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No, viewing publicly shared Google Docs don’t reveal your identity

Every day, millions of people use Google Docs to share and collaborate on documents. And when it comes to working on documents online, few tools match the power and versatility of Google Drive and Google Docs. But like all online tools that provide an open environment for many people to share data, Google Docs...

2019-03-30
How to get Twitter’s new ‘Lights out’ dark mode on iOS

Twitter introduced a dark theme in its mobile apps in 2016, and for its site the following year. But after a lot of people complained that the social network’s feature is not a true dark mode – as it’s based on a shade of blue instead of black – CEO Jack Dorsey said the company was working on it. It’s...

2019-03-29
Facebook expands ad transparency beyond politics: Here’s what’s new

The Library will include all active U.S. ads running on Facebook and Instagram—not just politics or issue ads—following criticism over the limits of its Ad Archive. Facebook said Thursday it’s rolling out an improved and expanded transparency measures for political elections, including an Ad...

2019-03-29
World’s most famous nightclub designers create world’s coolest dental office

If the Berghain had an attached dental practice, it would look like this. I hate going to the dentist. But if I lived in Berlin, I would gladly go to The Urban Dentist. Instead of your regular squeaky-clean doctor’s office, this looks like a cool club or a cocktail bar.Read Full Story

2019-03-28
The big business of ruins

Phaidon’s latest book collects demolished, forgotten, and transformed architectural ruins–a topic that has obsessed popular imagination for centuries. What’s the value of a ruin? On the internet, it can be a few million clicks. In a city like New York, a few billion dollars. Eighteenth-century...

2019-03-28
Are you a white nationalist? Facebook just banned you

Facebook says there is no difference between white nationalism and white supremacy. Facebook has announced a sweeping ban on white separatists and white nationalists after the tragic shooting earlier this month at mosques where 50 people were killed by a suspected white supremacist. The man behind the massacre...

2019-03-28
HUD has charged Facebook with housing discrimination over its advertising platform

The Department of Housing & Urban Development is taking Facebook to court over its targeted advertising platform. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has filed a legal motion against Facebook, claiming that the company violated the Fair Housing Act and discriminated against people based on...

2019-03-28
Sony will stop selling PS4 game codes in physical stores

Sony revealed it’s eliminating one of the only ways for gamers to buy games for list price without having to hand over their credit card details — namely, in-store digital codes. So if you wanted to buy a game from an actual retailer, your only options now are physical discs or PlayStation cash cards. Twitter user...

2019-03-27
Facebook fights for the right to follow users–and nonusers–around the web

The social network is fighting a Belgian ban on tracking people’s cookies and other digital markers. Facebook is hunkering down for a fight over its burning desire to follow users–and nonusers–around the web.Read Full Story

2019-03-27
CabbageTech owner charged with running $200K cryptocurrency and cash swindle

The operator of New York-based company CabaggeTech has been accused of defrauding investors out of more than $200,000 in cash and cryptocurrency, according to a nine-count indictment unsealed in federal court in New York, on Tuesday. Patrick McDonnell, also known as Jason Flack, is thought to have defrauded at...

2019-03-27
Here’s why the Huawei P30 Pro’s camera could redefine smartphone photography

Huawei‘s P20 Pro and Matte 20 Pro had the best camera hardware of any smartphone in 2017, bar none. Sure, the Pixel 3 had my favorite camera – Google’s image processing is still the best – but Huawei managed to combine solid, versatile software with a giant camera sensor and triple lens setup that remains...

2019-03-26
This app exposes which cryptocurrency a user is most likely to shill on Twitter

It’s a challenge to navigate the cryptocurrency space. The entire community pretty much resides within the confines of the Twitter hellscape, where differences in investment portfolios often lead to in-fighting and disinformation. This is why one ingenious software developer created a new browser extension to help...

2019-03-26
Fyre Festival’s lead designer talks about branding a scam

“From the start, the brief wasn’t really a brief. It was just: This is our audience, this is what we’re trying to sell them.” We’re living in a cultural moment obsessed with scams. From the HBO documentary on Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos to Netflix and Hulu’s dueling...

2019-03-26
Killed By Google is a digital graveyard of the company’s dead products

April 2, Google is killing two of its well-known products: it’s failed social network, Google+, and the much-loved email client, Inbox. They join a long list of products that the Mountain View-based tech giant has killed. So, a clever developer just made a “digital graveyard” to list all of the company‘s...

2019-03-26
Facebook is hiring 22 people for its secretive blockchain division

The fact that Facebook is working on its own cryptocurrency and blockchain applications is no longer a secret – so it’s not surprising the company is looking to grow its distributed ledger division. The social media giant already has a 50-strong team squirreled away in a secretive corner of its Menlo Park head...

2019-03-25
Google’s latest pet project uses design to toy with your brain

At the annual Milan Furniture Fair, Google is staging an experiment in neuroaesthetics–or the science of how beauty affects our brains. The Milan Furniture Fair, aka Salone de Mobile, is the most important design event of the year, drawing designers and manufacturers from all over the planet. So it was a...

2019-03-25
Ahead of Apple’s video launch, YouTube pulls the plug on its Hollywood dreams

The company has reportedly abandoned its plans for high-end original content. The video sharing website has canceled plans for a paid high-end video streaming service with Hollywood production-level comedies and dramas, Bloomberg reports. The Google-owned company has reportedly stopped accepting pitches for such shows...

2019-03-25
Why your ecommerce business needs to start as an affiliate site

There is a lot of risk involved in starting an ecommerce business. For one, most would-be merchants don’t know what products will sell well and what products won’t. And being unable to move inventory can be extremely costly — especially if you have a new business with little to no brand recognition. However, if...

2019-03-24
Don’t believe the (digital) hype: Political campaigns still focus on TV for ads

Overall, 2018 political campaigns and PACs spent only 2.7% to 5.1% of their budgets on digital ads. Fifty percent of their spending went to TV ads. While the Trump 2020 campaign is already spending big on digital ads, other campaigns at the state and national levels still rely mainly on TV and direct mail to reach...

2019-03-22
A eulogy for every product Google has ruthlessly killed (145 and counting)

“This project was born as an act of criticism toward a culture of software product churn,” says the creator of Killed By Google, an archive of products lost to the sands of time. Tez. Trendalyzer. Panoramio. Timeful. Bump! SlickLogin. BufferBox.Read Full Story

2019-03-22
Find the perfect gift for your mum with TNW’s Mother’s Day guide

Consider yourself warned, dear reader. There’s just nine days left until UK Mother’s Day. Nine. Days. And you thought the countdown to Brexit was scary. If this news has caused your blood pressure to plummet and beads of sweat to accumulate on your forehead, don’t worry. I’ve got you covered. TNW’s compiled...

2019-03-22
Here’s how much ‘Bitcoin Twitter’ loves presidential candidate Andrew Yang

The hype surrounding the US presidential election in 2020 is growing palpable, and one candidate, Andrew Yang, is getting significant attention from the cryptocurrency community. Yang, a Democratic Party candidate, is absolutely the favorite of internet memelords, but he isn’t the only one appealing to the...

2019-03-21
Bitcoin scammer boasts $760,000 payday through dark web domain squatting

A scammer is claiming to have made 200 BTC ($760,000) through ‘typosquatting’ criminal dark web sites on the Tor network, over the past four years. Typosquatting is a form of cybersquatting – basically sitting on websites under someone else’s brand – that specifically targets users who incorrectly type a...

2019-03-21
After Google, Walmart is reportedly building a game streaming service

USgamer reports that retail giant Walmart is working on a game streaming service, hopping on the now-heavily-burdened bandwagon that includes Google, Nvidia, Microsoft, Amazon, and Sony. That’s from the media outlet’s sources, which say that the company has been in talks with game developers and publishers about...

2019-03-21
Cryptocurrency exchange Cryptopia resumes trading months after debilitating hack

Cryptocurrency exchange Cryptopia has resumed trading following a debilitating hack in mid-January. The New Zealand-based company said on Twitter today that it had resumed trading “on 40 trade pairs […] quantified as secure,” adding that it would continue to expand its offering as more coins were cleared. A...

2019-03-21
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says he will pay you to work on Bitcoin full-time

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has made an offering to the cryptocurrency community: he will pay developers to work full-time on Bitcoin Core and other “cryptocurrency ecosystem” projects. Are you currently contributing to bitcoin-core or other crypto ecosystem projects for free in your off-time? We’d like to pay you...

2019-03-21
How to be a better boss, according to Google

Being a great leader is important for many reasons: your team gets more work done, your staff are engaged and enthusiastic, and co-workers will invite you to their dinner parties. But there’s a lot more on the line than just your team’s performance. According to Gallup’s 2017 survey, the number one reason why...

2019-03-20
Google could conquer gaming by having nothing to lose

Every other gaming company is too scared to disrupt consoles and PCs. On Tuesday, after months of buildup, Google announced an ambitious plan to take on Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo with its own gaming platform.Read Full Story

2019-03-20
Stadia’s Google Assistant integration is the gaming feature I never knew I needed

Google today revealed just what kind of hat it intends to throw in the gaming ring — a cloud streaming service called Stadia. Most of the news was a lot of blue sky development jargon, but it did reveal one thing about Stadia that’ll probably do more to help gamers than any new controller or lack of latency: a...

2019-03-20
Google announces Stadia, its cross-platform game streaming service

At the 2019 Game Developers Conference (FDC) in San Francisco today, Google unveiled Stadia, its all-you-can-play game streaming service. It’s launching sometime this year, first in the US, Canada, UK, and most of Europe. The service will let you play all manner of computer games streamed from Google‘s data...

2019-03-19
At today’s Game Developers Conference, Google will take on the $140B industry

The company has been working on a secret gaming project for years. People think today Google will announce Project Stream and possibly its Yeti console. Google, for years, has reportedly been working on a secret gaming project. And the company is about to unveil it today at the annual Game Developers Conference in...

2019-03-19
Facebook: Original Christchurch shooting video had 200 live views and 4,000 total views

Since then people have tried to re-upload the video to Facebook over 1.5 million times. Facebook has revealed that the Christchurch New Zealand mosque shooting that was live-streamed by the perpetrator was viewed less than 4,000 times in total before it was removed by the company. That includes 200 people who viewed...

2019-03-19
What we talk about when we talk about the New Zealand mosque shooting

Journalists are tasked with covering the news, but how should media cover a murder suspect who craves media attention? Harvard professor Joan Donovan discusses the pitfalls journalists fall into. This morning, a shooter stormed two mosques in New Zealand and killed 49 people, live-streaming the entire event to...

2019-03-15
How kids organized the massive school walkout demanding action on climate change

Young people are fed up with the lack of progress on tackling climate change, so across the world, they’re taking a stand and walking out of school to call for action on March 15. Kawika Pegram had never organized a protest before. The 17-year-old junior at Waipahu High School on Oahu heads up photography for...

2019-03-15
Why is Google adding Nintendo controller support to Chrome?

Google is apparently working to improve native support for Nintendo‘s Switch controllers within Chrome. Could this be a sign of things to come for Project Stream? A recently discovered commit in Google‘s Chromium Gerrit page proposes to “improve support for Nintendo Switch gamepads.” First spotted...

2019-03-14
Exclusive: Today Show’s steals and deals maven Jill Martin helped bring in $60 million in e-commerce revenue

As many media companies feel advertising headwinds, the Today Show is proving e-commerce to be a viable revenue driver and it’s promoting Jill Martin as part of its growth strategy. NBC’s Today Show has long been a juggernaut in terms of influence and advertising, but even the most beloved television...

2019-03-14
Facebook’s new VR avatars are more lifelike than anything you’ve seen before

Remember when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg tried to show off his company’s clunky Spaces VR tech by taking a virtual tour of hurricane-hit Puerto Rico in 2017? This is nothing like that. The company has quietly been developing a revolutionary system to create virtual avatars of people that closely resemble them in...

2019-03-14
ISPs are reportedly blocking Reddit in India

Facebook and Instagram might be up for people around the world after a long outage, but for several people in India are not being able to access Reddit. However, that’s not because of a server outage. Several Reddit posts and reports suggest that telcos and ISPs (Internet Service Providers) are blocking the site....

2019-03-14
Video: Here’s how to unsend things on Facebook Messenger

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, tricks, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. We’ve all done something stupid on Facebook Messenger. Whether it’s sending a message we immediately regretted, or just firing a juicy meme to your grandma by mistake...

2019-03-14
Google Earth and Carmen Sandiego is the best combo since PB & J

Carmen Sandiego, renowned lady thief and the original superstar of edutainment, has finally made her way into a new video game — only this time, the actual world is her canvas in Google Earth. I don’t know who came up with this idea, but I’m so glad they had that brainwave, because this combination of Carmen and...

2019-03-13
Consult this handy chart to see if you are an ***hole designer

There are four types of designers: non-assholes, level 1 assholes, level 2 assholes, and level 3 assholes. Which one are you? How to Do Great Work Without Being an Asshole, a new book by designer Paul Woods, is a practical, illustrated guide that does exactly what the title suggests: It shows you how to be both...

2019-03-13
Twitter says Jack Dorsey didn’t know anti-vax podcaster was anti-vax

The Twitter CEO went on a podcast with an anti-vaccine advocate. He now says he was unaware of his views. “Thanks Ben!” Jack Dorsey tweeted last night at Ben Greenfield, a popular podcast host–who also happens to be an anti-vaccine advocate. Last month Greenfield tweeted (from his verified...

2019-03-13
Google squeezed an offline dictation AI into its keyboard app

Google has updated its Gboard keyboard app for Android with AI-powered dictation that works offline. The company says it’s effectively miniaturized a cloud-based neural network system for speech recognition into an 80MB mobile app update, and that it’ll allow for faster and more reliable dictation on the go....

2019-03-13
Elizabeth Warren has big plans to break up Amazon, Google, and Facebook

The 2020 presidential hopeful wants to weaken big tech’s stronghold. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is planning to unveil a bold proposal to break up Big Tech. In a speech she’ll be giving today in Long Island City, Queens, the Democratic presidential hopeful will discuss her proposal to weaken the...

2019-03-08
Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini finally responds: “What do I have to apologize for?”

The sports site CEO speaks out for the first time about why her team stole a video, what she thinks of Twitter’s policies–and why she hasn’t spoken to the comedian who started it all. On Monday, writer and performer Miel Brudow took to Twitter to disclose publicly how her content had been...

2019-03-08
Couldn’t get BTS tickets? Maybe blame the bots swarming Ticketmaster and other sites

A new report shows 39.9% of all ticket site traffic originates from bots. If you have ever tried to get tickets to see BTS on tour–or Bikini Kill or The National or Bruce Springsteen—you probably know the pain and frustration of not being able to give Ticketmaster your money. As fans know, even if you...

2019-03-01
Kids surrounded by greenery may grow up to be happier adults

A new study finds that children under 10 who had greater access to green space had 55% less risk of mental health disorders in adulthood. We all know intuitively that nature is good for us–but its precise impact on our well-being can be tough to articulate. An important new study has found that when...

2019-03-01
What we know about Facebook’s secretive cryptocurrency – and what we don’t

Rumours about Facebook‘s potential entry into the world of cryptocurrency have been swirling around for months, but it now seems the technology giant is getting closer to launching its own coin. According to a New York Times report, published yesterday, Facebook, Telegram, and Signal are all reportedly working to...

2019-03-01

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