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Kamala Harris brings a view from tech’s epicenter to the presidential race

Joe Biden’s decision to name California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate in the quest to unseat President Trump means that the next White House could be occupied not only by a Black woman — a historic milestone by any account — but also by someone who built a career in the tech industry’s front yard. Born in Oakland, Harris served as San Francisco district attorney and later as the attorney general for California before being elected to the state’s Senate in 2016. And while the newly...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Colorado, California, Government, Senate, White House, Elizabeth Warren, San Francisco, Tech, Joe Biden, United States, New York Times, Silicon Valley


How old 14 of the world's richest people were when they first became billionaires

Not all billionaires join the three comma club at the same age. Bill Gates may be richer than Mark Zuckerberg, but the Facebook CEO became a billionaire when he was nearly a decade younger. Oprah Winfrey became a billionaire at age 49. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. When Bill Gates became a billionaire in 1987 at 31, he was the youngest person to ever join the three comma club. In 2008, Mark Zuckerberg took that title when he reached billionaire status at 23.  But not all...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spacex, Microsoft, Ebay, Disney, Dallas Mavericks, America, Trends, Tesla, Bloomberg, Paypal, Snapchat, Larry Page


Why We Have a 'TikTok Problem'

An anonymous reader shares an analysis: As national security expert Lucas Kunce notes, Facebook is in fact the reason we have a TikTok problem to begin with. When Twitter launched a TikTok-like product Vine years before, Facebook actively killed the product by refusing to let Vine access its APIs on the same terms other corporations got. Mark Zuckerberg personally made the call to shut off access to Vine, and Twitter eventually shut the product down. Then, Facebook allowed TikTok to advertise ma...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Tech, Vine, Chinese communist party, Zuckerberg, Lucas Kunce


"Hello. I am Mark Zuckerberg. I am a human. Just like you."

I like . [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
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Facebook Will Let Employees Work From Home Until July 2021

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: Facebook is extending its work from home policy until July of next year, becoming the latest tech giant to commit to letting staff work remotely in response to the coronavirus pandemic. "Based on guidance from health and government experts, as well as decisions drawn from our internal discussions about these matters, we are allowing employees to continue voluntarily working from home until July 2021," said Nneka Norville, a Facebook spokesperson, on ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Tech, Cnn, Zuckerberg, Norville, Nneka Norville, Facebook Will Let Employees Work From Home


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning. Trump issued two executive orders aimed at Chinese-owned apps, barring US companies from doing business with TikTok parent company ByteDance and messaging app WeChat. The order, which is set to go into effect in 45 days, claims TikTok "continues to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States." Mark Zuckerberg tells Facebook employees...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, UK, Microsoft, China, US, Trends, Bloomberg, United States, Ireland, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Alexa, Pixel


Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg joins centibillionaire club

The 36-year-old follows Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates as fortune passes $100bn for first timeMark Zuckerberg’s fortune has passed $100bn (£76bn) for the first time, adding him to an exclusive club of the world’s centibillionaires, after Facebook’s shares surged on news it is to launch a rival to the video-sharing app TikTok.Facebook announced the US rollout of Instagram Reels, its answer to the Chinese app TikTok, as the US president, Donald Trump, issued bans on American companies transacting with ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Business, Microsoft, US, US news, Bill Gates, Tencent, Jeff Bezos, Donald Trump, Alphabet, Zuckerberg, Bytedance, The super-rich


Mark Zuckerberg just became the third person on Earth worth over $100 billion. Here's how the Facebook CEO makes and spends his fortune.

Mark Zuckerberg's fortune surpassed $100 billion after Facebook launched its TikTok competitor in the US. That makes the tech titan only the third current centi-billionaire on Earth. In June, advertisers including Verizon, Honda, and Ben & Jerry's boycotted Facebook over the social network's lack of hate-speech moderation. The boycott briefly sunk both Facebook's share price and CEO Mark Zuckerberg's net worth. Zuckerberg drives an affordable car and wears basic clothes, but appears to splur...
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Mark Zuckerberg tells Facebook employees he's 'really worried' about possible TikTok ban

The parent company behind TikTok is in discussions with Microsoft and other US tech companies about acquiring the viral app's US operations. Mark Zuckerberg was asked at a recent Facebook all-hands meeting whether the company was interested in acquiring TikTok, BuzzFeed reports. Although Zuckerberg refused to comment on Facebook's business strategy, he did address Donald Trump's threatened ban of TikTok in the US. "It's a really bad long-term precedent, and that it needs to be handled with the...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Youtube, China, US, Trends, Fbi, Beijing, New Zealand, Donald Trump, Zuckerberg, Trump, US Australia Canada, Jake Paul, Instagram A Facebook


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's net worth just ballooned above $100 billion for the first time ever

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's net worth just passed the $100 billion mark. Zuckerberg, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates are now the only three people in the world to be worth at least $100 billion, per Bloomberg. The executive's ballooned fortune comes as Facebook unveils its Instagram Reels, a TikTok-like feature in the app, and as Facebook has experienced a booming stock price during the pandemic. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Facebook CEO Mar...
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Facebook And Twitter Penalize Trump For Spreading False COVID Claims

Facebook and Twitter took decisive action against President Donald Trump on Wednesday for spreading coronavirus misinformation after his official and campaign accounts broke their rules. The Washington Post reported that Facebook removed a post of a Fox News video clip from Trump’s official account in which the President tells Fox News hosts that children are “almost immune” to coronavirus. Per the Post, Twitter said it hid the Team Trump account’s post featuring the same video, and that the ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Post, News, Washington Post, Cdc, United States, Fox News, Donald Trump, Zuckerberg, Trump, Donald Trump Jr, Team Trump, Andy Stone, June Zuckerberg


Attorneys general from twenty states call on Facebook to do more to fight discrimination, disinformation and harrassment

In an open letter to Facebook’s leadership posted earlier today, the attorneys general from twenty states called on the company to do more to fight intimidation, discrimination, disinformation, harassment and hate speech on the platform. “Although Facebook has made some progress in counteracting the use of its platform to dehumanize and demean, that is just the beginning of what is necessary,” the attorneys general wrote. “Private parties, organized groups, and public officials continue to use F...
Tags: TC, Verizon, Facebook, California, US, Tech, Patagonia, District Of Columbia, Donald Trump, Sacha Baron Cohen, Zuckerberg, Trump, Roberts, Anti Defamation League, Reebok, Daniel Roberts


Attorneys general from twenty states call on Facebook to do more to fight discrimination, disinformation and harassment

In an open letter to Facebook’s leadership posted earlier today, the attorneys general from 20 states called on the company to do more to fight intimidation, discrimination, disinformation, harassment and hate speech on the platform. “Although Facebook has made some progress in counteracting the use of its platform to dehumanize and demean, that is just the beginning of what is necessary,” the attorneys general wrote. “Private parties, organized groups, and public officials continue to use Fa...
Tags: Social, TC, Verizon, Facebook, California, Tech, Patagonia, District Of Columbia, Donald Trump, Sacha Baron Cohen, Zuckerberg, Trump, Roberts, Reebok, Daniel Roberts, TechCrunch Facebook


Instagram’s hashtag searches gave Trump better treatment than Biden

Instagram apparently handled searches for popular hashtags related to the two presidential candidates differently, pointing Joe Biden search queries toward often negative related hashtags while making no such suggestions in corresponding searches pertaining to President Trump. A new report by the Tech Transparency Project details the strange platform behavior. In the report, the tech watchdog compared searches for 20 popular hashtags related to the Trump and Biden campaigns and found that rel...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Instagram, Buzzfeed, Tech, Joe Biden, Policy, Algorithms, Biden, Donald Trump, Zuckerberg, Trump, Twitter Instagram, 2020 Election, Algorithmic Bias, Ryan Mac


Facebook Must Better Police Online Hate, State Attorneys General Say

Twenty state attorneys general on Wednesday called on Facebook to better prevent messages of hate, bias and disinformation from spreading, and said the company needed to provide more help to users facing online abuse. From a report: In a letter [PDF] to the social media giant, the officials said they regularly encountered people facing online intimidation and harassment on Facebook. They outlined seven steps the company should take, including allowing third-party audits of hate content and offer...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, California, Youtube, Tech, United States, New Jersey, District Of Columbia, Black Lives Matter, Sheryl Sandberg, Zuckerberg, Facebook Twitter, David Duke, Richard Spencer, Facebook They


More puppets revealed from the new Spitting Image

Spitting Image was a satirical puppet show running in the UK from 1985 to 1996, about to be revived for a new era of stupid, selfish, buffoonish politicians and celebrities. The creators recently showed off the forthcoming series's Trump and Zuckerberg, and now they're giving us a sneak peek at Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his creepy aide Dominic Cummings. Mr Johnson, depicted with unkempt blonde hair and a badly knotted tie, is the latest prime minister to be depicted in rubbery form by the...
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With TikTok Mired in Uncertainty, Facebook Pounces With Instagram Reels

Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, rolled out a new product that lets people create 15-second videos and share them.
Tags: Facebook, News, Social Media, Computer Security, Zuckerberg, Facebook Inc, Computers and the Internet, United States Politics and Government, Mobile Applications, Mark E, Instagram Inc, TikTok (ByteDance, Zhang Yiming (1983-


Facebook, Google, and the US government each have their own reasons to make you believe that TikTok is scary — but they're all self-serving

President Trump and the US government have been considering a ban on TikTok over long-held concerns regarding its ties to China, and its access to user data and influence over content moderation. The threat of a TikTok ban would mean that the app's massive US userbase, estimated to be near 80 million, is up for grabs, and US tech companies are already capitalizing with new apps and formats borrowing from TikTok's viral short-form video format. Concerns over national and data security are level...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Congress, China, US, America, Trends, Linkedin, Silicon Valley, Fox News, Donald Trump, Zuckerberg, Trump, State


Google wants to be only destination for Search and digital advertising: 14 key takeaways from Pichai’s deposition before the antitrust subcommittee

Given that Google earns more than $100 billion, there is “a fundamental conflict of interest between serving users who want to access the best and most relevant information and Google’s business model, which incentivises Google to sell ads and keep users on Google’s own sites,” David Cicilline (D-RI), the chair of the subcommittee, said at the Big Tech CEOs’ hearing before the House subcommittee on antitrust on July 29 (available to watch here). But Google CEO Sundar Pichai clarified that ads ar...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Cook, News, Microsoft, Congress, Navy, Youtube, Senate, China, US, Joe Biden


Brand Moves for Monday August 3

Twenty-three weeks ago, when the gravity of the situation became clear, we started daily reporting on how brands were dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. What’s now becoming clear is that the current climate is one of near-perpetual disruption. So we made the decision to keep on telling the stories of inspiring brand leadership and strategy amid the latest crises in an anxious world. Our goal remains the same: to provide an up-to-the-minute source of information, inspiration and insight on brand ...
Tags: Verizon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, London, Instagram, Minneapolis, Youtube, Advertising, Adidas, Customers, Black Lives Matter, Ministry Of Justice, North Face, Zuckerberg, Brixton, Facebook Instagram


How TikTok’s Owner Tried, and Failed, to Cross the U.S.-China Divide

The founder of ByteDance, Zhang Yiming, dreamed of building a global tech company based in China. Then the geopolitical reality set in.
Tags: News, China, Social Media, Zuckerberg, Facebook Inc, Mayer, Foreign Investments, Mark E, Kevin A, TikTok (ByteDance, Zhang Yiming (1983-, U S China Divide, ByteDance Zhang Yiming


Facebook bought, copied, threatened competition: 11 key takeaways from Zuckerberg’s deposition before the antitrust subcommittee

In his introductory remarks at the Big Tech CEOs’ hearing before the House subcommittee on antitrust on July 29 (available to watch here), Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg conveniently gave a skewed picture of Facebook’s dominant position. “In many areas, we’re behind our competitors. The most popular messaging service in the US is iMessage. The fastest growing app is TikTok. The most popular app for video is YouTube. The fastest growing ads platform is that of Amazon. The largest ads pl...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Pinterest, Instagram, US, Snapchat, Whatsapp, Competition, Netflix, House, Antitrust


More Than 1,000 Companies Boycotted Facebook. Did It Work?

Major advertisers on Facebook reduced their spending by millions of dollars in July, but not enough to significantly damage the platform’s revenue.
Tags: Facebook, News, Media, Small Business, Social Media, Hate Speech, Zuckerberg, Online Advertising, Boycotts, Facebook Inc, Advertising and Marketing, Mark E, Civil Rights and Liberties, ALLEN & GERRITSEN


Startups Weekly: Qualtrics IPO to be even more exciting this time around

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7am PT). Subscribe here. German software giant SAP bought experience management platform Qualtrics for $8 billion days before the unicorn’s IPO, back in November of 2018. But last weekend it decided to spin out the experience management provider to finally go public on its own. The analysts Ron Miller talked to speculated about strategic issues on the SAP side, and concluded thi...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Startups, TC, Facebook, Europe, Utah, London, Microsoft, Congress, Australia, Stanford, China, India, US


Trump says he will sign the order to ban TikTok today

TikTok might be looking at a ban in the US soon, as President Donald Trump said he could sign the executive order to block the app by Saturday. According to a report from Bloomberg, Trump told reporters on Friday night that the app will be banned from the country,  “As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States.”  [Read: TikTok’s CEO takes shots at Zuckerberg as it aims to continue to survive in the US] He added that he “will sign the document tomorrow.” The President ...
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Zuckerberg Goes Off-Script, Blasts Apple and Google in Testimony (slashdot)

During today's testimony before a Congressional antitrust panel, Mark Zuckerberg went off-script a little bit pointing out how Facebook lags behind a number of competitors, including Alphabet, Amazon.com and Apple. From a report: Zuckerberg isn't hesitating to use some sharp elbows, pointing out that Amazon is the fastest-growing advertising platform and Google is the biggest. "In many areas, we are behind our competitors," Zuckerberg said. "The most popular messaging service in the U.S. is iMes...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Zuckerberg, Congressional, Msmash, Alphabet Amazon


Secret documents from US antitrust probe reveal big tech’s plot to control or crush the competition

Nearly 500 pages of evidence were made public during the House Judiciary’s marathon hearing this week on potential anti-competitive actions by Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple . We’ve collected them here with added context and an omnibus, searchable version for anyone who’d rather not juggle four dozen documents. The emails, chat logs and other communications listed here trickled out online as the hearings went on. Many are internal documents that were never meant to be exposed publicl...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Congress, Youtube, Government, China, US, Tech, Policy, Jeff Bezos, App Store


Public opinion on big tech execs swung wildly after their day in congress. Jeff Bezos is up, Sundar Pichai is down.

Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg were all questioned by Congress earlier this week. Marketing agency SJR provided Business Insider with a look at people's attitudes online toward these tech CEOs before and after Wednesday's hearing.   Their results show that Pichai had the highest positive sentiment prior to the congressional hearing, but he was also the only CEO where positive sentiment decreased afterward. Overall, negati...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Congress, Trends, House, Bill Gates, Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos, Gates, Sundar Pichai, Pichai, Zuckerberg, Don, Bezos


A Facebook ad boycott made waves — but it's having very little financial impact on the social media giant (FB)

Facebook's advertising revenue will only grow by 10% through October, the company predicted Thursday. That's down from 17% in the first quarter thanks to a litany of impacts, including a high-profile advertiser boycott. Major spenders including Walmart, Coca-Cola, and Starbucks stopped buying Facebook ads earlier this year in protest of hate speech on the platform.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Facebook's advertising revenue growth is slowing dramatically, but executive...
Tags: Facebook, California, Trends, Starbucks, Sheryl Sandberg, Zuckerberg, Jpmorgan, Sandberg, Walmart Coca Cola, Jonathan Greenblatt, Specifically Facebook, Doug Anmuth, Tyler Sonnemaker Join


Mark Zuckerberg said there's 'no end in sight' for when employees will be able to return to the office and called the government's response to the coronavirus 'disappointing' (FB)

Mark Zuckerberg said there's "no end in sight" for when Facebook employees will return to the office.  On a call with analysts Thursday following Facebook's second-quarter earnings report, Zuckerberg said he expects the rest of the year to be "unpredictable" and called the US government's response to the coronavirus "disappointing."  Facebook initially planned to start sending employees back to the office on July 6, but never confirmed it had pushed back its reopening date. Google, which also ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, California, North Korea, Wall Street, US, Trends, Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos, Anthony Fauci, Sundar Pichai, Zuckerberg, House Judiciary Committee, Facebook Google Apple