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Two Creativity-Boosting Hacks To Wipe Out Bad Business Writing
2018-04-19

And no, neither are writing exercises. You probably wouldn’t expect furniture designers to be great writers, but whenever I’ve leafed through the archive here at Herman Miller–paging past witty 1940s ads and internal memos alike–it’s hard not to think, “God, they...

Why I won’t pay for a safer Facebook
2018-04-19

The recent Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal has sparked plenty of interesting conversations about the value of our data, the future of Facebook, and the relevance of social networks. It also led CEO Mark Zuckerberg to address the question of whether there’d ever be a paid version of Facebook; when testifying...

Chinese consumers will spend more time on their smartphones than watching TV this year
2018-04-19

It’s the first time smartphone use will have overtaken television viewing in the most populous country on the planet, reports CNBC. That’s according to a study by research firm eMarketer, which found Chinese consumers will spend two hours and 39 minutes a day on their smartphone in 2018, and only two...

Facebook will exclude 1.5 billion users from new data privacy protections
2018-04-19

Next month the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect, which will give European Facebook users–and any users of Facebook who are subject to Facebook’s terms of services in Ireland–much more control over what data Facebook can access and store about them....

Reddit now has more active users than Twitter — and is more engaging than porn
2018-04-19

The number of people using Reddit has surged in the past few months, and the platform now reports as many active users as Twitter. A rapid growth spurt The company’s own data indicates that average monthly active users (MAUs) have jumped from 250 million in November last year, to 330 million by early April 2018....

Google employees want to teach you to code for free with their cute new app
2018-04-19

A bunch of Google employees participating in the company’s Area 120 internal incubator have launched Grasshopper, a free mobile app for Android and iOS that teaches you the basics of programming. It’s beautifully designed and is suitable for just about anyone who can be trusted to use a phone on their own. By...

Facebook will exclude 1.5 billion users from Europe’s data privacy standards
2018-04-19

Facebook makes a great show of pretending to care about safeguarding your data, but today, it’s shattered that illusion. The company has confirmed to Reuters that it won’t be extending the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) laws worldwide. That means that the social network’s 1.5...

27 Incredibly Useful Things You Didn’t Know Chrome Could Do
2018-04-19

Give your internet experience a jolt of fresh energy with these easily overlooked features, options, and shortcuts for Google’s browser. These days, a browser is more than just a basic navigator for the web. It’s effectively a second desktop—a gateway to countless apps, sites, and services. And...

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower: Don’t delete Facebook, but reform it
2018-04-19

A day after Brittany Kaiser testified before the British Parliament, where the former Cambridge Analytica director indicated that the firm’s harvesting of user data actually affected more than 87 million Facebook users, she appeared in New York on Wednesday to tout her new role as a champion of data privacy....

How I Peered Inside The Propaganda Machine Of Cambridge Analytica
2018-04-18

After sharing her findings with Parliament, one researcher describes her own effort to understand the scandal-plagued firm. Emma L Briant is a senior lecturer in journalism, University of Essex. She is the author of Propaganda and Counter-terrorism: Strategies for Global Change.Read Full Story

Chromebook ‘Alt OS’ code hints at ability to dual-boot Windows
2018-04-18

Chromebooks are awesome. But they’re also limited. For many people, it’s impractical to only own a Chromebook, because sooner or later they’ll have run a full-fledged Windows app. That may someday be a thing of the past. As spotted by sleuthing redditor u/-nbsp-, it Google might be considering an feature that...

Verge coin’s own Twitter account is not verified but its imposter’s is
2018-04-18

It seems Twitter is incapable of putting an end to the rampant cryptocurrency scams on its platforms. Just last week, we reported on Twitter’s ‘blue badge’ profile scams in the cryptocurrency space that have been going on unchecked for two months at least. Now, we’ve discovered that while Verge currency’s...

Nigeria’s ruling party may have sold its verified Twitter handle to John McAfee
2018-04-18

In one of the most bizarre things on social media in 2018, Nigeria’s All Progressives Congress political party seems to have sold its verified Twitter handle which now spots a profile photo and biography of John McAfee. As it stands, the account violates one of Twitter’s rules (which results in loss of verified...

Here’s how quickly “boycott Starbucks” spread across the internet
2018-04-18

For three days following Friday’s viral video in which two black men are seen being arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks, #BoycottStarbucks was one of the most-used hashtags related to the coffee giant, second only to #Starbucks itself, new data reveals. Digimind, an analytics firm that tracks...

With This Cryptocurrency, Everyone Gets Paid
2018-04-18

Could the blockchain be used to support local communities and build a new model for basic income? Circles thinks it has an answer, starting at a tiny cafe in Berlin. The rise of cryptocurrency and the underlying technology of the blockchain have given rise to wide-eyed visions. Developers dream of techno-utopias...

How Modest Clothing Brand The Modist Delivers Style Without Sacrifice
2018-04-18

Founder Ghizlan Guenez founded the brand with the goal of smashing stereotypes around the word “modesty.” A native Algerian who grew up in the Middle East, Ghizlan Guenez was working in private equity when she developed the idea for a luxury e-commerce platform devoted to the kind of clothes that she...

Microsoft, Facebook sign accord vowing not to assist offensive government cyberattacks
2018-04-18

The two tech giants are joined by over 30 other tech companies, including Github, HP, and Oracle in signing the Cybersecurity Tech Accord. The accord encompasses four main principles: We will protect all of our users and customers everywhere. We will oppose cyberattacks on innocent citizens and enterprises from...

Facebook announces how it will comply with the EU’s strict new data laws
2018-04-18

The company has published a blog post outlining the steps it will take to comply with Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into force on May 25. The company will ask all users–not just ones in Europe–to make choices about the data they provide using Facebook. This...

Russia is blocking Google and Amazon IP addresses in attempt to suppress Telegram
2018-04-18

The country’s state communications regulator has said it has blocked 18 sub-networks and a “significant” number of IP addresses owned by Amazon and Google because they were being used by secure messaging app Telegram, which Russia banned this week, reports CNBC. The IP blocks mean Telegram users...

Report: Alibaba finally overtakes Amazon in the race for ecommerce supremacy
2018-04-18

The data in our new 2018 Q2 Digital Statshot show that Alibaba has overtaken Amazon as the world’s most popular ecommerce platform. Some of the supporting data even comes from Amazon itself, via the company’s Alexa analysis platform. Taobao up to tenth Alexa’s latest ranking of the world’s top websites shows...

Cambridge Analytica planned to launch a cryptocurrency for selling personal data
2018-04-18

Cambridge Analytica (CA) has become a huge name in the data analytics space for all the wrong reasons in recent times, most notably for scraping profile information on some 87 million Facebook users for targeting them with content to influence their voting decisions. Now, The New York Times reports that the company...

Why did Amazon just launch an Android web browser?
2018-04-18

There’s no shortage of web browsing apps on Google Play, and today, Amazon’s added one of its own to the list for some reason. It’s called ‘Internet‘, and Amazon says it’s ‘fast, lite, and private.’ To that end, the app weighs in at under 3MB, features a basic design with a bunch of shortcuts and links...

Cambridge Analytica exec reveals there were more quizzes used to collect data
2018-04-17

A former employee of the notorious data broker Cambridge Analytica (CA) today testified the company had several other quizzes on Facebook besides the one which started Facebook’s current audit — and potentially they could have compromised far more than the 87 million people Facebook estimated. The...

Report: Social media use is increasing despite privacy fears
2018-04-17

The latest in my ongoing series of Global Digital reports for We Are Social and Hootsuite shows that the number of people around the world using social media grew by more than 100 million in the first three months of 2018, reaching almost 3.3 billion by the end of March.There’s loads of new data to cover in this...

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