5 Takeaways from Mark Zuckerberg’s F8 Keynote

At F8, Facebook‘s annual developer conference, CEO Mark Zuckerberg stressed his vision of building a privacy-focused social network as he debuted the newest version of the company’s core app. Zuckerberg said the redesigned Facebook, version FB5, will make navigation easier, load time faster, and provide a cleaner appearance. The new version also encourages private interactions […]

How China’s Surveillance State Reflects ‘Black Mirror’

This article first appeared in Data Sheet, Fortune’s daily newsletter on the top tech news. To get it delivered daily to your in-box, sign up here. Tuesday’s South China Morning Post features a harrowing profile of David Kong, one of the more than 13 million Chinese citizens officially designated a “discredited individual.” In 2015 after […]

Data Sheet—How China’s Surveillance State Reflects ‘Black Mirror’

Tuesday’s South China Morning Post features a harrowing profile of David Kong, one of the more than 13 million Chinese citizens officially designated a “discredited individual.” In 2015 after his publishing venture collapsed and he failed to repay debts of about $240,000, Kong was branded a deadbeat and his name entered onto public blacklist maintained […]

Equifax, FICO Partner to Sell New Credit Report Services and Consumer Data to Banks

Credit reporting agency Equifax and Fair Isaac, which created and manages the FICO credit score, are announcing that they will partner to sell each other’s services to banks, according to the Wall Street Journal. The two companies plan to eventually offer a complete system, according to a joint press release, that would allow financial services […]

Most Companies Aren’t Ready for California’s Tough New Privacy Law

California’s tough new privacy law is coming, and according to a new survey, most companies still aren’t ready. The California Consumer Privacy Act, which takes effect in January 2020, will significantly limit how companies handle, store, and use consumer data. The law will also require businesses to be more transparent, give consumers the ability to […]

New Apple TV Ad on Privacy Hits Facebook and Google Where It Hurts—Without Mentioning Them

Apple is taking another swipe at its fellow tech giants for their privacy policies, this time in a new commercial that touts Apple’s stated focus on protecting user privacy. Without naming the likes of Google, Amazon, and Facebook, the TV ad invokes what many consider to be their lax privacy stances. “If privacy matters in […]

Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘Pivot to Privacy’ Is About More Than Just Privacy

This article appeared in Data Sheet, Fortune’s daily newsletter on the top tech news. To get it delivered daily to your in-box, sign up here. Deep into Michal Lev-Ram’s fine new cover story on Facebook in the just-out issue of Fortune is this startling fact: Facebook made an average of $35 last quarter on each […]

Data Sheet—Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘Pivot to Privacy’ Is About More Than Just Privacy

Deep into Michal Lev-Ram’s fine new cover story on Facebook in the just-out issue of Fortune is this startling fact: Facebook made an average of $35 last quarter on each of its U.S. and Canadian users, ten times the amount of per-user revenue it collects in the Asia-Pacific region. That rich-world/poor-world dichotomy is about what […]

WhatsApp Co-Founder Brian Acton Repeats Call to Delete Facebook

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton was rejected by Facebook when he applied for a job there in 2009. In 2014, the messaging service sold itself to the social network for $19 billion, making Acton, among others, wildly wealthy. Then he rejected Facebook in 2017 over its plans to monetize WhatsApp. And on Wednesday, Acton–now the head […]

After Amazon Acquisition, Eero CEO Addresses Mesh Network Customers’ Privacy Concerns

Amazon’s acquisition of Eero had the Wi-Fi mesh network’s users wondering whether the powerful e-tailer would now have free rein to collect and track a customer’s network traffic. With the deal now complete, Nick Weaver, CEO and co-founder of Eero, addressed customer concerns about Amazon using the acquisition to make a grab for more consumer […]