Facebook's controversial Portal video chat device gets browser, games: It may not matter  PHYS.ORG · 20 hours
It's been five weeks since Facebook brought its Portal to market—and, yes, another day with another privacy-related apology from the world's largest... more
22 predictions for social media in 2019  THE VERGE · 2 days
Just like that, 2018 has come to a close. I realize there are a few days left in the year, but the... more
Fake news vs fact in online battle for truth  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Since US President Donald Trump weaponised the term "fake news" during the 2016 presidential election campaign, the phrase has gone viral. more
Irish data authority probes Facebook photo breach  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The Irish data watchdog on Friday launched an investigation into Facebook, after the social media titan admitted a "bug" may have exposed unposted photos from up to 6.8 million users. more
Robinhood lacked proper insurance so will change checking & savings feature  TechCrunch · 2 days
Robinhood will rename and revamp its upcoming checking and banking features after encountering problems with its insurance. The company published a blog post this evening explaining... more
Apple is producing new content about Snoopy and other Peanuts characters  TechCrunch · 2 days
Apple has signed a deal with DHX Media that will see the Canadian broadcaster producing new shows, specials and short films about Snoopy, Charlie Brown and... more
Google agrees not to sell facial recognition tech, citing abuse potential  TechCrunch · 2 days
In recent months, pressure has been mounting for major tech firms to develop strong policies regarding facial recognition. Microsoft has helped lead the way on that... more
Check whether your photos were exposed in latest Facebook bug - CNET  CNET · 2 days
The social network announced that some users' unpublished photos were potentially exposed. Here's how to find out if you were affected. more
J&J hammered by report it knew of asbestos in baby powder  ABC NEWS · 2 days
Johnson & Johnson reels on media report that in new for decades about asbestos in its baby powder more
The 12 best overlooked TV shows of 2018  THE VERGE · 3 days
At this point, it’s a cliché to complain that there’s too much television and not enough time to watch it... more
Tumblr returns to App Store after porn ban  BBC · 3 days
The social network has returned to Apple's app store after revealing plans to ban adult content. more
Tumblr’s back in the App Store following porn ban announcement  TechCrunch · 3 days
Tumblr is back. Sort of. The social blogging platform reappeared on Apple’s App Store this week, some three weeks after being pulled over child pornography concerns. Ten days... more
Online ads and games would benefit from more rewards, according to UCLA survey  TechCrunch · 3 days
A new study from Versus Systems and the MEMES (Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment & Sports) Center at UCLA’s Anderson School... more
Apple Music Connect to Shut Down, Suffering Same Fate as iTunes Ping  MacRumors · 3 days
Apple today announced that its Apple Music Connect social platform for artists is in the process of shutting down, suffering the same fate as... more
Study scrutinizes hidden marketing relationships on social media  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Federal regulators require social media personalities to alert their viewers to promotional payments for products and gadgets shown on their channels, but an analysis by Princeton University researchers shows that such disclosures... more
Apple takes three spots on Adweek’s 25 best ads of 2018 list  9to5Mac · 3 days
Apple’s television advertisements have earned three places on Adweek’s 25 Best Ads of 2018 annual list, which highlights the best media ads ranging from print... more
EU agency: Cocaine dealers' technology use complicates busts  ABC NEWS · 4 days
The European Union agency that monitors drug abuse says cocaine dealers are increasingly using social media and encrypted communications to do business, making it harder for authorities to crack down on the... more
Mental wellness startup Wisdo launches with $11 million in funding  TechCrunch · 4 days
Social media has lately been linked to mental health issues, with a recent study showing a causal relationship between the use of social media and depression and loneliness.... more
Netflix’s Tidelands was tailor-made for a nudity-based drinking game  THE VERGE · 4 days
The best media-based drinking games have simple rules, but will keep players consistently buzzed. Drinking every time someone... more
Twitter says governments are ramping up their demands for user data  TechCrunch · 4 days
Twitter says the number of government demands for data on its users has shot up in the past year. In its latest transparency report out Thursday,... more
The 'gilets jaunes' movement is not a Facebook revolution  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
In less than a month, France's gilets jaunes (yellow vests) have gone from being a celebrated example of Facebook's ability to power a spontaneous revolution to a cautionary tale of... more
Beyond social networks: How cultural beliefs really spread  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
When Amir Goldberg had his first child a decade ago, he was bewildered to learn that some of his colleagues at Princeton University, where he was a doctoral student, weren't planning to... more
You can once again buy a Chromecast on Amazon  Windows Central · 4 days
Have Google and Amazon finally ended their annoying squabbles? Perhaps not entirely. But this is a good start. It's a Festivus miracle. Both models of Google's Chromecast — the brilliant... more
Woman Slams Social Media Firms for Baby Ads After Stillbirth  Gadgets 360 · 4 days
A woman whose child was stillborn has slammed the targeted advertising of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram after she kept getting baby-related sales pitches. more
Hi-tech Russian robot exposed as man in costume  Sky News · 4 days
Footage of an artificial intelligence robot that Russian state television used as an example of the country's technological prowess has been exposed as a man wearing a robot suit. more
Disney's streaming service can't save Daredevil, Iron Fist and Luke Cage - CNET  CNET · 4 days
Characters from Netflix's cancelled Marvel Television shows can't appear in non-Netflix series for at least two years, Variety reports. more
How Congress missed another chance to hold big tech accountable  THE VERGE · 4 days
From time to time the entire technology press corps gets together on Twitter, spends several hours... more
Scoot unveils new lock to prevent scooter theft  TechCrunch · 4 days
During the first two weeks of Scoot’s operations of shared, electric scooters in San Francisco, more than 200 scooters were either stolen or damaged beyond repair, Scoot CEO Michael Keating wrote in... more
Gaming firm settles VR lawsuit with Facebook-owned Oculus  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
ZeniMax Media on Wednesday said it struck a deal with Facebook-owned Oculus to settle a lawsuit over the video game giant's virtual reality technology. more
The 20 best TV series of 2018  THE VERGE · 4 days
One of the more underrated perks of the “peak TV” era is that because there’s so much worth watching, no two television... more
Facebook and ZeniMax settle legal battle over Oculus VR and stolen secrets  THE VERGE · 4 days
ZeniMax Media and Facebook today settled a long-running legal dispute over the creation of the Oculus Rift VR headset, which ZeniMax claimed was the... more
Facebook settles Oculus VR lawsuit with ZeniMax  TechCrunch · 4 days
Nearly five years after announcing its acquisition of Oculus VR, Facebook is finally ready to put behind it the drama surrounding its founding. Gaming giant ZeniMax Media’s lawsuit against Facebook over the misuse of... more
Facebook settles OculusVR lawsuit with ZeniMax  TechCrunch · 5 days
Nearly five years after announcing its acquisition of OculusVR, Facebook is finally ready to put the drama surrounding its founding behind it. Gaming giant ZeniMax Media’s lawsuit against Facebook over the misuse of intellectual property related... more
Accenture will acquire digital ad company Adaptly  TechCrunch · 5 days
Accenture announced today that it’s reached an agreement to acquire Adaptly. The digital advertising company launched in 2010 with self-serve tools for running ads across different social networks. In a blog post about the... more
Online ads spoil Christmas surprises, raising privacy concerns  CBC · 5 days
Social media users say they're being burned by online advertisements spoiling "surprise" gifts by popping up in front of the... more
Zenimax wins settlement from Facebook over stolen VR code  Windows Central · 5 days
That's settled then. Back in 2017, ZeniMax Media — the parent company of Bethesda — filed a lawsuit against Oculus, owned by Facebook, for stealing trade secrets and infringing on... more
Verizon takes $4.6B charge on internet ventures  ABC NEWS · 5 days
Verizon takes a $4.6B hit on hurdles for Oath, its media business created from AOL and Yahoo more
Periodic radio signal detected from the blazar J1043+2408  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Using Owens Valley Radio Observatory (OVRO), astronomers have detected a periodic signal in the radio light curve of the blazar J1043+2408, which could be helpful in improving our understanding about the nature... more
Apple News Subscription Service Could Launch as Early as Spring 2019  MacRumors · 5 days
Earlier this year, Apple acquired digital magazine subscription service Texture and confirmed that it... more
Review: Amazon Echo Input is the easiest way to stream media to speakers  TechCrunch · 5 days
This is the Echo I’ve been waiting for. Throughout my house, I have Amazon Echo Dots connected to stereo systems. In my... more
Google CEO testifies, Super Micro says 'no spyware' video - CNET  CNET · 5 days
Today's major tech stories include Google's CEO testifying in Washington, Super Micro saying there's no evidence of spying chips in their hardware and a new Pew... more
Hitachi moves to buy ABB's power grid unit for $7bn: report  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Japan's Hitachi is moving to purchase the power grid business of Swiss engineering giant ABB for a deal worth as much as $7.05 billion, local media... more
Google+ is taking a dirt nap early video - CNET  CNET · 5 days
Google is killing off its social network sooner than planned after a bug affected over 52 million users. Meanwhile, Samsung and Huawei introduce notch-less Android phones with cameras... more
Microsoft releases this month's Patch Tueday updates for Windows 10  Windows Central · 5 days
New Patch Tuesday updates are now available for those on Windows 10 version 1809 and below! It's December Patch Tuesday, and this month Microsoft is rolling out a... more
Verizon takes $4.6 billion write down on Oath - CNET  CNET · 5 days
The wireless carrier says its media division, which includes AOL and Yahoo, is less valuable than previously thought. more
The 10 best Facebook alternatives for Android and iOS - CNET  CNET · 6 days
Whether you're part of the #DeleteFacebook crowd or the 'Time Well Spent' movement, these are your best alternatives to the world's largest social network. more
The social networks of flowers  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
For centuries, people have conveyed feelings of happiness and love with flowers. Now an EU research team has found that plants flower more when surrounded by relatives compared to when growing with strangers or alone. more
Google+ shutting down earlier than planned, Amazon fires seller scam workers video - CNET  CNET · 6 days
Today's major tech stories include Google's Plus social network shutting down earlier than scheduled, Amazon's firing of workers involved in... more
Google Must Scrap Censored 'Dragonfly' China Search Engine Plans, Say NGOs  Gadgets 360 · 6 days
A global coalition of 60 human rights and media groups wrote to Google chief executive Sundar Pichai urging him to scrap the "Dragonfly" project. more
Google accelerating demise of Plus after new security flaw affected 52 million  CBC · 6 days
Google is still having trouble protecting the personal information on its Plus service, prodding the company to accelerate its plans to shut down a... more
Local Newspaper Closures Come With Hefty Price Tag For Residents  NPR · 6 days
Hundreds of newspapers have closed across the country. The loss of local reporting means fewer investigations into fraud and waste. That has had an impact on the budgets... more
Jack Dorsey's Latest Mishap Shows Once Again Why Silicon Valley Can't Be Trusted to Run the World  Gadgets 360 · 6 days
Social media companies will manage to tackle real-world problems effectively only once they understand... more
WATCH: When seeing isn't believing: using AI to create 'Deepfakes'  ABC NEWS · 6 days
The latest in artificial technology allows creators to swap and meld video, which can be used for everything from a fun camera filter to creating dangerous fake news. more
Labour claims anti-fake news charity spread fake news  Sky News · 6 days
A political row is brewing after Labour warned of a "Conservative Party, establishment cover-up" over an anti-disinformation think tank accused of political attacks against senior Labour figures. more
Seeing but not believing: Inside the business of “deepfakes”  ABC NEWS · 6 days
Experts fear that in the wrong hands, deepfakes could become the next frontier in fake news – and spark very real consequences. more
Epic Games Removes 'Infinity Blade' Trilogy From App Store  MacRumors · 6 days
Epic Games today announced that its Infinity Blade role-playing game trilogy has been removed from the App Store.... more
Shape-shifting origami could help antenna systems adapt on the fly  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Researchers have devised a method for using an origami-based structure to create radio frequency filters that have adjustable dimensions, enabling the devices to change which signals they block... more
New bug prompts earlier end to Google+ social network  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Google said Monday it will close the consumer version of its online social network sooner than originally planned due to the discovery of a new software bug. more
Research shows journalists can restore media trust  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
In a first-of-its-kind study from LSU's Manship School of Mass Communication, researchers discovered journalists can increase media trust by speaking out in defense of their profession, while also doing more fact checking. Contrary to... more
YouTube bans Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes for copyright infringement  THE VERGE · 6 days
Alt-right commentator and Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes is now banned from YouTube for “multiple third-party... more
Google+ bug affected 52.2 million people, social network to shut down in April - CNET  CNET · 6 days
The bug, separate from another bug disclosed in October, means Google+ is shutting down earlier than expected. more
Google will shut down Google+ four months early after second data leak  THE VERGE · 7 days
Google+ has suffered another data leak, and Google has decided to shut down the consumer version of the social network four months earlier than... more
Trello acquires Butler to add power of automation  TechCrunch · 7 days
Trello, the organizational tool owned by Atlassian, announced an acquisition of its very own this morning when it bought Butler for an undisclosed amount. What Butler brings to Trello is the power... more
Verizon announces 10,400 employees will voluntarily leave the company  TechCrunch · 7 days
Verizon today announced 10,400 employees are taking buyouts to leave the company. That’s about 7% of the company’s worldwide workforce. This is part of an effort to trim the telecom... more
Social media tops print as news source for Americans: study  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Social media has overtaken print newspapers as a news source for Americans, researchers said Monday, highlighting the growing importance of services such as Facebook and Twitter as well... more
On space station, David Saint-Jacques takes questions from media  CBC · 7 days
David Saint-Jacques, Canada's newest astronaut, is speaking with the media from the International Space Station at 10 a.m.... more
How new media platforms have become powerful across Africa  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Online platforms have become an important site for political and social engagement. On the one hand they have been praised for their progressive characteristics. This is because they offer great... more
Study reveals increasing prevalence of weekend cycling among affluent 'Mamils'  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
University of Sydney authors who led the research said the Mamil study was prompted by media attention given to depicting and satirizing this group and the importance of... more
A Radio Search for Artificial Emissions from 'Oumuamua  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
It’s the first time a visitor from another star system has been seen nearby. But what is it? An asteroid,... more
The FBI is now investigating fake anti-net neutrality comments  THE VERGE · 1 week
The federal government is now looking into faked comments posted to the FCC’s website during last year’s public... more
'Ashen' publisher confirms Xbox Play Anywhere support is coming (update)  Windows Central · 1 week
The PC game store wars are heating up, with Epic Games firing off major salvos at last night's Game Awards. Xbox Play Anywhere seems to be among the... more
'Ashen' publisher confirms Xbox Play Anywhere support is coming (Updated)  Windows Central · 1 week
The PC game store wars are heating up, with Epic Games firing off major salvos at last night's Game Awards. Xbox Play Anywhere seems to be among the... more
China launches rover for first far side of the moon landing  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
China launched a rover early Saturday destined to land on the far side of the moon, a global first that would boost Beijing's ambitions to become... more
InSight lander 'hears' Martian winds  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
NASA's Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport InSight lander, which touched down on Mars just 10 days ago, has provided the first ever "sounds" of Martian winds on the Red Planet. A media teleconference about... more
Create your own media server with Netgear's $160 ReadyNAS 2-bay device  Windows Central · 1 week
You'll need one of these for all your data. Amazon has the Netgear ReadyNAS RN212 2-bay diskless Personal Cloud NAS for $159.99, which is a price... more
Where do the Windows PC gaming store wars leave Microsoft?  Windows Central · 1 week
With the announcement that Epic Games of Fortnite fame is getting in on the PC gaming storefront race, we have to wonder what this means for Microsoft. Epic... more
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