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Monday, February 27, 2017
  

Twitter’s Jack Dorsey plans to continue being a dual CEO as tech firm struggles

Twitter’s stock took another big hit on Thursday, but CEO Jack Dorsey doesn’t plan to stop juggling two jobs anytime soon. Dorsey, who is also CEO of mobile payment service Square, was...

Facebook shutters hundreds of Oculus VR demo stations at Best Buy stores

Facebook wants to transform the way people communicate with virtual reality, but U.S. consumers aren’t lining outside of Best Buy stores to try the Oculus Rift headset. The Menlo Park tech firm...

Twitter departures: head of diversity to leave and HR chief also exits

Two Twitter executives in charge of finding more talent and increasing diversity at the company aren’t sticking around to attract more employees. On Tuesday, Twitter’s diversity chief Jeffrey Siminoff confirmed on the social...

Elizabeth Warren, silenced by Senate, takes to Facebook Live and Twitter

In an extraordinary move, Sen. Elizabeth Warren was silenced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the rest of the Senate Republicans on Tuesday night as she tried to read aloud a...

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg says tech firm is extending bereavement leave for employees

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said Tuesday that the tech firm was providing more paid leave for employees who are grieving after a family member’s death and called on other companies to...

Twitter launches new safety, anti-abuse tools

Twitter is launching a fresh array of tools to enable tweeters to combat abuse and unsafe posts, as part of a quest to give people more control over what they see...

Facebook and Google combat fake news ahead of elections in Europe

Facebook and Google are ramping up their efforts to combat fake news in Europe after facing criticism that they didn’t do enough to stop misinformation from spreading during the U.S. presidential...

Reddit bans white nationalist groups ‘altright’ and ‘alternativeright’

Online message board Reddit has shut down two high-profile white nationalist groups on the site because of doxxing. “Altright” and “Alternativeright” were banned Wednesday because of “the proliferation of personal and confidential information,”...

Twitter employees donate $1.59M to ACLU after Trump’s immigration order

Twitter employees donated $1.59 million to the American Civil Liberties Union, a nonprofit that mounted a legal challenge against President Trump’s immigration order. A total of 925 workers raised more than $530,000...

Trump and Twitter: Thumbs down from Madeleine Albright, Condoleezza Rice

SAN JOSE — Conducting American diplomacy on Twitter? Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is not a fan. Turns out, neither is Condoleezza Rice, another former secretary of state who spoke Wednesday in...

How Facebook is approaching its ‘video first’ strategy

Facebook has been making big bets on video and this year won’t be an exception. “I’ve said before that I see video as a mega trend on the same order as mobile,”...

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg: Trump’s immigration order defies nation’s ‘heart and values’

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s immigration order defied “the heart and values” that define the best of America, joining other Silicon Valley tech executives who have...

Tech firms help fuel donations for ACLU’s fight against Trump’s immigration order

The American Civil Liberties Union received a massive surge in donations after it mounted a legal challenge to Trump’s controversial immigration order over the weekend, including from Silicon Valley tech firms...

Twitter vows safer tweeting, faster updates

Twitter is vowing to be more responsive and says it will soon add new muting and blocking controls to address harassment issues. The comments came in tweets posted by Ed Ho, the...

Mark Zuckerberg drops Hawaiian land lawsuits after backlash

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Friday that he was dropping lawsuits that would compel hundreds of Hawaiians to sell their land after the 32-year-old billionaire faced growing criticism from his neighbors. Zuckerberg’s...

Americans don’t trust government or social media to keep their data safe, Pew report...

Half of Americans think their information is less secure lately, and many don’t trust social media or the government to keep their data safe. Yet many Americans also fail to take...

Facebook makes more tweaks to trending topics

Facebook landed in some hot water last year after Gizmodo claimed that its workers routinely suppressed conservative news from a section on its website that showed what’s trending. The tech firm has...

Badlands Twitter controversy shines light on national parks, climate change

Twitter, the preferred social media tool of Donald Trump that helped propel him to the presidency, is also boosting the popularity of national parks. Say what? The Badlands National Park Service’s Twitter account “went rogue” Tuesday...

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t plan to run for president, report says

President Mark Zuckerberg? Don’t hold your breath. BuzzFeed News asked the 32-year-old Facebook CEO about his intent to run for president and Zuckerberg told the media outlet “No. I’m focused on building...

Twitter says Trump’s inauguration was its most-viewed live stream to date

Twitter’s live video broadcast of PBS Newshour’s coverage of President Donald Trump’s inauguration attracted 6.824 million unique viewers, making it the tech firm’s most-viewed live stream to date. It was the first...