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Instagram influencers are so overwhelmed by hackers, they’re hiring hackers of their own to get their accounts back (FB)

Instagram influencers with thousands of followers are getting their accounts hacked and held for ransom. Hacked influencers told VICE's Motherboard that Instagram has been slow to give them back their accounts, even after creators followed necessary steps for account recovery. Some influencers have turned to 'white-hat' hackers to get their Instagram accounts returned to them, after being unsatisfied with Instagram's slow process. Internet celebrities who have seen their Instagram accounts ha...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Instagram, Trends, Fbi, Xiaomi, Oklahoma, Cassie Gallegos


Dolby quietly preps augmented audio recorder app “234″

Dolby is secretly building a mobile music production app it hopes will seduce SoundCloud rappers and other musicians. Codenamed “234” and formerly tested under the name Dolby Live, the free app measures background noise before you record and then nullifies it. Users can also buy “packs” of audio effects to augment their sounds with EQs settings like “Amped, Bright, Lyric, Thump, Deep, or Natural”. Recordings can then be exported, shared to Dolby’s own audio social network, or uploaded directl...
Tags: Apple, Social, TC, Mobile, Apps, Media, Instagram, Entertainment, Audio, Tech, Dolby, Soundcloud, Alexa, Audio Recording, Dolby Labs, Augmented Audio


A look at Birdies, the popular slipper shoe startup that just raised $8 million more from investors

Bianca Gates is a first-generation American, her parents having immigrated to the U.S. from Latin America. As such, she says, after waitressing her way through college at UC Irvine, she was expected to get a safe job with a 401(k) plan and to live with her parents until she was married. Things haven’t gone exactly that way, but one can imagine Gates’s parents feeling pretty satisfied with their daughter’s trajectory nevertheless. The reason: Gates, along with cofounder Marisa Sharkey, are the co...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Ecommerce, Instagram, Stanford, China, Sacramento, San Francisco, Tech, Mtv, Venture Capital, Manhattan, Harry, Latin America, Gates, Viacom


Squad is the new screensharing chat app everyone will copy

Squad could be the next teen sensation because it makes it easy to do nothing… together. Spending time with friends in the modern age often means just being on your phones next to each other, occasionally showing off something funny you found. Squad lets you do this even while apart, and that way of punctuating video chat might make it the teen girl “third place” like Fortnite is for adolescent boys. With Squad, you fire up a video chat with up to six people, but at any time you can screensha...
Tags: Apple, Social, Startups, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Molly, Ebay, America, Tech, Panda, Snapchat, Squad, Charles


YouTube finds inspiration in Tinder with video swiping

Remember scrolling up and down on mobile devices? Pepperidge Farm remembers. But the Tinder technique is spreading through apps from Instagram to YouTube. Last month Instagram got caught up in a bit of a furore after it leaked out that they were testing a new horizontal approach to their app. Some Instagram users opened up their app to find a single post on their screen that they could swipe left and right to navigate through. It wasn’t supposed to be made public, apparently, and they haven’...
Tags: Ios, Android, Videos, Music, Instagram, Tinder, Youtube, App, Update, Testing, Application, Swipe, Pepperidge Farm, Digital Video News, Swiping


"The idea that the #10YearChallenge might be a shady astroturfed meme intended to capture innocent user data isn’t so extraordinary, as far as social-media folklore goes."

"There’s a widely held conspiracy theory that Facebook is eavesdropping on conversations through our smartphones — how else, the idea goes, could Facebook serve up advertisements about things I was literally just talking about?...  Facebook doesn’t need to eavesdrop on you: The data it already has and is able to extract continuously... is more than enough....  The breathtaking scope of contemporary surveillance and data-extraction processes doesn’t just make conspiracy theories about astroturfed...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Instagram, Law, Conspiracies, Ann Althouse, Fool You New York Magazine


Snap’s outgoing CFO reportedly went around Evan Spiegel’s back to ask for more money but failed

Snap's CFO Tim Stone is leaving the company after trying to ask for more money behind CEO Evan Spiegel's back, Bloomberg reports. People familiar with the matter told Bloomberg that Stone appealed directly to the board for a raise, which he was denied. Stone was only in the job for eight months, but will stay on until Snap's Q4 earnings call in February. Snap, the parent company behind Snapchat, revealed on Tuesday that it was losing its chief financial officer Tim Stone after just eight mont...
Tags: Apple, Instagram, Trends, Bloomberg, Snapchat, Imran Khan, SEC, Evan Spiegel, Khan, Snap, Stone, SPIEGEL, Bobby Murphy, Tim Stone, Jared Grusd, Jeremi Gorman


Facebook finds and kills another 512 Kremlin-linked fake accounts

Two years on from the U.S. presidential election, Facebook continues to have a major problem with Russian disinformation being megaphoned via its social tools. In a blog post today the company reveals another tranche of Kremlin-linked fake activity — saying it’s removed a total of 471 Facebook pages and accounts, as well as 41 Instagram accounts, which were being used to spread propaganda in regions where Putin’s regime has sharp geopolitical interests. In its latest reveal of “coordinated inaut...
Tags: Security, Social, Facebook, Europe, Instagram, Putin, Russia, US, Social Media, Tech, Ukraine, United States, Nato, Kyrgyzstan, Sputnik, Moscow


Best Gadgets for Bloggers on The Go

Who would have thought 10 years ago that keeping an online diary was a golden ticket to fame and fortune? In the age of the Internet, we’ve seen the art of blogging transform from a mere hobby to a full-blown multimillion-dollar business. According to Forbes, A-list blogging personalities can earn as much as 150,000 dollars for a single Instagram post or 300 grand for a video partnership on Youtube. It’s a crazy lucrative business and no wonder more and more people are trying their hand on blogg...
Tags: Apple, Instagram, Microsoft, Advertising, Samsung, Sony, Microsoft Office, Nfc, Canon, Cnet, Casey Neistat, Forbes, Wi Fi, Anker PowerCore, Blog Tips, Anker PowerCore 20100 Power Bank


Get more shut-eye in 2019 with help from Google

After a long day, it should be easy to hit the hay at night. But far too often, just as you’re about to drift off, you decide to check why your phone just buzzed...and you’re back to square one.According to the National Sleep Foundation, most adults should aim to get between seven and nine hours of sleep every night. Many of us, including yours truly, usually don’t get there.If you want a fresh start in the new year, here are some tech tips and healthy habits that will help you catch more zzzzs ...
Tags: Google, Instagram, Youtube, Belgium, Pixel, National Sleep Foundation, Daniele, Google Assistant, Google Wifi, Digital Wellbeing, Google Fit Congrats to Team Colombia, Team Colombia Team Colombia, Dumbbellsndrama Team Italy Team Italy, Matter Shanti Lives Space Valley, StrangeSte Carmensegattini Corih, Beatricelessi Team


Helping teens root out misinformation and get media savvy

Editor’s Note: Katy Byron is the Editor and Program Manager of MediaWise at The Poynter Institute for Media Studies. MediaWise is part of the Google News Initiative and is a Google.org funded partnership between The Poynter Institute, the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG), the Local Media Association (LMA) and the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). Mediawise aims to teach one million students how to discern fact from fiction online by 2020.Misinformation is nothing ...
Tags: Google, Instagram, Education, Kansas, Red Cross, Houston, John Green, Jason Derulo, St Petersburg Florida, Memorial High School, YouTube Instagram Facebook, Google News Initiative, Stanford History Education Group, MediaWise, Katy Byron, Poynter Institute for Media Studies MediaWise


Sprint customers can now use Apple Business Chat to reach an agent

Sprint today announced it will support Apple’s Business Chat – the new platform that allows businesses and customers to interact over iMessage. According to the carrier, customers can now message a Sprint customer service agent, get info about plans and other services, as well as look up store information in Maps, Safari and with Siri during a chat session. The support from Sprint comes after two other launches on the platform this week. TD Ameritrade said it will allow customers to fund thei...
Tags: Apple, Google, Mobile, Facebook, Business, Instagram, Siri, Tech, Sprint, Harry David, Ameritrade, Rob Roy Sprint, Apple Business Chat, Google Duplex, Gubagoo, LivePerson Salesforce Nuance Genesys


The #10YearChallenge Is Harder on Women Than You Think

One of the first internet challenges to go viral this year on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter is #HowHardDidAgingHitYou, or the #10YearChallenge. The challenge requires users to share a photo from 10 years ago side-by-side with a current photo. Millennials and Gen-Zers have participated with gusto - mostly because their decade-old picture is of awkward pubescence or wide-eyed youth, and though they are older, they are still "young." But this activity is likely a lot less fun for older women - ...
Tags: Facebook, Hollywood, Instagram, Amy Schumer, Religion, Aging, Tech, US news, Feminism, Facebook Instagram, Roxane Gay, Yann Moix


Instagram caught selling ads to follower-buying services it banned

Instagram has been earning money from businesses flooding its social network with spam notifications. Instagram hypocritically continues to sell ad space to services that charge clients for fake followers or that automatically follow/unfollow other people to get them to follow the client back. This is despite Instagram reiterating a ban on these businesses in November and threatening the accounts of people who employ them. A TechCrunch investigation initially found 17 services selling fake fo...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Ecommerce, Apps, Instagram, Microsoft, Tech, Spam, Policy, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Hudson, Microsoft Bing, Elon


Know Your Schitt! A Guide To The Cast & Characters Of Schitt's Creek

Schitt’s Creek has kicked off its fifth season so you may already be well-acquainted with the fish-out-of-water tale of a bankrupt clan from the big city banished to a rural town with an expletive-adjacent name they originally purchased as a joke. You may already know that Eugene Levy and his son, showrunner Dan Levy, co-created Schitt’s Creek together, making it an on-and-off screen family affair. You’ve probably seen the Twitter campaigns to give the show all the awards. If you are watching S...
Tags: Google, Fashion, Music, Instagram, Toronto, Ted, David, Mtv, Daniel Levy, Paris Hilton, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cbc, Roland, Rose, Moira, Eugene


Flaws in Amadeus’ airline booking system made it easy for hackers to change passenger records

You might not know Amadeus by name, but hundreds of millions of travelers use it each year. Whether you’re traveling for work or vacation, most consumers book their flights through one of a handful of bespoke reservation systems used across the commercial aviation industry. Amadeus is one of the largest reservation systems, serving customers of Air France, British Airways, Icelandair, and Qantas and more. And each reservation system has to be able to talk to each other through the global distrib...
Tags: Security, Transportation, Business, Technology, Instagram, Tech, Spokesperson, Pgp, Hack, Qantas, Facial Recognition, Signal, Airline, American-airlines, Amadeus, IATA


Flaws in Amadeus’ airline booking system made it easy to change passenger records

You might not know Amadeus by name, but hundreds of millions of travelers use it each year. Whether you’re traveling for work or vacation, most consumers book their flights through one of a handful of bespoke reservation systems used across the commercial aviation industry. Amadeus is one of the largest reservation systems, serving customers of Air France, British Airways, Icelandair, and Qantas and more. And each reservation system has to be able to talk to each other through the global distrib...
Tags: Security, Transportation, Business, Technology, Instagram, Tech, Spokesperson, Pgp, Hack, Qantas, Facial Recognition, Signal, Airline, American-airlines, Amadeus, IATA


Unlocking Creativity: Are These Creativity-Inhibiting Mindsets Holding You Back?

IN AN IBM global survey of CEOs, the overwhelming consensus was that more than rigor, management discipline, integrity or even vision, successfully navigating an increasing complex world will require creativity. In a world where we must adapt or die, we need creative solutions. In struggling to generate a sufficient number of creative ideas, we typically blame the number of creative individuals in our organization or hierarchy and bureaucracy. But in Unlocking Creativity, Michael Roberto takes...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Leadership, Instagram, Delta, Ibm, Jeff Bezos, Skype, United, Harvard Business Review, Amazon Web Services, American Airlines, Robert Kennedy, John Kennedy, Roberto


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. 1. Facebook's business model is under scrutiny in Germany, where a local regulator will reportedly order the social network to stop collecting certain user data. German authorities don't like the way Facebook collects information about people via WhatsApp and Instagram and third-party sites. 2. Norwegian authorities are investigating allegations that Tidal's streaming numbers for Beyonce and Kanye West albums were inflated. Play...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Beyonce, Instagram, Microsoft, Mexico, Germany, Satya Nadella, US, Trends, Intel, Kylie Jenner, Qualcomm, Jeff Williams, Alexa


Austin’s Localeur, Millennial-Focused Travel Startup, Hits 100 Cities

Austin—Localeur, a travel recommendation startup, is celebrating its (nearly) fifth anniversary by announcing its 100th city.The Austin startup focuses on recruiting a group of local residents who can provide insider information on each travel destination. The “localeurs”—a portmanteau of local and connoisseur—are millennials catering to the tastes of their own. Localeur made its debut in 2013 at South By Southwest with Austin as its first city and then expanded to San Francisco, New York, and ...
Tags: Travel, Apps, Texas, Instagram, Tinder, Funding, Los Angeles, Trends, Tech, Diversity, Investment, Vc, Austin, Innovation, Millennials, Venture Capital


Event Marketing Will Change In 2019: Here's How

As 2019 gets underway, the public's appetite for live events shows no signs of waning. While this is great news for your next show or festival, a thriving live economy means it's more important than ever to make your event stand out. Here we look at some key strategies that will help you come out on top. _____________________________ Guest post by Rachel Grate of Eventbrite As the events industry heads into a new year, the market for live experiences shows no signs of slowing down. T...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Music, Instagram, Canada, United States, Guest Post, Rachel Grate of Eventbrite


YouTube now lets you swipe through videos like Instagram Stories

We’ve all wasted hours watching recommended videos on YouTube, but now the company is making it even easier to procrastinate your time away. Starting this week, you’ll be able to navigate through recommended videos with a simple horizontal swipe. With each swipe forward you’ll see a new recommend video. Swipe back to return right where you left off on the previous video.It’s basically YouTube’s take on something like Snapchat or Instagram’s stories, which have popularized swiping across video co...
Tags: Google, Startups, Instagram, Youtube, Insider, Instagram Stories


More investors are betting on virtual influencers like Lil Miquela

Brud, the company behind the virtual celebrity Lil Miquela, is now worth at least $125 million thanks to a new round of financing the company is currently closing. Meanwhile, new venture-backed companies like the superstealthy Shadows, SuperPlastic, and Toonstar are all developing virtual characters that will launch via social media channels like Snap and Instagram, or on their own platforms. It’s all an effort to test whether audiences are ready to embrace even more virtual avatars — including ...
Tags: TC, New York, Instagram, Los Angeles, Tech, Poppy, Nba, Mario, Silicon Valley, Caa, Damon Albarn, Cartoon Network, BetaWorks, Rothenberg Ventures, Warner Brothers, Peter Rojas


How an egg beat Kylie Jenner at her own Instagram game

A stock image of an egg has amassed 26m likes to become the most popular post of all time, bumping Jenner’s shot of her newborn daughter and spurring some unlikely imitatorsName: The Egg.Age: Born on 4 January. Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, Media, Instagram, Eggs, Social Media, Digital Media, Kylie Jenner, Jenner


We Are Social’s Monday Mashup #429

Facebook rolls out fact-checking operation in UK Facebook has appointed independent charity, Full Fact, as its first fact-checking partner in the UK; in an attempt to further tackle misinformation on the platform. Full Fact will be responsible for reviewing and rating the accuracy of content on the social network. Posts, links and videos found to contain false information will then be tagged accordingly as a warning to potential readers and sharers. No one will be stopped from sharing or reading...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, UK, Instagram, India, Seo, Thailand, Pga, Nba, Algeria, Mashup, Hootsuite, Google YouTube, Instagram Marketing Partner Social Report, Public Homes


Facebook adds the option to share events to Stories, message friends ‘interested’ in going

Facebook wants to make it easier for users share events and coordinate with friends before the event’s start. The company this morning said it will test a new feature that lets users share those events they’re interested in attending to their Story, then make plans to meet up with friends who also plan to attend. The test will involve a new option to “Share to Your Story” that appears when you visit an event’s page on Facebook. If shared, friends will see a tappable sticker within your Story ...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Mexico, Tech, Atlantic, Pew Research Center, Brazil Facebook


Google Walkout meets #MeToo in a new anti-arbitration campaign

When outraged googlers walked off the job last year to protest the company's practice of secretly paying off serial sexual assaulters and harassers, while denying employees the right to sue over harassment through arbitration clauses in their contracts, Google CEO Sundar Pichai promised revise Google employment contracts to remove mandatory arbitration for individual sexual harassment claims. Binding arbitration is parallel justice system run by and for big corporations, who use mandatory a...
Tags: Google, Post, News, Instagram, Labor, Time, Tech, Solidarity, Sundar Pichai, Class Action, Arbitration, Late Stage Capitalism, Forced Arbitration, MeToo, Tech Worker Uprising, Endforcedarbitration


The organizers of the Google Walkout are calling on the tech industry to end forced arbitration employment agreements completely (GOOG, GOOGL, FB)

Organizers of last year's Google Walkout, where thousands of employees left their desks to protest the company's handling of executive sexual misconduct cases, are launching a social media campaign called "End Forced Arbitration."  Forced arbitration is an employment practice whereby workers are required to settle any disputes with management out of court, privately.  The campaign will debut Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 9 am EST, and will feature interviews on Twitter and Instagram with sexual harassme...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Instagram, Trends, Google Walkout, eBay Airbnb Facebook, Instagram T


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday. Apple is planning three new iPhone models in 2019, including a successor to the iPhone XR. One of the new models will include a triple camera, while the others will include a double rear camera, according to the Wall Street Journal. Wang Weijing, an executive at Chinese tech giant Huawei, has been fired following charges of espionage in Poland. It's the second arrest of a Huawei executive in two months after Meng Wanzhou, the co...
Tags: Apple, Verizon, Facebook, Instagram, China, US, Trends, Siri, Iran, Tencent, Poland, Huawei, Wall Street Journal, Alexa, Epic Games, Unity


Milan: A Destination For Shopper and Flagship Stores

There are many reasons why Milan is sought-after by so many brands. For years it has not only been a modern business hub, but also a popular tourist and shopping destination. In , Milan surpassed Rome, Venice, and Florence as the most-visited city in Italy. In addition, it is the only Italian town that is listed in the top 20 destination cities worldwide according to the Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index 2018 . As a result, Milan is an increasingly attractive location for gl...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Boots, Milan, Instagram, New York City, San Francisco, Sem, Italy, Norman Foster, Nba, Retail, Howard Schultz, Starbucks, Florence, Brand Experience



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