Do Good Companies ICO?

 There has been a veritable explosion in the use of initial coin offerings (abbreviated ICO, sometimes also referred to as a token generating event or TGE, or a WTFLOL) to fund startups. Calculating the total investment in these offerings is complicated, but Coindesk puts the total right now at about $3.8 billion cumulatively, with the bulk invested in 2017. That total volume pales in comparison… Read More

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Browsing Facebook can put you in a bad mood, admits Facebook

Is Facebook bad for your health? It's a question that's been asked many times down the years, and now Facebook itself has weighed in on the issue, admitting that just browsing other people's posts "may make you feel worse" as you negatively compare your own life with those of your friends and family.

On the other hand, actively interacting with other people on social media has been "linked to improvements in well-being" by researchers. Sharing messages and posts with close friends, and reminiscing about old times, can improve your mood, reports Facebook.

"In sum, our research and other academic literature suggests that it’s about how you use social media that matters when it comes to your well-being," say Facebook's experts. As a result, the platform is being tweaked to encourage users to interact rather than just scrolling endlessly through the feed.

Improving social networking

Of course this isn't just a Facebook issue – other social networks work in a similar way, and Facebook's blog post references studies that have been carried out on internet use in general. The same passive vs interactive principles can be applied to Twitter, Instagram, and other networks.

Facebook points to the snooze option that it's just introduced as one of the ways it's looking to improve people's social networking experience and make browsing the News Feed less of a drag on our mood. It lets you safely ignore posts from a particular person or a group you're signed up to without anyone else being any the wiser.

On top of that Facebook says it's investing money into researching how Facebook use and screen time in general could be having a negative effect on our kids. In the meantime, maybe spend less time scrolling and more time posting on your social networks.

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Apple has a history of choosing cash over startups

 Apple has more cash than any other tech company on the planet. Yet, that hasn’t translated into spending on acquisitions. Over the past five years, Apple has spent the least on M&A out of all the “Big Five” most valuable U.S. tech companies. That’s despite the fact that it is estimated to have more than $260 billion in cash and cash equivalents. So, is it buying… Read More

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Gillmor Gang: Golden Goose

Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — Doc Searls, Frank Radice, Denis Pombriant, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, December 15, 2017. G3: Last Hope — Mary Hodder, Halley Suitt Tucker, Elisa Camahort Page, Tina Hui, and Tina Chase Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, December 15, 2017. @stevegillmor, @dsearls, @fradice, @kteare, @DenisPombriant Produced and directed by Tina Chase… Read More

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Welcome to CTRL+T, TechCrunch’s podcast about tech and culture

 Without further ado, it brings us great pleasure to introduce you to CTRL+T, a new podcast hosted by TechCrunch Reporter Megan Rose Dickey and Editorial Director Henry Pickavet.
On this week’s episode, we discuss former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya’s declaration that the social network is effectively “destroying how society works,” the FCC’s vote on… Read More

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