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Is Facebook Using Your Phone’s Camera And Microphone To Spy On You?

Do you ever feel like you’re being watched when there’s nobody else around? Decades ago, if the answer to that question was ‘yes’, doctors might’ve advised you to see what they called a headshrinker. But technological progress has a funny way of turning situations on their head. For example, at the turn of the 20th […]


“I Feel Tremendous Guilt”: Former Facebook Exec Says Company Is “Ripping Apart The Social Fabric Of Society”

In the most ironic story of the day, and perhaps of 2017, a former Facebook executive whose job it was to literally get the world hooked on the “internet crack” that is social media, is now calling on people to take a “hard break” from a service which he believes is “ripping apart the social […]


WhatsApp Down: Outages Reported Around The World

In an apparent global system outage, WhatsApp users have been shut out from sending or receiving messages on Thursday afternoon. As of 2:10pm ET the worst-hit are Brazil, the Netherlands, the US, the UK, Switzerland, Italy, India, and the Middle East. On Downdetector.com reports started spiking after 1:20pm ET with a peak of 3250 reports […]


You’ll Never Guess What Happened To BuzzFeed’s IPO Chances After It Missed Revenue By 20%

Buzzfeed’s plans for a rumored 2018 IPO, first reported back in March by Axios, just suffered a serious setback. In what amounts to a serious blow to the digital media pioneer’s credibility with investors, not to mention the potential impact on its lofty venture-capital-fueled valuation, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Buzzfeed is on […]


“Russian Interference” Now Being Blamed For Swaying Vote In Favor Of Brexit

Was Brexit also Putin’s fault? The simmering anti-Russia hysteria that has emerged in the UK recently has finally boiled over, and it appears last night’s story in the        Times of London claiming that a swarm of Twitter bots reportedly created by a troll farm possibly linked to Russian intelligene (sound familiar?) posted more than 45,000 […]


Northeast Facing Record-Low Temperatures As Polar Vortex Returns

The return of the dreaded polar vortex is battering much of the eastern US this week, sending temperatures well into freezing territory and close to record lows – a phenomenon that could persist for much of the week leading up to Thanksgiving. According to the New York Post, record-low temperatures are forecast for Friday and […]


Northeast Facing Record-Low Temperatures As Polar Vortex Returns; Nat Gas Prices Soar 700%

The return of the dreaded polar vortex is battering much of the eastern US this week, sending temperatures well into freezing territory and close to record lows – a phenomenon that could persist for much of the week leading up to Thanksgiving. According to the New York Post, record-low temperatures are forecast for Friday and […]


Disney Slides On Earnings Miss, Declining ESPN Revenue And Viewership, Layoffs

Disney is sliding after hours after another poor quarter, in which the Mickey Mouse company which recently severed relations with Netflix, reported a miss on the top and the bottom line, reporting Q4 EPS of $1.07, down 3% from the $1.10 a year ago, and below the $1.14 expected. The number would have been even […]


Facebook Now Wants Your Nude Photos

To combat ‘revenge porn’, Facebook is now asking users to send in their nudes, to test a new anti-revenge porn technology. A pilot program is currently underway in Australia, where one in five women aged 18-45 and one in four Indigenous Australians are victims. It appears, Facebook made the right choice to test out Australian […]


Twitter Told Congress This Random American Is A Russian Propaganda Troll

Update: Twitter has re-activated Delaware’s account. The company declined to comment about why it reinstated the account and about whether it would amend the list it sent to Congress. *  *  * Authored by Louise Matsakis via Motherboard.Vice.com, Robert Delaware is now part of the Congressional record, despite having no apparent ties to Russia… Robert […]


Facebook Reportedly “Looking Into” Calls To Ban Breitbart From Its Ad Network

If you can’t beat ’em, censor ’em…  That seems to increasingly be the rallying cry of Silicon Valley’s left-leaning (understatement, we know) social media giants after Twitter recently announced plans to ban RT and Facebook is apparently now considering the same with Breitbart. According to a report from Business Insider, Facebook said they’re “looking into” […]


Russia Has A “Surprise” Planned For US If It Bans RT, Sputnik Ads

A day after certain members of the Senate Intelligence committee expressed their profound disappointment with Facebook, Twitter and Google for appearing to blow off lawmakers’ concerns about a “sophisticated” Russia-backed propaganda campaign purportedly being carried out on their platforms, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova is hitting back, warning that Russia has “a surprise” response […]


Watch Live: Social Media Lawyers Explain To Politicians How 0.004% Of Traffic Swung The Election

Nearly two months after Facebook first confirmed that it had identified some 3,000 paid posts that had been clandestinely financed by purported Russia-linked troll farms, the companys' general counsel, Colin Stretch, and his counterparts at Twitter and Google, are heading down to the Hart Senate Office Building for a long-awaited hearing hosted by the Senate […]


First Twitter, Now Facebook: Company Introduces New Political Ad Transparency Policy

Facebook must’ve seen this tweet, published three days ago by a ProPublica journalist after Twitter unveiled a sweeping new transparency policy that included new disclosure rules for “political” and “issues-based” ads… Twitter is promising more transparency in political ads than Facebook. I love seeing tech giants try to outdo each other on transparency pic.twitter.com/aXPOpLicoB — […]


Amazon Soars Above $1,000 After Smashing Expectations

Amazon has done it again, and following a lukewarm second quarter and with Goldman warning not to get too excited going into earnings, Amazon is back to its short-crushing ways, reporting both revenues and EPS which blew away expectations.  In Q3, Amazon reported EPS of 52 cents, beating not only consensus estimates of 4 cents, […]