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Comparing Google Home Hub vs Amazon Echo Show 2 vs Facebook Portal

November 2, 2018

The war for the countertop has begun. Google, Amazon and Facebook all revealed their new smart displays this month. Each hopes to become the center of your Internet of Things-equipped home and a window to your loved ones. The $149 Google Home Hub is a cheap and privacy-safe smart home controller. The $229 Amazon Echo […]

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Four reasons why you should attend TC Sessions AR/VR 2018

October 30, 2018

On October 18 — just one week away — some of the most brilliant and innovative minds in reality creation will gather at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles to attend TC Sessions AR/VR 2018. Whether you’re an early startup founder, an investor, a developer or a student, if you’re focused on AR/VR, you don’t […]

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Facebook says 14m accounts had personal data stolen in recent breach

October 29, 2018

Hackers were able to access name, birthdate and other data in nearly half of the 30 million accounts that were affected Facebook access any third-party apps, including those that use Facebooks single-sign-in to log in. It also did not impact users on other Facebook properties such as Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp, or Oculus. Facebook plans to […]

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Facebook cant keep you safe

October 25, 2018

Another day, another announcement from Facebook that it has failed to protect your personal information. Were you one of the 50 million (and likely far more, given the company’s graduated disclosure style) users whose accounts were completely exposed by a coding error in play for more than a year? If not, don’t worry — you’ll […]

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Facebook is building a camera TV set-top box

October 23, 2018

A mysterious product called “Ripley” appeared hidden beside Facebook’s new Portal smart displays in Facebook for Android’s code. Dug up by frequent TechCrunch tipster Jane Manchun Wong a week ago, Ripley’s name squared with Facebook’s VP of Portal Rafa Camargo telling us that “we’re already investing in expanding the product line with more products we want […]

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Facebooks ex-CSO, Alex Stamos, defends its decision to inject ads in WhatsApp

October 15, 2018

Alex Stamos, Facebook’s former chief security officer, who left the company this summer to take up a role in academia, has made a contribution to what’s sometimes couched as a debate about how to monetize (and thus sustain) commercial end-to-end encrypted messaging platforms in order that the privacy benefits they otherwise offer can be as widely […]

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Facebook employees aren’t happy an exec appeared at the Kavanaugh hearing

October 7, 2018

Facebook exec Joel Kaplan can be seen sitting two rows behind Brett Kavanaugh during last week's hearing.Image: Getty Images Facebook is once again facing uncomfortable questions from employees about the actions of one of its executives. This time it’s Joel Kaplan, the company’s VP of global public policy, who last week attended Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate […]

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Facebook is shaping public discourse. We need to understand how | Alex Abdo

October 5, 2018

Companies like Facebook and Twitter should lift restrictions impeding digital journalism and research on the platforms At a hearing last week in Washington, senators and executives from Facebook and Twitter wrestled with the existential question of our time: how do we prevent Silicon Valleys signature creation social media from tearing the country apart? Few answers […]

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Why Instagrams founders are resigning: independence from Facebook weakened

October 1, 2018

Facebook promised Instagram autonomy, but reduced it over time leading to today’s bombshell revelation. Eight years after launching Instagram and six years after selling it to Facebook, Instagram co-founders CEO Kevin Systrom and CTO Mike Krieger are leaving the company, according to The New York Times. The founders apparently did not give a reason for […]

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Watch Out! Here Come the Woke Tech Oligarchs.

August 2, 2018

Once the rich protected themselves by aligning with Republicans who would protect their property from high taxes and their firms from regulation. Some still donotably the three of the four largest billionaire political donorshedge fund manager James Simon and his wife Marilyn, Michael Bloomberg, and currency speculator George Sorostitled progressive. This reflects a broader social […]

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