Welcome to our second ever newsletter takeover. Ela Darling, the queen of VR porn, feminist activist, and avid robot enthusiast, has pulled together her favorite stuff from around the internet. She’s also joining us on TNW Answers tomorrow. Have you asked her your question yet? Make it good, and maybe we’ll feature it here…👀 Meet Ela Hey TNW! Who the heck am I? Good question. Here’s an article from Rolling Stone that will give you an idea of what I’m about. *Spoiler alert* it’s mostly porn, sex worker advocacy, nerd culture, and virtual reality. What’s it like being a porn star? I’ve never read a more honest representation than this piece by my friend and inspiration, Lorelei Lee: “Once You Have Made Pornography”. If you’re new to discussions concerning the stigmatization of porn, check out this New York Times article by my good friend Lux … [Read more...] about TNW’s Big Spam: Meet the first VR porn star
Tomorrow we have a TNW Answers session with Adeo Ressi, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor who has made a shit ton of money mentoring startups. Also, he’s really into space innovation… and was Elon Musk’s college roommate. What did you think of Falcon Heavy’s environmental impact? Can I pitch you my startup idea? Why is Elon Musk getting into comedy? Ask him ANYTHING… if it’s good, maybe we’ll feature you here 👀 Top trending tech news: ☹️ Stephen Hawking dies at 76(TNW) 💰 Google will ban cryptocurrency ads (TNW) 😮 Lyft is facing a discrimination lawsuit (TechCrunch) What we’re talking about: Breaking: Little Caesars has patented a robot that assembles a perfect pepperoni pizza. Diversity is good for your business. Here are some actionable ways you can incorporate it into your business strategy to drive real results. Forget … [Read more...] about TNW’s Big Spam: Space Boobs in Space is the Citizen Kane of our time
Wednesdaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!! Top trending tech news: 😬 A researcher found 50k WordPress sites infected with crypto mining malware(TNW) 😮 Blackberry is suing Facebook over app patents (BBC)📷 Sony, Nikon, etc. have created a unified platform for smart cameras (TNW) What we’re talking about: We probably shouldn’t have to say this, but punching robots won’t stop driverless cars. Facebook chose blue for its logo to evoke trust (lol). Here’s how designers can use color to sway users’ emotions. To the media, Gaza is a land of sealed borders, conflict, and 50% unemployment rate. But its tech scene is thriving. Electric clocks in Europe have been running slow for over a month. This is definitely why I’ve been arriving late to work. VR is a powerful tool that can be used for many things… including pretending you’re George W. Bush in a bathtub. Google Street View announced it … [Read more...] about TNW’s Big Spam: Stop punching robots
We’re baaaaaaaack! Top trending tech news: 🚗 Uber denied MIT’s claims drivers earn less than minimum wage(TNW) 😮 30% of the web now runs on WordPress (TNW) 😬 Zuckerberg lost $3 billion last week (Bloomberg) What we’re talking about: Fox created a misleading viral video about how “Liberals” want to remove all “MAN” words. In a show of solidarity with all MANs, and to sound more like a superhero movie, they should definitely rename themselves the Fox-Man network. Or Mr. Fox news. Or the Fox-penis-no-women-allowed channel. Twitter wants our help defining new “health metrics” to measure the quality of the site’s conversations. How about, “number of minutes not logged in to Twitter”? Ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt is kinda sure robots won’t kill us for another decade or two. Reassuring. … in other news, researchers … [Read more...] about TNW’s Big Spam: Reporting live from the Fox-penis-no-women-allowed network
Researchers at Facebook have undertaken what they describe as one of the largest scale studies of spam clicking behaviour, to reveal what kinds of people still fall for social media spam scams and why.Facebook relies on a dynamic set of machine learning classifiers to automatically identify and remove spam from users' News Feeds.However, the researchers admit, "some spam content manages to evade detection and engage users" be they links offering counterfeit pharmaceuticals or games. Facebook's Neha Chachra and Brian Waismeyer collaborated with the University of Maryland's Elissa Redmiles on an analysis of de-identified, aggregated Facebook log data covering 600,000 users, to identify patterns in those that click on spam containing URLs.Perhaps unsurprisingly, the study found that the more active a user was on Facebook the less likely they were to click on spam, although the link was weak."Activity level is also weakly correlated with skill using Facebook and the Internet more broadly, … [Read more...] about Who still falls for social media spam scams?