Xenobots Have Heart (Cells) – DTNS 3700

Scientists from Tufts University, the University of Vermont, and the Wyss Institute at Harvard published early research in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences about robots made from heart and skin cells derived from frog embryo stem cells that they call xenobots. What does this mean for robotics and what are the ethical issues at play?

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Len Peralta, Roger Chang, Annalee Newitz

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Facebook Backs Away from Ads in WhatsApp – DTH

DTH_CoverArt_1500x1500Facebook reportedly backs away from ads in WhatApp, the FBI will now alert state agencies for county-based election hacks, and the EU holds hearings on a universal charger standard.

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A Caucus of Apps – DTNS 3699

The Iowa Caucus takes place February 3 and Democratic Party will be using an in-house smartphone app to send out results. Justin shares hits thoughts the party’s latest attempt to leverage smartphone technology.

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Roger Chang, Justin Robert Young

The Democrats will receive and send out results using a smartphone app running on the personal phones of caucus precinct and party leaders.

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YouTube Launches Profile Cards on Android – DTH

DTH_CoverArt_1500x1500YouTube launches Profile cards on Android, Bose closes all retail stores in North America, Europe, Australia, and Japan, and Fitbit rolls out blood oxygen monitoring.

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Twitter Won’t Edit Stance on Edit – DTNS 3698

When asked about an edit feature for Twitter, company CEO Jack Dorsey said “We’ll probably never do it.” What’s the logic behind his statement and would an edit feature add or detract from the platform?

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Roger Chang, Scott Johnson

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Dorsey Says No to Twitter Edit Button – DTH

DTH_CoverArt_1500x1500Google will end third-party cookie support in Chrome, Appel preparing for legal battle with feds, Dorsey says Twitter will “probably” never do an edit button.

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Live Livers, Body Not Included – DTNS 3697

Quibi insists it’s not competing with traditional streaming incumbents like Hulu or Netflix. But then who is it for and what’s the business case?

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Patrick Beja, Roger Chang.

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Verizon Media Launches Privacy-Focused Search Engine – DTH

DTH_CoverArt_1500x1500Google acquires Pointy, Apple maintains its backdoor stance, PC market grows.

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Gamers Being Good to Each Other – DTNS 3696

Wired spoke with Kayvon Beykpour former founder of Periscope and head of product at Twitter regarding steps the platform is taking to minimize bad behavior.

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Roger Chang.

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Instagram Adds Editing Options to Boomerang – DTH

DTH_CoverArt_1500x1500Instagram updates Boomerang with editing and special effects options, Ming-Chi Kuo reports that Apple will release mmWave and Sub-6GHz 5G iPhones in 2020, and OnePlus announces a 120Hz phone display.

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