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Sheryl Sandberg: Users would have to pay to opt out of Facebook ads

In an interview with Today airing Friday morning, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg insisted that Facebook does not sell or give away user information, but made clear that Facebook’s entire model is based on being able to share user data with advertisers. If Facebook users don’t like its ad-based model, the...

2018-04-06
Tiger Woods’s Nike Comeback, The North Face Moves Mountains: Top 5 Ads Of The Week

Kids ask for privacy online, Yeti goes fishing in Greenland, and the World Wildlife Fund pulls a depressing trick on Instagram. The prestigious 2018 Masters golf tournament, which heads into its final rounds this weekend, is also a major sports marketing opportunity. One new ad weeks in the making is Nike’s...

2018-04-06
Now Indonesian police are investigating Facebook

Indonesia is the latest to join the growing list of countries investigating Facebook over the improper sharing of user data. Indonesia’s communications minister asked the chief of the National Police to launch an investigation into Facebook after the company on Thursday revealed that more than a million...

2018-04-06
Facebook deleted messages sent by Mark Zuckerberg from recipients’ inboxes

Facebook doesn’t allow users to delete or retract messages they’ve sent to someone by Facebook Messenger–that is unless you are the company’s CEO or a top exec. The company has deleted some messages sent by Zuckerberg to other Facebook users via Messenger or Facebook’s chat tools...

2018-04-06
Facebook admits it deleted messages Mark Zuckerberg sent, for ‘corporate security’

TechCrunch reports that Facebook wiped messages that CEO Mark Zuckerberg sent to former employees, as well as people outside the company, from those recipients’ inboxes. The company cited ‘corporate security’ as its reasoning for the move, but it’s never publicly disclosed that it cleared Zuckerberg’s...

2018-04-06
Facebook hits the brakes on creepy project to access your patient data from hospitals

Facebook has been in recent talks with several high profile US hospitals in an attempt to glean anonymized patient data for a now-defunct project. The company aimed to collect obscured personal details — including illness and prescription info — in an attempt to match it with user data it collected by the social...

2018-04-06
Facebook paused a research project that asked hospitals to hand over patient data

Facebook has been working on a secret project that asked hospitals to share anonymized patient data, according to a report from CNBC. The endeavor was run by Building 8, the branch of Facebook involved with long-term experimental projects. The idea behind the venture, according to sources who spoke with CNBC, was to...

2018-04-05
Can Zuckerberg Rebuild Trust? It’s A Long Shot, But Here’s Where To Start

With Congressional testimony looming, Facebook’s embattled CEO is mostly sticking to the same old talking points. It’ll take a lot more to turn things around. This story reflects the views of this author, but not necessarily the editorial position of Fast Company.Read Full Story

2018-04-05
Virgin Galactic is one giant leap closer to launching rich people into space

Virgin Galactic has conducted the first rocket-powered flight test of Unity, its new SpaceShipTwo. A crew of two piloted Unity as it took off from Mojave Air and Space Port, boosted by the jet-powered mothership Eve. Virgin Galactic CEO Richard Branson said in a tweet that the flight reached Mach 1.6,...

2018-04-05
London’s mayor has a plan to fight fake news that doesn’t involve killing social media

During SXSW last month, the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, sat down with Fast Company to explain how his city is expanding its footprint in the tech industry and where the line is for government regulation that doesn’t impede innovation. This was, of course, before news of British political data firm Cambridge...

2018-04-05
Cryptokitties had a glitch that allowed for unlimited automatic likes

There existed a glitch that allowed users to make an absurd amount of money in Cryptokitties that no one has been aware of, or so this guy is claiming. Robert Durst, a ‘full stack engineer with a slight blockchain obsession’, described his experience of ‘hacking’ Cryptokitties on hackernoon. Durst exploited...

2018-04-05
Twitter says it removed 274,000 terrorist-related accounts in the second half of 2017

Twitter today gave an update to its transparency report, providing a peek into the work it’s been doing to combat extremist and other toxic content. One statistic that stands out: The company suspended over 1.2 million accounts for terrorist-related content in the last five years–including 274,460 that...

2018-04-05
TNW’s Big Spam: Are you as dumb as your apps?

Almost there… Top trending tech news: 😮 FB confirmed it spies on our Messenger conversations (TNW)😬 … and confessed the Cambridge Analytica breach could have affected 87 million users (TNW) ☠ Russia says ‘nyet’ to free exchange of cryptocurrencies (Hard Fork) What we’re talking about:...

2018-04-05
IOTA is going through a very messy public break-up with a former member

Fledgling blockchain developer IOTA Foundation has found itself entangled in yet another controversy. In a Twitter post from earlier today, co-founder David Sønstebø accused former employee Per Lind of exploiting the brand for personal gains. He further claimed that Lind has never held a position in the foundation...

2018-04-05
Is deleting your Facebook account really going to solve anything?

We’re in the middle of a full-fledged Facebook panic. A couple of weeks ago, it was revealed that the data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica used data improperly taken from Facebook by a third-party app to influence voters in the 2016 Presidential election. Compounded in part by the revelation of Cambridge...

2018-04-05
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2018-04-05
Got questions for the first ever VR porn star? Ela Darling is joining us on TNW Answers

What are the most exciting VR projects in porn right now? How has the #metoo movement affected the adult film industry? Is there a way technology could bring more gender equality? What is it about VR that has made it catch on so quickly in the industry? What new problems could you see it posing for adult film...

2018-04-05
IBM Would Like To Remind You Its Technology Can Change The World

Chief marketing officer Michelle Peluso explains her goals for the company’s new brand campaign, “Let’s Put Smart to Work.” For a long time, everything was all about the data. We’d all be amazed at new technology’s ability to collect and distribute data. But if...

2018-04-05
“I Unfortunately Have The Equivalent Of 5 PhDs In Twitter Harassment”

Brianna Wu has borne the brunt of online abuse like few others. She says Twitter has made progress in fighting it—but there’s more work left to be done. Well before most people had given much thought to the problem of harassment on social networks, Brianna Wu became an expert on it, in the worst possible...

2018-04-05
Australia is investigating Facebook for privacy violations

Australia’s privacy commissioner has announced that the country is investigating if Facebook breached its privacy laws after the company confirmed that data from 300,000 Australian Facebook users may have been used without their permission, reports Bloomberg. The investigation comes after Facebook revised the...

2018-04-05
Sears and Delta are the latest to suffer customer data breach

It seems like we’re hearing about these data breaches on almost a daily basis now. Sears Holding and Delta Airlines have announced that some of their customers’ information may have been exposed in a cybersecurity breach at [24]7.ai, a software service provider that the companies use for online support...

2018-04-05
Uber is suspending its services in Greece

The company announced it will suspend its services in the country after the passage of local legislation that imposes stricter regulation on ride sharers, reports Reuters. The new regulations stipulate that each ride begins and ends in the fleet partner’s designated headquarters or parking area. Needless to...

2018-04-05
The number of apps on Apple’s App Store has shrunk for the first time

But that’s a good thing. One of the main reasons for the fewer apps on the App Store is Apple’s crackdown on spam apps, outdated apps, and clone apps, reports TechCrunch, which notes that a survey from App Store analytics firm Appfigures showed there were 2.2 million apps on the App Store at the...

2018-04-05
Facebook confirms it spies on your Messenger conversations

Facebook revealed this week that it’s scanning users’ Messenger conversations – including text chats, pictures, and links – in an effort to ensure that people play by its rules. CEO Mark Zuckerberg first spilled the beans in an interview with Vox’s Ezra Klein, in which he brought up an incident surrounding...

2018-04-05
Zuckerberg: Most of Facebook’s 2 billion users should assume their data has been compromised

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today revealed that all of its 2.2 billion users should assume their public data has been compromised by third-party scrapers. The source of this vulnerability is Facebook’s search function, which allows anyone to look up users via their email address or phone numbers. Users have to opt...

2018-04-04
Facebook’s privacy lockdown broke Tinder

In case you haven’t heard, Facebook’s been having a rough time. Misuse of user data in the Cambridge Analytica scandal may have affected as many as 87 million users, so Facebook decided to seriously clamp down on the amount of data developers could use. That little move happened to break Tinder. As spotted by New...

2018-04-04
Zuckerberg keeps insisting Facebook doesn’t sell our data. What it does is even worse

Today, Mark Zuckerberg took a phone call with the press to answer lingering questions about its most recent controversies. The Facebook founder and CEO admitted that the company messed up: “We didn’t take a broad enough view of what our responsibility is,” he said. While describing this broad...

2018-04-04
Here’s how Mark Zuckerberg responded when asked if he’s still best person to lead Facebook

On this afternoon’s conference call, Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg was asked point-blank if he’s still the best person to lead the company. His answer: Give me another chance. Zuckerberg replied: “Yes. People make mistakes and learn along the way. I’m the first to admit we...

2018-04-04
Facebook confesses Cambridge Analytica breach could affect 87 million users

Facebook today announced new security measures as part of its overall cleanup after the Cambridge Analytica scandal. In doing so, the company admitted that as many as 87 million users’ data had been compromised in the breach. CTO Mike Schroepfer outlined the company’s intentions to protect users’ information by...

2018-04-04
Collateral damage from Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal keeps getting worse

Facebook’s chief technology officer, Mike Schroepfer, just posted an update about the company’s attempt to stop the bleeding from the Cambridge Analytica fallout. After it became known that the Trump-affiliated data firm exploited Facebook’s API to gain access to millions of users’...

2018-04-04
Tinder is getting all loopy

Tinder is testing its first video-based feature with iOS users in Canada and Sweden, the company said in a blog post today. The feature, Tinder Loops, is more akin to a GIF–or to Instagram’s Boomerang feature–than a video. Tinder Loops are basically two-second-long looping videos that Tinder...

2018-04-04
Report: Apple is building an iPhone with touchless gestures

The iPhone X lets you unlock your device without even touching it. Now, it seems Apple may be working on a way to let you actually use your phone without touching it either. According to a report by Bloomberg, Apple is working on “touchless gesture control” which would allow iPhone users to “perform some tasks...

2018-04-04
BlackBerry’s going after Snapchat now. Who’s next?

If you’re a social media service, then you might want to lock your doors, because it looks like BlackBerry is on the hunt. Its most recent target: Snapchat. BlackBerry’s first target was Facebook, which it claimed was ripping off messaging tech it’d patented years ago. Now the company is going after Snapchat...

2018-04-04
Read the fiery letter Google employees sent to their boss over its Pentagon project

Thousands of Google employees are demanding that the company pull out of a controversial AI project that would help the Pentagon identify video images and possibly improve the U.S. military’s use of drone strikes. In a letter signed by some 3,100 Googlers, including senior-level engineers, employees said the...

2018-04-04
I’m Evernote’s CEO–Here’s How I Stay Productive All Week Long

Chris O’Neill has over 10,000 notes in his own Evernote account, manages nine different Google calendars, and swears he’s got it all on track. I have over 10,000 notes in my Evernote account, including everything from work to-do lists, goals, and meeting materials to bills and my children’s...

2018-04-04
Watch Oprah and Laverne Cox honor Maya Angelou in today’s Google Doodle

Maya Angelou would have turned 90 today, and to celebrate her years of enriching the planet with words and actions, Google has released a doodle starring the civil rights activist, poet, and author. When you click on the Doodle, Angelou’s iconic poem “Still I Rise,” begins to play. The first verse...

2018-04-04
Apps are getting dumber — and that’s a good thing

They’re using the best practices of interaction design and psychology to build products with your brain in mind. Here’s how they’re doing it: Be a feature Famed venture capitalist Fred Wilson insists that successful mobile products need to do just one thing well. App designers often forget the speed and...

2018-04-04
Screw it, AI can have our jobs

While Facebook keeps goofing up and our friends are spying on us, it’s a good time to talk about the positives of technology. While everyone is worrying about AI stealing their job, there’s no denying that it can also make our lives a lot easier. So as TNW Conference is fast approaching, let’s ask some questions...

2018-04-04
Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress next week about Facebook’s data practices

Mark Zuckerberg is heading for the Hill. Next Wednesday, the Facebook CEO will appear before the House Energy and Commerce Committee to discuss how his company uses and protects personal data. A joint announcement was made today by reps Greg Walden (R-Ore.), the committee’s chairman, and Frank Pallone, Jr.,...

2018-04-04
This Social Platform For Working Parents Aims To Be The Anti-Facebook

Pando’s Sarah Lacy is touting her latest venture, Chairman Mom, as the antidote to toxic social media: no ads, no comment threads, and total privacy. Esther Crawford says she’s a bit of an anomaly in San Francisco. The 34-year-old startup CEO has two kids, ages 8 and 12.  None of her close friends...

2018-04-04
Apple reportedly working on “hover touch” iPhones

The company is said to be in the early stages of developing technology that will allow users to interact with future iPhones by using touchless gesture controls and curved displays, reports Bloomberg. The new interface method would allow users to control on-screen actions by simply hovering their finger close to the...

2018-04-04
I’m Evernote’s CEO—Here’s How I Stay Productive All Week Long

Chris O’Neill has over 10,000 notes in his own Evernote account, manages nine different Google calendars—and swears he’s got it all on track. I have over 10,000 notes in my Evernote account, including everything from work to-do lists, goals, and meeting materials to bills and my children’s...

2018-04-04
Two people were shot live on Instagram and Facebook this week

Each of the tragic shootings happened as friends were live-streaming to their Facebook and Instagram followers, reports USA Today. The first shooting occurred on Sunday in Houston when friends were using Facebook Live to live-stream video of them playing with two guns in a car in a gas station parking lot. Though...

2018-04-04
Facebook isn’t going to extend European privacy protections globally

Those protections are part of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law that comes into force in May. The GDPR is Europe’s most significant change to online privacy in over two decades. It states that Europeans have the right to know what data companies have stored about them and gives users the right...

2018-04-04
Here’s how tech industry leaders reacted to the YouTube shooting

Many sent their condolences via Twitter, while some–including Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey–have openly called for stricter gun control laws. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki There are no words to describe how horrible it was to have an active shooter @YouTube today. Our deepest...

2018-04-04
“Did We Create This Monster?” How Twitter Turned Toxic

For years, the company’s zeal for free speech blinded it to safety concerns. Now it’s scrambling to make up for lost time. Yair Rosenberg wanted to troll the trolls.Read Full Story

2018-04-04
19 Ways Twitter Can Make Itself Safer Right Now

There may be no miracle cures for what ails Twitter, but insiders and outsiders alike have constructive ideas for improving its “conversational health.” For our new cover story on Twitter, which charts the company’s struggles to rid its service of trolls, bots, and other assorted troublemakers, we...

2018-04-04
If Facebook cared about us at all, it would adopt EU privacy standards globally

In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal which saw some 50 million Facebook users’ personal information collected by a data analytics firm without their knowledge, the social network’s CEO stopped short of promising to extending the privacy protection that it will afford to users in the European Union, to...

2018-04-04

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