stamos, is giving a talk on how the company does security. One part of the recipe is offering cash payments to people who identify bugs, which expedites discovery and increases the chances that those who discover vulnerabilities will help Facebook...

2018-05-01
Facebook will let you build immersive 3D “memories” from old photos

We all have memories of things that live on only through old photos. Now, Facebook wants to let us live those memories again–in 3D and in virtual reality. During F8, the company’s developers conference today, Facebook head of social VR Rachel Franklin described how you’ll be able to upload a group...

2018-05-01
Coming soon to Facebook: 3D photos

One of the last things announced during Facebook’s F8 keynote looked inconsequential but fun: News Feed is going to get “3D photos,” which have a bit of a pseudo-dimensionality effect as you scroll through them. This reminds of a feature introduced by Lytro’s light-field camera in 2013. If...

2018-05-01
Facebook’s dating service won’t exactly be Tinder

Facebook plans to add a dating feature to its app in the months to come, but don’t expect to swipe right or left just yet. Instead of putting profile pictures first, the dating feature will ask users to “unlock” nearby events and interest groups, at which point they can browse the profiles of...

2018-05-01
To make your feed more civil, Facebook is adding a dash of Reddit

If your family, friends, and random acqaintances are squabbling in your Facebook comments—about politics or any other topic—the company thinks it has a solution. At F8, Facebook chief product office Chris Cox just announced that Facebook will begin full rollout of up-voting and down-voting for comments,...

2018-05-01
This Startup Wants To Help You Use Facebook To Find A Mentor

Ten Thousand Coffees partners with Facebook with the goal of making professional connections. Dave Wilkin, the founder of Ten Thousand Coffees, has a pretty lofty goal: for every single company in the world to offer mentoring and networking for all their employees. But right now, most of us don’t have a shot...

2018-05-01
Instagram wants to use AI to shut up bullies

Historically, Instagram has not gotten much onstage attention at Facebook’s F8 keynotes. This year was different, with a sizable chunk of the presentation devoted to new features such as group video chat. And the final bit of news was that Instagram will aim to foil digital bullies via a new AI-infused...

2018-05-01
Facebook now lets anyone create an AR experience

Facebook is updating its AR Studio, simplifying the process and making it easier for anyone to create an augmented reality experience, and to put it to use across all of Facebook’s services. One of the ways Facebook is making the creation easier is to provide a number of art assets. The company is partnering with...

2018-05-01
Facebook’s Messenger is helping brands dabble in AR

At Facebook’s F8 conference, its Messenger app is unveiling some new features—though nothing as sweeping as it did last year, when it started introducing features designed to make itself into a customer-service portal. The flashiest addition lets businesses build augmented-reality experiences within...

2018-05-01
Love It Or Hate It, Facebook Still Thinks It Can Help People

As damaging stories about Facebook swirl, the social media giant also wants to mention that it’s using its network to help support lifesaving work around the world. Facebook may be grappling with a proliferation of fake news on its service and still reeling from revelations that it sold private user data. But...

2018-05-01
Oculus Aims For The Masses With A New $200 VR Headset

The marketing campaign behind the new Oculus Go is like an elaborate product demo, showing people what VR looks like, and hoping the combo of a cool experience at a lower price point convinces them to try it. The Facebook-owned virtual reality company Oculus launched its newest piece of hardware today, the Oculus Go:...

2018-05-01
Oculus Go Review: The New Standalone Headset Is A Watershed Moment For VR

With all of its computing on board, Facebook’s new Oculus Go is a big step forward—and a big win. Let me just say it straight up: Standalone virtual reality is the bomb, and not just because quality VR is, at long last, available to iPhone users.Read Full Story

2018-05-01
You can now share to Instagram or Facebook Stories from any app

People love creating Facebook and Instagram Stories, and now they’ll be able to do so from just about any app. Today at F8, Facebook’s developers conference, the company rolled out a tool that will allow developers to integrate sharing to Stories directly into their apps. “Just tap the share...

2018-05-01
At F8, Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook can’t stop building

For years, Facebook’s F8 developer conference has kicked off with a keynote in which Mark Zuckerberg rhapsodizes about the importance of connecting people. This morning, he did that once more. But in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica mess, Zuckerberg’s mantra was intermingled with a healthy dose of...

2018-05-01
Facebook will soon let you clear search info from your account

About 90 minutes  before he takes the stage at Facebook’s F8 developers conference in San Jose, Mark Zuckerberg dropped a bit of news: The company will soon roll out a feature that lets you clear all information from your account about apps and websites with which you’ve interacted. “In your...

2018-05-01
This Tech CEO’s Top Two Tips For Hiring A Great Leadership Team

Thumbtack cofounder Marco Zappacosta has hired leaders from Google, YouTube, and Bain. Here’s how that taught him to rethink the executive search. Marco Zappacosta launched Thumbtack after graduating from college in 2008. Like most first-time founders, he wanted to reinvent everything. Since then,...

2018-05-01
TNW’s Big Spam: Turn your friends into laborers

Happy Tuesday, you little gremlins. Tomorrow we have a TNW Answers session with “Have I Been Pwned?” creator and security expert Troy Hunt. You don’t need to wait til he’s online… ASK YOUR QUESTIONS NOW!!! Top trending tech news: 😮 Telegram is now banned in Iran (TNW) 😬 Twitter also sold data...

2018-05-01
F8 live-stream: How to watch Facebook’s 2018 developer conference online

For the next two days, Facebook will get to pretend it’s not mired in controversy and will instead try to focus on some of its new projects and products. The tech giant’s 2018 F8 developer conference begins today, with a host of new announcements and events expected to take place. Mark...

2018-05-01
Blockchain-powered Gagapay solves trust issues between companies and affiliate marketers

Digital advertising and marketing spend is tipped to finally equal that of traditional marketing by 2020 and will eventually surpass it. Marketers are only now fully harnessing the power and reach of digital marketing after a lot of teething problems that led to wasted budgets and missed targets. That’s not to say...

2018-05-01
WhatsApp founder Jan Koum leaves company, cuts ties with Facebook

WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum today announced he was leaving the company. While he’s mum on the exact cause, rumors point to frustration with Facebook over advertising and data privacy. In a Facebook post, Koum said: It’s been almost a decade since Brian and I started WhatsApp, and it’s been an amazing journey...

2018-05-01
Yeah, it was inevitable that WhatApp’s CEO would leave Facebook

On the eve of Facebook’s F8 conference, the social-networking giant has a bit more melodrama to add to the mix: WhatsApp CEO and Facebook board member Jan Koum is departing. His exit comes a little over four years after Mark Zuckerberg agreed to buy his phenom of a messaging app for $19 billion, a figure...

2018-04-30
Twitter also sold data to Cambridge Analytica researcher Aleksandr Kogan

Everyone who didn’t sell data to Cambridge Analytica or Aleksandr Kogan please take one step forward. Not so fast @Jack. Twitter, it turns out, also sold data to the former Cambridge Analytica researcher who tricked Facebook users into helping him digitally gerrymander the 2016 US presidential election. According to...

2018-04-30
Have I Been Pwned’s Troy Hunt will answer all your good questions about bad passwords

What do you think of websites that do the same thing as “Have I been pwnd?” but charge money for divulging hacked accounts? What’s the worst password you’ve ever seen? Do you see Cambridge Analytica as a turning point for people being aware of the dangers of data breaches? Who’s the coolest celeb you’ve...

2018-04-30
China’s Golaxy AI defeats top Go player too — but is it ready for DeepMind?

China has finally developed its own Go-master AI called Golaxy. Last week it overwhelmingly defeated Chinese Go champion Ke Jie, putting it on par with its Silicon Valley contemporary in Google’s Alpha Go. What it means: Maybe humans just aren’t very good at Go. We’re like the Washington Generals of board games...

2018-04-30
Facebook Can Still Save American Democracy From Itself

Scapegoating Facebook for the ills of American governance ultimately won’t get America anywhere. Mark Zuckerberg’s testimonies before the U.S. Congress allowed Facebook to answer for its poor handling of allegations that third parties stole, sold or improperly used Facebook data presidential election....

2018-04-30
Facebook’s new plan to fight fake news? Shrinkage

In the wake of accidentally helping Russia influence the U.S. presidential election, Facebook has been trying to figure out ways to stem the tide of fake news flooding the social network. First, it tried red flags, but like someone trying to pick a fight with a bull, the red flags only encouraged people to click...

2018-04-30
Fitbit Will Use Google Cloud To Integrate With Health Systems

Fitbit’s work with health systems, insurers, and employees may one day reduce its dependence on consumer wearable sales for revenue. Fitbit says it’ll use Google’s cloud service and healthcare API to offer a care management and coaching platform for healthcare providers.Read Full Story

2018-04-30
Twitter is now embroiled in the Cambridge Analytica scandal

The social network sold data to the same Cambridge University academic who harvested Facebook user data from millions of users. The academic reportedly bought the data from Twitter back in 2015. The academic’s firm, called Global Science Research, was reportedly granted access for one day to large-scale public...

2018-04-30
The median pay at Facebook is almost $240,000 in the Bay Area

Which is why despite the scandals the company is experiencing there’s probably no shortage of people willing to work for it. Facebook’s $240,000 median pay is the highest among the 40 largest Bay Area companies that have so far complied with a law that requires companies to disclose the median pay of its...

2018-04-30
China is now monitoring employees’ brainwaves and emotions

The Orwellian-as-all-get-out practice is being conducted using “emotional surveillance technology” by both businesses in China and the country’s military, reports the South China Morning Post. The tech uses small wireless sensors embedded in employees’ hats that can monitor brainwaves....

2018-04-30
This startup wants to create a merchandising and banking cryptoeconomy

Last year ecommerce sales tallied $2.3 trillion worldwide with revenues tipped to grow to $4.88 trillion by 2021. The market is only growing but it is still fraught with issues like certain marketplaces having too much dominance and high transaction fees, which all work against smaller retailers and companies....

2018-04-30
Huawei’s plans for an Android alternative are crazy, but necessary

Huawei’s had a terrible time dealing with the US in 2018, and things are said to have gotten a whole lot worse last week, when the Department of Justice reportedly began investigating the Chinese telecom and hardware giant for allegedly having violated the country’s sanctions against Iran. That could see it being...

2018-04-30
Facebook rolls out its downvote button to more users

Earlier this year, Facebook confirmed it was trialling Reddit-style upvote and downvote buttons on public posts, with the aim of improving the quality of discourse on the platform. Now, it appears the feature is rolling out to a greater number of users. Hmmmm. Not sure I like the Upvote and Downvote feature of...

2018-04-29
Facebook is dropping key advertising tools — here’s how you adapt

If you listen to headlines about Facebook recently you may be wondering if it’s still a good place to run ads for your business.  The Facebook privacy scandal that brought a ton negative press over the last month (and justly so), has already forced Facebook to change the way they handle and collect consumer...

2018-04-29
Britain’s mass surveillance regime is directly opposing human rights

  In light of the Facebook data scandal, more people are beginning to challenge the web’s pervasive surveillance culture. But few British citizens seem to be aware of the government’s own online surveillance regime – significant parts of which have been deemed unlawful. The UK government broke EU law under the...

2018-04-29
Taking Responsibility Isn’t Just a Trend, It’s Key to Being a Successful Entrepreneur

Mark Zuckerberg has been immensely successful in capturing the popular imagination of budding and aspiring entrepreneurs around the world. Mr. Zuckerberg has become the quintessential image of what a successful entrepreneur can accomplish. The stories about the dreary Harvard dorm room coding sessions to his now...

2018-04-28
Cambridge Analytica might finally make Brussels care about data privacy

It was inevitable. One by one, they all lined up to demand that Mark Zuckerberg come to Brussels to explain himself, or, more accurately, explain what the hell Facebook has been doing with our data. Europe’s political parties have been collectively outraged at reports that Facebook “allowed” private data into...

2018-04-28
In these dark times, Yeezy Dating is what every Kanye fan needs

On April 13th, for better or worse, someone gave Kanye West his Twitter password back. What followed was a tweet storm of epic proportions, consisting of cryptic rants interrupted by the occasional fashion photo. It included him backing conservative, and accused far-right, figures — as well as his buddy Trump. Why,...

2018-04-28
Studies show Google Assistant is still miles ahead of Alexa and Siri

If you’re lucky enough to have more than one smart assistant in your life, the results of two studies this week probably won’t come as much of a surprise to you. For everyone else: just buy a device with Google Assistant already. The studies: This week we saw not one, but two studies detailing Google’s dominance...

2018-04-27
7 lesser-known Google Analytics features your brand should be using

Are you using the right tools for the job? Any good mechanic has a large, well-stocked tool cabinet at their disposal, filled with the wrenches, sockets and various more specialized tools that they need for any job. You have a tool cabinet at your disposal too, and it’s called Google Analytics. As every good...

2018-04-27
Facebook gets rid of the most annoying part of its fundraising feature

Facebook is getting rid of one of the most frustrating features of its fundraising platform: the 4.3% fees they tacked onto transactions in the U.S. and 6.2% in Canada. As TechCrunch reports, Facebook used those fees to cover a review and vetting process for each fundraiser, but the company finally realized that...

2018-04-27
Inclusivity And Wellness Take Center Stage At Beautycon NYC

Beautycon invaded NYC last weekend for two days of brand activations and panels that focused on mental wellbeing and diversity within the makeup industry. Beauty fanatics descended on the Javits Center in New York City last weekend for the annual beauty festival Beautycon–think Coachella, but with Instagram and...

2018-04-27
MIT researchers program water droplets to move and merge on command

Screens are all around us and are immensely useful in conveying information – but they can overwhelm us and take up more of our attention than we can afford. That’s why MIT Media Lab researcher Udayan Umapathi began work on a calm interface that had a closer connection to the physical elements around us – using...

2018-04-27
Microsoft joins the water pistol brigade with new emoji

One day after Google announced it was changing its revolver emoji into a water pistol — which left Microsoft as the last one carrying an actual gun — Microsoft decided to join the rest of the tech crowd by making the same change. And its water gun might just be the best one yet. Here’s what’s new: Microsoft...

2018-04-27
Wake Up, Mr. West. Brands Like Adidas Are Going To Ditch Kanye Soon

The latest pro-Trump tweets from Kanye should send a clear message to the apparel company and artists linked to him that it’s time to part ways. Since Kanye West broke his Twitter hiatus this month, he’s been doubling down on his pro-Trump rhetoric that began to surface back in November 2016. What...

2018-04-27
The unusual way police caught the Golden State Killer suspect

Police reportedly used data from GEDMatch, a genealogy research site where users upload genealogical and genetic information, to help identify the man suspected of being the notorious Golden State Killer. That site, which provides tools for people to conduct their own searches against uploaded data, said in a...

2018-04-27
North and South Korea relations: a timeline of how we got here

North Korea and South Korea have announced plans to end the peninsula’s seven-decade war. The historic summit came in the wake of an unlikely series of events including missile testing; Twitter threats by the U.S. president; a unified display at the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang; and finally, a sit-down between...

2018-04-27
Here’s How Facebook Can Regain Trust At Its F8 Conference

Facebook still has many questions to answer in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote is the perfect place to start. Next Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg will take the stage to give his annual opening keynote address at Facebook’s F8 developer conference. In the wake of...

2018-04-27

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