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New Google Maps mini-game makes finding Waldo easier than ever
2018-03-31

Starting today you can use Google Maps on Android, iOS, and desktop to assist you in finding everyone’s favorite hide-and-seek champion, Waldo. To start the search, you’ll need to update the mobile app (or visit Google Maps on the web) and press play when presented with a waving Waldo. For Android users, you can...

Where’s Waldo? Inside Google Maps–And Here’s How He Got There
2018-03-31

This Google April Fools’ extravaganza involved lots of work, a quick turnaround, and the noble goal of engaging a billion people rather than annoying them. Once you hear about it, it’s the most obvious thing in the world. Of course Google was going to get around to incorporating Where’s Waldo?...

5 easy steps to take your online business global
2018-03-31

How many websites are you familiar with that are truly global? You can probably think of a few, and some of the largest online companies will likely come to mind including Facebook, Amazon, eBay, a couple of travel sites and maybe a few others. There’s a lot of potential in specific local markets throughout the...

Study shows social media echo chambers might actually be a good thing
2018-03-30

A group of researchers, as part of a social experiment, paid liberals and conservatives on Twitter to follow a bot for a month that tweeted political views from the other side. Shockingly, rather than softening their own views or learning to understand the opposition, most participants dug in deeper. We’re not...

Actually, Facebook’s big algorithm change hasn’t hurt partisan media
2018-03-30

A few months ago Facebook implemented a big change in its algorithm that impacted what kind of content it would surface to users. In a move that sent shivers down the spines of media professionals, Facebook said it would de-prioritize publisher content in favor of posts between connections. For many publishers that...

Courting the cord-cutters: Apple struggled in 2017 as Amazon led streaming box sales
2018-03-30

A new 4K HDR player didn’t improve Apple’s standing in the streaming TV wars last year. According to IDC, Amazon’s Fire TV line led the way in 2017 streaming player shipments, followed by Google’s Chromecast in second place and Roku players in third place. That presumably leaves Apple TV in...

From Microsoft Jobs To Googlers’ Interview Tips: March’s Top Leadership Stories
2018-03-30

This month’s top stories can help employers improve how they interview, and predict when their team members might be about to quit. This month, a Google recruiter shared how to rethink your organization’s interview process, we learned which telltale signs indicate employees are getting ready to leave,...

Veteran TV Writer Nell Scovell Isn’t Convinced Time’s Up For Hollywood’s Boys Club
2018-03-30

We talked to Scovell, whose memoir, “Just the Funny Parts,” is on sale now, about what’s improved for women in the industry since the ’80s—and everything that hasn’t. When Nell Scovell learned that young girls in India are almost twice as likely to die as boys, she despaired....

Facebook VP’s Leaked 2016 Memo Betrays Cult-like Obsession With Growth
2018-03-30

In the memo, a high-level Facebook executive evangelized “growth at all costs.” Growth at all costs. That’s the primary message in Andrew “Boz” Bosworth’s 2016 memo to Facebook employees, which came to light Thursday in a BuzzFeed bombshell.Read Full Story

Ethereum’s creator is mad at Facebook for not removing fake profiles of him
2018-03-30

Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin has been dealing with tons of fraudulent Twitter impersonators seeking to steal cryptocurrency from naive investors – but it seems the trend has gradually caught on to other social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook. The young entrepreneur has taken to Twitter to criticize...

Why Practical Skills Will Matter More Than Your Degree In The New Economy
2018-03-30

But the transition away from traditional credentials faces strong headwinds for now. When Giancarlo Martinez applied a few years ago to be a web developer at Genome, a digital marketing firm in New York, he was confident that he had the ability. But he couldn’t help but wonder whether company recruiters would...

This site guesses exactly who you are based on just 15 questions
2018-03-30

Inti de Ceukelaire, the ethical hacker from ‘Oilsjt’ in Belgium, is back again. De Ceukelaire has built a tool that can pretty reliably tell who you are after answering 15 questions on his new site ‘Oilsjt Analytica,’ a cheeky reference to Cambridge Analytica’s recent Facebook scandal. I would say it was...

Trump wants five years of social media history from visa applicants
2018-03-30

The Trump administration has proposed a new rule that would require foreigners who are applying for a visa in the U.S. to turn over their social media usernames for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, reports ABC News. But it wouldn’t stop there. The proposed rules would also require visa applicants to list any...

Wendy’s Mixtape, Spotify’s Black History: Top 5 Ads Of The Week
2018-03-30

Apple does its homework, Will Ferrell and Joel McHale interpret art, and ITV stages a dramatic suicide PSA. Typically, the copycat stunt is not the way to go. Last year, it was Hamburger Helper’s mixtape “Watch the Stove” people were freaking out over. Now here comes Wendy’s with a...

The NFL will now share player RFID data between all teams
2018-03-30

In 2015, the NFL began tagging not just footballs but all players with small RFID chips that collect information about speed, acceleration, deceleration, and distance traveled. Until now, that information about players has only been available to the coaches of those players, but that’s changing, reports Wired....

This Chrome extension silences tabs before they annoy you
2018-03-30

Google’s Chrome browser already lets you manually mute entire sites for good, and the next version will automatically prevent videos from autoplaying if they have sound. If you want more control, and to ensure that you never have an open tab taking over your speakers, you’ll want to try AutoMute. This handy...

Top Facebook exec defended data collection in leaked 2016 memo: ‘Maybe someone dies’
2018-03-30

An explosive new memo details one of Mark Zuckerberg’s most trusted executives attempting to justify growing concerns over the company’s data collection methods, and its relentless push to acquire new users. Titled “The Ugly,” the memo has never been circulated outside of Facebook’s offices until today, when...

‘Timestamps’ feature makes Twitter the news site it was always meant to be
2018-03-30

Twitter today introduced Timestamps, which allows users to share both live videos and recorded ones from a certain point. It’s essentially the same as the timestamp option on YouTube’s share button. Timestamps roll out today for the iOS and Android apps, as well as Periscope. According to Twitter, it implemented...

Should Facebook still be working on a mind-reading device?
2018-03-29

Would you wear a piece of hardware that could read your thoughts and send them to a computer? The answer to that question, in light of current events, may be different depending on who is making the product. It sounds pretty cool, in theory: you slide on some sort of headset device, lean back in your favorite...

Apple ups its transparency game to avoid a Facebook-like scandal
2018-03-29

Facebook is having a bad time after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and concerns over data privacy have entered public consciousness more than ever. Now, Apple is adding a feature to its devices to assure users it won’t use data without their permission. More specifically, it’ll try to do so transparently, rather...

Hey bosses, the writing is on the wall for after-hours work emails
2018-03-29

If you’re reading this article on your own time, you have my permission to read all the way through without stopping to check your work email. Or Slack. Or your Twitter DMs. Or any other method of communication you use to connect with colleagues. The fact is, constant connectivity is taking its toll on our...

Here are the four new ways Facebook says it’s protecting election security
2018-03-29

Forced to grapple with increasing scrutiny from regulators, the media, Wall Street, and users in the wake of continuing scandals such as the Cambridge Analytica controversy, and Russians leveraging its platform to try to influence the 2016 presidential election , Facebook today laid out four things it’s...

How Virgil Abloh Can Help Louis Vuitton Regain Its Creative Spark
2018-03-29

The Ghanian-American streetwear designer is the luxury brand’s new head of menswear. Is a new era of inclusivity coming to luxury fashion? When Louis Vuitton appointed Virgil Abloh–a Ghanaian immigrant who made his mark as a streetwear designer–to be its artistic director for menswear on Monday,...

Snap sees another round of big layoffs
2018-03-29

Facebook and Amazon may be dominating headlines lately, but Snap isn’t doing so great either. The company has reportedly cut around 100 people, predominantly from its advertising team, reports Bloomberg. This is part of a larger restructuring at Snap. Earlier this month, it laid off about 10% of its...

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