Worst Bosses Ever Stories Zuckerberg

Ex-Facebook employee says Zuckerberg used to brandish a samurai sword to intimidate people

By on August 6, 2014 at 2:00 PM.

Ex-Facebook employee says Zuckerberg used to brandish a samurai sword to intimidate people

Here’s one Mark Zuckerberg anecdote that would have made for a great scene in The Social Network. Business Insider has been leafing through a new ebook written by Noah Kagan, who is now the CEO of daily deals website AppSumo and who worked at Facebook for nine months back in 2005, and it’s found that Kagan makes some pretty startling allegations against his former boss that involve a samurai sword. More →

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Facebook Internet.org Internet Expansion

The hidden cost of Facebook’s Internet.org project

By on August 4, 2014 at 5:55 PM.

The hidden cost of Facebook’s Internet.org project

Facebook has joined forces with other tech companies to create Internet.org, an organization that wants to bring the Internet to developing markets. The social network believes that it’s doing the world a great service by trying to bring more people online, but the move will also help out with its quarterly bottom line, as the company would force more people to create Facebook accounts to enjoy Internet services in these markets. Author and New York Times journalist Evgeny Morozov doesn’t think that Internet.org is necessarily the best solution, as it ultimately comes with certain terms and conditions that may not be as obvious as first. More →

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Facebook International Class Action Suit

This is your chance to ask Facebook to pay you $500 in exchange for your personal data

By on August 4, 2014 at 11:10 AM.

This is your chance to ask Facebook to pay you $500 in exchange for your personal data

Even though Facebook is very useful when it comes to staying connected with friends, spying on your ex, and pretending you’re awfully happy with your life, the social network isn’t letting you do this for charity — rather, it’s vacuuming up as much information about you as it can to sell better ads. Facebook is willing to go pretty far to get all the information it can about you and it doesn’t have a spotless track record when it comes to observing the privacy of its customers. However, a new class action suit that started in Austria is inviting international Facebook users to join in and demand that Facebook fork over cash in exchange for using our personal data. More →

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Facebook Revenge Porn Lawsuit

Revenge porn victim wants $0.10 in damages for every Facebook subscriber in the world

By on July 30, 2014 at 2:40 PM.

Revenge porn victim wants $0.10 in damages for every Facebook subscriber in the world

A Facebook user who claims the social network has failed to take action against a fake “revenge porn” Facebook page despite being notified about it, wants the company to pay $0.10 for every subscriber it has, or around $123 million in damages, The Wrap has learned.

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Facebook Messenger iOS Android

Using Facebook on your smartphone is about to get much more annoying

By on July 29, 2014 at 8:15 AM.

Using Facebook on your smartphone is about to get much more annoying

Facebook may want to look up the phrase, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” TechCrunch reports that Facebook plans to take away the messaging feature from its core app and force users to download the separate Facebook Messenger app if they want to chat with their friends. Facebook has apparently been testing out using Messenger as its sole messaging app in Europe and has been encouraged by the results so far, TechCrunch says. More →

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Facebook Psychological Tests

Facebook tried to ‘alter people’s behavior’ with hundreds of unmoderated tests

By on July 3, 2014 at 9:35 AM.

Facebook tried to ‘alter people’s behavior’ with hundreds of unmoderated tests

Facebook’s social experimentation rabbit hole goes much deeper than any of us could have imagined. The Wall Street Journal reports that the controversial 2012 experiment in which the news feeds of nearly 700,000 users were altered to show either positive or negative posts was just one of hundreds that the Facebook Data Science team has conducted over the past several years. More →

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Oculus Rift Release Date

Headset that ushers in the future of virtual reality finally starts shipping in 2 weeks

By on July 2, 2014 at 6:45 PM.

Headset that ushers in the future of virtual reality finally starts shipping in 2 weeks

Facebook has repeatedly shown us that it is not afraid to bet big on the future. The company sees mobile messaging as a staple for years to come, and it spent an astronomical $19 billion to buy WhatsApp, the biggest name in the business. Virtual Reality is a still-emerging area that could also become a huge market in the future, so Facebook spent a reported $2 billion to acquire Oculus, one of the hottest names in VR. And now, an early version of the company’s Oculus Rift virtual reality headset will finally begin shipping to early buyers. More →

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Facebook Apologizes For Social Experiments

Facebook’s Sandberg says company’s mood manipulation experiment was ‘never meant to upset you’

By on July 2, 2014 at 4:17 PM.

Facebook’s Sandberg says company’s mood manipulation experiment was ‘never meant to upset you’

Facebook made waves this week when it was revealed that the social network had been conducting social experiments on nearly 700,000 of its users in order to see how their mood could be manipulated based on the content they saw on their news feeds. As you might expect, the Internet was outraged, but The Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is trying to quell the anger by admitting that the terms were “poorly communicated.” More →

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How To Stop Facebook Tracking

Here’s how to stop Facebook from tracking your browsing data once and for all

By on July 2, 2014 at 11:44 AM.

Here’s how to stop Facebook from tracking your browsing data once and for all

Facebook always seems to be taking heat for something, and its most recent slip up involved conducting a massive psychological experiment on its users without their knowledge or permission. Mere weeks before this latest uproar, however, Facebook found itself the target of user complaints for another reason: The company announced that it would begin tracking users’ web browsing history and using it to serve targeted advertisements.

But thankfully, there is now a way to stop it once and for all. More →

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Facebook Psychology Experiment Controversy Update

Facebook’s creepy psychology experiment is even worse than we thought

By on July 1, 2014 at 8:15 AM.

Facebook’s creepy psychology experiment is even worse than we thought

Facebook has a ready-made excuse for people who are upset that it conducted a massive psychological experiment on some 600,000 users — they all consented to it as part of Facebook’s user agreement, which says that the company may use their data for unspecified “research.” However, Forbes did a little digging and found that Facebook didn’t add “research” as an acceptable use for user data until months after it conducted its infamous experiment. More →

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Facebook Psychology Experiment Controversy

Facebook takes heat for conducting massive psychological experiments on users

By on June 30, 2014 at 8:15 AM.

Facebook takes heat for conducting massive psychological experiments on users

Surprise! Facebook’s gotten in hot water for doing something creepy. Over the weekend it was revealed that Facebook secretly conducted a massive psychological experiment on some 600,000 of its users by trying to see if it could manipulate their mood by showing them mostly either happy posts or sad posts on their feeds. More →

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Facebook at Work FB@Work

Facebook wants you using its apps at work even more than you already do

By on June 25, 2014 at 6:10 PM.

Facebook wants you using its apps at work even more than you already do

Facebook is interested in users relying more on its services while they work, TechCrunch reports, although not for time-wasting activities. Instead, Facebook’s London division is working on a “FB@Work” initiative that would turn some of Facebook’s existing assets into productivity tools meant to improve daily activities at work. More →

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Mobile Messaging Apps

Messaging mania has shocked tech leaders twice – in 1994 and again now

By on June 25, 2014 at 5:35 PM.

Messaging mania has shocked tech leaders twice – in 1994 and again now

One of the most unanticipated developments surrounding mobile phones is the fact that people don’t really want to use them to talk to each other. They want to use them to send messages. This phenomenon was so counterintuitive that it has now disrupted the entire tech industry twice — first in 1994 and later in 2012. It was messaging that turned Nokia into king of the mobile phone market in 1990s and then WhatsApp into one of the most successful startups in the history as Facebook was forced to pay $19 billion for a tiny company that was just five years old.

The astonishing popularity of text-messaging on phones has now blindsided two generations of tech leaders. It goes to show how difficult reading consumer behavior can be for even the most accomplished companies. More →

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