The Fight Over .Org

1_TOP NEWS

Who Will Own the Nonprofit Domain?

A private equity firm wants to buy the internet domain used by nonprofits. The deal has been met with a fierce backlash, and now a group of respected internet pioneers and nonprofit leaders is offering an alternative: a nonprofit cooperative corporation, the New York Times reports.


2_MEDIA

Streaming Service Quibi Reveals Details

 

Quibi, the streaming service led by Meg Whitman and Jeffrey Katzenberg, will launch on April 6, with an ad-supported option for $4.99 per month and an ad-free service for $7.99 per month, CNBC reports. A slew of celebrities have signed on to produce programs for Quibi, which plans to introduce more than 175 original shows and 8,500 short episodes in the 12 months following its launch.


3_SECURITY

How Iran Might Hack Us


From data-destroying wipers to industrial control system hacking, Iran has a potent arsenal of cyberattacks at its disposal, Wired reports. The most likely form of cyberattack to expect from Iran is the one it has launched repeatedly against its neighbors: wiper malware designed to destroy as many computers as possible inside target networks.


4_SOCIAL MEDIA

Facebook Says It's Banning Deepfake Videos 

 

Facebook this week announced it would ban “deepfakes,” which are AI-manipulated videos that distort reality, often simulating real people in fake situations. But edited or clipped videos still might be allowed, reports Recode.


5_STARTUPS

Jeb Bush and Bill Gates Back a Startup

 

Evolv Technology, a Mass.-based developer of weapons screening systems for large crowds, has raised $30 million in Series C funding from such backers as Jeb Bush and Bill Gates, Axios reports. Evolv, an alternative to traditional "one-person-at-a-time" metal detectors, is able to simultaneously screen large flows of people. 


6_MARKETING

Mailchimp Claims 60% Market Share


In Mailchimp's first annual report since 2016, the email platform turned all-in-one marketing platform claims a 60.5 percent share of the email industry, supporting over 12 million customers. Its closest competitor comes in at only 9.5 percent, Marketing Land reports.


7_CODE

The Open-Source Schism

 

Developers are protesting after revelations that the source-code repository GitHub contracted with ICE. But if you restrict access to open-source code, The Atlantic asks, is it still open?


8_WORK

A Major Union Aims to Organize Tech Workers


Despite an upswing in labor activism, no major video game studio employees and only a handful at tech offices have formally voted to form or join a union, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Campaign to Organize Digital Employees or CODE, a new project of the Communications Workers of America, aims to change that.


9_DESIGN

The Trends Shaping Logo Design


Thinking about redesigning your logo in 2020? Social Media Today looks at the 10 logo design trends compiled by Logaster. They include simplification, unusual fonts and gradients.


10_SAY WHAT?

More Weird Tech

 

Once again, the annual CES extravaganza in Las Vegas has served up a large slice of weird technology, Digital Trends reports. Among this year's stand-outs: a raclette robot that scrapes a wheel of cheese, a toilet paper delivery bot, and a circular phone.