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Elon Musk’s Neuralink unveils effort to build implant that can read your mind



Startup plans to use small ‘threads’ to detect neuron activityMusk claims tests already show ‘monkey can control computer with its brain’ Elon Musk’s secretive “brain-machine interface” startup, Neuralink, stepped out of the shadows on Tuesday evening,…

‘We all suffer’: why San Francisco techies hate the city they transformed



San Franciscans have long complained that tech workers ruined their city, driving up rents and homelessness and eliminating diversity. Now even the tech workers agreePhotographs by Jason HenryIt was a beautiful winter day in San Francisco, and Zoe was …

Jony Ive, Apple designer behind iPhone and iMac, to exit company after 30 years



Ive to remain ‘very involved’ with Apple as he launches new creative companyJony Ive, the chief architect of groundbreaking and distinctive designs from the iMac to the iPhone, announced on Thursday that he is leaving Apple after nearly 30 years.Ive’s …

Facebook protesters share their dislike of company at shareholder meeting



Eight proposals up for vote were defeated, including plans for an independent board chair and to reform the company’s share structureA specter is haunting Facebook’s shareholder meeting – the specter of a giant, inflatable angry emoji. The eight-foot f…

Uber-rich: the wealthy people who will get even wealthier from IPO



Ride-hailing app valued at $80bn, below its initial target – but it will still make billions for some early investorsUber on Thursday priced its shares at $45 each on its Wall Street debut, valuing the company at a disappointing $82bn.While its value c…

Facebook’s Zuckerberg announces privacy overhaul: ‘We don’t have the strongest reputation’



At annual F8 developer conference, CEO focuses on ‘sense of intimacy’ and unveils plans for payments tools

Even Mark Zuckerberg couldn’t keep a straight face.

The Facebook founder and chief executive repeatedly broke out in laughter as he announced a product roadmap for his company’s new “privacy-focused social platform” at its annual developer conference, F8, in San Jose on Tuesday.

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Facebook expects FTC fine of up to $5bn in privacy investigation



Company makes revelation in financial reports showing first-quarter revenue growth to more than $15bn

Facebook is expecting to pay as much as $5bn to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), it revealed in first quarter financial reports, which otherwise showed continued revenue growth to more than $15bn for the first three months of the year.

Facebook recorded a $3bn legal expense “in connection with the inquiry of the FTC into our platform and user data practices”, the company said. The expenses result in a 51% year-over-year decline in net income, to just $2.4bn. Absent this one-time expense, the company noted, Facebook’s earnings per share would have beaten analyst expectations, and its operating margin (22%) would have been 20 points higher.

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Microsoft employees confront CEO over company’s treatment of women



  • Workers dressed in white confront Satya Nadella at Q&A
  • Discrimination and harassment widespread, workers allege

Microsoft employees are protesting against the company’s alleged failure to stem gender discrimination and sexual harassment, according to reports.

Related: Gender pay gap figures show eight in 10 UK firms pay men more than women

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Hundreds of millions of Facebook records exposed on public servers – report



Material discovered on Amazon cloud servers in latest example of Facebook letting third parties extract user dataMore than 540m Facebook records were left exposed on public internet servers, cybersecurity researchers said Wednesday, in just the latest …

Google staff condemn treatment of temp workers in ‘historic’ show of solidarity



Google issues new ‘minimum standards’ for temps after more than 900 employees sign letter criticizing abrupt firing

More than 900 Google workers have signed a letter objecting to the tech giant’s treatment of temporary contractors, in what organizers are calling a “historical coalition” between Google’s full-time employees (FTEs) and temps, vendors and contractors (TVCs).

In March, Google abruptly shortened the contracts of 34 temp workers on the “personality” team for Google Assistant – the Alexa-like digital assistant that reads you the weather, manages your calendar, sends a text message, or calls you an Uber through your phone or smart speaker.

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