Facebook makes logins easy, but at what cost?

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Maybe it's time to stop letting Facebook manage your logins.
Maybe it's time to stop letting Facebook manage your logins.
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Facebook delays smart speaker until October

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Facebook's HomePod rival could arrive in six months.
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Facebook’s smart speaker will reportedly launch in October, a new report claims. The social media giant’s entry into the AI speaker market already home to Apple’s HomePod, Amazon’s Echo and Google Home was allegedly delayed several months as a result of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

As a result, Facebook has cut its 2018 order volume by around 20 percent, although orders for 2019 will remain unchanged.

Apple doubles down on AI in Seattle

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Siri needs all the AI talent it can get.
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Apple’s is slowly invading the home turf of some of its biggest rivals in Seattle.

The iPhone-maker has reportedly secured more office space in one of the biggest skyscrapers in Seattle, where Amazon, Microsft and Facebook all fight for top tech talent.

Learn the inner workings of ads and marketing on Facebook [Deals]

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Get the most out of Facebook for your brand or product with this comprehensive marketing course.
Get the most out of Facebook for your brand or product with this comprehensive marketing course.
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One thing the last few weeks has taught us is that marketing on Facebook is effective. Of course, most people aren’t using the platform to exploit people, but to connect to the widest possible audience. To do that, you’ve got to understand how Facebook marketing and ads work.

Leaked Apple memo details efforts to stop leaks

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Apple is cracking down on leaks.
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Apple issued a stern warning to employees this week about leaking confidential information to the media.

In a leaked memo detailing Apple’s efforts to stop leaks, the company says it caught 29 leakers in 2017. Of those caught, 12 were arrested. Apple told employees they are “getting played” by journalists and bloggers that approach them with flattery in exchange for information.

Apple ranks among world’s most trusted tech companies

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This privacy pledge in iOS 11.3 is why people can trust Apple.
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People trust Apple. A recent survey found that only a tiny percentage of Americans think the iPhone maker is irresponsible with their personal data.

That’s good news for Tim Cook and co., who have worked hard to differentiate themselves from Facebook, the least trusted tech company by a wide margin.

Zuck is prepared to drag Apple into Facebook’s congressional hearing

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Apple has had its share of data scandals too, Facebook's CEO notes.
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Steve Jobs once promised a “thermonuclear war” against Google. Here in 2018, it seems more like Apple is in more of a Cold War with fellow tech giant Facebook — based on recent comments made by both companies.

While we’ve argued before that the congressional investigation of Facebook only helps Apple, it seems that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is doing his best to hurt Apple, too. Here’s how.

How to leave Facebook and Twitter while staying social

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The Microblog app looks pretty great on iPhone.
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Facebook tracks your every move and sells the information to people who try to fix elections. Twitter is destroying the fabric of democracy, and doesn’t care. And even if you leave Facebook, it owns Instagram and WhatsApp, two of the biggest social networks outside of itself and Twitter. And now Facebook is promising to let anyone delete their posts, which means that you’ll never really know what’s been happening. IT’s time to leave Facebook and move on, but where?

After all, a social network is pointless if you have no friends on it. Happily, there’s a social network out there already that’s bigger than Facebook, and completely uncontrolled by any single company. It’s the web.

Today we’re going to see how to post your photos, messages, and other rants onto your own microblog, just like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. The best part is, you own everything, anyone can read it, and it’s as easy to use as sending a tweet.

Here’s what Facebook CEO will say in congressional testimony

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Mark Zuckerberg will testify this week.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before a House of Representatives committee this week, concerning the fallout of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Ahead of time, Facebook has released a prepared testimony, featuring the comments that Zuckerberg will make during his testimony. “Facebook is an idealistic and optimistic company,” he will say. However, he will also acknowledge that, “it’s clear now that we didn’t do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm as well.”

Steve Wozniak is quitting Facebook over data concerns

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Steve Wozniak is no fan of Facebook.
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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says that he is leaving Facebook over the continuing concern about its abuse of user data.

“Users provide every detail of their life to Facebook and … Facebook makes a lot of advertising money off this,” Woz told USA Today. “The profits are all based on the user’s info, but the users get none of the profits back.”