• Senate intel hearing details Russian social media disinformation tactics

    Senate intel hearing details Russian social media disinformation tactics

    The first half of Thursday’s Senate Select Intelligence Committee’s hearing on Russian disinformation campaigns wasn’t quite as fun as watching James Comey squirm his way around classified intel in the House, but it did provide some valuable context on Russian cyber methods and social media campaigns. Read More

  • Nuzzel launches a ‘Newswire’ for sponsored content

    Nuzzel launches a ‘Newswire’ for sponsored content

    For the first time, news aggregator Nuzzel will include advertising. That doesn’t mean you’re going to see banner ads popping up all over the startup’s app and website. Instead, the Nuzzel Newswire consists of sponsored links in Nuzzel’s email newsletter, pointing to a blog post, press release or news article of the advertiser’s choosing. Read More

  • Twitter stops counting @ Replies towards its 140 characters on web and mobile

    Twitter stops counting @ Replies towards its 140 characters on web and mobile

    Nearly a year ago, Twitter announced it would begin distancing itself from the requirement that all tweets could only contain 140 characters by no longer counting some things – like media attachments or @ replies towards the character count. However, it didn’t begin testing the change with @ replies until last fall. Today, Twitter says this change to replies is rolling out to all… Read More

  • Samsung turned the Note 7 disaster into an S8 feature

    Samsung turned the Note 7 disaster into an S8 feature

    The greatest trick Samsung ever pulled was spinning its biggest misfire into a feature. And it happened right under our noses. In fact, not only did the company complete the transformation in plain sight, it used its highest profile platform to do it. Yesterday’s big Galaxy S8 event marked the finishing touches. Buried deep in the pomp and circumstance of the press conference was the… Read More

  • New tech can spot small faces in the crowd

    New tech can spot small faces in the crowd

    Spotting faces in a scene is easy when the punims are nice and close to the camera. But what about group shots where the faces are tiny? That, I fear, robots have a harder time with. A new research project by Deva Ramanan, associate professor of robotics, and Peiyun Hu, a Ph.D. student in robotics at Carnegie Mellon, fixes that problem by assessing the context of images. Instead of just… Read More

  • For those about to tune, we salute you

    For those about to tune, we salute you

    The first Roadie tuner was a miracle in a plastic case. This little device connected to your phone and then turned the machine heads (the little tuning knobs) on your guitar to exactly the right position. It worked wonderfully. Now the Roadie 2 intends to tune your guitar all night and tune your guitar every day. The Roadie 2 and the Roadie Bass are standalone tuners with an app component… Read More

  • UK wants tech firms to build tools to block terrorist content

    UK wants tech firms to build tools to block terrorist content

    U.K. Home Secretary Amber Rudd is holding talks with several major internet companies today to urge them to be more proactive about tackling the spread of extremist content online. Companies in attendance include Google, Microsoft, Twitter and Facebook, along with some smaller internet companies. Read More

  • Ledger grabs $7 million for its cryptocurrency hardware wallets

    Ledger grabs $7 million for its cryptocurrency hardware wallets

    Things are going incredibly well for Ledger these days. People find bitcoins, ethers and other cryptocurrencies exciting again. And the French startup just raised a $7 million Series A round to make hardware security devices ubiquitous. MAIF Avenir, XAnge, Wicklow Capital, GDTRE, Libertus Capital, Digital Currency Group, The Whittemore Collection, Kima Ventures, BHB Network and Nicolas… Read More

  • At Disrupt NY, hear top investors talk about what to expect in 2017 and beyond

    At Disrupt NY, hear top investors talk about what to expect in 2017 and beyond

    The world’s gone topsy-turvy since President Trump was elected. How is his administration impacting the world of startups? Who will deregulation benefit the most? And how do investors feel about Jay Clayton, who has been nominated to head the SEC? We’re excited to announce that an investor panel at Disrupt NY will tackle these questions, and many more. Read More

  • Facebook introduces personal fundraising tools, donate buttons in Facebook Live for Pages

    Facebook introduces personal fundraising tools, donate buttons in Facebook Live for Pages

    Facebook today announced it’s expanding its set of online fundraising tools to include its own GoFundMe competitor, with the added support for personal online fundraisers. The new tool will allow Facebook users to raise money for personal crises and other campaigns. Facebook also is adding the ability for Facebook Pages to add a “donate” button to their live broadcasts. Read More

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