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Crypto-charity? UNICEF urges gamers to mine Ethereum for Syrian children

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund has launched “the first ever blockchain fundraising” project, urging gamers to “turn …

6 Things The Average Instagrammer Does Better Than Most Marketing Professionals | Inc.com

You know the scene:<p>A room full of twenty-somethings, all staring at their phones, scrolling through eighteen different versions of the same picture, obsessively trying to figure out which one to edit and then post to their however-many Followers.<p>But behind this seemingly surface level behavior (and …

Public Relations

The Data That Turned the World Upside Down

How Cambridge Analytica used your Facebook data to help the Donald Trump campaign in the 2016 election.<p><i>This article was originally published January 28, 2017.</i><p><i>Update: March 17, 2018:</i> <i>Facebook lawyer Paul Grewal announced in a blog post Friday that the company has suspended Strategic Communication</i> …

Cambridge Analytica

Google blurs the line between websites and Android apps

With its latest Chrome Beta release, Google has given app-like websites called "Progressive Web Apps" a higher status on Android. If you launch a site like Flipkart Lite in the latest Android Chrome beta, you'll now get the option "add to home screen," where it'll appear like any other app on your …

Apps

Fake News: How a Partying Macedonian Teen Earns Thousands Publishing Lies

VELES, Macedonia — Dimitri points to a picture on his Instagram showing a bar table decked with expensive champagne and sparklers.<p>It's from his 18th birthday just four months ago — a lavish party in his east European hometown that he says wouldn't have been possible without President-elect Donald …

Stephan Loerke, CEO WFA: «Η απάντηση στο ad blocking είναι να αλλάξουμε ως βιομηχανία

Stephan Loerke<p>Λίγο πριν βρεθεί στην Αθήνα στο πλαίσιο της ημερίδας του ΣΔΕ «Digital Transformation», ο CEO της Παγκόσμιας Ένωσης Διαφημιζόμενων, WFA, …

‘I saw the puddle of blood’: 15yo girl commits suicide over nude Snapchat pic

A 15-year old Florida girl has committed suicide after a friend posted nude footage of her, taken without her permission, on social media. The girl’s …

Did Clinton’s campaign boost her image with a Google bomb?

A report claims that Google’s autocomplete function may have been a tool in Hillary Clinton’s campaign. While Google denies skewing results to …

Spanish town's giant dog dropping goes walkies

<b>A town in Spain is facing an unexpected bill after thieves apparently made off with a giant dog dropping being used as part of a local campaign.</b><p>Torrelodones, a municipality just outside the capital Madrid, is 2,400 euros ($2,726; £1,885) out of pocket after the three-metre high inflatable bought as …

China 'flooding' social media with fake posts

<b>China is "flooding" social media with comments by paid supporters in a bid to sway public opinion, a report has said.</b><p>The research by Harvard academics draws on leaked documents to paint a picture of the way China polices social media.<p>The government and its army of helpers write 488 million fake …

These New NYC Subway Ad Screens Know Who's Looking at Them

Digital advertising is going big—very big—and will soon be everywhere. The out-of-home advertising market (OOH), which includes everything from …

Dolmio and Uncle Ben's firm Mars defends limit on products

<b>The company behind Dolmio and Uncle Ben's sauces has defended its "bold" advice that some products should only be consumed once a week due to high salt, sugar or fat content.</b><p>Mars Food said it would distinguish between "everyday" and "occasional" items on packaging and on its website.<p>It said the …

Swipe the vote: Tinder plays political matchmaker for US presidential campaign

Tinder, the ultimate hook-up app, is making politics sexy as it attempts to match up voters with their dream presidential candidate via its customary …

Mysterious ‘third party’ could resolve Apple vs FBI dispute

The US government filed a motion on Monday to vacate Tuesday’s hearing against Apple. According to the memorandum, "an outside party demonstrated to …

Four times when having an online poll was a bad idea

<b>Beware of asking the public to vote for something online. It could go horribly wrong.</b><p>The National Environment Research Council, NERC, is learning that lesson as Boaty McBoatface tops its online poll to name a new £200m government-funded ship.<p>It's not the first time organisers of online competitions …

Germany wants its gold back

Weidmann says 366 tons of gold worth €11.5 billion have been delivered to Frankfurt so far. <i>"There are now about 1,400 tons or 41.5 percent of our</i> …

Illegal likes: Facebook button violates data collection law, German court rules

The Dusseldorf district court ruled Wednesday that the Fashion ID site by Peek & Cloppenburg must get consent from users before sending their data to …

Best ___ for the job: New app tries to swipe away hiring bias

Blendoor, a new job matching app, aims to remove bias from the recruitment process by excluding identifying details such as name and photos, allowing …

Google extends ‘right to be forgotten’ policy to all EU searches

Google has announced it will use geolocation to make its ‘right to be forgotten’ policy in EU work, not only on its European subdomains but on its …

Apple v FBI: US debates a world without privacy

<b>Is there such a thing as security so good it's a danger to society?</b><p>That's the bigger picture at hand as Apple continues to fight an order to unlock a terrorist's iPhone.<p>That fight made its way to Capitol Hill on Tuesday for a hearing in front of the House Judiciary Committee, the government body …

17 incredibly useful Google products and services you didn't know existed

Google just shut down its Compare tool that let you get price quotes about car insurance or mortgages. But fear not — there are still a bunch of other random, often hidden, but really useful Google products that you probably didn't know about that you <i>can</i> still enjoy.<p>With more than 60,000 employees, …

Virtual reality could be a solution to sexism in tech

A new study of software developers has confirmed what women already know too well: Gender bias has big consequences in the workplace.<p>The study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, looked at acceptance rates for code written by women and men on the massive code repository Github. Developers …

Virtual Reality

This tiny device lets you play Spotify music without your smartphone

The Mighty is a tiny device shaped like Apple's old iPod Shuffle that plays Spotify music without your smartphone. It lets you sync some of your Spotify music into the Mighty device itself so you can listen to music offline.<p>It's perfect for people who like listening to their Spotify music while …

5 Surprising Mistakes Even Savvy Marketers Make

Your expertly crafted content won't stand a chance of success if your team is making these fundamental messaging placeholdermissteps.<p>Editorial content marketing has the power to transform the relationship between you and your customers. Well-crafted content can build trust with audiences, …

Google launches rich text formatting and instant RSVP in Gmail on Android

Google today announced a few useful additions to Gmail on Android. Two longtime features of Gmail on the Web are now being ported over to Google’s mobile operating system.<p>That thing that lets you tell Google if you’ll be attending an event that you’ve been invited to? Google calls it instant RSVP. …

What makes you laugh says a lot about who you are

Humor has long been the subject of serious research among psychologists, linguists, sociologists, philosophers, and neuroscientists. There’s an entire journal devoted to the topic and, though it may be hard to believe when you’re engrossed in the latest Hangover movie, humor is so much more than …

Facebook Says It Has Created The Most Accurate Population Density Models Ever

Facebook analyzed 14.6 billion satellite images to create the models. It plans on making them available to anyone.<p>Leveraging in-house data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence expertise, Facebook has come up with what it says are the most accurate and scalable population density …

Why you should think twice before trusting Airbnb reviews

Ever met a perfectly pleasant stranger and then you were asked to critique their communication, habits and home? That’s essentially what leaving an …

Hospitality

Netflix knows exactly how long it has before it loses you

Researchers at the company have found that if a typical subscriber doesn't find something to watch in about 60 or 90 seconds, they could lose interest and move on to something else, like a video game, a book, or even old-fashioned TV.<p>"The user either finds something of interest [within the first 60 …

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The US Department of Education's Free Application for Federal Student Aid program requires any student applying for federal aid for college or …