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Facebook charged Biden a higher price than Trump for campaign ads

When President Donald Trump wanted to reach out to older Arizona voters in August with the message “The RADICAL Left has taken over Joe Biden and the Democratic Party,” with photos of Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Ilhan Omar, Facebook charged his campaign an estimated $14 for each 1,000 times the...

2020-10-31
‘How it started vs. how it’s going’ has become the all-purpose meme of 2020

It may be an unlikely candidate for incisive commentary, but this frivolous-seeming meme is far more useful than you think. It may have started one way, but the hottest Twitter meme of 2020 has now gone in an entirely different direction.Read Full Story

2020-10-30
This Oreo ad is a hopelessly baby-brained salute to civility before a contentious election

America needs more than a cookie right now, and the peril of brands trying to capture the cultural moment. Last week, the two candidates running for Utah governor appeared in the same ad, a PSA to promote civility in politics, working together, and the peaceful transition of power. There was Chris Peterson wearing a...

2020-10-30
More work, more junk food: How to get your diet back on track while working from home

Many of us are eating worse than usual while working remotely. Here are a few simple ways to eat healthier and improve your productivity. One of the perks of working from home is that you get to work in an environment free of the various daily distractions of the office.Read Full Story

2020-10-30
Why unsubstantiated rumors that Chris Pratt is a Trump supporter went viral on Twitter

The social network’s trending feature has deep structural problems that feed illogical narratives. When actor Chris Pratt found himself trending on Twitter on October 17, it wasn’t because of his new film or the birth of his first child.Read Full Story

2020-10-30
4 fashion insiders reveal how COVID-19 is altering the industry

Designer Prabal Gurung, Farfetch CEO José Neves, CFDA’s Steven Kolb, and Vestiaire Collective’s Clara Chappez offer a preview of upcoming seasons. For Fast Company’s Shape of Tomorrow series, we’re asking business leaders to share their inside perspective on how the COVID-19...

2020-10-30
QAnon conspiracy bots are taking over Twitter

Americans who seek political insight and information on Twitter should know how much of what they are seeing is the result of automated propaganda campaigns. Nearly four years after my collaborators and I revealed how automated Twitter accounts were distorting online election discussions in 2016, the situation appears...

2020-10-30
Yet another issue professional women need to deal with: LinkedIncels

This article originally featured in Byte Me, our monthly feminist newsletter that makes everyone mad. In each edition, we choose a “word of the month” that we’ve either made up or found on the internet. Subscribe here to get it straight to your inbox! Remember when incels would mostly reside in the dark, stinky...

2020-10-30
Google’s new AI automatically turns webpages into videos

If you have a product webpage, you’d wish that you could create a handy video to show to clients with all the info. However, you might not have the budget to hire someone to make it. To solve that, Google’s AI team is working on a future solution that automatically converts webpages into videos. Google’s...

2020-10-30
Google launches VPN service so Google One users can browse more privately

One of my favorite things about being a Google Fi subscriber is the service’s built-in VPN service; it’s a neat added layer of security, especially when connected to public Wi-Fi. I’ve also wondered why Google hasn’t made this service available more widely — but no more. Google today announced it’s...

2020-10-30
2020 Black Friday + Cyber Monday Deals for Designers

Save cash with these top best 2020 Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for graphic designers, creatives, artists, web designers, professionals & photographers! The post 2020 Black Friday + Cyber Monday Deals for Designers first appeared on JUST™ Creative.

2020-10-30
How to change your Messenger background and emoji

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. Facebook recently announced an overhaul to Messenger, which includes several new visual elements. One of them is the addition of new themes, which change the background and emoji...

2020-10-30
Ubisoft delays Far Cry 6 and Rainbow Six Quarantine due to COVID

Had enough of game delays in 2020? Well too bad, because here’s another one. Ubisoft today revealed it’s delaying two of its games, Far Cry 6 and Rainbow Six Quarantine, to the next financial year. So don’t look for these games any time soon — they could release as late as 2022. Important message from our...

2020-10-29
Big Tech earnings: Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Alphabet, and Twitter all report results on the same day

The U.S. tech giants each had a similar story to tell about how COVID-19 is helping drive sales, build user growth, and attract eyeballs. Five major U.S. tech companies released their third-quarter earnings reports after the closing bell on Thursday, each with a similar story to tell about how the coronavirus...

2020-10-29
Explore the Twitter interactions of US politicians with this social network tool

Mozilla and the SMAT (Social Media Analysis Toolkit) team have produced a free interactive network map showing the Twitter connections of US politicians. The live graph depicts who the likes of President Trump and Joe Biden are interacting with in the build-up to the 2020 presidential election. It’s designed to...

2020-10-29
Explore the interactions of US politicians with this Twitter network tool

Mozilla and the SMAT (Social Media Analysis Toolkit) team have produced a free interactive network map showing the Twitter connections of US politicians. The live graph depicts who the likes of President Trump and Joe Biden are interacting with in the build-up to the 2020 presidential election. It’s designed to...

2020-10-29
San Jose is building 880 km of bike lanes — but will they get more people cycling?

This article was originally published by Christopher Carey on Cities Today, the leading news platform on urban mobility and innovation, reaching an international audience of city leaders. For the latest updates follow Cities Today on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, or sign up for Cities Today...

2020-10-29
Tech’s age of excess is done. Welcome to the new pragmatism

Good, budget design has finally arrived. For weeks now I’ve been trying to articulate to friends why I love the Pixel 5—a phone that costs hundreds of dollars less than an iPhone 12 Pro—when I loathed the Pixel 4. There’s almost nothing to this new phone. It’s a screen, an unlock...

2020-10-29
From self-propelled mailboxes to mail-via-missile: A century of attempts at inventing drone delivery

Drone delivery might sound new, but it’s been in the works for 100 years. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Google’s Wing delivery drones have supplied Virginia residents with toilet paper and medicine, while some grocers have turned to drones to fulfill unprecedented demand for grocery deliveries. Late this...

2020-10-29
Google is testing a nifty app comparison feature in the Play Store

There are plenty of sites on the internet where you can compare the specs of gadgets such as phones, laptops, and cameras.But it’s hard to compare apps in the same way. However, Google’s testing a feature in the Play Store that lets you do just that. According to Android Police, if you have this feature, you’ll...

2020-10-29
Facebook is subverting democracy again — and it’s doing it on purpose

As the US presidential election polling day draws close, it’s worth recapping what we know about how Facebook has been used to influence election results. The platform is optimized for boosting politically conservative voices calling for fascism, separatism, and xenophobia. It’s also these voices that tend to...

2020-10-29
Google data shows how different 2020 is from other US election years

The political interests of Americans have shifted dramatically in this election year, according to a new analysis of internet searches. The Waves of Interest project tracked Google Search Trends across the previous five election cycles to investigate how public concerns have changed. The data shows a surge in...

2020-10-28
Jack Dorsey takes leaf out of Zuckerberg’s book, says Twitter has no influence on elections

Wednesday’s Big Tech Senate hearing has turned into a Congressional grilling. Wednesday’s Big Tech Senate hearing—which convened the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, and Google to discuss Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act—quickly morphed into an opportunity for Congress to grill Mark...

2020-10-28
Praise Zeus! The UK just installed its 20,000th EV charging point

It’s a good news day for UK-based electric vehicle drivers. Earlier today, EV charging infrastructure tracker and locator Zap-Map announced that it had just logged the nation’s 20,000tht electric car charging device. EV charging #milestone reached!⚡️🚗 There are now 20,000 charge devices across the UK #EV...

2020-10-28
Facebook’s chief AI scientist says GPT-3 is ‘not very good’ as a dialog system

The GPT-3 language model has inspired both awe and fear since OpenAI unveiled the system in June. But one person who isn’t overly impressed is Facebook‘s Yann LeCun. In a Facebook post published Tuesday, the social network’s chief AI scientist said the text generator is “not very good” as a...

2020-10-28
This interactive horror sequel will scare the privacy out of you

‘Take This Lollipop’ is back, nine years later, to show you how even more vulnerable to digital manipulation we’ve become in the last decade. Less than a year after The Social Network debuted in 2010, a freaky, enhanced horror short gave a hint of the nightmare that Facebook had become.Read Full...

2020-10-28
This incredible Google experiment lets you time travel to your hometown 200 years ago

The open-source map shows the changes that happen to city streetscapes over time. In the 20 years he’d lived in New York, Raimondas Kiveris had seen the city change immensely. “It was a completely different place, a different town,” says Kiveris, a software engineer at Google Research. This got...

2020-10-28
Big Tech is spending big to turn the U.S. Senate blue next week

Employees of Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft have put $6.4 million behind Democrats’ bid to win the Senate on November 3. The employees of the biggest tech companies spent big in 2020 to help Democrats around the county turn the Senate blue. Democrats need to flip just four Senate seats to...

2020-10-28
These are the world’s most ‘walkable’ cities

This article was originally published by Sarah Wray on Cities Today, the leading news platform on urban mobility and innovation, reaching an international audience of city leaders. For the latest updates follow Cities Today on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, or sign up for Cities Today News....

2020-10-28
How to make your Google Slides shows pop, in 4 easy steps

Find a dynamite (and free!) template, kick things up a notch with video, wrap your head around animations, and more with these Google Slides tips. If you’re like most folks who spend their working days living inside presentation software, you probably spend hours and hours on the content itself and mere minutes...

2020-10-28
‘Can I change my vote’ trending? Yes, Google showed searches for it, but don’t read too much into it

The thing to know about Google Trends is that the data are relative to a specific time period. President Trump, long obsessed with TV ratings, is pivoting to online metrics.Read Full Story

2020-10-27
Netflix is making an Assassin’s Creed series — I hope it’s actually good

Netflix today announced it’s making a live-action series based on the Assassin’s Creed game series. This would be the latest in Netflix‘s planned video game ventures, and could potentially be one of its more interesting ones. Netflix + Assassin's Creed pic.twitter.com/yI2sItnMgi — NX (@NXOnNetflix) October...

2020-10-27
10 ways social media platforms can fight election disinformation

The First Amendment protects freedom of speech, but that doesn’t mean the major platforms have to guarantee bad actors freedom of reach. Approaching the U.S. presidential election, social media platforms have been feverishly introducing new measures to curb disinformation. Twitter announced the suspension of...

2020-10-27
Ugh, Cyberpunk 2077 won’t show its face until December

CD Projekt Red today announced it’s much-ballyhooed, highly anticipated RPG, Cyberpunk 2077, is being delayed for the — what, third or fourth time? I’ve lost track at this point. Anyone else sensing something rotten in Night City? We have important news to share with you pic.twitter.com/qZUaD6IwmM — Cyberpunk...

2020-10-27
This nifty iPhone game controller is a victim of Apple’s App Store fights

With games such as ‘Fortnite’ and services such as Google Stadia unavailable on the iPhone, Backbone can’t live up to its full potential—but it’s still great. For the past week, my iPhone XR has been pulling double duty as a portable gaming system. I’ve been tearing up...

2020-10-27
Google still abuses its search monopoly in the EU — regulators wake up!

Last month, Google released the results of the most recent pay-for-play Android auction. This farcical system is a way for alternative search engines to bid to be one of three search engines — in addition to the always present Google — that Android users can choose from, as they set up a new device.  Despite...

2020-10-27
Facebook India’s controversial policy chief quits — will it now stop hate speech from politicians?

Facebook India’s controversial policy director, Ankhi Das, has left the company in order to pursue a career in public service. Das was famously alleged to play a crucial role in stopping moderators from removing posts from India’s ruling Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) that incited communal violence. In August, the...

2020-10-27
Check out the world’s spookiest destinations, according to Tripadvisor reviews

A new book collects hotel horror stories from around the world. When it comes to horror stories, hotel stays could be their own subgenre (The Shining, anyone?). A new book, which all started with one designer’s near-ghostly experience certainly makes the case.Read Full Story

2020-10-27
Develop a robust email marketing strategy for Black Friday with the help of these seven courses

TLDR: All the steps to creating and delivering effective email campaigns are assembled in The Complete Email Marketing Bootcamp. For all the techniques and analytics and advanced systems for driving up digital sales, most online marketing comes back to a few basic points. Are you addressing potential customers with...

2020-10-27
Study: 40% of escooter riders are injured on their first ride

This article was originally published by Christopher Carey on Cities Today, the leading news platform on urban mobility and innovation, reaching an international audience of city leaders. For the latest updates follow Cities Today on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, or sign up for Cities Today...

2020-10-27
‘Expand the court’ becomes a Twitter rallying cry after Amy Coney Barrett’s SCOTUS confirmation

The fact of the matter is, the U.S. constitution is on the side of the “expand the court” calls. Within hours of Senate Republicans forcing through the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court while voting in the 2020 presidential election has already begun, Twitter was overtaken with calls...

2020-10-27
Why digital donations through Venmo and Cash App have exploded during the pandemic

People asking for money online has become more and more prevalent—and reveals an unsettling reality about the state of our safety net. A college student pleading for grocery money. A driver in need of an unexpected car repair. A worker out of a job because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A single mom who needs to...

2020-10-27
Agile marketing tips to grow your startup even faster

Marketing is a volatile landscape in which the only certainty is change, especially when it comes to digital marketing. Every day, huge amounts of content are created, collected, consumed, and distributed across an increasing number of media channels. Brands compete over increasingly short attention spans of potential...

2020-10-27
Joe Biden warned we weren’t ready for a pandemic one year ago. Here’s what Trump was doing that day

A deep dive into the context of Joe Biden’s eerily prescient warning, one year ago, about how ill-prepared for a pandemic the U.S. was under Trump. What: An intriguing Twitter thread providing context and clarity around former vice president Joe Biden’s eerily prescient warning about pandemic readiness...

2020-10-26
‘Never just about white women’: A new Makers film explores modern feminism

Interviews with activists, actors, lawmakers, and other leading female voices highlight the role of intersectionality in the American women’s movement. When PBS in February 2013 first aired Makers: Women Who Make America, a three-part documentary, the women’s movement seemed to have much to celebrate:...

2020-10-26
This highly rated Google Play Store language learning app is now on sale

TLDR: Memrise Language Learning eschews grammar and hard language rules for fun, engaging real-world based foreign language learning methods. There are plenty of language learning apps out there, each attempting to make their case as the best way to learning another language. It’s always helpful to look at the...

2020-10-26
AR is finally infiltrating everyday tasks such as Google search

Augmented reality may have struggled to live up to its initial hype, but it’s quietly working its way into our lives—no fancy headset required. Google would like to use your phone’s camera more often—not just for whatever it’s calling its group-chat software this month, but also for...

2020-10-26
Inside NYC’s lavish Makeup Museum, where the history of beauty is not always so pretty

Glamour is a mainstay in the inaugural exhibit about the 1950s, but there is a parallel narrative happening too: the hardships and evolution of the wearer. The facade of the brand-new Makeup Museum is cleverly designed to beckon today’s influencers and the beauty obsessed. Across the street from the Whitney...

2020-10-26

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