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Climate change displaced 55 species from UK in last decade  Sky News · 3 hours
A new study utilising social media images of animals online has revealed that at least 55 species in the UK have been displaced by climate change over the... more
The Latest: G-7 countries warn of risks from Facebook Libra  ABC NEWS · 3 hours
Top finance officials from the Group of Seven rich democracies are warning that cryptocurrencies like Facebook's Libra should not come into use before "serious regulatory and systemic concerns"... more
Twitter Launches 'Hide Replies' Feature, to Give Users More Control Over Conversations  Gadgets 360 · 3 hours
You will soon be able to hide replies in the conversation thread on Twitter that are offensive, hateful or racist in nature. more
Celebs flock to FaceApp - but what are the risks?  Sky News · 4 hours
An app which artificially alters faces to make them look older has gone viral on social media over the past few days, with people rushing to download it... more
G-7 countries take dim view of Facebook Libra  ABC NEWS · 4 hours
Finance ministers from the Group of Seven rich democracies are sounding the alarm on the dangers of cryptocurrencies and pouring cold water on Facebook's Libra as they wrap up a meeting in... more
The social media giant is accused of promoting videos arguing the Earth isn't round.  BBC · 5 hours
Many people who believe the Earth is not round first heard the idea on YouTube. But how important was the... more
Congressional testimony reveals some faults in Facebook’s digital currency plans  TechCrunch · 6 hours
As Facebook continues to lay the foundation for getting some of the world’s largest payment processing and technology companies a seat at the global monetary policy table, the... more
Government Threatens to Ban TikTok, Asks It to Answer Queries on Anti-National Activities  Gadgets 360 · 6 hours
Government has issued notices to social media platforms Tiktok and Helo along with a set of 21 questions threatening to ban these... more
Instagram hides likes count in international test 'to remove pressure'  BBC · 10 hours
The number of likes is a measure of how well content is doing on the social media platform. more
FaceApp gets federal attention as Sen. Schumer raises alarm on data use  TechCrunch · 13 hours
It's been hard to get away from FaceApp over the last few days, whether it's your friends posting weird selfies using the app's aging... more
Democrats call for FaceApp to be investigated because it comes from Russia  THE VERGE · 13 hours
FaceApp — the photo editing app that uses neural networks to create dramatic photo edits — is skyrocketing to social media popularity again, thanks... more
Twitter launches the ‘Hide Replies’ feature, in hopes of civilizing conversations  TechCrunch · 15 hours
Twitter today is beginning its test of a radical and controversial change to its service with the launch of a new “Hide Replies” feature. Effectively, this... more
Instagram expands change that removes like counts, Twitter starts testing ‘Hide Replies’  9to5Mac · 15 hours
Earlier this year, Instagram announced that it was testing a design shift that would hide the number of likes on posts. Now, the company... more
Democrats warn campaigns against using FaceApp because it’s from a Russian company  THE VERGE · 16 hours
FaceApp — the photo editing app that uses neutral networks to create dramatic photo edits — is skyrocketing to social media popularity again, thanks... more
Dems pan 'Zuck buck,' want Facebook to rein in currency plan  ABC NEWS · 16 hours
Facebook is facing fresh criticism from Congress over its plan to create a digital currency, with House Democrats asking the company to scale down the project more
Twitter officially launches its ‘Hide Replies’ feature, initially to users in Canada  TechCrunch · 16 hours
Twitter today is beginning its test of a radical and controversial change to its service with the launch of a new “Hide Replies” feature.... more
Google, Facebook, Twitter put on notice about deepfakes in 2020 election - CNET  CNET · 19 hours
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee wants to know how social media will handle deepfake videos ahead of the next presidential... more
So many more Samsung Galaxy Note 10 details leak video - CNET  CNET · 19 hours
The forthcoming premium phone popped up on the FCC website, which pretty much confirms all the leaks we've seen so far. Meanwhile, Google tries... more
Facebook’s regulation dodge: Let us, or China will  TechCrunch · 19 hours
Facebook is leaning on fears of China exporting its authoritarian social values to counter arguments that it should be broken up or slowed down. Its top executives have each claimed that if... more
The Latest: Facebook won't commit to starting small on Libra  ABC NEWS · 20 hours
Facebook is moving forward on an ambitious plan for a new digital currency and won't commit to U.S. lawmakers' requests that it start small. more
How much HR does a scale-up need?  TechCrunch · 21 hours
Nora Jenkins Townson Contributor Share on Twitter Nora is an unconventional HR expert based in Toronto. After helping successful startups like FreshBooks and Wealthsimple grow, she founded Bright + Early, an HR consultancy focused... more
‘I don’t think you should launch Libra at all,’ congresswoman tells Facebook  THE VERGE · 21 hours
Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call On Wednesday, Facebook cryptocurrency chief David Marcus faced Congress for a second round of questioning, this time from... more
FaceApp responds to privacy concerns   TechCrunch · 22 hours
FaceApp, the AI-powered selfie-editing app that’s been having another viral moment of late, has now responded to a privacy controversy that we covered earlier here. We’ve pasted the company’s full statement at the bottom of this post. The... more
ClassPass introduces a corporate wellness program  TechCrunch · 23 hours
ClassPass has set up yet another revenue stream, signing on partners like Facebook, Glossier, Google, Morgan Stanley, Under Armour, Etsy, Southwest Airlines and Gatorade to a corporate wellness program. The program will give employees at these... more
Facebook Libra cryptocurrency hearings with Congress Day 2: Watch here live - CNET  CNET · 24 hours
The internet giant will appear before the House Financial Services Committee Wednesday at 7 a.m. PT/10 a.m. ET. more
WhatsApp Payments Moves Closer to India Launch  Gadgets 360 · 1 day
Facebook is moving a step closer to launching its long-delayed WhatsApp payments service in India after wrapping up an audit of related data practices, according to people familiar with the matter. more
FaceApp Goes Viral Again, but You Might Want to Read Its Legal Terms Before Using  Gadgets 360 · 1 day
If you use FaceApp, you're granting its developers to use your selfies, name, likeness, voice, or persona for... more
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Gives Talk to Apple's Marketing Department  MacRumors · 1 day
Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter and Square, visited Apple headquarters on Tuesday to give a talk... more
US Lawmakers Grill Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google at Antitrust Hearing  Gadgets 360 · 1 day
US lawmakers grilled executives from Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google in a hearing Tuesday as part of their wide-ranging investigation into big tech companies and the threats they... more
Facebook's Digital Currency Plan Gets Hostile Reception From US Senators  Gadgets 360 · 1 day
Under sharp criticism from senators, a Facebook executive on Tuesday defended the social network's ambitious plan to create a digital currency and pledged to work with regulators to... more
Is Facebook Launching a TikTok Competitor?  Gadgets 360 · 1 day
With Facebook roping in former Google employee Jason Toff for a key portfolio, speculation is rife about the social networking giant preparing the launch of a serious competitor to the TikTok. more
Tesla's 'Full Self-Driving' package is getting a big price increase in August - Roadshow  CNET · 2 days
The Big T's CEO Elon Musk said as much on Twitter, while also confirming the release of the long-awaited Advanced... more
Google, Facebook and Amazon face tough questioning over potential monopolies - CNET  CNET · 2 days
The tech giants weathered many critiques during a Congressional hearing Tuesday. Meanwhile, Apple got less attention. more
Facebook Libra cryptocurrency hearings with Congress Day 2: How to watch - CNET  CNET · 2 days
The internet giant will appear before the House Financial Services Committee Wednesday at 7 a.m. PT/10 a.m. ET. more
The Latest: Facebook denies that it's a monopoly  ABC NEWS · 2 days
The Latest: Is Facebook a monopoly? Congressman notes it owns four of the world's six largest social-media services more
Facebook to postpone digital currency until regulators happy  Sky News · 2 days
Facebook says it is willing to postpone its digital currency until it has satisfied the concerns of the US treasury and other regulators around the world. more
Facebook reportedly hasn’t contacted the regulator it says will oversee Libra’s privacy and data security  TechCrunch · 2 days
A Swiss regulatory agency that Facebook executive David Marcus said in Congressional testimony would be responsible for overseeing... more
Facebook's currency plan gets hostile reception in Congress  ABC NEWS · 2 days
Under withering criticism from senators, a Facebook executive on Tuesday defended the social network giant's ambitious plan to create a digital currency and pledged to work with regulators to achieve a system... more
Social chat app Capture launches to take a shot at less viral success  TechCrunch · 2 days
At first glance launching a new social app may seem as sensible a startup idea as plunging headfirst into shark-infested waters. But... more
Daily Crunch: Facebook and Libra go to Washington  TechCrunch · 2 days
The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe... more
Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency attacked at Senate hearing  BBC · 2 days
The tech giant's Libra digital currency is attacked by senators who say the company is not trusted. more
What we can learn from DTC success with TV ads  TechCrunch · 2 days
Kevin Krim and Sebastian Chiu Contributor Share on Twitter Kevin Krim is EDO's President & CEO. His 21-year career has spanned search, social and TV advertising across start-ups... more
Storm Area 51: US Air Force warns over Facebook event  BBC · 2 days
More than a million people RSVP to an event calling for people to break into the Nevada base. more
Facebook executive defends currency plan to senators  ABC NEWS · 2 days
Under withering criticism from senators, a Facebook executive on Tuesday defended the social network giant's ambitious plan to create a digital currency and pledged to work with regulators to achieve a system that protects... more
Senators aren’t sold on Facebook’s Libra project  THE VERGE · 2 days
On Tuesday, Facebook’s head of blockchain projects David Marcus appeared before the Senate Banking Committee to explain Facebook’s controversial Libra project. But... more
The Latest: Senators grill Facebook on Libra and trust  ABC NEWS · 2 days
Senators are grilling Facebook on its plans to launch a new digital currency when it's still battling problems with privacy and other issues. more
Twitter chooses to not flag Trump racist tweets - CNET  CNET · 2 days
The president responded to criticism by tweeting he "doesn't have a racist bone" in his body. more
The Latest: Facebook addresses criminal activity with Libra  ABC NEWS · 2 days
A Facebook executive says the company's new digital currency will be better than cash in guarding against criminal activities more
Highlights from Facebook’s Libra Senate hearing  TechCrunch · 2 days
Facebook will only build its own Calibra cryptocurrency wallet into Messenger and Whatsapp, and will refuse to embed competing wallets, the head of Calibra David Marcus told the Senate Banking Committee today. Calibra will be interoperable... more
The Latest: Senator seeks assurances on Facebook Libra  ABC NEWS · 2 days
A senior Democratic senator is asserting that "Facebook is dangerous" as a Senate panel opens a hearing on Facebook's plan for a new currency. more
Trump: Google should be probed over China treason claim  BBC · 2 days
President Trump tweets he will look into allegations made by the tech billionaire Peter Thiel. more
Tecno Phantom 9 to Go on Sale in India Tomorrow via Flipkart: Price, Specifications  Gadgets 360 · 2 days
Tecno Phantom 9 comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor, 6.4-inch Full HD+ Amoled display, 6GB RAM, and 32-megapixel selfie camera. more
Twitter for Web's Massive Redesign Is Now Rolling Out to All Users  Gadgets 360 · 2 days
Twitter has announced that it has started rolling out its major desktop redesign to all users from Monday. The fresh design includes a new... more
Twitter desktop overhaul, new Snapdragon chip video - CNET  CNET · 2 days
Today's major tech stories include a new desktop version of Twitter, the debut of Qualcomm's next Snapdragon CPU and Amazon Prime Day 2019 rages on. more
Facebook's new currency plan is under scrutiny in Congress  ABC NEWS · 2 days
Facebook's ambitious plan to create a financial eco-system based on a digital currency faces questions from lawmakers on the heels of criticism from Trump and the treasury secretary more
UK Facebook users now have a tool to report scam ads  TechCrunch · 2 days
Facebook has launched a tool for UK users to report ads they suspect of being scams. The feature can be accessed by clicking the three dots in the... more
Facebook Says It Won’t Launch Libra Until Regulators Are Happy  Gadgets 360 · 2 days
Facebook said on Monday it would not proceed with the launch of its Libra cryptocurrency until regulatory concerns are addressed. more
Facebook's new currency plan under scrutiny in Congress  ABC NEWS · 2 days
Facebook's ambitious plan to create a financial eco-system based on a digital currency faces questions from lawmakers on the heels of criticism from Trump and the treasury secretary more
Donald Trump followed by nearly 20% of US adult Twitter users - CNET  CNET · 2 days
More than 30% of adult Republican Twitter users follow Trump on the platform, a Pew Research Center study finds. more
Facebook's scam detection service goes live following lawsuit  Sky News · 2 days
Facebook's new scam reporting tool goes live today following legal action aimed at forcing it to take online fraud more seriously. more
Facebook scam-busting service goes live  BBC · 3 days
New tools to fight online scams are launched after a legal action by TV personality Martin Lewis. more
Senators ask FTC to look into how Facebook, Google and Twitter curate content - CNET  CNET · 3 days
The tech giants "actively censor some content and amplify other content" and are "completely nontransparent," the senators argue. more
What to expect from tomorrow’s antitrust hearing featuring big tech  TechCrunch · 3 days
Tomorrow, representatives from Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple will testify before Congress in the second hearing organized as part of the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust investigation into the... more
Twitter won’t hide Donald Trump’s racist tweets  THE VERGE · 3 days
Twitter won’t be treating President Donald Trump’s recent tweets telling congresswomen to “go back” to their supposed home countries as a violation... more
Facebook's Libra could be misused, says treasury chief Mnuchin  BBC · 3 days
Steven Mnuchin joins other powerful voices in warning that the cryptocurrency could be misused. more
Google, Facebook and Twitter sent letters about deepfakes by Rep. Schiff - CNET  CNET · 3 days
The California Rep. wants to know how deepfakes will be addressed by social media ahead of the upcoming election. more
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Facebook Libra cryptocurrency hearings with Congress Day 2: How to watch - CNET
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Facebook Libra raises 'very serious concerns,' says Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin - CNET
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Comment: My kids aren’t getting social media accounts and yours probably shouldn’t either
9to5Mac
Watch fireworks obliterate mannequins on the National Mall in wild safety demonstration
THE VERGE
Dr Disrespect and other creators keep hiding their apologies
THE VERGE
Trump, without evidence, accuses Twitter of making it hard to follow him - CNET
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[Update: U12+ getting Pie in Taiwan] HTC U11, U11+ and U12+ will get Android Pie by Q2 2019
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I have never loved Tom Hanks more than watching him butcher this 2009 CES keynote intro
THE VERGE
Comment: Sign in with Apple shows the company fighting for user privacy, even if users don’t care
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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg reiterates that her company needs to be regulated - CNET
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The science behind those viral videos of freezing soap bubbles
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