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The ethics of internet culture: a conversation with Taylor Lorenz

Taylor Lorenz was in high demand this week. As a prolific journalist at The Atlantic and about-to-be member of Harvard’s prestigious Nieman Fellowship for journalism, that’s perhaps not surprising. Nor was this the first time she’s had a bit of a moment: Lorenz has already served as an in-house expert on social media and the internet for several major companies, while having written and edited for publications as diverse as The Daily Beast, The Hill, People, The Daily Mail, and Business Insider,...
Tags: Community, Entertainment, Media, Social, TC, Facebook, Gab, Instagram, Jack Dorsey, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, YouTube

Why Early Google and Facebook Employees Are Rallying to Protect Kids from Social Media

Algorithms are driving behaviors that may very well be inadvertently targeting society’s most vulnerable, and the Social Media obsession may be harming children in ways that we are just beginning to understand. Social media is one of those topics that divides people. Some see it as oxygen–they can’t live without it–and others see it as ...
Tags: Psychology, Social Media, Technology, Children, Facebook, Google

Man stole $122m from Facebook and Google by sending them random bills, which the companies dutifully paid

Last week, Evaldas Rimasauskas of Lithuania plead guilty to US wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and money laundering charges, admitting that he had stolen $99m from Facebook and $23m from Google between 2013 and 2015. Rimasauskas's grift was pretty bold. He merely sent Google and Facebook invoices for items they hadn't purched and that he hadn't provided, which the companies paid anyway. The invoices were accompanied by "forged invoices, contracts, and letters that falsely appeared to...
Tags: Post, Business Email Compromise, Facebook, Fraud, Google, Grifter Capitalism, Lithuania

New to real estate? Make these 8 things your first-year’s mission

What does a new agent need to do regularly to succeed, grow and be profitable in their business and beyond? Here’s a list of the major things that new agents must do to prosper and succeed in their first year.
Tags: Agent, Lead Generation, Marketing, Opinion, Select, Accountability Partner, Coach, Database, Facebook, Facebook Stories, Farm, Farming, Instagram, Instagram Stories, Local Market, Matt Kaestner

How social media can help or hurt your health care career

This article is sponsored by Careers by We live in a time when social media isn’t just about sharing pictures or ideas with a close circle of friends and family. Between our Facebook statuses, our Twitter profiles and especially our LinkedIn pages, we are always public, all the time — no matter what your privacy settings may have […] Find jobs at Careers by Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
Tags: Social media, Facebook, Practice Management, Twitter

'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

What’s the cost of buying users from Facebook and 13 other ad networks?

Julian Shapiro Contributor Share on Twitter Julian Shapiro is the founder of, a growth marketing agency that trains you to become a marketing professional. He also writes at More posts by this contributor Which types of startups are most often profitable? Founder Stories: Webflow’s Y Combinator Journey This post reveals the cost of acquiring a customer on every ad channe...
Tags: Column, Amazon, Bing Ads, Digital Marketing, E-commerce, Facebook, Food, Google, Google Ads, Instagram, Internet traffic, LinkedIn, Marketing, Online Advertising, Photo Sharing, Pinterest

Facebook: Cambridge Analytica? Oh, You Mean That Cambridge Analytica

The attorney general for the District of Columbia may have obtained internal company emails showing that Facebook had knowledge of Cambridge Analytica’s data-harvesting efforts months sooner than CEO Mark Zuckerberg let on last year. But the company is now in court arguing to keep the emails under seal, saying the…Read more...
Tags: We Can Do Better, Facebook, Mark Zuckerburg, Cambridge Analytica

Daily Crunch: Facebook admits password security lapse

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Facebook admits it stored ‘hundreds of millions’ of account passwords in plaintext Prompted by a report by cybersecurity reporter Brian Krebs, Facebook confirmed that it stored “hundreds of millions” of account passwords in plaintext for years. The discovery was made in January, said Facebook’s Pedro C...
Tags: TC, Daily Crunch, Facebook

Facebook Says CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD, Admits Hundreds Of Millions Could Be Seen By It's Employees For Years

Hundreds of millions of Facebook account passwords were stored in plain text and searchable by thousands of Facebook employees going back as far as 2012. Facebook found the problem in January, but just went public with it on Thursday. Security experts are urging users to change their passwords immediately. From Facebook: "As part of a routine security review in January, we found that some user passwords were being stored in a readable format within our internal data storage...
Tags: Social Media, Facebook, Passwords, Security, Bruce Houghton

‘Up to 600 million’ Facebook passwords stored in plain text: Report

The passwords of hundreds of millions of Facebook users were stored in plain text and searchable by thousands of Facebook employees for years, according to a report by KrebsOnSecurity. According to the report, Facebook is probing a series of security failures in which employees built applications... ...
Tags: Facebook, Mobile, News, Social Media, KrebsOnSecurity, Passwords, Privacy

Facebook Exec Gets New Title as 'VP of Integrity' for Less Than a Day

Guy Rosen is Facebook’s vice president of Product Management. But when the company published an update about the Christchurch massacre in the middle of the night on Wednesday, Rosen got a shiny new title: VP of Integrity. That is, until a journalist called Facebook out on the switch.Read more...
Tags: Our Garbage Facebook, Vp Of Integrity, Facebook, New Zealand, Christchurch Massacre, New Zealand Shooting, Terrorism, Guy Rosen, Jacinda Ardern, White Supremacy

How to Send Quoted Replies in Facebook Messenger

It’s about to get a lot easier to manage conversations on Facebook. The social giant—when it’s not busy ruining your account security—is adding a new sort-of threaded reply feature for all users’ Messenger conversations. When you use one of these replies, you’ll be able to respond to a comment with text, GIFs, images,…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Messenger, Chat, Conversation

Instagram Purges Its Platform of Some Popular Anti-Vaccine Hashtags, But Others Are Still Thriving

Following an investigative report by the Atlantic on the prevalence of misinformation on Instagram, the company appears to be scrubbing its platform of some popular anti-vaxxer content.Read more...
Tags: Instagram, Conspiracy Theories, Vaccines, Antivaxxers, Social Media, Facebook

Facebook’s reportedly been storing millions of user passwords in plain text since 2012

Last night, Facebook revealed that it found a flaw in January in its systems that stored user passwords in plain text, which meant that anyone who had access to them could read those passwords without having to decrypt them. The vulnerability impacts “hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users, tens of millions of other Facebook users, and tens of thousands of Instagram users.” What’s more shocking is that, according to cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs, in some instances, the company has be...
Tags: Apps, Facebook, Security

Facebook acknowledges concerns over Cambridge Analytica emerged earlier than reported

Company confirms suspicions of separate incident following Washington DC attorney general court filingFacebook employees were aware of concerns about“improper data-gathering practices” by Cambridge Analytica months before the Guardian first reported, in December 2015, that the political consultancy had obtained data on millions from an academic. The concerns appeared in a court filing by the attorney general for Washington DC and were subsequently confirmed by Facebook.The new information “could...
Tags: Cambridge Analytica, Facebook, Technology, Washington DC, US news

The attention economy is breeding addiction, fraud, and hate — and this is what we need to do to save it

Ashlyn Gentry is a managing director at Human Ventures Co.  In this op-ed, she says that whether we want to or not, we're living in an "attention economy" — and that it's damaging us as a global community. To fix this, business must prove that it’s possible to be both profitable and ethical.  You are worth trillions. Got your attention yet? Every time you pick up your phone, turn on a screen, or open an app, you are for sale. It’s perhaps the most influential economic force on...
Tags: Facebook, Trends, Sxsw, US Justice Department, Ashlyn Gentry, Human Ventures Co In, Google Facebook Instagram YouTube Amazon, Human Ventures Co

Amazon is finally letting brands track traffic from Facebook in its latest effort to cozy up to big marketers

Amazon is letting marketers measure Store traffic that comes from Facebook, which advertisers have been clamoring for. The e-commerce giant is also rolling out autoplay video features for Stores and new metrics. As Amazon's ad business grows, it's been on a mission to prove that it can increase metrics that big brands care about like awareness and loyalty. As part of its ongoing effort to show brand marketers it can do more than crank out conversions, Amazon is starting to let brands track tr...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Facebook Pages, Trends, WPP, Heller, Facebook Amazon, Amazon Advertising, Eric Heller, Alasdair McLean Foreman, Coca Cola Maybelline

The new CEO of Intuit says the rise of artificial intelligence will be as big a challenge as the company's shift to cloud computing (INTU)

Sasan Goodarzi stepped up as CEO of Intuit — the company behind products like Intuit and TurboTax — in January, replacing 11-year chief exec Brad Smith.  Smith gets a ton of credit from parties inside and outside Intuit for helping the company successfully navigate to a largely cloud-based, subscription-based software model.  To prepare to replace such a prominent figure, Goodarzi spent much of last year shadowing leaders like NFL legend Steve Young and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, trying to g...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Washington Post, Satya Nadella, NFL, San Francisco, Trends, Smith, Intuit, Young, Stewart Butterfield, Joe Montana, Brad Smith, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Christchurch mosque shootings: Facebook, Instagram share remembrance message for victims

When Kiwis woke up and went on social media this morning, they could have seen a remembrance message from Facebook and Instagram.Today marks a week since a shooter attacked Muslims in two mosques in Christchurch, killing 50 and... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Facebook, Business, Christchurch, Facebook Instagram, Kiwis

Facebook knew of Cambridge Analytica data misuse earlier than reported – court filing

DC attorney general says email exchange shows Facebook knew of data harvesting prior to Guardian reportFacebook knew about Cambridge Analytica’s “improper data-gathering practices” months before the Guardian first reported on them in December 2015, according to a court filing by the attorney general for Washington DC.The new information “could suggest that Facebook has consistently mislead [sic]” British lawmakers “about what it knew and when about Cambridge Analytica”, tweeted Damian Collins, t...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Washington, US news, Washington Dc, House Of Commons, Damian Collins, DCMS, Cambridge Analytica

Amazon to launch mobile ads, threatening Google and Facebook

Amazon has found a new way to grab a chunk of the US$129 billion (NZ$187b) digital advertising market now dominated by Google and Facebook: selling video spots on the e-commerce giant's smartphone shopping app.Amazon has been beta... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Business, US

Facebook staff had access to hundreds of millions of passwords

Facebook is back with another mea culpa.
Tags: Facebook, News, Stories

Orchid industry in decline, Legislature rejects plastic ban, new allegations in Zuckerberg Kauai land dispute, Hirono pays up, HPD chief gets high marks, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Orchid show in Hilo ©2019 All Hawaii News Orchid Industry in Decline. Statewide the production of flowers and other nursery products are worth more than $77 million, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Orchids make up almost 20 percent of that value. But the state’s orchid industry has been struggling in recent years. Hawaii Public Radio.Hawaii legislative committees reject plastics ban proposals. Two Hawaii legislative committees have rejected proposals that would have banne...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Navy, California, Hawaii, House, Micronesia, Department Of Transportation, Zuckerberg, Hawaii Island, North Shore, Kauai, Maui, Southwest

Second Roundup Verdict Resurrects Unanswered Questions for Shannon Watts

What role did PR Director Watts play during her watch? U.S.A. – -( “A jury found that a man developed cancer from exposure to Roundup weedkiller he used in his yard, in the second case to go to trial over the alleged harms of the popular Bayer AG product,” The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The first case was one reported in AmmoLand Shooting Sports News last August when a California jury found the company’s products containing the chemical compound glyphosate, “‘contri...
Tags: Facebook, UK, Guns, Roundup, California, Monsanto, Resistance, Johnson, Wall Street Journal, Bayer, Watts, Bayer AG, Monsanto Company, Fleishman Hillard, David Codrea, Gun Rights News

Message Replies Are Rolling Out Globally on Facebook Messenger

Facebook's continuing efforts to revamp and simplify its Messenger application took one more step forward with this week's global rollout of message replies. Messenger users can long-press on messages--text, photos, videos, GIFs and emojis--and then tap the reply icon. The full original message will be displayed in the text thread so that it's clear to...
Tags: Facebook, Advertising, Facebook Messenger, Social Pro Daily

Facebook’s AI couldn’t spot mass murder

Facebook has given another update on measures it took and what more it’s doing in the wake of the livestreamed video of a gun massacre by a far right terrorist who killed 50 people in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Earlier this week the company said the video of the slayings had been viewed less than 200 times during the livestream broadcast itself, and about about 4,000 times before it was removed from Facebook — with the stream not reported to Facebook until 12 minutes after it had ...
Tags: Facebook, UK, Isis, Tech, New Zealand, Christchurch, Facebook Live, Christchurch New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, Global Internet Forum, Ardern, Moderating Facebook

Facebook left millions of users' passwords stored improperly

Facebook on Thursday said that it had left "hundreds of millions" of users' passwords exposed in plain text, potentially visible to the company's employees, marking another major privacy and security headache for a tech giant already... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Facebook, Business

Vaccine misinformation still thrives on Facebook and Instagram

Misinformation about vaccines continues to thrive on Facebook and Instagram weeks after the companies vowed to reduce its distribution on their platforms.
Tags: Facebook, News, Instagram, Stories