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Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Sources: some employees feel Facebook is being used as a scapegoat for 2016 election outcome using flawed hindsight about factors mostly beyond FB's control   —  In the summer of 2015, a Facebook engineer was combing through the company's internal data when he noticed something unusual.
Oct 20, 2017, 12:35 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook Messenger now lets users send money to friends via PayPal, adds PayPal's first bot for customer service   —  PayPal users in the U.S. will now be able to send and receive person-to-person payments over Facebook Messenger, the company announced this morning.
Oct 20, 2017, 10:30 AMIn context
Reuters:
Docs show Uber, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, IBM, others are forming “The Coalition for the American Dream” group to lobby for DACA; Uber confirms participation   —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Nearly two dozen major U.S. companies in technology and other industries are planning …
Oct 19, 2017, 11:00 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook begins letting developers monetize Messenger's Instant Games with in-app purchases and video ads   —  Facebook is finally giving developers a reason to build games for Messenger while also opening a new revenue stream for the chat app.  After launching HTML5 ‘Instant Games’ inside Messenger …
Oct 19, 2017, 1:18 PMIn context
Tony Romm / Recode:
Senate bill on political ads, called the Honest Ads Act, would regulate web firms with 50M+ annual visitors, require copies of ads and info on $500+/year buyers   —  An early look at the Honest Ads Act by Sens. Mark Warner, Amy Klobuchar and John McCain  —  A trio of top Senate lawmakers …
Oct 19, 2017, 12:35 PMIn context
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Sources: Facebook's news subscription tool is delayed on iOS over Apple's 30% App Store cut; the tool will roll out on Android phones over coming weeks   —  The problem: Apple's 30 percent tax.  —  Facebook's effort to help media companies sell subscriptions has hit a snag: Apple.
Oct 19, 2017, 12:15 PMIn context
Dustin Volz / Reuters:
Facebook says its general counsel, Colin Stretch, will testify before House Intelligence Committee inquiry into Russian meddling on November 1   —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's general counsel will testify on Nov. 1 before a U.S. House of Representatives panel investigating possible Russian meddling …
Oct 19, 2017, 11:40 AMIn context
New York Times:
Senators Demand Online Ad Disclosures as Tech Lobby Mobilizes   —  WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain and two Democratic senators will move on Thursday to force Facebook, Google and other internet companies to disclose who is purchasing online political advertising, after revelations …
Oct 19, 2017, 9:50 AMIn context
Megha Rajagopalan / BuzzFeed:
Interviews reveal how Chinese authorities surveil citizens of its Xinjiang region using AI, iris scanning, and more developed by private firms   —  KASHGAR, China — This is a city where growing a beard can get you reported to the police.  So can inviting too many people to your wedding, or naming your child Muhammad or Medina.
Oct 19, 2017, 9:35 AMIn context
Ashley Gold / Politico:
Senators Warner and Klobuchar to introduce bill, cosponsored by McCain, to increase online political ad transparency, bring rules to parity with TV and radio   —  Sen. John McCain has become the first Republican to sign on to a draft bill from Democrats Amy Klobuchar and Mark Warner …
Oct 18, 2017, 4:05 PMIn context

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