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Feb 13, 2020 12:40 PM ET

One of Mark Zuckerberg’s notebooks detailed ‘dark profiles,’ which would let people make Facebook profiles for their friends

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 13, 2020 - A 2006 journal from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had lots of ideas about potential concepts for the company, including one that would let users create profiles for people who weren’t actually on the social network yet. Details about the journal come from Wired editor at large Steven Levy, who is publishing a book about the history of Facebook and published an excerpt of that book in Wired today. The full excerpt has all sorts of juicy. [more...]

Feb 13, 2020 11:40 AM ET

The FTC is cracking down on influencer marketing on YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 13, 2020 - Commissioner Rohit Chopra called for tougher penalties on companies that disguise advertising on platforms like Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok as authentic reviews in a statement sent out Wednesday. The statement came after the FTC voted 5-0 to approve a Federal Register notice that would seek public comment on whether Endorsement Guides for advertising (which haven’t been updated since 2009) need to be reviewed, according to TechCrunch. For years, the Federal Trade Commission has required influencers to disclosesponsored. [more...]

Feb 13, 2020 11:10 AM ET

Space startup’s founders linked to shady dating website ring

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 13, 2020 - Image: Firefly Aerospace Two founders and board members of Texas space startup Firefly Aerospace appear to be involved in running a ring of sham dating websites, according to the results of a two-year investigation published by Snopes on Wednesday. The investigation links the two men, Ukrainian businessman Max Polyakov and investor Mark Watt, to a handful of shell companies that appear to own and operate dozens of similar websites with names like “BuddyGays,”. [more...]

Feb 13, 2020 10:40 AM ET

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney thinks games can be political, but gaming companies should stay out of politics

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 13, 2020 - Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney is one of the biggest names in video games these days, thanks to the seemingly unstoppable success of Fortnite. And with the spotlight on him as the keynote speaker at the annual DICE Summit, (as recapped by The Hollywood Reporter, VentureBeat, and others) Sweeney gave his thoughts on the overall video game industry — including his view that gaming companies as platforms. [more...]

Feb 13, 2020 10:10 AM ET

Snapchat is testing a big new redesign: A new home for the Snap Map and its original shows — plus a new test of news briefs

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 13, 2020 - Snap is working on two significant tests that could reshape its flagship app in a critical year. Tipsters have provided me with screenshots of two ongoing tests that have rolled out to a small percentage of Snapchat’s user base. One is a redesign of the app for Android and iOS that provides a new home for the Snap Map and the company’s original video programming. The other is a test. [more...]

Feb 13, 2020 9:40 AM ET

DoorDash drivers use their forced arbitration clause to force DoorDash into arbitration

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 13, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge DoorDash contractors have turned a forced arbitration clause in their contract against their employer, as a federal judge has ordered DoorDash to arbitrate 5,010 labor disputes, potentially costing the company millions in arbitration fees (viaQuartz). And in a rich bit of irony, DoorDash essentially brought this situation onto itself. The DoorDash workers originally sought arbitration because they felt DoorDash violated federal and California. [more...]

Feb 13, 2020 9:10 AM ET

These engineers are trying to rescue a ‘Bookbot’ from the Google graveyard

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 13, 2020 - The Bookbot wasn’t quite as flashy as other autonomous vehicles in the Google portfolio, but it was popular with patrons of Google’s neighborhood library, and its librarians. No one seems to know why the little cube-like, wheeled delivery robot saw its pilot end in June after just four months. So a trio of former Google engineers apparently started a new company called Cartken to revive Bookbot from the Google graveyard, TechCrunch reports. Part of Google’s. [more...]

Feb 13, 2020 8:40 AM ET

Sonic the Hedgehog review: fast casual

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 13, 2020 - Image: Paramount When the first trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog was released in 2019, fans were horrified by CGI Sonic’s beady little eyes and human teeth — an uncanny valley horror. He had a face that was asking a lot of a mother to love, let alone moviegoers. So Paramount pushed back the movie’s release date and brought in animator Tyson Hesse, art director for Sonic Mania Adventures, to lead the redesign. Not only did the. [more...]

Feb 13, 2020 8:10 AM ET

Kirsten Gillibrand outlines new Data Protection Agency to take on Big Tech

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 13, 2020 - Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images On Thursday, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) released a proposal to overhaul the way the US government regulates privacy. Gillibrand’s Data Protection Act would found a new independent agency called the Data Protection Agency (or DPA), tasked with protecting consumer data at large. Consumers would file complaints with the DPA that could trigger larger investigations into data malpractice, potentially implicating major platforms like Google. [more...]

Feb 13, 2020 7:40 AM ET

Motorola Razr undergoes iFixit’s ‘most complicated’ teardown yet

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 13, 2020 - Image: iFixit iFixit has posted a detailed teardown of Motorola’s foldable Razr, giving us our best look yet at the the inside of the device and its complicated mechanical hinging mechanism. Although iFixit praises the “numerous feats of engineering” that the company pulled off with its design, it says that its complexity made the Razr the “most complicated phone-based contraption” its ever taken apart. There were several reasons for this. Motorola’s gratuitous use of glue. [more...]

Feb 13, 2020 7:10 AM ET

Facebook caught Iranian trolls spreading pro-Trump propaganda online

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 13, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge In a blog post Wednesday, Facebook announced it had taken down dozens of Instagram and Facebook accounts that engaged in foreign interference, including separate campaigns from Russia, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Iran. The Iranian campaign was apparently focused on winning over Trump-supporting evangelicals in the US. The posts shared by the fake accounts were “news” items about US elections, Christianity, US immigration policy, and US-Iran. [more...]

Feb 13, 2020 6:40 AM ET

Apple’s free learn-to-code Swift Playgrounds sandbox arrives on Mac

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 13, 2020 - Nearly four years after it launched as an iPad-exclusive in 2016, Apple’s Swift Playgrounds app is now available for Mac as part of Apple’s Catalyst app initiative, designed to help bridge the software gap between its macOS and iOS platforms (via 9to5Mac). The free app cleverly disguised as a video game teaches kids how to use Apple’s Swift programming language, and to maybe build apps of their own. Now that it’s on Mac, it might be easier. [more...]

Feb 13, 2020 6:10 AM ET

Jeff Bezos bought the most expensive property in LA with an eighth of a percent of his net worth

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 13, 2020 - Photo by PAWAN SHARMA/AFP via Getty Images According to The Wall Street Journal, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has reportedlyjust bought the most expensive property in Los Angeles from David Geffen, another unimaginably wealthy man, for $165 million. (It’s the Warner Estate, which spreads out over nine acres in Beverly Hills.) That’s a wild amount of money for anything — I mean, aside from a 747? — but especially for a place you might. [more...]

Feb 13, 2020 12:10 AM ET

As Lambda students speak out, the school’s debt-swapping partnership disappears from the internet

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 13, 2020 - In December, online coding bootcamp Lambda School quietly partnered with Edly, a digital marketplace that helps schools sell income-sharing agreements (ISAs) to accredited investors. The arrangement allows Lambda to receive money from the ISAs upfront, rather than waiting for students to find jobs. But it also flies in the face of the values Lambda typically espouses: namely, that ISAs align its incentives with the goals and aspirations of the students. edly. [more...]

Feb 12, 2020 1:10 PM ET

ARM’s new edge AI chips promise IoT devices that won’t need the cloud

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 12, 2020 - Edge AI is one of the biggest trends in chip technology. These are chips that run AI processing on the edge — or, in other words, on a device without a cloud connection. Apple recently bought a company that specializes in it, Google’s Coral initiative is meant to make it easier, and chipmaker ARM has already been working on it for years. Now, ARM is expanding its efforts in the field with two new chip designs:. [more...]

Feb 12, 2020 12:40 PM ET

Twitter might have a better read on floods than NOAA

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 12, 2020 - Photo by Joe Raedle / Getty Images Frustrated tweets led scientists to believe that tidal floods along the East Coast and Gulf Coast of the US are more annoying than official tide gauges suggest. Half a million geotagged tweets showed researchers that people were talking about disruptively high waters even when government gauges hadn’t recorded tide levels high enough to be considered a flood. Capturing these reactions on social media. [more...]

Feb 12, 2020 12:10 PM ET

Sen. Josh Hawley proposes FTC overhaul to take on Google and Facebook

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 12, 2020 - Photo by Leigh Vogel for The Verge On Monday, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) published a new plan to remake the Federal Trade Commission with an eye toward reining in big tech companies. “The FTC has stood by as major corporations have consolidated their power and stifled competition,” Hawley writes in the paper. “The agency as presently constituted is in no shape to ensure competition in today’s markets, let alone tomorrow’s.” Tasked with. [more...]

Feb 12, 2020 11:40 AM ET

Designing a more friendly Fortnite with food, puns, and no in-app purchases

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 12, 2020 - Apple Arcade’s latest hit started out as a joke. The developers at Singapore-based Mighty Bear Games had already pitched an idea to Apple for its new subscription service, but two days before CEO Simon Davis was set to fly to California to iron out the details, someone on the team came up with a pun so powerful it derailed everything. That pun was “butter royale,” and it got the studio. [more...]

Feb 12, 2020 11:10 AM ET

Leaked images appear to show the LG V60 ThinQ’s four cameras and a big battery

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 12, 2020 - The LG G8X from 2019 | Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Just a few weeks ahead of Mobile World Congress 2020, two marketing images of the LG V60 ThinQ have leaked. Each one appears to show off a prominent hardware feature, and it’s good news all around if you like phones with big batteries, lots of cameras, and a headphone jack. Both images come from Evan Blass on Twitter. [more...]

Feb 12, 2020 10:40 AM ET

Motorola confirms a gold-colored Razr is coming this spring

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 12, 2020 - Motorola Motorola confirmed today that its much-hyped folding Razr is going to come in a second color: blush gold. The option will be available this spring. The color previously leaked last week, so we had a hunch that it might be coming. The Razr is currently only available in black on Verizon for $1,499, with new orders delivering by March 3rd. Motorola hasn’t said how much the gold version will cost, but it’s. [more...]

Feb 12, 2020 10:10 AM ET

Abode adds HomeKit support to a second home security system

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 12, 2020 - Image: Abode Smart home security company Abode has added HomeKit compatibility to its Smart Security kit, the company announced today. This is the second system in the Abode portfolio to receive HomeKit support, integrating its sensors with Apple’s smart home system. Its Iota system was the first self-installed home security system to be added to HomeKit back in November. Now, both Smart Security and Iota can be controlled via Apple’s Home app. [more...]

Feb 12, 2020 9:40 AM ET

Equifax was hacked by Chinese military officers, federal prosecutors say

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 12, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge On Monday morning, the Department of Justice announced the indictment of four members of China’s military in connection with the 2017 hack of credit reporting agency Equifax, which exposed sensitive information for some 150 million Americans in 2017. According to the indictment, the group hacked into Equifax’s systems in Alpharetta, Georgia, starting in May 2017, exploiting a vulnerability in the Apache Struts framework used by. [more...]

Feb 12, 2020 9:10 AM ET

Microsoft’s Surface Go is more affordable than ever today

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 12, 2020 - Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Last week, I featured a $599 deal from Best Buy on a Microsoft Surface Go bundled with a Type Cover keyboard. The tablet alone usually costs $549, so it was a great deal. But if you waited, there’s an even better deal happening now at B&H Photo and Best Buy. The high-end Surface Go configuration with 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. [more...]

Feb 12, 2020 8:40 AM ET

Fiat Chrysler plans to launch a robot taxi service in China

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 12, 2020 - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, one of Detroit’s “Big Three” automakers, is collaborating with Chinese startup AutoX to deploy robot taxis in China later this year, the companies announced. It’s the latest move by FCA to cast a wide net for autonomous vehicle suppliers as it seeks to catch up to its crosstown rivals. AutoX, which is based in Hong Kong, says it will integrate its self-driving hardware and software in a. [more...]

Feb 12, 2020 8:10 AM ET

Anthem to get ‘substantial reinvention’ as BioWare rethinks game’s design

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 12, 2020 - Image: BioWare The team behind BioWare’s Anthem will be pausing development on short-term updates and expansions to focus on a much broader “longer-term redesign,” the EA-owned studio’s general manager, Casey Hudson, said today in a blog post. The game is not yet even a year old, but BioWare appears to recognize that its online shooter, modeled after games like Bungie’s Destiny and Ubisoft’s The Division, has been a failure both in its design and its financial. [more...]

Feb 12, 2020 8:10 AM ET

FoodChain ID Offers Free Webinar on ‘GMO Labeling: News You Can Use’

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 12, 2020 - -​FoodChain ID, one of the world’s leading food safety, testing and sustainability organizations, will host a free webinar, titled “GMO Labeling: News You Can Use,” to provide understanding and best practices for the application of critical Non-GMO compliance updates on Wednesday, August 28 at 2 p.m. EST. Registration is now open. With the introduction of the Non-GMO Project Standard Version 15, companies face new compliance requirements. The new Standard was created with broad stakeholder input and includes updated requirements. [more...]

Feb 12, 2020 7:40 AM ET

Xiaomi shows off Mi 10 phone design, confirms February 13th launch date

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 12, 2020 - Image: Xiaomi Xiaomi has announced that it will launch its new Mi 10 smartphones on February 13th in China with a global launch to follow on February 23rd, the day before Mobile World Congress kicks off in Barcelona, Spain (via Android Authority). The company announced the Chinese launch on the Chinese social network Weiboand the global launch on Twitter. The two models, which will reportedly be namedthe Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro, look. [more...]

Feb 12, 2020 7:10 AM ET

The Trump administration calls for big budget increases for NASA to fund Moon-to-Mars program

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 12, 2020 - The core of NASA’s Space Launch System, which was recently completed earlier this year | Image: NASA President Trump is requesting a 12 percent increase to NASA’s budget for next year to help ensure the agency sends humans back to the surface of the Moon by 2024. The administration’s proposed budget, released today, provides NASA with $25.2 billion for fiscal year 2021, a major increase over the $22.6 billion the agency received this. [more...]

Feb 12, 2020 6:40 AM ET

Samsung Unpacked 2020 event: all of the latest rumors, news, and more

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 12, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The event is on Tuesday, February 11th at 2PM ET / 11AM PT It’s February, and in the tech world that has come to mean that all eyes are on Samsung. The company will take the stage at its Unpacked 2020 event on Tuesday, February 11th at 2PM ET / 11AM PT to show off the Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20. [more...]

Feb 12, 2020 6:10 AM ET

Nio’s struggles continue as coronavirus outbreak drags down sales

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 12, 2020 - Photo by James Bareham / The Verge Nio, China’s top EV startup, said Monday that the coronavirus outbreak contributed to a dip in the company’s sales last month. Nio sold just 1,598 vehicles in January, which is nearly half the amount the company sold in December, and down 11.5 percent from January 2019. The comparison to January 2019 is particularly stark because Nio was only selling one vehicle at that time last. [more...]