Big Tech Is Proving Resilient as the Economy Cools

Tech companies are slowing their frenetic hiring, but a combination of dominance and diversity is turning out to be — yet again — an overwhelming asset.

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F.T.C. Chair Lina Khan Upends Antitrust Standards by Suing Meta

Lina Khan may set off a shift in how Washington regulates competition by filing cases in tech areas before they mature. She faces an uphill climb.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporations, #entrepreneurship, #facebook-inc, #federal-trade-commission, #khan-lina, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #meta-platforms-inc, #metaverse-internet, #mobile-applications, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #start-ups, #supernatural-mobile-app, #virtual-reality-computers

Meta Reports First Revenue Decline and 36 Percent Profit Drop

It was the first time the social media giant’s revenue had fallen since it went public a decade ago, as it confronts increased regulatory scrutiny and a turbulent economy.

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F.T.C. Sues to Block Meta Virtual Reality Deal as It Confronts Big Tech

The move is a potential blow to Meta’s metaverse efforts and signals a shift in how the Federal Trade Commission is approaching tech deals.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #facebook-inc, #federal-trade-commission, #meta-platforms-inc, #metaverse-internet

How Mark Zuckerberg Is Leading Meta Into Its Next Phase

Facebook’s founder is setting a relentless pace as he pushes his company through a tech transformation during a global economic slowdown.

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Meta tweaks Facebook app to act more like TikTok.

An update will highlight a new Home tab that will serve content from people outside a user’s Facebook connections as well as from friends and family.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #mobile-applications, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Mark Zuckerberg Prepares Meta Employees for a Tougher 2022

In an internal meeting this week, Mr. Zuckerberg said the tech giant was facing one of the “worst downturns that we’ve seen in recent history.”

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As Midterms Loom, Meta C.E.O. Shifts Focus Away From Elections

Mark Zuckerberg, who once said securing elections was “the most important thing,” has shifted Meta’s focus to the metaverse. That may have real-world implications.

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What Sheryl Sandberg’s Exit Reveals About Women’s Progress in Tech

Silicon Valley is losing one of its most visible, outspoken and powerful women. Any gains have been incremental at best.

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Sheryl Sandberg’s Long (Overdue) Goodbye

The Meta C.O.O. leaves a legacy of stunning financial success — and a company still in denial about its toxic impact.

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Who Is Mark Zuckerberg’s New No. 2? It’s a Trick Question.

Mr. Zuckerberg, Meta’s chief executive, has restructured his company so that he no longer has a top deputy.

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What Sheryl Sandberg’s ‘Lean In’ Has Meant to Women

The high-profile executive’s decision to leave Meta is also a moment to reflect on the impact of her best-selling book and philosophy about success in the workplace.

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Sheryl Sandberg’s Legacy

Sandberg transformed digital advertising and was a voice on big issues, but she also denied problems and deflected blame.

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Sheryl Sandberg Steps Down From Facebook’s Parent Company, Meta

The longtime chief operating officer of Facebook’s parent company, Ms. Sandberg said it was “time for her to write the next chapter of my life.”

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The Era of Borderless Data Is Ending

Nations are accelerating efforts to control data produced within their perimeters, disrupting the flow of what has become a kind of digital currency.

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Big Tech Is Getting Clobbered on Wall Street. It’s a Good Time for Them.

Flush with cash, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Google are positioned to emerge from a downturn stronger and more powerful. As usual.

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The Enduring Afterlife of a Mass Shooting’s Livestream Online

Dozens of recordings of a 2019 massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand, remain online, in a sobering reminder of the internet’s permanence.

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Seeking Pills, Young People Head to Social Media, With Deadly Results

The soaring drug fatalities in the U.S. are being fueled partly by fentanyl-tainted pills bought by teenagers and young adults on Snapchat, Instagram, TikTok and other social media apps.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #fentanyl, #meta-platforms-inc, #mobile-applications, #opioids-and-opiates, #snap-inc, #social-media, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

Corporate America Doesn’t Want to Talk Abortion, but It May Have To

In a deeply divided nation, public statements on Roe v. Wade can affect everything from recruiting to a company’s bottom line. So far, that has kept almost everyone quiet.

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I Blew the Whistle on Facebook. Europe Just Showed Us the Next Step.

To make social media less toxic, the United States needs to commit to making digital platforms more transparent.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #europe, #european-union, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #meta-platforms-inc, #social-media, #twitter

As Europe Approves New Tech Laws, the U.S. Falls Further Behind

Federal privacy bills, security legislation and antitrust laws to address the power of the tech giants have all failed to advance in Congress, despite hand wringing and shows of bipartisan support.

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E.U. Takes Aim at Social Media’s Harms With Landmark New Law

The Digital Services Act would force Meta, Google and others to combat misinformation and restrict certain online ads. How European officials will wield it remains to be seen.

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Mark Zuckerberg Ends Election Grants

A spokesman for the Facebook founder said the money sent to election offices in 2020 was a “one-time donation.” The grants prompted Republicans to push for bans on private donations for elections.

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Welcome Back to the Office. Isn’t This Fun?

Tech companies really want their employees to be happy — or at least less annoyed — about returning. So they’re providing concerts, food trucks and other perks.

#apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #facebook-inc, #food-trucks-and-vendors, #google-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #qualcomm-inc, #workplace-environment

For Prominent Women on Instagram, DMs Can Be a Cesspool of Misogyny

A report on direct messages sent to five women found that “abuse and harmful content is allowed to thrive” on Instagram. The platform’s parent company, Meta, said it disagreed with the report’s conclusions.

#cyberharassment, #heard-amber, #instagram-inc, #instant-messaging, #meta-platforms-inc, #sexual-harassment, #social-media, #women-and-girls

How You’re Still Being Tracked on the Internet

Apple and Google are pushing privacy changes, but a shift in digital tracking is giving some platforms a bigger advertising advantage.

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Canada to Require Tech Giants to Compensate News Publishers

The bill aims to compensate struggling news organizations, and follows similar moves by Europe and Australia.

#alphabet-inc, #canada, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #law-and-legislation, #meta-platforms-inc, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #software

Adults or Sexually Abused Minors? Getting It Right Vexes Facebook

The company reports millions of photos and videos of suspected child sexual abuse each year. But when ages are unclear, young people are treated as adults and the images are not reported to the authorities.

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How War in Ukraine Roiled Facebook and Instagram

The rules over what war content is permitted on Facebook and Instagram keep changing, causing internal confusion.

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E.U. Takes Aim at Big Tech’s Power With Landmark Digital Act

The European Union is expected to finalize the Digital Markets Act, the most sweeping legislation to regulate tech since a European privacy law was passed in 2018.

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How Instagram’s Algorithm Change Is Hurting Small Businesses

Instagram’s choice to prioritize videos over photos creates unforeseen costs for small companies, leaving many owners disheartened.

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Ukrainian Minister Has Turned Digital Tools Into Modern Weapons of War

Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine’s youngest minister, has turned technology, cryptocurrency and social media into modern weapons of war.

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Meta Cuts Back on Some of Facebook’s Perks

The company told workers on Friday that it will reduce or eliminate some of its famous perks as it prepares for a return to the office.

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Facebook’s Parent Company Will Make Employees Do Their Own Laundry

The company told workers on Friday that it will reduce or eliminate some of its famous perks as it prepares for a return to the office.

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How Ukrainians Are Using Social Media to Speak Out About the War

Ukrainians take to social media, and taboos are tumbling as countries abandon neutrality and people abandon indifference to support their cause.

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A Surge of Unifying Moral Outrage Over Russia’s War

Ukrainians take to social media, and taboos are tumbling as countries abandon neutrality and people abandon indifference to support their cause.

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Tech Companies Help Defend Ukraine Against Cyberattacks

After years of talks about the need for public-private partnerships to combat cyberattacks, the war in Ukraine is stress-testing the system.

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Ukraine War Tests the Power of Tech Giants

Google, Meta, Twitter, Telegram and others are levers in the conflict, caught between demands from Ukraine, Russia, the European Union and the U.S.

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Say Hello Again to the Office, Fingers Crossed

Antsy executives have a message for their employees: Plans to return to in-person work are real this time.

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Big Tech Makes a Big Bet: Offices Are Still the Future

Even as they allow some employees to change how often they come into the office, tech companies are rapidly buying and leasing properties around the country.

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Florida Girl Arrested Over Threats She Didn’t Make Sues Her School

Nia Whims, 13, was held in juvenile detention for 11 days after a classmate impersonated her on Instagram. Information proving her innocence was “available at the press of a button,” a lawsuit claims.

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TikTok Star Ava Majury Discovers the Dark Side of Fame

Their daughter’s online venture plunged a Florida family into a nightmare, but they decided not to pull the plug.

#facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #social-media, #stalking-crime, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #tiktok-bytedance

Out With the Facebookers. In With the Metamates.

Now that Facebook has renamed itself Meta, that’s what employees will be known as, the company said.

#facebook-inc, #hofstadter-douglas-r, #meta-platforms-inc, #metaverse-internet, #mobile-applications, #names-organizational, #social-media, #zuckerberg-mark-e

At the Super Bowl, Nostalgia’s the Only Game

When the present is divisive and the future is scary, pop culture’s biggest event plays “remember when.”

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Instagram Is Making Valentine’s Day Even Lonelier

Romantic love is a beautiful thing, but it is not the only way to feel connected, to feel seen, to feel loved.

#facebook-inc, #grief-emotion, #love-emotion, #meta-platforms-inc, #social-media, #valentines-day

The Pandemic Culls the Big Tech Herd

Bigger is still better, as the largest tech firms keep gobbling up weakened rivals.

#ek-daniel, #internal-sub-only-nl, #meta-platforms-inc, #microsoft-corp, #social-media, #spotify, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Facebook’s Failures of Invention

We’re seeing the limits of Facebook’s strategy to buy or copy other people’s best ideas.

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Peter Thiel to Exit Meta’s Board to Support Trump-Aligned Candidates

The tech billionaire, who has been on the board of the company formerly known as Facebook since 2005, is backing numerous politicians in the midterm elections.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #boards-of-directors, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #midterm-elections-2022, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #thiel-peter-a, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Instagram, FedEx and Wordle Hook You

The brand architect Debbie Millman says it’s all about design.

#computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #fashion-and-apparel, #instagram-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #social-media

Stocks climb as investors weigh a surprising jobs report and Amazon earnings.

Investors took the strong jobs showing as a reason for the Federal Reserve to move quickly as it starts to raise interest rates this year.

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