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We Spent $3.3M Buying Out Investors: Why and How We Did It

OPEN.BUFFER.COM — Last month, Buffer spent $3.3 million – about half of all the cash we had in the bank – to buy out our main venture capital (VC) investors. Starting the conversations, negotiations, and process of this buy out was one of the most important decisions I’ve made in the Buffer journey so far, and it…

‘Doom’ player uncovers a secret that’s been hidden for 24 years

MASHABLE.COM — Video games are often filled with secrets. They just don’t usually stay hidden for this long. Doom series co-creator John Romero took to Twitter on Friday with an exuberant congratulations for Zero Master, the YouTuber who discovered a secret unlock that’s confounded Doom II fans for more than two decades.

‘Five Eyes’ governments call on tech giants to build encryption backdoors — or else

TECHCRUNCH.COM — A pact of five nation states dedicated to a global “collect it all” surveillance mission has issued a memo calling on their governments to demand tech companies build backdoor access to their users’ encrypted data — or face measures to force companies to comply. The international pact — the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, known as the so-called “Five Eyes” group of nations — quietly issued the memo last week demanding that providers “create customized solutions, tailored to their individual system architectures that are capable of meeting lawful access requirements.” This kind of backdoor access would allow each government access to encrypted call and message data on their citizens.

The Genius Myth That Stops Us Being Happy and Successful

JEFFBULLAS.COM — There is a myth that has been centuries in the making. It is a lie that has stopped many from starting their dream. Prevented people from displaying their genius. Stopped people succeeding. The myth? That being an artist, a creator or successful is only for a special few. That lie is that innovation and creativity starts with a genius moment. That being creative is waiting for inspiration to show up.

Silicon Valley is changing, and its lead over other tech hubs narrowing

ECONOMIST.COM — THE garage in which Hewlett-Packard was started in 1939 is now a private museum—a modest monument to the cut-price creativity and bare-knuckle entrepreneurship that made Silicon Valley famous. Drive south from Palo Alto through 20 minutes of inevitable traffic to Sunnyvale and you will find a…

Thailand is becoming a critical country for blockchain

TECHCRUNCH.COM — While United States regulators are still trying to figure out how to think about cryptocurrencies, Thailand’s government is already mapping out its own central bank digital currency. This is just one of numerous examples how Thailand has emerged as one the most interesting cryptocurrency and blockchain countries in Southeast Asia in 2018.

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How the Facebook Algorithm Works in 2018 (And How to Work With it)

BLOG.HOOTSUITE.COM — Blog / Social Since Mark Zuckerberg’s 2018 announcement that the Facebook algorithm will prioritize “meaningful interactions” from friends and family over content from brands, it has become trickier than ever to ensure your organic content gets the screen time it deserves. But,…

TikTok adds video reactions to its newly-merged app

TECHCRUNCH.COM — Just about a month after the merger of the short-form video apps Musical.ly and TikTok, the app is introducing a new social feature, allowing users to post their reactions to the videos that they watch. Instead of text comments, these reactions will take the form of videos that are essentially superimposed on top of existing clips. The idea of a reaction video should be familiar to anyone who’s spent some time on YouTube, but is incorporating the concept in way that looks like a pretty seamless.

Twitter tests suggestions on people to unfollow for when your timeline is too much

MASHABLE.COM — You’re likely familiar with Twitter’s suggestions on who to follow. Now, the company is asking some users if they want to unfollow people. . As first pointed out by Slate, the social media platform is testing unfollow suggestions. “We know that people want a relevant Twitter timeline. One way to do this is by unfollowing people they don’t engage with regularly.

When battery life saves human life

TECHCRUNCH.COM — human life with battery life, but for many migrants escaping war or famine, a single percentage point of battery can mean getting the right information at the right time – or not surviving at all. Smartphones today have become an integral part of a forced migrant’s journey. From navigating mountains in Central Asia using Google Maps to staying connected with family back home via WhatsApp, smartphones have transformed the migrant experience – though not always for the better.

Retweeting Your Own Tweets Can Boost Your Reach and Engagement

BLOG.BUFFERAPP.COM — After Twitter changed its rules on sharing identical tweets, we set out to experiment with new ways to boost the reach of our best tweets. This strategy helped us to generate 122 percent more impressions, 87 percent more engagements, and 90 percent more link clicks for our top tweets. It’s…

Twitter hints at new threaded conversations and who’s online features

TECHCRUNCH.COM — head sent out a tweet this afternoon hinting the social platform might get a couple of interesting updates to tell us who else is currently online and to help us more easily follow Twitter conversation threads. “Playing with some new Twitter features: presence (who else is on Twitter right now?) and threading (easier to read convos),” Dorsey tweeted, along with samples.

It’s time for Facebook and Twitter to coordinate efforts on hate speech

TECHCRUNCH.COM — Since the election of Donald Trump in 2016, there has been burgeoning awareness of the hate speech on social media platforms like and Twitter. While activists have pressured these companies to improve their content moderation, few groups (outside of the German government) have outright sued the platforms for their actions.

The best scammers of 2018, ranked

MASHABLE.COM — Summer 2018’s brightest star has been the scammer. Grifters of all sorts have been in the headlines this year, from thieves to embezzlers to animals impersonating other animals. What’s bringing on all this Big Scam Energy? We’re not sure, but it’s made for some fun headlines. Here, our favorite summer grifters, ranked by how much we enjoyed reading about their exploits.

Amazon is quietly doubling down on cryptographic security

TECHCRUNCH.COM — The growth of cloud services — with on-demand access to IT services over the Internet — has become one of the biggest evolutions in enterprise technology, but with it, so has the threat of security breaches and other cybercriminal activity. Now it appears that one of the leading companies in cloud services is looking for more ways to double down and fight the latter.

This is Google’s Titan security key

TECHCRUNCH.COM — Google isn’t one to shy away from bold claims. “We have had no reported or confirmed account takeovers since implementing security keys at Google,” a spokesperson told TechCrunch. And it’s probably true. Think of a security key as like a two-factor authentication code that’s sent to your phone — but instead a USB stick in your pocket.

Facebook Watch is launching worldwide

TECHCRUNCH.COM — Watch, the social network’s home to original video content and answer to YouTube, is now becoming available worldwide. The Watch tab had first launched last August, only in the U.S., and now touts over 50 million monthly viewers who watch at least a minute of video within Watch. Since the beginning of the year, total time spent viewing videos in Watch is up by 14x, says Facebook.

Five (more) reasons why Disrupt SF is where you should be on Sept. 5-7

TECHCRUNCH.COM — why anyone in the startup scene — from new entrants to seasoned founders and investors — would be glad they attended Disrupt SF next Wednesday through Friday at San Francisco’s Moscone West. exhibit area. The most-talked-about topics:. Disrupt SF is showcasing the latest advancements and innovations in all of the hottest categories: AI, AR/VR, blockchain, biotech and healthcare, fintech, gaming and investor topics, justice and diversity, mobility, privacy and security, retail, robotics/hardware and IoT and space.

Facebook has removed all cross-posted tweets

TECHCRUNCH.COM — Facebook users are complaining the company has removed the cross-posted Tweets they had published to their profiles as Facebook updates. The posts’ removal took place following the recent API change that prevented Twitter users from continuing to automatically publish their Tweets to Facebook. According to the affected parties, both the Facebook posts themselves, as well as the conversation around those posts that had taken place directly on Facebook, are now gone.

Google Analytics: a Guide To Setup, Track, and Measure Results

ADESPRESSO.COM — Tracking your data is the name of the marketing game. Running social media campaigns or driving organic traffic to your blog is all sunshine and daisies. But if you aren’t tracking that data or using it to your advantage, what’s the point? Tracking can be vastly complex and often overkill for…

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