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TNW Weekly Debrief

July 15

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You are saving lives...

A few years ago a friend of mine, who also works in technology, went on a skiing trip with a group of medical professionals. He explained to me how it was difficult to have a conversation because every time he talked about a technology or startup he was excited about, they brushed it aside and explained to him that all of that was irrelevant and frivolous because ’they were saving lives’. 

He’d demo them Twitter, and they would be very disdainful and explain to him they were trying to cure cancer and this little thing wasn’t interesting for them. My friend quickly got tired of having that discussion and considered them an arrogant bunch.

Although they are right, and saving a person life must feel amazing, you’ve also got to wonder what you are saving a life for. Isn’t life about falling in love, enjoying yourself, and developing your skills? So isn’t Tinder, that’s helping people find loved ones equally important? Isn’t watching a movie that makes you laugh an essential part of being alive? What is the point of living, if you can’t enjoy your life? In that sense, isn’t a comedian who makes people laugh for a few hours on Saturday evening doing work that is just as important as that doctor that’s saving someone’s life?

That’s the way I look at our own company, and startups and technology. Can we make a subtle difference in a person’s life today? Can we teach them something that will help them in their career? Or can we simply make them laugh, even for a short moment. It is all those little things that make the world slightly and incrementally better. So go out and build a silly app, you just might be saving lives and making the world a better place.

Matt_Hussey Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten
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Apps of the week

Dots & Co

Dots & Co’s gameplay is a lot like TwoDots in that the goal is still to break enough dots (and triangles this time!) to meet each level’s requirements. The big difference is the “& Co” part – on every level, you will meet new characters that have various abilities to change up the board, such as make all the dots the same color or remove dots of a certain color.

Tailor

Tailor is a smart closet that uses miniature sensors called ‘TailorTags’ which are embedded in your clothing to detect the items you own and track the garments you wear on a daily basis. Based on what you choose to wear each day, Tailor can learn from you to understand your style and how you like to dress on different occasions. 

Notebook

Notebook is drop-dead gorgeous mobile note-taking app, with a simple interface and a visual organization system that lets you choose covers for your various notebooks and group related notes into stacks. It offers different note types for text, checklists, audio and photos; you can also add all this into a single note and even format your text as you like.

Red faces of the week

Facebook shows disconnection from users in posting graphic video of Bastille Day attack

Facebook’s editorial team has come under fire before, but this time its thirst for breaking news might have crossed a different line. While it may think of its Newswire as a service for journalists, plenty of onlookers also follow it, and didn’t like a video posted of the aftermath in Nice during Bastille Day.

An Instagram video of the aftermath in Nice, where a truck plowed through a crowd killing innocent citizens as they watched fireworks in celebration of Bastille day, was picked up by Facebook’s Newswire Page, which is curated by Storyful. Even the French Interior Ministry asked that people not share graphic images.

While we caution against watching the video viewing the image in the gallery of this article due to its graphic nature, several in the comments section of the original post have taken Facebook to task for posting the video. Many believe people in the video are identifiable, and that showing their injuries — or worse —- is disrespectful to their families.

I’d have to agree. The video was apparently posted in haste, and expecting an Instagram user to censor a video is just not reasonable. Facebook’s Newswire Page editorial team could have also censored the video itself and re-posted with accreditation to the original Instagram user.

But Facebook’s Newswire Page chose to try and keep up with Twitter as a breaking news source, and that’s clearly not what its users want from it. Even Twitter is throttling back.

There’s also some curiosity about Facebook’s decision to control content on its platform. Its reasoning for pulling a video of the Philando Castille shooting in Dallas didn’t hold water, and we’ll have to see whether or not there’s a similar instance here.

Twitter is a breaking news source, and is raw and often uncomfortable. Facebook shouldn’t be, at least not to this degree. It can — and should — do better.
 

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