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Facebook’s nonsensical decision to support Tor-powered connections

Facebook has added an “experimental” feature allowing Tor users to connect directly to one of its data servers via an encrypted connection in order to remain anonymous. It’s not clear how long Facebook will support the connection, but the engineer who announced it says the mobile website will also be made more compatible with Tor, though he couldn’t [...]

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The tech industry is turning health trackers into commodities before they even go mainstream

We’ve reached Peak Health. In the last few days, Google has released a fitness application that uses smartphone sensors to measure physical activity; Microsoft has announced its own health platform and fitness tracker; even Nintendo has revealed a device that “reads a user’s movement, heart rate, respiration and fatigue, and sends that data to servers to be analyzed,” [...]

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You can run, but you can’t hide: Google expands its real-world surveillance system with Google Fit

Google is getting into the health-tracking business. The company has developed an application that allows Android smartphone owners to collect health-related information in one place. It’s called Google Fit, and besides challenging Apple’s HealthKit service, it also represents Google’s efforts to gather real-world data to complement the information it already has about the digital world. It’s no longer enough [...]

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Wall Street bashes Facebook for doing exactly what it said it would

Mark Zuckerberg must really be wishing Facebook was still a private company. The disconnect between the grandiose plans he has for the company’s future and the fickle sentiments of public-market investors caught up again with his company today. And all because Facebook did something it had been loathe to do before: guide its shareholders on [...]

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What does Twitter CEO Dick Costolo know that Wall Street doesn’t?

Yesterday, Twitter posted its third quarter earnings report, and the results, despite meeting or exceeding analyst expectations on all counts, still led to a ten percent stock dip for the social network. So what does CEO Dick Costolo know that Wall Street doesn’t? Quarter in and quarter out, the prime driver of Wall Street’s agony or [...]

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Twitter’s earnings are exactly what Wall Street expected. That’s not good.

Today, Twitter released its third quarter earnings report, and the numbers are pretty much exactly what Wall Street analysts expected. The company hit earnings-per-share expectations on the nose, posting a $0.01 EPS, and brought in $361 million in revenue, on an expected $351 million. It even met investor predictions for user growth, picking up 13 million new users [...]

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In an attempt to increase its influence over the media, Facebook makes publishers an offer they should refuse

Last week, I wrote that all the handwringing over Facebook’s influence on the media distracts from the amount of control Google holds over the world’s information, allowing the company to continue its efforts to manipulate the press and assert control over the media without protest. Now that criticism of Facebook seems a little more appropriate. [...]

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Why I don’t believe in “cinematic” VR

Alice in Wonderland. Disney 1951. [Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Armando Kirwin, a former film maker now working on the future of entertainment. The post went through PandoDaily’s usual editorial process. Mr. Kirwin was not paid for this post.] I’m not an expert on cinema. I helped make about a dozen Hollywood films, worked [...]

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Why Ello’s idealism might be the real deal

I haven’t paid much attention to Ello, the nascent social network that attracted headlines when it debuted because of its promise not to sell user data or make money from advertisements. And I’ll admit that a not-insignificant part of me wished that people would shut the hell up about it. That changed this morning, when the company [...]

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Google demonstrates its power over the press by cowing German publishers

The last few months have brought a lot of talk about how Facebook and its algorithms control the media landscape by rewarding publications for following trending stories, prioritizing light content over hard news, and worrying more about a story’s sensationalism than its accuracy or implications. Meanwhile, another tech company has been quietly manipulating the press [...]

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No more clueless meetings. Charlie is a virtual assistant that prepares briefing sheets on every meeting attendee

We’ve all been there, rushing into a meeting with someone we’ve never met, barely sure of their name let alone their professional background or personal interests. It’s a tough place to start a new relationship, and totally avoidable with a little prep. But we’re all busy. If only we were like the President, or anyone [...]

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Thanks to the DEA, Facebook’s controversial real-name policy might actually come in handy

Facebook’s real-name policy has found little love. But it might find new support after the company invoked it in a letter to the Drug Enforcement Administration, warning the agency that using someone’s name and photos to create a fake account, even as part of an investigation, will not be tolerated. The letter follows a BuzzFeed [...]

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