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Jim Steyer runs the powerful nonprofit Common Sense Media; now he’s using his influence to battle big tech

California Governor Gavin Newsom earlier today proposed a so-called digital dividend that would let consumers share in the profits generated by California-based tech companies that have been “collecting, curating and monetizing” their users’ personal data. Newsom added that he has asked his administration to develop a proposal for a “new data dividend for Californians, because we recognize that data has value, and it belongs to you.” It’s an idea that tech companies will surely argue against if ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, New York, Media, California, Youtube, Stanford, Politico, Disney, Alabama, San Francisco, Tech, Gop


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


Facebook's $19 billion WhatsApp acquisition might not have happened if it wasn't for Mark Zuckerberg's Hungarian sheepdog, Beast (FB)

Facebook's $19 billion WhatsApp acquisition in 2014 might not have happened if it wasn't for CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Hungarian sheepdog, Beast.  In an interview with CNN, Zuckerberg said, "My dog Beast, I think, is actually the secret weapon here."  According to Zuckerberg, negotiations were tense but when Beast hopped onto WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum's lap "a second later Jan goes like, 'Okay, I think we’re good.'"  Facebook's $19 billion WhatsApp acquisition in 2014 might not have ha...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Cnn, Wall Street Journal, Sheryl Sandberg, Jan Koum, Zuckerberg, Max, Forbes, Acton, Jan, Laurie Segall, Cambridge Analytica, Brian Acton, Koums


Facebook’s head of comms hits the road after 8 years at the company

Facebook head of communications Caryn Marooney is leaving for greener pastures, she announced today, on Facebook of course. She joins the growing number of executives and high-level employees departing the company during and after what may be its toughest year. “I spent a lot of time over the winter holiday reflecting, and with the New Year, and after 8 years at Facebook, I’ve decided to step down as leader of the communications group,” Marooney wrote. “I’ve decided it’s time to get back to m...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Social Media, Tech, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Communications, Sheryl Sandberg, Cto, Jan Koum, Alex Stamos, Personnel, Marooney, Dan Rose, Neeraj Arora


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


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


Facebook Merges Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram; Will Your Marketing be Impacted?

Exciting news. Facebook is planning on integrating the messaging services of WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger. Integrating the Messaging Services While all three apps will continue to work as stand-alone applications, the underlying messaging infrastructure will be integrated. For example, a WhatsApp user could message an Instagram user, which is something that is currently not possible. The integration effort will be completed by the end of 2019 or early 2020, according to reportin...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, China, Sales, Social Media, Facebook Messenger, New York Times, Tencent, Kevin Systrom, Skype, Mike Krieger, Jan Koum, Publisher Channel Content, Brian Acton, Messenger Instagram


Mark Zuckerberg is ordering Facebook employees to make big changes to the way the company's most popular apps work, connecting WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger

Mark Zuckerberg has tasked Facebook employees to reconfigure its messaging services WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram so users can communicate across the platforms, The New York Times reports. The apps will continue to operate as three standalone platforms, but would be unified by an "underlying messaging infrastructure" that includes end-to-end encryption for the entire "family" of Facebook-owned apps, according to the Times. These proposed changes have reportedly caused unrest within the co...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Microsoft, China, Trends, Facebook Messenger, New York Times, Nyt, Times, Kevin Systrom, Bing, Mike Krieger, Jan Koum, Zuckerberg


Here are the Facebook execs who insiders think might leave next (FB)

Facebook has had a wave of executives leave the company in the past 12 months. With the company under pressure, there are likely to be more ousters, defections, and departures. These are some of the top execs to keep an eye on, according to company insiders. Facebook's brutal 2018 was accompanied by a wave of executive departures. As the Silicon Valley tech giant grappled with the Cambridge Analytica scandal and its role spreading hate speech that fueled genocide in Myanmar, several longtime ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Supreme Court, White House, Trends, Levy, Myanmar, Silicon Valley, Parliament, Kevin Systrom, George W Bush, Mike Krieger, Sheryl Sandberg, Jan Koum, Business Insider, Anthony Harrison


Here are the Facebook execs that insiders think might leave next (FB)

A wave of Facebook execs have left the company in the past 12 months And with the company under pressure, there are likely to be more ousters, defections and departures. These are some of the top execs to keep an eye on, according to company insiders. Facebook's brutal 2018 was accompanied by a wave of executive departures. As the Silicon Valley tech giant grappled with the Cambridge Analytica scandal and its role spreading hate speech that fueled genocide in Myanmar, several longtime senior ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Supreme Court, White House, Trends, Levy, Myanmar, Silicon Valley, Parliament, Kevin Systrom, George W Bush, Mike Krieger, Sheryl Sandberg, Jan Koum, Business Insider, Anthony Harrison


After $2B+ Cisco Buyout, Dug Song Reflects on Duo Security’s Journey

Successful startup founders who are also humble and down-to-earth are a rare breed in the tech industry. But Duo Security co-founder and former CEO Dug Song is a mensch in every sense of the word.Song is best known as the guy who started and nurtured a cybersecurity company worth billions in Ann Arbor, MI—outside of the big, traditional tech hubs. Duo’s $2.35 billion acquisition by software giant Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) in August represented the biggest exit by a Michigan venture-backed company in...
Tags: Startups, Entrepreneurship, Trends, Cisco, It, Malware, People, Cybersecurity, Whatsapp, Vc, Software, Hacking, Innovation, Venture Capital, Michigan, Cyber Attacks


WhatsApp Chief Business Officer Neeraj Arora Is Leaving the Messaging App

WhatsApp chief business officer Neeraj Arora revealed in a Facebook post that he is leaving the Facebook-owned messaging application. Co-founders Brian Acton and Jan Koum left WhatsApp in September 2017 and this past April, respectively. Kate Clark of TechCrunch reported that there had been speculation that Arora would succeed Koum as CEO. Arora joined WhatsApp...
Tags: Facebook, Advertising, Jan Koum, Koum, Arora, Neeraj Arora, Brian Acton, Social Pro Daily, Kate Clark


WhatsApp chief business officer Neeraj Arora resigns

WhatsApp’s chief business officer, Neeraj Arora has quit WhatsApp roughly one year after WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton exited from Facebook. WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook for $19 billion in 2014 and the company mentioned that it would allow WhatsApp to operate independently under Acton and co-founder Jan Koum, who served as its chief executive officer until abruptly quitting over privacy and data concerns in April. Neeraj Arora joined WhatsApp in 2011 from Google, was rumored to be the ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Instagram, Blogging, Whatsapp, Jan Koum, Acton, Koum, Neeraj Arora, Brian Acton, Neeraj


WhatsApp's chief business officer is the latest exec to leave Facebook (FB)

WhatsApp's chief business officer Neeraj Arora is quitting. He's the latest in a long line of senior execs to quit Facebook, from the cofounders of Instagram to Oculus. Arora's departure follows ugly clashes between WhatsApp's cofounders and Facebook leadership. He says he plans to spent time with his family. The chief business officer of WhatsApp is leaving, the latest in a line of high-level departures at Facebook and its associated apps. Neeraj Arora, a seven-year veteran of the encrypted ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Brian, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Signal, Brendan Iribe, Jan Koum, Koum, Chris Daniels, Arora, Facebook FB, Neeraj Arora, Brian Acton


WhatsApp’s chief business officer is leaving

Roughly one year after WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton made his highly-publicized exit from Facebook, another executive and early employee of the messaging platform is doing the same. Neeraj Arora, WhatsApp’s chief business officer, announced today that he would be “taking some time off to recharge and spend time with family.” Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion in 2014 and pledged to allow the messaging giant to continue to operate independently under Acton and co-founder Jan Ko...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Tech, Whatsapp, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Jan Koum, Zuckerberg, Acton, Koum, Arora, Neeraj Arora, Brian Acton


WhatsApp is finally adding stickers

WhatsApp is finally adding stickers to its hugely popular messaging app. The company said today that support for stickers will roll out to Android and iOS users over “the coming weeks.” Initially, the app’s 1.5 billion users will have a seemingly limited selection with the first packs provided by WhatsApp’s own design team and some “other artists” chosen by the company. However, that’s likely to change in the future since WhatsApp will allow anyone to add stickers that can be used inside t...
Tags: Google, Android, Facebook, Apps, Social Media, Tech, Whatsapp, Software, Computing, Telegram, Social Network, Jan Koum, Acton, Koum, Brian Acton, Sticker


Oculus co-founder Brendan Iribe exits Facebook

Oculus VR hardware engineer, Chris Dycus, foreground, wears a virtual reality headset invented by Oculus VR inventor and founder Palmer Luckey, center. Luckey partnered with Nate Mitchell, vice-president of product, left, CEO Brendan Iribe, second from right, and Michael Antonov, chief software architect, far right, to launch the start up and raised $2.4 milliion on Kickstarter. FILE – In this Sept. 24, 2015, file photo, Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe speak during the Oculus 2 conference i...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Business, Technology, Instagram, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, New York Times, Virtual Reality, Associated Press, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Brendan Iribe, Jan Koum, Palmer Luckey


A second Oculus cofounder is leaving Facebook after reportedly clashing with management (FB)

Oculus cofounder and former CEO Brendan Iribe announced on Monday that he would be leaving Facebook.  A Facebook spokesperson did not give Business Insider an explicit reason for Iribe's departure beyond saying: "He’s taking time off for the first time in 20 years."  According to a TechCrunch report, however, Iribe had grown increasingly frustrated with the Facebook executive team, especially after last week's cancelation of the "Rift 2," which he had been leading.  Iribe is the second Oculus ...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Trends, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Brendan Iribe, Jan Koum, Palmer Luckey, Brendan, Nate Mitchell, Hugo Barra, Facebook A Facebook, Iribe, TechCrunch TechCrunch, On Twitter Facebook, Outside of Oculus Facebook


Oculus co-founder is leaving Facebook after cancellation of ‘Rift 2’ headset

Brendan Iribe, the co-founder and former CEO of Oculus, announced today that he is leaving Facebook, TechCrunch has learned. Iribe is leaving Facebook following some internal shake-ups at the company’s virtual reality arm last week that saw the cancellation of the company’s next generation “Rift 2” PC-powered virtual reality headset which he had been leading development of, a source close to the matter tell TechCrunch. Iribe and the Facebook executive team had “fundamentally different v...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Tech, Sony, Vr, Oculus, Virtual Reality, Oculus Vr, Autodesk, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Rift, Brendan Iribe, Jan Koum


Facebook’s ex-CSO, Alex Stamos, defends its decision to inject ads in WhatsApp

Alex Stamos, Facebook’s former chief security officer, who left the company this summer to take up a role in academia, has made a contribution to what’s sometimes couched as a debate about how to monetize (and thus sustain) commercial end-to-end encrypted messaging platforms in order that the privacy benefits they otherwise offer can be as widely spread as possible. Stamos made the comments via Twitter, where he said he was indirectly responding to the fallout from a Forbes interview with Wha...
Tags: Apple, Android, Social, Facebook, Apps, Europe, Privacy, Advertising Tech, Social Media, Tech, Whatsapp, Encryption, Instant Messaging, Signal, Sheryl Sandberg, Jan Koum


WhatsApp co-founder: Facebook already had plans to serve ads on the app before acquisition

Brian Acton – one of the co-founders of the popular messaging app WhatsApp – resigned from Facebook in 2017. And with that, he left $850 million on the table in the form of non-vested stock options. He stood against the changes Facebook’s management was trying to bring to WhatsApp, and paid the price, literally. Since its inception in 2009, WhatsApp never wanted to show its users any ads. Both Acton and Jan Koum – the other co-founder of WhatsApp – hated the idea of earning money that way. Their...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Apps, Jan Koum, Insider, Acton, Brian Acton


'A sellout crying into his money': Current and former Facebookers dunk on WhatsApp's cofounder after tell-all interview

There's a big debate between current and former Facebookers over the way the company treats the founders of companies it acquires. That's after Instagram's founders decided to leave, and WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton lifted the lid on his frustrations with Facebook. But the founders of other Facebook acquisitions appeared to dunk on Acton, saying Facebook had always been supportive. One founder said entrepreneurs need to realise their company will eventually have to integrate with their acqui...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Post, Instagram, Samsung, Trends, David Marcus, Javier Olivan, Marlon Brando, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Jan Koum, Zuckerberg, Marcus, Martinez, Acton


Facebook's former security chief says it was 'foolish' to believe WhatsApp wouldn't be monetized

Facebook's former security chief Alex Stamos said it was "foolish" to expect WhatsApp to remain largely revenue-free after Facebook paid $19 billion for the messaging service in 2014. It followed a scathing interview with WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton. He told Forbes about the clashes he had with Facebook bosses over monetizing WhatsApp. Stamos said he wasn't picking sides, however. "There are people I respect on both sides," he said in a 13-part tweet thread. The fallout from WhatsApp cofou...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, David Marcus, British Airways, Sheryl Sandberg, Jan Koum, Zuckerberg, Forbes, Marcus, Acton, Koum, Zuck, Stamos, Alex Stamos, FB


Facebook poisons the acquisition well

Who should you sell your startup to? Facebook and the founders of its former acquisitions are making a strong case against getting bought by Mark Zuckerberg and Co. After a half-decade of being seen as one of the most respectful and desired acquirers, a series of scandals has destroyed the image of Facebook’s M&A division. That could make it tougher to convince entrepreneurs to sell to Facebook, or force it to pay higher prices and put contractual guarantees of autonomy into the deals. WhatsA...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Tech, Eu, Whatsapp, Harvard, Hillary Clinton, David Marcus, Xiaomi, Vr, Oculus, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger


Facebook exec David Marcus calls WhatsApp’s cofounder ‘a whole new standard of low-class’ after scathing interview (FB)

The gloves are off and Facebook's current and former executives are now engaged in an open war of words. Facebook executive David Marcus posted a lengthy blog post on Wednesday attacking his former colleague Brian Acton, calling him a "whole new standard of low-class." The bizzare public feud comes on the heels of an explosive interview by Acton, the cofounder of WhatsApp, who left Facebook a year ago. In the interview with Forbes, Acton broke with convention and spoke candidly about the disagr...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Trends, David Marcus, Brian, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Sheryl Sandberg, Jan Koum, Forbes, Marcus, Mark, Don, Acton, Brian Acton


'This is probably the last time you'll ever talk to me': WhatsApp's cofounder broke his silence about his icy relationship with Mark Zuckerberg

Brian Acton, a cofounder of WhatsApp, has broken his silence about leaving Facebook three years after his company was acquired for $16 billion. In an explosive interview with Forbes, Acton outlined tensions with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg about introducing ads into WhatsApp. Acton recalled one meeting where Zuckerberg apparently told him: "This is probably the last time you’ll ever talk to me." He said he never became close to the Facebook chief, despite leading the c...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Trends, Silicon Valley, Kevin Systrom, Sheryl Sandberg, Jan Koum, Zuckerberg, Forbes, Acton, Brian Acton, Forbes Acton, Mediterranean Acton, Sheryl Sandberg He


WhatsApp's cofounder had a fiery standoff with Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg over how to make money from the messaging app

WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton has revealed that he had a tense clash with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg over monetizing the messaging app. In an interview with Forbes, Acton said he wanted to introduce a metered model to WhatsApp, but Facebook's top executives wanted to go much further. Acton said Sandberg and CEO Mark Zuckerberg "represent a set of business practices, principles and ethics, and policies that I don’t necessarily agree with." Brian Acton has revealed the details of a fiery cla...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Kevin Systrom, Sheryl Sandberg, Jan Koum, Zuckerberg, Forbes, Facebook Instagram, Acton, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Sandberg, Facebook CEO, Brian Acton, Forbes Acton, Mike Brier


WhatsApp founder, Brian Acton, says Facebook used him to get its acquisition past EU regulators

WhatsApp founder, Brian Acton, who left Facebook a year ago — before going on to publicly bite the hand that fed him, by voicing support for the #DeleteFacebook movement (and donating $50M to alternative encrypted messaging app, Signal) — has delved into the ethics clash behind his acrimonious departure in an interview with Forbes. And for leaving a cool ~$850M in unvested stock on the table by not sticking it out a few more months inside Zuckerberg’s mothership, as co-founder Jan Koum did. (...
Tags: Social, Startups, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Privacy, Advertising Tech, France, Social Media, Eu, Snapchat, Whatsapp, European Commission, Sheryl Sandberg, Cannes Lions


The departure of Instagram's cofounders is a bad thing for Facebook — but it could be even worse for the rest of us (FB)

Instagram cofounders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger announced on Monday they are leaving the company. Their departure poses big risks for the service they created and for Facebook, its corporate parent. Their resignations come as Facebook has becoming increasingly reliant on the revenue and user growth Instagram provides. It also follows a series of scandals at Facebook that have exposed the shortcomings of Mark Zuckerberg as a leader and CEO.  It's usually not huge news when the founders of ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, US, Trends, Myanmar, Kevin Systrom, Wall Street Journal, Mike Krieger, Journal, Jan Koum, Zuckerberg, Facebook Instagram, Krieger, Systrom, Alex Stamos Facebook


Facebook has started hemorrhaging key executives, and the timing couldn't be worse

Facebook has lost six key executives over the past year, following the departure of Instagram cofounders, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger. It means CEO Mark Zuckerberg is without critical talent at a time when Facebook is trying to get back on its feet following a series of disastrous body blows. Without key executives around him, his job will not get easier.  For years, Facebook's top bench of executives has been a vision of stability. Not anymore. The abrupt resignations of Instagram cofound...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, India, US, Trends, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Jan Koum, Zuckerberg, Alex Stamos, Brian Acton, Elliot Schrage, June Zuckerberg