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On July 1 one of the smallest countries in Europe took over the rotating Presidency of the EU for the next six months. Estonia stands poised to make an impact far larger than its size as a part of the EU on labor and economic policy with its expertise in digital legislation. Estonia was bumped up into the role, after the unexpected and still shocking exit vote of Britain from the EU last year. Estonia’s progressive highly skilled immigration and startup business policies could have a profound impact not just on the EU as a whole but on member states labor… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Vine

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Companies outsource various aspects of their business, from payroll to marketing. But why aren’t there more outlets to outsource marketing not just as a service from an agency, but at the highest, most strategic level? Enter Hawke Media. Launched by Erik Huberman three years ago, today Hawke Media is turning heads as Santa Monica’s first fully outsourced CMO. Its aim is to manage marketing for companies in real time without the overhead, contracts, and run around. From the beginning, Huberman operated Hawke on a month-to-month model with every service offered a la carte. This allowed clients to build a custom… This story continues at The Next Web

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A wife in Taiwan was recently granted a divorce from her husband, who she accused of ignoring her — and her unanswered text messages were a key piece of evidence. The wife sent her husband messages via the Line app for six months. The messages were marked as read — meaning he presumably opened and read them — and yet the wife rarely, if ever, got a reply. At one point, the wife sent her husband messages saying she was in the emergency room and demanding to know why he wasn’t answering her messages. The judge in family court saw… This story continues at The Next Web

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Following the death of Liu Xiaobo last week, China is apparently cracking down on anything which mentions his name on social media. Liu Xiaobo, a long-time political prisoner in China, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010 for “his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.” Liu was an outspoken advocate for human rights, and was arrested following the publication of a manifesto on the topic. He’d been in prison for eight years when he died of liver cancer last week. After his death, researchers at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab analyzed the crackdown of… This story continues at The Next Web

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After months of rumors and speculation, the first clear image of the Nokia 8 has leaked, courtesy of VentureBeat. It looks… okay, I guess. Don’t get me wrong. Spec-wise, the device appears to to be right up there with the current flagship pantheon. Leaked benchmarks suggest t it will have a 5.3-inch QHD screen, a Snapdragon 835, and 4 or 6 GB of RAM. It also features a pair of rear cameras with Zeiss lenses and what appears to be unibody metal construction, corroborating an earlier leak. But unless there’s some real special software we haven’t head about, nothing about… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Nokia

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Facebook denied a request made by the government of Pakistan last week to provide easy access to user identities. Pakistan officials asked Facebook to change its authentication requirements from email addresses to phone numbers, a move the social media company isn’t interested in making. The request, according to the Pakistani government, would allow the owners of ‘fake accounts’ to be tracked and dealt with – especially those that spread hate messages or blasphemy. Facebook confirmed the request – Christine Chen, a Facebook spokeswoman, said: Facebook met with Pakistan officials to express the company’s deep commitment to protecting the rights of… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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The Android blob lives! Kind of. For those not in the know, Android O is replacing Google’s classic blob emoji with more generic-looking emoji. A lot of people are not happy about that. Google is well aware, so today – in honor of World Emoji Day *sighs* – it’s bringing back the blobs in a sticker pack for the seven people that still use Allo. Of course, making the choice to abandon the blob wasn’t easy for Google either – after all, it’s the one that had to let go. So Google shared its breakup letter, apparently written while listening… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Apple today confirmed the new emoji from the Unicode 10 update would be arriving on Apple devices later this year — and that it’s previewing them in celebration of World Emoji Day. 😀🌎🌍🌏📆 Happy #WorldEmojiDay! 🎉 We’ve got some 😎 new ones to show you, coming later this year! 👀👇 https://t.co/xBR9ZJ7l4g pic.twitter.com/fhDrr4J5KG — Tim Cook (@tim_cook) July 17, 2017 In case you haven’t seen them yet, the new emoji include zombies, fairies, a breastfeeding mother, and an exploding head. For a complete list, check our article covering the Unicode 10 emoji. According to Apple: More animals and mythical creatures like… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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Atari built some hype last month by revealing it was releasing a new console dubbed the Ataribox. At the time, all we got was a cryptic website and teaser video. Now Atari has shared the first photos of the console in an email to fans, as well as a few more details about what’s to come. It actually looks quite good! The wood paneling and ribbed top is immediately reminiscent of the old Atari aesthetic, but the shape and minimal branding is more modern. That said, there’s also a black and red option that looks decidedly less attractive. Meanwhile, connectivity… This story continues at The Next Web

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As the CEO of a company with teams in Medellin and New York, working remotely in cafes and hotels and juggling Skype and Gmail is an art form I’ve have come to master over time. My partner Eddie Arrieta and I recruited a team that is multinational and as a result, travel and remote work has been imbedded into our company culture. However, as our team expands and company grows, we’ve learned to set more realistic limits on working away from the office. Here are some things we’ve learned over time: A-player or not, accept that travel does affect productivity… This story continues at The Next Web

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Cyber-attacks could soon be costlier than natural disasters, says Lloyd’s of London. A new report from the specialty insurer claims economic losses related to the cyber threat in the US could be as high as $121 billion. The cyber insurance market, which Lloyd’s estimates to be worth around $3 billion, is tapping into a rapidly increasing demand, and companies are losing more than ever before. According to Lloyd’s and research partner Cyence, a cyber-security analysis company, last year’s world-wide losses were astounding: In 2016, cyber-attacks were estimated to cost businesses as much as $450 billion a year globally. As a… This story continues at The Next Web

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In a terribly poor attempt to appeal to younger audiences, Europol thought the best way to promote active civic engagement on the internet is by using a language all the cool kids these days can speak: Emoji. To commemorate the fourth annual World Emoji Day, the European law enforcement agency took to Twitter to ask its followers for help tracking down the most wanted fugitives on the continent. But while a few simple words would have sufficed, Europol opted for an alternative means of expression. Resorting to a bizarre combination between English and Emoji, the agency replaced certain words and… This story continues at The Next Web

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Trading in cryptocurrencies like Ethereum, Ripple and Litecoin can be complicated and not without risk. Fintech companies are offering easier and safer methods. Remember when cryptocurrencies used to be straightforward, revolutionary and weirdly romantic-capitalist? A bunch of cypherpunks were going to topple the monetary system from a subreddit and everything would be all sunshine and rainbows? It doesn’t seem that fun anymore. There’s infighting, hacks, distrust mixed with a pinch of pure greed. What happened? The main thing that happened is that these idealistic cypherpunks met cold capitalism in the form of well funded, hyper-organized cartels that weren’t interested in… This story continues at The Next Web

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Around me are dozens of vintage cars in an old warehouse, tucked into a corner of Berlin’s north west. Those into cars are in heaven, dashing around the vast building, snapping photos of shiny vehicles as old as most attendees. I on the other had head straight to the coffee and snacks. It’s a fitting venue for Startupbootcamp’s 3rd demo day in Berlin, this time covering smart transportation and energy. Startupbootcamp runs over 20 programs around the world and is currently pushing into new territories outside of the EU and North America. This was my second demo day, and whilst… This story continues at The Next Web

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In 2015, Ashley Madison was victim of a massive data breach that made public the extramarital aspirations of almost 37 million people (mostly men). While the hack had significant consequences for the company, they paled in comparison to what its members faced. Some members, who couldn’t quite face the shame of being exposed in such a public manner, committed suicide. Others lost their jobs. Marriages broke up. There was even a spate of extortions related to the leaked data. Now, Ashley Madison’s owner, Ruby Corp, wants to put this sordid mess behind itself, and is offering victims of the leak… This story continues at The Next Web

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Bill Gates is famous for saying, “I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.” However shocking that sounds, putting more work and hours into something doesn’t always yield better results. And today’s fast-paced online world can be especially tough on businesses that don’t manage to keep up. As a busy blogger, you’re probably juggling a multitude of different tasks, many of which are repetitive and frankly, quite boring. For your blog to take off and scale into something greater than a company of one employee, you… This story continues at The Next Web

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The UK will not trust the standard 18+ disclaimer to keep minors away from porn. The BBC reports the British government will soon require adult entertainment websites to update their pages with age-verification software that discourages underage users from consuming lewd content online. Starting from April 2018, platforms distributing sexually suggestive materials will be legally obligated to implement stricter age-verification measures before granting users access to their content. The new set of regulations was introduced in an effort to make the internet safer for children. Companies that fail to comply with the so-called Digital Economy Act will face risks of getting blocked… This story continues at The Next Web

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Since the launch of Airbnb, the city of Amsterdam has pretty much flip-flopped on its position towards the home sharing platform and the so-called sharing economy. This shocking visualization makes it very clear why. The Silicon Valley unicorn was welcomed with open arms when it started its Dutch language site in March 2012. The municipality welcomed the platform as an exciting opportunity and initially allowed anyone to rent out their rooms and apartments for short periods of time. But in the past year or so, that stance has completely reversed – and thanks to this visualization by Dutch data visualizer… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Airbnb

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When we’re bombarded with information from every quarter as we are these days, it’s hard to tell which stories are bogus and which ones we can trust. So how do you tell fake news from real reports? Factitious can help. It’s a simple game from a team at American University that presents you with actual news stories, and your goal is to correctly identify whether they’re the real deal or not, by swiping or clicking left/right, à la Tinder. Generally, looking at the source of the article helps – but you might be tripped up if it’s from a genuine… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Tinder

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Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies are exciting but risky. These emerging projects are helping ease the way into investing into digital currencies.

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For people of a certain age, owning a Myspace account was an essential rite of passage. Countless teenage years were spent carefully customizing the CSS on profiles, ranking friends into top eight lists, and picking out the most perfectly angsty pop-punk track to autoplay. Ten years later, Myspace is a relic of the past. It’s forgotten, but not quite gone, existing in a moribund state. Although nobody updates their profiles anymore, they’re still there, ignored and unloved. Myspace, perhaps conscious of the fact that many people have since lost access to the email accounts associated with their profiles, offers a… This story continues at The Next Web

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GPS is great for finding your way around, except for when you’re indoors, where walls and ceilings make it difficult for satellite signals to accurately pinpoint your location. Thankfully, Microsoft has been thinking about a better way to help you navigate large malls, hospitals, office buildings and parking lots effectively. Over the past two years, a group of specialists at Microsoft Research Asia have developed Path Guide, an indoor navigation app that doesn’t rely on GPS or Wi-Fi and radio signals to help you get around. Instead, it works by having a human ‘leader’ record paths through the indoor space… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Microsoft

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Over the weekend, Redditors aptly raged over the introduction of ads atop the default software keyboard on the HTC 10. The annoying promo showed up on TouchPal’s keyboard app, which comes preloaded on some HTC handsets. It was apparently an error – HTC asked users to uninstall updates for the keyboard, and TouchPal is said to have apologized and explained that it mistakenly flipped a switch and enabled the ads. Error or not, this is exactly the kind of user-hostile experience that developers should avoid at all costs. A keyboard already takes up about half of the display, and demands… This story continues at The Next Web

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Towards the end of last week, AFTV News published a scoop about Amazon Anytime, a messaging service that the company is believed to be working on with a bucketload of features including voice and video calling, cross-platform support, encrypted chats and even shared media and games. The media outlet noted that it had received screenshots from a survey launched by Amazon to learn from customers which features are important to them. Amazon hasn’t confirmed that it’s building the service or said how far along it is in the process. But if there’s anyone who can take on the likes of… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon

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Earlier this year, Verizon and Ericsson used one race, the Indianapolis 500, to try and get ahead in another one — the race to be the first to roll out 5G wireless technology to the masses. While the trial was no doubt a step in the right direction, like most 5G testing it was still done in a vacuum that lacked the pressure that comes with a real-world deployment. Getting carriers, networks and mobile devices onto 4G was tricky enough; on a massive scale the world has just figured it out and made the necessary adaptations for keeping 4G networks… This story continues at The Next Web

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