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A New York Times story about YouTube's internal 'Condom Challenge' deliberations shows why keeping toxic content off the site is such a daunting challenge (GOOG, GOOGL)

A recent New York Times report highlighted the difficulties YouTube faces when deciding whether or not controversial content should remain on its site.  A policy review meeting held to discuss "Condom Challenge" videos, displayed just how seemingly arbitrary distinctions can be, even when the company's CEO, Susan Wojcicki, is involved.  While t hese internal debates may be the most critical part of YouTube's business for it to get right, its ability to produce clear and repeatable results at...
Tags: Google, Elon Musk, Youtube, Trends, New York Times, The Times, Susan Wojcicki, Times, Sundar Pichai, Signal, Business Insider, Condom Challenge, San Bruno, Procter Gamble, Wojcicki, San Bruno California


Alphabet's drone delivery company just received FAA approval to start dropping packages on customer's front doorsteps in Virginia (GOOG, GOOGL)

Wing, the aerial-delivery venture spun out of Google, has become the first US drone operator to receive federal clearance as an airline.  That means Wing can start legally dropping packages on people's front doorsteps in the states.  Wing says it will begin testing services in two southwestern Virginia towns and hopes to launch there by later this year.  In Australia — where the company has been testing since 2014 — Wing drones deliver everything from burritos to coffees to over-the-counter me...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Australia, Washington Post, Virginia, US, Trends, Bloomberg, UPS, Jeff Bezos, Faa, Wall Street Journal, Signal, Alphabet, Federal Aviation Administration, Blacksburg


Snap beat Wall Street's expectations for Q1 2019 but its user growth is still stalled (SNAP)

Snap, the parent company of photo-sharing app Snapchat, defied analysts expectations in the first quarter of the year — as its better-than-expected revenues and earnings per share briefly sent its stock soaring after it reported its results.  But investors appeared to have second thoughts as they contemplated stalled user growth numbers, and Snap shares quickly gave back most of the gains.  The company saw revenues of $320 million in the quarter, besting consensus estimates of $307.4 million an...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Disney, Trends, Bloomberg, Netflix, United States, Evan Spiegel, Signal, EBITDA, SPIEGEL, Snap Inc


LIVE: Snap beat Wall Street's expectations for Q1 2019, and its stock is soaring (SNAP)

Snap, the parent company of photo-sharing app Snapchat, defied analysts expectations in the first quarter of the year — as its better-than-expected revenues, user numbers, and earnings per share sent its stock soaring. The company saw revenues of $320 million in the quarter, besting consensus estimates of $307.4 million and growing 39% year-on-year. And it enjoyed 190 million daily active users, versus an 186.8 million prediction. The results are welcome news for the company, which has struggle...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Instagram, Trends, Bloomberg, United States, Tim Cook, Evan Spiegel, Signal, EBITDA, SPIEGEL, Snap Inc


LIVE: Snap beat Wall Street's expectations for Q1 2019 but its user growth is still stalled (SNAP)

Snap, the parent company of photo-sharing app Snapchat, defied analysts expectations in the first quarter of the year — as its better-than-expected revenues and earnings per share sent its stock soaring after it reported its results.  But investors appeared to have second thoughts as they contemplated stalled user growth numbers, and Snap shares quickly gave back most of the gains.  The company saw revenues of $320 million in the quarter, besting consensus estimates of $307.4 million and growin...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Samsung, Trends, Bloomberg, United States, Evan Spiegel, Signal, EBITDA, SPIEGEL, Snap Inc


LIVE: Here comes Snap's Q1 2019 earnings... (SNAP)

Snap, the parent company of photo-sharing app Snapchat, announces its Q1 2019 earnings on Tuesday. Earlier in April, research firm Emarketer predicted that Snapchat's US userbase could shrink for the first time this year, as it faces sustained pressure from Facebook-owned Instagram, and suffers in the wake of a widely-criticized redesign in 2018. The results cross after 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT, and the company's stock is currently hovering around $12 a share — up more than 100% from lows of less ...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Snapchat, Signal, Emarketer


Facebook hired a top State Department lawyer to be its new general counsel (FB)

Facebook has hired a new general counsel. Jennifer Newstead, a top lawyer at the US State Department, is joining the beleaguered social networking firm. She is replacing Colin Stretch, who has been planning to leave for nearly a year. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Facebook has finally found a new general counsel — hiring Jennifer Newstead, a top lawyer at the US State Department, to fill the role. The social network's previous general counsel, Colin Stretch, originall...
Tags: Google, Facebook, California, US, Trends, Miami, State Department, Signal, US State Department, Vulcan, Cambridge Analytica, Caryn Marooney, Colin Stretch, John Pinette, Jennifer Newstead


Facebook may have broken the law by harvesting 1.5 million users' email contacts, experts say (FB)

Facebook harvested 1.5 million users' email contact data without their consent, Business Insider revealed on Wednesday. In doing so, Facebook might have violated US and EU laws, experts say. The social network says it unintentionally collected the contacts and is now deleting them. It is already under investigation by US regulator the FTC for potentially violating a consent decree. Facebook harvested 1.5 million users' email contact data without their consent, and experts say that in doing so...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, London, California, US, Trends, Eu, European Union, Alan Turing, Myanmar, Silicon Valley, Andreessen Horowitz, Signal, Usc, Ftc, Gdpr


Mueller says use of encrypted messaging stalled some lines of inquiry

A single paragraph in the Mueller report out Thursday offers an interesting look into how the Special Counsel’s investigation came head-to-head with associates of President Trump who used encrypted and ephemeral messaging to hide their activities. From the report: Further, the Office learned that some of the individuals we interviewed or whose conduct we investigated-including some associated with the Trump Campaign — deleted relevant communications or communicated during the relevant period usi...
Tags: Security, Government, Office, Tech, Encryption, Law Enforcement, Software, Hillary Clinton, President, Donald Trump, Signal, Operating Systems, Trump, Cohen, Democratic National Committee, Mueller


Mueller says encrypted messaging stalled some lines of inquiry

A single paragraph in the Mueller report out Thursday offers an interesting look into how the Special Counsel’s investigation came head-to-head with associates of President Trump who used encrypted and ephemeral messaging to hide their activities. From the report: Further, the Office learned that some of the individuals we interviewed or whose conduct we investigated-including some associated with the Trump Campaign — deleted relevant communications or communicated during the relevant period usi...
Tags: Security, Government, Office, Tech, Encryption, Law Enforcement, Software, Hillary Clinton, President, Donald Trump, Signal, Operating Systems, Trump, Cohen, Democratic National Committee, Mueller


Facebook says it 'unintentionally uploaded' 1.5 million people's email contacts without their consent (FB)

Facebook says that it 'unintentionally uploaded' the e-mail contacts of 1.5 million new Facebook users since May 2016. The revelation comes after a security researcher noticed that Facebook was asking some users to enter their email passwords when they signed up for new accounts to verify their identities, in a move widely condemned by security experts. Business Insider then discovered that if you did enter your email password, a message popped up saying it was "importing" your contacts, witho...
Tags: Facebook, Trends, Silicon Valley, Signal, Watch Google, However Facebook


Review units of Samsung's folding phone are breaking, and it's a potential fiasco that threatens the company's fragile reputation

Multiple journalists say that their early review units of the new Samsung Galaxy Fold have broken within days of getting them. The buzzy device is expected to be the first foldable smartphone from a major manufacturer when it officially launches next week — though experts we spoke to say that it wouldn't be crazy for Samsung to delay the launch. But if the hardware issue is widespread, it could be a nightmare for the company, and highlights the risks of rushing to be first. And it comes just a...
Tags: Facebook, Washington Post, Samsung, Trends, Bloomberg, Silicon Valley, Andreessen Horowitz, Signal, Mark Gurman, Cnbc, Marques Brownlee, Patrick Moorhead, Moor Insights Strategy, Watch Google, Brownlee, Bohn


A Google employee in Silicon Valley has been diagnosed with measles according to a report (GOOG, GOOGL)

Amid criticisms for letting anti-vaccination (anti-vax) content spread across YouTube, a case of the measles was reported on one of Google's Silicon Valley campuses, according to a BuzzFeed report on Wednesday.  The incident was revealed in an email sent to Google employees, obtained by BuzzFeed, which stated that one of its employees working out of its Mountain View, California offices had been diagnosed with the measles. That worker had been at Google's office on  1295 Charleston Road  on A...
Tags: Google, Buzzfeed, Youtube, US, Trends, Silicon Valley, Signal, Mountain View California, Charleston Road, Huawei China, Samsung Galaxy Fold, Santa Clara County Public Health Department


Facebook usage is slowly dwindling — but Instagram is booming (FB)

The average time people are spending on Facebook is continuing to decline. That's according to a new survey from financial services firm Cowen. But Instagram, the Facebook-owned photo-sharing app, is growing healthily. The data underlines the stark contrast between the scandal-rocked core Facebook social network and its buzzy sister app. Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories. Facebook and Instagram are currently following very different paths. Time spent on the core Facebook app by its 1...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, California, US, Trends, Deutsche Bank, Silicon Valley, Andreessen Horowitz, Signal, HARRIS, Cowen, John Blackledge, Cowen But Instagram the Facebook


Here are all the details on the plan to totally change YouTube's business model that Google CEO Sundar Pichai reportedly killed in 2017 (GOOG, GOOGL)

In 2017, YouTube considered changing a major facet of its business model— paying creators based on viewer engagement, rather than the ad revenue they created, according to a Bloomberg earlier this month. Business Insider obtained unreleased YouTube support center drafts that provide more detail about the proposed payments model from 2017, showing that changes would have involved more than just engagement metrics. According to the documents, YouTube was planning to introduce three new pillars ...
Tags: Google, Youtube, Trends, Bloomberg, Ocean, Sundar Pichai, Signal, Pichai, Business Insider, Alex Jones, Watch Google, Wojcicki, Infowars, Boil The Ocean, Susan Wojcicki Bloomberg, Merch Channel Memberships


YouTube's scrapped plan to change how it pays creators focused on 3 main metrics: attract, engage, and retain (GOOG, GOOGL)

In 2017, YouTube considered changing a major facet of its business model— paying creators based on viewer engagement, rather than the ad revenue they created, according to a Bloomberg earlier this month. Business Insider obtained unreleased YouTube support center drafts that provide more detail about the proposed payments model from 2017, showing that changes would have involved more than just engagement metrics. According to the documents, YouTube was planning to introduce three new pillars ...
Tags: Google, Youtube, Trends, Bloomberg, Ocean, Nintendo, Sundar Pichai, Signal, Pichai, Business Insider, Alex Jones, Wojcicki, Infowars, Boil The Ocean, Susan Wojcicki Bloomberg, Merch Channel Memberships


Facebook is appointing Peggy Alford to be the first African-American woman on its board, as Netflix CEO Reed Hastings prepares to leave (AAPL, NFLX)

There are significant changes afoot on Facebook's board. The company is nominating PayPal exec Peggy Alford for election to the board, and she will be the first African-American woman to serve as a director at Facebook. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and former White House official Erskine Bowles are leaving. Facebook is shaking up its board of directors — nominating PayPal executive Peggy Alford, and preparing to part ways with the Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and former White House chief of staff E...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, White House, Trends, Paypal, Netflix, New York Times, Myanmar, Silicon Valley, Signal, Sheryl Sandberg, Reed Hastings, Clinton, Zuckerberg, Mark, Hastings


Facebook appears to be considering putting Messenger back in its main app (FB)

Facebook is thinking about re-adding Messenger to its core app. The company split it out years ago, forcing users to download an additional app to message their friends. A researcher digging through Facebook's code has found suggestions that it is now considering bringing it back into the fold. Facebook appears to be considering re-adding Messenger to its core app, years after removing it and spinning it out into a separate app. Jane Manchun Wong, a tech researcher who digs into popular apps'...
Tags: Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, Elizabeth Warren, Trends, Silicon Valley, Andreessen Horowitz, Signal, Watch Google, Jane Manchun Wong


Uber says its future is riding on the success of self-driving cars, but warns investors that there's a lot that can go wrong (UBER)

The future of Uber's business is riding on self-driving cars. The transportation startup has warned that if its rivals develop the tech at scale before it does, everything from its ride-hailing to its food delivery efforts are at risk. On Thursday, the company finally filed to go public in what is expected to be one of the biggest IPOs of all time. Uber's financial disclosures provide an unprecedented look at the inner workings of the firm, and how it's thinking about its future. Visit Busines...
Tags: Google, Trends, United States, Silicon Valley, Travis Kalanick, Signal, Aurora, ATG, Waymo, Advanced Technologies Group ATG, Nuro, India the United Kingdom, Waymo Cruise Automation Tesla Apple


Uber warns that Apple and Google’s stranglehold over the distribution of apps poses a major risk to its business (GOOG, FB)

Uber is warning that Google and Apple's collective dominance over the app economy poses a potential big risk to its business. On Thursday, the ride-hailing company filed its S-1 paperwork to go public, offering an unprecedented public look at its business. Companies have increasingly complained in recent years about the stranglehold that Google and Apple's app stores give them over the rest of the tech industry. Uber is also reliant on Google Maps to function, and paid some $58 million to Goog...
Tags: Apple, Google, Uber, Spotify, Trends, Silicon Valley, App Store, Google Maps, Signal, Fortnite, Waymo


Disney CEO Bob Iger reportedly said that 'Hitler would have loved social media' (FB, TWTR)

Disney chief exec Bob Iger says that "Hitler would have loved social media." The high-profile entertainment exec lashed out at companies like Twitter and Facebook at an awards dinner. It shows how the public mood towards social media has shifted — a few years ago, Disney even considered acquiring Twitter. Disney CEO Bob Iger said that "Hitler would have loved social media" in an aggressive attack on big tech firms like Facebook and Twitter. Variety is reporting that the high-profile entertain...
Tags: Facebook, Disney, US, Trends, Silicon Valley, Iger, Andreessen Horowitz, Hitler, Signal, Simon Wiesenthal Center, Bob Iger, Twitter and Facebook, Twitter Variety, Twitter Disney, Huawei China


Need a new Wi-Fi router for your apartment? This one’s only $19.99

If you live in a massive house, investing a few hundred dollars in a high-end home Wi-Fi system is a must. But if you live in an apartment, mesh systems are definitely a waste of money. You can enjoy great coverage and fast Wi-Fi speeds at the fraction of the cost of a mesh solution. In fact, the TP-Link TL-WR841N Wireless Router is on sale right now on Amazon for only $19.99!Here's more info from the product page: * Wireless N speed up to 300Mbps ideal applications for video streaming, onl...
Tags: Amazon, News, Signal


Facebook's new Watch Party video-streaming feature is wildly popular with pirates, who use it to run illicit movie marathons (FB)

Facebook's new group-video-watching feature, Watch Party, is proving wildly popular with pirates. It's designed to let Facebook users watch a video on the platform all at the same time, letting them comment and react as it plays. But Business Insider found that pirates were also using it to host movie marathons and binge-watch classic TV series on the social network, in an apparent circumvention of copyright law. Everything from Oscar nominees like "Her" to reruns of Gordon Ramsay cooking show...
Tags: Facebook, Youtube, Trends, Silicon Valley, Andreessen Horowitz, Gordon Ramsay, Jeff Bezos, Signal, Business Insider, Watch Party, Carolyn Thomas, Facebook After Business Insider, Super Film Club Watch Party, Firefly Watch Party The Group, Watch Party Central Movie Lovers Unite




The Best Android and iOS Apps to Keep Your Data Private and Secure

Large corporations collecting our data and resetting passwords after every major data breach can feel like inevitabilities we just have to accept in 2019. But there are ways to protect your data and privacy.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Firefox, Android, Security, Credit Cards, Facebook, Privacy, Imessage, Whatsapp, Browsers, Vpn, Apple Pay, Lifehacks, Password Managers, Lastpass


Facebook's push to help raise money for charity could indirectly give it a $10 billion boost to its business (FB)

Facebook's charitable giving tools could help boost revenues from its push into shopping on Instagram. The tool encourages users to enter their credit card details into the app, and will help build payments expertise at the company. Analysts from Deutsche Bank predict that Instagram shopping will generate $10 billion in revenue in 2021. Facebook's charitable giving tools have generated more than a billion dollars in donations for non-profit, the company announced in November 2018. It's an imp...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Trends, Deutsche Bank, Silicon Valley, Andreessen Horowitz, Signal, Samsung Galaxy, Lloyd Walmsley


How Do I Hide My Neighbors' Wifi Networks?

I talk a lot about wireless networking in this Tech 911 advice column. And this week is no exception. Just when I think we’ve covered everything, a reader question pops up that demands attention—partly because it’s a quirky question, and partly because I love starting my Friday mornings with a fresh cup of…Read more...
Tags: Windows, Wireless, Wifi, Lifehacks, Signal, Block


Facebook is partnering with a big UK newspaper to publish sponsored articles downplaying 'technofears' and praising the company (FB)

Facebook is paying The Daily Telegraph to run a series of positive sponsored stories about it. The British newspaper is running dozens of stories that defend Facebook on controversial subjects like terrorism, hate speech, and cyber-bullying. It shows how Facebook is attempting to sidestep the often-critical media by buying positive coverage of itself. A spokesperson said it is part of a UK marketing campaign to drive "awareness" of Facebook's investments "that have a positive impact on people’...
Tags: Facebook, UK, London, Instagram, US, Trends, Atlantic, Silicon Valley, Andreessen Horowitz, Daily Telegraph, Huffington Post, Christchurch, Signal, Business Insider, Northern Europe, Hatch


540 million Facebook user records were left exposed by app developers (FB)

540 million Facebook user records were left exposed on public servers by app developers. The social network's lax data policies meant that for years developers could easily harvest users' sensitive data — and now it's leaking out. Facebook has since tightened up the data the user data accessible to app developers, especially in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but at least some damage has already been done. "Data about Facebook users has been spread far beyond the bounds of what Fa...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Trends, Bloomberg, Silicon Valley, Andreessen Horowitz, Signal, Cambridge Analytica, UpGuard, Katy Dormer


540 million Facebook users had sensitive personal data left exposed by app developers (FB)

Data on more than 540 million Facebook users was left exposed on public servers by app developers. The social network's lax data policies meant that for years developers could easily harvest users' sensitive data — and now it's leaking out. Facebook has since tightened up the data the user data accessible to app developers, especially in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but at least some damage has already been done. "Data about Facebook users has been spread far beyond the bounds ...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Trends, Bloomberg, Data, Silicon Valley, Andreessen Horowitz, Signal, Cambridge Analytica, UpGuard, Katy Dormer