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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

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