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Researcher in Facebook scandal says his work was no good for targeted ads
2018-04-24

Aleksandr Kogan, a researcher who worked for the University of Cambridge and created the personality quiz that harvested over 87 million Facebook users’ data without their permission has told a U.K. parliamentary committee that his project would be of little use for targeted advertising (via Reuters): “I...

Facebook defines acceptable nudity
2018-04-24

The social media giant has released a 25-page tome outlining its policies on policing what is and isn’t allowed on the platform. It’s the first time the company has publicly defined what content it considers in violation of its “community standards.” The new document goes a long way toward...

Google and Softbank invest in Chinese truck-hailing firm Manbang
2018-04-24

Softbank’s Vision Fund and Google-owner Alphabet’s investment arm, CapitalG, are among the investors that have invested $1.9 billion into Manbang, reports Reuters. Manbang is often described as China’s “Uber for trucks” and allows snipers to connect with truck drivers to transport...

Google Search now helps you hunt for jobs in India
2018-04-24

Roughly a year after launching its job search tool in the US, Google is bringing the feature to India today. Searching for terms like “jobs near me,” “jobs for freshers,” or “content writing jobs” will now surface openings from a roster over a million listings, from some 90,000 employers nationwide. The...

5 ways big brands are using branded domains to boost business
2018-04-24

Every day, we work with and monitor organizations all over the world that applied for .brand (“dot brand”) Top-Level Domains —that is, web addresses that end with their own brand name, like .google, .microsoft and .sony. So far only about 550 of the world’s elite brands have secured a .brand, so it’s truly...

YouTube removed 6 million sketchy videos before anyone ever saw them in Q4 2017
2018-04-24

As the world’s largest video platform, YouTube has a responsibility to police its network to ensure that it doesn’t host videos that violate its community guidelines – meaning no sexually explicit, hateful, or gratuitously violent content. It’s made plenty of mistakes in its effort to do so, including removing...

Google’s new podcast ‘app’ is already on your Android phone
2018-04-24

Google quietly rolled out a new way for Android users to listen to podcasts and subscribe to shows they like – and it already works on your phone. Podcast production company Pacific Content got the exclusive on it: essentially, Google now surfaces podcast show info and episode listings in search results on your...

YouTube removes about one video per second for violating its community standards
2018-04-24

In Google’s latest transparency report, it reveals a stunning detail that illustrates the extent of violence, sex, and other inappropriate content posted on YouTube. In the fourth quarter of 2017, about 8,284,039 videos in total were removed after being flagged by human moderators and technology for violating...

The Modern Mini Cooper’s Designer Is Now Working On Flying Cars
2018-04-24

With a pedigree ranging from Ferrari to Fiat, Frank Stephenson is now looking to the sky to help craft an air taxi that looks both badass and inviting. Over the decades, Anglo-American automotive designer Frank Stephenson has reshaped our expectations for what transport should look and feel like—from the...

Google Earnings: Why The Ad Backlash Hasn’t Happened
2018-04-23

Buoyed by its ad business, the search giant’s parent company delivered surprise financial results today, even as fears of regulation linger. Alphabet reported a big March quarter on Monday, beating analyst earnings and revenue estimates on the strength of a strong ad business.Read Full Story

Survey: Amazon beats Google and Apple for ‘most positive’ impact on society
2018-04-23

What is it: A recent poll by SurveyMonkey and Recode indicated that 20 percent of Americans believe Amazon has the most positive impact on society among major tech companies. That was the highest of all companies listed, and was followed by Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Tesla, and others. 20 percent also...

Survey: Many people think Amazon has a positive influence on society
2018-04-23

Some 20% of Americans believe Amazon is having the most positive impact on society out of any other major tech company, according to a joint SurveyMonkey/Recode poll. Following Amazon are Google, Apple, and then Facebook. It wasn’t just Amazon that had a good reputation, though. 22% of survey respondents...

Alphabet earnings: 5 things to watch as Google’s parent reports
2018-04-23

The search giant will announce earnings for its March-ending quarter at the close of the markets today. Here are five things we’ll be thinking about: Thomson Reuters analysts expect earnings of $9.33 per share on revenue of $30.3 billion. The earnings come as the public is increasingly uneasy about data-driven...

American University picked a bad time to ask for data on Facebook
2018-04-23

Researchers at American University want to understand online browsing habits and how people select online media, so they turned to Facebook to solicit participants. They promoted a post asking users to give them 10-15 minutes of their time in exchange for a $2 Amazon gift card and “the opportunity to enter to...

Put your Q in Bitcoin dev Jameson Lopp’s Answers session
2018-04-23

What made you become a crypto enthusiast? How can we make Bitcoin mining more eco-friendly? What advice do you have for cryptocurrency newbies? Ask all this and more to OG Bitcoin developer, Jameson Lopp. Jameson Lopp has worked as an engineer for crypto asset wallets since 2015. He is the creator of Statoshi, a fork...

Net neutrality is dead! Four ways to get around the net neutrality repeal
2018-04-23

A lot has been happening over the past few weeks: Mark Zuckerberg appeared before congress to testify about Facebook’s role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook was found to quietly move about 1.5 billion users out of the reach of the new GDPR law, and Alibaba was recently reported to have overtaken Amazon...

Myspace, which still exists, may be up for sale again
2018-04-23

While Facebook has dominated the news for the last decade or so, Myspace is still around. I’m as surprised as you. Though it lost the social network war a long time ago, the website was still supposedly bringing in nearly 50 million visitors a month as recently as 2016. The online relic has gone through...

I met will.i.am in a New York bathroom
2018-04-23

A couple of years ago I attended a conference in New York organized around Twitter. There were popular Twitter users and app developers and around 300 attendees. I wasn’t a speaker at the event, but I knew the organization and Chris Sacca, an early Twitter investor who had spoken at one of our earlier conferences in...

The music industry had a fantastic 2017, driven by streaming revenues
2018-04-23

Global recorded music revenues soared by $1.4 billion in 2017 largely due to the increased adoption of music streaming services among consumers, reports the Music Industry Blog. Global recorded music revenues reached $17.4 billion in 2017, putting it just a hair below 2008’s $17.7 billion in revenues. That...

Binance to create employment opportunities for Uganda’s youth in blockchain
2018-04-23

World’s largest cryptocurrency exchange Binance is planning to use its influence in the blockchain sector to help Uganda in economic development. It hopes to create new employment opportunities for the Ugandan youth and drive investments from the blockchain sector in the East African country. Changpeng Zhao, the...

MIT study shows the most successful entrepreneurs are in their forties
2018-04-23

The tech world can sometimes feel like Logan’s Run. If you haven’t made your start by the end of your twenties, you’re officially past it. Daniel Ek founded Spotify when he was 23. Steve Jobs launched Apple when he was 21. And Mark Zuckerberg found the time to launch Facebook amidst a busy schedule of breast...

4 great occasions to start your business’ video strategy
2018-04-22

There’s a myriad of online marketing strategists writing tons of tips on their blogs to help entrepreneurs get a bang for their bucks from digital media — while simultaneously using those strategies to get their message to you. So, what strategy do these mentors themselves follow to reach their prospects and...

10 Useful CSS Snippets Every Designer Should Have
2018-04-22

This article was contributed by Rajeesh PK. Designers and developers should always be looking out for tricks and hacks that help them develop their process in-line with browser support. You can use some of these CSS snippets to automatically adjust the specifications of the columns in your table, wrap long text or...

How UX helped this designer learn English
2018-04-22

A little background info about me: I was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, where I lived more than 20 years of my life. In Brazil, we all speak Portuguese, everyday and everywhere, and less than 3% of the population speak English fluently. Brazilians take mandatory English classes in school, but for a number of...

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