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Video: Seoul is spearheading the 5G revolution

One of the hottest new topics in tech is 5G, the next generation of cellular network technology. When 4G came along, it was a massive breakthrough and gave birth to services like Instagram and Snapchat, which had been completely unthinkable only a couple of years earlier. Now it’s time for the next generation of...

2019-10-31
Instagram influencer nabbed in Dubai for running alleged cryptocurrency investment scam

Aziz ‘Com’ Mirza, a Canadian man living in Dubai, has been arrested by authorities and accused of defrauding investors through a string of get-rich-quick schemes, including real estate-backed cryptocurrency Habibi Coin — once dubbed “the Bitcoin of the Middle East.” According to Gulf News, Mirza, who...

2019-10-31
There’s a big problem with Twitter’s bold ban of political ads

What makes a tweet political? We’ll find out when Twitter starts implementing its new rules in late November. In a surprise move, Twitter says it will stop running political ads. But implementing the new policy could involve some messy trade-offs and unintended consequences.Read Full Story

2019-10-31
Facebook, Google, Amazon are ramping up their secretive influence campaigns in DC

In addition to spending $33 million on lobbying efforts so far this year, the three companies have increased their funding of influential think tanks that help shape federal and state policies. This story was produced by MapLight, a nonprofit organization that reveals the influence of money in politics.Read Full...

2019-10-31
The art of writing smart and funny TV for kids that won’t drive parents bonkers

Some of the best animated series are written by comedians who also work on late night and do stand-up. Here’s how they create sophisticated humor that works for all ages. A few years ago, Jenny Jaffe needed to carve out some time from her job writing for the Disney series Big Hero 6 so she could...

2019-10-31
After Twitter bans political ads, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg says they’re ‘not worth the controversy’

Facebook says its stance is ideological, not based on financial concerns. Facebook has issued its first public comments about political advertising on its platform after Twitter took the surprising step of banning all political ads on its service. In an interview with Bloomberg (via Business Insider), Facebook chief...

2019-10-31
Twitter’s political ads ban is bold—and may get complicated

What makes a tweet political? We’ll find out when Twitter starts implementing its new rules in late November. In a surprise move, Twitter says it will stop running political ads. But implementing the new policy could involve some messy trade-offs and unintended consequences.Read Full Story

2019-10-31
Facebook has a new policy on ‘sexual’ emoji (yes, that means the peach)

The platform is selectively censoring emoji in an effort, it says, to curb requests for “nude imagery, sex or sexual partners, or sex chat conversations.” Facebook and Instagram are now censoring what the companies describe as “contextually specific and commonly sexual emojis or emoji...

2019-10-31
Aaron Sorkin’s open letter to Mark Zuckerberg is the best thing he’s written in ages

If you loved ‘The Social Network,’ Sorkin’s take on Facebook’s origin story, you’ll really love this missive to the CEO. What: An open letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg from America’s favorite patriotic curmudgeon, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin.Read Full Story

2019-10-31
Facebook suspends accounts linked to Putin ally for spreading disinformation in Africa

Facebook, once an innocent tool to share ‘what’s on your mind’ has increasingly been weaponized by governments to spread disinformation and manipulate elections — something hundreds of the tech giants’ employees outlined in an open letter this week that urged the company to rethink its stance on political...

2019-10-31
WhatsApp spyware was used to snoop on 2 dozen Indian activists and journalists

WhatsApp has revealed that at least two dozen academics, lawyers, Dalit activists and journalists in India were the target of surveillance by threat operators using security firm NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware. The revelations, reported by news outlet Indian Express, come as the Facebook-owned messaging service filed a...

2019-10-31
Facebook is testing end-to-end encryption for secret Messenger calls

In March, Mark Zuckerberg shared his grand vision of Facebook’s future that included encrypting all messaging services. It seems that the company is slowly working on making that happen. According to app researcher Jane Manchun Wong, Facebook is testing encrypting video and audio calls over Messenger in Secret mode....

2019-10-31
Jack Dorsey: Twitter will stop all political ads next month

Twitter is making a big change to how it handles political ads: It’s getting rid of them altogether (with very few exceptions). Today Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced via tweetstorm that the company has “made the decision to stop all political advertising on Twitter globally” because Twitter believes “message...

2019-10-30
People are hilariously bad at drawing famous logos from memory

Identity designers try to create memorable images. Turns out, we are terrible at remembering even the best ones. BMW. Puma. Red Bull. Lego. These brands are so ubiquitous, there’s a good chance you see their logos every single week. But would you be able to draw them from memory?Read Full Story

2019-10-30
Aural sex: Tingly earhole sound porn is the next step in accessible erotica

This article was originally published on SEXTECHGUIDE, an independent publication that looks at the intersection between sex and technology in a non-explicit, as close to a ‘safe for work’ way as possible – including app reviews, adult VR info, sextech devices, privacy, security issues, and much more. It was...

2019-10-30
Traditional and digital news organizations need to band together to fight ‘fake news’

Fake news, Facebook News, Brexit, WhatsApp hacks, and the “enemy of the people.” These are just some of the fast-changing stories that journalists across Europe are striving to cover — oftentimes, finding themselves at the center of that story.  Europe’s newsrooms are facing multiple challenges as they adjust...

2019-10-30
Why a top VC and a former LinkedIn exec think hobbies are the future of commerce

Kirsten Green, the VC who bet on Glossier, Away, Bonobos, and Jet.com, is investing in Curated, a platform that connects hobbyists with customers who want to buy products for a new hobby. Kirsten Green, the founder of Forerunner Ventures, knows how to predict retail trends. She’s bet on some of the biggest...

2019-10-30
Exclusive: I left Google because of pregnancy discrimination

Chelsey Glasson, who recently filed a complaint with the EEOC, talked to Fast Company about her experience at Google during her second pregnancy. Over the summer, an anonymous memo by a Google employee on maternity leave made the rounds on an internal message board. In the post, which was eventually leaked to...

2019-10-30
The 6 most innovative winter coats of 2019

A slew of new coats promise to keep you warm with unique fabrics and technology. These six delivered. Outerwear designers are tasked with creating coats that live up to the elements—a job that is only getting harder as extreme weather conditions become more frequent and winters get worse in many parts of the...

2019-10-30
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey backs cryptocurrency startup after turning down Facebook’s Libra

Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey, who recently said his company would never get involved with Facebook‘s Libra, has backed a cryptocurrency startup. Dorsey, a longtime Bitcoin advocate, participated in CoinList’s $10 million funding round, alongside several other investors. CoinList, which helps startups raise...

2019-10-30
Meet the neuroscientist debunking the age-old myth of the gendered brain

For decades, scientists have long been obsessed with uncovering biological differences between male and female brains. Dating back to the 1800’s, influential scientists, including Charles Darwin and Gustave Le Bon, believed women were “biologically inferior to men.” Gustave Le Bon, a social psychologist best...

2019-10-30
I finally beat my Twitter addiction—with Google’s help

Desert Island, one of Google’s experimental new apps, transforms your home screen into a text list of the bare essentials. Like a lot of people, I’ve developed a bad habit of checking social media during practically every idle moment. It doesn’t matter if I am at home, at lunch, or out with...

2019-10-30
The Google Pixel 4 reviewed... acrostic-ly

It’s been a couple of weeks since the launch of the Pixel 4. We got our hands on one, and have a full review and video in the pipeline, but we wanted to get some thoughts down before then. In a… different way. This then, is the acrostic review of the Pixel 4. What’s that? Well, when the first letter of each...

2019-10-30
Report: Facebook Portal vulnerability lets users display other people’s pictures without permission

The problem is Facebook states that a person can only add photo albums to Portal’s screensaver that are part of their Facebook account. If Facebook’s Portal didn’t creep you out before, now it might. Developer and digital explorer Jane Manchun Wong has discovered an unnerving...

2019-10-30
45,000 Android devices infected by new unremovable xHelper malware

A new kind of Android malware capable of reinstalling itself even after being manually removed has reportedly infected more than 45,000 Android devices over the last six months. The latest findings — disclosed by cybersecurity firm Symantec — come after a similar disclosure by MalwareBytes, which first spotted...

2019-10-30
WhatsApp sues Israeli security firm for injecting malware into targets’ phones through its app

WhatsApp just sued Israel-based security company, the NSO Group, in a US federal court for allegedly injecting malware into over 1,400 targets’ phones through the messaging service. The Facebook-owned company accused the NSO Group of installing malware into phones for surveillance. The court filing says the...

2019-10-30
Facebook wants to get into healthcare. What could possibly go wrong?

Facebook wants to remind you to see a doctor. It’s working on a suite of “Preventative Health” features designed to help people keep track of their personal maintenance. Is it just me or does this company seem like a bad choice for that role? Facebook today announced it’s working with major health...

2019-10-29
Now that Google won’t index Flash pages, here’s what website owners need to know

Google has announced its search engine will no longer index Flash, the once hugely popular web content format. In the early 2000s, Flash was everywhere on the web. The browser plug-in technology made it easy for web developers to build everything from animated movies to restaurant menus that would look the same from...

2019-10-29
GrubHub stock is in a free fall after earnings disaster and 5 downgrades

As a result of the disappointing Q3 revenue and Q4 forecasts, the stock received five downgrades, causing GrubHub’s share price to plummet. Food delivery company GrubHub has seen its stock price slashed by over a third after it posted disappointing third-quarter earnings today, reports CNBC. The company...

2019-10-29
Facebook defends Libra comparing it some of the ‘most meaningful innovations’ of our time — lol

David Marcus, Facebook’s Libra lead, has defended the technology giant’s ‘cryptocurrency’ project saying “the most meaningful innovations that have changed the lives of millions across the world in a profound way have always been met with damning headlines.”  Marcus was speaking at Money 20/20, an...

2019-10-29
Australia wants to use facial recognition to verify people watching online porn

Ever since the first porn video was uploaded to the internet, the worry of minors stumbling across it has persisted. Surprisingly — as I’m sure you already know — finding porn online is an easy task requiring just a quick Google search. Governments are working to make it one-step harder to access porn online....

2019-10-29
Google Analytics is the Rosetta Stone of the web. Learn how to read it for 90% off.

The 6.5-hour course is usually a $499 value, but by taking advantage of this TNW Deals offer while it lasts, you can get all this Google Analytics intel for only $49. 

2019-10-29
Floyd is launching a mattress for its beloved minimalist bed frame

Customers kept asking the Detroit startup which mattress to buy for its ultra-popular bed frame, so it designed one. Back in 2015, the fledgling Detroit-based furniture brand Floyd launched a minimal, low-slung platform bed. The design was simple—just a few slabs of wood which you would connect with a few...

2019-10-29
Facebook employees object to the company’s policy of allowing lies in political ads

With just over a year left until the 2020 US presidential elections, Facebook updated its policies on the spread of misinformation last week and released a bunch of new tools to better “protect the democratic process.” Now, Facebook will clearly label false posts and state-controlled media — but will continue to...

2019-10-29
Google’s parent company just reported a significant drop in profits

Alphabet’s profits were off about 30% compared to the same period last year. It has not been the best of earnings seasons for Big Tech.Read Full Story

2019-10-28
Amazon prepares to strike back after Microsoft wins $10B JEDI contract

Microsoft‘s been awarded the controversial Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract, a $10 billion planned project to create and maintain an AI-powered, cloud-based weapons platform for the Pentagon. The company’s stocks hit a record intraday high on the back of the news, but shareholders may want...

2019-10-28
Report: Google is trying to acquire Fitbit

According to a report by Reuters, Alphabet (Google’s parent company) is trying to buy Fitbit. The tech giant has made a bid for the fitness hardware maker, but there’s no confirmation that an acquisition will take place at this time. We don’t know how much Alphabet bid for fitbit either. The partnership makes...

2019-10-28
Facebook wants to give you medical advice. But can you trust it?

Despite widespread problems of mistrust and disinformation, Facebook is launching a mobile tool to show people what screenings and immunizations they should be getting based on their age and sex. Facebook is launching a new tool in the U.S. that will suggest tests and immunizations—such as a mammogram,...

2019-10-28
What life is really like for freelance designers, in 5 numbers

Among the findings of a new study on the industry: freelance designers are working full-time, but weird, hours. We wouldn’t exactly call it an unbiased source. 99designs is a huge freelance design portal, with a core business model that generates roughly $60 million a year through designers logging in and...

2019-10-28
Instagram now forces people to sign in to view public profiles

Are you used to browsing Instagram without signing in to check out what your favorite brands are sharing? If so, here’s a change you won’t like one bit. The photo-sharing social network is now locking down its platform by preventing signed-out users from having unlimited access to public profiles. As a result,...

2019-10-28
Instagram refused to run an HIV preventative drug campaign because it contained ‘politics’

Last week, Mark Zuckerberg and Congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), went head to head during  a hearing where Zuckerberg defended his right to allow political ads on his platform — even if they contained lies. “I just think that in a democracy people should be able to see for themselves what...

2019-10-28
China’s tech race with the US heats up as it readies to launch its digital currency

China, notorious for its lack of privacy, approved a new law to regulate cryptography over the weekend as it readies to launch its own digital currency. The law will come into effect on January 1, 2020, and although officials haven’t gone into too much detail about it, reports say that permissions granted could vary...

2019-10-28
10 ways men can help close the gender gap for female coworkers

Even if you’re not a manager, these are easy things you can do to make your office more equitable for women. Last month, a number of female writers, producers, and assistants started using the hashtag #NotWorthLess to share their experiences being paid less than their male counterparts. Amid the...

2019-10-28
Instagram is banning cartoons and memes that promote self-harm and suicide

The move comes after the suicide of a 14-year-old girl who viewed posts about self-harm on the platform before her death. Instagram has announced that it is banning drawings, memes, and cartoons that promote, glamorize, or encourage self-harm and suicide. The ban comes after the father of a 14-year-old girl who killed...

2019-10-28
Facebook’s plan for radical transparency was too radical

An ambitious plan to fight misinformation and disinformation is moving slower than hoped, frustrating researchers and forcing funders to reconsider their commitment. An unprecedented investigation into disinformation on Facebook has hit turbulence over questions about how much data to release to outside researchers,...

2019-10-28
Byte Me #9: Slack harassment, vagina bots, and pooping at work

Subscribe to our monthly Byte Me newsletter NOW! And, while you’re here, follow us on Twitter! Welcome back to Byte Me, our feminist newsletter that makes everyone mad <3 Since we last spoke, Anouk co-wrote and produced a (Dutch) video series called Kramp and it got over 2M views, Cara was accidentally...

2019-10-28
Facebook’s new AI tweaks video so you can’t be identified by face recognition tech

Facial recognition systems are all the rage among government agencies around the world, as they seek to automate services and keep tabs on their citizens. If there’s a picture of you somewhere, you could potentially be identified in photos and videos from public camera feeds. Now, Facebook has devised a way to...

2019-10-28
Hackers are using a bug in PHP7 to remotely hijack web servers

The PHP programming language underpins much of the Internet. It forms the basis of popular content management systems like WordPress and Drupal, as well as more sophisticated web applications, like Facebook (kinda). Therefore, it’s a huge deal whenever researchers identify a security vulnerability within it. A...

2019-10-27

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