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Facebook gets away with $5B FTC fine for leaking your data

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has slapped a $5 billion fine on Facebook in wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal and its other data leaks. In an agreement filed today, the FTC has also ordered the social network to make privacy-related changes to avoid such mishaps in the future. The new order requires the...

2019-07-24
Study: Humans’ racial biases extend even to black and white robots

If you do a quick Google search for ‘robot,’ you’ll be faced with a wall of white robots. According to a recent study called “Robots and Racism,” human’s tendency to stereotype racial bias is seeping into the world of robotics. Research by the Human Interface Technology (HIT) Lab in NZ found that the...

2019-07-24
How to find and remove fake accounts on Twitter

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Are fake followers hindering your influence in the Twittersphere? Do you want to get rid of them once and for all? I’m here to show you how. You could manually go through your...

2019-07-24
Why the average Facebook user needs to watch Netflix’s ‘The Great Hack’ right now

Here are nine of the more explosive revelations in the Cambridge Analytica documentary ‘The Great Hack,’ for anyone who may not have learned all the facts in real time. A top-10 worst feeling in the world is learning that you’ve been manipulated.Read Full Story

2019-07-24
Google will remove shady data-stealing Chrome extensions starting October 15

Google is making good on its “root-and-branch review” of third-party developer access to user data. The company has now said its new policy for Minimum Permission and updated User Data policy will be enforced starting October 15, 2019 — in other words, Chrome will no longer support sketchy extensions that...

2019-07-24
TikTok’s parent company appears to have acquired AI music startup Jukedeck

TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, appears to have acquired a startup that makes AI-generated music called Jukebox, an AI suite that generates custom music. Users can then edit the track to adjust length, tempo, and climax. While the news hasn’t been confirmed by either company, several Jukedeck employees,...

2019-07-24
For $15, this is the insider’s guide to making serious eBay cash

Jaimey Castillo is just one of the entrepreneurs who uses smart thinking and the ease of eBay merchandising to make some serious bank partnering with the ecommerce giant. If it sounds like an enticing career path, get the full primer on mastering eBay with the Ultimate eBay BootCamp Academy training. 

2019-07-23
Facebook is already flooded with fake Libra cryptocurrency scams

And Facebook’s cryptocurrency isn’t even available yet. Facebook is awash in dozens of accounts, pages, and groups that are purporting to be official venues for the social network’s upcoming Libra cryptocurrency, an investigation by the Washington Post has found. And those scams are even migrating...

2019-07-23
Away’s Aluminum Edition ‘smart’ suitcase is beautiful, but not worth the ca$h

If there was an incredibly niche contest for the most Instagrammed suitcase — which, in a perfect world, there would be — that award would have to go to Away.  Away has almost half a million IG followers, and for good reason — their smart cases are pretty, minimal, and come in very aesthetically-pleasing...

2019-07-23
This site turns your selfies into Renaissance portraits with AI

First came Instagram filters. Then came the Snapchat masks. Now AI renders are the latest way of using technology to change the way we look. Sure, FaceApp has been making the rounds for its dramatic aging filters (and questionable data practices), but for something more dignified, why not render your face like a...

2019-07-22
Pixel 4 leaks show the notch will be replaced for a chunky forehead with a neat trick

By now the Pixel 3 XL’s giant notch has become something of a meme in the tech world. The most egregious example of an unfortunate design trend, it’s a testament to human adaptation that the phone’s users were eventually kinda-sorta able to ignore the notch. Sort of. Almost a year after I reviewed the Pixel 3...

2019-07-22
See ‘The Simpsons’ house revamped in 2019’s most cliche design trends

What if Marge and Homer had hired an interior designer? I don’t recall when a purple side table, purple cabinets, or purple dressers started looking normal, but it was definitely at some point during the 30-year history of The Simpsons. Those 662 episodes (and counting!) have drilled teal, lilac, and pink...

2019-07-22
UK MP on Libra: Facebook’s almost trying to turn itself into its own country

Facebook‘s ‘cryptocurrency‘ Libra is ruffling feathers among UK politicians amid concerns that the technology giant’s entry into the world of finance would give it too much power. Similarly to their US counterparts, which questioned Facebook‘s blockchain leader David Marcus over two days last week, UK...

2019-07-22
Equifax forced to pay $4 per person in data breach

That won’t even buy you a Big Mac Happy Meal. Almost two years after credit reporting agency Equifax suffered a major data breach affecting more than 143 million people, the company has now settled with U.S. regulators. As part of that settlement, Equifax will pay at least $575 million, and potentially up to...

2019-07-22
India’s Chandrayaan-2 rocket launch is a success

India finally launched its pioneering Chandrayaan-2 successfully today. The country’s space agency, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), launched a moon rover with GSLV MK-III, India’s most powerful rocket, at 2.43 PM IST.  #ISRO#GSLVMkIII-M1 lifts-off from Sriharikota carrying #Chandrayaan2 Our updates...

2019-07-22
Tech companies will meet at the White House today to discuss Huawei ban

Intel, Qualcomm, Google, Micron, Microsoft, and Broadcom will all be in attendance. A handful of America’s largest tech companies will meet at the White House today to discuss the administration’s ban on Huawei, reports Reuters. Two sources told the news agency that White House economic adviser Larry...

2019-07-22
DirecTV blackout: 3 ways to watch CBS during the AT&T carriage dispute

CBS is blacked out across AT&T pay-TV systems, but you’re not helpless. Some 6.5 million AT&T customers woke up this morning to discover they could no longer watch CBS, the country’s most popular broadcast network, thanks to yet another pay-TV carriage dispute. The current contract between the...

2019-07-20
Don’t break up Facebook and Google based on these three myths

We can make sure consumers get a fair shake without dismantling the tech giants. As the public and government regulators around the world discuss whether and how to manage the power of technology companies, one idea that keeps coming up is breaking up these large conglomerate corporations into smaller pieces. Public...

2019-07-20
40 years later, astronomers revisit the pulsar from ‘Unknown Pleasures’

The English rock band Joy Division released their debut studio album “Unknown Pleasures” 40 years ago. The front cover doesn’t feature any words, only a now iconic black and white data graph showing 80 wiggly lines representing a signal from a pulsar in space. To mark the anniversary of the album, we recorded a...

2019-07-20
Met Police website hacked, tweets ‘F*CK THE POLICE’

It appears hackers briefly took over UK Metropolitan Police’s website, posting a series of bizarre messages on its press section and social media accounts, including one which read “FUCK THE POLICE.” The messages were sent around 22:30UTC on July 2019. The Met Police team has since confirmed the breach occurred...

2019-07-20
Met Police website hacked, tweets ‘FUCK THE POLICE’

It appears hackers briefly took over UK Metropolitan Police’s website, posting a series of bizarre messages on its press section and social media accounts, including one which read “Fuck the police.” The messages were sent around 22:30UTC on July 2019. The Met Police team has since confirmed the breach occurred...

2019-07-20
This thread about peeing in space is the best thing on Twitter today

It’s not often I’m glued to my screen while someone talks about the intricacies of urination. Twitter, for all its problems, sometimes delivers a thread too good to pass up. These tales, often spun as threads, offer genuine insight into the human experience: the play-by-play of a breakup by a curious onlooker, a...

2019-07-20
Google expected to achieve quantum supremacy in 2019: Here’s what that means

Google‘s reportedly on the verge of demonstrating a quantum computer capable of feats no ordinary classical computer could perform. The term for this is quantum supremacy, and experts believe the Mountain View company could be mere months from achieving it. This may be the biggest scientific breakthrough for...

2019-07-19
Everything Google revealed about Stadia during the Reddit AMA

Stadia, Google’s attempt to enter the gaming industry via the cloud, has been teased several times through the last few months. Yesterday, we learned more about the platform via a Reddit AMA — and while it’s not all good news, it’s not all bad either. The person answering the questions was Andrey Doronichev,...

2019-07-19

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