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TNW‘s Big Spam: What do you call a week without a Wednesday?

Q: What do you call a week without a Wednesday? Top trending tech news: Uber officially launched Uber Express POOL(TechCrunch) Jeff Bezos bought a really expensive clock(TNW) Spotify announced its first new hardware product (TNW) What we‘re talking about: JeffBezosjust installeda 42 million 10,000-year clockon his property. Because he can. Twitter bannedthousands of Russian bot accounts yesterday - and Trump supporters are pissed.Follow the

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Shit programmers say, decoded

We all know thatproduct managers speak the same lingo to explain what they actually mean. But software engineers are just as culpable of a common dialect with hidden meaning. Here are eight of the most common programmer sayings, translated. Disclaimer: I‘m a former PM. But with the help of Google SWEPragya Bajoria, these shouldn‘t be too far from the truth. 1. This will take me a week tofinish. ‘Yeah that sounds great, I‘l

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The Vatican (yes, the Holy City) is organizing its first ever hackathon

‘No, I did not have to pitch the idea to the Pope,‘ laughs JakubFlorkiewicz, the co-initiator of the first Vatican Hackathon in history. ‘But the participants of the event hopefully will,‘ he adds. So how did this unlikely event come to be? ‘It‘s a story about a student arriving in Rome with an idea, and finding people who got excited about that idea,‘ Florkiewicz tells me. ‘Passionate myself about

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IOTA is vulnerable to replay attacks but has no intention of fixing the flaw

Fledgling blockchain startup IOTA has ran into yet another technical issue. ResearcherJoseph Rebstock has detailed a vulnerability in its network which makes users susceptible to replay attacks a common exploit vector in which valid data is erroneously repeated in order to steal cryptocurrency from users. The issues stems from a function related to IOTA‘s choice to use one-time signatures when processing transactions on the Tangle the com

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How a French 16-year-old is teaching the world to build VR headsets for 100

Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus and the inventor of arguably the most successful commercial virtual reality headset, was only 17 when he completed his first prototype for the device. Fast-forward to the present day, and Luckey is now worth roughly 750 million at the age of 25, having sold his company to Facebook. 16-year-old Maxime Coutt‘s story has something in common with Luckey‘s beginnings, in that he set out at an early age

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How a French 16-year-old taught the world to build VR headsets for 100

Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus and the inventor of arguably the most successful commercial virtual reality headset, was only 17 when he completed his first prototype for the device. Fast-forward to the present day, and Luckey is now worth roughly 750 million at the age of 25, having sold his company to Facebook. 16-year-old Maxime Coutt‘s story has something in common with Luckey‘s beginnings, in that he set out at an early age

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Baking mischief and delight into your products will make people love them

One boozy night in 2010, two developers and an illustrator were sitting in a bar discussing how utterly annoying they found the game FarmVille. As you probably remember, FarmVille was that horribly addictive social network game that let you grow crops and raise livestock, polluting your Facebook newsfeed with endless notifications about how to tend to your farm. After a few more drinks, the group decided to figure out a way to mess with the game.

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Google‘s Reply app is shaping up to be the messaging assistant of my dreams

Last week, we heard that Google was working on Reply, an AI-powered app that lets you reply to texts from various messaging apps by tapping on contextually meaningful replies right in your notifications. I just sideloaded a beta version of it earlier today, and it already looks pretty promising as an assistant that helps you text faster. Once you‘ve installed Reply on your Android device and granted it the necessary permissions, the app wil

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A 42 million ‘10,000 year clock‘ is being installed on Jeff Bezos‘ property

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos took to Twitter to announce that construction of the 10,000 year clock has begun on his property in Texas, with a view to encourage thinking about humanity in the long term. Conceived back in 1986 by American computer scientist Daniel Hills, the clock‘s mechanism is designed to advance far more slowly than your average timekeeping device: it‘ll tick once a year, its century hand will move once every 100 years

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Burnout Paradise celebrates its 10th anniversary with 4K console remaster

When open-world games were becoming all the rage in the 2000s, Burnout Paradise stitched the concept beautifully into a city-wide racing title that featured a wide range of tracks, game modes, and vehicles, and delivered more fun per mile than competing arcade driving games at the time. 10 years on, it‘s making a comeback in the form of a 4K 60fps remaster for PS 4 Pro and Xbox One X along with 1080p revamps for older versions. The multipl

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Deepfakes algorithm nails Donald Trump in most convincing fake yet

A YouTuber this week created a convincing fake video of Donald Trump using the deepfakes algorithm. We‘ve written previously about the algorithm, specifically about its use in creating fake pornographic videos featuring the face of your favorite celebrities and the body of a passable porn actress. Now that popular platforms like Reddit, Imgur, and Pornhub are cracking down on the practice, AI enthusiasts are turning their attention to newer

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Spotify ‘on its way‘ to creating first hardware product

A trio of job listings on Spotify‘s website are again getting the rumor mill swirling about new hardware. First spotted by MusicAlly, one of the jobs details the company is ‘on its way to creating its first physical products,‘ and that it was seeking someone to work in its Stockholm office to handle ‘manufacturing, supply chain, sales, and marketing.‘ Products, plural, is perhaps what‘s most interesting. While

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Samsung announces a whopping 30TB SSD

Samsung today announced it has begun mass production of the world‘s largest solid state drive (SSD). While unassuming in its 2.5 inch form factor, this drive packs a whopping 30.72 terabytes and leverages Samsung‘s latest V-NAND technology. Called the PM1643, the drive combines 32 new 1TB NAND flash sticks, each comprised of 16 stacked layers of 512Gb V-NAND chips. Nerd speak aside, these 1TB packages allow for super speedy transfer -

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Historians battle publishers for the right to resurrect dead MMOs

Fans of abandoned online games are close to bringing back certain ‘dead‘ titles - if the US Copyright Office doesn‘t side with the studios, who this week began pushing back against their efforts. The US Copyright Office, which oversees the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), renews its provisions every three years. These provisions include the specific rules which criminalize any attempts to circumvent copyright protection,

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The Stanford gaydar AI is hogwash

Last year a couple of Stanford researchers created an algorithm to determine whether Caucasians are gay or not with better accuracy than humans. The algorithm, trained with human bias, is better at determining whether or not other humans will think a face is gay. Unfortunately the researchers don‘t present their work that way. The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology recently published the final version of the white paper that detai

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Snapchat copies Instagram for once, adds gif stickers

Snapchat today announced it was bringing a few new features to its app, including gif stickers courtesy of GIPHY. Because social media is a tawdry pile of copied homework, it shouldn‘t come as a surprise that Snapchat is finally doing unto others what has been done unto it - Instagram just introduced this exact feature last month. In order to use the feature, select the sticker icon from the Snap editing screen - check our guide if you need

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Cryptocurrency News 2/20/2018

Editor‘s note: The following column is written as intentional satire and may or may not have deliberate or undeliberate errors. Hey everyone, looks like you get two newsletters today, not because the last one was published late but because I‘m the most generous, beautiful person to walk this horrible earth. The coins are doing even better than usual After sacrificing a goat on top of a volcano, Lord Satoshi has made the Bitcoin return

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TNW‘s Big Spam: Show Google your eyeballs

Tuesday two-day you-day me-day my day fri-day HappyFriday!!! (I don‘t know. Let‘s pretend.) Top trending tech news: Sony Corp. to launch AI taxi service inJapan(TechCrunch)Coinbase and Visa deny fault in last week‘s crypto overcharging disaster(TNW) A drone reportedly caused a helicopter crash (BBC) What we‘re talking about: Google can now predict heart diseasejust by scanning your eyes. Ashady cryptocurrency just partnere

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Research finds Facebook holds personally identifiable data on 40% of EU population

The EU‘s massive General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go into effect on May 25, which introduces harsher restrictions on how businesses can use and store the personal data of their customers. This will greatly affect foreign tech companies that operate within the EU, since they cannot use personal data as freely and as lucratively as they used to. Facebook is one of those companies and it will have to completely change its approac

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Silicon Valley has diversity problems, now let‘s focus on a fix

‘Silicon Valley has developed an echo-chamber. It doesn‘t require a lot of research to clearly see that the majority of people working there are very similar when it comes to race, gender, socioeconomic background, and education. And that is a huge diversity problem.‘ These blunt words were spoken by Y-Vonne Hutchinson, an American diversity activist who recently spoke at the TechChill conference hosted in Riga, Latvia. Hutchins

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Google is tempting Italian university students with cryptocurrency lectures

Google has cooked up an interesting new strategy to lure talent in to its university recruitment events: talking to students about cryptocurrency and blockchain. The search engine titan will be hosting a talk on the ‘Fundamentals and Some Recent Innovations in Crypto-Currencies‘ at thePolytechnic University of Milan in Italy. The lecture is scheduled to take place on March 8 and will preface the company‘s two-day recruitment eve

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We‘re offering startups huge discounts for TNW Conference 2018

Conferences are the perfect place to meet potential partners, clients, and investors at the same time but not all startups can afford to rent a booth for thousands of euros. To make it easier for startups to build relationships with those who can help shape your company‘s future, we‘ve decided to slash the prices for TNW Conference 2018. For just 199 per person, startups can enjoy access to our best-in-class matchmaking platform, par

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