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Boston Tech Watch: Notarize, Optimus Ride, LogRocket & More

The self-driving cars are coming (to a gated development near you). Board additions at a novel tech startup. Another big funding round for an industrial 3D printing startup. The Endeavor v. QinetiQ robot competition’s final chapter. Read on for more.—Online notary startup Notarize is adding senior LogMeIn and State Street executives to its board. The Boston-based tech company says Larry D’Angelo, LogMeIn (NASDAQ: LOGM) chief sales officer, and Jack Klinck, former head of global strategy at Stat...
Tags: Boston, Boston blog main, Boston top stories, National blog main, 3D printing, Accomplice, Additive Manufacturing, Arlington, Army, Autonomous, Bae Systems, Battery Ventures, Ben Edelstein, Brex, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Burlington


Watch these dogs with floofy fluff-butts bravely tunnel in snow

This very good doggo is either hunting something special, or clearing a path for his human, or who knows? Either way, the dog is obviously a submarine. When you thought you were adopting a dog, but instead got a subwoofer. And below, meet Yukon. “He is named after Yukon Cornelius and he, too, is still searching for that elusive peppermint mine!” May I present, Yukon. Destroyer of Worlds. [Link, via Reddit user blue_bomber697]
Tags: Post, News, Dogs, Snow, Reddit, Aww, Yukon, Yukon Cornelius, Floofs


Serena Williams' husband, Alexis Ohanian, once did a school assignment on how much he hated tennis

Serena Williams' husband, Alexis Ohanian, hated tennis when he was at school. The tech guru Ohanian wrote a letter to his younger self as part of the "Note to Self" series on CBS. In his letter, he told himself to keep an open mind about tennis later in life. It is not the first time he has made this type of confession. He told Business Insider last year that he once thought tennis was a "joke of a sport" but changed his mind when he met Williams. Serena Williams' husband, Alexis Ohanian, onc...
Tags: Florida, Trends, Williams, Reddit, Cbs, Alexis Ohanian, Lebron James, Serena Williams, Initialized Capital, Alexander Zverev, Indian Wells, Ohanian, Laura Siegemund, Miami Open, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr, Williams Serena Williams


Wikipedia and Reddit Stage Eleventh-Hour Protest Against Alarming EU Copyright Plan

The European Union has been reconsidering its copyright laws for several years, and for months we’ve been trudging towards a final vote. Well, that vote is scheduled for Tuesday, and if approved it could mean the end of the open internet as we know it. Read more...
Tags: Science, Wikipedia, European Union, Copyright, Reddit, Okay, Article 11, Article 13, Eu Copyright Directive


Parents Debate How Many Chuggas Should Come Before Choo Choo

One parent got the chugga conversation going in a Reddit group. Most people agreed that one chugga is just weird and two also seems premature. Some liked the idea of four chuggas.
Tags: News, Reddit, Choo Choo


Here’s why you’re having issues with Reddit and Wikipedia in the EU

Redditors and Wikipedians (is that the correct term?) in the EU might have a hard time using their favorite websites today. The reason is the EU‘s upcoming Copyright Reform, which will be put to a vote on March 26. The directive includes the controversial Article 13 that will make platforms responsible for any copyright infringement by users. This will most likely damage the openness of the internet and make it harder to operate platforms dealing with user-generated posts — possibly outlawing co...
Tags: Startups, Europe, Wikipedia, Tech, Eu, Reddit, Miley Cyrus


This app collects wallpapers designed to hide Samsung Galaxy S10’s camera

The hole-punch on the new Samsung Galaxy S10 lineup might not be as obnoxious as a notch. But, in case you wanted to hide it anyway, there’s now an app that collects creative wallpapers designed to camouflage the phone‘s camera cutout. As spotted by Android Police, Hidey Hole essentially scrapes Reddit for hole-punch wallpapers and stacks them in one place, so you can comfortably choose from a wide range to trick out your S10. What’s especially nifty is the app also lets you adjust the brightnes...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Samsung, Reddit, Samsung Galaxy, Plugged


Reddit, Wikipedia, and PornHub are strong-arming users into protesting against laws that could change the face of the internet in Europe

Reddit, Wikipedia, and Pornhub are all protesting against a new EU copyright law due to be put to a vote next week. Wikipedia has blacked out some of its European sites, while Reddit and Pornhub are displaying windows asking users to lobby lawmakers in European Parliament. The proposed copyright reform was already sent back to the drawing board once in July 2018, but received backing from the European Parliament in September. An unlikely alliance of Reddit, Wikipedia, and PornHub has formed i...
Tags: Europe, Wikipedia, Trends, Eu, Reddit, Pornhub, Susan Wojcicki, Jimmy Wales, Financial Times, European Parliament, Reddit Wikipedia


“It is unacceptable to treat the internet as an ungoverned space,” Australian PM calls for global tech scrutiny

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called for a global crackdown on social media after the New Zealand mosque shooting was live-streamed on Facebook last week. “It is unacceptable to treat the internet as an ungoverned space,” Morrison wrote in a letter to Japan’s prime... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Mobile, Facebook, Twitter, Japan, Technology, News, Internet, Australia, Youtube, Social Media, Regulation, Terrorism, New Zealand, Reddit


Here are the 88 companies that launched at YC’s W19 Demo Day 2

Today was the second half of Y Combinator’s two-day Demo Day for its Winter 2019 class. Over 85 startups pitched on stage yesterday, and another huge batch launched today. Previously held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, this YC Demo Day instead took over a massive warehouse in San Francisco. Like yesterday’s pitches, today’s were split across two stages (“Pioneer” and “Mission”) running in parallel — so even if you were there, you couldn’t see everything alone. Here are all o...
Tags: Travel, TC, Facebook, Y Combinator, Texas, Craigslist, California, Stanford, Southeast Asia, India, Africa, Disney, US, San Francisco, Usda, Google Analytics


Google’s Inbox app will shut down the same day as Google+

A pair of Google products that just never seemed to catch fire are both shutting down two weeks from today -- Google+, the company's once-beleaguered attempt at a social network to rival Facebook, and Inbox, the company's email app that brought a new approach and a slew of new features to managing email. About the latter closure, we already knew the day was fast approaching. Google confirmed in the fall that it would be pulling the plug on Inbox around this time, and users have been gett...
Tags: Google, Facebook, News, Inbox, Reddit, Matthew Izatt, Izatt


A Week In Orange County, CA, On $30 Per Hour

Welcome toMoney Diaries , where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking millennials how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we're tracking every last dollar.Today: a marketing manager working in consumer goods who makes $30 per hour and spends some of her money this week on First Aid Beauty moisturizer.Occupation: Marketing ManagerIndustry: Consumer GoodsAge: 29Location: Orange County, CAIncome: $30/hourPaycheck...
Tags: Nordstrom, Fashion, Music, Netflix, Reddit, New Orleans, Kardashians, Stassi, Orange County, Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills, Levi, Kristen, Sephora, Elizabeth Holmes, Lakers, Thompson


Ask Your Questions About TIME’s Magazine Covers in a Reddit AMA With Creative Director D.W. Pine

Since 1923, TIME’s magazine covers have featured individuals, topics and events that have had considerable impact on the world around us. Framed by that recognizable red border, the covers have often driven national and global conversations. And they have taken on a whole new level of visibility in the age of social media, being shared…
Tags: News, Uncategorized, Covers, Reddit, Cover, Magazine Covers, Reddit AMA, Magazine Cover, D W Pine, Time Magazine Covers


Digital in the UK: data and learnings for 2019

Earlier this year, we launched our latest suite of Global Digital Reports which, among other mind-blowing headlines, revealed that more than one million people came online for the first time each day since January 2018. A full digest of the global statistics can be found here, and in this post, our Communications Manager Ryan Dubras delves into one country in particular – the UK. Where does the UK fit into the ever-changing digital landscape? Globally, we’re seeing significant growth in the num...
Tags: Facebook, UK, Pinterest, Marketing, Digital, Social Media, Seo, Philippines, Reddit, Facebook YouTube, YouTube Facebook, Special Reports, Global Digital, Global Digital Report, Ryan Dubras, Digital Stats


Blackmailers are posing as CIA agents to steal your Bitcoin

A cryptocurrency fan has issued a warning: scammers are posing as the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to fool you into giving up $10,000 worth of Bitcoin, so take notice. A Reddit post titled “CIA got me fam” displayed proof of a new bogus email campaign designed to trick potential victims into thinking they are subject of an international criminal investigation. The ruse is their details have been flagged in a database related to a police operation set to arrest more than 2,000 individuals...
Tags: Startups, Bitcoin, Reddit, Cia, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, US Central Intelligence Agency CIA, Hard Fork


#TRASHTAG: Born in the Blue Ridge

An internet challenge that puts a smile on yours and Mother Nature’s face – and it all started in our neck of the woods Internet Challenges can sometimes cause trouble, but the ‘Trash Tag Challenge’ brings us nothing but positivity and inspiration for a cleaner Earth. The ‘Trash Tag Challenge’ dares people of all ages to take a “before” picture of a littered outdoor location, then clean it thoroughly, and share an “after” photo with the hashtag #trashtag. The campaign was ...
Tags: Usa, Environment, Sport, Pollution, Cycling, Reddit, UCO, Western North Carolina, Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Instagram Facebook Twitter, Go Outside, Steve Yocom, Reinhold, Arizona Facebook, Haywood Country NC


Archiving efforts underway to preserve Google+ posts ahead of closure

With the Google+ social network set to close for good April 2, 2019, several online archiving services are working on preserving public posts from the platform before they are lost forever. April 2, the social network will be shut down definitively, taking all of its posts with it. In order to preserve as much Google+ content as possible, Internet Archive and Archive Team have announced,  -- notably via a Reddit post -- that they are working on archiving as many posts as possible on their serv...
Tags: Google, News, Reddit, Archive Team


The fork in the road for social media and our society

The horror from Christchurch, New Zealand, that exploded across newspaper pages and television, computer and smartphone screens this weekend captured imaginations in ways that no one could possibly have imagined beforehand. The fact that one individual armed with a semi-automatic rifle could visit such an outrage upon people worshipping in a place of religion isn’t the worst of it, awful and distressing though this event is with at least 50 people shot dead and scores wounded, some in cr...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, UK, Technology, Social Networks, America, Social Media, Communication, Society, Blogging, Web, New Zealand, Reddit, Christchurch, Facebook Live, Online Media


Goodbye Facebook

Goodbye Facebook I made a decision today that’s been a long time coming. I’m quitting Facebook. It was not an easy decision, hence my hesitation and delay over the past couple of years. But last week the balance tipped, the straw broke the camel’s back, and I arrived at the end of my rope when Facebook was used by a white anti-immigrant terrorist to broadcast a live streamed video of mass murder in Christchurch, New Zealand. The horror was designed specifically for an era that has married soci...
Tags: Facebook, Isis, Religion, New York Times, New Zealand, Reddit, Violence, Christchurch, Helen, Facebook Group, Anti Muslim, Christchurch New Zealand, Kevin Roose, Public Issues, Life in the Digital Age, Richard Perez Pena


Before Google+ Shuts Down, The Internet Archive Will Preserve Its Posts

Google+ "was an Internet-based social network. It was almost 8 years old," reports KilledByGoogle.com, which bills itself as "The Google Graveyard: A list of dead products Google has killed and laid to rest in the Google Cemetery." But before Google+ closes for good in April, its posts are being preserved by Internet Archive and the ArchiveTeam, reports the Verge: In a post on Reddit, the sites announced that they had begun their efforts to archive the posts using scripts to capture and back up...
Tags: Google, Tech, Reddit, Linus Torvalds


Bad Blood/Free Solo/Sunday Soother

Sign up here to get Recomendo a week early in your inbox. Bad Blood My wife and I tore through John Carreyrou’s Bad Blood. It’s the story of Theranos, the fraudulent Silicon Valley startup that promised to revolutionize health but instead perpetrated a potentially murderous scam. The founder surrounded herself with ultrarich powerful people who were blind to obvious warning signs because they were so enamored with the idea that they were going to make billions of dollars. This real-life tale bea...
Tags: Yosemite, Lifestyle, Reddit, Silicon Valley, El Capitan, John Carreyrou, Catherine Andrews, Recomendo


After Christchurch, Reddit bans communities infamous for sharing graphic videos of death

In the aftermath of the tragic mosque massacre that claimed 49 lives in Christchurch, New Zealand, tech companies scrambled to purge their platforms of promotional materials that the shooter left behind. As most of the internet is now unfortunately aware, the event was broadcast live on Facebook, making it one of the most horrific incidents of violence to spread through online communities in realtime. As Twitter users cautioned others from sharing the extraordinarily graphic video, some Reddit ...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Tech, Morocco, Reddit, Christchurch, Don, Pacific Time, Christchurch New Zealand, Christchurch Reddit


Big Tech's Favorite Excuse for Letting Hate Go Viral Is a Great Argument Against Big Tech

Every horrifying moment amplified by social media follows the same basic script, and Friday’s livestreamed deadly terrorist attack in New Zealand, which left at least 49 people dead and dozens injured, hits all the usual plot points of hate going viral online.Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Youtube, New Zealand, Reddit, Content Moderation, You Did This To Yourselves On Purpose


Reddit operates exactly as it was designed — and that’s a problem

After carefully selecting a semi-automatic weapon from the trunk of his car, one of at least three, a 28-year-old Australian, calmly walked to the front door of the Masjid Al Noor mosque. He shot a man standing in the doorway before entering the mosque and opening fire on fleeing Muslims. It was all captured on a head-mounted camera. The video, some 17 minutes of footage in total, depicts a man on a mission. The shooter was calm, collected, and business-like in his task, gunning down man, woman,...
Tags: Startups, Opinion, Reddit, Al Noor


Rift widens between Epic and gamers over data mining allegations

Epic Games is being torn a new one by gamers again. This time, it’s been accused of mining users’ Steam data without their permission. As you’d expect, Epic’s critics are taking it as fresh grist in the ongoing controversy over Epic’s storefront — which might turn off developers who want to bring their games there in future. The concern appears to have originated in a Reddit thread. In short, the thread creator claimed the Epic launcher was running processes and attempting to access root certifi...
Tags: Startups, Gaming, Epic, Reddit


Oscar Isaac Says the Poe/Leia Relationship “Gets Carried Over” Into ‘Star Wars: Episode 9’

In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, hot-headed flyboy Poe Dameron learned some tough lessons about how to be a better leader from General Leia Organa and Vice Admiral Holdo. The Poe Leia relationship in particular, as brought to life by actors Oscar Isaac and Carrie Fisher, was a layered and fascinating one, and even though Fisher is no longer with us, Isaac says that relationship “gets carried over” into this year’s Star Wars: Episode 9. Read on for his full comments about that, and how his final day...
Tags: Movies, Jimmy Fallon, Sci-fi, Carrie Fisher, Sequels, Reddit, John, Lucasfilm, Oscar Isaac, Leia, Leia Organa, Fisher, J J Abrams, Poe Dameron, Isaac, Anthony Daniels


Videos of shooting tragedy in New Zealand continue resurfacing on social media

This is a tragedy that doesn’t deserve a snappy lede, but it is one that needs to be highlighted because tech companies should be held to account. Earlier today, there was a horrendous mass mosque shooting in New Zealand that killed 49 people — and because this is 2019, social media was used by the apparent murderers to plan, announce, broadcast and virally resonate what they did. Some of that — such as the Facebook and Twitter accounts of the perpetrator — have been deleted. Yet nearly 12 ho...
Tags: Travel, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, New Zealand, Reddit, Christchurch, New Zealand Christchurch, Christchurch New Zealand, YouTube Twitter


Silicon Valley's ultimate status symbol is the sneaker. Here are the rare, expensive, and goofy shoes worn by the top tech CEOs.

For many of the Valley's elite, the right pair of kicks is a trademark accessory carefully selected to convey a mix of power and nonchalance, creativity, and exclusivity. With help from the team at the sneaker marketplace Flight Club, Business Insider compiled some of the most fashionable, expensive, and downright wild sneakers worn by tech founders and CEOs. The inhabitants of Silicon Valley are not exactly known for haute couture. It's a land where jeans, T-shirts, and hoodies reign supreme...
Tags: Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Trends, Nike, Reddit, Silicon Valley, Marissa Mayer, Sheryl Sandberg, Valley, Zuckerberg Facebook, Nadella, Flight Club, Nike Flyknit Lunar, Wolf Grey, Travis Kalanick Mark Zuckerberg


49 Dead and Dozens Wounded in New Zealand Terror Attacks That Were Livestreamed on Facebook

At least 49 people are dead and dozens more have been seriously wounded during multiple terror attacks today in Christchurch, New Zealand. The attacker used several long guns to target Muslims in the country and had what police described as explosive devices. One series of attacks was livestreamed on Facebook for 17…Read more...
Tags: Scribd, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Instagram, Guns, Australia, Youtube, Terrorism, New Zealand, Reddit, Mosque, Donald Trump, Terrorists, Gun Violence, Christchurch


Android Weekly: What’s Coming in Android Q (and Some Other Stuff)

There was a lot of movement in the Android world the week of March 8th thru 15th. The Q beta landed with all sorts of new features, Vivo showed off a portless phone, and Google killed a bunch of services. Android Q Feature Roundup Let’s start with the biggest Android news for the week, shall we? The Q beta landed for all Pixel devices, and it’s jam-packed with all sorts of new features. Android Police and 9to5Google both did an incredible job of covering all the new stuff as it showed up—here...
Tags: Google, Crafts, Verizon, Motorola, Facebook, Hong Kong, Microsoft, Samsung, Reddit, Nvidia, Pushbullet, Nice, Waze, Amazon Fire TV, GDC, Vivo



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