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Mark Zuckerberg sent a 2,500-word email in 2015 laying out his big plan for Facebook to dominate virtual-reality

A new book about Facebook's acquisition of virtual-reality firm Oculus has revealed an almost 2,500-word email from Mark Zuckerberg from 2015 detailing his grand vision for AR/VR. Zuckerberg's email was about Facebook's potential acquisition of gaming startup Unity — a deal which never came off. In the email, he says that Facebook's biggest weakness is "innovation." A new book contains a nearly 2,500-word email from Mark Zuckerberg in which he lays out his grand plans to dominate virtual-real...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Netflix, Oculus, Brendan Iribe, Lucas Matney, Zuckerberg, Blake Harris, HARRIS, Unity, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, VR Zuckerberg


Facebook and FTC negotiating multi-BILLION dollar fine over privacy violations

The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is negotiating with Facebook over a multi-billion dollar fine to settle the FTC investigation into Facebook's privacy- and security-violating practices, two sources familiar with the probe told the Washington Post. One of the Post's sources says Facebook has been expressing concern with the FTC’s demands, and it's possible the matter will end up in the courts. SCOOP: The FTC is actively negotiating w/Facebook and could force it to pay a multi...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Post, News, Washington Post, Bill Gates, Ftc, Zuckerberg, Kara Swisher, Picks, Cambridge Analytica, Tony Romm, United States Federal Trade Commission FTC, CambridgeAnalytica, KkEregTsha Tony Romm


Facebook mulled multi-billion-dollar acquisition of gaming giant Unity, book claims

Less than a year after making a $3 billion investment into the future of virtual reality with the purchase of Oculus VR, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was considering another multi-billion-dollar bet to ensure that his company dominated the VR platform, buying Unity, the popular game engine that’s used to build half of all gaming titles. This claim is made in a new book coming out next week, “The History of the Future,” by Blake Harris, which digs deep into the founding story of Oculus and the...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Tech, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Unity-technologies, Palmer Luckey, Zuckerberg, Blake Harris, HARRIS, Unity, John Riccitiello, VR Facebook


Facebook urged to offer an API for political ad transparency research

Facebook has been called upon to provide good faith researchers with an API to enable them to study how political ads are spreading and being amplified on its platform. A coalition of European academics, technologists and human and digital rights groups, led by Mozilla, has signed an open letter to the company demanding far greater transparency about how Facebook’s platform distributes and amplifies political ads ahead of elections to the European parliament which will take place in May. W...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Europe, Transparency, UK, Advertising Tech, Social Media, Tech, Eu, European Union, Ireland, Nick Clegg, United Kingdom, Mozilla, Commission, European Commission


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday. Ex-Facebook security boss Alex Stamos says the company is like "Game of Thrones" at the highest levels of leadership. In an interview with CNN, the outspoken security pro said it could be difficult for Facebook execs to admit when they were wrong. Saudi Arabia denies role in leaking Jeff Bezos' messages to National Enquirer, The Guardian reports. "This is something between the two parties, we have nothing to do with it," said Ade...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Saudi Arabia, Trends, Cnn, Netflix, Silicon Valley, Jeff Bezos, Hulu, Donald Trump, Alexa, Jan Koum, Zuckerberg


Is Europe closing in on an antitrust fix for surveillance technologists?

The German Federal Cartel Office’s decision to order Facebook to change how it processes users’ personal data this week is a sign the antitrust tide could at last be turning against platform power. One European Commission source we spoke to, who was commenting in a personal capacity, described it as “clearly pioneering” and “a big deal”, even without Facebook being fined a dime. The FCO’s decision instead bans the social network from linking user data across different platforms it owns, unles...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, UK, Instagram, Tech, Eu, Facebook Messenger, Commission, European Commission, EC, Margrethe Vestager, Zuckerberg, Fco, BBC Radio


German antitrust office limits Facebook’s data-gathering

A lengthy antitrust probe into how Facebook gathers data on users has resulted in Germany’s competition watchdog banning the social network giant from combining data on users across its own suite of social platforms without their consent. The investigation of Facebook data-gathering practices began in March 2016. The decision by Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, , also prohibits Facebook from gathering data on users from third party websites — such as via tracking pixels and social plug-ins —...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, UK, Instagram, Privacy, Germany, US, Social Media, Linkedin, Tech, Eu, European Union, Bbc, Snapchat


Facebook is going to start awarding bonuses to employees who help the firm achieve 'social good'

Facebook will start handing out employee bonuses if they help the firm achieve "social good." Previously, employees' contribution to company performance was scored on more measurable criteria, such as user growth. In Facebook's fourth-quarter earnings call, Mark Zuckerberg laid more of an emphasis on fixing pressing social issues than in previous years. Facebook is coming up with ways of cleaning up its platform following months of scandal — and one new initiative will see it offer bonuses to...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Zuckerberg, Menlo Park, Mike Schroepfer, Business Insider On Facebook


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. Apple's retail chief, Angela Ahrendts, is leaving. In a surprise change, she'll be replaced by Deirdre O'Brien, who also heads up human resources. Ahrendts has worked at Apple for five years. Snap's stock jumps 17% after its Q4 beats Wall Street's expectations. Snap posted revenue of $389.8 million, while analysts were looking for $377.48 million. In the fourth quarter of 2017, Snap had sales of $285.69 million. Mark Zuckerber...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, New York, Microsoft, China, Russia, Barack Obama, Trends, Susan Wojcicki, Donald Trump, Alexa, Zuckerberg, Trump, Angela Ahrendts, Amazon Alexa


Facebook now lets everyone unsend messages for 10 minutes

Facebook has finally made good on its promise to let users unsend chats after TechCrunch discovered Mark Zuckerberg had secretly retracted some of his Facebook Messages from recipients. Today Facebook Messenger globally rolls out “Remove for everyone” to help you pull back typos, poor choices, embarrassing thoughts, or any other message. For up to 10 minutes after sending a Facebook Message, the sender can tap on it and they’ll find the delete button has been replaced by “Remove for you”, but...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Tech, Policy, Facebook Messenger, Sony Pictures, Facebook Messages, Zuckerberg, Mark, Facebook Message, Facebook unsend


Mark Zuckerberg's former mentor: Facebook's 'surveillance capitalism' business model is toxic for democracy (FB)

Roger McNamee was once one of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's closest advisers. He told Business Insider why he thinks Facebook's "surveillance capitalism" business model is toxic for democracy. McNamee said it is down to Zuckerberg to transform the way Facebook makes money or risk "threatening the very foundations of global order." Zuckerberg doesn't seem inclined to agree. He published a defiant blog on Monday, which said people are overly focusing on the "negative" aspects of the social netw...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, US, Trends, Myanmar, British Airways, Sheryl Sandberg, Zuckerberg, Mark, McNamee, Sandberg, Sheryl, Roger McNamee


Famed investor Roger McNamee once advised Facebook. Now he’s certain it’s destroying our democracy

A year ago, renowned investor Roger McNamee had much of Silicon Valley baffled. McNamee had made his name as a tech investor in the ’80s and ’90s before cofounding the private equity firm Silver Lake Partners, then cofounding the venture capital firm Elevation Partners with singer Bono. A musician himself, McNamee had taken to spending more and more time playing with his band, Moonalice, and performing in other gigs across the country. Yet suddenly, he was seemingly on every media outlet a...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Bono, Washington, Tech, Silicon Valley, Sheryl Sandberg, Zuckerberg, McNamee, Moonalice, Silver Lake Partners, Elevation Partners, Roger McNamee, Zucked


Mark Zuckerberg's 15-year Facebook anniversary post dunks on journalism, omits Myanmar

On the 15th anniversary of Facebook's launch, Mark Zuckerberg says his company will spend more on safety and security in 2019 than the total amount of revenue his company had on hand at the date of its IPO. In a Facebook post today, Zuckerberg takes a swipe at America's technology journalists, and complains about news coverage in 2018 that was critical of Facebook. Here's Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook post. And below, journalists and observers calling him on his utter bullshit. fascinating pi...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Post, Business, Technology, News, America, Tech, US news, Tech News, Myanmar, Sheryl Sandberg, Zuckerberg, Picks, Natalie Martinez, Ryan Mac


A defiant Mark Zuckerberg says people are focusing on the 'negative' aspects of Facebook's impact on the world (FB)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg thinks people are overly focusing on the "negative" aspects of Facebook's impact on the world.  In a post marking Facebook's 15th birthday, the 34-year-old billionaire published a post defending the influence of the internet — and, by extension, Facebook. Facebook has been beset by constant scandals over the last two years, from spreading hate speech that fueled genocide in Myanmar to its mishandling of user data. But Zuckerberg seems to shrug this off, criticising...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Xiaomi, Myanmar, Signal, Zuckerberg, Facebook Facebook, Alex Hern, Anand Giridharadas


Facebook warned over privacy risks of merging messaging platforms

Facebook’s lead data protection regulator in Europe has asked the company for an “urgent briefing” regarding plans to integrate the underlying infrastructure of its three social messaging platforms. In a statement posted to its website late last week the Irish Data Protection Commission writes: “Previous proposals to share data between Facebook companies have given rise to significant data protection concerns and the Irish DPC will be seeking early assurances that all such concerns will be fully...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, UK, Instagram, Tech, Eu, New York Times, European Commission, Nyt, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Jan Koum, Zuckerberg, Acton, WhatsApp Facebook


The real lesson of Facebook's Apple dust-up shows why Zuckerberg's 'hacker way' is even more dangerous than we thought (AAPL, FB)

Facebook's dispute with Apple this week illustrated that the social-networking company doesn't feel accountable to anyone. Facebook defied Apple's rules regarding both apps that monitor users' activities on their phones and apps that can be distributed through its enterprise channel, despite Apple's substantial power of the company. Regulators trying to figure out what to do about Facebook should study the incident closely, because it shows how immune the company feels to consequences for cros...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Congress, Trends, Tim Cook, Sheryl Sandberg, Zuckerberg, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Lynn, Facebook Apple, Scott Galloway, Barry Lynn, Facebook research


Everything you need to know about Facebook, Google’s app scandal

Facebook and Google landed in hot water with Apple this week after two investigations by TechCrunch revealed the misuse of internal-only certificates — leading to their revocation, which led to a day of downtime at the two tech giants. Confused about what happened? Here’s everything you need to know. How did all this start, and what happened? On Monday, we revealed that Facebook was misusing an Apple-issued certificate that is only meant for companies to use to distribute internal, employee...
Tags: Apple, Google, Security, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Privacy, Finance, Social Media, Tech, Smartphones, United States, App Store, Warner, Nielsen


Snopes ends their 'debunking false stuff' partnership with Facebook. Here's why.

Fact-checking site Snopes said in a statement Friday they're ending a partnership with Facebook that was intended to help Facebook cut down on the use of its platform to share disinformation and promote accuracy in public discourse. It's over. Poynter's reporting says the reason for the breakup is “bandwidth,” namely Snopes's: Since fact-checkers have to manually enter each false post they flag into a dashboard on the platform, it takes a lot of time for an operation that only employs 16 peo...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Post, Business, Technology, News, Tech, Green, Sheryl Sandberg, Zuckerberg, Congressional, Facebook Here, Snopes, Poynter, Picks, Green Snopes


Facebook's expenses rocketed by a massive $10 billion, partly because it's costing so much to clean up its platform

Facebook's costs rose by $10 billion in 2018, partly thanks to its increased spending on keeping fake news, harassment, and fake ads off its platform. That's equivalent to a Slack, which is worth around $7 billion. Facebook spent $31 billion in 2018, up from $20.4 billion in 2017. Other costs including marketing Facebook's smart speaker, the Portal. The amount Facebook spent in 2018 rose dramatically, partly thanks to the firm's increased efforts to keep fake news, harassment, and fake ads of...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Myanmar, Zuckerberg, Wehner, Cambridge Analytica, Dave Wehner


Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook won't merge the backends of WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram until at least 2020

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on an earnings call that the planned integration of Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram direct messages won't happen until 2020 at the earliest. He laid particular emphasis on rolling out end-to-end encryption on the new amalgamated service, which is currently a big WhatsApp's selling point. Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014, and its cofounders left in the past two years reportedly after clashing with Facebook executives over user privacy. Mark Zuckerb...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Trends, Facebook Messenger, New York Times, Brussels, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Jan Koum, Zuckerberg, Acton, Koum, Facebook Messenger WhatsApp


Apple Shows Facebook Who Has the Power in an App Dispute

After two days of disruptions, the iPhone maker restored the social network’s access to internal apps that its employees rely on in their jobs.
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Cook, News, Privacy, Social Media, Software, Apple Inc, Zuckerberg, Facebook Inc, Computers and the Internet, Mobile Applications, Timothy D, Mark E, Data-Mining and Database Marketing, Silicon Valley (Calif


Facebook thinks Amazon's ad business has officially become a threat (FB, AMZN)

Facebook listed Amazon as a competitor for the first time in its annual report. Facebook says it competes with Amazon in advertising. Amazon joins Google, YouTub, Tencent, and Apple on Facebook's official list of rivals. Facebook has a new rival: Amazon.  The two companies have occupied the tech industry's top ranks for years, and they have increasingly encroached on each other's turf. But on Thursday, Amazon's fast-growing online advertising officially became a threat in the eyes of Facebook...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Trends, Tencent, Securities And Exchange Commission, Zuckerberg, YouTube Netflix, eMarketer Google, Facebook While Amazon, Google YouTub Tencent


After 2 years of apologies, Mark Zuckerberg says he wants to go all-out building new stuff again (FB)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg outlined 4 priorities for 2019 The four goals are designed to get the company out of the defensive crouch that's defined the past two years amid a string of scandals. Zuckerberg emphasized that the company will redouble its efforts on "building new experiences." After a two-year apology tour, Facebook is changing strategy: It's going to go all-out building stuff again. On Wednesday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg told analysts on a conference call after the company's Q4 2018...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Russia, US, Trends, New York Times, Myanmar, Silicon Valley, British Airways, Signal, Zuckerberg, Zuck, Cambridge Analytica, Facebook Less


Lawmakers are calling out Facebook for paying people, including teenagers, to let it spy on them (FB)

Senators Mark R. Warner, Richard Blumenthal, and Edward J. Markey have called out Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over the recent reports that the company paid people to install an intrusive, data-collecting app. Facebook pulled the iOS research app following a TechCrunch report on Tuesday that revealed it paid people, including teenagers, to allow it to gather data about them. Legislators are concerned the app did not properly inform users of the extent of its data gathering. Facebook's reputat...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, US, Trends, Warner, TechCrunch, Federal Trade Commission, Zuckerberg, Mark Warner, Mother Jones, Blumenthal, Edward J Markey, Facebook research, Will Strafach, Warner D VA


Instagram Stories hits 500M daily users as Facebook plans new products

Roughly half of Instagram’s users 1 billion users now use Instagram Stories every day. That 500 million daily user count is up from 400 million in June 2018. 2 million advertiseres are now buying Stories ads across Facebook’s properties. CEO Mark Zuckerberg called Stories the last big game-changing feature from Facebook, but after concentrating on security last year, it plans to ship more products that make “major improvements” in people’s lives. During today’s Q4 2018 earnings call, Zuckerberg ...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Tech, Groups, Zuckerberg, Facebook Watch, Facebook Instagram Messenger, Instagram Stories, David Wehner, Oculus Quest


Facebook plans new products as Instagram Stories hits 500M users/day

Roughly half of Instagram’s users 1 billion users now use Instagram Stories every day. That 500 million daily user count is up from 400 million in June 2018. 2 million advertiseres are now buying Stories ads across Facebook’s properties. CEO Mark Zuckerberg called Stories the last big game-changing feature from Facebook, but after concentrating on security last year, it plans to ship more products that make “major improvements” in people’s lives. During today’s Q4 2018 earnings call, Zuckerberg ...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Tech, Groups, Zuckerberg, Facebook Watch, Facebook Instagram Messenger, Facebook Messenger Instagram, Instagram Stories, David Wehner, Oculus Quest, Mike Isaac Zuckerberg


Senator Warner calls on Zuckerberg to support market research consent rules

In response to TechCrunch’s investigation of Facebook paying teens and adults to install a VPN that lets it analyze all their phone’s traffic, Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) has sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg. It admonishes Facebook for not spelling out exactly what data the Facebook Research app was collecting or giving users adequate information necessary to determine if they should accept payment in exchange for selling their privacy. Following our report, Apple banned Facebook’s Research app f...
Tags: Apple, Google, Social, Startups, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Privacy, Congress, Government, Senate, Policy, Vpn, Warner, Sheryl Sandberg


Facebook and Apple are arguing over who banned a Facebook app that paid people $20 a month for complete access to their phones (AAPL, FB)

A report Tuesday indicated Facebook had been paying people $20 a month to get them to install an app that allowed Facebook to collect a ton of data off of their phones. Facebook installed the app on people's iPhones using an Apple program that was designed for big companies to distribute internal software. On Tuesday night, Facebook said it had pulled the Facebook Research app. But on Wednesday morning, Apple said Facebook's enterprise certificates had been revoked — suggesting that its polici...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Cook, Instagram, Trends, Tim Cook, Zuckerberg, Josh Constine, Android Facebook, Facebook research, AAPL FB, On Tuesday Facebook


Facebook and Apple are arguing over who banned a Facebook app that paid people $20 per month for complete access to their phones (AAPL, FB)

Facebook has been paying people $20 per month to get them to install an app that allows Facebook to collect a ton of data off of their phones. Facebook installed the app on people's iPhones using an Apple program that was designed for big companies to distribute internal software. On Tuesday night, Facebook said that it had pulled the Facebook Research app.  But on Wednesday morning, Apple said that Facebook's enterprise certificates have been revoked — suggesting that its policies were the re...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Cook, Instagram, China, Trends, Tim Cook, Zuckerberg, Josh Constine, Facebook Here, Android Facebook, Facebook research, Cook Facebook, Alex Heath, AAPL FB


Facebook pays teens to install VPN that spies on them

Desperate for data on its competitors, Facebook has been secretly paying people to install a “Facebook Research” VPN that lets the company suck in all of a user’s phone and web activity, similar to Facebook’s Onavo Protect app that Apple banned in June and that was removed in August. Facebook sidesteps the App Store and rewards teenagers and adults to download the Research app and give it root access in what may be a violation of Apple policy so the social network can decrypt and analyze thei...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Social, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Cook, Instagram, Privacy, Tech, Research, Atlas, Policy, Tim Cook



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