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Anchorage earthquake: Photos and videos show street damage, trembling structures

Social media was flooded today with images of a violent earthquake that rocket parts of Alaska. Social media was flooded today with images of a violent earthquake that rocked parts of Alaska, damaging buildings and sparking a tsunami warning for Cook Inlet and the Kenai Peninsula. The preliminary 7.0 quake...

2018-11-30
Instagram now lets you choose who can — and can’t — see your Stories

Instagram Stories are great for quickly sharing what’s going on in your life – but sometimes you don’t want all your followers to see them. The app’s new Close Friends feature makes it easier to restrict your Stories to a select group of people, so you don’t have to worry about your boss, your parents, or...

2018-11-30
Sheryl Sandberg reportedly ordered oppo research on billionaire George Soros

Sandberg originally said she had no knowledge of the D.C. oppo research group Definers, but has steadily walked back that statement. Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg requested opposition research on billionaire George Soros from a Washington, D.C., opposition research firm, a new report says. Sandberg had previously...

2018-11-30
Amazon Prime Health is coming, according to an early investor

The famed venture capitalist says Amazon might be able to leverage its vast data store to help it serve health care needs. John Doerr, an early investor in both Google and Amazon, believes Jeff Bezos’s company will offer a “Prime Health” for medical and health products, Christina Farr reports at...

2018-11-30
The shiny new neighborhood exposing everything that’s wrong with SF

The “East Cut,” the growing neighborhood around San Francisco’s Salesforce Tower, has a new name, a new logo, and a new look. It’s still working on schools. It’s lunchtime on a sunny California day and I’m walking down a street near San Francisco’s tallest building,...

2018-11-30
Sketchy apps with more than 2 billion installs allegedly involved in click fraud

Chinese app developer Cheetah Mobile has been accused of running a major click fraud scam, using its Android apps which have a combined install base of more than 2 billion. BuzzFeed News reported that research from mobile analytics company Kochava found eight apps – seven from Cheetah Mobile and one from Kika Tech...

2018-11-27
Here’s how to find your old embarrassing tweets

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, tricks, guides, and advice on how to get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Have you ever wondered what you tweeted to your 28 followers back in 2009? Was it something along the lines of “Is this thing on?” or “Twitter sucks.” No matter what it...

2018-11-23
Google Home Hub is a makeup how-to machine for your vanity

Google’s smart display is good at playing YouTube videos. YouTube is bulging with makeup tutorials. That leads to a use-case scenario with lots of potential. On a Tuesday morning in November, a crowd of immaculately groomed bloggers gathers at 8 a.m. inside a Sephora store to munch on tiny avocado toasts, their...

2018-11-22
Amazon Web Services outage forces major cryptocurrency exchanges offline

Two major South Korean cryptocurrency exchanges have been forced offline, after critical Amazon Web Services (AWS) servers suffered nationwide failure Thursday morning. AWS, one of the world’s widely used cloud services, was hit with major internal server failures that brought popular digital asset exchanges, Upbit...

2018-11-22
Hate speech is still too easy to find on social media

Shortly after the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, I noticed that the word “Jews” was trending on Twitter. As a social media researcher and educator, I became concerned that the violence would spread online, as it has in the past. The alleged synagogue shooter’s activity on the Gab social media site has drawn...

2018-11-22
This Japanese extension will disguise Twitter as Slack so you can pretend to work

Some human experiences are universal; they exist wherever our species may be. For example, games have been played worldwide for millennia, most religions were developed to make sense of our existence, and – potentially most widespread – people finds ways to pretend they’re working when they’re not. So, one and...

2018-11-22
It’s time to kill off follower counts on social networks

Over the past couple of weeks, Twitter and Instagram have begun testing ways to reduce visual emphasis on users’ follower counts. The tweaks aren’t much more than changes in font size and where the text appears. But they represent a shift focus away from personalities’ popularity to the content they create, and...

2018-11-22
Google shares which Thanksgiving food tutorials are most popular by state

For all the Americans out there, food-heavy holiday Thanksgiving hits tomorrow. To commemorate the occasion (and perhaps rat out the newbie cooks in the country), Google’s released a chart showing which states’ residents are searching for Thanksgiving recipe videos on YouTube. The charts break down search traffic...

2018-11-21
Amazon says customer names and emails were exposed in a “technical error”

And just before Black Friday! Some Amazon customers woke up to an email from “Earth’s Most Customer-centric Company” noting that their names and email addresses had been briefly disclosed due to a “technical error.” This being the internet, the affected customers quickly shared...

2018-11-21
Waste your Thanksgiving free time designing your own emoji

This new web app is the useless fun you need in your life this week. Apple designers may pore over the smallest details of emoji, from classics like the poo symbol or the dancing woman to newer additions like New York bagel and bald person. But “Sad squinting crying see-no-evil...

2018-11-21
On CNN, Mark Zuckerberg scrambles to rebuild trust

The Facebook CEO took to the airwaves again Tuesday night to address some of the uglier findings from last week’s New York Times bombshell. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg went on national TV Tuesday night to assure Washington, Wall Street, and America that you can still trust Facebook.Read Full Story

2018-11-21
O’Doul’s new can is pure Instagram bait

Would you drink nonalcoholic beer? What if it came in this can? Most of us know O’Doul’s as that weird beer in the corner of the bodega cooler. Released in 1990 as a nonalcoholic alternative for people who wanted beer without the booze, it’s since become something of a cultural punching bag. But...

2018-11-21
Facebook has found its fall guy for its Definers scandal

And nope, it’s not Zuck. And that fall guy just happens to be someone who is already leaving the company. Elliot Schrage, Facebook’s outgoing head of communications and public policy, has stepped forward to take the blame for the Definers scandal–the last scandal Facebook could squeeze in before...

2018-11-21
Why celebrities and athletes are going gaga for this massage gadget

Has the search for the ultimate massage tool finally come to an end? Fans swear by the Theragun, which promises muscle relief with rapid vibrations. Perhaps you’ve seen it lauded by celebrities such as Chelsea Handler or Diddy. Or, maybe you spotted it on the Maroon 5 world tour (courtesy of Adam...

2018-11-21
500,000 Android users downloaded malware made by one developer

Android malware has been on the rise over the past couple of years, we’ve just seen one of the worst attacks of this kind. ESET security researcher Lukas Stefanko found 13 apps with malware on the Play store, and said that more than 560,000 people downloaded these apps before Google took them down. Oh, and all these...

2018-11-21
Google’s Neighbourly app is rolling out across India now, and it’s actually pretty neat

In May, Google launched Neighbourly, a Q&A app to help you learn more about your neighborhood by asking people who live near you. The company kicked off a trial in India’s financial capital of Mumbai, followed by seven smaller cities. Now that it’s rolled out to New Delhi, and my home base in Bangalore, I’ve...

2018-11-21
Facebook launches a dashboard for tracking the time you spend in its app

We first heard in June that Facebook was working on a feature to help you track and manage the amount of time you spent in its mobile app. Following a delay after the company announced its rollout in August, it’s finally here. Like the new ‘Your Activity’ feature that was introduced in Instagram last week, the...

2018-11-21
LinkedIn tests Snapchat Stories-esque feature called ‘Student Voices’

Well, it’s finally happened. LinkedIn finally ripped off Snapchat’s Stories, meaning it joins the illustrious company of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google, WhatsApp, and just about everyone else. The new feature is called “Student Voices,” and resembles Snapchat’s Stories. First spotted by consultant...

2018-11-21
Admit it, you totally want this $144K, Mad Men-inspired RV

Escape the dreariness of modern life by reliving the past. Paging all fans of midcentury modernism! Instagram’s favorite interior design style is merging with another photogenic design phenomenon, the RV (#vanlife, anyone?).Read Full Story

2018-11-20
There’s a Coursera class to help your clueless boss figure out AI

Andrew Ng is best known for his work at Google, where he helped establish the Google Brain program, and as the Chief Scientist at Baidu. But his impact in the field of artificial intelligence is probably most profound through his work at Coursera, an online learning center he co-founded. Ng teaches several free or...

2018-11-20
FAANG fail: Facebook stock has lost 40% of its value since July

As tech stocks flail, the social media company’s price hit a new low this morning. Tech stocks are taking a beating, all of them. The heavy-hitters, as represented by the FAANG acronym (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google), have fallen dramatically.Read Full Story

2018-11-20
Admit it, you totally want to buy this $144K, Mad Men-inspired RV

Escape the dreariness of modern life by reliving the past. Paging all fans of midcentury modernism! Instagram’s favorite interior design style is merging with another photogenic design phenomenon, the RV (#vanlife, anyone?).Read Full Story

2018-11-20
How one tech company used data to find and hire talent around the world

To build out its tech team in Sydney, Atlassian leveraged LinkedIn Talent Insights to identify and attract talent from across the globe. Over the course of the past two years, more than half of new technical employees at Atlassian have picked up and moved to Sydney from countries around the world. As Bruno Sales, a...

2018-11-20
Facebook hack proves we need new user authentication methods

Just when you thought Facebook has put the worst of its troubles behind, the social media giant revealed on Friday that it had experienced a new security incident that possibly affected 90 million users. However, unlike previous scandals, in which malicious actors used legitimate features of the Facebook app and...

2018-11-20
How Sarah Flint designed the “perfect” Meghan Markle-approved heel

A 30-year-old designer’s Itallian-made “Perfect Pump” gives women that elusive find–a pair of heels that is both stylish and comfortable. Finding a pair of heels that is both attractive and comfortable can be like spotting a unicorn. Heels you can actually walk in often look stodgy and...

2018-11-20
Instagram is using machine learning to kill off your fake followers

Don’t freak out if you see your Instagram audience shrink in the near future. The company announced that it’s kicking off a clean-up drive to remove bots and fake accounts from its platform, and that may well lead to a drop in your follower count. The Facebook-owned firm, which claimed to have over a billion users...

2018-11-20
If Facebook’s new auto-comment feature isn’t rock bottom, it has to be close

It’s been two tumultuous years. Still, it’s highly unlikely we’ve witnessed the moment Facebook hit bottom. A new feature, spotted by some users this morning, though, may offer a clue as to what that moment could look like. In this case, it’s a tool that prompts users to comment on live video using...

2018-11-20
Your Chromecast can now sync and stream audio along with Google Home speakers

Google’s got some good news for folks who want to string their speakers together for a better aural experience: if you’ve got audio playing on a Google Home speaker, you can now sync that up with anything connected to your Chromecast (like a TV or other speakers). That means you can have your favorite podcast or...

2018-11-20
Some Google Pixel 3 owners can’t use the camera due to a critical bug

Issues with the Google Pixel 3 are piling up after customers got hands on it nearly a month ago. Now, some device owners find they can’t use the camera due to a disastrous bug. Many users have reported this bug on Reddit and Google product forums. Some folks see a blank viewfinder when opening the camera app,...

2018-11-20
Student discovers copycat stalker imitating her Instagram account

A Scottish college student apparently discovered a classmate had been imitating her pictures on Instagram, to an eerie degree. According to a now-deleted Facebook post, a woman named Chloe Cowan and her sister spotted the copycat, allegedly a fellow student named Honey Basra. The latter would apparently recreate...

2018-11-20
After rapid growth, Zuckerberg-backed school program faces scrutiny over effectiveness, data privacy

Summit Learning says it can help students learn better with a mix of group projects, one-on-one mentoring, and individualized digital lessons, but critics say schools tend to focus too much on isolated online work. Earlier this month, nearly 100 students from Brooklyn’s Secondary School for Journalism walked...

2018-11-19
Looking back, “delay, deny and deflect” has always been part of Facebook’s DNA

Transparency has never been Facebook’s forte. Should we even be surprised at this point to learn its executives have been less than forthcoming about the company’s Russian troll problem? As important as the revelations in last week’s New York Times‘s Facebook bombshell are,...

2018-11-19
These gorgeous fake flowers are an oasis for tired city insects

With bees and other insects dying off at alarming rates, this designer’s blooms are a port in the storm. In 2017, a study found that in some parts of Germany, the entire flying insect population has declined by 75% over the last 27 years (a trend that has been demonstrated elsewhere). The shocking results...

2018-11-19
The ultimate guide to Instagram for small ecommerce brands

When you look at Instagram’s journey over the past year, it’s been nothing if not a constant evolution. From the changes it’s made to its algorithm, to the expansion of stories, to the release of shoppable media, it’s evident that the company’s ambition is to become the most interactive and engaging social...

2018-11-19
Hackers infect official Make-A-Wish site with cryptocurrency mining malware

It seems crypto-jackers have absolutely no ethical standards. After governments, universities, and technology giants, even charitable organizations are finding themselves at the receiving end of cryptocurrency malware. The latest victim is the US-based Make-A-Wish Foundation. Researchers from security firm Trustwave...

2018-11-19
Google might soon let users comment on search results, starting with sports scores

Google already lets Maps users review places they’ve visited; it may soon include a similar feature for general search results as well. 9to5Google recently discovered the comment feature in the Google Search app’s version 8.55 on Android. The report noted that you’ll be able to comment and leave reviews in the...

2018-11-19
Twitter’s Christmas ad about a real-life mistaken identity is genius

It features John Lewis, not John Lewis. The ad features real-life Twitter user John Lewis who tweets from the handle @johnlewis. Of course, “John Lewis” is also the name of one of the U.K.’s most popular retail chains, which tweets under the handle @jlandpartners. However, that doesn’t stop...

2018-11-19
3 simple steps to kick your social media addiction

Expert advice for curbing your addiction to social media, depending on what level of intervention you need.   Add up all the five or 10-minute bits of time you spend mindless scrolling Twitter/Facebook/Instagram etc. and you might be embarrassed about how much of your life you waste on something that studies...

2018-11-19
Zuck threatens to fire any Facebook employee who speaks to the New York Times

He explained that leaks are generally caused by “issues with morale.” Speak to the New York Times and get fired.Read Full Story

2018-11-19
Apple CEO Tim Cook says this is the best search engine out there

The privacy-focused CEO’s answer may let you down. And no, he didn’t say DuckDuckGo. Instead, he told Axios that Google had the best search engine out there, despite often criticizing the company for its lack of privacy. Cook made the comments during an interview on Axios‘s HBO series. When asked...

2018-11-19
Here’s your first glimpse at the mid-range Pixel 3 with a plastic body and headphone jack

After hearing rumors about a mid-range Google Pixel phone for months, we’ve got our first look of the phone. Last week, Russian website Rozketed got their hands on some pictures and details about the device. While Google hasn’t confirmed that this is the real deal (or that a mid-range Pixel is on the way),...

2018-11-19
Email on mobile sucks, but it’ll get better in the next 10 years

It’s not the apps – they’ve got better. It’s not even the devices – they’re faster, slicker, with shortcuts and enhancements that make it easier, but not good. The problem is the medium itself – mobile communication has aspired to take over the entirety of our business communication, but the awkward way...

2018-11-17
It’s not just Facebook. GOP-linked firm “brought oppo research to Silicon Valley”

Definers Public Affairs has sought to discredit opponents in part by spreading misleading stories via a network of right-wing sites—and through Facebook. When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told reporters on Thursday that the company was dropping its contract with an opposition research firm that had been hired...

2018-11-17

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