Biz Stone Is Back At Twitter

For the past four years it feels as if social media giant Twitter has been dying a slow death. Every quarter there’s news of some drastic change within the structure of the brand. Well, today is no different.

Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter Inc. is coming back. He took to Medium to share the following:

“I worked at Twitter for about six years. In that time, the service grew from zero people to hundreds of millions of people. Jack was the original CEO and when he returned I was very happy.” Biz continued, “There’s something about the personality of a company that comes from the folks who start it. There’s a special feeling they bring with them. Jack coming back was a big step forward. And now, it’s my turn—I’m returning to full time work at Twitter starting in a couple of weeks!”

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Mark Zuckerberg Issues A Statement Addressing Recent Facebook Live Murders And Violence

Facebook’s Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg issued a statement today in regards to the numerous cases of violence, including the murder broadcasted on FB Live.

Incidents such as the murder committed by Steve Stephens in Cleveland, as well as a fatal shooting in Chicago and the murder of a child in Thailand mean drastic changes are in store for the streaming service.

Zuckerberg stated in Wednesday’s announcement that Facebook will be adding 3,000 new reviewers over the next year to help moderate videos and reports.

“Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen people hurting themselves and others on Facebook — either live or in video posted later. It’s heartbreaking, and I’ve been reflecting on how we can do better for our community.

If we’re going to build a safe community, we need to respond quickly. We’re working to make these videos easier to report so we can take the right action sooner — whether that’s responding quickly when someone needs help or taking a post down.

Over the next year, we’ll be adding 3,000 people to our community operations team around the world — on top of the 4,500 we have today — to review the millions of reports we get every week, and improve the process for doing it quickly.

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BREAKING: Instagram Is Down, People Losing It

Cue a millenial meltdown, because Instagram is having a service outage, and people are losing it!

A quick look on Twitter shows people talking about missing Instagram, thankful for Twitter when Instagram is down, checking to make sure their account wasn’t deleted, and more.

People- relax. This isn’t that imperative. Remember the good old days before Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter ran our lives? Even before Myspace. What did we do for fun? We’d go outside and do something, watch TV, or actually interact with another human face to face.

If you’re honestly bored and uncertain with how to spend your minutes during the Instagram outage, read a book. Big Little Lies was amazing. Actually, scratch that. Only read a book after you’ve read all the latest posts on The Dirty. Then go for the book.

Elon Musk Planning Computers To Be Implanted In Human Brains

It’s always interesting when new types of technology are discussed, but this particular item that Elon Musk was in the news about this week caught our attention.

Specifically, Musk -an engineer and inventor- claimed that he is working on computers that can be implanted in the human brain. He compared them to being akin to things in The Matrix.

He also denoted that this device will aid in helping humans compete with “God like robots” that will appear in the future.

This product would also reportedly be beneficial to those who had brain trauma/injuries, and Musk hopes to have this available in four years.

Personally, we feel like “God like robots” sound quite a bit far fetched at this point in time, but we’re definitely onboard for devices that could actually help people. We’ll have to keep our eyes on this one to see if it comes to fruition.

Grindr Makes First Mainstream Crossover, Creating Content Hub Named Into

In the gay community, the word Grindr is synonymous with a hook up app that is used to find an in the moment hook up. While there are other apps like it- both in the LGBTQ and heterosexual worlds- it seems that Grindr is trying to break the mold, as they recently launched a new project.

The project is called INTO, a content hub that the company describes in a press release in the following manner: “An eclectic collection of articles, videos, photography, and more that celebrate and represent the modern LGBTQ world, Into will serve as a barometer for everything from fashion and music to current events and practical advice for their community.”

More or less, it sounds like it’s going to be an online magazine encompassing many parts of LGBTQ life and culture.

Grindr has called this their “first major foray into digital publishing,” so it will be interesting to see if this is a success. If it is, we are sure it’s only a matter of time until other apps try to jump on the bandwagon.

We did reach out to Grindr for exclusive comment on the project, but due to timing constraints they were unable to provide one.

EXCLUSIVE: The iPhone 7 In Red Stinks, Mainly Because, It’s Ugly

Whenever a new iPhone is announced, it’s a big deal. That’s why we were super pumped when Apple announced that they were going to be releasing the current iPhone in a red iteration. While we’re still supportive of the phone’s charitable cause- as Apple claims “every purchase contributes to the Global Fund to support HIV/AIDS programs and help deliver an AIDS-free generation”– we don’t really like the phone itself.

The reason we don’t really like the phone is quite simple- frankly, it’s ugly. Hideous, in fact.

We went into the store to check it out, expecting a look that would be a red version of the stylish “jet black” iPhone. Unfortunately, what we saw, was a dull red color, that looked like it belonged in a teenager’s pocket as an iPod from the early 2000’s. While throwback colors and looks can be good, this one is a big bust.

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