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  • Facebook Admits Users Are Confused About Privacy, Will Show More On-Screen Explanations

    Facebook Admits Users Are Confused About Privacy, Will Show More On-Screen Explanations

    Facebook today offered reporters a deep dive on how it handles privacy and previewed some upcoming changes. The company revealed it does 80 trillion privacy checks per day on the backend to make sure data isn't wrongly exposed. It runs 4000 surveys about privacy per day which pushed it to now begin displaying on-screen descriptions of how privacy controls work, including for status update audience… Read More

  • Why Is Facebook Page Reach Decreasing? More Competition And Limited Attention

    Why Is Facebook Page Reach Decreasing? More Competition And Limited Attention

    Every Page on Facebook wants everything they post shown to everyone. But people only read a limited amount of News Feed per day. There simply isn't room for everything, and the competition for feed space is intensifying. The total number of Pages Liked by the typical Facebook user grew more than 50% last year -- a new stat that came from a 45-minute interview with Facebook's head of News Feed. Read More

  • Winning AngelList

    Winning AngelList

    It’s a 500,000 person party, and you’re invited. It’s 24/7, no charge for entrance, and when you leave you could go home with a pile of cash instead of a creeping hangover. As Fred Wilson says, "If you’re working in tech and you’re trying to raise an angel round, you have to be on AngelList. You just have to be there.” Read More

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    Activists Challenge SF’s Google Bus Program On Environmental Grounds

    Activists Challenge SF’s Google Bus Program On Environmental Grounds

    San Francisco city supervisors and affordable housing activists butted heads again over a new pilot program to manage tech commuter shuttles from Silicon Valley-based companies like Google and Facebook. A handful of activist groups say that the new pilot program, which charges tech companies $1 per stop, must undergo environmental review. That would involve a lengthy legal process that could take… Read More

  • Doing It For The Likes

    Doing It For The Likes

    We crave approval, but we already knew that. Conventional thinking would suggest we seek digital validation because it means we've impressed people and raised our social status. But what anonymous apps like Secret are highlighting is that we don't care if our name is attached to that approval. We are simply addicted to little dopamine hit we get when someone said we did well. Read More

  • Zuck Nerds Out On Drones Vs. Satellites For Delivering Internet

    Zuck Nerds Out On Drones Vs. Satellites For Delivering Internet

    Free Space Optic lasers? Low earth orbit satellites? Solar-powered drones? Mark Zuckerberg has just penned a deep dive on how Facebook's newly revealed methods for delivering Internet to the developing world actually work. Here's are the highlights from his 3000 word progress report on Internet.org, including digs at Google's Project Loon, and how it all fits into Facebook's long-term plan. Read More

  • Facebook Joins Google In The Hunt For The Future

    Facebook Joins Google In The Hunt For The Future

    We now live in an era when Mark Zuckerberg speed-dials Obama, controls fleets of drones, brokers $19 billion acquisitions in a week, and buys whole virtual worlds. Facebook's mission has changed. While once it was soley "To make the world more open and connected", it's expanded to also "give people the power to share." And nothing is too crazy if it brings Facebook one step closer to that goal. Read More

  • Upshift Launches To Bring Scalable Sales Engines To Startups, And Help Engineer Growth

    Upshift Launches To Bring Scalable Sales Engines To Startups, And Help Engineer Growth

    If today isn’t your first day in the tech industry (or reading TechCrunch), then you’re likely familiar with the rise of the accelerator program, a phenomenon that has swept through Startup Land like wildfire over the last five years. Pioneered by early movers like Y Combinator and TechStars as part of experiments that aimed to identify the best ways to support nascent companies during… Read More

  • Facebook Will Deliver Internet Via Drones With “Connectivity Lab” Project Powered By Acqhires From Ascenta

    Facebook Will Deliver Internet Via Drones With “Connectivity Lab” Project Powered By Acqhires From Ascenta

    Facebook plans to bring Internet to the third-world via drones, satellites, lasers, and more. Today Mark Zuckerberg unveiled Facebook's Connectivity Lab which will work on the Internet.org project. It's powered by talent acqhired from solar-powered drone maker Ascenta as well as poached from NASA. Read More

  • Facebook Takes Another Crack At Read-It-Later With “Save” Button

    Facebook Takes Another Crack At Read-It-Later With “Save” Button

    Facebook's quest to become a newspaper has seen it launch multiple News Feeds, the standalone Paper app, trending topics, and more. But you're not always able to stop what you're doing and read what you discover, so Facebook is now testing a read-it-later Save button on feed articles that creates a section of bookmarked websites on your profile. Read More