Facebook Messenger for Kids is now available in Mexico

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Bird now offers discounts to people with low incomes


Bird, the scooter startup that has raised more than $400 million in funding, has introduced a program geared toward low-income people in order to increase access to transportation. Called One Bird, the program eliminates the $1 fee to unlock a Bird so that the rider just has to pay 15 cents per minute.

“Everyone should have access to transportation that is accessible, affordable, and environmentally-friendly,” Bird CEO Travis VanderZanden said in a statement. “One Bird makes this a reality by providing a way for everyone to ride Birds in their city. We warmly welcome all new riders, and encourage our current eligible riders to enroll in the program, so together we can create a community with fewer cars, less traffic, and reduced carbon emissions.”

The program is live in every market where Bird operates, which includes cities like Atlanta, Austin, Santa Monica, Calif. and Washington, D.C. In order to sign up for One Bird, you have to either be enrolled in or eligible for a state or federal assistance program, like CalFresh, Medicaid, SNAP or a discounted utility bill. Eligible people can reach out to one@bird .co to learn more.

Lime, a bike- and scooter-share startup, has a similar program. In May, Lime launched Lime Access to enable people who qualify for state or federal assistance programs to purchase 100 rides on pedal bikes for $5.

Increasing access to transportation has long been a talking point for companies like Uber, Lyft, Spin, Lime and Bird. In San Francisco, which still has yet to decide which companies will get to operate scooter services in the city, the Municipal Transportation Agency has asked companies to outline how they each plan to support people in low-income communities. For Bird, offering discounted rides appears to be one of its strategies.

You can read more about the scooter wars here.

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How to Log Out of Instagram

This wikiHow teaches you how to log out of your Instagram mobile app on iPhone, iPad, or Android, as well as the limited Instagram site using a desktop browser.


EditOn Mobile

  1. Open Instagram. Tap the Instagram app icon, which resembled a multicolored camera.
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  2. Tap the profile icon . This person-shaped silhouette is in the lower-right corner of the screen.
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    • If you have multiple accounts logged in at once, you’ll instead tap your profile picture in the bottom-right corner.
  3. Open the Settings menu. Tap the gear icon (iPhone) or (Android) in the top-right corner of the screen.
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  4. Scroll all the way down and tap . It’s at the bottom of the menu.
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    • If you have multiple accounts logged in, you’ll see Log Out of [username] and Log Out of All Accounts here instead. Tap the option that best fits your needs.
  5. Tap or . When prompted, tap a password option. Tapping Remember will allow you to log back into your Instagram account without having to enter your password, while tapping Not Now will prevent your iPhone from remembering your login information.
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    • On Android, uncheck the “Remember my login info” box if you don’t want Instagram remembering your login information.
    • If you aren’t prompted to select a “Remember” option, you can remove your login information after logging out.
  6. Tap when prompted. Doing so will log you out of the Instagram mobile app.
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    • On Android, tap Log Out in the bottom-right corner of the pop-up window.
  7. Remove your login info. If you want to prevent Instagram from logging you back into your account without login information, tap Remove below the Log In button, then tap Remove when prompted.
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    • If you have multiple accounts saved, tap Manage Accounts below the listed accounts, tap X to the right of the account, and tap Remove when prompted.

EditOn Desktop

  1. Open Instagram. Go to https://www.instagram.com/ in your browser. This will open your Instagram home page.
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  2. Click your profile icon . It’s in the top-right corner of the page.
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  3. Click the Settings gear . You’ll see this option in the top-right side of the page. Doing so prompts a pop-up menu to appear.
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  4. Click . It’s in the middle of the pop-up menu. This will immediately log you out of the Instagram site on your computer.
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Voters’ data was left exposed online because of course it was


Sure, our ballot may be secret. But our voter data? Yeah, not so much.

Our most recent reminder of this disconcerting truth: Bob Diachenko, a self-described cybersecurity enthusiast who works for an IT development firm, discovered an online database containing information on thousands of US voters. The apparently misconfigured database, which belonged to a Virginia-based robocalling firm, reportedly included voters’ names, addresses, phone numbers, and political affiliation, along with other personal information.   

And it was all there for the taking. 

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Is Your Phone Waterproof or Just “Splash-resistant?” A Quick Guide to Water Ratings on Technology

waterproofing-feature.jpgI have a screen protector and a heavy-duty case on my phone, which probably says something about me as a person. But terms like “splash-resistant,” “waterproof,” and even “military-grade” are terms that exist on a spectrum – how many “splashes” can something resist? What depth is something waterproof to? And what if one of the military grades is “F?” Luckily, between the actual IP (Ingress Protection) standards that exist and the thousands of people dropping phones in water on YouTube, we can get a pretty good idea of what these terms mean. Ingress Protection ratings You can find more details on IP ratings here,… Read more

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Senate wants emergency alerts to go out through Netflix, Spotify, etc.


An emergency alert goes out, trying to let you know about incoming bad news — a missile, a tsunami or something else terrifying. Your phone starts shouting… but it’s downstairs. A warning ticker pops on TVs, if you’re watching cable… but you’ve got your eyes glued to Netflix, or Hulu, or some other online streaming service.

Should these services, with their ever-increasing ownership of our screen time, be prepped to broadcast these warnings?

Senators in Hawaii and South Dakota think so, having just introduced a bill (the “Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement,” or READI, act) that would “explore” broadcasting alerts to “online streaming services, such as Netflix and Spotify,” amongst other changes to the Emergency Alert System.

“Hawaii? Wasn’t that the state that had a very public false alarm with its emergency alert system?”

Yep! But it seems that in investigating what went wrong, the state found plenty of long-lived shortcomings in the existing, aging alert system.

Some of the other things the bill touches on:

  • Users on many phones can currently disable federal alerts; they want to get rid of that option
  • Building a better system for reporting false alarms and figuring out what happened
  • Updating the system to better prevent false alarms, and to better retract them when they do happen

The idea of sending emergency alerts to Netflix etc. seems a bit obvious at this point — hell, I was mulling over it right here on TechCrunch back in 2011, and it seemed a bit obvious even back then.

With that said, I still have the same hesitations I had at the time. After the recent false alarms and ensuing panic, it’s clear that any such system needs to be rock solid from a security standpoint — one missed bug or exploit and half the country is freaking out about non-existent incoming missiles when all they wanted to do was watch Orange Is the New Black. If it can be done right, though, it seems like a reasonable idea.

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