What they’re saying about tech’s troubles at Europe’s big web summit

Lisbon, Portugal (CNN Business)Europe’s Web Summit this week was buzzing with tiny startups hoping for the big break that would turn them into the rock stars of tech who crowded the conference’s main stage. ‘Why can’t we regulate some code’ Uber, Facebook (FB), Google (GOOGL), Amazon (AMZN) and others have…

Continue reading

Why China’s tech giants are cozying up to the Communist Party

Hong Kong (CNN Business)China’s biggest ride-hailing company has a new plan to beef up customer service: hire 1,000 members of the ruling Communist Party. The Chinese government has helped homegrown internet companies grow by shutting out US platforms like Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOGL). But it has also cracked down…

Continue reading

Inside the Mets construction of a museum without walls

On October 4, the Met's photographers and editors digitized Luca della Robbi's 'Madonna and Child with Scroll.'Image: kevin urgiles/mashable The baby Jesus in Italian sculptor Luca della Robbia’s “Madonna and Child with Scroll” is surprisingly…sassy. Wrapped in his placid mother’s arms, he even seems to be serving a “girl, please”…

Continue reading

People behind Facebook’s latest hack reportedly motivated by financial rather than political gain

Facebook big hack was the result of spammers wanting money, apparently.Image: Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto via Getty Images Facebook’s latest hack had the information of 29 million users scraped, but apparently by scammers wanting financial gain, rather than for political or ideological purposes. The Wall Street Journal cited people familiar with Facebook’s…

Continue reading

Its time Congress invites Reddit to its next hearing

It's time to stop ignoring Reddit.Image: Vicky Leta / Mashable Earlier this month, the Senate Intelligence Committee’s fourth hearing on social media as it pertains to foreign influence in our elections took place on Capitol Hill. Representatives from Facebook, Google, Twitter, and YouTube have sat before Congress to answer questions…

Continue reading

Teens know social media is manipulative, but are using it more anyway

Don't you just want to tell them to stand up straight?!Image: Getty Images Whoa, the teens really are woke. The organization Common Sense Media released a research report on Monday that aims to paint a picture of the role that social media plays in teens’ lives. Entitled ‘Social Media, Social…

Continue reading

Instagram finally lets users ask to get verified

Blessed be the badge! Like some sort of verification Oprah, Instagram will soon give the gift of requesting a blue checkmark to us all.  Now, rolling out worldwide, everyone will have the ability to ask Instagram to publicly verify their accounts. A “verified account” is one that has a blue…

Continue reading

Russian trolls spread pro- and anti-vaccine tweets, study says

Not good.Image: Jeffrey Hamilton/getty Well this is disturbing.  Apparently not content to merely meddle in the 2016 U.S. election, Russian trolls now stand accused of spreading a type of misinformation that could have literal deadly effects: anti-vaccine propaganda.   So finds a new study published Thursday in the American Journal…

Continue reading

74 percent of Americans have changed their relationship with Facebook

42 percent of Americans say they've taken a break from Facebook in the past year.Image: Drew Angerer/Getty Images For a majority of American users, Facebook is now in the doghouse.  A new study from Pew Research found that 74 percent of American users have taken one of three actions to…

Continue reading

Jack Dorsey’s Senate hearing on conservative shadowbanning was a hot mess

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey sits before the House Energy and Commerce Committee to discuss reports of Twitter shadowbanning conservatives.Image: C-SPAN It was round two of a doubleheader for Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Capitol Hill this afternoon. After providing testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee alongside Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg…

Continue reading

Alex Jones deletes InfoWars tweets so he can stay on Twitter

Apparently this is what taking "the super high road" looks like.Image: Brian Blanco/Epa/REX/Shutterstock Belching human smokestack Alex Jones is scrubbing his Twitter accounts of their most overt violations of Twitter’s Terms of Service.  On Thursday, CNN published a list of InfoWars and Jones tweets that contained fun content like individual…

Continue reading

Here’s how Poor Cat Designs keeps a personal touch in the age of AI

Image: Poor cat designs Facebook has been pushing for AI Bots to handle customer inquiries, and Apple is offering Business Chat for iMessage.  But where do smaller sized businesses fit into this equation? For them, the AI helpers might carry too high a price tag and, more importantly, cut down…

Continue reading

This startup is using tons of dead seagrass leaves to produce objects like iPhone cases

Apple has announced it is ending its affiliate program for iOS apps, Mac apps, and in-app purchases.Image: Getty Images In a move that will shake the mobile app ecosystem, Apple has announced it will be ending it’s affiliate program for apps. Starting Oct. 1, Apple will remove iOS apps, Mac…

Continue reading

Facebook uncovers another coordinated plot and proves it will always be a target

Never gonna give you up.Image: SAUL LOEB/getty Here we go again. Facebook on Tuesday announced that it had once again detected and removed a coordinated group of so-called “inauthentic” accounts working to influence the U.S. political landscape. Despite the lessons learned from the disastrous Russian interference in the 2016 presidential…

Continue reading