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The Facebook whistleblower hearing unearthed the danger of engagement algorithms

The Facebook whistleblower hearing unearthed the danger of engagement algorithms

On Tuesday, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen appeared before a Senate Commerce Committee subcommittee in one of the most significant hearings for the company over the last few years. Haugen’s testimony followed bombshell reporting from the Wall Street Journal last month that detailed the ways in which Facebook’s products can inflict harm on users. The Journal …

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Twitch confirms major data breach after its source code and secrets leak out

Twitch confirms major data breach after its source code and secrets leak out

Twitch has confirmed that it has suffered a major data breach. “We can confirm a breach has taken place,” says a Twitch spokesperson on Twitter. “Our teams are working with urgency to understand the extent of this. We will update the community as soon as additional information is available.” Hackers have so far leaked data …

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Everything you need to know from the Facebook whistleblower hearing

Everything you need to know from the Facebook whistleblower hearing

On Tuesday, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen is appearing before a Senate Commerce subcommittee in what promises to be one of Facebook’s toughest congressional hearings in years. After serving as a source for a string of bombshell reports from The Wall Street Journal, Haugen went public on Sunday with concerns about Instagram’s mental health impacts on …

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Here’s Facebook’s cowardly attempt to smear the whistleblower

Here’s Facebook’s cowardly attempt to smear the whistleblower

Facebook has chosen to respond to whistleblower Frances Haugen in the most cowardly way possible: by hiding Mark Zuckerberg, the man ultimately responsible for Facebook’s decisions, and beginning the process of trying to smear and discredit Haugen. This is some Big Tobacco bullshit — precisely what sleazeball PR guru John Scanlon was hired to do …

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Facebook is down, along with Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Oculus VR

Facebook is down, along with Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Oculus VR

Just as Facebook’s Antigone Davis was live on CNBC defending the company over a whistleblower’s accusations and its handling of research data suggesting Instagram is harmful to teens, the company’s entire network of services suddenly went offline. On Twitter, Facebook communications exec Andy Stone says, “We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our …

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Windows 11 seems okay

Windows 11 seems okay

Microsoft’s next version of Windows, Windows 11, is coming October 5th. In many ways, it’s already here — the free update has been available for Windows Insiders to download and test for months, and recent versions like the Release Preview will likely be indistinguishable from the final operating system. We’ll have a full review from …

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Delaying Elizabeth Holmes’ Theranos fraud trial is paying off for the defense

Delaying Elizabeth Holmes’ Theranos fraud trial is paying off for the defense

Human memory is fallible. That’s why defense lawyers like to age their cases — and why prosecutors were so frustrated with the multiple delays in trying Elizabeth Holmes for her role at the failed blood-testing company Theranos. Given enough time, people forget things. That can open the door for reasonable doubt. Several times on Friday, …

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