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How Google’s Waze crowdsourced traffic data to save lives across Europe

Google’s Waze crowdsourced navigation service just announced its findings from its year-long partnership with the European Emergency Number Association (EENA) at the organization’s conference in Slovenia. The project started last April and piloted the use of Waze’s user-generated data to improve emergency...

2018-04-27
There is no consensus in the cryptocurrency community when it comes to journalistic standards

  The Ethereum community is furious after Coindesk, a major cryptocurrency publication, published an article on the controversial Ethereum proposal, EIP999. Coindesk reported that the proposal has caused infighting among the Ethereum community and it might lead to a blockchain split soon. This did not go well with...

2018-04-27
How Sweetgreen Helped This Corner Store With A Healthy Transformation

The salad chain offered some of its expertise in branding and supply chains to help a store in a food desert bring healthier options to its customers. The designers and supply chain experts at Sweetgreen, the L.A.-based salad chain, usually spend their time working on the look and operations of their own stores. But...

2018-04-27
Microsoft kills its gun emoji

The software giant has finally followed in the footsteps of Apple, Google, Twitter, and Samsung by replacing its pistol emoji with a green and yellow water gun emoji. The pistol emoji had drawn criticism in the last several years with school shootings happening on a regular basis and social media rife with...

2018-04-27
April’s Top Leadership Stories Include Feminist High Heels and EQ

This month’s top stories look at how to craft an emotionally intelligent presentation, and how women are reinventing the high heel. This month, we learned that recruiters spend more time on other social media platforms than they do on your LinkedIn profile, how some women are reinventing the high heel to allow...

2018-04-27
Why running a Medium column will do more for your company than a traditional blog

Most businesses have their own blog since they want to boost their SEO, build authority and trust, and engage with their consumers. Blogging is no longer just a way to share opinions and ideas or keep cross-country relatives up-to-date; it’s a business and marketing tool that helps companies build their brand and...

2018-04-27
Facebook to be more transparent over political advertising in the UK

As the Cambridge Analytica shitshow thunders forwards, Facebook is doubling down on its damage control efforts. The latest announcement from the ubiquitous social network, as it tries to dig itself out of its current predicament, is actually pretty welcome. For starters, it’s being clearer about what’s a political...

2018-04-26
Yes, Flickr Has A Future—As “A Safe Place For Photographers”

The iconic photo-sharing service’s new management isn’t trying to take on Instagram. It just wants Flickr to make the most of its photos and community. Two of the oldest and biggest photography-oriented internet companies are now one. Last week, SmugMug acquired Flickr from Verizon’s Oath after...

2018-04-26
Counter extremism advisor: YouTube is “least receptive” to prioritize safety over growth

Bloomberg has an interesting long-form article about the horrible year YouTube has had when it comes to cleaning up content–including extremist videos and pornography–on its platform. The entire article is worth a read, but perhaps the best gem is a quote from Hany Farid, senior adviser to the Counter...

2018-04-26
Google’s new Tasks app gets the job done, but just barely

Along with its Gmail design overhaul yesterday, Google relaunched its Tasks app. It’s now available within your Gmail inbox when you activate the new interface, as well as on Android and iOS. Sadly, it’s as barebones as any to-do app I’ve ever used. I’m all for apps that keep things simple and don’t...

2018-04-26
Despite all your rage, Wall Street still doesn’t give a fuck

After a string of bad press and the worst crisis in its 14-year history, Facebook today posted gains of 63 percent in profit, and 49 percent in revenue. Or, to put it another way, Wall Street gives zero fucks about your privacy concerns. For a company neither stalled nor slowed by the #DeleteFacebook movement, rapidly...

2018-04-26
YouTube Kids hands the reins to parents rather than fixing its own mess

YouTube is giving parents greater control over its Kids app, presumably in an attempt to curtail the complaints that it’s not doing enough to keep the app clean. Now parents can get a better handle on what their child watches on the Kids app — which would be great, except for the fact that shouldn’t have been a...

2018-04-25
Someone made Soulja Boy’s old website point to a bunch of dragon dongs

Soulja Boy is promoting dragon-themed sex toys on Twitter, whether he knows it or not. In what’s possibly the best combination of dungeons and dragons since Dungeons and Dragons, a sex toy company called Bad Dragon makes marital aids for lovers of all things dirty and dragon related. It turns out the company’s...

2018-04-25
Facebook says platform changes are reducing passive video consumption

Last quarter, Facebook said it was focusing its platform going forward on more meaningful interactions, changes that would reduce the time users spend on the service. Today, during its first-quarter earnings call, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said changes that emphasize those kinds of connections have resulted in a decline of...

2018-04-25
What scandal? Facebook easily beats earnings estimates with EPS of $1.69

Facebook may still be mired in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but if all you were looking at is its bottom line, you might never know anything was wrong. Today, Mark Zuckerberg’s company released its first-quarter earnings report, and it handily beat analysts’ estimates, posting revenues of $11.97...

2018-04-25
Facebook easily beats analysts’s predictions of $1.35 per share

Facebook may still be mired in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but if all you were looking at is its bottom line, you might never know anything was wrong. Today, Mark Zuckerberg’s company released its first-quarter earnings report, and it handily beat analysts’s estimates, posting revenues of $11.97...

2018-04-25
Facebook earnings: 5 things to watch in first post-Cambridge Analytica report

This afternoon, Facebook will release its first-quarter earnings. Here are five things we’ll be watching for from the social-networking giant: This is Facebook’s first earnings report since the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke last month. It will be interesting to see how the controversy–which...

2018-04-25
Google swaps revolver for water gun in its emoji armory

Today Google became the latest company to replace its gun emoji with a non-lethal alternative — namely, a water pistol. I’ve been an iOS user for as long as I’ve owned a smartphone, but I admit one look at this cute squirt gun had me thinking, “You know, there are perfectly good Android phones that are much...

2018-04-25
Jack Dorsey: Twitter doesn’t need to sell your data. It’s already public

Twitter more than exceeded expectations in its Q1 earnings report on Wednesday morning, clocking another profitable quarter and recording an additional six million monthly active users. In a nod to Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal—and, possibly, the pressure he’s already faced since Mark...

2018-04-25
Lightning Labs CEO is giving scholarships to female blockchain developers

Lightning Labs co-founder and CEO Elizabeth Stark has announced a scholarship for female blockchain developers. In a post on Twitter, Stark said that she and Bitcoin developer Jimmy Song have secured several scholarship packages for the upcoming Programming Blockchain seminar, which is scheduled to take place on May...

2018-04-25
The Three Smartest Ways To Use LinkedIn Early In Your Career

Why bother using LinkedIn when you don’t have much job experience to put on your profile page? Here’s why–and how to do it. LinkedIn is a great place to build a network, diversify your knowledge, and find new career opportunities–even when you’re early in your career. Students and...

2018-04-25
Why we should collectively worry about Facebook and Google owning our data

Over the past few weeks, I’ve written extensively about the Cambridge Analytica scandal that rocked Facebook, after it was discovered some 87 million users’ data was scraped by an analytics firm without their knowledge, for the purpose of influencing voters ahead of an election. I feel that, in the heat of the...

2018-04-25
Twitter’s Q1 earnings by the numbers

Twitter has released its Q1 earnings report and the company can now boast that it’s had its second profitable quarter in a row. Here’s how Twitter’s Q1 numbers break down: Revenue totaled $665 million–a 21% year-over-year increase Advertising revenue totaled $575 million, an increase of 21%...

2018-04-25
You now need to be at least 16 to use WhatsApp in Europe

Facebook has announced that it is raising the minimum age for users of its WhatsApp messaging service to 16 in the “European Region,” which includes all EU countries and Switzerland. The move is happening because of the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) laws, which go into effect...

2018-04-25
Google, Facebook are the latest to ditch the gun emoji

The search giant has replaced the pistol emoji with one of a water gun in its latest emoji update for Android, reports Emojipedia. The move follows the trend started by Apple in 2016 and in subsequent years adopted by Samsung and Twitter. Facebook, too, has confirmed that the pistol emoji is being replaced with a...

2018-04-25
Facebook Says Sorry (Sort Of) In Its Biggest Ever Ad Campaign

The new campaign’s tagline is “Here together,” but it might come across as “Sorry, not sorry.” Facebook is launching the largest brand marketing campaign in company history today, barely two weeks after CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified in front of congressional lawmakers.Read Full...

2018-04-25
Opera now lets you beam content from your phone to your desktop

Off the back of the Opera Touch announcement, the iconic Norwegian/Chinese browser maker is announcing some major changes to its desktop offering. If you read my coverage of Opera Touch (which came out literally two minutes before I published this), these changes will sound pretty familiar. For starters, the way...

2018-04-25
Here’s What’s New In Gmail’s Big Productivity-Boosting Update

In the interest of good first impressions, it doesn’t look much different. But this update brings the most new functionality Gmail has gotten in years. If it seems like it’s been forever since Google last gave Gmail a major makeover, that’s because it has been. Close enough, anyhow: The last one,...

2018-04-25
Trello adds a handy news feed and vastly improved notifications

Trello is easily one of the most popular project management tools around. The Atlassian-owned app lets you break projects up into smaller tasks, assign responsibility and due-dates, and set priorities in a Kanban-style interface. Now, it’s getting perhaps the biggest overhaul since the site was founded in 2011, with...

2018-04-25
Report: Google Play Music will be killed off and replaced by YouTube Remix this year

Since last July, we’ve been hearing about Google’s plans to merge YouTube and Google Play Music to create a new streaming service, and today, a report from Droid Life and a comment from the company has shed more light on the situation. According to the outlet’s source, Google Play Music will be replaced by the...

2018-04-25
The Internet Archive rejects MSNBC host Joy Reid’s claim that her old blog was hacked

Sometimes the “I got hacked!” excuse just doesn’t cut it. That was MSNBC host Joy Ann Reid’s explanation for old blog posts containing homophobic statements that recently surfaced. She made the claim after Twitter user @Jamie_maz tweeted a series of screen shots of sections from...

2018-04-24
3 things we’re looking for in Twitter’s Q1 earnings report

Twitter’s stock has skyrocketed in the last year, doubling to a share price of about $30. That’s a bigger surge than we’ve seen from tech stalwarts like Google and Amazon. Of course, context is everything: Those companies boast stock prices upwards of $1,000, and Twitter’s stock growth is...

2018-04-24
Why Facebook’s engagement surged after Cambridge Analytica

In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the #DeleteFacebook movement got a lot of press. But to date, there’s been scant evidence of users actually closing their accounts. In fact, a new study suggests user engagement on Facebook actually spiked after the scandal broke–but not for reasons...

2018-04-24
MyEtherWallet users report stolen funds after an Amazon DNS attack [Update]

It seems popular cryptocurrency wallet MyEtherWallet is having issues. A litany of concerned users are reporting their wallets have suddenly been drained out – without any notification or action on their side. The unexpected withdrawals have caused many netizens to suspect that MyEtherWallet has been hacked. Despite...

2018-04-24
You can now download your Instagram data. Here’s how

What’s the news? A couple of weeks ago, Instagram promised you’d be able to download your data from its servers. It’s now rolled out that feature, as first reported by TechCrunch. It includes Instagram photos, videos, comments and more. For context: While we’d like to think Instagram will let you download...

2018-04-24
Scam Alert: Fake MetaMask App on Google Play is stealing users’ ETH

The epidemic of phoney cryptocurrency apps continue to float heedlessly on the Play Store, and Google can’t seem to do anything about it. Security researcher Lukas Stafanko has found yet another phishing app on the Google Play Store — this time it is an imposter of Metamask, a popular Ethereum DApp Browser. Just...

2018-04-24
LG G7 leak shows off phone in full glory

We already know the LG G7 ThinQ will officially be revealed on May 2, but that isn’t stopping the leaks from flowing. Everyones favorite leaker, Evan Blass, shared an image of the G7 from pretty much every angle. The image simply confirms much of what we already knew. The phone will have dual cameras – this time...

2018-04-24
Cancel your plans: Remake of Norwegian internet hit-show Skam airs in the US today

Scandinavia’s favorite TV-show Skam — or “Shame”— is airing in the US, at 3.40PM CT today on Facebook Watch. Oh, you have no idea how excited you should be. Skam, as it is called in the original, is a Norwegian tv-show produced by the public broadcasting channel NRK. It follows a group of friends at a...

2018-04-24
Facebook finally reveals how it decides to delete posts

Facebook today revealed the internal guidelines by which its moderators review content, meaning users will finally have a clearer idea of why some content is taken down, and how they can appeal the decision. What it is: The complete list of community standards is divided up into six sections, each one tackling the...

2018-04-24
MyEtherWallet users report stolen funds after a Google DNS attack

It seems popular cryptocurrency wallet MyEtherWallet is having issues. A litany of concerned users are reporting their wallets have suddenly been drained out – without any notification or action on their side. The unexpected withdrawals have caused many netizens to suspect that MyEtherWallet has been hacked. Despite...

2018-04-24
This blockchain-based platform plans to boost earnings for social media influencers

The rapid evolution of technology means that it’s not just celebrities who are the biggest influencers today. Now, it’s possible for unknown individuals to raise their awareness, their influence ability, and become famous through platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, or Instagram. Yet, while these avenues may...

2018-04-24
Let This Former Googler Help You Tap The Science Of Persuasion

Drawing on a large body of brain science and psychological research, this tech expert explains why the most persuasive people spoil surprises on purpose. Tyler Odean kicked off our meeting with a contentious statement: “For startups and founders, being persuasive is way more important than having...

2018-04-24
Train For Your Mars Mission With Astronaut Chris Hadfield

The former International Space Station commander is teaching a MasterClass on space exploration Astronaut Chris Hadfield has logged 4,000 hours in space. But his career may be defined by the five-minute, 30-second cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” that he filmed in 2013. The cover is so good...

2018-04-24
Flipboard Wants To Be The Go-To News Source For Tech Mavens

From curation to presentation, the personalized magazine app is rethinking how it packages up the world of technology–with professionals in mind. In 2010, when Flipboard debuted, it called itself a “social magazine.” At the time, that meant that it pulled in content from your friends’...

2018-04-24
Mobvoi’s AirPods-style wireless earbuds promise comparable features for less

After entering the smart gadgets market with Wear OS-based watches and a Google Assistant-powered speaker, Beijing-based hardware brand Mobvoi is now working on its next product: its TicPods Free wireless earbuds. With their extended batons, these resemble Apple’s AirPods to some degree, and aim to match up to their...

2018-04-24
Researcher in Facebook scandal says his work was no good for targeted ads

Aleksandr Kogan, a researcher who worked for the University of Cambridge and created the personality quiz that harvested over 87 million Facebook users’ data without their permission has told a U.K. parliamentary committee that his project would be of little use for targeted advertising (via Reuters): “I...

2018-04-24
Facebook defines acceptable nudity

The social media giant has released a 25-page tome outlining its policies on policing what is and isn’t allowed on the platform. It’s the first time the company has publicly defined what content it considers in violation of its “community standards.” The new document goes a long way toward...

2018-04-24
Google and Softbank invest in Chinese truck-hailing firm Manbang

Softbank’s Vision Fund and Google-owner Alphabet’s investment arm, CapitalG, are among the investors that have invested $1.9 billion into Manbang, reports Reuters. Manbang is often described as China’s “Uber for trucks” and allows snipers to connect with truck drivers to transport...

2018-04-24

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