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Here’s who has the most juice in Twitter’s AI influencer community

Insight analyst Lizzie Dunmore today published an analysis of Twitter interactions on the topic of AI between the general public, the media, and the 18 most influential AI influencers. Dunmore, who works for Onalytica, looked at a year’s worth of tweets from 3,000 influencers and 1,000 news media outlets to figure...

Content moderators use crazy metaphors to describe their hellish jobs

From cleaning up the injuries of people who’ve slipped in a city full of banana peels to being a broken egg, here are the most creative ways trust and safety employees describe their jobs. On the heels of Casey Newton’s riveting account of Facebook content moderators and their nightmarish jobs comes...

Inside the secretly effective–and underrated–way Netflix keeps its shows and movies at the forefront of pop culture

How the streaming giant presents itself as a TV and movie super fan and uses meme-able, self-aware social media content to keep us watching more. On New Year’s Day, Kim Kardashian West decided to watch a movie on Netflix. With that one click, one of the most popular people on the internet unwittingly joined an...

Pokémon fans are already head over heels for the Sword & Shield starters

Nintendo today released more info about the next proper RPG in the Pokémon series, Sword and Shield. First teased in 2017, we finally got our first glimpse of the pocket monster game Switch owners have been in desperate need of. Among the other features, Nintendo showed us the game’s three starters — and...

LinkedIn’s new salary tool offers paycheck insights, but there’s a catch

Who doesn’t want to know how to boost their own bottom line? Interested in getting a fatter paycheck? You’re not alone.Read Full Story

Etsy just became the first global e-commerce company to offset all of its shipping emissions

Ninety-eight percent of the company’s footprint comes from sending packages. Etsy’s headquarters in Brooklyn has solar panels on the roof, and in 2018 the company partnered with Apple and two other companies to help build new wind and solar farms so that its operations could be fully powered by renewable...

CERN designers are celebrating the web’s 30th birthday by rebuilding it

You can now experience how your favorite websites would look on the very first internet browser–right down to the fonts. March 2019 marks the 30-year anniversary of the WorldWideWeb–the very first version of the internet network we all use today. To celebrate, designers and developers at the European...

This Chrome extension turns your tweets into messages to your Congressperson

ePluribus verifies that you live in the district, and then tells your representative what thing on the Internet you’re mad about. The next time you talk about politics on Twitter, Facebook, or in the comment section of a news article, you can click a button to turn your post into an official message to...

Content moderation jobs for social networks are still terrible

The Verge’s Casey Newton has a harrowing story out about the pitiful conditions that contract workers tasked with moderating content on Facebook have to deal with on a daily basis. It’s not the first such investigative piece on this topic, and perhaps that’s what worries me the most. One of the reports on the...

How to free up space on your phone with Google Photos’ unlimited backup service

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and connected services. If you shoot a lot of pictures and videos on your phone, it’s all too easy to run out of space. Thankfully, the Google Photos can help: it offers unlimited photo storage in...

A new line of Adidas sneakers is made of recycled ocean plastics

Terrex Parley footwear is made from plastic waste intercepted at the shoreline before it reaches the ocean. The German sportswear giant continued working with environmental group Parley for the Oceans, which intercepts plastic waste at the shoreline before it enters the sea, to create its spring 2019 Outdoor footwear...

Designers have an obligation to make gaming accessible for people with disabilities

Anyone can play video games, right? If you’ve been following recent buzz in the gaming industry, you might be under the impression that video games are more accessible than they’ve ever been. Popular talking points include how video game audiences are increasingly large and diverse. This perception is due, in...

This startup is helping Barclays, Compass, and more close deals 90% faster

Outlaw wants to make navigating contracts as simple as using Google Docs. Contracts are terribly intimidating to most of us–and you could argue that’s at least a little by design. Most lawyers bill by the hour, after all, and they reuse text from older contracts rather than writing new ones. The...

Elon Musk thinks Bitcoin is ‘brilliant’ — but only owns 0.25 BTC

Despite Elon Musk being somewhat of an unofficial poster boy for cryptocurrency, it turns out he actually doesn’t hold any – well, aside from 0.25 Bitcoin. The Tesla CEO recently went on record proclaiming Bitcoin is “quite brilliant,” and that “paper money is going away.” It might come as a surprise then...

Zuckerberg’s ‘blockchain login’ plan makes absolutely no sense

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is exploring the possibility of leveraging blockchain technology for the company’s third-party login services. In an interview with Harvard Law Professor Jonathan Zittrain on Wednesday, Zuckerberg said a move from the existing centralized Facebook Connect to a distributed system could...

How to stop Facebook from tracking your location

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and connected services. Facebook is notorious for capturing user data to create profiles that advertisers can target – and that includes the location data from your phone. If that makes you...

Help Twitter test out these 5 features to make conversations better

Twitter is accepting applications for its new conversations prototype. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey likes to say that Twitter’s purpose as a company is to “serve the public conversations.” The only problem with that is that it’s really hard to find and follow conversations on Twitter.Read Full...

There’s still time to migrate your Google+ community: Here’s how

Migration tools abound as Google+ winds down. With less than two months to go until Google+ shuts down, forum hosting provider Tapatalk is throwing out some life preservers.Read Full Story

Angel/Devil: Should I buy Apple Airpods?

The last quarter of 2018 was a watershed moment for Apple’s Airpods. The wireless earbuds went from being a (sorta) niche bit of hardware, to the must-have product. They’re everywhere. And, as is the case on the internet, so are the memes. This increased attention isn’t just hearsay, check out the Google Trends...

Here’s how to watch Samsung’s Galaxy S10 event live

Yes, the time is upon us – today Samsung will unveil its new Galaxy range of devices! The event starts at 2PM in New York (EST) and you can livestream the whole thing here. Or, if you’re that way inclined, you can catch it all on Twitter. The event’s taking place at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic...

There’s a documentary about Ember.js and it’s really good

Ember.js is a hugely popular JavaScript framework. Used across web, mobile, and desktop, it powers the likes of LinkedIn, Groupon, and even Apple Music. Behind its thousands of lines of code is a deeply human story of innovation and risk-taking, as portrayed by Ember.js: The Documentary. Hang on, I can hear you say. A...

Ariana Grande just hit a Beatles-level music industry milestone

“Thank u, next” –Ariana Grande to awards, accolades, and industry records Never bet against Ariana Grande. The 25-year old superstar is on a hot streak so fiery that at this point she can not only survive a mid-aughts style incorrect Japanese tattoo incident but own it with humor and aplomb....

6 crazy details from Alphabet’s leaked plans for its first smart city

Sidewalk Labs wants to rethink cities. We’re finally getting a look at what that will mean in Toronto, where the company is building a prototype neighborhood. Sidewalk Labs is one of the most mysterious initiatives inside Alphabet (and formerly, Google). The company says it “imagines, designs, tests,...

Nest has a secret microphone–Google just forgot to tell us

Whoops! Some surprises are fun–like when a friend gives you an unexpected gift. Others, not so much. They can even a bit frightening sometimes. We have a good example of the latter kind of surprise, thanks to Google’s most recent Nest integration.Read Full Story

Want a glimpse of Facebook’s soul in 2019? Look at its internal propaganda lab

The Analog Research Lab has evolved its messaging, from “Be the nerd” to “What matters is what you do next.” Yet it remains a mirror reflection of Facebook’s broken culture. In 2010, when Facebook was riding high with more than 500 million users, two Facebook employees took over...

No, there’s not a new anti-LGBT emoji

It’s actually a unicode glitch. Many people on Twitter are going crazy because of a new allegedly anti-LGBT emoji. The problem is, it doesn’t actually exist.Read Full Story

Why parallax scrolling needs to die

It’s an outdated attention-goosing technique that most designers will probably be embarrassed to look back on. Remember about five years ago, when the new hotness in interaction design was to have flashy layers in your website scroll at different speeds, creating a faux-3D effect? The effect was called parallax...

How to decentralize social media, according to Wikipedia’s co-founder

The problem about social media is that it is centralized. Centralization empowers massive corporations and governments to steal our privacy and restrict our speech and autonomy. What should exist are neutral, technical standards and protocols, like the standards and protocols for blogs, email, and the Web. Blockchain...

This image-authentication startup is combating faux social media accounts, doctored photos, deep fakes, and more

Truepic’s technology is already used by the U.S. State Department and others. The startup now wants to get social media companies on board. Company Profile 50 Most Innovative Companies Early one morning in April 2017, a series of horrific photos and videos began hitting Facebook and YouTube showing...

The founders of wedding registry Zola have proposed an entirely new way to do ecommerce

For proposing a better way to do e-commerce Company Profile 50 Most Innovative Companies Shan-Lyn Ma and Nobu Nakaguchi, both Gilt Groupe alumni, had seen firsthand the things that can derail an e-commerce company, such as excessive inventory and a cumbersome returns process. “We kept those in mind when we...

How Mozilla moved fast to block Facebook and other privacy invaders from your web browser

It’s just one of the things the company is doing to protect your data. Company Profile 50 Most Innovative Companies When Facebook users learned last March that the social media giant had given their sensitive information to political-data firm Cambridge Analytica, Mozilla (parent company of the...

$1.1 billion Airtable is turning admins into app developers

For encouraging admins to think like developers Company Profile 50 Most Innovative Companies Airtable is a cloud-based workflow system that lets anyone—from intern to CEO—analyze data in a non-scary way. The six-year-old startup’s cult status and $1.1 billion valuation stem from how easily...

Alphabet tops this new list of companies leading in cleantech

The Carbon Clean200 looks at the largest 200 companies (minus fossil fuel companies) ranked by clean energy revenues. After Donald Trump took office, a U.S. coal plant has shut down roughly every 15 days. Last week, despite Trump’s attempts to keep it open, the Tennessee Valley Authority decided that it...

6 food trends that are blowing up right now, from Zhoug to Spam

AI-powered food intelligence startup Tastewise lists some of the bigger trends in the $5.75 trillion food industry. What’s next for the $5.75 trillion food industry? Tastewise, an AI-powered food intelligence company and trend tracker, shares some insights on consumers’ ever-morphing tastes. In a new...

Something magical happens if you google Rihanna and your birthday

Seriously. Do it. Go to, type in “Rihanna (your DOB),” you’ll get… a picture of Rihanna taken on the anniversary of your birth. To Rihanna fans (me), seeing her in a fabulous and perfect outfit IS magic — because it’s on my personal birthaversary, it makes me feel like the outfit was styled...

“Sweatpants are a sign of defeat”: 22 controversial Karl Lagerfeld quotes

The famed Chanel designer died today at the age of 85. A few years ago, I was in Paris browsing the books at Colette (yes, I’m a fancy nerd) when I realized the store had both gotten very quiet and very attentive. Karl Lagerfeld was at the counter in his trademark black sunglasses, his white hair slicked back...

How Alphabet’s Jigsaw think tank is fighting radicalization online

Jigsaw — a unit within Alphabet — is one of the most important projects working towards countering cyber attacks, censorship, and online extremism. Using AI and machine learning, Jigsaw is tackling political challenges with technology, not policy. One of their most recent projects is the security app Intra,...

How Google’s Jigsaw think tank is fighting radicalization online

Jigsaw — a tech incubator created by Google — is one of the most important projects working towards countering cyber attacks, censorship, and online extremism. Using AI and machine learning, Jigsaw is tackling political challenges with technology, not policy. One of their most recent projects is the security app...

How to design a system for ethical innovation in tech

Every company should have a new CEO: chief ethics officer. Google was founded over two decades ago, but they released their first public set of ethical technology principles just last year. Facebook launched out of a Harvard dorm in 2004, but they formally launched an ethics program with a public investment last...

Jack Dorsey’s latest idea for kinda-editable tweets sounds like a reasonable compromise

We’re probably no closer to getting an edit button for tweets than in the past several years (what’s taking so long?), but I’m glad to hear that the company is thinking about it in earnest, as CEO Jack Dorsey revealed. Recode reported that Dorsey recently described a possible implementation that wouldn’t...

2.7 million patient calls to Swedish healthcare hotline left unprotected online

The audio recordings of 2.7 millions calls made to 1177 Vårdguiden — Sweden’s healthcare hotline — were left exposed to anyone online, according to Swedish tech publication Computer Sweden. The 170,000 hours of incredibly sensitive calls were stored on an open web server without any encryption or...

U.K. says Facebook’s leaders are “digital gangsters”

A new report has harsh words for the social network. The U.K.’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee has issued a scathing 111-page report on Facebook’s role in spreading disinformation and fake news. The report was the result of an 18-month investigation into the social media giant and...

Sex robots are raising hard questions

It’s still early, but if we don’t confront the ethical issues around sex robots now we may see bad decisions based on supposition and misplaced fears. The robots are here. Are the “sexbots” close behind?Read Full Story

Uganda loses 5 million internet users as a result of Social Media Tax

Half-way through 2018, Uganda introduced a Social Media (OTT) tax which required Ugandans to pay a tax if they wanted to access services such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and many others. It turns out, based on released data by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), the tax has had a significant impact on...

The blockchain industry is sexist and still sucks at diversity

Diversity is a term that’s thrown about often, and sometimes rather vacuously, but the fact of the matter is that the blockchain technology and cryptocurrency industries need more of it. According to Statista, female employees make up between 26 percent (Microsoft) and 43 percent (Netflix) of the workforce at major...

Moonday Mornings: Japanese ecommerce giant Rakuten may be getting into cryptocurrencies

With Bitcoin up 2.7 percent over the past week, the cryptocurrency market closed in the green this weekend. But is the trend here to stay or are the bears coming to leave investors bleeding yet again? Let’s take a look at the news and find out. Here are some of the hottest blockchain stories you might’ve missed...

Here’s how you can properly vet overseas manufacturers for your ecommerce business

Of all the questions my consulting clients ask, there is one that comes up more often than all the others combined. It goes something like this: “I want to harness the power of overseas manufacturing, but I’m worried about fraud and quality control. How do I vet manufacturers in China or India to minimize the...

Google, Facebook, and Amazon’s not-so-secret weapon for success: M&A

Whether you’re an entrepreneur or an established CEO, growing your business is always job number one. It’s how you’ll conquer an industry, make a name for yourself, and truly change the world. You may have staked your money on one big idea that paid off, but the next crucial step always lies in what’s next....


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