Platforms don’t know how to handle Iran sanctions

Photo by Majid Saeedi/Getty Images In the wake of heightened tensions between Iran and the United States, triggered by the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, social media companies are facing pressure to heavily monitor their platforms, but they seem unsure about where to draw the line. Most prominently, Facebook-owned Instagram has been removing a slew of posts that mention Soleimani. As Coda Story noted last week, the company seems to be deleting posts from media…

"Platforms don’t know how to handle Iran sanctions"

This WhatsApp script texts your parents every morning so you don’t have to

In our busy work lives, we often forget to WhatsApp our loved ones. Looking at how regular my parents are messaging me with inspirational quotes and health tips first thing in the morning, it was time to reciprocate. In this tutorial, we will write a simple Python script to send a WhatsApp message every morning. Twilio is the Python package we will use. To run it every day at a certain time, we’ll put our…

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Why researchers should make sure robots don’t become weapons

Robotics is rapidly being transformed by advances in artificial intelligence. And the benefits are widespread: we are seeing safer vehicles with the ability to automatically brake in an emergency, robotic arms transforming factory lines that were once offshored and new robots that can do everything from shop for groceries to deliver prescription drugs to people who have trouble doing it themselves. But our ever-growing appetite for intelligent, autonomous machines poses a host of ethical challenges.…

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You probably don’t need a degree to be a UI/UX designer

It was a regular day at the office, and I was sitting in the common area of our open office space with my manager at the time. We were seated around a table of supplies gluing squares of patterned wallpaper to those sample tiles that you get at hardware stores like Lowe’s or Home Depot. It was arts and crafts day at the office, so we were making DIY coasters. I’d been interning at Skookum, a…

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Don’t just hire the ‘best’ people — focus on diversity

Boris is the wise ol’ CEO of TNW who writes a weekly column on everything about being an entrepreneur in tech — from managing stress to embracing awkwardness. You can get his musings straight to your inbox by signing up for his newsletter! Politicians in the Netherlands have agreed to a mandatory quota for the amount of women board members of the country’s top 100 biggest companies. The new rule is that at least 30…

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Even Facebook’s employees don’t trust it with their financial info

Facebook is not exactly a platform that’s engendered a lot of trust over the last couple of years. Its users have shown an increasing distrust in it, and a new survey suggests they aren’t the only ones. The survey was run by TeamBlind, the company behind the Blind anonymous social networking app. The app’s designed to allow professionals from major companies to connect with each other, and TeamBlind runs several surveys like this. It published…

"Even Facebook’s employees don’t trust it with their financial info"

Amazon’s 2nd Gen Fire TV Cube is a great buy — if you don’t have the original

Amazon beefed up its Fire TV Cube with a few new hardware upgrades, refreshing it for the 2019 market. It’s undoubtedly better — but the changes are so incremental that if you have the original, it might not be worth your money to upgrade. Everything Tristan said about the original Fire Cube in his review still holds true — it’s a fantastic device, particularly if you don’t already have a smart assistant and want one that can do basically everything. Alexa connects…

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Microsoft’s Surface Pro X now steers you away from buying apps that don’t work

Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verg The Surface Pro X sure looks nice, but a lot of currently available apps on the Microsoft Store don’t work with its custom SQ1 64-bit ARM processor — and weirdly, my colleague Dieter Bohn found that the Microsoft Store won’t stop you from buying apps that don’t work. So, in theory, you could pay for an app and download it, only to find it’s incompatible with your shiny…

"Microsoft’s Surface Pro X now steers you away from buying apps that don’t work"

Don’t wait to plan your exit, even if it’s years away

Startup founders have a million things to worry about every day. Finding product-market fit, great talent and and a sustainable plan for constant growth are top of mind, but perhaps most importantly, they need to keep the lights on, whether it’s by raising venture capital or managing cash flows while bootstrapping. The flip side to thinking about fundraising and growth, however, is skipping ahead to the final chapter — whether that involves M&A, an IPO…

"Don’t wait to plan your exit, even if it’s years away"