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  • Facebook now says its password leak affected ‘millions’ of Instagram users

    Facebook has confirmed its password-related security incident last month now affects “millions” of Instagram users, not “tens of thousands” as first thought. The social media giant confirmed the new information in its updated blog post, first published on March 21. “We discovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format,” the company […]

  • Why we’re looking into the Mueller report

    After nearly two years of investigation and months of delays (not to mention partisan bickering the whole time), Special Investigator Robert Mueller's report on the President's campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 election is out. We're not a politics news site but we're still looking into it — tech has figured more prominently than ever in the last few years and understanding its role in what could be a major political event is crucial for the industry and government both.

  • Facebook’s Portal will now surveil your living room for half the price

    No, you’re not misremembering the details from that young adult dystopian fiction you’re reading — Facebook really does sell a video chat camera adept at tracking the faces of you and your loved ones. Now, you too can own Facebook’s poorly timed foray into social hardware for the low, low price of $99. That’s a […]

  • Facebook is discontinuing P2P payments in Messenger in the UK and France on June 15

    Facebook is pulling away from its ambitions to provide peer-to-peer money transfers via Messenger in Europe. Today, the company announced that it would be discontinuing the service — which let individuals send money to each other — in the two countries in the region where it had rolled it out, the U.K. and France, on […]

  • Journalist Carole Cadwalladr says ‘the gods of Silicon Valley’ have broken democracy

    On the same day that she became a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her work bringing to light the Cambridge Analytica scandal, journalist Carole Cadwalladr took the stage at TED to “address you directly, the gods of Silicon Valley.” Cadwalladr began her talk by recounting a trip she took after the Brexit referendum, back to her […]

  • Facebook prototypes a swipeable hybrid carousel of feed posts & Stories

    Feed and Stories unite! Facebook is so eager to preempt the shift to Stories that it might even let us use the same interface of horizontally swipeable cards to sift through News Feed posts. If users won’t scroll down any more, Facebook’s ad business could take a huge hit. But by allowing traditional feed posts […]

  • Get ready for a new era of personalized entertainment

    New machine learning tech, user interfaces and automated content creation techniques are going to expand the personalization of storytelling.

  • Facebook spent $20 million last year on Zuckerberg’s personal protection

    2018 was by all means a very rough year for Facebook . The company, which spent the year reeling from the Cambridge Analytica scandal and a general bubbling-up of public anger, also had to deal with animosity toward the company’s founder, and gave the executive a lot of cash to handle a full security detail […]

  • Facebook taps Peggy Alford for its board, Reed Hastings and Erskine Bowles to depart

    Facebook’s board is undergoing its biggest shakeup in memory. On Friday, the company announced that Peggy Alford would be nominated to join the company’s board of directors. “Peggy is one of those rare people who’s an expert across many different areas — from business management to finance operations to product development,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg […]

  • Facebook accidentally shipped VR hardware with conspiratorial messages hidden inside

    In the almost weekly tradition of Facebook talking about something embarrassing they did on a Friday, the company is now fessing up to the fact that thousands of their next-gen virtual reality headset controllers have “easter-egg” messages inscribed on internal components that weren’t meant to be on non-prototype editions. “Tens of thousands” of unreleased consumer […]