posted 1 day ago on techmeme
Symeon Brown / The Guardian: How Instagram influencers portray themselves as self-made wealthy traders to build up affiliate marketing schemes, often targeting teens  —  Their hero is Jordan Belfort, their social media feeds display super-rich lifestyles.  But what are these self-styled traders really selling?  By Symeon Brown

Read More...
posted 1 day ago on techmeme
Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal: A look at the many ways Google harvests user info via Gmail, apps on devices, its Analytics service, more; Google likely knows more about us than Facebook  —  Google gathers more personal data than Facebook does, by almost every measure—so why aren't we talking about it?

Read More...
posted 1 day ago on techmeme
Emilia Petrarca / The Cut: Two computer-generated Instagram influencers had an orchestrated feud where one “hacked” the other's account and “revealed” she was not a real person  —  If you need any further proof that we're living in The Matrix, here it is.  —  On Tuesday, the Instagram account …

Read More...
posted 1 day ago on techmeme
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge: Uber details tech that uses GPS data and 3D maps to substantially improve the location accuracy in urban environments where traditional GPS is inaccurate  —  GPS can't see through tall buildings, so Uber set out to fix the problem using 3D maps, probability, and math

Read More...
posted 1 day ago on techmeme
Alan Boyle / GeekWire: EarthNow comes out of stealth with backing from Bill Gates, Airbus, and SoftBank, plans to operate a satellite constellation providing real-time video of Earth  —  The latest spinout from Intellectual Ventures, EarthNow, says it's coming out of stealth mode with backing from Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates …

Read More...
posted 1 day ago on techmeme
Alexandra Lange / New Yorker: Profile of Susan Kare, designer of the classic Macintosh suite of icons, whose influential work lives on in modern art museums  —  Every fifteen minutes or so, as I wrote this story, I moved my cursor northward to click on the disk in the Microsoft Word toolbar that indicates “Save.”

Read More...
posted 1 day ago on techmeme
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica: Android Go review: sub-$100 smartphones with Oreo lower the bar for cheap phones, but they don't have Google Photos, and Google Play only has 35 optimized apps  —  We dig through Google's stripped-down OS and several “Go” apps.  —  Here in the US and other developed countries …

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on techmeme
Julia Alexander / Polygon: Valve acquires Firewatch developer Campo Santo, which will be left intact as a team, weeks after CEO said Valve will return to “making and shipping games”  —  Dev team will continue to make its own games  —  Firewatch developer Campo Santo announced today that it's joining Valve.

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on techmeme
Nellie Bowles / New York Times: Profile of Campbell Brown, Facebook's head of news partnerships; sources say she controls a $90M budget that will pay partners to make original news programs  —  It was another terrible day for Facebook and the company had dispatched Campbell Brown, its head of news partnerships, to do some damage control.

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on techmeme
Shannon Liao / The Verge: Undercover reporter and a survey allege harrowing work conditions for Amazon warehouse workers, who may skip bathroom breaks out of fear of losing their jobs  —  In the UK, an undercover reporter and a labor survey exposed harrowing work conditions  —  Amazon warehouse workers are forced …

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on techmeme
New York Times: How hate speech and misinformation spread on Facebook in developing countries like Sri Lanka, where reputable sources are scarce, leading to real-world violence  —  MEDAMAHANUWARA, Sri Lanka — Past the end of a remote mountain road, down a rutted dirt track, in a concrete house …

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on techmeme
Michael Jordan: A look at the current state of AI, what “AI” refers to, and how focusing on the “human-imitative” aspects of AI ignores opportunities in other research areas  —  Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the mantra of the current era.  The phrase is intoned by technologists …

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on techmeme
Daniel Funke / Poynter: A look at Facebook's month-long rollout of its fact-checking tool and its partners in Mexico, Indonesia, the Philippines, India, and Colombia  —  What started as a pilot project 16 months ago is now one of Facebook's primary weapons against fake news.  —  During his testimony to Congress last week …

Read More...
posted 3 days ago on techmeme
Thomas Fox-Brewster / Forbes: A look at surveillance companies like Area SpA, IPS, and Terrogence, which covertly infiltrate and manipulate social media  —  Forbes Staff I cover crime, privacy and security in digital and physical forms.  —  If it hasn't already been made clear by Facebook's moves to cut off AggregateIQ …

Read More...
posted 3 days ago on techmeme
Wall Street Journal: Sources: DOJ has sent subpoenas to the top 4 US mobile carriers and GSMA association over alleged collusion to impede eSIM features for easier carrier switching  —  AT&T, Verizon at center of probe into whether major carriers are making it harder for subscribers to switch providers

Read More...
posted 3 days ago on techmeme
Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Rare Bits, a crypto-collectible trading site, raises $6M Series A led by Spark Capital with First Round, Craft Ventures, SV Angel, and Justin Kan participating  —  Rare Bits wants to be eBay for the blockchain, where you buy, sell and trade non-fungible crypto-goods.

Read More...
posted 3 days ago on techmeme
Taylor Soper / GeekWire: RealSelf, a Yelp-like review site for cosmetic procedures, raises $40M Series B for international expansion; RealSelf raised ~$2M in 2007-2008  —  RealSelf has raised its first substantial round of outside capital to bring the cosmetic treatment review hub to users around the globe.

Read More...
posted 3 days ago on techmeme
Adam Clark Estes / Gizmodo: Interview with filmmaker Andrew Oleck on his spoof video “starring” Mark Zuckerberg, A World Without Facebook, which has 32M+ views and caused some confusion  —  A couple years ago, Andrew Oleck wondered if he could make a viral video.  The Los Angeles-based filmmaker …

Read More...
posted 3 days ago on techmeme
Jessica Guynn / USA Today: Flickr acquired by photo-sharing and storage company SmugMug, which promises to revitalize and maintain Flickr as a standalone service  —  These are the best underwater photos in the world... Buzz60  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Flickr has been snapped up by Silicon Valley photo-sharing and storage company SmugMug, USA TODAY has learned.

Read More...
posted 3 days ago on techmeme
Joseph Tsidulko / CRN: Pivotal closes up ~5% on its first day of trading after raising $555M in its IPO at about $3.8B valuation  —  Pivotal Software, the spin-out of EMC and VMware that's the leading force behind the Cloud Foundry project, became a publicly traded company Friday with its listing on the New York Stock Exchange.

Read More...
posted 3 days ago on techmeme
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard: UK judge sentences Kane Gamble, a teen who hacked online accounts of the director of CIA and other prominent US government employees, to two years in prison  —  A judge in London sentenced a British teenager who was part of the hacking group Crackas With Attitude, which targeted prominent US government employees.

Read More...
posted 3 days ago on techmeme
Cecilia Kang / New York Times: Sources: DOJ is investigating AT&T, Verizon, and GSMA for possible collusion in thwarting eSIM technology that would allow users to switch carriers more easily  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has opened an antitrust investigation into potential coordination by AT&T …

Read More...
posted 3 days ago on techmeme
Cade Metz / New York Times: Tax forms filed by the nonprofit OpenAI provide insight into the enormous salaries and bonuses paid to AI specialists across the world  —  SAN FRANCISCO — One of the poorest-kept secrets in Silicon Valley has been the huge salaries and bonuses that experts in artificial intelligence can command.

Read More...
posted 3 days ago on techmeme
Patrick Howell O'Neill / Cyberscoop: Twitter bans Kaspersky Lab from advertising on its network, pointing to DHS' September notice of vendor's ties to Russian intelligence services  —  (Norwegian University of Science and Technology / Kai T. Dragland / Flickr)  —  Russian cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab has been banned …

Read More...
posted 3 days ago on techmeme
Megan Farokhmanesh / The Verge: As FOSTA became a law, Cloudflare kicked Switter, a community for sex workers, from its network, forcing the service to move to another CDN  —  Safe havens continue to dwindle post-FOSTA as Cloudflare boots the Mastodon instance  —  Around 3PM ET on April 17th, Switter — a social media space for sex workers — went offline.

Read More...