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Zuckerberg’s Senate hearing notes included a dig at Apple

At Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s first-ever congressional hearing, in which he answered US senators’ questions about how the company handles its users’ data, Associated Press photographer Andy Harnik captured something no one expected to see up close: Zuckerberg’s notes for getting through the ordeal. They...

2018-04-11
The (precious few) highlights from Zuckerberg’s sit-down with 44 Senators

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified at a Congressional hearing today before 44 senators from the Senate’s Judiciary and Commerce committees. I hope his non-specific “team” is getting paid time-and-a-half, because from the sounds of Zuckerberg’s responses to Senator’s questions, they’re going to be doing...

2018-04-11
Facebook: Cambridge Analytica may have accessed some users’ private messages

While CEO Mark Zuckerberg donned a suit and parroted rehearsed lines in front of (mostly) old white men in Congress today, his company worked behind the scenes to notify users whose accounts may have been compromised in the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal. Me, for example. As is standard practice when it comes to...

2018-04-11
These free fonts let you write like David Bowie, John Lennon, and other music legends

Have you ever considered writing in a font that mimics your favorite artist’s handwriting? No? Well, now you can anyway. A website creatively named ‘Songwriters Fonts‘ hosts free typefaces modelled after legendary musicians. So far these include the scrawls of Kurt Cobain, David Bowie, John Lennon, Leonard...

2018-04-11
For facial recognition, Zuckerberg calls for consent while Facebook fights it in court

Mark Zuckerberg was grilled today by a joint meeting of the Senate Commerce and Judiciary committees. The Facebook chief executive has been asked a broad array of questions, ranging from regulation, to data privacy, to foreign intrusion. And, in true Facebook fashion, Zuckerberg is talking out of both sides of his...

2018-04-10
Mark Zuckerberg just dodged a key question about Facebook’s ability to follow you around the internet

Of all the many creepy concerns raised by Facebook’s enormous power and reach, one of the creepiest is the idea that the social network follows you around the internet even when you’re logged off—all so it can serve you better ads and make even more money off your data. Because Facebook is a black...

2018-04-10
Here’s The Brain Trust Of Advisers Steering Mark Zuckerberg Through This Crisis

A look at the Facebook insiders helping guide the embattled CEO as the company moves forward and tries to regain the trust of users. Today, Mark Zuckerberg testifies before Congress. It’s a long-awaited and much-anticipated move to make amends with both the government and millions of disillusioned users who...

2018-04-10
TNW’s Big Spam: Meet the first VR porn star

Welcome to our second ever newsletter takeover. Ela Darling, the queen of VR porn, feminist activist, and avid robot enthusiast, has pulled together her favorite stuff from around the internet. She’s also joining us on TNW Answers tomorrow. Have you asked her your question yet? Make it good, and maybe we’ll...

2018-04-10
Facebook is now offering a $40,000 bounty for user-data abuse

Facebook said today it will roll out a new program called the Data Abuse Bounty, which will reward people who report any misuse of data by app developers. Bounty hunters worked so well for Jabba the Hutt, after all. If you’re looking to collect a bounty, you’ll need “first-hand knowledge...

2018-04-10
Yes, Senator, Facebook Does Have A Profile On You

When Senator John Kennedy questioned a Facebook lawyer about personal data at a Congressional hearing last October, things got heated. Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, finally goes before Congress today and tomorrow to discuss the Cambridge Analytica scandal and how the company protects user...

2018-04-10
Instagram’s new Focus tool brings portrait mode to most iPhones and some Androids

Instagram is rolling out a dedicated portrait mode within its app called Focus, allowing users to take portraits even on phones which don’t have a portrait setting of their own. To use Focus, open your Instagram Story and swipe to the option under the “Record” button — it’ll be next to “Superzoom.” After...

2018-04-10
Here’s What Mark Zuckerberg Should Be Posting On Facebook This Week

Cue selfie-op in front of the Washington Monument. This story reflects the views of this author, but not necessarily the editorial position of Fast Company.Read Full Story

2018-04-10
This new Gender Pay Scorecard gives Apple an “A minus” and Facebook a failing grade

Apple and Facebook are two of the 33 companies that were scored based on their equal pay disclosure, performance, and commitments in the finance, tech, and retail sectors. Apple got an A- grade (the highest on the card), as did Bank of New York Mellon, eBay, JPMorgan, Nike, and Starbucks. The quantitative...

2018-04-10
Jimmy Kimmel just made the perfect video to share on Facebook

In the wake of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, CEO Mark Zuckerberg may be feeling a little friendless. Not only is he being hauled before Congress to answer questions this week, but Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak deactivated his Facebook account, and Mexico and Australia are lining up to...

2018-04-10
Mark Zuckerberg Congress live-stream: How to watch the Facebook CEO’s Senate testimony

For people who have been following Facebook’s ever-escalating data privacy scandal, today is the day they’ve been waiting for. Mark Zuckerberg will testify this afternoon before a Senate judiciary committee on Capitol Hill, where he will face (hopefully) tough questions about the company’s use of...

2018-04-10
YouTube hackers deface and unlist tons of popular music videos

Something fishy is going on with YouTube. It appears the Google subsidiary has been hit by hackers as a number of popular music videos have been defaced – or have suddenly disappeared. Indeed, the platform’s most viewed video ever – Despacito by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankeee – was temporarily unavailable on...

2018-04-10
Here’s how to tell if your Facebook data was shared with Cambridge Analytica

The social media giant has released a simple tool to let you check if your data was shared with Cambridge Analytica. Just click this link (make sure you are logged in to your Facebook account already) and you’ll be taken to Facebook’s “How can I tell if my info was shared with Cambridge...

2018-04-10
Amid Fake News And Data Leaks, Ad Industry Makes Brand Safety Official

IPG Mediabrands’ UM appoints its first chief brand safety officer and teams with others in the industry to launch the Advertising Protection Bureau. Last January, P&G chief marketing officer Marc Pritchard gave Google, Facebook, and his ad agency partners an ultimatum: Do more to address transparency,...

2018-04-10
Google’s Home smart speakers arrive in India at last

Roughly a year and a half since their launch, Google’s Assistant-powered Home and Home Mini smart speakers have finally made their way to India. The voice-activated speakers, which can play music, answer questions, and control your connected home gadgets, works with Indian accents; it offers content from a range of...

2018-04-10
YouTube just got hacked, popular music vids defaced

Hackers calling themselves Prosox and Kuroi’sh have hacked YouTube and defaced music videos–including the most viewed YouTube video of all time, reports The Verge. A number of high-profile music videos uploaded to the artists Vivo YouTube accounts have been hit, with the hackers changing their titles and...

2018-04-10
Uber is buying electric bike sharer Jump

It’s not known how much Uber is paying for Jump, but the startup had previously raised $11.6 million, reports Recode. Jump is the only dockless bike sharer in San Fransisco. Despite that, the company only has 250 bikes available for hire due to limitations placed on it by the city, which has an exclusive...

2018-04-10
Mexico is investigating companies with links to Cambridge Analytica

Mexico’s transparency and data protection regulator, INAI, has announced that it has opened an investigation into whether companies that may be linked to Cambridge Analytica broke the country’s data protection laws, reports Reuters. Specifically, INAI is looking at companies that worked with a smartphone...

2018-04-10
Cryptocurrency startups bypass Facebook ad ban with sly marketing tricks

As part of its larger efforts to clean up its act, a couple of months back Facebook announced it will no longer allow ads promoting crypto-products and initial coin offerings (ICOs) on its platforms. But it seems that sly marketers have already worked out how to slip cryptocurrency ads past the filtering system. The...

2018-04-10
Facebook could theoretically owe the FTC $7.1 trillion for recent data scandals

It’s a big week for Facebook. CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to appear before Congress tomorrow, ready to fess up to his social network’s multitudinous problems. But the company might soon have a bigger adversary: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which could put Facebook on the hook for more money than even its...

2018-04-10

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