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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
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
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
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
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
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
Modern cybersecurity is inaccessible to smaller companies — and that’s bad for you

It’s about time that the cybersecurity technology that was once only available to wealthy corporations will become accessible for all.  It used to be scary and thought-provoking when a resourceful hacker cracked open a hoard of user information, but the sheer number of massive hacks that happened, in 2018 alone of...

2019-10-26
Pixelbook Go: a happy medium between budget and high-end Chromebooks

It’s far from the cheapest Chromebook on the market. But Google’s latest is much nicer than bargain models. Beginning in 2013 with the original Chromebook Pixel—the first touch-screen Chrome OS device—and continuing through 2017’s Pixelbook, the Chrome OS laptops that Google has...

2019-10-26
Urlora can clean up your digital marketing links AND boost sales

Urlora is a linking tool hyper focused on optimizing your linking strategies and getting you all the information you need to run a successful digital ad campaign. You can get in on Urlora’s features right now with over 90 percent off a lifetime subscription starting as low as $39 from TNW Deals.

2019-10-26
Juul should probably worry about this lawyer’s website going viral on Facebook

It was probably only a matter of time before all this scandal caught the attention of product liability lawyers. Juul Labs has been in the news a lot lately—and for all the wrong reasons. After the FDA essentially threatened to seize its products last month if it didn’t revise its safety claims, the...

2019-10-25
Nvidia’s new Shield Android TV devices could launch October 28

We’ve known for a while that Nvidia is planning on releasing a pair of new Shield TV devices, but now we have what seems like confirmation: the company today posted a teaser that suggests the devices will arrive on October 28. 10.28.19 👁️ pic.twitter.com/Np0LXKvoTx — NVIDIA SHIELD (@NVIDIASHIELD) October 24,...

2019-10-25
Google Search will soon understand normal questions, not just keywords

Ever had to search for something on Google, but you’re not exactly sure what it is, so you just use some language that vaguely implies it? Google’s about to make that a whole lot easier. Google announced today it’s rolling out a new machine learning-based language understanding technique called Bidirectional...

2019-10-25
Hackers give Johannesburg government 3 days to pay over $30K in Bitcoin

A group of cybercriminals calling themselves the “Shadow Kill Hackers” has reportedly attacked the City of Johannesburg (South Africa) administration website — and is threatening to upload the stolen data on the internet unless it receives a Bitcoin ransom. The hackers are requesting the city pays over $30,000...

2019-10-25
Facebook’s return to News sees it tap into human-curation of stories

After deprioritizing news in the News Feed and pivoting to video, Facebook is officially back in the news business again. The social media giant is rolling out Facebook News to select audiences in the US starting today, carving a dedicated home screen tab out of its digital real estate for users to explore their news...

2019-10-25
Google just released a ‘phone’ made of paper, for your sanity

All you need to go offline for a day is a printer. Our phones are making us unhappy, and companies like Google are wrestling with how to keep expanding a product like Android without destroying the soul of humanity in the process. The company’s designers have been outspoken on the topic, and they released a...

2019-10-25
Watch Google, Facebook, and YouTube’s rise to dominance in this hypnotic video

A mesmerizing 8-minute video shows how AOL, Yahoo, and MSN fell to the current web kingpins over the course of two decades. Today, AOL and Yahoo are near-worthless divisions of a phone company, as Verizon picks their digital bones to assimilate, sell off, or shut down what’s left. But two decades ago, AOL and...

2019-10-25
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says “hell no” to joining Facebook’s Libra ‘cryptocurrency’

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has said the popular microblogging site will never join Facebook’s controversial ‘cryptocurrency’ project. Speaking at a Twitter media event held in New York City yesterday, Dorsey replied “Hell no” when asked if Twitter would join Libra, The Verge reports. The CEO, who also founded...

2019-10-25
Google just released a ‘phone’ made of paper

All you need to go offline for a day is a printer. Our phones are making us unhappy, and companies like Google are wrestling with how to keep expanding a product like Android without destroying the soul of humanity in the process. The company’s designers have been outspoken on the topic, and they released a...

2019-10-25

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