Twitter is making a seemingly minor visual change that signals a more significant philosophical shift on the social media platform: It’s ditching stars in favor of hearts. But, perhaps more notably, it’s becoming more like Facebook that has longed made “Liking” content as one of the primary user actions.
. In a statement, they said the change is really about recognizing how users are actually engaging with the platform, not just visual icons:

We are changing our star icon for favorites to a heart and we’ll be calling them likes. We want to make Twitter easier and more rewarding to use, and we know that at times the star could be confusing, especially to newcomers. You might like a lot of things, but not everything can be your favorite.

The heart, in contrast, is a universal symbol that resonates across languages, cultures, and time zones. The heart is more expressive, enabling you to convey a range of emotions and easily connect with people. And in our tests, we found that people loved it.

Unsurprisingly, like any tiny change to an interface, not everyone hearts the decision. Discuss

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If you would like to snuggle with a kitten at some point today, then Uber has a special promotion you might be interested in. The car service is recognizing National Cat Day by letting users request that kittens be delivered to their workplace to hang out for 15 minutes. In most places, the kittens can even be adopted. There’s a “snuggle fee” (their term, not ours) of $30 that will go to support local animal shelters. The only request that Uber has made is that anyone who places a kitten order has gotten permission from their boss first (but really, who wouldn't allow a few minutes of kitten time?): "If you’re lucky enough to request kittens to your office, please make sure your boss or building is going to be cool with the meows and that no one in the area is allergic." Discuss

A blogger from Jalopnik recently got the chance to experience the self-driving technology that now comes with Tesla's Model S and X. Using cameras and motion sensors, the heavily tech-outfitted luxury car can actually drive itself through heavy traffic, even changing lanes and coming to abrupt stops. The future is now. Discuss

Gather ye crafters, quilters, knitters and artisans and other artsy types (Decoupage? Whittlers?). Etsy's homemade stuff-selling dominance may be over. Amazon has announced it’s starting a new marketplace. Called Handmade at Amazon, the just launched seller (as reported by New York Times) already features 80,000 items from about 5,000 sellers in 60 countries. To participate, sellers must prove that their goods are handmade, unlike Etsy, who recently expanded to allow outsourcing. Currently, Amazon features six categories: “home, jewelry, artwork, stationery and party supplies, kitchen and dining, and baby” with more expected to be rolled out later.


A social entrepreneur named Jessica O. Matthews has created a way for international communities that have insufficient infrastructure to be able to create and store electricity: By playing soccer. Her company, Uncharted Play has created a line of soccer balls (as well as jump ropes) that use hi-tech mechanisms to create and store energy in an internal lithium-ion battery. After the soccer ball has been played with, users can plug electronics directly into it, and get mobile power even when the lights go out. In this piece from Global Daily for Mashable, she explained how the idea came to her while traveling: "[In Nigeria], you'll often lose power several times a day, regardless of socioeconomic status. It's a structural issue.” At the same time, she noticed that children were constantly playing soccer.

Her company has sold more than 50,000 SOCCKET balls and PULSE products, mostly to communities throughout Africa and Latin America, and also uses the one-for-one model (meaning one play system is donated for everyone purchased ... She said, “By designing a product that people already want to use because it's a play product, it makes it easier for people to engage with sustainable energy.” Discuss