Mark Zuckerberg Is a Slumlord

Tech giants, and social media ones in particular, are, well, giant. But they’re also dense, and certain problems tend to arise when a very large number of people occupy the same space. Read More >>

Websites Can Discriminate Against You Even If You Don’t Use Them, California Supreme Court Rules

Nearly four years ago, a lone bankruptcy lawyer sued Square, the payment processor run by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, challenging the app’s terms of use—despite never signing up. As of Monday, the case will proceed, thanks to an opinion issued by the Supreme Court of the US state of California that could have wide-reaching implications for online businesses. Read More >>

What’s an Amazon ‘FC Ambassador’ and Are They Okay?

Amazon employees seem to be taking to Twitter in especially high numbers lately, specifically to dispute talk about how the company is an exhausting, dangerous place to work. It’s creepy. It’s a piss-poor PR strategy. Worst of all, it’s something Amazon already took heat for doing last year. Read More >>

Amazon Rekognition Can Now Identify the Emotion It Provokes in Rational People

Most people familiar with face-scanning software suite Amazon Rekognition, its place in the surveillance state, and its questionable efficacy are apt to fear what the consequences of such a technology might be when deployed against civilians. As the company was delighted to point out, fear is also the most recent emotion Rekognition is now able to detect. Read More >>

Someone Posted Details About Jeffrey Epstein’s Death on 4Chan Before It Became Public

Over half an hour before ABC News first reported that sex offender and accused human trafficker Jeffrey Epstein had been found unresponsive in his Manhattan prison cell, alleged details of his death appeared on anonymous message board 4Chan, Buzzfeed reported. Read More >>

Verizon Sells Tumblr, Still No Porn Though

Personal blogging social network Tumblr – a waning haven for artists and fandoms – will exit the portfolio of current owners Verizon and be parted off to Automattic Inc., owners of Wordpress, another blogging platform with social elements, according to the Wall Street Journal. Read More >>

Poshmark Users, You Need to Reset Your Passwords

If you’ve resold clothes online any time recently (or bought them second-hand), you may have done so on Poshmark. Unfortunately, it’s also the latest company to suffer a data breach. Read More >>

Even a Country Without Regular Internet Access Doesn’t Trust Facebook

Perennially responsible company Facebook announced its intention to launch its own cryptocurrency, called Libra, less than two months ago. In that time a raft of governmental bodies have told Facebook in no uncertain terms to knock it the hell off, including: Read More >>

The Art of Pirated Software

If you grew up in the age of BBSes, chances are the image above (or something like it) is familiar to you—a big splashy piece of artwork made with only ANSI characters, often accompanying a piece of software some faraway group of kids had cracked for all to use. Read More >>

Uber Only Has 800 Marketing People Now

On Monday, Uber announced it had laid off a third of its marketing department. According to the New York Times, an internal email said the team had “grown bloated.” Read More >>

Here’s Why Facebook’s FTC Settlement Is a Joke

After some rumour-milling and informed reportage attributable to anonymous sources, Facebook has finally made public the contours of its deal with the US Federal Trade Commission to end a probe into its handling of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. From what few specifics are shared by the company’s general council, Colin Stretch (who was supposed to have resigned last year), one thing is quite clear—they got off easy. Read More >>

Just When I Thought Twitter Did Something Good

Like approximately 126 million other people, I willingly plunge my brain into the sewer that is Twitter every morning, expecting varying levels of awfulness until I surface around 6 or 7 pm from a platform that’s unwilling or unable to improve its user experience in any meaningful way. Call it an occupational hazard. Read More >>

Facebook Patents Shadowbanning

Within the past 24 hours, Facebook was granted a patent for “Moderating content in an online forum,” which it first applied for in February of 2015. Unfortunately, the most accurate term to describe what it covers is shadowbanning. Read More >>

US Federal Trade Commission Approves £3.9 Billion Settlement Against Facebook Over Cambridge Analytica Debacle: Reports

The US Federal Trade Commission, which has been investigating Facebook in the wake of its massive Cambridge Analytica scandal, has voted to approve levying a massive $5 billion (£3.9 billion) fine against the social media giant, according to reporting in both the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. It’s the single largest fine against a tech company by the FTC to date, though not the largest the agency has ever inflicted on a firm for bad behaviour. Read More >>

Facebook Pledges to Make New Crap That Will Probably Fail

Slipping-on-a-banana-peel-into-a-pile-of-rakes firm Facebook, a name which is now synonymous with massive, irreparable fuckups, has recommitted itself to mistakes, failures, and harebrained flights of fancy. We know this because they said so, and they’re proud of it! Read More >>