The best of last week.

TNW Weekly Debrief

September 9

3 Headlines you shouldn't miss

Everything Apple announced at today’s iPhone 7 launch event

Note 7 Recall: Samsung will pay you $25 and issue exchanges starting next week

Google Maps now has a ‘Catching Pokémon’ feature in Timeline


The iPhone 7 Giveaway

With advanced new camera systems, improved performance and battery life, immersive stereo speakers, splash resistance, and the most powerful chip ever in an iPhone, this is the kind of phone you drop everything to go get!

Do you want to be my best friend?

A few years ago we threw an event in Brazil. On the day we arrived, we entertained media followed by a small event hosted at a local bar. 

It was the end of a very long day, and as I was talking to three people with a beer in my hand, they wanted to know everything about TNW. I politely tried to answer as much as I could, but I noticed that one in particular asked very specific questions, and was clearly well informed. 

Ten minutes into our conversation, I asked what he did for a living. After staring at me for an awkward second or two he said “I’ve been working for you for the past two years.” 
Turns out he was one of our writers – who I’d never met before and hadn’t recognized from his postage stamp sized avatar. 

We had a good laugh about it, but I felt stupid for not recognizing him. And I consider it one of the downsides of having a company with employees all over the world.

I was reminded of this recently while brainstorming a better way of accepting connections on Linkedin. I don’t have a current formula, so I accept everyone – save for the most obvious spammers. That also means my LinkedIn network is way too big and filled with people I really don’t know. 

I brought this up in a conversation with some other digerati and one of them told me she only accepted people she has physically shaken hands with. 

I explained that I had people working for me that have never met and probably wouldn’t recognize them on the street… or standing face-to-face as had happened with me before. According to her rules I wouldn’t be able to connect with them because we never shook hands, even if we’ve chatted for months. That rule obviously isn’t compatible with how technology is changing relationships. 

Relationships – and as such, manners – are changing. While it’s still impolite to stare at your phone when talking to someone, wouldn’t it also be impolite to keep people waiting for a response online merely because someone in physical proximity demands your attention? 

Is a meaningful relationship with someone who you’ve never met worth less than a shallow relationship with a person you see regularly? Digital tools force us to reevaluate these rules. Having said all that… I want to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.

Matt_Hussey Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten
CEO and Managing Editor
Email  Twitter
Apps of the week

Google Photos

Google’s photo app got even better by baking in the ability to edit iOS Live Photos and turn them into easily shareable GIFs or movies.


Drupe has added a new call recording feature to its excellent dialer replacement app, which offers an intuitive interface for contacting people using any of your voice and text messaging services from a single screen. It works like a charm and is as easy to use as swiping right.


Truecaller has announced that its app will now identify and display whether an incoming call on your iPhone has been marked as spam – allowing you to choose to avoid it before picking up.

Red faces of the week

Hackers ejaculate 800,000 Brazzers accounts onto the dark web

Another week, another massive data leak. This time around, it’s 800,000 accounts from iconic porn site Brazzers. Although the data originated from their forum, users who have never signed up may be caught up in the breach.

The data was passed to Vice’s Motherboard publication by breach monitoring site for verifications purposes. It found that the dataset contains 928,072 individual records, with 790,724 unique email addresses, as well as many usernames and plaintext passwords. Many of the entries were duplicated or inactive accounts.

Like most of the recent breaches we’ve seen (including LinkedInDropBox, and, this data hails way back to 2012.

According to Matt Stevens, PR manager for Brazzers, “This matches an incident which occurred in 2012 with our ‘Brazzersforum,’ which was managed by a third party. The incident occurred because of a vulnerability in the said third party software, the ‘vBulletin’ software, and not Brazzers itself.”


He further adds that: “users’ accounts were shared between Brazzers and the ‘Brazzersforum’ which was created for user convenience. That resulted in a small portion of our user accounts being exposed.”


The Brazzers forum allowed users to discuss scenes from Brazzers porn films, chat about individual actors and actresses, and request specific scenarios they’d like to see in future films. Brazzers has taken the forum down for “maintenance”, with no word on when it’ll be back up.


For the users who have been caught up in the leak, this spells bad news. After the Ashley Madison leak, there was a surge in related extortion attempts. While the same level of data wasn’t stored on the Brazzers forum, it is possible that something similar could happen here.


If you think you might have been caught up in this, you can check on Troy Hunt’s Have I Been Pwned. Should you get the bad news, you’d be well advised to change your password on any site where you reused your BrazzersForum one.

Nearly 800,000 Brazzers Porn Site Accounts Exposed in Forum Hack on Motherboard
3 Features you shouldn't miss

The iPhone 7 is a confession: Smartphones have peaked

Let’s just admit Google’s Project Ara was a terrible idea and move on

Dear Apple and Nintendo: Thank you

3 The Next Web Deals

Privatoria VPN:
3-Year Subscription

97% OFF


Rosetta Stone Language
Box Set (Levels 1-4)

66% OFF


Ultimate Data and
Analytics Bundle

97% OFF

Must-read from beyond TNW One more thing

Google’s Clever Plan to Stop Aspiring ISIS Recruits


This smart urinal will clean your dick entirely hands-free