Someone Modified A Roomba To Curse When It Bumps Into Things And Its Hilarious

If you, like me, were unfamiliar with the name ‘Roomba,’ it is one of those robot vacuum cleaner thingys, which are now much more common and popular than I realized. Apparently, I’m still stuck in the middle ages, vacuuming away in analog like a absolute sucker. Image credits: Michael Reeves, known for his colorful language and clever but ultimately pointless robots, decided to take a different approach, however, by responding to his followers’ requests to make a Roomba that screams and curses when it bumps into stuff. After some unusual engineering, Michael Reeves created a monster iDubbbz, LilyPichu to lend their voices and inspiration to the project. Eventually, they come up with a whiney, potty-mouthed machine full of self-pity and existential …

Talk to us: how would you change the internet if you could?

The internet is full of annoyances designed to make you click here, watch this, and keep scrolling for more. How could it be better? Auto-play video ads. Aggressive pop-ups. Invisible ad trackers. The internet of 2019 is full of annoyances and introduced a bill that would regulate social media sites by banning certain features that he argues are designed to encourage new survey by Pew Research. Tech industry insiders all tend to agree that regulation is coming; the real question is what that regulation will look like. Which leads us to the question: what do we want it to look like? If you were going to write a law to regulate the internet, what would you ban? What would you …

Symphony, a messaging app thats been a hit with Wall Street, raises $165M at a $1.4B valuation

Slack’s rapid rise and upcoming IPO are clear signs of the ripe opportunity to be had in the field of enterprise messaging. Today, a startup that’s built a messaging product specifically for the financial services vertical is also proving that out. Symphony, which offers secure messaging and other collaboration tools for bankers and those who work with them, is today announcing that it has raised $165 million. With this round, Symphony’s valuation now tops $1.4 billion. The funding comes from Standard Chartered and MUFG Innovation Partners (a division of Mitsubishi that makes fintech investments), and also included other (unnamed) current and new investors. Symphony has now raised a very hefty $460 million, with previous backers including Google, Lakestar, Natixis, Societe Generale, UBS, …

Canada says Facebook broke privacy laws and ‘refused to act responsibly’

Top watchdog promises to force change following investigation into Cambridge Analytica data sharing scandal Facebook broke Canadian privacy laws when it collected the information of some 600,000 citizens, a top watchdog in the country said on Thursday, pledging to seek a court order to force the social media company to change its practices. Canadas privacy commissioner, Daniel Therrien, made his comments while releasing the results of an investigation, opened a year ago, into Cambridge Analytica. Though Facebook unintentionally uploaded email contacts of up to 1.5 million new users since May 2016, adding that the contacts were not shared with anyone and we are deleting them. Letitia James, the New York attorney general, said on Thursday in a statement that when …

Facebook spent $22.6m to keep Mark Zuckerberg safe last year

Security costs for the tech billionaire and his family more than doubled last year, as an outcry over Facebooks practices grew Facebook more than doubled the money it spent on top executive Mark Zuckerbergs security in 2018 to $22.6m, a regulatory filing has showed. Zuckerberg drew a base salary of $1 for the past three years, and his other compensation was listed at $22.6m, most of which was for his personal security. Nearly $20m went toward security for Zuckerberg and his family, up from about $9 million the year prior. Zuckerberg also received $2.6m for personal use of private jets, which the company said was part of his overall security program. Facebook in the past few yearsrevelations that Cambridge Analytica, …

Venture investors and startup execs say they dont need Elizabeth Warren to defend them from big tech

Responding to Elizabeth Warren’s call to regulate and break up some of the nation’s largest technology companies, the venture capitalists that invest in technology companies are advising the presidential hopeful to move slowly and not break anything. Warren’s plan called for regulators to be appointed to oversee the unwinding of several acquisitions that were critical to the development of the core technology that make Alphabet’s Google and the social media giant Facebook so profitable… and Zappos. Warren also wanted regulation in place that would block companies making over $25 billion that operate as social media or search platforms or marketplaces from owning companies that also sell services on those marketplaces. As a whole, venture capitalists viewing the policy were underwhelmed. …