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Apple pulls the Tumblr app after images of child sexual abuse allegedly surface on the site

Last Friday, the app for the blogging site Tumblr quietly disappeared from the iOS App Store, with no apparent explanation. Now, after a weekend of silence, we know why - and it‘s a really bad reason. When the app vanished, a page appeared in Tumblr‘s help center basically giving the standard ‘We‘re working on it‘ excuse. The page was updated multiple times over the weekend, each update containing variants on ‘

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Tech5 2019 will expand its reach to all of Europe and Israel - apply now

TNW and Adyen‘s annual Tech5 competition is back again. Every day, startups prove individuals can harness the power of technology to actually create change and have a positive impact on society. Here at TNW, we believe these silent innovators deserve their time in the spotlight. So for the sixth time, together with our partner Adyen, TNW is on the hunt for the fastest-growing startups in Europe and Israel to showcase at TNW Conference 2019.

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Google‘s Neighbourly app is rolling out across India now, and it‘s actually pretty neat

In May, Google launched Neighbourly, a QA app to help you learn more about your neighborhood by asking people who live near you. The company kicked off a trial in India‘s financial capital of Mumbai, followed by seven smaller cities. Now that it‘s rolled out to New Delhi, and my home base in Bangalore, I‘ve finally had a chance to try it, and I‘m happy to report that it actually works pretty well. Once you logged in and al

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Facebook launches a dashboard for tracking the time you spend in its app

We first heard in June that Facebook was working on a feature to help you track and manage the amount of time you spent in its mobile app. Following a delay after the company announced its rollout in August, it‘s finally here. Like the new ‘Your Activity‘ feature that was introduced in Instagram last week, the ‘Your Time on Facebook‘ dashboard displays a graph showing you how much time you‘ve spent on the socia

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Samsung‘s Galaxy S10 will reportedly get a huge 6.7-inch screen and 6 cameras

Just as Apple introduced a radically new design for the 10th anniversary of the iPhone,Samsung is reportedly looking to make a splash with its 10th Galaxy S flagship phone. According to the Wall Street Journal, a variant of the upcoming Galaxy S10, internally known as ‘Beyond X‘, will have a massive 6.7-inch screen, six cameras, and 5G support. The report also noted that the Korean tech giant will introduce three other variants of the

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Microsoft developed an AI that creates amazing caricatures

Stanford graduate student Kaidi Cao will join fellow AI researchers Jing Liao, of City University of Hong Kong, and Lu Yuan of Microsoft at SIGGRAPH Asia in Tokyo this December to present their incredible caricature-drawing neural network. That‘s not bad, considering Cao was only an intern at the Visual Computing Group at the Microsoft Research Lab in Beijing when he worked on the project. The AI, actually a pair of generative adversarial n

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Review: Sennheiser‘s Momentum True Wireless are the AirPods upgrade I‘ve been waiting for

As a general rule, I don‘t like ‘true wireless‘ headphones. Don‘t get me wrong; I like the concept, but ever since Apple‘s AirPods popularized the category, I‘ve been hesitant to adopt the newfangled form factor because of all the compromises entailed. Until now, none of the headphones I‘ve tried have cleared my threshold for five key areas: Exceptional sound Consistent connection Good fit Strong noise is

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LinkedIn tests Snapchat Stories-esque feature called ‘Student Voices‘

Well, it‘s finally happened. LinkedIn finally ripped off Snapchat‘s Stories, meaning it joins the illustrious company of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google, WhatsApp, and just about everyone else. The newfeature is called ‘Student Voices,‘ and resembles Snapchat‘s Stories. First spotted by consultant Carlos Gil,LinkedIn has since confirmed, via TechCrunch, that it is in fact working on such a thing. Just like every

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Apple pulls the Tumblr app after offensive images surface on the site

Last Friday, the app for the blogging site Tumblr quietly disappeared from the iOS App Store, with no apparent explanation. Now, after a weekend of silence, we know why - and it‘s a really bad reason. When the app vanished, a page appeared in Tumblr‘s help center basically giving the standard ‘We‘re working on it‘ excuse. The page was updated multiple times over the weekend, each update containing variants on ‘

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There‘s a Coursera class to help your clueless boss figure out AI

Andrew Ng is best known for his work at Google, where he helped establish the Google Brain program, and as the Chief Scientist at Baidu. But his impact in the field of artificial intelligence is probably most profound through his work at Coursera, an online learning center he co-founded. Ng teaches several free or affordable Coursera courses on a variety of topics related to machine learning and artificial intelligence. And if you, or someone you

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Review: The Spyro Reignited trilogy is delightful, gorgeous, and really frustrating

After a lengthy delay, theSpyro ReignitedTrilogy finally hit shelves last week. I‘ve been playing it nonstop ever since, and as a longtime fan of the little purple guy, I‘m more than satisfied with it, though admittedly it does come with a few control issues. We all go into a game review with a little bias - we‘re human, not score-spitting automatons. But I‘m going into this with more personal history than usual. Spyro wa

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We‘re giving away 5 free tickets to our blockchain event, Hard Fork Decentralized

Our blockchain and cryptocurrency event is coming up on December 12-14 in London! It‘s fast approaching, and we couldn‘t be more excited so for loyal readers of Hard Fork, we‘re giving away five free tickets. Enter our lottery here. Together with our lineup of speakers (including Thomas Power, Kavita Gupta, and Mustafa Al-Bassam) Hard Fork Decentralized will answer the unanswered questions about the industry from scalability t

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State regulator orders fraudulent Russian cryptocurrency out of North Dakota

Financial regulators of North Dakota have ordered a dodgy Russian cryptocurrency company to cease and desist operations in the state, after discovering it had impersonated a bank in Liechtenstein to falsely market aninitial coin offering (ICO). In a statement released Monday, state securities chairman Karen Tyler explains how the scammers assumedthe identity of Union Bank AG, using its reputation to issue and marketa fake version of the banks&lsq

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An entrepreneur‘s guide to Ottawa, Canada

If you‘re not from Canada, you might be surprised to learn that the capital of the Great White North isn‘t Toronto. It‘s Ottawa. This is one mistake that any Canadian would tell you they‘ve heard more times than they‘d like to admit. Yet, in many ways, it could be argued that the same misunderstanding goes for the country‘s tech capital as well. Time and time again, Toronto beats out Ottawa on global and nation

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Kodak-licensed ICO allegedly owes developers over 100K in unpaid invoices

It seems there is yet another massive internal strife brewing up in the blockchain space. KodakOne a cryptocurrency project that promised to bring photographers a new stream of revenue purportedly owes thousands of dollars in outstanding invoices to contractors the firm recruited to build the platform. In a series of email exchanges reviewed by Hard Fork, a group of contractors has accused KodakOne for failing to pay up their contracting fees i

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Read this if you‘ve got ‘nothing to hide‘

Boris is the wise ol‘ CEO of TNW who writes a weekly column on everything about being an entrepreneur - from managing stress to embracing awkwardness. You can also get his musings straight to your inbox by signing up for his newsletter! If you‘re one of those people who think privacy isn‘t really an issue for you because you have nothing to hide, you should read this. Personally, I think the topic of privacy is interesting, but

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Here are 5 Mac apps to get the most out of your MacBook

For just over 100, you can pick up five fantastic apps that‘ll have your Mac purring like an Italian sports car...even if it rolled off the assembly line back when ‘The Lego Movie‘ was a new release.

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Facebook hack proves we need new user authentication methods

Just when you thought Facebook has put the worst of its troubles behind, the social media giant revealed on Friday that it had experienced anew security incidentthat possibly affected 90 million users. However, unlike previous scandals, in which malicious actors used legitimate features of the Facebook app and APIs for their evil ends, this was a hack involving a security flaw that allowed hackers to hijack user accounts. Facebook is far from bei

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Kobe Bryant is talking at TRON‘s cryptocurrency event for some reason

TRON founder and prolific marketeer, Justin Sun, has just pulled a megafamous rabbit out of his hat. None other thanKobe Bryant, one of the greatest basketballers of all time, will attend TRON‘s blockchain conference next year,for some reason. Described as a basketball superstar turned ‘investment genius,‘ Kobe is slated to share his life experience and business insights with attendees at niTRON Summit in San Francisco next Janu

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A few thoughts on HTC‘s blockchain phone and what consumers can expect

HTC has been teasing images of its upcomingblockchain-powered Android smartphone the Exodus 1 for months now, but we might have to wait a little longer to see how it actually performs in the real world. The Taiwanese electronics giant was slated to show off a working demo of its handset at an event in Schenzhen, China, but all of a sudden: the device was a no-show. Still, TechCrunch managed to get its hands on the Exodus 1, and has since shared

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A few thoughts on HTC‘s blockchain phone and what you can expect

HTC has been teasing images of its upcomingblockchain-powered Android smartphone the Exodus 1 for months now, but we might have to wait a little longer to see how it actually performs in the real world. The Taiwanese electronics giant was slated to show off a working demo of its handset at an event in Schenzhen, China, but all of a sudden: the device was a no-show. Still, TechCrunch managed to get its hands on the Exodus 1, and has since shared

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Girls who play video games are three times more likely to study STEM than non-gamers

I played a lot of video games when I was a teenager. I have fond memories of hours dedicated to the pixelated missions of the likes of Zelda and Mario Bros on my family‘s Nintendo Entertainment System. I later went on to study physics and then engineering at university. Is there a connection between my degrees and my love of video games? That‘s the question I wanted to answer with my recent research. I found that girls who were heavy

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My wife (mistakenly) thought a Tamagotchi could prepare me for fatherhood

It‘s 5PM and I‘m working on a headphone review. Just a few hundred more words before I can file the copy with my editors and go home. I need to concentrate, but I can‘t. Why? My child just soiled himself. Perhaps I‘m getting a little ahead of myself. Let‘s take a couple of steps back. No, I don‘t have a kid. The offspring in this story is a Tamagotchi, which, almost 20 years later, is enjoying a revival. As a b

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US Department of Justice is investigating Tether for market manipulation

It seems US authorities aren‘t yet done withcontroversial cryptocurrency Tether. The‘USD-backed‘ stablecoin is now being probed by the country‘s Justice Department, according to a Bloomberg report. The US Department of Justice (DOJ)and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)together launched a criminal probe into cryptocurrency market manipulation in May. The investigations have now zeroed in on a possible nexus involv

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