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How to stream and buy Taylor Swift's new single ME! right now – CNET

You can finally hear Taylor’s ME! song on these music streaming services.
Source: CNET

Google's rumored Pixel 3a dons a purple hue in new leak – CNET

There’s more evidence of new hardware on the horizon.
Source: CNET

Right-hand-drive Tesla Model 3 launches next week, starting in the UK – Roadshow

In a tweet, CEO Elon Musk says he wants to have sales cover all of Eastern Europe this year.
Source: CNET

Avengers: Endgame is here — How I survived Marvel's 59-hour movie marathon – CNET

I holed up in a theater this week watching 22 MCU films back to back, culminating with Endgame. The experience can be summed up in one word: awesome.
Source: CNET

Twitter makes ‘likes’ easier to use in its twttr prototype app. (Nobody tell Jack.)

On the one hand, you’ve got Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey lamenting the “like” button’s existence, and threatening to just kill the thing off entirely for incentivizing the wrong kind of behavior. On the other hand, you have twttr — Twitter’s prototype app where the company is testing new concepts including, most recently, a way to make liking tweets even easier than before.

Confused about Twitter’s product direction? Apparently, so is the company.

In the latest version of the twttr prototype, released on Thursday, users are now able to swipe right to left on any tweet in order to “like” it. Previously, this gesture only worked on tweets in conversation threads, where the engagement buttons had been hidden. With the change, however, the swipe works anywhere — including the Home timeline, the Notifications tab, your Profile page, or even within Twitter Search results. In other words, it becomes a more universal gesture.

This makes sense because once you got used to swiping right, it was confusing that the gesture didn’t work in some places, but did in others. Still, it’s odd to see the company doubling down on making “likes” easier to use — and even rolling out a feature that could increase user engagement with the “Like” button — given Jack Dorsey’s repeated comments about his distaste for “likes” and the conversations around the button’s removal.

Of course, twttr is not supposed to be Dorsey’s vision. Instead, it’s meant to be a new experiment in product development, where users and Twitter’s product teams work together, in the open, to develop, test, and then one day officially launch new features for Twitter.

For the time being, the app is largely focused on redesigning conversation threads. On Twitter today, these get long and unwieldy, and it’s not always clear who’s talking to who. On twttr, however, threads are nested with a thin line connecting the various posts.

The app is also rolling out other, smaller tweaks like labels on tweets within conversations that highlight the original “Author’s” replies, or if a post comes from someone you’re “following.”

And, of course, twttr introduced the “swipe to like” gesture.

While it’s one thing to want to collaborate more directly with the community, it seems strange that twttr is rolling out a feature designed to increase — not decrease — engagement with “likes” at this point in time.

Last August, for example, Dorsey said he wanted to redesign key elements of the social network, including the “like” button and the way Twitter displays follower counts.

“The most important thing that we can do is we look at the incentives that we’re building into our product,” Dorsey had said at the time. “Because they do express a point of view of what we want people to do — and I don’t think they are correct anymore.”

Soon after, at an industry event in October 2018, Dorsey again noted how the “like” button sends the wrong kind of message.

“Right now we have a big ‘like’ button with a heart on it, and we’re incentivizing people to want to drive that up,” said Dorsey. “We have a follower count that was bolded because it felt good twelve years ago, but that’s what people see us saying: that should go up. Is that the right thing?,” he wondered.

While these comments may have seemed like a little navel-gazing over Twitter’s past, a Telegraph report about the “like” button’s removal quickly caught fire. It claimed Dorsey had said the “like” button was going to go away entirely, which caused so much user backlash that Twitter comms had to respond. The company said the idea has been discussed, but it wasn’t something happening “soon.” (See above tweet).

Arguably, the “like” button is appreciated by Twitter’s user base, so it’s not surprising that a gesture that could increase its usage would become something that gets tried out in the community-led twttr prototype app. It’s worth noting, however, how remarkably different the development process is when it’s about what Twitter’s users want, not the CEO.

Hmmm.

Hey, twttr team? Maybe we can get that “edit” button now?

 

 


Source: TechCrunch

Apply now to compete in Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF 2019

Is your early-stage startup ready for prime time? Do you have what it takes to step onto the Main Stage at Disrupt San Francisco 2019 and compete in Startup Battlefield? Show us what you’ve got and apply here today.

In our premier startup pitch competition, you’ll go up against some of the best early-stage startups and compete for the coveted Disrupt Cup and — here’s the real kicker — $100,000 in equity-free cash.

All participating teams, regardless of where they place, receive invaluable exposure to more than 400 media outlets and hundreds of influential investors hungry to discover the next big thing. That kind of intense attention can change the trajectory of your business. Indeed, 857 startups have competed and collectively raised more than $8.9 billion in funding and produced more than 110 exits. You might recognize some of the companies that launched, like Mint, Dropbox, Yammer, TripIt, Getaround and Cloudflare to name just a few.

Here’s how Startup Battlefield works. Our TechCrunch editors thoroughly vet every application and select approximately 15-30 startups to compete. No need to freak out about your presentation, because you won’t go it alone. Our Battlefield-tested editorial team will coach you extensively until your pitch is primed and refined to perfection. You’ve got nothing to lose. Applying and participating in Startup Battlefield — including the coaching — is free.

Come game day, you’ll have six minutes to pitch your company to a panel of expert VCs and tech leaders — and then answer any questions they may ask. If you survive to the second and final round, it’s lather, rinse and repeat your pitch to a new panel of judges.

All the nerve-wracking action takes place on the Disrupt Main Stage in front of a live audience numbering in the thousands, and it’s also live-streamed around the world (and available later on demand) on TechCrunch.com, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. That kind of media exposure is a gift that keeps on giving.

Other Startup Battlefield benefits include free exhibition space in Startup Alley for all three days of the show, invitations to VIP events, free passes to future TechCrunch events and complimentary subscriptions to Extra Crunch, our new editorial offering that provides in-depth content, coverage, products and events. You will also get connected into the illustrious Startup Battlefield Alumni Community.

Startup Battlefield takes place at Disrupt SF 2019 on October 2-4. Will you hoist the Disrupt Cup? Take your shot and apply to compete in Startup Battlefield today.

If you’re not ready for the Main Stage yet, you can still apply for our TC Top Picks program and receive a free Startup Alley Exhibitor Package.


Source: TechCrunch

Exquisite Underwater Photos to Make You Love the Ocean

Christian Vizl gets up close with sharks, sea lions and more.
Source: Wired

JBL's Google Speaker Deal: The Link 20 Is Half Off Now

JBL’s Link 20 Google Home and portable Bluetooth speaker is $100 cheaper this week.
Source: Wired

Why a Geocode Is Not an Address

Opinion: Geocodes have been suggested as solution for Puerto Rico’s address problem. But there’s more to an address than determining location.
Source: Wired

The 'Avengers: Endgame' Tie-In on 'Fortnite' Lets You Be a Hero

Plus: ‘Overwatch’ (kind of) introduces modding, why you must check out ‘Final Fantasy X-2,’ and more.
Source: Wired

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