Insights

Communication and Technology news
Facebook will exclude 1.5 billion users from new data privacy protections

Next month the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect, which will give European Facebook users–and any users of Facebook who are subject to Facebook’s terms of services in Ireland–much more control over what data Facebook can access and store about them....

2018-04-19
Reddit now has more active users than Twitter — and is more engaging than porn

The number of people using Reddit has surged in the past few months, and the platform now reports as many active users as Twitter. A rapid growth spurt The company’s own data indicates that average monthly active users (MAUs) have jumped from 250 million in November last year, to 330 million by early April 2018....

2018-04-19
Google employees want to teach you to code for free with their cute new app

A bunch of Google employees participating in the company’s Area 120 internal incubator have launched Grasshopper, a free mobile app for Android and iOS that teaches you the basics of programming. It’s beautifully designed and is suitable for just about anyone who can be trusted to use a phone on their own. By...

2018-04-19
Facebook will exclude 1.5 billion users from Europe’s data privacy standards

Facebook makes a great show of pretending to care about safeguarding your data, but today, it’s shattered that illusion. The company has confirmed to Reuters that it won’t be extending the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) laws worldwide. That means that the social network’s 1.5...

2018-04-19
27 Incredibly Useful Things You Didn’t Know Chrome Could Do

Give your internet experience a jolt of fresh energy with these easily overlooked features, options, and shortcuts for Google’s browser. These days, a browser is more than just a basic navigator for the web. It’s effectively a second desktop—a gateway to countless apps, sites, and services. And...

2018-04-19
Cambridge Analytica whistleblower: Don’t delete Facebook, but reform it

A day after Brittany Kaiser testified before the British Parliament, where the former Cambridge Analytica director indicated that the firm’s harvesting of user data actually affected more than 87 million Facebook users, she appeared in New York on Wednesday to tout her new role as a champion of data privacy....

2018-04-19
How I Peered Inside The Propaganda Machine Of Cambridge Analytica

After sharing her findings with Parliament, one researcher describes her own effort to understand the scandal-plagued firm. Emma L Briant is a senior lecturer in journalism, University of Essex. She is the author of Propaganda and Counter-terrorism: Strategies for Global Change.Read Full Story

2018-04-18
Chromebook ‘Alt OS’ code hints at ability to dual-boot Windows

Chromebooks are awesome. But they’re also limited. For many people, it’s impractical to only own a Chromebook, because sooner or later they’ll have run a full-fledged Windows app. That may someday be a thing of the past. As spotted by sleuthing redditor u/-nbsp-, it Google might be considering an feature that...

2018-04-18
Verge coin’s own Twitter account is not verified but its imposter’s is

It seems Twitter is incapable of putting an end to the rampant cryptocurrency scams on its platforms. Just last week, we reported on Twitter’s ‘blue badge’ profile scams in the cryptocurrency space that have been going on unchecked for two months at least. Now, we’ve discovered that while Verge currency’s...

2018-04-18
Nigeria’s ruling party may have sold its verified Twitter handle to John McAfee

In one of the most bizarre things on social media in 2018, Nigeria’s All Progressives Congress political party seems to have sold its verified Twitter handle which now spots a profile photo and biography of John McAfee. As it stands, the account violates one of Twitter’s rules (which results in loss of verified...

2018-04-18
Here’s how quickly “boycott Starbucks” spread across the internet

For three days following Friday’s viral video in which two black men are seen being arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks, #BoycottStarbucks was one of the most-used hashtags related to the coffee giant, second only to #Starbucks itself, new data reveals. Digimind, an analytics firm that tracks...

2018-04-18
With This Cryptocurrency, Everyone Gets Paid

Could the blockchain be used to support local communities and build a new model for basic income? Circles thinks it has an answer, starting at a tiny cafe in Berlin. The rise of cryptocurrency and the underlying technology of the blockchain have given rise to wide-eyed visions. Developers dream of techno-utopias...

2018-04-18
How Modest Clothing Brand The Modist Delivers Style Without Sacrifice

Founder Ghizlan Guenez founded the brand with the goal of smashing stereotypes around the word “modesty.” A native Algerian who grew up in the Middle East, Ghizlan Guenez was working in private equity when she developed the idea for a luxury e-commerce platform devoted to the kind of clothes that she...

2018-04-18
Microsoft, Facebook sign accord vowing not to assist offensive government cyberattacks

The two tech giants are joined by over 30 other tech companies, including Github, HP, and Oracle in signing the Cybersecurity Tech Accord. The accord encompasses four main principles: We will protect all of our users and customers everywhere. We will oppose cyberattacks on innocent citizens and enterprises from...

2018-04-18
Facebook announces how it will comply with the EU’s strict new data laws

The company has published a blog post outlining the steps it will take to comply with Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into force on May 25. The company will ask all users–not just ones in Europe–to make choices about the data they provide using Facebook. This...

2018-04-18
Russia is blocking Google and Amazon IP addresses in attempt to suppress Telegram

The country’s state communications regulator has said it has blocked 18 sub-networks and a “significant” number of IP addresses owned by Amazon and Google because they were being used by secure messaging app Telegram, which Russia banned this week, reports CNBC. The IP blocks mean Telegram users...

2018-04-18
Report: Alibaba finally overtakes Amazon in the race for ecommerce supremacy

The data in our new 2018 Q2 Digital Statshot show that Alibaba has overtaken Amazon as the world’s most popular ecommerce platform. Some of the supporting data even comes from Amazon itself, via the company’s Alexa analysis platform. Taobao up to tenth Alexa’s latest ranking of the world’s top websites shows...

2018-04-18
Cambridge Analytica planned to launch a cryptocurrency for selling personal data

Cambridge Analytica (CA) has become a huge name in the data analytics space for all the wrong reasons in recent times, most notably for scraping profile information on some 87 million Facebook users for targeting them with content to influence their voting decisions. Now, The New York Times reports that the company...

2018-04-18
Why did Amazon just launch an Android web browser?

There’s no shortage of web browsing apps on Google Play, and today, Amazon’s added one of its own to the list for some reason. It’s called ‘Internet‘, and Amazon says it’s ‘fast, lite, and private.’ To that end, the app weighs in at under 3MB, features a basic design with a bunch of shortcuts and links...

2018-04-18
Cambridge Analytica exec reveals there were more quizzes used to collect data

A former employee of the notorious data broker Cambridge Analytica (CA) today testified the company had several other quizzes on Facebook besides the one which started Facebook’s current audit — and potentially they could have compromised far more than the 87 million people Facebook estimated. The...

2018-04-17
Report: Social media use is increasing despite privacy fears

The latest in my ongoing series of Global Digital reports for We Are Social and Hootsuite shows that the number of people around the world using social media grew by more than 100 million in the first three months of 2018, reaching almost 3.3 billion by the end of March.There’s loads of new data to cover in this...

2018-04-17
Twitter is down for many users [Update: It’s mostly back]

You might have to keep your opinions to yourself for the time being: Twitter is down for many users worldwide. It remains unclear what is causing the issue, but numerous users in the US East Coast, Central Europe and Japan are reporting experiencing intermittent server downtime, according to data from DownDetector....

2018-04-17
TNW’s Big Spam: And the Pulitzer for the best newsletter goes to...

Tuesday snooze day, amirite? Tomorrow, marijuana mogul Socrates Rosenfeld is taking over TNW’s Big Spam before hosting TNW Answers on 4/20 (Friday). Tell everyone you know. 👀 Top trending tech news: 💰Facebook is reportedly testing payments in India (TNW) 😮...their facial recognition is also facing a...

2018-04-17
Facebook says it wants to give you control over your data, but it won’t

Facebook has been embroiled in a major data privacy scandal over the past several weeks – one that got its CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifying in front of the US Congress. One of the ways it’s trying to fix its image is by offering up explanations of how its collects and uses data – but it fails to see the problem in...

2018-04-17
Facebook is reportedly testing payments in India

Although Facebook makes most of of its money by selling ads, it’s now looking to monetize other parts of its business in India. FactorDaily reports that the social network is testing a payments service for users in the country, and that it’s looking to hire people to champion the program. It’s said to be...

2018-04-17
TaskRabbit is investigating a “cybersecurity incident”

The company made the announcement on Twitter and has urged users who use the same password on their site on other sites to change it, reports TechCrunch. At this time, TaskRabbit still has not revealed what kind of cybersecurity incident has occurred, but it sounds like some type of breach involving user data is...

2018-04-17
Will This Doctor In Your Pocket Cure Your Cyberchondria?

Ada Health’s new AI app vows to be a better health helper than just punching in what ails you to Google—but it still won’t replace your doctor. Maybe it’s a peculiar rash, a consistent cough, or mind-numbing, news-induced headache–whatever the ailment, you know your next step. Much...

2018-04-17
Russia asks Apple and Google to remove Telegram from their app stores

The country’s state telecommunications regulator confirmed on Tuesday that is has asked for Telegram to be removed from the Google Play and App App Store, reports Reuters. The request comes days after a Russian court ordered a ban on the secure messaging app. It’s unknown if Apple and Google will comply...

2018-04-17
Dear Sony, please don’t kill the PlayStation Vita

Sony’s little-loved handheld, the Vita, is rumored to be winding down, and the gaming world will be lesser for its absence. Earlier today, TechSpot reported the Spanish PlayStation Twitter said the Vita had been discontinued in its region. Sony earlier this year announced that, starting March 2019, it would no...

2018-04-17
Diagnosing Twitter: 230 proposals to measure the platform’s “health”

In recent years, Twitter has finally begun coming to terms with the reality that its platform isn’t always a place for healthy conversations. The company’s latest attempt to tackle its endemic abuse and harassment manifested last month, when CEO Jack Dorsey called for ideas. Dorsey asked how...

2018-04-16
As rivals seek to fend off Amazon, the Pentagon tweaks its cloud deal

The Defense Department has revised a request for proposals for a potential $10 billion cloud-computing deal to modernize Pentagon IT systems. The move comes as rivals like Oracle and IBM hope to get at least a piece of the contract away from cloud giant Amazon, Reuters reports. The multi-year deal to connect...

2018-04-16
It sure looks like the OnePlus 6 will be water-resistant

We’ve written a lot about the OnePlus 6 as a steady stream of rumors, leaks and official information have given us a solid idea of what to expect from the device. But today, OnePlus’ official Twitter account is heavily hinting at one feature that hasn’t been a prominent part of the rumor mill: water-resistance....

2018-04-16
Sega’s Mega Drive Mini is its response to the SNES Classic

Sega announced last week that it was making a new mini console based on the Genesis, also known as the Mega Drive. It’s called the Mega Drive Mini — why someone passed on the chance to call it the “Mini Drive,” I have no idea. Sega joins its former rivals Nintendo and Atari on the mini console market, and the...

2018-04-16
Google’s New VR Tours Let You Experience Imperiled Cultural Sites Around The World

With photos and laser scans by preservation organization CyArk, Google provides virtual tours of places that may not last. Riven by ethnic violence in recent years, Myanmar (aka Burma) is not a great place for tourists to visit. But a virtual trip to its stunning Buddhist temples is possible via a new project by...

2018-04-16
Got questions for a marijuana mogul? Socrates Rosenfeld is joining us on TNW Answers on 4/20

What are the most innovative tech projects in the cannabis industry right now? How did your military training prepare you for your role as a CEO? Silicon Valley VC’s have a newfound intense fascination with cannabis. Any trepidations there? How has your company dealt with America’s political and cultural...

2018-04-16
Facebook paid $7.3 million to protect Mark Zuckerberg last year

That’s twice as much as it cost the company for his security in the previous year, reports the Guardian. The increased costs were revealed in an SEC filing and were, in part at least, due to “specific threats to his safety”: Because of the high visibility of our company, our compensation &...

2018-04-16
Elon Musk says “humans are underrated” after his robots slow Model 3 production

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has admitted to CBS News that the company’s excessive embrace of automation in its factories has actually slowed down production. During a tour of Tesla’s Silicon Valley factory, CBS This Morning cohost Gayle King asked Musk if the automated robots the factory embraced has actually...

2018-04-16
Bumble will now let users log in to their app without a Facebook account

The popular dating app is changing its login system on April 17 so it’s 30 million users can register or log in without needing to use their Facebook account, reports Wired. The move comes a week after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was grilled by Congress over the Cambridge Analytica data sharing scandal....

2018-04-16
How to spot a fake Instagram influencer

You’ve heard it works, you want in. But how do you spot the red herrings? By those, I mean the fake Instagram influencers who have bought their likes and followers and duped companies into putting their reputation into their entirely unsuitable hands. Influencer marketing on Instagram can be a huge drain on your...

2018-04-15
Fired FBI director James Comey reveals how Apple and Google’s encryption efforts “drove me crazy”

In his explosive new book, A Higher Loyalty, fired FBI director James Comey denounces President Trump as “untethered to the truth” and likens him to a “mob boss,” but he also touches on other topics during his decades-long career in law enforcement—including his strong objection to...

2018-04-15
We can’t ditch Facebook because of our friends — but there’s a fix

It’s more fashionable than ever to hate on Facebook. But it sure has been a long time coming — the proverbial excrement hit the fan only after the social media helped the Democrats lose the election, showed increasingly just how much they wanted to control information we see, and made their contempt for us, our...

2018-04-14
Alice In Putin’s Wonderland: How Russia’s AI Assistant Compares To Siri And Alexa

The assistant, launched by a company, with ties to the Kremlin, is exploding in growth and is not encumbered by any privacy or regulatory concerns. As artificial intelligence technology gets smarter and smarter, our concerns about user privacy keep growing. We’re asking why Amazon’s Alexa is laughing at...

2018-04-14
Android P may get iPhone X-like gestures, according to Google’s own leak

Google appears to have just leaked a major feature coming to Android P, the next version of its OS. According to an image that appeared briefly on the Android Developers blog for an unrelated feature, Android P will come with support for gestured based navigation – and it’s about time. This is the image Google...

2018-04-13
Opinion: There shouldn’t be a ‘next Facebook’

There’s no future for social media networks. When millennials are in their 40s, they’ll look back on the days of social media networks with the same sense of nostalgia Generation X remembers AOL. Facebook and most of the others will be gone before you know it, and there won’t be any replacements. I just wish we...

2018-04-13
Is Heinz’s new “mayochup” just innovation gone wrong?

As if our nation weren’t polarized enough, a new condiment is threatening to divide us even further: On Wednesday, Heinz announced potential plans to bring “mayochup” into the world. It’s half ketchup, half mayonnaise, and if you ask some people, 100% wrong. The food-processing company...

2018-04-13
High Heels, Invented For The Male Gaze, Get A Feminist Makeover

Male designers invented the high heel without considering comfort or walkability. These tech-savvy women are reinventing the iconic shoe for the modern woman. Is the high heel a tool of empowerment or a tool of the patriarchy designed to slow a woman down?Read Full Story

2018-04-13
Trump creates U.S. Post Office task force after attacking Amazon

President Trump on Thursday ordered the creation of the task force, which will look into the business practices at the United States Postal Service, including its pricing and policies, reports Bloomberg. Announcing the order, Trump said, “The USPS is on an unsustainable financial path and must be restructured...

2018-04-13
What Eric Garcetti, José Andrés, And Twitter Have In Common

In the 2018 World-Changing Ideas issue of Fast Company: What Los Angeles’s mayor is doing to fix affordable housing, how a gadfly chef is pairing his restaurant empire with a social justice mission, and why the social media darling is still struggling to tame its very serious troll problem. Faced with a housing...

2018-04-13

Need a profissional and scalable solution for seriuos e-Commerce business?

Learn More about Shopify Plus