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Former 'Daredevil' Showrunner Comments on James Gunn Being Fired From 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

The show business community is still processing Disney firing James Gunn from <i>Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3</i> for offensive tweets made years ago, and …

Congressman Blake Farenthold resigns months after sexual harassment settlement revelation

AUSTIN, Texas — Minutes after embattled Congressman Blake Farenthold resigned, the Republicans and Democrats looking to replace him seized the opportunity to stand out.<p>“While I planned on serving out the remainder of my term in Congress, I know in my heart it’s time for me to move along and look …

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Inside the Two Years That Shook Facebook—and the World

One day in late February of 2016, Mark Zuckerberg sent a memo to all of Facebook’s employees to address some troubling behavior in the ranks. His …

A Facebook employee asked a reporter to turn off his phone so Facebook couldn't track its location — and it reveals a bigger problem within the company

To corporate giants like Facebook, leaks to rivals or the media are a cardinal sin.<p>That notion was clear in a new Wired story about Facebook's rocky time over the past two years. The story talks about how Facebook was able to find two leakers who told a Gizmodo reporter about its news …

Murdoch threats pushed Zuckerberg to reexamine news business

Rupert Murdoch and a top lieutenant threatened Mark Zuckerberg in 2016 over Facebook’s treatment of the news industry, one of several events reported …

Former Facebook Workers: We Routinely Suppressed Conservative News

Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network’s influential “trending” news section, …

Social Media

Facebook thought it was more powerful than a nation-state. Then that became a liability

By Elizabeth Dwoskin<p>Elizabeth Dwoskin<p>Silicon Valley Correspondent<p>Email Bio Follow<p>SAN FRANCISCO — Mark Zuckerberg's crusade to fix Facebook this year is beginning with a startling retreat. The social network, its chief executive said, would step back from its role in choosing the news that 2 billion …

Internet

How to find and use Google’s new AMP Stories on Android

Following in the footsteps of Instagram, Snapchat, and others, Google now allows users to tap through bite-size news stories within its search results page. Here’s how to find and use Google’s brand new AMP Stories…<p>Amazon Kindle Paperwhite<p>Steps to finding and using AMP Stories on Android<p>Locating …

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The "Stories" format is coming to Google search next

AMP Stories launch in developer preview today<p>Google is launching a developer preview of something it’s calling “AMP Stories,” which are two words that only make sense if you’re obsessive about what’s happening with the way we consume content on our phones. So you might be tempted to ignore the …

Google’s New AMP Stories Bring Snapchat-Like Content to Mobile Web

The format doesn’t support advertising yet, which could slow its adoption among publishers<p>By<p>Benjamin Mullin<p>Benjamin Mullin<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@benmullin<p>benjamin.mullin@wsj.com<p>Alphabet Inc.’s GOOGL 0.61% Google unveiled new technology that lets publishers create visual-oriented stories …

Mobile Web

Why Huawei's Killer Phones Can't Crack the U.S.

This was going to be Huawei's year. The company had been gearing up to launch its well-received Mate 10 Pro smartphone in the U.S., ideally with one …

A new bill would ban the US government from using Huawei and ZTE phones

US Lawmakers have long worried about alleged connections between the companies and the Chinese government<p>US lawmakers have long worried about the security risks posed the alleged ties between Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE and the country’s government. To that end, Texas Representative Mike …

Facebook broke German privacy laws, court rules

<b>Privacy rights campaigners are claiming victory over Facebook in a German legal battle.</b><p>It follows a regional court ruling that found some of the social network's data consent policies to be invalid.<p>The Vzbv consumer group successfully argued that five of the app's services were switched on by …

EU tells Facebook, Google and Twitter to do more for users

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Europe's justice commissioner told Facebook (FB.O), Twitter (TWTR.N) and Google (GOOGL.O) on Thursday to do more to bring their user terms in line with EU law, ramping up pressure on the tech giants after their efforts were deemed too little.<p>The European Union executive and …

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Facebook has a giant, Europe-sized legal problem

Europe continues to be a giant pain in Facebook's app.<p>Germany and France this week both hammered Facebook for its data practices, though in different …

How Russia Hijacked the American Mind

The question isn’t why Facebook was so easy to exploit, but why we were such an easy mark.<p><b>Mark Zuckerberg</b> has changed his tone about Russian interference dramatically over the last year and a half, acknowledging in recent months that Facebook needs to do better, and launching new products to deal …

A Facebook Executive Apologizes To His Company—And To Robert Mueller

On Friday morning, just before 10am on the West Coast, the office of special counsel Robert Mueller published his indictment of 13 Russian operatives …

President Trump is using tweets from a Facebook executive to argue Russia didn’t influence the election

“The Fake News Media never fails,” Trump added.<p>President Donald Trump found an unlikely ally in his mission to convince the internet that Russia’s attempts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election didn’t actually help get him elected: Facebook advertising executive Rob Goldman.<p>Goldman, Facebook’s VP …

A Facebook executive learned a valuable lesson about using Twitter after he publicly contradicted the Mueller investigation

"Never tweet," a common refrain among people on Twitter, is essentially used to encourage people to think before they tweet.<p>Facebook's vice president of ads, Rob Goldman, learned this the hard way over the long holiday weekend.<p>On Friday, roughly eight hours after Robert Mueller, the special counsel …

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The aftermath of the Parkland mass shooting exemplifies the ugly side of social media

Bots. Conspiracy theories. Bullying. We’re seeing it all.<p>Want a perfect example of the kind of content challenges Facebook and Twitter are up against? Just look at what happened over the past few days in the aftermath of the mass shooting last week in Parkland, Fla., which left 17 dead and has …

After Florida School Shooting, Russian ‘Bot’ Army Pounced

SAN FRANCISCO — One hour after news broke about the school shooting in Florida last week, Twitter accounts suspected of having links to Russia released hundreds of posts taking up the gun control debate.<p>The accounts addressed the news with the speed of a cable news network. Some adopted the hashtag …

No one knows how YouTube’s Trending section works

How does this keep happening?<p>YouTube’s Trending section is under fire once again after another misleading, offensive video made its way to the top of the list.<p>Criticism surged against the company today after Motherboard reported that one of the top trending videos, displayed for hundreds of …

YouTube's trending section shows it has a fake news problem, too

A top trending video claimed a Marjory Stoneman Douglas student was a paid actor.<p>In discussions of the ongoing battle over fake news, we often hear Facebook and Google criticized for playing a hand in spreading false information. And while both have made efforts recently to stem the spread of …

Internet

Snapchat's makeover arrives: App rolls out redesign that separates 'Friends' and 'Discover' pages to create a more personalised experience

In an effort to make it even easier to use, Snapchat has overhauled its app with a fresh new redesign.<p>The makeover to separate 'social' and 'media', …

The #1 Trending Video on YouTube Right Now Suggests That a Student From the Parkland Shooting Is a Crisis Actor

A video described as 'DAVID HOGG THE ACTOR….' has made the top of the trending section, another example that YouTube has a conspiracy theory problem.<p><b>Update:</b> YouTube has removed the video about three hours after this article was first published. It had more than 200,000 views at the time. Other …

Sorry haters, Evan Spiegel is not sorry about Snapchat's redesign

Hate Snapchat's redesign? Chances are, you're not alone.<p>Not that it matters much, though, because Snap CEO Evan Spiegel just confirmed that he's not …

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Petition to scrap Snapchat redesign hits 1 million

A petition urging Snap to reverse the redesign of its Snapchat app has surpassed 1 million signatures.<p>Snap has been rolling out the Snapchat update …

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel to Redesign Critics: You’re Proving Us Right

Snap CEO Evan Spiegel showed no signs of wavering on Snapchat’s recent controversial redesign during an appearance at a Goldman Sachs investor event …

Spotify's using a 'novel method' to go public, and it means the stock price could 'decline significantly and rapidly'

Spotify's direct public offering is set for Tuesday morning, and tech companies, traders and investors will be watching to see how the company's "novel method" for going public goes.<p>The firm is listing on the NYSE without underwriters, without a set price, without a set level of supply of shares, …

Google is being sued for discriminating against men and women. Both can't be true.

Thought Experiment<p>Google's lawyers — and any lawyer reading the complaint in the equal pay suit against the company alongside the class-action suit filed by former employee James Damore last week — probably feel like they are going through the looking glass.<p>Damore's complaint alleges the tech …

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