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One of the tech industry's leading critics says Apple and Google's new 'screen time' features will never work because they ignore the underlying problem (AAPL, GOOGL, FB)

Tristan Harris is happy that companies like Apple and Google are starting to focus on their customers' well-being. But efforts such as Apple's Screen Time are a bit misguided, because they don't address the underlying problem of attention manipulation, said Harris, the cofounder of the Center for Humane Technology. Instead of giving consumers tools to monitor how much they use their devices and apps, tech companies ought to be encouraging users to do other things that are more fulfilling, he s...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elizabeth Warren, Trends, Silicon Valley, Business Insider, Zuckerberg, HARRIS, Johann Hari, Watch Google, Tristan Harris, Center for Humane Technology, Center for Humane Technology Instead


Mark Zuckerberg Leveraged Facebook User Data To Fight Rivals and Help Friends, Leaked Documents Show

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg once considered making deals with third-party developers just to help him find out how much users' data is worth, NBC News reported on Tuesday. The report, which cites 4,000 leaked pages of internal documents, shines a light on the way senior company executives viewed attaching a dollar sign to sensitive user data, despite Facebook's public commitment to protect such information. From the report: In the same week, Zuckerberg floated the idea of pursuing 100 deals wi...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Nbc News, Tech, Zuckerberg, Lessin, Jonny Thaw


AN UNLIKELY REVOLUTIONARY: How Tristan Harris went from working at Apple and Google to consulting with heads of state about how to reform Silicon Valley (FB, GOOGL)

In recent years, Tristan Harris has become one of the most prominent critics of the tech industry. Harris got his start with a presentation he made while at Google highlighting the techniques it and other tech companies used to manipulate customers and dominate their attention. In recent years, he's been consulting with policy makers worldwide as they've investigated the tech industry's influence on society and started exploring ways to counter it. Harris spoke with Business Insider about his ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Congress, US, Trends, Bbc, New York Times, Nintendo, Silicon Valley, Zuckerberg, Santa Cruz, HARRIS, Facebook Apple, Adam Schiff


Facebook Shareholders Force A Vote On Ousting Mark Zuckerberg

On May 30th, Facebook's shareholder's will vote on whether to remove Mark Zuckerberg as chairman of the board, reports Business Insider: Business Insider broke the news of the proposal in July last year after revealing the plans of activist shareholder Trillium Asset Management, which had grown tired of the "mishandling" of scandals including the Cambridge Analytica data breach. Responding to the proposal in the SEC filing, Facebook called on investors to vote it down. "We believe our board of d...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Tech, SEC, Zuckerberg, Facebook Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, Trillium Asset Management, Facebook Shareholders Force


Facebook spent $22.6m to keep Mark Zuckerberg safe last year

Security costs for the tech billionaire and his family more than doubled last year, as an outcry over Facebook’s practices grewFacebook more than doubled the money it spent on top executive Mark Zuckerberg’s security in 2018 to $22.6m, a regulatory filing has showed.Zuckerberg drew a base salary of $1 for the past three years, and his “other” compensation was listed at $22.6m, most of which was for his personal security. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Zuckerberg


Facebook spent $20 million last year on Zuckerberg’s personal protection

2018 was by all means a very rough year for Facebook . The company, which spent the year reeling from the Cambridge Analytica scandal and a general bubbling-up of public anger, also had to deal with animosity towards the company’s founder and gave the executive a lot of cash to handle a full security detail for himself and his family. While Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg takes a $1 annual salary and does not earn an annual bonus, he gets millions in “other compensation” largely related to sec...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Tech, SEC, Sheryl Sandberg, Zuckerberg, Facebook COO, Cambridge Analytica


Mark Zuckerberg invites crony capitalism with call for regulation

Please, regulate me! That was Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s message to Congress recently. “Lawmakers often tell me we have too much power over speech, and frankly I agree,” he wrote in an op-ed. “(W)e shouldn’t make so many important decisions … on our own.” It sounds so self-sacrificing. But give me a break. Big companies use regulation to their advantage. His smaller competitors can’t afford the squads of “compliance officers” that Facebook employs. “You, as a company, welcome regulation?...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Utah, Microsoft, Congress, California, Opinion, Washington, White House, Sport, Soccer, Justice Department, Zuckerberg, Brook, Orrin Hatch


To Stop Copycats, Snapchat Shares Itself

"Snapchat pioneered Stories, the popular feature where users create and share ephemeral posts that disappear within 24 hours," reports Business Insider. "And now, it's taking them everywhere." Users are now able to share their Stories on third-party partner apps like Tinder -- and Snap is also sharing its Bitmoji's with Venmo and Fitbit. TechCrunch reports: For 2.5 years, Snapchat foolishly tried to take the high road versus Facebook, with Evan Spiegel claiming "Our values are hard to copy"....
Tags: Facebook, Tech, Snapchat, Evan Spiegel, Venmo, Zuckerberg, Instagram WhatsApp


To stop copycats, Snapchat shares itself

Evan Spiegel has finally found a way to fight back against Mark Zuckerberg’s army of clones. For 2.5 years, Snapchat foolishly tried to take the high road versus Facebook, with Spiegel claiming “Our values are hard to copy”. That inaction allowed Zuckerberg to accrue over 1 billion daily Stories users across Instagram, WhatsApp, and Facebook compared to Snapchat’s 186 million total daily users. Meanwhile, the whole tech industry scrambled to build knock-offs of Snap’s vision of an ephemeral, vi...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Advertising Tech, Washington Post, US, Los Angeles, Tech, Snapchat, Netflix, Facebook Messenger


The future of news is conversation in small groups with trusted voices

Chikai Ohazama Contributor Share on Twitter Chikai Ohazama is the founder and CEO of Muxgram, which offers messaging products like the upcoming Sunday Beagle. He previously co-founded Keyhole (Google Earth/Maps) and held leadership roles at Google for 11 years. When I first came out to California, one of my favorite places to go for sushi was in downtown Mountain View. They had these little boats that would float around the ba...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Column, Mark Zuckerberg, Media, Instagram, California, Washington Post, Steve Jobs, India, San Francisco, Tech, New York Times, Google Docs, Brad Feld, Michelin


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos said on Thursday that their divorce agreement had been finalized. MacKenzie Bezos said in a statement that she would grant Jeff Bezos all her interests in The Washington Post and Blue Origin, as well as 75% of the Amazon stock they owned and voting control over the shares she's retaining. Wannabe suitors are flooding MacKenzie Bezos with creepy messages now that she's poised to become one...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Washington Post, Trends, Jeff Bezos, Alexa, Zuckerberg, McDonald, Amazon Alexa, MacKenzie Bezos, Alexa Snap


'I'm a very idealistic person': Mark Zuckerberg believes Facebook is still fundamentally a good thing even after Christchurch and Cambridge Analytica

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he's still an "idealistic person" who believes giving everyone a voice is fundamentally a good thing. That is despite 18 months of persistent scandal for Facebook, including the Christchurch shooter livestreaming his lethal attacks on two mosques on the platform, the rise of anti-vaccine misinformation, and a number of data scandals. Zuckerberg also called for new laws around political advertising, saying it shouldn't be up to a private company to decide what ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, UK, Abc, Russia, Trends, Eu, Abc News, Christchurch, Zuckerberg, Facebook Instagram, Cambridge Analytica, Critics of Facebook, UK US India


How France’s new digital minister plans to regulate tech

What happens when you’re working behind the scene with French President Emmanuel Macron and you suddenly become a minister? This is what’s happening to Cédric O this week who was appointed Minister for the Digital Economy on Sunday. I was the first journalist to interview him after his appointment. While Cédric O has been talking with the French tech ecosystem for years, he usually stays away from cameras and microphones. At the Elysée, he was in charge of France’s stakes in companies and tech i...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Isis, Privacy, France, Tech, Paris, Silicon Valley, Christchurch, French Tech, Zuckerberg, Emmanuel Macron, Digital Economy, Le Pen


Elon Musk’s compensation at least 40,000 times more than median Tesla worker

Elon Musk has come under recent scrutiny from the SEC for some ill-advised tweets, from shareholders about closing stores, and even paparazzis for his relationship to indie musician Grimes. Those blows were probably softened by his $2.28 billion compensation last fiscal year from Tesla. That means his compensation is 40,668 times more than the median Tesla worker’s, which is about $56,200, according to Bloomberg. Tesla has about 48,800 employees, the news outlet reported. The majority of Musk’s ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Business, Elon Musk, News, California News, Tesla, Bloomberg, Sport, Palo Alto, Larry Page, Soccer, New York Times


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. YouTube's executives were aware the platform's issues with misinformation and hate speech, but chose to ignore internal warnings from staff about conspiracy theories and other questionable content. According to Bloomberg, worried employees tracked the rise of alt-right YouTubers and borderline content, but were essentially told not to rock the boat. YouTube placed multiple restrictions on content from far-right British activi...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, UK, Trends, Tesla, Eu, Bloomberg, Bbc, Ireland, Fca, Epa, Andreessen Horowitz, Environmental Protection Agency, Alexa


Google has deleted the Google+ profiles of Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Sundar Pichai amid the Google+ shutdown — wiping away years of important company history (GOOG, GOOGL)

Tuesday marked the long-promised day when Google began the process of deleting Google+ accounts, ahead of the social network's total shutdown.  And not immune to the purge were the accounts of high-powered Google executives, which are vanishing from public view. The accounts belonging to executives past and present like Sergey Brin, Sundar Pichai, and Eric Schmidt were deleted shortly after Business Insider reached out to Google for comment. However, we were able to take screenshots of Larry P...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Jeff Bezos, National Security Agency, British Museum, Eric Schmidt, Sundar Pichai, Signal, Nikesh Arora, Omid Kordestani, Zuckerberg, Page


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. Over a thousand Google employees signed a petition calling for the removal of Kay Coles James, the president of the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank, from Google's recently announced artificial-intelligence ethics board. James has previously made anti-trans comments, including   calling transgender women   "biological males." Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook is considering paying publishers to put their articles in a de...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, North Korea, China, Samsung, Trends, Bloomberg, New York Stock Exchange, Huawei, Mike Lynch, Alexa, James, Zuckerberg, Kim Jong


Proposals for Reasonable Technology Regulation and an Internet Court

I have seen the outlines of a regulatory and judicial regime for internet companies that begins to make sense to me. In it, platforms set and are held accountable for their standards and assurances while government is held to account for its job — enforcing the law — with the establishment of internet courts. I have not been a fan of net regulation to date, for reasons I’ll enumerate below. Even Mark Zuckerberg is inviting regulation, though I don’t agree with all his desires (more on t...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Publishing, UK, Fcc, North Korea, China, Germany, Russia, Uncategorized, America, Spain, Atlantic, United States


German minister meets Zuckerberg, wary of messaging plans

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s justice minister is criticizing plans for Facebook to combine its instant-messaging services after a meeting with CEO Mark Zuckerberg, but is offering a wary welcome to his call for more encrypted messaging. Minister Katarina Barley said in a written statement after meeting Zuckerberg on Monday that plans to combine WhatsApp and […]
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Business, Technology, News, Germany, Berlin, Ap, Nation, Zuckerberg, Katarina Barley


Mark Zuckerberg Wants The Government To Help Police Internet Content

"Mark Zuckerberg says regulators and governments should play a more active role in controlling internet content," according to the BBC, calling for new laws governing harmful content, election integrity, privacy, and data portability. An anonymous reader quotes their report: In an op-ed published in the Washington Post, Facebook's chief says the responsibility for monitoring harmful content is too great for firms alone... "Lawmakers often tell me we have too much power over speech, and frankly...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Tech, European Union, Bbc, Zuckerberg, Washington Post Facebook


Years of Mark Zuckerberg's old Facebook posts have vanished. The company says it 'mistakenly deleted' them. (FB)

Some old Facebook posts by CEO Mark Zuckerberg have vanished, and the company says it "mistakenly deleted" them. The disappearances include posts about key moments in the company's history, like the acquisition of Instagram in 2012. "A few years ago some of Mark’s posts were mistakenly deleted due to technical errors," a spokesperson said in a statement. Facebook won't restore the posts. Facebook has also made changes to the way it saves its archives of previous corporate announcements and blo...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, US, Trends, Silicon Valley, Andreessen Horowitz, Signal, Andrew Bosworth, Zuckerberg, Newsroom, Mark, Facebook Here, Menlo Park California, DeSimone


Zuckerberg is Sitting on More Data About What People Want To Do Online Than Anyone Else in the World, Former Facebook Chief Security Officer Says

Former Facebook executive Alex Stamos explained how Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg is able to consistently make decisions that only make sense with the benefit of hindsight. From a report: "Mark Zuckerberg is sitting on more data about what people want to do online than anyone else in the world," said Stamos, who was speaking at the Washington Post's technology and policy conference on Wednesday evening. He cited the acquisitions of private messaging WhatsApp in 2014 for $19 billion, and photo-shari...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Washington Post, Tech, Zuckerberg, Stamos, Alex Stamos


'A family against a billionaire': twist in battle over Zuckerberg's Hawaiian estate

Parcels near Facebook CEO’s property auctioned off amid lengthy fight over Native Hawaiian land rightsAmidst angry shouts of “hewa!” (wrong!) and “illegal sales”, four parcels of land surrounded by the 700-acre estate of the Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, were auctioned Friday on the island of Kauai.In a surprise twist, the bidder backed by Zuckerberg won just three of the parcels, while a rival group prevailed on the fourth. Continue reading...
Tags: Hawaii, Mark Zuckerberg, US news, Technology, Indigenous peoples, Facebook


An internet pioneer is doubtful Mark Zuckerberg can refocus Facebook on privacy. Here's why. (FB)

Internet pioneer Paul Vixie is dubious about Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's plan to create a "privacy focused" social networking platform. Vixie, the CEO of Farsight securities, has worked on privacy and security issues for decades. The concepts of "private" and "social" are fundamentally at odds, and no one yet has figured out a way to blend the two, he said. Facebook may be feeling constrained by Europe's new privacy law, which illustrates how difficult it can be to promote both privacy and ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, California, Trends, European Union, Ftc, Zuckerberg, Samsung Galaxy, Facebook Messenger The company, Paul Vixie, Vixie, Ostensibly Facebook


Pi Day wasn’t pleasant for a lot of tech execs

Pi Day is apparently New Job day for tech execs and VCs these days. Leaving: Lee Fixel It’s not every day that one of the top VC investors heads out from their shop. TechCrunch’s @cookie aka Connie Loizos has the story: Lee Fixel, the low-flying head of Tiger Global’s private equity business, is leaving at the end of June, the firm announced today in a letter sent to clients and seen by Reuters . Scott Shleifer and Chase Coleman will continue as co-managers of the portfolios Fixel has oversee...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Asia, Finance, Ipo, India, Softbank, Digital, America, Tech, Tesla, Walmart, Harvard, United States, Credit Suisse, Korea


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday. Chris Cox, a key Facebook executive and lieutenant of Mark Zuckerberg, is leaving the company amid a reorganization. Zuckerberg announced the news in a memo to employees that he also shared publicly on Thursday. Uber plans to launch its IPO next month, Reuters reports. The timing of the IPO means it should arrive soon after Uber's main rival Lyft. Tesla unveiled its new Model Y on Thursday night. CEO Elon Musk presented the new ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify, Elon Musk, China, US, Trends, Silicon Valley, Wall Street Journal, Alexa, Zuckerberg, Reuters, El Chapo, Chris Cox


Chris Cox: longtime Facebook executive exits as network focuses on privacy

Chief product officer, who helped create news feed feature, was viewed as a possible successor to CEO ZuckerbergFacebook’s chief product officer and one of the primary architects of its signature news feed, Chris Cox, said on Thursday he was leaving the company, just days after Mark Zuckerberg revealed a plan to shift the world’s biggest social network to an encryption-focused messaging company.Cox, one of Zuckerberg’s earliest employees and closest lieutenants, said in a blogpost he made the an...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, Social Networking, US news, Whatsapp, Zuckerberg, Cox, Chris Cox, ZuckerbergFacebook


Chris Cox: longtime Facebook executive to leave as firm pivots to privacy

Chief product officer, who helped create news feed feature, was viewed as a possible successor to CEO ZuckerbergFacebook’s chief product officer and one of the primary architects of its signature news feed, Chris Cox, said on Thursday he was leaving the company, just days after its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, revealed a plan to pivot the world’s biggest social network to an encryption-focused messaging company.Cox, one of Zuckerberg’s earliest employees and closest lieutenants, said in a blogpost he m...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, Social Networking, US news, Whatsapp, Zuckerberg, Cox, Chris Cox, ZuckerbergFacebook


Longtime Facebook executive to leave amid plans to pivot to privacy

Chief product officer Chris Cox, who helped create news feed feature, and Chris Daniels, who heads WhatsApp, to depart Facebook’s chief product officer and one of its earliest employees, Chris Cox, said on Thursday he was leaving the company, just days after its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, revealed a plan to pivot the world’s biggest social network to an encryption-focused messaging company.Cox, one of Zuckerberg’s closest lieutenants and the head of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp products, said in ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, Social Networking, US news, Whatsapp, Zuckerberg, Cox, Facebook Instagram, Chris Cox, Chris Daniels


Facebook loses CPO Chris Cox and WhatsApp VP Chris Daniels

13-year Facebook veteran, Chief Product Officer, and the spirit animal of the social network Chris Cox is departing the company after two years of seeking to do something new. Cox’s exit is part of a big executive reshuffle as Facebook embarks on prioritizing privacy through messaging, groups, Stories, and integration of its chat features. CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained the departure of his long-time friend, saying “For a few years, Chris has been discussing with me his desire to do something els...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Tech, Javier Olivan, Will, Sheryl Sandberg, Chris, Zuckerberg, Mark, Cox, Daniels, Chris Cox, Facebook Post, Cathcart



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