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Verge cryptocurrency asks users for $3M to reveal a ‘potential partnership’

This can only happen in the world of cryptocurrency and blockchain. Privacy-oriented digital currency Verge has taken to Twitter to ask its users to donate 75,000,000 XVG (approximately $3 million) so it can reveal a mysterious, “potential partnership” next week. For the record, this is completely unheard of –...

2018-03-23
Apple’s and Google’s CEOs are heading to China amid burgeoning trade war

Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and other tech CEOs including IBM’s Ginny Rometty, and Qualcomm’s Steven Mollenkopf are headed to China this weekend to attend the China Development Forum, which Cook will co-chair, reports 9to5Mac. The delegation of tech giants comes at the beginning of a...

2018-03-23
Grief Is A Seismic Force For Social Change

After Parkland, like many people before then, the students have used the power of grief and loss to power a social movement. For years, we could predict the response to any mass shooting with almost scientific precision: variations of “thoughts and prayers” would overwhelm our Twitter feeds. The Onion...

2018-03-23
The Gawker/Peter Thiel legal battle is being turned into two movies

Two production companies are turning the lawsuit, which saw billionaire venture capitalist Thiel financially back Hulk Hogan in a suit against the former online media giant Gawker, into films, reports Engadget. The first, titled Gawker v. Thiel, will be helmed by Modern Family director Jason Winer and will focus on...

2018-03-23
YouTube is bringing movies involving Susan Sarandon and Eminem to theaters this year

YouTube has been producing original content for subscribers of its paid Red tier for a while now, but it’s graduating from shows and web series to feature films this year, starting with the Susan Sarandon-starrer, Vulture Club. IndieWire notes that the film, directed by Iranian-American Maryam Keshavarz, sees...

2018-03-23
Sheryl Sandberg defends Facebook’s data-hungry business model

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg spoke publicly on Thursday for the first time about the Cambridge Analytica scandal, nearly a week after users and investors began to voice alarm at the revelation that the data-analytics firm had improperly gained access to the personal data associated with millions of Facebook user...

2018-03-22
How the Cambridge Analytica scandal could harm data research efforts

The scandal that has erupted around Cambridge Analytica’s alleged harvesting of 50m Facebook profiles assembled from data provided by a UK-based academic and his company is a worrying development for legitimate researchers. Political data analytics company Cambridge Analytica – which is affiliated with Strategic...

2018-03-22
While Facebook crashes and burns, Instagram finally answers a common user complaint

Instagram would probably like you to forget that its parent company is in the midst of a massive data privacy scandal. How does it do that? Well, it’s finally fixing one of the most common quibbles people have about the platform. Have you ever had your Instagram feed automatically refreshed,...

2018-03-22
7 Ways To Make It Easier For Recruiters To Skim Your Resume

Recruiters rarely read your resume from start to finish. Follow these tips in order to grab their attention right away. It’s easy to think that after all the work you’ve put into perfecting your resume, recruiters will at least spend the time thoroughly reading it from start to finish. Unfortunately,...

2018-03-22
57 billion Facebook friendships: Giant data dump given to Cambridge Analytica’s academic

Even though Facebook broke all ties with researcher Aleksandr Kogan last week (after news broke about Kogan misusing Facebook data to help Cambridge Analytica), the social network sure shared a lot of user information with the academic. The Guardian reports that Kogan and his research partners were given access to an...

2018-03-22
Instagram mixes it up by putting new posts first again

Instagram today announced it would be updating timeline settings for users, offering some extra control for users, as well as a concession to those who’ve long wanted their photo feeds to be ordered by timeliness again. Instagram officially switched from a chronological feed to an algorithmic one back in 2016, and...

2018-03-22
Pot Meet Kettle Alert: Google’s AI Guru Attacks Facebook’s Algorithms

A Google software lead is scared of Facebook’s power, but shouldn’t he be scared of himself too? Last night Google’s deep-learning expert François Chollet tweeted a long and slightly illuminating thread, decrying the state of artificial intelligence programming. In light of Facebook’s...

2018-03-22
7 ways to boost your conversion with Instagram ads

Instagram is one of the hottest social media platforms on social media right now. The people on this platform are the individuals who make this platform so great. There is so much to do and find on Instagram it’s actually overwhelming at times. This also means that you might have some trouble pushing your brand out...

2018-03-22
How To Get A Job At Twitter

A hiring manager and a new hire reveal what it takes to get in at the social media giant. There’s a decent chance you came to this article via Twitter. While the company isn’t as big as its main rival, Facebook, it can be argued that in today’s climate, Twitter is the more socially important and...

2018-03-22
Binance denies it’s being shut down in Japan

Contrary to reports from Japanese news outlet Nikkei, Binance has denied rumors that Japan’s Financial Services Authority (JFSA) is planning to issue a warning requiring the cryptocurrency exchange desk to shut down its operation in the country. Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao has taken to Twitter to refute claims made...

2018-03-22
Mozilla suspends advertising on Facebook after Cambridge Analytica scandal

The Mozilla Foundation, maker of the Firefox web browser, has announced it plans to suspend all advertising activities on Facebook. The move comes in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which has embroiled the popular social networking site. In a blog post announcing the move, Denelle Dixon, Mozilla’s chief...

2018-03-22
We’re looking for the best young digital talent in the Netherlands

Dutch entrepreneurs, digital designers, coders, and academic researchers: if your work is kick-ass, we want to hear from you. After last year’s incredible success, the T500 program is back. We want to continue recognising and celebrating young digital talent – so we’re once again looking for the 500 most...

2018-03-22
Mozilla yanks ads from Facebook due to Cambridge Analytica scandal

The company, best known for its Firefox web browser, has suspended its advertising on Facebook, the company announced in a blog post. The move is directly due to the Cambridge Analytica scandal currently engulfing the social media giant, which saw tens of millions of Facebook users have their personal information...

2018-03-22
Uber says it’s not testing unmanned flying taxis in Kenya

The company stepped up to deny the reports in Kenyan newspaper Business Daily that it was preparing to introduce autonomous flying taxis in the nation for testing purposes, reports Bloomberg. The Business Daily, citing Kenya Civil Aviation Authority director-general Gilbert Kibe, reported that Uber has sought...

2018-03-22
Best Buy severs ties with Huawei over security concerns

The U.S. electronics retailer giant has cut ties with China’s Huawei Technologies citing increased scrutiny of Chinese tech firms by the U.S. government, reports Reuters. A source told Reuters that Best Buy will stop selling Huawei devices over the next several weeks. The move follows both Verizon and AT&T...

2018-03-22
Path founder considers rebuilding his social network as Facebook takes a hit

In the wake of the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica controversy, Dave Morin, the CEO and co-founder of rival social network Path, tweeted that he’s considering rebuilding his site after being overwhelmed by requests to do so. Within hours, Morin received replies from the likes of Mike DiCarlo, Path’s former director...

2018-03-22
YouTube wants to ruin music videos and get you to pay for its upcoming streaming service

YouTube wants a larger piece of the streaming music pie than it’s currently earned, so it’s come up with an audacious plan that you’re going to hate – and it involves more ads. In an interview at SXSW, YouTube’s global head of music, Lyor Cohen, said that people who listen to plenty of music on the platform...

2018-03-22
Mark Zuckerberg says he’s “happy” to testify before Congress

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg told CNN tonight that he’d be “happy” to testify before Congress regarding the scandal over Trump-connected data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica obtaining personal info on up to 50 million Facebook users.  “The short answer is I’m...

2018-03-22
YouTube is banning gun videos. Now they’re reappearing on Pornhub.

YouTube today updated its policies on videos containing firearm and firearm modifications, banning demo videos, how-tos, and anything containing links to sites that sell guns. Needless to say, the gun enthusiast community on the site is not taking happy about it, and some are starting to find unconventional new hosts...

2018-03-21
Google is reportedly working on “blockchain-related” cloud technology

Blockchain Kodak, blockchain taxis, blockchain pizza! What’s next? Why Google, of course. According to a report by Bloomberg, Google is working on “blockchain-related” technology for its cloud business. It would theoretically help make customers feel their data is more secure. It could also differentiate Google...

2018-03-21
Here’s everything Mark Zuckerberg didn’t say, and probably won’t

Cambridge Analytica’s improper access to Facebook user data turned into a firestorm for the social media giant this past week. Four days later, CEO Mark Zuckerberg finally responded, publishing a Facebook post in which he made a familiar vow to do “what it takes to protect our community.” He...

2018-03-21
Mark Zuckerberg responds to the Cambridge Analytica scandal

Facebook’s been having a rough week, as news broke recently of a misuse of data it provided to data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica. After days of relative silence from his company, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has responded to the scandal. He opens by ‘fessing up to Facebook’s role in the problem, while in...

2018-03-21
Facebook basically wants to pay for its own police force

While Facebook is excoriated this week over its failure to stop Cambridge Analytica from misusing the private data of millions of people, the company’s vast expansion is still going full-speed ahead. One vision Facebook has been slowly executing on is its plan to build an entire Silicon Valley-based...

2018-03-21
At A Moment Of Crisis, Facebook Needs Sheryl Sandberg Out Front

It’s hard to fathom why Facebook’s number two has gone along with a crisis strategy that puts herself (and Mark Zuckerberg) squarely behind the curtain. Over the weekend it was business as usual on Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s profile page. On Saturday, she shared two photos from a visit to her...

2018-03-21
Killer robots? Cambridge Analytica and Facebook show us the real danger of AI

We were warned, time and time again, by one expert after another. AI doesn’t play fair, it can’t make moral decisions, and it relies entirely on humans for ethics. When those humans are (allegedly) Alex Nix, Steve Bannon, and Dr. Aleksandr Kogan we’re all in a lot of trouble. Cambridge Analytica (allegedly)...

2018-03-21
Instagram now lets you link to hashtags and other profiles in your bio

Your social media bios are where you introduce yourself to the world, and Instagram gives you a canvas of 150 characters to accomplish this. Until very recently, this was a bit of a gilded cage. Instagram restricted users to mere text, emoji, and hyperlinks, and it wasn’t possible to link to hashtags and other...

2018-03-21
Twitter CEO says Bitcoin will be the world’s primary currency by 2028

Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, has said that Bitcoin will become the world’s single currency within the next ten years. “The world ultimately will have a single currency, the internet will have a single currency. I personally believe that it will be bitcoin,” Dorsey told The Times. “This would happen probably...

2018-03-21
Cryptocurrency startup claims BMW partnership, but BMW disagrees

Fledgling cryptocurrency startup carVertical made waves after announcing last week that the company had struck a partnership with BMW that would see the two parties build the “first ever connected reports for cars.” But it appears the company might have misrepresented its relationship with the German automobile...

2018-03-21
Why I’m Leaving Facebook–And Maybe You Should, Too

We’re giving up too much (data) and getting too little in return. By now we’ve all heard the cliche: If you’re getting something for free on the internet, and you can’t identify the product that’s being sold, then you are the product. Your attention, your purchasing potential, your...

2018-03-21
Messenger makes it easy to let folks into group chat (or keep ’em out)

Amid all the drama at Facebook, the company is continuing to pump out new features. Today, its Messenger app is introducing additional tools for group chats, which permit up to 250 simultaneous text chatters, or 50 via voice or video. People in a chat can share “joinable links” to invite others into the...

2018-03-21
This Is How We Take Power Back From Facebook (And Every Other Monopoly)

The power of tech giants (and giants in industries from air travel to beer) are starting to have damaging effects on the environment–and our democracy. For all its fabled dynamism, the American economy isn’t particularly dynamic at the moment. The rate of new business creation is at historic lows. Wages...

2018-03-21
A Brief History Of Mark Zuckerberg Apologizing (Or Not Apologizing) For Stuff

From college days forward, Facebook’s CEO has plenty of experience dealing with unhappy people. Will it help him dig out of the Cambridge Analytica mess? Mark Zuckerberg has yet to speak publicly about last week’s news that a researcher turned 270,000 responses to a Facebook quiz into profiles of 50...

2018-03-21
These are the top 50 companies where Americans want to work now

Amazon tops the list of the 50 most in-demand places to work according to LinkedIn’s ranking of data generated by its 546-plus million members around the world. The top 10 are: Amazon Alphabet (Google) Facebook Salesforce Tesla Apple Comcast Walt Disney Company Oracle Netflix You can see the full list here. The...

2018-03-21
Zuckerberg to address Cambridge Analytica crisis in next 24 hours

Well, it looks like the public will get a chance to hear from Zuck before his employees do. The Facebook CEO is said to have plans to make his first comments on the scandal that has gripped his company (and the news cycle) since last week, reports Axios. The site says they’ve been told by … Continue...

2018-03-21
Google is reportedly buying camera maker Lytro for up to $40 million

The company’s first product was the revolutionary “light field” technology camera that allowed people to refocus shots after they were taken. Since then, Lytro has pivoted to cameras that capture VR. In that time, Lytro has acquired a wealth of patents linked to cutting-edge camera technology,...

2018-03-21
Cambridge Analytica’s CEO reportedly used the N-word to describe potential clients

Alexander Nix, Cambridge Analytica’s disgraced CEO, was suspended on Tuesday after the scandal involving his company and Facebook showed no sign of abating. Now things are set to look even worse for him after an internal Cambridge Analytica email surfaced in which Nix allegedly referred to two potential clients...

2018-03-21
AI And Open Data Show Just How Often Cars Block Bus And Bike Lanes

Using publicly available camera footage and a machine-learning algorithm, we can now say that the lanes are blocked almost always. Alex Bell, a cyclist, programmer, and lifelong New Yorker, is fed up with vehicles drifting into lanes that are not meant for them. His frustration began with UPS trucks: So frequently...

2018-03-21
WhatsApp cofounder says it’s time to #deletefacebook

Brian Acton, who cofounded WhatsApp along with Jan Koum before selling it to Facebook in 2014 for an initial $16 billion (Facebook ultimately paid around $22 billion), has taken to Twitter to tell everyone it’s time to delete Facebook. It is time. #deletefacebook — Brian Acton (@brianacton) March 20,...

2018-03-21
Mark Zuckerberg will address Cambridge Analytica with Facebook employees on Friday

Since the scandal broke, one thing has been consistent: the absence of any comment from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. His silence about the Cambridge Analytica scandal has lead to hashtags asking #WheresZuck and memes of the same theme. But it’s not just the public wondering why Zuck has remained silent....

2018-03-21
Alphabet’s Outline lets you run your own self-hosted VPN for free

Jigsaw, an incubator that’s part of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has launched Outline, an open-source virtual private network (VPN) that you can host on your own server at no charge. As an initiative from the human-rights-focused Jigsaw, Outline is being billed as a tool to help journalists securely connect...

2018-03-21
Facebook is tainted – can we build a better one?

In the face of the Cambridge Analytica exposé that saw Facebook expose 50 million users’ information to a data mining company, as well as other recent fiascos with the social network like Russia influencing voters in the US and the spread of fake news, it’s becoming clear that Mark Zuckerberg’s creation has...

2018-03-21
Facebook and Cambridge Analytica: Here’s what you need to know

Strategic Communications Laboratories (SCL) and its data analytics firm, Cambridge Analytica have both been suspended from Facebook after each “gained access to information” without the consent of certain individuals. And if the latter name sounds familiar, it should; but we’ll get to that in a moment. The story...

2018-03-21
Facebook isn’t a company. It’s a country that needs to be sanctioned

It’s hard to imagine Mark Zuckerberg or Sheryl Sandberg wearing a black eyepatch and stroking a cat while overseeing the covert operation to overthrow America’s government. The people at Facebook, for all their flaws, don’t seem like the villains in a James Bond movie. And, for what it’s worth, they may very...

2018-03-21

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