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Chipotle can’t get customers to stop stealing the Tabasco, so it’s embracing it
2019-09-06

The burrito brand can see into your dark, twisted, hot sauce-covered soul. It’s nothing fancy. There’s just something about the condiment bar at Chipotle and its self-replenishing pile of disposable forks, beige napkins, and Tabasco bottles (in three colors! three!). So as I strut up wearing a halo...

How Toronto locals soured on Alphabet’s neighborhood of the future
2019-09-06

Sidewalk Labs, a sister company of Google, has a wildly ambitious plan for Toronto’s waterfront. But concerns about Big Tech and privacy are only growing. For one of the most contentious pieces of real estate in all of North America—not to mention ground zero for a global debate on data privacy and the...

Amazon is reportedly launching a food delivery service in India to rival Zomato and Swiggy
2019-09-06

After establishing a strong base with its ecommerce and streaming content business in India, Amazon is reportedly set to unveil its food delivery service in the country next month. According to a report by Mint, the company will start the service under its Prime Now banner first in Bengaluru, and then in Mumbai and...

Bitcoin whale moves gooch-tingling ONE BILLION DOLLARS
2019-09-06

A cryptocurrency whale has moved a ball-twisting 94,504 BTC (worth over one billion dollars) — paying just $700 in Bitcoin network fees. 🚨 🚨 🚨 🚨 🚨 🚨 🚨 🚨 🚨 🚨 94,504 #BTC (1,018,147,922 USD) transferred from unknown wallet to unknown wallet Tx: https://t.co/VWb8slswa8 — Whale Alert...

Google has a new Tinder-style interface for finding stuff to watch, here’s how to use it
2019-09-06

With all the content available to us online these days, it’s pretty hard to pick a movie or TV show to watch. And let’s face it, recommendation algorithms of services like Netflix or Prime Video are not always helpful. Don’t worry, Google will help you out now. The search giant is rolling out a bunch...

Facebook wants to combat deepfakes by making its own
2019-09-06

With algorithmically-generated fabricated videos, otherwise called deepfakes, on the rise, Facebook is teaming up with Microsoft and seven academic institutions in the US for a Deepfake Detection Challenge. The contest — meant to develop technology for detecting deepfakes and prevent people from falling prey to...

YouTube launches long-overdue Fashion section
2019-09-05

YouTube today launched its Fashion section, a new vertical alongside the likes of Gaming and Movies, crystallizing the importance of its massive beauty community. It’s also a convenient landing portal for some of YouTube‘s most advertiser-friendly content. According to the introductory video, the section is...

Fearing 2020 ‘deepfakes’ Facebook will launch industry AI ‘challenge’
2019-09-05

After hosting a massive Russian disinformation campaign in 2016, the company is hoping to keep video disinformation off its platform during the coming election cycle. Facebook wants to be ready for a deepfake outbreak on its social network. So the company has started an industry group to foster the development of new...

Facebook just launched its Dating service
2019-09-05

Facebook Dating is finally here. The social network launched the feature today in the US and 19 other countries, after announcing it last year at its F8 developer conference. The feature will be available to users above the age of 18 and, for those eligible, will appear as a new tab in the Facebook app. Importantly,...

Heinz redesigned the ketchup label to show us all how to master the perfect pour
2019-09-05

You can stop slapping the bottom of the bottle now. Everyone’s got a theory, a technique, their own special spell to coax ketchup out of the bottle. For many generations, this was a required skill if you ever wanted that sweet tomato-y goodness on your burger in less than 36 minutes. Of course, over the past...

Cole Haan found a brilliant way to make high heels more comfortable
2019-09-05

The brand collaborated with UMass Amherst’s biomechanics lab to create heels that redistribute weight and reduce pressure on the foot. Over the last few years, I’ve been tracking the quest to invent a more comfortable high heel, including efforts from startups like Sarah Flint, Marion Parke, and...

Facebook wants to be the hot new dating app
2019-09-05

The company is rolling out its dating service in the U.S. today—and it’s using Instagram as its Trojan horse. In spring 2018, Facebook announced that it was launching its own version of Tinder—but designed for people who are interested in meaningful relationships. Now, after rolling out in 19...

Google is going to tell you what TV shows and movies you want to watch
2019-09-05

Peak TV can be overwhelming. Now all of Google’s data will help you decide what to watch. Google collects a lot of data on its users, and now it’s finally using its powers for good. Instead of just serving you ads for Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and Wet Wipes, the company is going to start using its vast...

Google open-sources tool for companies that aims to keep personal data private
2019-09-05

For a company that’s in the business of tracking users’ online activities, Google sure is going all out to prove it’s dead serious about privacy. To that effect, the internet behemoth is open-sourcing a library that it uses to glean insights from aggregate data in a privacy-preserving manner. Called...

PSA: You can use emoji to easily find the right GIF to use on Twitter, WhatsApp, and more
2019-09-05

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. GIFs are great for punctuating your internet-breaking tweets and quick-witted replies to texts. It’s generally easy to find good ones by searching with a keyword — but if you...

10 résumé tips to impress a recruiter in 7 seconds
2019-09-05

You’ve heard all the standard résumé advice before. It’s time to dig a little deeper if you really want that job. Having a well-crafted résumé can be the key to getting your foot in the door at the company of your dreams. But figuring out how to make your résumé...

Vacasa homes in Google search results give you one less excuse to skip that vacation
2019-09-05

Quick: Book your next trip. Americans are bad at going on vacation. Now, Vacasa, the vacation home rental platform, is teaming up with Google to make it just a little bit easier.Read Full Story

You can buy tiny houses on Amazon and Facebook now. That doesn’t mean you should
2019-09-05

Tiny home expert John Kernohan got scammed after buying a home kit on Facebook. Here are his tips for avoiding the same fate. You can’t always trust what you see online. Earlier this year, tiny house guru John Kernohan learned this the hard way when he decided to buy a dome-shaped tiny home off...

The phone numbers of 419 million Facebook accounts have been leaked
2019-09-05

Each record in the databases contains a Facebook user’s unique ID and the phone number, and some of the records also contain the user’s name, gender and country location. In a devastating blow to almost 20% of Facebook’s 2.3 billion users, several unprotected databases were discovered online that...

Twitter suspends SMS feature after CEO Dorsey’s account was hi-Jack-ed
2019-09-05

Twitter has temporarily suspended the ability to tweet via SMS following high-profile hack of its CEO Jack Dorsey and a number of celebrities. “We’re taking this step because of vulnerabilities that need to be addressed by mobile carriers and our reliance on having a linked phone number for two-factor...

Facebook leak contained phone numbers for 419 million users
2019-09-05

Another month, another Facebook data breach. As reported by TechCrunch, security researcher Sanyam Jain was able to locate an online database containing phone numbers linked to user IDs for over 419 million Facebook users. While linking phone numbers to user IDs is bad enough, in some cases the data included the...

Twitter just disabled its SMS tweet feature after CEO Jack Dorsey got hacked
2019-09-04

This is what happens when the boss gets hacked. Twitter is “temporarily” pulling a feature you probably haven’t used in years after the feature made it possible for multiple accounts to be hacked, including Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s.Read Full Story

YouTube purges 17,000 hate speech channels after policy change
2019-09-04

YouTube this week issued an update on its efforts to remove hate speech from its platform — and it would appear it’s managed to make some headway. It claims to have removed over 100,000 videos and 17,000 channels specifically over hate speech, which is both good and kind of terrifying when you think about it. The...

Brave browser catches Google tracking users with hidden web pages
2019-09-04

Brave, the budding privacy-focused browser with its own native cryptocurrency, has alleged that Google is using hidden web pages to feed personal data of its users to advertisers, reports Financial Times. The evidence, now in the hands of the Irish data regulator, reportedly accuses the Big G of allowing users (and...

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