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Silicon Valley insiders say Facebook, Snapchat, and Twitter are using 'behavioral cocaine' to turn people into addicts

Silicon Valley insiders have told the BBC that tech firms, including Facebook, Snapchat, and Twitter, deliberately engineering their platforms to foster addictive behavior.<p>Aza Raskin, the inventor of the infinite-scroll feature that allows you to endlessly scroll down websites, said: "It's as if …

Social Media

How to Make Piles of Money Using Instagram

It’s the first day of class at Instagram. Students check in at two security desks and sign non-disclosure agreements before heading up to the …

Social Media

Contractor hoped to sell social media surveillance to oppressive regimes

Western companies are still interested in selling surveillance tools to governments that could easily abuse them. The <i>Intercept</i> claims to have leaked documents suggesting that Circinus, the defense contractor run by Trump fundraiser Elliott Broidy, planned to sell social media surveillance tools to …

Surveillance

Facebook Is Patenting Technology to Spy on You Through Your Smartphone Camera and Microphone

The company says it may not use these patents. Does that make you feel better?<p>Is Facebook using your computer camera to read your facial expressions and determine how you feel about what you see on your screen? Is it using your phone's microphone to eavesdrop on you and find out what television …

Privacy

Amazon Offers Employees $5,000 to Quit Their Job--Here's Why They Do It

The question is--would you take the money?<p>Would you take money to quit your job? That's the question Amazon is asking. Full-time workers at Amazon fulfillment services can earn up to $5,000 by quitting.<p>Each year, the company asks its employees if they want to take 'The Offer'. They can take the …

Employee Engagement

Mark Zuckerberg responds to Elon Musk's paranoia about AI: 'AI is going to... help keep our communities safe.'

During an interview at the 2018 Viva Technology conference in Paris on Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talked about his company's practices and his personal take on the future of AI.<p>"I think that AI is going to unlock a huge amount of positive things, whether that's helping to identify and …

Is This the End for Canon and Nikon? Rival Predicts 50 Percent Market Share Loss Within Three Years

An “internal document” from Fujifilm has claimed that Canon and Nikon will lose 50 percent of their market share within three years, while Fujifilm’s …

Stop Using WhatsApp If You Care About Your Privacy

Privacy has always been a key feature and popular selling point for the messaging app WhatsApp. Company co-founder Jan Koum grew up in the Soviet …

Facebook will allow users to opt out of letting Facebook collect their browsing history

It’s arguably the company’s biggest update since the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke.<p>Facebook users will soon be able to opt out of one of Facebook’s key data gathering practices: Its collection and use of people’s web browsing history, which the company uses to sell targeted ads.<p>Facebook …

Here's How Much Microinfluencers Really Get Paid

Thinking of adding microinfluencers into your content marketing plan? Here's how much you should budget.<p>When it comes to influencers, bigger does not equal better. Sure, celebrities and mega-influencers can reach millions of people, but on average, their engagement rate goes down as their number of …

microinfluencers

How to Position Yourself as an Expert Even If Nobody Has Heard of You

You don't need fancy credentials to prove you're worth hiring.<p>4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Launching a new business can be a daunting task and entrepreneurs need to be creative with how they stand out in their market.<p>Many entrepreneurs feel they need …

Marketing

Trump’s Department Of Homeland Security To Compile A Database Of Journalists, Bloggers And ‘Influencers’

Some fear the move has damning implications for the freedom of the press, which is protected by the First Amendment.<p>The Department of Homeland …

How to produce your own creative shoot, plus, stellar photoshoot ideas

Bettina Bogar is a Toronto-based photographer and creative director from Europe. She began her career in Budapest, before moving to Canada to further …

Tim Hortons

The Death of DSLRs is Near

Two decades ago, DSLRs were introduced to replace film cameras. With only a few megapixels, very short battery life, and an overall low quality, it …

Fake processed food is becoming an epidemic in African urban life

In late February, 14-year-olds Nahima and Yayaya, died after eating tainted biscuits at a classmate’s birthday celebration in their school, located just outside Nigeria’s capital Abuja. Several other children in their class were hospitalized. Panic and threats from angry parents forced a temporary …

Agriculture

We should be getting paid to use Facebook and Google

Humans generate more data on Facebook in a single day than exists in all the books ever written combined. That’s not even counting Google Search trends, Amazon and Alibaba’s shopping insights, and Microsoft’s gleanings from having Windows installed on a gazillion devices. Data, unlike gold and oil, …

I got my son a STEM toy that teaches kids the basics of robotics and programming — and he loved it

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Steven John<p>Have you got an iPad, smartphone, or a computer? Good. Do you have a kid age six or older who has shown an interest in the way …

America's '2+2=5 Moment' Is a Scary Lurch Toward Autocracy

The third week of January in 2018 felt like a perfect time to join the “girther” movement. You know, the growing number of Americans who refuse to …

Donald Trump

The UK's misguided obsession with GDP is driving us all into debt

Back in November the big story arising from the Chancellor’s Budget wasn’t any of the gimmicks and giveaways designed to grab positive headlines, but …

The FBI “Next Generation” Biometric Database

Former Facebook Exec: 'You Don’t Realize It But You Are Being Programmed'

This is the year everyone—including founding executives—began publicly questioning the impact of social media on our lives.<p>Last month, Facebook’s …

Social Media

Dolly ZOOM Effect In 60 Seconds!

In this video we are learning the DOLLY ZOOM EFFECT an awesome looking effect that you should totally add to your videos!

Paradise Papers was 'ploy' to influence first ever tax haven blacklist

A Guernsey finance chief has claimed that the release of the Paradise Papers was ploy by left-wing media to influence the first ever tax haven blacklist.<p>Dominic Wheatley, CEO of Guernsey Finance, said that there was a lack of "balance and objectivity" in coverage of the data leak which revealed …

Corruption

Researchers craft Android app that reveals menagerie of hidden spyware; legally barred from doing the same with iOS

Yale Privacy Lab and Exodus Privacy's devastating report on the dozens of invasive, dangerous "trackers" hidden in common Android apps was generated …

Ugly Places, Pretty Portraits: I Did a Photo Shoot in Lowe’s

A few weeks ago, a model friend of mine, Rachelle Kathleen, and I were planning to meet for a fun little photo shoot. Instead of searching out the …

Extreme Poverty Cut in Half? Only in the Minds of the Capitalists

"Take a bow, capitalism." That's from The Economist, a business-happy publication that has every reason to perpetuate the myth that a world run by …

Globalization

Watchdog app reveals list of absurd teen texting codes

Is this what the kids are doing these days?<p>Teen/parent watchdog app Bark.us released a list of abbreviations and acronyms it has gathered that are popular among teens. No surprise, most of them are about naughty things like sex and drugs. It’s not exactly new — I’ve seen similar versions of the …

Episode 803: Nudge, Nudge, Nobel

Economists used to assume that people were, overall, rational. They may make mistakes now and then, but, if reasonably informed, they do the right thing. Then came Richard Thaler, who, in October, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics.<p>While Thaler was teaching at the University of Rochester, he …

End of the supermarket? Big brands sign up for high-tech service that could cut prices by a third

Britain's biggest food and household goods brands have signed up to a new shopping service which claims it can slash grocery bills by 30 per cent by cutting out supermarkets.<p>Manufacturing giants Unilever, Mars, and Reckitt Benckiser, have all signed agreements to say they intend to start selling …

Artificial intelligence is learning to read your mind—and display what it sees

Artificial intelligence has taken us one baby step closer to the mind-reading machines of science fiction. Researchers have developed “deep learning” …