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Uber and Lyft drivers are one step closer to being classified as employees
2019-09-11

Currently, California has an estimated 450,000 gig workers. If AB5 becomes law in that state, it’s likely other states could move to pass similar laws protecting gig workers. The California Senate has passed an historic bill that brings gig economy workers within a hair’s breadth of being reclassified...

How Apple plans to overtake Android cameras with new iPhone 11 features
2019-09-11

If you asked reviewers about the best camera on a phone last year, chances are that Apple’s phones might not feature in the top three. Google’s Pixel 3 and Huawei’s duo of P30 Pro and Mate 20 Pro ruled the charts with their versatile camera setups, and the ability to take stunning pictures in low light. With its...

Apple just copied one of Snapchat’s and Instagram’s most fundamental features
2019-09-10

Apple is paying attention to the fact that lots of people take pictures through Instagram and Snapchat, and it has designed the iPhone 11’s camera interface accordingly. Lots of people take pictures through Instagram and Snapchat, both of which use a similar camera interface: You tap a button to take pictures...

In the 2020 election, the disinformation could be coming from inside the house
2019-09-10

Paul M. Barrett, an NYU professor, recently wrote a widely shared report warning of deepfakes and social media disinformation campaigns that aim to undermine next year’s election. In 2016, Russian operatives used Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to sow division among American voters and boost Donald Trump’s...

Why are these two states the only holdouts in the massive antitrust probe of Google?
2019-09-10

What’s the deal, California and Alabama? When attorneys general from almost every state in the country launched a massive investigation into Google’s “potential monopolistic behavior” yesterday, two states were notable for their absence: California and Alabama. After all, these types of...

US court says scraping a site without permission isn’t illegal
2019-09-10

An appeals court situated in California, US, today said it’s not illegal to scrape data from public websites without any prior approval. Web scraping refers to the process of collecting large troves of data with the use of web crawlers – scripts designed to lift information from web pages. The ruling comes after...

This 30,000-person football stadium is now home to a living forest
2019-09-10

The landscape architects and designers behind the project hope it will focus the public’s attention on the crisis of deforestation. With each passing year, the reality of climate change looms larger—and it’s inspiring more designers to politicize public space. Deforestation is a global crisis,...

Period tracker apps caught sharing sensitive health data with Facebook
2019-09-10

Popular period tracker apps used by millions of women are sharing sensitive personal information such as monthly timings, contraception use, symptoms, mood, and sexual life to Facebook. Some of the apps, including Maya and MIA Fem: Ovulation Calculator, have millions of downloads on the Google Play Store. They are...

Big Brother billionaire suing Facebook over Bitcoin ads says agreement ‘is impossible’
2019-09-10

The Dutch billionaire who sued Facebook for hosting fraudulent Bitcoin advertisements that featured his name and image has claimed it impossible to reach an agreement, Reuters reports. John de Mol, one of the brains behind entertainment giant Endemol and the Big Brother television format, filed his suit with an...

Google Docs now shows word count as you type (thank god)
2019-09-10

I dig Google Docs a lot. It’s free, lightweight, great for teamwork, and directly available in any browser. There’s still one thing I passionately despise about it, though: it has the crappiest word count UI of all time. But fortunately, things are about to change. In a new blog post, the Big G announced Docs...

Android users need to delete these 24 ‘Joker’ malware-infected apps right now
2019-09-10

Once installed on an Android user’s phone, Joker gets to work silently signing users up for subscription services. There’s another nasty strain of malware floating around on Android that could cost users a lot of money. The malware is known as “Joker” and is hidden inside at least 24 apps....

Google purges 24 malware-ridden apps that were downloaded 500,000 times
2019-09-10

Android just can’t seem to shake off its malware issues. A new malware campaign targeting Android has been found to engage in ad fraud at least since early June 2019. The findings, disclosed by cybersecurity firm CSIS Security Group, reveal that the malware — called Joker — is designed to surreptitiously sign...

Samsung says Galaxy Fold will run ‘hundreds’ of optimized apps at launch
2019-09-10

Samsung’s Galaxy Fold was delayed so much we were beginning to think it wouldn’t even come out this year. Luckily that all changed last week. If there’s one benefit to the delay – besides, you know, a phone that won’t immediately break – is that it’s also given Samsung and developers some time to...

Leak: Google’s Pixel 4 could include an astrophotography mode
2019-09-09

Our phones get better at capturing images in low light every year, but as far as I know, no phone has been good enough to capture stars in the night sky. If a new leak is to be believed, Google might be the one to change that Spanish tech site Pro Android posted a what appears to be an upcoming marketing video for the...

Google investigation: 50 attorneys general look into possible antitrust violations
2019-09-09

Google is facing yet another wide-ranging probe for possible federal and state antitrust violations. Fifty attorneys general said today that they’re investigating Google for possible federal and state antitrust violations.Read Full Story

We’re finally getting midcentury modern emoji
2019-09-09

Whether you love or hate this now-ubiquitous style, everyone can use an Eames lounger sticker. Humankind is slowly but surely making progress, and you can see it, perhaps most clearly, in our emoji. We’ve ditched the gun emoji and added gender-fluid emoji. We’ve even achieved a taco emoji...

This is what happened when I started sending thank you notes regularly
2019-09-09

What one writer learned when she incorporated a gratitude practice in her professional life. I’m a huge fan of New Year’s resolutions, especially actionable ones. Instead of “lose 10 pounds,” I once resolved to eat five servings of veggies a day. Instead of “spend less time on my...

This building produces twice the energy it consumes, and it’s the future
2019-09-09

It’s the latest “Powerhouse,” a name the architects at Snøhetta invented to describe super-efficient buildings that generate power for the community around them. For most of us, life in the city of Trondheim, Norway, would take some getting used to. At 63 degrees north of the equator, it...

How to edit Facebook’s list of your presumed interests
2019-09-07

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. Last week we showed you how to see what kinds of ads Instagram was likely to serve you, based on data it gathered about your browsing preferences. Now it’s time to show you how...

Apple claps back at Google for spreading FUD in iOS exploit report
2019-09-07

It was just last week that we covered a report by Google‘s Project Zero security researchers claiming they’d identified a malware campaign targeting iPhones for “at least two years.” When successful, the exploit chain allowed iPhones to be compromised with no interaction from the user beyond visiting a...

8 states and D.C. are now investigating Facebook for potential antitrust violations
2019-09-06

New York attorney general Letitia James is leading a multistate antitrust probe of the company. New York attorney general Letitia James is leading a multistate investigation into whether Facebook violated antitrust laws, she said in a statement Friday.Read Full Story

Coming to America? The U.S. government wants your Myspace name
2019-09-06

If you want to come visit the Unites States, get ready for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to ask for your social media usernames along with traditional information, like your full legal name and birthday. If you want to come to the Unites States, get ready for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to ask...

Facebook’s secret crush? Maybe it’s Match Group
2019-09-06

Facebook’s matchmaking ambitions have some investors breaking up with Match Group. A day after Facebook announced the launch of its dating service in the United States, investors are showing less love for Match Group, the parent company behind some of the world’s most popular dating platforms, including...

China is following Facebook’s playbook to issue a centralized digital currency
2019-09-06

China‘s upcoming state-controlled digital currency is to be similar to Facebook‘s proposed coin, which makes total sense, because Libra isn’t really a cryptocurrency. Mu Changchun, deputy director of payments at China‘s central bank, explained the country was issuing its digital currency “to protect our...

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