Clap for China’s president anywhere, anytime with this app

The app, “Excellent Speech: Clap for Xi Jinping,” had apparently been played more than 400 million times the night it was uploaded, according to What’s On Weibo. As of today, that’s amounted to over a billion claps. The game starts with a clip of the speech Jinping gave on Wednesday, and then players mash the …

Twitter bans ‘Hateful Display Names’ and shares Safety road map

Twitter has committed to a specific timeline for rolling out changes to its Safety features, and announced new policies, including a ban on hateful display names, and improvements for second-hand “witness reporting” of abuse. By January, Twitter plans to have implemented all the abuse changes outlined in the internal email published by Wired earlier this …

Tony Fadell, Co-inventor of the iPod, Gets Back at Silicon Valley—From Paris

Tony Fadell is at the Grove, a spectacularly beautiful country estate outside of London. The event is Founders Forum: the ultra ­exclusive invite-only tech conference. Prince William is in the house. The guest list is lousy with knights and lesser officers of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Marissa Mayer, the now ex-CEO …

Newly-discovered lunar cave would be great for a moon base

Japan’s Selenological and Engineering Explorer (Selene) probe discovered a 50-meter wide by 50-meter deep opening underneath the Marius Hills region using a radar system designed to peer underground. After more readings, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Jaxa) surmised that the chasm was 50 km (31 miles) long by 100 meters wide, structurally sound and filled …

Crunch Report | Lyft Raises $1 Billion

Crunch Report | Lyft Raises $1 Billion 50 minutes ago by Khaled “Tito” Hamze Madison Reed just raised another $25 million to open hair color bars across the U.S. 3 hours ago by Connie Loizos Google’s AVA data set raises the bar for identifying human actions in videos 4 hours ago by John Mannes 18 pessimistic opinions on …

Stream and scream with 13 scary flicks this Halloween

Stream and scream with these 13 scary flicks Looking for a monstrously good time this Halloween but don’t want to leave the house? Well, what better way to celebrate this positively ghoulish time of year than to cosy up on the couch (or behind it) and have your own horror movie marathon? This year has …

Alphabet, Google, and Sidewalk Labs Start Their City-Building Venture in Toronto

Google has built an online empire by measuring everything. Clicks. GPS coordinates. Visits. Traffic. The company’s resource is bits of info on you, which it mines, packages, repackages, repackages again, and then uses to sell you stuff. Now it’s taking that data-driven world-building power to the real world. Google is building a city. Tuesday afternoon, …