Chamath Palihapitiya

How Facebook’s newsfeed change is stoking uncertainty about its future

For Facebook Inc. and its wildly successful social-media network, the changes it announced to its news feed on Thursday could have sweeping …

Mark Zuckerberg

Here's What Wall Street Says About Facebook Prioritizing People

Mark Zuckerberg might value his friends more than his shareholders.<p>In a Facebook post Thursday, the social media giant’s chief executive officer …

Business

Wall Street not a fan of Facebook’s new News Feed

Facebook’s latest changes to its News Feed left investors searching for a dislike button.<p>Shares of the social network plunged 4.5 percent on Friday, …

Facebook

Silicon Valley at the Intersection of Facebook and the iPhone

“Forgive me Lord, for I knew not what I was doing.”<p>No, not Victor Frankenstein after creating his monster. Instead, Tony Fadell, co-creator of the …

Conservative View

Now, even some tech firms acknowledge tech's downside

The request by influential shareholders for Apple to help curb excessive digital media use among teens and Mark Zuckerberg's decision to revamp …

Sean Parker

The tech backlash begins. But it may be too late

A few years ago, I was invited to a meeting at the lakeshore cottage of Jim Balsillie, co-founder of the company that invented the BlackBerry. ("Cottage" was a bit of a misnomer. It was an impressive log house the size of a small hotel.) We were requested to surrender our devices at the door, so as …

Parenting

The problem with talking about big data

<b>Opinion: data means vastly different things to the users of technology, the companies that build it and especially computer science academics</b><p>By Dr …

News (Ireland)

Starting Them Young: Is Facebook Hooking Children on Social Media?

Photo by paz.ca | CC BY 2.0Over the past few months, social media companies have come under increasing scrutiny from media critics, watchdog groups, …

Liberal View

Silicon Valley faces reckoning as backlash grows against Big Tech

It's been a week of soul searching for the tech industry.<p>Facebook Inc. announced it was making a "major change" to its news feed in what's seen as a response to growing controversies over fake news and foreign political interference on its platform. And two major Apple Inc. shareholders issued a …

Silicon Valley

Is Instagram addiction real? I quit to find out

Counting social media as an addiction might sound extreme — heavy use doesn’t typically bring the kind of obvious symptoms we’re used to seeing with …

Social Media

The 'father of the iPod' says tech addiction would worry Steve Jobs if he were alive today

• <b>Steve Jobs would be concerned about the growing trend of people being obsessed with their smartphones, former Apple designer Tony Fadell said in a recent interview.</b>• <b><br>Speaking to Cheddar, Fadell said Jobs would say something akin to "Hey, we need to do something about it."</b><p>Former Apple designer Tony …

Steve Jobs

"5 Things I Need to See Before Making a VC Investment" With Scott Robinson of Plug and Play

“<b>I think the most common frustration on my end has been missing opportunities for investment merely based on the economics or how expensive a deal might turn out to be. Looking back, there were certainly a few deals we missed as the pricing was on the higher end of our spectrum and as we operate as</b> …

Warren Buffett

Does This App Fix the Worst Part of Online Dating?

The Sweet Pea founder has a simple approach to striking up conversation.<p>Earlier this year, 27-year-old entrepreneur Michael Bruch started Sweet Pea, a dating app that aims to improve how we communicate with one another. If you are reading this on a smartphone, you may be rolling your eyes: There …

Relationships

A dad-and-son cybersecurity firm impressed investors with its 'unique' software that plays a kind of hide-and-seek with hackers

• <b>CryptoMove, a cybersecurity startup led by a father-and-son team, just raised $6 million in a Series A funding round.</b>• <b><br>The round was led by Social Capital, a venture capital firm founded by ex-Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya.</b>• <b><br>Social Capital was intrigued by CryptoMove's approach to security,</b> …

Markets

Apple responds after investors state their concern over kids becoming addicted to its devices

Apple Inc. has responded to remarks that its flagship product, the iPhone, as well as other gadgets could be addictive for kids. The response comes …

American Psychological Association

Chamath Palihapitiya’s Social Capital, others invest in fin-tech startup NiYO

NiYO Solutions Inc, a fin-tech firm that digitises payroll and employee benefits management, has raised $13.2 million (Rs 85 crore) in a Series A …

Venture Capital

Facebook Is Just as Addictive as Cocaine, According to a New Study

We all know that social media can be addictive. Checking out people's profiles, watching funny cat videos and so much more can lead to a tremendous …

Cannabis

Silicon Valley Is Having Its “Just Say No” Moment

The Nancy Reagan-ification of the Big Tech backlash has begun.<p>Last November, staffers from Virginia Senator Mark Warner’s office organized a briefing on Capitol Hill that would have been unimaginable a few short years ago. For months, lawmakers had been in a state of shock as they belatedly …

Silicon Valley

An early Facebook investor and Zuckerberg mentor compared the platform’s role in the US election to a plot of a “sci-fi novel”

Longtime Silicon Valley investor Roger McNamee says that mentoring Mark Zuckerberg in Facebook’s early days, and his influence on the company, had been his “proudest accomplishment.” But, like others involved with Facebook in its infancy, including its founding president Sean Parker and former …

Sheryl Sandberg

Tech Backlash Grows as Investors Press Apple to Act on Children’s Use

A creator of the iPhone called the device “addictive.”<p>A Twitter founder said the “internet is broken.”<p>An early Facebook investor raised questions about the social network’s impact on children’s brains.<p>Now, two of the biggest investors on Wall Street have asked Apple to study the health effects of …

Sean Parker

The growing war on tech addiction

The addictive power of the technology that dominates every aspect of daily life is getting more and more attention from people who may have enough …

Arianna Huffington

Silicon Valley Reconsiders the iPhone Era It Created

Debate over iPhone use by young people reflects the misgivings some in the industry feel toward smartphones' ubiquity<p>A tussle this week between prominent investors and Apple Inc. over iPhone use by young people comes amid a nascent re-evaluation of the smartphone’s social consequences within the …

Silicon Valley

Investors want Apple to look into the 'long-term health' of kids using its products

Apple investors Jana Partners and CalSTRS, which combined own about $2 billon of the company's stock, are ramping up pressure on the tech giant to …

Business

Apple investors call for action over iPhone 'addiction' in children

Open letter highlights growing concern that Silicon Valley is damaging youth and urges new parental controls, child protection committee and release of data<p>Two of the largest investors in Apple are urging the iPhone maker to take action against smartphone addiction among children over growing …

Technology (India)

Major investors target Apple for not doing enough to curb kids using smartphones too much

Investors with $2 billion in Apple shares pen open letter urging action<p>Two of Apple's biggest investors are urging the company to do more to help …

Nova Scotia

A former Facebook VP says social media is destroying society. And he's right.

Feedback Loop<p>Speaking at a recent event at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Chamath Palihapitiya – a former vice president for user growth …

Psychology

Your smartphone📱is making you👈 stupid, antisocial 🙅 and unhealthy 😷. So why can't you put it down❔⁉️

A decade ago, smart devices promised to change the way we think and interact, and they have – but not by making us smarter. Eric Andrew-Gee explores the growing body of scientific evidence that digital distraction is damaging our minds<p>In the winter of 1906, the year San Francisco was destroyed by …

The Future

Smartphones and the abdication of parental responsibility

<i>Ira Wells teaches at the University of Toronto.</i><p>Like most kids who have recently been given their first cellphones, Andrea's 12-year-old daughter is pretty nonchalant about the whole thing. When asked what she likes best about her new iPhone, she shrugs. "Feeling responsible," she says. Besides, …

Parenting

Social Media Has Hijacked Our Brains and Threatens Global Democracy

The ‘social media revolution’ gave us Donald Trump and Brexit—and is making politics impossible.<p><i>David Golumbia is an associate professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he teaches digital studies and theory.</i><p>The so-called social media revolution isn’t what it’s cracked up to …

Psychology

Principles For Good Design, Updated For The 21st Century

<b>The world has certainly</b> changed a great deal from yesteryear. Things are moving so rapidly now; it can be difficult to keep up. With all the …