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Twitter Fights Bullying, Indiegogo Insures Against Failure, & More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 03-12-2014

Also, broadcast yourself on Steam, buy a new old ZX Spectrum, program the White House Christmas tree lights, and watch a documentary about Bob Pritikin.


Twitter Improves Online Abuse Tools

Twitter is improving its arsenal of weaponry against bullying, trolling, and online abuse The MakeUseOf Toolkit Against Online Trolls [Part 1] How many Internet arguments have you witnessed? Or better yet, how many Internet arguments have you participated in? I visit a number of forums and communities on a daily basis, and I see arguments all... Read More . Until now, the process for reporting abusive behavior has been laborious, with a lengthy questionnaire leading to the manual reviewing of complaints. The changes mean the process will now be shorter, swifter, and dealt with quicker if multiple reports are made against the same tweet or user.

Del Harvey, Twitter’s vice president of trust and safety, told The Verge that these changes are designed to give people “more control over their own Twitter experience, including their interactions with others.” Which is an important element in empowering Twitter users who may find themselves the subject of abuse Cyber Bullying Unmasked - The Tragic Case Of Cassidy Kids can be cruel. Almost as cruel as so-called grown-ups. That cruelty has found its way on to the web and into the lives of countless young people who thought they might be able to... Read More .

The changes have already gone live for some users, but will be rolled out across Twitter in the coming weeks.

Indiegogo Insures Against Failure

Indiegogo is experimenting with offering insurance against the failure of crowdfunding campaigns run on its platform. According to TechCrunch, backers can pay an optional insurance fee which guarantees them a refund if they do not receive the final product within three months of the estimated delivery date.

For those not familiar with the process, pledging money to any project on a crowdfunding platform Forget Kickstarter: How To Crowdfund From Your Own Website Crowdfunding has taken off in a big way in the past few years. But you don't need to use a service like Kickstarter if you're already running your own popular website. Read More is risky. You’re not buying a finished product or investing cash in the hopes of making a profit: you’re essentially giving money away to someone and hoping they deliver on their promise to reward you at a later date. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case.


Indiegogo is currently only offering insurance on one project — Olive, a smart wearable designed to combat stress — with $15 ensuring peace of mind should the $129 device fail to ship. It isn’t yet clear that this option will be rolled out to all future Indiegogo campaigns. But it’s certainly a good idea.

Valve Adds Broadcasting Option To Steam

Valve had added a broadcasting option to Steam, meaning you can now watch your friends play games without ever leaving the service. While this is only currently available as a beta, it’s a clear indication that Valve wants a piece of the eSports action 2014 Is The Year For eSports: Here's How To Enjoy It Sport isn't all about the body. eSports prove that the mental aspect of proving to be better than your opponent is profitable, competitive, and enjoyable. Read More currently dominated by Twitch.

The ZX Spectrum Returns On Indiegogo

Computer kids from the 1980s can now relive their youth by funding a new version of the ZX Spectrum. The ZX Spectrum Vega, which is backed by original inventor Sir Clive Sinclair, will ship with 1,000+ games preloaded on it, which makes the $157 asking price a bargain for retro gaming fans 6 Websites Where You Can Indulge In Your Love of Retro Gaming There are lots of websites on the Internet dedicated to the love of retro gaming. Those websites are exactly what we are looking at today. If you love retro gaming, these websites will be perfect... Read More everywhere.

Unfortunately, all 1,000 of the ZX Spectrum Vegas sold out on Indiegogo prior to publication. You can still fund the project, but doing so will not now reward you with one of the machines.


Program White House Christmas Trees


You can now program the Christmas tree lights adorning the grounds of the White House. This is all possible thanks to Google’s Made With Code, which allows you to change the colors and patterns that will flash across the trees in President’s Park throughout December.

Made With Code is being primarily targeted at girls, but there is nothing stopping everybody from getting involved. Thankfully, the visual programming language used is simple enough for anyone of any experience level to get involved. Yes, even I, as a 30-something man with zero programming skills 6 Signs You Aren't Meant to Be a Programmer Not everyone is cut out to be a programmer. Is coding right for you? Here are some signs to point you in the right direction. Read More .

The Man Who (Claimed He) Named Google

And finally, Bob Pritikin claims he’s the reason Google is named Google. And he wants a check, or at least a thank-you note, from Larry Page and Sergey Brin acknowledging the part he played in the forming of the search and advertising giant.


This is just one of the interesting elements that make up ‘Googol, the Nine Lives of Bob Pritikin‘, a self-released documentary about the self-titled “San Francisco icon.” It’s on YouTube, it’s free, and, whether you believe a word of it or not, it’s actually well worth watching. [H/T Gizmodo]

Your Views On Today’s Tech News

Have you ever suffered abuse on Twitter? Is Indiegogo sensible to offer insurance against failed crowdfunding campaigns? Do you believe Bob Pritikin inspired the naming of Google?

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  1. Scutterman
    December 3, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    I watched that entire Nine Lives "documentary". He's a self-important little Prit, isn't he? Apparently, if someone famous stays in his hotel that makes them one of his famous friends, and if he uses a word in an advertisement then he owns that word. The term Googol was in existence before he used it, and I'm sure that the founders of Google would have come across it without his advert ever existing.