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‘Siberian Maldives’ is actually a toxic dump, Instagrammers warned

‘Siberian Maldives’ is actually a toxic dump, Instagrammers warned

Russian lake that has sparked social media frenzy is full of metal oxides from coal ash A Russian energy company has warned Instagram users not to swim in a mesmerising turquoise lake nicknamed the
All of these services let you own your content, so you’ll never lose it

All of these services let you own your content, so you’ll never lose it

With the closure of Microsoft's ebook store, consumers have begun to wonder exactly how much of their digital media they actually own, and how much is licensed. For the average person, the news isn't

Facebook reportedly gets a $5 billion slap on the wrist from the FTC

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has reportedly agreed to end its latest probe into Facebook‘s privacy problems with a $5 billion payout. According to The Wall Street Journal, the 3-2, party-line

Final ticket release to the 14th Annual TechCrunch Summer Party

One of Silicon Valley’s most fun and enduring traditions — the 14th Annual TechCrunch Summer Party — takes place on July 25. If you don’t have a ticket yet, know this: We just released the last batch
Bianca Devins murder: Instagram under fire over shared images of dead teen's body

Bianca Devins murder: Instagram under fire over shared images of dead teen's body

Alleged killer Brandon Clark’s post with the caption ‘I’m sorry, Bianca’ shared and reposted hundreds of timesSocial media companies have come under fire after images of a murdered teenage girl’s body
Redefine and Reinvent Your Career Before It Leaves You Behind

Redefine and Reinvent Your Career Before It Leaves You Behind

We are no longer in a period of rapid change. We have now entered an amazing inflection point where true…
The FTC looks to change children’s privacy law following complaints about YouTube

The FTC looks to change children’s privacy law following complaints about YouTube

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is considering an update to the laws governing children’s privacy online, known as the COPPA Rule (or, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act). The rule first
Stand Out of Our Light: politics and the big tech threat

Stand Out of Our Light: politics and the big tech threat

Books by James Williams and Carles Boix offer fascinating takes on how we can combat anger and distraction onlineWe’re having problems with the internet and big tech, principally Alphabet

Almost sold out! Buy a ticket to the 14th Annual TechCrunch Summer Party

Last call, startuppers! TechCrunch’s Silicon Valley summer soiree — a.k.a. the 14th Annual TechCrunch Summer Party — is nearly sold out. If you want to join the brightest members of the startup
FaceApp: Netherlands police backtrack over calls to delete it

FaceApp: Netherlands police backtrack over calls to delete it

Forces had warned that Russian ageing app was not bound by EU privacy legislationPolice forces in the Netherlands have backtracked on calls for users to delete the popular age-filtering FaceApp, over

PBS coming to YouTube TV later this year

YouTube TV has landed another network partner: PBS. The public broadcaster’s member stations will be able to stream live and on-demand to YouTube TV subscribers beginning later this year, PBS and

Facebook and YouTube’s moderation failure is an opportunity to deplatform the platforms

Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter have failed their task of monitoring and moderating the content that appears on their sites; what’s more, they failed to do so well before they knew it was a problem.
US could ban 'addictive' autoplay videos and infinite scrolling online

US could ban 'addictive' autoplay videos and infinite scrolling online

Senator says bill aims to tackle features that ‘capture attention by using psychological tricks’ Autoplaying videos on YouTube, Facebook’s infinite newsfeed and Snapstreaks could be banned in the US
Cloudflare cuts off far-right message board 8chan after El Paso shooting

Cloudflare cuts off far-right message board 8chan after El Paso shooting

The shooting suspect is believed to have posted a white nationalist manifesto on 8chan prior to the attackInternet infrastructure company Cloudflare has announced it will stop offering far-right

Facebook sues two app developers for click injection ad fraud

Facebook has filed lawsuits against two app developers accused of generating fraudulent revenue using the social media giant’s advertising platform. The company announced the legal action in a blog
PodcastOne is launching LaunchpadDM, a free hosting platform for independent podcasters

PodcastOne is launching LaunchpadDM, a free hosting platform for independent podcasters

PodcastOne, the celebrity podcasting network from the founder of radio powerhouse WestwoodOne, is launching a free hosting platform for podcasters. The Los Angeles-based syndicated podcasting platform
Google adds playable podcast episodes to search results

Google adds playable podcast episodes to search results

Google is making it easier to find and listen to audio content specific to your search interests, with playable episodes surfaced in results that start rolling out today. Playable podcasts will show
YouTube’s Susan Wojcicki: 'Where's the line of free speech – are you removing voices that should be heard?'

YouTube’s Susan Wojcicki: 'Where's the line of free speech – are you removing voices that should be heard?'

As the crisis-hit video site struggles to stem the flow of extreme content, the CEO talks about her role as the internet’s gatekeeperIn YouTube’s fashionable central London “space”, where good-looking
BuzzFeed’s former CTO joins digital health startup Ro

BuzzFeed’s former CTO joins digital health startup Ro

Ro hires Todd Levy after four years at BuzzFeed.

How even the best marketplace startups get paralyzed

Over the past 15 years, I’ve seen a pernicious disease infect a number of marketplace startups. I call it Marketplace Paralysis. The root cause of the disease is quite innocent and seemingly harmless.