Facebook introduces Avatars, its Bitmoji competitor

Ditch those generic emoji. Facebook’s new Avatars feature lets you customize a virtual lookalike of yourself for use as stickers in chat and comments. Once you personalize your Avatar’s face, hair, and clothes, they’ll star in a range of frequently updated stickers conveying common emotions and phrases. From Likes to …

Facebook Says 30 Million Accounts Have Been Hacked. Here’s How to Check If Yours Is One of Them

If you have a Facebook account, now would be a good time to check on it. The social media giant announced Friday that a Facebook hack last month compromised about 30 million users’ names, phone numbers, emails and other personal details. According to a company blog post, attackers found a …

San Francisco takes the final steps toward becoming the first U.S. city to ban vaping product sales

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance today that prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes within the city. If signed into law, the new legislation would amend the city’s health code, making it illegal for stores to sell vaping products or for online retailers to ship them to San …

How to Watch the Chiefs vs. Broncos ‘Monday Night Football’ Game Online for Free Tonight

The “Monday Night Football” game tonight is a classic division rivalry: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos. Kickoff for the Chiefs-Broncos is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET, and if you are interested in the “Monday Night Football” betting odds, the undefeated (3-0) Chiefs are 4.5-point favorites to beat the 2-1 …

Spotify buys Gimlet and Anchor in podcast push, earmarks $500M for more deals

Spotify is going after podcasts in a major way in 2019. The music streaming service today confirmed that it has snapped up two podcast networks — Gimlet and Anchor — in undisclosed deals. But that’s not all, the firm said it has plans to spend a further $400-$500 million “on multiple …

Leading a hybrid future workforce of robots, episodic employees and gig leaders

Visions of hybrid workforces, episodic employees, gig leadership and acceptable failure have been unearthed in a new study, ‘Work 2028: trends, dilemmas and choices’, revealing business and society leaders’ projections for the fourth industrial revolution. The project was led by Professor Bernd Vogel at Henley Business School and run in …

7.7 million LabCorp records stolen in same hack affecting Quest

LabCorp is the latest laboratory testing giant this week to confirm it’s affected by the same third-party data breach. The Burlington, North Carolina-based medical giant said 7.7 million patients had their personal and financial data stolen by hackers, which hit the payment pages of the American Medical Collection Agency, a …

What the heck is going on with measures of programming language popularity?

I looked at the TIOBE index today, as I do every so often, as most of the software pros I know do every so often. It purports to measure the popularity of the world’s programming languages, and its popularity-over-time chart tells a simple story: Java and C are, and have …

Fortnite World Cup has handed out $30 million in prizes, and cemented its spot in the culture

The Fortnite phenomenon — the wildly popular battle royale game from Epic Games — has manifested itself in concerned articles, cultural shoutouts and now has sealed its place in the cultural firmament by wrapping up its first “World Cup” which saw the company give away $30 million in prizes. Congrats …

Scientists discover a new way to provide plants the nutrients they need to thrive

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have discovered a new method for delivering key nutrients to plant roots – without having to ensure they’re present in the soil where the plants are growing. The landmark study greatly increases the efficiency of surface delivery of nutrients and pesticides to plants. Currently, when …

How to use social media to generate interest in your newest inventions in 4 steps

Social media is a great way to generate interest in your newest inventions, but just like every form of online marketing, there are right ways and wrong ways in terms of strategy and execution. There is a lot of information available online regarding social media best practices, from Facebook marketing tips to …

Procrastinators: Here’s How to Get Cheap Last-Minute Halloween Costumes

Halloween procrastinators, you’re in luck: Many of the big Halloween costume and decoration retailers have last-minute sales going on right now. Sure, you could wait until November 1 to scoop up whatever cheap Halloween costumes and decor are left over at a steep discount and use them next year, but …

October lets 11 public companies borrow money on its platform

French crowd-lending platform October (formerly known as Lendix), wants to educate more people about new ways to borrow money. That’s why the company is launching a project called Grandir Ensemble (grow together). 11 big companies are borrowing €100,000 each on October at a 2.5 percent interest rate. October users will …

Last-mile training and the future of work in an expanding gig economy

Ryan Craig Contributor Ryan Craig is managing director of University Ventures. More posts by this contributor Existential education error: Failing to train students on software Facebook is going back to college The future of work is so uncertain that perhaps the only possible job security exists for the person who …