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Your iPhone could help track disease—if you let researchers spy on you

Researchers want to use your cell phone’s location data to stop diseases from spreading. But at a time of data breaches, privacy violations, and lack of trust, they may not be ready to keep it safe. In a new study out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, health researchers make the case for using...

2019-11-30
Antitrust warrior Matt Stoller warns that if we don’t take on Big Tech, ‘we’ll become a fascist society’

In his fascinating new book, ‘Goliath,’ Stoller covers the history of antitrust in the U.S. He expands on those thoughts in a wide-ranging discussion, detailing the tools available to break up Big Tech and why we’re at risk of the end of democracy. If decades from now historians look back at this...

2019-11-30
An early Instagram employee offers advice on building meaningful communities

Bailey Richardson helped build community at the photo app. Now she’s offering businesses and grassroots organizations a “how-to” guide. Bailey Richardson has looked at community from two sides: she’s intimately familiar with the businesses approach. She helped build community at Instagram:...

2019-11-29
This alternative search engine is basically Google without the privacy headaches

If a stripped-down, more private version of Google search existed, it might look a lot like Startpage. Picture for a moment a version of Google Search that barely evolved from its early years. Instead of a results page cluttered by informational widgets, this one would primarily link out to other sites. And instead of...

2019-11-29
Bitcoin ransomware forces Spanish security firm Prosegur offline

Spanish multinational security firm Prosegur has been hit by Ryuk ransomware, the notorious Trojan virus that encrypts files on a compromised device and typically demands payment in Bitcoin to decrypt them. As a result of the attack, the company, which reportedly employs 170,000 people across the globe, has shut...

2019-11-29
CHEAP: Yes, YOU can get 5 months FREE with WP Engine, the WordPress host

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! There are a few different approaches you can take when you’re building a website. The first, and easiest, way of doing this is using a drag-and-drop style web-based service. These services are simple if you want to get a website...

2019-11-29
These super-sleek gifts from Hay Design are now on sale

What do you get the person who has amazing taste? Here are 15 fail-proof gifts from Hay Design’s Black Friday sale. If you haven’t heard of Hay Design yet, allow us to introduce you. The Danish design brand was founded by a married couple, Mette and Rolf Hay, in 2002—when Mette was just 24 years...

2019-11-29
Your vote is for sale and Big Tech is selling it

We live in an Age of Disinformation. The phenomenon has over the past few years, slowly, but surely risen to the top of the political agenda. Political campaigning — often verging on propaganda — has existed for centuries, so what’s changed. Why has the transition to a digital advertising space...

2019-11-29
Revamp your work wardrobe with designer deals, courtesy of Shopbop

The sharpest deals on blazers, work bags, and all the clothing items that will make you feel like a boss in 2020. Black Friday can surface a lot of “deals” that are actually not that impactful—like $5 off of a $20 sweater that you’ll probably only wear once or twice. Buying cheap clothes...

2019-11-29
Legendary Bitcoin contributor Hal Finney’s Twitter profile is safe — for now

Bitcoin fans can rest easy as Twitter has backpedalled on its plans to purge inactive accounts until it can figure out how to memorialize them. We’ve heard you on the impact that this would have on the accounts of the deceased. This was a miss on our part. We will not be removing any inactive accounts until we...

2019-11-28
Instagram, Facebook, and Messenger are down — go back to work

Nope, it’s not just you. It appears Instagram, Facebook, and Messenger are all down at the moment. The three platforms, which all belong to the Mark Zuckerberg empire, are experiencing down time, according to numerous reports on DownDetector. Among other things, users report being unable to reload their feeds, post...

2019-11-28
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey uses DuckDuckGo over Google

Unlike the late 90s and early 00s, search engines currently aren’t at war with each other.. Google is a clear giant in the field and others orbit around it like small planets around the sun. While someone ‘Googling’ stuff is not surprising, it’s quite unusual when a big company’s CEO says they prefer some...

2019-11-28
World champion Go player retires: AI ‘cannot be defeated’

One of South Korea‘s most celebrated professional Go players, master Lee Se-dol, has retired, citing the futility of raging against the machines as a motivating factor. Speaking to reporters from the Yonhap News Agency in Seoul earlier this week, Se-dol said: With the debut of AI in Go games, I’ve realized that...

2019-11-28
These are the questions you should ask to get your career on the right track

Sometimes you don’t know where your career is going. These questions can help. Careers are rarely predictable or follow a straight line. In fact, 40 percent of professionals are interested in making a career pivot.Read Full Story

2019-11-27
Report: Silicon Valley spends much less on lobbying than you’d think

Tech companies are not breaking their banks in attempts to bend laws in their favor. Last year Alphabet, the parent company of Google, earned revenues of over $39 billion. How much of that $39 billion do you think they spent on lobbying?Read Full Story

2019-11-27
Study: Our universe may be part of a giant quantum computer

A pair of physicists from Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University (IKBFU) in Russia recently proposed an entirely new view of the cosmos. Their research takes the wacky idea that we’re living in a computer simulation and mashes it up with the mind-boggling “many worlds” theory to say that, essentially, our...

2019-11-27
Twitter delays deleting inactive accounts to decide how to respect dead users

Yesterday, news broke that Twitter would begin to get rid of accounts that hadn’t been used in over six months, starting on December 11. While it makes some sense to purge Twitter of perfectly good usernames that are going unused, some users wondered what would happen with the accounts of the deceased. At the time,...

2019-11-27
Why Google’s ‘Sputnik’ moment isn’t the last word in quantum supremacy

Comparing Google’s computational achievement to past landmarks in human history might leave you with the wrong idea about why it mattered—and where it could lead us. On December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, N.C., Orville Wright took flight in the Flyer 1, the airplane he had built with his brother Wilbur....

2019-11-27
Facebook’s only fact-checker for Dutch news quits over political ad controversy

Yesterday, the Dutch digital newspaper, NU.nl, which was Facebook’s only partner, cut ties with the social network and published a blog post, written by Gert-Jaap Heokman, NU.nl’s editor-in-chief, questioning: “What is the point of fighting fake news if you are not allowed to tackle politicians?” The tech...

2019-11-27
Hackers mass-scan for Docker vulnerability to mine Monero cryptocurrency

A hacking group is reportedly performing a mass-scan of the internet in search of vulnerable ports on systems using enterprise sandbox software Docker to mine cryptocurrency. According to security researchers at Bad Packets, the scans, which began over the weekend, identify vulnerabilities that allow bad actors to...

2019-11-27
5 things to know about Twitter’s upcoming inactive accounts cull

If you’re giddy with excitement that a Twitter handle you’ve long coveted might soon be up for grabs, keep your expectations in check. Like many social media platforms, Twitter has a fairly large number of user accounts whose owners are no longer active on the service—and haven’t been in a...

2019-11-27
Google’s moment isn’t the last word on quantum supremacy, and that’s okay

Comparing Google’s computational achievement to past landmarks in human history might leave you with the wrong idea about why it mattered—and where it could lead us. On December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, N.C., Orville Wright took flight in the Flyer 1, the airplane he had built with his brother Wilbur....

2019-11-27
I worked at eBay, Google, and Cisco. Here’s how I find the best collaborative cultures

Amy Chang of Cisco reveals how watching people walking by and observing facial expressions and body language she could discern if they were actually enjoying working together. In 2005, I faced what felt like at the time, a major career crossroads.Read Full Story

2019-11-27
These abstract therapy dolls help kids recover from trauma

Why faceless wooden dolls work best to get kids out of their shells. The winner of this year’s Kids Design Award developed a set of toys that’s meant for more than just fun. Alma – Therapy Dolls, designed by Yaara Nusboim, are a set of abstract dolls made from maplewood and flexible...

2019-11-27
Twitter will delete inactive accounts starting December

Twitter is going to start getting rid of derelict accounts. The company sent warning emails to users who haven’t been using their accounts; if they want to keep their handle, they’ll have to login by December 11 and follow the on-screen steps – including accepting the company’s latest terms and policies....

2019-11-27
Pete Buttigieg is way ahead of his 2020 rivals when it comes to poaching talent from Big Tech

In total, 12 staffers on Pete’s campaign previously worked at one of the big tech companies. Though Big Tech has been in the crosshairs of the 2020 presidential candidates—most of whom have called for the giant companies to be broken up—that hasn’t stopped plenty of executives and...

2019-11-27
Black Friday sales seekers love these 10 stores the most in 2019

SEMrush, a research service for online marketing, has found out what stores and products are the most popular for Black Friday, using search data. Black Friday is three days away and you may be dreaming of the money you’ll save rather than the delicious meal you’ll eat the day before.Read Full...

2019-11-27
The Honor View30 Pro packs flagship specs for $550

Huawei often offers some of its best deals through its Honor sub-brand, and this year seems no different. The company today announced the View30 and View30 Pro –  packing flagship specs and design at a palatable price. Well, at least in China. With Huawei phones still not allowed to use Google services, it’s not...

2019-11-26
Meet the massive coalition vowing to end Amazon’s ‘powerful grip over our society’

Amazon’s impact on workers, businesses, communities, and the environment is sparking alarm. It’s official: Amazon is mammoth, at over 750,000 employees, and growing swiftly. Nearly 100,000 workers were hired in the third quarter alone. For comparison, fellow behemoths Google, Apple, and...

2019-11-26
Bitcoin fraudsters target head of $230B fund in latest Facebook scam

The head of a $230 billion investment fund is the latest high-profile individual targeted by Facebook’s Bitcoin fraudsters. Ho Ching, chief executive of Singapore‘s Temasek, has been featured in ads for a bogus cryptocurrency trading program, The Straits Times reports. The ads include logos of reputable local...

2019-11-26
This industrial designer gave Tesla’s Cybertruck a makeover

What if the Cybertruck looked more like the classic cars, like the El Camino, that it pays homage to? Tesla’s long-awaited Cybertruck was revealed last week, and the internet promptly freaked out. The car’s angular, bent steel body was highly polarizing, to say the least. Whether or not you like it,...

2019-11-26
How smartphones get African millennials addicted to sports betting

When one talks about young Africans using smartphones, the dominant narrative is that these gadgets serve mostly as platforms for connection so that users can communicate and share greetings and information via text and images. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, WhatsApp, and Signal take pride of place in that description,...

2019-11-26
Google fires 4 activist employees over alleged ‘data-security’ violations

Last week, over 200 Google employees and supporters protested outside the tech giant’s HQ offices in San Francisco over the suspension of two activist employees.  Rebecca Rivers and Laurence Berland were put on leave for allegedly violating the company’s policy by accessing and sharing confidential documents —...

2019-11-26
Facebook wants to pay you to answer social media questions

We already know apps like Facebook try to learn as much about you as possible, so why not at least get paid for it? Facebook – now a rebranded corporate entity – today revealed a new app dubbed Facebook Viewpoints which pays you to participate in surveys, tasks, and research. The company claims “the best way to...

2019-11-26
Battleborn, gaming’s perpetual also-ran, to shut down in 2021

The end of an era — albeit not a particularly eventful era: 2K Games today revealed it was starting to sunset its first-person hero shooter Battleborn. The game will officially go offline in 2021, but the features will start disappearing as early as this coming February. The developers revealed the news on the...

2019-11-26
Too busy for self-care? Ask yourself these four questions

Entrepreneur and investor Brian Garrett discusses how the hero’s journey narrative helped him learn how to apply self-care in everyday life. The proliferation of wellness culture has exploded over the past decade, with my native LA perhaps being the epicenter. But I’m not here to talk about consumable or...

2019-11-25
Fitness startup Mirror claims it’s ‘building the next iPhone’

Can the connected streaming device grow past its workout roots? Founder Brynn Putnam believes the startup might just be the next big screen in your life, with plans to expand into telehealth. On Tuesday evening, a fashionable grouping of L.A.’s in-crowd—actors, designers, social media...

2019-11-25
Sacha Baron Cohen follows up his viral speech with a scathing op-ed against social media

The comedian has some serious bones to pick with Facebook and the other members of the “Silicon Six.” Sacha Baron Cohen is known for embarrassing powerful people through the guise of a character. Just last year on his Showtime series, Who Is America?, he got Sarah Palin, Joe Arpaio, and Dick Cheney,...

2019-11-25
Hollywood exec embezzled $22M to gamble on cryptocurrency and play poker

A former digital marketing executive has admitted to embezzling more than $22 million of his employer’s funds to use for cryptocurrency gambling and personal expenses. Cincinnati resident Daniel Bleiden pleaded guilty to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft last week. He’d previously served as vice president...

2019-11-25
1,300 adult performers accuse Instagram of unfairly deleting their accounts

Over the past year, social networking platforms Facebook and Instagram have made it almost impossible for NSFW artists to exist on the platforms — from banning any discussion around “sexual preference,” “sexual roles,” “breasts,” and “buttocks” to the tech giant’s latest stunt in restricting...

2019-11-25
The Best Smartwatches for Designers & Creatives

Smartwatches have become as synonymous as cell phones but do you know the best one for you? Check out our list right here!

2019-11-25
This is ‘SportsCenter’ for Gen Z: A two-year-old upstart named Wave

The new media startup has attracted more than 38 million followers in the hope that social scale is the future of the media business. While much of sports media is in turmoil, with the implosion of both legacy (Sports Illustrated) and digital brands (Deadspin), one sports-media startup has quietly been amassing...

2019-11-25
Top 10 Best All-in-One Computers for Creatives

The best all-in-one computers can be the perfect piece of technology your business needs. Check out our list of the best options for designers & creatives!

2019-11-25
Bitcoin whale moves $310 million cryptocurrency fortune — for just $0.32

A cryptocurrency whale has just moved a ball-busting 44,000 BTC (worth more than $310 million) — and they paid a minuscule $0.32 in Bitcoin transaction fees to do so. The hefty movement was detected by Twitter-based transaction monitor @whale_alert this afternoon. Bitcoin’s miners included it in block #605230....

2019-11-24
Here’s why AI deserves the same rights as animals

Universities across the world are conducting major research on artificial intelligence (AI), as are organizations such as the Allen Institute, and tech companies including Google and Facebook. A likely result is that we will soon have AI approximately as cognitively sophisticated as mice or dogs. Now is the time to...

2019-11-24
These are the steps you should take to be successful at a new job

Starting a new job can be very stressful, but having this checklist can make things easier. When I was hired at Zapier back in June, I immediately panic-Googled “how to succeed in a new job.” The results were soul-crushing.Read Full Story

2019-11-24
5G is going to save journalism! Maybe! (Don’t hold your breath)

AT&T is giving reporters from the ‘Washington Post’ early access to the latest technology. But 5G needs to be a lot more mature before it has a shot at being transformative. Ask a reporter what technological upgrades would ease their work, and you’ll probably hear things like longer-lived...

2019-11-24
CHEAP: Get $200 off the Samsung Galaxy S10 range and FREE Galaxy Buds

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! The phone market is filled to the brim with great devices these days. You have the iPhone 11 range, the Google Pixel 4, and, sitting nicely alongside this pair, the Samsung Galaxy S10 collection. Now, it can be really difficult to...

2019-11-23

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