caption Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer of Facebook, attends the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 13, 2018 in Sun Valley, Idaho. source Drew Angerer/Getty Images Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter are collaborating on an open-source project that will make it easier to transfer your data between websites. Files like contacts, photos, mail, calendars, and tasks will be able to be transferred between platforms, without needing to download them and re-upload them to another site. The code for the project is open-source, and is available for the public to view on GitHub. Soon it will be easier to transfer your files between certain websites without having to download and re-upload them. Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter are collaborating on a project that will allow users to directly transfer files like contacts, photos, mail, tasks, and calendars between websites. Usually, that process would require downloading … [Read more...] about Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter are making it easier to transfer your data between their websites
LONDON—Economists have been puzzled in recent years by the so-called “productivity paradox,” the fact that the digital revolution of the past four decades hasn’t resulted in big gains in output per worker as happened with earlier technological upheaval.Many developed economies have actually seen productivity stagnate or decline. A survey from Microsoft Corp. is bolstering one theory about this disconnect. In a poll of 20,000 European workers released Monday, Microsoft, which became one of the world’s most profitable companies by marketing office productivity software, acknowledges new digital technology can, in some circumstances, make businesses less productive. Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft joins a growing number of prominent Silicon Valley companies and entrepreneurs that are starting to question the social benefits of the technology they once championed. Facebook Inc. warned in December that its social network might, in … [Read more...] about Tech can make businesses less productive, Microsoft survey finds
Rupert Murdoch makes a fair point that Facebook would do right by the media industry by paying for content like cable companies do. Facebook doesn’t have much incentive to listen. The company is already reticent about being seen as a media company and is moving away from the news business. Media companies don’t have a ton of leverage over Facebook or Google. Plus the technological challenges involved in either getting paid or choking off Facebook are significant. The newsrooms at the ‘old media’ Wall Street Journal and ‘digital native’ BuzzFeed may not see eye-to-eye on much, but suddenly their bosses have lots to bond over. That’s because, in one way or another, both News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch and BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti believe that Facebook and Google aren’t giving news organizations a fair deal. They want … [Read more...] about Rupert Murdoch may be right that Facebook should pay media companies. That doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.
Major tech companies like Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Uber, and Google have an enormous amount of access to, and influence on, the average person’s life. In some cases, the companies have admitted to using their access in data in ways that tend to make people uncomfortable. Most recently, Apple apologized for slowing down the performance of batteries on older model iPhones. Tech companies have done a lot of questionable things over the years, from slowing down old batteries to collecting data on users’ sex lives. Chris Gilliard, a professor who researches privacy and tech policy, provided several examples in a December Twitter thread featuring some of the most notable companies in the world, including Facebook, Google, and Amazon. Read on to see some of the things tech companies have done that sound too strange to be true: In 2009, Amazon removed books people had purchased from their Kindles, including … [Read more...] about 7 scandalous things tech companies like Facebook, Apple, and Amazon have done that sound made up — but are actually true
Open Banking rules come into force in the UK on Saturday, January 13. The rules force banks and payment companies to share data with third parties if customers agree. The changes are meant to encourage comparison and bank account switching but some think an unintended consequence could be opening up banking to tech giants like Facebook and Google. LONDON – New rules come into force in Britain today that force banks to open up their data to outsiders. “Open Banking” begins on January 13. The new rules force Britain’s nine biggest banks to share customer data with third parties if a customer agrees. The changes are meant to improve price comparison and boost account switching. (You can read a full guide here.) But many market watchers speculate that an unintended consequence of the new rules could be to lure tech giants like Facebook, Google, and Amazon into mainstream finance in the UK. David … [Read more...] about It could be easier for Facebook and Google to get into UK banking thanks to new rules starting Saturday