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Facebook’s new Portal increases privacy, but is still searching for a reason to exist

Facebook’s new Portal increases privacy, but is still searching for a reason to exist The timing of the original Portal’s launch was less than ideal. The company reportedly pushed things back as the Cambridge Analytica scandal hit full broil, only to be hit with another data breach disclosure. If there’s a lesson […]

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Libra claims 180 potential replacements for 7 mutineers

Libra claims 180 potential replacements for 7 mutineers Attempting to signal its popularity despite high-profile defections from Visa, Stripe, and more, the Facebook-led cryptocurrency Libra Assocation announced that 1,500 organizations have expressed interest in joining the Libra project. 180 of those meet eligibility requirements to become members, which could replace the 7 […]

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Daily Crunch: Facebook has a weak stance on political ads

Daily Crunch: Facebook has a weak stance on political ads The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Facebook should ban campaign ads. End the lies. […]

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Facebook should ban campaign ads. End the lies.

Facebook should ban campaign ads. End the lies. Permitting falsehood in political advertising would work if we had a model democracy, but we don’t. Not only are candidates dishonest, but voters aren’t educated, and the media isn’t objective. And now, hyperlinks turn lies into donations and donations into louder lies. The checks […]

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Why each Libra member’s mutiny hurts Facebook

Why each Libra member’s mutiny hurts Facebook There’s a strategic cost to the defection of Visa, Stripe, eBay, and more from the Facebook -led cryptocurrency Libra Association . They’re not just names dropping off a list. Each potentially made Libra more useful, ubiquitous, or reputable. Now they could become obstacles to the […]

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California’s Privacy Act: What you need to know now

California’s Privacy Act: What you need to know now This week California’s attorney general, Xavier Becerra, published draft guidance for enforcing the state’s landmark privacy legislation. The draft text of the regulations under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) will undergo a public consultation period, including a number of public hearings, with […]

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Cryptocurrency’s bad day continues as the SEC blocks Telegram’s $1.7 billion planned token sale

Cryptocurrency’s bad day continues as the SEC blocks Telegram’s .7 billion planned token sale Cryptocurrency’s bad news day continues to get worse as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has said it has filed an emergency action and received a restraining order for the $1.7 billion planned token offering of Telegram’s blockchain. […]

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Facebook sure does love free $peech

Facebook sure does love free $peech Ensuring politicians in the 2020 election stay truthful is hard work, so Facebook has decided it’s going to sit this one out. Biden’s campaign team had sent a letter to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, COO Sheryl Sandberg and global elections policy chief Katie Harbath that essentially called […]

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Silicon Valley’s competing philosophies on tech ethics with The New Yorker’s Andrew Marantz

Silicon Valley’s competing philosophies on tech ethics with The New Yorker’s Andrew Marantz “If Silicon Valley is going to keep telling itself the story that the only uses of their technology will be the most optimistic, the most hopeful, the most salubrious, the most prosocial,” New Yorker staff writer Andrew Marantz told […]

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Instagram launches Create mode with On This Day throwbacks

Instagram launches Create mode with On This Day throwbacks Instagram has finally turned Throwback Thursday into an official feature. It’s part of the new Instagram “Create” mode that launches today in Stories, bringing the app beyond the camera. Create makes Instagram a more omni-purpose social network with the flexibility to adapt to […]

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