Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is testifying in front of Congress this week. To accompany the testimony, Select All is publishing transcripts of interviews with four ex-Facebook employees and one former investor, conducted as part of a wider project on the crisis within the tech industry that will be published later this week. These interviews include: • Former Facebook designer Soleio Cuervo on Facebook’s commitment to users, what the media gets wrong, and why regulation is unnecessary. • Early Facebook investor Roger McNamee on Facebook propaganda, early warning signs, and why outrage is so addictive. • Former Zuckerberg speechwriter Kate Losse on how the Facebook founder thinks and what is hardest for him to wrap his mind around. • Former Facebook product manager Antonio Garcia Martinez on the “sociopathic scene” of Silicon Valley and Mark Zuckerberg’s “disingenuous and strange” reaction to the election. This interview is with Sandy … [Read more...] about ‘Facebook Is a Fundamentally Addictive Product’
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What Facebook faces The Federal Trade Commission and more than 40 states sued Facebook yesterday, saying its acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp unfairly eliminated competition. They called for Facebook to be split apart and restricted in making future deals, “some of the most severe penalties regulators can demand,” write The Times’s Cecilia Kang and Mike Isaac . Breaking up is hard to do. Few high-profile antitrust cases have centered on mergers years earlier. “No American antitrust enforcer has ever brought a case like this before, and for good reason,” Jennifer Newstead, Facebook’s general counsel, wrote in the company’s initial retort . You have to go back to the breakup of AT&T in the 1980s for a major case that unwound consummated mergers; “Courts historically have expressed anxiety about doing it,” William Kovacic, a former chairman of the F.T.C., told The Times . The F.T.C. faced criticism for the $5 billion fine it levied last year against Facebook … [Read more...] about Who Wants to Undo Facebook?
Recent patents filed by Facebook (now Meta) reveal how the company plans to generate profit from its metaverse virtual reality platform. According to the patents, Facebook plans to track everything from eye movements to nose twitches as its users explore the new platform. The Financial Times reports that a number of patents filed by Facebook, including tech to track eye movements, body positions, nose twitching, and facial expressions, reveal how the company plans to monetize its metaverse virtual landscape. Mark Zuckerberg introduces Meta (Facebook) Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg previously announced the company’s plans to invest $10 billion a year over the next ten years to develop the metaverse, an immersive virtual world of digital avatars powered largely by Facebook’s Oculus VR headsets. Other tech giants like Apple and Microsoft have reportedly taken notice and are developing similar projects as many believe that the virtual world could be the next step in social … [Read more...] about Facebook Patents Reveal Mark Zuckerberg’s Plan to Turn the Metaverse into a Money Machine
Presented by Facebook Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Tuesday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each day this week: Monday, 850,605; Tuesday, 851,730. U.S. fatalities from COVID-19 have risen more than 5 percent in one month, based on available data. As public health experts prepare for 1 million COVID-19 deaths, journalists and Boston University collaborated for a USA Today series that disclosed some counties in the South and the West that underreported the number of people dying from the coronavirus. The time to vote — or at least stage a real debate — is nigh for … [Read more...] about The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Voting rights week for Democrats (again)
close Video Biden DOJ condemned for flip-flopping on Texas hostage crisis Fox News correspondent Dan Springer has the latest from Colleyville, Texas on 'Special Report.' The British suspect who died after allegedly taking Jewish worshippers hostage at a Texas synagogue had been banned from a U.K. courthouse two decades ago for allegedly making disparaging remarks to staff members after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on American soil, according to a report. The suspect, 44-year-old Malik Faisal Akram, was restricted from the Blackburn Magistrates' Court in September 2001 due to an outburst about the New York City attack, UK’s The Telegraph reported. Just a day after Manhattan’s World Trade Center was struck by jihad pilots, Akram was accused of remarking to Lancashire court ushers, "you should have been on the f****** plane," Peter Wells, the deputy justice clerk, wrote in a letter detailing the Lancashire magistrates’ committee's decision to ban … [Read more...] about Texas synagogue hostage suspect was banned from UK court over ‘threatening’ 9/11 outburst: report
(CBS4) — Animal rescue operations in Denver and Golden reported getting generous donations in honor of legendary actress and comedian Betty White on Monday, which would have been her 100th birthday. White was an outspoken advocate for animals throughout her life — and fans started an unofficial #BettyWhiteChallenge with the goal of raising awareness and funds for animal welfare organizations. Betty White was honored by the Morris Animal Foundation in Denver Thursday evening. (credit: CBS) In Denver, Rocky Mountain Puppy Rescue got a donation of $22,000 from U Lucky Dog Daycare. “In honor of Betty White and for all the puppies, [U Lucky Dog Daycare] has donated $22,000.00 today to the Rocky Mountain Puppy Rescue! $22K because 2022 is going to be a GREAT year!” organizers wrote on Facebook . “Happy 100th Birthday Betty White!” RELATED: Thank You For Being A Friend: Colorado Animal Shelters Benefit From #BettyWhiteChallenge RMPR called it an “incredible lifesaving … [Read more...] about Colorado Animal Shelters Report ‘Historic’ Donations Made In Honor Of Betty White
Agnieszka Pilat with her robot dog and muse, Spot. Photo: Mark Sommerfeld When I meet Agnieszka Pilat , a pixie-ish Polish émigré who has become the court painter of the potentates of Silicon Valley , she has just returned from Necker Island, the private Caribbean domain of Richard Branson . “I’m always the poorest person in the room” at places like that, she says with a laugh, curling her paint-flecked Yves Saint Laurent sneakers beneath her on the couch as she absentmindedly twists and untwists her hair. We’ve met up in her Chelsea studio, in which paintings of robotic limbs in repose dot the concrete walls. She has another studio in San Francisco. In each, she kennels a duplicate Spot , her 70-pound emergency-yellow cybernetic dog, muse, studio assistant (it paints, too), and, in some sense, protector, both on loan to her from Boston Dynamics, where she was once artist in residence. Despite her Chelsea digs near the blue-chip Gagosians and Zwirners, Pilat … [Read more...] about See Spot Paint
For about a week now, since he recklessly linked Republicans who oppose his proposed voting rights legislation to racists and segregationists, many people have been asking, “What happened to Joe Biden? He’s not the same Joe Biden we’ve known for so many years.” I’m asking a different question: Why are so many people so surprised? Speaking to a friendly crowd in Atlanta, he essentially said that you’re either with him on voting rights or you’re a bigot. Every official in this country has a choice, President Biden said . “Do you want to be on the side of Dr. [Martin Luther] King or George Wallace? Do you want to be on the side of John Lewis John Lewis Pelosi suggests filibuster supporters 'dishonor' MLK's legacy on voting rights The arc of the moral universe will bend toward justice—but only if we pull it Sanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown MORE or Bull Connor? Do you want to be on the side of Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis”? … [Read more...] about Shame on Biden for his Atlanta remarks — but are we surprised?
Senate Democrats are scrambling for a Plan B to pass voting rights legislation after Sens. Kyrsten Sinema Kyrsten Sinema Pelosi suggests filibuster supporters 'dishonor' MLK's legacy on voting rights Sanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown Martin Luther King III: Biden, senators need to use same energy to pass voting rights as they did for infrastructure MORE (D-Ariz.) and Joe Manchin Joe Manchin Pelosi suggests filibuster supporters 'dishonor' MLK's legacy on voting rights Sanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown Martin Luther King III: Biden, senators need to use same energy to pass voting rights as they did for infrastructure MORE (D-W.Va.) announced last week that they would not vote to change the Senate’s filibuster rule despite the pleading of President Biden Joe Biden Macro grid will keep the lights on Pelosi suggests filibuster supporters 'dishonor' MLK's legacy on voting … [Read more...] about Democrats ponder Plan B strategy to circumvent voting-rights filibuster
COLLEYVILLE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — An armed British national who took four people hostage during a 10-hour standoff at a North Texas synagogue had spent time in area homeless shelters in the two weeks leading up to the attack, and was dropped off at one by someone he appeared to know. Malik Faisal Akram READ MORE: Students In Keller ISD Among Those Returning To Campus After COVID-19 Closure Malik Faisal Akram, the man who authorities identified as the hostage-taker, was taken to the shelter in downtown Dallas on January 2 by a man who hugged him and had conversations with him, said Wayne Walker, CEO and pastor of OurCalling, which provides services to homeless people. “He was dropped off by somebody that looked like he had a relationship with him,” said Walker, who said they’d turned photos and video over to the FBI. Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker told “CBS Mornings” that he’d let Akram into Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville on Saturday morning because he … [Read more...] about Synagogue Hostage-Taker Malik Faisal Akram Had Stayed In North Texas Area Shelters