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3 Hours Ago   San Francisco is home to the tech elite, and is one of the most expensive places to live in the world, thanks to scores of tech firms moving in over the past couple of decades.

6 Hours Ago   Exactly one year after buying GitHub for $7.5 billion, Microsoft has now purchased Pull Panda to beef up the software development platform with more collaborative tools.

23 Hours Ago   Over the last several months, YouTube has reeled from a wave of criticism. It has been accused of radicalizing young voters, ignoring harassment of LGBT content creators, and most importantly not doing enough to address toxic videos on the platform. Now it’s got a new problem: the YouTube Kids app.

Yesterday   The privacy vs. security battle is heating up in India. The Indian government has once again asked WhatsApp to “digitally fingerprint” every message sent on its platform without breaking its encryption, according to The Economic Times.

2 Days Ago   Apple CEO Tim Cook once again took shots at Silicon Valley tech companies in his Stanford commencement speech on Sunday. Although he didn’t mention them by name, Cook warned that they need to take responsibility for the “chaos” they create as a result of their innovations.

2 Days Ago   A new research study has found that Venmo continues to make it easy for third-parties to scrape users’ public transaction history without their permission. Dan Salmon, a computer science student at Minnesota State University, has published a new data set of over seven million Venmo transactions on GitHub collected over a six month period.

4 Days Ago   Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Apple has announced that Shortcuts, a powerful automation app for the iPhone and iPad, will come pre-installed on iOS devices.

5 Days Ago   Google may have released Chrome 75 just last week, but it’s already lining up a few nifty features for its upcoming release. Most importantly, the beta version of Chrome 76, which was officially released a day ago, makes a subtle tweak that may not be welcomed by publishers like The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and others that rely on subscriptions and paywalls.

6 Days Ago   As social platforms continue to be threatened by state-sponsored disinformation operations, Google’s parent company Alphabet has kicked things up a notch. Jigsaw, its side-arm devoted to fighting extremism, censorship, and other forms of cyberattacks, has revealed it bought a Russian troll campaign as an experiment.

6 Days Ago   Google has announced that it’s now possible to log into your Google accounts from your iPhones and iPads using your Android phone as a hardware authentication key.

6 Days Ago   Last year, music streaming service Spotify partnered with Google to bundle a free Google Home Mini smart speaker for all US-based account holders with a Spotify Premium for Family subscription.

7 Days Ago   The much anticipated annual internet statistics and trends report from Mary Meeker is here. The noted venture capitalist published her 333-slide Internet Trends report Tuesday ahead of a presentation at Recode’s Code Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.

7 Days Ago   When it comes to health, prevention is the best cure. Now it’s becoming apparent it is time to extend this philosohphy to medical data as well.

8 Days Ago   US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials on Monday said that one of its subcontractors had been breached in a “malicious cyberattack,” exposing images of travelers coming in and out of the country.

9 Days Ago   Stanford researchers have developed a new AI tool that can help detect aneurysms, a condition that causes blood vessels in the brain to bulge, potentially causing stroke, brain damage or death.

9 Days Ago   At its E3 keynote on Sunday, Microsoft officially launched Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to everyone, almost two months after it was unveiled as a beta. The subscription plan, which combines Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass into a single monthly charge, costs $14.99 / £10.99 / ₹999 a month and gives you access to over 100 high-quality console and PC games on Xbox consoles and Windows 10-powered PCs.

12 Days Ago   Brevity is baked into the way we tweet, but now Twitter is implementing this philosophy on its own rules. The social microblogging platform has updated, reorganized, and shortened its regulations in an attempt to make it clear for users to understand what is and isn’t acceptable on the service.

13 Days Ago   Facing immense pressure, YouTube has said it will reexamine its harassment policies and update them. The company said it will do so in “consultation with experts, creators, journalists and those who have, themselves, been victims of harassment.” The Google-owned social video platform came under fresh criticism for not doing enough to curb harassment and abusive language, and failing to protect LGBTQ users in its community.

14 Days Ago   The revolt against Facebook is gathering momentum, but CEO Mark Zuckerberg can rest easy for the time being. Amid calls for more scrutiny over Facebook‘s business practices in the wake of one privacy mishap after the other, shareholders of the company made a case for Zuckerberg’s ouster as Facebook‘s chairman.

14 Days Ago   As someone who mostly relies on public transport to get around Bangalore, aka India’s IT capital, I’m happy to report that Google has just rolled out a bunch of commuter-friendly updates to Maps for users in the country, that will make it easy to optimize my daily trips to and from work.

15 Days Ago   During its WWDC keynote, Apple fired several shots against Facebook and Google with a number of privacy-focused features. But the one that deserves a special mention is the company’s single sign-on (SSO) feature.

16 Days Ago   Twitter has apologized after it suspended hundreds of accounts that were critical of the Chinese government, merely days ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre on June 4.

16 Days Ago   Gmail, YouTube and other services that rely on Google’s backend technology were disrupted for more than four hours on Sunday by what the company blamed on “high levels of network congestion.” Apple iCloud, Snapchat, Nest, Discord, Vimeo, and a number of third-party applications that host their services on Google were affected as a result.

19 Days Ago   Google is expanding its privacy audit to make third-party developer access to Chrome and Google Drive more secure. To that effect, developers must rework their Chrome extensions to request only minimum permissions without compromising their functionality “We’re requiring extensions to only request access to the appropriate data needed to implement their features,” Google outlined on its Safety and Security page.

20 Days Ago   Have ever asked anything silly to Alexa, and wished you were able to delete what you just said with a voice command? Amazon has got you covered.

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