Author Archive for: ‘Josh Wolford’

In-N-Out Burger Is Suing Food Delivery Company DoorDash

In-N-Out Burger wants food delivery startup DoorDash to stop delivering its food – and it has taken the matter to court. In-N-Out has filed suit against the startup for trademark infringement and “false designation of origin.” It appears that the meat of In-N-Out’s argument involves both the representation of its logo on the DoorDash site as well as concerns over …

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Apple’s iPad Pro Launches November 11th

Apple has just announced when you can get your hands on its new iPad Pro tablet. You can order one online starting Wednesday, November 11th. Apple says they will be arriving in stores later this week. The iPad Pro will first be available in Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, …

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Snapchat Rivals Facebook When It Comes to Video Views

Snapchat Rivals Facebook When It Comes to Video Views

Last week, when Facebook announced that it sees over eight billion video views per day, you likely said well, that’s a hell of a lot of video views. And you’d be right, it is. But here’s a number that’s even more surprising. Ephemeral messaging app Snapchat is reportedly seeing six billion video views per day, according to sources quoted by …

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Alibaba Buys ‘China’s YouTube’ for $3.7 Billion

Alibaba Buys ‘China’s YouTube’ for $3.7 Billion

Alibaba has announced that it has acquired Youku Tudou for around $3.7 billion. Youku Tudou is commonly referred to as “China’s YouTube”. E-commerce giant Alibaba had previously offered a little less to purchase the company last October. Alibaba already owned about a fifth of Youku Tudou. “We believe this combination with Alibaba maximizes value for Youku Tudou shareholders and significantly …

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Facebook’s 1.55 Billion Users Is Pretty Legit

Facebook’s 1.55 Billion Users Is Pretty Legit

When Facebook says it has 1.55 billion monthly active users, the first thought you may have is holy hell, that’s an insane amount of users. In which case you’d be right. The second thought you may have is well, what do they mean by user? Now, what Facebook means by “user” is anyone who logged on to Facebook (via app …

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Facebook Improves Its Local Ad Targeting

Facebook Improves Its Local Ad Targeting

A little over a year ago, Facebook launched its Local Awareness Ads, a hyperlocal ad option that lets businesses target people who live in their area or who were just recently in the area. Today, Facebook says it’s “making it easier for businesses with multiple locations to create local ads for each store and also giving businesses more insight into …

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Twitter’s Political Contributions and Lobbying Efforts Detailed on New Transparency Page

Twitter’s Political Contributions and Lobbying Efforts Detailed on New Transparency Page

Twitter says its political involvement amounts to fighting for users’ rights and things like freedom of expression, Internet freedom, privacy, online safety, and patent reform. And now, in the name of transparency, the company’s set up a hub to detail its political engagement. “Because Twitter stands for open communication, we’re pleased to unveil policy.twitter.com, our new site covering the most …

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YouTube Ramps Up VR Efforts

YouTube Ramps Up VR Efforts

YouTube is ramping up its virtual reality efforts. The company has announced two new VR features for its Android app – VR video support and the ability to watch any YouTube video via Google’s Cardboard VR headset. “First, YouTube now supports VR video—a brand new kind of video that makes you feel like you’re actually there. Using the same tricks …

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Facebook Is Turning Spotify, Apple Music Links Into 30-Sec Previews That Anyone Can Listen To

Facebook Is Turning Spotify, Apple Music Links Into 30-Sec Previews That Anyone Can Listen To

Since the dawn of the status update, Facebook users have been posting about what music they’re listening to. A lot of the time, users post links to YouTube videos. For a while, Spotify shares have gone in and then out of favor. Nobody really liked linking their entire Spotify activity to Facebook. That was just overkill. Now, Facebook has thought …

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Facebook Has Over a Billion Daily Active Users on Average

Facebook Has Over a Billion Daily Active Users on Average

Facebook has officially topped 1.5 billion monthly active users, and for the first time reported over a billion daily active users on average. The company reported 1.55 MAUs as of September, 2015 and 1.01 billion average DAUs. This is an increase of 14 and 17 percent year-over-year, respectively. With $4.5 billion in revenue and $0.57 earnings per share, Facebook has …

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Facebook’s Breaking News App Is Almost Here (Report)

Facebook’s Breaking News App Is Almost Here (Report)

Facebook’s breaking news app dubbed Notify, which has been in the works for a few months, is reportedly ready to launch. The Financial Times says it’s coming next week, with a handful of news partners including CBS, Comedy Central, and Mashable. From Financial Times: Notify, Facebook’s follow-up to Instant Articles, will be made available as a standalone app next week, …

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Netflix and Chill Has Reached Critical Mass

Netflix and Chill Has Reached Critical Mass

Netflix and chill, the cultural phenomenon that pretty much means come over and we’ll use movies as an excuse to sex, has probably gone too far. It looks like “someone hit the mothership”, as this reddit post shows. Someone tagged the Netflix headquarters sign with “and chill”. My brother took this picture of someone tagging up the Netflix headquarter sign …

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Uber Driver Sues Former Taco Bell Exec over Brutal Attack Gone Viral

Uber Driver Sues Former Taco Bell Exec over Brutal Attack Gone Viral

The Uber driver that posted shocking video of a passenger attacking him over the weekend is now filing suit against his alleged attacker. Edward Caban, who uploaded the video on October 30th, has filed a civil suit against 32-year-old Benjamin Golden In a video, which has now been seen nearly two million times, an Uber driver repeatedly asks a passenger …

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PayPal Ad Ruined Christmas, Say Pissed Off Parents

PayPal Ad Ruined Christmas, Say Pissed Off Parents

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority could launch an investigation into a PayPal ad that many parents say spoils the Santa secret. The ad, which first aired on Sunday during The X Factor, features two kids worrying about not getting any Christmas presents. “I don’t think we;’re getting any Christmas presents this year,” says one child to his brother. “Have you …

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Facebook Sees Drastic Decline in People Posting Statuses, Photos, According to Study

Facebook Sees Drastic Decline in People Posting Statuses, Photos, According to Study

According to a report from GlobalWebIndex, Facebook users aren’t sharing as much as they used to. In the last month, 33% of users surveyed said they updated their status. A year ago, that number was 50%. And in the same time period, 37% said they shared photos, down from 59% a year ago. Facebook denies that its users are sharing …

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Google’s 65/100 Is The BEST Score on New Digital Rights Survey

Google’s 65/100 Is The BEST Score on New Digital Rights Survey

How are Google, Facebook, Twitter, and other major tech companies protecting your digital rights? No so well, according to a new study. Google scored a 65 out of 100 in the inaugural Ranking Digital rights Corporate Accountability Index, which you might think sounds pretty bad. But Google’s 65%, a ‘D’ on the grade scale with which you’re likely familiar, is …

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Google’s NYC Retail Store Is Reportedly Dead

Google’s NYC Retail Store Is Reportedly Dead

Google is not going through with its New York City retail store, which would’ve been the first of its kind. The company is currently looking to sublease the 5.442 square-foot location it leased last year. According to Crain’s, Google want’s $2.25 million a year. The store would’ve allowed customers to browse and purchase a wide array of Google products and …

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Twitter Killed the Favorite, Now It Needs a Save Button

Twitter Killed the Favorite, Now It Needs a Save Button

Twitter just killed the favorite – the star you’ve known and loved for years – and replaced it with a “like” in the form of a heart. Does it change a whole lot? Probably not. Fav’ing wasn’t the most important tweet action anyway. That, of course, goes to the retweet. Still, it seems like everyone is pissed. Just take a …

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Twitter Favorites Are Dead, Now You Must “Like” Tweets with a Heart

Twitter Favorites Are Dead, Now You Must “Like” Tweets with a Heart

The Twitter favorite, the star, is dead. Twitter has decided to swap favorites for “likes” and stars for hearts on both its main platform and on Vine. Now, Twitter’s three main properties – Twitter proper, Vine, and Periscope – will all use hearts to signal agreement, interest, solidarity, etc with a post. “We are changing our star icon for favorites …

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Amazon Now Has a Brick-and-Mortar Bookstore

Amazon Now Has a Brick-and-Mortar Bookstore

Amazon, the massive online retailer that has surely been muttered in anger by many a local bookseller, has opened a brick-and-mortar bookstore. Next to a Banana Republic in Seattle’s University Village, you’ll now find Amazon Books an actual physical bookstore. The store opens its doors at 9:30am PT. Amazon’s physical bookstore will still have ties to its online store, as …

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Uber Rapist Given Life in Prison in India

Uber Rapist Given Life in Prison in India

An Indian Uber Driver, who was convicted of rape while endangering the life of a woman, kidnapping, and criminal intimidation last month, has been given a sentence of life in prison. Shiv Kumar Yadav was found guilty in Delhi on October 20th. His victim, 26, said she fell asleep in the back of his car and when she woke up …

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Candy Crush Maker King Now a Part of Activision Blizzard

Candy Crush Maker King Now a Part of Activision Blizzard

Activision Blizzard, whose titles include the Call of Duty Series, Destiny, and World of Warcraft, has agreed to acquire King Digital Entertainment for $5.9 billion. King Digital is best known as the makers of the Candy Crush games. Activision says that this merger creates “one of the largest entertainment networks with over half a billion monthly active users in 196 …

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Google Wants Its Delivery Drones Up and Running by 2017

Google Wants Its Delivery Drones Up and Running by 2017

Google’s been testing delivery drones for some time, officially unveiling its Project Wing in August of 2014. Like Amazon, WalMart, and more, Google is looking to build a fleet of drones capable of delivering goods – both in the US and abroad. Much of these companies’ testing has been out of the country, as American regulatory bodies have been a …

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Facebook’s ‘Maybe’ Button, the Worst Thing About Events, Is Finally Dead

Facebook’s ‘Maybe’ Button, the Worst Thing About Events, Is Finally Dead

RIP “Maybe” button. We all really hated you and aren’t remotely sad to see you go. Starting today, everyone should see “Interested” instead of “Maybe” as the third option for RSVP’ing to a Facebook event, alongside “Going” and “Not Going”. Facebook has been testing the “Interested” option for a few weeks, but now it’s official. A Facebook spokesperson told The …

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New Star Trek Series Will Be a CBS Streaming Exclusive

New Star Trek Series Will Be a CBS Streaming Exclusive

Star Trek fans, you’re getting a new series. That’s the good news. The bad news is that it’s going to stream exclusively on a platform that you probably don’t use. CBS All Access, the network’s on-demand streaming platform, will be the exclusive home to the new Star Trek TV series. It’s set to debut in January, 2017. CBS All Access …

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Uber Driver Records Drunk Passenger’s Brutal Attack

Uber Driver Records Drunk Passenger’s Brutal Attack

We’ve reported on plenty of instances of Uber drivers attacking, kidnapping, and raping passengers. Here’s some shocking video from the other side – a drunk passenger brutally attacking a driver. In a video uploaded on October 30th, an Uber driver repeatedly asks a passenger to give him directions, and the passenger can be heard slurring, burping, and generally being unable …

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Snapchat: We Aren’t Stockpiling Your Private Snaps

Snapchat: We Aren’t Stockpiling Your Private Snaps

Snapchat users had a little bit of a freakout last week when the company updated its privacy policy and terms of service. On Friday, Snapchat updated its terms to give itself “worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free, sublicensable, and transferable license to host, store, use, display, reproduce, modify, adapt, edit, publish, create derivative works from, publicly perform, broadcast, distribute, syndicate, promote, exhibit, and …

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Snapchat’s New Money Maker, Sponsored Lenses, Debut on Halloween

Snapchat’s New Money Maker, Sponsored Lenses, Debut on Halloween

Last month, Snapchat debuted a bunch of new “lenses” – animated filters for photos and videos. If you use Snapchat, you’ve likely used one of these lenses. They’re kind of addicting. Have you seen videos of your googly-eyed friends puking rainbows? How about a blue-flamed skull face where their head should be? A sharp-toothed demon? Yeah, those are all from …

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Facebook Is Sort of Tweaking Its Real Name Policy, Admits It “Does Not Work for Everyone”

Facebook Is Sort of Tweaking Its Real Name Policy, Admits It “Does Not Work for Everyone”

Facebook’s “real name policy” has come under a lot of scrutiny as of late. The criticism comes from all sorts of interests, but some of the main opposition has been from the LGBT community, domestic abuse victims, and even Native Americans. It’s been a problem for plenty of others, too. Now, Facebook says it’s making improvements to its real name …

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Facebook’s ‘Add the Last Link’ Test Is The Most Annoying Thing Ever

Facebook’s ‘Add the Last Link’ Test Is The Most Annoying Thing Ever

Facebook tests new features all the time. Many of them die off, some of them succeed. This one needs to die. Quickly. Some people (a small set of iOS users) are seeing Facebook at its creepiest, and most annoying. Facebook for iOS is suggesting that users post the last link they copied to their clipboard. No. Stop. Please stop. Do …

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