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Thursday, March 22, 2018

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Wiggly Squiggly

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codepen.io - // Tidier code with webpack and better Typescript in Github // https://github.com/ste-vg/svg-squiggles console.clear(); declare var Observable:any; declare var TweenLite:any; declare var Power2:any; …

First impressions of the $199 Oculus Go VR headset

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techcrunch.com - Virtual reality seems to have become a very tired topic to consumers, products are still getting made though because big tech companies are convinced of its eventual ubiquity. The challenge now becom…

Four Reasons Facebook Became a Colossus - Techonomy

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techonomy.com - The first time I met Mark Zuckerberg I told him he seemed like a natural CEO. He acted offended. “I never wanted to run a company,” he said bluntly. Then he added, perfunctorily, “A business is a goo…

Zuckerberg Offers the Bare Minimum on the Cambridge Analytica Mess

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www.theatlantic.com - Two years and four months after Facebook found out that Cambridge Analytica might have illicitly pulled user data from its platform, and five days after the latest round of stories about the politica…

Sorry, AT&T: Judge says throttled customers can pursue class action

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arstechnica.com - A federal judge has revived a lawsuit that angry customers filed against AT&T over the company's throttling of unlimited mobile data plans. The decision comes two years after the same judge decided t…

Windows 10 on ARM: Day-One Developer Experience

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winplatform.wordpress.com - I was given the honor of having early access to Windows 10 on ARM (WoA) so that I could chronicle the experience and provide you with tips to ensure that your development experience is smooth. I’ll g…

The nuanced challenges of antitrust and AT&T-Time Warner

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techcrunch.com - It’s been almost 18 months since the boards of AT&T and Time Warner unanimously voted to sign an agreement to merge their two companies and create a content and distribution powerhouse. That deal, pe…

The case against Facebook

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www.vox.com - Facebook is enmeshed in another controversy, this time over accusations that the firm Cambridge Analytica abused Facebook data to help Donald Trump win the 2016 US presidential election. But this is …

No Agenda Newsletter

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tpsconsulting.blogspot.com - No Agenda Thursday Show Maybe the best show ever done.Tomorrow! No Agenda is your show. It yet again (for a Thursday) looks like a poor showing. Please please support No Agenda any way you can. Ther…

A 15-year-old hacked the secure Ledger crypto wallet

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techcrunch.com - A 15-year-old programmer named Saleem Rashid discovered a flaw in the popular Ledger hardware wallet that allowed hackers to grab secret PINs before or after the device was shipped. The holes, which …

Pandora doubles down on ad tech with acquisition of AdsWizz for $145 million

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techcrunch.com - Pandora announced this morning it’s acquiring digital audio ad technology firm AdsWizz for $145 million, as a combination of at least 50 percent cash, with the remaining paid in either cash or stock …

Sources: Google is buying Lytro for about $40M

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techcrunch.com - Last week, Google showed off a new app to display immersive photography in virtual reality, and a multi-camera technique for capturing it, and now it looks like there may be plans to enhance that wit…

Jimmy Iovine said to be transitioning to consulting role at Apple

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techcrunch.com - Back in January, reports surfaced that Jimmy Iovine was planning to exit Apple later this year — four years after selling Beats to the company. The music exec issued a semi-denial at the time, statin…

Apple is an exception to nearly every rule

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techcrunch.com - At Apple, design is the driving force, with manufacturing and engineering fully dialed in to support that vision. In practice, that means that Apple’s designers make choices nobody else would be able…

Instagram has unreleased “nametag” scanning, adds # & @ links to profiles

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techcrunch.com - Instagram may copy Snapchat’s QR Snapcode scanning, judging by files buried in the Instagram Android app’s files. Meanwhile, today it’s starting to let users link to hashtags and other accounts from …

Zuckerberg’s response to Cambridge scandal omits why it delayed investigating

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techcrunch.com - “I started Facebook, and at the end of the day I’m responsible for what happens on our platform” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted after days of the public and government officials waiting for him …

Uber has reportedly rescinded its job offer for the Amazon exec that was its potential product lead

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techcrunch.com - Uber appeared set to hire Assaf Ronen, the former vice president of Amazon’s voice and natural user interface shopping, to lead its products — but it looks like that isn’t going to happen due to a di…

7 much scarier questions for Zuckerberg

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techcrunch.com - Could this be just the beginning of a much bigger Cambridge Analytica scandal for Facebook? The answer rides on how transparent Facebook is actually being right now. CEO Mark Zuckerberg put forth a s…

Synology’s C2 backup services goes live to users worldwide

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techcrunch.com - If you know about Synology, chances are you know about its network attaches storage (NAS) hardware. Over the course of the last few years, the company made a name for itself as one of the premiere NA…

Now would be a good time for Mark Zuckerberg to resign

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techcrunch.com - Facebook is at the center of a dozen controversies, and outrage is peaking. The social network has failed again and again at expanding beyond a handful of core features. Doubts of its usefulness, and…

AI game trainer Gosu.ai raises $1.9M to give gamers a virtual assistant

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techcrunch.com - If you play hardcore and competitive games you want to win, so it would be useful to have someone leaning over your shoulder giving you tips on how to play better. Someone that knows all your moves a…

Dropbox boosts its price range for its IPO as it nears an $8B valuation

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techcrunch.com - Dropbox said it would be increasing its IPO price range – the range for which it will sell its shares for its initial public offering — from $16-$18 per share to $18-$20 per share, giving the company…

Zuckerberg on #deletefacebook: ‘You know, it’s not good’

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techcrunch.com - Following what felt like years of silence on a plethora of issues, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has gone on an interview rampage (but not us — was it my editorial?). Although he mainly pl…

Get the latest TC stories read to you over the phone with BrailleVoice

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techcrunch.com - For the visually impaired, there are lots of accessibility options if you want to browse the web — screen readers, podcast versions of articles, and so on. But it can still be a pain to keep up with …

Target tests a new loyalty program with 1% back, Shipt discounts and free next-day delivery

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techcrunch.com - Target has begun to test a new loyalty program, “Target Red,” that combines discounts on delivery with cash back on later purchases. The program will serve as an alternative to the existing REDcard p…

Cadillac brings Spotify integration to select models

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techcrunch.com - Spotify has been working with Cadillac to integrate the streaming music into the in-dash entertainment system for new and recent models. The app actually started as a quiet roll-out for some car owne…

The follow-up to TCL’s acclaimed 4K HDR Roku TV is coming May 1

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arstechnica.com - TCL on Tuesday announced that its forthcoming “6-Series” of 4K TVs will be available to purchase by May 1. The TVs were first announced at the CES trade show in January. A big reason for that success…

Steve Jobs’ 1973 job application fetches $174,000 at auction

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arstechnica.com - A handwritten job application from Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has sold for more than $174,000, according to auction house RR Auction. The company told Reuters that the winning bidder is an Internet …

Hands-on with Android P—Is this the beginning of a new design language?

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arstechnica.com - Android P Developer Preview is out this week, and the whole Android community is combing through it looking for changes. When Android P is released later this year, it will bring an all-new notificat…

Valve’s making games again: Hands-on with Artifact’s digital trading cards

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arstechnica.com - BELLEVUE, Washington—I was about to sit down to play Valve's first new PC game series in five years. But this being Valve, the world's first press demo for Artifact was preceded by something almost e…

BMW’s offices raided by Munich police in search of diesel cheating

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arstechnica.com - To many, finding out that Volkswagen had been cheating at emissions tests came as quite a shock. Others viewed the event with some indifference; a cynical take might be that every OEM would do the sa…

Ajit Pai says net neutrality was the top threat to broadband deployment

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arstechnica.com - Net neutrality is the number-one reason many rural Americans still lack broadband access—at least, that's what Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai says. In a speech to the American Ca…

Logical Fallacies In Design Critiques – Prototypr

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blog.prototypr.io - Designers have to continuously shift mental gear as they move through a design process. Periods of idea generation require creative or ‘divergent’ thinking. And periods of testing or evaluation requi…

4 Most Hated UI Tricks | Webdesigner Depot

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www.webdesignerdepot.com - Nobody wants to create bad design, and yet it happens all the time. And while the cause of bad design varies, the final result is the same—bad user experience. Bad user experience frustrates users an…

HOW TO: Getting the most out of Android Oreo’s Do Not Disturb feature

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androidcommunity.com - We understand that Android Oreo made some changes to the mechanics of how the “Do Not Disturb” (DND) feature works. Ostensibly, this is still the go-to feature when you do not want to get notificatio…

Russian rules against Telegram’s appeal to block access to user data

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androidcommunity.com - Telegram has gained a lot of users not just for its features but also for its end-to-end encryption, as security is a main concern for a lot of people nowadays. And in this vein, the app has been fig…

Best wireless earphones for running and working out

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www.slashgear.com - There has never been a better time to be mobile. And not just in the road warrior kind of mobility. It’s almost as if we’ve entered the couch potato counter-culture age, where there is no shortage of…

Google Play Store now makes switching countries a bit easier

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androidcommunity.com - Something as simple as switching default countries on your Google Play Store should be, well, simple. But as users have been complaining for some time now, it’s never as simple as it should be on pap…

Studies confirm appealing to customer preferences is key to loyalty program success

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www.loyalty360.org - Find out about the latest loyalty industry trends and consumer attitudes Loyalty programs remain a powerful strategy for companies looking to build relationships and lifetime value with customers, bu…

HP Envy x2 (Qualcomm) First Impressions - Thurrott.com

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www.thurrott.com - Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, the HP Envy x2 delivers about 20 hours of battery life and always-on connectivity. As such, the device targets the same market as Apple’s iPad Pro, an audience…

Microsoft's Bold Plan to Bring PWAs to Windows 10 - Thurrott.com

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www.thurrott.com - I recently spoke with Microsoft’s Jeff Burtoft and Aaron Gustafson about the company’s plans to bring Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) to Windows 10. And I couldn’t be more excited about Microsoft’s plans…

Pocket Casts Comes to the Microsoft Store - Thurrott.com

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www.thurrott.com - As you may know, Pocket Casts is my favorite podcast app, and it’s on the short list of apps I use every single day. Well, I have some good news: Shifty Jelly, the makers of Pocket Casts, have just r…

Twitter's Chief Information Security Officer Is Leaving the Company

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www.adweek.com - Twitter’s chief information security officer is leaving the company, a Twitter spokesperson has confirmed to Adweek. Michael Coates, who has been Twitter’s CISO since early 2015, is departing to star…

‘Shadowhunters’ Season 3: How to Watch the Premiere Online

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decider.com - It’s been a minute since we last went on a dark adventure with Clary Fray and her band of demon-stalkers in the Freeform supernatural drama Shadowhunters. Season 2 wrapped last August, and fans have …

Dynamic Search Ads are for amateurs or superheroes

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searchengineland.com - So, machine learning in AdWords is great and definitely the future. But Dynamic Search Ads? Not so much, in my opinion. In this column, I would like to talk about Dynamic Search Ads (DSAs), which are…

Google: Using non-English URLs for non-English websites is fine

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searchengineland.com - Google Senior Webmaster Trends Analyst John Mueller said in a recent SEO snippets video that using non-English URLs for non-English websites is fine and that Google is able to crawl, index and rank t…

Don't forget: Instagram is creepy, too

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mashable.com - With Facebook in the news for all the wrong reasons this week, it may be tempting to overlook the social media giant's photo-oriented sibling, Instagram. That would be unwise. Instagram, which you sh…

Under Fire and Losing Trust, Facebook Plays the Victim

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www.bloomberg.com - On Tuesday morning, Facebook employees were quiet even for Facebook employees, buried in the news on their phones as they shuffled to a meeting in one of the largest cafeterias at the company’s headq…

Netflix to hackers: Bring it on

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mashable.com - The entertainment and streaming company announced Wednesday the launch of a public bug bounty program designed to allow security researchers to responsibly disclose vulnerabilities, and, notably, get…

Irrelevance, Excruciating Painful Decline & Death - CXO Transform

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cxo-transform.com - Amazon’s Jeff Bezos constantly reminds his people of the biggest enemy being irrelevance, then excruciating, painful decline and death. So when the CEO of one of the world’s fastest growing, disrupti…

The Cable Industry Is Quietly Securing A Massive Monopoly Over American Broadband

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www.techdirt.com - Cable providers like Comcast and Charter continue to quietly secure a growing monopoly over American broadband. A new report by Leichtman Research notes that the nation's biggest cable companies adde…

Facebook alternatives for keeping in touch with friends

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www.imore.com - If you've got an iOS or macOS device, you've got a built-in alternative for keeping in touch with friends. Apple's Messages app is more than just a way to send quick text-based messages back and fort…

If You're Pissed About Facebook's Privacy Abuses, You Should Be Four Times As Angry At The Broadband Industry

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www.techdirt.com - To be very clear, Facebook is well deserving of the mammoth backlash the company is experiencing in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica revelations. Especially since Facebook's most substantive react…

InstaBeauty: How Social Media Is Transforming Makeup - ubercool

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ubercool.com - The experiential nature of social media has had a significant impact on the $200 billion global cosmetics market. The popularity of selfies has turned social networks like Instagram into the new Tupp…

Russian Court Says Telegram Must Hand Over Encryption Keys To State Intelligence Service

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www.techdirt.com - Here's an idea for the FBI, gift-wrapped and signed "From Russia, With Love." Telegram, the encrypted messaging app that’s prized by those seeking privacy, lost a bid before Russia’s Supreme Court to…

Zuckerberg apologises for data breaches

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www.bbc.co.uk - Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has admitted that the social network "made mistakes" that led to millions of Facebook users having their data exploited by a political consultancy. Cambridge Analytic…

Questions About Social Media Marketing? Try These Tips

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marketingpromotion.biz - They will certainly utilize their cash owed to discuss info with all their residential and also good friends. This expertise could unravel like wild fire place over the Web when it is discussed by me…

How to remove your Facebook data without deleting your account

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www.imore.com - By default, the extension runs at 4x. This worked pretty well for an initial pass, but as I soon found out, it missed quite a bit. The big hiccup here is that you really need to run the extension ove…

How 'Regulating Facebook' Could Make Everyone's Concerns Worse, Not Better

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www.techdirt.com - In my last post, I described why it was wrong to focus on claims of Facebook "selling" your data as the "problem" that came out over the weekend concerning Cambridge Analytica and the data it had on …

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Vows to Bolster Privacy Amid Cambridge Analytica Crisis

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www.nytimes.com - The resulting backlash has thrust Facebook into its worst crisis since it was founded in 2004. The information, photos and other content that users post and their frequent engagement with the platfor…

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