Sunday September 23, 2018

Archive for the ‘Internet’ Category

Facebook lost 4,000,000,000 monthly page views over two years

Four billion. That, according to a new study shared with CNBC, is how many monthly page visits Facebook has shed in a slow-drip, but nevertheless huge, decline over the last two years. Facebook’s traffic hasn’t just fallen by about half since 2016, it is about to push Facebook down to number three after Google and YouTube.  More…

Compulsive video-game playing could be mental health problem

The World Health Organization says some obsessive video gamers may really have an addiction. In its latest revision to a disease classification manual, the U.N. health agency said Monday that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a mental health condition.  More…

Four in 10 people have deleted social media account in the past year

There is a serious lack of trust in social media such as Facebook and Twitter and consumers expect brands that advertise on such platforms to urgently find solutions, according to research published Monday. Privacy concerns and the circulation of fake news are contributing to people’s distrust of content on social platforms.  More…

Google Removes ‘Don’t Be Evil’ Clause From Its Code of Conduct

Google’s unofficial motto has long been the simple phrase “don’t be evil.” But that’s over, according to the code of conduct that Google distributes to its employees. The phrase was removed sometime in late April or early May, archives hosted by the Wayback Machine show. “Don’t be evil” has been part of the company’s corporate code of conduct since 2000.  More…

Google listed “Nazism” as the ideology of the California Republican Party

Less than a week before the California primary, Google listed “Nazism” as the ideology of the California Republican Party. In the “knowledge panel” that provides easy access to information next to search results, Google was showing “Nazism” as an “ideology” of the party as of Thursday morning.  More…

I wrote a negative Yelp review — and it made my life a nightmare

Yelp reviewers, beware. A Manhattan woman who gave one-star reviews on Yelp and ZocDoc to a Kips Bay gynecologist has spent nearly $20,000 defending herself against a defamation suit filed by the physician, according to her and court papers. And the litigation has only just started.  More…

Zuckerberg accidentally left his notebook open

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg left the talking points he used during a marathon US Senate hearing Tuesday on full display during a break — and an Associated Press photographer snapped a picture. “Founded Facebook. My decisions. I made mistakes. Big challenge but we’ve solved problems before. Going to solve this one,” the notes read. The notes also included a section slapping back at comments made by Apple CEO Tim Cook  More…

Ted Cruz Grills Mark Zuckerberg in Senate Hearing

Why millennials will learn nothing from Facebook’s privacy crisis

Last year it seemed Mark Zuckerberg was looking for a way into politics. Now he could be looking for a way out. He told reporters he’d made a “huge mistake” in not prioritizing the protection of user data, but millennials don’t care. Millennials believe that everyone is eventually going to know everything about them anyway.  More…

NRA: To every Hollywood phony ‘Time’s Up’-inspired ad targeting celebs amid Oscars

National Rifle Association spokesperson Dana Loesch promoted her new television show with a controversial message on Twitter on Sunday. In a video, Loesch calls out "every lying member of the media," "every Hollywood phony," and "the role-model athletes who use their free speech to alter and undermine what our flag represents." She tells them, "Your time is running out."  More…

Kylie Jenner cause Snapchat’s market value to crash

Kylie Jenner, in just a week wiped out $1.3 billion of Snapchat’s market value with a tweet — saying that she doesn’t use it anymore — and then got a $1.4 million Ferrari as a “push present,” which some speculate was a gift from Instagram and Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg.  More…

Why Apple’s Tim Cook doesn’t want his nephew to use social networks

Although he runs the biggest tech company on the planet, Apple Inc. Chief Executive Tim Cook is concerned by the risk that technology poses to kids. Speaking at Harlow College in Essex, England, last week, Cook said there should be limits on the use of technology in schools, and said he doesn’t want his young nephew using social media.  More…

Uber paid man $100,000 to keep data breach secret

A 20-year-old Florida man was responsible for the large data breach at Uber Technologies Inc last year and was paid $100,000 by Uber to destroy the data through a so-called “bug bounty” program normally used to identify small code vulnerabilities.  More…

The most cringe-worthy holiday cards revealed

Receiving a holiday card is supposed to be a festive treat – and perhaps even a sweet reminder of just how much your loved ones are thinking of you during the holiday season. However, for some, it seems that creating a Christmas card actually serves as more of an opportunity to show off their unique sense of humor, and generally let their freak flags fly.  More…

Yahoo’s CEO testimony: Must have been Russians who hacked us

Former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer admitted on Capitol Hill Wednesday that the Silicon Valley giant still doesn’t understand how hackers managed to compromise the information of billions of Yahoo users. In an opening statement to the Senate Commerce Committee, Mayer apologized to Yahoo’s users and blamed “Russian agents” for the breach.  More…