Facebook has begun testing paywalled options for Instant Articles, offering users the option to subscribe to different news publishers. The feature is only available on Android for now, however.
Internet October 20, 2017
Facebook has rolled out a new Explore Feed section on the desktop site, some sort of alternative news feed with posts you might be interested in. The feed is based on what you liked previously and what’s popular among friends.
Internet October 19, 2017
After so many requests to do so, Google has finally revamped the web version of Google Calendar, making it as slick and feature-rich as other material design-converted G Suite apps. The fresh new look is now rolling out for everyone.
Internet October 18, 2017
Twitter is working to enforce its current rules on abuse more aggressively, and roll out new policies on unwanted sexual advances and propaganda, according to CEO Jack Dorsey. This follows a widespread boycott of the platform.
Internet October 15, 2017
Steve Wozniak is launching a university called 'Woz U,' which provides people with the necessary skills to land jobs in tech. It doesn’t seem like much now, but Wozniak has grand ambitions for the educational platform.
Internet October 14, 2017
Russia's efforts to divide America used Facebook, Google, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, and even 'Pokémon GO.' The mobile game was exploited by a fake Black Lives Matter campaign that was linked to the Kremlin's Internet Research Agency.
Internet October 13, 2017
Facebook and Instagram recently went down because of a 'networking issue,' and as a natural response, the internet went on to Twitter to react in hilarious ways.
Internet October 12, 2017
Pornhub is the latest company to join the latest machine learning revolution, announcing a custom software that’ll identify performers starring in a video and determine what category it belongs to. However, this might have disconcerting implications for privacy.
Internet October 12, 2017
Two of Netflix’s most popular plans just got more expensive. Beginning this month, all standard and premium subscribers are going to have to pay $1 to $2 more to enjoy the streaming service.
Internet October 6, 2017
During the end of Yom Kippur, Mark Zuckerberg took it upon himself to apologize about Facebook’s role in allowing advertisers to divide people politically. This comes amid an ongoing investigation into President Trump’s possible ties to Russia.
Internet October 2, 2017
Twitter discovered over 200 accounts on its platform that were used by Russia to help sway the results of the 2016 presidential election. The company suspended some of the accounts, but a senator said that Twitter's actions are not enough.
Internet September 29, 2017
Twitter may soon double the limit for tweets from 140 characters to 280 characters. The social media platform is already testing the change, which it will do to help increase user growth and engagement.
Internet September 27, 2017
Twitter has confirmed that President Donald Trump’s comments about North Korea, which has caused Trump to be accused of declaring a war against the country, will not be removed. Twitter said the post doesn’t violate its rules, highlighting its newsworthiness.
Internet September 26, 2017
China has decided to block WhatsApp ahead of the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, leaving Facebook without significant presence in the country. It marks yet another exercise in censorship by the Great Firewall of China.
Internet September 26, 2017
Facebook accidentally used an image of a rape threat to advertise Instagram. The horrible mistake is the result of depending too much on algorithms, and digs an ever deeper hole for the social network amid its recent gaffes.
Internet September 22, 2017
As part of its nine-step plan to promote election integrity, Facebook will give government officials and investigators $100,000 worth of Russian ads it uncovered. It’s the latest development in an ongoing investigation of President Trump’s possible ties to Russia.
Internet September 22, 2017
T-Mobile will soon increase the throttling cap of its unlimited data plan from 32 GB to 50 GB. Is that enough to last a month for most users, and will it attract more customers to switch carriers?
Internet September 19, 2017
Verizon will drop 8,500 customers by Oct. 17, offering them no options to continue their plans. The company says these customers are using more data than they’re paying for.
Internet September 18, 2017
Internet September 17, 2017
Facebook has reportedly given special counsel Robert Mueller more information about Russian ad spending on its network during the 2016 presidential election. This is the latest development in the investigation of President Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia.
Internet September 16, 2017
Spotify has officially dropped support for Safari, telling users they should use alternative browsers or the native Spotify desktop app instead. Spotify can’t confirm if support will eventually come back, but the issue apparently roots from Apple’s incompatibility with Widevine.
Internet September 11, 2017
Facebook wants its app to have a new feature where people can set up meetings and hangouts easily. Currently in testing, the new feature is similar to Tinder, and users can even reject a person without them knowing.
Internet September 8, 2017
Facebook has confirmed that a Russian group purchased $100,000 worth of advertisements during the 2016 U.S. election. Those ads reportedly aimed to divide and polarize people with differing political beliefs.
Internet September 7, 2017
Facebook has finally unveiled its new Watch platform dedicated to video content, from short documentaries to prank films and more. The company, however, has a lot of things to do before it can rival the likes of YouTube or Netflix.
Internet September 6, 2017
Facebook has offered to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to music labels to allow users to upload their own videos with any song they choose. This will help the social network better challenge YouTube in the online video space.
Internet September 6, 2017
A popular site used for pirating YouTube content will soon shut down. YouTube-mp3.org has agreed to a settlement to avoid going to court, agreeing to hand over the site to the RIAA, among other things.
Internet September 5, 2017
Google has revamped YouTube desktop website and mobile app, giving it a cleaner overall look and adding in a couple of handy features. The update even includes a new and somewhat overdue logo.
Internet August 30, 2017
Facebook has launched another attack on its fight against fake news. This time, it will ban pages that share fake news from buying ads but will give back ad privileges if they stop sharing such news.
Internet August 29, 2017
Verizon replaced its $80 unlimited data plan with new ones that throttle videos. Quality is capped at 480p for smartphones under the $75 Verizon Go Unlimited plan, while the cap is at 720p for the $85 Verizon Beyond Unlimited plan.
Internet August 23, 2017
The solar eclipse will finally happen across the United States on Aug. 21. If you can’t watch in real-life, here’s how to make sure you still won’t miss it.
Internet August 18, 2017
Facebook has now voiced its stance against the events of Charlottesville, Virginia, saying its site has no place for hate. Several tech companies are now facing the same pressure to make statements condemning white supremacy.
Internet August 17, 2017
Discord has shut down a server connected to the alt-right and several accounts with ties to white supremacy, neo-Nazism, and other bigoted ideologies. The move comes in light of a media storm surrounding the recent Charlottesville protests.
Internet August 15, 2017
YouTube’s CEO has now responded to the controversial anti-diversity memo from now-former Google engineer James Damore. Susan Wojcicki says that sexism in Silicon Valley persists, expressing frustration over the memo for exposing unfounded bias to the new generation.
Internet August 11, 2017
Facebook has given everyone a peek at Watch, its new video platform for original content. With 2 billion users on its network, pivoting to video might just lend Facebook a new source of revenue.
Internet August 10, 2017
Facebook has confirmed it’s finally rolling out Related Articles, a feature which displays complementary links that question, dispute, or criticize the legitimacy of a news item. It’s one of the company’s many efforts to fight fake news on the site.
Internet August 4, 2017
T-Mobile dominated OpenSignal's latest State of Mobile Networks, as the Un-Carrier won all six categories in the report. Rivals Verizon and AT&T played a part in handing over the crown to T-Mobile as they both slowed down.
Internet August 3, 2017
Yes, Facebook experimented with AI chatbots that can negotiate with each other. No, these chatbots didn’t create their own language, and they most definitely will not take over the world.
Internet August 2, 2017
Pretty soon, YouTube Red and Google Play Music will merge into one service, Google has now confirmed. Google hopes this move could help its music streaming service attract more subscribers.
Internet July 28, 2017
The California Review of Images and Mark Zuckerberg is now calling for ideas on essays about Mark Zuckerberg’s photos. Whether it’s his many portrayals in the media or him as a husband or father – it deserves intellectual scrutiny.
Internet July 26, 2017
What had once been the most important plugin people downloaded to use the internet will meet its death soon. That’s right, Adobe just announced that it will stop supporting Flash updates by 2020.
Internet July 25, 2017
Verizon has officially admitted to capping speeds of video services on its network, shrinking it down to 10 Mbps for some customers. Though it calls them optimization tests, people have expressed how this is one effect of net neutrality’s dissolution.
Internet July 23, 2017
Is Verizon placing data caps on users who use Netflix and YouTube? Verizon says no, but some users have reported speed caps when accessing Netflix or YouTube.
Internet July 22, 2017
As promised, Google has unveiled one of the first few steps in its fight to halt the spread of extremist and terrorist propaganda videos on YouTube. It’s called the Redirect Method, and it’s just going to get better over time.
Internet July 21, 2017
Facebook is trying to convince publishers that Instant Articles generate more readership that plain stories presented as links. To that end, it has unveiled a new tool for publishers to see how their Instant Articles perform.
Internet July 20, 2017
China appears to have tightened its internet crackdown, and the latest victim is WhatsApp. Several users have experienced disruptions with the app recently, with speculation suggesting that it will be blocked in the country eventually.
Internet July 19, 2017