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Twitter also sold data to Cambridge Analytica researcher Aleksandr Kogan

Everyone who didn’t sell data to Cambridge Analytica or Aleksandr Kogan please take one step forward. Not so fast @Jack. Twitter, it turns out, also sold data to the former Cambridge Analytica researcher who tricked Facebook users into helping him digitally gerrymander the 2016 US presidential election. According to...

2018-04-30
Have I Been Pwned’s Troy Hunt will answer all your good questions about bad passwords

What do you think of websites that do the same thing as “Have I been pwnd?” but charge money for divulging hacked accounts? What’s the worst password you’ve ever seen? Do you see Cambridge Analytica as a turning point for people being aware of the dangers of data breaches? Who’s the coolest celeb you’ve...

2018-04-30
China’s Golaxy AI defeats top Go player too — but is it ready for DeepMind?

China has finally developed its own Go-master AI called Golaxy. Last week it overwhelmingly defeated Chinese Go champion Ke Jie, putting it on par with its Silicon Valley contemporary in Google’s Alpha Go. What it means: Maybe humans just aren’t very good at Go. We’re like the Washington Generals of board games...

2018-04-30
Facebook Can Still Save American Democracy From Itself

Scapegoating Facebook for the ills of American governance ultimately won’t get America anywhere. Mark Zuckerberg’s testimonies before the U.S. Congress allowed Facebook to answer for its poor handling of allegations that third parties stole, sold or improperly used Facebook data presidential election....

2018-04-30
Facebook’s new plan to fight fake news? Shrinkage

In the wake of accidentally helping Russia influence the U.S. presidential election, Facebook has been trying to figure out ways to stem the tide of fake news flooding the social network. First, it tried red flags, but like someone trying to pick a fight with a bull, the red flags only encouraged people to click...

2018-04-30
Fitbit Will Use Google Cloud To Integrate With Health Systems

Fitbit’s work with health systems, insurers, and employees may one day reduce its dependence on consumer wearable sales for revenue. Fitbit says it’ll use Google’s cloud service and healthcare API to offer a care management and coaching platform for healthcare providers.Read Full Story

2018-04-30
Twitter is now embroiled in the Cambridge Analytica scandal

The social network sold data to the same Cambridge University academic who harvested Facebook user data from millions of users. The academic reportedly bought the data from Twitter back in 2015. The academic’s firm, called Global Science Research, was reportedly granted access for one day to large-scale public...

2018-04-30
The median pay at Facebook is almost $240,000 in the Bay Area

Which is why despite the scandals the company is experiencing there’s probably no shortage of people willing to work for it. Facebook’s $240,000 median pay is the highest among the 40 largest Bay Area companies that have so far complied with a law that requires companies to disclose the median pay of its...

2018-04-30
China is now monitoring employees’ brainwaves and emotions

The Orwellian-as-all-get-out practice is being conducted using “emotional surveillance technology” by both businesses in China and the country’s military, reports the South China Morning Post. The tech uses small wireless sensors embedded in employees’ hats that can monitor brainwaves....

2018-04-30
This startup wants to create a merchandising and banking cryptoeconomy

Last year ecommerce sales tallied $2.3 trillion worldwide with revenues tipped to grow to $4.88 trillion by 2021. The market is only growing but it is still fraught with issues like certain marketplaces having too much dominance and high transaction fees, which all work against smaller retailers and companies....

2018-04-30
Huawei’s plans for an Android alternative are crazy, but necessary

Huawei’s had a terrible time dealing with the US in 2018, and things are said to have gotten a whole lot worse last week, when the Department of Justice reportedly began investigating the Chinese telecom and hardware giant for allegedly having violated the country’s sanctions against Iran. That could see it being...

2018-04-30
Facebook rolls out its downvote button to more users

Earlier this year, Facebook confirmed it was trialling Reddit-style upvote and downvote buttons on public posts, with the aim of improving the quality of discourse on the platform. Now, it appears the feature is rolling out to a greater number of users. Hmmmm. Not sure I like the Upvote and Downvote feature of...

2018-04-29
Facebook is dropping key advertising tools — here’s how you adapt

If you listen to headlines about Facebook recently you may be wondering if it’s still a good place to run ads for your business.  The Facebook privacy scandal that brought a ton negative press over the last month (and justly so), has already forced Facebook to change the way they handle and collect consumer...

2018-04-29
Britain’s mass surveillance regime is directly opposing human rights

  In light of the Facebook data scandal, more people are beginning to challenge the web’s pervasive surveillance culture. But few British citizens seem to be aware of the government’s own online surveillance regime – significant parts of which have been deemed unlawful. The UK government broke EU law under the...

2018-04-29
Taking Responsibility Isn’t Just a Trend, It’s Key to Being a Successful Entrepreneur

Mark Zuckerberg has been immensely successful in capturing the popular imagination of budding and aspiring entrepreneurs around the world. Mr. Zuckerberg has become the quintessential image of what a successful entrepreneur can accomplish. The stories about the dreary Harvard dorm room coding sessions to his now...

2018-04-28
Cambridge Analytica might finally make Brussels care about data privacy

It was inevitable. One by one, they all lined up to demand that Mark Zuckerberg come to Brussels to explain himself, or, more accurately, explain what the hell Facebook has been doing with our data. Europe’s political parties have been collectively outraged at reports that Facebook “allowed” private data into...

2018-04-28
In these dark times, Yeezy Dating is what every Kanye fan needs

On April 13th, for better or worse, someone gave Kanye West his Twitter password back. What followed was a tweet storm of epic proportions, consisting of cryptic rants interrupted by the occasional fashion photo. It included him backing conservative, and accused far-right, figures — as well as his buddy Trump. Why,...

2018-04-28
Studies show Google Assistant is still miles ahead of Alexa and Siri

If you’re lucky enough to have more than one smart assistant in your life, the results of two studies this week probably won’t come as much of a surprise to you. For everyone else: just buy a device with Google Assistant already. The studies: This week we saw not one, but two studies detailing Google’s dominance...

2018-04-27
7 lesser-known Google Analytics features your brand should be using

Are you using the right tools for the job? Any good mechanic has a large, well-stocked tool cabinet at their disposal, filled with the wrenches, sockets and various more specialized tools that they need for any job. You have a tool cabinet at your disposal too, and it’s called Google Analytics. As every good...

2018-04-27
Facebook gets rid of the most annoying part of its fundraising feature

Facebook is getting rid of one of the most frustrating features of its fundraising platform: the 4.3% fees they tacked onto transactions in the U.S. and 6.2% in Canada. As TechCrunch reports, Facebook used those fees to cover a review and vetting process for each fundraiser, but the company finally realized that...

2018-04-27
Inclusivity And Wellness Take Center Stage At Beautycon NYC

Beautycon invaded NYC last weekend for two days of brand activations and panels that focused on mental wellbeing and diversity within the makeup industry. Beauty fanatics descended on the Javits Center in New York City last weekend for the annual beauty festival Beautycon–think Coachella, but with Instagram and...

2018-04-27
MIT researchers program water droplets to move and merge on command

Screens are all around us and are immensely useful in conveying information – but they can overwhelm us and take up more of our attention than we can afford. That’s why MIT Media Lab researcher Udayan Umapathi began work on a calm interface that had a closer connection to the physical elements around us – using...

2018-04-27
Microsoft joins the water pistol brigade with new emoji

One day after Google announced it was changing its revolver emoji into a water pistol — which left Microsoft as the last one carrying an actual gun — Microsoft decided to join the rest of the tech crowd by making the same change. And its water gun might just be the best one yet. Here’s what’s new: Microsoft...

2018-04-27
Wake Up, Mr. West. Brands Like Adidas Are Going To Ditch Kanye Soon

The latest pro-Trump tweets from Kanye should send a clear message to the apparel company and artists linked to him that it’s time to part ways. Since Kanye West broke his Twitter hiatus this month, he’s been doubling down on his pro-Trump rhetoric that began to surface back in November 2016. What...

2018-04-27
The unusual way police caught the Golden State Killer suspect

Police reportedly used data from GEDMatch, a genealogy research site where users upload genealogical and genetic information, to help identify the man suspected of being the notorious Golden State Killer. That site, which provides tools for people to conduct their own searches against uploaded data, said in a...

2018-04-27
North and South Korea relations: a timeline of how we got here

North Korea and South Korea have announced plans to end the peninsula’s seven-decade war. The historic summit came in the wake of an unlikely series of events including missile testing; Twitter threats by the U.S. president; a unified display at the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang; and finally, a sit-down between...

2018-04-27
Here’s How Facebook Can Regain Trust At Its F8 Conference

Facebook still has many questions to answer in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote is the perfect place to start. Next Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg will take the stage to give his annual opening keynote address at Facebook’s F8 developer conference. In the wake of...

2018-04-27
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...

2018-04-26
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

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