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Facebook plans to be more like YouTube than Netflix as it pays for video

“We’re focusing more on shorter form content to start” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on today’s Q4 earnings call, where he was repeatedly questioned about Facebook’s video strategy. One thing’s clear, Facebook will invest heavily. “I see video as a mega trend,” said Zuckerberg.<p>Facebook will …

Apple will unveil the next iPhone on September 7

Apple just sent out invites for a press conference on Wednesday, September 7. The company will most likely unveil the next iPhone. The invite doesn’t say much. Apple usually likes to give hints — but this time, it just says “See you on the 7th.” The event will be held at the Bill Graham Civic …

43 million passwords hacked in Last.fm breach

Crikey: 43,570,999 user accounts were breached in a hack of Last.fm that occurred in March of 2012, according to a report from LeakedSource. Three months after the breach, in June of 2012, Last.fm issued the following statement:<p>“We are currently investigating the leak of some Last.fm user …

Dropbox employee’s password reuse led to theft of 60M+ user credentials

Dropbox disclosed earlier this week that a large chunk of its users’ credentials obtained in 2012 was floating around on the dark web. But that number may have been much higher than we originally thought.<p>Credentials for more than 60 million accounts were taken, as first reported by Motherboard and …

Fitbit’s new Charge brings much-welcomed features without breaking much ground

Fitbit’s run has been an impressive one. Hard to believe, really, that the company only started life nine or so years back. In under a decade, it’s become a household name, synonymous with an entire space, even as nearly every hardware manufacturer large and small has issued a competing …

Apple’s AI if by Air

After only a few days with Apple’s wireless AirPod headphones, it’s clear that there will be a huge platform business based on the reliable, persistent availability of a contextual artificial intelligence that can talk to you and receive commands.<p>That platform will benefit Apple first, but it will …

The first real Apple Watch

The Apple Watch Series 2 is the first real Apple Watch.<p>It delivers on the promise of a mostly passive device that can accomplish simple tasks in 1-3 seconds. There is now built-in GPS which allows for exercising without having to lug along a comparatively heavy iPhone just to get accurate tracking. …

Apple could also be in talks to acquire Lit Motors

Apple is rumored to be in talks to acquire McLaren, but that’s not all. While the New York Times was digging on the McLaren story, they also found out that Apple is also talking with Lit Motors for a potential acquisition.<p>Now you might be thinking “Lit who?” While Lit Motors is nowhere as big as …

Yahoo confirms state-sponsored attacker stole personal data of “at least” 500 million users

As indicated by an earlier report, Yahoo today confirmed it’s working with law enforcement to investigate a data breach which affected the account information of “at least” 500 million users. The company says that the user account information was stolen from its network in late 2014 by what it now …

Voice is chat’s next battleground

Chatbots were meh. Sure, they’ll get better. But the upcoming innovation in chat is about being more human, not less. With the proliferation of adequate speech recognition, AI assistants and wireless headphones, the tech is ready to unlock the potential of our most basic form of communication.<p>Soon, …

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative donates $3.6M to fight SF Bay housing crisis

The rise of tech startups around San Francisco has contributed to a rise in rents that’s pushing families out of the Bay Area. Crooked landlords use legal loopholes to evict families so they can jack up prices and move in richer tenants. But now one of the Bay’s wealthiest families is putting a …

Passwords for social media accounts could be required for some to enter country

A password may soon be required to enter the country — the applicant’s Facebook password, that is. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly suggested the measure to the House Homeland Security Committee today during talks around Trump’s embattled executive order on immigration.<p>“We want to get on …

Facebook updates its ad policies and tools to protect against discriminatory practices

Facebook announced in November that it would stop advertisers from targeting users by race for ads that focused on housing, employment, and credit opportunities, in response to a report that found that Facebook’s tools could be used to place discriminatory advertisements. Today, the social network …

Twitter says product changes are main growth driver, not just the President’s usage

Twitter’s advertising business is stalling, but the company is trying to focus on some flashes of improvement among the service — which it’s attributing to product changes, and not just to major events like presidential debates or the President’s usage of Twitter.<p>There were some questions as to …