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Algorithm reveals which new emoji Twitter users most desire

Emoji have become a ubiquitous form of communication. And like any form of language, they can have a social impact. The addition of a hijab emoji has provided some inclusivity to Muslim women, while the mosquito emoji is used by medical professionals to explain diseases like malaria and Zika. The gatekeeper of...

2020-07-31
Technical Project Manager: A Guide on Their Role in Managing Your Digital Marketing Projects

In this article, I’m going to talk about the importance of having a technical Project Manager who can ensure the successful delivery of any digital project that requires an external company to implement. It could be someone you have on your team…. …..or someone you hire in to help. Either way, you...

2020-07-31
There is nowhere to hide from trauma when you’re a Black person on the internet

In 2020, it’s become impossible for me to go online without experiencing pain and sadness. There were no words to describe how much I hurt the night I read of Elijah McClain for the first time. I unwillingly came across the story of this 23-year-old autistic Black man on my Instagram timeline. He died last...

2020-07-31
Facebook is launching official music videos in the US

Facebook is taking another stab at stealing some video viewing hours from YouTube by launching official music videos in the US. Starting this weekend, users will be able to watch videos from some of their favorite artists across genres. For that, the company has patterned with some major record labels including Sony...

2020-07-31
What private browsing does—and doesn’t—do to shield you from prying eyes online

Private browsing sounds like it’s keeping all your browsing and data private—but its name is misleading. Many people look for more privacy when they browse the web by using their browsers in privacy-protecting modes, called “Private Browsing” in Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and Apple Safari;...

2020-07-31
YouTube will no longer let viewers help creators with subtitles and captions

YouTube is nixing its Community Contributions feature, which made it possible for users to help creators by translating video titles, descriptions, closed captions, and subtitles. In an announcement on the Google Support Forums, a company spokesperson said the feature failed to generate enough traction — and was...

2020-07-31
Amazon will spend $10B to battle Elon Musk in the internet-from-space race

Amazon is ready to funnel more than $10 billion into Project Kuiper, after it secured government approval to launch more than 3,000 broadband-beaming satellites into low orbit. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted unanimously (5-0) in favor of Amazon‘s bid, pitting the ecommerce giant squarely against...

2020-07-31
Twitter reveals scammers breached user accounts via phone spear-phishing attack

“Not all of the employees that were initially targeted had permissions to use account management tools, but the attackers used their credentials to access our internal systems and gain information about our processes.” Earlier this month, Twitter was hit with a major security breach that allowed scammers...

2020-07-31
Google’s top search result? Surprise! It’s Google

In Google’s early years, users would type in a query and get back a page of 10 “blue links” that led to different websites. “We want to get you out of Google and to the right place as fast as possible,” co-founder Larry Page said in 2004. Today, Google often considers that “right place” to be Google, an...

2020-07-31
The modular eBussy is the Transformer minivan you’ve been waiting for

Is it a car? Is it a truck? Is it a van? Well, it’s all of them and more… Electric vehicles present a unique opportunity for carmakers to show off unique designs. As motors and batteries can easily be built into the floor pan of the vehicle it lets designers have a lot more freedom with what they plonk on top....

2020-07-31
5 things to consider when you run an internship program

This article was originally published on .cult by Randy Tolentino. .cult is a Berlin-based community platform for developers! We write about all things career-related, make original documentaries and share heaps of other untold developer stories from around the world! In June of 2019, hundreds of college students...

2020-07-31
Facebook stock rockets to record high, despite advertiser boycott and never-ending pandemic

More people are using Facebook services, including Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger, during the coronavirus shutdowns. Facebook shares catapulted to an all-time high in after-hours trading today after the social media giant posted significantly better-than-expected earnings for the second quarter of 2020.Read Full...

2020-07-30
Barack Obama blasts attacks on voting rights during John Lewis’s funeral

Former president Barack Obama accused the current administration of curtailing voting rights during his eulogy of U.S. Rep. John Lewis today. Former president Barack Obama accused the current administration of curtailing voting rights during his eulogy for Democratic representative John Lewis of Georgia today.Read...

2020-07-30
Big Tech no longer sees its customers as humans–antitrust could change that

Tech giants like Amazon and Facebook have lost sight of the people behind the data points. Antitrust regulation may be the best way to return empathy to tech. Big Tech CEOs—Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Apple’s Tim Cook, Sundar Pichai of Google, and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg—testified...

2020-07-30
Big Tech told Congress there’s loads of competition. This chart says otherwise

The chief execs of Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Alphabet (FAAA) took turns defending their business practices during an antitrust hearing in Congress on Wednesday. Each CEO faced scrutiny over slightly different matters, but they generally projected the same idea: their successes are simply the result of their own...

2020-07-30
Check out how often your article has been shared on social media, and by who

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. If you’re a writer, blogger, or any other kind of online content creator, you can’t get around it: numbers. You simply can’t hold yourself back from wanting to know how many...

2020-07-30
These pop-up kits turn kids into architects of their own playgrounds

Follies promise to keep kids entertained during the quarantine, and long after. Chloe Varelidi, an architect turned toy designer, has created a kit that allows kids to build their own playgrounds. That might sound like a dangerous proposition, but the kit, called Follies, consists of 45 flat plastic shapes in...

2020-07-30
Congress just signaled that the era of Big Tech acquisitions is over

For decades, tech giants have swallowed up startups with minimal government interference. This week’s antitrust hearings suggest that could change. The CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google  testified in front of the House Judiciary’s antitrust committee Wednesday, and it quickly became...

2020-07-30
WhatsApp might soon let you mute annoying chats forever

You might soon be able to forever mute those annoying WhatsApp groups you never really participate in. The Facebook-owned messenger seems to be testing an “Always Muted” option for chats, WABetaInfo has noticed. The feature is still in development, but it will likely replace the “1 year” option which WhatsApp...

2020-07-30
A scientific analysis of the Facebook group where millennials pretend to be Boomers

https://pngio.com/PNG/a16940-harold-png.htmlFacebook died for me back in 2017, yet I still find myself on the platform daily. This is mainly to stay up to date with schoolmates  I haven’t spoken to for about ten years and see my ‘friends’ share questionable posts from “Britain First”. As awful as this...

2020-07-30
How big a factor should racial equity be in deciding how to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine?

Minority groups have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus. Should they be prioritized when we’re distributing the vaccine? As Oxford University’s vaccine entered its final trial phase, and experts noted that the vaccine could appear before the end of the year, the chair of the...

2020-07-30
Which Big Tech CEO hurt his brand most during the antitrust hearing? The definitive ranking

This largely ceremonial wrist-slapping of the leaders of Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple was also an exercise in the ties between CEO and brand image. On Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos all testified before Congress, as lawmakers...

2020-07-30
TikTok’s CEO takes shots at Zuckerberg as it aims to continue to survive in the US

When people think about TikTok these days, the thought that’s on everyone’s mind is: will the US ban it? Earlier this month, the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said that the government is ‘thinking about it.’ Last night, President Donald Trump also said the government is ‘thinking about it.’  But will...

2020-07-30
Congress fumbles through antitrust hearing with big tech CEOs

The four horseman of the techpocalypse – the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google – joined the US House of Representatives today for an antitrust hearing. We watched every second of the more than five and a half hours of Congress’ grilling of some of the richest men in the world so you wouldn’t have to....

2020-07-30
Google Stadia’s cellular support might draw in some new blood

Google this week revealed it was unbinding Stadia from WiFi, meaning you can finally play your games on mobile devices via 4G or 5G cellular networks. It’s an upgrade Stadia’s been missing for a while, and could make the service more palatable to potential users — which Stadia could certainly use help...

2020-07-29
‘We called it Amazon heroin’: Congress makes Jeff Bezos listen to stories from crushed businesses

At a congressional hearing today, Jeff Bezos rejected claims that his company unfairly crushes competition: “That’s not how we operate the business.” It’s hard to say if anything productive will come out of today’s congressional hearing on big tech companies and their marketplace...

2020-07-29
Tim Cook would like to remind you that Apple does not dominate any of its markets

Tim Cook of Apple and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook were among the tech CEOs who downplayed their market dominance in front of Congress today. Wednesday’s Congressional antitrust hearing convened the CEOs of four tech-industry titans: Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook. And during their testimonies, each CEO was...

2020-07-29
As TikTok faces a ban, its new CEO accuses Facebook of attacks ‘disguised as patriotism’

CEO Kevin Mayer published an open letter blasting Facebook for allegedly trying to snuff out its competition—namely, TikTok. On Wednesday morning, TikTok’s new CEO, Kevin Mayer, published an open letter blasting Facebook for allegedly trying to snuff out its competition—namely, TikTok—with...

2020-07-29
Fans are ecstatic that Netflix acquired ‘Moesha,’ ‘Girlfriends,’ and other classic Black ’90s sitcoms

Strong Black Lead announced today that several iconic series from the 1990s would be coming to Netflix, and people freaked out with joy. #BlackTwitter is celebrating the little bit of good news in this world on this #ThrowbackThursday eve. Netflix’s Strong Black Lead announced that seven beloved Black sitcoms...

2020-07-29
Twitter comes for George R. R. Martin on the day he swore his new book would be done

Today is the day George R. R. Martin swore would usher in ‘The Winds of Winter,’ which fans in quarantine would surely love to read right now, and Twitter won’t let him forget it. The date July 29, 2020 may not mean much to most people whose birthday it isn’t.Read Full Story

2020-07-29
MIT and Microsoft build a new algorithm to find hidden links between historic paintings

If you use Twitter regularly, you must’ve come across celebrities as food tweet threads. Some examples are Rihanna as Indian food and Olly Alexander as cakes. The idea is to match the look and color of the food to the celeb’s clothes. Researchers from MIT‘s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence...

2020-07-29
What ghost-designing for Martha Stewart taught this creative about leadership

Delanie West has had an illustrious career, designing for everyone from Martha Stewart to Faber-Castell, where she developed the first reversible sequin toys (which are now everywhere). Then she struck out on her own: “I had always found myself to be the only Black woman doing what I’m doing throughout...

2020-07-29
China mystery seeds: Are they really a ‘brushing’ scam? Here’s everything we know so far

Don’t plant them. Don’t eat them. Here’s what to do if you receive an unsolicited package of seeds in the mail. Mysterious packages of seeds, many postmarked from China, are showing up at hundreds of people’s homes across the country, prompting state departments of agriculture to issue...

2020-07-29
At Ford factories, Boston Dynamics’s robot dog Spot is teaming up with a new robotic friend

Through its new robotic collaborations, the infamously creepy dog-shaped robots could soon ride on wheels and launch their own drones. A couple years ago, the internet had a mild freakout when the robotics company Boston Dynamics showed off a dog-like robot opening the door for one of its pals. Twitter commentators...

2020-07-29
How to watch today’s antitrust hearing against Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google

It’s not often you’ll hear the CEOs of Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook speak in the same room, but it’s happening today. Tim Cook, Sundar Pichai, Jeff Bezos, and Mark Zuckerberg will appear in front of a congressional subcommittee to defend their business practices, which many have accused of unfairly...

2020-07-29
Is the explosion of COVID-19 conspiracies changing people’s real-world behavior?

More than 20 million people saw a video filled with lies about COVID-19. Researchers still don’t know how this kind of viral misinformation is impacting people’s willingness to wear masks—or to get an eventual vaccine. On Monday night, Breitbart News launched a video of a press conference from a...

2020-07-29
Big Tech hearing live stream: How to watch Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google testify before Congress

It’s the first time the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Alphabet have appeared before Congress together. Today is a historic day when it comes to Big Tech in America. The CEOs of four of America’s biggest tech giants—Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google owner Alphabet—will appear before...

2020-07-29
Twitter expands its Stories-like Fleets to the Netherlands

It seems Twitter is expanding its trial with ephemeral content — so don’t be surprised if you start seeing Stories on the micro-blogging platform in the near future. Some users in the Netherlands are reporting they now have the ability to post content which will automatically disappear after 24 hours. The feature,...

2020-07-29
Google near the top of Fast Company’s Best Workplaces for Innovators

Here’s why Google remains one of the world’s Best Workplaces for Innovators. Whether its famous “20% rule” ever actually existed has become a matter of some debate, but there’s no arguing that Google’s Nine Principles of Innovation (including “Aim to be ten times...

2020-07-29
WhatsApp Pay moves one step closer to Indian launch

WhatsApp’s much-awaited payments launch in India has hit many regulatory roadblocks in the past. However, the company has moved a step closer to launch, as the National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI) has certified that WhatsApp is now in compliance with data-localization norms. As per a report by Times of...

2020-07-29
How to change your name on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms

You’ve made your decision: you want to change your username on your social media platform of choice. You’ve selected your new handle and want to dispense with the old one. That’s great — change is as good as a rest, after all. But how do you actually do it? There are any number of reasons for changing your...

2020-07-29
Analogue’s retro handheld Pocket won’t ship until 2021

The Pocket, the handheld version of the retro console, is finally opening up for pre-orders soon. That’s the good news. The bad news is that it won’t be shipping until 2021, ostensibly because the coronavirus is making supplies a little scarce. Pocket pre-orders will open August 3rd, 2020 8am PST. Pocket is...

2020-07-28
‘America’s Frontline Doctors’ website goes dark as platforms scramble to scrub misinformation

Tech companies are struggling to scrub their platforms of a viral video that contains misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic. The latest salvo in the battle to control online information is a group calling itself “America’s Frontline Doctors.” After its video making false claims about the...

2020-07-28
We charted the battery life of Google Pixel phones

One of the biggest stories around the launch of the Pixel 4 was its reduced battery life in comparison to the previous model. Now, with the Pixel 4a still in purgatory — but supposedly coming out soon (??) — I had a thought: what would a comparison of the battery life of Google Pixel phones look like? Did the...

2020-07-28
This AI generates hilariously realistic startup acquisition announcements

Photo storage startup Loom announced it had been acquired by Dropbox in 2014; it also said it would be shutting down its service a month later. In 2015, Divshot revealed it had been bought out by Google; it also added it would be closing doors two months later. Guess what happened when Meta Mind got acquired by...

2020-07-28
How Slack could reshape the entire Big Tech antitrust debate in the U.S.

The outcome of Slack’s antitrust action against Microsoft and Teams may send shock waves through antitrust probes against Big Tech in the United States. The House Judiciary Committee may now wish it had invited Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to join Apple’s Tim Cook, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos,...

2020-07-28
Twitter contractors reportedly used internal tools to spy on celebrities, including Beyoncé

Twitter contractors reportedly spied on accounts of politicians, brands, and even former lovers. Former Twitter security employees have alleged that some of the company’s contractors have used tricks to spy on some of the social media giant’s biggest users, including Beyoncé. That’s according...

2020-07-28
The office as you know it is gone

People like flexible work schedules. Plus, the tangible benefits of contemporary offices—socialization, physical proximity to colleagues—don’t require workers to go to the office every day from 9 to 5. The future of the office has become an open question after the coronavirus lockdown forced tens...

2020-07-28

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