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Facebook pauses work on Instagram Kids after teen mental health concerns

Move follows WSJ revelations that Facebook-commissioned research showed Instagram could affect girls’ mental healthFacebook has halted work on its Instagram Kids project after revelations about the photo-sharing app’s impact on teen mental health.Instagram said it was “pausing” work in order to address concerns raised by parents, experts and regulators. The move follows revelations in the Wall Street Journal that Facebook had commissioned research showing Instagram could affect girls’ mental hea...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Children, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, US news, Mental Health, Body Image, Health & wellbeing, Young People


Are You Ready To Share Your Analprint With Big Tech?

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: For the past 10 years, Sonia Grego has been thinking about toilets -- and more specifically what we deposit into them. "We are laser-focused on the analysis of stool," says the Duke University research professor, with all the unselfconsciousness of someone used to talking about bodily functions. "We think there is an incredible untapped opportunity for health data. And this information is not tapped because of the universal aversion to havin...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Stanford, Tech, Leicester, Wall Street Journal, Booth, Duke University, Stanford School of Medicine, De Montfort University, Phil Booth, Izen, Grego, Eerke Boiten, Sonia Grego, Coprata Grego


Here's everything you missed in Week 3 of Elizabeth Holmes' Theranos fraud trial

Elizabeth Holmes, founder of Theranos. Stephen Lam/Reuters The third week of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes' fraud trial has wrapped up. Witnesses included a patient who got false results, former Defense Secretary James Mattis, and more. Here's everything that happened in the trial in its third week. See more stories on Insider's business page. Defense cross-examines a former Theranos scientist Surekha Gangakhedkar, a former Theranos scientist who testified last week, retur...
Tags: Apple, Defense, Trends, Walgreens, Arizona, Trial, Wall Street Journal, Cnbc, Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes, Holmes, Gould, Mattis, Tech Insider, Sarah Jackson, James Mattis


US judge orders Facebook to release anti-Rohingya content for genocide case

A US judge has ordered Facebook to release records of accounts linked to government-backed violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar that it had shut down, the Wall Street Journal reported.In his ruling on Wednesday, Washington DC district court Magistrate Judge Zia Faruqui criticized the social media giant for refusing to provide the records to countries pursuing a case against Myanmar in the International Court of Justice, the Journal said.Facebook had resisted releasing the information on the ...
Tags: Facebook, US, Tech, Washington Dc, Un, Myanmar, Rohingya, Gambia, Wall Street Journal, Journal, The Hague, Southeast Asian, Zia Faruqui, Sci-tech, Buddhist Myanmar, Faruqui


Americans were freaking out over inflation this spring. They aren't anymore - and it shows they believe in the Biden economy.

Riviera Village shopping area of Redondo Beach, CA. Jay L. Clendenin/Getty Images Google searches for "inflation" have plummeted close to pre-crisis levels, Bespoke Investment Group said Thursday. The slide suggests Americans buy President Biden's argument that surging price growth is temporary. The easing concerns could help Biden's outlook materialize, as inflation is guided by Americans' expectations. See more stories on Insider's business page. Inflation still sits at d...
Tags: Google, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, Federal Reserve, Biden, Wall Street Journal, Fed, Manchin, Redondo Beach, Sen Joe Manchin, Bespoke Investment Group, Moderate Senate, Ben Winck, Riviera Village, CA Jay L Clendenin Getty Images Google


Americans were freaking out over inflation this spring. They aren't anymore - and it shows Americans believe in the Biden economy.

Riviera Village shopping area of Redondo Beach, CA. Jay L. Clendenin/Getty Images Google searches for "inflation" have plummeted close to pre-crisis levels, Bespoke Investment Group said Thursday. The slide suggests Americans buy President Biden's argument that surging price growth is temporary. The easing concerns could help Biden's outlook materialize, as inflation is guided by Americans' expectations. See more stories on Insider's business page. Inflation still sits at d...
Tags: Google, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, Federal Reserve, Biden, Wall Street Journal, Fed, Manchin, Redondo Beach, Sen Joe Manchin, Bespoke Investment Group, Moderate Senate, Ben Winck, Riviera Village, CA Jay L Clendenin Getty Images Google


Fed's Powell says he wasn't aware two top policymakers were actively trading stocks as he promises a review of rules

Jerome Powell. Pool/ Getty Images Fed Chair Jerome Powell said he wasn't aware of "specifics" behind stock trades made by two top policymakers while in office. He avoided saying he has confidence in Dallas and Boston Fed presidents Robert Kaplan and Eric Rosengren in a press conference Wednesday. Powell pledged to review the rules for Fed officials, saying: "We need to make changes, and we're going to do that as a consequence of this." Sign up here for our daily newsletter, 10 Thi...
Tags: Apple, US, Trends, Dallas, Wall Street Journal, FOMC, Fed, Powell, Kaplan, Dallas Fed, Jerome Powell, Rosengren, Eric Rosengren, Boston Fed, Robert Kaplan, Federal Open Market Committee


Two Fed presidents should be fired for trading stocks while in office, advocacy groups say

Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Robert Kaplan/The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston's President and CEO Eric S. Rosengren. Edgard Garrido/Reuters ; Keith Bedford/Reuters Watchdog groups are urging the Fed to fire regional presidents who traded stocks while in office. Presidents Eric Rosengren and Robert Kaplan traded as Fed policy boosted financial markets. The officials "need to resign or be fired" for losing the trust of the American people, one group said. See more stories on Ins...
Tags: Google, Trends, Wall Street Journal, Fed, Dartmouth College, Reuters, Levin, Kaplan, Dallas Fed, Kelleher, Jerome Powell, Rosengren, Eric Rosengren, Boston Fed, Robert Kaplan, Dennis Kelleher


Facebook oversight board to review system that exempts elite users

The XCheck program allows some users to be ‘whitelisted’ or allowed to post material that violates the company’s policiesFacebook’s semi-independent oversight board says it will review the company’s “XCheck” system, an internal program that has exempted high-profile users from some or all of its rules.The decision follows an investigation by the Wall Street Journal that revealed that reviews of posts by well-known users such as celebrities, politicians and journalists are steered into the separa...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Social Media, US news, Wall Street Journal


Apple is Working on Mental Health Monitoring Using iPhone Data

Apple is working on ways to help detect and diagnose conditions such as depression, anxiety and cognitive decline using an iPhone, WSJ is reporting. Techcrunch: Researchers hope that analysis of data such as mobility, sleep patterns and how people type could spot behaviors associated with those conditions, according to The Wall Street Journal. ther measurements could include facial expression analysis and heart and respiration rates. All of the processing would take place on the device, with no ...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Wall Street Journal, University of California Los Angeles


Google is doubling down on returning to the office with a $2.1 billion deal for a building in NYC

A rendering of Google's new office building in New York City. Oxford Properties Google will buy a New York City office building for $2.1 billion, The Wall Street Journal reports. The space, which Google already leases, is part of its Google Hudson Square campus. Google has said it expects employees to return to the office beginning in January 2022. See more stories on Insider's business page. Google is doubling down on returning to the office. The tech giant plans to buy a New Yor...
Tags: Google, New York, Washington, New York City, US, Trends, Remote Work, Chelsea, Working From Home, Manhattan, Wall Street Journal, Sundar Pichai, Journal, Pichai, Hudson River, Washington Street


Apple Researching Ways to Use iPhone Camera to Detect Childhood Autism

Apple is reportedly researching ways to use the cameras inside of the iPhone to detect childhood autism, aiming to use data from the camera to observe a child's behavior that could be used for early diagnosis, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. According to the report, which echoes previously announced research efforts, Apple wants to be able to use the camera inside of the ‌iPhone‌ to track a child's face and observe different facial behaviors, such as how often they loo...
Tags: Apple, The Wall Street Journal, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Duke University, Biogen


10 Things in Politics: Post-Occupy Wall Street inequality keeps growing

Welcome back to 10 Things in Politics. Sign up here to receive this newsletter. Plus, download Insider's app for news on the go - click here for iOS and here for Android. Send tips to [email protected] or tweet me at @BrentGriffiths.Here's what we're talking about:10 Years Later: Why Occupy Wall Street failed and where it succeededSenate Democrats are facing a major setback on immigrationThe US is moving to swiftly deport Haitians camped out along the borderWith Phil Rosen. ...
Tags: Apple, Elon Musk, Florida, Hbo, UK, Texas, Congress, Stephen Colbert, Australia, Navy, Washington Post, Washington, France, Senate, US, Trends


Facebook fires back at damning Wall Street Journal reports that accuse the company of being 'riddled with flaws'

Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images The Wall Street Journal published a series of reports finding Facebook to be "riddled with flaws." The series found the company turns a blind eye to its impact on everything from young girls using Instagram to human trafficking. Facebook just issued a statement calling the series full of "deliberate mischaracterizations." See more stories on Insider's business page. Facebook fired back at the Wall Street Journal following the newspaper's multi...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, News, Instagram, US, Trends, Tech, Bbc, Nick Clegg, The Wall Street Journal, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Misinformation, Afp, Clegg, Tech Insider


Facebook fires back at damning Wall Street Journal reports that found the company to be 'riddled with flaws'

Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images The Wall Street Journal published a series of reports finding Facebook to be "riddled with flaws." The series found the company turns a blind eye to its impact on everything from young girls using Instagram to human trafficking. Facebook just issued a statement calling the series full of "deliberate mischaracterizations." See more stories on Insider's business page. Facebook fired back at the Wall Street Journal following the newspaper's multi...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, News, Instagram, US, Trends, Tech, Bbc, Nick Clegg, The Wall Street Journal, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Misinformation, Afp, Clegg, Tech Insider


Tesla's use of the term Full Self-Driving is 'irresponsible,' NTSB chief told the Wall Street Journal

Reuters The new head of the NTSB called Tesla's use of the term Full Self-Driving "misleading and irresponsible," the Wall Street Journal reported. Elon Musk has admitted FSD is "not great" and has room to improve. The moniker has been criticized by regulators who say it can make drivers think the cars are fully autonomous when that is not the case. See more stories on Insider's business page. A top US safety regulator says Tesla needs to address some major safety concerns, and s...
Tags: Transportation, Elon Musk, Technology, US, Trends, Tesla, Car, Autonomous, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Musk, Autopilot, Southern California, Autonomous Car, Nhtsa, Reuters


10 codenames that Amazon used to describe highly secretive projects, from 'Project D' to 'Vesta'

Amazon's Seattle headquarters. Reuters Amazon often uses code names to refer to its secretive projects. Names include "Veritas," "Project Golden," and the "Gazelle Project." Codenamed projects included the search for a second headquarters and early efforts to dominate book publishers. See more stories on Insider's business page. Project A Amazon The Kindle was referred to as Project A during the e-reader's development. The first version of the Kindle launched in 200...
Tags: Amazon, News, Cdc, Trends, Tech, Walmart, Features, Retail, Vesta, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Duke, Wall Street Journal, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Veritas


Bad for your Health? Salesforce CEO Argues Facebook 'is the New Cigarettes'

Social media may be bad for our health, argues long-time technology reporter/commentator Kara Swisher in the New York Times: In March of 2018, I interviewed Marc Benioff, the chief executive of Salesforce, at the top of the company's San Francisco tower. He offered up an astonishing metaphor when I asked him for his take on the impact of social media companies. "Facebook is the new cigarettes," Benioff said. "It's addictive. It's not good for you." As it did with cigarette companies, "the gover...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, San Francisco, Tech, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Marc Benioff, Kara Swisher, Benioff, Oversight Board, Facebook Files, Salesforce CEO Argues Facebook


Report: Boeing Official Expected to Face Criminal Charges Over Fatal Boeing 737 Max Issues

"Federal prosecutors plan to criminally charge a former Boeing Co. pilot they suspect of misleading aviation regulators about safety issues blamed for two fatal crashes of the 737 Max," reports the Wall Street Journal, citing "people familiar with the matter." Mark Forkner, who was Boeing's 737 Max chief technical pilot during the aircraft's development, is likely to face prosecution in the coming weeks, these people said... Boeing BA, admitted in a criminal settlement reached with prosecutors ...
Tags: Cbs News, Tech, Air Force, Faa, Boeing, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Federal Aviation Administration, Boeing Co, Boeing BA, Forkner, Mark Forkner, Forkner David Gerger, Gerger


WSJ: Facebook's 2018 Algorithm Change 'Rewarded Outrage'. Zuck Resisted Fixes

This week the Wall Street Journal reported that a 2018 algorithm change at Facebook "rewarded outrage," according to Facebook's own internal memos. But the Journal says the memos showed "that CEO Mark Zuckerberg resisted proposed fixes," and that the memos "offer an unparalleled look at how much Facebook knows about the flaws in its platform and how it often lacks the will or the ability to address them." In the fall of 2018, Jonah Peretti, chief executive of online publisher BuzzFeed, emailed ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Buzzfeed, Tech, Jonah Peretti, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Zuckerberg, Facebook Inc, Facebook Read, Peretti


Daily Crunch: Apple, Google bow to Russian pressure

Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for Friday, September 17th! What a week, ya’ll. It is now just days before Disrupt, which means the TechCrunch hive is buzzing. I’ll leave it by noting that Reid Hoffman is coming, which is going to be a treat. See you next week! — Alex The TechCrunch Top 3 Profits > Ethics: Apple and Google have removed a “tactical voting app created by the organization of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny” from their marketplaces, we reported. TechCrunch notes that “the ...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Facebook, Texas, China, America, Tech, Tesla, Beijing, Reid Hoffman, Kremlin, Journey, Instacart, Wall Street Journal, Alexei Navalny


Apple reportedly threatened to boot Facebook from the App Store over human trafficking concerns

Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Visual China Group, Reuters Apple threatened to remove Facebook from its App Store after a report about an online slave market. The BBC in 2019 reported that human traffickers were using Facebook's services to sell domestic workers. The Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook knew about the practice even before Apple made its threat. See more stories on Insider's business page. Apple threatened to kick Facebook off its App Store af...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, News, Trends, Bbc, Middle East, Tim Cook, The Wall Street Journal, App Store, Wall Street Journal, Tech Companies, Tech Insider, Katie Canales


US Judge Sentences Crypto Hedge Fund Scammer To Over Seven Years In Prison

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday that Stefan He Qin, the founder of two cryptocurrency-focused hedge funds who pled guilty to securities fraud in February, has been sentenced to 90 months in prison for his actions. Tom's Hardware reports: Qin's funds were called Virgil Sigma and VQR. Both were supposed to offer investors a way to profit off the crypto market that "was not exposed to any risk from the price of cryptocurrency moving up or down and therefore provided a relatively ...
Tags: US, Tech, Doj, Wall Street Journal, Tom, Strauss, U S Department of Justice, Qin, Audrey Strauss, Stefan He Qin, Virgil Sigma, VQR


Facebook knows Instagram harms teens. Now, its plan to open the app to kids looks worse than ever

Facebook is in the hot seat again. The Wall Street Journal published a powerful multi-part series on the company this week, drawing from internal documents on everything from the company’s secretive practice of whitelisting celebrities to its knowledge that Instagram is taking a serious toll on the mental health of teen girls. The flurry of investigative pieces makes it clear that what Facebook says in public doesn’t always reflect the company’s knowledge on known issues behind the scenes. The r...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Teens, Senate, Elizabeth Warren, Social Media, Tech, Mental Health, The Wall Street Journal, Wall Street Journal, Blackburn, WSJ, Data Security


Congress Will Investigate Claims That Instagram Harms Teens

Two top lawmakers on the Senate Commerce Committee's panel over consumer protection said they were launching a probe into Facebook after The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that the company was aware of the harm Instagram can cause to teenage girls. The Verge reports: Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) announced their investigation into Facebook in a statement released Tuesday. The senators said that they were in touch with "a Facebook whistleblower" and would seek ...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Tech, House, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Federal Trade Commission, House Judiciary Committee, Senate Commerce Committee, Marsha Blackburn R TN, Sens Richard Blumenthal, Ken Buck R CO, Big Tobacco Facebook, Sen Ed Markey D MA Rep Kathy Castor D FL, Lori Trahan D MA


The FDA should regulate Instagram’s algorithm as a drug

Daniel Liss Contributor Share on Twitter Daniel Liss is the founder and CEO of Dispo, the digital disposable camera social network. More posts by this contributor Move fast and break Facebook: A bull case for antitrust enforcement Today’s real story: The Facebook monopoly The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday reported Silicon Valley’s worst-kept secret: Instagram harms teens’ mental health; in fact...
Tags: Health, Social, Facebook, Column, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Congress, Opinion, Government, Social Media, Tech, Joe Biden, Policy, Food And Drug Administration, Silicon Valley, Fda


News aggregator SmartNews raises $230 million, valuing its business at $2 billion

SmartNews, a Tokyo-headquartered news aggregation website and app that’s grown in popularity despite hefty competition from built-in aggregators like Apple News, today announced it has closed on $230 million in Series F funding. The round brings SmartNews’ total raise to date to over $400 million and values the business at $2 billion — or as the company touts in its press release, a “double unicorn.” (Ha!) The funding included new U.S. investors Princeville Capital and Woodline Partners, as well...
Tags: Google, Android, Startups, Mobile, Apps, Japan, News, Media, Funding, Tech, Software, United States, Machine Learning, Tokyo, Ai, Mobile Devices


Comcast Will Soon Launch Smart TVs Under Its New XClass TV Brand

Comcast is gearing up to launch its own smart TVs: The company has struck a partnership with Chinese TV manufacturer Hisense to sell two smart TV models under the XClass TV brand, Protocol reported Tuesday. From the report: A number of clues left online suggests that a launch is imminent. XClass TVs run a version of Comcast's X1 operating system, which also powers the company's set-top boxes as well as its Xfinity Flex streaming box. However, unlike those devices, XClass TVs will be available to...
Tags: Tech, Walmart, Comcast, Wall Street Journal


Facebook's Own Research Shows Instagram Is Harmful To Teens, Report Says

In studies conducted over the past three years, Facebook researchers have found that Instagram is "harmful for a sizable percentage" of young users, particularly teenage girls, reported The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. CNET reports: Research presented in 2019 reportedly found that Instagram makes body image issue worse for one in three teen girls. Teens also said Instagram increased rates of anxiety and depression, reported the Journal, citing internal company documents. On Tuesday, Instagram...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Tech, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Newton, Cnet, Karina Newton


TikTok expands mental health resources, as negative reports of Instagram’s effect on teens leak

TikTok announced this morning that it is implementing new tactics to educate its users about the negative mental health impacts of social media. As part of these changes, TikTok is rolling out a “well-being guide” in its Safety Center, a brief primer on eating disorders, expanded search interventions, and opt-in viewing screens on potentially triggering searches. Developed in collaboration with International Association for Suicide Prevention, Crisis Text Line, Live For Tomorrow, Samaritans of ...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Singapore, Social Media, Tech, Mental Health, Wall Street Journal, Johns Hopkins Hospital, International Association, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Safety Center, Tiktok, Samaritans UK



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