Senate committee votes to subpoena Facebook, Google and Twitter CEOs

By big tech, bigtech, commerce committee, commercecommittee, engadget, facebook, gear, google, Internet, Jack Dorsey, jackdorsey, Mark Zuckerberg, markzuckerberg, News, politics, section 230, senate, sundar pichai, sundarpichai, Twitter

The Senate Commerce Committee has voted unanimously to subpoena the CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter. The members plan to compel Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai and Jack Dorsey to testify about Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act …

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Mark Zuckerberg will stream a speech on ‘free expression’ Thursday

By Business, engadget, facebook, free expression, free speech, freeexpression, freespeech, gear, livestream, Mark Zuckerberg, markzuckerberg, services

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is planning to give a speech Thursday about his views on free expression and voice. Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post that it’s the “most comprehensive take I’ve written about my views, why I believe voice is important,…

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Congress will grill Mark Zuckerberg over Libra October 23rd

By calibra, cryptocurrency, engadget, facebook, financial services committee, financialservicescommittee, gear, libra, Mark Zuckerberg, markzuckerberg, politics, services

Mark Zuckerberg will be under the spotlight of regulators once again when Facebook’s CEO testifies before the Financial Services Committee this month. The congressional panel is set to grill him October 23rd over Facebook’s planned cryptocurrency Lib…

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Facebook’s FTC fine could cost it between $3 and $5 billion

By Business, data privacy, Earnings, earnings report, engadget, entertainment, facebook, federal trade commission, fine, ftc, gear, instagram, Internet, markzuckerberg, Mobile, privacy, services, Social, social media, Whatsapp

Although Facebook’s growth has slowed down over the past year, all the controversies it has faced in recent months haven’t had an effect on its bottom line. But that may be changing. Today, during its Q1 2019 earnings report, Facebook reported a tota…

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UK parliament report will call for ‘sweeping’ regulation of Facebook

By brexit, damiancollins, data, Elections, engadget, facebook, gear, Internet, markzuckerberg, parliament, politics, privacy, Regulation, six4three, socialnetwork, socialnetworking, UK

The UK Parliament’s Facebook document dump is close to creating serious legal trouble for the social network. According to The Guardian, the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee plans to release a report on February 18th calling on the UK gov…

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Facebook at 15: The long road to social media dominance

By Business, engadget, entertainment, facebook, gear, instagram, Internet, markzuckerberg, Mobile, Oculus, oculusvr, personal computing, personalcomputing, politics, Security, services, Social, socialmedia, socialnetwork, socialnetworking, Whatsapp, Zuckerberg

Facebook’s come a long way since it launched 15 years ago today, on February 4th, 2004. Known as when it was created by Mark Zuckerberg and friends from Harvard, the service has gone from a “directory of information for college studen…

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Didn’t think Facebook could get any worse? Think again.

By Amazon, apple, Business, cambridgeanalytica, data, dataprivacy, engadget, facebook, gear, Internet, markzuckerberg, Microsoft, netflix, Opinion, politics, privacy, Security, services, Social, socialmedia, spotify, Zuckerberg

Just about 24 hours ago, we published a story recapping Facebook’s terrible 2018. But the year isn’t over, and it looks like the drama is going to continue until the bitter end. According to an investigation by The New York Times that cites interview…

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After Math: Where are the adults

By api, deltacareact, democrat, elonmusk, engadget, facebook, fcc, jackdorsey, markzuckerberg, martintripp, Opinion, ruralbroadband, sec, senate, tesla, tomorrow, Twitter

It’s been quite the week of tantrums by the man-babies who run some of the largest companies in the tech industry. While Elon Musk cried and stamped his feet through what should have been a softball 60 Minutes interview, Twitter head Jack Dorsey spen…

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Facebook’s internal documents show its ruthlessness

By Business, cambridgeanalytica, developers, engadget, entertainment, facebook, gear, Internet, leaked, markzuckerberg, Security, services, Social, socialmedia, socialnetwork, socialnetworking, Twitter, ukparliament, vine, Zuckerberg

As expected, the UK Parliament has released a set of internal Facebook emails that were seized as part of its investigation into the company’s data-privacy practices. The 250-page document, which includes conversations between Facebook CEO Mark Zucke…

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Once again, Facebook has a lot of explaining to do

By alexstamos, apple, Business, cambridgeanalytica, dataprivacy, definers, engadget, facebook, gear, google, Internet, internetresearchagaency, ira, markzuckerberg, Opinion, politics, Regulation, russia, Security, sherylsandberg, Social, socialmedia, timcook, Zuckerberg

Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse for Facebook, The New York Times has come out with a bombshell exposé of the company’s tumultuous last two years. That, of course, includes its handling (er, mishandling) of the Cambridge Analyti…

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Facebook reportedly pressured Palmer Luckey to support a politician

By Business, donaldtrump, engadget, facebook, garyjohnson, gear, markzuckerberg, Oculus, palmerluckey, politics, socialnetwork, socialnetworking

When Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey left Facebook, neither said exactly why. The implication that it was due to his quiet donation to a group spreading pro-Trump memes. Now, however, we might have a better idea — and it raises questions ab…

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Facebook is still growing at a slow but steady pace

By Business, Earnings, earningsreport, engadget, facebook, facebookmessenger, gear, instagram, Internet, markzuckerberg, messenger, Mobile, personal computing, personalcomputing, services, sherylsandberg, Social, socialmedia, Whatsapp, Zuckerberg

It feels like for the better part of the past two years, every few months we talk about how Facebook hasn’t been having an easy time. In 2018 alone, the company’s faced several problems, such as the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal and, of co…

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With Khashoggi, tech confronts its blood money

By badpassword, Business, column, corruption, donaldtrump, engadget, gear, hackers, hackingteam, Internet, lucid, markzuckerberg, money, Opinion, personal computing, personalcomputing, politics, saudiarabia, Security, siliconvalley, slack, snap, tesla, Twitter, uber, visionfund, WeWork

In 2015 we laughed at Hacking Team for getting hacked. Their profit-driven facilitation of human rights abuses around the world was somehow barely competent, but notorious. They sold illegal hackware and surveillance tech to brutal regimes and…

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Uber, Google, Facebook: Your experiments have gone too far

By accidents, anthonylevandowski, badpassword, Business, column, electricscooters, engadget, experiments, facebook, gadgetry, Gadgets, gear, google, markzuckerberg, Opinion, pivottovideo, protest, sanfrancisco, Security, self-drivingcars, services, siliconvalley, Transportation, traviskalanick, uber

It was 2014, around the time when Travis Kalanick referred to Uber as his chick-magnet “Boober” in a GQ article, that I’d realized congestion in San Francisco had gone insane. Before there was Uber, getting across town took about ten minutes by car a…

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After Math: Hello Darkness, my old friend

By aftermath, atm, backtothefuture, column, connecticut, databreach, election, elonmusk, engadget, environment, facebook, gta, law, lte, markzuckerberg, nhsta, numbers, Opinion, reddeadredemption2, Security, tesla, tomorrow, trump, verizon

Well, this week lasted years. While we weren’t being bludgeoned by the cantankerous Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, we were learning about how 50 million Facebook users had their accounts hacked, that Elon Musk is being sued by the SEC for his Twitt…

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Facebook hopes to prove AR is more than selfie filters and games

By apple, AR, arstudio, augmentedreality, av, Business, cameraeffectsplatform, engadget, entertainment, facebook, gadgetry, gaming, gear, Internet, markzuckerberg, mixedreality, Mobile, Oculus, oculusvr, snapchat, snapinc, Social, socialmedia

As I sit surrounded by software engineers in a conference room with no natural light, playing augmented reality games on an iPhone, I forget for a second that I’m in Seattle visiting Facebook. Not Amazon or Microsoft. Facebook, a company that’s evolv…

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Mark Zuckerberg op-ed describes the election interference ‘arms race’

By election2018, electioninterference, engadget, entertainment, facebook, Internet, jackdorsey, markzuckerberg, Security, senateintelligencecomittee, sherylsandberg

Ahead of Senate hearings that will see Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testifying about foreign election interference, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has chimed in via an op-ed in the Washington Post. While we wait to watch t…

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Despite scandals, Facebook is still raking in cash and users

By Business, cambridgeanalytica, dataprivacy, Earnings, earningsreport, engadget, facebook, fakenews, gear, Internet, markzuckerberg, Mobile, politics, privacy, Security, services, sherylsandberg, Social, socialmedia, socialnetwork, socialnetworking, Zuckerberg

It’s no secret that 2018 has been quite a rocky year for Facebook, after controversies over the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal and, most recently, its handling of fake news on the platform. But, despite these troubling issues, the company’s…

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Recommended Reading: The accent struggle for Alexa and Google Assistant

By alexa, Amazon, arianagrande, blockbuster, engadget, entertainment, facebook, gaming, gear, googleassistant, Internet, markzuckerberg, primeday, pushat, recommendedreading, virtualassistant

The accent gap
Drew Harwell,
The Washington Post

Smart speakers (and the virtual assistants they house) offer voice control for so many connected devices it’s hard to keep count. Those audio gadgets can also assist with a range of questions — tha…

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Mark Zuckerberg: CEO, billionaire, troll

By alt-right, badpassword, Business, channelfour, engadget, expose, facebook, gear, hatespeech, holocaustdenial, Internet, justaskingquestions, karaswisher, markzuckerberg, Opinion, personal computing, personalcomputing, politics, radicalization, recode, reddit, Security, services, trolls

We imagine the scene at Facebook right now is like Kim Jong-il’s funeral. Employees weeping in hallways, dripping anguished snot onto keyboards, beating their chests with unsold Facebook phones in an orgy of anguish at the injustice of media coverage…

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Facebook provides 452-page answer to Congressional questions

By congress, data, engadget, facebook, gear, Internet, markzuckerberg, politics, privacy, senate, socialnetwork, socialnetworking, testimony

Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before Congress was frustrating if you were expecting plenty of immediate answers about Facebook’s policies — he frequently promised follow-ups, and there were questions that went unasked. Facebook is now filling in some…

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Mark Zuckerberg will apologize to EU for not taking ‘broad enough view’

By apology, engadget, eu, europeanparliament, europeanunion, facebook, fakenews, gear, Internet, markzuckerberg, politics, privacy, socialnetwork, socialnetworking

You won’t have to wonder much about what Mark Zuckerberg will say when he meets with the European Parliament later on May 22nd. Business Insider has obtained the Facebook chief’s introductory speech, and contrition is clearly the order of the day. Zu…

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F8 proved there’s no escape from Facebook

By alexstamos, Business, cambridgeanalytica, dataprivacy, engadget, entertainment, f8, f82018, facebook, gear, Internet, markzuckerberg, privacy, Security, services, Social, socialmedia, wearables

During a keynote about privacy at F8, Facebook’s Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos shared an image of the world that used light to show the sheer size of the company’s network. It was intended to highlight all the places where people are using a Fac…

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Facebook: AI will protect you

By AI, artificialintelligence, bullying, cyberbullying, engadget, entertainment, f8, f82018, facebook, faebook, gear, hatespeech, Internet, markzuckerberg, Security, terrorism, Zuckerberg

Artificial intelligence is a key part of everything Facebook does, from chat bots in Messenger to powering the personalized recommendations you get on apps like Instagram. But, as great as the technology is to create new and deeper experiences…

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Facebook is trying to close the book on Cambridge Analytica

By Business, cambridgeanalytica, data, design, editorial, engadget, f82018, facebook, Internet, markzuckerberg, personal computing, personalcomputing, privacy, Security, tomorrow

Mark Zuckerberg is over it. Yes, Facebook allowed the data of more than 80 million users to land in the hands of a partisan political consulting firm during an obscenely contentious presidential election, but that’s all in the distant past. You know,…

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Constant controversy hasn’t stopped Facebook from making money

By Business, cambridgeanalytica, data, dataprivacy, Earnings, earningsreport, engadget, facebook, fakenews, gear, Internet, markzuckerberg, Mobile, privacy, Security, Social, socialmedia, socialnetwork, socialnetworking, Zuckerberg

When it comes to public perception, Facebook hasn’t had the best 2018 so far. Over the past few months, the company’s been working hard to clean up its image after dealing with a series of nightmares, including the idea that the site was becoming tox…

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Senate bill would require clearly worded terms for online data privacy

By amyklobuchar, dataprivacy, engadget, facebook, gear, Internet, johnkennedy, legislation, markzuckerberg, politics, senate, services

Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Kennedy (R-LA) have introduced a new bill aimed at protecting consumers’ online data privacy. They announced plans for such a bill earlier this month after Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress. “Every day c…

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Recommended Reading: Facebook’s influence on Instagram

By accountant, aquietplace, engadget, entertainment, facebook, gear, hack, hackers, instagram, Internet, markzuckerberg, recommendedreading, Security, taxes

Instagram looks like Facebook’s best hope
Sarah Frier,
Bloomberg Businessweek

With all the attention on Mark Zuckerberg’s visit to DC this week, it can be easy to lose sight of an important detail: Facebook also owns Instagram. Of course, this mea…

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Mark Zuckerberg got grilled by Congress. Was it worth it?

By badpassword, cambridgeanalytica, column, congress, dataprivacy, engadget, facebook, gear, infosec, Internet, markzuckerberg, Mobile, personal computing, personalcomputing, politics, Regulation, Security, senators, services, startrek, testimony

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Zuckerberg gave testimony to Congress in response to his company’s role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Russian election interference, and his website’s utter nightmare of data privacy. He impressed people by wearing his…

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Lawmakers want more tech companies to address privacy legislation

By Business, congress, engadget, facebook, gear, google, Internet, jackdorsey, legislation, markzuckerberg, politics, Regulation, sergeybrin, services, sundarpichai, Twitter

Though Facebook has been in a bright spotlight since the Cambridge Analytica fallout, it’s obviously not the only company that has to deal with issues surrounding how best to protect its users’ privacy. That responsibility falls on all tech companies…

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