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Mark Zuckerberg vows to stop moving fast and breaking things

The CEO told developers at the company’s F8 conference that Facebook will rebuild itself around user privacy. At the company’s developer conference in San Jose, California, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg described what he called the “next chapter” in Facebook’s history, meaning the...

2019-04-30
Instagram will soon let creators tag products in posts for sale

Users can click the tags to go to an e-commerce page to buy the products. Facebook’s Instagram said it will soon start testing a new feature that will let users click and buy products shown in the posts of popular creators like Kylie Jenner.Read Full Story

2019-04-30
Facebook’s Oculus Quest and Rift S will ship May 21 for $399

The Quest trades some resolution for mobility–it uses no tether to a PC–while the (tethered) Rift S offers new features for PC gamers. Facebook says its new Oculus Quest and Rift S VR headsets will begin shipping May 21–each for $399.Read Full Story

2019-04-30
This airline satisfaction report contains a surprising detail about travel

Wait, what? Grumbling while traveling is practically an Olympic sport, so when the American Customer Satisfaction Index Travel Report for 2018-2019 came out on Tuesday, the results should not have been a surprise. And yet: It turns out that most domestic travelers are satisfied with their experiences. Um,...

2019-04-30
How to watch Mark Zuckerberg’s F8 keynote today

Zuckerberg’s keynote kicks off at 10 am PDT/1 pm EDT today. Facebook’s annual developers conference kicks off today with a keynote by none other than Zuck himself. In prior years F8 was always dedicated to showing off the latest plans Facebook had for its three main services: Facebook, Instagram, and...

2019-04-30
Meet the fake people who will soon crowd your timelines

A remarkable advance in artificial portrait generation adds a new potential layer of deception to online fraudsters, astroturfers, and propagandists. Alarm bells went off for Twitter user @ravenvanderrave, a nom de guerre for a consistent naysayer about the electric-car company Tesla, after a purported journalist with...

2019-04-30
Mark Zuckerberg is moonlighting as an industrial designer

He recently designed a product for his wife that helps her avoid looking at her phone. Mark Zuckerberg is many things: computer scientist, Facebook CEO, billionaire so focused on making more money that he’ll undermine American democracy to do it. Now, he can add another title to the list: industrial...

2019-04-30
Here’s why Alphabet stock just fell off a cliff

Google is having a lousy morning, but all hope is not lost. Google is having a lousy morning, but all hope is not lost.Read Full Story

2019-04-30
How Facebook plans to keep your data private while opening it up to researchers

Ever since the 2016 US presidential elections, social network Facebook has been at the receiving end of criticism for its outsized influence on worldwide electoral processes, and threats to democracy from the spread of fake news. Now more than a year after Facebook announced a new initiative to aid independent...

2019-04-30
Tumblr’s Head of Culture and Fashion shares the platform’s most curious subcultures

Valentine Uhovski started his career as an editor and journalist, and has written for the likes of The Wall Street Journal and Interview Russia. He’s now in his eighth year manning the helm of Tumblr‘s Culture and Fashion verticals. Since joining, he’s helped to foster and shape Tumblr‘s community of millions...

2019-04-30
Retired Dogecoin CEO Elon Musk trolls Ethereum and its co-founder Vitalik Buterin

Elon Musk has been trolling the Ethereum cryptocurrency and its co-founder Vitalik Buterin on Twitter. The Tesla founder simply tweeted the word “Ethereum” early this morning, but shortly later took it back (hehe). jk — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 30, 2019 In response, Vitalik invited Musk to an Ethereum...

2019-04-30
Alphabet sees stock fall 7% after reporting slowing growth

Alphabet’s stock has grown 24% this year, but the company isn’t likely to become a trillion-dollar company quite yet. Alphabet, Google’s holding company, reported slowing growth in the first quarter, and missed analyst expectations on revenues.Read Full Story

2019-04-30
DHS: We didn’t ask for lists of family separation protests provided by a cybersecurity firm

The records seem to be referring to hundreds of protests organized on Facebook against the Trump administration’s family separation policy last year. A cybersecurity company called LookingGlass Cyber Solutions provided the Department of Homeland Security with a list of hundreds of protests against the Trump...

2019-04-30
Twitter troll tricks Uber’s support account into tweeting the n-word

Uber apologized after its support account tweeted the n-word after a Twitter user switched their name to that slur. Uber apologized Monday after its support Twitter account tweeted the n-word. The tweet was in response to a Twitter user who adopted the slur as their username and then tweeted at the support...

2019-04-30
IBM’s Call For Code hackathon takes aim at California’s wildfire problem

IBM and 42 Silicon Valley are hosting a hackathon in early May to come up with solutions to California’s wildfire problem. The company hopes to get developers, engineers, designers, and emergency-responders together to brainstorm solutions as part of its annual Call For Code challenge. The Call For Code Global...

2019-04-30
Dead Facebook users could outnumber the living by 2069

Within the next 50 years, Facebook could feel more like a place for the dead than the living. According to academics from the University of Oxford, by 2069, the dead could outnumber the living on the social network.   The number of dead users on Facebook is growing at an unstoppable rate. In 2012, eight years after...

2019-04-29
Artificial intelligence should get the same ethical protections as animals

It might be a long time before we create an AI that can explain its feelings to us. But we could create ones as sophisticated as animals much sooner. How will we treat them? Universities across the world are conducting major research on artificial intelligence, as are organizations such as the Allen Institute, and...

2019-04-29
The top social media dos and don’ts for recruiters

It seems like the world is getting more social all the time: social media boasts nearly 3.2 billion users worldwide, representing a 13 percent increase year-over-year, with Facebook, YouTube, and WhatsApp leading the charge in terms of user bases. Considering that it represents nearly half the population of planet...

2019-04-29
TurboTax may not want you or Google to see its free offering

TurboTax’s Free File Program page included code telling search engines not to index the page. If you had trouble finding TurboTax’s Free File Program site, which lets you file your taxes without paying a fee if your income is below a certain threshold, that may be because the company told search engines...

2019-04-26
The Google Street View robot takes better selfies than you

Damn you, big corporation, for producing such a photogenic robot. For the last six years, Mario Santamaria has practiced a strange pastime. Whenever Google digitizes a new museum–from the British Museum of London to the Peoria Historical Society of Peoria, Illinois–he clicks through the digital museum...

2019-04-26
Audi, Google, Hertz, and the Avengers: Endgame brand tie-in marketing machine

Over 22 movies, Marvel’s brand tie-in strategy has remained consistent, even as the product partners change. After 21 films released over more than a decade, the first cycle of the Marvel Cinematic Universe nears its dramatic end with the release of Avengers: Endgame. And what better way to mark this...

2019-04-26
The golden age of influencer marketing is yet to come

In an age when traditional media channels have lost their power to capture our attention, marketing professionals are forced to adapt. Prime TV airtime is no longer the most desired advertising real estate — now brands are willing to pay millions of dollars for an influencer ad campaign on Instagram. How did we get...

2019-04-26
Work at one of these 5 companies if you want better work-life balance

Indeed just published a ranking of companies that offer the best work-life balance for those who are looking to jump ship and land in calmer waters. The struggle is real, people.Read Full Story

2019-04-25
Here’s what Democratic presidential hopefuls say about AI on Twitter (not much)

In the era of Trumpian politics the public forum is no longer the evening news or the morning paper: it’s Twitter. We decided to see which politicians were embracing the platform to discuss what we feel will be one of the most important issues of their potential presidency: artificial intelligence. What we found...

2019-04-25
This reinvented screwdriver is the tool to end all tools

The designers behind the Spinner Drive claim their universal screwdriver can handle any job. There’s no single screwdriver that can do everything, which why any worthy toolbox will have a variety of them for different uses, from assembling an engine to fixing a small home appliance. Until now, at least: The...

2019-04-25
Tech brings out the worst in us. What if it was designed to bring out the best?

Tristan Harris, cofounder of the Center for Humane Technology, wants to push tech companies to rethink how they manipulate users. While people worry about the moment when AI will become smarter than humans and jobs will disappear, we’re already crossing another boundary in technological progress....

2019-04-25
TikTok is no longer banned in India — but the app is still unavailable

A week-long ban of popular social video creation app TikTok in India has been reversed, according to a report by Reuters, citing two lawyers involved in the case. The Android and iOS apps, however, are yet to return to Apple and Google’s app stores. The Madras High Court moved to lift the ban on the condition that...

2019-04-25
TikTok is no longer banned in India — but the apps are still unavailable

A week-long ban of popular social video creation app TikTok in India has been reversed, according to a report by Reuters, citing two lawyers involved in the case. The apps themselves, however, are yet to return to Apple and Google’s app stores. The Madras High Court moved to lift the ban on the condition that...

2019-04-25
The former lead designer of Gmail just fixed Gmail on his own

The free Chrome extension Simplify will give you the Gmail you want. Michael Leggett is even more annoyed with Gmail than you are.Read Full Story

2019-04-25
These home security startups aren’t afraid of Amazon and Google

Companies like August and SimpliSafe say they’ve got a plan to survive as the tech giants scale up their smart home ambitions. In the business of smart home security, it’s tough not being Amazon or Google.Read Full Story

2019-04-25
Facebook’s FTC fine will be a wrist slap, and its stock price shows it

In the context of Facebook’s explosive ad business, the FTC’s “unprecedented” fine won’t rock the social network very much. The Federal Trade Commission said it would levy a “record-setting” fine against Facebook for the company’s many privacy sins. But, it turns...

2019-04-24
Facebook earnings stained by possible $5 billion FTC fine; stock skyrockets anyway

The advertising and social networking company defied a consent decree and is currently negotiating the $3 billion to $5 billion fine amount with the FTC. Facebook’s first-quarter earnings are highlighted by an accounting allowance for a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) fine that could be as large as $5 billion....

2019-04-24
Amazon lets some Alexa workers see exactly where you are

Amazon’s way of improving Alexa is even creepier than we thought. After reporting a couple of weeks ago on how Amazon lets some workers listen to Alexa voice recordings, Bloomberg is back with a follow-up that says those workers can access users’ locations as well. In some cases, the Alexa audit team can...

2019-04-24
Study confirms: Twitter is not real life

This survey from the Pew Research Center uses hard data to explain some stark differences between the extremely online and those who tune Twitter out. Here are some of the top stories from Friday, April 5, 2019:Read Full Story

2019-04-24
Trump met with Jack Dorsey to discuss his number of Twitter followers

The president’s followers have fallen as Twitter works to remove spam accounts. The president met with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey yesterday after ranting about the company on Twitter earlier that morning, reports the Washington Post. Trump had taken to the platform earlier in the day to accuse Twitter of not...

2019-04-24
Tim Cook: “If you’re looking at a phone more than someone’s eyes, you’re doing the wrong thing”

Apple’s CEO says the company doesn’t want to maximize users’ time. Apple’s CEO attended the Time 100 Summit in New York yesterday where he addressed a number of topics, from tech’s effect on society to political action committees (PACs). In the wide-ranging interview, Cook...

2019-04-24
How Google saved over 6 million pounds of food waste in its cafés

Five years ago, Google starting measuring the quantity and value of food being tossed at its facilities. It’s still got a long way to go, but it’s an object lesson in how focusing on a problem can bring solutions. In a kitchen at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, as chefs work on...

2019-04-24
What happens when a big business tries to rebrand a neighborhood

There are many ways that neighborhoods get their names–and some are better for residents than others. What if Google tried to rename your neighborhood?Read Full Story

2019-04-23
The whole Trump-Russia saga, summed up in a single Google search mistake

How do you say oops in Russian? The various subplots of the Donald Trump-Russia saga often feel like they belong less in a Special Counsel investigation and more in the you-won’t-believe-this tabloid pages that made our president famous to begin with. Never a dull moment, at least.Read Full Story

2019-04-23
See Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, and Jeff Bezos as classical sculptures

Yes, it’s meant to be ironic. But do you know for sure? Jeff Bezos’s steed rears up on two legs. But he is calm, showcasing an awkward smile, seemingly unaware of his own overwhelming show of force. Elon Musk hunches over under the weight of his angel wings, with a flamethrower at the ready on his hip....

2019-04-23
The most important tech boom designers are ignoring

There will be 8 billion voice assistants by 2023. Adobe’s director of product shares four tips for getting your foot in the door as a voice UI designer. Voice assistants are a part of everyday life, and they’re here to stay. Juniper Research recently released a report predicting that by 2023 there will...

2019-04-23
Bitcoin hacker targets Meghan Markle’s friend’s fashion company

Meghan Markle’s designer friend’s Misha Nonoo’s fashion company has been targeted by a Bitcoin hacker. Nonoo, who is rumoured to have introduced Markle to Prince Charles, said she was “mortified” after a hacker gained access to her eponymous label’s email list and began sending threatening messages. In an...

2019-04-23
These street signs explain how you’re being watched by smart city tech

Sidewalk Labs has created a new signage system to explain the invisible sensors that are tracking you when you’re in public areas. But there’s still no way to opt out–besides leaving. Last week, the Google sister company Sidewalk Labs unveiled a comprehensive system of urban signage designed to...

2019-04-22
The end of Likes? Instagram follows Twitter in mulling downgrade to influencer mentality

You’ll have to find a new way to judge your popularity. Instagram may no longer want you to like on Instagram. Screenshots uncovered by researcher Jane Manchun Wong show that Instagram may be considering shaking things up on its social media site so posts no longer show exactly how many people have liked your...

2019-04-19
This MIT team is reinventing building by looking at the ancient world

Using some clever physics, designers figured out how humans could move 1,000-pound concrete slabs on their own. Today, construction workers rely on cranes to lift the big slabs of concrete and other materials that go into many commercial building projects. But it hasn’t always been that way; for thousands of...

2019-04-19
Why the new breed of entrepreneurs looks beyond making a profit

Big tech is broken. From Uber’s sexual harassment scandal to Mark Zuckerberg’s Congressional testimony and Elon Musk’s Twitter meltdown, tech disillusionment is definitely starting to set in for many people. It’s a shift that’s perceptible everywhere. Last month, at SXSW — normally an unabashed celebration...

2019-04-17
Twitter users trolled Jack Dorsey so hard they had to shut off the screen during his TED Talk

Ted Talk organizers today hosted a conversation with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. The conversation went mostly as planned. It centered on opportunities and challenges faced by the platform, and what it was doing to address them. But in one bit of poor planning, someone decided it’d be a good idea to feature a hashtag,...

2019-04-16
Spoiler warning: “Avengers: Endgame” footage leaks on Twitter and Reddit

You might want to avoid social media for the next two weeks if you don’t want Endgame to be spoiled. Avengers: Endgame is the most anticipated movie of the summer, and Disney and Marvel have gone to extreme lengths to avoid the movie’s secretive plot from being spoiled before fans have a chance to see...

2019-04-16

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