Chasing TikTok and YouTube

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July 15, 2021

1_TOP NEWS

Facebook’s $1 Billion Bet on Creators


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Facebook aims to become a destination for creators and their viral memes. CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the social network will invest over $1 billion "to reward creators for great content they create on Facebook and Instagram through 2022." But, the New York Times notes, Facebook is playing catch-up: TikTok and YouTube got there first.

2_BUSINESS

Microsoft Sees a Hybrid Work Opportunity


Microsoft, betting that hybrid work will provide an opening to make its Windows operating system more widespread, is launching a new service aimed at getting users of Apple and Android products to use the software, the Wall Street Journal reports. Windows 365 will be accessible on any device running any operating system that has a web browser.

3_INNOVATION

The ‘How’ of Quantum Computers

To understand why quantum computers could change everything, you must first understand how they work. Scientific American offers a primer on the role played by “qubits," and much more.

4_DESIGN

10 Designers Reimagine Instagram's Logo

Since its inception in 2010, Instagram’s logo has evolved from a hyperrealistic polaroid camera to the minimalistic, flat camera icon we know today. Check out 10 reinterpretations of the now-iconic Instagram logo, courtesy of graphic designers on Dribbble.

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5_MARKETING

How to Boost Your SEO Ranking


Pay-per-click advertising can send a website to the top of search engine results pages temporarily, but it’s not a sustainable strategy for maintaining your position there. Web Designer Depot offers more than a dozen tips on how to make search engine optimization an effective, ongoing strategy.

6_CYBERCRIME

Where Has REvil Gone? 


A payment website and a blog run by the REvil group, the Russian-linked ransomware gang blamed for attacks on hundreds of businesses worldwide, have gone offline, the BBC reports. Their disappearance comes amid growing tension between the U.S. and Russia over cybercrime and has sparked speculation that the group may have been targeted by authorities.

7_PRIVACY

Can Health Apps Be Truly Private? 

A new report that examined the data collection practices used by a number of apps for opioid addiction and recovery has privacy and patient advocates worried that these apps aren’t keeping data private, Recode reports. Researchers found that nearly all of the apps gave third parties, including Facebook and Google, access to user data.

8_GEAR

Co-founder Raps Apple on ‘Right-to-Repair’


Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is speaking out against the company's position on "right-to-repair," the idea that consumers should have the ability to access information and parts to repair their devices, Inc. magazine reports. Apple is one of the strongest opponents to the movement. "Companies inhibit (right-to-repair) because it gives the companies power, control, over everything," Wozniak says. "It's time to start doing the right things."

9_CODE

Hackers Help AI-Generated Art Scene Take Off


An AI-generated art scene has mushroomed as hackers have been modifying an OpenAI model to make astonishing image-generation tools, Vice reports. All you have to do to guide these systems is to prompt them with words describing the image you want. The primary engine inside the new tools is a state-of-the-art image-classifying AI called CLIP.

10_SAY WHAT?

Skin in the Game

Russian food delivery service Delivery Club has started offering Moscow residents temporary tattoos of QR codes, needed for entry into restaurants and bars, Reuters reports. Delivery Club worked with Everink Tattoo, a startup that produces and sells temporary tattoos. There are six different designs of the temporary tattoos, which last for two weeks and are water-resistant.

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