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How ad-free subscriptions could solve FacebookHow%20ad-free%20subscriptions%20could%20solve%26nbsp%3BFacebookFacebook premium subscriptionjoshsc

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 17:22:20 +0000

(image)  At the core of Facebook’s “well-being” problem is that its business is directly coupled with total time spent on its apps. The more hours you pass on the social network, the more ads you see and click, the more money it earns. That puts its plan to make using Facebook healthier at odds with its finances, restricting how far it’s willing to go to protect us from the harms… Read More

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Essential Phone’s new ‘Halo Gray’ color goes on sale exclusively at AmazonEssential%20Phone%26%238217%3Bs%20new%20%26%238216%3BHalo%20Gray%26%238217%3B%20color%20goes%20on%20sale%20exclusively%20at%26nbsp%3BAmazonessential-halo-gray-angled-hi-resetherin

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:09:13 +0000

(image)  The Essential Phone is currently in the midst of being rolled out in a range of new colors, including three that will be released excessively on Essential’s own website, with a staged release schedule that began Thursday. On Friday, however, Essential revealed a surprise fourth new color, “Halo Gray,” which will be exclusive to Amazon and which is now available to… Read More

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As tech automates, Blinkist keeps its book summary service very humanblinkist_shotdevin

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 22:52:47 +0000

(image)  When I first heard of Blinkist, a service that breaks down recent nonfiction books to easily digestible snippets, I was afraid it would turn out to be some machine-learning-driven auto-summary thing. But in talking to co-founder Niklas Jansen, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the company is still very much people-powered — and in fact, that may be the root of its continuing success. Read More

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Snap CEO Evan Spiegel basically says the Snapchat redesign is here to staySnap%20CEO%20Evan%20Spiegel%20basically%20says%20the%20Snapchat%20redesign%20is%20here%20to%26nbsp%3BstayEvan Spiegelmatthewlynley

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 20:07:09 +0000

(image)  Despite a lot of backlash over a big redesign for the Snapchat app — which to be sure is a very big deal for a product-centric company like Snap — Snap CEO Evan Spiegel vigorously defended the redesign and basically said people need to get used to it. Spiegel said at the Goldman Sachs Internet & Technology Conference that even people complaining about the app was a sort of… Read More

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France’s telecom regulator thinks net neutrality should also apply to devicesFrance%E2%80%99s%20telecom%20regulator%20thinks%20net%20neutrality%20should%20also%20apply%20to%26nbsp%3BdevicesSébastien_Soriano_2015romaindillet

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:24:14 +0000

(image)  The ARCEP just published a thorough 65-page report (embedded below) about the devices we use every day. The report says that devices give you a portion of the internet and prevent an open internet. “With net neutrality, we spend all our time cleaning pipes, but nobody is looking at faucets,” ARCEP president Sébastien Soriano told me. “Everybody assumes that the devices that… Read More

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Essential Phone arriving in three new limited edition colorsEssential%20Phone%20arriving%20in%20three%20new%20limited%20edition%26nbsp%3Bcolorscolor_option_4etherin

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:49:58 +0000

(image)  The Essential Phone, still among the best deals you can find in smartphones today, is now set to be available in three new colors, including “Ocean Depths,” “Copper Black” and “Stellar Gray.” These include two previously announced colours, the aquamarine-ish Ocean Depths and the dark matte “Stellar Gray,” but also the surprising third options,… Read More

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Google’s Project Fi now offers data coverage in 170 countriesGoogle%26%238217%3Bs%20Project%20Fi%20now%20offers%20data%20coverage%20in%20170%26nbsp%3Bcountriesproject fifredericlardinois

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:09:27 +0000

(image)  Project Fi, Google’s multi-network cell service, now provides you with data coverage in 170 countries. That’s up from the 135 countries in which the company has long offered service. New countries where service is now available include the likes of Belize and Myanmar. The good thing here is that Project Fi still doesn’t charge you extra for your data usage in these countries. Read More

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This new text bomb crashes most Mac and iOS apps with a single Unicode symbolThis%20new%20text%20bomb%20crashes%20most%20Mac%20and%20iOS%20apps%20with%20a%20single%20Unicode%26nbsp%3Bsymbolphone-bomb-1taylortechcrunch

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:57:39 +0000

(image)  TechCrunch has learned of a potentially serious new bug affecting a wide range of Apple devices. During their development work on an international news feed, software engineers at Aloha Browser discovered two Unicode symbols in a non-English language that can crash any Apple device that uses Apple’s default San Francisco font. Read More

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Facebook should actually be Tinder tooFacebook%20should%20actually%20be%20Tinder%26nbsp%3BtooFacebook Meetups Matchmaker Tinderjoshsc

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 23:38:31 +0000

(image)  There’s beauty in the double-blind opt-in. That’s the way you match with someone on Tinder. You like them, they like you, you both find out and get connected. But to date, the feature’s largely been trapped in dating apps that match you with randos or that not everyone wants to be on. That means this anti-loneliness technology is leaving some people out. Facebook, meanwhile,… Read More

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MIT’s new chip could bring neural nets to battery-powered gadgetsMIT%26%238217%3Bs%20new%20chip%20could%20bring%20neural%20nets%20to%20battery-powered%26nbsp%3BgadgetsBlockchain network , Machine learning , deep learning and neural networks concept. Blue Distributed connection atom with black background , 3d renderingetherin

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:37:20 +0000

(image)  MIT researchers have developed a chip designed to speed up the hard work of running neural networks, while also reducing the power consumed when doing so dramatically – by up to 95 percent, in fact. The basic concept involves simplifying the chip design so that shuttling of data between different processors on the same chip is taken out of the equation. The big advantage of this new… Read More

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U.S. intelligence agencies are still warning against buying Huawei and ZTE phonesU.S.%20intelligence%20agencies%20are%20still%20warning%20against%20buying%20Huawei%20and%20ZTE%26nbsp%3BphonesHuawei P9bheater

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:26:58 +0000

(image)  Things are still looking pretty bleak for Huawei’s plans to conquer the U.S. market. Earlier this week, half a dozen top members of intelligence agencies, including the FBI, CIA and NSA reaffirmed surveillance concerns about the company and fellow Chinese smartphone maker ZTE. All of this is nothing new, of course. The companies’ troubles date back at least as far back as 2012,… Read More

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Snapchat finally gives creators analyticsSnapchat%20finally%20gives%20creators%26nbsp%3BanalyticsSnapchat Influencersjoshsc

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:03:25 +0000

(image)  Snapchat has always been terrible at analytics, only showing daily Story view counts that content creators had to screenshot just before they disappeared every 24 hours in order to prove their worth to sponsors. But starting today, tens of thousands creators who make official Stories or have large followings will start seeing a slew of view count and demographic analytics on their Snapchat… Read More

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Pinterest will finally let you rearrange your pinsPinterest%20will%20finally%20let%20you%20rearrange%20your%26nbsp%3Bpinspinterest rearrange pinsmatthewlynley

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:00:54 +0000

(image)  Good morning and happy Wednesday, everyone! Here is a thing that falls under Today In Very Good Things: Pinterest is going to, finally, finally, let you move pins around on your boards. This seems really small and trivial but, really, this is one of the biggest quality of life improvements to the service that I’ve seen (and probably many others) in many months now. Pinterest has been… Read More

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Overtime gets $9.5M to build a new style of sports network that young people will actually watchOvertime%20gets%20%249.5M%20to%20build%20a%20new%20style%20of%20sports%20network%20that%20young%20people%20will%20actually%26nbsp%3Bwatchovertime teammatthewlynley

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:00:44 +0000

(image)  ESPN may be going from a sure-fire cable bounty to something that needs a little more flexibility in a cord-cutting era — like launching a new streaming service in 2018. But an even more troublesome trend may be emerging among younger sports fans, according to Overtime CEO Dan Porter: they just aren’t getting the content the way they want it. Indeed, a recent study by the NCAA… Read More

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How Chrome’s built-in ad blocker will work when it goes live tomorrowHow%20Chrome%26%238217%3Bs%20built-in%20ad%20blocker%20will%20work%20when%20it%20goes%20live%26nbsp%3BtomorrowPainting a Billboard at Les Arenes, Nimes, Francefredericlardinois

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:00:16 +0000

(image)  Chrome’s built-in ad blocker will go live tomorrow. It’s the first time Google will automatically block some ads in Chrome, but while quite a few online publishers are fretting about this move, as a regular user, you may not even notice it. Read More

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Adikteev raises $12 million for its mobile marketing platformAdikteev%20raises%20%2412%20million%20for%20its%20mobile%20marketing%26nbsp%3Bplatformadtech, ad tech, advertising, online marketingromaindillet

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:06:16 +0000

(image)  French startup Adikteev raised a $12 million funding round led by Ring Capital and BNP Paribas Développement, with existing investors ISAI, Ventech and Laurent Asscher also participating. It’s also worth noting that it represents Ring Capital’s first investment after raising its initial $170 million fund. Adikteev is an adtech startup that previously acquired Motion Lead, a… Read More

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HTC’s smartphone chief and ex-CFO, Chialin Chang, resignsHTC%26%238217%3Bs%20smartphone%20chief%20and%20ex-CFO%2C%20Chialin%20Chang%2C%26nbsp%3BresignsMobile World Congress 2017 - Day 3nelomas

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:57:23 +0000

(image)  HTC’s smartphone and connected devices president and former CFO, Chialin Chang, has resigned. The move, spotted earlier by Engadget, was announced today and is effective immediately. Read More

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Why Google Stories will save, not screw, Snapchat DiscoverWhy%20Google%20Stories%20will%20save%2C%20not%20screw%2C%20Snapchat%26nbsp%3BDiscoverGoogle AMP Stories Snapchat Discoverjoshsc

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 20:35:04 +0000

(image)  Snapchat has a new ally or enemy depending on how you look at Google’s new mobile magazine format, but the social app is welcoming the search giant. Google’s clone of Snapchat Discover, called AMP Stories, officially launched today, allowing news outlets to create photo/video slideshows that appear in mobile search results and on their site. Read More

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Bilingual? Tarjimly lets you help a refugee or aid worker right nowBilingual%3F%20Tarjimly%20lets%20you%20help%20a%20refugee%20or%20aid%20worker%20right%26nbsp%3Bnowtarjimly_headerdevin

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 18:04:01 +0000

(image)  All over the world, language barriers are limiting the ability of refugees and immigrants to seek help, and aid workers to provide it. Tarjimly is a new service that connects people who speak one language but need to speak in another, with a person who speaks both — in just a couple minutes. They’re part of Y Combinator’s latest batch and are gearing up for a proper launch. Read More

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