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Twitter will give political candidates a special badge during U.S. midterm elections

25-May-2018 Taylor Hatmaker

Ahead of 2018 U.S. midterm elections, Twitter is taking a visible step to combat the spread of misinformation on its famously chaotic platform. In a blog post this week, the company explained how it would be adding “election labels” to the profiles of candidates running for political of…

Apple will add government App Store takedown requests to transparency reports

25-May-2018 Brian Heater

Apple’s set to up the ante with its transparency report. The same day it dropped the latest version of the twice-yearly document, the company committed to including in future updates government takedown requests for the App Store. The report covering July 1 through December 31 of this year, which i…

Former journo Alexia Bonatsos takes the wraps off her new venture fund, Dream Machine

25-May-2018 Connie Loizos

Five years ago, Alexis Bonatsos, née Tsotsis, was co-editor of TechCrunch, a job that made her renowned in startup circles and familiar with a wide number of startups and their founders. What she really longed to do, in fact, was invest in some of them. “I was among the first people to write …

Collections is a better way to organize those photos you snap as mental notes

25-May-2018 Sarah Perez

Wi-Fi password sticker on your router? Snap. Cute sweater in a store’s window display? Snap. Party invitation? Snap. Cool gift idea for mom? Snap. If any of this sounds familiar to you, then you probably also use your iPhone’s camera to take photos of the things you want to remember …

Tesla brings on new VP of engineering from Snap

25-May-2018 Megan Rose Dickey

Tesla announced a number of new hires today, including Stuart Bowers, who is joining as VP of engineering. Bowers is joining Tesla from Snap, where he worked as VP of monetization engineering. Other new hires include Neeraj Manrao, who left Apple to become Tesla’s director of energy manufactu…

Kiwi’s robots deliver food to hungry Berkeley students

25-May-2018 Brian Heater

There are Kiwi robots everywhere when we arrive at the SkyDeck headquarters. The floors of U.C. Berkeley’s accelerator are lined with the things, with the startup’s small team frantically working to get them up and running in corner of the space. The robots have become a familiar sight to anyone w…

Facebook has a very specific Pepe the Frog policy, report says

25-May-2018 Lucas Matney

Facebook doesn’t ban fictional characters with hateful content as a rule, but interestingly Pepe the frog is well enough established as a hate speech symbol that Facebook has a very particular policy devoted only to the cartoon frog. Motherboard got their hands on some content moderation poli…

Fortnite had a $296 million April

25-May-2018 Brian Heater

Just how big Fortnite? Very big. Very, very big. $296 million in April, big. That’s according to SuperData Research (via The Verge), a service that tracks digital game sales. The number, which includes sales from the console, mobile and PC versions of the game, is up $73 million from just last mont…

Yahoo shuts down social savings app Tanda only months after launch

25-May-2018 Sarah Perez

Well, that didn’t take long. Yahoo Finance’s new social savings app Tanda, which launched just this January, is already shutting down. The company announced the news of the app’s closure via a blog post, which vaguely hinted at a lack of traction. That appears to be true – t…

U.S. news sites are ghosting European readers on GDPR deadline

25-May-2018 Taylor Hatmaker

A cluster of U.S. news websites has gone dark for readers in Europe as the EU’s new privacy laws went into effect on Friday. The ruleset, known as General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), outlines a robust set of requirements that internet companies collecting any personal data on consumers…

Razer Blade 2018 review

22-May-2018 Gerald Lynch

Razer’s slick new gaming laptop does the Blade line proud

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 release date, price, news and leaks

17-May-2018 Matt Swider

Samsung's next big phone is nearly here

How to use Steam Link on your phone

18-May-2018 Mark Knapp

Your phone can do yet another cool trick

Memorial Day sales 2018: What to expect

21-May-2018 Stephen Slaybaugh

Discover where to shop and what to get

Nintendo at E3 2018: 6 things we want to see

19-May-2018 Emma Boyle

Our hopes are high for Nintendo

OnePlus 6 vs iPhone X: almost half the price, but does it beat Apple's top phone?

16-May-2018 James Peckham

The most expensive iPhone vs the OnePlus 6

100 years of motion-capture technology

25-May-2018 Jessica Conditt

Digital humans are here, thanks in part to Popeye and Betty Boop.

Alexa’s recording snafu was improbable, but inevitable

25-May-2018 Chris Velazco

Frankly, we're surprised Alexa hasn't failed like this sooner.

Trump administration tells Congress it has deal to save ZTE

25-May-2018 Jon Fingas

The Trump administration has told Congress about a deal to revive ZTE that would involve hefty fines and oversight.

Tesla settles class action suit over Autopilot issues

25-May-2018 Kris Holt

Plaintiffs each paid $5,000 for the Autopilot semi-automation feature, which they say was "essentially unusable and demonstrably dangerous."

YouTube Music arrives late to the party with room for improvement

25-May-2018 Nathan Ingraham

YouTube Music is missing some essential features, but it has a decent foundation.